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“They Came From Hollywood” by Warrant

Artist: Warrant
Title: “They Came From Hollywood”
Label: Cleopatra Records
Release Date: 11/11/2008
Genre: Glam Rock
Rating: 3/5

Even though I hardly considered Warrant to be of any importance to my own music appreciation when they first came into their biggest prominence I had to say that looking back on these days were rather interesting to see so many years later. The band was one of the many acts that fell into the “Hair Metal” demographic and thanks to the machinations of MTV, we got a healthy dose of them and their videos “Down Boys” and eventual juggernaut “Cherry Pie”. During these years I leaned to a heavier and more aggressive level of Hard Rock and Metal and always groaned when the Warrant tunes came on and hence my level of original disdain for what they did. Despite me and other fans that followed suit, the band was popular and got radio and video play a whole lot more than bands I was passionate about. This DVD takes you on a journey to the bands past but it is not a documentary retrospective and instead a bunch of loosely stuck together live concert moments, some backstage footage and of course a bevy of bonus features. If you were never a fan of the band or only briefly recall the band that was fronted by singer Jani Lane, it will surprise you a little to see the films beginning as the band hits the stage for a headlining arena show in the USA. Back in the day, bands like this were headlining arenas all the time and this is not so much the case nowadays due to the dramatic changes in the music industry. The adventure back to the 80’s begins with this USA tour and in my opinion this is the cleanest and best sounding footage. The band actually sounds good live and is not as lame as I would have expected them to be in my Metal youth. The tunes crunch a little harder in the live sense and my thoughts are had I been there as well, I would have very likely had a decent time. This 1988 show is followed by a 1991 appearance in Japan and as expected the crowd is going crazy for the American Glam Boys. We also get one tune from an appearance in Italy. It might have been better to see these full shows presented on a single DVD since they were from two different touring cycles and would have given the fans something a little beefier. Of course I am sure that the legacy Warrant fans are not complaining based on the limited video product for the band that is available for their enjoyment.
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Film Review: “Attitude For Destruction” (2008)

Title: “Attitude For Destruction”
Genre: Rock & Roll Horror Fantasy
Label: Cleopatra Records
Release Date: 4/15/2008
Rating: 2.5/5

“Attitude For Destruction” is a Horror Fantasy film that takes a little bit of movies like “Trick Or Treat” and “Rock And Roll Nightmare” and blends them with the premise of a young and successful Hollywood Rock band that are on their way to the top and soon find themselves dealing with witchcraft and the living dead as they make their quest for musical greatness. It begins in a club where the band “Hollywood Roses” and their lead singer Drake have just performed and are soon solicited by Record Company powers that be who wish to sign them to a multi-album deal and determine that they don’t want Drake as a part of the deal. The singer balks about the decision that the rest of the guys make about their respective futures as he would sooner the band wait on such success rather than sell their souls to such a corporation. Since the band wants the success without more waiting, they seek to toss Drake out of the band and instead beat him to death, dispose of the corpse and move on to sign the deal with the record company with no one any wiser to the crime. Of course you know there is more to this or the movie would have had a happy ending only twenty minutes in and with this type of film that is never the case.
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“Hell Bent Forever: A Tribute To Judas Priest” by Various Artists

Artist: Various Artists
Title: “Hell Bent Forever: A Tribute To Judas Priest”
Label: Deadline Music
Release Date: 9/16/2008
Genre: Heavy Metal
Rating: 3.5/5

