Connecticut is the southernmost state in the New England region of the United States. As of the 2010 Census, it has the highest per-capita income, Human Development Index, median household income in the United States, it is bordered by Rhode Island to the east, Massachusetts to the north, New York to the west, Long Island Sound to the south. Its capital is Hartford and its most populous city is Bridgeport, it is part of New England, although portions of it are grouped with New York and New Jersey as the Tri-state area. The state is named for the Connecticut River which bisects the state; the word "Connecticut" is derived from various anglicized spellings of an Algonquian word for "long tidal river". Connecticut's first European settlers were Dutchmen who established a small, short-lived settlement called Fort Hoop in Hartford at the confluence of the Park and Connecticut Rivers. Half of Connecticut was part of the Dutch colony New Netherland, which included much of the land between the Connecticut and Delaware Rivers, although the first major settlements were established in the 1630s by the English.
Thomas Hooker led a band of followers from the Massachusetts Bay Colony and founded the Connecticut Colony. The Connecticut and New Haven colonies established documents of Fundamental Orders, considered the first constitutions in America. In 1662, the three colonies were merged under a royal charter; this was one of the Thirteen Colonies. Connecticut is the third smallest state by area, the 29th most populous, the fourth most densely populated of the 50 states, it is known as the "Constitution State", the "Nutmeg State", the "Provisions State", the "Land of Steady Habits". It was influential in the development of the federal government of the United States; the Connecticut River, Thames River, ports along Long Island Sound have given Connecticut a strong maritime tradition which continues today. The state has a long history of hosting the financial services industry, including insurance companies in Hartford and hedge funds in Fairfield County. Landmarks and cities of Connecticut Connecticut is bordered on the south by Long Island Sound, on the west by New York, on the north by Massachusetts, on the east by Rhode Island.
The state capital and fourth largest city is Hartford, other major cities and towns include Bridgeport, New Haven, Waterbury, Danbury, New Britain and Bristol. Connecticut is larger than the country of Montenegro. There are 169 incorporated towns in Connecticut; the highest peak in Connecticut is Bear Mountain in Salisbury in the northwest corner of the state. The highest point is just east of where Connecticut and New York meet, on the southern slope of Mount Frissell, whose peak lies nearby in Massachusetts. At the opposite extreme, many of the coastal towns have areas that are less than 20 feet above sea level. Connecticut has a long maritime history and a reputation based on that history—yet the state has no direct oceanfront; the coast of Connecticut sits on Long Island Sound, an estuary. The state's access to the open Atlantic Ocean is both to the east; this situation provides many safe harbors from ocean storms, many transatlantic ships seek anchor inside Long Island Sound when tropical cyclones pass off the upper East Coast.
The Connecticut River cuts through the center of the state. The most populous metropolitan region centered within the state lies in the Connecticut River Valley. Despite Connecticut's small size, it features wide regional variations in its landscape. Connecticut's rural areas and small towns in the northeast and northwest corners of the state contrast with its industrial cities such as Stamford and New Haven, located along the coastal highways from the New York border to New London northward up the Connecticut River to Hartford. Many towns in northeastern and northwestern Connecticut center around a green, such as the Litchfield Green, Lebanon Green, Wethersfield Green. Near the green stand historical visual symbols of New England towns, such as a white church, a colonial meeting house, a colonial tavern or inn, several colonial houses, so on, establishing a scenic historical appearance maintained for both historic preservation and tourism. Many of the areas in southern and coastal Connecticut have been built up and rebuilt over the years, look less visually like traditional New England.
