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Peter Criss: Tossed And Turning!

 

Special Saturday Post! 

Check out my Pal Mikey and his Good Friend Uncle Meat’s spin on the KISS’s Unmasked  album for a Triple Header Post Today! More value bang for the Buck around these parts!

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If you have been reading my Yammering for months now! Thanks I appreciate it. You would probably know or if you don’t recall my earliest favourite bands were AC/DC/Aerosmith/Cheap Trick/New England/Queen/Van Halen & KISS.

Kiss were the first band that I had started listening to back in 1977 and my first ever live show two years later in October 1979 on their Dynasty Tour which touched down in Duluth. You can read my first ever blog posted here at Arena Rock back in August 2014 here….https://superdekes.wordpress.com/2014/08/10/1979-the-return-of-kiss-2/

Seven months later (May 1980) Peter Criss gets the boot out of Kiss! Wowzers! Whut? This doesn’t happen to bands or does it? My 12-year-old noggin(1980) at the time couldn’t fathom it!

Sure Aerosmith had changed members but around 1980 they were caput kinda until 1982 when they released the criminally underrated Rock In A Hard Place.

By The time AC/DC came to me it was Back In Black! Sure there was a member change as Bon Scott died and Brian Johnson replaced him so that doesn’t count.

Cheap Trick,VH and Queen all had the four original guys that started the band so how does Paul Stanley,Ace Frehley and Gene Simmons do this?

Did Peter use all the Maybelline and the other guys in Kiss got pissy pants? Who knows! Dudes in bands don’t get divorced well not until now(1980) Silly young DeKEs!

I posted that clip at the top it’s interesting to hear $immon$ comments in regards to Criss quitting.  Simmons says Peter doesn’t want to tour anymore whereas Criss says the exact opposite that he will tour and he will be the Quarterback of the band  calling the shots! Did Peter even tour in the  early 80’s? Don’t be thinking so.

Who knows the truth? Like Nuno & Gary  from Extreme  said 11 years later in 1992.  There’s  Three Sides To Every Story.

1-Yours- which in this case is Gene & Paul

2-Mine- which would be Peter Criss

and #3 which is the …..

Truth– is there such a thing when a longtime member splits?Ha…none, all the way from Blackmore splitting from Deep Purple a couple of times to Sam Hagar being fired or quitting depending  on whose spin your believing. Tons of Drama with a lot of my favourite bands. You know the culprits! One of the funniest ones was the whole Motley Crue debacle of 92. I won’t elaborate as this is a KISS post but man I think I gotta post something about it in length….

Having said that….

 

When it comes to leaving a band it basically fizzles out the ex members career who splits while the band he quit from  continues and moves forward.

In Criss’ deal he splits Kiss when their career is in nosedive mode in North America but Pete soldiers on releases a solo album titled Out Of Control and it was like if Peter was playing his tune’s on the deck of the Titanic when it went  down in the Atlantic Ocean! No one cared even super Kiss Fanboys like myself and buddy Muc! We all passed on it.

Look Mikey! CD Japan!

Kiss hired Eric Carr(RIP) and after the dismal showing of 1981’s The Elder Kiss had a smidge bit of a bounce back with(the fantastic) Creatures Of The Night (1982)even Kiss knew they had to do something so off comes the war paint and viola a resurgence in sales and MTV video spins….

Peter Criss’ solo career went straight into the bars  and it wasn’t until Gene and Paul wanted to make quick cash decided to give Pete and Ace(Ace is another story for another time) another go round in 1996….

 

 

 

 

“LeBrain Lost His Itunes Login Part 1”

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Time for a real fun post Folks!

A little background info for those who don’t know but Mike’s site was the first WordPress site I stumbled on almost over 5 years ago after I did a Google search on Helix and Mike’s interview with Brian Vollmer came up. I clicked Mikey’s site and the fact that I thought it was cool that just a regular loving music fan could  just kick back and do an interview done by a fan like Mike  was more cool than some paid hack who knows jack crap! Mikey did his homework and after I read it I commented that I really dug it and what not and told him about the Helix Tbay shows I had seen and it went from there.

