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Photo Gallery and Recap: Metallica with Avenged Sevenfold and Local H at Soldier Field

Photo Gallery and Recap: Metallica with Avenged Sevenfold and Local H at Soldier Field

| June 21, 2017 | 0 Comments

  Metallica Soldier Field, Chicago Sunday, June 18, 2017 In their 36-year career, Metallica never previously played Soldier Field until Sunday night, and while the home of the Chicago Bears doesn’t come equipped with a dome, James Hetfield, Kirk Hammett, Robert Trujillo and Lars Ulrich would’ve surely blown the roof off the joint if it […]

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Riot Fest 2017 Single-Day Line-Up, Danzig Performance Announced

Riot Fest 2017 Single-Day Line-Up, Danzig Performance Announced

| June 21, 2017 | 0 Comments

The wai-it-ing is the hardest part when it comes to Riot Fest’s single-day line-ups, but the wait is over. Riot Fest announced Friday, Saturday and Sunday (September 15-17) line-ups today with a bonus performance from Danzig to the Saturday bill. As expected, Jawbreaker’s historic reunion closes things out on Sunday September 17th. Single Day and […]

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Live Review: Nick Cave at the Auditorium Theatre

Live Review: Nick Cave at the Auditorium Theatre

| June 18, 2017 | 0 Comments

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds Auditorium Theatre, Chicago, IL Friday, June 16, 2017 Review by Jeff Elbel So much for the fourth wall. Early during his concert at the Auditorium Theatre, Nick Cave blurred the line between the audience and the stage. By the end of the show, he had simply erased it. As […]

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Live Review and Gallery: Iron Maiden at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre

Live Review and Gallery: Iron Maiden at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre

| June 16, 2017 | 0 Comments

Iron Maiden Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre Tinley Park, IL June 15, 2017 Photos by Curt Baran Review by Jeff Elbel The weekend began a day early for local headbangers of all ages, when legendary British metal band Iron Maiden made the final Chicago stop on its juggernaut The Book of Souls World Tour. The six members […]

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Live Review and Gallery: U2 at Soldier Field

Live Review and Gallery: U2 at Soldier Field

| June 5, 2017 | 0 Comments

The Joshua Tree Tour 2017 Soldier Field, Chicago, IL Saturday, June 3, 2017 Reviewed by Jeff Elbel Veteran Irish rockers U2 took a detour from the road to their upcoming Songs of Experience project in order to revisit the “desert songs” that put them firmly on the map. The band’s first night at Soldier Field […]

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Photo Gallery: Dreamcar at The Vic Theater

Photo Gallery: Dreamcar at The Vic Theater

| May 31, 2017 | 0 Comments

Take three parts No Doubt (bassist Tony Kanal, guitarist Tom Dumont and drummer Adrian Young), one part A.F.I (vocalist Davey Havok) and you’ve got yourself a new supergroup called Dreamcar. The band, which graced the cover of IE’s April issue, recently hit the road in support of their eponymous debut album. Curt Baran commenced his […]

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Live Review and Gallery: Neil Diamond at United Center

Live Review and Gallery: Neil Diamond at United Center

| May 31, 2017 | 0 Comments

  Neil Diamond United Center, Chicago Sunday, May 28, 2017 It didn’t take a virtual “Carpool Karaoke” ride with James Corden, Jennifer Lopez, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, John Legend and many others clamoring to get next to Neil Diamond at this year’s Grammy Awards to prove that he was cool again (at least somewhat). For […]

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Photo Gallery: Eric Johnson at the Acorn Theater

Photo Gallery: Eric Johnson at the Acorn Theater

| May 21, 2017 | 0 Comments

If Eric Johnson isn’t your favorite guitar player, than odds are he is your “favorite guitar player’s guitar player.” He was especially impressive in the intimate confines of Three Oak’s (MI), Acorn Theater Thursday Night. Johnson’s two-hour set included an extended electric guitar performance, a short acoustic set, and a few tunes his from baby […]

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Live Review and Gallery: Midnight Oil at the Vic Theatre

Live Review and Gallery: Midnight Oil at the Vic Theatre

| May 19, 2017 | 6 Comments

  Midnight Oil The Vic Theatre May 18, 2017 The glorious roar and jangle of Midnight Oil’s twin guitars and the band’s righteous fury have been sorely missed by many fans in Chicago since their last date here in 2002, when the group headlined Taste of Chicago in support of the Capricornia album. The politically-charged […]

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IE Rewind: Chris Cornell 1964-2017

IE Rewind: Chris Cornell 1964-2017

| May 18, 2017 | 0 Comments

  He was one of the seminal voices in rock history, not just the Seattle grunge movement of the early ’90s. His music was as complicated as he was, Soundgarden rarely dabbled in normal time signatures or regular love songs. His death in Detroit last night is shocking,  and of course – it’s not. Our […]

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Review and Photo Gallery: Hall & Oates/Tears For Fears at Allstate Arena

Review and Photo Gallery: Hall & Oates/Tears For Fears at Allstate Arena

| May 17, 2017 | 3 Comments

If you graduated high school in the 80s, loved your radio, and wanted your MTV, Allstate Arena was the place to be on Monday night. Judging by the packed hall, word had gotten around. Two disparate but defining bands from the era joined forces for a satisfying night of music and memories. Tears for Fears […]

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Stage Buzz: Ratt at Concord Hall

Stage Buzz: Ratt at Concord Hall

| May 4, 2017 | 0 Comments

Are you ready to Ratt ’N’ Roll again? The recent court battles between former drummer Bobby Blotzer and the rest of the members over the use of the RATT band name has finally been determined. The winners singer Stephen Pearcy, guitarist Warren DeMartini and bassist Juan Croucier, who are now joined by guitarist Carlos Cavazo […]

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Feature Story – Joker Reunited

Feature Story – Joker Reunited

| May 3, 2017 | 1 Comment

Do you remember Joker? The Chicago-based glam metal band of the late ’80s/early ’90s is making a comeback. Joker had a dedicated local following when hairbands roamed the earth, and they cut their teeth at the famed Thirsty Whale in River Grove. The band was also in rotation on local radio outlets WVVX, WWBZ “The […]

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Stage Buzz: Robin Trower at Copernicus Center

Stage Buzz: Robin Trower at Copernicus Center

| April 26, 2017 | 2 Comments

British blues-rock guitarist Robin Trower is a living legend. If you haven’t heard of him by now, add his classic discography to your musical bucket list. Respect is properly due, because Trower has become the workman, prototype British blues guitarist including his start in Procol Harum in the late ’60s to a successful solo career […]

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Live Review and Photo Gallery: Rise Against at House Of Vans

Live Review and Photo Gallery: Rise Against at House Of Vans

| April 24, 2017 | 0 Comments

It’s been way too long, right?” Thirty minutes into Rise Against’s Friday night set at House of Vans new location in the West Loop, frontman Tim McIlrath voiced what so many in the crowd were thinking. Rise Against’s last full length, The Black Market, dropped in 2014, and the band has kept a relatively low […]

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