This is something I used to do in a magazine I used to edit a couple of years ago. I took the idea from a column that used to appear on Scientific American magazine written by a British scientist called James Burke. His column was called “Connections” and consisted in relating history and science facts that were linked by a word until the cycle was finished. I just adapted it to Rock And Roll. Now, I’ll try to resurrect it every first Friday of the month here at the blog.
Just the other day I was thinking about singers that are not technically perfect but fit their bands like a glove and the first one I thought about was Mötley Crüe’s Vince Neil.
Vince Neil is probably the less musical of all Crüe members but his two solo albums are better than anything that the other members did solo. The second one had rather well chosen covers and on the first one he had the invaluable help of Steve Stevens.
Steve Stevens was the leader of Atomic Playboys and also of Billy Idol’s band, but he found fame and fortune with the theme from Top Gun.
As everybody knows, Top Gun is starred by Tom Cruise who was brilliant as a Rock star in the movie version of the musical Rock of Ages, impressing even Joe Elliot with his performance of Def Leppard’s “Pour Some Sugar On Me”.
“Pour Some Sugar On Me” was once called the anthem of American strippers and this is credited as one of the reasons for the chart explosion of Hysteria.
Hysteria was produced by the legendary South-African producer Robert John “Mutt” Lange who not only was married to Shania Twain (let’s face it: a great feat in itself) was also the producer behind many other Rock classics, including the last album Bon Scott ever recorded (Highway to Hell) with AC/DC.
AC/DC whose lead guitar player, Angus Young, was quoted just the other day as been faithful to his wife for 30 years despite all temptations of fame. The quote was made by Twisted Sister’s Dee Snider.
Dee Snider has also been saying that he doesn’t feel any motivation in releasing new music, because all the fans want are the classics and when they hear a song they don’t know they go for a “piss break”. Another artist who has a similar position and recently said they put two new songs on their set-list at the most is Lemmy.
Lemmy, who is battling his health issues as best as he can (which means NOT doing everything the doctor told him to do) and just headlined a Metal cruise show called Motorboat playing alongside among others, Zakk Wylde, Megadeth and Anthrax.
Anthrax whose guitar player, Scott Ian, delivered the Metal Guru award to Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine at the annual Classic Rock Magazine awards held in LA for the first time in 2014.
Speaking of the awards, it was a wonderful celebration as it always is and it was hosted by the one and only Red Rocker, Sammy Hagar.
Sammy Hagar who not only found fame and fortune when he joined Van Halen in 1985, but found even more fortune when he sold his tequila company for millions of dollars!
Do you know who also has a liquor company that is called Tatuado and brews vodka, rum, spirits AND tequila? Mötley Crüe’s Vince Neil.
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