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Track Review: Vince Neil “Tattoos & Tequila” Tattoos & Tequila [2010]

Posted in Motley Crue, Vince Neil with tags on February 26, 2010 by gearsofrock

Mötley Crüe frontman Vince Neil returns with the ultra sleazy hard rocking single “Tattoos & Tequila,” his best solo release since the early 90’s.

The singles hard-living lyrics are mostly captivating and very catchy, particularly in the chorus with lines such as “come on take your clothes off…baby do a sweet dance…show me all your tattoos and drink my tequila.”

“Tattoos & Tequila” is hefty on the percussion with crashing toms in the beginning and pre-choruses.  The crunchy start-stop guitars steer the song through the verses where Neil begins each line of the verses with “I,” the tracks weakest feature.

Neil’s backing band is certainly more powerful than ever providing a blistering guitar solo, plenty of pinch harmonics, and Tommy Lee modeled drums.  There was clearly a lot of production employed on the single as it features layers upon layers of guitars and effects, from wah to talk box, which ultimately steals part of the care-free attitude and crude nature away from the track.

If this tune is any indication of what to expect from the new album as a whole, this could be Vince Neil’s best solo record to date.

Vince Neil is Vince Neil (Vocals), Jeff Blando (Guitars), Dana Strum (Bass), & Zoltan Chaney.

“Tattoos & Tequila” is available for download for free on Vince Neil’s official site as of today.

Track Review: Bret Michaels “Nothing to Lose” Custom Built [2010]

Posted in Bret Michaels, Poison with tags on February 23, 2010 by gearsofrock

Update July 6: Read the Custom Built album review here

Poison frontman and reality star Bret Michaels offers brand new solo material with the single “Nothing to Lose,” from his upcoming album Custom Built.  Hold it hard rock fans, don’t get too excited because this track is more Goo Goo Dolls than “Look What the Cat Dragged in.”

Yes, it is a slow ballad but not in the same manner as “Every Rose Has it’s Thorn,” or even “Stand” for that matter; those classic tunes have some balls and power behind them. This track is irritatingly sappy and seems like it is catering to the female television viewers he picked up from the Rock of Love days.

Okay, it is not that terrible of a song, but I can hardly stomach numbers like this anymore. You know how these tunes go; lyrics like “if I fall for you, could you fall for me?,” insert vomit here, and add a mildly waltz-y feel.

Typically, I enjoy Michaels’ solo material, even 2003’s Songs of Life (believe it or not) but this one just doesn’t do it, not today.  However I can say that the John Mayer and Lifehouse adoring radio stations are going to eat this up.

Bret Michaels “Nothing to Lose”

Concert Review: Rob Zombie Live at Hammerstein Ballroom December 1, 2009

Posted in Rob Zombie, Shows with tags on December 2, 2009 by gearsofrock

“Rock Mother Fucker, Rock The Mother Fucker, Rock Mother Fucker, Yeah,” howled Rob Zombie, while charismatically leading thousands of loyal fans through new song “Sick Bubble Gum,” at New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom last night. Whenever Rob Zombie performs, one thing is always for certain, you will experience a big epic rock show, the way concerts are meant to be.

With oversized screens and monitors depicting Zombie’s art work (“American Witch”) and film scenes (“House of 1,000 Corpses), serial killers (“Scum of the Earth”), and classic horror movie imagery, Zombie’s band tore through 16 tracks including two from the upcoming Hellbilly Deluxe 2 album.

Guitarist John 5 continues to be the best addition to Zombie’s crew over the last three years as he effortlessly blazes through the classics, even providing an intoxicating extended solo during “Thunder Kiss 65,” and adding brilliant shreddage to the new stuff.

At times the crowd seemed more reserved than at past shows, which Zombie acknowledged during his stage banter early in the set. He later reserved the center of the floor for all of the ladies in attendance prior to “Living Dead Girl.” Surprisingly, the girls broke out into a mosh pit frenzy (you just gotta love the power of rock n roll) once the song kicked in.

“That’s hysterical,” commented Zombie in the middle of the chorus.

The only bad thing about the show was the poor scheduling. To arrange a concert for a Tuesday night in New York City is not the best move and could explain why the venue was not completely packed, as well as the few mellow moments in the mosh pit.

All in all, Zombie delivered another sick show. If you are a fan of big stage metal performances then catching Zombie live should not only be a priority, but mandatory.


  1. “What Lurks on Channel X”
  2. “Superbeast”
  3. “Super-Charger Heaven”
  4. “Living Dead Girl”
  5. “Demon Speeding”
  6. “More Human Than Human”
  7. “Sick Bubble-Gum”
  8. “House of 1000 Corpses”
  9. “Never Gonna Stop”
  10. “Scum of the Earth”
  11. “What?”
  12. “American Witch”
  13. “Thunderkiss ’65”
  14. “Demonoid Phenomenon”
  15. “Lords of Salem”
  16. “Dragula”

P.S. Opening act and Danish psychobilly veterans Nekromantix ripped up the stage. Check them out. Added bonus: the drummer is smokin’ hot.

Concert Review: Metallica Live at Madison Square Garden November 14, 2009

Posted in Metallica, Shows with tags on November 15, 2009 by gearsofrock

11-14-09 JamesFor the second time this year, Metallica played the New York metro area, this time taking the critically acclaimed live metal show to the World’s Most Famous Arena.

