Posts Tagged ‘Guns N Roses’
Tuesday, November 27th, 2012
Live At The Cutting Room (Self-Released)
Throwback. It’s a word not often enough associated with modern hard rock music for my taste. Most bands struggle to properly represent an amalgam of their influences and pour out anything original, let alone inspired sounding. There is just a lack of great, unrepentant, kick-ass rock `n roll bands these days and that makes me sad. Sometimes a band comes along that not only does the history of the style justice, but also has something new to give us too, we the masses that are hungry to rock. That is why the new EP by THE BLACKFIRES has me so pumped up. It definitely answers the question of “what is the future of rock music” with a resounding hail of riffs and cymbal crashes that scream yes!
Recorded live at The Cutting Room in New York City, it is not quite a live show recording in the traditional sense. All the same, true live albums are hard to pull off these days, but the band definitely sounds lively and tight. From the opening snarl of the guitar licks in “Rocker Child” you hear the blend and balance of ZEPPELIN, SABBATH, GUNS, LIZZY, DEEP PURPLE and more along with a modern, rough hewn charm. Aggressive and slick, the track is a great intro to the band for the indoctrinated and would make a terrific set-list starter too based on how vital is sounds. Singer Cheggi channels his inner Plant, Freddy throughout the song and he’s not afraid to back up that front man bravado with his range and delivery. “Gambit” continues the charge with some killer guitar chops on display and more out of this world singing. The song goes through several tempo shifts and dramatic swells that will recall the best of a bygone era in music. Not only is axe-slinging tight, but bassist Ryan Egan holds is down all the time with his colorful playing and thick tone. “Livewire Babies” is a song that will take you by surprise and could be a potential single-type track, in spite of its impressive running time. There is a definitely a lot of AC/DC influence happening there, but I also hear remnants of early SOUNDGARDEN with Cheggi displaying his confidence in his ability. This song also has the best lead guitar work on the album and great lyrics. The key change in the final coda of the song is pure rock royalty in my book. “Just A Thrill” is the dark horse of the album. In addition to its grit and heaviness as a song, it benefits from a killer beat supplied by the bands’ drummer and secret weapon, Ilan Harel. It is such a raw and passion filled song that you almost get sideswiped by the earthy breakdown and eventual rave up to the finale. “Primal Love” closes out the affair. A sprawling, power-ballad with a lot of soul, I think this is a good track to end things with. Fans will have tear in their eye and their lighters out when this one comes on.
THE BLACKFIRES are definitely gunning for the big time with this release and putting a lot of bands in their scene on notice. For more information check out their website here.
THE BLACKFIRES: Bringing the SOUL back to Rock ‘N Roll.
by Keith (Keefy) Chachkes
Thursday, October 6th, 2011
This is Nicky Whelan, she just broke up with GNR's DJ Ashba... That's why she's here.
GUNS N ROSES are finally set to tour the US in support of ‘Chinese Democracy’. It’s been years since the album was released but I’m quite excited to witness this tour at the Izod Center in New Jersey and I’m sure most of you are excited too. Monster Energy is sponsoring the trek and just check out the new dates below. Be sure to get tickets fast, these will sell out quickly!
Oct. 28 – Orlando, FL – Amway Center Arena
Oct. 29 – Miami, FL – American Airlines Arena
Oct. 31 – Greenville, SC – Bi-Lo Center Arena
Nov. 02 – Atlanta, GA – Philips Arena
Nov. 04 – Houston, TX – Toyota Center
Nov. 05 – Dallas, TX – Gexa Energy Pavilion
Nov. 08 – Omaha, NE – CenturyLink Center
Nov. 09 – Norman, OK – Lloyd Noble Center
Nov. 12 – Kansas City, MO – Sprint Center
Nov. 13 – Minneapolis, MN – Target Center
Nov. 15 – Rosemont, IL – Allstate Arena
Nov. 17 – East Rutherford, NJ – IZOD Center
Nov. 19 – Hartford, CT – Comcast Theatre
Nov. 20 – Wilkes-Barre, PA – Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza
Nov. 25 – Worcester, MA – DCU Center
Nov. 26 – Camden, NJ – Susquehanna Bank Center
Dec. 01 – Auburn Hills, MI – The Palace of Auburn Hills
Wednesday, September 28th, 2011
As it was being speculated, GUNS N ROSES have announced a full US tour! That’s right, you will finally get to see GNR performing in a city near you for the first time since the early 90s. Check the dates thus far below and stay tuned, I’ll add more as we get ‘em!
