Boston at Pittsburgh’s Key Bank Pavilion

Review and pix: Ed Thompson

The anticipation for Boston at Pittsburgh’s Key Bank Pavilion was so/so leading up the show Friday for a few reasons. One, they were calling for 3 inches of rain between 9 pm and 12 am along with dangerous lightning, which coincidently was the same time Boston would be hitting the stage and playing. The other reason was going to see yet another legendary 70’s-80’s rock band minus their original lead singer and a few other members. Much like Journey and Foreigner though, Boston was making it apparently with Tommy DeCarlo. So, I just had to go and see what it was about. I can’t deny that when I saw the summer schedule had Boston on, I did get excited to see one of my favorite bands growing up.


Joan Jett was the supporting act, and unfortunately, she did not allow any photographers for the show. I will say this, however, her set list, for the most part, hasn’t changed over the years, yet she continues to have a great and strong rock voice hitting all the notes she needs to, to complete her set. With that being said, the roadies QUICKLY got the stage ready and Boston hit the stage promptly at the time the said earlier in the day. I think the weather or the threat of severe weather really kept the crews tight with the time Boston was set to hit the stage.

Boston opened with Rock and Roll Band as expected with a brief guitar opening by original member Tom Scholz.  The transition into RNR Band was nice. Nothing spectacular, but it got the crowd jumping and in the mood for the show that would test the crowd at times due to the ever-changing weather conditions.

The setlist rolled right into the meat of the show with Feelin’ Satisfied, Smokin’ and Heaven on Earth. I think the crowd really got up on their feet and stayed there with Peace of Mind and It’s Been Such a Long Time.  The band lead by Tommy DeCarlo kept the crowd guessing and wanting more and more Boston. The main chunk of their sets were many favorites such as Cool The Engines, Hollyann, I think I Like it and Something About You. At the mid-way point, the weather changed and really hit the Key Bank Pavilion pretty hard. When you can feel the rain at the sound boards, you know you are having some serious weather.  I’m not sure if the band upped the tempo at all or cut out some talking to the fans, but I think with the imminent weather, they would have been smart to do so. I’ve been to a few shows at the pavilion before when the delayed or stopped the show due to weather. Luckily tonight for Boston, they did not.


Tommy DeCarlo is a dead ringer in my opinion for a seasoned Brad Delp. Close your eyes and as a general Boston fan, you can’t really tell the difference. Probably for the hard core fans, that’s untrue.


Amanda was INCREDIBLE. Insert the “dead ringer” comment here again regarding DeCarlo and Delp. Put that same insert for More Than a Feeling. Loved both these songs and the way the band performed them. Truly the highlight of the night for me and many of the fans tonight.  DeCarlo had a great night vocally. He kept the crowd in the palm of his hand pretty much all night long.  He played the crowd well and the crowd I think played him well too.


Winding down towards the home stretch brought The Journey and To Be a Man and Foreplay/Long Time. Most definitely with the weather coming into their concerns, the encore was a one song encore and was just incredible. Party closed out the night and left the Boston fans of Pittsburgh already looking at their phones seeing if Boston will roll through in the fall or winter. Unfortunately, for them, there are no more Pgh dates even close.  The fans from the Steel City will probably have to wait till next summer to get another dose of their BOSTON.


All in all, a great show.  DeCarlo was strong from start to finish.  No real surprises.  Your basic, strong performance by the sole survivor of the original band from Boston and some very talented musicians.


Rusted Root Back in the ‘Burg June 23rd! FREE SHOW!!!

by Ed Thompson, Pittsburgh Music Magazine

The Root faithful in Pittsburgh have barely had a chance to settle down from Rusted Roots visit back home in April to Jergel’s Rhythm Grille in Warrendale PA. Michael Glabicki and the band left the sold out crowd begging for more.  But, relax, your prayers to the Root God’s have been answered.  Rusted Root fans will get a chance to see their hometown favorites just two months later when they will kick off Station Square’s “Summer Jamz 17” schedule of FREE concerts this Friday June 23rd.  Rusted Root will be supported by an opening act named “The Wailer’s” to warm up the crowd. The Wailers will take the stage at 7pm with Michael Glabicki and his bandmates hitting the stage around 830pm.


Earlier this spring and even more recently on their sporadic tour, Glabicki and the band have been giving the fans between 12-16 songs depending upon the time and venue. More recently, they have run through all their hits like “Welcome To My Party” which appears to have been the bands choice and fan favorite for the opening song throughout the spring and early summer. In addition, Lost In a Crowd, Back to Earth and Man, Not Machine have been the meat of their shows. The obvious fan favorites and hits “Ecstasy, “Voodoo” and the incredibly successful “Send Me On My Way” have been set closers or encores.


As you may remember, “Ecstasy” and “Send Me On My Way” were two of Rusted Roots early hits from 1995. This song began the Root verbiage of “oombayseeyou” and “seemoobadeeyah” which have since been sung by the crowds   just about every night since when Rusted Root provides the music. “Send Me On Your  Way” was records in 1994 and released on the “When I Woke” album.


