Pamela Moore may be best known worldwide to fans of heavy metal as Queensryche’s “Sister Mary” from the “Operation Mindcrime I & II” albums, DVDs and tours  but Moore is a world class vocalist who has recorded and toured behind a variety of her own projects over the years.

The current incarnation of The Pamela Moore Band finds the veteran vocalist and charismatic live performer capably partnered up with old school Chicago guitar shredder Michael Posch, the driving force behind the popular Windy City metal band Radakka, who have released albums for Century Media Records over the years. More: michaelposch.com.

Rounding out the current PMB touring line-up is guitarist/backing vocalist Craig Church, bassist/backing vocalist Anthony Riviera and drummer Chris G.

The hard rock/metal ensemble is currently supporting the Moore/Posch-written album “Resurrect Me” (RatPak Records) with a string of dates that includes an 8 p.m. show March 6 at Tailgater’s (431 W. Boughton Road) in Bolingbrook, Ill. Tickets now on sale: $10 in advance, $12 at door and $20 for VIP seating.

The March 6 performance at Tailgater’s will give Seattle native Moore the opportunity to see friends willing to make the short road trip from her adopted home turf in Northwest Indiana, where she resided in the region for over a year in the late 2000s.

“I ended up moving back home in 2008, but I had a band in Chicago that I did a few shows with and one of the players in that band was Michael,” explained Moore of how she and Posch connected. “I was writing songs and contacting a bunch of different songwriters to collaborate with and Michael was coming up with these great musical riffs and ideas. Of all of the stuff sent into me from everyone, his were the ones I was really able to sink my teeth into. I decided to move back to Seattle, but you don’t have to be in the same room now to be able to collaborate on a song. Michael would send me a file and I would add my input to it and send it back to him. That’s pretty much how we created the whole album.”

Moore said the live show features “Resurrect Me,” played in its entirety, with some extra surprises added to the repertoire that are sure to please her longtime fans.

Next up for Moore is the “Monsters of Rock Sea Cruise” (April 18-22) where she teams up with her pals in Queensryche to help rock the waters of Florida and the Bahamas on a travel package hosted by Eddie Trunk of VH1’s “That Metal Show,” that includes over 30 other heavy bands of the 1980s, including: Night Ranger, Zebra, Tesla, Kix, Europe, Lita Ford, Y&T, Extreme, Krokus, Stryper, and Cinderella vocalist Tom Keifer. More: monstersofrockcruise.com.

Radio Host/Author Visits Highland’s Miles Books:

Chicago radio personality turned book author, Catherine Johns, will be doing a book signing at 1 p.m. Saturday at Miles Books (2819 Jewett Street) in downtown Highland.

Johns has written a wonderful new book for aspiring females in a male dominated world titled, “Show Up and Shine: Simple Steps to Boost Your Confidence and Charisma.” Stops on her promotional book signing tour have generated positive feedback, which is no surprise since Catherine can engage an audience quite naturally given her background as a news anchor, reporter, talk show host, and morning show side-chick at WLS and later at WJMK-FM, where she held her own alongside some of the best in the business – like Larry “Super Jock” Lujack, Fred Winston, and John “Records” Landecker. Johns was no slouch as host of her own talk show, either.

Post-radio, Johns has used her communication skills to become a presentation skills trainer and coach, which has led her to writing this book. The mini-seminar is open to the public and free to attend, but it is recommended to call Miles Books - (219) 838-8700 - to reserve your book and your attendance since space is limited. More: catherinejohns.com.


• Beatles tribute group American English will guest at 6 p.m. on Feb. 10 on “Midwest BEAT with Tom Lounges” broadcast on 89.1FM-Lakeshore Public Radio. The world-acclaimed and Chicago-based faux Fabs perform a Feb. 13 fundraising concert for Lakeshore Public Media at Star Plaza Theatre.

• LaPorte, Indiana native Catherine Lanigan - who scored success in the 1980s when her books “Romancing the Stone” and “Jewel of the Nile” became hit films - will guest live in studio at noon Feb. 11 on the Lakeshore Radio’s program, “A Look at the Arts.”  This show will also be streamed live in real time at: lakeshorepublicmedia.org._______________________________________________________________________________________


Entertainment Editor/Features Reporter

Eloise is A&E Editor and a food, entertainment and features writer for The Times, subjects she has covered for over two decades in and around the Region. She was the youngest of eight in a Chicago household filled with fantastic cooks and artists.