“BACK TO THE CAVE” LITA FORD
80’s hair band, leather pants, big Texas hair, killer guitar solos, an 80’s icon: Lita Ford became the first female guitar hero. Carmelita Ford, the sex kitten of the late 80’s metal scene started off in the ’70’s playing guitar with Joan Jett in the Runaways. After going solo, Lita didn’t see much success until Sharon Osbourne became her manager in 1988. Suddenly Lita’s solo career skyrocketed enhanced by a #1 hit with her duet with Sharon’s husband. Lita was living in Sarasota, FL for awhile but has since moved to a Caribbean Island.
“TESTIFY” RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE
Punk, thrash, hip hop, political activists, RATM attacked all of the hypocrisy of Washington and injustices in the world with a fury. In the early 90’s, Zack De La Rocha’s freestyle raps rivaled the intensity and political messages of Public Enemy’s Chuck D. Guitarist Tom Morello’s use of feedback, creative tapping, and “tricks” put him on any list of Greatest Guitarists of All-Time. “Testify” challenges all of the “promises” given by Al Gore, George W. Bush, and even sneaks in 2012 Presidential candidate, Newt Gingrich.
“THIS COULD BE THE NIGHT” LOVERBOY
A lot of hard rockers on today’s blog, let’s take it down a notch with a power ballad by Canada’s Loverboy. Mike Reno’s vocals soar on this beautiful love song. Who couldn’t love the great opening line: “Ask any girl, in this lonely world, ask any girl, she’ll say Make It Last Forever”. Released on their “Lovin’ Every Minute of It” CD in 1985, it marked the band’s first big power ballad to hit the Top 10. Although Mike Reno had similar success with “Almost Paradise”, his solo duet with Ann Wilson of Heart.
“THE BLEEDING” FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH
With a band name inspired by a martial arts movie title, Five Finger Death Punch began as a very aggressive metal band. Their cover of Bad Company’s self named hit gave FFDP a radio favorite. This DISTURBING video from their debut CD features more of a death metal sound. There were 4 versions of the song, one unplugged, one without the screaming, but this highly intense video needs the scream-o version.