Running Away with Glam Band Bon Jovi

     Bon Jovi is an American rock band formed in 1983 by Jon Bon Giovi (name changed to Bon Jovi) out of Perth Amboy, New Jersey. The Bon Jovi band has been characterized as an amalgam of glam metal, hard rock, and arena rock. The members are Jon Bon Jovi, vocals; Richie Sambora, guitar and song-writing partner; David Bryan, keyboards; Tico Torres, drums; Hugh McDonald, bass guitar; Phil X, lead and rhythm guitars + talk box. Dave Sabo was Bon Jovi’s neighbor, and initially a part of the band before leaving to form the metal band, Skid Row. The Bon Jovi band’s hits were “Runaway” from the album Bon Jovi (1984); “Only Lonely” from 7800 Fahrenheit (1985); “You Give Love a Bad Name,” and “Living on a Prayer,” from Slippery When Wet (1986): “Bad Medicine” from New Jersey (1988); By Bon Jovi’s fifth album, Keep the Faith, the glam metal sound was gone, giving way to a mixture of arena and pop rock.

     Jon Bon Jovi is known for his grit and determination to make it as a rock star. He was turned down by countless record labels, and later rock music critics continually disrespected their music, saying things like “unoriginal” or “nothing new.” Every rock fan recalls the most famous put-down of all time, from Rolling Stone magazine editor Jann Wenner who said, “What does Bon Jovi mean in the history of music? Nothing.” Later, Jon Bon Jovi responded, “We’re not on the ‘where are they now?’ tour! My last three tours were the biggest grossing tours in the world.” (New York Times, Bon Jovi Leads 2018 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees) Take that, rock music has-beens!

The early roots of the Bon Jovi band are that Jon Bon Giovi started performing live music at age 13. In his teens, he played New York and New Jersey rock music clubs, and was convinced he was going to become a rock star. His first break came when he made a demo and took it to the Power-House recording studio in Manhattan co-owned by his cousin.

The band’s history is extensive, so visit their website to catch up, or view the thousands of magazine articles written. Here are some career highlights for the Bon Jovi band:

Bon Jovi has released fourteen studio albums plus compilation and live albums.

The band has sold more than 100 million record albums.

Bon Jovi band has performed more than 2,700 concerts across 50 countries.

The band was inducted into the U.K. Hall of Fame in 2006 and U.S. Rock music hall of Fame in 2018.

Billboard magazine listed these as Bon Jovi’s top five songs:

  1. “Bed of Roses”
  2. “Living on a Prayer”
  3. “Wanted Dead or Alive”
  4. “Wild in the Streets”
  5. “This Ain’t No Love Song”

Long-time writing partner Richie Sambora left the band during a world tour in 2013. In an interview on the website, Jon Bon Jovi discusses the pain of that happening and how it fueled the 2020 album recently released. Check it out. The album is called 2020.

Glam Rock Podcast July 2020




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“Where there’s a Whip, there’s a Way”

“Slip of the Tongue”

“Cryin’ Shame”



“Make your Own Way”

 “The More Things Change (the More they Stay the Same)”

“Love Gone Bad”



“Seven Wishes”

“Interstate Love Affair”


Ahead of their Time in Glam Rock Music: Autograph

The band Autograph was (and still is, with new music in 2017) a heavy metal band with glam-rock style (aka Hair Metal), whose primary recording days were from 1983 to 1988. The main musical influences for the group were Def Leppard, Van Halen, and AC/DC. Steve Plunkett formed the band initially as a solo act. Check out Autograph’s big hair, glam rock threads, electric, totally high voltage stage presence. Hell yeah, man. Lead guitar was Steve Lynch (not to be confused with George Lynch of Dokken); Steve was one of the pioneers of the fret-tapping, two- handed technique. According to Guitar Player magazine (August 1985), “the solo in ‘Turn Up the Radio’ epitomizes Steve Lynch’s right-hand hammering technique.” The rest of the band: Randy Rand on bass; Rand knew Plunkett as a friend from Pasadena, California, as they were in a band prior to Autograph called Wolfgang. Steven Isham was on keyboards, and Keni Richards on drums. It was Richards’ friendship with David Lee Roth of Van Halen that gave Autograph their break into the rock music business, after Roth invited Autograph to open for Van Halen on VH’s well-known 1984 tour, doing 48 shows. After that, Autograph was signed to a record deal with RCA. It was also the record label RCA that, according to Plunkett, abandoned the band after the third album with the arrival of the West Coast grunge scene.

