Links: Writer, photographer get personal about Paul [Live Music Review]

I’ve been meaning to share this for awhile but had some personal things going on around the time it ran. Still wanted to share it, so here it goes. Paul McCartney was in Tinley Park for two nights. He was awesome. His set was slightly different each night, and some other things happened. Our photographer was there a different night than I, so instead of the standard story, we put together this conversation about our experiences the two different nights. Also included setlists and a sidebar giving some local residents the chance to weigh in. I was really happy with the way Continue reading

Links: Blink-182 at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre review

That cover story I wrote on Blink-182 playing the Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre Chicago can be found by clicking here. (Subscription) Photo by Laurie Fanelli —– A preview of my take on the whole thing… If Tinley Park felt a lot like high school again Friday, Sept. 9, that is because Blink-182 was in town for a headlining set at the Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre. It just did not sound quite the same as it did in high school. Bassist Mark Hoppus and drummer Travis Barker were still living up to the name, but Tom DeLonge was replaced by Matt Skiba, of Chicago’s Alkaline Continue reading

Links – Black Sabbath live at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre Chicago review

I recently had the chance to cover Black Sabbath’s farewell tour when it rolled through the Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre Chicago. Pretty happy with my lede. Fun show. Subscription site. Slightly lamenting the idea that I might have done my best work for a sister publication this particular week. Check it out by clicking here, if you’re interested. Photo by Ross Halfin. —– From the story… Farewell tours are a dime a dozen in the music industry. Reunions? A quarter. So fans are justified in being at least a little skeptical when an act like Black Sabbath announces a tour called “The End,” featuring three-quarters of Continue reading

Links: Riot Fest Chicago 2015 for Noisey

I had the opportunity this past weekend to cover Riot Fest: Chicago 2015 for VICE’s wonderful Noisey publication. It was a grueling weekend with little sleep, but it also was a lot of fun. I wound up doing day-by-day coverage of the fest, so I’ve broken down the links be day below. Enjoy! Day 1 Day 2 Day 3

Mad Caddies bring punk, reggae to Chicago in fast-slow show [Live Review]

Fat Wreck mainstays stick mostly to classics on Dirty Rice tour Photos and story by Bill Jones   The Mad Caddies Tuesday, May 13, release a new (solid) album called Dirty Rice through Fat Wreck Chords, their home for the better part of two decades. But when the band rolled through Chicago Thursday, May 8, for a show at Concord Music Hall, the only indication that the band released a new album were three songs on a setlist that spanned nearly and hour and a half. And the band warned fans when they were coming, urging them to go grab Continue reading

Frank Turner rocks Chicago sans guitar [Music Live Review]

 A review of Frank Turner at The Vic Theatre in Chicago Story and photos by Bill Jones If Frank Turner’s back was bothering him, it didn’t slow him down Tuesday, Oct. 29, at Chicago’s Vic Theatre; it just left him dancing without a guitar. As part of his headlining tour in support of Tape Deck Heart, Frank Turner and the Sleeping Souls took the stage to “I Still Believe,” but from the outset, something looked strange. Instead of rocking with his usual guitar hanging from his shoulder, Turner performed hands-free, dancing and taking to the microphone, with another member of Continue reading

Under the cap

A “review” of Mustard Plug live at Metro Chicago /Bill Jones/ So, I try to remain professional whenever I cover a concert. And that means a few self-imposed rules — one of them being not to abuse any privileges given to me by the credentials I receive for any given show. I go where I need to do to get the job done — the photo pit if I need photos, backstage only if it’s for an interview and almost never the side of the stage, unless I’m allowed to take some additional photos there, to get something from a Continue reading