Posted on Aug 23, 2013
Buckcherry has never been a band afraid to live up to the stereotype of “sex, drugs and rock-n-roll”. However in recent years, the ratio of sex and drugs to rock-n-roll has become considerably more and more unbalanced in favor of rock-n-roll. This was evident as soon as they took the stage at Rock USA in Oshkosh, WI and delivered a proverbial punch in the face to the crowd with a scorching ten-minute rendition of their first major hit “Lit Up”. From that point on, vocalist Josh Todd and guitarist
Posted on Aug 23, 2013
Formed in 1999, Avenged Sevenfold hit the ground running, and judging by their performance at Rock USA in Oshkosh, WI, they have yet to slow down. With a background that included an enormous replication of their winged skull logo and seemingly-unending pyrotechnics, A7X (as thy are known by their fans) gave the capacity crowd exactly what they expected. In support of their latest release (2012’s Hail to the King), the metal heavyweights from Huntington Beach, CA stopped only occasionally...
Posted on Aug 23, 2013
Having grown up in the '70's and '80's with classic rock bands like Led Zeppelin, AC/DC and others, I never could understand the attraction my seven year old daughter had to the boy bands when The Backstreet Boys broke onto the national scene in 1996 with their self-titled debut album. After all, it was something completely different from my own musical tastes. That said, seventeen years later I found ...
Posted on Aug 22, 2013
San Diego's folk, rock, reggae and blues band, Slightly Stoopid, along with support acts Atmosphere and Tribal Seeds, made a stop on their tour at The Tabernacle in Atlanta, where they performed for a packed venue in a pot smoke hazy hall. Young fans ranging in age from 15 to 30 came dressed to thrill and sang and danced along with the beat-heavy music.
Posted on Aug 21, 2013
Jimmy Eat World gave a power rocked performance at Nashville's Marathon Music Works. They performed songs from their latest album Damage and their popular songs from their nostalgic album Bleed American. Fans, both young and seasoned, enjoyed their performance, and sang along to their favorite songs. Jimmy Eat World continues on with their tour hitting cities like Chicago, London, and San Francisco.
Posted on Aug 16, 2013
Having never seen any of the three acts performing on August 15 at Chastain Park Amphitheater, I wasn't sure of what to expect when I arrived - especially considering the variety I saw in the crowd waiting at the doors; lots of teenager girls, mid-twenties couples, and a number of older singles and couples (and no, not all of them were the parents of the teenage girls). I knew it was supposed to be a pop/rock show...
Posted on Aug 15, 2013
While dancing between the raindrops on a warm summer night, concert goers at Chastain Park Amphitheatre in Atlanta enjoyed two of classic rock's most popular bands, Kansas and Toto. One of the southern capital's best outdoor venues, Chastain Park Amphitheatre provided the perfect setting for the well-known radio hits from the two bands. Opening the show was L.A.-based Toto, comprised of Steve Lukather on guitar, lead vocalist Joseph Williams, David Paich on keyboards, Steve Porcaro on...
Posted on Aug 11, 2013
Justin Bieber closed out his North America tour in Atlanta, with support from Airana Grande and Cody Simpson. Opening the show, Australian native Cody Simpson got the crowd - mostly teenage girls and their mothers - on their feet as he sang his pop hits. Following Simpson, newcomer Ariana Grande kept the music flowing with songs from her upcoming debut album, due to be released Sept. 3. When the countdown clock to Bieber started, the crowd went nuts and kept screaming at the top of...
Posted on Aug 2, 2013
Hit rockers Train, along with The Script and Gavin DeGraw, brought their Mermaids of Alcatraz tour to Aaron's Lakewood Amphitheatre in Atlanta, where they performed for a sold-out crowd of enthusiastic fans. Under a night filled with stars, the three acts kept the energy high as the music filled the evening. Opening the show was singer/songwriter Gavin DeGraw, a definite favorite among the female members of the audience. Known for his songs "Chariot", "Follow Through", "I Don't Want to Be" (which...
