Thursday, July 27, 2017

The Redneck , Rock n Roll Son of Detroit - KID ROCK

Gday and also HOWZIT?
Once again it a blogaroo about a bloke thats been around a while , yet I've only just begun to really appreciate...yeah its a bad habit I got 

This is the amazing tale of a guy that went from dj'ing at parties in the hood, dodging bullets,  to living in a trouble wide near Nashville shifting musical units hand over fist
Robert James Ritchie, January 17, 1971,  grew up in Romeo, Michigan, a small rural town north of the Detroit metro area. Finding small-town life way beyond tedious, Rock  immersed himself in rap music, learned to breakdance, and began making the talent-show rounds in Detroit. 

 Kid Rock recorded his first demos in 1988, a full decade before, been booted off major label Jive following his Beastie Boys-ish 1990 debut, Grits Sandwiches for Breakfast, and toiled for most of the decade in obscurity, releasing albums to a small, devoted, mostly local fan base while earning his fair share of ridicule around his home state from people that had no right to an opinion

Rock eventually scored an opening slot at a Boogie Down Productions gig. That performance, in turn, led to a contract with Jive Records, which issued Kid Rock's debut album, Grits Sandwiches for Breakfast, in 1990, it was by produced by Kid Rock, Too Short, and D-Nice, . 

Notoriety came calling,  when a New York college radio station aired the album's profanity-laced ode to oral sex, "Yodelin' in the Valley," and was fined over $20,000 (a judgment later reversed). However, shortly after a  tour with Too Short and Ice Cube, Jive ditched Rock

Rock persevered, and by the time rap-metal had begun to attract a sizeable fan base , he had perfected the outlandish, over the top white-trash persona that gave Devil Without a Cause such  personality and made it such an outlandish party record.

Moving to Brooklyn, Rock hooked up with the small Continuum label, and moved his brand of rap further into hard rock with The Polyfuze Method, released in 1993. Reviews were mixed, with some critics praising the record's humor and others laying on the hate , The EP Fire It Up followed in 1994, appearing on Rock's own Top Dog imprint (which was still distributed by Continuum). 
Rock eventually returned to the Detroit area and began work on another album; recorded on a shoestring budget: Early Mornin' Stoned Pimp was released in 1996. Although sometimes forced to sell bootleg dubs of his own records to pay the rent, Rock set about forming a full-fledged backing band, which he dubbed Twisted Brown Trucker. 

While its membership fluctuated early on, rapper Joe C. (born Joseph Calleja) was one of the first to join; a longtime fan and frequent concert attendee, Calleja caught Rock's eye in 1994, partly because of his diminutive stature (due to a digestive condition known as celiac disease, which required both dialysis and extensive medication) and partly because of his encyclopedic knowledge of Rock's song lyrics. The rest of the lineup settled around mostly Detroit-area musicians: guitarists Kenny Olson and Jason Krause, keyboardist Jimmy Bones drummer Stefanie Eulinberg, DJ/turntablist Uncle Kracker (born Matt Shafer, who had been with Rock since the early '90s), and backing vocalists Misty Love and Shirley Hayden.

As rap-metal acts like Korn, Limp Bizkit, and Rage Against the Machine began to dominate the hard rock landscape, Atlantic Records decided to take a chance on signing Rock. Devil Without a Cause didn't do much upon its initial release in August 1998, but a big promotional push from the label and MTV helped make the album's second single and video, 

"Bawitdaba," a nationwide smash. The follow-up, "Cowboy,"(where I came in ) achieved similar success, and suddenly, after a decade of trying, Kid Rock was a superstar with a Top Five, seven-times-platinum album and a gig at Woodstock 1999. 
While pondering how to follow up Devil, Rock acquired the rights to his indie label recordings and remixed or re-recorded the best material for The History of Rock, which was released in the summer of 2000 and featured some new songs as well. 

Sadly, after being forced to take a break from touring a year earlier by his medical difficulties, Joe C. passed away in his sleep on November 16, 2000.

Even with a tragedy like this in his life, Rock continued work on his follow-up to Devil Without a Cause. . His DJ, Uncle Kracker, had a successful solo career during the spring and summer of 2001, leaving Rock without one of his most frequent collaborators. 