Autograph’s debut album Sign In Please, was way ahead of its time. The robotic theme resonates today, and of course, they did it better! Sign in Please contains their main hit, “Turn Up the Radio,” and although the band did not love the song at first, it propelled their first album to gold status (over 500,000 copies). BTW have you ever noticed how bands and singers today don’t tout their “Gold Record” or “Platinum Record” status?? That’s because they don’t have those kind of sales to match! So that proves how amazing and unparalleled the 80s music scene was. The second album, That’s the Stuff, came close to gold status, containing the hits “Blondes in Black Cars” and the title track. The band’s third album, Loud and Clear, featured three appearances by Autograph on the iconic Headbangers Ball.

     Man, all you have to do is watch the electric, high-energy performance on the video for “Blondes in Black Cars” to then ask your self (as you sit stunned at the unbelievable talent) “Why don’t they have bands like this TODAY?” well, they don’t, its all corporate, mind-control trash, so revel in what real rock bands were like! Get out there and support the Glam Metal music scene! Hair metal forever!

     Now here are the updates to the original band members of Autograph, some of it tragic:

  • Steve Plunkett went onto become a prolific song-writer and record producer for television, movies, and well-known music artists
  • Steve Lynch founded a music school in Seattle, and conducted 325 guitar clinics in 18 countries worldwide. The school is still in operation today.
  • Randy Rand owns an international leather-making export/import company. His daughter is a famous model in Italy.
  • Keni Richards joined the band Dirty White Boy after Autograph disbanded when they lost the support from RCA. Richards was reportedly murdered on April 8, 2017 due to drugs (heroin).
  • Steve Isham was in Night Ranger and Vince Neil’s solo band. Isham died of liver cancer in 2008.
  • Autograph released the album Get Off Your Ass with Steve Lynch, but missing Steve Plunkett, but Plunkett gave the green light “go ahead” for the project without him.

Super-loyal Glam Rock Fans of GlamRockStar blog, we will always post part of one of the featured band member’s interviews, so you can hear “from the horse’s mouth” as it were. The following is from a 2003 interview with Steve Plunkett on The interviewer references Plunkett’s album (of the same year) Buzz.

Rock United:  “The music scene has changed a lot since 1989, do you think that Autograph can still fit in that scene, or maybe fill up a gap?”

Steve: “I am a realist and I know how the music scene has changed. We don’t stand a chance, ha ha……I think that there still is a certain in-crowd that listen to our “sort” of music, but the majority does not, and that’s okay by the way. Here in the US if you listen to the radio you hear bands like Nickelback, Creed or Audioslave and I really love their music, but there is no way that Autograph will be played on any major radio station. I know that the scene in Europe and Japan is quite different; there they still play Def Leppard and that sort of stuff. That is also the reason why we are with Point Music, to promote our stuff in Europe and Japan, as much as possible. I even have hopes that we can do a small European tour with Autograph. We never played in Europe or Japan, so it is about time….”

Rock United: “How were the reviews/reactions to “Buzz”?”

Steve: “I am shocked to say that they were surprisingly good, ha ha. I was a little worried that it would be labelled as crap from the eighties, but most of the reactions were excellent.”

Rock United: “The Leppard-influence is still very dominant, isn’t it?”

Steve: “Yes, of course because they are still one of my favourite bands and therefore they influence me in writing my own material. My other influences from bands that I admire are obviously Van Halen and AC/DC.”

Rock United: “The song “Fed Up With Bein’ Down” is a sort of settlement with the people who led you down in the music business?”

Steve: “No, absolutely not, that’s a wrong interpretation; No, it’s just a reflection on a certain period in my life, that’s all.”

Rock United: “Do you sometimes use politics as an idea for a song?”

Steve: “Never, I think politics and music together are not my scene.”


