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Joe Milliken
Sep 15 2018 - 4:18pm

Although Chargin Falls, Ohio-native musician, Chris Butler, is most known for his creating of the experimental new wave band The Waitresses, the Kent State University student (yes, he experienced the infamous Kent State shooting) was also actively involved in the highly influential 70s Kent/Akron/Cleveland music and art scene that practically invented the American new wave sound with such bands as Devo, Chrissie Hynde’s Jack Rabbit, the Bizarros, Pere Ubu, Pagans, and Butler’s own Waitresses, 15-60-75 (The Numbers Band) and Tin Huey. In fact, the surrealist-sounding Tin Huey actually got as far as signing a record deal with Warner Bros., before the Waitresses exploded onto the scene in 1982 with Wasn’t Tomorrow Wonderful which featured the hit single “I Know What Boys Like.”

Joe Milliken
May 4 2018 - 10:01am

Rhino Records has done it again. Coinciding with The Cars’ 2018 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and paving the way for the celebration of the 40th anniversary of their debut album, Rhino has released expanded editions of Shake It Up (1981) and Heartbeat City (1984), The Cars’ fourth and fifth albums, respectively. Of course, you may recall that expanded editions of Candy-O and Panorama were released last summer, causing quite a stir in the “Fanorama,” and these March 30, 2018, offerings have generated their own buzz, as well.

Joe Milliken
Apr 2 2018 - 11:26pm

I have been an Iron Maiden fan since 1981. Through all the ups (Powerslave) and the downs (Virtual X), I have always anticipated the next Maiden album with high expectations.

Joe Milliken
Jan 5 2018 - 11:33pm

Back in 2005, recordings of seven consecutive 1972 concerts performed by the legendary progressive rock band Yes, were discovered by Rhino Records, but deemed “too rough to release.” However, subsequent technology has enabled these recordings to finally be cleaned up and released, creating what may be the definitive live collection of "classic" Yes music to ever be released.

Joe Milliken
Dec 12 2017 - 11:53am

LOS ANGELES – In 2015, legendary Yes guitarist, Steve Howe, released the two-disc collection Anthology, A Solo Career Retrospective, a 33-track set taken from his vast archive of solo music. This was followed by the 2017 release of Anthology 2, Groups & Collaborations, a three-disc, 56-track collection covering material from the guitarist’s participation in bands, including songs from Yes, Asia, GTR, Tomorrow, and collaborations with other artists. Both collections also feature design and artwork from famed artist Roger Dean.

Joe Milliken
Nov 20 2017 - 2:23pm

Steve Hunter is one of those musicians - in the wide and deep pantheon of rock music - who may not necessarily be known to the masses. Yet also to many other fans and musicians alike - and some of the names you may be familiar with – Hunter, also known as ‘The Deacon,” is very well-known and highly respected as a studio musician and live performer. He has recorded and toured with such artists as Alice Cooper, Peter Gabriel, Aerosmith, Lou Reed, Mick Jagger and Robert Fripp, to name some.

Joe Milliken
Nov 13 2017 - 3:55pm

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS – Venturing into Boston on a rainy yet warm Monday night, the anticipation to see progressive rock royalty was in the air as the crowd gathered along the narrow entranceway, leading to the iconic Orpheum Theatre and a date with the legendary King Crimson. The band is currently performing throughout North America on their tour dubbed “Radical Action.”

Joe Milliken
Oct 27 2017 - 9:25pm

This is the fourth installment in a series of album/CD reviews by SRO contributing writer, Donna Neale, revolving around some recent Rhino Records' releases from classic rockers The Cars

Joe Milliken
Oct 18 2017 - 9:17am

BOSTON - Hirsh Gardner is widely known (with good reason) as the thunderous drummer of the melodic-rocking, AOR band New England, who released three dynamic albums from 1978-1983, which included the Top 40-hit “Don’t Ever Wanna Lose Ya.” However, the scope of Gardner’s talents goes far beyond drumming. He is also a strong vocalist and song writer, a guitar player, and is also a renowned producer.

Joe Milliken
Oct 4 2017 - 10:54am

WORCESTER, MASSACHUSETTS – When you have waited for nearly 40 years to see one of your all-time favorite bands, the anticipation on “concert day” is sky high! However, such enthusiasm can also create the possibility of disappointment, for if you’ve been following a band for said 40 years, well, let’s just say it could create unrealistic expectation of the upcoming performance. In the words of my long time, concert-going friend, who was also seeing UFO for the first time... “Will the guys have anything left in the gas tank?”