Artist Spotlight – Dan Tracey of Alan Parsons Live Project

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Todays artist spotlight is one of the best guitar players and song writers you may have never heard of , Dan Tracey of the Alan Parsons Live Project in addition to his own band  ” Save The World ” . Dan believes the music deserves the spotlight for the fans to enjoy , with an demeaner  like that  never would know that Dan is actually a rock star in his own right .He wrote ” As Lights Fall ” and ” The Limelight Fades Away ” on the album ” The Secret ” by Alan Parsons and many others as well . A native of Connecticut he now calls music city aka Nashville home for this uber guitar player . Dan , Alan and the rest of the band will be making an appearance Sept 14 in Akron ,Ohio at the Akron Civic Theatre  which is a show not to be missed .Hope to see you there .

Dan Tracey on Stage
Dan Tracey on Stage

To keep up with all things Alan Parsons please see the official website at http://www.alanparsons.com

Dan Tracey on Stage
Dan Tracey on Stage

 

Anthony Russo Celebrates Marvels Endgame Home Release in Cleveland !

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Cleveland, Ohio – Acclaimed director Anthony Russo , gave a toast and an introductory speech while celebrating the home video release of Marvel’s Endgame to a crowd of Clevelanders before a trolley tour of shooting locations  for Avengers and Captain America Winter Soldier . The Disney backed event also had a helping from The Cleveland Film Commission whose purpose is to draw film companies to Cleveland and show them the resources that our city has to offer . The fine folks at Allied Global Marketing who have been promoting the release locally also were there to ensure a smooth operation .

https://youtu.be/S_FpFZkXUl4

 

Please see the video to see the introduction from Anthony Russo

Music Video Review- Lacuna Coil -Layers Of Time

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aGSed4hnEv8

Music industry  veterans  Lacuna Coil return October 11th with a new release “Black Anima” and the Italian band gave us a sneak peak with the music video for ” Layer of Time ” which is the first single off of the record .

The imagery of ” Layers of Time ”  seems set in the post dystopian future combined with a feel of a gothic coven . I honestly have never been a fan fan of screamo bands that do not have singers but Lacuna Coils  mix of dirty vocals and the beauty of Cristina Scabbia ‘s voice and lyrics is a perfect combination dark and light , of beauty and the beast .

One of my favorites parts of this song is you hear the entire band .  The bass guitar is featured prominently in the mix and the chorus combination is very powerful .

The bridge is unique and showcases the extreme talent of the band . Please make sure you check it out .

The current band consists of Andrea Ferro — male vocals (1994–present)
Marco Coti Zelati — bass, keyboards (1994–present), guitars (2015–2016)
Cristina Scabbia — female vocals (1996–present)
Diego “Didi” Cavalotti — guitars (2016–present)
Richard Meiz — drums (2019–present)

They are currently on tour in Europe and start in the US in  mid September to learn all things about Lacuna Coil please see the official website at https://www.lacunacoil.com/

 

HOLLYWOOD ROCKERS GLAM SKANKS OPENING FOR ADAM ANT’S FRIEND OR FOE USA TOUR 2019

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(LONDON) August 12, 2019 … Hollywood rockers Glam Skanks are opening for music icon Adam Ant who is performing his landmark, solo album “Friend or Foe” for the first time, live in its entirety, throughout the USA from September 4 to October 1. For ticket information, visit http://www.adam-ant.com.

 Following the success of their critically-acclaimed “Glitter City” album, Glam Skanks partnered with Jack Douglas and Aaron Smart for their forthcoming album “Anywhere In Between” (LA Confidential with Unison Music) and they’ll preview new tracks on the tour. “Anywhere In Between” is produced by GRAMMY-nominated producers Bruce Witkin and Ryan Dorn.

 Glam Skanks formed in Los Angeles in 2013 and, after selling out local clubs including the world-famous Viper Room, they quickly emerged as a buzz band for their provocative, colorful style with influences ranging from T Rex and The New York Dolls to Aerosmith, AC/DC and Led Zeppelin.

 They’ve also opened for Alice Cooper, The Skids, played as Cherie Currie’s (The Runaways) backup band, have jammed with Steven Tyler and toured throughout Europe twice.

 In addition, director Kevin Smith personally asked if they would record music for his “Yoga Hosers” film, starring Lily-Rose Depp and Harley Quinn Smith, and the band performed at the premiere of the film.

 Glam Skanks are Veronica Witkin (guitar), Millie Chan (bass), Vanessa McNiel (vocals) and Jessica Goodwin (drums).

 For more information about Glam Skanks, visit www.GlamSkanks.com.

