Where do B-level heavy metal stars go when those leather pants get a little
binding and they just can't hit those glass-shattering notes anymore? The
tribute aisle, of course.
The latest grave to be desecrated is that of
Queen, who get a serious working-over on Dragon Attack: A Tribute to
Queen, a plodding, dunder-headed 11-pack of covers featuring a who's-that?
of hard rock.
The album, on the appropriately-named Triage Records label,
counts among it's "Wealth of Talent" (their quote, not ours), The Babys' Ricky
Phillips, Tony Franklin (The Firm), Carmine Appice (Vanilla Fudge, Rod
Stewart), Marty Friedman (Megadeth), Tommy Aldridge and Rudy Sarzo
(Whitesnake), ex-Kiss members Eric Singer and Bruce Kulick, Jeff Scott Soto
(Yngwie Malmsteen), Robby Kreiger (Doors), Ted Nugent, Lemmy Kilmister
(Motorhead), Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple, Black Sabbath), Yngwie Malmsteen and
Armored Saint's Joey Vera and John Bush, the latter now of Anthrax.
one painful listen, all we can say is these guys could have honored Freddy
Mercury's name a lot more if they'd just kept it to themselves.