"The Spaghetti Incident?"

Set lists and a little bit of Rock

Wednesday, 20 December 2006

Former Guns N’ Roses guitarist Izzy Stradlin gave fans a surprise when he walked out on stage on Sunday to join Axl Rose and his new lineup for five songs at the Gibson Amphitheatre near Hollywood.

Stradlin, who left the band in 1991 and went on to release five albums on his own or with his band the Ju Ju Hounds, was dressed in a dark suit, fedora hat and sunshades. He joined the band playing guitar and contributing harmonies on "Think About You," "Used to Love Her," "Patience" and "Nightrain." Stradlin then returned to the stage later to help Guns with "Paradise City."

Although it was a treat for the Los Angeles fans, Stradlin has popped up at a few Guns N’ Roses concerts since Axl hit the road with his new band. The guitarist made a surprise appearance in May during the band’s four sold-out concert shows in New York and at a couple of concerts during the band’s European tour during the summer.

Guns N’ Roses is expected to release the long awaited new studio album "Chinese Democracy" sometime in March, according to Rose’s latest statements on the band’s website.

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http://music.monstersandcritics.com/news/article_1234432.php/Izzy_joins_Axl_on_stage_in_Los_Angeles

More bad news and some rare good news for long-suffering fans of Guns N' Roses.



More bad news and some rare good news for long-suffering fans of Guns N' Roses.

Four shows on the hard rock band's current tour have been cancelled and its first album of original music since 1991 will not come out this year.

But Chinese Democracy will tentatively see the light of day March 6, Rose said in an open letter to fans Thursday, the first time a release date has ever been given for the troubled project.

"We would like to assure the fans that though tentative everything in our power will be done to meet this date," Rose said. "Once it is finalized and official you will be notified. If we are delayed for unseen reasons you will also be notified as soon as possible in regard to a new date and the album will be released as shortly thereafter as is possible."

In order to focus on getting the album out, Guns N' Roses has scrapped dates that were set for Jan 10 in Sacramento, Jan 11 in Bakersfield, Jan 13 in Reno, and Jan 16 in San Diego. The tour will accordingly end next Wednesday, the final date of three at the Gibson Amphitheatre in Los Angeles.

Rose's uncharacteristically humble missive also took aim at his manager, Merck Mercuriadis, revealing that the two had parted ways. Rose said he was not amused by Mercuriadis' reported comment that Chinese Democracy could mysteriously appear in record stores at any time.

He believed the vague promise was unfairly designed to stoke interest in the tour among local promoters.

Rose said the making of Chinese Democracy had been a nightmarish experience for more than a decade. But, now that the album was essentially completed, it deserved proper promotion via his Interscope Records label before it hits the shelves.

"In the end it's just an album and one that I, the band, our record company and all involved believe and feel is a true Guns N' Roses album," he said.

"Ultimately the public will decide and regardless of the outcome our hearts, lives and our passion has been put into this project every step of the way."

Rose is the only member left from the classic lineup that burst through in 1987 with Appetite for Destruction, one of the biggest debut albums in rock 'n' roll history.

During the mid-1990s, as the band set about recording a follow-up to 1991's two-volume Use Your Illusion set, members either quit out of frustration with Roses's tyrannical ways, or were fired. Several waves of replacements also came and went.

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From some site some where on the net.

Wednesday, 25 October 2006

Testing

So I was listening to the old ipod and the D4 s 'Party' came on. I love the spirit of the sone - I love to party with the north shore b'arches as much as anyone (yes, I know diff song..) but I thought the guitaring was crap.

So as I wandered by KFC witht he stale smells of dead chickens killed before their time I asked myself, "Who is NZ's best guitarist?"

And so I pondered.

My initial thought was Neil Finn. He's an older rocker. We know he can write melodies but can he play guitar like he is trying to tame a drunken lion? No. He's damn good but I'll put him in the songwriter catergory. Same for Dave Dobbyn. I'm loyal but I don't believe gods and rock mix. Unless you are Creed.

So what about that dude from The Datsuns, Phil Datsun who can wail like a mother fucker from hell? Yes and bless, he wants to be Jimmy Page but his front man lets him down. Don't get me wrong though, Datsuns make rock dangerous.

James Reid from the Feelers? Apart from his penchant for MC Hammer covers in between songs the man did write 'Venus' and the fact he played ACDC's 'Back in Black' (Come Back Chris Cairns, all is forgiven)one rocking New Years Eve in Napier means he gets an auditon for NZ's best guitarist.

One of Wellington's favourite sons from Shihad perhaps? John Toogood or Phil Knight each play a mean axe. Toogood may in fact be a lil crazy and therefore is dsqualified. Therefore its gotta be Phil. Despite various terrible haircuts he's in the band that practically rewrote the national anthem with 'Home Again'. And because of that riff he gets the nod. Phil Knight is NZ's best guitarist.

Oh course this musing has ony picked a few contemporary artists. If any one says I missed out Shane Carter they can piss off.


hmmm I wrote this post months ago and never published it - I think it went on Jimmy Jangles but whatever ....

Tuesday, 17 October 2006

End of Days for The Spaghetti Incident!

End of Days for The Spaghetti Incident!

"Ain't it fun when you just can't seem to find your tongue?"

