Errols Weekly Music Update.

March 12, 2010

Weekly Update – 03/12/2010

Black Eyed Peas at the Prudential Center on Wed. Aug. 4. Pre-sale starts this morning at 10:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. tonight and password is TBEP312. General public on sale tomorrow at noon. $49.50 – $94. There is a 4 ticket limit per purchaser.

Tom Petty & Heartbreakers at the Madison Square Garden on Wed. July 28 and also at the Izod Center on Tues. Aug. 24. Pre-sale tickets for Citicard holders only (542418-thanks Chris!) on sale now until Sunday at 10:00 p.m. General public on sale this Mon. Mar. 15 at 10:00 a.m. Garden: $54, $79.50, $103.50 and $134.50. Izod: $49.50, $75 and $125. (“My Morning Jacket” will be opener at Izod, now word on opener for the Garden yet)Also there are “presale” passwords- Garden: HEPETTY; Izod: ACCESS. In addition Tom will be playing at the Comcast Theater (Hartford CT) on Tues. Aug. 17. Tickets on sale this Mon. March 15 at 10:00 a.m. (Live Nation Event).

Maxwell and Jill Scott at Madison Square Garden on Fri. June 25. Pre-sale tickets for Citicard holders only on sale now until 10:00 p.m. tonight. General public tickets on sale tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. $41.50, $71.50, $91.50, $106.50, $156.50 and $256.50. (The $256.50 is out of control, c’mon are you kidding me?) Pre-sale password for MSG: HEMAX

Sting with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the Mohegan Sun on Tues. July 6 and also appearing at the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts on Fri. July. 30. Mohegan: Pre-sale for American Express cardholders on now until Tues. Mar. 16 at 10:00 p.m. General public tickets on sale Mon. Mar. 22 at 10:00 a.m. Mohegan: $86 and $116; Bethel: Tickets on sale this Mon. Mar. 15 at 10:00 a.m. $42.10 (lawn) $70.70 (rear orchestra) $91.15-$162.80 (middle orchestra) $162.80-$193.50 (front orchestra).

Carole King and James Taylor have added another date at Madison Square Garden on Wed. June 30. Pre-sale tickets for American Express cardholders on now until 9:00 p.m. on Sun. Mar. 14. General public tickets on sale Mon. Mar. 15 at 9:00 a.m. $39.50, $89.50 and $154.50. Also appearing at the Prudential Center (The “Rock”) on Fri. June 25. Everything is the same as far as on sale and price information as The Garden.

Franki Valli & The Four Seasons at the Paramount Theater in Asbury Park NJ on Sat. May 29. Tickets on sale now. $49-$249. (Benefit for The Boys & Girls Clubs)

Iron Maiden at PNC Bank Arts Center on Sun. July 11. Tickets on sale next Sat. Mar. 20 at 10:00 a.m.(Live Nation Event).

Slash at the Music Box at The Borgata on Sat. May 22. Tickets on sale tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. (Live Nation Event)

Faith No More (reunited) will perform at the Williamsburg waterfront (North 8 street and Kent Avenue in Brooklyn) on Mon. July 5. Tickets on sale at noon on Fri. Mar. 19.

Jacob Dylan at the Town Hall on Wed. Apr. 21. Tickets on sale today at noon $40 and $65.

Hole at Terminal 5 on Tues. Apr. 27. Tickets on sale today at noon. $35 ($40 day of show).

Hot Chip at the Central Park Summer Stage on Wed. Aug. 4. Tickets on sale today at noon. $35.

