U2 at Giants Stadium on Thurs. Sept. 24. Tickets on sale this Mon. Mar. 30 at 10:00 a.m. $55 – $250.
Metallica at Madison Square Garden on Sat. Nov. 14. Ticket info to follow but right now it looks like general public tickets will be on sale Sat. Apr. 11. I’m so in!!! (It’s karma again- Van Halen played Garden on Nov. 13, 2007 and AC/DC played there on Nov. 13, 2008; both were phenomenal so you know Metallica is going to blow the roof off the Garden).
Indigo Girls at the Central Park Summerstage on Tues. June 16. Tickets on sale today at noon. $37.50
Ben Harper and Relentless 7 at Music Hall of Williamsburg (66 North 6th Street in Brooklyn) on Fri. May 8. Also appearing at Webster Hall in NY on Tues. May 5. Tickets on sale today at noon. $35.
Incubus at Mohegan Sun on Sun. Aug. 2. Tickets on sale Sat. May 30 at 10:00 a.m. $45.
Montgomery Gentry at Mohegan Sun on Sun. July 12. Tickets on sale tomorrow morning at 10:00 a.m. $40.
Al Green has added another date at BB Kings and it will be on Fri. Rocktober 16. Pre-sale tickets for American Express cardholders only on now until Wed. Apr. 1 at 10:00 a.m. General public on sale Wed. Apr. 1 at 10:00 a.m. $175.
The Shins at Terminal 5 on Mon. May 18. Tickets on sale today at noon. Pre-sale for American Express cardholders only on now through 11:00 a.m. this morning. $39.50.
The Beach Boys at the Capital One Theater at Westbury NY on Wed. July 29. Tickets on sale today at 12:30 p.m.(Live Nation Event)
Franki Valli at The Music Box at Borgota in Atlantic City on Fri. – Sun. May 8 – 10. Tickets on sale tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. (Live Nation Event)
The Regeneration Tour featuring Wang Chung, Cutting Crew, Berlin, ABC and Heaven 17 at the Roseland Ballroom on Thurs. June 18. Pre-sale on now for Citi card holders. General public tickets on sale tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. $38. ($40 day of show).
Duff McKagan will be at the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden NJ on Sun. May 17 for his “Loaded” tour. No ticket info as of yet.
The Offspring with Sum 41 will be at Roseland Ballroom on Mon. July 8 and Starland Ballroom on Sun. July 7. Ticket information to follow.
The Meat Puppets at Mercury Lounge in NYC on Thurs. & Fri. June 11 and 12. Pre-sale tickets for American Express cardholders on through 11:00 a.m. this morning. General public on sale at noon. $16.
Korn with Shadows Fall and Dark Day Sunday at the Chevrolet Theater in Wallingford CT. Tickets on sale this morning at 10:00 a.m. (Live Nation Event).
Phish at the Meadows Music Center in Hartford CT on Fri. Aug. 14. Tickets on sale at noon tomorrow. (Live Nation Event).
Night Ranger at BB Kings on Mon. Aug. 17. Tickets on sale tomorrow morning at 10:00 a.m. $27.50
There is “lots of buzz” surrounding the release of “Crack the Skye” by Mastodon. I have to admit that this may be the album to pull me in. I like the tune “Divinations” – you can catch the video on MTV- that’s how I came across the tune-yes the video is cool, the ending is weird and somewhat disturbing but I guess it has to be for metal, right? Rolling Stone put a four star rating on the album and every outlet that I have scanned has all given a thumbs way up. Many consider this to be their “breakout” album. Like I said, the bait is there for me-the question is will I bite? There is a standard version and a deluxe version which is a “score” of the album with instruments only.
Papa Roach has released “Metamorphosis” and judging by the 30 second sample from I-Tunes, it sounds pretty good. It seems the “die-hard” fan is very upset with the change in the direction of the band. (according to them). But as I always say- bands will “branch out” somewhat and make changes that will not please every fan but sometimes it has to be done. Overall the I-Tune listeners give it a four star rating.
