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  • ZZ Top "Double Down Live" Live at Rockpalast 1980 DVD

    13 Oct 2009, 09:27 by hjbardenhagen

    Ein Traum wird wahr, der ZZ Top Rockpalast-Gig in der Grugahalle Essen 1980 - der Grund, warum ich seit 30 Jahren in der ZZ Top Coverband Bluezz Bastardzz spiele - auf einer offiziellen DVD, erhältlich ab dem 16.10.2009 bei Amazon:

    http://www.amazon.de/ZZ-Top-Double-Down-Rockpalast/dp/B002LFIZA4/

    Bei Rockpalastarchiv.de kann man sich die interessanten Erinnerungen von Peter Rüchel zu diesem Konzert durchlesen:

    http://www.rockpalastarchiv.de/dvd/zztop.html



    Die Frage, ob die den guten Radio-Stereoton vom WDR Hörfunk genommen oder den nicht so guten Fernseh-Monoton zu Dolby Digital 5.1 verwurstet haben, wurde am 12.10.2009 beantwortet: Der britische Vertrieb Eagle Rock hat sechs Videos auf seine YouTube-Seite hochgeladen, und zwar jeweils La Grange, Just Got Paid und Jesus Just Left Chicago von 1980 und von 2008.







    Es ist also der Stereo-Radioton zu hören, womit sich diese DVD von den üblichen Bootlegs meilenweit unterscheidet, denn auch das Bild ist sagenhaft gut - für die damals mögliche Aufzeichungsqualität. Auf der zweiten DVD sind verschiedene Live-Auftritte der Europa-Tournee von 2008 dabei, die sich anscheinend nicht sehr von ihrer letzten "Live in Texas" DVD unterscheiden. Fazit: Unbedingt KAUFEN!

    Übrigens: Die Rodgaus waren ja bekanntermaßen auch im Publikum und schwenkten ihr Plakat "Rodgau Monotones grüssen ZZ Top", was man besonders gut bei "La Grange" sehen kann:



    Hier der offizielle Infotext von Eagle Rock TV:

    "Double Down Live is a 2 DVD set from ZZ Top combining shows from 1980 and 2008. Disc one was filmed at the Grugahalle in Essen, Germany for the Rockpalast TV series. Hot on the heels of their classic Degüello album (it features 9 of the 10 songs from it) the show finds ZZ Top before sequencers and synthesizers epitomising their lil ol blues band from Texas nickname. Complimented by tracks drawn predominantly from their Tres Hombres and Fandango! albums this is a true best of ZZ Top in the seventies.

    Disc Two was shot during their European tour in 2008 and combines great live performances, interview clips and back stage footage to create the ultimate ZZ Top on the road movie. With nearly 30 years between the performances the two disc set gives a fascinating then and now insight into what has maintained the ZZ Top live phenomenon.

    To buy this on DVD, please use the following links:
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B002JPZ95U/?tag=wwweaglerockc-21
    http://www.amazon.com/dp/B002N7W3NA/?tag=eaglrockent05-20

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    Setlist ZZ TOP at Rockpalast:

    year: 1980 month: 04 day: 19/20
    location: Grugahalle Essen, Germany
    musicians: Billy Gibbons (g,voc) Dusty Hill (b,voc) Frank Beard (dr)

    01 I Thank You ( ?)
    02 Waitin For The Bus (6'25'')
    03 Jesus Just Left Chicago (3'30'')
    04 Precious and Grace (2'31'')
    05 Im Bad, Im Nationwide (4'05'')
    06 Manic Mechanic (3'10'')
    07 Lowdown In The Street (2'55'')
    08 Heard It On The X (2'22'')
    09 A Fool For Your Stockings (5'42'')
    10 Nasty Dogs & Funky Kings (4'25'')
    11 El Diablo (3'33'')
    12 Cheap Sunglasses (live) (4'11'')
    13 Arrested For Driving While Blind (4'32'')
    14 Beer Drinkers & Hell Raisers (2'51'')
    15 La Grange (8'00'')
    16 She Loves My Automobile (2'19'')
    17 Hi Fi Mama (3'07'')
    18 Dust My Broom (3'22'')
    19 Jailhouse Rock (1'41'')
    20 Tush (3'17'')
    21 Tube Snake Boogie (2'29'')
    22 Just Got Paid (3'45'')
  • top charts of 2013