Disclaimer: the photo above is never an endorsement for MTV just to show the headline for the Headbangers Ball. MTV has no music, and is just trash TV today. -Editor

Glam’s Killing it with Faster Pussycat


  Faster Pussycat is an American glam metal music and sleaze metal music band with some punk rock mixed in formed in Hollywood, California in the 1980s during the explosion of Glam Rock Music on the Hollywood Strip. Faster Pussycat’s band make-up has been Taime Downe (vocals), Greg Steele (guitar), Kelly Nickels (bass), Mark Michaels (drums), and Brent Muscat (guitar). After Nickels was in a motorcycle accident just before the release of Pussycat’s first album, he was replaced on bass by Eric Stacy. Later, Nickels resurfaced in L.A. Guns. The band derived its name from a 1965 movie called “Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill!” where three go-go dancers on a spree of kidnapping and murder in the California desert. First, they dance at a club before racing their cars across the desert (the go-go girls, that is). When Taime Downe sings the line, “Living in L.A. is so much fun!” He knows what he is talking about!  Followed by the line in their hit song, “Bathroom Wall:” “Boy, you is ugly and your girlfriend weighs a ton!” HA

     Faster Pussycat still tours in as of this date- had only three big-time album successes in: Faster Pussycat (1987), Wake Me When it’s Over (1989), and Whipped (1992). In 1987, Faster Pussycat appeared in the Rock Documentary The Decline of Western Civilization Part 2 -The Metal Years.

     There has been lots of drama and name-calling in the past between Downe and Muscat. You can read about it in It started in 2007 over the right to use the name Faster Pussycat. Here is an account from the web:

In February 2007, Brent issued this statement on his My Space blog:

“In 2000 Taime made an awful remix cd. It was not until Greg Steele and I threatened him with legal action that we were paid and invited to join our own band. In 2005 I was diagnosed with oral cancer. The band which I had been part of for 20 years all of a sudden replaced me and lied about my condition. I was very hurt that Taime never bothered to call me once. As a result of Taime’s drunken and erratic performances, the price for Faster Pussycat live performances plummeted and fans have voiced their displeasure. I decided I would attempt to reunite the band to commemorate our 20th anniversary. I invited both Greg and Taime, (which is more than he did for me) but neither responded.”


     Holy Crap remember My Space? What a waste of time, but not as much as Facebook! But ahem, I digress!

     In July 2007, Muscat dropped his attempt to use the name of the band. Downe played at Rocklahoma in 2007 and went on a tirade against Brent, and then left the stage without playing most of the band’s hits.

From the band’s website, read here a more accurate description of the band’s beginnings:

From the depths of the mid 80s LA Glam rock scene, a bunch of attitude driven, misguided youth brought to the surface their brand of alley cat rock. Not glam, not punk but somewhere in between, with an attitude and swagger all their own. Fronted by the king of sleaze himself, Taime Downe, Faster Pussycat was his baby assembled piece by piece, that would, not unlike Frankenstein, rapidly grow into a monster and take the scene by storm, whether it was ready for it or not!


Before they knew it, this rag-tag team of miscreants consisting of Taime Downe (vocals), Greg Steele (guitar), Brent Muscat (Guitar), Eric Stacy (bass) and Mark Michals (drums) scored a record deal with Elektra Records and released their debut self-titled album produced by Ric Browde (Poison, Ted Nugent, etc.) who was also instrumental in securing the deal in the first place. The debut record featured instant classics “Babylon”, “Bathroom Wall”, “Cathouse” and “Don’t Change That Song” , the latter of which, birthed their first music video directed by none other than “Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!” director Russ Meyer! Source:


We also love this bio shot from Brent Muscat on the band’s beginnings:

Born in Monrovia, California, the youngest of three sons, Muscat’s first instrument was the trumpet; but in his teen years switched to the guitar. It was still in high school where he met Taime Downe, Greg Steele, Eric Stacy and Mark Michals and formed Faster Pussycat. Part of the Muscat lore involves the band members showing up for Muscat’s high school graduation in full glam regalia.


“High school graduation in full glam regalia” Hell YEAH


Current tour dates for Faster Pussycat:

December 29, 2019                         Hollywood, CA                   Whisky-A-Go-Go

February 8, 2020                               Fort Lauderdale, FL          Monsters of Rock Cruise

March 12, 2020                                 United Kingdom               Hard Rock Hell Festival

ROCK and ROLL to the MAX, Glam Rockers! 


