The 80s would be an interesting time for KISS, a decade defined by lineup instability, the near-death of the band, the removal of their trademark makeup, and a return to gold and platinum level success. Yes, in rock’s glitziest decade, once gain, KISS found themselves in a familiar, yet frustrating position as a band who needed to prove their worth to both critics and fans alike.
Stood alongside chiptoothed, yet effervescent frontman Michael Lee Smith, Ranno provided a maestro-level foil to Smith’s up-front machismo, and non-stop musical necromancy. The synergism was palatable, and in 1976 Starz recorded its self-titled debut record, a watershed album that would influence droves of hard rock and heavy metal bands for decades to come thereafter.
Best known as the frontman for the late-stage era of the Joe Perry Project, “Cowboy” Mach Bell’s lineage runs far deeper than the average armchair rock devotee could ever imagine.
Recently, we caught up with veteran guitarist, Steve Dawson, of the recently reformed glam rock outfit, Geordie. Among other things, we touch on how Geordie is kicking off 2022, Steve’s early years, his long and varied career in music, what’s next on the horizon for Geordie, and a whole lot more.
Donning an all-white wardrobe and often hiding behind his signature round sunglasses, Frank DiMino was one of the most identifiable and charismatic frontmen of the 1970s.
I suppose it all depends on the perspective you take. If you take it for what it’s purported to be – a celebration of Eddie and Van Halen’s legacy – it could be fun. On the other hand, if you take it for what it may well be – an obvious cash-grab, and complete bastardization of a once-great band, by a group of players who together have no business calling themselves “Van Halen,” or “Van Hagar” – you might have different feelings on the matter entirely.
Recently, I caught up with Bryce ‘Lipz’ Mileto of burgeoning throwback rock outfit, Sisters Doll. Among other things, we touch on Bryce’s origins on the drums, the formation, and evolution of Sisters Doll, touring with Bruce Kulick, the band’s KISS fandom, their upcoming run of US dates, sharing the stage with Peter Criss, and a whole lot more.
Recently, we caught up with bassist Steve Ojane, of glam rock outfit, Angel. Among other things, we touch on how Angel is kicking off 2022, Steve’s early years, his long and varied career in music, what’s next on the horizon for Angel in terms of new music, and a whole lot more.
Recently, we caught up with keyboardist Charlie Calv, of glam rock outfit, Angel. Among other things, we touch on how Angel is kicking off 2022, Charlie’s early years, his long and varied career in music, what’s next on the horizon for Angel in terms of new music, and a whole lot more.
Quatro’s angelic, yet rocking voice, and galloping basslines burst upon an unsuspecting scene with her debut record, Suzi Quatro (1973). As the decade wore on, Quatro remained one of the genres defining figures behind the release of a string of classic albums, Quatro (1974), Your Mamma Won’t Like Me (1975), Aggro-Phobia (1976), and If You Knew Suzi… (1978).