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Hayley Kiyoko

Hayley Kiyoko

2022-08-12


Hayley Kiyoko is currently on tour with LAUV and man oh man does she bring the heat during her set! Hayley opened her set with "Demons" and the crowd went nuts! When she came out onto the stage and started dancing and singing you could litereally feel the floor move from everyone dancing and singing along with her!

Besides Hayley having some killer dance and being super high energy during her set, she also sounds amazing live! I've always wanted to see Hayley perform, and now that I have, I can honestly say she is incredible. My only complaint is that I wish her set was longer!

Her lighting which was somewhat dark, but not to the point that it made it difficult to see. It created an interesting mood which felt fitting for her songs!

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By Alexandra Geshel

Rob Zombie

Rob Zombie

2022-08-05


Rob Zombie brought his famous Freaks on Parade tour to Chicago and it was one hell of a night! His sixteen song setlist covered not only a selection from his solo career, but also a selection from White Zombie and a guitar solo of AC/DC's "Thunderstruck"!

His Chicago intro was very uniique. As the curtains were drawn, Frank Sinatra's "Chicago" bellowed out of the amphitheater’s P.A. system before Rob took the stage, singing "The Triumph of King Freak". He came out riding on a giant skull like staircase that lit up with the word "Zombie"!

It was really unique and killer to see! During "Meet the Creeper", a giant devil came out and danced at the back of the stage behind Rob Zombie, John 5, and Piggy. It really fun, and a little creepy to see, but I honestly really enjoyed...
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By Alexandra Geshel

Mudvayne

Mudvayne

2022-08-05


After a 12 year hiatus, horror metal-rock band Mudvayne has made a glorious comeback and fans are losing their shit about it! Mudvayne is currently direct support for Rob Zombie's 2022 "Freaks on Parade" tour. You have to experience this performance!

Going into this show, everyone told me about how Chad Gray loves getting into the crowd to sing with his fans. I brushed it off like "sure he does", but man was I wrong. Within in the first song, Chad came off the stage and went straight into the crowd to sing "Dig" and fans went fucking nuts! It was absolutely amazing and reminded me of life before Covid-19. I was just so amazed and excited to feel stuff go back to normal and seeing metal bands go wild with the crowd!

Mudvayne played a 12 song, an hour long set, which I wish was longer because of how much fun these guys are! Their lighting was bright, almost blinding which surprises me because I've often heard "the harder/heavier the music, the darker the lighting", but not with these guys! They were heavy and...
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By Alexandra Geshel

Powerman 5000

Powerman 5000

2022-08-05


Powerman 5000 is currently opening for Rob Zombie on his "Freaks on Parade" tour and they are a really good and entertaining opener! They played a short seven song set, opening with "Footsteps and Voices" and ending with "When Worlds Collide".

Everyone in the band is super fun and entertaining to watch but I have to say Murv3, bass guitar, is super duper entertaining to watch! From his cool robotic movements while playing, to giving a countdown to his jumps so photographers can get a sick shot! He was just so much fun to watch, I couldn’t keep my eyes or camera off of him!

If you are already seeing Rob Zombie this tour, then definitely get their early and check out Powerman 5000. If not, then you should buy tickets because it is worth every penny! Powerman 5000 was so fun and I wish their set was longer!
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By Alexandra Geshel

Goo Goo Dolls

Goo Goo Dolls

2022-08-04


Goo Goo Dolls was finally able to bring their "Summer Tour" to Chicago after it being postponed for over two years due to Covid! And let's say, the show was absolutely incredible and so worth the wait! The Goo Goo Dolls are headlining with Blue October providing direct opening support, which is honestly a great lineup if you ask me!

Goo Goo Dolls played an incredible twenty-three song setlist which included a mixed of their old stuff like "Iris" as well as some of their newer stuff from their latest album "Chaos in Bloom". They also closed out the night with an amazing cover of Tom Petty's "Runnin Down a Dream"! It truly was a dream to see them perform!

