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70's Classic Rock / Roxy Music
« on: Today at 01:56:19 AM »
Roxy Music was an English rock band formed in 1970 by Bryan Ferry, who became the bands lead vocalist and chief songwriter and bassist Graham Simpson. The other longtime members were Phil Manzanera (guitar), Andy Mackay (Saxophone and oboe), and Paul Thompson (drums/percussion). Other former members included Brian Eno (synthesizers), Eddie Jobson (synthesizers/violin), and John Gustafson (bass). The band took a break from group activities in 1976 and again in 1983, but reunited in 2001 and toured intermittently until their breakup in 2011. Ferry frequently enlisted Roxy Music members for his solo releases.

Their debut album was released in 1972, they incorporated elements of glam rock, progressive and also were a heavy influence on early punk rock and the new wave scene. The band released eight studio albums. Other notable members who passed through the band included Paul Carrack, John Wetton and Rick Wills among others.

Here is smattering of some of their material that I enjoy. You'll notice I prefer their older material when they were a little more harder edged.

Ladytron 1973 Old Grey Whistle Test:
In Every Dream Home A Heartache 1973 OGWT:
Remake/ Remodel:

Live BBC TV 1972: Ladytron & Gray Lagoons:
Live BBC TV 1972: I think this is the full recorded broadcast

Editions Of You 1973
Pajamarama 1973:
If There Is Something (John Peel session 1972):
Amazona 1974:
Out Of The Blue:
Your Applications Failed:
The Bogus Man:
Love Is The Drug:

Stockholm 1976 Live TV Broadcast:

Viva Live
If There Is Something:
Both Ends Burning:
In Every Dream Home A Heartache:

Like A Hurricane (Neil Young cover) live 1982

Progressive Rock / Happy The Man
« on: June 28, 2018, 12:53:44 AM »
Happy The Man is an American progressive rock band formed in Harrisonburg, Virginia in 1973. The initial lineup was formed by Stanley Whitaker (guitars, vocals), Frank Wyatt (keyboards, sax, flute), and Rick Kennell (bass, vocals) along with Mike Beck (drums), Cliff Fortney (lead vocals, flute, keyboards), and David Bach (keyboards). Bach was soon replaced on keyboards in 1974 by Kit Watkins. Not long after Dan Owen replaced Fortney on lead vocals. Eventually with Owen's departure Whitaker took on lead vocals in 1975. The band released their self titled debut album in 1977, which Rolling Stone listed as #50 of their 50 greatest prog rock albums. Largely instrumental the album only consisted of two songs that had vocals. In late 1977 Beck left the band and was replaced by Ron Riddle on drums.

The bands second album Crafty Hands was released in 1978, again largely instrumental featuring only one song with vocals by Whitaker. The band was in the process of recording a third album when they were dropped by Arista records, the album was completed but never released until 1983, long after the band dissolved following Kit Watkins departure to join Camel in 1979. Beginnings was released in 1990 which features early recordings of unreleased pre 1977 material. Death's Crown was released in 1999 featuring unreleased material from 1974-1976. The band also released a live album in 1978.

The band regrouped in 2000 with a lineup of:
Rick Kennell: bass (1973-79, 2000-present)
Stanley Whitaker: guitars (1973-79, 2000-present)
Frank Wyatt: keyboards, sax, flute (1973-79, 2000-present)
David Rosenthal: (Rainbow, Billy Joel among others) keyboards (2000-present)
Ron Riddle: drums (1977-78, 2000-02)

Riddle departed in 2002 and was replaced by Joe Bergamini (drums) 2002-present.
In 2004 the band released their last studio album to date The Muse Awakens.

Starborn (1977)
Happy The Man (debut album 1977) full album

WTGB Studios live 1975

Ibby It Is (1978)
Crafty Hands (1978) full album

Some rare footage 1977

Stepping Through Time (2004)

Knee Bitten Nymphs Live 2006
Ibby It Is Live 2005 North Carolina:
Service With A Smile Live:

Tough band to find a lot of good footage of. These guys were pretty good. The first two albums are worth a listen for sure.

