Concert Review Jeff Lynne’s ELO
Toronto, Ontario Canada
Saturday August 18, 2018
Review: Joseph Suto
Jeff Lynne brought his current concoction of ELO to Toronto last night. Simply dubbed Jeff Lynne’s ELO as he is the only member left from the days of past. The show was the first for Lynne in Toronto in close to forty years. A lengthy unexplained delay before the show made it seem even longer. Finally, at 9:40 the band took to the stage for a 90-minute extravaganza that left no one disappointed in anyway. Continue reading →
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Collective Soul was born when vocalist Ed Roland recorded what were roughly some demos. Although Hints Allegations and Things Left Unsaid was the first Collective Soul album released, he does not consider it a true Collective Soul album. For that he calls the bands 1995 self-titled release (sometimes known as the Blue album after a second self-titled appeared in 2009) the bands true debut. That album is the best-selling album by the band to date last clocking in with over three million sold in the United States alone.
The band has had its number of peaks and valleys throughout their career as the get ready for another western NY appearance on Saturday (August 18) at the Seneca Niagara Events Center. The band will be part of a double bill with 3 Doors Down for what should be another fantastic night of music. We recently caught the tour in Clearfield, PA for a full review click here.
Collective Soul is in a good place right now as we recently caught up with guitarist and Roland’s younger brother Dean. “We’ve really found our stride with Johnny Rabb playing drums, Jesse Triplett’s with us in lead guitar, and those guys have been with us for several years. The chemistry in the band, honestly, has never been better, on a personal level and musical, so we’re just enjoying it.” After witnessing the band, a couple of weeks ago, I can say they have never sounded better.
The band is no stranger to the Buffalo area having played numerous shows over the years. A few of those memorable moments include the Gateway Park show in North Tonawanda, a sold-out show at the then Dome Theatre in Niagara Falls and just last year they played at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery as they rocked the Knox with Our Lady Peace.
When it comes to touring and playing the bands songs live, the guitarist had this to say “That’s kind of our, for lack of better words, kind of our reward. We love being in the studio. We love writing and recording and rehearsing, doing that stuff, but when you’re going out there and you’re playing the music and you’re seeing fans that love it and singing it back, that’s kind of hard to beat. It’s a good feeling.”
The band also has been working on a new album in between gigs. Dean gave this update “Next year’s our 25th year anniversary so we’re going to finish up. We have almost 19 songs. We’ve almost finished both of them, so I think we’re going to do a double album next year. It’s one of those things that we were going to release the album we recorded last year, but we started doing more songs and the timing wasn’t right on releasing one this year.
So much to look forward to if you are a Collective Soul fan.
Don’t forget to catch the band this Saturday at the Seneca Niagara Events Center inside the Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino. Not only will you see a band that is in a firm groove, you’ll get the added bonus of 3 Doors Down. Now that’s a double treat for all music fans in one night.
Concert Review Rock & Roll Express Tour
3 Doors Down
Clearfield County Fairgrounds
Friday August 3, 2018
Review/Photos: Joseph Suto
One of this summer’s low-key but successful tours found its way to the Clearfield County Fairgrounds Friday evening. The Rock & Roll Express tour featuring 3 Doors Down and Collective Soul is now going full tilt as they trek their way throughout the United States. Unfortunately, this was one of the few dates where Soul Asylum was not on the bill. Continue reading →
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Concert Review Puddle Of Mudd
Rockin’ The Downs Concert Series
Friday July 27, 2018
Review/Photos: Joseph Suto
When Wes Scantlin is on top of his game there are few better front-men from his era. As evidenced by Puddle of Mudd’s performance at the Batavia Downs Friday night, this was exactly what the fans wanted to see. Scantlin has now been sober for almost a year and it shows on stage. Scantlin appeared to be pulling songs out of thin air during the bands near two-hour set. Continue reading →
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Concert Review Godsmack
Like A Storm
Darien Lake Amphitheater
Darien Center, NY
Tuesday July 24, 2018
Review/Photos: Joseph Suto
After what seemed like an eternity Godsmack and Shinedown finally returned to the Darien Lake Amphitheater Tuesday night. It marked both bands first appearances since they both appeared at the Uproar festival in 2012. The crowd of 10,000 strong sat through the rain which started during Shinedown’s set and continued on through Godsmack’s. Both bands delivered the goods as both have recently released new albums and the new songs sounded great mixed with the older material. Continue reading →
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