Login
Username

Password



Not a member yet?
Click here to register.

Forgotten your password?
Request a new one here.
Latest Comments
Black Sabbath - 1989 Devi...
Black Sabbath - 1989 Head...
Neal Schon - 1989 Softly ...
Getting back into this al...
Neal Schon - 1989 The The...
Valentine - 1990 Where Ar...
Burns Sisters - 1989 Answ...
Distance - 1989 Speech Of...
Distance - 1989 Softly Sp...
Well her real name is Fra...
It is weird that her firs...
Franne Golde - 1980 The N...
Masquerade - 1992 Sudden ...
I look to the sky with a ...
Lame arsed Home Counties...
Filth. Utter, Utter, Utter.
Another fine example of a...
For me Salisbury is their...
Can't believe I never com...
I saw Priest live in 2005...
Shoutbox
You must login to post a message.

gdazegod
19-11-2017 09:44
Burn (UK) will have their new album 'Ice Age' released in Japan via Marquee/Avalon on Nov 22. The album is then released worldwide on Jan 19th 2018 via Melodicrock Records.

gdazegod
19-11-2017 09:40
I was a bit cranky last week, waiting for various things to happen with the website transition. God it's good to be back. Didn't Gary Glitter sing a song like that? dogrun

gdazegod
19-11-2017 07:06
Note to all Members. Please review your Message inboxes. Some of these are getting rather large. Thanks.

gdazegod
19-11-2017 03:05
OK, all the YouTube videos are working again. Just use the YT link, and then encase in tags [ youtube] at the start, [/ youtube] at the end. Cool. Thumbs Up

gdazegod
12-11-2017 02:39
Starting to crank out some reviews now. Woah!

Articles Hierarchy
Articles Home » 2005 Articles » Hotshot - 2005 The Bomb
 
Hotshot - 2005 The Bomb


HOTSHOT - THE BOMB (2005, SPLITFINGER RECORDS)
Mike Pont - vocals;
Guitars - Al Pitrelli, Tony Bruno, Spike Francis, George Cintron, Leslie West
Bass - Bruno Ravel, Teddy Cook, Timmy Starace
Keyboards - Al Greenwood, Gary Bivona, Steve Savides
Drums - Steve West, Chuck Bonafante, Kurt Fairchild


Background
Damn I love this band! Why they never hit the big time previously remains one of the 'true rock n roll' mysteries. Mind you they've had many incarnations, many personnel line-ups, many chances and of course, many failures. Ah what would a 'rock n roll' life be without the odd failure aye? Certainly after hearing many of their songs, there is much to compare against similar outfits who did make it big, and therefore one can only imagine what might've been. The one constant throughout all this is principal singer and songwriter Mike Pont. Despite all the up's and down's, Mike has assembled a set of songs that takes a retrospective look back through the history book of Hotshot. And what a fantastic walk back in time it is too! Musically, think of a bundle of bands based around the 1985-1990 era. The likes of Danger Danger, Britny Fox, Warrant and Van Halen all give you an idea as to where Mike and Hotshot were heading. Unfortunately, it wasn't to No#1 with a bullet - but that aside, there is a heap to like with Hotshot. Firstly, the music is primo melodic hard rock with a ton of hair, excess, flash, and excitement. The recordings for this album took place during the 1986-1990 era, though with two distinct line-ups. As you can see from the personnel line-up from above, the connection to Danger Danger is a very close one. At one stage, both Mike and Al Pitrelli were both members of the band during its early incarnation. And so the ideas that were prominent in their material is also prominent on Hotshot, the influence rubbing off considering the long time colloboration with the likes of Bruno Ravel and Steve West who were part of the earliest line-up of Hotshot.

