Def Leppard and Heart at the Mohegan Sun on Sat. July 2; at Jones Beach on Tues. July 12; at PNC Bank Arts Center on Wed. July 13. Tickets on sale next Sat. Mar. 5. Further information to follow.
Usher with Akon at Prudential Center on Sat. May 7. Pre-sale tickets on sale this morning at 10:00 a.m. until Thurs. Mar. 3 at 10:00 p.m. for American Express cardholders. General public on sale next Fri. Mar. 4 at 10:00 a.m. $39.40 and $145.85
Adele at United Palace Theater on Sat. May 21. Tickets on sale tomorrow at noon. $44.80 and $76.10.
Bruno Mars & Janelle Monae at Roseland Ballroom on Wed. May 4. Tickets on sale tomorrow morning at 10:00 A.M. $47.70
Cake at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Tues. Apr. 19. Pre-sale tickets on sale now if you have an American Express card until 11:00 a.m. this morning. General public tickets on sale today at noon. $44.65.
Elvis Costello & The Imposters at the Beacon Theater on Tues. May 24. Pre-sale tickets on sale now if you have an American Express card until 10:00 p.m. tonight. General public tickets on sale tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. $63.15, $73.35 and $106.10.
Eric Burdon & The Animals at BB Kings on Wed. June 8. Tickets on sale this morning at 11:00 a.m.$35.
The Strokes at Madison Square Garden on Fri. Apr. 1. Tickets on sale this morning at 11:00 a.m. $68.25.
Rammstein at the Izod Center on Thurs. May 7. Tickets on sale tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. $70 and $100.75
Hollywood Undead at the Oakdale Theater in Wallingford CT on Fri. Apr. 8. Tickets on sale this morning at 10:00 a.m. $35.25
3 Doors Down with Seether, Hinder and Pop Evil at Comcast Theater in Hartford CT on Fri. May 20. Tickets on sale this morning at 10:00 a.m. $68.
Earth Wind & Fire at Mohegan Sun on Fri. May 13. Tickets on sale tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. $53.55
Alan Jackson at Mohegan Sun on Fri. Apr. 29. Tickets on sale this morning at 10:00 a.m. $53.55 and $74.55.
Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi Band at Highline Ballroom on Wed. Apr. 13. Pre-sale tickets on sale today at noon. Password is: Guitar. General public on sale Wed. Mar. 2 at noon. No price info.
Snoop Dogg at the Wellmont Theater on Sat. Mar. 26. Tickets on sale today at noon. $35 ($40 day of show).
American Idol was very good again these past two nights, watching Jennifer Lopez shed some tears for Chris Medina was very touching and tough to do because you could feel her pain. (On a good note, Chris received a $29K van yesterday and will be performing on the “Tonight Show” tonight). Viewing Randy and Steven comforting her was something that the TV audience members have never really seen before from this show. Folks, there is something magical about this year’s show and it is because of the chemistry between the judges-hopefully it lasts until the last show in May. I have to admit that there were two guys that passed through who I felt like they are always “screaming” ( a la “Adam Lambert”-here we go again) but I knew the judges had to send them on to the final 24. One of the dudes is way over the top with his antics after getting through and I wouldn’t be surprised if he physically hurts someone in the future if he continues on through the next three months and he is a bit “too confident” in my view. The one woman, last name was Cunningham, was so disrespectful and filled with piss & vinegar as she was the #25 woman contestant, so she didn’t make it through. To see her stick her two middle fingers up to the judges at this stage in the game was so classless that if I am a producer of the show, she is never allowed to come back again.
It’s official- The Cars will release their first studio album in more than 20 years with every original member back on board, except obviously Ben Orr, when “Move Like This” is released on May 10. Ric Ocasek, lead singer, had always maintained that they would not get back together had a chance of heart recently as he had some songs and knew “the guys” could easily help him make them come alive. He mentioned that there are some really good songs that Ben could have sung better but he will do his best with his vocals. He also stated that this does not mean that The Cars will go on tour and do their greatest hits but he did leave it open to do some shows, so hopefully one of those is in the Tri-state area. (Hey I can wish, can’t I?)
