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Friday, August 1, 2014

Friday, August 1, 2014

Christian Music

Stryper Tribute Bands We Feel Should Exist

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Fri, Aug 1, 2014 at 4:00 AM
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Last night our favorite Christian hair metal act Stryper played Whisky-A-Go-Go. Say what you will about the Orange County collective, but you have to admire them for sticking to the script for three decades —  or is that scripture? Putting out new music as recently as last year, they show no signs of stopping their glamorous righteousness.

But despite their unique legacy, there aren’t a whole lot of Stryper tribute bands in existence. Which is why, in hopes of rectifying this error of human civilization, we're pitched a few ideas for potential Stryper tribute bands.

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Thursday, January 30, 2014

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Cock Rock

Why Motley Crue's "Final Tour" Is a Bunch of Baloney

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Thu, Jan 30, 2014 at 4:20 AM
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Motley Crue's going on tour again, and the band promises it will be its last. Of course, as everyone knows, these hype-inducing, ticket-sales-generating promises are made to be broken.

And Motley Crue know everyone knows that. And so, on Tuesday in L.A. they upped the ante with a compelling gimmick: Band members signed a "Cessation Of Touring Agreement," effective at the close of their "Final Tour," which begins in July and concludes near the end of the year. They've all agreed in a legally-binding way, they claim, that they'll break up and never tour again. 

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Monday, August 19, 2013

Monday, August 19, 2013

Cock Rock

Air Guitar National Finals - House of Blues - 8/17/13

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Mon, Aug 19, 2013 at 4:00 AM

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U.S. Air Guitar National Finals

House of Blues

8/18/2013

Neon spandex, fake blood, dick bulges, and such luminaries as "Cold Steel Renegade" and Peter "Stiff" Dickens were all in effect at the U.S. Air Guitar National Finals on Saturday night. There was also plenty of head banging, jumping in the air, pelvis thrusting, and, of course, invisible guitars.

This was the 11th national finals of its kind, and over 200 people competed for one of the 21 finals spots in L.A. The winner would get a real guitar and the chance to go to Finland for the Air Guitar World Championships, where the competition originated and has been held since 1996.

See also: Our slideshow of the event

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Thursday, July 25, 2013

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Cock Rock

Hair Metal Arrives at the Smithsonian

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Thu, Jul 25, 2013 at 4:00 AM

Nova Rex gear headed for the Smithsonian
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Hair metal band Nova Rex landed on the Sunset Strip at the height of the cock rock craze but, despite the requisite feminine duds and sexual conquests, didn't achieve wide fame. Their lead singer Kenny Wilkerson moved back to his native Indiana in 1991, and eventually bought some tanning salons in Florida.

But two decades later the group is back, aware of nostalgia for the period and quite willing to mock their Aqua Net ways. In fact, this fall, their outfits will be on display at the Smithsonian -- no seriously -- and the group has a documentary called Nova Rex: Ain't Easy Being Cheesy. Ahead of their show Saturday at the Whisky A Go-Go -- as part of Hollywood Cruefest, to benefit the Skylar Neil Foundation for cancer research -- we talked with Wilkerson, now 46, about his the group's heyday, and whether or not he's still living the dream.

See also: Top 20 Hair Metal Albums of All Time

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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Books

The Time Axl Rose and Steven Adler Nearly Killed Each Other

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Tue, May 14, 2013 at 4:00 AM

Axl Rose performing with G N' R at Music Machine in Santa Monica on September 13, 1986 - JANISS GARZA
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  • Axl Rose performing with G N' R at Music Machine in Santa Monica on September 13, 1986
Louder Than Hell: The Definitive Oral History of Metal, by Jon Wiederhorn and Katherine Turman comes out today.

It's an amazing account of the four-decades-old genre -- more than 700 pages long, with hundreds of interviews, many of them with essential players.

It gets into everything from the murder of Pantera's Dimebag Darrell to the, um, cannibalism in the Norwegian death metal scene.

There's also plenty on L.A. metal, and a really fun chapter on the glam scene, part of which is excerpted below.

It focuses on the early days of Guns N' Roses, before they had a record deal. When they weren't being wined and dined by labels, they were causing absolute mayhem and, in the case of Axl Rose and drummer Steven Adler, beating the shit out of each other.

Enjoy!

