Errols Weekly Music Update.

September 19, 2008

Weekly Update – 09/19/2008

AC / DC at Madison Square Garden on Wed. & Thurs. Nov. 12 and 13 and at Izod Center on Thurs. Nov. 19. Tickets on sale tomorrow Sat. Sept. 20 at 10:00 a.m.$94 for Garden; $89.50 for Izod Center.

Elton John & Friends to celebrate the 35th anniversary of Goodbye Yellow Brick Road at New Amersterdam Theater (214 West 42nd Street) on Mon. Rocktober 20. Pre-sale tickets for American Express Cardholders through Mon. Sept. 22 until 10:00 p.m. General public tickets on sale Tues. Sept. 23 at 10:00 a.m. $250 – $2,500.

One Republic at Hammerstein Ballroom on Wed. Nov. 26. Pre-sale tickets for American Express Carholders on sale now until Fri. Sept. 26 at 10:00 p.m. General public tickets on sale next Saturday Sept. 27 at 10:00 a.m. $34.50. There is an 8 ticket per person limit.

Aimee Mann at the Nokia Theater on Wed. Dec. 17 for 3rd annual Christmas show. Tickets on sale today at noon. $37.50 – $150.

Dionne Warwick at BB Kings on Fri. Jan. 23, 2009. Tickets on sale Wed. Rocktober 1 at noon. $67.50.

BB King at his place on Fri. Dec. 5. Tickets on sale today at 11:00 a.m. $125.

Mudvayne at Roseland Ballroom on Tues. Dec. 16. Tickets on sale tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. $29.99

Michael Franti & Spearhead at Nokia Theater on Fri. Nov. 21. Tickets on sale today at noon. $28.50. There is a six ticket limit per household.

Other items:

Paul McCartney is set to play in Israel for the first time next Thurs. Sept. 25 and there have been unconfirmed rumors that there is a death threat against him if he goes to Israel. McCartney is determined to attend no matter what. I don’t know, if I were him, I’d have second thoughts.

After a few years being away from the limelight, Eminem supposedly will have a new album out before the end of the year.

Check out my brother’s friend, Michael Rudin and his band- Jolly– at the following website: http://www.jollyband.com/Solstice.html Songs sound good, I like it. They are playing tonight at Arlene’s Grocery on 95 Stanton Street, near Houston Street. Take F or V train to 2nd Avenue station.

The Killers new album- Day & Age- will be out on Nov. 25. The first single will be a song called “Human.”

My favorite “old school” song of the week- and also cracks my top 10 songs of all-time, is “Sunshine” by Jonathan Edwards. This war-protest song was written in 1971 and hit #4 on the Billboard charts.

My other favorite “old school” song this week is “Precious and Few” by the band Climax. (also known as Climax Blues Band) Remember this song? Written in 1972 and peaked at #3 on Billboard.

I know I told you about C-lebrity by Queen & Paul Rodgers last week, how come you haven’t picked it up? This song rocks and it’s skyrocketed to the top of my “new” favorite song of the week. Listen to May jam away!!!

CD review: “Learn to Live” by Darius Rucker released this past Tuesday Sept. 16, 2008. Now if his name sounds familiar-yes it is the lead singer of Hootie & The Blowfish- and he has put out his first country album. No offense to Mr. Rucker and his fellow bandmates of Hootie but I was not a big fan of their music. Yet somehow this album has struck a chord with me and I have to say that I love his first venture into country music. This album is very solid and there will be more than a few hits on it. The first one “Don’t Think I Don’t Think About It” is already number 3 on the country music charts. The album kicks off with “Forever Road” a sweet old country song that has a catchy chorus- “Don’t worry baby, I ain’t no maybe, rain or shine this love of mine is for you.” The arrangement of violins and if I hear correctly-banjos, make these traditional instruments sound very contemporary. This will be a hit at some point down the road. Track # 2 is my favorite song on the album- “All I Want” – Brad Paisley is a musical guest on this one. Now for all the women out there- you might be upset with the lyrics- but it’s all in fun. This is a song you need to play LOUD and I can just picture lots of people in a country bar “line dancing” to this one all night long. Listen to the piano playing in the background- great. This song sounds like Darius has been doing country music his whole life. The rest of the album is very good but I would have liked to have more songs like this one, which has a lot of “kick” to it.Track # 3 is the aforementioned “Don’t Think..” Again the thing that comes to mind is how impressive the sound is. Perfect combination of Rucker’s vocals behind the guitars and drums really make this a sing along song that will have you hitting the rewind button to hear it again. The title track is the fourth song on the album and tells the story of how Darius would listen to his Grand father’s every word. “You got to live and learn, crash and burn…” In true typical “country” lyrics the song basically tells the story of his life long journey which was facilitated by his grandfather.

Track # 5 slows down a bit and gets a little help from Vince Gill and Alison Krauss on the inspirational “If I Had Wings.” This is a beautiful song and no doubt will also be a big hit. His vocals are probably the best on this song, they are crystal clear and the background vocals by Krauss make it that much better.The next song-“History in the Making” is a song that will be sung by American Idol contestants next year and the crowd will be swaying back and forth with their arms high in the air. “Alright” kicks it up a bit and my favorite part is when he says “I got my stereo and the best of Patsy Cline..” Can’t get any better than her, right? This is a catchy tune as well and you’ll find yourself dancing around your living room by yourself while cleaning up. Track # 8 slows down again with “It Won’t Be Like This for Long”- man this song hit home for me and probably for many other people as well. Another beautiful song. “Drinking and Dialing” is what you think the song is about. It has a bluesy twist to it and it will have you snapping your fingers. “I Hope They Get to Me in Time” is another life story that is condensed into 3 minutes. This may be a little slow for some and not one of the better ones on the CD- but not bad. “While I Still Got Time” is probably something that Hootie & the Blowfish could have done- I have to admit- minus the “twang” of the guitars. “Be Wary of a Woman” is the final track of the album and does not distinguish it too much from the previous songs but has a head bopping chorus that will have you singing along. “I Want to Thank You” is the bonus track from I-Tunes and this song is good as well.

All in all I have to say that this album is excellent and I have listened to it more than a few times this week. If I had any suggestions it would have been to make more songs like “All I Want” and maybe mix up the songs a bit- meaning not having too many slow songs in a row. But hey that’s not unlike any other Country album that is out there. Mr. Rucker has finally made my music library and who would have thought that it would be this album? Make no mistake, this is not a “rookie” album- this album is impressive in many ways and he will be pulling in new fans across the nation. How great is it discovering new music? You see what I’m talking about…..

Back on this day in 1981, Simon & Garfunkle reunited with a concert at Central Park.

Today is the birthdate of Cass Elliot of the Mama’s & Papa’s, had she still been with us, she would have been 67.

Paul Williams turns 68 today and so does Bill Medley.

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