How happy does Nikki Sixx look in the picture above, where he is book-ended by Dennis Dunaway (Alice Cooper) and Kub Coda (Brownsville Station) on the left and Neal Smith (Alice Cooper) and Joe Bouchard (Blue Oyster Cult) on the right? Nikki’s arms appear to be virtually un-inked and I’ve never seen Neal and Dennis with shorter hair, so you can tell this photo is from another era entirely. Still, it’s a fun blast from the past. Motley Crue Bassist and Renaissance Man Nikki Sixx was born on this day, December 11th, in 1958. Happy Birthday, Nikki!
Aside from owning and operating one of Connecticut’s premier custom guitar shops, The Guitar Hangar, guitarist Rick Tedesco is probably best known for his work with recent Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Alice Cooper bassist Dennis Dunaway. When the Dennis Dunaway Project declined to finish recording its sophomore album, Tedesco took his songs, enlisting the assistance of some of his fellow Connecticut musicians, and recorded his first solo effort with A Light In The Attic. It was probably a good move on his part. Light is an album that should appeal to a lot of classic rock fans who dig heavy guitar rock with melodic sensibilities as heard in the music of bands like Dream Theater, Styx, Blue Oyster Cult and even some of the stronger hair metal bands of the late 80s, such as Winger. Where Tedesco’s project stands out over the previous Dennis Dunaway Project album (Bones From The Yard) is in its more consistent songwriting and thematic tone, elevated by Rick’s superior vocal talents. Far from sounding like just another home studio-recorded project, the production values on this album are extremely impressive!
The album kicks off with “Fireball” – a momentous tale of impending Armageddon, (actually penned by Dunaway), and the album doesn’t slack off for a moment through the remaining 11 tracks. Guest musicians on Light include Dunaway, contributing bass on several tracks, as well as former Dennis Dunaway Project members Ed Burns and Russ Wilson, guitarist Doug Wahlberg (The Doug Wahlberg Band), drummer Rich Genovese and the legendary Ian Hunter, a longtime friend of Tedesco’s, who plays organ on “The Night is Coming.” A couple of the standout tracks are the ones that pay homage to the Monster Ballads of the 80s, such as “Pain” and “Drowning,” which starts out sounding very similar to Led Zeppelin’s stunning “10 Years Gone” – and that’s high praise indeed. I also really enjoyed the album’s closing track “Church of Sinners” for its very fun James Bond-feel outtro.
If you’re not hearing the music you love on the radio – and let’s be honest, who is these days? – Rick Tedesco’s A Light In The Attic may satisfy your classic rock fix. A Light In The Attic is available online at Guitar Hangar Dot Com, from CD Baby and on iTunes.