The Press Release:
On 30th October 2020 BMG proudly release Uriah Heep’s Fifty Years In Rock. British hard rock legends Uriah Heep are one of the “big four” rock bands, along with Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple and Black Sabbath, and certainly one of the most intriguing bands both musically and lyrically, to emerge from heavy rock. This extensive and ambitious super deluxe box set celebrates Uriah Heep’s remarkable career and was created with the full collaboration of Uriah Heep themselves and curated by founding members Mick Box, Ken Hensley, Paul Newton and Lee Kerslake.
The beautifully presented box set contains 23 CD albums including 4 CDs compiled by the original members. This set also includes “The Magician’s Birthday” LP, remastered by renowned engineer Andy Pearce of Lou Reed and Black Sabbath fame, with re-imagined artwork by Roger Dean, two art cards and a 64 page book featuring rarities from the band’s personal archives. Continue reading Uriah Heep To Release “50 Years In Rock” This October→
We might not see a lot of Metal going into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame every year but that is okay because we now have the Hall Of Heavy Metal History and they’ve just revealed the 2019 inductees. Check it out.
The Press Release:
Once again, the annual Hall of Heavy Metal History’s Metal Hall of Fame Gala will take place on Wednesday, January 23, 2019 at Marriott Delta Garden Grove in Anaheim, CA. The event will be hosted by iconic television, radio personality and heavy metal champion Eddie Trunk, and will feature appearances by heavy metal greats of today and years past. The Metal Hall of Fame Gala is quickly solidifying itself as the most important night in rock and metal!
Doors open at 6:00 PM, and a red carpet will take place from 6:00-7:00 PM. The induction ceremony will begin at 8:00 PM with a performance by Los Angeles heavy rock/metal group Budderside. Admission is open to the public – tickets are available for just $30 via the website below.
2019 Hall of Heavy Metal History Inductees Include:
– Jon and Marsha Zazula (Founders, Megaforce Records)
– Lita Ford (with 2018 inductee Doro Pesch presenting)
– Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater, The Winery Dogs)
– David Ellefson (Megadeth)
– Special Blizzard of Ozz (Ozzy Osbourne) band induction: Bob Daisley & Lee Kerslake (accepting via video, John Sykes accepting on their behalf in person)
– Jeff Scott Soto (Yngwie Malmsteen, Sons of Apollo)
– KLOS FM – 50th Anniversary
– Saxon (with Nigel Glockler accepting) Continue reading The Hall of Heavy Metal History Announces 2019 Inductees→
Artist: Living Loud Title: “Living Loud” Label: EMI/Capitol Records Release Date: 1/6/2006 Genre: Hard Rock Rating: 3/5
So it seems as though the idea for this little endeavor was based on the fact that Ozzy Osbourne had never sufficiently paid out drummer Lee Kerslake and bassist Bob Daisley for their co-writing contributions on some of his earliest blockbuster tunes when they were all working together. I won’t review all of the legal entanglements that ensued as enough about this has been debated already. From this both Daisley and Kerslake would form a project group of their own and bring in legendary guitarist Steve Morse, keyboard luminary Don Airey and Australia’s number one singer Jimmy Barnes and call the project “Living Loud”. Together the unit would not only compose music of their own but also rework in some respects several of their co-created Ozzy Osbourne contributions – something that the duo had apparently wanted to do for a long time before the troubles even began . These rearrangements would remain very close to that of the originals so listeners would not have any trouble recalling what the actual tune was. Let’s talk about these covers because for lack of a better term that is essentially what the end up as in this point of history. While Barnes might be the number one vocalist in Australia I cannot say enough at how weird it sounds hearing him do these legendary Osbourne tracks. The songs are so ingrained into the Metal fans heads that hearing them with different drumming, additional or less guitar and a different vocal phrasing just comes off as if we are watching some cover band in a bar somewhere. “Crazy Train” lacks the vocal power and loses something under Barnes bluesy rasp while Kerslake doesn’t do any of the drumming patterns he once did and instead keeps it very straightforward. They start “Flying High Again” as a quasi Blues Rock tune and there is too much in the way of added vocal parts that didn’t work for me. Yes the guitar work and overall playing from the members is tight but in the end it all seems over simplified and that was unnecessary. Steve Morse’s solos are probably the best part of the whole album when it comes down to it. My least favorite out of the covers would be “Mr. Crowley” as this rendition is just deplorable but the best would fall to “Over The Mountain” as this came off as the strongest one of the lot. Continue reading “Living Loud” by Living Loud→
