Errols Weekly Music Update.

March 6, 2009

Weekly Update – 03/06/09

Aretha Franklin at the Capital One Theater in Westbury NY on Sat. April 11. Tickets on sale this Sunday at noon. (Live Nation Event).

Nickelback at Jones Beach on Wed. July 15 and PNC Arts Center on Tues. July 21. Tickets on sale next Saturday at 10:00 a.m.  (Live Nation Event).

Dave Matthews Band at Jones Beach on Tues. July 21. Ticket info to follow. (Live Nation Event).

The Fray with Jack’s Mannequin at PNC Arts Center in NJ on Fri. June 19 and at Jones Beach on Thurs. June 25. Tickets on sale Fri. March 20 at 10:00 a.m. (Live Nation)

Ian Anderson at the Beacon Theater on Tues. Rocktober 13 performing the acoustic songs of Jethro Tull and solo material. Tickets on sale tomorrow at noon. $44.50 – $125.

John Prine and Justin Townes Earl at the Beacon Theater on Fri. May 15. Tickets on sale this morning at 10:00 a.m. $40 – $75. American Express cardholders only can get them up until 9:00 a.m. this morning

Unwigged & Unplugged with Christopher Guest, Michael McKean (aka “Lenny” from Laverne & Shirley) and Harry Shearer will perform an acoustic set of music from Spinal Tap and The Folksmen (from “A Mighty Wind”) at the Beacon Theater on Tues. May 26. Tickets on sale this morning at 10:00 a.m. $39.50 – $59.50.

Indigo Girls at the Highline Ballroom on Wed. April 15. Tickets on sale today at noon. $40 ($45 day of show)

Lady Sovereign at Highline Ballroom on Tues. May 5. Tickets on sale today at noon.$15 ($18 day of show).

Eric Hutchinson at Highline Ballroom on Thurs. May 7. Tickets on sale today at noon. $20 (I like his song called “Rock N Roll” and the video as well. His album “Sounds Like This” is very good and I bet you’d have a lot of fun at this show- for $20 you can’t beat it.)

Mastodon at the Music Hall of Williamburg Brooklyn on Sun. May 10. Pre-sale for American Express cardholders ends this morning at 11:00 a.m. General public on sale tomorrow at noon. $20

The Tragically Hip at Nokia Theater on Fri. May 8. Pre-sale tickets for American Express cardholders only until noon today. General public on-sale at noon. $35.

Chris Botti at the Beacon Theater on Thurs. June 4. Pre-sale tickets for American Express cardholders only until 8:00 a.m. this morning. General public on sale today at 10:00 a.m.$40 – $75.

Andrew Bird at Radio City Music Hall on Thurs. June 18. Pre-sale tickets for American Express cardholders only until 9:00 a.m. this morning. General public on sale today at 11:00 a.m.$34.50 – $44.50.

The Toadies at The Fillmore New York at Irving Plaza on Wed. May 27. Tickets on sale this morning at 10:00 a.m. (Live Nation) apx. $20-$30.

Nine Inch Nails and Jane’s Addiction at PNC Arts Center on Sat. June 6 and Jones Beach on Sun. June 7. Ticket info to follow.

Ozomatli at The Fillmore New York at Irving Plaza on Fri. Mar. 20. Ticket info to follow.

Paul McCartney with Ringo Starr, Eddie Vedder, Donovan, Sheryl Crow, Ben Harper and others at Radio City Music Hall on Sat. Apr. 4. Tickets on sale this Monday at 11:00 a.m. for this benefit (David Lynch Foundation) concert called “Change Begins Within” set to raise funds to teach 1 million at-risk children to meditate- giving them long life tools to overcome stress. $79.50 – $504.50.

Other items:

Shinedown fans have voted and the next single to be released from their smash album “The Sound of Madness” will be “The Sound of Madness.” This song rocks, especially with the driving bass and bass drum in the beginning, I can picture Rocky punching the hanging meat in the freezer. C’mon people get on board already!!

I can’t ignore U2’s release of “No Line on the Horizon” this past Tuesday. As I mentioned Rolling Stone gave it a whopping 5 star review-which means it’s an instant classic. I don’t know what it is about this band, I started out liking them with War and Joshua Tree, etc. but I slowly lost my grip and really have not made my way back. I know and respect the fact that these guys are legends but sometimes I can’t understand all the fuss that surrounds them, especially with many of their recent albums-which have been “just OK.” Maybe this is the one that will bring me back, who knows?

