Author: Brian Ericksen

The original shock-rockers come to Utah

When October rolls around, we all think of the same things in Utah: haunted houses, corn mazes, Halloween and bad dates. For those of us who love these macabre ventures, nothing sounds better than some good old-fashioned devil music. Enter Alice Cooper, one of the earliest rockin’ rollers to be accused of Satanism, and his shock-rock prodigy Rob Zombie. They’re coming to Utah; what could be better? Cooper has been in the music business since before this year’s freshmen were born. Some know him for his cameo appearance in Wayne’s World or by playing a few of his songs on Guitar Hero. Zombie is more contemporary and was even featured in the video game Twisted Metal 4. Both of these heavy rockers are known for putting on a great show. Not only do they perform their music well, but they also enact various forms of violence and erotica. One of Cooper’s more famous stunts is performing his own decapitation on stage. It looks so realistic that some believe that he actually dies and is then revived at the end of every show. Others more logically believe that he has been cloned. Zombie runs around the stage with his three-foot long dreadlocks swinging like intestines singing “Super Beast” while a monster rocks out on stage with him. The crowd has also been known for their rambunctious behaviors as well. Girls,...

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The blues takes a stroll down ‘Fairfax Avenue’

Blues isn’t a music genre that we hear often on the radio. It isn’t something that we see on VH1 or MTV either. Fortunately, that does not mean that the blues have gone anywhere. This is most apparent with the release of blues guitarist Roy Jay’s new album Fairfax Avenue. The album is full of life experiences, ranging from mistakes and missed opportunities to getting down and dirty. In his voice, you can hear this seasoned musician expressing what he has seen and what he yet desires. Having always been an avid music lover, Roy Jay was in many bands during his college years. As life’s demands came up, the opportunities to play and record music became less and less available. Then, one day, he finally decided to do what he always wanted: Play the blues. Thank goodness that he did. With help from local record companies and studios, Roy Jay was able to produce his first album, Lucky Man, in 2009. During the tour that followed, Roy Jay developed a better music identity to compose this new work of art. Roy Jay sounds like Eric Clapton and Bob Dylan were able to father the same child. A tasty, southern zing comes from his guitar to feed a hungry soul. This artist is fairly new and, like many artists, he isn’t getting the publicity that he deserves.  A musician...

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