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.

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 »


Rock to Recovery Holds First Annual Event With All-Star Jam

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The first annual Rock To Recovery All-Star Jam sponsored by Casa Bella and The Beacon House was held on Oct 3, 2016 at The Fonda Theater in Hollywood and brought out musicians, actors and sports figures in support of the one-night charity event. A star studded red-carpet presentation of the first ever Rock to Recovery… Read more »


THE APOCALYPSE BLUES REVUE – Blues/Rock Evangelists

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The dictionary definition of “apocalypse” is as follows: “The complete destruction of the world.” The same dictionary describes “revue” as: “A light theatrical entertainment consisting of a series of short sketches, songs and dances.” Thus, the name of the band sandwiches the blues in between something very heavy and something rather light. On face value,… Read more »


APOCALYPSE BLUES REVUE – Apocalypse Blues Revue

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Apocalypse Blues Revue’s self-titled debut album is a bit of a misnomer. Sure, the songs are rooted in the blues, but there’s also a definite lineage to the blues-influenced bands of the 60’s and 70’s such as The Doors, Cream and Robin Trower. Composed of Godsmack drummer Shannon Larkin and guitarist Tony Rombola (as you’ve… Read more »


FOGHAT’s ROGER EARL – Still Rockin’ After Five Decades

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There’s a famous line from the motion picture Field of Dreams: “If you build it, he will come.” That thought applies very well to the legion of so-call legacy bands from the 80’s, 70’s and even the 60’s still plying their trade: “If you play it, they will come.” What might be half-jokingly called the… Read more »


MICHAEL SCHENKER’s TEMPLE OF ROCK – On A Mission: Live In Madrid

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On A Mission–Live In Madrid is a simultaneous DVD and CD release from Michael Schenkers’ latest iteration, formally titled “Michael Schenker’s Temple of Rock.” The first thing that is immediately noticeable when the DVD fires up is how “live” it looks, which is result of being done on video instead of the more normal film… Read more »


THE DECOYS – Canadian Indie Road Warriors

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People think being on the road with a rock band is glamorous, but that’s because most people’s images come from documentaries about huge arena rock bands. Private jets, lavish tour buses, wild backstage parties. Reality is, when you’re a young, fairly unknown band on a self-supported tour, there’s not a lot of glamour to it…. Read more »


THE DECOYS – In Our Blood

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The Decoys are a three-piece band from the exotic-sounding  city (at least to American ears) of Kamloops in British Columbia, Canada. Vocalist/guitarist Matt Stanley said of their new album In Our Blood “We incorporated elements of punk, grunge, folk and country rock,” and that description is pretty spot-on. The opening track Don’t Hesitate is full-on… Read more »


SHINEDOWN Live! – Seattle, WA

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Shinedown’s March performance at the Paramount Theatre, was a visual feast to be sure, though that only served to augment a crisp-sounding performance from the band.  Lead singer Brent Smith was chatty and charming, guitarist Zach Myers and bassist Eric Bass were animated throughout and bolstered the performance with their backing vocals, continuous energy, occasional turns on… Read more »


CROWN JWLZ – Much More Than Meets the Eye

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You can’t judge a book by its cover–but we all do it. It’s just human nature.  You see a recording artist with a quirky stage name and outrageous publicity photos, and immediately the assumption is made that she’s a novelty act. At best, maybe the potential to be a one-hit wonder.  However, very quickly into… Read more »