Tuesday, February 16, 2010


Doro Pesch
(full name: Dorothee Pesch, born 3 June 1964, Düsseldorf, Germany) is a female vocalist, formerly of the German heavy metal band Warlock and one of the few female singers of the 1980s heavy metal scene, which was primarily a male-dominated genre of music.
After Warlock went through many line-up changes, Pesch was the only remaining original member of the band. After changing her record label, she released the fifth album as Doro, as the former label owned the trademark on the Warlock name. Pesch now pursues a solo career and lives in New York City. The 2004 album Classic Diamonds was a collaboration with The Classic Night Orchestra which reworked some of her earlier songs. Her latest album is Fear no Evil which was released in 2009.

* * * * * * * * * *

Doro - Fear No Evil (2009)
Doro Pesch - vocals
Joe Taylor - guitar

Oliver Palotai - guitar, keyboards

Nick Douglas - bass

Johnny Dee (John DiTeodoro Jr.) - drums

Tracks: (Listen Online by clicking a Song or download for Study)
01. The Night of the Warlock
02. Running From the Devil
03. Celebrate
04. Caught in a Battle
05. Herzblut
06. On The Run
07. Walking with The Angels
08. I Lay My Head Upon My Sword
09. It Kills Me
10. Long Lost For Love
11. 25 Years
12. Wildfire - 04:16 (Bonus Track)
13. You Won My Love - 04:13 (Bonus Track)

* * * * * * * * * *
Vixen is an all-female American hard rock band which achieved some commercial success during the late 1980s and early 1990s as part of the Los Angeles, California glam metal scene.

Vixen was formed in St. Paul, Minnesota in 1980 by guitarist Jan Kuehnemund while still at high school. In 1984, an early version of the band with Kuehnemund, singer Janet Gardner and bassist Pia Maiocco (who later married guitarist Steve Vai) appeared in the movie Hardbodies, as the on-screen band Diaper Rash. In 1985, the band moved to Los Angeles, California to be part of the L.A. rock scene.

Lineup changes happened during the following years until the "classic lineup" of Janet Gardner (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Jan Kuehnemund (lead guitar), Share Pedersen (bass), and Roxy Petrucci (drums) was formed. This lineup of Vixen was interviewed in 1987 along with many other rock artists of the day by Penelope Spheeris for her film "The Decline of Western Civilization II: The Metal Years".

In 1988 the band was signed to EMI, and they began recording their debut album Vixen, which was released in September 1988. Singer-songwriter Richard Marx actually wrote and arranged their signature hit, "Edge of a Broken Heart", as well as performing keyboards and producing the song. Rumor was he was asked to assist the all-female band by EMI to produce their first major-hit, to compete with the all-female band the Bangles. Richard Marx had nothing to do with their follow-up CD, since he was becoming more of a mainline- singer than songwriter. Vixen spent the next year touring the world, supporting acts such as Ozzy Osbourne, Scorpions, and Bon Jovi, as well as headlining their own shows. The band returned to the studio in late 1989/early 1990 to record their follow up album, Rev It Up, which was released in July 1990. A year of touring followed, including headlining their own shows and supporting acts such as KISS and Deep Purple. In mid-1991, the group disbanded due to musical differences.

In 1997, drummer Roxy Petrucci reformed Vixen, with Janet Gardner (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Gina Stile (lead guitar), and Rana Ross (bass). This lineup toured the United States in 1997, and in 1998 Gardner, Stile, and Petrucci recorded the album Tangerine. After the release of the new album, Roxy's sister Maxine Petrucci was brought in to play bass on a U.S. tour of 1998, but they were sued for copyright infringement by Kuehnemund (Lead guitarist).

* * * * * * * * * *
Vixen - Vixen (1988)

Tracks: (Listen Online or Click a Song to download for Study)
01. Edge Of A Broken Heart
02. I want You to Rock Me

03. Cryin'

04. American Dream

05. Desperate

06. One Night Alone

07. Hell Raisers

08. Love Made Me

09. Waiting

10. Cruisin'

11. Charmed Life

* * * * * * * * * *

Vixen - Rev it Up (1990)
Jan Kuehnemund - Lead and rhythm guitar, back up vocals
Janet Gardner - Lead vocals, rhythm guitar

Share Pedersen - Bass, Back up vocals

Roxy Petrucci - Drums, Back up vocals

with Michael Alemania - Keyboards

Tracks: (Listen Online or Click a Song to download for Study)
01. Rev It Up
02. How Much Love
03. Love is a Killer
04. Not a Minute Too Soon
05. Streets in Paradise
06. Hard 16
07. Bad Reputation
08. Fallen Hero
09. Only a Heartbeat Away
10. It Wouldn't be Love
11. Wrecking Ball

* * * * * * * * * *

Vixen - Tangerine (1998)

Tangerine is the third album by American hard rock band Vixen. It was recorded without former members Jan Kuehnemund (Guitarist) and Share Pedersen (Bassist). The line up for this album was Janet Gardner, Roxy Petrucci, Gina Stile, and additional bass player Mike Pisculli. Different from the classic Vixen sound, it was more grunge than hard rock.

