Errols Weekly Music Update.

June 26, 2009

Weekly Update – 06/26/2009

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Tracy Chapman at The Hammerstein Ballroom on Fri. Aug. 7. Tickets on sale this morning at 10:00 a.m. $37.50 – $57.50.

Marc Anthony at Jones Beach on Sat. Aug. 22. Tickets on sale tomorrow morning at 10:00 a.m. (Live Nation Event)

Snow Patrol with Plain White T’s at The Beacon Theater on Tues. & Wed. Sept. 22 & 23. Pre-sale tickets begin this morning at 10:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. tonight. Password is: HESUNS. General public tickets on sale tomorrow morning at 10:00 a.m. $34.50, $39.50 and $49.50.

Earth Wind & Fire at PNC Bank Arts Center on Fri. Aug. 28 and at Jones Beach on Sun. Aug. 30. Tickets on sale this morning at 10:00 a.m. (Live Nation Event).

Rebelution at Gramercy Theater on Sat. Aug. 22. Tickets on sale tomorrow morning at 10:00 a.m. (Live Nation Event).

Happy Mondays with The Psychedelic Furs at Roseland Ballroom on Fri. Rocktober 10. Tickets on sale this morning at 10:00 a.m. $38 ($40 day of show).

Mat Kearney at the New York Fillmore at Irving Plaza on Tues. Sept. 29. Tickets on today at noon. (Live Nation Event).

David Cook at Nokia Theater on Thurs. Aug. 6. Pre-sale tickets for American Express cardholders only on now until noon tomorrow. General public on sale tomorrow at noon. $29.50.

Keb’ Mo’ at Nokia Theater on Wed. Rocktober 21. Pre-sale tickets for American Express cardholders only on now until noon tomorrow. General public on sale tomorrow at noon. $39.50, $44.50 and $49.50.

Erykah Badu at The Beach at Governor’s Island on Tues. Aug. 4. Tickets on sale tomorrow at noon. $52.

Mos Def at The Beach at Governor’s Island on Sat. Sept. 12. Pre-sale tickets on sale tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. Password is: Casabey. General public on sale is this Monday at 10:00 a.m. $35 ($40 day of show) Also includes VIP of $150.

The Misfits at BB Kings on Sat. Rocktober 31. Tickets on sale next Wed. July 1 at 10:00 a.m. $26.50 ($30 day of show).

KC & The Sunshine Band at BB Kings on Mon. Aug. 24. Tickets on sale now. $35 ($40 day of show).

Styx at Bergen Performing Arts Center in Englewood N.J. on Thurs. Aug. 13 Tickets went on sale at 6:00 a.m. this morning. $29, $39, $69, $79 and $99.

Sunny Day Real Estate at Terminal 5 on Sun. Sept. 27. Pre-sale for American Express cardholders on until 12:00 noon today. General public on sale at noon today. $30.

Other items:

I am in complete and utter shock on the passing of the legend, Mr. Michael Jackson. My thoughts and prayers go out to his entire family (including his children) and friends. (And also to the family and friends of Farrah Fawcett). There are certain times in your life when you feel the pain and sadness when an “Icon” passes away. Yesterday will certainly go down as one of those days. I can remember the day when Elvis died, I’ll never forget the day that Thurman Munson died and of course I’ll never forget the morning I turned over the Tuesday morning newspaper on Dec. 9, 1980 when John Lennon was killed the night before. This is totally shocking news and I have so much sympathy for his family. He left us all way too soon, he was so young. When you think of what this man has done in his career, it really is hard to compare anyone to what he has accomplished. Think about it, he was a part of your life since he was six years old. Remember the smile he would put on your face when he performed with his brothers as the main attraction of The Jackson 5? Talk about someone who had the music in him? It’s really unbelievable the talent this man possessed and how much his influence has been passed on (or will forever be passed on) to generation after generation.

We watched him grow and who didn’t want to be him when he was with the Jackson 5? The entire world was engulfed with his smile, talent and energy. They had their own TV show. I even watched the Saturday morning cartoon that depicted the Jackson 5. He was everywhere. Then as he grew, was there any doubt that he would be the greatest dancer in the world? His first solo album “Off The Wall” was pure perfection. And then the incomparable, best selling album of all time- “Thriller.” (All-time??!! Imagine doing that?) I can remember watching in complete awe as he moon-walked into every living room across the U.S. on the night of Mar. 23, 1983 on the “Motown 25” special during the performance of arguably one of the best songs ever recorded in music history- “Billie Jean.”(That performance will forever be known as one of the greatest moments ever in music history). Could he get any better? The answer is (and always was) a resounding Yes!! Here he was in his mid to late 20’s and arguably was the best recording artist in the history of music. He completely dominated radio for a period of at least 10 years during his solo career. In my opinion, he reached the highest level of achievement in music history out of any star there ever was. (With no offense to the many other legends this world has seen).

I can remember my grandfather and my dad saying that they had witnessed some of the greatest legends in their prime, including Sinatra and Elvis (and of course all the baseball stars that I wish I could have seen-DiMaggio, Mantle, Mays, Aaron, etc.). Now I can say that I will always remember the biggest pop star ever when he was in his prime as I am only 6 years younger than Michael. The world has lost someone who exhibited the most untouchable talent ever with his dancing ability, his extraordinary talent in composing some of the greatest songs ever recorded in music history and in his prime- was there anyone better? June 25, 2009 will go down in history as one of the most shocking and saddest days ever as we all struggle to comprehend what has happened. Michael: may you rest in peace and I want to personally thank you for having such a positive impact on my life. Thank you for your records which I will be sure to pass on down to my children and I’m sure they will pass it on down to their children. You will never be forgotten. This really is a sad day…..

Rob Thomas has set up a national tour which will come in the fall and will stop in the Tri-State area with specific dates of Fri. Nov. 6 in Atlantic City, Sat. Nov. 7 at Mohegan Sun and New York City on Thurs. Nov. 12. Further information to follow, his new (second) solo album “Cradlesong” will be released this comingTuesday, June 30.

Kid Rock was originally going to try and get his latest work out the door by the end of this year but has decided to work with the “Zen-Man” Rick Rubin and that will undoubtedly slow things way down which the Kid is OK with. Mr. Rubin wants to make sure that every song that goes on the record is great, so he is making Kid go back and re-record, etc.

Kiss is reportedly done with eleven new tracks for their first new work since 1998’s “Psycho Circus” and Paul Stanley has said that the new album is “classic” Kiss. Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer both have lead singing parts on it. Rumor has it the album will be released exclusively through Walmart. Thanks Gene.

Cher is returning to the big screen with a new movie called “Burlesque” after a ten year hiatus and the movie will co-star Christina Aguilera. A release date has not been announced.

There are “lots of good vibes” coming from all directions on the new Cheap Trick album “The Latest” which you can order from their website www.cheaptrick.com or Amazon. You can also order “vinyl” and “8-track” versions of this album on a limited availability basis from their website. Good reviews on this album from all across the nation. The boys from Rockford still “got it.”

My favorite old school song of the week is “Judy in Disguise (With Glasses)” by John Fred and His Playboys. I forgot how great this song is; I heard the other day on some oldies station and was blown away by the overall arrangement of this song. This song moves and could be used as a work-out song in some capacity. It really is a fun song- go out and get it!! This song was a parody to the Beatles “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” as John thought it was “Lucy in disguise with diamonds.” It was a number one song on the Billboard charts for two weeks in 1968.

My favorite “metal” song of the week is “Creeping Death” by Metallica. How freakin’ phenomenal is this song? “So let it be written, let it be done!!!” I can remember back around 1998 or so, MTV had this show that was hosted by Matt Pinfield and some lucky dude was plucked from the audience that night to sing this song. And let me tell you, he performed it perfectly-you could see that the music was in him and he had the whole look and actions down pact. He knew the song-word-for-word, hit every drum note (in the air) and also “air-guitared” his way through the whole song. That is something I will never forget. James (and even Lars) stated that he did a fantastic job. \m/ \m/

Jet has released a new single “She’s A Genius” and this should be a hit in no time. The song rocks and the guitar solo sparkles, the video is kind of strange. Check it out at http://new.music.yahoo.com/videos/Jet/She%27s+A+Genius–217246044

My favorite “new” song of the week is “Why R U” by Amerie. Wow this song has some groove, this should be big in no time soon. In the immortal words of Mr. Randy Jackson: “That’s HOT!!”

The Beastie Boys will release their eighth studio album – “Hot Sauce Committee Part I”- on Sept. 15 and will include a song done with Santogold- “Don’t Play No Game That I Can’t Win” and a song with Nas “Too Many Rappers.” The album will have 17 tracks.

Jim James, front man for My Morning Jacket, will be touring this summer and will be performing covers by George Harrison and will release a “Tribute To” EP under the name “Yim Yames” on August 4. Tracks covered include four songs from “All Things Must Pass” and two songs for when George was with The Beatles. Mr. James recorded the songs a few days after George passed away in November 2001. I can’t wait to hear his take on George’s tunes.

Ben Moody, who co-founded Evanesence with Amy Lee, has reformed a new band with former band mates John LeCompt (guitars) & Rocky Gray (drums) and have added Marty O’Brien on bass. The band is called “We are the Fallen” and features Carly Smithson on vocals. She was a finalist on American Idol in season 7 and she had that wicked tattoo on her arm. Ben has stated that their music will go in a different direction than Evanesence. They have a single “Bury Me Alive” which is available on their website wearethefallen.com. I was going to listen but they want you to fill out some information, so I left.

Album Review: “Shangri-La Dee Da” by The Stone Temple Pilots released on June 19, 2001.

