Thursday, August 17, 2017

CD Review: New Releases Arriving From World Music Artists Paul McCandless And Mister G

Legendary musician Paul McCandless will be releasing a new anthology recording titled "Morning Sun: Adventures With Oboe." It features 16-recordings of McCandless with the award-winning Paul Winter Consort over the course of the last 45 years. McCandless was a member of the Paul Winter Consort from 1968 to 1972 and has also performed with Wynton Marsalis and Pat Metheny. This new release gathers together some of the best recordings, including the swiftness of "Bright Angel" as you can just imagine the music gliding along the sky. Other highlights include the call of the "Whooper Dance" and the beautiful flow of "Witchi Tai To," which includes lead vocals by Native American singer John-Carlos Perea along with the spiritual energy of "Um Abraco (A Big Hug)." The music takes you on the wings of "Eagle" and aboard the emotions of "The Last Train," before closing with the quiet rise of the "Morning Sun." To find out more about Paul McCandless and his new collaboration with the Paul Winter Consort on "Morning Sun: Adventures With Oboe," please visit

Latin Grammy award-winner Mister G returns with his new album "Mundo Verde/Green World." It will be released on September 15th and features 11-songs about saving the environment. The songs are sung in both Spanish and English languages as the music is pure Latin with it's rhythms and melodies. Mister G hooks you in right from the opening title-track as you become part of his movement to save the planet, singing along to the song's addictive chorus. Even when most of the lyrics are in Spanish as in "Patas en el Aire/Paws In The Air" you still get moved by the song's jungle groove as you find yourself learning Spanish by singing along. The pop tones of "Cuantos Peces/How Many Fish" and fun flavor of "Gozar/Enjoy" will have your body moving to the music. Mister G finishes up his latest release with the wonderful harmonies of "Pachamama/Mother Earth" and the gentle acoustics of "Las Estrellas/The Stars." To find out more about Mister G and his latest release "Mundo Verde/Green World," please visit

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

CD Review: New Experimental Music Arriving From Gary Wilson and From Blue Stahli

Avant Garde music artist Gary Wilson recently released his tenth studio album titled "Let's Go To Outer Space." It features 14-tracks that take you into the mind of this experimental musician as he sings about sci-fi themes and alien romances. The album begins with Wilson reciting his brand of poetry about meeting his outer space girlfriend in "Back To Where I Belong." He develops his new wave sound with the pop tones of "Gary Kissed A Mannequin" and "Gary Feels Cool." He showcases his more experimental side with the jazzy feel of "Weird World 1" and "Weird World 2," but in between those two songs, Gary continues his encounter with aliens with "Let's Go On A Walk Tonight" and "I Want To Cry." He finishes his new "sci-fi" album with the waltz of "My Beautiful Wife Walked Away" and the spacey groove of "My Pretty Little Space Girl." To find out more about Gary Wilson and his latest release "Let's Go To Outer Space," please visit his Facebook page at 

Arriving August 25th is volume four of Blue Stahli's "Antisleep" series for film, TV & Video Games. It features a dozen electronic, alternative, dance instrumentals for brands to use to promote their shows/products. The new release begins with the EDM beats of "Sunset Neon," which quickly changes gears for the intense, nu-metal blast of "Headshot." As you listen to each track, you can almost imagine what video game or film that these glimpses of music would be perfect for as most of the tracks average around 2 minutes. All of the music is very addictive, especially the dance rhythm of "Red Carpet Rush," the swinging beats of "Three Piece Suit" and the grinding alternative rock approach of "Rumbleshaker." To find out more about Blue Stahli and his latest release "Antisleep, Vol. 4," please visit

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

CD Review: New Music From Heavy Metal Artists Psy:code, On Top & American Wrecking Company

There's new heavy metal music arriving this August from Psy:code, On Top and American Wrecking Company. The first Friday of the month saw the Pavement Entertainment debut from Psy:Code titled "Morke." It features 13-tracks of hard-hitting heavy metal, beginning with the screams of "Leech." The music motors through the song while Schou's vocals glide over the top to inject you with adrenaline. The energy picks up with the hardcore assault of "Ghost Of You" and "Riven" as Psy:Code examine the dark side of hardcore metal. They step back from their attack on your ears for the more melodic, goth-like tones of "Paralyzed," before the buzzsaw guitar riffs of "Introspective." They finish up their new release with the hardcore metal blast of "The Monument" and then the emotional-fueled screams of "The Strain" as the music chugs along in the backdrop. To find out more about Psy:Code and their latest release "Morke," please visit

Next up is the new EP from the hardcore rockers from Philadelphia, On Top. Their new album "Top Dollar" will be released on August 18th and features four songs that will certainly grab your attention. Their sound on this latest release grittier than their past releases as they feature a mix between classic Dokken and Rage Against The Machine. They open the album with the up-tempo rocker "Lovin' The Devil" led by guitar wizard Ric Haas' solos. The new release continues with "Walk The Walk" as singer/bassist Jaron Gulino rolls out the lyrics of the song like Zack De La Rocha from Rage Against The Machine. They finish up their new release with "This Way" as drummer Danny Piselli powers the song's intense, hard rock rhythm. To find out more about On Top and their latest release "Top Dollar," please visit their Facebook page at

Last, but not least we get to the latest album from Washington's premier metal band American Wrecking Company. Their new album titled "Everything And Nothing" rings the alarm in your head with the onslaught of hardcore vocals and the twin guitar attack of Randy Bebich and Ben Reynard on the opening title track. The chugging rhythm of "From Grace" and the blazing speed of "Health For Wealth" will have you raging along with lead singer T.J. Cornelius. Founding member Jeff Bloomfield powers the rhythm of "The Burning" with his bass grooves as drummer Dylan Hickey keeps the pace of the intense delivery of "Enemy." They finish up their new album with the final hardcore blast of "Mad By Design" and "Day Of Shame." To find out more about American Wrecking Company and their latest release "Everything And Nothing," please visit their Facebook page at

Monday, August 14, 2017

RJ Podcast: Alex Shillo Talks About Performing Live & Writing New Music For Upcoming Album

Guitarist/singer Alex Shillo talks with us about his new release "Had It All" and about performing at this year's Durham Fair and Norwalk Oyster Festival. Shillo also gives us some insight into his solo band and his Bruce Springsteen tribute band, Badlands.

