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Rock Ballad of the Week: Giant “Now Until Forever”

Sometimes love feels like an empty room
It’s cold and silent, you got nowhere to go
And sometimes the feeling’s over way too soon
‘Til you find someone who tells you so
And don’t you know, you’re my reason for tomorrow

And I need you, now until forever
All my life I’ve waited for someone like you
Love won’t die if we put our hearts together
You and I can make this dream come true
Now until forever
I need you

We thread emotions to be strong enough to withstand all elements of time
When we’re together where there’s only love
Never felt a heartbeat so close to mine
Don’t you know you’re my reason for tomorrow

And I need you, now until forever
All my life I’ve waited for someone like you
Love won’t die if we put our hearts together
You and I can make this dream come true
Now until forever
I need you

It’s our love, a love that lifts us high enough
We can survive any storm, where no one’s ever been before
And tomorrow will be brighter now, even yesterday is new
And all our promises ring true, and everything I have, I give to you

Sometimes love feels like an empty room, but now that all seems oh so long ago

And I need you, now until forever
All my life I’ve waited for someone like you
Love won’t die if we put our hearts together
You and I can make this dream come true
Now until forever
I need you

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Written by Dann Lee Huff, Robert White Johnson • Copyright © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc

Giant is an American melodic hard rock band that was formed in 1987. The band consisted of founding members Dann Huff (lead vocals & guitar) and Alan Pasqua (keyboard), and had Dann’s brother David Huff on drums and Mike Brignardello on bass. The Huff brothers were part of the founding members of the Christian rock band White Heart.

The band scored one hit, the 1990 power ballad “I’ll See You In My Dreams”, written by Alan Pasqua and Mark Spiro.

Giant disbanded in the early 90s after recording two albums, but resurfaced in 2000 minus Alan Pasqua and released the album III in late 2001.

*source: wikipedia

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Rock Ballad of The Week: Steelheart “All Your Love”

Gave me your heart, gave me everything you had
When I was down and needed you the most
Showed me love when I knew not what love was

You shared your laughs and kissed away the tears
You’re my life, you’re the hand that leads me through
Forever, baby, I’ll keep on loving you

I would crawl for a million miles, just to kiss the lips that made me smile
Oh, that made me smile
I was blind, I was on the run
The night has a thousand eyes, a heart but one, oh, the heart but one
I just melt when your eyes meet mine
Oh the thought of holding you, oh just the thought of

It’s all your love (it’s all your love) that keeps me hanging on (hangin’ on)
I count the days without you by my side
It’s all your love (it’s all your love)
That keeps my dreams alive (dreams alive)
And girl I can’t thank you enough

For all your love

Tell me, child, will you love me when I grow old
Will your tender touch be the same?
Cause your heart means to me a world of gold
And without you, baby, I’d be lost and cold

You make me feel like a superman
I could take on the whole world with just one hand, oh, just one hand
Girl, you make me feel so alive
I could climb the highest mountain and touch the sky, oh, yes I can

I can’t wait to make love tonight
Just the thought of holding you, oh just the thought of

It’s all your love (it’s all your love) that keeps me hanging on (hangin’ on)
I count the days without you by my side
It’s all your love (it’s all your love)
That keeps my dreams alive (dreams alive)
And girl I can’t thank you enough

It’s all your love (it’s all your love) that keeps me hanging on (hangin’ on)
I count the days without you by my side
It’s all your love (it’s all your love)
That keeps my dreams alive (dreams alive)
And girl I can’t thank you enough

It keeps me hangin’, keeps me hangin’ on

It’s all your love that keeps me hangin’ on

It’s all your love (it’s all your love) that keeps my dreams alive
And girl I can’t thank you enough for all your love

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Written by Michael Matijevic • Copyright © Universal Music Publishing Group

Steelheart started off as a rock band called Red Alert whose members included James Ward (bass), Chris Risola (guitars), Jack Wilkenson (drums) and Miljenko Matijevic (vocals). Frank DiCostanzo joined as a second guitarist and John Fowler replaced Jack Wilkenson. Steelheart released their self-titled debut album in 1990.  The second single “I’ll Never Let You Go (Angel Eyes)” reached No. 14 on the Billboard charts.

