Errols Weekly Music Update.

December 17, 2010

Weekly Update – 12/17/2010

Elton John at Madison Square Garden on Wed. Mar. 16 and Sun. Mar. 20. Tickets on sale this morning at 10:00 a.m. $48.45, $96.55 and $177.40. He is performing his “hits.”

Hinder at Best Buy Theater on Tues. Feb. 8. Tickets on sale today at noon. (If you have an American Express card you can purchase pre-sale up until 10:00 a.m. this morning) $26

Amy Grant & Michael Smith (The Two Friends Tour) at the Beacon Theater on Sat. Feb. 26. Tickets on this morning at 9:00 a.m. $61.40 and $120.10

Amos Lee at Irving Plaza on Fri. & Sat. Apr. 1 & Apr. 2. Tickets on sale today at 10:00 a.m. $43.

Yanni at Radio City Music Hall on Sat. Apr. 9, 2011. Tickets on sale today at noon. $57.15 – $200.95

Wanda Jackson at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Fri. Jan. 21. Her house band features Jack White on guitar. Tickets on sale today at noon. $30.

Bright Eyes at Radio City Music Hall on Tues. Mar. 8. Tickets on sale tomorrow at 11:00 a.m. $39.50

David Garrett at Best Buy Theater on Fri. Feb. 18. Tickets on sale today at noon. $35, $45 and $55. (This has to be a good show)

Fab Faux at Wellmont Theater on Sat. Mar. 12 performing “Abbey Road” in its entirety. Tickets on sale today at noon. $45, $65 and $125.

Other items:

Congratulations to the Alice Cooper Band, Dr. John, Darlene Love, Neil Diamond, John Waits, Jac Holzman, Leon Russell and Art Rupe as they are all new representatives of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. I am especially happy for Darlene Love as she totally deserved it, being at the forefront of the women’s movement in rock and roll. The most surprising to me is Alice Cooper-I am totally not saying he doesn’t deserve to be there- but I think back to how he was perceived when he first hit the scene (sort of like today’s Marilyn Manson-Ok maybe not that outrageous but you get my point) and it’s so funny as the years pass he is a guy now who plays golf and is on the oldies radio stations across America. Neil deserves to be in-not sure if it is Rock and Roll- but we’ve been down this road before so I won’t go there. I am feeling good for Leon as Elton has resurrected him and he seems to be having his deserved moment in the spotlight.

Crystal Bowersox (remember her from American Idol?) has released her debut album-“Farmer’s Daughter”- and listening to the now 1:30 preview on I-Tunes (instead of 30 seconds) I’d have to say that it sounds pretty good. It leans towards the Country and Folk genre which seems to fit her like a glove but there are glimpses of some heavy guitar work and will remind you of Melissa Etheridge. Check out “Kiss Ya” and you’ll know what I am talking about. She does a cover of the Buffalo Springfield classic “For What It’s Worth.” Parents: There are some curse words on some of the songs, so watch out.

Can someone fill me in how the song-“Same Old Lang Syne”- by Dan Fogelberg has become a fixture on the New York’s 106.7 Lite FM radio station holiday set list? Nice holiday lyrics- “We bought a six-pack at the liquor store and we drank it in her car…” –so many things wrong with that line alone. C’mon first off it’s not a Christmas song and second this is way too sappy-even for me.

Did you catch the article in the Wall Street Journal two weeks ago (Dec. 3) and the title was “When to Leave the Stage?” It was about artists who are getting up there in age and the age old question-“When does one hang it up?” Well they zeroed in on Bob Dylan and interviewed many a fan who were caught leaving his shows (either during or at the end) and asked what they thought. Obviously the people who left early were on the side of the thought that it is time to retire and there were others who say he still can perform. It was hard hitting and stated that his vocals were so rough that many in the audience did not recognize some of his most popular tunes. No offense but it is not like he had the best vocals to begin with, so yes age plays a factor. I have to admit I went to see him years back and I left early as well-not totally because of his vocals-I just wasn’t feelin’ it and I also don’t know his library like my older brethren. But I can see leaving early, especially if that was going to be your last memory of him- you don’t want that-you want the “Blonde on Blonde” Dylan, so you rush back home and put on the vinyl. I once ran out on my hero-Diamond David Lee Roth-on his solo tour back in the late 1980’s. I took my bride to see him because I bragged so much about how he was the greatest live performer that I had ever seen and during the first few songs he was talking through the songs and doing his best impression of Andrew Dice Clay, so I quickly grabbed my wife’s hand and dragged her out of there and I went home. There was no way that show would cloud the visions of grandeur that I experienced all those magical nights in Madison Square Garden when he was with Van Halen. (He made up for it with the recent reunion tours with VH and is now back in my good graces).

