David "Alligator Jackson" Williams wrote for a music website he had with Jeff Westlake and the Pig called The Music Hotwire.  Here are some of his articles and some other he has written on rock music,  Alligator Jackson celebrates the great music of the past.  He is also trying to keep it alive and share the great music with fans who were too young when it came around the first time.  These are blogs by Alligator Jackson.

The Death of Randy Rhoads....a true guitar legend 

Randy Rhoads, a twenty-five year-old guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne died on March 19, 1982.  The young guitar wizzard had laid some legendary guitar licks and solos on Blizzard of Oz and Diary of a Madman.

Rhoads had a fear of flying but was on a small aircraft, a Beechcraft Bonanza, over Leesburg, Virginia.  The pilot was Ozzy's tour bus driver Andrew Aycock, who had an expired pilot's license.  Rachael Youngblood, Ozzy's cook, also died.

 Aycock had, according to a report from the National Transportation Safety Board, " piloted the 1955 single-engine aircraft from the nearby Flying Baron Estates after deciding to stay the night at plane owner Jerry Calhoun's home -- a Georgian-style mansion adjacent to the airstrip. Aycock, who lived nearby, was reportedly friends with Calhoun, a country singer. Osbourne, his manager and future wife Sharon, bassist Rudy Sarzo, drummer Tommy Aldridge and keyboardist Don Airey were asleep in an adjacent tour bus. Aycock made as many as three passes over the home, apparently in a joy-riding attempt to buzz over the other band members. On the final pass, the plane clipped the tour bus, spun out of control, hit a nearby pine tree and then nose dived into the house. The ensuing fireball killed all three passengers, who were left unrecognizable by the flames. Rhoads had to be identified by his jewelry."

 

 

Progressive rock: thinking man's rock or does it suck? 

I have mixed emotions about progressive rock.  When it is done right.......whoa!   When it misses the mark, it can be bloated and weak.  When I think of progressive masterpieces I think of early Rush or Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of The Moon".  Rush's "Hemispheres" was a sterling progressive release.  Emerson, Lake, and Palmer's "Brain Salad Surgery" and King Crimson's "Court of the Crimson King" were progressive classics as was Jethro Tull's Thick as a Brick. Yes,The Moody Blues, Kansas, and Genesis were excellent examples of progressive rock in the early 70's until they sold out and produced pop music for the masses in the 80's An example? Roundabout by Yes is pure progressive genius.  "Owner of a Lonely Heart" is annoying empty pop fluff.

Prog rock was experimental music.  Musicians making music for other musicians rather that short poppy one size fits all music for radio.  The songs were usually quite long, had big concepts, complex musical structures, and fantastical lyrics. They usually took on themes grander than love songs.  At times, bands like Captain Beefheart and Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention could get so over the top creatively that they borderlined on silly.  The music though, was always big and unmistakenly inspired by classical music.  Most prog rock features extended use of keyboard  instruments.

 

New Yorker Magazine said in the article "The Persistence of Progressive Rock":  "Most of these musicians took seriously the “progressive” in “progressive rock,” and believed that they were helping to hurry along an ineluctable process: the development of rock music into what Jon Anderson, of Yes, once called “a higher art form.” Even more than most musicians, the prog rockers aimed for immortality. “We want our albums to last,” Robert Fripp, the austere guitar scientist behind King Crimson, said."

Some music fans call progressive rock pretentious, over-blown, bombastic, and seif-important.

Although progressive rock was biggest in the late 60's and 70's, there are still prog bands around today like Dream Theatre and Porcupine Tree.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Godz are still running 

 

It was the late 70's when my best friend Jeff Westlake got an 8 track tape called The Godz.  His sister was attending Ohio State.  She gave her brother the tape of the band that Columbus fell in love with.  Jeff and I went to the record store a couple of years later and Jeff bought their second album Nothing is Sacred the day it was released.

The ironic thing about this story is just a few years ago I saw the Godz were asking for submissions for a tribute cd.  I told Jeff.  He submitted a track.  Not only was it accepted but he formed a friendship with the singer Eric Moore.  Jeff Westlake joined The Godz!  He recorded with them, performed with them, and even helped remix classic shows and tracks.   

