Thursday, September 10, 2015


Welcome to the Top 40!  September 2015


  Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators Live At The Roxy 9/25/14

By Joe Viglione

This terrific concert happened exactly a year ago, 9/25/14, and it is a revelation.  Opening with  “Ghost,” the splendid first cut from Slash’s 2010 solo disc (with the Cult’s Ian Asbury on vocals for that release,) here it unfolds like a hard rock version of Roxy Music’s classic “Manifesto,” plodding as the intensity builds.  With Myles Kennedy on vocals, Frank Sidoris on guitar and vocals, Todd kerns on bass/vocals and Slash the entire CD disc is brimming with energy.   “Nightrain” follows with its descending guitar riff and in the pocket crunch.  “Bent To Fly” is more elegant, shifting the gears with a kind of liquid guitar elegance with sentiment that would make Mott The Hoople’s Ian Hunter happy.  The entire concert was actually satellite cast (can’t say ‘broadcast’ anymore with cable, internet, the bird, etc.) on Direct TV, and that’s a good thing. With such a glut of audio and video blitzing the world these days, music this good can’t and shouldn’t get lost in the shuffle.    “World on Fire” snarls like the “beautiful disaster” it defines, the four piece band and vocalist rocking out with precision and determination. Touring with Aerosmith earlier in the year (2014), Slash rocked out on “Mama Kin” and “Train Kept A Rollin” (with Johnny Depp as well, in town filming Black Mass) on July 16, 2014 at the old Great Woods in Mansfield, Massachusetts, and proved there, as he does on this disc, that Slash is one of the great, last standing rock stars who still has an axe to grind, and who is grinding it in unique and explosive ways.

Aerosmith mini review:

World on Fire

Slash featuring Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators - World On Fire (Live At The Roxy)

World On Fire

"Bent To Fly":

Night Train

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1) Ghost  
2) Nightrain
3) Back From Cali  
4) You Could Be Mine 
5) Rocket Queen  
6) Bent To Fly  
7) Starlight  
8) You’re A Lie  
9) World On Fire  
10) Anastasia  
11) Sweet Child O’ Mine  
12) Slither  
13) Paradise City
Bonus Tracks:
(1) Stone Blind
(2) You’re Crazy
(3) Wicked Stone
(4) 30 Years To Life
1) Ghost  
2) Nightrain  
3) Halo  
4) Back From Cali 
5) Stone Blind  
6) You Could Be Mine 
7) Doctor Alibi  
8) You’re Crazy  
9) Wicked Stone  
10) 30 Years To Life  
11) Rocket Queen
12) Bent To Fly  
13) Starlight  
14) You’re A Lie  
15) World On Fire 
 16) Anastasia  
17) Sweet Child O’ Mine  
18) Slither  
19) Paradise City

New York, NY (April 15, 2015)—On June 16, Eagle Rock Entertainment will simultaneously release Live At The Roxy 9/25/14 by Slash featuring Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators on DVD, Blu-ray, 3LP, 2CD, and digital formats [Pre-book Order Date May 22, MSRP $19.98 Blu-ray, $14.98 DVD, $17.98 2CD, $34.98 3LP]. 

Shortly after the release of their World On Fire album (their second collaborative effort), guitarist extraordinaire Slash took the stage with Myles Kennedy (of Alter Bridge fame) & The Conspirators at the legendary Roxy Theatre on Sunset Strip in West Hollywood. A staple of rock history that helped birth countless bands, including Guns ‘N’ Roses, the atmospheric venue gave fans a brilliant opportunity to see the band up close as they delivered a set packed with recent solo tracks, including several from the new album, and classics from Slash’s days with Guns ‘n’ Roses and Velvet Revolver: “Ghost,” “Back From Cali,” “World On Fire,” “Sweet Child O’ Mine,” “Anastasia,” “Paradise City,” “Slither,” “Nightrain,” and many more. The intimate setting inspired the band to deliver a scintillating, dynamic performance that is brilliantly captured on Live At The Roxy 9/25/14.

