Errols Weekly Music Update.

August 8, 2008

Weekly Update – 08/08/2008

Mary J. Blige at Radio City Music Hall on Thurs. Rocktober 2. Pre-sale tickets on now for Citi card members until this Friday Aug. 15 at 10:00 p.m.  Fan club and VIP pre-sale begins Wed. Aug. 13 at 10:00 a.m. until Friday at 10:00 p.m. General public on sale this Saturday Aug. 16 at noon.  $69.50 – $165.50.  

Weezer at Madison Square Garden on Wed. Sept. 24 and the Borgota in Atlantic City on Fri. Sept. 26 and the Susquehanna Center in Camden NJ on Sat. Sept. 27. Angels and Airwaves along with Tokyo Police Club will be the openers. Pre-sale tickets for American Express cardholders go on sale this Monday Aug. 11 at 10:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. Wed. Aug. 13. I-Tunes pre-sale on Thurs. Aug. 14 from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. General public on sale next Friday Aug. 15 at 10:00 a.m. $54.50

Jackson Browne at the United Palace Theater on Sat. Sept. 20. Tickets on sale this coming Monday Aug. 11 at 10:00 a.m.

Biohazard at Fillmore New York on Sun. Rocktober 5. Tickets on sale Sat. Aug. 16 at 10:00 a.m.

Alanis Morissette at Music Box at the Borgota in Atlantic City on Sat. Sept. 27. Tickets on sale tomorrow at 10:00 a.m.

Mars Volta at the Starland Ballroom on Thurs. Sept. 18. Tickets on sale this morning at 10:00 a.m. $34.50.

Beck with MGMT at United Palace Theater on Friday Rocktober 10. Tickets on sale now. $49.

Rockband Live featuring Panic at the Disco, Dashboard Confessional and Plain White T’s at Arena at Harbor Yard in Bridgeport CT on Fri. Rocktober 28 and also at the Prudential Center or the “Rock” in Newark, NJ. Tickets on sale at 10:00 a.m. $29.95 – $39.95

Kings of Leon at Webster Hall (125 East 11th street in NYC) on Tues. Sept. 23. Tickets on sale next Friday Aug. 15 at noon. $35. Their new album “Only by the Night” will be released on the same day.

Other items:

Metallica’s new disc, “Death Magnetic” will be released on Friday Sept. 12. Typically all new albums are released on a Tuesday but this is the second time that Metallica has gone against the norm- the other being “St. Anger.” Anger took a long time for me to like but I finally came around.

Tesla is one of rock’s enduring bands, and their history will be saluted on the digitally remastered “Gold” collection. The two-disc set features such longtime favorites as “Modern Day Cowboy,” “Luttle Suzi,” “Heaven’s Trail (No Way Out),” “Love Song,” “Signs,” “Song & Emotion,” and “What You Give.” Also included are such previously unreleased or non-album b-sides as “Love In Vain,” “I Ain’t Superstitious,” “Rock The Nation,” “Children’s Heritage,” and “Cotton Fields.” An August 26th release is expected.

AC/DC will embark on an 18-month world tour in October, the hard rock band’s first since 2000/2001, their agent said this week. A single is expected to hit radio this month. AC/DC released its last album, “Stiff Upper Lip,” in 2000, and launched a year long tour of 17 countries.

The second single to be released off the incredible “The Sound of Madness” by Shinedown is “Second Chance.” I haven’t stopped listening to this disc since it came out in late June. There will be multiple “single” releases from this outstanding third effort from the boys from Jacksonville, Fla. The video for “Devour” can be seen on Fuse and MTV2.

Alicia Keys and Jack White have recorded the theme song for the new James Bond movie. The ’No One’ singer and The White Stripes frontman have joined forces on ’Another Way to Die’, which will appear on the soundtrack of ’Quantum of Solace’.

Seether has released hits and rarities plus interview clips with the band exclusively through I-Tunes. The show was recorded this past May 19. They also perform a cover of the Beatles “Across the Universe.”

The Black Crowes have a complaint against Gretchen Wilson and her new single “Work Hard, Play Harder.” They say it bears an uncanny resemblance to their first single “Jealous Again.” I will take it a step further and say that it is a complete rip-off. If George Harrison can be found guilty of plagiarism for supposedly copying the Chiffon’s hit “He’s So Fine” for one of his most popular hits- “My Sweet Lord,” then Gretchen needs to IMMEDIATELY AND CONTINOUSLY hand over any profits she makes from this song to the Black Crowes. Check out her version at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ASq-UZnErB0and then check out the Crowes at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1mir_awnzhI

and tell me it’s not a rip-off?

