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Rudy Sarzo returns to Quiet Riot

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Monday, August 2, 2021 at 3:39 PM (PST)

Legendary bassist (and swell animal advocate) Rudy Sarzo is returning to glam rockers QUIET RIOT! The band has also been playing with Type O Negative/Danzig’s thunderous Johnny Kelly and the idea of him and Rudy together is very exciting. It is great in the wake of Kevin DuBrow and Frankie Banali’s deaths in recent years and the recent return of Jizzy Pearl that the group still will have a pretty rock solid line-up currently (which I by no means mean as a slight to Chuck).

QUIET RIOT is set to welcome RUDY SARZO back into the band after an 18-year absence. Rudy was one of the original founding members of the legendary Metal Health lineup. He played bass on the “Metal Health” album, which sold over ten million copies and spawned the hits “Cum On Feel The Noize” and “Metal Health” and on the follow-up record “Condition Critical”. He appeared in the most notable music videos in the MTV age and toured with the band until 1985 and again from 1997 to 2003. During his years out of the band, Rudy Sarzo was a member of Ozzy Osbourne, Whitesnake, Dio, Blue Oyster Cult, Queensryche, and The Guess Who. Rudy is looking forward to recording and touring with Quiet Riot beginning in 2022.

 

With the move, longtime Quiet Riot bassist Chuck Wright is graciously stepping aside to continue his recent solo efforts while heightening his role with his award-winning residency show, “Ultimate Jam Night” at the legendary “Whisky A Go-Go” which all the members of Quiet Riot fully support.

The band and their management would like to formally thank Chuck Wright for his many years of dedication and perseverance and, most importantly, his distinguished talent. Wright has served off-and-on with Quiet Riot for nearly 40 years, appears on nine albums, and is known as the bassist for Quiet Riot’s mega-hit “Metal Health” (Bang Your Head) and “Don’t Wanna Let You Go”. He was a contributing songwriter on 1986’s “QRIII” and appeared in the band’s video for “The Wild And The Young,” among others. Wright has been one of the band’s longest touring and recording members and will continue touring with the band through the end of 2021. Chuck is and will always be an invaluable member of the Quiet Riot family.

Rudy Sarzo said “I’m excited to be back home and celebrate the Quiet Riot Legacy, which began 40 years ago next year with the recording of “Metal Health”, the first heavy metal album to reach #1 on the Billboard top 200 albums chart.”

RIP Jeff LaBar of CINDERELLA

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Thursday, July 15, 2021 at 1:24 AM (PST)

Heavy hearts today as we learn of the passing of Jeff LaBar. His work in Cinderella added to the rich and colorful tapestry of glam and hard rock and he will be missed by true fans around the world. Frankly, Cinderella deserve to be more respected these days and always fucking ruled. You young jack asses need to put respect on their names and crank some Night Songs.  LaBar had a sad story but also lots of glory and was an influence to many with a riveting level of skill and style for miles.

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HITTEN release “Eyes Never Lie” video

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Monday, July 5, 2021 at 8:05 AM (PST)

Powerful 80’s influenced band HITTEN are a great hard rock act from Europe with a huge sound fans of Queensryche, Ratt or Scorpions will love. The band has a new album due this November!

The band comments: “After what we all have experienced in 2020 it feels great and gratifying to finally be able to show you ‘Eyes Never Lie’, the first single of our upcoming new album Triumph & Tragedy. We have been working all the last year on every detail of this record. It represents a whole new step into the band sound and we really can not feel more proud of the final result. For the mix process we have joined forces again with Javier Félez from Moontower Studios who did an outstanding mix job followed by the great mastering job of Patrick W Engel (Temple of Disharmony). ‘Eyes Never Lie’ sums up pretty well what you will find in the whole record: big drum sound, heartbeat bass lines, great guitar riffs and solos by the ‘Terror Twins’, all spiced up with stunning vocal melodies.”

 The cover artwork was created by Marc Schoenbach (Sadistart Designs) and the back cover and booklet graphics have been made by Dani Meseguer (Bloodyart Designs).

