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Bob Seger & The Bullet Band returning to Cleveland in December

By Malcolm Abram Published: September 25, 2014

I saw Seger & TSBB on their last trip to The Q back in '07 (I think) and it was a good show. Seger's signature rasp is still quite strong and there were a few surviving classic -lineup Silver Bullet Band members alongside some new blood.

Check out the new single Detroit Made at the bottom..Now that he's a classic rock revivalist, I'm sure Kid Rock is already figuring out how to rewrite/copy the tune for his next (probably gold selling) attempt at transforming into Kid Seger.



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U2 & Apple gave you a free record. Whether you wanted it or not.

By Malcolm Abram Published: September 16, 2014

So this whole U2 thing has been interesting.

About 500 Million folks in 119 countries around the world picked up their Apple dependent devices to discover U2's new surprise album Songs of Innocence downloaded and ready to go whether they wanted the album or not.

Apple says more than 33 million definitely did want the album while many other people wanted to punch the ghost of Steve Jobs and Bono in the face for sticking an unwanted batch of songs on their machines without permission and making it, (at least initially), difficult to remove because hey, it's a free U2 album who wouldn't want it?

If you're an artist who is not a multi-millionaire rock icon, the giving music away for free concept is already a tough but increasingly frequent pill to swallow, especially knowing that U2 got pizz-aid handsomely (estimates run from $30-$100 million), not to mention the bump in sales for the band's back catalog with an estimated 24 of the band's past albums including massive hits Joshua Tree and Achtung Baby reentering the Billboard Top 20 last week (coincidentally Bob Marley's Legend is currently in the Billboard 200 Top 5, raising its total to 293 weeks on a Billboard chart!).

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Black Keys rock The Q

By Malcolm Abram Published: September 7, 2014

The Black Keys returned to  Northeast Ohio for a homecoming concert at Quicken Loans Arena, Saturday night.

The West Akron-bred, Nashville-based rock duo performed about a 90-minute, 22-song set that leaned on material from their last four albums. Cleveland was the second stop on the Keys' Turn Blue U.S. rour after opening in Columbus Friday night and though the band played most the same songs, the band has already begun tinkering with the song order moving some hits and crowd pleasers such as “Your Touch” a bit later into the set to help keep the crowd energized throughout the show.

The Keys opened with the steady thump and catchy “la-la's” of "Dead and Gone" from their Grammy-winning 2011 album, El Camino. Singer/guitarist Dan Auerbach, wearing a t-shirt and jeans, and drummer Patrick Carney, in all black, along with backing musicians bassist Richard Swift and keyboardist/guitarist John Wood kept the pace steady with Auerbach exhorting the crowd to sing-a-long and dropping the occasional  local reference.

“We'd like to thank LeBron for letting us use his house for a night,” Auerbach said to cheers before the band tore tearing into "Gold On The Ceiling," the first of several sing-a-longs.

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Black Keys step up production values & lean on newer songs on U.S. Tour

By Malcolm Abram Published: September 6, 2014
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So, I saw the Black Keys' opening night show of the Turn Blue U.S. Tour at The Schottenstein Center in Columbus Friday night.

While I won't review the show here, (I'm saving that for tonight's show at "Da Q" in Cleveland, isn't the anticipation killing you?), but I will say the Akron slightly-still-blues-rock and arena-filling-rock duo has stepped up their production values a few notches in terms of their staging.

The set has many more lights and many more screens, but doesn't get to fancy with the visuals, i.e., know clips from their various videos or cameos by Lou Reed (U2 Zoo TV Tour? 1992? "Sattelite of Love" Anyone, no? I'm just old? Fine).

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Can't make it to the Black Keys' show in Columbus? Follow the coverage here

By Published: September 5, 2014
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The Black Keys are back in the Buckeye state with a performance tonight in Columbus to kick off the U.S. leg of their Turn Blue World Tour. The duo will continue their Ohio stint Saturday with a trip to Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. 

Can't make it to the show? Follow Beacon Journal music writer Malcolm X Abram and other staffers right here later tonight as they take in the sights and sounds of the Akron natives.

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R&B star USHER coming to Quicken Loans Arena in November

By Malcolm Abram Published: September 2, 2014

Grammy Award®-Winning Superstar's First Headlining Tour in Three Years Will Tour North America This Fall



Tickets On Sale Starting Monday, September 15th at 10:00 a.m.

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