Posted on Jul 27, 2013
Americana / Country singer Lyle Lovett brought his small acoustic band to the Atlanta Botanical Gardens in Atlanta, GA, where he performed many of his hits for the sold-out crowd. The outdoor venue in the southern capital was the perfect setting for Lovett and his stylings to entertain the sold-out crowd of fans who wined and dined on the open lawn of the gardens. Lovett played for over two hours and regaled the audience with stories of his childhood, musical influences and life on the road during the show.
Posted on Jul 25, 2013
Truth & Salvage Co. put on a lively show at Exit/In in Nashville, kicking off their upcoming tour for their latest album Pick Me Up. They performed singles like “Appalachian Hilltop” and “Welcome to LA”. The six-piece roots rock band from Los Angeles brought a homely like environment at Exit/In, talking to audience members before the show. Their fans were dancing and cheering on while they were performing. Towards the end of their show, the audience kept asking for more truth, and they performed...
Posted on Jul 24, 2013
English post-punk / New Wave band The Psychedelic Furs made a stop on their tour at The Variety Playhouse in the Little Five Points district of Atlanta, GA., where they performed their hits for a sold-out crowd. Comprised of brothers Richard (vocals) and Tim Butler (bass), Amanda Kramer (keyboards), Rich Good (guitar), Mars Williams (sax) and Paul Garisto (drums), The Psychedelic Furs rocked the venue and kept the crowd on their feet, dancing to their favorite songs.
Posted on Jul 22, 2013
Australian roots / jam band The John Butler Trio, along with Virginia-based Reggae / Rock / Alt band Soja, made a stop at The Tabernacle in downtown Atlanta, where they performed for a sold-out crowd of fans, many of whom came hundreds of miles to see their favorite artists. Opening the show was Soja, comprised of Jacob Hemphill on vocals, bassist Bob "Bobby Lee" Jefferson, Patrick O'Shea on keyboards, drummer Ryan "Bird" Berty, Ken Brownell on percussion, Hellman Escorcia on ...
Posted on Jul 22, 2013
Hit rockers The Black Crowes, along with the Tedeschi Trucks Band and Lond Souls, made a stop on their tour at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in Alpharetta, GA, where they performed for a packed house of fans, many of whom drove many miles to see their favorite band. Opening the show was New York rockers The London Souls, a trio made up of Tash Neal on lead guitar and vocals, Chris St...
Posted on Jul 14, 2013
Classic rocker Steve Miller brought his band to Turner Field in Atlanta, GA, where he perform at a post-game concert after an Atlanta Braves win over the Cincinnati Reds. Baseball fans were treated to all his hits including "Fly Like An Eagle", "Jet Airliner", "Joker" and more during the hour and a half long concert. Miller, sounding as strong vocally as ever, rocked the park and kept the energy levels high after the Braves took the night in a 5 to 2 win over the Reds.
Posted on Jul 13, 2013
Nashville singer / songwriter Steff Mahan, along with folk / contemporary Christian musician / singer Jennifer Knapp, performed for enthusiastic fans at the Red Clay Theater in downtown Duluth, GA. Mahan recently released her live album, "Live at the Red Clay Theater," taped earlier in this year, and her return to the theater was part of her CD release party for the project. Mahan recently signed with Century Music Group and will be releasing a new album in September through her new label.
Posted on Jul 11, 2013
Originating from the east coast, Spirit Animal can definitely make an impact by unleashing their animal within. The up and coming band, formed in 2010, can now say that they have captured the spirit of their band. “That’s the real Spirit Animal line-up,” said front man Steve Cooper about their latest EP album, This Is A Test. Their earlier album, Cost of Living, Steve commented, “that was more of a one man driven and house production, now, that’s why you hear (This is a Test) with more momentum...
Posted on Jul 4, 2013
Beginning with 1969’s “Pretties For You”, Alice Cooper began what is now known as the “Shock Rock” genre of live entertainment. Now, more than 40 years later, he shows us why he is still the master. While more modern acts like Marilyn Manson and Rob Zombie pay tribute to Cooper’s horror-shock live theatrics, none have yet to match him. Aside from the mezmerizing (and often violent) theatrics that Cooper incorporates into his shows, the music is easily as important – and as impressive...