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U2: The Joshua Tree Tour 2017 at New Era Field

U2: The Joshua Tree Tour 2017 New Era Field, Orchard Park, New York, US:  Sept 5, 2017 by Tom Burnett   The clouds cleared just in time at New Era Field in Orchard Park when U2’s Joshua Tree Tour 2017 came to town on Sept 5.  The Buffalo date was one of a handful added in the US, Mexico and South America after the huge response to the original tour dates through the spring and summer.  In line for General Admission I couldn’t help but notice the generations’ present – from teenagers sneaking a few drinks and seeing U2...

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Jethro Tull – The String Quartets (2017)

  Jethro Tull – The String Quartets BMG Rights Management (UK) Ltd – March 24, 2017 by Virginia Egressy Ian Anderson is a Scottish born musician who had just reached his 70th milestone birthday this year. He is known for his years of performing with British rock band Jethro Tull as lead vocalist and flutist amongst the wide range of other instruments he masters. In 1980 is when Ian Anderson had started his solo career. I had the opportunity to see him perform this year with Jethro Tull and the Denver Symphony at Red Rock Amphitheater and got a...

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Styx / R.E.O. Speedwagon Hit The Falls

Styx / R.E.O. Speedwagon Comes to the Border Seneca Casino, Niagara Falls, NY, USA  August 18 2017 By Virginia Egressy-Gregoire Styx formed together out of Chicago, IL originally with Wooden Nickel recordings in 1972 releasing albums Styx (1972), Styx II (1973), The Serpent is Rising (1973) and Man of Miracles (1974.  They later signed with A&M records in 1975 releasing Equinox.  With new guitarist Tommy Shaw, Crystal Ball (1976) was released. In 1977 their release of The Grand Illusion was given a Triple Platinum certification.  Along came Pieces of Eight in 1978.   At this time the band was a...

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A Night with Vinnie Paul

Kyng, Avatar and Hellyeah! The Rapids Theatre, Niagara Falls, NY, US – July 21, 2017 Story by Joshua Thomas   To be completely honest, I didn’t know much about these bands (Kyng and Avatar) before the show, except for Hellyeah because of my favorite drummer Vinnie Paul was in the band. Nevertheless, when they all took the stage I instantly became a fan. Kyng, the three-piece from LA, were no doubt the underdog of the show and possibly my favorite of the night. With the soulful guitaring from Tony Castaneda, the powerful drumming from Pepe Clark and the epic...

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The First Hip Hop Artist Comes To Ravinia – Common

Chicago Own Common Comes to Ravinia Ravinia Highland Park, IL, USA June 24, 2017 by Unrated Staff For the first time in its 100+ year history Ravinia (North America’s oldest music festival located in Highland Park a suburb outside of Chicago, IL ) welcomed its first Hip Hop artist, Chicago native Common to their pavilion on June 24th. Backed by a full band and DJ and amid cheers and soul claps the Grammy and Oscar award winning artist performed fan favorites including: I Use to Love H.E.R., The Corner, The Food, Come Close, Be, GO, Resurrection. Common reminded the...

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