The northern boundary of the state with Massachusetts is marked by the Southwick Jog or Granby Notch, an 2.5 miles square detour into Connecticut. The origin of this anomaly is established in a long line of disputes and temporary agreements which were concluded in 1804, when southern Southwick's residents sought to leave Massachusetts, the town was split in half; the southwestern border of Connecticut where it abuts New York State is marked by a panhandle in Fairfield County, containing the towns of Greenwich, New Canaan and parts of Norwalk and Wilton. This irregularity in the boundary is the result of territorial disputes in the late 17th century, culminating
Ratt is an American heavy metal band that had significant commercial success in the 1980s, with their albums having been certified as gold and multi-platinum by the RIAA. The group is best known for hit singles such as "Round and Round" and "Lay It Down", tracks that ranked on Billboard's top 40 at No. 12 and No. 40 as well as other songs such as "Wanted Man", "You're in Love" and "Dance". Along with groups such as friendly rivals Mötley Crüe, Ratt has been recognized as instrumental in the formation of the early 1980s Los Angeles glam metal scene known as "hair metal" or "pop metal"; the band has continued to tour and record following extended hiatuses and line-up changes, releasing their latest studio album, Infestation, on April 20, 2010. The origins of Ratt go as far back as 1973 in Hollywood, with a band called Firedome, founded by singer Stephen Pearcy with a few friends. In 1974 the band broke up, with Pearcy forming Crystal Pystal; the name Crystal Pystal was changed to Buster Cherry, which turned into Mickey Ratt in 1976.
Guitarist Robbin Crosby in those same years had been a member of the bands Metropolis with Tommy Asakawa and Parramore McCarty, Phenomenon, Secret Service and Mac Meda with Askawa. Mickey Ratt went through various line-up changes. Members included guitarists Jake E. Lee, Chris Hager, Paul DeNisco, Bob DeLellis, bassists Matt Thorr, Tim Garcia, Mike New and Dave Jellison, drummers John Turner, Bob Eisenberg; the various Mickey Ratt line-ups released a live concert recording. In 1980, to increase their chances of landing a recording contract with a major label, the band recorded a single called "Dr. Rock" / "Drivin' on E", given to fans at their early Los Angeles club shows. In 1981, the band's name was shortened to Ratt. Crosby played with the band in the year. Guitarist Warren DeMartini, recommended by Lee, joined the band in January 1982. Bassist Gene Hunter and drummer Khurt Maier temporarily played in Ratt before the arrival of Bobby Blotzer and Juan Croucier. DeMartini was only 18 years old.
At the time he was attending college in San Diego and was reluctant to drop out to join a band that had, so far, had only limited success. Marq Torien replaced DeMartini, though he returned in time for the recording of their first EP in 1982. In July 1983, Ratt signed with recording label Time Coast Music; that same year, Time Coast released in the United States the band's 6-track debut EP titled Ratt. Newly formed independent UK label Music for Nations released a 7-track version of the EP in Europe, which included the additional track "You're in Trouble"; the self-titled independent EP was well-received and brought the band to the attention of Atlantic Records which signed them. Ratt started writing and recording their first full-length album. Out of the Cellar was praised by both fans and critics. Pearcy's raspy yet bluesy vocals were noted for melding with the pyrotechnic guitar playing of twin leads Crosby and DeMartini, combining the then-prevalent Van Halen and Aerosmith-influenced bravado elements with the then-novel muted, staccato guitar-picking style of Judas Priest.
Tawny Kitaen, in a relationship with Crosby, agreed to appear on the cover of their debut full-length album. She appeared in their video for "Back for More" and on their EP from the previous year; the album scored much radio and MTV play with songs like "Round and Round", "Wanted Man", "Back for More", "Lack of Communication". Their music videos exposed them to an excited teen audience first tuning into the fledgling MTV cable network. Milton Berle's guest appearance, dressed in his Uncle Miltie drag character, in the video for "Round and Round" helped draw more attention to the band. Out of the Cellar became a commercial success, going platinum many times over in the United States, as well as making Ratt stars at home and in the Far East; the album release was capped off by a successful world tour that saw the band sell out stadiums and arenas worldwide, sharing the stage with such acts as Billy Squier, Ozzy Osbourne, Iron Maiden, Mötley Crüe, Twisted Sister and Lita Ford. Out of the Cellar is today regarded as the band's best work and a definitive moment in 80s heavy metal, while "Round and Round" scored at No. 61 on VH1's Greatest Hard Rock Songs Show.
