Errols Weekly Music Update.

March 11, 2011

Weekly Update – 03/11/2011

Jimmy Buffet at Jones Beach on Fri. Aug. 19. Tickets on sale this Mon. Mar. 14 at 10:00 a.m. $70.40 and $182.

Phish at PNC Bank Arts Center on Tues. & Wed. May 31 & June 1.Tickets on sale today at noon. $57.50 and $74.

Darius Rucker at the Best Buy Theater on Thurs. Sept. 1. Tickets on sale today at noon.If you have a American Express card you can buy pre-sale tickets until 10:00 a.m. this morning. $38. Also appearing at NYCB Theater on Sat. Sept. 3. Tickets on sale this morning at 10:00 a.m. $52 and $64.50.

Sugarland at PNC Bank Arts Center on Sat. May 21. Tickets on sale tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. $43.50, $56.25, $71.75 and $90.90.

The Disco Biscuits at the Best Buy Theater on Thurs. & Fri. Apr. 14 & 15. Tickets on sale today at noon.If you have a American Express card you can buy pre-sale tickets until 10:00 a.m. this morning. $42.50.

Drive By Truckers with Alejandro Escovedo at the Wellmont Theater on Sat. June 11. Tickets on sale today at noon.If you have a American Express card you can buy pre-sale tickets until 10:00 a.m. this morning. $30.

Warren Haynes Band at the Beacon Theater on Thurs. May 12. Tickets on sale now. $52.90 and $63.15.

Snoop Dogg at the Gramercy Theater on Tues. Mar. 29. Tickets on sale today at 4:20 p.m. $47.20.

Emmylou Harris at the Bowery Ballroom on Tues. Apr. 26. Tickets on sale today at noon. $35.

The Decemberists at The Prospect Park Bandshell in Brooklyn on Tues. June 14. Tickets on sale today at noon. $35.

Artic Monkees at Rumsey Playfield in Central Park on Tues. May 24. Tickets on sale today at noon. $35 ($43 day of show).

Kenny Loggins at the NYCB Theater on Sat. June 18. Tickets on sale this Sunday at 10:00 a.m.$62.45

Neil Sedaka at the NYCB Theater on Sat. July 16. Tickets on sale this Sunday at 10:00 a.m.$52 and $74.

The Monkees Reunion tour stops at the Beacon Theater on Thurs. June 16. Tickets on sale this morning at 10:00 a.m. $63.15, $73.35, $93.85 and $169.55.

Night Ranger with Journey and Foreigner at Jones Beach on Wed. Aug. 17 and PNC Bank Arts Center on Wed. Aug. 24. Ticket info to follow.

Other items:

Sad news came out this past week-Mike Starr, former bassist for Alice-In-Chains, passed away at the young age of 44. He was found dead in an apartment near Salt Lake City’s downtown area. Mike had appeared on “Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew” back in 2009 and I caught the painful exchange between him and the mother of Layne Staley (who died at the very young age of 34). Mike was the last person to have been with Layne before he was found days later and that was the first time he had faced Layne’s mom since he passed away. There is no definitive news on how he passed away. Rest in peace Mike, our thoughts and prayers are with you, your family and friends.

Ok for the first time this year on American Idol I am confused about the judges praises for Jacob Lusk– his performance of “I Believe I Can Fly” was absolutely terrible. America has another Adam Lambert on its hands. Just because someone can scream or seemingly hit a high note doesn’t automatically make it good. I’m not feeling it with his performances. Casey Abrams did a nice job with the Joe Cocker version of the Lennon/McCartney written “Little Help from My Friends.” (That fact was not mentioned, they made it seem like it was a Joe Cocker song and they also made it seem that “All By Myself” was originally done by Celion Dion and not Eric Carmen). Scotty McCreery could get a Country music contract right now. Stefano Langone was also very good with his cover of “Lately” by Stevie Wonder.

