Errols Weekly Music Update.

June 3, 2010

Weekly Update – 06/04/2010

(My apologies for missing last week but my computer died on me the day before I usually post the page. I scrambled to get this week’s back on).

Aerosmith at Jones Beach on Thurs. Aug. 12. Ticket information to follow. Also appearing at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City NJ on Sat. Aug. 28. Tickets for this show on sale this morning at 10:00 a.m. $59.50 – $195. Sammy Hagar will open this show. Also appearing at the Mohegan Sun on Sat. Sept. 4. Ticket info to follow.

Kiss at Jones Beach on Sat. Aug. 14 and at PNC Bank Arts Center on Fri. Aug. 20. Pre-sale tickets available now for Citi card holders. (for non-Citi card holders the password is: Eventful2010) General tickets on sale tomorrow morning at 10:00 a.m. Jones: $38.60, $59.50, $93.05 – $153; PNC: $36.50, $59.35 – $91.40 – $153. The Academy Is and The Envy are the openers.They will also be appearing at the Mohegan Sun on Thurs. Aug. 19. Tickets for this show will go on sale next Fri. June 11 at 10:00 a.m. More information to follow.

Maroon 5 at Jones Beach on Wed. Aug. 11 and at PNC Bank Arts Center on Sun. Aug. 15. Tickets on sale tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. Jones: $35-$105.75; PNC: $34.25 – $105.95

John Mayer at Jones Beach on Thurs. July 22. Pre-sale tickets for Citi card holders on sale next Wed. June 9 at 10:00 a.m. until Fri. June 11 at 10:00 p.m. General public tickets on sale next Sat. June 12 at 10:00 a.m. $62.50 – $96.55

Rihanna at Jones Beach on Sun. Aug. 15. Tickets on sale this morning at 10:00 a.m. Mezz: $46; Stadium 2: $60.25 – $81.95; Orchestra: $125.50; Stadium 1: $81.95 – $125.50.

Queensryche at Nokia Theater on Fri. Aug. 20. Pre-sale tickets for American Express cardholders now until 10:00 a.m. this morning. General public tickets on sale today at noon. $45.

The National at the Wellmont Theater on Fri. Sept. 24. Tickets on sale today at noon. $33 ($35 day of show).

Perpetual Groove at the Bowery Ballroom on Fri. Sept. 24. Tickets on sale today at noon. $15 ($17 day of show).

Gotan Project at Terminal 5 on Thurs. Sept. 30. Tickets on sale today at noon. $39.50 ($40 day of show).

Engelbert Humperdinck at the Theater in Westbury NY on Fri. Rocktober 1. Tickets on sale this Sunday at 12:30 p.m. $51.50 – $61.50.

Barry Manilow with the New York Pops at the Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall on Sat. Aug. 14. Pre-sale begins this morning at 10:00 a.m. and ends 10:00 p.m. tonight and the password is: Manilow. General public on sale tomorrow morning at 10:00 a.m. $65 – $225.

The Smithereens at B.B. Kings on Sat. Jan. 15, 2011. Tickets on sale this morning at 10:00 a.m. $27.

Other items:

Thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Mr. Paul Gray who passed away at the very young age of 38 last week. He was one of the founding members of Slipknot and was eulogized by his wife, friends and bandmates which you can see here. This is a tough thing to watch but very poignant. Rest in peace Paul. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rrcfdgJhcgk

Two stunning concert cancellations this summer- U2 and Christina Aguilera. I completely understand U2 because Bono had back surgery and has to miss some shows, they will get back out on the road when he gets better. The more interesting one is Miss Aguilera, the reason given was that her schedule was too busy which leads one to believe that ticket sales were less than spectacular. And now there is speculation against Live Nation Entertainment and they are supposedly being looked at by the legal system for maybe some improprieties with ticket sales. (Ya think? You let Ticketmaster and Live Nation merge, what did you think would happen?)

Kiss is looking for some unsigned bands to open up for them on their summer tour. If you think your band is worthy you can register for free at GCOnstage.com to play at one of the 22 cities. Kiss will pick the five top bands from each city and then they will ultimately pick the winner. Has to be a dream come true, no?