Still, by the winter of that year he had completed work on Cocky and had released "Forever" to success on rock radio. In fall 2003, Kid Rock returned with a self-titled effort. A cover of Bad Company's "Feel Like Makin' Love" marked the first single. The cover art to his 2006 live album, Live Trucker, paid tribute to Bob Seger's Live Bullet. Just a year later, the studio record Rock N Roll Jesus came out, landing at number one and selling 172,000 copies in its first week.

Born Free, produced by Rick Rubin and featuring guest appearances by Martina McBride, Trace Adkins, Zac Brown, Sheryl Crow, Bob Seger, James Hetfield, and T.I., arrived in 2010. 

Born Free debuted at number five on the Billboard charts but it didn't generate any hit singles; the title track peaked at 31 on the Rock Songs chart and "Collide," featuring Crow and Seger, didn't fare much better on the Country and Adult Contemporary charts. 

Rock toured in 2011, then set about recording his next album, Rebel Soul, which appeared late in 2012. Entering the Billboard charts at number five, Rebel Soul eventually went gold but spawned no big hits. In 2013, Rock inaugurated his "Best Night Ever" tour, where he capped all ticket prices at $20.00. He moved over to Warner Records in 2014 and started work on his next album......

Album #10  arrived  First Kiss on February 24, 2015  was a full-fledged country record . The lead single, the title track, peaked at No. 66 on the Hot 100, No. 16 on mainstream rock and No. 27 on the hot ac chart. The album featured the Texas rock band Band of Heathens assisting long time band Twisted Brown Trucker. Kid Rock performed "Jesus and Bocephus" on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon in December 2014.

On July 12, 2017, Rock announced he was running for the U.S. Senate representing Michigan as a Republican. At midnight that night, on July 13, he released two new singles: "Po-Dunk" and the 12-minute "Greatest Show On Earth". He also announced he signed to Broken Bow Records after just one album with Warner Bros.
Oh yeah . he also got hitched to Pamela Anderson....but we wont go into that.

Grits Sandwiches for Breakfast (1990)
The Polyfuze Method (1993)
Early Mornin' Stoned Pimp (1996)
Devil Without a Cause (1998)
Cocky (2001)
Kid Rock (2003)
Rock n Roll Jesus (2007)
Born Free (2010)
Rebel Soul (2012)
First Kiss (2015)

Current Band
Marlon Young - lead guitar, co-writer
Jason Krause - metal guitar
Aaron Julison - bass guitar
Shannon Curfman - rhythm guitar, vocals
Jimmie Bones - organ, harp, keyboard, co-writer
Stefanie Eulinberg - drums
Larry Frantangelo - percussion
David McMurray - tenor saxophone
DJ Paradime - turntables, tambourine, vocals
Hershel C Boone - background vocals
Stacy Michelle - background vocals

Former Members
Kenny Olsen - lead guitar from 1994-2005
Bobby East - lead guitar, bass guitar from 2002-2005
Kenny Tudrick - lead guitar in 2007
Andy Gould- guitar from 1994-1997
Greg Metropolis - bass from 1994-1995
Lonnie Motley - bass from 1996-1997
Mike E Bradford - bass from 1999-2001
Bob Ebeling - drums from 1994-1997
Chris Lebroux - percussion 1996-1997
Smith Curry - Dobro in 2004
DJ Uncle Kracker- turntables, vocals, co-writer 1991-2002
Joseph "Joe C" Calleja - vocals 1994 until death in 2000
Thornetta Davis - background vocals 1996-1997
Misty Love - background vocals 1998-2000
Shirley Hayden - background vocals 1998-2000
Karen Newman - background vocals 2004-2006
Jessica Cowan Wagner-Cowan - background vocals 2007-2015

SO....there you have it , a tale of Rock....seeya 

Wednesday, June 14, 2017


quick one today, just thought id tell you about a couple of my recent favourite bands recent 
releases might already have a couple of these , But I just got em 
So anyway lets kick off with 

The albums called



Now its time to get scared ...once again Wednesday 13 is upon us 

with  a new collection of blood soaked brilliance



AND my personal favourite 





and then from late last year 




all truly brilliant tunes in varying degrees of metalosity, all I can say is .....