This week’s issue of Rolling Stone magazine (with a shameless provocative picture of Snookie on the cover) has an excerpt from the upcoming book release from Sammy Hagar which contains fascinating information about his time spent with Van Halen. I couldn’t put the article down and immediately finished it and then wanted more. It always amazes the things you find out about people (in this case both Eddie and Alex) from someone on the “inside.” Now we all know there are two sides to every story (and in this case maybe three) but descriptive information about what the “5150” studio looked like is most likely fact and for someone as big as Eddie to have his equipment laying amongst empty beer cans and ashtrays all over the place is really shocking to me, don’t ask me why, it just is. I will forever love “Van Halen” music (from both Diamond Dave and Sammy) and will attend any future shows but over the years it seems apparent from both Dave and now Sammy, that Eddie is a handful. When Sammy first joined VH, they made it seem like it was all Dave’s fault for the breakup but after reading part of his experience with Eddie and Alex, an apology from Sammy to Diamond Dave may just be in order.

Hey have you seen the new “Ford” commercial that has been playing the “Light of the Morning” song by the Band of Skulls? (You know-“I want to see you in the morning.. you got to go… you got to go…”). I told you about this band about 18 months ago or so. Their first album-“Baby Darling Doll Face Honey”- is something you should own. And what about Ford? Wow there must be a young executive in the marketing department that knows his or her new music. I don’t associate Ford with being “hip” but their selection of this song has opened my eyes.

My favorite “old school” song of the week is “If I Fell” by The Beatles. How great is this song? John’s vocals are splendid and the harmonizing during the “cause I couldn’t stand the pain” part is absolutely beautiful. Fantastic song, when is the last time you have heard it? Go and listen today!!!

My favorite “old school classic rock” song of the week is “Natural Born Bugie” by Humble Pie. What a rocking song mixed with the blues!! This band was so good and it really is such a shame that Steve Marriott is no longer with us, he was “rock and roll.” Peter Frampton on guitar-this was a “super group” before super group’s were super group’s-love this band!!!

I almost fell out of my seat when I saw the members of Glee performing “Afternoon Delight” by the Starland Vocal Band because it was actually one of the songs that I put on my “songs you are scared to admit you like” and now I am more scared, right? Hey John Stamos was featured in the song, so….Speaking of Glee, the show’s star-Matthew Morrison-has released a single-“Summer Rain” this past Tuesday. Summer rain?? Should have renamed it “March Rain”-I am so done with this winter.

Seether has released a new single-“Country Song” this week from their upcoming May 17, 2011 release-“Holding on to Strings Better Left to Fray”- (OK??!!) and despite the negative comments coming out, I kind of like it. Despite the word “country” being in the title, the song rocks.

My favorite “old school rap song” this week is “Jump Around” by House of Pain. Last weekend, my family and I traveled up to Springfield MA to see a minor league hockey game between Springfield Falcons and Connecticut Whale and in between time outs the DJ was playing this song a lot. I hadn’t heard it in a while and I was jamming in my seat. I will never forget Robin Williams in “Mrs. Doubtfire” when he was up on the table dancing as Sally Field walked in-she ruined all the fun.

Steven Tyler’s memoir-“Does the Noise in My Head Bother You?” arrives in book stores on May 10. That should be a great read.

Believe it or not: Lars Ulrich will be featured in a new movie with Nicole Kidman. The movie called “Hemmingway and Gellhorn” is an HBO feature, no word on its release date.

The 26th annual “Rock and Roll Hall of Fame” ceremony will take place this Monday night (and will be played on Fuse TV the following Saturday night, Mar. 20 at 9:00 p.m.)  Alice Cooper will be inducted by Rob Zombie (can’t wait to hear that-it has to be such an appreciation); Dr. John by John Legend; Neil Diamond by Paul Simon; Darlene Love by Bette Midler and Tom Waits by Neil Young. Elton John will also present his idol Leon Russell with a “musical excellence” award by a sideman.


