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The voice on one of the most enduring pop-rock anthems of all time has returned with a powerful solo album recorded with a little help from his friends. Dave Bickler – former lead singer for Grammy-winning band Survivor – says he is deeply proud of “Darklight,” a collection of 11 new tracks all written or co-written by Bickler.

This is how you commemorate 50 years of visionary groundbreaking music. Trail blazing guitarist, composer and bandleader Uli Jon Roth is doing just that right now on extensive tour of the U.S. and Canada that will bring the former Scorpions guitarist to Tupelo Music Hall in Derry, New Hampshire, on April 20.

Uli Jon Roth is a guitarist’s guitarist. Globally recognized as one of the instrument’s great innovators, Roth forged a singular style that honors his influences (from Handel to Hendrix) while pioneering new techniques that bridge multiple musical genres and configurations.

By the time Eddie Van Halen and Yngwie Malmsteen began spinning heads with their fiery fret work, Roth had lain the ground work by blending technical mastery with melody and emotion.

Roth built his reputation in the 1970s with the Scorpions through hundreds of concerts, four studio records and a live double set recorded in Tokyo that marked his final appearances as a full-time member.

Eager to reinvent himself and move beyond the restrictions of mainstream rock, Roth left the Scorpions in 1978 to create “Electric Sun” – a new band and project that combined his love of classical music with the style of Jimi Hendrix.

Initially launched as a power trio, Electric Sun ultimately released three albums before Roth moved into a new era of composition for symphonies and concertos. For the first time in many years, Roth is revisiting his Electric Sun period on his current tour.

In 2003, Roth teamed with Sky Orchestra to record and tour “Metamorphosis of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons,” a breathtaking interpretation fusing classical and rock that he has rearranged for his current tour as a VIP pre-show event.

For his 50th anniversary tour, Roth has decided to spotlight what he feels are the touchstones of his career to date while also paying tribute to his rock and classical heroes.

One day before departing his home in Wales for tour rehearsals in Germany, Roth checked in with The Maine Edge to discuss his life and career.

Wednesday, 13 March 2019 13:05

Where do Phish newbies jump in?

Written by Mike Dow

Anticipation is building for Phish’s 2019 summer tour, scheduled to include twin shows at Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion in Bangor on June 25 and June 26, and Fenway Park in Boston on July 5 and July 6. As longtime fans secure tickets and arrange travel plans, let’s ask a question on behalf of the newcomers: What is the logical entry point for the Phish tenderfoot trying to crack the code to nearly 36 years of music?

James Montgomery still has the blues, more than a half-century after he became obsessed with the musical form.

The legendary blues harpist and frontman for the James Montgomery Blues Band says he’s counting the days until his band’s next appearance at One Longfellow Square in Portland on Saturday, March 16 at 8 p.m., with special guest Michael Corleto, a 16-year-old blues guitar phenom from southern Maine and Alivia Russo, an up and coming young blues artist from Ogunquit.

Maybe it has something to do with years that end with the number nine. If you’ve wondered what’s up with so many semi-defunct bands announcing comeback reunion tours for 2019, you’re not alone.

While rumors continue to circulate regarding some of rock’s most unlikely reunions (Led Zeppelin, The Kinks, Oasis and Pink Floyd among them), we can confirm that most – if not all – of the following groups will soon be brushing up on their respective back catalogs before hitting the boards this spring and summer.

Wednesday, 06 February 2019 13:50

Coming soon: A new music preview for early 2019

Written by Mike Dow

A number of mega-selling artists in multiple genres have scheduled new albums for 2019, including some still awaiting an assigned release date (Adele, Coldplay, Carly Rae Jepson, Madonna, The Raconteurs, Tim McGraw, and The Who, among many others). Here’s a sampling of the titles we expect to hear over the next month.

Wednesday, 30 January 2019 13:42

Weezer’s ‘The Teal Album’ has you covered

Written by Allen Adams

Anyone who knows me knows that for the most part, I stopped paying attention to music over two decades ago. My tastes, while not quite frozen in amber, haven’t changed a whole lot in the years that have passed since, so it’s rare for a new musical project to appear that piques my interest in any meaningful way.

And then Weezer dropped “The Teal Album.”

The original rhythm section for Heart - one of classic rock’s most successful and revered bands - is still locked in and delivering those iconic songs as faithfully as possible, says bassist and co-founding member Steve Fossen (a member of Heart from 1973 to 1982), of his band Heart by Heart.

Along with former Heart drummer Michael DeRosier (1975-1982), vocalist Somar Macek, Lizzy Daymont on guitar, keyboards and vocals, and guitarist Chad Quist, Fossen says Heart by Heart is committed to playing the music with as much reverence and respect as possible.

Thanks to the new biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody,” the popularity of Queen – indisputably one of rock’s most beloved and influential bands – is at its highest point since the 1991 death of front man Freddie Mercury. One of the group’s biggest fans has unknowingly chosen the perfect time to release his musical tribute to the iconic singer.

Wednesday, 16 January 2019 14:08

Bangor’s Phish fans elated for band’s imminent return

Written by Mike Dow

When the band Phish announced summer tour dates last week, revealing a two-night return to Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion in Bangor on June 25 and June 26, many local fans began making plans to attend.

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