Rock

Commentary: Rock of Ages…

We’re barely six weeks into 2018 and this year is already shaping up to be a cold, hard truth for music lovers: mortality is rearing its ugly head. The ailment avalanche, affecting some of our greatest pop and rock performers, began in mid-January and seemingly hasn’t let up since. The first shocking admission occurred during a Globe and Mail interview published on January 16 with Rush guitarist extraordinaire Alex Lifeson,…

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What does $50,000 buy? The ultimate Gene Simmons fan experience

Or, if you don’t have that kind of cash, the KISS rocker will hand deliver his box set for just $2,000. Nick Krewen Music Thu., Sept. 21, 2017 Gene Simmons is at it again. The co-founder and bassist of legendary rock band KISS, who has gained almost equivalent public stature as an audacious and shrewd marketing tycoon, has set aside most of 2018 to deliver his latest project: The Vault…


Worth the wait for Fall Out Boy’s Mania

Bassist Pete Wentz says the band delayed its new album because “a Fall Out Boy album in 2017 can be anything, but it can’t be uninspired.” Nick Krewen Music, Sat., Oct. 21, 2017 There will be no Mania available to consumers when Chicago rockers Fall Out Boy touch down at the Air Canada Centre on Wednesday, Oct. 25. Oh, there was supposed to be a seventh album by that name…


Steely Dan delivers thrills at Casino Rama without the late Walter Becker: review

The occasion was one of the first handful of Steely Dan concerts performed since the September 3 passing of the band’s co-founding guitarist, songwriter and producer Walter Becker. Nick Krewen Music, Fri., Oct. 20, 2017 With the sting of the passing of a beloved Canadian icon still fresh in their hearts, music lovers gathered at Casino Rama on Thursday night to mourn the loss and celebrate the melodies of another…


Roger Waters offers the hits and his hatred for Donald Trump in concert: review

Pink Floyd was resurrected as closely as it will ever be at the Air Canada Centre on Monday, with a lot of commentary along the way. Nick Krewen Music, Special to the Star, Tues., Oct. 3, 2017 Roger Waters  At the Air Canada Centre on Monday, Oct. 2. Also performs Oct. 13. Boy, does Roger Waters know how to push your buttons. In a two-and-a-half-hour Air Canada Centre concert that…