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(Concert Review) SILVERSTEIN & FOUR YEAR STRONG Live at Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, New Jersey (3/7/2020)
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(Concert Review) SILVERSTEIN & FOUR YEAR STRONG Live at Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, New Jersey (3/7/2020)

Luckily, we got to see Silverstein and Four Year Strong as Silverstein celebrated 20 years as a band with three sets with Four Year Strong providing support along with I, The Mighty!  It was a packed house as Silverstein has the reputation of absolutely delivering each and every night live!  Silverstein has also released "A Beautiful Place To Drown" while Four Year Strong is celebrating the recent release of "Brain Pain" via Pure Noise Records.  I, The Mighty was the first band on the bill. San Francisco's I, The Mighty were the perfect crowd to warm up the crowd for Silverstein and Four Year Strong.  Their vocals are soulful and versatile, and the guitars seemed to have provided perfect harmonics in order to create a fantastic alternative rock sound.  The songs "Pet Names", "Failures" an...
(Concert Review)  REFUSED Live at Fine Line Music Cafe in Minneapolis, Minnesota (2/29/2020)
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(Concert Review) REFUSED Live at Fine Line Music Cafe in Minneapolis, Minnesota (2/29/2020)

It was an extremely emotional night, a night where people come together to unite to let the powers that be that there's a lot more of us than of them.  A night where music had messages of rights for refugees, antiwar sentiments, pro feminism, and environmental and social justice.  Legendary punk rockers Refused with special guests Youth Code and Racetraitor took the stage in an extremely packed house at the Fine Line Music Cafe in Minneapolis, Minnesota on Leap Year.  Interview with Denis of Refused is coming soon!  Racetraitor was the first band to take the stage. Racetraitor opened up the night.  Out of Chicago, the band displays a level of intensity that I haven't seen in quite sometime.  Lyrics that cut through you like a knife coupled with passionate screams, a rhythm section t...
(Concert Review)  BETH HART Live at Bridgewater Hall in Manchester, United Kingdom (2/17/2020)
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(Concert Review) BETH HART Live at Bridgewater Hall in Manchester, United Kingdom (2/17/2020)

This was truly a double bill made in heaven.  Both artists I had always intended to see live but for various reasons had never been able to actually manage to do exactly that.  Kris Barras, the former MMA fighter turned blues music troubadour, would be playing acoustically as a tasty warmup to the enigmatic majesty of Beth Hart herself.  After being introduced to Beth's recent album release ”War In My Mind” I was keenly anticipating hearing the new songs performed as well as her back catalogue standards   However  once again the fickle hand of fate played its part-as due to an extended work shift that I could not avoid I arrived at the venue unfortunately too late to witness Kris Baras' support slot.I was however particularly thankful that Beth had not yet taken to the stage.The B...
(Concert Review) THE CALLING live at The Factory in Manchester, United Kingdom (2/10/2020)
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(Concert Review) THE CALLING live at The Factory in Manchester, United Kingdom (2/10/2020)

While the band name may ring a musical bell deep within my subconscious until I actually Youtubed the band's name and came across their classic track  “Wherever you will go” I was pretty much struggling to identify any songs in my head. After a traumatic few years which saw The Calling frontman Alex Band take a complete break from any music they are back,revitalised and indeed very re-energised. A quite extensive European tour saw them hit I think the only live music venue in Manchester that I have never previously set foot in.Factory or in its abbreviated form Fac 51 is a pure spit and sawdust venue which despite tonight's bill featuring a total of four bands and a very early doors time of 6pm- still managed to attract a very healthy turnout of Manchester punters on a very cold and wet Mo...
(Concert Review) QUEENSRYCHE live at Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, New Jersey (2/15/2020)
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(Concert Review) QUEENSRYCHE live at Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, New Jersey (2/15/2020)