According to legal documents, Joe Walsh has filed a restraining order against a neighbor who has threatened to kill him. Even though the man is 70 years old, Joe claims that he attacked his personal assistant with a block of wood. Joe fears for his life and he also put his wife, assistant, and gardener on that order of protection.

Robert Plant will release a new album in September with his new project-Band of Joy- (the band he was part of before joining the Mighty Led Zep- he is the only original member now) and supposedly everyone who was in the recording studio while it was recorded have raved about the new tunes. The 12 song disc will be released internationally on Sept. 13, no exact date set yet for U.S.

Rush has released two new singles-“Caravan”- and –“BU2B”- and I have to say that these songs are really good, especially if you are a fan of the boys from Canada. It sounds like a mixture of old Rush complimented with their contemporary sound. I really should start a campaign to have these guys voted into the U.S. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. It’s enough already and pretty much embarrassing that the Hall doesn’t recognize this band’s amazing talents over the last 30 years. (30 Years??!!!)

Ministry has covered the AC/DC classic-“Thunderstruck”- and I sort of like it but nothing compares to the original. Check it out for yourself, it’s available on I-Tunes.

Kid Rock will release a new album-“Born Free”- on Sept. 7. It is the long awaited follow-up to “Rock and Roll Jesus” and will feature Bob Seger, T.I., Martina McBride and Sheryl Crow. The Kid is a huge fan of Seger and called him to ask if he would help out on a song but Bob never called him back, instead he showed up at Kid’s doorstep. When asked why he didn’t call back, Mr. Seger responded that he was “practicing.” I for one can not wait and hope this album is the turning point in his career. Maybe this will be his “Superunknown”- the new album was produced by the “Zen-Master” Mr. Rick Rubin. This should be interesting.

Album Review: Stone Temple Pilots by the Stone Temple Pilots released on May 25, 2010

Stone Temple Pilots

Sometimes in life you are part of something that is just a “natural fit” and feels good; of course there are “bumpy roads” along the way filled with disagreements or arguments but for the most part you wouldn’t want to be anywhere else and want that experience to last forever. However, like many times in our lives things change and no matter how hard it is to not welcome that change, you move on. And every once in a while-after some period of time- you are back in that same situation and even though it doesn’t feel like it did the first time around, there is a certain intrigue that keeps you wondering if you can recapture that magic. The members of the Stone Temple Pilots are now in this mode of reunification and instead of just “getting fat” on what they have already done, they decided to make some new music again after nine years and instead of naming the new album, it is just their name. In my opinion, this was purposely done, indicating that this is their “debut” all over again. The first thing different about this debut was that Scott Weiland, lead singer, decided that he did not want to sing in front of the other band members, so he decided he would cut the vocals on his own while the band had to record without him singing. Now say what you will about seeing him live-we all know about his demons-and there is always that chance that he will be “out there” (to put it mildly) on one (or more) of those nights you are sitting in the audience. But when it comes to the “studio” albums, you understand why Slash wanted him as a singer in Velvet Revolver. If awards were handed out for sounding “healthy” on an album, then Scott wins this one hands down for the new album. Now hopefully this “healthy” attitude stays with him as they embark on a tour for this new recording but already the rumors are abound.

