- Interview with Chez Kane
- News! The saga of the two L.A. Guns is over!
- News! Kingdom Come may have to change its name
- New Maverick, Nancy Wilson, Hootenanny Freaks, Spidergawd
- A Triple-Shot of Jewish Metal gods in honor of Jewish-American Heritage Month
- New Female Fronted
- A Metal-on-Metal Cover Song of the Week with a New Cover Song
- Chez Kane’s social media:
- Watch the full video interview with Chez Kane here.
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Welcome to Hard, Heavy & Hair! I’ve got just one question for you:
Def Leppard – Let’s Get Rocked
Let’s get rocked! Thank you for tuning in and rocking with ME, your hard talking, heavy drinking, hairball of a horny hedonist host, Pariah Burke.
This is Hard, Heavy & Hair Show number 302, and I’m calling it “Chez Rock,” which is French for “The House of Rock.” There’s actually a double meaning to “Chez Rock” for this show, but more on that later. You’ll learn about it in between the Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, and Hair Band hits you grew up on, as well as brand new music from Chevelle, Maverick, Skam, and a moving piece Nancy Wilson of Heart composed as a tribute to Eddie Van Halen.
That’s a little later. Right now it’s Atreyu and “Warrior” featuring Travis Barker.
Atreyu – Warrior (feat. Travis Barker)
Kingdom Come – Living Out Of Touch
“Living Out of Touch” by Kingdom Come. Kingdom Come is ready to record new music–ready? What am I saying? They’re chomping at the bit to record the new music they’ve written, but they think they might have to change the band name. Kingdom Come is, and has been since 2016, fronted by Keith St. John of Montrose and Lynch Mob. The band is having trouble negotiating with founding singer Lenny Wolf over the Kingdom Come name, and may have to change to change the name–at least a little–before they can put out new music.
I’m encouraged, though, because an even bigger name battle between two bands was finally resolved this week. I’ll tell you all about that right after the Triple-Shot at the top of the second hour of the show.
Right now, this is Mr. Big singing about “My Kinda Woman.”
Mr. Big – My Kinda Woman
From 1991’s Lean Into It record, that was Mr. Big with “My Kinda Woman.” YOUR kinda woman is next in Female Fronted.[Female Fronted]
It’s time for Female Fronted, and this song just hit Number 1 in its 14th week on the Billboard Mainstream Rock charts. This is the Pretty Reckless featuring Tom Morello on “And So It Went”.
The Pretty Reckless – And So It Went [Feat. Tom Morello] —————————————-
Ready for your first Cover Song of the Week clue? Remember: the first clue is always the hardest.
The Cover Song of the Week original is by one of the greats of Neoclassical Metal. In fact, the song I’m talking about was the debut single for this legendary band back in September of 1975. After the singer and co-writer’s death in 2010, Rob Halford performed the song and said the song, quote, “captures the things I personally love in metal tracks”, end quote.
What song was that?
More, and easier, clues later.
This is Crazy Lixx after a little “Stone Cold Crazy” from Metallica.
Metallica – Stone Cold Crazy
Crazy Lixx – Girls of the 80’s
Crazy Lixx with “Girls of the 80s.” That song has a particular meaning for what I have for you next. Not only is the band Crazy Lixx fronted by Danny Rexon, but Danny also brought a girl of the 80s to life right now in 2021. I’ll explain what I mean right after this brief station identification.
Chez Kane – Rocket on the Radio
“Rocket on the Radio” from Chez Kane. Did you think that was Pia Zadora from the 80s? Nope. That’s a new 2021 song written and produced by Crazy Lixx’s Danny Rexon and featuring the vocal sensation of Chez Kane.[Interview Intro] [Interview]
That’s only 8 minutes out of 30. To hear–or better yet, WATCH–the full interview with Chez Kane, hit PariahRocks.com and visit the show notes for Hard, Heavy & Hair number 302. You can watch my full video interview with this new powerhouse 80s Rock singer living among us in the 21st Century.
