Reviews

Velvet Underground Experience
718 Broadway, NYC
The Velvet Underground were so far ahead of their time that it has taken nearly 50 years for us to catch up to them. The Velvet Underground Experience is a 12,000 sq ft, 3 story exhibit in NYC. It is fitting that the exhibit is in NYC, the greatest city in the world...

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Billy Gibbons
The Paramount, Huntington, NY
Jimi Hendrix said that Billy Gibbons was “America’s best young guitar player” during an appearance on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.  That’s high praise and some pretty heady stuff. Gibbons is best known as the lead guitarist for ZZ Top and for his trademark flowing beard... 

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Metallica
Bryce Jordan Center, University Park, PA
The show is sold out and Metallica has shattered the venue's attendance record with a crowd of 15,588 fans on hand. This is the band's first performance in the area since the late 1990s. The Bryce Jordan Center is located in Penn State University and the campus is abuzz...
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Sebastian Bach
Stone Pony, Asbury Park, NJ
Sebastian Bach at the Stone Pony!? What is this 1988!? 
I knew my friend Karin would want to go with me, as she was the biggest Skid Row fan back in the day. She loves Sebastian Bach. But then again who doesn’t!? ...

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Walter Becker Street Naming
Forest Hills, NYC
It was a brisk fall day, a day that all week had threatened to be doused by rain. However, on October 28th, on the corner of 112th St. and 72nd Dr. in Forest Hills, Queens, there was no rain in sight.  And, just before noon, as the crowd gathered to honor the late Walter Becker...
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Don Felder
St. George Theater, SI, NY
Don Felder, former member of the classic rock band the Eagles, many no longer sell out stadiums and arenas, like the remaining members of the Eagles continue to do. However, if you want to hear an amazing night of Eagles hits, expertly played and beautifully sung by an original Eagles member, without emptying your pockets...
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Nils Lofgren
The Space, Westbury, NY
It was an evening of stories, humor and above all else wonderful music when Nils Lofgren and his cohort in crime, Greg Varlotta, brought the Acoustic Duo tour to Westbury, NY.  Lofgren, at 67 years of age, is celebrating his 50th year as a professional musician....
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Jim Breur
The Paramount, Huntington, NY
For over a year, Jim Breuer has been doing a monthly residency at The Paramount.  The Jim Breuer Residency: Comedy Stories And More is a one-man show featuring stories, comedy, musical improv, special guests and oh so many surprises.  ...
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Joe Walsh Facing Addiction Gala
Rainbow Room, NYC
Joe and Marjorie Walsh were honored Monday night (October 8) by the nonprofit Facing Addiction with NCADD for their lifetime support of the recovery movement and their efforts to raise awareness about drug and alcohol abuse...
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Lenny Kravitz
The United Palace Theater, NYC
Lenny Kravitz is the epitome of cool. For anyone picking up a guitar or starting a band, studying Kravitz should be a prerequisite. 
As soon as I heard Lenny Kravitz was going to be in NYC, I did not hesitate, I said “I am There”! I was surprised when I found out the show was going to be at “The United Palace Theater”.
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Jethro Tull
The Beacon Theater, NYC
It’s been 50 years gone since Jethro Tull first formed in England. “This Was” released in 1968, kicked off a musical journey that featured more than 20 albums and even more musicians than that. What started out as pure British blues rock, later experimented with Folk, Olde English and eventually Progressive Rock... 
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Slash
The Wellmont Theater, Montclair, NJ
The new album just dropped "Living The Dream", and I had a chance to check it out. It is hard rockin' riff laden kick ass Rock n Roll ! It is chock full of Slash's signature riffs and masterful leads.  "Living The Dream" is pure, unadulterated Rock n Roll. Myles Kennedy's voice and the 'Conspirators' harmonies take this to a new level. Great Stuff.  
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Farm Aid
XFinity Center, Hartford, CT
Tickets to Farm Aid 2018 at the Xfinity Center in Hartford, Connecticut sold out in 4 hours. After 33 years, Farm Aid has continued to bring musicians, fans, farmers and advocates for the farming community to this annual event, with the goal of increasing awareness of the plight of our nation’s family farmers...
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Phil Lesh & Friends
Central Park Summerstage, NYC
I have always been a fan of the Grateful Dead’s music, but I have never attended a Dead show of any kind. I looked fondly from afar at the lifestyle, but it was not my scene. I was drawn to the dark side of life. Dirty, gritty New York City, in your face music, such as Lou Reed, NY Dolls & The Ramones...
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David Byrne NJ
OceanFirst Bank Center, West Long Branch, NJ
Entering the OceanFirst Bank Center for the David Byrne “American Utopia” tour on September 7, 2018 I have to admit I did not know what to expect. Other than a couple of the Talking Heads most popular songs, particularly “Burning Down the House”, I really did not know much about David Byrne’s music or style...
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David Byrne NY
Forest Hills Stadium, Queens, NY
David Byrne first came to prominence as the lead singer, founding member and driving force behind the Talking Heads. Along with Chris Frantz (drums), Tina Weymouth (bass), Jerry Harrison (keyboards, guitar), occasionally Adrian Belew (guitar) and some others...
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Paul Simon
Corona Park, Flushing, NY
“Hello, my friends!”--so began Paul Simon’s farewell concert, held in the New York City borough where it all began. The location, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, the site two World’s Fairs (1939 and 1964), is, according to Simon, a 20-minute bicycle ride from where he grew up...
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Godsmack
Jones Beach Theater, Roslyn, NY
The members of Godsmack hail from Lawrence, MA.  The band was formed in 1995 and is currently composed of founder, frontman and songwriter Sully Erna, guitarist Tony Rombola, bassist Robbie Merrill, and drummer Shannon Larkin. The band’s guitar-heavy sound has been called nu-metal and is influenced by Alice in Chains..