Echo & The Bunnymen at The Fillmore New York at Irving Plaza on Sun. May 2. Tickets on tomorrow morning at 10:00 a.m. (Live Nation Event)

Other items:

Is there anyone else who misses seeing Paula Abdul on American Idol? Call me crazy but the show is not the same without her. Yes she did some goofy things and yes she said things where you would scratch your head while saying “what??!!” But you know something- I would rather hear her opinion than Ellen’s. No offense, I like Ellen as a talk show host and a comedian but she adds nothing to the show. How many times has she used the word “great” so far in her comments back to the contestants? Can she say anything else? She actually appears like a “deer in headlights” many times and it’s so unusual to see her that way, she always appears to be comfortable in her own skin (outside of “Idol”) but when she is asked for her opinion first-watch for that “look.” And now there seems to be a “wall” up between the judges, where lately it has pitted Randy & Ellen vs. Simon & Kara. Now Paula during her tenure “seemed” to be on Randy’s side most of the time and we all know she had her battles with Simon but she also agreed with Simon many times as well. But maybe my attention has shifted to the judges since, in my opinion, there has yet to be one competitor that stands out this year. (Ok except for the amazing performance of Michael Lynche on Wednesday night on his stellar cover of Kate Bush’s “This Woman’s Work” that had every one thinking Maxwell was “in the house.” It brought tears to Kara). Maybe Paula knew something………what’s going to happen once Simon leaves?

I was channel surfing last weekend and came across the show-“Celebrity Rehab” with Dr. Drew on VH1 where the episode focused on Mike Starr, the former bassist for Alice-In-Chains, who still feels lots of guilt for not calling the police when his former band mate Layne Staley (former lead singer for AIC) was sick and eventually was found dead from a drug overdose. Mike was the last person to see Layne and told the gut retching story of how Layne did not want him to call “911” for help. Apparently they had been on a bender and Mike left without calling police and said that he crashed at his mother’s place for two weeks without even knowing what had happened to his best friend. Layne’s mother, Nancy McCallum, came on the show and it was the first time he had seen her in 8 years; he did not want to face her because of the guilt. She informed him that it was not his fault and pleaded with the entire group of people on the show that if they didn’t come clean they would end up like Layne. I could feel her pain of losing a child seep into my entire body and it was very hard to watch and to a certain degree I agree with Jerry Cantrell (lead guitarist for AIC) who has blasted VH1 for putting a show like this on TV. I couldn’t totally agree because I watched it. Stories like those of Layne (the man had so much talent) intrigue me to no end, it’s such a shame what happened to him as well as countless others around the world. I hope and pray those affected can get better. In the future I will not be watching the show, it was too disturbing.

Grateful Dead fans now have two places to visit (one in New York and one in California) as a new exhibition about the band has just opened at the New York Historical Society and a much larger scale of public viewing of artifacts collected over the years will be displayed at the University of California in Santa Cruz. The NY exhibit will run until July 4.

Meatloaf’s new album-“Hang Cool Teddy Bear”- is due out on May 11. He has grabbed Steve Vai and Brian May to help him out on a few songs. Kara DioGuardi of American Idol fame has co-wrote and sings on “If I Can’t Have You.” Jack Black does a duet with Meat and he has also enlisted Justin Hakes (“The Darkness”) to write a few songs. Sounds pretty interesting, I just may have to check it out.

A new Paul Rodgers collection of greatest hits from his time with Free, Bad Company and The Firm as well as some other songs will be released on March 29. I-Tunes will carry this 26 song disc.

Miley Cyrus and Bret Michaels? Yes it’s true, the Poison front man has recorded a duet with Miley and the song is called “Nothing to Lose.” Miley asked to join Bret in the studio as he was re-working “Every Rose Has its Thorns” and he wanted to know if Miley wanted to hear some of his new songs. She heard this song and fell in love with it and asked Bret if she could sing it with him and he said yes. Look for it on You-Tube.

I know I’m a little late on this one but I like the new Ratt single-“Best of Me”-I have to give it to them they stayed true to their sound and if you close your eyes while you listen to it you would think that it’s 1988 all over again.

My favorite old school song of the week is “Everybody Loves a Clown” by Gary Lewis and the Playboys. Have to give it to Jerry’s son, this is a quality song. “They” don’t make songs like these anymore.

