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File: The Smashing Pumpkins Reunion [Updated]

File: The Smashing Pumpkins Reunion [Updated]

| February 12, 2018 | 0 Comments

Longtime fans of The Smashing Pumpkins hopes of a full reunion were dashed last month when ex-bassist D’Arcy Wretzky revealed to website BlastEcho.com that she was not invited to participate in the band’s reunion tour with co-founders Billy Corgan, James Iha and Jimmy Chamberlin which will allegedly take place this summer. Speaking exclusively to BlastEcho […]

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Stage Buzz – Liquid Soul at 210 Live

Stage Buzz – Liquid Soul at 210 Live

| February 7, 2018 | 0 Comments

Highwood’s 210 Live sits on the former Minstrel’s Alley concert space that featured groundbreaking bands including Cheap Trick, Styx and the Ramones in their early years, so they already have a historic vibe in their bones. The venue has already built a good reputation with a variety of acts featuring top-tier jazz, blues, and rock […]

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Eddie Shaw (1937-2018)

Eddie Shaw (1937-2018)

| January 31, 2018 | 0 Comments

A huge, gaping hole has been left in the foundation of the Chicago blues scene with the passing of Eddie Shaw, who died on January 29 at age 80. Beloved by all for his warmth and charisma, Eddie was also a walking encyclopedia of blues history. Born in Mississippi, he learned to play blues by […]

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Live Review: The Killers at The United Center

Live Review: The Killers at The United Center

| January 17, 2018 | 0 Comments

The Killers United Center, Chicago Tuesday, January 16, 2018 Just six months after headlining Lollapalooza, The Killers swung back through Chicago in support of Wonderful Wonderful, its fifth studio album and first in five years. The group may have stuck to a somewhat similar set list outside of extra emphasis on the current collection, but […]

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Stage Buzz: Zaius at Reggies Chicago

Stage Buzz: Zaius at Reggies Chicago

| January 10, 2018 | 0 Comments

  Modern prog/post-metal instrumental music has never been stronger, especially in Chicago where bands such as Pelican, Electric Hawk, Russian Circles and Zaius all share a bit of the spotlight. With plenty of venues in the city that welcome acts who play original material, it’s a blessing for a band like Zaius. “There is really […]

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Stage Buzz: Todd Rundgren at Park West

Stage Buzz: Todd Rundgren at Park West

| December 14, 2017 | 2 Comments

As one of the most prolific and forward-thinking artists/producers of the last 50 years, it’s no surprise that Todd Rundgren would rather keep exploring than nestle into a comfort zone. In fact, that fierce commitment to his current artistic muse over commercialism and a regularly shifting set list is exactly what keeps the faithful coming […]

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Stage Buzz : The Jesus Lizard at Metro [Updated with Photo Gallery]

Stage Buzz : The Jesus Lizard at Metro [Updated with Photo Gallery]

| December 8, 2017 | 0 Comments

Though they stopped just short of a “full monty” (as the gallery will atest), Chicago’s Jesus Lizard showed everyone their goodies during a sold-out show at Metro, Friday. Performing in Wrigleyville on only one of only six tour dates, the powerful quartet pulled themselves out of the mothballs, playing with precision and aplomb, and sounded […]

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Gallery: Jay-Z at United Center

Gallery: Jay-Z at United Center

| December 6, 2017 | 0 Comments

At this point in his career, Jay-Z is all but an elder statesman in Hip-Hop. The East Coast rapper has always had some of the silkiest flow in the genre and certainly has the record sales as proof (100 million and counting). His “4:44 Tour” touched down for a stop Tuesday at the United Center. […]

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Photo Gallery: John McLaughlin & Jimmy Herring at The Vic Theater

Photo Gallery: John McLaughlin & Jimmy Herring at The Vic Theater

| November 26, 2017 | 0 Comments

Ed Spinelli captured two guitar giants at The Vic last week, adding these show notes: “Chicago was the only city on this tour lucky enough to get two shows. Both easy sellouts to what appeared to be a male dominated audience, and guessing they were all guitar players getting their last lessons from the master […]

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Live Review/Gallery – Elton John at the Tax Slayer Center

Live Review/Gallery – Elton John at the Tax Slayer Center

| November 13, 2017 | 0 Comments

Elton John TaxSlayer Center, Moline Friday, November 10, 2017 Nearly every season in Elton John’s illustrious career is filled with some sort of milestone, but perhaps more than any in recent memory, the last year prompted several reasons to celebrate. For starters, the international superstar released his 30th studio album Wonderful Crazy Night (the first […]

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Stage Buzz: [Updated with Gallery] Doyle at The Forge of Joliet

Stage Buzz: [Updated with Gallery] Doyle at The Forge of Joliet

| November 8, 2017 | 1 Comment

  Under the eponymous Doyle banner, the dominating ex-Misfits axeman has conjured up 13 metallic horror-punk tracks on his sophomore solo effort that was released this past summer, Doyle II: As We Die. Currently on his As We Die World Tour, Doyle (real name Paul Caiafa) and his band – vocalist Alex “Wolfman” Story, bassist […]

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Recap/Gallery: Widespread Panic at Riverside Theater

Recap/Gallery: Widespread Panic at Riverside Theater

| November 6, 2017 | 0 Comments

Widespread Panic The Riverside Theater Milwaukee, WI Widespread Panic didn’t make it to the Windy City this year, so Ed Spinelli packed up the Plymouth Voyager min-van and went to one of the bands favorite hot spots – Milwaukee! Panic have been hosting their Fall, 3-day weekends in the Cream City for a decade. The […]

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Reacap/Gallery: Flogging Molly at Limelight Metroplex

Reacap/Gallery: Flogging Molly at Limelight Metroplex

| October 30, 2017 | 0 Comments

  Flogging Molly, the Detroit based seven-piece, played an electric two-hour set at the Limelight Eventplex in Peoria, Saturday. It was the band’s first visit to Whiskeytown in support of their latest studio album, Life Is Good. Their mix of traditional Irish music and punk rock hit the mark with a crowd spanning three generations. […]

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Photo Gallery: Stephen Stills & Judy Collins at the Arcada Theatre

Photo Gallery: Stephen Stills & Judy Collins at the Arcada Theatre

| October 23, 2017 | 0 Comments

After 50 years of friendship and two dynamic musical journeys, Ed Spinelli caught these two singer/songwriter legends together at the Arcada in St. Charles.

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Photo Gallery: UFO with Saxon at Star Plaza Theater

Photo Gallery: UFO with Saxon at Star Plaza Theater

| October 23, 2017 | 0 Comments

35 years after their legendary 1982 U.S. Tour (stopping in Chicago at the International Amphitheater) – UFO and Saxon showed they still have plenty of rock left in the tank at the Star Plaza. Jared James Nichols opened the show. Ed Spinelli caught the action like it was Nineteen Eighty-Two!

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