Errols Weekly Music Update.

October 31, 2008

Weekly Update – Rocktober 31, 2008

Bob Dylan at the United Palace on Fri. Nov. 21. Tickets on sale now. $59 – $129

Tony Bennett at The Apollo Theater on Tues. Dec. 16. Tickets on sale Monday Nov. 10 at 10:00 a.m.

The Killers at Madison Square Garden on Sun. Jan. 25, 2009. Tickets on sale tomorrow morning at 10:00 a.m. $44.25 – $54.25

Gregg Allman at The Blender Theater on Fri. Jan. 2, 2009. Tickets on sale tomorrow morning at 10:00 a.m.$50 – $60. (there are seats at the Blender)

The Black Keys at Terminal 5 on Fri. Feb. 9. Tickets on sale today at noon. $30. (This one may be hard to pass up at a great price)

The Neville Brothers with Dr. John at Terminal 5 on Fri. Feb. 20, 2009. Tickets on sale today at noon. $37.50.

King’s X at The Blender Theater on Tues. Dec. 16. Tickets on sale today at noon. $25.

T.I. at the Hammerstein Ballroom on Wed. Dec. 3.Tickets on sale this morning at 10:00 a.m.$55

Other items:

I know my next new album purchase is going to be “Cardinology” by Ryan Adams & the Cardinals. I really don’t know this band but am totally drawn in by the 30 second sample from I-Tunes. It also received 4 stars from Rolling Stone.

Speaking of Rolling Stone, the Rocktober 31st issue is the first one with the new format, a much smaller version with sleeker paper though. Sort of reminds me of a smaller version of a Met or Yankee yearbook. It’s a collector’s item so make sure you pick it up.

You’ll have a 24 hour window to grab your free can of Dr. Pepper. On Nov. 23, once Chinese Democracy is released you can go to their website and download a coupon for the can of soda. You’ll then have to Feb. 2009 to redeem the prize.

Not only is the store Wal-Mart taking over the sale of music, (AC/DC’s Black Ice is selling at an incredible pace) but now on they are now taking orders for the upcoming Nickelback album, Dark Horse. It won’t be released until Nov. 18 but they are taking orders now and if you purchase it you’ll be able to grab the new single “Gotta Be Somebody” right away. Pre-sale orders will also have the advantage of a bonus sound-check recording.

Queen with Paul Rodgers have put out their first studio album together and it’s called “The Cosmos Rocks.” I don’t care what the critics say, I’m a fan of Queen as well as Paul, and so putting them together has to be good, no?

Snow Patrol has released its fifth studio album with “A Hundred Million Suns.” Average rating from listeners on I-Tunes is 4 stars.

All this nonsense talk of having a Led Zeppelin reunion without Robert Plant, hey I’m just as upset as the next person but c’mon you can’t do it with another singer. That’s like……. having The Sopranos without Tony. I’ll throw up if it happens without Plant.

Pink’s “Funhouse” was released this past Tuesday and the average rating here is 4.5 stars. Of course it has her hit “So What” but there are some other songs that I think will become hits as well. Look out for “Bad Influence,” “I Don’t Believe You” and the title track. Reaching a little deeper, (meaning it may not become a hit), I like “One Foot Wrong,” “Crystal Ball” and “Mean.”

The Cure released their 13th studio album (first one in four years) with “4:13 Dream.” Was never really a huge fan but I thought I would put it out there for their fans, although they probably know already.

After many months of negotiation, the Beatles have agreed to license their songs to the video game “Rock Band.” Wow, I’m stunned but at the same time I think it’s great that the younger generation will get to know the greatness of this band. Have to hand it to them, they still know how to rock on.

My favorite old school song of the week goes to “Bang a Gong (Get It On)” by T-Rex. How freakin’ awesome is this song? Timeless classic.

My other favorite old school song of the week is “Mother and Child Reunion” by Paul Simon. How great is this song? “Though I would not give you false hope…”

Michael Jackson has issued a statement that he will not participate in The Jackson 5 reunion tour in 2009.

Toby Keith has released “That Don’t Make Me a Bad Guy” and it appears the one huge song from this already is “God Love Her.” That song sounds real good. The album has a 4 star review from I-Tune listeners.

