LIMELIGHT MAGAZINE’S TOP 10 CONCERTS OF 2018

In 2018, we attended 21 concerts, which is down from 28 in 2017. Of the acts we got to see perform, we saw 17 for the first time. It was another great year to remove so many bands from our bucket list.  Many of the other artists who we’ve seen more than once, such as Steve Wilson (six times), Primus (11 times) and Kansas (eight times), put on the best shows we’ve ever seen them perform. So, without further ado, here is Limelight Magazine’s top 10 concerts of 2018, which is followed by the complete list of shows we’ve seen this year. (Please note: this list does not include any shows booked by JKB Entertainment Group/Limelight Magazine in 2017).

Top 10 Concerts of 2018

  1. Steve Wilson with Paul Draper (Berklee, Boston)
  2. Primus with Mastodon (Blue Hills Pavilion, Boston)
  3. Ghost (Boch Center, Boston)
  4. Kansas (Hanover Theatre, Worcester)
  5. Lindsey Buckingham (Garde Arts Center, New London, CT)
  6. Glenn Hughes (Strand Theatre, Providence, RI)
  7. Thomas Dolby (Center for the Arts in Natick)
  8. Haken & Leprous with Bent Knee (Sinclair, Cambridge)
  9. Michael Schenker with Bad Marriage (Berklee, Boston)
  10. Hammerfall with Flotsman and Jetsman (The Palladium, Worcester)

Complete List of Concerts for 2018

  1. March 6 – Alice Cooper (Boch Theatre, Boston)
  2. March 9 – Michael Schenker with Bad Marriage (Berklee Performing Arts Center, Boston)
  3. March 31 – Blue Oyster Cult (Narrows Center, Fall River)
  4. April 7 – UDO Dirkschneider (The Palladium, Worcester) [FIRST TIME]
  5. April 27 – Steve Wilson with Paul Draper (Berklee, Boston)
  6. May 10 – Air Supply @ (Plymouth Memorial Hall, Plymouth) [FIRST TIME]
  7. May 12 – Rick Springfield (Twin River Events Center, Lincoln, RI) [FIRST TIME]
  8. May 25 – Hammerfall with Flotsman and Jetsman (The Palladium Worcester) [FIRST TIME]
  9. May 26 – Primus with Mastodon (Bold Point Park, East Providence, RI)
  10. May 29 – Primus with Mastodon (Blue Hills Pavilion, Boston)
  11. July 9 – Joe Jackson (Strand Theatre, Providence, RI) [FIRST TIME]
  12. July 15 – Retro Futura featuring ABC, Belinda Carlisle, Modern English, The Outfield’s Tony Lewis and  Kajagoogoo’s Limahl (Lynn Memorial Auditorium, Lynn) [FIRST TIME, EXCEPT MODERN ENGLISH]
  13. August 4 – Thomas Dolby (Center for the Arts in Natick) [FIRST TIME]
  14. September 8 -Terry Bozzio (Narrows Center for the Arts, Fall River)
  15. September 21 – Glenn Hughes (Strand Theatre, Providence, RI) [FIRST TIME]
  16. October 5 – Diana Ross (Providence Performing Arts Center, Providence, RI) [FIRST TIME]
  17. November 4 – Haken & Leprous with Bent Knee (Sinclair, Cambridge) [FIRST TIME]
  18. November 17 – Kansas (Hanover Theatre, Worcester)
  19. November 28 – Steve Wilson (House of Blues, Boston)
  20. November 29 – Lindsey Buckingham (Garde Arts Center, New London, CT) [FIRST TIME]
  21. December 14 – Ghost (Boch Center, Boston) [FIRST TIME]

 

 

 

LIMELIGHT MAGAZINE’S TOP 10 ALBUMS OF 2018

It’s that time of year where Limelight Magazine lists our top 10 albums of the year.  We listened to nearly 200 studio albums that were released in 2018 and these records  are the cream of the crop, showing these talented musicians at the peak of their game.
1. Leather – II

