Author: Matthew Boles

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Bootleg City: Warrant in Tokyo, April ’91

Matthew Boles pays tribute to former Warrant frontman Jani Lane, who passed away on August 11, with a bootleg from the band's concert in...

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Bootleg City: Megadeth in Japan, May ’95

Matthew Boles presents a Megadeth concert from May 29, 1995, and gets excited about Bootleg City Community College's new, ridiculously...

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Bootleg City: Merry Styxmas!

It's Styxmas in Bootleg City, which means lots of heartfelt yet bombastic pop-rock caroling, tons of Mr. Roboto action figures under the...

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Bootleg City: Arlo Guthrie in New York City, July ’79

Matthew Boles presents a 1979 concert from Arlo Guthrie, whose song "Alice's Restaurant" has become a Thanksgiving classic....

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Bootleg City: The Charlie Daniels Band in Minnesota, May ’79

We had a small problem last week in Bootleg City when some guy named Guest tried to pull a fast one and disparage our happy home....

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Bootleg City: Robert Palmer in Maryland, September ’80

You may have noticed that updates from Bootleg City have been erratic the past few weeks. Well, it’s all the mayor’s fault. It seems...

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Bootleg City: Ronnie James Dio (1942-2010)

There was no question as to which artist I wanted to feature this week in Bootleg City — one of my all-time favorites, Ronnie James...

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Bootleg City: Neil Sedaka in London, March ’10

Citizens of Bootleg City, this is your mayor. This is your mayor on drugs. This is your mayor on drugs trying to get over a bout of hay...

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Bootleg City: Blue Angel in New York City, February ’81

A few months ago I wrote a couple pieces praising the dearly departed Spectrum in Philadelphia. But ever since, my karma’s been out...

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Bootleg City: Louis Armstrong & His All Stars, 5/8/54

Hello, denizens of Bootleg City! Mayor Cass here, and I’m happy to announce that I’m finally back! … starting next week....

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Bootleg City: Peter Gabriel in Philadelphia, July ’87

OK, I have to tell you a story. The other day I was sleeping off my annual four-day Thanksgiving bender when my phone rang at the crack of...

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Bootleg City: Manfred Mann’s Earth Band in Philadelphia, October ’76

When I was a wee mountain man growing up in southern Connecticut, just outside New York City, I quickly learned that everything from...

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Bootleg City: The Cranberries in Munich, October ’94

Hey, the head man is out of town! This is such a freakin’ good idea. See, when our “public servants” walk into office...