Author: Richard Rosenthal

Richard Rosenthal

Richard Rosenthal's history with Screamer Magazine goes way back to the summer of 1988, when he started writing for the publication. From 1988-1992, Richard was in the thick of it when the Sunset Strip was the hard rock and heavy metal capitol of the world. Spending many a night at the Whisky, the Roxy, Gazzarri's and the Troubadour, Richard covered both local bands as well as the biggest names in music. Now, as Screamer enters the digital age, Richard is excited to once again be contributing to the magazine.

GRETA VAN FLEET – Black Smoke Rising

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If you were around in the early 70’s, this EP will raise the hairs on the back of your neck. After listening to all four tracks on Greta Van Fleet’s Black Smoke Rising, you’d swear on the proverbial stack of Bibles that this is a collection of Led Zeppelin songs that were buried in a… Read more »


DEREK DAVIS – Hard Rock Soul Man

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80’s metal is big business these days. There are cruises and festivals devoted to the genre that regularly cruise the oceans and tour the country. There are even parallel competing bands, each with a few original members, fighting legal battles for the right to use the same name (Ratt, Great White, L.A. Guns and Queensryche… Read more »


THE DOLLYROTS – Whiplash Splash

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Tired of Facebook flame wars about politics? Had it up to here with the endless parade of sensational headlines, protest marches and requests to join boycotts? The perfect antidote is here: Whiplash Splash by The Dollyrots, a Southern California duo comprised of Kelly Ogden on lead vocals/bass and Luis Cabezas handling guitar and vocals. The… Read more »


VINTAGE TROUBLE – At The Crossroads of Music & Fashion

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The worlds of rock music and fashion have always been tightly linked. From the psychedelic explosion in the late 60’s to the glam movement of the 70’s, the punk and metal bands of 80’s to the grunge movement of the 90’s, musicians are influenced by what they see on the street, and stagewear is often… Read more »


LONG WAY TO THE TOP – Movie Review

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Ask the average music fan their impression of what life on the road is like for a band on tour. Sold-out arenas with thousands of screaming fans, backstage parties, lavish food spreads, groupies and gleaming tour buses will probably be mentioned. While that might be true for a handful of bands at the top, for… Read more »


NAMM 2017 – Anaheim, CA

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Rain, rain go away. For the first time in recent memory, it rained on NAMM’s parade. And not just any rain, but full-on torrential downpours on Friday and Sunday, forcing cancellation and/or relocation of outdoor events. However, the party inside continued unabated, albeit with soggy clothing and damp hair. The NAMM show has dual functions…. Read more »


RUST ON THE RAILS – American-Aussie Band of Brothers

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Less than three hours by car from Seattle, Yakima is in the central part of Washington, the state’s agricultural heartland. Where Seattle is gleaming high-tech and home to major corporations such as Boeing, Starbucks, Microsoft and Amazon, the Yakima Valley is rural and home to more than 11,000 acres of vineyards. The area is also… Read more »


KILLER BEE – Eye In The Sky

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Killer Bee (named after lead vocalist Brian “Bee” Frank) have been around since the early 90’s, but chances are you’ve never heard of them. However, though the band may be unfamiliar, their sound is definitely not. Their latest album Eye in the Sky is so close to the classic Deep Purple/Rainbow/Michael Schenker Group sound (keyboard… Read more »


THE PRETTY RECKLESS & HOLY WHITE HOUNDS Live! – The Mayan Theater, L.A.

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The Pretty Reckless is having a great year topping the charts with their new single Take Me Down from the band’s third studio album Who You Selling For. Earlier this week they were guests with Steve Jones on Jonesy’s Jukebox (local radio station KLOS) where they joked around with the ex-Sex Pistol’s guitarist and performed… Read more »


RUST ON THE RAILS – Talisman

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Cody Beebe is no stranger to the pages of Screamer Magazine. His previous band, Cody Beebe and The Crooks, graced our pages on several occasions. Beebe is back with a new band, Rust on the Rails, which features his distinctive vocals on hard-to-categorize-but-easy-to-like songs. Beebe’s founding partner in the band is Blake Noble, who hails… Read more »


THE COMPULSIONS Have Got It Covered

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Last year, Screamer reviewed the album Dirty Fun by the Complusions, a New York-based band fronted by vocalist/guitarist Rob Carlyle and featuring an all-star lineup: Guitarist Richard Fortus and drummer Frank Ferrer of Guns N’ Roses, and bassist Sami Yaffa, who played in Hanoi Rocks. The album got rave reviews across the board for the… Read more »


RAVENEYE – Nova

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In a world where there are thousands of bands on numerous streaming and download sites competing for attention, how does a band manage to stand out among the masses? It all comes back to the same thing; that same advice that experienced music industry professionals always give to young bands: The song. Write great songs,… Read more »