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I have yet to listen to this but will be doing so this evening. Here is a podcast that Focus On Metal's host Richie did interviewing Jason Slater. This is Part 1 of a two part podcast, the second part will be uploaded to the Focus On Metal site next week. This podcast is primarily dealing with his involvement with Queensryche and should provide some interesting insight, information and first hand knowledge about this time in the bands career. I will post this link again next week when the second part of the Jason Slater episode gets uploaded to the site.

All you have to do is go to the link below under EP (episode) #375 Jason Slater: SlaterRyche and click on the yellow download to the right to listen. 

Before I post that link. I wanted to post this as a stand alone thread so that it stands out on it's own and for all discussion of this podcasts content as it relates to what info is contained therein.
All other commentary and/or critique involving the diarrhea that Skippy (Mr. original Warning track listing as it was originally intended) aka Birdbrain will no doubt be spewing like lava in regards to this over at the DTF, that can be shifted over and discussed in the Beat Down Room thread.
I say this because I think there will be discussion both regarding the podcast and info involved as well as no doubt some discussion regarding Birdbrain's commentary over at dtf.
Easy enough directions to follow right. We have a smart and astute bunch here  ;D

 http://www.focusonmetal.net/episodes   

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70's Classic Rock / Colosseum/ Colosseum II
« on: April 20, 2018, 02:11:07 AM »
Colosseum was a pioneering English progressive jazz rock band, one of the first bands to fuse jazz rock and blues. Formed in 1968 by Jon Hiseman (drums) and Dick Heckstall Smith (saxophones). They then recruited Dave Greenslade (organ),  Tony Reeves (bass), and James Litherland (guitar, vocals). Their live debut was at the Scene club and was recorded by John Peel for his BBC Radio 1 broadcast which brought them critical acclaim. Their debut album Those Who Are About To Die Salute You was released in 1969.

  Colosseum's second album, later in 1969, was Valentyne Suite,[5] notable as the first release on Philip's newly launched Vertigo label, established to sign and develop artists that did not fit the main Philips' brand, and the first label to sign heavy metal pioneers Black Sabbath.

For the third album, The Grass Is Greener, released only in the United States in 1970, Dave "Clem" Clempson replaced James Litherland. Louis Cennamo then briefly replaced Tony Reeves on bass, but was replaced in turn by Mark Clarke within a month. Then Hiseman recruited vocalist Chris Farlowe to enable Clempson to concentrate on guitar. This lineup had already partly recorded the 1970 album Daughter of Time.

In March 1971, the band recorded concerts at the Big Apple Club in Brighton and at Manchester University. Hiseman was impressed with the atmosphere at the Manchester show, and the band returned five days later for a free concert that was also recorded. The recordings were released as a live double album Colosseum Live in 1971. In October 1971 the original band broke up.

Interim 1971–1994[edit]

After the band split, Jon Hiseman formed Tempest with bassist Mark Clarke; Dave Greenslade formed Greenslade together with Tony Reeves. Chris Farlowe joined Atomic Rooster; and Dick Heckstall-Smith embarked on a solo career. Clem Clempson joined the hit group Humble Pie.

Hiseman formed a totally other group called Colosseum II in 1975, with a stronger orientation towards jazz-fusion rock, which featured the well-known guitarist Gary Moore and Don Airey on keyboards. They released three albums before disbanding in 1978.

Reunion 1994–2015[edit]

Remarkably, Colosseum reunited 23 years later (1994) with exactly the same line-up as when they split in 1971.

Colosseum reunited on 24 June 1994 at the Freiburg Zelt Musik Festival, then, a few months later, they played a concert in Cologne on 28 October at E-Werk which was recorded for a TV Special and later released in 1995 as a CD and video. It was then re-released in 2004 as a DVD. The rejuvenated band then played a lengthy tour of mainly German concerts. A second tour followed in 1997, to promote their new studio album "Bread and Circuses". They also appeared at major festivals in 1998, 1999 and 2000.

In 2003 they toured on the back of "Tomorrow's Blues" CD, followed also by gigs in England in 2004. Hiseman's wife, saxophonist Barbara Thompson, joined the band on various occasions before the death of Dick Heckstall-Smith in December 2004, before becoming a permanent member of the band.[6]