Love Gun

Ok back in the middle to late 1970’s, Kiss was the hottest band in the world. (“You wanted the best…You got the best…the hottest band in the world…KIIIISSSS!!!”) You can ask anyone (Ok don’t be funny by saying-“Yeah you could ask any 12 year old”). Ok maybe it was all do to the mystique of trying to obtain pictures of the members without their make-up on. I remember as a kid that the Daily News, a local newspaper in NY, would always tease their readers by showing some photos on the front page where you would see half of a face or something covering the face of Gene, Paul, Peter or Ace (sort of like the next door neighbor-“Wilson” on “Home Improvement”) and they would tell you to look on page 24 or something to see the full picture. And there was nothing. But for the “Kiss Army” it was about the music. Struggling with their popularity in their first few studio albums they ignited overnight once they released-“Kiss Alive”- and the rest as they say is “Kiss-story.” I don’t know of too many bands that became popular after a “live” album was released (the other artist I think of is Frampton with his “Come Alive” album but he was already in Humble Pie before that, so maybe that is not a good example) but with Kiss it turned their whole career around and I think made more people go back and purchase their studio albums.

So the year is 1977 and yes I am 12 years old and waiting for the next Kiss album to be released-“Love Gun”-(which is the subject of our “nuggets” discussion today) and it was supposed to be their best yet. (Unfortunately it was the last studio album done with the four original members). These guys must have had the best publicity team assembled because the buzz created was at an all-time high and part of the reason was due to the fact that there were going to be “costume” changes for each character.For the first half of 1977, there was no “wiki-leak” or a “napster” attack or a “You-Tube” video to get a sneak peak into the new songs or costumes-only those “in the know” actually knew and the build-up was so great that June 30, 1977 couldn’t come fast enough for me.

Then it happened, the Kiss Army could now see the cover of the album as they rushed to the favorite “record” store and by now you all know mine was “The Record Store” and “The Little Record Store” which used to be located across the street from Century 21 in Bay Ridge Brooklyn on 86th street between 4th and 5th avenues. Ok this is a lot different than I expected, a little too “metro” for me as I thought I was going to see more costume instead of skin but I couldn’t wait to take the 8th avenue bus home (sometimes it took so long I ended up walking back home to 51st street anyway) to listen to the new songs. The first song-“I Stole Your Love”-blew me away and I knew instantaneously that I was going to love the album. I could have done a perfect album side (one) but there had to be some way for me to get the title track in here, so hence the “nuggets”. Now of course I love all the songs but admit there are songs that most people don’t know or would skip right over. So here are the golden nuggets from the last studio album with Peter, Paul Ace and Gene: (in no particular order)

Got Love For Sale – Ok spare me the sarcastic comments on their lyrical ability-I say take Kiss for what they are instead of always trying to point out the negative. Say what you want about Gene Simmons but he can sing and play bass and I point to this song as “Exhibit A” for highlighting those abilities. His bass lines fly throughout the song and his vocals are pure rock and roll in my eyes (ears). This song moves as Peter’s head-banging crushing drum beats will surprise those faint of heart and when Ace takes off into space with his guitar solo-watch out I am “air-guitaring” right now-love it!! This could be my most favorite song on the album. \m/ \m/

Tomorrow and Tonight – Ok so yes they were trying to recreate the “Rock and Roll All Nite” magic and this song is easily dismissed by most everyone-except those of us in the “Army.” So it didn’t take off but I love it-sort of reminds me of an old rock and roll song that could have been recorded in the 1950’s. “Owwww…listening to the teachers, bosses and the preachers ain’t never done nobody good…” This is signature Paul at the microphone and don’t you love the female background singers. Ace has another nice solo-he is all over this album-the dude from The Bronx-in “The Bronx Hall of Fame.” “Tomorrow and Tonight…we can rock all day we can roll all night!!!”

