Errols Weekly Music Update.

September 12, 2008

Weekly Update – 09/12/2008

AC / DC at Madison Square Garden on Wed. & Thurs. Nov. 12 and 13 and at Izod Center on Thurs. Nov. 19. Are you kidding me? WHO IS IN? I’M IN!!!  Tickets on sale next Sat. Sept. 20. More information to follow.

Neil Young and Wilco at Madison Square Garden on Mon. Dec. 15. Pre-sale starts today at 10:00 a.m. through Q1043 and the password is Powderfinger. General public tickets on sale this coming Monday Sept. 15 at 9:00 a.m. $54.50 – $254.50.

Rascal Flatts with Taylor Swift at the Mohegan Sun on Sat. Nov. 1. Tickets on sale tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. $75 – $115

Trans Siberian Orchestra at Izod Center on Sat. Dec. 13. Tickets on sale this morning at 10:00 a.m. $44 – $59.

Tony Bennett at the Capital One Theater in Westbury NY on Thurs. Dec. 4. Tickets on sale today at 12:30 p.m. $72.50 – $87.50.

Debbie Harry, Moby & Others at the Highline Ballroom on Mon. Rocktober 6. Tickets on sale today at noon. $25.

Power 105.1 show with Jay-Z and Lil Wayne at the Izod Center on Tues. Rocktober 28. Pre-sale today until 10:00 p.m. for Citicard holders only. General public on sale tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. $47 – $197.

Nine Inch Nails at House of Blues in Atlantic City on Thurs. Nov. 6. Tickets on sale tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. $103.

Twisted Sister at Nokia Theater on Fri. Dec. 5. Use this link http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/00004129C0AA73AD today at noon and get tickets before the general public. Password is “twisted.” General public on sale Fri. Sept. 26. $40 – $140.

Brian Wilson at the Hammerstein Ballroom on Fri. Nov. 21. Tickets on sale today at 11:00 a.m. $57.50 – $98.

Other items:

Queen with Paul Rodgers has put out a new single “C-lebrity” for their upcoming CD “Cosmo Rocks” which is due out on Rocktober 28. Take a listen and you will like it. Rodgers still has the chords and Brian May can still rock out. This is their first studio album and it is dedicated to Freddie Mercury. Check it out, sounds like something the original Queen would do and who doesn’t like Paul Rodgers?

Yes has decided to go on with their 40th reunion tour without Jon Anderson- he had acute respitory failure in June and was ordered by doctors to rest for 6 months. So who is the new singer? Mr. Benoit David, who sings with a few Yes tribute bands in Montreal. He was uncovered the same way that the members of Journey found Arnel Pineda- a You Tube video showing him singing Yes songs. Signed him immediately and will now tour. Man this You Tube is making dreams come true.

Kayne West was arrested yesterday at LAX airport for smashing a paparazzo’s camera.

Beyonce’s third solo album will be released Nov. 18. No title as of yet- Justin Timberlake makes an appearance.

Heart was furious with the Republican Party for using their monster hit “Barracuda” every time Sarah Palin was introduced at the RNC. Palin’s nickname is the same name as their song. Heart has ordered an immediate ban of the song for Palin.

I have a few favorite classics songs of the week for you today and in no particular order:“Anyone Who Had a Heart” by Dusty Springfield -now I know most people know the Dionne Warwick version but for me it’s Dusty. She captivates my attention on every song she has ever done. She’s worked her way to my top 5 female performers of all time.  “Beautiful” comes to mind whenever I hear her name. How about “San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair) by Scott McKenzie. Man do I love the bridge- “All across the nation, such a strange vibration…” Great song. And how about the unforgettable “I’ve Got to Be Me” by Sammy Davis Jr.? I love the beginning“Whether I’m right or whether I’m wrong. Whether I find a place in this world or never belong…” Listen to the man’s passion on this song!! This song will live on for eternity!!! How about “That’s the Way I’ve Always Heard it Should Be” by Carly Simon? I betcha you forgot about that song. Go back and listen to how special a song it is. The last song that you need to own in your music library is “Release Me” by Engelbert Humperdinck. Listen to the arrangement on this song and tell me it doesn’t sound like it was recorded last week. You know that saying “they just don’t make songs like that anymore.”- This song falls into that category for me. I can’t say enough about this song- I’ve listened to it over and over the last few weeks. By the way you can’t go wrong with his greatest hits on 20th Century Masters, every song on that album I grew up listening to and know every one.

