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Four Decades Later, KISS Still Rules

Posted by Billyjam, June 24, 2014 09:58am | Post a Comment
KISS on the streets of New York City: June 24th, 1976

Above is a classic KISS photo shot on the streets of New York City exactly 38 years ago to the day (June 24th, 1976) when the hard rock band were still in their relative infancy - having formed only three years earlier in January 1973 out of the ashes of the NYC group Wicked Lester that was co-founded by Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley. Fast forward on four decades to just last night, June 23rd, 2014 (see video below shot by KISSonline's Keith Leroux) when KISS kicked off their 2014 summer, 40-date tour in Salt Lake City, Utah and performed, among other fan favorites, their amazing "King of the Night Time World" which opened their headlining set. The intense nine-week cross-country tour, on which Def Leppard are joining them as opening co-headliners, is already mostly sold out and proves that KISS - even four decades (technically 41 and a half years) later - still command a loyal large following. The SLC show reportedly delivered what KISS fans have come to expect from their cult heroes - loud rock'n'roll from the cartooned costumed KISS members with lots of stimulating grand scale visual effects accompanying such hits as "Shout It Out Loud" off their 1976 album Destroyer. The tour, which finishes in Texas on August 31st, will be rolling through California for several dates/locations in the beginning of July including July 3rd in Wheatland, July 5th at Irvine Meadows, July 6th at Sleep Train Amphitheatre in Chula Vista, and July 8th at The Forum in LA.  In the meantime check out KISS' impressive five page, back-catalog online at the Amoeba store.

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Music History Monday: March 31

Posted by Jeff Harris, March 31, 2014 11:04am | Post a Comment

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Born on this day: March 31, 1935 - Musician and co-founder of A&M Records, Herb Alpert (born Herbert Alpert in Los Angeles, CA). Happy 79th Birthday, Herb!
 


On this day in music history: March 31, 1949 - RCA Victor Records releases the first commercially available 45 RPM record available for domestic sale. That first single is "Tekarkana Baby" by country music legend Eddy Arnold. Written by Fred Rose, Arnold's version of the song will top the Billboard Best Selling Retail Folk Records chart (existing prior to the Country & Western chart) for one week. The label will press the initial run of the single on clear green vinyl. RCA will develop the new format in response to Columbia Records introducing the 33 1/3 RPM long playing LP the previous year. Pressed on vinyl (or styrene, which is developed by Columbia) rather than the fragile shellac discs that 78's were manufactured from, the 7" discs will grow in popularity, eventually overtaking the 78 in sales by the mid 1950's and becoming the dominant physical single format until the end of the 1980's. Happy 65th Birthday to the 45!
 


On this day in music history: March 31, 1958 - "Johnny B. Goode" by Chuck Berry is released. Written by Chuck Berry in 1955, the semi autobiographical song will be partially inspired by his longtime piano player Johnnie Johnson, though pianist Lafayette Leake will play on the single and not Johnson. "Goode's" opening riff will be lifted from R&B pioneer Louis Jordan's 1946 hit "Ain't That Just Like A Woman." The track is recorded at Chess Studios in Chicago on January 6, 1958 and features Berry backed by musicians Willie Dixon (bass), Lafayette Leake (piano), and Fred Below (drums). Chuck Berry's version will peak at #2 on the Billboard R&B Best Sellers chart and #8 on the Pop Best Sellers chart in June of 1958. Regarded as one of the quintessential rock & roll songs, it will be covered numerous times over the years by dozens of artists. Berry's original version is included on the Voyager Golden Record (a gold plated titanium disc with messages and music recorded on it) attached to the Voyager spacecraft in 1977 representing rock & roll music. The song will also be featured in the film Back To The Future in 1985, where in a humorous plot twist Berry's fictional cousin Marvin Berry overhears the song being performed by actor Michael J. Fox (actually sung by Mark Campbell of Jack Mack & The Heart Attack) who calls his cousin to tell him he's just heard the "new sound" he's been looking for. The original single of "Johnny B. Goode" is backed with the Berry-penned "Around And Around," which will also become a rock & roll standard that is also widely covered, most notably by The Rolling Stones, Grateful Dead, The Animals, and David Bowie. Chuck Berry's original recording of "Johnny B. Goode" is inducted into the Grammy Hall Of Fame in 1999.
 

