Errols Weekly Music Update.

May 8, 2009

Weekly Update – 05/08/2009

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Aerosmith at Madison Square Garden on Mon. Sept. 14. Pre-sale for American Express cardholders only go on sale this Mon. May 11 at 10:00 a.m. until Sun. May 17 at 10:00 p.m. General public on sale Mon. May 18 at 10:00 a.m. More info to follow but ticket price range looks to be from $60 – $200.

Green Day at Webster Hall (125 East 11street) on Tues. May 19. Limited tickets go on sale today at 4:00 p.m.  $49.50.   (Supposedly at Bowery Ballroom on Mon. May 18-No ticket info just yet)

TV on the Radio at the bandshell in Prospect Park Brooklyn on Tues. Aug. 11. Pre-sale tickets for American Express cardholders only on now until 11:00 a.m. this morning.General public on sale today at noon. $30.

Pink at Madison Square Garden on Mon. Rocktober 5.  Ticket information to follow.

Marc Anthony at the Trump Taj Mahal on Sat. Aug. 8. Pre-sale tickets on now until next Thurs. May 14 at 10:00 p.m. The password is: Spanish. General public on-sale is Fri. May 15 at noon. $88 – $108.

Heaven and Hell and Coheed & Cambria at WAMU Theater in Madsion Square Garden on Tues. Aug. 25. Tickets on sale tomorrow morning at 11:00 a.m.$54.50 – $79.50.  Also at Chevrolet Theater in Wallingford CT on Thurs. Aug. 27.  Tickets on sale tomorrow morning at 10:00 a.m. $39.50, $49.50 and $65.

American Idols Tour 2009 at Prudential Center, Nassau Coliseum, XL Center (Hartford CT) and Arena at Harbor Yard (Bridgeport, CT) on Sat. Aug. 8, Tues. Aug. 11, Sun. Aug. 16 and Thurs. Sept. 10, respectively. Tickets on sale tomorrow morning at 10:00 a.m. Prudential: $43.50 – $69.50; Nassau: $40 – $66;  XL: $37.50 – $66.50; Harbor: $40.50 – $69.50.

No Doubt and Paramore at PNC Bank Arts Center on Fri. June 26. Tickets on sale tomorrow morning at 10:00 a.m. $19 and $84

Rise Against and Rancid at Roseland Ballroom on Sun. July 26. Tickets on sale tomorrow morning at 10:00 a.m. (Live Nation Event).

Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons at The Capital One Theater in Westbury NY on Fri. & Sat. Rocktober 9 & 10. Tickets on sale tomorrow afternoon at 12:30. (Live Nation Event)

Live at The Capital One Theater in Westbury NY on Sun. July 19. Tickets on sale tomorrow afternoon at 12:30. $48 – $60. (Live Nation Event)

Melissa Etheridge at The Capital One Theater in Westbury NY on Sat. Aug. 22. Tickets on sale tomorrow afternoon at 12:30.  (Live Nation Event).

Third Eye Blind at the Roseland Ballroom on Tues. July 28. Tickets on sale tomorrow at 10:00 a.m.$37 ($42 day of show) (Live Nation Event)

Katy Perry at the Hammerstein Ballroom on Tues. July 7. Pre-sale tickets for Citi card members begins next Wed. May 13 at 10:00 a.m. until Fri. May 15 at 10:00 p.m. General public on sale Sat. May 16 at 10:00 a.m. $29.50

Jefferson Airplane, Ten Years After and Canned Heat at Nokia Theater on Wed. Aug. 12. Pre-sale tickets for American Express cardholders until noon today. General public on-sale today at noon. $40.

Hippie Fest 2009 featuring Chuck Negron, The Turtles, Felix Cavaliere and Badfinger at the Mohegan Sun on Wed. Aug. 12. Tickets on sale next Fri. May 15 at 10:00 a.m. $40. (pre-sale though hippie fest)

Hot Tuna at the Beacon Theater on Sat. Dec. 5. Pre-sale begins today at 10:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. tonight and password is: HETUNA. General public tickets on sale tomorrow morning at 11:00 a.m. $44.50 – $54.50.

Eagles of Death Metal at Webster Theater on Thurs. Aug. 6 Tickets on sale now. $25.

Paolo Nutini at Webster Theater on Tues. July 21. Tickets on sale now. $25.

The Lemonheads at Bowery Ballroom on Thurs. June 25. Tickets on sale now. $25.

Duff McKagan at Gramercy Theater on Tues. May 19. Tickets on sale now. $17

The Lovin’ Spoonful at BB Kings on Tues. Aug. 4. Tickets on sale this morning at 10:00 a.m. $25 ($30 day of show)

Green Day at Madison Square Garden on Mon. July 27. Tickets on sale next Fri. May 15.  More info to follow.