Steelheart’s second album, “Tangled In Reins”, was released in 1992, reaching No. 144 on the Billboard charts. The single “Mama Don’t You Cry” charted No. 1 in many East Asian Countries, including Hong Kong, leading to an Asian tour in September, 1992. Towards the end of their tour of Asia, Steelheart was asked by Slaughter to open for them at a show in Denver, Colorado on Halloween night, 1992. During the performance Matijevic was struck in the head by a lighting truss, knocking him to the ground face first and injuring his skull, jaw, nose, and spine. The accident and the shifting musical climate cause the band to go on hiatus shortly thereafter.

in 1996 a revamped lineup of Steelheart emerged with guitarist Kenny Kanowski, bassist Vincent Mele and drummer Alex Makarovich, leaving Matijevic the only original member.  The new Steelheart recorded and released the album “Wait”. Original member James Ward joined Steelheart on the tour supporting the album. Though the album failed to chart in the US, the track “We All Die Young” was featured in the motion picture, Rock Star, starring Mark Wahlberg.

In 2016 Steelheart appeared at the three-day Rockingham 2016 melodic/hard rock festival, held in Nottingham, United Kingdom on Saturday, October 22, as the headline act of the second day.[9] Reviews of the band’s performance were mixed. 


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Rock Ballad of The Week: W.E.T. “Love Heals”

Theres a voice thats crying from the wasteland
Says I dont know where to go from here
Ive been gone so long here in the wasteland
My days and months turn to years

Noise inside my head
It scares me half to death

But love heals, love feels alive
Cause loves here when youre by my side
And love frees, loves real this time
And love sees the man here inside
Love heals
Love heals

I have tried so hard to be a sane man
But my demons never disappear
I have hurt you, cursed you but you still stand
Helping me to see my fear

Noise inside my head
It scares me half to death

But love heals, love feels alive
Cause loves here when youre by my side
And love frees, loves real this time
And love sees the man here inside

Love heals

Whoa oh, oh oh
Whoa oh, oh oh
Whao oh, oh oh oh

And love heals, love feels alive
Cause loves here when youre by my side
And love frees, loves real this time
And love sees the man here inside

Whoa oh, oh oh
Whoa oh, oh oh
Whao oh, oh oh oh

Cause love heals
Yes love heals
Its true, love heals

Jeff Scott Soto (born November 4, 1965) is an American rock singer of Puerto Rican descent. He is most well known for being the lead singer for the group Kryst The Conqueror, the vocalist on Yngwie Malmsteen‘s first two albums, and the lead vocalist for Journey on their 2006–2007 tours after Steve Augeri had to leave the band because of an acute throat infection. His style ranges from Hard Rock to Heavy & Power Metal, but he is also influenced by classic soul music singers such as Sam Cooke as well as Journey vocalist Steve Perry, and Freddie Mercury from Queen.

Soto has also come together with musicians of Work Of Art and Eclipse to co-create the new band W.E.T., Soto being of Talisman, hence the first initials of each band spells: W.E.T. The new band has released a self-titled debut album, out November 2009. Videos have been made for the tracks “One Love”, “Comes Down Like Rain” and “Brothers In Arms”.