The second thing that is different about this “debut” album is they can’t be painted as Pearl Jam “wanna-bee’s.” (Someone however, will point out that PJ’s latest album has very “short” songs and that STP has followed suit). Folks I’m not sure if STP will draw in new fans from this release but I think it has a shot for someone who was between the ages of 8-10 when they made their last studio album in 2001. And for the “fan” of this band (like me) this is what I expected from them. Bands that break up and almost a decade later decide to record some new material will have to look at this album as the “gold standard.” This is what I have been missing for the past nine years and in my opinion even though it has that distinctive STP “sound,” this album is different from all the past recordings-again I think done purposely. The album contains influences from David Bowie, Aerosmith and the Beatles. And in my opinion, it sort of reminds me of an album that Collective Soul (a more “contemporary” band) would put out because of the slick melodic “hooks and guitar riffs” that at times can be heavy but at the same time can come off as “pop.” There are no songs that reach five minutes and there are no tunes that contain that familiar slow trudge as in “Creep.” This album is crisp and clean sort of “old school” style when albums would contain 5-6 songs on each side that totals between 16-18 minutes of music. This is straight forward rock and roll plush with outstanding “pop” moments (see “First Kiss on Mars”) as well as superb musicianship (great guitar solos throughout) and topped off by excellent vocals. This is a “must have” for the STP “die-hard” (please no complaints) as well as the younger fan of rock & roll who were too young at the time when they disbanded. Buy it and “Just Push Play.”

The album kicks off with the very short-“Between the Lines”- which for you Kiss fans out there this possibly could remind you of “Baby Driver”-anyway this song moves and makes you sway your hips in circular gyrations. The chorus is addicting-“…even when we use to take… even when we use to take…” while Dean’s electrifying guitar solo is the highlight. This song continues to move largely in part of Eric Kretz drumming and you will feel like you are looking into one of those kaleidoscope toys you had when you were a kid when you listen to this track. Lyrics seem to indicate that Scott still considers his ex-wife his favorite even after her “tell-all” book. “Take a Load Off” is a head shaking rocking song with many stops & starts which has very cool background vocals, especially the “yeah” part while Scott sings the chorus. This is a tight song which has much going on and it’s hard to believe that the sound is made by just four guys, (feels like more) and there is no “rest” period at all-only at the end when it crisply stops on Scott’s vocals of “record store.” Whew I need to catch my breath and track # 3-“Huckleberry Crumble”- allows me some breathing room as this is pure rock and roll with a blues twist and will definitely conjure up images of Aerosmith’s “Same Old Song & Dance.” This is one of the better tracks on the album and in my opinion highlights the unheralded skills of Dean DeLeo on lead guitar-his solo is nothing short of spectacular. I can picture up and coming bar bands taking this song on because it has all the makings of a fan favorite- everyone will be “air-guitaring” and “air-drumming” while the others will be banging their heads up and down to this rocking song. Just like that out of the box, three-for-three. “Hickory Dichotomy” is another one of the better tracks on the album-this just flat out rocks and rolls and definitely pays homage to Mr. Weiland’s heroes- the one and only David Bowie. Put this track on and tell me you couldn’t picture Bowie doing this- it sounds like they borrowed the “Spiders from Mars” to assist in the recording. Scott’s vocal style really shines brightly here and again when he is “on” there really aren’t too many rock & roll singers out there that can match him. The background vocals will ignite images of the Beatles if they were just starting out in 2010-totally awesome. Track #5-“Dare if You Dare”- slows down the tempo a bit and again this sounds like it could have appeared on “Ziggy Stardust” and when the chorus kicks in you will swear that you have heard this before but I can’t really pinpoint from where. I don’t think this ever appears on their first album because this was written after much of life experiences and they have been through much adversity (and maybe still) but the point here is to make a difference-“…Dare to be something…” This is the new and improved Stone Temple Pilots equipped with real life messages. If I am correct in my thinking that the first side of the album would have six songs, then the last song on side one is-“Cinnamon.” Now I know for all the STP fans of the first album this song is a hard pill to swallow because this is more “pop-ish” than “Days of the Week.” But for me, this is one of my favorites on this album as I love the “simplicity” along with the chorus-“hear me, hear me…can you hear me…”-once this song gets in your head (obviously if you allow it-open your mind) you will not be able to stop singing it. Think of a those pop songs recorded by R.E.M. in the late 1980’s or early 1990’s.

