Errols Weekly Music Update.

February 29, 2008

Weekly Update – 02/29/08

Ray Davies at the Beacon on Tuesday April 8. Pre-sale tickets today at 10:00 am. till next Friday at 5:00 pm. Password is HEDAVIES.  General public on sale Sat. Mar. 2 at 10:00 am. $59-$99.

Alicia Keys with Jordin Sparks at the Rock and the Garden on Tues. & Wed. June 17 and 18. Tickets on sale tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. $39.50-$129.50.

My Chemical Romance with Taking Back Sunday and Drive By at the Garden on Friday May 9. Pre-sale until tonight at 9:00 p.m. and pass word is HEMCR. General public on sale tomorrow at noon. $26.50 -$37.50.

The Verve at the WAMU Theater inside the Garden on Mon. & Tues. Apr. 28 and 29th. Tickets on sale tomorrow at 11:00.

James Taylor at PNC and Jones Beach on Fri. June 20 and 21st. Pre-sale starts this morning at 10:00 for Citi card holders only until next Sunday at 10:00 p.m. General public on sale is Mon. March 3 at 10:00 a.m. $20-$70.75.

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Concert Review: Steve Winwood and Eric Clapton at the Garden in Thursday Feb. 28, 2008. A warm feeling on a cold winter’s night. It truly was blind faith that brought 18,000 fans to the Garden last night to witness one of the most historic nights in music. If you were in attendance to any one of the three shows this week at the Garden, you will be able to tell your grandchildren “I was there the night that blind faith blew me away.” Being the sentimental guy that I am, I have to tell you the best part of the night for me was to see Clapton and Winwood embrace each other at the end of the show. Two musical giants, showing a genuine respect for each other. Again I am at a loss for words but I will attempt to tell you how great the show was. I will say that I have seen Clapton more than a few times but last night was the best he ever was. Blistering guitar solos one after the other. His bluesy, rhythmic and lead work was something that will have people talking for years about this past week shows. His vocals were spot on as well. My theory on why he was so good last night- Mr. Steve Winwood.

Why do I say this? Well, I’ll go back to sports again, my feeling my whole life is that you play up to your competition (as well as down), meaning if you are playing with or against somebody good- you will play better. It’s an instinct. Steve Winwood is an amazing musician and does not get all the accolades that Mr. Clapton does, but you know what, he can more than hold his own. I’m talking guitar playing here, as many just think of Winwood as a keyboardist. Clapton had to be beyond his game in my mind because he knew what Winwood was bringing to the table. I am not saying that there was a competition between them because you could see they enjoyed being on the stage with each other. Again just my theory.

Winwood’s vocals are just like they are on any of his Traffic albums or solo efforts. Unbelievable is what comes to mind. He did a wonderful job with a cover of Ray Charles’ “Georgia on my Mind.” A favorite part of the show for me was when they would both sing together, their harmony was sensational.

The night started off for Chris, Tricia and I thinking we were going to have bad seats because we were all the way up in the nose bleed seats in section 403. But we had the first row and the seats turned out to be very good. The stage setup was very basic, couple of amps and small drum set. There was a “hippie” type circular rug that Clapton was standing on most of the night. There was a “TV like” screen that was huge with HD quality shots of all the band members, high above the band to the left. Over their heads were rectangular lights that changed colors throughout the night, almost like the space ship from Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Show started off with “Had To Cry Today” off of the only Blind Faith album and it was spot on in every aspect. The next song was “Low Down,” a song that I was not familiar with but rocked. The fourth song in was a song dedicated to Buddy Miles, drummer for the Jimi Hendrix band who just passed away this past Tuesday at the age of 60, “Them Changes.” Then the song that I had been waiting for and never thought I would get to hear live- “Presence of the Lord” a song that Chris turned me onto more than a few years ago at his Spin class. At that point, if the show had ended right there, I would have been satisfied. Then they went into Traffic’s “Glad” with Clapton showcasing his talents and then went right into “Well All right.” The highlights of the show for me were “Pearly Queen,” “Tell the Truth” “Cocaine” and of course- the ever popular “Dear Mr. Fantasy”-which was the encore. During Cocaine, Winwood had a terrific guitar solo. There were bluesy songs throughout the night that had me just bopping and weaving my head up and down like I was on a cloud, at one point when they were performing Hendrix’s “Voodoo Chile” I found myself not wanting the show to end. The quality of the music was so great that I wish all of you could have been there. If I had my way, I would force everyone to see these guys. It was great to see all the white and gray haired guys air guitaring through out the Garden.  For those of you who didn’t see it, I’m saddened, but take notice- there is a new DVD featuring Clapton and Winwood at a music festival last year in Chicago. Or maybe there will be a DVD out on the Garden shows down the line. (there was camera men filming the whole show). Again, simply a phenomenal show and definitely cracks my top 5 shows of all time.                  

