Wednesday, July 13, 2011

EDDIE TRUNK REVEALS THAT METAL SHOW SEASON 8 GUESTS

Eddie Trunk announced on his website today the scheduled guests for season 8 of That Metal Show. The new season kicks off August 20th on VH1 Classic. Below is what Eddie reported on his site. Can't wait. The first seven seasons have been killer.

13-Jul-11
TMS Season 8 Guests revealed

THAT METAL SHOW GUEST LINEUP FOR SEASON 8 ON VH1 CLASSIC. 10 NEW 1 HOUR SHOWS COMING 8/20/11! Corey Taylor (Slipknot/Stone Sour), Brad Gillis (Night Ranger/Ozzy) & Jack Blades (Night Ranger & Damn Yankees)
Stephen Pearcy (Ratt), Tim Ripper Owens (Priest, Yngwie, Iced Earth, etc)
Jani Lane (ex Warrant), Michael Sweet (Stryper), Taime Downe (Faster Pussycat)
Tony Iommi
Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine/Audioslave), Dug Pinnick (Kings X),
Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater/Adrenaline Mob), John Sykes (Whitesnake, Thin Lizzy, Blue Murder),
Lars Ulrich
Sammy Hagar
Rick Nielsen (Cheap Trick), Snake Sabo (Skid Row),
Scott Ian & Charlie Benante (Anthrax), Graham Bonnett (Alcatrazz, MSG, Rainbow),
Guest guitarists:
Vinnie Moore (UFO), Tony Macalpine, Phil Collen (Def Leppard), Alex Skolnick (Testament/TSO),
ALL SUBJECT TO CHANGE BUT THIS IS TMS SEASON 8! NEW SHOWS START 8/20 on VH1 CLASSIC. EXACT EPISODE AIR DATES TBA. THANKS FOR WATCHING TMS!

INCUBUS -CD- IF NOT NOW, WHEN?

  Incubus is an American rock band that was formed in 1991 in Calabasas, California. They released their first album, "Fungus Amongus" in 1995. "If Not Now, When?" is their seventh album release.
  I've always been a bit perplexed by Incubus. They never seem to know what kind of band they want to be. This could be a good or bad thing in so many ways. They've created so many different tracks that are of so many different genres you could argue they may be the ultimate wedding band. I mean that in a nice way. It is not often that a group of musicians can find success like Incubus when they seem to change their sound and style more often than some rock stars change their underwear. They also have an uncanny ability to take songs that are released in one style and perform them live in a completely different one and having both be classics. They've done "Pardon Me" as a rocker, a ballad and as an all acoustic number. All of which are killer in their own way. Incubus have no two albums that are alike and very well may be the ultimate chameleons of rock and roll.
  With "If Not Now When?" we find that Incubus has lost it's aggression which always reared its hard edged sound on all their previous releases. It could be age, it could be another intentional change of direction or it could be something they no longer have in them. Hopefully it is a temporary thing because I've always gravitated to their more aggressive and heavier tracks.
  Even if this album is a lot more mellow than you'd expect from Incubus, vocalist Brandon Boyd still shines with strong, passionate and soulful singing. Speaking of chameleons, Brandon has always had the ability to be a hard rock singer, pop singer, country singer, you name it. A great range and voice that always sounds good. It is especially good here on "In The Company Of Wolves" however this track is just too long at over seven minutes and becomes a tiresome listen. unfortunately, at least for me, after Brandon's stand out vocals there is not a lot to get excited about here. No memorable riffs, no catchy sing along lyrics and no anthems to be found here. "Defiance", an acoustic number is probably the tightest sounding track musically. Unfortunately with little uptempo or foot stomping songs around it "Defiance" is likely to be unnoticed. There are a lot of great moments in these tracks, like the guitar work in "Thieves" but on a whole this album falls flat and is a disappointment. Not to be discouraged thought because I'm sure Incubus will reinvent themselves once again on their next effort. I for one hope they revisit some of that aggression that is missing here.

INCUBUS IF NOT NOW, WHEN? COMPLETE TRACK LISTING:

1."If Not Now, When?"
2."Promises, Promises"
3."Friends and Lovers"
4."Thieves"
5."Isadore"
6."The Original"
7."Defiance"
8."In the Company of Wolves"
9."Switchblade"
10."Adolescents"
11."Tomorrow's Food"
12."Rebel Girls (iTunes And UK Pre-Order Bonus Track)"

Released July 12, 2011 on Epic Records

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

STYX & YES @ JONES BEACH CONCERT PICTORIAL

  Went a little off the hard rock path and saw Styx and Yes at Jones Beach last night. It's a co-headlining tour and this night Styx was up first after a short warm-up act. I should have called it a night there. Yes unfortunately was abysmal. Steve Howe still can play a mean axe but as a whole it was a really bad sounding shell of what Yes used to be. Benoit David does at times sound like Jon Anderson but it is very obvious that it is not Anderson but the lead singer of a Yes cover band. That alone is not the problem here. The band does not sound tight which is odd because all these guys have played these songs for decades and should sound in sync without much effort. Considering this tour they are playing an 8-song set with one encore they should be better prepared.
  Styx on the other hand were a surprise. They really rocked their tales off. Although they were considered the opening act this night they played the bigger and better set. 12 songs and one encore. All the hits. Lots of passion and seemed to have a lot of fun playing too. A mostly Yes crowd were sitting and on their hands when it started but were all on their feet and singing along to "Come Sail Away" and "Renegade" at the end. Tommy Shaw gives an all out performance and was the stand out performer of the night but Styx overall rocked with a passion that is infectious. Nice touch bringing out one of the founding brothers on bass, Chuck Panozzo, for the last several songs.
  Styx having been touring and touring in recent years and show no signs of letting up. I definitely think music fans will enjoy a night out with Styx. I can't say the same for Yes who sadly were just not worth time or money this night.
   Enjoy the photos and find the set lists for both Styx and Yes after them below.























































































STYX SET LIST JONES BEACH 7-11-11
BLUE COLLAR MAN
THE GRAND ILLUSION
ONE WITH EVERYTHING
TOO MUCH TIME ON MY HANDS
LADY
LORELEI
MAN IN THE WILDERNESS
SUITE MADAME BLUE
CRYSTAL BALL
FOOLING YOURSELF*
MISS AMERICA*
COME SAIL AWAY*
RENEGADE* (Encore)
*With Chuck Panozzo

YES  SET LIST JONES BEACH 7-11-11

TEMPUS FUGIT
YOURS IS NO DISGRACE
HEART OF THE SUNRISE
I'VE SEEN ALL GOOD PEOPLE
FLY FROM HERE -PT.1- WE CAN FLY
AND YOU AND I
OWNER OF A LONELY HEART
ROUNDABOUT
STARSHIP TROOPER (Encore)