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Five Finger Death Punch
Jones Beach Theater, Roslyn, NY
Rain is an insidious thing.  It changes plans.  It causes tides to rise and causes floods.  In the case of rock concerts at the Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater, this summer alone it has caused, due to the accompaniment of lightning, the cancellation of the Rob Zombie/Marilyn Manson show and the delay of numerous other performances...
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Midge Ure
My Father's Place, Roslyn, NY
If I could give my younger self one piece of advice, I’d tell me to not write songs sung in such a high register.  It gets harder to hit the high notes as I get older.”  So stated Midge Ure, the Scottish guitarist, singer, keyboard player, and songwriter when he performed a solo acoustic, but plugged-in show at Long Island’s My Father’s Place at The Roslyn Hotel.
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Deadmau5
Pier 17, NYC
On a rainy Saturday evening in lower Manhattan, deadmau5 played the newly launched rooftop space of Pier 17 to a sold out crowd.  Clad in ponchos that were given out by the venue to replace the umbrellas that were confiscated at the door, the predominantly millennial audience...
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Jeff Beck, Paul Rodgers, Ann Wilson
PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel, NJ
The stars sure did align on this hot steamy night in NJ. Three Mega Stars sharing the same bill!? What could be better?...
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Wayne Hancock
Hopewell Theater, Hopewell, NJ
If your idea of country music skews towards the Hank Williams side of the dial then you missed a fantastic show last night. Wayne “The Train” Hancock and friends rolled into town to provide enough foot stompin’, honky-tonkin’ tunes to transport us from the sleepy tranquility...
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Offspring, 311, Gym Class Heroes
Jones Beach Theater, Wantagh, NY
When your band is named for Omaha, NE’s police code for indecent exposure, you better be good…and after over twenty-five years of chart-busting success you better believe 311 is really good. Formed in 1988, 311 (vocalist/guitarist Nick Hexum; lead guitarist Tim Mahoney who replaced Jim Watson in 1991... 
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Chris Isaak
Paramount, Huntington, NY
The perpetually youthful, now 62 year old musician burst onto the stage the way he burst onto the music scene over 30 years ago, when he signed to Warner Brothers and subsequently released the CD Silvertone (Warner Brothers, 1985). The crowd at the The Paramount in Huntington, New York  spanned multiple generations...
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Counting Crows, Live
Jones Beach Theater, Wantagh, NY
Counting Crows was formed in Berkeley, CA in 1991. The band consists of Adam Duritz (lead vocals, piano), David Bryson (guitar), Charlie Gillingham (keyboards, piano, accordion), Dan Vickrey (lead guitar), David Immerglück (lead guitar, pedal steel, mandolin, bass guitar), Jim Bogios (drums, percussion) and Millard Powers...
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Cake, Ben Folds
Forest Hills Stadium, Forest Hills, NY
CAKE is a California band formed in 1991.  The band features singer John McCrea, trumpeter Vince DiFiore, guitarist Xan McCurdy, bassist Daniel McCallum and drummer Todd Roper. Known for its outrageous and sarcastic lyrics, CAKE’s music is influenced by many different genres...
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Brad Paisley
Jones Beach Theater, Wantagh, NY
Brad Paisley is a country superstar.  Beginning in 1999 with the release of his debut album Who Needs Pictures he has taken his place among the cream of the crop of country artists.  During his career he has released ten studio albums and a Christmas album on the Arista Nashville label...
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Darius Rucker, Lady Antebellum
Jones Beach Theater, Wantagh, NY
After a torrential downpour during the morning, co-headliners Lady Antebellum and Darius Rucker along with opening act Russell Dickerson played an electrifying concert at Long Island’s famed Jones Beach Amphitheater on Saturday, August 4th...
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Slayer & Friends
Jones Beach Theater, Wantagh, NY
In January 2018, Slayer announced that its 2018 tour would be its final trek across the United States. The Farewell Tour, they announced, would be an extravaganza featuring Lamb Of God, Anthrax, Testament and either Behemoth or Napalm Death handling the opener’s slot...
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Warped Tour 2018
Jones Beach Theater, Wantagh, NY
Vans Warped Tour '18, the final full cross-country tour, rolled onto the oceanfront stadium of Jones Beach on Long Island on a sunny, hot summer Saturday...
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REO Speedwagon
PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel, NJ
When most people think of REO Speedwagon, the first thing that comes to mind is the 1980s. While the band was initially formed in 1967, it wasn’t until the band’s release of their hit album, Hi Infidelity, on November 21, 1980, that they found mainstream success...
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Chicago
PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel, NJ
The band Chicago, originated in Chicago, in 1967. While they originally called themselves the Chicago Transit Authority, by 1968 they’d shortened their name. The original band included saxophonist Walter Parazaider, guitarist Terry Kath...
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The Doors
Convention Hall, Asbury Park, NJ
The Doors were on tour full-time in 1968, roaring generally to all major cities in the US and due to their already earned notoriety in the media, the word of their coming has preceded the band, causing high anticipation and sold-out venues all across the country. ..
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Doobie Bros. & Steely Dan
BB&T Pavilion, Camden, NJ
The Doobie Brothers AND Steely Dan!? That sounds too good to be true?! Well it’s about to happen. I am sitting there sweating on this hot July night in Camden NJ at the beautiful BB&T Pavilion waiting for the show to begin...
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Adam Ant
Mayo PAC, Morristown, NJ
Adam Ant is a true original. No one dances like Adam, dresses like Adam, sings like Adam or makes music like Adam does. 
Where did the sound come from? There was nothing like Adam and the Ants in 1980 when “Kings of the Wild Frontier” was released. It was ground breaking...

