Van Halen why can’t this be love

                     The last 20 years have been hard for Van Halen fans the band has only done two studio albums  and five music tours.  it’s hard to pinpoint what goes on behind the scenes with Van Halen and how they work.  The band is approaching 40 years since they released their first studio album so it’s hard to predict what the future will be for Van Halen what the next thing is for the band.

                  We know that the band has it in them to put out more records if they decide to and when they tour everybody is going to go see them.  Sammy Hagar said he would be willing to do a tour with them with David Lee Roth that would be an awesome thing to see.

              At this point in life we are all over who’s better David or Sammy I think at this point we can appreciate Sammy Hagar and David Lee Roth and what they have contributed to Van Halen.

              What I appreciate and respect about Van Halen when it came time to replace David Lee Roth they did not go out and try to get somebody who will be a copycat they went out and got somebody that was completely different.

              David Lee Roth he’s the frontman he’s the one that throws the party at a Van Halen concert.  He is known more of an Entertainer than a singer or songwriter.  Sammy Hagar is more of a singer-songwriter and maybe that is what helped continue Van Halen was that they showed that they are musicians, it’s not taking anything away from David or Sammy but just showing just how different these two individuals are and how they still continue to make Van Halen a great band.  The saddest thing about Van Halen that’s how they’re not able to get along again we don’t know what happens behind the scenes we don’t know if Eddie Van Halen and David Lee Roth hang out or what they do behind the scenes when they are off tour but it would be a good thing for Van Halen to do something next year a studio album or a tour because again we never know what’s going to happen in life illness or death in the band so while all these guys are healthy living it would be good to see them tour.

                     What is cool about Van Halen they’re still a great live band even to this day I think I’m not speaking for myself but I think the fans in general would love to see a tour with either David lee Roth, Michael Anthony Eddie and Alex Van Halen or see a tour with both lead singers.  I do wish that Eddie Van Halen or just simply say let’s do something special for the fans let me reach out to Sammy and David and see if this tour can happen. They’re not 20 anymore they’re not 30 I’m pretty sure that whatever issues they had they can try to bury the hatchet.  We know that a lot of the classic rock bands now they don’t travel together they have their own tour buses for example Motley Crue they traveled on four different buses and would work for Van Halen.

               As much as I would love to see something happen to next year I really don’t think it is going to happen.  I think that there will be another Van Halen tour but we just don’t know when and we don’t know how the tour will be. I think that is why people really go out and see them when they tore because they don’t know if this is going to be the last tour.

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Interview with KoldBlooded

Watch Koldblooded perform and you won’t believe how young these guys are or how professional and committed they are to the band and to each other if you spend time with them. You would have to see the band live on stage to know what I mean. In an era of singing shows. It is refreshing to see bands who work on their music and bust their butts on any stage and any chance that they get. I have seen the band perform two shows (Stone Pony and Brighton Bar Long Branch, NJ). The band gets better with every show and every song. I was able to catch up with Koldblooded after a great show at Brighton Bar in Long Branch, NJ.

 

Angel Alamo: You guys played a great show tonight how do you guys feel?

Kold Blooded: I feel great. I feel like it is the best show that we have ever played.

 

Angel Alamo: How did you guys come up with the name Kold Blooded?

Kold Blooded: We are big fans of the band Damageplan the Vinnie Paul and “Dimebag” Darrell side project, we were thinking of ideas one day and we thought what about Kold blooded instead of a c we were thinking with a K like the band Korn.

 

Angel Alamo: What where your musical influences growing up?

Kold Blooded: Everything from AC/DC to deftones, slipknot mudvayne, drowning pool, papa roach. My dad got me into Rush, YES, and king crimson. We also like rap. We like a whole variety of music.

Angel Alamo: What songs do you like to play in your setlist?

Kold Blooded: I would say bodies and break stuff we have done inn the last 3 or 4 shows. We like down with the sickness.

 

Angel Alamo: How long has the band been together for?

Kold Blooded:I started the band October 23, 2014 he joined a month later, bass player joined last year for a month then he left so we replaced him with a couple bass players it didn’t work, the timing came back together then he decided to rejoin and we have never looked back.

Angel Alamo: are you working on your debut album

Kold Blooded: We are working on an EP right now we got five songs demos that are done we are going to record them in the studio within the next month it should be out by late April.

Angel Alamo: Do you have any titles for the EP?

Kold Blooded: We are going to call it at this moment, which is about our lives whats going on.

 

Angel Alamo: With the music industry the way that it is normal for you guys to want to do an EP instead of a record?

