Tuesday, October 20, 2020

The Hollywood Stars Come Alive On The Sunset Strip, while Professor & The Madman Gather For A "Séance"

The legendary band, The Hollywood Stars are releasing a brand new live album "Live On The Sunset Strip" on October 30th. The show was recorded back in 2019 at the famed Whiskey A Go Go and features some of band's best know anthems. The band has been around for almost five decades, opening for such bands as The Kinks, The Ramones and Iggy Pop. The Hollywood Stars kick off their new live album with the originally penned "King Of The Night Time World," which KISS made famous on their 1976 album "Destroyer." They keep the energy going with "Escape" (co-written by Alice Cooper) and the edginess of "All The Kids On The Street." The only thing that bothers me about this live album is the breaks between songs. I would appreciate a constant flow of audience interaction and talking to keep the atmosphere going. None the less, The Hollywood Stars bash their way through the heavy pounding of "Tough Guys Never Cry" and the classic seventies vibe of "Too Hot To Handle," before wrapping up their new album with the rock and roll addiction of "Habit." To find out more about The Hollywood Stars and their latest release "Live On The Sunset Strip," please visit thehollywoodstarsband.com.

Arriving in the early weeks of November is the new album from the underground rock supergroup, Professor And The Madman. The band is made up of former and current members of The Damned, Adolescents and A.I. Their new album is titled "Séance" and features a dozen tracks that deliver a classic seventies concept album vibe. The album begins with the exciting eight-minute opener "All The Lonely Souls," which brings you on a sonic journey with raw, straight-up rock music in its purest form. The band fall back on their punk roots with the energetic blast of "So Long," then try their hand at a sixties-style pop piece with "Real Me." One of the best songs I've heard, written about the quarantine is the mellow, melodic flow of "Time Machine." Professor And The Madman finish off their new album with the hard rock assault of "Two Tickets To The Afterlife" and the rock opera feel of "Greetings From The Other Side." To find out more about Professor And The Madman and their latest release "Séance," please visit professorandthemadman.com.

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