This week’s Rolling Stone issue (with Bieber on the cover) is also a very good read this week (two in a row!!) with some very interesting articles. If you are a fan of “The Clash” there is a six-seven page article on what made them tick. Metallica’s Kirk Hammett paid tribute to the late Gary Moore and said he was intimidated by Gary but when he met him face to face, Gary was very nice to him. There is also a “lead” story that wonders where all the “rock” songs went in 2010 and kind of leads you to believe “rock is dead they say” but we all know that rock will never die. Just happened to be a year where there weren’t that many publicly “known” artists/bands that didn’t release any new material. I don’t know what they were trying to say about Shinedown but that is one rock band that is here to stay for a while. It’s cyclical as the Foo Fighters and others will release some new material this year but to say that there was no rock songs in 2010, was a bit out there in my opinion because there was some good material released in 2010 but the “general” public is not aware of.
In case you didn’t know-Beavis & Butt-Head will make its way back to MTV later this year. No they have not “grown up” they will still be the same dorky teenagers we all knew back in the early 1990’s and they have a lot more material to make fun of as “You-Tube” will be added into the fracas as well as shows like “Jersey Shore,” so if you were a fan you know there is a lot of fun to be had.
Lots of buzz on the new album by Adele-“21”- as the reviews have been pretty solid from almost everyone. I love the single-“Rolling in the Deep”- and this is destined for greatness. The sound coming out your speakers will remind you of that old R&B classic sound that you love and you will say-“who is this?” Folks, I think I am sold-this may be my first “new purchase” of 2011. I really like the sound of each song from the 1:30 sample on I-Tunes. Really-check this out-this is some really good stuff here!!!
My new favorite song of the week is “Come On Get It” by Lenny Kravitz. How freaking good is this man? He just keeps getting better in my eyes (and ears). There is no other way to listen to this song but LOUD!!! This is “rock-funk” at it’s best. (Think of James Brown with an electric guitar in his hands). You will be dancing all around the room in no time. Funkadelic!!! And the guitar solo is smoking!! Can’t wait for “Black and White America” to be released this summer.
If you are a fan of Johnny Cash (and who isn’t?) there was a new release this past week-“Bootleg, Vol. 2: From Memphis to Hollywood” which has outtakes and original recording never heard before. Check it out. Grab some snacks and refreshments tonight and put this on and sit back on the couch and relax-some good stuff right here.
Weird thing: The “Wall of Sound: The Very Best of Phil Spector 1961- 1966” was released this past Tuesday and includes some of the greatest songs in the history of rock and roll performed by The Crystals, The Ronettes, Bob B. Soxx, and Ike & Tina Turner. What happens to the profits? How was he able to release something while in jail (I know that Lil Wayne did too but Phil is in for a long long time). Again weird but every song on this album is a classic.
In honor of George Harrison, who would have been 68 years old today, (this November will be ten years since he passed away) I figured I had to get him on to the page in some way shape or form and then when my I-pod shuffle landed on “Hear Me Lord” from his greatest solo work-“All Things Must Pass”- I thought maybe it should go here in the “nuggets” section. Now I know there are many of his fans out there who are cursing me right now because everyone knows this is a masterpiece but I have to tell you-I really have to be in the mood for side four when it is all “instrumental.” Now don’t get me wrong it showcases his unbelievable talent on the guitar but after a while it starts to grade on me and I have to turn it off because I usually get to the point where my head hurts and that is not a good thing.
We all know that George was itching to have way more input into the Beatles catalog and was part of the reason that the band eventually split up. And with classics such as “Something,” “Here Comes The Sun” and “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” it is hard to believe that the rest of the guys did not recognize his extreme talent. Can you imagine had they stayed together and he wrote songs with John & Paul? (sorry Ringo) I can’t help but think that writing songs with John and/or Paul that this band would have gone on to another stratosphere, if that could be possible. I know they sit high above everyone else but I am convinced that it would have been that much higher if the “Lennon & McCartney” tandem was expanded to include “Harrison.”