 Tracklist:

Built To Rock

Eyes Never Lie

Meant To Be Mean

Hard Intentions (Secret Dancer)

Ride Out The Storm

Core Of The Flame

Under Your Spell

Light Beyond The Darkness

Something To Hide

Triumph & Tragedy 

 

Line-up:

Alexx Panza – Vocals

Dani Meseguer – Guitars

Johnny Lorca – Guitars

Horacio Rodríguez – Bass

Willy Medina – Drums

 

Swedish Shadow glam metallers TOXICROSE tread through the darkness with gutter glory, riding the boundaries of heavy metal and hard rock’s flirtation with the Id. New song “Domination” totally rocks (love the melodic back up vocals)! The band really outdid themselves with the arrangement, a rollicking verse building to a gritty and imporing chorus and a truly huge sounding, bombastic bridge. Fans of The 69 Eyes, Slaughter, Crashdïet will absolutely love this.

Left to right:
Michael, Drums & backing vocals
Johannes, Bass & backing vocals
Andy, Lead vocals
Tom, Guitar & backing vocals

 

There is something to be said about Detroit style hard rock. There is no denying the electrifying energy once Seduce hits the stage. Seduce continues to sell out venues with their die hard fans that like it fast, hard, & loud.

Detroit’s very own Seduce is a heavy rock power trio that has been playing their own style, in your face music since the 80’s. Their unique sound integrates the weightiness and authenticity of their vast influences, Detroit grit, and their expertise of delivery which is why Seduce continues their success.

Seduce was featured in the movie Decline of the Western Civilization “The Metal Years. They just get better over time with rock and roll that our ears long for. Seduce consists of singer and bassist Mark Andrews, guitarist David Black and Drummer Chuck Burns.

Seduces’ 1985 self-titled first album has become a highly sought after album among the underground metal community worldwide and is still coveted today.

Now for the good stuff- Prudential Music Group & Rouge Records is proud to announce the December 2020 reissue of Seduce’s record Too Much Ain’t Enough which features the bonus track “Homicide” on special limited edition purple vinyl. The re-issue will be distributed through Sony Orchard.

This will sell out quickly. Both albums are available through https://www.prudentialmusicgroup.com/store.html#!/Seduce/c/28915535

RIP Frankie Banali

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Friday, August 21, 2020 at 1:23 PM (PST)

Quiet Riot drummer Frankie Banali sadly lost his fight with pancreatic cancer yesterday, a somber moment for rock. Banali had a truly incredible life changing rock history for the better and of course also was on the very first metal album to ever go number one, the legendary Metal Health (which sold over ten million glorious copies).

An official statement from his family said that Banali “put up an inspiringly brave and courageous 16-month battle to the end and continued playing live as long as he could. Standard chemotherapy stopped working, and a series of strokes made the continuation on a clinical trial impossible. He ultimately lost the fight at 7:18PM on Aug. 20 in Los Angeles surrounded by his wife and daughter.”

Banali will be missed by fans and loved ones around the world.

Hey fuckers. Bleary eyed sipping cold coffee cuz too lazy to make a fresh pot and sun streaming in the window. It has been an emotional few months but hanging in there. Stoked on the brilliant new release from Tamaryn to keep the melodic ghostly introverted vibes strong day or night and getting ready to face the day job on a bright New York Saturday but wanted to post some metal stuff for you cats and dogs and cat dogs (there are no dog cats) first.

Watched The Dirt on Netflix last night and while of course Motley are not exactly the least problematic band ever, I think Nikki has come a long way and met him once at a signing. I will always remember having the Dr. Feelgood tape and my first baby sitter being horrified, lol. She said it would lead to bad things. Well, I did choose to become a rocker and don’t regret it, despite a a lot of hardship. I never would have performed with Cycle Sluts From Hell or interviewed some of y’all or opened for Jake E. Lee with a Motley/VH cover band w my friend Elan singing with me who is like a twenty foot tall punk rock blonde and we had the funnest time – if I hadn’t been entranced by “Kickstart My Heart’ and the vitriol and attitude of some of that stuff as an early teen. It doesn’t mean I didn’t learn lot from riot grrrl afterwards and that I can’t also be objective and put things into cultural perspective.

