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Reviews and Features For November 2019


Hot In The City: Holiday Shows at Mesa Arts Center Theres always a wide-ranging selection of shows at the Mesa Arts Center in Phoenix and the upcoming holiday season is no different Read the full Holiday Shows at Mesa Arts Center review

Sites and Sounds: Capricorn Sound Studios Rebirth Celebration Macon, Georgia has an incredible music history and a big part of it is thanks to Capricorn Sound Studios where the Allman Brothers Band, Marshall Tucker Band, Charlie Daniels and more recorded Read the full Capricorn Sound Studios Rebirth Celebration review

Live from Celebrity Theatre: Upcoming Concerts Alice Cooper, White Album and more The upcoming concerts calendar at Celebrity Theatre features Alice Cooper, all-star tribute to the Beatles White Album, Styx, Lou Gramm with Asia and more! Read the full Upcoming Concerts Alice Cooper, White Album and more review

The Fluffy Jackets featuring Manny Charlton - Something from Nothing Singer and guitarist Helge Rognstad returns with another great Fluffy Jackets release, once again featuring additional guitar (and Dobro) from Manny Charlton of Nazareth Read the full The Fluffy Jackets featuring Manny Charlton - Something from Nothing review

RockPile: Vinnie Moore - Angel - Lucifer's Friend All of the artists we feature this time out are veteran players whove been on the scene for a long time. So you know we have some good stuff here in a column that puts Angel side-by-side with Lucifers Friend! Read the full Vinnie Moore - Angel - Lucifer's Friend review

Road Trip: Ohio's MAPS Air Museum The MAPS Air Museum is located in North Canton, Ohio, not far from another museum that celebrates something else that's distinctly American, the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton Read the full Ohio's MAPS Air Museum Road Trip

Quiet Riot - Hollywood Cowboys Quiet Riot do continue to evolve and fans from way back should give Hollywood Cowboys a chance, likely theyll be surprised at what they hear Read the full Quiet Riot - Hollywood Cowboys review

Caught In The Act: L.A. Guns and Tom Keifer Live The Arcada Theatre in St. Charles, Ill played host to a phenomenal double bill featuring L.A. Guns and Tom Keifer, of the band Cinderella. Read the full L.A. Guns and Tom Keifer Live review

Busy Signal - Parts of the Puzzle When it comes to reggae/dancehall artist Busy Signal, you can certainly emphasize the busy. Read the full Busy Signal - Parts of the Puzzle review

Quick Flicks: Toto - 40 Tours Around the Sun With a set list that draws from throughout the bands four decades of existence, this film is a fantastic keepsake for those who saw Toto on their most recent tour Read the full Toto - 40 Tours Around the Sun review

Get To Know... Neil Ratner MD 'The Rock Doc' The bulk of the book details how Dr. Neil Ratner became one of Michael Jacksons most trusted confidantes and good friends Read the full Get to Know: Neil Ratner MD 'The Rock Doc' review

Reviews and Features For October 2019


Frank Zappa - Halloween 73 (Limited edition four-disc costume box set) As the album title indicates, Halloween 73 was recorded on Oct. 31, 1973, over the course of two shows at the Auditorium Theatre in Chicago. Read the full Frank Zappa - Halloween 73 (Limited edition four-disc costume box set) review

Joe Bonamassa Live In Phoenix Working with a top notch band, Bonamassa played a generous two-hour set to an adoring packed house. Read the full Joe Bonamassa Live In Phoenix review

Haunted Hits and Terrifying Treats Did you say trick or treat? Well we heard you, and here are a few musical items that are definitely treats for you to check out this Halloween season. Read the full Haunted Hits and Terrifying Treats review

RockPile: The Hollywood Stars - Roger C. Reale & Rue Morgue The Rock Pile yields up a couple of interesting titles featuring vintage material as we listen to a lost album from the Hollywood Stars and a compilation from Roger C. Reale & Rue Morgue. Read the full The Hollywood Stars - Roger C. Reale & Rue Morgue review

MorleyView: Karyn Crisis' Gospel Of The Witches Morley had the pleasure to talk to Karyn Crisis about the forthcoming Gospel Of The Witches album "Covenant" that comes out on Halloween! Read the full Karyn Crisis' Gospel Of The Witches MorleyView

Road Trip: Silver Dollar City's Pumpkin Nights Silver Dollar City, cited as one of the Top 5 amusement parks in the United States in the USA Today Readers' Choice Awards, is an 1880s-style theme park where wholesome fun for the whole family is the order of the day. Read the full Silver Dollar City's Pumpkin Nights Road Trip

Road Trip: The National Churchill Museum in Fulton, MO Founded in 1969, the National Churchill Museum, located on the campus of Westminster College, is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. Read the full The National Churchill Museum in Fulton, MO Road Trip

Hot In The City: Rob Halford In-Store Event And More Were looking forward to some great shows that are coming up in the Phoenix metropolitan area during October, and were super excited about a special event with Rob Halford Read the full Rob Halford In-Store Event And More review

