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Motley Crue’s Final Trip on the Wild Side

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Motley Crue’s Final Tour and Some Free Music

The bad boys of California rock are headed “Home Sweet Home” for their last ever live show.

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Earlier today, Motley Crue announced the final leg of their much publicized Final Tour. After signing a formal agreement to end their touring (an idea that is actually kind of appealing these days), they’ve meandered around the world for a year, raking in buckets of cash. But now with bank accounts sufficiently augmented, the end date has been clarified.

They’ll close the tour in their hometown of Los Angeles, on New Years Eve at The Staples Center – that’s pretty damn cool, and made even better by the fact that the four original members will all be together for the last time in the city where it all started. The band will be celebrating the big announcement with a performance on The Tonight Show this Thursday.

“In some of the cities, we could only reach a fraction of the fans who wanted to come see us play last year because of ticket demand so we’re coming back to those places to bring them our full production including the Crüecifly drum coaster, as well as all pyro and every other bell and whistle. Even despite the overwhelming fan demand we can only add so many new cities in North America because of our commitment to take the Final Tour global on our final year.” says Nikki Sixx. Legendary rocker Alice Cooper will be opening shows on the tour.

See the full listing of tour dates below.

Audiences can also expect a high-energy performance from very special guest Alice Cooper, who joined the band for the Final Tour in 2014. He will be tearing up the stage for crowds across North America once again. The pairing has been roundly praised as a must-see by fans and media alike.

To give back to the fans for their support over the years, Mötley Crüe will give away their best selling GREATEST HITS album for free in partnership with Google Play for one week only beginning at 12PM PST today. Download the album through Tuesday, 1/27 here: http://goo.gl/3hg3Qw. The compilation album includes classic hits like “Dr. Feelgood,” “Home Sweet Home,” “Kickstart My Heart.”

THE FINAL TOUR 2015
Japan
2/11/15 – Kobe, JP – Kobe World
2/12/15 – Nagoya, JP – Nagoya Gaishi Hall
2/14/15 – Tokyo, JP – Tokyo Super Arena
2/15/15 – Tokyo, JP – Tokyo Super Arena
2/17/15 – Fukuoka, JP – Fukuoka Kokusai Center

North America
(with Very Special Guest Alice Cooper except dates marked with *)
7/22/15 – Eugene, OR – Matthew Knight Arena
7/24/15 – Tacoma, WA – Tacoma Dome
7/26/15 – Billings, MT – Rimrock Auto Arena at MetraPark
7/28/15 – Boise, ID – Taco Bell Arena
7/29/15 – Salt Lake City, UT – EnergySolutions Arena
7/31/15 – Denver, CO – Pepsi Center
8/3/15 – Winnipeg, MB – MTS Centre
8/5/15 – St. Paul, MN – Xcel Energy Center
8/7/15 – Milwaukee, WI – BMO Harris Bradley Center
8/8/15 – Chicago, IL – Allstate Arena
8/9/15 – Detroit, MI – The Palace of Auburn Hills
8/11/15 – Hershey, PA – Giant Center
8/12/15 – New York, NY – Barclays Center
8/14/15 – Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo Center
8/15/15 – Worcester, MA – DCU Center
8/16/15 – Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun Arena
8/18/15 – Cleveland, OH – Quicken Loans Arena
8/19/15 – Cincinnati, OH – U.S. Bank Arena
8/20/15 – Indianapolis, IN – Bankers Life Fieldhouse
8/22/15 – Toronto, ON – Air Canada Centre
8/23/15 – Ottawa, ON – Canadian Tire Centre
8/24/15 – Montreal, QC – Bell Centre
8/26/15 – Baltimore, MD – Royal Farms Arena
8/28/15 – Raleigh, NC – PNC Arena
8/29/15 – Charlotte, NC – Time Warner Cable Arena
8/30/15 – Atlanta, GA – Philips Arena
9/2/15 – Miami, FL – American Airlines Arena
9/4/15 – New Orleans, LA – Smoothie King Center
9/5/15 – Houston, TX – Toyota Center
9/6/15 – San Antonio, TX – Alamodome
9/8/15 – Monterrey, NL – Arena Monterrey
9/10/15 – Mexico City, DF – Arena Ciudad de Mexico
12/31/15 – Los Angeles, CA – Staples Center

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Alice Cooper and Papa Roach Highlight Halloweenie Roast


Halloweenie Show Review – Orlando

WJRR’s annual rock ‘n roll Halloween Bash came tearing through UCF’s CFE Arena over the weekend. Simply put, it was a fantastic rock event, punctuated by a killer set from legendary performer Alice Cooper. This year’s Halloweenie Roast delivered nearly six hours of hard-driving rock, featuring a diverse line-up of talented bands.