Rusted Root wil take the stage Friday at Pittsburgh’s Station Square around 830pm to kick off the Summer Jamz 17 concert schedule.. If you missed the April show at Jergal’s, Glabicki and the band will probably forgive you.  But if you miss this one, I’m not so sure.

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Safe In Sound Festival Hits Pittsburgh Nov 18th

safe-in-sound-squareSafe In Sound Festival is the biggest touring festival of its kind. The bass heavy tour featuring sound system legends, PK Sound, is back for its third annual run touching down in over 25+ cities across the states. I thought it might be of interest to you that Safe In Sound will be coming to Pittsburgh on Friday November 18th to take over the Diesel Club Lounge.

The lineup for the Pittsburgh stop is:

Borgore (Headlining)

Snails (Co Headlining)

The one of a kind, bass crazed, Rockstar Energy Drink Presents Safe In Sound Festival is back for its third year running. The festival is set to tour the United States, kicking off in Houston, Texas early September and will run its course with over 25 stops including cities such as Dallas, Chicago, New York City, and many more across the states. Per usual, the festival is bringing along the sound system legends, PK Sound to handle and gracefully share the sonic madness of the bass that Safe In Sound is known for.

Borgore will be overseeing most stops of the festival, with special guest headliners such as Flux Pavilion, Brillz, Zomboy, Slander, SNAILS, Ookay, and NGHTMRE.  Additional support comes from electronic acts such as Terravita, Dirtyphonics, Must Die!, and a handful of others. There’s something refreshing about one day festivals, especially those that tour so don’t miss your chance to get yourself wrapped up in some bass driven. Tickets for all announced dates are available for purchase, below is the ticket link with the dates listed. Please note that more dates will be announced.

Safe In Sound is proud to welcome its partners and sponsors Rockstar Energy Drink, Aircom Audio, Cosmic Fog, Sound Rink and Peta2.

Tickets Here

10/31 – Kansas City MO – Arvest Bank Theater
11/4 – Broomfield (Denver) CO – 1st Bank Center
11/18 – Pittsburgh PA –  Diesel

11/19 – Atlanta GA – Atlanta Coliseum
11/25 – Sacramento CA – Sacramento Memorial Auditorium
11/26 – Berkeley CA – UC Theater
+ many more TBA

Bret Michaels Live – hosted by Mark Cuban TONIGHT


Singer, songwriter, and actor, Bret Michaels is coming to you live tonight on AXS TV’s new Summer Concert Series hosted by Mark Cuban! Bret became a rock icon as the frontman of Poison, one of the biggest hair metal bands of the 1980’s. We’re bringing you this concert LIVE from the Bomb Factory in Dallas, Texas.

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The Suffers @ Diesel Club on 9/27

*Debut Self-Titled Album Now Available On iTunesAmazon & Spotify*

Watch The Suffers’ Music Video For “Midtown” on Saint Heron & “Peanuts” on Afropunk
Watch The Suffers Perform “Midtown” & “Peanuts” On Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Watch The Suffers Perform “Gwan” on Late Show With David Letterman 
Watch The Suffers’ NPR Tiny Desk Concert, Here:
“If you can’t do this, get out of the business!”
– David Letterman
“They’re the sort of neo-retro group you never knew music was so badly missing”
“‘Make Some Room,’ opens with a blast of classic-sounding R&B horns 
and spends the next four and a half minutes subtly shifting from slinky to soaring and back again.”
Houston’s award-winning 10-piece ensemble, The Suffers, have announced additional fall tour dates with special guests Jakübi! The tour will now run through November 20th and hit 7 more cities across the US. Check out the full list of dates below!  The band officially released their debut self-titled album on February 12th, which is now available on iTunesAmazon & Spotify.Surrounding the release, The Suffers performed on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah and Jimmy Kimmel Live (!
Last year brought the band to new heights, as they played 150+ shows across North America, visited NPR in Washington, DC for a Tiny Desk Concert, and made their national television debut on Late Show With David Letterman.
Established in 2011, The Suffers’ lineup was curated by bassist Adam Castaneda and vocalist/keyboardist Pat Kelly, who brought on trumpet player Jon Durbin, trombonist Michael Razo,guitarist Kevin Bernier, percussionist Jose “Chapy” Luna, and drummer/vocalist Nick Zamora. Jazz saxophonist Cory Wilson and guitarist/vocalist Alex Zamora filled out the rhythm section, while frontwoman Kam Franklin topped off the group with soaring vocals.
In a short time, the band has progressed from packing Houston venues to accepting invitations for featured performances at Hangout Music Festival, Forecastle Festival, Electric Forest Festival, Pemberton Music Festival, Austin City Limits, Newport Folk Festival, XPoNential Festival, Landmark Music Festival, Voodoo Music + Arts Experience, LouFest, AmericanaFest, UTOPiAfest, SXSWFree Press Summer FestivalUntapped Festival, CMJ Music Marathon, and more. The Suffers have remained a local favorite, accepting 20 Houston Press Music Awards in the last three years.
For further information on The Suffers, please visit: