Errols Weekly Music Update.

September 24, 2010

Weekly Update – 09/24/2010

Roger Waters performing The Wall at Madison Square Garden on Sat. Nov. 6. Tickets on sale tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. $79.50 – $129.50 – $254.50.

Dave Matthews Band at the Nassau Coliseum on Wed. Nov. 3 and Madison Square Garden on Fri. & Sat. Nov. 12 & 13. Tickets on sale this morning at 10:00 a.m. Nassau:$87.35 and $97.60; MSG: $75 – $85.

Michael Buble at Prudential Center on Fri. Nov. 26 and Madison Square Garden on Sun. Nov. 28. Tickets on sale Mon. Sept. 27 at 10:00 a.m.Prudential-$69.70 – $111.55; MSG-$74 – $94 – $129.50.

Devo at the Hammerstein Ballroom on Sat. Rocktober 30. Tickets on sale at 10:00 a.m. this morning. $55.35

Suicidal Tendencies at Terminal 5 on Sun. Nov. 14. Tickets on sale today at noon. $25 ($30 day of show)

Donavon Frankenreiter at Webster Hall on Wed. Dec. 1. Tickets on sale today at noon. $24 ($25 day of show)

Better Than Ezra at Webster Hall on Sat. Dec. 11. Tickets on sale today at noon. $25. 

Halestorm at Wellmont Theater on Sat. Jan 1. Tickets on sale today at noon. $15 ($19 day of show).

BB King at Wellmont Theater on Thurs. Jan. 6. Tickets on sale today at noon. $45, $65 and $85.

Cee Lo at Hammerstein Ballroom on Thurs. Rocktober 7. Tickets on sale today at noon. $42.

Kenny Rogers Christmas show at NYCB Theater in Westbury NY on Wed. Dec. 22. Tickets on sale today at 12:30 p.m. $69.50 – $79.75

Other items:

Thoughts and prayers go out to family and friends of Eddie Fisher who passed away Wednesday at the age of 82. He was one of the most popular singers in the world during the 1950’s selling millions of records. He mainly had success selling singles as opposed to albums. Of course many of us remember him when him and Debbie Reynolds divorced and he married Elizabeth Taylor. Rest in peace Mr. Fisher.

Bret Michaels can’t catch a break. He has to now have heart surgery in January. Doctors discovered a hole in his heart (had it since he was a kid) when he had the stroke back in April. He says he will be back on the road after this new surgery.

Is there anything more popular than “Glee” right now? I think not. Everything they touch seems to enhance their sales or the original artists’ sales. Their first season two songs have already been released on I-Tunes. This is a money making machine. Britany Spears will be on the show this year featuring her music. Paul McCartney, Billy Joel and now Coldplay (who turned them down last year) have all given Glee permission to do their songs. (yes of course they get paid for allowing Glee to use their songs).

Santana has released a record where he has covered his favorite “guitar driven” rock songs and he again has collaborated with many different artists. The album-“Guitar Heaven”-features Chris Cornell on the Mighty Zep classic-“Whole Lotta Love,” Scott Weiland on the Stones classic “Can’t You Hear Me Knockin’” (Santana has an awesome guitar solo to take the song out to its sunset). Probably the best song on the album is “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” featuring India.Arie and Yo-Yo Ma. India is flat out amazing on her vocals, it was like she was born to sing this song. Santana has another amazing solo. “Photograph” with Daughtry is a little over the top but may be the first song to end up on pop radio. Santana works again with Rob Thomas and the result on “Sunshine of Your Love” is excellent-these two have the magic touch together. The weirdest collaboration is Nas on the AC/DC classic-“Back in Black” and you know I usually love when rock and rap mix together, the jury is still out for me on this track-it might grow on me. (But for you AC/DC purists-don’t even go near it you may break something). Chester Bennington actually does a nice job on vocals on the Door’s classic –“Riders on the Storm”- with Ray Manzarek helping out.

Maroon 5 has released-“Hands All Over”-this week, the highly anticipated third album with Robert “Mutt” Lange at the controls and I will come back with a full review at some point. According to Rolling Stone magazine, the “polished” Maroon 5 is even more polished on this album and the writer exclaims that they need to open up a bit more because they sound too “stiff.” He gave it 3.5 stars. “Stutter” sounds like their most pop song ever and is headed for WPLJ or Z-100. Again I will come back but I wanted to let you know it is out there.

What sounds like the coolest album to be released in a while is “Wake Up” by John Legend & The Roots. They have recorded some of the lesser known R&B classic hits and made it their own. I also think this will make my library. Legend sounds fantastic and we all know The Roots are a very talented instrumental band. What a perfect collaboration. Rolling Stone says this is a “must buy.” Sounds awesome, he brings back that classic R&B sound that has been missing for a while, in my opinion.

The growing in popularity band-The Zac Brown Band-has released a new album-“You Get What You Give”- and according to I-Tune listeners this is a stellar piece of work and the average rating is 4.5 stars (out of 5). If you are a fan I think you are going to love it. He gets help from Jimmy Buffet and Alan Jackson, each doing a song with the band.

Michael Franti & Spearhead have released a new album-“The Sound of Sunshine.” This guy makes some real fun music but with a very focused cause. This is a great fusion of rock, reggae and funk that you will find out there today. This guy has a blast at every one of his live shows. Check this album out.

Susan Boyle will release her second album-“The Gift”-on Nov. 9 and the first single released is “Perfect Day” – a cover of the Lou Reed song-yes Lou Reed. Susan makes everything sound enchanting, so if you are a fan you will love it. There are some Christmas tunes on this as well-just in time for the holiday season.

Kid Rock and his crew will have to fork over $40,000 for that huge fight they had at a waffle house back in 2007, remember that? The guy was seeking $2.5 million but the judge said that $40,000 should cover the damage. The Kid had plead guilty in 2008 and was sentenced to probation and anger management.

Congratulations to Eddie Vedder as he married his long time sweetheart-Jill McCormick-last Saturday at a ceremony in Hawaii. They have two daughters. Sean Penn was there and Tim Robbins was his best man. (interesting? Similar to the late Peter Boyle being the best man for John Lennon when he married Yoko)

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

Head Games

Side 1 of “Head Games” by Foreigner released on September 11, 1979.

The year is 1979 and I am 14-years old and the band Foreigner has fast become my favorite band, a close tie with “The Cars” and for those who remember me when I was younger, these were the two bands that I followed the most. Now as I have mentioned so many times on this page-I wanted to be Lou Gramm-he was my idol as a teenager and I thought (and still think) that he was one of the best singers in rock and roll. At this point in my life I was sitting and waiting for their next album to come out, couldn’t wait to listen to see what they had in store for their fan base. I knew that “Head Games” was going to be produced by Roy Thomas Baker (who produced The Cars-see a pattern here? As well as some Queen albums) so I was expected something raw and good. I love everything that Foreigner did (with Gramm only, I don’t acknowledge the “new” Foreigner) and love “Head Games.” Now I know that this album was panned by the critics and fans alike but again you know that means nothing to me right? It did produce two monster hits-“Dirty White Boy”- and-“Head Games”-but for the most part every other song is easily dismissed. Well I am here to let you know that side 1 is pure perfection. Admittedly, side two does not have the same vibe but that does not take away from the entire album. Remember back in the day, artists usually made 5 songs for each side of the album that they were putting out. So in my book if 7-8 of the songs are “listen-able” then I consider it a good album. In this case there are five songs in a row that make it a perfect album side and that again is side one. If you remember, my all time favorite Foreigner song is –“17”- and this appears as the last song on side one.

Side one starts off with the grimy “Dirty White Boy” and I say-how can anyone not like this song? (Ok maybe the title of the song is not PC but the music is great). “Hey baby if you’re feelin’ down…I know what’s good for you all day…” as Mick Jones is rifling through those great guitar riffs. This is a perfect song for “Guitar Hero” or “Rock Band”, no? I can do the singing and I guarantee that I can get a perfect 100 score on “expert” or if they had a higher level than that, I would still nail it. Lou Gramm is the best. Many people think at the end of the song, he sounds like Roger Daltrey as he screams to take the song out to its ending. This song rocks and should be a part of your workout regimen. Good for running, lifting or whatever floats your boat. “Love on the Telephone” sort of has that “Cold As Ice” feeling to it with the piano but with the blazing guitar and psychedelic keyboards surrounding it, not so much. Again I can get enough of Lou Gramm’s vocals, I especially like the part on the bridge where he exclaims-“…hello operator…you know that I’ve been waiting on this call…I’m going to tear this phone right off the wall…” The keyboard is stellar and is what was to be missed by Foreigner after they decided to shrink the band after this album. This is a great sing along song. The third track-“Women”- is the single most different song that Foreigner has ever recorded in my opinion. When I listen to it still today I can’t recognize Lou’s voice-it is so different from anything he has ever recorded. But this song rocks your socks off. This was a staple at the MBIA boot camp class almost every Tuesday and Thursday morning at 6:15 to start our day. (Boy those were the days!!!) It has a simple smashing beat but it is so infectious that you can’t stop singing “Women” all day long. Now I hope women don’t get offended by the lyrics, I don’t think they are too bad but I am a man so what do I know? I guess the part-“Women who will stab you in the back with a switch blade knife”-is not so nice, huh? Sorry..but the song rocks and I love Dennis Elliot’s drumming on this song, he really keeps the frantic pace at a high energy level. There is no other way to listen to this song but LOUD!!!! “I’ll Get Even With You” is an underrated and underappreciated song in my opinion but I still love it. This album has some “rough” spots-musically and lyrically- and that may have been intentional with Mr. Baker at the helm, who knows. Even Lou Gramm stated that this album was “grainy” but again they tried to be a little different from the first two albums (same with The Cars when they released “Panorama”) and I don’t see anything wrong with it. Lots of keyboards on this song but Mick Jones is in every Foreigner song with his guitar so I don’t see anything wrong with it. Gramm is just the best rock and roll singer so his part is great. ‘Nuff said. Then it is on to my all time favorite Foreigner song-“17”- don’t ask me why, don’t tell me it shouldn’t be, don’t tell me it stinks-cause I don’t want to hear it. I can remember laying on my hard wood bedroom floor with a pillow under my head blasting this song from my “furniture” style record player with the glass door (I’d scrape my head endless times on the point of that door) and playing it over and over. My mom would say to keep the door closed on this song, she didn’t like the “heavier” stuff. “Late last night…I get a call from a so called friend…wouldn’t give his name…says he saw you with another man…”-how friggin’ great is that? It is a straight hard driving song that is supplemented by the pounding skins by Mr. Elliot. I remember when I went to see Lou Gramm by himself at BB Kings (this is after his voice was affected by his health) and I was screaming out for him to do this song. Only one other person in the place knew the song, he turned to me and said that the song was too obscure for the crowd and that there would be no way Lou would play it. I asked him nicely to keep watching the show. How great is Mick’s guitar solo at the end? It is the longest solo he has ever had on a Foreigner studio recording and he jams away with Dennis. This ends the perfect album side.

Now side two starts off with the huge “Head Games” which was played all over the place for a couple of years straight on classic rock radio format, so they did have a great hit on side two. Foreigner was a band to reckon with back in the day and maybe because the expectations were so high on every next album that caused the tensions which led to decisions to make some power ballads, then ultimately led to their break up as the power struggle between Gramm and Jones was noticeable. It was Jones band when they started out but without Gramm-there is no Foreigner-sorry Mick that is just the way it goes. So no I do not recognize the new Foreigner, never did and never will. Lou Gramm is the man and contrary to all the critics and alike-“Head Games” is a good album and side one is perfect. Go ahead and listen for yourself.



Image of Aerosmith


Aerosmith. Think about this band for a second. They have to be considered one of the all time greatest American bands, no? There are very few bands which have had a career like these boys from Boston, not many bands to come back after seemingly disbanding because of issues related to every single member of the group, not just the lead singer or lead guitarist-as it usually is. All the members had some sort of “dependency” concerns and there really was no other way to hold it together as a single unit, they each needed time away to get better. And then after a few years where they fell out of the limelight, they quietly made an album together-“Done With Mirrors”- but there wasn’t much fanfare. It wasn’t really until they collaborated with Run-DMC on their monster classic-“Walk This Way”-that their “second” career was catapulted by this unlikely pairing which probably is still being debated today with their legion of fans. On one side you have the fans that can’t stand the fact that Aerosmith “bludgeoned” one of their favorite songs with rapping and changing the vibe of the tune. On the other side (like me), fans loved the fact that a whole new generation of fans were going to be introduced to Aerosmith because of Run DMC and yes the changing of the arrangement was spectacular. (My two son’s state that the Run DMC version is much better than the original recording).

