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Thrashback Thursday: Meanstreak “Roadkill”
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Meanstreak Band Photo

Meanstreak was an all-female thrash band from Westchester, New York, that was active from 1985-1994. They were playing at legendary New York metal club L’Amour when Mercenary Records asked them to contribute the song “Lost Stranger” to their compilation album L’Amour Rocks. The favorable reaction that the track generated lead to Mercenary issuing Mean Streak’s one and only full-length album RoadKill.

Meanstreak is notable for several reasons; not only were they one of very few all-female acts in the world of thrash, but three of the ladies went on to marry members of progressive metal titans Dream Theater. Perhaps the band’s greatest contribution to metal though was their drummer Yael. She would go on to become a metal legend and one of the most respected female drummers in the world.

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Interview: Dream Theater Keyboardist Jordan Rudess
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Dream Theater Jordan Rudess

Keyboard player. App developer. Wizard. Jordan Rudess is all of these things. The phenomenal talent behind those sumptuous Dream Theater keyboard tones is a continuously busy man.

Not only is he a member of the progressive metal colossus Dream Theater, who released its twelfth studio album this year, Rudess has been working with King Crimson bass player Tony Levin and drummer and guitarist Marco Minnemann in creating the inspiring Levin Minnemann Rudess album – an instrumental rock masterpiece put together by three incredible musicians.

Away from music he is an innovator, creating new ways of teaching and training musicians in the world of apps. More on that further down.

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