Hard Rock/Heavy Metal

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…

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Metallica matches huge roar with big spectacle: review

Heavy-metal veterans show their opening acts and 40,000-plus fans how it’s done. Nick Krewen, Music, Mon. July 17, 2017 Metallica   Sunday, July 16 at Rogers Centre The members of Metallica may be greying around the temples, but their ferocity still packs the mightiest of roars. Thirty-two years after the brazen four-piece from San Rafael, Calif. made its Toronto debut at The Concert Hall (back at a time when the…


Avenged Sevenfold pleased to pause arena tour play even larger stage opening for Metallica

Guitarist Brian “Synyster Gates” Haner Jr. remains proud of their ambitious recent album The Stage — on one track, featuring Neil deGrasse Tyson. Nick Krewen Music, Sat. July 15, 2017 They may be perched atop the throne of the heavy-metal world, but Huntington Beach, Calif.’s Avenged Sevenfold aren’t afraid to take risks when it involves the bigger picture. Take, for example, this Sunday’s extravaganza that finds them sandwiched between superstar…


Foo Fighters keep fans and moms on their feet: review

Dave Grohl makes the most of a leg injury, even playing guitar with his cast. Nick Krewen Music, Published on Thu Jul 09 2015 Foo Fighters 3.5 stars July 8 at the Molson Amphitheatre. Dave Grohl isn’t going to let little things like a severely broken leg and ankle stop him from rocking the night away. Lesser musicians would have thrown in the towel and taken the requisite time to…


Hometown superstars Rush put on a show for the ages

If this really is Toronto superstar trio Rush’s last hurrah, then Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart are going out on the right note Nick Krewen Music, June 18, 2015 What a legacy. If this indeed is hometown superstar rock trio Rush’s last hurrah in terms of big, extravagant world tours — as its members have hinted in numerous interviews — then this was the note to go out…