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The Venue: The Orpheum is in the theatre district in Boston. It is an historic venue with ornate architecture, smaller than an arena. The setting lent itself well to Jason Bonham offering tribute to his father amidst the Led Zeppelin fans who've loved his music for decades. It also was a place ignite the fire of this magnificent legacy with the newly inspired generations.

I moved around the theatre all night, visiting with folks and getting pictures from different perspectives.

The Band: Present with the Ludwig kit from his father, Jason took the stage with Stephen LeBlanc on keyboards and steel guitar, Michael Devin on bass, Tony Catania on guitar, and James Dylan on vocals.

October 12, 2010
From Uniondale, NY.

When I heard that he was going to do the Wall again I said to myself, not again. Not now, after this long. He could choose from so much, why the Wall?

The night of October 12, 2010 I was reminded why. Roger Waters is the Wall. It is about him. His life, his times, his experiences. His Wall.

The Wall came out back in 1980. It was finally released way overdue and over budget. The Fans were chomping at the bit for new Floyd and they delivered. Straight to number one, smash hits, incredibly memorable guitar riffs and songs that take you far far away. They only did a few shows. London, Uniondale NY, and Los Angeles. They actually built a wall onstage and you couldn't even see the band play. Not many were able to witness the event, only to be told through word of mouth, magazine articles and newspaper clippings.

trainweb2 150You save me and Train will save the day. After a long intermission and a great performance from Butch Walker and the Black Widow Spiders, the lights went down at the Calvin Theatre. Lasers found the stage and Train blasted out "Parachute" for their first song. Massachusetts ! Oh Yeah ! and "Get To Me" came on with lights. 

Pat Monahan started belting out the first few words of "Drops of Jupiter" and stopped dead. "No, You're not ready for that yet !" He said. The frustrated crowd roared. They were ready for anything. And that is exactly what happened, anything and everything, one rockin suprise after another.

First listen live with Ha Ha Tonka at the Iron Horse this summer, July 19, 2010  

Meet Ha Ha Tonka:

Brett Anderson -keyboard, guitar, and vocals
Lennon Bone -drums & vocals
Lucas Long -bass & vocals
Brian Roberts -guitar & vocals

The band had great presence right from the start. The voice of front-man Brett Anderson was strong enough to wade through some of the genre changes as they happened before us. They seemed to start with a rock edge and as the set went on, moved into a comfortable folk/bluegrass set. Really great vocals with a tight guitar punch were the highlights from this comprehensive band. The bass player looked like a young Jim Morrison to me, it was eerie.

A Metal Rock Review by Whitey.

thumb_uproar1webOne of the best values of the summer, the Uproar Festival promises to deliver. I saw the show at Saratoga Performing Arts Center.

There were a whole bunch of vendors selling anything from shirts to body jewelry. There were 2 stages. On the first were 4 bands. Unfortunately I was late and missed the first 2 bands, which were Mutiny Within and Hail The Villain. I came in on the middle of the third band, Airbourne. They reminded me a lot of AC/DC. They were pretty good but I didn't know any of their music. The headliner of the first stage was Hellyea. Vinnie Paul, the drummer from Pantera is in the band as well as members of Mudvayne. They rocked.

Paul "Whitey" Renstrom is a heavy metal bass player gone roots rocker with the band, The Tall Weeds. He has been writing music for decades and gets out to some great shows. Here is what he had to say about Alice In Chains, live:

Alice In Chains is my favorite band that came out of Seattle during the grunge era. The vocal harmonies and driving guitar just blow me away.

I first saw Alice In Chains in '91. They opened a show for Anthrax, Megadeath, and Slayer. I really didn't like them at first, but got into them later that year. Their singer died of a drug overdose in the early 2000s. After years of solo stuff and other gigs they got back together with new singer, William Duvall and released one of the best albums of the year,  Black Gives Way To Blue ...The Garden Show. This was the first big headlining show for them and what a better place to run it then Madison Square Garden.

Get ready. Langhorne Slim, Jeff Ratner, Malachi DeLorenzo, David Moore and the visiting Sam Duffy, are coming to a theatre near you. Their mission? To get you out of your seat. Langhorne invited this Word by Word crowd to get up and dance and the literal group politely sat in their leather Colonial seats, waiting. Someone yelled from their corner, "Make Me!" Langhorne, always the gentleman, shouted back, "That woman is fair, that's fair!" He committed to the process, "We have a job to do." By the end of the show, people were dancing on the stage ...twirling in royal blue evening wear and sparkly hippie tunics. With the guitar, upright bass, banjo, fiddle, drums, and Langhorne's rich voice, it was certainly a festival of words in color and sound ...well done and thank you.

The band opened their set with "Be Set Free" the title track of their latest album. It rolled over the scene like a reassuring summer breeze. "Restless" from the self titled second album was true to its recording and a solid foundational song to encapsulate the genre range of what to anticipate. "Say Yes," the upbeat indie anthem, pulled in the crowd and had them yelling, "Yes, Yes!" in response.

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