Slash’s guitar prowess paired with the raw energy of Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators proves a truly potent live force and Live At The Roxy 9/25/14 sets the benchmark for high octane rock n roll shows!
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Band line-up:

Slash – Guitar

Myles Kennedy – Vocals

Todd Kerns – Bass & Vocals

Brent Fitz – Drums

Frank Sidoris – Guitar & vocals


SLASH Press Releases & Photos:

About SLASH:

SLASH—the iconic American rock guitaristsongwriter and film producer--has amassed album sales of over 100 million copies, garnered a GRAMMY Award andseven GRAMMY nominations and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of FameTime magazine recently named SLASH #2, behind Jimi Hendrix, on its “Ten Best Electric Guitar Players of All-Time” list. SLASH helped create signature sounds like the guitar riff on #1 hits for Guns N’ Roses “Sweet Child o’ Mine” and “Welcome To The Jungle.” After leaving the band, SLASH went on to critical acclaim with SLASH’s Snakepit and global success with the supergroup Velvet Revolver before embarking on his own solo career. SLASH’s self-titled biography (Slash, 2008) was critically well-received, climbed the bestseller list in both the U.S. and U.K. hitting #8 on the New York Times Bestsellers ListSPIN magazine called the book "Entertaining and educational...a crash course for aspiring rock gods." SLASH landed on the top of the charts again with his first solo albumSlash (2010) which featured Ozzy Osbourne, FergieMyles Kennedy and more. Shortly after, he then formed his current band: SLASH: Featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators who have now been touring the world over and making music for four yearsSLASH and his current band SLASH FeaturingMyles Kennedy and The Conspirators released the critically acclaimed Apocalyptic Love (2012) which stormed the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart debuting at #4 as the top rock albumApocalyptic Love has the added distinction of spawning SLASH’sfirst-ever #1 rock radio solo hits“You’re A Lie” and “Standing In The Sun.”SLASH released Nothing Left To Fear (2013) the first-ever motion picture he co-produced from Slasher Films, his film/TV production company specializing in the horror genre. He is currently working on a new film project. SLASH and his band, Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators unleashed their current album WORLD ON FIRE to worldwide praise garnering SLASH some of the best critical acclaim of his career from the media (press quotes here SLASH’s third straight solo album to debut in the Top TenWORLD ON FIRE achieved over 12 Top Ten chart debuts around the world. The album’s title track and first single “World On Fire”ascended to #1 at U.S. Rock RadioWORLD ON FIRE is SLASH’s third solo offering and second album with his official band The Conspirators which features MYLES KENNEDY (vocals), BRENT FITZ (drums) and TODD KERNS (bass). SLASH Featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators will launch their headlining U.S. tour on April 25, 2015.


#2 John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers – 
Live in 1967 CD Coming April 21 from Forty Below Records

Beginning with "All Your Love"

All Your Love

Double Trouble/So Many Roads
Press Release

Previously Unreleased Live Recordings Feature John Mayall, Peter Green, John McVie and Mick Fleetwood

LOS ANGELES, CA – Forty Below Records announces an April 21 release date for John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers – Live in 1967 (Never Before Heard Live Performances), a very special archival recording of one the best of the Bluesbreakers band lineups, featuring legendary musicians John Mayall (vocals, keyboards, harmonica), Peter Green (lead guitar), John McVie (bass) and Mick Fleetwood (drums). Distributed by Sony/RED, John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers – Live in 1967 showcases a band that was together for only a scant three months, yet created a lasting legacy, made an immense impact on music and led to the formation of one of the most acclaimed groups of all-time when Green, McVie and Fleetwood left to form Fleetwood Mac.

The genesis of Live in 1967 came about because a staunch fan from Holland, Tom Huissen, was able to sneak a one channel reel-to-reel tape recorder into five London clubs (including the famed Marquee) in early 1967 and capture this exciting glimpse into music history. For nearly 50 years these tapes remained unheard until John Mayall acquired them recently and began restoring them with the technical assistance of Eric Corne of Forty Below Records. “While the source recording was very rough and the final result is certainly not hi-fidelity, it does succeed in allowing us to hear how spectacular these performances are,” says Corne.
“I'd known for a decade or two of the existence of these tapes and in fact Tom Huissen had sent me a CD with 50 second teasers for some of the tracks that he'd secretly recorded at our London shows,” recalls Mayall. “Last year, Tom decided he wanted the world to hear these performances and work soon began on restoring the already fine quality on the old reel-to-reel tapes.”