In my opinion, the “album” that put them back on the map (remember the Run DMC was “a song”) was “Pump.” Now I know many of the “original” fan base will most likely scoff at anything done after “Rocks” because they consider the “second” coming of Aerosmith to be filled with “bubble-gum” flavored ingredients that caught the attention of the general population, whom the original fan base consider a pop eating culture and want no part of that world. Again, I may be in the minority but I love both sides of Aerosmith and can listen to songs and albums that “everybody” loves but at the same time, my favorite album by these guys is “Draw the Line” which maybe 9 other people listen know about or have listened to. Yes they mastered the art of the “power ballad” (“Amazing’”) during the last couple of decades but have also shown that they can still rock out (“Honkin’ On Bobo”), especially when you see them live.

Now the last few years have been pretty tumultuous as the original tensions between the lead singer and lead guitarist (hey I didn’t say that they didn’t have that problem but it wasn’t the main reason for the first breakup) have been rearing its ugly head and now with the latest rumor that Mr. Steven Tyler will be potentially sitting next to Randy Jackson and “J. Lo” (another rumor) as a judge on the slipping “American Idol” reality series has apparently caused Mr. Joe Perry a headache because he doesn’t understand how they can function as a band if Tyler accepts this position. It was only a few months ago that Aerosmith was “auditioning” for a new lead singer and then Tyler mysteriously showed up at a solo Joe Perry concert to announce to the “You-Tube” world that there was no one else but him for the job as front man of the band they call “Aerosmith.” They seemed to patch things up, then recently at a concert together Tyler fell off the stage…or did he? Was he pushed by Joe? Well there appears to be some activity rising to the surface, sort of like when one sprays some repellant into a bee’s nest. One flies out but the others don’t and for a few seconds you figure you have them where you want and then boom the 95 others fly out seeking retribution. This is sort of the feeling I have…but I could be wrong. So before something happens I figured I would try to name my favorite top ten songs by this legendary band-boy talk about something that is hard to do-this is near impossible as their library is so extensive that I really could have done ten songs from their “first career” and then ten from their “second career” but this time I will combine and try to come up with the top ten songs that I would want have if I were on an island and told that I could only have ten. “These are Them:”

10.     You Gotta Move– I know I am going to be abused for this top ten list but I am telling you no matter how many times I tried taking this song off the list, I could not. This is a smoking hot track off of “Honkin’ on Bobo” and this definitely proved that in the decade of 2000, Aerosmith could still rock and roll with the best of them- I know this is a “blues” album but “blues” falls into the category of rock and roll in my book. I can remember when I worked at MBIA I bought this album on the first day of its release on my lunch hour, threw it into the car and blasted off. I skipped to each song to see how it sounded and stopped here and was blown away by both Tyler and Perry. They are at their best on this song and this is easily, in my opinion, the best song on “Honkin’.” This funky rock blues fusion is too much for me to take-you have to own this song!!!

9.     No More No More – Remember last Rocktober when I did the “juke-box” special for the entire month giving you some “lesser known” songs from great American bands- I gave you this song so you have had almost a year to listen and own this classic. How tight are these four musicians? Listen to this song and tell me they aren’t one of the most talented musicians? They blend together in perfect harmony and can jam with the best of them. When Perry has the long solo to close out the song, the band is so perfect that I always hit the rewind button to hear this masterpiece again. Very addicting chorus-“No more, no more…”- “You gotta love this!!!”

8.     Back in the Saddle Again– Love the opening with the clacking of the horse shoes and the horse sounds. Does this song rock or what? This is off “Rocks” which many consider to be their best work ever (even Mr. Perry has been quoted more than a few times that this is their best work). I can remember as 16 year old working with my uncle John in a butcher shop in Fort Greene Brooklyn and one of the worker’s there was a huge fan of Aerosmith and wanted to know if I knew this song. At the time I was not familiar with the track and he kept imploring me to give it a listen-I did-and it has become one of my all time favorites. I love the driving drums of Mr. Joey Kramer (I met him in NYC a few years ago, remember?)-he keeps the motor running as well as Mr. Tom Hamilton and Mr. Brad Whitford. (The rhythm section). And what else can be said about Mr. Tyler on vocals, could be the best American front man ever-love his screams and squeals.

7.     Living on the Edge-I friggin’ love this song and remember being awestruck from the first time I ever heard this song. The arrangement of this song ranks up there as one of the best ever in the history of music (yes I stick by this statement-now don’t go comparing it to Mozart or Beethevon). “There’s something wrong with the world today…I don’t know what it is…something’s wrong with our eyes…” Again love the way Steven accentuates the part –“Living on the edge.” (Can’t get enough of that part). How about the “bridge” where it breaks into the part where Steven sings-“Tell me what you think about the situation?”- and the pace picks up? Can it get any better? I can listen to this song all day long, this is a timeless classic.

6.     Don’t Get Mad, Get Even – I think this is one of the coolest songs that Aerosmith has ever recorded. Love that feeling in the beginning of the song where you feel like you are near a swamp on a humid summer night and waiting for a mosquito to be electrified by the trick light to zap them. (sorry Monica). Steven Tyler is at the top of his game (when is he not?) on this track as you can feel every part of this song as he implores you to not get mad but get even. It is a bluesy type of song (could have appeared on “Honkin’”) that makes you slowly bang your head up and down. “Rollin’ dice get lucky…cause they roll you all the time…you’ve got nothing left to lose…if you only lose your mind…”- lyrics that make you think, right? I love the chorus and the groove that rolls along with it. Again Mr. Kramer’s drums sound larger than life. Awesome track.

5.     Toys in the Attic – How great is this song? Man does this song move or what? This definitely has to be on your set list for your next workout. This is perfect for a boot camp class or a Spin class. This is hard rockin’ head banging at its best (not metal but hard rock). This was made during their first heyday and many consider their first go around the best-I wouldn’t argue that but I also love the later stuff. This song rocks and it deserves your attention.

4.     Monkey on My Back – The beginning of this song is their best ever, I’m sorry. It starts off pretty slow and you’re thinking another slow one? Well folks hold on to your seat because Kramer’s drums are there to take you on a rocking journey supplemented by his buddies, Tom, Joe and Brad roaring rhythm section. I can’t get enough of this track- I listen to it over and over. I dance all around the room (with a waffle ball bat with a handkerchief tied to it as a make believe microphone) and wait to lip sync Tyler’s words-“The fortune teller looked into my EYEballs…the wrinkles on her face ABOUT to crack…”- freaking phenomenal. Of course this is a song for all the members and their struggle with their addictions and there would be no way to move forward unless they all got the monkey off of their back. Thank goodness they did and made a song like this. This song totally rocks. \m/ \m/

3.     I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing – Ok I know the Aerosmith purist just threw their computer on the floor (or blackberry or wherever you read this page from) and walked away in disgust. How the heck could I put this as their third best song ever? It is pure pop in the vein of Z100 (radio station in NY). Yes it may be but there is a reason why this was their one and only song to ever go to number 1 on the charts. This is a masterpiece, it is majestic, it is mesmerizing, it is jaw dropping-so if you want to call it bubble gum pop, so be it-I will continue to listen this with open ears and open heart. Speaking of the heart, I will forever remember this song as the wedding song of my cousin Devin. Last summer in Miami, the lights went out and these colorful strobe lights circled the dance floor and when Tyler’s voice breaks in, the spotlight centered on him and his lovely bride and it was a breathtaking, beautiful moment that I will never forget. What a perfect song for a wedding’s first dance. Could be the best pop song ever recorded.

2.     Dream On – This has to rank up there in the top ten songs of the 1970’s decade, no? I don’t care how many times you have heard it since the 1970’s, it is still a song that freezes you in your steps. This is an epic and strangest thing is that it wasn’t even recognized when they first released it. The song became a “hit” once they released it for a second time. I often wonder how it feels to write a song that nearly everyone in the world knows. That must be a great feeling, something to be proud of. What else can I say about this song? It is timeless, it will last forever and yes I know many of you are saying that this is their best song so how can I have it at number two? Well again, I am weird and like what I like. And it made the list, right?

1.     Critical Mass – Ok now I know you are really scratching your head on this pick, right? As I stated there are probably nine people or so who may know the album-“Draw the Line”-and this is one of the hidden gems on this “un-popular” album. But as you know, that never matters to me; I love the obscure stuff, right? Supposedly they were on some mysterious stuff while they recorded this album and this song is very different from anything they have ever done, so it may have been the trick-hey we all know the Beatles wrote some of their best songs…well let’s leave it at that. Anyway back to the song- this is hard rock at its best and right about the 2:00 minute mark-Kramer blasts away with the drums and leads into a nice piano solo which totally rocks. Steven plays the harmonica with such passion and the background vocals are stellar. The song sort of has the Beatles “Helter Skelter” feel to it as it slowly fades out…you think it’s over…and then you slowly hear it come back but without the dramatic-“I’ve got blisters…”- moment, it ends with Steven sort of hiccupping. I don’t understand all the negativity towards this album as there are some kick ass tunes on this underappreciated piece of work. “Critical Mass” is an awesome tune, check it out for yourself. “Celebrate, celebrate, celebreak it? We are critical mass…”

Trivia Questions

Answers from last week:

1.     The late Dan Hartman (“Instant Replay”)

2.     Mickey Thomas- “Fooled Around and Fell in Love.”

3.     Stevie Ray Vaughn

4.     Sting, Dire Straits (“Money for Nothing”)

This week’s trivia (Random)-

1.     We are a band out of Boston and made are mark during the late 1970’s and most of the 1980’s. Unfortunately there can not be an “original lineup” reunion as one of the lead singers’ passed away and the other refuses to budge on getting back with the other original members. What is the name of this band?

2.     Our first three albums consisted of three Americans and three guys from England. And then on our fourth album, we became a four member group. During our career we had some real juke box hits. Who are we?

3.     I am in the “Bronx Hall of Fame”-that’s right, the “Bronx Hall of Fame” and played with one of the biggest bands in the world. Some people might think I’m out of this world as this was part of my identity for this band. Who am I?

4.     I am a rapper who says what I like to say and do what I like to do and if people don’t like it, so be it. I was recently out of action to take care of myself but am now back with a new album. Who am I?

Name That Tune

Answers from last week:

1.     Wedding Bell Blues – The 5th Dimension

2.     Rockin’ into the Night-.38 Special

3.     Tush- ZZ Top

4.     Time of the Season– The Zombies

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

1.     “…when times go bad…when times go rough…won’t you lay me down in tall grass…and let me do my stuff…”

2.     “…I’m in the mood…the rhythm is right…move to the music…we can roll all night…”

3.     “…there’s nothing to it…just say you want do it…open up your heart and let the loving start…”

4.     “…don’t you know…oh don’t you know…that its wrong…to take what is given you…so far gone…”

Back on this Day

Back on this day in 1966, Jimmy Hendrix arrived in London from a flight from New York and his manager changed the spelling of his name to Jimi.

Back on this day in 1971, the Jackson 5 appeared on the cover of Life magazine.

Back on this day in 1988, James Brown was arrested and sentenced to six years in jail after a high speed car chase resulted in his capture and he had firearms and drugs.

Back on this day in 1991, the world forever changed in the world of music as “Nevermind” was released by Nirvana– some believe this should be a national holiday (I just made that up but I bet there are folks out there who believe this).

Back on this day in 1993, Steven Adler was awarded $2.5 million as a result of a lawsuit against his bandmates in Guns & Roses-who kicked Adler out of the band for his continued drug use. Adler claims that the band members told him to start using heroine. It’s a shame you wonder where that settlement money went to?

Back on this day in 2003, Gordon Lightfoot was inducted into the Canadian song writers hall of fame.

If it is your birthday today you share the same birth date with the late Linda McCartney and Gerry Marsden (Gerry & The Pacemakers).


September 17, 2010

Weekly Update – 09/17/2010

Ozzy Osbourne at Madison Square Garden on Wed. Dec. 1 and at the Izod Center on Fri. Dec. 3. Rob Halford is the opener. Tickets on sale tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. Garden: $55 – $89.50;  Izod:$46.50 – $65.40 – $96.15.

Levon Helm at the Beacon Theater on Fri. & Sat. Nov. 26 & 27. Tickets on sale today at 11:00 a.m.. $50, $60, $85.50 and $99.50.

An acoustic evening with Shinedown at NYCB Theater in Westbury (another name change for this venue) on Thurs. Nov. 18 and also at the Wellmont Theater on Fri. Nov. 19. Pre-sale tickets for Westbury show begins 10:00 a.m. this morning until 10:00 p.m. tonight and the password is: magnet. General public on sale tomorrow at noon. $41.50, $46.70 and $52. Tickets for Wellmont on sale today at noon. $35.