    29 Dec 2013, 11:49 by Lord_Krichian

  • ZZ Top CD box w/ original mixes / Spotify playlist w/ Billy Gibbons collaborations

    3 Jun 2013, 04:47 by hjbardenhagen



    There will be a new ZZ Top 10 CD box with the original mixes from the vinyl album versions on June 10th, 2013 released by Warner Bros. Records - finally! Furthermore Billy Gibbons gave some insights into recording the albums back then on Musicradar.


    "They don't do that on stage anymore!" ;-)

    And I created a Spotify and Deezer playlist with available collaborations of Billy Gibbons with other musicians as well as some rare ZZ Top tracks and instrumentals. See also his Last.fm profile for updated wiki, pictures and videos.

  • top charts of 2012

    31 Dec 2012, 11:07 by Lord_Krichian

    1. Death

    death metal, technical death metal, progressive death metal, progressive metal, metal

    2. Afghan Whigs

    alternative rock, rock, alternative, indie, indie rock

    3. James Taylor

    folk, singer-songwriter, acoustic, classic rock, rock

    4. Steeleye Span

    folk, folk rock, british folk, celtic, british

    5. Cog

    progressive rock, australian, alternative rock, rock, metal

    6. Weezer

    rock, alternative, alternative rock, indie, indie rock

    7. Uncle Tupelo

    alt-country, americana, country, indie, alt country

    8. Indigo Girls

    folk, female vocalists, singer-songwriter,acoustic, rock

    9. Ween

    alternative, experimental, rock, indie, indie rock

    10. Richard Thompson

    folk, singer-songwriter, folk rock, guitar, folk-rock

    11. Deeds of Flesh

    brutal death metal, death metal, technical death metal, technical brutal death metal, metal

    12. Deadsoul Tribe

    progressive metal, progressive rock, metal, progressive, rock

    13. Tina Turner

    pop, female vocalists, rock, soul, 80s

    14. Deep Purple

    hard rock, classic rock, rock, progressive rock, heavy metal

    15. Mike Oldfield

    progressive rock, new age, instrumental, electronic, ambient

    16. Badfinger

    classic rock, power pop, rock, 70s, pop

    17. Pete Townshend

    classic rock, rock, singer-songwriter, genius, 80s

    18. Decapitated

    death metal, technical death metal, brutal death metal, polish, metal

    19. Bushfire

    stoner rock, stoner, blues rock, heavy stoner blues, blues

    20. Dixie Dregs

    progressive rock, fusion, jazz, rock, instrumental rock

    21. Death Angel

    thrash metal, speed metal, metal, heavy metal, thrash

    22. Cold Chisel

    australian, rock, classic rock, aussie, 80s

    23. Kate Rusby

    folk, female vocalists, singer-songwriter, british folk, british

    24. Jamie T

    indie, british, singer-songwriter, alternative, indie rock

    25. Conway Twitty

    country, classic country, oldies, singer-songwriter, rockabilly

    26. Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell

    jhard rock, rock, psychedelic rock, proto-metal, heavy psych

    27. Blood Stain Child

    melodic death metal, japanese, j-metal, metal, death metal

    28. Rishloo

    progressive rock, alternative rock, progressive metal, progressive, alternative

    29. Avalon

    christian, contemporary christian, progressive metal, post-rock, rac

    30. Praxis

    experimental, avant-garde, funk, progressive rock, jazz

    31. John McLaughlin

    jazz, fusion, guitar, jazz fusion, jazz guitar

    32. Bobby Vee

    oldies, 60s, pop, rock, male vocalists

    33. Debauchery

    death metal, brutal death metal, groove death metal, german, metal

    34. The Waitresses

    new wave, 80s, female vocalists, post-punk, pop

    35. David Crosby

    singer-songwriter, folk rock, classic rock, folk, rock

    36. Conflict

    anarcho-punk, punk, hardcore punk, punk rock, anarcho punk

    37. Wilco

    alt-country, indie, indie rock, rock, alternative

    38. Dee Snider

    heavy metal, hard rock, hair metal, metal, rock

    39. Deathspell Omega

    black metal, progressive black metal, orthodox black metal, french, avant-garde metal

