Errols Weekly Music Update.

June 6, 2008

Weekly Update – 06/06/08

Bob Dylan at the Prospect Park Bandshell in Brooklyn NY on Tues. Aug. 12. Pre-sale on now through fan club. General public on sale next Fri. June 13 at noon. $55 – $100.Eight ticket limit per person.

Stone Temple Pilots at Jones Beach on Wed. Aug. 6. Pre-sale tickets start this morning at 10:00 a.m. for American Express cardholders. General public on sale next Sat. at 10:00 a.m. $29 – $69.

The Eagles at the Borgota Center in Atlantic City on Thurs. July 17. Also at the Mohegan Sun on Thurs. July 31. Tickets on sale tomorrow at 10:00 a.m.$165 – $265.

Jill Scott with Wyclef Jean at the Central Park Summerstage on Tues. Aug. 12. Pre-sale tickets on this morning at 10:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. tonight. (Nokia ticket rush) General public on sale tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. $66

Marc Anthony with Alejandro Fernandez and Aventura at Madison Square Garden on Thurs. Aug. 21. Tickets on sale this morning at 9:00 a.m. $49.50 – $256. 50.

Mars Volta at the Hammerstein Ballroom on Wed. Sept. 17. Tickets on sale tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. $23 – $27.

Billy Idol at the House of Blues in Atlantic City NJ on Sat. Aug. 23. Tickets on sale Sat. June 21 at 10:00 a.m. $55

Madonna at MSG on Sun. Rocktober 12. Pre-sale next week for fan club and Citi card members. General public on sale next Fri. at 9:00 a.m. $64.50 – $354.50

Other items:

This week’s cover of Rollingstone Magazine has guitar legends and is a collector’s edition. Also names the top 100 guitar songs. Number 1 is Johnny B. Goode by Chuck Berry. Grab the issue and see if your list would be different.

CD review: Weezer– self-titled sixth studio album (otherwise known as the “Red” album) released this past Tuesday June 3, 2008.

OK I guess I was not too sure about picking this CD up because I was not so crazy about the first single released “Pork and Beans.” Everyone seems to love this song and I didn’t get it. It’s OK but… anyway I jumped on the Weezer band wagon a few years ago- the song that pulled me in was “Hash Pipe”- and I did purchase the full album “Make Believe” but I don’t have the history of the “Blue”, “Green” album or “Pinkerton.” You get the picture? Now “Make Believe” took me a few turns to finally pull me in and once I was in- well I love that CD. Now with the “Red” album I can tell you after the first listen I am hooked. This album has more of a “kick” to it than Make Believe.

First thing I noticed about this album was that Rivers Cuomo does not sing all the songs and this is OK because Patrick Wilson (drums), Brian Bell (guitar) and Scott Shriner (bass) all do a good job on the songs that they sing lead. The organization of the songs are crisp and tight. My recommendation for this album is a “buy.” You will not end up selling this one and it may become one of your favorites.

The album starts off with “Troublemaker” with Cuomo’s distinctive voice; Wilson’s drums kick in and you start to sway your head back & forth, up & down. I’m dancing as I’m typing- this is a good exercise song!! “The Greatest Man that Ever Lived” is a “Queen” like song in the sense that it has different parts as in Bohemian Rhapsody. It starts off with piano and then boom its hip hop Weezer coming at you with a heavy bass for 1 minute or so, then it turns into sort of a hymnal which transcends into head banging. This song also reminds me of what Green Day did with “American Idiot” where they had long songs that switched gears. My guess is this is something totally different from what Weezer has ever done and it works. Track 3 is the aforementioned “Pork & Beans”- again it may grow on me but it seems like they wrote the song in frustration and it’s sort of sounds like the same old Weezer to me, oh well. “Heart Songs” is a ballad about the songs that Rivers grew up on and he pays homage to Mr. Springsteen, Eddie Rabbitt, Joan Baez, Gordon Lightfoot, Cat Stevens, Quiet Riot, Slayer and many others. Track # 5 is my favorite track on this album, “Everybody Get Dangerous” is a guitar driven, hard hitting song that I can listen to over and over again. The last 30 seconds of the song reminds me of something the Stones would do and you will find yourself dancing and wishing that they had continued to jam on this song. (My guess is they will in concert).

