JULY 25, 2020

ROCKWiRED SOUND BiTE: THE LONELY ONES - FLASH/THE HERO if QUEEN doesn't get enough tribute these days since the release of their biopic a couple of years ago. Sure, that sounds cranky but can you blame me given the devastation unleashed on us by COVID-19?

For the better part of 20 years BOBAFLEX was the hard rock band that should've had everyone believing that rock n roll was still alive. You couldn't even accuse these West Virginians of falling under that dreaded (by me) nu metal category. Any self respecting rock fan should've been rallying behind these guys instead of hating on GRETA VAN FLEET but with the departure of co-founder and co-vocalist/guitarist SHAUN McCOY
, BOBAFLEX are now THE LONELY ONES and have done their level best to push their singles ETERNAL SADNESS and THE LONELY ONE in a time when people are advised not to gather in crowds. All of this may sound dour but from here it looks like THE LONELY ONES have it all under control. The music videos for their first two singles are in step with everything that the band under its former moniker had issued in the past in terms of sound, sentiment and overall feel. Despite the loss of a member and name change, the band still knows how to make the kind of impact that has set them apart from many of their lesser active rock brethren. Don't even get us started on how DISTURBED's cover of SOUNDS OF SILENCE was a bigger hit than BOBAFLEX's.


With just two singles behind them, it makes perfect sense for THE LONELY ONES to take on the stomping QUEEN anthem FLASH/THE HERO - the larger than life, hell hath no fury rock n roll epic that practically served as the centerpiece to the 1980 MICHAEL HODGES film FLASH GORDON. In recent years that glorious bombastic sci-fi yarn and its equally bombastic theme song have been tarnished for me due to their connection to that fucking MARK WAHLBERG film with the teddy bear. Nothing is sacred these days! However, THE LONELY ONES have reclaimed the curious pounding QUEEN war-whoop and all of my pleasant memories of SAM J. JONES flying blind on a rocket cycle and have managed to serve up the kindof rah rah rah our world needs right now while we are in the grip of the COVID-19 pandemic. I just pray that DISTURBED doesn't move on this one and turn it into an AXE BODY SPRAY smelling dirge. Lush is a music industry professional and entrepreneur. In 2005 he launched the online music site to help promote new music artists in conjunction with the weekly radio show Rockwired Live which aired on KTSTFM.COM from 2005 - 2009. In 2010 He launched the daily podcast series Rockwired Radio Profiles which features exclusive interviews and music. He has also developed and produced the online radio shows Jazzed and Blue - Profiles in Blues and Jazz, Aboriginal Sounds - A Celebration of American Indian and First Nations Music, The Rockwired Rock N Roll Mixtape Show and The Rockwired Artist of the Month Showcase. In 2012, Brian Lush and his company Rockwired Media LLC launched the monthly digital online publication Rockwired Magazine. The magazine attracts over 75,000 readers a month and shows no signs of stopping. Rockwired Magazine also bares the distinction of being the first American Indian-owned rock magazine. Brian Lush is an enrolled member of the Yankton Sioux Tribe. Brian Lush's background in music journalism, radio and podcast hosting, podcast production, web design, publicity, advertising sales, social media and online marketing, strategic editorial planning and branding have all made Rockwired a name that is trusted and respected throughout the independent music industry.