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Former members of Orgy to perform at Greasy Luck in New Bedford

Alternative electro rockers Julien-K will bring their “California Noir” summer tour to The Vault at Greasy Luck in New Bedford, MA, on Sunday, July 29, 2018. Purchase tickets HERE.

Amir Derakh and Ryan Shuck (two of the three original founding members of Orgy) have been musical partners for 15+ years. During their time together they have weaved in and out of mainstream music like a constantly evolving musical fashion house. In the late 90’s they were responsible for massive radio and sales hits such as “Blind” (Korn), “Blue Monday,” “Stitches,” and “Fiction” (Orgy), and recently “Crawl Back In” and “Let Down” (Dead By Sunrise with their pal the late Chester Bennington). After enjoying years of traditional music business success, they have spent the last 10 years methodically moving away from the mainstream approach that put them on the map, opting to carefully steer their fans in a new direction, towards their new independent alternative electro rock project Julien-K – which sounds more at home with the likes of modern acts such as M83, The Kills, LCD Soundsystem, The Naked and Famous, Empire of the Sun, and even the Black Keys (see Derakh’s sleazy electro-blues guitar playing on “We’re Here With You”).

Tickets are only $7and can be purchased HERE. Tickets for reserved table seating are also available. For more details about the show, click HERE.

The Vault at Greasy Luck is located at located at 791 Purchase Street in New Bedford, MA. The venue is set within a former bank building featuring original vault doors and a truly historic feel. Patrons have raved about the superior acoustics and intimate setting.

The Moody Blues’ John Lodge to perform at Regent Theatre in Arlington, Mass.

John Lodge, legendary bass player, songwriter and vocalist of The Moody Blues, and recent inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, is bringing his solo tour to the historic Regent Theatre in Arlington, Mass., on Oct. 23rdThis is a unique opportunity to see John perform his hits from the Moody Blues, together with some of his solo work, and a few special treats that are sure to delight both fans and music lovers alike. Purchase tickets HERE.

John will appear with his 10,000 Light Years Band, and together they capture the heart of classic Moody Blues songs he has penned and recorded such as “I’m Just a Singer (in a Rock and Roll Band),” “Gemini Dream,” “Ride My Seesaw,” “Isn’t Life Strange,” “Steppin’ in a Slide Zone,”  “Peak Hour,” “Evening Time’ (the latter two from Days of Future Passed), and the never before played live, “Candle of Life.”  John will also perform songs from his solo album 10,000 Light Years Ago. This album received critical acclaim, and his song, In My Mind, was nominated for “Anthem of the Year” in Prog Mag. John also has very special treats such as Saved by the Music from the Blue Jays album, and other new surprises that are being added to the set. This is a not-to-be-missed show full of beautifully crafted songs, great energy and sound, and a fantastic atmosphere.

If you are new to the music of John Lodge, come and experience why this music is so legendary, and has influenced musicians and fans for generations, and of course if you love the Moodies you will love this show…

During his remarkable 52 years with the Moody Blues, Lodge has sold more than 70 million albums,including the groundbreaking Days of Future Passed, and has composed many of their biggest hitsThe album Seventh Sojurn was Billboard number 1 for five weeks, and Lodge wrote both the singles from this album, the high-energy “I’m Just a Singer (in a Rock and Roll Band)” and the beautiful and ethereal “Isn’t Life Strange”.  

John has received numerous awards including ASCAP (American Society Of Composers & Publishers) and an Ivor Novello for Outstanding Contribution to Musicand he has been voted one of the 10 most influential bass players on the planet. The Moody Blues are currently celebrating the 50th Anniversary of their iconic album Days of Future Passed with a hugely successful tour, including a sold out performance at the Hollywood Bowl, the current release of their live album Days of Future Passed, Live, which reached the top of US DVD charts, and an upcoming three week residency at the Wynn in September.  The Moodies can currently be seen performing at the Rock and Rolll Hall of Fame Induction on HBO and Amazon Prime, featuring two of John’s hits, “I’m Just a Singer (in a Rock and Roll Band)”, and ‘Ride My See-saw’.  

Whilst John will always be a Moody Blue, and loves performing with the Moodies, he never wants to stop.He also loves taking his band on the road to perform his Moodies songs in a new way, in wonderful theatres, and being able to bring some of his solo work to fans old and new. This is a fantastic opportunity to see this rock legend and also great guy perform in an intimate setting, up close and personal.

