BUCKETS REBEL HEART – 20 Good Summers (Album Review)

BUCKETS REBEL HEART – 20 Good Summers (Album Review)

I first heard of guitarist Dave “Bucket” Colwell with the release of Bad Company’s Company of Strangers in 1995. I’ve always felt like that was a highly underrated album. He also spent time in Humble Pie. So, being familiar with some of his work, I was excited to see he is putting out a new album, 20 Good Summers, with his new band, Buckets Rebel Heart. Buckets Rebel Heart is Colwell, former 720 and New…

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KENNY WAYNE SHEPHERD – Lay It On Down (Album Review)

KENNY WAYNE SHEPHERD – Lay It On Down (Album Review)

Kenny Wayne Shepherd Lays In On Down In 1995, I heard about some 16-year blues guitar player who was making some news. I kept hearing about the next Stevie Ray Vaughan. I checked out Kenny Wayne Shepherd and he was the real deal. He blew me away. I’ve followed most of his career which has included pure blues, blues rock and edgier rock. His newest CD, Lay It On Down, continues his stellar guitar work….

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GUNS N’ ROSES – Live at Quicken Loans Arena – Cleveland, OH (Concert Review)

GUNS N’ ROSES – Live at Quicken Loans Arena – Cleveland, OH (Concert Review)

GNR – THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE UGLY 26 years ago, a 16-year-old Jeremy (that’s me!) and some buddies headed out to our first concert – Guns n’ Roses for their Use Your Illusions tour (with Skid Row opening!). Izzy was still in the band at that point (for a few more months anyway), but Steven Adler was gone. That concert was simply amazing. Even factoring the nostalgia of my first concert, I remember being…

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FOO FIGHTERS – Concrete and Gold (Album Review)

FOO FIGHTERS – Concrete and Gold (Album Review)

Foo Fighters were supposed to be on a long break. That’s what they said as they released the Saint Cecilia EP to thank their fans. Well, it didn’t take too long before Dave Grohl got the itch to start working again. Seemingly out of nowhere, they released the single for “Run.” That was our first taste of Concrete and Gold. On the morning it came out, I made a pit stop on my way to…

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ALICE COOPER – Paranormal (Album Review)

ALICE COOPER – Paranormal (Album Review)

I may be in the minority, but I love when classic rock artists put out new music. I’m not saying I always like the finished product, but I like getting something new. The new Alice Cooper CD Paranormal is one I was really looking forward to, but as much as I hate to say it, it misses the mark. Paranormal had a lot going for it. Great guest stars like ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons, Deep Purple’s Roger…

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ICED EARTH – Incorruptible (Album Review)

ICED EARTH – Incorruptible (Album Review)

Iced Earth is back with its newest CD, Incorruptible.  Jon Schaffer is the driving force and lone original member of the band. Stu Block returns on vocals for his third album and lends some song writing support. Iced Earth’s songs are generally period or character driven and always sound like they’re heading into battle. Incorruptible brings more of the same. Iced Earth is also known for its epic concept albums.  Something Wicked This Way Comes,…

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SAMMY HAGAR and THE CIRCLE – Live at Hard Rock Rocksino – Cleveland, OH (Concert Review)

SAMMY HAGAR and THE CIRCLE – Live at Hard Rock Rocksino – Cleveland, OH (Concert Review)

Many of our favorite rockers are getting up there in age, and it shows with many of them. That’s not the case with Sammy Hagar as he’s simply defying time. He can still rock with the best of them. He proved it when he brought The Circle to Cleveland, Ohio a couple weeks ago! From the first lines of “One Way to Rock,” the band kicked in and had the crowd on our feet all…

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CHEAP TRICK – We’re All Alright! (Album Review)

CHEAP TRICK – We’re All Alright! (Album Review)

Not many bands make it to 18 albums. It takes a combination of longevity and releasing albums consistently. Bands that have made this pinnacle include the Rolling Stones, KISS, Black Sabbath and Scorpions. But, many of your favorite bands haven’t reached it (and probably won’t) like Aerosmith, AC/DC and ZZ Top. Well, you can now add Cheap Trick to the 18-timers club with their latest CD, We’re All Alright! If you’re going to name your…

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42 DECIBEL – Overloaded (Album Review)

42 DECIBEL – Overloaded (Album Review)

Make no mistake, when you listen to 42 Decibel, you know what you’re going to get: heavy, bluesy riffs, shredding lead guitar and a rock solid rhythm section. With they’re newest CD, Overloaded, they take it to another level. The name is intentional as the goal was to push their equipment to its limits. Yet, they maintain enough control of their sound so that it doesn’t muffled. With the exception of the opening track, “Whiskey…

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SAMMY HAGAR – This is Sammy Hagar: When The Party Started (Album Review)

SAMMY HAGAR – This is Sammy Hagar: When The Party Started (Album Review)

It’s easy to argue that getting fired from Van Halen may have been the best thing to happen to Sammy Hagar. Since then, he’s been a successful businessman, best-selling author, philanthropist…and he’s put out a ton of music! He’s recorded solo, with the Waboritas, with Chickenfoot or The Circle. His latest CD is This is Sammy Hagar: When the Party Started, Volume One. Hagar handpicked these songs that focus on his releases with the Waboritas because he…

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