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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LAST IN LINE – Live at the Arcada Theatre (Alex Dale Photo Gallery)

LAST IN LINE – Live at the Arcada Theatre (Alex Dale Photo Gallery)

Last in Line formed in 2012 by former members of the original lineup of Dio. The band’s name comes from the 1984 Dio album The Last in Line. Following the death of Dio frontman Ronnie James Dio in 2010, the original lineup of drummer Vinny Appice, bassist Jimmy Bain, guitarist Vivian Campbell, and keyboardist Claude Schnell reunited along with vocalist Andrew Freeman to perform the Dio songs they originally recorded. The band released a studio…

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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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Fritz-Fest (Photo Gallery)

Fritz-Fest (Photo Gallery)

Fritz-Fest (Friday January 18th 2019 London Ontario – Eastside Bar & Grill) When I first heard of Fritz-Fest, I wanted to be part of it. My sister lives in London and I knew it would sell out quickly so I asked her to stop by the venue and pick up a couple tickets. Luckily we got two of the last three as in fact it did sell out immediately. Eventually we came across another ticket…

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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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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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STRYPER and KIX – Arcada Theatre, IL (Alex Dale Photo Gallery)

STRYPER and KIX – Arcada Theatre, IL (Alex Dale Photo Gallery)

Stryper and Kix rocked the Arcada Theatre in IL to a sold out crowd! Kix played the whole album Blow My Fuse in order!  This was quite a treat for die hard fans. http://www.decibelgeek.com/wordpress/gmedia/g/zE6LG Stryper played all the hits, as well as a handful of new songs such as “Revelation”, “Sorry” and more! Howie Simon was filling in for Oz Fox in Stryper, who has been sidelined with a heath scare but should be back…

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KANSAS – C.N.E. Bandshell (Photo Gallery)

KANSAS – C.N.E. Bandshell (Photo Gallery)

I recently had the pleasure of shooting Kansas in Toronto at the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE). It was 41 years and 1 day after I saw them in the summer of 1977 during the same Exhibition. This time it was at the jam-packed CNE Bandshell as opposed to the old Exhibition Stadium when April Wine opened up for them. One year later I saw them at the massive Canada Jam Festival at Mosport Speedway outside…

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ANTHONY GOMES – London Bluesfest (Photo Gallery)

ANTHONY GOMES – London Bluesfest (Photo Gallery)

Decibel Geek photographer Brian Ronald recently covered the four-day Bluesfest Festival at Harris Park in downtown London, Ontario. Guitar blues shredder Anthony Gomes cranked up the volume during Saturday’s events. Anthony brought along his rhythm section Sean Holland on bass and Jeremy Howard on drums from the band’s current residence of St. Louis. Born in Toronto, Anthony rocked the Canadian contingency with classic blues, original cuts and even some Hendrix. Check out the gallery below….

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