Think back to the early ’70s for a moment, shall we? If you turned on AM radio, took a gander at the charts, or looked at a local concert listing, such feel-good, easy-to-digest musical acts as John Denver, the Carpenters, and America were the popular flavors. And then… there was KISS. Specializing in high-decibel rock anthems, pyro-heavy live shows and mega-merchandising, the band refused to display their naked mugs to the press, creating an air of mystery and rampant rumors – some of which were true.
Although the best known (and many feel definitive) Kiss line-up featured Paul “Starchild” Stanley, Ace “Spaceman” Frehley, Gene “Demon” Simmons, and Peter “Cat” Criss, the band has endured countless members coming and going over the years, and even – rather unwisely – unmasked and pursued more radio friendly sounds during the ’80s. And since the band based their personas on fantasy, it’s sometimes hard to separate fact from fiction.
TESLA will reportedly be entering the studio on Monday, February 3rd to record eight or nine new songs, to be included on the band’s forthcoming album. R
A new TESLA song, Taste My Pain, was released last summer via iTunes and Amazon. The track was recorded during a two-day (June 5th-6th, 2013) session at J Street Recorders in Sacramento, with plans to include it on the upcoming CD. According to the group, “It’s a heavier song with a hard-driving beat and Tesla trademark blazing guitars.”
Ratt frontman Stephen Pearcy says the band are hoping to release their tenth album this year to tie in with the band’s 30th anniversary.
With the help of guitarist Warren DeMartini, he’s trying to ensure that the follow-up to 2010′s well-received Infestation retains the feel of the glam metal band’s early material.
Pearcy tells Noize In The Attic, “Warren and I are spearheading the next record to be what it should be: a more Out Of The Cellar thing. Just real hardcore, basically. We’ve already recorded one track – and if this song is the only song ever released, I’d be way happy. We have so much good music we haven’t even tapped into. It’s good stuff.”
The vocalist says they’ve already hired a producer for recording sessions, which are due to commence in the next few months. “We’re trying not to do shows, even though there are some on the books,” he says. “We want a record out – that’s what we want. Our thirtieth anniversary and our tenth record.”
Ratt’s path to their next album has been plagued with the kind of political struggles fans have come to accept. In 2011 former bassist Juan Croucier accused them of poaching guitarist Carlos Cavazo from his band in order to get at him – then later rejoined himself.
In the same year drummer Bobby Blotzer described working with Ratt as like “rolling a snowball uphill” after having blasted his bandmates in his autobiography. Last year Pearcy said he’d learned lessons from Blotzer’s experience and didn’t hold any grudge over the contents of his book, saying, “We’re not the only band in history who were dysfunctional. Eventually and hopefully, you get your shit together and you grow up.”
Alice In Chains have announced that they will embark on a U.S tour starting in April.
The band is touring in support their fifth record, The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here, which was released on May 27th, 2013. The album, which spawned two Mainstream Rock No. 1 songs in Hollow and Stone, sold 61,000 copies in its first week to debut at Number two-the band’s highest chart placement since 1995’s self-titled CD.