Born Aldo Caporucio in November of 1956, this Canadian born musician has many titles under his belt. He’s a guitarist, singer, vocalist, songwriter and producer! He is probably best known for his self-titled album from 1982, ‘Aldo Nova’ which featured the song “Fantasy”.
In addition to his own music, he has worked with many great artists. He wrote the main guitar riff in Jon Bon Jovi’s hit, ‘Blaze of Glory’. JBJ returned the favor by working on Nova’s release of his album, ‘Blood on the Bricks’. That album produced 3 singles, ‘Blood on the Bricks’, ‘Someday’ & ‘Medicine Man’.
Nova has also worked extensively with Celine Dion. He has written for her and played instruments on many of her albums as well. In 1996, he received a Grammy Award for producing Dion’s album, “Falling into You”, as Album of the Year. He has also co-written songs for people such as Blue Oyster Cult, Clay Aiken & the Chilean rock group, La Ley.
On October 19th of this year, Nova returns with a new album after more than 30 years! The album name is ‘2.0 (Megaforce)’. This record revisits his smash hit, ‘Fantasy’. He reinvented the song to appeal to the younger crowd, yet it still is very recognizable to all of us who jammed to it back in the 80’s. During the creation of this album, Nova’s wife was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and passed away shortly after it’s completion on Christmas Day 2017.
Aldo said: “During the time that I was working on 2.0, my wife was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer,” he explained. “I managed to finish the album right before she passed away on Christmas Day. I still was able to take care of every doctor’s appointment, every chemo treatment. I was cooking and cleaning and at night I worked on my album.”
One of the more obscure bands from the early 1990’s, was Trouble Tribe. Another one of those glam metal bands that would have done so much better if they had come out 2 or 3 years before like so many other bands that were affected by grunge.
The band featured Jimmy Driscoll as lead singer, Adam Wacht on lead guitar, Eric Klaastad on bass & Stephen Durrell on drums.
Two of their songs had MTV play, ‘Tattoo’ & ‘Here Comes Trouble’. Both songs were off of their self titled album, ‘Trouble Tribe’. This record also contained an awesome power ballad, ‘In the End’ (which gets you in the feels!) & we can’t forget their Beatles’ cover of ‘Dear Prudence’, which is pretty good too.
The band broke up and went their separate ways. Adam Wacht went on to play in the bands, Left for Dead & Opinion while Jimmy Driscoll started the band In the Wild.
Despite having an amazing group of musicians and support from rockers such as Bruce Kulick of Kiss and Jon Bon Jovi the Electric Angels didn’t reach the pinnacle of success that many other bands from the same time frame found. As we’ve learned with many great hair bands from the time, the introduction of grunge music was just too much for most bands to battle. Electric Angels featuring Shane, Ryan Roxie, John Schubert and Jonathan Daniel were an L.A. based band that moved to New York. Within a few months of their arrival they were signed to Atlantic Records and began playing shows with groups including Dogs D’Amour and Mother Love Bone.
In 1989 producer Tony Visconti and the guys recorded their self titled debut album in London. While there were several great tracks on the album the time frame of the release was at the end of the hair metal era and did not get the recognition it deserved.
The super catchy “Rattlesnake Kisses” song was played pretty heavily on MTV with the sexy Christina Applegate featured in the video.
Our Vintage Spotlight bands this week are two that most fans of hair metal, and music in general probably know of have heard of. Hurricane and Autograph.
We'll have a blog post about each of the bands throughout the week but for now, if you havent' heard of them, or of their music, or if you're a fan and just want to hear a favorite song again, here are two of their most popular videos.
Our Vintage Spotlight Artists this week are McQueen Street and Big Bad Wolf.
Both bands were a little late in the game to really succeed in the hair band genre, but timing doesn't affect talent! While the hair band era was ending both of these bands were putting out great music.
We'll have individual posts about each band throughout the week, but for now take a few minutes to check out
My Religion by McQueen Street and I Cant Get Over You by Big Bad Wolf.