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Get Ready for The Orwells: Chicago Band Brings Its Own Style of Punk – And Entourage – on The Road


When The Orwells hit the road they go in style.

More than a few people at The Regent Theater in Los Angeles last night made a mention that there seemed to be an unusually large number of young women in attendance at The Orwells show.  Maybe that’s because there were a lot of young guys on the stage, with The Orwells, The Walters and No Parents performing.

The Orwells play The Governors Ball 2017 - Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

The Orwells will play The Governors Ball 2017 – Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

And while he may be attractive, it’s apparent The Orwells’ frontman Mario Cuomo’s strength is his vulnerable if not compelling performance, and he has the crowd in the palm of his hand from start to finish.

The Orwells will play the East Coast in late April, May and June.  They’re set for the Governor’s Ball 2017 in NYC. Their new album, Terrible Human Beings is dynamic and you can check it out here.


The Orwells Tour The East Coast

After seeing the three bands, comprised of all young hipster guys, it was no surprise there were so many girls hanging on the rail. But these bands didn’t fool around and got straight to work.

The Orwells may bring an entire entourage of pals and fans, but they clearly take no prisoners.


Frontman Mario Cuomo of The Orwells - Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

Frontman Mario Cuomo of The Orwells – Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

No Parents impressed with their balls-to-the-wall punk, the frontman rocked a long skirt almost as well as George Lynch, and he was a whirling dervish, making the stage his own. It was an impressive show by No Parents.  No Parents takes punk and puts a modern twist on a solid genre.

Next up, The Walters, have something going on that is really their own. It was apparent that The Walters were a house favorite as the girls cried out for M.J., who did pushups, ran the stage, leaped into the audience a few times, and ripped off his shirt, swinging it around over his head.

The Orwells take no prisoners on tour - Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

The Orwells take no prisoners on tour – Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

The music by The Walters seems to take on a new life when performed live.  Hats and shirts off to them, as this is no easy feat considering their recordings are tightly mastered and mixed.  The Regent Theater has a solid sound system, but frankly it’s hard to keep your eyes off the dynamic frontman and if the music doesn’t sound the same as the album, it’s hard to notice.

The Walters put on a passionate performance - Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

The Walters put on a passionate performance – Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

As for headliner The Orwells, Mario Cuomo is the master of the understated as he goes from song to song, lamenting his way through each of the favorites. The crowd sings along with most of the tunes and it’s no wonder Cuomo guests on projects of veteran rockers as well as handily keeps his young fans equally entertained.

There weren’t too many variations on the set list from the last few performances, from what faithful followers said and there doesn’t need to be.

The Walters - Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

The Walters – Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

The Orwells’ performance is something that stays with you long afterwards, it’s good to know there’s a band out there that can keep the house rocking, entertain the faithful and take familiar sounds into the future.

The fans - Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

The fans – Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia



The Classic East and The Classic West Music Festivals Set the Dates, Tickets Go On Sale April 7


The Classic East and Classic West music festivals finally have a presence on the world wide web and tickets for the July concerts go on sale April 7.

The hotly anticipated classic music festivals feature Fleetwood Mac, The Eagles, The Doobie Brothers, Steely Dan, Journey and Earth Wind and Fire.  On the East Coast, the event will be held at Citi Field in NYC on July 29-30, and on the West Coast the event will be held at Dodger Stadium on July 15-16.



For more information go to CaliforniaRocker.com and  The Classic.

Metallica Takes its WorldWired Tour on the Road with Stops in the U.S. and Canada


Metallica will hit the road taking its WorldWired Tour around the U.S. and Canada starting May 10th at Baltimore’s M and T Bank Stadium.

The tour winds around the U.S. and Canada before concluding August 16th in Edmonton, Alberta. Avenged Sevenfold and Volbeat will open most dates, and Gojira joining up for August shows.

Tickets for the U.S. segment of the WorldWired Tour go on sale February 17. Legacy Fan Club members can buy tickets starting February 14th. Each ticket purchased for the WorldWired tour will come with either a digital or physical copy of Hardwired… to Self-Destruct.

For the GRAMMYs, Metallica and Lady Gaga performed the Hardwired song “Moth Into Flame.”

Metallica at The Hollywood Palladium – Video courtesy of Pit Fliks:

