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Sports and Music. Both packed with vibe, aggression, anticipation, excitement, noise, energy, and soul. As an athlete, hearing a song that boils your blood and widens your eyes is just one small characteristic in which music   can transcend physically into your own actions and thoughts. Eclectic restaurants and lounges are effective with paralleling their visual atmosphere to the aura it emits. Sport venues are no different. Rarely, unless you are at a   cricket match, will the arena blair ‘Mozart’s 21st concerto   in C major’ at the height of battle. 4th and 2 and one play to win or lose the game, here are the top 10 (due to change with time).

10. Eat the Rich – Aerosmith

9. Shoot to Thrill – AC/DC

8. Beautiful People – Marilyn Manson

7. Breakdown – Tantric

6. Desire – Ozzy Osbourne

5. Take the Power Back – Rage Against the Machine

4. Let it Rock – Kevin Rudolf feat. Lil’ Wayne

3. Man in the Box – Alice in Chains

2. Animal – Pearl Jam

1. Welcome to the Jungle – Guns N’ Roses

Last song off of the “Spiritual Machines” record. A memorable guitar riff with some edgy and tremendous drumming complimented by an easy yet flowing bassline combined with an extraordinary melody makes this tune a keeper. <–that was just a run-on sentence, but u catch my drift) Unfortunately, its the last track off of the album and extends to 20 minutes, with about 14 minutes of dead air and a minute of robotism. Luckily for you, I edited that nonsense out. Rock it and chill.

This past week, rumors surfaced that Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler was leaving the band to pursue his own personal brand. The ageless rocker, troubled with drug addiction and alcoholism back in 70s and 80s primarily (also recently this past year), has called it quits, for now. “I don’t know what I’m doing yet, but it’s definitely going to be something Steven Tyler: working on the brand of myself — Brand Tyler,” he told Classic Rock magazine recently.
Joe Perry, superstar guitar player for the band, spoke to the Las Vegas Sun saying “Steven quit as far as I can tell. I don’t know anymore than you do about it. I got off the plane two nights ago. I saw online that Steven said that he was going to leave the band. I don’t know for how long, indefinitely or whatever. Other than that, I don’t know.” Perry went on to say that the band plans on moving on, with or without Tyler, and will look for a new lead singer. I’m going to sound very hypocritical here because I have been in full support of bands moving on without a key ingredient to their mix (ie. Slash leaving Guns N’ Roses) but I just find this completely absurd. First of all, replacing a singer isn’t easy. Most average music listeners identify a band with the voice first. Is it impossible to replace a vocalist? Absolutely not. Van Halen replaced David Lee Roth with Sammy Hagar and went on to become ever bigger. AC/DC did it after Bon Scott passed away and continued to rock out kick ass albums after albums. But if Perry is serious about replacing Tyler’s voice with some new character, he will fail. Aerosmith is way past their prime. It happens to every band. I’m not trying to be a hater, believe me. Aerosmith is a Boston band. I’m a Bostonian. Of course I love Aerosmith and have pride in them just like I do for the Sox or Pats, but this just isn’t right, mainly because of their age. Aerosmith’s last successful album arguably was 20 years ago, “Pump”. They then went on to create some hits off of the records “Get a Grip”, “Nine Lives”, and also their most notable and first ever number 1 single of the late 90s “I Don’t Wanna Miss A Thing”, but any fan could tell you that their earlier work was far more potent.
Joe Perry should take a step back and look at that body of work and realize that maybe putting Aerosmith to rest isn’t such a bad idea. I mean, they are in their 60s, have made multimillions, and haven’t quite tarnished the Aerosmith name, although many can argue that they are just a pop mainstream act post-1993. He is walking in seriously dangerous territory if he is really contemplating moving on and replacing Tyler. It will not work out. Let it go, man. Enjoy what you’ve accomplished. Keep your options open for Aerosmith only if Steven is on board and ready to get back on the saddle. If not, you’re talented and an icon yourself. Shuttle your work away from Aerosmith and keep creating. Don’t allow the critics to laugh at this legendary band you’ve helped build. It will happen and I, for one, don’t want to see it occur. Long live Aerosmith.

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Ok, so I guess third time is a charm? This will be the third time Guns will be touring in support of Chinese Democracy and the first time they have toured since they have released Chinese Democracy. Axl was last performing in early 2007 but then fell off the face of the earth again. I wonder if he will be sporting the braids. I hope he brings back the bandana and maybe Slash?!?! Let’s hope after these dates across the pond and up in Canada, Guns comes home to the States to kick ass.

