Welcome to The Soundtrack of Summer Tour: Styx, Foreigner, and Don Felder Talk About Their Sweet Summer Sets

BY MIKE METTLER — MAY 27, 2014

“We’re all here for a common reason, which is the love of music.” That’s Jeff Pilson of Foreigner, succinctly assessing the manifesto of The Soundtrack of Summer tour, which features three powerhouse classic rock artists at the top of their respective games: Don Felder, formerly of the Eagles, […]

All You Need Is LOVE: The Beatles’ Revolution Lives on at The Mirage in Las Vegas

BY MIKE METTLER

“Love is all around you.” It’s a phrase that enveloped me in full during the climax of The Beatles — LOVE. My reaction? “Yeah yeah yeah!” The 7:00 p.m. performance on January 10, 2014 was my fifth time seeing this Cirque du Soleil extravaganza in its 7 years (and counting) at The […]

Sharp Jammin’ Men: ZZ Top Grill Up Some Tasty Grooves at the State Theatre

BY MIKE METTLER — NOVEMBER 19, 2013

“Same three guys. Same three chords.” It’s a refrain that ZZ Top guitarist extraordinaire Billy Gibbons has been preaching from the stage for years, but it’s how this little ol’ band from Texas mixes up that deceptively basic formula with its own brand of down-home, blues-slathered gee-tar grease […]

Brick Layers: Ian Anderson Cements a Pair of Great-Sounding TAABs at the Beacon Theatre

BY MIKE METTLER

“No way to slow down.” Though it’s a line from the night’s lone encore (more on that later), it also aptly describes Ian Anderson’s energetic 128-minute set at the Beacon Theatre in New York City on October 10. As billed, Anderson and his ace six-piece band ran through Thick as a Brick […]