Errols Weekly Music Update.

October 17, 2008

Weekly Update – Rocktober 17, 2008

MeatLoaf at the United Palace Theater on Sat. Dec. 6. Listen to WPLJ 95.5 this morning to find out pre-sale ticket information that begins 10:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. General public on sale is tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. $59.50 – $149.50.

Edgar Winter at The New York Fillmore at Irving Plaza on Mar. 6, 2009. Tickets on sale next Saturday morning Rocktober 25 at 10:00 a.m.

Todd Rundgren at The Blender Theater on Fri. & Sat. Dec. 26 and 27. Tickets on sale this morning at 10:00 a.m.  $36 – $43.

The Original Sugar Hill Gang at the Blender Theater on Sun. Dec. 6. Tickets on sale now.$25

Engelbert Humperdinck at the Chevorlet Theater in Wallingford CT (cool place) on Sun. Dec. 7. Tickets on sale this morning at 10:00 a.m.  $30.50 – $50.50.

Sister Hazel at The New York Fillmore at Irving Plaza on Sat. Dec. 13. Tickets on sale next Fri. Rocktober 24 at noon.  $23.50.

Reel Big Fish at Roseland Ballroom on Tues. Jan. 20, 2009. Tickets on sale next Sat. Rocktober 25 at 10:00 a.m.  $27.  Go to their website for pre-sale information which begins today.

Ray Davies at the Hammerstein Ballroom on Fri. Dec. 12. Tickets on sale next Fri. Rocktober 24 at 10:00 a.m.  $48 – $73.

Q-Tip & The Cool Kids at Nokia Theater on Tues. Dec. 2. Tickets on sale tomorrow at noon.  $33.50.

Other items:

Countdown to “Evolver” is still on (11 days and counting) as another single from John Legend was released this week and the song is “Everybody Knows.” Evolver hits stores on Rocktober 28 and I’m begging all of you to buy it the day it comes out. I already know that it is going to be an awesome album and I have not been able to listen to the whole album just yet.

Lucinda Williams new album “Little Honey” has a lot of buzz and good reviews everywhere. Her single “Real Love” has been picking up steam and sounds real good.There is a beautiful tune called “Knowing.” Check it out. And she does a “country-like” cover of AC/DC’s “It’s a Long Way to the Top.” Even I have to acknowledge that it is pretty good. Elvis Costello joins her for a funky version of “Jailhouse Tears,” I can see this one being played at the local pub with everyone singing along. “Honey Bee” rocks!!

James Taylor has recorded a song with Yo-Yo Ma and it is “Here Comes the Sun” off of Ma’s “Songs of Peace and Joy.” I saw them perform it live last week on Good Morning America and I have to say it is a beautiful version. Check it out.

Recommendation: My friend John watched the HBO documentary “Blindsighted” which is about a young boy who at the age of eleven started to go blind due from a hereditary disorder passed on to him genetically by his mother and stated that everyone needs to watch this. He said that it really has affected his way of thinking and sometimes when we think things are bad, maybe they aren’t as bad. Again this documentary has my favorite band right now in it- Shinedown.

Remember a couple of months ago when I told you about the new Elvis Presley Christmas Duets album, well it was released this past Tuesday. I have to say that it took me a few listens to get use to some of the versions of his classic Christmas tunes. Sometimes you can’t mess with perfection but overall I would say that most of the songs are a “thumbs up.” Just for good measure though, the record company made the last three songs performed only by The King himself.

Dr. Pepper is going to stand behind there proclamation that everyone in the U.S. will receive a free can of soda once Chinese Democracy is released. But they have stated that they will wait to see it hit the stores (I don’t blame them). Once that happens, rumor has it you will be able to go to their website and click on a coupon for a free soda. I love the fact that they are a company of their word, that impresses me in today’s world!!

My favorite song of the week is “Hey There Delilah” by the Plain White T’s. I heard it the other day and it brought me back to Cape Cod this past summer. This was definitely the summer song up there. Absolute phenomenal song, period end of story!!!

Last week when I put on the TV show “Life on Mars” I totally forgot about this classic tune by David Bowie. I was immediately hooked & had to go back and listen to a heavy dose of Mr. Bowie. The album “Hunky Dory” has some totally cool tracks on it. Check it out!!!

Last week I was in a restaurant and for one hour as we sat there piping through their speakers was the music of the legendary Chuck Berry– Mr. “Rhythm Supreme” as dubbed by Keith Richards. As I sat there listening to his music I realized that it had been a while since I had put Mr. Berry on in my household. How long has it been for you? Please do yourself a favor; go back and listen to any greatest hit compilation or anthology. (Over the weekend it was non-stop Chuck Berry playing in my house). The song that caught my attention and made me realize that this is my favorite Berry song was “Thirty Days.” Please make sure that this song is on whatever CD you purchase. Play this song LOUD and often. You will be dancing all over the place or make believe you are playing guitar like Chuck as you hop and skip all around the house. What a beat, what a song!! This song along with “Maybellene” and “You Can’t Catch Me” were the first three songs that he wrote for Chess Records back in the early 1950’s. “Maybellene” reached # 5 on the Billboard pop chart in the summer of 1955 and from that point onward to 1964; he laid the foundation for rock and roll music forever. How great is Maybellene? This song, along with “Johnny B. Goode” and “Rock and Roll Music” are part of the 500 songs that shaped rock and roll history according to the curatorial staff, along with rock critics and historians at Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. “Maybellene why can’t you be true… wouldn’t do no mo’re..” Listen to the recording and tell me it doesn’t sound fresh today? This is flawless and I wonder if he knew it was perfection back in 1955?

