- The complete lowdown on why there are two bands named L.A. Guns touring and releasing new songs
- A song KISS plagiarized
- The Hard Rock song that helped launch the Ramones and the Sex Pistols
- A legendary band named for a 17th Century witch who spoke to them through a Ouija board
- What do you want on your tombstone? Death by Rock N’ Roll?
- New Hard Rock from the Alamo
- The first new music from the new Autograph
- A drinking game that will have you wasted and blacked out
- The Pretty Reckless rocks again
- Steve Riley’s new comments on why he deserves to hold the L.A. Guns name
- New Autograph, Tokyo Motor Fist, Crobot, Bend for Eleven, Kingdom Collapse, Relent, Within Temptation, Souls of Tide, the Pretty Reckless, L.A. Guns, and… L.A. Guns… the other one.
- Rare Hair from Thunder and Tygers of Pan Tang
- Hits & Deep Cuts from Jackyl, Ratt, Dio, the Scorpions, Firehouse, Poison, Skid Row, Five Finger Death Punch, Judas Priest, and more!
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Transcript of the Show[INTRO]
We don’t normally start the show with new songs, but this is the perfect anthem to kick us off. Besides, I can’t resist when Taylor offers to intro the song herself.[Intro – Taylor Monsen]
The Pretty Reckless – Death By Rock And Roll
“Death by Rock and Roll,” what we all want on our tombstones. For me, it’ll probably be Death by Rock N’ Roll with an underlying cause of Jealous Husband or maybe sudden motorcycle deceleration caused by tree.
Regardless of how I go out, I’m here today, blowing your speakers, shattering your eardrums, and making your girl think naughty thoughts.
My name is Pariah Burke, and I’m your hard talking, heavy drinking, hairball of a horny hedonist host.
Thank you for joining me for the Hard, Heavy & Hair Show number 253. I’ve got a big show of new and old favorite Hard Rock, Metal, and Hair Bands, and also… something you might not quite believe about one of the Sunset Strip originals.
I’ll tell you more after the Scorpions and Ratt.
Scorpions – Tease Me Please Me
Ratt – Lovin’ You’s a Dirty Job
Ratt and “Lovin’ You’s a Dirty Job” chasing “Tease Me, Please Me” from the Scorpions.
Coming up in the next hour and forty-or so is rare Hair from Thunder and Tygers of Pan Tang, hits & deep cuts from Jackyl, Dio, Firehouse, Poison, Skid Row, Five Finger Death Punch, Judas Priest, and more, and a whole slew of brand new songs from Autograph, Tokyo Motor Fist, Kansas, Crobot, Bend for Eleven, Kingdom Collapse, Relent, Within Temptation, Souls of Tide, L.A. Guns, and… L.A. Guns… the other one. I’ll explain more about that later.
From the home of the Alamo, this is Relent and their new single “Low.”
Relent – Low
Hard Rock from San Antonio–or San Antone, in the local vernacular–with Relent.
More new music, news about the Motley Crue-Def Leppard-Poison Tour, something truly messed about a Sunset Strip alum, and your first Cover Song of the Week clue coming up.
This is the Hard, Heavy & Hair Show, your weekly dose of Hard Rock, Metal, and Hair Bands from the 70s, 80s, 90s, 2000s, 20-teens, and today, including the latest new releases, your old favorites, and deep cuts and rare hair. I’m your host, Pariah Burke, and I have just a “Touch of Evil” for you.
Judas Priest – A Touch of Evil
A Dirty 30 there, Judas Priest’s “A Touch of Evil.” The single wasn’t actually released until May of ’91, but the Painkiller LP came out in September of ’90. That was the first album with double-pedaling drummer Scott Travis who helped the Priest achieve a heavier sound.
Ready for your first Cover Song of the Week clue?
This first clue is always the hardest, the one for hardcore Rock trivialists.
The Cover Song of the Week original is Hard Rock classic that has inspired many other musicians. Joey Ramone based the very first Ramones single, “I Don’t Care,” on the chords of the main riff from the Cover Song of the Week original. Johnny Rotten wrote a Sex Pistols song in direct response to the Cover Song of the Week original. Legend has it, Johnny auditioned for the Sex Pistols by miming to the original playing on a pub jukebox. Kiss even plagiarized the song on their 1998 Psycho Circus LP, in the non-single track “Dreamin’.”
More, and easier, clues later.
This is new Within Temptation, “Entertain You.”
Within Temptation – Entertain You
Five Finger Death Punch – A Little Bit Off
Five Finger Death Punch and ” A Little Bit Off.”
Here’s Skid Row, ’cause they know a little something about a “Sweet Little Sister.”
Skid Row – Sweet Little Sister
Brand new L.A. Guns is next… and then a new track by a completely different band named L.A. Guns. Grab a beer. Hell! Grab a six-pack. You’re going to need it when I explain what’s going on with L.A. Guns.
Just what the hell is up with L.A. Guns… And that OTHER L.A. Guns, both of whom just dropped new tracks.
Here’s a drinking game for you: Every time I say “L.A. Guns, take a drink.” Ready to get hammered?
