Album Review: Styx – The Mission

Styx dives into its past with The Mission (out June 16) the band’s 16th studio album, it’s first in 14 years and a return to form as they invite the listener on a journey to Mars through this concept effort the classic rockers spent two years writing and recording. Styx is no stranger to concept albums finding smash hits in the 1980s with Paradise Theater and Kilroy Was Here. So, The Mission hardly qualifies as ground-breaking since it’s not the first time Styx or any band for that matter embarked on a journey to a faraway place and put it … Continue reading Album Review: Styx – The Mission

Concert Review: Def Leppard and Poison Have A Good Time in Portland

Bono take note: This is how you entertain and put on a rock concert. Def Leppard played to a jam packed, sold out crowd at the Moda Center on Saturday in Portland, OR along with a strong supporting act by fellow 1980s stalwarts Poison and thoroughly showed why 40 years later people still flock to these arena rock anthems played flawlessly by guys in their 50s. Let’s go a different route on the review as I usually write these with my “reporter’s hat” on, meaning if it’s good for this blog it’s good for a newspaper (that’s my personal expectation … Continue reading Concert Review: Def Leppard and Poison Have A Good Time in Portland