Tag: Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators
Aerosmith and Slash kicked off their North America summer tour announcement yesterday by rocking the Whisky a Go Go in Los Angeles for a six-song set that you can watch below. December 4, 1973 was the last time that Aerosmith graced the stage of the Whiskey until yesterday. Aerosmith also made separate appearance on 'Ellen' and with Ryan Seacrest on his radio show yesterday mroning in regards to the announcement.
Aerosmith took the stage at The Whisky after an intro by "Uncle Joe" Benson of 100.3 FM The Sound without guitarist Brad Whitford, who couldn't attend due to his finshing up the 'Experience Hendrix' tour. Steven Tyler then announced: "Ladies and genitals! Welcome to the Whiskey! You love this band almost as much as I do?"
Aerosmith rocked through "Draw The Line," "Same Old Song and Dance," "Pink" and "Walk This Way." Tyler brought out Slash for the final two songs alongside Perry, bassist Tom Hamilton and drummer Joey Kramer. "We’re going to bring up a friend of ours who is going to be playing on this tour. The one and only Slash!" Tyler announced to the appreciative crowd. Tyler then licked his finger, swirled it over his "Ma Kin" arm tattoo, and belted out the opening verse to "Mama Kin."
Joe Perry told the crowd at the tail end of the show: "The first time we played here was December 3, 1973. It was the first time formally here but also the first time in California. The first time west of the Mississippi was right here! That was then and this is now. And look what happened," he said as he pointed to Slash before shouting "Let’s rock!" The set then wrapped with an impressive version of 'Train Kept A Rollin.' I'm assuming we can look forward to more collaborations between Aerosmith and Slash on the tour.
"Bring it baby. Bring it! Rock and roll is forever! Come on!" Tyler shouted as he and his Aerosmith bandmates exited the stage.
Draw The Line
Same Old Song And Dance
Walk This Way
Train Kept a Rollin’
Steven Tyler and Joe Perry also made an appearance on the daytime talk show ‘Ellen.’ Tyler talked about the history between Slash and Aerosmith, saying that a drawing of Aerosmith made by a young Slash can be found on the inside of the group’s most recent album.
The tour will kick off on July 10, in Wantagh, New York and wrap up in Nova Scotia on September 12. Tickets for the 'Let Rock Rule' new tour will be going on sale on April 12 via www.livenation.com
Aerosmith and Slash Tour Dates:
Jul. 10 - Wantagh, NY - Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
Jul. 13 - Kitchener, ON, Canada - McLennan Park
Jul. 16 - Mansfield, MA - Xfinity Center
Jul. 19 - Cadott, WI - Rock Fest
Jul. 22 - Cincinnati, OH - Riverbend Music Center
Jul. 25 - Tinley Park, IL - First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
Jul. 30 - Inglewood, CA - The Forum
Aug. 2 - Las Vegas, NV - MGM Grand Garden Arena
Aug. 8 - Stateline, NV - Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harvey's
Aug. 13 - Concord, CA - Concord Pavilion (Formerly Sleep Train Pavilion)
Aug. 16 - George, WA - Gorge Amphitheatre
Aug. 19 - Denver, CO - Pepsi Center
Aug. 22 - Dallas, TX - American Airlines Center
Aug. 25 - The Woodlands, TX - The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
Aug. 28 - Atlanta, GA - Philips Arena
Aug. 31 - Atlantic City, NJ - Boardwalk Hall
Sep. 3 - Newark, NJ - Prudential Center
Sep. 6 - Bristow, VA - Jiffy Lube Live
Sep. 9 - Clarkston, MI - DTE Energy Music Theatre
Sep. 12 - Sydney, NS, Canada - Open Hearth Park
The summer tour with Aerosmith and Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators will be happening, but up until now, there has been no indication when and where the tour will start. We may be getting our answer this Tuesday.
The band has teased a mysterious April 8 date on its Twitter feed with a couple of photos.
The first is a picture of the Aerosmith logo spray painted on a wall with this text: Hello, Los Angeles! #LetRockRule #AerosmithApril8 PLEASE RETWEET" LetRockRule is also the name of the upcoming tour.
The second picture is of guitarist Joe Perry and graffiti artist Rick and states: "Painting walls with guitar and graffiti legends, @JoePerry and @ogRISK. #LetRockRule #AerosmithApril8. That one just came down less than an hour ago.
