Artist Interviews  &  Concert  Reviews

PHOTO: Chronicle journalist Joby Rogers (center) with former President William J. Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, backstage at the Oakdale Theater in Wallingford, CT (Courtesy of • The Oakdale hosted ‘An Evening with the Clintons’. An informal conversation, featuring former President Bill Clinton and his wife, former Senator and Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton. The conversation was moderated by lawyer, journalist, and television personality, ‘Star Jones’, best known as a former co-host on “The View”. The dialogue ran just over 75 minut...

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Joby Rogers

Face The Music

Concert Review

KISS • End Of The Road World Tour

Mohegan Sun Arena

March 23, 2019

The lights dim… the crowd cheers… a voice shouts… ”You wanted the best, you got the best, the hottest band in the world... KISS!” That classic introduction has been shouted for decades. A video on the dual jumbo’s fades from the ‘KISS ARMY’ logo into a live feed as the members of KISS exit their Mohegan Sun dressing rooms and head for the Sun’s arena stage, for what’s being touted as their “End Of The World Tour”. Paul Stanley told

Photo Courtesy of Peter Baratti

Grammy-nominated, Pop Icon, Taylor Dayne is one of the most popular vocalists of the modern age. She has enjoyed top 10 hits in three consequent decades, selling a combined 75 million singles and albums along the way. Originally signed by music mogul Clive Davis in the 1980s, Dayne has become a true crossover artist, someone whose popularity has spanned multiple generations. Her first two albums, 1988’s ‘Tell It to My Heart’ and 1989’s ‘Can’t Fight Fate’, gained her three number 1 singles: “Tell It to My Heart,” “Love Will Lead You Back” and “P...

February 20, 2019

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Concert Review

Al Jardine • Founding Member of The Beach Boys

“A Postcard From California”

Infinity Hall, Norfolk CT.

February 8th, 2019

(photo: Mary Ann Jardine)

As a child born in “The Summer of Love” (1967). I grew up enjoying the music of the Beach Boys. Founding member, Al Jardine, perhaps the most altruistic of the band, has endeavored to attain the acclaim that is well overdue and has just recently begun to come to light. After all, Jardine did sing lead vocal on “Help Me Rhonda” and wrote or co-wrote several of the Beach Boys timeless, enduring hits. Jardine’...

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Al Jardine, guitarist, vocalist and songwriter, is best known for being one of the founding members of The Beach Boys. Al met Brian, Carl and Dennis Wilson, Mike Love, and David Marks after his family moved from Lima, Ohio to Hawthorne, California. They formed The Beach Boys and with their perfect harmonies and original tunes about surfing, beaches, hot rods, and California girls, became the Rock 'n' Roll voice of the West Coast. Al, an accomplished musician in his own right sang lead on their No. 1 hit "Help Me, Rhonda" and also wrote or co-wrote seve...

December 20, 2018

Joby Rogers

Concert Review

The Doobie Brothers

Mohegan Sun Arena

November 11, 2018

Uncasville, CT

Photo Credit: The Doobie Brothers (from left to right) Tom Johnston, Patrick Simmons, and John McFee pose backstage with Chronicle journalist, Joby Rogers (2nd from left).

Most of us that were born in or around the ‘Summer of Love’ and raised as a child of ‘Generation X’, grew up on the soulful blend of ‘Rhythm & Blues’, ‘Country’, and ‘Folk’ music, which resonated from a central California band called ‘The Doobie Brothers’. Musician and friend of the band Keith Rosen, came up with the...

November 20, 2018

Face the Music

Concert Review

Bill Burr

Webster Bank Arena

Oct 6, 2018

Bridgeport, CT

The average Bill Burr fan or critic may see the comic as a rage-aholic based on his rant-filled routines, but Burr actually sees himself in a very different light. He’s so much more complex than just a rage-fueled comic. The 50-year-old, Canton, Massachusetts, native is a writer, actor, producer, and podcaster. Along with playing ‘Patrick Kuby’ on the drama series ‘Breaking Bad’, he also created and stars in the ‘Netflix’ animated sitcom “F Is for Family”, and is appearing in the Hugh Jackman fil...

Joby Rogers

“Face the Music”

Artist interview

David Cook

David Cook rose to fame at 26 years old, after winning the seventh season of ‘American Idol’ in 2008. Born in Houston, Texas, and raised in Blue Springs, Missouri, Cook's interest in music began when he took to singing in the second grade when he was given a part in a school Christmas performance. At 13 he received his first guitar, a Fender Stratocaster. He wrote his first song, ‘Red Hot’ when he was 15. Cook originally did not plan to try out for ‘Idol’. He initially went to the auditions in Omaha, Nebraska in support of...

John Fogerty & ZZ Top

'Blues and Bayous' Tour

Mohegan Sun Arena

May 27, 2018

Certainly one of 2018’s most exciting package tours is the Fogerty, ZZ Top “Blues & Bayous” gig. The “B & B” tour kicked off on May 25th in Atlantic City and hit the Sun’s Arena 2 days later on the 27th, the eve of John Fogerty’s 73rd birthday. Fogerty concentrated his set on Credence Clearwater Revival staples with more than half of the 21 song set stemming from their classic body of work from ’69 and ’70. Fogerty made a a little room for some of his solo efforts such as "Centerfield," "Rock and Roll G...

Steve Stevens is one of the most influential guitarists to emerge from the ’80s rock scene. Best known for his 30-year partnership with Rock Icon Billy Idol, his work on Michael Jackson’s “Dirty Diana”, the  Grammy Award-winning performance for the “Top Gun Anthem” and his work with Vince Neil on “Exposed”. Stevens co-wrote & performed alongside Idol on the hits “Rebel Yell”, “Eyes Without A Face” and “Flesh for Fantasy”. His songs have been covered by a wide genre of artist including Miley Cyrus, Green Day, Queens of the Stone Age, Daughtry, Sum 41 and Blink 182. While curr...

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