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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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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Bobaflex Rock the Cabooze

Bobaflex Rock the Cabooze

I’ve developed what may be considered an unhealthy attachment to Bobaflex. Men my age aren’t supposed to be territorial about a band.  You see I had largely acquiesced to the belief that new bands had nothing of substance or uniqueness to offer.  It seemed as if someone dumped Disturbed, Nickelback and Godsmack into a blender and poured me a glass of Breaking Benjamin.  Have enough Breaking Benjamins and disenchantment sets in.  Bobaflex was the first…

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Trouble Boys – The Story Of The Replacements

Trouble Boys – The Story Of The Replacements

“Clowns are the pegs on which the circus is hung” – P.T. Barnum. Trouble Boys is a long overdue 400-page historical re-telling of the story of Minnesota’s greatest underachievers.  Fans of The Replacements have gotten used to waiting longer than fans of most bands for things like anthology’s, documentaries and the predictable reunion tour.  So of course, we had to wait almost 25 years for a complete biographical telling of their story.  Written by Bob Mehr it starts…

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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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Y&T At Pickle Park: Concert Review

Y&T At Pickle Park: Concert Review

I typically cringe when someone says a band is “underrated”.  In most cases it really just means the person saying it really likes a band that didn’t become Bon Jovi.  I really like Black N Blue.  For someone like me their first three records are a must for your collection.  But I have no problem understanding why they never became as big as Ratt or Motley Crue.  So when someone starts to explain to me how…

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