Switchfoot to play Cleveland’s House of Blues Feb 16th

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Switchfoot released their 10th studio album Where The Light Shines Through, an energetic and passionate record self-produced with the help of John Fields. They recently wrapped up the “Looking For America Tour” with Relient K and have announced that they’ll be extending it with additional dates early next year as the “Looking For America 2our“!
They’ll be performing at House of Blues in Cleveland on February 16th
I know the name Switchfoot probably recalls memories of “Meant To Live” and “Dare You To Move,” or maybe even “Only Hope,” but there is so much more to this band than just a few fleeting moments. Their live show is one of the most passionate and uplifting experiences I’ve ever had at a concert. There is love and hope in every song, and for a few hours each night there is no distinction between band and fans. The crowd carries each melody as surely as lead singer Jon Foreman does and he can often be found dancing his way across the floor, hugging fans like old friends as he goes.
Switchfoot is a band that has grown and endured for 20 years, churning out album after album of alternative radio hits, selling over 5.7 million copies worldwide of their first nine studio albums (including their 2003 double-platinum breakthrough The Beautiful Letdown and 2009’s Grammy Award-winning Hello Hurricane), and performing sold-out world tours with over 4 million concert tickets worldwide.

 

Blind Prophet -Graphic Novel Review

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The premise is unique , a sort of hero you never hear about . A blind and autism stricken child of 12 that has prolific visions of the true nature of all he encounters .Usually comic heroes are reactionary at best , in others they come to the rescue after the fact .However what if they saw the true nature of good and bad and how would they react .

The story follows the birth and life of Daniel Prophet , a blind, autistic savant 12 year old that performs a piano recital for the President of the United States and is subjected to visions of the good and bad people all around him with a chance to see the present and the future.

In all honestly this book really shook me up. The story would be a great movie and with all the monsters and demons in movies nothing is more scarier then real life and this book is scary because is could happen. We could elect officials that want to suspend the constitution . Texas and other states could possibly succeed from the union and America and the world could face a dystopian future .

The book is the creation of author Joseph Cillo Jr. and is illustrated by Gabriel Santiago.
I consider this an adult read and advise at least 14 years and above to truly understand the implications of the story .This is just part one and I am looking forward to continuation of the story .

For more info please check out Blind Prophet

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ROCK CANDY RECORDS ANNOUNCES THE LAUNCH OF U.S. OPERATION

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ROCK CANDY RECORDS ANNOUNCES THE LAUNCH OF U.S. OPERATION WITH 4 NEWLY AVAILABLE COMPACT DISC TITLES SET FOR RELEASE THIS FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2016!

ALBUM PRE-ORDERS AVAILABLE NOW FOR DELUXE DISC RE-RELEASES FROM SAMMY HAGAR, THE NYMPHS, SALTY DOG AND TYKETTO

RED DISTRIBUTION TO DISTRIBUTE ROCK CANDY RECORDS IN NORTH AMERICA

The times they are a-changing, but luckily there remains one constant: great music will live forever and in the catalogue and reissue world that has never been more relevant.

In the land of rock, that’s hard rock, heavy rock, classic rock or, call it what you will rock, no label has won more acclaim and earned respect than Rock Candy Records. Owned and founded by former music journalist and A&R man Derek Oliver, Rock Candy has focused on breathing life into records that deserve a place in the pantheon of rock history.

Operating out of London, England for the last eight years, the label specialises in revisiting some of the most important and significant records from the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s.

From Ted Nugent to Rick Springfield, by way of Quiet Riot, Dokken, Billy Squier, Toto, Ratt, R.E.O. Speedwagon, L.A. Guns, Ace Frehley, Hanoi Rocks, and Kansas, the label has re-activated some of the greatest records of the last forty years, buffing them up, and re-positioning them as 24 Karat diamonds. To date, Rock Candy has re-released over 300 titles in Europe.