The Moody Blues at the Mohegan Sun on Sun. Aug. 16. Tickets on sale this Mon. May 18 at 10:00 a.m.  $40.

Tinted Windows at Highline Ballroom on Wed. June 17. Tickets on sale now. $25.

Bonnie Raitt and Taj Mahal at Chevrolet Theater on Sun. Aug. 9. Tickets on sale this morning at 10:00 a.m. $55 – $75.

Lynyrd Skynyrd and Doobie Brothers at Comcast Theater on Sat. Aug. 22. Tickets on sale this morning at 10:00 a.m. $24, $34 and $58.50

The Judds at Mohegan Sun on Thurs. July 2. Tickets on sale tomorrow morning at 10:00 a.m. (Live Nation Event).

Creed at Jones Beach and PNC Bank Arts Center on Sat. & Sun. Aug. 15 & 16. Pre-sale tickets on now for Citi card holders. General public on sale tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. Jones: $29, $61, $76 and $91; PNC: $26.25, $55.25 and $85.25.

Kylie Minogue at the Hammerstein Ballroom on Sun. Rocktober 11. Pre-sale for American Express cardholders on now through next Thurs. May 14 at 10:00 p.m. General public on sale next Fri. at 10:00 a.m. $85 – $125.

Anthony Hamilton, Musiq Soulchild and Chrisette Michele at WAMU Theater in Madison Square Garden on Thurs. June 18. Pre-sale begins this morning at 9:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. tonight and the password is: HECOOL. General public on sale tomorrow at noon. $49.50 – $79.50

Other items:

Jimmy Buffet has released a new single “Summerzcool” and according to I-Tune listeners it is a total thumbs up as the average rating is 4.5 stars. It sounds like a slower version of “cheeseburger in paradise” to me but I could be wrong. If you are a fan-you should love it.

Pete Yorn has released a new single called “Don’t Wanna Cry” from his upcoming June 23rd album called “Back and Forth.” It is a beautiful song and if you listen carefully you would think that you are listening to Steve Miller. Yorn left his usual recording spot in L.A. and spent two months in Nebraska while writing songs for this album. If this is any indication of what’s on the rest of the album, then I’m in.

Daughtry’s debut single “No Surprise” premiered on American Idol this past Wednesday night. I have to admit that I like it. He co-wrote the song with Chad Kroeger of Nickelback.

Sorry but America got it wrong this week by voting off Allison Iraheta . This is just like when Daughtry was shockingly voted off in season 5, but I am convinced we will be hearing from Miss Iraheta in the near future. Her version of “Cry Baby” was super solid, I don’t care what anyone says. She’s far better than Danny Gokey and Kris Allen.

My favorite “old” school (but not too old) is “Black Cat” by Janet Jackson. Of course the big guitar sound is what caught me as well as the blazing solo. I forgot how good this song is, yes I said it’s good- don’t make any faces. BTW-I-Tunes is running a “Mother’s Day” special and her greatest hits from 1986-1996 can be had for $7.99. (you can’t go wrong with that price, it has 16 songs).

Meg White (White Stripes) is getting married tomorrow to Patti Smith’s son- Jackson Smith.

My other favorite old school song this week is “I’m Gonna Get Married” by Mr. Lloyd Price. Do yourself a favor- get acquainted with his body of work. The man has so many great songs, it really is an eye-opener. (“Personality” “Lawdy Miss Clawdy” “Just Because” and of course “Stagger Lee”) His music should be passed on to every generation, so do your part and play it around your kids or whoever is around you.

As I mentioned last week about Chrisette Michele, she now has the number one album on I-Tunes, Epiphany. It can be purchased for $8.99 and there are 12 songs plus a video. This woman has some voice and this album is only going to pick up steam as the summer comes closer, mark my words.

Chris Cornell has released a “rock” version of “Long Gone” from his latest release-“Scream” (which has made his fan base scream). I guess putting some guitars behind the song has worked because it’s already one of his most popular solo songs. The often criticized Timbaland produced album isn’t all that bad, I could use less of the electronic dance buzz but again he took a chance on doing something different- his voice is still the same and isn’t that what attracted you to him in the first place?

Green Day’s long awaited follow-up to “American Idiot”- “21st Century Breakdown” has received a 4.5 star rating from Rolling Stone magazine’s music critic Rob Sheffield. (almost an “instant classic” as far as the rating goes). To quote him- “21st Century Breakdown is even better, so masterful and confident it makes Idiot seem like a warm-up.” Wow that is some statement. To me this is the most anticipated album in a long, long time that has me jumping out of my seat as I can’t wait until May 21.

