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After finally settling in on a new location, Chicago's RIOT FEST & CARNIVAL will take place in Douglas Park, September 11-13, 2015. Tonight comes the much-anticipated First Wave Lineup Announcement for this year's fest, which boasts some big surprises, and like year's past, features some bands performing seminal albums in their entirety. RIOT FEST might be Chicago's "second biggest music festival," but it's the only one that I care about - and FAITH NO MORE (who revealed their appearance during their recent Chicago stop) would be all that I needed to be on-board, but look at this lineup! THE ROCK-AFIRE EXPLOSION is gonna be there - the house band of ShowBiz Pizza, who I've written about multiple times! And the first wave of bands for 2015 are...

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While I don't live in the City proper, I've always identified as a "Chicagoan," and have long looked at the annual RIOT FEST as a true Chicago tradition - one that's spread to other cities, including Denver and Toronto. Having attended, and having seen it grow from small clubs to a multi-venue, week-long event (I covered and shot it back in 2011) that then morphed into the RIOT FEST & CARNIVAL, I (like many) was disheartened to see the fest being squeezed as part of a larger debate about its recent home in Humboldt Park. Today, that debate ends as far as RIOT FEST is concerned, as the 2015 RIOT FEST & CARNIVAL will stay in Chicago, moving south to Douglas Park.

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Without a doubt, ROB ZOMBIE is in the top five when it comes to artists that I've seen live, both in terms of performance quality and number of times seen. Just last year I caught Rob and his band twice here in Illinois (read this and then this), so when news hit around New Year's that a new live record was on the way, my interest was piqued. Now comes word that ROB ZOMBIE - SPOOKSHOW INTERNATIONAL LIVE will be released on February 24, 2015 on CD, Digital and Double-Vinyl 2LP Picture Disc. Recorded throughout Zombie's 2014 tour, the new set features 19 tracks in all, with music spanning Zombie's solo career and WHITE ZOMBIE days, along with covers of songs originally performed by the RAMONES and GRAND FUNK RAILROAD. Check out the details below...

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Chicago-area locals, PLAIN WHITE T's will be the subject of a live broadcast airing August 6 on AXS TV. Their concert takes place at 11:45 p.m. ET at the Summit Music Hall in Denver, Colorado, and to gear-up, AXS TV and PWT are documenting the road to the show over on Tumblr. The band is currently working on a new full-length album, while touring in support of their recent EP, SHOULD'VE GONE TO BED (Hollywood Records).

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Next month, our oldest daughter, Adalyn, will turn four. My wife and I didn't actually realize this until last week, but that means we had not attended a concert together since becoming parents. I've gone solo to a bunch (part of the whole "Rock Father" thing), but she and I just seldom actually get a "date night" together (though she went to see NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK last night), and when we have, concerts haven't been our go-to event [Note: She DOES NOT enjoy the metal]. Well, the dry spell ended last Tuesday, as my wife and I finally ventured into the City to catch THE LAST SUMMER ON EARTH Tour at the FirstMerit Bank Pavilion. On the bill for the evening: BARENAKED LADIES, BEN FOLDS FIVE, and BOOTHBY GRAFFOE. 

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