In John’s words, Music is my life and I can’t wait to get on the road with my 10,000 Light Years Band… the venues are smaller and more intimate, but I love live concerts “have bass will travel” that’s the gypsy in me. I’ll always be a ‘Moody Blue’, but I love getting the chance to perform songs that I have never performed before, and of course classic Moody Blue songs.  The fans and I have travelled this road a long time and I also hope new fans will discover and explore along with us.”

The Regent Theatre is located at 7 Medord Street in Arlington, Mass. Tickets to the show can be purchased online at www.regenttheatre.com or by calling the box office at 781-646-4849. Tickets can also be purchased in person at the box office.

Mass to release ‘When 2 World Collide’ on vinyl

Boston’s hard rock legends Mass have had numerous accomplishments over the years but most notably is the selling of over half a million albums worldwide!

Mass are legends in the USA and have a good strong following in Europe where they have released eight studio albums on labels such as A&M, RCA, Enigma and of course Escape Music. They have worked with such producers as Tom Allom (Judas Priest), Jon Mathias (Joe Cocker), Tony Platt (Cheap Trick / Led Zep) and Michael Sweet (Stryper) who has also contributed to this very release. They have toured with Scorpions, Cinderella, Molly Hatchet, Tesla, The Ramones, Kix, Vince Neil to name but a few….

The band’s most recent studio album, When 2 Worlds Collide, has received rave reviews from fans and music critics alike. Their music can only be described as melodic hard rock of the highest order; they certainly have a pedigree in this type of music and they hail from Boston too, home of the band of the very same name! In fact, vocalist Louis St. August from Mass has sung on the Boston album Love, Life and Hope.

Mass are an institution and if you are still unfamiliar with their music then this is a time to put things right. This new album is riddled with classic tunes that every melodic hard rock fan would want to hear if you love the hard edged US rock sound.

As a special treat for their fans this summer, Escape Music plans to release When 2 World Collide on colored vinyl transparent purple, 180 grams,  limited edition of 500 copies only! All numbered! The album is available for pre-order through the band’s website by clicking HERE. You can also purchase other cool merch items from the band at that link.

The Cassette Chronicles – Hardline’s “Double Eclipse”

By JAY ROBERTS

The Cassette Chronicles is a continuing series of mini reviews and reflections on albums from the 1980’s and 1990’s. The aim of this series is to highlight both known and underappreciated albums from rock, pop and metal genres from this time period through the cassette editions of their releases. Some of the albums I have known about and loved for years, while others are new to me and were music I’ve always wanted to hear. There will be some review analysis and my own personal stories about my connection with various albums. These opinions are strictly my own and do not reflect the views of anyone else at Limelight Magazine.

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HARDLINE – DOUBLE ECLIPSE (1992)

In modern day parlance, the debut album from Hardline would now be considered part of the melodic rock genre. But back in 1992 it was simply, despite coming out at the worst possible time considering grunge was about to explode, a hard rock and roll album.

The funny thing for me is that it reversed what I imagine was a generations long tradition. In music, it seems that the tradition is for an older sibling to pass down the music they love to a younger sibling. I know that in some cases, that it is how it worked for my brother and I.

But I have to admit until it came time to write this article, I had never bothered listening to Hardline. Rather, it was my brother who actually liked the band. He had their first couple of albums and really liked them. I can confirm that because ahead of listening to Double Eclipse, I checked with him to be sure my memory was correct. He said that this particular album was “cool”.

So I had some real interest in seeing if my brother was belatedly passing music UP to me.

Hardline featured singer Johnny Gioeli, brother Joey Gioeli on guitar along with Journey’s Neal Schon, Todd Jensen on bass and Deen Castronovo on drums. It was a solid lineup of talented players who could write a decent rock song with one great melodic hook after another.

But it did take a few minutes for me to really start getting into the album. The opening track is called “Life’s A Bitch” and it starts out as a great sounding fast paced rocker. The problem is that for the second half of the song, it just kind of flops around like a fish out of water, ruining the great start.

But thankfully for me, things pick up with the very next song. “Dr. Love” might not be the most original song title but the track as a whole sounds fantastic as it starts out a bit slowly and then gets moving right along quickly. “Rhythm From A Red Car” is a rocking thumper with a smoking guitar solo.

