Saturday, November 27

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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) SKILLET Live at Diamond Ballroom in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (2/26/2020)
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(Concert Review) SKILLET Live at Diamond Ballroom in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (2/26/2020)

It was such a "legendary" night at a packed house at the Diamond Ballroom in Oklahoma City as Skillet with special guests From Ashes To New and Ledger brought a night of exciting rock and showmanship to Sooner country.  Skillet is currently on the "Victorious" tour and decided to give their drummer's band a shot with Ledger opening up the show.   Photo Credit for Ledger:  Ledger I didn't know what to expect when it came to Ledger.  I knew that they were pretty significant in the Christian rock genre, but they blew me away live!  I always dug Ledger's background vocals in Skillet as she added another dynamic to some of Skillet's mainstream rock hits.  Ledger definitely showcased a lot of charisma and confidence opening up and they did a phenomenal job warming up the crowd for Fro...
(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)  FALLING IN REVERSE Live at House of Blues in Cleveland, Ohio (2/18/2020)
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(Concert Review) FALLING IN REVERSE Live at House of Blues in Cleveland, Ohio (2/18/2020)

It was an absolutely fucking amazing night as Falling In Reverse headlined "The Drug In Me Is Gold" tour with special guests Escape The Fate and The Word Alive.  It was a packed house, especially for a weeknight at the House of Blues in Cleveland, where the floor was completely sold out, with just a small smattering of balcony seats available for the show. It was a hyped night as Escape The Fate and The Word Alive definitely did their job by warming up the crowd for Falling In Reverse.  I've been really digging the song "Popular Monster" as of late, as that song has been really resonating with so many people and touching so many lives due to their take on mental health awareness.  Falling In Reverse started off with their songs "The Westerner" and "Goodbye Graceful" and in the middle of...
(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)  SONS OF APOLLO Live at Gramercy Theater in New York, New York (2/6/2020)
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(Concert Review) SONS OF APOLLO Live at Gramercy Theater in New York, New York (2/6/2020)

They say talent begets talent. When you start with a core of extremely talented musicians they tend to work with likeminded and like-talented artists.This is especially true when it comes to the members of Sons Of Apollo. After recently releasing their sophomore album MMXX a few short weeks ago, the band went out for a short tour. I was lucky enough to catch the Sons of Apollo show at the lovely Gramercy Theater in NYC. Show openers Mass Extinction Event were a showcase of guitar sweeps and arpeggios not seen this side of Yngwie Malmsteen. More interestingly both guitarists play lefthanded.   Kicking off support was Tony MacAlpine. I have to say this was a particular highlight for me having never seeing him live before. And like SOA, Tony surrounds himself with some GREAT musici...
(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...