XFactor1 – Famous Last Words

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This band delivers what would be expected from a mainstream American hard rock band.  Big sounding distorted guitars along with gang vocals in places and some subtle-as-a-sledgehammer attitude.  Don’t tell your mom, but you’ll spontaneously bounce around playing air guitar to the first three tracks!  Bring It On, It’s My Life and Over And Out are designed to… Read more »


Tales from the Stage by Michael Toney

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“Waking up in a hotel room in North Carolina in a pool of blood! And looking over with a bad hangover going, Oh my god, did I do that?” ~ Jay Reynolds (past Megadeth guitarist, current Malice and Metal Church guitarist), on his worst groupie experience. That’s one of the responses you’ll read in author… Read more »


John Corabi LIVE at Krazee Kafe, Des Moines, IA

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The name suits Krazee Kafe. Located on the outskirts of Des Moines, Iowa, next to a strip club, the bar advertises itself as a bar and grill, cereal bar, tanning/hair salon and music venue. Two Weimaraner dogs roam freely throughout the bar during open hours. But this crazy place seems to be a second home… Read more »


Halestorm LIVE at People’s Court, Des Moines, IA

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It’s a Tuesday night and Halestorm has packed the Des Moines, Iowa venue known as People’s Court. With a capacity under 1000,  it’s a “small-ish” venue in an old warehouse typical of many of the buildings in Des Moines’ downtown.  Its warehouse-style signature brick walls and exposed ventilation give it an open, industrial look. While… Read more »


Stephen Pearcy LIVE at The Whisky

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Summer concerts are in full swing all over Southern California and the Sunset Strip is no exception.  There’s nothing like cruising Sunset Blvd., west, on a warm Friday night, to one of the most legendary clubs anchored to the strip, The Whisky a Go-Go. Some of the most famous and infamous names in rock n’… Read more »


L.A. Guns LIVE at the House Of Blues, Hollywood, CA

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Not only did Hollywood legends L.A. Guns, pack the House of Blues on the Sunset Strip, they almost managed to blow the roof off in support of their newest release, Hollywood Forever. One thing about Hollywood, it never disappoints—who would think you’d find completely sleeved hard and heavy hitters mingling with those in board shorts and Van’s… Read more »


The Cult – Weapon Of Choice

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When a band comes back long past the heyday they made history in to release new music after being away for years, people always wonder what happened to them? Did they waste their money, talents and youth on drugs or fight amongst themselves and blow it all to shit? Did they decide to marry, raise… Read more »


Album Review: Hardline Danger Zone

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No matter what musical trends may come and go, there always seems to be a niche for good old-fashioned melodic hard rock. Hardline’s latest release Danger Zone, will be a comfortable fit for anyone who is a fan of that genre.  The latest iteration of the band features sole remaining original member and lead vocalist Johnny Gioeli teaming up with a… Read more »


Review :: L.A. Guns Hollywood Forever

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On June 5th, L.A. Guns released their first album of original material since 2005’s Tales From The Strip, entitled Hollywood Forever.  In light of the fact that there have been two active versions of the band, it is noteworthy to mention that this is the Phil Lewis version, not Tracii Guns. Hollywood Forever boasts a… Read more »


Trixter – New Audio Machine

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Longevity can be an elusive attribute but not for vocalist, Pete Loran, guitarist Steve Brown, bassist P.J. Farley and drummer Gus Scott; better known as Trixter.  After a 12-year hiatus, Trixter has resurrected with their newest release, New Audio Machine.  Recent years have produced a live album and a “greatest hits”, but this is the… Read more »


Dig in Deep to Tyketto’s first album in 18 years

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Hailing from the East Coast, Tyketto was signed to Geffen Records in 1990 and subsequently, released their debut album Don’t Come Easy.  Classic hits from Tyketto include Forever Young, Walk on Fire, Wings and Sail Away.  The rockers have recently released their first album in over eighteen years with all four original members.  The new album, Dig… Read more »


Pretty Maids – It Comes Alive – Maid In Switzerland

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Celebrating thirty years in the biz, the Danes with the ultra feminine name, grace us with a live disc / DVD which could just as well be a ‘Best Of’, writhe with hits from their best albums.  As such, holding in my hands a live record that essentially chronicles their career, let’s get the obvious… Read more »