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“Hollywood Kills” by The 69 Eyes

Artist: The 69 Eyes
Title: “Hollywood Kills”
Label: EMI Music
Release Date: 7/22/2008
Genre: Gothic Hard Rock
Rating: 4/5

In 2004 The 69 Eyes would release the album “Devils” and this one held special significance to their budding stateside fan base for a number of reasons. You see, not only was this the first album that they were able to purchase as a domestic release but it was also the album that found the band on tour in this region for the first time in their seventeen year existence. If you were one of the lucky people who caught one or two or perhaps even three of these gigs you will clearly remember them as special because the group played like a band afire each and every night by covering choice tracks from “Devils” and a wide assortment of their long established classics from the back catalog. To the US fans, most of these songs were new to their ears unless they had ordered the higher priced imports of their albums from abroad or done the unthinkable and downloaded them illegally. Whatever the case may have been, the band performed to capacity crowds during the length of this tour and now the final night that was recorded for posterity can be enjoyed by a larger audience with “Hollywood Kills – Live at the Whisky a Go-Go”. The evening kicks off with an introduction by Bam Margera, a man who has been behind the band for a number of years and if he could help HIM why couldn’t the same magic happen for The 69 Eyes. The band jumps right into the opening number of their album “Devils” which is of course the song that bears the same name and from there it is on. The recording quality is top notch and you hear every instrument rather well along with singer Jyrki’s deep and dark voice. From there the band switches back and forth it seems between new track and classic number from their other albums. The larger focus of tracks comes from the absolutely killer “Blessed Be” while a couple of others hail from “Paris Kills”. They do go back a few years earlier to 1997 with “Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams”, a tune that comes from the album bearing the same name. I am starting to notice a trend with these guys as they periodically have a song that is on the album that is also the name of the album.
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PiercingMetal Talks To Jyrki 69 from The 69 Eyes (3/5/2006)

The 69 Eyes are a Gothic Hard Rock sensation around most of the world and have been doing their thing for about fifteen years or so with the USA fans only recently being able to enjoy one of their albums unless they were resourceful enough to dig deeper into their catalog. I’m proud to admit that I had slightly more background in their wares than some peers but the album “Devils” is the first from the bands extensive catalog of music to hit our Shores and to celebrate the release a U.S. tour was planned at long last. I had the opportunity to sit and talk with lead singer, the enigmatic Jyrki 69 before their New York show at The Bowery Ballroom. The hustle and bustle of a backstage dressing room the night of a big appearance is not the best place to conduct some lengthy discussion so I kept it brief and to the point. We talked about his new music and life as Lord of the Rock and Roll Vampires. Below is our transcribed conversation and I hope you find it as interesting as I did speaking to him.

PiercingMetal: We are here with Jyrki69 of The 69 Eyes who is making their very first appearance in New York and I ask how come now with the band being formed in the 90’s, whets the feeling on coming here now.

Jyrki 69: Actually since the late 80’s.
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