Month: October 2017

What The Fans Want: An Interview with Venom Inc.

Interview with Venom Inc. conducted at Reggies Rock Club, Chicago, IL, USA, September 8, 2017 Interview by Melanie “Sass” Falina Although fewer mantras ring truer when it comes to a band ‘doing it all for the fans,’ saying so can often just sound trite – particularly if the band is simply talking the talk without walking the walk. But one band who truly takes the needs and wishes of their fans to heart is metal’s own Venom Inc. After having fallen off the radar for some time, it was the fans who refused to let Venom music die, and...

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13th Floor Haunted House – Chicago

Cursed Purgatory or Dead End Street District Freakshow, The Horror of 13th Floor Haunted House Melrose Park, IL, USA, October 2017 Review by Jamie Klein Having gone the previous week to House of Torment, I was able to take a trip to Melrose Park, home of the amazing Taste of Melrose held every Labor Day weekend. It is also home of one of the scariest haunted houses in Illinois, 13th Floor. Located at 1940 George Street in Melrose Park, this slightly secluded dungeon of doom rests in another warehouse, much like House of Torment. With free parking available, it...

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Jack Russell’s Great White

Jack Russell’s Great White Bites Back Central Park Performing Arts Center, Largo, FL, USA, September 22 Concert review by Barry Nadler I remember back in 1987 hanging out with one of my best friends, in high school, and hearing “Rock Me,” by Great White, for the first time. It was smooth and bluesy, but it just killed when the song climaxed. This was my beginning of a fandom for the groove and blues that made Great White! Great White was something unique in the 80’s hair metal scene. This was the time of Motley Crue, Poison, Ratt, Guns and...

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Matchbox Twenty – A Brief History of Everything Tour 2017

Matchbox Twenty one stop in Chicago on the “A Brief History of Everything Tour” 2017 Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre, Tinely Park, Il, USA, September 17th, 2017 Review by Coren McLead Clearly, the summer touring season has ended. Fall is here and next will be the harsh reality of winter. I, on the other hand, wanted one last thrill to my summer. I work hard so I can get amazing opportunities to cover bands I love. One band which takes the top spot for me is the ever wonderful Matchbox Twenty. Ever since I was a naive 17 year old high school...

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Riot Fest Chicago Music Festival 2017 Wrap-up – 100 Acts on 5 Stages

Chicago Riot Fest 2017 – Chicago Music Festival Douglas Park, Chicago, IL, USA,  September 15-17 Review by Sommer Thornton The 2017 Chicago’s Riot Fest brought out hundreds of thousands of metal, alt, emo, pop, ska, and hip-hop heads for three full days with five stage rocking at the same time. The acoustics for Riot Fest were so spectacular that I caught Taking Back Sunday open their set next to Wu Tang’s encore with no interference. Headliners Nine Inch Nails, Queens of the Stone Age, and rockstar ladies Peaches and M.I.A. all performed at the Chicago festival. Danzig returned to Riot Fest...

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