I came across a band called “Cage The Elephant” and I have to tell you my first impression is very favorable, I like their sound- it is full of energy. I would say they could be the modern day “Joe Jackson.” The one thing I don’t like is the stupid cursing in the songs, especially on “Back Stabbin’ Betty.”
Look for a new commercial for Dr. Pepper next week starring Gene Simmons as he was picked to represent their new Dr. Pepper Cherry flavored soda. Gene will be in his ”demon” get-up and his son, Nick, will also star in the commercial.
Did you catch Condoleezza Rice on the Jay Leno show this past Tuesday? She said that her favorite “music’ (band) is Led Zeppelin. That’s right- Led Zeppelin!! How cool is that?
Tool will embark on a national tour this summer. No dates announced as of yet. They will supposedly join the Lollapalooza Event this Aug. 7-9 at Grant Park in Chicago. This event lineup will be announced on April 21.
It’s confirmed: Jason Newsted will perform with Metallica at their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Sat. Apr. 4 (live on FUSE). That is great news!!!
Prediction: The final two contestants on American Idol this year will be Adam Lambert and Allison Iraheta with Lambert ultimately winning by a close vote.
Chickenfoot, featuring Sammy Hagar, Michael Anthony, Joe Satriani and Chad Smith have released their first two tracks off of their upcoming debut album. Sounds smoking hot with heavy riffs from Satchmo.Check it out at http://www.chickenfoot.us/
Marilyn Manson’s “The High End of Low” will be released on May 26. The first single “Arma…geddon” will hit radio on April 13.
This week’s I-Pod shuffle landed on “Hand of Doom” from the album that marked the beginning of a genre now known as Metal: the historic, monumental, colossal, immense epic titled “Paranoid” by the legendary Black Sabbath. Of course I had to treat myself again with another dose of this 42 minute classic album. Sabbath fans know that the band wanted the album name to be “War Pigs” but record company executives at Warner Records did not want to upset any supporters of the Vietnam War and changed the name of the album to “Paranoid.” The song “Paranoid” was the last song supplied to this album as Warner wanted eight songs and according to Mr. Bill Ward, drummer, they performed and produced the song in a whole 25 minutes. The song was to be “filler” and turned out to be a huge hit for them. “Paranoid” the album has sold over 4 million copies in the U.S. alone with virtually no radio airplay, especially when it was first released. Critics back in 1970 lambasted it and was only recently that the more current critics call it a landmark album that sculpted heavy metal music forever.
Side one starts off with the Mr. Tony Iommi’s classic guitar sound that takes you to a battle ground with its slow trudging sound surrounded by the sound of alarms which paint of picture of an imminent confrontation of some sort. Then a young man’s voice, Mr. Ozzy Osbourne, comes on like he is in the West Wing surrounded by world leaders and declares “Generals gathered in their masses, just like witches at black masses, evil minds that plot destruction…” The incomparable “War Pigs.” Every time you hear it you get chills, right? The drumming by Mr. Ward is flat out spectacular in this song (and throughout this album and his career) accompanied by the electrifying guitar work by Mr. Iommi. The stop and starts, twist and turns started here and definitely influenced so many bands in this genre that I would say that they are the “Beatles” of the heavy metal scene. Think of Metallica’s twist and turns, blazing riffs that suddenly take a different route, where do you think they received this from? That’s right Black Sabbath. Track # 2 is the filler, “Paranoid” which is less than three minutes but packs a wallop of a punch. This is where “head-banging” started as you can not but help slamming your head north to south, east to west and directions you never thought possible. No matter how many times I hear this song, I get totally pumped and you have to make your ears bleed when you listen to this song. This song was later covered by Megadeth. “Planet Caravan” is a psychedelic tune that leaves you wanting more. It is a haunting sort of song (not like “Black Sabbath”) which showcases their ability as melodic musicians. They definitely influenced Soundgarden because if you listen to “Head Down” or “Blow Up the Outside World” you can feel Planet Caravan in their somewhere. Of course this classic tune was covered by Pantera-one of the friggin’ most pulverizing metal bands ever. (On a side note Pantera also covers “Hole in the Sky” from Sabbath’s “Sabotage.”). Side one ends with arguably their most popular song- “Iron Man.” I have to admit that I have heard this song so many times over the years that on occasion I have to be in the “mood” for it. If I have not heard it in a long time I’m sucked back in and listen to the nearly six minute masterpiece. How can you not love the beginning with the bass drum beating slowly with that distinctive swelling sound from Iommi’s guitar as Ozzy in a deep voice states “I am Iron Man.” OK I’m in… the drum work is fantastic, Mr. Ward sometimes gets over looked as one of the best drummers of his time. It was like a shortstop who tried to make the All Star game for the National League during the time when Ozzie Smith played that position for the Cardinals for which seemed like an eternity. Mr. Ward had to deal with Mr. John Bonham for many years and even though I still say John was the best ever doesn’t mean that Bill was a slouch-on the contrary- he is/was phenomenal.