This week’s I-POD shuffle landed on “Hello It’s Late” by the Stone Temple Pilots and it set me on a course to go through the Pilots library. This journey still brings me to the opinion, (against the entire planet I would guess), that this album-“Shangri-La Dee Da” is their best work. I know you are screaming and cursing while calling me derogatory words but this album is my personal favorite. I know, I know… but what about their debut album-“Core”? Yes I love it as well. (How cool is “Crackerman?”)What about “Purple?” you ask? Yes I also love that one. (“Vasoline” is phenomenal) I know what you’re thinking-even “Tiny Music.. Songs from the Vatican Shop” is better than this one. (I friggin’ love “Tumble in the Rough” from Tiny). Even “No. 4” rocks your ears off with tracks like “Heaven & Hot Rods”-Errol, what can you be thinking? Yes I hear all that and clearly recognize those great albums but again for me.. Shangri-La Dee Da has “got it.”

Now I will admit that on every one of their albums there are songs that I skip over (I’m sorry but I have to be honest) because sometimes they just seem like “fillers.”(C’mon even on the classic “Purple”- how many times have you listened to “Kitchenware & Candybars”- be honest; same can be said for “Where the River Goes” off of “Core”- again be honest). So on “Shangri” I would say that there are two songs that I don’t listen to as much (“Bi-Polar Bear” and “Long Way Home”) but the other songs more than make-up for those two songs, again this is all in my opinion.

Now I know what you’re thinking- that Shangri is not heavy enough and I would agree with that statement but for those who have been following along you know that I like the ballad-types that have a lower key. (I like the second CD by the Foo Fighters on “In Your Honor” better than the first one, so that tells you something). Having children changes your life in so many ways and Scott Weiland during this album just became a father for the first time (he became a father again later on) and his song “A Song for Sleeping” resonates with me so much that it takes me back to when my children were in their “high chairs” mashing their hands in their baby food. I know that “Shangri” was a total commercial flop as they didn’t even sell 400,000 copies but again this makes no difference to me, as I picked “Amorica” last week by the Black Crowes as their best but it was not a commercial success, so I guess I will make it two weeks in a row that I go “against the grain.” Again, if it moves you, if you feel it-then that’s what it’s all about. So if you want to stop reading the rest of the review, by all means, but if you give this album a chance I think you will see (hear) what I am talking about.

The album starts off with “Dumb Love” and this is one of the few songs that “kick it into gear” and the head bangers really can’t complain about this track. This definitely rocks the house with the heavy bass and rhythm riffs. I can picture Rocky pounding the hanging meat inside the freezer when I hear this song and also jumping rope as he prepares for a huge match. “Days of the Week”- go ahead and laugh and say that this is a “sell-out” song but I don’t care, I love it. It has such a catchy hook and chorus that I find myself enjoying this song immensely. OK so it’s pop, so what? I like all sorts of music (as you can tell). “I gotta find a way to find her… where can she be?” Dean DeLeo cranks up “Coma” with a blistering riff that has to get every head banger wailing their neck back and forth. His brother, Robert, jams with him on the bass and Eric Kretz wails on the drums in a frenzied state- how can anyone say that this track is not heavy enough? I think not-now granted after this track there is not a song as heavy as this one- but… what can you do? “Hollywood Bitch” has a cool groove that keeps you rocking and the transformation to the chorus is effortless. So for the first four tracks, you’re rocking your butt off, what’s the complaint? Track # 5- “Wonderful” is my favorite song on the album and I will go on record and state that this is my all time favorite STP song. (Not sure who is taking notes but there it is). Talk about a deep song..whew.. the opening lyrics get me all the time- “If I were to die this morning, would you tell me things that you wouldn’t have.. would you be my navigator?”How can anyone not like this song? It’s impossible especially with the lyrics “You’re the wonder in everything that’s wonderful.” This is a beautiful, spectacular song, period end of story. The “ballad” type songs continue with the sleeper on the album- “Black Again.” Ok I admit the lyrics seem a bit gloomy but ends on a good note as Scott proclaims “But she never really be alone as long as I’m beside her.” The arrangement seems simple enough but there is a lot going on behind the scenes if you listen carefully, the chorus is addicting. “Hello it’s Late” is my second favorite song on the album (and yes my second favorite all time STP song). Yes this is not the Stone Temple Pilots that we are all use to but again… they can not be expected to make the same songs year after year, album after album (yes I know AC/DC and I love that but that’s them). This is “growth” my friends. Yes I know this is even “lite” for “Lite FM 106.7” in New York but this is a demonstration of what is on the inside of these guys. This absolutely works for me and if you give it a chance it should work for you. “Too Cool Queenie” gets back to a somewhat rocking riff, the groove is finger snapping while the drums get you to bash your head up & down and the guitar solo is “lights out.” This song was written for Courtney Love-“and she made lots of money and some of his too but still she thinks she can do no wrong..” (The Foo Fighters also wrote a song about Courtney on the song “Stacked Actors”).

Track 9-“Regeneration” is one of their “signature” sounding songs where they repeat either the chorus and/or chords which seem to run on but in this case, I really like this song. The bass line part as they sing “To the fields where lesser mice go.. To the fields where men follow” really changes gears and makes the song that much better. Then the guitar slides in with a nice solo and you’re thinking “man this song is good.” As previously mentioned “Bi-Polar Bear” is a song that is OK but I seem to skip over this one but not as much as I skip over “Long Way Home.” I really have to be in the mood to listen to “Bi-Polar Bear” (you know you have songs like that). Track # 11- “Transmissions from a Lonely Room” sounds like Weiland is singing in a bathroom or some place where the acoustics are similar; this song is different from any other on the album-very good track. “A Song for Sleeping” is my third favorite track on this album (and yes my third favorite all time). If you have children, there is no way that you can not like this track. Guys-remember the wait time for the baby to arrive? The nine months seem like forever (but that quickly changes), right? (I know the woman is involved too but the focus-for this second- is on the “guys”). The opening lyrics are so “on”- “Finally I’ve met you, the day has come, you’re more than beautiful and you’re my son.” C’mon are you kidding me?-tears in the eyes as I think back to the days that my boys were born. This song is so special and really should have been the song to end this album. But I guess the thinking was to add a slow crunching guitar groove to take the album to its end with “Long Way Home.” But for me, this is like being at a party and the DJ plays a few good songs and then plays that song where everyone clears the dance floor-you know what I’m talking about. As mentioned, STP seemed to put these type of songs on every one of their albums. No offense but I wanted it to end on a high note with “A Song for Sleeping” and I usually stop the CD after that song.

So go ahead- tell me I’m crazy, tell me I missed the mark on this one-(on a separate note that has been happening to me a lot recently since I have been certified as a baseball umpire-I guess I’m getting what I dished out on all those other umpires-sorry umps-again youth clouds the vision). But I have to tell you how I feel and this album is my favorite- that’s just the way it is. I am one of the few fans that liked the direction of where STP was headed before they broke up (hey Metallica did the “Load” days for a while, right? Not all was bad) and the song “All in the Suit that you Wear” off of their greatest hits CD is a sound that I love. So it will be interesting to listen to the new album which hopefully will be here before the year is out. I am a huge fan of STP (all their CD’s) and was upset that we lost these past few years but hopefully the separation has made them stronger. This is where they belong-back together.

I guess I am on a “top 10” kick the last few months and I see no reason to stop as there are thousands of artists/acts that I could do but I decided to make it tough on myself again as I am picking one of my favorite all time bands this week- The Cars. For those of you who don’t know by now, I know (knew) every single song that The Cars made up until the album “Heartbeat City.”(Effectively right around 1982). Now Heartbeat did have a couple of good songs but I kind of felt that they were getting too popular (and “poppy”) but that will never take away the love and respect that I have for this band. (I did the same thing with The Police when they released “Synchronicity.”) It’s really such a shame that Benjamin Orr is no longer with us to maybe give us a “reunion.” (Not the “New Cars”- I’m sorry).So here they are my favorite songs from the Cars from ten to one:

10.     Misfit Kid– There’s something about this song that gets me every time I hear it. I love the drumming, I think that is what first caught me attention. It’s not a rocking song but it’s not a ballad either, somewhere in the middle and of course Elliot Easton’s guitar solo is spot on-as usual. The simple beat is addictive.

9.     Since I Held You– Easton starts off this classic and then Ric Ocasek chimes in with his distinctive voice as he sings “I really love the way you talk..” The arrangement of this song is spectacular and the chorus is so addictive. The Cars have always been infamous for background vocal harmonizing and this song could be the “poster child” for this fact.

8.     Moving in Stereo-One of the coolest songs ever written and in 1978 it was very different from anything out in the music scene. The part where Ben Orr sounds like he’s singing into your upper right ear and then spreads over the rest of your ears and body is something that can’t be replicated. Freakin’ phenomenal.

7.     Touch And Go– This awkward sounding song with the misguided beats with the stops and starts reminds me of one of those kids who was a “genius” in your high school days but maybe did not have the social skills honed yet (OK yes a “nerd”) but the more you dig deeper you realize that he or she is something special, sort of like this song. In the beginning you kind of blow it off but the more you listen, the more you realize that this is one of their best songs ever recorded.

6.     You’re All I’ve Got Tonight– I’d put this rock song up against any band, any time, any place. It can go “toe-to-toe” (to use a “Rocky” quote) with the best of ‘em and shine brightly. Please I beg of you- PUT ON A GREAT PAIR OF HEADPHONES and tell me this song isn’t GREAT??!!! “I don’t wanna feel sorry for you-hoo” and once you think the song is going to end it morphs into one of the best guitar solos that Elliot has ever recorded.(Elliot was born in Brooklyn by the way- was there any question?)