This once inspired, edgy, rollicking, rebellious and saucy rock n roll blog, The Spaghetti Incident, gradually became unfocused (eg. Beyonce), neglected, and just like the right honourable W. Axl Rose himself, has now been totally abandoned by all members. So it’s time now to respectfully farewell The Spaghetti Incident as it disappears from the face of the blogosphere.. but... I wouldn't lose all hope if I were you.. because who knows?.. perhaps one fine day, like the phoenix from the ashes, The Spaghetti Incident may very well resurrect itself into a better, bigger, dumber, sexier, longer & uncut blog.. in fact there's a good chance it will be back n' business before you can say "Don't you cry tonight".. ur… well.. actually.. let's just say tune in again whenever Axl gets around to releasing Chinese Democracy - Special Deluxe Edition (10 Discs):


Vol. I (CHINESE DEMOCRACY - The Album of the Century!)

Vol. II (Chinese Democracy – remixed by JimmyJangles)

Vol. III (Chinese Democracy – remixed by Trent Reznor Jr.)

Vol. IV (Chinese Democracy – remixed by Dinosaur Jr. Jr.)

Vol. V (B-sides me, who’s left in GNR?)

Vol. VI - IX (Demos/ More B-sides, Rarities/ Live performance on MTV).

& Vol. X (DVD: Feature Film - 'You Wanna Step Into My World!?' directed by W. Axl Rose.)






And now.. a song for The Spaghetti Incident Blog’s funeral:

Since I Don't Have You

I don't have plans and schemes,
And I don't have hopes and dreams.
I don't have anything,
Since I don't have you.

And I don't have fond desires,
and I don't have happy hours.
I don't have anything,
Since I don't have you.

Happiness, and I guess,
I never will again.
When you walked out on me,
In walked ol' misery,
And he's been here since then.

(spoken) Yeah, we're fucked!

I don't have love to share,
And I don't have one who cares.
I don't have anything,
Since I don't have you.

You, you, you, oh, oh!
You, you, you, oh, oh!
You, you, you, oh, oh!
You, you, you, oh, oh!
You, you, you, oh yeah!

Wednesday, 13 September 2006

So Beyonce has released a new album "B'day". I wonder if its cos she knew it was shit?

Tuesday, 5 September 2006

Its a free world baby!

NEW YORK: R.E.M. will perform three songs with original drummer Bill Berry to celebrate its induction into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame, to be held September 16 in Atlanta.

Berry has played only three times with his long-time colleagues since exiting the band in 1997, most prominently at the October 2005 wedding of R.E.M. guitar tech Dewitt Burton.

At that performance, the foursome played a seven-song set of classic early material, including Sitting Still, Radio Free Europe and Wolves, Lower. In April, Berry joined vocalist Michael Stipe, guitarist Peter Buck and bassist Mike Mills to perform R.E.M.'s Country Feedback at an Athens, show by Buck's side band, the Minus 5.

Following the Hall of Fame induction, R.E.M. will end a year-long hiatus and hit the studio to begin work on the follow-up to 2004's critically maligned Around the Sun. That album debuted at No. 13 on The Billboard 200.

In the meantime, the band's first five years will be celebrated with the CD/DVD package And I Feel Fine, due September 12. The collection includes the first authorised release of a number of long-bootlegged rare tracks.
 
Stolen from: Reuters
well it seems velvet revolver are still chugging away and working on their next album, and still alive. whenever i look them up sporadically i always went to the .com site but if anyone is interested i find these ones just as or more informative
http://www.mattsorum.com/blog/blogframeset.html
http://www.belowempty.com/vr/index.php
the second one is apparently the fan website(it's linked from matt sorums one)so it's probably not as factual as the .com but you know.

Monday, 4 September 2006

U2 rule.

Well I finally jumped on board, whether I'm doing this right I dunno. But anyway I suppose I may as well put the reason I was invited, which of course is the fact I'm now the proud owner of Duff McKagans pick from OzzFest. I was pretty happy that on C4 (NZ TV) last night by the way the Uchoose top 40 albums to own had GNR Appetite For Destruction at #2 beating a lot of othe bands like Metallica, U2, Green Day, ACDC, and Eminem?! who were in the top 10 as well, and were beaten to #1 by Nirvanas Nervermind, meh.

Thursday, 31 August 2006

Err - further surfing on Oasis actual home page suggests the post below was bull shit. My aps, dear reader.
 
 

Oasis' Greatest Hits Album Includes Unreleased Tracks

     
Oasis have revealed the tracklisting for their upcoming Greatest Hits album 'Stop The Clocks'.
The 18 track album will also feature two new unreleased songs, the title track 'Stop The Clocks' and another new tune 'Boy With The Blues', which was set to feature on the bands new studio album.

The full tracklisting, according to newspaper reports, is as follows:

1 Some Might Say
2 Don't Look Back In Anger
3 D'You Know What I Mean?
4 All Around The World
5 Go Let It Out
6 The Hindu Times
7 Lyla
8 The Importance Of Being Idle
9 Masterplan
10 Half The World Away
11 Acquiesce
12 Champagne Supernova
13 Rock 'n' Roll Star
14 Supersonic
15 Wonderwall
16 Whatever
17 Boy With The Blues
18 Stop The Clocks

Commenting on the album title track, Noel Gallagher said: "I have a song called Stop The Clocks, which at the moment is acoustic, but could be massive.
"I wrote it quite recently and I think it's the best song I've ever written. The few people that have heard it really like it."
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I think it is quite simply the second best best of ever - after the Beatles '1' of course. I count seven number ones on teh british chart and several number twos. BUT 0  Where the fuck is Live Forever? - See below post. Should drop the new tracks and add "Roll With It"  and  L4E.