Think about this for a second, Clapton and Winwood haven’t played in nearly 40 years, have not put out any new material (although Clapton is on one of Winwood’s new song- but you know what I’m talking about) in the same time period and yet SOLD OUT the Garden for three nights this week. Now that is blind faith.

Steve Winwood’s “Nine Lives” CD slated for release through Columbia on April 29 featuring the single with Clapton (mentioned above) “Dirty City” which hit the airwaves this past Monday.

The new Black Crowes “Warpaint” album received 3.5 stars this week from Rolling Stone magazine. The magazine “Maxim” issued an apology to the Crowes after giving a mediocre review but the author never listened to the album. The Crowes are still furious.

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame has announced who will be delivering the induction speeches at this year’s ceremony. Justin Timberlake will be doing the honors for Madonna. Lou Reed will be inducting Leonard Cohen, Billy Joel will do the honors for John Mellencamp, John Fogerty will sing the praises of The Ventures, and Ben Harper will give the speech for Little Walter. Actor Tom Hanks has been tapped to induct The Dave Clark Five. Ceremony takes place on March 10.

Back on this date in 1968, Aretha Franklin won her first Grammy with the hit “Respect”


February 22, 2008

Weekly Update – 02/22/08

Kayne West and friends at the Garden on Tues. May 13. Pre-sale on now until 10:00 p.m. tonight. Password is HEGLOW. General public on sale tomorrow at noon. $49.50 -$129.50.

Robert Plant & Allison Krauss at the WAMU Theater inside MSG on Tues. June 10. Pre-sale begins this Monday at 10:00 am until Sun. Mar. 2 with American Express cardholders. No price info.

Santana & Derek Trucks at MSG on Tues. April 8. Pre-sale begins this Monday at 10:00 am to Sunday Mar. 2. General public on sale Mon. Mar. 3 at 10:00 am $39.50 – $89.50.

Sara Bareilles at New York Fillmore on Wed. Apr. 23. Tickets on sale tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. $20.

Katt Williams at Radio City on Thurs. April 10. Tickets on sale this morning at 10:00 a.m. $54- $84.

Alicia Keys and Jordin Sparks at the Rock & the Garden on Tues. & Wed. June 17 & 18. Ticket info to follow.

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Concert review: Foo Fighters at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday Feb. 19, 2008: Growing up, we are all required to go to school for 12 years and then maybe on to college. You put in your dues to get to that “higher” place. The Foo Fighters have been putting in their dues for the past 12 or so years. I started out seeing these guys in a college gymnasium in N.J. a long time ago. They worked their way up to the local clubs and then onto smaller theaters. This past Tuesday, they “graduated” and had their first ever visit to the “Mecca” of which all bands strive for- Madison Square Garden. So how did they do you ask? They passed their audition and the buzz as we left the show was that it was a “kick butt” performance. My opinion is that they were solid and there were great moments during the show. The Foos will now be able to continue to have their shows at “Garden” type arenas. In one way this stinks because it will be that much harder to get tickets to their smaller venue appearances and you lose the intimacy. But when you graduate, this comes with the territory.

