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Catching Up With…Joe Lynn Turner

Scrap Metal Perform at Mohegan Sun Arena on August 5, 2011

Scrap Metal Perform at Mohegan Sun Arena on August 5, 2011

You have three upcoming shows in the New England area from May 3-5 what can your longtime fans expect from these performances?

It’s been a long time since I’ve been up there so I think that they are going to hear some Rainbow, some Deep Purple, some original material maybe a cover or two possibly Hendrix or something like that.  They are really going to see and hear a power-packed show because we got a super band and we are going to deliver for sure.

Who is in your current touring line-up?

That with lineup will be Jules Radino on drums (Blue Oyster Cult since 2004), Angus Clark on guitar (Trans- Siberian Orchestra, Rock of Ages) Rob De Martino on bass (Virgin Steele, Rondinelli) and Dr. Gary Gerber on keyboards.  All have played with me and with many other projects over the years so it’s like playing with friends.  It’s a killer band.   Read more

CD Review: Accept / First Four Classic Albums

acceotOn April 14, 2017 AMF Records is going to reissue exclusive Digipak editions of the first four Accept albums, available in this format for the first time ever.  “Accept” (1979), “I’m a Rebel” (1980), “Breaker” (1981) & “Restless and Wild” (1982).  Three of these Platinum Editions including previously unreleased Live bonus tracks recorded on singer Udo Dirkschneider’s latest tour (which took place under the banner “Dirkschneider”). The only exception being the “Accept” album which comes with an audio-recorded interview of Udo Dirkschneider as bonus, in which “Mr. German Metal” tells the story of Accept’s early days and the band’s foundation.  I’ve had a chance to listen to all four albums & wanted to pass along some thoughts on each.  For some of you it will be a chance to return to some gems from the past and for others possibly a new discovery on some material that you may have overlooked or have yet to add to your Metal collections. Read more

Catching Up With Brad Gillis of Night Ranger

nrcoverBrad, let’s talk a little about the 12th Night Ranger studio album “Don’t Let Up”.  What has changed over the past 35 years since the release of your first record ‘Dawn Patrol’?

Well, a lot has changed.  We don’t tour nine months out of the year any longer and recording costs are a lot different than in the past.  Instead of going down to L.A. and then locking down into the studio for a couple of months to make a record we (Kelly, Jack and myself) all just get together now, jam things out.  We started out at Kelly’s house in Nashville and came up with some great ideas.  We then started to pass the files along and got Keri Kelli working on it and then got Eric Levy to add in his keyboard parts.  We would then get together at each other’s studios and finish this thing off.  It took quite a while because in between we would be touring, writing new material on the fly, Jack had some vocal troubles for about a month and a half but in the end, we were all so happy with how it came out.  It’s getting great reviews all over the world and the first week it was out it was #1 on Amazon bestseller hard rock charts.  Have not had this much excitement since the 80’s!

I get the feeling after listening to “Don’t Let Up” a few times that it picks up right where “Somewhere in California” & “High Road” left off?  Agree or disagree?

Oh I agree.  I think the last couple of records had some great songs on them.  I think this record is getting a lot more action in terms of reviews and everyone seems to like every single song so I think we did build off those albums for sure.   Fans are saying they don’t want to skip over any tracks so that’s so cool to hear! It’s exciting for us to hear this because we need to start to get together more often and learn these songs for our set when we tour in support of it. Read more

Catching Up With Stephen Pearcy

Smasher777_HI_RESimage_copyIt’s been awhile since the last Stephen Pearcy solo offering Under My Skin (2008) and almost as long since the last RATT release Infestation (2010).  Needless to say, Pearcy fans have been not only very patient but also very confused with everything that has been going on in the RATT camp in the last few years.  Well, the wait is over. 

On January 27, direct from Frontiers Records, comes Pearcy’s fourth solo release Smash.  A 13-track collection of exactly what you would expect from Stephen: great hooks, solid songwriting, veteran backing band and even a little Beau Hill.  I had a chance to catch up with Stephen and get a little clarification on the current state of his solo band, Smash and all things RATT.

Interviewed by: Roger Scales Read more

Interview: Ted Poley Talks “Beyond The Fade”

tpTed Poley has been rocking professionally for more than 30 years and has always had a singular mission of entertaining his fans by giving 100% in every performance and recording he has ever put his name to.  

Whether it’s Prophet, Danger Danger, Bone Machine, Meoldica, or his solo material each album and tour showed Ted maturing as an artist.  With “Beyond The Fade” fans can expect that high level of melodic rock to continue and maybe even surpass their expectations. 

