Posts Tagged ‘Retropulse Music’

ShapiroChris Shapiro
June 2013

Saturday June 15th the Down Boys of rock ‘n roll are taking Pittsburgh Raceway Park by storm.

Warrant and their fellow brothers in rock, Firehouse and Trixter, are performing at the raceway as part of their Cherry Pie Tour.

Erik Turner co-founder of Warrant

Erik Turner co-founder of Warrant.

The history of the Cherry Pie Tour goes back to the early 1990’s when Warrant released their hit album of the same name.

“Well, in 1991 I believe it was, we did a tour with Firehouse and Trixter.  Our Cherry Pie CD was out at that time and so it’s fun whenever the three bands can get together and put a show on together,” Erik Turner, co-founder of Warrant, said.

Turner said the three bands have a lot of history together and he enjoys any chance he gets to do a concert with them, which tends to be periodically.

He said out of the fifty shows Warrant performed last year roughly fifteen of them were with the Cherry Pie Tour line up.

“It’s a lot of fun playing with those guys.  We’ve known them obviously a long time.  Trixter has a platinum record and Firehouse has had platinum records and we sold a boat load of records.  So there’s a lot of hit songs between the three bands and it makes for a great evening of 80’s rock ‘n roll,” Turner said.

Though Warrant’s love of music has remained, the way the band gets to the shows has changed quite a bit since their early days. (more…)



Lead singer of Poison, Bret Michaels.
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Bret Michaels, front man of Poison and native of the greater Pittsburgh area, will be performing at Jergel’s Rhythm Grille in Warrendale, PA on November 18th.  With Poison, Michaels has sold over 30 million records worldwide and enjoyed top-ten status with the hit singles, “Talk Dirty to Me,” “Nothin’ but a Good Time,” “Unskinny Bop,” “Something to Believe In” and the chart topping, “Every Rose Has Its Thorn.”

Michaels took time a few days before the show to answer several questions from Retropulse Music.

Special Thanks to Jergel’s Rhythm Grille.

Question 1: How has being from the greater Pittsburgh area influenced your musical style?

Michaels: Well, Pittsburgh obviously was a blue collar town when I was growing up, and those kinds of towns lend themselves to the birth of the best raw rock and roll. I’m a story-telling song writer and that’s the kind of thing that comes from a town like mine.  John Mellencamp, Bon Jovi, and I all come from those humble roots and it shines through in the music. It has meaning and substance. Even when I’m singing something as tongue and cheek as Unskinny Bop, there was a story behind it and an inspiration about what was happening around me at the time. I believe that comes from the folk rock influence of story and song writing that emerges from hard working people in a town like Pittsburgh. (more…)

Samantha Fox, an international star known for her many top-ten charting singles including 1986’s mega hit “Touch Me” (which topped the charts in 17 countries), spoke with Retropulse Music about her reissued albums as well as her 10th studio release expected to be released early next year. Fox also talks about coming back to America and her experience at the Chiller Theater event on October 29th along with an upcoming U.S. tour scheduled for next year.

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Chris Shapiro
November 2012

There’s nothing worse than listening to packaged music.  Package music is music created through a business plan like mindset and done to appeal to the masses in an attempt to generate large profits.  Often times, it’s not even written by the musician.  It’s lifeless, over-produced, noise with no character, no personality.  This style lacks a voice and is a slap in the face to everything music stands for.

Lately, packaged music has come to dominate the music scene, growing exponentially   during my lifetime.  I’ve tried to listening to it.  Honestly, I’ve tried playing the songs only to become disgusted with the artificial sounds, tacky lyrics and lack of rockability.

If you’re like me, where you crave music that stands strong with identity, then you need to plan on attending an Outlaws concert.

The Outlaws, “the guitar army,” performed at the Pepsi Cola Road House in Pittsburgh on November 9th. The concert was presented by Pannutti Productions and WDVE.

The Outlaws are men who are keeping true music alive not because they dream of striking it rich, but they have an everlasting love for what music is.  They know people need it in their lives.  It inspires, comforts, and speaks to us as no other medium can.

That’s why the Outlaws play.

When they take that stage, they bring to life a culture, a nation of southern rockers.  The audience is a sea of men and women wearing Outlaws clothing, some branded thirty plus years ago.  Confederate flags are rallied in a whirlwind as fans take to their feet during songs such as “Green Grass and High Tides” and “Ghost Riders in the Sky.” (more…)

Jack Russell is the co-founder and lead singer for the Grammy Award nominated band Great White.  The band scored mega hits in the late 1980’s off their “Once Bitten…” and “Twice Shy” albums including, “Rock Me,” “Save Your Love” and the top ten “Once Bitten, Twice Shy”

Russell will be performing this Thursday (November 8th) at Changes in New Castle, PA and December 8th at the Dead Horse Cantina in Pittsburgh, PA.

By Chris Shapiro
October 2012

Susanna Hoffs’s latest solo album, Someday, is a cheerful, organically created master-piece that exhibits music in its truest form.

Susanna Hoffs
Photo credit: Rebecca Wilson

Someday is the best showcase of Hoffs’s peaceful vocals since 1988’s “Eternal Flame.”  Coupled with vivid lyrics, her vocals paint images so clearly the listener could get up and walk around in the worlds created.

There is no heavy usage of sound effects or computer post-production work in the creation of Someday.  Here musicians gathered and played as one group to create the magic that is music.

On the advice of her produced, Mitchell Froom, Hoffs recorded Someday in the spirit of 1960’s recording with the entire band playing together in the studio in an attempt to create music that was in the moment.

There’s a synergy in the songs as a result.  Hoffs and her fellow musicians were able to create music that was living verse produced.   Music is a spiritual expression that takes on a life of its own when musicians are willing to pour their spirit into their work. (more…)