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Eric Walden

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  • Ann Wilson of Heart performs at the Perfect Vodka Amphitheater on Friday, September 23, 2016 in West Palm Beach, Fla. (Photo by Jeff Daly/Invision/AP) Ann Wilson finding liberation in solo shows: ‘There’s not 40 years of Heart baggage there’
    Heart vocalist Ann Wilson is playing back-to-back shows in Utah next week, at the Kenley Amphitheater in Layton on Monday night, then at the Sandy Amp...
    Updated Jun 22 2017 03:24 pm   |     |   Share
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  • The Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl performs at RFK Stadium on Saturday, July 4, 2015, in Washington. (Photo by Nick Wass/Invision/AP) Foo Fighters are coming to The Viv in Salt Lake City on Dec. 12
    Rock icons the Foo Fighters are coming to Vivint Smart Home Arena on Dec. 12 in support of their new album, “Concrete and Gold,” which is set for a Se...
    Updated Jun 22 2017 04:18 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Joe Elliott sings for Def Leppard play the USANA Amphitheater, Monday, June 19, 2017. Def Leppard elicit ‘Love and Affection’ from Utah crowd
    West Valley City • Thousands of attendees at Monday night’s Def Leppard concert at USANA Amphitheatre who began the evening prepared for some “Rock of...
    Updated Jun 20 2017 03:27 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Joe Elliott sings for Def Leppard as they play USANA Amphitheatre, Monday, June 23, 2014. ‘The most amazing thing in the world’: Def Leppard ready to rock Utah again
    Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen can’t help but laugh at established rock stars who complain about how tough their schedules are. Yes, there can be a...
    Updated Jun 20 2017 03:31 pm   |     |   Share
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  • |  Photo courtesy Michael Schoenfeld   Bernard Allison (left) and Ronnie Baker Brooks (right) perform at the 2016 Utah Blues Festival, held at the Gallivan Center. Utah Blues Festival organizers insist ‘Everybody’s a blues fan — they just might not know it yet’
    Maybe you know the third annual Utah Blues Festival is coming this Saturday to the Gallivan Center in downtown Salt Lake City, and maybe you don’t. “S...
    Updated Jun 19 2017 11:28 am   |     |   Share
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  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)      Rock legend Alice Cooper entertains the crowd as he brings his acclaimed music and horror-theater show to Kingsbury Hall in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, June 13, 2017. Cooper’s latest album, ’Paranormal,’ is set for a July 28 release date in Salt Lake City Tuesday June 13, 2017. School’s out, so Alice Cooper electrifies Salt Lake City audience
    After last appearing in Utah in 2015 in an abbreviated opening set for Motley Crue, shock-rock legend Alice Cooper returned on Tuesday night, and brou...
    Updated Jun 13 2017 10:15 pm   |     |   Share
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  • Collective Soul stay in their groove at Monday show in Sandy
    Sandy • After Monday night’s show at the Sandy Amphitheater, I’ve seen Collective Soul about eight or 10 times now (I’ve lost official count). Back wh...
    Updated Jun 13 2017 11:57 am   |     |   Share
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  • Alice Cooper performs with Ryan Roxie during the ’An Evening With Alice Cooper Tour’ at Star Plaza Theatre on Thursday, May 5, 2016, in Merrillville, Ind. (Photo by Rob Grabowski/Invision/AP) Alice Cooper Q&A: chickening out on a bet with Tommy Lee, playing small theaters like Kingsbury Hall, pros and cons of rock ‘n’ roll growing old
    Legendary hard rocker Alice Cooper called from his home in Phoenix last week to promote his concert this Tuesday at Kingsbury Hall in Salt Lake City. ...
    Updated Jun 13 2017 12:29 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Alice Cooper performs at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City, Wednesday July 29, 2015. Alice Cooper bringing guillotine, electric chair, boa constrictor — even the kitchen sink — for Utah concert
    Last time Alice Cooper played in Salt Lake City, he was opening for Mötley Crüe on their farewell tour, and technical problems setting up Tommy Lee’s ...
    Updated Jun 08 2017 05:19 pm   |     |   Share
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  • | Courtesy  Brad Wheeler, host of KRCL community radio’s ’Little Bit Louder’ show, which airs weekdays from 4 to 6 p.m., stunned listeners on Friday, June 2 by announcing his imminent departure from the station. ‘Bad’ Brad Wheeler leaves KRCL as some say station has turned too commercial
    This past Friday, “Bad” Brad Wheeler, KRCL 90.9 FM community radio’s popular host of the afternoon drive-time program “Little Bit Louder Now,” stunned...
    Updated Jun 05 2017 11:15 pm   |     |   Share
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  • |  Courtesy Daniel Topete  Rockaway Beach, N.Y., experimental pop duo Lewis Del Mar will be headlining a show at Salt Lake City’s In The Venue on Thursday, June 8, 2017. Concert preview: Overnight sensation Lewis Del Mar's show will be 'a more holistic experience'
    It took a little while for longtime best friends Danny Miller and Max Harwood to figure out exactly how they wanted their band, Lewis Del Mar, to soun...
