Classic Rock News
    2014 80’s in the Park Festival Announced

    Dates: September 26th-28th. Melbourne, Florida. Full details available here.

    Lineup:

    Faster Pussycat
    Stephen Pearcy- the voice of Ratt
    Jack Russell’s Great White
    Enuff Z Nuff
    Zebra
    Dale Bozzio’s Missing Persons
    Jack Starr’s Burning Starr
    Bow Wow Wow
    Lillian Axe
    Velcro Love
    (glad to have them back)
    Shoot to Thrill (glad to have them back)

    There will be 20 bands so be sure to check back and watch for upcoming bookings!

    Tickets are just $29 for all 3 days and VIP packages are available at two for $200

    2013 Report

    The first annual 80’s in the Park Festival was a tremendous success! In my opinion this was the best concert to ever occur in Brevard County, Florida. 80’s music fans came from near and far and were not disappointed by the performances of the fabulous bands. Hats off to the Richard and Kyle, the promoters that put this awesome lineup together!… Continue reading

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    Interview with Phil Ehart of Kansas

    By Michael Yanko
    Rock Legends Photographers

    Hosted by the Magic City Casino in Miami, the Classic Rock Legends Festival was a huge success and one of the best-run festivals we have ever been to. Special thanks to Kansas management and Phil Ehart for making time for a fun interview.

    Q: You’ve been touring for about 40 years, who is your favorite band to tour with?kansas
    A:  Well, that’s a good question. The band that we enjoyed the most touring with was Queen. That was the “Sheer Heart Attack” tour and we did 40 gigs with them, and then we came back and toured with them a year or so later and toured with them again. That was really enjoyable because our band was just starting to come into its own as far as being able to play with a headliner, and Queen was just starting to explode, and it was really exciting to watch them.… Continue reading

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    Review: Tobymac at the BOK Center, Tulsa, OK

    Photo and Story by Scott A. Smith

    Tobymac’s sonic gumbo of rock, funk, old-school R&B and more flowed like musical honey on Dec. 12 in Tulsa, Okla.

    The former DC Talk member and five-time Grammy Award winner brought his Hits Deep Tour to Tulsa’s BOK Center, and the set list stood exactly as promised — it was crammed to the gills with Toby’s radio staples and equally favored LP cuts. Guitarist Tim Rosenau’s staccato, clean-toned intro to the bouncy “Me Without You” later gave way to crunchy, glorious hard-rock distortion on “Eye On It,” “Tonight” and “Gone.”

    Throughout Toby’s 80-minute set, Toddiefunk slapped, tapped and thumped what sounded like brand-new strings on his bass, and drummer Brian Haley kept the rhythms assertive and adventurous. “Steal My Show,” “Lose Myself” and “Speak Life,” all terrific tracks from Toby’s No. 1 album from 2012, “Eye On It,” gushed with new-found confidence and purpose on the Tulsa stage.… Continue reading

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    Ten Questions with Dewey Bunnell – Founding Member of the Band America

    Interview and photos by Isaac Rodriguez
    Rock Legends Photographers

    Q: What music or musician inspired you to be an artist?
    A: When I was young in the 50’s my dad would play Elvis, Bill Haley, and the Everly Brothers, those were the early years, but I think once I picked up a guitar in the early 60’s I would have to say immediately The Beatles, The Beach Boys, and the surf instrumental music. Then I quickly got inspired by the Beatles, like everyone else I suppose, also the singer and songwriters of the 60’s. But if I would have to pick one band I would say it’s a tie between the Beatles and The Beach Boys.america-2

    Q: When did the band America originate?
    A: Technically we started as the band America in 1970. We were a band in high school in London England. We went to an American school in England.… Continue reading

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    Ten Questions with Charlie Daniels

    By Rock Legends Photographer Isaac Rodriguez
    Photos by Isaac Rodriguez

    (These are edited excerpts from the interview)

    Q: The fans from the Rock Legends Cruise have been asking to see you play. Is that something you would consider?Charlie Daniels Live
    A: We did a cruise one time, and (laughs) we had kind of a bad experience due to weather. It was a rough cruise. I just don’t know, we have to see about that.

    Q: What artist past or present that you never played with would you just to get on stage and jam with?
    A: BB King, hands down. I’d love to get up and jam with BB.

    Q: The inspirational postings that appear on Facebook, do you do that personally?
    A: Actually I do it on twitter, it comes up on Facebook. I do one every day, usually some bible scripture and I hope it’s something inspirational that will be encouraging to the people.… Continue reading

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    Interview with Firefall

    By Isaac Rodriguez
    Rock Legends Photographers

    I had the pleasure today of meeting and watching the band Firefall perform. Firefall delivered an awesome concert which had the crowd cheering and singing along. This performance was at The Mardi Gras Casino in Hallandale, Florida on November 12th. This is an awesome venue with very reasonable prices for their events, and a very friendly and helpful staff. I also had the privilege of interviewing Mr. Jock Bartley, one of the founding members of the band. A special thank you to Michelle and Lisa for making this possible.

