The Sun Rises Red In Minnesota (Concert Review)

The Sun Rises Red In Minnesota (Concert Review)

Like many, my first exposure to Red Sun Rising was hearing the Alice In Chains tinged “Otherside”.  I liked it but seeing them live was a game changer.  Let the band crush begin.   And not because the members of Red Sun Rising are the physical manifestation of the Marvin Gaye song “Let’s Get It On”.  (Or the Aldis Snow track “Inside You”), it’s because Red Sun Rising just gets better every time I see them.  Recently on tour with openers Badflower…

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RATT! Back For More With Great White

RATT!  Back For More With Great White

While RATT may be “Back For More” something tells me the drama of RATT is far from over.  Bobby Blotzer doesn’t come off as one who’ll lick his legal wounds and go away quietly.  But for now, the RATT name is attached to a band that at the very least seems authentic.  And like any band proclaiming their triumphant return, they came to Minnesota in February.  Bringing along a band that knows a thing or…

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GEOFF TATE – The Whole Story (Concert Review)

GEOFF TATE – The Whole Story (Concert Review)

Geoff Tate has always been a bit of a round peg in a square hole. Or is it square peg in a round hole?  Nonetheless.  In the early 80’s fronting Queensryche he seemed as good a fit as any for a burgeoning metal singer. He certainly had the pipes.  But as the decade progressed and the image of an 80’s metal singer started to take shape, Geoff seemed more and more like a fish out…

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TVD, THE BATH SALTS and STARBUCKET (Live Review)

TVD, THE BATH SALTS and STARBUCKET (Live Review)

Date: Jan. 28 -2017 Soho, London, ON Ever return from a vacation needing a pick me up? Punk music will always pick me up. After a wonderful week in paradise and very little rock n’ roll music, we were in dire need of something harder. Make no mistake, I love Latin sounds; a whole lotta Bachata, Salsa and Meringue please me plenty (as I do have Caribbean blood in me), but something harder was called…

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GnR Swing Their Katanas in Tokyo

GnR Swing Their Katanas in Tokyo

Guns n Roses – Saitama Super Arena, Jan. 29, 2017 They don’t call it a Super Arena for nothing. Under a cavernous roof in the second largest indoor arena in the world, 35,000 people were spread around a giant floor space, which was packed with chairs (no General Admission tickets for this show) to see GnR, and they didn’t disappoint. I wasn’t sure I wanted to spend the money on Axl and company until I…

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DIRKSCHNEIDER Destroys Toronto! (Concert Review)

DIRKSCHNEIDER Destroys Toronto! (Concert Review)

I am writing this review with ringing ears, bloodshot eyes, aching muscles, a “Metal Heart” and a huge smile on my face. This condition I find myself in comes courtesy of Dirkschneider, both the man and his incredible band. Last night Dirkschneider rolled into Toronto’s Mod Club on the Farewell To Accept tour and delivered heaping amounts of loud and wonderful heavy metal and then they delivered some more and then EVEN MORE! “Epic!” is what I…

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STEEL PANTHER Brings WILSON and the NSFW banter to Saint Paul

STEEL PANTHER Brings WILSON and the NSFW banter to Saint Paul

It’s Christmas time in the Twin Cities which can only mean a Steel Panther show is imminent. As an added gift from the sack of Steel Panther, we get Detroit’s Wilson opening the show.  Slowly becoming less of a “best kept” secret, Wilson are part of a burgeoning revival in hard rock.  With just enough of their tongue kept in their cheeks to make them the perfect opening act for rock’s reigning lampoon’s Steel Panther….

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Reflections on the DOKKEN Reunion in Japan

Reflections on the DOKKEN Reunion in Japan

Dokken – Zepp Tokyo (10/12/16) Remember back in high school when you were buddies with two people who didn’t get along with each other? You’d be at a party and didn’t know whether to pass the joint to the left or to the right because you didn’t want to piss anyone off? Welcome to the Dokken reunion! By now, the story behind the reunion tour is well known. Don Dokken has been touring under the Dokken…

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Rock n’ Skull 2016 Final Day…Finally.

Rock n’ Skull 2016 Final Day…Finally.

Finally, we come to the final day at Rock n’ Skull Festival 2016. It’s taken quite awhile to get to this point in the story, but here we go! After our now standard routine of hotel breakfast and returning to the odorous room to kill time before the venue, we prepared for the final day. This day was to be the shortest at Rock n’ Skull 2016, having less bands than on previous days. The leader…

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THE PRETTY RECKLESS Take You Down at the Myth, Maplewood MN

THE PRETTY RECKLESS Take You Down at the Myth, Maplewood MN

What says tomorrow’s Thanksgiving like a rock show.  The Pretty Reckless, currently touring in support of their new album Who You Selling For, brought their show to the Saint Paul suburbs on November 23rd.  Taylor Momsen has added a much needed identifiable female voice to the today’s rock.  Riding high on the momentum of 2013’s Going To Hell TPR hit the studio last spring to start work on their third full-length record, the result of which…

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