Macy Gray at the Gramercy Theater on Tues. Rocktober 5. Tickets on sale today at noon. $35.25

Trans Siberian Orchestra at Mohegan Sun on Wed. Nov. 17. Tickets on sale this morning at 10:00 a.m. $63.75 and $73.75

Ben Folds at Wellmont Theater on Thurs. Nov. 18. Tickets on sale today at noon. $40

The Hendrix Experience at Beacon Theater on Wed. Nov. 10. Tickets on sale today at noon. $35, $75 and $99.50.

Rufus Wainwright at Carneige Hall on Mon. Dec. 6. Tickets on sale today at noon. $35, $57.50 and $65.

Robert Earl Keen at Terminal 5 on Thurs. Nov. 11. Tickets on sale today at noon. $32.50 ($35 day of show).

Other items:

My youngest son turned me on to an amazing video and song-“All the Same”- performed by the Sick Puppies and it is part of the “Free Hugs” campaign. As my son rightly states- this is an amazing song as well as the video. You want to be inspired? I mean really inspired-if you let yourself then you have to watch this video. I was blown away by both the video and song. Buy it now.

Linkin Park released their new album-“A Thousand Suns”- and according to many listeners on I-Tunes-not a very good album. I can’t say too much because I have only listened to the 30 second samples and it doesn’t sound like the LP I know. It’s a quandary you see because I always point out that a band should be allowed to veer off the well ridden path to explore a different route and they clearly have. But then on the other hand, I have stated-“why change the formula?-especially if it works??!!”-so I guess I am on the fence on this one. Who knows they may be at the “Load” (Metallica) intersection of their career and may head back to the same block they grew up on and hit the “heavy metal rap” scene all over again. I know many of their earlier fan base is very eager for that to happen again.

Weezer has released “Hurley” (The character from the TV series “Lost”) and my oldest son has purchased it. Early indications from him are that Weezer has headed back to some of the same sounds from their classic-‘Pinkerton.” This band has been very busy in the past few years with more than a few releases, sounds like this could be the best of the bunch so far. Check it out.

Rihanna has released a new single-“Only Girl (In the World)”- and I have to say I like it. Very forceful kind of tune-I know what does that mean, right? Honestly I don’t know but that is what comes to my mind. Check it out.

Jamey Johnson has released a “double” studio album-“The Guitar Song”- in the Country genre. (Has that ever been done before?) There is a “vibe” following this guy and my guess is that he is going to be a superstar before long. To me, he has been the “biggest buzz” to come along in 2010. The two parts are the “black” and “white” albums. He is the real deal. Check out this album, if you are a country fan this has to be in your library.

The Kings of Leon have released their first single-“Radioactive”- off of their next release-“Come Around Sundown”- which hits on Tues. Rocktober 19 (Happy Birthday Michele!). The sound sort of reminds me of The Killers, see what you think.

Speaking of The Killers, Brandon Flowers has released a solo album-“Flamingo”-and it has received very positive reviews from his fan base. I especially like the song-“Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas.”the song-“Only the Young” is destined for stardom. If you are a fan of the Killers, this is a must have.

My favorite “old school doo wop” song of the week is “Two People in the World” by Little Anthony and the Imperials. Like I have said many times my entire childhood was filled with a healthy diet of doo-wop. This song brings back so many memories, of course my Dad but also of my mother and Aunt Carol who are both no longer with us today. I can picture all three of them sitting around the kitchen table singing the various parts to this classic.

My other favorite “old school doo wop” song of the week is ‘I Want You to Be My Girl” by Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers. Man what a talent this guy was, huh? Friggin’ phenomenal and such a shame he passed away at such a young age. This song has one of the best saxophone solos ever. Check it out.

My favorite new song of the week is “Hold On” by All That Remains and it is the first single off of their upcoming album-“For We Are Many.” Sort of reminds me of Evanescence but with a male singer. It’s pretty heavy and very good.

Bret Michaels is going to have his own reality show-“Life as I Know It”-premiers on VH1 on Monday Rocktober 18 at 10:00 p.m. The show gives a behind the scene look at this man’s hectic life life while trying to balance his family life. His girlfriend and two daughters will appear on the show. He has really bounced back from his near death experience.

Album Review: “Avalon” by Sully Erna released on Sept. 14, 2010


Sully Erna, the lead vocalist for Godsmack, in my opinion, has been a man of determination and he continues to expand his horizons in music (and I’m assuming his life). I can remember at least 10 years ago going to more than a few “metal” shows and always seeing guys handing out information on cards about the band Godsmack. At first, most probably tossed them into the nearest garbage can (hey who am I kidding, they probably threw them right into the ground and littered the street) and I admit that I tossed it to the side because I didn’t know them. But once I heard the song-“Whatever”-off of their debut album, I was immediately hooked and knew I would be seeing these guys live. And then when Godsmack released ‘The Other Side” where they played their songs acoustically, I was blown away on how good they sounded, especially Sully. It was that-“Oh he can sing”- moment, that caught my attention and I was really impressed that at a young age (for the band Godsmack) that they could turn a corner and put out an acoustic album. (Most metal bands don’t go there). Once they made it, Godsmack seems to have done it their way. Now most would say that their sound hasn’t changed much since their debut and for the most part I would agree but there were changes in their sound as they approached “IV” and now with their latest-“The Oracle” –albeit small steps but you can now hear some blues, along with melodic tunes that aren’t just “metal.” (Again if you listen closely you’ll know what I am talking about).

In his autobiography, (“The Paths We Choose”) he details the struggle to finally “making it” when they scored a record contract. It was a long time coming for him and his band mates and even though they are now in the upper echelon (again my opinion) of the metal scene, he is not sitting on his laurels. His determination and drive has him veering off onto another path of music-(with no intention of leaving Godsmack)- which he has created from his heart and soul. This may attract a whole new legion of fans for him and many may not necessarily enjoy his work with Godsmack. And that’s OK, I think this music had to come out of him as these songs were written while playing his piano and doesn’t fit Godsmack.(Hey I love metal as much as the next person but one can not rock out all the time, there has to be some “down” time). The result is a splendid mix of really nice melodies accompanied by instrumentation that is not part of a metal band, (cello’s) along with beautiful vocals from Lisa Guyer who assisted on the album. If you liked the song “Hollow” from their “IV” album, I think you will like his solo album.

The album starts off with the title track and it sounds like a blowing wind in the beginning and quickly I picture a cold winter night with that familiar whistle like sound created by the wind on the high drift snow outside your log cabin. This is the “zen” type of music as I would say that it could be used for your next Yoga class. It puts you into a nice zone where you drift off and Sully gets help from Ms. Guyer whose background vocals are mesmerizing. I love the percussion sound and it definitely has a “middle eastern” flavor to it. I can also picture someone belly dancing to this song. “7 Years” starts offwith an electric guitar and you’re thinking OK I thought this was not going to get rough. And it doesn’t. Sully’s vocals are extraordinary as the vibe is quiet and calming. Then for some reason I think of George Harrison as the guitar gets louder but I sort of hear a sitar with an Indian flavor as Lisa jumps into the fray and brings the song to a slight boil. “Life is but the memories we created…” There are some deep and meaningful lyrics throughout this album (as well as this song). As the song heats up I am completely blown away already on how good this album has started off-again Sully’s voice is perfect. The bongos are a nice touch and there is an awesome guitar solo to take the song to its end. “Broken Road” is a piano driven song (yes Sully plays it) and it may conjure up memories of Billy or Elton as I can picture Sully in a bar with a nice piano playing and singing this moving song. This is Sully like you have never heard him before (unless you are a family member of close friend) and I have to tell you this is most impressive as his passion shines through on this spectacular arrangement. Wow another mesmerizing song with words that tear your heart out. Amazing. “Sinner’s Prayer”- starts almost like a rap song but then quickly turns into sort of this “tribe” like sound where I can picture American Native Indians dancing around a campfire of sorts. (Or think the theme song from the reality show-“Survivor”). The sound is majestic and again Lisa Guyer hits the ball out of the park with her phenomenal vocal style. Their blend of vocals is simply sweet music to your ears. As the song progresses you will really feel like you are on American Native Indian territory- Sully really creates so many different visions on this album and this song might be the most vivid of those mental pictures. “My Light” takes it back down a bit as the acoustic guitar shines brightly but again the story is Sully’s vocals. Is this the same guy who screams as the lead singer of Godsmack? This is an eye opener (or ear opener) as if you played this for someone who has never heard Godsmack before, they would say that it is a nice voice. The tempo changes a bit as there is hand clapping that conjures up memories of sitting around the campfire as the male background vocals really make this sound like a life lifting song. Then she enters again and helps out the boys- “You’ve become my life”- this could possibly be sung at your next mass. This is totally different from anything he has ever done-another “a ha” moment. “The Rise” starts off eerily as the bongos become louder and there is a sense of chaos breaking out all around you and then the soothing voice of Lisa seems to calm things down but you can still feel the background music being a bit unsettled. You can’t but help playing the bongos yourself as the groove is very addicting. This sort of reminds me of something that Soundgarden would have put on “Superunknown” if they had a female singer. I guess Sully is the producer of this song as he does not sing (except some background vocals)-he may be playing percussion as he is an excellent drummer. There are animal noises throughout the song and I feel like I am in a forest running and can’t find my way out and the only thing keeping me calm is her voice.

“Until Then” is a mesmerizing song that will tug at your heart strings and just may be the best song on the disc. Sully’s vocals are captivating and the string work is so soothing that at certain parts you will feel like you are in a theater watching a love story from the “porch” section and the dress code is “black tie.” Wow this is simply amazing, I don’t know what else to say-ok- “exquisite.” (Miss Irina Chirkova lends a beautiful hand on this track). Track # 8 – “The Departed”- appears like it could be the first “single” to be released from the album and I would say that this song could appear on a Godsmack album. If you are familiar with their sound, you will think that you have heard this melody before-it is very catchy and Lisa is there again to make this work so well. Sully and Lisa are a perfect match and I would venture to say that their vocals together are some of the best duo performances of the last five years or so. What also stands out is the percussion-hey it just hit me, this song reminds me a little of “Voodoo.” The pace slows down again with the tender-“Eyes of a Child.” It is a gripping tale of what our crazy world endures on a daily basis and how it affects us, especially through the eyes of a child. It builds to a crescendo and then there is a climaxing guitar solo which should bring down the house if you see him perform this song live. It quickly settles down and ends on a beautiful acoustic pace. The last two songs on the album are instrumental and if I am being totally honest with myself I have to say that I am not so crazy about “In Through Time.” I’m not sure why the same melody is played over and over-it sounds like it is part of a movie soundtrack and something that would be played behind a gripping movie scene. The last track-“Cast Out (Spirit Ceremony)”-literally sounds like the title- I couldn’t think of a better title as it has this middle eastern flavor to it where the pounding percussion summons up images of people dancing around in the desert sand and the guitar comes in and out to give it that extra kick. It gets rough a bit and the funky groove keeps your attention as well as Lisa’s screams throughout the song. Again I am reminded of Soundgarden and I can picture Chris Cornell doing something like this. Excellent ending song.

“Avalon,” except for one song, is a near masterpiece-yes I say masterpiece. After reading all the “pre-game” material on its release I was expecting almost “church” like songs and yes there are tunes on this album that one might hear in church-soft and exquisite. But there are also some songs that have an edge to it, albeit not as sharp and pounding like his work with Godsmack but I think something for all to enjoy. If the word gets out to a mass audience (hopefully many people talk about this album like myself) I really think he will pull in a brand new audience who are totally unfamiliar with his work with Smack and will be hooked. There has not been too much to “holler” about in the world of new music releases in 2010 but I need to get on a rooftop with the world’s biggest “bull-horn” and let everyone know how phenomenal Sully Erna’s solo album is. Folks I am begging you-please buy the album and if you don’t like it, I’ll refund your money. That’s how good this album is.



