DECADES ROCK LIVE

At first glance, the guest stars that joined Cyndi Lauper for her Trump Taj Mahal Hotel & Casino concert would surprise many. Shaggy? Ani DiFranco? The Hooters? Pat Monahan? Scott Weiland?!. But those following the singer’s career know that she long ago left behind the flaming hair, flamboyant secondhand shop wardrobe and bouncy pop that…

FALL TO PIECES (THE BOOK)

Around the time that The Strokes were first being hyped-up-the-ass in the press as the Saviors of Rock – while simultaneously confounding my senses with their hopelessly derivative, shitty music – I found myself in the NYC office of that band’s publicist. This particular guy, who I’ll call Ken, because that is his name, had…

(INSIDE) OUT: THE RISE OF VELVET REVOLVER

It’s January 2003, several years after former Guns N’ Roses members Slash, Duff McKagan and Matt Sorum walked away from the band that made them rock stars. And here they are in a North Hollywood rehearsal studio trying to rekindle their undeniable musical chemistry. All they need is the perfect singer. But finding a worthy…

ROGER WATERS US+THEM

Eleven years after it was his first concert in Lima – a show that, moreover, coincided with the beginning of the opening of the city to the arrival of artists and international bands – Roger Waters returned to Peru with the tour US+THEM. The show, which lasted for just over two hours, was held at…

MELODY AND THE TYRANNY

VELVET REVOLVER will issue an EP in Europe on June 1 called “Melody and the Tyranny”, which will be available as an import in the U.S. and possibly on iTunes. The EP will contain two tracks from the band’s new CD, “Libertad”, as well as TALKING HEADS cover “Psycho Killer” (which was recorded during the…

TIERRA ROJA, SANGRE ROJA

I knew my brother owned Velvet Revolver’s debut album CONTRABAND, and that it had been in his collection ever since it was first released in 2004. I decided to borrow the album from him, as I was desperate to listen to it after watching the Ozzfest 2005 footage. I only knew one Velvet Revolver song…

ROCK N’ ROLL AS IT SHOULD BE

It all started, when Slash, Duff McKagen and Matt Sorum (all former members of Guns ‘n’ Roses) performed at a charity concert in remembrance of Randy Castillio, who was the drummer of Ozzy Osbourne, which took place in October 2002. After the concert they met again several times and finally decided to found a new…