Errols Weekly Music Update.

May 22, 2017

A Tribute To Chris Cornell

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It’s been almost a week since our world was turned upside down when we woke up to the news that Mr. Chris Cornell had passed away. My brother had sent me an early text and when I opened it I was bracing for bad news, I thought it was something to do with my immediate family. It turns out it was very sad news and even though I never met Mr. Cornell, I considered him part of my family and have been grieving since. And I mean this with no disrespect because recently there have been many artists who have passed on with just as much shock and disbelief—this untimely finality is something that I am having a hard time shaking. For me (and I was born one year after Chris), the lyrics to “American Pie” by Don McLean have never hit me the way it did last week- “…when I read about his widowed bride… something touched me deep inside… the day the music died.” My heart aches for his wife, children, family & friends.

How can someone I never met have an impact on my life? It’s easy—music. His music (along with much help he had along the way with his various bandmates) was injected into my blood stream in late 1994 and became essential for me almost as much as food & water. “Superunknown” was released in March 1994, I had heard so much buzz about this album that I ran out to the local store in Ringwood N.J. and I purchased it, put it on and subsequently tossed it to the bottom of the pile of CD’s that I owned. I wanted to go back to the store clerk and tell him the buzz was not worth it. But as it goes, I was sadly mistaken because a few months later (and since that time), I have held the belief that “Superunknown” was by far the best album of the 1990’s and in my opinion is one of the greatest albums ever recorded in the history of music. I was all in and just like when I boarded the “band-wagon” late for Metallica, I went back through Soundgarden’s catalog and embraced it all.

I remember the first time I saw Soundgarden as a headliner at the New York Armory in June 1994, there were no windows, no air-conditioning and to give you an idea of just how hot it was, the NYC subway system was a breath of cool air when the show was over, if you can believe that. I was there by myself and remember wanting to get as close as I could to the stage to see this man with the golden voice—who sings like Chris Cornell? Are you kidding me, no one comes close. I wanted to body surf but with a baby coming in December and no one else there to save me, I decided to move closer. I set up shop near the right speaker—dark as well you know what—and then here it is—“Jesus Christ Pose”—the screeling (is this a word?) sound of the guitar, the pattering of drums sounding like they are coming in nine different directions as the crowd starts to body slam each other with such force I knew I wasn’t in Kansas anymore. Then this high pitched voice comes screaming through the microphone—“And you stare at me…in your Jesus Christ Pose”— there he is—Chris Cornell—closest I ever came to meeting him in person. And like he was for me since that time- a larger than life figure, he simply took over the room with his vocal prowess and I’m thinking he could have commanded us to do what he wanted because we were under his spell. You could smell, taste and feel the energy in the room similar to that of a vicious tornado ripping through your town and despite the absolute craziness going on around me, I was at home.

Two years later “Down on the Upside” is released and I am thinking that there is no better band on the planet. The first time I heard Chris’s vocals on-“Burden in my Hand”—I knew I would follow him anywhere, including a desert because I was thirsty for more. The passion in his voice is something to behold and despite the dark lyrics on most of his tunes, I was drawn to its beauty- yes beauty. Now many would say how can something bleak be beautiful? I asked the same question and then Chris Cornell came into the picture and I never asked that question again. Like many families which experience turmoil, the Soundgarden members were stressing & fighting as the bar they created rose to a level that was probably too much to take and then…I will never forget the day- April 9, 1997—I hear on the radio that Soundgarden has broken up. What? How can they? A part of me died on that day, no exaggerating.

As I stumbled from the news, wondering where I was going to get my Chris Cornell fix from there was news that he was working on his first solo album- “Euphoria Morning”- and it was to be released in the fall of 1999. During that year I made some huge personal maneuvers including leaving a company I never thought I would leave as well as moving away from Ringwood N.J. which had become some much of a home, just like Brooklyn N.Y. because it was “family” to me. As I settled into a new job and a new state (CT) Cornell’s first solo album is released and I will tell you that his album helped me adjust to my new life. He had to adjust to life without Soundgarden and his first solo effort solidified that he could move forward on his own two feet and you may not believe it but that inspired me to move forward with the changes I had made.

His music continued to inspire me because of the deep lyrics (and for those who know me I am typically not a lyric guy) which if you looked closely there are signs of beauty through the darkness. “When I’m Down” is the perfect example—when I heard this I did not move, I was frozen—here is such a deep song that is seemingly depressing –“…I only love you when I’m down… I’m only near you when I’m gone…” However, he lets her know—“…one thing for you to keep in mind, you know… that I’m down… all the time..” This is a dark beautiful tribute that tugs at the heart. As a side note, I was able to see Chris perform this song at the Town Hall Theater in NYC in 2011 and I felt like I was lifted off the ground to hear him sing it the way it appeared on the album. I had tears in my eyes that night and then last Thursday morning as I was watering my lawn looking up to the sky wondering why or how this could happen. (And again thinking about his wife & children).