It's uncertain if the April 8 date is the day that tour dates and ticket information will be available, but Aerosmith's Joey Kramer has been tweeting the hashtag #TourDateTuesday. We'll keep you posted.
SLASH Featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators will broadcast their last summer concert live from the House of Blues in Las Vegas, Nevada on Thursday, July 25th at 9pm PT/Midnight ET via EvntLive.
EvntLive is the online concert venue that captures the excitement and shared experiences of live concert viewing with a global audience. Fans who can’t make it to Las Vegas and want to experience the evolution of live, online concerts can log on directly at this www.evntlive.com starting at 9PM PT/Midnight EST on Thursday, July 25th to take part in this extraordinary social viewing event.
“We are thrilled to offer online access to one of the greatest musicians of all time, Slash, while giving fans from around the world an up close, personal and completely immersive experience,” said David Carrico, co-founder and chief marketing officer, EvntLive. “EvntLive is transforming how we experience concerts individually and with others, while getting right into the act wherever you are.”
Slash and his bandmates MYLES KENNEDY AND THE CONSPIRATORS — Myles Kennedy (vocals), Brent Fitz (drums), Todd Kerns (bass) and Frank Sidoris (guitar) — are currently wrapping a world tour for their critically acclaimed album "Apocalyptic Love", which earned Slash his two first-ever #1 rock radio hits: "You're A Lie" and "Standing In The Sun". The album's third single, "Anastasia", has cracked the Top 10 at Modern and Active Rock and Top 5 at Mainsteam Rock. The album was produced by Eric Valentine, who did the same honors for Slash's first, self-titled solo disc, and all the songs on "Apocalyptic Love" were written together by Slash and Myles Kennedy.
This fall, Slash will release "Nothing Left To Fear", the first-ever motion picture he has co-produced from Slasher Films, the Rock And Roll Hall Of Famer's production company. "Nothing Left To Fear" will have a limited release in select theaters nationwide on Friday, October 4 and arrive on Blu-ray Combo-Pack, DVD, and On Demand Tuesday, October 8. "Nothing Left To Fear: The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack" will also be released on October 4, exclusively at PledgeMusic.com, the same day the film opens in select theaters. Written and produced by Slash and Nick O'Toole, the soundtrack includes the film score plus two original songs: "Nothing Left To Fear", which features vocalist Myles Kennedy, and the instrumental "Welcome To Stull". When fans pledge and pre-order the album through PledgeMusic.com/slash, they will gain access to one-of-a-kind experiences with Slash, as well as merchandise for the film, access to interviews, song streams, first looks at film art, clips and more.
Nothing Left To Fear is a harrowing tale in the spirit of the terrifying horror films of the 1970s. The movie is inspired by the legend of Stull, Kansas, which is surrounded by Internet folklore proclaiming the town to be one of the Seven Gateways to Hell. Nothing Left To Fear was written by Jonathon W.C. Mills and directed by Anthony Leonardi III. For more information on the film, visit Facebook.
Soundgarden starts off rock picks with their Dave Grohl directed video for 'By Crooked Steps.' It's the second single from the new album 'King Animal', and a comedic look at the band as segway gang. The band strap on the helmets and make their way through town, sporting the attitude to go along with the segway domination.
Soundgarden are near wrapping up their U.S. tour, with multiple gig in Oakland and Los Angeles, CA. The band will be filming the last show of the U.S. tour at the Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles for "Live from the Artists Den," and will also be giving away round-trip airfare & tickets for one fan & a guest to attend the Feb 17th show. To Enter the contest just go to: http://bitly.com/SGArtistsDen.
The band will also be playing some festivals, including Carolina Rebellion and Rock On The Range during May. Soundgarden will likely be taking a break when the tour wraps up, with drummer Matt Cameron on to finish and album with Pearl Jam follow with a tour.
Another great track from Corey Taylor and Stone Sour is next, as 'Do Me A Favor', from 'House of Gold & Bones Part 2", is kicking ass in rock picks this week. It's an epic track with everything you would want: adrenaline, melody, meaningful lyrics and an epic vibe. Stone Sour are at the top of the list for great current rock and both albums, videos, an online presence, album packaging, the live show and a graphic novel all contribute to one amazing project!
