Saturday, February 28, 2009


Tina and I are big fans of American Idol... we only started watching it about 3 years ago, but have been hooked ever since. My favorite time for the show is when they have the 12 finalist. I like the competition aspect of the whole thing. I had to take Tina's car to work the other day and the Daughtry CD was in. I love this CD. He has an incredible voice and his music is very strong. He came in 4th the year he was on Idol which is crazy in my mind. Taylor Hicks won... Taylor Hicks??? Haven't heard anything worth listening too from that guy. Any way, Daughtry is a great band and I love the song Over You. There's a video of it at the end of this post... check it out!

Daughtryis a rock band from North Carolina, formed and fronted by former American Idol finalist Chris Daughtry in 2006. Their self-titled debut album was released in 2006. The disc reached number one for two non-consecutive weeks on the Billboard 200, outsold Idol winner Taylor Hicks' debut effort, sold more than four million copies and was named the number one selling album of 2007 by Billboard. Their album is also the fastest-selling debut rock album in Soundscan history.[7] The first single from the album, "It's Not Over", was the eighth most played song across all formats on U.S. radio in 2007, and their second single from the album, "Home", was the tenth most played song in the U.S. of 2007

Current members:
Chris Daughtry - lead vocals, guitar (2006-present)
Josh Steely - lead guitar (2006-present)
Brian Craddock - rhythm guitar (2007-present)
Josh "JP" Paul - bass guitar, backing vocals (2006-present)
Joey Barnes - drums, percussion, backing vocals, keyboard (2006-present

Over You Video

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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Staind (pronounced "stained") is an American rock band from Springfield, Massachusetts, including lead singer/guitarist Aaron Lewis, lead guitarist Mike Mushok, bassist/vocalist Johnny April and drummer Jon Wysocki. Over the past nine years the band has recorded six studio albums, had multiple chart topping singles, and sold over 15 million records worldwide.

I was driving home from work last night and heard Staind's All I Want is You. This song is on their latest CD which is The Illusion of Progress, which Molii got for me for Christmas. Great CD and I love this song. The song was also featured in the vampire movie Twlight. I have all their Cd's and absolutely love this group. The CD Chapter V is their greatest hits collection and I highly recommend getting a copy of this CD. I saw this group about 8 years ago when they were touring with Godsmack and it was a great concert. The band's style is dark and angry which is so appealing to me. Their music has a hard driving edge to it, yet they have so many softer ballads in their repertoire that they are the total package as a band for my taste. I recommend checking out their music... it will not disappoint. There is a video of the song All I Want is You below. Check it out!

Studio albums:
1996: Tormented
1999: Dysfunction
2001: Break the Cycle
2003: 14 Shades of Grey
2005: Chapter V
2008: The Illusion of Progress

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Saturday, February 21, 2009

Live and Collective Soul...

This was an August 2008 post I did on my horror blog and I wanted it over here. These two groups are great and seeing them in concert was a pleasure. It was one of the best concerts I've been too. As I have said before, I love it when bands play to the audience and not just for the audience. These two bands know how to get the crowd involved. Great music and great performances. If you ever get the chance to see them, you really should! You won't be disappointed!
Ed Kowalczyk
Chad Taylor
Patrick Dahlheimer
Chad Gracey

Awake: The Best of Live:
"Operation Spirit (The Tyranny of Tradition)" – 3:18
"Pain Lies on the Riverside" (Edit) – 4:32
"The Beauty of Gray" – 4:12
"Selling the Drama" – 3:25
"I Alone" – 3:40
"Lightning Crashes" – 5:24
"All Over You" – 3:57
"Pillar of Davidson" (Edit) – 4:23
"We Deal in Dreams" – 3:55
"Lakini's Juice" – 4:49
"Turn My Head" – 3:55
"The Dolphin's Cry" – 4:19
"Run to the Water" – 4:26
"Dance with You" – 4:36
"Overcome" – 4:15
"Nobody Knows" – 4:27
"Heaven" – 3:46
"I Walk the Line" (Johnny Cash cover) – 3:03
"Run Away" (with Shelby Lynne) – 3:27
Collective Soul:
Ed Roland - (1992-present) - vocals, rhythm guitar, keyboards
Dean Roland - (1993-present) - rhythm guitar, vocals
Will Turpin - (1993-present) - bass guitar, vocals
Joel Kosche - (2001-present) - lead guitar
Cheney Brannon (2008-present) - drums, percussion
Former members
Ross Childress - (1992-2001) - lead guitar
Shane Evans - (1992-2005) - drums, percussion
Ryan Hoyle - (2005-2008) - drums, percussion

