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Thursday
Aug252016

Concert review - ZZ Top - Darien Lake PAC, Darien, NY - August 23, 2016

Review / Photos by Thomas S. Orwat Jr.

Darien NY - Classic rock legends, ZZ Top (consisting of all three original members - Billy F. Gibbons - guitar/vocals, Dusty Hill - bass/vocals, Frank Beard - drums), returned to the WNY area for what seems to be becoming an annual summer event.  This time around, the "little-'ol-band from Texas," which formed in 1969, played in front of approximately 4000, in an amphitheater with the capacity of 21,000.  While there were a few younger people in the audience, the majority of patrons were 45 years of age or older - much older in some cases. 

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Monday
Aug222016

Concert review - Goo Goo Dolls - Darien Lake PAC, Darien NY - August 20, 2016

Review / Photos By Thomas S. Orwat Jr.

For over two decades, the Goo Goo Dolls have taken their hometown of Buffalo, NY, on the most incredible journey.  The dynamic duo of John Rzeznik and Robby Takac have made Buffalo proud with their incredible record-setting string of chart-topping songs and memorable concert performances.  The Goo Goo Dolls are just as important to their hometown as the major league sports teams: the Bills and Sabres.  On last Saturday evening, the band gave us another concert experience to never forget.  The Goo Goo Dolls, which are currently touring in support of their dynamic new release, 'Boxes,' played an inspired and passionate set in front of 12,000 admiring fans.  The audience varied in ages, from the long-time fan of 30 years, to their children seeing the band for the first time.  This is something they take very seriously, with Rzeznik explaining during the band's 22-song performance, that he is always "nervous" about playing in front of his hometown audience.   

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Monday
Aug222016

Concert review - Styx - Artpark, Lewiston, NY - Aug. 16, 2016

Review & photos by John Jeffrey
 
Lewiston, NY - With the skies overcast and cloudy, and intermittent rain showers throughout the day in Western New York, it was hard to surmise what kind of night it would be for Styx's highly anticipated return to ArtPark's "Tuesdays in the Park" concert series.  Thankfully, for the diehard Styx fans and casual music fans in attendance, the weather wound up being the most ideal conditions you could ask for, for an outdoor concert.  It was truly the perfect scenario, as Styx drew one of the biggest crowds to Artpark this year and played a courageously diverse set list, which was very impressive, coming from what most people refer to as a 'nostalgia' or 'heritage' act.

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Monday
Aug152016

Concert review - RockFest 2016 - Featuring: Bret Michaels , WARRANT, Lita Ford - Erie County Fairgrounds, Hamburg, NY - August 10, 2016

Review - John Jeffrey, Photos - Thomas S. Orwat Jr.

Hamburg, NY - If one were forced to come up with a cliche headline for the Erie County Fair's opening night concert on Wednesday night (aka "Rockfest"), the most fitting one I could think of would be, "The Good, The Bad, and the Not so Ugly."

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Tuesday
Aug092016

Pre-concert review - Styx - Artpark, Lewiston, NY - Aug. 16, 2016

By John Jeffrey

2016 has been a busy year for Styx.  While the beginning of the year had the band continuing their trek with Def Leppard and Tesla (which originally began back  in 2015), after that concluded, the band has continued touring North America solo, with the remaining summer portion of their jaunt bringing the group to Lewiston's Artpark, next Tuesday, August 16th.
 
Rock Music Star recently spoke with Lawrence Gowan of Styx, as Gowan is looking forward to the band's third appearance at the "Tuesday in the Park" concerts series.  Gowan cites Artpark as "a great place to play" and recalls, "it was one of the largest audiences we've ever played through there.  It's an excellent area and set up, and the last time we played there, a couple years back, it was set up even better.  Just the atmosphere and the set up there is very unique.  It's a unique concert venue to play, as they've taken advantage of the great geographic shape of that park."
 
The band's current line-up, which consists of Tommy Shaw (vocals, guitars), James “JY” Young (vocals, guitars), Lawrence Gowan (vocals, keyboards), Todd Sucherman (drums) and Ricky Phillips (bass) - with frequent cameo appearances by original bassist Chuck Pannozzo - will be providing the soundtrack of summer, as they will be playing their most expected and rocking songs, like “Renegade,” “Blue Collar Man,” “The Grand Illusion,” “Come Sail Away,” and “Miss America,” with the master plan being to try to include at least one song from each of the “Big 4” — the four consecutive triple platinum albums that they released between 1977 and 1981.
 
Like many of their musical peers, while some may refer to Styx as a 'nostalgia' or 'heritage' act, Gowan has a tough time accepting those tags, as he pointed out, "since half, or sometimes more than half the audience - of any given night that we play - is under 30 years of age and they're singing all the songs, you can't attach the word "nostalgia" to something that they weren't even around for."
 
Gowan is looking forward to seeing Styx fans of all ages next Tuesday and promises that they will not disappoint.  As no matter what era or line-up got you hooked on the band, Gowan proclaims, "Styx still performs, at the same level of what the band was able to give the fans in the 1970's, and it's still what is onstage today."

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