Metallica Tour Dates

May 10 – Baltimore, MD @ M&T Bank Stadium

May 12 – Philadelphia, PA @ Lincoln Financial Field

May 14 – East Rutherford, NJ @ MetLife Stadium

May 17 – Uniondale, NY @ New Coliseum

May 19 – Boston, MA @ Gillette Stadium

May 21 – Columbus, OH @ Rock On The Range Festival

June 4 – St. Louis, MO @ Busch Stadium

June 7 – Denver, CO @ Sports Authority Field

June 11 – Houston, TX @ NRG Stadium

June 14 – San Antonio, TX @ Alamodome

June 16 – Dallas, TX @ AT&T Stadium

June 18 – Chicago, IL @ Soldier Field

July 5 – Orlando, FL @ Camping World Stadium

July 7 – Miami, FL @ Hard Rock Stadium

July 9 – Atlanta, GA @ Suntrust Park

July 12 – Detroit, MI @ Comercia Park

July 14 – Quebec City, QC-@Festival D’Ete

July 16 – Toronto, ON @ Rogers Centre

July 19 – Montreal, QB @ Parc Jean-Drapeau

July 29 – Los Angeles, CA @ Rose Bowl

August 4 – Phoenix, AZ @ University of Phoenix Stadium

August 6 – San Diego, CA @ Petco Park

August 9 – Seattle, WA @ Centurylink Field

August 14 – Vancouver, BC @ BC Place

August 16 – Edmonton, AB @ Commonwealth Stadium

Apple Evangelist Guy Kawasaki and The Art of Innovation: ‘Don’t Let the Bozos Grind You Down’

Guy Kawasaki Says Forge Ahead With Good Product


Guy Kawasaki gave his inspiring “Art of Innovation” presentation before a packed house at the NAMM Show Saturday breakfast.

The former Apple marketing “evangelist” had an important message for the crowd of mostly music merchants: Persevere with new ideas no matter what others say.

Stick with your idea, continually develop your idea, but stay away from the clowns, he said during his 10-point presentation.

Kawasaki: No Clowns Here

“There are two kinds of ‘Bozos,'” Kawasaki said. “There is the ‘Loser Bozo,’ the kind with the B.O. and the pocket protector and there is the ‘Winner Bozo’ who wears all black clothing and has a lot of things that end in ‘I’ like Lamborghini.”

The “Loser Bozo” is not a threat.  But be careful of the “Winner Bozo,” the dangerous Bozo, who says no to your idea. You have to separate rich, famous and powerful from those who have been lucky, Kawasaki said.

Kawasaki told the audience it’s important to be “inoculated” against “Bozocity” by being attuned to phrases like “It can’t be done,” and “Why would anyone …?”

Guy Kawasaki said innovators have the bravery to crack a joke - Photo courtesy of Guy Kawasaki

Guy Kawasaki said innovators have the bravery to crack a joke – Photo courtesy of Guy Kawasaki

Generally, those who are afraid of change or the new idea, are threatened for their own job security and will say no.  So go find someone else to pitch and keep going, he said.

Kawasaki says ‘Jump’

Don’t be afraid to “jump the river” and get to the next level of development and continue to think ahead of the curve.  He also said that when you make a presentation, don’t be afraid to crack a joke. He mentioned that on a trip to Russia, he snapped a pic of himself in front of large cannon balls and made a crack about bravery in his presentation.

Other suggestions Kawasaki made include making fans not just at the elusive CEO-level, but start at the ground level, with the people in the trenches because they’ll always be your fans.

Make a niche for yourself. Find the place that the competitors are not, in terms of uniqueness and value. And if you have fans and supporters who may not exactly be in the niche you’re going for, that’s OK too. Don’t turn them away.

And work hard to get that first believer or investor.  It’s good to show people you have at least one solid supporter.  Then you can get the others.

Goldenvoice Announces Lineup for 2nd Panorama Music Festival July 28-30 on Randall’s Island NYC

Tame Impala, Frank Ocean and Nine Inch Nails headline the second annual Panorama Music Festival on Randall’s Island Park July 28-July 30.

Solange, alt-J, and A Tribe Called Quest will also be on hand, along with Future Islands, Justice, MGMT, Nick Murphy, Spoon, Tyler the Creator, Nicolas Jaar, Belle and Sebastian, S U R V I V E, Angel Olsen, Vince Staples, and Cloud Nothings.

For more information go to the Panorama Music Festival website.

Metallica To Celebrate Eleventh Album, ‘Hardwired … To Self-Destruct’ With Live Stream

Metallica will celebrate the launch of their eleventh studio album Hardwired…To Self-Destruct with a very special performance that will be live-streamed on Friday Nov. 18.

The show can be seen at 4 PM Eastern and 1 PM Pacific time in the United States.

Sponsored by Vans, which touts 50 years of “Off The Wall” heritage in action sports, art, music and street culture, the Metallica live stream will broadcast from House of Vans London.

Expect to see live performances of songs from the new album as well as a slew of classics from the Metallica back catalogue and you can catch the entire performance courtesy of the live stream live at www.houseofvanslondon.com

James Vincent McMorrow Serenades Sold-Out Webster Hall With His Soulful Irish Sounds

New Album for McMorrow is ‘We Move’

Photos and Review By BAILEY MULLINS

Irish singer-songwriter James Vincent McMorrow brought his soulful falsetto and strong vocals to a sold-out show at Webster Hall. Fresh off the release of his third studio album, We Move, released Sept. 2, McMorrow treated fans to a healthy mix of old hits and new favorites.

McMorrow kicked off the night by announcing that it was the largest New York show he’s played so far. His gratitude resonated throughout the show as he continually thanked the audience for their support. McMorrow began — accompanied by an ensemble band — with “Red Dust” and “I Lie Awake Every Night.”