7even Year Itch: (Greatest Hits)
All tracks written by Ed Roland, except where indicated.
"Heavy" – 2:55
Originally from Dosage
"She Said" – 4:15
Originally from Dosage
Written as 4:51 in CD Case; possible reference to the Original version
"Shine" – 5:06
"Energy" – 3:19
Previously unreleased
"Run" – 4:33
"Gel" – 2:58
"Precious Declaration" – 3:41
"Why, Pt. 2" – 3:37
"The World I Know" (Roland, Ross Childress) – 4:15
"Next Homecoming" – 3:11
Previously unreleased
"Listen" – 4:12
"December" – 4:43
"Forgiveness" – 5:00

Original Post:
I'm thrilled and amazed that Matt, my stepson bought tickets for Tina and me to see Live, Collective Soul, and Blues Travelers at Meadowbrook in Gilford, NH for TOMORROW!!! I LOVE Live and Collective Soul! My favorite Collective Soul song is The World I Know... video of it at the end of this post. My favorite Live song is Lighting Crashes... video below! We will be going with Matt and several other friends. It will be a great concert! Other than horror movies, music is my other obsession. Over the past 9 years I have bought over 150-200 CD's. I've been in BMG Music Group since 2000 and many, many of the CD's were free (just pay shipping). Several years ago Tina and I went to Meadowbrook and saw Blues Traveler and it was a really good show. Meadowbrook is a GREAT place to see a concert. We've seen Skynyrd there 5 times! If we could afford it, we would go so much more. Tina and I have a very deep and abiding love, not just for each other, but for music as well. While our taste differ, I tend toward the more "out there" music, we still appreciate the talent it takes to write and sing music well. Any way... I can hardly wait!!! Here's a link to Meadowbrook so you can see what a great place it is and all the good concerts that are there...

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Monday, February 16, 2009

Brian Hugh Warner (born January 5, 1969), better known by his stage name Marilyn Manson, is an American musician as well as an artist, known for his outrageous stage persona and image as the lead singer of the eponymous band. His stage name was formed from the names of actress Marilyn Monroe and convicted murderer,[21] Charles Manson.

I only have one Manson CD and it is Lest We Forget... his greatest hits. I am a fan of his work. I like his in your face attitude as well as an if you don't like it... too bad attitude. I love his sound from hits like Mobscene, The Dope Show, and The Beautiful People. The video below is a great cover of Tainted Love. I have to believe that Marilyn Manson owes a great debt to a predecessor named Alice Cooper. There can be many comparisons between Cooper and Manson, and not just in their names. Attitudes, stage presence, and a distinctive sound are several similarities between the two. Another similarity that cannot be overlooked is that both came from very religious families. Cooper's dad was a minister and Manson went to christian school. So my question would be, were they just rebelling against religion in general, or just their parents??? Interesting to consider what would make either of these men choose the path they took. All I know is, I'm glad they did... I enjoy their music.

Alice Cooper...

Lest We Forget: The Best Of
Track listing:
# Title Length
1. "The Love Song" 3:05
2. "Personal Jesus (Depeche Mode cover)" 4:06
3. "mOBSCENE" 3:26
4. "The Fight Song" 2:57
5. "Tainted Love (Gloria Jones cover)" 3:20
6. "The Dope Show" 3:40
7. "This Is the New Shit" 4:20
8. "Disposable Teens" 3:04
9. "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) (Eurythmics cover)" 4:51
10. "Lunchbox" 4:35
11. "Tourniquet" 4:44
12. "Rock Is Dead" 3:09
13. "Get Your Gunn" 3:18
14. "The Nobodies" 3:35
15. "Long Hard Road out of Hell" 4:21
16. "The Beautiful People" 3:42
17. "The Reflecting God" 5:36

[edit] Bonus Tracks
# Title Length
18. "(s)AINT" 3:45
19. "Irresponsible Hate Anthem"
20. "Coma White"

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Friday, February 13, 2009

Cold... A Different Kind of Pain...

This is a post I had on my horror blog several months ago and wanted it over here... where it belongs. I have since heard more about a reunion for Cold and hope that it does come soon..

Reunion: According to a post from Kelly Hayes on Facebook, Cold may have another album coming out. On July 25, 2008, a blog written by Ward on The Killer and the Star's MySpace confirmed the rumors of both a b-sides/rarities release and a new Cold album featuring the original line-up, due Fall 2009. In January 2009 Cold officially announced the first dates of it's reunion tour on the bands MySpace page. It is as yet unclear who is included in this "original lineup," as Terry Balsamo parted ways with the band to join Evanescence, and others left due to creative differences after the third studio album.

