Steve Hackett Live at the Keswick Theatre in Glenside PA. September 28, 2019



One of the great guitar players in progressive rock played at the Keswick Theatre, in Glenside PA on Saturday, September 28, 2019. For those of you who don’t know, Steve Hackett is of course, the original guitarist of Genesis, who co-wrote some of Genesis’ great works. Steve, unfortunately left Genesis after “Wind & Wuthering”. The touring band with Steve was great & included some big names in progressive rock. The band line up was Steve Hackett on guitar & vocals, Nad Sylvan (Agents Of Mercy) on vocals, Roger King (Gary Moore, Snoop Dog) on keyboards, Rob Townsend (Bill Bruford, James Taylor) on percussion, flute, saxophone, keyboards & vocals, Jonas Reingold, who you may know from the Flower Kings, and, Karmakanic, Tangent, and, Kaipa, on bass & vocals, and, Craig Blundell on drums. The set started off with “Every Day” then went into “Under The Eye Of The Sun”, “Fallen Walls & Pedestals”, “Beast In Our Time”, “The Virgin & The Gypsy”, “Tigermoth”, a nice instrumental piece, “Spectral Mornings”, celebrating 40 years of this album, “The Red Flower Of Tachai Blooms Everywhere”, “Clocks – The Angel Of Mons”. The band then took a 20 minute break, and came back with the “SELLING ENGLAND BY THE POUND” set, in it’s entirety, which started off with “Dancing With The Moonlit Knight”, then went into “I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe)”, “Firth Of Fifth, “More Fool Me”, “The Battle Of Epping Forest”, “After The Ordeal”, “The Cinema Show”, and, “Aisle Of Plenty”. The band went offstage for a minute or so, then came back with a song that was written for this album, but, was never released. The song was “Deja Vu” written by Hackett & Peter Gabriel, and was played with Peter’s blessing. Then the band went into “Dance On A Volcano”, a Genesis favorite for most people. The band left again, & came back for their encore which was “Myopia/ Slogans/ Los Endos. It was a last minute concert for me that I’ve been wanting to see for the past few tours that he’s been in the Philadelphia area. I’m so very glad that I did. Steve enjoyed talking with the crowd & the band really made this show Exceptional. I give this show 5 out of 5 Music Guru stars.

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Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown ~ Truth + Lies

Tyler Bryant Shakedown Truth and Lies


Very hard rock band Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown really know how to put out some good music. The vocals aren’t always great but they work for this band which uses a lot of distortion. The songwriting is strong & the music keeps you pumping. Perfect for a good workout at the gym. Good guitar work, good bass & drums as well. There are keyboards in there, but, not much that you can hear. Jeff Beck has said that this prodigy has something. Now, he has conquered the songwriting hurdle as well.  I give this 4 out of 5 Music Guru stars. Possibly more with more listening. Give this one a listen.

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Graham Bonnet Band Live In Tokyo 2017

Graham Bonnet Band Live


This hard driving rock album just ROCKS! It is an open up your windows & listen to this loud kind of album. The album has 16 songs which are all great. Great musicianship, great vocals, this album has it all. It is a live album, which may knock it down a notch for some (myself, usually included, but, not in this case). The album starts off with “Eyes Of The World” & goes all the way through to “The Crying Chair – Intended Lyric Version” (which is a studio track thrown in) with the same intensity all throughout the album. The album also includes the song “Since You’ve Been Gone”, originally done by RAINBOW with Graham Bonnet on lead vocals, which took that song to the top 10 in England, back in 1979. The song was originally done by Head East in 1978. Head East’s version was also their highest charting single throughout their career.  This album, not just the song is great & you should give this one a try. This album (concert) has songs spanning Graham’s musical history. I give this 5 out of 5 Music Guru stars.

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Roger C. Reale & Rue Morgue ~ The Collection

Roger C Reale


This album was recorded in the 1970’s. Part 1 of this album was released as “Radioactive”, part 2 was recorded & never made it into production. This music has been sitting in the vaults for many decades until Roger C. Reale went to court to get his music back. Roger won, & now you get to hear the original album, as well as the 2nd album that was recorded, but, never put out. It is now out & if you’re a fan of punk & rock, this may be the album for you. There are other musicians on this album that you may know as well. They are MICK RONSON, on guitar, best known for playing with DAVID BOWIE during his Ziggy Stardust years & also, Ian Hunter. Also on the first part of the album, you have G.E. Smith on guitar, best known for his work on the Saturday Night Live Band. Both are extremely great guitar players, but, there is no lead guitar playing, which sort of let me down, but, with punk, it’s not really about the music, as much as it is about the message. Also, Hilly Michaels (Sparks, Ian Hunter Band) on drums, Jimmy McAllister (Sparks, Mick Ronson Band) on guitars & vocals, & Roger C. Reale on lead vocals & bass. I give this 3.5 Music Guru stars, if you’re into punk, you will rate this higher.

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Johnny Reed ~Alternate Reality 7

Johnny Reed Alternate Reality 7


Another fun rocking album from Johnny Reed. It’s been awhile since I’ve listened to Johnny’s music, and, boy, I should be listening more. As my last review stated the music takes me back to the 70’s & the 80’s, when music was fun & experimental. All instruments & vocals were done by Johnny. Give this one a listen, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed. I give this 5 out of 5 Music Guru stars.

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Elvenking ~ Reader Of The Runes – Divination



This may be hard to follow, but, take Renaissance & merge them with Dream Theater & you will have ELVENKING.  Starting off the album with that nice slow folk feel which then plummets you straight into the hard progressive metal that you will just love. The music is top notch & the vocals are right in line with the music. Most songs are 5 minutes or shorter until you get to the end where “Reader Of The Ruins Book 1” takes you on an almost 11 minute ride, again starting off nice and easy, then, slamming you into that great song that you were just waiting for. I look forward to hearing more ELVENKING. I rate this 4 out of 5 Music Guru stars. Possibly more with more listens.

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Rosalie Cunningham ~ Rosalie Cunningham




The guitarist for this album really likes his fuzz box, as you can hear on the opening song “Ride On My Bike” & the song that follows that one. You may know Rosalie Cunningham from the band PURSON, but if not, take a listen to this album & you’ll hear more than what this singer did in that band. The main focus is on the singer however, you’ll hear a lot of beautiful instrumentation on this album. From the piano, to the guitars, to the horns, just let yourself go with this & groove with the flow of the music. Mixing progressive rock with psychedelic & pop, and that is what you will find on this album. “Riddles and Games” reminds me of the COWSILLS in the beginning of that song. Favorite songs for me are “Nobody Hears” & the epic “A Yarn From A Wheel”, which spans out to almost 14 minutes, with different stuff coming at you in different passages of the song, including the lovely fuzz tone again. I give this 4 out of 5 Music Guru stars.

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