Tracks: (Listen Online or Click a Song to download for Study)
01. Page
02. Tangerine
03. Never Say Never
04. Peace
05. Barely Breathin
06. Bleed
07. Stay
08. Shut Up
09. Machine
10. Air Balloon
11. Can't Control Myself
* * * * * * * * * *

Vixen - The Best of Vixen: Full Throttle (1999)

Tracks: (Listen Online or Click a Song to download for Study)
01. How Much Love
02. Love Made Me
03. Cryin'
04. Not a Minute Too Soon
05. Charmed Life
06. Love is a Killer
07. Edge of a Broken Heart
08. Streets in Paradise
09. I Want You To Rock Me (Live)
10. Fallen Hero
11. Bad Reputation
12. Give It Away
13. Cruisin'

NOTE: Track 09 is the new track in this album.
Janet Gardner & Roxy Petrucci were born on the same day. When Jan Kuehnemund reformed Vixen in 2005, Petrucci wasn't invited back. Roxy currently plays for Roktopuss with former Femme Fatale vocalist Lorraine Lewis.

* * * * * * * * * *

Vixen - Extended Versions (2006)

01. Rev It Up
02. Streets in Paradise
03. How Much Love
04. Love Made Me
05. Love is a Killer
06. Little Voice
07. Cryin'
08. I Want You To Rock Me
09. Cruisin'
10. Edge of a Broken Heart
11. Bad Reputation
* * * * * * * * * *

Vixen - Live And Learn (2006)

Tracks: (Listen Online or Click a Song to download for Study)
01. Anyway
02. Live & Learn
03. I Try
04. Little Voice
05. Pacifist
06. Don't Want It Anymore
07. Love Song
08. Angry
09. I'm Sorry
10. You Wish
11. Suffragette City
12. Give Me Away

NOTE: The 2006 Album is very different from the classic Vixen sound. The guitars sounded like a cheap overdrive effect only.

* * * * * * * * * *
Vixen - Live In Sweden (2008)

Tracks: (Listen Online or Click a Song to download for Study)
01. Rev it Up
02. On The Streets Of Paradise
03. How Much Love
04. Love Made Me
05. Love Is A Killer
06. Little Voice
07. Cryin'
08. I Want You To Rock Me
09. Cruisin'
10. Edge of The Broken Heart
11. Bad Reputation

* * * * * * * * * *
Velvet Revolver is a hard rock supergroup consisting of former Guns N' Roses members Slash, Duff McKagan and Matt Sorum, alongside Dave Kushner formerly of punk band Wasted Youth. Stone Temple Pilots singer Scott Weiland was Velvet Revolver's lead singer since their formation until parting ways with the band in 2008. In 2004, the band achieved commercial success with their debut album, Contraband. Critics initially described Velvet Revolver as a mere combination of Stone Temple Pilots and Guns N' Roses, and criticized the band for a "disconnection" between Scott Weiland and the rest of the band. With their single "Slither", they won the 2005 Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance.

The band released Libertad in 2007, driven by the release of the single "She Builds Quick Machines", and embarked on a tour with Alice in Chains. In April 2008, Weiland parted ways with Velvet Revolver and has since reunited with Stone Temple Pilots. Velvet Revolver has been on indefinite hiatus since April and in November of 2008, the band was released by their record label RCA Records at their request to allow them "complete freedom to go through whatever process it would take to accomplish" replacing Weiland. Although the band is still in 'limbo', the band members remain optimistic about its future.

