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Five Finger Death Punch, Shinedown, SIXX A.M., As Lions – Cross Insurance Arena, Portland, Maine, November 27th, 2016

The line outside the newly renovated Cross Insurance Arena was incredibly long with fans lined up around the block. I knew this was going to be a good show. I had only seen one of the four bands on the bill before and was really looking forward to shooting something new. Opening the show, from London, England, As Lions. I really enjoyed... Read more →
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Sublime w/Rome – The Skints – State Theatre, Portland, Maine, November 12, 2016

When grunge music stepped on the throat of heavy metal by way of Nirvana and like-minded bands, this metal fan went searching for something else. I never got off on the grunge scene and the metal that was being produced in the 90’s wasn’t really my brand of metal, so I pretty much stuck to my old records, slowly replacing them with CD... Read more →
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The Monsters Of Rock Cruise – West – Monsterwood – Oct 1st – 4th, 2016

Life onboard the Monsters of Rock Cruise is nonstop music – which means nonstop scheduling and hard work for the production crew behind the scenes.  A shout out to all those hard working folk who keep the party raging for several straight days.  Several acts were scheduled to play before we even left port.  The first act... Read more →
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Styx – Casino Ballroom, Hampton Beach, New Hampshire, October 21st, 2016

Growing up in the 70s and 80s, I was lucky enough to grow up with some of the best bands and music of my lifetime. Many of those bands have given up the ghost or might continue on but without the same sound. Styx, however, is not one of them. Yes, like most of the bands from those days who are still playing today, you will find only two... Read more →
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Make America Rock Again – State Theatre, Portland, Maine, September 18, 2016

Walking up to the State Theatre I noticed the lack of crowd that I was used to seeing wrapped around the building, waiting to get in, but then again there were two other shows going on this night as well, and I am sure that contributed to the lower ticket sales. With that said, I was happy to see the floor fill up rather nicely, and those who... Read more →
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The Temperance Movement – The House of Music, Portland, Maine, September 17th, 2016

I said it before and I’ll say it again - there is nothing like going to a show with absolutely no expectations and being blown away. It is common knowledge that if you are going to see someone like ZZ Top or The Stones that you are going to see a great show. You know the band, you know the music, and you have heard from a million people how... Read more →
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ZZ Top – Jonny Two Bags, Maine State Pier, Portland, Maine, September 4th, 2016

Way back in the day, when the world was black and white, and I was only 15, my mother, after a great deal of beggin on my part, finally allowed me to attend my first concert.  This woman was tough.  KISS in Augusta in 1975, “Mom PLEASE???!!!!” “No.” “But Mom, it’s UFO!” Again in 1975. “No.” “Cheap Trick?” “Again,... Read more →