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DORO – UNHOLY LOVE

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Happy Wednesday Metalheads! Hope you’re having a great week so far. To continue our “Metal Women Who Rock” series, today we’re going back to 1990 to the self-titled album by German vocalist Doro Pesch for the track “Unholy Love.”

Doro, who fronted the band Warlock from 1982 -1989, changed her style for this album going in more of a solo direction than her debut solo album, “Force Majeure.” Produced by Gene Simmons, the record includes a cover of the KISS song “Only You” from their “The Elder” album. Current KISS guitarist Tommy Thayer, who was in Black n’ Blue at the time, not only played guitar on the album but also also co-produced it as well with Pat Regan.

I interviewed Doro a number of years ago and she was one of the sweetest people I have ever spoken to. She was extremely down to earth and I felt like I had known her my whole life. If you haven’t seen her live, make sure to check her out, she is phenomenal.

IN THE MEANTIME, CHECK OUT THE VIDEO FOR “UNHOLY LOVE”

 

POISON – TALK DIRTY TO ME

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Happy Wednesday Metalheads! Hope your week is going well so far. This month, I wanted to shift gears a little and focus on those bands that probably did their makeup better than I did in the 80’s. Today let’s take a trip back to 1986 to the first album by Poison “Look What The Cat Dragged In” for the track “Talk Dirty to Me”.

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I remember seeing this video on MTV when it first premiered and then happened to see the album cover after and I remember thinking are those the chicks that were in the video? Needless to say the song grew on me and it became one of the most popular songs off the album and was in heavy rotation on MTV. Poison are often credited for being one of the first bands to start the glam metal movement. The band has noted in interviews that they were heavily influenced by KISS and Aerosmith for their “glam” image.

The album spawned 3 more hits for the band including “Cry Tough”, “I Want Action” and the ballad “I Won’t Forget You”.

The original 4 members reunited in 1996, when guitarist C.C. DeVille returned to the band after he was fired in 1991 for his excessive drug use. DeVille eventually got clean and the band are still touring together as of last summer with no signs of slowing down. “Nothing But a Good Time” with these boys.

CHECK OUT THE VIDEO FOR “TALK DIRTY TO ME” BELOW

 

BLACK N’BLUE – HOLD ON TO 18 – METAL REWIND

Today we take a trip back to 1984 to the self-titled debut album by Black ‘n Blue for the song “Hold on to 18.”

Originally formed in Portland, Oregon by childhood friends Jamie St. James and future KISS guitarist Tommy Thayer. “Hold on to 18” received substantial airplay on the radio and MTV and led Black ‘n Blue to release 3 additional albums, before their break-up in 1989. The albums, “Nasty, Nasty” and “In Heat” were produced by Gene Simmons.

Black ‘n Blue reunited a few times and the band is still on the scene today. They released their 5th studio album, “Hell Yeah” in 2011 and have more plans for touring in the future.

Check out the classic video below for the song “Hold on to 18”

ERIC CARR – A TRIBUTE – METAL REWIND

Today’s Metal Rewind is dedicated to Paul Charles Caravello, better known as KISS drummer Eric Carr, who passed away on November 24, 1991 from heart cancer. 

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Carr, who was born in East New York and had been involved in several bands, sent in his audition tape after Peter Criss had left the band, in a bright orange folder to make it stand out. At the audition, Eric asked if the other members of KISS would autograph the list of KISS songs he was asked to play in case he didn’t see them again. The rest is history, although the band didn’t exactly tell him he had gotten the gig. Paul Stanley had revealed in a later interview that they told him that they were playing in two weeks. Carr made his debut with KISS in 1980 on a show called Kids Are People Too and the band performed their first show with Carr at the Palladium in July of 1980.

Originally Carr wanted to use the stage persona of The Hawk, however the makeup was not easy to recreate in greasepaint and the stage costume was a bright orange yellow, which Paul Stanley had noted made him look like Big Bird. The hawk idea was shelved and Eric came up with his fox makeup a few weeks before his debut. His stage name came after he had originally considered using Rusty Blade which Simmons didn’t really want him to use. He shortened his last name and used Eric from a list of names his girlfriend had given him. When KISS announced that he was the new drummer, they subtracted three years from his age to maintain his “secret” identity and confuse those who may have been trying to find out more about him.

Carr’s first album with KISS’s was their 1981 album, Music from “The Elder” and he played with KISS up until his death in 1991. Even after KISS took their makeup off in 1983, a move that concerned Carr that the band was coming to an end, his popularity with fans soared and he was noted as always approachable and friendly and would often add personal messages to his autographs.

