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A Little Ditty ’bout…

Ha…and you thought I was heading down John Cougar Mellancamp avenue didn’t ya with the title to this post right?

No where near that but instead heading down Sunset and Vine with two Fella’s who had a real good run of albums in the 80’s yet when they were almost ready to make the plunge from opening act into headliner status the roof  caved in and  no one survived the silliness and pissy pants that ensued between Don Dokken & George Lynch which was a real shame as here I am 30 years later basically telling you all that Dokken & RATT made some fine albums while others may have sold more (not naming names)  but made not so good albums back in the roaring 80’s!

But here we are in 2018 and time heals all wounds or kinda I suppose as the piss n vinegar relationship between these two has quieted down as last year Dokken reunited for a few shows with the original guys that being Dokken/Lynch/Jeff Pilson/Mick Brown  for some Japanese shows that were recorded and will be released this upcoming April!

Don though still tours as Dokken but with some different cats than the original Dokken dudes while George is the Mike Portnoy of Guitars by being in about 35 different bands but make no mistake when George showed up to the yearly NAMM schmooze fest of music gear and what nots.  Guys get onstage and jam and  its good to see Don up there doing his metal Pat Boone crooning while George absolutely wails on the 6 string telling people he’s still boss!

If you watch the video’s posted above it features Don’s current guitarist named Ira Black who basically decides to do the solos with George. Not going to knock Ira too much as he can play but Fuck man Lynch the master is up there. Thats his solo chill out,( quit trying to out duel George as he will have you Lynch Mobbed!

Kind of douche move if you ask me as even Don intros George right before the solo…not on one but the two songs they jammed. That being Kiss of Death and Tooth and Nail.

Dokken the original band  I would go see them if they came through my neck of the woods as Lynch is still the deal….

 

 

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Merry Xmas!


Merry Xmas to all the readers of this site and to all my Blogging Pals Worldwide! Thanks for reading as always my scribbles about the Rock that makes us Roll!*

See ya all back here on December 29th when I post my List of the the Top Albums of 2017!

* Thanks to Aaron (Mr Books) who graciously sent me this classic Aero album in the mail which arrived yesterday! Thanks a Ton Brother!

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‘Such’s’ To Be You


So…

Last week Bon Jovi gets their induction into the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame and now all the talk surrounds Jon Bon and who will show up meaning ex members Richie Sambora (who said he will show up ) and Alec John Such (nobody knows where he is..so who knows?)

Mikey Ladano in one of our group emails last week  name dropped Alec John Such and that got me thinking about doing this post. This is not a bash Jovi post. It’s a post that shows you how this band named Bon Jovi is a Business. Plain and simple. Jon is the CEO and everyone else is an employee.  Like anywhere if you’re not cutting the mustard you get canned. Alec was underperforming  in the Boss mans eyes and got fired!

Now remember this is all from 1994-1995 when this went down.  Long time ago but it is what it is and thanks to the internet and chat forums this shit is out there!

To be fair I seen Bon Jovi live back in the  day and that was August of 1989 and to be totally honest to Jon Bon when I was at the show I didn’t really pay too much attention to Alec as Jon and Richie were the main focal part so I will give Jon that!

Still though if all of this was true. I mean there is only one side to this story and so many years have passed but man its a hoot to read  and if AJS does indeed show up to the Rock Induction Ceremony next April that will be something to see but if not….

Write a book Mr Such…I will buy it! Posted below is the interview that probably helped AJS out the doors at Jovi HQ’s.

Below I posted the link (great read)where I got this article from. You can judge for yourselves. But the bottom line is Such got fired for spilling the Rock Beans and Boss Man Jon wasn’t happy….

https://drycounty.com/jovitalk/bon-jovi-discussion-f7/alec-john-suchs-final-weeks-last-performance-with-t69696/

Keep The Faith Friends…

 

Article published in RAW-magazine no. 154, July 20th 1994

In a special column on first page of interview the following semi-headlines:

The facts:
-Such has been banned by Jon Bon Jovi from doing any interviews
-Such is perpetually been treated like an ‘after-thought’!
-Jon Bon Jovi tells Such his bass playing “sucks”!
-Co-founding member is not appearing on the new Jovi LP!

DODGY T-SHIRTS AND AN EVEN DODGIER EYEPATCH ARE WHAT BON JOVI BASSIST ALEC JOHN SUCH IS RENOWNED FOR, BUT NOW, SHOCK HORROR, HE REVEALS HE’S BEEN COLDSHOULDERED WITHIN THE BAND AND WON’T FEATURE ON THE NEW JOVI ALBUM! DAVE LING ASKS WHETHER THERE’S MORE TO ALL THIS THAN MEETS THE EYE ….

