Errols Weekly Music Update.

August 15, 2008

Weekly Update – 08/15/2008

Metallica will be at Nassau Coliseum and Prudential Center on Thurs. & Sat. Jan. 29 & 31 2009. Machine Head and The Sword will be the openers. Ticket info to follow.

Mary J. Blige at Radio City Music Hall on Thurs. Rocktober 2. Pre-sale tickets on now until 10:00 p.m. tonight for fan club and Citicard members. General public on sale tomorrow at noon. $69.50 – $165.50.

Death Cab for Cutie at Chevrolet Theater in Wallingford CT on Sat. Rocktober 4 and Radio City Music Hall on Mon. Rocktober 6. Tickets on sale today at 10:00 a.m.  $30.50 for Chevrolet and  $39.50 – $44.50 for Radio City.

Reba & Kelly Clarkson at the Harbor Yard Arena in Bridgeport CT on Sat. Nov. 1. Pre-sale fan club tickets on sale Wed. Aug. 20 at 10:00 a.m. to Fri. Aug. 22 at 10:00 p.m. General public on sale Sat. Aug. 23 at 10:00 a.m. $64.50.

Five Finger Death Punch with In This Moment, Bury Your Dead and Another Black Day at the Fillmore New York on Thurs. Rocktober 23. Tickets on sale tomorrow Sat. Aug. 16 at 10:00 a.m. FFDP’s new video “Never Enough” is disturbing and should have an “R” rating on it.

Susan Tedeschi and James Hunter at the Fillmore New York on Wed. Nov. 12. Tickets on sale today at 10:00 a.m.  $31.50

The Black Crowes with the Patti Smith Band at the Hammerstein Ballroom on Thurs. & Fri. Rocktober 30 and 31. Pre-sale begins today at noon. General public on sale next Sat. Aug. 23.

War at BB Kings on Wed. Nov. 5. Tickets on sale this Sunday Aug. 17 at noon. $30 ($35 day of show).

Zebra at BB Kings on Sat. Nov. 29. Tickets on sale next Mon. Aug. 18 at 11:00 a.m.$28 ($30 day of show).

The Roots with Gym Class Heroes at Roseland Ballroom on Tues. Rocktober 28. Tickets on sale this morning at 10:00 a.m. $43.50.

The Cult at Roseland Ballroom on Sun. Sept. 14. Tickets on sale now.$39.50

Motorhead at Roseland Ballroom on Sat. Sept. 20. Tickets on sale this morning at 10:00.$37.

Yngwie Malmsteen at the Blender Theater on Sun. Rocktober 26. Tickets on sale this morning at 10:00.$26.50

Other items:

Extreme has released it’s first studio album in 13 years called “Saudades De Rock.” I have always like these guys and the average I-Tunes review is 4 stars. “Run” sounds good (at least the 30 seconds offered by I-Tunes) and so does “King of the Ladies.” “Comfortably Dumb” is no doubt a dig at our President.

Rumor has it that Bruce Springsteen & The E-Street Band will be playing halftime at the 43rd Superbowl next Feb. 1.

Also in the rumor mill, Jimmy Page and Leona Lewis set to perform together at the closing ceremony of the Olympics on Aug. 24.

Tesla will release it’s seventh studio album on Rocktober 7th called “Forever More.” The first single “I Want to Live” will hit the airwaves next week.

Paul Stanley and his wife, Erin, are expecting their second child due this November. The couple was married in 2005 and has a son named Colin. Stanley also has a 14-year-old son from another marriage.

My favorite “old school” song of the week comes from the very underrated band- Sweet– with their song “Fox On the Run.” You have to listen to this song LOUD, like I’m doing right now!!! C’mon it’s a fun song, you know it.

Jackson Browne is suing John McCain for using his song “Running on Empty” in a recent TV commercial. Browne, a lifelong Democrat, is seeking unspecified damages as well as a permanent injunction prohibiting the use of “Running on Empty” in any form by the McCain campaign.

American Idol runner up- David Archuleta has released his first single, Crush, and it is already the number one song on I-Tunes. Sounds decent and fits his style that he presented on the show this year.

Rollingstone Magazine will switch to a smaller size format on Rocktober 17.

Also from this week’s Rollingstone magazine’s “The Smoking Section” states that the new AC/DC album “Black Ice” is “earthshaking.” The boys from down under will be touring the States later this year. The first single is called “Rock ‘N Roll Train.” The song RS cites that will “tear you to pieces” is “War Machine.” I am soooooo psyched for the new album and tour. Can’t wait.

Thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Isaac Hayes who passed away this week at the age of 65. Best known for his composition for the theme song for the movie Shaft, Hayes was remembered by many for his contribution to soul music.

Lenny Kravitz has stated that he is not the next lead singer for Velvet Revolver. Thank the heavens. Lenny needs to stay his own band. Don’t ruin it by joining another band, especially this one.