Stone Sour are currently on tour with Papa Roach in the U.S., and will be playing multiple festivals this Spring and Summer. Check out everything Stone Sour at their official website here.
'House Of Gold & Bone Part 2' track listing:
12. Red City
13. Black John
19. The Uncanny Valley
20. Blue Smoke
21. Do Me A Favor
22. The Conflagration
23. The House Of Gold & Bones
Recent Grammy winners Halestorm are back in rock picks with their top 5 track for 'Freak Like Me', from their album 'The Strange Case Of...'. Lzzy Hale and the guys have had one hell of a 2012, carrying in 2013 and capping off with a Grammy win for Best Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Performance for 'Love Bites (So Do I)'. The band have have released a new "thank you" video version of the song for fans that documents their past year. Watch that at Rollingstone.com
Halestorm will kick off a European tour in the UK on March 6th, with a return to the U.S. for a tour with Bullet For My Valentine starting in Denver, Co. on Apr. 12th.
Tom Keifer of multi-platinum band Cinderella has released the first single from his upcoming solo album 'The Way Life Goes'. 'The Flower Song' has been described as having the feel of a vintage Faces cut, with a 'Maggie May' feel. I can hear it and I like it.
'The Way Life Goes' is set for release on April 30th. To says about the track: "To me, that song is about how unbelievable it is that you're able to find that one person that's perfect for you. Obviously, it's told from the perspective of a guy, but I think it's true for both men and women: When you find that one person, it's a miracle."
Keifer wrote the song with Jim Peterik, formerly of the bands Survivor and the Ides of March. Another track, 'Solid Ground', is set to be released on March 11th.
"The Flower Song is one aspect of the record," Keifer says. "The record ranges from that more acoustic side to hard-driving, high-energy rock songs, and everything in between. It's a pretty diverse album."
Keifer began writing for what would become 'The Way Life Goes' during the mid-'90s. Shortly after he began cutting tracks, his wife, Savannah, gave birth to their first child. "We took a little break right there to be parents for a while," he says. Tours with Cinderella and Keifer's ongoing vocal troubles also delayed the album's completion.
Keifer plans to launch a solo tour in February to give fans a taste of 'The Way Life Goes'. "I'm going to try to strike a balance" of new material and old favorites, he says. "I'd say it's going to be 50-50, like a preview of new songs off the record, then some Cinderella favorites, some of them done just like the record and a couple of them reinvented a little."
Keifer says his voice is doing well now, but "that's a daily battle for me. I didn't have nodes, or something that could be lasered off. The condition I have is neurological. It's something I have to deal with every day, because one of my cords just doesn't respond the way it should.
"I stick to my routine and regimen every day and try to keep them doing what they're supposed to do. I'm not going to lie to you: It's not fun, and I have my ups and downs with it."
Keifer just kicked off a solo tour in Winston-Salem, N.C. on Feb. 9, with additional shows scheduled for New York, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Detroit, Chicago, Nashville and more.
"The Way Life Goes" track listing:
1. Solid Ground
2. A Different Light
3. It's Not Enough
4. Cold Day In Hell
5. Thick And Thin
6. Ask Me Yesterday
7. Fools Paradise
8. The Flower Song
9. Mood Elevator
10. Welcome To My Mind
11. You Showed Me
12. Ain't That A Bitch
13. The Way Life Goes
The new track from ADLER 'Good To Be Bad', featuring a guest appearance by Rob Zombie/ex-Marilyn Manson guitarist John 5, from ADLER's debut album, 'Back From The Dead', marks a return visit to the rock picks from what in my opinion is the best music Steven Adler has released since being in Guns N' Roses. With production by Jeff Pilson (Dokken/Foreigne/War & Peace/T&N) and was mixing by Jay Ruston (Anthrax/Stone Sour/Steel Panther), and the musicianship of frontman Jacob Bunton, guitarist Lonny Paul, and bassist Johnny Martin, the album is an 11-track collection of great rock from top to bottom.
Adler will be rocking The Whisky A Go-Go on Feb. 15th in West Hollywood, CA., with more dates soon to be announced.
Look for Steven as a guest on the new 'The Ben Show' that will debut on Comedy Central on February 28th. He will appear on the debut episode that airs 10pm EST/9pm CST.