One thing I liked about The Dirt…I see it as a cautionary tale. They all fucked their lives up royally. I don’t see how anyone can think the movie strictly celebrates hedonism and sexism with no consequences (especially when you see all the women they care about leave them for their bullshit, the very terrifying car crash segment and Nikki fucking dying). Also, fans of the band know how much Nikki has tried to get people to understand addiction since, even if Vince has still been messy over the years (like even ENTERTAINING the idea of playing for Trump is way fucked up, dude). I think Vince has some major ptsd and needs the most guidance still to this day. Shit, I think a lot of people have PTSD from some of that era, fans and bands both. I hope this movie furthers a conversation about addiction, agency, internalized sexism and an array of other things. The good and the bad. It wasn’t all of either.

All I know is as a teenager I used to do a LOT of heroin and the movie made me miss my friends dearly and former bandmates who died from it and feel so lucky I am still here. I also feel thankful for the good things I still have and pray to use them wisely. I also think that people should look at Nikki’s truly fucked up childhood as a pretty key element of the nihilism and party sexism of the band and that there is a sense of regret, but you can’t just whitewash the time period either and pretend it never was hedonistic or massively fucked up. I also think it is good they showed some of the fucked up things in the movie like Tommy hitting someone because it would have been really shitty to skip that, like NWA completely skipping Dee Barnes in the Straight Out Of Compton movie is very problematic to me.

Anyway, The Dirt made me cry a few times and I also have lost kids and it is fucking sad. I hope people learn from it and don’t just celebrate the nudity and chaos but also see how you can rise up through friendship and even when you circus dance with the devil sometimes you can pull yourself back…but you have to pay the price and also acknowledge harm. So I DO think it is good it came out now in 2019.

Amygdala have signed to Prosthetic Records, the label who are most leading the way in good signings in the scene of late. Our Voices Will Soar Forever (sounds like a lost Red Sparowes album name) is up for pre-order and a very powerful song “I Hate To Say It” that kind of reminds me of Burnt Books a little bit. Fucking raw and dissonant and epic stuff. Harsh and kind of crust punk vocal vibes and brilliant arrangement highlighting the emotional impact. And that 2:20 guitar break and scream, holy shit! Check them out now!

Bay Area death machines Ulthar are on tour! Featuring within its ranks Shelby Lermo (Vastum, Extremity), Justin Ennis (Void Omnia, ex-Mutilation Rites, ex-Tombs), and Steve Peacock (Mastery, Pandiscordian Necrogenesis, Pale Chalice), ULTHAR is touring in support of their Cosmovore debut LP, released late last year via 20 Buck Spin. Cosmovore was engineered, recorded, and mixed by Greg Wilkinson (Brainoil, Deathgrave) at Earhammer Studios and mastered by Justin Weis at Trackworx. Totally killer band.

Find ULTHAR’s Cosmovore on CD, LP, cassette, and all digital formats HERE or HERE.

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Album Review: Smash Fashion – ‘Rompus Pompous’

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Tuesday, August 7, 2018 at 3:23 PM (PST)

Los Angeles, CA ‘s Smash Fashion have that real rock n’ roll fever you can’t fake. The band’s latest Rompus Pompous  is a dazzling win for glam infused rock n roll, perhaps even winning the kind of cliché accolade that it might just be their ‘best yet’. In this instance, band leader Roger Deering and his compatriots of cool may have achieved just that.

The band’s best production yet by member Lloyd Stuart Casson finds the band armed and paired with brighter guitars, bigger hooks, extremely well executed smooth back up oohs and ahhs to please fans of everything from Queen to the Zombies paired with the strut and get out of a rut of T. Rex and Slade? What’s not to love?!

“Wolves Of Wonderland” is an obvious single, a driving and catchy number, with “Teenage Demon” a close second. The record is full of tight percussion, a sense of purpose between band members, killer guitar solos that accentuate rather than widdly widdlying spaghetti noodles all over the song and fun stories woven into the fabric of this winner. You can hear the appreciation for rock history and it makes you yearn for the glory days of KISS, New York Dolls or even a little Dead Boys at times, though way less “punk” and more rock n roll. “Proper Way To Eat A Muffin” has enough serious boogie to find Marc Bolan parting the veil to peek back Earthward to have a gander, while Mike Garson even makes a piano appearance on closer “Smiles And Daggers”.

