Boston/Third Stage:Last Night At The Centrum(1986)

Boston is one of those bands that has never released an actual live recording. There is one floating around out there that is worth the catch if you come across it recorded live in Worcester Massachusetts at the Worcester Centrum during a 9 night stand in which Boston played to 12,000 people per night back in August of 1987!

Boston was out promoting their latest opus Third Stage and for myself it was a mixed bag of music as I couldn’t believe when you have the guitar firepower of Boston leader Tom Scholz you open your long-awaited new album with a ballad!(Amanda).

Gripes aside this is the closest thing to an actual Boston live album you will ever hear as it features the late great Brad Delp. The sound on this live show is brilliant. It blows me away why these guys never pounced and put this album out officially. Actually this is one of the best ever non officially released live albums I have ever heard! Play the tracks posted included below! Soooooo Goooooood!

25 Boston classics including of course More Than A Feeling/Rock N Roll Band/Piece of Mind/Don’t Look Back/Feelin Satisfied are featured. What’s even more cool is that after a 13 minute version of More Than A Feeling(which considering its length is quite good) which is the 6th track of the show Delp announces to the crowd that Boston is going to play Third Stage in its entirety!  Who the hell was doing this back in 1987?

Imagine for a second if back in 1987 Motley Crue played the entire Girls/Girls/Girls album front to back!! HAHAHA…there would be a mass exodus to the exits  when Vince Neil would begin singing Your All I Need!

Anyways back to the task at hand….

Lots of artists  are doing front to back albums but give Tommy and Delp credit. The Third Stage songs cut through a lot better live than the studio versions. Man you gotta love Scholz’s playing as the dude never gets his due but along with Gary Pihl they  ramp up at certain times with dual leads and Tom  even at times does that wacky sound effect with his guitar that makes it sound like  a spaceship is landing!

 

This is a great unofficial live album that by the sound of it is official as an live album you will hear from  Boston!

Must own… Brad Delp you are missed!

 

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Hanoi Rocks/Two Steps From The Move (Bonus Tracks) 1984

Gotta thank HMO who sent me a copy of the extra disc that was added to Hanoi Rocks “Two Steps From The Move” Rock Candy reissue from a couple of years ago.

It’s hard to believe that in an instant that this band grinded to a complete halt in December 1984 after drummer Razzle was killed in a car driven by Vince Neil.

I’m not going to get into the whole deal with the accident so to speak but i will say that Hanoi to this day in my humble opinion has put out a game changer album that when I purchased this back in 1984 it easily became of my all time fav’s  in my little world of rock.

When Hanoi limped to a couple of farewell shows in early 85 that was it until they regrouped many years later but it didn’t really interest me. What does though is anything from this era of Hanoi(1984).

So with the reissue came a bonus disc of live and studio tracks. Lets check it out shall we!

Don’t You Ever Leave Me(12 inch single) is tweaked around somewhat with some kind of echo added during the chorus when Razzle smacks his snare drumSinger Micheal Monroe sings the verses and chorus in english but the spoken word part that starts the second verse has guitarist Andy McCoy speaking in Finnish(I think,haha).

The next three tracks Back To Mystery City/Until I Get You/ Mental Beat are live tracks that I believe are all from the live All Those Wasted Years double live album from 1983. Three great tracks that has Hanoi firing on four cylinders as a punky/glammy act.

The three studio tracks that follow the live tracks are a little out there. Magic Carpet Ride/Oil and Gasoline are almost psychedelic trippy like tracks that to be honest fall way short of the classic Hanoi sound.Lets go with an experimental Hanoi here.

The third track Shakes has an almost Clash like vibe to it. Kinda neat actually as this is pre Two Steps Hanoi perhaps trying to figure out there sound.

Now here’s where it gets real good….

Four live tracks from the BBC featuring Four classics from Two Steps are played…

Leading the charge is I Can’t Get It.  Considering Monroe had that glam frontman look down I always dug that under that pretty boy look the fella had a bit of a growl in his voice. With this track being played live they keep the tempo to the same pace as the studio track. McCoy tosses out a real gnarly like solo that blasts some heavy metal licks mixed with a shot of glam syringed in….

Underwater World features Monroe not only on the vocal but on the sax as well! Underwater World oozes a cool groove as Razzle pushes the pace while bassist Sami Yaffa and guitarist Nasty Suicide keep the rhythm machine moving.

