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KISS / Def Leppard Concert Review - CSB's Brian Fishman

Posted 8/19/2014 3:45:00 PM

August 3rd, 2014, a date that will live in infamy…
Aussie Rockers The Dead Daisies which includes former members of INXS, Whitesnake, Guns n’ Roses, Thin Lizzy and more, opened up the “Psycho Circus” with a seven song set that included a couple of older songs plus a few from their New album It's Gonna Take Time along with a Rockin’ cover of The Beatles’ “Helter Skelter” that would have made Andre Gardner Proud!

Next up, opening with The Who classic “Won’t Get Fooled Again” into “Let It Go”, Def Leppard commanded the stage with a ferocity that took me back to when I saw them on the Pyromania Tour in 1983. They played all the Classics from pretty much their entire catalog including “Animal”, “Foolin’” and “Love Bites” plus the acoustic “Two Steps Behind” followed by an acoustic start to “Bringin’ On The Heartbreak” before cranking it up to ...

Lynyrd Skynyrd / Bad Company concert review - CSB's Melissa Rigg

Posted 7/28/2014 5:59:00 AM

On July 18th, 2014, the Susquehanna Bank Center was rocked to its foundation when Bad Company and Lynyrd Skynyrd rolled through town. These legends of rock hit the stage with such force it launched the crowd back to a time of pure rock’n’roll.
Opening up for the co-headliners were the Dead Daisies and Steve Rodgers. The Dead Daisies, a not so recent collaboration of veteran musicians, with a serious resume of rock between them, got on stage and showed the audience just how it’s done. They played with a style blended from the band members backgrounds and once again, showed that the pulse of hard rock has not flat lined.

Steve Rodgers, son of Paul Rodgers, also hit the stage with a one man show that needed no help to quickly command the crowd’s attention. Clearly the apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree in this family. His clever ...

Let Freedom Rock Fest Review - CSB's Stu Franks

Posted 7/7/2014 9:54:00 AM

WMGK’s “Let Freedom Rock Fest” has become, like Halloween and the winter holidays, a “wait all year in anticipation” type of event. This year’s iteration delivered in every way it could. Things kicked off with this year’s Houseband contest winner, Musician Impossible, launching into such classic rock faves as “Separate Ways”, “Carry On Wayward Son”, and “Bohemian Rhapsody”. They did their best to stay faithful to the songs we have all sung along to for decades, and their dedication showed.

Before we knew it, Don Felder of the Eagles had taken the stage. He and his band didn’t hold back as they started their festivities with Already Gone. The band could have been confused for the Eagles themselves if you closed your eyes. Don Felder played a great selection of Eagles hits, along with a couple of his own solo works like “Heavy Metal” (Takin’ a Ride) and “You Don’t ...

Journey/Steve Miller Band Concert Review - Nate Rosborough

Posted 6/25/2014 6:45:00 PM

WMGK has teamed up with the Connecticut School of Broadcasting (CSB) to give some of their standout students the chance to write and record concert reviews for some concerts coming to the Susquehanna Bank Center this summer.  CSB's Nate Rosborough reviewed the Journey/Steve Miller Band/Tower of Power Show on 6/22.

Check out his written and audio review....

A San Francisco Treat in Camden, NJ

On the night of June 22, 2014, the Susquehanna Bank Center was transformed into the famous Fillmore Auditorium, as 3 of the Bay Area's biggest artists rocked a packed house by the river in Camden, NJ.  Journey and Steve Miller Band, with special guest Tower of Power, kicked off the Summer Concert Series with a celebration of sounds that only few acts can follow.

Rain clouds were spoiling the party a bit, as Tower of Power opened up the show.  The gray clouds soon gave way ...

Unreleased Billy Joel tracks and footage surfacing

Posted 5/21/2014 1:28:00 PM

Billy Joel just released a 2 CD set "A Matter of Trust - The Bridge to Russia." The live album was recorded in 1987 during his USSR tour and adds 12 previously unreleased tracks to the original release. 

Check out this exclusive first listen to a fantastic version of "She's Always a Woman."

A new one-hour concert special "The Bridge to Russia Concert" also starts airing on WHYY on 6/1 at 8pm.

The Setlist will feature Angry Young Man, Allentown, Goodnight Saigon, A Matter Of Trust, Only The Good Die Young, Uptown Girl, Big Shot, and Back In The USSR. And previously unseen performances of Innocent Man, Honesty, and You May Be Right.

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