Album Review: “White Lies for Dark Times”- Ben Harper and the Relentless7 released on May 5, 2009

The first thing I have to say is that this album is an instant classic already- you know how ESPN will show a game the very next day on their “ESPN Classic” channel because it’s that good? (See the 2009 Bulls vs. Celtics first round playoff series). Now this is my first piece of work that I own from Mr. Ben Harper– I know many of his fans are out there right now banging their heads on their PC’s right now- but at least I’m in, right? Relentless7 is now his new band after many years with the Innocent Criminals and the story of how these guys joined forces was Harper was being shuttled by a van driven by Jason Mozersky and he asked Ben if he would listen to a sample of his band. Completely blown away, Mr. Harper proceeded to get Jason and his band mates a recording contract but that only lasted one album. Harper’s friendship with Jason strengthened and the rest as they say is history. Folks I’m telling you right now-there is songs on this album that I can only imagine them being performed live in a small club-it will blow the roof off of the place. (no offense meant to the people affected by the roof “cave-in” at the Dallas Cowboy complex- I’m using a metaphor). Run out and buy the album right now!!!

The first track “Number with No Name” has a bluesy rocking twist that will have you grooving in no time. Wow-this is the way you hook people in right off the bat. It has an “old school” sound but with an edge that is very contemporary. Then when the “scratchy” guitar solo blasts in, you shake your head in disbelief and ask yourself- can it be this good? Well… yes it can. “The very thing that drives you…drives you insane.” First batter up and it’s a homerun. “Up To You Now” is a well constructed song and you’ll think that you have heard this song before-that was my first reaction. You can feel Ben’s passion in his voice and the music playing behind him is so good. There is a build-up about half way through the song that switches gears which highlights Ben’s vocals as the band then plays softly behind him. Again the arrangement is top notch. The third track “Shimmer & Shine” is the first single off of the album. This is one of the aforementioned songs that will blow the roof off of the house. If this doesn’t get you out of your seat, nothing will. The weird thing is that in the video Ben is sitting there calmly playing the slide guitar, meanwhile there is a “storm” of music being played alongside him that will take you back to the “garage” days of rock and roll. (I just experienced that a few weeks back at a high school battle of the bands in Bronxville NY). The drummer, Jordan Richardson, does his best to get you moving and the driving guitar work between Jason & Ben is what rock and roll is supposed to sound like. You will also clearly hear the fantastic bass work of Jesse Ingalls on this tune as well. “Lay There and Hate Me” has an “R&B” and “disco” beat that will have you clapping your hands and dancing all over the lighted floor as Travolta did many years ago. I know I always say this but please find a good set of headphones and put this song on and you’ll float away. There is a cool piano part as well as a mellow slide guitar solo by Ben. This is the best song on the disc and my favorite but it is a tough decision. Then it’s back to that raw sound with “Why Must You Always Dress in Black.” Talk about a rockin’ blues song? People let me tell you, they rip the cover off the ball on this track and I really can’t get enough of it. The guitar solo will have you squinting your eyes as you imagine yourself up on stage playing it to a smoky bar, (well not smoky now but you know what I mean), jamming away-friggin’ phenomenal.

“Skin Thin” takes it down as you try as you try to catch your breath and quickly you are struck on how good they sound with a ballad type song. On one hand you were just in a smoky bar with lots of beer bottles surrounding you and now you are walking down a country road with an acoustic guitar hanging around your neck as you stroll by the cornfields on a beautiful summer day. I love the opening lyrics “Now that we’ve grown up, you can finally learn to be a child.” That has hit you somewhere, it did for me. This song has a “Cat Stevens” feel to it. “Fly One Time” reminds me of something that U2 would perform. It has that very calm beginning and then dramatically builds in to a grandiose sound that features Ben’s vocals as well as the guitar in the background- a la The Edge. Listen for yourself and tell me you disagree? “Keep It Together (So I Can Fall Apart)” blazes back through your speakers with the heavy guitar vibe. Now I know this is completely out of left field but I could picture Marvin Gaye doing this song-yes even with the rock guitars. Again there is something about this song that reminds you of “days gone by” but with a new fresh sound that is exhilarating.The guitar work throughout the song is so overwhelming and stays in the forefront – sort of like an “infrared” light that is shone on a wall which moves in all different directions. Track #9- “Boots Like These” has a “psychedelic” feel to it, picture something recorded back in the late 1960’s by –dare I say- Mr. Jimi Hendrix? I’m telling you these guys must have been listening to a heavy dose of Jimi when they recorded this song, I love it!!! The percussion section really shines bright and the whole song just grooves. “The Word Suicide” is a ballad that sort of sounds like something “Traffic” would have recorded back in the day. “Love is a lonely room” will be fixated in your head in no time. This song sets up the last track on the album-“Faithfully Remain”- a beautiful song that again will remind you of Cat Stevens, especially his vocals. I tried to stay away from the Lenny Kravitz comparison but with this song it is really hard not to compare Ben with Len. This doesn’t mean it’s bad-quite the contrary- its spectacular- just like something Lenny would write or perform. This is a perfect song to end this classic album- yes I am sticking to this word-classic.

