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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.

For full review, click here.

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."

For full review, click here.

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."

Purchase your tickets, click here. 

Friday
Aug052016

Top five rock tracks of 2016… so far 

Top five rock tracks of 2016… so far

2016 is half way through, so we thought we’d do a little rock roundup of the top five rock hits of 2016, so far. These five songs are the perfect start to a playlist you can rock out to while you play some cool casino games at royal Vegas Australia - mobile casino. With such rad tunes, you are sure to get in the zone of striking it lucky and winning big! 2016 has been a year of some great songs; with a lot of our favorite old school rock bands gracing us with some amazing tunes. So without further adieu, here are the top five rock songs that 2016 has given us thus far.  

"Bored to Death" – Blink 182

It felt like a blast from the past when Blink 182 announced that they were coming out with a new single. And let me tell you, Bored to Death does not disappoint. Whether you are a long term Blink 182 fan, or have only discovered them recently, they are amazing! The song has the same pop like elements that we enjoy in all of Blink’s songs and their very typical Blink 182 lyrics are bound to take you back to your youth, when you enjoyed most of their formative work.  

"Dark Necessities" –Red Hot Chili Peppers

It has been a while since we got a new anthem from the Red Hot Chili Peppers and we are delighted that Dark Necessities has arrived, and that it is pretty darn good too! There is something about RHCP that makes them timeless and just like a good wine, it seems they almost even somehow get better with age and experience. The melody of Dark Necessities is really quite a beautiful piece of music, and you can’t help but feel happy when you listen to this one.  

"Don’t Threaten me with a Good Time" – Panic! At the Disco

This song is super catchy. Panic! At the Disco’s Don’t threaten me with a Good Time is set up to be a winner of note, and a hit on the dance floor too. Do not be surprised if you find this song crawling its way to the top of your most played tracks. The music video (squid and all!) is weird, but a great watch too!  

"So Alive" –Goo Goo Dolls
As if 2016 has not given us enough great music, the Goo Goo Dolls are back to impress us with their new hit So Alive. So Alive is a really wonderful song, with the pretty acoustics that the Goo Goo Dolls are known for. It is a mellow song, with profound lyrics and is one of the best songs on their new Album ‘Boxes’.

"I am a Nightmare" –Brand New
Brand New is probably one of the lesser known artists on this list; but they are nonetheless amazing. Their song, I am a nightmare has a combination of great lyrics and some awesome guitar in it. Definitely worth a listen.

Wednesday
Aug032016

Interview - Warrant - Erik Turner

By Thomas S. Orwat Jr.

If you live in the Western New York area, one of the biggest and most anticipated events of the summer is the Erie County Fair.  This year, the Fair kicks off on Wednesday, August 10th, and 
will be celebrated with one of the biggest concerts in the 100-year-plus history of the fair - "ROCKFEST 2016".  This event will feature three of the most popular bands from 1980's hard rock/glam-metal era - Bret Michaels, WARRANT, and Lita Ford.  Tickets are available for sale by clicking here

The multi-platinum selling band, WARRANT- from Hollywood, CA- dominated the radio airwaves and rock music charts with such hits as,"Heaven," "Cherry Pie," and, “Uncle Tom’s Cabin," from 
their first two releases, 'Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich'(1989) and, 'Cherry Pie' (1990).  The band, which at the time, consisted of Erik Turner - guitar, Jerry Dixon- bass, Joey Allen- lead guitar and Steven Sweet- drums and vocalist, Jani Lane.  Unfortunately, by the time WARRANT released their third record, 'Dog Eat Dog,' the music scene was drastically changing from the feel-good party rock of the 80s, to the depressing grunge music movement.

However, WARRANT battled this adversity, and continued on.  While band members came and went through the 1990s and early 2000s, the original core of Erik Turner and Jerry Dixon remained committed.  In 2008, the classsic line-up reunited, to the excitement of many hard rock fans. Unfortunately, vocalist Jani Lane's addiction to alcohol caused many problems.  Reluctantly, the band had to ask him to leave only months after the reunion.

Lane's battles with substance abuse continued on, and ultimately lead to his death on August 11, 2011, at the age of 47.

After trial and error with Black 'n Blue vocalist Jamie St, James fronting the band, WARRANT eventually replaced Lane with vocalist, Robert Mason, who was a member of the band Lynch Mob, led by former Dokken guitarist, George Lynch during the early 1990s.  With Mason, WARRANT released, 'Rockaholic,' in 2011.  This release proved that the band could indeed carry on without Lane. 'Rockaholic'  is a 14-track throwback to the style of music that made the band mega-stars during the 1980s.

Since then, WARRANT has played shows every year, rocking the masses anywhere they perform.

What follows is an exclusive interview with WARRANT's - Erik Turner. For full interview, Click here. 

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