Photos & Story by Scott A. Smith
How many bands has former Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy been in over the last decade?
That could be a million-dollar question for many rock followers.
Portnoy’s latest post-DT project is The Winery Dogs, a powerhouse of a trio that magically marries Superman-like instrumental abilities with a disciplined focus on the song. Also featuring bass guru Billy Sheehan (Mr. Big, David Lee Roth) and singer-guitarist Richie Kotzen (Mr. Big, Poison), The Winery Dogs showed how to be hard-hitting aggressive in sound without shoving melody away from the front-and-center position May 20 at Neumeier’s Rib Room & Beer Garden in Fort Smith, Ark.
Following an impressive opening set by Charm City Devils, The Winery Dogs commandeered the stage by immediately diving into the jet-propelled “Elevate,” pulling the capacity crowd into a frenzied wave of exciting rock and roll music.… Continue reading
Photos and Story by Scott A. Smith
Cool-breeze melodies and some of the most gripping guitar solos and riffs in all of rock-and-roll land are among the high points found on the new U.S. tour by Styx, Foreigner and former Eagles guitarist-singer Don Felder.
Billed as “The Soundtrack of Summer Tour,” the tour saw its second night at the Zoo Amphitheatre in Oklahoma City, with Felder and his four-piece solo band mixing his solo work withÂ must-play Eagles numbers over the course of a well-received, 50-minute set. Donning sunglasses, black vest, black pants, black shoes and a polka-dotted, black-and-white shirt, a grinning Felder emerged from the backstage area to greet the all-ages audience with an impressive take of The Eagles’ “Take It Easy.” Felder handled the song’s lead vocals with ease — why Eagles founder Glenn Frey continues to erroneously claim Felder is no lead singer is one of music’s biggest head-scratchers.… Continue reading
Photos and Story by Scott A. Smith
The spirits of Thin Lizzy, Brother Cane and Megadeth are near â but never overpower â one of rock’s newest, most invigorated bands.
Black Star Riders are burning down U.S. highways to promote their debut CD, “All Hell Breaks Loose,” and their concert May 5 at Neumemier’s Rib Room & Beer Garden in Fort Smith was loud and proud, with the quintet of veterans giving 150 percent over the course of a well-paced, tour-hour set.
Guitarists Scott Gorham (Thin Lizzy) and Damon Johnson (Brother Cane) kept six-string fans and casual rock fans happy with edgy, always tasteful interplay, while bassist Marco Mendoza (Ted Nugent, Thin Lizzy) and drummer Jimmy DeGrasso (Megadeth) formed an air-tight rhythm section from the get go. This instrumental base gave lead singer Ricky Warwick (The Almighty, Thin Lizzy) the ultimate, punchy platform.
Well-rehearsed but often incorporating brilliant flashes of improvisation, Black Star Riders played the bulk of their new CD, with “Kingdom of the Lost,” “Kissin’ the Ground,” “Before the War” and the title track all leaving a sustained impression on audience members.… Continue reading
Dates: September 26th-28th. Melbourne, Florida. Full details available here.
Stephen Pearcy- the voice of Ratt
Jack Russellâs Great White
Enuff Z Nuff
Dale Bozzioâs Missing Persons
Jack Starrâs Burning Starr
Bow Wow Wow
Velcro Love (glad to have them back)
Shoot to Thrill (glad to have them back)
There will be 20 bands so be sure to check back and watch for upcoming bookings!
Tickets are just $29 for all 3 days and VIP packages are available at two for $200
The first annual 80âs in the Park Festival was a tremendous success! In my opinion this was the best concert to ever occur in Brevard County, Florida. 80âs music fans came from near and far and were not disappointed by the performances of the fabulous bands. Hats off to the Richard and Kyle, the promoters that put this awesome lineup together!… Continue reading
By Michael Yanko
Rock Legends Photographers
Hosted by the Magic City Casino in Miami, the Classic Rock Legends Festival was a huge success and one of the best-run festivals we have ever been to. Special thanks to Kansas management and Phil Ehart for making time for a fun interview.
Q: Youâve been touring for about 40 years, who is your favorite band to tour with?
A:Â Well, thatâs a good question. The band that we enjoyed the most touring with was Queen. That was the âSheer Heart Attackâ tour and we did 40 gigs with them, and then we came back and toured with them a year or so later and toured with them again. That was really enjoyable because our band was just starting to come into its own as far as being able to play with a headliner, and Queen was just starting to explode, and it was really exciting to watch them.… Continue reading
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