If I can go back to the days when vinyl was “king” (it is making somewhat of a comeback), then my assumption is that “Hazy Daze” would start off side two and what a way to kick it off with those righteous guitar riffs that are slick in nature combined with an addictive chorus, this song has the capacity to be one of those tracks that will be played at every beach this summer. This tune will take you by surprise and should quickly become one of your favorites-the guitar solo is sweet and before you know it the beginning of “Bagman” begins and the first thing (if you are old enough) you will think of is the theme from the Batman show (yes the Adam West version)-it sounds similar-“…Batman… I mean Bagman…” I can picture Kiss doing this track with a twist of Bowie again. The bridge that leads into the guitar solo takes the tune into another stratosphere as you have to admit this is some good music right here that the Stone Temple Pilots are making. Track # 9- “Peacoat”- is one of the best tracks on this album. It sounds simple enough and has a slower groove than the previous tunes but when Scott starts to sing-“…I sleep all day…”- the song gets that much better. This is a foot stomping, make believe you can wail on the guitar song that should become one of the fan favorites at their live shows. Their harmonizing vocals really stand out in this track (who knows maybe Scott supplied all the vocals but it sounds great). “Fast as I Can” is a high speed track that I can picture riding a bike and pedaling as fast as you can as you either try to make it up a hill or actually come down a hill-either way this song will make you move your legs faster- a definite “speed” song for your next Spin class-tell the instructor to put this on his or her list. Dean again has a real nice guitar solo. Then it is on to the best song-and my personal favorite-on the album-“First Kiss on Mars”- this track should be on the radio everywhere right now. This is pure perfection and should be the “hit song” of the summer. I really can’t get enough of this track-again what stands out for me are the amazing vocals by Mr. Weiland-lead and harmonizing. If you don’t like this song, then I give up. You will think that you are listening to David Bowie especially the beginning of the song but as they get into the chorus, you will know that it is Scott, so in essence you get both Bowie and Weiland-sort of like a duet but not really. Listen and you will see what I mean. This has quickly moved up my list of my top ten all time Stone Temple Pilots songs (which I just did a few weeks back) and could possibly be number one or two-yes folks it is that good. This could be the song of the summer or year. (The music was created by Robert DeLeo- the bassist. Excellent job Robert!!). The last song on the album is “Maver” and it is the longest track, clocking in at 4:52 and is the perfect ending to a stellar comeback album. This is a peaceful song that evokes pictures of kids running through some corn fields in the summer time playing hide and seek. When the bridge kicks in with Scott singing “…how many nights did you make it without it…” it gets that much better. This is a wonderful track that highlights how far this band has come.

The new Stone Temple Pilots is worthy of your attention as they have produced one of the best “reunion” albums in a long while. Rolling Stone magazine has given this album a respectable 3.5 star rating (out of 5). My rating would have come in as a 4 star. Hopefully they can keep this groove going.

“TOP TEN”:

Image of John Mellencamp

This week’s I-Pod shuffle landed on “Rodeo Clown” by Mr. John Mellencamp and it put me on the track of trying to come up with my favorite songs from this talented guy from Bloomington Indiana. This man’s career has now entered its fifth decade and he has shown no sign that he will ever stop doing what he loves best-writing songs that matter deeply to him. I think John has come to a point in his career where he will do what he wants to record and if people buy it-fine, but if they don’t purchase it-that’s fine as well. Now if one were filming a movie about becoming a “rock” star, is there any better choice to follow the life and times of John Mellencamp? It’s a Cinderella story whereby the record companies/or “suits” played the mean step-mother, forcing John to use “Cougar” as a last name because that was the “cool” thing to do but in the end it is John drinking champagne from that glass slipper. But what happened in between that time was a massive explosion of force, swagger, revolt and good old home town cooking that catapulted him to stardom on his own merits where by just like a snake sheds its skin, he left the Cougar behind him and ultimately battered down the doors of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as John Mellencamp. And oh by the way, contrary to his outward appearances, I believe he had fun along the way.

