Michael Cavacini

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What I’m Listening To: Only to Rise by Sweet & Lynch

Sweet & LynchThis year I enjoyed some amazing new music from artists including Barry Manilow, Billy Idol, Neil Diamond, and Dionne Warwick, among others. But 2015 is shaping up to be even better based on what I’m listening to right now, which is Only to Rise by Sweet & Lynch.

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Peter Criss: What It Was Like Meeting ‘The Catman’

Meeting the legendary Peter Criss at the All Things That Rock festival in Oaks, PA.

Meeting the legendary Peter Criss at the All Things That Rock festival in Oaks, PA.

On Friday I met KISS’ original drummer, Peter Criss, at the All Things That Rock Festival in Oaks, PA. This was the culmination of a terrific, music-filled year where I met and had my photo taken with all of the original and current members of KISS. I also had the privilege of being in attendance at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony earlier this year where KISS’ original lineup was honored.

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Review: Ace Frehley’s Space Invader Tour

Meeting "Space Ace" in Glenside, PA before his show at The Keswick.

Meeting “Space Ace” in Glenside, PA before his show at The Keswick.

I never had a chance to see Ace Frehley, the original lead guitarist of KISS, perform with the band. By the time I started attending KISS shows, Tommy Thayer was the new “Space Man.” So, when Ace announced the tour for his new solo album – Space Invader – I was ready to finally see him live.

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Review – KISS Kruise IV: Dressed To Kill

Me, dressed to kill, with KISS.

Dressed to kill with KISS.

Below is my video review of KISS Kruise IV, as well as photos and videos from this unforgettable event. Enjoy!

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KISS Kruise IV, Here I Come!

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20 autographed copies of Gene Simmons' new book: Me, Inc.

20 autographed copies of Gene Simmons’ new book: Me, Inc.

Barry Manilow Live At QVC

Manilow 4Last Friday I saw Barry Manilow perform live at QVC. Check out my video and photos below recounting the event, as well as the QVC video of the entire TV special. Enjoy!

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Vintage Trouble Live In Philly

Backstage before the show with Ty Taylor, Vintage Trouble's lead singer

Backstage before the show with Ty Taylor, Vintage Trouble’s lead singer

A couple weeks ago I saw Vintage Trouble, my favorite young rock band, live in Philly. As always, they were terrific. Below are some photos and videos from the show. And as a reminder, I recently interviewed the band and will be sharing that with you within the next month or so. In the meantime, enjoy the photos and video below, and go see Vintage Trouble when they come to your area.

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Vintage Trouble: The Swing House Sessions Tour

906175_10101902085512263_2096428306_oVintage Trouble, arguably the greatest modern rock band, is currently on the road for The Swing House Sessions Tour in support of their new EP. I had the pleasure of interviewing the guys last week about their wonderful music, style and success, so stay tuned for that in the weeks to come. And I’m attending their concert this Wednesday night in Philadelphia at Underground Arts.

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A Conversation With The Babys’ John Bisaha

img_0931One of my all-time favorite classic rock bands is The Babys. Well, I’ve got good news! The Babys are back with a new lineup and a new album – I’ll Have Some Of That! – which features some killer material that all classic rock fans must check out.

The lead singer of The Babys, John Bisaha, was kind enough to speak with me about his interesting musical journey, including his influences, what it was like auditioning to be The Babys’ new lead vocalist and how he used to hang out with Karen Carpenter as a kid. It’s a great interview and I think you’re going to really enjoy it.

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Couple Days Off

For those of you that don’t know, I’m entering my final year of grad school and the semester has begun. This fall I’m taking my last two classes and in the spring I’m working on my Master’s Project. To maintain my sanity, I’ll be posting less frequently to my blog, maybe once a week or once every other week. But there’s no need to worry because I’ve got great stuff planned for you this fall, including more interviews with best-selling authors and accomplished musicians, as well as my thoughts on a variety of books, albums and concerts. I plan on ending the year on a high note, so thanks for sticking along for the ride. In the meantime, I’m going to enjoy a couple days off.

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