Artist: Rainbow Title: “Live In Munich 1977” Label: Eagle Vision Release Date: 8/22/2006 Genre: Hard Rock Rating: 4/5
Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow would be his answer to dissatisfaction of life within the confines of Deep Purple. It was a band that while at many times static as far as membership went, delivered some of the best Hard Rock our generation has seen. The band gave us the power of Ronnie James Dio, drummer Cozy Powell and many more over the years that it existed. Running from 1975-1983 the band was a high-energy live act and this film is apparently the only known footage of the lineup in 1977 (featuring Blackmore, Dio, Powell along with Bob Daisley (bass) and David Stone (keyboards). Filmed before a capacity crowd in Munich, Germany this is sure to appeal to fans of the band both old and new. I have to say that for a film that is approaching thirty years in age it holds up pretty darned good as far as visual and audio dynamics; given the production standards of the time it will seem dark at points but it is what it is. This is truly a document of how the band performed back then and you can see especially how great Dio was in his youth. He is a performer who has influenced many and shown like a star from the beginning. There is little stage spectacle besides the music and the only stage effect is the colossal rainbow above that towers above them. This mammoth structure was as complicated as it was magnificent to see and when you look back on it in this film you will see how far stage productions have come if you compare it to what you see at a big Rock show of today. The set list might seem short in number but it is not short in length at all, with extended versions of “Sixteenth Century Greensleeves” and “Catch The Rainbow” all culminating in the destruction of Blackmore’s guitar and rig. It’s a bit over the top, but he was known for this practice. I don’t recommend watching two of these videos back to back or this section will hit you with a big sense of “oh here we go again”. Continue reading “Live In Munich 1977” (DVD) by Rainbow→
Artist: Rainbow Title: “Live In Munich 1977” Label: Eagle Records Release Date: 6/13/2006 Genre: Hard Rock Rating: 7/10
Ritchie Blackmore remains one of the most exciting guitar players in Rock history, and is one of the key people responsible for the early influences of Hard Rock guitar. Starting out with Hard Rock/Blues legends Deep Purple he left in 1975 to form Rainbow, a band to further explore his creative genius. He was also involved in heavy in-fighting with Purple’s Ian Gillan at the time which made this project all the more appealing to him. Deep Purple would themselves disband in 1976 before reuniting in 1983. The band during the course of its life would go through a number of lineups and this recording from Munich in 1977 features what appears to be the only time this particular formation of players had been recorded. Joining Blackmore would be Ronnie James Dio, whose band Elf was a continual support act for Deep Purple. Drumming was the one and only Cozy Powell, perhaps one of the most powerful Rock drummers of the time period as well as Bob Daisley on bass and Dave Stone on keyboards. The music of Rainbow was instantly appealing to fans of Purple as well as Hard Rock stalwarts who looked for something a little heavier. Tracks like “Kill The King” and “Long Live Rock ‘n Roll” ensured that would be the case with their pounding catchiness. “Catch The Rainbow” and “Still I’m Sad” with their each being over 15 minutes in length contain enough of the guitar wielding prowess fans expect of the man in black to showcase and are part of the reason that the album only runs at eight songs. Yngwie fans should note that Blackmore was among the earliest influences in the performers’ life and would be smart to also pay attention especially if the axe is their chosen instrument. The CD is also a great way for the Dio fans to hear how one of the best singers in the Metal industry sounded almost thirty years ago. Wow, even I had to stop and re-read that sentence…. Continue reading “Live In Munich 1977” by Rainbow→