Thomas Earl Petty: 1950 – 2017

by James Campion

Comedian Marc Maron has a bit in his most recent Netflix special in which he struggles with bridging the gap between Trump voters and Trump haters which centers on the universal appeal of Tom Petty. “People who voted for Trump are just like you, man,” the character …

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An Interview with Phil Collen of Def Leppard: What It’s About

Between shows on a busy tour schedule promoting Def Leppard’s latest and showcasing their hard rock classics that I know you know and love, it’s a wonder guitarist Phil Collen has time for much else. Never a musician (or band) to settle for good enough, Collen is also busy producing …

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An Interview with Frank Hannon: Getting What They Give

Masters of melodic, optimistic hard rock tunes, Tesla are busy sharing the road with tourmates Def Leppard and REO Speedwagon, making this summer their 30th anniversary of (pretty) consistent touring. Never a band for slacking off, 2016 will also see two new releases from the Tesla factory and a selection …

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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, …

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REO Speedwagon @ Magic City Music Hall

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 …

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Art Garfunkel @ Smith Center For The Arts

GENEVA, NY—Art Garfunkel’s show on October 23 at Geneva’s Smith Center for the Arts was equally as memorable as an exceptional performance as it was a story of healing and perseverance. Without question, Garfunkel’s voice has taken some measured, reassuring steps back, far away from the perilous brink of blown …

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An Interview with Art Garfunkel: And He Can Sing

Touring with a career’s worth of iconic songs and a life’s worth of talent and hard work, the legendary Art Garfunkel brings everything to a long-awaited series of intimate shows across the country and abroad. While he packed for shows in Europe I spoke with Art about his gift as …

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Bryan Adams @ Bethel Woods Center For The Arts

BETHEL, NY—I wrote a review of the Bethel Woods Performing Arts Center as a venue many issues ago. My impression of the place hasn’t changed a bit. The location shines in every regard, from the manicured grounds to the Woodstock Museum and, of course, the excellent acoustics and seating of …

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Heart @ F.M. Kirby Center For The Performing Arts

WILKES-BARRE, PA—From the show’s opener to the encore’s last crowd pleaser, Heart’s May 19 performance at Wilkes Barre’s art deco gem, The F.M. Kirby Center For The Performing Arts, was exceptional and included a version of “Alone” so intimate and perfect that made everything I’ve ever accomplished worthless. Yeah, I …

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Commit It To Memory: An Interview with Music & Memory Founder Dan Cohen

Available on Netflix, Michael Rossato-Bennett’s Alive Inside movingly captures non-profit Music & Memory’s mission and a selection of beautiful success stories. Winner of 2014’s Audience Award: US Documentary at Sundance, the film introduces the organization’s founder, Dan Cohen, and touches on the science and magic behind music’s potential to brighten …

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