In February of 1991, Carr had started to feel ill and was diagnosed with heart cancer. He had several surgeries and while he was thought to have been in remission, he was still very sick. He begged Gene and Paul to let him be in the video for “God Gave Rock N’ Roll to You II” and they agreed. His last public performance was at the MTV Music Awards in September of 1991. Ironically, he passed away the same day as Freddie Mercury from Queen.

Rest in Peace Eric and check out the YouTube video for Eric Carr – Tale of the Fox below:

 

BADLANDS – DREAMS IN THE DARK – METAL REWIND

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L to R: Greg Chaisson, Eric Singer, Ray Gillen and Jake E. Lee

Pictures courtesy of Wikipedia and Discoogs

Happy Friday Metalheads!! While I had posted about this song on our Instagram page, I wanted to show the song and the band some more love, so join me as we take a trip back to 1989, to the self titled first album by Badlands for the song “Dreams In The Dark”.

The album which features Ray Gillen – vocals, Eric Singer – drums, Jake E. Lee – guitars and Greg Chaisson – bass was one of the best breakout albums selling 400,000 copies by 1990, landing them on the Billboard Chart at #57. The video for “Dreams In The Dark” was also played in heavy rotation on MTV.

The band released their second album “Voodoo Highway” in 1991, but the band lineup had changed due to Eric Singer leaving to join Paul Stanley on his solo tour, which led to his future role in KISS, after the death of Eric Carr. Gillen and Lee’s friendship began to fall apart and Gillen was eventually fired. Although Lee tried to keep the band going, they eventually disbanded.

Gillen, who had been diagnosed with HIV, passed away in 1993. Jake E. Lee formed Red Dragon Cartel in 2013, while Greg Chaisson still plays with original and cover bands and coaches baseball in Arizona.

DREAMS IN THE DARK

KISS – MUSIC FROM THE ELDER – METAL REWIND

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L to R: Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Eric Carr and Ace Frehley

Pictures courtesy of Wikipedia

Happy Friday Metalheads! Today we’re going back to 1981 to the ninth studio album by KISS titled Music From “The Elder”. This was the last album to mark the appearance of guitarist Ace Frehely and the first time that KISS did not tour to support the album.

KISS made a handful of public appearances to promote the album including an appearance on the late-night variety show called Fridays (performing “A World Without Heroes”, “I” and “The Oath”), on Solid Gold (performing “A World Without Heroes” where you can actually see a tear run down Gene’s face in the video and “I”), and a lip synched performance of “I” from Studio 54 broadcast via satellite to the Sanremo Festival in Italy.  Ace Frehley was absent for the Studio 54 appearance, so KISS performed the song as a trio.

The album’s story involves the recruitment and training of a young hero by the Council of Elders who belong to the Order of the Rose, a mysterious group with the sole purpose of fighting evil. The hero is guided by Morpheous, an elderly caretaker who guides the boy to overcome his doubts and become confident and self assured. The last song on the album “I” contains a passage in which Morpheus declares to the Elders that the boy is ready to undertake his odyssey.

Often I hear differences of opinion from KISS fans about Music from “The Elder”.  Some seem to like it, others think it’s the worst album KISS has ever made and even Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley have admitted they may have not thought this album out thoroughly.

Are you a fan of Music from “The Elder”? Check out the performances below:

I – Live from Fridays

A World Without Heroes – Live from Fridays

The Oath – Live from Fridays

KISS PERFORMS ON THE PAUL LYNDE HALLOWEEN SPECIAL – 1976

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L to R: Paul Stanley, Peter Criss, Gene Simmons, Paul Lynde, Margaret Hamilton and Ace Frehley

Pictures courtesy of holidayfilmreviews.com, goldenageofmusicvideo.com

On October 29, 1976, comedian and actor Paul Lynde hosted a comedy special to celebrate Halloween, with many special guest stars including Florence Henderson, Betty White, Tim Conway, Donny and Marie and of course KISS.

KISS perform three songs including “Detroit Rock City”, “Beth” and “King of the Night Time World.” The band is introduced to Paul by the Wicked Witch of the West, played by Margaret Hamilton, who originated the character in “The Wizard of Oz” before they play “King of the Night Time World”

Check out the YouTube video clips below:

PROMO

DETROIT ROCK CITY

BETH (WITH PORTUGUESE SUBTITLES)

KING OF THE NIGHT TIME WORLD