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Poison Thorns: Flesh and Blood Spectacle of Glam Metal

Posted in 80s rock music, Entertainment, Glam Rock, Glam Rock Musicians, Glitter Rock, Guns N Roses, Metal Rock, New York Dolls, Poison on July 5, 2018 by glamrock4ever

Glamrockstar’s Metal fanbase will either stand up and cheer for this post on the American Glam Metal band Poison; others will give it the almighty “Bronx Cheer” instead! Die-hard Glam Metal fans will sneer at the description of “metal” and Poison in the same sentence. Indeed, many rock critics back in the day ripped Poison to shreds for their “three chord songs,” and lack of originality. But who cares? The original band of Bret Michaels, Rikki Rockett, Bobby Dall, C.C. DeVille is still on tour 30 years later and kicking ass with what is always a phenomenal rock show.

 

 

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So yeah, its more Glam than Metal, but hey, what a damn party. Poison has sold over 45 million records worldwide, had 10 singles off the Billboard Hot 100, with the biggest multi-platinum sellers being Look at What the Cat Dragged in,  and Open Up and Say….Ahh!  Pretty decent for a band that slept in sleeping bags behind a dry cleaning store in Los Angeles for three years before they said to themselves: how can we stand out? Let’s put on lipstick, eyeliner, and pretty boy rags! All right, it did the trick, and world fame was almost more than Michaels, Rockett, Dall and DeVille could handle after that, with their videos in constant rotation on MTV, and numerous write-ups in the main rock magazines of the day, including Circus, Creem, Rock Express, and Hit Parader. GlamRock4Ever lived for the day when the latest issue of Circus or Creem came out to see what these bands were up to! Remember there was no internet, no 24-7 cable, no nothing media-wise in the 1980s but actually it was better! Enough said.

     Poison began in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania and consisted of Bret Michaels (vocals) and childhood friend Rockett (drums),  who formed a band The Spectres in 1980. The two then teamed up with Bobby Dall (bass),  and Matt Smith (guitar), calling the band Paris. After playing local clubs, the band decided in order to really hit it big in the music industry, they had to either head to New York or Los Angeles. According to one band member interviewed on VH1  (“When Metal Ruled the World”) since it was “warmer in L.A. and the women are better-looking” that’s where the group headed after Michaels bought an old ambulance for $700 for their trip. While in Los Angeles, Smith came to the conclusion the group was not going to make it, heading back to Pennsylvania. The rest of the band members auditioned for a new guitarist, narrowing it down to three choices: Steve Silva (Joe Perry Project), Slash (Guns N Roses), and New York city born C.C. DeVille. They decided to go with C.C. DeVille, along with changing their name to Poison.

There is not enough blog space to go over the numerous accomplishments by Poison, so here are highlights of their best-selling albums and singles: Look What the Cat Dragged in (1986) with singles “Talk Dirty to Me,” and “I Won’t Forget You.”  Open Up and Say….Ahh! (1988) with singles “Every Rose has Its Thorn,” and “Nothin’ but a Good Time.” Flesh and Blood (1990) featuring smash singles “Unskinny Bop” and “Ride the Wind.”  There were certain spectacular events in the band’s history:

Backstage fistfight between Michaels and DeVille at the 1991 MTV Video Music Awards; Michaels losing control of his Ferrari in 1994, resulting in numerous injuries; an explicit sex tape made between Bret M and Pamela Anderson in 1998; Bret M starring in a movie with Charlie Sheen called Letter from Death Row, that same year; and after suffering a cerebral hemorrhage, Bret Michaels won NBC’s “Celebrity Apprentice.” Here is a partial conversation from that episode between the Donald and Bret:

Mr. Trump said on the broadcast that he had spoken to Mr. Michaels’ doctors, and “they didn’t want you to be here tonight. At all. Believe me, not at all.”

Mr. Trump asked, “Are you risking your life being here? This is a lot of pressure.”

“Lately it seems like me just standing up is risking my life,” Mr. Michaels said, garnering laughs from the audience. He had flown to New York from Los Angeles for the finale.

(Source: New York Times, “Bret Michaels Wins ‘Apprentice’ After Illness, May 24, 2010)

 

On March 1, 2011 Poison announced “Glam-A-Geddon” tour with New York Dolls and Motley Crue. In 2018, Poison is on tour with Cheap Trick and Pop Evil.