The verdict is in, Queensryche  still rocks after all these years. After a tumultuous decade, they have entered 2020 with a renewed energy and vigor. This past Saturday night I experienced the new live stage show for this year’s Verdict tour. And I have to say I was most impressed. Opening support for the band on this run is NYC rockers Eve to Adam with direct support coming from guitarist extraordinaire, the one and only John 5.   Eve to Adam hit the stage with their high-energy brand of hard rock full force. I saw the crowd respond to them very positively. Though there was a faction who weren’t familiar with the band and their songs, they were very easy to get into. Their songs had good grooves with powerful vocals. Though their set was short, the crowd really got into the mat...
(Concert Review) ALTER BRIDGE with CLINT LOWERY live at The Apollo Theatre in Belvidere, Illinois (2/14/2020)
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(Concert Review) ALTER BRIDGE with CLINT LOWERY live at The Apollo Theatre in Belvidere, Illinois (2/14/2020)

It was a chilly Valentine's Day evening in Belvidere, Illinois as Alter Bridge's Walk the Sky 2020 tour came through. Both couples and groups of singles made it their destination for the holiday evening, as the balcony was completely sold out, and with very little room to spare in the standing room only general admission section.   Rock group Deepfall opened up the evening's festivities. They had passed through the Apollo Theatre AC just months before, as the opening act on Hellyeah's latest tour. They played a similar group of songs, with their cover of Journey's "Separate Ways" being the crowd attention grabber of the set.   Up next was Clint Lowery, who, known primarily as the guitarist of metal band Sevendust, has been involved with numerous other side projects where ...
(Concert Review) KORN & BREAKING BENJAMIN Live at BMO Harris Bank Center in Rockford, Illinois (2/6/2020)
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(Concert Review) KORN & BREAKING BENJAMIN Live at BMO Harris Bank Center in Rockford, Illinois (2/6/2020)

It was a near sellout at the BMO Harris Bank Center in Rockford, IL for Korn and Breaking Benjamin's 2020 Winter Tour. Rock group Bones UK opened the show for the already mostly full arena. They mentioned it was their biggest tour yet, in terms of venue size. I felt that their vibe would be better suited for a smaller venue, but it's nice that they were able to showcase themselves for so many new faces on this large tour. They put on a short set, which included a cover of David Bowie's "I'm Afraid of Americans."   Breaking Benjamin hit the stage next, opening their set with their hit "The Diary of Jane." I'd wager to say that Breaking Benjamin may be one of the easiest bands to sing along with, as nearly all of their songs have a catchy chorus. The entire arena seemed to agree w...
(Concert Review)  URIAH HEEP Live at Club KD in Plzen, Czech Republic (1/30/2020)
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(Concert Review) URIAH HEEP Live at Club KD in Plzen, Czech Republic (1/30/2020)

It was a wild rocking night in Plzen, Czech Republic as Uriah Heep took the stage in front of a packed house.  It was amazing to see such a legendary band do it's thing on this night. The band sounded just as fresh as they did when "Easy Livin'" was at its peak.  The lights went off and the drummer went into a quick drum solo before the band kicked into "Grazed By Heaven".  This band has been around for 50 years and they still sound like they are at their peak. The organs and electric guitars blended together masterfully as the band kicked into "Too Scared To Run".  The people were raucous as shows in this part of Europe don't come around as often, therefore there was a deep sense of appreciation for the concert that sometimes other parts of Europe take for granted.  They closed off the ...
(Concert Review)  CLUTCH Live at Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, New Jersey (12/30/2019)
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(Concert Review) CLUTCH Live at Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, New Jersey (12/30/2019)

There are few certainties left in this world.. however the band Clutch just happens to be part of two of them. 1) They put on a great show for their audiences and 2) They usually play aspectacular end of the year show in NJ at the Starland Ballroom. Clutchmas this year was actually a 3 night event happening in three different states: NC, NJ and then finishing up in Philadelphia on New Year's Eve.Lucky for me that I was able to be there for this year's CLUTCHMAS concert in NJ. The night began for me with Damon Johnson, who by name I was not familiar with. However he was the singer and guitarist for the band 90's southern rock inspired Brother Cane who had some popularity with the tune "And Fools Shine On" which was amongst his short set. He also made mention of the fact that he was hon...