5.     All Mixed Up– I think I have probably listened to this Car song the most in my whole life. If I had to point to one song that Ben Orr did the best, this would be it. (no offense to “Drive”). “She shadows me in the mirror and she never leaves on the light..” You can feel his passion bleeding through the speakers and his work on the bass is nothing to sneeze at as well.

4.     Got A Lot on My Head– One of the few “head banging” Car songs that really gets the juices flowing. I could this song word-for-word; drum beat-for-drum beat, guitar lick-for guitar lick and of course the organ on any karaoke night near you. I love the job that Greg Hawkes does with the keyboards and synthesizer, he does that part that always reminds me of someone sliding into home plate. (Don’t ask me why… I don’t know).

3.     Since You’re Gone– I love this song, it reminds me of my high school days as it came out in late 1981 but really took off in 1982. The arrangement of this song is top notch. Ric Ocasek does a masterful job on the vocals and this song just might be his best ever. “I can’t help it, everythings a mess..” I love when he croons “Well.. the moonlight ain’t so great…”

2.     Night Spots– Flat out, the best song on “Candy-O.” If I were to start a station on Sirius/XM for The Cars, this would be the first song I would play to kick it off. (and probably the most played as well). Elliot’s guitar solo knocks you right off your feet and Greg’s psychedelic keyboards/synthesizer is the chocolate topping on an ice cream sundae. How cool is when they say “It’s just an automatic line.” At the time it came out in 1980, this was by far the best “new wave” song, it may not sound that way now (because it’s a classic) but believe me this song is the perfect “alternate” and rock & roll song you will find.

1.     It’s All I Can Do-. OK I know it’s the “sappy” one that gets me all the time but what can I say? By now, you know that is right up my alley. Benjamin’s vocals get me all the time and Easton’s guitar solo is so flawless, even though it is a short solo, it’s just so… perfect!! This song also takes me back to my teenage days and for a couple of years back then the words really meant something to me as I waited for something that never happened. (How great is “Candy-O” by the way?).

Trivia Questions

Answers from last week:

1.     Otis Redding

2.     Gretchen Wilson

3.     “Time Will Tell” off of “The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion.”

4.     Oasis (both bands have a history a “bad blood” between brothers).

This week’s trivia (The Cars)

1.     In 1984, MTV (sorry Eddie) held their first video music awards and The Cars won “Video of the Year” for which song?

2.     Who designed the cover of “Candy-O” for The Cars?

3.     True or False: The Cars performed for Live Aid in 1985?

4.     Real tough one: What DJ in New York (both on WPLJ and WNEW FM) loved The Cars and would often state that they were one of his favorite bands?

Back on this day in 1975, Sonny & Cher’s divorce was finalized.

Back on this day in 1977, Elvis had his last concert in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Back on this day in 1979, Elvis’s dad, Vernon, passed away.

If it is your birthday today, you share the same birth date with Billy Davis Jr. (Fifth Dimension)

June 19, 2009

Weekly Update – 06/19/2009

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The B-52’s at Governor’s Island on Tues. Aug. 18. Pre-sale tickets for American Express cardholders go on sale next Wed. June 24 at 10:00 a.m. until Sun. June 28 at 10:00 p.m. General public on sale Mon. June 29 at 10:00 a.m. $38.50 for GA ($45 day of show) $65 VIP reserved seating.

Britney Spears at Madison Square Garden on Mon. Aug. 24. Tickets on sale this morning at 10:00 a.m. $39.50, $59.50, $99.50, $154.50, $179.50, $199.50, $354.50, $499.50. (You have to be out of your mind to pay $500 and not just for her, any artist).

Barry Manilow at The Mohegan Sun on Sat. Aug. 15. Tickets on sale this Monday June 22 at 10:00 a.m. $125-$175. Also appearing at the PNC Bank Arts Center in NJ on Fri. Aug. 14. Tickets for this show on sale this coming Mon. June 22 at 10:00 a.m. (Live Nation Event for this show-no pricing info).

Collective Soul at the New York Fillmore at Irving Plaza on Tues. Aug. 25. Tickets on sale this morning at 10:00 a.m. $29.50 ($33 day of show). Also appearing at Starland Ballroom in NJ on Thurs. Aug. 20. Tickets on sale today at noon. $27. In addition, they will be at The Ives Center in Danbury CT on Mon. Aug. 17. Tickets on sale at 10:00 a.m. $27.50. (Saw them in Danbury a few years back and it was one of the hottest days ever on this planet but I loved it).

Lil’ Wayne at Jones Beach on Sat. Aug. 1. Pre-sale tickets for Citi card members on sale now. General public on sale tomorrow at 10:00 a.m.$39.75, $69.75, $89.75 and $125.75.

Blink 182 at Jones Beach on Sun. Aug. 9. Pre-sale tickets for Citi card members on sale now. General public on sale tomorrow at 10:00 a.m.$35, $55, and $69.

Static-X at the New York Fillmore at Irving Plaza on Mon. July 27. Tickets on sale tomorrow at noon. (Live Nation Event).

Katy Perry at the Borgota Event Center in Atlantic City NJ on Thurs. July 30. Tickets on sale tomorrow at noon. (Live Nation Event).

Tommy James and the Shondells at The Capital Theater in Westbury NY on Sat. Rocktober 17. Tickets on sale this Sun. June 21 at 12:30 p.m. (Live Nation Event).

Paul Anka at The Capital Theater in Westbury NY on Sat. Rocktober 24. Tickets on sale this Sun. June 21 at 12:30 p.m. (Live Nation Event).

Mitchel Musso (for you parents out there) at New York Fillmore at Irving Plaza on Sat. Sept. 12 @ 1:00 p.m. Tickets on sale tomorrow morning at 10:00 a.m. (Live Nation event). Also appearing at the Chevrolet Theater in Wallingford CT on Fri. Sept. Sept. 11. Tickets on sale this morning at 10:00 a.m. $20, $50.

Quicksilver Messenger Service at BB Kings on Mon. Aug. 10. Tickets on sale now. $25.

Christopher Cross at BB Kings on Thurs. Apr. 15, 2010 (yes 2010- I know very weird right?). Tickets on sale Wed. July 15 at 10:00 a.m. (again, weird) $30.

Other items:

Last week’s graduation ceremony was great!! I found out from my son that ABBA’s “I Have a Dream” beat out Miley Cyrus’s “The Climb” and Carrie Underwood’s “Whenever You Remember.” I have to tell you that these songs would have also been perfect and I have to admit that I actually like “The Climb” by Miley. Go ahead and laugh or say what you will but the song is actually very good. And Carrie’s “Whenever You Remember” tugs at your heart strings and with her voice you kind of just kind of freeze and listen in awe. So if you are looking for a graduation song, keep these songs in mind. And I would also throw in “Note to God” by Charice. The song that was picked by my son’s class to sing at the Graduation ceremony last Friday (ABBA’s song was performed on Mon. June 8th) was “Do I Make You Proud?” sung by Taylor Hicks. I have to tell you I didn’t know about this song but it is perfect for children singing to their parents asking “Do I Make You Proud?”- Well you know the answer to that. I’m a sap for uplifting songs. Last Friday and Monday nights will forever be etched in my memory.

Last week I informed you that Aerosmith will be performing “Toys In the Attic” in its entirety for their upcoming tour. Joe Perry has stated now that they will replace “Toys” in a few weeks and begin doing their 1976 classic “Rocks” album in its entirety. That is still a good thing.

Megadeth has a title for its upcoming 12th studio album and it is “Endgame” which is scheduled for a September release. The early skinny on this album is that it is Mustaine’s best work in two decades. So if you are a fan of “So Far.. So Good.. So What?” and “Rust in Peace” the rumor is that you are going to love “Endgame.” The quote is “It’s early old school Megadeth.”

My favorite “old school” song of the week is “Tuesday Afternoon” by the Moody Blues. (And I seriously hope that you don’t know it because of that TV commercial). This song is pure perfection, the singer sounds like he is right in your ear as the song picks it up a notch.

Have you heard the song (or seen the video) for the Weird Al Yankovic song “Craig’s List?” I’m not a big fan of him but his parody of the Door’s classic “When The Music’s Over” is really good. (Actually Ray Manzerak helps him with the keyboards on the song). You have to check this out- look at this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R32aFmxL9HY .

Twisted Sister is releasing a new single called “30” and it will be included on their reissue of “Stay Hungry” which was released 25 years ago. (The song is not bad). Dee and the boys will make an “In-Store” appearance to sign copies of “Stay Hungry 25th Anniversary Edition” at 12:30 p.m. on Tues. June 30 at J&R Music located at 23 Park Row in lower Manhattan. Twisted will appear on the “Regis and Kelly” show on Thursday July 16.

Scott Weiland says that he and the boys from Stone Temple Pilots have written 18 new songs and should be out around December of this year. I can’t wait!! He’s back where he belongs!!

Last week I gave you my top 10 songs from Bad Co. and this past Tuesday their music went digital for the first time. You can now purchase their classic albums from I-Tunes. Now there is no excuse, you can do it from your computer.

A couple of weeks ago I gave you my top 10 George Harrison songs and this past Tuesday his estate released a “greatest hits”-if you will, that features some outtakes on some of his most popular songs. The album is called “Let It Roll-Songs of George Harrison-ReMastered.”

Pete Yorn’s new album “Back and Forth” was released this past Tueday and listening to some of the samples-it sounds good. If you are a fan, no doubt you have it already but if you are a casual fan looking to dip your toe into the water-this album may be for you.

Michael Buble Meets Madison Square Garden” was also released this past Tuesday and I have to tell you (maybe because I’m older now) but this album is something I would purchase. This guy is “old school” classic just like Harry Connick.