RockPile: Gary Wilson- Ape Shifter- J.D. Jackson The latest rock pile takes a listen to Gary Wilsons The King of Endicott, Ape Shifters Ape Shifter II, and J.D. Jacksons Hello This Way Read the full Gary Wilson- Ape Shifter- J.D. Jackson review

Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival: Classic Bluegrass Show Highlights Closing Day Enjoyable things are said to be good to the last drop. In the case of the Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival (RNBNBBQ), the sentiment applies but the adage can be skewed a little bit to good to the last note, good to the last bite. Read the full Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival: Classic Bluegrass Show Highlights Closing Day review

Live: Roy Orbison & Buddy Holly Rock 'n' Roll Dream Tour Modern day technology and hit music from the 50s and 60s converged Oct. 4 in Mesa, Arizona as the Rock n Roll Dream Tour featuring Roy Orbison and Buddy Holly came to town. Read the full Live: Roy Orbison & Buddy Holly Rock 'n' Roll Dream Tour review

Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival: Second Day Gets Cooking It was hard to miss the giant sign that proclaimed Bacon on a Stick, and folks attending the Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival lined up to purchase pieces of the delicious brown sugar-coated treat. Read the full Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival: Second Day Gets Cooking review

Passport: Irvine Global Village Festival This time out were not reviewing new world music releases- instead were telling you all about where to enjoy live global music, food, fun and culture. Its the Irvine Global Village Festival! Read the full Irvine Global Village Festival review

Caught In The Act: Micky Dolenz Rob Grabowski caught Micky Dolenz In The Act during show at the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles, Ill. on Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019 . Check out Robs great photos! Read the full Micky Dolenz review

Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival: A Weekend of Music and Munchies Begins in Columbia, MO Columbias Stephens Lake Park and the green belt was packed with fans who came to see nearly 30 acts perform over the course of the long weekend. Read the full Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival: A Weekend of Music and Munchies Begins in Columbia, MO review

On The Record: Paul McCartney Its the vinyl motherlode for fans of Paul McCartney! Four live albums from Maccas back catalog have been rereleased Read the full Paul McCartney review

Reviews and Features For September 2019


Caught In The Act: Sebastian Bach Live Rob Grabowski caught Sebastian Bach In The Act celebrating 30 years of the first Skid Row album where he performed it in its entirety Read the full Sebastian Bach Live review

Live from Celebrity Theatre: Toto Toto brought their 40 Trips Around the Sun tour to Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix Sept. 21 and wowed the crowd with a two-hour set Read the full Toto review

KANSAS Live In Arizona Dust in the Wind hit makers KANSAS performed Sept. 19 in the Ikeda Theater at the Mesa Arts Center in suburban Mesa Read the full KANSAS Live In Arizona review

David Crosby & Friends Live To some the mention of the name David Crosby conjures images of the singers sometimes troubled past. Those who came to Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix to see him perform, came to honor the masterful musician. Read the full review

Road Trip: Some Like it Hot: Pucker Butt Pepper Company If you happen to be on Main Street in Fort Mill, South Carolina and see some folks walking around with a glazed look on their face and smoke coming out of their ears, relax, you haven't entered the Twilight Zone Read the full Some Like it Hot: Pucker Butt Pepper Company Road Trip

Caught In The Act: Live, Bush and Our Lady Peace's Altimate Tour Rob Grabowski caught Live, Bush and Our Lady Peace In The Act during The Altimate Tour stop at the Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre on Sept. 6th in Tinley Park, Ill. Check out Robs review and great photos! Read the full Live, Bush and Our Lady Peace's Altimate Tour review

The Pixies - Beneath the Eyrie Bless the weird, dark and wonderful Pixies, who have returned with an album about death, freaks and fairy tales, black arts and even romance. Read the full The Pixies - Beneath the Eyrie review

Pat Travers - Swing! It is always interesting to see what direction rockers go in when they reach their golden years. Read the full Pat Travers - Swing! review

Sites and Sounds: Motown 60 Weekend If youre a fan of the Motown Sound youll want to make sure youre in Detroit to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Motown Records. Read the full Motown 60 Weekend review

Brian Wilson and the Zombies' Something Great From '68 Tour The Something Great from 68 tour starring Brian Wilson and his band along with opening act the Zombies made its way to Comerica Theatre Read the full Brian Wilson and the Zombies' Something Great From '68 Tour review

Road Trip: Joe Bonamassa's Keeping the Blues Alive at Sea: Mediterranean Cruise The Mediterranean edition of Joe's Keeping the Blues Alive at Sea series of cruises took place Aug. 16-21, 2019 and it was such a phenomenal good time that 2020's cruise is already in the works Read the full Joe Bonamassa's Keeping the Blues Alive at Sea: Mediterranean Cruise Road Trip

John Nemeth Live On Keeping the Blues Alive at Sea Cruise Memphis blues man John Nemeth and his band the Blue Dreamers played a special a.m. acoustic show in the ships Atrium Bar area Read the full John Nemeth Live On Keeping the Blues Alive at Sea Cruise review

Travel News, Trips and Tips: Special Haunted Edition Boo! Well, we probably didnt scare you with that. But you might get a hair-raising thrill from visiting some of the haunted locations were going to tell you about here Read the full Special Haunted Edition review