This is catchy and real enough to kickstart your day in a new direction and remind you that rock n roll can get you out of a slump and still be innovative when played passionately and with enthusiasm, even if there are nods to the  playbook many of the greats already wrote. Def suggest you check this out!

Sebastian Bach‘s Home Away From Home 2018 Tour hit Poughkeepsie, NY like a tornado over the weekend, giving the Sunday night fans their money’s worth and more. The Sebastian Bach band were in excellent form and blew the lid off the venerable venue, one of the best shows of many concerts I have seen there over the last few decades.

From the bass drum bearing Vinnie Paul’s name in large letters as tribute to Bach’s recently departed friend to a number of songs dedicated to him (including a well received “Cemetary Gates” cover!), there was a lot of love put out for the heavy metal drummer’s memory. I was glad Bach could get some of that energy out there because frankly when Vinnie Paul died he seemed more upset than almost anyone and I was worried the dude was gonna go on a major bender from some of his social media posts.

What the Poughkeepsie crowd got was a bunch of cool opening bands and a razor sharp set from Bach and his band, plus plenty of funny stage banter to keep the laughter flowing along with the good heavy metal times. Bach joked that he couldn’t do the “Rattlesnake Shake” if he wasn’t in a good mood after delivering an infectiously rowdy version of the tune along with a lot of other Skid Row classics including “Monkey Business” and the enthusiastically bellowed along with anthems “18 & Life” and “I Remember You.” As Bach admitted, it was “pretty rockin’ for a Sunday night”.

“American Metalhead” was perhaps the heaviest song of the night, the song’s stomping groove shaking the walls of the venue. My gf and I rocked out so hard at one point that we knocked a whole bunch of drinks off of a table accidentally, haha.

Bach made plenty of jokes about how he was thanking the fans for hundreds of years of support and funny one liners about being old like that, but his semi-nasal banshee cry cut through the air like a siren as loudly as ever. Truly, it was a really good time and great to see people coming together in the spirit of rock n roll.

Direct support The Standstills from Ontario, Canada kicked ass, a dynamic duo who combined hard rock power with a sort of White Stripes minimalism to super thumpy and clobbering effect. They definitely played their hearts out and their new single “Wild” rocks. Metalfier also held their own, the NYC area hard rock and metal group combining orcish grunts and leers with old school thrash and a fist pumping attitude.

Still, as good as the openers gave it is hard to fully compete with a legend who has been rocking their ass off for several decades to the point where Bach knows how to work a crowd in his sleep. And he was most def wide awake and firing on all cylinders at this concert, so don’t misread my meaning.

Thanks to all the bands for a much needed wild night and check out photos BELOW.

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Album Review: L.A. Guns – “Made In Milan”

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Thursday, March 8, 2018 at 4:45 PM (PST)

I did not expect to be reviewing an L.A. Guns record today as I had a lot going on, but hearing the scorching performance captured on Made In Milan, one of the most red hot live records I have heard in a damn minute, made me have to get hoppin’ on letting you all know this baby is bad news! I dare any rock fan worth their salt to pretend “Over The Edge” on here doesn’t knock you across the room and send your socks flying.

After more than a decade apart, Tracii Guns and Phil Lewis reunited under the L.A. Guns’ banner and have been kicking butt. The chemistry is on full display here and the recording has an lot of body and vibe to the sound. The performances absolutely smoke. You will feel like you are in the room with the guys. “Killing Machine” and “Sex Action” positively get your leg stomping with revved up delivery and throwback glam grit. The band sound like they are having a blast and in no way is this set dialed in. “Malaria” is another standout, guitar heroics aplenty that just remind you how people used to be able to really play and not just need deathcore smoosh riffs with two notes in every song. This is real hard rock, baby. The bass thump, the snarled yet sung vocals and the searing guitar ballsy blues influenced riffs paired with killer harmonies…it’s a real treat.

