Author: Matt Quina

GEORGE THOROGOOD – Presents His First Signature Guitar in Hollywood

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Friday evening, June 28th at the Sam Ash music store on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood, a small group of press and onlookers were in attendance for a special introduction.  George Thorogood, along with his Delaware Destroyers, first hit the world scene in 1977 upon the release of their self-titled debut record.  In those 42 years,… Read more »


FLOTSAM AND JETSAM – LIVE! Chaos Begins At The Whisky

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Riding on the strength of their latest release, The End Of Chaos, Flotsam and Jetsam performed a full reversal at the Whisky a Go Go on Thursday, June 13th.  Nearing the end of a five-week excursion across the United States, they instilled a healthy dose of pandemonium onto a surprisingly, less than capacity West Hollywood… Read more »


THE WINERY DOGS – Live! w/ Special Guests ZFG

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The term “supergroup” is thrown around pretty recklessly these days.  It seems to apply to basically any collective of musicians of any renown who get together with other players of similar renown to either record or tour.  The Winery Dogs, whose individual members manage to keep themselves quite occupied in between periods of joint activity, each seemed to… Read more »


HYDE – Live! First U.S. Tour Wraps At 1720 In L.A.

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Japanese superstar entertainer HYDE capped off his first U.S. tour as a solo artist on Sunday, May 26th.  HYDE and his four person backing band, completed a 13 date jaunt, that saw them playing eight shows in support of In This Moment, two festivals and three headlining shows.  The headlining dates culminated with a sold-out performance… Read more »


HYDE – Sets Sights On America – Exclusive Interview

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You have had an almost 30 year career in music.  You have fronted not one, but two successful rock bands.  You have seen success in two different genres of music.  You have sold out stadiums.  You have acted in movies.  Ready to slow down, lean back in your chair, draw a deep breath and take stock… Read more »


HOLLYWOOD VAMPIRES – Live! At The Greek

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Hollywood has had a love affair with vampires since 1931, when Universal Studios released the first Dracula film starring Bela Lugosi.  Since that time, vampires have repeatedly been in and out of fashion, both in entertainment and pop culture.  Almost 50 years ago, another group of vampires began congregating somewhat anonymously and notoriously, in the… Read more »


Interview with FLOTSAM AND JETSAM’S Michael Gilbert

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In the music industry, 30 plus years of recording and touring usually means you have been widely regarded as being in the upper echelon of your genre.  Some bands and artists for whatever reason never seem to garner that level of recognition, in spite of a collective body of work and a seeming never-ending presence… Read more »


QUEENSRYCHE – LIVE! At The Fonda Theater

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Seattle, being known as the birthplace of grunge, has spawned a few notable musical artists who hit the scene prior to the advent of the flannel shirt craze.  One of the last groups to emanate from the Emerald City prior to the 1990’s when Nirvana basically changed the rules of rock is Queensryche.  With a… Read more »


DREAM THEATER – LIVE! At The Wiltern

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Dream Theater brought their Distance Over Time tour  to Los Angeles, making The Wiltern Theater their bivouac for a two night hitch.  In addition to supporting their latest record, the quintet also took occasion to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their first concept album.  The show would be divided into two distinct portions, with the… Read more »


NEAL MORSE BAND – LIVE! The Great Adventour in Whittier

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The Neal Morse Band, nearing the end of the U.S. leg of their Great Adventour world tour, took the exit off the road called home in Whittier on Friday, March 8th.  The Whittier Center Theater in conjunction with Cal Prog has hosted numerous Neal Morse projects under various names for years.  On this evening, Morse… Read more »


THEM GUNS – From The Shadows

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Them Guns, a quartet formed in Santa Cruz, CA in 2013 have released their latest offering, From The Shadows.  Them Guns consists of founders Navarone Garibaldi on vocals and guitar and Kyle Hamood on keyboards along with Chris Hudson on drums and Chuck Holiday on bass and vocals.  The four of them have been busy playing… Read more »


NAMM 2019 – Interview With Brandon Davis of Bravo Delta

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Bravo Delta, a four piece outfit from Las Vegas released their first full length album on February 1st.  Released without label backing, Unbreakable is a 13 track offering of melodic, driving, guitar fueled, edgy hard rock.  Brandon Davis, the band’s lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist, sat down for a few minutes at the recent NAMM show… Read more »