The band's second full-length album Invasion of Your Privacy was released July 1985. It peaked at No. 7. The album met positive reactions from fans and critics. Allmusic.com has called it "another batch of solid pop-metal tunes". It contained the favorites "You're in Love" and "Lay It Down" that assured the band a presence on radio and MTV. Footage from the band's performances at Hirsch Memorial Coliseum in Shreveport and the Mississippi Coast Coliseum in Biloxi, Mississippi were featured in the video to "You're In Love". DeMartini and Crosby's impressive guitar solos and Pearcy's sexual lyrics helped to further define the Ratt sound. Although it did not achieve the sales figures or the status of their debut, Invasion of Your Privacy nonetheless was certified double platinum and remains regarded amongst fans. A couple months after the album release, the band released; the video featured the music videos from t
Joe Stump is an American guitarist and composer. He is playing for the band Exorcism, Raven Lord, HolyHell and his solo project. Stump plays in a style original to Yngwie Malmsteen and has released albums with his band, Reign of Terror, as well as with an earlier band from Boston called Trash Broadway, as a solo artist. Stumps' musical influences derive from Ritchie Blackmore and Gary Moore. In September 2012 it was announced that Joe Stump would join the multinational metal band Raven Lord. In February 2019 it was announced that Joe Stump would join Graham Bonnet's newly relaunched Alcatrazz. Guitar Dominance! Night of the Living Shred Supersonic Shred Machine Rapid Fire Rondo 2001: A Shred Odyssey Midwest Shredfest Dark Gifts - Rare And Unreleased Tracks Guitar Master Armed And Ready Speed Metal Messiah Shredology Virtuostic Vendetta Revenge of the Shredlord The Dark Lord Rises Symphonic Onslaught Trash Broadway Album recorded at Nevessa Studios in upstate New York by Chris Anderson and released by Torrid Records.
Album featured Joe Stump on Lead Guitar, David Steel on Acoustic Guitar and Lead Vocals, Jay Gates on Drums and Background Vocals and Nick Noiseux on Bass and background Vocals. Light in the Sky Second Coming Sacred Ground Conquer & Divide Clockwatcher Apocalypse HolyHell Stump endorses and uses ESP Guitars with scalloped fretboards, he uses Marshall Amplifiers, Rhino amplifiers and Engl amplifiers. He uses the following pedals: DOD 250 overdrive pre-amp Dunlop crybaby wah-wah Bob Gjika Hot Box tube preamp Boss NS-2 Noise gate. Boss DD-3 digital delay Korg SDD – 2000 digital delay Boss CE-3 chorus Boss CS-2 compressor/sustainer Boss BF-2 Flanger Boss octave boxStump uses Ernie Ball strings, with gauge 008, 011, 014, 024, 032, 048 and 1.5mm Dunlop Delrin picks. Joe Stump's official homepage Joe Stump interview
Yngwie Johan Malmsteen is a Swedish guitarist and bandleader. Malmsteen first became known in the 1980s for his neoclassical metal playing style in heavy metal, has released 20 studio albums in a career spanning 40 years. In 2009, Time magazine rated Malmsteen as among the 10 greatest electric guitar players of all time. Malmsteen was born Lars Johan Yngve Lannerbäck in Stockholm, the third child of a musical family. At the age of ten Malmsteen created his first band, Track on Earth, consisting of himself and a friend from school playing the drums. At the age of twelve he took his mother's maiden name Malmsten as his surname slightly changed it to Malmsteen and altered his third given name Yngve to "Yngwie"; as a teenager he was influenced by classical music 19th century Italian virtuoso violinist and composer Niccolò Paganini, as well as Johann Sebastian Bach, a German multi-instrumentalist and composer of the 18th century. During this time, he discovered his most important guitar influence, Ritchie Blackmore.
