Music Review -Lizzy Borden My Midnight Things

One of the best albums of 2018 in all genres but a pure win for the hard rock / heavy metal category!

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Hollywood , California – I eagerly awaited a new release from Lizzy Borden for along time .I have been a fan since I was fifteen and have seen them several times in concert .I have even become friends with members of the band and have hung out with Lizzy on a few occasions himself . When I was offered an advance of Lizzy Borden’s newest release ” My Midnight Things ”  and jumped at the chance to get my hands on a copy. I put the disk in and waited for the magic to happen and then some horrible happened .No the disk did not skip and I didn’t get an error code, I hated it .That’s right as I listened  and skipped over the songs I hated all of them. I think to myself what happened to Lizzy , how could he get it so wrong and guess what I found out . He didn’t get it wrong, I did ! I was looking at it from the viewpoint of a fifteen year  kid in 1987, not as  an artist that has grown and matured his songwriting for 30 plus years. I waited a day ,  put it back in and honestly have listened  to it  well over 100 times in the last two weeks .The album plays on dreams , life , death , hope , love and age. This truly speaks volumes and touches on themes that affect all of us .

 On stage in Cleveland in 2011
On stage in Cleveland in 2011

The album starts with ” My Midnight Things ”   a phrase that will be used thru out the album and will continue with nine more songs. One of my favorite songs is   ” Long May They Haunt Us ” a track about situations and people in lives gone but still with us .

” The Scar Across My Heart ” is about love and all that goes with it .The chorus is profound with a great melody.  ” A Stranger To Love ” is about those of us with walls up, and look out when loves come ,to quote Lizzy ” Everyone Burn It Down ”

” The Perfect Poison” starts chilling and foreboding about how love can the one poison that can affect  us  . Nice clean guitar work on the start of the verses . Joey Scott does a great job on creative drumming thou out the album.

” Run Away With Me ” is about taking off with person you love and forgetting life worries and the hopes and dreams that go with it . A lot different from his days of ” Give Em’ The Axe ” but damn Lizzy can still rock ! I love the solo in the bridge is heart wrenching.

” Our Love Is God  ” can be interpreted in many ways , I choose to think its Gods Love and who could not use more of Gods Love in their life . Heck even Blackie Lawless is now a devout Christian.

” My Midnight Things ( Reprise )” is an even more chilling version of the song and them . The tone of  ” Your Not Alone ” line in the song is spine tingling.

” We Belong To The Shadows” is one rocking song with a great anthemic chorus and theme . Duel guitars in the lead up to the bridge is a nice touch .

The album is available June 15th on Metal Blade  records ( and I am sure on all streaming services as well and I rate is a solid 5 out of 5 stars. To learn more about Lizzy Borden please see of the official website at  http://www.lizzyborden.com/

Photo of the day – Ashley Fayt of FayTree

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The Thrash N’ Bash was held at Music Lynxx this past weekend and today’s image of the day comes from it . We present Ms. Ashley Fayt of FayTree .Look for a full review of the show to be added later on this week .

Live Review – 5 Reasons Sons Of Apollo Are Not to Be Missed

One of the top ten concerts of my life !

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Cleveland, Ohio–The new super-group ” Sons Of Apollo ” played Cleveland’s House of Blues last week .  In celebration of  an awesome performance we decided to list the five reasons Sons of Apollo are not to be missed this summers concert season.

Sons of Apollo on stage
Sons of Apollo on stage

1-Psychotic Symphony

The debut album of Sons of Apollo ( The God of Music ) is a true masterpiece . The name of the band aptly suits them as well. A son of an ancient God is a demi god and the musical legacy of the band, uniquely puts them in that category. Songs such as “God of the Sun”, “Coming Home”, “Signs of the Time”, “Labyrinth”, “Alive”and “Lost in Oblivion” are true masterpieces. Usually egos of musicians of this caliber  come into play in both recording and performing but not with group, true professions and the music shows it .