Glam Rock Podcast May 2019

Glam Rock, 80s Metal, and Glam Metal fans, it is TIME ONCE AGAIN for this stupendous, titanic, outlandish and everything-in-between DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH PODCAST, featuring ADAM and THE ANTS, AUTOGRAPH, and FOREIGNER. 

Get ready to blast yourself into the STRATOSPHERE right outta your chair, the OCEAN DEPTHS, INNER WEB, all of the above! YEAH.  We are ROCKIN’ ALL OVER THE WORLD.



Adam and the Ants (from Kings of the Wild Frontier):

“Don’t be Square,” “Dog Eat Dog,” “Feed me to the Lions,” “The Human Beings”

Autograph  (from Sign In Please)

“Friday,” “Send her to Me,” “Turn up the Radio”

Foreigner (Greatest Hits  note: arena hard rock not glam)

“Dirty White Boy,” “Double Vision,” “Hot-Blooded,” “Urgent”


Glammed-Up Post Punk Music with Adam Ant




      Adam Ant was an iconic musician, actor, and singer who rose to fame with Adam and the Ants during the early 1980s and into the 1990s.  Most rock music lovers know Adam Ant from the hits “Goody Two Shoes,” “Ant Music,” “Desperate but not Serious,” “Stand and Deliver,” and “Room at the Top.” Adam and the Ants achieved world renown in the post Punk-rock era of the early 1980s, and their style is primarily punk mixed with Glam Rock. Anyone who lived during the 1980s is very familiar with Adam Ant’s brilliant originality of 18th century costuming, the musical innovation of double snare drums, swash-buckling dance style, and Indian-type “War Paint” across his face. The Punk Rock attitude is absolutely present in such lyrics as “Unplug the Juke Box and do us all a favor! That music’s lost its taste, so try another flavor!” or “I’m standing here, what do I see? A BIG NOTHING.” (from “Ant-music” by Adam and the Ants/Epic/Sony Music) Adam Ant’s seminal creative style even earned him a photo exhibition at a prominent London art institution during his lifetime. Quite an achievement for someone born as an only child (named Stuart Goddard), who himself attended art school in London in his formative years.


   Stuart Leslie Goddard (Adam Ant) was born in London to a father who worked as a chauffeur and a mother who worked as a domestic; whose marital union ended when Goddard was age seven. Goddard later in his teen years enrolled into the Hornsey College of Art for graphic design and joined a band called Bazooka Joe. It was during this time that Goddard developed anorexia; he has been quoted as saying “I wasn’t attempting to slim; I was attempting to kill myself.” After taking an overdose of pills, Goddard was sent to a mental hospital in North London. It was upon discharge from this institution that he renamed himself Adam Ant.  His first musical connections were with his mates Lester Square, Andy Warren, and Paul Flanagan, forming Adam and the Ants in 1977.  The friends forged their band while attending a concert by Siouxsie and the Banshees at London’s Roxy Club.


    The initial line-up changed as the band was gaining a foothold in this music industry: guitarist Lester Square was replaced with Mark Gaumont; whereas bassist Andy Warren and drummer Paul Flanagan remained. The Ants’ debut album was Dirk Wears White and was not well-received due to the use of sadomasochistic imagery. The band knew they had to rework their image, and Ant recruited the manager of the Sex Pistols, Malcolm McLaren.

McLaren advised the group to transition from pure punk to more pop-oriented sound, as well as introducing them to flamboyant costumes. Although this was key to the Ants’ now quintessential sound and look, McLaren also convinced the musicians to leave Ant, and form a new group, Bow Wow Wow! Adam Ant called up new members: guitarist Marco Pirroni, bassist Kevin Mooney, and drummers Terry Miall and Chris Hughes (aka Merrick) to continue the band.