Way back in June 1990, we printed a spoof list of ’15 least likely people to be interviewed in RAW’. Topping a roll of dishonour which featured Black Sabbath keyboardist Geoff Nicholls, Chris Johnstone of the Quireboys and Allanah Myles, one name stood proud. Alec John Such of Bon Jovi. It was intended as a bit of a laugh – admittedly a rather cheap one – but everybody knew what we meant. Poor old Alec was the man nobody seemed to know about, or care, too much about.

The media are always on the look-out for a juicy quote from that glamorous and charismatic duo of frontman Jon Bon Jovi and guitarist Richie Sambora, and it has been left to Alec, keyboardist David Bryan and sticksman Tico Torres to scrap amongst themselves for the leftover attention. Come to think of it, I don’t think I’ve ever read a full-blown interview with Alec John Such.

“I haven’t been allowed to do any if you want to know the truth” shrugs the four-stringer, who was in London to participate at the Gibson’s Night Of 100 Guitars anniversary show.“I was told that nobody wanted to talk to me and that came right from Jon’s mouth. For me it’s time for no more secrets. I’m gonna tell it like it is. Anything they said I did probably did, but I would lie for Jon and I have done.”

Does Alec feel that he has compromised himself?
“Put it this way, they say that you can forgive and forget. But you can never forget, you can just forgive.”

Alec’s ‘no interview’ embargo was placed on him for the whole of Bon Jovi’s last world tour. Was he banned because he said the wrong things when he was allowed to talk?
“I never really asked Jon about that, but I did tackle Jon about a lot of other things. For me, that was just the way it was, and I started to believe that people didn’t want to talk to me. After a while I realised it wasn’t true.”

One thing which was sorted out when Bon Jovi re-grouped to prepare the follow-up to 1992’s ‘Keep the faith’ was that Alec would not be playing on it. For a week before Such himself would confirm his non-participation, rumour had suggested that ex-Todd Rundgren bassist Kasim Sultan was taking his place.
“No, I haven’t split up with Bon Jovi. And no, Kasim is not doing the record,” he clarifies.“I’m gonna be doing the tour, but they’re using a guy called Huey MacDonald. I’m not doing the record with them this time, I have no desire to.”

Er …. Why?!
“Jon tells me I suck all the time, and I have no desire to get involved in all that tension again. Because I work better onstage than I do in the studio, it gives me the chance to do what I want to do out side the band. I love being on tour and change will help everyone when I go back because it’ll be fresh again. We still keep in touch and they still send me tapes. I’m just very honest with them now, whereas before I guess I wouldn’t have been quite so truthful.”
So how are relations between yourself and Jon?
“Now when I see Jon he’s fine. He knows I can’t be taken advantage of, although that’s maybe not the right word for it. I’m slowing down to smell the roses, and it’s not like I haven’t done all this stuff before. I never cared to be in the limelight for more than one day a week. Now there’s other things that have a higher priority; I really enjoy doing things like my Gibson bass clinics.
Now it’s a pleasure when I play out with different people,” he continues.“They ask me what kind of equipment I need, how the monitors sound for me. But with my band (Bon Jovi) they say,‘OK make sure Richie sounds good. Is everything alright for Tico?’ I haven’t experienced people caring about my requirements for a long time.”

So basically you became a bit of an after-thought?
“Yeah. But it doesn’t bother me anymore. There’s been a ton of good times. And there will be many more.”

Does Alec think that Bon Jovi have got out of control?
“I don’t really think so,” such says cautiously.“But what I intended it to be and what Jon wanted are two different things. I wanted to have fun, but then those guys wrote a hit song, and now there is so much pressure to keep having hit songs. I’ve always felt that you write a song and *others*(originally in cursive print) will tell you it’s a hit, you don’t write a song to be a hit and tell everyone,‘This is a hit song’.“

What happens if Jon writes a song that Alec hates?
“I don’t think I would say that I didn’t like it. I’m not a writer so I can’t criticise.”
Has he ever wanted to be a songwriter?
“I know how things work, y’know verse-chorus-verse, but that’s a God-given talent that I would know if I had.”

Jon is said to have smirked at the prospect of an Alec John Such solo album.
“I could believe that. But my calling is something totally different.”

Alec had better watch himself, as too many negative comments might just cause Jon to decide he’s not in the touring band either. There’s a million bassists out there, after all.
“When I decided not to be on the record – and it was my decision, which I took in the second week of January – I didn’t think everyone would just go,‘OK’. First off I called the guys who handle my money and asked them if I’d loose my house if that happened,” he explains.“They said as long as I didn’t buy a yacht every week I’d still be able to have a good life.”

