25 YEARS AGO TODAY and at their peak, Megadeth release their 6th album and it debuts at #4 on Billboard! 💪
A huge accomplishment considering they were in the middle of the grunge era and their previous album peaked at #2. Dave, and us, were better off when he was kicked out of Metallica.
Dave Mustaine: "It's been called a thrash album, it's been called a rock album, and it's even been called an alternative album. To me it can only be called a Megadeth album. That should be enough."
Performance was also in 1994 on David Letterman:
65 year old George Lynch’s new band Dirty Shirley debut tonight!
… with Dino Jelusick on vocals! 👍
George looks more like he could be Dino's grandfather rather than the 80's guitar god from Dokken.
20 YEARS AGO TODAY Sebastian Bach strikes out on his own with his first solo album. After only three albums with Skid Row, one of the greatest vocalist in rock-n-roll hasn't, and will never, reunite with his former bandmates... the first heavy metal band to debut their album at #1 on Billboard. Sebastian: "You all have had seven f'n singers, maybe it's you."
He's a Tenor with around a 3+ Octave range that carried him onward to star in FOUR Broadway shows: "My voice really has a life of its own, and I kind of just have to get out of the way of it. I mean there are all these stories about me and celebrity and stuff, but all I try to do is put all of my effort into singing more than anything else, obviously. And the more you do it properly, the stronger your voice gets. My vocal style is called bel canto, which is an old Italian vocal style going back hundreds of years. It was extensively taught to me in New York and I've been doing it since 1987. It really helps get my voice going good, and after I sing through the scales I'll sing to some old Journey and some old Judas Priest. Rob Halford and Steve Perry hits the highest notes that I can hit, so once I can hit those notes, I know I'm ready to go. Oh yeah, man. I spend hours doing it. It's pretty much every day. I start an hour before a show, and the warm-up is 30 minutes; then I take 30 minutes after that and just let the voice bring brightness to it. I don’t sing for like a half an hour before I go on. I just get ready for the show and then when I hit the stage, it's ready to scream (laughs)."
Only 5 tracks were new material, everything else is live Skid Row hits (Which is what everybody wanted at the time anyway) and he absolutely kills it!
45 YEARS AGO TODAY Thin Lizzy released their 4th album and the three-man Irish band added a second guitar player. A long-hair Californian, Scott Gorham, who would end up staying in the band, including its many Phil/Thin Lizzy tribute/reunion incarnations, long after their last album in 1983 and Phil's death in 1986.
2019 marks the year that the most underrated band in rock-n-roll history are nominated for the Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame... FINALLY!
35 YEARS AGO TODAY when Triumph released their seventh album 'Thunder Seven', it was the time the Canadian trio went from opening act to headliners. They were at their peak with two previous platinum selling albums under their belt. Look no further than their near-headlining slot, behind only Van Halen and the Scorpions, at the historic US Festival in August 1983.
The stage was set for Triumph to extend their winning streak into 1984. But when this album didn't quite hit that level, it signaled an end of an era for the band. The group's sales hiccup was enough to convince the trio’s longtime record company, MCA, that the time had come to force the use of outside writers, who, in theory at least, would help the band produce a hit and modernize their sound.
Instead, on 1986’s Sport of Kings, this approach led to inconsistent songwriting, increased division within the group and the acceleration of a deteriorating environment that drove guitarist/singer Rik Emmett out of the band after 1987’s Surveillance album. In a way, Thunder Seven serves as Triumph’s last hurrah. 🤘
30 YEARS AGO TODAY Whitesnake release their 8th album, reaching to #10 on Billboard, TWO Top 5 singles and FOUR Top 40 singles.
… and Steve Vai, the #4 guitar player of all time demonstrating his skills.
David Coverdale: "I was unfamiliar with Vai's work with Zappa or David Lee Roth, but when I had seen him in the 1986 film Crossroads, that impressed me."
I’ve normally stayed out of this thread but my guess for the best would be the Sonnax Alto Extra Wide Band for Powerglides. They are $218. from Jegs. 🙄
One of the best jams ever
Van Halen’s intro to “Hot for Teacher” sure reminds me of an old school fuel car at idle, so they make the list. Pantera, Prong, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Audioslave, AC⚡️DC, Soundgarden, ZZ Top, Rage Against the Machine, Run DMC, West Side Connection (Rahn Tobler agrees) Ice Cube, Hank Sr., Tennessee Ernie Ford, Lefty Frizzell, Jimmy Rogers, Hank Snow, Postmodern Jukebox, etc.
RIP NEIL PEART who passed away Tuesday in Santa Monica, Calif., after having been diagnosed with brain cancer. He was 67:
The virtuoso on Letterman doin' his thing:
For us old schoolers:
Rush, 1980, Montreal. A song about man and machine by Neil Peart....
The short story that the song is based on. First Published in Road & Track, November 1973...
Growing up in New Orleans, I learned to love a lot of different music, but hardcore metal just ticks all the boxes for me....intense and full of energy.
Canada’s Minister of Education Steven Lecce: “There are currently two cargo ships heading towards Vancouver carrying most of his kit. We expect to start breaking it down and dividing it across our 15,500 public schools, which should give each classroom at least three pieces of equipment each, with hundreds of cymbals left over. Thank you Mr. Peart, you will not be forgotten.”
By Daniel Magorrian | January 12, 2020
40 YEARS AGO yesterday, and the first rock-n-roll album of the 80's, Rush release their 7th album Permanent Waves that peaked at #5.
Neil Peart on making the albums centerpiece tune Jacobs Ladder: "We wanted to build a song around the phenomena called Jacob's Ladder, where the rays break through the clouds. I came up with a couple of short pieces of lyrics to set the musical parts up and we built it all musically trying to describe it cinematically, as if our music were a film. We have a luminous sky happening and the whole stormy, gloomy atmosphere, and all of a sudden these shafts of brilliance come bursting through and we try to create that musically."
Performance is from their very last concert August 1, 2015
RIP Neil Peart 1952 - 1/7/2020 ❤️
… btw, cheers to the guy yelling at the very end. Thank you indeed 🍻
I love that after 36 years, he still throws a jab at not getting a sound check during the over 40 shows they opened up for Aerosmith in the 70's, LOL
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