 Adam Ant’s exemplary discography reads like this:  Prince Charming (1981), Friend or Foe (1982), Strip (1983), Vive Le Rock (1985), Manners & Physique (1990), Wonderful (1995), Adam Ant is…(2013). All Music summarized Ant’s musical phases as “from post punk to glam pop to adult alternative rock.” Many rock music fans, myself GlamRock4Ever included, have wondered why is there such a gap of recordings from 1995 to 2013? There are two parts of the explanation: a) the corporate commercialization of rock music around 1995, which ended free radio and stifled all creative new music for years to come, and b) the bottom dropped out for Adam Ant in 2002. From the Guardian newspaper is this account: “In the 1980s, he had 16 hit singles and sold 15 million records, but since then has lost the battle against clinical depression.”  The newspaper then goes on to describe when Ant entered a British pub in a combat jacket and cowboy hat, he was jeered and sneered at by the bar patrons (who did not recognize him).  Ant was infuriated, and returned with a gun, but instead of using the weapon, picked up an old, abandoned car alternator and threw it through the plate glass window of the pub. Adam Ant was arrested, charged, and released, but then his family had him sectioned (British term for committed) into a mental hospital. You can read more in the Guardian Sept. 7, 2002.


 Adam Ant’s musical career as well as his acting career are too voluminous to capture here. However, here are some highlights:

  • Band signed major record deal with CBS records, recording Kings of the Wild Frontier in 1980.
  • March 1982 Ant embarked on a solo career, taking Pirroni with him. Merrick went on to produce many hits for Tears for Fears.
  • Several television guest appearances including, NBC, football half-time, and various variety shows.
  • Live Aid appearance, although only allowed one song by Bob Geldof who thought at the time Ant was past his prime. Here is what Adam Ant said about that: “I was asked by Sir Bob to promote this concert. They had no idea they could sell it out. Knighthoods were made, Bono got it made. It was a waste of fucking time.”
  • September 2006 published autobiography Stand and Deliver
  • March 2011 Ant discusses on BBC Radio his Bipolar condition and the effect on his career.
  • Art exhibition of Adam Ant entitled “Adam Ant: Dandy-highwayman of the Underworld” at Proud Camden art museum in London 2012.

For the latest on Adam Ant, who continues to record and tour, go to his website:

Glam Metal Fans Can’t Get Enough of Winger







The band Winger is an American glam metal and progressive metal rock band that achieved success in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Named after the lead vocalist and primary founder Kip Winger, the band had some insane success in those days, due to heavy rotation by MTV (back when MTV really was “Music Television,” not the garbage on that channel these days) of three hits by the band: “Madalaine,” “Seventeen,” and “Headed for Heartbreak.” Other major hits include “Can’t Get Enuff” and “Easy Come, Easy Go.” The indisputable fact is that the camera loves Kip Winger; watch more than one of their videos and you will see all the hair, the glam, the postering, not to mention the virtuoso guitarists Reb Beach and Paul Taylor trading riffs that are emulous and street-wise. So, is it any wonder that what loused up Winger’s meteoric rise to fame was ridiculous mid-90s entertainment scene jealousies? Yeah, believe me, Kip could tell you all about it. Here was a newcomer band that had hits on the Billboard 200 for 63 weeks, were nominated on the American Music Awards show for “Best New Heavy Metal Band” and yet they were ultimately stymied by,”Beavis and Butt-head!” Okay, stop laughing everyone–stop laughing! Yeah, it’s too good, but it’s true! And the Winger band did not deserve what followed.

  Before we get to that, let’s lay out the essentials for the Winger band: they were formed in 1987 by Kip Winger, having left the Alice Cooper band, which Kip had joined in 1985. The four original members are: Kip Winger-lead vocals and bass guitar; Reb Beach-lead and rhythm guitars, keyboards; Rod Morgenstein-drums; Paul Taylor, rhythm guitar, keyboards; and they also had a touring guitarist on rhythm, lead and bass guitar, John Roth. The Winger discography is this: Winger (1988); In the Heart of the Young (1990); Pull (1993); IV (2006); Karma (2009): Better Days Comin’ (2014); In addition, Kip Winger has written classical music scores played by different symphonies and has a current broadway musical based on the legacy of Jack the Ripper.

