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Live Review and Gallery: Roger Waters at United Center

Live Review and Gallery: Roger Waters at United Center

| July 25, 2017 | 1 Comment

Roger Waters “Us + Them” Tour United Center, Chicago, IL Saturday, July 22, 2017   Reviewed by Jeff Elbel; Photos by Ed Spinelli Former Pink Floyd frontman Roger Waters’ first of three nights at United Center began with clockwork precision at exactly 8PM, with sounds of crashing surf and film footage of a hooded figure […]

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Review and Gallery: Queen and Adam Lambert at United Center

Review and Gallery: Queen and Adam Lambert at United Center

| July 14, 2017 | 7 Comments

Queen + Adam Lambert United Center, Chicago Thursday, July 13, 2017 By sheer coincidence, Queen + Adam Lambert’s latest visit to another sold out United Center just so happened to fall on the exact same date of Live Aid 32 years ago. Of course, that “global jukebox” featured Queen with its late front man Freddie […]

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Review and Gallery: Gorillaz at HBP at Northerly Island

Review and Gallery: Gorillaz at HBP at Northerly Island

| July 10, 2017 | 0 Comments

  Gorillaz Huntington Bank Pavilion At Northerly Island, Chicago Saturday, July 8, 2017 “I’ve been coming to Chicago since 1990 and you never cease to bewilder me,” exclaimed Gorillaz mastermind Damon Albarn to a widely enthusiastic and entirely sold out Huntington Bank Pavilion At Northerly Island on opening night of alternative ensemble’s Humanz Tour. While […]

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Recap and Gallery: Dead & Company at Wrigley Field

Recap and Gallery: Dead & Company at Wrigley Field

| July 7, 2017 | 0 Comments

Dead & Company Wrigley Field, Chicago Saturday, July 1, 2017 No, Dead & Company aren’t exactly the Grateful Dead, but considering the group consists of Bob Weir, Mickey Hart, and Bill Kreutzmann, plus the originally unexpected but nonetheless exceptional John Mayer with Oteil Burbridge and Jeff Chimenti, it’s an all-star tribute to the original Dead. […]

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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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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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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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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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Recap and Photo Gallery: John Mayer at United Center

Recap and Photo Gallery: John Mayer at United Center

| April 18, 2017 | 0 Comments

John Mayer essentially wore 3 hats during the course of his show Tuesday at the United Center: pop songster with full band; singer/songwriter solo acoustic, and blues rock guitar aficionado with power trio. His rhythm section for the full band and trio was Steve Jordan on drums and Pino Palladino on bass, was exceptional. In […]

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Stage Buzz Review: The Rolling Stones Exhibitionism at Navy Pier

Stage Buzz Review: The Rolling Stones Exhibitionism at Navy Pier

| April 13, 2017 | 0 Comments

The Rolling Stones Exhibitionism Navy Pier, Chicago Wednesday, April 12, 2017 With exponential amounts of albums, books, photographs, memorabilia and merchandise on the market relating to The Rolling Stones, it seems impossible that anyone could possibly unearth another morsel on what many might call the world’s greatest rock n’ roll band. But thanks to the […]

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Photo Gallery and Show Review: Radiohead at Sprint Center, Kansas City

Photo Gallery and Show Review: Radiohead at Sprint Center, Kansas City

| April 7, 2017 | 0 Comments

If you scanned the parking lots at Kansas City’s Sprint Center on Wednesday night, you would have noticed something peculiar about the motionless cars. For each Missouri license plate, there were as many, if not more, vehicles adorned with placards from neighboring States and beyond. It would certainly seem to infer that if Radiohead doesn’t […]

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