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Stories by John Hancock

Experience Hendrix aligns the stars

The Experience Hendrix tour made a stop in San Diego county at Harrah's Resort in Valley Center, and the nearly three-and-a-half-hour show would've made Jimi proud. Guitarists Zakk Wylde (Ozzy Osbourne, Black Label Society), Kenny ...

Welcome to the grand illusion — 40 years of Styx at Pechanga

For 90-plus minutes, a room full of 50-somethings was transported back to, as Styx guitarist/singer James “JY” Young said, "The Ford Administration," at Pechanga Resort and Casino. Styx was in town and suddenly it was ...

Chris Cornell Opens His Songbook at the Balboa Theatre

Chris Cornell finished out his 2011 Songbook tour playing to a sold-out crowd at San Diego's Balboa Theatre. Cornell, the former frontman for Seattle alt-rockers Soundgarden, as well as Audioslave and Temple of the Dog, ...

Thorogood Still B-b-b-b-bad

The sold-out crowd at Viejas' Dream Catcher Theater was dancing in the aisles all night long as George Thorogood and his band the Delaware Destroyers rocked the house. Thorogood was his "Bad to the Bone" ...

Legendary Clapton

Eric Clapton showed a sold-out Valley View Casino Center why he is a rock icon and the only three-time inductee to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, as a solo artist and as a ...

Grace Potter (Ooh La La)

Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, a Jay Leno favorite (two appearances in the past month), have been playing to packed houses across the country. Their show at House of Blues was no different. GPN, as ...

Damigo, Lovers of Endoxi, and Facebook Fill Belly Up

Local favorites Josh Damigo and Endoxi rocked the Belly Up Tavern's Facebook party. The performers were selected by fans on Belly Up's Facebook page. Josh, a 2010 San Diego Music Award recipient who recently moved ...

A Dandy Night at Belly Up

I have to admit, I am not the biggest Dandy Warhols fan. In fact, until this week, I was not real familiar with their music. After watching some YouTube videos of their shows, however, I ...

KT Tunstall's Intimate House Party

From the moment she bounded onto the stage, KT Tunstall filled House of Blues with energy and thrilled the small crowd with stories and Drastic Fantastic music for about 90 minutes. She opened the set ...

Joan Osborne Wowed the Crowd at Anthology

Joan Osborne and pianist Keith Cotton wowed a sold-out crowd at Anthology Friday night. Though it seemed she was fighting a sore throat — drinking hot tea and clearing her throat between songs — Osborne's ...

David Gray Under Harrah's Open Sky

Tift Merritt sang five or six songs to a relatively empty house, but she sang as if she were performing for a sold-out Madison Square Garden. I recommend you catch her next time she is ...

Heat of the Moment

Asia, the ’80s supergroup made up of former Yes, ELP, and King Crimson members, came to the Viejas Dreamcatcher Lounge to promote their new album, Omega. The band, with all four original members, played to ...

Rocket Man

The full moon was rising in the east as the capacity crowd waited for the Rocket Man to take the stage. At 8 p.m., the haunting melody of “Funeral for a Friend” filled the amphitheater, ...

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