John Mayall has some fond memories about how this band came about. “Through most of 1966, Peter and John were both regular members of the Bluesbreakers and Aynsley Dunbar was the drummer,” states Mayall. “However, even though Aynsley was a great drummer, it was starting to become apparent that his jazz influenced style of playing was veering away from the blues. As I recall, Peter had been close friends with Mick Fleetwood for some time and he suggested I give him a shot. And so for a short period of only about three months Mick became a Bluesbreaker.”

The band’s repertoire on the tracks of Live in 1967 includes some songs that were originally recorded on The Bluesbreakers first two albums, John Mayall's Bluesbreakers featuring Eric Clapton and A Hard Road (which featured Peter Green), plus the soon-to-be recorded Crusade album, which featured young guitarist Mick Taylor after Peter Green left the band. Other songs on the new CD make their live debuts after having been recorded originally as singles in the UK and would later appear on Mayall’s Looking Back album. In addition, several of the songs on Live in 1967 make their first appearance in any form on a Bluesbreakers album.
Two long-time mainstay influences on John Mayall’s storied career – Freddy King and Otis Rush - are well represented here with live versions of songs long-associated with the two blues giants. “All Your Love,” “Double Trouble,” “So Many Roads” and “I Can’t Quit You Baby” come from the Otis Rush canon of blues classics; and Freddy King’s “The Stumble,” “San-Ho-Zay” and “Someday After Awhile,” are given resounding treatments here by the quartet playing with a sense of energy and urgency.
“Ever since Eric Clapton joined the band, we both had a great interest in the recorded work of Otis Rush and Freddy King and many of their classic songs became part of our live performing catalogue,” Mayall says about the two blues icons. “Their guitar work was always an inspiration for Eric, Peter Green and Mick Taylor in those early years.”

The music on John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers – Live in 1967 showcases a band that although only together for a short time, was incredibly tight and in-the-pocket while still allowing room for improvisation, none more so than Peter Green, whose guitar work on this CD will stand as some of his best-ever on record. All of Green’s guitar trademarks - the stop time signatures, his incredible sustain and a hair-raising powerful tone – are presented here in all their glory, highlighting a musician who was more than able to assume the mantle as the guitar player following in Eric Clapton’s well-trod footsteps as a member of one of blues music’s all-time aggregations, John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers.

John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers – Live in 1967 Track Listing
1)    All Your Love
2)    Brand New Start
3)    Double Trouble
4)    Streamline
5)    Have You Ever Loved a Woman
6)    Looking Back
7)    So Many Roads
8)    Hi Heel Sneakers
9)    I Can’t Quit You Baby
10) The Stumble
11) Someday After Awhile
12) San-Ho-Zay
13) Stormy Monday

