Author: Joe Puccio

Skid Row Still ‘Paramount’ To Rock Scene

While most people might think of either Bon Jovi or Bruce Springsteen when the subject of New Jersey rockers comes up, it’s difficult to ignore another powerhouse from the Garden State – Skid Row. Formed in 1986 by bassist Rachel Bolan and guitarist Dave “The Snake” Sabo, the pair recruited second guitarist Scotti Hill and drummer Rob Affuso before eventually settling on the notoriously extroverted Sebastian Bach to provide lead vocals. Three years later, the...

‘Saigon’s’ Bieler ‘Kicks’ It Up A Notch

No single musical genre immediately comes to mind when discussing the sound of Saigon Kick, the Florida-formed band that first hit the scene in the early 1990s with their self-titled debut that quickly resulted in cult classic status. Not quite metal, not exactly glam, and not entirely alternative, Jason Bieler, Matt Kramer, Phil Varone, and Tom DeFile created a band known for its intricate melodies, complex lyrics, haunting vocals, and all around avant-garde compositions. Best...

‘Fame’ Comes At A High ‘Price’ For The Million Dollar Man

If you were a fan of professional wrestling during its ‘glory years’ in the late 1980s, one name that would be instantly recognizable is ‘The Million Dollar Man’ Ted DiBiase. Along with his loyal, mostly silent, bodyguard Virgil, DiBiase played the role of the heel, or the ‘bad guy,’ to perfection. He was the man that fans loved to hate. And that was a good thing; it meant he was doing his job properly, since...

‘Life’ is Good For Tom Keifer

  Tom Keifer usually makes it a priority to play the BB King Blues Club & Grill in New York City whenever he embarks on a solo tour, a stop that frequently results in being a highlight of the trek. October 11 proved to be no different as the Cinderella frontman performed a blistering, 75-minute set in front of a jam-packed crowd, a feat quite impressive considering the hump day it landed on. “We play...

‘Halloween’ Arrives Early in New York

While there’s been an abundance of buzz on the Halloween film series of late, the majority of it has been focused on the forthcoming David Gordon Green-helmed sequel hitting theaters October 2018. The attention isn’t surprising, with Jamie Lee Curtis set to reprise her iconic role as Laurie Strode, sister of the original boogeyman himself, Michael Myers, and the involvement, as ambiguous as it may currently be, of the man that started it all, John Carpenter....

L.A. Guns Find ‘Peace’

It’s been 15 years since one of hard rock’s most talented duos, frontman Phil Lewis and guitarist Tracii Guns, have released new music together. The pair, the two core members of 80s metal veterans L.A. Guns, last collaborated on 2002’s Waking The Dead, the initial comeback disc in the band’s history. Its lukewarm response, however, ultimately led to another split between the warring bandmates. The years since haven’t been particularly positive for the band as...

‘Through Worlds Of’ Steelheart

Known for possessing one of rock’s most powerful and melodic voices, Miljenko Matijevic is back with a brand-new album comprised of a healthy mix of throwback anthems and modern tunes. Steelheart, Matijevic’s brainchild, entered the metal scene in 1990 with their self-titled debut album, most remembered for the hit power ballad “I’ll Never Let You Go (Angel Eyes),” a stand-out in a hair band era that oozed with infectious odes. The band had its highs and...

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The Dead Daisies Are ‘Making Some Noise’

Comprised of former members of legendary bands such as Whitesnake, Mötley Crüe, Foreigner and Dio, The Dead Daisies are the prototypical example of a supergroup. Formed in 2012 in Sydney, Australia by guitarist David Lowy and vocalist Jon Stevens, the band has gone through multiple personnel changes in their relatively brief five years of existence. But after witnessing their recent show at New York’s Highline Ballroom (August 17), it’s difficult to believe that the current...

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‘Camp’ is Back in Session: ‘Sleepaway Camp’ Star, Trilogy Come to New York

Jason Voorhees. Michael Myers. Freddy Krueger. Angela Baker. Yes, Angela Baker. While some people might scoff at the idea of including her (him?) in the same breath with the horror icons of Friday the 13th, Halloween and A Nightmare on Elm Street, respectively, don’t tell that to those who were in attendance at the Sleepaway Camp Trilogy at the popular Cinema Arts Centre in Huntington, N.Y. on July 28. The event was organized by Retro Picture Show,...

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Quiet Riot Still Unleashing the ‘Rage’

When most people think of Quiet Riot, they think of the mid-80s heavy metal powerhouse quartet, famous for anthems like “Cum on Feel the Noize,” “Party All Night,” and “Mama Weer All Crazee Now.” But the band’s history is much more immense than that. Originally founded in 1973 by legendary guitarist Randy Rhoads and bassist Kelly Garni under the name Mach 1, the band underwent several name changes before finally settling on their current moniker...

Warrant Return, Louder Harder Faster

Although their debut offering, Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich, wasn’t unleashed until the tail end of the hard rock-laden decade in 1989, Warrant succeeded in becoming one of the most iconic and hard-working acts of the entire ‘80s metal era. Perhaps best remembered for the title track to their equally sonically pleasing sophomore effort in 1990, the group certainly didn’t rest on their laurels and were (and still are) much more than the “Cherry Pie”...