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Tina Turner Turns 75

Happy 75th Birthday to the one and only Tina Turner! I've only seen Turner once live in concert – back in 1997 – but it was a very memorable show. Not only was the concert fantastic, but it was the very first time I ever did stage announcements.

Before opener Cyndi Lauper started her set, my job was to walk out on the stage in front of 15,000 fans and read a list of other concerts coming to Fiddler's Green Amphitheater. Everything went perfectly, but when I finished my speech I turned and saw an incredibly pregnant Cyndi Lauper waiting for me to hand her the microphone. Cyndi's tummy was so big, I thought she was going to deliver her baby boy on stage that night. We exchanged smiles and I quickly walked off the stage.

Back to the birthday girl. Earlier this year, Rhino Records released a new Turner compilation titled Love Songs, consisting of 18 songs recorded between 1965-1999.

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Queen and Adam Lambert - "A Very Good Affair"

Queen guitarist Brian May and vocalist Adam Lambert recently sat down with VH1 Classic On Tap DJ Nik Carter to discuss their future plans. While May wouldn't commit to saying the pairing is a permanent marriage, he does say "It's a very good affair."

When asked if Queen would consider remixing their back catalog, May replied, "There's isn't a need to….. I wouldn't want to remix any of those Queen albums, because the mixes are very much a part of the artistic creation process at the time."

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Smashing Pumpkins Return

"One And All" is the second track released from the Smashing Pumpkins' new album, Monuments To An Elegy, due in stores December 9th.

"I basically sang the whole song the first time I wrote it," Corgan told HuffPost Entertainment. "It had written itself."

Corgan recruited Motley Crue's Tommy Lee to play drums on the new studio album. However, Rage Against The Machine drummer Brad Wilk and Killers' bassist Mark Stoermer will join Corgan on stage for their upcoming live dates. I'm really digging the vibe of this new tune. What do you think?

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Journey + Night Ranger + Whitesnake = Revolution Saints

Revolution Saints – the new band featuring Deen Castronovo (Journey), Jack Blades (Night Ranger) and Doug Aldrich (ex-Whitesnake), have just released an EPK video to promote their eponymous debut album.

The CD also features guest apperances by Journey guitarist Neal Schon and vocalist Arnel Pineda.

The "supergroup" trend is really taking off these days and I dig it as a fan. Band names like Rated X, KXM, Sweet & Lynch, Devil City Angels, California Breed and Revolution Saints likely don't mean anything to casual fans, but these are simply some of our favorite rock musicians in new original music side projects.

Google them. Facebook them. Check them out.

(Photo by Ken Tomczak)

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Chrissie Hynde Concert Review

Most rock and roll shows start loud and proud, but Chrissy Hynde and her four-piece solo band eased into Sunday night's Paramount Theater gig with a trio of subdued, mellow Pretenders tunes including set opener "Don't Lose Faith In Me" from the 2008 CD Break Up The Concrete.

After the decidedly slow start, Hynde yelled, "The scary part is over. Let's rock!"

She quickly brought the crowd to their feet during "Talk Of The Town" and "Kid." Then the audience was treated to four in a row off Hynde's first ever solo album, Stockholm – including the solid groove of "Down The Wrong Way."

Hynde gave a shout out to acoustic-based openers The Rails from the stage shouting, "You heard it here first. They're gonna be f***ing huge. I'm their biggest fan!"

In fact, guitarist James Walbourne pulled double duty Sunday night performing with The Rails (along with wife Kami Thompson) and then acting as Hynde's guitarist for the remainder of the evening. The crowd gave him a nice round of applause after his tasteful wah-wah solo during "Biker." For her part, Hynde's voice was crystal clear and vital as ever.

The main set ended with a string of Pretenders tunes including "Don't Get Me Wrong" and "Back On The Chain Gang" before slipping in the new "Adding The Blue." By the encores, highlighted by an amped-up "Precious" and "Tattooed Love Boys," Hynde's tight little band had given the crowd what they'd come for.

Don't Lose Faith In Me
In A Miracle
In The Movies
Talk Of The Town
Sweet Nuthin'
You Or No One
Down The Wrong Way
A Plan Too Far
My City Was Gone
The Phone Call
Night In My Veins
Don't Get Me Wrong
Back On The Chain Gang
Adding The Blue

I Go To Sleep (The Kinks cover)
Tattooed Love Boys
Dark Sunglasses

(Photo by Ken Tomczak)
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KIX Concert Review

If there's one thing I've learned in my 30+ years of attending live rock shows, it's that things don't always go according to plan.

Baltimore rock legends KIX didn't have any Spinal Tap-level mishaps at Golden's Buffalo Rose Saturday night, but their show was plagued with early sound problems. Specifically, lead singer Steve Whiteman's microphone cut in and out throughout the first 5-6 songs of their set, bringing screams from the crowd for more volume. Whiteman cheerfully explained this was a "fly in" date for the band, meaning they were without the services of their normal equipment, no lighting guy and no band merchandise to sell.

But KIX fans are a patient bunch and Whiteman had a party to throw, so you can't stop the show.

