Errols Weekly Music Update.

December 12, 2008

Weekly Update – 12/12/2008

3 Doors Down with Hinder at the Hammerstein Ballroom on Tues. Feb. 24. Pre-sale tickets on sale now through 3DD fan club. General public on sale next Fri. Dec. 19 at 10:00 a.m.$47.50

Fall Out Boy at Nokia Theater next Tues. Dec. 16. Tickets on sale this morning at 10:00 a.m. $10. (Yes that’s what it says : TEN bucks)

Toby Keith at The Mohegan Sun on Fri. Jan. 23. Tickets on sale tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. $75 – $95.

Black Label Society with The Infinite Staircase (Sebastian Bach’s son’s band) at The Hammerstein Ballroom on Fri. April 10. Tickets on sale tomorrow at 10:00 a.m.. $42.50 – $69.50.

The Pretenders at Roseland Ballroom on Fri. Jan. 30. Tickets on sale this morning at 10:00 a.m. $49.50

Tony Bennett at the Chevrolet Theater on Sat. Feb. 21, 2009. Tickets on sale Monday Dec. 15 at 10:00 a.m. $50.50 – $70.50 .

Big Head Todd & The Monsters at The New York Fillmore on Thurs. Feb. 5. Tickets on sale this morning at 10:00 a.m.$28.

Kenney Chesney with Lady Antebellum and Sugarland at Gillette Stadium on Sat. Aug. 15. Tickets on sale tomorrow morning at 10:00 a.m. $44.50 – $99.50.

Cheap Trick at Harrah’s at Atlantic City on Sat. Feb. 7. Tickets on sale tomorrow morning at 10:00 a.m. $30 – $50. The boys from Rockford may put out a new album next year.

Slipknot with Coheed & Cambria and Trivium at Madison Square Garden on Thurs. Feb. 5. Tickets on sale tomorrow at 10:00 a.m.$39.50 – $49.50.

Concierto De Amor featuring Marc Anthony at Madison Square Garden on Sat. Feb. 14. Tickets on sale today at noon. $79.50 – $154.50.

David Byrne at Radio City Music Hall on Fri. Feb. 27, 2009. Pre-sale tickets on now for American Express cardholders. General public on sale this Mon. Dec. 15 at noon. $39.50 – $129.50.

Anita Baker at Radio City Music Hall on Sat. Feb. 14. Tickets on sale today at noon. $44.50 – $129.50

Other items:

Mr. Joe Satriani is suing Cold Play over the song “Viva La Vida.” The guitar great is claiming that Cold Play stole the riffs directly from his song “If I Could Fly” from his 2004 album “Is There Love in Space.” I have to tell you folks, if George Harrison lost his battle with the Chiffons over his song “My Sweet Lord” – which the Chiffons say he stole from their hit “He’s So Fine” – then Cold Play doesn’t stand a chance. When you listen to the beginning of his song, it sounds exactly like “Viva La Vida.” Now the boys from Cold Play have made fun of Mr. Satriani’s name and now it’s on!!! No one disrespects Satch. Take a listen for yourself. By the way, the guitar work in “If I Could Fly” is flat out phenomenal. The man is a legend and is a true “Guitar Hero.” You need to own something by Satch!!

Believe it or not: Puddle of Mudd will appear on the soap opera “One Live to Live” on December 30 at 2:00 p.m. They’re slated to perform their current single, “We Don’t Have to Look Back Now,” at Ultra Violet, the club owned by the character Rex Balsom. In addition, lead singer Wes Scantlin will show off his acting chops during the show.

Another believe it or not: Nikki Sixx turned 50 years young yesterday. He was just 23 when he formed Motley Crue with Tommy Lee back in 1981. Wow how time flies!!

My favorite new song of the week is “Unseen” by Katie Armiger. It is a stunning beautiful song!

Maroon 5 has put out a new album “Call and Response.” Well Ok it’s not new per say, it is their songs mixed by many different “Re-mixers.” My oldest son bought the CD and he loves it and that is the reason I am putting it on the update this week. I need to listen to the whole thing but my initial response was that I like their songs the way they are. But I have to heed my own advice and keep an open mind, plus like I have always said- I love collaborations amongst different artists from various genres.

Kiss are reportedly working on their first album of new material since 1998’s Psycho Circus. Paul Stanley will produce the record. This marks a drastic change of opinion for Stanley and Gene Simmons, who have said in the past they weren’t interested in making a new record due to the state of the record business. Stanley says they are going back to their 70’s sound. They do that and I’ll buy it. I’ve been listening to a heavy dose of the album “Hotter Than Hell” and have to tell you that album rocks!! “Parasite” is cranking right now!!\m/ \m/

The Smashing Pumpkins are planning to continue to make music, but not albums. Speaking to The Chicago Tribune, Billy Corgan confirmed that the poorly-received Zeitgeist would be their last album, saying “our primary function now is to be a singles band.” He also says the band’s future shows will be small affairs where they won’t play classics from their catalog. Instead, they’ll concentrate on new material.

Christina Aguilera has released a new single “Dynamite” and I have to say it doesn’t sound so hot. Sort of sounds like something Ms. Spears would do. It’s OK.

My favorite “old school” song of the week is “Respect Yourself” by The Staple Singers. This is R&B at its best. This song was released in 1971, man there was so much great music made in the late 1960’s to the mid 1970’s- there must have been something in the water back in those days.

Music Soulchild has released his fifth studio album “On My Radio” and from all the reviews on I-Tunes it could turn out to be his best work yet. He does a cool duet with Mary J. Blige (who is everywhere- by the way the commercial with Mary in the elevator with her biggest fan is the second best commercial on TV- behind Ozzy’s commercial) with a tune called “If U Leave” which will be a smash hit. For many he has brought the old school style back to R&B/Soul.

