He Thinks it’s Great

He Thinks it’s Great

Motley Crue bassist and songwriter Nikki Sixx turns 60 today (December 11th). He thinks Mötley Crüe’s “Without You” is a great song. He calls it an even, emotional song with a surrealistic, trippy video. He also wrote it and it made it to number 8 on the Billboard Hot 100, and was one of two Top 10 and three Top 20 singles on Motley Crue’s 1989 album, Dr. Feelgood. He fills us in on what he thinks of it.

“‘Without You’ is a very even song, there’s not a whole lot of hills and valleys musically. It’s very even and very emotional and I never really thought it was good for a single until we recorded it. It’s a great song. We did a real surrealistic, trippy video that people would go, ‘I don’t get it.’”

Using a Sledgehammer to Crack a Walnut

Using a Sledgehammer to Crack a Walnut

On December 10th, 2004, Brian May and Roger Taylor announced that Queen would be touring in 2005 with Bad Company singer Paul Rodgers. They tour with Adam Lampert now and the movie is out, Queen more popular than ever.  At one time though they received some criticism for the song “Somebody to Love” The thought being they were ripping off Bohemian Rhapsody, trying to cash in on that song’s success. Brian May feels that criticism may have been too extreme, like “using a sledgehammer to crack a walnut.” Although he doesn’t disagree; Guitarist Brian May says the song is what the band was thinking at the time. “Somebody to Love” was an attempt to expand on what they’d already done with “Bohemian Rhapsody.”

“I felt like we were doing kind of the same thing applied to a different task, but fundamentally the same thing. I like the song, but I thought maybe it was using a sledgehammer to crack a walnut. That album, A Day at the Races, was kind of a reflection of A Night at the Opera. It was like the only time we ever did that. It was kind of like we hadn’t gotten it all out of our systems when it came time to make the second one, so we had to do more of it and take it to its living end. It’s very extreme.”

Fighting in the Street

Fighting in the Street

Beggar’s Banquet, which includes “Street Fighting Man,” was released in the U.S. 50 years ago today (December 7th, 1968) The Rolling Stones: song “Street Fighting Man” was inspired by a Mick Jagger visit to France where there happened to be riots in the streets. In 1968 many radio stations thought its lyrics were subversive and wouldn’t play it. Mick Jagger talks about the inspiration behind the only song from “Beggars Banquet” released as a single, “Street Fighting Man.”

“I was in Europe, I think, at the time. And there was, like, more than riots; it was almost like a takeover of Paris. It became more than a street demonstration, it became a sort of threat to the established order and so on, and because it is France, so of course all the intellectuals get involved — cinema and philosophers, and all that, you know. And they were challenging the authority of the government really.”

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Win tickets to Ice Fest at Holiday in the Park at Six Flags New England

Win tickets to Ice Fest at Holiday in the Park at Six Flags New England

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Maybe They Just Don’t Like Him

Maybe They Just Don’t Like Him

Original KISS lead guitarist Ace Frehley says he has yet to be contacted by the band about being part of their End of the Road farewell tour.  Ace said,

“There’s always a chance I might get that emergency phone call… I told my agent to build it into my contract, in the event I do get an emergency phone call and KISS wants me to join the tour and take over for [current guitarist] Tommy [Thayer], that I can get out of the dates that I have booked for the summer. So we’ll see what happens. You know me — I’m the kind of guy that says ‘never say never.’ But at this juncture, I have no plans on performing on the upcoming KISS tour, and I haven’t gotten any phone calls or had any correspondence. So that’s where it stands at this juncture.”

Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons say they’re open to having former members make appearances, but stress that this tour is about the current line-up and not a reunion outing. Here is Paul Stanley:

“I’m not opposed to anybody coming on stage and doing a song. The idea of either making it a regular part of a show or being the show is nuts. And quite honestly, there are more people out there who don’t know a lot of the former members, including the original members, than do. Most people are there to see KISS. They’re there to relive the legend and to see that everything that they’ve heard about the band is true. The band doesn’t have names. The band is KISS.”