The Godz rode out of the heartlands of Columbus, Ohio, in the middle seventies and onto Casablanca Records and the opening spot on the Love Gun Tour for KISS with fellow opening act Cheap Trick.   The Godz were more like a motorcycle gang than rock band in looks, attitude, and hard party lifestyle. But, oh, could they rock!  Sounding like Chuck Berry on steriods at time, they took a simple pure rock and roll beat, cranked it up, and turn it into whiskey-soaked, pure rock and roll joy. A real rock and roll celebration. 

As can be expected, critics hated them, radio wouldn't play them, but grassroots rock and roll America gave them a cult following.

The 1983 Rolling Stone Record Guide described them as a "Miserable hard-rock quartet from Columbus, Ohio, epitomiz[ing] the most wretched excesses of Seventies rock," and rated both of their first two CDs as "worthless." But fans loved them and followed them on the road. 

The orginial lineup consisted of Eric Moore, Mark Chatfield, Glen Cataline, and Bob Hill. In addition to touring with Kiss, they embarked on a tour with glam rockers Angel, which was dubbed the Heaven and Hell tour.

  The Godz website says the following about the band's leader Eric Moore: "Eric Moore was the real deal, the genuine article - the true embodiment of the sex, drugs and rock and roll credo. And, he's as American as apple pie and Chevrolet, with a slightly different viewer rating. His songs and his on-stage banter relating war stories of drugs, women, guns, and freedom have won him devoted fans everywhere he performs. Eric's notorious partying and rock and rolling exploits are legendary throughout Ohio and beyond." 

There was a psychedelic band out of New York that had the same name, but after a cash payoff, the Columbus band was able to remain The Godz. 

The Godz disbanded in the early eighties. Eric Moore was in and out of jail and spent some time in the Mansfield, Ohio Reformatory for allegedly shooting someone in a barfight. During this downtime for The Godz, Mark Chatfield joined Bob Seger and The Silver Bullet Band. The Godz reformed in 1987 and released “Mongolians.” The album was a rerecording of a indie release two years earlier and contained the hard charging rock classic “Criminal Mind (Rock and Roll Heart).”  

The Four Horsemen: The best classic rock band you never heard 

 

The Four Horsemen were southern rock’s bad boys. They added Lynyrd Skynyrd flavor to AC/DC styled boogie rock and came out rocking like a reckless Black Oak Arkansas. The band only released two albums, a ep, and an anthology cd/dvd in 2007.

Southern rock folklore consists of many legends of bands who faced their demons and overcame tragedy. Sadly, The Four Horsemen lost their battles with the destructive side of rock and roll. In the liner notes to their new cd/ dvd anthology “Left For Dead”, writer Steffan Chirazi describes The four Horsemen: “You couldn’t have made up the cast. A convicted felon (with a penchant for guns), a Kiss freak who’d embarrass mensa academics. A crazy DC runaway, a British ex-pat former Zodiac Mindwarp psychedelic fuzz rocker and a Canadian mental hospital orderly. It’s the sort of history most bands pretend to have. And I clearly remember how excited Rick Rubin was to find them.”

The legend of The Four Horsemen has bassist Haggis (birth name Stephen Harris) and producer Rick Rubin deciding to form a band. Haggis had been the bass player with The Cult when they recorded their “Electric” album. Rubin had been the producer and the two became close friends and that they would assemble a band and make a classic recording.

According To Chirazi in the cd liner notes: “He’d (Rubin) had been at The Rainbow on Sunset with Haggis when a bloodied man in brown corduroy flares had strolled in after winning a punch-up in the parking lot; when Rubin asked his name: Frank dropped his shirt to reveal STARR tattooed on his back. He and Haggis recruited him on the spot.” That’s how Frankie Starr became the lead vocalist of The Four Horsemen.

In “The Four Horsemen: Everything They Did Really” by Pepsi Sheen, the author writes about Frankie Starr.:  “Frankie Starr was the quintessential sleaze rock singer, equal parts W.Axl and Ronnie Van Zandt. A career criminal-in the words of all his closest friends…Frankie truly was one in a million. He was like David Allen Coe with a Jason McMaster/Axl Rose high-end screech and a Motorhead's road crew attitude. A fun lovin' guy livin' out Kid Rock's wildest dreams--back when that dweeb still had his Kid N Play haircut. Guitar players ALL think they're natural-born front-men nowadays, but you don't see nobody nowhere who had a tenth of what Frankie C. Starr had no more.”

