This is the September 2019 archives of Road Talk
Van Halen is an American hard rock band formed in Pasadena, California, in 1972. From 1974 until 1985, the band consisted of guitarist Eddie Van Halen, vocalist David Lee Roth, drummer Alex Van Halen, and bassist Michael Anthony.
The band went on to become major stars, and by the early 1980s they were one of the most successful rock acts of the time. 1984 was their most successful album. The lead single, “Jump”, became an international hit and their only single to reach number one on the Billboard Hot 100. The following singles, “Panama” and “I’ll Wait”, both hit number 13 on the U.S. charts. The album went on to sell over 12 million copies in the U.S. alone. In 1985, the band replaced lead singer David Lee Roth with former Montrose lead vocalist Sammy Hagar. With Hagar, the group would release four U.S. number-one albums over the course of 11 years. Hagar left the band in 1996 shortly before the release of the band’s first greatest hits collection, Best Of – Volume I. Former Extreme frontman Gary Cherone was quickly recruited as lead singer to replace Hagar, and Van Halen III was released in 1998. Cherone left the band in frustration in 1999 after the tour due to the poor commercial performance of the album.
Van Halen went on hiatus until 2003 when they reunited with Hagar for a worldwide tour. The reunited band released a second greatest hits collection the following year, The Best of Both Worlds. Like Volume I before it, The Best of Both Worlds included material from both the Roth and Hagar eras but omitted any Cherone era tracks. The album featured three brand new tracks recorded by the reunited band, two of which were released as singles. Hagar again left Van Halen in 2005, and in 2006 Roth returned as lead vocalist for their highest-grossing tour, and one of the highest-grossing tours of that year. Anthony was not invited to participate in the tour and was essentially fired from the band, replaced by Wolfgang Van Halen, Eddie’s son. In 2012, the band released the commercially and critically successful, A Different Kind of Truth, with Roth as lead vocalist. According to the RIAA, Van Halen is the 19th-best-selling band/artist in United States history, selling 56 million albums in the U.S. They were also revealed at number 4 on the Billboard’s top moneymakers list in 2013. Van Halen is one of only five rock bands that have had two studio albums sell more than 10 million copies in the U.S. Additionally, Van Halen charted the most number-one hits in the history of Billboard’s Mainstream Rock chart and they are one of the world’s best-selling bands of all time, having sold more than 80 million records.
Van Halen achieved worldwide fame for their many popular songs and larger-than-life stage performances; they also became known for the drama surrounding the departures of former members. Controversy surrounded the band following the exits of Roth, Hagar, and Anthony; this controversy often included numerous conflicting press statements between the former members and the band. In 2007, Van Halen was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. VH1 ranked them 7th on their list of the top 100 hard rock artists of all time.
Guns N’ Roses, often abbreviated as GNR, is an American hard rock band from Los Angeles, California, formed in 1985. When they signed to Geffen Records in 1986, the band comprised vocalist Axl Rose, lead guitarist Slash, rhythm guitarist Izzy Stradlin, bassist Duff McKagan, and drummer Steven Adler. The current lineup consists of Rose, Slash, McKagan, keyboardist Dizzy Reed, guitarist Richard Fortus, drummer Frank Ferrer and keyboardist Melissa Reese.
Guns N’ Roses’ debut album, Appetite for Destruction (1987), reached number one on the Billboard 200 a year after its release, on the strength of “Sweet Child o’ Mine”, the band’s only single to reach number one on the Billboard Hot 100. The album has sold approximately 30 million copies worldwide, including 18 million units in the United States, making it the country’s bestselling debut album and eleventh-bestselling album. Their next studio album, G N’ R Lies (1988), reached number two on the Billboard 200. Use Your Illusion I and Use Your Illusion II, recorded simultaneously and released in 1991, debuted at number two and number one on the Billboard 200 respectively and have sold a combined 35 million copies worldwide, including 14 million units in the United States. “The Spaghetti Incident?” (1993), an album of covers, was the band’s last studio album to feature Slash and McKagan.
Chinese Democracy (2008), Guns N’ Roses’ long-awaited sixth studio album, was released after more than a decade of work and several lineup changes. At an estimated $14 million in production costs, it is the most expensive rock album in history. It debuted at number three on the Billboard 200, but undersold industry expectations despite mostly positive critical reception. Slash and McKagan rejoined the band in 2016 for the Not in This Lifetime… Tour, which became the fourth-highest-grossing concert tour of all time, grossing over $480 million by December 2017.
In their early years, the band’s hedonism and rebelliousness drew comparisons to the early Rolling Stones and earned them the nickname “the most dangerous band in the world”. The band’s classic lineup, along with later members Reed and drummer Matt Sorum, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012, its first year of eligibility. Guns N’ Roses have sold more than 100 million records worldwide, including 45 million in the United States, making them the 41st-bestselling artist of all time.
Black Sabbath were an English rock band, formed in Birmingham in 1968, by guitarist and main songwriter Tony Iommi, bassist and main lyricist Geezer Butler, drummer Bill Ward and singer Ozzy Osbourne. Black Sabbath are often cited as pioneers of heavy metal music. The band helped define the genre with releases such as Black Sabbath (1970), Paranoid (1970) and Master of Reality (1971). The band had multiple line-up changes, with Iommi being the only constant member throughout its history.