In 2005, there were three memorial concerts for Dick Heckstall-Smith, one in Hamburg Germany and two in England. Then on 24 September 2005 they performed in Moscow, followed by more concerts in 2006. In 2007, the made their first appearance in Japan and returned to play more dates in Germany. Further tours of Europe were made in 2010.
Colosseum played their "Summer 2011" tour of 22 gigs in Germany, Italy, Austria, Finland and Poland. The tour started in June and ended on 20 August in Germany, Rostock, at Bad Doberan "Zappanale" festival. According to the interview of the bandleader Jon Hiseman, Bad Doberan was the last concert of the band. Their second 'last' concert was in Poland, Slupsk, at "Legends of Rock" festival on 13 August 2011 and the third 'last' concert in Finland, Äänekoski, at "Keitelejazz" festival on the 23 July 2011. These announcements were based on Barbara's worsening Parkinson's condition preventing her from playing. However, with the arrival of new medication, her ability to play was renewed, so those announcements proved to be premature and the band continued to record and play until 2015
More studio releases followed,[8] as expanded editions of Valentyne Suite and Colosseum Live, and several compilation sets of earlier work. From 2011 to 2014, Colosseum gradually recorded their final album, ironically titled "Time on our Side", which was eventually released late in 2014, to coincide with their final flurry of dates in Germany and the UK. These included 24 concerts during 2014 in Central Europe, starting 2014-10-23 at Steinegg Festival, Collepietra, Italy. followed by concerts in February 2015 before finally ending on 2015-02-28 at the Shepherd's Bush Empire, London W12. At all these concerts, Jon Hiseman confirmed from the stage that this tour would be Colosseum's last.[9]

So, after 23 years, the band played what Jon referred to as 'the last hurrah!' before a packed and very appreciative audience at the Shepherd's Bush Empire, London on 28 February 2015. Special 'guest' was Ana Gracey, the daughter of Jon Hiseman and Barbara Thompson, who sang her own composition, "Blues to Music", with Chris Farlowe, which was also included on the final Colosseum CD.

Studio albums[edit]
Those Who Are About to Die Salute You – (1969)
Valentyne Suite – (1969)
The Grass Is Greener – (1970) (U.S. release only)
Daughter of Time – (1970)
Bread & Circuses – (1997)
Tomorrow's Blues – (2003)
Time On Our Side – (2014)

Live albums[edit]
Colosseum Live – (1971)
LiveS  The Reunion Concerts 1994 – (1995)
Live Cologne 1994 – (2003)
Live05 – (2007)
Theme for a Reunion – (2009)

Valentyne suite: full album (a MUST listen album)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dOAGUg6EVec

Take Me Back To Doomsday Beat Club 1970: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=znB9mQ1IYKg
Live Brighton 1971 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QEYhrWRg6vE
Stormy Monday Blues live 1971: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7CeYCU59Uho
Rope Ladder To The moon live Brighton 1971 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9EGvhkOM0Dk
Lost Angeles: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c7EAXky1MJA

Live Germany 2014 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KEWj1rjU-DY
The Final Show 2015 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ua2WCl5bhtg

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Progressive Rock / Electric Orange
« on: April 20, 2018, 01:15:02 AM »
Electric Orange is a progressive and psychedelic krautrock band from Aachen Germany formed in 1992 by Dirk Jan Muller (keyboards) and Dirk Bittner (guitar). Tom Ruckwald has been the bassist since 2000. Muller and Bittner are also regular members of the band Space Invaders. The band has released fourteen studio releases, three live albums and a live dvd. The band has been active from 1992 to the present. Georg Monheim is the current drummer.

Discography:
1993: Electric Orange
1994: Orange Commutation
1996: Cyberdelic
1996: Hörtest (12" Maxi)
1999: Schallaufnahmen (Bloop)
2001: Abgelaufen!
2003: Platte
2005: Fleischwerk
2007: Morbus
2010: Krautrock From Hell
2011: Netto
2012: XX
2013: Live At Roadburn 2012
2014: Volume 10
2015 Nein! HITS à gogo - Golden Recordings (10" Vinyl-EP)
2016 Misophonia
2017 Würzburg Cairo 2015
2017 Time Machine 1992-2017
2017 EOXXV

Live albums:
Unterwasser Live 2002 (2002)
Live at Roadburn 2012 (2012)
Live Wurzburg Cairo 2015 (2017)

Live Dvd
Live at the Psychedelic Network Festival 2007 (2009)

This band is awesome. Just stumbled upon them the other night, very atmospheric spacey shit.

The Return of Eugene, Be Careful (1993): 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ox__-4b5BHM
Electripity Chapter XVI (1993):  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i-cw7yDPAAI
Soul Shadows: (1993) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KTsK158FZYs

Columb (2003) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Jlo33bBTjA
Platte (full album) 2003 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C6CAAidINeA

Fleischzusatz (2005) Fleischwerk bonus track on 2008 re-release
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mNhkEjArQVY
Koodu (2005) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2bY4ayk3HrY
Rote Flocken (2007) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1z8WAE94aU8
Span 5 (2007) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vNh1LL6sdcM

Killer album, Krautrock From Hell 2010
Chorg: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dXBNbYN4De4
Neuronomicon Part 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rQlU6Zwv7GQ
Neuronomicon Part 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xBelaV4ZX5g
Sundos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AaOFN9Qa5CY

Netto (2011) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DHBQJFeX-Ko
Raumschaf (2011) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LMmTv8q8zwI
Organized Suffering (2016) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gak2CUTHKQs

