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Garth Brooks held a press conference in Buffalo, NY on March 5, 2015. RMS was there to cover it and ask Garth a few questions. To see video, click here.

Garth Brooks plays the first of 6 sold-out shows in Buffalo, NY. We were there for this exclusive coverage. For review, click here.

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CD review - KISS - "Monster"

by John Jeffrey

In 1985, KISS released "Asylum," touting it as their 20th record. In 2012, KISS has recalculated the counting of their catalog (no longer including the solo albums in their tally) and have announced "Monster" as their 20th studio album. Since "Asylum" was released, KISS started a trend whenever they had a new album coming out, where they would compare their upcoming release to something else that they had put out in the past. Usually, KISS would describe their "new" record as a cross between "Destroyer" and whatever else suited their fancy at the time. I always felt this was a bad idea, because it makes the fan conjure up a preconceived notion of how the record will sound, and if the release doesn't match their sonic hypothesis, it can leave a lot of room for disappointment. But let me tell ya, "Monster" does not disappoint.

For full review, click here.


Heart - "Kicking & Dreaming " (book review‏) and "Fanatic" (CD review) 

By John Jeffrey

Following the boxed set they released over the summer, Heart delivers a one-two punch with the fall releases of their autobiography, "Kicking and Dreaming" (written by Ann & Nancy Wilson, with Charles R. Cross), followed by a new studio album, "Fanatic." While it may or may not have been originally planned this way, both the book and CD go nicely hand in hand with one another, giving their fans quite a bit to rejoice about.

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CD Battle Royal - (Don) Dokken VS T&N (Dokken minus Don)

Review by John Jeffrey
Despite Don Dokken and George Lynch's recent appearance on Eddie Trunk's That Metal Show (VH-1 Classic) regarding a pending Dokken reunion, the stars in the sky did not align, and the reunion of Don Dokken, George Lynch, Jeff Pilson and Mick Brown never happened.  However, what did happen, is two separate CD releases this fall, from all of the parties involved. 

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WNY KISS Party - featuring Space Ace - GFY Bar & Grill - October 6, 2012‏

With the release of KISS' "Monster" CD just around the corner, Halloween comes early this year in Western New York!  RockMusicStar is proud to announce that the Annual WNY "KISS Party" is being held at the GFY Bar & Grill in Tonawanda, NY -  this Saturday, October 6th.  Bringing you the best in live entertainment is Buffalo's own Space Ace (Ace Frehley tribute band).  Space Ace is comprised of some of WNY's top musicians, as they pay tribute to Ace Frehley and the music he helped create during his many years in KISS.  Normally, Space Ace performs as a non-makeup tribute band, but for the special "Early Halloween" show, Space Ace will don the grease paint, in order to set the mood and let their freak flags fly!
The Party starts at 10pm and expect Space Ace to take the stage just before the witching hour.  As the date approaches, several tricks and treats are being planned for the event, as the fine folks from Jumpin Jammerz ( will be donating some of their great products from their exclusive KISS line of adult footed pajamas.  Also, IDW will be donating copies of every issue of their latest KISS Comic book line.  Keep checking back, as we will be updating this post once more details are confirmed.
For GFY location/address and more info, please check out the Facebook Event page  at -!/events/447664328608926/

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Cheap Trick - Seneca Niagara Casino - Niagara Falls, NY - September 22, 2012‏ 

Review by Diana MacDonald, photo by Thomas S. Orwat Jr.

Niagara Falls, NY - This past Saturday evening, Cheap Trick found time in between their tours with Aerosmith, to headline a sold-out show at the Events Center, inside of the Seneca Niagara Casino. The band played a nice mix of classics and fan favorites from their extensive catalog of music. Their somewhat mellow 95 minute set was a crowd pleaser for sure, as the group and it's fans in attendance celebrated the band's almost 40 year history.

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