The first time I saw these boys live was Bon Scott’s last tour in 1979 I believe, the HIGHWAY TO HELL shows. I’m glad I caught them then as he passed away by “Death By Misadventure” as the Ted Nugent song was titled, left passed out in a car after a night of drinking by his mates. A huge loss for AC/Dc and fans of metal. They did find a more than adequate replacement in Brian Johnson. Th show I saw wwith him will be featured next week.
I saw this boys live twice back in the day, once in a co-bill with Iron Maiden. The opening act was supposed to have been Whitesnake, but it was announced the has equipment problems. Whatever that means. That was in Norfolk, Virginia. The Greensboro concert I had my own problems. I had a pint of alcohol in one boot and the bottle shattered in my boot. Luckily no injuries because of my stupidity.
In my misspent youth, I attended a lot of concerts, mostly metal(the other kind are a whole different story). I saw the Scorpions in a double bill with Ted Nugent and they had a very young Def Leppard opening for them, when their first album was out and before they became a pop band.
Klaus Meine has one of those distinctive voices that stands out.
I bought this band’s first second album, GET USED TO IT, in the late stages of the audio cassette era, 1992, then went back and picked up their self-titled album from 1990. When ever friends first heard them, the first thing they always asked was, “That a new AC/DC?” Indeed, they seem to have likely been influenced by the Aussie band and singer Georg(no, I didn’t forget the e) Dolivo’s voice did indeed have a similar growl to the late Bon Scott. They made a brief splash back then and still knock around these days. I never bought any other of their music.
Here’s a few clips, the first two from that second album, the other two from their first.
DROWNING POOL is another band my nephew pointed my way. They sound good and I have a couple of their albums, SINNER(2001) and DROWNING POOL(2010), ripped to my music file.
A little research shows they rose to prominence during an Ozzfest tour. SINNER was their debut album and went platinum in six weeks. On August 14, 2002, Dave Williams, the lead singer, was found dead on the tour bus. He’d suffered from a heart disease.
After a search, Jason “Gong” Jones. He departed in mid-2004 and Tom Gabel did a few shows with the band before, ultimately, staying with his band, AGAINST ME!. Ryan McCombs finally joined, a singer some had wanted all along.
I like this band. Here’s a few clips of songs I like.
DISTURBED is a band my nephew turned me on to recently. Formed in 1995, they’ve released five albums, selling eleven million copies worldwide, making them one of the best grossing metal bands in recent years. I have two albums in my music file, 2002’s THE SICKNESS and 2005’s TEN THOUSAND FISTS. This is an effort to restore my metal street cred after admitting recently I liked a song by Simply Red.
One recent development on Youtube I’m not fond of is there inserting commercials at the beginning of videos. I understand the necessity, as on commercial televison, but I still don’t like it. Some of the following have them, some don’t, some play directly from the blog, others you click the watch on Youtube underscored phrase.
Here’s some favorites off Youtube. Some are from the two albums I have and some are from other releases. Enjoy.
This last clip deals with a serious subject. The singer Dave Draiman explains:
I hadn’t really thought about Blackie Lawless and W.A.S.P. in years. I have several albums by them, all on vinyl, and no longer have a functioning player. Well let’s say, no functioning needle. I’m sure I could find one somewhere should I desire. But what’s the point these days.
Charles Gramlich had a heavy metal quiz recently on his blog and W.A.S.P. was one of the questions. And then last night Blackie appeared on THAT METAL SHOW running late on VH1-Classic. In his mid-fifties now, and no longer sporting the circular saw blade dangling from his crotch, he didn’t look a lot different than he did twenty-five years ago.
W.A.S.P. has a new CD out, BABYLON, and the video below is playing on Youtube. Sounds good and he still has a political-religious bent to his shows.