Errols Weekly Music Update.

December 5, 2008

Weekly Update – 12/05/2008

Il Divo at the Izod Center and Nassau Coliseum on Fri. & Sat. May 9 and 15, 2009. Pre-sale tickets for Citicard holders on until 5:00 p.m. today. General public on sale this Mon. Dec. 8 at 9:00 a.m.$56.70 – $151.70

Fleetwood Mac at Nassau Coliseum, Madison Square Garden and Izod Center on Fri., Thurs. & Sat. March 13, 19 and 21, 2009. Pre-sale tickets for American Express Cardholders will begin Mon. Dec. 8 at 10:00 a.m until Sun. Dec. 14 at 10:00 p.m. General public on sale Mon. Dec. 15 at 10:00 a.m. Nassau: $46 – $146; MSG: $49.50 -$149.50;  Izod: $46.50 – $146.50.

Other items:

Big surprise of the past week: Dr. Pepper’s web site conveniently crashed the day they were supposed to give away a free can of soda. I actually made it through early in the morning that day but they wanted all this personal information and I said “later.” Now Axl is upset and is demanding Dr. Pepper make restitution.

Did you happen to catch the 2008 Grammy nominations show on CBS on Wed. night? If you missed it, you missed a good show. This was the first of its kind and the highlights of the show for me were The Foo Fighters (again, of course) and Christina Aguilera. The show was hosted by LL Cool J and Taylor Swift (who was born in 1990, by the way). They did a decent job of hosting. The show lasted an hour which was just enough time to wet one’s appetite in preparation for the Grammy show on Feb. 8, 2009. The Foos and Christina were the highlights but every other performance was also very good, with the exception of Taylor Swift. Miss Swift sang the classic “I’m Sorry” by Brenda Lee but her pitch was way off. The song selection (I sound like the judges from American Idol, right?) was poor and it did not portray her in a good light. Mariah Carey did a nice job on the classic “Christmas (Please Come Home)” by Darlene Love (as well as many others but Ms. Love’s version is my personal favorite). She seemed a little stiff but overall sounded good. Celine Dion did a “spot on” version of the classic “At Seventeen” by Janis Ian. John Mayer and BB King rocked the house with “Let The Good Times Roll.” I don’t care what anyone says- BB King is flat out enjoyable. I wish that he could’ve played for another hour on that show. My wish would be that everyone in America would be forced to watch because if I were in charge it would be on every channel imaginable (so you couldn’t change channels) and you also wouldn’t be able to turn your TV off until he was done performing.

What else can you say about Dave Grohl and The Foo Fighters? You know everyone was stunned by them performing “You’re So Vain” by Carly Simon but you know what? They pulled it off and I thought it was great!! Ok I’m partial to them but you can not deny their “moxy.” C’mon how many other “rock” bands would have performed that song? But that shows you that Mr. Grohl loves all kinds of music. That’s what gets me pumped about him and his band!! And as I have been saying for a long time, try and find a better singer today than Christina Aguilera. You can’t!! I’m not having any of others negative comments, she did a beautiful job on “I Love You, Porgy.” She commands everyone’s attention when she sings, pure perfection every time out!!

As far as the nominations, I’m still scratching my head on the “Raising Sand” entries by Plant and Krauss. Don’t get me wrong, I stated it was one of the best but it was for 2007. But maybe it picked up its popularity in 2008. I laughed when I saw the nominations for the best album of 2008 because the “hand’s down” winner is Shinedown with “The Sound of Madness” was not even nominated. Shinedown should be given the Grammy right now!!! So there you now know (oh come on now, I’ve been saying it for months) what my number one album for 2008 is before I put out my list of the top ten albums (and songs) for 2008 in the next few weeks.

Executives at Geffen records are steamed at Axl Rose (get in line ladies & gents) for not doing any publicity runs for Chinese Democracy, which lost out on the number of sales to The Killers and Kayne West. I believe the quote was “it took him 15 years to make the album, you think that he would have put 2 weeks into showing his face and promoting his own album.” My review is already posted on this site.

My favorite old school song of the week is “You’re All I Need to Get By” by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell. (The song was actually written by Ashford & Simpson). This is definitely one of the best songs ever recorded in music history, without a doubt. If you don’t have this song, shame on you. It gives me chills every time I hear it.

On Tuesday, in conjunction with the movie release “Cadillac Records” (featuring Beyonce portraying Etta James), Geffen records issued the best of “Chess Records” which was the original record label that housed some of the best recording artists ever. Please check this out, the album features Chuck Berry, Etta James, Howling Wolf, Bo Diddley, Muddy Waters and Riley Hampton. If you don’t have any of these artists in your library (first off: are you kidding me?) now is your chance to do it. I-Tunes selling the 16 track list for $9.99- no excuses.

Roy Orbison’s last concert in Ohio on Dec. 4, 1988 has been released on CD this past Tuesday. Here is your chance to get something by him, if you don’t have anything. Sadly he died two days later. Tomorrow marks the 21st year since he passed away. The man was a pure legend!! My all-time favorite holiday song is his rendition of “Pretty Paper.”

Akon has released his third studio album “Freedom” and there are some really mixed reviews from I-Tune listeners, although the overall ranking is four stars. I like the single “Beautiful” and as I sampled the other songs (again only getting 30 seconds) many of the songs sounded the same. But if you’re a fan of his, you’ll probably like the album.

Fall Out Boy (FOB) has released another single, American Suitehearts, from their upcoming album-Folie a Deux-which will be issued worldwide on Dec. 15 and 16. I really like the sound to this song. I’m not a huge fan but these guys are pretty good.