I Stole Your Love – Go on and tell me this isn’t a great song??!! I dare you. I don’t care how anyone feels about Kiss-love ‘em or hate ‘em-this is a fantastic song. This is straight up rock and roll- the beginning guitar riffs supplied by Ace and Paul really have to get you amped up, no? And Peter’s drumming gets me so pscyhed. I remember throwing this song on a Spin CD for the afternoon class at MBIA and freaking lovin’ it-(even if nobody else did) as I tried to spin my legs as fast as the song moves. If I were to start a rock and roll bar band this would be the first song I would make our band practice. Can you imagine seeing Kiss in a small club performing this song? That would be a dream come true.

Christine Sixteen – This song was played all the time on WABC radio on your AM station and it was always a real treat for me because you never heard Kiss on the radio back in those days. Now of course “Rock and Roll All Nite” is played all over the classic rock radio format. But this song should be right up there for equal play-time, c’mon you know you love this song!!! Did you know that both Eddie and Alex Van Halen played on this song when they did the demo for it? (Actually Eddie was rumored to want to join Kiss when he was having trouble with Diamond Dave but Gene talked him out if it). This is the perfect pop rock song that is designed for the general public.

Love Gun – How freaking great is this song? This is always played at most every Kiss concert as it is supposedly one of Paul Stanley’s favorite Kiss songs. I love the double barreled effect of Ace and Peter creating such a rocking jam-“I really love you baby…I love what you’ve got!!!” And what about Ace’s playing behind the boys? –again he was so on his game in the late 1970’s it is such a shame things couldn’t work out with him (as well as Peter) still being part of Kiss. This song has to rank way up there as one of their best songs! \m/ \m/

Shock Me – Ok how could I not have this song on the list? The album “Love Gun” featured for the first time Mr. Ace Frehley behind the microphone. For those of you not in the Kiss Army the story goes that while on tour for the “Rock and Roll Over” album Ace was “electrocuted ” one night in FL when he stepped onto a metal staircase which was ungrounded and was knocked out for at least 30 minutes. But like a trooper he did return to finish the show. I know this is not the same thing but as a teenager when I worked with my uncle John, I was wrapping meat but was unaware that someone else had washed the machine and there was still water on the top of machine and as I wrapped a package of meat and laid my hands down I became stuck to the machine and couldn’t let go. I too was being “shocked” and if one of the butchers had not lowered his shoulders and knocked me to the ground, who knows what would have happened. Anyway back to the song-I love the rocking groove and Ace’s vocals are super cool and his solo again is spot on. “and baby if you do what you’ve been told…don’t pull the plug on me…oh no keep it in…shock me!!!”

Songs With Great Beginnings

About a month ago, I wrote about songs that had terrible endings and that came to me as I was seemingly shoveling my way out of my driveway every day in the month of January and beginning of February. Well I was listening to my I-pod and had it on shuffle and heard a few songs that had just great beginnings so I figured that could be another category to experiment with. Now I know this list could be never ending and it is all in the “ear of the beholder” but here are some songs that I think have great beginnings and the rest of the song as well.

Mississippi QueenMountain– This was the song that had me thinking about this category. I know when I first hear the cow-bell and that guitar riff from Mr. Leslie West I become instantaneously psyched up to the tenth degree and immediately reach for the volume button as I try to burn my ears out. How great is this song? Everyone who knows this song, recognizes that the beginning of the song is what hooks us in with the rest of the ride being as beautiful as the start.

LimelightRush – The guitar riff by Alex Lifeson is a thing of beauty and once you hear it, you are immediately hooked and can’t wait for the ride to begin. Now I wonder if some would say that the guitar riff does hook you in but doesn’t really follow through with the rest of the song-that would not be me because I love the entire song but I bet some out there who think that the intro is just a tease. Love the intro as well as the whole song.

