Errols Weekly Music Update.

September 30, 2011

Weekly Update – 09/30/2011

Korn at Roseland Ballroom on Fri. Nov. 4. Tickets on sale this morning at 10:00 a.m. $58.

Janes Addiction at Irving Plaza on Mon. & Tues. Rocktober 17 & 18. Pre-sale tickets for those of you who have a Citicard until 5:00 p.m. tonight. General public tickets on sale tomorrow morning at 10:00 a.m. $52.

Ryan Adams at Carnegie Hall on Tues. Dec. 6. Tickets on sale this morning at 11:00 a.m. $30, $47.50 and $60.

Guns & Roses at the Izod Center on Thurs. Nov. 17. Pre-sale tickets for those of you who have a Citicard until 10:00 p.m. tonight. General public tickets on sale tomorrow morning at 10:00 a.m. $37.05, $52.95 and $86.70.

Todd Rundgren’s Utopia at NYCB Theater in Westbury NY on Sun. Nov. 13. Tickets on sale Sunday morning Rocktober 2 at 10:00 a.m. $52 and $84.25

Enrique Iglesias with Pitbull at Madison Square Garden on Fri. Nov. 4. Tickets on sale today at noon. $42.65 and $170.05

David Archuletta at at NYCB Theater in Westbury NY and Irving Plaza on Thurs. & Fri. Dec. 1 & 2. Tickets on sale today at 10:00 a.m. NYCB: $52 & 62.50; Irving: $41.50

Eric Johnson at BB Kings on Fri. Jan. 6. Tickets on sale today at noon. $34.50.

Unity for Veterans Concert featuring Brett Michaels at NYCB Theater in Westbury NY on Fri. Nov. 11. Tickets on sale this morning at 10:00 a.m. $41.50 and $74.

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So did you see the nominations for the 2012 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? Guns & Roses, The Cure, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Heart, The Spinners, Small Faces & Faces, Eric B. and Rakim. The Chili Peppers are back on the ballot as are the Beastie Boys, Donna Summer, War, Freddie King, Donovan and Rufus with Chaka Khan. First off I have to rail against the Hall personnel that decide on who is worthy for a nomination each year. Leaving Deep Purple, Rush and Kiss off its list again is bordering on criminal. How Deep Purple is not in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is beyond my comprehension and it’s starting to take a physical toll on me. Same goes for Rush- do they realize that it is just three men making that incredible sound for more than 30 years now? And Kiss, chuckle if you will or roll your eyes but if you watch “That Metal Show” you will see that many of the “stars” of that scene hold Kiss in high regard and state that they were the reason they became rock stars (see Ian from Anthrax). I think at this point, the Hall is too embarrassed to admit that they are making a serious blunder so they try to “move on” but I will always be here to remind them of their cruel joke.

Ok, let’s start with Guns & Roses. Now in my lifetime I don’t think I ever experienced the “buzz” that they created when they emerged with “Appetite” (Nirvana may have been the closest but at first I wasn’t hooked into their sound). Has there been a bigger rock star in the past few decades than Axl Rose? (although he did go “AWOL” for a decade as well) Probably not, does he belong in he Hall of Fame with the rest of his bandmates? Of course but let’s be real here- they are getting in because of one album- “Appetite for Destruction”- arguably the greatest debut ever. They brought back the dirty, rebellious and “don’t give a crap” attitude that was sorely missed in the rock and roll trenches, I get it. But I thought the criterion was a “body” of work over a 25 year period? Yeah I know what you are going to say-“What about Use Your Illusion I and II?”- My response is that on a combined basis it was a good album, clearly not a double album like “The Wall” by Floyd, right? This is like Bill Mazeroski getting into the baseball hall of fame because of his infamous homerun against the Yankees in game seven of the World Series, no? If that’s the case, then why isn’t Boston or Meatloaf in the Hall? Their debut albums are legendary and they too never really came close to achieving the same status with their follow up albums.