    40. The Pentangle

    folk, folk rock, british folk, female vocalists, british

    41. Chris Vrenna

    dark ambient, soundtrack, electronic, industrial, experimental

    42. Richard & Linda Thompson

    folk, singer-songwriter, folk rock, british folk, folk-rock

    43. Kate Voegele

    female vocalists, pop, singer-songwriter, pop rock, one tree hill

    44. Gossip

    indie, indie rock, female vocalists, rock, punk

    45. Passport

    jazz ,fusion, jazz fusion, jazz rock, progressive rock

    46. Iain Matthews

    folk ,singer-songwriter, country rock, singer songwriter ,folkie

    47. Thousand Foot Krutch

    christian rock, alternative rock, rock, alternative, christian

    48. Tuxedomoon

    experimental ,post-punk ,new wave ,avant-garde ,electronic

    49. Decrepit Birth

    technical death metal ,brutal death metal ,death metal ,technical brutal death metal, metal

    50. The Velvet Underground

    rock ,classic rock, psychedelic ,proto-punk ,alternative



    year tags





  • Jimmy Bower of Down Interviewed: ‘We Just Finished Down IV’

    28 Mar 2012, 22:09 by jovanmarinkovic

    Whole interview taken from:

    http://targetaudiencemagazine.com/2012/02/jimmy-bower-of-down-interviewed-we-just-finished-down-iv/


    "Down Drummer Talks Down IV and Rock on the Range

    Interview by Jerel Johnson

    On February 10 at 1:00 p.m., I was fortunate to talk with legendary NOLA metal musician and current Down drummer, Jimmy Bower. Down finished mixing its fourth record the previous night, and Jimmy was happy to give me the skinny on how the record sounded and the concept of the record. The new record is scheduled for a May release, coinciding with the band’s performance at Rock on the Range in Columbus, Ohio. It was obvious from our chat that metal heads will not be disappointed with the record.