“Moving Pictures” was my introduction to Rush (yes eventually I went back to “2112” and others, take a deep breath) and I felt that I had become part of an organization that was sort of labeled “educated” rock. (You know like the band Radiohead now, right?). Here were only three guys making this unbelievable sound which sounded totally different from any other rock bands out there during the late 1970’s and 1980’s. So here it is 1982-one of my favorite years (because I was 17 and my favorite number has always been 17)- and Rush releases their follow-up to “Moving” with “Signals.” Now this album was a pretty dramatic switch from “Pictures” as there is a whole bunch more of synthesizer/keyboard sounds as Alex Lifeson seemed to take a step back with his guitar. Ok it wasn’t like he disappeared but there seemed to be a different course of direction. (Rush did that on many different albums and it wasn’t until the 1990’s that the formula appeared to be the same when they put out something new). Now a newly christened fan I liked “Signals” but even back then I would really have to be in the mood to listen to all 8 songs-that’s another thing-when this album came out there were four songs on each side. Rush had the propensity to make long songs so it wasn’t like the album was done in 20 minutes, no each side was about that long. I had always wanted to mention this album in some respect-I wanted to go with a “perfect album” side but (in my opinion) there was not a perfect for either side. Then I wanted to do a whole album review but knew my heart wasn’t in it. Like I said I can listen to the entire album, if I am in the mood. But without a doubt there are some show stoppers on this album (or golden nuggets), so I finally have a spot to talk about some of the songs on this album. Here are some of the golden nuggets off of “Signals” by Rush:

Digital Man – The song rips off with the extraordinary drummer-Neil Peart- (who my youngest son is constantly telling me that he is better than John Bonham-remember I told you that he is taking shots at the Mighty Zep every chance he gets? Well yes his main focus is Bonham as I always maintained there was/is never been a better drummer than Bonham. Oh well I digress). So I mentioned above that the guitar seemed to disappear but yet on this track Mr. Lifeson is blazing on his work. This song has a driving beat at points and then turns real soft (sign of progressive rock, right?). Rush always seem to talk about far away places (“…love to spend the night in Zion…”) and there music seem to take you there. I love the way the song changes pace almost right in the middle and then Geddy Lee’s bass takes over as Alex is like the storm clouds that are approaching and you never know when it will rain. But then he makes it rain with a nice solo. This is a head snapping song that has an addicting groove that keeps your interest for the entire six plus minutes.

Subdivisions – Well here is the synthesizers/keyboards I was talking about. This, in my opinion, was a stark departure from “Pictures” but this is one of my all time favorite Rush songs. The few times I have been at a karaoke bar/lounge I always ask the DJ for the list of songs and it is never there. I know, I know-who wants to hear this song at a crowded lounge? I get it but if I were with a room full of people “in the know” then I could complete my mission of singing this song word for word, even today I still know it like I did back in 1984. I think I have told you this before but I remember being in a crowded car back in the 1984 or 1985 with friends-who all listened to “ house music” or whatever was being played on pop radio at the time- but this time the driver happened across this song on WNEW-FM and actually left the station on. As they were all talking I was quietly singing along to every word and then more than half-way through the song, they all looked at me and said-“What song is this? How do you know all the words? I never heard this song?” I thought to myself-“yes I know that” but also knew that they were not going to run out and buy the album-maybe if they are reading this today, maybe they will. (Ok I can dream, right?) Anyway I played this song for my older son and he seemed completely bored. Oh well I love it and that’s all that matter, right??!!!

New World Man – Love the way this song starts off with the electronic sounding synthesizer, sounds like one of those cool early video games where there always seemed to be a target of some sort to try and destroy. This is another cool karaoke song, no?-“…he’s a rebel and a runner…he’s a signal turning green…he’s a restless young romantic…wants to run the big machine…”- come on sing along. I love when Peart picks up pace with his drumming as we all await the chorus-“he’s got to make his own mistakes…and learn to mend the mess he makes…He’s a neeeewwww woooorrllldd man…” I truly believe that Geddy’s vocals are one of the best he has ever recorded. There is no way one can not like this song, it is impossible. The chorus is too addicting.

The Analog Kid – Sort of reminds me of a faster version of “Red Barchetta” and this song really has some “giddy-up” to it, supplied in part by Geddy’s awesome bass lines as well as Peart’s phenomenal drumming. Love when the song shifts gears and Mr. Lee sings- “You move me…You move me…open sea and city lights…” but you know the pace will pick up again. If you listen very closely you can hear how good Geddy is on the bass, simply amazing. And not to be out done, Mr. Lifeson has a blazing guitar solo that can melt the paint off your walls. I forgot how much I love this tune. You have to own this track!!!


Image of Godsmack

Since I reviewed Sully’s first solo album above I figured I might as well make it an “Erna” week and go with his other band-Godsmack– with my top ten songs. For me, Godsmack is like flicking on a switch and I am immediately polarized as I can feel the adrenaline flow through my veins while feeling my whole body changing. (Remember when the nerdy TV character Steve Urkel took that potion to become the cool “Stephon Ur-kel” and his body gyrated and transformed? That’s how I feel). Ok yes it has to be the heart pounding bass lines accompanied by the seemingly massive drum sound that seems to be played by 50 foot drum sticks, as well as the blazing electrifying guitar, accompanied by Sully’s amazing “heavy metal” voice which combines the screeches with the commanding vocal presence. This band punches you right in the gut-but don’t go down-because they keep coming at you and that is the number one reason I love this band. They keep coming at you. I have seen them more than a few times live now and I have to say that they make me want to see them every time they are in the Tri-state area (but you all know that I typically only go to see all bands in NYC because there is something different in the air than anywhere else). Case in point- a few Metallica tours ago, Godsmack was the opener (congrats boys I knew that was an ultimate goal of yours to open for them), it was a Friday night in Rocktober (or maybe beginning of November-still considered Rocktober for me, I like to squeeze every last drop of Rocktober) and my brother Rich & I along with Paul and Sal went to the Izod Center in New Jersey. And guess what? The vibe was totally not there. At one point of their set, Sully looked up at the crowd and said what I would have said-“Friday night with Smack and ‘Tallica and this is all you got?”-no noise, no nothing from the crowd. Fast forward to New York where we saw them at the Hammerstein a few years ago (and yes we my brother and I will be attending their show in a few weeks at the Hammerstein on Rocktober 5th) and you would have thought the roof was going to come off. (granted the Hammerstein is much smaller than the Izod, which is an arena-but you get the picture). Anyway, this band is like a jolt to your system-they are not for the faint of heart but at the same time, I find them very melodic. OK I am on an island-given a boom box and told that I can have only 10 songs by Godsmack-“These are Them:”

10.     Bad Religion– I am a “soft-tee” when it comes to heavy hitting metal (metal in my world not the “death” metal scene) and this song had me on the opening driving drum beats. It feels like you are being pelted with something-maybe like hail size golf balls coming down from the sky- as you look up and try to run for cover. “Get back” exclaims Sully as his growling like voice is getting ready to take no prisoners-“see you quiver like the dogs on the streets…looking down as I beat you…”- I told you to take cover, right. This driving head banging song will have your neck feeling pain in no time as the obsessive beat is hard to get out of your head. The tempo slows a bit at the two minute mark but the pounding comes back with 30 seconds left and his scream takes the song to its blistering end. Caution: there are “F” bombs in this song as well as others.

9.     Whatever– As I mentioned above when I first heard this song, I was in-“hook, line & sinker.” Now I know this band is an acquired taste and it always amazes me when I see other people’s reactions when I play this song for them. I figure, how can anyone not like this song? But then I see their scared face and I wait until I am alone in my car or my I-Pod to “rock out.” I can remember the day I drove my friends and colleagues at MBIA back in 2002 to a lunch locally at an Armonk NY. As we were driving along Route 22 I threw this song on and both Sue and Gregg immediately put their fingers in their ears and said-“what the heck is this? Turn it off!!!” After putting it louder and letting 30 more seconds roll by, I then hit the eject button knowing that I need to make sure that I play songs like this around “people in the know.” Multiple “F” bombs all over this song. Sorry.

8.     Greed– Anger. Yes I know a lot of their songs are filled with that “anger” pulsating in your face. And boy this one is seemingly filled with heavy venom while the bass guitar sounds like it is going to burst. I am holding on to my chest as I listen to this “Two faced…I feel you crawling under my skin…sickened by your face…” not exactly The Carpenters, huh? I can’t get enough of the bass-it is so out of control. This song is pure bass pulsating in your head. It rocks!! \m/ \m/

7.     The Oracle – This song in my opinion is how much Godsmack has developed into one of the better metal bands out there. This is progression forward back to their original sound but with such maturity. Sort of like watching your children go from grade school to high school years. There is no singing in this song, it is all instrumental (except for the usual sounds they put in their earlier albums). This will remind you of Metallica or Rush and to say that about Godsmack, again in my opinion, tells you how far they have come because most would not even utter their name in the same breath as those two bands when it comes to instrumentals but I am here to tell you this is their masterpiece to date.

6.     No Rest for the Wicked – I don’t know about you but I absolutely love “IV” and sometimes don’t understand critics (or fans) who always complain when a band tries to move away from the formula a little bit. C’mon we are talking about Godsmack here, they didn’t stretch that far off what they are known for, so they tried to “melodize” their tunes with some hints of blues, albeit it-heavy blues. Anyway- this tune is one of their “coolest” sounding songs they have ever recorded. You can sort of hear that Richie Sambora like guitar when he puts some device in his mouth to make the guitar sound like it is from outer space. A 21st century version of what Frampton was famous for in the 20th Century. The song is a slow trudging head banging song with a real sweet guitar solo towards the end of the song.-“Gonna fly…take my time…gonna try…but there’s no rest for the wicked…” \m/ \m/

5.     Hollow – I think this song was sort of a prelude for what was to come out of Sully’s solo album released this past week. I can imagine most of the Smack fans hearing this for the first time and complaining, not me. What a beautiful tune. I’m telling you folks, this is not “heavy metal”- this is a song that could be played on “Lite FM” I’m not sure if Lisa is helping Sully out on vocals but the combination of their voices is pure magic. “One more step and I could fall away…if it happened, would it matter?…” Again a prelude of what was to come as far as deep lyrics. The arrangement of this tune is top notch as the melody is infectious. If you don’t know any songs by Godsmack, (because you are not into the heavier side of things) try this one out for size and then head straight for “Avalon”-his solo album. This may be right up your alley.

4.     Voodoo – C’mon you know you were hooked when Sully starts to sing-“I’m not the one who is so far away when I feel the snake bite enter my ve-ee-eins, never did I wanna be here again and I don’t remember why I came.” Then it’s on to the cool drum part as one feels like he or she is walking down into a dungeon. To me this was always a great song to play around Halloween, I don’t know why but I just picture bats flying around the wicked witch of the east and those flying monkees getting ready to bring back Toto. The chorus is hauntingly addictive and I know I have been singing it this past week incessantly- you can’t get it out of your head-“I’m not the one who’s so far away…” Not sure why Smack doesn’t end the song properly-meaning they let the song linger on for like 4 minutes and 25 seconds with no sound. Can’t really make a mix of songs and add this one because there is dead air for that long. Weird but the song is great!!

3.     Speak – The beginning sort of reminds me of “Poundcake” by Van Halen with the “drill” sound and then the song blasts off. This track psyches me up like no other Godsmack song. I have to play this as loud as I can-of course no one else can be around because they would hate it- this song is a “beast.” I can also picture Skid Row doing this song (on their sophomore album which was real heavy). No I know Sully doesn’t like references to the hair bands, especially Twisted Sister but I think he has to like some songs on the Skidster’s “Slave to the Grind.” Oh well I digress, this track is like a Mike Tyson punch when Mike was Mike. This is Jordan nailing a bucket as time expires to win a championship. I love the ending where the background vocals and Sully scream “Speak” about five or six times. It is like a big dog ripping at a bone-that is how I could describe this song.

2.     Keep Away – I think this is their best song from the debut album (I also love the acoustic version). I can remember when I first moved up to Connecticut, I went into a local pub and made a bee line to the juke box to see what was in it. To my surprise, Godsmack’s first album was in there and I immediately threw some money in and selected this song first. Now it was a Friday night so I had to wait a few songs. And then when it came on there was all these kids (20’s-30’s) and they all looked up like who is this? They started to ask who played it. I came forward and educated them on the band called Godsmack. The beginning of the song with that guitar riff is so identifiable that you know you are on a trip with Smack. This song rocks!!! \m/ \m/

1.     Love-Hate-Sex-Pain – I had a funny feeling that this was going to become my all time favorite Godsmack song after purchasing “the Oracle”-it kept creeping up on me and I craved it more and more. This is the “melodic” metal that I was talking about earlier, right? It sounds like their “original” stuff but in my opinion, more mature, seasoned, established or any word that describes “hitting your prime.” Love the guitar work, awesome riffs and what else can you say about the pulsating bass lines? This band has gelled into to this machine that has picked up steam and will only get better in my opinion. The ending of the song sort of reminds me of “Epic” done by Faith No More as the piano takes this one out as well. And the best part about this song?- My oldest son actually likes this song, if I am not mistaken this is the first Godsmack song that he actually enjoys. If he likes it, you know it has to be a good song. And to boot he heard it on America’s best rock station WCCC out of Hartford CT on 106.9 on the FM dial.