Progressive Rock / FM
« on: June 27, 2018, 11:29:24 PM »
FM is a Canadian progressive band formed in 1976 in Toronto. The band was formed by Cameron Hawkins (synthesizers, bass, vocals) and Jeff Plewman (later know as Nash the Slash) on electric violin and electric mandolin. In 1977 they added Martin Deller on drums and released their debut album Black Noise. Their sophomore album Direct To Disc ( this album was also released under the name Headroom) saw Ben Mink replacing Plewman (Nash the Slash) playing the same instruments Plewman played. 

Interesting note on the second album:
The album was made using the direct to disc recording method, in which recording tape is not used. This method requires that the group perform two 15-minute sides live in the studio with no overdubs. The recording is mixed live and transcribed to the master disc as it is being performed. This was a briefly popular format in the 1970s, and like all albums made this way, it was a limited edition, because only so many copies can be pressed from the master disc.

The album was mostly instrumental, consisted of one piece on each side, and was issued on a small label called Labyrinth Records, catalogue number LBR-1001, which suggests it was likely the label's first (and possibly only) release. It was well received by critics who compared the first side to a blend of Yes, King Crimson, and Lighthouse, while the second side took on a jazz feel, concluding with the sound of an unusual instrument: an alpha wave brain monitor plugged into a synthesizer, translating drummer Martin Deller's live brainwaves into a throbbing hum.

The Hawkins, Mink, Deller trio also recorded their third album Surveillance in 1979, and their fourth album City Of Fear in 1980.
In 1983 Ben Mink left the band and Plewman (Nash the Slash returned) the band toured as it's original debut album three piece an then recorded the album Con-Test in 1985 , which also included Mink back in the band but now playing guitar.

The band released one more album in 1987, shifting to a more guitar based sound with three new members joining Hawkins and Nash the Slash. Greg Critchley on drums, Simon Brierley guitars, and Michael Waite bass. This would be the last album by the band until 2015's Transformation album which featured only Hawkins along with a newly assembled lineup.

Nash The Slash died in 2014 at age 66.   

Border Crossing (from Direct to Disc) 1978
Headroom (from Direct to Disc) 1978

Black Noise (full album ) 1977

Starless (King Crimson cover) Live 1977 Kick Ass version, check it out.

Live 1979 soundboard recording Parkwest Chicago WXRT FM

Live at NearFest, Bethlehem, PA 2006

Surveillance album side 1 (1979)

Early live footage 1976 TV Ontario as a two piece with Hawkins and Nash the slash playing all instruments.

Progressive Rock / Victor Peraino's Kingdom Come
« on: June 23, 2018, 02:34:00 AM »
This is the 70's Kingdom Come band that was formed by Arthur Brown. They released three albums before disbanding. Victor Peraino was the keyboardist on their third album Journey in 1972, after which the band disolved. The Journey is notable as being the first album to have the drums recorded solely by a drum machine. The Bentley River Ace machine was used which was manufactured by Ace Tone company of Japan, which later evolved into Roland.

 A number of factors contributed to the end of Kingdom Come, including mediocre album sales, critical disdain, the revolving door membership of the band, and Brown's frustration with the music business in general. The band dissolved rather than officially breaking up, with Brown citing a desire to play simpler music and opt for a simpler lifestyle in general in later interviews. Following their split, Peraino returned to Detroit, where he made an album called "No Man's Land" in 1975 with some local musicians as Victor Peraino's Kingdom Come. Nearly 40 years later, in 2014, Peraino made another album, "Journey In Time" under the same group name, this time with guest appearances from Arthur Brown on 5 of the tracks.

This is a look at the Victor Peraino's Kingdom Come band. This dude is pretty bad ass on the synthesizers and this is some good shit. That probably anybody hardly ever heard. Arthur Brown did make some appearances with this incarnation of the band as well as indicated above.