    Target Audience: When’s the new Down record coming out?
    Jim Bower: We finished last night (February 9 at time of interview) with the mixing and everything. So, all we have to do now is get it mastered and the artwork is all done. So I think maybe early May. It takes a while to get everything together; it took us a little longer with the recording process so it’s done. We finished it last night. It sounds killer.
    TA: What does it sound like compared to your previous albums?
    JB: We went for a really raw sound and went back to NOLA. The songs are really Sabbathed-out. I’m really happy the way it came out. It’s really aggressive and raw. All them rock n’ roll adjectives in there bro. It’s doomy!
    TA: Any songs similar to “Stone the Crow” or “Jail” or is it pretty much an all-out blitz?
    JB: No, the idea is we’re doing four EPs and the first one is pretty much cut-throat. The third one is supposed to be the acoustic one. But we’re releasing four EPs within the next year and a half. They all coincide with one theme. Like the artwork and everything. It’s like a big story.
    TA: Like a concept record?
    JB: Exactly. A concept with 4 EPs.
    TA: What’s the theme? Is there a back story?
    JB: No. Well, it’s kind of like end of the world kind of shit. Just the times we’re in. it reflects on how humanity is going apeshit. As far as concepts I don’t know.
    TA: What’s the name of the record?
    JB: Down IV, I think. I saw the artwork last night. There wasn’t an album title or anything. The artwork looks great.
    TA: What’s the picture of? What’s the cover?
    JB: I’m not gonna say anything man. Pepper usually does all the artwork; he does a really good job.
    TA: Pepper is a good artist?
    JB: Yeah, he does all the artwork for Down.
    TA: I didn’t know that and I’m a COC fan.
    JB: He did all the artwork for those records he was on as well.
    TA: From Blind on? That’s excellent. So how have the shows been?
    JB: They’ve been good. We haven’t been playing much. We’ve been pretty much busy with the recording process. But we have a festival in Ohio (Rock On The Range) and we’re going to do a couple of shows around that. We’re pretty much waiting for the release so we can get out and start working a little harder.
    TA: When the new record comes out, are you going to do a national or world tour?
    JB: Yeah. Probably start in the U.S. and work our way to Europe, and hopefully go to Japan and Australia, and hopefully back to South America.
    TA: You have fun in South America?
    JB: We went to South America in November and it was really cool. We’d never been down there before and we were received really well and it’s a great place to tour.
    TA: Now the band formed in ’91-’92?
    JB: Right.
    TA: Phil was in Pantera, you did some work with Eyehategod and Pepper was in COC. When you released NOLA, it was an underground sensation. I believe it went gold on word of mouth alone. How has the metal scene changed regarding popularity? How would you compare it now to then?
    JB: Then, it was really kind of fresh. We weren’t doing too much from what Soundgarden was doing. That was a big influence back then, and all the Witchfinder stuff. It seems like the people are a little more open to this genre music, but to me Down is a rock band. Rock music has been around for ever and kind of put off to the side into metal. I think Down; people accept it more as a rock band, not just a metal band. Back in ’91 it was really fresh to us.
    TA: Where was Down IV produced?
    JB: It was recorded at the Lair again (Phil Anselmo’s studio) the same place we did Down II and recorded it at a New Orleans studio. The last record, Over the Under, we recorded in L.A. because a lot of the studios weren’t up and running after Katrina. So it was really nice to stay home and have that New Orleans vibe in the record to as well. Makes a difference man.
    TA: As far as song titles which one sticks out from the new record?
    JB: “Witchtripper.”
    TA: What does it sound like?
    JB: It’s fire bro. It sounds like Down and I’m really excited about it. I’m more excited about it than Over the Under. Over the Under was a great record, but I think the production was a little too much, and this takes us back to the raw roots and the songs are good. But “Witchtripper” is my favorite one. We were in Spain for a festival, and walking around and we kept seeing rocks on peoples’ doors. We were like “dude it must be to trip a witch.” At first, it seemed kind of silly, but once we wrote the song and lyrics — Philip wrote the lyrics — it was really cool. Hopefully, we’ll make a video for it too.
    TA: In regards to the music industry how has it changed in the past 20 years? Has it been better to you or since Down is a metal band have you guys been able to find your own niche?
    JB: Well, the older you get, the wiser you grow about the industry. When you’re really young they try to take advantage of you. They did me, but now, being a lot more educated about how things are done, I think it’s gotten back to the whole DIY thing, at least for the underground. It’s just a lot easier for bands to put their stuff out which is a good thing or a bad thing. The opportunity for people to put anything out has definitely grown, and I think that’s really cool.
    TA: So how have social networking sites like Facebook have helped Down with connecting with your fans or getting the music out there?
    JB: It’s great. I can see in the future bands doing concerts; you pay online to see it and you can sit and jam. It’s just things we’ve been talking about in the future, but obviously nothing takes away from the vibe of a real live show. It’d be cool if while bands are recording you could log online and check out what they’re doing.
    TA: You mentioned underground. Are there any southern bands that you are vibing on at the moment?
    JB: From Arkansas you have Rwake. Weedeater is really good. The new Orange Goblin is really good; they’re from England. There’s a band from New Orleans called Mountain of Wizard. They sound like metal meets Boston. They’re really cool; they don’t have any vocals. We’re doing a show tonight with Eyehategod, and a new band called Black Witchgod playing. The drummer was from a New Orleans band called Graveyard Rodeo from the 80s. There’s Soilent Green, Outlaw Order. These are all with friends I know. It’s just I don’t get out of New Orleans unless I go play somewhere.
    TA: What are your top 5 metal records of all time?
    JB: Captain Beyond: Captian Beyond, Pentagram: Relentless, Black Sabbath: Black Sabbath and Volume 4. And Witchfinder General.
    TA: What advice would you give to younger bands trying to make it in this industry?
    JB: You gotta be pissed off and play fast. You gotta be pissed off and fuckin’ let it show. Don’t stop try and play as much as you can. That’s what we did. Write good songs don’t worry about gimmicks and shit.
    TA: It was a pleasure, thank you
    JB: Take care.

