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Photo used courtesy of: Dawn Kamen.

Mansfield, Ohio based metal band, LunaDin, are working on recording a new CD. No word on the title or release date. Stay tuned to Rock Lines for further details. departure Rock Lines noticed Departure (Journey/Classic Rock)  has a month of upcoming live dates. It’s good to see Bill Cornell and the band are getting out and about more often! Departure will appear at The Den on Saturday in Mansfield, Ohio.


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Bad Remedy has announced a EP Release Party at Planet Rock in Mansfield, Ohio. The event is scheduled for Friday, May 9th. Opening for Bad Remedy will be Perfectly Damaged, TRUST, and Five Finger Donkey Punch. Look for a more in-depth article concerning Bad Remedy and their latest news and video release in an upcoming article in Rock Lines by Bethany Brewer.   Souviner2Ex-Sweatleaf/Souvenir drummer, Jimmy Clark, will be appearing with Victory Highway next weekend. Jimmy will join his former band mate of Sweatleaf and The All-Sports Band, Cy Sulak, onstage. If you get a chance to catch Jimmy with Victory Highway it will be a blast!


If you plan on attending this year’s Rock On the Range, you better order your tickets now for the 3-day event at Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. The largest outdoor festival in Ohio is scheduled May 16th – May 18th and time is running out before tickets sellout. Don’t miss this 3-day music marathon at Rock On The Range!

Ohio Music Memory:

American Noise

American Noise was a Cleveland, Ohio based band. The band featured many prominent Cleveland musicians: Tommy Rich (drums), George Sipl and Jerry Moran (keyboards) Greg Holt (bass) and Craig’s brother- Bruce Balzer on guitar. Brothers, Craig and Bruce were both members of Circus; who were successful in the earlier 1970’s.

American Noise was formed in 1978 and recorded one debut album, titled American Noise on Planet Records. The band was successful in receiving national airplay on four singles from the album. Unfortunately, the lack of support from Planet Records and the labels subsequent demise meant you could hear the band on national radio but couldn’t buy a copy in the record store. Copies were available in the Cleveland area.

I saw American Noise’s first gig at the Cleveland Agora opening for Souvenir.  I figured the band must be good because nobody opened for Souvenir. At that time American Noise was called 747. The record company later had the band change their name, so as not to be confused by another band named 707.

The band was polished musically and ran through a 45-minute set with their original material with catchy rock material and a few beautiful ballads. The set ended with the band performing “Teenage Wasteland” by the Who. Being a drummer, I was awestruck by drummer Tommy Rich’s display of showmanship on this particular song.

American Noise broke up in 1982. Tommy Rich would go on to perform with Donnie Iris and The Cruisers, while George Sipl would work with Eric Carman.

 Sadly, Craig Balzer passed away in 2011 and Jerry Moran in 2012.


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Jim Carver is the President of The Rust Belt Chronicles.

In 2004, Jim graduated from North Central State College with a degree in Business Information Technology. Jim developed "Rock Lines" news report online in 2010.After a trial-run of The Rust Belt Chronicles in April of 2013, Jim decided to make his dream a reality in 2014 by re-launching The Rust Belt Chronicles.

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