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Suzanne Rothberg ( is an entertainment columnist. She has interviewed many music legends such as Peter Frampton, Don Felder, Justin Hayward of The Moody Blues, Carl Palmer, Jim McCarty, Uriah Heep, Ritchie Blackmore, etc. She has written for and

Queensryche Rocked Loud And Hard At Empire City

July 21st, 2014 4:43pm EDT
Queensryche's Todd LaTorre
Queensryche rocked loud and hard and mesmerized the audience on the Empire City Casino concert stage in Yonkers, NY on July 20 with their wailing guitar licks, vocals and entertaining on-stage antics. This was my first concert at this outdoor venue, and it was definitely worth it!

For lead vocalist, Todd LaTorre; he's not only filling the shoes of former lead singer Geoff Tate, he's finally living his dream as a full-fledged rock icon.

LaTorre aimed to please; encouraging audience participation by enticing them to a sing-along while belting out many of Queensryche’s classic hits, includin...

Queensryche Headlines Empire City Casino Summer Concert Series

June 20th, 2014 8:30am EDT
Queensryche is one of the classic rock bands you’ve seen on MTV in the 90s with their famous ballad, ‘Silent Lucidity’ from their commercially successful 1991 release, ‘Empire.’ They have sold 30 million albums worldwide and continue to play sold-out performances around the world. The current line-up is Michael Wilton (Guitar) Todd LaTorre (Vocals) Scott Rockenfield (Drums) Eddie Jackson (Bass) and Parker Lundgren (Guitar).

In an exclusive Starpulse interview, lead vocalist Todd LaTorre took time out from his busy schedule to speak with me by phone about the band’s upcoming concert at Empi...

City Under Siege: Buffalo’s Hip Trio Ready To Rock This Summer!

June 16th, 2014 8:30am EDT
City Under Siege: Buffalo’s Hip Trio Ready To Rock This Summer!
City Under Siege, the 20-something rock trio hailing from Buffalo, NY is rapidly gaining momentum from fans and critics with their new EP, 'Believe' and song, 'Love Like That.' All three members are scheduled to tour this summer. The line-up includes John Wittlinger, (lead vocalist, rhythm guitarist) Matt Buscarino (lead guitarist) and drummer-keyboards Ryan Wiesner. The band has been around for about four years.

Lead vocalist John Wittlinger spoke to me by phone about the band’s tour, their history, the band’s name and current projects.

“When I was in high school, I entered a bunch of po...

Nic Cage is in a ‘RAGE’

June 14th, 2014 4:00am EDT
Nicolas Cage is back to his famous tantrums and 'Cage-isms' in his new film, ‘RAGE’ (RLJ Entertainment) (originally known as ‘Tokarev’ but the name was changed); an action-suspense thriller about a reformed criminal (Paul McGuire); with a dark secret. He used to be a gangster who killed a man when he was 17 who he got into an altercation with years ago.

After Paul departs for a night out with his wife; (Rachel Nichols) and leaving the daughter in the house alone with two boys; Pete the detective (Danny Glover) tells Paul the bad news about his daughter missing. Paul recruits his old crew m...

Dark Star Orchestra Haunts The Halls at The Capitol Theatre

May 16th, 2014 11:30am EDT
Dark Star Orchestra
Dark Star Orchestra, (DSO) a renowned Grateful Dead cover band, will play old fan favorites of The Grateful Dead’s songs for two nights this weekend, at the landmark Capitol Theatre in Port Chester on May 16 and 17. The ghost of The Grateful Dead and lead singer, Jerry Garcia will be revived at the Cap, an historic venue with a unique history. Members of original band played several times and was known as the late Garcia’s favorite rock palace. Owner Peter Shapiro, a Grateful Dead fan, wanted to pay homage to the Dead and Garcia by turning it into a Dead Head paradise with photos and memori...

TMZ Bus Tour New York: See New York Celebrity Style

May 6th, 2014 10:45pm EDT
TMZ Tour bus
On May 2, I experienced one of the most popular tours in New York City, the TMZ Bus Tour, a hysterical spin-off tour based on the widely-successful entertainment tabloid TV show! I spoke with the tourists and our guide, Rob as I rode along to experience the adventure.

TMZ likes to call it the 'celebrity safari.' If you're a huge fan of the show, you'll already be familiar with the tour. It's all based on luck and timing whether you spot a celebrity. On this tour, we weren't so lucky and no celebrity wanted to be spotted that day! I guess it sucks being famous!

The tour began roaming throu...

ASIA’s ‘Heat Of The Moment’ With New Album ‘Gravitas’

April 21st, 2014 3:30pm EDT
ASIA’s ‘Heat Of The Moment’ With New Album ‘Gravitas’
British progressive 80s rock supergroup, ASIA is back with a brand new album, "Gravitas" (Frontiers Records) (derived from the Latin meaning ‘dignity.’) It’s currently available in four formats as a CD, the deluxe edition with the CD/DVD containing the music video for their track, ‘Valkyrie’ a CD with a bonus track and a special edition Japanese import.

Their last album, “XXX” was released last year.

Asia has announced U.S. fall tour dates in support of their new album with more dates expected to be announced soon! Their current lineup features John Wetton, (bass, vocals), Carl Palme...

Nicolas Cage: Not Your Average 'Joe'

April 14th, 2014 3:30pm EDT
Nicolas Cage: Not Your Average 'Joe'
Academy Award winner, Nicolas Cage's new film, "Joe" (Lionsgate) opened in limited release at select theaters on April 11. It's now also available for download on ITunes, which is how I viewed the film on my IPad since it wasn't available at a theater near me.

"Joe" is an independent drama film directed and produced by filmmaker, David Gordon Green. It's based on the novel by Larry Brown. It has a very dark script about an ex-convict with a hot-headed temper named Joe Ransom (Nicolas Cage), who befriends a 15-year-old boy named Gary looking for work, played by the incredibly talented risi...

Styx Lawrence Gowan:'We're Pumped Up About The Soundtrack of Summer Tour!'

April 9th, 2014 11:35pm EDT
The Soundtrack of Summer Tour featuring, Styx, Foreigner and Don Felder is fast approaching and it's expected to be the ultimate rock and roll extravaganza of the summer season. The guys are teaming up with the 'Juke Box Heroes' and a former Eagle. They're all long-time friends.

Styx's current lineup features Lawrence Gowan, (keyboards, vocals), Tommy Shaw (lead guitar, vocals), James 'JY' Young (vocals, guitar) Todd Sucherman, (drums), Ricky Phillips, (bass) and occasionally their old friend and original bassist, Chuck Panozzo.

Styx's own lead-vocalist-keyboardist Lawrence Gowan spoke t...

Don Felder: 'The Soundtrack of Summer Tour is Selling Very Well'

April 4th, 2014 11:21am EDT
Don Felder
Don Felder, the former lead guitarist for The Eagles will join his band mates and members of Styx and Foreigner for the spectacular, "Soundtrack of Summer" tour coming to a venue near you in May. And what better way to celebrate summer than to see all three iconic acts on one stage! The tickets are selling very rapidly so fans are encouraged to act quickly so they don't miss out on this awesome show this summer! His new album, 'Road to Forever' features guest musicians, Crosby, Stills and Nash and Styx's own Tommy Shaw on vocals.

I spoke directly with Don about the upcoming tour, his new...