The Black Crowes at the Hammerstein Ballroom on Mon. & Tues. Rocktober 27 & 28. Tickets on sale tomorrow at 10:00 am. $48.50. They will also be doing an acoustic show at The Town Hall on Mon. & Tues. Nov. 3 & 4. Tickets for those show on sale tomorrow at 10:00 am. $55 (I’d definitely be in for either, who is in?)
The Black Keys at McCarren Park Pool in Brooklyn on Thur. Aug. 7. Tickets on sale today at noon. $29.50 ($32 day of show)
Nine Inch Nails at the Izod Center on Wed. Aug. 27. Tickets on sale next Friday at 10:00 am. $54.50-$64.50.
Boy George at Terminal 5 on Thurs. Aug. 14. Tickets on sale today at noon. $35 ($40 day of show).
Jarvis Cocker at Terminal 5 on Tues. July 22. Tickets on sale today at noon. $37.50 ($40 day of show).
Hot 97 Summer Jam at Giants Stadium on Sun. June 1. Acts include Kayne West, Rihanna, Public Enemy, Lil Wayne, Gym Class Heroes and others. Tickets on sale today at 10:00 am $40-$165.
Metal Masters Tour featuring Judas Priest, Heaven & Hell, Motorhead & Testament will be at PNC and Jones Beach on Sat. & Sun. Aug. 9 & 10.Tickets on sale tomorrow at 10:00 am. $25.50-$125.25.
American Idols Tour will be at The Rock on Wed. July 30, Nassau Coliseum on Mon. Aug. 4, Harbor Yard in Bridgeport CT on Sun. Sept. 7. Tickets on sale Sat. May 17 at 10:00 am. $39-$65.
Wilco at McCarren Park Pool in Brooklyn on Wed. Aug. 13. Tickets on sale today at noon. $39.50.
ATP Music Festival the weekend of Sept. 19-21 at Kutschers Country Club in Monticello NY featuring My Bloody Valentine, Meat Puppets and 28 other bands are set to perform. Tickets on sale this morning at 10:00 a.m. Go to the following site for more information:http://www.atpfestival.com/events/atp-ny/buy_tickets.php
A second “Divas” show has been added at Radio City for next Sunday May 4 at 2:30 pm which includes Diana Ross, Patti LaBelle, Chaka Kahn and Gladys Knight. Tickets on sale this morning at 9:00 am. $69.50 – $504.50.
It’s official- AC/DC will release its first album since 2000’s “Stiff Upper Lip.” The album will be produced by Brendan O’Brien and should be released later this year. You know a Tour will follow. Can’t wait. \m/ \m/
Madonna’s “Hard Candy” CD received 4 stars from Rollingstone this week, the album comes out this coming Tuesday.
Also out this coming Tuesday is the self titled “Mudcrutch”- Mudcrutch was Tom Petty’s pre-Heartbreakers band. This also received 4 stars from Rollingstone. TP plays bass on this one as Mike Campbell and Tom Leadon take lead guitars.
Whitesnake is back with a new album called “Good to Be Bad” and is receiving rave reviews from I-Tune listeners. Lots of guitar riffs from the 30 second review from I-Tunes.
Thumbs down on the new single from Korn called “Haze,” available for download now.
The Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Tour featuring a whole bunch of metal acts such as Slipknot, Disturbed, Mastodon, Sevendust and others will hit Hartford CT on Sat. Aug. 16. This tour has announced dates and venues around the States but nothing close yet to the NY and NJ area.
My I-POD shuffle this week brought me to the music of Marvin Gaye. What else can be written about this man’s contribution to music? You can pile on all the accolades- great, flawless, superb, legendary, deep, heart, genius, emotional, touching.. and you still couldn’t capture all that he has done and influenced. Think about it- some of your favorite songs have to come from him. One of the most important albums of all time is the classic “What’s Going On?” The album was recorded in March 1971 when the world was experiencing societal unrest. Involved in a war that seemed like it was never going to end. Economy issues. Hmmm sound familiar? Well then it makes sense to listen to the lyrics of this spectacular album because it really resonates with “what’s going on” today.
When Marvin recorded the timeless classic song “What’s Going On”, the bassist for his band James Jamerson, told his wife that he had just recorded a “masterpiece”. The record company disagreed and would not release the single. Gaye stood his ground and would not record any other material for them until they released the single. Can you imagine not wanting to release this song? Once it was released, Marvin recorded the rest of the album, which he considered this work as a gift from God.
Track #2 is a song called “What’s Happening Brother” a song written for war veterans and the words “war is hell, when will it end, when will people start getting together again Are things getting better, like the newspaper said” are haunting today as it was back in 1971. Track # 3 is “Flying High (In the Friendly Sky)” is a heart felt song where you can feel the pain pouring through the stereo. Then it’s on to the beautiful but painful “Save the Children”- read the lyrics and it should really make all of us get together and be as one. “God is Love” is a soft as a pillow and it blends right into the familiar “Mercy Mercy Me”- “Ahh things ain’t what they use to be” a finger snapping and just a pure groove song. Then its on to my favorite track of the album- “Right On”- it sort of has that “Traffic/Steve Winwood” sound and again the lyrics are powerful. Nice blend of piano, flute and percussion-a song that you can just close your eyes and feel like you’re on a cloud.
The album ends with the majestic “Wholy Holy”, a passionate song that begs for people to come together, and “Inner City Blues” ends the classic album with a turn back to the sound of “What’s Going On.”
Hard to find a more important album ever recorded in music history and one that should be in everyone’s catalog. This album is peaceful and beautiful.
My favorite song of the week is “Something” off of The Concert for George performed by Paul McCartney and Eric Clapton.
Another disappointment for the way fans voted for American Idol this week, there’s no way either Carly Smithson or Syesha Mercado should have been in the bottom two. The bottom two should have been Jason Castro and Brooke White. My prediction is David Cook as the next American Idol.
Back on this day in 1967, Jimi Hendrix began his first tour in England and the lineup included Cat Stevens.