The band exited the stage and he moved into a solo acoustic set featuring vocals accompanied by an electric keyboard, which included “Lost Angeles” and his popular cover of Steve Winwood’s “Higher Love.”

James Vincent McMorrow performs at Webster Hall - Photo by BAILEY MULLINS for EastCoastRocker.com

James Vincent McMorrow performs at Webster Hall – Photos by BAILEY MULLINS for EastCoastRocker.com

Although his first two albums, Early in the Morning and Post Tropical, are acoustic, quite slow and melancholic, his latest release, We Move, represents a shift towards alternative R and B that suits McMorrow’s wide vocal range and widens his appeal to a new set of listeners.

Halfway through the set, McMorrow announced that the dancing portion of the show had begun. He brought the band back onstage and launched into elevated, bass-infused versions of his songs “We Don’t Eat” and “Evil.” The second half of his show exhibited the shift in musical style we see on his newest album.

His easy rapport with the audience made the 1,500-person show feel more a small coffee shop. McMorrow joked about the upcoming election and forgot to introduce one of his band members, eliciting laughter from the crowd.

Webster Hall was McMorrow’s first US stop on his tour. He’ll be traveling the US and Canada through December. You can find tickets here. McMorrow’s music is available on Spotify, Soundcloud and iTunes.

Jill Scott, Anthony Hamilton Hit the High Notes at Soul Train Music Festival in Las Vegas

Singer Tish Hyman performs onstage during 2016 Soul Train Music Awards - Soul Train Music Fest on November 4, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Paras Griffin/BET/Getty Images for BET)

Singer Tish Hyman performs onstage during 2016 Soul Train Music Awards – Soul Train Music Fest – Photo by Paras Griffin for EastCoastRocker.com

Last night, Jill Scott, Tyrese, Anthony Hamilton and Tish Hyman ruled the stage as part of the Soul Train Weekend “Soul Train Music Festival” at Mandalay Bay Events Center.

The Soul Train Weekend continues tonight with the highly anticipated The Soul Train Awards.

The Soul Train Awards will air on BET on Nov. 27.

American singer-songwriter and rapper, Hyman, kicked off the festivities with her smooth hits such as “Subway Art” and “Four Letter Word.”

Next up was Hamilton, GRAMMY Award-winning R and B singer and record producer, who had the crowd singing along to his funky sounds.

Singer/Actor Tyrese Gibson performs onstage during 2016 Soul Train Music Awards - Soul Train Music Fest - Photo by Paras Griffin for EastCoastRocker.com

Singer/Actor Tyrese Gibson performs onstage during 2016 Soul Train Music Awards – Soul Train Music Fest – Photo by Paras Griffin for EastCoastRocker.com

Comedian and actress Luenell even danced with him for a moment while he was running through the crowd during one of his songs.

The energetic audience exploded with screams when singer and actor Tyrese took over the mic.

Flashing his dazzling smile, he kept the party going as he performed a medley of his classics hits.

Last but not least was three-time GRAMMY award-winning singer-songwriter Scott, who shut down the Mandalay Bay Events Center with her epic rifts and powerful vocals.

Highly Suspect Introduces New Album, ‘The Boy Who Died Wolf’ To Fans at Rockin’ Irving Plaza Show

Highly Suspect - File photo by Roberta

Highly Suspect – File photo by Roberta


From local Brooklyn bars to the 58th Annual Grammy Awards, Highly Suspect has spent the last seven years rocking out the crowds at more than 800 shows around the world.

The band has earned its appeal.

Highly Suspect, comprised of twin brothers Rich (bass, vocals) and Ryan Meyer (drums, vocals) and their best friend Johnny Stevens (guitar, vocals, synthesizer), played New York’s Irving Plaza as part of their country-wide tour.

‘Little One,’ ‘My Name is Human’

Highly Suspect brought the bluesy-hard rock that their amped-up fans have come to love and expect. The setlist included “Little One” and “My Name Is Human” two already-released singles off the band’s upcoming sophomore album, The Boy Who Died Wolf, which is set for release on Nov. 18.

Highly Suspect - File photo by Roberta for EastCoastRocker.com

Highly Suspect – File photo by Roberta for EastCoastRocker.com

And of course, they rocked the crowd with “Lydia,” “Claudeland,” “Bath Salts,” “Mom” and a number of other songs off their debut album Mister Asylum (released June 25, 2015). Concert-goers sang along with every song, adding to the electric atmosphere at the show.

After getting their start playing covers in their hometown of Cape Cod, Mass., Highly Suspect moved their classic rock sound to the music-drenched streets of New York. Over the years, they’ve polished and matured their sound, pumping out relatable lyrics that tell of personal experiences, anger and heartbreak.

Highly Suspect GRAMMY Nominations

Highly Suspect was nominated for two awards at the 2016 Grammys. “Lydia” received a nod for Best Rock Song, and Mister Asylum was up for Best Rock Album. There’s no doubt we’ll be hearing more from this trio, and we can’t wait to see where they’ll take their music next.

