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Concert Gallery: Jordin Sparks at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT

June 15, 2011 by  
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Jordin Sparks
June 2, 2011
Mohegan Sun Arena – Uncasville, CT
Photos by: Mary Ouellette

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Six Minutes With…Jimmy Crespo

Such a great interview – I doubled my column!

Often referred to as “the only guy good enough to replace Joe Perry”, guitar legend Jimmy Crespo has also shared the stage with other notables over his career – like Rod Stewart, and Billy Squier, among others. 2012 will mark the 30 year anniversary of the release of “Rock In a Hard Place” and for the next two years Jimmy Crespo will let the music do the talkin’ by playing live shows and releasing an album of original material. Joining him onstage for the live shows will be Chris VanDahl (LA Guns, Aeromyth), Ellis (Sin City Sinners) and Kyle Kyle (Bang Tango). Jimmy was kind enough to sit down with me for some completely random questions prior to the band’s first show in Las Vegas. Here’s the story:

Is there one song you wish you had written?
Wow. Okay. That’s deep. There’s so many genres of music, and I love every genre of music. Beethoven’s Ninth… That’s not a song. “My Way”, “Mama Kin”… I could go on, there are many.

Where do you see the future of music heading?
Oh wow. Very random! I don’t want to get too philosophical about it, I don’t really know. And that’s actually the beauty of music – it’s unpredictability. Not to get into the generations stuff, but it just keeps evolving… and devolves… and evolves. It just keeps going up and down, up and down, around and around. Sometimes it gets better, sometimes it gets worse. But eventually it comes back, and gets even better than the last time. So, where is it going? I’m not sure, but I’m looking forward to it, that’s for sure!

So, anyone who hasn’t been living under a rock for the last few months has heard that your old bandmate (Steven Tyler) is now a judge on American Idol. Do you think that show adequately prepares these kids for what they could potentially face in the music business, or is it Disneyfied?
That’s a big question. There are moments that I feel that it’s another corporate representation of music, which pisses me off. Pardon me, but it definitely pisses me off. But in another way, and this is going to sound odd because the band, Aerosmith, is pissed off at Steven, but choosing Steven kind of drifted away from the corporate, for me, for a minute. And made it a little more like “Okay, let’s see what’s going to happen…Where is it going?” But then they also picked Jennifer Lopez. That’s going to be an interesting combination! So, people will be watching. Do I think they groom kids to be rock stars? I don’t know. I still think it’s corporate. But because Steven will be on, I will have a special interest in what develops there. I’m sure everybody will.

Unfortunately, when they started cutting music out of the curriculum in schools, that’s a bad move! It’s not doing anybody any justice. Music is a part of everybody’s life. Not because I’m a musician, only, but how sad! What do kids do? They listen to music. That makes them go online and search for what? 

Watching that interview you did on local Vegas Fox 5 last night – I didn’t know you had a band with Chazz Palmintieri (Goodfellas, The Sopranos)!
You know?  That was my very first band! I must have been about sixteen. Yeah! I felt like I was a baby! He was always dramatic, always an actor, and we were really good friends for a long time. We still are but we were really close. It blew me away! I could not believe of all the people on the planet, that day, we were both in the same place doing plugs. It was awesome!

So, what do you want people to know about the Jimmy Crespo Project?
There are a few things: the band members that I have are just outstanding. Stellar.

How did you come across all of them?
Actually, my manager, Jason Green, was monumental in getting these people together. As he mentioned names, I said YEAH! to every one. They’re all outstanding. I love them all! We came together, and you never know with these things, are they gonna work? We got into a room and it was just BOOM! They dug the music. And there’s going to be expansion. They’re all into it. I’m excited about the project.

Right on! And what do you hope people come away from this tour with? Both as a band, and as an audience?
I’m going to re-introduce the Rock in a Hard Place stuff that kinda got put on the back burner for whatever reasons. I don’t want to go into any discussions about who was upset and whatever, but there was some legitimately good music there and I worked very hard to make it happen, in spite of everything going on at the time. I want to re-introduce that. The other thing is that there’s going to be new material with the whole band and everybody’s gonna see everybody’s shit.

Looking forward to it!

