The popular 90’s band known as Marcy Playground spent an evening at Berkeley’s Cornerstone this past week. The tour is in celebration of 20 years of them being in the music scene. Their debut, self-titled album was released in 1997, which went platinum and kept them on the top of the Billboard charts for 15 weeks, which at the time was never done before. This night brought out an immense crowd of longtime fans ready to hear the songs we all remember from this great alternative project. Full review and photos on BAMMagazine.com...
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L.A. Guns, featuring Tracii Guns and Phil Lewis made quite a stir in the music community among fans and peers alike, when they announced their reunion tour this year, and brought the 80’s back at full strength, during their tour stop at Berkeley’s Cornerstone earlier this month. What was witnessed this night was a vast gathering of fans and friends who came out and experienced the power, longevity, and talent the band still maintains. Full review and photos on BAMMagazine.com...
Sebastian Bach the 1980’s Rock Icon and former front man of Skid Row, came crashing into San Francisco’s The Bottom of the Hill on his recent tour stint. Sebastian who will always be best known for those legendary pipes and soul sold to the devil good looks, had the entire venue filled with the Bay Area’s A Class in attendance. Swarms of the music scene’s local heroes seemed to keep flooding through the front door of the famous venue. Complete review and photos on BAMMagazine.com...
Liam Gallagher, the always great and at times controversial, singer, songwriter landed at San Francisco’s Masonic for his As You Were Tour and I was fortunate enough to cover the show. More of the nights photos and review on BAMMagazine.com...
Chelsea Wolfe, a night of darkness… bathed in light, as she ends her US Tour at San Francisco’s Regency Ballroom. Wolfe embodies and emotes, the anguish, that rides along our wants…desires, while searching for self and the release of those haunting emotions, this conversation speaks loudly through her powerful music, lyrics and the languid vocals she has become known for. A Bay Area native, born in Roseville Ca, and raised in Sacramento, a daughter of a country musician, Wolfe found herself, growing up in her father’s home studio, where she wrote her own songs by age nine.
Youth Code was main support... more on BAMMagazine
Scorpions “Crazy World” Tour hits Oakland CA, with lights, guitars, amps and everything we found we loved from the 80’s heavy-hitters, brought back to the forefront. Having sold a mere 100 million records, releasing 18 studio albums, 27 compilation albums and 74 singles, the beloved “heroes of heavy metal”…The Scorpions showed Oakland California’s Arena and all in attendance, exactly what it takes to hold that title. The band, currently comprised of, Rudolf Schenker (rhythm guitar), Klaus Meine(vocals ), Matthias Jabs (lead guitar), Pawel Mąciwoda (bass) and Mikkey Dee (drums, formerly of Motorhead).
Megadeth was main support..
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The London born post-grunge band Bush made a recent appearance at San Francisco’s beloved Warfield. Almost 3 decades later these British rockers are still giving a performance reminiscent of the 90’s, as if time has stood still. Bush is on tour in support of their 7th studio album, Black and White Rainbows, which released earlier in 2017. The band is currently comprised of original members Gavin Rossdale (vox/rhythm guitar) and Robin Goodridge (drums), along with newer members Chris Traynor (lead guitar) and Corey Britz (bass).
The 20's version of me was so thrilled to cover this show... Below are some highlights of the night:
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John 5 and The Creatures creep through San Francisco's DNA Lounge for an intimate, fantastic and face melting night of music. Such a stellar musician, performer and human. I had the privilege to hand out with John before and after his show. Check out a the coverage on BAM Magazine and below are some shots from the night.
The band brought their recognizable sound song structure and well-known stage show to a sold-out Fillmore with unmistakably happy, head-bobbing, long-time fans. Chevelle had our full attention and the entire room sang along with every tune. The guests seemed to be really feeling the 11 years of long time gratitude for the music, and after the performance they gave on this first day of the tour, I’m certain this performance will have only positive feedback from all who were fortunate enough to be present on this night. Here's a bit from the night....
Bay Area's own Black Map took up the supporting role this night, came out swingin' with all pistons blazing and showed us all what to expect on this tour from them!
I had a chance to catch up with Ben Flanagan of Black Map for a quick interview... find that and my full show coverage and review on BAM Magzine!