Rock Candy has made a concerted effort to dig deep and unearth a string of lesser known acts and records ripe for reappraisal, albums that have always been hot on the collectors market but overlooked at the time of release or just slipped below the surface through no fault of their own. Records by Montrose (the band who wrote the track that inspired the company’s name), Hughes/Thrall, The Godz, Blue Murder, Smashed Gladys, Girl and Blackfoot) have all been brought back to life for a victory lap. Having conquered Europe, Rock Candy has now set up shop in North America, happily partnering with industry powerhouse RED Distribution.

It’s a match made in rock n’ roll heaven and one that will shortly see the launch of a U.S. offensive, starting with four tantalising titles on Friday, November 18th.

RED President Bob Morelli comments, “Derek Oliver’s Rock Candy imprint and RED are a perfect fit. Already a leader in unearthing the best in-demand out of print rock titles in Europe, the label joins RED like-minded music strategy in the U.S. As we outpace industry growth in vinyl Market Share, the addition of Rock Candy will help keep that trend alive and we are thrilled to have them on board.”

Keep an eye and, especially, an ear out for future offerings, but for now please raise a glass and join us for a toast to the imminent arrival of the following four solid gold classics all released on Friday, November 18th.
These forthcoming CD titles along with limited-edition select merch are available for pre-order now at the newly launched Rock Candy U.S. storefront.

Visit http://merchnow.com/catalogs/rock-candy-records now for more information.

NYMPHS ‘S/T’

The Nymphs were signed to Geffen Records in the late 80s on a wave of hope and excitement. Fronted by Inger Lorre, she soon attracted a reputation for being controversial, volatile and unapologetic. She was unquestionably the real deal – and this record is a bonafide snapshot from the edge of Hollywood babylon during a time when music was being revolutionised in Los Angeles.

SAMMY HAGAR ‘ALL NIGHT LONG’

Sammy Hagar’s early studio work was often considered rather dull compared to his work with Montrose, but his1978 live album suddenly reversed that criticism. Most live records are compromised by studio fixes but this record is pure dynamite – warts and all. Sammy’s performance is phenomenal and the energy level is through the roof.

SALTY DOG ‘EVERYDOG HAS IT’S DAY’

Formed in Los Angeles during the late 80s, Salty Dog honed their chops and assembled a line-up that was very different from what was happening on MTV. Indeed, the band’s style incorporated a number of influences, from the old school rock of Led Zeppelin to the contemporary cut and thrust of Guns ‘N Roses. It was a sound that paid homage to the blues; that’s the vintage gnarly influences of Muddy Waters and T-Bone Walker.

TYKETTO ‘DON’T COME EASY’

The early 90’s presented a massive challenge to melodic rock bands, with the musical climate being transformed by grunge, a rush of angry young men playing stripped down rock built on angst and melancholy. For Tyketto this landscape meant that their arrival would be subjected to a chilly reception. Undaunted they were signed to industry giant Geffen Records and cut this, their powerful debut album. Inexplicably, the label sat on the completed record for over a year, but by then it was already too late.

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Alan Parsons Delight Youngstown Audience

The folks at Sunrise Entertainment brought legendary musician and producer Alan Parsons to Youngstown’s Powers Auditorium last week and he did not disappoint .The crowd was a mixed age of teenagers to the seasoned music goer and everything in between.Patrons from Pittsburgh to Columbus showed up see a night of magic and wonder brought to life in a series of sharp and flat notes dancing magically in the ear drums and on the eyes . Alan Parsons sold over 50 millions records from 1976 to 1986 not including his historical time with both the Beatles and Pink Floyd .That is one resume most artists would be happy with one tenth of the history .

a-img_3694The evening started with the iconic I Robot  and followed with Damned if I do .

