Posts Tagged ‘The Rolling Stones’

marc maronI have preached the brilliance of Netflix for a very long time now whether it be original movies, Original TV Series, documentaries, or even their original comedy specials. Earlier in the summer, Netflix had released a new series entitled G.L.O.W. that is loosely based on the all women’s wrestling show of the 80’s. One of the stars of that show is stand up comedian Marc Maron who is also the host of an amazing podcast called the WTF With Marc Maron. I instantly became a huge fan of his just from watching the show and when I heard that he had a comedy special on Netflix, I had to check it out. So for today’s Tuesday Stand Up, we are checking out his special Marc Maron: Too Real which was recorded at the Pantages Theater in Hollywood, CA. In the special, Marc tackles all sorts of topics like Donald Trump, hate groups, making decisions based on how long you have to live, being spiritual/meditating, fun, his father, media, The Rolling Stones, his mother, doctors, The Dave Matthews Band, stupid hats, cats, and so much more.

marc maron 2It has been quite some time since I had seen a comedy special and there have been times when I watch them, but I don’t review them. I knew I wanted to review this one because as I said above, I am a huge fan of his and his work. You don’t have to be smart to watch this comedy special, but it’s a smart comedy special. There is a lot of laughter in the wisdom of the brilliant Marc Maron and only intelligent people will get it for sure. One of my favorite topics that he gets into is when he starts reading his post it notes thoughts that he writes while driving. He gets into this whole conversation about Dave Matthews and I felt instantly like Marc understood my frustration behind that music. You’ll have to watch the special to know what I am referring to, but it was genius. The shtick he does on The Rolling Stones is great as you can see from the pic I provided to you guys in this paragraph. I definitely think you guys should give this special a shot and just check it out. It’s always good to have something different and with all the specials I have watched, he gives me something a little different. I am going to give the special an A for a final grade.

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war of the covers  perfect strangers.jpgLast week, we went on the lighter side of the spectrum of music with a hard rock classic in Street Fighting Man by The Rolling Stones and between Motley Crue and Tesla, you voted and chose Motley Crue as the winner by half the votes. This week we have another hard rock classic for you guys to vote on, but this is a unique one because it’s a battle of metal subgenres. This week we are checking out the classic 1984 track Perfect Strangers which was the title track to Deep Purple’s 11TH studio album (check out the review here). The album was iconic because it featured the return of Deep Purple’s famous Mark II lineup consisting of Ian Gillan, Ritchie Blackmore, Jon Lord, Roger Glover, and Ian Paice. Now you are probably wondering what two bands did I find that covered the track that pin certain metal sub-genres against each other? In one corner, we have progressive metal legends Dream Theater who covered the track for their 1995 EP A Change Of Seasons. In the other corner, we have legendary symphonic black metal legends Dimmu Borgir who covered the song on their 2010 album Abrahadabra. Now only one version can prevail and it’s up to you to make the choice. You have until the next War Of The Covers to decide.

 

war of the covers rolling stonesAnother week has passed and another war is finished as all of you came by and you voted as to who covered Kiss’s War Machine better. Was it Amon Amarth or was it Six Feet Under? Well, you voted and Amon Amarth came out on top by one vote. When it came to deciding this week’s War Of The Covers, I wanted to go on the hard rock side of things and find a track that some legendary 80’s bands have covered. I found it int he form of the classic 1968 Rolling Stones classic Street Fighting Man which was off of the band’s legendary album Beggar’s Banquet. The two bands we chose for you guys to fight over is none other than 80’s Hair Metal giants Mötley Crüe and a band that should have never been looped in that conversation in Sacramento hard rock legends Tesla. In 2005, Mötley Crüe covered the track for their 2005 greatest hits album Red, White, and Crüe as part of three unreleased never before heard tracks. In 2007, Tesla would include a cover of the song as part of an all covers album entitled Real To Real which also included covers of Deep Purple, Thin Lizzy, Guess Who, and many more. Now it’s up to you guys to decide who you think did the better cover of Street Fighting Man, is it the bad boys from Hollywood Mötley Crüe or is it Tesla? You have until the next War Of The Covers to decide.