As I have grown older I have to say that Harrison is now my favorite Beatle, (it was always John), because of his unbelievable solo career (as well as the songs he wrote for the Beatles, we all know the “John” songs as we all know the “Paul” songs) but I loved the way he still created music, especially with the Traveling Wilbury’s and after a while I found myself listening to his catalog more than any other Beatle. I won’t say that George’s solo career is better than John’s, or Paul’s or even Ringo’s for that matter-all I am saying is that I favor listening to his songs more than the others-not that I do not love or own just as many songs by John or Paul-it’s just my opinion these days. Who know this could change over time again but for now…well you know.
“All Things Must Pass” is a culmination of what George wanted to say during his days with the Beatles. All this musicwas waiting to come out and just like when a band makes its first album-more times than most it turns out to be their best effort because it represents hunger, a statement to the world that they have made it, a masterpiece in the eyes (ears) of the critics and more importantly-the fan base. On this album, he has created some of the best songs ever recorded in the history of music-yes in the history (take that Beethoven!). Even though this is a nugget section-everyone should be required to own this album-I say it should be federal law. For the next Census, there should be a box to check “yes” or “I will obtain it as soon as I mail this back” for the question that states-“Do you have All Things Must Pass in your place and residence?” (right under the question that asks you how many people live with you-yes it is that important).
So here it is a list of songs (in no particular order) that I consider to be “golden nuggets” from one of the best solo albums ever recorded:
What is Life – Ok you know I am going to state-“This is one of my favorites by George”- on almost every song, right? But you have to believe me with this song-I truly think this is one of his best songs ever recorded. I immediately get a smile on my face when I hear the opening guitar licks, don’t you? “What I feel…I can’t say…” I remember bringing my own CD’s to Spin class in Danbury CT (after MBIA) about an hour before the class started so I could hear my music (you see Chris was nice to me) in a closed gym room and I could blast it as loud as I wanted and I had this song on one of the CD’s when this person walked into the room and said “Finally a good old time song.” He jumped onto the bike and spun away singing every word to the song and he stayed for the rest of the songs and as the class was about to start, he was done and thanked me for putting this song on as he had forgotten how great the song is. Folks, please don’t tell me you don’t know this song. I won’t have any of it.
Art of Dying – I could see John Lennon singing this song along with George and this is exactly what I was talking about above when I said this type of song writing between him and John (or Paul) would have elevated their status to an even yet higher mark. Love the guitar work on this bad boy and the groove is fast with a lot of “giddy-up.” I believe that a young Phil Collins assisted on this one with “percussion” sound. The guitar and bass guitar work is flat out righteous. Awesome song.
I’d Have You Anytime – Talk about a song that stops me dead in my tracks. This song is unbelievable-everything about it- George’s incredible vocal and awesome guitar work makes it arguably one of the best songs he has ever written and recorded. I always say that I was born too late because if there was one song that I would have loved to see him perform live, it would have to be this one. No really, if I heard this song sung by him live then I could say I have seen it all. Perfect masterpiece.
All Things Must Pass – Another incredible song, a very sad song and not just because of the Beatles breakup. This song is bigger than that, think about situations that confront us in our lives? Death, loss of job, divorce, moving and so many different sicknesses that can affect us but like the song says- “All Things Must Pass.” If you have not seen the version that Paul McCartney does on the “Concert for George” DVD and/or CD then you are truly missing out. Paul does a heartfelt version of this song and it really feels and looks like a bigger brother is lost without his young little buddy. The lyrics are poignant and the arrangement is nothing short of spectacular.
