Author Archives: Josh Chaikin

Metal Icons, Anthrax, and Lamb of God, Dominate Kansas City

Still in the beginning months of the New Year, a metal packed show graced the stage of The Midland Theater in downtown Kansas City, Missouri. This is a year of “firsts” for me so I am proud to say both Anthrax and Lamb of God are now crossed off that list. Along with those two came the opening acts of ...

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Starkill, Moonspell, and Epica brings international metal to St. Louis

With three solid bands on the bill, 2016 started off strong with heavy metal. Venturing out of Kansas City, we made the four-hour trip to St. Louis for what promised to be an incredible show; certainly one that promised to pack the 750-capacity Ready Room, and easily did. With metal being represented from several countries, and two continents, there was certainly something for ...

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Europe Brings The Final Countdown to Kansas

Wednesday night was a celebration of the young and old at the Granada. While most of the audience were baby boomers, a sizable portion of the crowd were millennials, easily born a decade or more after “The Final Countdown” was released.  / Opening the show were locals StarCrows, and 17 year old up-and-comer, Gabbie Rae. Gabbie recently received international recognition ...

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El Monstero Heats up Kansas City in 2016

Pink Floyd is just as ubiquitous as Star Wars, or Coca-Cola. Their songs and albums are known by nearly everyone, and you’d better believe if this is an act you are going to emulate, you better pull out all the stops. This is exactly what El Monstero does. People of all ages packed the Uptown Theater Saturday night. A good ...

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Twisted X-Mas with Steel Panther and Aranda

December is that time of year when you feel love, and compassion, for your fellow man; a time for giving, a time for kinship. And if you’re in Kansas City, it’s time for 98.9 The Rock’s low-dough show. This year, Steel Panther came back for Twisted X-Mas, with Aranda opening the show. Though a support is not needed for Steel Panther ...

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Veteran Sister Rockers in Heart “Rock the Ribbon”

Having been born in the early 80’s, I’ve missed out on seeing a lot of classic acts in their prime. A lot still tour, but can never sound as good as they did some 30 – 40 years ago. Anyone who has seen Heart’s performance of Stairway to Heaven when the Kennedy Center honored Led Zeppelin a few years ago knows ...

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LAMB OF GOD Announces Additional U.S. Tour Support from DEAFHEAVEN and POWER TRIP + 2 New Dates

LAMB OF GOD recently announced their upcoming January/February 2016 U.S. headline tour featuring direct support from very special guests Anthrax. Today, the band is officially announcing the two opening guests on the tour, Deafheaven and Power Trip. The two bands, along with Anthrax will support during the entire run, which begins January 15th in Pittsburgh, PA. LAMB OF GOD added two ...

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September Mourning Volume I – EP Review

In May of this year, first brought coverage of an alternative/hard rock band to our audience. A cross-media band, whose story is so large and sweeping, it could not be contained to just a rock show. After a successful Kickstarter campaign, September Mourning raised over $20,000, more than double the amount they were seeking, to help produce a comic book which ...

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REO Speedwagon Celebrates Royals Victory with Kansas City

Celebrating over 40 years together, REO Speedwagon packed the Midland Theater, in Kansas City, with an audience of young and old. With a set coming in at close to 90 minutes, the band was able to get through all of their hits, celebrate the Royal’s World Series victory. and pay tribute to Gary Richrath. It was a lot of ground ...

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EUROPE “War of Kings” Review

War of Kings is the 10th studio album from 80’s hair metal icons, Europe. Reaching a new generation from their appearance in an insurance commercial, Europe is poised to to get a boost in sales from their appearance. Though their new record might lack the bombastic synthesizers they’re known for on their previous albums, War of Kings sounds like a ...

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