You might be forgiven if you were left wondering just how good the new solo album from Leather Leone would sound after a nearly 30 year break since her first solo disc Shock Waves. I say might because if you’ve ever heard Leather’s vocals, you should know that invariably the material always rises to the top. On the simply titled II, Leather and her “Boys From Brazil,” just annihilate all comers. I got to review the album upon its release back in April and I said that the material would leave you shell shocked with its unrestrained power, aggressive melodies and Leather’s signature vocal sound. I also proclaimed it should be considered a candidate for album of the year. As it turned out, that wasn’t just hyperbole from being on a musically induced high while writing that review. II maintained a thrilling high energy charge each and every time you listen to the album and could be seen not only as an equal to any of her past works but might just be the singularly best album she’s ever done. (Standout Tracks: “Juggernaut” and “Hidden In The Dark”) – Jay Roberts

2. Judas Priest – Firepower

Rob Halford, Glenn Tipton, Ian Hill and the rest of Judas Priest have had themselves quite a year. And it all stems from the release of the outstanding Firepower album. While Tipton himself has been somewhat sidelined due to health issues, the band has kept firing on all cylinders with guitarists Richie Faulkner and Andy Sneap providing a “youthful” burst of aggressive intensity that fuels the album like you wouldn’t believe. I wrote in my review of the disc that if there was any question about Priest remaining both the Metal Gods and Defenders of the Faith, that Firepower would dispel that notion and leave doubters begging for forgiveness. And that isn’t just blowing smoke. Because the 14 songs on the album are outstanding. Even the one song I initially didn’t care that much for (“Flamethrower”) ended up being one that I would sing along to joyously upon each successive spin of the album. You might think that I’m overstating things a bit given the level of their past discography, but for me at least, the all out aggressive metallic attack that the band spews forth shows that Judas Priest has plenty of ammunition left to them and leaves me with the impression that Firepower is one of the best albums of the band’s storied career. (Standout Tracks: “Traitor’s Gate” and “No Surrender”) – Jay Roberts

3. Metal Church – Damned If You Do

When Metal Church reunited with front man Mike Howe in 2016, they recorded a stellar comeback album called XI to critical acclaim. Now, two years later, the veteran West Coast hard rockers raise the bar even higher with their 12th studio album Damned If You Do. The 10 tracks on this disc have the old school Metal Church sound while proving they can still teach any new hard rock band on the block a trick or two. As guitarist Kurdt Vanderhoof commented in a press release, “I feel this album is a very powerful statement to what Metal Church has always been about. A tough and aggressive old school metal album while maintaining a level of musicality and melodic sensibilities. In short, Metal Church have given their fans what they want with Damned If You Do and, if you haven’t checked out the hysterical video for “By the Numbers,” you can do so by clicking HERE. We cannot wait to see these songs played live when they tour in 2019. (Standout Tracks: “By the Numbers” and “The Black Things“)

4. Ghost – Prequelle

As Ghost continues to evolve with each new studio release, Prequelle is their finest album to date. While some fans have expressed disappointment with the band going in a more “pop-orientated” direction, they need to get over themselves and give it another listen to fully digest the material. Prequelle is essentially a concept album chronicling the timeline that someone experienced during the Black Plague. Each song has thought provoking lyrics that remind me of some of the well-crafted Blue Oyster Cult songs of the ‘70s and early ‘80s as well as some of the prog rock albums of that time period where all the songs are tied together with an overriding theme. The musicianship is also dazzling. Just listen to the instrumental track “Miasma” and you’ll hear classic metal guitar hooks, keyboards and organs, and a catchy saxophone solo. In short, every single track is rock solid and this album fires on all cylinders from beginning to end. (Standout Tracks: “Miasma” and “Witch Image”)

