CONCERT REVIEW: Frank Turner – Live at Fete Music Hall


A Frank Turner concert is as much a spiritual experience, like an old southern revival church meeting, as much as it is a rock concert. He has been at this for a long time, over twenty years in music. Stripped-down from his usual full band experience, Frank has spent years honing his Punk – Folk stylings as a solo artist or with a small group. He doesn’t need a full band to deliver an impactful riff, lyric, or song. So after a year of bedroom livestreams, Frank finally started small with a handful of shows and made it over to the USA for a tour including Punk Rock Bowling. For nights like tonight, just a few guitars and Frank’s one of a kind voice and narrative storytelling ability captivates the crowd. It’s hard to break the spell if you see him in person.

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FESTIVAL RECAP: Blue Ridge Rock Fest – Blue Ridge Amphitheater – Danville, Virginia


Massive music festivals are commonplace now, but they were far and few between fifty years ago. They are hard to produce well, but can be great moments in time for fans and musical artists. For every Lollapalooza, Wacken, and Ozzfest, we have Altamont, Woodstock 1999, and Fyre Fest as well. No festival sets out to fail or do harm and hurt the trust of fans, but sometimes that happens. Blue Ridge Rock Fest, as it turns out, became a perfect storm of too many fans, too small a town, to support those fans. Purpose Driven events had put on severa

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LIVE REVIEW: KISS – The End of The Road Tour – Live at Mansfield, Massachusetts


(Note: This show was before the bands’ current COVID-19 related cancelations)

Say what you will about KISS, they still live up to the legend almost 50 years after forming as a band and releasing their debut album. If the band is going out, it’s guns ablazing and on their own terms. Which, after theory got famous, is all they have ever done. Sure, causal fans and haters will mock, but there is a KISS show, and there’s everyone else, to paraphrase the great rock writer, Chuck Klosterman. On this night in Mansfield, they pulled out all the stops: great songs, fire, full-on rock and roll excess to the fullest, and yes, the synchronized rocking out every band since has copied. The band has even changed up their set list from years passed, really paying tribute to most era’s of the band, makeup or not. It was great for the band to paly “Say Yeah,” “Lick It Up,” “Tears Are Falling,” “Heaven’s On Fire,” and “War Machine” among their best known greatest hits. The clock is definitely ticking on this tour and there will never be another band quite like KISS. Don’t cheat yourself of the chance to experience KISStory before it’s over.

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GIVEAWAY: Last Chance to Win Anthrax at Their 40th Anniversary Livestream Passes


 

 

Here is your last chance to enter our GIVEAWAY! Presented by Danny Wimmer Presents and originating from Los Angeles, Anthrax will host their 40th-anniversary livestream even, in North America on Friday, July 16, beginning at 4 PM PT and 7 PM ET, and in the UK on Saturday, July 17, starting at Midnight BST. Livestream event tickets and special 40th-anniversary ticket bundles – one including a live video chat with the members of Anthrax – are on sale now. You can also win tickets for FREE from GHOST CULT! Enter to win on Instagram at the link to the post below, and tag your friends and share the post in your feed and stories for extra chances to win! Full giveaway rules at the bottom of this post.

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GIVEAWAY: Win Tickets to Watch Anthrax at Their 40th Anniversary Livestream


Time for another GIVEAWAY! Presented by Danny Wimmer Presents and originating from Los Angeles, Anthrax will host their 40th-anniversary livestream even, in North America on Friday, July 16, beginning at 4 PM PT and 7 PM ET, and in the UK on Saturday, July 17, starting at Midnight BST. Livestream event tickets and special 40th-anniversary ticket bundles – one including a live video chat with the members of Anthrax – are on sale now. You can also win tickets for FREE from GHOST CULT! Enter to win on Instagram at the link to the post below, and tag your friends and share the post in your feed and stories for extra chances to win! Full giveaway rules at the bottom of this post.

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RECAP + PHOTO SET: Crowbar – Live at Southport Hall


Shows are starting to come back as both the pandemic is lessening vaccination rates are going up, as well as bands and fans have the desperate itch to rock out again. As long as it continues to be safe, we’ll see more socially distanced smaller gigs and even bigger theater shows and festivals start happening. One such return to the stage was Crowbar who performed a pair of shows near their hometown of New Orleans, Louisiana, at the Southport Music Hall. The band played some crushing classics as they get tight for more live demonstrations of their power soon. They were even joined by former band member Sammy Duet of Goatwhore! n their way to releasing new music later this year or early next year via eOne Music. Check out this photo set from Evil Robb Photography who was there in person to document the night!

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Steel Panther Launch Virtual Photo Exhibition to Benefit Concert Photographers


Steel Panther is shining a light on some of the most important members of the music industry, and some of the most hard-hit members of the industry, concert photographers. The campaign “Sex, Jpegs And Rock & Roll” will benefit photographers they have worked with in the past, with a bi-weekly virtual exhibition and a chance for fans to buy an exclusive set of photos with prints for sale. The band has partnered with seven of their longtime collaborators to curate a virtual photo exhibition of each individual’s work for a 2-week period. Each photographer has captured the band with their lens at various points of their career. The series includes one of Ghost Cult’s longest-serving photogs: Evil Robb (website here). Fans can purchase exclusive prints that were hand-picked by the band and photographers in various configurations with the profits going to help each photographer during this touring shutdown. All images are available as a Premium Matte Poster, Framed Print or Framed Canvas with prices starting as low as $24.99. The photo exhibition will be available to see and purchase here:

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