Of course you also get “The Ballad Of Jayne” for a great slower moment to break up the set and make you wish people held up lighters still instead of cell phones. Tracii is positively a maniac on this, giving one of the best performances of the dude’s career. If you are a fan of his work you will not want to miss this. Alessandro Del Vecchio captured the band on a very special hot streak and th solos and energy are fuckin’ glorious. This record is WELL worth your time and is out March 23rd on CD/DVD (yes, there is live concert footage of the night!), Blu-Ray, vinyl and MP3. Pick it up!

Pop Evil post behind the scenes Nashville studio footage

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Thursday, January 11, 2018 at 2:46 PM (PST)

POP EVIL has released a behind the scenes studio video surrounding their time spent at Sound Emporium Studios in Nashville this past summer. The video, the first in a series of videos to come, documents the band living together as they embarked on the writing process for their fifth studio LP.

The band will embark on the Music Over Words Tour, which will serve as the official kickoff for their recently announced all-new, self-titled LP. Additionally, POP EVIL is confirmed for festival dates Carolina Rebellion on Friday, May 5th, and Fort Rock on Sunday, April 29th.

The massive US tour kicks off on February 14th in Sault Ste. Marie, MI at the Kewadin Casino. The band will hit both sides of the U.S. coast before wrapping things up at The Fillmore in Detroit on April 6th. Band VIP goes on sale Tuesday at www.popevilvip.com. PALAYE ROYALE and label-mates BLACK MAP will serve as support for all dates.

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Show Review: Dokken in Poughkeepsie, NY

Posted by Andrew Johann Datoush on Sunday, October 22, 2017 at 8:01 PM (PST)

There’s been an alarming trend I’ve noticed in music throughout time. Ludwig Van Beethoven, dead. Elvis Presley, dead. Janis Joplin, dead. Amy Winehouse, dead. Chester Bennington, dead. Don Dokken, still alive and well. This is all factual. DOKKEN‘s music has been known to make you live longer and make men last longer in the sack. True story. Don Dokken has been known to play DOKKEN songs throughout his entire career, at every show. The others are not known for doing this. Behold the power of DOKKEN’s music.

For years, in my quest to spread the word of the almighty DOKKEN, I have stood at the front of every stage at every show I’ve attended. I have heckled hundreds of bands by yelling “, Play Some DOKKEN!”, regardless of their genre. Naturally, once The Chance Theater in Poughkeepsie, NY announced they had booked the mighty DOKKEN to play their venue, I knew I had to be there. I needed to seize the opportunity to witness the awesome power of DOKKEN live!

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Danzig is one of my all time biggest musical heroes. By far. I defend him generally no matter what. I really believe in a lot of his material and was in a tribute band with Andy Animal that was one of the best experiences of my life – Wolfsblood. That said, he is an adult and has the resources to do research and cite credible sources if he is gonna cause ripples that endanger real women and Muslims. On a Memorial Day when Trump blanks on properly honoring a 23 year Army vet in Portland who was killed stopping white supremacy because it might offend Trump’s KKK fuckboi fanbase who are too dumb to notice they have done more domestic terrorism than Muslims except the ones Trump turns a blind eye too if he does business with them, I don’t need Danzig spitting bs about border shit and 1950s gender roles or disinfo about Planned Parenthood that Alex Jones republipunks will take as Gospel cuz they beat off to the cover art of Black Laden Crown before even being sure if it was done by Simon Bisley or not.

Tommy Victor is one of my favorite heroes as well. This kind of casual BS affects a lot of fan bases AND endangers women. Real women. Not hypothetical babies. Not 1950s fake good old days that never were good in the first place from an intersectional perspetive. No last caress. Do not pass go or collect a skull. FUCK OFF with that shit. Way to super alienate a life long die hard and the numerous women in my life who would be dead if the rhetoric Trump is now spewing and cronies who amplify it is allowed to run rampant. Guess what, most fake Christians spreading the gospel according to pro life are dumb and misinformed as a fucking post Christ was never really crucified on, you cucks to kleptocracy. Die for oil, suckers.

Danzig has been around the world. Go to Mississippi and see how easy it is for women there. Don’t need extra fuel on the fire for ignorant citronella bonfires.

