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Legendary Songwriter Jim Peterik Takes Us ‘Through the Eye of the Tiger’ in New Book

If anything, Jim Peterik can best be described by the name of his best-known band: Survivor. Not only has he survived the pitfalls of the rock and roll lifestyle that have taken a lot of his comrades out of the game, but he also survived the heaven and hell that came with great success in more »

Still Sailing: A Talk with Lawrence Gowan of Styx

It’s never easy when a long-running band replaces a well-known member with a new one. But sometimes it must be done, and as Styx has shown with the transition from co-founding keyboardist/vocalist/songwriter Dennis DeYoung to Lawrence Gowan, both the band and its fans can benefit from such changes. Since Gowan joined Styx in 1999, the more »


Superstar Drummer Marco Minnemann Keeps His Own Time on ‘EEPS’

Marco Minnemann is commonly recognized as one of the world’s greatest drummers—a point vividly confirmed when he was one of seven timekeepers invited to audition for the coveted drum stool with progressive-metal giants Dream Theater, replacing Mike Portnoy. The German-born Minnemann didn’t get that high-profile gig (it went to Mike Mangini)—but he’s won plenty of more »

A New Breed: Interview with Legendary Rocker Glenn Hughes of California Breed

Glenn Hughes isn’t called “The Voice of Rock” for nothing. Throughout his career, his one-of-a-kind howling rock vocals have cut through the wall-of-guitar din of such legendary bands as Deep Purple, Trapeze and Black Sabbath. After spending years as a solo artist, creating albums that mixed his traditional rock style with the soul music grooves more »


Concert Review: The Winery Dogs Prove They’re the ‘Real Deal’ in Philly

The term “supergroup” has been bandied about a lot in relation to rock bands that gather together noteworthy people from other bands. Yet few actually deserve the adjective “super.” But The Winery Dogs, a trio featuring Richie Kotzen (guitar/vocals), Billy Sheehan (bass) and uber-drummer Mike Portnoy, certainly qualify as a truly “super” group. Any doubt more »

Discwatch: Doin’ It Live on Five New Concert Blu-rays

When it comes to rock concerts, there’s nothing like being there, of course—there is no comparison to actually being present at the show, seeing the artists and just feeling the music as it’s being made. That said, we’re currently experiencing a renaissance in terms of recording and filming live concerts for home viewing. The quality more »


Listening Party: Is the New Yes CD Really an ‘Explosive Turd’?

For a band that sings mostly about peace and love, Yes sure has generated a lot of controversy—and even some out-and-out hatred. Lots of bands have done the “dump your lead singer and find a new guy who sounds just like him but is much easier to deal with” thing—Journey, Foreigner, Styx, and so on—but more »

EntertainmentTell Interviews Aerosmith’s Brad Whitford: A Real Guitar Hero

While frontman Steven Tyler and guitarist Joe Perry have typically gotten most of the attention in Aerosmith, the band’s other guitarist, Brad Whitford, has also been there from the start, providing the six-stringed foundation for the band’s rock classics. When we spoke to Whitford, Aerosmith was preparing for a massive U.S. Tour with former Guns more »


Foreigner, Styx and an Eagle Deliver the Classic Rock Goods in NJ

An evening of non-stop hits was the obvious promise of a concert bill featuring classic-rock radio staples Foreigner and Styx. And, with ex-Eagles guitarist Don Felder providing an opening set mostly comprised of his former band’s classic tracks, that’s exactly what was delivered on July 3 when the “Soundtrack of Summer” tour hit the Susquehanna more »


EntertainmentTell Giveaway: Win Tickets to July 30 Winery Dogs Concert

HELLO, ROCK FANS: Are you bummed because you don’t have tickets to see The Winery Dogs, the incredible power trio featuring Mike Portnoy (ex-Dream Theater), Billy Sheehan (Mr. Big) and Richie Kotzen (ex-Poison)? We can hook you up! Courtesy of The Keswick Theater in Glenside, Pa. (just minutes from Center City Philadelphia), EntertainmentTell is giving more »


Top Dog: EntertainmentTell Interviews Winery Dog Richie Kotzen

One of the best things about the rise to prominence of power trio The Winery Dogs was the recognition it brought to the amazing talents of guitarist/vocalist Richie Kotzen. When the band formed in 2012 and put out its eponymous debut CD the following year to thunderous acclaim, drummer Mike Portnoy and bassist Billy Sheehan more »


2014 Philadelphia Comic Con Had Plenty of Character(s)

Have you heard the one about Dr. Doom getting on a train? No joke; that was the sight that greeted me as I rode Philadelphia’s regional rail down to center city Philly for the 2014 installment of what has become the city’s unofficial Comic Con: Wizard World. Prior to spotting Dr. Doom on the train, more »