Thanks to technology, a number of Country stars will be able to sing Christmas songs with Elvis Presley. The new album “Elvis Presley Christmas Duets” will be out on Rocktober 14. Artists include Carrie Underwood, the aforementioned Gretchen Wilson, Martina McBride, LeAnn Rimes, Amy Grant and Anne Murray.

This week’s classic album review is my personal favorite Beatles album: The Beatles, otherwise known as the “White Album.” This was their ninth studio album and was their first after the death of its manager, Brian Epstein. Now it is very hard to pick the “best” Beatles album because there are so many. Revolver and Rubber Soul quickly come to mind, but if I’m stuck on a desert and had to pick only one Beatles composition, the White Album does it for me. What I love about this double disc is the obscure songs such as “Wild Honey Pie”, “The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill,” “Piggies,” “Don’t Pass Me By,” (my favorite Starkey song) and my personal favorite “Everybody’s Got Something to Hide Except for Me and My Monkey.” Believe it or not, the “Monkey” song was the tune that had my youngest son jump on the Beatles bandwagon and now he can’t get enough of them. This album ranked number 10 in the top 500 albums of all time that Rollingstone magazine did back in 2003. It is also the Beatles best selling album of all time and tenth best selling album ever in the United States. Even though this was the Beatles as a group, the whole album is made up of individual compositions and there is not one Lennon/McCartney composition. The last combined song from the powerful duo was “I’ve Got a Feeling” which appears on Let It Be. (another great album). We all know that Lennon’s tunes have an edge to them and Paul not so much. George was just gearing up for his massive solo explosion on “All Things Must Pass” and this album is where he begins to come out of shadow of John and Paul. Even Ringo had his own song-“Don’t Pass Me By” composed entirely by himself. However, Ringo at one point quit the band and the recording session in Aug. 1968 (the album was recorded between May and October of 1968).He felt his role in the band was minimized compared to that of the other members and he was also tired of waiting around during the sessions. He was coaxed into returning a few weeks later but during his absence Paul played drums and his skin skills ended up on the recording of “Back in the U.S.S.R” and “Dear Prudence.”

OK so we start with side 1- oh and by the way if you don’t own this album or are one of those who don’t like the Beatles- please don’t make me laugh- there is no bigger musical influence in the history of sound- yes even back to the days of Nikola. I’m back- yes side 1- album kicks off with a Beach Boy homage with “Back in the U.S.S.R.” a song by Paul. “Dear Prudence” a song from John written about Mia Farrow’s sister- Prudence- who had both accompanied the Beatles on their transcendental mediation trip taught by the Maharishi Yoga on their spring of 1968 trip to India.Prudence apparently stayed in her room during most of the trip meditating, so John was asking her to “come out and play.” “Glass Onion” is a sarcastic hit at the fans of the Beatles, whom John felt read too much into their lyrics. “Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da” is such a fun song and the hook is mesmerizing. This song was my mother’s favorite Beatle song- she loved the part of “Ha Ha Ha” before Paul sang “happy ever after..” “Wild Honey Pie” is 53 seconds of greatness and leads into the amusing “Bungalow Bill” … “all the children sing..” This is the first Beatle song with female singers as Yoko, Pattie Harrison and Maureen Starkey all took part in the background vocals. The first song from the quiet Beatle, George, is “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” and we all know that Eric Clapton played lead guitar for this track. George would reciprocate by contributing to the song “Badge” for Cream on their last album “Goodbye.” George expresses concern over being “bought and sold,” a theme in later songs about Harrison himself, such as “Handle with Care”, recorded with the Traveling Wilbury’s. Side 1 ends with the eerie “Happiness is a Warm Gun”- a song supposedly written about drug usage but we all know what happened on that awful night in December of 1980.