Sons of Apollo on stage
Sons of Apollo on stage

2-Muscian’s Musicians

The title says is all . The are a musician’s musician with skill and creativity . A fretless bass is rare in a metal band let along a fretless guitar just at Ron” Bumblefoot ” Thal plays live let along a double neck guitar . If that’s not enough Billy Sheehan  played a double neck bass so the audience was in awe and wonder . I got a kick out of seeing the audience just stare in wonder watching the performance .   To say that  the fans were into it is the understatement of the year to say the least.

Sons of Apollo on stage
Sons of Apollo on stage

3- History

The bands history of projects and bands and guest spots are like a NFL playbook going crazy. Jeff Scott Soto alone has appeared on thousands of songs with about  every major artist in the metal and hard rock community .Hi take on Irons Maiden’s “Aces High” is one of my favorites as well as his work on the Rock Star soundtrack . The combined history of the rest of the band is just as intricately interwoven between bands such as ” The Winery Dogs ” , ” Dream Theater “and many more.

Sons of Apollo on stage
Sons of Apollo on stage

4-Ron”Bumblefoot ” Thal

It take a man above men to  take over for  Slash in ” Guns N’ Roses ” but Ron did it for eight years. His guitar work is legendary but even better then that  is his attitude. When I worked in radio I had the opportunity to interview him for a while and he was gracious and down to earth. He is a fan favorite and loves hanging with the audience so walk up and tell him hello someday.

Sons of Apollo on stage
Sons of Apollo on stage

5- The Members

The band features

Normally I would go into each members history but that would take days if not weeks , but suffice to say they are qualified for the task at hand. Putting smiles on peoples faces .

 

For further information about the tour please see the official website at https://www.sonsofapollo.com/

 

Photo of the day -Sumo Cyco

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Sumo Cyco is an independent female-fronted punk rock and heavy metal-based band from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. The band launched in March 2011 and has released two albums, sixteen singles, and seventeen official music videos. They just played Cleveland this week and we are doing a full show review , but wanted to give you this teaser image !

Image Of The Day -Ron ” Bumblefoot ” Thal

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Todays image is Ron ” Bumblefoot ” Thal formally of Guns and Roses and currently of Sons of Apollo. A full review of their show is forthcoming but we had to show you a teaser image  .

TENACIOUS D ANNOUNCE FIRST U.S. TOUR IN FIVE YEARS

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Acclaimed rock duo and basically everyone’s favorite band ever Tenacious D— comprised of Jack Black and Kyle Gass— will embark on their first U.S. tour in five years this fall. Tickets for the highly anticipated run go on sale on Friday, May 18th at 10 am

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Live Review- Five Reasons to Love Madame Mayhem !

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Mentor , Ohio – Madame Mayhem played a killer set during a one off last  week  ( a one off is a single show not part of a bands major tour )   at Mentor’s Music Lynxx , the lucky ones that attended got an upfront and in your face dose of metal  which left smiles on their faces. The band is in the middle of a spring tour with the mighty Sevendust playing across the US and all parts in between to packed venues and eager fans. In honor of the bands current tour and latest single we present you with Five Reasons to Love Madame Mayhem.

 Madame Mayhem Live On Stage
Madame Mayhem Live On Stage

1- Get In On The Magic

When I first saw Metallica with the original members ( almost, Dave Mustaine was out )   I knew they were going to be huge, The same with Nirvana ( I saw them for two dollars at a low dough show ! ) and the time is right for this band . The instant  vibe you feel when they hit the stage , the impact to all around  and when you walk out of the venue you say to yourself  , wow they are going to be huge one day . I can feel it .

 Madame Mayhem Live On Stage
Madame Mayhem Live On Stage

2-Girl Power

I am not talking about the Spice Girls girl power , but when I am talking about is the powerful juggernaut of a female fronted band  .In the wake of Doro and Liv Sin she ( Madame Mayhem ) represents what is best in a female fronted band. Serious musicianship, vocal range , singing ( not screaming , screamos please take voice lessons )  and the ability to create melody and feelings in songs . True girl power .( Tell Ya What I Want What I Really ,Really Want )

 Madame Mayhem Live On Stage
Madame Mayhem Live On Stage

3-Old School Metal  at It’s Best !

