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RATT ‘Back For More’ In New York

Sleaze rock veterans RATT scurried into Long Island, N.Y.’s Paramount on Thursday, December 19, as part of their In Your Direction tour, celebrating the 35th anniversary of the group’s seminal offering, Out of the Cellar. The rodent-branded quintet, led by gravelly-voiced front man Stephen Pearcy, barreled through a brisk, hits-heavy set that leaned considerably on tracks […]

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Queen Musical Set To ‘Rock You’

Jukebox musicals have always been one of the most popular varieties of stage presentations. From Movin’ Out, which features the reflective, down-to-earth, stylings of Billy Joel, to Mamma Mia!, a raucous celebration of Swedish dance pop sensations ABBA, to Rock of Ages, a tongue-in-cheek tribute to 1980s glam rock, the subgenre has seen its share […]

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Joan Still ‘Loves Rock ‘n’ Roll’ While Heart Tries To Find the ‘Magic, Man’

Two of rock’s most decorated female-led acts closed out this year’s Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater concert season with both a bang and a whimper, depending on which portion of the performances one referred to. Dubbed Love Alive, headliners Ann and Nancy Wilson, with their bandmates in Heart, teamed up with punk pioneer Joan […]

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Extreme Bring The ‘Funk’ To NY

Widely pigeonholed for their syrupy, Everly Brothers-esque hit “More Than Words,” Extreme has always been a band that’s defied expectations. Although the New England-bred funk rock act’s career was launched with their self-titled debut at the tail-end of the 80s, it wasn’t until their 1990 sophomore release, Pornograffitti, lit up the charts that Extreme became […]

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A ‘Rock’ing Conversation With Mitch Jarvis

Royal Flush had the pleasure of speaking with Mitchell Jarvis (Lonny) before a recent performance of Rock of Ages. In addition to discussing the hit jukebox musical, the gifted thespian weighed in on his starring role in last year’s Gettin’ The Band Back Together, his favorite 80s rocker, and what the future holds. Royal Flush: […]

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It’s ‘Nothin’ But A Good Time’ At Rock of Ages Revival

Glam rock and theater are two canons of pop culture that seemingly couldn’t be more distinct. But if that’s entirely true, the thousands of hybrid fans of both genres that have made Rock of Ages, Chris D’Arienzo’s cleverly crafted classic rock creation, one of the longest running shows in Broadway history, clearly failed to get […]

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RATT Singer Delivers A ‘Thrill’ With New Album

View To A Thrill, the latest solo disc from RATT rocker Stephen Pearcy, is a virtual tour de force of 80s-style hard rock hooks. From the frenetic opener “U Only Live Twice” to the infectious “Sky Falling,” an Out Of The Cellar-era-sounding powerhouse (think “In Your Direction” with a splash of “Wanted Man“), all the […]

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Kix’s ‘Blow My Fuse’ Turns 30

One of the more underrated hard rock records (and groups, as well) of the 80s, Kix’s platinum-selling Blow My Fuse is the latest album to get the deluxe treatment aimed at diehard fans longing for something extra from their favorite artists’ catalogues. The seminal work, originally unleashed on audiences back in 1988, was the Maryland-bred […]

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Alter Bridge With An Orchestra Live In London

Recorded over the course of two sold-out shows at London’s legendary Royal Albert Hall back in October of 2017, hard rock mainstays Alter Bridge have released their latest live album, out September 7, aptly titled Live At The Royal Albert Hall, through Napalm Records. And although it’s not the first recording of its kind for […]

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The Dead Daisies ‘Rise Up’ Again At The Highline

It’s been exactly one year since The Dead Daisies last played the Highline Ballroom in New York City. And although it would have been difficult to believe at the time, the talented supergroup has become even tighter than they were during their last visit to the Big Apple. Led by the powerful throaty vocals of […]

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New York Metal Fans Still ‘Mad About’ Slaughter

If there was only one word to describe Slaughter’s recent headlining performance at The Space at Westbury, ‘loud’ would be fitting. The metal quartet, led by former Vinnie Vincent Invasion vocalist Mark Slaughter, brought their raucous show to Long Island, N.Y. on Wednesday, August 15, and proceeded to thrash the eardrums of the hundreds in […]

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‘Kick’ing It With Saigon’s Bieler in New York City

Saigon Kick co-founder Jason Bieler, in the midst of a string of one-man acoustic performances, recently proved once again why the singer-songwriter’s gigs have been so well-received by everybody who attends them. More of a sporadic schedule of shows than a full frenetic flock of back-to-back dates, Bieler is clearly having a copious amount of […]