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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…


The Eagles’ pop immortality still intact: Review

The Eagles ensured through a convincing Toronto performance on Thursday that their pop immortality will remain intact. By: Nick Krewen Music, Published on Fri Jul 12 2013 The Eagles At the Air Canada Centre, July 11 3 stars Bernie’s back. Bernie Leadon, the former Flying Burrito Brother and the multi-stringed-instrument specialist who was the first person to fly The Eagles’ nest as the popular Southern Californian band soared to the…


Aerosmith brings its history to life in Toronto

Well into their sixties, veteran rockers deliver the goods – with fewer gymnastics. Nick Krewen Special to the Star Published Thu, Jun 28 2012 The last time they were at the Air Canada Centre — August 17, 2010 to be exact — Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry knocked singer Steven Tyler offstage and into the crowd to retaliate for Tyler accidentally hitting him in the head with his microphone a few…


Drumming up a career in garage rock

Nick Krewen Special to the Star Published on Mon Jun 11 2012 If you want something done right, do it yourself. John Barrett‘s realization of that credo resulted in the formation of combustive garage-rock combo Bass Drum Of Death. “In high school, I was always in bands, but I started doing (stuff) by myself because I was the one managing it and still wanting to do something,” explains Barrett, whose…


Plundering the past with Phil Collins

Plundering the past with Phil Collins | Toronto Star A mature pop titan becomes a covers act for the first time.  Nick Krewen Special to the Star Published on Fri Oct 08 2010 “I just bought a second cannon.” Not exactly the words you expect to hear flowing from the mouth of Phil Collins. But the 59-year-old’s chief passion these days is no longer music, but collecting 1820-1840 era Texas…