Yellowcard – Toyota Music Factory – July 27, 2023

Yellowcard is a pop-punk band hailing from Jacksonville, Florida, known for their energetic sound and heartfelt lyrics. Their breakthrough album, “Ocean Avenue,” featuring hits like the title track, propelled them to mainstream success with a distinctive touch – the incorporation of a violin played by Sean Mackin. Though they took a hiatus in 2017, Yellowcard’s impact endures through their timeless anthems and the unique blend of punk and acoustic elements in their music.

Yellowcard – Toyota Music Factory – July 27, 2023

Mr. Big fill The Factory – Dallas

The second night of Mr. Big’s “The Big Finish” tour featuring, Eric Martin on vocals, Paul Gilbert on guitar, Billy Sheehan on bass, and Nick D’Virgilio joining on drums, delivered an unforgettable performance that left the audience in awe. The final tour for this iconic band showcased their musical prowess, blending classic hits, covers, and a few surprises.

This second night of “The Big Finish” tour by Mr. Big was a fitting farewell, celebrating the band’s legacy and leaving an indelible mark on the hearts of fans. The setlist, the collaborative spirit, and the overall stage presence made it a night to remember, honoring the band’s contributions to the world of rock music. This should be on any fans must see performance list of 2024! 

The setlist included:

Addicted to That Rush

Take Cover

Undertow

Lean Into It

Daddy, Brother, Lover, Little Boy (The Electric Drill Song)

Alive and Kickin’

Green-Tinted Sixties Mind

CDFF-Lucky This Time (Jeff Paris cover)

Voodoo Kiss

Never Say Never

Just Take My Heart

My Kinda Woman

A Little Too Loose

Road to Ruin

To BeWith You

Wild World (Cat Stevens cover)

Colorado Bulldog

Shy Boy (Talas cover)

30 Days in the Hole (Humble Pie cover)

Good Lovin’ (The Olympics cover) (Billy on vocals; Paul on drums; Eric on bass; Nick on guitar)

Baba O’Riley (The Who cover)

Mr. Big fill The Factory – Dallas

Tenacious D brings the Spicy Meatball to Dallas!

Tenacious D, the musical duo comprised of Kyle Gass and the multi-talented actor/comedian Jack Black, is nothing short of a powerhouse in the world of rock comedy.

Their September 14th performance at the Texas Trust CU Theatre in Grand Prairie, TX, was nothing short of phenomenal. This dynamic duo delivered an electrifying performance that had the capacity audience on their feet, singing along, and thoroughly entertained from start to finish. 

Jack Black’s larger-than-life personality shone brightly throughout the show, bringing a unique blend of humor and charisma to the stage. His interactions with the audience were a highlight, creating an engaging and memorable experience. Meanwhile, Kyle Gass showcased his exceptional guitar prowess, demonstrating his musical mastery with skillful and passionate guitar solos that left the crowd in awe.

Tenacious D brings the Spicy Meatball to Dallas!

Squeeze – Las Vegas 10/14/23

Squeeze’s performance at The Pearl (in the Palms Casino) was a remarkable testament to their enduring talent and stage presence. In a career spanning several decades and marked by numerous challenges and changes, the band delivered a show that surpassed expectations. The audience witnessed a living jukebox of songs that pleased the audience with something for everyone. 

The band’s current lineup of founding members Glenn Tillbrook and Chris Difford, features accomplished musicians like Simon Hanson, Stephen Large, Steve Smith, Melvin Duffy, and Owen Biddle, added fresh energy and personality to every song. The synergy between these talented individuals was palpable, enhancing the overall performance.

Classic hits like “Pulling Muscles (from the shell)”, “Tempted” and “Cool for Cats” led to electrifying solo performances by each member during “Black Coffee In Bed/Is That Love”. Melvin’s searing guitar solo, Stephen Large’s lively keyboard antics, Steve Smith’s percussion showcase, Owen’s thumping bass solo, and Simon Hanson’s drumming prowess left the audience in awe. The band’s energy and musicianship were truly exceptional.

Squeeze – Las Vegas 10/14/23

The Cyberiam (Deux-Oh) New Release

In honor of the release of The Cyberiam’s new album LIVE in Quebec City, recorded in Canada during the 2023 Riverside ID.Entity tour. The Cyberiam duo of Keith Semple and Brian Kovacs present stripped-down versions of songs from The Cyberiam catalog. Here are some unseen photos from their tour stop in Dallas, TX. You can also order the album here.