If you don’t already know, there are two active bands, both called L.A. Guns. There is no qualifier before or after either name–not like Great White and Jack Russell’s Great White, the latter featuring the long-time voice of Great White with a different backing band. They’re both L.A. Guns with two completely different sets of musicians.
I know guys in both bands, so I’m going to refrain from expressing an opinion, and just tell you the facts.
In 1983, guitarist Tracii Guns formed the band L.A. Guns. They would take on singer Axel Rose following the breakup of his band, Hollywood Rose, and change the name to Guns N’ Roses. A bunch of rapid-fire lineup changes and different thoughts on directions, and Tracii Guns would leave, go back, and restart L.A. Guns.
Three years later, they released their self-titled debut album featuring drums by Nickey “Beat” Alexander, who, after recording the album, would be replaced by WASP drummer Steve Riley. Riley remained the touring and recording L.A. Guns drummer until… Well, there’s the dispute.
In 2002, Tracii Guns left L.A. Guns to pursue other projects. The rest of the band, including Steve Riley and long-time vocalist Phil Lewis, continued on without him, gigging and recording as L.A. Guns. for 10 more years.
While that was going on, Tracii formed the Tracii Guns Band, but, in 2006, he changed the name of that act to L.A. Guns… While Phil Lewis and Steve Riley were still also touring as L.A. Guns. Not long after, Tracii’s group would also record their own albums.
Fast forward to 2016, Phil and Tracii make-up, and become the core of a new L.A. Guns that includes Ace Von Johnson, Scot Coogan, and Johnny Martin. That leaves Steve Riley as the only continuous member of L.A. Guns… but the VOICE of L.A. Guns and the founder and namesake of the band are now in a different band named L.A. Guns.
Oh, and Steve Riley’s version of L.A. Guns now includes Kelly Nickels, who also played in the classic lineup of L.A. Guns. And Kelly was the one who wrote the band’s biggest hit, “The Ballad of Jayne.”
At the beginning of this year, Tracii and Phil filed suit against Steve and his band alleging a lot of stuff, but also asking to get Steve’s band to stop using the name L.A. Guns. Obviously, with the COVID-19 situation, civil lawsuits are delayed. So, until told otherwise, both L.A. Guns are still active.
And that’s where we are today. With both bands touring and recording as L.A. Guns, with almost identical logos, and lots of confused, and sometimes outraged, people trying to figure out which is the real L.A. Guns.
In an interview recorded just yesterday, Steve told The Classic Metal Show that he feels he has every right to the name and to play and record as L.A. Guns because, to paraphrase, Tracii quit while Steve stayed. Steve wasn’t fired from L.A. Guns; he was hired and never left–from 1988 until now–keeping the band going even as pretty much everyone else quit. So, from his perspective, he’s IN the real L.A. Guns and claims that Tracii is the one who created the current situation by quitting the real L.A. Guns and later naming a different band L.A. Guns.
What’s your take? Seriously. I want to hear your opinion on it. Email me, firstname.lastname@example.org, or tweet me @PariahRocks.
Who is responsible for this mess? What do you think should be done to fix it?
It’s LA Guns versus LA Guns in more ways than one. Listen to both new songs and judge for yourself which is the REAL L.A. Guns.
L.A. Guns – Crawl
L.A. Guns – Let You Down
That was two different brand new songs, by two different bands, both with the same name. First, was L.A. Guns with “Crawl.” Then it was L.A. Guns with “Let You Down.” Do you know which version is which?
“Crawl,” the first song, is by the L.A. Guns lineup featuring Steve Riley. “Let You Down” is the version of L.A. Guns with Tracii Guns and Phil Lewis. Which is the real L.A. guns, in your mind? Again, tell me your opinion Email me, email@example.com, or tweet me @PariahRocks.
If you played the drinking game and took a drink every time I said “L.A. Guns” over the last few minutes, then you’re probably blacked out drunk right now. For those of you with superhuman livers or enough brains not to play any drinking game I tell you to, here’s a band with no confusion about it. This is Warrant, “The Power.”
Warrant – The Power
We’ll be right back with more new music and more old favorites.
Welcome back. This is the newest from Crobot, “Gasoline.”
Crobot – Gasoline
Tygers Of Pan Tang – Gangland
Tygers of Pan Tang and “Gangland” from their ’81’ sophomore album, Spellbound. You might have recognized the guitar solo as being the distinctive playing style of John Sykes from Whitesnake and Blue Murder. Of course, ’81 was long before Sykes the Guitar Wizard joined Whitesnake and, after leaving, formed Blue Murder.
A couple of other names you might know are Ted Poley and Steve Brown. Ted was the lead singer of Danger Danger in the 80s and into the 90s, while Steve Brown is the guitarist for Trixter. The two of them have a project called Tokyo Motor Fist, which released its first album back in 2017. Now they’re back with a brand new track off an upcoming second record. This is “Youngblood” from Tokyo Motor Fist.
Tokyo Motor Fist – Youngblood
Thunder – Higher Ground
Another Dirty 30, “Higher Ground” from Thunder’s Backstreet Symphony LP.
Ready for another Cover Song of the Week clue?