5. Riverside – Wasteland

After the unfortunate death of their guitarist Piotr Grudziński due to cardiac arrest in 2016, I was uncertain what would happen to Riverside. Rather than replace him, the band decided to continue as a trio with Mariusz Duda playing guitars on future releases along with session players. Wasteland consists of nine songs that are filled with heartfelt and raw emotion. It’s clear the members of Riverside are still dealing with the loss of their bandmate. However, the music is still excellent with songs that would make Steve Wilson proud. This is a beautiful prog rock album from start to finish. (Standout Tracks: “Vale of Tears” and “The Struggle for Survival”)

6. Stone Temple Pilots – Stone Temple Pilots

On the band’s second self-titled studio album and first with new lead vocalist Jeff Gutt, Stone Temple Pilots have released their best album since Purple (1994). All 12 tracks have the classic STP vibe which has been lacking on their last studio releases. Dean DeLeo’s guitar playing on this record might be his best yet, while the rhythm section of Robert Deleo and Eric Kretz is as solid as ever. What really makes this album work is Gutt’s amazing vocals. His voice is similar in style to the late Scott Weiland but manages to keep his own identity. This album is a welcome return to form. If you want straight up rock and roll, you should have this album in your collection. (Standout Tracks: “Middle of Nowhere” & “Six Eight”)

7. Mass – When 2 Worlds Collide

On their first studio album since the fantastic Sea of Black in 2010, Mass return with another fine collection of songs. While I’ve always been a fan of the band and own every studio album, they are recording the best music of their career now and are at the top of their game. What I like most about this release is the stellar musicianship and modern production. Mass only get better with age. As I’ve said many times, it’s a shame Mass has never made a bigger name for themselves. When 2 Worlds Collide displays a finely honed musical style that will make any hard or melodic rock fan sit up and take notice. (Standout Tracks: “Turn It Over” & “Some Time Ago”)

8. Haken Vector

On their fifth full-length studio album, Haken have gone in a much heavier and more concise direction with the seven song album clocking in at just under 46 minutes. While that may be the result of the band producing the album themselves, they haven’t lost their passion to experiment and explore new sounds in the studio as is evident by “Veil” and destined to be classic instrumental “Nil by Mouth.” As vocalist Ross Jennings said prior to the album’s release, We don’t like to make simple music. We always aim to defy expectations, and I believe we’ve surpassed what we aimed to achieve with our new album.” Clearly, he was right on target with his assessment and we wouldn’t expect anything less from this band. (Standout Tracks: “Veil” & “Nil by Mouth”)

9. Fifth Angel – The Third Secret

After nearly 30 years, Fifth Angel returned with a new studio album in 2018 called The Third Secret via Nuclear Blast Records. While I was excited to hear the band were back in action, I was a little skeptical at first when the news broke that original vocalist Ted Pilot would not be part of the reunion. However, after hearing the 10 tracks on the disc, it’s clear the time away only energized the band in the studio. Kendall Bechtel’s vocals are stellar and even reminiscent of Dioat times, while his guitar solos are blistering. In a press release, the band said this album would “please both their die hard fans and new fans alike” and they delivered on that promise! (Standout Tracks: “Queen of Thieves” & “Fatima”)

10. [TIE] Robert Reed – Sanctuary III

When Robert Reed recorded his classic Sanctuary albums in 2014 and 2016 respectively, he paid homage to the great Mike Oldfield. Sanctuary III continues that tradition with Reed playing most of the instruments himself. The album also features Simon Phillips on drums and contributions from recorder player Les Penning and the Tubular Bells production team of Tom Newman and Simon Heyworth. While Sanctuary III features only two long form compositions like Oldfield’s first three studio albums, Reed is not afraid to experiment on this album, making it more of his own. We can only hope he records Sanctuary IV in the future. (Standout Tracks: “Sanctuary III Part 2” & “Sanctuary III Part 2”)

