Articles by: Fred Phillips

Alice Cooper, May 11, 2017: Shows I’ll Never Forget

Alice Cooper, May 11, 2017: Shows I’ll Never Forget

When rockers begin to get older, you expect to see it in their performance. Not Alice Cooper.

Savatage – Fight for the Rock (1986): Metal Meltdowns

Savatage – Fight for the Rock (1986): Metal Meltdowns

‘Fight for the Rock’ almost put Savatage’s career in a coffin before we got their best work.

Paul O’Neill (1956-2017) of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra: Something Else! Interview

Paul O’Neill (1956-2017) of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra: Something Else! Interview

It’s not often that the passing of someone famous really affects me. When I hear about it, I may think, “Man, that’s a shame,” but I quickly move on. Every now and then, though, someone makes

Motley Crue – Generation Swine (1997): Metal Meltdowns

Motley Crue – Generation Swine (1997): Metal Meltdowns

A failed attempt to make Motley Crue relevant again, ‘Generation Swine’ is just a bad all-around record.

Fred Phillips’ Best Hard Rock and Metal of 2016: Anthrax, Testament, Rob Zombie, Dead Daisies

Fred Phillips’ Best Hard Rock and Metal of 2016: Anthrax, Testament, Rob Zombie, Dead Daisies

As you go through my Best Hard Rock and Metal of 2016 list, you’ll see why I’m calling it the year of the classic thrash band.

Fred Phillips’ Best Country and Southern Rock of 2016: Jackson Taylor, Hank Jr., Whiskey Myers

Fred Phillips’ Best Country and Southern Rock of 2016: Jackson Taylor, Hank Jr., Whiskey Myers

A very topical album, a group of overlooked Southern rockers and the return of a country legend highlight this Best Country and Southern Rock of 2016 list.

Celtic Frost – Cold Lake (1988): Metal Meltdowns

Celtic Frost – Cold Lake (1988): Metal Meltdowns

Celtic Frost was one of the pioneering bands of what would become death and black metal. Then came 1988’s ‘Cold Lake.’

Metallica – St. Anger (2003): Metal Meltdowns

Metallica – St. Anger (2003): Metal Meltdowns

With everything working against it, why do I actually like Metallica’s ‘St. Anger’?

Anthrax, Sept. 23, 2016: Shows I’ll Never Forget

Anthrax, Sept. 23, 2016: Shows I’ll Never Forget

In recent years, I’ve said some pretty negative things about Anthrax frontman Joey Belladonna. I’d like to use this opportunity to take all of those things back.

Jackyl – ROWYCO (2016)

Jackyl – ROWYCO (2016)

Arriving at the end of the party-hearty 1980s was a stroke of bad luck for Jackyl. No matter what, though, Jesse James Dupree has stuck to his guns.