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Catching Up With…Joe Lynn Turner

Scrap Metal Perform at Mohegan Sun Arena on August 5, 2011

Scrap Metal Perform at Mohegan Sun Arena on August 5, 2011

You have three upcoming shows in the New England area from May 3-5 what can your longtime fans expect from these performances?

It’s been a long time since I’ve been up there so I think that they are going to hear some Rainbow, some Deep Purple, some original material maybe a cover or two possibly Hendrix or something like that.  They are really going to see and hear a power-packed show because we got a super band and we are going to deliver for sure.

Who is in your current touring line-up?

That with lineup will be Jules Radino on drums (Blue Oyster Cult since 2004), Angus Clark on guitar (Trans- Siberian Orchestra, Rock of Ages) Rob De Martino on bass (Virgin Steele, Rondinelli) and Dr. Gary Gerber on keyboards.  All have played with me and with many other projects over the years so it’s like playing with friends.  It’s a killer band.   Read more

CD Review: Accept / First Four Classic Albums

acceotOn April 14, 2017 AMF Records is going to reissue exclusive Digipak editions of the first four Accept albums, available in this format for the first time ever.  “Accept” (1979), “I’m a Rebel” (1980), “Breaker” (1981) & “Restless and Wild” (1982).  Three of these Platinum Editions including previously unreleased Live bonus tracks recorded on singer Udo Dirkschneider’s latest tour (which took place under the banner “Dirkschneider”). The only exception being the “Accept” album which comes with an audio-recorded interview of Udo Dirkschneider as bonus, in which “Mr. German Metal” tells the story of Accept’s early days and the band’s foundation.  I’ve had a chance to listen to all four albums & wanted to pass along some thoughts on each.  For some of you it will be a chance to return to some gems from the past and for others possibly a new discovery on some material that you may have overlooked or have yet to add to your Metal collections. Read more

Catching Up With Brad Gillis of Night Ranger

nrcoverBrad, let’s talk a little about the 12th Night Ranger studio album “Don’t Let Up”.  What has changed over the past 35 years since the release of your first record ‘Dawn Patrol’?

Well, a lot has changed.  We don’t tour nine months out of the year any longer and recording costs are a lot different than in the past.  Instead of going down to L.A. and then locking down into the studio for a couple of months to make a record we (Kelly, Jack and myself) all just get together now, jam things out.  We started out at Kelly’s house in Nashville and came up with some great ideas.  We then started to pass the files along and got Keri Kelli working on it and then got Eric Levy to add in his keyboard parts.  We would then get together at each other’s studios and finish this thing off.  It took quite a while because in between we would be touring, writing new material on the fly, Jack had some vocal troubles for about a month and a half but in the end, we were all so happy with how it came out.  It’s getting great reviews all over the world and the first week it was out it was #1 on Amazon bestseller hard rock charts.  Have not had this much excitement since the 80’s!

I get the feeling after listening to “Don’t Let Up” a few times that it picks up right where “Somewhere in California” & “High Road” left off?  Agree or disagree?

Oh I agree.  I think the last couple of records had some great songs on them.  I think this record is getting a lot more action in terms of reviews and everyone seems to like every single song so I think we did build off those albums for sure.   Fans are saying they don’t want to skip over any tracks so that’s so cool to hear! It’s exciting for us to hear this because we need to start to get together more often and learn these songs for our set when we tour in support of it. Read more

Catching Up With Stephen Pearcy

Smasher777_HI_RESimage_copyIt’s been awhile since the last Stephen Pearcy solo offering Under My Skin (2008) and almost as long since the last RATT release Infestation (2010).  Needless to say, Pearcy fans have been not only very patient but also very confused with everything that has been going on in the RATT camp in the last few years.  Well, the wait is over. 

On January 27, direct from Frontiers Records, comes Pearcy’s fourth solo release Smash.  A 13-track collection of exactly what you would expect from Stephen: great hooks, solid songwriting, veteran backing band and even a little Beau Hill.  I had a chance to catch up with Stephen and get a little clarification on the current state of his solo band, Smash and all things RATT.

Interviewed by: Roger Scales Read more

Concert Review & Photo Gallery: Lindsey Stirling at the Music Hall at Fair Park in Dallas, TX

November 10, 2016 by  
Filed under Concert Reviews, Daily Music News

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Lindsey Stirling
November 5
, 2016
The Music Hall at Fair Park – Dallas, TX
Photos & Words by:  Mike Mezeul

Over the past six years, I have had the privilege of photographing nearly 200 concerts and experiencing some amazingly, mind-blowing shows. From KISS to Tim McGraw and more, but nothing that I have seen has come close to the outstanding performance put on by the extremely talented, Lindsey Stirling. To say her show is worth every penny is simply an understatement. Let me explain so hopefully you will have an understanding of why you need to attend one of Lindsey’s shows on her latest tour, Brave Enough.

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Concert Review: Megadeth and Amon Amarth at the DCU Center in Worcester, MA

October 17, 2016 by  
Filed under Concert Reviews, Daily Music News

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Megadeth, Amon Amarth, and Suicidal Tendencies
October 12, 2016
DCU Center – Worcester, MA
Reviewed by: Jeff Palmucci

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Megadeth hit the DCU Center last Wednesday bringing along a packed lineup including the Butcher Babies, Metal Church, Suicidal Tendencies, and Amon Amarth.

