Author: Matt Quina

I grew up with five older siblings. My oldest brother was into The Rolling Stones, Three Dog Night and Creedence Clearwater Revival. This was the soundtrack of my younger days. When I was 14 Van Halen's debut had just come out. I had never heard anything like it. Later that summer, I was helping my neighbor with some yardwork and the neighbor on the other side was blasting KLOS on their car radio while cleaning the car. Kashmir by Led-Zeppelin came on and that was really unlike anything I had ever heard. I was hooked on rock n' roll from that point forward. Here we are in 2020 and I have been working for Screamer Magazine for just over four years and I have not lost my love for rock music and count myself fortunate to be working in this field and have had the almost inconceivable opportunity to cover and speak with artists, who if you had told me five years ago, I would have been photographing or speaking with, I would have told you you were nuts! I have a motto I repeatedly utter: "I can't believe they let me do this!"

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 »


GEORGE LYNCH – Talks New KXM Record – interview

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The last 20 years have seen a serious upswing in the number of side collaborations between people whose notoriety has been obtained from their work in other ventures.  September 12th, 2019 saw the release of the third album from one such alliance under the title Circle of Dolls.  KXM is a hard rock trio formed back… Read more »


FLYING COLORS – Live! The Majestic Ventura Theater

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In one of only five U.S. shows to be played this year, and its only West Coast live appearance of the abbreviated tour, Flying Colors played the Majestic Ventura Theater on Thursday, September 5th.  The assemblage of veteran musicians who hail from progressive, jazz fusion and pop backgrounds join together to create a melange of those… Read more »


TOM KEIFER BAND – Live! The Rose in Pasadena

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Sunday evening, the 25th of August, Tom Keifer and his band made the third of their four Southern California appearances at The Rose in Pasadena.  Keifer being the front man and driving force behind the late 1980’s, pre-grunge juggernaut Cinderella, is touring in advance of his second solo record.  RISE, the forthcoming release from Keifer is due… Read more »


GEORGE THOROGOOD and The Destroyers – Live! Ventura County Fair

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Right in the midst of the dog days of summer, with temperatures around Southern California settling into the mid-90’s, a trip to the beach can be a welcome break from the heat.  Situated just a few hundred yards from the sands of the coastline, the Ventura County Fair is a great place to gain respite… Read more »


THE STRUTS – Live! Swagger Abounds at The Wiltern

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Two days before what is probably the most uniquely American holiday, Independence Day, The Wiltern played host to a trio of international acts.  Most prominent among the three was The Struts.  The British-formed headliners brought their Young & Dangerous tour to Los Angeles along with Canadians The Glorious Sons and New Zealander Kelsy Karter and… Read more »


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 »


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