CD Review: New Music From Metal Blade Records Artists Byzantine, Crimfall And Portrait

Here are a few new albums arriving from Metal Blade Records that you need to know about. First up is the latest release from the muscular, thrash metal band, Byzantine. Their new album titled "The Cicada Tree" was released back in July and features the band's most accessible music to date. The new 11-song release begins with the hard-hitting thrust of "New Ways To Bear Witness" as lead singer/guitarist Chris Ojeda injects a renewed energy into the music. The addition of Matt Bowles on drums adds an extra jolt of youthfulness to band along with bassist Sean Sydnor and lead guitarist Brian Henderson. They continue the new album with the chugging rhythm of "Vile Maxim" and the mystical, Iron Maiden-type epic "Dead As Autumn Leaves." Once again they flex their heavy metal muscle with the hardcore delivery of "Trapjaw" and "Incremental," before finishing their new album with the 9-minute progressive metal feel of "Verses Of Violence" and the classic metal of "Servitude," which gives us a reminder of Byzantine's earlier days. To find out more about Byzantine and their latest release "The Cicada Tree," please visit
Next up is the latest release from the Finnish metal band Crimfall. After six years of preparations, their new album titled "Amain" will finally be released on August 25th. Their new 10-track epic album delivers grand melodies and orchestration that will bring you back to the early Roman days of war among nations. A short two-minute introduction piece titled "Eschaton," leads into the grand delivery of "The Last Stands." The four part "Ten Winters Apart" showcases the depth of this band's songwriting and musicianship as the story plays out over this 15-minute epic piece. Crimfall finish up their new album with the emotion-fueled power ballad "It's A Long Road" and the sonic adventure of the nearly eight-minute closer "Until Falls The Rain." To find out more about Crimfall and their latest release "Amain," please visit
Last, but not least we arrive at the latest album from Portrait titled "Burn The World." It will also be released on August 25th and features 10-tracks, beginning with a short instrumental introduction that leads into the blazing fast extreme metal of the title-song "Burn The World." The thunderous drumming of "Likfassna" and the swift guitar riffs of "Mine To Reap" shows the continuous growth in the band's sound as they continue to capture a classic heavy metal sound with their modern releases. Portrait wrap up their new album with the gentle acoustics of the instrumental "Further She Rode," which leads into the intense, power of "The Sower's Cross" and the epic, prog-metal piece "Pure Of Heart." To find out more about Portrait and their latest release "Burn The World," please visit

Sunday, August 13, 2017

CD Review: Thor Finds Strength "Beyond The Pain Barrier" With A New Album

The self-proclaimed heavy metal god of thunder, Thor returns with a new studio album titled "Beyond The Pain Barrier." The album was released on August 4th through Dead Line Music, a division of Cleopatra Records. Thor will also be hitting the road for a 30-date North American tour.

The new 12-song release begins with the heavy metal motoring of "Tyrant" and the thunderous pounding of "The Calling" as the music will certainly get your adrenaline pumping. Thor muscles through the power ballad "When A Hero Dies," before picking the tempo back up with the chugging guitars of "On Golden Sea" and the thrash metal speed of "Twilight Of The Gods." The new album finishes with the mystical metal of "Deity In The Sky" and the 7-plus minute epic adventure of the "Quest For Valor."

Thor also has a new documentary film being released later this year titled "Return Of The Thunderhawk," which is a sequel to last year's "I Am Thor" documentary. For a complete list of live dates and to find out more about his new album "Beyond The Pain Barrier," please visit

Saturday, August 12, 2017

CD Review: Omnivore Recordings Re-Issues Alex Chilton Solo Album

Singer/songwriter Alex Chilton (lead singer of the Box Tops & co-founder of Big Star) had a mildly successful solo career from 1979 to 1999. He released 8 solo albums during that period and Omnivore Recordings is reissuing his 1995 album "A Man Called Destruction" on CD and for the first time on vinyl.

The original 12-song album gets bumped up to 19 songs with the previously unreleased bonus tracks that were added to this new re-issue of the album. Of the 12 original tracks, 6 are penned by Chilton and the other 6 are cover songs, featuring many different genres that Chilton wanted to expand into. The rockabilly opener "Sick And Tired" breathed new life into Chilton's catalog as his vocals fit perfectly into the song's swinging rhythm. He injects energy into the album with the garage rock cover of "Il Ribelle" and the classic sixties style rock instrumental "Boplexity." The original album wrapped up with the blues of "Don't Know Anymore" and the Big Star sounding "Don't Stop."

The 7 bonus tracks added the to this new release, features four songs that were recorded during the same sessions, but did not appear on the album. Songs like "You're My Favorite" has the raw, rocking appeal, while Chilton's cover of "(I Don't Know Why) But I Do" still seems like it's in the early stages of being worked on. The other 3 bonus tracks feature alternate takes and rough mixes that give a glimpse into Alex Chilton's love for making music. To find out more about this new re-issue of Alex Chilton's "A Man Called Destruction" album, please visit

Friday, August 11, 2017

CD Review: Fellow Hitmakers The Force M.D.'s & The Romantics Return With New Music

Eighties vocal group The Force M.D.'s are returning with their first new album in 17 years titled "Our Favorite Joints." It features covers of classic R&B songs by Marvin Gaye, Al Green, The Temptations and more. The Force M.D.'s had a huge hit on the charts in 1985 with "Tender Love" and have been looking to recapture that success, following their 2000 release "The Reunion." Their new album contains a dozen tracks, beginning with the classic sounds of The Delfonics' "La La Means I Love You" as their voices sound timeless. The Force M.D.'s bring back the sounds of the seventies with The Stylistics' "People Make The World Go Round" and the popular "Let's Get It On." They pay tribute to their fellow soulful vocalists Boyz II Men with a spot on, emotional version of "End Of The Road," before jumping back in time once again to deliver amazing covers of Al Green's "Love And Happiness" and The Temptations' "Just My Imagination." To find out more about The Force M.D.'s and their latest release "Our Favorite Joints," please visit their Facebook page at

Fellow eighties rock stars The Romantics are celebrating their 40th anniversary with a string of live dates that run through July and August and the newly released singles "Hush" and "I Fought The Law." The Romantics may be best known for their hit songs "What I Like About You" and "Talking In Your Sleep." The band has been busy in the studio, producing their first original song in over a decade with 2015's "Coming Back Home," but cover songs are where the band's heart lies now. After the 2016 success of their covers of "Daydream Believer" and "We Gotta Get Out Of This Place," they continued with the theme with a thunderous cover of Deep Purple's "Hush" and a punk-like version of "I Fought The Law." For a complete list of shows and to find out more about their two new singles, please visit

Thursday, August 10, 2017

CD Review: New Music From Award Winning Children's Artists Laurie Berkner, Randy Kaplan & Twinkle

Famous award-winning children's artist Laurie Berkner returns on September 22nd with a new album titled "The Dance Remixes." This album features 14 of Berkner's more well-known songs and were given an electronic dance makeover. This is the perfect soundtrack for a kid's dance club. Many of the songs sound totally different than their original form with only Berkner's voice the known factor in all these songs. This album will also expand beyond the borders of kids as fans of EDM music will also enjoy these new remixes of Berkner's classics like "We Are The Dinosaurs," "I'm Gonna Catch You" and "Victor Vito." To find out more about Laurie Berkner and The Laurie Berkner Band and her latest release "The Dance Remixes," please visit

