Platinum-selling Maryland hard rock icons, KIX have released CAN’T STOP THE SHOW: THE RETURN OF KIX, a two-disc DVD/CD set, October 21, 2016 on Loud & Proud Records. The 71-minute film is an in-depth look into KIX’s decision to record their first new album, 2014’s Rock Your Face Off, in almost 20 years.
The DVD – WATCH THE TRAILER HERE – also features the making of the album from bassist Mark Schenker’s studio, interviews with the band as well as notable rock artists such as Nuno Bettencourt of Extreme, Lzzy Hale of Halestorm, Jeff LaBar of Cinderella, Share Ross of Vixen, Shannon Larkin of Godsmack, and more, key music industry veterans such as radio personality Eddie Trunk, Don Jamieson of That Metal Show on VH1 Classic as well as Luc Carl and Keith Roth of Sirius/XM. It also includes a rare appearance by producer Taylor Rhodes (Aerosmith, Ozzy Osbourne, KIX’s Hot Wire).
The CD, CAN’T STOP THE SHOW (LIVE) offers never-before-released live KIX tracks recorded over the last three years. A bonus KIX logo sticker is inside the first manufacturing run, a special treat for KIX fans around the world, and each band member offers his own special contribution to the package’s booklet including vocalist Steve Whiteman’s rigorous exercise routine, cartoons by guitarist Brian “Damage” Forsythe, an essay by bassist Mark Schenker, a gear rundown by guitarist Ronnie “10/10” Younkins and a favorite recipe from drummer Jimmy Chalfant, aka “Chef Chocolate.”
“KIX is proud of the band’s legacy, but equally proud of our new chapter,” says Schenker. “We had an opportunity to work with some great film makers, so we just let the cameras roll everywhere, and had so much fun putting the project together. There was a true outpouring of love and admiration from our fans and our peers after the release of Rock Your Face Off and luckily, we had documented the recording sessions on film. Now we are excited to share the process of making the new album with our loyal fans. KIX thanks everyone involved and hopes everyone loves it as much as we loved making it!”
In 2014, KIX released their seventh full-length album, Rock Your Face Off (Loud & Proud Records) their first studio effort since 1995’s Show Business. The album debuted at #1 on Amazon’s “Hard Rock and Metal “chart, in the Top 50 on Billboard’s “Top 200 Albums” chart, #5 on the “Independent Albums “chart, #11 on the “Top Internet “chart, #17 on the “Top Rock Albums” chart, #27 on the “Indy/Small Chain Core Stores” chart and #33 on the “Physical” chart. It also garnered rave reviews from publications such as Stereogum who said, “KIX have made an album with all the spirit and joy and craftsmanship that they always brought, an album with a hooks-per-minute ratio enough to grab you even if you never heard of them before reading this review. The band plays with a sense of rhythmic push-pull that reminds you that people used to dance to this stuff, and that they still could, if they were so inclined…Its mere existence is an inspirational thing, and it’s a reminder that sometimes exploring new musical space isn’t the most important thing. Sometimes, songs are the most important thing.”
Heavens Edge is a great hard rock band formed in Philadelphia, PA in April 1987 by Reggie Wu (guitars, keyboards) and Mark Evans (vocals). They were joined by David Rath (drums), Steven Parry (guitars) and George “G.G.” Guidotti (bass).
The band started out playing clubs like Empire, Galaxy, and Trocadero on the east coast. Their first attempt to reach beyond the local music scene was a demotape of five songs that all later ended up on the debut album. It caught the attention of many fans and the metal press, including the European magazine Metal Forces. The popularity of the demo and their energetic live shows made Columbia Records sign the band, and in 1990 Heavens Edge recorded and released their self-titled debut album. Produced by Neil Kernon of Dokken and Queensryche fame it was an impressive record with diverse material ranging from their specialty power rockers like “Play Dirty”, to poppier songs like “Find Another Way”, the slow, heavy blues of “Is that All you Want?” and the thrashy “Can’t Catch Me”. A video was also shot, surprisingly for the fast rock’n’roll tune “Skin to Skin”, one of the album’s best tracks, but maybe not the most MTV and radio friendly.
The band had already shot half the footage for the next video/single Find Another Way. When the president of Columbia records, decided to pull the plug on the video. Without the label support, the band thought it was best to split with Columbia, and look for another record deal The band shortly signed a development deal with Capitol Records. A year later, the band had written enough material for a second album, and with former LeCompt guitarist Jimmy Marchiano replacing Steven Parry, Heavens Edge prepared themselves to return with a vengeance.
They premiered most of the new songs live in 91-92 before going into the studio. Songs like potential radio hit “Jacky”, acoustic ballad “Just another Fire” and their trademark power rockers “Jump on it” and “Burnin’ the Candle” show that the band had retained their ability to write diverse material of high quality. But the times had changed, Grunge and Alternative ruled MTV and radio and there was no place for real rock ‘n’ roll bands like Heavens Edge anymore. Capitol Records decided to not pick up Heavens Edge, and the band shortly broke up after. Reggie, Dave and G.G. continued working together. They got a singer, Shaun Carmen and formed a new band called American Pie. A different style to Heavens Edge with a sound more in tune with what was happening in the early 90’s. They tried for a couple of years to get a record deal, but didn’t have any luck, and they split up eventually.
Well this could have been the end for Heavens Edge, but in some amazing news the guys signed a new record deal for MTM music in 1998. They are a company specialising in AOR and melodic hardrock. The album was originally scheduled for released in 1992. But some six years later they finally completed the album. Mark, Reggie, Dave and G.G. also entered the studio to record the songs “Rollercoaster” and ” Cuts Both Ways”. The second album “Some Other Place – Some Other Time” was released by MTM music in Europe and Pony Canyon in Japan in 1998. A year later Perris Records released the album in the U.S. This version has a different artcover and six added bonustracks. SOPSOT continued where the first album left off, and is full of great melodic hardrock. It has everything from power rockers like “Backseat Driver” to the catchy “Rock Steady” to ballads like “Just Another Fire”. Any old fan of Heavens Edge will most certainly love this new album. And they will surely gain a lot of new fans as well.
In 1999 The band were asked to record a song for the Motley Crue – Kickstart My Heart tribute abum. The guys went into the studio and recorded “Don’t Go Away Mad (Just Go Away) of the Dr. Feelgood album. Proceedes of the Cd sales are donated to the Skylar Neil Memorial Foundation. This was set up to help children in hospitals, after Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil lost his 4 year old daughter to cancer. Over the last couple of years the band has reunited several times playing for charity and benefit shows.
At its core, WARRANT is an American rock band through and through. Hitting it big in 1989, the Hollywood, CA based band rose through the ranks of the local Sunset Strip scene to the level of multiplatinum selling, chart-topping success. The band first came into the national spotlight with their debut album Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich. This album produced Radio and MTV chart toppers “Down Boys,” “Sometimes She Cries,” and the massive hit “Heaven” which reached #1 in Rolling Stone and #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 for two weeks in a row. The single “Heaven” enjoyed Gold sales and the Album went Platinum in Canada as well, eventually selling over 3 million copies. The band toured the globe performing 262 shows in support of DRFSR and closed the year with a Platinum Home Video.
WARRANT’s sophomore album Cherry Pie was released in September 1990. This album, which spawned the MTV & Radio hits “Cherry Pie,” “Uncle Tom’s Cabin,” and “I Saw Red,” all reached the Top 10 in the United States and went on to sell 3 million copies, reaching Platinum sales in Canada and Australia. The band played 200 shows in support of Cherry Pie and finished the tour headlining sheds all over the USA and ended up being one of the top grossing tours of 1991. Over the course of their career, WARRANT has sold over 10 million albums worldwide. The song “Cherry Pie” has taken on a pop culture life of its own, being featured in countless movies, TV shows, commercials and the hugely popular video game Guitar Hero II.
WARRANT’s signature style of rock music is very catchy and yet very melodic and remains the band’s signature sound today. In September 2008, Robert Mason replaced Jani Lane (RIP) as lead vocalist joining the other four original members, Jerry Dixon, Steven Sweet, Joey Allen and Erik Turner. Their current album Louder Harder Faster, released on Frontiers Records, has been highly regarded in reviews and embraced by fans.
WARRANT has been headlining festivals, casinos and fairs all over the country in support of their latest CD Louder Harder Faster. The band is fired up and tighter than every musically! These rockers can’t wait to play not only ALL the hits fans know & love, but also new tunes/videos like “Louder Harder Faster” & “I Think I Will Just Stay Here & Drink.”
Their social media fan base is growing daily on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. WarrantRocks.com
FireHouse has been rockin’ for over 25 years. Their music has taken them all over the world and has produced Gold, Platinum, and Multi-Platinum records in the United States and countries abroad.
In 1990, their first album, entitled FIREHOUSE, was released. The band’s first single, “Shake & Tumble”, had impressive radio success. The band then released “Don’t Treat Me Bad”, which became their first top ten hit. This was followed by “Love of a Lifetime”, which also entered the Top Ten, reaching the #3 spot on the United States charts. This string of hits vaulted their first album to double platinum status in the United States. At the 1991 American Music Awards, FireHouse found themselves standing before the nation accepting the award for Best New Hard Rock/Metal Band, chosen over Nirvana and Alice in Chains.
The band’s second album, HOLD YOUR FIRE, was released in 1992. It produced the hits “Reach For The Sky” and “Sleeping With You”. Another top ten hit, “When I Look Into Your Eyes”, peaked on the United States charts at #6. This album earned the band platinum sales in the USA and over a million more worldwide.
In 1995, FireHouse released their third album on Epic Records, simply titled 3. Once again, FireHouse produced another Top Forty Hit in the United States with “I Live My Life for You”. It was with this album that FireHouse made their first trip to Southeast Asia for a promotional tour. Earlier American hits like “Don’t Treat Me Bad”, “Love of a Lifetime” and “When I Look into Your Eyes” had climbed the charts in Asia. “Here for You”, the second single from 3, had also become a hit. The band then continued their promotional tour in South American countries such as Brazil and Argentina.