Original Post:
A few weeks ago The Vault of Horror had a post dealing with fans of horror movies and their "love" of heavy metal/rock music. I found this post to be very interesting because I am a huge fan of the harder type of music. Although I agree to this idea for the most part, I think it is too broad of a generalization to say all horror fans love hard music. My wife Tina is one of the biggest horror fans I know and she basically hates most of the music I like. So there is a 50/50 split in our home. If you listen to most music on horror movies, you will find a hard driving music theme throughout. I have the sound track to the horror movie Queen of the Damned and it has Jonathan Davis (Korn), Disturbed, and a few other metal type bands on it. Jonathan Davis was responsible for the sound track and it is really dark and heavy, but it works for the movie. One of my favorite CD's. I guess I just believe that type of music works better with horror movies than say a lighter style of music.

So, is it coincidence or is there a very real connection between the music and the genre??? Not really sure, but it is a very interesting debate.

Since I'm dealing mostly with music today, I really wanted to put a music video on my blog today. I put Cold's CD... A Different Kind of Pain in my CD player yesterday when I was driving home from North Conway. The song, A Different Kind of Pain is one of my very favorite songs. I saw this band about 7 years ago at The Whitamore Center on the campus of UNH. They were touring with Godsmack, Staind, and Systematic. It was one of the best concerts I have ever gone too... not that I've gone to thousands, but I have seen my share over the past 10 years. I was not all that impressed with Cold at the time, but since then, I have really become a fan. Unfortunately, the band has gone through many changes (members) and at this time is basically gone their separate ways. Too bad... vocalist Scooter Ward has an awesome voice and great songwriting abilities. Hopefully, he will get something else going... there may be a reunion in the works. Enjoy the video!

Band members:
Scooter Ward – Vocals, Guitar, Piano (1996-2006, 2008-present)
Jeremy Marshall – Bass (1996-2006, 2008-present)
Sam McCandless – Drums (1996-2006, 2008-present)
Kelly Hayes – Guitar (1996-2004, 2008-present)
Terry Balsamo - Guitar (1999-2004, 2008-present)

Matt Loughran - Guitar (Played in Grundig and in Cold from 2004-2006)
Zachary Gilbert - Guitar (2005-2006)
Mike Booth - Guitar (2005)
Eddie Rendini - Guitar (2004)
Sean Lay - Guitar (Played in Grundig)
Pat Lally - Bass (Played in Grundig)

Before I let you go,
Give me just one more night to show you just how I feel.
I lost all my control.
If it takes my whole damn life, I'll make this up to you.
Kind of like the waves
That roll their whole life towards somewhere crashing on the shore
It's blown in by the wind that carries the clouds to
hide my wish on a fallen star.

A different kind of pain,
Is someone there to hold you?
Is someone there to take you away from me?
A different kind of pain,
Is someone there to hold you?
Is someone there to take you away from me?

I tried to let you go.
I wish I could turn back time,
And show you just how I feel.
I needed you to know.
If it takes my whole damn life,
I'll make this up to you.

Kind of like the waves,
That roll their whole life towards somewhere,
Crashing on the shore.
It's blown in by the wind,
That carries the clouds to hide,
My wish on a fallen star...

A different kind of pain,
Is someone there to hold you?
Is someone there to take you away from me?
A different kind of pain,
Is someone there to hold you?
Is someone there to take you away from me?

Before you let me go away,
Before you let me go away,
Before you let me go away,
Before you let me go away,
I needed you to know.

A different kind of pain,
Is someone there that to hold you?
Is someone there that to take you away from me?
A different kind of pain,
Is someone there to hold you?
Is someone there to take you away from me?

A different kind of pain, it's a different kind of pain...
A different kind of pain, it's a different kind of pain...

It's a different kind of pain...
It's a different kind of pain...
It's a different kind of pain... (Before you let me go)
It's a different kind of pain... (I needed you to know)
It's a different kind of pain...
It's a different kind of ...

Please visit and comment often!