Formed in 1968 as the Polka Tulk Blues Band, a blues rock band, the group went through line up changes, renamed themselves as Earth, broke up and reformed. By 1969, they had named themselves Black Sabbath after the film Black Sabbath starring Boris Karloff, and began incorporating occult themes with horror-inspired lyrics and tuned-down guitars. The band’s first show as Black Sabbath took place on 30 August 1969, in Workington. Signing to Philips Records in November 1969, they released their first single, “Evil Woman” in January 1970. Their debut album, Black Sabbath, was released on Friday the 13th, February 1970, on Philips’ newly formed progressive rock label, Vertigo Records. Though receiving a negative critical response, the album was a commercial success and reached number 8 in the UK Albums Chart, so the band returned to the studios to quickly record the follow up, Paranoid, which was also released in 1970. The band’s popularity grew, and by 1973’s Sabbath Bloody Sabbath, critics were starting to respond favourably.
Osbourne’s regular use of alcohol and other drugs led to his dismissal from the band in 1979. He was replaced by former Rainbow vocalist Ronnie James Dio. Following two albums with Dio, Black Sabbath endured many personnel changes in the 1980s and 1990s that included vocalists Ian Gillan, Glenn Hughes, Ray Gillen and Tony Martin, as well as several drummers and bassists. In 1991, Iommi and Butler rejoined Dio and drummer Vinny Appice to record Dehumanizer (1992). The original line-up reunited with Osbourne in 1997 and released a live album Reunion. Black Sabbath’s final studio album and nineteenth overall, 13 (2013), features all of the original members but Ward, who left the band prior to the recording sessions due to a contract dispute. A year after embarking on a farewell tour, the band played their final concert in their home city of Birmingham on 4 February 2017, after which they broke up. Iommi has stated that he has not ruled out the possibility of new material or one-off shows under the Black Sabbath name.
They were ranked by MTV as the “Greatest Metal Band” of all time, and placed second in VH1’s “100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock” list. Rolling Stone magazine ranked them number 85 in their “100 Greatest Artists of All Time”. They have sold over 70 million records worldwide. Black Sabbath were inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2005 and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006. They have also won two Grammy Awards for Best Metal Performance.
I am nearly 50 years old and I am lost. More lost than I when I was teenager back in the 1980’s. I feel as though the world has reached a breaking point, talk about a cold war. Everyone today runs around shouting about #This and #That. We have people starting movements for every damn thing except those that matter; food, shelter, clean water, government intrusion into our private lives. Movements that frankly make we want to have a damn bowel movement and that is exactly what they are worth.
I was molested and raped by a man 3 times my size when I was a child. I have not let it control my life or dictated the way in which I act and interact with others. To do so would allow that person to control me after all these years. This was not something that was easy to get over, not at all. I don’t run around whining and complaining about it. I don’t scream at the top of my voice how I was the victim of injustice. I just don’t.
This Me Too movement has gotten way out of hand. Just because some ugly guy hit on you at a damn bar doesn’t mean you were raped, molested, or violated in any manner. Stop your damn bitching, tell the troll no, and move on with it.
#BlackLivesMatter, #BlueLivesMatter, #AllLivesMatter, #GLTB
Everyone of us has had encounters with the police at some point in life. Maybe it was a traffic stop for running a red light. Maybe it was because we had the wrong color skin to be in a certain area at a certain time. Maybe it was a million other reasons. The way the officers react to us is a direct result of how we reacted towards them. I have always choose the moral ground and complied with the instructions given to me. I have never once, nor would I ever become confrontational to these officers. I did as I was told, just as my parents had taught me, received my citation and moved on. No I wasn’t thrilled about the situation, but I was in the wrong and broke the law.
Laws exist so that we are protected from governments and others around us. They are the framework by which we have organized and civilized societies. If we did not have them then we would all be living in Somalia. Have you seen the news? Do you know what that nation is like? Do you want to live in a world where any can take what you have earned through your sweat and labor? Do you want to live in a world where the government can storm into your home and place you in captivity just for having beliefs that are not in line with what they propagate?
In my eyes, all lives matter. Black, Whites, Chinese, Russian, Muslim, Jew; we all matter. We all have something to contribute to this world. This is why we were born. Be it someone who’s sole purpose in this world is to bring forth children and do their utmost to provide for these future generations. Be it the singer who writes the song that stops a suicidal person from swallowing those pills or pulling the trigger of that gun. The play write whose mind creates a story so compelling that generations talk about it for decades to come. We all have value. We are all worth something.
In what scenario does any one human have the right to extinguish the flame of another? No where in the collective consciousness of humanity is it alright to take another’s existence to suit your own personal desires. Not what damn bit of morality or justice would ever condone this behavior. If your son was somehow harmed while he was committing a crime, it was his fault, not the person who hurt him; we are allowed to defend and protect ourselves and our loved ones. Stop blaming others because you raised a criminal. Look into yourself and figure our what could have been done to stop these types of situations to begin with.
Why is it that the world must accept your sexual preference? Who the hell are you that it is everyone else’s responsibility to accept you as a man, a woman, a drag queen, or transgender. I have never demanded anyone accept me based on my gender or sexual orientation, only that they accept me as I accept them. If you act like and asshole you get treated like an asshole. I do not associate with those who do not agree with my beliefs, this just asks for confrontation. If you seek out problems, they will find you. I am me and there are those that love me. There are those that hate me. I am me and that is all I can be. #WhatAboutMe