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“Loving you is like Sherlock Holmes, a mystery every day…” sings vocalist Lance Doss, veteran of six years on tour with Velvet Underground co-founder John Cale, sounding more like he spent that time with J.J. Cale on this bluesy, powerful, definitive song about a mystery woman and the relationship’s inevitable conclusion. The fluid melody, a second cousin to “Goin’ Down” – Down, Down, Down, Down, bye, bye, bye, bye…good stuff. “Sadie” is a nice combo of 38 Special, Wet Willie, Mark Farner as well as a strong dash of Ian Hunter’s “Once Bitten Twice Shy.” These fellows know their influences and they wear them proudly on their sleeve here on their second disc, SGSB, the follow-up to the group’s debut, The MalL Tease Fall Can.
At 5:15 “Divine” takes the listener on a slow journey, musically elegant with a superb vocal reminiscent of Allman Brothers and Atlanta Rhythm section. Not to dwell on so many of the roots, but it is hard not to hearing so many familiar riffs tweaked in clever and inviting ways. “Get It Back” takes a different direction, both guitars churning soulful struts over the impeccable rhythms of bassist
Paul Page – also of John Cale’s band along with gigs for and with Dion, Popa Chubby, Ruth Gerson, Martin’s Folly Gary US Bonds, Bo Diddley, Del Shannon, Ben E. King and resilient drummer Steve Holley.
Where “Bama Bounce” pulls “Sunshine of Your Love” sideways, with a voice out of the clouds of reservations from this country’s native American past, “Some Things Ain’t Never Gonna Change” is a pure Hendrixian love fest. Go to the three minute mark and hear Jimi riffs and fills, with wah wah and delightful drumming by Steve Holley as a sweet undercurrent.
sydney green st“Payin’ The Price” could be The Beatles “Drive My Car” gone blues while “My Pride” takes Aerosmith’s “Same Old Song and Dance” and brings it to the world of Savoy Brown and Foghat. Not that it is a stretch, Ralph Mormon of Savoy Brown was lead singer for Joe Perry of Aerosmith’s first solo album and this ensemble would be a perfect opener for “Smith any day of the week.
“Number” forges its own identity, multi instrumentalist / co-guitarist Justin Jordan bolstering the song’s framework with intriguing patterns. “One Good Kiss” and “Consumer,” which concludes this disc, speak with power and glory, it’s a blues buffet with touches of pop that has staying power and an encyclopedic understanding of the genres it traverses.

4)Jerry Burgan and the WE FIVE


Eagle Rock Entertainment Is Proud To Release




~JUNE 30, 2015~
New York, NY (April 30, 2015)—This June, Eagle Rock Entertainment will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of The Who with the first ever DVD, Blu-ray, and Digital Video release of Live At Shea Stadium 1982 [MSRP $19.98 Blu-ray, $14.98 DVD]. This is the first official release of the full show and features restored footage and newly mixed sound.

The Who (Roger Daltrey, Pete Townshend, John Entwistle, and Kenney Jones) delivered both classic tracks and rarely performed songs: “Pinball Wizard,” “Won’t Get Fooled Again,” “My Generation,” “Substitute,” “Who Are You,” “I Can’t Explain,” “See Me Feel Me,” “Baba O’Riley,” and many more. The tour promoted the 1982 album It’s Hard and the set list was comprised of several tracks from that album, some of which the band would only play live on this tour.

The Who’s 1982 North American tour was their last to feature Kenney Jones on drums and the band did not tour again until 1989. This concert film features the show from the second of their two nights at New York’s Shea Stadium and was filmed on October 13th 1982.

2015 is a year of even higher profile than usual for this legendary band - with their 50th Anniversary European/North American tour taking place this summer. Live At Shea Stadium 1982 shows exactly what their reputation has been built on.
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Eagle Rock Entertainment is the largest producer and distributor of music programming for DVD, Blu-Ray, TV and Digital Media in the world.  Eagle works directly alongside talent to produce top quality, High Definition programs, both concerts and documentaries, including The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, The Who, Queen, The Doors, Jeff Beck, Peter Gabriel, Paul McCartney, Ozzy Osbourne, Genesis, Alice Cooper, Eric Clapton and Aerosmith. Eagle is a Grammy Award winning company and has received over 40 multi-platinum, over 80 platinum and over 144 gold discs, worldwide.  Eagle Rock Entertainment has offices in London, New York, Paris and Hamburg.

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1) Substitute  

2) I Can’t Explain  

3) Dangerous 

4) Sister Disco  

5) The Quiet One  

6) It’s Hard  

7) Eminence Front  

8) Behind Blue Eyes 

9) Baba O’Riley 

10) I’m One  

11) The Punk And The Godfather  

12) Drowned  

13) Tattoo  

14) Cry If You Want  

15) Who Are You  

16) Pinball Wizard  

17) See Me Feel Me  

18) Love Reign O’er Me  

19) Long Live Rock 

20) Won’t Get Fooled Again  

21) Young Man Blues  

22) Naked Eye  

23) I Saw Her Standing There   

24) Summertime Blues  

25) Twist And Shout

6)Jimi Hendrix  Starting at Zero

·         Starting At Zero – His Own Story

Jimi Hendrix
As compiled by Alan Douglas and Peter Neal
Hardcover: 256 pages

·         Publisher: Bloomsbury USA; 1ST edition (November 5, 2013)

·         Language: English

·         ISBN-10: 1620403315

ISBN-13: 978-1620403310

     Bloomberg’s 2013 release of Starting at Zero – His Own Story, is a unique, “posthumous autobiography” written, ostensibly, by Jimi Hendrix and compiled by filmmaker Peter Neal and record producer Alan Douglas.  It is an inspiring textbook for deep Hendrix connoisseurs who appreciate the guitar legend and seek further insight into the workings of his incredible mind.