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Dave Matthews Band
Jones Beach Theater, Wantagh, NY
Dave Matthews was born in Johannesburg, South Africa.  During his youth, he and his family lived in South Africa, the U.K. and the United States. Before his tenth birthday, Matthews had lived in Johannesburg, South Africa; Cambridge, England and Yorktown Heights, NY....
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Bush, Cult, STP
Jones Beach Theater, Wantagh, NY
Bush was formed in London, England in 1992 when rhythm guitarist and lead vocalist Gavin Rossdale, drummer Robin Goodridge, lead guitarist Nigel Pulsford and bassist Dave Parsons came together and found great success with its 1994 debut album Sixteen Stone (Trauma/Interscope Records)...
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Chris Robinson Brotherhood
Stone Pony, Asbury Park, NJ
The show was listed to start at 8PM. I figure, it's a hippie band, they will stroll on at maybe 9-9:30. Even after getting stuck in traffic, I show up at 8:01PM and the band was already on stage playing! WTF!? When did hippies start playing on time!? The times are a changin'!
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Govt Mule & The Avett Bros.
Jones Beach Theater, Wantagh, NY
Gov't Mule is a southern rock influenced jam band, formed in 1994 by Warren Haynes and Allen Woody, as a side project to what, at the time was their main gigs as lead guitarist and bassist for the Allman Brothers Band...
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Weezer & The Pixies
Jones Beach Theater, Wantagh, NY
Weezer was formed in Los Angeles in 1992 by Rivers Cuomo (lead vocals, lead guitar, keyboards), Patrick Wilson (drums), Brian Bell (rhythm guitar, backing vocals, keyboards), and Matt Sharp (bass, backing vocals)...
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Retro Futura
NYCB Theater, Westbury, NY
Ahhh, the 80’s.  An era iconic for acid washed denim, the tallest hair imaginable and leg warmers.  But the real thing that has withstood the test of time is simple. It is the music. America’s premiere 80’s concert tour, and a favorite siren song of summer, is the annual Retro Futura tour...
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Panic! At The Disco
NYCB Live, Uniondale, NY
Hurtling through a door in the stage amidst shiny bands of confetti to the accompaniment of an orchestra, playing piano soaring high above the crowd and belting out a duet with a beloved iconic musician would seem like a lifetime achievement for some. For Panic! At the Disco’s front man Brendon Urie, it is just another Friday night...
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Roger Hodgson
Bergen PAC, Englewood, NJ
Roger Hodgson is the English singer and songwriter best known as a founding member and co-frontman of the band Supertramp. Supertramp’s first hit record, “Crime of the Century”, was released in September 1974. “Even in the Quietest Moments”, their third album, released in 1977, produced one hit single, “Give a Little Bit.”...
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Stephen Stills & Judy Collins
Bergen PAC, Englewood, NJ
Judy Collins & Stephen Stills first met in 1968. They started a romance that blossomed into a friendship that has endured for 50 years. As Judy and Stephen tell it, the reason they have remained friends is because they married other people. Oh, did I forget to mention that the romance also produced some great music including “Suite Judy Blue Eyes”...
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Robert Plant
Forest Hills Stadium, Forest Hills, NY
There isn’t much that hasn’t already been said about Robert Plant. Plant is regarded as one of the greatest singers in the history of rock ‘n’ roll. In the late ‘60s, along with drummer John Bonham, Plant formed the Band of Joy...
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Hall & Oates
Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
On a pleasant Thursday evening in mid-June, the Hall & Oates/Train co-headlining tour made its way to Madison Square Garden, often referred to as the “World’s Most Famous Arena.”  It was definitely a Philly Soul and San Francisco rock and soul night in the Big Apple as the two bands played hit after hit all night long...
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Poison & Cheap Trick
Jones Beach Theater, Wantagh, NY
“The Soundtrack of Your Life Tour” featuring the megawatt talents of Midge Ure and Paul Young is truly a dream come true for anyone who came of age in the 80’s, and the pairing makes perfect sense in a plethora of ways...
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Roger Daltrey
Mann Center, Philadelphia, PA
It was a warm summer night, and a slight breeze blew over the packed Mann Center. The crowd was abuzz waiting for the Who frontman Roger Daltrey to take the stage. It was a perfect night for a concert...
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Paul Young & Midge Ure
The Paramount, Huntington, NY
“The Soundtrack of Your Life Tour” featuring the megawatt talents of Midge Ure and Paul Young is truly a dream come true for anyone who came of age in the 80’s, and the pairing makes perfect sense in a plethora of ways...
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Low Cut Connie
The Bowery Ballroom, New York, NY
Low Cut Connie is a band that calls Philadelphia home.  It’s also a force of nature.  One listen to its music and its is immediately obvious that the band has been equally influenced by David Bowie, T-Rex, Chuck Berry, the Replacements, Prince and yes, Dr. John, Fats Domino, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Professor Longhair...
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Todd Rundgren's Utopia
Town Hall, New York City, NY
Todd Rundgren’s Utopia, or just Utopia, are performing their first concert tour in over 30 years. It is a monumental event. The band also released a limited edition blockbuster 7-disc box extravaganza THE ROAD TO UTOPIA: THE COMPLETE RECORDINGS (1974-82)....
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Little Steven & The Disciples of Soul
State Theater, New Brunswick, NJ
Little Steven packed the State Theater, on this Sunday Night, and that was just his band.  Guitars, bass, drums, percussion, keys, horns, background singers, flugelhorns, there must have been 50 people up on that stage. Actually, it was more like 12, but it sounded like 50, and had the energy of 100...
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Cheech & Chong