God Bless Q Magazine (and its readers)

  
Oasis's "Live Forever" looks all set to live up to its title after being voted the greatest song ever. The 12-year-old single - the first to demonstrate that the Gallagher brothers could have a tender side as well as bravado and swagger - has beaten classic tracks by the Beatles, U2 and Queen in the Q magazine poll of music fans to identify the all-time greats. "Live Forever doesn't date. It satisfies a timeless need for communal joy," The Sun quoted a Q magazine spokesman as saying. "People said after 'Live Forever', 'Where are you gonna go after that?' I was like, 'I don't think it's that good.' I think I can do better," Noel Gallagher said.
Oasis also claimed the second spot with their hit 'Wonderwall', while two other songs, played by the band 'Don't Look Back In Anger' and 'Champagne Supernova', also made the top 100. Nirvana's 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' was third in the poll.
While the Beatles' 'A Day In The Life' and U2's 'One' came in fourth and fifth place respectively. The Beatles claimed six places in the top 100 songs, the most by any band.
The list of the top ten 'All-time Top 100', as per Q magazine is:

1 Live Forever - Oasis
2 Wonderwall - Oasis
3 Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana
4 A Day In The Life - The Beatles
5 One - U2
6 Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen
7 Love Will Tear Us Apart - Joy Division
8 Stairway To Heaven - Led Zeppelin
9 Bitter Sweet Symphony - The Verve
10 Paranoid Android - Radiohead

U2 rule!

Monday, 28 August 2006

Things we want to see in rock

Things we want to see in rock

 

Ø       Bill Joe / Green Day to unleash an epic solo. He's been threatening one for years. He's like a stripper always leaving you hot and heavy but that's it.

Ø       Dave Navarro to fuck of and die.

Ø       Chinese Democracy to be released. Before Axl needs a hip replacement.

Ø       A Mike Mills (from REM) solo album. We'll file it under the the alt/rock/folk/pop (category)

Ø       Supernova to burn out and fade away.

Ø       The Living End to make it big.

Ø       Someone smash up Lars Ulrich's drum kit. And tell him it was James.

Ø       Skid Row reform*.

 

*kidding, fool

 

Tuesday, 15 August 2006

Is Dave Navaroowhoos band 'The Panic Channel' shit?

To paraphrase the whore, the asnwer I'm looking for people is... yes.

Monday, 7 August 2006

If I could be a....

If I could be a song writer I would be Jim Steinman though if I wanted to be taken seriously I'd be Bruce Springsteen
If I could be a guitarist I would be Richie Sambora though if I wanted to be taken seriously I'd be David Gilmour
If I could be a singer I would be Bono though if I wanted to be taken seriously I'd be Micheal Stipe
If I could be a drummer I would be the Animal though if I wanted to be taken seriously I'd be that guy from Tool.
If I could be a bass player I would be Paul McCartney though if I wanted to be taken seriously I'd be Bob Rock
If I could be a drunken pianist I would be Elton John though if I wanted to be taken seriously I'd be Billy Joel

Um, yes, well um, yes, cough cough.... No - I had a purpose - what would be a cool band if I took my faves and what would be the serious band.... I think I'd go see the faves.....

Death no obstacle for Johnny Cash

I'm too Lazy to post a real post, so here's some Johnny Cash, stolen as usual form someplace on this interweb thingy. Bono once told me Elvis would have been a sissy with out Johnny Cash so go figure.
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LOS ANGELES: In life, Johnny Cash was merely a legend. In death, he is proving immortal.
Almost three years after he died at the age of 71 after a decade of poor health, the country outlaw is the most popular artist in the United States, currently at No 1 on the pop and country charts with an album of new material.
The album, American V: A Hundred Highways, recorded in Cash's final months as he looked forward to reuniting with his late wife, June Carter Cash, sold 88,000 copies in the week ended July 9. It's his first chart-topper since 1969's live prison album "Johnny Cash at San Quentin."
It also marks the fifth – but not the final – instalment in the American Recordings series, which resurrected the singer's career in the last dozen years of his life. The comeback was masterminded by rock producer Rick Rubin, who has already topped the album charts this summer with the Red Hot Chili Peppers and the Dixie Chicks.
Cash and Rubin started work on the acoustic set the day they finished 2002's fourth volume, which featured one of the biggest hits of his career, a Grammy-winning cover of hard rock band Nine Inch Nails' Hurt. With a frail Cash sensing the end was near, he recorded 60 songs over eight months, often singing in an improvised bedroom studio at his home near Nashville.
REASON TO LIVE
While the sessions for the previous albums were straightforward affairs, Rubin said the "American V" sessions had a more important motivation – to keep Cash alive.
"He was recording every day to communicate and to be alive and to have a reason to go on. Which was different than the other albums which were just about singing songs," Rubin said in a recent interview with Reuters.
Still, Rubin said Cash appeared to be on the mend, no longer confined to a wheelchair and enjoying a better diet. He was devastated to learn of Cash's death on September 12, 2003.
"He was able to walk again, and everything was turning around to the point of where the week after he passed – the following Tuesday – he was supposed to be coming to Los Angeles, and we were going to be working together again."
Among the tracks on American V are covers of Gordon Lightfoot's If You Could Read My Mind, and the folk standard Four Strong Winds, as well as the last song Cash wrote and recorded, the train-themed Like the 309.
His voice sounds eerily fragile on If You Could Read My Mind, but Rubin said it fits perfectly with the melancholy lyrics and melody. On the other hand, his reading of Hank Williams' Evening Train is full of gusto, in part because Cash knew the song by heart.
The album was originally envisaged as a black gospel release, and Cash recorded several such tunes including the strident God's Gonna Cut You Down before they decided to expand their horizons. His former Sun Records labelmate Elvis Presley had an earlier crack at the traditional tune on his gospel album Amazing Grace.
READY TO DIE
Cash and Rubin, who developed an immensely close bond over the years, occasionally discussed death, and the singer had indicated that he was happy to go when his time was up.
"He was excited about working, but at the same time he was ready to meet June when it was deemed his time," Rubin said (She preceded him in death by four months.)
Still, the sessions were not depressing affairs. While Cash's physical body may have been failing him, his intellet and sense of humour remained as sharp as ever. On Like the 309," he confronts his mortality with the opening line, "It should be a while before I see Doctor Death."
"He was really full of wisdom and he was really interested and he would still read, and listen to documentary programs. He was always learning stuff," Rubin recalled.
Rubin said he will issue a sixth volume with tracks from the same sessions, but has no idea what songs will make the cut or when the album will hit the streets. Currently he is working with rock bands Linkin Park and Metallica.
A more immediate possibility is another Billboard magazine advertisement ripping the country music world for its apathy towards Cash. After the overlooked 1996 album Unchained (US sales to date: 152,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan) won the Grammy for best country album, Rubin controversially reproduced a famous photo of Cash hoisting a middle finger into the eye of the camera, and sarcastically thanked "the Nashville music establishment and country radio for your support."
"So much of the idea of that ad was really for Johnny's entertainment," Rubin recalled. "It's a great idea, having the No 1 album and the No 1 country album, it's a great time for a f–- you from Johnny Cash!"