First off, the second opener, Serj Tankian, was absolutely horrible, enough said. And the music piped in before the Foo’s came out was also horrible. So I knew before the Foos took the stage that they were going to be solid. (good planning on the part of their management team)? The Garden was completely sold out and the Foos started off with the first two songs from their latest CD but in reverse order- “Let it Die” and “The Pretender”- (my all-time favorite Foo song). Good way to start off the evening as Mr. Grohl was trying to get the kinks out of his voice (it has to be grinding on his vocal cords as he tends to scream a lot). Playing the part like they had been there before, the stage was set up with a long ramp to another small stage set up in the middle of the Garden. Just picture a really long walk way that fashion models utilize. (or a from a birds eye view I’m thinking a huge Gene Simmons bass guitar). So they had the setup for crowd interaction.

They blasted their way through their hits (and these are legitimate hits) such as “Times Like These” and “Learn to Fly.” At times it was hard to see the band on stage-as there were headlights facing the stage-that blared light similar to the ones you squint to when someone has their high beams on when you’re driving. The highlights for the first part of the show for me were “The One” and “Stacked Actors,” (song he wrote about Courtney Love). Then the band members walked down this ramp to a “new” stage that fell from the sky and all of a sudden we had great seats. The band was in the middle of the Garden on a stage setting similar to the old Flip Wilson shows where he and his guests would perform their skits. (for those of you who are younger and do not know who Flip Wilson is- tune into TV Land). They went into an acoustic set and the “intimacy factor” was actually felt by the whole place.

This is where they shined bright. You could actually hear very clearly Dave’s voice (he can sing) as they jammed to “Marigold” and “My Hero”- which was a crowd sing along song. Then Taylor Hawkins took the vocal spotlight with the song he wrote from In Your Honor- “Cold Day in the Sun.” The acoustic set ended with “Everlong”-which arguably could be their best know song (actually made famous by their Howard Stern appearance a number of years ago). Then the show ended with the “great” moments previously mentioned with “Monkey Wrench” (a boot camp classic) and “All My Life”- which was the best song performed by far. As I was watching the crowd and when Mr. Grohl announced to the audience “Everybody Dance!!”- just then the spot light hit the crowd and what a sight-thousands of fans jumping and head banging at the same time. I decided then and there that is one of the best sights for me to see (and not just at their show, anyone’s show) and that sight is for so many people to be enjoying themselves at the same time. You don’t get that too often and at that moment I just felt a rush of the “wow factor.” I felt good for Dave and the boys.

They came back for 3 encores which included my new favorite song of the week “Long Road to Ruin” and ended with a fantastic version of “Best of You.” Overall a very good show and I love the fact that they are getting more popular-another sign that I’m getting old. When I was younger as soon as a band that I followed from the beginning became popular I dropped them like a hot potato. The Foos are at the top of their game right now and deservedly so.

Again I came across a song on my I-POD shuffle which made me go back and listen to the entire album and this time it was from The Cars. For those of you who know me a long time, you know quite well that one of my all time favorite bands is The Cars. They were one of the first bands that sucked me into this whole music thing going on here. For me, Ric, Ben, Elliot, Greg and David were synonymous with John, Paul… well you get the picture. Now I know you’ll be scratching your head on this one but I have to tell you I love their 3rd album “Panorama” released in 1980. Now I know their debut album and Candy-O are more popular and I’ll admit those two are better than Panorama but again this album is no slouch. (now keep in mind The Cars can do no wrong in my eyes). This disc gets panned by critics all the time but hey even Zep had their “III”- which we all know is not as bad as all the critics state. The Cars had two main singers, Ric Ocasek and Benjamin Orr. Mr. Orr passed away many years ago unfortunately. (now if you don’t know their voices,their classic pop hit “Who’s going to drive you home” is Ben Orr and “My Best Friend’s Girl” is Ocasek). Check out Mr. Orr’s vocals on the “Down Boys”- side 2, track 2 of Panorama. Awesome song. The one and only hit from this album is “Touch and Go” but after listening to this again I absolutely love “Getting Through,” “Gimme Some Slack” and “Don’t Tell Me Know.” My favorite track is “Misfit Kid”- just a totally cool song. One of the great things about the Cars were their harmonizing background vocals and you hear them throughout. The album ends with “Running to You” and “Up and Down” which are two solid solid tracks. I wanted to be in the Cars when I was a kid, I use to pretend I could air guitar lefty, as Elliot Easton is a lefty guitarist. These guys don’t get the respect they rightfully deserve. Buy any one of their first three albums- you won’t be disappointed. With Panorama you’ll have to buy the CD as I-Tunes only carries “Touch and Go” from this album. Sometimes I-Tunes screws up and in this case they have, its just not right.

