Author: Matt Quina

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 »


METAL ALLEGIANCE Goes Black At H.O.B.

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Metal Allegiance, a band that could be called a “super-duper group,” played their annual NAMM show at the House of Blues in Anaheim on January 24th.  M.A. is the brainchild of Mark Menghi, a music industry executive and bassist.  Menghi is one of the “core 4”, along with Alex Skolnick of Testament, David Ellefson of Megadeth and… Read more »


NEAL PRESTON Shares His Exhilarated And Exhausted Life And Times With NAMM Attendees

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Rock n’ Roll used to be a somewhat inaccessible medium for the masses.  Many kids in the suburbs of America’s great cities who grew up in earshot of a powerful FM Album Oriented Rock radio station had very few avenues to get close to their favorite rock bands.  If you experienced your formative years in… Read more »


NEAL MORSE BAND – The Great Adventure Begins!

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Let the great adventure now begin… the last lyrical line from The Neal Morse Band’s landmark epic, The Similitude Of A Dream album, prophesied its successor.  January 25th will see the release of the follow-up album, The Great Adventure and a subsequent world tour, which will begin on February 2nd, in Nashville, TN.  The Neal Morse Band consists of: Neal Morse, primary… Read more »


GHOST Goes From Haunting Theaters To Arenas – Live At The Forum

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Ghost, the Swedish horror rock band is touring in support of their fourth full length album, Prequelle.  The octet, composed mostly of the supporting cast of “Nameless Ghouls”, erected their altar in an arena as the headliner for the first time.  The Nameless Ghouls dress identically in all black, tailed tuxedos and spats.  The jump from… Read more »