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Tuesday
Jun212016

Pre-concert review - Whitesnake / Whitford-St Holmes - Artpark, Lewiston, NY June 28, 2016

When Whitesnake announced that they would tour the world this summer, WNY fans became ecstatic when a date at Lewiston's beautiful ArtPark concert venue was announced.  What they're calling a “Greatest Hits Tour,” began at the Riverwind Casino in Norman, OK, on June 1st.  They will tour across North America over the course of this month, before winding up the first leg on July 2 at the Mohegan Sun Poconos Casino in Wilkes-Barre, PA.  And they will wrap up the tour in Europe during the weekend of August 13-14, when they play the Alcatraz Festival in Courtrai, Belgium.
 
Last year, prior to the release of 'The Purple Album,' in which the current lineup of Whitesnake (featuring the recent addition of guitar monster Joel Hoekstra), recorded songs from front man David Coverdale‘s time in Deep Purple, Coverdale stated that he was thinking that within the next year or so, he would be announcing  “a farewell to the big rock stuff.”  So this upcoming show, could very well be the last WNY appearance for Whitesnake.
 
in 2015, when Whitesnake toured for 'The Purple Album,' it received a mixed bag of reviews, as the group played a combination of Whitesnake material and songs from Deep Purple's Mark III and Mark IV studio albums, as again, Coverdale was Deep Purple's front man from late 1973 to early 1976, and sang on the albums 'Burn,' 'Stormbringer' and 'Come Taste The Band.'  As longtime David Coverdale fans, and fans of that era of Deep Purple, enjoyed hearing the revamped versions of songs like "Soldier of Fortune," casual Whitesnake fans weren't as enthused with the tour's set list.
 
However, when Whitesnake rocks Lewiston on June 28th, 2016, being that this is their official "Greatest Hits" tour, you can expect to hear all the songs you know and love, like: “Is This Love,” Still of The Night” and "Here I Go Again."

Opening the show will be Whitford/ St. Holmes, which is the side project of Aerosmith guitarist Brad Whitford and Ted Nugent band vocalist/guitarist Derek St.Holmes. Both musicians are extremely talented and greatly responsible for the success of both Aerosmith and Ted Nugent, respectively. The dynamic duo just released their second record, 'Reunion' on June 3rd. This release really showcases Whitford's guitar talents and St. Holmes great vocal abilities. Get to Artpark early, you don't want to miss Whitford/ St. Holmes.

Tickets for this show are still available and can be purchased by clicking here.

Tuesday
Jun212016

Interview - ZZ Top - Billy Gibbons

By Thomas S. Orwat Jr. 

ZZ Top is one of the most recognizable and iconic bands in world.  The dynamic Texan-trio has virtually remained the same since it's inception in 1969, with Billy F. Gibbons - guitar/vocals, Dusty Hill - bass/vocals, and Frank Beard - drums.  With countless sold-out world tours, and over 25 million total units of music sold in the USA alone, the band shows no signs of slowing down.

ZZ Top will be releasing their first official live album, ‘Greatest Hits Live,' on August 12th, on Suretone Records.  The band is will also be touring all summer long, including a date on August 23rd, at Darien Lake PAC, Darien, NY, with Gregg Allman opening.  Tickets can be purchased by clicking here.

What follows is an exclusive RMS interview with a guitarist with the nastiest tone in rock, Billy F. Gibbons!  During this interview, Billy discusses his involvement with the Supersonic Blues Machine, his 2015 solo release, and his memories of opening for Jimi Hendrix with his pre-ZZ Top band, The Moving Sidewalks.

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Monday
Jun202016

Interview - Supersonic Blues Machine - Lance Lopez

By Thomas S. Orwat Jr.