AC DC back in the studio after an 8 year absence. New CD to follow and most likely a tour. \m/ \m/

Gene Simmons is in hot water with his live in girlfriend Shannon Tweed, apparently Gene has been caught on tape with another woman and its now on the internet.

Back on this day Florence Ballard of The Supremes died in 1976 of heart attack, at the age of 32. She had left The Supremes nine years earlier after her constant fights with Diana Ross. Ballard was replaced by Cindy Birdsong, and by the time of her death, Ballard had separated from her husband and was on welfare, having lost a multi-million dollar lawsuit against Motown Records. Ross attended the funeral, surrounded by several bodyguards.

Back on this day in 1989, the 31st Grammy awards for the first time featured a heavy metal category and remember when Jethro Tull beat out the boys from Metallica for best metal group? Still pissed about that. This fact was actually one of the million dollar question on Who Wants to a Millionaire back when Regis was the host.

February 15, 2008

Weekly Update – 02/15/08

The Police with Elvis Costello & The Imposters at PNC and Jones Beach on Sun. & Mon. Aug. 3 and 4th. Pre-sale tickets for Citi Private Pass Program members go on sale this Monday Feb. 18th at 10:00 a.m. Public on sale Sat. Feb. 23 at 10:00 a.m. $50-$225. 4 ticket limit per person. 

Kayne West “Glow in the Dark Tour” with Rihanna, N.E.R.D. and Lupe Fiasco will be The Garden on Tues. May 13. No ticket info as of yet. Keep you posted.

The Zombies at New York Fillmore on Friday July 11. Tickets on sale this morning at 10:00 a.m. $31.50.

Jerry Lee Lewis at the Town Hall on Thurs. Mar. 27. Tickets on sale this morning at 10:00 a.m. $66.50 – $101

Hall & Oates at the Borgota Event Center in Atlantic City on Fri. & Sat. Apr. 18 and 19. Tickets on sale Sat. at 10:00 a.m.

Collective Soul at the Music Box at the Borgata on Sat. Apr. 19. Tickets on sale Sat. at $10:00 a.m. Tickets apx. $62.

Jackson Browne at Music Box at the Borgata on Fri. Mar. 28. Tickets on sale Sat. at $10:00 a.m.

Bob Weir & Rat Dog at the Beacon on Thurs., Fri. & Sat. Apr. 3, 4 & 5th. Tickets on sale Saturday at 10:00 a.m. $39.50-$49.50

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Radiohead has confirmed their first leg of the U.S. Tour in May. However they tour Europe in the summer and will hit the East Coast after the summer for the 2nd leg of the U.S. Tour.

For the ladies out there, there is a new Tom Jones DVD that was just released that features early footage. In addition, it shows Jones from his show on ABC from 1969 to 1971 with major entertainers, many featured in this 180-minute montage of footage. Catch dated performances by Tony Bennett, Sammy Davis Jr., Bobby Darin, Jerry Lee Lewis and more, as well as Jones’ signature shop-closing concerts.

Scott Weiland has announced a return to playing with Stone Temple Pilots. Yes!!! Finally!! STP much better than Velvet. But it doesn’t mean that Velvet is breaking up.. I hope so, no offense but STP is the ticket.