    For those of us immersed in the music of that era – Hendrix, Janis Joplin, the Doors, the Rolling Stones, Beatles, Cream, etc, especially the disciples focused mostly on Jimi, this is a scholarly, important document isolating Jimi’s thoughts with both the composer’s song lyrics as well as Hendrix’s own diary entries, correspondences, notes and other such written (or tape recorded) artifacts.

   My first go at reading this 256 page collection was not easy, the richness of the book demanding a period of time for thoughtful exploration beyond a mere perusal, as different material is juxtaposed alongside other fragments, certainly a daunting task and actually quite an accomplishment. 

    Alan Douglas’s controversial re-production of unfinished works, or post-production or, in some cases – rearrangement, is important on one level, and on that level I am one of Douglas’s champions.  Quite clearly – on another level – I am one of the harshest critics of some of the late producer’s work.

     Starting at Zero is a masterful achievement for both Douglas and Neal, it fills in the blanks for anyone playing Sherlock Holmes with Hendrix’s beautiful and mysterious legacy, for anyone missing the fact that  “the man’s mind was just on so many different levels, it’s amazing” Eddie Kramer states in the film Night Bird Flying (Behind the scenes)  - see video

     The book brings you closer to Hendrix with staples like “Room Full of Mirrors” and “Voodoo Chile” taking on even more meaning as you read the words to the songs - and the complementary scribblings from the author.  The additional information gives the music we’ve known and listened to decade after decade deeper meaning, giving the Jimi’s compositions more impact as well.  The editors/co-authors align the subject matter in a planetary sort of fashion, all circling the sun – the memoir portions and other elements moving with their own identifiable gravity.

    Originally entitled Room Full Of Mirrors, according to Page IV, and released in November of 2013, the book “was produced without the input, assistance, or authorization of Al Hendrix, Janie Hendrix, Experience Hendrix, L.L.C., or any parties associated therewith.” 

    The nine chapters are titled after songs (and some that became album titles,) ending with “Nine to the Universe,” of course, and holding twenty to thirty-five pages per chapter.

   It is a scholarly effort which differs greatly from other post-their-time-on-planet-earth volumes such as Laura Joplin’s “Love Janis,” “Wilderness: The Lost Writings of Jim Morrison, Vol. 1,” The American Night: The Writings of Jim Morrison, Vol. 2” and similar archives and records prepared for publication after the protagonist has left this mortal coil.  “Starting at Zero” is a book that moves into the upper region of my Top 4 categories for the plethora of Hendrix writings on the market, be they in the form of books, magazine articles, liner notes, tributes and other etchings found multiplying on the internet.

    Post script: co-author/co-editor Peter Neal, according to the book’s official webpage “made the first-ever film about Jimi Hendrix, called Experience. Also known as Hear My Music Talking, it was the only one released during Jimi’s lifetime”

