Now its time to move onto favorite music groups of all time.  This time, we will list in order from 10 to 1.  I will list in two posts  of 5 each.  As usual, feel free to comment, or mail me at jay@reddgranite.com with your list and I will be happy to post. And no, if you think this is going to be filled with Led Zepplins, Who’s, and the like, you are dead wrong.

10. Head East. www.headeast.com. Most remember this group more as a one hit wonder than a top 10 band. But many albums and a long history dating back to 1969, they go far beyond their branded hit “Never Been Any Reason”  Actually, I liked their follow up album to Flat As A Pancake, “Getting Lucky” much better than the signature album.  Fronted by a great voice in John Schlitt.  For those of you in the Christian Rock arena, he fronted Petra for two decades until the band broke up.  Now he has solo career. Maybe I like these guys because of their Central Illinios start. Have a look at the website.  They still tour today, only the founder and resident ass hole Roger Boyd is the only original. Owns rights to the name, I believe.

Queensryche. www.queensryche.com. Often confused as a hair band, these guys carved a separate path laced with highly intelligent lyrics and a different sound.  A true think tank type of group. A bit theatrical. My daughter will shoot me on this one, as we have seen them several times in concert together, and well, I agree with her, they just do not translate well into concert. But still like them anyway….and if you read earlier posts on top 10 songs, they have one of my top 10, “Eyes Of A Stranger”  Because, each of us a just a little bit insane.

Dokken. www.dokken.net. Rockin with Dokken. Great band with not only the dynamics lead vocals, but if you listen closely, some of the best guitar riffs in the industry. Of course, the latter was due to the talents of George Lynch, who split long ago from the group.  Rumored to be returning, but seemingly at a stalemate, since George wants to return only if Jeff Pilsner, another original member is on tour. Jeff is off doing some work for a Christian music project and ‘not available’.  Seems George wants Jeff there to counter the sometimes bipolar personality of Don Dokken. Loose the bottle Don if you cannot handle it.

REO Speedwagon. www.speedwagon.com    Man, whats with the Illinios connection here?  From Rockford, Illinios, they started out as a truly hard rock band turning into a hits writing machine which moved them squarely into pop. Still touring endlessly these days…usually with another Illinios outfit and favorite, three band mates are original members. Met lead singer Kevin Cronin once at the Orleans in L.V., was staying on the same floor as us.  Nice guy, but really, I do like the music.  See story about one of their songs in the comments section under the favorite songs posts by Dave earlier.  It is quite humorous.

Warrant. www.warrantweb.net. Speaking of bipolar…ex,ex,ex,ex,ex, hell, I cannot remember how many times lead singer Jani Lane has been in and out of this group.  Cannot get his shit together. . Unfortunately, he is the voice.  Other groups with prolific lead singers have done a good job of replacing them, but not Warrant.  I have seen these guys 12 times. About 2/3 of them with Lane.  I have seem him do tremendous shows, and drunken slobberly shows. Too bad. The group knows they need him, thats why they keep putting up with him time and again. Right now, Lane is out. Have not seen the new guy, and I will go see them with him at the helm. Cannot hurt. But this is a group that really needs Lane in there.  And, by the way, they go far beyond the seemingly only song people remember from them, “Cherry Pie”. Just listen to the greatest hits CD….OK, you have to like melodic rock and a bit of raunch, but truly great stuff.

Next five in next post. Comments welcome.

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