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    Prayers for the Damned [Explicit]
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Tuesday
Apr012014

Concert review - Heart - Seneca Niagara Casino Events Center, Niagara Falls, NY - 3/27/14‏  

Review and photos by John Jeffrey

Niagara Falls, NY - The one thing you can count on when seeing the legendary band Heart in concert, is that you are guaranteed sonic perfection, courtesy of usually flawless performances put on by Ann & Nancy Wilson and company.  Last Thursday night's sold out performance at the Seneca Niagara Casino Events Center was no exception.  Playing a 15 song set, clocking in at just under 90 minutes, the 'casual' fans in attendance couldn't have asked for a better song selection.  While a Heart "Fanatic" (ironically the name of their most recent CD from 2012) may argue that point, hoping they'd delve into more of their deep cuts or other songs from their hit laden period in the mid 80's, the general consensus of the crowd that night was clear - Heart delivered the goods.

For full review and photos, click here.

Monday
Mar242014

Music news - GWAR's Dave Brockie found dead. 

We at Rock Music Star are deeply saddened by the passing of Dave Brockie a.k.a. Oderus Urungus, the lead singer and brains behind the shock rock band GWAR. Like many rock sites, we had the honor to interview Brockie two years ago in Buffalo, NY.(video below) RIP Mr. Urungus, there will never be another quite like you.
Sunday
Feb232014

Music news - REGARDING KISS and the Hall of Fame

By John Jeffrey

This is SOOOOOOOOOOO ridiculous....

 For YEARS, the Rock and Roll Hall of Shame has been purposefully ignoring and shitting all over KISS.

 NOW, (according to Eddie Trunk FWIW), the main reason KISS are being inducted in 2014 is because their museums have become ghost towns and are hoping with added KISS exhibits and being able to sell exclusive KISS "HOF" merch, that it will bring revenue back their way by giving in and FINALLY letting KISS get inducted.

 So then, while all of these KISS fans blame Gene & Paul for everything, they seem to be missing that it's the HOF that is the one calling almost all of the shots here...

 Against what KISS (G&P) feels is right (that the whole entity of KISS should be inducted) are only allowing the original 4 to be inducted.

 In Ace Frehley's first Eddie Trunk show phone call, he stated that the "Hall" requested the 4 original members to perform in makeup. While Gene stated he was open to a "one time" performance (never specifying in makeup or without) Paul said he will not perform with Ace & Peter (Criss) in makeup.

 It sounds to me the HOF is being sticklers about a performance in makeup (even Ace stated in his recent Eddie Trunk show appearance that the HOF - not G&P - shot down his offer to do a nonmakeup celebrity jam of "NY Groove") and KISS compromised by offering a makeup performance with the current lineup.

 While some fans who are obsessing about the original band in makeup and stating G&P aren't listening to "the fans," it sounds more to me that G&P aren't willing to bend over and do anything the HOF asks of them, and on top of it, A&P release pretty vague press statements that G&P "don't want them to play." Which doesn't seem to be the full story.

 So now, G&P are refusing to peform at all and I feel bad for the (true) fans who booked plane flights and paid in the upwards of $500 to see KISS (any incarnation) perform and will get none of that. I wouldn't blame G&P if they didn't show up at all.

 The "Rock and Roll Hall of Fame" was and is a bunch of bullshit, as KISS, and we, their fans, are giving it more attention and creedence than it deserves.

Monday
Feb102014

CD Review - Red Dragon Cartel - "Red Dragon Cartel"

By John Jeffrey

Red Dragon Cartel is the long awaited release from former Badlands/Ozzy guitarist Jake E. Lee.  Coaxed out of retirement by longtime friend Ronnie Mancuso, a noted session guitarist/bassist, composer and producer for Beggars & Thieves, Mancuso was sharing a studio space, “The Hideout,” (in Las Vegas) with super hot producer, engineer and mixer Kevin Churko (Ozzy Osbourne, Five Finger Death Punch, Rob Zombie, Hinder, In This Moment).  Ronnie and Kevin started talking with Jake, then slowly, Ronnie and Jake along with Kevin’s son Kane (co-writer of Five Finger Death Punch’s “Remember Everything”, In This Moments “Blood” and many others) started writing songs under Kevin’s supervision, based on literally hundreds of great licks Jake had stored up from his years in seclusion.

For full review, click here.

Wednesday
Feb052014

Interview - Edge of Paradise - Margarita Monet

In the cookie cutter world of female-fronted rock bands, it is getting very difficult to distinguish one from another. Many sound and act the same, with a porn star-looking lead singer that's more concerned with showing off her body than she is about singing. Well, if you are interested in finding a band that breaks free of this typical stereotype, look no further than the L.A. based band, Edge of Paradise.

Edge of Paradise was formed in 2011 by guitarist Dave Bates, and rock goddess/vocalist Margarita Monet. Together, they quickly, but carefully, put together a hard rocking CD entitled ‘Mask,’ which also featured seasoned musicians Tony Franklin on bass, and Greg Bissonette on drums. This release instantly set them apart, with their unique, hard-rocking sound, composed from Bates’ virtuoso guitar shredding, coupled with Monet's powerfully melodic vocals.

The band then spent two years touring around the world, refining their sound, and developing their live shows. In addition, they recruited two new band members during this time, Nick Ericson on bass, and John Chominsky on drums. With a solid line-up in place, the band decided it was time to write and record another studio release. They contacted legendary producer Mike Wagener to produce their new material, and he instantly agreed. Late last month, the band went to Nashville to record with Wagener for a new release scheduled for this upcoming spring.

What follows is an exclusive RMS interview with one of the hottest, but more importantly, most talented chicks in rock, Margarita Monet.

For interview, click here.