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

[Chorus:]
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

[Chorus]

[Solo]

[Chorus]

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

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

Chorus

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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

Rock Ballad of the Week: Survivor "Across The Miles"

When I’m all alone on a distant path
And my ticket home has been torn in half
Oh, I can hear your voice, girl I can feel your touch
Across the miles tonight
On the road again, will it always be
That the dream gets changed on its way to reality
Oh, but the thought of you, strange how it pulls me through
Across the miles tonight
And I am sending you this message through the wires tonight
Just close your eyes and hold on tight
And here I am, concentrating girl with all my might
Now the sound of your laughter trails off through the midnight sky
As the miles go by, cities come and go
When you close your eyes and listen to the radio
Girl, can you hear my song, the signal is clear and strong
Across the miles tonight
And I am sending you this message through the wires tonight
Just close your eyes and hold on tight
And here I am, concentrating girl with all my might
Now the sound of your laughter trails off
Across the miles

* Songwriters: Frank Sullivan / Jim Peterik

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Survivor is an American rock band, formed in Chicago in 1978 around Jim Peterik and Frankie Sullivan. The band achieved its greatest success in the 1980s, producing many charting singles, especially in the United States. The band is best-known for its double-platinum-certified 1982 hit “Eye of the Tiger“, the theme song for the 1982 motion picture Rocky III (US number 1 for six weeks). The band continued to chart in the mid-1980s with singles like “Burning Heart” (US number 2), “The Search Is Over” (US number 4), “High on You” (US number 8), “Is This Love” (US number 9), and “I Can’t Hold Back” (US number 13).

The band tweaked its musical direction in 1988 with the release of the slightly heavier Too Hot to Sleep, but the album barely reached the Billboard 200 in the United States.

Singer Jimi Jamison later toured as “Survivor” in the mid-1990s without the permission of the rest of the band, but reunited with guitarist Frankie Sullivan in 2000. The band then released Reach in 2006, but Jamison left again after its release and was replaced by singer Robin McAuley. Survivor continued to tour with McAuley into 2011 until Jamison returned later that year.

In April 2013 the band’s official media sources announced that guitarist Frankie Sullivan had reunited the current Survivor line-up with original singer Dave Bickler and the band would have Bickler and Jamison together for the next tour.

On September 1, 2014 Jamison died in his home in Memphis, Tennessee, at the age of 63. His autopsy, released on November 11, 2014, revealed the cause of death as a hemorrhagic brain stroke, with “acute methamphetamine intoxication contributing.”

*source: Wikipedia

Rock Ballad of the Week: Starship “Nothings Gonna Stop Us Now”

Lookin’ in your eyes
I see a paradise
This world that I found
Is too good to be true

Standin’ here beside you
Want so much to give you
This love in my heart
That I’m feelin’ for you

Let ’em say we’re crazy
I don’t care ’bout that
Put your hand in my hand
Baby, don’t ever look back

Let the world around us
Just fall apart
Baby, we can make it
If we’re heart to heart

And we can build this dream together
Standing strong forever
Nothing’s gonna stop us now
And if this world runs out of lovers
We’ll still have each other
Nothing’s gonna stop us
Nothing’s gonna stop us now
Oh, whoa

I’m so glad I found you
I’m not gonna lose you
Whatever it takes
I will stay here with you

Take it to the good times
See it through the bad times
Whatever it takes
Is what I’m gonna do

Let ’em say we’re crazy
What do they know
Put your arms around me
Baby, don’t ever let go

Let the world around us
Just fall apart
Baby, we can make it
If we’re heart to heart

And we can build this dream together
Standing strong forever
Nothing’s gonna stop us now

And if this world runs out of lovers
We’ll still have each other
Nothing’s gonna stop us
Nothing’s gonna stop us

Ooh, all that I need is you
All that I ever need
And all that I want to do
Is hold you forever ever and ever, hey

And we can build this dream together
Standing strong forever
Nothing’s gonna stop us now

And if this world runs out of lovers
We’ll still have each other
Nothing’s gonna stop us
Nothing’s gonna stop us

We can build this dream together
Standing strong forever
Nothing’s gonna stop us now
Nothing’s gonna stop us

And if this world runs out of lovers
We’ll still have each other
Nothing’s gonna stop us now

We can build this dream together
Standing strong forever
Nothing’s gonna stop us now

World runs out of lovers
Nothing’s gonna stop us
We’ll still have each other

We can build this dream together
Standing strong forever
Nothing’s gonna stop us now

Starship is an American rock band. Initially a continuation of Jefferson Starship, it underwent a change in musical direction, the subsequent loss of personnel, and a lawsuit settlement that led to a name change.

*source: Wikipedia

Rock Ballad of the Week: The Doors “Wintertime Love”

[Verse 1]
Wintertime winds blow cold the season
Fallen in love, I’m hopin’ to be
Wind is so cold, is that the reason?
Keeping you warm, your hands touching me

[Chorus]
Come with me dance, my dear
Winter’s so cold this year
You are so warm
My wintertime love to be

[Verse 2]
Wintertime winds blue and freezing
Coming from northern storms in the sea
Love has been lost, is that the reason?
Trying so desperately to be free

[Chorus]
Come with me dance, my dear
Winter’s so cold this year
You are so warm
My wintertime love to be

La, la, la, la

[Chorus]
Come with me dance, my dear
Winter’s so cold this year
You are so warm
My wintertime love to be

*lyrics written by John DensmoreRobby KriegerRay ManzarekJim Morrison

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The Doors were an American rock band formed in Los Angeles in 1965, with vocalist Jim Morrison, keyboardist Ray Manzarek, guitarist Robby Krieger, and drummer John Densmore. They were among the most controversial and influential rock acts of the 1960s, mostly because of Morrison’s lyrics and his erratic stage persona, and the group was widely regarded as representative of the era’s counterculture.

