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Album Review: Jim Crean – Insatiable

Not too long ago, I reviewed a Northeastern stop of the Appice Drum Wars series of shows, one which took place to promote the recent release from the Appice Brothers, Sinister. In light of this new album being the first officially recorded collaboration between Vinny and Carmine, much of the attention was on these drummer brothers. But now, it’s time to focus entirely on the singer whose powerful vocals fronted that very Drum Wars show, not to mention his role as a featured vocalist on Sinister following a long history with the Appices, plus his own far-reaching solo career – […]

Concert Review: Tom Keifer at Tupelo Music Hall

When you hear the band name Cinderella, what comes to mind? Perhaps you’d say the 1986 debut Night Songs, chock-full of hard rock hits and quite a few of their most well-known tracks, or you might reference the blues-tinged sequel Long Cold Winter, and its follow-up Heartbreak Station. If you kept on listing albums, you would’ve hit it eventually, but Still Climbing most likely wasn’t your first choice of an answer. The fact that this album and its title track tends to get a little lost in the shuffle (and I don’t mean the “Bad Attitude Shuffle”) is precisely what […]

Concert Review: Appice at Tupelo Music Hall

Perhaps you’re a fan of Vanilla Fudge, or caught Carmine Appice during his time with Rod Stewart, Ozzy Osbourne, or Cactus. Maybe you were in a crowd somewhere along the “Sacred Heart” tour and saw Vinny Appice behind the kit with Ronnie James Dio, and were always a fan of Black Sabbath’s “Dio Years” – or you might be a more recent Kill Devil Hill fan, or possibly have spotted a Last In Line show last year. It could be some, all, or none of the above, but in any case, it’d be pretty difficult to call yourself a Rock […]

Interview: Carmine Appice

On September 23rd, Appice, the project consisting of iconic drummers and brothers Carmine and Vinny Appice releasing their new collaborative album Sinister later this month, hit Tupelo Music Hall in Derry, New Hampshire. Just before the start of the show, the legendary Carmine Appice was kind enough to sit down with me for a great interview, where he gave an in-depth explanation of the record’s connection to late great Ronnie James Dio, plus an inside look into the Vegas video shoot for the track “Monsters and Heroes”. We also chatted about the Hall of Heavy Metal History, and the history of “Drum […]

Concert Review: Warrant at Tupelo Music Hall (With Red Sky Mary)

“Louder, Harder, Faster!” The chant which united the voices of a packed house with the strong pipes of Robert Mason when Warrant rocked Tupelo Music Hall last weekend. Through a rock and roll call and response of sorts, the audience was thrilled to join in as the Down Boys played their new track on this Northeastern stop along the Louder Harder Faster Tour 2017. September 17th marked the date for Warrant’s second New Hampshire stop of the year, but it wasn’t only new songs that made it onto the setlist that night in Derry – just about all the tracks […]

Interview: Red Sky Mary

With seven years, three full-length albums, and an EP behind them, New England rockers Red Sky Mary have got plenty of material under their belt to pack an opening slot to the brim. The New Hampshirites regularly tour the Northeast, and recently played at the Tupelo Music Hall in Derry, New Hampshire, opening for Warrant. I caught lead singer Sam Vlasich and guitarist Tom Boisse at the show, who demonstrated some great time-management skills as they shifted between running their merch table and doing an interview with me. I took their populous local fanbase into consideration and tried not to […]

“Bowl for Ronnie” Adds More Celebrity Guests

The Third Annual “Bowl for Ronnie” charity event was announced not too long ago, and the long list of rockers on the celebrity teams just keeps getting longer. The team led by Eddie Trunk will face off against the team headed by KLOS DJ Gary Moore, with return guests/last year’s winners John 5, Tom Morello, Jeff Scott Soto, and Rock Feinstein joining in. The roster of guests now includes members (and former members) of Guns N’ Roses, Dio, Lynch Mob, Billy Idol, Cinderella, Ratt, Whitesnake, Armored Saint, Budderside, Hellion, Fuel, Puddle of Mudd, Black Star Riders, Rough Cutt, and many […]

