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Book Review: Runnin’ With The Devil

July 21, 2017 by  
Filed under Daily Music News, DVD Reviews

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A Backstage Pass to the Wild Times, Loud Rock, and the Down and Dirty Truth Behind the Making of Van Halen

Noel E. Monk with Joe Layden

When the former manager of Van Halen between 1978-1985 publishes a book titled: “Runnin With The Devil A Backstage Pass to the Wild Times, Loud Rock, and The Down and Dirty Truth Behind The Making of Van Halen”, I’m runnin’ to the bookstore to grab a copy because I can’t wait to dig in and wait for my jaw to drop.  But the question would be, just when would it drop, how far, how often and at exactly what point would I shake my head and say no, that couldn’t have happened that way. Well the answer is it dropped early and often and never once did I roll my eyes or scratch my head saying how?  In fact, just the opposite.  What Noel Monk has done is systematically broken down component by component, year by year, tour by tour, band member by band member exactly how in a 7-year period VH went from four guys equally sharing in a dream to become the biggest rock n’ roll band ever to subdividing into so many unequal parts that it would take some skilled mathematicians weeks to sort out the mess that ultimately led to the band’s demise in its original incarnation by 1985.   But man..what a ride.      Read more

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

November 10, 2016 by  
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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  
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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

Concert Review: Steven Wilson at The Palladium in Worcester, MA

May 21, 2015 by  
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May 19, 2015
The Palladium – Worcester, MA

Reviewed by: B. Cross

Steven Wilson’s name has been legend among progressive rock aficionados for many years now, and his current tour in support of his latest concept work Hand. Cannot. Erase. drew quite a diverse crowd to the Palladium. Old-school proggers in Rush shirts stood side-by-side with longhairs sporting Emperor patch-laden battle vests. That’s how much Wilson’s music means to people, and when you hear it, you’ll understand. (I should also note that for once, I wasn’t the oldest guy in attendance. That’s always a nice change of pace.)

Wilson’s set was comprised of nearly all of Hand. Cannot. Erase., kicking off with an extended intro into “First Regret,” moving down the line in proper order. Highlights included the title track and “Perfect Life,” not to mention the powerful “Routine.” Of course, the show wasn’t just Hand. Cannot. Erase.; the performance was interspersed with a few older tracks from Wilson’s solo career as well as his lauded Porcupine Tree compositions. From eloquent soundscapes to hard-hitting riffs with enough crunch to rattle the floorboards, Wilson and his immensely talented backing band shone a new light on earlier works like “Harmony Korine” alongside new material such as “Ancestral.” The set list was so well crafted that even the older songs felt like they belonged with the new pieces, forging one melodic whole that was far more than the sum of its parts. Read more

CD Review: Rock ‘n’ Roll Rebels & the Sunset Strip – Volume I

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Volume I

Eonian Records
Reviewed by: Roger Scales

Let me start out by stating as your ace reporter “80’s Guy for The Modern Eye” at TheyWillRockYou.com that never has there been a box set more eagerly anticipated by yours truly than the Eonian Records 4 CD set “Rock N Roll Rebels & The Sunset Strip ” Volume 1. Read more

Concert Review: Nightwish, Sabaton + Delain at the Palladium in Worcester, MA

April 13, 2015 by  
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April 11, 2015
The Palladium – Worcester, MA

Reviewed by: B. Cross

I knew Nightwish was a big draw, but I’d never seen a show as packed as this one. When we arrived, we were greeted with the longest waiting line I’d ever seen. It snaked around the entire block, then back into the parking lot, where it curled around itself again. I spent most of the time wondering just how in the seven hells everyone was going to fit inside the venue, let alone how long it would take to reach the door. Much to my surprise, we only waited in line for less than an hour. Kudos to the Palladium staff for getting everyone into the building quickly and safely. Read more

CD Review: Wilderun / Sleep at the Edge of the Earth

March 31, 2015 by  
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Sleep at the Edge of the Earth
Reviewed by: B. Cross

Northeastern symphonic folk metallers Wilderun burst onto the scene with the release of their debut Olden Tales and Deathly Trails in 2012 (review here). After plenty of touring, songwriting, and life changes, the band raised funds via Kickstarter to record their next album, Sleep at the Edge of the Earth. (Full disclosure: I was a backer.) So how did it turn out? Read more

Concert Review: Michael Sweet at the Spire Center for Performing Arts in Plymouth, MA

January 13, 2015 by  
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Christmas Solo Show
The Spire Center for Performing Arts – Plymouth, MA
December 19, 2014
Reviewed by: Roger Scales

This was my first show in attendance at The Spire Center for The Performing Arts in beautiful downtown Plymouth, MA. The venue is surrounded by some very nice restaurants, small shops and I must say with all of the holiday lights gleaming I was in a very festive spirit. Why shouldn’t I be? It’s the Friday night before Christmas and I’m getting ready to witness a one-night only, special performance from one of my favorite vocalists of all time – Massachusetts’ own Michael Sweet. Read more

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