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90's to Present Classic Rock / Alanis Morissette
« on: April 10, 2018, 06:36:06 PM »
Alanis Morissette began her career in the early nineties releasing two mildly popular dance pop albums before hitting big with the Jagged Little Pill album in 1995. Spawning several hits and widespread heavy rotation on MTV with the hits You Oughta Know, Ironic, Hand In My Pocket, Head Over Feet, and You Learn. The album sold thirty three million copies. She never equaled that success again but has released some good material. The follow up album had a few hits that enjoyed radio play. That I would be Good being one of them. Uninvited won Grammy awards and tremendous airplay from the 1998 City of Angels soundtrack, though the song was never released as a single. The Alannis MTV unplugged album and dvd was excellent. She has continued to tour albeit a little more sporadic in recent years. I caught a live show a few years ago in Atlantic City and she put on a great show.  She currently has some tour dates lining up for this year.

http://alanis.com/events/

Woodstock 99 (full show video) Great show. I have this on dvd bootleg  8)
 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y1RP0hXWgX0

Uninvited live with orchestra: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FjTB6EG3xGo

Uninvited VH1 Storytellers unplugged:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yub2tPUhhEw

You Oughta Know: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PFgU4EdJZwo

Live in Japan 1999 full show video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T7sKUxsKXLw

National Anthem at the Phillies game 2009
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Ga6H0qAU2s
Go Phils, we're on our way back up the ladder  8)

Ironic: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AakBK5leleE

MTV Unplugged:
You Learn: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Olk6lIR7wDg&t=0s&index=1&list=PLuiQLmDKR6Yx1YA8gySCNl3i1wPzVI_ul
That I Would Be Good: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UeipWTPCC_8&t=0s&index=4&list=PLuiQLmDKR6Yx1YA8gySCNl3i1wPzVI_ul
Princess Familiar: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x7kg3pfNSjc&t=0s&index=6&list=PLuiQLmDKR6Yx1YA8gySCNl3i1wPzVI_ul
Ironic: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZVkVWJ9FXBg&t=0s&index=8&list=PLuiQLmDKR6Yx1YA8gySCNl3i1wPzVI_ul
You Oughta Know: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sG-hyRyetxE&t=0s&index=11&list=PLuiQLmDKR6Yx1YA8gySCNl3i1wPzVI_ul
Uninvited: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zRN2U-qRCDM&t=0s&index=12&list=PLuiQLmDKR6Yx1YA8gySCNl3i1wPzVI_ul

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70's Classic Rock / Baker Gurvitz Army
« on: April 03, 2018, 02:19:25 AM »
The Baker Gurvitz Army featured Ginger Baker of Cream and Blind Faith fame along with the Gurvitz brothers Adrian (guitar, vocals) and Paul (bass, vocals) formerly of The Gun and Three Man Army. After Ginger Baker's Air Force broke up these three teamed up to create this band and released their self titled debut album in 1974, and on the strength of standout track Mad Jack charted in both the US and UK charts. They went on to release two more studio albums but did not enjoy any further chart success. The band also released a live album in their main period of activity. Following the death of their manager the and broke up in 1976. The Gurvitz brothers remain very under-rated. This band is not very well known ,but definitely deserves a listen. And Ginger Baker is one of the greatest drummers in rock history.

Discography:
Baker Gurvitz Army (1974)
Elysian Encounter (1975)
Hearts on Fire (1976)

Live albums:
Live in Derby 75 (1975)
Live Live Live (2005)
Still Alive (2008)

Flying In and Out of Stardom (Anthology) 2003

Neon Lights: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EnTq2G_QePg
Mad Jack: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RZBnOek3-kU
Inside of Me live video 1975: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=npP320NxfLQ
1975 Live Beat Workshop: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u7GXbGPNY88
Hearts of Fire (full album) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TX6TFbjPttE
People: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gPkgciMI-Wk


Here is Michael Denner of Mercyful Fate's band Denner's trickbag covering the Baker Gurvitz Army song Hearts on Fire live in Copenhagen 2013.
 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CIlIIpmRdgI


Off Beat Passages (full album) Live:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n3EDCgOn8uk


   

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Another list is out, Prog Magazine recently did a 100 greatest Prog Songs of All Time list.

https://www.loudersound.com/features/the-100-greatest-prog-anthems-of-all-time

Interesting list, contains a lot of great ones. The order of some of these are certainly debatable. 