Mariah Carey has released a new single “Right to Dream” from the upcoming movie “Tennessee” and her vocal style is kind of different but I like it a lot. Check it out.

The Peas featuring Rachel Leslie have released a different spin on the traditional holiday tunes with “Christmas Chill.” I have to admit I was intrigued and enjoy it. “Joy to the World” and “Jingle Bells” are totally cool. Beautiful version of “Silent Night.”

Do you want to see something really cool? Check out the new video featuring Martina McBride performing with the “1968 Comeback Special” Elvis Presley. Somehow they have super imposed Martina right up on the same stage that Elvis and his band were playing “Blue Christmas.” By the way, that whole 1968 comeback special is one of the best things you’ll ever see in your lifetime. How great was Elvis?

This week’s I-POD shuffle landed on “Gimme Shelter” by the Rolling Stones and yes you guessed it? Went back and listened to the whole “Let It Bleed” Album. Now I’m going to go out on the limb and say that this is their best album ever. Now I know this is a tough decision because “Beggars Banquet” “Sticky Fingers” and “Exile on Main Street” all are phenomenal albums in their own right. Actually their biggest selling album is “Some Girls.” (I love that album also). “Exile” actually finished #7 in Rolling Stones top 500 albums of all-time. “Let It Bleed” was #32, “Sticky” finished at number 63 and “Beggar’s came in at number #57.

Now the album kicks off with “Gimme Shelter” and it’s a tough call but this may be my favorite Stones song, I don’t know positively but it’s almost certain. This song was written by Keith Richards as he was waiting in his car for his girlfriend, Anita Pallenberg, who supposedly was having an affair with Mr. Jagger. This is all after she dated Brian Jones before Mick and Keith. (Whew you keeping up?… Actually Keith had three children with her but sadly one of the boys died 10 weeks after birth). With a good set of headphones, you are off and I mean you are “way gone.” I seem to forget about everything else and I equate it to be being given a needle (from a doctor) in the arm. It’s just injected into every oracle of your body and I can listen to the squeals of Ms. Merry Clayton doing the background vocals over and over again. It is four and a half minutes of perfection. Period end of story. Staying in your trance, you now enter the bluesy world of Robert Johnson, with the ever popular “Love In Vain.” How friggin’ great is this song? The boys do Mr. Johnson justice with their take on this classic.Track # 3 is the country take on their classic “Honky Tonk Woman” called “Country Honk.” This marks the entrance of Mick Taylor who replaced Brain Jones. Jones actually appears on two songs –“You Got the Silver” and “Midnight Rambler” and was essentially fired from the Stones. (Sadly he died on the same day that the last tracks of this album were recorded). As Bill Wyman bass gets you ready for the infectious “Live With Me” he is quickly joined by Leon Russell who is responsible for the piano and horn arrangements on this groovy tune. Bobby Keys handles the great baritone saxophone solo. This is pure rock and roll folks, there is no way you can not like this. The title track is another phenomenal song. The piano, guitar and drum work blends together perfectly and Mick’s vocals are top notch. I’m still in a daze and can’t wait for side 2.

Even though “Midnight Rambler” is a scary topic- the Boston strangler, Albert Disalvo- the music works. It’s a haunting groove but again it gets into your system and with Mick’s talented work on the harmonica, you’ll find yourself having trouble getting this song out of your head. When it slows down to a crawl, the song becomes that much better. It is cranking right now and when the song speeds up again, I just turn it up louder. “You Got the Silver” represents the first song sung by Keith Richards on a Stones album and if I may say one of his best efforts, if not the top one he’s ever done. His vocals are crystal clear (before he became as clear as Ozzy). The opening of “ Monkey Man” has a R&B flavor to it and again folks this pure maple syrup on top of your pancakes. Before you know it, one of their best known songs ever “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” hits your ears and you say to yourself “How many phenomenal songs are on this album?” “I saw her today at the reception, a glass of wine in her hand…” Everyone knows these opening lyrics and when you see them live it’s that powerful. In a blink of the eye, seven plus minutes have finished and you’re hungry for more. I say move onto Sticky Fingers, Beggars and Exile.You can’t go wrong. It is a hard choice to pick your best Stones album but I still hang my hat on this one. This is a rock and roll staple. Run out and purchase it now, if you don’t have it!

After months of regional and local competitions, the Guitar Center has narrowed down its choice of the best undiscovered drummers down to six finalists. They will square off on Jan. 10 at the Fonda Theater in LA, with the winner walking home with $45,000. Also on the same night: Carmine Appice, the late Mitch Mitchell and Nicko McBrain (Iron Maiden) will be inducted into the Guitar Centers “Drum Legends” Hall of Fame.

Back on this day in 1968, Graham Nash quit the Hollies and later formed CSN&Y.

Happy Birthday to the living legend Little Richard who turns 76 years young today!! Rock on!! Little Richard also shares the same birth date with Jim Messina, who turns 61 today. Messina was in Buffalo Springfield, Poco and of course was the second half of Loggins & Messina


1 Comment »

  1. Yes, the Martina McBride duet is amazing. I love watching the videos with the old footage of Elvis. I wrote a page about the new album, Elvis Presley Christmas duets and a companion one about the new Sony/BMG program that allows you to record your own voice singing Blue Christmas with Elvis and send it to your family and friends as an eCard. You can find my first page at .


    Comment by Brenda — December 5, 2008 @ 5:52 pm

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