Track 6 – “Dreaming”- is along the lines of track # 2 with many different key changes and different hooks, it works. Track # 7 is a song sung by Brian Bell and is totally different from Weezer’s sound and I really like it. Scott Shriner then steps up to the mike and takes the lead vocals on “Cold Dark World”- sort of a hip-hop / rock song all in one.It has a heavy beat to it and the chorus will be stuck in your head. “Automatic” is another rocking tune with Pat Wilson on vocals. This song was remixed by LA Riots for the upcoming video game Gran Turismo 5 Prologue so you know it has to be cutting edge. (Very solid song). The last song of the album (before all the extra bonus songs) is my next favorite song. “The Angel and One” is the longest track and sort of has an epic sound to it and this could be the best song on the album. It’s a song of peace & love and again has a majestic feel to it. The last 1:40 of the song could have been cut off but I guess they were “in the moment.”

The bonus tracks from I-Tunes- “Miss Sweeney”, “Pig”, “The Spider”, “King” and “It’s Easy” are all very good songs and are at a slower pace. The standout for me amongst the extras is “King.” If we lived in the U.K. we could have their cover of “The Weight” by the Band.Somehow I have to hear that version.

CD Review- “Indestructible” by Disturbed released this past Tuesday June 3, 2008.

OK there was a buzz about this CD and it seemed like June 3 would take forever to get here. “Inside the Fire” was released as a single a while back and how friggin’ great is that song? So I knew this was going to be good.The opening sound of this album is an alarm and its perfect because it’s a warning to brace you for something that is on the horizon. “Headbangers” unite: look no further than this CD. I give this a thumbs up, way up!! Wait…\m/ \m/….. “Indestructible” kicks it off with powerful chords, tight drumming and David Draiman’s dinstinctive vocals. What a way to kick off a CD then it heads into the aforementioned “Inside the Fire.” Whew I’m out of breath already with the constant pounding. But you know what? It continues with “Deceiver”- wow what a song!!! You know what?I’m going to end the write-up right here because it makes no sense to go on about how great this CD is. You need to listen yourself. This is the best head banging CD out this year. This is fresh metal at its best. You will find yourself shredding and banging your head from start to finish. I can’t say enough…. \m/ \m/\m/ \m/

I love the radio station 106.9 WCCC out of Hartford CT. On their site, they have the following news about Shinedown: “The countdown is on for Shinedown. Not only do they have a new record coming out, but the time has come for them to return to the road. The band says in a new update sent to fans that they are currently in Nashville working on a killer show, complete with “lights, stage, and some bad ass rock and roll.” Singer Brent Smith says that the refurbished lineup is connecting on a whole new level. He tells us, “We’re beyond stronger than we’ve ever been and that’s just the fact of the matter. It’s the strongest band that it’s ever been.”

Radiohead released its greatest hits this past Tuesday. For some reason I-Tune listeners are giving it a thumbs down- not sure why.

Yes cancelled its summer tour. Frontman Jon Anderson suffered a severe asthma attack last month and has been diagnosed with acute respiratory failure. So it’s a no go until he gets better.

Thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Bo Diddley who past away this week at the age of 79. Slash was quoted as saying that Bo was a pioneer and that he was a big influence in his music.

Rumor mill has Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley hosting a reality show to see who will win to take over their spots when they leave Kiss. They’ll even make money on the way out, did you expect anything different?

Van Halen’s tour has grossed more than $93 million.

Back on this day two years ago the rock and roll world lost one of its greats, Billy Preston passed away at the young age of 59. Man was a legend, period!

Back on this day in 1971 on the final Ed Sullivan show, the musical guest was Gladys Knight and the Pips.


1 Comment »

  1. How pysched is everyone for Shinedown?

    Comment by EA — June 10, 2008 @ 10:16 am

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