BLACK STONE CHERRY – The Forge, IL (Alex Dale Photo Gallery)

BLACK STONE CHERRY – The Forge, IL (Alex Dale Photo Gallery)

Black Stone Cherry at The Forge in IL The veteran band Black Stone Cherry rocked The Forge and Alex Dale was there to photograph their show. They packed the place, even on a Thursday night, playing all the hits including “In My Blood” and “Cheaper To Drink Alone” as well as new tracks like “My Last Breath” and “Ain’t Nobody”! I always love their improvisations and mashups! Such a talented band with tonnes of energy….

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L.A. GUNS – Live at RocHaus, IL (Alex Dale Photo Gallery)

L.A. GUNS – Live at RocHaus, IL (Alex Dale Photo Gallery)

L.A. GUNS at RocHaus in West Dundee IL. (Alex Dale Photo Gallery) The guys in L.A. Guns put on a great show, as usual and Alex Dale was there to photograph them. They played a few songs off the new album, such as the single “The Devil You Know.” My personal favorite from the night was “The Ballad Of Jayne” simply because of the phenomenal crowd participation! And, of course, Tracii Guns playing his guitar…

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MIKE TRAMP – In Concert (Alex Dale Photo Gallery)

MIKE TRAMP – In Concert (Alex Dale Photo Gallery)

  Mike Tramp played a great acoustic show Friday night at the RocHaus in IL. Mike Tramp is a Danish singer and songwriter who is best known for his work with the hard rock bands, White Lion and Freak of Nature. In 2012, Tramp went on a solo acoustic tour, releasing acoustic albums in both 2013 and 2014. He returned with a full band line up in 2015 and in 2017, and released the album…

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STYX – The Genesee Theatre (Alex Dale Photo Gallery)

STYX – The Genesee Theatre (Alex Dale Photo Gallery)

STYX – The Band Styx are an American rock band from Chicago that formed in 1972 and became famous for its albums released in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s. They are best known for melding hard rock guitar balanced with acoustic guitar, synthesizers mixed with acoustic piano, upbeat tracks with power ballads, and incorporating elements of international musical theatre. The band established itself with a progressive rock sound in the 1970’s, and began to…

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TRANS SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA – AllState Arena IL (ALEX DALE Photo Gallery)

TRANS SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA – AllState Arena IL (ALEX DALE Photo Gallery)

When Paul O’Neill first conceived Trans-Siberian Orchestra, his goal was as straightforward as it was incredibly ambitious. “The whole idea,” he explains, “was to create a progressive rock band that would push the boundaries (of the genre) further than any group before… Way, way further.” With more than 10 million albums sold, TSO has inspired generations of fans to rediscover the multi-dimensional art form of the rock opera. Meanwhile, on the road, they have become…

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WARRANT, SLAUGHTER & LYNCH MOB – Live at The Genesee Theatre IL (Alex Dale Photo Gallery)

WARRANT, SLAUGHTER & LYNCH MOB – Live at The Genesee Theatre IL (Alex Dale Photo Gallery)

Warrant ended the year with a great show at the Genesee Theatre in IL, with Slaughter and Lynch Mob.  The amazing Alex Dale was there to report and photograph them for Decibel Geek! This was a great trio to see together, they are all great live bands that have a ton of material to pick from. Warrant played the tittle track off their most recent album Louder Harder Faster!Robert Mason‘s favorite part of the show…

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MELISSA ETHERIDGE – Live in Waukegan IL (Alex Dale Photo Gallery)

MELISSA ETHERIDGE – Live in Waukegan IL (Alex Dale Photo Gallery)

Melissa Etheridge – Live Gold Melissa Etheridge is an American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and activist. Her self-titled debut album (Melissa Etheridge) was released in 1988 and became a slow burning success. The record peaked at No. 22 on the Billboard 200.  Its lead single, “Bring Me Some Water“, gave Etheridge her first Grammy Award nomination for Best Rock Vocal Performance, Female. In 1993, Etheridge won her first Grammy award for her single “Ain’t It Heavy” from…

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NIGHT RANGER – Genesee Theatre in Waukegan IL (Alex Dale Photo Gallery)

NIGHT RANGER –  Genesee Theatre in Waukegan IL (Alex Dale Photo Gallery)

A Great “Night” Out Night Ranger put on a great high energy show lasting 2 hours!!  Alex Dale took fantastic photos to share with you. Last night was the first time the band played Dawn Patrol and Midnight Madness albums in their entirety, along with a small acoustic set. The guys sounded great and performed well.  They have a tonne of energy and were constantly messing around with each other on stage. Jack Blades still…

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L.A. GUNS – The Forge, Joliet, Illinois (Alex Dale Photo Gallery)

L.A. GUNS – The Forge, Joliet, Illinois (Alex Dale Photo Gallery)

L.A. Guns rocked The Forge in Joliet, Illinois to a full house! L.A. Guns are an American hard band from Los Angeles, California, formed in 1983.  They currently consist of Tracii Guns (lead guitar), Phil Lewis (lead vocals), Adam Hamilton (rhythm guitar, backing vocals), Johnny Martin (bass guitar, backing vocals), Ace Von Johnson and Shane Fitzgibbon (drums). Tracii Guns played his guitar with a bow which is always a fun sight!  Ace Von Johnson of…

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REO SPEEDWAGON at the Coronado Performing Arts Center in Rockford IL (Alex Dale Photo Gallery)

REO SPEEDWAGON at the Coronado Performing Arts Center in Rockford IL (Alex Dale Photo Gallery)

REO Speedwagon last night at the Coronado Performing Arts Center in Rockford IL. This show was originally supposed to happen at the beginning of the year but got rescheduled due to Kevin Cronin‘s throat surgery. Apparently things went well, with no complications, because he sounded great just like he did last year when I saw them! The band put on a great show for a full house. Even on this rainy Sunday, everyone was ready…

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