But the Aerosmith that created Pump is an altogether different animal than the classic version of the mid-Seventies. Back then, the group was a non-stop rock 'n' roll party machine, living on the edge 24 hours a day and roaring into town in search of your sisters. They were Van Halen before there was Van Halen.
Sweden's Pain of Salvation are a "progressive" band in the best sense possible. Depending on where you came in on the band's catalog, you could have a vastly different first impression from someone who was either an album ahead or behind you.
They’ve got the hair. They can rock tight pants. And lord knows, they’ve got the balls to think they can do justice to the songs of the legends. Yep, they’re all-female tribute bands, and they are kicking ass across the globe. These six bands are made up of seasoned musicians who are not only serious about laying down an authentic performance of classic rock and metal, but they also bring their own artistry to the table.
Rumors, tall tales, strange stories -- all are part of the Guns N' Roses mystique. So when the grapevine had it that Slash was collaborating with Michael Jackson, jamming with Bob Dylan, trading licks with Iggy Pop and returning to the studio with Guns N' Roses, it seemed best to file the rumors alongside a recent tabloid report that Noah's Ark was built by space aliens.
Ozzy Osbourne, clad in a screaming yellow suit and black crucifix, and Zakk Wylde, attired in custom-made flared jeans, sit side-by-side on a couch. They rise as one at my appearance, their solemn, polite handshakes suggesting men of infinite wealth, taste and breeding.
There's a lot of great music coming out in 2011, so much that it's hard to keep track of, let alone review. But I'd like to start doing just that -- reviewing albums that might otherwise pass under the radar. Of course, nothing's stopping me from checking out things that are so "on the radar" that they can't be avoided, either. But, man, I've let 2011 albums by Wilco, Pavement's Stephen Malkmus and X's John Doe go by without even a mention!
It’s been a little over a decade since bassist Lewis Cosby, vocalist Jesse Hasek, guitarist Ryan “Tater” Johnson and guitarist/drummer Brian Vodinh assembled the band known as 10 Years. “We started the band in high school, for fun,” says Vodinh, “and during the course of those years we went from having no responsibilities and wanting to tour for the rest of our lives to now there are marriages and a couple of us have kids. We kind of grew up on that bus and we’ve all gone through so much.”
Female-fronted Swedish melodic death metal band Arch Enemy have steadily built up their fan-following. They have released nine studio albums in the past 15 years and toured with the biggest names in heavy metal including Iron Maiden, Motorhead, Megadeth, Opeth and many others.