The Who Hits 50! at Oracle in Oakland

BY DANIEL GLUSKOTER Upon arriving in Oakland Thursday night to finally perform a twice postponed show originally scheduled for last September, The Who wasted no time establishing their presence as the unmistakable opening strains of “Who Are You” kicked off a well polished career spanning setlist that provided a far more diverse overview of their […]

Van Morrison’s classic concert performance at The Fox in Oakland

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PHOTOS AND CONTENT © DANIEL GLUSKOTER A rare tour by singer-songwriter Van Morrison made a stop at Oakland’s Fox Theater on Monday night with the knighted 70-year-old Belfast native delivering a stellar set that delved deep into his half-century-old resume of hits while bridging rock, jazz and soul to provide a performance for the ages. The […]

Patti Smith rocks New Year’s Eve in San Francisco

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CONTENT AND PHOTOS © DANIEL GLUSKOTER To say that Patti Smith is still going strong a day after her 69th birthday would be an understatement similar to stating that Adele’s new album is likely to sell a lot of copies or that the newest Star Wars movie will probably attract a lot of attention at […]

DIFFORD AND TILBROOK SQUEEZE OUT THEIR HITS IN NAPA

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  CONTENT AND PHOTOS © DANIEL GLUSKOTER Capitalizing on the strength of their first new studio album in 17 years, Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbook, founding members of the British band Squeeze, performed an entertaining career spanning acoustic concert at the Napa City Winery on Wednesday night. Vastly underrated, the songwriting duo of Difford and Tillbrook’s catalog […]

Madonna’s Rebel Heart Conquers San Jose

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CONTENT AND PHOTOS © DANIEL GLUSKOTER The original Queen of Pop seems to be making a habit of arriving unfashionably late to her own sold out parties these days, but after subjecting her devoted fans to the questionable selection of a house DJ spinning far too much really bad music as an opening act, Madonna […]

Neil Young Rants and Rolls at The Greek in Berkeley

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CONTENT AND PHOTOS © DANIEL GLUSKOTER Following the long and winding road of his latest musical career path with the backing of Willie Nelson’s sons Lukas and Micah and their band Promise of the Real, Neil Young’s epic three hour show at a very sold out Greek Theater in Berkeley on Saturday night bridged the […]

SHIRLEY MANSON & GARBAGE CELEBRATE THEIR 20TH IN OAKLAND

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CONTENT AND PHOTOS © DANIEL GLUSKOTER Shirley Manson and Garbage appear at the Fox Theater marking the 20th anniversary of their self-titled debut album. The alternative rock band, featuring drummer Butch Vig, also the producer of Nirvana’s seminal grunge classic “Nevermind” along with guitarists Duke Erikson and Steve Marker were on just the second night […]

DON HENLEY TAKES CASS COUNTY COUNTRY TO SAN FRANCISCO

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CONTENT AND PHOTOS © DANIEL GLUSKOTER   Taking a break from flying with The Eagles for close to 45 years, Don Henley’s long dalliance with country music has produced “Cass County” his first new solo album in 15 years and the start of a brief 15 date tour which brought him to the Masonic on […]

FLORENCE + THE MACHINE DEBUT NEW ALBUM IN SAN FRANCISCO

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ALL CONTENT AND PHOTOS © DANIEL GLUSKOTER The late announcement of a pair of a warm-up shows by Florence + The Machine at The Masonic prior to a featured prime-time performance at Coachella was a gift to their fans, serving both as an introduction to some of their newest material in their first US shows […]

YUSUF / CAT STEVENS PERFORMS FIRST SAN FRANCISCO CONCERT IN 40 YEARS

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PHOTO © DANNY CLINCH CONTENT © DANIEL GLUSKOTER   The Yusuf / Cat Stevens Peace Train rode back into the Bay Area for the first time in nearly 40 years on Friday evening for a stop at the Masonic. One of just 15 performances worldwide, only six of which were scheduled for North America,  the […]