Collective Soul - Blood Its tough to discount a rock band, 25 years into the game, still making records as confident, consistent and simply rocking as Collective Soul has made with Blood. Read the full Collective Soul - Blood review

Reviews and Features For August 2019


Caught In The Act: Ringo Starr and His All Starr Band Live 2019 Rob Grabowski caught Ringo Starr and His All Starr Band In The Act during show at the State Farm Center in Champaign, IL on August 20th. Check out Robs review and photos! Read the full Ringo Starr and His All Starr Band Live 2019 review

On The Record: Parliament- Anthony Rogers Our spotlight on vinyl features two reissues from Parliament, the legendary masters of funk led by George Clinton, and a new effort from avant-garde pop music artist Anthony Rogers. Lets get em spinning! Read the full Parliament- Anthony Rogers review

Peter Frampton Live On Keeping the Blues Alive Mediterranean Cruise The crowd that had gathered to hear Peter Frampton perform Aug. 18 during Joe Bonamassas Keeping the Blues Alive: Mediterranean cruise aboard the Norwegian Cruise Line ship Pearl knew that something special was about to happen. Read the full Peter Frampton Live On Keeping the Blues Alive Mediterranean Cruise review

Quick Flicks: Bachman Bachman is a nice documentary about the professional life of Canadian musician Randy Bachman, famed for his contributions to rock music as a member of the Guess Who and Bachman-Turner Overdrive. Read the full Bachman review

Sites and Sounds: Red Bull 'Dance Your Style' U.S. Finals The Red Bull Dance Your Style U.S. Finals are set to take place in Las Vegas on Sept. 28. Heres a look at whatll be going on and whats at stake for the competitors. Read the full Red Bull 'Dance Your Style' U.S. Finals review

Caught In The Act: Queen + Adam Lambert Live In Chicago Jake Warkel caught Queen + Adam Lambert In The Act during their show at the United Center on Friday, Aug. 9, 2019, in Chicago. Check out Jakes great photos! Read the full Queen + Adam Lambert Live In Chicago review

Hot In The City: Hot Late Summer Concerts This time out were taking a look at the torrid upcoming concert lineup in the Phoenix area- its so hot you might burst into flames just reading it! Read the full Hot Late Summer Concerts review

Caught In The Act: Peter Frampton and Jason Bonham (Frampton's Farewell Tour) Jake Warkel caught Peter Frampton and Jason Bonham In The Act during Peter Framptons Finale - The Farewell Tour at Huntington Bank Pavilion on Sunday, July 28, 2019, in Chicago. Check out Jakes great photos! Read the full Peter Frampton and Jason Bonham (Frampton's Farewell Tour) review

Collective Soul Live In Phoenix Zane caught Collection Soul at the Comerica Theater this week and says, twenty-five years in, a Collective Soul record or live show is about as close to a sure bet as you can get in rock and roll. Read the full Collective Soul Live In Phoenix review

Live from Celebrity Theatre: Upcoming Shows From Ringo, Jeff Beck, Toto and More The stars are coming out and coming to Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix where a stellar lineup of shows is on tap for the remainder of the summer and into autumn Read the full Live from Celebrity Theatre: Upcoming Shows From Ringo, Jeff Beck, Toto and More review

Queen + Adam Lambert Pure Majesty Live In Chicago Having seen all three American tours in the last five years, Friday nights stop in Chicago was the brashest and most powerful of the three. Read the full Queen + Adam Lambert Pure Majesty Live In Chicago review

Sites and Sounds: Louisville Rocks! Edition Louisville, Kentucky is going to be the epicenter of music festival fun this September as three huge events are going to keep the city rocking including Guns N Roses Read the full Louisville Rocks! Edition review

Caught In The Act: Ace Frehley Live 2019 Rob Grabowski caught Ace Frehley In The Act during show at the Arcada Theatre on Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019, in St. Charles, Ill. Check out Robs review and photos! Read the full Ace Frehley Live 2019 review

Box Sets: Frank Zappa - Zappa in New York Deluxe Like so many releases from the classic rock era, Frank Zappas live album Zappa in New York hit a significant milestone in 2018 as it reached its 40th anniversary. Read the full Frank Zappa - Zappa in New York Deluxe review

Lollapalooza 2019 Day Four Report Lollapaloozas fourth and final day brought the 40-hour festival to a close, but before the final notes buzzed throughout Grant Park, there was a lot of music to be played. Read the full Lollapalooza 2019 Day Four Report review

Lollapalooza 2019 Day Three Day three at Lollapalooza continued the momentum from Fridays highs. The weather once again cooperated and over the course of ten hours, some history was made at the festival. Read the full Lollapalooza 2019 Day Three review

Lollapalooza 2019 Day Two Report Day two at Lollapalooza rebounded in a wonderful way with a line-up that was stacked with surprises, reveals and some discoveries over its ten hours Read the full Lollapalooza 2019 Day Two Report review

Lollapalooza 2019 Day One The overall vibe of the festival appeared to be more relaxed and opening day felt more like a soft opening than the beginning of a long weekend of music Read the full Lollapalooza 2019 Day One review

