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Shaun Morgan - photo by Tricia Starr, TStarr Photography

Shaun Morgan - photo by Tricia Starr, TStarr Photography

Seether
Seether at Eagles Ballroom, Milwaukee, WI
Show Review By Al Brzostowski
Posted: Nov 2018
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When the grunge trio featuring Paul Wandtke (Bedlem, ex Trivium), drummer Rob Lerner and bassist Sean McCole hit the stage, Paul held his guitar up high, squealing with feedback, like a prize catch. The energy from the crowd during this intro was palatable; you could feel the anticipation from them as the night started.

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Shirley Manson of Garbage - photo by Russell Kershaw

Shirley Manson of Garbage - photo by Russell Kershaw

Garbage with Rituals of Mine - The Sylvee, Madison WI Oct 16th, 2018

Show Review By John Noyd
Posted: Oct 2018
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Starting out wonderfully sultry with the sparse, slinky, “Afterglow,” Garbage built up steam slowly, celebrating the 20th Anniversary of their sophomore, “Version 2.0,” with an intimate examination of the band’s pivotal album. In many ways, “2.0,” is where Garbage began to become a real band, hunkering down to follow-up their smashing debut. They hunkered down in Madison, in Smart Studios and the subsequent work spawned several experiments that became standard band characteristics. In particular, their love of pop crept into their dense electro-rock configuration with songs like, “Special,” and, “Push It,” nodding to songs within a song. To that point, The Sylvee witnesses Fleetwood Mac’s, “Dreams,” Depeche Mode’s, “Personal Jesus,” and The Kinks’, “Tired of Waiting,” making sly appearances in the band’s nearly two dozen song set-list.

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Tracii Guns, L.A. Guns - photo by Tricia Starr--TStarr Photography

Tracii Guns, L.A. Guns - photo by Tricia Starr--TStarr Photography

L.A. Guns 10-8-2018 Shank Hall, Milwaukee

Show Review By Al Brzostowski
Posted: Oct 2018
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L.A. Guns are known for their ties to the Los Angeles hard-rock band Guns N’ Roses. Axl Rose was even the band’s singer for a time, before the group merged with the band Hollywood Rose to become Guns N’ Roses. Their hits are “It’s Over Now” and “The Ballad of Jayne,” and many others. There have been many touring versions of the band over the years and this lineup features founding members Tracii Guns and Phil Lewis.

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Sting & Shaggy - photo by Michael Sherer

Sting & Shaggy - photo by Michael Sherer

Sting & Shaggy - Pier 17, NYC, September 26th, 2018

Show Review By Michael Sherer
Posted: Oct 2018
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With The Police’s music having reggae influences and leanings, and with Sting being the main songwriter for them, it’s a natural idea to have him pair with Shaggy, a Jamaican musician, singer and DJ. (And former United States Marine). The two first got together for the Grammy Awards this past January. They followed that up in April with a joint CD called “44/876,” a reference to their native country calling codes. (Sting, born Gordon Sumner, is from Newcastle, England.)

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Sixth Street - photo by Emily Sisson (ESOfficialStudios)

Sixth Street - photo by Emily Sisson (ESOfficialStudios)

Rockonsin 2018 and the Legacy That Follows
Live on the Summerfest Johnson Controls Stage
Show Review By Emily Sisson
Posted: Aug 2018
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For musicians, few experiences resonate deeper then the thrill and energy of performing for a live crowd. And young musicians around Milwaukee have long drooled with desire to get a coveted Summerfest gig. Lucky for the youth of Wisconsin, the dream of “some day” performing onstage at Summerfest can be achieved by the “Rockonsin” state finals.

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Ritchie Blackmore & Candace Night - photo by Michael Sherer

Ritchie Blackmore & Candace Night - photo by Michael Sherer

Blackmore’s Night - Wellmont Theater, Montclair, New Jersey, 7.29.18

Show Review By Michael Sherer
Posted: Aug 2018
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England’s Ritchie Blackmore is one of the all time great and admired musicians from rock’s golden era, the 1970’s. As co founder of Deep Purple in 1968 and the founder Rainbow in 1975, his melodic and tasteful playing is one of the most distinctive and respected of all his peers and beyond.

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P.O.S. at the High Noon Saloon - photo by Sal Serio

P.O.S. at the High Noon Saloon - photo by Sal Serio

P.O.S. at the High Noon Saloon
Tuesday, May 15, 2018
Show Review By Sal Serio
Posted: May 2018
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In what had to have been one of the more highly anticipated hip-hop shows booked in to Madison this spring (JPEGmafia notwithstanding) Doomtree member/founder P.O.S. (born Stefon Alexander) brought his socially conscious raps to the High Noon Saloon on a balmy Tuesday night, May the 15. P.O.S. and D.J. Rowsheen had arrived in Madison several hours earlier for a well attended and inspirational warm up set in the downtown Isthmus magazine offices.