While the power ballad “Change of Heart” is incredibly weak, the first side of the album closed out with two fantastic rockers. I’m not sure exactly why it took seven people (including singer Eddie Money) to write the song “Everything” but it was excellent, perhaps disproving that saying about “too many cooks”. The majority of the songwriting is credited to Neal Schon and the Gioeli brothers. They wrote or co-wrote eight of the album’s twelve songs.

I wish that I could say I loved the second side of the album as much as side one, but after a couple of great tracks to start off the side, the material kind of felt more like filler than great songs to rock out to.

“Hot Cherie” is a hard driving rocker with a great melodic sense to the song. Johnny Gioeli’s vocal work gives the song an added level and the way the lyrics flow really helps to further capture the band in fine form. “Bad Taste” is just an aggressively blazing number that got me fired up.

But “Can’t Find My Way” was merely a shoulder shrug for me. I did think “I’ll Be There” was decent but the Neal Schon instrumental “31-91” and the somewhat grandiose but still missing the mark balladry of “In The Hands of Time” brought Double Eclipse to a less than resounding finish.

When the band was on fire, which is basically whenever they are rocking out, my brother was indeed right…Hardline is “cool”. I just wish there’d been more of that and less in the way pedestrian balladry and other assorted valleys amongst those melodious peaks.

NOTES OF INTEREST: The band is still active today and has released a total of five studio albums along with a live album. Singer Johnny Gioeli is the only remaining original member.

Bassist Todd Jensen recorded with Alice Cooper and Paul Rodgers and briefly played with Ozzy Osbourne. He also spent time as tour manager for David Lee Roth.

Drummer Deen Castronovo has been in three other groups that featured guitarist Neal Schon. The first was Bad English which came before Hardline. After Hardline, there was a 17-year stint in Journey as well as Schon’s Soul SirkUS project. In mid-July 2018, his reunion album with Johnny Gioeli will be released under the Gioeli-Castronovo banner. The album is set to be called Set The World On Fire.

Michael Glabicki & Dirk Miller of Rusted Root to perform at Greasy Luck on July 14th

ADVERTISEMENT – Click on the above ad to purchase tickets to Michael Glabicki and Dirk Miller (of Rusted Root) in the Vault at Greasy Luck in New Bedford MA, on July 14, 2018!

Michael Glabicki & Dirk Miller of Rusted Root will perform in The Vault at Greasy Luck in New Bedford, MA, on Saturday, July 14, 2018. Purchase tickets HERE.

Rusted Root, the multi-platinum sextet out of Pittsburgh, evolved around front-man Michael Glabicki’s distinct sound and grew into a musical entity that has thrived in a non-genre specific category all its own. Rusted Root built their career around dramatic performances; their polyrhythmic, multicultural rock-and-soul picked up fans like a junkyard magnet as they swept across the nation on tour. Having just released their eighth studio album, “The Movement,” Rusted Root continues to maintain a strong foothold in the world/jam/rock world.

In addition to the two decades with Rusted Root, Glabicki is exploring new sounds and opening new doors with his solo career. He has started touring nationally as a duo act with Rusted Root bandmate Dirk Miller, and explains that although he has his roots with Rusted Root, the sound is very different.

Tickets are only $15 and can be purchased HERE. Tickets for reserved table seating are also available. For more details about the show, click HERE.

The Vault at Greasy Luck is located at located at 791 Purchase Street in New Bedford, MA. The venue is set within a former bank building featuring original vault doors and a truly historic feel. Patrons have raved about the superior acoustics and intimate setting.

 

The Cassette Chronicles – Reverend’s self-titled debut E.P.

By JAY ROBERTS

The Cassette Chronicles is a continuing series of mini reviews and reflections on albums from the 1980’s and 1990’s. The aim of this series is to highlight both known and underappreciated albums from rock, pop and metal genres from this time period through the cassette editions of their releases. Some of the albums I have known about and loved for years, while others are new to me and were music I’ve always wanted to hear. There will be some review analysis and my own personal stories about my connection with various albums. These opinions are strictly my own and do not reflect the views of anyone else at Limelight Magazine.

ADVERTISEMENT – Click on the above ad to purchase tickets to Michael Glabicki and Dirk Miller (of Rusted Root) in the Vault at Greasy Luck in New Bedford MA, on July 14, 2018!