The Paramount, Huntington, NY
After 50 years, Cheech & Chong continue to delight, amaze, entertain and light audiences on fire.  On a cool spring Saturday evening, counterculture icons Cheech & Chong entertained an enthusiastic sold-out house at Huntington, NY’s The Paramount...
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Rick Astley
The Paramount, Huntington, NY
“What the hell do you play after ‘Highway To Hell’?”  So asked Rick Astley after he blew-up The Paramount in Huntington, NY, not only because he had just played an AC/DC cover, but because he had flawlessly played the song while manning the drum kit.  Because the song was the third encore performance of the evening....
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Pretenders
Mayo PAC, Morristown, NJ
There were a lot of warnings before the show: No Cell Phones! No Pictures! I was nervous, I hid in the men’s room in order to check my phone. I was afraid Chrissie Hynde would kick the stall in and catch me...
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Judas Priest
Prudential Center, Newark, NJ
Judas Priest is an English heavy metal band that formed almost 50 years ago (1969).  Frequently ranked among the greatest heavy metal bands of all time, Priest has sold well over 50 million albums and CDs...
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Dennis DeYoung
The Sands, Bethlehem, PA
Dennis DeYoung, singer-songwriter, musician and producer, a founding member, lead vocalist and keyboardist of the rock band Styx, enthusiastically stood on stage at The Sands in Bethlehem on Sat. March 24th and asked the packed house...
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31st Annual Tibet House U.S. Benefit Concert
Carnegie Hall, NY
On Saturday, March 3, 2018, New York City’s Carnegie Hall was alive with the essence of Tibet as The 2018 Tibet House U.S. Benefit concert featuring an all-star lineup of artists including: Philip Glass; Carly Simon; Blood Orange; Patti Smith...
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Dixie Dregs
The Paramount, Huntington, NY
The Dixie Dregs deliver a musical sound all their own.  Its hybrid brand of jazz-rock fusion leans more toward the rock ‘n’ roll esthetic with elements of southern rock, pop, prog rock, country, folk and even some classical orchestration thrown in for good measure...
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Lyle Lovett, Shawn Colvin
The Paramount, Huntington, NY
Grammy Award winning singer-songwriters Lyle Lovett and Shawn Colvin brought their "Together On Stage'' tour to Huntington, Long Island on a cool Sunday evening in early March.  The performance, sandwiched between two powerful and snowy and rainy Nor’easters...
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Tyler Farr
The Paramount, Huntington, NY
Garden City, MO's Tyler Farr is a singer-songwriter who is a classically trained opera singer.  The son of a farmer, he participated as a tenor in Missouri's All-State Choir in his senior year of high school. Urban legend has it that he stumbled upon and became enamored with country music when his mother married George Jones' touring guitarist...
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Little Steven & The Disciples of Soul
2018 Soulfire Concert Tour Preview
Little Steven & The Disciples of Soul Kick off their 2018 tour with a stop at the beautiful State Theater in New Brunsick NJ. Get your tickets, as they are sure to go fast. There are VIP ticket packages and meet and greet packages available. What better place to see Little Steven, then his hometown. You never know who will show up...
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George Clinton
The Paramount, Huntington, NY
George Clinton is the reigning Godfather Of Funk .  The 76-year-old singer, songwriter, bandleader, record producer and founder of the Parliament-Funkadelic collective continues to tour and put his stamp on contemporary music...
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America
St. George Theater, Staten Island, NY
For the past 48 years, the band America has been touring America, and the world, with their unique folk/soft rock sound. During this time they have released 18 studio albums. The band was originally formed in London in 1970, by Dewey Bunnell, Gerry Beckley and Dan Peek...
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Ace Frehley
St. George Theater, Staten Island, NY
What better place to see Ace then the amazingly beautiful and ornate St. George Theater in NY. Ace’s hometown. I was pleasantly surprised. Very pleasantly surprised. Ace was cool. The music was great. The band kicked ass...
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Sons of Apollo
House of Independents, Asbury Park, NJ
The Sons of Apollo are a new and incredible rock/progressive metal supergroup. Period. I was thrilled to attend one of their first live performances when they rocked Asbury Park’s House of Independents on February 15, 2018...
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Todd Rundgren
Count Basie Theater, Red Bank, NJ
The only thing in life that is certain is change. And no one changes more than Todd Rundgren. Todd has had an amazing eclectic career. Producer, Songwriter, Guitarist, Engineer, 60’s Garage, Philly Blue Eyed Soul, Prog, Rap, Electronica, you name it, he did it...
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L.A.M.F
Bowery Electric, NYC
It is the 40th Anniversary of the Johnny Thunders & The Heartbreakers “L.A.M.F” album. It is the quintessential punk album, and is hugely influential in the world of Punk. L.A.M.F has become a yearly event. This is the second year in a row, where the album is being performed in it’s entirety...
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Dead Boys
Brighton Bar, Long Branch, NJ
It’s been almost 40 years to the day that the Dead Boys released ‘Young, Loud and Snotty’, in October 1977. ‘Snotty’ is one of the greatest Punk albums, by one of the greatest Punk bands. The Dead Boys are the real deal. Originally from Cleveland, they relocated to NYC and soon became the toast of the town and regulars at CBGB’s...
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Brian Setzer Orchestra Christmas 2017
NYCB Theater, Westbury, NY
Brian Setzer’s holiday tour has become an annual extravaganza.  The man really gets into the Christmas spirit.  The rockabilly and Americana guitarslinger has brought his holiday-themed spectacular along with his big band to Westbury, NY’s NYCB Theatre every year for over a decade...
 
