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Concert Review: Paul Rodgers at The Joint, Tulsa Hard Rock Hotel

Saturday, November 15, 2014 10:57am

Photos & Story by Scott A. Smith How in the wide, wild world of rock-and-roll does he do it? Rock-singing icon Paul Rodgers continues to defy time whenever he takes command of the concert stage. The Bad Company singer-songwriter and former Free co-founder quite possibly has the best-preserved voice in all of rock music. The perpetually smiling, seemingly-ageless Rodgers sounds exactly like he did in 2003. And in 1993. And in 1973.With Queen’s Freddie Mercury gone, Rodgers possesses the greatest singing voice in rock music. Five words into Rodgers’ solo-band’s set on Nov. 13 had the packed, dancing crowd cheering inside the Tulsa Hard Rock Hotel & Casino’s Joint. At age 64, Rodgers must have struck some golden, secretive deal with Father Time in a place where the clocks stopped ticking but the music keeps a playin’. Always professional, the punctual Rodgers stood in the stage-left right’s darkened corner at Continue reading...

New Interview With Judas Priest Guitarist Richie Faulkner

Wednesday, October 29, 2014 5:22am

Photo & Story by Scott A. Smith Vowing to never fade away — or turn the volume on their amp stacks lower than the “10” setting — Judas Priest are back on the road with a new set list and their bold, all-or-nothing attitude. The heavy metal icons — singer Rob Halford, guitarists Glenn Tipton and Richie Faulkner, bassist Ian Hill and drummer Scott Travis — will bring part of their Redeemer of Souls Tour to fans at 8 p.m. Nov. 6 to the Allen Event Center, 200 E. Stacy Road, No. 1350 in Allen, Texas, near Dallas. Judas Priest played the venue with openers Thin Lizzy and Black Label Society back in the fall of 2011, but the upcoming gig, which will feature opening band Steel Panther, will be even more magical and important, said Faulkner. “We’re looking forward to coming back to that area, and we’ll have all Continue reading...

AC/DC Fans Ready For Release of ‘Rock or Bust’

Wednesday, October 29, 2014 4:59am

Although AC/DC has been around since the early 1970’s, endured the loss of their lead singer Bon Scott, and went on to become one of the highest-grossing rock bands of all time, they do not appear ready to ease into retirement quietly just yet. On December 2nd, their latest album, Rock or Bust, is set for release in the U.S. It will be released on November 28th in the group’s home country of Australia. With the good, unfortunately, comes the bad this time around. As fans were welcoming news of the new album release, sad news surfaced about founding member Malcolm Young’s retirement from the group. Although news regarding exactly why one of the founding brothers of the group was retiring was not immediately revealed, it was later learned that the 61-year-old is suffering from dementia. The release of the new album certainly gives the appearance that AC/DC plans to Continue reading...

Concert Review: Joan Jett And The Blackhearts, Hard Rock, Tulsa, OK

Monday, October 20, 2014 5:27pm

Story by Scott A. Smith Photo By Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa/Tom Gilbert Decked out in a tight, red-colored outfit and boasting her trademark black, slightly spikey hairstyle, one Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominee planted one high-heeled boot in the three-chord beauty of punk rock and her other boot in infectious mainstream music Oct. 18 in Tulsa. Joan Jett led her eternally edgy band The Blackhearts through an aggressive – and continuously inspiring – set for a capacity crowd inside the Tulsa Hard Rock’s Joint. Refusing to allow the tempo to ever slide into low gear, Jett kept the festivities in a speedy pace with plenty of crunchy guitar work. With their guitars slung almost to their knees, Jett, lead guitarist Dougie Needles and bassist Acey Slade hammered out each track’s arrangement with joyous adrenaline. Bouncing, standing and lurching at stage left, Needles often would hold his Continue reading...

Concert Review: Santana at Walmart AMP, Rogers, Arkansas

Monday, October 6, 2014 10:07am

Photo & Story by Scott A. Smith The genre-bending Carlos Santana forever will be one of the most innovative, unique-sounding guitarists in all corners of music. Proof that the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee still can deliver the high-decibel goods was on full-tilt display when Santana hopped through an energized set Oct. 5 at the Walmart AMP in Rogers, Arkansas. The packed outdoor amphitheater was awash by Santana’s salsa-style rock for two fast-moving hours, with the all-ages audience cheering throughout early evening takes of “Black Magic Woman” and “Oye Como Va.” Santana even slipped the melody of George Harrison’s “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” into the upbeat proceedings moments, and the party favorite “Tequila” and Rare Earth gem “Get Ready” also found room on Santana’s set list. The amphitheater’s sound was loud and full, with bassist Benny Rietveld’s low notes coming through with amazing clarity. His bass often Continue reading...

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