The documentary-Lemmy- which follows Motorhead’s leader Lemmy Kilmister– will finally be released in the U.S. It will be shown in some movie theaters around the States, including New York on Fri. Jan. 28, 2011. The DVD of the movie will be released on Tues. Feb. 15, one week after the release of the new Motorhead album-“The World is Yours.” This guy intrigues me like no other, I will be buying this DVD.

Ozzy was in a fender bender this past Monday in LA. His Ferrari rear ended a Mercedes. ‘Nuff said. Actually no, it was the first time he was behind the wheel, he just received his license. Ozzy says he will never drive again.

Residents of the Australian suburb- Sunshine- located in Melbourne are trying to get a lane named after the late AC/DC frontman Bon Scott, who was a resident of the town. I say how come one hasn’t already been named. This is a no brainer-get it done. \m/ \m/

Believe it or not?… Rob Zombie has his own line of coffee… yes folks you too can enjoy a cup of his organic French roast hell-billy brew or how about Peru Organic whole bean coffee. Maybe Rob is getting advice from Gene Simmons? They both had the make-up so….

Nuggets

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The year is 1978, I am 13 years old and am well now on my way to becoming engulfed into the world of music, specifically rock music (remember I was one of those “disco” fighters when I was a teenager but now as an adult love that genre). I considered myself part of the KISS Army even though I wasn’t a paid member. My two other favorite bands Foreigner and The Cars were at their infancy and then there was a band called Queen. I can remember for the first time hearing “Bohemian Rhaposdy” and thinking that this one of the greatest songs I had ever heard. And back in those days it seemed like that song was not played as often as it is today on the classic rock radio format, so whenever it came on, it was a real treat. Then in 1977, the world was rocked by “We Will Rock You” and “We are the Champions” from their “News of the World” album. At that time I was in Pershing Junior high school in the Sunset Park area of Brooklyn (now called “middle” school here in the suburbs) and there was a friend and classmate-Andrew- who was a huge fan of Queen and kept bragging about Queen’s new album-“Jazz.” (Andrew later that year moved to Florida and I never heard from him again, so if you read this Andrew-hope all is well). The first song he played for me was “Mustapha” and I have to be honest and thought that this wasn’t the greatest song I had come across but I found it so intriguing. Intriguing is the word that always comes to mind when I think of Queen. They always “pushed the envelope”-meaning they tried to change things up all the time. Was their sound identifiable? Yes but listen to “Mustapha” and then how it rolls into “Fat Bottom Girls”-C’mon, no one does that, did that or how ever you want to say it. Now I love the entire album and I listen to it from top to bottom but do admit that some of the songs one could skip over so I decided to put them into the bucket of “golden nuggets”- and boy it contains some of their biggest songs ever as well as my all time favorite Queen song- “Fat Bottom Girls”- I know it is not “PC” in today’s world (maybe not back then either, OK I get it) but I love that song so much. So here are the golden nuggets in no particular order:

Fat Bottom Girls– The beginning of the song with their harmonizing vocals has to be considered one of the best introductions for a song in the history of music. You instantaneously know who the band is and what the song is. Then when the bass, guitar and drums kick in with that slow consistent head-banging beat, well I just lose it and have to put the volume up to a point where the walls shake. Then when there is 1:22 seconds left in the song, the best part appears as the drums scale from top to “bottom.” How great is this song? And the only version to own is the one that appears on this album because the drums take it out-not the other version on those greatest hits productions that just kind of let it fade out. That is just not right.