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Culture Club
The Paramount, Huntington, NY
Culture Club was formed in 1981 when lead vocalist Boy George, who had been a member of Bow Wow Wow (where he was billed as Lieutenant Lush), enlisted guitarist and keyboard player Roy Hay, bassist Mikey Craig and drummer Jon Moss...
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Laid Back Festival
Jones Beach, Wantagh, NY
celebration in August of 2015 and was held at the Jones Beach Amphitheater in Wantagh, NY.  Allman, the Doobie Brothers, Bruce Hornsby and the Noisemakers, Jaimoe's Jasssz Band and City of the Sun played that day.  In 2016, Laid Back expanded to encompass one-day...
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Paul Weller
Paramount, Huntington, NY
Dubbed, "The Modfather" due to his being one of the principal figures of the 1970s and 1980s mod revival, Paul Weller first achieved fame with the punk rock and new wave band The Jam. After The Jam disbanded Weller formed the blue-eyed soul, pop, folk and jazz influenced band...
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Little Steven & The Disciples of Soul
Paramount, Huntington, NY
Ace sideman, actor, disc jockey, label chief, social activist, philanthropist, solo superstar.  There really is nothing that Little Steven can't do.  Born Steven Lento in Boston, MA in 1950.  He lived in Watertown, MA until 1957, when his mother remarried...
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Psychedelic Furs with Bash & Pop
Count Basie Theater, Red Bank, NJ
 The Psychedelic Furs are the voice of a generation. The sound of the 1980’s. They had hit after hit starting with their debut album in 1980, and were one of the most popular and successful bands of the decade. ’Pretty in Pink’ was the soundtrack to the quintessential coming of age movie...     
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Roadcase Royale
Gramercy, NYC
Roadcase Royale is a new supergroup featuring Nancy Wilson (Heart) and Liv Warfield (Prince’s New Power Generation). ‘RR’ kicked off the tour with a gig at New York’s famed Gramercy Theater before hitting the road with Bob Seger.   

