Errols Weekly Music Update.

December 28, 2007

Weekly Update – 12/28/07

Filed under: Concerts — Naijaman @ 7:14 pm

Just wanted to drop a note wishing everyone a Happy New Year!!!!

Nothing too much in the way of new shows.

Other items:

I don’t know if I ever mentioned it but I’ve listened to a lot of radio stations over the years and while growing up 95.5 WPLJ (before it went Pop) and WNEW 102.7 in NY (whatever it is now, I don’t know) were my favorite stations. I’ve lived in NJ and WDHA 105.5 was the one I listened to for many years. But since I’ve moved to CT, I have been listening to the best rock station ever and that is WCCC 106.9. For those of you who can’t listen- go to this link- and you can listen live. www.wccc.com

On New Year’s Day VH1 Classic will televise The Concert for NY beginning at 1 pm. They will broadcast the show in it’s entirety. I believe its around 5.5 hours.

A new, unconfirmed report claims that Led Zeppelin are indeed planning to mount a reunion tour. According to a well-known musician said to be good friends with the bandmembers, a lengthy Zep trek will “kick off at England’s 2008 Glastonbury Festival after Robert Plant has finished touring with American country star Alison Krauss.” Glastonbury is for June 27-29.

Again best wishes in 2008.

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December 22, 2007

Weekly Update – 12/21/07

Filed under: CD Reviews, Concert Reviews, Concerts, Music Reviews — Naijaman @ 1:56 am

First off I want to wish everyone a HappyHolidaySeason and best wishes for the New Year. Thanks for your comments throughout the year and hopefully you enjoy getting these weekly updates. Music unites!!!

Bruce Springsteen & The E-Street Band at the Nassau Coliseum on Mon. March 10. Tickets on sale Sat. Jan. 19th at 10:00 am. $65-$95.

Poguesat Roseland Ballroom on Sat. March 15. Tickets on sale now. $55.

Cat Powerat Terminal 5 on Wed. Feb. 6. Tickets on sale today at noon. $32.50.

Drive By Truckers at Terminal 5 on Wed. March 26. Tickets on sale today at noon. $25.

Presidents of the United States at Bowery Ballroom on Mon. March 24. Tickets on sale today at noon. $18.

The Bravery at Terminal 5 on Thurs. Feb. 21. Tickets on sale now. $25.

HellYeah at the Starland Ballroom on Sat. Jan. 26. Tickets on sale today at noon. $22.

Pat Benatar at BB Kings on Sun. April 20. Tickets on sale now and they are a whopping $75 per seat. Ouch. (I listen to the CD thank you very much)

Other items:

Thoughts and prayers go out to family of Dan Fogelberg who passed away at the young age of 56 this past week from advanced prostate cancer. And now we learn that Stephen Stills has the early stages of prostate cancer as well. Same thoughts and prayers are for him.

Heard a cool new song on the radio this week (that’s right the radio- can you imagine??) and it was Jack Johnson’s "If I Had Eyes"

Rollingstone magazine this week (double issue) has a cool story for all you 80’s "Hair Band" Metal heads. Apparently this past July in Oklahoma (named Rocklahoma) there was a weekend festival where 80’s hair bands and those who love them gathered to headbang and ponder the passage of time. Very cool if you are into it.

Black Crowes set for their first new album in 7 years, hits stores on March 4, 2008 with "Warpaint" (actually a name of a song done by Rush)

OK here is my list for the top 5 songs for 2007:

1. The Pretender- The Foo Fighters

2. Stronger- Kayne West

3. Novocaine- Little Big Town

4. Umbrella- Rihanna (ella, ella, ella, ay, ay, ay)

5. Someday- John Legend

and I have to say 5(A) would be Kid Rocks "Rock N Roll Jesus." Other notables include "Bleed It Out" by Linkin Park and "I’ll Believe You When" by Matchbox 20. (new song as part of their greatest hits collection)

My top 5 albums for 2007 are the following:

1. It Won’t Be Soon Before Long- Maroon 5 (I’m sticking to my guns on this one, no sophomore slump here-better than the 1st CD.)