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Check out the lyrics to Cash's Aint No Grave Album

Saturday, 5 August 2006

The Monster is Loose!

Thursday, 3 August 2006

Meat Loaf resolves Bat out of Hell suit

Me and SAS saw Meat play in Wellington on the 'Welcome to the Neighbourhood' tour about 1996. It was freaking cool. It still have the t shirt. Its almost tragic...
 
Stolen off Stuff as usual:
 
NEW YORK: Veteran rocker Meat Loaf has resolved a dispute with songwriter Jim Steinman over trademark rights to Bat Out of Hell, dropping a multimillion-dollar lawsuit over the title of the best-selling 1977 album.

"It resolved itself very quickly because neither one of us wanted to argue," Meat Loaf told Reuters in an interview at an event to promote Bat out of Hell III: The Monster is Loose, set for release on October 31.

"There's a mutual love and respect there," he said.  

"We're not going to have a knock-down brawl. We just have too much history," Meat Loaf said, speaking fondly of the man who produced the original album that shot the portly Texan to stardom after his breakout appearance in the cult film The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

Meat Loaf, who was born Marvin Lee Aday, had filed a suit earlier this year claiming that Steinman wrongfully registered the phrase as his trademark in 1995.

Steinman wrote the title track and several others on the original album and the 1993 follow-up Bat out of Hell II: Back into Hell. The two albums have sold a combined total of more than 45 million copies and spawned such rock classics as "You took the words right out of my mouth" and "I'd do anything for love (but I won't do that)".

Meat Loaf said there had never been serious antagonism between the two. "Sometimes there's just disagreements that in business two people can't settle, so you just need to involve other people ... You always hate to see it get to that."

Unveiling the third album in the trilogy to the media, Meat Loaf said Steinman had written seven songs on the new record.

"If it was not for Jim Steinman and his brilliance and his ability to turn a phrase and his concepts, we wouldn't be here tonight," Meat Loaf said of his collaborator who did not attend the event in a nightclub in a converted church lit by candles.

"He really liked the record, that's really important to me," he said. "We tried to show him as much respect and loyalty as we could because we're doing Bat out of Hell III. It's his concept to do Bat out of Hell III."

Among the Steinman tracks on the album, which was produced by Desmond Child, known for his work with the likes of Bon Jovi and Aerosmith, is the ballad "It's all coming back to me now," which was a big hit for Celine Dion although it was originally written for the first "Bat out of Hell."

Meat Loaf said he felt a deeper personal connection to many of the songs on this album than in past songs. He was also challenged by Child to adapt his style to work with writers such as Nikki Sixx of Motley Crue and Marilyn Manson's John 5.

"(For example) Blind like a Bat, I've never sung rock songs like that," he said. "I think you'll recognise it as classic Meat Loaf. But you're going to be surprised too."

Meat Loaf, who is deliberately vague about his age with reports of his year of birth ranging from 1947 to 1951, said he had no plans for a fourth in the series. "I don't know how anybody could live through it," he said. "I don't think I have the time, I don't think the years will allow it."

But he is planning some major gigs to promote the latest album, including an October 16 London show at the Royal Albert Hall in three acts, drawing on the three "Bat Out of Hell" albums. He will also bring the Bat to New York in November after the Halloween release of the new album.

Wednesday, 26 July 2006

Hello. Call for you Mrs Gaga.

Hello? Is there anybody out there?

E? Mr Strauss? Ani, is that you?

Check out lyrics to Marry the Night by Lady Gaga

Thursday, 20 July 2006

Country girl, take my hand

The new Primal Scream album, Riot City Blues' is seriously good. Its like Bobby and co woke up and thought, yeah we actually ARE a rock band. They haven't given up on rock and roll Mister. They are giving out guitars, guitars, mandolins and catchy freakin chorus. They have cleared the swastika from their eyes and actually dropped the bomb.  There are no Miss Lucifer type creatures dangerously dancing on ceilings here. The odd Country Girl, references to Jesus and suicide and the feeling of a wild ride but that's about it. So bring borth the rock and... mandolins  - I give it two thumbs up.

Wednesday, 12 July 2006

I want to ride my bike. An over rated rocker has died. Prepare for sales of Wish You Were Here to go ape shit.