Caught In The Act: Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators Live Rob Grabowski caught Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators In The Act during show at the Pabst Theatre on Thursday, July 25, 2019, in Milwaukee. Check out Robs great photos! Read the full Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators Live review

Caught In The Act: Alice Cooper Live 2019 Rob Grabowski caught Alice Cooper In The Act during show at the Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre on Sunday, July 21, 2019, in Tinley Park, Ill. Check out Robs review and great photos! Read the full Alice Cooper Live 2019 review

Yes, John Lodge, Asia, Carl Palmer Live On The Royal Affair Tour Youve got to see the show, its a dynamo! Those words, heard during the first song presented during The Royal Affair Tour at Comerica Theatre in downtown Phoenix on July 24, certainly rang true. Read the full Yes, John Lodge, Asia, Carl Palmer Live On The Royal Affair Tour review

Reviews and Features For July 2019
Caught In The Act: Stryper Live 2019 Rob Grabowski caught Stryper In The Act during show at Arcada Theatre in St. Charles, IL. on Thursday July, 18, 2019.. Check out Robs great photos! Read the full Stryper Live 2019 review

Stray Cats - 40 The Stray Cats are back and strutting down the alley once again! In honor of the bands 40th anniversary, the trio have reunited and cut their first new album in 26-years, appropriately titled 40. Read the full Stray Cats - 40 review

The Return of James to America North America hasnt seen a tour by James since 2010, but theyve finally returned with a co-headlining stint with the Psychedelic Furs. Read the full The Return of James to America review

Sites and Sounds: Genre Themed Music Cruise Edition This time out we go to sea with the Country Music Cruise, the Soul Train Cruise and the Ultimate Disco Cruise. Read the full Genre Themed Music Cruise Edition review

Alan Jackson: Small Town Southern Man The documentary Small Town Southern Man is an opportunity to celebrate Jacksons career and tell his stories through his best known songs - songs based on his own family and experiences. Read the full Alan Jackson: Small Town Southern Man review

Caught In The Act: Garth Brooks Dive Bar Tour Kick Off Rob Grabowski caught Garth Brooks In The Act during the kick off show of his Dive Bar tour at Joes on Weed St. in Chicago, Monday, July 15, 2019. Check out Robs great photos! Read the full Garth Brooks Dive Bar Tour Kick Off review

Festival d'ete de Quebec: A Night of Legends The Bell Stage hosted Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul, Jason Bonhams Led Zeppelin Evening and Lynyrd Skynyrd, who are in the midst of their farewell tour. Read the full Festival d'ete de Quebec: A Night of Legends review

RockPile: July 2019 Its an eclectic mix of recent releases that we preview for you this time out, including the debut release from a New York City band thats been 47-years in the making! Read the full June 2019 review

Festival d'ete de Quebec: FEQ Award Winners Perform For Free The Festival dete de Quebec (FEQ) is in full swing! Having begun on July 4, Quebec Citys massive 11-day music festival continues through July 14. Read the full Festival d'ete de Quebec: FEQ Award Winners Perform For Free review

Festival d'ete de Quebec: Opening night flies high with A Flock of Seagulls The Festival dete de Quebec (FEQ), taking place this year from July 4 through July 14 on multiple stages in the historic old town portion of Quebec City, got off to a flying start Read the full Festival d'ete de Quebec: Opening night flies high with A Flock of Seagulls review

Hot In The City: International Brotherhood of Magicians Convention Our look at the entertainment scene in the Phoenix area takes a step away from music to tell you about something completely magical coming to town; the International Brotherhood of Magicians Convention! Read the full International Brotherhood of Magicians Convention review

Caught In The Act: The Rolling Stones No Filter Tour Opener Rob Grabowski caught The Rolling Stones In The Act during the opening show of their 2019 No Filter Tour at Soldier Field on Friday, June 21, 2019, in Chicago. Check out Robs great photos! Read the full The Rolling Stones No Filter Tour Opener review

Caught In The Act: The Kings Of Chaos Live In Illinois Rob Grabowski caught The Kings Of Chaos In The Act during show at the RiverEdge Park in Aurora, IL. on Saturday June 22, 2019. Check out Robs great photos and review of the show! Read the full The Kings Of Chaos Live In Illinois review

Reviews and Features For June/May 2019


Sites and Sounds: Fourth of July Edition There are lots of great music festivals taking place on or adjacent to the 4th of July and here we suggest some of our favorites. Read the full Fourth of July Edition review

MorleyView: Suzi Quatro Morley interviews rock icon Suzi Quatro to celebrate the release of her latest album "No Control". Read the full Suzi Quatro MorleyView

Travel News, Trips and Tips: Summer Voyage Down Root 66 And More Summer will be here soon and that means its time for a road trip! And theres no more of a classic American road trip than a journey down the Mother Road, Route 66. Read the full Summer Voyage Down Root 66 And More review

