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Deborah Harry of Blondie - Live at Nokia Theater in New York City

Blondie

Live at Nokia Theater in New York City - 8/31/2010
by Michael Sherer

Blondie made their hometown and enthusiastic crowd in the middle of Times Square proud. The band was in very good form, and front woman Deborah Harry sounded and looked great. The venue was very close to its full capacity at 2100. The stellar acoustics and spacious room was a big plus to the fun. This is a long way from their humble beginnings at the biker bar/dive CBGB’s on The Bowery in NYC during the mid to latter ‘70’s. This venue was formally the Astor Plaza movie theater until it became the Nokia Theater in ‘05. In early September of ‘10, it changed its name to the Best Buy Theater after the expiration of Nokia’s five year contract.

In addition to the audience being quite excited, so was Harry. Winding up their summer tour in their hometown was clearly a thrill for the band. Although Harry was actually raised in Hawthorne New Jersey by adoptive parents, she moved to NYC in the late ‘60’s. Co founder Chris Stein is from Brooklyn, as is original keyboardist Jimmy Destri. Original drummer and bassist Clem Burke and Gary Valentine, respectively, both hail from Bayonne, New Jersey. Harry made it clear that it was very special for them to be back where it all started for them. Since June, they had been far from home on their summer tour, covering the UK and Ireland.


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Michael Schenker soloing at Scatz, August 4, 2010

Michael Schenker Group

Scatz in Middleton - August 4, 2010
by Sal Serio

Those of you following former Scorpions and UFO guitarist Michael Schenker no doubt remember the days of his notorious no-shows in the 1990s. Well, several hundred faithful Wisconsin fans came and SAW the master of the Flying V show up and tear through a tight set at Scatz in Middleton on August 4th. While MSG’s vocalist was plagued with P.A. problems, Schenker and veteran rock drummer Carmine Appice were in fine form, treating the assembled metal maniacs to a slew of UFO tunes at the sets’ end: Lights Out, Rock Bottom, and Doctor Doctor! It was a night not to have missed.


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David Draiman being weiled out on stage at Madison's Music As A Weapon Tour

Music As A Weapon 2009

Alliant Energy Center in Madison featuring Disturbed
by Sarah Paske

On the final leg of their fourth Music as a Weapon tour, Disturbed once again rocked Madison, WI at the Alliant Energy Center on May 10, 2009.  This lifestyle festival style event surprised even the veteran concert goers. Gates opened at 2:00 pm for a special free outside collaboration of music, tattoo, and sports. Local artists Serienna and The Lords of Discipline hit the Ernie Ball Stage with touring acts Spineshank, Bury Your Dead, and Crooked X.

“The diversity in the lineup with bands such as Bury Your Dead mixed in with Lacuna Coil and Killswitch Engage really added a lot of flavor to the tour,” Disturbed bassist John Moyer said.


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Lemme of Motörhead

Motörhead

Live at the Orpheum Theater, Madison, WI - September 10, 2008
by Jeff Muendel

Motörhead has been speeding through life since since 1975. That brings lead singer and bandleader Lemmy Kilmister in at over 60 years old. As part of the the 2008 Volcom Tour, which also includes Valient Thorr (great energy – hairy, sweaty, stinky, and fun) and Year Long Disaster (I liked them, too), the band played Madison Wisconsin on September 10th.  The Misfits bailed out of the tour (boo!), so the primary focus was on Motörhead.


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Alice Cooper  at the Riverside Theater in Milwaukee, WI - August 5th, 2008

Alice Cooper

at the Riverside Theater in Milwaukee, WI - August 5th, 2008
by Jeff Muendel

Jeff went to Milwaukee to catch Alice Cooper at the Riverside in Milwaukee. Catch his review of the show, venue and catch a picture of Alice Cooper being hung from a gallows pole taken by Kristin Kizer.


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Neurosonic performs acoustic set. -photo by Sarah Paske

Neurosonic

Live at the Majestic Theater in Madison - February 14, 2008
by Sarah Paske

Neurosonic opened for Puddle Of Mudd recently at the Majestic Theater in Madison and acoustic the day before at Best Buy. Sarah Paske caught the event on film and blogged this review.


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