Dimwit (Ken Montgomery) became the band’s drummer. Dimwit was the Canadian mental hospital orderly that Chizazi referred to in the liner notes. He had played in bands such as D.O.A. and The Skulls. He was a powerful drummer. Some people said that only his brother Chuck Biscuits was better. Chuck Biscuits had played in Danzig, Social Distortion, Fear, Black Flag, as well as others.

Dave Lizmi was the lead guitarist. In the cd liner notes for “Left for Dead”, Chizazi had this to say: “Dave Lizmi was in college at age fifteen. He was in Hollywood delivering pizzas at age twenty, having shown ‘the man’ the finger when they asked him to work on nuclear submarine missile systems. Haggis and Dave met when a large Canadian bacon, pepperoni, sausage, mushroom, and fresh tomato pizza was delivered by Dave to the Welshman’s doorstep after his boss ordered him there despite that Dave’s shift had ended.”

Ben Pape was the bass player. He had played for a psychedelic fuzz band out of Washington, DC called the Scream.

The Four Horse released their debut ep called “Welfare Boogie” in 1989. This ep was very well received. The first full length album was delayed when Frank Starr went to jail.

“Nobody Said It Was Easy” was finally released in 1991. Rumor has it that Frank Starr recorded the vocals for a Four horseman track from a jail phone.

“Nobody Said It Was Easy” Tracklisting

01. Nobody Said It Was Easy

02. Rockin' Is Ma' Business 

03. Tired Wings

04. Can't Stop Rockin'

05. Wanted Man

06. Let It Rock

07. Hot Head

08. Moonshine

09. Homesick Blues

10. 75 Again

11. Lookin' For Trouble

12. I Need A Thrill/Somethin' Good

Here is a review that was posted in Entertainment Weekly:

The Four Horsemen are five filthy, lusty lowlifes who play grungy, sleazy, brutally frank rock & roll -- at least that's the impression they give on their debut album, which was released three months ago and ranks as one of the sleepers of the year.

Calling their record delightful and refreshing may seem like a contradiction, but delightful and refreshing it is. That's because these guys have a broad humor that's rare in hard rock. ''Rockin' is ma business -- business is good!'' singer Frank Starr robustly wails, then grumbles, ''And if it's so good then why am I still f---ing broke?''

Tunes like ''Let It Rock'' and ''I Need a Thrill'' recycle AC/DC and Lynyrd Skynyrd, but these guys turn potential imitation into sarcastic homage. Besides, how can you not love a band with a drummer nicknamed Dimwit?” Nov 22, 1991 "

 

The band toured extensively. They became great live entertainers but the time spent together on the road began to cause friction within the band. As the band began to get ready to record their next studio effort, Frankie got arrested again. He had to spend another year in jail, which again delayed the recording process. This definitely did not ease tensions among the band members.

They began recording the next album in 1992 but the sessions did not get very far as Starr went to jail in 1992 and did not get out until late 1993. By the time Starr got out of jail, the band was having serious internal problems. There was constant fighting between the group members and the band was at odds with their management. The problems wore down the group. Haggis and Ben Pape decided to leave the band.

Instead of replacing the two members, the band actually only added one and became four Four Horsemen. The bass player that replaced Pape was named Pharoah. Pharoah have been in a band previously with Frankie Starr. The band embarked on a tour of Canada and the United States.

They had started selling records in both countries and were becoming wide known. Just as it appeared things were coming together for The four Horsemen, tragedy struck. The drummer, Dimwit, od’d on heroin in Vancouver, Canada. Dimwit’s brother, Chuck Biscuits temporally takes his brother’s place to finish the tour. He does not stay on for the next album, though, and is replaced by drummer Randy Cooke.

