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Tuesday
Jul172012

Concert review - Seether - Buffalo Harbor, Buffalo, NY - July 12, 2012

Photos by Thomas S. Orwat, Jr.

Buffalo, NY - The South-African post-grunge/alternative band, Seether played a high energy, 90 minute set to a massive, record setting crowd in downtown Buffalo.  This was another free show sponsored by Buffalo Place.  Seether, led by Shaun Morgan-vocals/guitar with Dale Stewart-bass and John Humphrey-drums, was focused and fed off of the energy of the appreciative crowd of all ages.  The band played a good mix of tracks from their five album catalog, including their current hit, "The Cowboy Song," and a cool all acoustic version of "Broken."

For more, click here.

Tuesday
Jul102012

Concert review - Stevie Nicks - Seneca Niagara Casino, Niagara Falls, NY - July 7, 2012 

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

Niagara Falls, NY - Stevie Nicks looks like she either made a deal with the devil, or has been drinking from the fountain of youth since the 80's, as when she appeared at the Seneca Niagara Events Center this past Saturday night, she looked and sounded like she really hasn't aged at all. With her references of being a vampire, to claiming to have lived a past life in the 18th century, perhaps my assumptions about Nicks aren't all that off.

For full review and more photos, click here.

Monday
Jul092012

Concert review - Styx, Reo Speedwagon, Ted Nugent - Tags, Big Flats, NY - July 6, 2012

Photos/review by John Jeffrey
 
Big Flats, NY - On Friday night, I took a three hour drive down to the Budweiser Summer Stage at Tags, to check out the "Midwest Rock and Roll Express Tour."  Being touted as one of the best bills of the summer, how could anyone pass up seeing Ted Nugent, Styx and REO Speedwagon all in one night?  In our recent interview with Lawrence Gowan (Styx), we asked him if a billing of this magnitude would draw out the competitive nature in any of the artists on the tour, and while he admitted there's always a bit of that element when performing with other bands, Gowan stated that there is "no act" that he "would feel intimidated by" for Styx "to go on after."  While Styx didn't feel any heat from either of the opening bands, there was definitely some friendly (or not so friendly) on stage banter going on between Uncle Ted and REO.

For full review and more photos, click here.

Friday
Jul062012

Concert review - Huey Lewis and the News - Artpark, Lewiston, NY - July 3, 2012

Photos/review by Thomas S. Orwat, Jr.

Lewiston, NY – The 1980’s chart topping, hit machine known as Huey Lewis and the News, performed to an enthusiastic, music loving sold-out crowd on a humid, overcast Independence Day eve.  This event was part of the “Tuesday at the Park” summer concert series at the beautiful Artpark outdoor facility.  This has become the place to be in WNY on Tuesday evenings for music fans of any age, with great legendary live acts at a ridiculously affordable price.

For full review and more photos, click here.

Wednesday
Jul042012

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.

For full interview, click here.