Award-winning children's singer/songwriter Randy Kaplan will be releasing his sixth studio album titled "Trippin' Round The Mitten." His new 18-song release begins with the addictive beats of "Honk Honk" as he teaches about noses, while he spills out rhymes. Randy picks up the tempo with "Beach Song" as he tells us his least favorite things about the beach, then delivers a perfect rendition of Johnny Cymbal's "Mr Bassman." He sings about his broken refrigerator with the folk-like storytelling of "My Refrigerator Broke" and channels Adam Levine on his version of the Maroon 5 hit "Sugar." He continues with the stories of "Comb Your Ears" and "Cat & Mice," before arriving at the fun, bluegrass romp of "The Komorns." He closes his new album with the #1 children's single "Mr. Spaceman," which is similar to "Mr. Bassman" and the very cute "Mommy Love Song" as he captures the wonderful mind of children on this short finishing number. To find out more about Randy Kaplan and his latest release "Trippin' Round The Mitten," please visit

Finally we arrive at the children's answer to Lady Gaga, as Twinkle will release her new album "Just Dance" on September 15th. It features 9-tracks, beginning with the up-beat, dance floor energy of the title song as her music is very contagious. Twinkle slows the beats down for the swinging melody of "Better Than You Know," before returning to the dance floor with the electronics of "Music" and the punk-like energy of "We Got Good Manners Too." The album closes with two version of her song "Kidz Rock" featuring Mista Cookie Jar as she keeps the beats flowing right through to the last note. To find out more about Twinkle and her latest release "Just Dance," please visit

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

CD Review: New Progressive Rock Music Arriving From Kotebel And Impuritan

First from Spain comes the 7th studio album from European progressive rock legends Kotebel. Their new album titled "Cosmology" was released back in July and it is the band's first studio album in five years. The new 9-track album features the 4-part "Cosmology Suite," which takes up the heart of the album. Before that, we get re-introduced to Kotebel with the adventurous, 8-plus minute "Post Ignem." Then it's time to sit and relax with the nearly 33-minute "Cosmology Suite," which will take you on a sonic journey that you'll want to experience again and again. Their new album wraps up with the bluesy feel of "A Bao A Qu" and the quiet, piano piece "Paradise Lost." To find out more about Kotebel and their latest release "Cosmology," please visit

From the west coast comes the latest release titled "Altered Statues" from the experimental rock trio Impuritan. It was recorded back in 2016 and features 4-tracks, beginning with the spaced-out, psychedelic landscape of "Spruce." The song carries a dark rock tone with Pink Floydian elements presented throughout. They follow that up with experimental instrumental "Strange Swim" that builds up with the buzzing of guitars. After the quick one-minute punk-like blast of "Poison Candy," Impuritan finish their latest release with the sixties feel of "Death Trippers" as they settle in to their sound to close out the album. To find out more about Impuritan and their latest release "Altered Statues," please visit

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

CD Review: Arcade Fire Deliver "Everything Now" & Matt Lande Un-"Boxes" His New Album

Canadian rock band Arcade Fire have returned after 4 years with a brand new studio album titled "Everything Now." It is the band's first release on Columbia Records and features 13-tracks that look to continue the band's rising success in the U.S. The new album begins with "Everything_Now (Continued)," which bookends this new release as immediate replays of the new album make it feel like one continuous loop of music. The album continues with the title song, which carries a modern pop/rock flair with a dance-able rhythm that is super-addictive. The music within "Signs Of Life" carries a disco beat, while "Creature Comfort" is an intense arena rocker highlighted by the song's chorus. The strong vocals and pounding rhythm of "Chemistry" will have your singing this song to yourself, well after only a couple of listens. Arcade Fire get funky with the groove of "Electric Blue," before finishing up their new album with the mellow ambient flow of "We Don't Deserve Love" and the aforementioned "Everything Now (Continued)," which leads you back to the beginning of the album.
Arcade Fire will be hitting the road in September with a few dates in Canada first, before hitting the U.S. at Madison Square Garden in New York on September 12th. For a complete list of shows and to find out more about their new album "Everything Now," please visit their Facebook page at
From Portland, OR comes the latest release titled "Boxes" from rocker Matt Lande. His new 11-song release begins with the modern rock of "Underground" as the music's driving melody and up-tempo rhythm combine to create this addictive pop/rock gem. He picks up the intensity with the guitar-driven rocker "All In Your Sleep," then he works on the pop side of his music with the wonderful melody of "Boxes" as Matt lets his vocals take center stage. He delivers the emotional power ballad "You Can't Love Me," before the grittier rock of "Gun." The album closes with the nostalgic sounding pop/rock of "Come Back Again" and the soaring melody of "You Turn Me On." To find out more about Matt Lande and his latest release "Boxes," please visit

Monday, August 7, 2017

RJ Podcast: Dr. Fink Of The Revolution, Talks About The Band's Current Tour & Working With Prince

Matt Fink, aka Dr. Fink, keyboardist for The Revolution chatted with us about performing together again with the band, since the death of Prince. He also talks with us as to what it was like to work along side the masterful musician on such great albums as "Purple Rain," "1999" and "Around The World In A Day." Dr. Fink and The Revolution will be performing one of the band's last shows of the year at the Wolf Den at Mohegan Sun on August 12th.

CD Review: Vixen's Janet Gardner Still Rocks On Her Debut Solo Album

Since the band Vixen blasted onto the hard rock music scene in 1988, this all-female rock band showcased a sound that could definitely hang with the boy bands. Led by the strong vocals of singer Janet Gardner, Vixen found success right away with their hits "Edge Of A Broken Heart" and Cryin'." The band still tours, but Gardner needed another output for her music and teamed up with musician/producer Justin James (Staind, Collective Soul) to release her self-titled debut solo album through Pavement Entertainment.
Her new 10-song release begins with the hard-edged attack of "Rat Hole" as her vocals sound as strong as ever. She continues with the even stronger rocker "Hippycrite," then showcases some of her early Vixen days with the high energy of "If You Want Me" and "Your Problem Now." Gardner experiments with her sound, adding a pop/rock tone to the build up of "Let It Be Over," before returning to the chugging hard rock of "The Grind." She closes out her new album with the emotional ballad "Best Friend" and the explosive "The Good Or The Bye." To find out more about Janet Gardner and her latest self-titled release, please visit her Facebook page at

Sunday, August 6, 2017

CD Review: Paul Kelly Preaches That "Life Is Fine" With New His New Release

Australian singer/songwriter Paul Kelly is preparing to release his new studio album "Life Is Fine" on August 11th. He will then follow that up with a U.S. tour, his first in 13 years. Kelly also returns to performing live with a backing band on this new release as the energy of these twelve new songs spill over with excitement and emotion.