What about all the baggage that was associated with Guns & Roses? There are baseball players that are not in the hall or were held out for a long time because they weren’t “nice” and pissed off many writers during their career. (see Jim Rice) How many shows did the fans wait for Axl to come out to the stage to perform after all of us paid our hard earned money to witness his talent and he strolled out hours later-if he felt like it-or sometimes not at all. Remember the Montreal, Canada show with Metallica where after James Hetfield was almost burned alive on stage from a pyro-technical mishap and Guns & Roses had a chance to “save the day?” But of course the sound system wasn’t up to his standards, so he slammed the microphone on the ground and walked off the stage setting off a full blown riot where the fans destroyed anything they could get their hands on. I experienced it myself twice and swore off any future shows with him at the helm. Again I am not saying they didn’t make a huge impact on the music scene but others get upset when different “genres” are allowed to enter the Hall, so why not get upset when there are “exceptions” to the “rules?” Why? Because it’s Axl, right? Ok I think you get my point, I’ll stop.

Here are my no brainers for this year’s candidates: Heart, Small Faces/Faces and The Spinners. Ann and Nancy Wilson could be the most important women in rock and roll history, shattering the mold and blazing a path for so many others to follow. In my opinion, they should have been in a long time ago, if they don’t get voted in, then I quit. The “Faces” entity changed figures a lot but overall created some of the best rock and roll riffs ever.- IN!! Same thing with the Spinners-I thought they were already in, what’s up with that?

I am on the fence about Joan Jett & The Blackhearts because first off I didn’t think they were together for 25 years, so I was scratching my head on that. Again if it is for one “mega” song- “I Love Rock & Roll”- then just say it. I am not completely sold on The Cure and not just because I didn’t like their music. I get it that they were big and made an impact but so were the Talking Heads and for that matter, The B-52’s. I don’t see how they get in, especially when Kiss, Rush and yes Deep Purple, are looking in wondering what the heck is going on. The Beastie Boys should get in on their second try and I believe the Red Hot Chili Peppers will also receive the nod.

Chickenfoot has released their second album- “Chickenfoot III”- yes they don’t know how to count, sort of taking the same approach the Traveling Wilbury’s did in naming their second album. What I noticed about the song selections on I-Tunes is that the great harmonizing vocals that we were all used to listening on those Van Halen albums are back, which points directly to Mr. Michael Anthony- he’s still got it. Some of the songs sound rockin’- how can they not be with Satriani at the helm on guitar. This superstar quartet is solid-check it out.

I know I take a lot of grief but I can’t help but watching “Glee” I think the way they redo the songs are great. This week’s version of “Somewhere” is real good. This should be under the heading of “Things you are scared to admit,” right?!

Geffen records has released a colossal 20th anniversary edition of the landmark recording-“Nevermind”- by Nirvana. Can you believe it has been 20 years already? What is going on? Anyway, if you are a fan there are 70 songs in this package, which will cost you a pretty penny.

First it was the Beatles, then Aerosmith just recently jumped in the pool and now it is Pink Floyd who has released most of their stuff, if not all, on I-Tunes. And they will have remastered versions of “Wish You Were Here” and “The Wall” coming up in November and then next February.

Album Review: “Duets II” by Tony Bennett released on Sept. 20, 2011

Duets II

It is amazing to me the turnaround I have had with the artist named Tony Bennett– 20 years ago I was so angry that he won best new album, I believe it was “MTV-Unplugged” and I was so out of my mind that someone who in my opinion was not relevant in 1991 could win over artists who were either just starting out or who were in their prime. Now as I have mentioned many times, it was due to my age- I was young and bull-headed and it didn’t matter what anyone tried to tell me, I was adamant that I would never watch MTV again. Recently I have “seen the light” and have now joined the large percentage of people who cherish this national Icon. (He apologized for his remarks on 9/11 so I don’t even want to get into that, it’s too painful, and I will chalk it up to someone making a mistake…and we all make mistakes).I actually couldn’t wait for this album to come out and it is just what I expected- a perfect album for a house party, a dinner, sitting in front of the fireplace in the winter or sitting on the deck in the summer. The standouts in my opinion are his songs with Lady GaGa (who knew she could sing like that?), Amy Winehouse (makes me sad when I hear it though), John Mayer, Michael Buble, Sheryl Crow, Carrie Underwood (you all know how I feel about her-can you imagine just a few short years ago she was basically unknown and now she is singing with Tony??!!) and Mariah Carey.

