KISS was one of the first rock bands I ever listened to and I can proudly say that I’m a lifelong fan, or member of the KISS army, as the fans like to call themselves. The band’s stage show and Ace Frehley’s guitar solos fueled my desire to become an electric lead guitarist as an 11-year-old and I still consider KISS to be one of my major influences.
“Love Gun” is one of my favorite KISS songs. It was originally released in 1977 on the album with the same name, and has been a staple in KISS setlists since then. As a huge fan of Michael Jackson and producer Quincy Jones, I wanted to use “The Way You Make Me Feel” as the foundation for this cover, imagining what the song could’ve sounded like, if it came out in 1987, ten years later.
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Update: Rocky's Performance
I can thank Yngwie Malmsteen for helping me take my guitar playing to the next level. I discovered his music as a teenager, when I fell off my bike at the age of 13 and couldn’t play guitar for a week. My brother recommended that I check out Yngwie Malmsteen and I’m thankful to this day that I did. Hearing songs like “Black Star” and “Far Beyond The Sun” completely blew me away, thanks to his incredible technique and neoclassical sound. “Baroque & Roll,” which was released in 2002 on the “Attack!!” album, captures both the melodic and the virtuoso essence of Yngwie Malmsteen. I was first introduced to this song while watching the G3 Live in Denver DVD. It instantly became one of my favorite songs, and I can’t think of a better pick for a humble tribute to The Maestro himself.
Mastered at Abbey Road Studios by Andy Walter.
Guitar: Fender Stratocaster with Dimarzio pickups. Tone Zone (B), Air Norton (M & N.) Bass: Fender Jazz Bass. Guitar and bass was recorded with a Fractal Axe-Fx III.
“Baroque & Roll” was written by Yngwie J. Malmsteen and originally released on the “Attack!!” album in 2002. This is a licensed re-recording by Rocky Kramer with license number: 1456981352.
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Rocky Kramer on The Freakin' Awesome Podcast:
"We chat with Norway's Ambassador of Rock, Mr. Rocky Kramer! We talk about his newest album, musical influences while growing up in Norway and some amusing news along the way."
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Rocky Kramer guests on The Mike Wagner Show on iHeart Radio.
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Rocky Kramer guests on The Jimmy Star Show with Ron Russell.
Master guitarist, multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, rising superstar Rocky Kramer continues to excite us with his almost weekly cover songs which are produced in ways you can’t even imagine, while his debut concept album “Firestorm” (via Allied Artist Music Group), is steadily advancing in popularity.
The Norwegian born rocker, a musical child prodigy was destined to create music being born into a musical family. As a teen, Rocky was already playing in rock bands and performing live, something he loves to do above anything. I traded some intimate questions and answers with Rocky regarding his career and his future desires...
Why did you feel like covering a tribute to Phil Collins?
Phil Collins is a legend and a musical genius. He’s an incredible singer, musician and songwriter. I’ve been a fan of his from an early age, the music video for “In The Air Tonight” playing on TV was responsible for that. I didn’t discover Genesis until later, but I’m glad I did, because they have so many amazing songs. The obvious choice when doing a tribute to Phil Collins would be “In The Air Tonight,” but I chose the Genesis song “Mama” instead, because on the one hand it’s similar, yet on the other hand, it’s a song with its own distinct identity and feel.
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The Pipeman interviews Rocky Kramer. Listen as they discuss rock and roll history, playing multiple instruments and his debut album, "Firestorm."
The year is 1983. Genesis releases its twelfth album simply named Genesis. The first single is “Mama.” Being born a decade later, I didn’t hear this masterpiece until roughly thirty years after its release.
This song has so much in common with Phil Collins’ “In The Air Tonight,” that it could almost be considered a sequel. They both feature a three minute build up, orchestrated by a synth, a drum machine and Phil’s vocal, which is interrupted by a massive drum fill that kicks the song into overdrive.
To pay homage to Phil, I wanted to make a hybrid of the two songs, focusing on “Mama,” as it’s the lesser known song, but also, a song with more twists and turns. It slowly becomes more and more Mama. I replaced the gritty drum machine with cleaner, more realistic drums, made the guitars more prominent, which is just the way I like it, while maintaining the integrity of the original vocal.
“Mama” was written by Genesis.
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Coming off of his debut concept album, “Firestorm”, via Allied Artists Music Group, the Norwegian/American super metal recording artist Rocky Kramer has just released his new Queen Cover “The Show Must Go On”…..and he nailed it. One of the best guitarists on the planet, Rocky was trained as a very young child as a violinist. His love for playing live performances guides his music and his life. I shared questions and answers with Rocky regarding his career currently with Allied Artists and his musical drive…
Louder Than War: How did music shape your life and become so important to you?
My parents not only loved music, but they made a living out of it. My mother taught piano and sang in a choir, and my dad was a first violinist in the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra. When my mom passed away shortly after my fifth birthday, it wasn’t unusual that my dad would bring me and my older brother to concerts. He also encouraged us to play an instrument, so I ended up taking violin lessons, and my brother took piano lessons. My brother also took an interest in guitar around this time. I wanted to play drums so I made my own drum set out of ice cream boxes and played with pencils. That was my first band, and we would perform little concerts for our babysitter with songs my brother wrote. This ignited my interest in playing guitar and writing music.
When I saw smoke coming out of Ace Frehley’s guitar while he was playing an out-of-this-world guitar solo, I knew I wanted to be a lead guitarist in a rock band some day. When I started writing music regularly at the age of twelve, I wanted to start my own band. As a teenager, being a rock guitarist was my identity, which is why it was so important to me. I just couldn’t imagine myself doing anything else. I still can’t!
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