Their lighting, as always, was absolutely spectacular and I expected nothing less from them! They had a ton of colorful graphics playing behind them while they perform as well as spotlights on them which made it easy for fans all around the venue to...
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By Alexandra Geshel

5 Seconds of Summer

5 Seconds of Summer

2022-07-16


5 Seconds of Summer brought their Take My Hand Tour to Chicago. The Australian boy band sold out their show and brought the house down. It blew me away to see how talented these guys are and I was amazed to see how dedicated their fan base is.

Technically, 5 Seconds of Summer is classified as a pop band but they also mix in pop rock and pop punk and it really fits them well!

The band played a total of 26 songs, including the encore, which consisted of "Ghost of You" and "Youngblood". The set also included and cover of The Chainsmokers' "Who Do You Love" and also performed an unreleased song called "Easy for You to Say"!

The tour lighting was phenomenal. It was bright and colorful with a huge LED screen behind them that played graphics to match their songs which was really cool! Their sound was amazing and was just like...

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By Alexandra Geshel

Post Animal

Post Animal

2022-07-16


Chicago locals Post Animal opened for 5 Seconds Of Summer at Huntington Bank Pavilion for a sold out crowd and killed it! Sadly, Post Animal are not touring with 5 Seconds of Summer but it was so awesome to have a truly local group open the show here in Chicago!!

Honestly, Post Animal came out and performed a killer set! They played for about 45 mins and the crowd absolutely loved their sound and energy while they were on stage! Their lighting was absolutely killer and so bright which is phenomenal, especially when you might not be close to the stage.

They had a good presence for being an alternative indie band! They loved playing to the crowd and having guitar offs while on stage! If you are from Chicago or just a fan of Alternative Indie music, definitely check these guys out! They are super talented and a ton of fun to see live!
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By Alexandra Geshel

Train

Train

2022-07-15


Train brought thier AM Gold Tour to Chicago and rocked a rainy Friday night in July! They are easily the most fan friendly band I have ever seen live! The way that they interacted with the crowd was so unique and you could tell that they love making their fans smile!

As mentioned above, Train LOVES to interact with their fans! During the 2nd song, "Meet Virginia/The Joker", singer Pat Monahan started throwing out Meet Virginia shirts out into the crowd. He then left the stage for about a minute, only to return in a Cubs Jersey which the crowd obviously loved! He then moved around the stage to have the rest of the band sign his jersey while they were still performing and then to threw the jersey into the crowd for one lucky fan to catch it! It was definitely something I've never before!

Another thing that really caught my attention and was also unique was watching fans throw/toss their phones on stage for Pat Monahan to take selfies with. This man had phones coming in...
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By Alexandra Geshel

Jewel

Jewel

2022-07-15


What's better than spending your Friday night in the rain? Let me tell you what I think it would be. It's spending your Friday night in the rain watching Jewel LIVE! Jewel is currently on tour with Train as the direct support and she is so much fun to see live! She came out playing "Standing Still" on her guitar and the crowd went nuts for her!

Jewel played a total of 11 songs but two things stuck out to me! The first thing was after her third song, "Long Way 'round", she talked about the suicide foundation she founded for young teens. I had no idea she started this foundation but I am so happy I know now and that she talked about it! The second thing that caught my attention was during "You Were Meant For Me" she played it with her son Kase, on the drums, which was awesome to them play it together!

Jewel sounded absolutely incredible on the stage. She sounded just like she does on her CDs that I remember having as a kid! She is also super fun and loves interacting with the crowd in between songs! Her lighting was mostly a spotlight on her which is nice so no matter where you were...
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By Alexandra Geshel

Blues Traveler

Blues Traveler

2022-07-15


Blues Traveler are currently opening for Train on their AM Gold Tour this summer! I've never been overly familiar with the Blues Traveler, so I wouldn't classify myself as a "true" fan, but they definitely grew on me a whole lot after seeing them perform live!

Blues Traveler is a rock band with a distinctive blues vibes to them! I say that because the singer of the band, John Popper, also plays a harmonica during almost every song if not all of them. Blues Travelers played a short set and mixed in an amazing cover of "The Devil Went Down to Georgia" and also did an incredible drum solo as well!

Their lighting was absolutely killer during their set and so very bright! On top of that, the bassist and guitarist, Tad Kinchla and Chan Kinchla absolutely love playing for the fans and interacted with them while staying at a Covid safe distance! The fans loved...