Love & Death, the new band from former KORN guitarist Brian "Head" Welch has released a new clip for the first single from their new album 'Between Here & Lost'. 'The Abandoning", is a blistering, bombastic knock to the senses.
The single and album are a fantastic return to the metal scene for Welch, with the CD consisting of 11 tracks, ranging from songs about personal struggle and triumph ('Chemicals', 'My Disaster', 'Paralyzed') to emotionally charged anthems ('Fading Away', 'Watching The Bottom Fall') and even a heavy version of Devo's 1980 hit 'Whip It'. Welch put the band together in 2009, eventually putting together the lineup that is the band today.
"This record was birthed from trials, tribulations, pain, suffering, anxiety, depression, and drama," stated Welch. "However, we came out on top and the end result is a very real, raw and honest record. We are so stoked for people to hear it! From our opening song, 'The Abandoning', to our cover of DEVO's 'Whip it', to our collaboration with Mattie Montgomery from FOR TODAY on 'I W8 4 U', It's an exciting piece of art and the listener will feel the different range of emotions with the lyrics and melodies of each song."
Look for Love & Death on tour soon.
Love & Death are:
Brian "Head" Welch
lead guitarist: JR Bareis
bassist: Michael Valentine
drummer: Dan Johnson.
'Between Here & Lost' track listing:
1. The Abandoning
2. Whip It
3. Watching The Bottom Fall
4. By The Way...
6. My Disaster
7. I W8 4 U (featuring Mattie Montgomery)
8. Fading Away
Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators have released another video from one of the rock albums of the year in 2012 with 'Anastasia'. The former Guns N' Roses guitarist is now releasing his music through his own label, Dik Hayd Records,
and the band will be releasing another yet to be recorded album together at some point, probably in late 2014 or early 2015. The band is currently on a European tour, with upcoming date in Slovenia, Austria, Czech Republic, Poland, Lithuania, Russia and more in the month of February. In March the band will hit the UK and Ireland followed in May with what looks like the last tour date of the year May 11 in Toyko for Ozzfest with Black Sabbath. Vocalist Myles Kennedy will then get back to work with Alter Bridge, but should record another album with Slash and the band in early 2014.
In a year of great classic, hard rock and heavy metal, it was tough to eliminate many worthy releases from the Marshall of Rock Top 30 albums of 2012, but after much deliberation, we have come up with what we think is a representation of quality rock for the year. See what you think:
30. Testament - Dark Roots of Earth
A fine return by the San Francisco bay area thrash giants. With guitar interaction between Alex Skolnick and Eric Peterson, definitive vocals from Chuck Billy, bass from Greg Christian, and a reunion with Gene Hoglan, who last played drums for the band on their 1997 album 'Demonic,' Testament have delivered an album that stands up to all of their past releases. "Dark Roots of Earth' debuted at #12 on the Billboard 200, which was the band's highest debut in their history.
29. ZZ Top - La Futura
The band's first new album in 9 years brings back some true Texas blues rock ZZ Top style. Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill, and Frank Beard were itching to get this album out after production delays with Rick Rubin, so they four new tracks: 'I Gotsta Get Paid,' 'Chartreuse,' 'Consumption,' and 'Over You' in June of 2012 as an iTunes-only collection titled 'Texicali.' The band's 15th studio album is truly "the future" for ZZ Top. Good to have the boys back.
28. Aranda - Stop The World
The Oklahoma City, Oklahoma band's second album 'Stop The World' yielded three charting tracks, 'One More Lie', 'Undone' and 'Satisfied.' Dameon Aranda, Gabe Aranda, Mike Walker and B Webb have created a sound that is original and lasting. I expect more from this band in the future, and look for them to become a mainstay on the rock charts.
27. Lynyrd Skynyrd - Last Of A Dyin' Breed
Lynyrd Skynyrd is on top of their game once again with their latest release, which is full of solid tracks. The 12th studio album from the band and first with bassist Johnny Colt (Black Crowes), also features additional guitar from the great John 5. Great songs like 'Homegrown,' 'Good Teacher, 'Ready To Fly,' and the title track, make this release a must for fans of southern rock and all rock fans in general.
