Errols Weekly Music Update.

August 20, 2010

Weekly Update – 08/20/2010

Furthur at Madison Square Garden on Sat. Nov. 20 and Sun. Nov. 21. Tickets on sale this morning at 10:00 a.m. $39.50 – $59.50

Cypress Hill at Nokia Theater on Sat. Rocktober 30. Pre-sale tickets available now for American Express cardholders until 10:00 a.m. General public tickets on sale today at noon. $36.50.

Goo Goo Dolls at the Wellmont Theater on Mon. Rocktober 18. Tickets on sale today at noon. $40.

Robert Randolph and the Family Band at Terminal 5 on Sat. November 13. Tickets on sale today at noon. $25 ($30 day of show).

Kate Nash at Terminal 5 on Fri.Nov. 20 and at Wellmont Theater on Sat. Nov. 21. Tickets on sale today at noon. Terminal: $22.50 ($25 day of show); Wellmont: $25

Mumford & Sons have added a second show at Terminal 5 (after first one sold out) on Tues. Nov. 16. Tickets on sale today at noon. $25 ($30 day of show).

Sevendust at the House of Blues in Atlantic City NJ on Thurs. Rocktober 7. Tickets on sale tomorrow at noon. $22.50 – $27.50.

Trans Siberian Orchestra at Mohegan Sun on Wed. Nov. 17 at 3:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tickets on sale Wed. Sept. 1 at 10:00 a.m. $51 – $61.

Jon Anderson at BB Kings on Sat. Rocktober 14. Tickets on sale Mon. Aug. 23 at 10:00 a.m. $36.50 ($40 day of show).

Accept and Kings X at BB Kings on Mon. Sept. 27. Tickets on sale now. $35 ($40 day of show).

Eric Burdon and The Animals at BB Kings on Mon. Rocktober 25. Tickets on sale now. $35

Other items:

Rolling Stone Magazine will release a special collector’s edition of the top 100 songs by The Beatles. The issue will be available at Barnes & Noble next Friday Aug. 27 for $9.99. I can’t wait to see the list and get the issue.

Soundgarden has released a single-“Black Rain”- this past week from their upcoming Sept. 28 album-Telephantasm- and this song did not make the “Badmotorfinger” album back in 1991, so it now appears on this “greatest hits” collection as a “new” song. If you are a fan you will love it!!

Maroon 5 has released a real “new” single-“Give a Little More” off of their upcoming album-“Hands All Over”- set for release on Sept. 21. The song is polished pop along with that dance groove and this is the second song from this album that I really like. This band is very talented and under-rated by many (in my opinion) but I know there are lots of out there who are “in the know.”

John Mellencamp released a new album of 13 songs called-“No Better Than This”- and just listening to the 30 second sample on I-Tunes I know I will be purchasing this real soon. He harkens that pure “country” sound a la Hank Williams in all of these songs. I think Mr. Mellencamp has “arrived,” I think this is where he should be at this point in his career. This could be some of the best work he has ever recorded. Check it out.

Iron Maiden have released-“The Final Frontier”- and of course all the haters are out there complaining that Maiden has “sold out.” What? Are you kidding me? This band has been the same just as long as AC/DC has been the same. Just because they “ventured” out into a different path doesn’t mean they sold out. If you are a Maiden fan you have to give it a try. Will there be “new” fans pulled in? At this point-“maybe”- so the die hards should not worry that they won’t have them all to themselves. Grow up man.

Ok I have been telling you about-“Back from Cali”- by Slash with Myles Kennedy for the past few months (and yes last week) but here is another super cool version of the song- done acoustically-this song definitely lands in the top ten songs of 2010-maybe even both versions to take up two out of the ten. Check it out right here- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yEw4cVZSNds&feature=related

Eric Clapton will release his nineteenth solo studio album-“Clapton”- on Sept. 28 and it will feature guests such as former girlfriend Sheryl Crow, former bandmate Steve Winwood as well as the young prodigy Mr. Derek Trucks. He produced the album with long time producer/friend Doyle Bramhall II.

Bun E. Carlos has retired “from the road” and will not accompany Cheap Trick when they tour but he may still record with them in the studio. For now, Rick Nielsen’s son-Daxx- is on the skins.

The American Idol winner- Lee DeWyze– will release his first album on Tues. Nov. 16. The album is not yet titled and Lee says he can’t wait for everyone to hear it. Should be interesting.

Sebastian Bach has ruled out a Skid Row reunion on a recent radio interview and basically said that rock bands are not like sports teams, he stated that he does not know the guys in the band anymore because it has been more than 15 years since they played together. His analogy was-“everyone wants Robert Plant to do the Zep reunion but at the time Robert was doing the Alison Krauss thing and didn’t want to do the “Lemon Song.” The same goes for me, I am 42 years old and don’t want to be doing “Youth Gone Wild” now-it is a great song but not who I am today.” I get what he is saying but there is nothing wrong with doing some of the old tunes every once in a while, no?

Album Review: “Hope & Glory” by the Ann Wilson released on September 11, 2007

Hope & Glory

Ann Wilson has to be considered in the top five female rock singers of all time and right now I’m having trouble naming four others that have been better, so that would land her as the best ever, no? Her vocal range coupled with that ever burning passion are the main ingredients, in my opinion, that has made her who she is today. Her flame never burns out and she gives it everything she has in every recording and live performance, can one ask for more? And what makes her career more impressive is that she seemingly has endured endless (as well as ruthless) comments on her appearance, like that matters or affects anyone? I haven’t been able to tell from her outward appearance over the years-either seeing her live in concert or on TV- if it bothers her because she is so confidently cool in every setting I have observed. What I have observed (and heard) is a voice that can melt your heart, a voice that pumps your heart up with adrenaline, a voice that feeds the heart with so much passion that it pushes the blood through the vessels better than what “Liquid Drano” does for your clogs in the bathroom or kitchen pipes. Now we all know where there is Ann, Nancy is right there by her side and have created some of the best music in the last 30 years or so with no sign of slowing down. Now surprisingly, her first “solo” album wasn’t conceived until a few years ago where she decided to cover some of her favorite songs that seemed to depict “songs of war” but with a message of hope and peace with the backdrop that we as Americans can not forget that many heroes have died (and continue to do so) as well as those who have served or continue to serve, for our Country. Whether you are for or against war, one has to support our men and women serving or who have served. Now you all know I normally don’t like to do reviews of “covers” but in special cases (like this and Tesla, of course), I am glad to make an exception. “Hope and Glory” is an excellent album and has to be part of your musical library. I would love for her to do another album putting her take on her other favorite songs or brand new material. Come to think of it, any thing that she does is a “keeper.” Ann-thank you for your commitment to the beauty of music. You have added so much joy to the lives of so many of thousands of people around the world and know that your art is appreciated with just as much fervor as you give out.

The album starts off with “Goodbye Blue Sky” (a Pink Floyd song) where her sister Nancy assists her in this slow moving tune (picture shaking one of those percussion instruments that seem to have broken pieces of matter inside it) accompanied by Ann’s soothing background vocals singing-“Oooooh Oooooh.” It has that psychedelic feel to it (how could it not? It’s a Floyd song) but the song is “crystal clear” if you know what I’m trying to express. The musicianship is flawless as is the arrangement. You kind of drift off as Ann’s vocals will place you right on a bed of clouds. “Where to Now St. Peter” is the second track and she gets help from the original artist of this song-Mr. Elton John- and if you are familiar with this track, her version is a bit different. I will refrain from stating which version is better-that’s not what it is all about. What is relevant is if the cover is done with respect and Ann does that on every song that she replicates. I love the string work that highlights the tune as well as when they both sing together, their voices unify the best concoction you have ever put into your blender. This is a finger snapping and head shaking song that will have you singing the chorus all day long-“…where to now St. Peter…show me which road I’m on…where to now, St. Peter…” Track # 3-“Jackson”- (a song by Lucinda Williams) is one of the highlights of this album. It sort of has a “Fleetwood Mac” feel to it (especially with the chords created by the acoustic guitar) and Ann’s vocals are salivating- just like when one is having a steak (with apologies to the vegetarians out there) and it melts like butter in your mouth. The arrangement showcases her ability to hold an audiences’ attention with every note. Again the one thing that stands out is the clarity of every note sung or played. This is a perfect rendition of the original and K.D. Lang’s background vocals are the “cherry on top.” On “Gotta Get Outta of This Place” she gets some help from her friend-Wynonna Judd- and the duo turn this serious lyrical song into a whole lot of fun. What a perfect pair as they have the flair and passion to get the point of this song across with a wink & a smile but you know they mean business. I love the background string arrangements that accentuate all their ardent vocals which are sort of like instruments themselves (a la “Dueling Guitars”). (The Animals have to be proud of this version). Now when you get to track #5 you can not be surprised that there is a cover of the classic Mighty Led Zeppelin song-“The Immigrant Song”- because it is well documented the love that Ann (and Nancy) have for this legendary band. Ann was sometimes referred to as the “female Robert Plant.” (If you see them live there is a very good chance you will hear one of Zep’s songs being recreated). And there are only so many artists that can even pull this off as there needs to be laws put in place that prohibit poor covers of songs. Now Ann has turned this song upside down because it is totally different from Zep’s version but commands the respect and the original meaning of the song. The acoustic and much slowed down pace (honestly I know now the words to the song) makes you stand up and take notice and when the electric guitar adds that riff it makes the song that much better. Does she know how to rock out or what? My youngest son says this version is better then the Mighty Zep-I don’t know if I can allow myself to say that (or admit) but I absolutely love her spin on it. The pace comes down a bit with her beautiful rendition of the The Youngbloods classic – “Darkness, Darkeness.” Nancy helps out and you can feel her presence as the funky drum beats combine perfectly with her acoustic guitar riffs. About half way through the song the violins and electric guitar kick in (as well as a flute) and it reminds you of a college band where everything is flowing perfectly. Everyone steps back as Ann comes back to sing and they highlight her strong vocal style as the song rides out into the sunset. Pure perfection.

“Bad Moon Rising” is another fun packed song where Gretchen Wilson lends a helping hand and their combined vocals are some of the best duet voices you will ever hear. It’s a perfect match while the violin playing is spectacular and the background piano gives it that extra something. The members of CCR have to be smiling when they hear this version and I bet you they are dancing around just like I am. Just picture lots of people in a country barn setting swapping dance partners arm in arm. Before you know it, the song is over just like that. And that my friends, is the best sign that a song is good. “War of Man” is another stand-out on this album and could possibly be the best song of the bunch. The harmonization of the vocals when they all sing-“No one wins…it’s a war of man”-could possibly be the best I have ever heard on any song ever recorded. (Alison Krauss assists on this one). The song showcases Ann’s amazing ability to make her voice sound so soft and tender but then take it up with that passionate ecstasy that is unmatched. The guitar work in the background of their spectacular vocals is so righteous. I’m telling you folks-this song is worth the price of admission for the entire album, unbelievable!!! Neil Young has to nod and give his blessing on this rendition. “Get Together”-remember this song? I don’t know about you but every time I hear this song it puts a smile on my face. Now I have to admit I love the original a little better but Ann’s version is fantastic. There is a certain “calmness” to this song which reminds me of the early morning. If you are an early morning person (like myself) then you know what I am talking about when you go outside when everyone else is sleeping and there is that certain beauty that you can’t find in any other part of the day. You might be walking the dog or go for a run/walk and the feeling you get when the sun is beaming down on you-this is Ann’s version. “Isolation” is my favorite song on the album. Again trying to cover one of the greatest artist ever-Mr. John Lennon-is a daunting task but if you can sing like Ann Wilson then there is an exception to the rule of not even thinking about covering a Lennon song. She blows the cover off the ball as this is a grand slam homerun in the bottom of the ninth inning of the World Series when the away team is ahead by three runs. I can’t even say anything more you just have to listen for yourself. Spectacular. The classic Dylan tune-“A Hard Rain’s A Gonna Fall”- is done with grace and dignity as Rufus Wainwright and Shawn Colvin help out with some nice vocals. The song is a show stopper as I can picture a rows and rows of people at a show just putting their arms around each other while they sway back and forth singing in harmony-“It’s hard.. it’s a hard rain that’s gonna fall..” This will elicit memories of the 1960’s for those who are old enough to remember- I was born in the sixties and this song takes me back to Woodstock and I wasn’t even there. It makes you think as of course the lyrical master Dylan cuts right to the bone with his passionate words. “Little Problems, Little Lies” is one of two original songs (the bonus of “American Tune” appears on I-Tunes) and is a gut wrenching song about what our soldiers have been experiencing over the past nine years. “In a bombed out SUV… no more cell reception… till a chopper comes from heaven to gather up my bones…”-powerful lyrics that hit home, especially for those who have been there and are still there as well as their family and friends. This is a poignant song. “American Tune” displays the beauty of a woman named Ann Wilson, her voice is so soothing and relaxing it is like you are lying on a cloud. Again you have to listen for yourself to experience getting chills down your backside when you hear vocals. “I dreamed I was flying” she writes and I can honestly say that I feel like I am doing just that when I listen to her.

