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70's & 80's Heavy Metal bands / Re: Judas Priest
« Last post by radardude65 on April 25, 2018, 10:16:29 PM »
I might have to fly back to the US for this combo (hoping they bring this combo to Europe later in the fall. 

Other than Gillan's vocals (he still sounds like Gillan though, and is better off vocally than Coverdale and Paul Stanley), this version of Deep Purple is firing on all cylinders.  Their last two albums are the best they've done with Morse, and Airey was the best choice to replace Jon Lord in the band.  Remember he's played with Gary Moore, Randy Rhoads, and Blackmore, before pairing up with Morse). Paice and Glover are one of the tightest rhythm sections touring today.  I know some pine for Blackmore to step on stage with these guys again.  One, this band doesn't want to.  Two, after listening to his playing with the resurrected Rainbow the last few years, he'd embarrass himself.  His electric playing is nowhere near where it was when he shelved Rainbow in the mid 90's to do acoustic renaissance music for 20 years.  This years shows especially seems like he's going through the motions.  He couldn't keep up with Paice and Glover even for one song.

Priest is sounding pretty good on this tour from the videos I've watched.  Yeah  Ritchie is handling the bulk of the solos, Sneap is still finding his legs a bit.  Rob has been sounding pretty good for his age.  Firepower is a good album to go out on (I'd be really surprised if they did another one, if this cycle carries thru 2019, 2020 would be the earliest a new disc would come out Halford will be 68/69).  Priest is more visual than Purple.  You get the propane and fire, you get the synchronized guitarist movements, you get more costume changes than a Cher concert for Rob, the motorcycle.  You can forgive some of the downtuned vocals with the spectacle (at least Rob sounds better than Paul Stanley and Jon Bon Jovi). 

And it shouldn't be Rolling Stones/Eagles prices and you'll get a great show from both bands for a fair price.
70's & 80's Heavy Metal bands / Re: DIO
« Last post by radardude65 on April 25, 2018, 09:34:47 PM »
So while the hologram is in depot on jacks for heavy maintenance...

The also rans will be doing an album of original material (per their puppetmaster Wendy Dio)

I think Wendy is calling in some markers to get BMG to sign this project for an album deal.  This group just doesn't feel as organic as Last In Line.  And I take that video of the original song with a grain of salt.  No idea how polished that and the other two songs were when they played them at that event in 2016.  The song just doesnt jump out at all.  Time will tell. 

I think the name Dio Disciples will kill the album.  Anyone who saw Dio live or even live videos of him saw how he commanded the front of the stage.  Unless they make a dramatic leap froward with the tech (like Star Trek holodeck good), its still a projection at the back of the stage that doesn't have stage presence.  Having said that I will go see it live when it re-emerges. 

QUEENSRYCHE: / Re: If Scott Doesn't Return to the Band
« Last post by Rockox on April 25, 2018, 09:24:14 AM »
QR posted this in reply to another fan recently asking about Scott's return:

"Well if we knew the answer to that, we would simply say. We've given you a straight answer 3 times now, but apparently that's not good enough and you've decided what you think the answers are, so if we tell you that we don't know, perhaps your questions are directed at the wrong person. Maybe it's Scott you should be asking. We. Don't. Know. More. Period."

As I've been saying, it really sounds like Scott is putting the band in a tough position. Because Scott doesn't appear to be active on social media, all the questions fans have about him have to go through the band. The following probably happens on a weekly basis:

Band: Hey Scott, any word yet? The fans are ready to fuckin crucify us here, dude.
Scott: Nope, sorry.
Band: Fuuuhhhhhhhck.

So if the band doesn't respond at all, people criticize them. If the band DOES respond, people still criticize them. Regardless of what's going on with Scott, he's really fucking the band over by not giving a straight answer. I almost wish the band would change their go-to response to something more direct, like: "GO ASK SCOTT, COZ HE AIN'T TELLING US SHIT."


Some interesting speculation from fans that I thought I'd share here (from the Blabbermouth comments, no less):

"My only issue is it's more than just a son. He cheated on his longtime wife and result was a son. He is going through more than just being a dad."

"I don't know about the cheating and child out of wed-lock but it is public record that he is/was going through a divorce to his longtime wife. I assumed this all had to do with custody and his inability to get equal custody rights if he was going to be out on the road. I can also see Scott just reaching the point where he has had enough and though he was hoping for a nice commercial ($) resurgence for the band, it has not really happened no matter how much a small but bocal group of die-hard fans champion Todd. The band is not commercially stronger today than they were prior to 2012 and the fallout with Tate. Probably would be in the same state even with Tate but doesn't change fact that for Scott it may not have been enough of a reward to offset the other things he is needing to focus on in his life at this point."

