Friday, February 28, 2014

Remembering Dave Prichard (Armored Saint) 24th Anniversary



Today marks the 24th anniversary of the passing of Armored Saint guitarist Dave Prichard. He was diagnosed with leukemia and on Feb 28, 1990, he passed away from the disease at the early age of 26.

He had made a substantial mark in the music world spanning one EP and four albums [Armored Saint EP (1983), March of the Saint (1984), Delirious Nomad (1985), Raising Fear (1987), Saints Will Conquer – LIVE (1988)].

But Dave lived on even after his untimely death.

1991’s ‘Symbol Of Salvation’ included a demo of Dave’s solo on the song “Tainted Past”.  In 2001, Metal Blade Records released the 2-CD set ‘Nod to the Old School’ which included unreleased tracks, rarities, demos and live material. And in 2003, ‘Symbol of Salvation’ was re-issued/remastered as a 3-disc collection which included all of Dave’s original 1989 4-track demos of every song from that album (except “Half Drawn Bridge”). 2004 saw the DVD re-release of their 1987 VHS “A Trip Thru Red Times” which included video’s (pro and bootleg).

I had the privilege of seeing Dave with the Saint opening for Metallica in ’85 and again in ’86 opening for Saxon. He always had that ‘it’ factor and it would’ve been only a matter of time before he became more well-known.

Enjoy this live Saint concert – Hell On Wheels Tour filmed in Minneapolis, MN (Sept 15, 1987)
We miss ya Dave!

“Give in/Give and take/Taken by mistake/From now on I call the shots/Long before I die, long before I die” – taken from 1986’s ‘Delirious Nomad’…opening track “Long Before I Die”.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Pantera’s “Vulgar Display Of Power” is 22 years old today



“Vulgar Display Of Power” is 22 years old today – HAPPY FUCKIN’ BLACKTOOTH BIRTHDAY!!! 

This was the album that catapulted Pantera into the quintessential American Metal band of 90’s. Just add Dimebag Darrell’s maniacal riffing and extremely intense solos, Phil Anselmo’s ferocious vocal delivery and Vinnie Paul and Rex Brown’s rhythmic-groove session and what happens? The face of extreme music changes forever.

“Mouth for War”, “New Level”, “This Love”, “Walk” and “Hollow” morphed this Texan quartet and slayed their previous release “Cowboys From Hell” from the start. Combined with go-to-producer guru Terry Date, he captured the all-definitive Pantera sound. You know the one.

VDOP was a true testament to the heavy metal genre that Pantera had something to prove. The songs were less polished than their previous release, “Cowboys From Hell” and had grit, dirt, mold and just enough crust to grab the listener by the balls (women by the tatas…yes, I had to go there), smack ’em around and expect them to beg for more. There’s no denying the classic Pantera cuts such as, “Walk”, “Fucking Hostile”, “A New Level” and “Mouth For War”. A number of songs on this album have been covered by a number of bands and artists, especially following the passing of Darrell “Dimebag” Abbott.  The spirit of Dime lives on in all those who loved the guy, but also by the fans who undoubtedly embrace this band forever.

Sidebar:
The 20th anniversary reissue (released May 2012) included an unreleased track, “Piss” and a DVD from the 1992 Monster of Rock performance in Italy (posted below for your viewing pleasure).

Getcha pull!


Monday, February 24, 2014

R.I.P. Dave Brockie (aka Oderus Urungus/GWAR)






GWAR was always about having fun and making fun of everything (politics, sex, history etc.) and gave everyone THE best over-the-top performances.  I was lucky enough to see GWAR eight times and everytime was something different.  NO ONE can replace the great Oderus Urungus.  He will be missed.

Official news release by Richmond outlet Style Weekly and confirmed by the band’s manager Jack Flanagan:

“It is with a saddened heart, that I confirm my dear friend Dave Brockie, artist, musician, and lead singer of GWAR passed away at approximately 6:50 p.m. EST Sunday, March 23, 2014,” Flanagan said. “His body was found Sunday by his bandmate at his home in Richmond, VA. Richmond authorities have confirmed his death and next of kin has been notified. A full autopsy will be performed. My main focus right now is to look after my bandmates and his family. More information regarding his death shall be released as the details are confirmed.”

Police were called to the singer’s Richmond home Sunday night after responding to a call by Brockie’s roommate. Brockie had already died by the time police arrived. Foul play is not suspected at this time, but a cause of death has yet to be determined.

