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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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Photo Gallery: Phoenix at Aragon Ballroom

Photo Gallery: Phoenix at Aragon Ballroom

| June 11, 2017 | 0 Comments

  French popsters Phoenix are just one of many bands to grace the pages of the June 2017 issue of Illinois Entertainer. They recently hit the road in support of their latest release Ti Amo. Curt Baran rolled into Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood to snapped off some shots at the band’s sold out show at the […]

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Photo Gallery: Tool at Allstate Arena

Photo Gallery: Tool at Allstate Arena

| June 7, 2017 | 0 Comments

Headlining one of 2017’s most anticipated tours,  L.A.’s prog/art/metal legends Tool arrived at the former Rosemont Horizon insisting on a highly regimented “1 song” photo limit for members of the press. With 42 years under our belts – and thousands of bands photographed in our library, IE management would usually tell the said “one song […]

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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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Cover Story: Rise Against

Cover Story: Rise Against

| May 31, 2017 | 1 Comment

More than any other time in the band’s 18-year career, the cultural and political climate of 2017 is the perfect environment for Rise Against. Buoyed by singer-songwriter Tim McIlrath, bassist Joe Principe, drummer Brandon Barnes, and guitarist Zach Blair, it’s bittersweet for McIlrath, frontman and guitarist for the socio-political melodic punk act. The band’s leader […]

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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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Cover Story: Flogging Molly

Cover Story: Flogging Molly

| May 1, 2017 | 0 Comments

  In a few short days, the life of Django the Irish wolfhound would be over. At the age of eight – a long span for such a large breed – the gentle giant was suffering congestive heart failure, and in the past two months had lost over 40 of his original 195 lbs., and […]

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Riot Fest 2017 First Wave Of Bands Announced

Riot Fest 2017 First Wave Of Bands Announced

| April 19, 2017 | 0 Comments

RIOT FEST 2017 ANNOUNCES FIRST WAVE OF BANDS September 15-17, 2017 / Douglas Park, Chicago IL Nine Inch Nails, Queens of the Stone Age, and the reunion of pioneering punk band Jawbreaker headline Riot Fest 2017. New Order, Paramore, Prophets of Rage, M.I.A., Wu-Tang Clan, Mike D (DJ set) also among the 70+ artists revealed […]

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