Album Review: “Valleys of Neptune” by Jimi Hendrix released on Mar. 9, 2010

Valleys Of Neptune

Ok finally it is now the tenth week of the “new” year (2010 for those paying attention) and I actually bought a “new” CD, albeit from someone who passed away in 1970. Yes it is songs that you probably are familiar with but with a different “spin” on the songs. If you are a “die-hard” Jimi Hendrix fan you probably have all these tracks in some way shape or form but according to his estate there are songs that have never been released before (don’t ask me I’m not which ones those are). If you want to complain about the estate releasing “demos” of songs go right ahead but I for one am completely and utterly intrigued by the rawness of this album-“Valleys of Neptune”- and it takes me to a place that a “polished” song can’t do, a place where you can hear the unbelievable talent of this individual. I am not a guitar aficionado by any stretch of the imagination but this album makes me stand up and agree with the countless others who have stated that Jimi Hendrix is/was the greatest guitarist this world has ever seen. Take a listen to “Lover Man” and let it blow you away-this song alone is worth the price of admission for the entire album- its mind numbing stuff. If you love “guitar rock” you will absolutely love this album and if you don’t I’ll refund your money. He does a blistering cover of “Sunshine of Your Love”- (“Cream”) which will knock your socks off and you will like this song again (meaning this version will make you appreciate this song after hearing the original 5 zillion times on the radio for the past 25 years or so). And as I listen to the entire album all I have to say is “OMG this is Grr8!!!” So even though this is not a new artist or a new album for 2010 it is by far the best recording released this year to date and I doubt anything will come close for the rest of the century (unless his estate finds some more recordings that we haven’t heard).

This scorching album starts off with a totally different approach to “Stone Free” that I dare say that you will not recognize the song until the chorus. It’s almost “jazzed up” a little bit and seems a bit faster than the original. (It also doesn’t have the “cow-bell” effect you hear on the original). If this is a “demo” than I want to hear every one of his takes on all his songs. There is a “sophistication” feel to it as you will snap your fingers and try to decide if you like this version better than the original. Also you can hear his every note as well as the bass and every crack of the drums along the crash of the cymbals. The title track of the album has been all over the “classic rock “ radio formats across the country including here in NY at Q104.3 and I for one had not heard this song before and I was immediately struck on how “contemporary” it felt. It has that classic Jimi feel to it and you will swear that you know it as you sway your head back and forth to the gripping groove that evokes memories of the late 1960’s when it seemed like the greatest music of every genre was recorded. This is good stuff people. Track # 3-“Bleeding Heart”-starts off with Jimi singing with his guitar before he actually starts using his voice- the music exudes from every part of his being. The track has some “giddy-up” to it and you will be “air-guitaring” to this bad boy for the entire six minutes or so. Yes this has a “hippie” feel to it as you might think you are back in the country muddy fields in New York in August of 1969. Listen to his numerous solos and you can begin your “Wayne’s World” bows at any time and I’ll use a “Visa” commercial word- “Priceless.” The next song-“Hear My Train a Comin’”- is a psychedelic blues trip and I can say that Van Halen was listening to this track when they recorded “Fools” as the beginning of this track from “Women & Children First” sounds eerily similar to this song. (although since it was never released before.. but anyway you get my drift). OK I must say that I now know where Led Zeppelin received their claim to fame by having their infamous sound where Robert Plant sings alongside Jimmy Page’s guitar except Jimi Hendrix does it all by himself in one package. Listen to the unbelievable way his guitar follows his voice and vice-versa, truly a spectacular thing to listen to. His guitar sears with such a passion it’s almost like the guitar is alive- similar to all those entertainers who perform with as a ventriloquist. “Mr. Bad Luck” is almost Chuck Berry like and has a “Fire” feel to it as well. As Jimi takes off with his guitar solo you are thinking to yourself that this album is only a “quarter” over and if they only released these five songs it is worth the money.