The band finshes the album “Getting Pretty Good at Barely Getting By. But while they are waiting on the album to be mastered and released, tragedy strikes the band yet again. Frank Starr was riding his motorcycle down Sunset Strip when he was struck by a drunk driver. He was reportedly going twenty five miles an hour and wearing a helmet, but he still suffered severe head trauma. He came out of a coma but never left life support. He died four years after the accident on June 18, 1999. Here is an obituary and eulogy from Rik fox Rik Fox

http://www.geocities.com/urthspryte/eulogy.html FRANK STARR BORN: FRANK CASAMASSINA OF LONG ISLAND, NEW YORK 1958, PASSED AWAY JUNE 18th, l999.  Frank Starr is scheduled to be Buried Wednesday, July 21st 9:30 AM at Oakwood Cemetary, Chatsworth, CA "An Ode from a Bro." FRANK CAME TO LOS ANGELES, IN 1984, UPON THE BREAK-UP OF HIS BAND, MONGOL HORDE RECORDING ARTISTS, "ALIEN". FRANK WAS BROUGHT WITH GUITARIST RICHIE PAGANO, FORMER "SIN" GUITARIST, J.J. KRISTI, TO ASSIST IN RE-FORMING "SIN" WITH BASSIST/BAND LEADER RIK FOX. FRANK'S NOTORIOUS "SMART-ASS NEW YORK ATTITUDE" COMPETED WITH RIK FOX'S, BONDING THEM IMMEDIATELY INTO "SOUL BROTHERS". ANYONE CAUGHT SLANDERING RIK, WAS THREATENED WITH A BEATING BY EX-BIKER FRANK, LIKE HIS BIKER DAD BEFORE HIM. WITH THE ADDITION, AND EFFORTS OF FRANK STARR, JAY, RICHIE, AND DRUMMER MARX ANTHONY BENCACHEA, THE RE-FORMED "SIN" LINEUP WENT ON TO BECOME AN EXTREMELY POPULAR AND EXCITING ACT ALL OVER LOS ANGELES, PLAYING TO SELLOUT CROWDS. SOON, FOLLOWED BY BEING VOTED ' THE' TOP DRAWING HEAVY METAL/HARD ROCK ACT BY LOS ANGELES' MUSIC CONNECTION MAGAZINE FOR 1984. "SIN'S" FAN BASE SPREAD RAPIDLY THROUGHOUT JAPAN, EUROPE, AND MOST OF THE MIDWEST, ALL WITHOUT A RECORD DEAL. FRANK STARR'S CHARISMA, AND STAGE PRESENCE WON HIM HUNDREDS OF FANS EVERYWHERE HE WENT. AS "SIN" BEGAN RECORDING MASTER DEMOS FOR THEIR ILL-FATED FIRST ALBUM, FRANK TOOK UP THE OFFER TO RECORD, AND TOUR WITH DEF AMERICAN RECORDING ACT "THE FOUR HORSEMAN". AMONG FRANK'S OTHER BANDS WERE, "BONE ANGEL" (WITH RANDY CASTILLO, OF OZZY OSBOURNE), PIRATE, BOOTLEG, AND L.A.M.F. IN NOVEMBER l995, WHILE RIDING HIS MOTORCYCLE DOWN THE SUNSET STRIP, A DRUNK DRIVER SUDDENLY PULLED HER CAR OUT IN FRONT OF FRANK, WHO HAD NO TIME TO AVOID THE COLLISION. HIS BIKE STRUCK HER CAR, SENDING FRANK FLYING THROUGH THE AIR BETWEEN 50-100 FEET, LANDING ON HIS HEAD. ALTHOUGH FRANK WAS WEARING HIS "BRAIN BUCKET" HELMET, HE SUFFERED MASSIVE HEAD TRAUMA, AND WAS TAKEN TO CEDAR-SINAI HOSPITAL, IN A COMA, WHERE HE REMAINED FOR SOME TIME. FRANK WAS MOVED TO BAY HARBOR HOSPITAL, IN TORRANCE CA, AND EVENTUALLY CAME OUT OF HIS COMA, HOWEVER, FRANK WAS LEFT WITHOUT NEARLY ALL OF HIS MOTOR FUNCTIONS, INCLUDING WALKING, AND TALKING, AND REMAINED ON LIFE SUPPORT, AND A RESPIRATOR. RIK WAS AMONG HIS MANY FRIENDS TO VISIT FRANK, AND BROUGHT FRANK PHOTOS OF "SIN", AND PLAYED THEIR OLD SONGS FOR FRANK ON A WALKMAN. UPON BEING ONE OF THE FIRST INFORMED BY FRANK'S EX-WIFE, KIM CASAMASSINA, BY PHONE, THAT THE DOCTOR WALKED INTO FRANK'S ROOM, AND FRANK HAD ALREADY PASSED AWAY. THE DATE WAS JUNE 18TH, 1999. KIM INFORMED RIK, SHE COULDN'T FIND ANY OF FRANK'S PHONE BOOKS, AND ASKED FOR HELP TO "GET THE WORD OUT". SO RIK CALLED ALL THE OLD NUMBERS HE HAD TO FRANK'S FRIENDS TO PUT THE MESSAGE OUT OVER THE GRAPEVINE. FRANK IS SURVIVED BY HIS FAMILY IN NEW YORK, AND HIS EX-WIFE, AND DAUGHTER IN LOS ANGELES. HE IS TO BE BURIED IN OAKWOOD CEMETERY, IN CHATSWORTH, CA., AND DONATIONS ARE DESPERATELY NEEDED, AND MAY BE SENT TO P.O. BOX 287, CANOGA PARK, CA. 91305, PAYABLE TO: KIM MCINTIRE, IN CARE OF FRANK STARR. A MEMORIAL BENEFIT IS PLANNED FOR SOMETIME IN AUGUST 1999 TO HELP PAY FOR THE FUNERAL, AND BURIAL COSTS. FOR FURTHER UPDATES, CONTACT RIK FOX, AT: (81 805-8455, OR KIM CASAMASSINA AT: (81 819-6989. WE MOURN THE PASSING OF FRANK STARR. SON, HUSBAND, FATHER, SINGER, BIKER, BEST FRIEND, AND, MOST OF ALL... "BRO". FRANK, YOU WERE TRULY A 1% ER... "THUMBS UP" IT WAS A PLEASURE TO SHARE THE STAGE, AND A 'CHEESE SANDWICH' WITH YOU... LOVE, YOUR BRO, RIK

