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Saturday was my last live broadcast for ClassX. It was a difficult decision to make, because I really do love doing the show and the station’s playlist is incredible. However, with gas prices continuing to rise, it was no longer economical to make the trip every week. Read the rest of this entry

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This is what I call ROCK AND ROLL!!!

Man, no one rocks harder than Endeverafter and Airbourne, and Stonerider is a pretty good warm-up act for them. Rob at Hard Rock Hideout has posted videos of the show from Tuesday night in Lexington, KY. It’s about time, slacker. LOL.

I’m only going to post one of the videos here, my favorite song from Airbourne, “Diamond in the Rough.” To get the rest, head on over to Hard Rock Hideout now!

Hard rock videos LIVE

The Endeverafter/Airbourne show in Lexington was awesome last night. I ended buying the CD of the other national band on the bill, Stonerider, and had all the guys in the band sign it for me. Rob from Hard Rock Hideout went down there with me, and took some video, so be sure to check his site to see those as soon as he gets them uploaded. While you’re waiting, though, you can check out some video of another act he saw Sunday night in Cincinnati: Joey Belladonna of Anthrax.

There are a few more videos posted at the site from the Belladonna show, as well as other bands like Tesla, Jackyl, etc. Be sure to check out Hard Rock Hideout today!

Tuesday night in Lexington…

Big concert tonight in Lexington by three awesome bands that you have probably never heard of…

Stonerider is a hard southern rock band. I don’t know much about them, have only heard their songs a couple of times. But what I heard was cool, so I’m looking forward to seeing them live. Listen to them on Myspace.

Endeverafter is a hard rock outfit in the style of the 1980s Poison/Motley Crue type of music. I saw these guys open for Cinderella and Poison back in 2006, and they didn’t disappoint. The album was one of my favorites of 2007.

Endeverafter “Road to Destruction” (live)

Airbourne is one of the best new bands in the world. They are from Australia and have a definite AC/DC influence to their tunes. This will be my first time seeing them live.

Airbourne “Runnin’ Wild”

The tour to see in 2008

Endeverafter

myspace.com/endeverafter

Endeverafter is one of my favorite bands. I saw them open for Cinderella and Poison in 2006, before they even had an album out. It finally came out in October 2007, and it is one of those from-start-to-finish CDs. Great for hair metal fans.

Airbourne

myspace.com/airbourne

Do you like AC/DC? Then you will LOVE Airbourne! Runnin’ Wild is the best AC/DC album since Back in Black, and AC/DC didn’t even record it!

Stonerider

myspace.com/stoneriderband

I had never heard of Stonerider until today, but since listening to their songs on Myspace you can bet I’ll be buying the disc. Southern hard rock style, similar to Black Stone Cherry. Definitely influenced by Lynyrd Skynyrd, but they bring a harder edge to the music.

And all three of these bands are touring together! Check any one of their Myspace pages for the tour itinerary, find the show closest to you, and make plans to see them! I can’t wait for April 8!

Top Ten of 2007

“Hair metal” is my favorite musical genre. But it is not the only kind of music I listen to. I enjoy some classic country (Waylon Jennings, Merle Haggard), 80s pop (Young MC, Tone Loc), and several other types of music (Buckcherry, Fergie, Violent Femmes). Each has its own qualities and I have to be in the mood to listen to any one of them, but they are all a part of my life.

In 2007, there was quite a revival of hard rock. I am going to limit my top ten list to rock releases (though not necessarily always “hard” rock), so you won’t find Rihanna popping up here (regardless of how much I love the disc). And keep in mind that this is only my opinion, and I’m probably forgetting something somewhere.

Honorable Mention: Sebastian Bach – Angel Down. The solo album from one of rock’s greatest voices misses the top ten because of my own laziness. I just haven’t taken the time to listen to it as much as the other discs, but the few times I did I thought it was really good. Had the former Skid Row singer released it earlier in the year, I probably would have listened more and it may have made the top ten.

10. Scorpions – Humanity Hour 1. These German rockers have had an up-and-down career. There are classics like “Rock You Like A Hurricane” and “Still Loving You,” and then there are not-so-classics like “Winds of Change.” Humanity Hour 1 is a continuation of the return to their hard rock sound that they started with 2004’s Unbreakable. Best track: “321.”

