Author: Hilary Mahoney

Hilary Mahoney is a live entertainment specialist and former lead music writer for Hoopla, an entertainment periodical published by the Cedar Rapids, IA Gazette newspaper. On a daily basis, Hilary can be found in the trenches interviewing band members and attending live music venues. Among her latest interviews are Lajon Witherspoon and Phil Anselmo. Hilary majored in music in junior college and in 2006, earned her BA in nonprofit administration from the University of Northern Iowa. Her background in music, theater and dance uniquely qualify her to write compelling, informative exposés as well as fueling her ongoing personal pursuit of the bass guitar.

JACKYL – Celebrating 25 Years of Rowdy Rock n’ Roll

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Think back to 1992. Many bands made their debut around that time. Now think about how many of them are still together. Or how many haven’t broken up for a length of time and perhaps gotten back together and barely resemble the old band, with perhaps only one or two original members. Very few have… Read more »


JACKYL – 25

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It might be hard to believe that the band Jackyl is celebrating their silver anniversary. It’s been 25 years since The Lumberjack came out and Jesse James Dupree started playing the chainsaw as a musical instrument? Yes, yes it has. And Jackyl has stayed just as raunchy and wild as they were in 1992. To… Read more »


Black Sabbath: The Illustrated Lyrics Vol. 2: Songs of Protest and Apocalypse – Book Review

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From the Royal Publisher of Oz comes their latest book release, Black Sabbath: The Illustrated Lyrics Vol. 2: Songs of Protest and Apocalypse. Author Joe Bongiorno is taking his readers on an in-depth journey through each and every one of Black Sabbath’s albums from the 1970’s. This second book in what will be an eight… Read more »


MR. BIG – 30 Years & Still Defying Gravity

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Twenty-five years after the release of their most well-known hit, To Be With You, Mr. Big is releasing their ninth studio album, Defying Gravity, via Frontiers Records (July 21). And achieving what many bands with longevity have not been able to, all of the original members of the band are still involved. Mr. Big’s lineup… Read more »


MR. BIG – Defying Gravity

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As they approach their 30 year anniversary as a band, Mr. Big is releasing their ninth studio album, Defying Gravity via Frontiers Music SRL on July 21, 2017. The original lineup is still intact- Eric Martin (Vocals), Paul Gilbert (Guitar), Billy Sheehan (Bass), and Pat Torpey (drums). While Torpey was recently diagnosed with Parkinson’s, Matt… Read more »


ALL THAT REMAINS – Never Sorry!

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Massachusetts rockers All That Remains have been at it for over fifteen years now. From 2002’s Behind Silence and Solitude to Madness (release date April 28, 2017), frontman Phil Labonte has been manning the microphone- saying and singing pretty much whatever he wants to. And although the band and Labonte have had their fair share… Read more »


ALL THAT REMAINS – Madness

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All That Remains is back with a new album–Madness, releasing April 28th. The band has dealt with their fair share of criticism from listeners who don’t believe that they have stayed true to their metalcore roots. As they have said, they write what they like, not really caring what critics have to say and that… Read more »


THE DEAD DAISIES – Live & Louder

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Following up their three studio albums, (The Dead Daisies 2013, Revolucion 2015, Make Some Noise 2016) The Dead Daisies are now releasing a live album, Live & Louder on May 19th via Spitfire music. The band has gone through multiple line-up changes in their short run, but the current roster is definitely an all-star group,… Read more »


MIKE TRAMP – Maybe Tomorrow

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On February 24th, Danish singer/songwriter Mike Tramp released his latest album, Maybe Tomorrow, two years after his album trilogy- Cobblestone Street, Museum, and Nomad. In the 80’s/early 90’s Tramp was best known as the lead vocalist of the band White Lion, with hits such as Wait and When the Children Cry making the girls with… Read more »


NIGHT RANGER – Don’t Let Up

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35 years. That’s how long Night Ranger has been together. Sure, there have been some line-up changes, breakups and makeups along the way, but Night Ranger is here to show that they Don’t Let Up. Oh, hey, that’s the album name! Many bands from the era that Night Ranger first hit it big try too… Read more »


ART OF ANARCHY – The Madness

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Art of Anarchy- the band name sounds familiar right? Why yes, it is the band that released their self-titled debut album in June 2015, featuring Scott Weiland (Stone Temple Pilots, Velvet Revolver) on vocals, Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (ex-Guns N’ Roses) on guitars, and John Moyer (Disturbed) on bass, as well as twin brothers Jon (guitar)… Read more »


SHREDDERS – by Greg Prato

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Author Greg Prato is back again with his latest book, Shredders! The Oral History of Speed Guitar (and more). If you are unsure what a “shredder” is, Prato explains in the book’s description: “‘How fast can you play?’ ‘What guitar do you have?’ ‘Who is better, Van Halen or Steve Vai?’ For metal fans in… Read more »