Heaven’s Basement
Young Brits, Heaven’s Basement got the night started with a tight energetic set on what was their first ever large arena gig. The band certainly has the talent and charisma to find their way back to these larger venues in the future, with a brand of active rock that was both powerful and catchy and that put the quartet at ease on the big stage.

Pop Evil
Veteran Midwest rockers, Pop Evil, kicked it up a notch, and put on an excellent rock and roll show featuring superb vocals from Leigh Kakaty.  The Michigan native put on a nice show with an active stage presence. One fun highlight from their set was the band actually succeeding in making Survivor’s “Eye of the Tiger” sound like a rock song.

Bullet For My Valentine at Halloweenie Roast
Bullet For My Valentine at Halloweenie Roast

Bullet For My Valentine
Front man Matthew Tuck has lopped off his signature long dark locks and now sports short blond hair, but the distinctive, powerful voice is still there. He delivered a strong, energetic set that had the crowd on their feet throughout. Featuring selections off of their latest heavy metal release, Temper Temper, these Welsh rockers had the fervid crowd on their feet throughout their entire 45 minute set.  

Tuck’s vocals were excellent and clearly a focus for the fans, but the band’s musical chops were more impressive.  With Jason James’ driving bass and Michael Thomas’s thunderous drums providing a great backbone, the guitar work of Michael Padget stole the show.  Padget offered up the best guitar solos of the night, and the band’s loud set sounded great in the CFE Arena setting.  Check out our Facebook for more concert photos: Bullet For My Valentine Pictures

Papa Roach
These West Coast rockers were in reality probably the biggest draw for the crowd.  They’re a talented band who have had their share of huge hard rock hits over the past decade, and resultantly brought out a passionate fan base for this show.  Lead vocalist Jacoby Shaddix had the crowd in the palm of his hand, including numerous singalong moments including an impressive rendition of “Forever.”

They closed strong with killer versions of “Getting Away With Murder” and “Last Resort,” and offered up a crowd pleasing (and Cretin-pleasing) snippet of The Ramones “Blitzkrieg Bop,” but the clear highlight of the show was “Scars.” The song is the band’s biggest commercial success and one that clearly has deep personal meaning for Shaddix.

During the extended version, Shaddix jumped into the crowd and proceeded to tour the entire arena. He sang the “Tear my heart open…” chorus from at least six different locations throughout the arena, surrounded by his appreciative fans.  Definitely the single most memorable performance of the entire show.

Alice Cooper at Halloweenie Roast
Alice Cooper at Halloweenie Roast

Alice Cooper
First let me state that there are a bunch of Central Florida rock fans who should be embarrassed.  As the stage was being switched over after Papa Roach’s set, five hundred or so fans headed for the exits, missing the entire set from the Godfather of Shock Rock. Cooper is a legend with genre-defining music and a memorable, theatrical stage show. To those of you who skipped out early to beat the traffic, you missed one hell of a rock ‘n roll experience.

The stage was set up perfectly for this “Nightmarish” experience, festooned with eccentric freaky looking items and bathed in fog.  Truly, the perfect setting for a Halloween show.  Cooper has surrounded himself with a talented band, a quintet of accomplished musicians who are also engaging performers. I thoroughly enjoyed the three guitarists in the line-up, and their ability to trade-off solos numerous times throughout the evening.

Each song offered during the seventy-five minute set was a mini-rock opera.  Cooper, still with his strong distinctive voice was a consummate entertainer.  He sounded great, moved all over the stage and interacted with his band mates throughout the show. Musical highlights included an early offering of “No More Mr. Nice Guy” featuring superb vocals from Cooper, as well as entertaining bass and drum solos during “Dirty Diamonds,” and dueling guitar solos before “Welcome To My Nightmare.”

Cooper and his mates sounded excellent and did a nice job offering up a visual for each of the songs. Some of the visual highlights included a ten foot tall Frankenstein stalking the stage during “Feed My Frankenstein,” electric chairs, the beheading of Alice, and his famous boa constrictor draped over Cooper’s shoulders during “Welcome To My Nightmare.” Despite the non-stop theatrics, the band sounded spot on the entire set. Check out our Facebook for more Alice Cooper Photos.

As the concert drew to a close, they ratcheted up the excitement a bit with a raucous crowd-pleasing version of his signature hit “School’s Out” that had the crowd singing along loudly, including a tasty snippet of Pinf Loyd’s classic “Another Brick In the Wall.”  After taking their bow, the band returned for an encore of the powerful rocker “Poison,” putting a fitting end to a killer night of rock.