I remember hearing “I Need a Lover” for the first time and wondering who this rocker that I need to know is. It was my junior year in high school, I was knee deep into Van Halen while trying to soak in all the cool rock & roll that I could find and in walked this guy named John Cougar. During the same time, Pat Benatar had the same song out but I was always partial to John’s version-mainly because of the very awesome rocking introduction to the song which lasts two minutes and thirty seconds. Then when I heard-“Hurts So Good”- I was hooked on to the bandwagon and followed his career through most of the 1980’s as he became a favorite of mine. I clearly remember watching a music award show with my parents back in the early 1980’s (not sure which one-Grammy’s or American Music Awards or “whatever”) with “visions of grandeur” because John Cougar was nominated and in my mind-there was no way he was going to lose, so I finally could show my parents that our generation had its “Elvis”-Ok that is a little carried away-but you get the picture, right? Well here it is a “black-tie” event and the person reads his name as the winner-here it is-what I was waiting for all day and night- a great acceptance speech from one of my “idols” and my parents are going to see that I follow real cool artists. As the camera shows John making his way up to the stage I’m wondering where is his tuxedo? (Ok maybe not the rock and roll way, I get it but…). He comes up basically in a white T-shirt, walks up to the microphone and says something to the effect of “I know you people think I’m stupid but thanks anyway” and walks off the stage. What?…What just happened?…. Did I just get punched in the face? I didn’t even look over to my dad as I knew there would be this scowl across his face that I was not about to live down. I arose from the couch and went straight to bed, full of the same “piss & vinegar” that John displayed to a national audience.

During the period from 1983- 1990, his albums became-“John Cougar Mellencamp”- and in my opinion he was at the height of his career during this time. I absolutely love “Uh-Huh” from top to bottom and what else can be said about “Scarecrow”-arguably the best album of the 1980’s decade. Then came my favorite-“Lonsome Jubilee”- released in August 1987 and at that time John had really let his hair down, no really I mean his hair was the longest it had ever been. Another thing I remember about Mr. Mellencamp was that during that year-1987-he had this huge tour and the only night he was playing Madison Square Garden was Thanksgiving night. Now I remember feeling uneasy about telling my parents that I was going to a concert on Thanksgiving but I had to go. As it turns out, I went with a whole bunch of people including many of the people I worked with in Dan’s supermarket including Mary, Audrey and my best man John. We had a blast and Mr. Mellencamp put on a fantastic show. As the 1990’s approached, I kind of followed the “hair bands” and then of course the “grunge” scene but always kept an eye out on his stuff. As he became older, his music, in my opinion, went in the right direction-like fine wine-it just gets better and he keeps evolving making him relevant still to this day. I recently saw John on an interview show with Michael Kay and to me his appearance is basically still the same-he seems to have just awakened from a sleep, his words can sometimes cut to the bone but again every once in a while there is a smile. His last album-“Life, Death, Love and Freedom”- was a dark gloomy work but after giving it some listen, it gets better. (T-Bone is the producer so you know there is no “Shiny Happy People” coming from him). Mr. Mellencamp has earned his way to the top of being mentioned as one of the all time American artists in the history of this country. (You see Mom & Dad, I was right..) He is a living legend and continues to raise awareness (with his lyrics) on bold topics, especially on race. He has been there (with Willie and friends) from the very beginning to “Aid” the American farmer and continues to do so. His library is so extensive and he has amassed many hits in the Top 40 (although recently he has said that he is through with being a “rock star” which is fine because is a “star” in his own right) and it is really hard to pinpoint ten songs but I will try. Here goes:

10.     Down and Out in Paradise-When John has something to say, he says it and does not hold back. This is off of “Jubilee” when Ronald Reagan was the President and this song is a clear message that there was a whole segment of the population that was down and out while everyone else lived in “paradise.” Politics aside, this song has such a funky groove and makes parts of your body move that you never could. The “stop & go” bends and breaks through out this song is incredible and I can picture someone doing the “robot” dance to this track. By this album, the fiddle and other different “country music” instruments became part of his repertoire and it fit perfectly. Great song.

9.     A Ride Back Home- This duet with Karen Fairchild (Little Big Town) is what I mean about how John has grown as an artist as this song only comes through his life experiences, this doesn’t appear on any of his first seven albums. Now if this reminds you of Robert Plant & Allison Krauss well you can thank Mr. T-Bone Burnett as he was the producer on “Life, Death, Love and Freedom.” John’s vocals are phenomenal and Karen’s voice is the perfect offset to his lower pitch. This is a song to sing around the camp fire. The video is very cool, it was shot in his hometown of Bloomington.