In the mood for someone to rock and blues your socks off then look no further than Susan Tedeschi’s new release “Back to the River.” Many of her fans are calling this one her best. The title track is smokin’ hot. This young woman has the soul of a seasoned blues veteran as she is cementing her legacy as the same. If you have not seen her live, you are missing out.

The Eagles of Death Metal have released a new album “Heart On” and Rolling Stone gave it a whopping four stars. As I check out the 30 second samples on I-Tunes I have to admit, this one sounds real good and fun. “WannaBe in L.A.” seems to be the most popular download but why not give the whole thing a chance. “I’m Your Torpedo” has been mentioned as the masterpiece of this one.

Since it’s the last day of Rocktober and Halloween, my youngest son must take the credit for this section of the weekly update. He said since it was Halloween, he wanted me to list the best songs related to Halloween and of course he wanted me to list it from the bottom to the top. So here goes, without much preparation:

10. Dragula – Rob Zombie- How can you have a Halloween list without Mr. Zombie? I could probably do all ten songs from him alone but this one beats out I’m Your Boogie Man for me.

9. This is Halloween– Marilyn Manson- Again how can you have a Halloween list and not include Mr. Manson? Totally cool song.

8. Bark at The Moon– Ozzy- Friggin’ phenomenal song. First three pretty good so far, huh? (I could have included the song Black Sabbath but that’s the number 1 scariest song of all-time).

7. Clap for the Wolfman– The Guess Who- One of the all time most under-rated bands.

6. The Time Warp – Soundtrack from The Rocky Horror Show- love this song, brings me back to the best Spin instructor, Chris.

5. Bat Out of Hell – Meatloaf- Love the passion from Mr. Loaf.

4. Spooky– The Classics IV- How can anyone not like this song? “Love is kind of crazy with a spooky girl like you”

3. A Nightmare on My Street– DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince- This song was so successful that the producers of Nightmare on Elm Street sued for infringement.

2. Thriller– Michael Jackson- Without a doubt when you hear this song again you realize and recognize the greatness, period end of story!! Best video of all time, hands down.

1. Monster Mash– Bobby “Boris” Pickett- C’mon you know it belongs here. What other song reminds you of Halloween more than this one? No one listens to it, except for today. One can always listen to Thriller at any point.

Back on this day in 1998, Kiss kicked off its Psycho Circus tour with a Halloween extravaganza in Los Angeles. Many fans came dressed in costumes. The Smashing Pumpkins, of course, were the openers.

Back on this day in 1970, Michelle Phillips married actor Dennis Hopper. The marriage lasted 8 days. Ooh- Faa.

Adam Horovitz is celebrating a birthday today. The Beastie Boy turns 42.

October 30, 2008

CD Review: Evolver – John Legend

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CD Review: Evolver by John Legend released on Tuesday Rocktober 28, 2008.

Well the wait is finally over and I don’t know what you are thinking but it seemed like a very long time for this album to finally touch down. I guess this was due to the fact that several different singles were released sporadically over the past few months. This new approach of getting the message out on an artists’ upcoming release could be positive or negative. (This is all due to web-based downloading of music). Take movie trailers for example, sometimes the best parts of the film are just that-the trailer. Other times, long term promotions work. For Mr. Legend (actually this is his stage name as his last name is Stephens) this methodology worked because this is a splendid release. As I have been saying for some time now, this man could be the top artist out today. This album is a nice collection of songs that showcases his vocal talents and it mixes in some hip-hop, pop, soul and of course R&B. He has a few friends who collaborated with him on a few songs but I like it better when the songs are just his.

The album starts off with the sound of birds chirping and for most of us this is pleasing to the ear. It’s a seamless way to launch it off because it sets the tone for the entire album. The first tune, “Green Light” has a cool sophisticated feel to it that should get most people off their feet and on to the dance floor. John gets an assist from Andre 3000 on this tune. (Some of Andre’s raps confuse me but hey the song kicks). “It’s Over” sort of reminds me of what a modern day Earth, Wind & Fire song would sound like. This is one of the songs that highlight his singing ability. It has a nice jam to it as Kayne West eases his way in nicely with his rap and except for one word, he keeps it clean. “Everybody Knows” is one of my favorite tracks on Evolver. The chorus will creep into your head and you’ll find yourself singing this all day. This is a perfect song for a house party (as most of the songs are).Mr. Legend has a way of emitting a joyous feeling within, similar to what one might experience around the holiday season. This song is a “cup of cheer.” Track 4 “Quickly” has a groove that will have your head, shoulders and feet moving at the same time. Brandy fills in nicely with her vocals and their harmonization is top notch. “Cross the Line” is a romantic song that tries to get that someone special to want more than a friendship. (This song is not for the kids). Gentlemen: ideal song for a candlelight dinner.