Kudos to the folks at 101.1 WJRR. Aside from being Orlando”s only rock radio outlet, they continue to put on excellent well-run events like this Halloweenie Roast.

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Cretin

Setlist

Hello, Hurray
House of Fire
No More Mr. Nice Guy
Billion Dollar Babies
I’ll Bite Your Face Off
Under My Wheels
Hey Stoopid
Eighteen
Dirty Diamonds
Welcome To My Nightmare
Go To Hell
Feed My Framkenstein
Twilight
Killer
School’s Out

Encore
Poison


The 25 Greatest Rock Albums Ever, According to Me


A few years ago, I started jotting down thoughts about the seminal albums of my lifetime, the pieces of musical genius that helped shape my musical being.  What better time to dig out that list and freshen it up, as RARA’s Farm posts our one hundredth article.

As a self-described rock ‘n roll freak, there were many fantastic albums to choose from, but what set these apart was that every song on every album was great. Not just one great “side” for you old timers. I will admit first that for most of these, there’s no great deep personal meaning, and for some, I don’t even know the lyrics – but hey, I liked the MUSIC, and it’s my list…

My self inflicted rules: No compilations, which ruled out Bob Marley, The Baby’s, Ramones and the Beautiful South; and no live albums eliminating Neil Young, Johnny Cash and Cheap Trick. Also, I only allowed myself one from each artist. So, with all of those considerations, I think what follows would better be described as 25 Great Albums, not quite the 25 Greatest.

The albums are listed in the order that I fell in love with each of these masterpieces. You can click the iTunes link after each album to check them out yourself.

Moody Blues – Days of Future Passed – my Uncle turned me on to this one and it was my first taste of album rock – a great suggestion by a smart man. Classic rock with a full orchestra, and some pretty diverse stuff. This psychedelic treat is an amazing headphones experience. It was a tough choice between this and Long Distance Voyager, only because Voyager bridged the gap from my Aunts’ and Uncles’ musical era into the 80’s and was the first big concert I attended. Days of Future Passed - The Moody Blues

Who – Who’s Next – sure I was first attracted to “They’re all wasted” from “Baba O’Reilly,”  but this album is packed with nothing but great rock, “The Song is Over” never gets enough credit – but it’s my favorite Who song of all-time. Most of these songs were penned for Lifehouse, Pete Townshend’s failed follow-up to Tommy. This was Townshend’s first major foray into integrating synthesizers and it works perfectly. Who's Next (Remastered) - The Who

Queen – Night at the Opera – My brother loved this album before I did. I actually liked the non-Freddy tunes at first, like Roger Taylor’s “I’m in Love with My Car”, or Brian May’s “39,” but later came to appreciate Freddy’s pure genius on songs like “Love of My Life” and “Bohemian Rhapsody.” Another very diverse collection. I’m bummed that I never got to see these guys live. A Night At the Opera - Queen

Kansas – Leftoverture – this album was the second album I heard where everything seemed to fit together perfectly (after Nights in White Satin). The best album ever for headphone listening – can’t imagine how many times I fell asleep to this one with those soup bowl sized headphones still on, as the eight track continuously clicked through the tracks. To give you an idea how good this one was, “Carry On My Wayward Son” is the only hit, but probably my least favorite song on this great concept album. Leftoverture - Kansas

Bruce Springsteen – The River – I loved everything Bruce did before this and a few after. With so many great albums, this was a tough decision – but this is a rarity – a double album where every track is strong. The album featured Bruce really diving into relationships and telling stories we could all relate to. “Sherry Darlin,” “Ramrod,” “Crush on You” and “I Wanna Marry You” are in my all-time list for Bruce. Born to Run didn’t exactly suck either. The River - Bruce Springsteen

Cars – Cars – an amazing debut album, and although they followed this with many hits, they never came close to a collection as complete as their initial effort. This is a rarity on the list, an album that I admire, performed by a band that just sucked live on stage. Absolutely love “All Mixed Up/Moving in Stereo,” and not at all because of the Fast Times flashback… The Cars - The Cars

Tom Petty – Damn the Torpedoes – This was fabulous the first time I heard it and grew better every time I listened to it. I remember playing this often when I first moved away from home to live at college, and the familiar feel eased the transition. Such a smooth diverse album. It starts off with “Refugee” and EVERY song after is better. Great stuff! Damn the Torpedoes (Remastered) - Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

