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30 Years Ago Today: Queen releases The Miracle

Queen The MiracleThe original lineup for Queen was nearing the end due to Freddie Mercury’s failing health, but that didn’t stop the band from recording one of their most iconic songs on The Miracle in 1989. When I first started discovering Queen’s music beyond “We Will Rock You,” I would have guessed that “I Want It All” was from the ’70s. It turned out to be the group’s biggest hit from this album, reaching #3 on Billboard’s US Mainstream Rock chart. More recently it has been used in a commercial by Grubhub.

As for the rest of the album, let’s just say I’m not a huge fan. Mercury’s voice sounds great and Brian May’s guitar solos are spectacular, but the songs are poorly arranged, uneven, and inconsistent. There were four other singles released besides “I Want It All,” and each was more forgettable than the last.

The band had stopped touring by this point, so fans never got to witness Mercury singing “I Want It All” in concert. Queen’s first live performance of the song was with The Who‘s Roger Daltrey and Black Sabbath‘s Tony Iommi during the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert in 1992.

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Christmas gift ideas for your headbanger

Everyone loves music…but what do you get for the person who owns CDs, cassette tapes, vinyl records, and MP3s of all their favorite songs already? You could take a chance on new bands such as Greta Van Fleet or Red Dragon Cartel, but you run the risk of getting something that doesn’t quite tickle their ears. Music appreciation is, after all, highly subjective.

Fortunately, there are other ways to enjoy music besides listening to it. Weird, right? But thanks to companies like Funko and McFarlane, you can get collectible figurines of rock stars and band mascots. Here are a few helpful links.
Alice Cooper POP Funko
Funko POP

Ozzy Osbourne McFarlane
McFarlane Figures

Bif Bang Pow! KISS Unmasked

Iron Maiden Super 7 Figures
Various Other Figures and Statues

Playing Cards

What do rockers really want?

We’ve all heard the story about Van Halen and the brown M&M’s. But have you ever heard David Lee Roth sing about it? Of course not. If you want to know what is in a rocker’s heart of hearts, you have to listen to what they sing. Here’s a rundown of ten of the deepest desires of rock legends…

JT’s Ultimate Mixtape: Extreme edition

Extreme

The city of Boston, Massachusetts, boasts quite an impressive list of bands originating from that area: Aerosmith, The Cars, Powerman 5000, and, of course, Boston. Another rock group originating in Massachusetts is Extreme, featuring singer Gary Cherone and guitarist Nuno Bettencourt.

Extreme achieved massive success in 1990 with the ballad “More Than Words,” but that song was not representative of the band’s sound. A mixture of hard rock, glam metal, and funk, the band has a strong fan base despite a small discography. After a hiatus during the mid-90s through the mid-00s, Extreme returned with a new studio album in 2008 and live album in 2010.

Cherone and Bettencourt still tour today, and are scheduled to perform at Bogart’s in Cincinnati next Tuesday. I’ve been listening to a lot of Extreme lately, and decided to resurrect an occasional series and take a stab at “JT’s Ultimate Mixtape: Extreme edition.”

The “Ultimate Mixtape” rules are pretty simple:

  • Every studio album must be represented by one and only one song.
  • That song does not have to be an official “single” released by the band to promote said album.
  • Compilation albums can be included, but only songs that are new, previously unreleased, or remixed of songs from prior albums are eligible for the list.
  • Live albums…I’ve softened my stance over time. Live albums are a great way to sneak additional songs into the mix.

Let’s get into it…here is “JT’s Ultimate Mixtape: Extreme edition”…

JT’s Ultimate Mixtape: Exteme edition

The second half of the disc (the “bonus tracks”) is devoted to Extreme members’ other projects.

Bonus Tracks:

Check out all of the “JT’s Ultimate Mixtape” posts here.

Learn more about Extreme.

Purchase Extreme music.

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