Fleetwood Mac is going to tour again in 2009. Rehearsals for the tour will begin in January. This will be their first tour since 2004.

Kid Rock is having such good success without using I-Tunes that some acts are thinking of leaving I-Tunes for their next album. His smash hit “All Summer Long” (which I told you about last year!!!) has charted on rock, country, top 40 and adult contemporary radio and has sold over 1.3 million copies. Weird thing is that the Kid owns stock in Apple but states “that it’s just not American to me when Apple tells you how they want to sell your product and tell you what it is worth.”

This week’s I-POD shuffle landed on “I’m Living in Shame,” from one of the greatest female vocal bands of all-time- The Supremes. Do you know this song? If you don’t- you need to. The groove is infectious and the lyrics deal with a woman who was ashamed of her mother and then realized how much she loved her after she passed away. Take a look at this clip back in 1969 from the song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EagtrDBlzKgThis is almost my favorite song from the Supremes. (There are so many to choose from.) Since I don’t have a particular album to review- consider this a “greatest” hits review. The album I would recommend to purchase is: The Ultimate Collection Diana Ross & The Supremes. Now I know Diana Ross is a living legend and she is responsible for some of the most memorable songs in music history but this is a review of the Supremes- a group for which she was a part of.

The Supremes started off as a quartet from Detroit Michigan in 1959, originally called The Primettes. The four originals were Florence Ballard, Betty McGlown, Diana Ross and Mary Wilson. They were the sister act to the Primes, made up of Paul Williams and Eddie Kendricks, who would go on to form the Temptations. In 1960, Barbara Martin replaced McGlown and the group signed with Motown in 1961 but then Martin left in early 1962, so the band continued as a trio. And talk about a trio, the Supremes were the second most successful vocal groups of the 1960’s (the Beatles were first). They had twelve number one hits in their career. In 1967, Cynthia Birdsong replaced Florence Ballard. Sadly, Ballard died at the young age of 32 (in 1976) as she basically lived in poverty the last five years of her life. She suffered from depression and alcoholism (basically after Diana Ross was placed in front of the band), which led to her being replaced. For the first two years with Motown they did not have a hit and it wasn’t until “Where Did Our Love Go” that would start one of the best four to five year periods in American music history. Come on think about it for a second; think about their impact on music. It brought joy in a time of turbulent happenings. Songs like “Stop! In the Name of Love” has to bring a smile to your face- no matter how many times you have heard it. The production of the song is top notch and still sounds fresh today. How about “Baby Love?”- talk about a classic song? “Instead of breaking up, let’s do some kissing and making up…” Ross’ vocals are spectacular and the background vocals of Ballard & Wilson can’t be topped. “Come See About Me” was one of their twelve hits that reached number one in 1964. Infectious is the word that keeps coming to mind- their songs had a way of gripping you tight and not letting go.

How about “My World is Empty Without You”- even though it wasn’t a number one hit, it is still a great song. Most times, die-hard fans of artists love the lesser-known hits than the big ones. “I Hear a Symphony” is another sing-along song that you can’t get out of your head- again listen to the production- like it was made this year. One of my other favorites is “You Keep Me Hanging On” (a perfect “Spin” song for you spinners out there). The Funk Brothers, who were a flat out solid band, performed most of their music. “Love is Here and Now You’re Gone” has a finger snapping groove and makes you wish you could sing like Miss Ross. The team of Holland-Dozier-Holland, who were Motown’s main song writing and production team, wrote most of the Supreme songs. The production on “The Happening” is superb and just a fun song. “Reflections” was released in 1968 after Berry Gordy decided to rename the band and call them Diana Ross & The Supremes.

I could go on and on about their songs but I will point out some of their other great songs: “In and Out of Love,” “Love Child” (freaking phenomenal song) and “When the Lovelight Starts Shining through His Eyes.” My absolute favorite song by Diana Ross & The Supremes is “Someday We’ll Be Together.” Reason I wrote it that way is because the song was released in 1969 (change in the band’s name) and neither Birdsong & Wilson sang background vocals. Maxine Waters, Julia Waters and Johnny Bristol did the background vocals. Johnny Bristol, Jackey Beavers and Harvey Fuqua originally wrote the song back in 1961. The song took on a whole new meaning for me after the death of my mother in 2004 and I know in my heart that someday we’ll be together again.

As I have been hammering away on these updates for the past few years, we need to keep the music of our forefathers (or mothers in this case) going on to the next generation and to our grand children’s generation. If you don’t own any songs by the Supremes, shame on you. But the great thing about music is that you can jump aboard anytime you want, so what are you waiting for? The music of the Supremes will live on forever and each of us has a favorite song by them. The memories associated with their songs will never leave us- we just have to make sure we pass it on down for generations to come.

Back on this day in 1968, the Rascals had the number one hit with “People Got to Be Free.” Band member Felix Cavaliere wrote the song following the assassinations of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

Back on this day in 1969, the historic Woodstock concert opened in Bethel New York.

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