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The Best of Both Worlds: Black Star Riders Build on Thin Lizzy, May 30 at Rascals Live
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Music

Category: Feature Stories

2014-05-15 11:23:16

When guitarist Damon Johnson was recruited from Alice Cooper’s band to play in Thin Lizzy in 2011, he had no idea that he was also joining another band.

“The initial discussions were just about filling that soon-to-be-vacant guitar spot,” Johnson said in a phone interview this week. “And that was enough for me, as a student of Thin Lizzy’s music – not just the guitar players, but Phil [Lynott]’s songwriting.

“So it was extra exciting for me, literally the second or third day that I was there, [that] there was a discussion about wanting to write and record new material for a Thin Lizzy album.”


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Photos from the L.A. Guns Concert, March 7 at Rascals Live
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Music

Category: Feature Stories

2014-03-11 11:26:11

Photos from the L.A. Guns concert at Rascals Live on March 7, 2014, with opener Halo of Flies. For more work by Matt Erickson, visit MRE-Photography.com.

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Photo by Matt Erickson, MRE-Photography.com


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A Cleared Path: 3 Years Hollow Releases Its National Debut, “The Cracks”; February 8 at Rascals Live
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Music

Category: Feature Stories

2014-01-31 15:53:35

The Quad Cities-based hard-rock band 3 Years Hollow can trace its current enviable position to a series of fortunate events.

The quintet is poised to release its album The Cracks on the national Imagen Records indie label on February 11 – with a local release show February 8 at Rascals Live in Moline – and has tour dates scheduled with Saving Abel through mid-March.

None of that would have been possible, vocalist/songwriter Jose Urquiza said in a phone interview on January 29, without a trade of equipment for time.

Roughly seven years ago, Urquiza said, the band was looking to cut its first album, and he approached Real Trax Recording Studios’ Rob Cimmarusti about learning the ropes of the business. Cimmarusti made a proposal, Urquiza said: “We had this really expensive microphone, and he basically said, ‘I’ll trade you. You can give me the microphone, and you guys can have all the studio time that you want.’ We wanted to record our record, so we did it. We would not be here without Rob.”

The products of that swap were 2008’s Ascension and a continuing relationship with Real Trax. Urquiza is now the studio manager, and he and guitarist Tony Reeves, guitarist Neil Kuhlman, bassist Dex Digga, and drummer Chris Cushman recorded the bulk of their new album there, too.

The story of The Cracks, 3 Years Hollow’s second full-length, is a bit more complicated but no less serendipitous. It starts with the band’s 2012 EP Remember, which was meant both for fans and record labels. Its title track topped Sirius XM Octane’s charts, which “really ... legitimized us [as] a national band,” Urquiza said.


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Photos from the Ana Popović Concert, March 15 at Rascals Live
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Music

Category: Feature Stories

2013-03-19 17:46:03

Photos from the Ana Popović concert at Rascals Live on March 15, 2013. For more work by Matt Erickson, visit MRE-Photography.com.

Photo by Matt Erickson, MRE-Photography.com


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