I caught the video for “100 Little Curses” by Street Sweeper Social Club and will admit that I kind of like it. (Obviously I can do without the curses, so parents beware: if your kids are listening to this it should have the “explicit lyrics” warning). They sort of remind me of P.O.D. meshed with the obvious comparison- Rage Against the Machine- as this band contains Tom Morello, the original guitarist of Rage. Their debut album hit this past Tuesday.

“Back from the Dead” by the legendary Spinal Tap was released this past Tuesday. They received some help from some heavy hitters such as Steve Vai, John Mayer, Phil Collen (Def Leppard) and Keith Emerson. Looks like the most popular song from the album so far is “Big Bottom.”

Back in April 2005, Motley Crue stated that they would match the $10,000 reward for a missing Baltimore County woman, Tracey Tetso, 32, after she disappeared on the night of Mar. 5, 2005 as she headed to see The Crue in D.C. Yesterday, her husband Dennis, 44, was arrested and charged with her killing. Her body has still not been found.

Album Review: “Amorica” by The Black Crowes released on November 1, 1994.

While listening to my I-Pod shuffle this week, the song “Descender” by the Black Crowes popped up and I said to myself-“damn this song is good,” so you know I had to go back and listen to the entire album from which this song emanates-“Amorica.” (Note: The album cover is very offensive but again the focus here is the music). Now being honest here, after the more popular albums “Shake Your Money Maker” and “The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion” were released-this album almost became a “throwaway” for me. I was more comfortable with the first two albums which produced songs that The Stones, Faces, Free and Led Zeppelin would perform. (Actually the boys did hook up with Mr. Jimmy Page years later and made some nice tunes together). “Amorica” went in a totally different direction and I would say that their musical appreciation really veered towards the Allman Brothers, The Band, and Little Feat. If you are fans of the aforementioned bands, then you have to like the Black Crowes. I would say that this band was “born too late” because these guys are “throwbacks” to old time rock and roll, blues, gospel and whatever type of music that moves you. So for the “older” generation who love(d) bands like The Band and/or Little Feat and missed out on the Black Crowes-this is the album for you. (If you like “jam” bands, then this album is for you too). This was their third album released and although it did not have the commercial success that the first two had- this became my all-time favorite Black Crowes album. Now in 1994, “Grunge” had taken over with the likes of Pearl Jam, Nirvana and Soundgarden- so it might have been an oversight on your part but you do have time to redeem yourself.

The album starts off with, in my opinion, one of the best, if not the best, opening songs for any album, ever- that’s right I said-ever. “Gone” is a song that ignites something inside of me that I can’t explain. It’s like putting a plug into an outlet and the light comes on. I feel like my fingers are in a socket and the music is so very different but I can not help move in so many different, contorted ways that it’s almost like I’m an octopus because I’m constantly moving my eight different arms. (This is all natural folks so don’t even go there…) There is a part in the middle of the song where it sounds like they have those metal triangles that you use to play in band class when you were in the second grade that sounds so cool that I have to constantly rewind it to that part (c’mon you know that you do that on some of your favorite songs). The groove is “funk-a-fied” to the millionth degree. I wish I could be Chris Robinson (singer) when I hear this song because it is way too cool. I would do the whole thing- no shoes on stage dancing around in a circle on a psychedelic rug just letting the music run through my veins. I think I’m going to grow my hair long and a beard just to do this song. If the drums in this song don’t get you out of your seat, I don’t know what will. Then the “funk-a-fied” vibe keeps going with the electric “A Conspiracy.” How friggin’ good is this song? Rich Robinson’s work on the guitar is flat out phenomenal. “Look here…Did you ever hear the one about last year.. said it was all a lie..” C’mon this is so good-I’m having a hard time describing it. The “stops and starts” are just incredible throughout the whole song. Musically it sounds complicated but yet it moves you, you can’t help but move. I absolutely love the slow down part where the organ solo takes over- it just works. And talk about passion? I think Chris’s middle name must be “passion” because this man exudes it on every track he performs. The music is in him- he was meant to do this-sort of like Babe Ruth, Willie Mays or Joe DiMaggio was meant to play baseball. He is another singer that I wanted to be. I wanted to be him up on stage because I want to know how it feels to have the music in me, the way it is in him. Track # 3- “High Head Blues” could be the best track on the disc. The musicianship between all six members who performed on this album reaches such a high level; it really makes you say to yourself-“Man these guys are so talented.” The jam session lasts only four minutes and leaves you wanting more-if they perform this live-you will surely get more than four minutes. “Cursed Diamond” slows down a bit but still you have the blues effect which makes you bop your head. Can anyone sing like Chris on a slow song? I think not!! He just has a way of wrapping you totally into what he’s singing about and before long you hear the heavy guitar riffs that slide right into your headphones as you float away. This is some heavy stuff, don’t kid yourself-the guitar solo will rip your ears off, it’s that good. “Nonfiction” is a beautiful ballad that shines the light on Chris Robinson’s vocal abilities. “I’m no builder, I’m no gardener.. I’m a singer.. there ain’t no other language I know how to speak..” (Was I right about how the music is in him?)

“She Gave Good Sunflower” reminds me of something that Stevie Wonder might perform. Now I know you’re thinking I’m crazy but if you listen to the keyboards, you could picture (at least I can) Stevie up there fingers flaying on the keyboards while he wails in his best Chris imitation “Say don’t pretend to me, I beg and I plead…” Again the guitar solo is really amazing on this song. This is a jam band song, period end of story. Rock on baby!!Track 7-“P. 25 London” has a real different sound to it, the guitar almost sounds like a harmonica. It’s a real funky groove and the chorus will have you head banging as you sing “There’s a hornet’s nest inside my head.” That’s it!!! Perfect explanation of how the music is.

The last four tracks of the album are super, super solid and cements my opinion that this is their best album. Track # 8-“Ballad in Urgency” starts off with Rich doing his best Eric Clapton impression with some nice guitar riffs. The thing that the Black Crowes do so well is that at some points in their song you may hear only Chris’s voice (or Rich’s guitar) but then this wall of sound engulfs you as every other band member kicks in with their own talent and all together they make beautiful music. Listen to this track to get my meaning. I love the way the piano takes the song out.“Wiser Time” is my favorite track on “Amorica” (and is right up there in my top ten Black Crowes songs of all time). The melody is phenomenal and when you add Chris’s passionate screams of “And on a good day, I know its not everyday, we can part the sea..” well that just does it for me. I can listen to this song over and over.The guitar work is so effortless and flawless that it can not be denied that Rich Robinson is one of the best guitarists out there today, it can’t be denied. “Downtown Money Waster” will take you back to the good old western days where you’d walk into a saloon with the flapping wooden doors as you stroll to the bar as the bartender already has a shot of whiskey waiting for you. As you listen to the song you realize that you’ve probably heard before on an episode of “Gunsmoke” or “The Big Valley”- the piano work will get you thinking that any second there will be a gun battle inside the saloon as someone is suspected of cheating at the poker table. The album ends with the aforementioned “Descender” and starts off sounding like an Elton John song but then when the guitar and drums rush in your back to the blues. This is a perfect song to end this classic album as you get everything- the passionate vocals, acoustic guitar, bass, drums and piano- all the ingredients that make up the Black Crowes. Oh and I forgot another ingredient- Soul.

“Amorica” may take a few turns for you to get use to but believe me the light switch will turn on and you’ll be like “Is this is what I was missing all these years?” Again this is not one of their more commercial successes but does that matter? If the music moves you and you feel it-then that is all that matters. I highly recommend this album although I will understand if you want to test the water first by tipping your toes into “Shake Your Money Maker” and then gradually sink into this and their other albums. I really believe there is no other band like The Black Crowes out there today with their library of work, which includes last year’s spectacular “War Paint.” Have fun exploring. (By the way, a new DVD featuring the live version of War Paint comes out on June 30- the CD came out this past April).

This week my oldest son said to put down my favorite top 10 songs from an “obscure” band or artist. He suggested “Offspring”-now I know what you’re thinking- they have sold over 32 million albums worldwide- so how are these guys “obscure?” Please, I mean no disrespect to the band or their fans as I would not say they are “obscure,” I would say that they are not as mainstream as lets say “Green Day” but are probably more nationally known than “Rancid.” Now I will say that their songs are definitely “PG-13” and probably lean more towards an “R” rating and please excuse some of the song title names but again the focus here is on the music, so without further ado, here are my top 10 songs by Offspring:

10.     Come Out and Play (Keep ‘Em Separated)– Probably their first well known hit and when it first came out I was hooked. This song brings me back to the S&P Corp. Records holiday party in 1994 when the DJ played it and everyone cleared the dance floor, as most people just made this face like “what is this crap?” I, on the other hand, was rocking it out.

9.     Self Esteem– Have to admit the “La, La La” in the beginning can be very annoying but this song is solid. Sometimes I listen to it too much but again overall one of their better songs.

8.     You’re Gonna Go Far, Kid-One of their more recent songs but it’s as good as their prior hits. This song really moves and is a perfect exercise song for either boot camp or Spin.

7.     The Kids Aren’t Alright– In my opinion, this is their most “socially conscious” song. The lyrics really hit you right over the head. “How can one little street swallow so many lives…” The chorus is addictive and I know you have probably sung different words every time you hear it. I know I have… but the correct lyrics are “chances blown, nothing’s free.. longing for what use to be.. still it’s hard, hard to see.. fragile lives, shattered dreams..”

6.     She’s Got Issues– I love the groove in this song, it is so catchy. These guys know how to make “punk pop” –if there is such a thing and I would put this track in that category. To use Randy Jackson’s words this song “has got it going on!!”

5.     Defy You– One of their best songs ever written as well as one of their heaviest. Most of their tracks are “alternative” in nature but this song has the best guitar riffs. You will be “air-guitaring” in no time as well as jamming in the air making believe you are the drummer. Pure rock and roll, this song is electrifying.