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Dweezil Zappa
Mayo PAC, Morristown, NJ
It’s been over 50 years since Frank Zappa & The Mothers of Invention released their groundbreaking album ‘Freak Out’.  ‘Freak Out’ is still ahead of it’s time and was light years ahead of everyone else when it was released in 1966.   

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Scared in Jersey
PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel NJ
‘Scared in Jersey’ is based on the legend of the ‘Jersey Devil’, which is local folklore. On a dark and stormy night in October 1735, Mother Leeds gave birth to her 13th child which then morphed into a monster. The child sprouted horns, fangs, hooves, wings, and a tail...

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Robby Krieger
Bergen PAC, Englewood NJ
Robby Krieger is a living legend. The guitarist for one of the greatest bands of all time, The Doors. Robby was integral to the Doors sound. His unique, innovative playing and songwriting were vital to the Doors legend...  

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Ted Nugent
BB King's, NYC
It’s the 40th Anniversary of the Landmark Album ‘Cat Scratch Fever’, and what better place to see Uncle Ted than in New York City. BB King’s was packed on this hot August night. They even removed the front tables, so there would be more standing room...

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Sixto Rodriguez
Westbury, NY
On an unseasonably warm fall evening, the enigmatic singer-songwriter Sixto Diaz Rodriguez and his band of three took the stage at The Space at Westbury, before a crowd of enthusiastic fans. Having celebrated his 75th birthday this summer, the iconic folk artist ...

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Alison Moyet
Radio City, NY
Alison Moyet is not an artist who resides in the past. Not her's or anyone else's. Many fans feel that her biggest hits were as part of Yazoo with Vince Clarke and then perhaps a few songs some from early in her solo career. These same fans often feel that her concerts...

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Brian Wilson
Radio City, NY
Brian Wilson is a Grammy-winning member of the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame. He is considered to be one of the most influential songwriters of all time. Many see him as a tortured genius. His story is well- known. Wilson is known far and wide as the creative force behind... 


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The Pixies
Westbury, NY
On a pleasant Friday evening in Westbury, NY, The Pixies channeled The Beatles by delivering a letter perfect, note-for-notefor-note standout version of "Helter Skelter" during which every aspect of the song, even the scream, was perfectly executed. It was a perfect ending to...

