If we're being completely honest, power ballads are responsible for some of the most resonant music-listening experiences in the entire world. They're a beautiful blend of sentiment and obviousness, a band willfully becoming emotionally available. Everybody makes fun of the power ballad, because som ... More >>
Last week at my warehouse job, I sat in a forklift and lifted a wooden pallet to prepare for shipping. As the dust particles scattered from the machine's exhaust, a thought settled into my brain that I could not rid myself of: "Gavin Rossdale fan fiction."
When a teenaged Stephanie Sanditz learned that the English translation of her hometown Creve Coeur meant "Broken Heart," she totally flipped out. "I was like, 'Oh my god! I was born in Broken Heart, Missouri!' I'm going to tell that to every single guy my entire life," says Sanditz, adding, "It tota ... More >>
It has been eleven years since the attacks on the World Trade Center, and while the feelings brought up by the events are still complicated, we can view its aftermath with some clarity. With over a decade of hindsight, many of the songs written after the attacks display less than healthy attitudes t ... More >>
With music being so subjective, it's no surprise that the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame emerged over the years as a colossal punching bag. When people disagree over whether Lou Reed's Metal Machine Music is dreck or a stroke of genius, no decision is going to be universally loved. The Cleveland instit ... More >>
On Saturday, the unthinkable happened. The New York Wine and Food Festival marked its third day with chef Morimoto's sushi and a karaoke party at the Harvard Club. And while we might be able to support Bizarre Food host Andrew Zimmern getting all Axl Rose on our asses with his version of "Sweet Ch ... More >>
History shows that Axl Rose doesn't like cameras. The cell phone era must drive him batshit crazy. Overshadowed by the celebration of Independence Day, another explosive moment from American history came and went on Saturday, July 2 -- the twentieth anniversary of the infamous Riverport Riot. ... More >>
Jon GitchoffBret Michaels at Rib America Festival, May 29, 2010. See an entire slideshow here.Mortality and rock & roll usually don't mix. The whole point of rock music, especially at the retro-heavy Rib America Festival at Soldiers' Memorial this weekend, is to be forever young. But there wa ... More >>
Sadly I wasn't at Riverport (now Verizon) Amphitheater back in July 1991 when Axl Rose jumped off the stage to attack a fan with a camera. I've heard the retelling of the story many times over the years, but this is the first footage of the melee I've ever seen. In the words of Axl Rose, "Than ... More >>
Def Leppard, Poison and Cheap Trick played at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater last night for an appreciative, packed house. The show was overall satisfactory and fun -- although the sheer amount of Rock on a Monday night left me a little tired. So here are my random highlights/lowlights and truism ... More >>
This past Sunday, and it would seem, the Sunday before and before that, former Vice President Dick Cheney made the round table rounds, spreading his signature cheer, trenchant analysis and Strangelovian fellowship. He shared a few jokes, he defended his record, he preached transparency, he enhanced ... More >>
Artist: Sammy Hagar Album: Three Lock Box From: Vintage Vinyl Year: 1982 Label: Geffen Records What it sounds like: The exhaust pipe of a white trash Ferrari
Tonight, at the Scottrade Center, one of my all time favorite bands will rock the collective ass of St. Louis for all that it's worth. Ladies and Gentlemen, AC/DC is in the house. I know, I don't really seem the sort to love AC/DC, but what can I say? Maybe it's the screech of Brian Johnson's vocals ... More >>
In a year worthy of your rage, metal delivered in spades. What with the economy circling the drain and Sarah Palin coming down from the tundra and then refusing to go back, 2008's been the kind of year that really makes you want to smash your head into walls or punch random strangers in the face. G ... More >>
Week of December 21, 2006
Sebastian Bach: Actor, singer, fighter, lover, pal of Axl Rose
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Ian Curtis gives the smackdown to She Wants Revenge, Against Me! talks politics and punk, and the Download helps you get your MP3 on
Tuesday, October 18; the Pageant, (6161 Delmar Boulevard)
Jay Farrar's band is reborn, Nelly sells, and some guys from the 'burbs get signed
Nelly's dropping two discs on the same day. And somehow, it works.
It's been thirteen years since the GNR riot -- but have we healed?
Week of April 28. 2004
Week of March 3, 2004
Come Feel Me Tremble (Vagrant)
The Guns N' Roses tour collapses, and Axl folds. Is anyone really surprised?
No, the Replacements aren't getting back together -- yet
Band Together, a local orchestra that performs for free, does much more than represent the gay and lesbian musical community
The fearsome foursome offers high-octane estrogen crunch
Sound advice on the summer's hottest concerts