“No Other Love” featuring Estelle has a fine reggae groove and my guess will be played at many wedding receptions very soon. The pulse is infectious and you’ll wish that you could sing like him. Track 7, “This Time,” is a beautiful song about someone realizing that they made a mistake on losing out on a relationship. If you want to get that someone special back into your life, memorize the words to this song and lip sync with the same passion as Mr. Legend puts into it. The background string arrangement adds to the grandeur of this song. “Satisfaction” is a little rougher than the prior songs but it’s a nice transition. The sound is real fresh and sort of reminds me of Lenny Kravitz at certain points in the song. “Take Me Away” really does take you away, I picture myself walking the beach on Turks & Caicos with my I-POD and just chillin’ out.

“Good Morning” is a song for couples, if you get my drift- not for the children. I’m still on the beach listening to this song as well. This is a great song to set your alarm to. “I Love, You Love” starts off with his voice sounding just like Dave Matthews. Again this is a charming song for couples. My favorite track on the album is the 12th song and that is “If You’re Out There.” I can’t stop listening to this song, I can’t get enough of it and this will definitely crack my top 5 songs of the year. The words are full of passion, inspiration, love, peace and determination. Isn’t this what the world needs right now? “Floating Away” is my second favorite track on the album. This is “old school” R&B at its best. In a weird way, I can see Amy Whinehouse performing this song, don’t ask me why. The last track “Set Me Free” is a raw sounding song that evokes memories of Otis Redding. Once you hear it, you will be immediately drawn in and will tell everyone else around you to be quiet & listen. If you purchase off of I-Tunes there is an additional version of “Green Light” that features an Afroganic mix.

Well folks what are you waiting for? You need to purchase this CD. You can play it at parties or in your living room in front of the fire place with your significant other. John Legend is certainly solidifying his legend in music. He has the gift of music in him and I’d like to thank him for sharing it with all of us. Are you listening?

October 29, 2008

Concert Review: Tesla at The Blender Theater in NYC

Concert Review: Tesla at the Blender Theater in New York City Tuesday, Rocktober 28, 2008.

Do you know of something that is so good that it often makes you wonder why so many other people have not caught on? Maybe it is your annual vacation spot? Maybe it is that special restaurant? Or it could be your favorite book. Whatever it is, you have it and you love it, correct? Well for me, it is the band called Tesla. Tesla, in my opinion, is one of the greatest rock bands ever. I defy you to find a harder working band and it will be that much more challenging to find a “tighter” band musically. They have always been and will forever be a “great ball of energy.” Last night at the Blender Theater on the East Side of New York City, I along with an approximate 500-700 people witnessed our little secret and I can guarantee you that no one left the show disappointed.

Let me take you through this magical night. All of a sudden at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday it hit me again that I was going to see the boys from Sacramento, CA again. I started to get so psyched up that I wanted 9:30 p.m. to come as fast as it could. (Think back to when you were a child on Christmas Eve). I had never been to the Blender Theater and upon seeing it on 23rd street it immediately reminded me of the movie theaters that I use to attend as a kid growing up in Brooklyn. As soon as you enter, you can instantly see the stage right in front of you. Just picture those “old school” movie theaters with approximately 20 rows of seats removed. The stage was a little more than 5 feet off of the ground. To give you an idea of how compact it was, the left side of the theater had a bar area and two tables that sold T-shirts and then BOOM- the stage. (So you know I can’t hear today).

Upon entering I guess I appeared like I was lost because the guy handing out the drinking bracelets asked me if I was looking for something. I told him it was my first visit to the Blender and was just checking the place out. I also stated that it was going to be loud, he offered up that ear plugs were on sale downstairs but I didn’t take him up on it. That’s not rock and roll, right??!!! Now it’s only 7:30 p.m. and I was among a very small crowd at that point. I was wondering if I would dare to venture up to the front of the stage and then it hit me on how psyched I was for the show, so I cemented my place right behind a few new friends that I had just met for the first time.

