Hard Rock/Heavy Metal

Nickelback powers down the pyrotechnics: concert review

The band’s return to the ACC finds the usual frenetic energy somewhat lacking, owing to less anthem-y new songs and a very chatty Chad Kroeger, though the execution of the set was technically flawless. Nick Krewen Music, Published on Mon Feb 23 2015 Nickelback 2.5 stars At the Air Canada Centre, Feb. 22. Nickelback has changed its performance tactic. Once a combo that used all the bells and whistles available…


Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant hypnotizes, mesmerizes fans at Massey Hall

The musically adventurous Plant shows he is not afraid to revisit the past as long as he has something new to add to the conversation.   Nick Krewen Music, Published on Wed Oct 01 2014 Robert Plant At Massey Hall, Sept. 30 If mother is the necessity of invention, Robert Plant is its charming uncle you never really tire of visiting. The former Led Zeppelin frontman has never been one…


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…


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…