Budgie is a band that never gets enough credit. I only have a copy of Never Turn Your Back on a Friend because their albums are actually a bit expensive, but I love sharing it with friends and introducing them to the likes of "In the Grip of a Tyrefitter's Hand," "You're the Biggest Thing Since Powdered Milk" and "Breadfan." "You're the Biggest Thing Since Powered Milk" is quite the title.
The Official Classic Rock Thread - Page 3
(Well, OK, it is rather a slight piece of entertainment, but the cast nails so many perfect moments: "Hellooooo, Wembly" never fails to kill me)
Anybody in here dig modern bands like The Sheepdogs, Rival Sons, or Howlin Rain as much as I do? Hell, even Graveyard are getting a little bit more into this classic rock throwback vibe. I'm loving it. There's some good rock and roll out there, you're just not going to hear it on the radio. I like hearing stuff clearly influenced by what we call "classic rock" but not just copy and pasting it with shitty modern drum loops and voice effects and such. (But I'm a drummer, so I grew up jamming to Journey and Rush and Golden Earring and Zeppelin and you get the picture -- I like my rock and roll without too many computers involved).
This thread's been dormant for too long, so here's a thing: I saw the Black Crowes at the Ryman a couple of weeks ago (for free!). They've inadvertently been the band that I've seen the most live, and this show was pretty great. They brought out special guest PETER FRAMPTON and covered Traffic's "Medicated Goo." They also covered Deep Purple's "Hush" as well as the Stones' "Jumping Jack Flash" and "Happy." It was a 52 year old divorcee's wet dream.
EDIT: I hadn't heard that Traffic song before, really loved it (ignore the annoying first 20 seconds):
I know it's terribly uncool to like Toto but their song Girl Goodbye is pretty damn good. That ass-kicking guitar riff combined with Jeff Porcaro's propulsive groove. Their first album is pretty solid.
On Septmber 2nd The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert will be released on Blu-Ray. The copy I have on DVD is only the second half of the show with singers performing with the surviving members of Queen. The Blu-Ray will have the sets from Def Leppard, Extreme, and Guns N Roses. The only draw back is Spinal Tap's performance won't be on it.
Gotta give a lot of credit to Roy Thomas Baker. He did a phenomenal job on those first 4 albums on getting the 'Queen Sound' perfected.
Cohen has dropped out of the Freddie Mercury bio-pic
Jordon Gavaris, who plays Felix on Orphan Black, would make a good replacement. If he grew his hair out he would look like Sheer Heart Attack era Freddie.
Fuck. This casting was just too perfect to slip through our fingers now!
But Roger Taylor and Brian May going for the easy, sanitized option? Big fucking shock, there. They need to be assigned handlers (Or to use their official term, Taste Regulators) to give them regular slaps every time they come up with a new idea of what to do with the Queen name. I'm normally all for the creators having artistic control, but these guys' decisions have been nothing short of depressing the last 10-15 years (And I say this as a Paul Rodgers fan... But he was wrong for Queen).
I saw the Queen + Paul Rodgers show and I had a blast! After seeing the show I saw the logic of him fronting the band. Mercury was a one off, getting some one who would put his own spin of the songs. Also the band focused on the hard rock Queen songs, which played to his strengths.
Edited by Chaz - 7/25/13 at 12:25am
Yeah, in theory Rodgers + Queen = guh.
In practice, from the clips I've seen, it seemed like it worked pretty damn well.
I was watching some random doc and they were talking about recording "Bohemian Rhapsody" - they were going along and noticed they could not get ANY bottom end on the top. After fiddling around and going WTF for a bit, someone took a look at the tape, which was CLEAR. They had put so many tracks on it they wore the acetate off.
I think it was Brian May who said "as you might imagine, we made a new copy immediately."
Rolling Stone released a special magazine all about the Rolling Stones; interviews, best 100 songs, and best tours. One mistake they made was in the best covers of Stones tunes was they left out Kiss's version of 2000 Man.
I realize the name Doobie Brothers conjures up thoughts of soft rock and AOR but the music they made with Tom Johnston as guitar/vocalist is really amazing. China Grove has one of the best guitar riffs of all time.
I've seen CT 3 or 4 times (not particularly recently - I think the last time was 7-8 yrs ago) and they are just rock-solid and dependable. ALWAYS a good show.
Not sure what's up with the way Zander's been singing the past few yrs; seems like his voice might be going.
Ever seen that video of their cover of Sgt Pepper? Not entirely useless, but they really cheated by bringing in some Indian musicians for "Within You Without You"-- I'd love to have heard what Nielsen might have done with that sitar line.
There was a period of about two years where they seemed to be on the bill of every outdoor/Day on the Green type show I went to, and they never once felt stale or tired, even when the setlist got completely predictable.
I've always thought Baxter was the real secret weapon, but since he's also the guy who recruited Michael McDonald, fuck him.
I saw Blue Oyster Cult a week ago and they were amazing as well. Eric and Buck haven't lost a beat, and their current backing band is tight as hell. Catch 'em if you can, you'll be entertained.
Before "Power Pop" had a name, Dwight (and Phil Seymour) had it down:
Was my theme song when I was DJ'ing for my college radio station.
EDIT: replaced the studio version with this live video, with Susan Cowsill on backing vocals... and check out the bass player's rather unique style.
Edited by Jeb - 9/8/13 at 7:08pm