“Getting Pretty good At Barely Getting’ By Released 1996 Track List: 1. Still Alive And Well

2. Gettin' Pretty Good At Barely Gettin' By

3. Drunk Again

4. Livin' These Blues

5. Song For Absent Friends 

6. Keep Your Life

7. Hot Rod

8.Rock My Universe

9. Back In Business Again

10. Hit The Road

11.  Keep On Keepin' On

12. My Song

13. What The Hell Went Wrong

Here’s a review from the All Music Guide The Four Horsemen were quite literally a shattered band come 1996. Five years on from their simplistic but infectious retro-rock debut, they'd been dropped by Def American, been abandoned by their main songwriter guiding force in founding guitarist Haggis, and, most heartbreaking of all, lost drummer Ken "Dimwit" Montgomery to a drug overdose. As the band's last remaining original members, it came down to guitarist Dave Lizmi and troubled singer Frank C. Starr (more on him later) to assemble a new lineup and attempt to shoulder the load themselves on the snidely named Gettin' Pretty Good at Barely Gettin' By. And they did an OK job. The album still featured much of the Four Horsemen's stripped-down, hard-rocking style, but standout cuts such as "Hot Rod" and the poignant "Song for Absent Friends" generally lacked the Southern Skynyrd flavor, and especially the power boogie AC/DC crunch of old. Instead, the album mostly resorted to a mellower, more soulful, decidedly sleeker Black Crowes-type groove for tracks like the title song and "Drunk Again" (note background lady singers). A few songs also forced the "we're still rockin''' storyline ad nauseam (see cheesy opener "Still Alive and Well" and the edgier, frankly biographical "Back in Business Again"), while others simply lacked originality (for example, "Livin' These Blues," which apes the debut's hit, "Tired Wings," a tad too closely). Still, the fact that's it's clearly inferior compared to its predecessor shouldn't entirely detract from this album's good-time blue-collar rock & roll, and fans of the Horsemen will likely want to give it a chance anyway." 