Trivia Questions

Answers from last week:

1.     The Eagles

2.     Meatloaf- “Bat Out of Hell”

3.     Boston

4.     Guns & Roses

This week’s trivia (Random)-

1.     I wrote a big hit in the 1970’s and I sang it with the Edgar Winter Band. I then made it big in the disco scene with a major hit which had a lot of “replay” on the radio. Who am I?

2.     I was the lead singer in the biggest hit for Elvin Bishop in 1976 and I was then asked by Grace Slick to join the Jefferson Starship as its lead singer. Who am I and what was the name of the Elvin Bishop song?

3.     I played lead guitar on a David Bowie song and was still working as a driver of a delivery truck before I made it big with my own band? Who am I?

4.     I accompanied another band with my vocals and was already part of one of the biggest bands on the planet back in the 1980’s. This song about MTV put this band on the map? Who am I and what band did I help out?

Name That Tune

Answers from last week:

1.     The Tide is High – Blondie

2.     Burnin’ for You-Blue Oyster Cult

3.    Kung Fu Fighting- Carl Douglas

4.     Surrender– Cheap Trick

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

1.     “…Bill…I love you so and I always will…I look at you and see the passion eyes of May…”

2.     “…Cruising down the motorway…got my girl by myside…we’re both a little anxious…”

3.     “…I’ve been bad…I’ve been good…Dallas Texas…Hollywood…”

4.     “…What’s your name (What’s your name)…Who’s your daddy? (Who’s your daddy?)…Is he rich like me?…”

Back on this Day

Sadly back on this day in 1991, Rob Tyner, lead singer of MC5, died of a heart attack at the young age of 46 while sitting in his car in his hometwown of Berkley, MI.

Back on this day in 1967, The Doors performed on the Ed Sullivan one and only time as they did not head the words of Mr. Sullivan who did not want Morrison to sing the words-“Girl we couldn’t get much higher”- but even though Jim promised not to, he did and they were to never again appear on the show.

Back on this day in 1967, The Who appeared on the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour and Keith Moon set explosives to his drum kit so that when they came to the end of “My Generation” it exploded. Poor decision as it permanently damaged Pete Townsend hearing as well as burning his hair. Keith cut his leg.

Back on this day in 1975, The Guess Who were honored in Winnipeg Canada as it was “The Guess Who Day.”

Back on this day in 1991, Guns & Roses released “Use Your Illusion I & II.” I will never forget that day, music stores (yes boys & girls there were stores that actually sold albums, tapes & CD’s) were open at midnight for the planned rush to the store. I can remember walking into the music store located at 2 Broadway in lower Manhattan and they were selling the discs out of cardboard boxes, that’s how fast they were selling.

If it is your birthday today you share the same birth date with the late great Hank Williams.

September 9, 2010

Weekly Update – 09/09/2010

(Due to scheduling conflict, I had to release today)

Trans-Siberian Orchestra at the Nassau Coliseum on Fri. Dec. 17 and the Prudential Center on Sat. Dec. 18. Tickets on sale Fri. Sept. 10 at 10:00 a.m. Nassau: $25, $42.50, $55 and $65. Prudential: $25, $37, $47, $62 and $72.

M.I.A. at Terminal 5 on Mon. Sept. 27. Tickets on sale Fri. Sept. 10 at noon. $35 ($40 day of show)

Emmylou Harris at Wellmont Theater on Sat. Nov. 13. Tickets on sale Fri. Sept. 10 at noon. $35, $60 and $75

KT Tunstall at the Terminal 5 on Wed. Dec. 1. Tickets on sale Fri. Sept. 10 at noon. $27.50 ($32.50 day of show)

Tony Bennett at Wellmont Theater on Fri. Dec. 3. Tickets on sale today at noon. $75, $100 and $125.

Chicago  at Wellmont Theater on Fri. May 20, 2011. Tickets on sale Fri. Sept. 10 at noon. $45, $85 and $125.

Other items:

Stone Sour has released “Audio Secrecy” and I have to tell you I like what I am hearing. Now you all know that I like the heavier side of things but when it comes to bands like Slipknot and the such, I usually stay away because that is way too heavy for me. Corey Taylor has struck a balance for me with Stone Sour- they have their moments of the hard hitting action but there is also a “listen-ability” factor for me here (as opposed to a majority of songs by Slipknot). Check out the song-“Hesitate”- and see what I am talking about-this guy can sing. I’ll equate it to Kid Rock-remember when he use to just rap and then he sang “Only God Knows Why” and people went-“Hey this guy can sing??!!!” Same thing here. I have a good feeling with this album, sounds like it will land near the top in 2010 of the best albums released. Totally check this out!!

Michael Buble has released a new single-“Hollywood”- and again I have to say that I really like this as well. I know I’m nuts right? Stone Sour to Michael Buble? But I have to keep it real-that is why there is a “menu.” Check this tune out-if you are a Buble fan you probably already have it.

Jerry Lee Lewis“Mean Old Man” was finally released this past week and this could definitely end up being in the top ten albums of 2010. Check out how many people he has collaborated with on this album. Slash, Kid Rock, Keith Richards, Shelby Lynn, Jagger, Haggard, Clapton, Ringo, Fogerty, Tim McGraw and lots of others. The man still has it- this album rocks-check out “Roll Over Beethoven” with John Mayer on guitar-lights out!! Or “Whiskey River” with Willie Nelson. Wow two living legends making beautiful music together. This collaboration is “over the top” good.

Train has done an “I-Tunes Session” with six songs done acoustically. I am so glad that this band has been picking up so much steam the last few years, I was afraid they were going to be a “one hit wonder” but I also knew that they were too talented to let that happen. Awesome songs on this one, check it out.

My favorite “old school” song of the week is “One Toke Over the Line” by Brewer & Shipley-now all of you should know by now that I have never taken any drugs in my life-yes never smoked pot (or a cigarette for that matter)-so I don’t condone the lyrics but I just love this song. This is so “1970’s” and the main reason why I like it.

I guess I have been touting the Mighty Led Zeppelin too much around my house because my youngest son has turned on me and bashes them every chance he gets. (It’s like getting hit with darts) I did get my oldest son to see the light with the Mighty Zep and hopefully there is still time to change my younger sons’ viewpoint, so I will lay low so that this young rebellion phase will pass. I said hopefully.

I thought “Alter Bridge” was done because Creed “reunion-ized” but that is not the case. I also thought that Myles Kennedy would become the new singer for Velvet Revolver because he has been touring with Slash promoting their two songs from his solo album but no-Alter Bridge will release a new album-“AB III”- on Rocktober 8. A new single –“Isolation”- was released this week. Who knows this gig with Slash may attract more fans to Alter, I know I will be checking out the new tunes.

So much for Duff McKagan’s stint with Janes Addiction. It’s over already. After 5 months together they have parted ways-I knew this was not a match. Duff needs Slash and vice versa. Concentrate on getting Myles Kennedy to be the new lead singer for Velvet.

Remember the Madison Square Garden shows for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last year? If you missed it, there will be a three disc DVD release of highlights from the shows. It will include Metallica, U2, Ozzy and many more. Look for it on Sept. 28.

Scott Weiland is currently working on a full length Christmas album complete with strings, upright bass and many other cool instruments that is usually not associated with his style of music. No word on the release date. I’m in.

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

Southern Harmony & Musical Companion (Reis)

Side 1 of “The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion” by the Black Crowes

The year is 1992 and the buzz-saw called Nirvana was just about done clearing out the field of all the “hair-bands” that had enjoyed a good run (at least 5 years)-aided by a thing called Music Television Video, otherwise known as MTV. How many times did we see the video “Cherry Pie” by Warrant? Or any song by Poison? Winger? The list is extensive. But here was this band that kind of entered the back door a few years before 1992 with their blockbuster debut-“Shake Your Money Maker”-right before the 1991 hurricane came in and turned the music world on its ear. When the dust settled, the Black Crowes wiped their eyes and just continued on their musical journey most likely not even paying attention to this thing called grunge. They had their own music to make and nothing was going to stand in their way. Call them a throw-back or whatever label you wanted to put on them, they wouldn’t care-the Black Crowes just wanted to make the music that was in them ready to come out and share with their fan base. Their sophomore album-“Southern Harmony”-put to bed the notion of any “slump.” As a matter of fact many people that I know who loved the Crowes when they first hit the scene wondered why they strayed away from the sound that put them on the map in the first place. Anyway while the rest of the world went to flannel shirts and not bathing for days at a time, I left my options open. I was now knee deep into Metallica (including all their earlier albums) but I was enthralled by the Black Crowes and made sure that I bought into their second album. Sometimes you need a variety on your dinner dish, so I always went for a second helping of this super cool blues, rock playing band with a front man who I believe is second to none. I can’t say it enough- I would love to morph into Chris Robinson for a tour or two, he is the epitome of a rock star who seemingly doesn’t even try to be such that. He has one of the most distinctive voices in all of music-you know instantly who is “at the mike” when he sings any song. His brother Rich is an excellent guitarist and despite their “head-banging,” they have been together more than they have not. The rest of their lineup has always been filled with gifted musicians no matter who is switched in or out. Their second album is very good and the first side is “perfect.” So it’s been a while but here is another perfect album side.

Side one starts off with a bite as the rocking “Sting Me” incorporates a fusion of blues accompanied with a twist of rock and roll highlighted by the electrifying Rich on guitar and beautifully backed up with Chris’ phenomenal vocal style. In 1992, this was so different from anything out there- a breath of fresh air for the older generation of rock fans who maybe followed the Allmans. This song has soul and has to make your body move with gyrations you probably didn’t even know you could do. Oh and what about the background vocals supplied by those lovely ladies? Who does better background vocals? (I think Kid Rock followed the Black Crowes lead with his backup singers). The guitar solo is righteous and when Chris comes back into to sing I can just picture a whole congregation in long robes clapping and singing along-“Can you sting me…wanna…wanna…wanna even try…” As this blazing song ends you can hear the pulsating bass crash end with the drums, whew what a way to start off an album. Then it really kicks into gear with the ever popular-“Remedy”-don’t you just love the beginning of this tune? I know I do, I immediately feel like something has entered my body and I dance uncontrollably while flailing my arms like when one takes a pencil and shakes it to seem like this straight pencil is now like taffy or something gooey. I can picture Chris up on stage at the Beacon Theater with no shoes or socks dancing in a circle on the psychedelic carpet they threw on the stage singing like there is nobody in the room. This arguably could be their best song ever recorded (but let’s not go there)-no- just enjoy this masterpiece for what it is- a straight up rock and roll shake with some blues toppings. When Chris wails towards the end of the song-“I need a remedy”- it makes the song that much better. How does he keep singing-“remedy, remedy, remedy”- like that?-freakin’ amazing.Track # 3-“Thorn in My Pride”- takes the pace down a bit but not in quality as the keyboard beginning is something to behold and sets up your expectation for this song to be a classic. The chorus is addicting and I know I can’t stop singing along to this tune. “My angels, my devils…thorn in my pride…lover, cover me with your sleep…” The guitar solo(s) are lights out as Rich and Marc Ford are a blazing duo on the strings. Eddie Harsch’s playing on piano/keyboards takes this song to another level-there is a reason why this song reached # 1 on the Billboard chart- because it is great. Believe me before you know it, six minutes has passed in a blink of an eye-that’s how you know a song is excellent. “Bad Luck Blue Eyes” really takes the pace down to a bluesy melody which conjures up memories of Hendrix as you will thrust your head back and forth real slow as Chris’s vocal style bleeds with conviction. You can feel his passion as he belts out-“Bad Luck, Blue Eyes…Goodbye.” I love it when he screams and then constantly repeats “Goodbye…ahh Goodbye…” The last song on side 1 is-“Sometimes Salvation”- and this song just flat out rocks. It reminds me of something that the Rolling Stones would perform. Chris’s vocals are nothing short of spectacular. Love the way the “high hat” sounds on the drums throughout and Rich’s guitar is just dripping with the sweaty blues. It keeps me coming back for more, what about you? I love this friggin’ tune.

