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Do You Remember Eleven September?

A new lyric video for the song “September” by Sweet & Lynch. The supergroup is made up of hard rock veterans Michael Sweet (Stryper), George Lynch (Dokken/Lynch Mob), James LoMenzo (White Lion/Black Label Society/Megadeth), and Brian Tichy (Billy Idol/Pride and Glory). A full album is scheduled for 2015 release.

Too many people lost their lives in the attacks that began at 8:46 a.m. on September 11, 2001, and the events that unfolded thereafter and are still happening today.

Today, don’t be selfish. Be a decent human being. Smile at someone. Help someone. Stop the hatred, stop the violence.

Lynch Mob – Unplugged: Live From Sugarhill Studios (2013)

Lynch Mob review

Lynch Mob
Unplugged: Live From Sugarhill Studios
Rat Pak Records, 2013
34 minutes

Some people say “unplugged” albums are hit-or-miss, but Lynch Mob proves that statement wrong with Unplugged: Live From Sugarhill Studios. There is nothing earth-shattering about this EP at all, but at the same time there is nothing wrong with it either (other than its brevity).

With only four songs, it is difficult to get into the groove before it’s over. Three songs come from the band’s 1990 debut album Wicked Sensation, while one from 2009’s Smoke & Mirrors is given the acoustic treatment. The songs are arranged and performed well for the most part; singer Oni Logan does go a little over-the-top in his delivery at times, but George Lynch’s guitar mastery balances it out. Veteran musicians Robbie Crane (bass), Brian Tichy (drums), and Tyson Sheth (percussion) provide a solid backdrop to the superstar guitarist and his vocalist.

There are few complaints that can be lodged against this release. With two full releases and the excellent Sound Mountan Sessions EP from 2012, the song selection could have been widened. Given the short set, however, these songs were well-chosen and wonderfully lent themselves to acoustic renditions. Don’t let the 34-minute runtime fool you on this release; 14 minutes are dedicated to an interview with the band, so you really only get 20 minutes worth of music.

Despite the conciseness of the disc, George Lynch fans will be pleased with Unplugged: Live From Sugarhill Studios.

Watch the video for “River of Love” below:

Tracklist:
1. River of Love
2. Where Do You Sleep At Night
3. All I Want
4. Wicked Sensation
5. Bonus Interview Track

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Purchase Lynch Mob – Unplugged: Live from SugarHill Studios.

Lynch Mob – Sound Mountain Sessions (2012)

Lynch Mob Sound Mountain Sessions review

Lynch Mob
Sound Mountain Sessions
Rat Pak Records, 2012
19 minutes

Throughout their on-again, off-again relationship, guitarist George Lynch and singer Oni Logan have made some amazing music in the group Lynch Mob. The original vocalist for the band, Logan and Lynch split up after 1990’s Wicked Sensation, finally reconciling and reuniting for 2009’s Smoke and Mirrors. More problems arose, and the group has used several different singers over the past year and a half, but last week a new 4-song CD surfaced featuring Logan behind the mic once again. As with Wicked Sensation and Smoke and Mirrors, Sound Mountain Sessions is impressive at every turn.

Bass player Robbie Crane (Ratt, Vince Neil) and drummer Scot Coogan (Brides of Destruction) join Lynch and Logan on this release, providing the foundation on which the songs are built. Logan’s voice sounds as good as it ever did, and Lynch is still at the top of his game on his ESP guitar (as already evidenced by his excellent solo release Legacy, reviewed yesterday). From the snarling “Slow Drag” to the earworm-chorus of “City of Freedom,” Lynch Mob has released a strong but short record that will leave the listener begging for more.

Tracklist:
1. Slow Drag
2. World Of Chance
3. City Of Freedom
4. Sucka

Watch the video for “Slow Drag” below:

Learn more about George Lynch.

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Purchase Lynch Mob – Sound Mountan Sessions.

George Lynch – Legacy (2012)

George Lynch Legacy

George Lynch
Legacy
Rat Pak Records, 2012
17 minutes

The list of great guitarists from the “hair metal” era is long, but there are a handful of names that rise to the top. George Lynch is among the greatest of those who achieved enormous popularity in the heyday of hard rock on MTV. He is best known as the former lead guitarist of Dokken, and later Lynch Mob. What many do not realize is that Lynch is still very active today with Lynch Mob and several side projects.

Legacy is a solo record, a showcase of the axeman’s skill. Backed by bassist Rev Jones and drummer Michael Frowen, Lynch blazes through four tracks of unrelenting sound, pulling no punches as he announces to the hard rock world that he still has the ability to shred with the best of them. Instrumental albums can at times be a double-edged sword; while the focus and spotlight is on the fretwork, there is no lyrical component with which to sing along. As such, the listener can be more easily distracted and miss some of the intricate guitar passages that Lynch weaves into his compositions.

There can be no denying the talent that resides in his fingertips, and fans of instrumental hard rock should appreciate and enjoy Legacy from George Lynch. For those who are more inclined to listen to music with vocals, come back tomorrow for a review of another Lynch project.

Tracklist:
1. Blood Drive
2. Circulo Del Fuego
3. Invoid
4. The Road Ahead

Learn more about George Lynch.

Learn more about Rat Pak Records.

Purchase George Lynch – Legacy.

What a difference 20 years makes…

Nearly two decades ago, Warrant hit it huge with “Cherry Pie,” “Uncle Tom’s Cabin,” and “Heaven,” among other spectacular songs. Nearly two decades ago, guitarist Joey Allen had hair. Here’s an old photo of the Warrant axe-slinger:

And here is what he looks like now:

That photo was taken last night at Riverstar Entertainment Complex in Cincinnati, where Warrant played to a nowhere-near-capacity crowd (maybe 150 people there…maybe). It’s a shame really, because the band sounds great with new singer Robert Mason. Even though there was a lot of empty space in the audience, Warrant played their hearts out. Joey Allen may have lost his hair, but he hasn’t lost his ability to grind that axe! I’ve got a couple of videos posted over at my blog for my radio show, Hard Rock Nights.

Speaking of my radio show, tonight I’ve got guitarist George Lynch on the program talking about his bands…yes, plural…Souls Of We, Lynch Mob, and a possible reunion with Dokken? Listen in tonight for details…9-11 pm EDT on classxradio.com.

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