Live Review- YES Featuring Anderson, Rabin and Wakeman -A Night of Magic

The Definitive Line Up Not to Be Missed !

Northfield  ,Ohio -The sold out Hard Rock Live played host to one of the most popular and best concerts of the fall , yes we are in fall and inclement   rainy weather did nothing to deter the fans from this night of musical wonder . The recently reformed version of  YES  featuring Anderson, Rabin and Wakeman were the attraction and the sold out audience could not have been happier .

Yes on stage
Yes on stage

I worked a few years ago with the Howe, Squire version so I was extremely excited to finally see this incarnation of the band. The version that recorded one of my favorite songs   ” Owner of a Lonely Heart ” and truth be told they did not disappoint one little bit .

Yes on stage
Yes on stage

The night started with ” Cinema ” and continued for the next hour and half . Some of the tracts they played were ” Hold On ” and ” Ive Seen All Good People ” and ”   Rhythm of Love  ” just to name a few . During ” Owner of Lonely Heart ” both Trevor Rabin and Rick Wakeman came down the aisles to shake hands and greet the fans in an up close and personal way. By pure luck and circumstance I ended meeting Rabins very gracious wife who I asked to deliver a message . Please tell her husband how much I love his film scores and ” Con Air ” is one of my favorite albums of his. Rick Wakeman commanded the stage like a wizard behind a sea of keyboards and vocalist extraordinaire Jon Anderson provided impressive vocals , harp skills and some nice  rhythm  guitar   along with command of the stage .

Yes on stage
Yes on stage

The song that broke thru and made YES who they are today was ” Roundabout ” . The song takes me back when I was a kid and watched my older brother teach himself the entire song on a twelve string acoustical guitar . The band did an outstanding version to the standing room only crowd as not a person was in their seats for this one .

Yes on stage
Yes on stage

if you are a fan of either progressive rock , or amazing songs in general please get out and see this band . To keep up with all things Yes featuring ARW please see the official website at    http://www.yesfeaturingarw.com/

Yes on stage
Yes on stage

 

Live Review – Helen Welch Brings The Magic of The Carpenters To The Midwest !

Don’t miss out , this is a show you must see !

Lakeside Chautauqua, Ohio- The British musical phenom known as Helen Welch recently brought her new  stage show ” Superstar ” to the shores of Lake Erie  .The city of Lakeside Chautauqua hosted the singer and her band at their historical  amphitheater and  to be honest I felt like I was in Las Vegas right here in Ohio .

photos courtesy Helen Welch/DKP
photos courtesy Helen Welch/DKP

“Superstar ” showcases the music legacy of ” The Carpenters” with the approval of  Richard Carpenter himself.  The Grammy nominated singer outdid herself in her rendition of the classic hits . In addition ,the in depth stories behind the music made it feel like Helen knew her and was telling  the audience  stories about an old friend.

photos courtesy Helen Welch/DKP
photos courtesy Helen Welch/DKP

Some of my favorite songs played that night were   ( They Long To Be ) Close to You  and We’ve Only Just Begun to name just a couple. The hits were too numerous to name but suffice to say the almost two hours went pretty quickly .

photos courtesy Helen Welch/DKP
photos courtesy Helen Welch/DKP

Helen’s band were all accomplished players well beyond there years and were the perfect compliment to her soft soulful voice  .I  highly  recommend  catching a show in the near future as this is the way the songs were supposed to be portrayed, in front a live audience.

photos courtesy Helen Welch/DKP
photos courtesy Helen Welch/DKP

To catch up with all things Helen Welch please visit  her official website at   http://helenwelch.com/

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Live Review-Dead Daisies Prove Rock N’ Roll Is Still Alive !

Grab your coffee and wake up your ears , your radio playlist just got a bit bigger !

Cleveland, Ohio – The same old story heard over and over in circles  about the music industry, they say rock is dead .They  say nothing new never comes out and they listen to the same old crap playing a million times a day  .You know the stations that play the same 30 songs over and over all day long.Small fact to all program directors AC/DC wrote more then three songs, in fact they have hundreds , so try to open your ears . Case in  point  rock is not  dead it is very much alive . The classic groups still put out new albums as in Styx’s ” The Mission ” and new bands are formed all the time .Get you head out the sand people and time to wake up and smell the coffee because I want to introduce you to a newer  band ( circa 2013 ) and tell you why they will blow your socks off .

The Dead Daisies live on stage
The Dead Daisies live on stage

The band is currently in the midst of their US tour and decided to start it off right here in the rock capital  of Cleveland, Ohio in support of their latest release ” Burn it Down’

The Dead Daisies live on stage
The Dead Daisies live on stage

The vocals of former Motley Crue /The Scream singer John Corabi really set the tone for an intense night of hard rock . The catchy riffs of guitarist David Lowy  fuel the songs along with the lead guitar of former Whitesnake /Dio guitarist Doug Aldrich .The driving thunder of bass was supplied by Marco Mendoza , with too many famous bands to name . Backing these guys up was none other then former Journey drummer Deen Castronovo .

The Dead Daisies live on stage
The Dead Daisies live on stage

The set included some of the best songs ever put to record and some of my favorites were ” Rise Up “, ” Mexico ” and ” Dead and Gone ” .  The did a medley  of some Thin Lizzy , AC/DC and DIO songs to the delight of the crowd .

If you think rock n’ roll is dead then you have never heard The Dead   Daises .To see if they are coming to a town near you please see the official site at https://thedeaddaisies.com/

The Dead Daisies live on stage
The Dead Daisies live on stage

Live Review -Faster Pussycat and The Rebirth of Taime Downe !

The one band you better put on your bucket list !

Cleveland, Ohio- I have seen Faster Pussycat many , many times in my life .  When I was  a kid I used to watch them on MTV and had a special connection with the video for ” House of Pain ” a song about a man abandoning his child and the child growing up without a father. Since then I have gone all over the Midwest to catch their concerts live, some were great and were not so not so great . Like any good rock stars  , they lived the motto sex , drugs and rock n’ roll and their performance at times reflected that .

Faster Pussycat Live On Stage
Faster Pussycat Live On Stage

Well the 1980’s is over and fast forward to 2018  .I can  honestly  say I saw the best version of Faster Pussycat this last tour . The band is a cohesive unit playing to their talents and strengths and sounding like a million bucks . The drinking and partying and smoking is behind them , now exercise and healthy  living and no smoking has made them  a musical force to reckoned with . Throw away any misconceptions you may have and get out there and see them if they are anywhere in your area.

Faster Pussycat live on stage
Faster Pussycat live on stage

The vocal  range and stamina of Taime Downe captivated the   audience and made them cheer over and over .The driving beats of drummer Chad Stewart fueled the audience  so much you actually felt the beats on your chest. The twin guitars of Ace Von Johnson and Xristian Simon created a wall of sound and the bass guitar of Danny Nordahl was the glue they held the unit together.  Like a mighty phoenix raising triumphantly from the ashes  I give you one of the best bands still touring, Faster Pussycat