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A Perfect Night for a Green Day

16 September 2012 6:50 AM, PDT | | See recent CultureCatch news »

The business of rock -- the creative juices, the vibe, the sound and fury, the rage, the excitement, the whole kit and caboodle -- is very lacking these days. Songs come and go, like cotton candy -- looks good, tastes good, but leaves no lasting impression other than a disgusting sugary aftertaste. Few can scale the heights and maintain the majesty of Rawk! One would be hard-pressed to find young rock bands today with the chops and creativity to sustain four to five decades of arena-sized music-making like the Stones, Kiss, Tom Petty, The Boss, AC/DC, Eagles, The Who, U2. I would argue there is perhaps just one band excellent enough to carry that very heavy torch and to wave it high and wide -- Green Day. Formed in Berkley in 1987, they are well on their way: this year marks their 25th anniversary in the music biz. 

Green Day has swag. »

- Dusty Wright

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"Rock of Ages" Movie Review -- How Many Kisses Does the Musical Deserve?

11 June 2012 4:51 PM, PDT | Manny the Movie Guy | See recent Manny the Movie Guy news »

The Broadway show .Rock of Ages. by Chris D.Arienzo was critically and commercially well-received garnering five 2009 Tony Award nominations including Best Musical. Using popular arena rock and power ballads of the 80s, .Rock of Ages. simply rocked. The new movie adaptation follows the formula of the stage show. The result is an all-out music extravaganza that will rock you like a hurricane.

Like the musical, the characters of the movie are clichéd and the plot is formulaic. But the cast is great, the music is superb, and director Adam Shankman wants to give you nothing but a good time. And at its center is the scene-stealing Tom Cruise as the rock god, Stacee Jaxx. He alone is worth the price of admission.

The time is 1987, a hard-partying era when the hair is big and the costumes are small. The film tells the story of two young lovers, Drew Boiley »

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