• Sweet & Lynch - ONLY TO RISE

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    ONLY TO RISE

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    Being completely honest here, I really didn't expect a whole lot out of this. I'm not the biggest Stryper fan in the world by a long shot, and the truth is that I just never could fully get into Michael Sweet's vocals. There's just always been something about him. I'm not sure what it is. I guess

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  • AC/DC - ROCK OR BUST

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    In a year that has see a foundational piece of AC/DC succumb to a debilitating illness and another to his own personal insanity, AC/DC emerges after seemingly forever away with ROCK OR BUST. To be fair and truthfully honest, expectations on this release were pretty low. I know that AC/DC is a band that's been in business almost 50

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  • Whitesnake - BACK TO THE BONE

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    LIVE IN '84 - BACK TO THE BONE

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    David Coverdale and company have had a very long and successful history that started even before he formed Whitesnake. There's no denying the legacy here. Coverdale has had a fantastic career with Whitesnake, and his time in Deep Purple was every bit as strong to that band as a Sammy Hagar was to Van Halen

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  • Wretch - WARRIORS

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    There's an unwritten rule that I rarely follow here in Cleveland. That rule is that if a band is from Cleveland, I'm supposed to write all glowing things or else be called a hater by the local community. It's sad that it's like that, but the truth is what it is. For years I've lived with that stigma, to the point

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  • Machine Head - BLOODSTONE & DIAMONDS

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    What happened to Machine Head really is a crime. Unfortunately for them, it's a crime they perpetrated upon themselves. With a mistake so many made in their youth, this band singlehandedly torpedoed themselves from ascending to the heights in metal held by only the select few like Metallica and Megadeth before them. After THE MORE THINGS CHANGE came

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  • Nashville Outlaws - TRIBUTE TO MOTLEY CRUE

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    With the music industry pretty much dead anymore, nothing really comes off as shocking. After all, you have very desperate companies trying to hang on and make money from an industry that has about as much relevance today as the typewriter ribbon makers of the world still do. The current trend for the last half decade

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  • Texas Hippie Coalition - RIDE ON

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    I tell this story often, but it's one of my favorites of the past year. I had the chance to interview the Texas Hippie Coalition earlier this year at Rock On The Range in Columbus, Ohio. I was in a small tent with a bunch of photographers. The tent was fairly quiet really, as the much bigger adjacent

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Slash Almost Joined Poison

Image: Slash, pitriff, news, reviews, interviews, heavy metalLegendary Rock Interview recently spoke with Marc Canter, GUNS N' ROSES insider and author of the new G'N'R-related book Reckless Road. In the interview he talks about SLASH's younger years, the famous deli he runs that once employed Slash, stories from the beginning of Guns N' Roses, and more. An excerpt is available below:

Legendary Rock Interviews: I was gonna ask you if you were able to interview Tracii Guns (L.A. GUNS) for the book as I understand he has a movie or something coming out and probably has some insight. He is such a phenomenal player.

Marc Canter: "I tried because he did play a part in it all, but he never responded and a mutual friend asked him in person and he was like 'Nahhh, it's a big Marc Canter cash grab and all this stuff about me and the book not wanting to be involved'. But I KNOW Tracii, I've always known him. So then a while after the book came out he came up to me and congratulated me on the book and said it was so amazing because it was really what happened and accurate. He said 'You documented everything that happened and those pictures don't tell lies.' He told me if I ever needed any help with anything in the future to let him know, I guess he was just misjudging it a little bit. He was also kind of hiding from the world a little bit at that time anyway and didn't want to really talk about those days. But I always and still am friendly with him, although at the time it was a touchy situation me even going there to shoot Axl singing in L.A. Guns. I was documenting and taking pics of everything Slash had done and Axl wanted me to come down and shoot he and Tracii in L.A. Guns. I sort of had to sneak around Slash's back to help Axl and do that because at that point Tracii and Slash were really rivals. Tracii was absolutely his rival because he also had a band before L.A. Guns called PYRRHUS, which was the high school rival to TIDUS SLOAN. Needless to say Slash would be pissed if he knew I was helping Tracii and Axl, but Axl asked me so I did it. In the end it didn't work out anyway, they played a couple gigs and then Axl split and L.A. Guns got another singer.

Slash almost joined POISON at that point who were being managed by Vicky Hamilton. He didn't really wanna join but he knew it was a good opportunity because they were a big drawing act and their guitarist Matt had gotten his girlfriend pregnant and wanted to go back to Pennsylvania, but he and Slash were friendly. Matt liked Slash, he had seen HOLLYWOOD ROSE open a couple Poison gigs and and wanted him to take over in Poison gig. Slash really didn't wanna do it, he didn't like the music, he didn't like the silly string and the image. I told him 'Dude, you gotta do it, you don't have a band, you'll be able to record an album and it will be a stepping stone to other things' but he still really didn't wanna go audition. He did go because I basically kept buggin' him and I actually drove him out to go see them play this sold out show and convinced him to audition like 'Man, look at this' though he clearly wasn't into it and basically blew the audition. He was not into the music or the image and I guess he made some of that way too clear to the Poison guys. They knew he was clearly adept at the guitar parts and all but when it came down to it they were looking for someone who was really into the whole presentation and willing to play that game. Oddly enough, Slash walked out of the audition and saw C.C. walking in and knew without even hearing him play that he was the guy they were looking for, he just was so obviously perfect for Poison.

What happened in the meantime was that Izzy and Axl had decided to do a reunion of Hollywood Rose with new members but it just wasn't working out so they had gotten a hold of Tracii whose current L.A. Guns wasn't working out, and they had gotten back together and were playing again in January of '85. They decided to merge the name of Hollywood Rose with Izzy and Axl and L.A. Guns drummer, bassist and of course Tracii and turn into Guns N' Roses. I actually have the flyer from that first gig and it says 'L.A. Guns and Hollywood Rose present their new band Guns N' Roses'. They played a few gigs before their bass player quit and they got Duff."



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