If Vince hadn’t tanked this band, Don’t You Ever Leave Me would have been a huge single. It had all the trimmings of a super classic single without sapping out. Razzle drives the bus on this track while Monroe delivers a great vocal and McCoy dials up a super solo.

Boulevard of Broken Dreams has an old Aerosmith like swagger to it and is such a great song with quick little tempo changes that just make the song soar.

This bonus disc is a great time capsule but its the last four live tracks that are the real score here. I wish there was more live Two Step Hanoi kicking around….

Thanks Scott!

 

HIRED GUN(2017)

Ever wonder about those Dudes and Ladies who are onstage playing behind solo acts such as Billy Joel /Pink/Rob Zombie and Alice Cooper?

Hired Gun is a fantastic look at the touring and session players in bands that no one talks about but have a huge impact behind the solo artists name that appears on the marquee!

A ton of session artists give thoughtful insight and stories on what its like to be a touring/session artist….

Lots and I mean lots or artists tell the tale of looking for work. Playing radio jingles to pay bills anything to keep the income rolling in…

Some wild tales and some actual not so cool endings like drummer Liberty Devito from Billy Joel’s band who discusses how Joel’s band had the all for one, one for all mentality but with success comes greed and once Joel realized he had been the subject of  fraud to the tune of 90 million bucks by an x-manager Devito says Joel became paranoid with everyone around him and one by one guys started to be replaced by Joel.

Devito sums it up best by saying your actually never fired  from your gig but you never actually called back to it. That’s what happened Liberty after a ton of years drumming for Joel.

Rudy Sarzo talks about the whole band dynamic once guitarist Randy Rhoads was killed and Brad Gillis talks about how it was like to play the first bunch of shows replacing Rhoads with kids flipping him off night after night.

This segues right into Jason Newsted and Jason explains how replacing a member that has died that is loved is no easy task. Newsted explains how he survived those early days with Metallica where he was paid $500 a week for a year until they made him a full-time member in 1987.

Some good ol Cancon in at as well with Phil X*** talking about stints in Bon Jovi but the real cool stories come from another Canadian Jason Hook who played with teen acts like Mandy Moore and Hillary Duff but was spotted by Alice Cooper  and Alice snagged Hook for Coops band.

Which in turn led to Hook joining Five Finger Death Punch as an equal member. I quite enjoyed Hooks analysis on what it takes to make it and the drive you have to make a full-time living at it.

It’s amazing all the cool stories that these Hired Guns talk about. How about Ray Parker Jr talking about the whole Ghostbusters song and the phenom it became!

Of course there is some resentment in the Hired Guns that play in Richard Patricks “Filter”.  Quite the attitude from the frontman and at the opposite end the Hired Gun Bass Player…two different opinions on how one should be treated. Interesting stuff….

I could go on with a ton of stories but you get my drift and should really make the point of checking this Doc out! Just watch the clip posted. You will get Hooked!

*** I still got an issue with the comment that Phil X made when he was ‘Hired” by Jovi and the word was around the campfire that Richie Sambora had quit due to Money issues at which time Phil X commented to the effect that he wouldn’t leave his house for anything less than 10 Grand a month which I thought was a douche statement…

Here read this for yourself….from the Toronto Sun…

“Filling in for Sambora on the tour is Phil X, a Toronto native who, according to RumorFix, is earning about $10,000 per month – far less than Sambora’s estimated $2 million haul.”

On Twitter, Xenidis said the website is “full of s***” because  “I wouldn’t even leave my house for that salary.”

 

 

 

 

It’s Good to be 50!

 

My family through a surprise 50th Bday Bash at our local watering hole On Deck that if your ever in TBay  check em out as they got what I consider some of the best wings in town!

A bunch of my friends showed up and well I will show you the photographic evidence here of the gifts I received…(along with iTunes cards/Sunrise/New Day Records/Chapters/Keg )

I am a Lucky Man!

A cool 10 pack set of KISS Comics..Sealed!

Cool old throwback Jersey with Mullet shot on the front and my timeline as tour dates on the back! Ha!

Before I forget I must say a special thanks to Darr and RUGG who dumped who knows how much coin in the jukebox and dug deep into the Metal Catalogue of yesteryear like Y&T’s ‘Don’t Stop Running’ Gunners ‘It’s So Easy(Live)’ Van Halen’s “Romeo Delight” and my favourite two surprise tracks…..Hanoi Rocks ‘Boiler” and ‘Cutting Corners”

Well Played Fella’s!