Wah-Wah – This song is so addicting and I find myself singing and screaming out-“And I’m thinking of you…all the things that we used to do…Wah Wah…Wah Wah…” Again I go back to the “Concert for George” DVD and to see Billy Preston up there having so much fun with the song is a sight to behold and when the camera cuts to George’s son-Dhani- you do a double take for a quick second and say-“was that George?” He looks so much like his Dad it is uncanny. The way the entire band jams to this song is everything I love about music-I love when many artists get up on stage and jam away to a song and is there a better song to jam away to than this one? It seems to go forever-it has percussion, guitars, piano’s, trumpet’s and saxophones and who knows what else-all I know is that this is a great jam song. You see, George was at the forefront of many things-the list is endless. Awesome tune.
I Dig Love – This sounds like something that should have been on “Let It Be” or “The White Album.” The song sounds very simplistic but the groove hooks you in as that slow blues vibe will have you “air-pianoing” in no time as I am assuming it is Billy Preston on keyboards. “I dig love in the morning…I dig love in the evening…”-this is a finger snapping tune that gets the best results when you have a great set of headphones on and you squeeze them into your ears as hard as you can. Have fun!!
My Sweet Lord – Even though I have heard this song a zillion times I do not reach to turn the dial when I hear it on the radio or on my I-Pod shuffle-as a matter of fact I do go to the dial-to turn up the volume. There is something so soothing about this song-the lyrics and of course the melody-(I won’t go down the path of The Chiffons, I will just concentrate on the beauty of this song) is something that we can all behold for the rest of our lives. The acoustic guitar beginning is so recognizable that I would venture to say that 70% of the population would know this song. My wife absolutely loves this song and when we watch the “Concert for George” we always have to watch Preston’s performance of this national treasure. This is a stunner.
Frankie Crisp (Let It Roll) – In my opinion, this song captures the essence of George Harrison- it has the beauty, the stellar arrangement, the fantastic vocals and the feel that he could make it on his own (was there any doubt?). There are some songs on this album that sound like they could have been made with The Beatles but not this one. To me, this is his “break-away” from the Fab Four which started a long prosperous solo career. As I listen to this song again and again I realize that songs like this one are probably the reason why my allegiance (for lack of a better word) kind of switched over to George from John. This song alone is worth the price of the entire album.
Isn’t It A Pity – Listen to the lyrics and tell me this man wasn’t one of the best song writers there ever was. As I ride the Metro North train into the city I look out to the snow covered suburban streets as the sun is blaring where I can’t see a thing with this song playing in my ears, I’m thinking to myself-“Does it get any better?” (You see what the simple things in life do to me?). This is another song that makes me wish there were no conflicts in the world, especially this war which has gone on way too long. I recently saw an Oprah show that highlighted the men and women who have sacrificed their lives, who come back home with serious physical (and mental) handicaps. We can not forget the 1% that are fighting (and have fought) for the rest of us. With tears in my eyes as I watched a mother pour her heart out about losing her son, a wife and mother of two who has become her husband’s 24 hour care taker after he was severely injured from a car bomb. These and so many other stories always have me saying-“Isn’t it a Pity?” Thanks George for writing this song and may God bless all those families affected.
I Live For You – George had this way of making you drift off when you listen to his songs, especially this one with that guitar lick that echoes after he says-“I live for you.” I dedicate this song to my wife and children because I really do live for them. What more can I say after that? Ok you need to own this song and album.
Beware of Darkness – I’m starting to become speechless, sometimes all I need to do is just listen and not say a thing-which is what I have done a few times as I have rewound this tune about three times and then realized that I had not written anything down about this polarizing, powerful song. I am trying to think if I have heard a more beautiful song than this one and right now I can’t come up with anything. “Watch out now…take care…beware of falling singers…falling all around you…” This song is so good it brings a tear to my eye-another perfect masterpiece.
Songs That You Are Scared To Admit You Like
I decided to switch it up this week, I did do this back in January, so this is a continuation.
Seasons in the Sun – Terry Jacks – “Goodbye to you my trusted friend…we’ve known each other since we were nine or ten…” I know it is a sappy song but you know what? I can never get the chorus out my head-“we had joy, we had fun…we had seasons in the sun…” I love the dramatic guitar riff-“doo doo doo doom”-this is bubblegum “AM” radio but I love it. You know you sway your head side to side while you sing the chorus. C’mon admit it-you like this song.