“White Lies for Dark Times” should definitely land in my top ten albums of 2009 and it’s only May-that’s how confident I am that this will be an unforgettable release by Mr. Ben Harper and the Relentless7. I’m officially on the “band-wagon.”

This week I had a heavy dose of Three Dog Night and I am a big fan of these guys but instead of focusing on an album I will use my oldest son’s suggestion of naming my favorite ten songs. They are still going strong but for me without Chuck Negron it’s like Foreigner continuing without Lou Gramm-doesn’t make sense. So here they are:

10.      Joy to the World– Song brings me back to my childhood days growing up on 46th street in Brooklyn, reminds me of Mr. Principe.

9.      An Old Fashion Love Song– song written by Paul Williams and made famous by TDN. Remember the “Odd Couple” episode where Felix’s daughter ran off to see Mr. Williams and he performed this song on the show. Love the background vocals towards the end “Love song..”

8.      Midnight Runaway– This song rocks man!! Love the gritty vocals and the jam is pure. “They’re messing with my head.. I need a little time to think..” This song really spotlights their ability to play guitar and keyboards.

7.     Easy to be Hard-This song was featured in the musical “Hair.” The passion delivered by Negron knocks you out. Period end of story.

6.      Celebrate– I was hooked by the beginning of the song “Slippin’ away, sittin’ on a pillow…” and then when it turns into a jam fest with “Celebrate-[hand clap]-celebrate-[hand clap] dance to the music..” well does it get any better?

5.      Sure As I’m Sitting Here– song written by John Hiatt but again made famous by TDN. This song is simple but addictive, I love it. “C’mon sit down.. git down..”

4.      One– How can anyone not like this song? It really is impossible.This was their first gold record and was written by Harry Nilsson. This could be Negron’s best recording ever.

3.      Black and White– One of their three number one hits that they had. Another cover but again made famous by them. The song was originally written by in 1954 by Earl Robinson and David Arkin. Their spin on it is infectious, especially when the chorus of children come in near the end.

2.     Shambala– This song brings me back to Otisville NY when I would spend my summers with my grandparents & my uncle. I can picture a hot summer day by the beach. This is such a great remake of B.W. Stevenson’s song. This song symbolizes the 1970’s for me and especially the summer, what about you?

1.      The Show Must Go On– Originally written by Leo Sayer and David Courtney, this song was one of my mother’s all time favorite’s and that is the reason why it sits here at number one for me, I also love the song as well. Negron’s passionate vocals get me every time. I love the “circus” instrumental through-out the song and can just picture my mother’s face as she lip-synced “Baby I wish you’d help me escape..” and the smashing of the cymbals is the best.

Trivia Questions

Answers from last week:

1.     “Everything Zen” by Bush

2.     Nirvana

3.     John Lennon AND Carlos Alomar

This week’s trivia (random)

1.     The song “I Love How You Love Me” was originally recorded by whom? Bobby Vinton and years later The Baby’s covered it but nothing like the original.

2.     This popular songwriter enjoyed incredible success with a singer during the 1970’s and then co-wrote number one hits for Jefferson Starship and Heart. Who is he?

3.     After playing with Bo Diddley early in his career, Marvin Gaye joined what “doo-wop” group in the 1950’s?

4.     What was the last song that Elvis recorded before his death on Aug. 16, 1977?

Back on this day in 1972, Billy Preston was the first “rock” act to headline a show at Radio City Music Hall.

Back on this day in 1977, Leo Sayer had the number one hit with “When I Need You.”

Back on this day in 1993, Aerosmith’s “Get a Grip” debuted at # 1. It went on to sell 7 million in the U.S. alone and more than 10 million worldwide.

If it is your birthday today you share the same birth date with: Alex Van Halen, Enrique Iglesias, Phillip Bailey, Toni Tennille and the late Rick Nelson and the late Robert Johnson.

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1 Comment »

  1. 1. The Paris Sisters (1961) in my ‘oldies’ playlist on my ipod.
    2. No clue.
    3. The Rainbows.
    4. Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain

    Comment by tricia — May 14, 2009 @ 1:21 pm


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