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Concert Review: Boston Strong Benefit Concert at the TD Garden

May 31, 2013 by  
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bsBoston Strong Benefit Concert
Featuring:
Aerosmith, New Kids on the Block, Dropkick Murphys, Extreme, Boston, Jason Aldean & More
May 30, 2013
TD Garden
Boston MA

Reviewed by: Roger Scales

Boston Strong – This show had the potential to be one for the ages with predominately Boston based musical acts all coming together to help aid our own in the wake of one the most heinous acts of terror we have seen on U.S. soil.  Huge bands, legendary solo performers, some stellar Boston based comics and throw in a few Boston sports legends how can it go wrong?  Trust me there were moments of boredom, bewilderment, and bedlam but there also very touching moments and heartfelt speeches and even a poem prior to the first band playing!  So the biggest question of the night was, WHY was this concert not broadcast on any local channels?  It’s so obvious to me that so much more money could have been raised for the victims if a phone number had been scrolled down the bottom of the screen during the roughly five hour concert.  It’s done all the time..on occasion even helping to aid international tragic events let alone one that hits so close to home as the Boston Marathon bombings.  Whatever the reason it’s just a shame some of the more moving tributes and meaningful gestures were not seen by the millions that were not at the event but only by the thousands of us lucky enough to be there  in person, but could have been very easily.  All in all a very moving event with a few surprises and a “smoking gun” so to speak that occurred in my section.  More on that later. Read more

Shinedown, Papa Roach + More Revealed for 2013 Carnival of Madness Tour

The 2013 Carnival of Madness lineup has been revealed and features: Shinedown, Papa Roach, Skillet, In This Moment and We As Human.

The full list of dates will be announced on June 3rd with ticket presales starting on June 5.

Check out the video below of Shinedown’s Brent Smith making the official tour announcement:

Fans can also tune in from 6-7 EDT here to hear Brent talk about the tour and answer some fan submitted questions.

Jimmy DeGrasso of Black Star Riders

May 28, 2013 by  
Filed under 80s Guy For The Modern Eye, Interviews

image003With a monstrously successful career that includes work with everyone from Ozzy Osbourne, Alice Cooper, Suicidal Tendencies and Megadeth, Jimmy DeGrasso is definitely a drummer that leaves fans saying “What could possibly come next?”

We recently caught up with DeGrasso to ask him just that. He told us all about his latest collaboration – Black Star Riders – with several members of the current lineup of Thin Lizzy. Their first disc All Hell Breaks Loose debuts today (May 28) in the US.  Check out all the details below.

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Concert Gallery: Bret Michaels at the M3 Rock Festival in Columbia, MD

May 16, 2013 by  
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Bret Michaels Band
May 4, 2013
M3 Rock Festival
Merriweather Post Pavilion  – Columbia, MD
Photos by: Paul Campo

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CD Review: Queensryche / Frequency Unknown

Queensryche2Frequency Unknown
Queensryche
Reviewed by: Roger Scales

I want to address the ongoing debate/issue concerning the fact that there are two versions of the same band that exist currently in the world of Queensryche.  This is not unchartered waters nor will it be something that goes away anytime soon.  Unfortunately for the fans,  Rock n’ Roll is a business and in the old days when Joe Perry and Brad Whitford left Aerosmith (for example) there became The Joe Perry Project.  No problem.  New name, new identity, no harm done.  Today with the branding being so identifiable within the rock community there are now legal battles to see who rightfully owns and gets to use the name –  both for recording purposes and touring.  RATT, L.A. Guns, Great White, Grand Funk Railroad, Black Sabbath – the list goes on of popular bands that shift band members and fight over ownership of the logo and identity.  I have always looked at it as more music, more shows, more reasons to get excited about hearing a new or slightly different take on a band or sound that I found pleasing.  Have I liked all of the different versions of the bands?  NO.  Corabi replaces Vince Neil and they put an album called Motley Crue..did I like It? Yes.  Did it bomb?  Yes.  Who cares? Whether Geoff Tate’s  version of Queensryche ultimately gets ownership of the name or the camp featuring Todd LaTorre  wins out..I win as the fan because I can enjoy both for what they each offer.  Read more

Concert Gallery: Yeah Yeah Yeahs at the House of Blues in Boston, MA

May 15, 2013 by  
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Yeah Yeah Yeahs
May 12, 2013
House of Blues– Boston, MA
Photos by: Mary Ouellette

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Concert Gallery: Bad Rabbits at the Tsongas Center in Lowell, MA

May 14, 2013 by  
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Bad Rabits
April 22, 2013
Tsongas Center – Lowell, MA
Photos by: Mary Ouellette

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Concert Gallery: The Presets at the Paradise in Boston, MA

May 14, 2013 by  
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The Presets
May 7, 2013
The Paradise – Boston, MA
Photos by: Tom Couture

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Monster Energy’s Rock Allegiance Tour Reveals First Round of Dates

The 2013 Monster Energy’s Rock Allegiance Tour features Him, Volbeat, All That Reemains and Airbourne. The tour has announced the first round of tour dates with more to come soon.

Tour Dates:

8/24 – Twin Lakes, Wis. | Shadow Hill Ranch Festival
8/31 – Tulsa, Okla. | Convention Center
9/3 – Salt Lake City, Utah | Maverick Centre
9/4 – Las Vegas, Nev. | The Joint at the Hard Rock
9/6 – Seattle, Wash. | KISW Pain in the Grass
9/19 – Houston, Texas | Bayou Music Center
9/22 – Atlanta, Ga. | Tabernacle
9/27 – Boston, Ma. | Tsongas Arena
9/28 – Brooklyn, N.Y. | Brooklyn Waterfront

The first round of dates are below. Tickets for these shows go on sale on Friday, May 17. For ticket information, visit the tour website.

Additional dates will be announced after Memorial day Weekend.

Concert Gallery: Danger Danger at the M3 Rock Festival in Columbia, MD

May 12, 2013 by  
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Danger Danger
May 3, 2013
M3 Rock Festival
Merriweather Post Pavilion  – Columbia, MD
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