26. Jack White - Blunderbuss
The always innovative and original Jack White has delivered an album that may very be his best work yet. His debut solo album was written, recorded and produced entirely by White in 2011. I appreciate everything White stands for, as he is a true music historian, has a plan for not only his Third Man Records, but everything he does musically. When promo copies of the album were distributed to reviewers and radio stations, they were sent as vinyl records to prevent leaks. A leader in today's world of music.
25. Overkill - The Electric Age
Band leaders and original members Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth (vocals) and D.D. Verni (bass) have crafted an epic return to glory with The 16th studio album from the New Jersey thrash legends. 'The Electric Age' lives up to the epic releases in the 80's from the band and has brought them back to prominence in the metal world. Overkill will be touring in early 2013 with Testament and Flotsam and Jetsam, bringing more exposure to this release that really deserves it.
24. Europe - Bag Of Bones
A great album from a band that sounds better than in their 80's heyday. Vocalist Joey Tempest has described Europe's 9th studio album as "a hardcore classic rock record with the blues knocking on the door," and I'd have to agree. The album debuted at #2 in their native Sweden, where they were recently named the #3 all time favorite band. 'Bag Of Bones' has not yet garnered the attention it deserves in the U.S., but hopefully that will change in 2013. Kevin Shirley produced, mixed and engineered this great album, and he must be my producer of the year, as he has at least two other albums on my Top 30.
23. KISS - Monster
The 20th and latest KISS studio album delivers musically, with the production from Paul Stanley and guitar work from Tommy Thayer as standouts. The band used old analog equipment instead of digital recording gear while recording 'Monster.' Gene Simmons said about the recording of 'Monster': "Technology is a seductive bitch, she will seduce you. You press this button, you don't have to do anything. But analog is the love of your life. You can push real hard and it always gives back. For the new album, the actual recording process was 24-track tape and an old Trident board. And as many tubes as possible. You need tubes, electricity and thick wood to make that thick sound." We are glad they did, as this is the best KISS album in years.
22. Stone Sour - House of Gold & Bones Part 1
Corey Taylor delivers with Part 1 of the two part House of Gold & Bones. Stone Sour can ride the line of serious hard rock to lyrically touching mid tempo tracks and pull it off like no other band can. Part II will be out in 2013, and I'm sure that one of rock's men of the year will keep his band innovative, original and relevant.
21. Dead Sara - Dead Sara
A compelling and engaging debut from the Los Angeles based band. Vocalist Emily Armstrong and her bandmates show on this album that they are a force that will be recognized in the world of rock and won't be ignored.
20. The Treatment - This Might Hurt
The U.K. boys remind me of a young Def Leppard, with some AC/DC and UFO thrown in. With great tracks like 'The Doctor,' 'Nothing To Lose But Our Mind', 'Shake The Mountain' and more, this album rocks from start to finish. Coming off some U.S. exposure as the openers on 'The Tour' with KISS and Motley Crue, these guys are ready and willing to take their career to the next level, and I think they will.
19. Soundgarden - King Animal
One of the seminal bands in the creation of grunge, Soundgarden broke up back in 1997, but reunited in 2010, making concert festival and some TV appearances, as well as releasing a special 7" on Black Friday Record Store Day. 2011 brought the live album 'Live On I-5', and that all let up to the recording and release of their 6th studio album in 2012. The album is heavy, the album is fast, the album is true Soundgarden music.
18. Gary Clark Jr. - Blak and Blu
Guitar great Gary Clark Jr. has released independent albums and E.P.'s before, but 2012 brought Clark's major label album debut, and a stunning piece of work it is. Clark's music has elements of blues, rock, funk, soul and country, and he says he is even influenced by jazz and hip hop. Already playing clubs in his hometown of Austin, Texas as a kid, he met promoter Clifford Antone, proprietor of the Austin music club Antone's. Antone's was the launching pad for fellow Texans Stevie Ray and Jimmie Vaughan. That propelled him to eventually sharing the stage with music greats B.B. King, Eric Clapton, Mick Jagger Buddy Guy, Steve Winwood, John Mayer, Sheryl Crow, Jeff Beck, ZZ Top, Doyle Bramhall II, Sheryl Crow and more. He has performed at the White House, and just last month was a part of the Rolling Stones New Jersey shows. The album is a true showcase of his talent and includes a version of the Jimi Hendrix classic 'Third Stone From The Sun'. Gary Clark Jr. is just starting his amazing ride to greatness.