So what was the deal with “Beavis and Butt-head”, which was a smart-ass cartoon series run by MTV in the 1990s, and how did it impact Winger’s successes?  For this you have to look at the fan page for Reb Beach, which is an amazing compilation, and Reb, who has also played extensively with Whitesnake (as well as gigs with Alice Cooper and Dokken) should be given one’s due for the phantasmagorical website for all the Winger (and Whitesnake) fans of his:

     Here is how Reb described what happened with the “Beavis and butt-head” debachle:

“The experience was very sudden. I had just bought a house on the lake in Florida and life was good. We spent years on one record that was by far our best, and I figured it had to at least go gold, since our last one went platinum, and this one was better. If the record went gold I would have gotten like a $200,000 publishing advance. Life was good.

“So we released the record and went out on the road and that’s when the floor fell out from under us practically overnight. Some guy came to the bus with a copy of Beavis and Butthead and in it they hung a nerd up by his underwear while he wore his Winger t-shirt. They went to his house, and his loser family (including the dog) were all wearing Winger t-shirts. That week people stopped coming to our shows and record sales came to a screeching halt. “Down incognito” was taking off at radio when DJ’s just dropped it from their playlists because they were too embarrassed to have their station associated with it. A month later I called Atlantic records and they had never heard of Winger.

“So, how did it change me? When you are just going up and up and all of the sudden you go straight down, it changes you for the better… eventually. I am sure I was getting a little cocky. That went right out the window. I had lived the perfect life up until then, so I was due for some kind of disaster. It changed me very much by making me have to grow up fast.”  (Excerpt from: Reb Beach’s website  

Now let’s hear from frontman Kip Winger, and this is the best way to give any band’s true history, from verbal descriptions of the group members themselves. This is from an interview in “Grantland” in 2014 by Steven Hyden:

  Steven:  How old were you when you first started playing in bands?

KIP:  “ About 7. My brothers and I played in a band. It was me and my two older brothers and one other guy from the neighborhood, this guy Pete Fletcher. We started getting gigs when I was about 8 or 9. We were getting paid to play very, very early. I could play anything by the time I was 15. Anything rock, anyway. I was playing 2112 and shit like that when I was fucking 14 years old. But, I mean, I’m not so interested in bass. It’s just the instrument I played, and I was good at it. Writing is really my thing.”

Steven:  I read that you started studying classical music when you were a teenager. Did you see metal and classical as being interconnected?

KIP: “It’s not true. I was a self-taught musician. I took piano lessons and I studied classical guitar when I was 16, so I guess that is true, but that was, like, just baroque music and stuff. That’s where I learned to play really fast and complicated. That kind of led me down the path to classical. But I dropped out of high school, man. I wanted to get a record deal. So I got a GED when I was 15, and then toured with my band and all that shit. I didn’t really start studying classical music until I was 35. There was the Beavis and Butt-Head thing, which took the band out. Metallica fucking threw darts at our poster, and fucking told their fans to put a curse on us and hate us. I don’t really understand what that was about.”

“I couldn’t get a gig, so it was like, ‘Cool, I’m going to go back and start studying the way I’ve always wanted to study, because now I’ve got the time, basically.’ It’s kind of a weird, backward way to do it, but it turned out great, I think.

“See, my brain works like a classical musician. I’m more interested in the really complex stuff. Like, when I hear really complicated counterpoint, a fugue, or something like that, it turns my brain on. Like, ‘Wow, what the fuck is that?’ I latch onto it and I can track it really well. “  (From: “Conversation with Kip Winger about Being Taken Seriously, Prog-Rock, and Metallica’s Scorn,” Grantland, April 24, 2014)

There you have it, Glam Metal and Glam Rock fans! You want your kid to become an incredible rock star? Hand him a guitar at age 7, but you have to get him off of the computer first.


Meanwhile, Winger is on tour in 2019, check out their website for details, including the Monsters of Rock cruise departing Miami, February 24 through March 1st

Arresting Glam Metal: Life and Times of Warrant

     Warrant is a Glam Metal band formed in 1984 by guitarist Erik Turner, lead vocalist Adam Shore, drummer Max Asher, guitarist Josh Lewis, and bassist Chris Vincent, (then replaced by Jerry Dixon). The band played a lot of gigs in California, opening for Ted Nugent, Stryper, and Black N Blue. In 1986, Shore and Asher quit to form another group. Later, Erik saw a band playing the L.A. club scene, and being impressed with their performance, invited lead singer Jani Lane and drummer Steven Sweet to jam with him, and some of his band. Thus, Warrant was born.


