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KISS and Def Leppard a blazing double bill: review

Both bands repeatedly thrilled the sold-out Amphitheatre crowd of 16,000.  Nick Krewen Music, Published on Wed Aug 13 2014 KISS and Def Leppard 3.5 stars At the Molson Canadian Amphitheatre, Aug. 12. Does Gene Simmons’ fire-breathing swordplay, bloodied mouth shtick and ever-undulating serpentine tongue ever get old? Not if you’re a member of the KISS Army. The larger-than-life, cartoon-costumed, makeup-sporting hard rockers have entrenched the routines so heavily into their…


Mötley Crüe shout at the devil one last time

The band’s All Bad Things Must End tour gave Toronto fans quite the send-off last night. Opener Alice Cooper gave a masterful performance, too. Nick Krewen Music, Published on Mon Aug 11 2014 Mötley Crüe/Alice Cooper Molson Canadian Amphitheatre Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014 3 stars If the All Bad Things Must End tour is truly the final hurrah for Hollywood heavy-metal mavens Mötley Crüe, then that was quite the send-off…


Haim sisters give it their all in searing Toronto debut: review

Haim added even more power to their hits, recalling influences such as Led Zeppelin and Heart, on stage Thursday. By: Nick Krewen Music, Published on Fri May 16 2014 Haim At the Kool Haus, May 15 3.5 stars If you want to start a really good band, you may as well form one with your siblings, if you have them. Consider these factors: you start playing instruments at a young…


Liner notes: FM, Black Noise

FM – Black Noise   Oh, the endless possibilities that can be stoked by science fiction. It’s a realm where imaginations are stimulated, emancipated, and allowed to run wild; where boundaries are stretched and eliminated, and where the inconceivable can become an accomplished reality. It’s a topic that is so entrenched and valued in our society that sci-fi has gifted us with some of our most beloved cultural milestones, be…


Black Sabbath and Ozzy Osbourne at Toronto’s ACC: review

Energized by its first ever chart-topping album, Black Sabbath gives fans a magical night to remember. By: Nick Krewen Music, Published on Thu Aug 15 2013 Special To The Star     Black Sabbath At the Air Canada Centre, Aug. 14. After 44 years of juggling prosperous bands and solo careers, as well as a TV show that became a prototype for some of the reality dreck currently inhabiting the…