“Hope & Glory” is an excellent piece of work filled with unbelievable moments of Ann’s vocal prowess along with super tight musicianship as well as the many friends who pitched in to make this a fun experience even though the topic is very serious. This is a no brainer- you need to own this. ‘Nuff said.

“NUGGETS”:

Just Won't Burn

The year was 1999 and I made a big change in my life by deciding to leave my position at S&P and head north to Westchester to work at MBIA and also moved from Ringwood N.J. to Connecticut. Some big doings, I was also knee deep into Metallica and at that time they were in the “symphony” mode and of course I went to the legendary show at Madison Square Garden with the entire orchestra but something came along and knocked my socks off and no it was not hard rock or metal. It was pure soulful blues and rock & roll and the woman to serve it up was someone I had never heard of before- Miss Susan Tedeschi (or should I say “Mrs.” as she is married to Mr. Derek Trucks). The album for me was her second one-“Just Won’t Burn”- and folks this album is fantastic but I decided to pick some real gems off of it as there may be a few fillers in it. Again I totally love it but have to admit that some might be an acquired taste. I remember seeing her live at Jones Beach a while back and for someone who was born in 1970 (sorry about that Susan I know a lady’s age should never be asked or spoken, but I will make a point), it’s almost impossible to believe the music that comes out of this young woman. She was playing with the likes of BB King and Buddy Guy and her music fit like a glove, she held her own and was so in her element. Talk about someone who has the music in them? She plays the blues like someone who has been around since the 1950’s. Try and find me a singer with more passion than Susan Tedeschi, you won’t be able to do it. Folks you need to familiarize yourself with this young lady, she is something special. Here are some of the golden nuggets from “Just Won’t Burn:”

Friar’s Point – This is freaking phenomenal. The blues laden groove is a sound to behold. Talk about your down home boogie complete with the trimmings- bulging bass lines, Stevie Ray Vaughn like guitar, rocking drums and the highlight- Mrs. Tedeschi vocals. She is magnificent and she gives it her all as I get the chills down the back of my spine as I take it all in. This is righteous music folks and for someone born in 1970, are you kidding me? Talk about a “once in a lifetime” type of female singer or talent? She blows the cover off the ball on this bad boy.

Mama He Treats Your Daughter Mean– This song has some “giddy-up” and if this doesn’t get you out of your seat, well then you need to check yourself at the door. This groove in this track is so infectious and again Susan’s vocals are the reason why the song is so good. I remember when I threw this song on a Spin CD back at MBIA and Tricia was a blazing on the bike shaking her head up and down to the beat. She immediately wanted to know who this woman was because this genre of music was right up her alley. Folks you need to own this song. Awesome.

Little By Little – I swear every time I hear this song, I think that Stevie Ray Vaughn is playing with Susan at the helm singing. This is flat out blues at its best. If you are a blues aficionado, I believe you would have to agree that this song right here deserves to be labeled as some of the best blues ever. (I’m not but I believe I know something good when I hear it). I know this a Junior Wells song and there have been many covers but in my opinion, no one does it as good as Susan. Freaking awesome.