Their fourth album, GOOD ACOUSTICS, was released in 1996 and quickly went gold in Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, Korea, and Philippines. GOOD ACOUSTICS contains unplugged versions of the group’s greatest hits, as well as four new songs. This album produced foreign hits such as “In Your Perfect World”, “Love Don’t Care”, and “You Are My Religion”. The band returned to Southeast Asia for another promotional tour at the end of 1996. Then, in February 1997, FireHouse embarked on their first concert tour of Southeast Asia playing sold out shows for fans in Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, and Japan. During May and June they toured the United States before returning to Southeast Asia in July for an unprecedented twenty five city sold out tour of Indonesia.
In 1998, FireHouse toured the United States on the first Rock Never Stops tour, which also included Slaughter, Warrant, Quiet Riot, and LA Guns. October of 1998 featured the Asian release of FireHouse’s fifth CD, CATEGORY 5 on Pony Canyon Records. The album quickly climbed to #4 on the Japanese charts, and supporting promotional tour of Japan followed. Category 5 was officially released in the United States in 1999.
FireHouse continued touring through the winter and spring of 1999, including 3 more sold out shows in Tokyo, Nagoya, and Osaka. On April 22, 1999, the band recorded their live show in Osaka. The result – the first ever live album by FireHouse. BRING ‘EM OUT LIVE was released in Japan in December 1999 and in the United States on Spitfire Records in July 2000.
The turn of the century brought the release their seventh album, titled O². It has been released in Southeast Asia on Pony Canyon Records, and in the US on Spitfire Records. This album had notable success despite the changing style of popular rock music. During this time, the band decided to part ways with original bass player, Perry Richardson. O²’s remarkable bass playing was supplied by Bruce Waibel. Bruce brought to the band his phenomenal bass playing along with is equally impressive sense of humor. We truly regret to say that in September 2003 Bruce has passed away. He will be greatly missed as a friend and talented musician.
FireHouse headed back into the studio in early 2003 to write and record their 8th album, PRIME TIME. As music changes over time, FireHouse continues to evolve their musical style, yet at the same time hang onto their hard rock roots. Album number 8 is no exception. You can expect to hear what FireHouse is famous for, soulful, melodic hard rock.
In 2003, Allen McKenzie joined the band as bassist and background vocalist. Allen’s incredible vocal power and range coupled with his extraordinary bass playing help make FireHouse sound better than ever.
In 2007, FireHouse went back into the studio and re-recorded 10 fan favorites and band favorites, and released them on the album, FULL CIRCLE. The album FireHouse fans a unique look at how the songs have evolved over the years and taken on a life of their own.
Fans of bands come and go, but FireHouse has a unique following of core fans that cannot be compared to any other. Thanks to all of you for your many years of support and for coming out to ROCK with us on the road! We Love You All!
Steven Adler, best known as the original drummer of “GUNS N’ ROSES”, one of the most influential, ground-breaking hard rock bands to emerge from the late-80′s L.A. hard rock scene, has returned to pick up where he left off.
GN’R’s debut album, “APPETITE FOR DESTRUCTION,” which features Adler’s signature groove, will forever be considered one of the greatest rock albums ever made. Adler also recorded the album “GN’R LIES” and the track “Civil War” on the album “USE YOUR ILLUSION 2.” Following Steven’s success with GN’R, he was involved in several other projects, including “ROADCREW” with front man Davy Vain and “Freaks in the Room” with Gilby Clarke. In 2002, Adler, along with other well-known L.A. musicians, formed what would later turn into the first incarnation of “Adler’s Appetite.”
In 2007, “Adler’s Appetite” celebrated the 20th anniversary of “Appetite for Destruction” with a sold out show at The Key Club, where Duff Mckagan and Izzy Stradlin (original GN’R members) both jumped at the chance to jam with Steven on stage. Witnesses at the event hailed it as the closest anyone would ever see to an original “GUNS N’ ROSES” reunion.
2008 saw Steven become a household name as the breakout star of the VH1′s hit series “Celebrity Rehab 2″ and “Sober House”. Steven has made multiple appearances on Dr. Drew’s nationally syndicated radio show “Loveline,” and was an award presenter at the 2009 POLLSTAR AWARDS. Building upon that momentum, Steven decided to redefine “Adler’s Appetite” and put together what both fans and critics have called the strongest line-up of the band to date. “Adler’s Appetite” consists of veteran and platinum selling artist Chip Z’Nuff (Enuff Z’Nuff), Rick Stitch on vocals from LA band “Ladyjack”, Michael Thomas (Faster Pussycat), and guitarist Robo(Ladyjack). On January 17, 2009, the band made its debut to a maximum capacity crowd at The Key Club in Los Angeles. They were greeted with rave reviews and haven’t looked back since.
Now, with the completion of two U.S. tours, a South American tour in 2009 and and a highly successful European tour with nothing short of a stellar response, “ADLER’S APPETITE” is giving the fans what they want and breathing new life into the legacy that is “GUNS N’ ROSES”.