The band doing the 1988 Hard Rock Cover Song of the Week featured the younger brothers of Quiet Riot’s Rudy Sarzo and Carlos Cavazo as well as a lead vocalist who would go on to front Foreigner. The same album that gave us the Cover Song of the Week also gave us this, the band’s biggest hit:[clip]
Who is that band? They’re doing the Cover Song of the Week coming up.
Do you like Country music? If you do, there’s a new album coming out soon you might want to check out. Even if you don’t like Country, have a listen to this very short clip.[Clip – Jesse James Dupree – It Didn’t Fall from the Sky (Trucking Uncle Sam) ]
Do you recognize the singer’s voice? Maybe this will jog your memory. It’s the same singer.
Jackyl – The Lumberjack
“The Lumberjack.” That was Jackyl with frontman Jessie James Dupree. These days, Jessie’s singing country with backing band Dixie, Inc., and they’ve got new music coming out. That snippet I played for you is their newest single, “It Didn’t Fall from the Sky (Trucking Uncle Sam)”. Yeah, that whole thing is the title. Only Country music can pull off long titles like that.
Here’s a double-shot of new Hard Rock releases. First is Bend for Eleven with “My Inner Sight.”
Bend for Eleven – My Inner Sight
Kingdom Collapse – Uprise
Get ready for the uprise, according to Kingdom Collapse and new single “Uprise.”
News about the Motley Crue reunion tour is next.
So, after waiting and waiting to see what would happen, what would re-open, Motley Crue has finally officially postponed a few dates on their big stadium reunion tour with Def Leppard, Poison, and Joan Jett. The July 2nd date at Cincinnati, Ohio’s Great American Ball Park has been postponed, as has the Chicago Wrigley Field concert on August 28th.
What will happen to the rest of the dates? Will they be postponed? Will the tour itself be cancelled? We’ll know soon. Motley Crue will be issuing an official statement with that decision on June 1st.
If you have tickets, it sucks, I know. But whatever happens June 1st, remember what Poison says, and “Cry Tough.”
Poison – Cry Tough
Souls of Tide – Black Magic
That was new song “Black Magic” from Souls of Tide out of Hamar, Norway. Their label, Mighty Music, is billing them as “Europe’s… own Greta-Van-Fleet-phenomena.” Uh… I don’t know about that angle, guys.
Anyway. Here’s the first new music by the all new Autograph lineup of Simon Daniels on lead vocals and rhythm guitar, Jimi Bell playing lead guitar, Randy Rand on bass, and Marc Wieland on drums. This is “Souls on Fire.”
Autograph – Souls On Fire
FireHouse – All She Wrote
Firehouse, “All She Wrote.” Hopefully that hasn’t happened to you, but if it has, you’re in good company with me, brother.
Ready for your final Cover Song of the Week clue?
The Cover Song of the Week original is from a band who, in the late-60s, claimed to have taken its name from a 17th Century witch who spoke to them through a Ouija board. Later, when the original band disbanded in 1975 and the lead singer set out on a solo career, that frontman took the band’s name for his own individual, personal name, legally changing it it. In fact, almost everyone knows of the septuagenarian Rock god, restauranteur, and golfer, but few people realize that, back when he was Vincent Furnier, the woman’s name he took as his own started as the name of his band.
The Cover Song of the Week is next.[COW]
Have you figured out the Cover Song of the Week, the original artist, and the artist doing the cover this week?
The band covering the song is Hurricane, which included Robert Sarzo and Tony Cavazo, younger brothers of Quiet Riot’s Rudy and and Carlos, respectively, as well as vocalist Kelly Hansen who went on to front Foreigner. And Hurricane is covering a song by a band formerly fronted by Vincent Furnier, a man who later took the name of his band as his own personal name. That wasn’t Vincent Furnier, though. You know him best as Alice Cooper.
Alice Cooper’s breakthrough song was “I’m Eighteen,” released in 1971. It was such an influential song that it helped launch the Ramones and the Sex Pistols, inspiring John Lydon, aka Johnny Rotten, to directly answer Alice Cooper with the song “Seventeen.” Kiss also plagiarized the song in 1998 with “Dreamin'” on the Psycho Circus album.
Here it is, the Hard, Heavy & Hair Cover Song of the Week, “I’m Eighteen” as covered in 1988 by Hurricane followed immediately by the original Alice Cooper masterpiece.
Hurricane – I’m Eighteen
Alice Cooper – I’m Eighteen
“I’m Eighteen,” Alice Cooper’s breakout hit and a Hard Rock masterpiece following an excellent 1988 cover version by Hurricane, which is the Hard, Heavy & Hair Cover Song of the Week.
This is Dio, “Rainbow in the Dark.”
Dio – Rainbow in the Dark
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My name is Pariah Burke, I’m your hard talking, heavy drinking, hairball of a horny host and producer. Thank you for joining me for this week’s Hard, Heavy & Hair Show.
I’ll see you back here next week on this station for another all new Hard, Heavy & Hair Show. Thank you for tuning in. Metallica is going to play us out with their cover of Queen’s “Stone Cold Crazy”.
Metallica – Stone Cold Crazy