Styx Play Sold Out Hard Rock Rocksino !

 Rocker Tommy Shaw on stage
Rocker Tommy Shaw on stage

Northfield, Ohio – The Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park literally packed the house earlier this week with the seminal rock group ” Styx “.

Styx, who’s string of commercial and critical hits  of the 1970’s and 1980’s paved the way  for a generation stopped by Hard Rock Live for a trip down memory lane and to create new ones. New ones you say , yes you heard right, new ones in the form of a brand new release with the physical copies of ” The Mission ” for fans to hear and live performances of several of the tracts .You know a band is a cultural phenomenon when modern television audiences have a hit television show ” That 70’s Show ” and use them a a major plot point in an episode .

JY James Young on stage
JY James Young on stage

I was excited to finally get a copy of ” The Mission ” a concept album about a planned mission to Mars in the very near future .  Look for a complete review of it but suffice to say for now ,the live versions went over with well with the audience . Future classics like ” Gone , Gone, Gone, ” opened the show.

Tommy Shaw on Stage
Tommy Shaw on Stage

My favorite Tommy Shaw song ” Blue Collar Man ” followed up next along  with ” The Grand Illusion ”  all of which prove why this band has had such sustainability over the decades and a huge dedication of fans. ” Radio Silence ” continued the musical feast from the new album along with   ” The Outpost ” .The fans favorites were played as well including the rebellious  ” Renegade “, the dreamy ” Come Sail Away ” and ” Angry Young Man ( Fooling Yourself ).

Lawrence Gowan live on stage
Lawrence Gowan live on stage

The band also did two you very special things that show , one playing a tribute to Tom Petty by playing a highlighted version of “Free Fallin” to a appreciative crowd .One other item was the band has a charity called ” Rock To The Rescue ” started by Tommy Shaw’s daughter Hannah in which  the band raised money by raffling off an autographed guitar and the funds go to a local charity and at this show is was the Akron Canton Regional Food Bank . The funds raised were enough for over 2000 meals.

Tommy and Lawrence on stage
Tommy and Lawrence on stage

The band has been touring and recording in its current line up for quite some time and the members are

Styx live on stage
Styx live on stage

I know that society has changed and concerts and nights out can be scary and costly but let me assure you of this , your safety is utmost priority as Hard Rock Live has security measures that will rival most airports and a Styx concert, you get ever dime back in a lifetime of memories both old and new. To keep up with ” The Mission ” and all things Styx related check the official website at http://www.styxworld.com/

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Styx Returns to The Rocksino Nov 9th

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Northfield, Ohio -The super group known as Styx is set to perform in less then two weeks and get your tickets now as they are sure to sell out .They put on one of the best live shows in the music  business, check out our review here from their sold out show in Youngstown last year. http://neo-examiner.com/2017/05/13/styx-play-sold-out-stambaugh-auditorium/

To learn about all upcoming Styx news and shows please see the official page at  http://www.styxworld.com/

Ricky Phillips, James Young and Tommy Shaw of Styx
Ricky Phillips, James Young and Tommy Shaw of Styx

Dee Snider Thrills Cleveland Crowd !

Reliving the best times of your life !

Dee Snider on stage
Dee Snider on stage

Northfield, Ohio – The man, the myth, the legend ? Damn right he is .I am talking about the legendary rocker who took on the US Congress and won.Dee Snider, the voice of Twisted Sister played the Hard Rock Rocksino last night with his solo band and rocked the house.

Dee Snider on stage
Dee Snider on stage

Dee is supporting his new release ” We Are The Ones ” and he is combining his classic hits along with his new material at his live shows. In addition, Dee performed covers of Nine Inch Nails ” Head Like A Hole ” , Sound Garden” Outshined “,AC/DC ” Highway To Hell ”

Dee Snider On Stage
Dee Snider On Stage

One of his new songs ” So What ” is dedicated to the folks at Standing Rock , Dee was never one to shy away from politics and current events hence the Rock N Roll Hall Of Fame featured him on their ” Louder The Words ” cultural display.

Dee's band live on stage
Dee’s band live on stage

The classic tracks were performed and included ” Were Not Gonna Take It “, ” Burn In Hell ” and ” I Wanna Rock ” which had a standing ovation from the crowd .

Dee's bass player Tayna live on stage
Dee’s bass player Tanya live on stage

Dee’s band did a great job with some very skilled musicians including Tanya O Callaghan on bass, Robbie Angelucci on guitar and  Mike Dupke on drums .

Dee Snider live on stage
Dee Snider live on stage

If you go to see any 80’s rock icon in the coming year make sure you see Dee Snider , you will thank us.

