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Interview w/ Guitarist Steve Lynch of the 80's RocK Band 'AUTOGRAPH'
April 06, 2011 12:24 PM PDT
Steve won the "Guitarist of the Year" award at the 1983 New York Guitar Expo and published a sequel to his groundbreaking guitar manual, The Right Touch, Book II (CPP/Belwin). In 1984, Steve had been jamming in his spare time with a group of LA studio musicians when one of his his friends brought along a tape of their work while jogging with David Lee Roth, who began raving about their material and insisted that the group open for Van Halen on their 1984 tour. Although the group was unofficial, had no album, had no recording contract, and did not even have a name, they obliged and on the fly came up with the moniker "Autograph".
The tour was a success for the newly formed band, gaining them sensational exposure and landing them a record deal with RCA. It was during the Van Halen tour that much of the material for their first album, Sign In Please, was written and it was during a rehearsal after the tour - only two days before going into the studio - that they wrote their biggest hit "Turn Up The Radio". In 1985, Sign In Please went platinum and Steve won the "Guitar Solo of the Year" award from Guitar Player magazine for his wizardry on "Turn Up The Radio".
Autograph recorded two more albums for RCA, appeared in several movie soundtracks and television shows, got heavy rotation on radio and MTV, and toured with the likes of Motley Crue, Heart, Aerosmith, Ronnie James Dio, Bryan Adams, and Whitesnake before disbanding in 1989. In the meantime, Steve was writing magazine columns for Guitar Player, Guitar World, and Guitar for the Practicing Musician and in 1987 had published his third book, The Right Touch, Book III. Also in 1987, Steve released an instructional video through REH Publications titled The Two-Handed Guitarist. In 1990, Steve formed Network 23 and in 1994, finished their first album. Steve later opened the Federal Way School of Music in has taught thousands aspiring guitar students in the Seattle area on everything from Guitar 101 to his world-renowned two-handed technique.
In 2010 Steve launched www.lynchlicks.com, which showcases an online library of over 100 unique guitar licks and full-length solos produced into slowed-down video training segments with related instruction tab. The lick are designed to challenge students in both picking and two-handed hammer-on techniques in an environment that allows the student to learn at their own pace and commitment level. Steve also recently re-mastered his entire Autograph Catalog using some of today's best studio compression and mastering techniques.INTERVIEW W/ GUITARIST ROBERT SARZO OF THE ROCK BAND 'HURRICANE'
January 10, 2011 01:54 PM PST
NEW HURRUCANE LINE UP FOR 2011
Robert Sarzo-Lead Guitar
Sarzo Recording Studios
December 13, 2010 02:45 PM PST
Panthers are territorial animals, fiercely patrolling their stalking lands. The Sunset Strip, circa 1988, was ruled by one: a legendary band called Steel Panther. The Strip was the plangent heart of the nascent heavy metal scene, one that would soon conquer the music world, and rockers came from as far as New Jersey and the San Fernando Valley to see this band with a killer sound and habits to match.
December 09, 2010 08:24 AM PST
THE ULTIMATE 80'S HAIR METAL EXPERIENCE W/ 'POISON CHERRY'
NIKKI LIXX - VOCALS
November 01, 2010 01:37 PM PDT
As a member of Quiet Riot, from September 1982 to January 1985, he recorded the multi-platinum albums “Metal Health”, the first Heavy Metal debut to reach #1 on the Billboard charts and “Condition Critical”. During this period he headlined worldwide tours, appeared on numerous MTV videos and was voted #1 Bassist in Circus Magazine for 1983.
As a member of Whitesnake, from April 1987 to September 1994 he recorded the multi-platinum album “Slip of the Tongue”. During this period he also performed worldwide on headline tours in support of the multiplatinum “1987” and “Slip of the Tongue” albums and appeared on 6 MTV videos.
As a member of the reunited Quiet Riot, from May 1997 to August 2003, he performed worldwide on headlining tours and as special guests in support of the Quiet Riot CDs “Alive and Well” and "Guilty Pleasure. He also appeared on VH1’s Quiet Riot, Behind the Music. In November of 2003, “Quiet Riot Live in The 21st Century” DVD was released after the group disbanded. His recordings with all of these artists combined have sold over 30 million copies.