The Lady is a Tramp– with Lady Gaga– Like I said- who knew she could sing like that? The only thing you need to know is that my oldest son even likes this song and he immediately hits the “forward” button whenever my I-Pod shuffle (or my youngest sons’) land on Lady Gaga. I think he is now finally impressed with the Lady, albeit only in this genre-but he gives credit where credit is due. Genius move by starting off the album with the two of them-it puts a smile on your face right away.

One for My Baby (And One More for the Road)- with John Mayer– Hey if my son can admit that Lady Gaga’s song is good, then I have to give “props” to his favorite, Mr. John Mayer. I have to say sometimes his voice gets to me but he does an excellent job on this tune and this genre fits him like a glove. The man is amazing, it seems like whatever he sets his mind on, he masters it in no time. Perfect duet- doesn’t get much better.

Body and Soul– with Amy Winehouse-Talk about someone who fits into this genre like they have been doing it as long as Tony has? Amy is terrific and a pure natural for these types of songs, one can tell she loved to take part in this project. It is really sad that she isn’t here with us to receive all the accolades that she deserves on this track. I immediately feel like I am in a smoky barroom back in the good old days. Beautiful song.

Don’t Get Around Much Anymore– with Michael Buble– Now with the other artists that Tony asked to help on this album, most are not in his “genre” so with Mr. Buble I think we all expected more because this is what he does, just like Tony, Frank and Dean all did way back when (with Tony obviously still going). Michael’s performance deserves an “A+” and he displays why he has become the superstar he is and shows everyone how it is done. Tony has to be happy knowing that Michael will be there keeping this genre going for many more years to come.

Blue Velvet– with K.D. Lang-Once this song starts you will feel like it is the holiday season because it has the feeling of Christmas but once Tony starts singing you will feel like you are at a bar like the one that the Rat pack used to attend in their heyday. K.D. Lang is unstoppable in this track as this genre fits her like a glove as well, who knew? In my opinion, this could be her best vocal performance ever. This is a masterful cover of this infamous song.

How Do You Keep the Music Playing– with Aretha Franklin-Could be one of the most unbelievable pairings ever, right? The Queen of Soul with the incredible Mr. Bennett? I have to say that I really liked the first half of the song but then (and I know this is sac-religious) it became sort of “over the top” with Ms. Franklin and Tony both seemingly trying to top each other with the long accentuated notes that border on screaming instead of singing. Most will probably disagree with me but that is what I hear but again it still is good.

The Girl I Love– with Sheryl Crow– Ms. Crow has really stepped up in my eyes (or should I say ears) in the past year, I mean I always knew she could sing but this is an absolute stunner of a song. She will make you fall in love with her all over again, her vocals are shockingly beautiful. This could be the best song on the album. How diverse is she? First touring with the potty mouth Kid Rock and now singing next to the legend known as Tony Bennett, she more than holds her own.

On The Sunny Side of The Street– with Willie Nelson-When I first saw this pairing I have to admit that I didn’t think it was going to work but you know what? Shame on me!! How could I doubt the legend of Willie Nelson? He knocks it out of the park and maybe it is Tony that makes everyone “step up to the plate” because they know if they don’t give it their best, then it is their reputation that takes a hit. Willie is flawless and his guitar solo in the middle of the song will give you goose bumps-it’s that good.

Who Can I Turn To (When Nobody Needs Me)– with Queen Latifa-Ms. Latifa is another artist who has blown me away with her vocal prowess that I never knew she had. I know in the last few years she made –“Trav’lin’ Light”- which is now her sweet spot and she proves without a single iota of doubt that she now has two separate identities as a music artist. The Queen’s voice will lull you into a dreamy state and you will stay there even after the song ends as you will long for more. I want to see Tony and the Queen perform this song. This track is exquisite.

Speak Low– with Norah Jones-Dave Grohl knew what he was doing when he asked Norah to sing with him on the Foo Fighters double CD-“In Your Honor”- and then again at last December’s-“The Kennedy Honors”- when they honored Paul McCartney. I wonder if Tony was listening because this is a perfect union of angelic voices. I know I say this all the time but this could be the best song on the album. Both artists are just stunning.

