The Dead Daisies Opening U.S Tour in Cleveland !

This is one of the bands you cant miss !

THE DEAD DAISIES are currently on their UK & European Burn It Down Tour and just shot a music video for the band’s next single “DEAD AND GONE” at Black Box Music (Rammstein, 30 Seconds To Mars, Linkin Park, Marilyn Manson) in Berlin before they finish in Milan on May 9th.

Their album “BURN IT DOWN” has entered the charts around the world! Led by a #6 in the US Billboard Heatseekers Chart, #10 in the German Media Control Charts, #12 in the US Hard Music Charts, #14 in the UK Sales Charts, #15 in Switzerland and Austria as well as numerous other charts around the world, the album has delivered on the promise of “Burning down everything in its path”!

At radio “Rise Up” has been added to massive playlists worldwide. The track is climbing the US Active Rock Chart (currently #42), on huge stations in Germany, Italy, France, Swedenand Spain as well as the UK’s Planet Rock Radio’s A-Playlist.

The band returns to Japan in late June to play three packed headline shows in Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya before heading to Europe in July where they’ll play Festivals along with dates with the Scorpions & Guns N’ Roses.

The Dead Daisies are: Doug Aldrich (Whitesnake, Dio), John Corabi (Mötley Crüe, The Scream), Marco Mendoza (Whitesnake, Thin Lizzy), Deen Castronovo (Bad English, Journey) and David Lowy (Red Phoenix, Mink).

About Hookers & Blow:

Hookers & Blow, a now legendary project formed by longtime Guns N’ Roses keyboardist Dizzy Reed and Quiet Riot guitarist Alex Grossi is celebrating its 15-year anniversary and includes Robbie Crane and Mike Dupke.

Tour Dates:

AUGUST

Wed 15th / Cleveland, OH / Agora Ballroom
Thu 16th / Fort Wayne, IN / Piere’s
Fri 17th / Joliet, IL   / The Forge
Sat 18th / Flint, MI / The Machine Shop
Sun 19th / Louisville, KY / Diamonds
Wed 22nd / Rochester, NY / Montage Music Hall
Thu 23rd / London, ON / Harris Park
Fri 24th / Toronto, ON / Phoenix Theatre
Sat 25th / Ottawa, ON / The Brass Monkey
Sun 26th / Montreal, QC / Foufounes Electriques
Tue 28th / New York, NY / Highline Ballroom
Wed 29th / Warrendale, PA / Jergel’s
Thu 30th / Cincinnati, OH / Bogart’s
Fri 31st / Lancaster, PA / Chameleon Club

SEPTEMBER

Sat 1st / Albany, NY / Upstate Concert Hall
Tue 4th / Nashville, TN / Mercy Lounge
Thu 6th / Houston, TX / Scout Bar
Fri 7th / Dallas, TX / Trees
Sat 8th / Austin, TX / Come and Take It Live
Wed 12th / Las Vegas, NV / Fremont Country Club
Thu 13th / San Diego, CA / Brick by Brick
Fri 14th / Pomona, CA / The Glass House
Sat 15th / Phoenix, AZ / The Marquee
Sun 16th / Los Angeles, CA / Roxy Theatre

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Live Review -Judith Owens with Leland Sklar , A Night to Remember !

Howard Perl Productions does it again with another stellar packed show !

Cleveland Heights, Ohio – The  intimate atmosphere of Night Town played host to legends last night of both the rock and jazz genre. Judith Owen along with the legendary Leland Sklar ( I consider playing on over 2000 albums makes you a legend) brought a re-imaging of classic and  contemporary hits last night to the fans of Night Town . To be honest I was not familiar with  Judith Owen but I enjoy when a song I know is re-imagined in a whole new way and this was a night of enjoyment. Judith is on tour promoting  her latest release  ” redisCOVERed ” which is due to be released at the end of the week. A quirky ,cocky singer and songstress of Welsh descent is an absolute delight to watch and listen to her stories and tales.   Some of my favorites are listed below .

Judith Owen Live in Cleveland
Judith Owen Live in Cleveland

 

Black Hole Sun

Judith’s version of the Chris Cornell megahit really drives new meaning to the word  melancholy with deep feelings and moments of sorrow.

Bass Guitar legend Leland Sklar performing in Cleveland
Bass Guitar legend Leland Sklar performing in Cleveland

Hot Stuff

Her version of the 70’s  disco hit is a cool and confident number with just enough sparks to get you going

Judith Owen Live in Cleveland
Judith Owen Live in Cleveland

Ladies Man

This song has whole new meaning after it was explained to the audience and in this day and age of the #metoo movement it almost makes you ashamed to be a guy .

Bass Guitar legend Leland Sklar performing in Cleveland
Bass Guitar legend Leland Sklar performing in Cleveland

Smoke On The Water

The Deep Purple hit about the famous fire that burned up Frank Zappa’s equipment had new life breathed into it with this soulful rendition .

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Judith Owen Live in Cleveland

 

I am not going to give out all the details of either the album or the live show as you must experience the magic yourselves . It is suffice to say you will not be disappointed with either as I rate them both 5 stars out of 5 stars  .Howard Perl , the shows promoter does what he does always,  gives you a  great night of  entertainment for the best value for your buck . To learn more about Judith Owen please see her official website at http://www.judithowen.net/

 

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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!

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/

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

One of the top ten concerts of my life !

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/