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Heart "Kick It Out" at the Open Air

Heart started off lackluster, as the set’s early songs sounded like 45s being played at 33. Opener “Barracuda” dragged. As they worked their way through “Heartless,” “What About Love,” and “Magic Man,” things didn’t get ...

Bad Company rocks steady at the Fair

Has it really been 40 years? Well, their eponymous debut album was recorded in 1973 but actually released June 26, 1974. Just one day short of 39 years from the date of their near sell-out ...

Yes pulls out the stops at Pechanga

This show marked the seventh time I’ve seen the progressive rock band YES in concert, including the short-lived Anderson, Bruford, Wakeman, and Howe at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles. Gone are the Avatar-like stage ...

With a Little Help from His Friends, Ringo Rocks Humphreys

I, like most people, only got to experience the Beatles on TV or watching clips on YouTube. Having been a Beatles fan all my life, getting to photograph Ringo Starr was one of my bucket-list ...

Life's Been Good to Joe

If you were waiting, as I've been since last November when Joe Walsh rescheduled his sold-out show at the Belly Up Tavern in Solana Beach, the wait was well worth it. Simply put, life's been ...

Judas Rising at the Cricket

Judas Priest never does anything half-assed. Twenty-foot-high flames erupted across the back of the stage as CO2 cannons shot off in every direction among the fog and lights. Not to mention screaming lead-guitar battles between ...

First Lady of Motown

When Diana Ross took the stage at Humphrey's by the Bay, the crowd rose to its feet and stayed there, dancing in the aisles or dancing at their seats. Looking resplendent in a series of ...

That Tsunami of Sound Rush Hits Cricket

Phil Spector is credited for developing the recording technique known as the "wall of sound." After witnessing Canadian progressive-rock trio Rush, I would call what they unleashed in Chula Vista the "tsunami of sound." Three ...

Aqualung, Under Harrah's Open Sky

Opening with 1972's “Living in the Past,” Jethro Tull front man Ian Anderson set the tone for the evening by working the stage, giving equal attention to both sides of the theater. And the crowd ...