If you are looking for a new band to completely rock your world this summer, look no further than the Supersonic Blues Machine.  This incredible trio of musicians, consisting of upcoming Texas blues guitar superstar Lance Lopez, notorious record producer/ bassist Fabrizio Grossi and legendary drummer Kenny Aronoff, have joined forces and created one of the most musically dynamic power trios of the decade.  The Supersonic Blues Machine released their first record, 'West Of Flushing, South Of Frisco' earlier this year and received the highest praise from music critics and rock fans alike.  In addition to the well crafted song writing and incredible musicianship, 'West Of Flushing, South Of Frisco' features guest performances from some amazing iconic musicians: Billy F. Gibbons (ZZ Top), Warren Haynes, Chris Duarte, Eric Gales, Walter Trout and Robben Ford all rip it up for a track on this record. 

Blues Rock Guitarist LANCE LOPEZ called RockMusicStar to discuss how he became the frontman of the Blues Rock Supergroup, Supersonic Blues Machine, his brand new 'Live In NYC' album and the night he jammed with Prince and Buddy Miles.

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Monday
Jun132016

Music Review - Sixx:A.M. - Vol. 1 Prayers For The Damned

By John Jeffrey

Just when people started to count them out, SIXX:A.M. returns with possibly their best album yet, with 'Vol. 1 Prayers For The Damned.'  Being skeptical myself of what their latest offering would bring, after their 2014 disc, 'Modern Vintage,' while being a solid release, showed the band dabbling with more pop orientated song arrangements and even incorporating disco/R&B flavorings (ala Michael Jackson) into their sound, there was definitely a sense that the band was "losing the plot."
 
Ye believers of little faith need not worry, as the first installment of 'Prayers For The Damned' hits all the pleasure points that fans were missing on 'Modern Vintage' and to some extent on 'This Is Gonna Hurt.' Being the fourth studio album from the trio, this CD represents the band’s most ambitious, complete and adrenaline-soaked effort to date.  The album also boasts first-class production and mixing by vocalist James Michael and original artwork from guitarist Dj Ashba, proving that this collection of music is a true labor of passion.  One cannot deny how focused and cohesive this album of music is, and this is perhaps due to Dj taking the decision to leave Guns ’N’ Roses and Nikki Sixx wrapping up his touring career with Mötley Crüe. There are no distractions any more and the band definitely appears to be 100% dedicated to SIXX:A.M. now.
 
Lyrically, 'Prayers For The Damned' sees the trio casting their glance out onto the world we live in more than ever before, as there is still a great deal of the personal introspection the band have come to be renowned for represented here.  Musically, 'Prayers For The Damned' includes some of the heaviest songs that band has ever written.  As Nikki Sixx puts it, “These are the songs that are designed to get a reaction from a live crowd as much as they are going to sound brilliant over your stereo.”  The eerie overtones that have been missing on the past couple of releases are back as well, as songs like "Better Man" and "When We Were Gods" sound like songs that could have easily been written and recorded for 'The Heroin Diaries Soundtrack.'
 
The bottom line is that SIXX:A.M. are back, swinging with a collection of songs that will fire up both the head and heart in equal measure.  SIXX:AM have found their way back to their true sound and are producing art that refuses to be led by anything but their own desires.  As Nikki puts it, “This time around we have really found what the voice of SIXX:A.M. is and I hope that when people listen to them they will hear their voice too.”  If Vol.1 is any indication of how great Vol.2 is going to be, the future will be incredibly bright for SIXX:AM.

Friday
Jun102016

Concert review - Bad Company / Joe Walsh - Darien Lake PAC, Darien, NY - June 7, 2016

By Thomas S. Orwat Jr. , photo by A. Ellis Cairns

The ‘One Hell of a Night’ tour, featuring classic rock legends, Bad Company and Joe Walsh, kicked off the concert season at Darien Lake this past Tuesday.  The evening certainly lived up to be “One Hell of a Night," with Walsh and Bad Company playing a great collection of hits.  Although it was unseasonably cold (down to 55 degrees when Bad Company hit the stage at 9:30pm) and the overall ticket sales were low - just hours before show time, the venue was filled with passionate music lovers by the time Walsh played his first note.

For full review, click here.