Concerts

Something Else! Interview: Jim Weider of the Band

Something Else! Interview: Jim Weider of the Band

Woodstock native Jim Weider got to live out a musician’s dream, having been a fan of the Band at the turn of the 1970s before eventually joining Levon Helm, Rick Danko and Garth Hudson from 1985-99.

Hugh Laurie – Live on the Queen Mary (2013)

There is perhaps no more unpredictably weird image than Hugh Laurie — who, from 2004-12, played the Golden Globe-winning title protagonist on TV’s House — weaving his way through Professor Longhair

Shows I’ll Never Forget: Michael Nesmith, November 15, 2013

Shows I’ll Never Forget: Michael Nesmith, November 15, 2013

At City Winery, Chicago: Since 2012, Michael Nesmith has toured around the country with the Monkees and as a solo act.

The Rolling Stones – Sweet Summer Sun: Hyde Park Live (2013)

The Rolling Stones – Sweet Summer Sun: Hyde Park Live (2013)

There would be no poetry this time, some 44 years after the Rolling Stones last took the stage at London’s Hyde Park. Back then, in 1969, they were eulogizing Brian Jones, then just two days dead.

One Track Mind: Saga, “On the Loose” from Spin It Again!: Live in Munich (2013)

As “On the Loose” lifts off — first with the insectile thrill of Jim Gilmour’s keyboards, then with a full-throated roar from Michael Sadler — Saga’s new live set all but sells itself.

‘You know what? A real band plays live': Rush’s Neil Peart on why he’ll never retire again

‘You know what? A real band plays live': Rush’s Neil Peart on why he’ll never retire again

As Rush prepares to release Clockwork Angels Tour, Neil Peart discusses the moment when — after a brief retirement from concert performances — he decided that he had to return to the road.

Shows I’ll Never Forget: Poco, November 9, 2013

Shows I’ll Never Forget: Poco, November 9, 2013

At Chicago’s Mayne Stage: I was looking forward to seeing the band Poco again. I had the good fortune of seeing the band, or more accurately the Poco acoustic trio, in 2012.

Shows I’ll Never Forget: The Fab Faux, November 9, 2013

Shows I’ll Never Forget: The Fab Faux, November 9, 2013

At the Chicago Theatre: The phrase “Beatles tribute band” usually conjures images of costumes, bad wigs, and even worse pseudo-Liverpudlian accents.

‘I was just trying to breathe': Adam Lambert on his most memorable set with Queen

‘I was just trying to breathe': Adam Lambert on his most memorable set with Queen

Much has been made of Adam Lambert’s triumphal stateside debut in September with Queen. But that wasn’t close to the biggest, most pressure-filled date during his collaborative stint with Brian May and Roger Taylor.

David Lee Roth on Van Halen’s 1978 tour with Black Sabbath: ‘He passed out deader than fried chicken’

David Lee Roth on Van Halen’s 1978 tour with Black Sabbath: ‘He passed out deader than fried chicken’

Van Halen was in the midst of an early gig opening for Black Sabbath when, David Lee Roth says, something very funny happened.