My favorite new song of the week is “Call Me” by Shinedown. Now I know you’re probably sick of me writing about this band but I can’t stop. I thought they were good on the Jay Leno show last Friday night- my wife was not so impressed- hey what can I say. I can’t get enough of this band. Without a doubt, they have the number one album of 2008!!!

Former Ratt frontman, Stephen Pearcy, has a new album out- his first in three years and it’s called Under My Skin. Sounds pretty good on the 30 second I-Tune sampling. Check it out!

On Sept. 29, VH1 Classic will show “Rush Hashanah.” Supposedly it is a 24-hour tribute and will have “Rush in Rio” and R30 concerts as well as videos.

Did you happen to catch the Fashion Rocks show on CBS this past Tuesday night? What an enjoyable show from start to finish. Now for people who know me- for me to stay awake from 9:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.- you know the show had to be good. What I loved about the show was the way they paid tribute to the great artists of the past. Isn’t this what I have been preaching here for sometime now? Take Beyonce’s tribute to the legendary Etta James with a spectacular-spot on- version of “At Last.” Are you kidding me? – blew me away. Or how about Chris Brown taking on Sam Cooke’s “Cupid?” Chris Brown who is all of 19 years old? I would have liked it if he did the whole song but hey you can’t always get what you want. You all know how I feel about Sam Cooke. Ranks up in the top 5 singers of all-time, period end of story!! What about Fergie? Is it me or is she everywhere? Her performance of “Call Me” by Blondie was so energetic; I wanted to get up on stage and dance around. Debby Harry still looks good and her voice sounded great. Fergie was also part of the best performance of the night when she came out with the Black Eyed Peas to do an awesome version of the Rolling Stone’s “Miss You.” Dare I say it was better than the original?

OK who is living larger than Kid Rock? This guy has the life!!! Did you see him out there with Mary J. Blige singing the classic “I’m Losing You” by the Temptations? And then he comes back out again to do his “All Summer Long” hit which then morphs into “Sweet Home Alabama” with the current members of Lynyrd Skynyrd. Talk about being out of place as far as “fashion.” Now I love Skynyrd but they stuck out like a sore thumb with their “stuck in 1976” look. But that’s what is so great about Kid Rock- he puts them back on the map again.

Really can’t say the same thing about the MTV music awards show (VMA or whatever). I remember when I use to so look forward to that show. I listened to five minutes of the host, Russell Brand, and I was out. He was terrible and the show is too boring. It’s not about the music anymore, it’s about who “is all that.” Stupid comes to mind. What has happened to MTV? They use to be so cool.

In honor of today being National “Metallica” Day-as their new album “Death Magnetic” is released- I thought it was apropos to review my favorite album by the boys from California. “…And Justice For All”-which was released back in 1988.And no it is not because “One” is on this album. Not saying I don’t love the song but it’s something that is sometimes over-played, especially at their shows. (Lars- there are other songs on this album that you can perform live). Now for those of you who know me a long time, you know that I became a Metallica fan after the “Black Album” was released in 1991. So if that destroys the “street cred” – then so be it. But like I’ve said all along on this site- discovery of music- whether new or old- is what it is all about. After loving the Black Album, I went back and now own their entire catalog of music. I was also a Met club member for about 8-years, I didn’t renew the subscription a few years back. So that being said, back to And Justice For All.The one thing I will always remember about this album was that when my wife was pregnant with our first son-she had gone out for a few hours- and I had to prepare the room for our new arrival- and I played this album two times in its entirety while painting the room. Talk about head banging with a rolling paintbrush!!!

