Ridley Scott's Oscar-winning blockbuster Gladiator forever coldcocked Rowdy Herrington's '92 boxing flick Gladiatorand the punchy accompanying soundtrack which goes a few rounds with some fallen stars, on the wrong side of their hit tracks. 3rd Bass, Martin Page, and Gerardo still train here, if you're looking. PM Dawn brings the breezy transcen-dance "For the Love of Peace." Warrant comes out swinging with their obviously inferior "We Will Rock You," walking the fine line between ambition (Jani Lane headed a Queen fan club) and reality (Warrant is not rock royalty). And why monkey with the greatest guitar climax in history? Clivilles & Cole feel "Pride" and baptize U2's arena-hymn in electro-gospel, maintaining an edge. Cheap Trick (why ask why) delivers the final blow with a new "I Will Survive," an upper-cut also playing a pivotal role in the film. As the early 90's disappear forever, you could choose a worst memoir than this Rocky-esque confidence-building workout.
-STONE, Cheap Trash NYC