Liner Notes

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18Aug

Stray Cats at Pacific Amphitheatre

By |August 18th, 2018|

Very few bands can say they changed music in the way the Stray Cats have. Bursting onto the scene in the early 80's, the Stray Cats fused blues, country, and rockabilly with a punk rock edge to create a sound that was uniquely their own. That genre bridging sound resulted in a string of successful albums and a passionate fan base. Over the years, the Stray Cats have toured around the world - occasionally taking brief hiatuses to pursue solo projects. That all changed in 2008, when the band announced that their Pacific Amphitheatre show in July of that [...]

13Aug

The Steve Miller Band at Pacific Amphitheatre

By |August 13th, 2018|

Peter Frampton The undisputed champion of the talk-box opened up for The Steve Miller Band on Sunday and RockInTheOC was there. After rolling out on stage, the band broke into Something's Happening.  The crowd perked up and stragglers were quickly making their way to their seats.  There were more empty seats than I would have expected but this was the last day of the OC Fair and parking was a challenge.  A constant stream of Orange County's finest rock fans continued to filter in throughout the first few songs and the rockin' vibe intensified. A lot of opening bands [...]

03Aug

Rick Springfield at Pacific Amphitheatre

By |August 3rd, 2018|

867-5309! Jeopardy! Working for the Weekend! Jessie's Girl!  Four of the biggest 80's hits and the show is right here in our backyard at the O.C. Fair?  We're in. First on stage was Tommy Tutone.  He opened with Sylvia, a newer track that most folks in the audience were unfamiliar with.  He then went way back to 1980 with Angel Say No - a song only the most hard core Tutone fans would recognize.  Next up was a cover of Operator (That's Not the Way It Feels) - which Tommy described as what it would sound like if "The Clash played [...]

29Jul

Dokken at the Coach House

By |July 29th, 2018|

Yesterday we returned to one of our favorite local venues, the Coach House over in San Juan Capistrano, this time for an evening of old school rock and roll with Dokken.  After having just seen George Lynch a few weeks back, we were definitely ready to hear an extended set list of Dokken's hits. We arrived at 7pm, and took our seats a few rows back stage right - another excellent spot to enjoy the show.  As a reminder, in order to get the best seats you need to make dinner reservations, and the earlier you make the reservations, [...]

27Jul

Retro Futura at Pacific Amphitheatre

By |July 27th, 2018|

I grew up a child of the 80's as part of the MTV generation. Much of my teenage years were spent watching music videos, hanging out with friends, and generally trying to avoid responsibility. With a little help from the Retro Futura tour, I was able to relive some of that magic last night. I should start by saying I'm a big fan of Retro Futura, having attended the 2017 edition headlined by Howard Jones.  When this year's lineup was announced with Belinda Carlisle, I immediately scooped up tickets.  Now all that was needed was to patiently wait until late [...]

15Jul

The Bangles in Downtown Los Angeles

By |July 15th, 2018|

A few weeks ago, I was sitting at lunch casually scrolling through my Twitter feed when a certain post grabbed my attention: https://twitter.com/SusannaHoffs/status/1011678404968476672 I'll be honest - the photo is what drew me in, but the caption is what made my day. The Bangles in concert for free? Count me in. For those not aware, Susanna was referring to the summer concert series put on by the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks. The series is now in its 10th year at Pershing Square Park's downtown stage. In addition to The Bangles, this summer they will [...]

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