Live Photos: The Smashing Pumpkins with Noel Gallagher in Alpharetta August 21, 2019

On August 21 , The Smashing Pumpkins and Noel Gallagher played Ameris Bank Amphitheater.

TAM Photographer Chuck Holloway was on hand to capture the evening.

For more tour dates, visit Noel Gallagher and The Smashing Pumpkins websites.

Smashing Pumpkins – Cadence Bank Amphitheatre – 2019

Noel Gallagher – Cadence Bank Amphitheatre – 2019

 

Live Photos: Styx in Atlanta May 26, 2019

On May 26, 2019, Styx brought The Styx World Tour 2019 to Cadence Bank Amphitheatre at Chastain Bank. You can find the complete gallery by Chuck Holloway below the review.


James “JY” Young and Tommy Shaw begin their onstage antics

Styx fans are unlike any other breed of musical fandom. We are legion and we are loyal beyond imagining. In the late 80’s and almost the entire decade of the 90’s, Styx could have faded away into obscurity. Instead, the band regrouped, tightened up, and made enough noise to get our attention again.

With the change in the way people began listening to music, Styx reinvented themselves as a touring band that occasionally recorded music, rather than a band that toured on the back of a new album. The model has been a huge success for them. Any given month, Styx is playing somewhere in the US.

This past Memorial Day-Eve, Styx showed up for their annual visit to Atlanta on the hottest day of the year, and lit up (literally and figuratively) the sold out crowd at the Cadence Bank Amphitheatre.

Drummer Todd Sucherman (who replaced John Panozzo after he passed away), and bassist Ricky Phillips provided the strong, relentless rhythm, while guitarists JY and Tommy Shaw, and keyboardist Lawrence Gowan, fronted the band. They showed absolutely no sign of slowing down as they jammed through the classics they’ve been playing for decades.

To start off the show, the band came out to the pre-recorded “Overture,” and then launched into “Gone Gone Gone,” both from their 2017 release The Mission.

The Mission is an amazing aural time machine that producer Will Evankovich was able to build with the band to bring the listener back to the greatest era of Styx’s history. The Mission feels like it belongs somewhere in between Grand Illusion and Paradise Theatre. 

Other tracks from The Mission included “Radio Silence” and “Khedive”. If there was one disappointment for me, it was that Styx only performed these three songs from their latest album. I would have loved to have heard “Time Will Bend” or “The Red Storm”.

The set of classic hits included “Fooling Yourself”, “Grand Illusion”, “Lady”, “Blue Collar Man” and “Too Much Time on My Hands”, to name a small portion. Each hit song was greeted by a roar from the crowd and sung along with from beginning to end.

For their finale, as usual, Styx performed “Come Sail Away” from The Grand Illusion. But, it was the encore of “Mr. Roboto” that had the crowd really excited. Hearing the opening keyboards and robotic voice speaking, “Domo Arigato, Mr. Roboto” brought a roar from the fans that put a gigantic grin on my face… I was not alone!

Many of us, including myself, had never had the opportunity to hear “Mr. Roboto” live, due to the band’s history with their former singer, Dennis DeYoung. In 2018, though, the band caved in to the constant pleading from their fans, and added it into their set as an encore, along with fan favorite “Renegade”.

All in all, the show at Chastain will go down as one of the best Styx shows that this writer has been to. Second only to The Grand Illusion / Pieces of Eight tour.

If you ever enjoyed Styx, now is the time to catch them live. You will never regret it.

For more tour dates, visit Styx website.


Styx Cadence Bank Amphitheatre 2019

 

Dead & Company Announce Atlanta Date for Fall 2015 Tour

On the heels of numerous sold-out shows, Dead & Company are announcing additional U.S. dates. Grateful Dead members Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann and Bob Weir joined forces with singer/guitarist John Mayer to form the band Dead & Company. The band will take the stage at a series of shows this Fall including two nights at the legendary Madison Square Garden and will perform two sets of music drawing largely from the Dead’s historic catalog of songs.

The Grateful Dead members Hart, Kreutzmann, Weir, and bassist Phil Lesh reunited this summer for Fare Thee Well, a run of five sold-out stadium shows celebrating the Dead¹s 50th anniversary as well as marking the last time the “core four” members would perform together. (Lesh will continue to perform in his band “Phil and Friends.”)  The shows were a record-setting success, and ignited enthusiasm for more concerts featuring Grateful Dead members. “There is a place where music, dreams and magic come together,” says band member Mickey Hart.  “Grateful Dead music is a portal to that place. It was built to last!”

Fare Thee Well proved to me that I’m not done exploring new rhythmic territory with Mickey — I’m recommending that everyone puts their helmet on, because we are going to blast our way into some serious drums and space,” said Bill Kreutzmann. “And with Mayer riding shotgun with Weir — we’re in good company, so to speak.”

Mayer will join Hart, Kreutzmann and Weir, along with Allman Brothers’ bassist Oteil Burbridge and Fare Thee Well and RatDog keyboardist Jeff Chimenti.  “I deeply love the Dead’s music, and it has inspired me in ways I never imagined. To help carry this music is the opportunity and the honor of a lifetime,” Mayer said.

“We’re not done with these songs and they’re not done with us,” said Weir.  “We’re gonna take these old friends on some new adventures.”

Tickets will go on-sale to the general public on September 18 at 10a.m. American Express® Card Members can purchase tickets before the general public beginning September 16 at 10 a.m. local time (with the exception of Nashville which will begin at 9 a.m. local time). Tickets can be purchased at www.ticketmaster.com. Top tier tickets will be priced under $100, and a number of $50 tickets will be made available in most markets to honor of the Grateful Dead’s 50th Anniversary.

