For all you 80's Hair metal fans with an infant you have to rock to sleep at night ‘Hair Goes Lullaby,’ the latest disc of rock songs turned into soothing ones by Jammy Jams will help you out.
I realize the days of keggers and 8-balls may be over, but ironically now you can soothe your child (or Grandchild for that matter) with songs that are transformed into softer, more comforting arrangements.
So rock that baby to sleep while enjoying your glass of wine or whatever else you partake in, while exposing your little one to the ways of Hair metal. Just don't ever tell them about the time you puked all over yourself. Soothing sounds of vibraphone, marimba, xylophone, piano, blocks and more can be yours! Check your local record store or order online here: www.jammyjams.net if you just gotta have it.
‘Hair Goes Lullaby’ Track Listing:
‘Every Rose Has Its Thorn’ (Poison)
‘Gypsy Road’ (Cinderella)
‘Home Sweet Home’ (Motley Crue)
‘I Remember You’ (Skid Row)
‘Lay It Down’ (Ratt)
‘Livin’ on a Prayer’ (Bon Jovi)
‘Dream Warriors’ (Dokken)
‘Jet City Woman’ (Queensryche)
‘Here I Go Again’ (Whitesnake)
A long lost Randy Rhoads interview by Journalist John Stix has surfaced in the current free online edition of iGuitar Magazine. Rhoads reveals that while he loved playing in Ozzy Osbourne’s band, he found the limitations of his heavy metal show frustrating, and hoped to move far beyond them. There is some great questions asked by Stix, with Rhoads offering revelations that I had never heard up to this point.
Rhoads said: “Everything happens so fast in this band that I haven’t had enough time to really think what I want to do.
For instance, I do a solo live and I do a lot of these things that Eddie Van Halen does, and it kills me that I do that. It’s just flash – it impresses the kids and I’m trying to make a name as fast as I can. I wish I could take time and come up with something that nobody has done. Unfortunately, it will take me a few years.”
Stix asked Rohoads if he was able to achieve anything that made him proud, with Rhoads replying: “I can’t. I experimented with a few things and tried to get some classical things in, but I couldn’t get it in with this set. It calls for flash. The kids aren’t interested in musical experience. If I sat down and played some classical it wouldn’t impress them. Ozzy has an incredible following with his audience and most of his kids want non-stop.”
It has been reported that Rhoads was not a fan of Black Sabbath and that he didn’t know why Osbourne hired him – especially since he only got to tune up at his audition before being offered the job. His favorite songs were Revelation (Mother Earth) and Mr. Crowley, because of the classical influence.
Read the entire interview and find some great features and interviews with Steve Morse (Deep Purple, Dixie Dregs, Kansas), Reb Beach (Whitesnake, Winger, Dokken, Alice Cooper) and check ou the interactive advertisments as well here: www.iguitarmag.com
Next Sunday, May 13th HDNet will be broadcasting the Whitesnake video 'Live...In The Still Of The Night.' It shows David Coverdale and the band at their rocking best. They will also be giving you a chance to win one of 17 autographed CD/DVD's to lucky winners who register on the HD Net site.
Get details here: www.hd.net
Here's the full concert:
Guitarist Vivian Campbell (Def Leppard, Whitesnake, Thin Lizzy, ex-Dio) has revealed via Facebook that he is planning a reunion with drummer Vinny Appice, bassist Jimmy Bain and keyboardist Claude Schnell, two months after they jammed together. That was brought about when Campbell jammed on 'Rainbow in the Dark' with Steel Panther in January.
Campbell and the other former Dio bandmates may play "some gigs" that will see the musicians performing material from the early Dio records that Campbell appeared on.
Campbell, Appice and Schnell jammed together in late February, with Vivian writing at the time on his Facebook page: "I had so much fun playing 'Rainbow In The Dark' with Steel Panther that I've organized a get-together with my old Dio bandmates to jam some more of the old songs. I've been listening to the records trying to remember how the songs and solos go." He added, "Well, that was a hoot playing the old songs with the Dio guys again. I even broke out the original black Les Paul that I recorded them on (needs a re-fret really bad!). All in all, it sounded great and now we're thinking of taking it a stage further." Regarding who handled the vocals during the late-February jam session, he said, "A chap called Andy Freeman (friend of Vinny's) (Hurricane, Lynch Mob, Bulletboys) stopped by for about a half hour and sang a few of the songs. He was incredible!"
Just this week Viv wrote this update on his facebook page: "I met up with the original Dio band guys, Vinny Appice [drums], Jimmy Bain [bass] and Claude Schnell [keyboards] again [Monday] night [April 30]. Now that I've brushed up on how to play those solos again, we're planning to jam some more and plan to do some gigs, too. We found a great singer who can really do justice to Ronnie's [James Dio] parts."
Bain commented: "We've had a couple of rehearsals and it sounds great. Listening to Vivian playing those songs again has been amazing. He's just so into it doing this, and his enthusiasm has rubbed off on the rest of us. Andy isn't Ronnie. How could he be? But what he does bring is his own twist on the vocals. Our aim is to do some shows around November, concentrating on the first two Dio albums. It's gonna be great getting back onstage with these guys for the first time in so long.”
