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Stage Buzz: Riot Fest 2017 Undercard Preview

Stage Buzz: Riot Fest 2017 Undercard Preview

| September 12, 2017 | 0 Comments

Riot Fest returns to Douglas Park for its 13th year this September. Based on that number, palm–readers may think it’ll be an unlucky year for the festival. But this year’s lineup is arguably the best ever put together by the organizers. With so many great bands and artists performing you might feel overwhelmed. That’s where […]

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Photo Gallery – Pink at Hollywood Casino Amphitheater

Photo Gallery – Pink at Hollywood Casino Amphitheater

| September 12, 2017 | 0 Comments

Pink bonded with her predominantly female audience Saturday in Tinley Park. Ed Spinelli captured her in all her glory, at a sold-out show.  

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Updated: Live Review/Stage Buzz – Mastodon at  Metro

Updated: Live Review/Stage Buzz – Mastodon at Metro

| September 8, 2017 | 1 Comment

Live Review Mastodon Metro, Chicago Sept. 9, 2017 Mastodon rarely plays an encore. Instead, the band merely thanks the crowd and walks offstage. Saturday night at Metro, though, the band’s parting words carried more weight as they played an intimate benefit concert for Hope For The Day, a Chicago-based mental health education and suicide prevention […]

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Recap/Photo Gallery: Depeche Mode at Hollywood Casino Amphitheater

Recap/Photo Gallery: Depeche Mode at Hollywood Casino Amphitheater

| September 2, 2017 | 0 Comments

Depeche Mode challenged their audience Wednesday at HCA in Tinley Park. Whether it was reminding the crowd to change our shaky government (“Where’s the Revolution,” and a surprise cover of the Beatles’ “Revolution”) and a set heavy on songs from their new album Spirit, Dave Gahan, Martin Gore and Andy Fletcher made it known this […]

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Media: September 2017

Media: September 2017

| September 1, 2017 | 1 Comment

Fred Huebner is certainly not a newcomer on the local sports radio scene. His roots go back four decades. “Like a lot of those guys on the Score, I started working at Sportsphone,” he explains. “I was there beginning in 1976. We would do reports that were exactly 59 seconds–and people called the number to […]

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Cover Story: Scorpions

Cover Story: Scorpions

| September 1, 2017 | 0 Comments

They say you should always err on the side of caution. And Scorpions bandleader Klaus Meine wholeheartedly agrees. So he isn’t taking anything for granted as his band celebrates its 50th anniversary with its umpteenth world juggernaut, backing its recent Return to Forever album, a compendium of mostly unearthed, unfinished demos from the Blackout and […]

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Live Review and Gallery: Faith Hill and Tim McGraw at Allstate Arena

Live Review and Gallery: Faith Hill and Tim McGraw at Allstate Arena

| September 1, 2017 | 4 Comments

Tim McGraw & Faith Hill Allstate Arena, Rosemont Thursday, August 31, 2017 For the first time in exactly ten years, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill are back on tour together, but within moments of stepping onstage at the Allstate Arena on opening night of a double-decker engagement that returns tonight (Friday, September 1), their musical […]

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Live Review and Gallery – Lionel Richie at United Center

Live Review and Gallery – Lionel Richie at United Center

| August 30, 2017 | 1 Comment

Lionel Richie United Center, Chicago Saturday, August 26 Between a Las Vegas residency to headlining mega-festivals such as Bonnaroo, Outside Lands and Glastonbury as of late, it’s been a minute since Lionel Richie last came through Chicago. Although it’s also been awhile since he recorded an original album (2009’s Just Go), it was the promise […]

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Live Review: Lady Gaga at Wrigley Field

Live Review: Lady Gaga at Wrigley Field

| August 27, 2017 | 0 Comments

Lady Gaga Wrigley Field, Chicago Friday, August 25, 2017 Superstar artist/actress Lady Gaga is no stranger to stadiums, starting with her performance at this year’s Super Bowl where she emerged as the ultimate victor thanks to a show-stopping set anchored in patriotism and tolerance. However, when her sold out Joanne World Tour landed at Wrigley […]

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Recap/Photo Gallery – Green Day at Wrigley Field

Recap/Photo Gallery – Green Day at Wrigley Field

| August 27, 2017 | 0 Comments

Green Day, Wrigley Field and fall-like weather in the summer proved to be an unbeatable recipe Thursday. The Berkley, CA trio tore through a laundry list of Alt-rock radio hits during a marathon show that featured pyro, Close Encounter-worthy lights, audience members who briefly joined the band, fireworks and a drunken bunny. Curt Baran dropped […]

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Recap/Gallery: Beck at Riverside Theater

Recap/Gallery: Beck at Riverside Theater

| August 18, 2017 | 0 Comments

Beck 8/16/2017 Riverside Theater Milwaukee, WI The last time Beck played in Milwaukee Bill Clinton was in the White House and the Teletubbies had just made their television debut. The reason for this drought is anybody’s guess, but all was forgiven the moment Beck hit the stage. Mr. Hansen cruised through a near-perfect set, while […]

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[Updated] Stage Buzz/Recap/Photo Gallery: Kiss at RiverEdge Park

[Updated] Stage Buzz/Recap/Photo Gallery: Kiss at RiverEdge Park

| August 17, 2017 | 1 Comment

  Kiss brought all their pageantry and glory to RiverEdge Park in Aurora, Sunday. Despite the threat of thunderstorms hovering overhead, Kiss took the stage on time and ended just minutes before buckets of rain hit the western suburbs. Three generations of fans were treated to a classic catalog and all the pyro Kiss fans […]

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Photo Gallery – Cheap Trick and Foreigner at HBP at Northerly Island

Photo Gallery – Cheap Trick and Foreigner at HBP at Northerly Island

| August 15, 2017 | 0 Comments

Ed Spinelli captured Rockford’s favorite sons (Cheap Trick) and one of AOR radio’s music staples (Foreigner) on a beautiful summer night on the lakefront    

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Photo Gallery: Rancid/Dropkick Murphys/Bouncing Souls at HBP at Northerly Island

Photo Gallery: Rancid/Dropkick Murphys/Bouncing Souls at HBP at Northerly Island

| August 12, 2017 | 0 Comments

The From Boston to Berkeley Tour descended on Chicago’s lakefront and brought with it no shortage of ripped denim vests and heavily inked skin. West coast punk rock vets Rancid have teamed up with Boston rowdies Dropkick Murphys for a summer tour that recently found its way to Huntington Bank Pavilion on Northerly Island. Mosh […]

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Recap/Gallery: Lollapalooza 2017- Day 1

Recap/Gallery: Lollapalooza 2017- Day 1

| August 8, 2017 | 0 Comments

Another Lollapalooza, another weather-related evacuation. The first day of the 2017 version of the festival that descends on Chicago’s lakefront every August began with such promise. Forecasters kept pushing back arrival times for storms. Tens of thousands arrived on the city’s front lawn, some queuing up early to score prime viewing spots for headliners Lorde […]

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