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By Alexandra Geshel

Thunderstorm Artis

Thunderstorm Artis

2022-07-15


Thunderstorm Artis is currently on tour opening for Train on their AM Gold Tour. I have to say, for being a solo act, he definitely has a lot of soul in his music which I absolutely loved!

As mentioned, Thunderstorm is a solo act. Hailing from the North Shore of Oahu many people may have seen him perform live on tv during the Season 18 of The Voice as a finalist! Thunderstorm Artis is a very soulful musician who also adds some poetry into his songs, which to me makes them more meaningful and allows his performance to be more personal as well.

While Thunderstorm doesn’t move a lot on the stage himself, his music instead makes the crowd move which was really awesome to see and something that doesn’t happen often!

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By Alexandra Geshel

Big Time Rush

Big Time Rush

2022-07-07


Who can forget the times when you would be watching Nickelodeon on a Friday or Saturday night to a new episode of Big Time Rush and we were all there for the catchy songs and the dreamy boys! Sadly, like so many other "boy bands" they they took a break and didn’t perform for a long time. In 2021, BTR did 2 shows, one in each Chicago and New York, and their fans went nuts! The response was so great, BTR decided to finally do a full on tour across the United States and Mexico where they have been selling out most dates. It proves no matter how old the band gets or how long they disappear for, the fans are still going to come and support!

The fans were already screaming before they came out, so when the curtain came down, the screaming just got louder. BTR came out singing "Windows Down" and it was awesome to see how these fans brought it up another level! I loved when they would group up on the stage and perform dances together but it was also great watching them break apart to interact with the crowd in their own unique way. It’s really something I feel like you don’t see a whole lot!

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By Alexandra Geshel

Colony House

Colony House

2022-07-07


"That was the best concert of my life. This was just one of the rave reviews I heard amongst the happy concertgoers as they left the Colony House show on July 7, 2022. Those in the crowd at Powerhaus were privy to a 16-song set that stretched the 4-piece Nashville natives' 3 albums and ep collection.

Starting out the evening with two tracks from their latest full-length album, "Take it Slow" and "Leave What's Lost Behind" set the energy for the evening. These were followed quickly by some of the band's most popular songs, "Cannot Do this Alone" and "You and I" from their second album.

Caleb Chapman, the band's lead, then took a moment to tell the crowd a story about the girl he met when he was 9 years old. His first love. And also his last so it seems, as he married her at 19 years old. The band then played "Julia", memorializing how beautiful Caleb has always found his wife. The band harmonized beautifully throughout, as well as through the following song...
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By Kendall Vowels

Colony House

Colony House - Interview

2022-07-07


Sitting across from me in a coffee shop near London Bridge, I talked with 3/4 of Colony House (Caleb Chapman, Parke Cottrell, and Scott Mills) ahead of the first-ever London headliner. Despite Caleb's actual brother Will, drummer of Colony House, having to skip out this time, the three guys interacted like brothers themselves. Their long history as a band and friends unveiled some deep reflections and fun stories as we talked about their first European headlining show, releasing an album independently, their full-length film, wine, new music, and more.

Kendall Vowels (KV): You guys just played Dublin the other night? How did it go and how did it feel to be in Europe?

Parke Cottrell (PC): Pretty awesome. It was our first time headlining any show over here. We didn't know exactly what to expect. We were just hoping people showed up. We know a little bit more information ahead of time about tonight's show about ticket sales but we didn't get that for the Dublin shows. So it was a big question mark...
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By Kendall Vowels

Olivia Rodrigo - Concert Review

Olivia Rodrigo - Concert Review

2022-07-06


Scored by One Direction’s "Olivia", a light suddenly shone upon the velvet purple curtain covering the stage at the Eventim Apollo on July 6, 2022. The light had only two words, enough to make the vastly teenaged crowd scream at the top of their lungs... "Sour Tour". Suddenly the lights began to flash in time with the punchy guitar of opening track brutal and the curtains finally parted to reveal pop's newest princess, Olivia Rodrigo.