For Whom The Bell TollsMetallica – Whew…talk about an introduction to a song? When these first notes are played at one of their concerts, the level of “psyche-ness ” (if there is such a word, you get my drift) ascends to a level that is beyond measuring. For more than two whole minutes, the mosh pit works itself into a frenzy as the pulsating guitar and bass riffs are one of the best introductions to any of their songs, ever. Classic stuff.

Purple HazeJimi Hendrix – Even though we have all heard this song like a zillion times, the beginning chords always get us, doesn’t it? Your immediate reaction is to turn up the volume as you know you are going to excuse yourself to kiss the sky. The head-banging drum beat is so infectious and we all scream “Purple Haze” with Jimi. Great all around song but the beginning hooks us in.

Hells BellsAC/DC – I have to put this song in here even though the very beginning is the sound of a bell but that is what makes it so freaking great. You know what lies ahead as you prepare to “air guitar” along with Angus and then hit the “cymbals” as you “air-drum” and then you add the foot pedal bass drum and it is off to the races. The head-banging is at a feverish pitch as Brian Johnson begins to sing-“I’m a rolling thunder, pouring rain…I’m coming on like a hurricane.” Awesome.

Car Wash Rose Royce – Hey who said this list had to be just rock songs? This song could have the most distinctive beginnings of any song ever recorded. You immediately recognize it on the first hand clap and the way the arrangement builds up to the dancing part of the song is very impressive. You are on your way to having a blast dancing the night away as Rose starts to sing-“You might not ever get rich…” Awesome song and great beginning.

Life’s Been Good Joe Walsh – This is one of my favorite songs of the 1970’s as I love the guitar hook-you all know that you sing along to the guitar part in the beginning just like I do-it’s like I have some food under my tongue as I try to imitate the guitar part. Then about one minute into the song you have the acoustic part come in to make it that much sweeter and then Joe comes in with “I have a mansion…forget the price…ain’t never been there…they tell me it’s nice…” Could be the coolest song of the 1970’s.

L.A. Woman The Doors– Great beginning to a song as I remember Chris playing this for us in our Spin class at MBIA. If you take Spin classes, suggest this song to your instructor you won’t be disappointed. I am not the biggest Doors fan (for those who know me you know that) but I do like some of their songs with this one near the top of my list.

Bat Out of Hell Meatloaf– Could arguably be the best beginning to a song ever, no? Starts off with a blistering piano solo- how many songs can you think of that uses the word-“blistering”- associated with a piano? The guitars are also blazing into action-even when it slows down to a crawl with just the nice soft piano you still are psyched because this could be the most dramatic song ever created. Meatloaf gives it his all on this track and leaves nothing on the table, every portion on the plate is eaten. Unbelievable song

Top Ten

Image of U2

This week’s I-pod shuffle landed on “Get On Your Boots” by U2 and it had me thinking that I needed to put down my favorite U2 songs. Now if you have been following along over the past few years, I haven’t really been the biggest proponent of this band. My history with them goes back to when they first hit the scene, it had to be somewhere around 1981 or 1982, when I was a sophomore at Brooklyn Technical High School and one of my friends was going to a concert at a small club in New York City and he predicted that this new band was going to be “huge.” Looking back it is one of those “should have” moments as I definitely “should have” gone to the show that night but it wouldn’t be the last show that I “should have” attended. Anyway, Nick was right because over the next few years U2 would become the biggest band on the planet. I loved their first few albums but for some reason, I lost touch with this band (maybe because they became too big? You never know-again I was young) as the 1990’s approached. Who knows maybe it was because Nirvana was just about to do their “cleansing” and seemingly make every other genre disappear as “grunge” took over and lasted for much of the 1990’s decade but I did not “hold on” to this band like everyone else.