Dec. 11 – Taipei
Dec. 13 – Seoul
Dec. 16 – Osaka
Dec. 19 – Tokyo
Jan. 13 – Winnipeg, MB – MTS Centre
Jan. 16 – Calgary, AB – Pengrowth Saddledome
Jan. 17 – Edmonton, AB – Rexall Place
Jan. 19 – Saskatoon, SK – Credit Union Centre
Jan. 20 – Regina, SK – Brandt Centre
Jan. 24 – Hamilton, ON – Copps Coliseum
Jan. 25 – London, ON – John Labatt Centre
Jan. 27 – Montreal, PQ – Bell Centre
Jan. 28 – Toronto, ON – Air Canada Centre
Jan. 31 – Ottawa, ON – Scotiabank Place
Feb. 01 – Quebec City, PQ – Colisee Pepsi
Feb. 03 – Moncton, NB – Moncton Coliseum
Feb. 04 – Halifax, NS – Metro Centre

Man, this is some freaky shit but this guy, Buckethead, is legit tapped. Check out this guitar lesson of the former guitarist of Guns N’ Roses. You can actually hear his talent on Chinese Democracy but I don’t think he ever fit into the band the way someone should be filling Slash’s shoes, Nonetheless the guy (or robot) is amazingly gifted. The monster thats on his hand is named Herbie. No joke.

When I first heard that Chris Cornell (former lead singer of Soundgarden/Audioslave/Temple of the Dog) was in the makes of creating a hip-hop album with TImbaland last year, I, like the common public mocked the idea. It was only until 2 weeks ago that I purchased the album because I needed some new tunes to add to my repertoire. I’ve always been a huge fan of Cornell’s so my curiousity peaked on that Sunday afternoon and I got ahold of this gem. Half a dozen songs stuck with me from the record “Scream” that I’m sure at some point in time I will end up discussing them on here. However, the track “Long Gone” makes my first “hip hop” blog spiel here. The song can strike an emotion to anyone who is at a loss of something in their life, assuming that they actually pay attention to lyrics. For all you hardcore rock n’ roll juggernauts, including myself, we can let our guard down and accept it for what it is: a beautiful song. Yah its hip-hoppy and kind of sappy, but again, we are all music lovers and I, for one, appreciate the hell out of the album and this song. Any artist that can step away from their comfort zone and do something creative and non-traditional immediately gains my respect. Rock on Chris and lets get a Soundgarden reunion already!

 

You may have seen him a few years back on the show Intervention. Then struggling with his crystal meth addiction, Travis looked like death. A still young rockstar, with no money and his only goal to find out how to get his next high. Imagine being as successul as him and having to go back home to live with his mom. Was a sad episode to watch. This guy was 17 years old with hits such as “Shelf in the Room” and “Touch Peel and Stand” and he pissed it all away. Nonetheless, rumors in the industry say he’s planing a comeback album, but is it too late? This song here, “Die Born” Is off of the Days of the New III album and was by far my favorite track. You can tell from the video how much his drug abuse has taken a toll on his appearance. Nonetheless, an amazing song and in some way kind of inspiring. In college, I even tried to get this tune as background music to a highlight end-of-the-year film, but the geeks who were editing the video didn’t think it was upbeat enough. Fuckin idiots!

 

Drinking wine all night while busting out 30+ song setlists almost in every concert is something that Eddie Vedder has been doing for nearly 2 decades. Arguably the best frontman and vocalist of our era, one has to forgive him when he practically reuses the same guitar progression from both “Just Breathe” off of the Pearl Jam’s new album ‘Backspacer’ and then forhis solo album for ‘Into the Wild’ with the song “Tuolomne”. Nonetheless, both amazing songs, but I’d give the edge to “Just Breathe”

 

 

Lets get started where it “ended”…. (Guns N’ Roses)
Guns N’ Roses. What a band. So many lineups, so much potential, so much talent. I became fixed on the Gunners at a tender age of 7 in 1988 when I snuck into my older brothers hockey locker room and heard ‘Welcome to the Jungle’ blasting on some old school beat box. So aggressive and so powerful and man, did that shit pump me up. The first video I saw from them was Paradise City and I became hooked. I didnt know what the hell I was doing at 7 years old absolutely obsessing over a bunch of fucking junkies, but I thought they were the most badass mofo’s and still feel the same way 20 years later. Granted the band has changed alot and Axl has gone and made some wonderful songs without the old lineup, but I will discuss here the last song ever played live by the “old” lineup. When I say the old lineup in this context, I don’t mean the original lineup, but close to it. Close to what non obsessed GNR fans, unlike myself, would think of as a GNR lineup would be Axl, the crazy top hat wearing guy Slash, and maybe they might remember there was some guy named Izzzy or Dizzy or something like that. The real sharp ones might even know Duff or Steven Adler or Matt Sorum. Anyways, back in 1993 GNR was ending a 2.5 year tour supporting their Use Your Illusion albums and their last show was in Argentina. The last song of the night, an Appetite for Destruction hit called Paradise City was played. Little did the crowd know that this was it for this classic lineup. A lineup with the potential of making megahits every year if they wanted, up to the quality that many would compare to Led Zeppelin, Rolling Stones, or now in modern day era, Pearl Jam. Anyways, now we all get to witness this performance. You could never tell thru this video that Axl hated every other bandmates guys by this point. Enjoy!!