But you know it’s only going to get better right? As mentioned above the cover of “Sunshine of Your Love” begins and right out of the gate it seems like Jimi is telling Eric-here…this is how you play it (no offense to Clapton as I totally recognize his mastery on guitar) as he immediately takes over the song with his guitar and before you know it two minutes have passed by and as the song trends into a “Steppenwolf” feel to it (think the long psychedelic version of “Magic Carpet Ride”) as the same verse is seemingly repeated over and over but you don’t seem to mind because you want more because you can’t wait to hear what is next. As a matter of fact the almost seven minute song will go by and you won’t even realize that he doesn’t even sing on the track-oh wait- his guitar does, I told you it was alive. The aforementioned “Lover Man” is the best song on the album in my opinion. There is no other way to listen to this song but VERY LOUDLY!!! This scorching number will make you forget all about the winter as again you will be taken back to that great summer of 1969. Music is meant to move you and if this song doesn’t move you, well then you need to check yourself at the door. This is FREAKIN’ PHENOMENAL!!! Like I said if this is the demo, then give me more. “Ships passing through the Night” makes you realize why artists such as the late Stevie Ray Vaughn and contemporary artist like John Mayer must have listened to songs like this from Jimi because some of their sound emulates the vibe in this track. I would go as far as saying this is the type of song that created the “jam band”-think of every current band that you know to be a jam band- and just like I realized with the Mighty Zep-it started with Hendrix, there’s no denying it. “Fire” sounds almost the same as the original-it doesn’t have the “big” sound that the version on “Are You Experienced” has and the one thing that clearly stands out for me are the background vocals (Noel Redding?) which seem to creep along side the big sound from Jimi’s guitar and voice. By the way, Mitch Mitchell is all over the place on the drums, if you want to take up drumming listen to him jam away on this tune and you will want to start taking lessons tomorrow. “Red House”- (also from “Experienced”) will put you in a “blues bar” in no time as you will pucker your upper lip as you air-guitar (remember he’s a “lefty” so turn it around) and feel that sweet sensation enter your body as you become as possessed as Jimi was when he recorded it. This is about five minutes longer than the original version but you won’t notice because you will be totally engulfed and mesmerized by Jimi- he could have made lots of money being a “hypnotist.”You get the feeling that this was all Jimi wanted to do was play guitar and jam with his buddies.

“Lullaby for Summer” picks up the pace again as Jimi appears to be very focused in nailing down the arrangement of this track. I betcha Joe Satriani or Steve Vai must have been listening to this sort of track while they were growing up because again-Jimi started it all and did it all- the “Babe Ruth” of guitar land. Welcome to the land of Jimi were admission is free (Ok.. ten bucks) but the ride will take you to a place where you’ve never been and no there will not be that guy there to turn the ride off, so lock yourself in and enjoy. Again before you know it, the song is over and it was only the guitar that sang. “Crying Blue Rain” is a slow trudging blues fest that again if you are not careful you will be totally hypnotized. With almost two minutes left in the track he really picks up the pace and is off to the races. Another song ends with out him singing a word (he hums in this song but no words). Now admittedly there are no words sung from “Lullaby for Summer” onwards and if you can not listen to just guitar for 4 straight songs, it might be monotonous for you. (Think of Harrison’s “All Things Must Pass” album where the second side has at least 40 minutes of just guitar riffs and solos-again if you can listen to songs with no words then you will have no issues, especially if you love to listen to the guitar-who better than Jimi?) The last two tracks-“Slow Version” and “Trash Man”- are just straight out knockout displays of his awesome talents, perfect for a summer night out on the deck listening with people who love heavy guitar work.