In February of 2004, he joined Yngwie Malmsteen’s Rising Force for the U.S. 30 city “Attack Tour”.
Since April of 2004 He's been a proud member of the multi-platinum Heavy Metal group DIO.
When not touring with DIO I also tour with Blue Oyster Cult.
Besides his musical accomplishments, He also demonstrated Acid, Vegas and DVD Architect software at the Sony Pictures booth during the 2004 Winter NAMM Show, released the “Acid for Non Linear Editors” training DVD directed by Douglas Spotted Eagle for the VASST training series and created the “Working Man’s Bass” loop library exclusively for Sony Pictures’ Acid Software.INTERVIEW W/ GUITARIST OZ FOX OF 'STRYPER'
September 29, 2010 01:52 PM PDT
Stryper stands for Salvation Through Redemption Yielding Peace, Encouragement and Righteousness. The Isaiah 53:5 under their logo is the bible verse that states "by His stripes we are healed". The band earned their stripes on the Los Angeles metal club circuit and in 1984, after recruiting bass player Tim Gaines, signed with Enigma Records and released their debut mini-album, The Yellow And Black Attack (Y&BA).
Rockin' The World
Their first full-length release, Soldiers Under Command (SUC), sold over half a million units worldwide in the eighties, and stayed on Billboard's Top 200 album chart for over forty weeks. In addition to the hard-rocking tunes that Stryper's core audience has come to expect, the ballad "Honestly" from their platinum selling 1986 release To Hell With The Devil (THWTD) hit the Top-40 charts. The video for "Honestly" rapidly became the number one most-requested video on M-TV. 1988 saw the near-platinum release of In God We Trust (IGWT), as well as renewed success on M-TV, which was bombarded by thousands of phone requests for "Always There For You".
Caught In The Middle
Coming off the acclaim of the 1989 tour supporting IGWT, the band released Against The Law (ATL) which shipped gold in the fall of 1990. Despite its sales success, some fans were confused by Stryper's change in appearance and lyrics. This lead to numerous rumors and questions about the sincerity of Stryper's faith. "We were making a grab for musical freedom," says Robert Sweet, Stryper's drummer. "But we never should have let that been misinterpreted as a change in our beliefs."
In 1991, Enigma Records went bankrupt, and Stryper was left without a record company. This was short-lived, as they were quickly picked up by Hollywood Records. In the summer of 1991 they released Can't Stop The Rock (CSTR), a "best of" album with two new tracks.
In January of 1992, Michael Sweet left the Stryper to pursue a solo career. Although officially Robert Sweet, Oz Fox and Tim Gaines continued as a three piece for another year, there were no further studio recordings as Stryper once Mike left.
Together As One?
Michael Sweet was the first to re-appear back on the scene, when he secured a record deal with the Christian label Benson Records. (Benson distributed Stryper to the Christian retail stores in the 80's.) This union produced two albums: the self titled Michael Sweet, and Real. In 1998, Mike put out a full length demo by himself titled Truth. This generated label interest, and he was soon signed to Restless Records. The re-mastered and updated version of Truth was released early in 2001.
Tim Gaines and Robert Sweet joined legendary Christian guitar player Rex Carrol in the band King James. Although King James released two releases to date, Tim and Bob only performed on the first album which was released in 1994 on the Christian label Star Song.
Absent from the limelight for many years was Oz Fox, who last was seen making guest appearances on several Christian releases including JC & The Boyz, Bride, and Ransom. Oz and Tim joined forces once again in 1995 to form Sin Dizzy. Together with Bobby MacNeil on guitar and John Bocanegra on drums, they released He's Not Dead in 1998. Tim left Sin Dizzy in 2000 to continue working musically with his wife, Irene Kelly.
Robert Sweet released his solo release titled Love Trash in 2000, in which he plays all the instruments on the album and features Larry Worley on vocals. (Ex-lead singer of Christian rock band Fear Not.) Robert then formed Blissed with fellow members David Pearson, Trevor Barr, and Jeff Miller. Their album, Waking Up The Dead, was released in early 2003.
