Author: UnRated Magazine

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 before the show, except for Hellyeah because of my favorite drummer Vinnie Paul.  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 guitar from Tony Castaneda, the powerful drumming from Pepe Clark and the epic bass playing and harmonizing by Eddie Veliz...

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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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Stairway To Heaven

This morning as I woke I needed to hear one of the most played songs on rock radio, Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway To Heaven.” The song is rock history and brought us so many musician that we all know an love. We can still experience the magic of Robert Plant and Jimmy Page performed in Led Zeppelin’s the film The Song Remains the Same. To get the full story of Stairway To Heaven, we suggest you read it on Wikipedia. So many artists perform this song but this morning I wanted to hear Mary J. Blige performance of the Stairway...

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Five Finger Death Punch, Shinedown and Sixx A.M. Light Up Peoria

Peoria Civic Center – November 19, 2016 – Peoria, IL, USA Review by Larz Cothern Peoria, IL didn’t know how Five Finger Death Punch (FFDP), ShineDown, and Sixx A.M. would absolutely rock the Peoria Civic Center to the ground! This was my 1st time seeing Sixx A.M. and they did not disappoint! Sixx A.M.’s frontman James Mitchell took command of the stage, and Nikki Sixx (bass), and DJ Ashba (guitar) proceeded to take the crowd on a journey of rock music, and self-discovery. Sixx A.M. had just released their new album entitled “Prayers For The Blessed” on Friday November...

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