Some reporter blandly puts it thus:

LONDON: Syd Barrett, the troubled founding member of Pink Floyd, has died aged 60, after living the life of a recluse for the last 30 years.

"The band are naturally very upset and sad to learn of Syd Barrett's death," Pink Floyd said in a statement.

"Syd was the guiding light of the early band line-up and leaves a legacy which continues to inspire."

Tuesday, 27 June 2006

I like to Shred

So I downloaded some of those sneaky releases of supposed Chinese Democracy songs. Inc Madagascar and a funny acoustic one about drugs (possibly a cover?) ne ways there sounds like Axl has something worthwhile to say in there…  the downloads were mostly live bootlegs so quality was poor and there was no context to as if the songs where finished or whatever…

And so curiosity piqued (is that the right word) I downloaded some Buckethead. For at one stage he was supposed to be the new Slash.  Fuck me this guy is a legend in his own lunch hour. I can see why Mr Rose was keen to have this slinger on board. From what I've heard it's a true shame these two couldn't establish a proper partnership.

Go listen to Buckethead's Nottingham Lace on Buckethead Land Vol2. It's a lesson in shredding and while listening I thought, fuck yeah, Axel could have sang over this guy no wukken furries.

If this Asian Liberty project ever comes about the first thing I'll be listening for is to see if any Buckethead lives. I'm more of a the bucket is half full than empty kind of guy, so I hope so…..

To round off here is a quote from Ozzy Ozzborne via wikipedia about the lad

"I tried out that Buckethead guy. I met with him and asked him to work with me but only if he got rid of the fucking bucket. So I came back a bit later and he's wearing this green fucking Martian's-hat thing! I said, 'Look, just be yourself'. He told me his name was Brian, so I said that's what I'd call him. He says, 'No one calls me Brian except my mother'. So I said, 'Pretend I'm your mum then!'. I haven't even got out of the room and I'm already playing fucking mind games with the guy. What happens if one day he's gone and there's a note saying, 'I've been beamed up'? Don't get me wrong, he's a great player. He plays like a motherfucker!"


Thursday, 15 June 2006

I get up around 7, get out of bed around 9

Ha! Its the reason for the season or this blog! Popbitch has kindly sent us this gem on Steven Adler - the man we owe for helping come up with the name of this blog. Depending on your point of view - he's either living the rock and roll dream or is a complete nightmare.
  
Proudly Stolen from Popbitch:

   Guns n' Roses hit the headlines last week for
   their delayed London gigs, onstage oxygen
   tanks and much partying. But their behaviour
   had nothing on former drummer Steven Adler's
   recent UK tour with his new band Adler's
   Appetite. He was supported by rocker
   Adam Bomb who claims:

   * Adler used to borrow Bomb's phone to call
   his mother, "screaming at her like a child"
   and accusing her of wanting him dead so she
   could get his money.

   * Hurt his wrist when he tried to inject cocaine
   into it but completely missed the vein.

   * Smoked crack at his gig at Camden Underworld,
   then offered a crew member 200 pounds to
   beat up the dealer to get more.

   * Drank two bottles of Jagermeister every day.

   * Got thrown out of a 24 hour Tesco superstore
   at 3am for refusing to wear shoes.
 

 

The Exorcist and U2

Who knew that U2's Lady with the Spinning Head B side on 'One' was an homage to the movie The Exorcist? It's been bugging me for ages what the song was about. Was it drinking? Was it gambling? The answer struck me on the bus on the way to work.... given Bono's struggle with religious concern and the catholic church, its no surprise he addesses the matter of possession by demons via an exploration of the themes found in The Exorcist...

Lady with the Spinning Head. (This is Regan, the possesed child)

Here she comes (refers to the masturbation with a crucifix scene)
Lady luck again (ironic intent, its unlucky to be possessed)
Figure of eight (Though jailbait, Reagan is a lovely figure, an 8 at least)
Six and nine again (refers to sexual innuendo between the priests and Reagan and also the 69 times Regan threw up on the priests)

My lady with the spinning head (refers to classic head spinning scene in bedroom)

Whatever the deal (Priest offers the demon a deal to take him instead of Reagan)
She won't let me down (the demon takes that deal)
Wherever I go
She's always hanging 'round (refers to suicides throughout movie, and the final 'I'll just jump out the window' scene)

My lady with the spinning head
La la la la la la la la la la la
Lady with the spinning head
La la la la la la la la la la la
Lady with the spinning head (again refers to the head spinning scene)

She's been gone
But I knew she'd be back (refers to the shitty sequel)
She's got the rent (nice apartment in the shitty sequel eh?)
She put me in the black

The lady with the spinning head (yada yada…)

Took my mind (having the devil possess you does cause a leave of ones senses)
Took away my car
Do you dare to ask
What I'm talking about (the church covers up quite a lot of demonlogy issues so this is Bono challenge the Church to come clean)

I'm on top
When she's around (again refers to the sexual tension between priests and Regan)
She's my ticket
Out of town (nowadays they take you out of town to the funy farm if you are possessed.)

La la la la la la la la la la la
Lady with the spinning head
La la la la la la la la la la la
Lady with the spinning head (yada yada…)

Wednesday, 7 June 2006

Whitesnake Review

A guest post from Ian:


After being rescheduled from the 30th of May to the 1st of June because of lead singer David Coverdale’s sudden illness, the snakes finally rocked out at the Hammersmith Apollo.  