     The band recorded a demo tape in 1987 for Paisley Park records, a label owned by rock star Prince. Shortly thereafter, Warrant was signed by Columbia records, and the band began touring with the release of their first album Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich. From this debut were four hit singles:

“Heaven,” “Sometimes She Cries,” “Down Boys,” and “Big Talk.” Warrant fit right into the Glam Metal West coast scene of the 1980s with their long hair, leather jackets, pretty boy looks, and killer riffs. Warrant toured with Poison, Motley Crue, Queensryche, Cinderella, and Kingdom Come.

     Warrant’s second album was Cherry Pie, and featured Jani Lane’s girlfriend (and later wife) Bobbi Brown. The oft repeated story about the song “Cherry Pie” is that Jani Lane hated it since it was so commercial; however, Lane had written the anthem after a record company executive from Columbia ran into Lane and said he wanted the band to record something along the lines of Aerosmith’s hit “Love in an Elevator.” Cherry Pie debuted at Number 7 on the Billboard Top 200, and featured guest appearances by Poison’s CC Deville, and Danger Danger’s Bruno Ravel and Steve West.  Other singles off the album were “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” (with its very creepy video), “Blind Faith,” and “I Saw Red.” There are many Warrant super-fans who have gotten tattoos with the phrase “I Saw Red.”

     Cherry Pie went on to sell 3 million copies, and Warrant went on tour with Poison, which ended in 1991 due to conflict between the bands. 1992 saw the release of Dog Eat Dog, which many die-hard fans believe is Warrant’s best album. This album only achieved gold status, followed by a tour with Iron Maiden, featuring singles “Machine Gun,” “Bitter Pill,” and “Hole in My Wall.”

     The band’s history is much more extensive, but the day that the classic Glam Rock and Glam Metal sound of Warrant ended was with the death of lead singer Jani Lane in 2011.  To this author, GlamRock4Ever, Warrant is no longer Warrant, because Jani Lane made the band what it was.  Here’s the deal on what occurred. On September 10, 2008 Rock Report informed the entertainment world that Jani Lane was out of the band due to song-writing disagreements. Lane was replaced by Robert Mason of Lynch Mob. Fast forward to August 11, 2011, where it was reported by the L.A.P.D. that Jani Lane had been found dead in a Comfort Inn motel room off Ventura Boulevard in Woodland Hills, California. Janie Lane was notorious for his alcohol problems and several DUIs, but WTF? How does a major rock star die alone in a nondescript motel room with only a bottle of vodka? Judge for yourself from these reports at the time:

”Members of Jani Lane’s family are furious that a “friend” did not offer proper help to the 47 year old when aware of his substance abuse problems, according to TMZ. TMZ also claim that the musician’s Comfort Inn room was not purchased by him.”  From: “I am Jani Lane” Bizarre note found in dead Warrant singer’s pocket” 8.23.11

“We never thought that when the song “Heaven” was written that we would be playing it someday in memory of Jani’s untimely death,” guitarist Erik Turner said.  From: “Warrant Singer Jani Lane died from alcohol poisoning” Fox News 10.5.11

                         Sebastian Bach of Skid Row said, “Its all too typical of what a rock musician’s life actually is; for some, the bottle of vodka or whatever becomes the friend that’s always there for you, while others come and go.” From: “Lane ‘killed by only friend’” Rock News Desk 8.14.11.

A public memorial concert was held on 8.29.11 at the Key Club in Hollywood, with Great White, Quiet Riot, and L.A. Guns performing in tribute to the Warrant lead singer.  Warrant continues to record and tour these days, but the sound without Lane is very different, more hard rock, and not as unique as the band’s heydays of the L.A. scene.



