Category: Features

Review: Sara Bareilles charms the Mohegan Sun

by MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Sometimes, well many times, an artist in concert prefers to let the music do the talking. They may offer some prepared between songs patter. They may even offer up some periodic acknowledgement of appreciation to…

Review: Goodbye? Say it ain’t so, Deep Purple

by MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Deep Purple is on its “Long Goodbye” tour, wrapping up a career that has seen many personnel incarnations, spin-offs, and imitators over its five decades-plus career. And the Purple will be missed by the rock…

Review: The journey’s far from over for Journey

by MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR There was a Journey before there was a Steve Perry. And Journey barely lost a step after the final reunion with its long-time singer. So there’s been plenty of Journey without Perry. Perry finally parted…

Review: Having fun with Foreigner

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Although the song itself is about a rough and tumble bruiser, there is a line in the Foreigner song, “Head Knocker,” that clearly sums up vintage rockers’ show at the Mohegan Sun Arena on Thursday,…

Avril Lavigne puts her heart on her sleeve

by MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Right at the start, it’s clear Avril Lavigne’s newest album, “Head Above Water,” is drawing from deeper emotions than her previous efforts. In the title track, which opens the album, Lavigne sings, “God, keep my…

Review: The Chainsmokers go boom at Mohegan Sun

by MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR The Chainsmokers “World War Joy” tour, which stopped into the Mohegan Sun Arena on Sept. 28, enthusiastically crosses a variety of entertainment options. With the heavy-duty pyro on stage, the show was part war movie…

Recommendation led to Foreigner gig

by MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Rick Wills said he can thank his wife for setting the stage for his arrival in the band Foreigner. Wills, who had played with the likes of Peter Frampton and Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour, said…

It’s about family for Collective Soul

by MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR If you go Who: Collective Soul Where and when:  The Big E, 875 Memorial Ave., West Springfield on Friday, Sept. 27 at 7:30 p.m. and Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge, Ridgefield on Tuesday, Oct. 1…