Do you remember when guitars were huge walls of sound , songs had melodies and singers knew how to sing .Well Madame Mayhem did  not forget, in fact she and her band plan to bring it back in a hard and heavy way .Heavy metal that is and she knows how to bring it with emotion that makes you mad, sad and excited . The old is now new and its name is Madame Mayhem .

 Madame Mayhem Live On Stage
Madame Mayhem Live On Stage

4- Fan Connection .

I watched as the band signed autographs  and posed with photos with the  fans  with out the over priced and dreaded ” VIP Experience ” that has become a norm in the music industry .The real connection with the fans  and answers to their  questions were the making of  rockstars in my opinion . The band even watched the support acts and gave up and comers encouragement to continue their music journey. Now that is a true rockstar !

 Madame Mayhem Live On Stage
Madame Mayhem Live On Stage

5-Madame Mayhem herself !

Not her birth name , but a name bestowed upon her as a child as to the bedlam she created as a toddler .Now the name is synonymous with power driven female fronted metal and rock n’roll that is Madame Mayhem . Not only is she beautiful and looks like a true rock goddess she also has the background as a multi instrumentalist to back it up .If they are playing at a venue anywhere near you I suggest you get to one of their  shows before they start playing arenas and you kick your self.

For further information please the official website at http://www.madamemayhem.com

We have to give a shout out to support act Assault , who’s vision to bring old school thrash brought a smile to our faces.

Assault Live On Stage
Assault Live On Stage

 

Live Review -Five Reasons To See Stryper Live In Concert

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Cleveland, Ohio -Spring is in the air and it is a time for renewal, to step outside and see what the world has to offer.With that thought in mind the spring and summer concert calendar opens up a world of musical discovery and in celebration of Stryper’s spring tour  we bring you the top five reasons to see Stryper  in concert.

Stryper Live On Stage
Stryper Live On Stage

1-Legacy

Formed in 1982 and finding success in 1984 the band has had decades of hits , with positive messages about faith and salvation and undying love as the main themes of their songs. The pure hits of ” Calling On You ” , ” Honestly ” and ” To Hell With The Devil ” ensure that their legacy will live on for many many more decades . One of the few ” Big Hair Bands ” ( I hate that designation ) that survived  and  still thrive to this day.

Stryper Live On Stage
Stryper Live On Stage

2- God Damn Evil

The new release from the band is tearing up the music scene with both critics and fans literally singing its praise. The tracts ” The Valley ” has amazing duel guitar work .” Sorry ” has the message we can all relate to and ” God Damn Evil ” brings with it the power of the message along with the  musical chops to back it up. A great album pick one up today.

Stryper Live On Stage
Stryper Live On Stage

3- Same Band New Member

The announcement of former Firehouse bassist Perry Richardson joining  Stryper in October 2017   brings with him decades of musical talent  in both the metal and country music scenes . I saw him  perform recently and can say he is a a great addition to the band and a perfect fit.

Stryper Live On Stage
Stryper Live On Stage

4-  Michael  Sweet Shreds on the Guitar !

That’s right I said it ,the man knows his way around a fret board . The pure six string talent and blistering leads coming from his guitar cannot be over stated. Known mostly as a singer he was never a slouch in the rhythm section but his leads in a  songs bridges are over the top . He has the ability to over play but the sense to know what fits the song. Guitarists in training please take examples from this man.

Stryper Live On Stage
Stryper Live On Stage

5- The Message

I know it is not politically correct in this day of millennial’s being offended by everything ever said , spoken , sang or viewed .But the message of Stryper stating that there is a  love for that never ends, that we are all flawed and we can be accepted even with our flaws is what society needs.To be a better version of ourselves and to try to make the would around us better. I am sorry but not sorry the world needs fixed and the message is what matters .