Tesla Thrill Sold Out Hard Rock Rocksino !

Tesla's Jeff Keith live on stage.
Tesla’s Jeff Keith live on stage.

Northfield, Ohio- The eighties powerhouse Tesla did a one off from their US Tour supporting Def Leppard to delight a sold out crowd at the Hard Rock Rocksino last night . The band has always had drawing power playing on a strong reputation of spectacular live shows and performances and last night was no different . I have been a fan since their heyday  and have seen them on several occasions through out the years but last night but quite honestly the best show I have ever seen of theirs.

Jeff Keith ,Frank Hannon
Jeff Keith ,Frank Hannon

The night started out started out with ” MP3″ one of their newest songs and continued with a plethora of hits including an almost note for note recreation of their ” Five Man Acoustical Jam ” album from years ago .Other songs included ” The Way it Is ” , ” Signs”, ” Paradise ” and ” What You Give ” .

Frank Hannon
Frank Hannon

One of the best received songs was of course ” Love Song ” followed up by ” Little Suzi” and ” Modern Day Cowboy ”

Jeff Keith
Jeff Keith

The band is a solid unit featuring skilled musicians playing well written material.No special effects needed here and no auto tune either , singer Jeff Keith’s vocals are still strong  thirty years later. The current members of the band are,

  • Frank Hannonlead guitar, bass, mandolin, keyboards, backing vocals (1981–1996, 2000–present)
  • Brian Wheat – bass, keyboards, backing vocals (1981–1996, 2000–present)
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    Brian Wheat
  • Jeff Keith – lead vocals (1984–1996, 2000–present)
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  • Troy Luccketta – drums, percussion (1984–1996, 2000–present)
  • Dave Rude – guitar, bass, backing vocals (2006–present)

Music industry  talent runs in Jeff’s family as his brother is noted rock photojournalist James Bruner who I have had the fortune occasion to work with from time to time.

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The chance to see a band with most of their original line up in tact , with the ability to still play the songs with vigor and passion of an upcoming artist is becoming a rare commodity these days. My suggestion if Tesla is coming to a city anywhere near you , run dont walk and get to a show as soon as possible because this band continues to kick major  A**.

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Skid Row delights Cleveland Crowd !

 Skid Row on Stage
Skid Row on Stage

Northfield , Ohio- The late 80’s ,early 90’s powerhouse band Skid Row brought the noise last night to Northfield’s Hard Rock Rocksino and the fans could not have been happier. There was a charge in the air and I even saw people putting on concert shirts over their regular shirt just like the old Richfield Coliseum days.The band had many hits in their career and last night proved they still have the metal and drive to put on a stellar show .

 Skid Row On Stage
Skid Row On Stage

 

Detractors like the profess it is not the original band line up and I have the perfect response for that .Do you still have the same job at the same company you had 20 years ago.Life happens and people move on so just sit and enjoy the music and be happy that the majority of the band is the same , after all how many still live, work , love the same thing we did so many years ago .

 Skid Row On Stage
Skid Row On Stage

The night started of with ” Makin A Mess ” and  did not let up for 13 more songs. The hits included ” 18 and Life ” ,” Big Guns”, ”  Piece  of Me  ” ,” Slave to the Grind “.

The encore brought out two of my favorite songs ” I Remember You ” and ” Youth Gone Wild ” albeit very few youths were in the audience including myself .

 Skid Row On Stage
Skid Row On Stage

The bands current line up includes   Rachel Bolan – bass, Dave “The Snake” Sabo – guitar, Scotti Hill – guitar, Rob Hammersmith – drums ZP Theart – vocals  . I had the awesome opportunity to interview Rob a few years ago for another publication . He puts his all in all that he does.

 Skid Row On Stage
Skid Row On Stage

This is one of the hardest working bands I have ever seen , touring the world and giving the music to the fans who definitely need the break from the rigors of life is just for a few hours to relive they glory days of youth. If you see them coming to a venue near you I highly recommend going.

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TESLA to play Hard Rock Rocksino Saturday April 29

This show with definitely be a sell out get your tickets now !

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One of the best bands to ever come out of the 1980’s , Tesla will be returning to the North Coast on April 29, 2017 and they could not have picked a better venue . Hard Rock Live at the Rocksino is the perfect place to host a band such as this .The high production values but with an intimate feel make this a night to mark on your calendars. Tickets are on sale now via the box office and just about anyplace online . This has always been one of my favorites and we hope to see you there ! Look for a show review and a slide show of images from that night’s performance. Brought to you by Live Nation and The Hard Rock Rockcino Northfield Park .Please see link details for further information .http://www.livenation.com/events/649191-apr-29-2017-tesla

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