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If it's a loud, energetic hard-rock sound you are craving, Volbeat is the band for you! Volbeat consists of Michael Poulsen (vocal/guitar), Anders Kjolholm (bass), John Larsen (drums) and Rob Caggiano (guitars). The Danish hard-rock band headlines 98 Rock's Rockfest on April 25th at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. We got a chance to talk with Rob Caggiano from his home in Manhattan, as he was taking a breather during a lull in Volbeat's seemingly never-ending tour schedule.

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One of the hottest shows coming to the Tampa Bay area is the Steve Hackett's Genesis Extended 2014 World Tour. Hackett was the guitarist for Genesis during it's rise to stardom from 1970-1977. For this tour, Hackett and his bandmates will play from his 2012 release, Genesis Revisited II. The Genesis Extended Tour will visit Clearwater's Capitol Theatre on April 3rd and Plaza Live in Orlando on April 4th. Hackett took time from his busy schedule to discuss his current tour, his years with Genesis and exactly how the idea for Genesis Revisited came about.

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Vixen is an all female rock band with success during the late 1980's and early 1990's. The Vixen Legacy lives on to honor its Founder and guitarist Jan Kuehnemund who lost her battle with cancer last October 2013. Three members of Vixen's definitive line up to perform this year in 2014 include Singer Janet Gardner, Drummer Roxy Petrucci and Bassist Share Ross-Pedersen and now lead guitar and backing vocals Gina Stile.

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Darius Rucker, who was formerly with Hootie and the Blowfish, has made the transition from rock to country. Last May, he released his third country album “True Believers”, which features Rucker’s sixth country No. 1, “Wagon Wheel” and Top 5 hit “Radio”, as well as current single, “Miss You.” Rucker also won a Grammy this year for “Wagon Wheel” and is currently on tour. I talked to Rucker about his new album, his tour, and his love for golf.

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If it's a hard/alternative rock sound you are yearning for, Saliva is your band. With the release of their new hit-single, Rise Up, the band is again making noise in the hard rock genre. Full Access Magazine had the opportunity to talk with lead singer/guitarist Bobby Amaru while he was in Miami shooting the band's new video. Amaru talked about the soon-to-be released album, the band's current tour and about his career with the band.

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Undercover Betty, an all-female rock band, will be the opening act for Vixen on April 5th. The band features Rebecca Field (guitar, lead vocals, and song writer), Connie Bonds (bass player, lead vocals), as well as Kana Leimbach (percussion/ vocals). The women combine their musical abilities to produce a unique and diverse sound featuring an all-original show (as well as playing the obligatory cover songs when needed). I spoke with Rebecca Field about having the opportunity to open for Vixen, as well as releasing their Debut three-song EP in early May.

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Jason Jennings’ (Jon Oliva’s Pain) new CD, “Great Beyond,” is currently in post-production at Sweet Spot Studios in Largo. “Great Beyond” will feature an “all-star”lineup of veteran Tampa Bay musicians including Jon Oliva, Jerry Outlaw, Chris Kinder, Pat Buffo, John Spinelli, and the late Matt LaPorte, just to name a few. “Although it’ll be released simply under “Jason Jennings,” it’s really quite a tapestry of Tampa Bay talent. The musicians involved are the cream of the crop... twenty or so of them, in fact... from Jon Oliva all the way down the food chain to... well... me.

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