Top albums of 2011

Top albums of 2011

Dec 31, 2011

Happy New Year everyone! Here's is my top albums of 2011. It was a pretty good year for new rock music and 2012 looks to be even better! See if you agree, disagree, or think of something you think should be on the top 20 for 2011! I welcome all comments in regards to my list, and am curious to what you think. Kick ass in 2012! Here we go!

#1 Foo Fighters 'Wasting Light' - The obvious choice for me at #1. The album is fantastic from start to finish, with track after quality track. The band has had an incredible 2011, from concerts in fans garage's to headlining stadium shows.

#2 Black Stone Cherry 'Between The Devil and the Deeep Blue Sea' - another great album from start to finish from the Kentucky rockers! The road warriors have racked up tons of frequent flyer mileage this year going back and forth over the Atlantic, touring with the likes of Alter Bridge and Theory Of A Deadman and more, and are ready to keep it going into 2012! Look for the boys back in the U.K. on the road with Rival Sons, and in the U.S. with Cavo. Gotta commend a great American Rock band, Black Stone Cherry!

#3 Rival Sons 'Pressure and Time' - Another awesome album for a band that has become a favorite in 2011. I just can't get enough of the jamming, old school, almost Zeppelin vibe from this Los Angeles band. Looking for continued fantastic things in 2012 from Rival Sons!

#4 Whitesnake 'Forevermore' - David Coverdale continues to put out quality material with a stellar band lineup. Doug Aldrich, Reb Beach and  Brian Tichy are all at the top of their game and it showed on this album. It's all killer, no filler, and had multiple potential tracks that should have been given airplay, but since commercial radio is beyond the point of sucking, and is just pathetic, it is tough for those tracks to get any decent exposure. The record deal with Frontiers Records has been an incredible blessing for Whitesnake, as it has allowed them to continue to put out quality work! Can't wait for the next release guys!

#5 Alter Bridge 'Alter Bridge III' - This album was released in November 0f 2010, and a subsequent 'Alter Bridge III.5' release came to us in 2011. In 2011,  Alter Bridge solidified their status as one of the great rock bands in the world! The band continues to connect with their fan base, establishing that emotional connection few bands ever get to acheive. The new 'Live At Wembley' album/DVD is coming in March of 2012, so look out for that incredible performance audio and video. Vocalist Myles Kennedy is set to channel his energy in 2012 to the new Slash album and tour, and the other members look to get a new Creed album done, so it looks as if 2012 may be Alter Bridge free, but as hard as these guys work, don't count on it.

#6 Black Country Communion 'BCC 2' - How can you not love a band with the musicianship of Glenn Hughes, Joe Bonamassa, Jason Bonham and Derek Sherinian? Not only has this band brought true rock musicianship and a retro jam vibe to rock in an incredible way, they did it so quickly after their first release with their stellar sophmore offering. I cannot tell you how glad I am that this band has came along to fill a void in rock, that hopefully more bands will follow.

#7 Anthrax 'Worship Music' - Not only is this the best album from Anthtax in many a year, it very well may be the best release from the band ever. Just an amazing release form the band. I am so happy for them and the amazing year they have had in 2011!

#8 Chickenfoot 'Chickenfoot III' - Sammy Hagar, Joe Satriani, Micheal Anthony and Chad Smith (and Kenny Aronoff) have delivered so far on the 'Chickenfoot III' project. From overcoming Chad Smith's committment to Red Hot Chili Peppers and bringing in one of the great drummers in Kenny Aronoff, to the use of social media to highlight each album track and the whole 'Chickenfoot II' mystery, Chickenfoot are even more poised to be around as long as they dictate, regardless of a Van Halen comeback or not.


#9 Megadeth 'TH1RT3EN' - Megadeth are another band that probably couldn't have asked for a better 2011. With a stellar new release that is just kicking in, to the 'Big 4' and headlining shows, the band couldn't have done any better as it continues into 2012.

#10 Mr. Big 'What...If' - 'What...If'' Mr. Big released an awesome new reunion album? Well they did in early 2011, and it comes in at #10 0n my year end chart.

#11 Steel Panther 'Ball's Out'

#12  Queensryche 'Dedicated To Chaos'

#13 Rise Against 'Endgame'

#14 Sebastian Bach 'Kicking & Screaming'

#15 Red Hot Chili Peppers 'I'm With You'

#16 Slash 'Live In Stoke 24/7/11'

#17 Alice Cooper 'Welcome 2 My Nightmare'

#18 Hinder 'All American Nightmare'

#19 Seether 'Holding Onto Strings Better Left to Fray'

#20 Micheal Monroe 'Sensory Overdrive'

Velvet Revolver reuniting with Scott Weiland for upcoming benefit show

Velvet Revolver reuniting with Scott Weiland for upcoming benefit show

Dec 31, 2011

Velvet Revolver will reunite with former singer Scott Weiland for a one-off performance as part of a benefit concert. "Love You Madly: A Concert For John O'Brien" on Thursday, January 12 will take place at the House Of Blues in West Hollywood, California. Adam Levine and James Valentine (Maroon 5), Sheryl Crow, Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine) and Stephen Stills and The Forest Rangers will also be a part of the show.

Scott Weiland told Classic Rock magazine earlier in the year in regards to Velvet Revolver, "We patched things up and we get along. I see them every now and again, we text each other. And you know, we can never say never. Who knows, maybe we'll do some shows some time.

"Love You Madly: A Concert For John O'Brien" pays tribute to award-winning ASCAP composer John O'Brien, who was found dead in his Chicago hotel room on August 20. He was 45 years old.

O'Brien's first prominent composing job came in 1997, when he provided music for the horror film "Nightwatch". He stayed active until his death, composing additional music for "Anywhere But Here", "Iron Man" and "Iron Man 2", "Pineapple Express", "Four Christmases" and "Couples Retreat". O'Brien also scored the ABC series "In Case Of Emergency" and "Detroit 1-8-7". He was most recently working as a music supervisor on the NBC sitcom "Up All Night".

I posted 23 photos on Facebook…

I posted 23 photos on Facebook in the album "Mandatory Rock Pics III"

Classic David Bowie ‘Top of the Pops’ footage resurfaces after 38 years

Classic David Bowie ‘Top of the Pops’ footage resurfaces after 38 years

Dec 30, 2011

A long lost performance from David Bowie and The Spiders from Mars on ‘Jean Genie’ from England’s ‘Top Of The Pops’ television show has surfaced 38 years after its original broadcast. 69 year old retired cameraman John Henshall had a personal copy of this performance. “I just couldn’t believe that I was the only one with it. I just thought you wouldn’t be mad enough to wipe a tape like that,” says Henshall.

The BBC did wipe the tape,  and given it only aired once in January of 1973, fans have often hoped of finding someone who pointed an 8mm home movie camera at the screen to catch it, as there was no VHS in those days. Henshall did that better, having filmed the performance using Telefex Fisheye lenses which he designed himself. Wanting a copy for his own show-reel, he asked the producers for a personal copy.

Now, nearly four decades later he realized that he possessed a piece of television history. Henshell went to Westpoint Television in London to view the footage and amazingly, there it was, in full broadcast quality. The footage was unveiled at an event earlier this month held by the British Film Institute.

Fast Tube

I posted 10 photos on Facebook…

I posted 10 photos on Facebook in the album "Mandatory Rock Pics III"