Can't Stop The Rock
On May 21st of 2000, history was made when Stryper hit the stage again for an informal jam at the first annual Stryper expo in New Jersey. December 16th of 2000 marked the first full blown set preformed by Stryper in 9 years, held in Costa Rica. The second annual Stryper expo was held in Azusa, California on May 18th and 19th of 2001. The two day expo featured multiple bands and vendors, with Stryper closing the expo with a concert. Shortly after, Stryper played to one of their largest crowds at Cornerstone in Bushnell, Illinois on July 7th, 2001.
On March 25th of 2003, Hollywood Records released Seven, The Best Of Stryper that included 2 new songs (Something and For You). That fall, they embarked on a 35 city tour that both fans and critics agreed was one of the hottest tours of 2003. In March of 2004, Stryper triumphantly returned to Puerto Rico to play a sold out show that was recorded for an upcoming DVD release.
The prayers of Stryper fan everywhere were answered in May of 2004 with the live CD recording titled 7 Weeks: Live In America. The CD was released on Stryper's new label; Fifty Three Five Records. On September 10th of that same year Stryper preformed at Walt Disney World in Florida with bass player Tracy Ferrie.
It was announced on March 30, 2005 that Stryper have signed a multi-album deal with Big3 Records. At the same time, Tracy Ferrie was named as their newest member. The band gave birth to their 9th release, Reborn, on August 16, 2005. For the next few years, Stryper toured throughout the US as well as Spain, Sweden, Norway, and Brazil.
The Puerto Rico show from 2004 became the first ever Stryper DVD, which was released via Stryper.com in September 2006. In April 2007 it was re-packaged with bonus material for retail sale.
Stryper.com founder Brett Christensen worked with the band to release their early demos in July of 2007. The Roxx Regime Demos, again on their own record label, cleverly debuted on 7-07-07.
Peace Of Mind
On August 19, 2007, Michael Sweet performed with the Legendary rock band Boston at a concert honoring the voice of Boston, the late Brad Delp. Stryper then performed with Boston members at the Station Family Fund Concert on February 25, 2008. Later that year, Boston tapped Michael Sweet to sing for them during their summer tour.
Exactly 25 years after their ground breaking release of the Y&BA, Murder By Pride (MBP) was released on July 21, 2009. At the time of this writing, Stryper is set to embark on their 25th Anniversary Tour in September of 2009. Reuniting for the tour, Tim Gaines will once again play bass. Stryper will also reunite with yellow & black clothing designed by Ray Brown, whom created their classic outfits for THWTD and IGWT.
September 03, 2010 12:15 PM PDT
From the sonic frontier of Western Canada, a new band has emerged that is surprising many with a fresh new style and sound that is reminiscent of classic 80’s hard rock and metal. The band is called KILLINGER and its genesis came about when Dave Williams and Kevin Morin (lead vocalist and guitarist respectively) decided to team up to write intensively for an original project in 2008. Previously, Dave was lead vocalist for 80’tribute band, Rattpoison, while Kevin played guitar with Bonafide and Face First. Between them, they had supported numerous bands including BuckCherry, Jackyl, State of Shock, Econoline Crush and Vince Neil. “We talked about combining our skills to create a concept” states Kevin. The concept was structured around key elements of 80’s rock music that would retain the melody and power which defines the genre and lends it so well to large arena performances. Unlike many new hard rock acts, the project was to feature technical expertise in the musicianship while being accessible. The band was looking for a big sound and “I wanted it to be the biggest I’ve ever witnessed” says Dave. “The writing process for the album came together very naturally and easily.” “It came together so quickly that we needed a producer immediately” says Kevin. Rick Plester, who is with Black Symphony and has worked with guitar legends Michael Schenker and George Lynch (Dokken, Lynch Mob), recorded and produced the debut album. He also appears as a guest guitar soloist. Rick helped get George Lynch as a guest artist and called on powerhouse drummer, Pete Holmes, to play all drums on the debut disk. Pete was a perfect fit for the sound of the band as he had extensive experience with 80’s hard rock legends Black ‘n Blue as well as with Malice, Monster, Ian Gillan, Ted Nugent, Black Symphony and the Michael Schenker Group. R.J. Killinger was recruited as bassist and his surname serves the band well as its monicker. R.J. has recent success playing with Calgary-based bands Joshua’s Habit and 1-900 who recorded an album with songwriting contributions from Brian Howes (Hinder/Daughtry/Hedley) under the guidance of Nickelback producer Joey Moi. Multi-Juno award winner and guest artist, Bill Bourne, contributed background vocals to the self-titled KILLINGER album.