8.     Love and Happiness- When John wants to “rock and roll” like the Stones (one of his biggest influences along with Dylan and Guthrie) he can make some of the best songs. This has the heaviest guitar work since his “Uh-huh” days but the really cool thing is the blazing trumpet solo in the middle of the song. It’s hard to avoid the hard hitting lyrics as John always seemed to stick up for the “middle” American people and the struggles they had/have. “…If you are a young couple today, forget about buying a house…” I believe he steers to the “left” so during his formative years he a lot to write about the “right” and his views on their policies.

7.     Minutes to Memories- How great are the lyrics to this song? I love the line that states-“…He said an honest man’s pillow is his peace of mind…”This is song about life and how it comes at you whether you are ready or not. It tells a story of how an older man told him things but at the time he was too young and thought that he knew better than the old man. As they years went on and when he had his own son he realized that the old man was right and he was trying to convey that message to his son. “…You are young and you are the future…so suck it up and tough it out…and be the best you can…” Words to live by. Awesome song.

6.     Rodeo Clown-This song used to pop up in my I-Pod shuffle a lot and it grew and grew on me and sure enough it became one of my all time favorite songs. I love the chorus and the music behind it sounds a lot like something that the Rolling Stones would perform-“…she changed direction with the gas fires burning…racing for protection, what could she possibly find…” This is a perfect song if you know people who can play the acoustic guitar, get a few of them, and sing this song around a camp fire as this is an addicting song complete with great musicianship. Think about a rodeo clown with red eyes? Seems to indicate that the clown should be happy and clear of any worries but the lyrics paint a very different story- it was written in 2007and again it seems he was tired of things going to the right.

5.     The Americans-Being from the North East corner of the U.S. it’s hard for me (and I believe others) to relate to what the Mid-Westerner is going through when he or she is growing up but the one thing that is clear is that I can relate to the lyrics-“…I’m an American…I’m an American…I respect you and your point of view…” I love the part with about a minute and 25 seconds left when the drums are used as emphasis to the lyrics-“…they call me the land of opportunity…”-and when he says the word-“opportunity”- the drums give it that extra punch. This is another great song to sing around the campfire-love the way he sings-“and I wish-(but he pronounces it weee-sssh) you good luck with whatever you do…” It makes me want to play acoustic guitar right now.

4.     Crumblin’ Down-When I first bought “Uh-huh”I remember being in my bedroom with the door closed and blasted this song as loud as I could. I wanted everyone to hear this very cool song. Talk about a rocking tune? In my opinion, this was the loud brash young Mellencamp that was there to tell you that he was coming to the party whether you like it or not. It has the “edge” that is needed to be a rocker-I know he doesn’t think of himself as a rocker now-but back then this was the “bomb.” (No not Cherry yet, that’s still to come). I use to mimic him in my bedroom and wanted that swagger that just surrounded him but I was always too nice, always doing the right thing and behaving-maybe that’s why I am drawn to rock and roll-because it takes me to places that I can dream about. You see what music does to me? This song is like getting a blood transfusion, it has to make you want to rock and roll. Love it.

3.     Paper in Fire-I can’t think of a better song to start off the amazing “Lonesome Jubilee.” I remember when I first heard this song, it knocked me out. There is no other way to listen to this song but LOUD!!! “…she had a dream and boy it was a good one…so she chased after her dreams with much desire…”-and when the drums come in to accentuate “well her dreams burned up… like Paper in Fire…” This song is just too much for me to take; I have to keep hitting the rewind button and try to dance around in circles. Folks this is great stuff right here, doesn’t get much better than this. It has that “country” flavor as you can hear the fiddle but it also has this blast of rock and roll that has to get you to move. I can still remember the way he performed this at The Garden back in 1987 on Thanksgiving night-the band was jamming all over the place where it seemed all the musicians were doing their own thing but were playing together so naturally-this is one of the “tightest” songs you will ever hear. The musicians are working on all cylinders.