 

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Adam Ant “Friend or Foe” USA tour 2019

Wednesday, September 4, Milwaukee, WI, Pabst Theatre

Friday, September 6, St. Louis MO, The Pageant

Saturday, September 7, Chicago, IL, Riviera Theatre

Sunday, September 8, Minneapolis, MN, Pantages Theatre

Wednesday, September 11, Cincinnati, OH, Taft Theatre

Friday, September 13, Detroit, Royal Oak Music Theatre

Saturday, September 14, Cleveland, OH, Masonic Auditorium

Sunday, September 15, Toronto, ON, The Danforth Music Hall

Tuesday, September 17, Boston, MA, Boch Center Shubert Theatre

Thursday, September 19, New York NY, Beacon Theatre

Friday, September 20, Philadelphia, PA, Merriam Theater

Saturday, September 21, Mashantucket, CT, Fox Theatre

Monday, September 23, Washington, DC, Lincoln Theatre

Wednesday, September 25, Greensboro, NC, Carolina Theatre

Friday, September 27, Atlanta, GA, Symphony Hall

Saturday, September 28, Clearwater, FL, Capitol Theatre

Sunday, September 29, Orlando, FL, Hard Rock

Tuesday, October 1, Miami, FL, The Fillmore

Artist Spotlight- Marten Andersson of Steelheart

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Today we have the honor of highlighting  extraordinaire bass guitar player Marten Andersson of the rock group Steelheart. I first became aware of Marten about a decade ago when he was playing with the band Lizzy Borden . Marten is a native of Stockholm ,Sweden but made his way across to pond to play rock n’ roll and is doing quite well at it . In addition to the previously listed  bands he also performed with George Lynch in the band Lynch Mob .

Marten performing with Steelheart
Marten performing with Steelheart

Never one to shirk a challenge he is also co-founder of From Classic To Rock which is an event that raises funds for arts programs in the school and it combines rock stars and classical musicians .

Marten with Steelheart
Marten with Steelheart

Marten is currently on tour in South Korea with Steelheart and I am sure he will be a great music ambassador overseas as well.

To find out all that Marten is doing please see his official website at http://www.marten.cc

Marten performing with Steelheart
Marten performing with Steelheart

Live Review – Ace Frehley Rocks Cleveland !

A legend that must be seen to be believed !

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Cleveland, Ohio- The Ace is back, to quote the hit song ” Rock Soldiers”. The legendary guitarist and founding member of the super group KISS returned to Cleveland this last weekend to the delight of many a rock fan.The  capacity crowd featured fans from as young as 13 to as old as 70 and everything in between . Something about Ace just touches us, maybe with his public imperfections of which he writes songs about that the fans can relate to. Maybe it is just the fact that he is a living legend and he has awesome songs either way  the packed house was in for a night of fun .

Ace Frehley band live on stage
Ace Frehley band live on stage

The night opened with ” Rip It Out ”  and the roar  of the crowd competing with the  guitar amplifiers to see who was louder  and the guitars won. Up next was ” Parasite  ”  and continued with almost 90 minutes of hit songs .

Ace Frehley band live on stage
Ace Frehley band live on stage

Some of my favorites were ” New York Groove ” , ” Shock Me” and ” Mission To Mars ” I was a little surprised by the inclusion of the Eddie Money song ” I Wanna Go Back ” but it was a pleasant surprise  .

Ace Frehley band live on stage
Ace Frehley band live on stage

I had the fortunate opportunity to work with Ace a few years ago for The  Hard Rock  for a couple of hours. I found him to be a genuine person and all around nice guy that enjoys listing to the stories of his fans and getting to meet them .

Ace Frehley band live on stage
Ace Frehley band live on stage

Aces back up band were amazing musicians in their own right and included Philip Shouse on bass guitar, Ryan Cook on guitar  ,  Jeremy Asbrock on guitar  and Matt Starr on drum . Direct support was a pleasant surprise with the inclusion of the band ” Like It ” I will be doing a full review of them separately .

Ace Frehley band live on stage
Ace Frehley band live on stage

 

To keep up with all things Ace please check out the official website at http://www.acefrehley.com

Artist Spotlight -Domonic Rini of Vultan

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Todays artist spotlight is Dominic Rini, lead guitarist of the recently reformed band Vultan, whose name was inspired by the leader of the hawk men from the cult classic film  Flash Gordon .

Dom playing guitar for Mourning Wagon while opening up for Stryper
Dom playing guitar for Mourning Wagon while opening up for Stryper

Dom has been playing guitar well into thirty years and I have seen him perform in bands such as Cardona , Mourning Wagon and as lead host and founder of the radio program Maximum Threshold Radio .

