Tony Harnell proved he still has a monster voice, with the band's most commercial and fabulous album yet. Busting your ass to put on a huge event like that with no financial backing or sponsorship and working within a finite pool of bands that folks will pay to see is a hard task. Urban Tale started the ball rolling with Signs Of Times. I wish I knew, but that's the handle he goes. We will all grow stronger in resolve out of those events and my thoughts and best wishes go to those that were effected by it.
Yngwie managed to get himself in to trouble with two high profile incidents, and there is more, but read on through the 2001 Awards for details! My anticipation of the above remains high, although a couple may still be on the wait list come December 2002. I suggest that it will be high on many personal Best Of 2002 lists. Towards the Autumn of the year there will be a new Harem Scarem album, which we plan to take the band up a notch with. But when I suggested I put his point of view on my newsdesk, he attempted a recovery, suggesting his son had sent the e-mail as a joke. Sure enough, it didn't happen, so those that mailed can e-mail apologies now! Already there are indications that it could be as good as 2002 for variety and quality and possibly even better. I didn't want to roll out the usual we have to work together clique's, but. Now, of these albums, Def Leppard and Westworld really pleased me.
Sammy released his live album with Mikey guesting and Van Halen released zip! You are aware of the fact that it was because of crap like Danger Danger, Poison and Warrant that Nirvana and Pearl Jam plagued the charts during the entire 1990s aren´t you? The 'Marcie Free Welcome To The Club' Award: Toto's David Paich - if Steve Lukather was to be believed! To start my recap and commentary of the year just past, let's go back to my 1999 wrap up and see if my predictions for 2000 came true! Hagar released a new album - which, even though it was rough as guts, was pretty good again. I'm not sure to be honest, that's a huge expectation to fulfill. The nine track album features the hit songs Magic and A Sky Full of Stars. Kurt Torster will love this - but I have to confess that nu-breed rock made a major impact in 2002. The 'Great Kat' Award For Best Escaping Of Reality in 2003: Stratovarius' Timo Tolkki who has taken a leave of absence and hasn't given any indication when he will be back! And last but not least! Richie Kotzen - Slow, Mike Terrana - Shadows of the Past, James Byrd - Anthem, Star Queen - Faithbringer, Chris Poland - Return to Metaliopolis 2002 2 - Your favourite releases of the year? For other releases I liked AdrianGale - ReProgram, Julliet, Nightengale. How can you dishonor a band like Demon with a lower grade than one of the most pathetic bands ever lived in Warrant? Another example of giving the fans what they want. Snakes In Paradise are hard at work on making their best album ever, that's one to look for, along with new Diving For Pearls and Riverdogs releases! I get countless e-mails and messages from melodic rock fans saying that they appreciate the ability to be able to post and talk with like minded individuals and many have also picked up new music thanks to others posting their thoughts on recent purchases.
Sadly though, I think I was the only one standing while Journey played Higher Place and Styx played their couple of new tunes. There was his debut solo album Just Another Day, then the Harem retro release The Early Years and the fab new album Higher. I unfortunately doubt Survivor will get it together, nor will this line up of Styx - especially if the lawsuit rolls on, same with Foreigner. The 'Journey' Award for Successfully replacing a Vocalist: Van Halen - even though it hasn't been announced or confirmed! Fair enough to some of it, as the info was crap! Runner up - Jorn Lande for the awesome job on Millenium and his solo project and having the guts to work with Yngwie! There are many others that paid lip service to the idea, but never followed through. Big oh, wait - they did that themselves and David Cassidy ok, so that one wasn't serious.
Well, the year will be dominated by the events of Sept. Listen to the fans guys - let's hear some news soon! Dare's Darren Wharton postponed the release of their new album and most recently wrote and recorded more songs for it. When media worldwide asked for interviews and the trans-gender lobby contacted the band to congratulate them, he knew things had gone too far! My belief has always been that market forces will dictate that. Hang it up your done. And the new Westworld album will surly come highly anticipated by all.
I did receive one single email in the album's defence - a lengthy letter outlining all the reasons why my review was too critical and the score too low, but nothing could ever change my mind there. And, this time, they plan to take it around the world. How about new albums from Styx, Mark Spiro, Dare, Bob Catley, Alliance, Drive She Said, First Shot, Diving For Pearls, Khymera, Gotthard, Pride, Radioactive, Hugo, Mickey Thomas, Michael Sembello, House Of Lords, Heart, Meatloaf, Harem Scarem, Brian McDonald, Firehouse, House Of Shakira, Vaughn and Glen Burtnik. Back and forth between the guys to generate publicity was kind of sad. Every Mother's Nightmare 2 - Your favourite releases of the year? So 2000 has come and gone. As for the album itself, it was the best produced album of the year, but should have been with a budget of a quarter of a million dollars.
And a early spring release of Castle Blak 'Glamour And Damnation'. Not bad at all for one year! One thing is for sure - all labels need our support for them to continue to prosper, improve and offer an outlet for our favourite artists to continue to record our favourite music. Get Ghost Stories free from Google Play. But I will show you a few funny extracts from a few e-mails from him. Some of them have not been announced yet so I won t make any name.
The 'Mutt Lange' Production Award For Slowest Album Recording Process: Inxs - 3 years, one single. Don´t you realize how tiredsome that is and who cares about that percentage info below the actual review anyway? Mike Tramp thought his new album was his best ever and I agree, but due to things taking longer to come together, it'll have to wait until this time next year to make my Best Of list. Take a listen to the new Jaded Heart soundbytes. Ivory Tower My favorite release for none other then our first is Mystery Bloom. As long as we support the artists, the music will continue.
Vocalist Of The Year: Steve Augeri - for both his work on Journey's new album and on tour with the guys. Eddie and Co know this has to be their best album in years, if not ever, so I am eager as hell to hear any of this. Thanks also to those that made a donation via the PayPal link. Also - The Angels have reformed - twice two line-ups! The Success In Replacement Vocalist Award: Journey The Failure in Replacement Vocalist Award: Van Halen The 'Kiss' Most Money For Least Work Award: Europe - for their upcoming 20 minute reunion gig! And in between time, he managed to staty on tour with Yngwie, before it all ended backstage in a very rock n roll punchup. No balls to do it himself. I hope for your sake it's legit.
That remains a hard question to answer. So Eric, that means you have to let others have a turn now! Ghost Stories is the sixth studio album by British rock band Coldplay. On The Rise and Jim Jidhed impressed most as expected, both feature prominently in my own best of 2003 lists. Quite a lot was said towards the end of the year about the quality of melodic rock. Is there a silly band name than State Cows? At the 2015 Billboard Music Awards it was named Top Rock Album. Axl Rose really was the only major twat of the year, so let's hope there are a few more scandals in the coming 12 months. Who won't make records this year? Vocalist Of The Year: Keith Slack - for his work on Steelhouse Lane and on tour with Michael Schenker.