17. Tremonti - All I Was
The first solo album from the Alter Bridge/Creed guitarist, it is what he wanted it to be - a pure metal album! Crunchy tracks, awesome riffs, and outstanding vocals from Tremonti himself. A must for all metal fans.
16. Pop Evil - War Of Angels
These Michigan rockers were a touring machine in 2012, playing many of the cuts from their fantastic album 'War Of Angels'. With four singles released from the record: 'Last Man Standing,' 'Monster You Made,' 'Bosses Daughter,' and 'Purple,' the band maximized the album's potential after delays caused by record company issues with Universal had kept it from it from it's initial release date. The guys moved onto a new label (eOne Music), who have backed the band and album to the fullest and the band is now primed to move into the future with even more success.
15. The Black Keys - El Camino
Akron, Ohio's Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney released their 7th studio album'El Camino' in December of 2011, and 2012 brought the brought massive sales and success for the release. They have etched out a dedicated and loyal following not only by their fans, but by critics, and it looks as though the Black Keys are going to be one of those bands that will be around in 10 to 15 years, as long as their material holds up. With #1 rock tracks 'Lonely Boy' and Gold On The Ceiling', as well as the top 5 cut 'Little Black Submarines,' it was hard to escape the band. 'El Camino' and 'Lonely Boy' were nominated in five categories for the 2013 Grammy Awards, where they are sure to win a few, if not all five they are nominated for.
14. Kill Devil Hill
Hard rock at it's best on the debut album from the band named after the small town of Kill Devil Hill, North Carolina. Drummer Vinny Appice, bassist Rex Brown, guitarist Mark Zavon and lead vocalist Dewey Bragg, bring the rock heavy and modern on a release that deserved more acclaim and recognition in the world of hard rock and metal. The band are planning their second release and I'm sure we'll see growth and more exposure for this great new hard rock band!
13. Heart - Fanatic
Ann & Nancy Wilson returned in 2012 with not only a box set 'Strange Euphoria,' but a fantastic album on new material called 'Fanatic.' Great songs, great hooks, and above all great guitar and vocals from the first ladies of rock. They are now Rock and Roll Hall of Famers, and are still putting out quality new music that will stand the test of time.
12. Halestorm - The Strange Case Of...
Halestorm put out an awesome album in 2012 that continued the growth and respect that the band have garnered from just about everyone in the hard rock world. Lzzy Hale is a dynamic frontwoman and musician, and will continue to lead Halestorm into the future as one of the great rock acts to be reckoned with.
11. Charm City Devils - SINS
Baltimore Maryland's own Charm City Devils released their 'SINS' album in January of 2012, and lead by singer/songwriter John Allen, the band crisscrossed the country, gaining new fans at every stop. Two singles have been released from the album so far, 'Man Of Constant Sorrow,' and the anthemic 'Unstoppable,' which is now a go to track at sports events nationwide. Hopefully Charm City Devils will release at least one more track from the album, as it is full of great tracks. I really like their brand of rock, and the fact that they are all about their fans. Congrats on a great 2012 to Charm City Devils!
10. Rush - Clockwork Angels
Rush returned with their highly anticipated album 'Clockwork Angels' in 2012, and it lived up to the expectations. Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart are the epitomy of rock musicianship and year after year. After initially releasing the album tracks 'Caravan' and 'BU2B' were to radio and for online digital purchase in June of 2010, and playing those tracks on the 'Time Machine' tour, the band finished up the album and have since released 'Headlong Flight' and 'The Wreckers' and subsequent singles. The album debuted at #1 in their home country of canada and at #2 in the U.S.
9. Bruce Springsteen - Wrecking Ball
Springsteen released his 17th studio album in March of 2012, and it came at a time we needed it most. An idealistic and angry album, it addresses enonomic injustice, the lack of accountability he sees in government, the 'American Dream' and includes the late E Street band member Clarence Clemons with saxophone solos on 'Land of Hope and Dreams' and backing saxophone rhythms on the title track, which was originally written about the then-pending demolition of Giants Stadium in New Jersey from the stadium's point of view. Bruce is still bringing the protest message that is sorely needed from more musicians and artists.