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70's & 80's Heavy Metal bands / Corrosion of Conformity (C.O.C.)
« on: March 14, 2018, 10:57:34 PM »
Corrosion of Conformity (also known as C.O.C.) is an American heavy metal band from Raleigh, North Carolina formed in 1982. For almost the majority of its existence, the band has consisted of guitarist Woody Weatherman, bassist Mike Dean (who left in 1987 but rejoined six years later), drummer Reed Mullin (who left in 2001 but rejoined nine years later) and vocalist and rhythm guitarist Pepper Keenan (who joined the band in 1989). After a hiatus in 2006, Corrosion of Conformity returned in 2010 without Keenan, who had been busy touring and recording with Down, but announced their reunion with him in December 2014.[5]

Corrosion of Conformity started as a hardcore punk band but later moved towards a slower and blues-tinged heavy metal sound. To date, the band has released ten studio albums, four EPs, one compilation, and one live album. Their first three studio albums―Eye for an Eye (1984), Animosity (1985) and Blind (1991)―attracted the attention of Columbia Records, who signed the band in 1993. Corrosion of Conformity found success with the release of their 1994 fourth studio album, Deliverance, which peaked at number 155 on the Billboard 200 and spawned the hits "Albatross" and "Clean My Wounds". Their 1996 follow-up Wiseblood was also successful, and became Corrosion of Conformity's highest-charting album in the United States, peaking at number 104 on the Billboard 200. Their latest album, No Cross No Crown, was released on January 12, 2018 on Nuclear Blast Records.

Members[edit]

Current
Woody Weatherman – lead guitar, backing vocals (1982–present)
Mike Dean – bass (1982–1987, 1993–present), backing vocals (1982–1984, 1986–1987, 1993–2010, 2014–present), lead vocals (1984–1986, 2010–2014)
Reed Mullin – drums, percussion, backing vocals (1982–2001, 2010–present)
Pepper Keenan – rhythm guitar (1989–2006, 2014–present), lead vocals (1993–2006, 2014–present), backing vocals (1989–1993)

Former
Benji Shelton - lead vocals (1982-1983)
Eric Eycke – lead vocals (1983–1984; died 2017)
Simon Bob Sinister – lead vocals (1986–1989)
Phil Swisher – bass (1987–1993)
Karl Agell – lead vocals (1989–1993)
Jimmy Bower – drums, percussion (2001–2002)
Merrit Partridge – drums, percussion (2002–2003)
Stanton Moore – drums, percussion (2003–2005)
Jason Patterson – drums, percussion (2005–2006)

Discography:
Eye for an Eye (1984)
Animosity (1985)
Blind (1991)
Deliverance (1994)
Wiseblood (1996)
America's Volume Dealer (2000)
In the Arms of God (2005)
Corrosion of Conformity (2012)
IX (2014)
No Cross, No Crown (2018)

Currently touring with Black Label Society
 http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/black-label-society-announces-second-leg-of-north-american-tour-with-corrosion-of-conformity-blabbermouth-net-presale/

The deliverance album is my favorite and got to see that tour in 95 opening for Megadeth in Philly, killer show!

These are my favorites,
Clean My Wounds: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yvsQsao1F88
Albatross: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rKPicUnsPPg
Heaven's Not Overflowing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y36WK7XuE5w
Senor Limpio: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c6PlNje33wg

Deliverance (full album): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gOrrU6DKuHk

Live in Houston, TX 1994
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yaoAEKj2wzA

Live in Seattle 1997
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GziwFY1yphM

Here is what they sounded like early on, more of a hardcore punk vibe.
Animosity (full album): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G8FlzGXEIVI

Bloodstock festival 2012
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T_LbVUDvQiE

Clean My Wounds: Live Volume  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m0hHqcPZhyI&t=0s&list=PL_2oLI01NqBeSNzceKHEj8iQLfExiKSN7&index=8
Albatross: Live Volume https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qYdq3QzGM7M&index=3&list=PL_2oLI01NqBeSNzceKHEj8iQLfExiKSN7

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70's & 80's Heavy Metal bands / TNT
« on: March 06, 2018, 09:05:08 PM »
TNT is a Norwegian metal band formed in 1982, the band has released twelve studio albums, three ep's and three live albums while navigating numerous lineup changes since it's formation. Ronni Le Tekro, lead guitarist, and one hell of a good one and underrated talent has been the only consistent member. The original lineup consisted of Ronni Le Tekro (lead guitar), Dag Ingebrigtsen (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Steinar Eikum (bass), and Diesel Dahl (drums). This lineup recorded their self titled debut album (their only album featuring Norwegian lyrics). In 1983 Morty Black replaced Eikum on bass, and the following year in 1984 American singer Tony Harnell replaced Ingebrigtsen.

The second release Knights Of The New Thunder powered by Harnell's four octave range brought the band international notice, made the billboard chart in the US and Seven Seas received much MTV air time. This lineup released the next album Tell No Tales in 1987 before inner turmoil led to Diesal Dahl being thrown out of the band in 1988. Tell No Tales yielded the bands biggest hit 10,000 lovers (in one) and saw them gain a mainstream following in Japan and the US, and were again given a good amount of attention on MTV and Headbanger's Ball.

