Plain White T’s at the Blender Theater on Fri. April 17. Tickets on sale tomorrow at noon. (Live Nation event)
Keane at Radio City Music Hall at on Wed. May 27. Tickets on sale this morning at 10:00 a.m. $37 – $60.
Seal at Radio City Music Hall on Thurs. Apr. 16. Pre-sale tickets for American Express cardholders begins tomorrow at 9:00 a.m. and runs until next Fri. Mar. 6 at 10:00 p.m. General public on sale is next Sat. Mar. 7 at 10:00 a.m. $39.50 – $119.50.
Jennifer Hudson and Robin Thicke at The WAMU Theater (in Madison Square Garden) on Fri. April 10. Tickets on sale this morning at 10:00 a.m. $49.50 – $79.50
Phoebe Snow at BB Kings on Fri. June 26. Tickets on sale next Tues. Mar. 3 at 10:00 a.m.$35
Avant at BB KingsThurs. May 14. Tickets on sale this Monday Mar. 2 at noon. $26 ($30 day of show)
Protest The Hero at The Blender Theater on Sat. May 9. Tickets on sale this morning at 10:00. (Live Nation)
Def Leppard, Poison and special guests Cheap Trick will tour this summer and will be at PNC Arts Center on Wed. July 1 and then Jones Beach on Wed. July 8. Pre-sale tickets for Citi private pass members will begin next Wed. Mar. 4 at 10:00 a.m. (go to www.privatepass.citi.com ) General public tickets on sale next Fri. Mar. 6 at 10:00 a.m.(Live Nation Event)
TV on the Radio at the Central Park Summerstage on Fri. June 5. Tickets on sale today at noon. $30. (If you have an American Express card you can get pre-sale tickets up until 11:00 this morning).
Tom Jones at the Beacon Theater on Tues. July 21. Tickets on sale now. $35 – $95.
If you are a 1980’s “hair band” fan, you may want to take a trip down to Columbia Maryland to the Merriweather Post Pavilion on Sat. May 30 for the M3 Rock Festival. Tickets are on sale tomorrow at 10:00 a.m for the following bands that are scheduled to perform: Twisted Sister, Ratt, Gilby Clarke, Slaughter, Extreme, Dokken, Jani Lane, Bulletboys, L.A. Guns and more.
Motley Crue has confirmed that there will be a second CrueFest summer tour- The White Trash Circus. Supporting acts have not been announced but keep your eye out at www.cruefest2.com. They’ll hit NJ on Sun. July 19 at the Susquehanna Bank Center. Ticket info to follow.
Barenaked Ladies lead singer Steven Page has left the band. On the band’s website it states that a mutual decision was made to part ways. Mr. Page was arrested in NYC last summer and it has not been determined if that factored into the decision.
Faith No More will reunite for the first time in 10 years but so far a tour has only been planned in Europe as of right now. I will keep you posted if there is a return to the States.
Metallica’s Lars Ulrich credits the Rolling Stones with saving them from splitting up. With James Hetfiled taking time off to straighten things out, Lars thought it was all over but then received a call from Mick & the boys and the rest is history as the story goes.
Thank goodness America voted off Nick Mitchell from American Idol last night. Whew, I thought we were headed down the “Sanjaya” road again. I was also surprised that Matt Breitzke did not make one of the final three contestants.
This week’s I-Pod shuffle landed on “ Love Ain’t For Keeping” by The Who from their legendary 5th studio album “Who’s Next.” Now just like the Stones, Zep and the Beatles it is really hard to pick their best work because there is so much to choose from. “Tommy” is a flat out masterpiece. “Live at Leeds” still is considered the best live album EVER. There’s no denying “Quadrophenia’s” place in music history either. “Who By Numbers” is a very underrated album but if you listen closely, it is solid as it creeps up on you and leaves you wanting more. I also love “Who Are You.” The first four songs of “Who Are You” ranks up there with the best of them, it would have been a perfect album side in my opinion, except that the last song- “Music Must Change”- doesn’t really cut it. However, given all this material I still have to say that “Who’s Next” is their best work- again- this is very hard. I will state that my all time favorite song from The Who is “The Real Me” from Quadrophenia. The bass work from John Entwistle (has to rank in the top three bassists ever) is flat out phenomenal in this song and so is the drumming by Keith Moon. So now back to “Who’s Next.”
First off, it is hard to find a better album cover than this one. It starts off with the “Baba O’Reilly”- arguably their greatest song ever- and one of the best rock songs ever. It is five minutes of pure perfection and we all know the opening lyrics- can we all sing together now- “Out here in the fields, I fight for my meals…” There are so many moments of grandeur during the song you really can’t pick what the best part is. However, I will go out on a limb and say that the last minute of the song is my favorite. When the tempo picks up and Moon’s drumming just takes off… well I’m exhausted. I clearly remember my friend Johnny in the backseat of my then bride-to-be car shaking his head (and the whole car) while hand drumming on the back of her seat uncontrollably to this song as we were stuck in traffic on the “Inter-boro” parkway (now know as The Jackie Robinson) headed to a Mets game back in 1989 or so. “Bargain” features the great vocal skills of Mr. Roger Daltrey and contains a chorus that is hard to get out of your head. One of the things that I love about the Who is that they share vocals within the same song and approximately a little more than a minute and a half into the song, Pete Townsend, steps in after Roger was screaming and slows down the tune with “I sit looking round.. one and one make one..” The arrangement of the song is stellar. (and again Moon is just doing his thing as usual-it’s a constant-friggin’ great). Then it’s on to my favorite track on this album, the aforementioned “Love Ain’t for Keeping.” Don’t ask me why but there is something that gets me every time I hear this song. I love the slow groove and Roger’s vocals are spot on. Pete’s guitar solo has me air guitaring right now as it is blasting out of the speakers. For the next song- “My Wife” – listen to this with an old pair of headphones and try and tell me that this is not rock and roll at its best. The song was written by Entwistle and is supposedly based on a story that he was out partying, of course he came home late. Husbands we know what that will get you, right? This is my 2nd favorite song on the album. Side one ends with the classic beauty “This Song is Over” and it really showcases Pete Townsends all around talents as a songwriter, singer and guitar player. This time Roger steps in after Pete takes the opening and puts his mark on the song as well. The dynamics of their songs, which can quickly go from super hard and loud to a calming vibe in a flash, is what distinguishes them from any other band, in my opinion. This song exemplifies this theory.