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Willie Nelson's Outlaw Festival
Jones Beach, NY
The sun blazed overhead on the Saturday afternoon in September as Willie Nelson and Blackbird Presents Outlaw Music Festival Tour landed at Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater on Long Island, NY. With an early 4 PM start to accommodate a wealth of talent, the parking...
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Social Distortion
The Paramount, Huntington, NY
Social Distortion is Mike Ness (lead vocals, lead guitar); Jonny Wickersham (rhythm guitar, backing vocals), A.K.A. Jonny Two Bags; Brent Harding (bass, backing vocals); David Hidalgo Jr. (drums) and David Kalish (keyboards).  The band was formed in 1978 in Fullerton, CA...
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Chris Stapleton
Jones Beach, Wantagh, NY
Chris Stapleton first made a name for himself by writing songs for Peter Frampton, Sheryl Crow, Thomas Rhett, Luke Bryan, Vince Gill, Josh Turner, Adele and many more.  As a songwriter he has scored six country number-one songs including "Never Wanted Nothing More" ...
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Wallflowers
The Paramount, Huntington, NY
Being Bob Dylan's son can't be easy.  If you're also a musician and songwriter, like Jakob Dylan, it has got to be even harder.  The bar is set really high.  It has got to be a challenge. Jakob Dylan has not only accepted that challenge, he has thrived.  He has achieved success...
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Robert Randolph
The Space, Westbury, NY
Robert Randolph and the Family Band is a New Jersey-based funk and soul outfit led by pedal steel guitarist Robert Randolph (who has sometimes been called the "Jimi Hendrix of the pedal steel guitar"). The majority of the Family Band is comprised of Randolph's blood...
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Retro Futura
Katrina, Paul Young, Modern English, The English Beat & More​
Ahhh, the 80’s…let’s harken back to a time when blazers were oversized, hair rose to great heights, denim was acid washed and music stood out.  America’s premiere 80’s concert tour, Retro Futura was just the time machine to transport fans back to the era that made synths so popular. 
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Soul Asylum
The Space, Westbury, NY​​​
The band's original lineup consisted of Dave Pirner on vocals and guitar, Dan Murphy on lead guitar, Karl Mueller on bass, and drummer Pat Morley. Grant Young replaced Morley in 1984. The band's first five albums (three recorded for Twin/Tone Records and two for A&M Records)...
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Nathanial Rateliff
Jones Beach Theater, Wantagh, NY​​
Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats wer4e formed in Denver, CO in 2013.  The band's genesis occurred when Rateliff, a singer and songwriter who had released Desire and Dissolving Men on Public Service Records in 2007 (as Nathaniel Rateliff & the Wheel), a solo record on Rounder...
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James Taylor & Bonnie Raitt
The Prudential Center - ​​​Newark, NJ - July 6, 2017
On a pleasant Thursday evening just after the 4th of July, when many of the audience members were enjoying an extended Independence Day holiday James Taylor and Bonnie Raitt touched down at Newark, NJ's Prudential Center for the first night of their 2017 summer tour.  
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Michael McDonald & Boz Scaggs
The Paramount, Huntington, NY
Michael McDonald has had a long and storied career.  In the early days of his career he was a member of Steely Dan's touring group.  Over time he became one of the many adjunct members of the band, working on 1975's  Katy Lied  (ABC Records),  The Royal Scam (ABC Records, 1976)...
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Southside Johnny
The Space, Westbury, NY
On a sleepy Friday evening at the beginning of a long 4th Of July weekend, Westbury's NYCB Theatre was filled with the sounds of both Woodstock (Big Pink) and the Jersey Shore.   The Weight Band...
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Hall & Oates
Prudential Center, Newark, NJ
​On a pleasant Saturday evening in mid-June, the Hall & Oates/Tears For Fears co-headlining tour made its way to NJ's Prudential Center. It was definitely pop and soul night in Newark. The evening began with a dose of Pacific Northwestern soul and R&B as Allen Stone took the stage...
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Nick Lowe
City Winery, NYC
​It's hard to believe but Nick Lowe is now 68 years of age. He has been recording and touring since the early '70s and now in the late 2010s, he shows no signs of slowing down. An English pub rocker who made his name in Power Pop and New Wave as both artist and producer...
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Joe Jackson
Mayo PAC, Morristown, NJ
​Joe Jackson, along with Elvis Costello, was the cream of the crop of the British ‘New Wave’ scene of the late 1970’s-1980’s. I have seen Jackson Live many times, dating as far back as 1980.  The first time was the Dr. Pepper concert series in Central Park, August 1, 1980 ...
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Flogging Molly
Irving Plaza, NYC
​My favorite Irish Punks are back in NYC, and they are throwing the biggest party in town. Flutes, accordions & banjos all make you think of Punk music right? Well they do now thanks to Dave King and his band of Irishmen,  playing their brand of drunken lullabies...
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The Damned
Stone Pony, Asbury Park, NJ
​The Stone Pony has always hosted bands of a great variety. Punk, Rock, Indie, Local and a few big named surprises. I've attended shows on the inside and outside on their Summer Stage. They always attract a crowd! Being a fan of The Damned since the early 80's ....
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New Order
Radio City, NYC
​​A month after sharing the stage of Carnegie Hall with the legendary likes of Iggy Pop for the Tibet House Benefit Concert, iconic greats New Order kicked off a handful of US dates with a sold out show at Radio City Music Hall before heading west for some Coachella...
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Ann Wilson
The Space, Westbury, NY
​​​Ann Wilson is best-known as the lead singer and songwriter of the classic rock band Heart.  Many consider her as one of the greatest female vocalists in the history of rock music.  Heart was formed in the early '70 by Wilson and her guitarist sister Nancy...
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Steve Winwood
The Space, Westbury, NY
​Fifty-one years after a teenaged Steve Winwood sang "Gimme Some Lovin'" with the Spencer Davis Group, the rock, pop and rhythm and blues legend can still nail the vocal and hit all the notes on the '60s anthem.  On a cool, late April Thursday evening in Westbury...
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Olivia Newton John
Count Basie Theater, Red Bank, NJ
​​Olivia took us on a musical journey throughout her amazing career. ‘Xanadu’, ‘Lets Get Physical’ , and a medley of country hits. ‘Please Mr. Please’, ‘Let Me Be There’, ‘Jolene’ and ‘Have You Never Been Mellow’.  Olivia performed ‘The Dolphin Song’ and of course there was  ‘Grease’...
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Peter Frampton
St. George Theater, SI, NY
​​​It was a special treat to hear the classic songs we grew up with played acoustically in an intimate setting. ‘Show Me The Way’ , ‘All I Wanna Do’, ‘Baby I Love Your Way’, ‘Lines On My Face’, ‘Do You Feel Like We Do’’ , were all played, and mixed in with Buddy Holly and Beatles classics...
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Ann Wilson
Mayo PAC, Morristown, NJ
​Ann Wilson, the legendary singer of the band Heart, has embarked on a solo tour, and I was lucky enough to catch her at The Mayo Performing Arts Center in NJ. The Mayo is located in beautiful downtown Morristown NJ, and is a superb old theater originally built in 1937...
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Dropkick Murphys
Paramount, Huntington, NY
​​Over 20 years ago, in Quincy, MA the founding members of the Dropkick Murphys decided to have a jam session in the basement of a barbership. What started out as an opportunity to have some fun and play a little music has, since 1996, evolved into a movement...
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Colin Hay
New York, NY
Had Colin Hay not made his mark as a musician with Men At Work and as a solo performer, he'd surely have gained fame as a stand-up comedian.  Hay has a wickedly funny sense of humor.  This sense of the absurd was very much in evidence during his performance at the Concert Hall...
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Pat Benetar & Neil Giraldo
St. George Theater, SI, NY
​Pat Benetar & Neil Giraldo invited us into their living room for a very intimate acoustic evening. It wasn’t really their living room, it was the beautiful St. George Theater in Staten Island. The St. George is so inviting, and the acoustics are so warm, you felt like ...​
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David Duchovny
Stone Pony, Asbury Park, NJ
​​Don’t think for a minute that this is just another actor that wants to be a Rock Star. David Duchovny is so good, it appears as if he is a Rock Star who just happens to act. I showed up to the Stone Pony to see David Duchovney, and walked into a sea of people. Are the Beatles playing...
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Adam Ant
Keswick Theater, Philadelphia, PA
​The show was billed as…Adam Ant performs the iconic album ‘Kings of the Wild Frontier’ in it’s entirety, and much more. A dream come true for any punk new wave fan of the 80’s. ‘Kings of the Wild Frontier’ was ground breaking when it was released in 1980. A sound we never...
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Michael Bolton
St. George Theater, SI, NY
​​Michael Bolton hit the stage with his 8 piece band on this warm February night amidst catcalls from the ladies in this packed house. The ladies love Michael Bolton. Bolton was charming and took the admiration in stride with good humor. With calls of “turn around Michael”, ...
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Tommy Stinson Bash & Pop
The Saint, Asbury Park, NJ
​Tommy Stinson, Bash & Pop, and The Saint, are a perfect combination. Stinson, Bassist for the Replacements, formed Bash & Pop in 1992 after the ‘Mats broke up. The Replacements were a Minnesota punk band considered by many to be the pioneers of alternative rock...
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Melissa Etheridge
State Theater, New Brunswick, NJ
​​Melissa Etheridge is the real deal. As was evident at her concert on Friday the 13th, she says what she means, and means what she says. Melissa leaves it all out there on the stage. As one of the few men in attendance, I felt honored to get a glimpse into a secret world...
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Rev. Horton Heat
House of Independents, Asbury Park, NJ
​​It was a night of Rockabilly, Psychobilly, Country, and Rock and Roll as The Reverend Horton Heat hit Asbury Park NJ.
The Reverend Horton Heat is of course, Jim Heath, aka the Godfather of Psychobilly. 
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L.A.M.F
Bowery Electric, NYC
​L.A.M.F is an acronym for “Like A MotherFucker”, and that sums up Johnny Thunders, The Heartbreakers, and this show, perfectly. L.A.M.F is the 1977 Legendary Punk Album by Johnny Thunders & the Heartbreakers. The album is a collection of songs about dope...

