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Melissa Ruggieri

Music writer

Atlanta Journal-Constitution staff writer Melissa Ruggieri covers music and entertainment news for Atlanta Music Scene blog on ajc.com, and she remembers when MTV was awesome. Melissa started at the AJC in September 2010 writing features and entertainment stories and covering Georgia Aquarium and Zoo Atlanta. She has a bachelor's degree in journalism from Florida International University and a master's in English from Virginia Commonwealth University. She previously worked as the pop music critic at the Richmond Times-Dispatch from 1996-2010 and at the Sun-Sentinel in South Florida from 1992-1996. She lives in Atlanta with her husband. Go to the Atlanta Music Scene Blog

Latest from Melissa Ruggieri

Which concert tours are tops so far this year?
 Metallica brought its “Worldwired Tour” to sold-out SunTrust Park on Sunday, July 9.
               Photo: Robb Cohen Photography & Video /RobbsPhotos.com BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene Record sales might remain in a slump, but the live music industry continues to thrive. At least according to the figures tallied by concert...

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Metallica brought its “Worldwired Tour” to sold-out SunTrust Park on Sunday, July 9. Photo: Robb Cohen Photography & Video /RobbsPhotos.com BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene Record sales might remain in a slump, but the live music industry continues to thrive. At least according to the figures tallied by concert...
Concert review and photos: Idina Menzel gets real with fans at Fox Theatre show
 BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene Idina Menzel has spent so much of her career playing other people that it’s always gratifying to experience her sharp wit
            and locomotive-lunged real self in person. The fans who packed the Fox Theatre on Saturday night received many shades of Menzel – the polished pop singer, the...

Posted: 21 hours ago

BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene Idina Menzel has spent so much of her career playing other people that it’s always gratifying to experience her sharp wit and locomotive-lunged real self in person. The fans who packed the Fox Theatre on Saturday night received many shades of Menzel – the polished pop singer, the...
Linkin Park cancels tour following death of Chester Bennington
 Following the death of Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington, the rock band has canceled its upcoming tour. Concert promoter Live Nation issued a statement on Friday: The band’s U.S. tour to support new album “One More Light” was slated to kick off a summer run of arenas and amphitheaters with Machine Gun...

Posted: 2 days ago

Following the death of Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington, the rock band has canceled its upcoming tour. Concert promoter Live Nation issued a statement on Friday: The band’s U.S. tour to support new album “One More Light” was slated to kick off a summer run of arenas and amphitheaters with Machine Gun...
Linkin Park cancels tour following death of Chester Bennington
 BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene Following the death of singer Chester Bennington
            , Linkin Park has canceled its upcoming tour. Concert promoter Live Nation issued a statement on Friday: We are incredibly saddened to hear about the passing of Chester Bennington. The Linkin Park One More Light North American
               Tour...

Posted: 2 days ago

BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene Following the death of singer Chester Bennington , Linkin Park has canceled its upcoming tour. Concert promoter Live Nation issued a statement on Friday: We are incredibly saddened to hear about the passing of Chester Bennington. The Linkin Park One More Light North American Tour...
The Moody Blues revisit ‘Days of Future Passed’ on summer tour
 For a certain generation, “Days of Future Passed” ranks among their lifetime musical highlights. The Moody Blues’ landmark 1967 album, widely considered a hallmark of prog rock, spawned the lushly orchestrated “Nights in
            White Satin” and “Tuesday Afternoon” (though it was the 1972 re-release...

Posted: 2 days ago

For a certain generation, “Days of Future Passed” ranks among their lifetime musical highlights. The Moody Blues’ landmark 1967 album, widely considered a hallmark of prog rock, spawned the lushly orchestrated “Nights in White Satin” and “Tuesday Afternoon” (though it was the 1972 re-release...
Atlanta Concerts this week: Charlie Wilson, Barry Manilow
 It’s always a party with Uncle Charlie. BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene FRIDAY Charlie Wilson “Uncle” Charlie Wilson is a regular presence in Atlanta and for good reason – 
            
               people love him.
             Even though he packed Philips Arena at the beginning of the year with Fantasia and...

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It’s always a party with Uncle Charlie. BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene FRIDAY Charlie Wilson “Uncle” Charlie Wilson is a regular presence in Atlanta and for good reason – people love him. Even though he packed Philips Arena at the beginning of the year with Fantasia and...
Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington commits suicide

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BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington has committed suicide, according to TMZ and other media reports. The 41-year-old frontman for the rock band reportedly hanged himself at his Los Angeles residence and was found Thursday morning. Bennington is survived by his...
Styx’s Tommy Shaw talks Atlanta tour stop, ‘The Mission’ and plans for the fall
 BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene   One of the more common sights of summer is the classic rock band of the ‘70s touching down in dozens of amphitheaters around
            the country and trotting out a reliable set list of hits. Styx has proven itself among the most durable of the breed, partially because they know what their...

Posted: 3 days ago

BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene   One of the more common sights of summer is the classic rock band of the ‘70s touching down in dozens of amphitheaters around the country and trotting out a reliable set list of hits. Styx has proven itself among the most durable of the breed, partially because they know what their...
Idina Menzel gets candid about touring, being a role model
 In the span of a decade, Idina Menzel soared from vaunted Broadway player to international superstar. Her Tony-winning turn as the misunderstood Elphaba in “Wicked” in 2003 transformed her into a hero to scores of teenage girls.
            She continued her active theater career, including her 2013 Tony-nominated performance...

Posted: 3 days ago

In the span of a decade, Idina Menzel soared from vaunted Broadway player to international superstar. Her Tony-winning turn as the misunderstood Elphaba in “Wicked” in 2003 transformed her into a hero to scores of teenage girls. She continued her active theater career, including her 2013 Tony-nominated performance...
Concert review and photos: Joan Jett and Boston unleash timeless hits in Alpharetta
 BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene Among the summer tour pairings of classic rock artists (Steve Miller and Peter Frampton, Styx and REO Speedwagon, 
            
               Def Leppard and Poison
            ), the union of
             Boston and 
            Joan Jett is a solid one because really, sometimes all you want is a loud...

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BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene Among the summer tour pairings of classic rock artists (Steve Miller and Peter Frampton, Styx and REO Speedwagon, Def Leppard and Poison ), the union of Boston and Joan Jett is a solid one because really, sometimes all you want is a loud...
Here’s the AJC’s last R. Kelly Atlanta concert review before his latest controversy
 R. Kelly spent a lot of time at his Fox show cursing and talking about sex. Photo: Melissa Ruggieri/AJC BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene Last holiday season, R. Kelly hit the road to support his album “12 Nights of Christmas,” which included a stop 
            
               at the Fox Theatre. Prior to his performance, ...

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R. Kelly spent a lot of time at his Fox show cursing and talking about sex. Photo: Melissa Ruggieri/AJC BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene Last holiday season, R. Kelly hit the road to support his album “12 Nights of Christmas,” which included a stop at the Fox Theatre. Prior to his performance, ...