Steelheart Goes “Through Worlds of Stardust” With New Album

The buzz surrounding Steelheart’s first full-length record in almost ten years has been building for several months, ever since the release of its first single, “Got Me Runnin’” back in July. In a case of classic meets modern, the latest sounds from Miljenko Matijevic-founded-and-fronted Steelheart are officially out today on Frontiers Records, in the form of the 10-track Through Worlds of Stardust. On the record, Miljenko says, “I cannot express how excited I am for you all to hear this new album. Our focus was to bring back the magic in the music with songs that have been lived, loved, laughed and struggled. […]

Motörhead’s Under Cöver Released

Under Cöver is officially out – the covers album by Motörhead has been released digitally this week, and it can be purchased via iTunes (affiliate link). While there’s still some time to wait for any physical formats of the record, as October 13th is when the CD and Vinyl will see the light of day from the Motörhead Music label, the 11-track compilation is available to give fans the full experience of the legendary band as they took on tracks by some other legends over the years, including The Ramones, Judas Priest, Metallica, and more. A music video surfaced not too […]

Appice to Perform Debut Album at Select Live Shows

There’s something “sinister” on the way from a project formed by two legendary figures in the rock and metal worlds…and they just happen to be brothers who are both drummers. Appice is the name, and Carmine and Vinny have signed to the SPV/Steamhammer label to put together a debut album under their new moniker. Sinister has a long list of guests to round out the collaboration, which Vinny sums up nicely by stating, “As Ringo said: with a little help from our friends.” The full lineup of the record is as follows, classified by instrument: Carmine Appice (drums & vocals) Vinny Appice (drums) Jim […]

Babylon A.D. Release New Video for Upcoming Record “Revelation Highway”

All original members with all new material, Babylon A.D. have recently announced the upcoming release of their latest album. Not too long ago, the band released LIVE@XXV to celebrate their 25th anniversary of recording together. Now, on November 10th, 2017, Revelation Highway will mark the 30th anniversary of Babylon A.D.’s formation with a 10-track release on Frontiers Music Srl. For the first look and an early taste of the high-powered Rock’n’Roll Babylon A.D. has to offer on Revelation Highway, check out the music video for the opening track, “Crash and Burn“. Here’s a statement from frontman Derek Davis on the band’s latest work: “This record […]

Sweet & Lynch Are “Unified” in Lyric Video for “Afterlife”

Sweet & Lynch, the Frontiers-signed band whose name combines that of Stryper frontman Michael Sweet and Lynch Mob/Ex-Dokken guitarist George Lynch, are on their way to releasing their second album this fall – an 11-track full-length by the name of Unified. This is not the first collaboration for the two, as their debut record Only to Rise hit the shelves and the Billboard charts in 2015, also released on Frontiers Music Srl. Rounding out the group for a second time are bassist James LoMenzo (ex-White Lion, ex-Megadeth, John Fogerty) and drummer Brian Tichy (The Dead Daisies, ex-Whitesnake, BashFest Founder). The band recently released […]

Third Annual Bowl for Ronnie Officially Announced

For the third year in a row, the season approaches for the rock ’n’ roll celebrity charity event known as Bowl for Ronnie. Taking place in Studio City, California, the bowling party’s proceeds benefit the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund. The event will feature teams of rockers, metallers, and on-air personalities, including a team led by Eddie Trunk, who is not only the official host of the event, but the first place winner in last year’s Bowl for Ronnie competition. Celebrity guests include Tom Morello, John 5 (both returning from last year’s winning team), Steven Adler, […]

Europe Revisit “The Final Countdown” on 30th Anniversary

The Time Has Come – Europe celebrated the 30th Anniversary of their iconic album The Final Countdown at the end of last year with a grand-scale show in London. Now, in just a matter of days, the recording of this performance will be released for fans to relive, or to see for the first time. Taking place on November 12th, 2016, Europe rocked the night at The Roundhouse, playing The Final Countdown album in its entirety, alongside their most recent album War of Kings, also performed in full. The monumental night was captured by Patric Ullaeus of rEvolver Film Company AB. Europe will be “on the loose” with this […]

L.A. Guns “Make You Want A Little More” in New Video

It’s been a long time coming, and fans have had their fair share of waiting for this announcement – L.A. Guns have just revealed a music video giving the first taste of their highly anticipated upcoming record The Missing Peace. Talk of this record has been in the air for a while, especially for those who have recently seen L.A. Guns live, where they’ve already debuted the track featured in this new clip. “Speed” is the name, and hard and heavy rock’n’roll is the game. The band has been on a worldwide trek for close to a year as part of the “L.A. […]