THE NEAL MORSE BAND—singer/guitarist/
They’re performing in Cleveland, OH on Saturday, February 23 at the Beachland Ballroom.
Live Music At Its Best !
Akron , Ohio- In what was described as the storm of the year and in all honestly a show that should have been cancelled due to extreme weather Akron was the place to be this weekend if you were brave. The Empire Concert Club and Bar ( not to be confused with the original Cleveland Empire Club from 1990-1991 ) hosted what could only be described as a legend ,Mr Jack Russell ! I have to give props to the Empire as it felt like a rock club , with easy parking and access to the highway and it treated patrons with respect, bravo Empire.
I have been a long time fan of Great White especially the Jack Russell version of it as I have seen them a few times , however this is my first acoustic/ stripped down version of it . Expectations were high to say the least .
Jack and his trusty guitar slinger Robby Lochner hit the stage about 10 pm and didn’t stop for about two hours .The evening was filled with music that everyone loved , almost like a giant sing along with friends and that is how it felt to the audience . The expected Great White songs were played and sung by the master vocalist himself such as “Once Bitten ,Twice Shy ” and ” Save Your Love ” but they also played some of the guys favorite songs by other artists . The rendition of ” Folsom Prison Blues ” by Johnny Cash and ” Going To California ” by Led Zeppelin are some of the best I have ever heard . I have to put this out there right now . Robby Lochner is one of the best and most underrated guitarists I have ever seen .He honestly should be a household name like Slash or Joe Satriani . His ability and graceful playing is a awe inspiring to watch , he makes it look easy .
It is no secret Jack Russell was a party man in his youth and his health has payed the price . He could have just sit at home and soaked up the California sun but the fact that he gets out there and tours and put smiles on faces across the world pays testament to the man he has become. I want to personally thank him for the great songs and to the many moments I sat there and enjoyed his music .If you want to see a music legend and to see the songs performed how they were meant to be done make sure you check out Jack Russell’s Great White when ever they are in a city by you . Please see the official website for a date near you http://www.jackrussellsgreatwhiteband.com/
In honor of Alan Parson receiving his 13th Grammy Award nomination for Best Immersive Audio Album ” Eye In The Sky-35th Anniversary Edition ” We decided to review the original as our retro review.
To be honest I was not an original fan of the Alan Parsons Project .I am in fact a late player to the game ( I was more into hair bands in the 80’s ) but with that being said I consider my self a fan so I have been immersing myself in as much vinyl that I and my bank account can hold .
Eye In The Sky came out in 1982 and was nominated for a Grammy Award in that same year . The cover is that of a Wedjat or Eye Of Horus which is the Egyptian symbol of protection, royal power and good health on a sea foam green background. The back cover is variations of the eye in numerous settings .
The opening tract and one of my favorite song combos is ” Sirius “, followed by the title track of “Eye In The Sky” which of course is followed by ” Children of the Moon, Gemini and Silence ” I had the opportunity to see this whole album performed lived this last fall with the Alan Parsons Live Project and to say it was spectacular is an understatement .
Side two continues with ” Your Gonna’ Get Your Fingers Burned ” , one of my favorite songs ” Pyschobabble and Mammagamma “. The final two songs are ” Step By Step and Old and Wise .”
This was a masterpiece when is first came out and should have gotten the Grammy win and I sincerely hope the academy does the right thing with the reissue and gives him the Grammy Award .
The award show airs February 10th on CBS so be sure to watch and to get your own copy check out the official website at http://alanparsons.com/
One of the funniest comics on the planet !
Cleveland, Ohio – The iconic Cleveland Improv hosted one of the best and brightest in the comedy industry last weekend .Aries Spears , the Chicago native brought his brand of midwest and urban comedy to the rock n’ roll city. The sold out crowd was in for a treat .
Upon hitting the stage with some country twang intro music we knew this was not just some other show . His timing , set and delivery is some of the best in the business . His voice talents and mimic of others is a skill few others posses and his animation and facial expressions take make back to the glory days of Redd Foxx ( in fact a few times I thought he might be channeling Redd ).
The hecklers were in full force that evening but he handled them with ease and humor and now the phrase ” Shit Emoji ” is now part of my lexicon but I unlike him must be cautious how I use it . The show was a breath of fresh air as the current state of being political correct is now forced upon the masses , at a comedy show you can just relax and enjoy being able to laugh .To be honest I was not familiar with Aries even with his thirty plus years in the entertainment industry but he made a fan of me.
I can’t go into his routine as it would take away from the magic of the show but if you want a night of fun and laughs , check out Aries Spears and if you cant wait he does a podcast as well . Show him some love and tell him we sent you !
The podcast can be found at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCaQ-LL0ZwAnFW36aGHDuXcg
Do you have a heavy metal appetite ? This is your new home .
Coral Springs , FL-I was recently covering some assignments in South Florida and when the opportunity to go have lunch at Rock N’ Roll Ribs I jumped at the chance . I have been an Iron Maiden fan since I first saw the film ” Live After Death ” in the movie theater as a teenager. They have been firmly implanted in my psyche ever since . One of my proudest moments is when I saw that the designer of their mascot Eddie ( Derek Riggs ) did the logo on one of the artists albums I did the cover photo( Ethan Brosh ) .To say I was a fan is an understatement of the facts .
In 2009 Nicko opened Rock N’ Ribs in Coral Springs, Florida .The motto and tagline is ” Where BBQ Meets Metal ” and that is pretty true . The whole restaurant is covered is Iron Maiden memorabilia, from platinum and gold records to autographed drum heads and pictures and autographed photos from many of Nicko’s rockstar friends .
The staff was friendly and courteous and the food was America comfort food for the most part . Planet friendly serving paper straws and to be honest giving back to the community . A resident of Boca Rotan he could have sat on his laurels but he is owner of a business , which mean employees and supporting their families and paying taxes to support his community .This man is a rock star and not just in the musical sense .
If you are ever in South Florida make sure you put this on your bucket list , you never know who you might see . The official website http://www.rocknrollribs.com