Rock Me Right – This was the first song I heard by her, it was played many times on WNEW-FM (when it was still a rock station) and I knew that I had to have the entire album because I absolutely loved this track. Do you know this song? Man what are you waiting for? This will knock your socks off. It is pure rock and roll, I’m almost tempted to say if you looked up the meaning of rock and roll in the dictionary-this song would have to be referenced. I drift off into a zone and don’t even care where I am because I will start dancing, “air-guitaring,” “air-drumming” and just plain swaying my hips back and forth while trying to match the passion of Susan in her unbelievable singing. This is like “a dream come true rock and roll song.” ‘Nuff said.

It Hurts So Bad – Folks I’m telling you right now-I am having a hard time composing myself in trying to express how friggin’ great this song is. You want a song with passion? This could be the best passionate song ever recorded. The album is worth the price of admission just for this song alone. You can feel the music in her-it is flowing throughout her whole body and she makes it transform into your body-I swear I feel like I have the blues inside of me when I hear her sing. “It hurts!!! It hurts… don’t do it…don’t do it” This is too righteous-you have to love this-you have no choice.

“TOP TEN”:

It’s been a while since my youngest son has chipped in to help with the page so I asked him to let all of us know what the ten best songs that are out today on the radio. It could be pop, dance or whatever genre but I wanted a “young” voice in the audience to let me know that there is a lot more out there than just what I cover (although I do try to spread it all around and hopefully you agree). So here it is- my youngest sons’ take on the top ten songs out right now:

10.     La, La, LaAuburn– When I first heard this song I thought it was Jason Derulo, until I heard the voice. Then I thought it was Nicki Minaji. When I realized it wasn’t her either, I was confused, but pleased. I expect this song to become very popular and I know I’m going to hear more of great songs from Auburn.This is a very interesting song about a girl wanting to have fun with her friends, but her boyfriend is messing everything up. I’ve always loved concept songs and other story albums like American Idiot and many others. Even though Green Day is rock, Auburn decided to do the same thing, but with hip hop. Many other Artists are doing this as well. I expect great things out of Auburn.

9.     Cooler Than MeMike Posner– I actually got this song free on iTunes when it first came out. Usually, free songs on iTunes don’t get picked up on radio stations. I wasn’t surprised to hear it on the radio. The rhythm and dance beat collaboration makes the song a big hit along with his voice.

8.     California GurlsKaty Perry feat. Snoop Dogg– This song has dominated the charts for 12 weeks. This catchy song is a great summer song. Katy Perry has done it again! She always seems to hit the charts, no surprise. Her songs are loved by the kids in the 6-16 years of age area, which is the most important section for her business. Snoop Dogg also features in this song. After 18 years in the business, Snoop Dogg is still as great as he can be. This collaboration is a major success

7.     AirplanesB.o.B feat. Hayley Williams of Paramore– As a fan of Paramore, I really like this song. I grew to like this song not by Hayley, I actually enjoyed B.o.B’s rapping. Hayley’s voice is also amazing.I know, it’s different for an alternative singer to sing in a rap song, but she really is perfect for this song. Not only this but I expect great things out of B.o.B, or should I say Bobby Ray.

6.     Not Afraid Eminem– This rap anthem tells people to be who they want to be, don’t follow the same road, to go where you feel you should be. Eminem’s new album Recovery is also producing a new single “Love the Way You Lie feat. Rihanna”. This song speaks to me telling me to shoot for the moon, but you can always gaze at the stars.

5.     Getting’ Over YouDavid Guetta & Chris Willis feat. Fergie & LMFAO– This song is the greatest club song I’ve ever heard. This song is going to last on the radio for a while I can tell. Clubs and DJ’s will play this song anytime. Personally I love this song. It’s beats and other stuff is cool. David Guetta, you’ve really out done yourself.