2010 saw Adler returning to “Celebrity Rehab 3″ as a special guest and the worldwide release of his first instructional drum DVD. Steven also recently contributed drum tracks to former “GN’R”, current “Velvet Revolver” guitarist Slash’s solo record. The track, which marks their professional reunion, also features Flea from “The Red Hot Chili Peppers.”
In July of 2010 Steven released his tell-all biography “My Appetite For Destruction — Sex, Drugs and Guns N’ Roses”. The book quickly became a New York Times Bestseller. Adler’s Appetite also embarked on an extensive tour hitting over 50 markets in North America alone. The band also debuted it’s new single “Alive” on The Howard Stern show in July, Harper Collins then released it as an exclusive download in conjunction with the book.
The band rang in 2011 with the release of their Limited Edition European EP featuring all new original material. March found Adler taping fresh episodes of “Celebrity Rehab” and celebrating what he calls a “180 turn” in his life; according to Steven, his experience working with Dr. Drew and Bob Forrest was “even better than in 2008.” Adler’s Appetite released two new songs, available for download on iTunes, titled “Stardog” and “Fading”–guaranteed to whet fans’ own appetites for the band’s next studio album, which is in the works. Not one to let the moss grow over his drum kit, Adler hits the road for a major North American tour on May 5, with a lineup featuring Michael Thomas on lead guitar, Lonny Paul on rhythm guitar, Chip Z’nuff on bass and Patrick Stone on vocals. On May 17th, the paperback version of Adler’s autobiography drops from Harper Collins, with select book signings to be announced. “I have the hunger to live again and rock again,” says Adler. “I’m living the ultimate American dream–not only that, but I’m loving it!”
For Danger Danger, good things seem to come in twos.
Formed in 1987 by Bruno Ravel and Steve West, and rounded out by
Ted Poley, Andy Timmons and Kasey Smith, it didn’t take long for the
band to be noticed by Epic Records’ Lennie Petze. Petze, who had earlier
discovered Boston, Cyndi Lauper and Aldo Nova, to name a few, made
Danger Danger the first signing to his newly minted Imagine Records.
Released in 1989, the self-titled Imagine/Epic release struck gold. While touring with
Kiss, Alice Cooper, Warrant and Extreme, the band smashed out two hit singles
at both radio and MTV – the classic Naughty Naughty, and highly infectious
Bang Bang. Good things for Danger Danger did indeed, come in twos.
1991 saw the release of Screw It! With extensive touring and overwhelming
press coverage, Screw It! actualized two hits, Monkey Business and
I Still Think About You. Another tour with Kiss, this time in Europe, and a
second sold out headlining tour of Japan, solidified Danger Danger’s place in the rock world.
Now a hot commodity, success could be seen night after sold-out night,
whether they were opening for the biggest rock acts or headlining venues on their own.
In 1993, Danger Danger recorded their 3rd disc for Sony titled Cockroach, however,
due to legal wrangling, the album wouldn’t see the light of day until eight years later.
Upon completion of the album, the band parted ways with lead singer Ted Poley.
Needing a replacement, friend and former Elektra recording artist, Canadian
Paul Laine stepped in. The lead vocals were re-recorded with Laine and the album
was back on the release schedule. The band and Sony were both soon hit with lawsuits
from the departed singer, thus causing Sony to decide it was in their best interest to
shelve the record. Eventually the band amicably parted ways with the label.
In 1995, Bruno Ravel and Steve West formed Low Dice Records, and released
their first album for the label – Dawn. Conceived during this dark chapter for the
band, the record was somewhat of a departure from their earlier work, reflecting
a somber and introspective tone, both musically and lyrically.
1998 saw the release of Four The Hard Way, a return to the band’s original melodic rock roots.
The album was heralded as a classic in the genre, receiving rave reviews throughout the world.
The Return Of The Great Gildersleeves followed in 2000. It too, was greeted with stellar
reviews from critics and fans the world over, further helping cement the band’s reputation.
In 2001, the long awaited, and eagerly anticipated Cockroach was finally released.
In a joint venture with Sony Music, Low Dice Records issued a 2 CD set featuring
both versions of the album. Disc one features then current vocalist Paul Laine,
while disc two features original lead vocalist Ted Poley.
The response was overwhelming. The album consistently landed on top ten lists
everywhere. It has been hailed as Danger Danger’s finest album to date.
In 2002, VH1 voted the group one of the “Top 40 Hairbands Of All Time,” landing at
number 25, and featuring them in their hit special VH1’s “Top 40 Hairbands Of All Time.”
Later that year, the band scored another coup when their song Naughty Naughty Xmas
was featured in the #1 movie in America – Disney’s “The Santa Clause 2.”
2003 was filled with many highlights, beginning with the release of Rare Cuts, a
collection of unreleased and rare tracks. Following the success of the album, the
band triumphantly returned to the UK (after a ten year absence) and Spain, wowing
fans and critics alike. The end of the year also saw the release of the critically
acclaimed We Wish You A Hairy Christmas, a collection of Christmas songs
featuring some of the biggest “hair bands” of all time. Singling out the band,
Rolling Stone had this to say: “Danger Danger’s Naughty Naughty Xmas affirms
that beneath all the hair spray, the Eighties-metal boom included a bunch of totally
rocking Cheap Trick tribute bands.” More praise came as
Guitar For The Practicing Musician magazine declared Danger Danger’s
self-titled debut one of the “50 Greatest Guitar Albums Of The ‘80s.”