10. [TIE] Metal Allegiance – Volume II: Power Drunk Majesty

The sophomore album by Metal Allegiance is once again anchored by Mark Menghi, David Ellefson, Mike Portnoy and Alex Skolnick, with contributions from a diverse selection of the heavy metal community. Volume II: Punch Drunk Majesty is much heavier than their debut album and more focused overall. The band’s website sums up this release nicely, “An adrenaline-soaked, thrash-worshipping, groove-driven, diverse, yet more sharply focused effort than its no-less-impressive predecessor, the mere existence and urgent brilliance of Volume II: Power Drunk Majesty silences any doubt as to the band’s earnest intention, purposeful resolve, and resilient dedication to all things heavy metal.(Standout Tracks: “Mother of Sin” & “Terminal Illusion”)

Adrian Belew to perform in Fall River with career spanning set list

Innovative progressive rocker Adrian Belew (formerly of King Crimson, Frank Zappa, David Bowie, Talking Heads and Nine Inch Nails) is ready to re-invent his live show with a new quartet which includes Jordan Perlson on drums, Saul Zonana on keyboards, guitar, and vocals, and bassist extraordinaire Julie Slick. He is touring the U.S. this spring in support of his new studio release POP-SIDED (out in March), with a date at the Narrows Center in Fall River, MA, on Friday, April 19, 2019. Purchase tickets HERE.

Adrian Belew is a legendary guitarist well-known for his diverse travels around the musical map. He is a multi-instrumentalist whose solo records are critically acclaimed. His moving singing voice and prolific songwriting has endeared a loyal fan base of music lovers. His music is being discovered everyday by more and more listeners thirsty for great music with a creative standard not often pushed by the commercial music industry.

Adrian describes the show as, “a more complete picture of most things I’ve done. More songs, new songs from the award-winning FLUX app, King Crimson material I haven’t played for years, and a dose of classic Power Trio. It’s my intention to make this the best Adrian Belew show ever!”

Adrian first appeared on the guitar-world radar when he toured with Frank Zappa who later said, “Adrian reinvented electric guitar.” Adrian’s signature tones, unique use of effects and whammy bar remains completely different, and his techniques continue to be a huge influence on today’s guitarists. He was guitarist, songwriter and frontman progressive rock powerhouse King Crimson for over 30 years. “Discipline”, Adrian’s first record with King Crimson, is listed among the most important rock records ever made.

Adrian has had a career that commands both awe and respect from fellow musicians and loyal fans, from his first solo record “The Lone Rhino” to the Atlantic Records hit album “Mr. Music Head” or any of his other 20 plus solo records that push sonic boundaries while maintaining artistic integrity. Adrian shreds on guitar but also writes beautiful songs that will make you cry. Yes, Adrian has taken his fans on a wild ride through countless world tours and albums with David Bowie, Talking Heads, Laurie Anderson, and Paul Simon. He truly is the Twang Bar King!

The Narrows Center is located at 16 Anawan Street. Tickets can be purchase online at narrowscenter.org or by calling the box office at 508-324-1926. For those wanting to purchase tickets in person, box office hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 12 noon to 5 p.m.

Adrian Belew (Photo by Jerry LoFaro)

 

The Cassette Chronicles – Firehouse’s ‘Hold Your Fire’

By JAY ROBERTS

The Cassette Chronicles is a continuing series of mini reviews and reflections on albums from the 1980’s and 1990’s. The aim of this series is to highlight both known and underappreciated albums from rock, pop and metal genres from this time period through the cassette editions of their releases. Some of the albums I have known about and loved for years, while others are new to me and were music I’ve always wanted to hear. There will be some review analysis and my own personal stories about my connection with various albums. These opinions are strictly my own and do not reflect the views of anyone else at Limelight Magazine.