Meatloaf – Bat Out of Hell – Meat sure could sing, but the arrangements and musicians on this album overshadow his great voice. This is one of the few where I knew every word to every song. These are still classic and timeless party songs, including Phil Rizzuto’s captivating play-by-play and the perfect boy/girl trade-offs of “Paradise by the Dashboard Light.” And, “No,” you don’t sound just like the record when drunkenly singing this at late night karaoke! Bat Out of Hell - Meat Loaf

Beatles – Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band – My first words as an infant were actually “Yeah, Yeah. Yeah,” from their 1963 hit “She Loves You,” but I never realized how great the Beatles were until I got this album. McCartney and Lennon at their best, but this one also features Ringo’s best “With a Little Help from My Friends.” The way the album ends with “A Day in the Life” is the best ending to any album EVER, which is appropriate, as this just might be the best of the best, from the best. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band - The Beatles

Pink Floyd – Wish You Were Here – I loved all of their efforts, including The Wall, Dark Side of the Moon and 1990’s under appreciated Division Bell. But this one, a tribute to the mercurial Syd Barrett is their most musically packed. This classic features “Have a Cigar” and “Welcome to the Machine;” then there’s all nine parts and 26 plus minutes of “Shine On You Crazy Diamond,”  just amazing… Wish You Were Here (Remastered) - Pink Floyd

The Alarm – Strength – One late night on my first shift on college radio I popped in the cart for “68 Guns” and fell in love with this unknown band – two years later, they released Strength, and played close by. I skipped the show because the $3.00 price tag was the equivalent of 30 beers at the Bus Stop – figured I’d have plenty of other chances. Unfortunately a few years later Mike Peters walked off the stage in the middle of “Blaze of Glory” and they were done. This album features the classic “Spirit of 76,” and the song I walked down the aisle to: “Walk Forever by my Side.” Strength 1985-1986 (Remastered) - The Alarm

REM – Reckoning – yeah, I confess that I don’t understand the lyrics to half of these songs – but does anybody? Every one of the tracks off of the band’s second album is a memorable ditty. Simple, catchy and fun. My first “go to” album as a college DJ. “Pretty Persuasion,” “So. Central Rain (Sorry)” and “(Don’t Go Back To) Rockville” were the classics, but “Harborcoat” and “7 Chinese Bros.” were just as good. Reckoning - R.E.M.

Prince – Purple Rain – Truthfully, a girl named Nikki turned me on to this one, but I did not meet her in a hotel lobby…  Before this, I thought Prince was a flash-in-the-pan pop star. This album proved he was a rock legend, and that my first impressions were pretty pathetic and way off-base. Solid from the first note of “Lets Go Crazy” through the final chords of “Purple Rain;” and it includes my all-time favorite Prince song, “Baby I’m a Star.” Purple Rain (Soundtrack from the Motion Picture) - Prince & The Revolution

Alice Cooper – Schools Out – Didn’t listen to this until long after it was released when I stumbled across it on my late night Heavy Metal show. It’s another great concept album, with lots of creative stuff complementing the title track. “Public Animal #9” is pure rock, and “Grande Finale” is fantastically diverse! Mr. Furnier never got enough credit for being a great musician, and this classic never gets its just due. School's Out - Alice Cooper

Dire Straits – Love Over Gold – 5 songs. “Industrial Disease” is the only one that ever got any airplay – but this is packed with amazing guitar work from Mark Knopfler. The 14 minute “Telegraph Road” is one of my Top 10 all-time songs, and one of the great drum songs of all time from Pick Withers. It was hard not selecting Brothers In Arms, too. Love Over Gold - Dire Straits

U-2 – The Joshua Tree – I loved Boy, too, and Achtung Baby and Unforgettable Fire, and… This one edges them out because the non-hits are better, including “Trip Through Your Wires,” “Running to Stand Still” and “Red Hill Mining Town.” The album was driven by the band’s new found infatuation with America, but starts off with an amazing song about Belfast, a place where the streets had no name. The Joshua Tree (Remastered) - U2

Thrashing Doves – Bedrock Vice – I’m about to leave the Chestnut Cabaret after an energy packed Chasers show, and these “kids” get on stage pimping their first album. I decide to hang around and loved their stuff. If you ever see this one in a bargain bin grab it. “Biba’s Basement” and “Beautiful Imbalance” were addictive, but “Jesus on the Payroll” was the most intriguing. Definitely the most obscure album on the list, but it’s an unknown treasure.