Let Me Entertain You– This is what Queen and rock and roll is all about. How friggin’ phenomenal is this song? Again there is no other way to listen to this song but LOUD!!! The drumming is fantastic while Mr. May is blazing on the lead guitar and then throw in the harmonizing vocals and you have a straight up rock and roll song. “Just take a look at the menu…we give you Rock a la carte…”- I love that part of the song. Ok enough said-this has to be in your music library!!!

Don’t Stop Me Now– Now if I didn’t put this song here my oldest son would freak. Now I love this song as well but I clearly remember the folks in our boot camp class during our MBIA heyday did not like this song at all. I could never understand why, the song moves, so there should have not been any complaints that it slowed down the class but they all became very lackluster and made faces like they were tasting bad cough medicine, so we ended up skipping over this song. Again I love it and so does my son, so that makes it good.

Dead on Time– Brian May is out of his mind on the guitar on this song- a controlled frenzy is how I would classify it. Queen had the best background vocals out of any rock band. (Styx and Van Halen quickly come to mind in that category but Queen takes the cake). Listen to May’s guitar solo-I wish it was longer but I will take this mind blowing song any day of the week. This arguably could be the best song on the album. And what else can you say about Freddy Mercury, the guy was a genius vocalist-those two words don’t go together do they? But you know what I mean-he was great.

Bicycle Race– I don’t care how goofy you may think this song is-it is a CLASSIC!!. Who else but Queen would record a song about riding a bicycle? The arrangement of this song is a close second behind “Bohemian Rhapsody” in my opinion. C’mon how does anybody work in the words- “On you marks, get set, Go!!!”-this is the absolutely one of the greatest songs ever made. Mr. Mercury is fantastic throughout the entire song and I would argue that this is one of his best recordings. “…Jaws was never my scene and I don’t like Star Wars…” or “…I don’t want to be a candidate for Vietnam or Watergate…” Classic stuff right here folks.

Artists You Are Scared to Admit You Like

Ok for some time now I have been hesitant to do top ten lists for certain artists that are in my I-Pod (and I’m not just talking about one or two songs) but I finally decided to be strong and just do it. First off, I am probably the only person in the world to have Barry Manilow and Marilyn Manson in my I-Pod or in my musical library. I know-take a deep breath- the one and only time I wrote about Mr. Manilow (a long time ago) my brother-in-law threatened to never read my blog again if I wrote about him again. (This could be the last time he does but hear me out). And I don’t think I have written too much about “Marilyn.” (The only time that quickly comes to mind is a Halloween song that I recommended-makes sense right? One scary person at a scary time of year). Ok, so I acknowledge that I have Barry Manilow in my music library, c’mon you have to admit that there are at least a few songs that he has recorded that you like-I am here to make your admission acceptable. I actually think that it is more frightening to admit that one has Marilyn Manson in its library than Mr. Manilow. I can remember going to see Manson at the Hammerstein theater back in 2003 or so with my friend Paul (and at that time a colleague) and cringing when he mentioned to our boss that we had gone to see him in concert. I didn’t want anyone to know that I had gone to see him, especially my boss, because I was afraid of how people would look at me. “Really, you went to see that maniac?” I don’t buy into his hype (and all the other outrageous things he does and stands for) but I have to admit I like the music of many of his songs. My friend Sal stays clear of him and has turned down numerous invites to see him when he hits the Tri-State area. And with Mr. Manilow, I want to see him in Vegas and may just do it very soon. Anyway, I won’t list my favorite songs from top to bottom but wanted to point out songs that I think you would (should) like and maybe, just maybe, you may venture over to I-Tunes (or wherever you get your music) and see (hear) what I am talking about. Again in no particular order:

Image of Barry Manilow

Barry Manilow

I Write The Songs– I am not sure if he writes his own songs but this was the song that I mentioned a few years back that was my “favorite song of the week” and my brother-in-law sent me an e-mail flabbergasted (maybe irate is the word) that I had written about Barry. But I can’t help it- I absolutely love this song and can remember as a kid sitting in my Dad’s “Vega” on our trip up to Otisville N.Y. back in the 1970’s and 1980’s and this song was bound to come on WCBS FM radio. “I’ve been alive forever…and I wrote the very first song…” C’mon folks this is great stuff.

