Sully Erna Dazzles At The Riv…. Again

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Sully Erna
Riviera Theatre
North Tonawanda, NY
November 16, 2016
Review and Photos: Jenipher

Sully Erna stopped in North Tonawanda, NY while out on tour for his second solo release, “Hometown Life”. Most notably known as the voice behind Godsmack, Erna is a master storyteller. The Riviera Theatre audience was treated to not only a wonderful acoustic performance, but yet a peek into the personal life of Erna. Between tunes, he joked with the crowd, in his thick Boston accent, teasing he would be taking requests. During his cover of Alice in Chains’ “Nutshell” there was a video screen showcasing a number of inspirational musicians that have passed on. After the song, he commented how it was sad that it needed to be updated to add in Lemmy Kilmister. Continue reading

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CD Review- Green Day

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Green Day
Revolution Radio
Reprise
2016
Review: Joseph Suto
✰✰✰✰½

 

Green Day are back with their new studio release Revolution Radio. It marks a return to an album with a direction and purpose following the band’s trilogy of ¡Uno!, ¡Dos! and ¡Tré! which were released over a a few months in 2012. Continue reading

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Fitz & The Tantrums Return With Heavy Hearts

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Fitz & the Tantrums
The Rapids Theatre
Niagara Falls, NY
Friday November 18, 2016
Review: Thom Jennings
Photos: Joseph Suto

Fitz & The Tantrums arrived in Niagara Falls on Friday to perform to a sold out crowd at The Rapids Theatre. The band dedicated the show to the late Sharon Jones, who had passed away earlier that day. Fitz & The Tantrums once opened for Jones and her band, The Dap Kings. Continue reading

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CD Review- Sting

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Sting
57th & 9th
2016
A&M/Interscope Records
✰✰✰✰
By: Dave Leary
Producer: Martin Kierszenbaum

Much has been made of this being Sting’s first “pop/rock” album in over a decade. After writing a musical and recording in the classical and folk genres, he has at least partially returned to a rock sound. Continue reading

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Foreigner Unplugs At Fallsview

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Foreigner
Avalon Ballroom
Fallsview Casino
Niagara Falls, Ontario
Saturday November 12, 2016
Review/Photos: Joseph Suto

 

The Avalon Ballroom Theatre came alive with the music of Foreigner Saturday evening but not in the manner which one may be accustomed to. Sure the band Foreigner was there but this was a special show that was billed as “The Hits Unplugged” Tour. Stripped down versions of Foreigner hits and a few surprises were tossed in to make the show a must see for any fan of the band. Continue reading

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Anderson Rabin Wakeman Astound at UB

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ARW
(Anderson, Rabin & Wakeman)
UB Center For the Arts
Amherst, NY
Wednesday November 2, 2016
Review/Photos: Joseph Suto

It was one of the most anticipated reunions of recent memory when Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin and Rick Wakeman, collectively known ARW, graced the stage at UB’s Center for the Arts Wednesday evening. Until this tour kicked off the three had not played together since the Union tour. Singer, multi-instrumentalist Anderson of course being a founding member of Yes, while keyboardist Wakeman played with Yes on and off including the majority of the 70s and on most of the band’s earlier classics. Neither one has played with Yes since 2004. Guitarist Rabin played with them during their big commercial peak that began with the highly successful 90125 album which included the #1 smash “Owner Of A Lonely Heart”. Joining them were amazing musicians drummer Lou Molino and bassist Lee Pomeroy who really helped to round things out. Continue reading

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