FIREHOUSE – HOLD YOUR FIRE (1992)

In another example of it being true confession time I have to admit that I’ve never really cared for Firehouse. However, I will say that it is pretty much down to the fact that on their self-titled debut album the band had that overly syrupy sweet diabetic coma inducing ballad “Love Of A Lifetime”. I know that the song is probably their biggest hit but for me, who lacks an overabundance of romantic sensibilities, the song made me want to just hurl. It was such a musical turnoff for me that I never bothered to listen to anything else the band ever did. Truth be told, it took me a few weeks after pulling Hold Your Fire out of the “Big Box of Cassettes” to work up the desire to finally pop the cassette in my player. I just was fearful of having to suffer through an overabundance of lovey-dovey songs.

Thankfully however, I have to say that aside from the two ballads (“When I Look Into Your Eyes” and “Hold The Dream”), songs that had me rolling my eyes, the band’s second album is actually rather entertaining. Seriously, I really enjoyed most of the album’s twelve tracks. With the majority of the songs written by singer C.J. Snare and guitarist Bill Leverty, there was a quite pleasing rocking vibe with a lot of musically aggressive melodic hooks to really catch your ear. 

I know this won’t be any kind of a surprise to people who have been fans of the band for the last three decades but bear with me for this new-to-me musical discovery.

The gold certified album opens with the single “Reach For The Sky”, a musically upbeat rocker that really set the tone for my overall enjoyment of the release. “Sleeping With You” had a nice swinging hook to it and “Get In Touch” was rather strong too. My favorite song on the first side of the album however would have to have been “You’re Too Bad”. The song is a knockout rocker and I think it has a slightly gritter sound to it which made it just that much more appealing to me.

When you flip the cassette over to side two, the rock just about never stops. The album’s title track and songs like “Talk Of The Town” and “Mama Didn’t Raise No Fool” get the energy turned up high. 

I think the track “Life In The Real World” serves as the most musically intense track for the entire album. The song had such a killer bent to it musically that I just found myself humming along and rocking out a bit to it.

As for the song “The Meaning Of Love”, if you hadn’t heard it before you’d think the song title itself would mean “here comes another ballad”. You’d be wrong, at least in part. While listening to the lyrics, they are clearly written with a more ballad driven tone to it. But since the song was another of the album’s over the top fast tracks, I found that the song worked far better than it would’ve as a straight up pedestrian power ballad. And maybe that’s part of why I seem to hate a lot of ballads from when metal ruled the world. The slow pacing of the songs just never seem to work all that well. Or maybe they just don’t hold up that well with the passage of time.

Whatever the reasoning on that account, I have to take it back to my generalized opinion on this album. After FINALLY listening to a Firehouse album, I am surprised to find myself writing the following words. I really liked this album. Hold Your Fire, with my aforementioned reservations about the ballads, holds up quite well some 26 years after its initial release.

It does its job so well that I’m actually a bit miffed at myself for not listening to this one sooner (or way back then) because the band played in my area a few months back and I didn’t go. After hearing this album, I think I would’ve had myself a great time at the show. So yes, this is a vastly entertaining album and perhaps I need to re-evaluate my overall opinion of the band as a whole.

NOTE OF INTEREST: Hold Your Fire was the last Firehouse album to have any kind of sales success in the US, but the band remained popular in Asia, Europe and South America for a far longer period of time.

Bassist Perry Richardson was out of the band as of 2000. He went on to play bass for country singers Trace Adkins and Craig Morgan. He joined Stryper, replacing Tim Gaines, in 2017.

Y&T to perform at Greasy Luck in New Bedford, MA

Best known for hits that include “Meanstreak,” “Don’t Stop Runnin’,” and “Summertime Girls,” hard rockers Y&T will make their debut appearance in The Vault at Greasy Luck in New Bedford, Mass., on March 12, 2019, with a meet and greet following the show. Click HERE to purchase tickets.