Still supporting the Grammy award-winning Death Magnetic album, the band opened their set with the album’s first two tracks and proceeded to tear through the required classics like “Master of Puppets,” “One,” and “Enter Sandman.”

There were several pleasant surprises in the mix such as “Holier Than Thou,” “Helpless,” and “Whiplash.” The only shortcoming of the show, was the lack of “Creeping Death” in the set.

After the show, drummer Lars Ulrich acknowledged that it was pathetic that Metallica has not not played MSG in over a decade, although the band did play the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 25th Anniversary show two weeks ago.

The supporting acts for this leg of the World Magnetic Tour are Danish rockers Volbeat and Lamb of God.  However, I much prefer to see Machine Head support Metallica over Lamb of God any day.

11-14-09 James LasersA friend texted me during Lamb of God’s set, “these guys so want to be Pantera.” I never understood the big deal either.

If you have not seen Metallica on this tour yet, you are missing out on a huge and an important rock show experience and should do everything in your power to get there.

Over the last year, the band has been more than making up for the disappointing St. Anger album and tour of 2003-2004 –Meds


  1. “That Was Just Your Life”
  2. “The End Of The Line”
  3. “For Whom The Bell Tolls”
  4. “Holier Than Thou”
  5. “One”
  6. “Broken, Beat And Scarred”
  7. “Cyanide”
  8. “Sad But True”
  9. “Turn The Page”
  10. “All Nightmare Long”
  11. “The Day That Never Comes”
  12. “Master Of Puppets”
  13. “Fight Fire With Fire”
  14. “Nothing Else Matters”
  15. “Enter Sandman”
  16. “Helpless”
  17. “Whiplash”
  18. “Seek & Destroy”

Top-Left: Frontman James Hetfield at the mic with Lars Ulrich on the drums by R.Meds on 11-14-09; Bottom-Left: Hetfield in lasers

Announced: Static-X & Seventh Void Spring 2009 Tour Dates

Posted in Seventh Void, Shows with tags on April 14, 2009 by gearsofrock

Seventh Void, the side project of Kenny and Johnny of Type-o-Negative, have announced a series of dates with Static-X in May:

May 11 8:00, Expo Park, Great Falls, Montana
May 13 8:00, The Rock, Maplewood, Minnesota
May 14 8:00, Eagle’s Club, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
May 15 8:00, Piere’s, Ft. Wayne, Indiana
May 17 8:00, Orbit Room, Grand Rapids, Michigan
May 19 8:00, Rex Theater, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
May 20 8:00, Webster Theater, Hartford, Connecticut
May 21 8:00, The Chance, Poughkeepsie, New York
May 22 8:00, The Chameleon Club, Lancaster, Pennsylvania
May 23 8:00, NorVa, Norfolk, Virginia
May 25 8:00, Orange Peel, Asheville, North Carolina
May 26 8:00, Masquerade, Atlanta, Georgia
May 28 8:00, The Village, Little Rock, ArkansasMay 30 8:00, Dos Amigos, Odessa, Texas

Source: AntiMusic

Announced: Korn Spring 2009 US Tour Dates

Posted in Korn, Shows with tags on April 10, 2009 by gearsofrock

Korn will hit the road in the US this spring before heading over to Europe. Here are the US dates reported thus far:

Apr. 25 – Tucson, AZ – Tucson Electric Park
Apr. 26 – Albuquerque, NM – Albuquerque Convention Center
Apr. 27 – El Paso, TX – El Paso County Coliseum
Apr. 29 – Denver, CO – Fillmore Auditorium
Apr. 30 – Grand Island, NE – Heartland Events Center
May 02 – Memphis, TN – Tom Lee Park
May 04 – Belton, TX – Bell County Expo
May 05 – Midland, TX – Midland Horseshoe Arena
May 06 – Corpus Christi, TX – Concrete Street Amphitheater
May 08 – Oklahoma City, OK – Zoo Amphitheater
May 09 – Frisco, TX – Pizza Hut Park
May 10 – The Woodlands, TX – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
May 12 – Sioux Falls, SD – Canaries Stadium
May 13 – Duluth, MN – DECC Arena
May 15 – Clarkston, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre
May 16 – Columbus, OH – Columbus Crew Stadium
May 18 – Rochester, NY – Armory
May 19 – Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom
May 21 – Atlantic City, NJ – House of Blues
May 22 – Wallingford, CT – Chevrolet Theatre
May 23 – Gilford, NH – Meadowbrook
May 30 – Kansas City, MO – Rockfest
May 31 – Des Moines, IA – Balloon Classic Field


Announced: Faith No More Reunion Summer 2009 European Tour Dates

Posted in Faith No More, Shows with tags , on April 9, 2009 by gearsofrock

Faith No More, the legendary alt-metal group featuring Mike Patton, Billy Gould, Roddy Bottum, and Mike Bordin, have announced the following European dates for this summer. While US shows could follow, guitar god Jim Martin will not be part of the reunion—very disappointing.

Jun. 12 – Download – Donington Park UK

Jun. 13 – Greenfield – Interlaken, Switzerland

Jun. 14 – Rock in Idro – Milan, Italy

Jun. 19 – Nova Rock – Nickelsdorf, Austria

Jun. 20 – Southside – Tuttlingen, Germany

Jun. 21 – Hurricane – Scheebel, Germany

Jun. 24 – Kaisaniemi Park – Helsinki, Finland

Jun. 25 – Hovefestivalen – Arendal, Norway

Jun. 27 – Peace & Love – Borlänge, Sweden


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