Malmsteen has stated that Jimi Hendrix had no musical impact on him and did not contribute to his style, but watching the 18 September 1970 TV special, where Hendrix smashed and burned his guitar, made Malmsteen think "this is cool". In early 1982, Mike Varney of Shrapnel Records, who had heard a demo tape of Malmsteen's playing from the 1978 titled Demo Powerhouse, brought Malmsteen to the United States, he played with Steeler on part of its 1983 self-titled album. He appeared with Graham Bonnet in the band Alcatrazz, playing on its 1983 debut No Parole from Rock'n' Roll and the 1984 live album Live Sentence. In 1984, Malmsteen released his first solo album Rising Force, which featured Barrie Barlow of Jethro Tull on drums and keyboard player Jens Johansson, his album was meant to be an instrumental side-project of Alcatrazz, but it ended up featuring vocals by Jeff Scott Soto and Malmsteen left Alcatrazz soon after the release of Rising Force. Rising Force won the Guitar Player Magazine's award for Best Rock Album and was nominated for a Grammy for'Best Rock Instrumental', reaching no. 60 on the Billboard album chart.
Yngwie J. Malmsteen's Rising Force next released Marching Out; the band recruited Jens Johansson's brother Anders to play drums and bassist Marcel Jacob to record and tour with the band. Jacob was replaced by Wally Voss. Malmsteen's third album, featuring the vocals of Mark Boals, was released in 1986. In 1987, former Rainbow vocalist Joe Lynn Turner and bassist Bob Daisley joined the band; that year, Malmsteen was in a serious car accident, smashing his V12 Jaguar E-Type into a tree, which put him in a coma for a week. Nerve damage to his right hand was reported. During this time, Malmsteen's mother died from cancer. In April 1988, he released his fourth album Odyssey. Odyssey was his most successful album, in part due to the success of its first single "Heaven Tonight". Shows in the Soviet Union during the Odyssey tour were recorded and released in 1989 as a fifth album Trial by Fire: Live in Leningrad; the classic Rising Force lineup with Malmsteen and the Johansson brothers was dissolved in 1989 when Jens Johansson joined Dio and Anders joined Blue Murder.
Malmsteen's neoclassical style of metal became popular among some guitarists during the mid-1980s, with contemporaries, such as Jason Becker, Paul Gilbert, Marty Friedman, Tony MacAlpine and Vinnie Moore becoming prominent. In late 1988, Malmsteen's signature Fender Stratocaster guitar was released, making him and Eric Clapton the first artists to be honored by Fender. In the early 1990s, Malmsteen released the albums Eclipse, The Yngwie Malmsteen Collection, Fire & Ice and The Seventh Sign. Despite his early and continuous success in Europe and Asia, by the early 1990s heavy metal styles, such as neoclassical metal and shredding had gone out of fashion in the US. In 1993, Malmsteen's future mother-in-law – who opposed his engagement to her daughter – had him arrested for holding her daughter hostage with a gun; the charges were dropped. Malmsteen continued to record and release albums under the Japanese record label Pony Canyon and maintained a devoted following with fans in Europe and Japan and to a lesser extent in the US.
In 2000, he signed a contract with the US record label Spitfire and released his 1990s catalog on the US market for the first time, including what he regards as his masterpiece, Concerto Suite for Electric Guitar and Orchestra, recorded with the Czech Philharmonic in Prague. In the latter half of the 90s, Malmsteen released the albums Magnum Opus, Facing the Animal, Double Live! and Alchemy. In 1996, Malmsteen joined forces with former band members Jeff Scott Soto and Marcel Jacob on the Human Clay album where he played lead guitar on the track "Jealousy", he guested with Saxon on the song Denim And Leather on their live album The Eagle Has Landed – Part II. Yngwie recorded a few tracks with his former band members Jens Johansson and Anders Johansson on their album "Johansson/Sonic Winter", called "Enigma suite" and "All opposable thumbs". After the release of War to End All Wars in 2000, singer Mark Boals left the band, he was replaced by former Rainbow vocalist Doogie White. In 2003, Malmsteen joined Joe Satriani and Steve Vai as part of the G3 supergroup, a tour showcasing guitar performances.