At 8:00 p.m. the opening act, Pop Evil- a band from Michigan took the stage. I had never heard of them but I have to say that these guys put on a decent set. I don’t know if it relates to their name but each member had different evil ‘pop’ star qualities. The lead guitarist could have passed for one of the members of N’Sync or The Back Street Boys (no offense to either). The bass guitarist reminded me of Nikki Sixx. The other guitarist looked like he just quit My Chemical Romance to join this band. The drummer’s appearance had heavy metal band written all over him as one’s eyes were drawn to his bald head (again no offense). They also had a DJ who was “scratchin’” like it was done “back in the day.” Their lead singer was full of energy, force and passion. No doubt all the ingredients Tesla was looking for as an opening band. Since I was unfamiliar with their sound, I would say that they are a cross between the band “Live” and “Theory of a Deadman.” Heavy lead & rhythm guitars sprinkled with some hip-hop. Highlights from their set were “3 Seconds to Freedom,” “Stepping Stone,” “Shinedown” and “Hero.”

Before Tesla took the stage at 9:40, the five of us were being entertained by some 1980’s “throwbacks” and boy were they “throwing back.” Makes you believe that a ban on alcohol sales in public venues may not be such a bad idea. Then Eddie Trunk (from Q104.3 radio station in NY) came out to introduce one of his favorite bands of all-time-Tesla. After he exits, I’m staring at the eight foot “Marshall Speakers” and a gold/orange set of drums that are very low to the ground with much anticipation. Then it happens, one by one each member of Tesla take their positions on the small stage with Mr. Jeff Keith coming out last and they blast off with the title track from their latest album, “Forever More.” Being so close, the boys loomed as “larger than life” figures and I felt like I was on the set of MTV’s “TRL.” From the audience view, Frank Hannon, guitarist, set up his gear on the right side of the stage. Troy Luccketta, drummer, is back center stage. Brain Wheat, bass, sets up shop on the left side and further left is the newer member of the band, Dave Rude, guitarist. For the first few songs, Dave is doing his best ‘Slash’ impression as no one can see his face as his head is completely covered by a hat. All you see is hat & hair. Mr. Wheat reminds me of John Kruk, the former Philadelphia Phillies 1st baseman, and Brian is a big baseball fan. As usual, Jeff is the life of the party. They warp into their latest single “I Wanna Live” as Frank credits WDHA FM- the NJ rock station- with playing this tune incessantly. Jeff’s voice is spot on and he is a presence on stage. You can see that the music is in him the way he moves around on stage.

Then it’s back to 1986 and the ‘Head banger’s Ball” as the opening chords to “Modern Day Cowboy” rip through your ears. It was fun to hear the whole crowd sing along to their first “hit.” The next few songs were from the new album and The Great Radio Controversy with the highlight being “Breakin’ Free.” Half way through the show when the opening chords to “The Way It Is” the crowd roars in appreciation and Jeff didn’t even have to sing the song as the audience was singing word for word. The guitar solo was incredible. These two guitarists, Frank and Dave, provide a one-two punch that is hard to compete with. A few songs later, these gentlemen pulled out their acoustic guitars and everyone knew what was coming: “Love Song”- arguably their best song ever recorded. Again the crowd took over on vocals and I’m standing there just thinking “how great is this?” I was on cloud nine and unwilling to come down. “I know, I know, shoo do be, shoo do be, I know…” Keeping up the karaoke atmosphere, they then performed their “best known” song – “Signs.” Wow talk about loud- it was a party and Jeff Keith was keeping it loose as he was messing with the stage hands most of the show. I was waiting for the part where he screams “ughh.” At this point I’m convinced that this is the best show I have seen them perform (I know I say that for every show). The last two songs prior to the encores were from “Mechanical Resonance” (an album that everyone should own). “Little Suzi” never gets old and there was a “Suzi” in the front row. (Aided by a sign that had an arrow pointing over her). The highlight of the show was “Comin’ Atcha Live” which showcased the fantastic abilities on lead guitar for both Dave and Frank. The house was rocking. As they headed backstage before the encores, Jeff issued a warning- “Make some noise or we might not come back out.”