Kenneth Odiin became the new drummer and played on the band's fourth album Intuition (1989) it was the bands best received release in the US and afforded the band a headline tour. Following that tour Odiin left and was replaced by John Macaluso and the band released both the studio album Realized Fantasies and the live album Three Nights in Tokyo in 1992 but due to poor promotion and I'm sure the advent of the grunge scene, the band took a break. In 1996 a compilation album was released and the band regrouped featuring Harnell, Le Tekro, Morty Black and session drummer Frode Lamoy. That lineup recorded Firefly (1997) and Transistor (1999). Diesel Dahl rejoined the band in 2000 and has remained ever since, their eighth album My Religion was released in 2004, and shortly after Morty Black left the band. All The Way To The Sun was released in 2005 and Tony Harnell left the band the following year, his replacement being Tony Mills.

In the years following 2006 The band released three more full studio albums (all featuring Tony Mills on vocals) underwent several lineup changes and former members coming and going and various reunion type performances that featured former and original members, and some featuring multiple singers from the bands career and Tony Harnell has came and went a few times during recent years. The current vocalist is Baol Bardot Bulsara, he along with Roni Le Tekro, Diesel Dahl, and Ove Husemoen make up the current lineup.

Seven Seas: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=85IYHu9mNGY
10,000 Lovers (in one):  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kDTu3J8qPds
Deadly Metal: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-XL_cO31kIQ
Knights Of The New Thunder: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q-S2IJyXfDA
Last Summer's Evil: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7So2ZhaSbFE
Everyone's A Star: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mmOq1eTPZaI
Desperate Night: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JcN7Weh8_xg
Tell No Tales: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wCDwXcD0OCU
Child's Play:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5O31NoDH71c
Intuition: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yJRH-jX_9xw
End Of The Line:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7gNIU8J5_Js


Live Japan 1999: video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0POdNla2nUY
Studio 1 Live video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3vyD3fI9nIE
Live in Spain 2006: video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IN35xxJqXKI
30th Anniversary Show: video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4-VQW3wKduE
   
     

       

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QUEENSRYCHE: / A Two Queensryche Scenario?
« on: March 03, 2018, 02:42:36 AM »
So, given the rumor that our feathered friend (blackbird, aka samsara) has put forth in conjunction with the facebook caption from Kelly Gray that Bgs1972 posted, lets humor this situation just for shits and giggles, shall we. As to what that might look like and how that might play out. Because I kind of already know the answer, if by some miraculous twist of insanity Scott completely lost his marbles and did such a thing.

So, lets say that some way and some how. Scott decided to join forces with Geoff Tate and Kelly Gray was going to be in the fold along with Scott Mouton as the guitar tandem. and we'll throw the current dude that is playing bass on the European tour ( I don't know his name off the top of my head) in the mix for the sake of completing the lineup. Now, in addition to that, we need some sort of legal scenario to unfold to somehow give them the rights to also call themselves Queensryche. So lets assume that that somehow happened. So now we have our lineup, we have them going out as Queensryche #2.

Now, we have to really get into some kind of further impossibility in order for this to take place and happen as soon as later this year to capitalize on this whole 30th Anniversary of Mindcrime thing, since that is Geoff's bread and butter and would probably be the reason for this crazy scenario to even unfold. Can the legalities involved in getting court approval to use the name be sorted out that fast, I highly doubt it, but again lets pretend it did. So they are going to go out and play the North American tour for the Operation Mindcrime 30th Anniversary. We'll say in the fall.

Here are some facts real quick. I don't care what he calls the band, and I don't think it would matter much of a hill of beans that Scott were playing the drums. Because the fact of the matter is he is playing an album that has been done to death, so much so that most of the biggest fans of that record residing on the earth no longer bother to go see it live. Especially with that guitar tandem (which has been done pretty much, and whoever on bass). Scott would be an improvement on the drums. The rest of the production would be the same.

 The same one that is lucky to draw two hundred/ two hundred fifty people to a bar. Which is what I witnessed when I went to see him do it five years ago on the 25th anniversary (when he was also permitted to use the Queensryche name mind you) at a little side bar in the now closed Revel Casino in Atlantic City, which there may have been two hundred and fifty people at (and that is a conservative high side number).

 Now it's five years later, I think there is less of a draw for it now, with all the bad publicity it gets every time the you tube vids go up, read the comments. This would be a small to mid size bar/club tour with empty seats/or plenty of elbow room to spare. Scott is not going to do that kind of tour itinerary that Geoff has been doing with a slew of dates strung together in succession the last couple years (hence I'm sure he is one of the major factors for the fly in shows, I doubt it's Todd or Parker), especially for the peanuts that that tour would pull in cash wise after just having his kid that he wants to stay home with (another dilemma, unless that was all a farce, but I kinda doubt that is how it started if this were true).