Five Reasons Why The Rolling Stones No Filter Is The Tour Of The Summer Every time the Rolling Stones hit the road, theyre worthy of our attention and admiration, so lets breakdown our five takeaways from the opening night performance. Read the full Five Reasons Why The Rolling Stones No Filter Is The Tour Of The Summer review

Creedence Clearwater Revisited Live In AZ Creedence Clearwater Revisited gave the 1,300 fans in attendance a hit-filled trip down memory lane, a rocking-good show to be cherished as the band is on their last-ever tour Read the full Creedence Clearwater Revisited Live In AZ review

Tab Benoit Live In Phoenix Come for the guitar and stay for the comedy? Many of the fans that attended the Tab Benoit concert at the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) in Phoenix on June 9 had seen Benoit before, but those who had not found out during the show that the guitar slinger from Louisiana also has a keen comedic wit. Read the full Tab Benoit Live In Phoenix review

Caught In The Act: Paul McCartney Live At The Kohl Center Rob shares a few of his words and thoughts as well as a photos after he Caught the legendary Sir Paul McCartney In The Act at the Kohl Center - Madison, WI. June 6, 2019 Read the full Paul McCartney Live At The Kohl Center review

On The Record: Father's Day Edition In honor of Fathers Day, our spotlight on vinyl spins the new release from Dad Brains, and of course we wouldnt want mom to feel left out, so we also listen to the new one from the Ramoms Read the full Father's Day Edition review

Six Reasons Judas Priest Are Still a Potent and Primal Live Band Judas Priest made their third Chicago area appearance recently, in support of their 2018 album Firepower, where they didnt just deliver the goods, they decimated any and all expectations. Read the full Six Reasons Judas Priest Are Still a Potent and Primal Live Band review

Foreigner Live In AZ Classic rock hit makers Foreigner performed at the Talking Stick Resort & Casino in Scottsdale, Arizona and they did indeed bring the hits to a sold out crowd Read the full Foreigner Live In AZ review

Psychic Medium Matt Fraser He sees dead people, and talks to them too. And the souls from the other side that showed up at Matt Frasers group reading June 2 at the DoubleTree Suites hotel in Phoenix had plenty to say Read the full Psychic Medium Matt Fraser review

Quick Flicks: Obamaland: Rise of the Trumpublikans Our film review this time out screens a visual feast for fans of silly political satire. Read the full Obamaland: Rise of the Trumpublikans review

Passport: Minyeshu- Waves of Joy- Psoy Korolenko Heres our take on some of the best of recent world music releases featuring works from Africa, India and beyond. Read the full Minyeshu- Waves of Joy- Psoy Korolenko review

Marty Thompson - My Kind Of Woman This project makes clear how Marty Thompson learned his lessons well while listening to all that classic rock as a child Read the full Marty Thompson - My Kind Of Woman review

5 Star: The Darts - I Like You But Not Like That Uh oh! Its those dreaded words that no one wants to hear from a potential lover. And the Darts have some fun being a little catty on the title track of new album Read the full The Darts - I Like You But Not Like That review

Sites and Sounds: Festival d'ete de Quebec Its almost time for FEQ, the 11-day celebration of popular music that is one of the biggest festival events in Canada and one of the most-revered in all of North America Read the full Festival d'ete de Quebec review

On The Record: The Best of the Runaways For the first time in decades, a version of The Best of the Runaways is available on vinyl. Read the full The Best of the Runaways review

Whitesnake - Flesh & Blood Whitesnake is not reinventing themselves or rock n roll here but this stellar effort proves that they are not just hanging on either. Read the full Whitesnake - Flesh & Blood review

Sites and Sounds: The Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival The Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival will once again bring a superlative group of performers to the festival, set for Stephens Lake Park in Columbia, Missouri Sept. 27-29. Read the full The Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival review

Caught In The Act: Michael Schenker Fest Part 2 Rob Grabowski caught Michael Schenker Fest at the Concord Music Hall in Chicago, Ill. on May 4th. Check out Robs great photos Read the full Michael Schenker Fest Part 2 review

Outerfield - Pleasant Grove Hotel The duo of guitarist/bassist Gary Schrader and songwriter Matt Hutson, known as Outerfield, come with high credentials Read the full Outerfield - Pleasant Grove Hotel review

Caught In The Act: Michael Schenker Fest Part 1 Rob Grabowski caught Michael Schenker Fest at the Concord Music Hall in Chicago, Ill. on May 4th. Check out Robs great photos Read the full Michael Schenker Fest Part 1 review

Live from Celebrity Theatre: Robin Trower One of rocks most masterful guitarists performed in Phoenix on May 2, and quite aptly for a legend, Robin Trower put on his show in the intimate confines of the Celebrity Theatre Read the full Robin Trower review

Tony Campanella - Taking it to the Street Folks in the St. Louis area have been enjoying Campanellas talents for a long time, and now the rest of the world can get in on the fun with the release of the guitarists debut album Read the full Tony Campanella - Taking it to the Street review

Get To Know... Linda Bella Linda Bella is dangerous! Well actually the only danger that Bella presents is in the form of her latest single Dangerous, a rhythmic pop number Read the full Linda Bella review