Campbell was on the first three Dio albums: 1983's 'Holy Diver,' 1984's 'The Last in Line,' and 1985's 'Sacred Heart.' Campbell left (or was fired depending on who you talk to) and eventually joined Whitesnake in 1987. We'll see how Wendy Dio reacts to this as the Dio Disciples are the officially endorsed Dio tribute band performing his material. Wendy and Viv's relationship has been strained over the years, as was Ronnie and Viv's before he passed. Last year Campbell revealed he’d been “numb” to the iconic singer’s death, saying: "We never had a very strong relationship beyond music. That was what brought us together. I found it difficult to communicate with him and he found it difficult to communicate with me. I didn’t have any reason to contact him after he fired me."
Dio Disciples, who have been touring since last year, feature Tim ‘Ripper’ Owens and Toby Jepson on vocals, with James LoMenzo (White Lion, Megadeth) on bass, along with Craig Goldy, Simon Wright and Scott Warren, the later three of which were in the band when Dio died.
His resume reads like a classic rock bible: The Jeff Beck Group, Rainbow, Michael Schenker Group, Whitesnake, Emerson, Lake & Powell, Black Sabbath, Robert Plant, Gary Moore, Brian May, and many, many more. He is the legendary Cozy Powell, one of the greatest rock drummers in history. Today marks the 14th anniversary of the death of Cozy. I have always felt that because of the death of Kurt Cobain of Nirvana and Layne Staley of Alice In Chains on this day, Cozy gets overlooked when his name should be right there with the two of them.
Powell once said that he drove cars like he drummed - madly - was on the phone to his girlfriend as he hurtled down a highway at 104 miles per hour without wearing his seatbelt. Powell was killed when his powerful black Saab 9000 turbo blew a tire on April 5, 1998.
He was driving up the M4, near Bristol, on his way to visit his girlfriend Sharan Reeve in Cardiff. She heard a "terribly loud noise", then silence, as she talked to him on the phone. In a statement, Ms Reeve said that Powell had just told her he was having problems finding fifth gear, and hoped the engine would not seize up as he was going so fast. Then she heard him say: "Oh shit", and the line went silent.
She kept trying to ring him back until she realised something was wrong and contacted the police. Powell, 50, was found to be slightly over the drink-drive limit after the car spun, and the car came to rest on its roof.
Cozy Powell was born in Cirencester, Gloucestershire, England, and started playing drums at age 12 in the school orchestra, thereafter playing along in his spare time to popular singles of the day. Powell started out with a vocal harmony pop band called the Sorcerers, which led Powell to friendships with fellow musicians like Robert Plant and John Bonham (both at the time unknowns in 'Listen'), future Slade vocalist Noddy Holder, bassist Dave Pegg and a young guitarist called Tony Iommi. The Sorcerers became Youngblood, and released a series of singles in late 1968–69.
From there he was recognized by Jeff Beck, joining his group from 1970-72. After the breakup of that band, he became an in demand session drummer, bashing for the likes of Hot Chocolate, Donovan and Suzi Quatro. He eventually formed 'Cozy Powell's Hammer' in April 1974. The line-up included Bernie Marsden (guitar), Clive Chamen (bass), Don Airey (keyboards) and Frank Aiello (Bedlam) on vocals.
In 1975 was in my opinion, where Cozy started becoming recognized internationally as one of the great drummers in rock. He joined Rainbow with Ritchie Blackmore, staying until 1980, but not until Rainbow headlined the first ever Monsters of Rock show at Castle Donington, England on August 16th. The festival was Powell's last show with the band.
After Powell left Rainbow, he worked with former Rainbow vocalist Graham Bonnet, For the rest of the 1980s, Powell assumed short-term journeyman roles with a number of major bands — Michael Schenker Group from 1981 to 1982, and Whitesnake from 1982 to 1985. In 1985 he started recording with Phenomena for their first album, which was released in 1986 when he joined up with Keith Emerson and Greg Lake as a member of Emerson, Lake & Powell.
A stint with Gary Moore followed in 1989. His was with Black Sabbath from 1988 to 1991, and again in 1994–1995. Between late 1992 and early 1993, Powell put together an occasional tour using the old band name 'Cozy Powell's Hammer' featuring himself on drums, Neil Murray on bass, Mario Parga on guitar and Tony Martin on vocals. Powell along with Neil Murray were members of Brian May's band, playing on the 'Back To The Light' and 'Another World' albums. Cozy played with May opening for Guns N' Roses on the second American leg of their 'Use Your Illusion' tour in 1993. The duo also served a spell with blues guitarist Peter Green in the mid-nineties. Cozy's last recording session was for Colin Blunstone's 'The Light Inside', alongside Don Airey, which was released shortly after Cozy's death. Prior to his death in 1998, Cozy had pulled out of a tour with Yngwie Malmsteen due to an injury and was preparing to tour with Brian May. The final solo album by Cozy Powell 'Especially For You' was released in 1998 after his death.
The greatness of Cozy Powell cannot be disputed. Cheers to one of the great all time rock drummers!