Looks Like We Made It– Call me sappy but I love tunes like these and he has a good voice. “Looks like we made it…left each other…” I am lip syncing right now wishing I could sing the song like he does it. This was perfect in the 1970’s- c’mon you had bands like Bread and Tony Orlando & Dawn that were at the height of their popularity making pop songs, so why not Barry. This is the ultimate pop, bubble gum songs that were ever recorded but that don’t matter none to me, I like it.

Could It Be Magic– I never realized how long this song was until it was on my I-Pod, I remember hearing this on the radio while growing up (so maybe there is a condensed version…or maybe not) and liking this tune as well. Barry has the flair for the dramatic and I think this song epitomizes the essence of this as the arrangement of the song is awesome as you can feel the passion building as the song approached the four minute mark. By the end of the song there is a huge sounding orchestra behind his strong vocal and then it all comes to a close as the piano takes it back down and finishes it off.

Bandstand Boogie– I remember watching American Bandstand as a kid with Dick Clark and always wondered who sung the song that would always be played at the end of the show. This is a perfect background song when you are hosting a house party with family and friends. Short and sweet.

Daybreak– I don’t care what you say but I can’t stop singing to this song once I hear it. The chorus is addicting and it just makes you feel good. “Let it shine, shine, shine all around the world..” C’mon the choir background vocals add to the fun and if Mr. Manilow hasn’t been featured on Glee yet-this song should be the first one featured.

Can’t Smile Without You– Boy does this song take me back, for some reason I always think of my mother when I hear this song. He has this way of putting a smile on your face even though many of his songs seem sad. “And you see I can’t smile with out you..[clap] [clap]…” It has the hand claps, so how can you not like it?

Image of Marilyn Manson

Marilyn Manson

Disposable Teens– Ok again I don’t go for his crazy antics and the titles of his songs and the lyrics are just as crazy but as soon as I hear the opening licks to this song I forget all that stuff and focus on this great groove. It’s almost like an injection into my blood stream, to me this is hard rock music at its best. I need to put the volume up and just stand there and bang my head up and down. This is purely adult type music as the cursing and strange lyrics are prevalent but I love it and want more!!! \m/ \m/

Get Your Gunn– The pulsating bass riffs that kick off the tune will make your chest move and when the lead guitars join in, well watch out. This song is intense and it may give you a headache but I reach for the volume. Lots of weird stuff going on in the background a la Rob Zombie but it is as heavy as many a metal song.

Beautiful People– If there is one song that you might like, it has to be this one-even my brother-in-law loves this song. This is perfect head-banging hard rock/metal and could be the best song that he has ever recorded. In my opinion, this is pure perfection from the opening note to the closing note. Yes there are too many curses but I guess angry music wouldn’t be the same without them, right?

The Fight Song– Oh man this is good stuff right here folks- talk about getting you out of your seat (no not to run out of the room) and run around the room like a mouse running on a tread mill. There is something so cool about this song-the sound of the guitar is so different from anything that I have heard. It is a short song but packs a powerful punch. I always have to listen to it two times in a row- do you?

This is the New S**t– Sorry to put songs in here with a curse word but I freaking love this song. I remember letting my kids listen to this (please don’t tell my wife) and the fear on their faces told me to turn it off right away. Sometimes I forget the general public’s reaction and have to realize that this really is an acquired taste. I can guarantee that 7 out of 10 people would have the same reaction as my boys, so if you want an aggressive song that you can freak out to, look no further than this bad boy.

Mobscene – Taking a page out of the Black Crowes or Kid Rock, I will never forget when I went to see Marilyn Manson that he had back-up singers high above him to the left of the stage dancing and singing along joyfully to this hard heavy hitting song. “Be obscene, Be obscene Baby and not heard…” I love this tune. \m/ \m/

Doll Dagga Buzz Buzz – I can remember the first time I put this song on a CD for our boot camp class back at MBIA (2002-2005) and I couldn’t wait for people’s reaction. I thought Taxter was going to run me out of the gym-again her face was filled with disdain as it looked like a skunk had come into the gym room. But this song moves and eventually I broke the whole class down and now Taxter loves this song (only when exercising I guess). I’m telling you folks you can use this song in your playlist when you are working out. Good stuff right here.