This Is All I Ask– with Josh Groban-Tony starts off this amazing song strong and Josh’s majestic voice joins the fray and the result is stupendous. This song again reminds me of the holiday season, I can picture a large crowd ice skating under the huge Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center as they pipe in these two amazing voices. I am not too familiar with Groban overall but the few songs that I have of his, he shines and this is no exception. This will put you in a trance.

Watch What Happens– with Natalie Cole –This is a very short song but it packs a nice punch, Natalie is a pro as is Tony and the combination proves worthy. I will say that this song doesn’t stand out, in my opinion, as some of the others but it fits the bill.

Stranger in Paradise– with Andrea Bocelli-Wow now this is a powerful duo- two Icons coming together to show everyone why they are the best in the business. They will make you drift off into another stratosphere. Remember the “Odd Couple” episode where Oscar is lip singing along with the professional opera singer (“You broke my Riggoletto!!) at the very end of the show? You will be doing the same thing, so learn the words so you can make believe that you can sing like these two powerhouses.

The Way You Look Tonight– with Faith Hill-How many times has this song been re-recorded? Yes I know you have heard this song too many times but you know what? Tony & Faith put a different spin on this classic and you will sing along and wonder to yourself- “I know this song, what is it again?” Faith’s voice is worthy of your attention as she turns in a masterful performance. And what about Tony?- You have to ask??!

Yesterday I Heard the Rain– with Alejandro Sanz-Again a combination of two powerhouses and the result is grandiose. When they sing together, it will bring you to your feet with great applause. Try to close your mouth, you might be dribbling.

It Had To Be You– with Carrie Underwood-Ok someone needs to smack me in the face to wake me up. Can this be true? Carrie singing with Tony? Wasn’t it just a couple of years ago when she was a contestant on American Idol and now she has “hit the big time.” You all know how I feel about her- she continues to amaze and her performance is jaw dropping. Again I think Tony brings out the best in every artist because they know what he brings to the table. Carrie is the best, that’s all there is to it.

When Do The Bells Ring For Me– with Mariah Carey-I was really curious to listen to this song when I saw that she was going to do a duet with Tony and I was pleasantly surprised. Mariah is stupendous and stays within herself (meaning there is no really high pitched long held note). This has a Christmas feel to it more than any song on the album, especially at the end when the bells ring for them. Beautiful song and a perfect way to end a near perfect album.

Nuggets

Get Behind Me Satan

My I-Pod shuffle this week landed on-“The Denial Twist”- by The White Stripes off of their “Get Behind Me Satan” album and it had me thinking how much I loved this band which then I quickly realized they are no longer together-in a word- bummer. Oh well, there is always waiting for their reunion tour-you know at some point it will happen. (Hey I waited 25 years for Van Halen with Diamond Dave to tour again a few years ago-and apparently we may be waiting again as their long awaited new album is where?) Now I love the “Satan” album from top to bottom but recognize that this is an acquired taste and I know that there are some songs on this album that the general public would quickly hit the “next” button. So to the “die-hard” fans please don’t hate on me as I put it into the golden “nuggets” section of the page. For those of you who are not familiar with this band, give it a chance-go in with an open mind and it just might click with you as it did with me and many others. So here are a list, in no particular order, of the golden nuggets from “Get Behind Me Satan.”

My Doorbell – I know what you are thinking-how can I recommend a song about a doorbell? And I remember when my boys were a lot younger and they couldn’t stand this song. My wife, you ask? She can’t stand Jack White, period-so we can’t go by her. This song has a funky beat and you won’t even realize that there is no guitar in this track-you’ll be too busy dancing around the room. Corny or simple lyrics- well yes Ok, you have me there. But give it a chance, it will grow on you, I promise.

The Denial Twist – Sticking with the theme where there are no guitars in the song, this one is even funkier than “Doorbell.” In my opinion, this song id proof positive that Jack White has music flowing through his veins-you can’t teach this-it is pure, simple and beautiful. I remember them playing this track at Coney Island at the Cyclones park way back in 2006 and everyone was dancing around like crazy. Love the part where Jack emphasizes the word- “tooth.” One has to listen to this song with the volume way up LOUD!!! Check this out.