For taper ticket info please go to http://www.deadandcompany.com

 

Dead & Company Fall 2015 Newly Announced Tour Dates

November 11 – Buffalo @ First Niagara Center
November 13 – Columbus @ Nationwide Arena
November 14 – Greensboro @ Greensboro Coliseum Complex
November 17 – Atlanta @ Philips Arena
November 18 – Nashville @ Bridgestone Arena
November 20 – St. Louis @ Scottrade Center
November 21 – Minneapolis @ Target Center
November 24 – Broomfield @ 1stBANK Center
November 25 – Broomfield @ 1stBANK Center
November 27 – Las Vegas @ MGM Grand Garden Arena
November 28 – Las Vegas @ MGM Grand Garden Arena

Dead & Company Previously Announced Fall 2015 Tour Dates

October 29 – Albany @ Times Union Center
October 31 – New York City @ Madison Square Garden
November 1 – New York City @ Madison Square Garden
November 5 – Philadelphia @ Wells Fargo Center
November 6 – Washington @ Verizon Center
November 10 – Worcester @ DCU Center
December 27 – San Francisco @ Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
December 28 – San Francisco @ Bill Graham Civic uditorium
December 30 – Los Angeles @ The Forum
December 31 – Los Angeles @ The Forum

Vision Fortune shares new track, “Dry Mouth” off ‘Country Music’ due out in Feb. 2015

Country Music is the second album by prolific experimentalists Vision Fortune, and their first for ATP Recordings. Recorded during an intense two-month research residency, generously funded by the Cuatroquesos Foundation, in the idyllic yet remote region of Tuscany, Italy, Country Music is both a significant development and audible departure from the sound of the band’s debut Mas Fiestas con el Grupo Vision Fortune.

Confined in an expansive country villa for the duration of the project, the group soon found the breathtaking beauty of the area little compensation for the almost complete lack of wheat-and/or gluten-free products, a severely limited selection of DVDs, and minimal recording equipment. Only able to record in scant free hours, and forced to make the most of their immediate sonic environment, the group often had no choice but to forgo their simple daily routines of sampling local gastronomic delicacies and honing their horse-riding skills in order to complete the album.

In spite of these obstacles, the ever-adventurous Vision Fortune have created their most sonically inventive work to date – sparse, yet incredibly detailed and precise. Country Music’s first single, “Dry Mouth,” features percussion which was created solely from the sound of silverware chiming against fine china bowls of foie gras d’oie.

Country Music is out February 10, 2015 on ATP Recordings.

F.L.O.W. ‘Reveal’ new album out March 2015

New Orleans-based Alternative Rock group Future Leaders of the World (F.L.O.W.) are back and will be releasing a brand new studio album titled Reveal in March 2015.  To give fans a taste of what’s to come, the band’s label Pavement Entertainment will release a new song entitled “Not Forsaken” from the upcoming album digitally on Oct. 27. It will be sold as a special bundle with the band’s gold selling hit single “Let Me Out” re-recorded as a special acoustic version. Fans can get both songs on iTunes together for $1.98 starting on Oct. 27.

Future Leaders Of The World will hit the road with Saliva in November in support of the track’s release. Visit the band’s Facebook page for updates.

British Alt-Rockers Scars on 45 U.S. Summer Tour Dates

scars on 45

 

Nettwerk is excited to announce the signing of British alt rock/pop band Scars On 45 to its label roster. The band is currently putting the final touches on their upcoming album, due out this fall (date TBA). They have also just launched an U.S. summer headline tour, which started yesterday in San Diego and will keep them on the road through early August.

 

Scars On 45 released their self-titled debut in 2012, which landed at #4 on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart. Already a favorite among film and TV music supervisors, the band’s gorgeous melodies, driving instrumentation and boy/girl harmonies caught the attention of VH1 who chose them as a coveted You Oughta Know Artist. They made their national TV debut on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno and received media support from the likes of USA Today, People, Entertainment Weekly, Paste, Spin, Billboard and more.

 

Scars On 45 is Danny Bemrose (vocals/guitar), Aimee Driver (vocals), David “Nova” Nowakowski (piano/keyboard) and Chris Durling (drums). Stay tuned for more news on the band’s upcoming full-length release.

 

Scars On 45 Summer Tour Dates

Wed, June 18 – San Diego @ San Diego Aquarium
Thur, June 19 – Los Angeles @ Hotel Café
Sun, June 22 – Napa @ Whetstone Winery
Mon, June 23 – Berkeley @ Freight and Salvage
Sat, June 28 – Portland @ Doug Fir
Sun, June 29 – Seattle @ Tractor Tavern
Mon, June 30 – Boise @ Neurolux
Thur, July 3 – Denver @ Soiled Dove
Sun, July 6 – Chicago @ Schubas
Tue, July 8 – Indianapolis @ The HiFi
Wed, July 9 – Ann Arbor, MI @ The Ark
Fri, July 11 – Washington, DC @ Jammin’ Java
Sat, July 12 – Pleasantville, NY @ Pleasantville Music Festival
Mon, July 14 – Boston @ Cafe 939
Thur, July 17 – Roanoke, VA @ Roanoke Island Festival Park
Fri, July 18 – Mt. Pleasant, NY @ Wild Wings
Sat, July 19 – Columbia, SC @ Tasty Tomato Festival
Tue, July 22 – Charlottesville, VA @ The Southern
Fri, July 25 – Louisville @ New Vintage
Sat, July 26 – Akron, OH @ Musica
Tue, July 29 – Philadelphia @ Boot and Saddle
Wed, July 30 – New York @ Mercury Lounge
Thur, July 31 – Belmar, NJ @ Songwriters In The Park
Fri, Aug 1 – Southbury, CT @ Southbury, CT
Tue, Aug 5 – Mohegan Lake, NY @ The Winery at St. George’s