Kold Blooded: With school its hard to find time to do an album. I feel like give it another year it may worth it. Getting together is tough. We are from different places. when we get together we do really well we take advantage of it.

 

Angel Alamo: For the fans that are interested are you going to put it on itunes or amazon?

Kold Blooded: We are looking at itunes, soundcloud, spodify and youtube our website. Hopefully get someone to distribute it somewhere.

 

Angel Alamo: The music business the way that it is now is it difficult to get signed knowing that a lot of record labels are not investing as much time and money in artists as before?

Kold Blooded:I think its hard to get product out because it seems a lot of bands sound the same nowadays we are trying to sound apart from that. We are not trying to fit in but be a band that should have come out in the late 90’s early 2000’s with groove and rapping and singing. We are big fans of metal, rap, hardcore rap metal,new metal, rap metal trying to bring it out together.

 

Angel Alamo: Any upcoming shows?

Kold Blooded:We have a show coming up Joe Flo’s Bar on May 28th. Thats the only show booked at the moment but we will have more shows coming up.

 

Angel Alamo: This would be the last question what does the future hold for the band is this something you want to pursue as a career?

Kold Blooded:My goal would be to get a following and put music out. I would love to not go to college and just go out on tour. I think i want to be a famous guitar player and do music but you always have to have a back up plan. It’s far away from now we have to focus right now on getting out music playing shows once the time comes we will know for sure what we really want to do. We want to keep building and building and hope that someone likes it. In the last week we have had an A&R rep from Atlantic Records and Roadrunner Records that said they were looking for unsigned band and to submit.

 

Angel Alamo: You played a great show at the stone pony but this show it seems you were pushing each other? Is it getting interest from Atlantic records is that pushing the band and telling the band that you guys are doing something right?

Kold Blooded:I think its making us want to get better and better because the music is pretty good but we want to get better and write the best possible album or EP that we can make and hope someone out there likes it.

 

You can watch the interview on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mEG1tnAy0ok

 

Koldblooded Members: Mike Florentine, Nico Gonzalez and Justin Kennedy.

For more information on Koldblooded go to:

 

http://www.Koldblooded.com/

https://twitter.com/koldbloodedband

 

2016 upcoming shows:

May 28  Joe Flo’s Bar   Spring Lake, NJ

 

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Consider me dead: young at heart

Consider me dead are one of the best new bands to come out. They have been working hard touring all year in support of their debut album young at heart. The band has been hard at work on bringing their music out to their fans while keeping a busy schedule that will keep them very active in 2016. On a tour stop in New York the band talked to me about their album, tour and plans for next year.

(Photos & Video done by William Olivo)

Angel Alamo: What were your musical influences growing up?

Consider me dead: 30 second to mars a lot of different stuff

 

Angel Alamo: How has life on tour been for the band:

Consider me dead: It’s been great, pretty good. Just tired didn’t sleep at all last night.

 

Angel Alamo: What are your plans for 2016?

Consider me dead: Probably to write and record, write a bunch of new songs. Recording a newrecord and an acoustic E.P.

 

Angel Alamo: How many songs are done for the new record?

Consider me dead: We have six songs completed. We plan to finish the rest when we get off the road. We plan to announce the release date soon?

 

Angel Alamo: Will the record be out next year?

Consider me dead: Yes, we will have the new record and acoustic E.P. we will do some videos.

 

Angel Alamo: If you could tour with anyone who would it be?

Consider me dead: 1975, I would love it, we would not fit on the bill perfectly i would love to meet those guys that would be cool. One direction hopefully. Justin Bieber’s new album is awesome.

 

Angel Alamo: What is the song up all night about?

Consider me dead: It’s about making love. It’s about that special moment staying up all night. It’s all about for lack of a better term sex.

 

Angel Alamo: What songs on the record was the easiest to record?

Consider me dead: Young at heart easiest song to write and that came together. It was purely creative everyone had ideas for that type of song.

 

Angel Alamo: When that song came together did you think that would be a great title for the record (young at heart)?

Consider me dead: We named the record before that song. Then We thought how cool it would be to incorporate the title into the record. The title of the record was going to be self-titled.

 

Angel Alamo: What does young at heart mean to the band?

Consider me dead: It’s really an anthem you are never too old. Young at heart you are never too old to do things. You can always go for it. Age is nothing but a number.

 

Angel Alamo: Has the band toured overseas or any plans?

Consider me dead: That would be awesome. We are working on some stuff for next year a couple of overseas date not really sure yet.

 

Angel Alamo: Anything you want to say to the fans

Consider me dead: We love you guys. We love everyone We hope to see you guys on the back to back tour which we are on now. We have a couple of dates left, get your tickets now on sale on Facebook.

