Concert Preview- Sully Erna

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Sully Erna
Riviera Theatre
North Tonawanda, NY
November 16, 2016
By: Jenipher



Nearly six years to the date, Sully Erna is back with his 2nd solo album. The Godsmack vocalist released the somewhat stripped down disc, Hometown Life, on September 30. This effort is slightly different than the previous one. Where Avalon has a more worldly-earthy vibe, Hometown Life is more of a straightforward acoustic overtone. The lyrics this time are more about growth and discovery, personal assessment if you will. However, if you listen close there are also messages. In the song, “Beat of My Own Drum” Erna, who comes from a long line of musicians, offers up motivation to others like himself, living life on their own terms. Continue reading

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2017 Induction Nominees for Rock Hall

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
2017 Nomination Class
By: Joseph Suto


To many rock fans the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame is a complete joke. Not only were some artists who may be worthy, jilted from even appearing on the nomination ballot, they were seeing bands and artists who achieved far less make their way into enshrinement. It wasn’t until the past few years the Hall woke up and bands who should have been in long ago, finally found their way in. Rush, Kiss, Heart and Cheap Trick all were recently inducted after years of being snubbed. Do all of them belong in? That is for another debate. Continue reading

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Interview- Pete Trewavas- Marillion

Pete Trewavas
Edison’s Children


Bassist Pete Trewavas joined Marillion in 1982. He has played on every album the band has released including their latest entitled F.E.A.R. The latest offering is what many are calling the band’s best album in years. It also marks the band’s first album to crack the top 5 in the UK as well as their first top-5 album with Steve Hogarth who came aboard in 1989. We talked to Pete and he spoke about the making of the album and some of the other projects he is currently working on. Continue reading

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Interview with Johnny Gioeli

Johnny Gioeli
Axel Rudi Pell


Hardline has had a very unique and interesting history. They came fast out of the gates with Double Eclipse in 1992. The next effort entitled ll was never released until 2002 due to the band losing its MCA record deal among band members going off and doing other things that eventually left only singer Johnny Gioeli. Currently the band is back with a strong effort in Human Nature. The band currently includes keyboardist Alessandro Del Vecchio, bassist Anna Portalupi, drummer Francesco “Cesco” Jovino and former Storm guitarist Josh Ramos. Continue reading

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Interview- Jim Crean 2016

Jim Crean
Solo, Hair Nation, Appice Brothers

Jim Crean has been rocking the Buffalo Music Scene for the better part of four decades. His band Hair Nation has opened for several national artists such as Jack Russell’s Great White, Dokken, Operation: Mindcrime, LA Guns and many many more. His band has also played the sunset strip among many other places. Continue reading

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Spin Doctors Time Away Serves Them Well

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The Spin Doctors
Bear’s Den Inside
Seneca Niagara Casino
Niagara Falls, NY
Friday September 23, 2016
Review: David Leary
Photos: Joseph Suto

It’s hard to believe it’s been 25 years since the release of Pocket Full of Kryptonite, Spin Doctors’ 1991 debut studio album. This really makes me feel old as that was one of the CDs that was in heavy rotation among my friends as a college freshman. Friday night the band,who got back together in 2001 after some time apart and lineup changes, performed nearly that entire record (with the exception being “Refrigerator Car”). Continue reading

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