What was even better was that Mike’s site had a ton of Music Reviews like KISS/Maiden/Priest/Halen all the heavy hitters and the fact that it was written by someone who shelled out for said product was cool. I quickly bookmarked Mike’s site and became an everyday Creeper and from there met Aaron and The KMA/HMO and a ton of other great writers and I was off and running ….

Check Out Mikey’s stuff here…

https://mikeladano.com

One thing I learned from Mike was his love of the bonus tracks on albums basically you know the ones were in Japan they get a 13 song album whereas here in Canada we might only get say 10 songs…

Mike is hardcore and orders a ton of stuff from Japan(Physical CD Copies) and it’s fantastic but for myself I’m a iTunes kinda guy and I have my views on it as Mike has his views on it but then this email came through ..

Boom …

And yeah this is the actual transcription of our dialogue printed  without Mikes permission hahaha ….(but I think he will be cool with it!)

DATELINE…Thursday February 2nd 2017….

Here’s the Classic Conversation between Myself and Mike…..

From Mikey…

Hey dude, I was wondering if you can check something out? I can’t access my iTunes. Can you check the Glorious Songs “Union” and see if there are two bonus tracks that are for sale?”

Deke to mladano
“sure man…will go right there”

As per Rock Protocol I got right on it…..

Deke to mladano
“its a 13 track album….
last 3 are…
Amigo
Mama (live)
Sometimes On A Sunday

Does this help?”

mladano to Deke
“YES! The last two are bonus tracks! Are they available for sale on their own?…”

Deke to mladano
“yep there a $1.29 each!”

mladano to Deke
“Done. I’m going to get my account back and buy them. THANKS DUDE.”

Deke to mladano
“no worries dude….I may have to blog about this at some point! hahaha”

mladano to Deke
LOL! “LeBrain lost his Itunes Login Part 1”

Classic Email Banter….I’ve  waited 5 years for Mikey to cave into ITunes…hahaha….

 

 

 

 

Apple Music

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Yup there’s the Logo that we all know especially me! I have basically for the last many years have purchased all my music through Apple. Price is cheap and I liked to preorder as the music was there waiting for me to Download to my iPod every Friday morning when  new music is released!

A few weeks back my daughter Lauren told me that she subscribed to Apple Music which when you accept the agreement it’s the first 3 months free and after that you can as a student pay $4.99 a month for music. For an Ol Buzzard like myself it’s $9.99 a month or you can get the family plan which is $14.99 a month which up to 6 people can use. (Canadian Prices by the way)

I knew Apple Music as Stick It In Your Reader Robbo has it. One day he showed me that Apple lets you download all artists on the Music side of things. Plus they do their own Playlists that are tailor-made to your favourite genres. Kinda Cool!

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I asked Lauren as she doesn’t  have a data plan associated with her cell phone that if  she leaves the house without wi-fi would her Music stop playing?

Lauren’s answer was “No!” Too which I replied with a “Whut?” She than told me she just downloads all her music at home and once its in her Library she can go anywhere and play her Music.

I was sold….I had to actually confirm this once again  this with her as it was too good to be true but it is…..

So I hoped aboard the Apple Music Bus and joined. Basically for me it boils down to this.

COST

I usually spend about $30 a month on iTunes purchases….

Let’s do the Math…(This  stuff is for you Geoff)

12 Months times $30= $360

Joining Apple Music first 3 months Free (which ends for me in March) …

So from March to December at $9.99 a month its…

10 Months Times $9.99 = $99.00

So $360-$99=$260.01

So basically I’m saving $260 this year by doing it the Apple Way. Now of course If i cancel Apple takes all their music back except for my bought stuff of course…

So for this year I’m going to try it this way and see how it goes. It is kinda cool as I will be reviewing a few albums that I wouldn’t pay a full-out price for even on iTunes so this will be kinda cool….

Rush’s  2112  40th Anniversary Edition(A Great  Xmas Gift From Aaron) Metallica’s Hardwired To Self Destruct and SoundGarden’s BadMotorFinger 25th Anniversary Edition are the last two iTunes purchases that I had bought so I own those Lars! Hahaha…

Let’s Do This!

