rock music http://wamc.org en "I Alone" Tour Marks New Era For Ed Kowalczyk http://wamc.org/post/i-alone-tour-marks-new-era-ed-kowalczyk <p>During his long career with the rock group Live, frontman Ed Kowalczyk was the one you watched — a unique vocalist and songwriter who led the York, Pennsylvania-group to the top of the charts and worldwide fame. Mon, 17 Mar 2014 15:11:00 +0000 Ian Pickus 85990 at http://wamc.org "I Alone" Tour Marks New Era For Ed Kowalczyk American Idiot's Dan Tracy Brings Angst To Albany http://wamc.org/post/american-idiots-dan-tracy-brings-angst-albany <p>A tale of youth disaffection amid domestic challenges and international strife in the Bush years, Green Day’s <em>American Idiot</em> transformed from one of the biggest rock albums of the mid-aughts to a Broadway behemoth directed by Tony-winner Michael Mayer. Wed, 12 Feb 2014 15:35:00 +0000 Ian Pickus 83713 at http://wamc.org American Idiot's Dan Tracy Brings Angst To Albany David Crosby Releases First Solo Album In Two Decades http://wamc.org/post/david-crosby-releases-first-solo-album-two-decades <p>Considered one of the greatest harmony singers in rock history, David Crosby is back in the limelight as a solo artist this winter with the release of his first studio album in two decades, <em>Croz</em>, out now from Blue Castle Records, the label he founded with longtime collaborator Graham Nash. Fri, 31 Jan 2014 15:06:00 +0000 Ian Pickus 82643 at http://wamc.org David Crosby Releases First Solo Album In Two Decades Former Rock Music Producer Turned Berkshire Innkeeper http://wamc.org/post/former-rock-music-producer-turned-berkshire-innkeeper <p>A former heavy metal rock music producer based in Los Angeles is now enjoying success as an innkeeper in the Berkshires.</p><p>The sounds Tom Werman used to hear came from a smoke-filled windowless music studio when he was producing records for rock groups like Cheap Trick, Motley Crue, Twisted Sister, Poison and Ted Nugent. Now, his ears ring with the sounds from a smoke-filled kitchen – but don’t worry, it has windows.</p> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 19:23:51 +0000 Jim Levulis 81902 at http://wamc.org Former Rock Music Producer Turned Berkshire Innkeeper 27: The Club You Don't Want To Join http://wamc.org/post/27-club-you-dont-want-join <p></p><p>When Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain shot himself with a shotgun in 1994, his mother told a reporter, “Now he’s gone and joined that stupid club,” referring not just to the long list of rock stars who also succumbed to drugs, drink and fame, but also to the roster of legends who left the stage forever at the age of 27. Wed, 15 Jan 2014 15:35:00 +0000 Ian Pickus 81877 at http://wamc.org 27: The Club You Don't Want To Join Legendary Rock Writer Ben Fong-Torres Is "Willin'" http://wamc.org/post/legendary-rock-writer-ben-fong-torres-willin <p>The band Little Feat might be little remembered among casual music fans, but like many of its 60s and 70s brethren, the band has soldiered on through brief pop stardom, band deaths and the disagreements that often derail rock groups forever. Tue, 07 Jan 2014 16:35:00 +0000 Ian Pickus 81052 at http://wamc.org Legendary Rock Writer Ben Fong-Torres Is "Willin'" Beatles Vs. Stones: A Rivalry's History http://wamc.org/post/beatles-vs-stones-rivalrys-history <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Stoked by a rabid tabloid press and international interest the likes of which hasn’t been seen in pop music since, the Beatles-Rolling Stones rivalry was considered overblown even by members of each band. But below the surface, there was plenty of tension and competition, often good-natured but sometimes nasty, especially as the </span>60s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> came to a close.</span></p><p> Mon, 16 Dec 2013 15:35:00 +0000 Ian Pickus 79834 at http://wamc.org Beatles Vs. Stones: A Rivalry's History Rock Writer Tony Fletcher Was Once A Boy About Town http://wamc.org/post/rock-writer-tony-fletcher-was-once-boy-about-town <p>Tony Fletcher, a writer now living in the Hudson Valley, shares an origin story with many of the British rockers he has spent a lifetime chronicling: modest beginnings on sometimes rough London streets, a single-parent home, an early obsession with records, band trivia, and ear-thumping shows. Mon, 02 Dec 2013 16:33:00 +0000 Ian Pickus 78932 at http://wamc.org Rock Writer Tony Fletcher Was Once A Boy About Town "We Will Rock You" At Proctors http://wamc.org/post/we-will-rock-you-proctors <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">From London’s West End, the worldwide smash hit musical by Queen and Ben Elton,&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.wewillrockyou.com/site/home" style="line-height: 1.5;"><em>We Will Rock You</em></a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, is coming to </span><a href="http://www.proctors.org" style="line-height: 1.5;">Proctors</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> in Schenectady, NY this weekend - running on the </span>mainstage<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> November </span>29th<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> through December 1.</span></p><p>The show is a bona-fide hit and has been running for 11 years in London. This is the first North American Tour of the sci-fi musical-theater extravaganza which by all accounts honors the iconic music that frames it - the music of Queen.</p><p>Ryan Knowles plays Buddy (as in “Buddy you're a boy make a big noise playin' in the street gonna be a big man some day”). Ryan’s other credits include off-broadway productions of <em>NEWSical: The Musical</em>, the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, <em>Caligula Maximus</em>, <em>Fools in Love</em>, and National Tours of <em>How the Grinch Stole Christmas!</em> and <em>OZ: The Musical</em>.</p><p> Wed, 27 Nov 2013 15:50:00 +0000 Sarah LaDuke 78609 at http://wamc.org "We Will Rock You" At Proctors E Street Band's Van Zandt Rescues Rascals http://wamc.org/post/e-street-bands-van-zandt-rescues-rascals <p>Guitarist Steven Van Zandt of the E Street Band knows plenty about good band chemistry, and for 40 years, his favorite group and one of the 60’s most influential bands, The Rascals, lay dormant in what he called “a crime against nature.”</p><p> Wed, 20 Nov 2013 15:10:00 +0000 Ian Pickus 78140 at http://wamc.org E Street Band's Van Zandt Rescues Rascals