The Cyberiam (Deux-Oh) New Release

Mayday Parade – Toyota Music Factory – July 27th ’23

On July 27th, 2023, the Toyota Music Factory was set ablaze, as if a 100-degree night wasn’t hot enough, by the electrifying performance of Mayday Parade, the Florida-based band known for their dynamic blend of pop-punk, pop rock, and alternative rock. As the third opening act for headliner Yellowcard, following Anberlin’s powerful set, Mayday Parade took the stage and delivered a performance that was nothing short of extraordinary.

Mayday Parade – Toyota Music Factory – July 27th ’23

Anberlin’s Unforgettable Night – July 27th, 2023

In the end, Anberlin’s set at the Toyota Music Factory on July 27th was nothing short of phenomenal. Despite the unexpected absence of their lead singer, the band rose to the occasion and delivered a performance that left fans both satisfied and hungry for more.

Anberlin’s Unforgettable Night – July 27th, 2023

Mike + The Mechanics Refueled in Northampton

Mike + The Mechanics performed at  Royal & Derngate in Northampton on April 30, 2023 bringing the Refueled Tour, with a drop of Genesis to adoring fans! With Mike Rutherford at the helm of guitars and bass, Andrew Roachford on vocals and keys, Tim Howar on vocals, Luke Juby on keyboard, Anto Drennan on guitars and bass, and rounding out the rhythm, Nic Collins on drums, the band ran through a setlist of the greatest hits of both bands. Starting the night with Get Up, and running the gambit from Let Me Fly, Are You Ready, All I Need Is A Miracle and the Genesis classics Jesus He Knows Me, Invisible Touch, I Can’t Dance as well as adding Nobody’s Perfect to the setlist, the audience cherished every note of the 21 song performance. Below is a variety of images captured that night.

Mike + The Mechanics Refueled in Northampton

Riverside at Amplified Live

Riverside, a progressive rock/metal band hailing from Warsaw, Poland, has made a significant impact on the music scene since their formation in 2001. Known for their unique sound and thought-provoking lyrics, Riverside has consistently pushed the boundaries of the progressive rock genre, creating music that is both complex and emotionally charged. With their exceptional musicianship and dynamic performances, Riverside has gained a dedicated following of fans around the world. 

In what would be one of the final performances of any act at Amplified Live in Dallas, TX on February 21st, Riverside was supremely impressive. Mariusz Duda’s soulful vocals, Piotr Grudziński’s guitar work is impressive while Piotr Kozieradzki’s drumming is tight and precise, driving the music forward with dynamic rhythms, and rounding out the bands sound is Michał Łapaj’s keyboards that add rich textures and atmospheric layers to the sound. The band’s ability to effortlessly navigate complex time signatures and incorporate various musical influences into their compositions is truly commendable, showcasing their high level of musicianship.

This performance of 12 songs was a treat for all of the progressive rock/metal enthusiasts in the audience. Their energy and passion were palpable, drawing the audience into their world of music. The band’s chemistry on stage is evident, with their tight playing and seamless transitions between different sections of their songs. This American leg of their tour in support of ID. Entity left the audience wanting more. With their growing following, more U.S. touring is almost certain. (Setlist below images)

Setlist:

#Addicted

Panic Room

Landmine Blast

Big Tech Brother

Left Out

Post-Truth

The Place Where I Belong

Egoist Hedonist

We Got Used to Us

Self-Aware

Encore:

Conceiving You

Friend or Foe?

Riverside at Amplified Live

Mike + The Mechanics Refueled Tour – Sheffield City Hall

Mike + The Mechanics performed at Sheffield City Hall on Thursday April 27th to bring the Refueled Tour, with a drop of Genesis tour to adoring fans! With Mike Rutherford at the helm of guitars and bass, Andrew Roachford on vocals and keys, Tim Howar on vocals, Luke Juby on keyboard, Anto Drennan on guitars and bass, and rounding out the rhythm, Nic Collins on drums, the band ran through a setlist of the greatest hits of both bands. Starting the night with Get Up, and running the gambit from Let Me Fly, Are You Ready, All I Need Is A Miracle and the Genesis classics Jesus He Knows Me, Invisible Touch, I Can’t Dance and more the audience cherished every note of the 20 song performance. Below is a variety of images captured that night.

Mike + The Mechanics
Mike + The Mechanics
Mike + The Mechanics
Mike + The Mechanics Refueled Tour – Sheffield City Hall