Venrez–Livin’ The Dream
Let’s say you’ve always wanted to be a singer for a rock ‘n roll band. Where do you start? Late-night gigs in the neighborhood dive bar is the usual story. Steven Berez, however, did things a little differently. “First time I ever sang with a band was at the Viper Room on a Saturday night to a sold-out… Read more »
Great White: Calm Waters Ahead
“Help, I’m steppin’ into the twilight zone. The place is a madhouse, feels like being cloned.” No, this isn’t an interview with the band Golden Earring. It’s an interview with Michael Lardie from the band Great White–not to be confused with Jack Russell’s Great White. They are separate bands–although Lardie and Russell played for many years… Read more »
Phil Soussan Protecting The Music
Ask most people what they know about Phil Soussan, and chances are the reply will be something to the effect of “Oh yeah…he was the bass player for Ozzy.” Yes, Soussan was the bass player on The Ultimate Sin album, and he did write the hit song Shot In The Dark. However, there is far, far… Read more »
Former Babylon A.D. Frontman, Derek Davis is Re-Volting
Babylon A.D. was one of the more underrated hard rock bands of the late 80s-early 90’s. Their first album was solid and hard-hitting, containing the hits Bang Go The Bells, Hammer Swings Down and Kid Goes Wild. They had the talent and potential to be as huge as contemporaries such as Poison and Warrant. Alas, given… Read more »
KaVaN Review–House of Blues, Anaheim, CA Monday April 22 2012.
Read anything you can find on the Internet about the band KaVaN (pronounced “cave-in,” by the way), and comparison to Iron Maiden comes up consistently. Given that, it’s not surprising that they ended up their set with a Maiden cover tune (more on that later). There is a natural tendency when describing a band’s sound… Read more »
Australian Rock Music Is More Than A Four-Letter Word.
Ask the average American music fan what they know about rock bands from Australia, and, chances are, they’ll shoot a four-letter word back at you: AC/DC. Well, there’s a rising force in music from down under, and you will need considerably more vowels and consonants to identify this band: Monks of Mellonwah. It’s Wednesday, February… Read more »
Public Enemies No. 1, 2, 3 & 4
You’ve got to admire a rock star who uses the word “serendipitous” in conversation. Of course, Dave Ellefson isn’t your average rock star. He has a bachelor’s degree in business, is a published author and is studying to be an ordained minister in the Lutheran church. Given that, chatting with him goes beyond the usual “let’s… Read more »
Leatherwolf Frontman Michael Olivieri Charts New, Different Course
Michael Olivieri has a new album out, the self-titled M.O.B. Michael Olivieri Band. However, hand anyone the CD with the title blacked out, and chances are they would never guess who the artist is. Leatherwolf was one of the hardest rocking bands of the 80’s, but Olivieri’s new work bears no resemblance to those long-gone days. An… Read more »
Xander Demos–The Unlikely Shredder.
Quick–when you think of a shredding guitarist, what comes to mind? A skinny dude with long hair, who’s been playing the instrument since he was just a toddler, perhaps? Think again. With a stocky build and short, spiky hair, Xander Demos looks more like a football linebacker than someone who has been featured on Steve… Read more »
The Best Band You’ve Never Heard Of.
What if someone told you there was a hard rock band that started in the UK in the late 60’s, a band that was on par with some of the great bands of the era like Cream, Black Sabbath and The Jimi Hendrix Experience? A band with the impossibly wonderful name of Iron Claw? A band… Read more »