“Dave was one of the funniest, smartest, most creative and energetic persons I’ve known,” former Gwar bassist Mike Bishop told the paper. “He was brash sometimes, always crass, irreverent, he was hilarious in every way. But he was also deeply intelligent and interested in life, history, politics and art.”

“I wish it was a joke,” added former band member Chris Bopst. “Everyone is in shock.”

Brockie had been in a punk band named Death Piggy that staged crude plays when he founded Gwar in 1984. After meeting band member Hunter Jackson, who had created props for Death Piggy and began work on the film Scumdogs of the Universe, Brockie used the outlandish costumes created for the film to form the joke group Gwaaarrrgghhlllgh. After numerous lineup changes and the shortening of the band name, Brockie dissolved Death Piggy and led Gwar, who released their debut album Hell-O in 1988.

The satirical metal band quickly earned a following for its macabre, over-the-top costumes and scatological, offensive lyrics, fashioning themselves interplanetary warriors descended from aliens who arrived on Earth to enslave and slaughter the human race.  The band celebrated their 30th anniversary in 2014, having released their 13th album, Battle Maximus, last year.

“His penchant for scatological humors belied a lucid wit,” said Bishop. “He was a criminally underrated lyricist and hard rock vocalist, one of the best, ever! A great frontman, a great painter, writer, he was also a hell of a bass guitarist. I loved him. He was capable of great empathy and had a real sense of justice.”

Sunday, February 23, 2014

KISS pre-Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame D-R-A-M-A

A few weeks ago news spread that KISS would be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame. Fuckin’ finally! I was one of the thousands of avid KISS Army minions (rock soldiers…ahem) since the 70’s and it was gratifying to see this band enter into this “members only/super secret squirrel shit club” after being passed over year after year (since 1986) for real rockers like ABBA, The O’Jays and Talking Heads.

But wait, there’s more.

The RRHOF is only inducting the original members (Gene, Paul, Ace and Peter). Not the slew of past band members or artists who actually performed on the classic KISS albums.  I would need three days to assemble that list.

But wait, there’s more.

Gene $immons and Paul Stanley regurgitated a response in retaliation to the Hall’s confirmation of inducting only the four core/original members. From Paul (and I quote), “tainted, corrupted and distorted” Hall of Fame for being unwilling to discuss inducting anybody but the four original members of Kiss.”  WHAT?!? What a set of balls Paul has in creating so much drama surrounding their past lives with Ace and Peter and wanting to perform with their current “Ace” and “Peter” for the induction ceremony.  You’re going to lambast the Hall and tell them their rules suck? Gene’s statement tried to explain how ex-KISS members are like ex-wives/girlfriends and why would anyone want to bring their past/ex’s to a party.  Shut the fuck up, Chaim. THINK ABOUT YOUR FANS…end of story.

But wait, there’s more.

Ace Frehley released a statement a couple days ago and revealed that he and original drummer Peter Criss will not be joining their former bandmates on stage during April’s RRHOF induction ceremony. This is due to Gene and Paul having decided to perform with current members Tommy [Ace stand-in] and Eric [Peter stand-in], and the Hall is OK with that decision. Then Peter released his statement which included the following, “It’s disappointing to have to say to you, the fans, Ace and I have been denied a performance with Gene and Paul for our Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction. This is disgraceful and I feel bad for the fans who were looking forward to the four of us being inducted together.”

But wait, there’s more.

Today, Gene and Paul dropped this shitbomb on the fans, “To bring this to a quick end, we have decided not to play in any line-up and we will focus our attention on celebrating our induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.” You can find the entire statement online, but Gene also mentioned he and Paul wanted to celebrate the entire history of KISS w/all past and current members.  Yeah, OK Gene. Let’s get back to reality now.

As it stands, Ace, Peter, Gene and Paul will stand at the podium together, make their individual speeches, accept their RRHOF award and then that will be the last time we ever see the four original members of KISS in the same room ever again.  Well played Demon and Star Child, well played.  I’m sure your fans are proud of you both.  Thanks for taking the high road, tearing off the ego suits for an evening and making peace with Ace and Peter for a few hours. Thanks again.

By the way, how soon will KISS Online be carrying the “official” KISS Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame t-shirts w/the images of the original lineup? Just curious.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Rock your VD today!