Guns N’ Roses: Glam Rock’s Slash N’ Burn

Posted in Entertainment, Glam Metal Rock Music, Glam Rock, Guns N Roses, Heavy Metal Music, Mick Ronson, Music, Rock Music with tags , , , , , , , , on September 15, 2013 by glamrock4ever

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Guns N’ Roses are an American rock band formed in Los Angeles, California in the mid-1980s. The classic GNR line-up consisted of Axl Rose on vocals, lead guitarist Slash, rhythm guitarist Izzy Stradlin, bassist Duff McKagen, and drummer Steven Adler. (See Wikipedia for this and further info). GNR is one of the best-selling hard-rock bands of all time, with a bent towards Glamour Rock. To date the band has sold over 150 million albums worldwide. These sales originated from only six albums: Appetite for Destruction (1987), G N’ R Lies (1988), Use Your Illusion (I and II) (1991), The Spaghetti Incident (1993), and Chinese Democracy (2008). Guns N’ Roses has been credited with reviving the popularity of hard rock music at a time when pop and dance music dominated the radio and music scene in the 80s and 90s.

 

Guns N’ Roses was formed in 1985 by singer Axl Rose and guitarist Izzy Stradlin of Hollywood Rose, along with lead guitarist Tracii Guns, bassist Ole Bach, and drummer Rob Gardner of L.A. Guns. The band coined the name by combining the names of both groups. After 2 or 3 shows, Beich was replaced by Duff McKagen, and Guns’ lack of attendance led to his replacement by Slash. Four days after this line-up was established, GNR embarked on a “Hell” tour of the West Coast. Later, McKagen said “This trip had set a new benchmark for what we were capable of, what we could and would put ourselves through to achieve our goal”. Guns N’ Roses then dedicated themselves with the superlative path to rock success of playing the Hollywood club scene  -rocking such famed bars as The Troubadour and The Roxy-which drew the interest of major record labels. Geffen records signed them in 1986, with the band receiving a $75,000 advance. (See Wikipedia)

 

The most extraordinary masterpiece by Guns N’ Roses by far was their debut album Appetite for Destruction (1987), featuring “Welcome to the Jungle”, “Sweet Child O’ Mine” and “Paradise City”. “Welcome to the Jungle” was the band’s first single with accompanying video. At first the album did not do well; -that is, until David Geffen convinced MTV to play the video to “Welcome to the Jungle” in their afterhours rotation. (See Wikipedia) Even though it was played at 4am only once, metal and hard rock fans took notice, and requested the song/video be played en masse.  Another interesting fact is that, according to Axl Rose, the lyrics to “Jungle” came from an encounter he and a friend had with a homeless man after disembarking from a bus in New York City;the homeless dude screamed at them: “You know where you are?! You’re in the jungle, baby! You’re gonna die!” “Sweet Child O’ Mine” was a love song co-written by Rose to his then girlfriend, Erin Everly.GNR toured extensively in support of AFD. The band opened in North America for The Cult, Motley Crue, and Alice Cooper in 1987.

 

GNR shows in the late 1980s were marked by several events which led some fans to describe Guns N’ Roses as “The Most Dangerous Band in the World”. In a 1987 show Atlanta, Axl Rose assaulted a security guard, and was detained backstage while a roadie sang and the other band members played on. Near riots broke out in a 1988 concert in New York state. At England’s “Monsters of Rock” fest, two fans were crushed to death by the ecstatic crowd. At one opening gig for the Rolling Stones in 1989, Axl Rose announced that the shows would be their last if certain members of the band did not stop “Dancing with Mr.Brownstone” –a reference to some in the group’s heroin use. Regarding his own drug use, Axl Rose told Rolling Stone in 1989, “I’m not and never have been a junkie. I’m not necessarily against their use but they don’t fit in my life right now. Right now drugs get in the way of my dreams and goals. Then again, I could be out on tour for six months and a blast that night might be what cheers me up.”

 

Use Your Illusion I and II was one of the more ambitious projects by GNR. Drummer Steven Adler, however, was struggling during recording sessions for the two album blockbuster due to his cocaine and heroin use, resulting in more than 30 takes on one song alone. Adler was fired and replaced by Matt Sorum who had played with The Cult. Guns N’ Roses released Use Your Illusion I and II on September 17, 1991. The albums debuted at #1 and #2 respectively on the Billboard charts. GNR had several music videos on MTV accompanying the effort: “Don’t Cry”, “November Rain”, and “Estranged”. “November Rain” became the most requested video in MTV history, winning the 1992 music video award for best cinematography.