OK, enough speculation. Let’s find out a little about Bon Jovi’s bassist. A portrait which appeared in RAW 151’s Jovi pull-out painted him as something of a mystery man. It is duly produced and Such nods quietly in agreement that his date of birth is indeed 14 November 1951. He chuckles when reminded of the T-Shirt he wore at Wembley Arena that said:‘Blow me … And Just Leave!’(“That shirt was a great idea”), but he wants to set the record straight about the eye-patch he wore on the last tour.
“My eye was infected. It was dripping away every night ad I had to put this Vaseline on it,” he claims.“That was the only time anyone ever saw me with an eye-patch. I wasn’t going or a pirate look because that would be nuts – but I *am*(again, originally in cursive) nuts in other ways!”

Such’s other hobbies away from the spotlight are vintage motorcycles and cars, personal computers and he’s also partners in an Australian company that makes turbo-chargers. But his biggest interest is amateur radio, something that stems from seeing roadies using walking-talkies at the Bon Jovi shows. Now that he owns his own set it’s grown into an obsession. He just loves ear-wigging on other peoples’ conversation!
“If people have anything crazy to say they shouldn’t say it on a radio or a cordless phone,” Such maintains.“I’ve heard many, many salacious things over the years. In Nashville we once got a prostitute on the line and she was telling her pimp how she was ripping off the punters. In LA, you start to get all the drug deals and sex phone calls.”

It takes Such several minutes to list all his motorcycles, and he also adds also owns a pair of ‘his and hers’ 1964 Honda Dreams.“You can’t teach people to ride on a Harley because it’s too big,” he explains with a glint in his eye.“They look at the lighter, 50cc version and go,‘It’s so-o-p cute, of course I’ll ride it!’“

OF Course, music is another huge feature of his life. Alec tends not to attend the big-name concerts, but he’s a regular at local New Jersey venues like the Fast Lane where he checks out smaller bands. His future plans include co-managing one particular fledging Florida act that he has already spotted.
“I’ve been spoiled for the big gigs. If I can’t go backstage and just hang out there I don’t usually bother,” he confesses.“If we go together as a band a commotion will sometimes start in the audience, and that’s not fair to the band you’ve gone along to see.”
“But I’ve been listening to new bands like Candlebox, Tool, Soundgarden and Smashing Pumpkins a lot because it’s so refreshing. People are calling it the Grunge scene, but to me it’s just Rock’n’roll getting back to its roots”.
“These bands aren’t embarrassed about what they do onstage; they don’t have to look a certain way and if they don’t have an instrument to make a sound they’ll go (mumbles noise like a didgeridoo), and that is great.”
Many felt that Bon Jovi went too far left of field with ‘Keep The Faith’, but such feels it didn’t go far enough. What he’s heard of the new record – which is “just about all”– suggests it won’t go too far out on a limb.
“I know how Jon writes and I know how Richie writes,” he says.“I put those two guys together. They should be patting me on the back ‘cos without each other they’d still not be writing right. Jon writes cowboy songs, they all start out that way. He needs Richie to harden ‘em up and turn ‘em into Bon Jovi songs.”
Our allotted time is vanishing, but Alec has enjoyed the experience. He has his bass clinics, he manages his band, he’d like to be more than just an anonymous face at the end of the row … but not a great deal more.
“This is a new facet of what I do,” he beams.“I’d like people to know a little more about me. I’d like them to come up to me on the street and be able to say something more than,‘Hey, you’re in Bon Jovi’.”

Gord Downie…

 

You know you get those Game Changer Life Moments that make an impact on you that you will probably never forget.
The passing of Gord Downie is another one of those moments that many of us will never forget where or what we were doing when we heard the news.
I was on my coffee break early Tuesday morning when my wife Suzi texted me that ‘Gord Downie had died” I was and wasn’t shocked.

We all knew this day was coming but it was one of those you really hope that day doesn’t come. It did and many of my friends posted including myself a bunch of tributes, comments just basically how the music of The Hip had an effect on all us on different levels.

I know it impacted my pal Tbone hard. After all I think it would as it must have been something to be at any of those last shows that the Hip played across Canada(last summer) at which T was at the Winnipeg show. I mean knowing but not wanting to believe that this was going to be the last time ever to see these guys I dunno how  my thinking would have been.  You know myself along with  everybody was hoping that ‘Yeah they will be back!” But…..

If you’re a reader of this blog you know that me and Tbone caught these guys early on here in Tbay.(1988) The second time was March of 1990 at our University. This was a show I can recall a lot better than the one previously as Up To Here was selling like hot cakes but the band that night with a bearded long-haired Gordie rocked the joint. Me and T must have been about 10 feet directly in front of Gordie and man when these guys hit the stage at 12 midnight all bets were off!

Hip were not afraid to take chances early on as how many bands do you know would open a show with an unreleased track that I believe is still unreleased “Crack My Spine Like A Whip” plus only having the E.P and Up To Here album to draw from The Hip would also preview songs that we wouldn’t hear until a year later(1991) on the classic Road Apples album.

Thanks for the Music Gord!

 

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!

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