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Music History Monday: January 20

Posted by Jeff Harris, January 20, 2014 10:40am | Post a Comment

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On this day in music history: January 20, 1964Meet The Beatles!, the second US album by The Beatles is released. Produced by George Martin, it is recorded at Abbey Road Studios in London from February 11 - October 23, 1963. Just after release of "I Want To Hold Your Hand," Capitol Records will quickly leap into action, rushing out the band's second US full-length LP, just ten days after Vee Jay Records releases Introducing... The Beatles. The twelve-track album consists nine songs from the band's second UK LP With The Beatles with "You Really Got a Hold On Me," "Devil in Her Heart," "Money (That's What I Want)," "Please Mister Postman," and "Roll Over Beethoven" removed and replaced with "I Want To Hold Your Hand" (#1 Pop), "I Saw Her Standing There" (#14 Pop), and "This Boy." The versions of "I Want To Hold Your Hand" and "This Boy" featured on the stereo pressing of the album will be presented in re-channeled "Duophonic" stereo, since no true stereo mixes had been made for either song. Both had been released as a stand alone single in the UK in mono only. The stereo mix of "I Saw Her Standing There" featured on the album differs from the one included on the Vee Jay Introducing...and the UK Please Please Me album. Capitol will also use the same cover photo (taken by photographer Robert Freeman), used for the With The Beatles album cover. Original mono and stereo copies of the album will be distinguished by the graphics on the front cover. Mono pressings (T-2047) will feature the band's name printed in tan or brown ink, with the stereo copies (ST-2047) featuring the "Capitol Full Dimensional Stereo" banner on the top, with the band's name also printed in tan or brown ink, with later copies using olive green ink. In spite of being a consistent seller over the years, Meet The Beatles will be deleted by Capitol (along with their other US compiled LP's) in 1987, when the band's original UK albums are issued in their place. The album will make its CD debut in November of 2004, when it is released as part of the box set The Capitol Albums, Volume 1. To commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of The Beatles arrival in the US, it will be reissued again as of the thirteen disc CD box set The U.S. Albums on January 21, 2014Meet The Beatles will spend 11 weeks at #1 on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified 5x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.
 

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Is This Love? A Teasin' Pleasin' Glam Metal Wedding Lookbook for June

Posted by Kelly S. Osato, June 4, 2013 02:44pm | Post a Comment

Though I'm not the kind of person that whiled away my teenage fantasies dreaming up details of my future wedding plans, I will always and forever revel in the particulars of full-on fairy tale weddings of the rich and famous which for me, specifically my teenage self, were the painted faces and teased tresses posing in the pages of Metal Edge, RIP, Hit Parader, Kerrang!, Creem and Rock Scene. Four years ago today I got married to a normal guy with personality traits that resemble neither those of Slash nor Sebastian Bach (in other words, he'd rather not wear hats, never hides behind his hair and has yet to spend one thousand dollars on a single pair of leather pants). Anyway, in a sort of homage to the kind of rockers I loved to love in seventh grade (as evidenced by the names scrawled on my Trapper Keeper™) I choose to celebrate the anniversary of my nuptials by compiling wedding photos of some my favorite mid-late eighties and early nineties rock stars and the models, actresses, and model/actresses who loved them into a sort of Glam Metal Wedding lookbook -- the stuff that power ballads are made of. Enjoy!

Let's kick off this retro eleganza extravaganza with the most famous rock wedding that never happened, that of W. Axl Rose and Stephanie Seymour as showcased by Guns N' Roses video for "November Rain."

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As you can see above, Seymour is so obviously owning the hottest-rock-babe-in-the universe bridal attire it's almost a shame she and Axl only video married and didn't get married married, which is what I like to assume they were planning on doing if they hadn't broken up before the "Illusions" video trilogy had completed filming. Just goes to show that in spite of how many times you believe you were "together" with someone in a past life doesn't necessarily mean it's kismet.

Music History Monday: December 31

Posted by Jeff Harris, December 31, 2012 11:20am | Post a Comment

Donna SummerTo read more Behind The Grooves, go to http://behindthegrooves.tumblr.com.

Born on this day, December 31, 1948 - Singer/songwriter Donna Summer (born LaDonna Adrian Gaines in Boston, MA). Happy Birthday to this Disco and R&B legend on what would have been her 64th Birthday. We love and miss you, Donna!!

 


On this day in music history: December 31, 1966 - "I'm A Believer" by The Monkees hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for seven weeks. Written by Neil Diamond, it is the second chart topping single for "The Pre-Fab Four." Producer Jeff Barry will find the song while also working with Diamond. The track is recorded in New York City on October 15, 1966. The Monkees will record their vocals at RCA Victor, Studio B in Hollywood on October 23rd. Issued as the follow up to the group's first hit, "Last Train To Clarksville," it is an immediate smash. "I'm A Believer" will have an advanced order of 1,051,280 copies, the highest amount for any RCA recording artist since Elvis Presley. Entering the Hot 100 at #44 on December 10th, it will leap frog to the top just three weeks later, with the single going gold only two days after its release and becoming the biggest selling single of 1967. The B-side "(I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone" written and produced by Tommy Boyce & Bobby Hart will also chart, peaking at #20 on the Hot 100 on January 14, 1967.
 

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