Side two starts off with “Electric Funeral” which is much less heralded than the other tracks on the disc but make no mistake: this tune flat out rocks. The arrangement is great as the song changes gears more than a few times and Ozzy is at the top of his game with his vocal splashing along side the high pitch guitar work of Mr. Iommi. If you listen carefully you can hear the nice bass work from Mr. Geezer Butler and before you know it, the song ends and you’re like what??? Track two, the aforementioned “Hand of Doom” is the “dark horse” of this album and could be the best track on this classic disc. It has sort of a bluesy R&B twist to it, then transforms into heavy metal at its best. The song takes a dramatic turn about two minutes into it and quickly picks up the pace as Ozzy perfectly sings along to the driving guitar sound as your head bounces up and down. You then try to turn into an “air-drummer” as Bill’s constant pouncing on the skins makes you stand up and notice. Then just as quickly, Geezer slows things down again about five minutes into it and there it is again- that R&B twist. Hold on for the ride as the roller coaster begins as you increase speed like you’re going down a hill then just like that you are headed back up a monstrous hill slowing things down a bit. The song does end on an uphill as you drift off with the slow groove. Classic, I need to listen again. “Rat Salad” is the instrumental song that most likely influenced Rush, as they always seemed to have an instrumental tune on their discs. The song is over before you know it and thus leads to my personal favorite track on the album- the last song “Jack the Stripper/Fairies Wear Boots.” I can’t even put into words how great this song is. This is one of the best songs, if not the best song ever recorded by Black Sabbath and many others for that matter. I bow in admiration, (and everyone else should as well) like they did in “Wayne’s World” because I (we) are not worthy. I remember when Sal and I went to see Saliva a few years back and they played this song for the crowd before Saliva hit the stage and to my pleasant surprise all of the kids knew the song word for word. I felt like a proud father, it gave me goose bumps. Everyone from Geezer, Bill, Ozzy and Tony are at the top of their game for this one and making a better song than this one would be like someone breaking Joe DiMaggio’s 56 game hitting streak-ain’t happening. (Think I like this song?)
Whew, well Ok I’m not even going to ask if this album is in your library, I’m going on the assumption that it is and won’t take no for an answer. Seriously folks, if you don’t have this one there is something seriously wrong. ‘Nuff Said!!
My favorite “old school” song of the week is “Stuck in the Middle with You” by Stealers Wheel. Now tell me, when was the last time you heard this song? I caught it the other day on an “oldies” station (which by the way plays the music that I grew up with, so yes I’m officially old). Very cool song.
Pete Yorn has released a new single this week called “Don’t Wanna Cry.” I like it, check it out!!
Back on this day in 1965 the Supremes had the number one hit with “Stop in the Name of Love.”
Back on this day in 1974, John Denver had the number one hit with “Sunshine on My Shoulders.” (Love that song).
Back on this day in 1979, Eric Clapton married Patti Boyd, ex-wife of George Harrison, whom he wrote the song “Layla” about. Harrison had penned “Something” for her. Two giant masterpieces written for Ms. Boyd.
If it is your birthday today you share the same birth date with Mariah Carey, Tony Banks (Genesis) and the late legendary Sarah Vaughan.