Formed in the early 1970s, Y&T is one of the San Francisco Bay Area’s own innovators of the hard rock sound, influence bands such as Ratt, Motley Crue and Metallica. With over a dozen studio albums that have sold in excess of four million copies, Y&T always deliver. In fact, whether performing to a festival crowd of 50,000 or in an intimate venue like the Narrows Center, Y&T’s high-energy set and passionate performances still captivate legions of fans around the globe, proving Y&T’s music timeless.

For the band’s performance in The Vault, Y&T will play songs that span the band’s over 40-year career, including all the hits and fan favorites for a show that will last two hours. This band rocks. It’s one show not to miss!

The Vault at Greasy Luck is located at located at 791 Purchase Street in New Bedford. The venue is set within a former bank building featuring original vault doors and a truly historic feel. Patrons have raved about the superior acoustics and intimate setting. Parking is free.

The Cassette Chronicles – Heaven’s Edge self-titled debut

By JAY ROBERTS

The Cassette Chronicles is a continuing series of mini reviews and reflections on albums from the 1980’s and 1990’s. The aim of this series is to highlight both known and underappreciated albums from rock, pop and metal genres from this time period through the cassette editions of their releases. Some of the albums I have known about and loved for years, while others are new to me and were music I’ve always wanted to hear. There will be some review analysis and my own personal stories about my connection with various albums. These opinions are strictly my own and do not reflect the views of anyone else at Limelight Magazine.

HEAVEN’S EDGE – HEAVEN’S EDGE (1990)

I’ve come to realize that despite being a proud child of the 80’s metal years, there are a number of bands that I completely missed out on. While that sometimes meant I might’ve heard of the band and never listened to them, there are other instances where I can’t rightly recall ever so much as hearing the band’s name before. Obviously that also means I’ve never listened to their music either.

Such is the case with the band Heaven’s Edge. The Philadelphia based rockers are a band that was a total mystery to me before I got around to listening to their self-titled debut album for this article.

After finishing the album, I can only say that I’m more than a little saddened to have missed out on them back in the day. While the album isn’t perfect, there is a surprising amount of vim and vigor to the material on the album.

Admittedly, the album started off a bit slow with the “Intro” track which was a total waste of time. However, once the REAL songs started I was rather hooked into the band’s sound. The combination of aggressively fast, yet quite real sense of melodic immediacy from the band (particularly the blazing guitar work) and the vocals from singer Mark Evans made it seem that Heaven’s Edge had everything going for it, musically speaking.

The first side of the album was lively and energetically paced. The song “Play Dirty” was quite memorable from the first note to the last. It moved quite fast and the guitar work helped elevate the song. There’s a great rhythmic vibe to the vocal performance from Evans on “Skin To Skin”, which is probably the best known song for the band. It was their big video song when this album was released. 

While the band’s lyrics might not make it into the songwriting hall of fame, I have to say that for the time, they were pretty well crafted. You could find the typical girls, guitars, sex and fun type of lyrics but they also had a couple of songs that felt as if the lyrics went deeper.

As I wrote that, however, I was also thinking of the song “Up Against The Wall” which was a bit more problematic for me. While the chorus of the song is rather weak, the main lyrical verses are both strong and a bit of a freakout for me. The music is great, but those lyrical verses are troubling as they seem to hint at some sort of a sexual situation with someone below statutory limits. It might not have been so troubling back in 1990 given the popularity of songs like Winger’s “Seventeen” and others of that ilk, but these days such blatant lyrics do tend to give one pause. Of course, I could be reading more into it than was ever intended by the songwriters (Evans and guitarist Reggie Wu wrote the majority of the songs for this album), but I read the lyrics in the liner notes as the songs played, so again I say that the lyrical content was somewhat troubling.

The power ballad “Hold On To Tonight” was fine for what it was, but the only thing that really held my interest was the guitar solo in the middle of the song. Side One closes out with a completely balls out rocker called “Can’t Catch Me” that leaves the listener breathless in anticipation for flipping over the cassette and starting on Side Two.