4.     Ridin’ SoloJason Derulo– My friend told me, “Dude, Ridin’ Solo is gonna be big.” He was right. After a few weeks after he told me, I heard this song on the radio. Jason Derulo has yet done it again. I knew he was going to be big. Unfortunately, my dad doesn’t appreciate the new style of music. Well I tried to teach him, oh well. Anyway, I am a big fan of Jason and I can’t wait for what he does next.

3.     DynamiteTaio Cruz– This new artist has blown people away with his new album “Rokstarr”. He’s has already produced at hit with Ludacris called “Break Your Heart”. His new single “Dynamite is a fun song to play when hanging out with friends. I really enjoy this song.

2.     BillionaireTravie McCoy feat. Bruno Mars– This mixture of rap an acoustic music is a fun song to listen to any time. Travie McCoy is a new rapping artist. He’s very similar to B.o.B and other young rappers. This song is such a fun song. I could really listen to it anytime of the day. Travie and Bruno performed this song on the Teen Choice Awards just a week ago. Be sure to check out Travie’s album Lazarus.

1.     I Like ItEnrique Iglesias feat. Pitbull– This amazing hit by Enrique Iglesias has dominated the charts. The mixture of Spanish and English is very cool. Enrique Iglesias + Pitbull = Very good music! I’ve never heard a song like this before. It has originality and is the best dance song you will ever here. Enrique’s album Euphoria was just released July 6th and it has gotten very good review. I can’t wait to see his next move and I expect great things out of him.

Trivia Questions

Answers from last week:

1.     Phil Collins

2.     Janis Joplin

3.     Little Richard

4.     Barbara Streisand

This week’s trivia (Random)-

1.     I was the lead singer for two bands during the 1970’s and 1980’s and both bands started with the letter “B.” The second outfit contained members of the band Journey. I also had a solo career where I had a number one hit on Billboard. Who am I?

2.     I am a living legend whose career has spanned more than 35 years now. I have countless hits on pop radio and my song was used by Dick Clark to promote his music related show. Who am I?

3.     My career started in the 1970’s with an R&B outfit that had more than their fair share of top ten songs in our career. I left the band for a solo career and went on to be more popular than my original band. I was everywhere in the 1980’s including dancing on the ceiling. Who am I?

4.     I am an avid hunter and never hold back on my opinions. My career started out in the late 1960’s with the Amboy Dukes but I was made my name during the 1970’s as a solo artist and then in the 1980’s I joined a “pop rock” band which was very different from what my image was. Who am I?

Name That Tune

Answers from last week:

1.     Don’t Stop – Fleetwood Mac

2.     Peaceful Easy Feeling-The Eagles

3.     Disco Inferno- The Trammps

4.     Who Are You – The Who

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

1.     “…Oh can’t you see…you belong to me…my poor heart aches…with every step you take…”

2.     “…Your inside is out…and your outside is in…your outside is and your inside is out…so come on come on…”

3.     “…If you’re on your own in this life…the days and nights are long…when you think you’ve had too much of this life…hang on…”

4.     “…You see ‘em coming at you every night…strung on pretension…they fall for you at first sight…you know their business…you think it’s a bore…”

Back on this Day .

Sadly back on this date in 1988, two fans were trampled to death as Guns & Roses were playing their set in Donington U.K. at the Monsters of Rock festival. Fans rushed to the stage when they came on and sadly two were swept up and then crushed.

Back on this day in 1973, the Rolling Stones released “Angie” and this song would soon hit the number one spot on Billboard.

Back on this day in 1990, Jimmy Page joined Aerosmith up on stage to lend a hand with “The Immigrant Song” while playing a gig in London.

Back on this day in 1996, Carlos Santana received a “star” on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Back on this day in 2000, Bon Jovi was the last act to play at the old Wembley Stadium in London.

If it is your birthday today you share the same birth date with Robert Plant, the late great Phil Lynott (you should know, especially if you read this page often) and the late Doug Fieger (The Knack).

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1 Comment »

  1. Errol, great memory about how I was introduced to Susan but never forget you were the one who got me to switch off the oldies and discover some of the best music there is – rock an roll – even making me a fan of Kid Rock!

    Comment by Tricia — August 20, 2010 @ 12:37 pm


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