Live Review- Judas Priest -50 Heavy Metal Years at Covelli Centre

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Youngstown ,Ohio- The might priest have returned and with that I mean Judas Priest ,the leaders of NWOBHM aka New Wave of British Heavy Metal ( an all encompassing term of endearment from an old school metal head ) and they did not disappoint. The Youngstown area is almost perfectly midpoint between Cleveland and Pittsburgh and drew fans from both states to make the Covelli Centre the house of metal for the evening . The band is celebrating 50 years as a band which is much longer that most companies, relationships and buildings last nowadays . Bravo guys and well done .

The band had a whole back log of songs to pick from and they choose some of my favorites including , ” Painkiller”, “Turbo Lover” ( my brother was at that tour and caught half a drum stick ) ,” The Sentinal ” and many many more including from the start ” Rocka Rolla ” and ” Electric Eye ” and the near capacity crown was delighted with every note .

Scott Sneap

The performing line up that night was Ian Hill on bass guitar, Ron Halford on vocals, Scott Travis on drums, Richie Faulkner on guitar and touring musician Andy Sneap on guitar as well and all of them did a great job .

Richie Faulkner

The highlight of the evening was when a 9 year old fan came up on stage twice once during opening support act Sabaton’s set and was treated like heavy metal royalty and not to be outdone Priest brought him back and showed him how the metal veterans treat the fans .On another note I must give Sabaton credit as they put on a killer performance and just knew that they are going to dominate the area circuit one day soon ( a full review of their set will posted at a later date .

A nine year old with Sabaton
Sabaton rocking Youngtown

I give Judas Priest and the evening in general a four star review and must be watched to be believed. Make sure you see them if they are coming to a city near year . To keep up with all thing Priest please see the official website at


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Brothers In Arms is the brainchild of guitarist/composer Jack Frost (Savatage, Seven Witches, Lizzy Borden, etc…), who along with several recruited iconic rock brothers, has made it his mission to prove rock music will never die. The guys unified to take a stand against the doubters and cynics who have claimed that it’s simply not possible to resurrect this celebrated music in which so many lasting and fond memories were built around. Banding together, Jack & the Brothers forged ahead with one main goal: To make quality music that would both represent and immortalize the days of the sold-out legendary rock venues, to show the world that rock is not just a thing of the past. 

Their second single and video for “Bitch Is Crazy” is out on now and features Jack along with vocalist Keith St John (Montrose, Kingdome Come, Burning Rain), drummer Karl Wilcox (Diamond Head), and bassist Alex Jansen (Hardline). Keith had this to say about his involvement, “Me and Jack Frost share a common affinity for the late, great Ronnie Montrose, and I think thats how we started talking a few years back. In like half a second, I knew that he was a straight up NY/NJ guy, so we got along (as if we were kindred bro’s) immediately. 

Jack sent a me a few tracks to try out, to contribute to an upcoming record he was working on, & when I heard the one that’s now “Bitch”, I knew it was a chaotic oddball, but it had such the outstanding presence of being a live band in a room. So I called Jack and said, ‘Can ya leave everything just as it is? Like with no quantization & no fixes of any sort?…like leave it raw?’ Well, Jack was already WAY on that same page, and I knew I would be happy. I also knew I had my work cut out for me, having to drop a strong hook into this loco little oddball! 
‘Brothers’ is what Jack has made it feel like all the way through…but I think that’s just Jack, for real! Other fine musician ‘brothers’ of mine that played with me on this record are Mick Mahan (Pat Benatar), who spent a few years in Montrose with Ronnie & me back in the day, and Dave Amato (REO Speedwagon), who plays in the Ronnie Montrose Remembered (RMR) festivals with me. Dave & I have also performed in some live streams together such as with Monsters of Rock, in both KSJ & Friends & Stairway to Zeppelin. My singing brothers from another mother lol, who I’m ecstatic to hang on the same record with, yet had no idea about when I was fashioning my tracks, are Andrew Freeman and Paul Shortino, who both have killed at the RMR Festivals. Both are also Rock Vault vets, who have really helped me whenever I went out to do that show with them. For me, there couldn’t have been a better title for this record.”

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Brothers In Arms also features Andrew Freeman (Last In Line, Lynch Mob), Paul Shortino (Rough Cutt, Quiet Riot), Steve Overland (FM, Overland), Nick Walsh (Moxy, Slik Toxik), Jesse Damon (Silent Rage), Todd Poole (Roxy Blue, Saliva), plus special guests Dave Amato (REO Speedwagon), Charlie Calv (Angel), and Mick Mahan (Pat Benatar). The full album is set to drop on September 24th through Deko Entertainment. 