Live 2014
Time Captives:
Promo video 2014:

Empires of Steel Live:
Empires Of Steel studio version 1975

Future 2014 from Journey in Time w/ Arthur Brown
We Only Come To Help You 2014 from Journey In Time w/ Arthur Brown:
Run Through Your Life:

Garden of Death: 1975 from No Man's Land:
Lady Of The Morning: 1975 from No Man's Land:
Sun Set Sail: 1975 from No Man's Land:
No Man's Land 1975 full album

Live at Wyandotte Art Fair:

Great to see Zal Cleminson back in action with a new band Sin Dogs. Zal was the lead guitarist for Tear Gas, which ultimately became Alex Harvey's backing band as The Sensational Alex Harvey Band in the seventies and then later he was a second guitarist for Nazareth in the late seventies and early eighties. He was part of numerous reunions of the Alex Harvey Band members over the years following Alex Harvey's death paying tribute to the band and Alex. He also performed with Elkie Brooks, Midge Ure, and Bonnie Tyler. In 2008 Zal announced his retirement from music but has now resurfaced with his band the Sin Dogs who released a four song ep last year and toured Scotland and England. The band is working on their debut full length record and are currently booking additional tour dates.

Zal Cleminson's Sin Dogs:
Zal Cleminson: Guitar, vocals
William McGonagle: Guitars
David Cowan: Keyboards
Nelson McFarlane: Bass
Scott Cowie: Drums

Live 5/11/17
Season of the Sword: Live Newcastle 1/12/17
The Govan Boy Acoustic Live 6/10/18
Hungry Heart live 2017:
Armageddon Live 5/11/17:
Stick Man live 5/11/17:
Bloodstream Live 2017:

Live full show 5/12/17 Glasgow

Framed (Alex Harvey Band cover) Live 2017

So with all the latest news of several rock star retirements, farewell tours, Klaus Meine turning 70, UFO's Phil Mogg calling it quits next year at age 70. I was thinking what are the current ages of some of the elder statesman of rock and roll and how much longer can they possibly keep performing. Not to mention some are in failing health. So I figured I do a little research and note the ages of some various rock stars and bands/band members that are getting up there, especially those approaching into that 70 year old range that are still performing.   

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   

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)

Take Me Back To Doomsday Beat Club 1970:
Live Brighton 1971
Stormy Monday Blues live 1971:
Rope Ladder To The moon live Brighton 1971
Lost Angeles:

Live Germany 2014
The Final Show 2015

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.

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):
Electripity Chapter XVI (1993):
Soul Shadows: (1993)

Columb (2003)
Platte (full album) 2003

Fleischzusatz (2005) Fleischwerk bonus track on 2008 re-release
Koodu (2005)
Rote Flocken (2007)
Span 5 (2007)

Killer album, Krautrock From Hell 2010
Neuronomicon Part 1:
Neuronomicon Part 2:

Netto (2011)
Raumschaf (2011)
Organized Suffering (2016)

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.

Woodstock 99 (full show video) Great show. I have this on dvd bootleg  8)

Uninvited live with orchestra:

Uninvited VH1 Storytellers unplugged:

You Oughta Know:

Live in Japan 1999 full show video:

National Anthem at the Phillies game 2009
Go Phils, we're on our way back up the ladder  8)


MTV Unplugged:
You Learn:
That I Would Be Good:
Princess Familiar:
You Oughta Know:

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.

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:
Mad Jack:
Inside of Me live video 1975:
1975 Live Beat Workshop:
Hearts of Fire (full album)

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.

Off Beat Passages (full album) Live:


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

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

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.


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)

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)

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

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:
Heaven's Not Overflowing:
Senor Limpio:

Deliverance (full album):

Live in Houston, TX 1994

Live in Seattle 1997

Here is what they sounded like early on, more of a hardcore punk vibe.
Animosity (full album):

Bloodstock festival 2012

Clean My Wounds: Live Volume
Albatross: Live Volume

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:
10,000 Lovers (in one):
Deadly Metal:
Knights Of The New Thunder:
Last Summer's Evil:
Everyone's A Star:
Desperate Night:
Tell No Tales:
Child's Play:
End Of The Line:

Live Japan 1999: video
Studio 1 Live video:
Live in Spain 2006: video
30th Anniversary Show: video


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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