Wednesday, November 30, 2016

NEWS: live Leather Leone/Chastain/CJSS videos

OFFICIAL: David T. Chastain and Leather Leone performed live together for the first time in over 25 years on October 8th at Bogart's in Cincinnati, Ohio. This special performance was shot on video along with the CJSS 'Last Show on Planet Earth 2' concert. David says, "We are posting these videos so the fans around the world who couldn't make the show will have access to them for free and before they get bootlegged. We made sure to include CHASTAIN favorites such as "Ruler of the Wasteland," "Angel of Mercy" and "For Those Who Dare" as well as CJSS fan favorites "World Gone Mad" and "Metal Forever." This was just a 4 camera video shoot and the audio is basically a direct off the soundboard mix. Due to a scheduling conflict we were only able to rehearse with Leather one night before the show so there are a few mistakes here and there. However all things considered it is a good portrayal of the show. We just felt it was important to document this event."
CJSS biography: CJSS was formed by guitar wizard David T. Chastain during early 1984 with two other members of the band Spike, drummer Les Sharp and bassist Mike Skimmerhorn, and vocalist Russell Jinkens who had gained fame for his stint in local Cincinnati cover band Prizoner.
Spike had recorded and released the album 'The Price of Pleasure' in 1983. Spike toured the United States with many acts, the most well known being Black Sabbath. David was not satisfied with the commercial slant of Spike's material and was at constant odds with the band's management and booking agency whom had been trying to push the band in a even more commercial direction. In order to play the music they loved the four musicians decided to form the band CJSS.
The band's first show was October 4, 1984 at Bogarts. The club's management had expected a week night crowd of only a few hundred but were pleasantly surprised when well over a thousand fans showed up. This was just the beginning as CJSS regularly appeared at the Cincinnati venue drawing huge throngs throughout the 80's. Even to this day the band still holds all attendance records at the club. The largest being November 15, 1986 with a crowd of 1452 paid and more turned away at the door.
In the summer of 1985 the band went into the studio and recorded the album 'World Gone Mad.' This album was released in January 1986 and was received very favorably worldwide. This album included some of the band's classic cuts such as; 'Hell On Earth' 'World Gone Mad' 'Destiny' and the band's contemporary version of the Zeppelin classic Communication Breakdown.
After doing a short tour of the US the group went into the studio in the summer of 1986 and recorded the bands pinnacle release 'Praise the Loud.' The album was released in October 1986 to intense worldwide acclaim. The track 'Metal Forever' became a rallying cry for metal fans. The praise lavished upon the band was universal. CJSS had released two classic metal albums in the less than one year. A feat unmatched in metaldom.
It is safe to say that when musical historians look back at the metal era 'World Gone Mad' and 'Praise the Loud' will be considered metal classics.
To view the latest LEATHER LEONE/CHASTAIN live videos go direct to one of the DTC Facebook pages at: Live Leather Leone/Chastain Videos
To view the latest CJSS live videos go direct to the band's Facebook page at: Live CJSS Videos
Or you can go to the new Leviathan Records Youtube page to view the highlights of the show and other label related videos: Leviathan Records Worldwide Youtube Channel

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