For more information on Consider me dead:

Considermedead.com

 

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Trixter Human Era album release party at Stanhope House Stanhope, NJ

TRIXTER treated their fans to a sneak peak at their upcoming album Human Era coming out on June 9, 2015. The sneak peek indicates Human Era is a rock album worth buying and listening to. Trixter played a 12 song set.

TRIXTER still has all four of the original members of the band. They still love each other as brothers and still enjoy making music together. It’s a special bond that they have. You can see it in their live performances. They are the band you root for because they still love the fans and know how to put on a great rock show. The band kicked off their set with the new single from Human Era rockin’ to the edge of the night. This was the first time they have ever played the song live. The song works well live with the audience. The band played Play Rough from their debut album. The band was in top form. Steve Brown was all over the stage playing his guitar as if there is no tomorrow which he has always done. Road of a thousand dreams from their 2nd album Hear was a good treat for the fans. One in a million was next as P.J. Farley still sounds as good as ever on bass. Heart of steel and rocking horse was next. The band was having a good time playing and playfully picking on drummer Mark Scott who took it all in stride. The band went into singing happy birthday to Mark Scott (his birthday was on May 1). The band slowed the party for a moment as they went into their hit song from their debut album Surrender. The band played the song live a bit faster. The song really showcases how good Pete’s voice still sounds after all of these years. Machine from their 2012 album New Audio Machine was played next. It looks like the audience was familiar with the audience. Bad girl from their debut album had the crowd going. Mark Scott sounded like thunder on the drums adding more drum fills at the end of the song. Tattoo and Misery and Line of fire were performed next. The band ended the evening with the song that started all and out Trixter on the map Give it to me good.

The show was a great show. The band was having fun and celebrating 25 years ago. They are great live band. I recommend people come out check out their live show. It is worth checking out.

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Scott Stapp brings Proof of life tour to Philadelphia

           November 6, 2013 I bought Scott Stapp’s Proof of life album which is an amazing record from start to finish. It is his best solo record the best record his has done since Creed’s Weathered. There isn’t one bad song on this record 11 great songs each one has its own meaning. The record is truly the last chapter to his 2012 memoir Sinner’s creed. My personal favorites on the record are Slow suicide and hit me more.

             I was in awe and excitement to wait for the tour dates and to see he was coming to the TLA in Philadelphia, PA on Friday, Aptil 4, 2014. I bought Meet and greet and concert ticket November 23, 2013. It would be 132 days until the concert. A long, long, wait. The best thing to do is live, enjoy winter, and before I know it would be April 4, 2014.

            Finally, the day was here. I was already in line at 5:45pm talking to some of the other people there. It’s cool to share stories about Scott Stapp and his music in general. One of his fans brought up the topic of is it ok to say you like Scott Stapp’s music. I enjoyed hearing people’s stories of seeing some of his other concerts.   At 6pm his tour manager (nice guy) started giving out bracelets to those who purchased the meet and greet passes. At 6:30pm we were making our way into the TLA venue to meet Scott Stapp. It was a bit chilly outside but it was all worth it. Scott’s tour manager laid down the rule no more than two autographs and he takes the pictures. We were all cool with the rules we were just excited to finally see this moment. Scott Stapp came out and was super nice shook hands with everyone. He signed my proof of life CD and we shook hands. I told him I have been a fan and loved his record with Creed My own prison. I finally got my picture taken with Scott Stapp. I was star struck and thinking I have listened to his music for 17 years here I am face to face with him telling him how much I love his records.

           When you are this excited you are praying nothing goes wrong that day that you don’t get hit by a car or struck by lightning. I thank Scott Stapp for doing meet and greet for a lot of his fans this is a opportunity for picture autograph and a chance for small chat. Even at 35 I still get as excited about music as I did when I was an 11 year old kid who would watch rock videos on MTV all day and be in my room listening to music.