Speaking of U2, they will perform a free concert at Fordham University this morning which will be televised on Good Morning America.

The Beatles will join the gaming ranks with the worldwide Wed. Sept. 9 release of “The Beatles: Rock Band” which will be available for the Wii, Playstation and X-box consoles. I can wait!!

I know this is not directly related to music but I am so upset that ABC has decided to cancel the new series “Life on Mars.” Wow, talk about not giving a show a chance. This show is the best show to come out since “24” in my opinion and the music played in the episodes makes it that much better. The cast is stellar and the writing is spectacular. Send in your protests now to ABC.

Drowning Pool is back with a new singer and a new album- “The Loudest Common Denominator.” Sounds pretty heavy but according to I-Tune listener’s the most popular songs are the two songs they re-recorded on an acoustic basis-“Shame” and “37 Stitches.”

This week’s I-Pod shuffle landed on “Born in the 50’s” from The Police off of their debut album, “Outlandos d’Amour” and I was blown away on how good this song is. Do you ever not hear a song in a long time and once it hits your ears again, it’s like.. well, the chocolate syrup on top of your banana split. So you know I had to go back and listen to their first album which is a classic and in my opinion-their best work ever. As many of you are aware, I was a huge Police fan “back in the day” and was devastated when Sting left the band to pursue a solo career. (Springsteen fans: you have Sting to blame for him leaving the E-Street band- many years ago as Sting convinced him he could do it on his own). To this day I do not own one song from Sting with respect to his solo career, call me a baby-say what you will-but other than Metallica losing out to Jethro Tull for best metal album way back when-this still gets me heated. Some other fact you should know- since I was a “youth” back in the 1980’s, I use to jump off a group’s “band wagon” once I thought a band became too popular or in my warped mind- “sold out.” So when “Synchronicity” was released I dove off, never mind jump! And even though, at the time, I loved “Every Breath You Take” I could not go against my rules and I did not purchase the album. (Yes of course I have the song now- not the album but that song. “King of Pain” drove me to a ledge because of its popularity [and how many times it was played on the radio that summer] and is one of my most disliked Police songs ever- yes I blame it on Sting). Ok I’m back.

The album starts off with the “punk-grunge like” song “Next to You.” You have to listen to this song (and the album) with the volume cranked up to….LOUD!!! Stewart Copeland is a phenomenal drummer and his bashing of the sticks throughout this song makes me want to become a drummer. Similar to Rush, the three piece band creates a sound that appears to be created by more than a trio. Andy Summers keeps it simple but crisp and clean on guitar. Sting’s vocals dragged me in when I first heard this song and I was hooked on their sound because back in 1978, there wasn’t anyone that created the same kind of music they arranged. This song is so good and short that I have to replay it again. Again a good set of headphones and you’re off for a good ride… Track #2 is the funky reggae sounding “So Lonely.” I can’t get enough of this song and this takes me back to my sophomore days at Brooklyn Tech with my good friend- Karen. She loved this song, how can you not? Sting’s bass work gets me all the time. On the first song I wanted to play drums and now I want to play bass. Andy’s guitar solo meshed with Sting’s bass playing is top notch. Then when Sting takes over on vocals you can feel his passion and I just have to play it that much louder!!!

Roxanne” is arguably their most popular song ever recorded and who can forget Eddie Murphy with his headphones on in jail singing this classic in “48 Hours?” Andy kicks it off with the very distinctive guitar chords as Stewart is just waiting to get into the act. This song sounds as fresh today as it did in 1978. Listen to the whole arrangement of this track and tell me you are not impressed. The background vocals with the driving drum beats is what makes this song great in my opinion. Track #4-“Hole in My Life” goes back to the reggae/blues fusion that makes this song groove the way it does. Sting and Stewart shine brightly in this highly infectious song that will have your head bopping up and down as you pretend to play bass guitar. Side 1 ends with the highly energized punk style “Peanuts” which is topped off with a great guitar solo by Andy- man does he wail away or what?- then its back to the driving beats of Mr. Copeland. The song ends in a frenzy as Sting is howling “Oh No No…”