* Oct. 28 – Orlando, FL @ Amway Center Arena
* Oct. 29 – Miami, FL @ American Airlines Arena
* Oct. 31 – Greenville, SC @ Bi-Lo Center Arena
* Nov. 02 – Atlanta, GA @ Phillips Arena
* [to be announced] – Houston, TX – [to be announced]
* Nov. 05 – Dallas, TX @ Gexa Energy Pavillion
* [to be announced] – Omaha, NE – [to be announced]
* [to be announced] – Tulsa, OK – [to be announced]
* Nov. 12 – Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center Arena
* Nov. 13 – Minneapolis, MN @ Target Center Arena
* [to be announced] – Chicago, IL @ All State Arena
* [to be announced] – East Rutherford, NJ – [to be announced]
* [to be announced] – Hartford, CT – [to be announced]
* [to be announced] – Wilkes-Barre, PA – [to be announced]
* [to be announced] – Worcester, MA – [to be announced]
* [to be announced] – Camden, NJ – [to be announced]
* [to be announced] – Detroit, MI – [to be announced]
* [to be announced] – Cincinnati, OH – [to be announced]
* [to be announced] – Nashville, TN – [to be announced]
* [to be announced] – Indianapolis, IN – [to be announced]
* [to be announced] – Denver, CO – [to be announced]
Thursday, September 15th, 2011
SLASH is teaming with Eagle Rock Entertainment to release his first-ever solo live album and DVD, titled ‘Made In Stoke 24/7/11′. The performance comes from a very special trip that SLASH made to his hometown of Stoke-On-Trent, where he was raised until he was 5 and played the last show of his world tour — on July 24th, 2011. The release will hit shelves on November 15th and features a live performance along with other special, never before seen footage.
01. Been There Lately (SLASH’S SNAKEPIT song)
02. Nightrain (GUNS N’ ROSES song)
04. Mean Bone (SLASH’S SNAKEPIT song)
05. Back From Cali
06. Rocket Queen (GUNS N’ ROSES song)
07. Civil War (GUNS N’ ROSES song)
08. Nothing To Say
11. Doctor Alibi (with Todd Kerns on vocals)
12. Speed Parade (SLASH’S SNAKEPIT song)
13. Watch This
14. Beggars & Hangers-On (SLASH’S SNAKEPIT song)
15. Patience (GUNS N’ ROSES song)
16. Guitar Solo / Godfather Theme
17. Sweet Child O’ Mine (GUNS N’ ROSES song)
18. Slither (VELVET REVOLVER song)
19. By The Sword
20. Mr. Brownstone (GUNS N’ ROSES song)
21. Paradise City (GUNS N’ ROSES song)
* Back From Cali
* Beggars & Hangers-On
* Been There Lately
* Interview with Slash
Wednesday, September 14th, 2011
GUNS N ROSES are plotting a tour this fall according to Ticketmaster. Three dates from the trek have leaked out thus far and it looks as though a full announcement is imminent. Obviously, this is GNR2K11 so it’s the AXL ROSE show, but it should still be pretty damn entertaining. Are you going to make it out and see the madness that is GUNS N ROSES or will you still be holding out for a reunion (which won’t happen)?
Guns N’ Roses tour dates:
10/28: Orlando, FL @ Amway Center
10/29: Miami, FL @ AmericanAirlines Arena
11/12: Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center
Wednesday, August 31st, 2011
If there is any rock star in the world that I would take financial advise from, it’s DUFF McKAGAN. He lives an incredible life with his beautiful wife and their two kids but he never seems to cross that line where things get excessive. He has also written finance columns for the likes of Playboy and The Seattle Times. Dude has his shit together…. Therefore, it is no surprise that he has decided to launch his own Money Management Firm with the goal of helping musicians better understand their finances and manage their money accordingly.
Duff told Noisecreep:
“When I first got out of the hospital, I was just trying to stay sober so I had to fill my time. One of the things I did was to go through my financial statements and I couldn’t figure them out,” McKagan said. “No one took the time to explain how money works, you know, simple things, like the difference between gross and net, what a bond was, how a mortgage worked. I realized there was great need for some kind of advice service. It wasn’t just me who was freaking out about being broke.”
I think this is a spectacular idea! If there is one thing that bands need help with, it’s money management and who better to give you that advice than a man who has made his career by managing his band money extremely well. Hats off to Duff for both putting together a cool company for himself and for giving back to the scene that he has helped build over the years!