I was born on Long Island and have spent most of my life surrounded by longtime fans of Billy Joel, but until this weekend, I had never caught the legendary performer in concert. Friday night, in a hit-filled two-hour set, I had my first chance. So, does Billy Joel enter my pantheon of all-time great “Can’t Miss” rock performers?
People were baptized in the church of Ghost on November 2nd in Orlando. The Swedish metal outfit gave communion to 500 + fans at the Hard Rock Live clamoring to be within the breath of the band, and they delivered one of the best shows I have seen in 2016. Ghost has spent most of the year traveling the festival circuit on their critically acclaimed Popestar EP behind the lead single “Square Hammer” a pop ditty, banger that hails satan in the process. Papa Emeritus III and the Nameless Ghouls play up the shock rock, but behind the robes and masks is a metal band with great songs, and an even greater live show.
The first time I ever got to see the mighty Coheed and Cambria they were touring with Thursday and Thrice. They played a sold-out show at the House of Blues in Orlando circa 2002. The second time they were opening for The Used at the now defunct Club 5 in Jacksonville, then again at the now defunct Freebird Live in Jacksonville Beach, that time as headliners. There are not many bands that I would go way out of my way to see live and review over and over again, but if I even sense that they will be coming within a hundred mile radius of me it would feel wrong not to be in attendance. Continue reading Coheed and Cambria – Gainesville→
If you weren’t at the Anthony Green show this weekend, you sure missed one hell of an entertaining night. On his current tour for his freshly released album, Pixie Queen, Green made a stop at Orlando’s The Social. It was a night of pure fun, singing your heart out, and celebration.
On Tuesday, I had the pleasure of seeing two exciting bands at Will’s Pub. Crowd pleasers to the sold out show were Teen Suicide and Elvis Depressedly. I was not overly familiar with the music of either band previously, so my ears were in for a new treat.
I have been very vocal about how much I like Torche. They raised the bar again when they recently played the New World Brewery in Tampa. Torche is hands down one of the best live shows around, and they prove time and time again why they should be closer to the top of the pantheon of the current metal scene.
House of Blues in Orlando was buzzing Wednesday night as three hot, talented acts took the stage for a night of excellent new pop rock. We were there to see The Mowgli’s who put on another fantastic set, sandwiched between two blossoming female-fronted acts Phases and Lights.
The Dr. Phillips Center for Performing Arts was a bustling scene for the Friday night show of Sufjan Stevens. Fans both young and old(er) alike anxiously stood in lines for vinyls, shirts and drinks before the show began.