Def Leppard, Styx and Tesla at USANA

  They typically draw some of the biggest crowds to the USANA Amphitheatre each summer. So this year, Def Leppard and Styx are teaming up to hit USANA at the same time on Sept. 28. And they’re throwing in Tesla for good measure. The iconic rockers from Sheffield are expected to release a new album in 2015, and are hitting the road for a massive summer tour in … Continue reading»

Red Butte 2015

The unseasonably warm weather has made it feel like summer in Utah this February, which makes me even more excited for the 2015 summer concert season. And lo and behold, what should be announced today but a preview of the 2015 Red Butte Summer Concert Season!!!! Hello Ryan Adams! Tickets on sale Feb. 23.  

There are shy and reserved rock stars who don’t like always like being around people. And then there’s Johnny Hickman. The veteran guitar hero is a people person. He enjoys being around people. He enjoys talking to people. He has people he calls friends all over the world. He can talk to friends or strangers as if he’s known them all his life. And when he’s performing with … Continue reading»

United Concerts getting busy in 2015

SALT LAKE CITY — United Concerts has already had a busy week announcing several concerts and putting others on sale. Jason Mraz is bringing his “YES!” world tour to Abravanel Hall on March 13. Tickets go on sale Feb. 6. United Concerts has also announced their annual Country Megaticket package for the USANA Amphitheatre. This year’s package is big, and includes a lot of familiar faces. Darius Rucker … Continue reading»

ASCAP Music Cafe Sundance

PARK CITY — The 17th ASCAP Music Cafe has been in full swing at the Sundance Film Festival. Here’s a look back at the first couple of days which included Scott Weiland (Stone Temple Pilots, Velvet Revolver) and the Wildabouts, The Relationship featuring Brian Bell (Weezer) and Jamestown Revival. All photos by Erik Philbrook. For a complete schedule visit:

Brian Bell brings The Relationship to Sundance

PARK CITY — The 2015 ASCAP Music Cafe at the Sundance Film Festival gets underway Friday afternoon. One of the headlining acts will be The Relationship, fronted by Brian Bell of Weezer. “I’ve never been to Sundance. It’s great that I’m finally getting to go as a performer instead of a person who is just going for parties, or whatever. I really had no business to ever to … Continue reading»

Motley Crue says goodbye…again

Apparently they weren’t ready to say goodbye just yet. After saying “goodbye” to the USANA Amphitheatre last summer, Motley Crue are headed back to Utah July 29 to say goodbye to Energy Solutions Arena. And apparently this time is it. The Crue have announced the final leg of their Farewell Tour. Salt Lake City is early on the tour schedule. The band signed a contract 2 years ago … Continue reading»


  After much speculation whether it would actually happen, legendary rock trio Rush announced Thursday that they will indeed embark on a 34 city North American tour this summer.  According to their website, this tour will “most likely be their last major tour of this magnitude.” And Utah made the cut!!!!!!! YES!! YES!! YES!!! July 13 at the Maverik Center. Ticket sale info to be released soon.

Cody Canada and The Departed rock SLC on a Sunday night

SALT LAKE CITY — It’s only January, but Cody Canada and The Departed put in an early bid Sunday night at The State Room for my favorite concert of the year. After more than a two year absence from Utah, Canada returned seemingly re-energized and firing on all cylinders, delivering a great mix of songs off his new album, HippieLovePunk, and lots of songs from his beloved former … Continue reading»

Cody Canada returns to SLC with new album, old school sound

Several of the songs off The Departed’s new album, HippieLovePunk, might fall into the “aggressive” category with their lyrics, driving beats and crunching guitar solos. And that’s the way frontman Cody Canada likes it. “Aggressive writing, that’s always been fun to me because, I don’t know, it’s like a roller coaster, it just juggernauts for me. It starts off, and you’re kind of getting to the point, kind … Continue reading»