Coma White – This song puts me in a trance. This album-“Mechanical Animals”- was my first introduction to Manson and during 1998 this was all I listened to from top to bottom and this song is the best one on the album in my opinion- I know it has “Dope Show” and “Rock is Dead” but this tune takes the prize. I love the arrangement, you will find it hard to believe that it is Marilyn Manson…until he curses…then you’ll say Oh yeah this is him. All kidding aside, this is a killer tune.

Top Ten

Definitive Collection

There are certain bands in my mind that don’t get the total respect that they deserve-yes I recognize that there are always going to people in their corner, including famous bands that will state that if it wasn’t for that particular band/artist and their influence on their lives, they wouldn’t be where they are today. I get all that. (Hey look at what Elton John has just done to resurrect Leon Russell). I guess I will get it off my chest right away- Thin Lizzy. I love the fact that the boys from Metallica have always given “props” to Thin Lizzy and yes there are some more bands out there (Iron Maiden and Anthrax to name a couple) who fully get and recognize the contribution that “Tin Lizzy” has made in the world of rock and roll & metal. But it always seems that the general public is satisfied to just label them as a one hit wonder-“The Boys are Back in Town”- and it’s that kind of thinking that drives me insane. How can a band that recorded 13 studio albums with their leader-Mr. Phil Lynott- be considered a “one-hit” wonder band? Ok yes I understand that the band was like a revolving door as members came and went and yes I will admit that “The Boys” is their most popular or most recognized song but it can not take away from their body of work that has influenced many bands over the years. Do I profess to know all that there is to know about this band? No way, I recently started to buy more and more songs and I myself became a believer- remember there is always time to go back and discover for yourself the music of any band-whether it is from this generation or your father’s or your grandfather’s era. That is the best thing about music-if you love it- it is timeless and brings endless amount of joy. In the case of Thin Lizzy for me the most ironic part is that I was a teenager when they were in the prime of their career and I had a chance to jump on the bandwagon back in the 1980’s but missed the chance. It drives me nuts now to know that I had a chance to see Phil Lynott in concert and never went. Instead now more than 25 years later I began my journey into discovering their music and realizing now how good this band was-it turns into a severe regret but on the other hand-at least I have their studio (and live) albums to fall back on. So now it is my turn to try and turn you on to the great sounds of the rock band from Ireland that deserves your attention. Again, I don’t know everything about this band but if I was on an island and told that I could only have ten songs-“These Would Be Them:” “Listen to Thin Lizzy!!!”

10.     Fighting My Way Back– Mr. Lynott had this way of seemingly always being the “tough guy” especially with songs like this and on the album named “Fighting.” I love the opening licks of the guitar in this song and when the song takes off, it lifts me off the ground. These guys had this way of blasting though a groove like none other. Listen to the bass lines throughout this bad boy and tell me you don’t feel it? The dueling guitar sound is legendary and the guitar solo is super sweet even in a song called “Fighting.” This band can rock out, don’t kid yourself!!!

9.       Bad Reputation – I defy anyone to listen to this song and tell me that they don’t like it, it’s impossible. Listen to the musicianship of this song and tell me these boys couldn’t play? Ladies and Gents, this is pure rock and roll with no added filling or preservatives. There is no other way to listen to this song but LOUD. The dueling guitars make the sound that much better and it also sounds like there is more than one drummer-even though there is not. Check it out!!