He begins with the shuffle of "Rising Moon" as the music grows larger with each verse. He continues with the high-energy of the pop/rock melody of "Finally Something Good," then delivers the guitar boogie of "Firewood And Candles." Vika Bull lends her strong vocals to the classic, Bessie Smith-style jazz of "My Man's Got A Cold" and Linda Bull sings lead on the contemporary rock piece "Don't Explain," which was written over 25 years ago by Kelly. He wraps up his new album with the piano-led "I Smell Trouble" as it builds with intensity and the acoustic folk poetry of "Life Is Fine."

Paul Kelly will begin his U.S. tour on September 17th in Washington D.C. For a complete list of live dates and to find out more about his new album "Life Is Fine," please visit

Saturday, August 5, 2017

CD Review: Brian Tarquin Assembles A "Band Of Brothers" For New Compilation

Award-winning guitarist and composer Brian Tarquin is featuring a new project titled "Band Of Brothers." It features singer Phil Nero (Talas, Peter Criss Band) and drummer Reggie Pryor (Albert King), along with a host of guitarists to create new songs that pay homage to the military. Partial proceeds from the sale of "Band Of Brothers" goes to the Fisher House Foundation.

The new CD contains 10-tracks of classic hard rock, beginning with the song "Eastern Front," which features guitarist Joel Hoekstra (Whitesnake). The song's intense driving force is a great way to start off this new guitar driven album. Former Guns 'N' Roses guitarist Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal lets his expertise fly on "Pull The Trigger On PTSD" as he electrifies the song with his amazing solo. The chugging build-up of "Sands Of Time" showcases the guitar work of Jeff Scott Soto (Journey, Trans-Siberian Orchestra) on this modern hard rock gem. Brian Tarquin, who also produced the album, steps in on "Clutches Of Vietnam" to inject energy into the grunge-like rocker. The album finishes with bassist Tony Franklin (Blue Murder) flexing his musical muscles on the straight-up rocker "Love & War" and the funk/rock groove of the instrumental "Alpha Bravo" with Trey Gunn, formally of King Crimson. To find out more about the new "Band Of Brothers" compilation, please visit

Friday, August 4, 2017

CD Review: The Chris Robinson Brotherhood Keep Rolling Out Albums With New "Barefoot In The Head"

The Chris Robinson Brotherhood continue to roll out quality music at a steady pace. Just last year they released a full-length studio album, a follow-up studio EP and earlier this year they released a new double-live album. They continue the trend with their brand new studio album titled "Barefoot In The Head." It was released on July 21st through Silver Arrow Records and features 10-tracks that keep the music down-to-earth with their signature rootsy, jamband sound.
The new album begins with a shuffle rhythm, funky bass groove and some outstanding blues guitar riffs that lead the way for singer Chris Robinson's iconic vocals on the opener "Behold The Seer." The CRB slow down for the roots ballad "She Shares My Blanket," before Robinson spills out lyrics like a hip-hop artist during the story of "Hark The Herald Hermit Speaks." The band showcase their jazzier side on the New Orleans flavor of "Blue Star Woman," then travel out to the country for the genuine acoustic-based songs "High Is Not The Top" and "If You Had A Heart To Break." They finish their new album with the gentle acoustic strumming of "Glow" and the seventies slow rock vibe of "Good To Know."
The Chris Robinson Brotherhood are currently in the midst of their U.S. tour which runs until the end of the year. For a complete list of live shows and to find out more about their new studio album "Barefoot In The Head," please visit

Thursday, August 3, 2017

CD/Vinyl Review: New Music From Sinners & Saints, Birdseed, John Lafayette Ramey, James Parenti, Heather Kenney & Rising Appalachia

The duo of Perry Fowler and Mark Baran recently released their second full-length album as Sinners & Saints, titled "On The Other Side" and they will be heading out on the road beginning August 1st. Their 2-month tour crosses the U.S., but not before hitting all their stops in New England. The new 10-song release begins with the slow-moving, country-folk ballad "Up Like The Sun Down Like The Rain" as the harmonizing between Fowler and Baran draw similarities to The Avett Brothers. The tempo picks up with the knee-slapping rhythm of "Whiskey Drinking" as their music carries a classic, nostalgic feel. They fill their music with the fun and swinging lyrics as in "Old Bones" and "Music Man." They album finishes up with the steady pace of "The Way" and the campfire sing-along of "Ready To Go" as you can't wait for more from Sinners & Saints. For a complete list of live dates and to find out more about their latest release "On The Other Side," please visit

The American rock band Birdseed recently released a new 10" vinyl EP titled "Not Out Of Time." The band will be touring this fall and they wanted to get more music out to their fans. This new 5-song EP begins with the up-tempo title song as lead singer Kerry Landreth leads the band on this mainstream gem. They continue with the smooth, horn-infused melody of "Trip Around The Sun," which sounds like it came from the 10,000 Maniacs catalog. Their new short release wraps up with the fun, youthful positiveness of "We Can Do It," which features Kerry's daughter on vocals and southern blues-rock groove of "More Than I Needed To Know." To find out more about Birdseed and their latest vinyl-only release "Not Out Of Time," please visit

Arriving October 20th is the new studio album from singer/songwriter John Lafayette Ramey titled "Exposition Lines." Ramey has become very familiar with the Los Angeles music scene and played sideman to the likes of country artists Austin Hanks and Grant Langston. His new solo release features 10 songs, beginning with the punk-like energy of "Cheap Rent" that shows off Ramey's more rocking side. Then he slows down for the acoustic folk ballad "Guadalupe," before the build up of the sixties-type pop gem "Jenny." He wraps up his new release with the country blues of "Sad Song Sad Town" and the Willie Nelson inspired ballad "Still With Me" as he pulls off his best classic country vocals. To find out more about John Lafayette Ramey and his latest release "Exposition Lines," please visit

Singer/songwriter James Parenti returns with his new studio album titled "You Look Like Hell." It features a dozen tracks, beginning with the quiet, melodic tone of "Brownout" as Parenti's vocals are up front for you to easily follow. He picks the tempo up for the steady pace of "Drove All Night" as his words are poetry among the folk/rock backdrop. He treads slowly with the gentle touch of "I Know" and "Nothing Again" as his vocals deliver strong emotions. His new release finishes with the melodic tones of "You Do, You Can," the ambient, later-day Pink Floydian feel of "What Are We Gonna Do" and the slow, bluesy music of "Hope That You Know." James Parenti has an album release party on August 16th in New York. To find out more about his new album "You Look Like Hell," please visit

