Michael Cavacini

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Book Review: WWE 100 Greatest Matches

wwe_100_greatest_matches_3dI received an advance copy of WWE: 100 Greatest Matches from DK Publishing, the same company that produced WWE Ultimate Superstar GuideWWE 50 and 30 Years of WrestleManiaamong other great books. So, is this one worth the price of admission? Watch my video review below to find out.

Nintendo News: Yo-Kai Watch 2 Launches in the U.S. on Sept. 30

13244198_1083128281759162_8659345976694995830_oI recently got into the Nintendo franchise Yo-Kai Watch, which has a terrific free app in the iOS App Store called Yo-Kai Watch: Wibble Wobble, as well as great game for the Nintendo 3DS. Today, Nintendo announced that the sequel to the 3DS game is hitting the U.S. on September 30. Below is the full press release from Nintendo:

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Philly Pays Tribute To Prince

IMG_7041It’s been nearly a month since Prince passed away. Like many of his fans, over the past several weeks I’ve been listening to Prince’s music non-stop, reading magazines and books about his remarkable career and celebrating his unparalleled musical journey.

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A Conversation With John Regan

Photo by Tracy Ketcher.

Photo: Tracy Ketcher

On the heels of my review of Four By Fate’s debut albumRelentless, I had the opportunity to interview the band’s bassist, John Regan. In addition to being one of the co-founders of Four By Fate, John has a rich history of working with some of the biggest names in rock and roll history, including David Bowie, Ace Frehley, Mick Jagger, David Lee Roth, John Waite, Peter Frampton, and Billy Idol, among others. During our hour-long conversation, we covered everything from the formation of Four By Fate to John’s time in the studio and on the road with Ace Frehley. We also talked about how John feels that Ace Frehley will inevitably rejoin KISS, and much more. I hope you enjoy the interview with John Regan, and don’t forget to pick up a copy of Four By Fate’s new album on June 3.

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Nintendo News: Updates on Mobile, NX and The Legend of Zelda

2000px-Nintendo_red_logoThis morning Nintendo released the following announcement:

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Four By Fate’s Relentless Debut

Four By Fate - RelentlessFour By Fate, the killer new hard rock band started by Tod Howarth and John Regan of Frehley’s Comet, is releasing its debut album, Relentless, on June 3. Howarth and Regan are steeped in rock and roll history. These two rock veterans have worked with some of the biggest names in the business over the past 30 years, including Ace Frehley, David Bowie, Mick Jagger, Cheap Trick, John Waite, Billy Idol, and Davide Lee Roth, just to name a few. The group is rounded out by Patrick James Gasperini (Pound, Flywheel) and former Skid Row drummer Rob Affuso. Other contributors include Stet Howland (drummer for WASP), Sean Kelly (guitarist for Helix and Nelly Furtado) and celebrated Twisted Sister drummer AJ Pero, who recorded six tracks on the album before his untimely passing in 2015. The drum tracks that Pero recorded for Relentless are thought to be his last recordings.

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Ace Frehley Recovers From Health Scare After Wilkes-Barre Show

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Ace Frehley with the medical staff of Wilkes-Barre General Hospital.

On Friday night I drove out to Wilkes-Barre to see Ace Frehley perform and meet him after the show. My friend and I had planned on going to Ace’s show in New Hope the weekend prior but it was cancelled last-minute because Ace was feeling under the weather. With the recent release of his new album, Ace has been pushing himself hard to make appearances, perform shows and handle a myriad of media opportunities. This hectic schedule took its toll on Ace and he was rushed to the hospital following his performance in Wilkes-Barre. While Ace’s meet and greet after the Wilkes-Barre show was understandably cancelled as a result of this health scare, I’m happy to report that “Space Ace” has been released from Wilkes-Barre General Hospital and is back home in Southern California recuperating.

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KISS Kruise IV: Paul Stanley Q&A

919Today I bought tickets to see KISS on their “Freedom to Rock” tour in Allentown on September 1. I got great seats for the show – 13th row, in front of Gene – and for a reasonable price. This concert is taking place two months before I hop aboard KISS Kruise VI, so you could say I’m going to have a KISS-filled fall. Speaking of the KISS Kruise, below is a video I recently uploaded of Paul Stanley’s hour-long Q&A from KISS Kruise IV. Enjoy!

 

KISS Announces Summer “Freedom To Rock” Tour

12967344_10154298064921412_5535246704575294989_oAmerica’s # 1 Gold Record Award Winning Group of all time KISS, has announced its 2016 Summer American “Freedom To Rock” Tour and will visit 36+ cities nationwide with more markets being announced soon. The long-awaited & highly anticipated “Freedom To Rock” Tour will kick off on July 7th in Boise, Idaho and will travel the country throughout July and August and will close September 10th in Huntington, West Virginia. Tickets will go on sale beginning Friday April 15th for all concert dates (The Grand Rapids, MI and Youngstown, OH shows go on sale Monday April 18th).

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John Waite Kicks Off Acoustic Tour in New Hope

Photo with John Waite - 2016This past Tuesday night John Waite kicked off his acoustic “Wooden Heart” tour in New Hope, PA and I was fortunate enough to be front row for the show. As with the three previous times I saw John live, this concert was excellent. However, it being an acoustic performance made for a much different atmosphere. This time around the performance was more intimate and the softer guitars placed John’s voice front and center, which is a good thing because the first time he sang a note it blew my mind how good he still sounds. The man is 63, yet his voice barely sounds any different than it did back in the 1980s. His tone is perfect and he emotes in a way few of his peers can. It’s really something to marvel. But I’m getting ahead of myself. Let’s start at the beginning.

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