Errols Weekly Music Update.

November 14, 2008

Weekly Update – 11/14/2008

Motley Crue with Theory of a Deadman, Hinder and the Last Vegas at Madison Square Garden on Mon. Mar. 16. (They are also in a city near you, so check at www.ticketmaster.com )Tickets on sale next Sat. Nov. 22 at 10:00 a.m.. $25 – $75.

John Legend at Radio City Music Hall on Thurs. Feb. 5, 2009. Pre-sale tickets for American Express cardholders go on sale tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. until next Fri. at 5:00 p.m.General public tickets on sale next Sat. Nov. 22 at 10:00 a.m. $40.50 – $70.50

Aaron Lewis at Mohegan Sun on Sat. Feb. 28, 2009. Tickets on sale this morning at 10:00 a.m.$35 – $45.

Jimmy Eat World at The Blender Theater on Mon. Feb. 23. Tickets on sale today at noon. $35.

Gipsy Kings at Radio City Music Hall on Fri. Feb. 17. Tickets on sale today at 9:00 a.m. $39.50 – $79.50.

Other items:

Thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Mitch Mitchell, who passed away at the young age of 62 this past Wednesday of natural causes. He was the drummer for the legendary Jimi Hendrix Experience band and played the skins for the legendary “Are You Experienced” album. I don’t even want to know if you don’t own this album…. Please don’t say anything.. His drumming skills on “Third Stone from the Sun” shine brightly. How great is this album?… and to be part of that history is something that his family and friends should be very proud of. He was the last surviving member as Noel Redding passed away in 2003 and we all know about the devastating loss to the music world back in September 1970 as Jimi passed away at the very young age of 27.

My favorite song of the week comes from Switchfoot with the tune “This is Home” from their greatest hits record “The Best Yet.”

The man, Kevin Cogill, who pleaded guilty for illegally posting Guns & Roses “Chinese Democracy” album on to the web, will not serve any jail time. Officials still don’t know how he had access to the new songs, so I guess when Nov. 23 rolls around, he too can get a free can of Dr. Pepper. Something doesn’t appear right here, or is it me? By the way, the title track is really growing on me- it doesn’t mean I’ll be attending the show he’s going to cancel.

My other favorite song of the week is the cover of “Rusty Cage” by Johnny Cash. I know everyone talks about his re-work of “Hurt” by NIN but his cover of the classic Soundgarden song is infectious. When the drums kick in to this tune, man the song gets that much better. I can listen to it all day.

Doctors are optimistic that Chi Cheng, bassist for the Deftones, will recover from life threatening injuries suffered in a Nov. 3 car accident. Supposedly three off-duty EMT’s were driving by the scene and are credited with saving his life.

A new Bruce Springsteen song- “Workin’ on a Dream” will be premiered nationally, this Sunday night at halftime between the Dallas Cowboys & Washington Redskins. Tune into NBC to listen. His new album is supposedly coming out in January and this song will be part of it.

I picked up the Christmas album by Harry Connick Jr.- “What a Night” and will wait to see if there will be a Christmas album to top this one. Picture perfect songs for all holiday occasions- tree trimming, house parties, and especially for Christmas Eve. The duet with his 10-year old daughter, Kate, “Winter Wonderland” is fun for the whole family, especially when she needles him about how slow his version is. There are two spectacular songs that you need to own, he gets help from Kim Burrell and all I can say is “wow.” “Let There Be peace on Earth” and “Song for the Hopeful” are phenomenal songs. Other highlights are “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas,” “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” and “Please Come Home for Christmas.” Now I know I took some ribbing for this previously but I’ll say it again-this is the perfect album for sitting in front of the fireplace with a cup of cheer!!

Dave Grohl will appear as a judge on the cable show “Top Chef” which will be aired on Sun. Nov. 26.

I caught Taylor Swift performing with Def Leppard on CMT on a show called “Crossroads” last Friday night and I have to tell you, it was impressive. I was actually more impressed with the boys for playing and singing along on her songs. Her band and Leppard lit up the stage. Their collaborative effort on “Our Story” was spot on and again I was amazed on how well Joe Elliot fit in on the vocal side with her. “Love Story” was another highlight from her catalog. From the Def Leppard standpoint, Taylor’s mom was a huge fan so she was so psyched to play with them and it showed. They did a smoking version of “Photograph” and she was a’rockin’. The highlight of the show for me was “Hysteria”- I think this might be my favorite song from the boys- and Ms. Swift blended in perfectly. Again love these obscure combinations so keep them coming.

