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Hotshot - 2005 The Bomb

Mike Pont - vocals;
Guitars - Al Pitrelli, Tony Bruno, Spike Francis, George Cintron, Leslie West
Bass - Bruno Ravel, Teddy Cook, Timmy Starace
Keyboards - Al Greenwood, Gary Bivona, Steve Savides
Drums - Steve West, Chuck Bonafante, Kurt Fairchild

Damn I love this band! Why they never hit the big time previously remains one of the 'true rock n roll' mysteries. Mind you they've had many incarnations, many personnel line-ups, many chances and of course, many failures. Ah what would a 'rock n roll' life be without the odd failure aye? Certainly after hearing many of their songs, there is much to compare against similar outfits who did make it big, and therefore one can only imagine what might've been. The one constant throughout all this is principal singer and songwriter Mike Pont. Despite all the up's and down's, Mike has assembled a set of songs that takes a retrospective look back through the history book of Hotshot. And what a fantastic walk back in time it is too! Musically, think of a bundle of bands based around the 1985-1990 era. The likes of Danger Danger, Britny Fox, Warrant and Van Halen all give you an idea as to where Mike and Hotshot were heading. Unfortunately, it wasn't to No#1 with a bullet - but that aside, there is a heap to like with Hotshot. Firstly, the music is primo melodic hard rock with a ton of hair, excess, flash, and excitement. The recordings for this album took place during the 1986-1990 era, though with two distinct line-ups. As you can see from the personnel line-up from above, the connection to Danger Danger is a very close one. At one stage, both Mike and Al Pitrelli were both members of the band during its early incarnation. And so the ideas that were prominent in their material is also prominent on Hotshot, the influence rubbing off considering the long time colloboration with the likes of Bruno Ravel and Steve West who were part of the earliest line-up of Hotshot.

The Songs
Favorite songs? Well there are numerous. The Danger Danger likeness of 'Always In My Heart' is the sort of arena rock that'll have them shaking in the bleachers. 'Love By Numbers' is fun-filled party-rock in the vein of Van Halen, and tell me Mike ain't trying out his best Dave Lee Roth impersonation? Or how about the huge sounding 'Too Much Is Never Enough', with a chorus so big and memorable. It's the sort of song indicative of that 'hair-era'. Personally I can't get enough of it. A track like 'Bring On The Night' is ideal for MTV viewing, I can just see some gorgeous chick parading around on a video accompanying this tune.. lol! Perhaps the pick of the bunch is infectious arena rock of 'Love Makes You Blind'. Again Danger Danger is the major reference point, but the track swims in melody, evern more so than what D2 displayed in their heyday. Elsewhere, tracks like 'Feels Like The First Time' takes a stab at the Tom Kimmel/Van Stephenson school of AOR. Overall though, the whole album makes for great listening, especially in the car - nice and loud!!

In Summary
The band did get very close to inking a big deal around 1990-91, after some high-end input from Motley Crue pairing Nikki Sixx and Tommy Lee. That opportunity fell apart when those two had to divert all their attention to the fracturing of Crue and the departure and legal fallout of Vince Neil. All that effort mean't no time for Hotshot, and consequently, no deal either! You can read more about Mike's story over at their MySpace page. Though this is a retrospective release, you get fourteen tracks of melodic rock with absolute zero on filler. I'm certain that Danger Danger fans in particular, are going to curse me as their wallets are going to suffer yet another case of financial dehydration. And no, Hotshot is not the name of some energy sports drink or mineral water. It is just juicy melodic rock that will leave you thirsty for more. And as the news flies, we are hopeful that Mike Pont can get another Hotshot release out into the market place in the near future. Perhaps we might get a shot at talking to Mr Pont himself about this very issue.. stay tuned.


Track Listing:
01 Intro
02 Love Don't Come Easy
03 Sweet Little Lucy
04 Always In My Heart
05 In The Groove
06 Love By Numbers
07 Too Much Is Never Enough
08 Rock A Bye Baby
09 Bring On The Night
10 Hold On
11 Feels Like The First Time
12 I Can't Turn Back
13 Love Makes You Blind
14 The Heartache Of Love


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