I had the opportunity to work again with my friend Mark Blasquez this time doing a shoot for his personal portfolio. Mark a lifelong musician, songwriter and programming master, has performed around the world with his industrial band Death Ride 69, Spahn Ranch, and others. His experience has lead to behind-the-scene positions with Nine Inch Nails, Guns ’n’ Roses, Ministry, Berlin and many others as well as many other less visible work such as work on television series’ such as CSI: NY, Burn Notice, Smallville, movie trailers and soundtracks for Inception, The Day the Earth Stood Still, The Libertine, Saw IV (2007), A-Team, and numerous other interactive and visual projects, such as the award winning American McGee’s “Alice”. Most recently he has been well known for his work with the Bay Area's Fleetwood Mask, taking up the almost impossible role as their Lindsey Buckingham.
Here's a bit from our day...
Daryl Hall & John Oates, better known as Hall and Oates, came through Concord Ca. this weekend. The duo achieved their highest acclaim during the 70’s and 80’s, with hit after hit, selling over 40 million records, and are still considered the third top selling duo of all time.
Best known for their top tracks, which all landed on the Billboard Hot 100: "Rich Girl", "Kiss on My List", "Private Eyes", "I Can't Go for That (No Can Do)", "Maneater", and "Out of Touch", Hall and Oates have been an ongoing piece of American Pop Music for now over four decades.
In 2003, Hall and Oates were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, in 2014, they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and most recently in 2016, they were honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Given this dynamic songwriting and performing duo’s pedigree, years of relevant songs and the fact that they are still played on mainstream radio, this night at the Pavilion was quickly sold out and brought varying guests of all ages.
They played many of the hits that we all were hoping for, including Maneater, Out of Touch, Rich Girl and I Can’t Go For That and surprised us with You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin' (The Righteous Brothers cover).
Maneater, Out of Touch, Did It in a Minute, Say It Isn't So, You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin' (The Righteous Brothers cover), Las Vegas Turnaround (The Stewardess Song), She's Gone, Sara Smile, Do What You Want, Be What You Are, I Can't Go for That (No Can Do)
Rich Girl, You Make My Dreams, Kiss on My List, Private Eyes
Alternative rockers, Deftones gave us a night to remember at their recent stop at the William Randolph Hearst Greek Theatre in Berkeley. From their beginning in 1988 in Sacramento, California to the present, the Deftones are keeping true to the unique sound they’ve created and only seem to get better with time. The discography of Deftones consists of eight studio albums, three extended plays, one demo album, and twenty singles, The band has sold around 10 million albums worldwide, and have commercial and international acclaim.
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I had the pleasure to cover a recent stop on Heart's latest tour and as per usual the band did not disappoint.
Heart‘s legendary sisters and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees, rolled into the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain view, CA on August 24, 2016. As the center of the band since 1974, Ann & Nancy Wilson haven’t lost anything that made them oh so special then, and all these years later.
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The Dillinger Escape Plan brought a rare show to San Francisco's very own intimate and loved for it's "small size", venue where you can get your favorite band's sweat on your face or a foot to the head if you're lucky, on their latest tour of only smaller capacity sites.
TDEP, who are on the verge of launching their sixth studio record Dissociation, due out October 14, 2016 just recently announced that they are going on “an indefinite hiatus” after the tour cycle for the upcoming album. Their next and possibly last tour is set to run across the US and Europe before TDEP, just puts on the brakes for a bit. Check out more show coverage on the full review on BAM Magazine!
Bay Area loved NAME opened the night...
The members of Zed: Pete Sattari (Guitar/Vox), Rich Harris (Drums), Greg Lopez (Guitar), and Mark Aceves (Bass). Zed will be on the road again this fall with stops in Washington, Oregon, California and Arizona. Make sure to catch them soon if you haven't already, as this band will always make you sway and groove to their unique sound and give you 110% each and every time.
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Blackwulf was main support this fine evening and played a great set... here's a bit from the night
I had a chance to sit and chat with Cobi prior to the night’s performance, and do a little lighthearted interview which he actually didn’t know was scheduled, but humbly endured...
What I found out was that the Minnesota born singer, Cobi is very modest, he didn’t gloat during the interview about winning a MTV Video Music Award (with his former band Gentlemen Hall) or how he just came off the road as a guest singer with the huge progressive trance group Above & Beyond, playing some of the world’s best venues such as Sydney Opera House and Royal Albert Hall…
Check out more of the review, interview and performance on BAM Magazine.