 

The band’s history is extensive and fascinating. (Please see Wikipedia and rock media such as Rolling Stone and AllMusic.com for further details). However, there are a few more “stand-out” events worth mentioning from the band’s seminal background. One is the “Riverport Riot”, where, in a 1991 concert at the Riverport Amphitheatre outside St.Louis, Missouri during the performance of “Rocket Queen” singer Rose noticed a fan filming the concert. He asked security to confiscate the fan’s camera, and when it didn’t happen fast enough, Rose jumped off the stage into the crowd, confronting the fan about the camera before assaulting him. Axl was pulled off the fan by crew, and then announced onstage “Well, thanks to the lame-ass security, I’m going home!”, threw down the microphone and left! The stunned crowd turned angry, rioting and in the process dozens of concert-goers were injured.

 

Rhythm guitarist Izzy Stradlin quit the band in 1991 after a repeat of the St.Louis incident nearly happened again in Germany. Stradlin cited a combination of Rose’s personal behavior (Rose frequently delayed shows for hours at a time) and difficulties being around drug-abusing band members when he himself had gotten sober.Tension between Slash and Rose led to Slash’s quitting of GNR in 1996. Shortly afterward, Matt Sorum and Duff McKagen ditched the band as well. An actual break-up of Guns N’Roses never occurred since departing band members were replaced.

 

The much anticipated release of Chinese Democracy, which had been in music production since 1994 and in that year alone had already cost $13 million, finally occurred on November 22, 2009. It was GNR’s 6th album and their first since 1993’s The Spaghetti Incident. On Dec. 11, 2011 it was announced that the classic Guns N’ Roses line-up would be inducted into the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame, along with Red Hot Chili Peppers and The Faces. In April 2012, Axl Rose announced on the GNR Facebook page that he would not be attending the RRHF induction. In April 2012, former Guns N’ Roses members Slash, Duff McKagan, Gilby Clarke, Steven Adler, and Matt Sorum all reunited at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. They performed “Mr. Brownstone”, “Sweet Child O’ Mine”, and “Paradise City” with Slash’s band vocalist Myles Kennedy filling in for the absent Rose. Axl Rose, along with current band members (including lead guitarist DJ Ashba and rhythm guitarist Ron “Bumblefoot” Thai) continue to tour in support of Chinese Democracy.

 

Fiery Glam and Sleazy Rock: the Legacy of L.A. Guns

Posted in Entertainment, Glam Rock, Guns N Roses, Heavy Metal Music, L.A.Guns, Metal Rock, Music, Rock Music with tags , , , , , , on July 1, 2013 by glamrock4ever

Glam Rock52L.A.Guns2L.A. Guns is an American hard-rock, glam metal rock (aka “sleaze”) from Los Angeles,California formed in 1983. According to Blabbermouth.net, Tracii Guns started L.A. Guns while still in high school in 1982. The original singer, Michael Jagosz, was replaced by Axl Rose, [who, as most Glamour Rock fans know, went on to become lead singer of Guns ‘N Roses with outstanding guitarist Slash]. Signed to PolyGram in ’87, the band’s self-titled debut, L.A. Guns [with Phil Lewis replacing Rose] sold over a million copies, as did Cocked and Loaded (1989) and Hollywood Vampires (1991). Tracii Guns’ L.A. GUNS is not to be confused with the Phil Lewis-led version of the group, which is continuing to record and perform under the L.A. Guns moniker to this day.

As of 2013, the lineup of LA Guns consists of Phil Lewis (vocals), Michael Grant (guitar), Scott Griffin (bass), and Steve Riley (drums, percussion). Additionally, LA Guns is on tour,

and tour dates can be found at http://www.laguns.net.