The songs caught the attention of legendary mixer/engineer Mike Fraser (AC/DC, Metallica, Aerosmith) and he has brought them to a new level with his talent. In addition, Vision Entertainment (Geoff McLean, Katharine Wilson) produced the video for the first single “Holding On” with director Marc Ricciardelli. The video marks the debut of new drummer Chris Challice who was brought on board since Pete was busy touring with the Michael Schenker Group. Chris had recently been playing with a Motley Crue tribute band based out of Calgary. His true Crue roots, live performance antics and admiration of Tommy Lee made him a natural for KILLINGER. The chemistry of this band is truly amazing.
The huge sound captured on the first KILLINGER album is a crucial part of the band’s live performance. Anyone who has seen the band perform will likely say it was loud. This is the way rock music should be heard. The unique look, persona, energy, stage effects and on-stage antics are all parts of the KILLINGER live show which is the very best way to experience KILLINGER. It will be an experience you won’t soon forget.
July 20, 2010 11:49 AM PDT
HOSTILE RAGE was formed in March of 1987 in Bergen County,NJ, and Rockland County, NY. The bands first release,"Hostile Rage Volume 1" was released later that same year. The band immediatly made themselves known, appearing on the New Renaissance Records compilation albums,"Thrash Metal Attack 2" and "Speed Metal Hell 4" with the track "Dead Meat". Then, 1989, brought the release of thier second album entitled :"On The Rampage". During this time HOSTILE RAGE was a mainstay on the club scene opening for Major acts such as "Dark Angel", Nuclear Assault, Laaz Rocket, etc. Also during this time the band added another guitarist in Art Peterson. But after a short while, Peterson went on to form his own band "Chaotic Realm", and HOSTILE RAGE remained a four piece band from then on. In 1990, HOSTILE RAGE teamed up with OVERKILL to play a Benefit Concert at Ramapo College for a young girl with a rare liver disease. This year also marked the bands third release, "Adrenaline Flow". In the years to follow, Hostile Rage saw a member change on Bass. Bill Buckley left the band for personal reasons. Mike Dolan then took over the duties on Bass. These years saw the release of the bands 4th and 5th albums, "Furious Brutal Loud" in 1995 and 'Uncontrollable Urge" in 1997. The band then dispanded untill recently reuniting in October of 2009 with the original members from 1987. Which brings us to now! HOSTILE RAGE is back once again to deliver it's brand of Heavy Metal Music for the masses!!!INTERVIEW W/ LEAD VOCALIST ERIC GANZ OF 'CHARLOTTE'
July 07, 2010 02:13 PM PDT
NEW CD OUT NOW 'MEDUSA GROOVE'
July 06, 2010 11:05 AM PDT
New Cd Out Now 'IN THE CITY'
That particular scenario has probably played out a thousand times since the birth of rock, and it usually ends there. This time, however, it didn’t. Not with these guys.
The very next day, fate had supplied them with a room full of instruments, and only weeks later, they’d already played live and recorded their first demo. The name MAMA KIN, taken from the Aerosmith song with the same name, was the first to be suggested and were given thumbs up immediately.
For years they’ve been a celebrated act on the Swedish underground scene, and now they’ve finally recorded their debut album!
On May 15th MAMA KIN released their first single off the album, “Superman”, which debuted as high as nr 26 in the swedish chart. Single nr 2, the albums titel track “In The City” was released in late september accompanied by yet another astonishing video.
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