Highly Suspect is touring the United States through the end of November. For tickets and a list of Highly Suspect’s upcoming shows, visit Ticketmaster. You can find their music on Spotify, Apple Music, Soundcloud, Amazon Music and Google Play.

With Neil Young, The Who, The Stones, ‘Oldchella’ Desert Trip Was Event For the Ages, Not the ‘Aged’


“Welcome to the ‘Catch ’em before they Croak Festival!’” Mick Jagger greeted the sun baked throng of 75 thousand gathered at the Polo Grounds in Indio, California for the second weekend of Desert Trip the music festival featuring six of rock’s penultimate iconic artists – Bob Dylan, The Rolling Sones, Neil Young, Paul McCartney, Roger Waters and The Who.

Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones

Mick and the boys had followed a spirited set by Bob Dylan who despite failing to utter a single word to the audience, still delivered a quality set with several crowd pleasing selections spanning his 50 year career. Opening with “Rainy Day Women #12 and 35” (Everybody Must Get Stoned); other selections included “Don’t Think Twice. It’s All Right”; “Highway 61 Revisited”; “It’s All Over Now Baby Blue”; “Tangled Up in Blue”. He also played his classic “Like a Rolling Stone” for the first time in nearly three years. (Videos courtesy of Prestoff2000)

The Rolling Stones, like Dylan and Neil Young too — who we’ll get to later and in my opinion stole the show — did not play identical sets from the previous weekend, choosing to vary things up a bit. There may not have been a head exploding “whoa!” moment like doing the Beatles’ “Come  Together,” but amazingly, of the first 11 selections of the Stones’ set 7 of them were not done the week before.

In what would prove to be a recurring theme over the weekend time was taken to acknowledge the noteworthy occurrence of Dylan being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize the day before with Mick noting “We have never shared the stage with a Nobel Peace Prize winner before. Bob is like our own Walt Whitman.”

Neil Young

Paul McCartney and Neil Young - Kevin Mazur for Desert Trip

Paul McCartney and Neil Young – Photo courtesy of Kevin Mazur for Desert Trip

Saturday night saw a vintage Neil Young firing on all cylinders. Opening with a few classic acoustic numbers “After The Gold Rush,” “Heart of Gold,” and “Old Man” then signaled the end of those oldies with “Comes a Time” and “Helpless.”

The most magical moments arguably of the festival occurred when he performed “Harvest Moon” with literally a super full moon rising in a cloudless sky for all to see which when projected on the giant 240-ft-wide screen and taller than the towering palm trees the moon’s image was gigantic.

A moving performance I suspect I and all in attendance will long remember. However, whereas none of the six festival’s acts had to come out of retirement and all tour continually with consummately professional productions, it was Mr.  Young who stood apart from the others by the sheer force of his vitality. He and his band The Promise of The New Real featuring Lukas Nelson son of Willie Nelson proceeded to burn the place down with incendiary playing, highlighted by a jaw-dropping “Cowgirl In The Sand” clocking in at 19:07.  Neil also made note of Dylan’s Nobel Peace Prize saying looking at his watch saying “We started five minutes early so we could fuck around like this!”

Paul McCartney

Sir Paul McCartney followed with his customary hit filled show featuring songs spanning Beatles’, Wings, and solo career with songs that everyone knows every word to and gleefully sings along with. Surprise guest and highlight was Rhianna coming out to sing their collaborative 2015 hit “FourFiveSeconds.” Rhianna dressed conservatively for her in a patterned frock albeit with a severely plunging neckline sounded fantastic and seemed thrilled to be there.

Paul had Neil come out to do a wonderful “A Day In The Life” into “Give Peace A Chance” and then a debut for Paul with “Why Don’t We Do It In The Road”, a wild and raucous rendition where Neil was let loose to shred and boy did he ever. Sir Macca’s show’s have been virtually the same for a decade but the underlying all you need is love communal feeling is tailor made for music festivals. I am certain Beatles’ songs will still be sung in a hundred years.

The Who

The Who - Kevin Mazur for Desert Trip

The Who – Photo by Kevin Mazur for Desert Trip

Sunday’s final night saw The Who in the opening slot surprising it seemed many people including myself. Again, another constantly touring excellent production technically. However, the first slight vibes of complaint came from The Who first before a note was even played with Roger Daltry asking if someone could turn off the fan, referring to the hot desert wind which was constant at that point.

Then after the second song, “The Seeker,” Pete Townshend asked the crowd “Are you tired?” apparently referring to the less than wildly enthusiastic reception.

Regardless, The Who executed their 22-song set with the consummate skill we’ve come to expect from them over the past few decades.

Roger Waters

As the final act, Roger Waters’ set was mesmerizing and the sound was astounding. He reportedly spent many days working on the sound and he took full advantage of the tremendous array and placement of speaker towers throughout audience. Sound, both musical and effectual, came from any direction at any time. Time and time again there would be the sound of a helicopter, or plane, or God knows what else that would cause everyone to look in whatever direction expecting to see that helicopter or plane. It was that realistic.