    Updated Jun 01 2017 05:24 pm   |     |   Share
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  • Jonathan Weiner  |  Courtesy  Metal band Miss May I will be performing at In The Venue in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, June 7, 2017. The band’s latest album, “Shadows Inside,” comes out June 2. Concert preview: Miss May I embracing change as a means to achieve its ambitions
    In the course of describing Miss May I’s new album, “Shadows Inside,” out Friday, scream vocalist Levi Benton uses the words “emotional” and “polished...
    Updated Jun 01 2017 05:14 pm   |     |   Share
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  •   Pop group Air Supply (from left: songwriter/guitarist Graham Russell and singer Russell Hitchcock) will be playing two upcoming shows in Utah. On Memorial Day, they’ll be at the SCERA Shell Outdoor Theater in Orem, and on July 1, they’ll be at the Sandy Amphitheater. Michael Schoenfeld  |  Courtesy Concert preview: Air Supply still feeling the love more than four decades later
    Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry likes to tell a story about the time a scary-looking biker approached him and asked, “You did that ‘Angel’ song, right?”...
    Updated May 27 2017 09:15 am   |     |   Share
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  • Big Freedia performs at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival on Saturday, May 6, 2017, in New Orleans. Amy Harris  |  Invision/AP Utah Pride Festival music events to be headlined by Big Freedia
    Big Freedia, the self-proclaimed “Queen of Bounce,” is the headlining musical act for this year’s Utah Pride Festival. Pride Week events are set to be...
    Updated Jun 04 2017 01:05 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Courtesy photo)    Utah-born musician Jake Thomas is touring with a new band called JT Bevy, which will be performing a free show at Salt Lake City’s Urban Lounge on Memorial Day. They released a six-track EP, ’Madness,’ in April. Thomas’ son, Tyler, and sister, Megan X Thomas, have been involved with both the recording and the touring lineup. Concert preview: JT Bevy band brings Thomas family back for Utah homecoming
    Jake Thomas may now live and work in San Antonio, but he’s unquestionably a Utahn. He’s a graduate of Mountain View High School. He roamed from Orem t...
    Updated May 29 2017 07:47 am   |     |   Share
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  • Washed Out performs at the 2016 Ogden Twilight concert series held at the Ogden Amphitheater. Courtesy Jared Allen Ogden Twilight’s third lineup illustrates concert series’ continued growth
    Ogden Twilight’s concert series doesn’t draw the same-size crowds that its unaffiliated counterpart in Salt Lake City does, but given that its show ar...
    Updated May 25 2017 10:07 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Courtesy photo)    Omar Souleyman, a world and electronic music performer from Syria who began his career as a pop/folk wedding singer, is the special guest artist at the 2017 Living Traditions Festival, to be held at the Salt Lake City & County Building and Library Square. His new album, ’To Syria, With Love,’ is due out June 2. Concert preview: Syrian Omar Souleyman will ‘sing in every color’ at Living Traditions Festival
    Hardcore fans of internationally celebrated music acts such as The Cure and Pearl Jam carefully cultivate their collections of bootlegged shows and so...
    Updated May 18 2017 04:22 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Courtesy photo)    German DJ and electronica/trance pioneer Paul van Dyk will be performing at The Complex in Salt Lake City on Friday, May 17. Concert preview: Why Paul van Dyk feels ‘Touched by Heaven’ despite a horrible mishap
    When German DJ Paul van Dyk — one of the biggest names in electronic music and often considered the godfather of trance — fell through a poorly marked...
    Updated May 18 2017 05:07 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Courtesy photo)    Jethro Tull founder, flautist and frontman Ian Anderson will be kicking off the 2017 Red Butte Garden Outdoor Concert Series on Tuesday, May 23. ’Jethro Tull by Ian Anderson’ will feature songs from the British blues/rock/folk band performed by Anderson and a hand-picked backing lineup. Concert preview: Jethro Tull’s legacy goes far beyond flutes and ill-gotten Grammys
    Being the erudite, sarcastic and self-aware person that he is, Ian Anderson knows that, to many, Jethro Tull is just that band with the guy with the f...
    Updated May 18 2017 05:07 pm   |     |   Share
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  • Laura Pergolizzi aka L.P. performs on day 2 of the 2013 Voodoo Music + Arts Experience at City Park on Saturday November 2, 2013 in New Orleans Louisiana.(Photo by John Davisson/Invision/AP) Concert preview: How ‘Lost on You’ singer LP finally found success
    Laura Pergolizzi, known to family, friends and fans alike simply as LP, has perhaps more experience with the fickle nature of the recording industry t...
