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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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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

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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  
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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

DVD Review: Triple Threat Super 70’s Classic Rock (Alice Cooper, Queen and Deep Purple)

December 2, 2014 by  
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Super Duper Alice Cooper Welcome to His Nightmare/Queen Live At The Rainbow ‘74/Deep Purple with Orchestra Live In Verona
Eagle Rock Entertainment
Reviewed by: Roger Scales

Alice Cooper, Queen and Deep Purple. The names just roll off the tongue and identify an era of rock music that may never ever be duplicated again. In 2014 we are very fortunate that all three of these acts are not only still in circulation for their long time fan bases but are being enjoyed by a whole new generation of fans as well, with sell out shows all over the world. Eagle Rock Entertainment is offering up three DVD releases that will be a nice addition to any fans collection. Also each has its own unique perspective because we have a documentary with “Super Duper Alice Cooper Welcome to His Nightmare”, “Queen Live At The Rainbow ‘74” and “Deep Purple with Orchestra Live In Verona” circa 2011. Let’s take a peek at each shall we? Read more

CD Review: Badger/Time Will Tell

November 6, 2014 by  
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Badger
Reviewed by: Roger Scales


Outside of Extreme, Pat Badger has played with Jason Bieler of Saigon Kick in Super TransAtlantic and of course Tribe of Judah with Gary Cherone but has never really had his own project or solo effort. We all know what he brought to the table in all of these bands beyond his solid bass playing and that was his very underrated, extremely smooth harmonies. With that in mind, I had always wondered what a project of his own might sound like? My thought would be one part Cheap Trick, add in a touch of Queen, a sprinkle of Aerosmith, a dab of KISS and a small pinch of Van Halen and that would be a signature Pat Badger album. Well you know what, ‘Time Will Tell” from Badger is truly all of that and a whole lot more. Read more

CD Review: Tango Down / Charming Devil

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Charming Devil

Reviewed by: Roger Scales

Two years ago when Tango Down released Identity Crisis, I called it my favorite album of 2012 in my review. It was full of everything that puts a smile on my face and it exceeded the standards of what I call the “Three H” method when judging a record: harmonies, hooks, holding power.   That record still gets heavy rotation on this “80’s Guy’s” Listening Machine. ,24 months later, Tango Down is back with Charming Devil and I read a quote from Scott “Rif” Miller that TD has once again “raised the bar” and an expectation level from TD fans waiting to hear if the band can surpass 2012’s monster release. Did they indeed put on the jet packs and head even higher than they ever have before? “Charming Devil” has done just that with a 10 song selection of well written, well produced melodic gems full of harmonic flavor, a dash of metal and a smattering of memorable guitar riffs that just may put Mr. Miller on my personal pedestal of current guitar gods. Read more

Book Review: Rocks: My Life In and Out of Aerosmith

October 2, 2014 by  
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perryRocks: My Life In and Out of Aerosmith
Simon & Schuster
Joe Perry with David Ritz

Reviewed by: Roger Scales

Back in 1997 Stephen Davis wrote Walk This Way: The Autobiography of Aerosmith and I remember reading it and being mildly shocked, somewhat amused, largely enlightened, very informed and never bored. This was a big deal at the time because many rumors had persisted for years about who said what to whom and at what point did the relationship between Joe Perry and the rest of the band deteriorate to where Joe left the band in 1979 half way through recording Nut In The Ruts. Was it just a rift between Joe and Steven? Why did he through a glass of milk at Tom Hamilton’s wife in Cleveland Ohio? We got the answers and then some. Read more

CD Review: Hurtsmile / Retrogrenade

September 20, 2014 by  
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Retrogrenade

Reviewed by: Roger Scales
It’s been three years since the release of the 2011 debut album from Hurtsmile that introduced to the rock world the first ever Cherone brothers (Gary –Vocals and Mark-Lead Guitar) musical compilation of straight up rock ‘n’ roll diverse in its musical content and ambitious in its lyrical approach. Add in a world class rhythm section with Joe Pessia (Tantric, DramaGods) on bass guitar and Dana Spellman on drums and Hurtsmile is all set to pick up where they left off. Read more

DVD Review: ZZ Top Live At Montreux 2013

September 15, 2014 by  
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ZZ Top
Eagle Rock Entertainment

Reviewed by: Roger Scales

One of my earliest memories of MTV was seeing a constant rotation of “Gimme All Your Lovin” and ‘Legs” with the beards, the 1933 Ford Coupe, the sunglasses and those “top” video vixens. They were not only funny stories but catchy tunes as well. They certainly would have to be at that time for me to buy the Eliminator cassette the first summer I started to earn my own money. I thought they were a brand new band at the time, not knowing that their first album had been released in 1971. I have seen them live a few times over the years mainly when paired with someone whom I may have actually liked even more but figured I’d stick around and check out a few tunes. Read more

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