Lunatic Luau, May 20, 2022 Virginia Beach Amphitheater Norfolk, Virginia

by Glenn Woodell The Lunatic Luau has been a celebration of music sponsored by WNOR Radio, FM99 since 1997 and held at the amphitheater in Virginia Beach, currently called the Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater. This year’s lineup included One Shot Fired, Dead Friends, Magg Dylan, Crobot, Plush, Living Color, Lilith Czar, Ayron Jones, Bad Wolves, Dirty Honey, The Pretty Reckless, and Disturbed. High heat … Continue reading Lunatic Luau, May 20, 2022 Virginia Beach Amphitheater Norfolk, Virginia

Trinity of Terror comes to Chartway Arena in Norfolk, Virginia April 27, 2022

By Glenn Woodell Black Veil Brides, Motionless in White, and Ice Nine Kills came to Norfolk to finish off their tour featuring all three bands as headliners. Fame on Fire joined them to open and get things started. Part concert and part theatrical performance, this was a night where the crowd, who usually dresses up in costume and makeup, was met with stiff competition from … Continue reading Trinity of Terror comes to Chartway Arena in Norfolk, Virginia April 27, 2022

Lilith Czar at the Norva in Norfolk, Virginia April 24, 2022

By Glenn Woodell Opening for Three Days Grace was the vixen-lead band, Lilith Czar. Take In this Moment; replace the white with black; replace the drummer with a blond stick-slinging enchantress; and remove the dancers; and you have Lilith Czar. A mix of hard-hitting goth, metal, rock, pop, and some ballads mixed in, is what this evening was like. Black leather, black hair, and black … Continue reading Lilith Czar at the Norva in Norfolk, Virginia April 24, 2022

Blackberry Smoke, Portsmouth Pavilion, Virginia, October 15, 2021

By Glenn Woodell In support of their new album, You Hear Georgia, which was released in March, Blackberry Smoke is making their way around the US through the end of the year and then heading to Europe until March when they return to North America. Local favorites Bennett Wales and the Relief opened the show while Brian Grilli played an acoustic set in the VIP … Continue reading Blackberry Smoke, Portsmouth Pavilion, Virginia, October 15, 2021

Blacktop Mojo with Hostile Within, 710OIL, and Magg Dylan at Elevation 27 in Virginia Beach, Virginia October 10, 2021

By Glenn Woodell I got the chance to sit down with lead singer, Matt James before the show and talk about recent events. MMM: How would you describe your genre? Are you really southern rock and do you think it’s changed with the gain and loss of new members? I ask that because I’ve heard you described as southern rock and post grunge and I … Continue reading Blacktop Mojo with Hostile Within, 710OIL, and Magg Dylan at Elevation 27 in Virginia Beach, Virginia October 10, 2021

Skillet with Adelita’s Way and Eva Under Fire at the NorVa in Norfolk, Virginia

By Glenn Woodell Skillet always draws an exuberant crowd and this show was no different as it was near-capacity at the NorVa this evening. Hard rockers, Adelita’s Way, who had been to the Hampton Roads area back in May, was back in front of some familiar faces as an opener. New to the area was the female-fronted Eva Under Fire – think Evanescence turned up … Continue reading Skillet with Adelita’s Way and Eva Under Fire at the NorVa in Norfolk, Virginia

Judas Priest at Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater September 9, 2021 in Virginia Beach, Virginia

By Glenn Woodell It’s hard to cover live music these days and not bring up the topic of the COVID-19 virus since it’s affected every aspect of life around the globe and especially that of live music. So, although Judas Priest did come to Virginia Beach and put on an amazing show as always, it wasn’t without some restrictions. For one, the tickets were maxed … Continue reading Judas Priest at Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater September 9, 2021 in Virginia Beach, Virginia

Pop Evil with Brkn Love and Zero 9:36 at Elevation 27 in Virginia Beach, Virginia August 27, 2021

By Glenn Woodell Pop Evil had just started their post-Covid tour when the virus stopped them in their tracks. Lead singer, Leigh Kakaty turned up positive for the virus and although it kicked his butt and brought the tour to a temporary halt, he came out on the back side with a message of love for everyone. The show at Elevation 27 in Virginia Beach … Continue reading Pop Evil with Brkn Love and Zero 9:36 at Elevation 27 in Virginia Beach, Virginia August 27, 2021

Styx with Anthony Rosano and the Conqueroos at Chartway Arena in Norfolk, Virginia August 10, 2021

by Glenn Woodell Styx is one of those bands that if you’ve seen them before you can see them all over again with the same excitement. The vocal harmonies, the keyboard runs and guitar solos, and the drums all bring back the same memories for those singing along, playing air guitar, or thumping out the beat. Throughout their 49 year history, they have had a … Continue reading Styx with Anthony Rosano and the Conqueroos at Chartway Arena in Norfolk, Virginia August 10, 2021

Static-X with Raven Black, Wednesday 13, and Dope at the NorVa in Norfolk, Virginia October 20, 2019

MusicMattersMagazine’s contributing member, Glenn Woodell, had the opportunity to have a special interview with bassist and founding member of Static-X, Tony Campos. MMM: How did the reunion in 2018 come about? Had this been in the works for some time? Campos: Koichi and I never lost touch. Kenny and I reconnected back in 2012 I would say so we’d all been in touch. We didn’t … Continue reading Static-X with Raven Black, Wednesday 13, and Dope at the NorVa in Norfolk, Virginia October 20, 2019