You Light Up My Life – Debby Boone – “So many nights…I’d sit by my window”- boy does this song bring me back to the 1970’s or what? C’mon you all know (if you were of age) that everyone was singing this song when it came out. It was the number one song for so many weeks, it was on every radio station across America. This could be the most popular “one hit wonder” ever, no? Everyone from grandma down to the grandkids love this song, so why are you afraid to admit that you like it? If you were born after 1979, you probably don’t know this song but I find that hard to believe.
The Night Chicago Died – Paper Lace – Man there were some real cheesy songs made during the 1970’s, right? But who doesn’t like cheese? Love the consistent drum beat and then the “sirens” that ring down. It’s funny I hadn’t heard this song in a really long time but just like riding a bike, I knew every word and sung it with the same fervor that I used to do when I was kid. C’mon don’t you love the “clock upon the wall”-tick tock, tick tock-“then the door burst open wide…and my daddy stepped inside…and he kissed my momma’s face and he brushed her tears away…” The power of cheese!!!
Billy, Don’t Be a Hero – Bo Donaldson & The Heywoods– I know what you are thinking-there is no way that anyone should admit that they like this song but I will. The reason is because the song brings me back to my childhood days when I used to “summer” in Otisville NY. These type of songs were all over WABC AM radio during the 1970’s and they were played endlessly, how could I not like it? “I heard his fiancé got a letter…that told how Billy dies that day…the letter said that he was a hero…she should be proud he died that way…I heard she threw the letter awaaaayyy…” Again “the power of cheese!!”
Sky High – Jigsaw– Man I am pulling out all the stops on this list, huh? I know you are laughing (or just breezing by this section of the page). As a kid this was one of my all time favorite songs. I love the dramatic beginning-sounds like a 1970’s TV cop show- and the chorus-“…by telling me a lie…without a reason why…you’ve blown it all sky high.” This is a fun sing along song that will have you singing the chorus all day long.
Me and You and a Dog Named Boo – Lobo – I don’t about you but I love these songs from the 1970’s-different from any other decade in the history of music in my opinion. This song is very “soothing” and so easy to sing along to and you will be “acoustic air guitaring” in no time. “Me and You and Dog Named Boo…traveling in and living off the land…” Ahh takes me back.
Shiny Happy People – R.E.M. – I can remember when we were all over-worked and things were going crazy I always would make the comment that we should all sing-“Shiny happy people holding hands…” Every time I am on the #4 or #5 train and it takes an unbelievable 40 minutes to get from lower Manhattan to Grand Central (when it should take 12 minutes) as the #6 train (the local) breezes by us as the conductor tells us there is train traffic ahead. Really? I waited like 8 minutes for the train to pull into the station, am squished like a sardine and there are trains ahead of us? News to me…anyway whenever I get into that zone-I just start to sing this song and I immediately start to laugh…I’m not supposed to like this song.
Private Idaho – The B-52’s– I remember buying “Wild Planet” when it first came out and not telling anyone. But at that time, the B-52’s were the new psychedelic new wave band along with the Talking Heads and I was intrigued by their sound. Believe me when you listen to it now it’s different, I don’t know why. It was cool back then, anyway, I love the groove in this song. They have the same “zany-ness” they had in their debut album and it’s “new wave” head-banging at its best.