The cool thing about having a smartphone, is that you can visit PariahRocks.com while still listening to the Hard, Heavy & Hair Show, so here’s another Chez Kane song, track 1 from Chez’s debut album on Frontiers Music, the song Chez said is her favorite from the entire album–partly because of the cool saxophone solo. This is “Better Than Love.”
Chez Kane – Better Than Love
Lined up in front of you is three shots of Hard Rock, Metal, and/or Hair. Shoot them one at a time, and then, when you’re done, if you can still stand, guess what they all have in common. Ready? Get your game face on. First up is Van Halen from Van Halen One.
Van Halen (David Lee Roth) – Runnin’ With the Devil
KISS – Shout It Out Loud
L.A. Guns – The Ballad of Jayne
So, what do those three songs have in common?
In order, you just heard “Runnin’ with the Devil” from David Lee Roth era Van Halen, then Kiss with “Shout It Out Loud,” and finally, L.A. Guns and “The Ballad of Jayne.”
Stumped? Nah, you got it, I’m sure.
May 1st in the U.S. starts Jewish-American Heritage Month. I’m not Jewish, but members of all three of those bands you just heard are. David Lee Roth is a Jew, as are Kiss’s Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, and, from L.A. Guns, Tracy Ulrich, better known as Tracii Guns, is also Jewish. To those artists and Jewish-Americans everywhere, I wish you mazel tov this Jewish-American Heritage Month.
May actually does double-duty in the U.S. as a celebration of Jewish-Americans AND Asian- and Pacific-Americans, so look for another musical tribute to Asian-American and Pacific Island-American musicians on an upcoming Hard, Heavy & Hair Show.
There’s another reason I chose to include L.A. Guns in the triple-shot. I’ll tell you the big news after this next song by a completely different version of L.A. Guns. This is “Crawl.”
L.A. Guns – Crawl
You just heard a song by a band called L.A. Guns. It’s a band that features Steve Riley on drums, Kurt Frohlich on vocals instead of Phil Lewis, and Scott Griffin on lead guitar instead of Tracii Guns. You and I have talked about the two versions of L.A. Guns before, and exactly why both the Steve Riley group and the group now featuring Tracii Guns and Phil Lewis both have legitimate claims on the L.A. Guns name.
As you may recall, Tracii and Phil filed suit in a California District Court in January of 2020 alleging that Riley’s version of L.A. Guns was creating “unfair competition” and “market confusion,” and that Riley was illegally using the L.A. Guns trademark. Riley, though, claimed he had always been IN the original L.A. Guns, which, from a certain point of view, is completely accurate because Tracii was the one to leave L.A. Guns in 1999, leaving Steve Riley as the only classic lineup member remaining, though bassist Kelly Nickels would come and go a few times. Singer Phil Lewis would even rejoin L.A. Guns in 2002. So, there was L.A. Guns, without the guy whose name gave the band its “Guns,” doing their thing, touring, recording, releasing material. Then, in 2016, Phil and Tracii officially launch THEIR version of L.A. Guns. Everyone thinks this is the official, the REAL, L.A. Guns because it has Tracii on guitar and Phil on vocals, the pair that formed the heart of L.A. Guns.
But then there’s Steve Riley and Kelly Nickels, carrying on the L.A. Guns that everyone kept leaving, but that Steve has always been in since the first album in 1988.
You can see how it gets confusing, right? You’ve got the heart of L.A. Guns–including the guy whose name IS the band’s name–quitting the band, then starting up their own band with the same name, then suing the guy who thought he was keeping the original band alive.
Such cases tend to drag on for years, but this one, remarkably, is now over. The case is settled. So what’s the outcome? Who has the rights to the L.A. Guns name?[drumroll]
They both do.
In an out-of-court settlement, all parties agreed that Steve would change his band’s name to Steve Riley’s L.A. Guns, but that he’d still be able to tour and record under that name. Tracii and Phil get the unqualified L.A. Guns name, and both bands can still perform classic era songs.
I think this is probably the best outcome all around. Everyone wins. What do YOU think? I’m genuinely curious. Reach out to me on social media At-PariahRocks, or call the Hard, Heavy & Hair studio line and leave a message at (503) 395-7257.