Stryper is

Michael Sweet – lead vocals, guitar 

Robert Sweet – drums, percussion 
Oz Fox – guitar, backing vocals 
Perry Richardson –bass guitar
 To see all the details of the current tour and things Stryper please see the official website at http://www.stryper.com/
Stryper was supported on the Cleveland date by the bands Mourning Wagon and Hell and Back  who both did a great job firing up the packed house.

 

 

Photo of the day -Sinclair

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Today Image of the day is singer songwriter multi-instrumentalist Sinclair of Nashville ,Tennessee check out her official website at  http://www.sinclairparty.com/

If you like great song writing and some really good music check them out .

Sinclair live on stage
Sinclair live on stage

FLEETWOOD MAC ANNOUNCES NORTH AMERICAN TOUR

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CLEVELAND, OH – QUICKEN LOANS ARENA – FRIDAY, OCTOBER 26

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Fleetwood Mac 2018-19 Tour Dates
10/3 – Tulsa, OK, BOK Center
10/6 – Chicago, IL, United Center
10/10 – Louisville, KY, KFC Yum! Center
10/12 – Lincoln, NE, Pinnacle Bank Arena
10/14 – Des Moines, IA, Wells Fargo Arena
10/16 – Indianapolis, IN, Bankers Life Fieldhouse
10/18 – Kansas City, MO, Sprint Center
10/20 – St. Louis, MO, Scottrade Center
10/22 – St. Paul, MN, Xcel Energy Center
10/26 – Cleveland, OH, Quicken Loans Arena
10/28 – Milwaukee, WI, Wisconsin Entertainment and Sports Center
10/30 – Detroit, MI, Little Caesars Arena
11/1 – Pittsburgh, PA, PPG Paints Arena
11/3 – Ottawa, ON, Canadian Tire Centre
11/5 – Toronto, ON, Air Canada Centre
11/7 – Columbus, OH, Nationwide Arena
11/10 – Edmonton, AB, Rogers Place
11/12 – Calgary, AB, Scotiabank Saddledome
11/14 – Vancouver, BC, Rogers Arena
11/17 – Tacoma, WA, Tacoma Dome
11/19 – Portland, OR, Moda Center
11/21 – San Jose, CA, SAP Center at San Jose
11/23 – Sacramento, CA, Golden 1 Center
11/25 – Oakland, CA, Oracle Arena
11/28 – Phoenix, AZ, Talking Stick Resort Arena
11/30 – Las Vegas, NV, T-Mobile Arena
12/3 – Denver, CO, Pepsi Center
12/6 – Fresno, CA, Save Mart Center
12/8 – San Diego, CA, Viejas Arena
12/11 – Inglewood, CA, The Forum
12/13 – Inglewood, CA, The Forum
2/5 – Houston, TX, Toyota Center
2/7 – Dallas, TX, American Airlines Center
2/9 – Austin, TX, Frank Erwin Center
2/13 – Birmingham, AL, Legacy Arena at The BJCC
2/16 – New Orleans, LA, Smoothie King Center
2/18 – Tampa, FL, Amalie Arena
2/20 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL, BB&T Center
2/22 – Columbia, SC, Colonial Life Arena
2/24 – Charlotte, NC, Spectrum Center
2/27 – Nashville, TN, Bridgestone Arena
3/3 – Atlanta, GA, Philips Arena
3/5 – Washington, DC, Capital One Arena
3/9 – Atlantic City, NJ, Boardwalk Hall
3/11- New York, NY, Madison Square Garden
3/13 – Newark, NJ, Prudential Center
3/15 – Hartford, CT, XL Center
3/20 – Albany, NY, Times Union Center
3/24 – Baltimore, MD, Royal Farms Arena
3/26 – Buffalo, NY, KeyBank Center
3/31- Boston, MA, TD Garden
4/5 – Philadelphia, PA, Wells Fargo Center