| Nov 22, 2011
| 9:10 AM
I first heard Led Zeppelin IV, which turns 40 this year, on New Year’s Eve, 1983, when I was in sixth grade.
My friend Chris Ward had an older brother, Tom, who was a Led Zeppelin fan. I can’t remember why, but Chris spent that New Year&...
| Oct 10, 2011
| 8:11 AM
Prog is among the more divisive subgenres of rock music. You either love it or hate it.
That said, it's kind of fun to look at that post-punk period, around 1979-83, where prog bands either radically transformed their sounds and went MTV mainstream (Yes,...
| May 13, 2011
| 1:19 PM
Rick Tramonto is a busy man. Probably most well known as the founding chef and partner at renowned Chicago restaurant Tru, he has been honored with several culinary awards, appeared on "Top Chef" and "Top Chef Masters," and written a pile of cookbooks....
| Dec 14, 2011
| 12:10 PM
Like Celtic Woman, Trans-Siberian Orchestra has become a fixture of the local concert scene.
In case you missed recent news, Beethoven's Last Night Tour 2012 is coming to Hampton Coliseum April 28. "This will be the your last chance to see the band...
| Jun 19, 2011
The Summer of the Bear
Atlantic Monthly Press: 441 pp., $24
There's magic at the margins of Bella Pollen's wind-swept novel "The Summer of the Bear"; the kind only a child can see, the kind that turns out to be real. When Nicky...
| Mar 8, 2012
| 6:32 AM
Magic City Casino will offer classic rock icon Styx to its Magic City Amphitheatre at 8 p.m. Friday and country star Rodney Atkins at 4 p.m. Sunday, along with special guest Sunny Sweeney.
Styx, an arena rock staple in the late 1970s and early 1980s, is...
| Apr 16, 2012
| 6:57 PM
You may have heard Guns & Roses was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this weekend and Axl Rose released an official statement to the hall telling them not to induct him in his absence and that no one was authorized to accept the award on his...
| Mar 5, 2012
| 7:16 AM
1) Fire lead singer, hire another guy.
2) Fire that guy, hire third guy.
3) Re-hire first guy.
4) Write several rock anthems.
5) Achieve widespread recognition.
6) Buy several cowboy hats.
7) Tour with the Scorpions.
8) Have creative and personal...
| Mar 5, 2012
| 8:16 AM
I'm catching up after having a week out of the office, but here's a look at this week's events at Orlando's theme parks and attractions.
+ The Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival begins Wednesday. Flowers and topiaries have been slipping into...
| Mar 6, 2012
| 7:08 AM
News flash! REO Speedwagon and Styx to play the amphitheater in Virginia Beach! Truthfully, that's not exactly a jaw-dropping piece of information. Both bands, popular arena-rock acts who ruled in the '70s and '80s, have visited these parts regularly in...