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Monte Recalls 2011

Normally around this time of the year, ol' Monte would dish his New Years resolutions to you.  However, I can't recall a year in which I've actually stuck to any of them!  Instead, I figured I'd give you a look back at some of the good times I had in 2011 as we welcome 2012.  A behind the scenes glance of Monte's 2011.

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Photo via Q103
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A Cool Backstage Moment From Five Finger Death Punch’s Ivan Moody At Q-Ruption

If you were at Q-Ruption you saw most of our staff join the guys from Free Beer and Hot Wings for stage announcements between the bands. Well, it’s kind of a funny situation to be in as you pretty much just wait on the side of the stage for your cue to go up there.

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Q-Tease Out in Force for Q-Ruption

Get you photo with the Q-Tease?  

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Photo: Q-Tease Jen
Photo: Q-Tease Jen
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Q-Tease Jen’s Q-Ruption Review- Egypt Central and Five Finger Death Punch

Now it's a Q-Tease's turn to review! Obviously, our biggest concert of the year, Q-Ruption was last night, and a surprising 12,138 of you rockers came out to celebrate and enjoy it with us! I thoroughly enjoyed both Egypt Central and co-headliners Five Finger Death Punch, and thought they both put on a very worthy show.

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Monte Q103
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Monte’s Favorite Q-Ruption Performance- Skillet [VIDEO]

As one of you 12,138 fans that rocked out at Q-Ruption last night, it was hard to pick a favorite act.  One band I was anticipating to see in person delivered in a big way last night.  For me, it was Skillet that got ol' Monte tapping his foot.

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Photo by Adam Bettcher,Getty Images
Photo by Adam Bettcher,Getty Images
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Mike Portnoy Visits Mrozek On Thursday Before ‘Adrenaline Mob’ Show At Northern Lights [VIDEO]

Mike Portnoy. Man, this guy has played with a lot of people. And they are all really, really great. Most know him from Dream Theater and filling in with Avenged Sevenfold.

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Photo by Paul McConnell,Getty Images
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Shimon Moore Of Sick Puppies Is Psyched To Play Q-Ruption [Interview]

Shim chats with Mrozek about his one encounter with Sully Erna and his excitement to see Five Finger Death Punch. Oh yeah, you can also find out about his commitment phobia.

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Photo by Nick Lee
Photo by Nick Lee
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“Rock And Roll Will Save Your Soul”- Selfish Needy Creatures Wins Play For The Stage!

Last night was the grand finale of Q103's Play for the Stage at Savannah's in Albany, and finalists Tamerlane, Selfish Needy Creatures and Pipebomb all performed for a second time to win the ultimate prize and opportunity- to open for Godsmack, Five Finger Death Punch, Skillet, Sick Puppies and Egypt Central at next weeks Q-Ruption. Congratulations to SELFISH NEEDY CREATURES for being the big winners!

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Scott Gries, Getty Images
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Win Q-Ruption Tickets At Barleycorn’s [VIDEO]

Do have your tickets to Q-Ruption, the biggest concert in the history of Q103!?  How would you like to score a free pair of tickets to the show?  I've got your shot Barleycorn's on Saturday night!

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Who Will Open Up Q-Ruption?

Find out tonight at Savannah’s on Pearl St. in Albany starting at 10pm. This is it man. It’s the finals for our ‘Play For The Stage’ competition. One of these 3 bands is going to play at SPAC next Friday and play with Godsmack, Five Finger Death Punch and more.

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Photo by Sean Gallup,Getty Images
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Q-Ruption Survival Guide

So Q-Ruption is getting closer and closer, and you’re wondering about all sorts of things. Fear not – we have you covered. First, yours truly (Mrozek) will be broadcasting backstage @ SPAC starting at 2pm. So keep it locked on all day for up to the minute updates of what’s going on.

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photo: Nick Lee, Q103
photo: Nick Lee, Q103
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The Third And Final Round Of Play For The Stage [Photos] [Review]

Last night marked the last round of Q103's Play for the Stage at Savannah's in Albany. So far, local bands Pipebomb and Tamerlane are in the running, and the final three bands Kolekora, Selfish Needy Creatures and UnCivil Liberty all competed for that coveted last spot in the finals next week, for a chance to play Q-Ruption alongside some of the biggest names in rock. Read on to see who will be moving on to next week's battle of the bands finale.

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