An Interview with Foreigner: Gotta Keep On Rockin’

An Interview with Foreigner: Gotta Keep On Rockin’

When you think of bands with staying power in the rock and roll world, there are a few that come to mind. On that golden list, Foreigner is definitely up at the top. With smash hits such as “I Want To Know What Love Is,” “Juke Box Hero,” and “Cold As Ice,” I have always found myself having one of their vinyls in my collection. Now, here in present day, they are celebrating their 40th year as a band, which is an incredible milestone for many reasons. They are hitting the road on a cool acoustic tour that comes to the Tri-State Area, which provided me with the honor to chat with multi-instrumentalist Thom Gimbel. We discussed longevity in this industry, touring past and present, what the future holds as a band and more. I can honestly say, he was one of the nicest, funniest musicians I have ever talked to, providing a lot of fresh insight for young acts today. Check it out below.

Thanks for taking the time to chat with us. I

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An Interview with Bryan Adams: Brand New Again

An Interview with Bryan Adams: Brand New Again

Certainly no stranger to anyone who’s turned a radio on in the past 30 years, and never a performer to shy away from a strong work ethic or demanding tour, Bryan Adams is back with an album and busy-busy global tour. Released in October of ’15, Adams’s 13th studio album, Get Up, contains songs as catchy, touching, and well-written as any Adams and writing partner Jim Vallance have ever done. An accomplished finished product released on Polydor, Get Up is a competent collection of songs full of promise for dedicated, veteran fans and new listeners, with a special production touch from the one and only Jeff Lynne. Recently Adams took a few minutes from soundcheck to speak with me about the album, its supporting tour, and his latest work as an accomplished photographer.

I looked at your tour schedule and, to say it’s ambitious would be a big understatement. How do you keep going? I can’t even drive an hour without being exhausted for the rest of the day.

Oh, I love what I …

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Maria’s Local Radar: An Interview with Toothgrinder

Maria’s Local Radar: An Interview with Toothgrinder

It’s always cool to see friends living out their dreams; in this case, it applies to a band from New Jersey that goes by the name of Toothgrinder. If you are an avid follower of my column, you will know that I am one of their biggest supporters, on and off the field. They just released their first full-length off a major label, Spinefarm Records, entitled Nocturnal Masquerade, to rave reviews. I had the pleasure of speaking with Jason Goss, guitarist of Toothgrinder, about all of the exciting things happening for them already in 2016. Check it out!

We are all so excited about the release of you debut LP via Spinefarm Records, Nocturnal Masquerade. You guys have been getting a lot of press on the release. How has the feedback been thus far from your fans?

Our fans have been super receptive of the material! Both from the recordings and from the live performance of the tracks. There definitely are some crowd favorites forming and we can’t wait for everyone to know …

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Shoreworld: Bounders – Narrows

Shoreworld: Bounders – Narrows

Born from the collaborative efforts of Asbury Park’s own Breathing Blue and The Vinyl’s, Bounders is a Monmouth County band inspired by groups like As Tall As Lions, Radiohead, and Foals. Bounders is a six-piece group featuring dual vocalists, three guitars and a full complement of alternative-based rock rhythms. Featuring local writers and players such as Matt Basilotto, Rob Bost, Drew Duddy, Jason LaRaia, Rudy Meier and Justin Sanford, Bounders is out in support of their brand new project titled, Narrows.

Bounders recently contacted me about their new record, upcoming shows, as well as single info, and I wanted to take a listen and give you my opinion on the latest disc. In case you are not aware of this Monmouth County group, Bounders was nominated for an Asbury Music Award for top pop/rock band for 2015 and are drawing bigger crowds increasingly at each and every gig they play. Their first single off the EP is called “Lead Me To Water” and the song has an accompanying video that has been raising quite …

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Inked Out: Eastern Pass Tattoo Co.

Inked Out: Eastern Pass Tattoo Co.

While I was out in South Philly one night, a friend of ours was raving about this new tattoo shop he goes to when he wants to some new body artwork done. So, I asked him to take me there so I can check it out. He brought us to what looked like an art-based t-shirt shop called JINXED. On the second floor of this t-shirt store was where Eastern Pass Tattoo Co. was located. My wife, a sucker for art-based t-shirts, decided she wanted to take a look at what JINXED had to offer. My friend and I headed upstairs to check out Eastern Pass Tattoo Co. This place was immaculate and more spacious than it seemed from the outside.

I walked up the steps to a half wall with a couple of frames with flash art hung on it. In fact, every wall was adorned with frames of flash art. Behind me was a spacious waiting room and a desk that looked like it was there for a receptionist. Beyond the half wall …

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REO Speedwagon @ Magic City Music Hall

REO Speedwagon

Magic City Music Hall

October 25, 2015

BINGHAMTON, NY—October 25th brought local favorite REO Speedwagon to the NEW & IMPROVED Magic City Music Hall for a night of skilled entertainment that didn’t disappoint. Situated in a former grocery store and with the paint on its walls barely dry, the hall boasts a capacity of 3,000 and promises to be a location worthy of a drive for a show in an intimate, relaxed atmosphere.

Booked as the hall’s first major concert, REO’s show was strong and lively from opener, “Don’t Let Him Go”, to encore closer and pleaser, “Ridin’ the Storm Out”. Certainly no stranger to delivering a …

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I Am The Albatross: Lonesome Son

I Am The Albatross

Lonesome Son

Rail Rider

Conjured in Austin, Texas, I Am The Albatross are expanding their horizons and have recently completed their second album, Lonesome Son. The trio has remained in their home state, but after a year of creating and playing, they were able to produce new material for their growing fan base. …

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