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Tuesday, 31 March 2015 17:03

Van Halen to rock the Waterfront

Written by PR

With special guest Kenny Wayne Shepherd

BANGOR In celebration of a 2015 Summer/Fall North American Tour, Van Halen will perform a special concert for 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' March 30 on Hollywood Boulevard. Featuring some of the band's essential rock and roll classics, the concert will be broadcast over two nights, March 30 and March 31, on the late night talk show and marks Van Halen's first U.S. television performance with original lead singer David Lee Roth. 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' airs weeknights at 11:35 p.m. / 10:35 p.m. Central time on ABC.

Tuesday, 24 March 2015 18:43

Randy Bachman talks Heavy Blues'

Written by Mike Dow

As a founding member of both The Guess Who and Bachman-Turner Overdrive, Randy Bachman's status as a rock legend is secure.

Bachman has a reputation for being among the most unassuming of rock stars. If you were to ask Randy, he would tell you that he's just a regular guy who still loves rock and roll and radio.

Wednesday, 18 March 2015 14:41

Spencer Albee to unveil new album: Mistakes Were Made'

Written by Mike Dow

Spencer Albee, a fixture in New England's music scene for more than two decades, has a lot on his mind these days.

Chief among the thoughts bouncing around his brain are the new songs he'll unveil this Saturday, March 21 at 7 p.m. as headliner of 'State of the State 3' a celebration of Maine music organized by Kyle Poissonnier and held annually at the State Theatre on Congress Street in Portland.

Wednesday, 18 February 2015 13:18

Mike Rutherford of Genesis and Mike + the Mechanics

Written by Mike Dow

Mike Rutherford, guitarist, bassist and founding member of Genesis, sounds astonished when presented with a rundown of Genesis-related success in the 1980s.

That decade alone saw four hit-producing Genesis albums, four mega-selling solo albums from Phil Collins and three from Peter Gabriel.

CHICAGO Fans of the Grateful Dead want a campout style atmosphere during three 50th anniversary concerts in July at Chicago's Soldier Field, but whether the venue will allow it is another question.

Jeremy Davis, of Florida, started an online petition which had about 8,000 signatures by Saturday asking that overnight parking be allowed in lots surrounding the stadium along Lake Michigan.

Wednesday, 28 January 2015 17:42

Weird Al and Peter Frampton at the Maine State Pier

Written by PR

PORTLAND Grammy Award Winner Peter Frampton and power-pop Cheap Trick will co-headline at the Maine State Pier on June 26. Also, fresh off the biggest year of his storied career, 'Weird Al' Yankovic recently announced his 2015 Mandatory World Tour, making at stop at the Maine State Pier on Sunday, July 26, 2015 as part of the Machias Savings Bank Concert Series.

Frampton and Cheap Trick at the State Pier

Thursday, 06 November 2014 18:55

Meet The Raskins - On tour with Motley Crue

Written by Mike Dow

It's been a life-changing year for twin brothers Logan and Roger Raskin of New York City-based band The Raskins.

In May, Sony label Miral/Red issued The Raskins' self-titled debut album of melodic pop metal as the band was in the midst of a tour with Scott Weiland of Stone Temple Pilots.

Saturday, 18 October 2014 11:52

Howie Day to play Husson's Gracie Theatre this Friday

Written by Mike Dow

Singer-songwriter Howie Day, a native of Brewer, will return to play his first Bangor-area concert in more than a decade this Friday evening, October 24, at Husson University's Gracie Theatre.

Day says he is looking forward to the hometown show. 'I think the last show I did in the area was at UMaine and that must have at least 10 years ago,' he told me in an interview last week.

Tuesday, 14 October 2014 18:48

Pugwash rock Portland on first U.S. tour

Written by Mike Dow

The opening moments of Pugwash's first Maine concert, last Thursday at Portland's Empire, set the tone for the evening. As the Irish band walked onstage to cheers, whoops and hoots, front-man Thomas Walsh greeted the crowd and heard his voice echo in the vocal monitor. 'Could you please remove the reverb?' he asked the man in charge of the mix. 'We're an anti-reverb band, you see. We don't want to sound like Simon Le Bon.'

As if they were reading each other's minds, the group launched a brief and mockingly dramatic reverb-soaked version of Duran Duran's 'Save A Prayer' much to the delight of the audience, some of whom had driven many hours to greet the Pugs on the fourth show of their first U.S. tour. 'Some came here from Kentucky to see us,' an incredulous Walsh commented later. 'You people are amazing.'

Writer Jesse Fink recalls the epiphany that lifted him from the dark funk that had permeated his life since going through a painful divorce. 'I was missing my wife and feeling quite despondent,' he told me in a phone interview from his home in Sydney, Australia.

'Instead of doing something stupid, I put on Gimme a Bullet' from AC/DC's Powerage' album. There was something about that song that kind of saved my life that night. The next day, I wondered What was it about that music that lifted me up at that time?''

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