7)Man From U.N.C.L.E

On a seventy-five million dollar budget director Guy Ritchie has done a splendid job of recreating the 1964-1968 TV series that spawned 105 episodes. IMDB describes the Robert Vaughn/David McCallum ‘60s show efficiently with this description: “The two top agents of the United Network Command for Law and Enforcement fight the enemies of peace, particularly the forces of THRUSH.” THRUSH, of course, being the mirror image of James Bond’s enemy, S.P.E.C.T.R.E, or the Avengers / Captain America’s long-time foe HYDRA.
Essentially, this “reboot” of the television series on the silver screen presents two James Bonds for the price of one with the perfect casting of Superman Henry Cavill as Napoleon Solo and Armie Hammer as Illya Kuryakin. IMDB describes the new outing in this fashion: “In the early 1960s, CIA agent Napoleon Solo and KGB operative Illya Kuryakin participate in a joint mission against a mysterious criminal organization, which is working to proliferate nuclear weapons.”
Director/co-screenwriter Ritchie smartly places the time period as 1963 bringing the last remnants of the Nazi regime to a more “modern world” seeking a nuclear weapon. Is it a metaphor for smaller countries in the new millennium seeking weapons of mass destruction? Possibly. Or maybe it’s just a film taking some Captain America and lots and lots of James Bond and certainly looking for the Mission Impossible market and, somehow, though entertaining this critic, not bringing in the box office a month after its release.
A pity because Cavill fits into the Napoleon Solo perhaps better than the shoes of Clark Kent. Hammer is a “new look” Kuryakin and the chemistry between the two works, not only in the film, but in the interview sessions proliferating on YouTube. Hugh Grant is not Leo G. Carrol, but he’s fine as Waverly. The “Bond girls” here work just as well as Grant, Cavill, Hammer and the elegant d├ęcor. Elizabeth Debicki as the villainess and Alicia Vikander as Gaby – fluctuating between the double-spy in Mission Impossible Rogue Nation and a third partner a la The Mod Squad.
As with the ‘6os when James Bond imitations proliferated, this Man From U.N.C.L.E. is looking for part of the Mission Impossible pie. Hopefully they’ll get to do a sequel as this critic found it to be more fun and less formatted than the genre – many times – cares to offer.
Joe Viglione is the Chief Film Critic at He has written thousands of reviews and biographies for,, Gatehouse Media, Al Aronowitz’s The Blacklisted Journal, and a variety of other media outlets. Joe also produces and hosts Visual Radio, a seventeen year old variety show on cable TV which has interviewed Jodie Foster, director/screenwriter David Koepp, Michael Moore, John Cena, comics/actors Margaret Cho, Gilbert Gottfried, Gallagher, musicians Mark Farner and Don Brewer of Grand Funk Railroad, Ian Hunter of Mott The Hoople, Ray Manzarek, John Densmore, Felix Cavaliere of The Rascals, political commentator Bill Press and hundreds of other personalities.


36)Garret Scott   

Garrett Scott on Mercury - I'm gonna give you All My Love"
37)Led Zeppelin BLUEBERRY HILL

Jimmy Page plays Fats Domino

#38   Fantastic Four
Fantastic Four
By Joe Viglione
21 years before this debacle by 20th Century Fox, and we’ll get to the psychology behind the 2015 terrible adaption of “the Greatest Comic Magazine in the World” – Roger Corman put together a very decent casting and better paced quickie featuring Joseph Culp (son of I Spy’s Robert Culp) as Dr. Doom, Police Academy’s Commandant Eric Lassard (George Gaynes as the professor, Alex Hyde-White as Reed Richards, Jay Underwood as Johnny Storm (eventually to play on Star Trek Voyager the character Mortimer Harren) – just a taste of what could have been had Cormon gathered a budget together and taken the film seriously.   It remains a cult novelty a la the Captain America and Hulk made for TV movies.
1994’s The Fantastic Four has pretty much the same title as 2005’s dreary Fantastic Four and now the seemingly intentional implosion that is 2015’s Fantastic Four.   At least all three expeditions got the name right.

For Dr. Franklin Storm, the alleged father of Johnny Storm and stepfather of Sue Storm (talk about a doppelganger series) fine character actor Reg E. Cathey – who had the distinction of being Warden Martin Querns in 1997’s prison TV series Oz, Barry Querns/Victor Tybor in Law and Order: Special Victim’s Unit, The Baron in the tv series Grimm (no relation to The Thing, Ben Grimm) – and even a voice in a Star Wars game, the tradition continues. From George Gaynes in the Corman 1994 film to Cathey in the 2015 FF flick, these veteran actors bring a touch of class to that which is, otherwise, the most poorly produced set of films of an iconic set of characters – quite possibly – in the history of film.

