Review and photos by John Jeffrey
Buffalo, NY - When it was announced that Motley Crue would be coming back to the Western New York area for another leg of their "Farewell Tour," which will wrap up on New Years Eve at the Staple Center in Los Angeles (with talk of one FINAL show in 2016 at the Whisky A Go Go to coincide with their 35th anniversary), we here at Rock Music Star were undecided on whether we would review the tour again, since we reviewed the concert they did last summer at the Darien Lake Performing Arts Center. Considering it was over a year later, and this concert would be held in an indoor venue (Buffalo's First Niagara Center), we were interested in seeing how the tour (featuring opener Alice Cooper) had evolved - if at all - and were at least optimistic that we would see Tommy Lee's "Crucify" drum solo spectacle, considering most of the outdoor venues were unable to accommodate the massive roller coaster type structure, which elevates Lee and his drumset up and over the crowd while performing his solo. Now with all of the controversy surrounding this show, due to the fact that Tommy did not play the drums during Motley's set (he did play the piano parts of the encore, "Home Sweet Home"), it seems like it would be remiss if we did not review this show.
For full review, click here.
Concert review - Ace Frehley - University of Buffalo Center for the Arts, Amherst, NY - September 21, 2015
Review / photos - John Jeffrey
Amherst, NY - Writing about your childhood hero can be a daunting task. While spending years defending Ace Frehley and KISS to naysayers, at the same time, when you become the biggest fan, you can also be the harshest critic. So please keep in mind when reading this review, my comments are not coming a negative place, but from a point of respect and admiration. I wish I could say that Ace's show on Monday night - at the University of Buffalo's Center for the Arts - was the best show I've ever seen him put on, but after seeing Ace perform countless times with KISS and with Frehley's Comet and his countless incarnations of his own "solo" band, that would not be the truth.
For full review and more photos, click here.
Concert review - J. Geils Band / Ian Hunter and the Rant Band - Artpark, Lewiston, NY - Sept 8, 2015
Review / photos- Thomas S. Orwat Jr.
Lewiston, NY - Last Tuesday, rock ‘n’ roll’s #1 house party band - the J. Geils Band - along with glam-rock pioneer, Ian Hunter, closed out another great summer concert series at WNY's favorite destination for music, the majestic Artpark in Lewiston, NY. This year was unique for Artpark, as the Tuesday evening concert series was extended past Labor Day weekend for the first time. Although the post labor-day date may have kept a few away, those that did attend enjoyed a beautiful late summer night, filled with some of the most memorable songs in rock music history.
For more photos and review, click here.