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Death by Power Ballad: Guns N’ Roses, “Sweet Child O’ Mine”

Thirteen versions of "Sweet Child O' Mine?" Must be Thanksgiving!...

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Death by Power Ballad: Dream Theater, “I Walk Beside You”

Rob Smith mourns a friend and discusses Dream Theater....

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Death by Power Ballad: Extreme, “More Than Words”

"Death by Power Ballad" explores Extreme's "More Than Words."...

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Death by Power Ballad: Chickenfoot, “Different Devil”

Chickenfoot writes a mature rock song about adult relationships. Imagine that ......

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Death by Power Ballad: Survivor, “Ever Since the World Began”

Survivor's "Ever Since the World Began": The Ultimate Wedding Anthem? Rob Smith discusses in "Death by Power Ballad."...

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Death by Power Ballad: Warrant, “Heaven”

This week's "Death by Power Ballad" pays tribute to ex-Warrant front man Jani Lane and his greatest power ballad, "Heaven."...

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Death by Power Ballad: Richard Marx, “Hold on to the Nights”

In this week's "Death by Power Ballad," Rob Smith has a midlife nervous breakdown, in response to Richard Marx's "Hold on to the Nights."...

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Death by Power Ballad: Kenny Loggins, “Meet Me Half Way”

You realize you're in love, and the song that's playing is Kenny Loggins' "Meet Me Half Way." Rob Smith explores in "Death by Power...

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Death by Power Ballad: “Kidz Bop Sings Monster Ballads”

In this week's installment of "Death by Power Ballad," Rob Smith takes on Razor & Tie, the Kidz Bop franchise, and that media whore/singer,...

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Death by Power Ballad: Nazareth, “Love Hurts”

When Scottish cock rockers Nazareth slowed things down to play "Love Hurts," the whole world slowed with them. Rob Smith pays tribute in...

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Death by Power Ballad: Sammy Hagar, “Halfway to Memphis”

Death by Power Ballad returns, with Rob Smith discussing Sammy Hagar's book, unheralded albums, and terrific power ballad "Halfway to...

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Death by Power Ballad: Styx, “Show Me the Way”

Rob Smith discusses war, faith, and music in the new "Death by Power Ballad" entry, on Styx's "Show Me the Way."...

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Death by Power Ballad: Cathy Richardson and the Macrodots, “Save Me”

Rob Smith finds a new power ballad masterpiece from Cathy Richardson and the Macrodots, in this week's "Death by Power Ballad."...

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Death by Power Ballad: John Waite, “If You Ever Get Lonely”

John Waite gives us another classic piece of heartbreak poetry with "If You Ever Get Lonely," causing Rob Smith to swoon in his latest...

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Death by Power Ballad: Def Leppard, “Bringin’ on the Heartbreak”

Rob Smith's "Death by Power Ballad" focuses on the late, great Steve Clark, and Def Leppard's "Bringin' on the Heartbreak."...

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Death by Power Ballad: Slade, “My Oh My”

Rob Smith enjoyz the swingin', pullin', and lovin' (a whole lotta it) in Slade's great powur ballud "My Oh My," in this week's "Death by...

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Death by Power Ballad: Steve Perry, “Running Alone”

Is Steve Perry a dick, or just a great singer? Rob Smith kicks off another year of Death by Power Ballad by examining Perry's "Running...

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Death by Power Ballad: KISS, “Reason to Live”

In his last Death by Power Ballad column for 2010, Rob Smith finds a serious message of empowerment in KISS' "Reason to Live."...

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Death by Power Ballad: Foreigner, “Waiting for a Girl Like You”

Rob Smith gives thanks for his friends, readers, and Foreigner's "Waiting for a Girl Like You."...

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Death by Power Ballad: Queen, “The Show Must Go On”

Rob Smith celebrates the voice of Freddie Mercury in a "Death by Power Ballad" salute to "The Show Must Go On."...

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Death by Power Ballad: Jeff Scott Soto, “If This is the End”

Jeff Scott Soto is one of the great long-time underdogs of AOR. Rob Smith advocates for his immediate ascension to superstardom, in this...

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Death by Power Ballad: Whitesnake, “Now You’re Gone”

David Coverdale and Whitesnake delivered a poetic kill shot to the heart with 1990's "Now You're Gone." Rob Smith discusses the bloody...

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Death by Power Ballad: Dennis DeYoung, “Desert Moon”

Rob Smith ruminates on memories, old friends, and Dennis DeYoung's "Desert Moon," in the latest Death by Power Ballad column, only at...

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Death by Power Ballad: Everclear, “The New York Times”

Rob Smith reflects on the meaning of 9/11 and muses on Everclear's "The New York Times" in this week's "Death by Power Ballad," only at...