    Updated May 15 2017 03:21 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Courtesy photo)    California alt-rock band Night Riots will be opening for Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness and Atlas Genius on Friday, May 12 at The Depot in Salt Lake City. Their first full-length album, ’Love Gloom’ was released this past fall. Concert preview: Night Riots’ imperfections see the light of day
    The cover of Night Riots’ debut full-length album, “Love Gloom,” might be titillating to some, considering the artfully cropped naked couple on it. Bu...
    Updated May 11 2017 04:57 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Courtesy photo)    Los Angeles-based Celtic-rock band Flogging Molly will be performing Friday, May 12 at The Complex in Salt Lake City. The band’s first album in six years, ’Life Is Good,’ is due out June 2. Concert preview: Flogging Molly eager to share the power of positivity in Salt Lake City
    Flogging Molly’s path to their new record, “Life Is Good,” was particularly long and troublesome. In part because writing and recording sessions wound...
    Updated May 15 2017 09:39 am   |     |   Share
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  • Rock musician Barns Courtney, who’s split his time living between the U.K. and Seattle, will be performing at Salt Lake City’s Kilby Court on Friday, May 12. His debut EP, ’The Dull Drums,’ came out in January. Courtesy Liz Gander Concert preview: How Barns Courtney’s personality, perseverance gave him a second shot
    So, Barns Courtney, you’re playing Kilby Court on Friday night. What would you say to people in Salt Lake who are perhaps unfamiliar with you to persu...
    Updated May 11 2017 04:16 pm   |     |   Share
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  • The Wild Reeds are best known for the three-part harmonies created by singers (from left) Sharon Silva, Kinsey Lee and Mackensie Howe, who all contribute songwriting while alternating on lead vocals. They will be playing at The State Room in Salt Lake City this Saturday in support of their second album, ’The World We Built.’ Courtesy Genevieve Davis Concert preview: Harmonious approach puts The Wild Reeds on a ‘divine’ path
    “It’s not what you’ve got that’ll get you to God,” Mackenzie Howe, Kinsey Lee and Sharon Silva of The Wild Reeds sing on “Only Songs,” the lead single...
    Updated May 11 2017 04:17 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     Dan Reynolds sings to the crowd during the Imagine Dragons ìSmoke and Mirrorsî tour at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City, Tuesday, July 28, 2015. Imagine Dragons bringing their ‘Demons’ to Utah on Oct. 13
    Utah’s favorite modern pop/rock band is coming home. Imagine Dragons, who got their start in Utah County, announced on Tuesday a new album, “Evolve,” ...
    Updated May 11 2017 04:16 pm   |     |   Share
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  •   Actor Kiefer Sutherland released a country music album, “Down In A Hole,” in 2016 and is touring the U.S. in support of the record. He will play the Urban Lounge in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, May 9. Courtesy Beth Elliott Concert preview: Kiefer Sutherland, country musician, is no acting role
    Kiefer Sutherland is hardly the first actor to scratch a creative itch by recording and releasing an album. Not many of them actually follow up by goi...
    Updated May 10 2017 09:37 am   |     |   Share
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  • (Courtesy photo)    Minneapolis-based rapper Brother Ali is releasing his first album in five years, ’All the Beauty in This Whole Life,’ on Friday, May 5. He’ll be performing at The Complex in Salt Lake City on Saturday, May 6. Concert preview: Brother Ali’s ‘martial arts of the heart’ help him find ‘All the Beauty’
    Rapper Brother Ali doesn’t say whether he’s ever read the “First Earth Battalion” operations manual written by former U.S. Army Lt. Col. Jim Channon, ...
    Updated May 05 2017 08:47 am   |     |   Share
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  • (Courtesy photo)    Singer-songwriter Aimee Mann will be playing a sold-out show at The State Room in Salt Lake City this Saturday, May 6. Mann is touring on her latest album, ’Mental Illness.’ Concert preview: Aimee Mann masters the sounds of sadness
    As Aimee Mann listens to review highlights that variously label her new album, “Mental Illness,” as “punishingly sad,” “an exquisite wallow,” “portrai...
    Updated May 04 2017 04:40 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Joe Elliott sings for Def Leppard at Usana Amphitheatre, Monday, June 23, 2014 Music: Utah’s summer concert season will have a ‘touch of grey’
    Dead and Company will kick off Usana Amphitheatre’s “summer” schedule June 7. That’s perhaps a bit serendipitous, considering the Grateful Dead’s most...
    Updated May 09 2017 10:02 am   |     |   Share
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  • (Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Funk legend George Clinton, center, and his Parliament Funkadelic band perform at The Depot in Salt Lake City on Friday, Dec. 30, 2016. Your guide to the sound of summer in Utah
    OK, so technically it starts in the spring and extends into autumn. We’re still calling this the definitive list of Utah’s 2017 summer concert schedul...
    Updated May 22 2017 03:26 pm   |     |   Share
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