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Concert Review: Styx Digs Deep in Jersey

In recent years, long-running classic rock band Styx has primarily performed as a part of multi-band concerts, doing one set of their best-known songs for an hour or so. I’ve seen them do shows with bands like REO Speedwagon and Journey—as well as this summer’s tour with Foreigner and former Eagles guitarist Don Felder. In more »


Ticket Giveaway: Former KISS Guitarist Ace Frehley Rocks the Keswick on Nov. 26

“ARE YOU READY?” That’s the bellow that’s kicked off every KISS show for decades, and now we’re “shouting it out loud” to announce a ticket giveaway for the concert starring legendary former KISS lead guitarist Ace Frehley, to be held at the Keswick Theatre in Philadelphia suburb Glenside, Pa., on Thanksgiving Eve, Wednesday, Nov. 26 more »

Blu-ray Review: Monty Python Live (Mostly): One Down, Five to Go

Monty Python pulled out all the stops for their reunion/possible farewell performances held in July of this year at the O2 Arena in London. Tapping into Python member Eric Idle’s Broadway musical success with “Spamalot,” these concerts featured big production numbers with dancers and singers, an orchestra … far more than the typical comedy show. more »

Spock’s Beard Takes NYC on a Progtastic Journey

Maybe the earth didn’t move, and the stars didn’t align, but something very special occurred in New York City on Monday night, Oct. 27—at least for fans of progressive rock. The occasion? This was the night when veteran U.S. progressive rock band Spock’s Beard played its first East Coast show since 2007, and for those more »

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 »