Geoff Tate's credibility in the public eye has been in the toilet for some years now, with little improvement on that front that I have witnessed reading comments around the net. Kelly Gray's playing has been absolutely crucified from the bdr to blabbermouth and all points in between by the fan base since he first stepped foot in the band on Q2K, to the Oven Mitts nickname, to the Operation Mindcrime trilogy. This reputation by my observation has not improved any in recent times. There are also a lot of people who do not like Scott Mouton due to his past legal indiscretions. There will also be people who, believe it or not, will not go because Scott sold himself to the devil in joining back up with Tate, that may have otherwise went because they have adapted to enjoying the two entities as separate animals. There are also purists who won't go to either because it is not the original, or enough of the original lineup in either band. So what kind of cash exactly is this tour going to bring in to be able to rub two nickels together having to pay Scott his fair share?

That's the tour...

Now lets really get a laugh here and lets say they record a new album, the lineup stated above with the ability to call themselves Queensryche. We've been here before. Frequency Unknown was one of the most lambasted records in heavy metal history by my observation, so much so that it led to a " why I hate Frequency Unknown" campaign and the ridiculous rant contest or whatever that horseshit was. and I actually liked the record. It also didn't sell worth a shit.

Since then Geoff has released three more albums in his trilogy set over the last three years, each of which hasn't been represented live, have been all but disregarded by most at best , crucified by many at worst, and haven't sold worth a shit either. And again, there's no animosity here, I actually liked the fuckin records.

So you tell me how the simple addition of being able to have the name Queensryche on it (for the second time) and having Scott Rockenfield in the band on drums (who arguably isn't even a primary songwriter) is going to make some miraculous difference? Geoff will still write the same kinda stuff as he has been with the help of Kelly Gray and outside writers with some assistance from Scott, and they will release a subpar shitty album along the lines of the four aforementioned that barely anybody bought and nobody besides me and a few hundred other people evidently even liked with a heaping sprinkling of yes...wait for it, Dedicated To Chaos sprinkled in for good measure  ;D Man that will sell like hot cakes, people will be lined up out the door at the shows too.... at Franks Pub.

What are your thoughts???                     

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80's Classic Rock / The Quireboys
« on: February 23, 2018, 02:08:56 PM »
The Quireboys are an English hard rock band formed in 1984 in London, they initially called themselves the Queerboys but as they began gaining popularity that name began to be too controversial and they changed their name to the Quireboys in 1987, also sometimes referred to as The London Quireboys. The band enjoyed some moderate success in the late eighties and early nineties, their debut album A Bit Of What You Fancy (1990) reached #2 on the UK charts. Following their sophomore album Bitter Sweet and Twisted in 1993 the band disbanded. The initial recording lineup featured lead vocalist Spike (Jonathan Gray), Guy Bailey and Guy Griffin on guitars, Nigel Mogg (UFO's Phil Mogg's nephew) on bass, Ian Wallace on drums, and Chris Johnstone on keyboards. The second album featured Rudy Richman on drums replacing Wallace. The band was working on material for a third album but the grunge scene had drastically changed the landscape and the band threw in the towel as interest dwindled. They did however support Gun's and Roses on some of the Use Your Illusion Tour, and had previously played Monsters of Rock Donnington and opened for the Rolling Stones on the strength of their debut album. The band deserved a better fate.

The band regrouped briefly in 1995 with different members but a more permanent reformation occurred in 2001 when spike and guitarist Guy Griffin put together a new lineup, which has continued to tour and release albums since. Their latest release White Trash Blues was released in 2017. Nigel Mogg was part of the band as well on the first two releases when the band reformed This Is Rock and Roll (2001) and Well Oiled (2004).   

Discography:
A Bit Of What You Fancy (1990)
Bitter Sweet and Twisted (1993)
This Is Rock 'N' Roll (2001)
Well Oiled (2004)
Homewreckers and Heartbreakers (2008)
Half Penny Dancer (2009)
Beautiful Curse (2013)
Black Eyed Sons (2014)
St. Cecilia and the Gypsy Soul (2015)
Twisted Love (2016)
White Trash Blues (2017)
They have also released five live albums, the most notable being Live: Recorded Around The World (1990)

Current Lineup:
Spike: Vocals (1984-93, 1995, 2001-present)
Guy Griffin: Guitars (1990-93, 2001-present)
Keith Weir: Keyboards (2001-present)
Paul Guerin: Guitars (2004-present)
Dave McCluskey: Drums (2014-present)
Nick Mailing: Bass (2014-present)

Spike is a very underrated singer and front man, very good band check them out. One of the best upcoming bands that grunge killed off back in the early nineties.