Last weekend my lovely bride and I celebrated our 20th anniversary together in New York City. I know what you are thinking- you travel every weekday to New York City why would you go to NY? Do you know how great it was to finally be able to be a tourist? I finally put my feet into the shoes of an out-of-towner and roamed New York instead of making a bee line for the building I work in or frantically trying to catch the Metro North train that does not care if the NYC subway is the worst train line in the nation (well I should specifically state that the #4 and #5 lines are the worst train lines in the nation ) and will not wait for the subway to pull into Grand Central-they also have to maintain their 98% on time level (giving themselves an extra 8 minutes for “on-time”). Anyway, one of the highlights of our weekend was going to see the Broadway play-“The Jersey Boys”- which depicts the “life-story” of The Four Seasons or later on known as Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons (never understood that band name because I think of five guys, not four-Oh well). Based on recommendations from Dave & Kathy and also a good friend of mine-The Manster- we trekked over to the August Wilson Theater at 245 West 52nd street to witness one of the best plays that I have ever seen (not that I am a frequent visitor to the Theater district). Folks, if you have not seen this play you need to immediately make plans to purchase tickets-this play as Bob Gaudio states that one of his friends saw the play and said-“this could be bigger than the band itself.” My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed the show and we were very young of course when this quartet was at the height of their career but you have to remember that I was brought up in a household where making music on the street corner under a street lamp with just your vocals was the only form of music in my dad’s eyes and ears-so Frankie and the Boys were always played in my household as they fit the mold of a genre of music that seems to be making its way back. (Bruno Mars with his doo-wop thing and we actually saw five guys on the corner of 51st and Broadway after the show ended who were singing a capella as a crowd formed around them). And who doesn’t know their songs? They created some of the best American songs ever and are so enjoyable that everyone from Grandma on down to the great grandchild can sing along to their songs.
What I found so interesting about the play is the life that these guys went through to get to the top. Again I am too young and did not know that Bob Gaudio was the fourth guy added to the band (a suggestion by Joe Pesci-yes that Joe Pesci) and it was his song writing ability that lifted them off the ground-of course Frankie lead vocals had everything to do with their success but I did not know about Gaudio’s contributions. I did not know that the band was in debt for $150,000 to loan sharks after one of the members-Tommy DeVito-apparently like to gamble and it took them many years to pay that back. And in one of the most touching moments of the play I never knew that Frankie Valli lost his daughter to drug abuse at the very young age of 22. I did not know that Nick Massi left the band in 1965 and the reason cited in the play was that “when you’re Ringo-it’s time to go home.” The one part of the play that I did know was their 1990 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and deservedly so as they could be one of the most popular American bands ever in the history of music.
Recently I found out that my sister-in-law’s father was really into The Four Season’s and when we spent New Year’s Eve together I made sure that I had many songs by Frankie Vallie and the Four Seasons for my I-Pod playlist. Folks I know I was just a baby, literally, when Nick Massi left in 1965 but by that time the four of them had so many huge hits and like I said, they remained in my life almost every day growing up because between my Dad and WCBS-FM (the “oldies” station) there probably was not a day (or at least a week) that went by where I didn’t hear a song by these guys. Ever since the play, I have been on a kick with The Four Seasons and decided to do this week’s “top ten” list by “The Jersey Boys.” I am on an island and have been informed that I can only have ten songs by The Four Seasons-“These Are Them:” (Frankie’s solo career is included as well)
10. Beggin’-It’s funny you don’t realize just how many songs these guys have until you see the play and the version on Broadway of this song is top notch-the original obviously is not slouch. Now I know these guys started out singing on corners but the musicianship is what set them apart from the rest of the pack. Check out the bass guitar part in this song-it is a constant as well as the awesome piano playing (which is most likely a session player). The groove is fast paced finger snapping and hand clapping and if you listen carefully you can hear that “slash” part which could be classified as “early disco”-the bass playing is phenomenal. Frankie, as usual, is super solid on vocals.
9. Save It For Me – Ok after the piano introduction, everybody at the same time-“Don’t let your love go astray-(save it for me)-don’t give your sweet kiss away-(save it for me)”-I love this song and it reminds me of my mom, Dad and Aunt Carol as they would always sit around and listen to music on the weekends and this song always seem to make the playlist. I can picture some couple using this song on “Dancin’ With the Stars” as it seems like a very formal type of dance song where you need to keep every move crisp and sharp. Frankie’s lead vocals are incredible and this song sounds like it was recorded last night and not in 1964.