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Brian Setzer Orchestra - Christmas Rocks! 
Count Basie Theater, Red Bank, NJ
​My Mama used to say “It ain’t Christmas until someone cries!”, but I say “It ain’t Christmas until I see the Brian Setzer Orchestra, Christmas Rocks! Tour.” This is the 13th Annual tour and I have seen 10 of them. Not only does it not get old, but it gets better every year...

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The Monkees
State Theater, New Brunswick, NJ
​It’s hard to believe it was 50 years ago that Davy Jones, Michael Nesmith, Peter Tork and Mickey Dolenz were picked to star in the new TV show The Monkees! Millions of albums sold, and millions of miles later, here we are again partying with our old friends for what may be...

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Green Day
Starland Ballroom, Sayreville, NJ
​I was taken back when I heard the rumor that Green Day would be playing Starland Ballroom. How could it be that one of my all-time favorite bands -- last watched with an audience of 60,000 at Giants Stadium -- is possibly going to play at such an intimate venue...

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Catfish & The Bottlemen
Electric Factory, Philadelphia, PA
​Catfish and the Bottlemen have renewed my hope in music. Being an old punk, the last band I really got behind was BuckCherry. I long ago gave in that Rock Music was dead. My 15 year old daughter and her friend convinced me to take them to the concert, but I did not have...

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Three Dog Night
Count Basie Theater, Red Bank, NJ
​​Three Dog Night. What a band. From 1969 to 1974, no band was bigger, or sold more records than Three Dog Night.  They had 21 consecutive top 40 hits, including 3 #1 Singles, 11 top 10’s, 18 straight top 20’s, 7 million selling singles, and 12 straight Gold LP’s...

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Crank County Daredevils
Brighton Bar, Long Branch, NJ
​Opening bands are usually background music while you wait for the headliner. But every so often you get a Band that grabs you and demands your attention. I had the opportunity to see Crank County Daredevils open for Cheetah Chrome at the Brighton Bar...
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Cheetah Chrome
Brighton Bar, Long Branch, NJ
​“Ain’t it fun when you’re always on the run.” Hell yeah. Especially when you’re running to a concert and ex-Dead Boys guitarist Cheetah Chrome is playing. Cleveland Ohio’s Dead Boys were a legendary punk rock band who were most active between 1976 and 1979...
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Ian Lloyd Stories
Brighton Bar, Long Branch, NJ
​Ian Lloyd singer and songwriter of the 1970’s band ‘Stories’ made his only area appearance Friday Night. Ian Lloyd’s Stories Live on the Jersey Shore  was a perfect event, for an end of summer blowout. Ian Lloyd, from NYC, formed the band Stories in 1971...
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Stanley Clarke
Highline Ballroom, NYC
​Stanley Clarke made his only area appearance and I was lucky enough to be in attendance. This NYC stop was just one of a handful of US tour dates before Stanley embarked on a European tour. Stanley Clarke is the premier Bass Guitarist of our time...
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Tiffany
Wonder Bar, Asbury Park, NJ
​I am not what you would think of as the average Tiffany fan. Back in 1987 when Tiffany was at her peak of fame, I was listening to Punk Rock such as Black Flag, Circle Jerks and Dead Kennedy’s. I recently had the opportunity to talk with Tiffany and in doing research...
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Al DiMeola
BB Kings, NYC
​Al Dimeola the virtuoso jazz fusion guitarist extraordinaire, brought his Electric Tour 2016 to New York City. The show was billed as “Elegant Gypsy” meets “Romantic Warrior”.  Al Dimeola was born on the other side of the River in NJ, where he studied the guitar...
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Dramarama
Wonder Bar, Asbury Park, NJ
​Jerseys favorite boys returned home. Just like the Salmon to Capistrano, Dramarama made their annual pilgrimage to the Jersey Shore for their summer show at the Wonderbar. It was a hot steamy summer night, and the bar was packed as the band hit the stage...
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Eric Burdon
Count Basie Theater, Red Bank, NJ
​On the night of July 20, Edgar Winter and Eric Burden performed at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank NJ, and I had the absolute pleasure of seeing them.  I have a strong love for old time rock and roll, but I am 16 so when I walked into the concert....
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Edgar Winter
Count Basie Theater, Red Bank, NJ
​On the night of July 20, Edgar Winter and Eric Burden performed at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank NJ, and I had the absolute pleasure of seeing them.  I have a strong love for old time rock and roll, but I am 16 so when I walked into the concert....
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David Cassidy
State Theater, New Brunswick, NJ
​David Cassidy “Up Close & Personal” at the NJPAC theater in Newark was a homecoming for the NJ boy.  David grew up close by, in the town of West Orange, where he lived with his grandparents. However, it was much more than a homecoming, it was a family....
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Alice Cooper
State Theater, New Brunswick, NJ
​​The “Spend the Night with Alice Cooper” tour rolled into NJ Tuesday and delivered big time. Chock full of smoke, pyrotechnics, electric chairs, snakes, blood, guillotines, Frankenstein and raw Rock n Roll power...     
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Peter Murphy
le Poisson Rouge - NYC
Peter John Joseph Murphy aka The godfather of goth is a legend. Whether it was with Bauhaus or his celebrated solo career, Peter Murphy has had audiences in the palm of his hands for the last 30 odd years with his deep baritone voice , eerie melodies and dark lyrics...
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Felix Cavaliere's Rascals
Count Basie Theater, Red Bank, NJ
The Rascals were formed in New Jersey during the height of the British Invasion. They stood out as the inventors of good time, blue eyed soul music. With 18 top 40 hits, 5 top 10 hits, and 3 number 1 hits they were the biggest band in the world.  50 years and many trials...
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