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Concert Review: Chester Thompson, Blue Lion at UAFS, Fort Smith, Arkansas

Monday, January 26, 2015 5:04pm

Photo & Story by Scott A. Smith Pete Townshend. Joe Walsh. Ann and Nancy Wilson. Rick Derringer. All three guys in Rush. As great as these rock icons sound on their respective studio recordings, it’s the concert stage that reveals all of the magical dimensions of their instrumental abilities. The same can be said of drumming legend Chester Thompson, who has recorded and toured with a Who’s Who in Rock and Roll throughout the decades. Following a brief stint with drummer Bill Bruford (Yes, King Crimson), Genesis hired Thompson in 1977 so drummer Phil Collins could take over the lead-vocal mic for a departed Peter Gabriel. Thompson’s impeccable, assertive drumming chops appeared on the such essential live Genesis LPs as “Seconds Out” and “Three Sides Live,” and his work with Santana, Frank Zappa, Collins’ solo band and Weather Report remain just as pioneering and ear-pleasing. Thompson’s performance skills, today in Continue reading...

Concert Review: Brian Wilson, The Joint at the Tulsa Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

Saturday, December 6, 2014 11:49am

Photos & Story by Scott A. Smith Somewhere along the way, pop became a dirty, hate-attracting word in rock music. For years, many hard-rock fans — and some critics — have shot their noses skyward at the mere mention of the word pop, a word too many people have associated with bubble-gum, completely disposable music. But there was a time, before the terms hard rock and heavy metal frequented society, when the steely sounds of Jimi Hendrix and the early work of Led Zeppelin and The Rolling Stones were actually called pop by many, and not in a derogatory way. The pop-music umbrella used to cover those acts, as well as the good-time — and utterly non-disposable — craft of The Beach Boys. Not as heavy as Zeppelin and not boasting the street-roaming, sex-filled attitude of the Stones, the vision and musical results of Beach Boys mastermind Brian Wilson are Continue reading...

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...

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