"So then going out on the road = income, and if Scott's getting a divorce he needs to get his income as close to zero as possible to minimize the sting. Once everything is finalized he'll rejoin the band and get back on the payroll. Smart."

"I would assume any judge could see through that con job. Scott owns a third of the band at this point, so if the band is turning a profit from touring, merch, etc., Scott will still be drawing income from all of that. To not make any money, he would need to keep the entire band off the road. I assume this has to do with losing custody (visitation) rights if the other party can show that he cannot provide a stable home life for a child. Being absent on the road is not stable. There is a professional tennis player that has been dealing with this exact situation over the last year and has not been able to travel to play tournaments away from the home state until the custody battle is resolved."
Someone Else? / Re: What album are you listening to?
« Last post by radardude65 on April 24, 2018, 08:30:27 PM »
That chorus is horrendous and just about ruins what is a great song from Stryper.  Rest of the album is really good, I like the newer Stryper a lot more than the albums from their heyday in the late 80's early 90's and they kick ass live. 

I've been listening to The Shadow Theory from Kamelot.  As much as I like Kamelot, they seem to be on autopilot, good songs but nothing that really jumps out. 

Steve Walsh's new album is a lot better than I expected.  Yeah he's no where near where he was 10 years ago vocally but it's catchy after a few runs thru. 

Firepower from Judas Priest is better than Redeemer Of Souls to me.  If this is their last album, its a good one at least. 

QUEENSRYCHE: / Re: If Scott Doesn't Return to the Band
« Last post by radardude65 on April 24, 2018, 08:12:58 PM »
Doktor Avalanche from Sisters of Mercy did the drums...
« Last post by Rockox on April 24, 2018, 10:12:41 AM »
Haha, I love that half of those options are Blackbird's other user names.

My guess would've been either Jason Slater or "The Tie." But it's more fun to think he's in cahoots with Miranda Tate. ;D

As Blackbird is wont to say, AS THE TRIRYCHE TURNS...™

EDIT: Actually, I'm officially changing my vote to "The Tie." Why? Look at what Blackbird said: "according to someone I know with ties to the band..." OH MY FUCK DUDE, IT'S BEEN STARING AT US IN THE FACE THIS WHOLE TIIIIIIIME.
QUEENSRYCHE: / Re: If Scott Doesn't Return to the Band
« Last post by Operation:Queensr˙che on April 23, 2018, 11:52:36 PM »
"As far as the album goes, we didn't have outside writers and outside hired guns to play drums on the record."

Hmmm... then it's either Scott, Todd.. or a drum machine?!

 :D... ;D...!
« Last post by Operation:Queensr˙che on April 23, 2018, 11:47:34 PM »
From 3/1/18:

"I just got the scoop on an interesting bit of information. This obviously shouldn't be taken as gospel, because I can't say who told me.

But, according to someone I know with ties to the band, Scott Rockenfield is back working with Geoff Tate. I doubt even the guys in Queensryche even know it yet."  ;D

Since the above statement is speculation, I thought it would be fun to "speculate" who may have "told" End Of Line this unconfirmed story, considering we've been discussing the Scott situation elsewhere. Here are the choices. Please pick no more than three:  :)

A. Samsara

B. Grappler


D. Grendelsen

E. bosk1

F. Pammy

G. Blackbird


I. End Of Line

J. Rustvold

K. Birdbrain

L. Jason Slater

M. Susan Tate

N. Miranda Tate

O. Writer Christa Titus

P. Osinski (a.k.a. "The Tie" and alleged good buddy of End Of Line).

Q. Former tour manager Fozzy O' Hare

Anyone, anyone?  :D

70's & 80's Heavy Metal bands / Re: Judas Priest
« Last post by NJFIREFIGHTER on April 23, 2018, 10:07:14 PM »
Judas Priest and Deep Purple announce North American Co-Headline Summer Tour.

This is a killer package deal. This is a nice tour to see before both these bands are no longer still in action with both having released pretty damn good recent releases. Tipton's situation is a bit of a bummer and bring down but one's personal health certainly comes first, at least maybe some people will get him partaking on a few encores during this run. I don't know that either one of these bands make it to see another full tour, let alone another record, so I plan to try and catch this one   8)
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