Thursday, April 20, 2017

WHAT ! no guitars It must be Van Canto

Band members
Dennis "Sly" Schunke – lead vocals (2006–present)
Inga Scharf –  lead vocals (2006–present)
Ross Thompson – higher guitar vocals (2006–present)
Stefan Schmidt – lower guitar vocals, solo guitar vocals, vocals with distortion effects (2006–present)
Bastian Emig – drums (2007–present)
Jan Moritz – bass vocals (2015–present)

Previous Canto's
Ingo "Ike" Sterzinger – bass vocals (2006–2015)
Dennis Strillinger – drums (2006–2007)

G'day, Howzitgoing?, Now I reckon I like a fair bit of metal, you know Heavy, Glam, Power, Classic...but then the other day I found a new "genre" and you wont believe this ...Acapella Metal , yep zero guitars and keyboards...although they do have a drummer , oh, the name of this vastly talented group of metallers is 

Van Canto are a German acappella metal band, begun  in 2006 and composed of five singers and a drummer. ....the "band" lean towards probably my favourite kind of metal, that being power and symphonic , performing  what they call "hero metal a cappella", although  they also do a cracking version of The Final Countdown

Dennis and Inga perform the lead vocals, the other guys  use their voices to imitate the guitars and the bass, with the help of amplifiers, and some of Ross Thompsons lead breaks are absolutely phenomenal

As soon as the band was founded, its debut album, A Storm to Come, was released through General Schallplatten. It features seven original tracks, as well as cover versions of Metallica's "Battery" and "Stora Rövardansen" from the movie Ronja Rövardotter. Additionally, videos were shot for the tracks "The Mission", "Battery", and "Rain".

 On 30 September 2007, they announced a new drummer, Bastian Emig, who replaced Dennis Strillinger's position in the band. In December 2007, Van Canto signed a worldwide record deal with Gun Records/Sony BMG. Then the band were announced as part of the line up of the Wacken 2008 festival.The band also announced that their second album, titled "Hero", was in the progress of being recorded. Hero ended up being released on 26 September 2008, with producer Charlie Bauerfeind.

In late 2009, Van Canto was recorded  their third studio album in Twilight Hall Studios, with Bauerfeind and via Napalm Records.  It was released worldwide in early 2010, which coincided with the worldwide release of their previous two albums. 

The album was announced at Nuclear Blast official website as Tribe of Force. The track listing features 13 tracks, two of them being covers ("Master of Puppets" by Metallica and "Rebellion" by Grave Digger), and three of them featuring guest artists: Victor Smolski (from Rage) guest appears in "One to Ten", Tony Kakko (from Sonata Arctica) guest appears on "Hearted" and Chris Boltendahl (from Grave Digger) guest appears in "Rebellion".

Van Canto performed guest vocals on albums by bands Blind Guardian and Grave Digger (At the Edge of Time and untitled, respectively). They also appeared on the Tarja Turunen album What Lies Beneath (on the track "Anteroom of Death")

On 21 September 2010 it was announced that they had teamed up with the MMORPG Runes of Magic to create a music video based around the game for and with the game.
On 17 February 2011, it was announced on the official Van Canto website that the band was entering the studio and suspending touring until June in order to create a new album....which turned out to be  Break the Silence and it was released on 22 September 2011

Their fifth album, Dawn of the Brave, was released in February 2014.  It contains 9 own compositions and 4 covers  "Paranoid" by Black Sabbath, "The Final Countdown" by Europe, "Holding out for a Hero" by Bonnie Tyler, and "Into the West" by Annie Lennox from the soundtrack for the motion picture The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.

In November 2015, the band announced Ingo "Ike" Sterzinger would leave them to follow other projects, and that he would be replaced by Jan Moritz, from the Stimmgewalt choir.
On 11 March 2016, the band released their sixth album, the metal opera Voices of Fire. On January 18, they released a lyric video for the first track from the album, "Clashings on Armour Plates".

On 18 February 2016, they released the official music video for the "The Bardcall"...and here it is 

Storm to Come (2006)
Hero (2008)
Tribe of Force (2010)
Break the Silence (2011)
Dawn of the Brave (2014)
Voices of Fire (2016)

SO...there you go , hope you get amongst it and grab some stuff from them