Concert Review: Billy Joel

One was a Grammy award-winning radio hit. The other, a deep track off the same album that was never released as a single. Those were the two songs the 20,000 fans attending Billy Joel’s concert at the Vivint Smart Home Arena on Wednesday night were given to choose from. It was one of several either/or scenarios – or fielder’s choices, as Joel called them – presented to fans … Continue reading»

Mark Rivera: 3 decades of rock history from Billy to Ringo

SALT LAKE CITY — To the casual Utah music listener, Mark Rivera might not be a familiar name. But odds are that nearly everyone has heard a song that benefited (greatly) from the veteran, multi-inustrumentalist/singer’s contributions. To Billy Joel fans, he is the man who has been playing the saxophone for Joel for more than three decades. Others may recognize his work on some of Foreigner and Peter … Continue reading»

Cracker: the band we need right now

It’s not often that bands with 25+ years of music and touring under the belts have words like “resurgence” and “rediscovered” associated with them. But for Cracker, that description seems to fit. “Crumbs” – Cracker’s devoted fan base – know the band has been firing on all cylinders for the past several years. But even casual music listeners are discovering that Cracker isn’t just a band that they should … Continue reading»

Old 97’s return to Urban Lounge

photos by Kristie Gripp SALT LAKE CITY — Any week that begins and ends with the Old 97’s can’t be all that bad. And that’s exactly what Utah has this week! On Sunday, the Dallas-based Old 97’s performed at the Blues, Brews and BBQ Fest at Snowbasin. They’ve spent the past week running around the west, including a stop at the Braun Brothers Reunion in Challis, Idaho. On Friday, Rhett … Continue reading»

Reckless Kelly rock on Radio, despite limited airplay

pictures: Brenda Yamen “You gotta get on the radio. It doesn’t take a lot of talent but no one knows.” Remaining persistent. Staying independent. Constantly being on the road. And honing their musical talents through years of hard work. That’s how Reckless Kelly got to where they are today. The Austin-by-way-of-Oregon-by-way-of-Idaho-based band has become a staple on Texas, Red Dirt and Americana radio, without the benefit of a … Continue reading»

Styx triumphs in classic rock triple bill

WEST VALLEY CITY — Three big name veterans of the classic rock world made a stop in Utah on Tuesday night for the United We Rock Tour. But only one of those bands stood out far and above the rest. REO Speedwagon, Styx and Don Felder – who co-wrote and played lead guitar on many of the Eagles biggest hits – can be heard daily on radio stations … Continue reading»

(photo credit: Jason Powell) Next week, one of Styx’s all-time greatest albums, The Grand Illusion, will turn 40. Yet, as the legendary Chicago-based rockers make a return visit to the USANA Amphitheatre this coming Tuesday, all the buzz surrounding the band isn’t about their multi-platinum albums of the 70s, but their brand new, just released album, The Mission. Not only is it their first album of original material in … Continue reading»

Def Leppard, Poison, Tesla heat up hot summer USANA night

Def Leppard accomplished what few bands can do in Utah: they sold out the USANA Amphitheater for the sixth consecutive year Monday night. Even though it was the same set list as last year as the Leppards are taking an abbreviated U.S. summer run so they can tour other parts of the world and focus on a new album, Joe Elliot and crew still brought enough enthusiasm that … Continue reading»

Rikki Rockett: back on the road after beating cancer

When Poison announced they were going out on tour this summer, some fans referred to it as a “reunion.” Bret Michaels, Rikki Rockett, Bobby Dall and CC DeVille hadn’t gone out on a full summer tour together in five years. And based on what some members were saying (or allegedly saying) in the press, there seemed to be some uncertainty about when, or if, they would hit the … Continue reading»

Def Leppard looking for another Sold Out Utah show

WEST VALLEY CITY — Def Leppard is making an abbreviated lap around America this summer, playing cities that have been left off the tour itinerary for awhile. But they’re also making a few stops at some of their traditionally strongest markets…and that includes Utah. “I actually like coming to Salt Lake City. We’ve started tours there. We’ve been there for a few days and we hang out. So … Continue reading»