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.

TEMPT – Winning Fans With Their Hard Rock Crossover Sound

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The latest single off Tempt’s new album is Golden Tongue. It’s an irresistibly catchy song about a girl who is both good and bad and…well, you can listen to the song’s lyrics to catch the full meaning.  The phrase “golden tongue” might be used in a different way to describe guitarist Harrison Marcello and vocalist… Read more »


(video) KELSEY HICKMAN Interview – Seizing the Reins

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Video Premiere and Interview It has been said that modern country music is rock music with cowboy hats, which would indeed be an apt description. Even though it’s a phone interview, one can imagine Kelsey Hickman emphatically nodding in agreement. She’s wearing a Judas Priest T-shirt in one of her videos, and the first single,… Read more »


JOHN DIVA & The Rockets of Love – Straight Outta Dusseldorf

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When was the last time a music video made you stomp your foot to the rhythm, shake your fist to the power chords and laugh, all simultaneously? When was the last time you saw a music video where the singer was wearing a Texas Rangers T-shirt while rocking out with a German team playing American… Read more »


JOHN DIVA AND THE ROCKETS OF LOVE – The Big Easy – Album Review

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John Diva and The Rockets of Love might be thought of a German version of Steel Panther (they are based in, and tour exclusively in Germany). There’s the 80’s clothing and the flamboyant stage names (John Diva/vocals, Markus Coolman/drums, Snake Rocket and JJ Love/guitars and Remmie Martin/bass). How about the tongue-in-cheek bio: “I was talented… Read more »


LAURA COX – Head Above Water – Album Review

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YouTube musical phenomenons are commonplace these days. You could spend all day in front of your computer being wowed by kids with genius talent, seemingly getting younger and more amazing all the time. However, there is a difference—a big difference—between being a YouTube star and playing in a band. When recording a video for YouTube, you… Read more »


STONE SENATE – Dawn – Album Review

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Writers and publicists like to assign categories to bands to give the listener an idea of what to expect. While it’s a habit that’s difficult to resist, doing so serves a purpose in allowing a listener to filter genres that may or not be of interest to them. The hazard is that is sometimes those… Read more »


ORIANTHI & Her Relentless Pursuit of Passion

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The entertainment industry is a stratified society. The higher up the “A-List” an artist ascends, the more layers surround them. A manager, publicist, booking agent, attorney…all are gatekeepers in various ways. When a high-level musician is doing a phone interview, sometimes their “people” will place the call on their behalf. Usually, that call will come… Read more »


THE BATELEURS – The Sun in the Tenth House – Album Review

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There’s a good chance that most of us in the United States have never heard of The Bateleurs. A band from Lisbon, Portugal on a record label based in Spain? That combination isn’t typically on American music radar, but one listen to the band’s new album The Sun In the Tenth House should definitely change… Read more »


IMMORTAL AXES – Lisa S. Johnson’s Amazing Tour Behind the Music

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There is no shortage of books on rock music photography, as one will quickly find by searching for the subject on Amazon. A glance will yield countless examples to choose from, with the vast majority being books filled with shots of artists onstage or studio portraits. It’s a natural, as rock ’n’ roll is a… Read more »


THE GEORGIA THUNDERBOLTS – Walking Tall

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“Walk tall man, be the best you can. Leave a good path when you walk this land. Spread good word, with faith in hand, and most of all…walk tall man.”  Southern culture isn’t exactly in vogue. Historic statues are being torn down, Confederate flags are retired, even the band formerly known as Lady Antebellum changed… Read more »


Book Review: Nothin’ But A Good Time

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The subtitle of this book is “The uncensored history of the ’80s hard rock explosion.” Having been a writer for Screamer Magazine since 1988, I was familiar with the bands, the personalities and the clubs mentioned in the promotion and reviews for the book. For me, I was looking forward not so much about reading… Read more »


FORTRESS – Waiting For The Night album review

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In the 1980’s the Sunset Strip was the epicenter of the music world. On any given weekend night hundreds of fans and band members roamed the Sunset Strip making contacts and promoting upcoming shows. It became a huge, recurring outdoor party. However, as famous as bands such as Motley Crue, Poison, Warrant and Guns ’N’… Read more »