Speaking of Taylor, her new album “Fearless” was released this past Tuesday and almost 1,800 people wrote reviews on I-Tunes and the average ranking was 4.5 stars. She’s destined for stardom if she isn’t already there.

Frank Sinatra Enterprises, LLC has released his Christmas collection this week and it includes a couple duets with Bing Crosby and his children. There are highlights from his 1957 holiday show on ABC and songs recorded in 1968. Again I’ll use the word-spectacular!

This week’s I-Tune shuffle landed on “It’s All Over Now” (not the original version by Booby and Shirley Womack) but the cover version by Molly Hatchet off of the 1979 classic “Flirtin’ with Disaster.” Now I know what you’re thinking- “I thought that was the only song made by Hatchet”- well you’re wrong. The boys from Jacksonville, FL had a solid career and were very relevant into the late 1990’s. This is another band which had its issues and were shuffling members in and out. Danny Joe Brown, the lead vocalist on “Flirtin”, was on the bands first few albums but left and then came back in the early 1980’s. “Flirtin” was their second album and sold over 2 million in the U.S. alone and reached number 19 on the Bilboard charts. The album starts the sweet sound of southern boogie rock and roll with “Whiskey Man.” It is on now, do you hear it blasting out of my speakers? I don’t know about you but this is the type of music that gets me pumped. This was the sound back in the late 1970’s. Remember the battle lines that were drawn for Lynyrd Skynryd and The Allman Brothers? I like both so I never took sides. Hatchet and .38 Special sprung up at that time and they are both linked to Skynyrd. Love the harmonica action in Whiskey Man, and the two guitar sound (that was the thing back then) works so well. Danny’s vocals are so identifiable and he sounds passionate-which is a requirement in my book. “It’s All Over Now” is a faster version of the original and has to get you out of your seat. Even the original fans of Mr. Womack have to like this version. It’s a hand clapping, knee slapping song that rocks your socks off. “One Man’s Pleasure” puts you somewhere in the hills of the Smokey Mountains in TN riding your pickup with the windows down and this sound blasting out. It’s has a nice groove and the guitar solo hits the spot. “Jukin City” sounds just like it’s spelled. Just a fun song and again you’ll be clapping your hands together to the beat. I picture lots of people in a country dance hall having fun with this one. Side One comes to an end with the slow blues like guitar driven song called “Boogie No More.” It’s hard to find a cooler sounding song. Listen to this song LOUD and if you can take it, LOUD with a set of headphones and I defy you to tell me you don’t love the guitar work on this song!!

Side two begins with their only nationally recognized tune, “Flirtin’ With Disaster.” Now I know, no matter how many times you have this song, there is no way to skip over this song, change the dial or turn it off, right? My favorite part is when he whistles as they are shredding one of the best guitar solos ever in a song.C’mon this song has to psych you up, no??!!! I’m “air-guitaring” throughout this whole song. (It is actually featured as a song on “Rock Band.”) The grooving continues with the foot stomping “Good Rockin’.” It was written by all six members of the band at the time, so everyone had an ingredient to add. “Gunsmoke” is a rocking tune that needs to be played with the volume way up, especially during the bridge into the guitar solo. “Long Time” makes me picture one of the old cowboy movies, where the men pull up to the saloon, tie their horse up and walk through those swinging doors looking for a drink or maybe something else. The album ends with the kicking “Let the Good Times Roll.” This song is the shortest in time but packs a wallop of a punch. It needs to be played as loud as you can take it. I love the drums in this song and have I mentioned the “two guitar” sound effect? They sound as if they had a blast making this song.

Well we all need our southern rock fix sometimes, I know I do. This genre is lots of fun to listen to and “Flirtin’” is in a class all by itself. Why not give it a chance? You might be hooked and then venture into some other great acts or albums. Keep on rockin’!!!

Back on this day in 1982, the song by Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes– “Up Where We Belong” hit number 1 on the billboard charts. Remember the classic movie “Officer & a Gentleman?”- my favorite Gere movie. “Yes, sir… no sir.”

Back on this day in 1972 Johnny Nash had the number one song with “I Can See Clearly Now.” What a great song, if I had a one hit wonder- I would want it to be this one.

Back on this day in 1961, the movie “Blue Hawaii” premiered and of course it starred The King himself, Elvis.

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