06/27/2014 Sevendust (Niagara Falls, NY @ Rapids Theatre)

By Eric Bonus | June 30, 2014 10:36 am

Xmas Day
Under It All
Skeleton Song
The Wait
Rumble Fish

Come Down
Got A Feeling
Angel’s Son

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06/21/2014 Weezer, DIIV (Rochester, NY @ Main Street Armory)

By Eric Bonus | June 25, 2014 12:02 pm

2014-06-21 22.36.35 Weezer

My Name Is Jonas
Hash Pipe
Perfect Situation
Island in the Sun
Beverly Hills
Dope Nose (sung by Scott Shriner)
Say It Ain’t So
Surf Wax America
The Good Life
(If You’re Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To
Keep Fishin’ (sung by Brian Bell)
El Scorcho
Pork and Beans
Photograph (sung by Pat Wilson)
Song 2 (Blur cover)

Undone – The Sweater Song
Buddy Holly

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06/19/2014 Nonpoint, Crows Cage, Divot (Akron, NY @ Braun’s Concert Cove)

By Eric Bonus | June 25, 2014 12:00 pm

I Said It
The Truth
Broken Bones
What a Day
Left For You
That Day
Breaking Skin
(1st time ever played)
Alive and Kicking
Bullet with a Name

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05/08/2014 Buckcherry, Fozzy, Adelita’s Way (Rochester, NY @ The Arena at the Main Street Armory)

By Eric Bonus | May 16, 2014 3:25 pm

It was at the “Arena” at the Armory… in the basement! (THERE IS NO BASEMENT AT THE ARMORY!) Long and narrow, reminiscent of the old Icon in Buffalo. Dark and grungy. The perfect place for Buckcherry. Due to my usual being on “Nate Time”, I only got to see 2 Adelita’s Way songs (Sick, Invincible) but they sounded pretty good.

Met up with Scott and Mark, and we hung in the back for Fozzy, but not before I snapped a pic of lead singer (and Best In The World At What He Does) Chris Jericho with his ubiqutious light-up jacket!

2014-05-08 20.54.05 fozzy

Musically, I wanted to like them more than I actually did. They’re just a touch too-classic metal for me, and Jericho’s singing voice isn’t my favorite. They’re not bad by any means, just not my cup of tea.

Buckcherry came out to a decidedly small, but enthusiastic crowd and started immediately with Lit Up, much to the delight of just about everyone. They sounded great, lots of energy all night. They played a good mix of songs, including all the favorites / radio hits, and a lot of stuff that I didn’t hear when I saw them at Genesee Brewery in 2011. The smallish crowd didn’t seem to phase them in the least, as it was just as good of a show as it would have been upstairs with a full barn. Good times!

I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the spectacle that was almost equal to Buckcherry’s set, and unfortunately even closer to us than the band was, despite the small venue: The sweaty fat couple that were all over each other for the entire show. Drunk and sloppy is no way to go through a concert, but damned if they didn’t try. They kept it up for the better part of three-quarters of the set before a security guard finally dragged the dude away. (The woman stuck around for some inexplicable reason.) I’ve seen people try to make out in the crowd at a show before, but this was unprecedented. Put the CD on, drink for cheaper, and stay home folks.

Buckcherry Setlist:
Lit Up
Imminent Bail Out
All Night Long
Porno Star
Dreamin’ of You
Crazy Bitch

I Love It (“Say F*ck It”) (Icona Pop cover)
Too Drunk…



Crazy Bitch (clip)

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Black Stone Cherry – 2014 – Magic Mountain

By Eric Bonus | May 14, 2014 6:00 pm

Artist: Black Stone Cherry
Title: Magic Mountain
Label: Roadrunner
Released: May 6, 2014
Packaging: Jewel Case
Pack-in DVD?
Release Type: Best Buy Exclusive


#Holding On…To Letting Go
#Peace Pipe
#Bad Luck & Hard Love
#Me And Mary Jane
#Magic Mountain
#Never Surrender
#Blow My Mind
#Fiesta Del Fuego
#Dance Girl
#Hollywood In Kentucky
#Remember Me
#Leave Your World Behind

Review: The band commented on the making of Magic Mountain stating, “Not since before our first album have we felt the freedom and confidence that we felt while writing and recording this album. After touring the world behind three previous albums that we are extremely proud of, we feel this album best captures the live energy, honesty and vibe that encompasses our true musicianship.”

