Steve Stevens - memory crashLast week I gleefully reported that Memory Crash, the solo album from Billy Idol and ex-Vince Neil all-around-awesome shredmaster (and Brooklyn Jew) Steve Stevens, had hit the shelves nationwide (or at least the shelves of the Amazon warehouse). So it came as a surprise to see a press release today — one full week after the scheduled release date — announcing that the release date has been moved to March 4th. Pushed-back album release dates aren’t uncommon these days due to the product not being ready in time, distribution problems, etc, but generally when an album is pushed back the announcement is made, ya know, before the scheduled release date.

Anyway, MetalSucks is perhaps the only website to actually give a shit and this certainly doesn’t temper my excitement for Memory Crash. Stevens’ performance on the Vince Neil solo effort Exposed is far, far underrated; Neil pretty much gave him free reign to take it over the top, and take it over the top he did. Not to speak of his amazing guitar work (and songwriting) for Billy Idol,which goes without saying (but there, I said it anyway).

For a preview of what’s in store (or not, as it were. ba-dum-bum ching!), check out Stevens’ MySpace page. The title track alone is a good taste, Vai-virtuosity meets Idol-accessibility. King’s X crooner Doug Pinnick also makes a guest appearance on the album, as does drummer Brian Tichy (Idol, ex-Ozzy).


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