From North Carolina comes the debut release from singer/songwriter Heather Kenney. It features 3 tracks of acoustic-based country/folk music, beginning with the quick strumming of "Whole Life Of You" as you instantly notice Heather's sweet, angelic vocals. The addition of the ukulele on "Real World" allows Heather's vocals to soar once again, before finishing her new short release with the quietly relaxed acoustic feel of "Enough." To find out more about Heather Kenney and her debut EP, please visit

The sister-led roots band Rising Appalachia is releasing their first live album simply titled "Alive" on September 29th. It was culled together from two years of shows and gives us a raw, natural insight into the meaningful, folk/Americana music that sisters Leah and Chloe create onstage. Their new 11-song album begins with the beautiful harmonizing of "Lean In" as you instantly hear the chemistry between the two. They start off "Cripple Creek" with the quick, bluegrass strumming, before changing tempos to a grinding shuffle rhythm. They sing about earthy remedies during the nearly nine-minute "Medicine," then they get your hips shaking with the Latin rhythm of "Closer To The Edge." They use their wonderful harmonizing to strike emotion in "Mississippi," before finishing their new release with the funky beats of "Occupy" and the bluegrass/folk appeal of "Stromboli," which includes lines from "Amazing Grace," as their fans show their appreciation." Rising Appalachia are heading over to Europe for shows in August and September, before returning to the States for a string of shows in October. To find out more about their new album "Alive," please visit

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

CD Review: New Music From Indie-Artists Ryan Cassata, Elliot Knapp, Evacuate The Earth & Andy Pratt

From Long Island comes the latest release from singer/songwriter Ryan Cassata titled "Virginia, Pick Up The Phone." It features 6-tracks recorded live in the studio as Cassata strips everything away and just adds an acoustic guitar. The new release begins with the plea of "Oh Girl" and the wonderful storied lyrics of "The Race" as Ryan's songwriting sounds mature for this new rising artist. The new too short EP wraps up with the sweet innocence of being "Just A Kid" and the classic country/folk strumming of "Alcatraz." To find out more about the latest release from Ryan Cassata, please visit

From Seattle comes the latest release from instrumental artist Elliot Knapp. The new album titled "Prismatic" feature only 4 tracks, but is filled with new sonic landscapes for you to explore. The opening track clocks-in at over 21-minutes and has an ambient tonal beginning that gets taken over by Knapp's guitar work as if he is bouncing sounds off the walls in your mind. He continues with the built-up melody of "Reflected (Again)" and the soft, gentle rise of "Roy G. Biv" as Knapp is an expert craftsman with his layers of sound. To find out more about Elliot Knapp and his latest release "Prismatic," please visit

The trio from Milwaukee/Chicago area known as Evacuate The Earth recently release their self-titled sophomore album. Their new 8-song album begins with the spaced out, electronic rock of "Contact" as an urgent message is presented along with the intense music. They continue their new release with the jazz/funk instrumental "Interplanetary," then tread lightly with the atmospheric tones of "Arrival," before the sonic blast of sound and spiritual voices of "The Eyes." They finish up their new album with the six-plus minute "Evacuation Suite" as Evacuate The Earth plow their way through a number of different genres, showcasing the amazing musicianship within the band. To find out more about Evacuate The Earth and their latest self-titled release, please visit

From Chicago comes the debut album from jazz/folk artist Andy Pratt. His new release titled "Horizon Disrupted" features 8-tracks of nostalgic glow that will have you thinking of simpler times. Beginning with "Will You Be The One Tonight?," Pratt and his band deliver this slow waltz to get you in the mood for a relaxing album. The jazzy lullaby of "She's Gotten Into My Dreams" shows swagger in Pratt's vocal delivery, before slowing down for the gentle tale of "Rocket Ship." The album finishes with the sweeping melody of "I Saw You That Evening" and the incredibly descriptive lyrics of the slow jazz ballad "Through The Rain." To find out more about Andy Pratt and his latest release "Horizon Disrupted," please visit

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

CD Review: New Music From Foster The People And Newcomer Declan McKenna

On July 21st, Columbia Records released two eagerly awaited albums from Foster The People and newcomer Declan McKenna. Foster The People have continued to grow with each new album since their debut back in 2011. Their latest release titled "Sacred Hearts Club" features a dozen tracks that have a modern rock/pop flair. The new album begins with the dance beats of "Pay The Man" and "Doing It For The Money" as the smooth vocals balance well with the song's electronic sounds. The energy picks up with the up-beat, rhythm of "SHC" and the funky bass groove of "I Love My Friends." Foster The People finish their new album with the addictive psychedelic vibe of "Static Space Lovers," the grunge rock of "Lotus  Eater" and the sonic experimental soundscape of "III." Foster The People will be hitting the road in September for a two month U.S. tour. For a complete list of dates and to find out more about their new album "Sacred Hearts Club," please visit
From England comes the stateside arrival of singer/songwriter Declan McKenna with his debut studio album "What Do You Think About The Car?" It was recorded in London and Los Angeles and carries a modern pop/rock vibe highlighted by the amazing songwriting of McKenna. He begins his new 11-song release with the lead single "Humongous" as he balances his love for experimenting with sound and his addictive songwriting skills. He dives into the pop melody of "Brazil" and the quick moving rhythm of "Isombard," which should get you moving to his music. He finds influence in the singers/songwriters of the sixties in "I Am Everyone Else" and the acoustic ballad "Bethlehem," before finishing with the soulful "Listen To Your Friends." Declan McKenna is currently on tour in Europe, but will be making his way to the U.S. in August with an appearance at this year's Lollapalooza festival. To find out more about his new album "What Do You Think About The Car?," please visit

Monday, July 31, 2017

RJ Podcast: Perry Fowler Of Sinners & Saints Preparing For The Upcoming Tour Behind Their New Album "On The Other Side"

Perry Fowler of Sinners & Saints discusses with us about the duos upcoming tour and what went into writing and recording their latest album "On The Other Side." Fowler also gives us a little insight into the history of the band and how he came to meet and record with his music partner Mark Baran.