4.     Original Prankster– This track, like many of their songs, is pure fun with a hook that grabs you and doesn’t let go. (Parents beware- some curse and other adult words). I love the guy who just speaks “Original Prankster.” “You Can Do It…” Another perfect boot camp song or Spin song for your next exercise class.

3.     Hit That– OK this is one of those songs that you don’t want to admit that you like because of the “sophomoric” lyrics. You really don’t let anyone know that you like it and never talk about it. But now that I’ve opened up my big mouth with my top 10 songs, I have to tell you that I absolutely love this song. But again it is the melody and music only. So many times I was going to put this song on my “Spin” set list but just couldn’t because it definitely would offend someone. So hopefully you’re not offended but I do like this song a lot.

2.     Why Don’t You Get a Job?– Another song that I’m apprehensive to admit that I love but secretly have listened to this track more than any other song done by Offspring. Parents beware again: curses throughout. However, the chorus is so addictive that I find myself singing it all day. “Well I guess it ain’t easy doing nothing at all..” I can not play this song around the house at all-one time my wife heard it and her jaw hit the floor.

1.     Pretty Fly (For A White Guy)-. I remember the first time I heard this song, I thought it was Def Leppard’s “Rock of Ages” because of the beginning. I absolutely love the girls singing in the background-and I know I sound like a broken record- but this is similar to liking Howard Stern with all his “fart” jokes. If you like this song you probably listen to Howard.But you know what? This song is so much fun and it will always bring me back to the days at MBIA in the “boot camp” class with Dave, Tricia, CIC, Nick, Celinda and Doreen. We had a blast and this song would pump me up like no other. Next time you are in a big exercise room with a good stereo system, slide this song on and tell me you can’t run around the room with pure recklessness? Dave and I use to throw the football around the whole room, man the memories-so good!!

Trivia Questions

Answers from last week:

1.     Montrose

2.     Gary Cherone from Extreme

3.     Joe Satriani.

4.     “I’ve Done Everything for You.”

This week’s trivia (Black Crowes)

1.     Who co-wrote the Black Crowes hit single “Hard to Handle?”

2.     Last year The Black Crowes sued an artist for alleged use of their song “Jealous Again,” who is that artist?

3.     What Bob Marley song did the Crowes cover?

4.     What band did the Black Crowes tour with in 2001 which was titled “Tour of Brotherly Love?”

Back on this day in 1965, The Kinks and The Moody Blues had their first U.S. concert at The Academy of Music in New York.

Back on this day in 1980, Donna Summer was the first artist signed to Geffen Records.

If it is your birthday today, you share the same birth date with Ann Wilson and the late Al Wilson.

June 12, 2009

Weekly Update – 06/12/2009

 

Paul McCartney at Citifield on Fri. & Sat. July 17 & 18. Pre-sale tickets for American Express cardholders (and also NY Mets full season ticketholders) on sale this morning at 10:00 a.m. until Sun. June 14 at 10:00 p.m. General public on sale Mon. June 15 at 10:00 a.m. For tickets go to  orhttp://507tixx.com/index.html (718) 507-TIXX. $49.50, $59.50, $99.50, $125, $175 and $275.

Bruce Springsteen & The E-Street Band at Comcast Theater (formerly The Meadows) in Hartford CT on Wed. Aug. 19. Tickets on sale this morning at 9:00 a.m. (Live Nation Event).

Boz Scaggs and Michael McDonald at the Beacon Theater on Sat. Sept. 19. Tickets on sale this morning at 10:00 a.m. $59.50, $69.50, $99.50 & $149.50.

Black Crowes with Levon Helm and Truth & Salvage at Central Park summerstage on Wed. Sept. 2. Tickets on sale today at noon. $57.50. Black Crowes only also appearing at Capital Theater in Westbury on Fri. Sept. 4 and the Stone Pony Summer stage on Sat. Sept. 5 . Tickets on sale today at noon. (Live Nation Event).

Jet at the Gramercy Theater on Wed. July 8. Tickets on sale today at noon. $21 ($25 day of show). Their new album “Shaka Rock” will be released on Aug. 25.

J. Geils Band at The Borgota Event Center on Sat. July 11. Tickets on sale this morning at 10:00 a.m. (Live Nation Event).

Pet Shop Boys at the Hammerstein Ballroom on Tues. & Wed. Sept. 1 & 2. Tickets on sale this morning at 10:00 a.m. $55.50 and $87.50.

The Mighty Mighty Bosstones at The Stone Pony Summerstage on Sun. Aug. 16. Tickets on sale this morning at 10:00 a.m. $26 ($30 day of show).

Dragonforce at The New York Fillmore on Tues. Rocktober 6. Tickets on sale this morning at 10:00 a.m. $29.50 ($33 day of show).

Brian Setzer Orchestra Christmas Rocks Show at Hammerstein Ballroom on Mon. Nov. 30. Tickets on sale this morning at 10:00 a.m. $47.50, $67.50, $77.50, $97 and $123. (This should be an awesome show!!)

The Pretenders, Cat Power and Juliet & the Licks at Central Park Summerstage on Mon. Aug. 10. Tickets on sale tomorrow morning at 10:00 a.m. $49.50. Also appearing at Chevrolet Theater on Fri. Aug. 7. Tickets on sale this morning at 10:00 a.m. $38, $48.

Ian Anderson at the Chevrolet Theater in Wallingford CT on Sun. Rocktober 18. Tickets on sale this morning (Live Nation Event).

Kings of Leon at Mohegan Sun on Wed. 09/09/09.Tickets on sale tomorrow morning at 10:00 a.m. $45.

Ratt & Extreme at Nokia Theater on Tues. July 28, the Capital One Theater in Westbury NY on Thurs. July 30, and the Starland Ballroom in NJ on Thurs. Aug. 6. Tickets on sale today at noon. (Pre-sale for American Express cardholders for the Nokia show until noon today). Nokia Theater- $34; Capital One- $36.50 and Starland-$32.

Chickenfoot will be at the Beacon Theater on Mon. Aug. 17 and at Mohegan Sun on Thurs. Aug. 20. Beacon: Pre-sale tickets for American Express cardholders on now until 10:00 p.m. tonight. General public tickets on sale tomorrow morning at 11:00 a.m. $59.50, $69.50, $79.50 and $125. Mohegan: General public on sale tomorrow morning at 10:00 a.m. $35.

Phoenix with Passion Pit at Central Park Summerstage on Fri. Sept. 25. Tickets on sale today at noon. $32 ($37 day of show).

Counting Crowes with Michael Franti & Spearhead at Mohegan Sun on Sat. Aug. 29. Tickets on sale next Fri. June 19 at 10:00 a.m. $45 – $60. (Internet pre-sale begins Mon. June 15 at 10:00 a.m.)

Other items:

Thoughts and prayers go out to Slash on the passing of his mother, Ola Hudson, last Friday. Slash, (Saul Hudson) said that his mother was the sweetest, warmest, most loving human being he’s ever known.

Today is a bittersweet day for me. My oldest son is graduating from the eighth grade. On one hand I am so happy and proud of the young man that he is becoming, on the other hand I am sad that he is growing so fast. I can remember the day he came home from the hospital after he was born, I can remember his first day of school and now in a blink of an eye, he is now one of the teenagers that I use to see when we took him to school when he was in the first grade, thinking that day was so far away. Well folks, it’s now here and I know the tears will be flowing tonight at his graduation ceremony. So how does this relate to music you ask? Well this past Monday, his class has a special Mass, which was beautiful. (On a separate note, the school’s priest grew up in Brooklyn and went to New Utrecht High School and I was the only one in the audience who knew what he was talking about, I live in CT now). Towards the end of the mass, my son’s graduating class sang a song for the audience, as a gift to us. The song that was picked was “I Have a Dream” by ABBA. It was so beautifully sung that it took all my power not to have the tears start rolling down my face. I had heard the song before but after their performance this is now without a doubt my favorite all time ABBA song. (It was always “Waterloo” for me but now…). On Tuesday morning, I must have listened to this song for about 45 minutes straight, as the tears did stream down my face (no one was around). Look at some of the lyrics (as well as listen to this song).

“I have a dream, a fantasy… To help me through reality…And my destination makes it worth while…Pushing through the darkness still another mile…(chorus) I believe in angels…Something good in everything I see… I’ll cross the stream… I have a dream… I’ll cross the stream… I have a dream.”

Now when the chorus began, all of the class began singing behind the soloist (who was perfect by the way) in such delightful harmony, it was hard not to become teary eyed as you watch your own become young men and women. So needless to say- ABBA’s “I Have a Dream” is my favorite old school song of the week.

Rumor has it Cheap Trick will be performing “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” with a full orchestra for shows in Las Vegas at the Hilton Hotel, former home of Elvis and more recently Barry Manilow.

My other favorite old school song of the week is “Walk Away Renee” by the Left Banke. When is the last time you have heard this song? This song is so good. I love the flute solo and the vocals are great. It was released in 1966.

The Black Crowes are offering their fans a “buy one get one free” when they release their new album “Before the Frost” on Sept. 1 which was recorded at the recording studio of Levon Helm in front of an intimate audience. Anyone who buys the record will get a code for which they can download a second album for free- called “Until the Freeze.” I’m in.

Spin magazine is marking the 25th anniversary of Prince’s “Purple Rain” with a comprehensive history of the film and album. They also will offer a download of a tribute to the album where nine bands perform covers of the original songs. The album will be available the same day the magazine comes out on Tues. June 23rd. (although you’ll need to read the article to get a clue from the magazine on how to download it). Spin tried to reach out to Prince but to no avail.