Below are the two Maiden albums that I received that are both gatefold sleeves along with picture vinyl …Brilliant…..

 

Jimi Hendrix/Are You Experienced(1967)

Was gonna keep it under wraps out in blogsville but Mr Books aka Aaron from Keeps Me Alive sent me this awesome Birthday Gift that came in the mail today!

Aaron said in an email to me earlier in the week that I could open it upon arrival  or wait til my Birthday(Oct 8th ) to open it.

Well,  today when I got home after work my eldest daughter Kylee who flew home from Kingston to surprise this old sack of bones last night as well  told me when I kicked off my sneakers that I had a parcel that was in the shape of vinyl!

Not waiting or happening to Sunday so to speak and the unboxing began!

Blown away and as I told Aaron I have never ever owned any Hendrix vinyl (just a few CD’s)and here we are in my soon to be 50th Year and Mr Books hits a grand slam out of the park!

Thanks a bunch Aaron!

Community!

Rainbow/Live Between The Eyes(1982)

 

Now when you talk about Live Albums this version of Rainbow is my favourite incarnation of Ritchie Blackmore’s rotating lineup! The studio album from 1982 Straight Behind The Eye’s is an absolute classic of all things classic AOR. I reviewed the studio portion and it’s so good and for some crazy reason people do not really credit it as much as the Dio led version of Rainbow. As far as I’m concerned this is the era I discovered Rainbow so it’s the era I like most.

So here is the live portion from that tour back in 1982 recorded and filmed in San Antonio. Actually come to think of it this may be the exact same lineup that was on the live release Boston 1981. That one also is a great live show and of course the review of that show is lingering around somewhere on this site.

So there as you see above is the track listing of the show and it features some current stuff(at the time) and some golden oldies of Ritchie’s years when Dio sang for his supper with Rainbow and Ritchie’s days from Deep Purple.

Spotlight Kid is a great opener and Bobby Rondinelli just double bass’s the drums throughout the whole opener as Joe Lynn Turner sings indeed for his supper while Bassist Roger Glover(looking like an extra from Miami Vice) keeps the bottom end shuffling while at time keyboardist David Rosenthal locks in with Ritchie and they do solo’s together and at time separately. Watch the video posted below(Miss Mistreated is the second track added to the video) as you gotta love watching Ritchie as he has no idea he’s in San Antonio hahaha. Love the man’s non facial expressions but his guitar tone is wickedly dirty sounding on this album and when he locks in with the keyboards its a throwback to the Purple years gone by!

Must also make mention in the live video how I dig those set of eyes that drop from the ceiling and shot rays of lights throughout the crowd. Almost hokey but it’s 1982 for God’s sake! Give me props!

Joe Lynn Turner has a great voice suited for Rainbow but in this vid man he looks awkward as a frontman. That white leather jacket and him making fists is kinda silly and stuff but I guess he was trying to metal it up at times as a tough guy! Still though he can sing….

 

Tom Petty…..

 

It was kind of surreal to get home from work today and in my Gmail account was emails being tossed around on the passing of Tom Petty  between Fellow Bloggers Scott/Bop and Aaron! 

But now there’s some confusion on whether Petty has passed on or not. The LAPD as of right now are saying they can’t confirm Petty’s death so ….

When I think of Tom Petty for sure its the tunes but for me right away when I read these emails it transported me back to my 15-year-old self when I was in Grade 10 in 1982!

At the school library which would be my daily stop to try to study I would always check out the magazine rack as the school had a subscription to Rolling Stone Magazine.

In the news feed section of the magazine I read an article on Petty who I had read about in magazines like Creem Magazine but I never really took to his music as that 15-year-old at that time as Gene and Paul were still fleecing me on whatever KISS product they were selling to me at the time!

But here was this dude Tom Petty…. well here is an  article from Rolling Stone

For instance, in 1982 Petty recorded Hard Promises with the Heartbreakers, only to find that his then-record company had plans to use his name to initiate a new, higher $9.98 list price for albums. Petty withheld the tapes and threatened to retitle his record $8.98 in protest.

This blew my mind back at that library that day and til this day what a move as he told the Suits to basically “Piss Off!”

Of course things were settled but what a  stance Petty took! Tuff as Nails Tom  was….

One more thing if anyone has read the book I Want My MTV: The Uncensored Story of the Music Video Revolution or you haven’t well you should.

In this book is a great chapter on when Tom filmed the video Don’t Come Around Here No More. Lets just say Petty lived life!

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