CD Review: New Music From Trash Metal Giants Prong & Newcomers Burden Of The Sky

One of the most anticipated heavy metal albums of the year has finally arrived. The new release from the thrash metal band Prong was unleashed on July 28th. The album titled "Zero Days" features 13-tracks that display everything Prong has worked for since re-forming in 2002. The music comes blasting out of your speakers with the hardcore feel of "However It May End." They continue their new release with the speed of "Zero Days" and the shout out loud vocals of "Off The Grid," which display this band's aggressive power. The onslaught of "Forced And Tolerance" and "Operation Of The Moral Law" deliver a classic hardcore metal sound as Prong have found a renewed energy on this new album. Prong are currently on tour in Europe through August. For a complete list of live dates and to find out more about their new album "Zero Days," please visit

From the heartlands of Illinois comes the debut album from Burden Of The Sky titled "Cinis Ad Cinis." It was released on July 14th through Pavement Entertainment and features a dozen tracks of hard hitting Alternative Metal music. The new album begins with the strong, emotion-filled strength of "Blame My Creator" as you'd think this was a seasoned band. They continue their new release with the buzzing guitars of "Solace" as you find yourself getting drawn into the song's melodic chorus. Burden Of The Sky deliver a modern hard rock vibe on "Same Old Page," which is the perfect recipe to get the band the attention they deserve on rock radio. Their music showcases an edgier sound on "Kicking & Screaming," before the band wraps up their new album with the dark, alternative blast of "Matter Of Fact" and the chugging bass/drum groove of "What's Killing You." To find out more about Burden Of The Sky and their latest release "Cinis Ad Cinis," please visit

Sunday, July 30, 2017

CD/DVD Review: Celebrate The 30th Anniversary Of Def Leppard's "Hysteria" With New Super Deluxe Box Set

The year was 1984 and Def Leppard recently became one of the biggest bands in the world with their breakthrough album "Pyromania." With the help of radio and music videos, the album hit #2 on the Billboard album chart. Now Def Leppard were faced with the dilemma of recording their next album and continuing the hot streak started with "Pyromania." Then tragedy hit. First, drummer Rick Allen lost his arm in a horrific car accident and then producer Mutt Lange suffered his own car accident. Recordings for their follow-up album would go on for 3 years, until finally the world was introduced to "Hysteria" on August 3rd 1987.

The album topped the charts in the U.K. upon its release, but did very little in the U.S., that was until the single "Pour Some Sugar On Me" was released. The song propelled the album to the top of the charts along with the other six singles released from the album. The album "Hysteria" has since gone on to sell over 12 million copies in the U.S. alone, making it one of the biggest selling albums of all-time. To celebrate the 30th anniversary of this monumental album, Universal Music Group in association with Mercury Records is releasing a 5CD/2DVD super deluxe box set.

The first disc of the set contains a new remaster of the album, which certainly gives the music a cleaner sound. You may discover things in the songs that were buried in other releases. The melodic guitar solo at the beginning of "Gods Of War" get moved to the front and the drums of "Don't Shoot Shotgun" pack more of a punch and are much more striking than the original release of the album.

The second and third discs contain all of the B-sides and songs released on the "Retro-Active" album that were recorded during the "Hysteria" sessions, but did not appear on the album. These discs also contain the radio edits and extended mixes of the album's seven singles that were released. Songs like "Rocket," "Armageddon It," "Animal" and "Pour Some Sugar On Me" get stretched out with added drum beats and alternate vocals mixes. Diehard fans will already have multiple copies of these songs, but this box set brings everything together in one really nice package.

The fourth and fifth discs contain the (previously unreleased on CD) live show that was featured on the "In Your Face, In The Round" DVD. It was recorded while Def Leppard was on their "Hysteria" world tour during 1987/1988. The setlist features a great mix of songs from "Pyromania" and "Hysteria," as well as some deep cuts like "Gods Of War" and "Die Hard The Hunter." The sound for this show is exceptional and features the classic guitar work of Steve Clark, before his passing in 1991.

The 2 DVDs contained in this set feature all of the music videos for the singles from this album that were featured on MTV, along with some live videos. Also included is the documentary for VH1's "Classic Albums," which covers everything about the recording of the "Hysteria" album, as well as bonus footage that did not appear in the original broadcast. There are also four books that contain photos and a written history of how this album came to become that band's best selling album of all time.

This new 30th anniversary edition of Def Leppard's "Hysteria" will also be available as a 3CD deluxe version, a single CD version of the album and a double colored vinyl version. To find out more about the new 30th anniversary super deluxe anniversary version of the album "Hysteria," please visit

Saturday, July 29, 2017

CD Review: New Albums From Singer/Songwriters Ray Wylie Hubbard & A.J. Croce

Texas singer/songwriter Ray Wylie Hubbard released his first album over 40 years ago and has kept a steady flow of new music, continuing with his most recent album "Tell The Devil I'm Gettin' There As Fast As I Can." The album also features guests like Lucinda Williams, Eric Church and Patty Griffin. His new 11-song release begins with the clap-stomp blues of "God Looked Around," which would also sound perfect on a latter-day Johnny Cash album. The folk storytelling of "Dead Thumb King" will have you examining Hubbard's lyrics, while the shuffle rhythm of "Lucifer And The Fallen Angels" shows that he still has swagger in his step.  The stark blues of "Open G" has a classic folk, nostalgic appeal, before guests Eric Church and Lucinda Williams lend a hand on vocals for the country/folk ballad "Tell The Devil I'm Gettin' There As Fast As I Can." The album finishes with the honky-tonk tones of "Old Wolf" and the beautiful, gentle folk duet between Hubbard and Patty Griffin for "In Times Of Cold." To find out more about Ray Wylie Hubbard and his latest release "Tell The Devil I'm Gettin' There As Fast As I Can," please visit

Famed singer/songwriter A.J. Croce is preparing to release his 10th studio album titled "Just Like Medicine." Son of the famous storyteller Jim Croce, A.J. has had some big shoes to fill and his career has continued to blossom and this latest release showcases the growth in his music since his debut album almost 20 years ago. His new 10-song album begins with the Americana, stomp rhythm of "Gotta Get Outta My Head" as Croce pleads for redemption. Fellow musician Steve Cropper (Booker T & The MG's) lends a hand on the boogie shuffle rhythm of the Leon Russell penned "The Heart That Makes Me Whole." One of the special songs on this new release is the folk/rock gem "Name Of The Game," which was written by Jim Croce shortly before his death and features country star Vince Gill on acoustic guitar. He digs down for the soulful blues of "Move On"  and "The Other Side Of Love," before finishing his new album with the jazzy, piano ballad "I Couldn't Stop" and "The Roads" as A.J. reveals his fears of success. To find out more about A.J. Croce and his latest release "Just Like Medicine," please visit