Mother Mary:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8F9LPda1V2E

7 O'clock: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KcutzDBC9aQ

Long Time Comin Live: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xpctajg3R_M

Heartbreaker: (Stones cover)
 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FdR_qCtGWr4

Whipping Boy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BfmWbSDXXos


King Of New York: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nNwHxkbW-q4

Blackwater: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qyT6awhB97s

Hates to Please (acoustic live): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JrQY_xFsS8U

Beautiful Curse: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kh9WwLs8O4s

Hey You: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q477Z14U0PY


Tramps and Thieves: Live at Town And Country Club, London
 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q1xkmPiny4o

Live At The Town And Country Club, London 1993 (full show)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lGG8mNee6U8


     

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70's & 80's Heavy Metal bands / Y & T
« on: February 23, 2018, 12:55:04 PM »
I thought these guys were already up on here, I was wrong  :o

Y&T (originally known as Yesterday and Today), date way back to 1974 formed in Oakland, Ca. The band released two albums on London records in the &0's as Yesterday and Today before changing their name to Y&T. Their initial lineup, which only played covers consisted of Dave Meniketti (lead vocals, guitars), Leonard Haze (drums), Wayne Stitzer (piano), Bob Gardner (bass). Upon Stitzer's departure Gardner switched from bass to rhythm guitar and piano, and Phil Kennemore was brought in on bass. In 1974 Gardner left and was replaced by Joey Alves, after which, the band began writing their own material.

Their first two albums, a self titled record in was released in 1976, followed by Struck Down in 1978, both as Yesterday & Today. The name change to Y&T occurred upon signing to A&M records in 1980. Earthshaker (1981) was the bands debut under the shortened new name, followed by Black Tiger (1982), and Mean Streak (1983) those three are widely regarded as some of the bands best work.

1984's In Rock We Trust became the bands highest charting and selling album but was outdone by the following release Down For The Count in 1985 with the MTV hit Summertime Girls. Moving through the late eighties the band began to fragment with Jimmy DeGrasso replacing Leonard Haze in 1986, and Stef Burns replacing Joey Alves in 1989. Following the release of the album Ten in 1990, and a live album Yesterday and Today Live the band disbanded in 1991.

In 1995 the band returned with the lineup of Meniketti, Kennemore, Burns and DeGrasso releasing albums in 1995 (Musically incorrect) and 1997 (Endangered Species). The band again fizzled out in the late 90's. Reforming again in 2001 with Leonard Haze returning replacing DeGrasso, Stef Burns would leave the band however later in the year replaced by John Nymann. In 2006 Haze was replaced by Mike Vanderhule on drums. In 2011 Phil Kennemore passed away thus leaving Meniketti the sole original member.

Leonard Haze (2016, age 61), and Joey Alves (2017, age 63) have both passed away.

The band continues on with a current lineup of:
Dave Meniketti: Lead vocals, lead guitars
John Nymann: Rhythm guitar, backing vocals
Mike Vanderhule: drums
Aaron Leigh: Bass

Goin Off The Deep End:    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s1YZO1B4Wfs&app=desktop

Mean Streak:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zWrqI1FI4TU

Summertime Girls: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qgstZzZlufM

Black Tiger: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BMWVRik6SGY

Dirty Girl: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nbnhm4WHsvw

Winds of Change Live: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M5aDILfBzSM

Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ggRD2MN7MbE

Forever Live: One Hot Night: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PbTJV4aSVmE

Midnight In Tokyo Live footage 1983   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ifd9VI--TO8

Mean Streak Live 1987 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8wcBPI_pbR0

I Believe In You Live Pink Pop Fest 1982 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yyjtVofiiCI

A band documentary is currently in the works.
http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/yt-frontman-explains-documentary-delay/
       

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Progressive Rock / Pulsar
« on: February 21, 2018, 10:53:20 PM »
Pulsar is a French progressive rock band formed in 1974 and still currently active today. The bands influences include Pink Floyd, King Crimson, and classical musicians and composers. For all the years this band has been around they have only released six albums.

Pollen (1975)
The Strands Of The Future (1976)
Halloween (1977)
Bienvenue Au Conseil D'Administration (1981)
Gorlitz (1989)
Memory Ashes (2007)

The band has remained consistent through the years, with one exception, original bassist Phillipe Roman left shortly after the recording of the debut album, replaced by Michel Masson (1975-80) , then Louis Peralis (1981-present).

Lineup:
Jacques Roman: Synthesizers, keyboards, mellotron
Victor Bosch: drums, percussion
Gilbert Gandil: guitar, lead vocals
Roland Richard: piano, flute
Louis Peralis: bass

Live clip Genevie, Switzerland 1975:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NBp-7GLJX2Q

Windows 1976: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mOqDNReRy18

The Strands Of The Future:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gi9KwDnaUJw

Apaisement: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=21D_sVa_-p8

Fools Failure: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=klbI3j7uYHQ

Le Cheval De Syllogie: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LdySgq5OZ5o

Puzzle/Omen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VuNH71B26ng

Pollen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K4zB_hn20EY

The Strands Of The Future (full album): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l1L5ZCYzMEY

Tired Answers: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wyTnO_CFRiY

Gorlitz:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7_m4eVPhaU8


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Progressive Rock / Eloy
« on: February 20, 2018, 03:14:14 AM »
Eloy is a German progressive rock band formed whose musical style includes symphonic and space rock, the later theme being more prevalent on their earlier albums. Despite their nationality and time period the band were generally not considered part of the Krautrock movement because of their sound, which has much more in common with English progressive rock bands such as Pink Floyd, King Crimson, Yes and Camel.