The contributions of Judas Priest to the Heavy Metal world are many and based on this fact it makes sense that we would periodically find albums being released that feature other musicians offering up tribute to them by giving us their own versions of legendary classics. “Hell Bent Forever: A Tribute To Judas Priest” finds what appear to be a number of Glam Rock bands taking a stab at the material along with some of the more notable heavy acts of today. The release begins with Motorhead who give us a great rendition of “Breaking The Law” which is followed up by Fozzy’s “Metal Gods”. The band Fozzy features WWE’s Chris Jericho, and he is actually really a good singer and not just someone playing the part of one for kicks. For the most part I found this one to be a rather enjoyable listen and I was able to do this by not expecting every singer on the release to hit the soaring high notes that are second nature to a performer like Rob Halford. I was not sure how I would feel about Great White’s rendition of “Diamonds And Rust” and while this one is vocally on target, I felt that the drumming could have been a little more interesting. I was raised on the “Unleashed In The East” version with the Les Binks’ double kicks from Hell and kind of wanted to hear them on the cover of the track. Warrant does a decent job of “Hell Bent For Leather” but there is some weird solo break added before the original one which I could have done without. Other interesting offerings come from L.A. Guns and Firehouse who each tackle tracks that I would have never expected them doing on their own. There are a couple of numbers that could have been added to this one and perhaps even swapped out for some of the others that we found being done but in the end the track listing ends up reading like a decent “Best Of” collection. I admit that I would have loved to see “Green Manalishi” or “Freewheel Burning” included more so than “Heading Out To The Highway” even though this is a more mainstream tune.
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“Crue Believers: A Tribute To Motley Crue” by Various Artists

Artist: Various Artists
Title: “Crue Believers: A Tribute To Motley Crue”
Label: Deadline Music
Release Date: 10/14/2008
Genre: Hard Rock/Heavy Metal
Rating: 3.5/5

In 2008 we had found that the guys in Motley Crue still had what it takes to deliver the goods as the band embarked on their first-ever officially sanctioned “Crue Fest”. The shows were a big time Summer hit and found them sharing the stage with the likes of Buckcherry and Nikki Sixx’s new project Sixx A.M. among others. The bands life and adventures were documented in a best selling book called “The Dirt” and their impact on the Heavy Metal music scene can still be felt even some twenty seven years after they first came into existence. That being said, when one listens to a release like “Crue Believers: A Tribute To Motley Crue”; it’s easy to find many levels of enjoyment since most of the albums contributors are relevant to the genre that they are covering. This largely tasty listen begins with Pretty Boy Floyd who do “Girls, Girls, Girls”, and these guys had already covered the Crue with “On With The Show” on their own debut release many years before so it was nice to see them on this recording. I felt other winners came in the versions of “Piece Of Your Action” and “Red Hot” by a bunch of mixed players from different bands and it was interesting to observe at just how good the oldest Crue stuff came off as covers as opposed to their later stuff. We get four songs apiece from the albums “Too Fast For Love” and “Shout At The Devil” and while many of them are done with excellence I have to say that the rendition that London delivers of the bands second album title track is simply dreadful. While we are on this end of the discussion, another tune that managed to ruin my enjoyment of this one was Leif Garrett’s take on the ballad “Home Sweet Home”. I don’t know who the brain surgeon was that said “get me Leif Garrett for this one”, but it will surely be one that you click past after only a few moments. He might be made for dancing, but certainly not Crue covers. Next time let’s try to stick to the rockers who make more sense in being here. With the bands new release only a few months old I admit that I was surprised to hear Jetboy doing one of that albums pieces here. The new Crue release has still not won everyone over including me, so I felt that the talented group would have been better served by doing something older as opposed to newer.
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“Hollywood Rocks: The Ultimate Guide to the 1980’s Music Scene” by Brian Roccio

Author: Brian Roccio
Title: “Hollywood Rocks: The Ultimate Guide to the 1980’s Music Scene”
Publisher: Cleopatra Records
Release Date: 9/2003
Genre: Glam Rock History
Rating: 4/5

No matter how you slice it, the big hair and spandex wearing bands of the Hair Metal Glam Rock scene of Hollywood, Los Angeles were often larger than life characters that delivered music with as much personality as the images they were presenting. The book “Hollywood Rocks” is a veritable tour guide of the scene and the groups that performed on the often infamous Sunset Strip and in its 200 plus pages we are literally taking a trip back in time that is not only proves to be a lot of fun, but also is one that will send the reader looking into cabinets for old vinyl and tapes that they might have long ago forgotten about. The book is loaded with hundreds upon hundreds of killer photos and is segmented into chapters that break it down by bands, flyers, media, venues and fashion. With this in mind we shall examine the sections in a little more detail by presenting the bands that brought this scene to everyone’s attention.
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