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source: wikipedia


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Rock Ballad of The Week – Warrant “Heaven”

Got a picture of your house and you’re standing by the door
It’s black and white and faded and it’s looking pretty worn
I see the factory that I worked silhouetted in the back
The memories are gray but, man, they’re really coming back
I don’t need to be the king of the world
As long as I’m the hero of this little girl

Heaven isn’t too far away
Closer to it every day
No matter what your friends might say, we will find our way

How I love the way you move and the sparkle in your eyes
There’s a color deep inside them like a blue suburban sky
When I come home late at night and you’re in bed asleep
I wrap my arms around you so I can feel you breath
I don’t need to a superman
As long as you will always be my biggest fan

Heaven isn’t too far away
Closer to it every day
No matter what your friends might say
We’ll find our way yeah

Now the lights are going out, along the boulevard
Memories come rushing back and it makes it pretty hard
I’ve got nowhere left to go, no one really cares
I don’t know what to do but I’m never giving up on you

Heaven isn’t too far away
Closer to it every day
No matter what your friends might say, yeah

Find our way
Heaven, far away
Heaven, far away
Heaven, isn’t too far away
Is not far away
Is not too far way
Is not too far way
Is not too far

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SONGWRITERS
ERIC BENJAMIN TURNER, JANI LANE, JERRY L DIXON, JOSEPH ALAN CAGLE, STEVEN J CHAMBERLIN

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Heaven is a song by American glam metal band Warrant. It was released in July 1989 as the second single from Warrant’s debut album Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich. The song was Warrant’s most commercially successful single, spending two weeks at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 (kept from the top spot by Milli Vanilli‘s ‘Girl I’m Gonna Miss You’), and reaching number one in Rolling Stone, and number three on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart.  The track’s commercial success has led it to becoming one of the best known songs by the band.

Warrant is an American glam metal band formed in 1984 in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, that experienced success from 1989 to 1996 with five albums reaching international sales of over 10 million. The band first came into the national spotlight with their Double Platinum debut album Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich, and one of its singles, “Heaven,” reached No. 1 in Rolling Stone and No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100.[4] The band continued its success in the early 1990s with the Double Platinum album Cherry Pie which provided the hit album titled song and music video.

Following the critically acclaimed Gold album Dog Eat Dog the band started to experience frequent changes to the line-up and despite the drop in popularity with the arrival of grunge, they released Ultraphobic in 1995 and a successful best of album in 1996. The band also changed their musical direction with the release of the grunge influenced Belly to Belly in 96, but returned to their roots very quickly by the end of the decade. The band experienced highs and lows in the 2000s with successful tours, a new covers album Under the Influence, lead singer Jani Lane leaving, a brand new Born Again album with new singer Jaime St. James and a brief reunion of the original line up. Into the new decade former lead singer and main songwriter Jani Lane died.

After over 30 years, the band is still recording music and performing, now with ex-Lynch Mob lead vocalist Robert Mason.

*source: wikipedia


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Rock Ballad of The Week – John Norum “Love Is Meant To Last Forever”

You are my best friend
And I will try to understand
The moment you need me
I’ll be there so just take my hand
‘Cause I know that we were meant for each other
Don’t give up for me
‘Cause I’ll make you see

Love is meant to last forever

I never thought you could leave me
And I believed you felt the same
But now that it’s over
I realize I’m the one to be blamed
But listen i know that things will get better
So hold on to me
‘Cause I’ll make you see

Love is meant to last forever

Love is meant to last forever…
Is it too hard to understand
Love is meant to last forever…
Why can’t you hold on to love

Love is meant to last forever…

Hold on to love!

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John Terry Norum (born 23 February 1964 in Vardø, Norway) is a Norwegian rock guitarist and one of the founders of the Swedish rock band, Europe. As an infant, he moved with his parents to Upplands Väsby (a Stockholm’s suburb) in Sweden, where he grew up and has spent most of his life. Concurrent to his role with Europe, he also maintains a successful side solo career.

Total Control is the first solo album by John Norum, the guitarist in the Swedish hard rock band Europe. It was released in 1987.

The album features two cover songs, “Back on the Streets”, written by former Kiss guitarist Vinnie Vincent with country artist Richard Kinky Friedman and originally recorded by the band 3-Speed for a 1984 movie soundtrack, and “Wild One” by Thin Lizzy.