You can pre-order the album now and there are limited edition bundles available (while supplies last), which can be ordered via:

Product Includes:

  • (1) Brothers In Arms – “Sunset and Clark” CD
  • (1) Brothers In Arms – Rock Is Not Dead T-Shirt
  • (1) Brothers In Arms – Sticker

 “Brothers In Arms” Tracklist: 
1. Bitch Is Crazy
2. Last To Know
3. The City Never Sleeps
4. Feel The Love
5. Make You Mine
6. The Ties That Bind
7. Long Way From Love
8. My Heart Knows
9. Wasting Light
10. Voices Are Calling 


Live Review -Stewart Copeland’s Police Deranged with The Cleveland Orchestra

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Cuyahoga Falls , Ohio- The end of the summer season of the Cleveland Orchestra was this past Saturday and did they bring out the stars for this one . This is the second time this particular show has ever been performed and it was done to perfection bringing the magic of Steward Copeland to the masses .

The evening was conducted by Edwin Outwater with Steward Copeland performing as drummer , part time M.C. and guest conducting for a bit as well .

Some of the hits performed but changed in many ways were ” King of Pain ” , “Roxanne” and “Spirits in the Materiel World ” my favorite song of the evening has intense solos by the orchestra which showcased the pure talent of our musicians was ” Equalizer ” and a very unique version of ” Every Breath You Take ”

The tour continues next month and then some dates in November but to truly keep informed please see his official website at but to be honest even if you are just a casual Police fan this is a show that should not be missed as is a four star show and that will be talked about for years ! Thank you and see you at the show !

Live Review-Salute To John Williams at Blossom Music Center

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Cuyahoga Falls ,Ohio- The historic Blossom Music center is the summer home for the Cleveland Orchestra and a perfect setting under the stars ,can we say ” The Force is Strong in North East Ohio ” Okay bad pun but great music and the renowned Cleveland Orchestra was the catalyst to a great night of fun, music and stories .

The night was led and conducted by Richard Kaufmann who himself has appeared on six scores as a violinist composed by John Williams and knows the man personally .( it is safe to say if you can call him at home you know the person well )He led the night and filled it with humor,history and charm and he definitely added a touch of Hollywood to the night ( but without the ego typically found in the movie industry .

The evening started off with the ” Olympic Fanfare and Theme” and proceeded faster then a speeding bullet as the music from “Superman The Movie ” filled out ears with delight .Some of the material i was not familiar with such ” Minority Report : A New Beginning ” and”If We Were In Love ” from ” Yes, Georgio “. Memories came flooding back as scores from Jaws, E.T. The Extra Terrestrial and Raiders of the Lost Ark delighted my senses along with newer work from Harry Potter and of course “Star Wars” had to be mentions as a John Williams retrospective with not be complete with out it . On a side note even thou it was not played I love his original ” Lost In Space ” score as well .

The Cleveland Orchestra will soon be ending the summer session but they can always be found at Severance Hall and on the official website for further information

Event Review -A Celebration of Cleveland Rock History

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Cleveland ,Ohio – The Beachland Ballroom played host to an afternoon of music history , trivia and some of Cleveland’s most notorious , I mean loved music icons of the local area.

Hosted by music maestro extraordinaire Ray Carr ( radio and podcast host ) and celebrated author Deanna Adams ( who just came out with a new book ” Cleveland’s Rock N Roll Venues ” .

The afternoon brought back memories for some and knowledge for others of the cities music history and lost venues of our past including Peabody’s, Flashes, The Empire Club, The Sahara Club, Cleveland Cafe and many many more with extensive photographs as well along with the discussion .

One of Cleveland’s most distinguished photographers, Janet Macoska was on hand to give her thoughts and memories of the history of our town as well .

Other scheduled guests included Tommy Rich ,David Spero , Billy bass, Jim Bonfanti, Jim Quinn ,George Sipi Alan Greene , Billy Coakley, Steve Jochum, Sue Csendes, Trenda Jones and Cindy Barber .

If you missed it , make sure you get a copy of Deanna Adams book “Cleveland’s Rock N Roll Venues ” available at most retail outlets . I give this event two horns up ! Rock on !!!

Classical Mystery Tour and Cleveland Orchestra Create Magic !

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Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio – The summer home of the Cleveland Orchestra , Blossom Music Center played host to a night of magic for both old and young and young at heart . One thing that bridges gaps is music and this night was filled of it , I saw families with 90 year old’s all the way down to seven year old’s and smiles abound on everyone .

The evening started when conductor Martin Herman took the podium and like a sorcerer unleashed the magic of the musicians. After a brief teaser the Beatles tribute known at Classical Mystery Tour ascended to the stage and were were all bound back in time .

Some of my favorite songs played were ” Penny Lane” and ” Here Comes The Sun ” My mother RIP only saw one concert her entire life and it was the Beatles back in 1963 and I know she too was smiling looking over Blossom this night .

The band did a fine job of capturing the look and feel of the band thru out their career , be it SGT Peppers era or the Ed Sullivan era . They brought something for everyone .

