Author: Matt Quina

POP ART PHOTO SHOW – Santa Monica

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When you think of Pop Art, what comes to mind?  Is it Andy Warhol’s Campbell’s soup can, perhaps a Roy Lichtenstein comic inspired piece?  What is pop art? Search the internet and you’ll find this definition: Art based on modern popular culture and the mass media, especially as a critical or ironic comment on traditional fine… Read more »


DAUGHTRY Brings Idol Worship to So Cal

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Chris Daughtry was an American Idol quarterfinalist from way back in the show’s fifth season.  The show, being just a mere toddler at the time of Daughtry’s competition, is now a teenager and has spawned a few superstars.  Aside from a few winners, notably Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood, few of the winners have experienced stardom-level… Read more »


SCORPIONS Usher Out Summer With Queensryche

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The German band that helped usher in the guitar laden, heavy rock that would become known as 80’s hair metal helped usher out summer for a crowd of 10,000 or so at FivePoint Amphitheater in Irvine, CA. The Scorpions, along with special guest Queensryche delivered a reprieve from a holiday weekend barbecue in the form… Read more »


OPERATION: MINDCRIME Celebrates 30 Years of Namesake Record

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Geoff Tate, the original lead singer for Queensryche, brought his band Operation: Mindcrime to the Canyon Club in Agoura Hills on August 17th.  Celebrating the 30th anniversary of their namesake record, Tate and his current band played the breakthrough album in its entirety for a ravenous Canyon Club crowd.  Operation: Mindcrime catapulted Queensryche into the… Read more »


George Jung of BLOW Screens Film at Chinese Theater, Hollywood

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You’ve been released from a federal prison four years ago, after serving 20 years of a 60 year sentence.  It’s your 76th birthday.  How to celebrate?  You have a party at the TCL Chinese Theater in Hollywood and screen the movie about your life of crime for a few hundred of your closest friends.  Well, the… Read more »


FOREIGNER, WHITESNAKE & JASON BONHAM’s Led Zeppelin Evening Live! – Juke Box Heroes Wrap Up Tour In Irvine

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Foreigner, Whitesnake and Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Evening capped off a six-week run of dates together on Wednesday, August 1st.  FivePoint Amphitheatre was the setting for the final show of what was dubbed the Juke Box Heroes Tour.  The shared junket is presumably named after Foreigner’s iconic song about realizing one’s dreams of becoming a rock star, Jukebox Hero. … Read more »


Lou Gramm Talks Music, FOREIGNER Reunion and Olivia Newton John?

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The year is 1978.  The leaders of Israel and Egypt meet and eventually arrive at an historic peace accord between the two nations.  Grease, starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton John (more on her later) is tearing up the box office.  It is the year which saw three serving Popes.  Led Zeppelin had made their… Read more »


ANNI PIPER Makes First Southern California Performance

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Australia’s First Lady of Blues, Anni Piper, made her first ever Southern California performance on Saturday, June 30th, at the Arcadia Blues Club.  The statuesque brunette, who moved to the U.S. back in 2014 brought her sultry voice and grooving bass lines to a less than capacity room in the foothills of Los Angeles.  She was accompanied… Read more »


STYX/JOAN JETT Kickoff Summer Tour with Special Guest TESLA

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With the summer concert season getting into full swing, another summer tour was kicked off at FivePoint Amphitheater in Irvine.  Wednesday, May 30th, saw the initial date on the Styx and Joan Jett and the Blackhearts summer tour, with special guests Tesla.  Between the three of them, they commanded a 15 year span, with each dominating a… Read more »


MR. BIG & Friends Pay Tribute to Pat Torpey

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There are many clichés about music being some kind of a mystical force in the universe.  Music is the international language.  Music is good for the soul.  Music is a healing force.  Music is a great unifier.  Clichés exist, because they are generally true.  Anyone who was at the Canyon Club in Agoura Hills on… Read more »


POISON Kicks Off “Nothin’ But a Good Time” Summer Tour with CHEAP TRICK & POP EVIL

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Friday evening, May 18th, FivePoint Amphitheatre was packed to the gills with people looking for nothin’ but a good time.  Turns out, that is exactly what they got.  Poison, a Pennsylvania to Hollywood transplant, was at the forefront of the glam metal ascension of the late 1980’s.  The multi-platinum album sellers kicked off their summer… Read more »


SLAYER Plays Last So Cal Date Ever at FivePoint Amphitheatre

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Slayer made their second stop, and their last ever Southern California appearance at FivePoint Amphitheatre on May 11th.  Slayer is the first of the “big four” of thrash metal to declare their exit from recording and touring.  At the conclusion of this tour, the equipment will be packed away and an exclamation point will be placed at the end of… Read more »