Opening with the front man’s former band’s (albeit 30 years since he left Deep Purple) classic Burn which segued into part of Stormbringer they set the scene for a stomping set.  They played all the early classics and from Slide it In, to Slow and Easy, to Ain’t No Love in the Heart of the City, to Ready and Willing.  Then came the hits off the huge 1987 album - Is This Love, Crying In the Rain, Here I Go Again, and Still of the Night.  There was also a new rocker thrown in and even time for a guitar solo slot from Doug Aldrich and a drum solo from Tommy Aldridge who incidentally hasn’t changed hairstyles for 25 years.



Disappointingly for me they didn’t play one song off the Slip of the Tongue album, the album I know best, for what reason I don’t know but I’m sure it wasn’t because the guitarists couldn’t play the Steve Vai era material.  The gig ended as it began – well sort of – another Deep Purple song – Solder of Fortune but sung solo by Mr Coverdale after the rest of the band had left the stage.



Anyway, great gig, great frontman with a great voice, hot band.  I don’t think I’ve been to a gig where the crowd has sung along with all the songs like they did at this one – it made for a great atmosphere.  



Stay tuned for a review of Guns N’ Roses from the same venue who I see this evening, and then Bon Jovi in Southampton on Friday, I don’t know when I’ll get time to write them but I’ll do my best.



Update: This is fucking great E!!! JJ

Tuesday, 6 June 2006

NME's Top 20 albums

Here's the list of the NME's Top 20  albums the below post referred to. It's interesting to note the Libertine's entry and that of the Strokes. Over time they will likely drop out because they are currently 'trendy' and not really great albums (not that I've heard 'em). Never listened to Revolver - I might check it out.
I'm surprised there's no Rolling Stones? This is a British based list, I wonder what a recent American one would look like.  Probably have fucking Kanye West all over it.

The top 20:

1. Definitely Maybe, Oasis
2. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Heart's Club Band, The Beatles
3. Revolver, The Beatles
4. OK Computer, Radiohead
5. (What's The Story) Morning Glory?, Oasis
6. Nevermind, Nirvana
7. The Stone Roses, The Stone Roses
8. Dark Side Of The Moon, Pink Floyd
9. The Queen Is Dead, Smiths
10. The Bends, Radiohead
11. The Joshua Tree, U2
12. London Calling, The Clash
13. The Beatles (The White Album), The Beatles
14. Abbey Road, The Beatles
15. Up The Bracket, The Libertines
16. Never Mind The Bollocks Here's The Sex Pistols, Sex Pistols
17. Four Symbols (Led Zeppelin IV), Led Zeppelin
18. The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars, David Bowie
19. A Night At The Opera, Queen
20. Is This It, The Strokes

Friday, 2 June 2006

Plastic soul man, plastic soul

From this place

The debut album by Oasis, the band that best spread the Britpop craze of the 1990s, has been voted the greatest album of all time in a major music poll published.

Definitely Maybe," which featured chart-topping hits such as "Live Forever" and "Supersonic," beat "Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" by the much-loved Beatles into second place in the survey of more than 40,000 music fans.
Another Beatles album, "Revolver," came third, followed by Radiohead's "OK Computer" and a second Oasis title, "(What's the Story) Morning Glory?."
 
No surprises really. Oasis is the the most fucking awesomest band ever. The End. Amen.

Update: Of course true Oasis fans realise that Live Forever, nor Supersonic where not chart toppers in England - it wasn't till the release of Some Might Say, the single that preceded WTSMG, that Oasis had their first number one.

Thursday, 25 May 2006

What the fuck is up with Britain? Are they still shellshocked after the war? Fucking Gnarls Barkely is number 1 for the 7th time in a row.... I guess this the is the country that made Bob the Builder and Mr Blobby both number 1....

the remedy is simply simple ! Bring Back the Brit Pop!

Wednesday, 24 May 2006

Tuesday, 23 May 2006

Would you Do Miss America ?


So like attention Oasis fans. I know ur still out there! All three of you...plus Ryan.
 
NE ways go check out Ryan Adam's cover of 'Wonderall' from, I think, the album 'Love is Hell Part 1'. As Our Kid might say "Its freaking mega". Then go listen to Adam's "Shallow" off his Rock "N" Roll.  Its soooo riffing the riff of 'Cigarettes and Alcohol'.... and 'Roll with it' (you gotta say what you say!) 
 
Heh imagine that - some one stealing Oasis lyrics and riffs, the band famously derided by cynics for their propensity to steal ideas from a famous back catalog currently owned by Wacko Jacko.

Monday, 8 May 2006

So some thoughts on rock:

So some thoughts on rock:

Ø       Listened to the new Pearl Jam album. I know Eddie Vedder has a big bee in his bonnet 'bout bad bitchin' Bush but Ed is the the only man in rock you can trust. PJ has delivered big time with this set.

Ø       RHCP – Stadium Arcadium – John Frusciante is truly, one of rocks modern greats guitarists. Check the video to Dani California. It's an instant classic.

Ø       Like the cowboys, where have all the shredders gone?

Ø       Supernova  Gilby Clarke? He is not ex GNR – he was a fill in guitarist for GNR and he was shite. This smacks of desperation. Fuck, I'm probably a better player (Are you sure? – Ed)

Ø       Steve Vai – can he clock Halo 2 as fast as he can shred??

Ø       Looking forward to the new Limpy Biscuit album? Neither is the universe.

Monday, 1 May 2006

godilovedesperatehousewives


What's the medical definition of a rabbit circumcision?
 
"Harecut"

Sunday, 30 April 2006

We are Deja Voodoo

So I wandered down town to the Wellington kick off of NZ music month - @ Town Hall - with Cherry's Blossoms, Deja Voodoo and Bleeders.

