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Beatlemania Now Revisits Music of the Fab Four

For Scot Arch, who plays John Lennon in the touring production of Beatlemania Now, it’s more than just the music. While the Beatles’ illustrious songs are front and center, the show must be accurate in every way. The instruments must be authentic, the wardrobe has to evoke various incarnations of the band, and the physical […]

Congratulations, 2015 Pittsburgh Rock N’ Legends Winners!

Congratulations to all the winners of the Pittsburgh Rock N’ Legends Awards! I’m so thrilled that my dear old friend Porky Chedwick (RIP) won in the non-performer category. Porky spun the soundtrack of our lives for over 50 years and opened our minds to new styles and performers that were off-limits on mainstream radio stations […]

The March 12, 1973 Showdown at the Mosque: Bette Midler Emerged Victorious

“You’re going to pay for this, Mr. DiCesare! You think you pulled something over on me! We’ll see about that, young man!” That was the threat I received 42 years ago today from Miss Steele, the rigid, no-nonsense manager of Pittsburgh’s Syria Mosque performing venue. She was reacting to the behavior of Bette Midler and her […]

Pittsburgh’s April 4 Rockin’ Reunion Show Triggers Memories of the Music Business – Then and Now

Lou Christie, one of the greatest singers, performers and songwriters ever to come out of Pittsburgh, is returning home to perform in Pittsburgh’s Rockin’ Reunion show on April 4, 2015. The concert, which also stars Jimmy Beaumont and The Skyliners, Donnie Iris, Chuck Blasko’s Vogues, Jimmie Ross’s Jaggerz, and The Marcels, takes place at the beautiful Benedum […]

My Dad, Grand Funk, and Eggplant Parmigiana

In the fall of 1971  I was promoting a Grand Funk Railroad concert at Pittsburgh’s Civic Arena. The band had just broken The Beatles’ Shea Stadium attendance record by selling out one of their venues in just 72 hours. Rock stars were becoming self-styled Gods, and started adding “riders” to their one-sheet contracts. These riders stipulated […]

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