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Concert review - Queensryche - Riviera Theatre, Tonawanda, NY - April 18, 2014

Review by John Jeffrey, photos by Thomas S. Orwat Jr.

Tonawanda, NY - While the band Queensryche may not be on the forefront of today's popular music scene, the group had no problem packing the house last Friday, at the Riviera Theater in Tonawanda, NY.  No matter how many times former Queensryche vocalist Geoff Tate claimed that they were never a "metal" band, I guarantee you that the multitude of metal heads in attendance would not only argue that point, but also tell you what a great metal band Queensryche really is.

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Concert review - Goo Goo Dolls - The Bear's Den, Seneca Niagara Casino, Niagara Falls, NY- April 12, 2014 


Review/photos by Thomas S. Orwat Jr.

Niagara Falls, NY- 'Fantastic,' 'Outstanding,' 'Incredible,' 'The show of the year,' and 'WOW,' were all adjectives that were used to describe the performance of the Goo Goo Dolls on Saturday evening. The multi-platinum selling band from Buffalo, which consists now of just the duo, John Rzeznik and Robby Takac (plus three talented hired touring musicians), played an hour and 45 minute long acoustic set, referred to as, "The Otis Midnight Sessions," in the very intimate setting of the 440 seat Bear's Den Hall, located in the Seneca Niagara Casino. This was an extremely unique event; one of the most popular bands in the world performing in the best venue in WNY. This resulted in tickets for this show selling out in less than one minute when they went on sale over two months ago.

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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.

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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.