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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

Book Review: ‘The Big Book of Hair Metal’ by Martin Popoff

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Author: Martin Popoff

Reviewed by: Roger Scales

Yes, this review will be 100% biased because its subject matter is near and dear to my “80’s Guy” heart but no it was not written for me, dedicated to me nor did I have any involvement in the creation of it whatsoever. However that’s not to say that I couldn’t have been added as a creative consultant or at the very least quoted in it somewhere! The Big Book of Hair Metal The Illustrated Oral History of Heavy Metal’s Debauched Decade is candid, funny, informative and is really one of the first truly year by year breakdown of the 80’s hair band genre in written form. The detail is what’s most encouraging about Martin Popoff’s take on this era in music of which he boosts in the book’s introduction that hair metal makes him “happy’. Why shouldn’t it? If you had a pulse from 1980-1991 (prior to Nirvana changing the culture within the industry) than you more than likely had just as many happy moments along the way listening to bands like Quiet Riot, Motley Crue, Bon Jovi and Dokken, as Martin did. Read more

EP Review: Troy Marks / Illumino

August 14, 2014 by  
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Illumino

Reviewed by: Roger Scales

Every once in a while you stumble upon an album, band or solo artist simply by being in the right place at the right time. Shortly after interviewing Steve Blaze from Lillian Axe I got a request to listen to an EP (on Steve’s recommendation) coming from solo artist Troy Marks called Illumino. Read more

Concert Review: Sammy Hagar and Friends Invade Hampton Beach

August 5, 2014 by  
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Featuring: Michael Anthony, Jason Bonham & Vic Johnson
July 30, 2014
Casino Ballroom – Hampton Beach, NH
Photos & Words by:  Jeff Palmucci

 

Sammy Hagar played last week at the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom in a show billed as “A Journey Through the History of Rock.” With the musicians joining him on stage, he we able to make good on that promise. Jason Bonham was on drums, son of Led Zeppelin’s legendary drummer John Bonham. Micheal Anthony on bass, Sammy’s bandmate from both Van Halen and Chickenfoot. Vic Johnson, guitarist for Sammy’s backup band The Waboritas was on lead guitar. Read more

DVD Review: Dream Theater / Live At Luna Park

May 28, 2014 by  
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Live at Luna Park
Eagle Rock Entertainment

Reviewed by: Roger Scales

I don’t think anyone could have predicted back in 2010 how loud the fallout from Mike Portnoy’s departure from Dream Theater and subsequent hire in 2011 of drummer extraordinaire Mike Mangini to replace him would be felt. Whether it’s due to mis-connections, miscommunication or misconceptions one thing was for sure – there was going to be change in the Dream Theater lineup and fans could either jump on board the new mighty sturdy bandwagon or stay afloat in the past waiting for a ship to pass in the night with a gunboat aboard hoping to hold the other members of Dream Theater hostage and demand Portnoy come back. With the album A Dramatic Turn of Events I think most fans could agree that not much was changing within the DT camp and the album brought forth the first Grammy nomination for best hard rock/heavy metal performance for On The Back’s of Angels in the bands history. You cannot argue with success. Read more

CD Review: Tesla / Simplicity

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Simplicity
Tesla Electric Company

Reviewed by: Roger Scales

Never has an album cover and title truly described a band at its core. Tesla, although first arriving in 1986 at the height of hair bands and commercial rock, were really never a band about presentation. They never had big hair, stage theatrics, spandex or racy videos filled with vixens. They did however tour with many of these bands and like it or not got lumped into that era, fairly or unfairly. My introduction to the band was from the first time I saw ‘Modern Day Cowboy” on MTV and my first Tesla show was seeing them opening for Def Leppard on the Hysteria tour. I thought they had boundless energy, were fun on stage and wrote memorable classic rock songs that were easy to sing along with. Read more

DVD Review: Sensation – The Story of The Who’s Tommy

May 15, 2014 by  
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Reviewed by: Roger Scales

