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Photo Gallery: KISS-FM Jingle Ball at Allstate Arena

Photo Gallery: KISS-FM Jingle Ball at Allstate Arena

| December 23, 2019 | 0 Comments

‘‘Tis the season for the metaphorical kissing of the ring that is the radio station holiday concert. It’s the most wonderful time of the year when bands and artists pay homage to terrestrial radio by popping in for brief live sets as a way of thanking the radio overlords for putting their radio friendly unit […]

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Holiday Hangover at House of Blues Chicago

Holiday Hangover at House of Blues Chicago

| December 13, 2019 | 0 Comments

  House of Blues Chicago is kicking off the 2019 Holiday Season with their first-ever Holiday Hangover – ten days of top national tribute bands along with a roster of Chicago’s best tributes. The format has been a blast at other HOB locations across the country, and the talent buyers at the Windy City location […]

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Live Review: Los Lobos at City Winery [with added photo gallery]

Live Review: Los Lobos at City Winery [with added photo gallery]

| December 11, 2019 | 0 Comments

  Los Lobos City Winery Sunday, December 8, 2019 Los Lobos set up camp at City Winery on Sunday for its eighth annual residency of Christmas shows. This time, the band brought new songs written specially for the occasion. Material from the band’s first Christmas album, Llegó Navidad, added to the already festive spirit of […]

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Photo Gallery: George Clinton and Ohio Players at Horseshoe Casino

Photo Gallery: George Clinton and Ohio Players at Horseshoe Casino

| December 9, 2019 | 0 Comments

Ed Spinelli captured two of the most important members of Funk’s hall of fame class, George Clinton (with Funkadelic) and Ohio Players (who recorded many of their biggest hits in Chicago). George told Spinelli that retirement is not in the cards right now (“I’m having too much fun”), and proved it to an adoring crowd […]

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Stage Buzz:  Ace Frehley at Joe’s Live Rosemont [with added photo gallery]

Stage Buzz: Ace Frehley at Joe’s Live Rosemont [with added photo gallery]

| December 8, 2019 | 0 Comments

Ace Frehley Friday, December 13 Joe’s Live Rosemont KISS co-founding guitarist and vocalist Ace Frehley takes the stage at Joe’s Live in Rosemont on Friday, December 13, with openers Ladrone and Like It beginning at 7:30 PM. Real rock fans know the history of this iconic guitar slinger. The former original lead guitarist for KISS […]

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Live Review and Photo Gallery: Celine Dion at United Center

Live Review and Photo Gallery: Celine Dion at United Center

| December 3, 2019 | 0 Comments

Celine Dion Sunday, December 1, 2019 United Center Over a decade has passed since Celine Dion performed in Chicago. Still, as the dynamite vocalist proclaimed at the start of another United Center sell out, “It’s All Coming Back To Be Now.” Indeed, the women who captivated the generations between Barbra Streisand and Adele sounded as […]

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Cover Story – Liam Gallagher

Cover Story – Liam Gallagher

| December 3, 2019 | 2 Comments

    What becomes a legend most? It’s an old question when it comes to pop stars and celebrities in general. Not rhetorical at all, but a real procedural, albeit aesthetic conundrum whose answer — either flamboyant or conversely simplified — can often have disastrous long-term results on the career of the said performer. You’ll […]

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Media – December 2019

Media – December 2019

| December 3, 2019 | 0 Comments

The Chicago media community lost several greats this year. Among them, WLS Channel 7’s long-time reporter Russ Ewing, WLS disc jockey Jim Dunbar, and WGN-TV’s Marshall Brodine. All of them were giants in this town that left lasting legacies, but two others passed away in 2019 that were personal friends of mine, and I wanted […]

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