OK I know many of you will roll your eyes when you read what I’m about to say but I’ll say it anyway- I am a fan of Extreme. Came across the song “Rest In Peace” from their 1992 album ” III Sides to Every Story.” I forgot how much I love this CD, yes I know there are probably 10 other people who love it to but if you have not heard it, give it a shot. By no means am I saying that it is a classic but everyone has their own favorite albums that were ripped apart by the critics or not down “main street”. Just like the CD says- there are three sides and the CD starts off hard for the first 6 songs with “Cupid’s Dead” and “Peacemaker Die” as my favorites. Then tracks 7- 11 start to slow down, with “Tragic Comic” the highlight out of this section. Then the last 4 songs are almost “opera like” with “Am I ever Gonna Change” being the standout on this “The Truth.” Now they took a lot of criticism for this CD and essentially they never recovered. They broke up and Gary Cherone, lead singer, went on to Van Halen for one CD and tour and we all know how that went. Then a couple of years ago, VH1 tried to get them back for a reunion show but Nuno Bettencourt, the lead guitarist, declined. But then last November Extreme announced a new CD for 2008 followed by a tour. Paul Geary, the original drummer, will not take part- he’s too busy managing acts now including Godsmack. But search I-Tunes these guys were not half bad.

Back on this day in 1965, Nat King Cole passed away from lung cancer. Although she would place 21 songs on the Billboard Top 40, but back on this day in 1975 Linda Ronstadt had her only number one hit with “You’re No Good.”

Back on this day in 1999 in Minnesota it was declared “Rolling Stones Day” by then mayor Jesse Ventura. Ventura use to be a bodyguard for the Stones.

February 8, 2008

Weekly Update – 02/08/08

Billy Joel at Shea Stadium on Wed. July 16. Tickets for this show will go on sale next Saturday Feb. 16 at 9:00 a.m. at http://www.507tixx.comNo price info yet.

Jethro Tull and Peter Frampton at Jones Beach on Sat. Aug. 9th. Tickets on sale this morning at 10:00 am. $25-$79.50

Beastie Boys at Terminal 5 on Tues. Mar. 4 for a benefit for the Institute for Music and Neurologic Function. Tickets on sale today at noon. No price info.

Van Morrison at the United Palace Theater on Sat. Mar. 15. Tickets on sale this coming Monday at 10:00 am. $79-$304.

Jay-Z and Mary J Blige at Nassau Coliseum and Izod Center on Thurs. Mar. 27 and Fri. Mar. 28 for their “Heart of the City Tour.” Pre-sale is next Thursday Feb. 14 at 10:00 am for CITI card holders only. General public is next Saturday Feb. 16 at noon. $76.75- $347.

Ace Frehley at Nokia Theater on Friday Apr. 4. Tickets on sale today at noon. $30-$34.

Widepread Panic at the United Palace Theater on Fr. & Sat. Apr. 4 and 5th. Tickets on sale next Sat. Feb. 16 at 10:00 am. $33.

Lotus at the Fillmore New York on Sat. Apr. 5. Tickets on sale tomorrow at 1:00 p.m. $18.50.

Feist at Hammerstein on Tues. April 29. Tickets on sale this morning at 10:00 am. $31.

Vince Gill & Friends at Northfork Theater on Thurs. May. 29. Tickets on sale on Sat. Mar. 1 at 12:30 p.m.

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Album review: “It’s Time for a Love Revolution” – Lenny Kravitz released Feb. 5, 2008:  Fantastic; Instant Classic; His Best Work Ever; I wish the World would follow his Words; Lenny for President!! Do you think I like this CD? You need to run out and purchase this album immediately!!

It has everything- groove, heart, soul, electric guitars, sitars and piano. And he even plays the drums. It’s hard and soft. It’s fast and slow. The best thing about this CD is his positive message of peace and love. “If You Want It” states that you (we together) can change the world. Such a great song and I love the “gospel” type background vocals towards the end of the song- a nice touch. 

The album starts off with a kick with “Love Revolution” and then goes into the Zep like “Bring It On” (put this one on in your car and crank it up). The third track definitely has a Beatle influence with “Good Morning” (perfect wake up song for those who need an alarm clock)  a bluesy rock song. “Love, Love, Love” has a Chili Pepper feel to it and with the lyrics “There ain’t nothing you can give me I’m already there, I got love”- how can you beat that?

