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The Doors at the Bowl: Mick, LSD and a Moth

Ben Fong-Torres Posted to Center Stage on July 15, 2016

To play the Hollywood Bowl. For any musician, that has to be a career highlight. The Doors performed in that revered venue in 1968, and Ray Manzarek, in his interview for Qello Concerts, articulated the import of such an occasion. “Everybody played the Hollywood Bowl,” he said. “Igor Stravinsky conducted at the Hollywood Bowl. Miles Davis played the Hollywood Bowl. Great opera singers, great orchestras, great pop acts played it, but not a lot of rock acts. So to pl…

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Umphrey's McGee: Storytellers, Soundstage and Live at Red Rocks

Ben Fong-Torres Posted to Center Stage on July 1, 2016

A dozen years ago, Rolling Stone declared that Umphrey’s McGee “have become odds-on favorites in the next-Phish sweepstakes.” Truth is, from its beginnings in 1997 at Notre Dame, when two bands became one, Umphrey’s McGee haven’t been the next anythings. They’re their own thing, with their adventurous, wide-ranging music and their enthusiasm for leaping off cutting edges, producing podcasts back in 2005 and performing live mash-ups of their own so…

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Hank Williams, Tom Hiddleston & Me

Ben Fong-Torres Posted to Center Stage on June 10, 2016

This week in rock history, Hank Williams made his debut on the live radio show, Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. That was on June 11, 1949, and it says somewhere that he got an unprecedented six encore calls from the audience at the Ryman Auditorium. Must’ve thrown the radio show clear off its schedule. But wait a minute: “Rock history?” Yes indeed. Many rockers point to Williams, a live wire who wrote great, lived hard and died young, as a prime influence. Check out B…

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Enjoy Every Sandwich

Ben Fong-Torres Posted to Center Stage on April 29, 2016

 “Enjoy every sandwich.” That’s what Warren Zevon said, not long before his death in 2003, as a way to say: Savor life while you’ve got it. This has been a tough year. One loss after another in the world of music, the latest—and one of the greatest—being Prince. I saw him very early on, in 1981 at a nondescript club on Broadway, in North Beach, in San Francisco. He’d only had one hit – I Wanna Be Your Lover” – but he was…

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Rush On Demand: R40 on the Road

Nicole Zeitzer Johnson Posted to Music News on July 20, 2015

While Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, and Neil Peart embark on their 40th Anniversary tour, aptly named "R40 Live," fans can watch Rush in concert any time they want on the "Rush On Demand" channel on Qello Concerts. "Rush On Demand" is the ultimate destination for Rush fans, with the band's entire collection of full-length concerts and music docs available to stream anywhere Qello Concerts is available. Plus, "Rush On Demand" is the only place to watch the exclusive "R40 on the Road" behi…

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