2004, looks to be an even more exciting year with the return of original vocalist
Ted Poley after an eleven-year absence. The band will return to the road this summer
with an extensive tour. Sweden Rock will be one of their first shows in Scandinavia,
with many dates to follow throughout Europe, Brazil, Canada and the USA.
2007 – Razor & Tie release Monster Ballads Xmas featuring Naughty Naughty Christmas.
2009 – Burrn! Magazine names Danger Danger’s self-titled debut one of the
“200 Essential Heavy Metal/Hard Rock Albums” of the past 25 years.
In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the band’s now classic debut,
Danger Danger release Revolve, a new album featuring the reunited members.
Revolve enters the Swedish Top 100 albums chart in its first week and lands on critics’ year-end top ten lists worldwide.
The first rebellion started in 1986.
New Jersey kids, punk and metal attitude, determined to conquer the world. All for one, banded together with single-minded purpose. The battlefield was the stage, the songs their arsenal in an us-against-them musical coup d’état.
Top Ten singles. Gold and multi-platinum sales. No. 1 on the Billboard album chart. The world was theirs, the rebellion won, until there was nothing left to fight for — so they fought each other. Following an ill-advised South American tour in 1996, the band was finished.
But the core camaraderie never died.
“When we put the band back together, we needed to reintroduce Skid Row as relevant without relying too much on past success,” explains bassist Rachel Bolan. “We wrote songs and hit the road. We sunk our heart and soul into it, letting people know we weren’t doing it for lack of anything better to do.”
Snake Sabo continues, “We seem to be at our best when we’re faced with adversity. It’s us against the world again — and by us I mean the band and the fans who stick with us and carry the Skid Row torch without fail.”
Now, Skid Row is gearing up to record the final installment of the United World Rebellion trilogy.
Recording new songs means capturing the signature Skid Row energy for drummer Rob Hammersmith. “That sound and energy is what resonates with people and knocks them on their ass! We have a lot of great ideas to work with, so we’re all really excited about this new music.”
As the energy for the new album and tour is reaching fever pitch, enter ZP Theart. “I’ve been a mad fan of this band since I was a teenager, and to now be a member of Skid Row, is beyond any sense of my imagination!”
“We’ll be hitting the studio to get started on some new material and I’m beyond excited to say the least. This is a whole new deck of cards and there’s gonna be no holding back!” Theart adds.
Classic dual-guitar teams are a key component of great songs — K.K. Downing and Glenn Tipton. Scott Gorham and Brian Robertson. Dave Murray and Adrian Smith. Add Snake and Scotti Hill to that list. “Playing as a team for over thirty years, our styles are still as unique as our personalities — as unique as our band,” Scotti says. “Combine them together on United World Rebellion – Chapter Three and you have the Skid Row guitar sound.”
That sound is rambunctious exuberance. They got older, but Skid Row never really grew up. United World Rebellion – Chapter Three is still the youth gone wild, their musical spark still burning gasoline.
“I will always be that 16-year-old kid in front of the mirror, pretending to be Ace Frehley or Michael Schenker,” Snake admits. “It’s still about writing a great song with your friends, praying it connects with someone. That has never left me. That willfulness will always exist, and there’s so much left to say!”
And so the rebellion continues.
Grammy-nominated Extreme, one of the most successful rock acts of the late 1980s and 1990s, have sold over 10 million albums worldwide. They have released six studio albums, plus a greatest hits set and a recent live DVD since their formation in 1985. The band had initially described their music as ‘Funky Metal’, but it would evolve much more in the mid-90s by blending classic rock influences with post-grunge and alternative rock.
Extreme’s popularity is fueled by guitar virtuoso Nuno Bettencourt’s signature style, Gary Cherone’s resonant vocals and socially conscious lyrics, Pat Badger’s rock solid bass, and the hard hitting Kevin Figueiredo on drums. Their unwavering songcraft and diverse musical approaches have earned the band multi-platinum albums with chart topping hits and sold-out tours all over the globe.
TORA TORA is a blues-based hard rock band formed in Memphis, TN in the late 1980s. Band members include Keith Douglas, Patrick Francis, John Patterson and Anthony Corder. TORA has two major releases Surprise Attack/Wild America through A&M Records that promoted five singles and videos (Walkin’ Shoes, Guilty, Phantom Rider, Amnesia and Faith Healer). The band has six independent releases, The Warehouse Sessions, Bombs Away, Miss B. Haven, Before and After, Revolution Day, and most recently a live performance concert Live from Minglewood, in Memphis #ROCKOUTCANCER. Live appearances have been at festivals Rocklahoma, Farm Rock, Rock & Skull and Monster of Rock Cruise. TORA is known for Zeppelin-influenced vocals and classic rock inspired, high energy musicianship. Tora Tora signed with Frontiers Music SRL in 2017 and is currently in legendary Sam Phillips Recording Studio in Memphis, TN with Producer/Engineer Jeff Powell who was assistant engineer on Wild America. Look for a new full-length album in early 2019! Please visit toratoramusic.com to stay updated on the band who taught you how TO ROCK TO ROLL!