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Concert Review: The Make America Rock Again Tour at the State Theatre in Portland, ME

September 29, 2016 by  
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Sept 18, 2016
The State Theatre – Portland, ME
Reviewed by: Jeff Palmucci

The State Theatre is a bit outside of my travel range when going to a show. However, last Sunday it was the Make America Rock Again Tour. It wasn’t just one show, but at least four bands that I was psyched to see. I could amortize a 2 hour drive, each way, into a short thirty minutes. No problem!

Upon arrival at the State, I stopped by the merch booth to pick up an Alien Ant Farm shirt. The new album Always and Forever sports some awesome Rick and Morty-esque artwork, and I wanted to get a shirt for my son (we are both huge fans). [1]

Unfortunately, AAF had bus trouble and didn’t make it to the State that night. All my careful math went out the window. No problem. The first band I saw was Crazy Town, who was exceptionally good and brought everything back into balance.

This was the first time I saw these guys, but not the first time I’ve heard them. I guarantee everyone reading this has heard their most famous hit, Butterfly. These guys were incredibly animated on stage. Both vocalists worked well together to put on a great show.

Saving Abel was up next and was the first band that I trekked up there to see. Scotty Austin is doing a great job as the new lead, working the crowd and carrying the vocals. One of my favorites of theirs is the blusey The Sex is Good. Give it a listen.

Trapt was up next, which kind of surprised me. They have a pretty big following and appear to have top billing on the Rock Again posters. They are touring in support of their newly released album DNA, of which you can get a free sample on their website.

Saliva headlined for the night. I love these guys. One day driving to work, I pulled up to a stop signal with perhaps their most famous hit, Click Click Boom, turned way up on the stereo. I look over to my right and see these two kids in a van laughing their asses off at the 50 year old guy rocking out to rap-metal. I guess it was pretty funny, but I am just not ready to settle down and start listening to mellow classic rock yet. (no matter how much my wife would appreciate it)

The Make America Rock tour packed a lot of great music into one night. It was enough to get me off my ass and drive all the way to Portland. Check it out if you get a chance. Tour dates are on their site. My only regret is that I didn’t get the damn Alien Ant Farm shirt.

[1] What!!! You’ve never heard of Rick and Morty?! Stop reading this right now and go check it out. If you are reading this, you are a musical person, so you’ll like this one. Watch the episode and listen to the soundtrack at the end of the episode as Morty buries his own body and contemplates the loss of all he’s ever known. It’s kind of an adult cartoon.

Concert Review: Billy Talent at the Sinclair in Cambridge, MA

September 11, 2016
The Sinclair – Cambridge, MA
Reviewed by: Jeff Palmucci

Billy Talent played the Sinclair last week, to a respectably crowded house for a Sunday night. These guys are another band that I fell into through Spotify. I’ve written about this before, but sometimes it’s just spooky how their recommender system can pick music out of the air they know I will like. (Had to give them a shout out, because this is what I do for my day job.) Read more

Green Day Debut New Title Track “Revolution Radio”

September 9, 2016 by  
Filed under Daily Music News, Tour Dates & News

The wait is over! Green Day have released the title track from their upcoming new studio album Revolution Radio. A lyric video for the song can be seen below.

Revolution Radio is available for pre-order now at www.greenday.com. Those who pre-order will receive an instant download of the first single, “Bang Bang” and “Revolution Radio.”

 

The band will also be heading out on a club tour kicking off on September 20th in St. Louis – good luck getting tickets! Tour dates are below:

 

09/20
St. Louis, MO
The Pageant
09/21
Chicago, IL
Aragon Ballroom
09/23
Toronto, ON
World Cup of Hockey
09/24
Deroit, MI
Fillmore
09/26
Columbus, OH
Newport Music Hall
09/28
Sayreville, NJ
Starland Theater
09/29
Philadelphia, PA
Tower Theatre
10/01
Boston, MA
House of Blues
10/03
Washington, DC
9:30 Club
10/08
New York, NY
Webster Hall
10/17
Los Angeles, CA
Palladium
10/20
Berkeley, CA
UC Theatre
01/10
Turin, Italy
Pala Alpitour
01/11
Florence, Italy
Mandela Forum
01/13
Bologna, Italy
Unipol Arena
01/14
Milan, Italy
Mediolanum Forum
01/16
Zurich, Switzerland
Hallenstadion
01/18
Manheim, Germany
SAP Arena
01/19
Berlin, Germany
Mercedes Benz Arena
01/25
Oslo, Norway
Spektrum
01/27
Stockholm, Sweden
Stockholm Globe
01/28
Malmo, Sweden
Malmo Arena
01/30
Cologne, Germany
Lanxesse Arena
01/31
Amsterdam, Holland
Ziggo Dome
02/02
Brussels, Belgium
Forest National
02/03
Paris, France
Accorhotels Arena
02/05
Leeds, UK
Leeds First Direct Arena
02/06
Manchester, UK
Manchester Arena
02/08
London, UK
London The O2
06/23
Scheeßel, Germany
Hurricane Festival
06/24
Tuttlingen, Germany
Southside Festival

Interview: Ted Poley Talks “Beyond The Fade”

tpTed Poley has been rocking professionally for more than 30 years and has always had a singular mission of entertaining his fans by giving 100% in every performance and recording he has ever put his name to.  

Whether it’s Prophet, Danger Danger, Bone Machine, Meoldica, or his solo material each album and tour showed Ted maturing as an artist.  With “Beyond The Fade” fans can expect that high level of melodic rock to continue and maybe even surpass their expectations. 

TWRY recently caught up with Ted to discuss the new record and all that is going on in his career in 2016.

Interviewed by: Roger Scales Read more

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