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Saturday
Mar182017

Interview - Steve Hackett

 

By Thomas S. Orwat Jr.

From being an integral component of prog-rock pioneers, Genesis, to establishing himself as a successful solo artist; legendary guitarist, Steve Hackett, has always been a musician committed to excellence.

After spending the last few years concentrating on performing and re-recording many of the classic Genesis tracks that he was responsible for creating during his time with the band from 1972-1977, Hackett is back with a brand new solo record entitled, 'Night Siren.'  Many music critics and die-hard fans feel that, 'Night Siren,' may very well be the best solo record of Hackett's career. 

'Night Siren,' is a 10-track release that showcases Hackett's stunning guitar work, profound lyrics, and beautifully written musical compositions.  In addition to Hackett, this release is unique, in that it features musicians from all across the world.

Hackett just wrapped up a North American tour ealier this month.  He will be performing this spring all across Europe. 

Here at Rock Music Star, we our honored to bring you this exclusive interview with Rock music legend, Steve Hackett!

For full interview, click here

Monday
Mar132017

CD review - Tommy Henriksen - 'Starstruck'

By John Jeffrey

Coming out this week (March 17th) is Producer/Singer-Songwriter/Guitarist Tommy Henriksen's 5th solo CD, entitled, 'Starstruck.'  Henriksen's latest solo venture is the follow up to his 2014, 'Tommy, Tommy, Tommy' CD.  While 'Starstruck' is yet another display of Henriksen's uncanny knack of wearing his musical influences on his sleeve,  this time around, Tommy delivered a more guitar-oriented, straight ahead rock record, as opposed to the more eclectic pop-punk offerings found on 'Tommy, Tommy, Tommy.'  As far influences go, this new record somewhat moves away from the Iggy Pop/Lou Reed type stuff he's done before and focuses more on other aspects of his musical makeup, as 'Starstruck' shows Henriksen really channeling his other music heroes, like Alice Cooper and Bruce Springsteen.  
 
On the recording of 'Starstruck,' Tommy played everything and sang all of the vocals, in addition to engineering, mixing, and producing all of it.  Written and recorded on the road in various hotel rooms throughout 2016, the antithesis for 'Starstruck' was actually the opening instrumental, "A Cold Open," an Ace Frehley inspired mini-opus, complete with trademark 'Space Ace' vibrato bends and toggle switch mayhem.  As Henriksen recalled,  "'Starstruck' started out with this guitar solo/Ace thing that was fun for me…so people know I can solo! That my musical capacity is not just limited playing rhythm guitar behind Nita Strauss and Ryan Roxie (in Alice Cooper's band)."
 
Once people hear 'Starstruck,' there will be no question whether or not Tommy Henriksen can 'rip it out' on lead guitar, as he dazzles the 10 song disc with his six-string dexterity throughout.  Aside from the opening track, there are several other great moments on the record where Henriksen is clearly paying homage to Frehley.  Songs like "Goldmine" and "New York Baby" sound like Ace in his prime, and even the bridge in the title track sounds just like the lead build up from "Rocket Ride."
 
As far as the song writing itself goes, it's clear from listening to 'Starstruck' just how involved Tommy Henriksen is involved in the modern Alice Cooper sound.  Songs like "Starstruck," "Goldmine" and "Jerks and Dopes" - musically, lyrically and vocally sound like they could easily fit on the next Cooper disc.  But let me be clear, Tommy is a musician who stands on his own merit, and once you become familiar with his style, you can hear 'Starstruck' is unmistakably "Tommy Henriksen," and that's damn good thing!!

For more on Tommy Henriksen, Click here.

Thursday
Mar022017

Interview - Quiet Riot / Hollywood Scars - James Durbin

By Thomas S. Orwat Jr.

James Durbin, who is best known as the heavy metal vocalist from the 2011 season of popular TV series, American Idol, has teamed up with Quiet Riot guitar-wiz, Alex Grossi, for a new band called, Hollywood Scars.  The dynamic-duo just recently released an impressive five-song EP entitled, 'Maps To The Hollywood Scars: Volume 1.'

During Durbin's American Idol stint, he  made quite the impression on millions of viewers, performing with special guests, Zakk Wylde and Judas Priest, and finishing 4th overall.

Since American Idol, Durbin has released three solo records.

As we go to press, it is confirmed that Durbin has been hired by Quiet Riot to be their new vocalist.

What follows is an exclusive Rock Music Star interview with James Durbin.

For interview, click here.

Friday
Feb172017

Interview - Jack Russell's Great White - Robby Lochner

By Thomas S. Orwat Jr.

We are only a few months into 2017, and already, there have been some very impressive new rock music releases.  Perhaps, the most surprising one, is the new release by Jack Russell's Great White, entitled, 'He Saw it Comin.'  The legendary vocalist, Jack Russell, along with guitarist/songwriter, Robby Lochner, have orchestrated one of the greatest comebacks in music history with this stylistically diverse 11 track album. 

Robby Lochner can be given much of the credit for the resurrection of Russell's career.  His attention to detail, amazing guitar tone, and natural songwriting ability, coupled with Russell's strong and stunning vocals, have combined to create perhaps the most spectacular and musically satisfying release of Russell's 35-plus year career.

In addition to Russell and Lochner, Jack Russell's Great White also consists of Tony Montana - guitar, Dan McNay - bass and Dicki Fliszar -drums.    

What follows is an exclusive RMS interview with one of rock music's MVPs - Robby Lockner.

For interview, click here

Thursday
Feb092017

Interview - Sainted Sinners - Frank Pané

By Thomas S. Orwat Jr.

The Sainted Sinners are an amazing, new classic rock-influenced band, featuring the guitar wizardry of Frank Pané, also of the German rock band, Bonfire, and veteran vocalist, Davis Reece, formerly of Bonfire and Accept.  Their self-titled debut release hits the streets on February 24th via the El Puerto Records label.  This sonically delightful, 11-track album is already receiving outstanding reviews from many music journalists across the world.  Pané and Reece, along with bandmates: Ferdy Doernberg (keyboards/guitars), Malte Frederik Burkert (bass) and Berci Hirleman, (drums) have natural and powerful chemistry together, resulting in each member reaching a new plateau of musical excellence on this epic release.

What follows is an exclusive Rock Music Star interview with six-string superstar, Frank Pané.  During this interview, Pané explains the formation of Sainted Sinners, the band's future plans, and much more.

For full interview, click here.

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