Sadly, Gettin' Pretty Good at Barely Gettin' By proved to be the final musical testament for singer Starr, who passed away under tragic circumstances a few years later. ~ Ed Rivadavia, All Music Guide The band toured with Ron Young of Little Ceasar replacing Starr as vocalist but they never released any new material. The internet has helped the music of The Four Horsemen to resurface and to be introduced to new legions of fans. Internet radio stations such as www.allsouthernrock.com have helped bring The Four Horsemen back to the spotlight. Because of the renewed interest in the Four Horsemen, a new website www.thefourhorsemen.com has been opened and a new cd/dvd featuring live recordings from 1992 have been released. The anthology dvd and live cd is called “Left For Dead.” A true reunion can never happen because two key parts are forever the lost. But the legend and the music of The Four Horsemen will live on forever. 

 

Triumph - The great 'forgotten" band of the 70's and 80's 

 

I am amazed how when I talk about one of my favorite bands from the 70's and 80's....people look at me like they don't what I am talking about.  In fact, most people only know about Triumph because of the Adam Sandler movie "Grown Ups" because "Lay It On The Line" was on the soundtrack in 2010.  Way before the movie, the tune hit Billboard's single charts at number 86 in 1979 as it was released as a single from their second US album "Just A Game."

"Hold On" from the same album hit number 38.  "Lay It On The Line" has become a staple on classic rock radio.  "Hold On" appears occasionally as does "Magic Power."  from 1981's "Allied Forces".  The single only hit 51 but the song hit 5 on the Mainstream Rock Charts.  

Triumph came out of Canada, where they had much success.  While guitarist and vocalist Rik Emmett brought in a progressive influence when he joined the band after their first single, original members bass player Mike Levine and drummer/ singer Gil Moore had a more blueish background and influence.

I saw the band on their Allied Forces tour at The Huntington Civic Center around 81-82.  They put on a great show and were known for their great lights show.  In fact, they had a song called "Blinding Light Show."  This song was contained on their debut US release "Rock and Roll Machine" which also featured a powerful cover of Joe Walsh's "Rocky Mountain Way."

Their biggest hit is a song that never really caught on classic rock radio.  It was "Somebody's Out There" from the album "Sport Of Kings" which hit 27 on Billboard's single charts and received airplay on MTV.

The band notched 4 gold albums and one platinum album in the United States.  For some reason, Triumph is a band the many followers of classic rock and today's fans are not familiar with.

I was fortunate enough to interview bass player Mike Levine on an internet radio show I had with my buddy The Pig and asked him what Joe Walsh thought of their cover of his Rocky Mountain Way.  Levine talked about running into Walsh and The Who's John Entwistle at an awards show and Walsh kept bumping into him a few times and acted like it was the first time he had seen him in a while.

If you have not ever heard of Triumph and are a fan of 70's and 80's classic rock, definitely pick up Classics or Greatest Hits remixed or one of the other compilation cds featuring Triumph that are out there.  Definitely one of the top classic bands that deserve more respect.

On Through the Night by Def Leppard released 39 years ago today 

 

Def Leppard became pop rock kings in the 80’s. They pounded the charts with a greatest hits album worth of top forty songs. Then, their greatest hits CD - "Vault," became a multi-platinum smash. They thrived in the hair metal days with danceable pop rock tunes.   

But, in the late seventies and early eighties Def Leppard were a fierce part of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal. They released two solid rock albums which still stand as underrated hard rock classics. Although they did not sell millions or produce songs that even made their greatest hits album, “On Through The Night” and “High and Dry” are true underrated rock gems.  

Their debut full-length album, "On Through The Night," was released in 1980 when the band’s average age was sixteen. The album had a raw sound and it was easy to tell that the band was still trying to find their sound. It had a few weak moments, but still was a solid rocker. Borrowing influences from Deep Purple, Judas Priest, and AC/DC it was obvious from the beginning that this band was heading somewhere.  

The album was very close to being a total classic. Some of the songs were too obvious and cliched, but just missed the mark. “Wasted,” “Rock Brigade” (which received moderate airplay on US AOR-oriented stations at the time), and “Rocks Off” were early fan favorites and showed glimpses of greatness. The album contained a cross of working class rock and glam rock’s glittering hooks.  

“When The Walls Come Tumbling Down” and “Answer To The Master” were thrash rockers in the style of Judas Priest and Iron Maiden. All in all, this was an album that showcases the potential of a young band ready to explode, but still searching for the right sound. Not a classic album per se, but a true overlooked classic. 

