Band Website:
Axel Rudi Pell

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Band Members:
Johnny Gioeli -- vocals
Axel Rudi Pell -- lead, rhythm, & acoustic guitars
Ferdy Doernberg -- keyboards
Volker Krawczak -- bass
Mike Terrana -- drums, percussion



Tracks:

01. The Diamond Overture
02. Warrior (Riot)
03. Beautiful Day (U2)
04. Stone (Chris Rea/The Law)
05. Love Gun (KISS)
06. Fools Game (Michael Bolton)
07. Heartbreaker (Free)
08. Rock The Nation (Montrose)
09. In The Air Tonight (Phil Collins)
10. Like A Child Again (The Mission)
11. Won't Get Fooled Again (The Who)

I have been a big fan of Axel Rudi Pell for quite some time. I've had the pleasure of interviewing him and he is definitely one of the most spectacular guitarists out there in my humble opinion. The guy is just one with his intrument. This release was quite interesting. I definitely like original works by bands but every once in a while a band or artist decides to do a CD that is basically covers of other people's music. I think Ozzy Osbourne did a really cool one and this one is pretty damn good. I thought the KISS cover was definitely interesting. They basically turned it into a ballad very successfully. KISS is my all time favorite band and I think they've always had a penchant for writing good songs. Johnny Gioeli makes each one of these songs his own. These songs are pretty close to the original but yet Axel and Johnny really add their unique styles to the songs. It's an interesting array of material and I think that Axel basically picked songs from bands that he is a fan of and he definitely excels on all of them. This is definitely a very enjoyable release that people should pick up if they haven't already.