Worry about the production on your last few albums sucking and being a far cry from the glory days even with good songwriting! And in vicinity of the Misfits reunion scrutiny of what comes next THIS is how you choose to move ahead during a promotional time? Fuck off with that shit.

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Gridfailure‘s Scathed will see free digital download and handmade CDR through Minneapolis-based Darker Days Ahead on June 2nd. The newest from increasingly prolific NY based mind churner Dave Brenner finds our anti-hero composing what have been referred to as ,“ten unpredictable and defeating new anthems for hallucinogenic seppuku.”

Now, far be it from me to ever agree with anyone, but yeah. That’s pretty spot. My favorite track off Scathed is “Gaze Of Aversion”, a very compelling and trippy, minimal bass and cold sound wash paired with some harsh vocals for a very accomplished sense of aesthetic. It’s both relaxing in spacious scope yet borders on frozen indie-dub picked up instead of a sonar ping to lure people to a yellow submarine that is only yellow because of a portal to a sewer full of screaming crust zombies fighting Sean Connery and the Ninja Turtles. Ok, so I was doing ok there, but…yeah this shit will zone you out. Imagine earlier Drug Honkey or Scorn’s “Silver Rain Fell” wash if slowed to a crawl and panned way out to the astral plane on some LegionFX shit. I also really wanted to make a Hunt For Red October reference. We don’t want to actually encourage Dave to make more music, because while it is dope. we can’t possibly grasp his current productivity levels – since every song seems like such a fully realized little world of chaos, disorder or deceptive calm.

Scathed comes hot on the heels of the fascinating Dendritica pairing of Gridfailure and Megalophobe. Numerous other things are also in the works and recent courses already charted with various other off grid collaborators, but Scathed marks Brenner attacking every strange twist and turn collaborator free.

Darker Days Ahead also recently issued the diverse Death Season Six compilation which features GRIDFAILURE’s “Shallow Epicenter,” as well as contributions from Never Presence Forever, Megalophobe, Cory Schumacher, Dusthallowed, Teeth Engraved With The Names Of The Dead, and many others. Download the album for free and buy the limited CD HERE.

Until next time, remember as you sink into the depths that the hard part about playing chicken is knowin’ when to flinch. May we meet again in Havanna where the sun is warm and so is the comradeship.

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Deep Cuts: Aerosmith

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Saturday, April 2, 2016 at 9:07 AM (PST)

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Call them the epitome of excess , call them dinosaurs or call
them out for managing to weasel their way into pop culture discussions decade
after decade, there is no denying the eternal power of Aerosmith. Critics and
haters can scoff as they aren’t high brow or dark enough, but at any moment
Aerosmith can still whip out a handful of classics or a bluesy new number and
sound as huge as they ever did. No one gave Judas Priest half as much shit for
being on American Idol as Steven Tyler gets for many of his, admittedly,
ridiculous more “pop” targeted choices of late but check out what he did for
this nice Ontario boy with Down’s Syndrome. Plus, he gave us Liv Tyler.

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Personally, we are in way worse hands nowadays with pop stars who just don’t
have the talent or the larger than life personas (is Bieber anything compared to
Steven Tyler in his glorious prime, really? No fucking way. Stop hugging him, Lady Gaga).

Where are the icons who can last another 40 years? You can blame it on
the record industry and album sales or marketing but at some point it is also
on the bands for not being lifers and for being chicken to stick it out.

For this hard rock centered Deep Cuts I picked three tunes that may not be as
fucking perfect as “Last Child” but which still could burn down any barn.
Aerosmith are amazing when they bring the boogie, stomp and no pity/no
apologies street glam to their stadium ready bar fight rock so I choose to
write about that side of the band rather than, say, “Pink” (lmao).

Listen to NYC’s The Compulsions, Krist Novoselic’s low end groove, Royal Trux’ Neil Hagerty’s
extended hazed out mid period soloing ( the cig smoke reeking “…Horror James” comes to mind), the recent Danzig cover of “Lord Of TheThighs” (by far the coolest tune on Skeletons) or any of the early material by
a little comeback band called Guns N Roses, you know that we still aren’t
worthy.

Let’s hope Steven wraps up the fully unnecessary solo shenanigans soon and gets back in the
saddle.

Read the 3 song picks below.

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