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Attention, Walmart shoppers!

Posted in Rock Moment with tags , , , , , , , on June 18, 2011 by 30daysout

Treasures await you at Walmart.

The other day I cut out of work a little early because I had to get some groceries for supper. So I thought I’d save some time and pennies by dropping in to the local Walmart. My attention was diverted by one of their distinctive “discount bins,” this one with CDs for five bucks apiece.

All this for 20 bucks!

Now this bin had nothing really rare, and there was an awful lot of junk – Reba to rappers to crappy country, you had to dig for the rock and roll. And although I already own most of this music, I found some keepers: Destroyer by KISS, Captured by Journey, a Lynyrd Skynyrd collection.

I also picked up Flashback with the Grateful Dead, a shallow best-of on Rhino Records’ budget Flashback label. With “Truckin’,” “China Cat Sunflower,” “U.S. Blues,” “Shakedown Street” and “Touch of Grey” among others, it’s a nice one to have in the car. Same with Journey’s 1981 effort Escape: studio versions of “Don’t Stop Believin’,” “Stone In Love” and “Open Arms,” and four bonus tracks including live versions of “Believin’” and “Open Arms” (recorded in Houston!).

There were a lot of those Millennium Collection discs from the Who, Aerosmith, Eric Clapton, Steppenwolf and others, as well as must-haves like School’s Out by Alice Cooper, The Captain and Me from the Doobie Brothers and Live at Budokan from Ozzy Osbourne. And there were some Elvis collections, lumping his stuff in packages like Elvis Country and Elvis Rock – a few well-known tunes surrounded by a shitload of filler.

I really didn’t need another copy of Destroyer and I probably won’t listen to the live Journey Captured unless I’m really drunk. But it felt strangely good to buy music in a physical form, even if it was at a Walmart. So if you need to get your classic rock on, or just need a CD or two to spin at your July 4 cookout, you know where to go.

MP3: “King Of The Night Time World” by KISS (from Destroyer)

MP3: “Too Late” (live) by Journey (from Captured)

MP3: “Shakedown Street” by the Grateful Dead

Marketing 101: KISS and Wal-Mart

Posted in Rock Rant with tags , , , , , , on October 12, 2009 by 30daysout
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A package of KISS M&Ms at Wal-Mart

On Sunday, we drove our daughter back to college after a weekend home.  She goes to the University of Texas-San Antonio in the city’s northwest side, apparently also a newly developed area for upper-income people.  Anyway, we were in a Wal-Mart (yeah) and I saw this guy plunk down three – count ‘em – three copies of the new KISS album Sonic Boom.

We found the Wal-Mart’s “KISS Korner,” where you can fondle the new triple-disc CD/DVD package (12 bucks),  a KISS fleece throw (10 bucks), a bag of KISS M&Ms (6 dollars) and KISS Mr. Potato Heads (10 bucks).   Somewhere back in electronics they had Sonic Boom crankin’, or maybe it was the live DVD.  Surely somewhere else in the store there was KISS makeup for the kiddies on Halloween and some action figures.  So it should come as no surprise that Sonic Boom may well be at No. 1 or close to it on the Billboard Top 100 album charts this week.

Now the idea of rock acts signing up to be “exclusive” with Wal-Mart, the world’s biggest retailer, may be repulsive to you.  It certainly was, earlier this year, for fans of Bruce Springsteen, who apologized after marketing his latest Greatest Hits only at the Mart.  But it’s a natural for KISS and the band’s bassist/marketing genius Gene Simmons.  He’s laughing all the way to the bank; in his case, multiple banks to hold all of his money.

You gotta hand it to him – and to bands like Foreigner, Journey, AC/DC and the Eagles – who all inked Wal-Mart exclusives and cashed in.  They are managing to do what our beloved mom-and-pop record stores can’t do, and that’s move physical CDs in the age of downloading.  Yeah, it’s too bad that independent record stores are dying.  But it’s way too late to resuscitate the corpse.  Wal-Mart didn’t kill the corner record store – we did.

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Friday is Boss’ Day: The First Four Singles

Posted in Bruce Springsteen with tags , , , , , , , , , , on January 2, 2009 by 30daysout

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It’s quite unusual to release four singles more than a month before an album is released, but in this day and age of “no radio airplay,” Bruce Springsteen is evidently going to do whatever it takes to get his music to the masses.

A few days after NBC Sports played a lame clip of highlights over “Working On A Dream,” we were able to download it free (for a day) on iTunes.  I really like this tune.  While it doesn’t rock like anything on Magic, it has a great melody and uplifting message.  It reminds me of when he went from a rocking album (Born In the USA) to the acoustic/melody driven single “Brilliant Disguise” on his next studio album (Tunnel of Love).

Next up is “My Lucky Day,” which came a few days after Thanksgiving.  The song rocks like the newsmyluckyday stuff on Magic, has a great hook, but sounds more like it would have been the B-side of “Working” if 45s were still on the market, instead of the second single.

The third single is “The Wrestler.”  This one is clearly the best of the bunch.  The string instrumental at the beginning sets the mood for a dark ride.  It has the feel of “Dead Man Walking,” but it has a much better melody, better instrumentation and a much cooler ending.

The fourth single, “Life Itself,” sounds like it could have been on lifeitselfTunnel of Love.  It reminds me of a song you would listen to alone with the top down while traveling on the lonely roads of West Texas.  The guitar solo is also something you don’t normally hear on a Springsteen tune.

Any chance he’ll release the entire album before it’s supposed to come out?  We can only hope.

On another note:

Many Springsteen bloggers have been bitching about the upcoming greatest hits package being newsbsesbgh1available only at Wal-Mart.  Like I said earlier, with little or no radio airplay, Springsteen has to do whatever he can these days to sell CDs. Wal-Mart worked beautifully for the Eagles, Journey, and AC/DC, so why shouldn’t he follow their lead?  They’ll probably sell the disc for under $10 and thousands of people who had never heard his music before will pick up the disc after seeing him at halftime of the Super Bowl (Big Game, sorry).  From a marketing standpoint, it’s a genius move. How many times have you been in Wal-Mart and said “hey, I’ll pick that up for 10?”

I’ll bet Guns and Roses and The Police wish they had chosen Wal-Mart over Best Buy to sell their latest projects.

New Release Alert! – “Greatest Hits,” Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band

Posted in Bruce Springsteen with tags , , , , , on December 22, 2008 by 30daysout

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Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band are following The Eagles, Journey and AC/DC to Wal-Mart. A new “Greatest Hits” package hits store shelves on January 13. Check out the rest of the story from our friends at Backstreets Magazine.

Bruce Springsteen Official Website

DVD Review: “Live in Concert,” Journey

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , on August 24, 2008 by 30daysout

 

Let me just start out by saying Journey guitarist Neal Schon absolutely kicks ass. This guy has never received his just-do. He has some of the best solos in rock history, yet you never hear him mentioned with the greats. Now that I’ve got that out of the way, on to Live in Concert.

This DVD comes with the new CD, Revelation, and features new singer Arnel Pineda belting out hits like “Don’t Stop Believin’,” “Faithfully,” “Lights,” “Wheel in the Sky,” and “Be Good to Yourself” along with two excellent new songs “Never Walk Away,” and “After All These Years.”

Now when a mega-band like Journey gets a new singer the new versions of the songs usually pale in comparison to the originals. However, that’s not the case here. Pineda is just as good, if not better, than Steve Perry and I think Perry was one of the great rock singers of his generation.

Pineda sings these very complex songs with relative ease, he has incredible stage presence and you can tell the rest of the guys in the band are really energized by him. Drummer Deen Castronovo is not only excellent behind the kit, but he also lends his lead vocals to a blistering version of “Mother, Father.” Keyboardist Jonathan Cain is solid as always and bassist Ross Valory looks like actor/comedian Denis Leary’s dad. Keep in mind, Leary is 50.

This DVD shows a band that has been re-energized by a hot new singer after more than 30 years on the road. It was well worth the $10.72 I paid for it….only at Walmart and Sam’s Club. Don’t Stop Believin’.

YouTube: Don’t Stop Believin’ (w/Arnel Pineda)

Journey Official Website

Update: Does Journey Stay in the Top 25 Without Wal Mart?

