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August 2019

Q&A: Nickelback

Love them or hate them (and there are plenty on both sides), Nickelback is undoubtedly one of the most popular and profitable rock bands of the 21st century.

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Donna Leahey
August 2019

Q&A: Brian Setzer

Whether playing large clubs, theaters, casinos, or festivals, Brian Setzer’s Rockabilly Riot knows how to capture an audience’s attention and turn the show into an interactive exchange of energy.

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G.K. Hizer
August 2019

Q&A: Spin Doctors

Thirty years is a rock ‘n’ roll eternity for bands. But the surviving Spin Doctors have never been a band for backslaps and self-congratulation.

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G.K. Hizer
July 2019

Q&A: Tony Danza

You may know Tony Danza best from his television years ("Taxi," "Who’s the Boss?") or his short pugilist career. But Danza is also a teacher, song-and-dance man, and storyteller.

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Donna Leahey
July 2019

Q&A: The Marshall Tucker Band

While The Marshall Tucker Band reached the height of its commercial success by the end of the ‘70s, it has recorded and performed continuously under various lineups for 45 years.

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G.K. Hizer
July 2019

Q&A: The Fray

Although pop and adult contemporary formats gravitated to The Fray’s pop sensibilities, the band’s rock roots have shined through the gloss and sheen with an electrifying live show.

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G.K. Hizer
June 2019

Q&A: Rodney Carrington

Heartland humorist Rodney Carrington continues to keep audiences cracking up to the Texas-born funnyman’s blunt and uncompromising comedy and country songs.

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Donna Leahey
June 2019

Q&A: Trace Adkins

A former oil rigger from Louisiana, the 6-foot-6 honky-tonk baritone Trace Adkins is still standing tall behind a catalog of time-honored hit singles.

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G.K. Hizer
June 2019

Q&A: Kenny Loggins

Kenny Loggins continues to demonstrate is his ability to use music to take a crowd on a journey not just through his career, but also through his life.

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G.K. Hizer
May 2019

Q&A: Darren Knight

In a few years, Darren Knight has gone from practically unemployed to one of the most followed comics on social media and anointed as the heir apparent to Jeff Foxworthy's redneck routines.

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Donna Leahey
May 2019

Q&A: Jonny Lang

Regardless of which way Jonny Lang's songwriting takes him, the one constant that always figures to remain in place is his exquisite and thoroughly dynamic style of guitar playing.

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G.K. Hizer
May 2019

Q&A: Old 97's

Since the band’s 1994 debut album "Hitchhike to Rhome," Old 97’s have mixed the explosiveness of punk rock and the raw sounds of alternative music with heavy doses of classic country swagger.

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G.K. Hizer
April 2019

Q&A: The Doobie Brothers

The Doobie Brothers have been delivering mind-blowing, roots-based, harmony-laden, guitar-driven rock ‘n’ roll for over four decades.

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Donna Leahey
April 2019

Q&A: Gladys Knight

Very few singers over the last 50 years have matched Gladys Knight's unassailable artistry.

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G.K. Hizer
April 2019

Q&A: Walk Off the Earth

A Canadian four-piece band, Walk Off the Earth, may have found fame with covers and YouTube exposure, but the group also produces plenty of catchy original tunes.

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G.K. Hizer
March 2019

Q&A: Chris Young

A smooth, nimble baritone, Chris Young has become one of country's most reliable hitmakers (and a member of the Grand Ole Opry) since winning "Nashville Star" in 2006.

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Donna Leahey
March 2019

Q&A: 3 Doors Down

Songs like "Kryptonite" and "Here Without You" ruled the airwaves in the new century as 3 Doors Down cemented their multi-platinum status.

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G.K. Hizer
March 2019

Q&A: Smash Mouth

The guys behind classics like "I'm a Believer," "All Star," and 'Walkin' on the Sun" will be bringing an arsenal of belters to the Skyline Event Center for some nostalgic singalongs.

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G.K. Hizer
February 2019

Q&A: Styx

Styx has a history that looms so large, which is not surprising given the songwriting talent in the band, starting with guitar duo Tommy Shaw and James “J.Y.” Young.

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Donna Leahey
February 2019

Q&A: Michael Bolton

Best known for his soft rock ballads, soulful tenor vocals and that hair, multiple Grammy winner Michael Bolton has sold more than 70 million albums and opened for Ozzy Osbourne.

