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Lita Ford

October 23, 2013 by  
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Interviewed by: Roger Scales

We catch up with the one and only Lita Ford to talk about her upcoming live record The Bitch is Back…Live, her triumphant return to rock, some surprises she has in store for this Christmas season and even a book in the works she has in the works. What can we say, it’s good to be LITA!

Lita, you have a brand new live record coming out on November 5 titled The Bitch is Back…Live.  Having covered “The Bitch is Back” as a bonus track on your last studio record Live Like a Runaway, is Elton John aware of you covering his song or did you seek his blessing in any way prior to or after recording it?  

What we did was when Elton was performing in Ft. Lauderdale, FL at the Hard Rock Café I had my manager call his manager to let him know I would be in the area at the show and that I would be recording “The Bitch is Back” and wanted his blessing.  Elton’s tour manager told us don’t worry I’ll take care of Lita. Make sure she’s here prior to the show so she can come backstage and say hello.  So I went and told him I was doing a cover of “The Bitch Is Back” and he said “That’s my song!” and I said “Yes…that is YOUR song and I want to thank you for allowing me to cover it.”  He said “Thank you for covering it”.  He was a perfect gentleman and very happy that I was recording his song.  The tour manager said “That is one rockin’ version of your song Elton!” Read more

Photo Gallery: Franz Ferdinand at ACL Fest in Austin, TX

October 23, 2013 by  
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Franz Ferdinand
October 12, 2013
ACL Festival– Austin, TX
Photos by:  Jerri Starbuck

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Tom Keifer

October 21, 2013 by  
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Tom Keifer of Cinderella performs on July 14, 2010 at the Hampton Beach Club Casino in Hampton Beach, NH.Tom Keifer
Interviewed by: Roger Scales

It’s been almost 6 months since the release of your first solo album The Way Life Goes and the reviews have been very positive both of the record itself and the shows in support of it.  Was it a scary concept to go out and be just Tom Keifer having been a part of a band setting with Cinderella for all of your career up to this point?   

Yes, there is a safe feeling being part of a band for that long.  The thought of stepping outside of it and starting something new with each step that I took was a little nerve racking and something to get used to.  It’s felt pretty natural so far.  We worked so long on this record and have been real pleased with how it came out.  It feels really good also to be out touring in support of it.  It’s cool.  But it did take a minute to get used to the idea.     Read more

Concert Review: Alpine at Great Scott in Allston, MA

October 18, 2013 by  
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October 15, 2013
Great Scott – Allston, MA

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Concert Gallery: Vader at the Yost Theater in Santa Ana, CA

October 16, 2013 by  
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Vader
September 6, 2013
The Yost Theater – Santa Ana, CA
Photos by:  Sergio Bastidas

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DVD Review: Portnoy/Sheehan/MacAlpine/Sherinian: Live in Tokyo

October 15, 2013 by  
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Live in Tokyo
Eagle Rock Entertainment
Reviewed by: Roger Scales

Live in Tokyo was filmed/recorded on November 14, 2012 at Zepp Tokyo. This 95-minute concert is the first release of material from the PSMS (Mike Portnoy, Billy Sheehan, Tony MacAlpine and Derek Sherinian) supergroup, and it showcases a wide range of instrumental performances from each of the members’ careers and collaborations. The DVD and Blu-ray also offer an exclusive peek at this production with a behind-the-scenes featurette.  Read more

DVD Review: Rainbow / Black Masquerade

October 15, 2013 by  
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Black Masquerade –  Live in Germany at the Rockpalast
Eagle Rock Entertainment

Reviewed by: Roger Scales

When Ritchie Blackmore left Deep Purple for what would be the final time in 1993, he decided to resurrect Rainbow for a three year period from 1994-1997.  The band recorded one album Stranger In Us All (1995) and toured off and on pretty much right up until 1997 when Blackmore together with his partner Candice Night formed the Renaissance influenced Blackmore’s Night and have had success with that project right up to today.  Read more

Jeff Waters of Annihilator

October 9, 2013 by  
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Jeff Waters of Annihilator
Interviewed by: Roger Scales

Annihilator are back with their new disc Feast and we caught up with Jeff Waters to talk about it:

It looks like Feast is yet another collection of assaults on the senses. Is the creative process any different now than it was 30 years ago?

Hmmm.  Good question I’d say no.  The results can be a lot different.  The actual process is pretty much the same.  I just sit down with what used to be a drummer years ago years and years ago or writing by myself writing guitar riffs and putting together an arrangement and then showing the drummer what to play and then the bass player what to play it’s evolved pretty quickly into me playing everything in my own studio.  I might also program a drum machine to jam along to while I’m putting together the guitar riff.   I just put the music together by myself now.  Slowly built it and record it from there.  Usually I write the lyrics myself and sometimes pawn some of the songs off to Dave (Padden, rhythm guitar and lead vocals).  It’s more or less the same idea as in the past.  When I’m writing the guitar riff I kind of have an idea of how I want the bass and drums to sound so it is in a sense a solo project really but in the last ten years it has been more of a Jeff and Dave band.  We decided this time to stop switching drummers and bass players (Mike Hershaw and Alberto Campuzano) out on the road and find a pair we like and keep them around.           Read more

Spotlight Interview: Lucas D’Agata of Serosia

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Serosia is:

Lucas D’Agata – Vocals
Anthony D’Agata – Drums
Derek Troxell – Guitar
Joseph Kuban – Bass Read more