The Who’s double LP Tommy  (1969) truly set the standard as the first rock opera and took Pete Townshend from brash guitar player to legendary songwriter in one fell swoop. Some of my all time favorite Who tracks such as ‘Pinball Wizard”, “See Me, Feel Me” and “I’m Free” are featured here and tells the story about that deaf, dumb and blind kid. It’s hard to believe that the album was banned by the BBC and certain US radio stations who felt it was exploitative. I actually remember the movie from 1975 more from my childhood than the album itself, probably because I had such a mad crush on Ann- Margret. I was really looking forward to this DVD from Eagle Vision because as an album I have a much better appreciation for it now than I ever did then. This release does not disappoint and I found out a lot more about this album than I ever did especially the art work and a lot of what inspired Pete to create these songs in the first place. Read more

Concert Review & Photo Gallery: Volbeat at Casino Ballroom in Hampton Beach, NH

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Volbeat
May 9, 2014
Casino Ballroom – Hampton Beach, NH
Photos by:  Jeff Palmucci

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Volbeat played the Casino Ballroom last week and I was there to photograph the show. The first time I met these guys was at Rocklahoma 2012 and they seemed to be great  guys. I remember ex-guitarist Hank Shermann geeking out over my brand new shiny Canon 5D3 camera as I was setting up for the video and thinking: “wow, a major rock star can be a camera nerd just like me.”

Hank is no longer with the band, replaced by ex-Anthrax guitarist Rob Caggiano simultaneously with the new album Outlaw Gentlemen and Shady Ladies. Caggiano can definitely pull off some awesome guitar, and is a great showman on stage. While in the photo pit, I noticed a kid about 10 or 11 standing in the front row against the rail. Caggiano came over and riffed to the kid, probably giving him the thrill of his life. Of course, I planted myself nearby so I could catch the action also. Make sure you check out the photo gallery below.

Although Volbeat is a Danish band, they come across as hard rock with a southern, rockabilly influence. They highlighted a bit of this influence during the show with a rendition of Johnny Cash’s Ring of Fire, and of course, in the new album with its western themes. If you haven’t heard Volbeat before and would like to give them a try, two of my favorite tracks off of Outlaw are Dead but Rising and The Hangman’s Body Count.

This is the second time I’ve photographed these guys in as many weeks, making the trip to Rockville at the end of April and getting a chance to see them there also. I suspect I’m a little obsessed. My family may be getting sick of me listening to them in the car. My wife definitely gives me a dirty look every time the “counting all the assholes in the room” lyric comes around. Ah well, worth it.

Set List:

  • Doc Holiday
  • Hallelujah Goat
  • Boa
  • Lola Montez
  • Sad Man’s Tongue
  • Heaven Nor Hell
  • Warrior
  • 16 Dollars
  • Dead But Rising
  • Fallen
  • Ecotone
  • Evelyn (featuring Trivium)
  • Radio Girl
  • Maybellene
  • Still Counting
  • Pool of Booze
  • Hangman’s Body Count
  • Mirror

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Book Review: “Honestly: My Life and Stryper Revealed” by Michael Sweet

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Michael Sweet
Reviewed by: Roger Scales

When I first heard about this book I basically expected a pretty vanilla offering from a very well known singer/songwriter/guitarist who just so happens to be a very devout Christian while fronting a heavy metal band called Stryper. I have been a very big Stryper fan going back as far as 1985, seeing them play in a small club in Boston and have never missed a single tour since. That being said, I was hoping that Michael’s book Honestly was going to give some insight to a number of questions I have had during the 30-plus year career of my fandom of Michael in Stryper such as who came up with the yellow and black outfit design? Why did Tim leave during the recording of To Hell With The Devil? Whatever happened to his short lived replacement Matt Hurich? Why in more recent years was their obvious reluctance to play songs off In God We Trust? Why did Michael essentially break up Stryper in 1992? Who got the band back together in 1999? Trust me, I got my answers and a whole lot more. Honestly is a no-frills look into the mind and soul of a man who has made mistakes, had musical and personal regrets but at the same time has been a loving husband and father while maintaining his stature as one of the top rock vocalists of his generation. Read more

CD Review: Hour of Penance / Regicide

May 1, 2014 by  
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Regicide
Prosthetic Records

Reviewed by: B. Cross

Italian death metal stalwarts Hour of Penance have spent their career taking no prisoners, and extremity is assured on their sixth album Regicide. Kicking things off with an intro reminiscent of a dark fantasy film, the band immediately shifts into high gear with “Reforging the Crowns.” From there to album finisher “Theogony,” Hour of Penance have created a solid slab of high-octane death metal that runs at full speed. Read more

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