In Concert

Saturday, 08 December 2007 00:00

Jay-Z Joined by Kanye West at House of Blues

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Still, while plugging his hip hop pal’s new release, Def Jam Record’s president Jay-Z let everyone in the sold-out House of Blues crowd know why he is still the undisputed “King of the Rap Scene” as he aggressively unleashed tracks from his brand new Gangster. With fury and top-notch showmanship,…
Saturday, 08 March 2008 00:00

Blizzard Doesn’t Stop Goo Goo Dolls...

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Rzeznik’s voice was album perfect, the songs were tight and the two added touring musicians did add a lot to their live sound that I best compare to Bon Jovi meets Eddie Money. For every rock ballad the Goo Goo Dolls dished out they balanced it with a more upbeat,…
Thursday, 08 March 2007 00:00

Go, Gomez!

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Gomez, a 6-piece band, hails form England. 3 lead singers – Ben Ottewell, Ian Ball and Tom Gray -- supply the band’s original material. Gomez is a seasoned band – they’ve played together for just over 10 years and it shows. Masters of nuance and dynamics, their songs varied in…
Monday, 15 January 2007 00:00

God Forbid Claims The Pearl Room

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When I found out I had the option to cover God Forbid’s concert on January 13th, I was beside myself. I had heard some of their music and I liked it a lot. The only problem was I knew virtually nothing about the band and though I had heard some…
Wednesday, 05 December 2007 00:00

Iglesias, Nothing New Under the Sun

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Last Sunday Dec 3rd at the Riviera Theater, Enrique Iglesias offered a concert under no CD promotion, and with just a little new material to offer to his fans. The Riviera was packed, mostly women of course, and being a Sunday it was not bad at all for the Spanish…
Monday, 15 January 2007 00:00

Dark Star Orchestra: The Dead comes Alive

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As its name suggests, Dark Star Orchestra is a Grateful Dead tribute band. Organized by engineer/producer Bob Matthews, a longtime associate of the Dead, they recreate a specific show from the over 2,500 concerts that the Dead performed during their 30-year tenure as masters of improvisational rock. They play the…
Tuesday, 21 November 2006 00:00

Chris Botti Brings Romance to the Chicago Theatre

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Chris Botti’s entire band is composed of players as talented as he is and they take turns dazzling the audience. Drummer Billy Kilson is what I call “out of his mind talented” . Billy plays the complex and changing Jazz drum rhythms with all the heart and soul and explosive…
Sunday, 18 February 2007 00:00

Bx3 in Concert at the Cubby Bear

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It’s good that Billy Sheehan performed last, because the guy could not be stopped by anyone. I didn’t think that anyone could play the bass with such ferocity, but I was wrong. Billy’s playing was so impressive, in fact, that I don’t even remember their being anyone else on the…
Sunday, 08 June 2008 01:00

Van Halen Returns to Chicago

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As for their recent concert at the Allstate Arena, Van Halen put on an impressive performance, which took crowd participants back to the Roth era lasting from 1978 to 1984. Starting off with songs from their debut album "Van Halen" and finishing off with songs from "1984", Eddie, Alex, and…



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