A Pink Floyd fan’s fantasy come true the song list was comprised entirely of Pink Floyd songs, eschewing Roger’s solo material, sometimes going way way back and way deep. Waters’ shows are always a spectacle comprised of spectacles. The flying pig has been a staple of the shows for decades however this time around the pig was imprinted with the image of Donald Trump in conjunction with images and messages on the giant screen on stage many of them way past R rated that left no doubt the level of detest Mr. Waters has for Mr. Trump. Interestingly, songs like Mother are amazing for how completely relevant they are to today’s times. Predictably, “Comfortably Numb” was the closing number and as usual was magnificent.

Lastly, it would be a crime not to mention the real star of the festival which was the venue itself. Veteran concert goers with hundreds of shows and a score of venues under their belts like myself walked around in awe marveling at the facilities, vendors, lighting, exhibits, food. Even the parking and traffic was handled exponentially better than at any other big shows I’ve attended. Seriously, a model for how to run a festival. A huge tip of the hat to the organizers who hit it far far out of the park.

Nick Waterhouse Tours the U.S. to Support Release of Album, Listen to His New Single, ‘It’s Time’ Here

Nick Waterhouse tours to support new album by Donna Balancia

Nick Waterhouse – Photo © 2015 Donna Balancia

By DONNA BALANCIA – Nick Waterhouse will return with his third full-length studio album, Never Twice to be released Sept. 30.

The California-based rythm and blues musician will support the record with a U.S. Tour in the fall, including stops in Brooklyn, Chicago and Washington, D.C. The first track off of the album, “It’s Time,” is HERE

The album Never Twice will be released through Innovative Leisure digitally on CD and 180-gram vinyl.

For those who haven’t caught his act, Nick brings a full bluesy rock presentation to his shows, complete with a rockin’ band and cool sounds.  He and his band are featured playing his song “Live A Full Life” in a national Lexus car commercial.

Highlights include Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn on October 8th, The Bottom Lounge in Chicago on October 4th and The Rock and Roll Hotel in Washington DC on October 12th. More tour dates to be announced soon.

See Nick Waterhouse, Music’s Businessman at Teragram Ballroom L.A.

With Never Twice, Nick Waterhouse teams with his original collaborator, producer Michael McHugh (Black Lips, Ty Segall, Allah-Las). McHugh was a local legend in the Orange County music scene that Nick grew up in.

Nick Waterhouse - Touring to support the album 'Never Twice' due in September

Nick Waterhouse is touring to support the album ‘Never Twice’ due in September – Photographed at Teragram Ballroom © 2015 Donna Balancia

McHugh was the first person to ever put Nick on tape and in an effort to re-capture the vibrancy of the Huntington Beach scene of Nick’s youth, he invited McHugh up to his current home of San Francisco to work the boards once again.

Jazz musician Bob Kenmotsu’s contributes flute; Tom Waits and Elvis Costello collaborator Ralph Carney plays sax; Dr. Lonnie Smith protege Will Blades plays Organ and a virtual who’s who of music hits the horns, bass and guitar. The result is an exuberant and impeccably recorded album of songs, showcasing Waterhouse’s prowess as a musician and a band-leader.


1) Its Time

2) I Had Some

3) Straight Love

4) Stanyan Street

5) Old Place

6) Katchi

7) Baby I’m In

8) Tracy

9) Lucky Once

10) L.A. Turnaround


9/24 – Long Beach, CA – Music Tastes Good Festival LINK

9/26 – Portland, OR – Star Theater LINK

9/27 – Seattle, WA – Neumos LINK

9/28 – Vancouver, BC – The Cobalt LINK

10/4 – Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge LINK

10/5 – Detroit, MI – Magic Bag LINK

10/6 – Toronto, ON – Horseshoe Tavern LINK

10/8 – Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg LINK

10/10 – Boston, MA – The Sinclair LINK

10/11 – Philadelphia, PA – The Foundry at The Fillmore LINK

10/12 – Washington, DC – Rock & Roll Hotel LINK

The Who Hits 50! Tour Continues Going Strong Throughout East Coast

The Who Hits 50! Tour East Coast Rocker

The Who Hits 50! Tour makes 20 stops in the East – logo provided by AEG Live

By DONNA BALANCIA – The Who celebrate “The Big Five O” with a North American Tour that kicked off April 15 in Tampa and hits 20 locations in the East. 

The Who’s West Coast swing of The Who Hits 50! tour will return to the U.S. on May 15 in Seattle when the band returns from Canada dates.

Tickets are available at www.thewho.com.  The tour is presented by AEG Live.

Special VIP packages are available. As the show is sponsored by Citi, Citicard members can buy tickets. For more information on Citicard, go to www.citiprivatepass.com.

The Who released a greatest hits album collection, The Who Hits 50!,  through Geffen-Universal Music Enterprises.  The recording includes tunes from The Who’s early days, when the band was called The High Numbers, through today.

The Who has sold more than 100 million records since the band was formed in 1964.  Two of the original band members, Keith Moon and John Entwistle passed away.