The wonderful Don’t Answer me came up next to the delight of the audience

a-img_3519The night consisted of 23 songs all of them hits with out any filler in the bunch , some of my favorites were Eye In The Sky ,Time and Psychobabble .

a-img_3672Some of the best parts of the evening were when Alan tells the audience stories of his adventures or misadventures as it were from the life of an iconic icon .The touring musicians associated with Alan were some of the best we have ever seen each adding their own take on the compositions.

a-img_3630The band consists of PJ Olsson on Vocals , Alastair Greene on lead guitar and vocals,Danny Thompson on drums , Guy Erez on bass guitar , Tom Brooks on keyboards,Todd Cooper on Saxophone and vocals , Dan Tracey on guitars and Manny Focarazzo   . If you ever get a chance to see this act live we highly suggest you do , its a night to remember !

a-img_3581To keep up with all things Alan Parsons , please check out the official website at Alan Parsons Music

Pittsburgh Comic Con Draws Community Together

One of the best pop cultures events to attend , make plans now

aimg_3440Pittsburgh ,PA-The folks at Wizard World continued their 2016 Comic Con tour with a stop in the Steel City this weekend including the final day of today . The pop culture company gives the opportunity to fans of all ages to come together and celebrate their inner geek .The cosplay events to the dealers room to the panel discussions and celebrities is what makes Wizard World the apex of comic con organizations and Pittsburgh was no different.

The  celebrities gave intimate details of the productions and their lives including the time to answer fans questions. Some of my favorite were when Kevin Sorbo was asked to shave his chest during the audition process of Hercules and working with the legendary Anthony Quinn.

a-img_3311  Barry Bostwick gave his recollections of being on The Rocky Horror Picture Show and Megaforce along with working with Michael J Fox as well .

aimg_3412The always  entertaining Jonathan Frakes gave an intimate question and answer session with the fans including walking among them and meet them and answer questions .It was the highlight of the event for us as we have been following his career for a long time from his Star Trek The Next Generation days to his early work in North & South.

a-img_3481For the biker in all of us Ryan Hurst of Sons of Anarchy’s gave a great talk about the show , its process and his take on the character .

The cosplay family was in full force with some of the best costumes I have ever seen .

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The show continues today at the Pittsburgh Convention Center and if their is a Wizard World convention is your neighborhood make sure you make plans to go !

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Doctor Strange -Movie Review

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Doctor Strange -Movie Review

I had the opportunity the see an advance of the film before it comes out next week .I must say that I entered the viewing with an open mind , I was not a fan of the comic or the previous film incarnations as I have never viewed either. In addition I was not the biggest fan of Benedict Cumberbatch as I have only watched him in Star Trek Into Darkness and I didn’t care for the antagonist in that film. However with that open mind I can honestly say two words . Nailed it , that is exactly what he did , the man is an excellent actor with the diversity to play drama and action and all the emotions that go into it . He gives the character a true portrayal as man going thru the trials of life both success and failure with some tragedy and triumph thrown in for good measure .This is a wonderful take on the original subject matter and will please generations to come . The rest of the cast did a great job as well with Rachel McAdams proving she is not just a pretty face but a talented and versatile actress. I give the movie four out five stars .

The story of the film is Stephen Strange, an acclaimed neurosurgeon, loses the use of his hands in a car accident. His former lover and co-worker Christine Palmer tries to help him move on, but the arrogant Strange instead wants to heal his injuries. After months trying experimental surgeries on his hands, and using all his resources, Strange seeks out Jonathan Pangborn, a paraplegic who mysteriously was able to walk again. Pangborn directs Strange to Kamar-Taj, where he is taken in by another sorcerer under the Ancient One, Karl Mordo. The Ancient One shows Strange her power, revealing the astral plane and other dimensions such as the Mirror Dimension. Strange begs her to teach him, and she eventually agrees despite his arrogance, which reminds her of Kaecilius.

STYX performing in Northfield, OH on Tuesday, November 15 at Hard Rock Live.

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Legendary and multi-Platinum rockers STYX–Tommy Shaw (vocals, guitars), James “JY” Young (vocals, guitars), Lawrence Gowan (vocals, keyboards), Todd Sucherman (drums) and Ricky Phillips (bass), along with the occasional surprise appearance by original bassist Chuck Panozzo—are back on the road for their 2016 tour.
This show features a set list packed with hit songs, classic tracks, and fan favorites, including “Lady,” “Too Much Time On My Hands,” “Rockin’ The Paradise,” “Come Sail Away,” “Fooling Yourself (The Angry Young Man),” “Renegade,” and “Suite Madame Blue.”