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Thursday, March 14, 2013

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Cock Rock

Goodbye Key Club! These Shows Made the Venue Great

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Thu, Mar 14, 2013 at 4:00 AM

LINA LECARO
  • Lina Lecaro
The Key Club's last day is today! Ever since West Coast Sound broke the story of its impending closure, local music fans have been mourning the place. Personally, we've been to the venue hundreds of times, and worked there as a DJ during Metal Skool's heyday for about two years. We believe the venue's best shows happened under the Pressman family, who own the building currently and are working on a "new project" there. Sure, recently it had become mostly a pay-to-play space, and we knew things were bad when we visited to judge for the Raw Awards and Key Club security tried to make us pay (a couple hundred smackers!) to take pictures. But let's focus on the good times.

See also: Key Club to close

Earlier this week West Coast Sound counted down the five most iconic shows at the venue, but those included performances when it was still Gazzarri's. Two different clubs. So we wanted to focus on Key Club shows, and here are our picks for the best five, four of which we actually attended! RIP Key Club.

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Thursday, January 10, 2013

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Cock Rock

No, Seriously, the Sunset Strip Has Gotten Cool

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Thu, Jan 10, 2013 at 4:00 AM

TIMOTHY NORRIS
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In 1975, Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant stood on a balcony at the Continental Hyatt House above the Sunset Strip and screamed "I am a golden god!" Allegedly. From similar balconies at the same hotel, Keith Richards and Keith Moon both hucked TVs to the street below in fits of excess and Jim Morrison hung by his fingers. Also allegedly. Bonzo rode its halls on a motorcycle -- flashing devil horns like a lunatic, for sure. Rock and roll. Holy fuck, dude, those were the fucking days, am I right, bro?

See also: Why the San Fernando Valley Hate Needs to End Once and For All

Indeed. Now, cased in glass, hoovered clean of errant blow, groupie tears and Lemmy's sweat, the rebranded hotel -- now known as Hyatt's Andaz West Hollywood -- stands as a monument to everything that's changed about West Hollywood's Sunset Strip, the golden end of the Boulevard of Broken Dreams where rock excess became L.A. mythology. That squeaky clean veneer is one of the reasons the Sunset Strip has come back and exactly why we're defending it.

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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Cock Rock

Steven Adler: "The Past 20 Years Have Been a Hell Ride For Me"

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Tue, Dec 18, 2012 at 11:08 AM

DANIEL KOHN
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Pacing back and forth in a dressing room at the House of Blues on Sunset, Steven Adler can't control his emotions. His new band, Adler, is performing their first show in Los Angeles in the same neighborhood where he first made his name as the drummer for Guns N' Roses.

For a person who has played across the globe, Alder seems oddly nervous. He looks ragged -- and older than 47 -- due to his many years of drug addiction. He speaks with a speech impediment as the result of a 1996 stroke, which was caused by an overdose. He was once a sex symbol, but his smile isn't what it was once was.

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Thursday, June 21, 2012

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By now you've surely heard about the "Real Rock" drummer desperately in search of a "NON-Pussy" band in L.A. Since posting to Craigslist almost a month ago (his ad is below), he's become something of a phenomenon, reposted on sites like Buzzfeed, Metal Injection and many many more.

Scads of people have found him greatly inspiring, what with his curly auburn locks, flannel-shirt-and-leather-vest ensemble, dangling cigarette and take-no-shit attitude. After all, he's unwilling to "take direction from ninnies who live in their fucking parents basement and whack off to dreams of hanging with Jack Johnson." In a word, our hero. But is he too good to be true? Is the whole premise as fake as his hair appears to be? After all, one would think that by now he would have revealed himself. And so, we attempted to hunt him down.

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Friday, June 8, 2012

Friday, June 8, 2012

Cock Rock

Def Leppard Are a Bunch of Assholes

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Fri, Jun 8, 2012 at 9:55 AM

Assholes - PAUL T BRADLEY
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See also: Top 20 Hair Metal Albums of All Time

Def Leppard bailed on a fashion show yesterday. We know because we were trying to cover it. Fuck our life.

See, Rock of Ages, the movie, comes out next week, and its title comes from a Def Leppard song. The film features Tom Cruise singing "Pour Some Sugar On Me" (vomit) and apparently Def Leppard were on set when Cruise performed it and they liked it (double vomit).

In any case, the British cock rockers are in promotion mode for the film, which was supposed to bring them to a fashion show in a West Hollywood garden yesterday...

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