“The Southern Harmony” had four number one hits for an album in the rock category and dispelled the notion that there was a sophomore slump for the boys of the Black Crowes. As mentioned above, I know some friends (and probably more fans) often wondered why the Crowes went away from the harder, edgier sound which was evident in their first two recordings. Some bands veer off the beaten path and sometimes it is a good thing and sometimes it doesn’t work out so well. I personally love this band, so I have no complaints either way. I admit that some of their songs/albums are an “acquired” taste but everyone should be able to “drink the coolaid” from “Harmony” especially the first side, which is perfect. Folks this band deserves your attention and knowing that they are planning another exile for a while (after this year) makes it more important that you get yourself to one of their many planned shows at the Nokia Theater at the end of Rocktober and early November. I will be there on Nov. 5 with my buddy Andy and hopefully we hear some songs from this perfect album side.


Escape (Exp) (Dig) (Spkg)

1981 was also a great year for music and one of the highlights was “Escape” which was released by Journey on July 31st of that year. There are some bands where I like some of their material and don’t have everything they put out. (Billy Joel for instance- the only album I ever owned by him was “Glass Houses”). Escape was the lone album that I owned by Journey (yes I have their “greatest hits” but I typically don’t count that as a separate item). The album’s vocals were done by Mr. Steve Perry who has always had one of the best voices in rock. Sadly the guys couldn’t get it together and now the band is fronted by Arnel Pineda whom I saw a few years ago in concert and he was fabulous, so there probably is no need to bring back Steve but I would love to see one last go at it. Here are some of the golden nuggets from “Escape:”

Stone in Love – I remember hearing this song again for the first time back in 2008 after not hearing it for at least 10 years when I went to see them perform live at Jones Beach with the new lead singer Arnel and I was blown away because I had forgotten how much I loved this song. As a matter of fact, this is my favorite song on this album. This is the perfect “guitar hero” song (or “Rock Band”) as Neal Schon is light’s out throughout but especially on the solo. How about the opening licks? Does it get any better? There is no other way to listen to this song but LOUD!!! Crank it up, roll down the windows before it gets too cold and sing away. I will do the air-guitaring. Awesome tune!!! \m/ \m/

Open Arms – Ok so it is a “power ballad” but this was a power ballad before the label would come after Aerosmith has resurrected their career. Is it sappy?…well maybe.. Is it “pop?”..well maybe. But who cares? This is a beautiful song and the original recording still gives me goose bumps-Mr. Perry sings it like none other. This is the perfect love song for that someone special in your life. Doesn’t get much better in the “love song” department than this. Pick this one up as soon as you can. Pure perfection.

Don’t Stop Believin’– Now I know many of you out there associate this song now with the “Soprano’s” series ending episode (it quickly became the most downloaded song in I-Tunes history) but this song was very popular before that. Admittedly it has now become bigger but again there was a reason that the producers of the show picked this song- because it is a stunning classic song that will always stand the test of time. This arguably could be their best song (and not because of the Soprano’s). This is a song of hope and of course “believin’.” Has to rank up there as one of the best songs of the 1980’s and of all time in the rock countdowns that were all over the radio last weekend.

Who’s Crying Now – Steve Perry had this way of making these “power ballads” sound so different from all the other power ballads, his vocals are so crystal clear and pure. The song sounds as if it was recorded last night. When is the last time you have heard this great tune? “And in a lover’s rage…they turned another page”- I love it. Another timeless classic that may be lesser known from the other classics.

Mother, Father–This is one of their most underrated songs ever. “Hey Mother, Father…don’t you know that I’m alive for you…”-this is an “epic” song and sort of in the same genre as “Come Sail Away” by Styx. The guitar and piano work are flawless and sound as one-listen closely. It has a dramatic feel to it as Steve is so passionate in his words, you can feel it through your speakers. Neal’s guitar solo is super solid-this is an all round great tune-check it out.



Last week while cleaning the house I had my I-Pod on “shuffle” and “Goodbye to Love” by Karen Carpenter (or The Carpenters as I don’t want to leave her brother Richard out of the picture) and I looked at my wife and said-“I need to put down my favorite ten songs by The Carpenters” but I know that I would probably have to deal with ridicule from family, friends and people that I don’t even know who read this page (although it isn’t that many as my e-mail distribution list is larger than the number of hits I get each week). But then I thought, why not? As I have mentioned numerous times on this page, my favorite all time female singer has always been Karen Carpenter. So save your breath with comments on how there are many more female singers who are better. Again it is what I like. Karen can do no wrong in my mind and I usually melted when I heard her sing-there is just something so special about her voice that “puts me at the top of the world.”Another reason why I admired her so much is due to how much she always reminds me of my mother, she knew how much I loved to sing along to Karen’s songs when I heard them on the radio when I was a kid. My mother knew that Karen was my favorite but she kept it quiet as she knew the teasing I would get. As I said I can’t deny what I like to listen to and the Carpenters are a big part of my I-Pod collection, so go ahead and laugh or whatever. But I’m on an island and am told that I can only have ten songs by the Carpenters-“These are Them:”

10.     Rainy Days and Mondays– C’mon you know it always seems to rain on Monday’s more than any other day of the week, doesn’t it? I know this is a sad song but it stuns me, I can’t move when I hear this song. It’s a sad tune but I love to listen to her voice, it’s just something that I can’t explain. “Hanging around…nothing to do but frown…” and the saxophone solo just adds the icing on the cake. Like every song she has ever done-this is just beautiful. And the question will always remain-“What if….”

9.     Superstar – Just like many of the early Bee Gee songs, the feel to most of her songs are sullen or sad but yet I can’t stop listening to her songs (as well as the early Bee Gees). This is another example of just that notion and this song does pick up the tempo in certain spots but the vibe is down trodden. “Loneliness… is such a sad affair…”-wow words that really hit home with her circumstances, right? For some reason I think of what happened to her whenever I hear this song because in my mind she was a superstar.

8.     Sing – I think our fourth grade class at P.S. 169 in Sunset Park Brooklyn sang this song in a play or something (or it could have been the 5th or 6th grade) and I always remember when the part when on her recording the kids sing in the background as our class tried to emulate the same sound as the record. Some would sing the “la, la, la la” part as the others would start with “Sing a song.’ This is fun memories and she “sings of happy and not sad” on this tune, so you can’t beat that. When is the last time you have heard this song? Wow, I love it!!!

7.     Christmas Waltz – Is there anyone better to listen to than Karen during the holiday season? I can’t think of anyone else who I’d rather listen to (Ok yes Roy Orbison on the male side). This song always puts me in a good place as I can picture lots of people skating underneath the Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center or sitting in front of the fireplace with just the Christmas tree light on and nothing else. Fantatsic song.

6.     Top of the World – “Such a feeling coming over me…there is wonder is most everything I see”- she had me on the opening notes. This is such a great sing along song and how does anyone not know this song? C’mon admit it, you have to like this song. “I’m on the top of the world…looking down on creation…and the only explanation I can find…” I can remember hearing this song on WCBS FM or WABC radio stations as a kid growing up-this brings back childhood memories. Ahhh to go back to the way it once was for a day or two- I would do it in a heartbeat. To be with my mom again, if only just for one day, I’d do it-then I’d be at the top of the world.

5.     For All We Know –I sit here in complete silence and can’t move because of the eloquence of her vocals. In my opinion, their songs will always stand the test of time-especially this one. Richard always contributes with his excellent song writing abilities and of course his stellar background vocals. The only bad part about this song is how short it is, in a blink of an eye it is over. As I said that is the real test on how good a song is-think about all the great times you have had in your life-maybe vacations-don’t they go by so quick? Same with songs, especially this one. I can’t say enough about her voice.

4.     Merry Christmas Darling – Typically during the holiday season there are certain songs that I need to hear right away (“Pretty Paper” by Orbison; “Happy Christmas” by John & Yoko quickly come to mind) to get me in the spirit- and this song is at the top of that list. Now I know it gets severely over played (even during that 5 or 6 week period) but again there is a reason for that- the song is spectacular. I can’t think of one holiday season where I have not heard this tune and it always puts me in a “dream state.” I drift off and think of all the great times in my life including family & friends including many of you out there reading this right now.

3.     We’ve Only Just Begun – The one thing that has always stuck with me on this song is the incredible background vocals of Richard Carpenter and of course what else can I say about Karen? I sit here listening to this song and at points I have to stop typing and just listen to her “incredible-ness”-I know that’s not a word but you understand what I am trying to say. “What if?…” I know I definitely would have attended many of their concerts. I was too young when she passed but I know that I would have gone to see her many times (almost as much as I have seen Metallica) and hopefully she would have sung this song. How can anyone not like this song? I find it impossible.

2.     Yesterday Once More – “When I was young, I’d listen to the radio…waiting for my favorite songs…when they played..I’d sing along, it made me smile..”C’mon these lyrics defined my every being as a young person growing up. This is what I did, it’s like I could have written those lyrics-thank you Richard. This song is so incredible that it brings tears to the eyes-another sign that a song is spectacular. Go ahead try and make fun but I don’t care-“All my best memories…come back clearly to me…it’s yesterday once more.” Like I said earlier, I wish I could have yesterday once more for a day or two. Hug the people you love right now!!

1.     (They Long to Be) Close to You – My wife immediately knows when this song comes on to look over at me and smile because she knows that this is probably my most favorite song EVER (really out of any song ever recorded) because this is the song that I shared with my mother. Tears are streaming down my face as I can remember so many times that my mother would sing the part to me-“On the day that you were born, the angels got together and decided to create a dream come true…”The piano part is earth stopping for me, I just freeze because I know Karen is going to knock the ball out of the park. I can recall sitting in the back seat of my Dad’s “Vega” and this song would come on and my mom would turn around and look to me in the back seat. It was always our song, a beautiful one at that. Thanks to Richard and Karen for making this song a major part of my life. (I know Mr. Bacharach wrote it but their version is the best by far, yes even better than Dusty Springfield’s, sorry Dusty no disrespect meant).

Trivia Questions

Answers from last week:

1.     Chris Robinson

2.     John Mellencamp

3.     Heart- Ann and Nancy Wilson

4.     George Harrison

This week’s trivia (Random)-

1.     Our greatest hits album is one of the best selling albums in music history and it has outsold any of our other studio recordings by a lot. What is the name of our band?

2.     I made my first album with a guy who was not like me at all but our “team” connection resulted in one of the greatest debut albums ever. Even though I have made it back a few times now with follow-ups to this mega album, most people consider it my best work. I am a perfectionist and many of my songs are typically longer than 5 minutes. What is my name and the name of my legendary debut album?

3.     Our debut album came out in the mid to late 1970’s and each and every song has probably been played on classic rock radio format since the day it was released. We became too perfect in the studio which led to a wide gap between album releases. This debut album has to rank up as one of the best of all time and at least we have that on our resume. Our subsequent albums spawned some hits but nothing like our first. Who are we?

4.     Our debut album came out in the late 1980’s and we exploded on to the scene like none other as we wedged our selves between the “hair bands” and the “metal” bands with our version of “hard rock.” We became dysfunctional after the huge success of this album and were never the same. Who are we?

Name That Tune

Answers from last week:

1.     American Pie – Don McLean

2.     And When I Die-Blood Sweat & Tears

3.     Another Day- Paul McCartney

4.     Another One Bites the Dust– Queen

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

1.     “…I’m not the kind of girl who gives up just like that…Oh nooooo…”

2.     “…Home in the valley…home in the city…home isn’t pretty…ain’t no home for me…”

3.     “…those cats were fast as lightning…in fact it was a little bit frightening…”

4.     “…mother told me, yes she told me…I’d meet girls like you…she also told me, stay away…”

Back on this Day

Back on this day in 1956, Elvis made his debut on the Ed Sullivan show. Kind of changed rock and roll forever, huh?

Back on this day in 1971, John Lennon released his second solo album-“Imagine”- and it cracked the top spot on Billboard top 200 albums.

Back on this day in 1987, Pink Floyd embarked on their first tour without Roger Waters.

Back on this day in 1992, Axl Rose and Kurt Cobain engaged in a heated discussion after Courtney Love jokingly asked Rose to be the godfather of their daughter. Axl was heard screaming at Cobain telling him to keep his wife in check.

Back on this day in 2003, Simon & Garfunkel announced a reunion tour together, their first in 20 years.

If it is your birthday today you share the same birth date with the late great Otis Redding and the late great Billy Preston and Bruce Palmer (Buffalo Springfield).

September 3, 2010

Weekly Update – 09/03/2010

Godsmack at the Mohegan Sun on Sat. Rocktober 9. Tickets on sale now. $40

Tobey Mac and Skillet at the Izod Center on Sat. Dec. 18. Tickets on sale next Tues. Sept. 7 at 10:00 a.m. $19 – $75.

Aaron Lewis at Nokia Theater on Mon. Rocktober 11. Tickets on sale now. $29.50, $39.50, $49.50 and $54.50.