After two great opening acts the bands Dive and the terribles. At 10:20pm the stage was set for what would one of the best rock performances in Philadelphia. Scott Stapp hit the stage he had the eye of the tiger.  You knew he was ready to rock Philadelphia and take you higher. He started out with a great one two punch with slow suicide and what if. It’s the perfect way to start the show. Justify was the only song from his first solo album but one that represents what he may have been going through in 2005. Justify is one of those songs that you may not like at first but after you hear it live you do.  Scott Stapp took time to share a story about a nightmare he had in the past few weeks where he was facing himself and handcuffed himself and threw himself into a prison he went into the song my own prison. New day coming was a great sing along from the new album. The biggest surprise of the night came when Scott Stapp performed bullet from the creed album weathered. It was a surprise but the song fit in the set list well. Bullet is a heavy song the whole place was rocking to that song as if this was the final song of the night. Nobody was expecting to hear that song live because in that song slot in the past shows overcome was played. In the age of youtube and setlist.fm hearing bullets was a welcomed and rocking surprise.  Breakout was next another great song from the new album followed by higher. Scott Stapp told a story about hit me more. It is a song about taking hits and moving on. For me personally this was my highlight of the night. Hit me more is my favorite song off the new album. It is amazing as a fan to have heard the song over 100 times and then hear scott Stapp sing it live five feet away from me. One last breath, only one, and my sacrifice were next performed. The band was really rocking as if they have been playing together for a few years and not 10 shows.  Scott shared a story on how his daughter would ask him why did he always have to go.  He explained to his daughter that he has to go sing for people.  She asked on so you are a rock star. He said no Jesus was a rock star.  This was another great crowd sing along. Crash and with arms wide open were the next songs to be performed. Dying to live and proof of life ended the 17 song set one hour and 45 minute show. The story telling about the song dying to live was inspiring. He shared the story taking the fans to a dark place in a grave thinking of all of the people you love and all of the people you miss. Seeing the blue sky again having that chance to do it. Pieces of scott stapp died the night of his almost demise.

          Scott Stapp has taken many hits from the critics in the past and he still does today. You can’t argue with success. Scott Stapp in 2014 is a 40-year-old man who is a work in progress. His music, his story has inspired and motivated a lot of his fans. The love of God, his wife, and three children keep him moving forward. The most important thing is Scott Stapp is in a happy place. His fans are just as happy for him. Scott feels his life and career has been given a 2nd choice. He is taking advantage of another chance. Scott Stapp doesn’t need to justify or prove anything to his critics. He has made a successful album that connects with his fans on a very personal level. For some of his fans who are going through the same thing the record serves as an inspiration to others. His songs are his legacy. With this record he has made a record that shows that he can still make a record that is meaningful. Proof of life is another landmark album for Scott Stapp. I’m happy to see Scott Stapp live on stage because at the meet and greets he is hearing the stories about how much his record means to his fans. Scott Stapp plans on doing more touring for the rest of 2014. I hope everyone who wants to see him live gets the chance to see him live. This is a must see concert.

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Motley Crue self-titled album released 20 years ago today

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               I was 15 years old 20 years ago when Motley Crue released their self- titled album. This being their 6th studio album it was the follow-up to their highly successful album Dr. Feelgood. The music scene in 1994 in general was very interesting you had a lot of different genres of music, different bands that were successful and a lot bands from the 80’s music genre that were struggling and breaking up.
I was open to the new Motley Crue album with John Corabi. I love the early albums from Motley Crue but with their self-titled album the band just needed to do an album that would allow them to grow. They had a great singer who also played guitar and gave them a chance to become a heavier band and I really love the self-titled album from Motley Crue the same way that I love the solo album that Vince Neil did called exposed to which came out in 1993.
A great element to the album was that it was produced by Bob Rock who produced the Dr. feelgood record. Bob Rock is my favorite music producer I know the band took a little bit longer on the record I remember in 1993 they said the album would be titled til death do us part. They changed the title of the album to just Motley Crue and I think that was a great idea. Motley Crue is one best rock albums that came out 20 years ago it was to me a lot better than grunge music.
John Corabi has a heavy voice the first time I ever heard his voice was with Motley Crue and I just love how heavy his voice is. I think it’s a great record that Motley Crue can be proud of and I hope that the band today are still proud of the record that they made the band likes to sing about girls girls girls and getting laid and all that stuff. Every music artist has to make that album that lets them grow.
The same way Def Leppard did the album slang which allowed them to grow the same way  Bon Jovi did the Lost Highway album I think every band needs to make that record. Some bands are allowed to grow and Motley Crue they were not allowed to grow.

            It is the heaviest album they have done. The album on the Motley Crue catalog ranks up there in the top 3 Motley Crue albums. Vince Neil is the Motley Crue singer nobody will ever argue that. On this album we can make the best arguement that in 1994 Motley Crue was a great band with John Corabi. I still love listening to the album. I tell every rock band that I work with make an album that you still want to play and listen to 10 years from now. John Corabi still plays songs off the Motley Crue album as he should because those songs they hold up to anything that is released today. It doesn’t matter that the album didn’t sell 2 million albums like the other albums did. It matters that they made an album that still stands.