Errols Weekly Music Update.

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 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.” 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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