Like many of his other CD’s, he writes beautiful slow songs. Right about the time his last CD, “Baptism” came out- my mother had passed away and he wrote a song for his mother (whom also passed away) called “Calling All Angels” and although its a tough song for me to listen to- I feel the connection. On this album, he writes a song for his dad-whom just passed away- “A Long and Sad Goodbye.” For the majority of Lenny’s life he did not speak to his father but they mended fences right around the time he was sick and before he died. Just listen to the lyrics.

I think my favorite song is “Will You Marry Me” (tough to pick because there are so many to choose from). Again his lyrics are solid- “You are my life and passion and that never goes out of fashion”- that’s the way I feel about my wife!!!

Throughout, there are songs for wanting the war to end. “I Want to Go Home” is just phenomenal. Heartfelt pain for the men & women over in Iraq. “When I take a Life, does that make peace?”- Powerful words. “I’ll Be Waiting” is also another cool song.

This man has passion-so much of it- that it pours off his heart. If you don’t like this album- I’ll reimburse you the money for it……

This week on my I-POD shuffle I came across Dusty Springfield. Wow-this woman had such a great voice and her songs will last forever. Such a shame the world lost her in 1999 to breast cancer. Pick up her greatest hits or “Dusty in Memphis.”  “You Don’t Have to say you love Me” is right up there for me as an all-time favorite. Remember keep the classics going- play them around your kids so they know!! Pound it into them.

By the way, how cool was Tom Petty at half-time of the Superbowl?

Twisted Sister and Stryper will be participating in a benefit concert to mark the upcoming fifth anniversary of The Station nightclub fire in Rhode Island that killed 100 people.Twisted Singer frontman Dee Snider will serve as host of the event, which will raise money for The Station Family Fund, a nonprofit group that assists survivors with the costs of rehabilitation and treatment. More than 200 people were injured in the blaze and many continue to require medical care. The concert will feature an eclectic lineup, including several country artists. Snider says the members of Great White continue to be devastated by the tragedy, and that the band would perform at the concert in a heartbeat, but emotions are still too raw — “I just can’t let them near it,” Snider said. The benefit concert is set for February 25th at the Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence, five days after the 5th anniversary of the fire.

Back on this day in 1969 Blind Faith formed after Traffic and Cream parted ways. Clapton, Winwood along with Rick Grech and Ginger Baker made one album and parted before 1969 ended. Clapton and Winwood are reunited at the end of this month at the Garden. “Well Alright”!!!

Grammy’s this Sunday!!

February 1, 2008

Weekly Update – 02/01/08

Tom Petty and special guest Steve Winwood (now that’s a double bill!!) at the Garden and The Rock on Tues. & Wed. June 17 and June 18. Tickets on sale this Monday Feb. 4. $55- $99.50.

Allman Brothers “March Madness” has turned into “May Madness” this year. Their annual trek to the Beacon this year will be the following days: May 5th, 6th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 12th, 13th, 15th, 16th, 17th, 19th, 20th, 22nd, 23rd, & 24th. Pre-sale tickets begin tomorrow for American Express Card holders at 10:00 am. General public on sale next Saturday the 9th at 10:00 am. 4 ticket limit and 3 show limit. $59.99, $99.99 and $149.99. I say it every year- if you have not experienced this show you need to do it once.

The Eagles will break in Alpharetta, GA’s brand new amphitheater this spring when they kick off the US leg of their “Long Road Out of Eden World Tour.” The Rock and Roll Hall of Famers are scheduled to play the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park on Wed. May 14. So far, that launch date is the only US gig to be announced. Tickets go on sale today and VIP packages are available through the I Love All Access website. Will keep you posted on any dates around the Tri-State area

If you are a fan of Paul Simon he will basically living at the Brooklyn Academy of Music this coming April with a lot of help from his friends. Tickets go on sale Mon. Feb. 11 for the following events: (pre-sale this Monday for friends of BAM and Visa Signature Cardholders)

