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.
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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.
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On September 11, 2015, classic rock legends, the Scorpions, will be releasing their 19th studio album, 'Return to Forever.' This 19-song recording came as a bit of a surprise to fans of the band, because in 2010, the Scorpions announced that they were retiring after a two year world tour. But, sometime during that tour, founding members Rudolph Schenker - guitars, and Klaus Meine - vocals, along with long-time guitar superstar, Matthias Jabs, thankfully, for their millions of fans, decided against that idea.
'Return to Forever' continues the Scorpions streak of outstanding work- going back to their 2007 album, 'Humanity:Hour 1,’ and then the 2010, ‘Sting of the Tail.' The band is celebrating their 50th year anniversary this year, and show no signs of slowing down. They continue to be innovative in the studio, and dynamic on the stage.
What follows is an exclusive interview with one of the greatest vocalists in rock music- Klaus Meine.
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Review/ photos By Thomas S. Orwat Jr.
Darien, NY - The mighty Van Halen, featuring guitar legend, Eddie Van Halen, David Lee Roth - vocals, Alex Van Halen - drums and Wolfgang Van Halen - bass, returned to the WNY area, and performed in front of 11,000 music loving fans on a rainy and unseasonably cool late summer evening. The band is currently touring in support of their recent live record, ‘Tokyo Dome.’ But, for a few days, this concert was in jeopardy of even happening. Van Halen had reluctantly cancelled their previous concert on Sunday at Hershey Park, due to lead singer, David Lee Roth, being advised by doctors not to perform and rest his voice because he had the flu. However, miraculously, he quickly bounced back, and became healthy enough again for the band to perform this evening, and continue their tour. While some may of expected him to give a subpar performance because of his illness, David Lee, showed no signs of being ill. He was energenic, performing a solid two hour performance, and was... well he was David Lee Roth!
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