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Interview - Styx - Lawrence Gowan

In 1999, when founding Styx songwriter, vocalist, and keyboardist – Dennis DeYoung left the legendary classic rock band, due to health reasons, many fans and industry insiders assumed it was over for Styx.  However, the remaining members Tommy Shaw and JT Young wanted nothing to do with that notion and decided to find the best rock vocalist/keyboardist to around to replace DeYoung.  That’s exactly what they did when they hired the innovative Scottish born, Canadian musician Lawrence Gowan, who was a huge star in Canada with his progressive pop band Gowan.  The addition of Lawrence Gowan immediately gave the band a well needed shot of adrenaline, with his high energy performances.  Styx was once again a Rock band.  The band was so pleased with the addition of Gowan, that when DeYoung wanted to return to the line-up, his request was politely declined.

Currently, Styx is wrapping up a major North American tour, co-headlining with Reo Speedwagon and the mighty Ted Nugent.  They also recently released a live DVD, in which they performed their two classic albums “Pieces of Eight” and “Grand Illusion.”

What follows is an exclusive RockMusicStar interview with Lawrence Gowan.  During this interview we discussed the current tour, the bands thoughts of recording a new CD and his upcoming sold-out, solos shows at the Fallview Casino in Niagara Falls, Ont.

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Concert review - Foreigner - Artpark, Lewiston, NY - June 26, 2012

Review/photos - John Jeffrey
Lewiston, NY - This past Tuesday was Artpark's 2nd installment of their annual "Tuesday in the Park" concert series, and while the opening week started out strong with Kansas, many people felt that week #1 was really just a warm up for week #2, with Foreigner coming into town.

For full review and more photos. click here.


Concert review - Fountains of Wayne - Buffalo Habor, Buffalo, NY - June 28, 2012

Review/photos - Thomas S. Orwat, Jr.

Buffalo, NY - It was the perfect summer evening, with temperatures in the low 80's and a little breeze off of the lake.  Add to that, buckets of affordable cold refreshments and most importantly, a free concert featuring the New York City based alt-rockers - the Fountains of Wayne.  The crowd of over 3000, rocked the evening away to the jangly sounds of the band that brought us the 2003 mega-hit "Stacy's Mom."

For full review more photos, click here.


CD review - Lita Ford - "Living Like a Runaway"

by John Jeffrey

To preface my review, I have to point out that I have never been a diehard Lita Ford fan. I totally acknowledge and respect her skills as a guitar player, and like many people, I dig her handful of hits, but for the most part, (as a songwriter) I find her material very 'hit or miss.' I often feel that a lot of the mediocre stuff that she's put out, she's been given a pass for, because of her notoriety as a original member of the Runaways and because she's a 'hot chick' who plays rock and roll.

For full review, click here.


Concert review - Roger Waters - First Niagara Center - Buffalo, NY - June 21, 2012

Photos, review by Thomas S. Orwat, Jr.

Buffalo, NY - Former Pink Floyd leader and rock legend, Roger Waters, brought his 1979 semi-autobiographic concept record and epic masterpiece, "The Wall," to life in front of awestruck, sold-out crowd on this first official day of summer.  This show was nothing short of extraordinary, with some of the most modern, state of the art effects utilized, great visuals and a crystal clear sound mix.  This was rock theater brought to another dynamic level.  It took Waters thirty years to finally have technology catch up with his conceptual demands and aspirations for his masterpiece.  But, now at the young age of 68, Waters can finally relish in the fact that the live performance of "The Wall" is just as brilliant as the record.

Waters was in great spirits on the evening, smiling and jumping around the stage, his backing band was comprised of veteran session musicians that included ex-Saturday Night Live band leader GE Smith on guitar.
The Roger Waters' "The Wall" tour  will be playing across the east coast of North America for the next month.  If you get a chance, you absolutely must check this truly spectacular show out!

To see more pictures from the show, please click here.