The stage was set to look like a high school prom, complete with shiny streamers and side stage bleachers. Upon it, Rodrigo took us on a journey of the highest highs and lowest lows of being a teen experiencing her first real heartbreak. It was this story that gained her the cult fanbase that now camped overnight for the show, and the crowd jubilantly celebrated Rodrigo's growth with her at her second to last date on the Sour Tour. The night was full of surprises, including two scenery drops, a costume change, and a cameo from Natalie Imbruglia during a rendition of "Torn".

It was hard to tell that the 19-year old singer songwriter had never...
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By Kendall Vowels

Machine Gun Kelly

Machine Gun Kelly

2022-07-03


Colson "Machine Gun Kelly" Baker brought the Mainstream Sellout Tour to Detroit's Little Caesars Arena as part of a massive 52 arena journey across North America and Europe.

Starting with a video of an Air Force pilot looking for MGK we then saw that Machine Gun Kelly was literally "boxed in" inside a cardboard box. The pilot "searched" the arena and "found" MGK was trapped inside a hidden compartment at the soundboard. Flying to the rescue, the pilot of the Pink and Black MGK-22 Helicopter lowered a ladder into the trap door and lifted Machine Gun Kelly into the arena and flew him to the stage. It did lead to a scary moment as the helicopter developed some technical problems and looked like it was about to lose one of its blades (video here - courtesy of Instagram).

Once at the stage, MGK appeared unfazed by the incident and went on to perform a massive 28 song set. It clearly focused on the "new sound" of his latest two albums which saw his transformation from rapper to pop-punk artist, but it did cover the entire array of his musical career. He also brought tour opener, iann dior and...
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By Ken Kohlmeier

Avril Lavigne

Avril Lavigne

2022-07-03


"What the Hell"! Avril Lavigne came to Detroit and only played 8 songs? "Bite Me" is what I felt like saying when I found out that it was going to be a short set and those I talked with said "I'm With You" when I told them I was about to complain that I just want more.

My love for Avril is "Complicated". I'd 100% be her "Sk8er Boi" if there was any chance that I could make her my "Girlfriend". The 8 songs did an amazing job of covering the full spectrum of her greatest hits from 2002's "Let Go" to her current album, 2022's "Love Sux" taking tracks from a total of 5 of her 7 albums.

From the fan response, you wouldn't really know that this was Machine Gun Kelly's tour. Practically everyone started to scream and cheer as soon as Avril took the stage. She commanded the stage and gave a strong performance. Avril had a great energy and it was super fun to watch her dance and move across the stage. Her voice was powerful and filled the arena. The only detriment was her lighting. Overall it had major orange tones and was somewhat...
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By Ken Kohlmeier

iann dior

iann dior

2022-07-03


The Mainstream Sellout Tour hit Detroit's Little Caesars Arena and show opener iann dior brought an energy to the stage that the early fans truly seemed to appreciate.

Accompanied by only a guitarist and drummer, iann played a strong 10 song set which included favourites "let you", "Sick and Tired" and "Live Fast Die Numb". Having garnered over 1 Billion streams you would imagine that the majority of those in the audience would be familiar with his music yet no one seemed to care that he skipped what is arguably his best know track, "Mood". The crowd was just hyped up and enjoying what iann was offering.

Working the limited stage that was accessible for his performance, iann moved pretty much continuously across from one side to the other giving the entire crowd a chance to get their best view of him.

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By Ken Kohlmeier

Less Than Jake

Less Than Jake

2022-07-02


Pissing People off since '92 and rocking it out to their fans just as long, Gainesville, Rock City, residents Less Than Jake came to Detroit. Headlining the Back For The Attack Tour with their long time friends Bowling For Soup and "the world's greatest superhero rock band", The Aquabats, it was a ska/rock/punk party from open to close.

Their 15 song set (including the encore) covered the entire array of their musical career, from their original debut album, Pezcore (1995) to 2020's Silver Linings and 4 additional albums in between. It was obvious from the crowd's reactions that they were pleased with the choices.

No punk show would be complete without mosh pits and crowd surfing and there was certainly ample of that. I've honestly never seen so many crowd surfers in one show and everyone seemed to be having a blast. I have so much respect for the security guards that made sure everyone was able to have the good time that they...
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By Ken Kohlmeier



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