TWRY recently caught up with Ted to discuss the new record and all that is going on in his career in 2016.

Interviewed by: Roger Scales Read more

Q&A With Jean “Boomer” Grenier – A Tribute To Peter Criss And KISS – Faith And Will Vol. 1

cd_front _coverA Tribute To Peter Criss And KISS – Faith And Will Vol. 1 was released on April 4th in both digital downloads and physical CD formats.

New England rock legend Jean “Boomer” Grenier took some time recently to sit down with TWRY staff writer Roger Scales to find out more about this project.

Jean what prompted you and Vinny (Nault) to record this tribute album and why the emphasis on Peter Criss/KISS?

What happened was we started recording a couple KISS songs for fun in 2001 and only accomplished finishing two of them. They we’re “All American Man” and ‘Larger Than Life”.  Life kind of got in the way and it fell by the way side for over a decade. In 2014 my mother was diagnosed with lung cancer and obviously shook our family up and my world. Vinny and I had decided to continue what we had started long ago, but this this time it was different. I suggested we finish it and do something positive with it. As time went on a few light bulbs went off and we decided to do it as a tribute CD. Some people had helped my mom and myself in 2015 and I thought this was a way to “pay it forward” and hopefully help someone or families dealing with the same devastating cancer issue our family was dealing with. Read more

CD Review: Rock ‘n’ Roll Rebels & the Sunset Strip – Volume I

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Volume I

Eonian Records
Reviewed by: Roger Scales

Let me start out by stating as your ace reporter “80’s Guy for The Modern Eye” at TheyWillRockYou.com that never has there been a box set more eagerly anticipated by yours truly than the Eonian Records 4 CD set “Rock N Roll Rebels & The Sunset Strip ” Volume 1. Read more

Catching Up With Udo Dirkschneider of U.D.O.

February 26, 2015 by  
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Catching Up With Udo Dirudocoverart_kschneider
Interviewed by: Roger Scales

“Decadent,” released here in North America on Feb 3rd, is the 15th studio album from U.D.O. over a 28 year period. Your last studio album “Steelhammer” (2013) brought about some changes within the band with Stefan (Kaufmann) stepping aside and also the loss of Igor (Gianola). What was it like writing and recording with two new guitar players?

Well actually Andrey (Smirnoff) did all of the guitar work on “Steelhammer” but we were working remotely. This time we were actually working together face to face not over the internet. Now with adding Kasperi (Heikkinen) who was also working face to face in the studio they both came up with great ideas and they worked very hard on this record. The results speak for themselves with fan and media reaction so far. Because they are from a different generation and they are both young and hungry it really has given this band some new life. It’s a great mix of older generation classic metal infused with this new found energy and excitement.      Read more

Catching Up With Russell Allen of Adrenaline Mob

adrenalinemobdearlydepartedcdCatching Up With Russell Allen of Adrenaline Mob
Interviewed by: Roger Scales

Before we get started with my questions I wanted to let you know that rated “Men of Honor” my #1 favorite release of 2014. My short summary was simply explained in this formula: tight band + aggressive style x melodic chorus= enjoyment. Well done sir.

Thank you. Thanks for all that you do for us and for all the other bands that you are championing because without you doing that we just don’t stand a chance in this modern era of over saturation of media frenzy over-hyping of any new band that comes down the pike.

Now let’s get into the new release Dearly Departed being released through Century Media on Feb 10. In a departure from the first covers EP Coverta this new disc will feature in addition to 4 cover tunes, an unreleased track from the Men of Honor sessions, 3 acoustic renditions of songs from both Omerta and Men of Honor, and an edited version of the Men of Honor track “Dearly Departed”. Sounds like it has something for everyone? Read more

Concert Review: Michael Sweet at the Spire Center for Performing Arts in Plymouth, MA

January 13, 2015 by  
Filed under Concert Reviews, Daily Music News

10389174_10152110280007168_643937270294686186_nMichael Sweet
Christmas Solo Show
The Spire Center for Performing Arts – Plymouth, MA
December 19, 2014
Reviewed by: Roger Scales

This was my first show in attendance at The Spire Center for The Performing Arts in beautiful downtown Plymouth, MA. The venue is surrounded by some very nice restaurants, small shops and I must say with all of the holiday lights gleaming I was in a very festive spirit. Why shouldn’t I be? It’s the Friday night before Christmas and I’m getting ready to witness a one-night only, special performance from one of my favorite vocalists of all time – Massachusetts’ own Michael Sweet. Read more

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