To entice the crowd to make some more noise, he came out with an Oakland Raiders jacket. It worked. The two encores were “In a Hole Again”- one of the best, if not the best song on the new album. The last tune, a staple of their shows was “Edison’s Medicine” from Psychotic Supper. When the show ended you could sense a feeling of family as they appear to be real life brothers. Their music is tight and their bond is tighter.

As I mentioned in the beginning of the review, everyone has their little secrets, be it a vacation spot, book or whatever. Tesla is one of my best secrets as I would assume they are for everyone who attended last night’s show. And there is one secret about last night’s show that I forgot to mention. I got to slap hands with Mr. Jeff Keith as he leaned into the crowd- now you understand why I said the night was “magical.”

The Set List:

1.Forever More- Forever More

2.I Wanna Live- Forever More

3.Modern Cowboy- Mechanical Resonance

4.Breakin’ Free- Forever More

5.Hang Tough- The Great Radio Controversy

6.Heaven’s Trail (No Way Out)- The Great Radio Controversy

7.So What- Forever More

8.One Day at a Time- Forever More

9.The Way it Is- The Great Radio Controversy

10.Shine Away- Bust a Nut

11.Fallin’ Apart- Forever More

12.Love Song- The Great Radio Controversy

13.Signs- Five Man Acoustical Jam

14.Into the Now- Into the Now

15.Little Suzi- Mechanical Resonance

16.Comin’ Atcha Live- Mechanical Resonance

17.Down in A Hole- Forever More (Encore)

18.Edison’s Medicine- Psychotic Supper (Encore)

October 24, 2008

CD Review: Black Ice – AC/DC

CD Review: “Black Ice” by AC/DC released on Monday Rocktober 20, 2008.

OK first off, yes I actually walked into Wal-Mart (I think for the second time ever) and made a bee line for the CD; ran to the cash register, paid and walked out in all of maybe four minutes. I know the rock and roll gods were shaking their heads in disappointment but what was I to do? It was rock and roll that brought me to the place I said I would never go to. Days later I still feel like I did something illegal but I had to have it. You see what music does to me? Oh so what about Black Ice, you say?

If you are a fan of The Simpsons, I seriously doubt that you are disappointed that Bart and his family have never aged over the past 20 plus years. Their consistency is probably one of the reasons on why the show has lasted this long. Same goes for the boys from Australia. If there is one word that describes this band it is consistent. If you look up this word, you will see words such as reliable, dependable and unswerving. Now think of AC/DC. You get the picture? Now I will say that there is some change in this album-I’m not talking like when Coke decided to change its formula (we all know they learned their lesson fast and immediately went back to its original ingredients) but I’d say just picture Maggie, (from the Simpsons), learning how to walk. You will hear Brian Johnson actually singing on this album, more melodic tunes and a slide guitar. (Imagine?). This is mixed in with the powerful chords and vigorous riffs as well as the distinguished snarls from Mr. Johnson. Now we all know that Angus Young and Brian Johnson typically receive all the attention in this band and I will not deny their contribution to this band. However, one can not refute the effort put forth by Malcolm Young (rhythm), Cliff Williams (bass) and Phil Rudd (drums). They are the oil in this engine called AC/DC and they keep the motor running.

Black Ice has fifteen songs and last about an hour’s time. I’ll take the review in thirds. The first third has four out of five songs that are really good. The album kicks off with “Rock and Roll Train” and I have to tell you this will not be the only song from this album that will receive radio play, so do not make the mistake of thinking this is it-because its not. The more I listen to this song, the more upset I get that I’m not going to see them live at the Garden next month. This song has all the qualities of what AC/DC is about but I can’t think of what else it sounds like, it sounds like Rock and Roll Train. I’m not so crazy about “Skies on Fire” but admit that it has a groovin’ beat that will have the head-bangers snapping their head, albeit at a slower pace for this song. “Big Jack” would be one of the best selling singles from this album if AC/DC allowed their music to be downloaded from I-Tunes. This is an upbeat head boppin’ tune that will have you dancing all over your living room floor. Perfect boot camp song. “Anything Goes” is the closet thing to pop that you will get with this band. This does not mean that it is not good, quite the contrary- this could be the best song on the album. Dare I say that Bruce Springsteen could cover this song and it would be a fit for him? It has all the ingredients for this to be their most popular song since “You Shook Me All Night Long.” The fifth track “War Machine” highlights the Young/Williams/Rudd connection that I mentioned above. They keep this song moving along as Brian yelps out “War Machine” and Angus takes you away with his high energetic solo. This is a close second to being the best track on the album. Total thumbs up for the first third of the album.