“Valleys of Neptune” has fourteen tracks and the first eleven flew by for me as the mixture of Jimi with his voice and guitar (along with the drums and bass-how can I leave those guys out?) coupled with the “new takes” on songs that I was pretty familiar with, left me with this feeling of wanting more. Now the last three songs kind of made me feel like I was at Woodstock-even though I wasn’t- and as with George Harrison’s “Pass” album I know I will really have to be in the mood to listen to almost 20 minutes of just straight guitar. (Do you know what I’m saying?). In no way am I saying it’s not good-just the opposite-his playing is unbelievable and when he gets in that zone forget it, you will be reeled in “hook, line and sinker!!!” It’s just hard for me to be in that zone unless I see the artist live as opposed to listening in my car or on the train. Anyways, the guitar aficionado will absolutely love this album and even the most die-hard Jimi fan (who has every Jimi song there is) will be glad they purchased this. This album is a “buy!!”

“TOP TEN”:

My I-Pod shuffle this week kept playing songs from two artists that I like very much, so I decided to take these two entities-The Guess Who and Eddie Money– and put down my favorite five songs each to create this week’s top ten. Now there is no rhyme or reason for putting these two together, it really was just that I kept hearing songs from both on the shuffle. Now if there is one similarity, these two bands, in my mind, represent the “underdog” in the sense that neither get the “full” recognition that they deserve. I am not going to sit here and say they were the greatest bands ever but each has put their stamp on the rock music world in their own way and made some pretty awesome songs along the way. As I have always maintained on this page, The Guess Who were (are) a very talented band that created some of the best tunes during the late 1960’s/early 1970’s but for some reason it seems to slip everyone’s mind when it comes to naming the best songs of that era. (I acknowledge that there were “zillions” of songs to choose from in that time period). I will say that two of my favorite artists-Lenny Kravitz and Telsa- did not forget and paid homage to them by performing “American Woman” (for all you youngsters out there- Lenny was not the first) and “Hand Me Down World” and both were done with respect along with brilliance, in my opinion. It’s a shame that the tandem of Burton Cummings and Randy Bachman could not stay together because their fusion was awesome but their differences led to Randy leaving to form Bachman Turner Overdrive, or “BTO.” Eddie Money to me is the “blue collar” rock and roll guy who just seemed (seems) to have a blast making his music and make no mistake his song “Baby Hold On” blasted him on to the scene in the late 1970’s and he held the attention of many fans well into the 1980’s. Actually he is still touring today and like I said, this stuff just comes natural to him-this is what he was born to do. So here goes again- this time I’m on the same island and am told that I can have ten songs but has to be split in half between Eddie and The Guess Who- “these are the five” from each”

Eddie Money

Image of Eddie Money

5.     We Should Be Sleeping-Check out the beginning of this song and if you are a Van Halen fan you would think that the beginning riffs were part of Eddie’s repertoire- as a matter of fact I would say that it sounds very similar to “In N Out” from the Hagar years, now again- just the beginning. Not for nothing but this song rocks and is pretty heavy, almost “head-bang” like as it is pretty hard not to snap your head up and down to this tune. (And of course it has the obligatory “hand claps” throughout, no cowbell but the claps). The keyboards are also a mainstay of Eddie’s music and it follows the guitar beautifully in the background while the hammering drums have to get you off your feet. Mr. Money is on the money with this tune.

4.     Shakin’ –You know how with certain songs, you hear it and you are immediately reminded of where you were at a particular time and place. Well when I hear this song I am riding in a car with a friend Steve (back in the early 1980’s) as we were helping my uncle Gary move from the Bronx to Middletown NY. I remember thinking that this guy-Eddie Money- really has some good songs and I needed to pay attention to him because he had that “something.” He knows how to rock, he knows how to roll and just flat out have a good time. The funky groove in this song has to make your body gyrate, how can it not? “She was shakin’.. snapping her fingers.. that girl was shakin’..” I love the “stop and go” parts that lead up to the “shakin’.” Don’t kid yourself folks, there is some nice guitar work on this piece. “I love that little girl and I just can’t get enough.. shakin’.. snapping her fingers..” The only way to listen to this song is LOUD!!!

