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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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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 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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Joey Sykes’ Classic New Rock

Album CoverJoey Sykes, guitarist for The Babys, has released his new solo album, Classic New Rock, and it’s a killer collection of music that fans of old-school rock and roll will immediately enjoy.

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Alive! ’75 Set To Rock NJ & PA

Alive75-LogoI’m not going to get a chance to KISS live this year, but I am going to see the most-talked-about new KISS tribute band, Alive! ’75, twice. The first show I’m attending is on Saturday, September 19 at The Newton Theatre in Newton, NJ. And the second show is on Saturday, November 21 at Montgomery County Community College in Blue Bell, PA. Stay tuned for a full recap of both shows, including great photos and videos. In the meantime, below is more information about what makes Alive! 75 special: Read more…

New Music: Neal Schon, Rod Stewart and John Waite

303If you’re a classic rock fan there’s a lot of good music that was recently released or is going to be released soon. Three of my favorites include a double-album by Journey guitarist Neal Schon, an album of all-new material by Rod Stewart and a remastered deluxe edition of a live album by John Waite.

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