8 Life lessons from AC/DC 

This started out to be a parody article of an article I read about one of my favorite singers and songwriters Bruce Springsteen.  The article appeared in the esteemed Huffington Press http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/25/bruce-springsteen-life-lessons_n_5702857.html But, even those parody is at heart, Alligator Jackson has truly learned life lessons from AC/DC.  So here we go 8 Life Lessons gained from AC/DC. 

8-   Nothing Comes Easy, Don't Give Up Your Dreams 

Hotel motel, make you wanna cry 
Lady do the hard sell know the reason why 
Gettin' old, gettin' gray, gettin' ripped off 
Under-paid, gettin' sold, second hand 
That's how it goes playin' in a band 

It's a long way to the top if you wanna rock 'n' roll 
It's a long way to the top if you wanna rock 'n' roll 
If you wanna be a star of stage and screen 
Look out it's rough and mean 

Yeah, life will get you down but dig in deep and keep rockin' cause this is the only life you'll ever have! 

7- Big Girls Will Rock Your World 

Big girls can be a lot of fun as fun comes in many different sizes, AC/DC let us know about that in style, definitely a life lesson: 

Wanna tell you a story 'Bout a woman I know 
Ah, come to lovin' 
Ooh, she steals the show 
She ain't exactly pretty 
Ain't exactly small 
Forty-two, thirty-nine, fifty-six 
You could say she's got it all! 

Never had a woman 
Never had a woman like you 

Doing all the things 
Doing all the things you do 

Ain't no fairy story 
Ain't no skin and bone 

But you give it all you got 
Weighing in at nineteen stone

 

6.  American Girls Have The Best Thighs 

Hey...American girls didn't gobble up all of those Buns Of Steel dvds for nothing.  

She was a fast machine she kept her motor clean 
She was the best damn woman that I ever seen 
She had the sightless eyes telling me no lies 
Knocking me out with those American thighs 
Taking more than her share 
Had me fighting for air 
She told me to come but I was already there 
Cause the walls start shaking 
The earth was quaking 
My mind was aching 
And we were making it 
And you shook me all night long 
Yeah you shook me all night long 

5.  Let Someone Else Handle Your Dirty Work 

Why get your hands dirty handling the small stuff, let someone else do it.  Stay clean by contracting out your dirty deeds. 

If you got a lady and you want her gone But you ain't got the guts 
She keeps naggin' at you night and day 
Enough to drive you nuts 
Pick up the phone, leave her alone 
It's time you made a stand 
For a fee, I'm happy to be 
Your back door man hey 

 

4.  Never Give Up On Yourself 

AC/DC teaches us that though it is okay to let someone else handle the dirty deeds of your life, never quit believing.  Well...not in the Journey fashion, but in the tough get down and dirty, always believe in yourself Thunderstruck way! 

Thunder, thunder, thunder, thunder I was caught 
In the middle of a railroad track 
I looked round 
And I knew there was no turning back 
My mind raced 
And I thought what could I do 
And I knew 
There was no help, no help from you 
Sound of the drums 
Beating in my heart 
The thunder of guns 
Tore me apart 
You've been 
Thunderstruck 

3.  Sometimes You Gotta Know When To Say "Chomp It" And Start All Over 

Not everybody wins all of the time.  Sometimes in life you just have to say you're on the wrong track and start all over to get to a better place. 

Got another empty bottle And another empty bed 
Ain't too young to admit it 
And I'm not too old to lie 
I'm just another empty head 

That's why I'm lonely 
I'm so lonely 
But I know what I'm gonna do 

I'm gonna ride on 
Ride on 
Ride on, standing on the edge of the road 
Ride on, thumb in the air 
Ride on, one of these days I'm gonna 
Ride on, change my evil ways 
Till then I'll just keep ridin' on 

 

2.  You Might Be Down But You Ain't Ever Out, Come Back Hard 

Dig down deep and come back with all of the fire in your heart, don't let the bastards ever see ya cry! 