A new microphone was eventually plugged in and KIX took off on the back of hooky melodic hard rock songs like "Cold Shower," "Girl Money" and "Don't Close Your Eyes." But it was the blistering guitar duo of Ronnie "10/10" Younkins and Brian "Damage" Forsythe during 1991's "Hot Wire" that single handedly made up for the technical issues earlier in the evening.

Whiteman yelled from the stage, "Now that's rock and roll, dammit!" and assured the crowd it wouldn't be another 20 years before they return to Denver to perform again. Shout out to Wolfpack Productions for coordinating a VIP meet and greet for 40 KIX fanatics before the show. The band happily autographed posters, LP's and cassette covers and also posed for photos with fans.

Locals Quitters Anonomous and Michael Morrow (featuring Kip Winger's brother Nate Winger on drums) opened the show, as well as a wildly entertaining 8-piece hair metal assault called Mr. Steak. With two lead singers, three lead guitar players AND a keyboard player (ya know, to help fill out the sound), Mr. Steak blasted through 80's glam classics like "Shake Me" (Cinderella), "Photograph" (Def Leppard) and "Turn Up The Radio" (Autograph) with passion and boundless energy. Great fun.

Can't Stop The Show
No Ring Around Rosie
You're Gone
The Itch
Mean Miss Adventure
Cold Shower
Girl Money
Don't Close Your Eyes
Hot Wire
Love Me With Your Top Down
Cold Blood
Blow My Fuse

Midnight Dynamite
Yeah Yeah Yeah

"Ronnie 10/10 – you are one bad man!"

(Photo and video by Ken Tomczak)

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Depeche Mode Live DVD

Ever since Depeche Mode released their legendary 1989 concert film 101, they've done a great job consistently documenting their tours for home video and DVD.

Their brand new Live in Berlin DVD, a film by Anton Corbijn, continues that tradition with two hours worth of live concert footage filmed at the O2 World Berlin on November 25th and 27th, 2013 during Depeche Mode's Delta Machine Tour.

DM stopped at Red Rocks on that tour, but my wife was sick as a dog that night and we were forced to sell our tickets. She'll be thrilled with this stocking stuffer. And I'm pumped that personal fav "But Not Tonight" is included in the set.

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Talk "Ugly" To Me

Poison vocalist Bret Michaels and multimedia personality Martha Stewart star in a new PetSmart TV commercial called "Cute Ugly Sweater." (See video below)

I don't have a joke here, I just saw this commercial on the tube the other day and had to share it. It sure beats seeing Bret trying to sell his Roses & Thorns Cologne. Even thought that was one of the funniest VIDEOS in the history of funny.

If you could share a Holiday dinner with Bret and Martha, who else would you want to invite?

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Sammy Hagar Visits Springfield

DVR Alert! Sammy Hagar is set to appear on this Sunday's episode of The Simpsons. The Red Rocker will turn up in Springfield as Homer deals with a midlife crisis, which leads him to learn the bass guitar and join a covers band. You can watch a preview HERE!

It's not the first time Hagar's likeness has appeared on the hit TV show, although it will be the first time he lends his voice to the character. Hagar previously appeared alongside Willie Nelson in a season 11 episode in 2000.

I wonder if Sammy will have enough time to jump over to Moe's Tavern for a Duff Beer? I almost forgot, he's a tequila kinda guy.

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Judas Priest Concert Review

If you like your rock and roll on the metallic side, there was no other place to be Wednesday night than the 1ST Bank Center in Broomfield for the big Judas Priest concert.

Steel Panther opened the show at 7:29pm sharp with their trademark mix of hard rock musical chops and wildly profane stage banter. You either get them or you don't, but I've been a Fanther from the moment I first heard their set closing anthem "Death To All But Metal." Michael "I'm not a fat Bret Michaels, I'm a skinny Vince Neil" Starr and the boys headlined The Ogden Theater back in May, so it's nice to have them back in Denver so soon.

Despite the loss of guitarist K.K. Downing to retirement, Judas Priest haven't skipped a beat with new axe man Richie Faulkner. Set opener "Dragonaut" off the new album Redeemer of Souls showed that 63-year-old "Metal God" Rob Halford still has the pipes. He prowls the stage like a man half his age and repeatedly slid back behind the curtain for a breather while Faulkner took the lion's share of the guitar solos throughout the evening. A bit shocking to see Glenn Tipton quietly riffing in the background most of the set.

"It's official now! Judas Priest has been making heavy metal music for 40 years," Halford screamed to an 80% full venue. Monster drummer Scott Travis kept the Priest machine chugging along - working perfectly in tandem with bassist Ian Hill.

The last Judas Priest tour saw the band performing their classic album British Steel in its entirety. This show featured a more balanced setlist including personal favorites like "Victim of Changes," "Devil's Child" and three tracks celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Defenders of the Faith album. The best songs of the night for my money were "Turbo Lover" and "Beyond the Realms of Death." Long live the Metal God.

"Is it just Iron Maiden tonight or is there an opening act?"

Metal Gods
Devil's Child
Victim of Changes
Halls of Valhalla
Love Bites
March of the Damned
Turbo Lover
Redeemer of Souls
Beyond the Realms of Death
Breaking the Law
Hell Bent for Leather

You've Got Another Thing Comin'
Living After Midnight
Defenders of the Faith

(Photo and video by Laura Earley)

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