Think about how many songs that he has and that YOU know: “School Day (Ring Ring Goes the Bell),” “Roll Over Beethoven,” “Sweet Little Sixteen,” “Reelin’ and Rockin’” and “No Particular Place to Go.” The list of songs is endless. How about “Nadine (Is it You?)?” The groove in this song is so infectious I can listen to it everyday. I love the piano playing in the background as well as the horn section, these are the desserts to his guitar work-which is the meat and potatoes. “You Can Never Tell” is a blast (which has been covered many times, including a fun version by Bob Seger) and should be on everyone’s party list for dancing tunes. Yes of course I know it was also used in the movie “Pulp Fiction” as Travolta and Thurman take their two fingers and cross them over their eyebrows. Listen to “Around and Around” and tell me you don’t have a smile that just emerges on your face. How cool is this recording? Talk about a finger snapping beat? The music just flows from every orifice in this man’s body. “Carol” is a rocking song that showcases his guitar skills (come to think of it-every song does but anyway..) “I got my eyes on you baby because you dance so good…” “Memphis, Tennessee” is a crystal clear recording when you listen to it and makes you feel like you are in the recording studio when he recorded it.

Now I know I may have missed some of his more popular songs but here’s my list of the lesser known songs that are flat out phenomenal. “Sweet Little Rock and Roller” (Ok maybe it is well known but still great, right?) “I Want to be Your Driver”- this had to be one of the songs that the Beatles listened to. “Brown Eyed Handsome Man” could be his best recording ever. Talk about rock & roll- this song has it all. It just may be listed in the dictionary as the definition of rock and roll. You want the definition of rhythm & blues? Try his “No Money Down” and tell me you’re not hooked? “So I eased on my brake and I pulled in the drive…” Or how about the slow groovin’ “Wee Wee Hours?” Now I know Jimi Hendrix listened to this song while he was growing up. Talk about the blues? Whoa man, this it it!! Feel it, breath it in, take it in- whatever you need to do. How great is this guy? “Little Queenie” (if you listen you’ll think “Run, Run Ruldoph”) is his classic sound and his voice is great on this recording. You can’t help but smile when you listen to this man’s records. Do you want to learn how to play guitar? If so, listen to “Guitar Boogie” and you’ll be signing up for lessons real quick. Or how about “Tulane?” This is a great song and was covered by Joan Jett & the Blackhearts as well. They do an honorable cover. The harmonica in Berry’s version gives it the edge on the recording over Jett’s, but again her version is hot as well.

Think about how many bands have covered Chuck Berry? We all know he was a major influence on the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and the Beach Boys but there are endless acts that have been and still are influenced by this living legend. Mr. Berry was ranked # 5 artist of all time by Rolling Stone magazine for their list of “100 Greatest Artists of All Time.” He was also listed #6 by the same magazine for its “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.”There is no way you don’t have songs by Chuck Berry in your music library, if you don’t and you know me personally- please don’t tell me. John Lennon once said “If you give rock and roll another name, you might call it Chuck Berry.” ‘Nuff Said!!! (He’s playing two shows at BB Kings on Wed. Dec. 31).

Elton John and Billy Joel will team up for a tour together next year. Last time they toured was back in 2002. I thought Billy played his final tour?

As you probably heard this week, Ringo Starr has informed fans that after Rocktober 20 (this Monday) he will not be taking any mail from anyone. He was warned everyone with “peace and love.” What? I never knew you warned people with peace and love? What I didn’t know (maybe you did) was that earlier this year, Starr was quoted from an interview, saying that there was nothing that he missed about his hometown-Liverpool. Irate fans then decapitated a topiary sculpture of Ringo that was in town.

Bon Jovi is being sued for $400 billion – Yes I said billion- by Massachusetts based (figures) musician Samuel Bartley Steele. Mr. Steele claims Jovi stole the lyrics to his song “Man I Love this Team” (which I will never mention their name on this site) and created their hit song “Man I Love this Town.” If he wins $400B over a song, the $700B bailout doesn’t sound like much of a fix to the economy now, does it?

Dave Grohl will have a street in his boyhood hometown named after him. (No date on the ceremony just yet). “Dave Grohl Alley” will be included in the town directory for Warren, Ohio. Pretty cool. On a separate note, the Foo’s are furious with John McCain for using their song “My Hero” on his campaign.

Today is Jim Seals birthday (“Seals & Croft”) and he turns 67. “Summer Breeze” is a classic tune.

Back on this day in 1962, the “Monster Mash” song by Bobby Pickett reaches number 1 on the billboard charts and this song re-enters the charts in both 1970 and 1973. In 1973, it climbed to # 10.

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1 Comment »

  1. I haven’t actually heard the Elvis Presley Christmas Duets album yet but I have checked out some Youtube videos. I also had the opportunity to watch the official Making of Elvis Presley Christmas Duets video and loved it. It seemed like the women were good fits for the songs they did with Elvis. I have incorporated some of the videos and the link to the official one on a page that I have written at http://www.squidoo.com/elvispresleychristmasduets.

    Brenda

    Comment by Treasures By Brenda — October 18, 2008 @ 8:48 am


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