The history of LA Guns over the years has been extensive and confusing, because, unbelievably, Wikipedia lists a total of 25 musicians who have at one time or another been a part of LA Guns! (For this band history and the background information, see Wikipedia) Here are the most famous of those musicians, and their current band affiliations: Axl Rose (now lead singer of Guns N Roses), Tracii Guns (who also formed the original Hollywood Rose, as well as Brides of Destruction and Contraband), Paul Black (Faster Pussycat), Nickey Alexander (Faster Pussycat), Mick Cripps (Faster Pussycat), Steve Riley (WASP), Joe Lester (Bang Tango), Jizzy Pearl (Love/Hate), Jeremy Guns (Quiet Riot), Marty Casey (Lovehammers), and the list goes on! Holy Friggin’ Crap! Here is the essential nucleus points to “take away”: In 1985, Tracii Guns and Axl Rose decided to merge their groups LA Guns and Hollywood Rose to form the band Guns ‘N Roses. Rose named the band Guns N’ Roses, combining the two names of the bands with the lineup featuring Axl Rose on vocals, Tracii on lead guitar, Izzy Stradlin on rhythm guitar, Ole Beich on bass and Rob Gardner on drums.[12] Tracii had been trying to recruit Rose and Stradlin into a group before however, Tracii, as well as the other former L.A. Guns members Ole Beich and Rob Gardner, departed the group replaced by Slash, Duff McKagan and Steven Adler.[13](Wikipedia)

The debut album L.A. Guns, released in 1988 via Polygram records, peaked at number 50 on Billboard 2000, and included songs “No Mercy”, “Sex Action”, “Nothing to Lose”, “Bitch is Back” and “One Way Ticket”. The L.A. Guns 1989 album titled Cocked and Loaded, peaked at number 38 on Billboard 200 with the single “Ballad of Jayne” cresting at # 25 on the mainstream rock chart. The album went on to become certified Gold and Platinum. L.A. Guns released their third album Hollywood Vampires in 1991, which culminated at slot # 42 on Billboard 200. Their singles, “Kiss My Love Goodbye” and “Its Over Now” hit # 16 and #75 on the mainstream rock chart. Drummer Riley was fired from the band in 1992 following the band’s tour of Europe with Skid Row. However, drummer Steve Riley is currently with Phil Lewis’ version of LAG. The band released their fourth album Vicious Circle in 1995 with the album failing to chart. Polygram dropped the band after Vicious Circle went up in smoke. The band also recorded the Pantera-influenced album American Hardcore in 1996 via CMC International which also hit the skids –not landing on any chart.

L.A. Guns then went through a “renaissance” period where the original lineup reunited and released several successful albums from the years 1999-2002, according to Wikipedia. This cast of original band members saw the return of: Phil Lewis (vocals), Tracii Guns (guitar), Mick Cripps (guitar), Kelly Nichols (bass guitar), and Steve Riley (drums). A compilation of re-recorded songs and new material titled Greatest Hits and Black Beauties was released in the summer of 1999. A live album was also recorded on October 7, 1999 at the Key Club on the Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood, California on the label Cleopatra Records Live: A Night at the Strip. Songs on this live album included “Face Down”, “Sex Action”, Electric Gypsy”, “Rip N Tear”  and “One More Reason”. The band began recording new material with producer Andy Johns in 2002 with the group scheduled to tour with Alice Cooper later in the year. The L.A. Guns album Waking the Dead came out to positive reviews with songs “Don’t Look at Me that Way”, “Waking the Dead”, “Hellraiser’s Ball”, and “City of Angels” on the Spitfire label. This included Phil Lewis on vocals, Tracii Guns on guitar, Adam Hamilton on bass guitar, and Steve Riley on drums. L.A.Guns began touring with Warrant, Ratt, Dokken, and Firehouse that year as part of the Rock Fest Tour. The seminal event in 2002, however, was the departure of Tracii Guns, as well as L.A.Guns involvement in a project with Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx in a band named Cockstar.

What follows is an interview and press release from that time period, via KNAC.com and an interview with contributor Mick Stingley on 3/9/03 following an L.A. Guns show in Brooklyn:

“It is the day after the infamous club fire in my native Rhode Island. The Great White show at “The Station” is the top story on every majornews outlet, and the subject of concern for more than a few peoplein attendance this evening. I mention this because it bears mentioning.This interview was set up only a few days prior for me, as a “representative”of KNAC.COM — but I had been to “The Station” many times… I knewwell the club’s small size, I have seen a few bands there… it is as muchin the back of my head this night as anyone’s…