Glam Rocks: Roxx Gang Florida Rich

     Hello, fantabulous, freaking awesome, and zero cool (as in ‘super-cool’) Glam Rock and Glam Metal fans, here is another fearsome, formidable and mind-blowing post for you. This one is on Tampa Bay, Florida glam rock artists Roxx Gang.  As yours truly aka GlamRock4Ever was perusing and prowling the internet, I came across this item, and almost fell off my damn chair: Roxx Gang has a net worth of $2.5 million! Wow, that’s majestic for a band that last recorded an album in 2001 ( titled Bodacious Ta Tas). FNA records put out two re-issues of Roxx Gang’s music:  Boxx of Roxx (2011) and Last Laugh: Lost Roxx Gang Demos (2014). Of course, that $2.5 mil is a paltry sum compared to artists still out there, entertaining the masses: Guns N Roses guitarist Slash reportedly made $45 million last year, and the net worth of rock legend Paul McCartney is now at $1.2 billion. (See the website

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     Roxx Gang were an American Glam Metal band formed in 1982 by Kevin Steele and guitarist Eric Carrell in Saint Petersburg, Florida. After numerous gigs with a prodigious following in the Tampa Bay area, the band scored a record deal with Virgin Records in 1988 with two singles: “No Easy Way Out,” and “Scratch My Back.” After the unfortunate death of Eric, the band’s line-up was Kevin Steele (vocals), Jeff Taylor Blanchard (guitar), Wade Hayes (guitar), Roby Strine (bass), and David Blackshire (drums).  The record Things You’ve Never Done Before sold over a quarter million copies.

     Two events happened that lead to Roxx Gang never truly hitting the big time, which makes their global worth that much more remarkable. The first was the inauspicious death of Eric Carrell in 1986 under -according to band members ,‘mysterious circumstances.’ Eric died in a drowning death off a fishing pier. Was he pushed? Was he intoxicated and fell in? GlamRock4Ever searched death records in all the Tampa Bay newspapers and could not find anything about it. The second event was the ill-timed entry of Roxx Gang onto the Glam Rock scene. As Kevin Steele explained it, the record executives that had signed the original members to CBS/Epic records departed all at once. Steele said, “That’s when grunge hit, and all of a sudden it was like murder for us, and we eventually got this independent deal and released it, but that’s how long it took us.”  (You can find this interview on ‘The Pure Rock Shop’ So Roxx Gang got their record deal in the late 80s just as Glam Rock glory days were ending, replaced by Kurt Cobain’s grunge movement as what was ‘hot’ at the time.

     Steele also commented to The Pure Rock Shop about Glam Rockers in the 80s saying this, “In the eighties, all the metal bands used to say to me ‘oh, Roxx Gang is all image’ right. That’s another thing ‘Glam Rockers, they’re all show and no go.’ Well first of all, bull shit, I’ve always had good musicians in my band.  And second of all, I feel so sorry for anybody who can’t appreciate the image side of rock n roll-that’s half of it! That’s the way it’s been, why do you think Elvis was so huge? If he had looked like Buddy Holly, he wouldn’t have been.”

     Here is the Discography for Roxx Gang:  Things You’ve Never Done Before (1988), The Voodoo You Love (1995), Love ‘Em and Leave ‘Em (1997), Old, New, Borrowed, and Blue (1998), Drinkin’ TNT and Smoking Dynamite (2000), Bodacious Ta Tas (2001). “Love ‘Em and Leave ‘Em earned stellar reviews on both sides of the Atlantic and got Roxx Gang a spot on the Top Ten Heavy Metal Albums of the Year in Tower Records’ Pulse.”  (Hard Rock Heaven 5.13.14

“FNA records has released a regular version, autographed version, and super fan pack version with a t-shirt featuring the Roxx Gang skull and cross bones logo.” See

    So how did front man Kevin Steele get the job he so desired and when did it start? He told Suits and the Platform Boots this:  “When I was about 8 years old, I saw an episode of ‘The Monkees’, where Davy Jones was being chased all over the Eiffel Tower by a group of rabid, screaming girls who tore off his shirt when they caught him. I knew right then that that was what I wanted to do.” And why choose vocalist instead of guitarist? “I always wanted to be up front,” Steele said. “I started writing songs before I ever had a band. Plus singers have no gear to carry, and let’s face it, they get the best-looking girls.” As for the Roxx Gang’s musical influences, Steele gave this answer:  T. Rex, New York Dolls, Mott the Hoople, Iggy and the Stooges, and surprisingly, Jim Dandy of Black Oak Arkansas.