The Cleveland Orchestra has to commended for the talent and skills of their musicians as one of the finest we have ever seen and it was a unique experience putting rock and classical on the same stage and I works. I think Beethoven was the original rock star ..

The orchestra has a pretty full schedule and we encourage you to check out the official website at I and the near capacity crowd give this show 4 stars .. We will be back !


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King Kobra was founded by drummer Carmine Appice, the band consisted of four relatively unknown musicians: vocalist Mark Free, guitarist David Michael-Philips, guitarist Mick Sweda, and bassist Johnny Rod. After two albums on Capitol Records, Ready to Strike (1985), Thrill of a Lifetime (1986), and the independent release King Kobra III in 1988 they disbanded until returning in 2010 with Paul Shortino (Rough Cut) taking over vocal duties.

Recorded in 2016 at the Sweden Rock Festival this album features original members Appice, Johnny Rod, David Michael Phillips (David Henzerling) and vocalist Paul Shortino  Filling in for Mick Sweda was Jordan Ziff (Ratt) on lead guitar. This new “deluxe edition” digital release has been fully re-mastered and now captures the bands entire electrifying set including the new bonus tracks “Monsters and Heroes”, Iron Eagle (Never Say Die)” and “Runnin Wild”

Watch the compilation video of “Hunger” here:

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Carmine Appice had this to say about the new re-mastered and expanded release, “Playing Sweden Rock Festival with King Kobra was a great experience. The band was excellent that night. Jordon our new member was extraordinary that night. Audience reaction was magic. Paul Shortino killed it. It’s great to hear the show in its entirety, it was a great night of KK rock!!“

Also coming up from this new partnership will be the “deluxe edition” of the 2010 self-titled King Kobra release due out digitally on August 13th.  This will include two bonus tracks, the original studio version of “Monster and Heroes” and the Japanese only bonus track “Red Flags”. 

 “Sweden Rock Live – Deluxe Edition” Tracklist: 

Ready To Strike (Live)
Tear Down The Walls (Live)
Knock ’em Dead (Live)
Shadow Rider (Live)
Live Forever (Live)
Ballad of Johnny Rod (Live)
Wild Child (Live)
Hunger (Live)
Highway Star (Live)
Heaven and Hell (Live)
Monsters and Heroes (Live) BONUS
Iron Eagle (Never Say Die) (Live) BONUS
Drum Solo (Live)
Raise Your Hands (Live)
Turn up the Good Time (Live)
Runnin Wild (Live) BONUS

“King Kobra – Deluxe Edition” Tracklist: 

Rock This House
Turn Up the Good (Times)
Live Forever
Tear Down the Walls
This Is How We Roll
Midnight Woman
We Got a Fever
Top of the World
You Make It Easy
Cryin’ Turns to Rain
Screamin’ for More
Fade Away
Red Flags (BONUS)
Monsters and Heroes (BONUS)

For further information please see the official FB page

Live Review- Styx at Youngstown Foundation Amphitheater

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Youngstown, Ohio- The mega hit and legendary Styx came to the rust belt this last week and to say they rocked the house is an understatement of gargantuan proportions. They gave the public the prescription for rock music that everyone needed and the near capacity crowd could not have been happier .The band is fresh off the release of their new studio album ” Crash of The Crown ” and showcased several of the tracks during their set along with beloved classics .

The evening started with ” The Fight of Our Lives ” and was the perfect introduction to Styx in 2021 especially with the tag line ” We Will Not Give In ” .The band, the crowd and the staff all agreed it was time to live life again !

The set then went into a mega hit set including ” Blue Collar Man “, “Grand Illusion “, and ” Lady ” . Just to name a few . Some of the new songs premiered were ” Reveries ” a beautiful song with several unique changes and the Styx signature harmonies and melodies including some great duel guitar work .

Another great track played was ” Sound The Alarm ” and includes Tommy Shaw’s thought provoking lyrics and vocalization and is a chilling song with a great message . The title track of ” Crash of The Crown ” went over huge with the crowd as it seemed almost like a standing ovation for ” JY ” and the rest of the band !

The rest of the set included some of the Styx staples such as ” Come Sail Away “, ” Fooling Yourself ” and ” Too Much Time ” . The encores blew the roof off of the place when ” Mr. Roboto ” and ” Renegade ” of which the crowd was deafening .The band playing tonight was Tommy Shaw, James Young,Ricky Phillips,Lawrence Gowan, Todd Sucherman and Will Evankovich .Not to missed was the Styx charity ” Rock To The Rescue ” for which they raffle off a signed guitar and proceeds go the a local charity and this time is was the local Amvets .To find out all things Styx check out the official website at

Donnie Iris live on stage

The opening duties were filled by Donnie Iris formally of Wild Cherry and Donnie Iris and the Cruisers and he did a great job warming up the crowd . A lot if local luminaries were in attendance as well such as boxer Ray ” Boom, Boom ” Mancini who is a Youngstown native and three members of the Styx tribute band ” Best of Times ” if you need to your Styx fix between shows check out and see they are playing a venue near you .

