Author: Matt Quina

RICHIE KOTZEN – Mid-Life Rises

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Everyone has the visual of a man turning 50 years old.  You know it, the seemingly normal family man who turns his back on the conventional life in a futile attempt to reap long ago sown seeds of lost youth.  You might envision a balding man strutting into a Chevrolet dealership to purchase that Corvette… Read more »


STONE TEMPLE PILOTS – Naked and Unafraid

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The year is 1992 and the majority of the rock world has its eyes turned to the Pacific Northwest of The United States.  Seattle’s grunge/alternative scene has already turned out Nirvana, Alice In Chains, Pearl Jam and Soundgarden.  This new genre of music will change the face of rock n’ roll music for a good… Read more »


ALTER BRIDGE – Live! At The Wiltern – w/ Clint Lowery & Deepfall

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Beginning in 2004, Alter Bridge embarked on a journey that would see a triennial album and touring cycle.  With the release of Walk The Sky late last year, the Skywalkers have been on a two-leg expedition that has had them playing across the United States.  The final few shows of chapter number two included a stop in… Read more »


ELECTRIC RADIO KINGS – Live! at The Viper Room

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There is a lot of talk about the resurgence of rock n’ roll these days.  The last few years have seen several groups emerge whose musical tastes and conversely their art are planted firmly in the root system of the tree of rock.  The Struts are putting the glam of Queen and Bowie back into… Read more »


WEAPONS OF ANEW – Out Of The Ashes

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When a band is formed of members who for the most part have been in other recording and touring groups, there is a description used to describe that situation.  “Rising from the ashes of band X, Y and Z” is how that formation is typically described.  When relating the formation of Weapons Of Anew, a… Read more »


SONS OF APOLLO – Live! At The Roxy with Tony MacAlpine & Schiermann

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The Sunset Boulevard landmark Roxy Theater has been witness to many a performance of mythical proportion.  Ancient Roman and Greek amphitheaters were places where stories of mythology were portioned out to the populous.  One can imagine the thinkers, dignitaries and fellow performers of the day gathering to partake of the cultural impartations of the comedians… Read more »


METAL ALLEGIANCE – Live! at House Of Blues NAMM 2020

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There is an annual music industry pilgrimage to Anaheim, California.  A chance for insiders to get a peek behind the curtain if you will, at all the equipment, instruments, gadgets and numerous other items with which one can conduct the business and pleasure of creating music.  That little get together is known as NAMM (National Association of Music… Read more »


LIZZY BORDEN – Live! At The Whisky

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Lizzy Borden is one of the numerous Los Angeles based metal bands that rose to prominence in the mid 1980’s only to be knocked off that perch by the grunge scene in the early 1990’s.  However, you wouldn’t expect a band that took its name from an infamous accused ax murderer to stay permanently derailed by a… Read more »


GODSMACK – Live! with Halestorm & Monster Truck

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Godsmack, the Boston area quartet who first rose to prominence at the very end of the last century are on the road in support of 2018’s album When Legends Rise.  Spending the better part of the last eight months promoting the latest release, they played a homestretch show at The Toyota Arena in Ontario, CA.  Sunday,… Read more »


ALTER BRIDGE – “Skywalkers” – Myles Kennedy Interview

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The late 1990’s were a troubling time for rock music in general.  The entire decade had seen a revolving door of popular genres, none of which seemed to really cement themselves in the public psyche.  As 1980’s hair metal gave way to the sensation of grunge, a trio of Seattle bands dominated the first half… Read more »


FOZZY – Live! Banc of California Stadium

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In the midst of their own headlining tour taking them all over the Southwestern states, Fozzy took a break to play a support gig with legendary Iron Maiden.  Banc of California Stadium was the setting for this stop to perform an interim set between the headliners and The Raven Age.  Chris Jericho and company, the… Read more »


IRON MAIDEN Live! – Legacy of the Beast In Los Angeles

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Iron Maiden’s 2019 tour, the Legacy of the Beast, now almost two months in progress, rolled into Los Angeles on Saturday, September 14th.  The setting was the relatively new Banc of California Stadium on the U.S.C. campus, in the shadow of the iconic Coliseum.  The venue, the home of the Los Angeles Football Club, presumably… Read more »


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