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Patti Smith - photo by Frank Stefanko

Patti Smith - photo by Frank Stefanko

The Photography Show - Presented by AIPAD, Pier 94, NYC, April 5 - 8, 2018

Show Review By Michael Sherer
Posted: Apr 2018
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For 38 years, The Association of International Photography Art Dealers, (AIPAD), has been presenting NYC annual exhibition called The Photography Show. Their current location is Pier 94 on 12th Ave at 55th Street, which affords lots of space and a bar with eating area. Featuring more than 85 prominent photography galleries from throughout the country, this is the biggest show of its kind. Myriad genres are on display, including contemporary, modern, nineteenth-century and photo-based media. There are also talks given by photographers and artists.

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Peter Criss & Gene Simmons - photo by Michael Sherer

Peter Criss & Gene Simmons - photo by Michael Sherer

Gene Simmons Vault Experience - VK Nagrani, NYC, 3.24.18

Show Review By Michael Sherer
Posted: Mar 2018
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After forming KISS with Paul Stanley in 1972 at the age of 23, Gene Simmons has a long and interesting musical and personal history to share with his fans. Always a very hands-on man, Gene, now 68, has taken his story on the road for an intimate fan experience. Here’s the deal: Gene has released a huge box set stored in a signed vault, which contains 10 CDs of 150 songs that until now have never been released. They cover a whopping fifty years - 1966 to 2016.

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Michael Schenker in Milwaukee, March 18, 2018 - photo by Sal Serio

Michael Schenker in Milwaukee, March 18, 2018 - photo by Sal Serio

Michael Schenker Fest obliterates the Pabst in Milwaukee! 03.18.18

Show Review By Sal Serio
Posted: Mar 2018
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For a Sunday night, guitar legend Michael Schenker and band did not hold anything back for those who needed to get up early the next morning. I knew going in to this that it was a long show, but I was still unprepared for just exactly how expansive and what an incredible event the Michael Schenker Fest concert was. Any fans of Schenker’s career, especially but not exclusively the Michael Schenker Group years, should not miss this experience. Again, it was a Sunday night in Milwaukee, and the day after Saint Paddy’s Day to boot, but there was not fatigue and hangover in the air, rather a bristling electric excitement from the moment I walked in to the ornate and welcoming lobby of the historic Pabst Theater. From the look of the audience’s black t-shirts, many longtime Schenker fans were in attendance, but quite a few younger faces were present as well.

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Denis Gagné of The Musical Box, at the Orpheum Theater in Madison, March 8, 2018 - photo by Sal Serio

Denis Gagné of The Musical Box, at the Orpheum Theater in Madison, March 8, 2018 - photo by Sal Serio

The Musical Box at the Orpheum Theater, 03.08.18

Show Review By Sal Serio
Posted: Mar 2018
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A small but enthusiastic crowd assembled for this concert, and as the lights dimmed and the stage was bathed in fluorescent black lights, the five musicians launched in to “Watcher Of The Skies”, and it was obvious this was going to be a top-tier production. Adding to this excellence was a pristine audio presentation by the sound man; indeed, this may have been the most impeccable sound I have ever experienced in the Orpheum. Vocalist Denis Gagné was dressed in long black cape with striking chiaroscuro make-up on, made more intense illuminated by the black lights. Adding to the contrast were the other four musicians dressed in all white, while Gagné was in black. The current presentation by The Musical Box is an exact reproduction of the 1974 Genesis U.S. Tour titled “The Black Show”. As such, the second song of the evening was “Dancing With The Moonlit Knight”. Sébastien Lamothe, the Mike Rutherford member, faithfully and exceptionally played Rickenbacker double-neck 12-string and bass, with bass foot pedals, while Gagné accompanied with celestial flute. Stoic guitarist Francois Gagnon stayed seated for the entire performance, surrounded by vintage effects pedals.

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Anthrax live at the Eagles Ballroom - photo by Emily Sisson: (ESOfficial)

Anthrax live at the Eagles Ballroom - photo by Emily Sisson: (ESOfficial)

Killswitch Engage/Anthrax - Killthrax Tour
Live at the Eagles Ballroom
Show Review By Emily Sisson
Posted: Feb 2018
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Personally, I grew up attending every concert I could afford to attend. I came from a family with a musical background and I always felt the most memorable moments were ones spent going to concerts with my best friend or father. Sure it was $40-$50 of my money that could have been spent on T-shirts or lunch, but that ticket was a sure sign that I would have a unique memory and story. The Anthrax and Killswitch Engage “Killthrax” show in Milwaukee WI was no different.

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