The album starts off with the blistering “Blackened”- though it starts off low and you’re thinking, “This is Metallica?” Then 35 seconds in- the ride begins- instant head banging as the classic Hetfield and Ulrich combination sends you into a frenzy. This album is full of so many changes in tempo and this song is no different. I love the part where Hetfield sings out “Opposition.. Contradiction..Premonition..Comprise…” Kirk Hammett’s solos fit in perfect. Then it’s on to the title track- an epic piece that has a long intro into a heavy jam and an even longer intro. Just listen to how tight they are in this song? There are lightning rhythmic changes throughout as well as gripping “slow-downs.” Kirk’s solo half way through the song kicks butt. If you can handle this song- it’s a perfect work out song- find a heavy boxing bag and punch away. Track # 3 is “Eye of the Beholder” and a perfect song to see them live. Just picture 18,000 plus banging their heads in unison. “Doesn’t Matter What You See Or into it What You Read…” screams Hetfield as my ears are screaming for relief as the volume is out of control right now. This could be the best and my favorite song of the album. Side one ends with the aforementioned classic “One.” This song is their “Stairway to Heaven” and is a staple at their shows. If you have not heard it in a while and go back to listen to it- you’ll be reminded why it receives so many accolades from almost every heavy/hard rock musician on the planet. Of course when it speeds up, my head and face shake from side to side as fast as I can do it and I scream along with James- “Darkness…Imprisoning Me.. All that I See.. Absolute Horror…” Whew my head hurts and I haven’t even put on side 2 yet!!!

Side Two starts off with “The Shortest Straw” and this is also one of my favorites of the album. Hetfield’s guitar work on this bad boy just keeps it rolling and Lars is flat out on fire!!! I love the chorus “Shortest Straw..Challenge Liberty.. Downed by Law.. Live in Infamy..” There is a lot of double bass drumming on this song and it makes it sound that much heavier.“Harvester of Sorrow”- Oh I just changed my mind- this is my favorite song on the album. (You see how hard it is picking a favorite). My walls are shaking right now and I’m back painting the walls of my son’s room back in Ringwood. This is the first album recorded with Jason Newsted on bass, after the untimely death of Cliff Burton back on Sept. 27, 1986 and his bass work stands out on this track. This song rocks with a slower pace of head banging and it is the ultimate air-guitar song!!! Then it’s on to the Wizard of Oz as the beginning of “The Frayed Ends of Sanity” uses the “Oh wee Oh” verse to kick off a speed metal song that will have you trying to catch your breath. The solo from Kirk just may be his best on this song. “To Live is to Die” is their majestic masterpiece. ‘Nuff said. Just listen and learn why they are so revered. Nine and a half minutes of pure genius. The album ends with the shortest song – “Dyers Eve”- but don’t kid yourself- sometimes it’s the shortest ones that packs the biggest punch and in this case the song is “controlled chaos.” This song is all over the place and yet it sounds the tightest on the album. Again Kirk’s solo is lights out. As the album comes to a crashing end, it enforces my theory that this is their best work.There are long periods of instrumental genius throughout this album and their passion bleeds through the speakers on every song. I will equate it to AC/DC when they did “Back in Black”- they were doing it as a tribute to their “brother”-Bon Scott- who had passed away unexpectedly. Same here- this album is a tribute to Burton- so you know they put all of their heart and soul into it.

Now I know the earlier Metallica is not for everyone and especially this album because this is thrash metal at its best. It’s an acquired taste but give it a chance, don’t just write it off- open your mind to “heavy.” I think we all need it (“heavy”) at certain times-not all the time- but you know what I’m talking about. So in honor of “Death Magnetic” which has been compared to “And Justice for All” I salute Metallica and you all should do your part today by blasting a tune from the boys-whether it be in your car, your house or your headphones!!! Rock on my friend’s…\m/ \m/

Back on this day in 2003, the world lost a music icon- Mr. Johnny Cash died at the age of 71.

Back on this day in 1966, The Monkees TV show premiered on NBC.

Today is the birthdate of Mr. Barry White, had he still be with us, he would have been 64.

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