Quick Flicks: Sheryl Crow - Live at the Capitol Theater Fans can sate their Sheryl Crow craving with this very nice 2-CD + Blu-ray package that features a set list with songs from throughout her career. Read the full Sheryl Crow - Live at the Capitol Theater review

Sites and Sounds: Music Cruises Edition (Megacruise, Cruise To The Edge and more) Music cruise specialists On the Blue have three sailings coming up for fans of hard rock and metal, for fans of prog and for fans of classic rock Read the full Music Cruises Edition (Megacruise, Cruise To The Edge and more) review

Reviews and Features For April 2019


Hot In The City: Lamb of God, Static X, DevilDriver and more Hot in the City is our recurring look at the music scene in Phoenix and the rest of Arizona, and this time out we preview some of the hot concerts coming to the greater Phoenix area. Read the full Lamb of God, Static X, DevilDriver and more review

Buckcherry - Warpaint Todds vocals and the bands Guns N Roses-meets-AC/DC groove make the cut a true rock anthem, perfect for singing along and playing some stinging air guitar to. Read the full Buckcherry - Warpaint review

Caught In The Act: Three Days Grace Live Special guest photographer Jake Warkel caught Three Days Grace In The Act during show at the Allstate Arena on Friday, Mar 8, 2019, in Rosemont, Ill. Check out his great photos! Read the full Three Days Grace Live review

Sites and Sounds: Celebrate Motown's 60th Anniversary at the Motown Museum in Detroit Theres a very special anniversary being celebrated in Detroit this year, and indeed around the world: the 60th anniversary of Motown Records Read the full Celebrate Motown's 60th Anniversary at the Motown Museum in Detroit review

Sites and Sounds: Prince Celebration 2019 Minneapolis is getting ready to celebrate all things Prince during Celebration 2019, and lots of the musicians who performed with the late superstar will be on hand during the event Read the full Prince Celebration 2019 review

Live from Celebrity Theatre: The Musical Box It was a throwback to the heyday of progressive rock music as the Montreal-based The Musical Box brought their A Genesis Extravaganza show to the Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix on April 13 Read the full The Musical Box review

Caught In The Act: Last In Line Live Rob Grabowski caught Last In Line In The Act during show at Arcada Theatre in St. Charles, Ill on Friday, Mar 22, 2019. Check out Robs great photos! Read the full Last In Line Live review

Caught In The Act: Disturbed Live Special guest photographer Jake Warkel caught Disturbed In The Act during show at the Allstate Arena on Friday, Mar 8, 2019, in Rosemont, Ill. Check out his great photos! Read the full Disturbed Live review

Live from Celebrity Theatre: Buddy Guy Over the course of his six decade career, blues man Buddy Guy has influenced just about every legendary guitarist you can think of, including Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Keith Richards and Jeff Beck. Read the full Buddy Guy review

Caught In The Act: Billy Idol and Steve Stevens Live Rob Grabowski caught Billy Idol and Steve Stevens In The Act during their Turned On, Tuned In and Unplugged tour stop at the Rialto Square Theatre in Joliet, Ill. on Thursday March 21, 2019. Check out Robs great photos! Read the full Billy Idol and Steve Stevens Live review

Red Dragon Cartel Live Red Dragon Cartel ventured back to the Chicagoland area stopping at The Forge in Joliet on March 13th. Read the full Red Dragon Cartel Live review

A Life in Yes: The Chris Squire Tribute The late great Chris Squire, longtime bassist with Yes, does appear on a couple of cuts here but this record is otherwise a prog all-star tribute Read the full A Life in Yes: The Chris Squire Tribute review

RockPile: Rock Legends Edition We listen to recently-released music from rock royalty like Humble Pie, Martin Barre of Jethro Tull, Focus and others. Read the full Rock Legends Edition review

Live from Celebrity Theatre: Big Upcoming Concerts For Spring 2019 Spring has arrived and hot shows are popping up on the Celebrity Theatre concert calendar like seasonal wildflowers Read the full Big Upcoming Concerts For Spring 2019 review

Reviews and Features For March 2019


Matt Nathanson Week: Antidotes and Anthems Nathanson stripped back the show in order to help let the songs breathe a little easier, fall on our ears a little softer and envelope our hearts more fully. Read the full Matt Nathanson Week: Antidotes and Anthems review

Matt Nathanson Week: 'Pyromattia' (Def Leppard Tribute EP) Nathansons tribute EP is more than a cash grab, its made with great care and reverence for Def Leppard. Read the full Matt Nathanson Week: 'Pyromattia' (Def Leppard Tribute EP) review

Matt Nathanson Week: Retro-Review Live In Indiana 2012 A few months after Matt Nathanson performed a headline show in Chicago, he returned just over the state line in Indiana opening for Kelly Clarkson Read the full Matt Nathanson Week: Retro-Review Live In Indiana 2012 review

Matt Nathanson Week Retro-Review: Live in Chicago 2011 When I first saw Matt Nathanson in 2011, it was evident he was more than a singer-songwriter, but a top tier performer. Read the full Matt Nathanson Week Retro-Review: Live in Chicago 2011 review

Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness: Fear, Faith and Reflection Andrew McMahon stands perched over his piano shifting between two microphones; one hanging off the piano and the other one to his left because he cant sit still. Read the full Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness: Fear, Faith and Reflection review

Panic! at the Disco: Writing Rock's Next Chapter At the end of their recent Chicago stop (in the suburb of Rosemont), there was little doubt that Panic! at the Disco is one of the best touring rock n roll bands at this moment in time. Read the full Panic! at the Disco: Writing Rock's Next Chapter review

KISS Live In Illinois On End Of The Road Tour The KISS Army recently filled the TaxSlayer Center in Moline, Illinois to capacity as the faithful came to bear witness to the End Of The Road. Read the full KISS Live In Illinois On End Of The Road Tour review

MorleyView: Mettle Mettle is a new-ish band from Southern California that takes their '80s and '90s influences and turns it into hard rock with a strong sense of melody. Read the full Mettle MorleyView

Road Trip: Ireland in a Day? Try the Ring of Kerry! Ireland is one of those places where there is literally something to explore anywhere you look. The Ring of Kerry is a ring road that begins and ends in the Southwest Irish town of Killarney Read the full Ireland in a Day? Try the Ring of Kerry! Road Trip

Travel News, Trips and Tips: St. Patrick's Day Edition Its that time of year again when everybody is Irish, the time to make sure youre wearing green when you head out to drink Guinness and otherwise indulge Read the full St. Patrick's Day Edition review

Road Trip: Rum for Your Life! A Visit to Grenada Distillers While you can find a rum drink basically anywhere in Grenada --- at the resort, on the street and on the beach --- nothing beats going straight to the source. Read the full Rum for Your Life! A Visit to Grenada Distillers Road Trip

The Blues: Big Joe and the Dynaflows- Stringshot Get the Blues is our look at some of the best recent blues releases from Big Joe and the Dynaflows and Stringshot. Read the full Big Joe and the Dynaflows- Stringshot review

Passport: International Women's Day Edition We have a very special release to tell you about on the occasion of International Womens Day; a compilation of songs created by women called A Womans World: Songs of Resilience and Hope. Read the full International Women's Day Edition review

The Blues: Sean Chambers - Eric Jerardi Get the Blues is our look at some of the best recent blues releases from Sean Chambers and Eric Jerardi. Read the full Sean Chambers - Eric Jerardi review

The Blues: Watermelon Slim- Midnite Johnny Get the Blues is our look at some of the best recent blues releases from Watermelon Slim and Midnite Johnny. Read the full Watermelon Slim- Midnite Johnny review

Caught In The Act: Tesla Live In Chicago Rob Grabowski caught Tesla In The Act during show at the House of Blues in Chicago, Ill on Wednesday, Feb 6, 2019. Check out Robs great photos! Read the full Tesla Live In Chicago review

Reviews and Features For February 2019


Caught In The Act: Denny Laine Live AT The Arcada Rob Grabowski caught Denny Laine In The Act during show at the Arcada on January 17th. Check out Robs great photos! Read the full Denny Laine Live AT The Arcada review

Caught In The Act: Elton John's Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour Rob Grabowski caught In The Act during his Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour stop at the Allstate Arena on Friday, Feb 15, 2019, in Rosemont, Ill. Check out Robs great photos! Read the full Elton John's Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour review

The Best Films of 2018 When awards season is over and all of the films from this past year make their way to rental and streaming services, 2018 will be looked back on as the year where diversity ruled. Read the full The Best Films of 2018 review

Caught In The Act: Panic! At The Disco Live Rob Grabowski caught Panic! At The Disco In The Act during the Pray For The Wicked tour at the Allstate Arena on Monday, Feb 4, 2019, in Rosemont, IL. Read the full Panic! At The Disco Live review

Americana Kitchen - Come and Get It Americana Kitchen is a studio collective, a sizable group of players from the San Gabriel Valley and greater Los Angeles area thats curated by guitarist Danny Johnson Read the full Americana Kitchen - Come and Get It review

5 Star: Matt Nathanson - Sings His Sad Heart On Matt Nathansons tenth album, Sings His Sad Heart, he steps up to the plate swinging with a group of songs that dig deep into his psyche about desertion Read the full 5 Star: Matt Nathanson - Sings His Sad Heart review

A Bowie Celebration: The David Bowie Alumni Tour The first stop on the North American leg of The David Bowie Alumni Tour was Feb. 6 at the Ikeda Theater at the Mesa Arts Center in metropolitan Phoenix Read the full A Bowie Celebration: The David Bowie Alumni Tour review

Valentine's Day Gift Guide Here are some ideas for Valentines Day gifts for your special someone. Were even going to tell you how to put a hex on your Valentine (relax, its something fun!) Read the full Valentine's Day Gift Guide review

Travel News, Trips and Tips: Valentine's Day Edition If youre thinking about pampering your Valentine with a stay at a nice hotel, here are some places that are offering special deals and packages for the occasion. Read the full Valentine's Day Edition review

Rock Reads: Nashville Songwriter Vol. II Brown is a Nashville-based music biographer (and former antiMusic writer) who has written more than 40 books Read the full Nashville Songwriter Vol. II review

