NASHVILLE, TN—Finally unhindered by his wife Tipper’s 25-year-long household ban on violent and sexually explicit music, former vice president Al Gore, 62, reportedly embraced his newfound independence this week by listening to the albums of the heavy metal band W.A.S.P.
"For the first time in decades, I get to play the kind of music I like without someone nagging me about what a bad influence it is," said Gore, sitting on the floor of his living room as he cued up the song "Animal (Fuck Like A Beast)" on his stereo. "And I get to crank it up as loud as I want."
"These guys are kicking some serious ass," added the two-term U.S. Senator. "Check out this guitar break coming up—it’s nasty." …
40 Nights of Rock Archive: Day 14 video blog - Torche
Our hardscrabble travelers begin their day touring the Summerfest grounds in Milwaukee and visiting Kramp and Adler at radio station WLUM. Then they venture to Chicago for a backstage interview with stoner-metal heroes Torche before the band’s set at the historic Congress Theater.
40 Nights of Rock Archive: Day 8 video blog - The Moaners
Scott and Steve head south to Chapel Hill, N.C., where they meet up with Steve’s music-writer friend Ashley Melzer and Melissa Swingle and Laura King of The Moaners. They all discuss the trials and tribulations of life on the road as a duo, and then The Moaners do what they do best—rock faces.
Holy shit, this clip rules! This was my favorite song when it came out. I think I was four or five. It still rocks my face. And I can also vouch that RATT is just as good live now as it was 25 years ago.
"AC/DC is the kind of intrusive, unapologetic rock that grabs you by the balls and says, ‘Cough!’ It’s difficult for words to capture the beautiful ridiculousness, the holy-goof of a spectacle that is a 50-year-old Australian man prancing about the stage in a schoolboy outfit amidst neon lasers and explosive pyrotechnics. Angus is what Peter Pan really looks like, and whether it’s Bon Scott or Brian Johnson at the mic, it’s all good—this band is the living Spinal Tap!" - Steve