During the latter part of the 1990’s when “rock” radio stations were changing their format almost every six months to try and figure out what the kids were listening to at that time, the one constant was U2. The radio station-92.3 KROCK in NY- was one of those stations and at times they were all grunge or alternative but guess what band was played on that station even though they weren’t grunge or alternative-Yes-U2. KROCK would go on to have numerous format changes-totally ignoring classic rock (which I get if one is tired of the same old thing) or even new rock bands. I think if they would have changed their format to “Gregorian Chants”- somehow you would have heard-“Beautiful Day” by U2 being slipped in during the day or night. Now I know you are going to think this is “off the wall” but it drove me crazy that U2 always had a home while other deserving bands, that played the same type of music in my mind, were ignored. And this actually drove me away from the band-I know it wasn’t their fault but it was my childlike behavior that was the major contributor. However in reality, again in my opinion, I didn’t think there were that many great songs or albums made by them during the 2000 decade-yes there were some great songs made, I admit it and because of I-Tunes I was able to buy the songs I wanted. (Yes I know this  goes against every grain of my existence because I always felt like consumers should purchase the entire album or body of work-you see I can change).

Then it happened, lightning in a bottle or however you want to categorize it, the magic of U2 came back to me with their 2009 masterpiece-“No Line on The Horizon.” I was completely blown away by this album and even now almost two years later I still love this album.(It received a 5 star rating from Rolling Stone magazine, their only one but the sales figures are not as good as other U2 albums and apparently there was not a “hit” on this album-hey maybe that is why I came back). And I know this will upset their most die-hard of a fan (which obviously I am not) but I stand by my statement that this is the best album they have ever made. I can listen to every song on this album and get ready….brace yourself…I skip over songs on “The Joshua Tree”-there I said it-yes the almighty Joshua Tree.

I recognize and respect the power of U2 and their impact on the world of music and yes I agree that they will go down as one of the greatest bands in the history of music long after they retire and long after we are on to our next journey. I can say that I am a fan of their music (and yes I have seen them perform at Madison Square Garden) after a long battle with myself. So I am on an island and have been informed that I can only have ten songs by U2 (and they all can’t be from “No Line”). “These are Them:”

(Please note that the song “One” which is arguably one of the best songs ever written will not be on this list. It would be hypocritical of me as I have a few “cover” versions of this song but not the original and my oldest son would never let me live it down but I acknowledge its greatness).

10.     Angel of Harlem This is such a great song to sing along to (as with many of their tunes). I can remember this song being played incessantly on the radio but I didn’t seem to mind because I love the groove. I guess there is no “genre” that you can slap on these guys because of songs like this. What would you call it? Blues, R&B, rock? What ever you call it, there is no denying how good this song really is. I am swaying my head back and forth as I squeeze the headphones harder towards my inner ear tubes. Love it!! “Eyes swollen like a bee sting…angel in devil’s shoes…Angel of Harlllll…ummmmm”

9.     New Year’s Day – This was the first song that I ever heard by U2 and I immediately went out and purchased their “War” album. U2 songs usually carry a message and this one is no different-the lyrics deal with a tough subject but they manage to make it a “sing-along-song” as you all know you have screamed –“Yeaahhhhhhh”- or “All is quiet on New Year’s Day…”- or “I want to be with you, be with you-night and day.” The groove is infectious and arguably one of their most well known songs. I haven’t heard this in a while so it was refreshing to hear it again as I know this is played endlessly as well on classic rock radio stations.

8.     With or Without You – For some reason this song reminds me of The Police as I could picture them doing this song. (sort of like-“Every Breath You Take”). There is no denying this song’s greatness no matter how many times you have heard it over the years-sometimes you get to the point where you have to turn the dial (see “Sweet Home Alabama” or “Stairway”) but I have never reached this point with this song. I find myself being lifted off the ground and heading into another dimension when I hear this song as the beauty of the arrangement is only matched by Bono’s awesome vocal style. As I look out the train window, songs like this puts life in perspective-a thing of beauty. Great tune.

