Monthly Archives: March 2012

The DigiTour 2012

The DigiTour 2012 made their stop in Orlando this past weekend, bringing the most popular musicians of YouTube to the stage.

The night started off with The Key of Awesome, a trio who perform parodies of popular songs. The crowd seemed to enjoy their takes on hit artists like Owl City, Adele, and Maroon 5.

Second up was singer/songwriter Alex Goot. His piano style is reminiscent of performers like Gavin Degraw and The Fray, and his songs were both catchy and emotional.

After Alex Goot was Dave Days, a guitar slinging pop-punk artist who commanded the stage. He performed new and old songs, including some from his new EP “We’re Just Kids”. His set was my personal favorite. He was joined on drums by Ricky Ficarelli, one of the most popular drummers online.

NicePeter was the next act to perform on the DigiTour stage. His viral videos, “Epic Rap Battles of History”, are currently topping the YouTube charts. His impromptu style and clever lyrics kept the audience guessing. His performance stood out as one of the more entertaining, bringing crowd members on stage to perform raps. Read the rest of this entry

CD Review: John 5 – God Told Me To

 JOHN 5
 God Told Me To CD
 Sony/Red and Rocket Science Ventures

JOHN 5 is absolutely one of the best and most underrated guitarists in the world today! I’ve been a huge fan of John’s since his MARILYN MANSON days. Now with ROB ZOMBIE, JOHN 5 is an incredible musician and a master of arrangement! God Told Me To is filled with just about every style of guitar playing you can name…from straight up shredding to acoustic steel string with a country/blues flair to finger style to Flamenco. If you can’t find something to love on this album, you ain’t a music fan!!! It’s my opinion that JOHN 5 should be a household name…and it’s a travesty that he isn’t! John is technically and musically, truly one of the best guitarists in the industry today. God Told Me To is John’s sixth solo record. Simply…it’s absolutely incredible! Favorite tunes include “Killafornia”, “The Castle”, “Creepy Crawler” and “The Lie You Live”(even though these names imply something dark, these songs are absolutely beautiful!), and a kick-ass all-electric version of Michael Jackson’s “Beat It!”  Truthfully, they’re all awesome! Read the rest of this entry

CD Review: The All-American Rejects – Kids in the Street

The All-American Rejects
Kids in the Street
Interscope Records

Ahhhhh, one of my absolute favorite bands have come through again! THE ALL-AMERICAN REJECTS are back with their fourth album, Kids in the Street. Fans of AAR will be excited to know that the boys are back in true AAR form! Masterful power-pop at its finest! It had to be a daunting task for the band to try to keep up with the pure hit-power of their previous 3 albums! Producing hits like “Swing, Swing”, “Move Along”, “Dirty Little Secret”, and “Gives You Hell”, AAR are the masters of producing relentless hook that won’t let go! Tell me you haven’t been singing every one of those damn songs for days after you heard them? Mmm hmmm…like I said, these boys can write a pop song! With this fourth installment, lead vocalist/bassist Tyson Ritter, guitarist/vocalist Mike Kennerty, lead guitarist/vocalist Nick Wheeler, and drummer Chris Gaylor have delivered again! Read the rest of this entry

Guns N Roses Up Close And Personal Tour

The once in a lifetime Guns N Roses “Up Close And Personal Tour” pulled into the Orlando House of Blues last week, and they did so with a bang! The sold out show was only announced the week before, but it was 100% packed to the walls. While the band did start an hour and a half late, the crowd was still just as excited. At their previous show last year at Orlando’s Amway Center, pyrotechnics and a massive stage set took the focus, but at the House Of Blues, it was all about the music. The band took to the stage and belted out their new song Chinese Democracy, then moved right into Welcome To The Jungle. In total, the band played 31 songs over an impressive 3 hour set; the fans didn’t even walk out the door until almost 4am! Highlights of the night were definitely the multiple covers, including Paul McCartney, The Who, Bob Dylan, and Pink Floyd.   Read the rest of this entry

BIG TIME RUSH COMES TO AMWAY CENTER WITH THEIR BIG TIME SUMMER TOUR

WHAT:           BIG TIME RUSH | BIG TIME SUMMER TOUR

wsg CODY SIMPSON

 WHEN:          TUESDAY, AUGUST 28, 2012  

 WHERE:        AMWAY CENTER | ORLANDO, FLORIDA

 ON SALE:     SATURDAY, MARCH 17, 2012 | 10:00AM

ORLANDO, FLORIDA [March 12, 2012] – In overwhelming response to their sold-out “Better With U Tour,” Big Time Rush announced that they will kick off “Big Time Summer Tour,” performing in over 50 cities across the U.S. and Canada including Orlando’s Amway Center Tuesday August 28. Beginning on July 5 in Columbus, OH, the Nickelodeon stars and Columbia Recording artists will perform songs off their latest album Elevate including “Music Sounds Better With U,” “All Over Again” and “Elevate.” During select dates, emerging Australian pop phenomenon Cody Simpson and X-Factor finalist and newly-signed Nickelodeon talent Rachel Crow will open for Big Time Rush.  Additional acts will be announced shortly. Read the rest of this entry

TWO LEGENDS. ONE STAGE. ROD STEWART & STEVIE NICKS – HEART & SOUL TOUR

WHAT:           ROD STEWART & STEVIE NICKS | HEART & SOUL TOUR

WHEN:          FRIDAY, AUGUST 3, 2012 | 7:30PM

 WHERE:        AMWAY CENTER | ORLANDO, FLORIDA

 ON SALE:     SATURDAY, MARCH 17, 2012 | 10:00AM


ORLANDO, FLORIDA [March 12, 2012] – Legendary rockers Rod Stewart & Stevie Nicks plan to reunite this summer and reprise their highly acclaimed, co-headlining “Heart & Soul Tour.” Read the rest of this entry

Cody Simpson – Welcome To Paradise Tour

Finishing up a string of dates on his first US headlining tour, Australian pop sensation Cody Simpson brought the “Welcome To Paradise” Tour to Tampa’s Ritz Ybor last week. Joined by his self-proclaimed best friend Jessica Jarrell, the duo drew hundreds of teenage girls out for the show. Simpson kept his stage simple, with just a few band members and occasional backup dancers. With a suave James Bond style entrance, Simpson, dressed in a black suit, caused a deafening roar from the crowd. He played songs ranging from Angel and All Day to Evenings In London and On My Mind. Cody showed off his endless dance skills throughout, he barely stood still the entire show. He showed off his instrumental skills as well, playing both the acoustic guitar and the keyboard. Read the rest of this entry