Turned up for last two songs of the Blossoms. They were pretty shite. Maybe they did not drink enough gin before the show. Either way, those chicks do not rock. The drumer was pretty good though, I'll give em that.

That set finished so Jay Bee et moi ventured outside thinking there would been an age till the next band - there wasn't and I turned up for the last song of Voodoo's set. Grrr! It was 'Beers' so at least it was amusing..... that'll teach me. And for the record, I had 6 in the fridge but I think Levi drank them.

Then the Bleeders. Nu Zillan's top punk band. I left after 5 songs, home for a beer. I think it went to my head but I'm going to have another to be sure. If there's any left...

Here's some pics.




Monday, 24 April 2006

Last thing on the screen at the Stones Concert - see review blow!

Friday, 21 April 2006

Holed Out

"After what happened to Nirvana, you don't really want Courtney Love talking to your lead singer's girlfriend."

 

A road crew member intervenes as the much-maligned Love approaches the partner of Artic monkeys front man Alex Turner for a chat.

 

Source: Wellington Dominion Post 21/04

Wednesday, 19 April 2006

I tell you love, sister, it’s just a kiss away

So like the Rolling fucking Stoners themselves, @ The Cake Tin, Wellington, NZ. Last night. To sum up what is surely to be a joyous rant on how great they are, "Holy Fuck!"

And now for the joyous rant. No wait - first I shall bitch about Nickleshit, Nickelsucked Nickelwateof time or whatever there name is who opened. They are a bunch of whiny, uninspiring over rated, wannabe rockers. Bland and Boring chords. Every song sounds the freaking same. This is how you remind me. A big pile of Scooby dooby dooby do do. Speaking of doobies there was a bit of that in the air. But that's Rock and Roll Mister innit?

Well actually the R and R only started avec the B chord intro kicking off to the gas gas gas of Jumpin Jack Flash.  I used to listen to mum's record of this song! The crowd went off like a John Kirwan world cup final try. It was game on.

So me Dad then asked me if Ringo was gonna sing yellow Submarine….

The thing bout Keith Richards is that after Johnny Depp said he modelled Jack Sparrow from the Pirates of the Caribbean on The Riff Machine, I can not but help think of him as a pirate with his scarves and crazy hair and bandanas and wrinkles etc.

"Hello ladies .. and Wellington" he said to his kingdom of loyal rock servants. Which was kinda funny given the band's legendary exploits with groupies and David Bowie. NE Ways its about the music innit gov? (except all that was missing was the eye patch).

This show was all killer and no filler. The hits kept pumping from out the stone mill  - paint it black, brown sugar, gimme shelter, that song they wrote for Bill Gates  and sympathy for the devil were me personal highlights.

The guitar abilities of Ronnie and keith were amazing to watch. They seem to do heaps of weird chord structures (like no standard barre chords at all?) with the lil pinkies going everywhere, millions of guitar changes, great changes in song tempos. Ronnie Wood is underrated as a guitarist – some of the bestlicks were his to play. That said when Keith kicked the intro riff of Satisfaction into gear I was blown away by the power of three chords and the power of some useless information! It was rock at its epitome – singing songs to get laid really.

So this chap was a happy camper – Stones may be old and wrinkly but they kick the ass of most bands on the planet. 

Songs I wish they did play but didn't:

Street Fighting Man
Wild Horses
We love you.

Monday, 10 April 2006

Breakdown

So call me an idiot (ur an idiot - Ed) but is this out going coda of sorts from GNR's 'Breakdown' some kind of reference to the movie Vanishing Point?

"There goes the challenger being chased
By the blue blue meanies on wheels
The vicious traffic squad cars are after
our lone driver
The last American hero
The-the electric sintar
The demi-god,
The super driver of the golden west!
Two nasty Nazi cars are close behind
The beautiful lone driver
The police cars are getting closer-closer...
Closer to our soul hero in his soul mobile
Yeah baby!
They about to strike, They gonna get him,
Smash! Rape!
The last beautiful free soul on this planet"

Friday, 7 April 2006


So I've been thinking - things are a little slow on this blog - it has lacked a bit of focus -  but it looks like The Mighty Asterix is gonna help pick things up. So bring forth the rock! and thats my point I think, on my part anyway, this blog will focus on music related stuff, concerts musings on GNR etc... rather than past pasta related concerns....Now if Levi ever makes a post......that's a whole other ball game. Like Petanque.

When you took everything, you took everything

Don't you sometimes just wish you knew how to play the killer riffs from Estranged by GNR?
 
On another matter,
 
Don't you sometimes just wish you were Zakk Wylde?
 
On another matter,
 
Don't you sometimes just wish Zakk did a cover of Estranged?

 

Wednesday, 5 April 2006

Check out this and the links down the side for some great shredding action and free instructional vids

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-4015102018060625907&q=zakk+wylde

Saturday, 1 April 2006

Just letting y'all know I ripped 'use ur illusion' one and two to my 360 this am.

That is all.

Wednesday, 29 March 2006

"Your singer has cocaine eyes and a skeletonized trance / We’ll see if RCA recoups their advance."

GNR spin from from Spin.com
 
"It's been a long time since Guns N' Roses have released an album of new material. Everybody knows this, but it's a fact that bears repeating. If you purchased a kitten on the day that Use Your Illusion I & II arrived in stores, it's probably dead by now. As a consequence, there has been a great deal of pressure on Axl Rose to deliver a record that would validate a 15-year, $13 million wait. There is really only one way for Chinese Democracy to avoid utter and absolute failure: It needs to be the greatest rock album ever made."
 
JJ says, "Amen to that. !"
 