Rock your VD! 😉 \m/

The lyrics pretty much say it all. Share it with you Valentine today.


Ronnie James Dio Tribute CD “This Is Your Life”


Mark your online calendars for April 1st!!

To celebrate Ronnie James Dio, an all-star group of his friends recorded 13 of their favorite tracks for a tribute album entitled, “This Is Your Life” which will raise funds for the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund. This amazing tribute will be available from Rhino April 1st.

Pretty phenomenal track listing.  Majority are new recordings where a few have been released over the last few years.  So many highlights here, can’t wait to get my hands on this.  The album art is equally incredible (have a peek below). \m/\m/

“Neon Knights” – Anthrax*
“The Last In Line” – Tenacious D*
“The Mob Rules” – Adrenaline Mob
“Rainbow In The Dark” – Corey Taylor, Roy Mayorga, Satchel, Christian Martucci, Jason Christopher*
“Straight Through The Heart” – Halestorm*
“Starstruck” – Motörhead with Biff Byford*
“The Temple Of The King” – Scorpions*
“Egypt (The Chains Are On)” – Doro
“Holy Diver” – Killswitch Engage
“Catch The Rainbow” – Glenn Hughes, Simon Wright, Craig Goldy, Rudy Sarzo, Scott Warren*
“I” – Oni Logan, Jimmy Bain, Rowan Robertson, Brian Tichy*
“Man On The Silver Mountain” – Rob Halford, Vinny Appice, Doug Aldrich, Jeff Pilson, Scott Warren*
“Ronnie Rising Medley (Featuring A Light In The Black, Tarot Woman, Stargazer, Kill The King)” – Metallica*
“This Is Your Life” – Dio

* Previously unreleased

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Now Playing

Now Playing via CD, iPod, Spotify, or YouTube:

  • Y&T – Black Tiger
  • Rush – Permanent Waves
  • Black Sabbath – Mob Rules
  • Cheap Trick – Dream Police
  • Angra – Angels Cry
  • Jeff Beck – Blow By Blow
  • AC/DC – Powerage
  • King’s X – Live
  • Yes – Fragile

Monday, February 10, 2014

Rocklahoma 2014 Announcement

The details surrounding ROCKLAHOMA 2014 (which is touted as the biggest Memorial Day Weekend party in the U.S.) were released today and it’s a doozie.  The three day shindig goes down May 23-25 in Pryor, OK.

The lineup for the eigth Rocklahoma festival is as follows: KID ROCK, FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, STAIND, TWISTED SISTER, DEFTONES, SEETHER, MOTÖRHEAD, JACKYL, FILTER, BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, THEORY OF A DEADMAN, KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, SKID ROW, ALL THAT REMAINS, TOM KEIFER OF CINDERELLA, HELLYEAH, KIX, DOWN, POP EVIL, ADELITAS WAY, BLACK STONE CHERRY, TRIVIUM, TEXAS HIPPIE COALITION, THE PRETTY RECKLESS, THOUSAND FOOT KRUTCH, REDLIGHT KING, SKINDRED, KYNG, WE AS HUMAN, NOTHING MORE, DEVOUR THE DAY, HEAVEN’S BASEMENT, GEMINI SYNDROME, BUTCHER BABIES, EVE TO ADAM, TRUCKFIGHTERS, KILLER DWARFS, BAI BANG, LYNAM, ASKA, BLACK TORA, FIRSTRYKE, MYSTERY, NASTY HABIT, SLEEPY HOLLOW, WICKED, DOWN & DIRTY, LOVEBLAST, RUFF JUSTICE, RATCHET DOLLS, RAGDOLL, DELLACOMA, CHAOTIC RESEMBLANCE, SCATTERED HAMLET, SIREN, MACH22, TEMPT, LONDON’S DUNGEON, MINE ENEMIES FALL, THE CHIMPZ, SLEEPWALKING HOME, WELL HUNG HEART, FRAMING THE RED, BLACKWATER REBELLION, DRYVER, and DIRTY CRUSH.

Dee Snider of Twisted Sister was quoted saying, “I view this festival as sort of a ‘Royal Rumble’ of rock; it’s every band for itself, each trying to claim the belt. When Twisted Sister is done that night, the promoters are going to need to change the name of the event to ‘I Wanna Rocklahoma’!”

Presale tickets go on sale Wed Feb 12th and public sale will Feb 14th (the perfect Valentine’s Day gift).