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Thursday, February 12, 2009


I was sitting here this morning after shoveling a pathway on the deck for the fuel guy, so he could get to the pipe and fill our tank. I hit #23 on the CD player and it was Inxs, Kicks. I have to admit, I really liked their sound. It was a fun, hopeful sound with a tap your toe type of music that really made you feel good. Kicks was my favorite CD of theirs and I really believe Inxs didn't get the full respect and credit they deserved. This is one of the better Cd's out there that should be in every one's collection. New Sensation, Devil Inside, Need You Tonight, and Mediate are now classics in their own right. I found a video of them covering Steppenwolf's, Born to be Wild... good cover! The band was together for 20 years before the death of their front man Micheal Hutchence. They began in 1977 and in my mind brought the world some really fine music. Thought provoking at times, but always great to listen too. Check out the video and you can see how powerful Hutchence's was on stage. He was the focus of the group, and I think Inxs died when he did...

Michael Hutchence

Members:Listed chronologically:

Garry Gary Beers — bass guitar, double bass (1977–present)
Andrew Farriss — keyboards, guitar (1977–present)
Jon Farriss — drums, keyboards (1977–present)
Tim Farriss — lead guitar (1977–present)
Michael Hutchence — lead vocals (1977–1997 d.)
Kirk Pengilly — guitar, saxophone, backing vocals (1977–present)
Jon Stevens — lead vocals (2002–2003, guest vocals 2000–2002)
J.D. Fortune — lead vocals (2005–current)
On tour/special performances:

Jimmy Barnes — guest vocals (1998)
Terence Trent D'Arby — guest vocals (1999)

Kick: 1987 release
"Guns In The Sky" – 2:21
"New Sensation" – 3:39
"Devil Inside" – 5:14
"Need You Tonight" – 3:01
"Mediate" – 2:36
"The Loved One" – 3:37
"Wild Life" – 3:10
"Never Tear Us Apart" – 3:05
"Mystify" – 3:17
"Kick" – 3:14
"Calling All Nations" – 3:02
"Tiny Daggers" – 3:29
All songs were written by Michael Hutchence and Andrew Farriss except "The Loved One" by Gerry Humphries, Rob Lovett, and Ian Clyne.

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Friday, February 6, 2009

Rob Zombie...

The first time I heard More Human Than Human, I was hooked on the Zombie style and sound! White Zombie had a unique sound and the lyrics were often times based on horror movies and fantasy, unlike many bands and artist who are writing about life experiences, the Zombie sound was "other worldly." After the band broke up in 1998, Rob Zombie continued with a very successful solo career. I have several of his Cd's, but I love his greatest hits CD. Titled Past, Present, and Future this CD has everything worth having from White Zombie and his solo career before 2003. So anything from Educated Horses is not included. It's a great CD! I have a video of a duet with Rob Zombie and Lionel Richie doing a cover of the Commodores Brick House. AWESOME! Also check out the video of More Human Than Human... good stuff!
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Rob Zombie:
Born January 12, 1965 (1965-01-12) (age 44)
Haverhill, Massachusetts, United States
Genre(s) Heavy metal, shock rock, Industrial metal[1][2]
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter, screenwriter, film director, film producer
Instrument(s) Vocals
Years active 1985-present
Associated acts White Zombie, Alice Cooper, Danzig, Powerman 5000, Scum of the Earth, Marilyn Manson, Ozzy Osbourne
Robert Bartleh Cummings[3] (born January 12, 1965), better known by his stage name, Rob Zombie, is an American musician, film director, screenwriter and film producer.

He founded the heavy metal band White Zombie,[4] and as a solo musician sold a further 15 million albums.[5] Five of his albums have been certified platinum and another two have been certified gold, making him the artist with the most gold and platinum discs on the Geffen Records label.

Zombie has also established a successful career as a film director, creating the movies House of 1000 Corpses, The Devil's Rejects, the 2007 remake of Halloween, and the upcoming Tyrannosaurus Rex and H2: Halloween 2.

Past, Present & Future:
Track listing
"Thunder Kiss '65" (White Zombie) – 3:54
"Black Sunshine" (White Zombie) – 4:49
"Feed the Gods" (White Zombie) – 4:30
"More Human than Human" (White Zombie) – 4:28
"Super-Charger Heaven" (White Zombie) – 3:37
"I'm Your Boogieman" (White Zombie) – 4:27 (KC and the Sunshine Band cover)
"Hands of Death (Burn Baby Burn) (w/Alice Cooper)" – 4:12
"The Great American Nightmare (w/Howard Stern)" – 3:54
"Dragula" – 3:42
"Living Dead Girl" – 3:22
"Superbeast" – 3:40
"Feel So Numb" – 3:53
"Never Gonna Stop (The Red Red Kroovy)" – 3:10
"Demon Speeding" – 3:44
"Brick House 2003 (w/Lionel Richie & Trina)" – 3:48 (The Commodores cover)
"Pussy Liquor" – 4:46
"Blitzkrieg Bop" (Ramones cover) – 2:43
"Two-Lane Blacktop" (Previously Unreleased) – 3:02
"Girl on Fire" (Previously Unreleased) – 3:29

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Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Rebel Meets Rebel...