Paul Westerberg – 14 Songs – I know this will piss off Replacement fans, but I think this is better than any of his efforts with the quartet from Minneapolis. The first time I listened straight through I assumed this was a greatest hits CD – lots of great stuff. “World Class Fad” is tremendous and “Things” is a beautiful ballad. 14 Songs - Paul Westerberg

Barenaked Ladies – Gordon – I bought it for “$1,000,000” – but there were so many more valuable tunes in store. “Enid,” “Grade Nine,” and “Yoko Ono” are just a few of the fun ones.  The album also features the magnificent “Brian Wilson, and some of BNL’s most touching stuff.  The best song is the under-appreciated “What a Good Boy.” Gordon - Barenaked Ladies

Stroke 9 – Nasty Little Thoughts – another band I found by mistake. They opened for someone else – I think Lit – and I loved their stuff. Yup, this is the one with “Little Black Back Pack,” but it’s packed with a bunch of other great tunes. Still amazed this band never took off. On this album, we also get to listen to “Letters,” “Washin’ and Wonderin'” and my favorite S9 tune, “Not Nothin’.” Nasty Little Thoughts - Stroke 9

Flogging Molly – Within a Mile of Home – They admittedly get extra points because of my Irish romanticism. I love the diversity on this one, and the lyrics touch my soul. “Factory Girls,” with a guest spot from Lucinda Williams is a great ride. We get to see the band stretch themselves in new ways, and it works throughout.  “Tobacco Island” is a historic flashback sure to get your Irish up. Within a Mile of Home - Flogging Molly

Green Day – American IdiotDookie and Nimrod were great, too, but I selected this one because it showed how the band was growing and adjusting to the times, and because it absolutely kicks ass. The album is written around a fictitious character “Jesus of Suburbia” and his trials and travails.  The title track is great, and one of a handful of true classics, including “Are We the Waiting,” “Holiday” and “Boulevard of Broken Dreams.”  The non-hits include some of the band’s most creative efforts to date, as well. American Idiot - Green Day

Muse – Black Holes and Revelations – One of the first songs I heard on XM’s old Alternative Rock station Ethel was “Starlight.” I went out and bought the album the following day, and it is packed with hard charging rock and roll, pre-Twilight fame. The final track, “Knights of Cydonia” is one of the best songs of the new century. Black Holes and Revelations - Muse

Arcade Fire – Neon Bible – This one is a reflection of the times – The first selection on this list where I don’t own this album, but instead have the MP3’s. Haven’t seen them live yet, but I’m sure they’ll blow me away. From “Black Mirror” to “My Body is a Cage” – they are all powerful songs. Funeral, their debut album, was another great collection. Neon Bible - Arcade Fire

Vampire Weekend – Vampire Weekend – A surprise quirky Indie-Rock hit in 2008. This eponymous debut album was packed with gems that dominated Indie and Alt-Rock radio for a few years.  “A-Punk” was the biggest hit, but there were plenty of other excellent tracks. “Oxford Comma,” “Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa” and “Walcott” highlight the band’s diversity. Vampire Weekend - Vampire Weekend

Just missed – The Clash – London Calling – should have been a single album, there are a dozen or so great songs, but they unfortunately stretched it out to 4 sides, and Armed Forces by Elvis Costello – loved the songs and sang along, even though I still have no idea what “Green Shirt” and “Good Squad” were about…

So, there you have it – a bit longer than I thought, but that was fun for me. If you made it through the entire list, thanks for your patience, and let me know your thoughts in the comments below…

Rock On!
Cretin

Simply Sick of these Wonderful Christmastunes

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C’mon – I know it has only been 6 weeks, but it feels like six months of the same Christmas songs repeatedly pounded into our aching heads.  In the car, in the office, in the stores, in the can, pumping gas, on television, at the strip clubs (so I am told) – there’s no escape.  It wouldn’t be so bad if they played a few new selections once in awhile or some of the many decent under-played rock songs.

Don’t get me wrong, I do love Christmas and like the concept of Christmas music, but when you start playing them the week after Easter, they kind of lose some appeal by the time Ole St. Nick squeezes through the chimney.

There’s truly a ton of interesting and sometimes even good Christmas songs floating around the digital universe.  But, for some reason we’re subject to the same forty tunes ad nauseum. Hey, Mr. Radio Station Programmer, can we limit Jose Feliciano to once every thirty minutes? Maybe, squeeze in some Joan Jett, Pogues, Alan Mann, Pretenders or God forbid some Alice Cooper? Those bands all have great versions of Christmas classics that remain unplayed. Heck, I’d settle for some of the deeper cuts off the Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s Christmas trilogy.

Check out our Facebook page for some of the better and less played Christmas tunes available for our battered ears.  You’ll notice that we started sharing them the week before Christmas.  I think that’s about right; one week to sample the offerings, 51 weeks to enjoy all of the other wonderful music available to us.

In closing, I wanna wish you a Merry Christmas from the bottom of my heart…

Rock On – Cretin