The Who Hits 50! Tour:

The Who

White Buffalo Kicks Off ‘Death of Damnation’ Tour With East Coast Dates

White Buffalo takes his Love and the Death of Damnation tour to the East Coast - Photo © Donna Balancia

White Buffalo takes his Love and the Death of Damnation tour to the East Coast – Photo © Donna Balancia

Photos and story © 2015 DONNA BALANCIA — Love and the Death of Damnation is the new album by White Buffalo, who is launching a tour to promote his music.

White Buffalo, alias Jake Smith and company, gave a special private show for 88.5 KCSN members at the Roxy Theatre Sunday night.

“He’s fabulous,” said concert-goer, Joy. “He sounds amazing and he’s really intense!”

Others on hand, ranging in age from 16 to 70 all had positive reviews for the bearded longhair who hails from Southern California.

If Smith’s voice sounds familiar, it’s no surprise. He has had some critically acclaimed tunes and has been the prominent voice on TV shows including Sons of Anarchy and Californication.

Born and raised in California, Smith sings about deep characters and creates portraits of troubled souls and misfits with great compassion.

Regarding Love and the Death of Damnation, Smith said production of the album encompassed a new process.

“This is the first time we did preproduction, instead of just going in blindly with the songs,” Smith said. “I wanted the songs to be as big and dynamic as possible. I want to make records that have some dynamics and some epic moments, rather than just being a singer-songwriter guy with an acoustic guitar.”

The White Buffalo plays the Gramercy Theatre in New York City on Oct. 15, Paradise Rock Club in Boston on Oct. 16, The Pedal Haus Brewery in Tempe, Ariz., on Oct. 17, followed by dates in Philadelphia, Baltimore, Atltanta, New Orleans and three Texas dates before winding up on the West Coast.

10/15 New York, NY – Gramercy Theatre

10/16 Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club

10/17 Tempe, AZ – Pedal Haus Brewery

10/19 Philadelphia, PA – Theatre of The Living Arts

10/20 Baltimore, MD – Soundstage

10/22 Atlanta, GA – Vinyl

10/23 New Orleans, LA – Parish @ House of Blues

10/25 Austin, TX – Stubb’s

10/27 Dallas, TX – House of Blues – Cambridge Room

10/28 Houston, TX – House of Blues – Bronze Peacock

12/3 San Francisco, CA – The Filmore

12/4 Anaheim, CA – House of Blues

12/10 San Diego, CA – House of Blues

Rolling Stones Zip Code Tour Hits – PLUS NEW LA SHOW – EXCLUSIVE

The Rolling Stones are out on tour again, this time, hitting a lot of the cities they missed on their last outing.

Here are dates and cities for the Zip Code Tour: PLUS NEW LOS ANGELES SHOW JUST ADDED



May 24: San Diego
May 30: Columbus, OH
June 3: Minneapolis
June 6: Dallas
June 9: Atlanta
June 12: Orlando
June 17: Nashville
June 20: Pittsburgh
June 23: Milwaukee
June 27: Kansas City
July 1: Raleigh
July 4: Indianapolis
July 8: Detroit
July 11: Buffalo
July 15: Quebec

Richard Hell to host Filmmaker Kelly Reichardt at Symphony Space

Richard Hell by East Coast Rocker

Richard Hell photo by Inez and Vinhood

NEW YORK CITY — Richard Hell hosts filmmaker Kelly Reichardt at the Thalia on Dec. 4 for a screening of her film Meek’s Cutoff, a story of betrayal and survival set in 1845 on the Oregon frontier.  The film stars Michelle Williams.

In reviewing the film, Hell writes: “Kelly Reichardt is brave and stubborn.  Like the characters in her film, she’s determined to find her way to beautiful, sustaining new territories and she knows she can only rely on her own instincts and judgement to figure out, moment by moment, how to get there.”

For more information go to Symphony Space.




Richard Hell on Lydia Loveless: ‘Her Music Makes Me Cry’

By DONNA BALANCIA — Richard Hell has never been one to shy away from raw emotion.

But the punk rock icon and current-day writer says the music of young Lydia Loveless makes him — well, wistful.

“Lydia is the only current singer-songwriter the power of whose music and voice consistently makes me cry,” Hell said of Loveless who performs at the Symphony Space Thalia theater tomorrow night.

Richard Hell’s Thalia Series

Hell curates a performance series called “Night Out with Richard Hell” for Symphony Space in New York City.

Lydia Loveless has managed to impress Hell because of her words and genuine approach to the music.  A native of Columbus, Ohio, the modern country performer and her band are making waves in the music scene.

She is among several young artists Hell interviews during his ongoing series at Symphony Space.

Hell’s series of interviews and performances take place in an intimate setting at Thalia.  His upcoming shows in the series include:

Ariana Reines, Friday, Nov. 14

Filmmaker Kelly Reichart, Thursday, Dec. 4

Musician Donald Cummning, Feb. 12, 2015

“I’m curating and hosting a series of events at Symphony Space for which I’ve dragooned one youngish artist per evening to sit still to be interviewed on stage by me before he or she performs,” Hell said.  “The interviews will be 25-30 minutes and the performances 45-50 minutes.”

