(Reading, PA) – Queensrÿche, Alice Cooper and Heaven and Hell recently played in a triple bill at the Sovereign Center in Reading, PA. This concert drew a decent crowd with fans of varying ages in attendance.
Queensrÿche started out the show with a tight short set of music that had some surprises. Lead singer Geoff Tate has a perfect voice for that genre of music and Mike Stone and Mike Wilton played some mean dual guitar riffs. Eddie Jackson played a heavy bass. Scott Rockenfield’s drums boomed for most of the songs and the satanic voice modulator was used to perfection. The two songs that drew a lot of reaction were their new hit “I’m American” and that was very apropos considering the show was being played on September 11th 2007, six years after the horrific demise of the Twin Towers and all that surrounded the terrorist attacks on U,S. soil. Their remake of “Welcome to the Machine” was stirring and it gave the crowd a serene feeling.
Alice Cooper at the age of 59 can still bring it. His band is as good a metal band as you will ever hear, with some amazing guitar licks complements of both Keri Kelli and Jason Hook and that was very evident in the smash hit “No More Mr. Nice Guy”. Right from the get-go the Psycho Drama theme was like putting music to a good slasher movie that involved crazed Pirates. Cooper did wear a puffy shirt and the stage looked like a rustic Pirate ship. He eventually was hung but the show feature some great songs like “School’s Out”, “I’m Eighteen” plus “Poison” and the final encore “Elected”. Cooper came out in a leather jacket with an American Flag on the back and there were signs of “Vote for Alice” as well as piñata balloons filled with confetti being launched on the audience. It was a fun show, very theatrical and the crowd didn’t want it to end.
Double DVD Set, Directed By David Mallet, Features More Than Five Hours Of Material Including An On-The-Road Documentary And Guest Appearances by David Bowie and Robert Wyatt
David Gilmour To Premiere One-Time Theatrical Presentation of "Remember That Night - Live At The Royal Albert Hall" To 111 Movie Theatres On Saturday, September 15, At 3pm (Eastern)/12pm (Pacific)
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(dateline – Los Angeles - August 7, 2007; source: Columbia Records)
One critic described David Gilmour's "On An Island" Royal Albert Hall concert, as "a near-perfect gig, where the magic kept coming, as did the surprises'." Now music fans, who may have missed Gilmour's 2006 tour, get a chance to share in that magic with the release of "Remember That Night - Live At The Royal Albert Hall," a double DVD commemorating Gilmour's highly acclaimed SRO tour. Lasting more than 5 hours, "Remember That Night - Live At The Royal Albert Hall" includes Gilmour's rave-reviewed London concert -- featuring special guest appearances from David Bowie, Robert Wyatt, David Crosby and Graham Nash -- as well as 2 hours and 40+ minutes of extras, notably a revelatory fly-on-the-wall documentary following Gilmour and his band on tour. A 20-page booklet accompanies the DVD.
Gilmour's two-and-a-half-hour concert features band members Richard Wright of Pink Floyd, Phil Manzanera of Roxy Music, new band member Steve DiStanislao on drums, plus Pink Floyd regulars Dick Parry, Guy Pratt and Jon Carin.
(Holmdel, NJ) – On a murky summer night Foreigner opened up this triple bill with their memorable hit “Doublevision”. Current singer Kelly Hansen, was more than able to belt out some of the group’s best all-time hits. His range was good and Mick Jones, the lone original member, was slick and he added the necessary authenticity to pull off this part of the show. The set looked like the one they used back when they toured off their most successful album Foreigner 4.
After rattling off hits “Head Games”, “Cold as Ice”, and “I Want to Know What Love Is” the crowd was enjoying Jason Bonham, son of Led Zeppelin’s John Bonham, playing a loud brand of drums and bassist Jeff Pilson and keyboardist Jeff Jacobs all shined during these songs. The highlight of the evening was when the usually quiet Jones mentioned that the bands first-ever show back in the late 70’s was in Pasaic, New Jersey and “I think we opened with this”, and that’s when they played “Feels Like The First Time”, fans were ready for this and even some younger fans were familiar with the song.
“Urgent”, “Juke Box Hero” morphed into “Whole Lotta Love” for a bit and the band finished off their set with “Hot Blooded”. Needless to say this band was better than the usual opener in a triple bill.
Styx was the next group to take the stage and they opened up with their cult hit “Blue Collar Man” and the fans went crazy. Women still were swooning over longtime member guitaritst/singer Tommy Shaw and they were enjoying the added light show.
SILVERCHAIR's critically acclaimed new record YOUNG MODERN comes out today by way of their own label, eleven music in association w/Warner Music Group's Independent Label Group. The band is currently on tour w/We Are The Fury including stops in DC, NJ and NYC this week and Detroit, Chicago for Lollapalooza and Minneapolis the following week. Their Lollapalooza set time is 2:30-3:30pm Sat August 4th on the At&t Main Stage in between Tokyo Police Club and Clap Your Hands Say Yeah. If you'd like to attend any of the shows, please let me know ASAP and i'll do my best to work it out.
Mondays, beginning August 6th @ 10pm/9pm central
The Premise: They could sing, they could dance and for almost a decade, they ruled the airwaves, maintaining a stranglehold on their bustling, female, TRL-addicted audience. They were dubbed “the Boy Bands” and during their Golden Age, the likes of N-Sync, Backstreet Boys, 98 Degrees and O-Town spawned a legion of imitators that seemed to multiply unchecked.
But it could not last. Trends change and now a whole generation of former Boy Band heart throbs has found themselves looking toward life after Teen Idol-dom.
Alas, it would seem the days when a snap of their fingers brought the spoils of Pop Stardom to their feet are long over. Or are they?
VH1's new series MISSION: MAN BAND dares to ask the question, "Can four grown up Boy Band heart throbs join forces to capture new fame and fortune?"
The Experiment: Five Boy Band Legends live together for three weeks, create new music, a dynamic stage show and perform as a new pop group. Will lightning strike twice?
The Cast: While every former Boy Band heart throb has his own story, many are remarkably similar. Some achieved true Superstardom; others were delivered crushing blows by bad management, shady producers and a public that didn't want to see them grow up. For every survivor story, there are those who barely made it out of the Boy Band Machine alive.
Each member of the cast finds himself at a different stage in his career. Some may be confident, financially comfortable and just looking to make new music. Some might be stacking produce after being forced to take a day job. Still others may have faced profound life challenges (divorce, illness etc.) that have changed their outlook and given them something to write about.
Now, they are given a real chance to make it on THEIR terms. Who are they?
**Check out a clip from their recent show**
Who has a drinking problem?
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