Side two begins with my all time favorite Police song and that is “I Can’t Stand Losing.”I can’t get enough of this song, I love the lyrics- “I guess you call it cowardness but I’m not prepared to go on like this…” Again there is a heavy influence of reggae music in this tune and mixed with the “punk-rockish” twinge, it really distinguished itself from any other song in 1978. Track #2 –“Truth Hits Everybody” is my second favorite Police song ever. You have to listen to this very LOUD!!! The whole song moves- the guitar, bass and drums- along at such a frantic pace that this could be considered a “head-banging” song but probably identifies with the punk side. This is a perfect “boot camp” song or for any other workout. If you want to be pumped up- put this on!! “We Were Born in the ‘50’s” keeps the head-banging and foot-stomping going strong as Sting’s bass playing is spectacular on this track. “They screamed when the Beatles sang…born in the ‘50’s..”This is another great song for your exercise regiment. The chorus is addictive and you’ll be singing it all day. “Be My Girl- Sally” is probably the most bizarre song I have ever heard (besides “No Anchovies Please” by the J. Geils Band off of their “Love Stinks” album). It really reminds me of something The Marx Brothers would have recorded if they were a rock band in the 1970’s. Now I won’t talk about the content of Andy Summers narration of his friend Sally but you can kind of guess. The last song on this classic album is the mostly instrumental- “Masoko Tanga.” (with Sting singing some incoherent lyrics) If this song doesn’t get you out of your seat, nothing will. I don’t know what he is singing about but the beat is all I care about. This song has reggae written all over it and all you need to know is that it will flat out make you want to dance.

A couple of favorite songs this week, in no particular order: “By Your Side” by the Black Crowes from the album titled “Three Snakes and One Charm.” This ranks high up there as one of my all time favorite songs from the Robinson boys & company. This song flat out grooves, rocks, rolls- it has every thing for your listening pleasure. “Something to Talk About” by Miss Bonnie Raitt. When’s the last time you have heard this song? It came on my I-Pod shuffle and I forgot how friggin’ great this song is. “It took a rumor to make me wonder.. thinking about you everyday…” Talk about an infectious groove, look no further than this song. “It’s My Life” by Bon Jovi. I love this song!! I-Tunes just released the video of this song. (You still can’t get the single on I-Tunes, you have to purchase the whole “Crush” album- Bon Jovi knows this is probably their most popular song and will get more bang for the buck by making you purchase the entire album). Talk about a chorus that you can’t get out of your head?

Rumor Has It: Guns & Roses (or just Axl, c’mon now) will be performing at Stadiums this summer. Boy, it will be that many more people waiting for him to take the stage, if you get tickets make sure you’re sitting next to the nearest Exit signs just in case you have to avoid the riot.

Queensryche just released a new single “If I Were King” off of their upcoming album- “American Soldier.” I-Tune listeners have given it a 4.5 average star rating. Sounds pretty good.

Thoughts and prayers go out to Michael Sweet, singer of Stryper, his wife-Kyle Rae Sweet- passed away from cancer at the very young age of 52.

Sammy Hagar has released a video for the song “Loud” off of his Cosmic Universal Fashion. It’s pretty cool. My first sighting of Michael Anthony in a long time. Reminds you of Van Halen but the song clearly is a Hagar-like song, no doubt. Look for it on roadrunner records or You-Tube.

Back on this day in 1958, Sam Cooke made his first appearance at the Copacabana in New York. Can you imagine being there that night? Talk about being “on the ground floor” to witness shear greatness!! The man is a musical and national treasure.

Back on this day in 2004 David Crosby was arrested in NYC on possession of marijuana and weapons. 2004? C’mon David shouldn’t this have been 1974 or maybe even 1984.. but 2004?

If you were born today, Mar. 6, you share the same birth date with Mary Wilson of The Supremes, Kiki Dee, and Sylvia Vanderpool Robinson(she had the hit “Pillow Talk” and was the half of Mickey & Sylvia who had the hit “Love is Strange”)

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1 Comment »

  1. ughhh! SO many great concerts, so little money!!

    Comment by Diana — March 6, 2009 @ 12:00 pm


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