TOM KEIFER BAND at Medina Entertainment Center (Concert Review)

TOM KEIFER BAND at Medina Entertainment Center (Concert Review)

Tom Kiefer celebrated his 57th birthday taking the stage with his band in the NW Twin Cities suburb of Medina, MN.  Included on the bill were fellow 80’s stalwart Autograph.  Featuring guitarist Steve Lynch and bassist Randy Rand from the band’s heyday, they are rounded out by drummer Marc Wieland and Simon Daniels, who I’ve seen front the band twice now.  He’s a good singer but not much a front man.  I know fans can…

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ASKING ALEXANDRIA at the Myth Nightclub (Concert Review)

ASKING ALEXANDRIA at the Myth Nightclub (Concert Review)

I first heard of Asking Alexandria from a Revolver Magazine article with Sebastian Bach.  Shortly after that, I saw them play with Bas at the Golden Gods Awards.  I wouldn’t see them again until a couple years ago when I saw them twice on the Black Tour.  They are currently on the Resurrection Tour and I caught up with them at the Myth Nightclub in Maplewood, MN. Opening with the second track on their latest…

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STONE SOUR Destroys the Myth – Show Review

STONE SOUR Destroys the Myth – Show Review

Stone Sour Hydrograd Tour Myth Nightclub 9/27/2017 Saint Paul, MN Don’t call it a side project! Touring in support of their sixth studio record, it’s safe to say that Stone Sour is more than something Corey Taylor uses to kill time between Slipknot records. The Hydrograd Tour made a stop in the Saint Paul suburb of Maplewood at the Myth Nightclub. Next to a shopping mall and surrounded by strip malls, a Best Buy and…

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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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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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The End Of Summer 2016 Part 1 – GRAND ROCKTEMBER IV

The End Of Summer 2016 Part 1 – GRAND ROCKTEMBER IV

Summer should get a speeding ticket. I’m not sure who to attribute that quote to and apparently neither does the internet. Summer is my favorite time of year and it’s too short.  It wasn’t that long ago I was freezing my ass off in Somerset WI, watching Ghost at Northern Invasion.  And here we are.  In Hinckley, MN with the weather quickly approaching that of Northern Invasion. As the summer of 2016 comes to a close…

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TEXAS HIPPIE COALITION Smoke Out Minneapolis

TEXAS HIPPIE COALITION Smoke Out Minneapolis

So there’s this band from Texas.  They call themselves the Texas Hippie Coalition.  Not knowing the band you might take three things away from their name.  They are from Texas.  They smoke weed.  And they are a hippie jam band in the vein of bands like, eh-hem, Phish.  You’d be right on two counts.  They are from Texas and exhaustively espouse the virtues of marijuana and the THC found within.  But the singer is closer to…

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Cheap Trick in Plymouth MN? (Concert Review)

Cheap Trick in Plymouth MN? (Concert Review)

It should come as no surprise in my line of work that I attend a lot of shows. Covering mainly the Twin Cities metro area it’s not often a band comes to town to play at a venue I’ve never heard of.  Particularly when it’s a band of Cheap Trick‘s ilk.  So when it was announced they would be bringing their brand of rock to the Hilde Performance Center in Plymouth, MN., I would shortly…

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Bullet For My Valentine/Asking Alexandria – Myth Nightclub

Bullet For My Valentine/Asking Alexandria – Myth Nightclub

Bullet For My Valentine and Asking Alexandria pulled their British Invasion Tour into Minnesota to put on a rock show at the Myth Nightclub in Maplewood. Having never seen either band and having what I would consider limited exposure to both I was intrigued at what this show is all about. The Myth is a great venue for live music but is oddly surrounded by suburban fixtures Best Buy, Toys R Us and a full…

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BulletBoys & Gunzo at Pickle Park

BulletBoys & Gunzo at Pickle Park

Armed Alliance Tour Pickle Park – Minneapolis, MN Marq Torien brought the BulletBoys back to the Twin Cities bringing Tracii Guns and his latest project Gunzo with. It’s been just shy of a year since the BulletBoys brought the rock to Pickle Park and in that time they released the album Elefante’, a record full of enough rock to keep even the most haughty Geologist engaged. I’d heard a bit about Gunzo but not enough to…

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