Friday, July 28, 2017

CD/DVD Review: The Winery Dogs Live Out Their "Dog Years" With New Release

One of rock's most active trios, The Winery Dogs return with their first live album titled "Dog Years: Live In Santiago & Beyond 2013-2016." It features 17-tracks recorded live during their tour stop in Santiago, Chile on May 26, 2016. The show includes 100-minutes of hard-hitting rock that spans The Winery Dogs entire three year career. Also included with this video is a 5-song EP, which contains a cover of David Bowie's "Moonage Daydream" as a tribute to the artist.
The video is a straight-up, in your face rock concert without any technical wide sweeps of the audience. You feel as if you are in the front row, stealing glimpses of bassist Billy Sheehan's amazing finger work and hanging on every word from singer Richie Kotzen. The show also has camera shots of Mike Portnoy's energetic drum fills as if you were sitting right next to his drum kit. It is great to see the chemistry this trio has between them as they seem to feed off each others energy while on stage. Whether they come together to jam as in "Time Machine" and "Desire" or displaying their talents on their own during their respective solos, The Winery Dogs are very professional in the output of their music as they show in this new live concert video.
The accompanying EP begins with the hard-edge rock groove of "Criminal" as The Winery Dogs sound more powerful than ever before. Their new short EP continues with the electric funk of "The Game" and "Love Is Alive," before finishing with a spot on cover of David Bowie's "Moonage Daydream" that would have certainly made Bowie proud. 
This new release will be available on August 4th in a number of different formats, including standard and deluxe editions. The standard edition will be available in Blu-ray format, which includes the entire concert along with 8 music videos and the "Dog Years" EP. The deluxe edition includes the same Blu-ray, a DVD, a two-CD set of the show and a CD of "Dog Years" EP. To find out more about The Winery Dogs new live album "Dog Years: Live In Santiago & Beyond 2013-2016," please visit the band's Facebook page at

Thursday, July 27, 2017

CD Review: New Music Arriving From The Robert Kraft Trio, Gloom Balloon And Underlined Passages

From Texas comes the arrival of the Robert Kraft Trio with their brand new set of studio songs titled "North Bishop Ave." They followed-up last year's vinyl-only release with this new 7-song CD, which features remixes of the singles "Gotta Have You" and "I Want To Show You" from last year's release. The other five songs on this new release have captured the essence of R&B/Soul music as Robert Kraft sings his way into your soul with the warm vocals of "Wonder." They swing on the R&B groove of "Alone With You" and continue to pick up the tempo up with the seventies dance rhythm of "So Beautiful." The album closes with the soulful blues of "Stand (The Ally Song)" as The Robert Kraft Trio bring their "A" game to his latest album. To find out more about The Robert Kraft Trio and their new release "North Bishop Ave.," please visit

Arriving September 1st is the sophomore release titled "Drying The Eyes Of The Goddess Of Gloom Underneath The Stars And The Moon" from alt-electronic duo Gloom Balloon. Their new 14-song release brings together the alternative, pop and classical worlds to create some interestingly different music that will have you discovering new things with each listen. They begin with "Password" which sounds like a demo that was recorded at Tape Fleming's house with his baby talking in the background. Then, they experiment with their sound, adding 80's electronic keyboards to "A Sky That Looks Like A Bruise," before going full orchestra with "Brush My Teeth" and delivering the soul of "Alone In My Head." The songs showcase their expansive/experimenting sounds on this latest album. They swing with the classic sixties rock of "Drying The Eyes Of The Goddess Of Gloom" as horns highlight the melody, giving the music an extra jolt of energy. Gloom Balloon dive on into the blues with "Infinity Starts Over," before finishing their new album with a couple of quick musical snippets that will bring the whole (album) story to a close. To find out more about Gloom Balloon and their latest release "Drying The Eyes Of The Goddess Of Gloom Underneath The Stars And The Moon," please visit

From Baltimore comes the indie-rock duo Underlined Passages with their latest release titled "Tandi My Dicafi." It will be released on September 15th through 400 Records and consist of 8- tracks that have a modern alt-pop sound, beginning with the exciting, up-tempo run of "Feelings." They continue their new release with the addictive pop tones of "Silverlake" and the moody electronic eighties feel of "Your Bedroom." They pick the tempo up with the punk-like energy of "Thinking, On A Sunday" and continue with the mainstream pop/rock melody of "Ruthenia," before closing out their new album with the acoustic strumming of "The Days Were Golden My Friends." To find out more about Underlined Passages and their latest release "Tandi My Dicafi," please visit their Facebook page at

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

CD Review: New Music From Indie-Rockers Modern Chemistry, Best Ex And Voice Of Addiction

From New Jersey comes the full-length, debut album "Everything In Gold" from the rock band Modern Chemistry. It was released back on July 7th and features a modern, alternative rock sound that feels very mature for their debut album. Modern Chemistry has been honing their sound by preforming at major music festivals like SXSW and Chicago's Riot Fest. Their new 11-song release begins with the dreamlike state of the title song "Everything In Gold," before ripping into the chorus just before the close of the song. They continue with the build-up of the arena rocker "The Moment" and the steady pace of "Pretty Death," before arriving at one of the album's highlights "Tripping Over You." The lyrics and melody blend together beautifully on this alt-pop ballad. They return with the hard-edged rock of "I Can't Take Myself Anywhere," then tread lightly with the soft tones of "Fever Dream." The album finishes with the retro feel of "It's Been A While (Demons)" and the hard rock intensity of "Tradewinds." To find out more about Modern Chemistry and their latest release "Everything In Gold," please visit their Facebook page at

Fellow New Jersey band Best Ex (formally Loveland) recently released their new 6-song EP titled "Ice Cream Anti Social." After spending the summer of 2015 on the Vans Warped Tour, Mariel Loveland began to plot her next move and develop a more mature version of her former band Loveland. Best Ex was born with the same pop tones as its former band as their new release begins with the addictive beats and chorus of "Girlfriend." Mariel's vocals sound sweet on the nostalgic, electronic tones of "Lonely Life" and in the pop ballad "February 4th." The album closes with the up-tempo post-punk tones of "See You Again" and the ukulele based, folk style of "Jellyfish." To find out more about Best Ex and their latest release "Ice Cream Anti Social," please visit their Facebook page at

Chicago punk band Voice Of Addiction recently released their brand new album "The Lost Art Of Empathy" on July 14th. It features a dozen high-energy tracks, beginning with the upbeat rhythm of "Rustbelt." Their sound gets more aggressive with "Dead By Dawn" and "Petty Schemes," then add a bit ska to the fun, energetic tones of "Corporate Pariah." They leave a path of destruction with the swift, punk rock of "I Can't Breathe" and "Everything Must Go," before finishing their new album with the high energy, classic thrash metal/punk sound of "Alcorn Queen" and the acoustic tale of "Are We Even Human Anymore?" To find out more about Voice Of Addiction and their latest release "The Lost Art Of Empathy," please visit their Facebook page at

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

CD Review: New Music From Indie-Artists Remember Jones, Black Horse Motel, Welsh Avenue, Peasant Moon And Cottondale Swamp