After “Euphoria” I waited patiently for the follow up album which did not come for a while as he hooked up with the members of Rage Against the Machine to form Audioslave. This combination produced some excellent songs over the three album history but for me it wasn’t the same. I wanted Chris to be the solo artist that I knew he was- different, unassuming, not pretentious, melodic with lyrics that hit your heart. Home is where the heart is, heart is where the home is.

As with friends or even family one loses touch as one learns to adjust to things that the heart wants but is not having for some reason that is out of one’s control. I waited and was rewarded with the unbelievable release- “Higher Truth”- in Sept. 2015 which took me back home again. They say that a fine wine takes time and it is worth the wait when it is a diamond in the rough. As soon as I heard “Let Your Eyes Wander” there was a feeling of warmth that took over my body just like a hot cup of cocoa or soup on a windy snowy cold day. I knew I never had to read any other reviews on this album because I knew this was something that was waiting to come out of Chris for a long-time and is a masterpiece, in my mind.

Chris, if you can hear me through my tears, please know how much your music meant to me and at least I have your songs to keep me moving forward. If your wife & children could hear me please know that my heart bleeds for them and I wish I could take all the pain away. They say time heals wounds and this will take some time. I know your heart is in their hearts. Again- home is where the heart is, heart is where the home is. Thank you for always taking me back home and maybe we will meet at another home someday.

April 25, 2008

Weekly Update – 04/25/08

The Black Crowes at the Hammerstein Ballroom on Mon. & Tues. Rocktober 27 & 28. Tickets on sale tomorrow at 10:00 am. $48.50. They will also be doing an acoustic show at The Town Hall on Mon. & Tues. Nov. 3 & 4. Tickets for those show on sale tomorrow at 10:00 am. $55 (I’d definitely be in for either, who is in?)

The Black Keys at McCarren Park Pool in Brooklyn on Thur. Aug. 7. Tickets on sale today at noon. $29.50 ($32 day of show)

Nine Inch Nails at the Izod Center on Wed. Aug. 27. Tickets on sale next Friday at 10:00 am. $54.50-$64.50.

Boy George at Terminal 5 on Thurs. Aug. 14. Tickets on sale today at noon. $35 ($40 day of show).

Jarvis Cocker at Terminal 5 on Tues. July 22. Tickets on sale today at noon. $37.50 ($40 day of show).

Hot 97 Summer Jam at Giants Stadium on Sun. June 1. Acts include Kayne West, Rihanna, Public Enemy, Lil Wayne, Gym Class Heroes and others. Tickets on sale today at 10:00 am $40-$165.

Metal Masters Tour featuring Judas Priest, Heaven & Hell, Motorhead & Testament will be at PNC and Jones Beach on Sat. & Sun. Aug. 9 & 10.Tickets on sale tomorrow at 10:00 am. $25.50-$125.25.

American Idols Tour will be at The Rock on Wed. July 30, Nassau Coliseum on Mon. Aug. 4, Harbor Yard in Bridgeport CT on Sun. Sept. 7. Tickets on sale Sat. May 17 at 10:00 am. $39-$65.

Wilco at McCarren Park Pool in Brooklyn on Wed. Aug. 13. Tickets on sale today at noon. $39.50.

ATP Music Festival the weekend of Sept. 19-21 at Kutschers Country Club in Monticello NY featuring My Bloody Valentine, Meat Puppets and 28 other bands are set to perform. Tickets on sale this morning at 10:00 a.m. Go to the following site for more information:

A second “Divas” show has been added at Radio City for next Sunday May 4 at 2:30 pm which includes Diana Ross, Patti LaBelle, Chaka Kahn and Gladys Knight. Tickets on sale this morning at 9:00 am. $69.50 – $504.50.

Other items:

It’s official- AC/DC will release its first album since 2000’s “Stiff Upper Lip.” The album will be produced by Brendan O’Brien and should be released later this year. You know a Tour will follow. Can’t wait. \m/ \m/

Madonna’s “Hard Candy” CD received 4 stars from Rollingstone this week, the album comes out this coming Tuesday.

Also out this coming Tuesday is the self titled “Mudcrutch”- Mudcrutch was Tom Petty’s pre-Heartbreakers band. This also received 4 stars from Rollingstone. TP plays bass on this one as Mike Campbell and Tom Leadon take lead guitars.

Whitesnake is back with a new album called “Good to Be Bad” and is receiving rave reviews from I-Tune listeners. Lots of guitar riffs from the 30 second review from I-Tunes.

Thumbs down on the new single from Korn called “Haze,” available for download now.

The Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Tour featuring a whole bunch of metal acts such as Slipknot, Disturbed, Mastodon, Sevendust and others will hit Hartford CT on Sat. Aug. 16. This tour has announced dates and venues around the States but nothing close yet to the NY and NJ area.

My I-POD shuffle this week brought me to the music of Marvin Gaye. What else can be written about this man’s contribution to music? You can pile on all the accolades- great, flawless, superb, legendary, deep, heart, genius, emotional, touching.. and you still couldn’t capture all that he has done and influenced. Think about it- some of your favorite songs have to come from him. One of the most important albums of all time is the classic “What’s Going On?” The album was recorded in March 1971 when the world was experiencing societal unrest. Involved in a war that seemed like it was never going to end. Economy issues. Hmmm sound familiar? Well then it makes sense to listen to the lyrics of this spectacular album because it really resonates with “what’s going on” today.