Other items:

Last Friday marked the 20th year since the world lost Stevie Ray Vaughn to a plane crash and as always the question(s) is (are): What if? My oldest son has a sincere appreciation of guitarists’ and SRV has to rank up there as one of the best ever, my oldest found a video clip of when Stevie performed for MTV unplugged. Check out this amazing video of Stevie playing the song-“Rude Mood”- (as my son pointed out he is playing a 12 string guitar, simply amazing)   Update: It looks as is MTV must have pulled the video off of You Tube. Maybe you can find it there. Sorry.

Joe Satriani’s new album-“Black Swans and Wormhole Wizards”- is due out on Tues. Rocktober 5 and his first single-“Light Years Away”- is on his website for all to listen. (It will be released for download next Tues.) Check it out for yourself, he still has “it” –

Bon Jovi will release a “greatest hits” album on November 9 which will include 16 songs such as “Living on a Prayer,” “Dead or Alive” and “It’s My Life.” (Don’t they already have some “greatest hit” albums?) Anyway they have also added two new songs-one which is released on their website-“What Do You Got?” To make things even more complicated, they will also release a “double album” of greatest hits that will include 28 songs with an additional two new songs. Are you keeping pace? Whew… talk about making money??!!

Disturbed has released their fifth studio album-“Asylum”- and by all accounts from reviews and listening to the 30 second samples on I-Tunes, I say if you are a fan-you will love it. If you are a casual fan, this may also draw you in. “Warrior” and the album title seem to be the most popular songs so far.

Heart has released a new album-“Red Velvet Car”- and many are saying this is just like the early Heart days of the 1970’s. The song “WTF” is a knock-out and there is also a video for this one. Check out “Wheels” as a matter of fact I say buy this album and realize the talent these Wilson sisters still have. Incredible!!!

My favorite “Country” song of the week is “Front Porch Swing Afternoon” by Jamey Johnson. This is absolutely stellar music, so even though I labeled it “Country” do not shy away-this is awesome. This guy is good.

Sully Erna will release his first solo album-“Avalon”- on Sept. 14. He feels it is the best music he has ever worked on in his life. But don’t expect a “rock” record he says-“This is something to put on when you are on the couch, dim the lights, light the incense and listen to this hypnotic music and have the painted pictures in your mind”-says Sully. There is a preview on You-Tube of the album and I have to say I like it. This reminds me of when the Foo’s did side two of “In Your Honor.” I’m in. Again it seems weird that his solo album will be released just as Godsmack is gearing up for a national tour in support of their latest album-“The Oracle.”

Axl Rose is still at it. Just the other night in Dublin Ireland, Guns & Roses had a planned concert and of course he was late attending the party. Fans waited for more than 90 minutes for him to take the stage and by the time he came out the fans were irate and started to chant some four letter words. Then someone threw a bottle up on stage and he implored them that he wanted to stay but wouldn’t if the bottles were tossed at the band. Unfortunately, the bottle throwing did not stop and Axl and the other band mates had to leave. I do not condone the bottle throwing at all but he really needs to act like a responsible adult. You have a job to do, do it!!!

Album Review: “Eat a Peach” by the Allman Brothers released on February 12, 1972

Eat a Peach

Since my oldest son is already back in school this week, I asked him to help out one last time this summer before he concentrates on the 10th grade and boy did he ever. He is getting into so many cool bands and the latest is the Allman Brothers. I have always played them around the house but sometimes it takes a while to click but it has and here is his review of “Eat a Peach.”

As a young music fanatic I am constantly trying to expand my musical tastes and discover new kinds of music. About two years ago is when I started this love and appreciation for music which I got from my father. I don’t know anyone else who knows so much about music or has such a passion for it than my dad, and some of it has rubbed off on me. So because of this trait I now posses I am constantly craving new music and to discover all the great music that was made before I was born.

About a week ago I went to the store trying to expand my blues library by looking for an Albert King album (that’s right I’m 15 and I know who he is) but to my dismay they did not have the one I was looking for so I started looking around for something else to get. I spotted the legendary live album “At Fillmore East” by The Allman Brothers Band and without hesitation just bought it. I’m not sure why I bought it because I had never really listened to them before but I knew that were famous for being a great blues/rock band and I just had a feeling that I was going to love it. My instincts were dead on I fell in love with the album and was listening to it 24/7 for a few days straight. Since I loved it so much I decided to get more material and went out and bought their famous double album “Eat A Peach.” My first listen through and I was instantly hooked. This is a truly fantastic album and could be even better than “At Fillmore East.”

“Eat A Peach” immediately starts off on a good note as “Ain’t Wastin’ No Time No More” comes on. What a phenomenal way to start off an iconic album. This song has a little groove to it that makes you start moving and you just get lost in the music. What stands out in this song for me is the piano and Greg’s spot on vocals combined with excellent song writing. This song along with the next two are the only tracks that do not feature Duane Allman on guitar because of his tragic death.  Even though the first three songs are great they do sound different compared to the songs with Duane playing on them. The album starts getting really good with the impressive instrumental “Les Brers In A Minor.” Musically this is a great achievement for the band; all the instruments are amazing the organ, drums, and the bass are played at their best. However for me this song is where Dickey Bett’s guitar playing takes center stage and he does shine. His guitar solo in this song is really good and he proved that he’s got just as much chops as Duane. Personally I think he was constantly in the shadow of Duane and didn’t get to show off his talent as much as Duane did but in this song and on other tracks he proves what a great guitarist he is.

After that crazy instrumental the gem of the album comes on which is none other than “Melissa.” I think it is honestly impossible to not like this song, if you actually don’t like it – I don’t even know anymore. This is one of the most heartfelt songs I’ve ever heard; whenever I hear that opening acoustic guitar I just close my eyes and freeze. This is such a peaceful song and a wonderful tribute to Duane Allman. Greg sings this song with so much passion he has the music in him, when you listen to him sing you can tell he’s got it.This song is the last one on the album without Duane playing and the next three are live songs that were recorded at the Fillmore East Concerts but did not make the live album “At Fillmore East.” The first of the three live cuts is the epic “Mountain Jam.” I don’t think there is a single word out there that could describe the sheer greatness of this 33:41 minute masterpiece. I could write a novel just on this song alone. I will do my best to be brief about the description of this song.

“Mountain Jam” is without a doubt the centerpiece of the album, and as a matter of fact could be the centerpiece of “jam music” in general. All jam bands should take notes when listening to this song because this is how it’s done. This is improvised jam music at its very best. I think that even if you are not a fan of jam bands this song will still entertain you because despite its long length there is not a dull second in the whole song. It is a surprisingly easy listen and keeps you entertained the entire thirty three minutes.  With great guitar solos from both Duane and Dickey, an organ solo from Greg, a fantastic drum duet from Butch Trucks and Jai Johanny Johanson, and face melting bass solo (one of the best bass solos I’ve ever heard-seriously it’s so awesome) from Berry Oakley, this song has it all! The last ten minutes are the best Duane and Dickey going all out on the ending solos and the way the song ends is just pure genius. It’s pretty amazing that a band can make a 33 minute song that’s completely improvised sound great. That’s why the Allman Brothers are one of the best live bands ever.

The live jams continue with the popular “One Way Out.” This song just makes you get up and start dancing it has a great upbeat sound and Duane and Dickey completely own this song with their dual guitar playing. Dickey plays an amazing first solo then Duane comes in with a bottleneck solo and shows everyone how it’s done. Greg Allman’s vocals are the best part of the song I love the ending when he sings “Lord it just might be your man, oh baby I just don’t know.” Overall just a great feel good song. “Trouble No More” ends the live tracks and is a great way to close them. A very upbeat song with Duane jamming on that slide guitar, what else needs to be said? His solos are just out of this world no one can play that bottleneck guitar like he did.

The final three songs are the last studio cuts with Duane Allman and are some of the best songs they ever recorded. The first song of the three is “Stand Back” and is a personal favorite of mine. I saw a lot of reviews that basically overlooked this song or claimed it was filler. Do not listen to them! This is not a filler song and although it’s not the best track on the album it is a good song! It has a great riff and a killer bass line combined with Greg’s vocals makes it an awesome song. Don’t over look this one. The country influenced “Blue Sky” follows and contains one of the best solos on the album. Duane and Dickey trade off solos and each of them play so well. The tone of their guitars is so smooth and when Duane hits those soaring high notes it feels so good. This is one of those songs that can make you feel so great, it puts you at peace. This is a milestone song in Southern Rock.“Eat A Peach” ends with an extremely beautiful acoustic piece called “Little Martha.”This is the only all acoustic song on the album and since every song before it has had loud blistering electric guitars it’s a good song to calm down the listener and let them enjoy one of the best instrumentals in the bands catalogue. Even though it is a bit short this song has some of the best acoustic guitar work from Duane and Dickey. What an amazing duo they were and what an amazing way to end an album that has stood the test of time and has become one of rock and roll’s greatest achievements.

Overall this is without a doubt a 5 star album and any fan of the band or of rock/blues music needs to own this album right now. There isn’t a bad song on here and is probably the Allman’s best album. From the piano intro to “Ain’t Wastin’ No Time No More” to the ballad “Melissa” to the monster jam “Mountain Jam” to the country flavored “Blue Sky” and the acoustic “Little Martha” this album has got it all. This album must be in any music collector’s library; it proves that The Allman Brothers Band are one of the best blues/rock bands of all time.

Key Tracks (even though you should get all the songs): Melissa, Mountain Jam, Blue Sky


Breakfast in America

1979 was a great year in music. Think about it- you had Cheap Trick in Budokan released, The Cars with Candy-O, The B-52’s debut album, Styx with Cornerstone, Highway to Hell by AC/DC, I’m the Man by Joe Jackson and so many more. One that clearly stood out during that year was “Breakfast in America” by Supertramp. This was the pinnacle of their storied career. I loved parts of this album (some of the songs I have to admit I skipped over) but the some of the parts is enough for you to buy the whole. I definitely wore out this album while I was 14 and 15 years old. They are one of the few bands that I have never seen in concert and “Breakfast” was the only album I owned of theirs up until I purchased “Even in the Quietest Moments” a few years back. But any way here are some of the golden “nuggets” on “Breakfast in America:”

Lord Is It Mine – This is my favorite track on this album and my most favorite Supertramp song ever. This song puts me in a trance. I am immediately back in my bedroom of my parent’s house lying on the floor in front of the speakers with a pillow underneath my head to offset the hardwood floor and swaying back and forth to this majestic song. Even though the song was made over 30 years ago the lyrics still apply today, for example-“…I never cease to wonder at the cruelty of this land…but it seems a time of sadness is a time to understand…is it mine…oh lord is it mine?…”The woodwind solos are impressive and takes you on a ride to the softest cloud where you can kick back and let you mind wander. Beautiful song.

Goodbye Stranger – How great is this song? When is the last time you have heard this classic?The electric piano is real cool, right? And then when they hit those high notes-“…hope you find your paradise…hope your dreams will all come true…”-it makes the Bee Gees proud as this is probably the closest any band has come to sounding like them. I like the finger snapping part before Rick Davies sings-“now some they do… and some they don’t…with some you just can’t tell…now some they will, some they won’t…with some it’s just as well…” And of course the obligatory whistle in the middle gives the song character, right? I have tried to sing this song with my headphones on and when I take them off my ears slightly to hear what I sound like- I hear all the dogs in my neighborhood barking in disgust-this is a hard song to sing. But I love the organ/guitar solo towards the end-this is something else, the guitar work is spectacular.

Breakfast in America– The title track is so impressive. How many times did you hear this on WNEW FM during its heyday? It was played constantly because it is fantastic. “Could we have kippers for breakfast…mummy dear, mummy dear…” This has to be one the best sing along songs ever recorded, no? C’mon you know you find yourself singing along to every word, don’t try to deny it. “See the girls in California…I’m hoping it’s going to come true…” Love this song top to bottom and just like that it is over.

The Logical Song – Could be the best song on this album and has to rank up there as one of their best songs ever. In a weird way, I feel like Squeeze could have made this song, I don’t know why but I do. The chorus is dreamy-“there are times when all the world’s asleep…the questions run too deep…for such a simple man…”This is another song that is too hard to not sing along to. And the saxophone solo is blazing with character, I love it!!! Then I love the way the sax follows the vocals the rest of the song-the vocalization has to rank up there as one of the best songs of 1979. Love the part “…one, two, three…five!!!”

