Concert reviews

Anubis Gate at Musikhuset Posten in Odense, Denmark – 4/28/18
06 Jun. 2018

Anubis Gate at Musikhuset Posten in Odense, Denmark – 4/28/18


Musikhuset PostenIf anyone is familiar with the progressive metal band Anubis Gate, you know well that their live shows are few and far between, and are rarely outside of their home country of Denmark.  When they announced their first concert date in 3 years since their last show, I decided that since the likelihood of their performing closer to me in the USA was slim, I would go to them on their home turf.  They announced the concert would take place on April 28, 2018 at Musikhuset Posten, a venue in Denmark’s third-largest city, Odense.  Having no conflicts in my schedule, I promptly booked the trip.  Already being an avid traveler, I was looking forward to seeing the band live as much as I was looking forward to seeing Denmark, a European country I had not yet visited and saw it as my opportunity to add that to my destination repertoire.

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Xandria, Kobra and the Lotus, and Once Human @ Adrenaline 5/26/17
06 Jun. 2017

Xandria, Kobra and the Lotus, and Once Human @ Adrenaline 5/26/17


18740300_10155371506581617_4199955861174543621_nOn Friday May 26, 2017, Germany’s Symphonic metal band Xandria rolled into Las Vegas on their current U..S tour with fellow Napalm Records labelmates, Canada’s Kobra and the Lotus, as well as newcomers Once Human (featuring Logan Mader of Soulfly/Machine Head fame and new vocal sensation Lauren Hart). 18763202_10155372953191617_246873622_n

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Arkona/Sirenia/MindMaze @ Firehouse 13 Providence RI May 14, 2017
06 Jun. 2017

Arkona/Sirenia/MindMaze @ Firehouse 13 Providence RI May 14, 2017


On Mother’s Day evening, the Arkona, Sirenia, MindMaze tour came to FireHouse 13 in Providence RI for the second date of their U.S. tour. Although the crowd of roughly 100 people was relatively small, they made up for it in enthusiasm. Arkona is currently celebrating its 15 years of existence, while Sirenia is promoting its latest release on Napalm Records titled Dim Days of Dolor, and MindMaze is supporting its own recent release, Resolve out now on Inner Wound Recordings.

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Delain/Evergrey/Kobra and the Lotus at O2 Ritz Manchester UK
11 Nov. 2016

Delain/Evergrey/Kobra and the Lotus at O2 Ritz Manchester UK


It was a crisp late fall afternoon on Saturday, November 12, 2016 as I, along with my girlfriend, made our way to The Ritz in Manchester England for the triple threat bill of headliner Delain, Evergrey, and Kobra and the Lotus. We arrived fairly early as I had an interview scheduled with Kobra Paige of Kobra and the Lotus. I made contact with the tour manager and we were led into the venue as Evergrey were doing their soundcheck. I waived hello to my friends, vocalist Tom Englund and guitarist Henrik Danhage who saw me from the stage and we were led into the backstage dressing rooms to conduct my interview with Kobra. It had been a year since I had last interviewed the lovely Ms. Paige when she was the special guest vocalist on Kamelot’s U.S. tour in support of Haven. As aways, Kobra was charming, engaging, and extremely wonderful to speak to. Sadly, our interview ended abruptly as Kobra was called to the stage for their soundcheck. Due to the fact that the band were unable to have a soundcheck at their previous two performances on the tour, it was imperative that Kobra joined her bandmates on stage to make sure everything was perfect for the nights show.

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Karnataka live at Islington Assembly Hall, UK
05 May. 2015

Karnataka live at Islington Assembly Hall, UK


Having recently reviewed Karnataka’s excellent new album, Secrets of Angels, I had the pleasure earlier this month of getting to see them live at Islington Assembly Hall. The pleasure was greater because I also got to meet most of the band before the show, for an informal interview. Here is, to the best of my recollection, my musings on what we discussed and what I thought of the show.

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The Resonance Festival
09 Sep. 2014

The Resonance Festival


The Resonance Festival and the Joy and Satisfaction in Being Myself

To some it may seem childish and conceited but, to me, one of the highlights of The Resonance Festival was wandering around wearing an ‘Access All Areas’ laminated pass all weekend. One of the many fantastic, down to earth people I met, Graham Harris, says it best so I’ll let his comment get down to the heart of the whole event.

I have a drawer full of laminates. Each one tells a story. But the Resonance one holds the best story of all.”

Resonance Laminate

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Tool-Live at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
03 Mar. 2014

Tool-Live at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium


There’s an endless list of bands I wish to see in my life, but a few are so special, and have had such an impact on my life, that they are on my bucket list. Last year, I was able to cross Peter Gabriel off the list, and he didn’t disappoint either. But this past Tuesday, I was able to make another check mark, and was finally able to catch the ever elusive Tool at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco.

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STOMP at ATO Congresium, Ankara
02 Feb. 2014

STOMP at ATO Congresium, Ankara


Crash… Boom! Bang!!

Ankara Congresium International Convention & Exhibition Center hosted one of the leading physical theatre performances throughout the world, originating from Brighton, UK with roots dating back to 1991. The so called “percussion group”- which I believe would be an underestimation – STOMP was originally created by Luke Cresswell and Steve McNicholas.  The venue is one of the biggest convention centres of Ankara, with a usable area of 80.000 m² and an exhibition hall area of 10.000 m². The auditorium where the shows take stage has a capacity of 3.107 people, with a comfortable line of sight for the spectators, considerable lighting and sound facilities.

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Cats the Musical in Istanbul
01 Jan. 2014

Cats the Musical in Istanbul


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Finally, we have one of the largest performing arts centers in the world, right at the very heart of Istanbul! Zorlu Center Performing Arts Center (PSM), residing on a total of 50.000 m2, has recently begun to host the legendary musical productions well-known throughout the world. I’d like to mention some very extraordinary facts about the Main Theater, so you can understand why the biggest productions of musical history are on the verge of signing a contract with the Center.

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