 

 

Top 10 Posts @ Stick IT In Your Ear (2016)

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For fun here are my Top 10 Blogs that were published and read most by you through out 2016!

In 2016 I Posted 120 Reviews! What’s crazier is back in 2015 I posted 180 Reviews! …. WHUT??!

I Thank All Of You!

Here we go….

1-Toque- Thanks to Toque Guitarist Cory Churko for taking the time to read my review of Toque. Not long after my review was posted  on the Toque FaceCrack page but also on Todd Kerns and Brent Fitz’s Facecrack/Twitter Pages! Thanks guys and on Fitz’s page some Drum Guy named Eric Singer gave the Toque Review a Thumbs up! Ha…..

2-Rock The Fort Day 2…The Cult/Cinderfella……-Kudos to whoever the promoter was for this show as they brought in a mix of Canadian and American Acts over Two days! Day 2 was awesome and The Cult and Cinderfella( Tom Keifer) delivered Knock Out Performances along with all the other acts that day. Thunder Bay Rocked well…I Rocked!

3-Black Sabbath/Black Sabbath (1970)- In wild anticipation of going to see Sabbath in Vancouver this past February I decided in January to review all 8 Ozzy Sabbath albums from the debut to Never Say Die. Course I get to Vancity Ozzy calls in sick and it’s a no go but fret not still had a blast with my good friends Metal Todd and his wife Nicole!

4-SLOAN/Live @ Crocks N Rolls/April 7th 2016- This was my first time catching Sloan and I was blown away at how talented these cats are at delivering a high-octane Rock Set! Plus the swap around of the instruments between the Sloan dudes just proves how good they are at everything! I will never miss another Thunder Bay Sloan show ever again!

5-Metal Heart: Aiming High With Accept- The first of 3 Book (That’s Right Mr Books!)entries in my Top 10 and Martin Popoff makes it a real good read considering I’m not the biggest Accept fan out there. But I do like a good read on Bands that haven’t had much written about them especially in Book Format! Support Martin People. Not to many writers out there that will take the time and effort to write these kinds of books!

6-KISS Rocks Vegas(2016)- Course those Old Buzzards Demon and Starchild would make it here. Rocks Vegas is the audio version I reviewed (thanks to Mikey Ladano for hooking me up) and along with Singer The Cat and SpaceMan Thayer deliver a rip roaring cool batch of tracks that sound like they didn’t monkey around at all with them in the studio! Kiss I Salute You!

7-Shout It Out Loud/The Story Of KISS’s Destroyer- Book Number 2 in the Year end Top 10 is a great read about the making of Kiss’s Destroyer album from 1976. Very thorough research by James Campion uncovers a ton of facts that I didn’t even know and I’ve been listening to Kiss for almost 40 years!

8-Def Leppard/Hysteria(1987)- This was a fun one to write about as how many bands can release a whole bunch of singles(6) which is basically Side  1 of Hysteria! Huge album sold lots and still resonates with a  ton of people out there in Blogsphere and Beyond!

9-All My Favourite People Are Broken/Brent Jensen- Brent Jensen is not only a real solid guy but a great writer who has written 3 Wickedly Excellent Reads(No Sleep Til Sudbury/Left Over People and All My Favourite People Are Broken) Brent writes books with a flair and a style that is hilarious with great stories about his Journeys  growing up to making and meeting people(Famous and not so famous) and wrapping it all up in his Books! Do take the time to check out his stuff…Worth The Cash!

9th Place Tie-Where Are They Now? /Paul Laine- A bunch of us Bloggers picked different artists and did a Where Are They Now post. I picked Paul Laine as he released back in 1990 the criminally underrated Stick It In Your Ear album from 1990. Paul is still out there making music in 2016.

