Posts Tagged ‘Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal’

896b858eI have decided to cover an album for the album of the week that was a but controversial when it came out. The album that I chose for you guys is the last Guns N Roses record to be released to date in their sixth studio album Chinese Democracy. The very album that fans waited 13 years for Guns N Roses to release when it finally came out in November of 2008. The reason I chose the album is because of the fact that I bought the Axl Rose Funko Pop and I went on my Spotify that day and decided to listen to the album once again. The album besides Axl Rose (Vocals) features an army of musicians that worked on it like Robin Finck (Guitars), Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (Guitars), Buckethead (Guitars), Paul Tobias (Guitars), Richard Fortus (Guitars), Tommy Stinson (Bass), Bryan “Brain” Mantia (Drums), Frank Ferrer (Drums), Dizzy Reed (Keyboards), Chris Pitman (Keyboards), and Josh Freese (arrangements). The album was successful around the world as it went number one in eight different countries and it went number one in the European Top 100 charts as well as peaking at number three on the Billboard Top 200 charts. The album also went platinum and sold over a million worldwide.

bknation_Chinese_Democracy1. Chinese Democracy– The opening track on the album that was inspired by the film Kundun which was about the Dalai Lama. This track and the words contained in it is the reason the album is banned in China as we speak. 5/5

2. Shackler’s Revenge– A track dipped heavily into Industrial metal which is about all of the school shootings in America and how the media tried to pin one on Guns N Roses and their song Mr. Brownstone. 4.5/5

3. Better-An amazing electronic rock track that sees Axl singing in a falsetto style. There’s this one part in the song at the 2:30 mark that is absolutely killer and heavy. The song also contains a killer solo in it too.  5/5

4. Street Of Dreams– the track was originally titled The Blues before the name change and it’s a straight up pop piano rock song that definitely has some Elton John influence in it. 5/5

5. If The World– This is a very sexy song that features Buckethead playing the Flamenco guitar in the beginning with the funk and neo soul influences in it combined with some Nu Metal. 5/5

6. There Was A Time– An epic track on the album that is personally one of my favorties with the heavy orchestral sound with the mellotron, violins, etc. I feel the song is about how we change because we may grow distant with someone. 5/5

7. Catcher In The Rye– A song that Axl Rose wrote in tribute to John Lennon after watching a documentary on Mark David Chapman where Rose criticizes the book in the song. 4.5/5

2FF8. Scraped– The track takes us to that Industrial Rock sound that a lot of people were talking about when it came to this record. With lyrics like, “Don’t you try to stop us now” and “All things are possible, I am unstoppable.” Rose is telling you, he is here to stay. 4/5

9. Riad N’The Bedouins– Axl talked about the track saying, “Riad is the name my one time momentary brother-in-law of Erin Everly went by when I knew him. Of part Lebanese descent and a former student of Pepperdine University, he claims to be an international arms dealer.” 4/5

10. Sorry– Sebastian Bach described the song saying, “There’s this one song called ‘Sorry’ that’s almost like doom metal with Axl singing really clean over this grinding, slow beat that is fucking mean, I cannot get it out of my head.” Rose said the track is about, “anyone talking nonsense at mine and the public’s expense.” 4.5/5

11. I.R.S.– The song starts off a little bluesy before some cool heavy guitars come in during the chorus. 4/5

12. Madagascar– Another track on the album that is one of my favorites. It kind of has the same kind of message as Civil War as it features quotes from films like Mississippi Burning, Casualties of War, Cool Hand Luke, Braveheart, and Seven as well as some excerpts from speeches by Martin Luther King Jr. over some Trip Hop styled sound.  5/5

13. This I Love– Supposedly the song dates all the way back to 1992 as it was a piano ballad written by Rose to one of his former loves. 4.5/5

14. Prostitute– A power ballad with that is actually a cool track that is not about actual prostitutes, but rather him telling you that he wouldn’t pimp the band out just for money to have in his pocket. 4.5/5

My Final Thoughts– In my opinion, this was an excellent release from Axl even though it took forever to come out. The question that was on everyone’s mind then was whether the wait for the new record was worth it. You have to listen to it yourself and just be the judge for yourself, but I love the album. I am going to give the record 4.6 star out of five for a final grade.

I’m not sure if everyone in the world is sick and tired of supergroups, but I am kind of still interested in some of them. I think of it as finally having all star bands like they have all star teams in sports. You may not like some of them, but there are those who you will enjoy. This is an interesting supergroup of sorts named Art Of Anarchy that features Scott Weiland (Stone Temple Pilots), Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (Guns ‘N Roses), John Moyer (Disturbed), and the Votta Brothers (Vince and Jon). The band came together after Bumblefott and Jon Votta had become friends and the two talked about doing this project. The part that had me interested was the fact that Scott Weiland was apart of the project as Weiland is one of my favorite rock vocalists. The music video is a combination of a performance video on a rooftop with another part that features gangsters, guns, and Booboo Stewart who was in X-Men: Days Of Future Past and Twilight. The video reminds me a lot of the Don’t Cry video by Guns ‘N Roses just in the way it was shot and Jon Votta confirms, “When I was a teenager in the early Nineties, Guns N’ Roses perfected what was the standard for any hard rock video. When I saw the video for ‘Don’t Cry’ and the band jamming on the roof top, that was—to me—literally and figuratively, the epitome of making it and being on top of the world.” The music is very interesting because it’s nothing like STP, Velvet Revolver, or any project any of them have been involved in. They are releasing their debut album on June 2ND, but Scott Weiland is no longer with the, saying, “I wrote and put my vocals down for these guys and had fun doing a couple of videos too, we had a lot of fun. When they find their frontman to hit the road and play some dates, check them out. In the meantime, if you want to check out where I’m at RIGHT NOW, check out my band, Scott Weiland and the Wildabouts.” Check out the video below:

rrrRandy Rhoads was one of those rare finds in rock and metal history that came and went too soon. He was one of those rare talents that don’t always come around very often so you cherish the years that he was around and all the music he had created in such a short time. Well, Brian Tichy, a veteran of rock and metal has created the group Randy Rhoads Remembered which is a group that is here to honor the memory and legacy of the great, late Randy Rhoads. The album features so many great guests on the record like Sebastian Bach (ex-Skid Row), David Ellefson (Megadeth), Alex Skolnick (Testament), Tracii Guns (LA Guns), Phil Demmel (Machine Head), and so many more. A press release revealed that Tichy was given the blessing from the Rhoads family to pursue this project and the drummer speaks about it here, “RRR VOL. 1′ is a great representation of the spirit of the RRR shows. This first show was so successful that five more were held in June 2014 on the East Coast with another amazing cast of players. ‘RRR VOL. 1′ is also a true representation of the spirit of the musicians who gave their time.” He goes on to say, “It’s just real players playing their instruments! Guitars are plugged into amps and cranked up with a microphone in front of them! Singers are not auto-tuned! In the spirit of how ‘Blizzard of Ozz’ and ‘Diary of a Madman’ were recorded, ‘Randy Rhoads Remembered, VOL. 1′ was approached the same way.” If you cannot make the 2ND Annual Randy Rhoads Remembered show in Santa Ana, California at The Observatory on January 23RD where the disc will be handed out, you can pre-order the disc here. Check out the track listing below:

1. ‘Sato’
Guitar: Brent Woods (Sebastian Bach/ Vince Neil)
Vocals: Sebastian Bach
Bass: James LoMenzo (John Fogerty, BLS, Megadeth, David Lee Roth, White Lion)
Drums: Brian Tichy (RRR creator)

2. ‘Flying High Again’
Guitar: Kiko Loureiro (Angra)
Vocals: Robert Mason (Warrant)
Bass: Phil Soussan (Ozzy Osbourne, Billy Idol, Vince Neil)
Drums: Brian Tichy (RRR creator)

3. ‘Mr. Crowley’
Guitar: Ron ‘Bumblefoot’ Thal (Guns N’ Roses)
Vocals: Michael Devin (Whitesnake)
Bass: Michael Devin (Whitesnake)
Drums: Brian Tichy (RRR creator)
Keys: Stephen LeBlanc (Jason Bonham Led Zep Exp.)

4. ‘No Bone Movies’
Guitar: Brian Tichy (RRR creator)
Vocals: Chas West (Bonham/ Lynch Mob)
Bass: Brian Tichy (RRR creator)
Drums: Ray Luzier (Korn, David Lee Roth)

5. Suicide Solution’ (Live ’82 version with “Ode To Tommy” drum solo)
Guitar: Rowan Robertson (Dio/ DC4)
Vocals: Michael Devin (Whitesnake)
Bass: Brian Tichy (RRR creator)
Drums: Brian Tichy (RRR creator)
Keys: Stephen LeBlanc (Jason Bonham Led Zep Exp.)

6. ‘Goodbye to Romance’
Guitar: Alex Skolnick (Alex Skolnick Trio/ Testament)
Vocals: Dewey Bragg (Kill Devil Hill)
Bass: Phil Soussan (Ozzy Osbourne, Billy Idol, Vince Neil)
Drums: Brian Tichy (RRR creator)

7. ‘Steal Away the Night’
Guitar: Phil X (Bon Jovi/ The Drills)
Vocals: Whit Crane (Ugly Kid Joe)
Bass: David Ellefson (Megadeth)
Drums: Brian Tichy (RRR creator)

8. ‘Iron Children’ (Randy’s version of “Iron Man” and “Children Of The Grave”)
Guitar: Tracii Guns (Devil City Angels/ LA Guns)
Vocals: Michael Devin (Whitesnake)
Bass: Phil Soussan (Ozzy Osbourne, Billy Idol, Vince Neil)
Drums: Brian Tichy (RRR creator)

9. ‘I Don’t Know’
Guitar: Phil Demmel (Machine Head)
Vocals: Jeff Scott Soto (Jeff Scott Soto Band/ Journey)
Bass: Michael Devin (Whitesnake)
Drums: Brian Tichy (RRR Creator)

10. “Diary of a Madman”
Guitar: Mike Orlando (Adrenaline Mob)
Vocals: Sebastian Bach
Drums: Brian Tichy (RRR creator)
Bass: Phil Soussan (Ozzy Osbourne, Billy Idol, Vince Neil)
Keys: Stephen LeBlanc (Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience)

11. ‘Dee’ (all guitarists together)

12. ‘Winding Rhoads’ (an original song with words and music written by Brian Tichy featuring Phil Soussan on bass and all RRR Vol. I guitar gods)

13. ‘Kelle Rhoads Track’ (an emotional instrumental piano piece written and performed by Kelle Rhoads)
Bass: Phil Soussan (Ozzy Osbourne, Billy Idol, Vince Neil)
Vocals: Brian Tichy (RRR creator)
Rhythm Guitar: Brian Tichy (RRR creator)
Guitar Solos: All guitarists
Drums: Brian Tichy (RRR creator)

14. Kelle Rhoads Piano Bonus Track