REVEREND – REVEREND (1989)

For those that don’t know or perhaps have forgotten, the story behind the formation of Reverend is a bit of musical chair theater. When singer David Wayne left Metal Church in the late 80’s, he was eventually replaced by singer Mike Howe.

Before joining up with Metal Church, Howe was the frontman for the band Heretic. They released an excellent album called The Breaking Point in 1988 just before Howe left and the band split up.

But as luck would have it, the other ex-members of Heretic ended up asking David Wayne to check out their material and after some initial hemming and hawing Wayne signed on with them and thus came the newly formed Reverend.

Calling the process by which Metal Church and Heretic essentially swapped singers a bit incestuous might be a little too much like an episode of Game of Thrones but it certainly was a bit odd when it first happened.

Reverend’s self-titled debut EP contained just four songs but it laid the foundation for what was to come on the band’s first two full length albums.

The band’s sound is one of classic heavy metal power and thunder. Wayne’s vocals were still powerful and intensely delivered. Musically the band delivered the goods as well.

With only four songs, there’s a definite feel that this is just a sampling for listeners. The songs are all pretty fast paced here.

At first listen, I was somewhat unimpressed with the first two songs on the album. “Powers of Persuasion” didn’t persuade and “Dimensional Confusion” provided plenty of that second word. But that was more due to me being unfamiliar with the music rather than the actual quality of the tracks. After I listened to the songs a couple more times, I started realizing the songs had more going for it than I realized the first time around.

Still, the last two tracks were my favorite. “Wretched Excess” was the most vocally aggressive song. David Wayne’s vocals were at times spit out like machine gun fire which made me think of the same time of song construction that Overkill does on some of their material (I’m thinking of songs like “E.N.D.” from that band’s album The Years Of Decay.

As for the closing song “Ritual”, that is what I would call the band’s first GREAT song. The song craft is amazing as the music and lyrics merge perfectly. It’s a song that makes the EP for me and makes the release that much stronger for its inclusion.

Pure heavy metal played straight up fast and furious is the best way to describe Reverend the band and the EP. It certainly whets the appetite for seeking out the band’s two full-length albums World Won’t Miss You (1990) and Play God (1991).

NOTES OF INTEREST – David Wayne died after a car crash in 2005. 

Reverend guitarist Brian Korban, who was a member the original lineup of Heretic, reformed Heretic in 2011. They’ve released two albums, A Time Of Crisis (2012) and A Game You Cannot Win (2017).

 

Ross the Boss to perform Manowar set at Greasy Luck on June 27

Ross the Boss will perform a classic Manowar set in The Vault at Greasy Luck in New Bedford, MA, on Wednesday, June 27, 2018. Ethan Brosh Band and Held Hostage will open the show. Purchase tickets HERE.

As a child growing up in New York City, Ross “The Boss” Friedman showed great promise as a piano and violin prodigy, but when he first touched the electric guitar he knew he found his true love.

Andy Shernoff in 1973 while playing in one of his bands at a house party in his teenage years. Together, they created a band known as The Dictators, who became the first signed punk rock band launching the CBGBs scene. Known for their sense of humor and affection for White Castles and wrestling, they were one of the most copied and influential bands of the genre.

Blue Oyster Cult producer Sandy Perlman was the manager for both The Dictators and French Rock Band Shakin’ Street in 1979 when Ross needed a gig and Shakin’ Street needed a guitar player. Ross flew to France and floored everyone with his guitar playing. He joined the band, lived in France for a year, recorded an album, learned to speak French and toured the world with the band.

While Shakin’ Street was opening for Black Sabbath and Blue Oyster Cult in 1980, Ronnie James Dio introduced Ross to crew member Joey DeMaio. The two of them agreed on their vision for what a Heavy Metal band should be and together, they co-founded Manowar. They created their own subgenre and dubbed it “True Metal” playing epic songs with viking themes at very loud volumes. His eight years and six albums with this band gained him an unbelievably loyal cult following who widely considers Ross The Boss to be the definitive Manowar guitar player.

Tickets for the show are only $15 and can be purchased HERE. Tickets for reserved table seating are also available. For more details about the show, click HERE.

The Vault at Greasy Luck is located at located at 791 Purchase Street in New Bedford, MA. The venue is set within a former bank building featuring original vault doors and a truly historic feel. Patrons have raved about the superior acoustics and intimate setting.