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CUYAHOGA FALLS, OH – BLOSSOM MUSIC CENTER – JULY 21 – OPENING NIGHT OF THE TOUR
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Cleveland , Ohio – The cold and windy gusts blowing off Lake Erie last week were not a deterrent for the music fans that descended on The House of Blues for a night of great music . The band Stitched Up Heart returned to the north coast in support capacity for Steel Panther and it was a winning combo .
I had the opportunity to do an exclusive interview with singer Alecia ‘Mixi’ Demner which will be posted in a separate article , it is not to be missed .
The stage was dark and ominous at Stitched Up Heart took it over like a smooth military operation immediately kicking into high gear with the song ” This Thing ” and pleased fans and gained new ones in the mix .
The opening of ” Stranger Things Theme ” ( A TV show I adore ) really was a nice addition to the anticipation of the night as well . My favorite songs played were of course ” Warrior” , ” Monster ” and ” Catch Me When I Fall”
The band has gone thru a few line up changes until the right mix of dedication , ability and personality emerged triumphant , Stitched Up Heart is
- Alecia ‘Mixi’ Demner – lead vocals (2010–present)
- James Decker – drums/backing vocals (2012–present)
- Merritt Goodwin – lead guitar (2012–present)
- Randy Mathias – bass/backing vocals (2014–present)
If you don’t believe there are not any new bands coming thru , then you are in for a shock , because this band is one of the best around . In support of their upcoming release ” Darkness ” they are sure to be stopping by a city near you soon .
Make sure you check out the official site at http://stitchedupheart.org/
Cleveland, Ohio- A winter storm blew into the north coast but that in no way was going to deter they sold out audience at Cleveland’s Rocket Mortgage Field House from tonight’s concert .This being the final and farewell tour for Elton John this was a night that very few will ever forget . The popular singer is still riding high from this years biopic ” Rocketman ” of his life and this is the second leg of his tour and his last stop in Cleveland and the sold out crowd could not have been more thrilled .
The night started off with Bennie and the Jets and continued for close to three hours . The iconic line from the Spinal Tap film ” Hello Cleveland ” was of course produced but from Elton it really seamed genuine . Some of my favorite songs were ” Tiny Dancer ” , ” Daniel ” which brought a tear to my eye and of course ” Candle in the Wind ” for which made many a fan cry .
Elton’s band were top notch musicians as well , each a skilled artist in their own right . I can understand why Elton will be retired from the road , he honestly moved a little stiff on stage but damn he is 72 and he moves better then I do so he deserves a whole lot of slack . He still rocked for almost three hours .
If you are anywhere that he will be performing on this final leg , run don’t walk and get a ticket you will want to say you say him when he was still on top of his game and ladies and gentleman , he commands the game .
I can honestly say I was very glad to be part of this final tour and see him perform and as Elton says , love one another .
Its a show not to be missed . Four out of four stars .
Akron, Ohio- The Goodyear Theatre was the perfect venue for a concert and Tom Keifer of Cinderella came to rock ! The band was on tour supporting their brand new release ” Rise “which is getting both critical and fan praise since it’s release last month .
Tom played an impressive fifteen song set and with the support acts of Enuff Z’Nuff and Billy Morris you were presented with a four hour show . Now that is what I call a night out on the town .
The set opened up with ” Touching The Divine ” and continued with hit after hit , both classic songs and a new to be classic hits . Songs such as ” Night Songs ” ” Shake Me ” and ” You Don’t Know What You Got (Till Its Gone) ” .The new material included ” Rise ” and ” Death of Me ”
Tom is a great performer along with being a powerful singer and song writer and he surrounds himself with nothing but the best artists around . Tom’s band features Tom Keifer – Vocals, Guitar, Keys Savannah Keifer – Vocals, Percussion, Piano Tony Higbee – Guitar, Vocals… Billy Mercer – Bass guitar, Vocals Kendra Chantelle – Vocals, Percussion Jarred Pope – Drums, Vocals Kory Myers – Keyboards.
The bands shows are always exciting and each member gives it their 100% on stage . If you see Tom listed at a venue near you make sure you get out and see him , its a show not to be missed . Four out of four stars .
Cleveland, Ohio- The powerhouse band from Italy returned to the north coast this past week, of course we are talking about Lacuna Coil . Now in its 25th year , yes 25 years, the band started in 1994 in Milan ,Italy now are considered one of the best and the brightest in the metal community .The band is currently on its ” Black Anima” tour with co-headliners All That Remains ,the packed house and the tons of Lacuna Coil fans that came from other states show the massive drawing power of the band . I met fans from Michigan who drove about four hours for the show .
The evening started with “Blood, Tears and Dust ” and continued with eleven more hard and heavy hits the drove fans over the edge . Songs such as ” Spellbound ” and ” Layers of Time ” were some of the crowd favorites .
I had the opportunity to meet the band several years ago at ” Rock On The Range ” and I found them to generally well adjusted with out the rock star attitude Ive seen in so many others .
The band runs as a well oiled machine with the different band members each playing their roles but working together to highlight each others strengths . The bands accomplishments are many fold but here are just a few .
Here are the highlights from Lacuna Coil’s incredible 20 year career:
- 71+ Million US Streams
- Over 1.1 Million Records Sold
- 6 Top 40 Billboard Top 200 Charting Albums & 5 Top 10 Top Rock Charting Hits
- 3.57+ Million Reach Across Social Media Platforms
- First Female Fronted Band to Co-Headline Ozzfest
- Performed on Revolver Music Awards (2016)
o 2006 MTV Europe Music Awards – Nominee, Best Italian Act
o 2012 Revolver Golden Gods Award – Nominee, Best International Band
o 2012 Female Metal Voices Fest Award – Winner, Best Album 2012 “Dark Adrenaline”
o 2016 Metal Hammer Awards (Germany) – Winner, Best International Band
o 2018 Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards – Best Live Act
If you ever have the chance to see them , get to a Lacuna Coil performance ,you will not be disappointed and pick up a copy of ” Black Anima” the brand new release from the band !