Malmsteen made two guest appearances on keyboardist Derek Sherinian's albums Black Utopia, Blood of the Snake where Malmsteen plays on the same tracks as Al Di Meola
On the Prowl (album)
On the Prowl is the ninth studio album released by the Japanese heavy metal band Loudness. It is their second and last album with American vocalist Mike Vescera, before his leaving to join Yngwie Malmsteen's band for the album The Seventh Sign. On the Prowl is a compilation of self-covers of songs from early Loudness' albums, containing only three new songs written by the band. However, Mike Vescera translated and adapted the lyrics of the old songs written by former vocalist Minoru Niihara, to be sung in English. All music by Akira Takasaki; the lyrics for all the new songs and "Find a Way" written by Mike Vescera, except for "Love Toys" by Vescera/Dearnley. Other lyrics by Minoru Niihara. "Down'n' Dirty" ♠ - 4:36 "Playin' Games" ♠ - 3:47 "Love Toys" ♠ - 4:02 "Never Again" - 5:01 "Deadly Player" - 4:47 "Take It or Leave It" - 4:31 "Girl" - 4:20 "Long Distance" - 4:15 "In the Mirror" - 3:34 "Sleepless Nights" - 4:39 "Find a Way" - 7:31 LoudnessMichael Vescera - vocals Akira Takasaki - guitars Masayoshi Yamashita - bass Munetaka Higuchi - drumsAdditional musiciansJim Wilkas - keyboards Nat and Chris Vescera, Marty Earley - backing vocalsProductionMark Dearnley - producer, mixing at Capitol Studios, Los Angeles Charles Paakkari, Chris Rich, Jesse Henderson - assistant engineers Bob Ludwig - mastering George Azuma - supervisor Tokugen Yamamoto - executive producer
The Seventh Sign (album)
The Seventh Sign is the seventh studio album by guitarist Yngwie Malmsteen, released on 9 May 1994. The Seventh Sign reached No. 11 on the Swedish albums chart and No. 47 on the Swiss albums chart, both in 1994. In July 2014, Guitar World magazine placed the album at No. 46 on their "Superunknown: 50 Iconic Albums That Defined 1994" list. Steve Huey at AllMusic gave The Seventh Sign three stars out of five, saying that Malmsteen's extensive use of a wah pedal in the style of Jimi Hendrix makes the album "necessary for Malmsteen fans though his more neo-classical work seems less inspired here." He heavily criticised the power ballad "Prisoner of Your Love", calling it "downright embarrassing." All music composed by Yngwie Malmsteen. Yngwie Malmsteen – vocals, bass, production Michael Vescera – vocals Mats Olausson – keyboard, hammond organ Mike Terrana – drums, triangle Jim Thomas – engineering Jeff Glixman – engineering Mike Fraser – mixing Keith Rose – mixing assistance The Seventh Sign, 1994 at yngwiemalmsteen.com In Review: Yngwie J. Malmsteen "The Seventh Sign" at Guitar Nine Records
Soldier of Fortune (Loudness album)
Soldier of Fortune is Japanese heavy metal band Loudness' eighth studio album, their first with American vocalist Mike Vescera. It's the third Loudness album produced by Max Norman after Thunder in the East in 1985 and Lightning Strikes in 1986; the album is co-produced by Fates Warning's producer Roger Probert. Despite the good critical reception and the strong support given by the label, the album failed to chart in the USA. All music by Akira Takasaki. Lyrics are credited to Loudness "Soldier of Fortune" - 3:55 "You Shook Me" - 4:42 "Danger of Love" - 5:02 "Twenty Five Days from Home" - 4:22 "Red Light Shooter" - 4:50 "Running for Cover" - 4:21 "Lost Without Your Love" - 4:56 "Faces in the Fire" - 4:08 "Long After Midnight" - 4:38 "Demon Disease" - 4:34 LoudnessMichael Vescera - vocals Akira Takasaki - guitars Masayoshi Yamashita - bass Munetaka Higuchi - drumsAdditional musiciansClaude Schnell - keyboardsProductionMax Norman - producer, mixing Roger Probert - producer Bill Freesh - engineer Charlie Brocco, Steve Sisco, Dave Carpenter, Joe Barresi, Pat MacDougall, Masanori Ihara - assistant engineers Chris Bellman - mastering