10-Little Caesar/Brutally Honest… Live From Holland(2016)-
Had no idea that Lead Vocalist Ron Young was leading this pack of these L.A Rocker dudes until I came across his Facecrack page. Wowzers give it up for Caesar as they are still touring and putting out product! Case in point with this Double Live Album recorded in Holland. I purchased it off iTunes for $4.99! 21  songs for under 5 Bucks! Proving that you can just put out music and not charge a ton of cash! Brutally Honest is Live from the soundboard and is a fantastic In Your Face album! Highly Recommended!

10th Place Tie-Tragically Hipped Out At Crocks….- Was first posted in November of 2014 but when Gord Downie announced his illness this past May  a lot of us Bloggers did a post on how or where there music impacted us. I decided to repost this as myself and my Best Friend Tbone caught The Hip in February of 1988 in a small Bar here in Thunder Bay! Must have been 20 people at the show as there was a huge snowstorm and I’m sure 2000 people say they were at the show now! Haha…..

Some other Posts that just fell out of the Top 10 were…Monster Truck /Sittin Heavy(2016)……Swords And Tequila/ RIOT’S Classic First Decade(Book)…..Black Sabbath/Never Say Die(1978)…..RATT/Reach For The Sky(1988)….Hip Review: Aug 5, 2016, MTS Centre, Winnipeg(Written By Tbone)

Once again …

Thanks!!

 

 

2:22 to 5:31

What is Deke’s going on about now you ask?! Well the title say’s it all!

2:22 to 5:31 is  time it take’s Neil Peart  to  demolish his Red Tama Double Bass Drum Kit During his solo that is all brilliantly captured sonically on the Classic  Double Live Exit Stage Left from 1981.

The tune is the Musical Only YYZ.

I don’t need to go on about how great the other two Fella’s from Rush are and that’s Vocalist/Bassist Geddy Lee and Guitarist Alex Lifeson.

Together they mash up up a jam. Call it YYZ where each guy can play snippets of brilliance on there instrument but for me hands down it’s Peart who goes to town on this one…

Some background History I would like to share with ya’s…

I was raised in Rock with Solo’s as in Guitar Solo’s and Drum Solo’s. The first two Rock Guy’s that I had heard on vinyl that had solo’s were No Stangers to this Blog and that’s Ace Frehley and Peter Criss From KISS. Back in 1979 when I caught KISS live this would also be the first show that I had seen and the solo’s Ace with his smoking guitar and  his mish mash playing of  notes and Peter with his Drums rising high into the rafters had an impact on me. It was like Wowzer’s these guys are God’s. Well kinda….

A few years later I heard Eddie Van Halen’s Eruption  which to this day I think is the best guitar solo live or in studio I have ever heard. Sorry Ace!

The first KISS album I owned  was KISS Alive 2 which I got back in 1978. Smack dab on Side 2 of KISS  Alive 2 was Ace playing a bunch of wacka doodle notes during his solo on his own tune Shock Me. 

Peter Criss was interesting. On Side 3 of KISS ALIVE 2 is Peter slamming his Drums on God Of Thunder.  Criss I thought at the time was the best drummer I had heard. I mean the opening of his Drum solo as simple as it is still sticks in mind 38 years later….

Case in Point….

Years later back in January of 1991 as Myself/Tbone/Rugg and Oink’s were headed on a Party Bus to Winnipeg to witness Poison put on a Half Assed Live show one dude on the Bus that we knew as Brighton even talked about the Criss drum solo from Alive 2 which garnered a good discussion about solo’s! In case your wondering why we called the dude Brighton. It was simple he was wearing a Brighton Rock T shirt. (Canadian Band). See Aaron we got nickname’s for everyone!

But back to the early 80’s and as everyone know’s KISS is struggling. Criss is tossed from his drum stool and here comes Neil a blazing and when I heard the live YYZ for the first time I was like…..

Speechless….

Now you have to remember it would be a few years later that I would discover Led Zeppelin and the Late John Bonham who is also Master of the Drums. But by than Zep was finished and I was digging into Bands that were still out there at the time doing it.

YYZ I could go on about it but I’m no Drummer so basically play YYZ or just start it at the 2:22 mark….. That part that Neil does with his cowbells is just ridiculous! Like …WHUT?