2.     Pink Houses-This song will forever take me back to “The Record Store” on 86st street in Bay Ridge Brooklyn. Every time I hear the opening notes, I think back to the salesman on the floor who was dancing around the place like there was no one else in the store. He told everyone in the store that the album had just come out and at that moment I was blown away on how great this song sounded blasting throughout the entire place (and if you remember that store, it was pretty big with tons of albums-I wonder what they did with all those albums when they closed-I wish that store was still there). I immediately purchased the album right on the spot, and headed right home to do my own dancing around my room as I had it just as loud as that guy in the store. This is pure perfection folks.

1.     Cherry Bomb-This is the perfect sing along song that I think was ever created. It is impossible not to sing along with John as he belts out the story of “yesteryear” and how quickly life goes by and how we all now say “do you remember when?” Believe you me-all you youngsters out there with soon enough be in the same club-“The Cherry Bomb.” I can remember like it was yesterday how we all loved to hang out in Brooklyn on 3rd avenue in Bay Ridge as we all “hit the clubs” and our favorite “watering holes.” We should have a reunion. Those were the days. Now fast forward to today and I have teenage boys-whew where has the time gone? “…17 has turned 35…I’m still surprised we’re still living…got a few kids of my own…”And I agree with John-I hope my kids are not laughing too hard when they hear me talking like this to you.

Trivia Questions

Answers from last week:

1.     Paul Daniel Frehley

2.     The Beastie Boys

3.     Blue Oyster Cult (for two weeks only)

4.     Courtney Cox

This week’s trivia (Random)-

1.     Who sang background vocals on “You’ve Lost that Lovin’ Feelin’” by The Righteous Brothers?

2.     Who wrote the Temptations huge hit-“My Girl?”?

3.     What was the original name of the band-The Byrds?

4.     What band had the following members: Anni-Frid Lyngstag, Bjorn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson and Agnetha Faltskog.

Name That Tune

Answers from last week:

1.     “Fight For Your Right”- The Beastie Boys

2.     “New York Mining Disaster 1941”-Bee Gees

3.     “You May Be Right”-Billy Joel

4.     “Hit The Road Jack” –Ray Charles

Can you guess the title from the following lyrics from part of the song?

1.     “…my my I tried to hold you back but you were stronger…oh yeah, and now it seems my only chance is giving up the fight…and how could I ever refuse…I feel like I win when I lose …”

2.     “…She was a fast machine…she kept her motor clean…she was the best damn woman that I ever seen…”

3.     “…stop at third and forty-three, exit to the night…it’s gonna be ecstasy…this place was meant for me…feels so good tonight, who cares about tomorrow…”

4.     “…half my life’s in books’ written pages…lived and learned from fools and from sages…you know it’s true…all things come back to you…”

Back on this Day

Sadly back on this day in 1997, Ronnie Lane bassist and songwriter for “Faces” passed away from pneumonia after a long illness with multiple sclerosis at the young age of 51.

Back on this day in 1984, Bruce Springsteen released his seventh album-“Born in the U.S.A.”- which went on to be his most successful commercial release selling 15 million copies in the U.S. alone.

Back on this day in 1992, Priscilla Presley announced that the ’57 Elvis would be the image for the Elvis Presley stamp.

Back on this day in 1993, Kurt Cobain was arrested after a dispute with his wife, Courtney Love, over his firearms collection.

If it is your birthday today you share the same birth date with the late Freddy Fender, the late Gordon Waller (Peter & Gordon), Michelle Phillips and Jimmy McCulloch. (member of Wings).

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  1. On Errol’s top 10 Mellencamp songs, very good however you missed a few, maybe a top 50 or 100 would be better. Lonely ‘ol night ? Sugar Marie, This Time, Authority Song, Just to name a few othrwise I’d be on the way to a top 100, these songs defined the career of John and they stand the test of time.

    Comment by Cam — June 18, 2010 @ 11:08 pm


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