2. A Place To Land- Little Big Town

3. Freedom’s Road- John Mellencamp

4. Raising Sand- Robert Plant & Alison Krauss

5. Humanity Hour 1- The Scorpions (this CD really grew on me through out the year-another solid effort from them)

Other notables- Black Rain from Ozzy; Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace– The Foo Fighters (this one is finally starting to grow on me as well). Kid Rock’s Rock n Roll Jesus would have cracked the top 5 list had it not been for his juvenile "So Hott’ and "Sugar"….. Now I cannot ignore the following 3 albums which appear at the top of many other lists I have seen (but I’m just not into them): Magic– Springsteen; In Rainbows– Radiohead and American Gangster– Jay Z.

My top 5 "Cover" Albums:

1. Real to Reel (Disc 1)- Tesla (kick’s butt-period end of story)

2. Hope & Glory- Ann Wilson

3. Trav’lin’ Light- Queen Latifah

4. Forever Cool- Dean Martin & Guests (Ok not a cover but sort of- Great disc-can’t get much better than Dean)

5. Going Home: A Tribute to Fats Domino: – Various Artists

My Top 5 live shows of the Year:

1. Van Halen

2. Tesla

3. White Stripes

4. Stevie Wonder

5. Maroon 5

"Miracle of the Year"- Van Halen at Madison Square Garden on Tues. Nov. 13. ’nuff said.

"Writers of the Year"- Autobiographies from Slash and Nikki Sixx. (Who’d have thunk?)

"Bummer of the Year"- The death of Brad Delp. This guy and his music was part of my soul from the time I was a teenager. Their first album ranks up in the "all time" best. His voice is so distinctive and you knew automatically who it is. Still bums me out when I hear his voice. Also losing Denny Doherty from the Mamas and Papas-one of the best vocalists in the history of folk/rock.

"Trainwreck of the Year"- Amy Whinehouse

"Rebirth of a song for the year 2007"- "Don’t Stop Believin’" by Journey prompted by the series final scene of the Sopranos.

Need some last minute stocking stuffers? Here is a list of classic CD’s (in no particular order)- "Don’t Say No"- Billy Squier– (forget his "greatest hits" package-it doesn’t include "Lonely is the Night". How can that be? Those are the types of things that really set me off); "The Game"- Queen (personally, my favorite Queen album.) "Cornerstone" by Styx (don’t laugh); "Flirting With Disaster"- Molly Hatchet; "Point of Know Return"- Kansas ("Closet Chronicles" is one of my all time favorite songs); "Fragile"- Yes; "Low Budget"- The Kinks; "Physical Graffiti"- Led Zep ("Boogie with Stu" and " Black Country Woman" are my 2 favorite Zep songs); "Candy O"- The Cars; "Vivid"- Living Colour; "Reggatta de Blanc"- The Police; "…And Justice For All"- Metallica (talk about your head-banging ’m/ ’m/).. "Draw The Line"- Pre-Comeback and "Get a Grip"-Post-Comeback Aerosmith; "Argybargy"-Squeeze; "Alive II"-Kiss; and anything from Deep Purple and Black Sabbath (Ozzy days)… I could go on and on but those are just some ideas to pass on down!!!

Back on this day in 1969, the Supremes made their last appearance on the Ed Sullivan show singing "Someday We’ll Be Together."

December 7, 2007

Weekly Update – 12/07/07

Filed under: CD Reviews, Music Reviews — Tags: — Naijaman @ 9:56 am

Linkin Park with Coheed & Cambria at the Garden on Thurs. Feb. 21. Pre-sale begins today at 9:00 am. thru next Fri. at 10:00 p.m. for American Express cardholders. General public on sale on Sat. Feb. 15 at 10:00 am. $37.50 – $54. (LP puts on a great show).

Diana Ross at the Borgota Center in Atlantic City on Sun. Jan. 13. Tickets on sale tomorrow at 10:00 am. $

Rufus Wainwright and Sean Lennon at Radio City on Thurs. Feb. 14. Pre-sale starts today at 10:00 am thru next Thurs. at 10:00 pm for American Express cardholders. General public on sale next Fri. Dec. 14 at 10:00 am. $39.50 to $59.50.

The Green 17 Tour featuring Flogging Molly & special guests at the Fillmore NY Wed. & Thurs. Feb. 27 and 28. Tickets on sale tomorrow at 10:00 am. $22.50.

Bruce Springsteen & E Street Band at Nassau Coliseum on Monday March 10. Tickets on sale Sat. Jan. 18 at 10:00 am. $65-$95.