How can this dude play at this level that quick during all those Kooky  Time Changes that Rush song’s have and still have enough Sauce left in his tank to bash out a Drum Solo?

Who know’s but Neil does. He is indeed The Professor! Come tot think of it I can listen to all of Neil’s Drum Solo’s on the various Rush Live Release’s through the years but man YYZ on Exit is just a Sonic Explosion….!

The Greatest Drum Solo I have ever heard or will hear for that matter!

 

 

Reissue & Issue….

 

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They all have in recent years have reissued Classic Albums from there back catalogue and they show us all  how a reissue is supposed to be done!

Reissue of what? You say! Well back in the 80s when I was snapping up everything Rock/Hard Rock and Metal (on Vinyl and later CD). Bands would put out certain albums that would  become what we  call now  Classic’s!

In this day and age and  in my case you really have to go that extra mile to get me to buy a reissue of an album I already had owned! Here are some Albums you should all check out!

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The Hip reissued a deluxe edition of there 1992 Classic album Fully Completely. The Hip added a couple of unreleased studio tracks but the real score was the live show recorded in Toronto the day Fully Completely was released. Gord Downie and posse play the album from the stage. All the song’s from it are played! Too be quite honest this is the best live Hip Recording I own. A close second would be the live Roxy album from 1991(Roxy is a Bootleg).

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Judas Priest have released Three Great Reissue’s! The first being 1980’s British Steel in which Priest back in 2010 added to the rerelease a couple of studio tracks plus a show added recorded that year of the full album being played front  to back with a few Old School Priest tracks tossed in.

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In 2012 came Priest with Screaming For Vengeance. Once again Rob and company pull out the stops with this one. They included a couple of bonus tracks and Live tracks from 1982’s Vengeance Tour. The bonus disc is a DVD from 1983’s  U.S Festival. Priest is on fire here at this show as they are playing in broad daylight in front of something like 250,000 People. Once again Priest step up with a great reissue.

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2014 came the 30th Anniversary of Defenders Of The Faith. This is another super-duper add! The original studio album is added of course but the real score is the second disc which is a Live show from 1984. All of Defenders is pretty much played live. A real great live show. Priest show everyone that if you put some thought into it you can make it really interesting.

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Not to be outdone Bryan Adams in 2014 reissued his 1984 Classic Reckless which is one of the all time greats! Adams added on a bunch of extra studio tracks that he had intended to use but other artists like Krokus( who cover Boy’s Night Out) and 38 Special (who cover Teacher Teacher) are done by Adams and Crew and you can hear these versions  for the first time ever. I still can’t believe Blue Oyster Cult turned down Run To You. Sucked for B.O.C but we all know what Run To You did for Adams! Bryan also with the Reckless reissue added a full show from England on his 1984-85 Tour. Another super-duper reissue …..

Tom Cochrane. This is the most interesting reissue of the bunch. I  had no intentions of buying this guys stuff. Sure when I heard or seen his vids back in the day I would watch and listen but I just never got into Cochrane’s music. Even 1991’s Mad Mad World I never purchased as we all know Life Is An Highway as the song and album sold by the Shitloads here in Canada. But here we are 25 years later and I was reading an online  interview with Tom and he had mentioned about how he reissued  Mad Mad World. Cool.  I thought as Tom talked he spoke of how he added a live show from Chicago that was recorded on that tour. The live show part intrigued me! Was this the time I take my first ever plunge into buying some Tommy? Yup I did folks. 25 years later! Better late than never. The live show covers even some Red Rider( One of my buddy Muc’s fav bands from back in the day) all the way up to 1991! Tom made it interesting  by adding the live portion. Atta Boy Tommy!unknown-15unknown-14

 

 

 

 

Recently Tesla (with Mechanical Resonance) and Extreme(Pornograffatti) went and put out live product of these two albums this year  with all the tracks being played.  Extreme’s with  the Porno album played it front  to back. These are just single disc releases and are awesome as well.