The album´s producer Thomas Witt is/was Norum´s stepfather, a former drummer for Eddie Meduza and a high-ranking manager at CBS/Sony in Sweden at the time.

Total Control is dedicated to Tommy Östervik, one of John’s friends and heroes, who died in a drowning accident the same night as Europe played a concert that later was broadcast on Swedish television.

 


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Rock Ballad of The Week: The Troggs “With A Girl Like You”

I want to spend my life with a girl like you,
Ba ba ba ba bah ba ba ba ba
And do all the things that you want me to,
Ba ba ba ba bah ba ba ba ba
‘Till that time has come that we might live as one
Can I dance with you,
Ba ba ba ba bah ba ba ba ba
Ba ba ba ba bah ba ba ba ba

I can tell by the way you dress that you’re so refined,
Ba ba ba ba bah ba ba ba ba
And by the way you talk that you’re just my kind,
Ba ba ba ba bah ba ba ba ba
Girl why should it be that you don’t notice me
Can I dance with you,
Ba ba ba ba bah ba ba ba ba
Ba ba ba ba bah ba ba ba ba

Baby baby, is there no chance
I can take you for the last dance
All night long, yeah, I’ve been waiting
Now there’ll be no hesitating

So before this dance has reached the end,
Ba ba ba ba bah ba ba ba ba
To you across the floor my love I’ll send,
Ba ba ba ba bah ba ba ba ba
I just hope and pray that I’ll find a way to say
Can I dance with you,
Ba ba ba ba bah ba ba ba ba
Ba ba ba ba bah ba ba ba ba

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Written by Reg Presley • Copyright © Universal Music Publishing Group
With a Girl like You” is a song released by the English rock band the Troggs, written by Reg Presley and produced by Larry Page.  The song reached number one in the UK Singles Chart on 4 August 1966, where it remained for two weeks.
The Troggs (originally called The Troglodytes) are an English rock band formed in Andover, Hampshire in 1964. They had a number of hits in the United Kingdom and the United States. Their most famous songs include the US chart-toppers “Wild Thing“, “With a Girl Like You” and “Love Is All Around“, all of which sold over 1 million copies and were awarded gold discs. “Wild Thing” is ranked #257 on the Rolling Stone magazine’s list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time and was an influence on garage rock and punk rock.


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Rock Ballad of the Week: Kingdom Come “Now and Forever After”

It ‘s perfect when we touch
The signs are shining bright
We just can ‘t get enough
This much we know

[Chorus]
Oh, it ‘s so right
Time has come, it ‘s
Now, forever after
Now, sharing our laughter
For better or worse
Until we die
Now, forever after
Now, sharing our laughter
Until the end of time

There ‘s magic in our eyes
Which no one else can see
A flame that will not die
Shedding it ‘s glow

We ‘re wiser now by far
Our hearts are bound so tight
We know what we must do
Where we must go

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SONGWRITERS
WOLF, LENNY / KOTTAK, JAMES / WOLFF, MARTIN

Kingdom Come is a German heavy metal/hard rock band fronted by Hamburg-born vocalist Lenny Wolf (born as Frank Wöllschlager). The group’s first album, Kingdom Come is to date the band’s most internationally popular and biggest selling recording.

The group was formed in 1987 after the breakup of Wolf’s moderately successful rock project Stone Fury. Wolf recruited Pittsburgh-based lead guitarist Danny Stag, Louisvillians Rick Steier (guitar) and James Kottak (drums) and Ravenna, Italian-born Johnny B. Frank on bass and keyboards. Stag and Frank had previously been members of the bands Industrials (CBS Int’l), produced by Kim Fowley; WWIII;[1] and Population 5, which included bassist Prescott Niles (The Knack) and future Guns N’ Roses and Velvet Revolver drummer Matt Sorum. Frank was also at one point the keyboard player for Josie Cotton. Kingdom Come marked the first band where Wolf sang without playing guitar. The frontman later admitted that, for a while, it was a very awkward adjustment.