Hell said he selected the Thalia theater for the cozy setting, as the theater has 168 seats.

“The main thing though is that all these people are interesting and talented and this is a unique chance to see them so intimately,” Hell said.

Since Hell retired from music in 1984, he has written two books and a series of articles for a range of magazines and media outlets.

For additional information on Richard Hell or any of the artists he interviews through the Symphony Space series click here.




‘Little Kids Rock’ Benefit With Joan Jett Raises $1.5M

Joan Jett will be honored with concert benefit Little Kids Rock

Joan Jett: Rock and Roll Royalty

Editor Update: This event raised $1.5 million, according to our friends at Little Kids Rock.

By DONNA BALANCIA – NEW YORK CITY — Joan Jett will be feted by some of the top names in the music business this Friday night during the Little Kids Rock charity fundraiser at the Hammerstein Ballroom.

Alice Cooper, Cheap Trick, and Adam Horovitz of The Beastie Boys are among the artists will honor Jett and nephew of Clarence Clemons, Jake Clemons.

Jett will be presented with the “Rocker of the Year” award.

Jett’s tunes “I Love Rock and Roll,” and “I Hate Myself for Loving You,” skyrocketed off the charts and helped cement her place in history as one of Rock and Roll’s most famous figures.

Jett’s music career has seen a resurgence as of late and she has also been producing and acting.

Several months ago, on the CBS daytime show, The Talk, Jett discussed the impact social media has had on the music world.


Also being honored is Jake Clemons, the nephew of the late Clarence Clemons, who is a singer-songwriter in his own right and who is a member of the E Street Band.

Little Kids Rock helps bring music into the lives of children who attend disadvantaged public schools.

Among the stellar performers honoring Jett and Clemons are Mike Ness of Social Distortion, Billie Joe Armstrong, Darlene Love, Glen Hansard and Kathleen Hanna.

Tickets and more information are available at the Little Kids Rock website.






Glastonbury Loves Dolly

Dolly PartonDolly Parton’s arrival to the Glastonbury stage sends festival-goers into a musical frenzy. Even the local newspaper couldn’t resist the temptation to have a little fun with the Tennessee-born songwriter-performer-actress. Dolly will always be a powerhouse in the music industry and in our lives.

Dick Dale Interview: For King of the Surf Guitar, ‘Being on Tour is My Cure’

By DONNA BALANCIA in SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO — For The King of the Surf Guitar, music is the medicine.

“I have to perform to stay alive,” said Dick Dale, whose trademark surf sound defined a generation and has since the sixties inspired musicians around the world.

“My mind is what pushes me through,” Dale told East Coast Rocker. “The doctors say, ‘You’re a tough son of a bitch. But let me tell you, I rode the pain train all through my operations.”

At 76 years old, Dale, who doesn’t smoke, drink or take any drugs, has had his share of health issues.  Cancer and diabetes are atop a long list of diseases he battles with the help of his wife, Lana, who only leaves his side when he’s on stage.

Dale is in the midst of an East Coast swing and the touring is non-stop.

But Dale, who came to California as a child said he’ll always love playing his home state and has a fondness for Southern California in particular.

But his words are not so kind for others.  His illnesses have given him new insights into the failings of the healthcare system, particularly what he considers the disregard of lower-income retirees and veterans who have fought for our country.

“What is happening to our troops from a medical standpoint?” Dale asked. “What happens when they come home?  I am blessed because I have my wife, Lana, but what do these troops have?  They left their wives, their newborns, their families to fight for us, many have lost limbs and they come home to get no reward, whereas the politicians get insurance for the rest of their lives.  What are the wounded getting?”

Dale, himself, was in the Air Force and was commended for his successes as an Air Force Firefighter.  He wants the servicemen to be cared for and he doesn’t appreciate the supposed groups soliciting funds on their behalf over the telephone.

“I got all sorts of people calling to ask for money for the servicemen, the police and the firefighters, but I know that only a little bit of the money goes to them,” Dale said. “A friend of mine advised that anyone who wants to give money should bring the money directly to the source.”

Dale has succumbed to the sensibility of dietary restrictions, like cutting out sugar. He loves grape leaves and tabbouleh, much in keeping with his Lebanese heritage.

His music developed because of his Lebanese heritage as well, as he was always interested in working with Egyptian and Arabic beats and tunes.  His famous Misirlou and his vast and legendary collection of surf songs was inspired by those familiar Middle Eastern sounds, only played at triple speed.  Back in the 60s, it wasn’t initially accepted — not because of the region of origin — but because of the guitar.

“They called it devil music then,” Dale said. “Yes, that’s really true.”

The stories are well-documented that he and his father, who helped Dale book a gig at the Rendezvous Ballroom in Balboa, would only get a permit to play if the kids attending wore ties.  Dale’s dad grabbed a box of ties to hand out to the bare-footed surfer kids who wanted to attend the show, and history was made.