 Dom and cohost Michael Strong during a remote broadcast of Maxiumum Threshold Radio
Dom and cohost Michael Strong during a remote broadcast of Maxiumum Threshold Radio

Great things are underway for Vultan including a support spot for Quiet Riot on October 19th at the Cleveland Agora.To keep up with all things Dom and Vultan please see the official facebook page at http://facebook.com/vultanrocks

 

Live Review- Gin Blossoms Perform at Mentor Rocks !

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Mentor, Ohio- The cities annual Mentor Rocks hit a high note this weekend with national act The Gin Blossoms hitting the stage to a delight of a packed house eager for original music .

Packed crowd for Gin Blossoms
Packed crowd for Gin Blossoms

I have had the rare opportunity to see them perform before , once last month at MGM Northfield as support for Collective Soul and a few years ago as the headliner for the LOpen Charity Golf Weekend ( Rockin’ Fore The Kids .

Gin Blossoms at Mentor Rocks
Gin Blossoms at Mentor Rocks

The evening opened with singer/songwriter Diana Chittester  as direct support for the band and she did a great job warming up the crowd. She performed music form her two releases ” Paradox ” and ” Find My Way Home”

DIana Chittester Live at Mentor Rocks
DIana Chittester Live at Mentor Rocks

The crowd was ready and so were the band , with a thunderous noise the band hit the stage and immediately started with the track ” Lost Horizons” and continued with  another 90 minutes of hits and beloved songs .

Gin Blossoms at Mentor Rocks
Gin Blossoms at Mentor Rocks

Some of the set included ” Here Again ” ” Competition Smile ” and ” Until I Fall Awake” .The mega hits were played toward the end of the set including ” Hey Jealousy ” and ” Found Out About You ” ,

Gin Blossoms at MGM Northfield Park
Gin Blossoms at MGM Northfield Park

The band from Arizona who started in 1987 have proved to be one that has the tenacity to be a fan favorite for decades. On the ” Now That’s Time Tour 2019 ” This was treat from the city of Mentor and The Lake County Visitors Bureau ”

 Gin Blossoms at LOpen Charity Golf Weekend
Gin Blossoms at LOpen Charity Golf Weekend

The band features

  • Bill Leen – bass guitar (1987–1997, 2001–present)
  • Jesse Valenzuela – lead vocals, rhythm and lead guitar (1987–1988); rhythm and lead guitar, backing and lead vocals (1988–1997, 2001–present)
  • Robin Wilson – rhythm and lead guitar, backing and lead vocals (1988); lead vocals, acoustic guitar, percussion, harmonica (1988–1997, 2001–present)
  • Scott “Scotty” Johnson – lead and rhythm guitar, backing vocals (1992–1997, 2001–present)
  • Scott Hessel – drums, percussion (2012–present)

To learn all the band is up to please see the official website at http://www.ginblossoms.net

 

 

Live Review- Shinedown at Inkcarceration

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Mansfield ,Ohio – The Jacksonville ,Florida natives made a pit stop to the buckeye state earlier this month for the second annual Inkcarceration Music and Tattoo Fest earlier this month .Held at the Ohio State Reformatory it was the perfect festival location for the bands stop on their ” Attention, Attention ” tour .

Shinedown live on stage
Shinedown live on stage

I have had the fortunate opportunity to see Shinedown  several times in the past both in small and big festivals and I can tell you with 100% certainty that this band delivers  a stellar performance.

Shinedown live on stage
Shinedown live on stage

The evening was warm after a day of fans baking in the Ohio sun but the night was about to get hotter . The heat got turned up as Shinedown hit the stage with ” Devil “with a sound and fury bigger then a Michael Bay Summer Blockbuster .The night was filled with hits and soon to be hits such as ” Diamond Eyes ” , ” Enemies ” and ” Monsters ” .Some of my favorites of the night were ” Brilliant ” , “45” ,” Simple Man” and “Sound of Madness”

Shinedown live on stage
Shinedown live on stage

Shinedown is one of the most success bands of the last  20 years and the secret to their success is simple formula .Create quality songs and perform live shows flawlessly all while treating everyone including the fans with respect . They could teach a class on how to fan interaction .

Shinedown live on stage
Shinedown live on stage

To see what the band is up please visit the official website at http://www.shinedown.com

Shinedown live on stage
Shinedown live on stage

Raven Black Exclusive Interview

This is your chance to hear from the little band that could !

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Mansfield ,Ohio – We recently attended Inkcarceration Music and Tattoo Fest in Mansfield , Ohio. While there we had a few moments to conduct an exclusive interview with the singer of Raven Black, Raven herself . To all up and coming bands this is one video to watch !

https://youtu.be/IStbqMqiI04