Side two starts off with “Getting In Tune” a beautiful song which could be Daltrey’s finest vocal work on any Who composition.I love the background vocal effect from Pete as well. Similar to Baba the song really picks up the tempo towards the end.Track number two startswith the slick cool sound of Pete playing acoustic guitar, along with Mr. Moon keeping the groove going throughout on “Going Mobile.” When I hear this song for some reason I can picture driving a car down a country road, going a decent speed, with a dog’s head sticking out the back window as its ears fly back while I’m trying to sing the song in key. Moon’s drumming shines bright. Track # 3 on side 2- “Behind Blue Eyes” is so good that I’m at a loss for words. This is a song that no one should ever try to re-record (obviously Limp Bizkit did not heed this advice. By the way, on a separate note- “American Pie” by Don McClean is the number one song of all time that should NEVER be recorded- the version by Madonna should be erased from history). I’m back…Of course the last song on Who’s next is the colossal “Won’t Get Fooled Again.” Now every time I hear this song I just picture all the firemen in the crowd at Madison Square Garden on Oct. 20, 2001 singing and air-guitaring their way out of all the pain from losing their colleagues in the September 11th attacks. No matter how many times you hear it, you know you have to listen to the whole song. Don’t you just love it when Daltrey’s screams “Yeeeaaahh!!!” .. “and the parting on the left is now parting on the right…” Again Mr. Moon is there every step of the way banging the crap out of the drums.. I can’t get enough…the walls are screaming!!! Hey this song is on “Rock Band” and my son’s have nailed it down!! I watch in amazement.
As I mentioned it is hard to pick their best stuff and they have so many songs.. it’s endless. So do yourself a favor and run out and buy this classic if you don’t have it. And I’m not usually big on “reissues” but there is a double CD which is labeled a deluxe (it’s on I-Tunes for $9.99- you can’t beat that with a stick). There is a cover of the Marvin Gaye song “Baby Don’t You Do It” (written by the tandem of Holland-Dozier-Holland) which ROCKS!!! Again put a good set of headphones and push your hands into your ears as hard as you can and listen to this fantastic cover-you’ll be dancing all over the place- Mr. Leslie West joined them for this tune and plays lead. “Who’s Next” has been voted the 28th best album of al-time by Rolling Stone magazine and finished at #3 according to Guitar World. The Who- what else can one say? These guys are etched in rock and roll history forever!!
Remember a while back, my older son gave me the idea of listing my top 10 songs from a band or artist, well for some reason Pat Benatar popped into my head this week and I wanted to do it. So here goes:
10. Invincible– Remember this song? I heard it again for the first time in years and forgot how much I like it, especially the drum work.
9. At This Time– A slick acoustic hard rocking song off of her lesser known 1997 album- “Innamorata.”
8. Shadows of the Night– The chorus is addictive and the overall arrangement of this song is very good.
7. Treat Me Right– Love the attitude in this song. If you don’t watch yourself, she’ll kick your ass.
6. Fire and Ice– “Ooh you’re giving me the fever tonight..” doesn’t get much better than this. Love the bass on this tune and her vocals are flawless.
5. Heartbreaker– C’mon this is head-banging at it’s best!! Her first single could arguably be her best. CRANK IT UP!!!
4. Crazy– Love this rock/blues fusion, a foot stomping unknown classic. We used this song in Spin class all the time.
3. Precious Time– How cool is this song? Love the lyrics in this song. The groove is infectious and is a stadium anthem type of song. I can picture thousands fist pumping fans as the chorus begins “Life is too short.. so why waste Precious Time?” Six minutes flies by.
2. All Fired Up– When is the last time you heard this friggin’ song? Talk about getting pumped up? This song FLAT OUT ROCKS THE HOUSE… CRANK IT UP!!!
1. You Better Run– Even though this is a cover of the Rascals classic, I think this version is better. I can’t even hear right now as I am typing because I have this so loud.
A box set of rarities from Janes Addiction will be released on April 21. It will include three CDs and one DVD and showcase unreleased demos from 1986 and 1987; covers of the Grateful Dead, Stooges and Sly & Family Stone. The DVD will feature “Soul Kiss”- a documentary previously unavailable and the video “Mountain Song” which was banned by MTV.
Back on this day in 1980, Michael Jackson won his first grammy for “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough.” Donna Summer won a grammy that same year with “Hot Stuff.” Earth Wind & Fire also won with “After The Love Has Gone.” The song of the year was the Doobie Brothers “What a Fool Believes.”
Back on this day in 1970, Jefferson Airplane was fined $1,000 for using profanity during a concert in Oklahoma City.
Back on this day in 1984, the infamous Pepsi commercial with Michael Jackson premiered.