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5 reasons to see Judas Priest on their ‘Firepower’ tour

Pete Roche
1. They bang out several new songs from the just-released Firepower.
Judas Priest’s eighteenth studio album dropped just last week, so they’ve updated their 2018 set list to accommodate four or five incendiary new tracks. In fact, they kicked off their concert last night (March 15) in Youngstown…

5 reasons to catch Eric Johnson on his Ah Via Musicom 2018 tour

1. Eric Johnson’s playing his electric guitars again.
Last time Texan guitar guru Eric Johnson came to town (October 2016 at Music Box in Cleveland) was for a stripped-down acoustic gig wherein his demonstrated his unplugged prowess on a…

Moody Blues show Rock Hall power on live album, video

The English chaps in The Moody Blues have paid their dues, recording and touring together on and off for the last half-century. Now they’re finally being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2018.
What better way to celebrate the Birmingham band’s golden jubilee than…

Interview: Spin Doctors’ Chris Barron talks angels, one-armed jugglers…and zombies

In 1988 Chris Barron moved to New York City armed with only an acoustic guitar, $100 cash, and a couple good song ideas for his new band.
“Little Miss Can’t Be Wrong” and “Two Princes” catapulted The Spin Doctors to superstardom in the early ‘90s, and the group’s debut album—A Pocket Full of…

Interview: Will Lee talks Beatles and basses with The Fab Faux

“It was twenty years ago today Sgt. Pepper taught the band to play,” sang Paul McCartney on The Beatles’ groundbreaking 1967 album.
The title track from Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band may have been a fictionalized account of the Fab Four’s formative years in Liverpool, but it wasn’t before…

5 reasons to see Howard Jones: The Stories & Songs Tour 2018

Pete Roche
1. Jones juggles classic hits with intriguing covers and fresh bits.
The last few times English pop star Howard Jones performed in Cleveland (Jacobs Pavilion, Trinity Cathedral, etc.) he was accompanied by a drummer (Jonathan Atkinson) and secondary keyboardist (Robbie Bronnimann).
But “Hojo” played…

Interview: Guitarist Marc Copely talks touring with JD and The Straight Shot, Eagles

<p>J.D. & The Straight Shot open for The Eagles on tour this Spring.</p>
Nashville guitarist Marc Copely has performed with some of the best in the biz, including B.B. King, Rosanne Cash and Billy Squier. He’s released a pair of well-regarded solo albums in Limited Lifetime Guarantee (2002) and Harp & Plow (2009), and his original songs have been featured on Gray’s…