For those of you that have XM radio, you will want to check out channel 48. When I had my XM up and running, Squizz 48 was my favorite music channel. NO COMMERCIALS!!!! Any way, I have since stopped the XM only because I'm not in my truck as much as I used to be. I heard a song a few years ago on XM called "Get outta my life" and they said it was David Allen Coe (DAC) and former members of Pantera. The song kicked ass! I found the CD on my BMG music page and picked it up. There is a unique quality about this CD that you will not hear on very many Cd's. David Allen Coe is old school country. Those of you old enough to remember Waylon and Willie and all the old country "outlaws" will remember DAC. In 1984, Mona Lisa Lost Her Smile hit #2 on the Hot Country Singles & Tracks. He had a few other hits, but Mona Lisa was his highest charting song... one I remember very well. I would have to say that I have never been a very big Pantera fan and was not bothered when they broke up. However, I did respect the music and their sound. They would tour around Texas as The Cowboys From Hell and I thought it was cool that a heavy metal band would have some very strong country roots. So I knew I had to have this CD. It is great! The fact that Dimebag was murdered means that this collection of artist cannot be together again. This is their only collaboration that I am aware of and I am very happy to be able to play it loud and proud! Check out the video below and do yourself a favor and pick this CD up.

David Allen Coe...

Rebel Meets Rebel was an outlaw country crossover project with David Allan Coe on vocals and guitar, Dimebag Darrell on guitar & back-up vocals, Rex Brown on bass, and Vinnie Paul on drums. The project resulted in the self-titled album Rebel Meets Rebel. The music was written and recorded by the band when the musicians had time aside from their other projects, including Pantera's world tour supporting Reinventing the Steel.

Originally the song Rebel Meets Rebel was supposed to be released as a duet with Coe and Phil Anselmo.[1]

Another appearance on the album was Hank Williams III providing vocals on the track "Get Outta' My Life" alongside David Allan Coe.

The album was released on May 2, 2006, under Vinnie Paul's own label Big Vin Records, posthumously after Dimebag Darrell's murder in 2004.

Track listing:
"Nothin' to Lose" – 3:40
"Rebel Meets Rebel" – 3:10
"Cowboys Do More Dope" – 4:49
"Panfilo" – 0:34
"Heart Worn Highway" – 4:12
"One Nite Stands" – 2:28
"Arizona Rivers" – 2:28
"Get Outta My Life" – 3:33
"Cherokee Cry" – 3:50
"Time" – 3:36
"No Compromise" – 3:52
"N.Y.C. Streets" – 4:12

David Allan Coe - Vocals, Guitars
Dimebag Darrell - Guitars, Backing vocals
Rex Brown - Bass
Vinnie Paul - Drums

Hank Williams III (on "Get Outta My Life")

Rebel Meets Rebel, Nothin' to lose...

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Sunday, February 1, 2009

Billy Powell...

I was very saddened to hear of the death of Billy Powell. Tina and I have been huge Skynyrd fans for many years. I never got to see the original band in concert, but Tina and I saw the "Second Time Around" version 5 times at Meadowbrook US Cellular Pavilion in Gilford, NH ( We understood that this was not the original band. At that time it only had 2 or 3 original members. That didn't matter at all. If you closed your eyes and listened to Freebird, you were transported back to the early 70's in your mind. The "new" Skynyrd was fronted by Johnny Van Zant, the younger brother of Ronnie. We loved going to Skynyrd concerts because the music was great. The stage presence of this band was powerful. The love they had for their music was evident and the love they had for their fans was felt at every concert. The only original member now is Gary Rossington. Their latest concerts have been canceled. Will they tour again... I don't know. They could get another piano player... but Billy Powell will be greatly missed. Dead at the age of 56...

You can check out all the bio's and history of the band at their official website:

On January 28, 2009, the keyboardist died at the age of 56 at his home in Orange Park, Florida. Powell called 911 at 12:55 a.m., complaining of shortness of breath. He missed his appointment with the doctor on the day before his death; the appointment was for a checkup on his heart.[1] The EMS responders found Powell unconscious and unresponsive, with the telephone still in his hand. Rescue crews performed CPR, but he was pronounced dead at 1:52 am. A heart attack was the suspected cause of death, but an autopsy was not performed.


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