Rock Reads: Counting Down Elvis: His 100 Finest Songs Note that Duffett is counting down Elvis Presleys 100 finest songs here, not Duffetts personal favorites or Presleys biggest sellers Read the full Counting Down Elvis: His 100 Finest Songs review

Rock Reads: Metaphysical Graffiti The book and chapter titles give indication of what the reader is in for here, which is well-thought out opinion thats liberally drenched in humor. Read the full Metaphysical Graffiti review

Road Trip: Road Trip Canton, Ohio: A Super Trip to the Pro Football Hall of Fame The excitement of the Super Bowl only comes around once a year, but there's a place in Canton, Ohio where you can be surrounded by champions of the football world for the day and genuinely score a touchdown Read the full Road Trip Canton, Ohio: A Super Trip to the Pro Football Hall of Fame Road Trip

Rock Reads: The Clash: All The Albums, All The Songs And Led Zeppelin: All The Albums, All The Songs (Expanded Edition) Two more great titles from the prolific music journalist Martin Popoff- a completely new analysis of the music of the Clash and an updated edition of his previous look at Led Zeppelin Read the full The Clash: All The Albums, All The Songs And Led Zeppelin: All The Albums, All The Songs (Expanded Edition) review

Rock Reads: No Cameras Allowed: My Career as an Outlaw Rock and Roll Photographer Here Julian David Stone presents an incredible array of shots he obtained surreptitiously with a smuggled-in 35mm camera. Read the full No Cameras Allowed: My Career as an Outlaw Rock and Roll Photographer review

Rock Reads: Bruce Springsteen: An Illustrated Biography This book can be thought of as a sort of hard copy companion to the Springsteen on Broadway show- his life from his early days to the Broadway shows Read the full Bruce Springsteen: An Illustrated Biography review

2019 Southern Rock Cruise Part 3: Southern Rock's New Generation The event was a great way to start the year for fans of Southern rock, considering that some of the biggest names of the genre performed Read the full 2019 Southern Rock Cruise Part 3: Southern Rock's New Generation review

Glen Campbell - Sings for the King Released here for the first time, this 18-song set contains songs that Campbell recorded for Presleys ears only Read the full Glen Campbell - Sings for the King review

The 2019 Southern Rock Cruise Part 2: Cozumel and Lynyrd Skynyrd The air was heavy with anticipation on Jan. 8 as the Norwegian Cruise Line ship Pearl made port in Cozumel, the first of two stops in sunny Mexico Read the full The 2019 Southern Rock Cruise Part 2: Cozumel and Lynyrd Skynyrd review

The 2019 Southern Rock Cruise, Part 1: Sail Away! Thousands of Southern rock-loving passengers aboard the Norwegian Cruise Line ship Pearl were looking forward to six days of music that would take them far beyond sunny Mexico, and in some cases down Memory Lane Read the full The 2019 Southern Rock Cruise, Part 1: Sail Away! review

Root 66: Love Canon - Cover Story: A Journey through Music's Greatest Decade As the title here suggests, bluegrass specialists Love Canon turn in a set of covers with Cover Story Read the full Love Canon - Cover Story: A Journey through Music's Greatest Decade review

Root 66: Dan Johnson - Hemingway Johnson offers a unique bit of artistry here with a 2-CD release that features a five song EP and a companion audio book. Read the full Dan Johnson - Hemingway review

Quick Flicks: High Voltage High Voltage is a new production written and directed by Alex Keledjian (Feast, Project Greenlight) and starring David Arquette, Allie Gonino, Ryan Donowho, Perrey Reeves and Luke Wilson Read the full High Voltage review

Best of 2018: Panic! at the Disco Live In Chicago Panic! at the Disco rode into Chicagos United Center for a storming show high on musical ecstasy. A ten-minute countdown clock began at 8:50pm revving the audiences anticipation and as the band members ascended from below the stage Read the full Best of 2018: Panic! at the Disco Live In Chicago review

Tony K's The Best Concert of 2018: Lorde I saw over one-hundred different artist perform live in 2018 and there was one performance I couldnt shake. It left me transformed along with questions I am still seeking answers to. Read the full Tony K's The Best Concert of 2018: Lorde review

Best Of 2018: Journey and Def Leppard Rock Talking Stick Arena in Phoenix Fans were treated to an evening of non-stop hits as two groups who have plenty of them, Journey and Def Leppard, teamed up for a September 7 show at the Talking Stick Arena in downtown Phoenix Read the full Journey and Def Leppard Rock Talking Stick Arena in Phoenix review

Live from Celebrity Theatre: John Paul White Singer John Paul White, formerly of the four-time GRAMMY Award-winning duo the Civil Wars, played a brief set at Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix as the opening act for John Prine Read the full John Paul White review

Live from Celebrity Theatre: Brian Setzer Orchestra Rocks Phoenix It was an evening of rockabilly merrymaking as The Brian Setzer Orchestra brought their Christmas Rocks! 15th Anniversary Tour to the Celebrity Theatre Read the full Brian Setzer Orchestra Rocks Phoenix review




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