8. Opus 17 (Don’t You Worry About Me) – Listen to this record carefully and listen to how many times the song changes keys-folks this was recorded in 1966-really ahead of its time. The musicianship is spectacular as the piano and horn section really adds to the flavor of this tune-the saxophone solo is off the charts. The greatest thing about this band are the background vocals and if you just concentrate on them you will be amazed on what great singers all these guys are. Love the high pitch vocal style of everyone in this song-I never realized it but these guys could sing as high as the Bee Gees. “Baby…Baaaayyy…Beeeee”
7. Dawn – The groove in this song is so infectious, it’s really unbelievable. “Hang on…hang on…Think!! Think!!!…think of what the future would be with a poor boy like meeeeeeeee…” The beginning starts off with that “doo wop” sound but again the thing that set this band apart (in my opinion) is the addition of the instrumentation which supplemented the incredible lead vocals of Frankie Valli. These guys were competing with the likes of The Beatles and The Beach Boys and going toe-to-toe with them as this early sound is reminiscent of the early Beatles. The competition produced some of the greatest songs ever recorded, no? This is one of them.
6. Can’t Take My Eyes Off You– Talk about a song that stops me in my tracks? This has to rank up there as one of the best love songs ever written. “Pardon the way that I stare…There’s nothing else to compare…the sight of you leaves me weak…”-c’mon you know you wish you could have written that or sing it like Frankie-does anyone do it better? I think not. The next time you are at a party or wedding, walk up to the DJ and ask him or her to play this awesome song. Then take that special person in your life and lead them to the dance floor and sing in their ear-“I LOVE YOU BABY…and if it is quite alright…I need you baby…to warm a lonely night…” I love the drumming in this song and it has the obligatory hand claps (along with the tambourine), so you know this has to be great right? It’s sung with such a passion-has to be considered one of the greatest recording ever, no?
5. Sherry – I don’t know what it is about this song but every time I tried to get it off my top ten list it just kept beating out the rest of the songs I had it up against and look where it lands? Yes I have probably heard this song more times than I want to remember but again there is a reason why it is played so much-because it is such a great sing along song. Now I can’t hit the high notes like Frankie can (who can?) and my two boys are telling me to keep it quiet as I try to hit that –“Sheerrr- errr-rrriiiieeeee”-they claim that all the local dogs showed up on the front porch demanding that I stop singing as their ears were bleeding. Nice, huh?
4. Let’s Hang On – “There ain’t no good in our good-byein’…True love takes a lot of tryin’…Oh I’m cryin’…” Now the great thing about the play is that you can see the people there drifting off to another stratosphere as they step back to that place and time where they were when this song came out. It brings back memories of an easier time with music being their release. I have been preaching that for the whole time I have been writing this page- music is a release and also a connection. Folks there is nothing better to me than seeing lots of people having a great time because of music and it’s not just this song during the play-it is every one of them-they bring you to a better place and that is what it’s always been with Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons-it’s all about the music. The music that is in them that they want to share with all of us and all I can say is “Thanks.” This is one of the best song’s ever recorded, I’m sorry.
3. Bye Bye Baby (Baby Goodbye) – I don’t know why but this song reminds me of the Beach Boys-maybe because of the great background vocals that really standout in this track. I can listen to this song all day long and could picture someone trying to sing this on American Idol as the crowd will do that certain sway of the arms back and forth in the air. This could be their greatest vocal performance ever-the background vocals are so stunningly good and when Frankie leads in with “You’re the one girl in town I’d marry…girl I’d marry you now if I were freeeeeeee” I have to rewind it to hear it all over again because the song is too short in my mind so if I start it over like three or four times, then it turns into a four-to-five minute song instead of the 2.5 minute song it is. The Bay City Rollers actually did a cover of this song but nothing like this-it should have been rendered a crime to try and cover this tune.