QUIET RIOT will be releasing their latest album of all new original music this summer featuring James Durbin (Vocals) Frankie Banali (Drums) Alex Grossi (Guitar) and Chuck Wright (Bass).
QUIET RIOT is a rock & roll phenomenon. Famously described as the first heavy metal band to top the pop chart at #1 on Billboard magazine, the Los Angeles quartet became an overnight sensation thanks to their monster 1983 smash album Metal Health.
The story of QUIET RIOT begins in 1980 when Kevin DuBrow formed a new band under his own name, working with Frankie Banali and a variety of musicians over the next few years before signing with Pasha/CBS Records, reverting back to the QUIET RIOT moniker, and entering the studio with new guitarist Carlos Cavazo and bassist Chuck Wright to start work on a new album. The year was 1982 and, following Randy Rhoads’ well-documented death, former henchman Rudy Sarzo left Ozzy, replacing Chuck Wright who is the bass player on record for both the “Metal Health” and “Don’t Wanna Let You Go” tracks, to complete the lineup and sessions for what would become 1983’s Metal Health. Driven by the irresistible double whammy of the title track’s muscular bass line and a raucous rendition of the old Slade chestnut “Cum on Feel the Noize,” the album stormed up the U.S. charts, duly reaching the number one spot and going platinum five times over in the process at that time. The sales of Metal Health has now exceeded the 10 million mark worldwide to date.
QUIET RIOT returned to the studio to record 1984’s Condition Critical, which went on to sell over 2 million copies in the US and included another chart-ready Slade cover in “Mama Weer All Crazee Now” and the self penned “Party All Night.” In 1986 QUIET RIOT re-grouped to launch the QR III record, Sarzo had been replaced by former bassist Chuck Wright. Vocalist Paul Shortino stepped in and recorded 1988’s simply named Quiet Riot with Banali, Cavazo, and new bassist Sean McNabb.
In 1991, DuBrow and Cavazo began working together once again, joined by Frankie Banali and eventually recording 1993’s Terrified with bassist Kenny Hillery. Down to the Bone followed two years later with Chuck Wright back on bass, and in 1997, a one-off performance at a after show party hosted by industrial shock rocker Marilyn Manson who had requested to Banali that QUIET RIOT perform, lured bassist Rudy Sarzo back to the fold.
With that lineup once again, QUIET RIOT hit the road playing venues across America, Europe and Asia. This lineup was captured on 1999’s Alive and Well album, and 2001 saw the release of Guilty Pleasures. QUIET RIOT officially parted company with Rudy Sarzo and Carlos Cavazo in October of 2003. In 2004 DuBrow and Banali recruited guitarist Alex Grossi and bassist Chuck Wright and continued to tour nonstop throughout 2006 in America, Europe, South America and Asia. For the recording of Rehab in 2006, DuBrow and Banali entered the studio with bassist Tony Franklin and guitarist Neil Citron, both long time friends of Banali. QUIET RIOT with the lineup of DuBrow, Banali, Wright and Grossi continued to perform live worldwide until November of 2007 when sadly, Kevin DuBrow’s singing career was cut short with his passing on November 25, 2007.
Frankie Banali’s history with QUIET RIOT began in 1982 and he has the distinction of being the only member of QUIET RIOT to have recorded on every single QUIET RIOT release from 1983’s Metal Health through 2006’s Rehab. After nearly three years since the loss of his friend and band mate Kevin DuBrow, and with careful consideration, soul searching and with the blessings and support of Kevin DuBrow’s family, Frankie has decided to continue his journey and the musical legacy of QUIET RIOT along with bassist Chuck Wright, guitarist Alex Grossi and vocalist James Durbin.
QUIET RIOT IN POP CULTURE:
Quiet Riot’s song “Cum On Feel The Noize” was the first heavy metal song to reach Billboard magazine’s top FIVE.
Quiet Riot’s Album “Metal Health” was the first heavy metal album to reach Billboard magazine’s number ONE.
Quiet Riot’s Album “Metal Health” was also the first DEBUT heavy metal album to reach Billboard magazine’s number ONE.
Quiet Riot’s video “Metal Health” was the first video to bring an album cover to life.
In 2008 movie, The Wrestler, the song “Metal Health” was used in the movie’s opening sequence and also as Randy “The Ram” Robinson’s entrance theme.
In 2008, the song “Cum On Feel the Noize” was played in the opening scenes of the movie “Tropic Thunder” during the movie preview parody scenes.
In 2007, Quiet Riot were featured in radio promos for ESPN Radio, parodying their status as dated rock and roll icons with commentary from both DuBrow and Banali.
Quiet Riot are mentioned in Ben Folds’s song “Rockin’ the Suburbs” in 2001, in the lines “I’m rockin’ the suburbs, just like Quiet Riot did. I’m rockin’ the suburbs, except that they were talented”.