Back in black I hit the sack I been too long I'm glad to be back 
Yes I am 
Let loose from the noose 
That's kept me hanging about 
I keep looking at the sky cause it's gettin' me high 
Forget the hearse cause I'll never die 
I got nine lives cat's eyes 
Using every one of them and runnin' wild 
Cause I'm back 
Yes I'm back well I'm back 
Yes I'm back 
Well I'm back back 
Well I'm back in black 
Yes I'm back in black 
Back in the back of a Cadillac 
Number one with a bullet I'm a power pack 
Yes I am 
In a bang with the gang 
They gotta catch me if they want me to hang 
Cause I'm back on the track and I'm beatin' the flack 
Nobody's gonna get me on another rap 
So look at me now I'm just makin' my play 
Don't try to push your luck just get out of my way 
Cause I'm back 
Yes I'm back 
Well I'm back 
Yes I'm back 
Well I'm back back 
Well I'm back in black 
Yes I'm back in black 

1.  Rock Ain't Ever Gonna Die So Crank It UP! 

That's right we all know rock is life 'cause rock and roll ain't no noise pollution!!!! 

Hey there all you middle men Throw away your fancy clothes 
And while you're out sittin' on a fence 
So get off your arse and come down here 
Cause rock 'n' roll ain't no riddle man 
To me it makes good good sense 
Good sense yeah let's go 

Heavy decibels bells are playing on my guitar 
We got vibrations comin' up from the floor 
We're just listenin' to the rock 
That's givin' too much noise 
Are you deaf you wanna hear some more 
We're just talking about the future 
Forget about the past 
It'll always be with us 
It's never gonna die 
Never gonna die 
Rock 'n' roll ain't noise pollution 
Rock 'n' roll ain't gonna die 
Rock 'n' roll ain't noise pollution 
Rock 'n' roll it will survive 
Yes it will

Return of the Classic Rockers 

These veteran rockers returned in 2018 with some new music.  Still rocking after all of these years.

Bob Seger from a CD released November 2017.  A song in honor of Glen Frey of The Eagles.

 

Kiss's Ace Frehley released a new CD in 2018

 

Steve Perry returns after over twenty years.

 

Charlie Daniels in his 70s with Mudcat

 

Never Fade by Alice In Chains

 

Roll Me Under by Stone Temple Pilots

 

Sevendust with Unforgiven

 

Rod Stewart with The Look In Her Eyes

 

Ted Nugent does an acoustic version of his classic

 

 

Ann Wilson of Heart pays tribute to artist who have passed.  This is Gerry Rafferty's Baker Street.

 

In addition to these there are greatest hits packages out for Elton John, Tom Petty, and Kid Rock.

 

 

The sun slowly setting on Molly Hatchet (Jimmy Farrar dies) 

It was 1980...my first concert.  Molly Hatchet was truly larger than life standing just yards from me on the stage of The Huntington Civic Center.  They were an intimidating force. A huge, mean whiskey drinking gang with a double guitar attack.  Molly Hatchet stormed out of the South and took FM radio with their in your face brand of southern rock.

 

Their first took albums on Epic Records with monstrous vocallist Danny Joe Brown we're laden with classics like Flirting With Disaster, Gator Country, and Bounty Hunter.  They were as large as their music.  They could rock your ass then kick it afterwards.  They were the personification of their music....loud, hard, in your face, and mean.

 

Jimmy Farrar replaced Brown from 1980-82.  He was large and imposing like Brown.  He gave Hatchet another classic in Beating The Odds.  With Farrar, Hatchet did not loose any swagger with Brown's departure.

 

Jimmy Farrar passed away.  Another of the great original era members of Molly Hatchet gone....leaving just Steve Roland.

 

Former members 

Dave Hlubek - guitar, backing vocals (1971–1987, 2005–2017; died 2017) 
Steve Holland - guitar (1971–1984) 
Duane Roland - guitar (1976–1990; died 2006) 
Bruce Crump - drums (1976–1982, 1984–1990; died 2015) 
Banner Thomas - bass (1975–1981, 1993-1994; died 2017) 
Danny Joe Brown - lead vocals (1976–1980, 1982–1995; died 2005) 
Jimmy Farrar - lead vocals (1980–1982; died 2018) 
Riff West - bass (1981–1990; died 2014

 

Molly Hatchet still plays but there are not any members left from the first album.  Farrar did not join until the third album but he is considered original era.  He left in 82 and Brown return.

 

Molly Hatchet left its' impact on southern rock.  They were fearless rockers who flirted with disaster.