Tales of Rock: SPECIAL REPORT – Gary Corbett of Cinderella Dies the Same Day as Jeff LaBar

Gary Corbett of Cinderella Dies The Same Day As Band’s Guitarist Jeff LaBar

Gary Corbett Dies: 2nd Member of Cinderella to Pass on Same Day

 

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Cinderella Guitarist Jeff LaBar Dead at 58

Tales of Rock: SPECIAL REPORT – Cinderella Guitarist Jeff LaBar Dead at 58 – Rolling Stone
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Tales of Rock -The Best Band You Never Heard – Fields of The Nephilim

I have loved this band since the late 80s! Really dark, gothic rock. 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fields_of_the_Nephilim

 

 

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Aerosmith – Part 7

Wildwood, NJ – 1984

I was working one Saturday afternoon at my job at Home Video Centers. We rented movies and sold all sorts of video equipment. We played MTV on all of the televisions all day long. It was good background music for the store and the video images looked great on all of the different sets. I was standing with a couple of the sales guys and we were just chatting and watching videos. Then Kurt Loder came on and did the music news. He made the announcement that the original members of the band Aerosmith had drifted back together, put their differences aside, and had gotten back together as a group again. My heart skipped a beat I was so happy. I was glad they were all okay, and prayed a new album would come out soon!

Aerosmith – Done With Mirrors – 1984

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Done_with_Mirrors

All of the text on this album was backward. (No idea) What did the title mean? (It was all just a reflection, or was it a magic trick? (Did the title mean that the band was done snorting coke off of mirrors?) Who knows. I bought the cassette and took it home to listen to it. Let’s review.

  1. Let the Music Do the Talking: They took the title track from Joe’s first solo album and reworked the lyrics and arrangement and made it their own! Great version of an already good song. It’s a great, ‘welcome back song’ for the band.
  2. My Fist Your Face: As the title says, this song hits hard and kicks ass!
  3. Shame on You: Another solid laboring rocker. All of these songs have great Joe Perry riffs!
  4. Reason a Dog: Okay, not bad. Typical slow song for this point on an album.
  5. Sheila: Okay… a song about a girl. Not bad.
  6. Gypsy Boots: I can’t remember this one, but it works okay.
  7. She’s On Fire: Love this one. Solid build and good swing.
  8. The Hop: A jumping tribute to the band!
  9. Darkness: Great ominous closer with some real positive glimmers of more to come.

I loved this record just as much as Rock in a Hard Place. It feels like Rocks 2. I know that’s a bold statement but the band took a few years off from each other and worked to get clean. It doesn’t have the warmth of Rocks and the whole production seems sparse and a bit chilly, but it really kicks ass as an album, and a powerful return of America’s greatest rock n roll band! LOVE!

But… would this be the last time I really loved an Aerosmith album?

Wildwood, NJ – 1987

By 1987, I was out of retail and now working as a loan assistant at a local bank. Aerosmith had been working hard on writing songs, and their sobriety. I was happy about all of that and would buy anything they put out because of my decade-long love affair with them.

This next record feels like a transition for the band. They’re moving towards a more commercial sound. This was the first time I heard Aerosmith songs that I didn’t really care for. I think by then, I loved what I loved and if it didn’t look or sound like what I liked, then I wasn’t that into it. But I’m loyal so I bought it.

Overall this is a solid record for the masses. I never thought of Aerosmith like that. I’m not going to go track by track, which may sound surprising to most, but I’m losing my attraction to the band. It kind of hurt. It was like the beginning of the end of any relationship. You’re trying for a few years, and then the inevitable happens. A few hits came out of this record that were very popular on FM and MTV, but I sort of have lost that loving feeling for Aero. There are moments on this album when I hear the old band, but that ship is vanishing on the horizon. But I’m not 14 anymore. I’m a 25-year-old man now. Anyone expecting to feel what you felt at 14 when you first saw Star Wars or heard the Rocks album is kidding himself and setting himself up for disappointment. But I still love Aerosmith.

Aerosmith – Permanent Vacation – 1987

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Permanent_Vacation_(Aerosmith_album)

Hits: Dude (Looks Like a Lady) Rag Doll, and Angel.

The song Angel is the kiss of death for this band. It’s like the song, ‘Nothing Else Matters’ by Metallica. The hardcore fans know the honeymoon is finally over.

My favorites on this record: St. John, Girl Keeps Coming Apart, The Movie. Because they sound like the band I loved!

 

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Aerosmith – Part 6

Los Angeles, CA – Summer 1982

I may have seen an ad for the new record in a magazine or when I was browsing new rock titles at Tower Records in Hollywood. But I bought the cassette and took it back to my apartment to listen to it. I didn’t know what to expect of the band without Joe and Brad. Both guitarists gone from Aerosmith? How could that work? Would it be any good? Would this record be more Tyler-driven or go in a new direction? I was in great anticipation to get the album home.

At the time I was rocking out in my own right. I had also picked up a tape by a new band on the LA scene called Motley Crue. When I listened to their record it sounded like their demo. But it had a simple ferocious sound. It was as if Crue were the bastard sons of Aerosmith.

Anyway, let’s review.

Aerosmith – Rock In A Hard Place – 1982

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rock_in_a_Hard_Place

Here’s the back cover with the two new guys Jimmy Crespo and Rick Dufay.

  1. Jailbait: Fantastic song to kick off the new band. It’s reminiscent of the song Toys in the Attic from their 3rd album. It’s a wicked little number that sounds like the Aerosmith I grew up loving. A nasty song that has Steven and the boys in top form.
  2. Lightning Strikes: I would say this is the commercial hit from the album. Solid riff and a badass rocker. Full of swagger. So far, so good.
  3. Bitches Brew: Not bad. Not their best but it’s the third song and we deserve a little break.
  4. Bolivian Ragamuffin: Another good one. Has Steven been saving up songs on his own?
  5. Cry Me A River: This is a cover, but I love this song. They take a tender sad song and turn it into a vengeful screamer. Love!
  6. Prelude to Joannie: Cool little intro.
  7. Joannie’s Butterfly: Kind of a psychedelic retro tune. It’s nice, and a sweet departure that could have fit nicely on Toys in the Attic. (But isn’t Joanie’s Butterfly a sex toy for women?)
  8. Rock In A Hard Place: Title track. A kick-ass apocalyptic rocker. Love this song.
  9. Jig Is Up: I think some of these songs are Steven speaking about the loss and bitterness of losing his buddy Joe Perry. (Lyric: “Let the music do the talking, but all you do is talk about it.”)
  10. Push Comes To Shove: Another solid closer, that sounds like they recorded it in a bar somewhere.

Overall, I love this record. Despite all of their problems and the loss of key members, Steven navigates his ship like a twin-engine speedboat. It proved to me that even without Brad and Joe, this is still a great album that sounds like a real Aerosmith record. This shows that Steven Tyler IS Aerosmith.

Great record! But sadly by now, I’m already cheating on them with Ratt and Motley Crue.

Wildwood, NJ – 1984

I was back from California. Working at the video store and living my life back in Jersey. I saw that this album advertised and out of pure loyalty bought it on cassette.

Joe Perry – Once A Rocker, Always A Rocker – 1983

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Once_a_Rocker,_Always_a_Rocker

This album sucks. Don’t waste your money on it. Sorry, Joe. You look angry and sick on the cover. You’re not Jeff Beck, or Eric Clapton, or Robin Trower, or Stevie Ray… Go to rehab and get yourself together. You’re only cool in Aerosmith next to the other half of “The Toxic Twins” Steven Tyler.

 

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