Live Review -Adam Ant -Friend or Foe Tour 2019

A Show Not To Be Missed

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Cleveland, Ohio – The dandy highwayman known as Adam Ant  made a return stop to the North Coast this weekend and the ant fans could not have been happier . The tour marks the only time that the seminal 1982 album ” Friend or Foe ” was played in its entirety and it was sight and sound to behold  and the Cleveland Masonic Hall was the perfect venue for it .

To be honest this album was my first exposure to Adam as an adolescent and I have been hooked since . Adams fans are die hard . I was speaking to Allison K of Columbus Ohio and she said it was her 23rd show of Adams .That is a true fan

One of the highlights was  hearing songs such as ” Hello I Love You ” and ” Man Called Marco ” which usually do not get played .I did miss him not playing ” Wonderful ” but it understandable  as you cannot include every song in a set . Another highlight was ” Xerox” and ” Strip ” . I forgot how good Adam can play the guitar as well that as that was a treat also . Adam’s backup band or ant warriors as we like to call them  did an outstanding job as usual and they have been with him for quite a while so that is not a surprise .

They include

Andy Woodard, Drums

Will Crewdson, Lead guitar

Jola, Drums

Joe Holweger, Bass guitar

A.P. Leach, Rhythm guitar

Opening slot was none other then the Glam Skanks who  did a great job and I will be  doing a separate review for as well . The only negative of the night was the over use of the fog machine . It was it very difficult  to see and a few people in the front row said they had issues with coughing from it . So from one Ant fan to the next make sure you check out Adam And if he comes to a city near you .

Eddie Money – My Memories of the Man ! RIP Eddie

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When it was announced early today of the passing of Eddie Money it stopped me cold in my tracts . The recent release  of his battle with cancer affected me  so this news was just overwhelming . You see , I place all 80’s icons on a sort of pedestal as when they were on the top of the charts I was just a kid , loving life and being carefree until the responsibilities of age and maturity set ,so with Eddie I thought of my youth .

I didn’t know any well, in fact I only worked with the man twice . Once just covering a show and the second time a very long night about 8 hours , so I got to know the real man albiet if it was only for one long night .

I was working the Money for Animals event( a charity to help animals ) put on by Howard Perl Productions and I photographed the VIP meet and greet before the show and then the show . Well Eddie in his performance invited the entire audience  to meet him back stage for a picture and guess who took them all, yep me , let me add that Eddie wanted to speak and talk to everyone in line so it was not an instant photo and good by each person was there 5 to 10 minutes so it was a long night for all but a fun one as Eddie was very generous with his time .

I wanted to say goodbye to this wonderful gentleman and I know you will be Shakin’ up in heaven , Goodbye Eddie Rest In Peace

ADAM ANT plays his Friend Of Foe album, live, for the first time in its entirety,on tour now !

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Adam Ant is launching his 2019 ‘Friend or Foe’ USA tour in which he’ll be playing the landmark album live in its entirety for the first time, including his “Goody Two Shoes” hit that made him a household name, plus classic hits and personal favorites. Adam is coming to your city with special guest Glam Skanks, as seen with The Adicts, Cherie Currie (The Runaways), Alice Cooper and jamming with Steven Tyler (Scroll for all cities).

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, Vic 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

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Stoner-Prog Trio APE SHIFTER Announces First-Ever North American Tour Featuring Bass Legend Stu Hamm

