As the winter draws to its hopeful end for spring, the summer tours are starting to flood the mailbox here at the Metal Media Command HQ and this next one is going to be some great news for a lot of people as Poison returns to the headlining stage. Check out the full press release and dates below. I’ll return at the close with some editorial notions.
The Press Release:
Music fans wanting a little variety with their summer tour package will get that very thing with the “Poison…Nothin’ But A Good Time 2018” tour. Iconic rock band POISON, with all original members, will be joined by CHEAP TRICK and POP EVIL on its trek across the U.S. this summer. The tour is set to launch May 18 in Irvine, CA at Five Points Amphitheatre.
Produced by Live Nation, tickets for various cities will go on sale starting Friday, February 9 and Saturday, February 10. Each band will be offering their own exclusive VIP packages and meet & greet opportunities beginning February 6 at 12pm local time. POISON will be offering direct-to-fan access to the best seats in the house via their own exclusive pre-sales at PoisonOfficial.com for access to exclusive content, ticket pre-sales and VIP packages. VIP Packages for CHEAP TRICK will be available for all dates, details for which can be found at www.CheapTrick.com. POP EVIL will also be offering VIP meet & greets at PopEvilVIP.com. For more information about the “Nothin’ But A Good Time 2018” tour, please visit Livenation.com. Continue reading Poison Announces “Nothin’ But A Good Time” Summer Tour→
Artist: Cheap Trick Title: “Setlist: The Very Best Of Cheap Trick – Live” Label: Sony Music Release Date: 7/13/2010 Genre: Hard Rock Rating: 3.5/5
The “Setlist Live” releases are the latest batch of compilations delivered to the fans of the Hard Rock and Metal bands of the world and it’s an interesting premise since it takes in concert tracks from across the bands career and presents them to you in one handy package. Of course they are only meant to inspire you own research into the back catalog of the group and what better way to begin your poking around the musical happenings of Cheap Trick than with a collection like this one. To many, Cheap Trick is truly a band of road warriors and has continually set the bar very high about how to approach the Rock & Roll lifestyle. Their songs still withstand the tests of musical time and I cannot name a single Rock fan I know who does not own a copy of the legendary “Live at Budokan” album. Looking over the inclusions on the bands “Setlist” CD, I would have to say that this is more for the bands hard core followers than for the new ones because it really pulls some mystery tunes out of the closet and presents them to you. They open up with a Bob Dylan cover in “Mrs. Henry” which is interesting and a tune I never heard them do and “Ballad Of TV Violence” which each predate the “Budokan” release. With two years younger to his advantage, Robin Zander seems to have a little more power in his pipes. “At Budokan” gets the most tracks featured and gives fans the two staples and two lesser known tracks to those fans that might still only have the single CD version of the show. Do yourself a favor and lay out the extra cash and get the deluxe remaster of “At Budokan” because it leaves you breathless. Continue reading “Setlist: The Very Best Of Cheap Trick – Live” by Cheap Trick→
Artist: Cheap Trick Title: “Budokan!” – 30th Anniversary Boxed Set Label: Epic Legacy Records Release Date: 11/8/2008 Genre: Rock Rating: 5/5
There are live albums and then there are live albums, and while history might reflect that releases like “Frampton Comes Alive” helped define the time (as well as Mr. Frampton’s career), there are few albums that are as iconic as Cheap Trick’s “At Budokan”. The original vinyl delivered 10 tracks of the band in concert over in Japan, and while they were building a steady buzz in their home area, nothing could have prepared them for the stratospheric climb that this record would provide them with. It seemed as though moments after the album was released that Cheap Trick was not only a household name, but a band that you would hear in constant rotation on every single Rock radio station of the time. The songs were catchy and everyone knew them and from this Cheap Trick held the world in their hand. The album is celebrating its 30th Anniversary and I can hardly believe it. Of course the interesting thing about it is when you play it today the darned thing still sounds fresh and exciting and brings the listener back into the moment and to the excitement they felt when they first listened to it. To properly celebrate the anniversary of such a valuable piece of music history, Sony Legacy has released a DVD video of the concert along with three CD’s. It’s a hefty release and we shall speak upon each part to make better sense of it. Here goes nothing. Continue reading “Budokan!” (30th Anniversary Boxed Set) by Cheap Trick→
Artist: Journey Venue: Bethel Woods Center for the Arts (Bethel Woods, NY) Opener: Cheap Trick & Heart Date: 8/30/2008 Label: Columbia Records
While it’s true that I make sure to attend and review a lot of concerts that come through the Big Apple for the sake of the Metal and Hard Rock fans for the web readers at large, it is not too often that I allow myself the luxury of focusing on the Classic Rock greats that got me interested in music in the first place. It’s also rather difficult to get outside of the NYC region when one considers just how many great bands manage to roll through town on a regular basis. Despite this being the case I actually needed to do this when I realized that I had missed the chance to see the one and only Journey perform at one of my favorite outdoor venues – the PNC Bank Arts Center. The band was not only celebrating a stunning new album, but also introducing their new singer and to up the ante on this tour they were bringing Cheap Trick and Heart along as well. My only option was to head up North about 90 miles to the site of the original Woodstock Festival of 1969, the beautiful Bethel Woods Center for the Arts. I was excited about this particular Rock and Roll journey because I had never been to the venue or the Woodstock grounds ever before and considering the historic nature of the property had to admit that this was going to be a whole lot of fun. My friends and I snared a parking space about a half miles walk from the venue and all around us were folks enjoying the warm summer day by cooking, playing music and indulging in the ever present pre-game beer drinking. The grounds are beautiful and its one of those places that on a clear day seems like the perfect cure for the 9-5 weekday blues. The venue is not too far from the original site and some markers and signs have been set up to commemorate the event and sadly I had not arrived early enough to absorb this spot or the onsite museum that the Center offers its visitors. Here is how the concert went. Continue reading Journey @ Bethel Woods Center for the Arts (8/30/2008)→
Artist: Cheap Trick Title: “Music For Hangovers” Label: Rhino Entertainment Release Date: 3/26/2002 Genre: Hard Rock Rating: 3.5/5
Filmed over the course of a four night appearance at Chicago’s Metro club, “Music For Hangovers” is an interesting DVD film from the band Cheap Trick. The shows that the footage was culled from found the band celebrating the release of remastered editions of their first four albums (“Cheap Trick”, “In Color”, “Heaven Tonight” and “Dream Police”) and as result features songs from all of these recordings. For those fans lucky enough to be a part of the four performance affair they enjoyed each album being delivered in its entirety but that is not what we end up with on the resulting DVD. Instead of giving the viewer a double disc affair that featured the complete shows across the four nights we get fourteen selections from the span of shows on one disc. This is effective in some sense but since the realm of DVD offers a lot more in the way of time the large amount of omission takes away from the importance of these shows in Cheap Trick history. It’s not often we find a band not only celebrating their re-issued releases, but even more remote are the instances where the entire album is presented for their loving fans. I enjoyed the film enough because it included quite a bit of the songs that I grew up on and loved very much but the delivery of the footage is not even done in sequence and instead goes back and forth over the days. With this being the case we see quite a bit of wardrobe swaps and some might be thinking that this is distracting. It might have been better to start at the first night, then continue to follow suit as the event progressed. Continue reading “Music For Hangovers” by Cheap Trick→