Shannon Noll and Dana Fuchs at Blender Theater on Wed. Jan. 30. Tickets on sale today at noon. $15. (can’t go wrong there)

Supersuckers at the Blender on Fri. Feb. 1. Tickets on sale today at noon. $19.50 (again can’t go wrong here)

Chuck Mangione with Spyro Gyra at House of Blues in Atlantic City on Sat. June 14. Tickets on sale tomorrow at 10:00 am. $29.50 – $47.

Levon Helm will be at the Beacon Theater on Fri. & Sat. Mar. 7 and 8th. No ticket info available yet.

Other items:

If you feel the music inside of you, then you have to go see the movie "August Rush ". Took the family to see it over last weekend and everyone loved it. It’s also a "feel good" story- just in time for the holiday season. The one scene that I will never forget takes place between Freddie Highmore (August) and Jonathan Rhys-Meyers (Louis) where they meet in Washington Square Park and perform a "dueling guitars" session. I loved the movie and will purchase the DVD once it comes out. The soundtrack is also very good. If you select only one song from this soundtrack- it has to be- "Someday" by John Legend -Buy it Now!!- that is my new favorite song of the week. "Raise It Up" is also a very good song along with "This Time".

I "discovered" a cool band this past weekend just by chance. As I was "channel surfing" I came across the "CBS Sunday Morning" show and there was a profile on a band called "Homemade Jamz " consisting of two brothers and their sister whose total ages combine to less than 37 years. They recently placed 2nd in the 23rd annual International Blues Challenge. Normally I do not do this, but if you want to check them out go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0GaqWgLulHo. All I have to say is Wow!!! and hopefully these guys hit it big some day.

I-Tunes is offering a whole bunch of John Lennon "videos" from his most famous songs (Thanks Yoko) and I don’t have to tell you how good it is, do I? (although the video images for "Happy Christmas" are very disturbing, so you may not want to get that one- I had never seen this "video" and watched it for the first time after I bought it and I was taken back). Very sad that tomorrow is the 27th anniversary of his death. Do you remember where you were when you first heard or read about it? I do. This man was so ahead of his time and a complete legend. Ironic now how "Give Peace A Chance" means so much today. And on his classic, "Imagine" , the line "No need for greed or hunger".. Just stop and think about that for a second…He died too young… On another note- as I had my I-POD shuffle on, I came across "Everybody’s Got Something to Hide Except for Me and My Monkey" from the Beatles "White Album" and immediately listened to the whole album. Side 3 is my favorite ("I Will" & "Julia" are standouts for me) and this is a "desert island" disc for me without a doubt. (It should be on your list as well). BTW- Beatles catalog for digital down loads won’t be available till next year some time.

Led Zeppelin on the cover of this week’s Rollingstone magazine-buy it-enough said. The lucky ones will get to see them this Monday night in London. Hopefully tour comes next year. Rumors flying constantly- one have Metallica opening for them. Other than the Jets winning the Superbowl, that would be the end all for me. Metallica/Led Zeppelin.. ’m/ ’m/

Amazon is gaining momentum on I-Tunes already with their recent release of the availability to digitally download songs and CD’s for MP3 players.

Tom Petty pegged to play halftime at next year’s SuperBowl.

Reps for Velvet Revolver are dening that Scott Weiland was under the influence when he crashed his car in L.A. on Nov. 21. He’s also writing a book on his life long struggle with booze and drugs.

Godsmack released greatest hits this past Tuesday "Good Times, Bad Times-10 Years of Godsmack" (technically a year short as they released first CD in 1998). Did decent cover of the Zep classic as well.

Blake Lewis released "Audio Daydream" this past week and I have to tell you- just listening to the 30 second samples on I-Tunes- it really doesn’t sound half bad. I’ll get if for my youngest son as a stocking stuffer and will probably end up downloading into my I-POD. Sounds like a cross between Justin Timberlake meets the Chili Peppers.

Gene Simmons will appear on Ugly Betty soon. (I guess once the strike is over).

Today Harry Chapin would have been 65 years old. Another singer/songwriter taken too early. The "Cats in the Cradle" singer died in 1981 in a car accident on the L.I.E. He was a graduate of Brooklyn Tech in 1960. (myself in 1983) and was inducted into the Brooklyn Tech’s Alumni Hall of Fame in 2000.

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