Visit the official Rocklahoma site for more info: http://www.rocklahoma.com

New Releases (February 2014)

A few of the new releases coming out this month. Number next to the release = date…easy enough.

FEBRUARY 2014

  • 04 Battle Beast – Battle Beast
  • 04 Behemoth – The Satanist
  • 04 Grand Magus – Triumph and Power
  • 04 Within Temptation – Hydra
  • 11 Def Leppard – Slang (Reissue) [Deluxe Edition]
  • 11 The Treatment – Running With the Dogs
  • 18 Adrenaline Mob – Men Of Honor
  • 18 Altitudes and Attitude – Self-Titled EP [ft. Anthrax's Frank Bello and Megadeth's Dave Ellefson]
  • 25 Heart – Fanatic Live From Caesars Colosseum [CD/DVD/Blu-ray]
  • 25 Vandenberg’s MoonKings – Self-Titled
  • 28 Iron Savior – Rise of the Hero
  • 28 Manowar – Kings Of Metal MMXIV
  • 28 Matt Sorum Fierce Joy – Self-Titled
  • 28 Anette Olzon – Shine [ex-Nightwish vocalist]
  • TBA  — Farmikos EP [ft. guitarist Joe Holmes....ex-Ozzy guitarist and former Randy Rhoads student]

Sunday, February 9, 2014

The Ground Beneath releases new “SelfTitled” album


This CD covers the many facets of emotional high and lows of TGB founder, guitarist/vocalist and mastermind Steve Civerolo.  It’s a journey that needs to be visited repeatedly to absorb the complexity and nuances which make this album the incredible chunk of musical genius it is.  

I was mesmerized by the swelling of “It’s You / Blame”, the ferocity of “Say It”, “Disappear”, “RLS” and “Choke”. This also includes some built-in “soon to be classics” such as “Blame”, “Memphis” and the sing-along of “Mine”.  

You want humor? The closing track "Burjay" is hilarious and it deserves a few listens to catch it all. There are MANY peaks and valleys on here which encompass the human element. I wasn't disappointed with any of these tracks whatsoever. It's classic from head-to-toe and it deserves a lot of attention.

First listen will have anyone hooked. The jaunt is worth exploring as often as possible. Worthy to be included in everyone’s music collection.

The Ground Beneath:
Steve Civerolo – Vocals/Electric & Acoustic six & Twelve string guitars
Hunter McCoy – Bass
Brian "Bearface" Scott – Drums

Guests:
Paul Civerolo – Guest lead electric six string guitar on “Lost In Me”
Jonathan “Jonny Law” Jonah (WarnerDrive vocalist) vocals on “Burjay”  
Brian Ostrom – Four string Bass guitar on “Memphis”
Laurie Selby – Cello on “It’s You”/”Blame”/”Not Me
Rick Fusco (yours truly) & Kenny Davis – Gang vocals on “Mine”.

http://www.thegroundbeneath.com
http://www.facebook.com/thegroundbeneath
https://www.cdbaby.com/cd/thegroundbeneath

The Ground Beneath - Blind [Official Video]

Welcome!

This site is something I’ve put together to share my affinity for music. I’m a fan…pure and simple. I do not work for a record label nor am I endorsed by any person/company.

I have been a long time music fan since I was at least six years old. The musical catalyst which initially fed my young brain was courtesy of my Mom (Santana, Chicago, Doobie Brothers, Earth Wind and Fire) and my sister and cousin (Billy Joel, Led Zeppelin, YES, Cheap Trick, the Cars, Elton John, and Fleetwood Mac). The rest of it was by the magic of radio.

I lived in New Jersey at the time and WPLJ out of New York City became my addiction as I heard Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Boston, Alice Cooper, Deep Purple, Van Halen, Ted Nugent and Rainbow (to name a few). My friends in the neighborhood were hooked on KISS and I fell into the KISS Army soon after.

My taste in music evolved and I went from Hard Rock to Heavy Metal in a blink of an eye. The 80′s was a whole new ball game for me. I was into everything – Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Metallica, Saxon, Armored Saint, Raven, Testament, W.A.S.P., Slayer, Anthrax, Overkill, Ratt, Scorpions etc.

I went to the local record stores weekly and fell in love with many of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM) after reading through fanzines and import Rock/Metal magazines (Metal Forces was a favorite). The rest is history…..


Rick