Dale had a strong relationship with Leo Fender who was like his second dad, Dale said and that friendship would last through the years.

His music survived the years, through the ups and downs, and while it has been debated that The British Invasion cut short the full potential growth of the surf sound, Dale was luckier than most musicians to get another shot at major fame.

Dale recalled the night when a young movie director came a knocking at his dressing room door. The director was Quentin Tarantino and he had something great in mind for Dale.

“He said, ‘I listened to your music and I want to create a masterpiece of a movie that complements the masterpiece of music you created.'”

The movie, of course was the 1994 feature film “Pulp Fiction.”  The film would breathe life into the careers of several of its participants besides Dale, most notably John Travolta, who had been fighting a stigma of typecasting from his more recent feature comedies.

“Quentin told me he had had doors slammed in his face,” Dale recalled. “And he was very humble.  And because he was humble, I took a liking to him.  He said, ‘I have John Travolta,’ and I said ‘OK, sure, go for it.'”

When the film was completed, Dale said, Tarantino sent a limo for Dale to come to a special screening.

“The success of the film gave Quentin the last laugh because everybody shut the doors on him,” Dale said. “And it gave Travolta the last laugh, and so on.”

But for us and for The King of the Surf Guitar, it’s easy to tell that despite it all, he’s laughing — and his laughs are far from his last.



2014 Glastonbury Fest Live Updates

An eclectic mix of performers hit the stage at the 2014 Glastonbury Festival and check here for live updates.

Blondie, Arcade Fire, Dolly Parton and Robert Plant are among the performers at the annual event.

For more information go to the Glastonbury website.

Moog Synthesizer Genome Project Complete

Moog Synthesizer painstakingly recreated East Coast Rocker

The Moog Synthesizer. It no longer shoots rockets.

ASHEVILLE, NC – It has taken three years, but Moog Music engineering team has reverse-engineered and built a 1:1 re-creation of one of the world’s most famous keyboards: Keith Emerson’s Moog Modular, using original processes and components.

Moog Synthesizer

Known as “The Synthesizer Genome Project,” the revitalization of the keyboard was painstakingly undertaken by engineers at Moog Music’s Asheville, N.C. headquarters.

When it was created in 1970, the original Emerson Modular included the following:

·       81 total modules / custom panels

·       12 unique, custom built modules including: sample and hold, preset programmer, custom LFO’s and DRONE VCO Control

·       903 Noise Source and 905 Reverb

·       First synthesizer with performance presets

·       Shoots rockets

The Emerson System, by Moog Custom Engineering, is to be released later this month and is based on the original Emerson Modular. The Emerson System will include the following:

·       Every standard module printed from original circuit board films

·       Original/vintage and new old stock components sourced from around the world

·       All face places are reproduced using original transparencies and techniques

·       Each module is hand build and soldered with original schematics and service manuals as guides

·       No longer shoots rockets

Bob Moog East Coast Rocker

Bob Moog

More information is to come.  The Moog Music 500 series modules and electronic musical instruments are designed and lovingly handcrafted at the Moog factory in downtown Asheville, N.C. Moog Music and its customers carry on the legacy of Dr. Robert Moog, inventor of the Moog synthesizer and Founder of Moog Music Inc.

The company puts on the annual Moogfest in Asheville.  This year the lineup features Kraftwerk 3D and Pet Shop Boys.

For more information, go to Moog Music and Moogfest websites.



Slash, Vince Neil, Alice Cooper Rock and Raise $525 G for MSA Research

Slash, Vince Neil, Alice Cooper, East Coast Rocker, Photo with permission by Truscello

Slash, Vince Neil and Alice Cooper were among rockers at the Kerry Simon benefit in Vegas – Truscello/Wire Image

By DONNA BALANCIA — LAS VEGAS — Slash, Vince Neil and Alice Cooper were among top names from the music world who gathered this past week in Las Vegas to help raise money for MSA Research.

The Keep Memory Alive benefit was held on behalf of chef Kerry Simon, who has been battling the effects of the debilitating affliction Multiple System Atrophy since his diagnosis last year.

About 450 guests attended, raising nearly $525,000 towards MSA clinical care and research.

Others on hand were Sammy Hagar, Bill Murray, Todd Rundgren, Matt Sorum, J.D. Fortune, Lisa Loeb and Billy Duffy, all backed by the Las Vegas band, Sin City Sinners.


AEG’s digital ticketing division acquires Examiner.com



AEG’s digital ticketing platform AXS, has acquired Examiner.com, a well-known information and content distribution website, it was announced.

The acquisition gives AEG a more fully rounded platform that can attract readers, who can be converted to buy tickets to events.

Examiner.com is a content creation network, and gets 45.5 million unique visitors globally every month, according to Quantcast, the advertising tracker.

The acquisition gives AEG ammunition against rival Live Nation, which uses a range of ticket distribution, including the powerful mobile app BandsInTown, that reaches millions of ticket buyers.