VANDENBERG “BURNING HEART” – THIS 1982 POWER BALLAD STILL GLISTENS


VANDENBERG - Let’s go back to 1982. I was a sophomore in high school and very proud of my ability to draw the band logos for Styx, Michael Schenker Group and of course… KISS. (The Judas Priest band logo was and forever will be too difficult for me to draw freehand). Hirax, Hellhammer and Armored Saint were formed, just to name a few Metal bands. Alright, W.A.S.P. was formed in 1982 too. World famous pro basketball star, (UCONN & Pheonix Mercury) Diana Taurasi was born.

Ronald Reagan was the United States President and Bryant Gumbel began his 15 year career as NBC’s The Today Show co-host. The Weather Channel also launched into cable television back in 1982. Well, enough with the 1982 trivia… this post is about guitarist Adrian Vandenberg’s own Hard Rock band which debuted their self-titled album Vandenberg, this very same year on Atco Records.

This Vandenberg debut album was and always will be an excellent listen for me. My favorite song from this album is Burning Heart. That’s correct… a ballad. A Power Ballad too. Me, the dude who likes to tip-toe around ballads in almost any album review I do, really digs Burning Heart. Ever since I first heard this song on the FM dial back in 1982, I have been an admirer of it. Bert Heerink was the lead vocalist on this song and album. Could it be the strength in Bert’s vocals that I hear be the deciding factor for my liking Burning Heart so much? How about the guitar talent of Adrian Vandenberg himself? Adrian’s solo in Burning Heart is as articulately placed and played as any I’ve ever heard over all these years.

Adrian’s tone and feel that comes out at me from his guitar just always seemed to have that wallop. On Burning Heart, Adrian makes his guitar come across with such a free floating sound, making this Power Ballad come together perfectly… he dictated this song and commanded it with his guitar eloquence. Burning Heart from the very onset of my hearing it, never came across to me as being sappy. It is quite an emotional song for certain and radiates that essential vibe that seems to be lacking in so many Power Ballads over the decades.

Does Burning Heart remind me of a love I once had? Nope. Does it remind me of a love I could never have? Nope again. Despite this, this is a song that just reminds me of a time in my life when I was seeking out my place amongst my peers and just trying to get along. In actuality, that is really what I’m still doing, to this very day. Any song, from the vast and seemingly infinite world of music, will hold it’s own unique affect on an individual. Burning Heart stays in my music mind files as being… timeless.

*  Besides being a legendary guitarist, find out more about Adrian Vandenberg and his other artistic talent… as a world renowned painter in the fine arts. Peruse Adrian’s brilliant artwork by clicking this link: ADRIAN VANDENBERG – ARTIST

Vandenberg, as they appeared on the debut/self titled album:

Adrian Vandenberg – guitar, keyboards and backing vocals

Bert Heerink – lead vocals

Dick Kemper – bass and backing vocals

Jos Zoomer – drums and backing vocals

LONG LIVE ADRIAN VANDENBERG & HIS MUSIC

Stone.

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5 Responses to “VANDENBERG “BURNING HEART” – THIS 1982 POWER BALLAD STILL GLISTENS”

  1. I used to have the first album on vinyl and used to play it often, I was lucky I saw Vandenberg open up for Ozzy Osbourne in 1982, when I was 12, of course when I got home and my parents found out where I had been I caught some hell!!!

    • metalodyssey Says:

      YOU LUCKY that you saw Vandenberg – live! I saw Ozzy a few times in my life… Ozzy and his band always put on a fantastic show. That’s funny you caught hell for going… back then, Ozzy was the second coming of the Anti-Christ on top of it, which probably made matters worse for you!

      Now… Ozzy is probably a strong candidate for the cover of “Prevention” magazine, if he hasn’t already been on that cover.

      Stone

  2. I love all 3 Vandenberg albums. I was in a band in the early 90s that used to do Waiting for the Night.

    Most of their songs has cheesey riffs but the solos were great.

  3. I am down with VANDENBERG as well.

    My favorite was “Welcome to the Club”. Love that riff. Hey this was barely 1982!

    I was young, I didn’t care. They did have some filler on their LP’s though.

    I still have all my vinyl.

    Rock on!

  4. taurasi is playing for fenerbahce. she socred 26 points today in euroleague match

    she is a pretty woman

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