Now it isn’t hard to get it right. In Fantastic Four #56 after the battle with the “master of sound,” KLAW, Dr. Doom in Latveria is watching the herald of Galactus in a most dramatic scene:

“Meanwhile, over in Europe, the Silver Surfer lands atop a mountain. A mysterious man watches from a castle, then starts making plans involving the Surfer...”
Instead we get two very poor performances from Mile Teller, probably 27 years of age when he filmed this …and looking like he’s 17, Much better as Peter Hayes in the Divergent series, he has not the depth nor the look of obsessive/compulsive scientist Dr. Reed Richards.  Michael B. Jordan, who appeared with Teller in the film That Awkward Moment, is beyond awkward here, the two actors are miscast and just terrible and drag the film down so hard that it can’t be retrieved.
Kate Mara was good in her first film, Random Hearts, and traveled through opposite worlds such as Brokeback Mountain and Transcendence. Here she is decent as Susan Storm, not outstanding, but certainly better than the comedy crew of Jordan and Teller.  Poor Jaimie Bell, from 2005’s King Kong and terrific in 2011’s The Eagle – which could have been more of a gay classic than Brokeback Mountain had director Kevin MacDonald gotten away from the blood and gore  Channing Tatum’s Marcus and Jaime Bell’s Esca despised each other because of the war that went on before both they were both born. At the end of the film it is obvious they have become a homosexual couple in the year 140 AD.  Check out the alternate ending on the DVD “Marcus and Esca are then shown approaching Hadrian's Wall on foot and talking about their plans for the future.”  Right.
Here Bell could have used Channing Tatum, Bell as Johnny Storm, Tatum as The Thing, Ben Grimm. It would have been a brilliant casting, but, you see, there appears to be an ulterior motive to 20th Century Fox dropping the ball.
Things are so skewed between Marvel Comics/Disney and 20th Century Fox that – purportedly – the comic book series was cancelled in April 2015 with FF #645 for multiple reasons, this being one of them: “That, as a result of Disney’s highest single shareholder and Marvel CEO Isaac Perlmutter’s anger with Fox Studios over negotiations regarding the film-and-related rights to The Fantastic Four, that Marvel would cancel the Fantastic Four comic rather than provide any promotion, however small it might be, towards the Fox Studios film”
There was also the matter of slumping sales, due in no small part to the mishandling of the movies.  This appears to be a high stakes game of “chicken” with the film company willing to take a bath by creating this terrible new film in order to stick it back at Marvel…and probably hope Marvel pays them off to get the rights to the film and all its characters back.
The End of the Fantastic Four?
Of course heroes always get resurrected, but look at the hype on
This is the end of the Fantastic Four – 4ever! Be there when the most controversial Fantastic Four story concludes in the extra-sized FANTASTIC FOUR #645!
My take as a film critic and long-time fan of the FF starting with the comic book when it was numbering in the 30s (it went up to 645! – as noted above) – nothing this bad could be made in today’s climate without it being some kind of negotiation tactic.   The script is awful, the directing pedestrian, some of the acting banal bordering on inept, but some excellent special effects.  
The critics at the screening in Boston were bashing the film loudly, sales reflect a unanimous opinion that this is a bigger turkey than the previous three Fantastic Four outings, from 1994 to earlier in the 2000’s.
Could the film have been saved?  Of course it could have, somewhat.  With marketing geniuses and plenty of great editors walking the planet this was intentional self-sabotage, part of a ploy to see how much bang 20th Century can get for the rights it holds to the Greatest Comic Magazine in the World.
“Walt Disney (NYSE: DIS)-owned Marvel Studios has clawed back the film rights to a handful of heroes in recent years. After a spectacular flop at the box office last weekend, speculation is rampant that the Fantastic Four could return to its Marvel roots.

Duh!  Ya think?

#40  GHOST   Slash
Kill the ghost that hides in your soul!

with Ian Asbury

With Myles Kennedy

Gary Sohmers Roar's Back March 8 with Collectibles Show, To Jah Nature Ellis, Tom Hambridge New CD, Keith Richards Waiting for the Man, Sean Walshe American Son, Clive Davis with Anthony DeCurtis

Top 10 1)Gary Sohmers 2)Tom Hambridge 3)Nature Ellis  4)Keith Richards "Waiting for the Man" Lou Reed's Birthday 5)Sean Walshe...