    Stay informed at http://www.down-nola.com/, find them On FaceBook, and if you can get to the Ohio area, buy a ticket for Rock On The Range"



    Whole interview taken from:

    http://targetaudiencemagazine.com/2012/02/jimmy-bower-of-down-interviewed-we-just-finished-down-iv/
  • Shinedown / Halestorm at Glasgow Academy 16/2/12

    26 Feb 2012, 19:58 by g675

    Shinedown and Halestorm rocked Glasgow two weeks ago. Read our review on musicscramble.co.uk
  • Rival Sons @ King Tuts Glasgow 5/11/11

    9 Nov 2011, 18:23 by g675

    Rival Sons blew the roof of the venue when they played at King Tuts in Glasgow.

    Read the review here.
  • Duff McKagan's Loaded - The Taking (2011)

    2 Jun 2011, 21:49 by g675

    A review of the brilliant Duff McKagan's Loaded album The Taking is now up on musicscramble.

    Read the review here.
  • Myspace playlists and photo albums are called "Mixes" now

    16 Aug 2010, 12:00 by hjbardenhagen

    Myspace users can import and edit their old playlists from the Classic site which are called "Mixes" now like your imported photo albums which can be combined with songs as well, so it's possible to watch an album slideshow with music.

    In the meantime there are several playlists on the Bluezz Bastardzz Myspace profile, my . New additions are Die ganz neue Fuddel-Rock IV packed with music by Joe Satriani, Steve Vai and the likes. On Blues I mainly added old music by Leadbelly, the early B.B. King, Elmore James etc. Southern Rock of course features Lynyrd Skynyrd, Molly Hatchet, The Allman Brothers Band and others from that genre. Other new ones are Drummers, Bass Players and Slash & Friends.

    I searched through the songs of the Bluezz Bastardzz top friends on Myspace and also added bands from our setlist to the Bluezz Bastardzz' Favorites playlist which has about 450 songs now including ZZ Top, AC/DC, Led Zeppelin, Gov't Mule and the like.

    The Female Vocalists playlist got too large as well, so I created separate ones e.g. with Kate Bush, Tori Amos, Susan Tedeschi & Derek Trucks and Alannah Myles. Recently I added another long one with Canadian Girls including Alanis Morissette, Dalbello, Avril Lavigne, Céline Dion and others.

    My other band Indigo Rocks has a Favorites playlist with more than 280 songs as well with many artists like Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimmie Vaughan, Los Lobos, Doyle Bramhall II, The Derek Trucks Band, Stevie Salas or Alvin Youngblood Hart.

    You can click on the cross symbol in the player to turn random play on or off, so those sorted playlists don't get boring after a while.

    As a band you can upload 2 GB of songs now in formats like WAV, FLAC, AAC or MP3. So it's possible to save one encoding step and use uncompressed and/or lossless tracks. This should result in a better sound without transcoding artifacts, as Myspace encodes the new uploads to 320 kbps MP3 streams now instead of the old 96 kbps streams.

    For more info on the recent changes at Myspace see also their support forum with guides and FAQs. See also my comment below for easy scrobbling from the new site to Last.fm with the browser add-on for Chrome and Opera.

    Have fun listening!
    ZZee ya, Hans-Jürgen
  • Halestorm - ReAniMate EP

    25 Mar 2011, 03:10 by g675

    Halestorm new EP ReAniMate is fantastic. Check out our review here: http://wp.me/pmvtu-8X