In the 2005 episode of The Simpsons entitled +The father, The Son and the Holy Guest Star”, the band is depicted as converted to a religious band called Pious Riot and plays a parody of the song “Cum On Feel the Noize” as “Come on Feel the Lord”. When Bart calls them “a crappy rock band from the 1940s,”Kevin DuBrow responds, “We’ve played more state fairs than The Beatles.”
Quiet Riot’s track “Bang Your Head (Metal Health)” is used as the title theme to the video game Showdown: Legends of Wrestling. The same song also appears in the soundtrack to Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories, while their version for Slade’s “Cum On Feel the Noize” is featured in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, both playing on Rock radio station V-Rock. “Bang Your Head (Metal Health)” was also used in the Crank soundtrack, as the song played during the film’s opening sequence. It was also used in a scene for the film Footloose. The song “Bang Your Head (Metal Health)” is a playable song in the game Guitar Hero: Rocks the 80’s.
On the Weezer track “Heart Songs” from their self-titled “Red Album”, lead singer Rivers Cuomo sings “Quiet Riot got me started with the banging of my head”, as part of a list of heavy metal bands who have inspired him.
In the 2005 album “Punk Goes 80’s”, Relient K covered The Bangles’ song “Manic Monday” and changed two original lines to read “He says to me in his Quiet Riot voice: “C’mon feel the noise”.
Professional Wrestler Necro Butcher uses “Metal Health” as his entrance theme in Wrecking Ball Wrestling.
“Bang Your Head (Metal Health)” is a playable song in “Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the 80’s”.
Quiet Riot song, “The Wild and the Young” is in the soundtrack to “Brutal Legend”.
The song “Cum On Feel the Noize” is featured in the musical and the movie, “Rock of Ages”.
Vixen was founded in St Paul, MN by guitarist Jan Kuehnemund. Driven by rock star dreams, like so many before her, Kuehnemund packed up her group and headed for Hollywood. Kuehnemund soon re-tooled the lineup to include vocalist Janet Gardner, drummer, Roxy Petrucci, and bassist Share Pedersen (Ross).
Vixen quickly built their reputation playing the infamous Sunset Strip and signed a major label deal with EMI. Vixen’s first hit single, “Edge of a Broken Heart” penned by Richard Marx and Fee Waybill (The Tubes) blasted onto the Billboard charts fueled by heavy video rotation on MTV. Their self-titled freshmen LP garnered two more knee droppers with “Cryin’” and “Love made Me” both charting on the Billboard hot 100 top 40. It was the group’s live performances opening for the Scorpions, Ozzy and Bon Jovi that established Vixen as a premiere rock act to be taken seriously.
In 1990, “Rev it Up”, Vixen’s second LP produced the monster rocker “How Much Love”, scorching ballad, “Love is a Killer”‘ and the upbeat “Not a Minute Too Soon” cementing their reputation not only as formidable performers, but as hit songwriters. The group Vixen-ized their fans on worldwide tours with heavyweights Deep Purple and KISS, which fueled the international frenzy.
The undercurrents coming from the Seattle grunge scene helped strengthen the winds of change and underscored the decision to disband Vixen in late 1991. Each band member independently dabbled in various projects until 1997 Gardner and Petrucci releasing “Tangerine” under the Vixen moniker. In 2002 Kuehnemund once again regrouped Vixen with Jenna Sanz-Agero (vocals), Lynn Louise Lowrey (bass) and Kat Kraft (drums). This line-up then went on to tour and release “Live and Learn” and “Extended Versions” from a live performance in Sweden.
It was 2012 when Kuehnemund reached out to Gardner, Petrucci & Ross for their long awaited reunion. Sadly, only days before officially announcing the news, Kuehnemund was diagnosed with cancer and the reunion was put on hold. Jan Kuehnemund, the founding member and lead guitar player for Vixen tragically lost her battle with cancer and passed away October 10th of 2013. Jan touched many souls and will live on through her music.
Realizing that a band belongs to its fans, Gardner, Petrucci and Ross have reunited in continuing the Vixen tradition and honoring the fans.
The Legacy lives on…
Kingdom Come was formed in 1987 by German singer Lenny Wolf. Polydor Records signed Kingdom Come to a record deal and the band’s lineup would include Wolf, drummer James Kottak, lead guitarist Danny Stag, rhythm guitarist Rick Steier, and bassist Johnny B. Frank. Their music has been described as hard rock with early blues-based influences.
In 1988 their first single “Get It On” exploded at AOR radio, prompting their self-titled debut album Kingdom Come to ship gold. They released 2 more singles from the album, embarked on a sold-out European tour, and were invited to open for the North American Monsters of Rock Tour 1988. The festival was performed at stadiums across the United States in front of massive crowds. They later supported Scorpions on their North American “Savage Amusement” tour and performed in Japan with Bon Jovi and Ratt as well as their own headlining tour. In 1989, Kingdom Come released their second album In Your Face which sold almost 500,000 copies. They released three singles from the album and toured in support of it. While on tour the band would abruptly break up due to personal reasons.