Coming up is more Hard Rock, more Metal, more Hair. Don’t go anywhere!
Hey, yo! This is Warrant, “The Power,” followed by Vandenberg’s hit power ballad, “Burning Heart.”
Warrant – The Power (Gladiator Soundtrack)
Vandenberg – Burning Heart
Hootenanny Freaks – Girl On Fire
The newest from a band you’d never listen to if I introduced them before playing their music. That was the unlikely named Hootenanny Freaks with new single “Girl on Fire.”
Still coming up is that Nancy Wilson tribute to Eddie Van Halen, the Cover Song of the Week, and more.
Welcome back. This segment of the show, which features not one but two Cover Song of the Week clues plus that Nancy Wilson tribute to Eddie Van Halen, is sponsored by the band Silo–S-I-L-O–who does Hardcore Country or Country Metal right. Seriously. You have to hear their music to believe how good it is. Find them on Spotify, Apple Music, and all the usual places, or visit their website at silo dot band. No dot com. Just dot B-A-N-D.
Here’s your second Cover Song of the Week clue.
The band performing the Cover Song of the Week in a new release is a Norway supergroup featuring members of Motopsycho, Cadillac, and Hopalong Knut. If you’re not up on your Trondheim bands, here’s a bonus hint: If Spider-MAN became a deity, he’d probably change his name to Spider-what? The answer, is the name of the band performing the Cover Song of the Week.
This is a short instrumental piece by Nancy Wilson of Heart composed for her friend Eddie Van Halen, whom the world lost just a few months ago. This is “4 Edward” on Hard, Heavy & Hair.
Nancy Wilson – 4 Edward
Steelheart – I’ll Never Let You Go (Angel Eyes)
Steelheart, “I’ll Never Let You Go,” also called “Angel Eyes.”
In the opposite direction, this is Megadeth, “Sweating Bullets.”
Megadeth – Sweating Bullets
Here’s your final Cover Song of the Week clue.
Going back to the Cover Song of the Week original, it was sung and co-written by someone who perhaps gave more to Metal than any other man who ever lived. This singer was a true, genuine legend, with a Heavy Metal voice that almost defined the entire genre. But the hand gesture he began throwing on stage, a gesture his Italian grandmother used to ward off evil, became THE most recognizable non-audio symbol of Heavy Metal. Who was that singer? What band did he most famously front BEFORE he joined Black Sabbath? It’s that band whose song–their very first single–is being covered this week in a new release from a Norwegian local supergroup.
Think you know? I hope you’re right, because the Cover Song of the Week is next![COW]
Did you figure out the Cover Song of the Week?
Who took a hand gesture from his Italian grandmother and made it the official hand sign of Heavy Metal? Ronnie James Dio, of course. And I said he fronted a band right before joining Black Sabbath, so that band must be Rainbow. Which makes the Cover Song of the Week original, Rainbow’s debut single, “Man on the Silver Mountain.”
If you’re not an expert on Norwegian Metal bands, you might not know the band doing their new version of “Man on the Silver Mountain.” They’re a Trondheim supergroup called Spidergawd, with God spelled G-A-W-D.
Here’s their version of Rainbow’s “Man on the Silver Mountain,” followed immediately by the original for comparison.
Spidergawd – Man on the Silver Mountain
Rainbow – Man on the Silver Mountain
That was “Man on the Silver Mountain” , the Hard, Heavy & Hair Cover Song of the Week. That was the original version by Rainbow following the new cover by Spidergawd.
This is new from Maverick. It’s “Angels 6″ on Hard, Heavy & Hair.
Maverick – Angels 6
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I want to thank my guest Chez Kane, and I want to thank YOU for tuning into the show.
My name is Pariah Burke, I’m your hard talking, heavy drinking, hairball of a horny host and producer.
I’ll see you next week with an even bigger interview and a whole new show. Ratt is going to play us out with the feeling every listener has at the end of a Hard, Heavy & Hair Show. You’re struck by lightening. You’re in love.
Ratt – You’re in Love