The band took its name from the title of Aldous Huxley‘s book The Doors of Perception, itself a reference to a quote by William Blake. After signing with Elektra Records, the Doors released eight albums in five years, some of which are considered among the greatest of all time, including The Doors (1967), Strange Days (1967), and L.A. Woman (1971).  By 1972 the Doors had sold over 4 million albums domestically and nearly 8 million singles.

Morrison died in uncertain circumstances in 1971. The band continued as a trio until disbanding in 1973.  They released three more albums in the 1970s, two of which featured earlier recordings by Morrison, and over the decades reunited on stage in various configurations. In 2002, Manzarek, Krieger and Ian Astbury of the Cult on vocals started performing as the Doors of the 21st Century. Densmore and the Morrison estate successfully sued them over the use of the band’s name. After a short time as Riders on the Storm, they settled on the name Manzarek–Krieger and toured until Manzarek’s death in 2013.

The Doors were the first American band to accumulate eight consecutive gold LPs.  According to the RIAA, they have sold 33 million records in the US and over 100 million records worldwide, making them one of the best-selling bands of all time.  The Doors have been listed as one of the greatest artists of all time by magazines including Rolling Stone, which ranked them 41st on its list of the “100 Greatest Artists of All Time“.  In 1993, they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

*source: Wikipedia

Rock Ballad of the Week: Ritchie Kotzen “I Promise I Will”

On a dark cold night
I was feeling a kind of faithless when I left home
I step up into the bar and set my eyes on you
For the first time
I don’t know the reason but you cut me by surprise
I gotta be there, babe
Always gonna be there
Cause You Know
You and I will be together no matter what they say
I promise I will
I’ll treat you like we met for the first time
And even if the sun don’t shine
I’ll keep you all in safety side
I promise I will
I’ll meaning it like
Like it was our first night
I Promise I will, babe…
So much time has passed
People move too fast
But you and I feel like first time
Oh
And I feel love is so deep inside my heart
I can’t explain it
I don’t wanna change it
But I’ve got to let you know
So many people I leave in the life
I don’t wanna be there
But girl I’m gonna be there for you
‘Cuz You and I will be together no matter what they say
I promise I will
I’m gonna treat you like we just met for the first time
And even if the sun don’t shine
I’ll keep you all in safety side
I promise I will
I’ll treat you like it was the first time
You and I will be together no matter what they say
I promise I will
I’ll treat you like we just met for the first time
Even if the sun don’t shine
Forget the lights this is our time
I promise I will
I’m gonna touch you like I touched you on the first night
Babe, babe, babe
I Promise I will
I Promise I will
And I promise it
Babe you got my word
All the thing I’m saying
I mean it, believe, I mean it

*Songwriters: Warren Diane Eve / WARREN DIANE EVE

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Richard Dale “Richie” Kotzen, Jr. (born February 3, 1970) is an American guitarist, singer, songwriter and producer. Kotzen has a prolific solo career, with a back catalogue of more than twenty album releases, was a member of the glam-hard rock band Poison from 1991-1993, Mr. Big from 1999-2002, and since 2012 has been the frontman of the band The Winery Dogs. Kotzen was signed to California-based Shrapnel Records from 1988 until 1991.

*source: Wikipedia

Rock Ballad of the Week: Ron Sexsmith “Whatever It Takes”

We’ve all been hurt by love
It’s out of our hands
For all it’s worth
I’m drawing a line in the sand
Another morning just won’t do
I need your love to shine on through
Or it won’t be new

Whatever it takes my love, I’ll find it
Whatever it takes my love
To put the lonely days behind us
I’m laying it down
Whatever it takes my love

If there’s a chance
For two hearts to celebrate
To blow out some candles
And tempt the hands of fate
You make a wish, I’ll make one too
But close your eyes, love when you do
Or it won’t be true

Whatever it takes my love, I’ll find it
Whatever it takes my love
To put the lonely days behind us
I’m laying it down
Whatever it takes my love
Whatever it takes my love

‘Cause I’ve been wandering ’round
With the same old blues
That have been dragging me down
If you feel the same way too
Maybe it takes two

And if we give thanks
For our love at each new dawn
We’ll find the strength
And the will to carry on
The sun alone will never do
Without your love to shine on through
It just won’t be new

Whatever it takes my love, I’ll find it
Whatever it takes my love
To put the lonely days behind us
I’m laying it down
Whatever it takes my love
Whatever it takes my love, oh oh oh

Whatever it takes my love, I’ll find it
Whatever it takes my love
To put the lonely days behind us
I’m laying it down
Whatever it takes my love
Whatever it takes my love

*Songwriters: Ron Sexsmith

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Ronald Eldon “Ron” Sexsmith (born 8 January 1964) is a Canadian singer-songwriter from St. Catharines, Ontario. He was the songwriter of the year at the 2002 Juno Awards. He began releasing recordings of his own material in 1985 at age 21, and has since recorded fifteen albums. He was the subject of a 2010 documentary called Love Shines.

*source: Wikipedia