On Friday February 2nd the Rock ’n’ Roll world was saddened the passing of “Brother” Wayne Kramer, founding member and guitarist of the legendary, influential Detroit band the MC5. Issued on Black Friday, 2023 via Saustex Records Call Me Animal: A Tribute to the MC5 was never intended as a send-off for Brother Wayne, but his untimely passing makes its recent release feel even more serendipitous. Conceived by Joey “Joecephus” Killingsworth, the album was several years in the making with his band/collective Joecephus and the George Jonestown Massacre and his production partner Dik LeDoux. Kramer himself participated in the project, laying down a smoking version of “Human Being Lawnmower” with Jello Biafra.
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Scottish Hard Rock legends Nazareth will release their new studio album, Surviving The Law, on April 15th, 2022 via Frontiers Srl. The band has released their first single and new video ‘Strange Days’. Watch the video now!
Heavy Metal legend Dee Snider is the star of the upcoming musical production “Rock Me Amadeus” – owing as much to his roots in Rock and Metal and in musical theater as well. Conceived by world-renowned opera singer Alyson Cambridge and guitar virtuoso Tony Bruno, Rock Me Amadeus is a new show blending Rock, Classical, and Broadway. After first announcing the upcoming show last fall, they are releasing their newest music video, “Love Hurts Uninvited,” as part of a series of videos to build anticipation for the show. Arranged by Tony Bruno, the song is an original mashup that combines 80s rock of Nazareth’s “Love Hurts,” 90s angst of Alanis Morissette’s “Uninvited,” and the classical strings of Tchaikovsky’s iconic theme to “Romeo and Juliet.” Rock vocalists Dee Snider, Kia Warren and Chloe Lowery co-star in the video. Watch the clip now!
Cover songs can be tricky. A balancing act that often results in calamity. Lean too far one way and be accused of musical blasphemy; keep things too safe and be reliably informed you shouldn’t have bothered in the first place. So with that in mind, surely an album consisting entirely of cover versions is just asking for trouble, isn’t it?Continue reading
Starting off their current tour with not one, but two New York City shows, The Winery Dogs backed up their bite with a huge bark. Their brand of hard rock is so full of energy you couldn’t help but get drawn into the hype Opening the night was an acoustic set from Tony Harnell of TNT and his guitarist Virus, of Device fame. They belted out songs from his solo career as well as Westworld. Singer Rachel Lorin joined them for the final three songs of the set including a cover of the Nazareth song ‘Love Hurts’. Tony did reveal there will be some TNT shows in the US to mark their upcoming anniversary.
The Winery Dogs fans are surprisingly vocal. For a band with only one album there was a sing-a-long for almost every song. From opening songs ‘Elevate’ and ‘We are One’ the crowd nearly eclipsed the bands’ harmonies. Maybe it has something to do with the musicians themselves being killer players. It was a pick-less night between the bass behemoth of Billy Sheehan and singer/guitarist, Richie Kotzen they both displayed insane finger playing. Seeing a bassist in rock without a pick is normal, but for a guitarist, rare. During ‘Six Feet Deeper’, they leaped into part of Jimi Hendrix staple ‘Hey Joe’ before diving head first into a dizzying drum solo by the mighty Mike Portnoy. Following that up, Billy blurring goodness filled ‘The Other Side’. With only an hours worth of material on their debut album, they treated the crowd to a brand new song. As they were wrapping up they went into my personal favorite, ‘The Dying’. It is one of those great, moody songs can stay on repeat forever.
They returned to the stage for the encore, a massive rocking rendition of The Four Tops, ‘Reach Out (I’ll be There)’. Before closing the night off they Richie made his way over to the church organ for rendition of “Regret”. Instead of lighters, there were cell phone lights shining as the ballad carried on. To wrap up the first night of a two night stand, they knocked out ‘Shy Boy’ by Sheehan’s old band Talas. The Winery Dogs are a rocking groove machine of fun that I’d encourage anyone to check out when they hit your area.
We are One
Six Feet Deeper
The Other Side
You Saved Me
I’m No Angel
Untilttled New Song
Reach Out (I’ll Be There) (The Four Top cover)
Shy Boy (Talas cover)
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Words and Photos by Omar Cordy