Errols Weekly Music Update.

October 24, 2008

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. Thecrazydonkey.com

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 http://abc.go.com/primetime/lifeonmars/index?pn=radio 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 http://www.halloweencostumes.com/kiss-costumes.htmland 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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