Local H will be appearing at the Ready Room on Thursday, August 18, for the “As Good As Dead” 20th Anniversary show.
The band has been around for just over 25 years now, having released 11 albums; one greatest hits record and a live album in 2005. While many bands from the 90s have come and gone, Local H has managed to maintain a relatively strong following. Reviewstl.com recently talked with Scott Lucas, lead singer and guitarist of Local H.
The band has been around for just over 25 years now. What do you think has been the driving force that has kept the band relevant with older fans and attracted new ones?
“I don’t know. I think there’s something about the way we do things that connects with a certain group of people. It’s very, uh, I want to say cultish. I think they go to our show for a more personal connection than if you go see a band that you’re not gonna get to talk to or even be in the same room with. I think that’s it. It’s hard to say.”
Is there an album that you’re more proud of over others?
“Yeah, I was really proud of ‘Pack Up The Cats,’ when we made that. ‘Whatever Happened To PJ Soles’, I think there’s a nice hand-made quality to that record that I’m not sure I realized would happen while we were making it. It really doesn’t feel manufactured. I’m really proud of our new record (Hey Killer). When I heard the mixes of it, I was like wow, this is pretty good.”
The band has put out a good amount of cover songs. How do you choose a particular song to cover?
“Number one, it’s just whether or not you like the song. Then you ask yourself if we can add something to this so we won’t just sound like a shitty cover band. That’s usually it, whether or not we can actually make it your own or not. That’s why I like covering songs that don’t really sound anything like you.”
In what some may describe as a dream pairing, Marilyn Manson and Alice Cooper have teamed together the “Masters of Madness” tour, which will hit the St. Charles Family Arena on Tuesday, June 25. Both Manson and Cooper are each considered shock rock kings of their respective eras.
Cooper made his splash onto the rock scene in the 70s and 80s. With popular hits like “School’s Out”, “Feed My Frankenstein”, and “Poison,” Cooper is widely viewed by many as the inventor of shock rock, while Manson has not only embraced the shock rock label, but taken it even more over the line, at times walking the line between shocking and obscene.
Having grown up in the late 80s and early 90s, my exposure to Cooper was not as first-hand as Manson’s. My first memory of Alice Cooper was his video for “Poison.” I also remember him from his appearance in Wayne’s World. While Cooper last put out an album in 2011, Manson is still going strong. The controversial musician just released “Born Villain” in 2012.
We see musicians come and go throughout the decades. Sure, there are a handful of artists that survive the changes in culture and keep a loyal following. But those artists are few and far between. Yet Weird Al Yankovic hit the scene in 1976, after handing a recording to Dr. Demento, and has been a staple of pop culture ever since.
I had the chance to talk with Weird Al about his “Alpocalypse” tour, which comes to St. Louis on April 19th at the Family Arena, as well as about his career in music, movies, television and more.
Kevin: I’ve been a big fan of yours since I listened to my first Weird Al CD, “Bad Hair Day.”
Weird Al: Well thank you! No kidding, that’s awesome.
I saw you back in 2011 at the Family arena, and you put on one hell of a show. Are you changing up anything for the Alpocalypse tour since the last time you came to town?
No, it’s the same tour. I’m working on new songs, but they won’t be in the show. I am working on the new album – I’ve got a couple of originals in the can that I’m writing and recording soon. The parodies I’ll probably do later this year. No idea when the new album is coming out, but hopefully sometime in the next 30 or 40 years.
So I take it you are keeping the new songs under wraps?
Yeah, I found that’s the best way. If I give any hints, the fans are tenacious about it and build up in their own minds, “Oh, I bet it’s gonna be like this.” And when it winds up not being exactly what they hand in mind, they’re disappointed. So I found that kind of not saying anything is the best policy.
As a Bon Jovi fan, I may be a bit biased in my review, but you have to understand that if it wasn’t for Jon and his band, I would never have gotten into rock music. Growing up, all I was subjected to was country music. I can still remember being 6 years-old and hearing “Living on a Prayer” for the first time. I was hooked for the start.
As Bon Jovi descended upon the Scottrade Center on Wednesday night, the band was celebrating the release of their new album “What About Now”. Jon and the boys played a spirited 2+ hour set, filled with classics like “Bad Medicine,” as well as new sure-to-be hits like, “Because We Can.”
The world-renowned musical ensemble “Celtic Thunder” will return to the Fabulous Fox Theatre in St. Louis on November 8! Tickets are on sale now at MetroTix or call 314-534-1111 (starting at $45).
We had the chance to speak with George Donaldson, vocalist and sole Scotsman of the show. Here is George’s bio:
Born and raised in Scotland and a bus builder by trade, George Donaldson is the Scot in Celtic Thunder. He is a self-taught and accomplished musician, who has mastered guitar and flute and is currently being taught to play the fiddle by his daughter Sarah. George’s love of Celtic music stems from his childhood in Glasgow, where his main influence was his late father Bernard, who had a love and appreciation of all kinds of live music. One of George’s greatest thrills was performing for his Dad and 65,000 other fans at the Glasgow Celtics opening match of the 2000 season at Celtic Park in Glasgow. Now at 42 years of age, George is a well-established singer in the vibrant Glasgow and West of Scotland Folk scene, and he released his first solo CD in 2011 entitled ‘The White Rose’. George was also nominated for an Irish Music award in 2011. His musical influences are Harry Chapin and Jim Croce, and the Scottish group The Proclaimers. George has recorded folk sessions for BBC Scotland and has made appearances at Glasgow’s own Celtic Connections and the Glasgow West End Festival.