October 19, 2013
By Michael Yanko, Rina Marie Braley-Yanko and Isaac Rodriguez
Rock Legends Photographers
As a company we have been blessed to capture images of three performances by progressive rock band Ambrosia this year. Our south Florida photographer Isaac Rodriguez captured two of them and we were able to capture the third show on October 13th at the Largo Cultural Center.
Meeting the band was like meeting a bunch of new friends! There were all very nice, easy to talk to, and seemed like regular guys that you might find in your local bowling league.
Once they changed clothes and hit the stage it was immediately obvious why this band still has a strong following. Boasting three original members including Burleigh Drummond (drums, vocals), Joe Puerta (bass, vocals) and Christopher North (keyboards, vocals), Ambrosia was also joined by brilliant lead vocalist Ken Stacey, Burliegh’s wife Mary Harris (keyboards, vocals), Doug Jackson (guitar, vocals) and Alan Tilles (saxophone).… Continue reading
October 16, 2013
Jon Bon Jovi is making headlines not for his band’s music nor for the recent issues with now ex-lead guitarist Richie Sambora. Instead, it was an incredible act of kindness on the 51-year-old Jersey native’s part that put him back in the news.
This past Saturday, Oct. 12, Bon Jovi took a trip out to Las Vegas to deliver a well-intentioned shot to the heart of super-fan Branka Delic, a 34-year-old Australian woman who was in Sin City to wed fiancé Gonzalo Cladera. If you’re wondering how and why he ended up at her wedding, it turns out that she caught Bon Jovi’s attention through the use of social media and a website created solely for this purpose.
“She might not be marrying Bon Jovi, but the next best option is for her to walk down the same aisle he did 20 good strong years ago so the stage has been set… The Graceland Chapel, Las Vegas Nevada.”
“In Branka’s mind, the wedding gods have come together because JBJ is performing at MGM Grand that same night.… Continue reading
October 14, 2013
Photo & Story by Scott A. Smith
The singing co-founder of Santana and Journey remains full of musical muscle these days.
At 66, Gregg Rolie still possesses that wonderfully haunting vocal quality that first ushered the studio version of Santana’s “Black Magic Woman” and Journey’s early, prog-rock work into pop culture’s VIP section. It’s no surprise that the vocalist-keyboardist is in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the original Santana band, but it’s downright startling how commanding and inspired Rolie’s singing pipes have remained.
Proof that Rolie’s vocal and piano-playing skills haven’t wilted from Father Time’s on-going march was witnessed by an appreciative crowd on Oct. 11 inside the UAFS at Second Street theater in Fort Smith, Ark. Rolie and fellow Austin, Texas resident Alan Haynes (guitar) performed choice, stripped-down cuts from the catalogs of Santana and Journey, as well as recent and soon-to-be-released material they’ve created under the Gregg Rolie Band moniker.… Continue reading
October 13, 2013
A Winning Combination of Classic Rock and Amazing Laser Show
Mystic Lake Casino, which is known for providing the best bingo experience in Minnesota, recently brought Pink Floyd’s music back to life through an amazing laser light and music show. British rock band Pink Floyd was formed in 1965 and continued to release many classic hits like “Wish You Were Here”, “Money”, “Comfortably Numb”, and “Another Brick in the Wall” until 1995.
Pink Floyd’s unique combination of psychedelic and progressive rock gained them many followers including bingo players. In fact, there’s a game called Pink Floyd Bingo that has the same rule as that of cheekybingo’s 90-ball format. The only difference is that the cards are filled with songs of Pink Floyd instead of numbers. The winners of this kind of bingo usually take home CDs, DVDs, and other Pink Floyd memorabilia. A good prize idea will be tickets to the Pink Floyd Laser Spectacular’s upcoming shows.… Continue reading
September 25, 2013
By Michael Yanko
Rock Legends Photographers
We have been friends with Artimus Pyle for about 15 years and he hasn’t changed a bit. Artimus is famous for being the drummer with Lynyrd Skynyrd during their prime and for carrying on the memory and direction of Ronnie Van Zant after the plane crash in 1977. Artimus always assembles excellent talent for his ”tribute to the original Lynyrd Skynyrd” bands but the lineup he has today is the best ever!
We’ll do an article and interview with Artie in the future but for now let me introduce Mr. Scott Raines, lead guitar for the Artimus Pyle Band.
I first met Scott, guitar player Jerry Lyda, and keyboard/lead vocalist Brad Durden in an elevator on the first Rock Legends Cruise in 2011. I immediately liked all three of them and we talked about how they met and also how they got hooked up with Artimus.… Continue reading