Anvil, the Canadian heavy metal band that spent more than 30 years in near obscurity, that is until recently where a movie depicting their struggle has catapulted them to stardom. The documentary “Anvil: The Story of Anvil” is out now and should be near a theater near you, if not now then over the summer. Well anyway, they are now officially on a roll because AC/DC has named them their opening act for the July 28 show at Gillette Stadium and then again on July 31 at Giants Stadium. Congrats boys!!!

Album Review: “For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge” by Van Halen released on June 18, 1991.

Ok, by now you all know what a big fan I am of Van Halen, specifically the Diamond Dave era, which is now back. But don’t kid yourself into thinking that I did not like the Hagar years, oh contraire my friends- I am a huge fan of the Hagar years as well. [I know what you’re thinking- you can’t like both- well you’re wrong-I love(d) both]. The Red Rocker has always been a rock star that I aspired to be, (along with Lou Gramm and some others), I love his intensity, the voice and passion for what he does. So in honor of his new band’s debut album out this past Tuesday (Chickenfoot), I have decided to review his best work with Van Halen with the aforementioned album title. This was his third studio album with the boys from California. Now don’t get me wrong, I love “5150” as well as “OU812” but for me, this album kicks butt from start to finish.

The album kicks off with the electrifying “Poundcake.” How cool is the battery operated drill that starts off the song? I remember them performing this on the MTV awards way back when. (When the show was watchable). The heavy riffs and the pounding drums get me so psyched but its Sammy’s vocals that I always try to emulate. This album came out during the first year of my marriage and you can ask my wife- the walls would shake when I put this song on. I would be downstairs (every man’s get away, huh?) with the stereo blasting at the highest decibel level allowed as I strutted around the room-singing, air-guitaring and air-drumming my way into a puddle of sweat as I performed a one man band show for no one to see. The energy kicks into a higher gear as “Judgement Day” just flat out rocks your socks off. How friggin’ heavy is this song? It sounds like Eddie has a machine gun or something with the way he makes that sound. The driving drum beats from Alex blend in superbly with his brother’s guitar work. And of course, the driving bass guitar from the now departed Michael Anthony (who is back with Sammy in Chickenfoot). Basically at this point I am in a mash pit as I continually run in circles, jump around the room like a lunatic as my shirt is now saturated. This is rock and roll at its best. Catching my breath, the groove slows down with the funky “Spanked.” Now this song is about things that I don’t talk about on this page, as I try to keep it where any family member can read this, so as usual this is on the music-aka-guitars, drums etc. Even though this is a slow song, Alex’s work on the skins is top notch as well as the deep bass parts from Mr. Anthony. Follow along with Alex on the drums and you’ll feel like you are on a ride, a ride that you don’t want to end. It’s just like when you’re at a football game and you focus on one guy who may be running with the special teams or rushing the quarterback. Same here with Alex and again most people wouldn’t look to this song as a drum song but listen carefully. “Runaround” gets you back out of your seat and imagining yourself at an outdoor stadium performing for thousands of fans as the beat to this song has to get right into your blood stream to get the juices flowing. I use to run in circles so much that I would get dizzy and fall to couch but then start all over again, doing the “scissor” move with my legs trying to imitate Eddie on guitar. Isn’t he the best to try and imitate because his solos knock you right out!! “She owns it!!” Sammy exclaims as the song jams on right into the psychedelic “Pleasure Dome.” Admittedly, this is the one song that took a while to grow on me but the more I listened, the more I came around and now it’s one of my favorites. Alex is lights out on this track, so you kids out there who want to become a drummer- listen to him on this song and you’ll immediately run out to buy a drum set or go for lessons. “Lost, Lost..in my own pleasure dome..” This is hard rock at its best. Everything meshes- the guitars, drums and of course Sammy’s vocals- so well that if one looked up the words “hard rock song”- this song would have to be right there (obviously along with a whole bunch of others but you get my drift, right?).

Side two starts off with the scorching “In ‘N Out” which has an infectious groove that keeps your interest for the full six minutes. Sammy and Eddie do the old Dave/Eddie who imitated the original Plant/Page thing where the guitar will sing a verse then the singer will sing a verse and then they both do the chorus together. Then its on to my favorite track on the album- “Man on a Mission.” I love the way it starts off with Eddie and Michael jamming together and then Alex turns it into apure “funk-a-fied” jam when he comes in with the drums. The driving head banging beats is reminiscent of the AC/DC fans getting whiplash as the neck snaps back in forth in unison with the pounding beats from Alex. As they approach the bridge before the guitar solo it gets that much better and then BAM!!!-Eddie’s guitar solo sizzles across your headphones as you prepare to scream as high as you can to match Sammy’s intensity. Track # 3 on side two- “The Dream Is Over” is the dark horse on the album and could be the best song on the album. This is Eddie’s song as one can not stray away from his guitar work; he pulls you back in every time you wander off to listen to Sammy, Alex and/or Michael parts. The man is a genius on guitar and this song has to be included in the list of best songs he’s ever done with the guitar. “Right Now” is the most popular song from this album and how cool is the video? Lots of piano and keyboards but again the vulcanizing guitar is right there every step of the way. This track has many “stops & starts” and is one of their most diverse songs ever recorded. This song was everywhere during 1991 and 1992 including Pepsi commercials- yeah I know but can you say? Once Zep did the Cadillac thing-nothing surprises me anymore. “316” is an acoustic guitar ballad named after the birth date of Eddie and Valerie’s son-Wolfgang-who is now the bass guitarist. Eddie could also take it down very nicely (Dave Grohl must have paid attention to this fact) and the result is nice. “Top of the World” is a pop song-plain and simple in the vain of “Jump”- as a matter of fact they actually recorded this song for “1984” with Diamond Dave but it did not make the cut. In many of their shows, they would play this song after playing “Jump” and on their “Best of Both Worlds” compilation these two songs are right next to each other. This went on to be one of their better known songs, personally not one of my all time favorites but still very good.

Now as I mentioned, I like all of the “Van-Hagar” albums but this one is a cut above the rest. It may have something to do with the fact that Eddie brought back Ted Templeman to produce it, (Templeman produced most of the Diamond Dave era, if not all). Maybe it had something to do with the break in-between “OU812”and this album, which was three years. Whatever the reason, this is the pinnacle of the Hagar-led years by far. Personally I believe this was Eddie’s best work since “Fair Warning,” -he is flat out electrifying throughout the entire album. Good luck to Sammy and Michael as they set out with their new adventure with “Chickenfoot” but it’s always good to reminisce with some good old “Van Hagar.” They did put out some good music in their heyday, there’s no denying that fact!!

Going in a different direction this week and will veer away the Beatles solo hits as I had Bad Company in heavy rotation this week. In my opinion, this band does not get the respect that it deserves. [Oh by the way, I’m just focusing on the original band –Paul Rodgers (vocals), Mick Ralphs (guitar), Boz Burell (Bass-who sadly passed away in 2006) and Simon Kirke (drums)]. Here are my top 10 Bad Company songs:

10.     Good Loving Gone Bad– This song rocks!! Love the groove and the vibe. “Cause I’m a Man.. I Got My Pride.” Nice guitar solo as well. Play it LOUD!!!

9.     Ready for Love– This song brings me back to the days of when classic rock stations like WPLJ in New York ruled the airwaves. This might have been the “poster boy” song, it was played all the time.

8.     Honey Child-Another rocking grooving song that has to get you out of your seat. These boys know how to rock and roll with their signature “bluesy” twist. I love it.

7.    Rock and Roll Fantasy– How great is this song? Talk about a song that was always played on classic rock radio? This was a staple in 1979 and lasted for the first few years in the 1980’s. This is the song that every “make-believe” rocker (myself included) wish that they could sing up on stage.

6.     Rock Steady– Love the guitar work on this track and Paul’s vocals are top notch. I remember putting this song on a Spin CD for the class at MBIA and when it came on, I felt like the wicked witch from the Wizard of Oz as she peddled her bike in the air as Dorothy screeches from her swirling house. This song has a way of lifting you off the ground. The drum work is phenomenal.

5.     Shooting Star– Every time I hear this song I feel like I know “Johnny”, don’t you? I feel like I have watched him grow up, become that star and sadly pass on. I always listen intently to the verse “Johnny died one night, died in his bed.” Still gets me after all these years. Great tune!!

4.     Can’t Get Enough– I think if you look up the words “rock and roll” you might just find this song listed as its definition. I don’t care how many times you have heard it, you know you love it. This is another song that has to be played LOUD!!!

3.     Movin’ On– I think this is the most listened song by Bad Company for me, even though it has landed in the number three hole. This is rock and roll at its best

2.     Silver Blue & Gold– “In the beginning I believed every word you said..” I can’t get enough of this song, its pure magnificence.

1.     Do Right By Your Woman-. This song puts me in a trance and the words are perfect. Most people associate Paul with rocking songs but listen to his nice work on the vocals in this classic beauty. And right now for me personally, I’m in the “doghouse” so these words are so right on.

Trivia Questions

Answers from last week:

1.     “Black Coffee in Bed” at 6:12 and Paul Young and Elvis Costello sang background vocals.

2.     “Cool for Cats”.

3.     “I Won’t Back Down.” His buddy Ringo appeared in the video-but did not play on the song.

4.     Paul McCartney

This week’s trivia (Sammy Hagar)

1.     What was Sammy’s first band that had major success?

2.     Who replaced Sammy as lead singer when he left Van Halen?

3.     What guitar virtuoso does Sammy now play with in Chickenfoot?

4.     What song did Sammy write but was made famous by Rick Springfield?

Back on this day in 1965, Sonny & Cher made their first TV appearance on American Bandstand.

Back on this day in 1966, Dave Clark 5 broke a record by appearing on the Ed Sullivan show for the 12th time.