13151558_10154142704378866_6527274700022246028_nI have to be honest and say that I was going to lose my lid if the rumors about Scott Stapp, the former Creed singer, joining Stone Temple Pilots. That in my opinion was going to be the worst possible news ever, but it turns out the rumors were wrong about him joining STP, but he is joining a band that had ties with Scott Weiland. Scott Stapp announced via a statement that he was joining Art Of Anarchy which Scott was in for a very short time. Here is his statement:

I wanted to clarify any confusions on Stone Temple Pilots and my comment. First off, Scott Weiland in STP is irreplaceable. I was recently asked what I’m currently working on in an interview and could not reveal details or announce this new project. This led the interviewer to assume it was STP and he eagerly kept asking for more details. Evidently my response caused confusion.
I’m excited to share I’ve been working with Art Of Anarchy band who’s members are Ron “Bumble Foot” Thal, formerly of Guns N Roses, John Moyer of Disturbed and Jon and Vince Votta. Original announcement was slated for July along with our first single and album to follow but happy to share this announcement sooner to clarify.
Art Of Anarchy is the project that I was referring to in the interview not STP. Scott Weiland was a part of Art of Anarchy and that’s the six degrees of separation I was referring to. Always been a fan of STP and I wish them all the best in their search for a new singer.
Allow me to introduce Art Of Anarchy. Stay tuned.

Scott Weiland recorded vocals for the only release that Art Of Anarchy has to date, but when it came time to tour, he proclaimed that he was not the singer for the band and that he wouldn’t record with them. So, having no lead singer was the perfect opportunity for Stapp to join the band considering all the members of Creed are busy with other projects.

Liv-SinSince we are on the topic of people announcing new projects or joining bands, I have some news regarding former Sister Sin vocalist Liv Jagrell. Swedish rock outfit Sister Sin announced that they were no longer going to be a band toward the end of last year which left Liv Jagrell with nothing to do. Well have no fear because she has just announced that she is going to continue her career under the name Liv Sin. For me it has never been an option to stop singing. I live for the stage and for my fans. I still miss Sister Sin, but I am very excited to work on my own project, and I can promise it will not be some soft pop rock. This is going to be metal deluxe, because that’s who I am!” which is what Jagrell said in an interview. In a statement on Facebook, she said, “So guys, here is some news for you, I’m not leaving you. I have a management who believes in me, musicians that I’m making songs with and now I just have to find a label to support me. Stay tuned and have patience! (That goes for me too haha).” Stay tuned here for more info as it becomes available.

1The end of 2015 into where we are now in 2016 has been a very rough year for the music and entertainment world as we mourn the loss of so many greats. One of those greats that we lost was the great Lemmy Kilmister of Motorhead. That was one of the toughest losses we suffered so far (besides Bowie), but we have something coming out to help us remember him. On June 10TH, UDR is releasing a Live CD/DVD entitled Clean Your Clock which is a live performance recorded back in November during the band’s performance in Munich. The album features classics like Orgasmatron, Overkill, Ace Of Spades, and Bomber which you can actually check out here. According to Loudwire.com, here are some of the different formats it’s available in, “The disc will be available in numerous configurations including a standalone CD, DVD with CD, Blu-ray with CD and colored double vinyl in gatefold with pop-up art. In addition, there will be a box set containing the aforementioned vinyl, DVD, audio CD and Motorhead metal medal along with a limited edition box set with the option of a silver or gold medal and digital download.”

downloadFans of classic rock groups like The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan, Roger Waters, and The Who have something to drool over as The Desert Trip was officially announced. Now you may be asking what in the hell is The Desert Trip and what do these acts have to do with that. Well, The Desert Trip is a three day festival that is taking place at the same place as Coachella (Empire Polo Club in Indio, CA) and each of the three nights only features two performers. The Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan headline Friday while Paul McCartney and Neil Young are Saturday while Roger Waters and The Who close out the festival on Sunday. To see all information regarding ticket prices, hotels, and such, please visit the festival website here. This just might be a once in a lifetime kind of show and knowing the way 2016 has been going, I might just have to spend the dough.