Ace, along with former guitarist Bruce Kulick, sat in with the band for an acoustic set on last month’s KISS Kruise. The End of the Road tour starts on January 31st in Vancouver.

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They Were Changing

They Were Changing

Former Foreigner bassist Rick Wills — who also played with Bad Company, Roxy Music and Frampton’s Camel, and has been on Foreigner’s Then and Now Tour — celebrates his 71st birthday today (December 5th). When Foreigner’s 3rd album “Head Games” came out it was a little different.  The title track featured Rick Wills and Lou Gramm came up with the title and melody; he and Mick Jones took it from there. The song peaked at number-14 on the Billboard Hot 100. Guitarist Mick Jones explains how it came about and how it fit in with what the band was doing at that time.

“That was a title that Lou came up with. It was the first song he played me on two fingers on a piano. We kind of took it from there and that and ‘Dirty White Boy’ were kind of Foreigner-type songs in a way. That album, generally, was sort of a little departure. Times were changing musically in a way and we were sort of changing. We’d just had the first personnel change in the band at that point when Rick Wills came along. It was sort of a significant new step.”

Photo: Albert L. Ortega/PRPhotos.com.

They have guns; they hate guns

They have guns; they hate guns

Gary Rossington turns 67 today (December 4th). The Lynyrd Skynyrd song “Saturday Night Special” like many Skynyrd songs was based on a true story.This one was written about a real incident at a time when the band was down on guns. The song was on the album: Nuthin’ Fancy in 1975. Written by Ed King and Ronnie Van Zant, Gary Rossington recalls what inspired Van Zant’s lyrics.

“There was an old boy called Speedy Pitts we wrote it about. It’s just kind of a true story that happened to him one night at a poker game, and we didn’t like guns no more ’cause, you know, we know that you can die just like that from them. Actually, I’d like to see them all be dumped in the bottom of the sea, but I know that won’t happen. But Ronnie just kinda wrote that about this one story and it’s kinda true. But we hated guns, even though we all had one.”

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Load of Crap

Load of Crap

Ozzy Osbourne celebrates his 70th birthday today (December 3rd). As you probably know Ozzy has had many battles with drugs and alcohol.  “Mama, I’m Coming Home” was written during a time when he was done with all that.  It might be a metaphor for coming home to sobriety. The album was” No More Tears” in 1991 and the song was written by Ozzy Osbourne, Lemmy Kilmister and Zakk Wylde. Ozzy Osbourne leaned on outside writers like Lemmy Kilmister of Motorhead and Zakk Wylde to get songs such as “Mama, I’m Coming Home” done. Ozzy finally committed himself to sobriety during that project. Ozzy:

“Halfway through the making of this No More Tears album, I was drinking again and I was using drugs again. And I woke up one morning and I thought, ‘This is a load of crap, you know. I don’t like this anymore.’ I’d been to so many rehabs. I’d been to so many detoxes. I’d been to so many therapists and sessions with different various people and group meetings and whatnot. It’s a very difficult thing to do. You can’t just say, ‘I’m going to give up smoking now.’ It just doesn’t happen that way. But all of sudden, something within me just went, ‘enough.'”

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It Has Wit

It Has Wit

Deep Purple bassist Roger Glover is 73 today (November 30th). He appreciates the wit in the lyrics of their songs especially the song “Space Truckin'” on the album Machine Head.  It was never released as a single but  it remains one of the band’s rock radio classics. Roger Glover says the idea for “Space Truckin'” took hold in a hotel corridor. He tells what he likes most about the song.

“The thing I like about it is the lyrics. Lyrics are both important and not important all at the same time. And the thing Ian Gillan brings, I mean, he and I write lyrics together, but I’m, if you like, the poetic end of it, he’s the witty, animal end. And his wit permeates Deep Purple’s lyrics. We both have wit and we both like to play with words and we both like to do crossword puzzles, cryptic ones. Words are our stock in trade. To be able to say something with wit and light humor is a lot of fun and I think ‘Space Truckin’’ is one of the early examples of that.”