Back on this day in 2007, Canada issued new postage stamps honoring Anne Murray, Gordon Lightfoot, Joni Mitchell and Paul Anka.

June 5, 2009

Weekly Update – 06/05/2009

Paul McCartney at the new Mets Stadium, Citifield, for the first concert to be held there (he was there for the first concert with the Beatles at Shea and last one with Billy Joel) on Fri. & Sat. July 17 & 18. Tickets on sale Mon. June 15 at 10:00 a.m. at  http://507tixx.com/index.html or (718) 507-TIXX.

Bruce Springsteen & The E-Street Band at Giants Stadium on Thurs. & Fri. Rocktober 8th and 9th.Tickets on sale this Monday June 8 at 10:00 a.m. $33, $65 and $98. (eight ticket limit per person).

Beyonce at Izod Center on Fri. July 24. Tickets on sale this morning at 9:00 a.m. $17.75, $76.75, $96.75, $147.75 and $247.75.

The Black Crowes have announced their “Stuck Inside Utopia” summer tour for 2009 and some of the stops are as follows: Cape Cod Melody Tent on Wed. Aug. 26; Borgota Event Center on Sat. Aug. 29; Central Park summerstage on Wed. Sept. 2; Capital Theater in Westbury on Fri. Sept. 4. Tickets for Cape Cod already on sale-$46.75 and $62.75. All other tickets on sale next Friday June 12. More information to follow.

Heart & Journey at Nassau Coliseum on Mon. Aug. 31. Pre-sale for American Express cardholders on now until 10:00 p.m. tonight. General public on sale tomorrow morning at 10:00 a.m. $36, $56, $86 and $126. Also appearing at Mohegan Sun on Mon. Sept. 7. Tickets for this show go on sale this morning at 10:00 a.m. $65 – $85.

Chris Issac with Michele Branch at the Beacon Theater on Wed. Aug. 5. Pre-sale tickets for American Express Cardholders on sale now until 10:00 p.m. tonight. General public on sale Sat. June 6 at 11:00 a.m. $34.50, $49.50, $64.50 and$104.

America at Nokia Theater on Fri. Rocktober 16. Pre-sale tickets for American Express cardholders on now until noon today. General public on sale today at noon. $40, $55, $65 and $75.

Tori Amos at Radio City Music Hall on Thurs. Aug. 13. Tickets on sale this morning at 10:00 a.m. $37.50 – $60.

Kings X at The Stone Pony on Thurs. Aug. 13. Tickets on sale tomorrow at noon. (Live Nation Event).

Charlie Daniels Band at Capital One Theater in Westbury NY on Fri. Rocktober 23. Tickets on sale this Sunday June 7 at noon. (Live Nation Event).

Foreigner at Capital One Theater in Westbury NY on Thurs. Rocktober 1. Tickets on sale Sun. June 7 at 12:30 p.m. $51.50 and $61.50. (It kills me to put it down without Gramm but here is the info anyway).

Ratt (yes with Stephen Pearcy) & Extreme at Nokia Theater on Tues. July 28. Also appearing at Capital One Theater in Westbury NY on Thurs. July 30 and also at The Mohegan Sun on Sat. Aug. 29. Ticket information to follow. Ratt is in the studio now to record their first album since their 1999 self titled album.

Chickenfoot will be at the Beacon Theater on Mon. Aug. 17 and at Mohegan Sun on Thurs. Aug. 20. Tickets on sale next Sat. June 13 at 10:00 a.m. More information to follow.

Miley Cyrus with Metro Station (for you parents out there) at The Prudential Center on Sat. & Sun. Nov. 7th & 8th and also at the Nassau Coliseum on Wed. & Thurs. Nov. 18 & 19. Pre-sale tickets for American Express cardholders go on sale next Wed. June 10 at 10:00 a.m. until Fri. June 12 at 10:00 p.m. General public on sale Sat. June 13 at 10:00 a.m. $39.50 -$79.50.

Other items:

AC/DC and Metallica are the latest artists to score a contract with Converse and have their logos put on a pair of Chuck Taylor’s. AC/DC sneakers will be released later this month and then in July you will be able to pick up a pair of Metallica sneakers? I’ll be first in line…only kidding.. or am I?

It’s official: Aerosmith will perform their classic album- “Toys In the Attic”- in its entirety for their upcoming tour with ZZ Top. Wow I would love to hear “No More No More” live, I bet they rarely do that song. Or how about “Adam’s Apple?”… Or “Round and Round.” Awesome baby!!

Ozzy is suing (most likely Sharon) guitarist Tony Iommi, claiming that he illegally took sole possession of the Black Sabbath name. Ozzy wants a 50% interest of the “Black Sabbath” trademark (but he did say that all four members should own an equal share-apparently right now, Tony owns 100%). He claims he has been trying to settle this for the past three years and that Tony has left him with no choice.

Van Halen is preparing new material for an album with Diamond Dave on vocals and Wolfgang on bass. After Eddie gets married on June 27 and comes back from his honeymoon, they will hit the studio. Eddie has gone to Dave’s place recently to write songs. A tour would follow about a year from now. I’m in!!!

Whitney Houston will release her first album since 2002 on Sept. 1 with Arista Records. The album is not yet titled and her website will start previewing singles over the coming weeks. Good to see her come back!!

Deftones bassist, Chi Cheng, is still in a coma after last November’s car crash in CA and earlier this month was taken off of life support. He is currently in a semi state of consciousness. His family has set-up an appeal to raise money for the mounting medical bills. Members of Korn and Slipknot are going to make an all instrumental song where the proceeds from the song will go to help Cheng’s family with his medical expenses.

Jay-Z will reportedly release “BluePrint 3” through Atlantic Records on Sept. 11. Last month it was confirmed that Jay was leaving Def Jam which is owned by the Universal Music Group. An official announcement is expected this Sunday at the massive Hot 97 Summer Concert at Giants Stadium.

Elvis Costello has released a new CD and it’s called “Secret, Profane and Sugarcane.” He’s hooked again with T. Bone Burnett on this one and also receives some help from Loretta Lynn and Emmylou Harris. As I have grown older, Mr. Costello now makes more sense to me. I like the sound of this album.

Wolfmother is back (with new mates) and a new single “Back Round,” sounds similar to their earlier stuff.

There is a pretty cool album that was just released this week and it is called “A Song for My Father” and it features children of famous singer/songwriters who perform one of their dad’s songs. Gunnar & Matthew Nelson (remember them in the 1980’s?) perform “Travelin’ Man” by their dad, Rick Nelson. Ms. Jen Chaplin covers her dad’s, Harry, most popular song- “Cats in the Cradle.” Ben Taylor sounds eerily similar to James on the track “Bartender’s Blues.” Check this album out now!! Perfect gift for Father’s Day on the 21st.

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

Side 1 of “Argybargy” by Squeeze released in March 1980.

Being a teenager in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s was like driving a car uptown on the FDR Expressway as you approached 125st, you have various options to choose from, right? One roadway will take you to Randall’s Island. Another roadway can take you to the Major Deegan which can lead you to the Cross Bronx Expressway which can transfer you to Westchester and other points north, such as Connecticut. Yet another exit can lead you to the George Washington Bridge via the Harlem River Drive as you prepare to enter the state of N.J. Or maybe you want to cross over to the west side and utilize the Henry Hudson Parkway. Many avenues to turn to and unlike deciding on what music path to take, one can not “park” or “stop” a car on the FDR to make the decision. But with music, you could take your time and decide which path (or paths) to explore during the music scene in the late 1970’s and early ‘80’s. Now on one avenue you had the “classic” rock bands like Black Sabbath, Deep Purple and Thin Lizzy which were still going strong (albeit with many “line-up” changes). Another roadway to venture into was the emergence of what is now known as “corporate rock” bands such as Boston and Foreigner. (I strongly disagree with this label which was cast upon them by Joey Ramone- I’d put up Boston’s first album to any of The Ramones Album-sorry Joey not everything has to be “underground.” If it is good, people will listen and follow).Now you could have also gone down the “underground” road or the “punk” road with bands like The Ramones, Velvet Underground and The Sex Pistols. Personally, not my cup of tea but I completely acknowledge and respect their impact on music history. Of course there was the “disco” boulevard to follow and contrary to popular belief, it has never really gone away (especially in Brooklyn). Then there was the “new wave” path where bands like The B-52’s, Devo and The Talking Heads emerged and took the nation by storm. Where does Squeeze fit in? If I had to pick what street they resided on, I would lean towards “new wave” but with a twist of Elvis Costello and Dave Edmunds. (who both went on to work or produce songs with/for Squeeze). Squeeze “squeezed” their way onto the new wave street, moved in and instantly became the “new kid on the block” once “Argybargy” was released. This album put them on the block and they became long time residents. Now the main musicians for Squeeze were Chris Difford and Glen Tilbrook, as they wrote most of their hits. At one point in their career, they were said to be the new “Lennon/McCartney” duo as far as song writing ability.