9. Ted Nugent – Love Grenade. The Motor City Madman would have made the top ten if all he released was the single “Love Grenade.” The rest of the album is not as strong as the title track, but it is still a raucous, politically incorrect hard rock fest. Best track: “Love Grenade.”

8. CRASHDÏET – The Unattractive Revolution. Mick Mars from Motley Crue stepped in to help out these Swedish boys on their second release, which is notably heavier than their debut. New singer H. Oliver Twisted stepped in and did well on the vocals, but he definitely has a different style than the late Dave Lepard. Best track: “Falling Rain.”

7. Ozzy Osbourne – Black Rain. I’m not a huge fan of Ozzy’s solo work with Zakk Wylde on guitar, but this CD sounds more like a Black Label Society album with Ozzy on vocals. That is why I like it. It is heavier than any album Ozzy has ever done, and Zakk’s fretwork is amazing. Best track: “I Don’t Wanna Stop.”

6. Sixx:A.M. – The Heroin Diaries Soundtrack. Nikki Sixx’s side project with DJ Ashba (Beautiful Creatures) is a hit-and-miss affair, but still solid despite the misses. Don’t buy this if you are expecting a Motley Crue album. There is more of a modern rock feel to it, and very little outright glam. Best track: “Van Nuys.”

5. Foo Fighters – Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace. I hate Nirvana. Everything that band did is total rubbish to me. On the other hand, I love Foo Fighters. I don’t recall ever hearing a Foo Fighters song and thinking, “I don’t like that.” Dave Grohl is a genious, and is to be commended for his emergence from Kurt Cobain’s shadow. Now, the 2007 CD is not as good as some of their past work, but it’s still great. It is standard Foo, no real surprises. Best track: “The Pretender.”

4. White Stripes – Icky Thump. I was surprised how much I liked this CD, because I’m not a big fan of the White Stripes’ previous work. But Jack’s guitar work here just grabbed me and wouldn’t let go, and his songwriting is amazing. You’ve probably heard some of these songs on the radio by now, so I won’t go into any more detail than to say it is a great alternative rock album with a classic rock feel on many of the tracks. Best tracks: “I’m Slowly Turning Into You” and “You Don’t Know What Love Is (You Just Do As You’re Told).”

3. Airbourne – Runnin’ Wild. The best AC/DC album since The Razor’s Edge is by a band called Airbourne. These Aussies rock it just like their predecessors, and they make no apologies for that fact. Currently it is only available as an import from Australia, but will be released in the rest of the world in January of 2008. If you decide to wait for the worldwide release, you can search for their videos on YouTube and check out some of their tunes that way. Best tracks: “Diamond in the Rough” and “Too Much, Too Young, Too Fast.”

2. ZO2 – Ain’t It Beautiful. Brooklyn-based ZO2 got a spot on the 2004 Kiss/Poison tour based on their independent release of Tuesdays & Thursdays, but Ain’t It Beautiful blows that CD out of the water. There are shades of Audioslave, classic Aerosmith, and Kiss throughout the entire album. Paulie Z’s vocal style is very similar to Paul Stanley’s, and the band’s chemistry is undeniable. Plus they put on a killer live show. Best tracks: “If You See Kay” and “Ain’t It Beautiful.”

1. Endeverafter – Kiss or Kill. Hands-down, the best album of the year. Already in the top five of the decade. Endeverafter opened for the Poison/Cinderella tour in 2006, and finally released their debut album in October of this year. It was well worth the wait. The guys have a classic glam metal sound, and this disc is every bit as good as (if not better than) anything Poison put out. Shredding abounds, and you can’t resist but bang your head to these songs. Best tracks: “Baby, Baby, Baby” and “All Night.”

Biggest Disappointment of 2007: Poison – Poison’d. Poison is my all-time favorite band, but this disc of cover songs is a travesty. “Dead Flowers” was awful, and the overall song selection was poor. They did a decent job with the Romantics’ “What I Like About You” and Alice Cooper’s “I’ll Never Cry,” but for the most part the disc is a throw-away. Add to that the fact that only 8 of the songs were new; the other 5 were previously released remakes. Poison needs to get back into the studio and record some new material, and it better be good.

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