Unfortunately, the tempo changes in the opening song on the second half of the album, “Bad Reputation” made the track come off as a little too overly dramatic and over the top for my tastes.

There’s a slightly more gritty feel to the rocker “Daddy’s Little Girl”. The lyrics also serve as a cautionary tale, which is part of that deeper feel to the lyrics I mentioned previously.

Strangely enough for a debut album, one of the songs was actually a live recording from a club show the band did in Philadelphia. The track is called “Is That All You Want?” and it opens with a far more bluesy sound in the intro before the song explodes into more of a full on rocker. I’m not sure how popular the band was on a local level back in 1989 when the live track was recorded, but they must’ve had some kind of loyal following because during the live recording you can hear the audience singing along quite loudly to the chorus of the song.

The multiple tempo changes within a single song format comes back on “Come Play The Game”. It starts out with an anthemic vocal delivery before the more balladry driven singing during the opening portion of the lyrics. The gas pedal is then pushed to the floor later in the song.

By the time the eminently rocking “Don’t Stop, Don’t Go” brought the Heaven’s Edge album to a rousing finish, I was convinced that, despite missing out on the majority of metal’s golden years, Heaven’s Edge had a real solid grasp on how to craft decent songs (my qualms about “Up Against The Wall” notwithstanding) and could also turn in top notch performances in the studio with the material.  

As always when I find out I missed the boat on an act or an album, I’m a bit upset with myself. But Heaven’s Edge sure was the real deal on their debut album and while they might not have gotten the golden ticket for multiplatinum success, this is a band and album that should not be forgotten.

NOTES OF INTEREST: The band only released one other album, 1999’s Some Other Place, Some Other Time. Both albums were produced by Neil Kernon who has worked with everyone from Neil Diamond to Queensryche to Cannibal Corpse and any number of rock, pop, metal and jazz acts in between. Rock Candy Records reissued Heaven’s Edge in 2010 with 3 bonus tracks.

While they did break up, the original lineup of Heaven’s Edge has gotten back together for occasional shows since 2013.

Tom Rush to perform at Spire in Plymouth, Mass.

Legendary folk singer/songwriter Tom Rush is coming to the Spire Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, April 6, 2019, at 8 p.m. for an intimate performance at Plymouth’s new performance hall. He’ll be accompanied by Matt Nakoa. Purchase tickets HERE.

Mr. Rush’s impact on the American music scene has been profound. He helped shape the folk revival in the ’60s and the renaissance of the ’80s and ’90s, his music having left its stamp on generations of artists. James Taylor told Rolling Stone, “Tom was not only one of my early heroes, but also one of my main influences.” Country music star Garth Brooks has credited Rush with being one of his top five musical influences. Mr. Rush has long championed emerging artists. His early recordings introduced the world to the work of Joni Mitchell, Jackson Browne and James Taylor, and in more recent years his Club 47 concerts have brought artists such as Nanci Griffith and Shawn Colvin to wider audiences when they were just beginning to build their own reputations.

Mr. Rush began his musical career in the early ’60s playing the Boston-area clubs while a Harvard student. The Club 47 was the flagship of the coffee house fleet, and he was soon holding down a weekly spot there, learning from the legendary artists who came to play, honing his skills and growing into his talent. He had released two albums by the time he graduated.

Today, Mr. Rush voice has grown even richer and more melodic with training, and his music, like a fine wine, has matured and ripened in the blending of traditional and modern influences. He’s doing what he loves, and what audiences love him for: writing and playing…passionately, tenderly…knitting together the musical traditions and talents of our times.

The Spire is located at 25 ½ Court Street in Plymouth. The venue features superior acoustics, custom state of the art lighting and sound systems and original period architectural details, offering patrons an exceptional performing arts experience.

Advance tickets for the Tom Rush show are available by clicking HERE. Tickets will also be available on the day of the show at the venue. A limited number of VIP tickets that includes a private meet and greet and signing with Mr. Rush are also available.

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