Photo Gallery & Review: Aerosmith at Van Andel

Written by Rich Tupica, Photos by Nicole Rico | Wednesday, 05 August 2015 15:03 |

Back in late 2009, the future of Aerosmith was uncertain. The band’s iconic vocalist Steven Tyler and guitar-legend Joe Perry were at each other’s throats – Tyler even left the band momentarily.

Songs We Like

Written by Pete Bruinsma, WYCE Music Director | Wednesday, 05 August 2015 12:36 |

Revue has the looks, WYCE has the songs and AMI has the jukeboxes. Each month, you’ll be able to read, stream and hear the latest mix in playlist form on AMI Jukeboxes, in print and online at Revue and at WYCE.org. Here is the first installment. Bon Appetit!

PHOTO GALLERY: Beach Boys & Temptations at Meijer Gardens

Written by Nicole Rico | Monday, 03 August 2015 12:18 |

The Beach Boys, along with founding vocalist Mike Love, returned to Meijer Gardens Friday, July 31 for a sunny and sold-out night of ‘60s surfin’ and hot-rod tunes.

How American Authors Fought for a Hit Single

Written by Eric Mitts | Friday, 31 July 2015 10:21 |

One listen to American Authors’ smash hit single, “Best Day of My Life,” and it’s easy to think the band has only seen sunshine and good times. But talk to lead singer Zac Barnett about his band’s road to success and a deeper different story unfolds.

Aerosmith make long-awaited Van Andel return

Written by Eric Mitts | Friday, 31 July 2015 10:01 |

With this year marking Aerosmith’s 45th year together, the “Bad Boys from Boston” will bring this summer’s Blue Army Tour to a triumphant close with their August 4 return to Grand Rapids. “Grand Rapids is part of the section of the country where we first made it,” Aerosmith bassist Tom Hamilton told Revue. “When we’re playing in a city like that we know we’re going to have a great time."

G. Love & Special Sauce head to Kalamazoo

Written by Dwayne Hoover | Friday, 31 July 2015 09:58 |

People often say no music is truly original. That’s probably true given songwriters openly cite their musical influences while occasionally suing each other for copyright infringement. Garrett Dutton, better known as G. Love, understands nobody is reinventing the harmonious wheel.

The Gaslight Anthem sticks close to home

Written by Eric Mitts | Tuesday, 30 June 2015 09:20 |

Even though the members of Gaslight Anthem proudly wear their hearts on their tattooed sleeves via the band’s gritty and honest punk-fueled songs – offstage they’re not the sappiest bunch of dudes. “You’re probably talking to the most sentimental guy in the band,” said drummer Benny Horowitz, while discussing the band’s upcoming 10-year anniversary.

FANTASTIC VOYAGE: Bonnie “Prince” Billy lands in Kalamazoo

Written by Eric Mitts | Tuesday, 30 June 2015 09:19 |

Singer/songwriter Bonnie “Prince” Billy (aka actor Will Oldham) is one man with two names and his own sense of reality. Oldham, 45, has learned to merge his own world with ours on record, stage and screen. July 16 he delivers his mythical musical vision at Bell’s Brewery.

New Pornographers Headline Meijer Gardens

Written by Eric Mitts | Tuesday, 30 June 2015 09:17 |

New Pornographers leader/songwriter A.C. Newman vividly remembers the last time his band was supposed to play in Grand Rapids. It was fall 2010 and the critically-adored indie-rock group had just released its Together LP. The band was scheduled to perform at Calvin College until protests came over the band’s name. Ultimately the show was cancelled.

Royal Thunder bring sovereignty to the stage

Written by Josh Spanninga | Tuesday, 23 June 2015 11:26 |

Crooked Doors, the sophomore release from Atlanta-based rock connossieurs Royal Thunder, has been making quite a stir in the hard rock scene. Garnering the band comparisons to Led Zeppelin and being labeled a major step forward in their musical evolution, this album is sure to pique the interest of many; but to judge them based on their studio recordings alone wouldn't be fair. According to guitarist Josh Weaver, where they really find themselves at home is not the studio, but on stage.

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