Mike Mettler

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Mike Mettler Posted: Apr 04, 2012 0 comments

“Church.”

That was how a musician friend responded shortly after I told him via iPhone chatter that it was 10 minutes before Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band hit the stage last night in the first of two dates at the Izod Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

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Mike Mettler Posted: Mar 06, 2012 0 comments

“Winter is coming.” That ominous mantra hangs heavy over the full arc of the inaugural 10-episode season of Game of Thrones, one of the best-looking and best-sounding shows on broadcast cable TV. And it’s even more fulfilling on Blu-ray — yet another high-water mark for HBO, undisputed kings of desirable packaging, high-def visual presentation, and fully engaging surround soundtracks.

Mike Mettler Posted: Mar 06, 2012 0 comments

Bruce Springsteen has always been a preacher at heart. Ever since he greeted us from Asbury Park back in ’73, he’s been spreading the good word of the healing power of rock & roll far and wide, testifying many a time and many an hour across the live planks, guitar slung back over his shoulder as he stomps, kneels, prays, pleads, and ultimately cajoles the enraptured to follow him down the open road.

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Mike Mettler Posted: Feb 28, 2012 0 comments

Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason and I have previously discussed the band’s pioneering live quad shows of the late 1960s and the amazing Immersion box sets for Wish You Were Here and The Dark Side of the Moon (the subject of our November 2011 cover stor

Mike Mettler Posted: Feb 07, 2012 0 comments

In honor of today’s release of A Different Kind of Truth, the first album from Van Halen with David Lee Roth as lead vocalist since 1984, we’re proud to present an interview I did with the inimitable Mr. Roth back in 2003. Our chat was ostensibly centered around his covers-oriented solo album Diamond Dave, but we quickly went into, well, a different universe. “As far as learning the alphabet of music goes,” opined the ever-quotable Dave, “I always tell young musicians, ‘Last I looked, the Bible was written in the exact same alphabet as my favorite pornography. So I guess the choice is yours, son.’” As the song says, might as well jump. . .

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Mike Mettler Posted: Nov 15, 2011 0 comments

“I’ve been thinking about doing this for a long time,” Steven Wilson told me backstage about an hour before his groundbreaking live quad show unfolded at the Performing Arts Center at Temple University in Philadelphia on Saturday, November 12.

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Mike Mettler Posted: Nov 14, 2011 0 comments

Surround-sound guru Steven Wilson has upped the ante yet again on his Grace for Drowning solo tour by presenting the music itself in surround sound, an unprecedented feat. Well, ok, technically speaking, the show is in live quad, with two speakers placed in the back of the venue at hand.

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Mike Mettler Posted: Sep 29, 2011 0 comments

Lindsey Buckingham totally owned New York's Town Hall this past Tuesday night.

Mike Mettler Posted: Sep 27, 2011 0 comments

“This is one case where the record company got it right.”

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Mike Mettler Posted: Sep 26, 2011 0 comments

"Simple needs and simple expectations make for beautiful longevity."

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