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 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

*Songwriters: Michael Matijevic

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Steelheart started off as a rock band called Red Alert whose members included James Ward (bass), Chris Risola (lead guitar), Jack Wilkenson (drums) and Miljenko Matijevic (‘Mike’, vocals). Frank DiCostanzo joined as a rhythm 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. 23 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,[citation needed] 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 in 1992. While performing “Dancing in the Fire,” from their “Tangled in Reins” album, Matijevic attempted to climb an unsecured lighting truss, which toppled over and both he and the truss fell to the stage. In attempting to evade it, the truss landed on top of him, crushing him face first into the stage and Matijevic suffered a broken nose, cheekbone, jaw and a twisted spine. Miljenko Matijevic at Rockfest 80’s in Pembroke Pines, Florida on November 4, 2017.

In 1996 a revamped lineup of Steelheart emerged with guitarist Kenny Kanowski, bassist Vincent Mele and drummer Alex Makarovich, leaving Matijevic as 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 and Jennifer Aniston.

In 2016, Steelheart appeared at the three-day Rockingham 2016 melodic/hard rock festival with Marten Andersson from Lynch Mob and Lizzy Borden on bass, held in Nottingham, United Kingdom on October 22, as the headline act of the second day.

*source: Wikipedia

#Instrumental: John Petrucci "Wishful Thinking"

John Peter Petrucci (born July 12, 1967) is an American guitaristcomposer and producer. He is best known as a founding member of the progressive metal band Dream Theater. With his former bandmate Mike Portnoy, he produced all Dream Theater albums from 1999’s Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory to 2019’s Distance Over Time. He has been the sole producer of the band’s albums released since Portnoy’s departure in 2010. Petrucci was named as the third player on the G3 tour seven times, more than any other invited guitarist. Joel McIver‘s 2009 book The 100 Greatest Metal Guitarists ranks Petrucci second, after Dave Mustaine.  He was also named as one of the “Top 10 Greatest Guitar Shredders of All Time” by GuitarOne magazine.  In 2012, Petrucci was ranked the 17th greatest guitarist of all time by a Guitar World magazine reader’s poll.

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Rock Ballad of the Week: The Storm "To Have and To Hold"

You and I know that we need each other
It came to me as I drove through the pouring rain
There’s something I’ve always known that I need to tell you
It’s the simple things I find so hard to say

So I give you my heart
And all the feelings inside
Here’s a love that will last
For the rest of our lives
So believe in these words
That are deep from my soul
And remember that I’ll always be there
To have and to hold

When you’re away I find that I need you
And then It turns out
You feel the same
Now I won’t be alone to face tomorrow
And the truth is out and it’s falling just like rain


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The Storm was an American supergroup rock band, formed in the Bay Area of San Francisco during the early 1990s. The band released their first single, a power ballad, “I’ve Got a Lot to Learn About Love,” for which they are perhaps most widely known. The song peaked at #6 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart and at #26 on the Billboard Hot 100.

The band featured three of Journey‘s former members (two of whom were founding members) – Gregg Rolie (original lead vocalist and keyboardist of Journey) on keyboards and lead & backing vocals, Ross Valory on bass and background vocals, and Steve Smith on drums. Kevin Chalfant, who had a #12 rock chart hit in 1982 as lead vocalist with AOR band 707, was the lead vocalist, and Josh Ramos (who cited Journey founder and guitarist Neal Schon as a major influence) was the lead guitarist. Ramos had previously replaced Journey guitarist Neal Schon in Hardline. Consequently, The Storm sounds very much like Journey to fans and critics alike.

*source: Wikipedia