Errols Weekly Music Update.

March 7, 2008

Weekly Update – 03/07/08

Eric Clapton at PNC Arts Center on Thur. May 22 and at Jones beach on Thurs. June 5. Tickets on sale this Monday Mar. 10. PNC-$44.25-$199.25; Jones $49-$179.  

Eric Clapton and Robert Randolph & the Family Band at the Borgota Center in Atlantic City on Sun. May 25th. Tickets on sale tomorrow at 10:00 a.m.

A third show for Jay Z and Mary J Blige has been added at the Garden for Friday May 2. Tickets on sale this morning at 10:00 am. $99.75-$199.75.

Counting Crowes at the Blender Theater on Sun. & Mon. Mar. 16 & 17. Tickets on sale tomorrow at 10:00 am. $38.50.

Les Nubians at Blender Theater on Fri. May 9. Tickets on sale this morning at 10:00 $32.50

Brad Paisley will be at the PNC Arts Center on Sat. June 28. Ticket info to follow.

KT Tunstall at the Town Hall on Wed. & Thurs. May 28 and 29th. Tickets on sale next Friday at 10:00 a.m. $46.50 – $56.50. (Town Hall is acoustic only)

The B-52’s with Cyndi Lauper and the “True Colors” tour will visit Jones Beach on Sunday June 1 and Radio City on Tues. June 3. Ticket info to follow.

Other Items:

Album Review: “Warpaint” by the Black Crowes released this past Tuesday. Ok if you are a Crowes fan, you will love this CD. I will state that this is their best work since 1994’s “Amorica.” There’s probably not a band out there today that does the kind of music they make: blues, rock, country, gospel and soul. Even at the height of their commercial success in the 90’s, they never really fit into the radio format. This album will be no different. These guys are a “throw-back” type of band that make passionate music from all the influences that are instilled in them. You can feel Dylan, Richards, Page and Marley throughout the CD. For all you “older” fans who love Dylan and/or the Allman Brothers but missed these guys (because they came out in the early 1990’s), please take notice- this is the CD for you to get to know them. If you have followed them, (they’ve been on hiatus for a while as they broke up and regrouped in 2005) then this CD will put a smile on your face. This album grooves, you will find yourself bopping your head up and down throughout.

The album starts off with the single released a few weeks back, “Goodbye Daughters of the Revolution” a cool mixture of keyboards and guitar kick it off and Chris Robinson’s vocals flow easily and I love his sort of twang when one of the lines states “Take it easy to avoid any snags”- he carries out “snaaaags” like that. Then just like that- the second tune is “Walk Believer Walk” and its a heavy slow blues rift that most other bands would not put as their second song- but that’s what great about the Crowes- they make their music their own way, in their order. Then its on to what will be a popular song for them “Oh Josephine.” (the longest track on the CD at 6:41) Tracks 4 “Evergreen” is also heavy guitar driven and again the groove is infectious. The heavy guitar continues into track 5 with “Wee Who See the Deep” (one of my favorites on the album) and the background vocals in this song are reminiscent of the Beatles with a great guitar solo in the middle. By the way, one of the new guitarists is Luther Dickson- who also plays with the North Mississippi Allstars and has worked with Robert Randolph. His playing along with Rich Robinson gives this band a new “1-2 punch” they didn’t have before. Track 6 goes back to the more mellow sound with the beautiful “Locust Street”. Then I’d have to say track 7 is one of the two best songs on the CD and this track is “Movin’ On Down the Line”- for some, it may take a while to get going- but sometimes you can’t rush greatness. The groove I was talking about continues with “Wounded Bird” and by this time, you realize 8 songs have past and you say to yourself- man this album is good. But wait it gets better- track 9 is “God’s Got It” (only song not written by the Robinson brothers -song written by the Reverend Charles Jackson) and it has rockin’ bluesy twist that you won’t be able to get out of your head.

Then its on to track #10 which is my favorite song of the album and I will go on record as saying this is the best song that the Crowes have ever recorded- “There’s Gold in Them Hills”- a beautiful song spotlighting Robinson’s vocals. Their musical talent on this song really shines. Can’t say enough about this song- if there is one song you download from I-Tunes, let this one be it. The album ends with “Whoa Mule” and “Here Comes Daylight”- two slow songs but again with the good hooks. The Crowes are back and I know its early in the year but I will say that this CD will end up in my top 5 albums of 2008. They performed the whole CD this past Tuesday at the NY Fillmore and received a good review from the NY Times in Thursday’s edition.

As I mentioned last week- Rolling Stone gave it 3.5 stars and the average rating from I-Tune reviewers is 4.5 stars. By the way, The Crowes have rejected the apology issued from Maxim- the magazine gave a review of the CD without listening to it.

Van Halen has been postponing certain shows across the states for an undisclosed medical reason concerning Eddie. So many rumors flying that the tour was cancelled. Apparently some of the last shows done, Eddie was looped and not playing very well. So far the NJ and NY dates, Mar. 13 and 17th are still on. Every show before the 13th has been rescheduled. Keep you posted on this one as I know a few of us are slated for the Garden, yes I am going again.

Jackson Browne has released his “Solo Acoustic Volume 2” this past Tuesday. Volume 1 was released in 2005. Both are getting rave reviews from fans across I-Tunes and Amazon.

Thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Jeff Healy, who passed away this week at the young age of 41. He had a rare form of retinal cancer known as retinoblastoma which claimed his eyesight, beginning at the age of 1. This cancer took his life. He learned to play guitar across his lap. His most popular hit single was “Angel Eyes”. His unique playing style, combined with his bluesy vocals, earned him a reputation as a teenage musical prodigy. He shared stages with George Harrison, BB King and Stevie Ray Vaughan. He loved jazz and his last 3 albums consisted of this genre. His love of jazz led him to host radio shows in Canada where he spun long-forgotten numbers from his personal collection of more than 30,000 vinyl records. His death came weeks before the release of his first rock album in eight years. “Mess of Blues” is slated for release on April 22.

Rolling Stone is reporting that Joan Jett has been added to the list of performers at Monday’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony. She’ll pay tribute to inductees The Dave Clark Five, whose singer, Mike Smith, passed away last Friday. What a shame, waited all those years to get inducted but at least he found out he made it. Look for the show on VH1 sometime next week.

Today is Peter Wolf‘s birthday he turns 62. Wolf is lead singer for J. Geils Band.

Even though it is not today’s date, I thought I would mention that on March 5, 1963 the world lost one of the greatest singers of all time, Patsy Cline– she died in a plane crash near Camden Tennessee at the age of 31. She was my mom’s favorite all time singer and has become one of mine as well. Her greatest hit CD has sold over 8 million copies.

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