Sticking with the R&B/Soul theme my other favorite school song of the week is “Don’t Mess with Bill” by the Marveltettes. The song was actually written by Smokey but who better to do it than the Marvelettes? Check out their greatest hits collection, you can’t go wrong. Of course they are most known for the infamous “Please Mr. Postman.” (another great song).

Bon Jovi had the top honors for making the most money in 2008 with their “Lost Highway” concert tour. They raked in almost $211M. The Boss & the E Street band came in second with the “Magic” Tour and that produced nearly $205M. Rounding out the top ten: 3) Madonna -$162M; 4) The Police-$150M; 5) Celine Dion-$91M; 6) Kenny Chesney-$86M; 7) Neil Diamond-$81M; 8 ) Spice Girls-$70M; 9) Eagles-$57M; 10) Rascall Flatts-$56M

The Raconteurs have put out a new country single “Old Enough” with help from Ricky Scaggs and Ashley Moore. Sounds great. Jack White has done Country before, he produced Loretta Lynn’s “Van Lear Rose” back in 2004 and that album is great!!

“And 5, now this is most important, Rat…comes down to making out… whenever possible.. put on side 1 of Led Zeppelin IV

Freedom at Point Zero – Side 2- Jefferson Starship

Freedom was released in November 1979 and even at the young age of 14, I knew that side 2 was a classic album side. Now most will remember their most popular song from this album- “Jane” – which is the first song on the album. Don’t get me wrong, I love this song, so much so that I decided to listen to this song first (while writing the review) and then switch it over to side two. This album was really a “new” release from the band known as Jefferson Starship (JS). Now our older brethren, who you know that I have the utmost respect for, will scoff at the notion that this is JS. I know and recognize the importance of Jefferson Airplane/Starship and am not comparing the two. Marty Balin and Grace Slick were major stars in their own right with Airplane and Starship but they had enough and decided to leave the band. Mr. Paul Kantner, along with Craig Chaquico, David Frieberg and Pete Sears wanted to continue. (so did their drummer John Barbata but he was sidelined for this album due to a serious car crash, he was replaced by Aynsley Dunbar).This is just a comment on how great side 2 is with their revamped lineup (obviously at that time). At that time, bands like Foreigner and Journey ruled the air-waves, so JS decided to recruit Mickey Thomas. (remember the song “Fooled around and fell in love?” that was Mickey with the Elvin Bishop Band- now on a side note- don’t kid yourself into thinking Mr. Thomas was the lead singer for Elvin Bishop, it was a one stop drop and out. Mr. Bishop’s music is totally different from “Fooled around.”) Thomas’ vocals compared to the likes of Journey.Listen to “Jane” and you’ll know what I’m talking about.

OK back to side 2- The first track “Girl with the Hungry Eyes” starts off with the keyboards and drums (drumming is excellent throughout this whole album). The vocal arrangements work well because you have the high and low effect between Thomas and Kanter. The bridge to the guitar solo is freaking phenomenal as the drums take you right to the air guitar part. “I want the girl with hungry eyes.” Phew I’m psyched already. Then it is on to the grandiose “Just The Same.” This song is the best track on the entire album. Mr. Thomas’s voice is perfect and again the bridge to the slow part of the song (where it sounds like a bees nest) hooks you right in. They even throw in a saxophone solo at the end, which is the desert after the meat and potatoes. You can feel Mickey’s passion as his voice echoes long into the ending. Track # 3 “Rock Music” is a song which you should be familiar with, this was played on WNEW FM all summer long in 1980. It is a driving rock song that features heavy guitar licks and the complimentary whirl around the drums. The chorus is infectious “Rock and Roll is good time music” and the guitar solo should be profiled either on rock band or guitar hero. (By the way, Monica, your name is mentioned in the song). “Fading Lady Light” is probably where the original Airplane fans want to throw up as this is the ideal rock ballad song (where the audiences at the time were using their lighters around the arena, not cell phones). This ranks up there as one of my favorite rock ballads of all time. My arms are swaying back and forth over my head as I sing the chorus loud “Fading lady light, always here with me, singing your song in the wind at night.” Sorry, I’m back now. Side two ends with the fabulous title track. After all these years, I still can’t nail down the drum part that starts off this song but its cranking baby!!! This is a driving rock song at its best and the vocals, guitars, drumming –well… everything works!!! This is a perfect karaoke song for me because I know every single word and would love to sing it with all of you. Is this on Rock Band? I’ll take the vocals, no wait I’ll take the drums..no..,no…no I’ll take the guitar part. Sorry I had to listen to the whole song before I continued writing; as a matter of fact I have to listen to it again. “Don’t look back- hold steady keep your eyes open we’re almost ready.. It’s gonna be All-right.” Whew, had to listen another time (its taking me a while to finish this because I can’t get enough).

If you don’t know this album, (especially side two) I promise the rock fans out there that you will not be disappointed if you purchase it. (Hey you may even find it for like $4.99 or less at J&R or some other outlet). But when you check out at the counter- you can smile knowing that you have way more value for your money!!!

Ozzy finished tapping the first episode of a new variety show that will also include members of his family. The show which will air on FOX will be shown in early 2009. By the way, the new commercial featuring Ozzy for Samsung Propel is the best on TV right now. How funny is it when the cab driver says “English!!”

Back on this day in 1957, a disc jockey in Portland, Oregon was fired for playing “White Christmas” by Elvis. Can you imagine that?

Back on this day in 2003, Mick Jagger received his “knightship” from Prince Charles at the Buckingham Palace.

Just a year ago today, Ike Turner passed away. Can you believe how fast time goes by?

If it is your birthday today, you share the same birth date with Dionne Warwick and Connie Francis. You also share it with Frank Sinatra, who would have been 93 today.

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