On August 9, 1995, KISS performed on MTV Unplugged in what fans consider the beginning of the eventual KISS Reunion. Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons contacted former members Peter Criss and Ace Frehley and invited them to participate in the event. Fan reaction to Criss and Frehley at the Unplugged show was so positive that, in 1996, the original lineup of KISS reunited, with all four original members together for the first time since 1980.
After delivering several master pieces in the AOR/Melodic Rock genre with the bands King Kobra, Signal and Unruly Child and of course the solo album "Long Way From Love" there was a long absence around MARCIE FREE. This cd by Marcie Free a.k.a. Mark Free was his/her 2nd solo cd release. "Tormented" - a more heavier and darker album.
A discussion on Scandinavian AOR would be incomplete without mention of Malmo based outfit Bad Habit. Timing their run through the 80's and dodging hair-metal bullets along the way, this classy five-piece straddled the fence between hair-metal and AOR, ending up like a cross between Danish boys Fate, Norwegians Davinci and fellow Swedes Glory. They did have an intriguing sound, enhanced by Hal Johnsto's Brian May like guitar lines. Signed to Sony/CBS for a 6 track demo called 'Young And Innocent' released in 1988, the band traded labels and moved to Virgin Records for the release of their debut album in 1989 called 'After Hours'.
The only album by highly acclaimed Swiss melodic rock act based upon former OXIDO members vocalist John Luke, bassist Mark Levin and keyboard player Patrick Reilly. Featuring BLACK N' BLUE members Jamie St. James and Tommy Thayer as the guests. Their album published in 1995 on the German Long Iceland Records Label and produced by Pat Regan. You can hear some really impressive gems like the rocking anthem “Ticket to Heaven”, the romantic song “You Take My Heart”, the powerful “Last Chance” and the Stevie Wonder hit “Superstition”, in a different way gives to the song a more personal note. Superb, perfectly crafted melodic hard rock! In the vein of No Credit, Melidian, Lessdress or Gotthard.
The third album of Merzy contain 16 songs (Japan press + 3 bonus tracks) and published in 1995 on Iceberg Records and co-released by BMG Records in Europe, and this gave them the opportunity to tour as support act for bands like Deep Purple and ZZ Top on the German part of their world tour. These guys are very talented, but try to cover too many genres. At one point they sound like Whitesnake, then ZZ Top and Van Halen. The ballads "Nowhere To Run" and "Standing In The Shadows" are superb.
Excess All Areas is the third album by the Birmingham, England band Shy. Recorded in the Netherlands with producer Neil Kernon, the album was published in 1987 on RCA/BMG. The album featured Shy's biggest hit, "Break Down The Walls", co-written with Don Dokken and reached Britain's top 75, with Metal Hammer magazine being appreciative.
"Unplugged" is an acoustic live album by Canadian musician Bryan Adams. The album was recorded completely on September 26, 1997 at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City. Recorded by David Hewitt and Bob Clearmountain on the Remote Recording Silver Truck. Notes: This is a "nearly unplugged" performance as it is not all acoustic but it's still a decent performance. Fantastic sound engineering. Great musician and wonderful singer.
"Get Mooned" is a great slab of melodic hard rock that blends in a healthy dose of melodic metal. Plenty of bands have been blurring the melodic hard rock / melodic metal line for years now, and "Get Mooned" is a great example of what it sounds like when done right. The japanese version (DIGITAL REMASTER) of "Get Mooned" contains the bonus track "Crystal Eyes". The cover shows the band in front of an over-sized full moon. Worth mentioning is that this version contains many songs which were significantly reduced in play length when compared to the original release.