Of course Spin thinks the C.D. C.D. is anything but what would reviewer know?
 
 
 

Thursday, 23 March 2006

Mummy, can I go out and kill tonight?

So like The Misfits! Chez Indigo bar with all the 'typical fucking bogans', goth wanna bees and cool people like me. Actually I wasn't wearing any black so I probably wasn't cool at all.

 

Standing just on the edge of the mosh pit, Charlie Chicken and I were perfectly positioned for the full frontal assault that was this version of the Misfits. In short they are a bunch of aging buggers showing the under thirty-somethings how it was done in the old days – and how Attitude counted for something back then and still does now.

 

Playing songs shorter than the life span of a fart, The Misfits ripped in to a stonking set list of songs that everyone kicked out to manic mosh pit style.
 

If The Ramone's had 'Hey Ho, Lets go!' as their catch cry (and I spotted that on the back of a black tee shirt mid concert), the Misfits is "Whooaahhaaww Whoooaahh!" I guess those in the know, know what I now know…

 

The Misfits played heaps of songs off the Walk Among Us album that Charlie lent moi so I knew about 6 - 7 songs – the crowd seemed to know the whole setlist and occasionally went nuts at what I thought were ave songs I didn't know  but  whatever! I was there mostly out of curiosity as GNR had covered 'Attitude' on the Spaghetti Incident – I got a great show and got my self a lesson in punk history.

 

The guitarist had make-up on to look all scary but to me he looked like Herman Munster. It was kinda comical but that's the whole Misfits vibe I think, they don't take themselves to seriously, (these days?). Fans might though.

 

I must confess to total ignorance that Die Die Die (covered and released as a single by Metallica) was their song. So was pretty impressed when they pulled that out during the encore. After the show ended the singer/bassit called Gerry? Stayed on stage and signed stuff for fans which I thought was pretty cool.

 

As we left the venue there were these goth punk wannabees and never-will-bees sitting on the footpath and they said to us , 'I cant be believe you guys paid to see them Misfits. You and them are fucking sell outs". I could hardly hear them a cause de I was deaf after the thrashin' aural assault  but so I responded with a Fuck you, you're cheap and listening to them on the side walk!" and walked off. Not particularly impressive retort and I don't think they understood me anyway.

 

On the way home I checked the shadows for Zombies eating brainsssss!

Thursday, 16 March 2006

The Inaugral Bisqueddy Eater Award of the Week

...goes to Black Cap Chris Martin whom I spied eating a bowl of Noodles on The Terrace this arvo.
 
A 5 wicket bag on the way for sure!
 
While I'm on the subject of cricket - what about Lara getting ourt first ball twice to Shane Bond in the first? This is what happens when Black Caps eat their Bisqueddy!
 
I wonder if Axl watches cricket?
Why can't we all just get along?
 
I'm predicting I'll have joined Oasis as chief songwriter,drug taker and ladies man by the time Chinese Democracy comes out.

 

Saturday, 11 March 2006

I having lasange for lunch.

Friday, 10 March 2006

So The Who. I just discovered them proper. What a fucking good band and why the fuck has no one told me this before? Sure I already knew all the big hits. I watch CSI after all... (wogga wogga wooga!) I got my hands on a Best Of. C'est chock block full of ass kicking rock stonkers!

Big rock chords, acoustic strumming, great vocals lead and backing and the occasional banjo solo made for some wicked rock. If the Beatles wanted to hold your hand and the Stones wanted burn your town - I wonder what the Who got up to?

I'm loving the lyrics of 'Substitute'

'I was born with a plastic spoon in my mouth
The north side of my town faced east, and the east was facing south'

I just like nonsense like that so I'll get on the magic bus but I'm having trouble working out who this Tommy fellow is. Was he like an early memnber of the band or something?

Monday, 6 March 2006

Too much pasta will kill you, in the end

Queen guitarist Brain May has confirmed it is him playing on the GNR track 'Catcher in the Rye' that is floating round the internet. Supposedly the song is going to be on the Chinese Democracy album…. My question is -  did Brian eat some pasta for energy before he played his licks?

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In other, more important news, I have invited Levi to be a co contributor on this blog, after all it was his idea for the name.  Levi will report on shark sightings, pizza sauce and provide pictures of spaghetti dishes and rock gods he encounters, preferably both together.

Any one else keen?

Saturday, 4 March 2006

Alrighty then, set up some links and shit so we're away proper this time.

Coem back next week for some dilly.

Sunday, 26 February 2006

Yo, just setting this thing up, beer with me.
At the release of the album, the band did not want, or in fact, were not allowed by a court's verdict to explain the title of the album. According to stories dating from the date of release, the album's title refers to an incident with Steven Adler, the original drummer in Guns N' Roses, in which Adler could not find his heroin, which was given the nickname "spaghetti". According to legend, Adler flipped out and destroyed the band's apartment as he searched for his "spaghetti". In later years, the true meaning of the title became clear. Steven Adler has sued the band several times, either for royalties not paid to him for the tracks he played on, or for the royalties he had to miss since he was kicked out of the band. In a 1992 case, Adler tried to prove to the court how "mean" all band members had treated him, and he told the court about the "Spaghetti Incident": before a show the band had dinner together, and apperently one of the members had eaten Adlers' spaghetti. When Adler asked who had eaten his spaghetti, he was met with laughter. Part of the later verdict was that nothing of the verdict was to be disclosed, but part of this court decision was used in a 1997 court case again, showing the settlement with Adler (he received a total sum of US$1.5 million), showing the total profit the band had made in 7 years (more than 650 million dollars), and also showing that Axl Rose was the true owner of the bands' name.

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