Supersingers – Advancing the State of the Art in Classic Rock Vocals
On any given day, at any given time, classic rock radio is spinning some of the finest vocalists to ever come down the line. While there were (and are) a great many singers who found there way onto the airwaves, there are comparatively few supersingers who not only make hits in their heyday, but manage to command respect years later, having advanced the state-of-the-art in recorded vocal performances.
While the last article covered the likes of Boston’s Brad Delp and Toto’s Joseph Williams, we now find our way to Peter Cetera’s (a supersinger in his own right) replacement in Chicago, Jason Scheff. Stepping into some of the biggest shoes of the 80s (and having to cover Cetera’s 70s hits as well), Scheff had an unenviable task at hand in 1985 after Cetera went on to pursue a solo career Togel . While Toto had also courted Scheff for vocal duties, Chicago was absolutely desperate to get the San Diego singer, as his ability to cover Cetera’s unique vocal style was readily apparent. What was wholly unexpected was for him to create phenomenal vocals that were all his own (to say nothing of his incredible chops on the bass guitar). Having come from a musical family (Scheff’s father was actually Elvis’ bassist), there could likely have been no better choice for Chicago than Jason Scheff.
Another incredible vocalist/songwriter (also pursued by Toto) was Mr. Mister’s Richard Page. With absolutely golden vocal tone, a hefty range and acute jazz-rock intelligence and musical sensibilities, Page politely declined earlier interest from Chicago (is there a pattern forming here?) and then Toto to forward his own band’s ambitions through hits like ‘Broken Wings’ and the soaring ‘Kyrie’. Years later, Page’s work still finds its way onto classic rock radio, when he’s not touring with Ringo Starr’s All-Star Band or writing hits for Madonna and others.
Taking an abrupt left-turn, we head to Canada to get a listen to British Columbia’s own vocal wunderkind, Devin Townsend. Having cut his teeth in the world of metal, Townsend took his heroic tenor into the post-Zappa world of guitarist, Steve Vai, lending his considerable vocal talents to Vai’s ‘Sex & Religion’. After that short stint, Townsend became the resident mad scientist of modern music, crafting brain-boiling stunt vocals with Strapping Young Lad and the absolutely masterful Ocean Machine, but then turning right around and creating the haunting, lush ‘Ghost’ as the Devin Townsend Project. To say Townsend is a great vocalist is like saying Tesla was a ‘pretty good inventor’. Easily one of the greatest vocalists/composers of the last 50 years, Townsend is a creative and performing force to be reckoned with.
Lottery in Austria is zero until the 2nd of July, 1985 when the Toto Lotto Planning Company emerged, determined to introduce the Austrians into lottery. On July 11th of the following year, the Austrian government gave the blessing for the said company to undertake the games and so the Austrian Lottery Toto Company came to life.
The first games in the Austrian Lottery’s history were the Small Number Lottery, Letter Lottery, Number Lottery, Class Lottery and Sport Toto. Through the years of being active then, the said company renewed its name into: Austrian Lotteries Company m.b.H. and up to date, it is the same name which carries all Austrian Lottery games under its banner.
The new games offered today in the Austrian Lotto are: Toto, Joker, Bingo, ToiToiToi, Rubbellos, WINWINWIN; some of the old games are still at play such as the Letter Lot and Class Lottery; and one of the most popular game in Austrian Lottery – the Austrian Lotto, would be the highlight in this article.
It was on September 1986 that the game, Austria Lotto 6/45 was first introduced. Draws for this game is on every Wednesdays and Sundays. This game works by letting the player choose a number combination of six numbers within the range of 1 to 45. If the six numbers match to the drawn numbers, then the jackpot is, of course, won. On the other hand, aside from grabbing the jackpot, there are still four other ways of winning in this game, such as getting a match of 5,4,3, or 2 numbers out of the 6 number combination drawn. A player can manually select his or her six-number combination, or – he/she can use the “QuickPick” option which randomly selects the numbers.