    Q: What music or musician did you listen to that inspired you as an artist?Firefall Live
    A: The main group of course was the Beatles when they came out, and they changed the world. Beatlemania took over! They were great song writers and
    singers, but when I heard Eric Clapton play for the first time the heavens opened up and I said “I want to do that”.… Continue reading

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    Review: ZZ Top at Tulsa Hard Rock, Catoosa, OK

    Photos & Story by Scott A. Smith

    Lengthy, fuzzy beards? Check.

    Sequined, south-of-the-border jackets? Check. ZZ Top Live in Tulsa

    Cool-as-the-breeze sunglasses? Check.

    Loud, purple-colored guitars? Yep, ZZ Top still has these and quite a bit more.

    ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons (guitar, vocals), Dusty Hill (bass,vocals) and Frank Beard (drums, vocals) remain rock music’s sharp-dressed men, and more importantly, they continue to be a sonic force to be reckoned with under the stage lights.

    The “Little Ol’ Band from Texas” fired up a hit-single-friendly set list for a capacity audience on Oct. 18 at The Joint inside the Tulsa Hard Rock in Catoosa, Okla., proving to be a willing-and-able unit bent on delivering the musical goods.

    Within seconds of the house lights darkening, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band infused grit into the night-opener, “Got Me Under Pressure,” with Gibbons’ six-string picking staking claim to the sound system’s mid-range frequencies.

    The song’s bouncy rhythms and side-stepping arrangement immediately put band and spectators in an easy-going mood.… Continue reading

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    Interview with Jay and the Americans

    By Isaac Rodriguez
    Rock Legends Photographers
     
    Q: What music or musician did you listen to that inspired you as an artist?
    A: [Sandy] He and I (referring to Howie) — we saw a television show called the Frankie Lane show and a group called Frankie Lymon and the teenagers came on and played “Why Do Fools Fall in Love.” We got impressed with that and then we saw the Everly Brothers on television and we decided we wanted to do that too.
    [Sandy] Howie you tell him who inspired you?
    [Howie] To be a singer?
    [RLP] Just to be an artist in general.
    [Howie] Honestly, Mario Lanza. He was a star in the movies in the 50′s, he was like an opera singer. Mario Lanza was an operatic singer. When I went to Radio City Music Hall and see whatever movie was there, there he was. So I would say WOW!… Continue reading

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    Ambrosia Concert Tour 2013

    By Michael Yanko, Rina Marie Braley-Yanko and Isaac Rodriguez
    Rock Legends Photographers

    As a company we have been blessed to capture images of three performances by progressive rock band Ambrosia this year. Our south Florida photographer Isaac Rodriguez captured two of them and we were able to capture the third show on October 13th at the Largo Cultural Center.

    Meeting the band was like meeting a bunch of new friends! There were all very nice, easy to talk to, and seemed like regular guys that you might find in your local bowling league.Ambrosia Live

    Once they changed clothes and hit the stage it was immediately obvious why this band still has a strong following. Boasting three original members including Burleigh Drummond (drums, vocals), Joe Puerta (bass, vocals) and Christopher North (keyboards, vocals), Ambrosia was also joined by brilliant lead vocalist Ken Stacey, Burliegh’s wife Mary Harris (keyboards, vocals), Doug Jackson (guitar, vocals) and Alan Tilles (saxophone).… Continue reading

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    Bon Jovi Surprises Super-Fan at Vegas Wedding

    Jon Bon Jovi is making headlines not for his band’s music nor for the recent issues with now ex-lead guitarist Richie Sambora. Instead, it was an incredible act of kindness on the 51-year-old Jersey native’s part that put him back in the news.

    This past Saturday, Oct. 12, Bon Jovi took a trip out to Las Vegas to deliver a well-intentioned shot to the heart of super-fan Branka Delic, a 34-year-old Australian woman who was in Sin City to wed fiancé Gonzalo Cladera. If you’re wondering how and why he ended up at her wedding, it turns out that she caught Bon Jovi’s attention through the use of social media and a website created solely for this purpose. Jon Bon Jovi

    Delic’s site features a plea to the frontman, who was, as luck would have it, performing in Vegas that same night during his Because We Can tour:

    “She might not be marrying Bon Jovi, but the next best option is for her to walk down the same aisle he did 20 good strong years ago so the stage has been set… The Graceland Chapel, Las Vegas Nevada.”

    “In Branka’s mind, the wedding gods have come together because JBJ is performing at MGM Grand that same night.… Continue reading

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