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KISS - "Freedom to Rock" 2016 tour. For review, click here.

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Interview - Robby Takac - Goo Goo Dolls

For almost 20 years, the multi-platinum darlings of Buffalo, NY- the Goo Goo Dolls, have dominated the radio charts, and sold out concert halls all over the world. While many bands have come and gone during this period, the Goo Goo Dolls never went away. In fact, the band gets better with each release. Last year, the band put out their 10th studio album, 'Magnetic,' which many fans and critics hailed as the band's most solid and well-crafted record of their career. This release contained two singles, "Come to Me," and "Rebel Beat," which still dominate the playlists of many adult rock stations.

Currently, the Goo Goo Dolls are on a very unique tour, the "Otis Midnight Sessions," which has the band performing acoustic shows in very small, initmate venues. This show is a must see for any fan of the band. But, if you're not lucky to score tickets, the band is filming several of their shows for a future DVD.

What follows is an exclusive interview with the Goo Goo Dolls-bassist/singer/co-founder- Robby Takac. During this discussion we talk about the band's current tour, future plans and much more.

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Concert review - Heart - Seneca Niagara Casino Events Center, Niagara Falls, NY - 3/27/14‏  

Review and photos by John Jeffrey

Niagara Falls, NY - The one thing you can count on when seeing the legendary band Heart in concert, is that you are guaranteed sonic perfection, courtesy of usually flawless performances put on by Ann & Nancy Wilson and company.  Last Thursday night's sold out performance at the Seneca Niagara Casino Events Center was no exception.  Playing a 15 song set, clocking in at just under 90 minutes, the 'casual' fans in attendance couldn't have asked for a better song selection.  While a Heart "Fanatic" (ironically the name of their most recent CD from 2012) may argue that point, hoping they'd delve into more of their deep cuts or other songs from their hit laden period in the mid 80's, the general consensus of the crowd that night was clear - Heart delivered the goods.

For full review and photos, click here.


Music news - GWAR's Dave Brockie found dead. 

We at Rock Music Star are deeply saddened by the passing of Dave Brockie a.k.a. Oderus Urungus, the lead singer and brains behind the shock rock band GWAR. Like many rock sites, we had the honor to interview Brockie two years ago in Buffalo, NY.(video below) RIP Mr. Urungus, there will never be another quite like you.

Music news - REGARDING KISS and the Hall of Fame

By John Jeffrey

This is SOOOOOOOOOOO ridiculous....

 For YEARS, the Rock and Roll Hall of Shame has been purposefully ignoring and shitting all over KISS.

 NOW, (according to Eddie Trunk FWIW), the main reason KISS are being inducted in 2014 is because their museums have become ghost towns and are hoping with added KISS exhibits and being able to sell exclusive KISS "HOF" merch, that it will bring revenue back their way by giving in and FINALLY letting KISS get inducted.

 So then, while all of these KISS fans blame Gene & Paul for everything, they seem to be missing that it's the HOF that is the one calling almost all of the shots here...

 Against what KISS (G&P) feels is right (that the whole entity of KISS should be inducted) are only allowing the original 4 to be inducted.

 In Ace Frehley's first Eddie Trunk show phone call, he stated that the "Hall" requested the 4 original members to perform in makeup. While Gene stated he was open to a "one time" performance (never specifying in makeup or without) Paul said he will not perform with Ace & Peter (Criss) in makeup.

 It sounds to me the HOF is being sticklers about a performance in makeup (even Ace stated in his recent Eddie Trunk show appearance that the HOF - not G&P - shot down his offer to do a nonmakeup celebrity jam of "NY Groove") and KISS compromised by offering a makeup performance with the current lineup.

 While some fans who are obsessing about the original band in makeup and stating G&P aren't listening to "the fans," it sounds more to me that G&P aren't willing to bend over and do anything the HOF asks of them, and on top of it, A&P release pretty vague press statements that G&P "don't want them to play." Which doesn't seem to be the full story.

 So now, G&P are refusing to peform at all and I feel bad for the (true) fans who booked plane flights and paid in the upwards of $500 to see KISS (any incarnation) perform and will get none of that. I wouldn't blame G&P if they didn't show up at all.

 The "Rock and Roll Hall of Fame" was and is a bunch of bullshit, as KISS, and we, their fans, are giving it more attention and creedence than it deserves.


CD Review - Red Dragon Cartel - "Red Dragon Cartel"

By John Jeffrey

Red Dragon Cartel is the long awaited release from former Badlands/Ozzy guitarist Jake E. Lee.  Coaxed out of retirement by longtime friend Ronnie Mancuso, a noted session guitarist/bassist, composer and producer for Beggars & Thieves, Mancuso was sharing a studio space, “The Hideout,” (in Las Vegas) with super hot producer, engineer and mixer Kevin Churko (Ozzy Osbourne, Five Finger Death Punch, Rob Zombie, Hinder, In This Moment).  Ronnie and Kevin started talking with Jake, then slowly, Ronnie and Jake along with Kevin’s son Kane (co-writer of Five Finger Death Punch’s “Remember Everything”, In This Moments “Blood” and many others) started writing songs under Kevin’s supervision, based on literally hundreds of great licks Jake had stored up from his years in seclusion.

For full review, click here.