The band was founded in 1969 by guitarist Frank Bohrnmann, the band has endured several line-up changes with Bohrmann being the only consistent member of the group. In the 1980's after a series of major splits in the group, Bohrnmann pursued a more commercial direction. Despite attracting a large following in Germany, the band never achieved popularity in the United States. However, in later years former members of the band returned and in 1998 released the album Ocean 2, a return to the symphonic progressive rock genre for which the band was well known.

The band has released nineteen studio albums and three live albums and was initially active from 1969-1984, and then again from 1988 to the present.

The Apocalypse: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G7Rc8wW-1xk

Love Over Six Centuries: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WUxfJxyk_sA

The Sun Song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cV-Ch4tqPN8

Awakening Between The Times: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BntT4mE9LJA

Poseidon's Creation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NIeO4IAhpGM

Atlantis Agony: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DCMdigCBHpU

Incarnation of Logos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k3kvk5U6_sA

Appearance Of The Voice: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sdF5d2ejRTk

Between The Times: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=90JaaHLQ1cg

Land Of Nobody: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VwzHQnA3Fao

Reflections From The Spheres Beyond: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ACW1ltOr9no


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60's Rock Invasion / Keef Hartley Band
« on: February 20, 2018, 02:41:22 AM »
Keith "Keef" Hartley was an English drummer and band leader who fronted his own eponymous band The Keef Hartley Band, or Keef Hartley's Big Band. This band has the notoriety of being the only band that played  at the 1969 Woodstock Festival whose set was never included on any officially released album nor on the soundtrack of the film. Prior to forming his own band he was John Mayall's drummer (including his role as the only other musician other than Mayall to play on Mayall's 1967 solo album Blues Alone). He appeared on the following John Mayall albums.
Crusade (1967)
Blues Alone (1967)
The Diary of a Band , Volume 1 (Live) 1968
The Diary of a Band, Volume 2 (live) 1968
Back to the Roots (1971) appearing on some tracks.
Moving On (1973) Live
Ten Years are Gone (1973) studio + live

The Keef Hartley band played as mentioned at Woodstock in 1969. The band released the following albums.
Halfbreed (1969)
The Battle of North West Six (1969)
The Time is Near (1970)
Overdog (1971)
Little Big Band (Live at the Marquee Club) 1971
Seventy Second Brave (1972)
Not Foolish Not Wise (1968-72 studio /live (1999/2003)

The lineup of the band which released the debut album Halfbreed was Hartley, along with Miller Anderson (guitar, vocals) Gary Thain later of Uriah Heep fame on bass, Peter Dines (organ), and Ian Cruickshank (as Spit James) on guitar. Later members to join Hartley's fluid lineup included Mick Weaver (organ), Henry Lowther (trumpet/violin), Jimmy Jewell (sax), Johnny Almond (flute), Jon Hiseman and Harry Beckett.

After the Keef Hartley Bands demise. Hartley released a solo album Lancashire Hustler in 1973, he then formed the band Dog Soldier with Miller Anderson (guitar), Paul Bliss (bass), Derek Griffiths (guitar), and Mel Simpson (keyboards) they released one self titled album in 1975. Hartley died in 2011 at age 67.

Little Big Band: Essen Germany 1970
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KsLJjNLx9Mw

Sacked: 1969
 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mK-5V-xWi3s

Leavin' Trunk 1969
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gEoAhbyXPgs

Sinnin For You
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sg7emNQgkI0

Born To Die
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EBkYEhWmkkE

Roundabout:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QG3JV4lt5ww

Theme Song/Enroute/Reprise: 1971
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wg7-vj_VdhY

The Time Is Near
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SIm_uYzdcsA


   

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While we're on these topics, who are the bands or performers you regret not having ever seen live and/or would like to see before they are no longer performing.

I have seen a lot of the bands I would have wanted to see but there are still quite a few that I regret not seeing and some that are still playing that are on my bucket list. I finally got to see Armored Saint and Faster Pussycat last year  :)

I'll add to this list, but off the top of my head, bands that I've never seen that wish I had seen are.
The Who (I had recent opportunity's but I would have liked to seen them when Entwhistle was still alive)
Gary Moore: opportunity's were few and far between as far as shows in my area over the years, I should have found a way  :(
UK: the reunion tours with Bozzio and Jobson were doable, but they weren't advertised well and I didn't hear about them till after the shows.

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