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Nothing Says ‘Love’ Like a Band Reunion

Nothing makes you wish you could win the lottery, or unexpectedly come into money some other way, like one of your favourite bands reuniting for a show. One of the ones you thought you’d perhaps never get to see live, or never again if you’d already seen them.

There is certainly a benefit of a band reuniting without putting out a new (often disappointing) release. No questioning whether or not to go to the show, worried you’ll have to endure a bunch of shitty new songs in order to hear a few of your old favourites. In addition, there are the likes of Billy Corgan  – expecting fans to be so devoted they won’t ask for the old songs that changed their lives, and reprimanding them when they do. It doesn’t seem like a fair approach somehow, even if the artist cringes at the angsty, earlier chapter of their career.

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Pearl talks debut album, calling Meat Loaf “Dad,” sharing the stage with Motley Crue, and so much more

Pearl Aday, the daughter of rock legend Meat Loaf, has been embedded in the music scene all of her life. She’s napped in guitar cases as a baby and grew up singing back-up for her father from 1994 to 2003, and also sang with the boys in Motley Crue. Now married to Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian, she has struck out with her debut record, “Little Immaculate White Fox”.  Pearl recently entertained a few of our questions…

Q: It might seem obvious, as the daughter of a rock icon, that you were destined to write and perform music, but was there a defining moment in your life when you realized that you were indeed a “rock child”?

A: This is just the way I’ve grown up. Rock and roll and music is what I’ve known for my whole life. If I was forced to reflect and choose a specific defining moment, I guess I’d have to choose the time I was on my dad’s stage at Wembley Arena. When I was about five/six years old it was my job to be “scarf girl” – to bring a different colored scarf out to my dad in between songs. Red for “Bat Out Of Hell,” black for “Took The Words…,” white for “Two Outta Three…,” whatever it was. I had done it several times before in front of the same sized audiences, but for some reason this time I met him in the middle of the stage, dressed in my favorite little gold lame jumpsuit that I thought was so cool, and I turned and looked out into the audience and froze. I don’t know what it was that particular time. Before, I had obviously been focused only on dad and the players in the band, but this time I noticed the thousands of people, the lights, etc. It scared me and I started to cry. Thousands of people let out a collective, “Awwwwwww…”.  Dad scooped me up and said into the mic, “Don’t worry sweetie. These people are our friends.” The crowd went wild and I remember feeling thrilled, scared, but loving it. I smiled and hid my face in his neck. Maybe that was the moment the stage bug was planted.

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CD Review: Pearl “Little Immaculate White Fox”

Pearl Aday is a self-proclaimed “Rock Child” and has every right to that title. The daughter of larger-than-life rocker Meat Loaf, Pearl has never known a day without music. In addition to singing back-up for Meat Loaf from 1994 to 2003, she has done the same for Motley Crue. I guess to ensure her progeny are homozygous for musical genes, she has married Scott Ian (Anthrax).

Just a few bars into her debut record, “Little Immaculate White Fox”, it is easy to hear her primary musical influence – Janis Joplin. Incidentally, her biological father played drums in Joplin’s Full Tilt Boogie Band. Pearl’s name comes from Joplin’s nickname, which is also the title of her landmark 1971 album. Follow all that?

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Can I Be Perfectly Frank?

Frank Sinatra – Strangers In The Night
Collector’s Choice

I know, I know – the first thing you’re going to say is why is there a review for a Frank Sinatra reissue on a website called Rockandrollreport.com. You’re thinking about how his career started in the 1940’s about a decade or so before rock and roll, all the jazz, standards and American Songbook stuff he recorded, one of his famous quotes that called rock and roll music for cretinous goons, his tailored suits. I get it, I get it, I get it. But think about this – rock and roll has always been about rebellion, women, and substance abuse – not necessarily in that order, by the way. Well, even though he was a singer and not a bandleader don’t think for a minute Sinatra didn’t call all of the shots and do things his own way, traditions be damned. He made a hit out a song called My Way for chrissakes. As far as women go, he fucked just about every woman between Hollywood and Atlantic City including Marilyn Monroe and he drank as if there wouldn’t be any more alcohol left after he ate breakfast. In other words, Sinatra embodied rock and roll before there was rock and roll, which is no mean feat. The world saw the man’s attitude and had to create a whole genre of music based on it. Take that Motley Crue!

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R&RR Takes on Frontiers Records’ Latest Releases

The rise of grunge in the early ’90s catalyzed the demise of many beloved (and equally bemoaned) glam ‘hairbands’. It was a time of bonehead lyrics, ridiculous guitar solos and even more ridiculous outfits, but it was also a time of big fat hooks, sticky melodies and boatloads of harmonies. The songs were “carefree rock” that, in most cases, were just plain fun to listen to. Like them or not, their popularity at the time cannot be denied.

As most of these million-selling artists were suddenly driven from the Billboard charts and shunned by their record labels, a small label called CMC International stepped up to become the afterlife for hairbands. This allowed a handful of them to continue releasing records through the ’90s, but many groups caved to musical fads; attempting to incorporate grunge and alternative rock at the expense of the sugary melodies and easy-to-understand lyrics that had earned them fans in the first place. By the end of the ’90s “big hair rock” was clearly dead and it seemed to have taken AOR with it.

So here we are, ten years on, and we’re seeing new labels like Italy’s Frontiers Records proudly releasing AOR and glam rock like it was still 1989. This is a real treat for those who miss the days of Slaughter, Poison and Warrant, and there is a niche of 30- and 40-somethings that will gladly shell over their cash to hear some new blood bring life back to this genre. Frontiers Records champions new bands that have taken up the glam baton, as well as “classic” bands that are still alive and kickin’, and for this week’s spotlight we delve into some of Frontiers’ latest releases from Keel, Jaded Heart, Wig Wam and Blanc Faces.

