4 Years Ago (2017)
Another slow week for the site.
8 Years Ago (2013)
I was reading “Shut Up and Give Me The Mic” and it got me into a Snider mood, so I listened to “Desperado – Bloodied But Unbowed”.
For the uninitiated Desperado also includes Clive Burr (RIP) on drums, Bernie Tormè (RIP) on guitars and Marc Russel on bass.
The project never saw a proper release due to Elektra, pulling the CD from the shelves, two weeks before its release.
Back in the heyday of the record labels, as a musician, your career was in the hands of the record labels. The record company moguls had the power to make or break not only musical careers but the financial lives of individuals.
Vito Bratta is one of the most searched artists on the internet, especially around what he is doing right now. I can’t believe that a talent like Vito, just walked away from it all and stopped writing music.
But he hinted at his departure in past interviews.
In a “Guitar World” interview from July 1991, Vito said that on the “Big Game” record, everyone commented on his playing, but hardly anyone said anything about the songs. And that bothered him.
Brad Tolinski, the person who was conducting the interview mentioned to Vito that it seemed that he made a conscious effort to play differently on “Mane Attraction” and that there are less broken arpeggios and other styling’s that Vito is renowned for.
Vito answered that with the following words;
“I don’t play like myself on this record.”
I remember picking up the Metal Edge magazine from 1988 and seeing an update from Motley Crue. In the pre-Internet era, the only way to get information from our favourite bands was via magazines and MTV.
Metal Edge was happy to report that the band was busy at work on their fifth album and that “Monsterous” is one title they werep considering along with “SSRR” which stands for “Sex, Sex, and Rock ‘N Roll”.
“Some Kind Of Monster” was doing the rounds on free to air TV at the time. Basically, Kirk and Lars are beholden to James Hetfield. That’s the message I got out of the documentary
During the whole “James in rehab” period, Kirk and Lars did nothing and could do nothing. The band was on hold until James was ready.
The RIAA kept shutting down file-sharing services. The MPAA started to go after the ISP’s as copyright infringement enablers.
But with all the activity going on, file sharing didn’t cease.
The “Iron Maiden” discography was and still is available for downloading and it is free.
In 2011, Iron Maiden played 33 shows and had total gross earnings of $33,085,671.
Did piracy really hurt em?
Because even in the Eighties, piracy was rampant as blank cassettes became massive sellers.
I purchased most of my music via Amazon US Store so do my purchasers rank as U.S sales or Australian sales?
The King had arrived from Avenged Sevenfold. You can read my review here. And even though the album sounded like other albums, all publicity is good publicity.
This song is a hit, however it was never released as an “official” single. Its one of their most streamed songs on Spotify.
And that’s another wrap for another week.
6 thoughts on “The Week In Destroyer Of Harmony History – September 6 to September 12”
That Dee book was a decent read. Vito is a great interview when he speaks. I wish I could land that dude for a chat.
Keep trying Deke.
Yeah it was kinda nuts how Vito just up and split from music, and won’t entertain the slightest possibility of going back in. I guess Chris DeGarmo did roughly the same thing.
Yep they both did it, at least we got a few more albums from DeGarmo.
Vito is a big mystery and that is why everyone is fascinated with him. That took some guts to just walk away.
Your 100 percent right on that. And I think he likes keeping the mystery in tact.