For upcoming shows & more on Jimmy Crespo:
Official Website

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Concert Gallery: American Idol Live at The Comcast Center in Mansfield, MA

July 20, 2010 by  
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American Idol Live!
July 18, 2010
Comcast Center – Mansfield, MA
Photos by:  Mary Ouellette

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Concert Gallery: Kellie Pickler / Foxboro, MA

June 11, 2010 by  
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Kellie Pickler
June 5, 2010
Gillette Stadium – Foxboro, MA
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Concert Gallery: Danny Gokey / Mansfield, MA

June 4, 2010 by  
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Danny Gokey
May 21, 2010
Comcast Center – Mansfield, MA
Photos by:  Mary Ouellette

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Concert Gallery: We Are The Fallen / Los Angeles, CA

May 19, 2010 by  
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We Are The Fallen
April 23, 2010
Th Wiltern – Los Angeles, CA
Photos by:  Sergio Bastidas

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Jason Castro

February 17, 2010 by  
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Fans of American Idol can no doubt attest to the unique charm of Season 7 finalist Jason Castro. In an Idol year jam-packed with formidable talent, Castro initially stood out for his distinctive look (dreadlocked hair and an easy smile) and the affable nature he displayed in on-air interviews. However, it was his impressive ability to convey the emotions behind his chosen songs that ultimately won over a legion of dedicated fans. In standout performances on songs like “Hallelujah” and “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” Castro displayed an interpretative gift rarely matched on the show.

After finishing fourth in the competition, the Texas native participated in the Idol tour and then moved to L.A. to begin writing. Ultimately, he signed with Atlantic Records — who helped hook the 22-year-old Castro up with some name-brand songwriting partners — and began work on his debut album. While the self-titled record is slated for a spring release, Castro provided a preview of the album’s tracks with “The Love Uncompromised EP,” a five-song collection released at the beginning of this year. It was enthusiastically received by The New York Times, who likened Castro and his brand of buoyant pop to Jack Johnson and Jason Mraz, and described the disc as “among the most sure-footed records, debut or otherwise, by an Idol contestant from any season.”

Currently, Castro is on the road, enjoying getting back to his pre-Idol roots by playing a string of intimate venues with label mate Matt Hires and Caitlin Crosby. He recently took some time out to give TWRY the scoop on his new album, share his feelings about the writing process, and explain why fans won’t see him singing behind the drums anytime soon.

Interviewed by:  Heather Kobrin | February 2010

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Happy Holidays – An interview with David Archuleta

August 16, 2009 by  
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David Archuleta

Since his second-place finish in American Idol Season 7’s intensely-contested battle of the Davids, eighteen-year-old David Archuleta hasn’t wasted any time making his mark on the pop music landscape. His self-titled debut record, released in 2008, was certified Gold, and both the album and its first single, “Crush,” reached number two on the Billboard charts.

After spending months touring both on his own, as well as with British band McFly and Disney star Demi Lovato, the Utah-based Archuleta continued to build on his successes this year with a new holiday album, “Christmas From The Heart.” The record was released in October, and features holiday classics as well as an original tune that he co-wrote himself.

Recently, I had the pleasure of chatting with Archuleta about his plans for the holidays and his next album during a break on his current tour. Although he reveals that he’s not a Christmas shopper, his sweet nature and abundant enthusiasm for everything he does will no doubt leave fans in the holiday spirit.


Interviewed by: Heather Kobrin | December  2009
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Catching Up With Bo Bice

August 10, 2009 by  
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BoBackBusBo Bice has been busy since TWRY first spoke with him back in May of 2008. The Alabama-born rocker, who was introduced to a national audience when he placed second to Carrie Underwood in Season 4 of “American Idol,” is following up his most recent album, 2007’s “See The Light,” with several new projects. There’s an EP and documentary entitled “I Love The Road” coming soon, new movie soundtrack work on the way, and even a new baby — Bice’s third child is due in January.

At a recent tour stop in Foxboro, Massachusetts, Bice was kind enough to sit down with TWRY  before the show for an update on everything he’s got going on.  He shared details about the new projects, provided insight into his songwriting process, and spoke thoughtfully about how his time spent performing in Iraq and interacting with our men and women in service has inspired his work and life.  And, on a lighter note, the supremely funny and quick-witted Bice explains why golf claps are not a good thing when you’re a musician, and why, when preparing music for alien visitors to listen to in the future, you’ve got to make sure to put it on cd.

Interviewed by: Heather Kobrin | August  2009
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We Are The Fallen stream new song on MySpace and offer download on their Official Website

June 22, 2009 by  
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watfWe Are The Fallen recently made headlines announcing their line-up with Carly Smithson of American Idol fame on vox, Ben Moody formerly of Evanescence and John LeCompt on guitar , Marty O’Brien (all around cool cat) on bass, and Rocky Gray on drums.

The band is streaming their first single Bury Me Alive on their MySpace page and you can sign up on their website to receive a free download of the song here.

Check out the video below for a message from the band:
Overwhelming Response to ‘Bury Me Alive’

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