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America Rocks tour happening tonight at the Alrosa Villa

As mentioned in the Jack Russell interview posted earlier this week, the America Rocks tour hits Columbus tonight and features a who’s who of early ’90s Metal Edge favorites (Jack Russell’s Great White, Faster Pussycat, Bulletboys, Pretty Boy Floyd, Lillian Axe).

Doors open at 6:30, music starts around 7. Grab your favorite pair of leather pants, tease your hair, and come join me at the Alrosa Villa!

Saturday night: RATT @ The Alrosa

RATT did it right. Rather than trying to be modern sounding or advancing their sound, they went back to Out of the Cellar and Invasion of Your Privacy, figured out what they did to sell millions of records in the late ’80s and used that as a template for a brand new record of songs that sound brand old.

I was hoping you’d be reading an interview with one of the guys (3 original members – Stephen Pearcy, Warran DeMartini, Bobby Blotzer, 2 newer guys – Carlos Cavazo, Robbie Crane) in this spot but nothing ever worked out even though we tried a few times.

Maybe things aren’t real good in the RATT camp these days. Pearcy recently told a British-based website that he’s looking forward to a break. “I’m ready to go with new solo stuff with the Rat Bastards and my new band Battering Ramm. Will we do another Ratt record? I don’t know. Things didn’t fall into place and I’ve left my options open. We’ll see what happens.”

Saturday night RATT will run through a greatest hits set, with a few tracks from 2010′s Infestation thrown in, to celebrate the Alrosa Villa’s 30th anniversary. This might be the last time you’ll have a chance to check out RATT before they hang it up. Tickets are $25.

Interview: Joey Allen (Warrant)

(Warrant rolls into Columbus on Friday night for a gig at Screamin Willie’s (1921 Channingway Center Dr.))

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – the 17-year-old me can’t believe that I’m trading e-mails with Warrant guitarist Joey Allen. Warrant was an integral part of my rock n’ roll journalism career hobby as one of the first articles I wrote for my high school paper was a concert review of a pre-record-release Warrant in which I predicted big things for the L.A. band.

Five years ago I had an opportunity to speak with Joey for the first time as anything other than a fan and he couldn’t have been nicer or more down to earth. He even gave me his cell phone number and said I could call whenever I wanted to chat.
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Get your glam on! Dirty Penny in Columbus (Thurs. night)

Dirty Penny returns to Slapsy Maxie’s (1019 Mediterranean Ave. – in/near The Continent) Thursday night in support of their glamtastic 2009 release, Young & Reckless. If you dug the late ’80s Sunset Strip sleaze metal sound (ala Motley Crue, Guns N’ Roses, Poison, LA Guns), Dirty Penny is not to be missed.

Back in October after a botched booking left the band without a venue to play in the midst of a tour with Vains of Jenna, Slapsy Maxie’s offered Dirty Penny a last-minute gig. While there wasn’t a line out the door, for a last minute show there was a decent turnout and the show was phenomenal, a true throwback to the days when I frequented long gone clubs like the Akron Agora and the “Real” Flash Gordon’s up in Cleveland.

Dirty Penny should hit the stage around 10pm. It’s 21 and over with a $5 cover charge.

Pics from the October gig after the jump.
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