Category: Live Review

Sons Of Apollo ‘Come Home’ To New York

It’s easy to label progressive rock as pretentious, bombastic, and self-indulgent. The polarizing genre, popularized by prog pioneers such as Rush, Yes, and Kansas, has long been criticized for its propensity for lengthy solos, grandiose stage shows, and nonsensical lyrics. But with any musical style, there are a plethora of both good and bad examples. Sons of Apollo, unquestionably, fall into the former category. For all the complaints about the maligned art form, at its...

Night Ranger Can Still ‘Rock In America’

For those who think Night Ranger is merely the group who rose to the top of the music charts with the 1983 hit power ballad “Sister Christian,” seeing them during their recent stop at The Paramount on Long Island, NY on May 3 would surely change their minds. The gig, part of the band’s 35th Anniversary Tour, featured selections from the San Francisco-bred quintet’s entire catalogue, going all the way back to their debut album...

Guns Are ‘Cocked And Loaded’ At Revolution

The 80s produced many different well known subgenres of “metal,” from speed to thrash to progressive to glam. But there’s one subcategory of the style that’s not quite as established in the vernacular of rock aficionados: sleaze. Often confused with glam, sleaze rockers were regularly lumped together with fellow makeup wearing, big hair bands from the era. In reality, however, there was a major distinction. While most sleaze metal practitioners unapologetically lathered on the lipstick...

Poison Ready For A ‘Good Time’

If you plan on attending a Poison show, don’t expect to hear many, if any, obscure cuts or long lost B-sides. The party-rock group, known for chart-topping anthems like “Unskinny Bop,” “Nothin’ But A Good Time,” and “Talk Dirty To Me,” are preparing to embark across North America on a summer excursion with the legendary Cheap Trick, as well as the Michigan-bred Pop Evil. And while a healthy number of Poison’s peers will be competing...

Garbage Tour for ‘Version 2.0’ 20th Anniversary

Garbage is set for a 17-date U.S. tour in support of the release of the 20th anniversary edition of their second album, Version 2.0. The band will perform the 1998 album in its entirety, in addition to several B-sides from the reissue. The tour, which will kick off September 29 in Seattle and close in Brooklyn, NY at King’s Theatre on October 27, also includes earlier stops in the U.K., starting in Edinburgh on Sept....

Deep Purple, Judas Priest Unite for North American Tour

Deep Purple and Judas Priest will embark on a co-headlining North American tour this year kicking off on August 21 in Cincinnati and wrapping up September 30 in Wheatland, CA. On March 8, 2018, Judas Priest released its 18th studio album, Firepower. The 14-track album was co-produced by Tom Allom (Def Leppard, Black Sabbath) and producer, and former Sabbat guitarist, Andy Sneap. Working with Allom for the first time since 1988’s Ram It Down, Firepower debuted...

Benatar and Giraldo Get ‘Intimate’ At The Paramount

The Holy 14. Diehard fans of Pat Benatar are exceedingly familiar with the aptly-titled term, which refers to the healthy number of Top-40 hits that the mega-successful crooner has amassed throughout her illustrious, nearly 40-year career. Along with her often overlooked, yet immensely important, songwriting partner – and husband – Neil Giraldo on guitar, Benatar created the tongue-in-cheek list to describe those songs which she feels she must perform a significant percentage of at every...

Kix ‘Blows’ Its ‘Fuse’ At The Space

As difficult as it is to believe, Blow My Fuse, the seminal album recorded by 80s hard rockers Kix, turned 30 this year. And what better way to mark the occasion than to play the album in its entirety, from top to bottom, as part of the Maryland band’s current string of live performances? From the down and dirty licks of top track “Red Lite, Green Lite, TNT” to the epic, MTV-saturated power ballad “Don’t...

Daisies Are Set To ‘Burn It Down’

They are a part of the genre known collectively as “new classic rock,” according to rhythm guitarist, businessman, and band founder David Lowy. And if The Dead Daisies’ new disc Burn It Down, out April 6, is any indication, the self-appointed label couldn’t be more veracious. From the blazing, opening chords of “Resurrected,” masterfully played by guitar virtuoso and Whitesnake alumni Doug Aldrich, to the record’s rousing title track, a deliciously funky ode to self-destruction,...

Ready For ‘Mayhem’

Mayhem seems to follow her everywhere, hence the name. And if Madame Mayhem has her way, more and more rock fans will discover the eclectic artist in the days, months, and years to come. Fresh off the release of her third album, Ready For Me, the New York native is preparing to head out on a massive trek across the country this spring, opening for metal legends Sevendust, while also sprinkling in a number of...

Prepare To Be ‘Tempt’ed

For those jaded rock fans who still are of the opinion that their beloved genre is dead, look no further than New York City-based Tempt. A mix of power pop, melodic metal, and classic rock, the talented quartet have been gaining new followers ever since unleashing their debut Runaway nearly two years ago. After all, it’s not every young band that receives an endorsement from legendary rockers Def Leppard. “Awesome job!” declared Joe Elliott and...

Former Crue Singer Releases First ‘Live’ Album

Ask any average metal fan what their favorite Motley Crue song is and you’ll likely receive a wide range of answers, ranging from early, pre-Elektra Records picks like “Live Wire” or “Too Fast For Love,” breakthrough-era selections such as “Shout At The Devil” or “Looks That Kill,” and consequent, post-rehab tunes like “Kickstart My Heart” or “Dr. Feelgood.” Often overlooked are songs created during a brief, Vince Neil-less, period in the band’s history, dating back...