Take the Long Way Home–Is this their “Stairway to Heaven?” I would say so but the die-hards out there may disagree. The harmonica part is absolutely stunning. “So you think you’re a Romeo…playing a part in the picture show…well take the long way home…” My best man Johnny loves this song and I can picture him singing along (even though he never knows the right lyrics-it’s the passion that gets me). Folks if you have kids pass this song on to them, they have to like this. Don’t let them tell you it’s old, just remind them that one day they will be old as well. This is a perfect jam between the piano, harmonica, guitar and the spectacular background vocals. This song has to rank up their as one of their all time best. Love it.


Image of Steve Winwood

This week’s Top ten list actually came to me when I woke up in the middle of the night (yes I had to go to the bathroom) and for some reason Steve Winwood popped into my head as the artist to choose for the list. Now since I am a bit younger than most of his “die-hard” fans, of course I had to “go back” and research this amazing man’s career which I have been doing over the past four years or so. Of course as a teenager, I knew of Steve during the 1980’s when he was at the peak of his solo career. (“Back in the High Life Again”). I also knew that he was in the legendary band-Traffic- but also came to realize that he basically started out he career as a teenager as a lead vocalist in the Spencer Davis Group. He was (and still is) so well respected “back in the day” that everyone wanted Stevie Winwood to be in their band as a vocalist but also an unbelievable musician. He ended up with Eric Clapton to form “Blind Faith” but they only put out one album together. (Yes I went to their “reunion” concert a few years back). This man has given his gift of music to so many people around the globe and is a living legend that is showing no signs of slowing down.

It all “started” for me back in Rocktober 2006 when my wife & the kids took a trip down to Washington D.C. for a week as my oldest son was taking part in a junior scholastic event and he stayed with school mates from around the U.S. at a separate hotel. During one of our “tourists’” trips around the D.C. area I came across a theater and the lettering across the white background said-“Steve Winwood Tonite”- I looked at my wife and she rolled her eyes and said “go ahead.” So I ran to the box office to see if there were any tickets left. The woman behind the glass stated that she had a seat in the orchestra section-right smack in the middle and not too many rows back from the stage. I was in. This was my chance first of all to see him for the first time as well as attending a show outside the Tri-state area. Took the “red line” and I was there. I was very fortunate as I was seated between two Steve Winwood “die-hard” fans. The guy to my left drove two hours one way to see him and the guy to my right knew every song that he has ever recorded. As I watched in amazement, it almost seemed that Winwood was playing every instrument but the drums. Everyone knows him as a superb keyboardist but he was actually playing the bass parts with his feet while playing piano. Then when he strapped on the guitar to play, I was completely blown away on how great he was and came away with an education that can only be experienced by showing up to one of his shows (especially if it is an “intimate” setting such as the theater I was in).

Then a few years back, Chris, Tricia and I went to the Garden to see him play with Clapton as they performed songs from Blind Faith as well as their own personal library of solo tunes. I stated it back then and I will say it again-Steve Winwood made Clapton play better- because he knew how good Steve is and didn’t want people thinking he was being outshined. I betcha if you asked most of the fans who attended those shows they would say that Clapton was “out of this world” on top of his game those nights and might barely even mention Winwood (no offense Steve just trying to make a point). But you know what? Steve had something to do with that-he pushed Eric’s game to another level-and probably pushed his own game up a few notches as well. The result-spectacular show(s). About a year or two ago, Mr. Winwood opened for Tom Petty and I convinced my brother to come to see Steve and for whatever reason, Mr. Winwood had a “mulligan” that evening. Who knows why? You know how the openers are never given the same sound system (or it seems like it) as the volume and clarity just wasn’t there. I am convinced if we were not in an arena and instead at a small venue, it would have been different. Mr. Petty did bring out Steve to play a couple of his songs and my brother liked those two songs, so I sort of redeemed myself. Hey everyone has an off day, so what?!! I still maintain that you should run at any chance you have to see him perform live because it really is an incredible evening to witness a living legend such as Steve Winwood. Ok I am on an island and told that I can only have ten songs by Steve Winwood (which can include the numerous bands he has played in)-“These Are Them:”

10.     Goodbye Stevie– I discovered this swinging rock and roll song while doing my research on the Spencer Davis group and this instantly became one of my favorites. It’s unreal on how much he sounds exactly the same on every recording-including this one. I believe he was only 19 or so when he made this almost “rockabilly” tune. Boy this song moves and it will have to get you out of your seat to dance around the room-at least snapping your fingers and head. His piano playing is flawless and kind of reminds me of the legendary Jerry Lee Lewis-you can feel his influence. This is a phenomenal song.

9.     Medicated Goo – The first time I heard this song in my life was at the show in D.C. and the guy to my right almost had a coronary as he started to sing and dance even in our tight quarters. When I came back home that weekend I immediately purchased this track off of I-Tunes (I know… stay with me). The groove in this song is so cool and you can’t help but sing and dance. The bass line is killer and for all I know it could have been Stevie on bass (with his feet) and the keyboard playing is stellar. You need to own this track.

8.     Had to Cry Today – I love Steve vocals on this track, his pitch is so super high (almost “Bee Gee” like) as the music behind him is so representative of the year 1969. It is psychedelic with long lasting solos and then in walks Steve with “I’m taking the chance to see the wind in your eyes as I listen…” – What?? See I told you it was psychedelic. Anyway this classic from Blind Faith was performed to perfection by both Clapton and Winwood at the shows in Madison Square Garden in 2008. Incredible song.

7.     Back in the High Life Again – Weird thing about this song is that my brother Rich actually owned this album (and he didn’t buy too many albums when we were younger-it was mainly me that went to the Record Factory on 86th street in Bay Ridge Brooklyn to buy new albums) and the title track I kept hearing on the radio, so I used to take the album from his room and play it in my bedroom. The blend of acoustic guitar with the keyboards makes this one of his most recognizable songs and the chorus is so infectious that you can’t help but sing this all day long-“…and we’ll drink and dance with one hand free…and have the world so easily…and oh we’ll be a sight to see…back in the high life again.”

6.     Valerie – There has always been something about this song that I absolutely love. It makes me drift off to another stratosphere. Sort of reminds me of something that George Harrison might have recorded. It’s not an exciting sort of song but again what does it for me are his vocals. I love the whole arrangement of the song, especially the way it ends-“I’m the same boy I used to be!”

5.     Low Spark of High Heeled Boys – Ok I admit that this song may take a while to get used to. I remember hearing this song on WNEW-FM as a teenager all the time and the one thing I recalled was how long it was as well as it seemed to take a while to get going. I will state that if you see him perform this live you will have a better appreciation for this tune-sometimes you have to hear a song in a different setting and then when you go back to where you normally listen to music-you can have the memory and place it on the song at that moment. This is what I have done with this track. When I saw him perform this in D.C., I was so impressed with the arrangement and blown away with the musicianship from him and his entire band. Traffic had to be considered at the forefront of “jam” bands and I would say that this song has to be considered one of the best of this genre.I love the piano before the chorus-“The percentage your paying is too high priced…while you’re living beyond all your means…and the man in the suit has just bought a new car…” When Steve stops singing about five and a half minutes into the track-the musicianship takes over. The solos as when they all jam together are fantastic (again I can picture them performing it live). The piano solo is lights out. Has to be considered one of the best songs in rock and roll history.

4.     Can’t Find My Way Home – This could arguably be his most recognized song-everyone from Grandma (although I know she is not going to go for the line-“I’m wasted and can’t find my way home”-just don’t point it out to her) down to the grandkids can enjoy this unbelievably pure tune. I guarantee you that during the 1970’s when garage bands started out that they would take the time to learn this song. It is a beautiful ballad-“Come down off your throne and leave your body ‘lone…somebody must change…” This song is legendary and also has to be considered one of the best rock ballads of all time. ‘Nuff said.

3.     Presence of The Lord – I have to thank Chris for introducing me to this song-he threw this on one of his awesome Spin classes back in the MBIA days. Folks let me tell you this song came on probably midway or towards the end of the class and when you are giving it your all, (Chris will make sure of that) feeling great and then this song comes on. It was like a light that was streaming towards the sky taking me again to another stratosphere. I turned the bike and headed for the light and really felt like I was in the “presence of the lord.” This is a masterpiece plain and simple. When the pace changes as Clapton gets ready to play his righteous guitar solo (that’s when you stand on the bike and try to keep pace). As I was pedaling to the guitar solo I was completely enthralled with this song and I had to have it (this time I ran home and bought the entire album instead of the song off of I-Tunes). Clapton has stated that this is one of the best songs he has ever written and I agree-as long as Stevie is singing it. Thanks Chris!!!

2.     Freedom Rider – I was immediately hooked on the opening notes of this classic and instantaneously knew that this was going to be one of my all time favorite songs by Mr. Winwood (and Traffic-I don’t want to take away from the other guys in the band). I have always been partial to the saxophone as that was the one and only instrument that I played while growing up. I should have stuck with it but once I went to high school I sort of let it slip away. Now on this song it is the tenor sax, I played alto but again it’s in the family so I love it. And what about the phenomenal flute playing? Can it get any better? The jam session in the middle of the tune is lights out-highlighted by the great flute solo (do you hear the pulsating bass lines in the background?-unreal). This has to be considered one of the best flute solos ever (with no disrespect to Mr. Tull). Again has to be considered one of the best songs in rock and roll history.

1.     John Barelycorn (Must Die) – Right off the bat this album has to be one of the best in the history of music and specifically for me-this song gives me chills down my spine every time I listen to it. I can’t have any distractions around me when I hear this, so there can’t be any talking because it will ruin everything. I believe this is Steve’s finest recording vocally. I wish I could have been in the studio when this song was recorded, I think I would have been near tears. I absolutely lovethe way the flute trails his every vocal move- it is so perfect, so enchanting that you have to gush in amazement on how special this song is. And when Jim Capaldi joins in to provide “parallel” singing, well it makes the song that much better. I want to suggest that the next time you are at your local pub and there is someone taking “requests” from the audience to shout this song out but thinking about it-I take it back because no one but Steve should ever do this song– he is just too good.  This will be one of the best six minutes and twenty second experience you will ever have. Pure perfection.

Trivia Questions

Answers from last week:

1.     Elton John (I knew you would know Chris)

2.     David Bowie

3.     Madonna

4.     Mary J. Blige

This week’s trivia (Random)-

1.     My brother and I have been part of a ground breaking band and have lasted a long time despite having our ups and downs. We split for a while and are planning to take another break at the end of this year. I am one of the coolest rock/blues singer out there today and was once married to Goldie Hawn’s daughter. Who am I?

2.     I have been rocking since the late 1970’s and have always marched to a different tune. I am defiant but also have a soft spot for farmers and started aid to them 25 years ago. Recently I have stated that I am no longer a rock star and will make music that I want and if people buy it-then so be it, if not-then so be it. The first few years of my career I couldn’t have my real name. Who am I?

3.     My sister and I have commanded the respect of hard rock fans out there since the early 1970’s. We love the music of Led Zeppelin and folks have said that I am the “female Robert Plant.” We just put out a new album of songs that many consider like our early albums from the 1970’s. What band are we from and what are our names??

4.     I embraced Indian culture and Hinduism. I also was a founder of a production company that worked with such members of Monty Python. My best friend married my wife. Who am I ?

Name That Tune

Answers from last week:

1.     Levon – Elton John

2.     Life on Mars?-David Bowie

3.     Holiday- Madonna

4.     Just Fine – Mary J. Blige

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

1.     “…now do you believe in rock and roll…can music save your mortal soul…and can you teach me how to dance…”

2.     “…I’m not scared of dying and I don’t really care…if at peace you find in dying…well then let the time be near…”

3.     “…slippin’ into stockings…stepping into shoes…dipping in the pocket of her raincoat…”

4.     “…how do you think I’m gonna get along… without you when you’re gone…you took me for everything that I had…”

Back on this Day .

Back on this day in 1966, NBC aired the last episode of “Ozzy and Harriet” which included their son-Rick Nelson.

Back on this day in 1970, The Dave Clark 5 broke up.

Back on this day in 1977, Heart’s “Barracuda” peaked on the charts at number 11.

Back on this day in 1991, Ike Turner was released from prison. After his release he stated that he had spent over $11 million on cocaine before his prison term ended his addiction. First, can you imagine $11 million? Second-Ike Turner made $11 million?

Back on this day in 1999, Nikki Sixx was arrested in Raleigh, N.C. after he started a riot two years earlier in Greensboro N.C. They were just waiting for you to come back Nikki.

“It was the third day of September, the day I will always remember, yes I will…Cause that’s the day my daddy died.” The lyrics to “Papa was a Rolling Stone” by the Temptations.

If it is your birthday today you share the same birth date with Al Jardine (Beach Boys) and Don Brewer (Grand Funk Railroad).

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