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VIDEO INTERVIEW Billy Sheehan of The Winery Dogs

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CONCERT REVIEWS The Goo Goo Dolls return to WNY for the concert of the summer! For review/photos, click here.

Check out the hard rocking new releases below!
  • KISS: 1977-1980
    KISS: 1977-1980
    by Lynn Goldsmith
  • You Should Be Happy
    You Should Be Happy
    by The Goo Goo Dolls
  • Paranormal
    by Alice Cooper
  • Defying Gravity (Deluxe Edition)
    Defying Gravity (Deluxe Edition)
    by Mr Big

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  • Doyle II: As We Die
    Doyle II: As We Die
    by DOYLE
  • We're All Alright! [Deluxe Edition]
    We're All Alright! [Deluxe Edition]
    by Cheap Trick
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  • Runnin' with the Devil: A Backstage Pass to the Wild Times, Loud Rock, and the Down and Dirty Truth Behind the Making of Van Halen
    Runnin' with the Devil: A Backstage Pass to the Wild Times, Loud Rock, and the Down and Dirty Truth Behind the Making of Van Halen
    by Noel Monk, Joe Layden

Escape the Fate, Alesana, Motionless in White - Town Ballroom, Buffalo NY - 02/16/2011 

By Mike Suicide

Buffalo, NY- Escape the Fate rolled into Buffalo NY to play at the Town Ballroom with supporting acts Alesana, and Motionless in White.  The crowd was estimated at just under a thousand, not bad for an Emo…um…er…Post-Hardcore show on a weeknight.  This genre of music is defined by its heavy rhythms juxtaposed with emotional lyrics and blend of both melodic and screaming vocals.

for full review and more photos, click here


Underoath, Thursday, Animals as Leaders, A Skylit Drive - Town Ballroom, Buffalo, NY - 02/11/2011

Review/photos - Mike Suicide

On February 11th Underoath stopped in Buffalo NY to promote their new album Disambiguation. The tour features supporting bands A Skylit Drive, Animals As Leaders and Thursday. My first impression walking in to the venue was that the crowd was quite diverse. The age of these Hardcore fans seems to run the gamut from 15 to 55. It was nice to see I wasn’t the oldest guy at the show, At 18 years old I clearly remember being mortified that I would end up ‘that guy’.

For full review and photos click here


Tribute to Gary Moore by guitarist/composer Alyn Syms

Gary Moore – A Guitarist’s Perspective

I opened for Gary Moore at the North Park Theater in Buffalo, NY during the summer of 1984. I had the option to open for him or Paul Young, the British Soul singer and I picked Gary. He was doing something rare during the dismal, laughable 80’s. He was a legitimate rock guitarist who was a virtuoso on his instrument. He didn’t have credits on his records for hair and makeup and his tour wasn’t sponsored by Alberto VO5 and Mabelline Lip Gloss. He also was his own man on the guitar, he had his own sound and style. He didn’t take the 80’s picture with both hands on the fretboard, tapping his way into your heart. More importantly, tapping was the cliché’ of the era, it was fashion not style. You forge your style. That takes guts.
To me there are two types of guitarists, doesn’t matter what type of music you play. Those who know who they are and those who don’t and try to look like they do. Gary Moore was a vituoso who did. He carried himself as such and never compromised his sound or his soul for the big time.

I was excited about playing the show with him. I like a challenge and was hoping my performance would be great.
I was also in trouble with the Mrs. because the gig was on our anniversary. I handled it as best I could, celebrating it with flowers and gifts but when the time came I had to go, so I did.

Whatever could go wrong did go wrong that night. We were set up too far apart, the monitors were lousy, it felt like we playing in two rooms. All this in front of a crowd expecting to see a show. Five minutes into our set I walked up to a band member and said “Hell with it, lets just jam.” I was so annoyed by everything that when the audience applauded I wanted to throw something at them. I looked to the side of the stage and Gary was standing there watching our set. I looked at him, laughed, shook my head and he smiled and gave me a look that was a vote of confidence. I thanked him, finished the set and got the hell off the stage disgusted. Then it only got worse. The promoter decided to clear our dressing room out while we onstage to make room for the party afterward so they threw my clothes in an alley next to the theater, expensive clothes at that. I handled it well, one arming a security guard into a wall and threatening to kill him on the spot unless he told me where they were.
Gary got wind of it, invited me and the boys into his dressing room for the party, made sure we were taken care of, then gave us the names of people in his record company to contact, and said to use him for a reference. I was hoping to have a discussion with him about guitars and while we were talking the door flies open and the autograph seeking groupies came in and took over the room. I thanked him, told him he played great and left. I wound up in a bar with a friend of mine later drinking shots of Jack Daniel’s. I NEVER do that. Plus, it had little if any effect on me, such was my state of mind. Funny thing though, I learned a lot that night. Like Bruce Lee once said, “ Only the doer learns. “
We are the same age, 58. His death reminded me that tomorrow is promised to no one. I’m sure he died with his best music still in him. Call it what you will but I call it success. Any true musician knows that their best song is the one that is yet to be written, their best chops and best music still ahead.

I met a famous actress a short while ago who paid me the supreme compliment. She treated me like a guy, not a fan. Gary Moore treated a struggling rock guitarist from Lackawanna, New York as a fellow guitarist and an equal on one night in June. I just wanted to say thanks.

Alyn Syms Guitarist/Composer

Interview - Halestorm - Lzzy Hale

Lzzy Hale is one bad ass chick.  Whether it’s politically correct or not to say, it doesn’t matter, as she will tell you herself.  As the lead singer/guitarist for Halestorm for over a decade, Lzzy’s been belting out songs about love and life on the edge.  As the band prepares for the upcoming “Avalanche Tour,” they are readying a release of new material for 2011, also having an album full of cover songs already in the can.  RockMusicStar staff member Jim Hackett recently caught up with Lzzy for an exclusive interview, taking us into the eye of the Halestorm.

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"Music as a Weapon" tour featuring Disturbed, Korn, In This Moment - Mohegan Sun, CT

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