THE STRING REVOLUTION PAYS TRIBUTE TO RANDY RHOADS WITH THE RELEASE OF “CRAZY TRAIN”
Los Angeles-based label Tallest Man Records have released a stunning flamenco-tinged cover of the band’s iconic rock anthem “Crazy Train.” String Revolution with Steve Stevens. This collaboration came to pay tribute to the legendary guitarist Randy Rhoads and in particular to his love for the classical guitar. Steve Stevens has always been an admirer of Rhoads, and The String Revolution, directed by Janet Robin, has a special connection with Rhoads. Robin was her only guitar student when she was 9 years old. “When I was told Randy Rhoads was going to be inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, I was thrilled,” Stevens says. In my mind, I had one requirement, that it be in no way similar to the iconic original version. Hearing the track, two things immediately struck me, it works so well as a Spanish guitar track, and one that Randy would have loved. It is well known that Randy was a fine classical guitarist, even continuing lessons throughout his Ozzy days. I hope we made it, proud buddy.
The String Revolution are four virtuoso professional guitarists who create distinctive sounds with their guitars: mimicking percussion, special effects, melodic grooves, basslines, and more. They share a passion for many different musical styles and guitar techniques, which has given The String Revolution a unique sound. This is evident in their studio recordings and live shows. A clear dedication and hard work ethic for the project brought The String Revolution together. In addition to Janet Robin (who was named to Guitar Player Magazine’s “Top 50 Acoustic Guitarists Bonus List” 2017), who is also an acclaimed touring guitarist with artists like Lindsey Buckingham, Meredith Brooks, Air Supply , and many others, The String Revolution is made up of Austrian nylon-string guitarist Markus Illko, Swiss producer, songwriter and guitarist Daniel Schwarz, and underground Los Angeles artist and indie guitarist Art Zavala Jr. Train” with The String Revolution, we really tried to keep the energy and vibe of the original, but we wanted to put our own stamp on it,” says Robin “as my guitar teacher Randy Rhoads used to tell me – “don’t Try to play like me, play like you. I really took that to heart and I think TSR agreed with the same kind of thinking – Be true to the original but give it a new original twist, and that’s what I think we got do.
Steve Stevens was one of the most original guitarists on the ’80s rock scene, best known for his 41-year partnership with Billy Idol, his work on Michael Jackson’s “Dirty Diana,” his Grammy-winning performance on ” Top Gun Anthem” and his work with Vince Neil on “Exposed”. Stevens has also lent his unmistakable sound and style to many hit records including Pink “Try This”, Diana Ross “Eaten Alive”, Joni Mitchell “Chalk mark in a Rainstorm”, Robert Palmer “Don’t Explain”, The Thompson Twins “Here Come Future Days”, Ric Ocasek “This Side of Heaven”, Peter Criss “Let Me Rock You”, Juno Reactor “Shango”, “Hokata” and “Pistolero”, Kyosuke Himuro “Beat Haze Odyssey”, Steve Lukather “Lukather” and on his solo releases with Steve Stevens Atomic Playboys “Atomic Playboys”, Bozzio Levin Stevens “Black Light Syndrome” and “Situation Dangerous” and the critically acclaimed solo releases “Flamenco A Go Go” and ” Memory Crash”. Steven’s catalog of hit songs he co-wrote and performed alongside Idol include “Rebel Yell”, “Eyes Without A Face” and “Flesh for Fantasy”. They sound as fresh and relevant today as the day they were released, as evidenced by their recent cover by artists as varied as Miley Cyrus, Green Day, Queens of the Stone Age, Him, Black Veil Brides, Children of Bodom, Dope, Daughtry, Sum 41, Blink 182, Drowning Pool, Murderdolls, Deathstars, and The Donnas. Steven co-wrote the most recent Idol EP Roadside, produced by Butch Walker with collaborations with hit songwriters Sam Hollander, Tommy English, Joe Janiak and Grant Michaels. Stevens is currently working on new music with Idol and will hit the road with Idol this spring on their US Journey tour, then Europe where they will play major festivals in addition to dates where Idol will be supported by Go Go’s, then Rock n’ Rio alongside Green Day.