8. Joe Bonamassa - Driving Toward The Daylight
An epic release from one of our generation's guitar virtuosos, it bleeds emotion and takes the listener on a fantastic musical journey. I really like Kevin Shirley's production work, who Bonamassa also worked with on the Black Country Communion album. A guitar masterpiece, that will be hard to top, but I know Joe will figure out how to do that.
7. Shinedown - Amaryllis
Shinedown had a lot to live up to after the success of their last album 'The Sound Of Madness' spawned 5 singles and spent an amazing 120 consecutive weeks on the Billboard 200, but it looks like they are doing it. 'Amaryllis' was released in March of 2012 and to date has yielded the hit tracks 'Bully,' 'Unity,' and 'Enemies.' The band may go five deep on the album, and if so, look for the title track and/or 'Miracle' to be the next singles. In November of 2012 vocalist Brent Smith announced that the band had already completed their next album, so we may get to hear that before the end of 2013. In February, Shinedown will get back on the road with Three days Grace and P.O.D. for one dynamic triple bill. It looks like 2013 is going to be just as successful as 2012 was for Jacksonville, Florida's Shinedown!
6. Aerosmith - Music From Another Dimension!
After some delay in the release date (originally in May) for 'Music From Another Dimension!', it was released this past November and peaked at #5 on the Billboard charts. While I am not a fan of all the tunes on the band's 15th studio album, there is enough of the old-school feel of early Aerosmith with production by Jack Douglas to satisfy. Expect more touring and tracks to be released in 2013.
5. Black Country Communion - Afterglow
Black Country Communion continue to crank out great rock in minimal time. When Glenn Hughes, Joe Bonamassa, Jason Bonham and Derek Sherinian come together in the studio with producer Kevin Shirley, there is a magic that is undeniable. Already the band's third studio album since their inception in 2009, we can hope it isn't their last. Glenn Hughes has continually talked of touring behind the releases, but with Joe Bonamassa's extensive spring/summer solo touring schedule every year and his reluctance to sacrifice that for BCC. Let's hope that all works itself out, and we get more great material and some touring from this fantastic rock band!
4. Led Zeppelin - Celebration Day
Led Zeppelin releases a live album of their 2007 reunion show at the O2 Arena in London as part of the Ahmed Ertegun tribute, you know it has to be on my list. I just wish Robert Plant would re-consider never playing more shows as Led Zeppelin. I know he can't hit all the high notes like he once could, but I don't care, I want to see him share the stage with Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones again. I guess this release will have to do.
3. Rival Sons - Head Down
The Long Beach, California based rockers return with their second album 'Head Down,' which continues the modern retro rocking vibe of their 'Pressure and Time' album. Already two singles in, the band continually sells out shows in Europe and hopefully 2013 will bring the band the level of success they deserve in their own country. One of my favorites, I just can't get enough of their music or their vibe.
2. Slash - Apocalyptic Love
Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators have firmy etched out their place in the world of rock. I knew by the collaborations on Slash's previous solo album that featured Myles on two cuts, that when it was announced that the 'Apocalyptic Love' album would feature Kennedy and the band, that it would kick ass. Upon first listen of my #1 track of the year 'You're A Lie,' it was obvious that this release would be special. I'm looking forward to more releases from Slash and his great bandmates!
1. Van Halen - A Different Kind Of Truth
A triumphant return to glory for most of the original lineup of Van Halen, with David Lee Roth's animated vocals, the Van Halen brothers contributing blistering guitar and drum work, and Wolfgang Van Halen more than holding his own on bass. I was like many others who wasn't completely feeling the first single 'Tattoo', but ironically it is probably the weakest track on the album, but it did go to #1 on the mainstream and classic rock charts. Standout tracks like 'Stay Frosty,' You and Your Blues,' 'China Town,' 'Bullethead,' and more, the album is worthy of #1 for 2012 on the Marshall of Rock Top 30 albums!!
Some albums that just missed my Top 30:
Joe Walsh - Analog Man
Red Hot Chili Peppers - I'm With You
Neil Young & Crazy Horse - Psychedelic Pill
Linkin Park - Living Things
Lita Ford - Living Like a Runaway
Theory Of A Deadman - The Truth Is
L.A. Guns - Hollywood Forever
The Cult - Choice Of Weapon
Chevelle - Hats Off To The Bull
Adler - Back From The Dead
Papa Roach - Time For Annihilation