Seattle grunge legends released a new collection of rarities album called Echo of Miles: Scattered Tracks Across The Path which features the song we are covering today for the Single Of The Week called Kristi. The song was originally recorded during the 1995 Down On The Upside sessions, but it was left off the album and according to Matt Cameron, it was his favorite Soundgarden song. The song is full of grunge-tastic riffage that is heavy and in your face as it embodies everything we love about Soundgarden. The album is divided into three sections which the first being the originals, the second being covers, and the third being oddities (which has me interested). The covers disc features the band covering everyone from The Rolling Stones, The Beattles, and even Devo. Soundgarden is releasing this for now, but the band says that they are heading back into the studio to write new music that they hope to release next year and they are also reissuing Ultramega OK as well. The band had already unleashed other tracks from the record like Storm and Twin Tower, but for now lets check out Kristi.

kissLast week, Kiss was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame and to honor that I have decided to review a Kiss album for the album of the week. What better of a choice to review than the one that started it all for the band that would go on one hell of a rollercoaster ride to the top. The album was released on February 18, 1974 via Casablanca Records which means it’s celebrating it’s 40TH anniversary this year.  Even though it’s Paul Stanley (Vocals, Guitar), Gene Simmons (Bass, Vocals), Ace Frehley (Guitar), and Peter Criss (Drums) first album together, most of the songs were already written when Paul and Gene were in Wicked Lester. The album was produced by Kenny Kerner and Richie Wise and Gene claims that the album took three weeks to record and mix while Wise says that it only took 13 days. Since the band has stated on numerous occasions that The Beatles were a huge inspiration, they modeled their album cover after With The Beatles album. The album peaked at number 87 on the Billboard Pop charts while the album was certified Gold based on having shipped 500,000 copies to stores (that is how they figured out how many albums you sold before the Soundscan era).

The Makeup Schemes

The Makeup Schemes

The iconic drum fill from the uptempo rock classic Strutter opens up the record and it also a track that was written before Ace joined the group. In fact, Paul Stanley wrote the track based on a song Gene had written before in a different band. If you want to get strange for a second, the next track Nothin’ To Lose is a track about a boyfriend trying to coercing his girlfriend into anal sex only to discover that she really enjoys it. Firehouse is the next track on the record and it was a track that Paul Stanley wrote in high school while listening to The Move’s Fire Brigade. Cold Gin is one of the most iconic tracks that Ace Frehley wrote that he never sang. Ace was insecure about his vocal abilities so he gave the song away for Gene to sing. The track is about how cold gin can keep men sexually active. Let Me Know is the track that Paul Stanley wrote and played when he first met Gene Simmons and it’s a track where both Gene and Paul share vocal duties and it has a bridge and a instrumental Coda. Kissin Time is Kiss’s cover of a Bobby Rydell song. The song wasn’t on the original pressing of the record, but it was rather recorded later on by request of Casablanca Records founder Neil Bogart. Bogart had recognized that the original release of the record was not a commercial success as he had hoped so he figured f the band covered this catchy tune, it would help raise sales which it did.

kiss logoWhen Gene Simmons recorded Deuce, he says he simply copied the bass line from The Rolling Stones track Bitch and played it backwards. Ace has stated his love for Deuce in the past and why when he said, “they said, ‘We’re going to play you a song for you to listen to, and then try playing along — it’s in the key of ‘A’. They played [“Deuce”] as a three-piece. I thought, ‘That’s easy enough,’ so I got up and wailed for four minutes playing lead work over it.” Love Theme From Kiss is a shortened instrumental version of a Wicked Lester track Acrobat. 100,000 Years starts with a bass riff by Gene before the rest of the band comes in with the bluesy heavy rock riffs. It’s my least favorite Kiss song ever. Black Diamond is the greatest Kiss song ever!!! The song starts with Paul singing the first verse which is accompanied by a 12 string acoustic guitar arrangement and when he finally yells “Hit It”, the band explodes onto your speakers and Peter Criss takes over on vocals. As I stated above, this is the album that started it all for Kiss and I am so proud that they were able to look past their differences for the rock hall induction in Brooklyn last week. They are definitely one of the greatest hard rock groups of all time. I am going to give the album 4.3 stars out of five for a final grade.