From New Jersey comes the exciting performance of Remember Jones and his debut studio output "Tranquilizer!" He released his debut live album last year titled "Ladies And Gentlemen, Remember Jones!," which was recorded in front of 500 members of his Indiegogo campaign. His new 5-song output delivers the same dynamic feel of the live performance, just without the audience. He begins with the upbeat title song, "Tranquilizer" as he will certainly get your blood pumping on this modern soul classic. He pulls back the reigns for the smooth R&B feel of "The Story Suite" as you find yourself getting lost in his warm vocals. His new short release finishes up with the seventies strut of "You Got That Somethin'" and the sweet ballad "Why Don't They Cry?" To find out more about Remember Jones and his latest release "Tranquilizer!," please visit his Facebook page at
Next up is the Philadelphia-based band, Black Horse Motel with their latest release titled "Parable." Their Americana/folk sound gets a jolt of energy on the opening track "Run Rabbit Run" as they quicken the pace of their roots-style music. Their new 5-song EP continues with the gentle ballad "Bones," before Black Horse Motel pick the tempo back up with the dark tone of "Where The Money Comes From" and the clap-along rhythm of "Dear Mama" about parental suicide. To find out more about Black Horse Motel and their latest release "Parable," please visit
Then we arrive at the latest release from Texas-based singer/songwriter, Welsh Avenue. His latest release titled "The Great Exchange" features four songs that carry a modern, new-wave sound that works between pop and R&B. His new release begins with the piano-led pop of "Germ Theory" and the addictive melody of "Blue Eyes" as Welsh Avenue sings about past experiences. He visits the clubs with the smooth beats of "The Great Exchange," before finishing his new release with the experimental, new-wave piece "Time To Fly." To find out more about Welsh Avenue and his latest release "The Great Exchange," please visit his Facebook page at
Following next is the international country duo Peasant Moon with their new 5-track EP titled "Our Timing Was Wrong." The duo has added a full band on this release as the country sway of the opening track "Back In Time" will grab hold of your heart and bring you in to their simpler sound. They continue with the slow, honky-tonk, nostalgic feel of "Out Timing Was Wrong" and the beautifully quiet ballad "Party," before finishing their new short release with the Americana sound of "Leaving Tonight," which brings up memories of The Band. To find our more about Peasant Moon and their latest release "Our Timing Was Wrong," please visit

Finally, from the Florida bayou comes the debut album from Cottondale Swamp titled "Leave Me On The Suwanee." It has been out for over 6 months and is beginning get the notice it deserves with its southern boogie blues sound. Their new release begins with the straight-up rock of "Swamp King Troubadour" as lead singer Kenny Grube grabs hold of you with his bluesy vocals. The album continues with the Americana shuffle of "Leave Me On The Suwannee" and the country rock of "Land Rich, Money Poor." The guitars come out blazing on the rockabilly feel of "Temporary Border" and "Feral Baby," before the classic country feel of "High Horse" will have you on the dance floor with your partner. The album closes with the swampy blues of "Ole' Beelzebub" and the desert boogie instrumental"Tighten Up." To find out more about Cottondale Swamp and their latest release "Leave Me On The Suwanee," please visit

Monday, July 24, 2017

RJ Podcast: David Lovering Talks About The Pixies Current Tour & New Studio Album

David Lovering of The Pixies discusses the band's current tour and the release of their new studio album "Head Carrier." Lovering and The Pixies will be performing at College Street Music Hall in New Haven, CT on September 19th.

Concert Review: Queen Plus Adam Lambert Equals Success At Mohegan Sun

One of rock music's most prestigious and legendary bands made a return visit Sunday night to the Mohegan Sun arena. The band is Queen and two of its original members continue to add to the band's ever growing legacy. Guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor have assembled an amazing cast of band members, but the iconic spot of front man, who was lead by the incomparable Freddie Mercury, was filled by iconic pop singer Adam Lambert.
Since Queen decided to continue (after the death of Freddie Mercury) over a decade ago, they have had only a couple of different front men fill that roll. First was Paul Rodgers (Bad Company), which became a success of combining the music of the two bands, but the members of Queen wanted to showcase the music of their extensive catalog exclusively. So after a couple of years, Adam Lambert found his way into the hearts of Queen fans after his performances of "The Show Must Go On" and "We Are The Champions."
It has been three years since Queen made an appearance in Connecticut as fans were eager to relive all those classic songs that became soundtracks to our lives. After 30 minutes of ambient music oozed from the speakers, a ten-foot tall video screen which stood in front of the stage was lifted to welcome Queen + Adam Lambert to the stage, pounding out the rhythm of "We Will Rock You."
Adam, Brian and Roger were all business during the band's heavier rock tracks "Hammer To Fall" and "Stone Cold Crazy," before getting all the ladies up on their feet dancing to "Fat Bottom Girls." Adam Lambert arose from center stage on a giant robotic head (similar to Queen's "News Of The World" album) in the first of over a half a dozen outfit changes to perform the classic "Killer Queen" and his new solo single "Two Fux."
Guitarist/singer Brian May would utilize the catwalk (shaped like the neck of a guitar) to perform a solo, acoustic version of the Queen ballad "Love Of My Life." The song would end with an appearance of Freddie Mercury on the giant video screen singing harmony with May. Adam and drummer Roger Taylor would soon re-join May at the end of the catwalk to a mini-stage setup to perform crowd favorites "Somebody To Love" and "Crazy Little Thing Called Love." After a drum battle between Taylor and percussionist Tyler Warren, Adam Lambert and Roger Taylor would duet on "Under Pressure" as a tribute to their dear friend David Bowie.
The stage would be lit up like a Christmas tree, courtesy of a disco ball, for "I Want To Break Free," before lasers and Lambert's vocals delivered a memorable version of "Who Wants To Live Forever." Brian May was elevated above the stage to perform his space-like guitar solo, leading into the keyboard induced "Radio Ga Ga" and the set closer "Bohemian Rhapsody."
Queen + Adam Lambert would return to the stage for a thunderous encore, beginning with the stomping rhythm of "We Will Rock You" and the inspirational "We Are The Champions." As confetti shot out over the audience during the song's final notes, all of the members took center stage for a final bow as "God Save The Queen" played throughout the arena. With the perfect recipe in place to continue the legacy of the band, Queen + Adam Lambert seem like a match made in rock 'n' roll heaven.
Setlist: Hammer To Fall, Stone Cold Crazy, Another One Bites The Dust, Fat Bottom Girls, Killer Queen, Two Fux, Don't Stop Me Now, Bicycle Race/I'm In Love With My Car, Get Down Make Love, I Want It All, Love Of My Life, Somebody To Love, Crazy Little Thing Called Love, Under Pressure, I Want To Break Free, Who Wants To Live Forever, Radio Ga Ga, Bohemian Rhapsody
Encore: We Will Rock You, We Are The Champions, God Save The Queen