Take, Take, Take – Jack has this way of making things appear simple but then switches on a dime and the tempo changes again and again. This is a perfect example of this fact- the song starts off slow and funky but then switches to a much faster pace and yes comes back down again. Great song to listen to with a good set of headphones, squeeze tight!!

As Ugly As I Seem – I still can’t figure out why my oldest son (who is a huge fan of the White Stripes) does not like this song. In my opinion, this is the best song on “Satan.” It has my attention from the beginning all the way to its end, I can’t help but listen to every word that Jack is expressing. Very simple setting, him and his guitar with Meg on bongos (I am assuming that part, Jack may have just been using his hands on the guitar to get the bongo effect) but again sometimes the simple things in life are the most special.

I’m Lonely (But I Ain’t That Lonely Yet) – I couldn’t leave this song off the list, I know some may frown upon this tune but it grips me and doesn’t let go. I love the beginning lyrics-“Well I miss my mother…I miss being her son…sometimes I miss her so much I want to hop on the next jet…” (I wish I could hop on a jet and see my mother-I’d do it right now). Many focus on Jack’s guitar skills (which are superb) but the man is also very talented on piano and creates some real nice music-“And I’m lonely…but I ain’t that lonely yet.”

Blue Orchid – What a way to start off an album-the loud guitar, the high pitched vocals and when Meg blasts in on drums-it brings it all together. This is “head-banging” alternative music at its best. If you listen carefully you will hear all these different noises that Jack makes on the guitar. Yes-Ok I know that the drumming is not like Neil Peart but it works for this song and you have to notice it. “Hoo…Hoo”- I am air-guitaring away. \m/ \m/

Top Ten

Creedence Clearwater Revival - 36 All Time Greatest Hits!

This school year our family decided to be a host for a foreign exchange student and he arrived from China about two weeks ago. Can you imagine by the time he goes back to his family what kind of influence I am going to be on his musical choices? Right now he is hooked on “electronica” and I have personally taken it upon myself to change that over the next ten months. I want it to happen fast but acknowledge that it would be hard for me to accept change at his age, this will not stop me however-I am committed to bring great American rock and roll to his soul. And what better way than with arguably the greatest American band ever- Creedence Clearwater Revival. We were riding in the car and “Bad Moon Rising” came on and I turned to him and said-“Listen to the greatest American band ever”- (yes I know that he doesn’t know that I say that about every band, right?). Now I know everyone has heard this song a zillion times (yes I know I forgot to add this song to the list of songs to be banned from classic rock radio) but again there is a reason you hear it so much- it’s friggin’ great!!! Later on in the week, I heard (yes on that same classic rock radio station) that John Fogerty may now be open to a reunion with his former bandmates. For those of you who don’t know the history, they haven’t spoken to each other in decades and this entity ended up in a worse position than the Hatfield’s and the McCoy’s.

Creedence Clearwater Revival, otherwise known as “CCR”, is as synonymous to great American rock and roll just as Betsy Ross is to knitting the American flag- both sewn into our American fabric and no matter how much things change, the foundation can never be broken or tainted. It’s hard for me to imagine that anyone reading this, not liking at least one song by this Hall of Fame band. I can remember as a teenager walking along the Coney Island boardwalk towards Brighton Beach and coming across a really old couple sitting on a bench with a “boom box” (Ok, a radio) with a tape blasting out CCR songs. Intrigued I walked over and asked them if they were really fans-I know stupid question-but I was amazed that someone that was from my grandparents era would be listening to them. I sat and talked with them while the hits just kept coming, reviling in the moment. Now of course I was just a toddler when they ruled the world and don’t profess to know all there is to know about this band. But that doesn’t stop me from screaming from the roof tops that this is the greatest American band in rock and roll history. So with that I will try to name my favorite top ten songs from this legendary band and pray that a reunion tour is in the works. I am stuck on an island and have been informed that I can only have ten songs by CCR, “These Are Them:” (Sorry Chris- “Heard It Through The Grapevine” doesn’t make my top ten- I figured I would put it out there now)

10.     Bad Moon Rising-Like I said this song should have been on the list of songs that should be banned from classic rock radio for the next ten years but I’m glad my advice was not taken because I wouldn’t have that first moment with the exchange student in the car where everything sounded fresh and it was like we were hearing it for the first time. (Ok maybe not the first time but we were all waiting for his reaction). His reaction wasn’t the greatest…but like I said, I am now on a mission. This song is a hand clapping, knee slapping-take your partner and dos-e-doe. Has to be one of the most recognized songs ever recorded.

