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Rock On The Range 2017 Lineup Announced

By Malcolm Abram Published: November 30, 2016

It's heavy. Why can't we have nice things like this?

The official screed:


The general onsale is Friday, December 2 at 10:00 AM EST. Beginning at that time, tickets will be available at, at Ticketmaster locations and the MAPFRE Stadium Box Office.

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Neil Diamond coming to "The Q" in May 2017

By Malcolm Abram Published: November 30, 2016

Not to be morose, but here's hoping Mr. Diamond survives 2016 to do the 50th Anniversary Tour.

It's been a harsh one for many folks in his business


CLEVELAND, OH (November 30, 2016) – Live Nation announced today that music icon, Grammy Award winner and Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Member, Neil Diamond, will celebrate his unparalleled career spanning 50 years with a world tour. The 50 Year Anniversary World Tour, produced by Live Nation, will begin April 7 in Fresno, CA and will visit cities across North America including New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Toronto, Vancouver, Tampa and more as the incomparable artist performs songs from his iconic discography. North American tour dates are listed below. Europe and U.K. dates to be announced soon.

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Bryan Ferry returning to romance Cleveland in Song

By Malcolm Abram Published: November 30, 2016

Still so smooth...

Cleveland, OH-Coming full circle…Roxy Music with Bryan Ferry was a certain sellout every time they played Playhouse Square’s Allen Theatre in the early ‘70s.  After fronting Roxy Music for many years, Ferry also found success as a highly lauded solo artist, last performing as such last performed in 2011 at Playhouse Square.

Now Ferry returns with his catalog of hits…both solo and with Roxy Music. He will play the State Theatre Sun., March 26 at 7:30 pmTickets go on sale this Fri., 12/02, at 216-241-6000, and the Playhouse Square Ticket Office. Prices will be $100, $79.50, $59.50 & $39.50.

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Jay-Z announces pre-election concert for Hillary in Cleveland

By Malcolm X Abram Published: October 24, 2016

He's at it again.

Emcee/hip hop mogul/Mr. Beyonce Jay-Z is planning to stage another election year concert as he did back in 2008 at The Q featuring Lebron James dancing and cheering on stage for the rapper's entire set and again in Columbus in 2012 for Barack Obama with assistance from Bruce Springsteen.

According to Buzzfeed Jay-Z's staging the concert in the hope of mobilizing the black vote and stumping for Hillary Clinton (a.k.a Not Donald Trump).

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Rolling Stones announce Blues Album in December

By Malcolm Abram Published: October 6, 2016

Seems like all the old blues-loving Boomer bands get around to recording this kind of tribute record. Aerosmith, a sizable portion of Clapton's recent catalog, Tom Jones and many more. Bet those three days were the most fun Mick, Keef and Bill have had in a studio in years.

the official screed:


Five decades in the making and just three days to record

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Video: Black Keys' Patrick Carney, author David Giffels party with Akron Roundtable crowd

By Darrin Werbeck Published: October 3, 2016

Did you miss out on the Akron Roundtable's 40th Anniversary Celebration Dinner on Monday night? Lucky for you we captured some of the discussion with Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney and author David Giffels.

Check it out here and come back to later to read Malcolm X Abram's report on the festivities:

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Cliff Williams Quits AC/DC....again..

By Malcolm Abram Published: September 28, 2016

Sooooo, that leaves Angus and Axl...

Hey guys (mostly you Angus), I know this is your life's work, but It's totally OK if you guys just stop. Your a true Rocker, dude and your lovely wife Ellen, clearly She Likes Rock N Roll. And, I'd guess when it comes to the band your head is Hard As A Rock but, dude.

You've done far more than your part to let the world know that Rock 'N Roll Ain't Noise Pollution and millions and millions of fans hopped on the Rock N Roll Train and vicariously lived The Rock N Roll Dream learning that It's A Long Way To The Top If You Wanna Rock N Roll through your 4 decade long journey to Rock N Roll Damnation.

From the beginning you declared Let There Be Rock and then quickly informed us that There's Gonna Be Some Rockin and damnit, if you weren't right!

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The Pretenders coming back to Akron in November with show at E.J. Thomas, tickets on sale Friday

By Malcolm Abram Published: September 27, 2016





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Erick Church coming to Quicken Loans Arena in February

By Malcolm Abram Published: September 22, 2016

ERIC CHURCH brings HOLDIN’ MY OWN TOUR to QUICKEN LOANS ARENA on Friday, February 24th, 2017 at 8:00 p.m.

 EMI Nashville recording artist Eric Church will bring the “Holdin’ My Own Tour” to Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, OH on February 24, 2017.   Tickets go on-sale Friday, Sept. 30 at 10 a.m. at

For the first time ever, there will be no support act on this tour. Eric Church and the ECB will play two full sets with an intermission in between.

“The way this album came together mandated we release it as a surprise, straight to our fans, as it was important for me to deliver the music the same way the creativity hit me—directly and swiftly. What I didn’t anticipate is that it left me scratching my head a little as this year was supposed to be spent writing.”  Church continues, “What this year’s open schedule did afford us was time to think through the way the fans experience our music live, and it was important to us that we find a way to stick to these same principles when it came to approaching our shows, down to the way they go on sale.”


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Barking Spider Tavern ending it's 30 year reign on Sunday with farewell event

By Malcolm Abram Published: September 15, 2016

I didn't spend much time there, but it's a beloved place for singers, songwriters and musicians and the folks who love them for 30 years and two generations of Juredines.

"Dearest Musicians & Friends,

Please read this important message. Please share to spread the word. Hope to see you this weekend. Love to all!

The Barking Spider Tavern Offers A Final Farewell

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