2. Walk Like a Man –It’s funny I always wondered why they wrote this song? And in the play I learned the reason-I won’t give it away-but all I have to say that it makes sense now. Tommy’s initial reaction was the same one I had (and probably thousands more) and it was funny to see how it played out up on the stage. My son’s are really tired of me trying to sing all these Frankie Valli songs and have now closed the door on me. You know how I focus on certain parts of songs, right? Well in this song it is the background vocals of “Ooh Wa” and “Ooh Wa Ooh Wa Ooh”-I love that part I can’t get enough of it. This is such a great song to sing and dance to and you could see that the cast of The Jersey Boys were really having fun with this song. Friggin’ phenomenal song.
1. Big Man In Town – I wish I could have been in the recording studio when they performed this one because without a doubt I think this is Frankie’s best vocal performance-not so much the high pitched parts- but the versus in between the chorus. “Each day as I grow older…the nights are getting colder…some day the sun will shine on me…” Now this song wasn’t one of their biggest hits but you know that doesn’t mean anything to me-if I feel it-then I love it and I feel this song. I was really glad that this song was featured in “The Jersey Boys” and again when you hear this up on the big stage-the sound is so large and I know it’s not the original but who knows maybe Frankie Valli is still singing this on his tour which has stops all over the Tri-state area. I now know my next concert. Thanks to the “Jersey Boys” for their monstrous contribution to the world of music, there would be a huge void in the lives of so many if they never made it as big as they did. We now all have a chance to relive it- Go see “The Jersey Boys” on Broadway-you won’t be disappointed.
Answers from last week:
1. Don Henley
2. Natalie Maines – The Dixie Chicks
3. Deep Purple
4. Damn Yankees
This week’s trivia (Random)-
1. I am mostly known for a song that has the word “devil” in it but I have so many other songs and albums and am revered in the Country music genre by plenty of young artists and bands that say that my music was an inspiration for them getting into the music business. I am still playing my fiddle and touring with my band. Who am I?
2. Most people believed that our band was just going to be a one-hit wonder but we knew better as we have faith in each other and love making music. We are no longer known as a one hit wonder band and have a 2011 grammy to prove this point. Who are we?
3. Our band is still around after starting out in the 1970’s; we are from Long Island and had a few songs on the radio during the late 1970’s and we cover the “Mighty Led Zeppelin” like no other. So can you give us one more chance and tell me what you want? Who are we?
4. I had a huge one hit wonder in the rap genre back in the early 1990’s and used to appear on the Howard Stern show all the time and would mix up the words to this song to sing about Howard and his gang. After the song’s popularity ran its course, I was never really heard from again. Who am I?
Name That Tune
Answers from last week:
1. Fortunate Son – Creedence Clearwater Revival
2. Drops of Jupiter – Train
3. Everything About You – Ugly Kid Joe
4. I’m Not In Love – 10cc
Can you guess the title from the following lyrics from part of the song?
1. “…he can make you love…he can make you cry…he will bring you down and he’ll get you high…something keeps him going…miles and miles a day…”
2. “…hey girl what cha doing down there…dancing alone every night while I live right above you…I can hear your music playing…”
3. “…see the stone set in your eyes…see the thorn twist in your side…I’ll wait for you…”
4. “…when I was a child I had a fever…my hands felt just like two balloons…now I’ve got that feeling once again …”
Back on this Day
Sadly back on this day in 1993, Toy Caldwell, guitarist for the Marshall Tucker Band, passed away at the very young age of 45 from heart disease.
Back on this day in 1981, Rush received their first platinum album-“2112”- as it was certified by the RIAA as it reached one million copies sold. It has since sold over three million copies in the U.S. alone
Back on this day in 1984, Van Halen reached the top of the billboard charts for their first and only time as “Jump” hit the number one spot and stayed there for four weeks.
Back on this day in 1985, U2 kicked off its first arena tour ever in the U.S. by opening at the Reunion Arena in Dallas TX in support of their “Unforgettable Fire” album.
Back on this day in 2003, Gary Rossington had to have emergency heart surgery after going in for a routine check-up as the doctors discovered severe coronary heart disease. He is still making albums and touring with Lynyrd Skynyrd.
If it is your birthday today, you share the same birth date with the late great legendary one and only Mr. George Harrison.