9.       Sweet Hitch Hiker –For some reason I can picture the Foo Fighters covering this song, it is right up their alley because it is a straight forward head banging rock and roll song with great drumming. Is this rock and roll or what? This is pure, a la Chuck Berry like where there is no denying its greatness, love the guitar work in this tune. This is head-banging rock and roll at its best. Short but packs a wallop of a punch.

8.      Up Around The Bend –I know this song has also been played a zillion times but pound for pound it is one of their best songs. Fogerty’s vocals are top notch and the melody is so addictive and once those slow but consistent hand claps come in to accentuate the track, can it get any better? Perfect song to sit around the campfire and sing and clap along to. Only problem is the song is over before you know it. (just like many of their classics).

7.       Susie Q – My kids make fun of this song all the time and I say-“What do they know?” I love the groove and it is near impossible not to sing along to. While sitting on the bench in Coney Island with the old couple, I can remember how much the woman was into this tune, she was rocking out and singing it word-for-word. Fogerty’s voice again is stupendous and don’t you just love the way he accentuates his words? For example-“walk and talk”- with “I like the way you woke…I like the way you tolk?” –Love it, can’t get enough of it. And then when he sounds like he is singing into a bull-horn, well I am on cloud 9. What about the guitar riff-“Bom Bapp?” Well you get the picture, love the way the background vocals sneak in towards the end. Infectious tune, love the “high hat” being smacked around towards end of song as well.

6.       Lodi – During my exodus from the page, I really wanted to do a top ten list for songs that had American cities or states listed in their title because during the summer many people trek across the states in their Winnebago’s for vacation (I know maybe not with the way gas prices have been) but now that summer has ended I felt I missed the opportunity. But this song would have made it to that top ten list just as it does for the best CCR songs. How can anyone not like this song? It’s impossible in my opinion. Now you know how I feel about covering great songs, if done at all, it needs to be done with the respect it deserves and Tesla does a nice version of this track on their “Five Man Acoustical Jam” album. I have seen them do it live, now if I could only see the original masters of this song do it-now that would be so cool. How fast do you think they would sell out the Beacon? Or Madison Square Garden? I’d say that they would set records on selling out tickets at a record pace-just my opinion.

5.      Travelin’ Band – As soon as I hear this song I think of two things immediately: 1) this is one of Karen’s favorite songs and 2) Boot camp class at MBIA from 2002-2005. Karen appreciates great rock and roll (so does Richie) and how can anyone go wrong with this song for classic rock and roll? One has to move every part of their body when they hear this song, no? It pumps me up so much and that is one of the reason’s that this song appeared on my first CD that I created for the MBIA gym rats when we did boot camp class with Dave. Man those were the days, I always look back with pleasure on those boot camp days and this song was a staple that was played over and over again. “Dave hit the rewind button!!!”

4.       Have You Ever Seen The Rain? – As I get to the final four, it is really hard to pick what is my favorite because at certain points in depends on the mood I am in but there is no doubt that this rain song belongs in the top four. This is like Mom’s apple pie or comfort food (the holidays are fast approaching, so watch out). This again has to be considered one of the best songs ever recorded, no? “Someone told me long ago…there’s a calm before the storm…I know…its been coming for some time.”- could be one of the best opening lines of songs, right? (Hey maybe that is a new category-songs with great opening lines?!) This song is majestic and has to make you feel good-I know it does for me. I consider it a blessing that this band could give us their gift of amazing songs-doesn’t get much better than this folks.

3.      Who’ll Stop The RainI don’t know what it is with their songs with “rain” but they are arguably the best songs they ever created. Again I am right at home with family & friends sitting around the table breaking bread with this song playing in the background during the holiday season. There is a special feeling that comes over me when I hear it. Do you ever get the chills when you hear an immense song that gives you a tingling sensation down your back? Don’t cha just love the beginning of the song? Gets me every time, so good it brings a tear to the eye. The song is so apropos here in the Northeast where it seems like it has been raining for the entire 2011 year, we are stuck in an unbelievable pattern and I am asking- “Who’ll Stop The Rain?”

