Top 11 Shock Rock Songs

“I’m at a point in life when nothing feels shocking to me. I need something to shock me! I’m almost ready to see a UFO.” – CeeLo Green The list is compiled chronologically by the start of the musicians’ careers. “Constipation Blues” by Screamin’ Jay Hawkins Screamin’ Jay Hawkins was one of the pioneers of… Continue reading Top 11 Shock Rock Songs

Behind the Curtain: First Impressions and Jeff Beck Group Conversations with Cozy Powell

Steve Rosen & Cozy Powell

It is February 12, 1974 and I am backstage at Kiel Auditorium in St. Louis, MO. Bedlam— drummer Cozy Powell, singer Frank Aiello [formerly with Truth], guitarist Dave Ball [ex-Procol Harum] and his brother Dennis Ball [bass]—is about to take the stage in front of 9,300 rabid Black Sabbath fans. This is only the fifth… Continue reading Behind the Curtain: First Impressions and Jeff Beck Group Conversations with Cozy Powell

Watch Black Sabbath Play 'Paranoid' and Bow to the Crowd at Their Last-Ever Gig

This weekend, Black Sabbath officially brought their The End Tour to a rousing finish at Genting Arena in Birmingham, England. Their lengthy trek, which began back in 2016 and was extended up until just this weekend, served as a exclamation mark on a legendary, almost mythical career. Each night, Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler… Continue reading Watch Black Sabbath Play 'Paranoid' and Bow to the Crowd at Their Last-Ever Gig

Behind the Curtain: Rock Roundtable

Veteran rock journalist Steve Rosen details his ambitious Rock Roundtable, a group interview with five key guitarists of the hard rock realm in this month’s Behind the Curtain…Photo by: Glen LaFerman www.glenlaferman.com Now it is virtually commonplace to see multiple guitar players from different bands being interviewed together in various magazines and on online sites.… Continue reading Behind the Curtain: Rock Roundtable

Vivian Campbell: A Life in Rock with Dio, Def Leppard and Last in Line (Q&A)

Decades after the release of Dio’s early ’80s albums, in particular, Holy Diver and The Last In Line, those recordings are widely recognized by music fans and critics alike as towering achievements in ’80s hard rock. Helping carve out the metallic fury of those landmark alums was Northern Irish guitarist Vivian Campbell, whose tough and strident playing and fierce acrobatic solos… Continue reading Vivian Campbell: A Life in Rock with Dio, Def Leppard and Last in Line (Q&A)

Turn Me On: Shane Alexander

88.5 KCSN-FM’s Jim Nelson is back with another entry in our Turn Me On category, this time shining his light on Shane Alexander… “Do you think of me once in a while?” That’s it. That’s the line where Shane Alexander reels you in on the lead single from his sixth and latest CD, Bliss. Rendered,… Continue reading Turn Me On: Shane Alexander

Behind the Curtain: RockGodz Hall of Fame

I have always been awed, mesmerized and fascinated by the people who make music. Their ability to touch fans and to bring joy and sadness, communicate emotions and thoughts and to even change the very course of human history makes them the most powerful creative force on the planet. As profoundly important as painters, sculptors,… Continue reading Behind the Curtain: RockGodz Hall of Fame

Behind the Curtain: Ritchie Blackmore

For his latest Behind the Curtain, writer Steve Rosen recounts a memorable experience with guitar legend Ritchie Blackmore… In December 1974, I flew to St. Paul, Minnesota to meet Ritchie Blackmore for the first time. Creem Magazine wanted me to go out to the Twin Cities to interview Deep Purple’s brooding cat in the black hat.… Continue reading Behind the Curtain: Ritchie Blackmore

Behind the Curtain: Hotel Room Trashing Lessons with Ozzy Osbourne and Tony Iommi

This month’s Behind the Curtain finds journalist Steve Rosen recounting some extracurricular fun with Black Sabbath in the 1970s… ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Out of the gate, Black Sabbath was a species unto themselves. They were louder, darker and more vicious sounding than any other bands around. When they released their self-titled debut in February 1970, the Birmingham, England quartet… Continue reading Behind the Curtain: Hotel Room Trashing Lessons with Ozzy Osbourne and Tony Iommi

Former Ozzy Bassist Has An Axe To Grind With The Osbournes

Bob Daisley On Ozzy & Sharon, Randy Rhoads, and The ‘Blizzard of Ozz’ – ‘Diary of a Madman’ Controversy