Until next time , check out the Grand Illusion and get your ticket for the show.

Spotlight Release -RICHRATH PROJECT 3:13-L.A is Mine

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This pleasant surprise came across our email earlier this week and to be honest I was clueless to what I was listing to . I was tired and hot and did not feel like reading the email information and I figured I would listen to an advance copy with a coffee and then write up some pretty words to make myself seem interesting .

I was wrong and then I found out why , damn can karma teach an old dog new tricks . What I had here was some of the last hidden recordings of Gary Ricrath ( the guy behind REO Speedwagon amazing guitar work )I sat in my office with my earphones on as the music played ( still oblivious ) and stupidly said this to myself ” great another band trying to rip off the classic sounds of the 70’s and 80’s ” Little did I know that Gary Ricrath was a major creator to those sounds and I was listing to him playing .Once I got done with the release I opened up the emails and files and dug in for more info and here is what I found !

RICHRATH PROJECT 3:13, takes you back to the beginnings of REO SPEEDWAGON, and tells the story of GARY RICHRATH via his music up to his passing and beyond – over the course of a two hour performance including a multimedia show that documents Gary and Michael’s history. The show also includes some of Michael’s awesome new original songs performed by the newest version of Richrath Project 3:13 with a group of very talented musicians, including Dennis Pockets on lead guitar, Scott Weber on keyboards, Doug Janssen on bass and Andy Crownover on drums.

Michael: “We are anxious for our fans to hear the original tunes I have written. Just like Gary had taught me all those years ago, I tried to write songs about things that mean something to me, and I believe that comes through in all the lyrics of the new songs. We feel they turned out just dynamite. We’re looking forward to seeing the reaction to our first music video as well. As far as the future, we already have songs for the second Richrath Project 3:13 album, plan on touring the country like crazy and entertaining our fans for years to come!”

‘L.A. Is Mine’ Tracklisting

1. Never Give Up (Jahnz)
2. Help Me Save Me from Myself (Richrath/ Jahnz) 3. Heard It on the Radio (Pockets/ Jahnz)
4. L.A. Is Mine (Richrath/ Jahnz)
5. Shoot One for Free (Jahnz)
6. Son of a Poor Man (Richrath)
7. Let Me Love Again (Jahnz)
8. These Nights (Richrath/ Jahnz)
9. Tears of My Pain (Jahnz)
10. Ridin’ the Storm Out (Richrath)

These Nights and Let Me Love Again and L.A. Is Mine are some of my new favorite songs , but in all honestly they are all great and bring you back to a time with melody and harmonies were important in songs . Great job Michael Jahnz .The live band consists of Dennis Pockets on lead guitar, Scott Weber on keyboards, Doug Janssen on bass and Andy Crownover on drums.

To hear one of the tracks check out the official video at

Confirmed Tour dates are as follows

7/30  Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin   The Door County Fair with Head East

8/27  Franklin, OH           JD Legends

8/29  Westland, MI                                        The Token Lounge

9/4  Rosholt, Wisconsin                               Portage County Fair

10/23  Des Plaines, IL                                     Des Plaines Theater

To learn all about the band and the release on Aug 6 check out the offical website at

Live Review- Lita Ford at Mentor Rocks

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Mentor, Ohio- The city that keeps on giving gave its local citizens a present in the form of Rock N’ Roll .Not just any gift but a hard rock icon of stellar proportions, they gave us Lita .Lita Ford that is , the music icon who started her career in the 1970’s with the star studded band The Runaways ( which also had members Joan Jett and Cherie Currie ) and continued with her own solo career including hits on MTV and a duet with the prince of darkness himself Ozzy Osbourne .

The weather was perfect after the crazy weather of the summer and the venue of Mentor Amphitheater is a perfect place to hear and watch a show . A show is exactly what this one was, which to a crowd of almost 7000 brought back memories of the big hair days and lots of fun .

The night started with the track ” Gotta let Go ” and continued for almost two hours .Her hits such ” Kiss Me Deadly ” and ” Close My Eyes Forever ” really delighted the crowd . Her versions of ” The Bitch Is Back “, ” Only Women Bleed ” and ” Black Leather ” surprised us but in a good way .

One of my favorite songs is ” Cherry Bomb ” from her old The Runaways days .( I even love the movie )

Lita is so popular still that a little girl in the audience was named after her by her father and it was very cute to see .

Lita’s band is as follows Patrick Kennison on guitars , Bobby Rock on Drums and Marty O’ Brien on bass guitar .

To keep up with all things Lita please see her official website at