3.     Think I’m In Love– “Ooh something’s got a hold on me now..” Boy do I love this track. This song moves and is a perfect track for your next workout, especially a Spin class-this will get you out of your seat as you blaze up the hills or on a breakaway. The guitar solo is righteous and you need to have a great set of headphones to feel this one- you want to get closer to the tune, so if you squeeze it into your ears it will have a shorter trip to your heart as it will pump faster push into your blood stream. That’s what happens to me when I listen to it.

2.     Walk on Water-This came up on the I-Pod shuffle while we were all cleaning the house and I was like “wow this guy is good.” (Of course I had to rewind it to hear it again) and that is what set me off on the Eddie Money kick- that’s all it took, so you know I love the I-Pod shuffle. The drums really stand out in this song as well as the hand-claps to accentuate the driving beat and the guitar work is not too shabby if I say myself. Now one thing I have not mentioned is the vocals of Mr. Money- he has a perfect voice for these songs- it is very distinctive. It’s a passionate cry to make that someone special believe in his love for them, you can feel it pour out of him as he pleads for forgiveness. He really makes some fun songs and this one shines brightly as you can not help but sing and dance all over the place.

1.     Baby Hold On– In my opinion, this is one of the greatest rock and roll songs ever written. It doesn’t matter how many times I have heard throughout the years, any time I hear the opening notes I know I am going to enjoy the next three minutes and thirty two seconds. C’mon you know you have “air-drummed” to this song, don’t deny it. “..Baby what’s these things you’ve been saying about me behind my back?” You can’t help but sing along to this song it’s so addictive. The groove is infectious while the arrangement is of top quality. When the part of the song comes when it’s just Eddie and the drums well, is there anything cooler? “I said Ugh.. hold on.. Ugh hold to me tighter.. whatever will be will be..” This is so sweet and deserves to be mentioned as one of the best songs of the 1970’s. \m/ \m/

The Guess Who

Image of The Guess Who

5.     Undun This reminds me of a smoky jazz bar for some reason, the music sounds very sophisticated and the vocals by Mr. Cummings are phenomenal. This definitely has that “’’60’s” feel to it especially when the flute breaks in, takes me back to Woodstock-Ok I wasn’t at Woodstock- but you know what I mean. This also has a “Blood Sweat and Tears” feel to it so again I can picture the beatniks in the back of a dark smoky bar room just groovin’ to this powerful arrangement. Fantastic song.

4.     American Woman-Now I refuse to listen to the “radio” version where they cut out the first minute and fifteen seconds of the song which sounds totally different from what you are all use to listening to. The bluesy beginning where Burton spells out “ I say A.. I say M..”- I love that part. Now for a Canadian band to write this song it really was a slap in the face to the American woman but yet we all sing it with the same fervor as he does; why? Because the song rocks!!! This is probably their most popular song and with no offense to Lenny (who I also love to listen to) –the original version of this song is still the best.

3.     Hand Me Down World– After Randy Bachman left the group, Burton brought in two guitarists-Greg Leskiw and Kurt Winter – and Mr. Winter assisted Mr. Cummings in the writing of this fantastic song. Talk about a sing-along song? I can sing the chorus over and over- “Don’t give no hand me down shoes.. don’t give me no hand me down love..”- Burton has some voice and the “sliding” guitar sound is the signature in this song. If you listen closely you can hear almost every drum beat by Garry Peterson, the recording is excellent. As I mentioned Tesla covered this on their “Real to Reel” album and does an awesome rendition but again I have to stay with the original. Great tune.

2.     No Time– This song first appeared on their “Canned Wheat” album which was released in 1969 but was redone for its placement on their classic “American Woman” album in 1970 and had much more success. Either way, this track was very progressive and ahead of its time in my opinion. Again Mr. Peterson’s drumming skills stands out as he keeps the pace of the tune in check and how about the vocals and background vocals on this track? This may be their best song ever recorded. I love the guitar work by Bachman and again Burton does a phenomenal job with his voice as you can hear his passion shine brightly. This song has both a “rock” appeal as well as a “pop” sound that landed its way onto popular radio and has never looked back. You can hear this song on an “oldies” station as well as a “classic” rock station. This has to be in your music library.