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German-based progressive-stoner rock trio APE SHIFTER will debut on North American shores this fall, featuring the extraordinary lineup of APE SHIFTER leader/guitarist Jeff Aug, legendary bassist Stu Hamm and drummer Jeremy Colson.
Stu Hamm, whose resume includes performing with Joe Satriani, Steve Vai and Caifanes, says, “I have known Jeff and his music for years, and Jeremy and I are going to KICK THE SHIT out of this music on the APE SHIFTER tour!”
APE SHIFTER‘s second album, Ape Shifter II, was released earlier this year to critical acclaim. Fusing a classic heavy rock sound that arcs in the stoner rock direction with technical musical prowess, APE SHIFTER is dissimilar from any other progressive instrumental band.
“It is instrumental music without sounding like nerd rock,” says Jeremy Colson, who also currently drums for Steve Vai and has worked with Billy Idol and Marty Friedman. “It is punk rock mentality with heavy grooves!!!”
Since releasing their self-titled debut in March 2017, APE SHIFTER has completed several European club tours and has shared bills with Loudness and The Skull, among others. Festival performances have included the main stage at Zytanien, Burg Herzberg Festival, OBOA, Free n Easy, Festival Kult!, and others.
Say Jeff Aug, “…Atomic Bitchwax comes close, but there is no one on the planet doing what APE SHIFTER does.”
Born in Washington, D.C. and raised in nearby Laurel, MD, Jeff Aug relocated to the foothills of the Alps in Southern Germany over 20 years ago. Since then, he has toured with notable musicians such as Allan Holdsworth, Soft Machine, Greg Howe, Alex Skolnick, Carl Verheyen, Johnny A., Albert Lee, and has performed shows with an eclectic mix of artists including Jawbox, Shudder To Think, Joan Jett, Thee Hypnotics, Scorpions, Alice Cooper and Body Count with a previous band. He’s worked with John Stabb from Government Issue, has been touring and recording with Anne Clark for the last 15 years and has been touring as a solo guitarist for more than 25 years.  Aug can also be heard on the Atari Teenage Riot album Is This Hyperreal?.  Not surprisingly, Aug set the world record for the “most concerts performed in different countries in 24 hours,” not once but twice in 2009 and 2012). He´s been featured on NPR´s show Morning Edition and has had a #1 selling album on iTunes Acoustic Music Charts in the U.S.
For a sample of APE SHIFTER, please click on the links below:
“Haskett” – https://youtu.be/B1HuM1bw_2U
“7 Years Fat, 7 Years Lean” – https://youtu.be/ohccQmEgXhE
Stream APE SHIFTER‘s album here:
“…with a touch of 70s rock here, a dash of Joe Satriani and Eddie Van Halen stylings there, while a couple of tracks, ‘Die Rausschmeiber’ and ‘Fu Manchu,’ wouldn’t be a million miles out of place if Vince Neil howled, wailed and hollered over the top of them! – Sea of Tranquility
APE SHIFTER Tour Dates:
10/5 – Brooklyn, NY @ Sunnyvale
10/6 – Montreal, QC @ Bar Le Ritz
10/7 – Quebec City, QC @ L’Anti
10/8 – Ottawa, ON @ Mavericks
10/9 – Toronto, ON @ Hard Luck
10/10 – Detroit, MI @ Sanctuary
10/11 – Youngstown, OH @ Westside Bowl
10/12 – Chicago, IL @ Reggies
10/13 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th St. Entry
10/14 – Lincoln, NE @ Bourbon Theatre
10/16 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Metro Music Hall
10/18 – Vancouver, BC @ Astoria
10/19 – Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
10/22 – San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill
10/23 – Los Angeles, CA @ Resident
10/26 – Tempe, AZ @ Yucca Tap Room
10/27 – Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad
10/28 – Ft. Worth, TX @ Lola’s
10/29 – Austin, TX @ Come and Take It Live
11/02 – Frederick, MD @ Cafe 611 (w/ Spiral Grave and Almost Honest – presented by Maryland Doom Fest)
APE SHIFTER Online:

Jack Russell- The Lost Interview Part Two !

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As promised please see part two of one of the best interviews you will ever see . Mr Jack Russell !

https://youtu.be/rUnHIJsdnvg

Jack Russell -The Lost Interview Part One

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We did a great interview with Jack Russell of Jack Russell’s Great White about two summers ago however due to a corruption error we lost it . Well with new technology comes new chances to recover it and guess what here it is . Ladies and Gentleman I present the lost interview of Capt Jack Russell Part One

https://youtu.be/NLSxQ70KkQE

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