Lenny Wolf would carry on under the Kingdom Come banner with a revolving door of mostly German musicians releasing 12 studio albums and 1 live album between 1991 – 2013, mostly limited to Europe. During this period the other original members worked with The Cult, MSG, and Warrant amongst others. Most notably, James Kottak became the drummer for German rock legends Scorpions, a position he held for 21 years. In 2016 Wolf issued a public statement that Kingdom Come was finished.
2018 marks the 30th anniversary of the band’s classic debut album, which is their most popular release internationally. James Kottak has revived Kingdom Come along with original members Danny Stag, Rick Steier, and Johnny B. Frank. Although Lenny Wolf respectfully declined to participate in the reunion, he fully supports the members moving forward without him. The current version of Kingdom Come includes singer Keith St. John (ex-Montrose) and will tour in 2018 – 2019 performing their debut album in its entirety along with music from their second album In Your Face.
- “Get It On” was most requested song for 6 weeks at AOR radio
- First Debut Album in US history to ship gold
- Debut Album reached #12 on US Billboard Hot 100
- Opened the Monsters of Rock Tour 1988 w/ Van Halen, Scorpions, Dokken, & Metallica
- Additional touring with Scorpions, Black Sabbath, Bon Jovi, Ratt, and Warrant.
- Over 2 Million Albums Sold Worldwide
25th Year Anniversary
Although Bang Tango was often lumped in with the whole 80’s glam metal movement (perhaps due to their pretty-
Mark Knight (Guitar), Kyle Kyle (Bass), and Tigg Ketler (Drums), and piqued the interest of Mechanic/MCA shortly after the quintet issued their first in-
In 2000, Leste’ formed a more modern-
Bang Tango has since produced three studio albums this decade. “Ready To Go” (2004), “From The Hip” (2006), and the latest release “Pistol Whipped in the Bible Belt” (2011).
2014 brings the band’s 25th anniversary with the addition of former DIO guitarist Rowan Robertson. In 1989 Rowan was recruited by Ronnie James Dio to join the band DIO when he was only 17 years old. The experience launched the young guitarist from obscurity to international fame nearly overnight.
“Robertson has brought a renewed sense of excitement and focus to the group” says lead singer Joe Leste’. Bang Tango is currently writing with Rowan for a 2015 release.
Autograph left an everlasting imprint on rock ‘n’ roll. The platinum-selling Southern California hard rock juggernauts gave the world the ubiquitous hit “Turn Up the Radio”, seminal albums such as Sign In Please , That’s The Stuff , and Loud and Clear  as well as unforgettable sold out shows alongside everybody from Mötley Crüe and Ronnie James Dio to Van Halen and Aerosmith. Given those accolades, when they disbanded in 1989, they never left the hearts and minds of millions of fans around the globe. Simply put, a reunion was both inevitable and essential.
In 2011, founding guitarist Steve Lynch and bassist Randy Rand decided to meet up at the NAMM show in Anaheim. They rekindled their friendship first, opening up the lines of communication and bonding more than ever before. With the relationship rebuilt, they made a collective decision to jam again.
“We approached our original singer Steve Plunkett about a reunion,” recalls Lynch. ” He didn’t have the time to join the band again due to how busy his business is. He did give us his blessing to move forward though, and that was important. We missed our fans. This is for them.”
Fully embracing the future, the remaining members caught some videos of singer/guitarist Simon Daniels of Jailhouse on YouTube. Instantly, they sensed a connection and knew that he was meant for the open spot in the center stage.
“He has big shoes to fill,” smiles Rand. “Nevertheless, he was born to front Autograph. His hard-edged, bluesy voice and massive riffing sharpen our edge. He’s given us a new energy, and he impressed us immediately.”
“We all had a euphoric feeling after the first rehearsal,” Lynch adds. “These songs hadn’t been played in 25 years, and it was indescribable. It was great to be making music with my friends again.”
With the lineup solidified, Autograph stand poised to shake Rock ‘n’ Roll up yet again. It’s as if every element has been enhanced from the guitars to the bass and vocals as well as drums with the addition of drummer Marc Wieland.
Lynch puts it best, “We’re much heavier than before. We’re not using keyboards and we’re tuning down for a much fatter sound. That strengthens everything. At the same time, the melodic vocals and catchy hooks are still an integral part of our sound.”
Successfully touring again since the beginning of 2014 Autograph has strived and shined at theaters, casinos, various venues and major Festivals as M3, Monsters of Rock Cruise, The Moondance Jam, Firefest, The Halfway Jam among others reaching the 4 corners of the USA along with Canada and the UK as well as releasing 3 new anthem singles one of them “I lost my mind in America” making the TOP 10 ITUNES Charts, a crowd favorite ” You are us, We are you” receiving great reviews and airplay and “Every Generation” recently released and featured in Classic Rock Magazine. The band delivers an undeniably bombastic live performance and it was also displayed in the USA TODAY news website. A new EP is due to be released soon as the Timeless Classic Rock Anthem Top 40 HIT Single “Turn up the Radio” continues to receive constant and permanent Radio Airplay in all Major Rock Radio stations around the World.