I jumped all over this album once it came out and absolutely love(d) it. However, as you know with my criteria, (and of course, my opinion), a side has to be “flawless.” Side 1 is that and more. It blasts off with the totally cool song –“Pulling Mussels (From The Shell).” Now I know there may be some of you out there that would consider this “classic” rock and that’s because you hear it now on the classic rock stations, either on free radio or satellite. But if you were there in 1980, this song was like no other song that was being played on the radio. It was totally different from anything I had ever heard. The chorus is totally addicting and you can not stop singing it all day long, I’m sorry. This was the summer song of 1980 and many summers afterwards (as well as “If I Didn’t Love You”-which is on side two). I can remember being on the beach in Coney Island with the “boom boxes” blasting this song out (OK maybe it was only mine but I was competing with Travolta & The Bee Gees). Listen to the guitar and piano work and tell me it’s not flawless? Ok on to the next perfect song- “Another Nail in My Heart”- I have to say that this song ranks up there real high as one of my all time favorite Squeeze songs. Get a pair of headphones and feel the bass line completely surround you about 8 seconds into it. I love the crash of the drum cymbals throughout “one, two..one, two.” Now this song is different from many songs as the guitar solo comes after the first verse and chorus (usually there are two or more verses with the chorus and THEN the guitar solo). Why does this matter? It doesn’t, but that is what stands out to me. C’mon you know every word to this song-they are just a fun band to sing along with, their songs appear to be simplistic but if you listen carefully, you can hear the different changes in the arrangements. “I have a bad time, now love is resigned.” Love how the song ends with the piano scale. “Separate Beds”- wow when is the last time that you have heard this song? I forgot how phenomenal this song is (this was the song that I heard on my I-Pod shuffle that prompted me to this perfect album side). The time changes that I just mentioned are all over this song. When the song slows down and they sing “My mother didn’t like her, she’d never peel the spuds..” I just love the sound that reminds me of someone using a whip to tame a lion while holding a chair- “Ccchh, Cccchh” C’mon who made songs like this? No one, friggin’ awesome. “Misadventure” is an upbeat, almost “head-banging,” song that has to get you out of your seat and dance around the room in lightning speed. Even as they travel fast, they are so melodic. Again the change in arrangements just blows me away, I love the drums and percussion towards the end of the song with the blazing bass work that just adds that extra something. The last track on side 1 is my favorite song on the album-“I Think I’m Go Go”- this song is picture perfect. The part where the song becomes “militant” like with the drums and the cool vocals, (“PIX and rock and roll”) along with the string arrangements makes me pause with amazement on how something like this could have been created. The vocals from both Tilbrook and Difford are blended so seamlessly and so pleasing to the ear. It sort of has this alien or out of space feel to it but yet at the same time makes you feel at home, like one of Grandma’s home made cookies with a glass of milk.

Side 1 of Argybargy is definitely a “perfect album” side and you won’t go wrong by purchasing the whole album. These guys are so musically talented and have some of the best voices in music history.

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

Side 1 of East Side Story by Squeeze released on May 15, 1981.

Keeping with the Squeeze theme, side 1 of East Side Story is also a perfect album side-so putting this side along with side 1 of Argybargy- one would have the ultimate album. (Again both albums are very good and the recommendation is to “buy” for both). East Side was originally intended to be a “double album” release with help from Elvis Costello, Dave Edmunds, Nick Lowe and Paul McCartney. In the end, Paul and Nick did not partake and Edmunds helped out on the first track –“In Quintessence.” Costello ended up producing the entire album. This album also incorporated an R&B with a tinge of blues sound to it and wasn’t the “new wave” sound that we were use to from the boys from England. East Side was also the first album with new keyboardist, Paul Carrack, who sang lead on “Tempted”-one of their best known hits ever. Carrack stayed only a short time then embarked on a solo career, he did come back to play with them in the 1990’s for the album “Some Fantastic Place.”

Side 1 starts off with one of their most often overlooked hit songs-“In Quintessence” (produced by Edmunds). This song is super solid with very impressive work on the skins by Gilson Lavis and Tilbrook’s guitar solo is short but packs a powerful punch. The background vocals seemingly shadow the lead vocals with such ease that it takes a while to figure out that two people are actually singing on this track. “Someone Else’s Heart” really does sound like something that Costello would sing, this song is so good. I love the way the drums go “up and down” throughout the bridges before the chorus hits. “Same words, different meaning.. Now I know about that someon else’s heart..” Track # 3 is the spectacular “Tempted.”“I bought a tooth brush, some tooth paste..” The bluesy groove is infectious and you know you have lip synced this song while looking at yourself in the mirror as it is blasting throughout your house or when you are driving your car. I know I do it. I love the way the guys trade singing different verses in the song but its clearly Carrack’s baby, he delivers it so effortlessly but with so much passion.“Piccadilly” starts off with the piano and quickly gets back to the traditional Squeeze sound we are so use to. I feel like whistling every time I hear this song, I sway my head back and forth and try to keep up with the lyrics. This is a pure pop song that kind of reminds me of Joe Jackson’s “Kinda Kute” and you will be singing “loose change in my pocket that started to rattle” all day long.Track # 5 is “There’s No Tomorrow” and this totally takes the album to a much slower pace, and honestly this song almost made me rethink the perfect album side but as you give it a chance you’ll realize what I did-this is a beautiful song that definitely deserves attention. I can actually say that I could picture Paul McCartney singing this song and wouldn’t be shocked if he did this in his days with Wings. Give it a listen and let me know what you think. “Heaven” takes the tempo back up and has that “new wave” feel to it, especially when they get to the chorus “Heaven” where the sound coming out of the speakers sounds like a fancy doorbell letting you know there is someone at your place. It sort of takes a page out of the Talking Heads play book, especially at the end with the strange sounding voice that comes out. (remember the Little Rascals show with that noise). The last track on side 1 is “Woman’s World”- this track is the “sleeper” on this album. The more you listen to this track the more you will love it. The vocals are phenomenal.

So there you have it folks, two perfect album sides from the band called Squeeze. As previously mentioned, they blasted onto the scene with “Argybargy” and continued the success with “East Side Story” and cemented their place in music history. So do yourself a favor and get familiar with this band if you don’t know them too well, you will not be disappointed.

Since last week I put down my favorite top 10 songs from John Lennon, I figured this week I would focus on the legendary George Harrison and let you know my favorite ten songs from him. I love his solo material the best out of the four Beatles, with John a close second. By the way, the song “I’ll See You in My Dreams” performed by Joe Brown with a ukulele at the end of “The Concert For George” DVD is one of the most heartfelt tributes you will ever see (or hear) and gives me chills every time I hear it. That’s the effect George had on many people.

10.     Give Me Love (Give Me Peace on Earth)– “Give me hope, help me cope with this heavy load.” These are very poignant words for many families across the U.S. dealing with the war and the economy. How beautiful is this song?

9.     The Light that has Lighted the World– Gut retching song that seems to depict his departure from The Beatles and the backlash he received for the Beatles breaking up.

8.     I Live for You-Beautiful song that is perfect for you and your significant other.

7.     Beware of Darkness– Unbelievable arrangement of this song, simple but yet so exquisite. Listen to this song and you will be floating away.

6.     Wah-Wah– Love the guitar work on this track and George’s vocals are top notch. When I saw it performed live on the “Concert For George” it floored me, looked like everyone was having such a good time playing this fun song.

5.     Isn’t It A Pity– Do you know the term “The Gold Standard”- well this song fits this description perfectly. I love to listen to this song lying in front of my stereo system with my head close to the speakers. (My brother and my mother know that I use to do this all the time).

4.     My Sweet Lord– This song has to be on here, how can it not?, no matter if he lost the case to the Chiffons. Absolutely one of the most likeable songs ever written, everyone can sing along-from your grandparents to your sweet little niece or nephew. Watch the “Concert for George” as Billy Preston takes over the reigns, freakin’ phenomenal. Man, it is such a shame that both of these men are no longer with us.

3.     All Things Must Pass– Heartbreaking song but I have to listen to it, I can not help but pay close attention to the lyrics. Obviously for him, this was the breakup of the Beatles. For the rest of us, there are times in our lives where something you love moves on and you have to cope. Graduation, moving, etc. but as long as you have and hold on to the memories and friendships, you never really leave. McCartney sings this on the “Concert for George.”

2.     What is Life– I can listen to this song almost 24 hours a day… The chorus lyrics reflect my feelings for my wife.. This is a perfect “Spin” song as well for your next cycling class.. everything about this song is great.

1.     I’d Have You Anytime– Here is another song that I wish that I could have written. This song puts me in a trance. You have to wonder why John and Paul wouldn’t let this come out with the Beatles? This is so phenomenal; words do not do it justice.

Trivia Questions

Answers from last week:

1.     .38 Special

2.     Mocking tribute to Leonard Skinnerd, who was a gym teacher at Rober E. Lee High School in Jacksonville FL, who enforced strictly the “no long hair” on boys.

3.     True, after the “Gimme Back my Bullets” album was released, LS felt the “three-guitar” sound was missing and auditioned Mr. West but Mr. Steve Gaines landed the role.

4.     False, Neil actually wrote the song “Powderfinger” for Skynyrd but Ronnie passed away from the plane crash before they had a chance to record it. It was later released on Young’s 1979 “Rust Never Sleeps.”

This week’s trivia (Squeeze and George Harrison)

1.     What is the longest track Squeeze ever recorded and who sang background vocals on this song?

2.     Chris Difford rarely sang lead on their songs, which song did he sing lead for that was a hit?

3.     On which Tom Petty song did George Harrison play acoustic guitar and what other Beatle appeared in the video for the song?

4.     Who was George’s best man when he married Patti Boyd?

Sadly back on this day in 1993, Conway Twitty passed away at the young age of 59 from a heart attack after undergoing stomach surgery.

Sadly back on this day in 2002, Dee Dee Ramone passed away at the young age of 50 from an apparent overdose.

Back on this day in 1956, Elvis appeared on the last Milton Berle show for NBC.

Back on this day in 1958, Johnny Mathis released his greatest hits and went to #1 then remained on the charts for 490 weeks, a record until it was broken by Pink Floyd with “Dark Side of the Moon.”

Back on this day in 1971, Grand Funk broke the Beatles box office record by selling out Shea Stadium in 72 hours. (The Beatles people, do you see? Very under-rated band but those in the know, know)

Back on this day in 1973, the New York Dolls released their first album which was produced by Todd Rundgren.

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