SONGS FROM THE CAPEMAN Apr 1—6 at 8pm featuring Oscar Hernández and The Spanish Harlem Orchestra Claudette Sierra, Obie Bermudez, Ray De La Paz and special guest performance by Little Anthony and The Imperials. More artists to be announced BAM Harvey Theater $30, 50, 65

UNDER AFRICAN SKIES Apr 9* at 7pm and Apr 10—13 at 8pm Featuring performances by Hugh Masekela, Milton Nascimento, Kaïssa, David Byrne, Luciana Souza, More artists to be announced BAM Howard Gilman Opera House $45, 60, 75, 95 *

BAM 2008 Spring Gala AMERICAN TUNES Apr 23—27 at 8pm Featuring performances by Olu Dara, Grizzly Bear, The Roches More artists to be announced BAM Howard Gilman Opera House $45, 60, 75, 95.

The Pogues at the Roseland Ballroom on Monday March 17. Tickets on sale this morning at 10:00 a.m. $55.

The Honda Civic Tour featuring Panic at the Disco with Motion City Soundtrack and the Hush Sound at Roseland on Wed. May 7. Tickets on sale tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. $40.

The Yellowcard acoustic tour with The Spill Canvas at the Fillmore New York on Sat. Mar. 15. Tickets on sale tomorrow at 10:00 am. $18.49 -4 ticket limit.

Simple Plan at New York Fillmore on Mon. Feb. 25. Tickets on sale now. $18.50 – 4 ticket limit

Rick Springfield at the Music Box at Borgota in Atlantic City on Sat. Mar. 29. Tickets on sale tomorrow at 10:00 a.m.

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I was driving home the other night and the greatest rock station I mentioned to year a couple of weeks ago, WCCC 106.9 out of Hartford and every week night they play “the ’80’s at 8:00” and “the ’90’s at 9:00” and I caught the ’80’s. Well they took me back to bands I had forgotten about but still made an impact for me two decades ago. Of course they started off with Tesla but you already know how I feel about them. But the next few tunes were from Zebra “Whose Behind the Door” from their 1982 debut album. Randy Jackson, lead singer has always been compared to Robert Plant and actually is touring across the states with various orchestras doing Zeppelin music. Check out the web site.

Keeping with finding old music I had to purchase Rod Stewart‘s “Foot Loose and Fancy Free” CD (I-Tunes does not carry it) and again I had forgotten how friggin’ great this album is. Carmine Appice is the drummer for this album and check out his work on “Born Loose”- hard to find a better rock and roll song. And my two favorite songs on the album is Stewart’s cover of The Supreme’s “You Keep Me Hanging On”- absolutely love the intro to that song and “I Was Only Joking” – Just thinking about it now- “I was only joking” is in my top 5 songs of all time- there I said it. Of course the great “Hot Legs” is on this album- one of my mother’s all time favorites and I will never forget her dancing at my wedding to that song.

Lenny Kravitz will be all over television in the coming week to promote his new album, “It Is Time For A Love Revolution.” The vocalist will film a piece for CBS Sunday Morning February 3rd. (my new favorite show) The following day, he’ll walk on the set of MTV’s TRL to promote the album. Kravitz will tape an appearance for The Late Show With David Letterman on February 5th (it will air Feb. 8), then visit ABC’s Good Morning America the following day. His week concludes with a February 7th stop at TV’s Regis & Kelly. Lenny fans can also catch his new clip, “I’ll Be Waiting,” which recently made its way to video outlets. Kravitz’s “It Is Time For A Love Revolution” arrives February 5th. And of course Cindy and I are going to see him tonight at the Hammerstein!!! By the way Rolling Stone gave his new CD three stars. My review will come next week after I get it Tuesday.

Back on this day in 1964, seventy-three million people tuned into the Ed Sullivan show to catch a glimpse of a new band called the Beatles.Back on this day in 1968 Fleetwood Mac released its debut album and then same day in 1977 “Rumours” begins its trek to the top of the charts.

On this day back in 1992, Elton John and George Michael teamed up to score a US number one with a song recorded live at Wembley Stadium the previous March, “Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me”. Elton had originally released the song on his “Caribou” album in 1974.

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