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Barry Manilow: Unchained Melody

It’s Monday! to get the week started off right, here’s Barry Manilow’s beautiful interpretation of the timeless classic “Unchained Melody.” May it be a great day and an even better week. Enjoy!

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My Last KISS

On August 21, I attended what may have been my final KISS concert ever. At this point, I’ve seen the band live more than 20 times, including five dates on its End Of The Road World Tour. If this was my last show, I went out on top because I watched the entire performance from the pit, which is in between the stage and the front row. Being in the pit was not planned ahead of time, but it was a fantastic surprise. Read on for my thoughts on my last KISS.

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Journey Makes Epic Return To Atlantic City

Last night was my first concert since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. I also had the opportunity to meet both Jonathan Cain and his wife Paula before the show, which was delightful. I interviewed Jon last month about his new music, Journey’s upcoming album, and more. Having the chance to enjoy an epic night of live music and spend time with Jon and Paula beforehand was made possible by the man himself. So, I’d like to express a heartfelt thank you to Jon Cain for his hospitality. Read on for my thoughts about the show, videos, photos, and more.

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KISS Announces Exclusive Las Vegas Engagement

One of rock’s most influential bands, KISS, announces their exclusive Las Vegas engagement at Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, kicking off New Year’s Eve week with performances Wednesday, Dec. 29, Friday, Dec. 31 and Saturday, Jan. 1. Additional shows are scheduled for January 19 – February 5, 2022.

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Music Review — Night Ranger: ATBPO

Night Ranger, one of the most underrated rock bands ever, is back with new music! Their new studio album, ATBPO, which stands for And The Band Played On, is a killer collection that is comprised of 11 tracks, if you buy it digitally, and 12 tracks, if you buy it on vinyl and CD. Read on for my thoughts about Night Ranger’s newest offering, thought’s from the band, and more.

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Jonathan Cain On New Music, Journey, Steve Perry & The Lord

Jonathan Cain is a brilliant musician and a kind person. He is one of the most prolific, influential, and skilled performers ever, and he’s back with new music, both as a solo artist and as a member of Journey. Today, Jon’s new single, “Oh Lord Lead Us,” is available to buy and stream. And, on June 24, Journey released the new single, “The Way We Used To Be,” from its forthcoming new studio album. Jon was kind enough to speak with me at length about his new music, Journey’s new album, hitting the road again, how the Lord inspires him, his wife, Paula White-Cain, Steve Perry, and so much more. I hope you enjoy our discussion, and make sure to buy and stream Jon’s new single because it’s excellent!

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Journey Releases New Single: “The Way We Used To Be”

Journey is back with new music! Today, the band released the long-awaited lead single from its forthcoming studio album. The track is entitled “The Way We Used To Be,” and a music video accompanied the release. Read on for the video, as well as thoughts from Journey’s founder and lead guitarist Neal Schon on this new song.

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Melissa Manchester Revisits “Fire In The Morning”

Melissa Manchester’s voice is as comforting as your favorite blanket on a cold winter’s night: it’s familiar, warm, and beautiful. Celebrating 50 years of music, Melissa is revisiting some of her classics, releasing them one by one from the forthcoming album RE:VIEW. The latest, “Fire In The Morning,” was released . . . this morning. If that isn’t perfect, then I don’t know what is. Read on for my thoughts on this new take on a timeless classic and for the new music video.

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Night Ranger Announces New Studio Album & Releases Single

Today, one of my favorite rock bands, Night Ranger, announced the release of its first new studio album in four years: ATBPO. They also released the first single, “Breakout,” and its music video today as well. Below is the full press release and details regarding this exciting news!

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Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Drummer Brings Art To Stone Harbor

Photo Credit: Laura Glass

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee and six-time Grammy award-winning drummer of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Chad Smith, is coming to Stone Harbor, New Jersey! Road Show Company presents, in collaboration with SceneFour Productions: The Art of Chad Smith, a limited engagement fine art exhibition at Ocean Galleries in Stone Harbor from Friday, May 28 through Monday, May 31.

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