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Night Ranger: Don’t Let Up

night_ranger_dlu_cover_hiNight Ranger, one of the most underrated melodic rock bands of all time, is set to release its 12th studio album on March 24: Don’t Let Up. As the title suggests, this album doesn’t let up. It’s filled to the brim with hard-rocking songs that are laden with soaring vocals, blistering guitar riffs and more hooks than a fisherman’s tackle box.

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A Conversation With Dennis Woloch: Part 2

fullsizeoutput_1e62Dennis Woloch was the Art Director for 20 of KISS’ albums, including studio, compilation and live records. He worked with the band from their early days all the way through the mid-1980s. I met Dennis at the 2016 NJ KISS Expo and he was kind enough to speak with me for two hours about everything he worked on with KISS. Below is part two of this discussion. Part one can be read here.

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A Conversation With KISS’ Tommy Thayer

Photograph by Will Byington.

Photograph by Will Byington.

Yesterday I returned from KISS Kruise VI, my third and final sea-bound voyage with the “Hottest Band in the World,” and a few days prior to this trip I interviewed the band’s lead guitarist: Tommy Thayer. As you can see below, I asked Tommy several questions that many fans want answers to and he was more than happy to oblige. Stay tuned for my full recap of KISS Kruise VI, which I’ll post when I get my photo with the band, which should be at some point later this month. Until then, I hope you enjoy my interview with Tommy!

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A Conversation With Bruce Kulick

fullsizeoutput_1e3dA couple days prior to the 2016 NJ KISS Expo, I had the opportunity to interview former KISS lead guitarist Bruce Kulick. I’ve never heard anyone say anything negative about Bruce, and now I know why. Both on the phone and at the Expo, he was as nice as could be and willing to answer all of my questions. For the latest news on Bruce and his exciting musical journey, make sure to visit his website and follow him on social mediaRead more…

Meeting Dennis DeYoung

fullsizeoutput_1e2aThis past Saturday night I met Dennis DeYoung, former STYX lead vocalist on several of the band’s biggest hits, some of which include “Babe,” “Come Sail Away” and “The Best of Times.” Dennis performed all of these hits and more during the concert, and his voice was as beautiful and powerful as ever.

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KISSFAQ Podcast: Episode 91

10750165_10102791720012593_2573929942104802060_oTonight I took part in another episode of the KISSFAQ podcast! I, along with other diehard KISS fans, discussed our thoughts on Ace Frehley live in 2016. We talked about his setlist, whether or not he can still bring it and the rumor that he may be rejoining KISS in 2017. You can listen to this episode on iTunes, or watch a video of it below on YouTube. Enjoy!

Heart’s Ann Wilson Releases New Solo EP

focus_album_coverAnn Wilson, of Heart, has released her second solo EP, The Ann Wilson Thing! #2 – Focus, on Rounder Records. Featured tracks on the EP include live recordings of Jimi Hendrix’ “Manic Depression” and Peter Gabriel’s “Don’t Give Up”, as well as two Wilson-penned tracks, the folk-inspired “Fightin fer Life” and the bluesy “Anguish.” Guitarist Craig Bartok co-wrote both of these original songs with Wilson.

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Heart, Cheap Trick and Joan Jett Rock NJ

IMG_7932Last weekend I attended a terrific concert dubbed the “Rock Hall Three For All.” On the bill was Heart, Cheap Trick and Joan Jett. While all three acts turned in great performances, Heart and Cheap Trick stole the show. The night was filled with more than 40 songs, many of them hits that the crowd knew and gladly sang along to. If you have an opportunity to see this great tour, do so. You won’t be disappointed. To give you a taste of what to expect, below are several photos and videos I captured during this special evening. Enjoy!

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Journey Celebrates the 35th Anniversary of Escape in NJ

IMG_7566With the 35th anniversary of the Journey album Escape, which spawned numerous chart-topping hits, right around the corner, the band is back on the road. This time they are joined by The Doobie Brothers and Dave Mason. And Steve Smith is behind the drum kit, stepping in for the band’s former drummer Deen Castronovo. For those keeping count, this is the classic Journey lineup, minus one member: Steve Perry. I’m happy to say this was one of the best Journey concerts I’ve attended (this was my fifth), and my my pre-show meet and greet with Neal Schon exceeded my expectations. Read on for all of the details.

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Music Review: Beautiful Broken by Heart

BeautifulBrokenCoverToday, Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Heart released their 16th album: Beautiful Broken. Heart has sold over 35 million albums during their impressive career, and this release is their first in four years. The album consists of reinterpretations of classic Heart tracks, as well as three new cuts. The title track and first single features a dynamic guest vocal contribution by Metallica’s James Hetfield with Ann Wilson.

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