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Tom Petty (1950 - 2017) - photo gallery tribute

By Thomas S. Orwat Jr.

We here at Rock Music Star are deeply saddened and shocked to hear of the sudden death of rock icon, Tom Petty.  He was a songwriting genius, with a vast array of hits that included: "American Girl," "I Need to Know," "Free Fallin'," "The Waiting," "Don't Do Me Like That," and many more.  Petty's songs were simply magical; he could elevate you from your most miserable mood and put a smile on your face.

I was fortunate to photograph Tom Petty two times at Darien Lake PAC, NY; once on August 28, 2010, and on September 7, 2014. Both were amazing shows.  I've included some of my photos of these performances below. 

Rest in Peace Mr. Petty, your music and memories will live on forever.

For photos click here.


Interview - Bob Kulick

By John Jeffrey

One would think a Grammy award winning songwriter/producer/guitar player who has appeared on records with legendary artists like KISS, Lou Reed, Lemmy Kilmeister & W.A.S.P and has toured with acts such as Alice Cooper and Meatloaf, that an artist with such an amazing musical resume would be a household name.  However, for journeyman Bob Kulick, for whatever reasons, that certain level of mainstream success has eluded the elder brother of longtime KISS guitarist, Bruce Kulick.

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Concert review - KISS - Seneca Niagara Casino, Niagara Falls, NY - August 19, 2017

Review by John Jeffrey, Photos By Thomas S. Orwat Jr.

Niagara Falls, NY - When it was announced earlier in the year that KISS would be playing a special outdoor concert at the Seneca Niagara Casino, I knew from seeing the Hollywood Vampires (featuring Alice Cooper and Johnny Depp) playing the same setup a year prior, that KISS' show would have to be scaled down to fit the confines of the venue.  This is not unfamiliar territory for KISS, as several of the shows that they are performing on this leg of the "KISS World" tour are 'one-off' type shows, which have the band playing venues you normally wouldn't be seeing them perform in.  While KISS drummer, Eric Singer, likened the situation to putting "10 pounds of bologna in a 5 pound bag," many people wondered exactly how scaled down their show would be, in order to fit the room they were allotted in the casino parking lot.

For full review, click here.



Concert review - Guns n' Roses - New Era Field, Orchard Park, NY - Aug 16, 2017

Review / photos by Thomas S. Orwat Jr

Orchard Park, NY - The highly anticapated, Guns n' Roses - 'Not in this Lifetime' tour- made it's way to the home of the Buffalo Bills on Wednesday evening.  Guns n' Roses, with Axl W. Rose- vocals, has been touring regularly over the last few years.  This tour, however, was monumental, in that two of the original members: Slash - guitar, and Duff McKagan, were back in the band with Axl, after over two decades of being apart.  And although ticket sales for this show were slow at first, when Guns N' Roses hit the stage, 30,000 enthusiastic, rock music-loving fans filled the massive stadium and enjoyed an epic, three hour-plus concert of a lifetime.

For full review and more photos, click here.


Concert preview and Interview - KISS, Seneca Niagara Casino, Niagara Falls, NY - August 19, 2017

By John Jeffrey

KISS' performance this Saturday, August 19th, at the Seneca Niagara Casino will mark the first time since April 14th, 1976 (during the "Alive!" tour) that KISS has played a concert in Niagara Falls, NY.  While KISS has played the Western New York area (Buffalo, NY Darien, NY etc.) dozens of times since 1976, for the native residents of Niagara Falls, this is a big deal, as there has been a huge buzz about this show, since it was announced earlier this year.
Rock Music Star had the extreme honor to speak with KISS drummer Eric Singer this past week regarding this monumental show, which is part of their 2017 "KISS World" tour.  Eric was amazed by how many years it's been since KISS has played the city and responded by saying, "People say it's a 'KISS World' and we just live in it.  With the KISS Army and KISS fans, it's very true because it's an integral part of their life.  I always tell people that there are no fans quite like KISS fans, and that's for damn sure.  It's more than just the music or more than just the band.  It's an all encompassing thing, different than anything I've ever seen.  I understand how much the band means to our fans."
Even though Eric wasn't a member of KISS the last time they performed in Niagara Falls, NY, the longtime KISS drummer does remember the last time he played Niagara Falls, but at the time, Eric was playing drums for Alice Cooper.  On Halloween in 2003, the Alice Cooper band played an unforgettable show at the Bear's Den (also located inside of the Seneca Niagara Casino) where the seating arrangement was very unique, where the front row of each side balcony was actually located right on the stage with the band.  While Singer recalls the odd stage setup, considering the countless shows he  has performed throughout his career, the "in your face" arrangement really didn't phase him, as he put it, "I've pretty much seen about everything there is to see and every kind of situation.  Nothing seems that unique or surprising to me anymore because I've been doing it for so long, it's gonna take a lot for me to get surprised - to be honest with you."
With Saturday's concert being part of the third leg of the "KISS World" tour, while these North American shows are essentially just one-off dates, if you look back to 2008, KISS has toured extensively every calendar year since, looking as though KISS has been touring non-stop for the past 10 years.  Singer clarified, "It may look that way, but it's really not.  If you look at the number of shows we do in a year, if we do 60 shows in a year, there's 365 days in a year, so that's only 1/6 of the year that I've been on tour."
As far as what fans can expect to see on the 19th at the Seneca Niagara Casino, Eric confirms, "You will be seeing pretty much the same stage set we've been using (in Europe), but sometimes what we do in a particular venue (will be scaled down), because that's all that will fit.  You can't put 10 pounds of bologna in a 5 pound bag."
No matter what the stage set up will be, it will be loud, bombastic and this upcoming show at the Seneca Niagara Casino will be a concert you will never forget!  Niagara Falls...You wanted the Best...They're coming!!  Be there!!!!

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