Category: Music

Styx Singer is on a ‘Mission’

Royal Flush recently picked the brain of Styx lead singer and keyboardist Lawrence Gowan following the band’s gig at NY’s Jones Beach. The frontman opened up about topics such as the group’s current tour, their latest album The Mission, and the landmarks he likes to visit when Styx performs in New York. Royal Flush: The Mission has been out for just over a year now. Now that you’ve had some time to fully process it,...

No ‘Grand Illusion’ – Styx, Joan Jett, and Tesla in New York

One of the most anticipated package tours of the summer hit the Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater on Friday, June 29, as Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Styx, and Tesla teamed up to provide an evening of familiar radio hits mixed with lesser-known, deep cuts. While each act had its strong suits, Styx, sandwiched between openers Tesla and headliner Jett, ultimately owned the night. Leading off with “Gone Gone Gone” off the band’s latest studio...

Poison Has ‘Nothin’ But A Good Time’ in New York

There is perhaps no band more synonymous with straight-forward, feel-good, American party rock than Poison. The glam quartet, together for more than 30 years – with a brief interruption during the not-kind-to-metal mid-90s – steamrolled into the Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater on Long Island, NY, on a mission. And that mission was crystal clear: to knock the figurative socks off the thousands in attendance with ‘nothin’ but a good time.’ The Pennsylvania group’s...

Any Way They Want It: Journey and Def Leppard Rock The Garden

In the crowded summer concert season, artists will often roll out a variety of gimmicks with the hope of enticing music fans to part with their hard-earned money. These may include celebratory performances of classic albums from the act’s catalogue, “farewell tours” that are more often than not followed years later with the requisite  “comeback tours,” and of course, the package lineups that pair up two or more marginal bands with the “more bang for...

Lizzy Borden Set To Slay With ‘Midnight’

Before Marilyn Manson unleashed his distinct brand of ‘shock and roll,’ Lizzy Borden was crafting his own visual version of music to effectively assault the senses. Named after the infamous 19th century New England woman accused of viciously murdering her father and stepmother with an axe, Borden is much more than just a gimmick. Often incorrectly grouped in with pop metal acts of the Los Angeles hard rock scene such as Poison and Warrant, the...

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...

Guns N’ Roses Unveil Rarities in Deluxe ‘Appetite For Destruction’ Box Set

Guns N’ Roses are commemorating their 1987 debut with Appetite For Destruction: Locked N’ Loaded Edition, a box set full of unreleased demos, remastered B-sides, collectibles and more, available June 29. Covered in faux fur, the lavish 12x12x12-inch box set is crafted of solid wood and features a hand-sculpted, hand-painted 3D Appetite For Destruction cross on the front doors. Available for a limited run, only 10,000 box sets will be available worldwide for a hefty...

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...