Celebrate Duran Duran Appreciation By Preparing for the Upcoming Concert Tour & New Album “Paper Gods” #DDAD15

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Today happens to be Duran Duran Appreciation Day (#DDAD15), so it seems like an opportune time to make note of their upcoming set of North American concert dates as well as the new album, Paper Gods, due September 10th.  Their 14th studio album and the first in almost five years, it is being produced by the legendary Nile Rodgers, Mark Ronson, Josh Blair, and Mr Hudson.  It will fuel a new set of shows, including their first appearance at venues such as the Hollywood Bowl and Red Rocks Amphitheatre. [Read more…]

Billy Idol at The Grand Theatre at Grand Sierra Resort | Reno, Nevada | 8/7/2015 (Concert Review + Photos)

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“Two words to introduce this next song!  Two words!  Two words to introduce this next song!  Two words to introduce this next song!”  Billy Idol getting the sold out crowd of nearly 3,000 screaming, fist pumping fans shouting “Rebel Yell” at the opening night of Grand Sierra Resort’s new Grand Theatre.  I can’t imagine a better way to launch a high end new concert venue than having none other than Billy Idol kicking off a new tour of his own on the vast stage built on the $10 million dollar renovation of the live music space.  Billy Idol has been building on his own career and accomplishments of late, with 2014’s awesome new album Kings & Queens of the Underground (the first in nine years) and bestselling Dancing With Myself autobiography.  In the midst of a resurgent mainstream interest in all things Billy Idol, he seems to be as popular as ever.  Alongside his incredible band, they’ve put together probably their best live show ever with this tour.  It also clocked in as the longest show I’ve seen, at around two hours.  I’ve always noted this band as one of my all-time favorite live shows, and I’d have to say that this was the best I’d ever seen them.  I’ve always complimented Idol on his boundless and limitless energy and he seems to have reached a new high with this show and tour.  He is at once an icon and an enigma, as he continues to evolve his style while retraining his trademark lip curl and tongue in cheek uncensored gestures, looks, and poses.  And one can’t neglect to mention Mr. Steve Stevens on lead guitar, who could put the audience in a trance even if he stood alone on the stage – one of the best guitarists performing today, if not the very best.  If you haven’t been to a Billy Idol concert lately, you haven’t seen him and his band at all, as they are better than they’ve ever been, and that is saying a lot.

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Charli XCX and Bleachers (Charli and Jack Do America) at Fox Theater | Oakland, California | 7/23/2015 (Concert Review + Photos)

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“Oakland, I want to see you go fuckin’ crazy!”  One of a set of similar sentiments shouted by Charli XCX throughout her high energy performance at the Fox Theater in Oakland on Thursday night, along with co-headliner Bleachers in their “Charli and Jack Do America” tour, though the latter had already whipped the crowd into a frenzy before she even had a chance to take the stage.  At only 22 years only, Charli XCX has had a remarkably long and prolific career thus far, and in her ongoing evolution of her unique and varied brand of music, she has veered solidly into the pop diva lane of the genre highway.  It was an interesting pairing of artists, with New Jersey-born Jack Antonoff from Bleachers building and building their own set with anthem-driven pop/rock songs that are catchy and captivating (even on first listen), contrasted against England’s Charli XCX pushing sexually-fused tunes with saccharine pop choruses.  As a dual headlining show, each artist seemed to bring out a different crowd, though all skewed younger.  Most certain is that each artist – though having respectively accomplished much already – will certainly continue to grow and evolve in the coming years.  [Read more…]

Aerosmith’s “Blue Army Tour” Playing Throughout North America in June, July, August

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Aerosmith’s “Blue Army Tour” series of concert events begins June 13th at the Gila River Arena in Arizona, and travels the United States and British Columbia well into August.  Four time Grammy winners, they are one of the most exciting rock and roll bands touring today.  They come armed with a ton of hits, old and new, that get crowds worked up into a frenzy.  Having seen them live before, I give it my highest recommendation if you can make it out to one of their upcoming dates. [Read more…]

U.S. Leg of Garbage’s “20 Years Queer Tour” Coming in October

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Garbage is celebrating two decades since the release of their self-titled debut album with a U.S. tour coming in October.  The “20 Years Queer Tour” will see the alternative band playing their first album in its entirety.  That debut was released on August 15th, 1995, and included hits such as “Queer”, “Stupid Girl”, “Vow”, and “Only Happy When It Rains”.  The album went on to sell more than four million copies worldwide and garnered three Grammy Award nominations.  Leading up to the tour, the band will release a special remastered 20th Anniversary Edition of Garbage which will include remixes and previously unreleased versions of some of the songs. [Read more…]

Meg Myers Playing U.S. Headlining Dates and Festivals; The Boardwalk in Orangevale and Live 105’s BFD in Mountain View

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Alternative singer-songwriter Meg Myers has some live dates coming up, taking her around the United States from now through October, including appearances at some of the best festivals including Life Is Beautiful in Las Vegas and Austin City Limits.    Her last big release was the fantastic Make A Shadow EP, which has gained significant critical acclaim as she continues to build a fan base for unique style of music.  Her latest single, “Sorry”, was released just a few months ago.  I’ve been a huge fan of her work since seeing her supporting some Pixies live shows in Los Angeles a few years ago, as well as her show with Broods last year. [Read more…]

Rob Zombie Crowdfunding Campaign Offering Movie Props; Upcoming Concert Tour Dates

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Heavy metal rock star and filmmaker Rob Zombie is offering fans a chance to bid on original movie props and costumes from his films, including Halloween 2 and Lords of Salem. There is a minimum bid of only $300 on each lot. In addition to authentic movie memorabilia are other opportunities, such as meet and greets during his upcoming tour and autographs. The crowdfunding campaign is scheduled to end on May 10th at midnight. Proceeds will go toward funding his next film, 31. [Read more…]

U2 “Innocence & Experience Tour 2015” Begins This Month; Playing 20 Cities Worldwide

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In a few weeks, U2 will be kicking off their first indoor arena tour in over a decade, in support of last year’s Songs of Innocence.  The iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE Tour will take U2 to 20 cities worldwide for 70 concerts over the next six months, with multiple dates in each city (from two to eight), running through November.  Special shows are reportedly being planned for Dublin fat the end of the year to benefit the U2-initiated Music Generation project. [Read more…]

Kristin Hersh Playing Select Dates on East & West Coast This Month

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Kristin Hersh, knows for her solo work as well as Throwing Muses and 50FOOTWAVE, is doing a handful of dates on the east and west coasts this month.  She did a small tour in 2014 as Throwing Muses as well (you can read the Rock Subculture review of the show in San Francisco here). [Read more…]

MisterWives First Headlining Tour Supporting “Our Own House” Kicks Off in the U.S. This Week

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In support of their debut studio album released last week, Our Own House, NY pop band MisterWives kicked off their first headlining tour in Philadelphia on Friday.  Their U.S. tour will keep them on the road through mid-April, though they are scheduled to appear at a few festivals thereafter. [Read more…]