The Songs
Favorite songs? Well there are numerous. The Danger Danger likeness of 'Always In My Heart' is the sort of arena rock that'll have them shaking in the bleachers. 'Love By Numbers' is fun-filled party-rock in the vein of Van Halen, and tell me Mike ain't trying out his best Dave Lee Roth impersonation? Or how about the huge sounding 'Too Much Is Never Enough', with a chorus so big and memorable. It's the sort of song indicative of that 'hair-era'. Personally I can't get enough of it. A track like 'Bring On The Night' is ideal for MTV viewing, I can just see some gorgeous chick parading around on a video accompanying this tune.. lol! Perhaps the pick of the bunch is infectious arena rock of 'Love Makes You Blind'. Again Danger Danger is the major reference point, but the track swims in melody, evern more so than what D2 displayed in their heyday. Elsewhere, tracks like 'Feels Like The First Time' takes a stab at the Tom Kimmel/Van Stephenson school of AOR. Overall though, the whole album makes for great listening, especially in the car - nice and loud!!

In Summary
The band did get very close to inking a big deal around 1990-91, after some high-end input from Motley Crue pairing Nikki Sixx and Tommy Lee. That opportunity fell apart when those two had to divert all their attention to the fracturing of Crue and the departure and legal fallout of Vince Neil. All that effort mean't no time for Hotshot, and consequently, no deal either! You can read more about Mike's story over at their MySpace page. Though this is a retrospective release, you get fourteen tracks of melodic rock with absolute zero on filler. I'm certain that Danger Danger fans in particular, are going to curse me as their wallets are going to suffer yet another case of financial dehydration. And no, Hotshot is not the name of some energy sports drink or mineral water. It is just juicy melodic rock that will leave you thirsty for more. And as the news flies, we are hopeful that Mike Pont can get another Hotshot release out into the market place in the near future. Perhaps we might get a shot at talking to Mr Pont himself about this very issue.. stay tuned.

URL: www.hotshotrocks.com

Track Listing:
01 Intro
02 Love Don't Come Easy
03 Sweet Little Lucy
04 Always In My Heart
05 In The Groove
06 Love By Numbers
07 Too Much Is Never Enough
08 Rock A Bye Baby
09 Bring On The Night
10 Hold On
11 Feels Like The First Time
12 I Can't Turn Back
13 Love Makes You Blind
14 The Heartache Of Love

Rating:


Related Articles:
N/A

All written content on this website is copyrighted.
Copying of material without permission is not permitted.


 
This article has been tagged
Tags: Hotshot 
 
Comments
No Comments have been Posted.
 
Post Comment
Please Login to Post a Comment.
 
Ratings
Rating is available to Members only.

Please login or register to vote.

No Ratings have been Posted.
 
Articles Cloud
Athenaeum - 2002 Hourglass, Rosenfeld, Avi - 2017 Very Heepy, Very Purple VI, Jet - 1981 Empty Handed, Electric Eels - 2009 Electric Eels II, Kings Of Modesty - 2009 Hell Or Highwater, Street, Judy - 1983 More Than Enough [ep], BLOC - 1991 In The Freezone, Simon Chase - 1988 Thrill Of The Chase, Henderson, Finis - 1983 Finis, System Seven - 1990 Perspectives, Huey Lewis And The News - 1982 Picture This, Morningstar - 1978 Morningstar, Molly Hatchet - 2010 Justice, Sweet, The - 1979 Cut Above The Rest, Billy Satellite - 2016 Billy Satellite II
Tags©
Rock Candy Records Enuff Znuff Shining Line 38 Special Don Barnes Randy Meisner Actors And Actresses Bee Gees Andy Gibb Off Broadway American Angel Gowan Fury (USA) The Regulators Uriah Heep Mark Spiro Kevin Dubrow Quiet Riot Chapter 23 Riverside Shoes Spread Eagle Jaugernaut Thunderstone Sweet Comfort Band Pure Prairie League Circle Of Light Decoy Whitesnake Cheap Trick Wounded Bird Rock Candy Records Aviary Triumph Dynazty Ted Nugent John O Banion
All Tags
Search DDG