BADLANDS – DREAMS IN THE DARK – FROM THE VAULT

BADLANDS – DREAMS IN THE DARK – FROM THE VAULT

Today we take a trip back to 1989, to the self titled first album by Badlands released on Atlantic Records and the track, Dreams In The Dark. The album which features Ray Gillen – vocals, Eric Singer – drums, Jake E. Lee – guitars and Greg Chaisson – bass was one of the best breakout albums selling 400,000 copies by 1990 and landed them on the Billboard Chart at number 57. The video for Dreams In The Dark, was also played in heavy rotation on MTV. The band released their second album Voodoo Highway in 1991 but the band lineup had changed due to Eric Singer leaving to join Paul Stanley on his solo tour, which  led to his future role in KISS, after the death of Eric Carr. Gillen and Lee’s friendship began to fall apart and Gillen was eventually fired. Although Lee tried to keep the band going, they eventually disbanded. Gillen who had been diagnosed with HIV, passed away in 1993. Jake E. Lee formed Red Dragon Cartel in 2013 and also has an extensive solo career. Greg Chaisson still plays with original and cover bands and coaches and teaches baseball in Arizona....
LETHAL – IMMUNE

LETHAL – IMMUNE

Today we take a trip back to 1990 to the first album by Kentucky natives, Lethal called Programmed and the track, Immune. Lethal formed in 1982 by brothers Eric and Glen Cook, faced several line-up changes before releasing their first album, Programmed in 1990 on Metal Blade records. While the band had released a demo called The Arrival in 1987, Programmed pushed them into the spotlight and their video for the track, Immune received some airplay on MTV. The lineup for Programmed includes Tom Mallicoat – vocals, Eric Cook and Dell Hull – guitars, Glen Cook – bass and Jerry Hartman – drums. The band put out a few more releases but fell off the radar until 2003 when vocalist Tom Mallicoat started to seek musicians to form a new band and led to the band reuniting (minus guitarist Dell Hull) for some shows including the 2007 Chicago Powerfest and the Bang Your Head Festival. Sadly guitarist Eric Cook passed away in 2012 from cancer.      ...
HELLOWEEN – HALLOWEEN

HELLOWEEN – HALLOWEEN

Even though Halloween was last Friday, let’s take a trip back to 1987 to the Keeper of the Seven Keys, Part 1 album by German power metallers, Helloween and the track, Halloween. The song originally over 13 minutes long was edited down to a little over 5 minutes for the music video which appeared in heavy rotation on MTV. This was the first Helloween album with vocalist Michael Kiske and is considered to be the album that launched Helloween to fame. The lineup for the Keeper of the Seven Keys, Part 1 includes: Michael Kiske – vocals, Kai Hansen and Michael Weikath – guitars, Markus Grosskopf – bass and Ingo Schwichtenberg – drums....
YOU CAN’T BRING ME DOWN – SUICIDAL TENDENCIES

YOU CAN’T BRING ME DOWN – SUICIDAL TENDENCIES

Today was a prefect day to take a trip back to 1990 to a song off the Lights…Camera…Revolution! album by Suicidal Tendencies and a song that is one of my personal favorites, You Can’t Bring Me Down. The song transitioned Sucidial Tendencies to not only being known as a hardcore band but also as a thrash band. The video received substansial airplay on MTV’s Headbanger’s Ball and became one of Suicidal’s best known songs. The video depicts their issues with being banned from playing in LA at the time, as well as the PMRC. The lineup for the Lights…Camera…Revolution! album includes Robert Trujillo who eventually went on to replace bassist Jason Newsted in Metallica in 2003. While Suicidal has reformed many times they are still actively touring and released their new album 13, last March....
EXODUS – FABULOUS DISASTER – FROM THE VAULT

EXODUS – FABULOUS DISASTER – FROM THE VAULT

In honor of Steve ‘Zetro’ Souza’s return to Exodus, today we take a trip back to 1989 to the third album by San Francisco Bay Area thrash band, Exodus called Fabulous Disaster. The album released by Combat Records features the song Toxic Waltz, which was often seen on MTV’s Headbanger’s Ball, and includes a cover of the War song Low Rider. The band lineup for Fabulous Disaster includes: Steve “Zetro” Souza – Vocals Gary Holt  – Guitars, Backing vocals Rick Hunolt – Guitars, backing      vocals Rob McKillop – Bass, backing      vocals Tom Hunting – Drums, percussion The album reached #82 on The Billboard 200 chart and the album version’s inner sleeve was printed green with the lyrics, photos and credits for the band.  The AC/DC cover of Overdose was left out on some issues of the album due to licensing issues....