1.     No Sugar Tonight / New Mother Nature– Bachman actually wrote the “No Sugar Tonight” part while Burton had chalked up the “New Mother Nature”-they did it separately and then mixed in the two songs because their record company thought the “No Sugar” was too short, so since they had both written in the key of F#-they merged the songs. Now the story behind “No Sugar” was Bachman was walking down a street in California and was soon confronted by three “tough guys” but out of the blue a car pulled up to the men as a woman screamed out the window at one of the men. Two of them scampered away as the third guy slinked into the woman’s car, Randy said the last thing he heard her say was “And there will be no sugar for you tonight!!!” The record company forced him to change the lyrics to “in my coffee” and “in my tea” so as to make the sexual innuendos less noticeable. Anyways the “bridge” from “No Sugar” to “New” is nothing short of spectacular and in my opinion turned into their ultimate masterpiece. Not for nothing but Burton has to be considered way up there in terms of being one of the best rock and roll singers of the 1960’s and 1970’s, his vocals along with the immensely talented musicianship makes this their best song ever. (I said “American Woman” may be their most popular song but this is their best song). I can listen to this all day long.

Trivia Questions

Answers from last week:

1.     To blast the press which took a false story about Ann and Nancy and ran with it.

2.     False it was another “Guns” guitarist-Gilbey Clarke

3.     Ten

4.     Johhny Cash, Waylon Jennings and Kris Kristofferson

This week’s trivia (Eddie Money, Guess Who)-

1.     Name two televison sitcoms that Eddie Money appeared as himself.

2.     True or False: Eddie Money plays the saxophone.

3.     What popular movie has both versions of American Woman in it? (Guess Who and Lenny Kravitz versions).

4.     What DJ did The Guess Who pay homage to by writing a song about him? (Hint: He also appeared on an episode of “The Odd Couple” TV show).

Name That Tune

Answers from last week:

1.     “On the Road Again”- Willie Nelson

2.     “The Old Man Down the Road”-John Fogerty

3.      “Roadhouse Blues”-The Doors

4.     “The Long and Winding Road”- The Beatles

Can you guess the title from the following lyrics from part of the song?

1.“..you can dance.. you can jive.. having the time of your life.. see that girl… watch that scene…”

2.“..automatic.. systematic.. full of color self contained.. tuned and gentle to your vibes.. captivating.. stimulating…”

3.“..everybody here is out of sight.. they don’t bark and they don’t bite.. they keep things loose.. they keep it tight…”

4.“..crazy ways are evident.. in the way that you’re wearing your clothes.. sippin’ booze is precedent.. as the evening starts to glow…”

Back on this Day

Back on this day in 1974, John Lennon and Harry Nilsson were both ejected from the popular Troubadour club in Los Angeles for being drunk and causing a disturbance during a performance by Tom Smothers.

Back on this day in 1969, Paul McCartney married Linda Eastman at the Marylebone Registry Office in London. John, George and Ringo did not attend. Has to be a tough day for Paul.

Back on this day in 1975, Alex Lifeson married his longtime girlfriend Charlene and they are celebrating their 35 anniversary. Congrats to both.

Back on this day in 2003, the Chinese government ordered the Rolling Stones not to play such classics as “Brown Sugar,” “Beast of Burden,” “Let’s Spend the Night Together” and “Honky Tonk Woman” for their upcoming concerts. These shows were cancelled anyway due to the breakout of SARS.

If it is your birthday today, you share the same birth date with James Taylor, Paul Katner (Jefferson Airplane), Mike Gibbins (Badfinger) and Steve Harris (Iron Maiden).

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