Smashing Pumpkins w Liz Phair – Massey Hall, Toronto – April 12th, 2016

Review and Photos by Mike Bax Smashing Pumpkins is a band that, for me, are two things: 1) an amazing studio band and 2) a disappointing live band. Until last night, that is. The sound and representation of the material presented at Massey Hall this evening sounded superb. Touring In Plainsong as an acoustic-electro evening, Billy…

Interview with Steve Vai (Generation Axe) – March 30th, 2016

By Mike Bax This week, a 26-date tour package called Generation Axe began in Seattle at the Paramount Theatre. Gestating from a long standing idea Steve Vai has been nurturing, Generation Axe features five revered guitarists backed by a veteran supporting band jamming together on songs from each of the artists’ repertoire, along with some…

Kings of Chaos – Casino Rama, Orillia – October 30th, 2015

Review and Photos by Mike Bax Kings of Chaos are a jam band comprised of core Guns N’ Roses members Gilby Clarke, Duff McKagan and Matt Sorum. A rotating ‘who’s who’ of musicians join them on the road when their schedules allow, and Steve Stevens (Billy Idol), Robin Zander (Cheap Trick) and Sebastian Bach (Skid…