7.     Pride (In the Name of Love) – You know that “word association game” where you are told to say the first word that comes to your mind after hearing one word, well if someone said “U2” to me, the first thing that comes to mind is “Pride.” (now I know it has “In the Name of Love” in the rest of the title but you get the picture). The Edge’s easily identifiable guitar hook in the beginning has been heard around the world more than a few times, huh? Bono’s passionate vocals make you feel this song, it gets into your system and for almost four minutes you are off in a different zone, love the way he sings the chorus-“In the naaaaaaame of looovvveee…what moooorrreee in the naaammmme of looovvve…” This is always a highlight at their live shows-again a great song.

6.     Moment of Surrender – I can remember listening to this song for the first time when it came out in Feb. 2009 as I was headed to my one and only job that I had in the state of Connecticut (unfortunately it was only a three month contract that wasn’t renewed) in my car driving on this two lane “route” where the road seemed like it was just dropped in the middle of a forest equipped with a running river and thinking to myself that this is as a “majestic” song that they have ever recorded. The passion of Bono’s vocals is really unbelievable; you can tell that he was in a zone and I can picture him in the studio singing this song with his eyes closed as the music that was in him came roaring out which had to leave him “spent” as he finished it. I would think that every time he performs this at a show it has to take a lot out of him-“I did not not notice the passer-by’s and they did not notice me…”- love that part. The lyrics are poignant, for example-“It’s not that I believe in love, it’s if love believes in me” or how about-“a vision over visability”- Ok so maybe you have to listen to the song but once you do you will know what I am talking about. The Edge has a sweet guitar solo in the middle-all in all one of their most beautiful songs ever recorded.

5.     Vertigo – I think this is their best “heavy” song as the Edge’s guitar playing is stellar and the whole vibe of the song is really top notch. I love the way it starts off-“Uno, dos, tres…catorce” while the drumming is so infectious and the pulsating bass lines that follow behind The Edge’s guitar makes it one of their most “complete” songs- meaning sometimes Bono’s singing takes over a song or The Edge’s guitar playing takes over but in this song, in my opinion, there is no one part that is overshadowed by another. This is rock and roll at it’s best-just a straight up and knock ‘em dead kid (Motley Crue) kind of song. If you listen carefully (with headphones on of course) and follow along with the Edge you realize what a great guitarist he is. This is pure perfection.

4.     Where The Streets Have No Name– This song reminds me of the folks I used to work with in Dan’s Supermarket back in the Sunset Park section of Brooklyn (I won’t put NY because everyone knows there is only one Brooklyn and where it is located) and I believe this was a favorite of Ms. Casey as I recall she used to select this song all the time when we all hung out at “Peggy Kelly’s.” This song could also be added up above as a song with a great beginning because the build-up to this song is fantastic. Back in those days, U2 was in such a zone where the “hits” just kept coming and again they all seemed to make you drift off into another stratosphere. This song is a masterpiece. By the way, the streets in our Brooklyn neighborhood did not have names….just numbers, so you see the song was written for us.

3.     I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For – Wow what a song, huh? “I have climbed highest mountain…I have run through the fields…only to be with you…”-has to be one of the most recognizable lyrics ever written, right? This is another masterpiece that will forever stand the test of time. Ok, I agree this song should be played on any radio format-forgive me for my “Gregorian Chant” comment above but I was in the moment. Not much more to say that this is one of the most supreme songs ever recorded.

2.     I’ll Go Crazy If I Don’t Go Crazy Tonight – This was really close to being my all time favorite song by U2. I get confused when it is stated that there were no “hits” from “No Line on the Horizon”-well what is this song? This is absolute perfection and this song alone is what brought me back to U2. Again the lyrics astounding hit home-“every beauty needs to go out with an idiot”- now how true is that? Guys, you know exactly what I am talking about- the girls you thought were the most beautiful while growing up always seemed to be attracted to the neighborhood idiots, right? Or how about the poignant-“every generation gets a chance to change the world…because the sweetest melody is the one we haven’t heard”-so true. I love the bridge where Bono sings-“baby baby baby I know I’m not alone…” and the guitar solo that follows is so nice. This is a powerful song folks and one of their best ever. Oh by the way-it should be labeled a “hit.”

