Another new hard rock band I like is De La Cruz. Most of the members are from Australia and they formed a little over a year ago. The originator of the group was a guy named Casey Jones who you can find on YouTube doing guitar instructional videos. He plays guitar like you would hear in old 80’s glam rock bands such as Poison, Bon Jovi, Def Leppard, Dokken, Ratt, etc. His bandmates shared similar tastes in music so when they got together they sounded like a more modern version of those bands. They put out a free ep of six songs to download a few months after they formed the band which I got and loved immediately. Now, this past March they have released their first major label CD titled “Street Level”. I FREAKING LOVE IT! Unfortunately though, I found out through their Facebook page that Casey was getting tired of the band and decided to quit and focus on more guitar teaching and some other music projects. The rest of the band decided to stick together and wished him well. You would think this might put an end to the group but the 2nd guitarist in the band (they were a two – guitar band to start with) is pretty capable and maybe they’ll find a replacement for Casey or just keep going as a four piece outfit. Anyways, if you like any 80’s heavy rock such as Motley Crue, Dokken, Def Leppard, Bon Jovi, Poison, or Ratt you would probably love this group.
Here is a recent interview Charlie Rose did with the surviving members of Led Zeppelin. Hope you enjoy!
Trouble is a heavy rock band (doom or stoner metal) that I did like in the 80s but did not own anything by them. I recently started listening to them again and purchased their self-titled CD on Google Play. Trouble probably would have been more popular during another time period but they were competing against the hair metal bands like Bon Jovi, Poison, Winger, Warrant, Motley Crue, etc and the thrash bands like Metallica, Anthrax, and Megadeth and their music did not not fit either of those styles of music. They were more old school metal like Black Sabbath or old Judas Priest. Anyway, one of my favorite tracks on that self-titled CD is “Psychotic Reaction”. Here is a YouTube clip of them playing that song at a reunion show in Stockholm a few years ago.