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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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Monday
Sep242012

Dokken - Braun's Concert Cove - Akron, NY - September 21, 2012โ€ 

Review and photos by John Jeffrey

Akron, NY - Next to Van Halen, the band from the 80's that most epitomized the term "Guitar Hero" was Dokken. Although the role of the 'hero' has changed, and has been played by a various cast of characters since the original "Mr. Scary," George Lynch, lead vocalist Don Dokken continues to carry on with the band named after him, and brought the latest incarnation of the group to Braun's Concert Cove last Friday night. The outdoor show happened to take place on a abnormally warm early Fall evening, as hundreds of metal heads made it out for Dokken's first WNY appearance in almost 10 years.

For full review, click here.

 

Tuesday
Sep182012

Concert review - KISS, Motley Crue - Darien Lake PAC - Darien, NY - September 15, 2012โ€

Review by John Jeffrey, Photos by Thomas S. Orwat Jr.

Darien, NY - Ending the 2012 concert season at the Darien Lake PAC was the show which paired rock legends KISS and Motley Crue, with the bill being aptly named, "The Tour." It's been almost 30 years since the bands have toured together, as Motley Crue opened up for KISS on a string of dates during the "Creatures of the Night" tour, before they were unceremoniously booted off the tour for some lewd behavior involving a couple members of the Crue, and then KISS drummer, Eric Carr's girlfriend. Both bands were in very different places in their careers than they are today. In 1983, KISS were at the end of their first phase in makeup, and trying to figure out how to reinvent themselves, as their popularity was severely waning at that point. Motley Crue were just at the beginning of their rise to fame, as they were about to begin the "Shout At the Devil" era. Three decades later, KISS is in their second phase of having their makeup on, while Motley has long since taken theirs off, and both bands are still enjoying having huge successful careers, and are as popular as ever in 2012.

For full review and more photos, click here.

Wednesday
Sep052012

Concert review - WEDG EdgeFest 2012 - Outer Harbor, Buffalo, NY - Sept 2, 2012 

Review/photos by Thomas S, Orwat, Jr.

Buffalo, NY - Last Sunday, WNY fans of modern rock had one last chance to enjoy an outdoor festival concert , as summer 2012 gasped it's last dying breath, but still managed to provide us with a beautiful sunny sky, with temperatures in the high 80’s. This event was radio station- WEDG 103.3, “EDGEFEST 2012,” held at the scenic and beautiful Outer Harbor on the lake in Buffalo, NY. This festival featured all of the bands currently on the “Carnival of Madness” tour, which includes Evanescence, Chevelle, Halestorm, Cavo and New Medicine, but with the additional added bands - Three Days Grace and Black Stone Cherry. This was the first time since 2005 that this event was held at this location (and also the first EdgeFest in a couple years). And with all of the positive feedback from the thousands in attendance, I can assure you that this will be the location for many more “EdgeFests” in the upcoming years. The organizers of the festival did an outstanding job utilizing two adjacent stages making for very little down time between acts. This was truly the place the be on the Sunday before Labor day.

To read the full review, click here.

Sunday
Sep022012

Uproar Festival - Darien Lake PAC - Darien Lake, NY - August 29, 2012 

Review by John Jeffrey  Photos by Diana MacDonald
 
Darien, NY - While music festivals are fun for the fans, and the ticket buyers definitely get more bang for their buck, reviewing one, can be rather tedious.  With the daunting task of covering just under a dozen bands, appearing on multiple stages, you can really run the risk of spreading yourself too thin, and perhaps missing out on some of the more important happenings while your attention is being diverted elsewhere.  While it would be easy to write some generic, banal overview of ALL the bands at this year's Uproar Festival (once again being held at the Darien Lake PAC), we feel it better serves our readers to give a more in depth look on the bands we really enjoyed from this 2012 installment.  And while some 'writers' pretend that they like EVERYTHING, the truth is, while in a perfect world, it would be great if every band playing on a festival bill was amazing, in the real world, the fact is, there are going to be some groups that you may not appreciate.  And instead of focusing on all of the negatives from a band I can't stand, I would rather tell you all of the things I did like about most of the bands that I feel rocked!

For full review and more photos, click here.

Monday
Aug272012

Concert review- Ace Frehley - Celebrate Erie Festival - Erie, PA - August 18, 2012โ€ 

Review by John Jeffrey, photos by Thomas S. Orwat, Jr.

Erie, PA - The last time I had seen Ace Frehley in concert was last year, at the Erie County Fair. This year, the closest concert that was booked to the WNY area was in Erie, PA. Is there something eerie about 'Erie?' As Ace would say, "I dunno?" Regardless of whether or not the Spaceman's celestial undertones influenced his tour routing, seeing Ace Frehley in concert is always a good thing. A great thing is seeing Ace headline the Celebrate Erie festival, playing in front of an estimated crowd of 40,000 people, closing out the 3rd night of the 4 day festival. While Ace has often been described (and even self-described) as being 'lazy' at times, he's worked long and hard to keep his name in the public eye, and after fighting the critics, the nay sayers, and even his former band members for almost 40 years, Ace truly deserves all of the kudos and accolades that come his way.

For full review and more photos, click here.