The Mandrake Project Tour – Bruce Dickinson at The Observatory on April 15, 2024

Bruce Dickinson The Observatory Santa Ana, California April 15, 2024 Bruce Dickinson has long been recognized as one of the greatest singers in the business. As front man of Iron Maiden, he has been making music and performing for over four decades. Dickinson’s solo career began not long after his entry into Maiden. Celebrating  the […]

Lita Ford Returns to the Whisky a Go Go

Marten Andersson, Lita Ford, and Patrick Kennison at The Whisky on April 11, 2024 Within its 60-year old bones, the Whisky a Go Go music venue has been a place where many bands got their start and it continues to be that special stage where venerated acts return. This has certainly been the case for […]

Flogging Molly’s Shamrock Rebellion

Flogging Molly’s Shamrock Rebellion Oak Canyon Park Silverado, California March 16, 2024 Don’t pinch me. I’m Irish! Flogging Molly at Shamrock Rebellion The spacious grounds of Oak Canyon Park, a pleasant venue nestled in the Santa Ana Mountains of eastern Orange County was the site for the first date of Flogging Molly’s inaugural Shamrock Rebellion. […]

Lizzy Borden Slays the Whisky a Go Go

Lizzy Borden Whisky a Go Go West Hollywood, California February 23, 2024 It has always been a pleasure driving up to the Sunset Strip to see bands play The Whisky. Thanks to Kelli at Metal Blade Records, Liz at Earsplit PR, and Larry at KNAC.COM, I obtained a ticket and photo credential to see Lizzy […]

G3 Reunion: Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Eric Johnson – Orpheum Theatre – February 10, 2024

G3, in guitarist Joe Satriani’s words, is a celebration of the electric guitar. For rock guitar heads—and especially those who appreciate instrumental players who shred—G3 is an exciting event. For the uninformed, G3 is a periodic concert tour which features three premiere guitarists, a backing band, and a lavish supply of amplification. Since the event’s […]

Punk In The Park: A Recap

Punk in the Park November 4th and November 5th, 2023 Oak Canyon Park Silverado, California Consider this an overdue recap (with a bunch of righteous photos included) of the third annual Punk In The Park festival that happened last month. The two-day event was held at Oak Canyon Park—a beautifully wooded venue nestled in the […]

The Dead Daisies Return to The Roxy Theatre – September 10, 2023

The Dead Daisies played the final U.S. show in of their Resurrected tour last Sunday night at the Roxy Theatre, the famed rock club on Hollywood’s Sunset Strip. It was a packed house and the place was hotter than hell. There wasn’t a dry pair of armpits in the crowd; it smelled like rock n’ roll.

Alice Cooper | August 11, 2018 | Pechanga Resort & Casino | Temecula, CA

From my music journalism archive. This review (with photo gallery) is featured on VintageRock.com.  While wildfires were scorching vast swaths through residential neighborhoods and the countryside in record Southern California temperatures, Pechanga Theater in Temecula was heating up with one of rock’s fiercest acts. Alice Cooper performed a “Paranormal Evening” of classics to the packed […]

X, Los Lobos, and The Blasters at Pacific Amphitheater – August 1, 2021

Three bands: X, Los Lobos, and The Blasters, embodying the authentic cultural diversity that is the true LA, brought live music to the Pacific Amphitheater on August 1st. Amid an Orange County crowd, too often split by extreme political factions, the irony of rockabilly, Chicano, and punk music coming together was not lost on many. […]

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