Knitting Factory brings back era of the guitar hero

Not long ago — OK, actually about a quarter century ago — rock and metal guitarists were gods. Then grunge came along and spoiled the fun.

George Lynch of Dokken? Whatever happened to that guy? Jake E. Lee of Ozzy Osbourne’s band? So underrated. Same for goes for Reb Beach. And, oh man, speed demon Michael Angelo? (OK, nobody knew who he was even back in the ’80s.)

But the Knitting Factory Concert House remembers. Boise’s Downtown concert club is bringing three icons of the electric six-string to the stage: Eric Johnson (Aug. 14), Buckethead (Sept. 22) and Steve Vai (Oct. 3.) Get tickets at Ticketfly.

(I totally love how Vai blows his OWN mind.)

Whose whammy bar will bend your jaw clear down to the floor? Whose dazzling right hand will sweep pick the skin right off your melting face? Which guitarist will make you feel like he’s finger-tapping every goose bump on your quivering body?

Who among those three is the best?

That's a tough question. Pitting guitarists against one another like MMA fighters is a moot point — at least according to Edward Van Halen.

Back in the 1990s, I got the opportunity to ask Eddie who was better — him or Yngwie J. Malmsteen. This question seemed perfectly reasonable to me at the time. Still does.

Here’s what Eddie had to say:

'The Other Studio' 08.12.12

Here's what we played on last night's show:

-Texas Hippie Coalition, "P---ed Off and Mad About It"
-Mumford & Sons, "I Will Wait"
-Aaliyah feat. Drake, "Enough Said"
-Divine Fits, "Would That Not Be Nice"
-Dinosaur Jr., "Watch the Corners"
-Afghan Whigs, "Love Crimes"
-Lykke Li, "Silver Springs"
-Kaskade, "4 AM"
-Bauhaus, "She's in Parties"

"The Other Studio" airs at 9 p.m. Sundays on 94.9 FM "The River."

Revolution Center announces more concerts: Steve Aoki, Helmet w/Toadies

Looks like it will go down to the wire, but the
Revolution Concert House and Event Center — Revolution Center for short — is still planning to open Aug. 22 with Joe Walsh.

The 2,200-capacity club in Garden City is putting its foot on the gas, booking two more concerts to go along with the small slew already revealed. DJ/producer Steve Aoki headlines Oct. 17. And militarily precise alt-metal act Helmet and '90s pal the Toadies will rock Nov. 2 with Ume opening.

Aoki is a huge name in electronic dance music. With the exception of Deadmau5, it suddenly feels like Boise is getting a taste of all the mainstream EDM names. (Remember,
Skrillex played here last year.)

Tickets to Aoki will cost $29.50/$49.50 VIP. Helmet/Toadies will go for $19.50/$39.50 VIP. Both shows go on sale at 10 a.m. Aug. 17 at Ticketfly.

Note: Profanity in video.

Five Things You Should Do This Weekend in Boise

When August arrives, it's time for burned rubber, exploded eardrums and ice-cold beer. Firebird Raceway is hosting its major event of the summer this weekend: the 41st annual Nightfire Nationals. It's a trip to experience — and not just the cars. Hundreds of racers will spew fire and smoke Friday through Sunday. Warning: There’s a brief moment of profanity in the amateur 20-second vid below, which sorta says it all. (See a more more professional video of Nightfire here.)

Contest over: Win free tickets to the Kaskade concert Monday at the Knitting Factory

Update: The contest has ended. Congrats to winners Leif E. and Danny H.


EMAIL CONTEST: Between now and 4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 10, correctly answer this question: What is Kaskade's real name?

Send an email with: 1) the answer; 2) your first and last name; 3) the subject line CONTEST (you must include the subject line to qualify!) to Please don't enter more than once.

Using a random-number generator, I'll pick a correct email then respond to that email address with the good news by 4:30 p.m. Friday. After that, the winner will just show up at the concert Monday and pick up the tickets at will call.

TWITTER CONTEST: Sometime between noon and 1 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 10, I’ll randomly tweet a Kaskade trivia question. The first person to reply on Twitter with the correct answer wins the tickets. Same story. I’ll leave the tickets at will call.

Remember, if you don't win, you can buy tickets at Ticketfly.

1344637261 Contest over: Win free tickets to the Kaskade concert Monday at the Knitting Factory Idaho Statesman Copyright 2014 Idaho Statesman . All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Ticket alert: Boise concerts going on sale Friday

Tegan and Sara: 8 p.m. Sept. 25, Knitting Factory, 416 S. 9th St., Boise. $30. Ticketfly. On sale at 10 a.m. Aug. 10

Lynyrd Skynyrd: 7 p.m. Sept. 28, Idaho Center Amphitheater, 16200 Idaho Center Blvd., Nampa. $39.50 and $59.50. ICTickets. Opening: Shooter Jennings, Texas Hippie Coalition. On sale at 10 a.m. Aug. 10

Chevelle: 8 p.m. Sept. 30, Knitting Factory, 416 S. 9th St., Boise. $22.50. Ticketfly. $25 day of show. On sale at 10 a.m. Aug. 10

All Time Low: 7:30 p.m. Oct. 26, Knitting Factory, 416 S. 9th St., Boise. $21. Ticketfly. $23 day of show. On sale at 10 a.m. Aug. 10

Contest over: Win tickets to this week's Kix Brooks concert

Update: The contest has ended. Congrats to Hana N. and Jason B., who won the tickets.


In honor of Wow 104.3 winning the spring radio ratings, I am handing out country music concert tickets. Actually, that has nothing to do with it, but hey: I have two pairs of tickets to the Kix Brooks concert Wednesday, Aug. 8, at the Knitting Factory, anyway.

Lynyrd Skynyrd, Shooter Jennings and Texas Hippie Coalition are headed to Nampa

This summer, Southern rock legends Lynyrd Skynyrd will make their first visit to the Treasure Valley in more than a decade. The band — still rocking after that infamous plane crash that killed three members in 1977 — will perform Friday, Sept. 28, at the Idaho Center Amphitheater.

Spring 2012 Arbitron radio ratings

Country had a good showing in this book. Congrats to Wow Country 104.3 for finishing No. 1 in 12+.


You won't see KKOO Kool Oldies 99.5 FM in the lists because they don't subscribe to Arbitron, but the station didn't finish in the top 15 in either demographic below. NewsRadio KINF 99.1 FM is absent because it scored a zero. (Actually, that's only in 12+. It managed 0.2 in 25-54, but that's still lower than these lists register.)

Anyway, keep reading for the ratings ...

Finn Riggins, 'Big News'

Here's the latest vid from Boise indie-rockers Finn Riggins. Update: Something about it makes me think that singer-keyboardist Eric Gilbert might be catching a TD pass in the classic Nintendo game "Tecmo Bowl" in the band's next video.

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