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Donna Leahey
February 2019

Q&A: Willie Nelson

Few artists can hope to have a music career as long and as storied as 85-year-old Willie Nelson who's still on the road because it makes him happier than contemplating retirement.

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G.K. Hizer
February 2019

Q&A: Better Than Ezra

Better Than Ezra, which quickly became a staple in the ’90s alt-rock scene following their debut album "Deluxe" in 1995, is still “GRATEFUL” to be touring and staying in touch with industry trends.

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G.K. Hizer
January 2019

Q&A: Boyz II Men

Since BoyZ II Men first began rehearsing together at the Philadelphia High School for the Creative and Performing Arts, those golden, intertwined doo-wop pipes have defined the hitmakers.

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Donna Leahey
January 2019

Q&A: David Spade

David Spade’s sarcastic brand of comedy came to national attention with his run on Saturday Night Live in the early 1990s and continued with television and movie success.

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G.K. Hizer
December 2018

Q&A: Jo Koy

After getting his start in Las Vegas, Jo Koy has become one of today’s most in-demand comedians with his takes on American-Filipino family life and what a true functional family looks like.

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Donna Leahey
December 2018

Q&A: Jon Pardi

Between his debut "Write You a Song" and subsequent hits, Jon Pardi continues to prove that as pop-oriented as country music has become, there’s always room for a classic-country-leaning artist.

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G.K. Hizer
November 2018

Q&A: Frankie Valli

Frankie Valli has been the muscular voice and the talent behind hit music for six decades and shows no sign of slowing down.

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Donna Leahey
November 2018

Q&A: Scotty McCreery

The road from the 10th season of "American Idol" led straight to a No. 1 debut album for Scotty McCreery, who has taken more control of his recordings and Elvis influence.

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G.K. Hizer
October 2018

Q&A: Garbage

Garbage’s smart fusion of alt-rock with electronica and hip-hop sampling techniques, and Shirley Manson’s magnetism as a frontwoman, earned them success that still defies classification.

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Donna Leahey
September 2018

Q&A: Clint Black

Clint Black has remained one of country music’s most talented stars as a multi-instrumentalist who continues to write his own songs and achieve success without trading his attitude for soulless hits.

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G.K. Hizer
August 2018

Q&A: Ken Jeong

A classic scene stealer (remember Mr. Chow jumping naked out of the trunk in "The Hangover"?), doctor-turned-actor Ken Jeong still has the perfect prescription for the monotony of life: laughing.

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Donna Leahey
July 2018

Q&A: The Oak Ridge Boys

The Oak Ridge Boys, who crossed over from gospel music into country and on into pop in the mid-1970s, have returned to their roots with an album Elvis would be proud of: 17th Avenue Revival.

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Donna Leahey
June 2018

Q&A: Howie Mandel

Howie Mandel has proven to be as versatile an entertainer as there is in the business, but doing stand-up comedy is still what brings him the most joy.

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G.K. Hizer
May 2018

Q&A: I Love the 90's

The “I Love the 90’s” hip-hop-heavy lineup featuring Vanilla Ice, Young MC, Salt-N-Pepa and Rob Base brings familiar songs and familiar vibes, creating the perfect nostalgia trip to The Joint: Tulsa.

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G.K. Hizer
May 2018

Q&A: ZZ Top

One of the few bands with the same lineup for nearly 50 years, ZZ Top’s blues rock shows continue to prove they’re more than just a pair of cheap sunglasses.

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Donna Leahey
April 2018

Q&A: Foreigner

The latest incarnation of Mick Jones’ Foreigner, with former headbanger Kelly Hansen on vocals, is still “Hot Blooded,” displaying a youthful energy that drives 40 years of hits.

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Donna Leahey
April 2018

Q&A: 38 Special

Southern rockers 38 Special are still “Rockin’ into the Night” with their red-blooded and blue-collared songs that blend melody and harmony with just enough grit to take you “Back to Paradise.”

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G.K. Hizer
March 2018

Q&A: Chicago

From its Windy City beginnings in 1967 to its adult contemporary dominance in the '80s and '90s, no other rock band has done it better with horns despite lineup changes and over 50 years of touring.