At each tour stop, Rock to the Rescue—spearheaded by Tommy Shaw’s daughter, Hannah and is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization founded by the band, whose mission is to build strong, healthy communities through the support of grassroots organizations across the country–researches local nonprofit organizations and picks one to see if they are interested in volunteering to help the band sell $10 tickets for a drawing to win a signed STYX guitar at the shows. They give these organizations a percentage of the sales as their way of supporting their cause and thanking them for supporting the band’s cause.

Rock To The Rescue was founded on the principle that our communities are stronger when we work together in mutual aid. Having played thousands of shows in the last 15 years, STYX has been strongly connected with communities across the country. With local fans and community members making an effort to join in support of STYX, it is important to the band to actively participate in these communities as well. What makes Rock to the Rescue unique is that they work on a grassroots level with small groups, giving real support to real individuals who are creating positive changes in their communities. Rock to the Rescue is building initiatives in the areas of music education, health and well-being, disaster relief and aid, and animal welfare and rescue.

Rock to the Rescue originally started in 2001 as a result of the 9/11 terrorist attacks and is the brainchild of STYX singer/guitarist Tommy Shaw and REO Speedwagon singer/keyboardist/guitarist Kevin Cronin. The two musicians brought together bands and artists such as Bad Company, Journey, Survivor, Kansas, Lynyrd Skynyrd and many others to be part of “Volunteers For America” concert events in Dallas and Atlanta that ultimately raised over $775,000 for victims of 9/11, as well as the Port Authority police department in New York City.

In 2014, Rock To The Rescue raised $10,000 for the Philadelphia Fire Department Local #22 Widows Fund at the “Soundtrack of Summer” show (with Foreigner and former Eagles guitarist Don Felder) in Camden, NJ on July 3, as a thank you to the local fire department for cooling down STYX’s burning crew bus the day before. And in 2013, Rock To The Rescue hosted a sold-out concert with STYX, REO Speedwagon, Ted Nugent, Survivor, Richard Marx and Larry The Cable Guy, in Bloomington, IL at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum that raised $450,000 for victims of the horrible storms in Illinois. Also in 2013, Rock To The Rescue presented the Boston One Fund with a check for $108,000 for victims of the Boston marathon bombings as a result of funds raised during the “The Midwest Rock ‘N Roll Express” tour with STYX, REO Speedwagon and Ted Nugent.

On November 19, 2015, Rock To The Rescue donated $25,000 to The Sweet Stuff Foundation to help victims of the Paris terrorist attacks. In honor of the musicians and crew who lost their lives in the attack at The Bataclan music venue in Paris where Eagles of Death Metal were performing, from that date through December 31, 2015, Sweet Stuff dedicated all money received directly to the surviving families of those who passed away, including that of the band’s merchandise manager, Nick Alexander. The Sweet Stuff Foundation was founded by Queens of the Stone Age’s Josh Homme, who is also a key recording member of Eagles of Death Metal.

The Ethan Brosh Band announce November tour !

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One of the best virtuosos on guitar has announced he will be doing a November tour.He has shared the stage with Yngwie Malsteem and Jake E Lee, if you want to see guitar done to the extreme , we recommend checking out this tour.

11/16 Waterloo NY – Lizard Lounge (featuring Jim Crean)
11/17 Syracuse NY (Liverpool) – Sharkey’s Bar(featuring Jim Crean)

11/18 Toronto ON, Canada – The Rockpile

11/19 Ottawa ON, Canada – The Brass Monkey

11/20 Buffalo NY, Rockin’ Buffalo Saloon (featuring Jim Crean)

11/25 Teaneck NJ, Mexicali Live (with Joe Lynn Turner)

11/26 Highline Ballroom, NYC (with Joe Lynn Turner)

11/27 “89 North Patchogue”, Long Island NY (with Joe Lynn Turner)