1.     Bad – I can remember the first time I heard this song, it was almost instantaneous that this would forever be my favorite U2 song-don’t ask me why but there is something about this song that just makes me want more-it is already a long song but I could listen longer. I love the drumming parts towards the end of the song that seem to be all over the place-it’s like he is in his own world drumming away as Bono is screaming-“I’m wide awake…I’m wide awake!!!” The familiar guitar riff is so sleek and comfortable-like a 100% cotton sheet that sits on your bed during a cold winter night-it lulls you into another atmosphere. I love to just close my eyes and listen to the entire song with them shut while exuberate in the magnificence of the entire arrangement.“Isolation…Desolation…let it go and slowly fade away…” Come on all at once- “I’m wide awake…wide awaaaaayyyyy ake…”

Trivia Questions

Answers from last week:

1.     George Michael

2.     Joe Jackson

3.     Evanescence

4.     Stephen Stills; Buffalo Springfield; CS&N; CSN&Y

This week’s trivia (Random)-

1.     We exploded on to the scene with our brand of heavy metal rap complete with a furiousness that was seemingly unmatched. As our career went on, we kind of distanced ourselves from this genre and now make albums that are more subdued and no one can label us as a band that plays a certain kind of music any longer. Who are we?

2.     We are a band out of Boston who put in our time in the heavy metal scene and now firmly sit as one of the most popular metal bands out there today. Our manager is the drummer for the band called Extreme. Who are we ?

3.     We are also a band out of Boston and have survived more than four decades of turmoil and rehabs while be considered one of the best-if not the best-American bands to have ever graced the stage. The lead singer is still doing “American” but the other members consider it a foreign thing to do. Who are we?

4.     I was 17 years old when I first sang with this band and we had a few major hits that have been covered many times. The band Chicago covered our “I’m a Man” song. I went on to have a very successful career and am still going strong today. Who am I and what band was I in when I was 17?

Name That Tune

Answers from last week: (nice job Chris)

1.     Can’t Explain – The Who

2.     Switch – Will Smith

3.     I’ve Seen All Good People – Yes

4.     Tell Her No- The Zombies

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

1.     “…It’s a little bit funny…this feeling inside…I’m not one of those who can easily hide…don’t have much money…”

2.     “…I have waited a lifetime…spend my time so foolishly…but now that I’ve found you…together we’ll make history…”

3.     “…every time I look into your loving eyes…I see a love that money just can’t buy…one look…from you…”

4.     “…I’ve been all around this great big world and I’ve seen all kinds of girls…yeah but I couldn’t wait to get back in the States…back to the cutest girls in the world…”

Back on this Day

Back on this day in 1967, The Beatles music publisher Dick James announced that the song “Yesterday” had been covered 446 times. As of today, that number is over 3,000 times.

Back on this day in 1970, Crosby Stills & Nash released their debut album- “Déjà vu”-which later moved to number one on the Billboard charts and has gone on to sell over 7 million copies in the U.S.

Back on this day in 1974, Janis Joplin’s manager Albert Grossman was awarded $112,000 on her life insurance policy. The company tried to argue that her death was a suicide but lost.

Back on this day in 1983, Styx kicked off a U.S. tour in support of their latest release-“Kilroy Was Here” in San Diego, CA. There was a theatrical stage and the members of the band also had acting parts-I guess that was the last straw as Mr. DeYoung seem to have all the power.

Back on this day in 1994, The Supremes received their star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Back on this day in 1997, Paul McCartney was “knighted” by Queen Elizabeth II. Wow was it that long ago?

If it is your birthday today, you share the same birth date with Mark Stein (Vanilla Fudge) and George Kooymans (Golden Earring), Cheryl Lynn (“Got To Be Real”) and the late Lawrence Welk.


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