The second third of the album is also very good. “Smash & Grab” is a throw back to the early days of AC/DC, especially the background vocals which highlight this tune. “Spoiling for a Fight” is a bouncing ball of energy with a catchy hook. You will be singing the chorus all day long. Follow along with Rudd’s drumming and you will hear him crash the cymbals more than a few times.Track # 8 “Wheels” is another brisk song that will appeal to the die hard fan. Again these songs have the same formula but yet at the same time are different; you have to listen to know what I mean. I think “Decibel” is my favorite track of the album. It has a slow grooving beat that makes me just want to crank up the volume. Angus solo is real impressive and Johnson’s vocals are spot on. Track # 10 “Stormy May Day” sort of reminds me of something that Led Zeppelin would perform. Listen to the opening riffs and tell me Page couldn’t play along with this song. And Johnson does his best Plant impression. (Though his pitch is a little high on “May”). This song has the slide guitar I mentioned above.

The last third of the album still has some killer and not just filler. “She Likes Rock and Roll”, “Money Made” and “Black Ice” are the killers and “Rock and Roll Dream” and “Rocking All the Way” may be the fillers on this album. “She Likes Rock & Roll” has a funky groove with a catchy chorus along with a nice solo from Angus. Does this man know how to rock hard or what? What I like best is when Angus and Mr. Rudd play side by side as you bounce your head up and down. “Money Made” is a bluesy hand clapping song that will be played at a local pub near you. “Rock and Roll Dream” is a song that starts off slowly, picks up, falls back and then picks up again. The more you listen, the more it will grow on you. “Rocking All the Way” highlights Brian singing melodically with another scorching solo by Angus. “Black Ice” is a tight compact song that ends this CD nicely.

Could this album have been condensed and then be considered an instant classic? Most likely the answer is yes. However, this album overall is impressive and as mentioned there are some changes, albeit small steps. I agree with the boys on their position that their music needs to be sold and listened to on an album basis. This album is a must have for the die-hard AC/DC fans and I will tell the “occasional” fan that this album is for you too. The more you listen to it, the more you will love it. There are not too many things that stay the same in life but I know there are a lot of people who don’t like change (I know, I’m one of them but I have been able to adapt) and this band has not changed. Their upcoming tour has been selling out in minutes, rather than in hours. If you have never been to an AC/DC show, you are truly missing out. The anticipation before they hit the stage is a force that you’ve never felt before and once they blast onto the stage; well lets just say that it’s a good time had by all. They rock! They roll! Like the old saying goes- “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”

Weekly Update – Rocktober 24, 2008

The All American Rejects at The New York Fillmore at Irving Plaza on Tues. Nov. 18. Tickets on sale tomorrow at 10:00 a.m.$25.

Kings of Leon at Madison Square Garden on Thurs. Jan. 29, 2009. Tickets on sale this morning at 10:00 a.m.  $44.50

Gregg Allman at The Capital One Theater at Westbury on Fri. Dec. 27. Tickets on sale now. $61.50.

Lynyrd Skynyrd at the Borgota Event Center on Fri. & Sat. Nov. 28 & 29. Tickets on sale tomorrow at 10:00 a.m.

Stephen Pearcy and Britny Fox at the Crazy Donkey in Long Island, NY on Mon. Dec. 15. (1058 Rt. 110 in Farmindale) Check the website for further information on ticket sales.

Wu Tang Clan at The Hammerstein Ballroom on Tues. Dec. 23. Tickets on sale tomorrow at 10:00 a.m.   $50.

WCBS FM Holiday show with Tommy James & the Schondells at the Hammerstein Ballroom on Thurs. Dec. 18. Pre-sale starts today at 10:00 a.m. for Citicard holders. General public on sale tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. $50.50 – $99.

Joss Stone at the Hard Rock Café in NY for the “Imagine There’s No Hunger” tour on Wed. Nov. 5. Tickets on sale now.$40.

Boyz II Men at BB Kings on Thurs. & Fri. May 8 & 9 2009. Tickets on sale on Wed. Nov. 5 at 10:00 a.m. $38.50.