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Donna Leahey
March 2018

Q&A: Olivia Newton-John

Aussie songbird Olivia Newton-John revisits her enormous hit catalog with a voice that over the decades has lost none of its ethereal sweetness and emotional intimacy.

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G.K. Hizer
February 2018

Q&A: Peter Cetera

Peter Cetera’s setlist balances material from both his solo albums and time in Chicago, while helping the audience put a “face” to the songs that probably jump-started plenty of relationships.

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G.K. Hizer
January 2018

Q&A: Brothers Osborne

The rootsy sibling duo Brothers Osborne are building success avoiding trendy sell-our-soul songs, instead focusing on a range of styles from southern rock to country and a side of blues.

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Donna Leahey
January 2018

Q&A: Criss Angel

The Mindfreak brings his famous sleight of hand, street magic, mentalism, and even some of his most iconic illusions to life in an intimate, raw setting.

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G.K. Hizer
December 2017

Q&A: LeAnn Rimes

Whether singing holiday classics or her country and pop hits, LeAnn Rimes will be helping fans get into the spirit as part of the “Today is Christmas” tour.

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Donna Leahey
December 2017

Q&A: Roots and Boots

Sammy Kershaw, Aaron Tippin and Collin Raye are proving their boots still have plenty of “sole” as they deliver the hits that bolstered ‘90s country music to the top of the charts.

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G.K. Hizer
November 2017

Q&A: Starship Featuring Mickey Thomas

A fixture on the classic rock tour, Mickey Thomas’s band sounds as youthful as ever while continuing to prove that nothing’s gonna stop Starship from laying it on the line for fans.

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G.K. Hizer
November 2017

Q&A: Eddie Money

With blue-collar rock hits such as “Shakin’,” “Two Tickets to Paradise,” and "Baby Hold On," the raspy-voiced rocker Eddie Money is still giving fans their money’s worth.

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G.K. Hizer
October 2017

Q&A: Lynyrd Skynyrd

The pioneering Southern rock group Lynyrd Skynyrd continues to flex its staying power muscle behind classic-rock staples like “Sweet Home Alabama,” “Gimme Three Steps,” and the iconic “Free Bird.”

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G.K. Hizer
October 2017

Q&A: Chase Rice

Separating himself from some of the Nashville flock, Chase Rice is ready to roar with a new album, Lambs & Lions, while continuing to reach higher to defy a Survivor-type music industry.

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Donna Leahey
September 2017

Q&A: Chris Isaak

With that haunting voice, fierce guitar playing, swaggerific outfits and a few dance steps, Chris Isaak promises a concert party and a few bad, bad things.

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Donna Leahey
September 2017

Q&A: Cole Swindell

Cole Swindell has graduated from selling tour merchandise for Luke Bryan, writing songs for Florida Georgia Line, and opening for Kenny Chesney, to “Chillin’ It” at the top of the charts on his own.

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G.K. Hizer
August 2017

Q&A: Ralphie May

The fearless funnyman with a renewed Las Vegas residency may be tired of the politically correct boo-hooing, but his standup act is helping fuel a national comedy boom.

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G.K. Hizer
August 2017

Q&A: Gary Allan

A modern day musical outlaw, Gary Allan continues to churn out metallic hits through his smoky-voiced songs and jewelry.

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Donna Leahey
July 2017

Q&A: Santana

Refusing to be imprisoned by any one musical genre, guitar virtuoso Carlos Santana and his band, Santana, continue to churn out significant and meaningful music that comes from his heart’s center.

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Donna Leahey
June 2017

Q&A: Sammy Hagar

With over four decades of music to select from, the nearly 70-year-old Sammy Hagar is still proving there’s only one way to rock.

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Donna Leahey
May 2017

Q&A: Kristin Chenoweth

The petite performer with the powerhouse pipes, Kristin Chenoweth, returns home to share a love letter.

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Donna Leahey
February 2017

Q&A: Whitney Cummings

With an honest, raw and usually no-holds-barred act that helps her work out personal issues, Whitney Cummings has no capacity for embarrassment.

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Donna Leahey
January 2017

Q&A: Charlie Wilson

From the highest of highs as an electric funk pioneer with his brothers in The Gap Band to the lowest of lows, Charlie Wilson’s personal and professional resurrection has been “Supa Sexy.”

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Donna Leahey