* * * * * * * * * *
Velvet - Contraband (2004)

Tracks: (Listen Online by clicking a song or download for Study)
01. Sucker Train Blues
02. Do it For The Kids
03. Big Machine
04. Illegal Song
05. Spectacle
06. Fall To Pieces
07. Headspace
08. Superhuman
09. Set Me Free
10. You Got No Right
11. Slither
12. Dirty Little Thing
13. Loving the Alien
14. Bodies Live

Spider-Man - OST (Original Soundtrack - 2002)
Spider-Man is a 2002 American superhero film based on the fictional Marvel Comics character Spider-Man. The first installment in the Spider-Man series, the film, directed by Sam Raimi and written by David Koepp, stars Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, James Franco, and Willem Dafoe.Spider-Man - OST (Original Soundtrack - 2002)

Tracks: (Listen Online as you click a song or Download for Study)
01. Music From And Inspired By Harris - Theme From SpiderMan
02. Chad Kroeger - Hero
03. Sum 41 - What were all about
04. Black Lab Durham- Learn To Crawl
05. Bleu - Somebody Else
06. Alien Ant Farm - Bug Bytes
07. Default Hora - Blind
08. Corey Taylor - Brother
09. Greenwheel - Shelter
10. The Strokes Casablancas - When It Started
11. The Hives - Hate to say I told you so
12. Theory Of A Dead Man - Invisibleman
13. Pete Yorn - Undercover
14. Macy Gray - My Nutmeg Phantasy Morello Mix
15. Injected - IIVV
16. Jerry Cantrell - She Was My Girl
17. Main Titles - Spider-Man
18. Danny Elfman - Farewell
19. Aerosmith Harris - Theme From Spiderman

* * * * * * * * * *
Steeler was an early 1980s American heavy metal band from Nashville. Band members included: Ron Keel on vocals and guitar, Michael Dunigan on lead guitar, Bobby Eva on drums and Tim Morrison on bass. They released a 45rpm vinyl single called 'Cold Day in Hell' and the B-side had the song 'Take Her Down'.

Eva left the band after a short while and was replaced by drummer Mark Edwards. This new line-up did not last long and released no albums or singles.

Soon, Dunigan and Morrison left Steeler and were replaced by Rik Fox on bass and an 18 year old Swedish guitarist, Yngwie Malmsteen. The new line-up released the band's first album, Steeler, it saw moderate commercial success and is now a sought after album for many fans of Malmsteen and Keel.

The final line-up of Steeler saw the departure of Malmsteen, Fox and Edwards who were all replaced by Kurt James on lead guitar, Greg Chaisson on bass and Bobby Marks on drums. This line-up also released no albums or singles. Due to constant change in band members, Steeler never got the major record label it required and Keel decided to split up the band and start a new project.

During Steeler's short time in the world of Heavy Metal, the band became quite popular in LA and even performed to some sold out venues.

Long after the split of the band, Keel felt it was appropriate to produce a compilation album with songs from the single, album, live show bootlegs and unreleased tracks. This album was released in 2005 and was titled 'Metal Generation: The Steeler Anthology.'

Steeler (Ron Keel & Yngwie Malmsteen) - Steeler (1983)

Tracks: Listen Online as you click the song or download for Study
01. Cold Day in Hell
02. Backseat Driver
03. No Way Out
04. Hot on Your Heels
05. Abduction
06. On The Rox
07. Down to The Wire
08. Born to Rock
09. Serenade
* * * * * * * * * *
Boston is an American rock band from Boston, Massachusetts that achieved its most notable successes during the 1970s and 1980s. Centered on guitarist, keyboardist, songwriter, and producer Tom Scholz. They have sold over 50 million albums worldwide, including 31 million albums in the United States.

Early years (pre-1976)

Boston began when Tom Scholz, an MIT engineering graduate who worked at Polaroid, began to create a series of tape recordings in his home studio accompanied by guitarist Barry Goudreau, drummer Jim Masdea (with whom Scholz played in a prior band), and singer Ron Patti from the band Boston Creme. The roots of the first album were created in these early demo sessions with songs such as "More Than a Feeling," "Hitch a Ride," "Peace of Mind," "Foreplay/Long Time" and "Rock & Roll Band." Scholz soon became frustrated with the limitations of the technology at the time and his inability to capture the sound he wanted. He soon began building and designing his own equipment.
The first tapes Scholz produced were rejected by the record labels. A second set of tapes with Scholz on guitar (which he learned to play in Goudreau's band), newly hired singer Brad Delp on vocals and Masdea on drums, drew the attention of executives at Epic Records, a division of CBS. The label was dissatisfied with Masdea's performance, and he was replaced by Sib Hashian. The label also insisted that Scholz re-record the demo tapes in a professional studio with a full band, which led to the hiring of bassist Fran Sheehan. With the exception of "Let Me Take You Home Tonight," which was recorded in California, Scholz duped the record company and re-recorded the other seven tracks in his home studio.

* * * * * * * * * *
Boston - Boston (1976)
The resulting debut album, Boston, was an enormous success and helped revive the popularity of mainstream rock at a time when disco was beginning to dominate radio airplay and an ascendant punk was attracting critical acclaim. The record ranks as the best-selling debut album in U.S. history, with over 17 million copies sold, a rank it still holds. During the summer of 1976 Boston got much publicity when they toured with Black Sabbath and Moxy. The band then embarked on a worldwide tour to support the new album. This helped establish Boston as one of rock's top acts within a short time. The album spawned one Top 10 single, "More Than a Feeling" and two other Top 40 hits, "Peace of Mind" and "Foreplay/Long Time". Additionally, the album peaked at #3 on the Billboard charts. Eleven years later, Boston would reappear in the Billboard Top 200, reaching #101.

Tracks: (Listen Online by clicking the song or download for Study)
02. Peace Of mind
05. Smokin'
08. Let Me Take You Home Tonight
* * * * * * * * * *

BOSTON - Don't Look Back (1978)
Despite much bickering between Epic and Scholz, the second Boston album had the finishing touches put on it just two years after the debut album's release. The result was Don't Look Back, which was officially released by Epic in 1978. At the time this was considered a long gap between albums, but Scholz still considered Don't Look Back to be a rush job and was unhappy with the album's second side in particular. This was confirmed on the Third Stage episode of In the Studio with Redbeard when he said that "CBS had no confidence in a second Boston album" and "Epic/CBS was trying to cash in on the success of the debut album". Although it sold four million copies in its first month, overall Don't Look Back sold less than half as well as the extraordinarily successful first album. Another tour followed, and the album's title track became a Top 10 hit, peaking at #4. Additionally, two other singles, "A Man I'll Never Be", and "Feelin' Satisfied" went Top 40 and Top 50 respectively. Despite the success, Scholz's relationship with Epic continued to deteriorate steadily. Scholz eventually began the process of working on Boston's third album, determined to complete the album at his own pace.

Tracks: (Listen Online by clicking the song or download for Study)
04. A Man I'll never Be
07. Used to be Bad News
08. Don't be Afraid
* * * * * * * * * *

Boston - Third Stage (1986)
Throughout all of the adversity, progress continued to be made on the still untitled third Boston album. A tape of a song they had been working on, "Amanda", leaked out of the studio in 1984 and was widely bootlegged throughout the fan community who were eager for new material. While the sound was somewhat different from the first two Boston albums, the result was strong praise and support from the band's fans.

"Amanda" became the lead single when Third Stage was finally released in 1986, after Scholz signed a new contract with MCA Records. Loosely built around the theme of life's "third stage" (the onset of middle age), the album was a big hit and was widely discussed in the non-music press. During Boston's subsequent tour the new album was played, in sequence, in its entirety. Third Stage became the strongest charting Boston release to date. The album and lead single "Amanda" both went to #1 on Billboard, and subsequent singles, "We're Ready" and "Can'tcha Say" were Top 10 and Top 20 respectively. Third Stage sold over 4 million copies to date.
Boston also participated in a local charity concert sponsored by Tea Party Concerts to benefit AIDS awareness. This move was lauded by local radio personalities, owing to the stigma attached to AIDS at that time. Boston has continued involvement in a number of charities, including anti-domestic violence groups and local homeless programs. (Boston Herald, 1988; Boston Globe, 1988; bandboston.com). In 1990 a jury ruled in favor of Scholz in the CBS lawsuit, and the court awarded him 1.6 million dollars in punitive damages.

Tracks: (Listen Online by clicking the song or download for Study)
01. Amanda 4:16
02. We're Ready 3:58
03. The Launch 2:55
04. Cool the Engines 4:24
05. My Destination 2:19
06. A New World 0:36
07. To Be a Man 3:30
09. Can'tcha Say (You Believe in Me)/Still in Love 5:13
10. Hollyann 5:11
* * * * * * * * * *

BOSTON - Walk On (1994)
In the wake of Third Stage, Scholz headed back to the studio to work on an album tentatively titled Boston IV. This was the first album without Delp, because of his prior commitment to Barry Goudreau's band RTZ. The departure of Delp officially reduced Boston to a one-man band, and left Scholz as the last original member. With Scholz working at his usual slow pace, 8 years passed before Walk On was released. Walk On included vocalist Fran Cosmo who had previously performed in Goudreau's band, Orion the Hunter, a project that also featured songwriting and backing vocals from Delp. Unlike the previous albums, Walk On went platinum but only reached #7 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart. It failed to reach the usual multi-platinum level or chart in the Top 5 like all their previous albums. It produced no hit singles, although "I Need Your Love" was widely played on rock radio and did enter the Billboard Top 100 Singles chart. Delp left RTZ and re-joined Boston for the Walk On tour, sharing lead vocal duties with Cosmo on stage.

Tracks: (Listen Online by clicking the song or download for Study)
02. Surrender to Me - 5:34
03. Livin' for You - 4:58
04. Walkin' at Night - 2:02
05. Walk On - 2:58
06. Get Organ-ized/Get Reorgan-ized - 4:28
08. What's Your Name - 4:28
09. Magdalene - 5:58
10. We Can Make It - 5.30
* * * * * * * * * *

Boston - Corporate America (2002)
Boston released a compilation album in 1997, entitled simply Boston: Greatest Hits. The album featured all of the band's hit singles except "We're Ready", along with three new songs, "Higher Power," (the first new Boston song with Delp on vocals since 1986), "Tell Me" (with bassist David Sikes on vocals) and an instrumental version of the "Star Spangled Banner." Smith and Sikes left the band in late 1997 after the "Greatest Hits" tour. Scholz headed back to the studio in 1998 to begin work on a fifth album, which eventually turned out to be Corporate America. Two tracks were leaked in 1999, but the album did not come out until 2002. The title track of "Corporate America" was uploaded by Tom Scholz to MP3.com under the pseudonym of "Downer's Revenge" in early 2002 in order to test the album's appeal to a younger demographic.

November 2002 marked the official release of Corporate America on the independent label Artemis Records. This album featured the largest Boston lineup ever; returning members included Delp and Cosmo on guitar and lead vocals, Scholz on lead guitar and organ, and Gary Pihl on guitar, along with the new members: Anthony Cosmo (Fran Cosmo's son) on rhythm guitar, Jeff Neal on drums and Kimberley Dahme on bass and vocals. Dahme, Delp and Cosmo all contributed lead vocals to the album. The group embarked on a national tour in support of the album in 2003 and 2004. Also in 2006, the first two Boston albums appeared in remastered form.

Tracks: (Listen Online by clicking the song or download for Study)
01. I Had a Good Time - 4:15
02. Stare Out Your Window - 3:19
04. With You - 3:28
05. Someone - 4:10
06. Turn it Off - 4:37
07. Cryin' - 5:19
08. Didn't Mean to Fall in Love - 5:14
10. Livin' for You [Live] - 5:07

Boston lead singer Brad Delp took his own life March 9, 2007 at his home in Atkinson, New Hampshire. Police found Delp dead in his bathroom. Police Lt. William Baldwin called the death "untimely" and said that no foul play was indicated. Delp was alone at the time of his death according to the police report. According to a New Hampshire TV website, Delp was preparing for a summer tour. The Associated Press reported that his death was a result of suicide and that he was found by his fiancée. The AP also reported that, according to the New Hampshire medical examiner, Delp's death was the result of suicide by carbon monoxide poisoning (from 2 charcoal grills) as evidenced by carboxyhemoglobin. Delp's last concert with Boston had been at Boston Symphony Hall on November 13, 2006 at a concert honoring football great Doug Flutie.

* * * * * * * * * *
In the spring of 2008, Scholz and Sweet introduced a new Boston lineup, which subsequently did a North American summer tour, playing 53 dates in 12 weeks (on a double bill with Styx). Scholz was the only founding member of Boston to play on the tour, although longtime member Gary Pihl was also part of the band. In addition to Scholz, Sweet and Pihl, the new lineup also featured Tommy DeCarlo, Kimberley Dahme and Jeff Neal.

In January 2009, Greatest Hits was rereleased as a remastered disc, and a new album is in development, expected to be released in 2009. Tommy DeCarlo is expected to be amongst one of the main vocalists for the album. Michael Sweet of Stryper, and other musicians will be part of the album personnel.

Slaughter - Stick it To Ya (1990)
Produced By Mark Slaughter & Dana Strum
Mark Slaughter - Lead Vocals, Guitar, and Keyboards
Tim Kelly - Guitar
Dana Strum - Bass
Blas Elias - Drums
With: Todd Cooper - Horns

The debut album from hard rock band Slaughter. It was released in 1990 by Chrysalis Records. It sold over 2 million copies. It was also nominated for a best metal album of the year at the 1991 American Music Awards show.

Tracks: (Listen Online as you click the song, or Download for study)
01. Eye to Eye 3:58
02. Burnin' Bridges 4:06
03. Up All Night 4:17
04. Spend My Life 3:21
05. Thinking of June 1:05
06. She Wants More 3:54
07. Fly to the Angels 5:07
08. Mad About You 4:08
09. That's Not Enough 3:26
10. You Are the One 3:56
11. Gave Me Your Heart 3:50
12. Desperately 3:34
13. Loaded Gun 4.19
14. Fly to the Angels (acoustic) Bonus Track 3:22
15. Wingin' It Bonus Track 1:12

Mark Slaughter is the former singer of Vinnie Vincent


Post a Comment