L’Amour is a famous, well-maintained rock club deep in the Bay Ridge section of Brooklyn, New York. It is the pre-eminent venue for metal lovers in the Five Boroughs, and upon walking inside I note instantly the presence of red “EXIT” signs and sprinklers on the ceiling. I make my way to the bar, and hear the subject of the fire bandied about the rock crowd as I pass by rockers male and female, young and old. It is a horrible, frightening tragedy: Yet the turnout is strong for LA Guns… After the band takes the stage at 1:30AM, they are only one song in when Phil Lewis addresses the crowd… a quiet, poignant nod to the previousnight’s events. He offers up hopes and prayers for the victims and theirfamilies, and dedicates the evening to the crowd who came out to seethe rock music they love – tonight — and for the people who lost their lives in Rhode Island. After the show, I will be turning on my tape recorder and chattingwith LA Guns. They are on their first tour without founding memberand namesake Tracii Guns, who is working on a project with Nikki Sixx. I had my doubts about what the show would be like,but with the addition of guitar-slinger Kerri Kelli,and Faster Pussycat’s Brent Muscat — I was pleasantly surprised.I have forsaken a show review and attention to set listin favor of just enjoying the music over a beer.However, their set included a few tracks from the great, recent Spitfire release,Waking The Dead, as well as concert staples “Sex Action,”“Ballad Of Jayne,” “Rip N Tear,” plus some long missed favorites –“Long Time Dead,” “Kiss My Love Goodbye,” and the great,under-rated “Beautiful” from Man In The Moon. After the show, the whole band comes out to chat, meet, greet,sign autographs and shake hands with their fans. I make my way backstage tomeet up with Brad Nelson, their tour manager, and get situatedfor what was to be a brief interview with Phil, and maybe Steve.Pretty much, prior to the tragedy in Rhode Island, I had wantedto discuss the departure of Tracii, and the resulting changes.Mr. Nelson kindly assembled the entire group, and I realized theneed to be extemporaneous and include each member’s input –as the five men who make up LA Guns stood around me in a huddle,and I turned on my tape-recorder, the ease and charm of this companyof players made me mindful of the fact that, whatever lineupchanges they have undergone, whatever struggles they faceas a touring group in a descendant genre of rock music, and,  touched as they were by the previous night’s events — once thing remainsclear and unshakeable — LA GUNS IS A BAND.” – See more at: http://knaclive.com/article.asp?ArticleID=1836&StartTime=3%2F10%2F2003+8%3A30%3A45+AM#sthash.8QyXiV3t.dpuf

Here now are three important elements to this article: Condensed Timeline of Key Events, link to the interview where Tracii Guns announced his departure, and upcoming L.A. Guns Concert dates for 2013:

Condensed Timeline of Key Events from 2003-2012

  • 2003  Recruitment of Stacey Blades to the group
  • 2004  Release of cover album Rips the Covers Off
  • 2005  Release of Tales from the Strip and Live from Hollywood
  • 2006  Tracii Guns forms Tracii Guns band as well as Brides of Destruction
  • 2007  Tour dates announced to support Tales from the Strip
  • 2012  Tracii Guns announces he is finished with his version of L.A. Guns

Link to Tracii Guns interview where announcement of departure is made:

http://blabbermouth.net/news.aspx?mode=Article&newsitemID=176904

Upcoming Tour Dates for L.A. Guns, with some dates including Warrant, Ratt, and Dokken:

8-1-13  Toledo,OH

8-2-13Dayton, OH

8-3-13Sterling Heights, MI

8-5-13 Sturgis, SD

8-17-13Des Moines, IA

9-6-13Akron, NY

Glamour Rock /Heavy Metal Podcast

Posted in Entertainment, Glam Metal Rock Music, Glam Rock, Guns N Roses, Heavy Metal Music, Metal Rock, New York Dolls, Slade with tags , , , on October 17, 2011 by glamrock4ever

Glam Rock Podcast with Slade/NyDolls/GNRHello and welcome once again to GlamRockStar’s Podcast. The following Podcast, posted on 10.15.11 features these Glamour Rock Music songs and artists. TUNE IN and TURN ON. Also, at the end of the Podcast, guess the name of the “Mystery Song” and send an email with your guess. If you guess correctly, you will win a VINTAGE ROCK T-SHIRT. So listen to these great Glamour Rock Classic Songs.

ARTIST                                                               SONG

SLADE                               “Look Wot You Dun”, “Take Me Back Ome”, “Mama Weer All Crazee Now”

NEW YORK DOLLS        “Personality Crisis”, “Looking for a Kiss”

GUNS N ROSES               “Welcome to the Jungle,” “Night Train”, “Out Ta Get Me”

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