2.      Down On The Corner – How great is this song? I feel like the band could have given everyone in the world some sort of percussion instrument to jam along in the recording studio as all would be dancing in that long line around the earth shaking their noise maker. Whenever I hear this song I am taken back to the late 1990’s when I first met the gang at MBIA (not the gym rats) when we used to play softball against them and this one particular time we all went to this local watering hall in Armonk N.Y. and there was a jukebox. So guess who made a beeline for it? Anyway I was trying to impress my future colleagues (and of course forever friends, as we still get together every year-although I may be out next year because I had a brain freeze this year and made plans on the one day that the “reunion” was planned) with my music prowess. Of course when I saw this song, I had to pick it and I remember Dianne saying that I picked out good music and it was during this song she said it. You see, there are some things you will forever associate a song with and that’s my story. Excellent tune by the way. (Love the quick whistle)

1.       Long As I Can See The Light– This song stops me right in my tracks and I am completely still with awe and wished I could have been in the recording studio when this was completed, I think I would have hit the ceiling. Whenever I hear the saxophone solo it makes me so angry that I stopped playing, so I hope my kids are reading this and never stop playing so they won’t have to say the-“I could have, should have” crap. Anyway, whenever I hear this song it immediately puts me back in the gym at MBIA during Spin class with Chris and he was nice enough to play one of my endless CD’s (sorry Chris I know that probably drove you nuts as an instructor- he always had a strong list of songs that he made all the time) and when this song came on Jim almost jumped out of his seat (Chris was there to make sure he would not slack off) as the smile came over his face as he drifted off into his own world and sung each word with the fervor that Mr. Fogerty does. In my opinion, it was one of the best moments in our Spin class history (besides when Taxter was voted off the island) and is something I will never forget. This ranks up high on my list of all-time favorite songs, not just the “CCR” list. “Put a candle in the window” Amen….

Trivia Questions

Answers from last week:

1.     Adam Ant

2.     Erykah Badu

3.     David Bowie

4.     Mama Cass

This week’s trivia (Random)-

1.     What band did David Crosby leave (or asked to leave) prior to creating the legendary bands- CSN and/or CSN&Y?

2.     True or False: Tony Iommi, the legendary guitarist from Black Sabbath, was in Jethro Tull?

3.     Who claims to be “the architect of rock and roll?”

4.     True or False: Lionel Richie asked Keith Urban to sing background vocals on his first solo album?

Name That Tune

Answers from last week:

1.     Shoot To Thrill – AC/DC

2.     Heartbreak Station – Cinderella

3.     Everyday People- Sly & Family Stone

4.     Let’s Hang On – Frankie Valli & Four Seasons

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

1.     “…but happiness is just an illusion…filled with sadness and confusion…”

2.     “…grow apple trees..and honey bees..and snow white turtle doves…”

3.     “…maybe I hang around you, a little more than I should…we both know I’ve got somewhere else to go…”

4.     “…in a coffee house Sebastian sat…and after every number they passed a hat…”

Back on this Day

Back on this day in 1971, Yes performed their first concert with Rick Wakeman as their keyboardist in Leicester, U.K.

Back on this day in 1977, Ringo Starr released his sixth solo album-“Ringo The 4th”- which peaked at 162 on the Billboard 200 chart. He was dropped from Atlantic records shortly after its release.

Back on this day in 1988, Van Haggar kicked off their second leg of the tour in support of “OU812” at the Rupp Arena in Lexington, KY. (I saw that tour, loved it).

Back on this day in 1989, Neil Young was the musical guest as Saturday Night Live kicked off its 15th season and performed-“Rockin’ In the Free World,” “The Needle and the Damage Done,” and “No More.”

Back in the day in 1993, George Harrison and David Crosby were guests on the season premier of “The Simspons.”

Back on this day in 1998, a whole bunch of rockers made a guest appearance on the “Drew Carey Show” including- Dusty Hill, Slash, Rick Nielson, Joey Ramone, Joe Walsh & Dave Mustaine.

If it is your birthday today, you share the same birth date with Dewey Martin, (Buffalo Springfield) and the late Marc Bolan (T-Rex).

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