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Oasis is a band that I dig. There Like Rush in that your either in or your out in liking them. I found there string of 90’s albums quite good particularly 1997’s Be Here Now. They have now reissued this album with the album Remastered/Out Takes/Demo’s/Live Tracks.

For some reason I’m still undecided whether I’m gonna purchase Be Here Now. Again.  Noel Gallagher doing the press rounds for this reissue was basically saying  it was a Big Bloated Album that should have never came out when it did as they should have taken a break instead.(kinda funny as he trashes yet  promotes it at the same time) Also the fact that a bunch of Blow was consumed maybe had something to do with it also. Still though the fact that on the demos it’s Noel doing the singing which is kinda cool but I wish they would have added a full live show from the 1997 Tour. Just a few live tracks which is a disappointment. Still man to this day Do You Know What I Mean and My Big Mouth are Gems!

There are many more Reissues that I may tackle again at some point but for now…

Thanks For Reading!

 

The Tape Remains The Same: (Circa 1984)

 

unknown-4Mikey Ladano over at his Fantastic site covers a ton of stuff musically and he’s a great reviewer who at times dabbles in Movie Reviews but also  writes about his past which he has called Getting More Tale. 

Mikes one post titled #519: Mistakes I Made Fixing Broken Tapes totally brought back the time that my good pal of over 40 years Tbone bought the first 5 David Lee Roth fronted Van Halen releases  on cassette tape sealed for just under $20 back in 1984…

Lemme tell ya about…..

Too make a long story even longer ….January 1984 I lent Tbone my vinyl copy of VH’s 1984.  This was Tbones first Dabble with Halen and he liked what he heard! So much so he quickly purchased a copy  of 1984 for himself!

It wasn’t too much long after that T got the Halen Itch so one day over lunch at school he told me “I’m going to buy all the Halen albums TODAY!”

Whut? …

So after lunch we split from High School and off we headed to our local Shopping Mall which was and still is called Intercity. We parked and headed into Sears to cut over to the mall and head into A&A Records  so Tbone could drop some cash on Dave Halen!

But before and If Tbone’s good luck couldn’t get any better we came across two Bins stuffed with Cassette  Tapes  One Bin had basically a bunch of shit tapes marked for $2.99. The only one worth mentioning Ironically was an  Sammy Hagar Greatest Hits Tape called Cruisin And Boozin.  The next Bin was stuffed with a bunch of $9.99 cassette tapes (current rock at the time)like AC/DC /Def Leppard/Quiet Riot and bands of that ilk. The big score in the $9.99 Bin was that there was the first 5 Van Halen tapes sitting there waiting for Tbones hands to grab them up!

Tbone paused for a second took a look around and told me to watch for Sears staff sniffing around the area we were in.  Basically I was on “Watch” Duty. Alert T of any incoming Sears Staff  headed our way!

Next thing you know Tbone digs into the Cheapie Bin’s and pulls out a handful of Crap tapes all priced $2.99 and manage’s  to peel off  the stickers (quicker than a Monkey peeling a banana) and transfer them to the other bin where the Halen Tapes were all marked $9.99 and T than proceeded to place the $2.99 stickers over the $9.99 Stickers that were the VH cassette’s.

What a friggin Genius move before my eyes! TBone did this to all the Halen Tapes …

Let’s calculate this….(tax not included)

Full Price for 5 Van Halen Tapes at Sears back in 1984- $49.95

TBone’s Discount  Sticker Removal Times for 5 Van Halen Tapes in 1984-$14.95

Tbone even bought Hagars Tape for the actual price of $2.99..(Big Spender!)

Tbone spent $17.94! A savings of $34.96….for 6  sealed Cassette Tapes…..

Son of a Beeatch! I quickly did the Math on the Halen purchases and I DID pay at least $9.99 each for those Halen albums on Vinyl…..

In other words….

Deke’s 6 Van Halen albums on vinyl back in the early 80’s.  $9.99 Times 6=$59.94….

Tbone was like a Giddy Pig In Shit that Day and we blew off the afternoon classes and drove all over Tbay that afternoon and everyone heard Hang Em High blaring from Tbones car whether they wanted to hear it or  not!