I was born on May 2, 1968 on an Air Force Base in Montana, which doesn't mean much of anything for anyone other than me or my family, but on May 2, 2006, t seems that the music industry gave me one of the best birthday presents ever. The release of several kick ass albums.
The most important release in my eyes was Rebel Meets Rebel. Some of the songs are a little too country for me, but the guitar playing is god-like throughout the entire album.
Vinnie's new record company also released the first of hopefully several Dimevision DVD's. AWESOME!!! This kept me rolling on the floor for the almost the entire length of the video. Several scenes from the video were also in a long video presentation that was shown at Dime's public memorial at the Arlington Convention Center the evening of his funeral, which made most of us leave that memorial with huge smiles on our faces.
Tool also released their new album 10,000 Days. I haven't heard the full album, but I was listening to it on the way to work this morning can't wait to hear the rest. The first three songs are killer. I will update this post after I've heard the rest of it.
Pearl Jam put out their album the day as well. I'm not a huge Pearl Jam fan, but the few songs I've heard off of this album sound pretty good. I'll update this post after hearing the full album as well.
Many other bands also released albums that day, but I've only listed the ones that I currently have. In addition, last Friday night VH1 finally played the Decades Live concert honoring Heart. I recorded the show for the sole purpose of watching Alice in Chains, but was pleasantly surprised at how good Heart sounded. I love TiVo.
Phil performs Would? withAlice in Chains on VH1's Decades Rock Live
All in all, a historic week for hard rock and metal. I highly recommend all releases listed above. Enjoy!
Update: Just completed listening to the entire Tool album 10,000 Days. WOW!!! That is one of the most solid albums I've heard in a long time. I seriously enjoyed every song on that album. The 3-D artwork is also very cool.