8.       The Rocker-“I take no lip no one’s tougher than me”- I friggin’ love it!!! How cool are those lyrics and freaking phenomenal is this song? This could be the greatest “guitar” song ever recorded. The solo is so long that you may get a headache (in a good way) from the blazing guitar work. “I’m a Rocker”- Yes you are Mr. Lynott- or how about the other cool lyrics-“I said hey baby meet me I’m a tough guy…got my cicle out side…you want to try?” The guitar solo starts in about 2:15 seconds into the song and talk about “off to the races?” If these doesn’t get you pumped up, what will? The solo is so freaking phenomenal that it is hard to put into words, you need to hear it for yourself. As you listed to the great guitar solo, also listen to the pulsating bass line that is following along- it is also amazing. And of course the drumming is out of this world, I would assume every drummer would love to play along to this track. Pure bliss.

7.       Romeo and the Lonely Girl-There is something that is so addicting to this song, it’s like having that large cup of hot chocolate with marshmallows on a cold winter’s day and then you have another cup just because it is that good. How great is this “Jailbreak” album? Anyway this song flows so well and I love the chorus-“Oh Oh poor Romeo…sitting on his own-nee ooh…” who else could rhyme “Own-nee-Ohh” with “Romeo?” There is a nice guitar solo that gives the song that extra kick, this one is not so heavy but it moves along nicely. I try to sprinkle in lesser known Thin Lizzy tracks for my boys when we take a trip to anywhere and this one grew on my youngest son and after a while he was singing it just like I do.

6.       Massacre – Just listen to the guitar work on this song and tell me you don’t like it? Add Phil’s vocals, which are flawless, and that “echo” effect when he sings and I bet there are some of their hard core fans that would point to this song as the best one they ever recorded. Don’t you just love the bongo’s playing along as well. C’mon, bongo’s in a “metal” song? Yes it works. Follow the guitar work closely, especially in the background as Phil sings, it is just mesmerizing and then when it is the lead’s turn to take the spotlight-well watch out-it is a smoking guitar solo. The only disappointing thing about this song it is the fact that it ends so quickly, less than three minutes. Awesome tune. \m/ \m/

5.       Emerald – This sort of reminds me of something that Deep Purple would do (and you can’t go wrong there, right?). Phil had this way of telling some good stories with his lyrics and you can’t help but follow along with this tale as the drumming behind his singing will make you stand up and pay attention. The two guitar sound totally rocks the house on this one and I know it’s been done before with the Allman’s but they had a different sound-there weren’t too many bands doing this kind of thing back in the 1970’s and 1980’s with the talent that this band possessed. The “dueling” guitar solo’s will blow your mind. This is some good stuff right here going on in my headphones. You should give it a listen. “Listen to Thin Lizzy!!!”

4.       Whiskey in the Jar – There is something about this song which totally mesmerizes me and I go off into a trance. I know they didn’t write this song-it is an old Irish classic written many, many years ago-but for me, their version is the best. (Yes I know Metallica covered this but I like their version). Again the guitar work flows so beautifully, so flawlessly that it should be considered a national treasure and stored somewhere safely so that generations to come can have the pleasure that we have now. Folks you need to own this song, period end of story.

3.      Cowboy Song – I admit this song takes a while to get started but once it does, well watch out. Doesn’t Phil make you feel like you are on a desert on a nice summer night around the camp fire with his singing. “I AM JUST A COWBOY, LONESOME ON THE TRAIL!!!” as the song blazes onwards from that point. This is straight up rock and roll with a blues chaser, how can anyone not like this song? The guitar solo is pure righteousness. I love the part where they take it down and Mr. Lynott softly sings “roll me over and turn me around..” And then watch out again as the blazing guitar solo will knock your socks off, these guys can play!!! This is another song that has to be part of your library. “The Cowboy life is the life for me!”

2.      Borderline –This is one of the most beautiful songs that has ever been written, never mind written just by Thin Lizzy. How can a bad dude from Ireland sing like this? He sounds like he is from the western states of the U.S. Talk about drifting off? Put a good set of headphones on, squeeze tight and enjoy the ride. These guys could rock with the best of them but they could also take it down with the best of them as well. This is off the “Johnny the Fox” album-how cool is that album name?-right there you have to like it already even if you have never heard the song. You are truly missing out if you have never heard this song. Make it your priority to become familiar with it.