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Down – 2014 – Down IV Part II

By Eric Bonus | May 14, 2014 6:00 pm

Artist: Down
Title: Down IV Part II
Label: Down
Released: May 13, 2014
Packaging: Digipack
Pack-in DVD?
Release Type: Standard


#We Knew Him Well
#Hogshead / Dogshead
#Sufferer’s Years


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Eric Hutchinson – 2014 – Pure Fiction

By Eric Bonus | April 27, 2014 6:00 pm

Artist: Eric Hutchinson
Title: Pure Fiction
Label: Let’s Break Records
Released: Apr 8, 2014
Packaging: Digipack
Pack-in DVD?
Release Type: Standard


#Tell The World
#A Little More
#I Goit The Feelin Now
#Goodnight Goodbye
#Love Like You
#I Don’t Love U
#Sun Goes Down
#Forget About Joni (Acoustic)
#Shine On Me (Acoustic)


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Sevendust – 2014 – Time Travelers & Bonfires

By Eric Bonus | April 27, 2014 6:00 pm

Artist: Sevendust
Title: Time Travelers & Bonfires
Label: 7Bros
Released: Apr 15, 2014
Packaging: Jewel Case
Pack-in DVD?
Release Type: Standard
Autographed? Autographed


#Come Down
#Under It All
#The Wait
#Upbeat Sugar
#One Life

Review: Six new ones, six old ones. All acoustic. Rock!

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04/10/2014 Gavin DeGraw, Parachtue, Rozzi Crane (Buffalo, NY @ SUNY Buffalo Center for the Arts)

By Eric Bonus | April 10, 2014 11:59 pm

Four months later, Tiff finally cashed in on her Christmas present… 2nd row seats! So the first act up was Rozzi Crane. In short, she sounds like Adele, looks like she’s out of the 90′s, and her backing band (read: two dudes with a keyboard and electronic drumkit) sounds like they’re from 1985. Great voice, iffy songs. She’s aligned with Adam Levine, so I’m sure we’ll probably be sick of hearing about her sooner rather than later. Given her age (23 I think?), I wasn’t sold that she’s a “Crazy-Ass Bitch” either, as her last song proclaimed.

Parachute was next, and they were pretty good, better than I expected. Light pop-rock, but real instruments, a real band, and the guys could play. This crowd was heavily skewed to the female persuasion (like 95%-5% female), and a lot of them rushed to the front of the stage for these guys. During their cover of Springsteen’s “Dancing In The Dark”, the lead singer was running across the stage, tripped on a cord and took a pretty wicked dive. Full marks though, he popped right back up, owned it, and soldiered right on with the song. Good on ya, dude!

She Is Love

Finally time for Gavin, and it had been nearly ten years since we’d seen him on back to back nights in Buffalo and Rochester, so we were ready to hear some newer stuff in the live setting. He delivered, with a good mix across the five albums, with a couple of covers thrown in for good measure. The ladies in attendance sang loud and proud all night, and the few that were fortunate enough to be up against the stage received plenty of attention from their hero. His backing band was fantastic, and included bassist James Cruz, who used to be in Splender. Overall, a fine set from one of Tiff’s pop artists that I can say I truly enjoy.

Gavin DeGraw
Make a Move
Run Every Time
Who’s Gonna Save Us
Follow Through
We Belong Together
Best I Ever Had
She’s Always a Woman (Billy Joel cover)
Where You Are
Rumour Has It (Adele cover)
Every Little Bit
More Than Anyone
Finest Hour
I Don’t Want To Be

Leading Man
Not Over You

Make A Move


Follow Through

I Don’t Wanna Be

Not Over You

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Fuel – 2014 – Puppet Strings

By Eric Bonus | March 8, 2014 6:00 pm

Artist: Fuel
Title: Puppet Strings
Label: Megaforce
Released: Mar 3, 2014
Packaging: Jewel Case
Pack-in DVD?
Release Type: Standard
Autographed? Autographed


#Soul To Preach To
#Hey Mama
#Time For Me To Stop
#Cold Summer
#I Can See The Sun
#Puppet Strings
#What We Can Never Have


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