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Duran Duran balances the new and the classic at BB&T Pavillion

Duran Duran | Photo by Doug Interrante for WXPN
Duran Duran | Photo by Doug Interrante for WXPN

Generation X was out in full force on Thursday night for Duran Duran‘s gig at BB&T Pavilion. Though the band is now 35 years into its recording career, most fans came to hear the old hits — and the band did a masterful job of mixing things up a bit with both old and new rooted in their signature synthpop sound. The female-voiced roar that went up as they hit the stage was deafening, and the dance party that would ensue was even more epic as thousands re-lived memories from the 80’s and 90’s. The 18-song set only included five tracks from Paper Gods, their latest release and first in five years, filling the rest of the list with a majority of their hits from over the years. Continue reading →

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Weezer brings 20 years worth of summertime jams to BB&T

Weezer | photo by Ben Wong for WXPN | <a href=http://brotherlylost.com target="_blank">brotherlylost.com</a>
Weezer | photo by Ben Wong for WXPN | brotherlylost.com

Summer is officially here, which for avid concert-goers means it’s time for festivals, block parties, and mega-tours. This year, Weezer set the summer tone with Panic! at the Disco and Andrew McMahon, the lead singer of Jack’s Mannequin.

Headlining the sold out concert at the BB&T Pavilion, Weezer put on a show with full energy and visual creativity. Whether it was the bucket hats or the beach bungalow drummer, Patrick Wilson, played atop of, each song incorporated something to remind you what the season is all about. Everything from confetti and streamers filling the air to an old video of Venice Beach displayed behind the band screamed “summer in California.” Continue reading →

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Just Announced: Prophets of Rage (RATM x Public Enemy x Cypress Hill) will play BB&T in August

Prophets of Rage | photo by Kevin Winter | via prophetsofrage.com

After teasing their collaboration with a handful of gigs, the Prophets of Rage project – Chuck D from Public Enemy; B Real from Cypress Hill; Tim Commerford, Tom Morello and Brad Wilk from Rage Against the Machine – announced a huge summer tour, and one of the first dates happens locally. Continue reading →