Magic Hat presents Headcount Get Out and Vote Party with Joss Stone and Robert Randolph at the Highline Ballroom on Mon. Nov. 3. Tickets on sale now. $50 – $100.

Other items:

Thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Levi Stubbs, the lead singer of the Four Tops, who passed away last Friday at the age of 72. This man was a legend and also a man of integrity. Based on many reports, he had many chances to do a solo career and yet remained true to his friends in the band and never really ventured without them. The Four Tops had their biggest hits with the writing team of Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier and Eddie Holland between the years of 1964 and 1967, so you have to give this production team credit. However, without Mr. Stubbs vocals, there would be no hit songs. I’ll give you a song and let you think about it for a second- “I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch).”…… Have you digested it? I will go out on a limb and state that this one song could be the best song ever recorded. Yes, I said EVER. Every time I hear it, a big smile emerges and I can never listen to it just once. I have to repeat it over and over. No matter how many times you have heard this song, you can’t deny its place in music history. Think of how many people know and love this song. It is a timeless song. Or how about “Reach Out I’ll Be There?” C’mon people you don’t get much better than these songs. These two songs were number one songs when they were released in 1965 and 1966, and again they sound as fresh today as when they were recorded. “Baby I Need Your Loving” is another timeless classic. There are many more songs that the Four Tops recorded that you need to have in your music library but these three songs, in my opinion, are the essential essence of music, period. Mr. Stubbs voice was phenomenal and I want to thank him for his impact on my music life. I also want to thank the rest of the members of the Four Tops, whose only remaining survivor is Abdul “Duke” Fakir. Mr. Lawrence Payton died in 1997 and Mr. Renaldo “Obie” Benson passed away in 2005. The Four Tops were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990 and they have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Rest in peace, Mr. Stubbs.

Did you catch the awesome rendition of the Star Spangle Banner performed by Los Lonely Boys before the 2nd game of the World Series? Wow, I was blown away and thought it was great.

My favorite songs and videos of the week are a tie. “I’m Yours” by Jason Mraz is a totally cool song and the video is even better. Beautiful islands and the scenery are crystal clear. Please get this tune now people, I implore you. The next song took me a few weeks but now I’m totally hooked- “Another Way to Die” by Alicia Keys and Jack White. What did it for me was viewing the video. Have you seen it? In one word-Phenomenal. Jack White is.. I can’t even come up with the words… he is THE MAN. What a combination as Alicia Keys blows the cover off the ball. This is a killer tune.

Have you heard the first single off of Chinese Democracy? It is the title track and my first impression is that it sounds pretty good. Lots of guitars and Axl’s signature vocal style is present. It sounds relevant today after 13 years in the making. I like it. You can search the web to hear it.

My favorite old school song of the week is “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You” by Frankie Valli. “I love you baby and if it’s quite alright..”

My other favorite old school song of the week is “Too Late to Turn Back Now” done by Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose. Do you remember this song? Wow what a flashback from 1972 and a classic tune.

If you love music from the 1970’s, specifically 1973 then you have to check out “Life on Mars” radio at this site Wow what a selection of songs, you’ll be blown away. I heard the unforgettable “Soul Deep” by the Box Tops. Do you know this song? If not, get to it.

The Black Keys are teaming up with ZZ Top to write songs together with Rick Rubin at the helm. Sounds interesting, I’d give it a listen.

Kid Rock will be on VH1 Story Tellers which will be broadcast on Thanksgiving night at 9:00 p.m. He recorded 20 songs for the show, a lot longer than the typical 7-8 songs, we’ll see if VH1 plays the whole thing which supposedly lasted 2.5 hours.

Patti Labelle, along with her original band members, have released a new CD and it’s called “Back to Now.” It’s getting rave reviews from there fans.

Have you caught the new song and video by Little Jackie called “The World should Revolve Around Me?” Get the clean version. Very cool song from an up and coming artist.

Not sure what you are going to be for Halloween. Well if you want to go as a member of Kiss go to take your pick.

Back on this day in 1995, New York City declared Rocktober 24th, Tony Bennett Day, later that evening Mr. Bennett performed at Radio City Music Hall.

Back on this day in 1962, James Brown recorded the landmark album, “Live at the Apollo.”

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with Bill Wyman, bassist for the Rolling Stones.

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