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 14, 2008 by 30daysout

Journey, with new lead singer Arnel Pineda , has been in the Top 25 on the Billboard Album chart for nine weeks with their latest, Revelation. This week they are at number 23 on the Top 200 Album chart and number 1 on the Independent Album chart. They are still outselling new releases by Alanis Morissette, Nine Inch Nails, Motley Crue, Jason Mraz, Usher, Weezer, The Offspring, Jewel, Vanessa Hudgens from High School Musical fame, and yes, Alice Cooper.

As we have said before, the Wal Mart strategy was genius. Radio refuses to play any new stuff by guys like Journey, so there is no way Revelation would be in the Top 25 for one week, let alone nine, if it didn’t get the push it received at the store. 

We here at 30 Days Out are very interested to see if this same strategy will be successful for AC/DC, who is coming exclusively to a Wal Mart near you in the very near future.  The Police will be selling a live CD/DVD from their “last” tour exclusively at Best Buy, but honestly I don’t think it’s going to have the same impact.

I really can’t wait to walk into Wal Mart and hear AC/DC blasting all over the place. The Aussie rockers might just knock out the remaining teeth of most of the customers. Don’t Stop Believin’.

MP3: “Change For The Better” by Journey

YouTube: Faithfully (with Arnel Pineda)

YouTube: Don’t Stop Believin’ (with Arnel Pineda)

Journey Official Website

Family Guy does Journey

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on July 20, 2008 by 30daysout

Arnel Pineda? I don’t think so. Don’t Stop Believin’

Summer’s Here!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 20, 2008 by 30daysout

Today is the first day of summer.  No matter where you live, it’s always the best time of the year.  Enjoy our little summer mix – some of these have nothing to do with the season, they’re just good summer singles.  And have a good weekend.

MP3: “Holiday Road” (live) by Lindsey Buckingham

MP3: “Always A Friend” by Alejandro Escovedo

MP3: “Summer Turns To High” by R.E.M.

MP3: “Summer Is Here” by the Outsiders

MP3: “Surf Wax America” by Weezer

MP3: “Ted F–king Williams” by The Baseball Project

MP3: “Little Pad” by the Beach Boys

MP3: “Watermelon Time” by Marcia Ball

MP3: “Girls In Their Summer Clothes” (winter mix) by Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band

MP3: “All Summer Long” by Chris Rea

MP3: “Viva La Vida” by Coldplay

MP3: “Wildest Dream” by Journey (w/Arnel Pineda)

MP3: “She Loves The Sunset” by the Old 97s

 

 

 

Journey Hits Jackpot at Wal-Mart

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on June 11, 2008 by 30daysout

 

Journey has hit the jackpot at Wal-Mart. Check out the link to the story from allheadlinenews.com about the first week sales figures for Revelation with new lead singer Arnel Pineda.  The CD debuts at number 5 this week on Billboard magazine’s Album Chart. Don’t Stop Believin’.

MP3: “After All These Years”

 

 

Who’s Crying Now? Journey, Eagles and Wal-Mart

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on June 10, 2008 by 30daysout

 

There really is nothing fancy about Wal-Mart. People don’t care what they look like when they go shopping there, prices are low, and if you can find a family of four with a full set of teeth at the store by my house, I’ll buy you lunch. But somehow, the nation’s No. 1 retailer has become the venue of choice for classic rockers to sell their product.

We here at 30 Days Out laughed when The Eagles (we mostly made fun of Don Henley who hates corporations who make money, except when it serves his interest) said they were only selling their first album in nearly 30 years, Long Road Out of Eden, exclusively at Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club. Several million copies later, the joke is on us. Now Journey with new lead singer Arnel Pineda, and later this year, AC/DC will be hawking their stuff in the land of the dentally challenged.

Although we laughed, the business model is genius. Wal-Mart is hyping these releases like they are the Second Coming with big displays and videos playing all over the store. There is no way these guys (maybe the Eagles would) get this type of coverage if they were in every store. They would end up, as Billy Joel once said, “in the discount rack like another can of beans.” 

It’s nice to see the classic rockers getting over. A lot of these guys are still making great music, and most of them are never heard because radio refuses to play their new stuff and record companies fail to promote them properly. So bands like the Eagles and Journey decided to go where their demographic shops. Pure genius. As for Wal-Mart, it might single-handedly save the CD.  Don’t Stop Believin’.

 MP3: “Don’t Stop Believin’” by Journey (2008 version)

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