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Concert Review: Styx at The Joint, Tulsa Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

Saturday, February 28, 2015 5:56am

Photos & Story by Scott A. Smith Each year, a frantic touring schedule of nearly 200 gigs threatens to zap the on-stage energy and artistic drive of Styx. Yet at each show, Styx members Tommy Shaw (guitar, vocals), James “JY” Young (guitars, vocals), Lawrence Gowan (keyboards, vocals), Ricky Phillips (bass, vocals) and Todd Sucherman (drums) race from behind the darkened backstage area with a lot of zip in their step. It’s a youthful, seemingly undying passion to deliver 150 percent to their paying audience. With the Grammy Award-nominated Styx, there’s no time to lazily slosh through a set. The musicianship and vocal harmonies must be executed from the stage in a way that is as lively and powerful as what’s found on the group’s original studio recordings. And that’s exactly what happened Feb. 26 inside the Tulsa Hard Rock’s Joint. The audience showed up. Styx showed up. And it was Continue reading...

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...

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