1.       Jailbreak– So you were expecting “The Boys”-well no- I went with arguably their second most popular song. This has to rank up there in the top fifty hard rock songs ever recorded in the history of music-don’t even try to disagree-it’s not allowed. This song psyches me up to the point where I just want to jump on stage in front of a rabid crowd, holding the long bass guitar (lefty) and morph myself into Mr. Phil Lynott. How great is this song? This has to be the song that “Rock Band” or “Guitar Hero” had in mind when they decided to make their games. I love the way towards the end of the song where Phil states that “Tonight there’s going to be a break ooout” as his voice trails off. Of course, this song takes me back to my MBIA gym days when this was a staple during our boot camp classes as I can picture everyone sort of shadow boxing (Ok maybe it was only me) at each of the stations. CIC, Taxter, Hoffman and Sorbis rocked that gym every Tuesday and Thursday morning for a couple of years and this song was at the forefront of many good classes. Or how about the part at the end where he sings-“Hey you…good lookin’ female…come here..” I love it!!! This song rocks the house. \m/ \m/

Trivia Questions

Answers from last week:

1.     Bing Crosby – White Christmas

2.     Burl Ives

3.     Raul Malo

4.     Trans Siberian Orchestra

This week’s trivia (Random)-

1.     I am a “throw-back” to the “old school” days of Frank, Tony and Dean. I am not a movie or TV star like someone else who came before me and is part of that genre of music that we both want to keep alive? I have recorded with Mr. Bennett and if you haven’t met me yet, you will at some point. You already may have but don’t know who I am. Well who am I?

2.     I was probably most known for jamming with my buddies during the 1970’s as we had many members in our band and we use to take it to the streets. I left this band and have created a nice solo career and many of my solo albums focused on my love of R&B. Who am I?

3.     I wonder how many people know that I tried to start my career off in the heavy metal scene but it didn’t work out too well. I am famous know for making very calm beautiful music and am considered one of the best male vocalists, especially during the 1990’s. I still try to keep the metal look as my hair is long like a rock star? I also have an R&B feel to my vocals. Who am I?

4.     I was part of a hard rock band that was discovered by Gene Simmons. My career with this band lasted more than three decades but was recently replaced by the son of the lead guitarist. I was only one of the two guys that showed up to our Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony because the others couldn’t put aside their differences for this one historic night, who am I?

Name That Tune

Answers from last week:

1.     All Mixed Up – The Cars

2.     All My Life – Foo Fighters

3.     All My LifeLinda Ronstadt and Aaron Neville

4.     All Night Long – Billy Squier

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

1.     “…If you can just get your mind together…and then come on across to me…we’ll hold hands and we’ll watch the sunrise…”

2.     “…we must engage…and rearrange…and turn this planet back to one…so tell me why…we got to die…”

3.     “…my love has come along…my lonely days are over…and life is like a song…Oh yeah yeah…”

4.     “…and those of us with ravaged faces…lacking in the social graces…desperately remained at home…inventing lovers on the phone …”

Back on this Day

Back on this day in 1965, The Supremes opened the Houston Astrodome along with Judy Garland. Strange combination, no?

Back on this day in 1968, The Who performed their Christmas party in London’s Marquee club. Do you know who the opener was? None other than “Yes.” How cool is that?

Back on this day in 1968, Pink Floyd released a single called-“Point Me at the Sky”- only in the U.K. and members of the band have been quoted as saying that the song was one of their most embarrassing moments ever.

Back on this day in 1970, the Beach Boys played a show in London for Princess Margaret.

Back on this day in 1973, Aerosmith began recording their second studio album-“Get Your Wings”- which was released in March 1974. Wow, next month we will be seeing Steven Tyler on American Idol.

Back on this day in 1982, The Who began their first of many “farewell” tours at the Maple Leaf Garden in Toronto. HBO filmed this thinking it really was farewell. I don’t want to hear complaints about Kiss any more, OK?

Back on this day in 1987, Robert Plant for the first time after the Mighty Led Zeppelin disbanded played Zeppelin songs as a solo artist in a show in Folkstone, U.K.

If it is your birthday today, you share the same birth date with Paul Rodgers (Free, Bad Company, Queen) and Mike Mills (R.E.M.)

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