Side 2 is my personal favorite of the album and starts off with the excellent “Martha My Dear”- I can’t say enough about this song- it’s pure. And then what can I say about “I’m So Tired?”- this could be one of the best songs that Lennon ever wrote. I love the part“You’d say I’m putting you on…” You have to crank the volume way up on this one. “Blackbird” is another pure beautiful song. Then how cool is George’s take on society with “Piggies?” I can’t get enough of this song and always have to hear it twice. Love the harmonizing vocals that begin with “Everywhere there’s lots of piggies living piggy lives….” Now I know “Rocky Racoon” gets many wrinkled faces when they hear it and the response is how can you like this song? I can’t get enough of it. If I could sing, this would be my ultimate karaoke performance. Then it’s on to the aforementioned “Don’t Pass Me By” by Ringo. “I listen for your footsteps coming up the drive…” Love the violins, the Beatles doing Country. The last three songs on side two I must have listened to a million times in my lifetime. “Why don’t we do it in the road” (no explanation here) “I Will” – love song by Paul and the beautiful “Julia” by John about his mother. Whew talk about a classic album side (WNEW-FM based in New York, “back in the day,” use to have those all the time).

Side 3 could also be a classic album side and has everyone’s favorite song on the day you were born – “Birthday”- come on this song kicks you into gear and was used in boot camp as well. “Yer Blues” is not really an uplifting song (song about dying) but it’s a song you can’t skip over. As a matter of fact my walls are shaking right now and my wife is telling me to turn it down. Then it quickly gets quiet with Paul’s “Mother Nature’s Son.” The walls are shaking again as my favorite song of the entire album comes on- “Everybody’s Got Something to Hide Except Me and My Monkey.” I love the bass work by Paul and the wailing background vocals- “woo”- this is John at his best. “Sexy Sadie” is a song written by John and expresses his anger over supposedly being personally betrayed by Maharishi whom had made sexual advances toward Mia Farrow. “Helter Skelter” could arguably be the first song of “metal” and this one song totally rips those “nay-sayers” out there who call the Beatles a pop band. This song is friggin’ phenomenal and is my second favorite song on the album. Talk about having the volume up. “I got blisters on my fingers!!!” Side 3 ends with the soft “Long, Long Long” by Harrison, another beautiful song.

Side 4 begins with “Revolution 1”- did you know that this version was the original recording? John wanted it released as a single but the others objected because they thought it was too slow. So Revolution 1 was re-recorded (faster) and was the B-side to “Hey Jude.” Hey Jude was recorded during the White album sessions but was released as a stand alone single (with Revolution again being the flip side to the .45). “Honey Pie” this version is different from Wild Honey Pie and if you are following along- Wild Honey Pie is the 5th song from the beginning of the album and Honey Pie is the 5th song from the end. This version reminds me of something that Tony Orlando would do at his shows. Harrison’s “Savory Truffle” is something that sounds like something John or Paul would write and sounds like a “Beatle” song- if you know what I mean. “Cry Baby Cry” is classic John. Now “Revolution 9” has been debated for many years as something that is classic or a mess. Personally I say it’s a mess and it is one song that I skip over. Sorry my fellow “Beatle-ites.” I can’t do it. This classic album ends with “Good Night” a mesmerizing song that takes you far away and a perfect ending song.

Now I know that there are many people who are tired about hearing about the Beatles (hear me out Beatle fans) and I do admit that they are in many, many conversations amongst many different people. But what does that tell you? Nearly a half a century later, we are all still talking about the Beatles as if they just recorded something. This generation has taken a turn and now gets most of its music from I-Tunes. (myself included). Guess who is not on I-Tunes? The Beatles. If I-Tunes can somehow manage to get them aboard- what band do you think will have the most songs sold on I-Tunes? ‘Nuff said.

Back on this day in 1969, the cover photo for the Beatles “Abbey Road” was taken.

Back on this day in 1992, Axl Rose set off a riot in Canada by walking off the stage because he had a sore throat. Problem was that James Hetfield from Metallica, the opening act that night, was severely burned from pyrotechnics and Metallica had to cut their set short (pretty obvious why). So Axl and Guns had a chance to be kings for one night and they blew it. The Canadian fans went berserk when he walked off stage.

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2 Comments »

  1. E

    You completely nailed the white Album review. What can’t you say about these guys. They pioneered R&R…I can’t stop singing “I’m so tired” since reading your review

    Comment by Rich — August 8, 2008 @ 10:16 am

  2. I think the new Elvis Presley Christmas Duets album is both cool and creepy. It is hard to believe that someone who is no longer alive can actually do a duet with someone who is! I have created a ‘duel’ at http://www.squidoo.com/elvispresleychristmasduets on this very topic and people are leaving their opinion on this very topic. What do you think?

    Comment by Brenda Little — August 13, 2008 @ 8:13 am


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