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Van, pickup truck, pontoon, UFO, train, rickshaw, submarine, airplane or tour bus – ‘Still Standing’ will use any means necessary to keep touring

Identical twins Justin (Bass/Vocals) and Johnny Santoro (Guitar/Vocals), along with Alex Zarzycki (Drums), are Still Standing. After getting their start in Philly in 1998 they’ve recently moved to L.A. and developed a commercial modern rock sound that still stays true to their punk roots.

Their early work attracted the ears of acclaimed songwriter/producer Marti Frederiksen (who has worked with the likes of Aerosmith, Motley Crue, and Buckcherry) and he soon got on board to help the band record their latest album, “Black and White”.

Q:  There’s really something for every fan of modern rock on this album – hard rock, punk, plenty of catchy hooks – how has your sound evolved over the years?

A: Well, growing and evolving as a band has a lot to do with maturing as well as new inspiration and everyday life. New problems and new beginnings come and go. It’s been the three of us since we were teenagers and we each have our own lives and opinions on music, style and pretty much everything. All of these things play a huge part in our sound evolving through the years.

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Sweden’s ‘Dirty Passion’ love their own music, Guns N’ Roses, Motley Crue not so much – but best of all, they’ll always speak their mind

dirtypassion-03Perhaps it’s just me, but if I had the ability to change one thing about today’s rock scene, I’d bring it back to the ‘80s. Say what you will but I’m a sucker for the era when rock was raw, dirty, unapologetic and, well, mind-blowingly good.

Sweden’s Dirty Passion seem to share my outlook. Formed in 2006 in Malmö, Sweden, Emil Ekbladh (Vocals), Christopher Olsson (Guitar), Björn Wilander (Bass) and Markus Winberg (Drums) draw from the greats of that very scene, infusing their musical stylings into their own tracks to end up with a sound that is simultaneously nostalgic and modern. And, of course, always rockin’.

In early 2010 Dirty Passion will be touring Europe with Faster Pussycat and Enuff Z’ Nuff, and before they set off Emil took some time out to talk to The R&RR about all things rock.

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Motley Crue – Dr Feelgood (Deluxe Edition)

Back in 1989 Motley Crue were at the top of their game after releasing album number five Dr Feelgood. Despite being dogged with drug and alcohol problems and various run ins with the law, the Crue had cemented their status as one of the biggest rock bands at the time.

This deluxe reissue contains all the original cock rock fist in the air anthems, including the title track ‘Dr Feelgood’ and the catchy drug inspired ‘Kickstart my Heart’, which were both top ten hits when released. There is though, a couple of duffers on the album, ‘Without You’ is a prime example, with its rather lame lyrics and a feeling that the band could not be bothered to put the song writing effort in.

That said, the marvellously filthy ‘Sticky Sweet’ and ‘She goes Down’ more than make up for it.

Disc two features and array of demo versions from the album, along with some live performances which will probably not entice everybody, but for the hardcore Motley Crue fan it will be a valued addition to your collection, just click on the cover and buy it!

Aaron Phillips

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Tommy Lee Invites You To Take Part In The First Interactive Recording Project Ever!

tommyleeStarting 6 P.M. PST Monday, October 5th, grab your chance to take part in an interactive recording project with Tommy Lee, drummer extraordinaire for Mötley Crüe as well as Methods Of Mayhem and his own solo music.  Lee’s been busy the last few months working on his next Methods Of Mayhem record.  He, along with friend and producer Scott Humphrey, have been in his new Atrium Studios putting new tunes together.  As if that weren’t cool enough, Tommy has decided to add a twist.  For the first time ever, he is opening up his process to any and all takers interested in working with him and his music.

Once a week the two will post stems or skeletons of the free demos at www.thepublicrecord.com for people to download and overdub their own musical parts, bass, guitar, vocals, keys, drums, loops, electronics, etc, then upload them back to the same site.  The best submissions will be featured on the site, used in the final mix and credited on the record.  They will be evaluating the best track submissions weekly for 11 weeks for 11 songs.

Anyone with a great musical idea is invited to play a part in helping to achieve true Public Mayhem, i.e. collaborate on the album.  A wide range of formats are available to work with, including RiffWorks, WAV, Logic, GarageBand, ProTools and the Four Track 3.0 iPhone application.

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Nikki Sixx Biography to Be Re-Issued with new star-interviews/Bonus Sampler

In the Spring of 2009, Rock ‘N’ Roll Books/APG Distribution will re-issue ‘An Education in Rebellion: The Biography of Nikki Sixx’ with an abridgement from 2003 through 2008, including coverage of Motley Crue’s wildly triumphant reunion tour, Sixx’s hugely successful NY Times Best-seller the Heroin Diaries, the launch of his clothing line Royal Underground, the band’s first-ever Cruefest, and recording of the band’s latest studio LP, ‘Saints of Los Angeles’ among other goings-on. The book will feature new, exclusive interview material with Bob Rock, Tommy Lee, James Michael, Scott Humphrey, John Corabi, Dave Darling, and a host of others. As part of the re-issue, a bonus sampler will be included, featuring a mix of Crue covers and ORIGINAL compositions by Millennium rock/metal bands- unsigned or otherwise- who grew up on and were musically influenced by Motley Crue/Sixx A.M. Along with the aforementioned new acts, the sampler will feature current/former members of Motley Crue, Brides of Destruction, Ratt, Cinderella, Quiet Riot, Rock & Roll Junkies Ftring. Neil Wharton, Jetboy, Exodus, The Scream, and others to be announced. Interested bands should submit an inquiry (including myspace link) to rocknrollbooks@yahoo.com.