When Marvin recorded the timeless classic song “What’s Going On”, the bassist for his band James Jamerson, told his wife that he had just recorded a “masterpiece”. The record company disagreed and would not release the single. Gaye stood his ground and would not record any other material for them until they released the single. Can you imagine not wanting to release this song? Once it was released, Marvin recorded the rest of the album, which he considered this work as a gift from God.

Track #2 is a song called “What’s Happening Brother” a song written for war veterans and the words “war is hell, when will it end, when will people start getting together again Are things getting better, like the newspaper said” are haunting today as it was back in 1971. Track # 3 is “Flying High (In the Friendly Sky)” is a heart felt song where you can feel the pain pouring through the stereo. Then it’s on to the beautiful but painful “Save the Children”- read the lyrics and it should really make all of us get together and be as one. “God is Love” is a soft as a pillow and it blends right into the familiar “Mercy Mercy Me”- “Ahh things ain’t what they use to be” a finger snapping and just a pure groove song. Then its on to my favorite track of the album- “Right On”- it sort of has that “Traffic/Steve Winwood” sound and again the lyrics are powerful. Nice blend of piano, flute and percussion-a song that you can just close your eyes and feel like you’re on a cloud.

The album ends with the majestic “Wholy Holy”, a passionate song that begs for people to come together, and “Inner City Blues” ends the classic album with a turn back to the sound of “What’s Going On.”

Hard to find a more important album ever recorded in music history and one that should be in everyone’s catalog. This album is peaceful and beautiful.

My favorite song of the week is “Something” off of The Concert for George performed by Paul McCartney and Eric Clapton.

Another disappointment for the way fans voted for American Idol this week, there’s no way either Carly Smithson or Syesha Mercado should have been in the bottom two. The bottom two should have been Jason Castro and Brooke White. My prediction is David Cook as the next American Idol.

Back on this day in 1967, Jimi Hendrix began his first tour in England and the lineup included Cat Stevens.


April 18, 2008

Weekly Update – 04/18/08

The Crue Fest with Motley Crue, Buckcherry, Papa Roach, SIXX: A.M. and Trapt at Jones Beach on Tues. July 8th beginning at 5:00 p.m. Pre-sale tickets on now through fan club and also to Citi card members. 4 ticket limit for pre-sale. General public on sale tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. $35-$99. Massive road trip coming to a ctiy near you.

John Mellencamp at Jones Beach on Thurs. July 10 and PNC Arts Center on Fri. July 11. Tickets on sale Sat. May 3 at 9:00 a.m. $26-$99.

Earth Wind & Fire at Mohegan Sun on Fri. Aug. 1 and Radio City Music Hall on Tues. Aug. 5. Tickets on sale this morning at 10:00 a.m. $45 for Mohegan. Pre-sale this morning at 9:00 am for Radio City till 9:00 tonight and password is HELEMENTS. General public on sale tomorrow at 9:00 am. $44-$89.50.

Neil Diamond at the Garden on Tues. & Thurs. Aug. 12 and 14th. Pre-sale starts this Monday at 10:00 am for all American Express cardholders until the following Sunday at 10:00pm. General public on sale Mon. Apr. 28. $55-$120.

Melissa Etheridge at the Borgota in Atlantic City on Fri. July 4. Tickets on sale tomorrow at 10:00 am.

Other items:

Bonnie Raitt will be touring this summer. No Tri State area dates or venues have been announced as of yet. Will keep you posted.

Motley Crue has released their first single off of their upcoming album due to hit in June and it’s “Saints of Los Angeles.” Have to say if you crank this one up, you’ll will like it. Starts off with a nice calm bass line and then you can hear Mick’s guitar almost like the start of Girls, Girls Girls…  After a while you won’t be able to stop singing the chorus… “We are, We are, the Saints.. we signed our life away.” I give it two thumbs up. \m/ \m/

Another blast from the past has emerged this week with a new single of of their upcoming album. “Standing on the Outside” by Dokken will no doubt put a smile on the fans of hard rock/heavy metal sound back in the early ’80’s. If you are a fan of “Under Lock and Key” or “Tooth and Nail”  you will love this song. A definite “windows down..blasting from your car stereo” type of song that will pump anyone up.

New favorite song of the week is from Ace Young and the song is called “Addicted”. Pop music at its best. This will be on the radio non-stop and will be a hit all summer long. A get up and dance song!! Full album to be released in July.

Staying with the pop theme, another song I discovered that I can’t get out my head is “Is This Life” by Delta Goodrem. Check it out- a very good tune. 

CD review: Black Keys “Attack and Release.” Ok I have to admit I was swept up in all the buzz associated with this CD. It was released on April 1st and almost every review I saw was positive, so I purchased the CD. Another admission is that when I put the first song on “All You Ever Wanted”- I almost hit the eject button. But “upon further review” I have to give this album a thumbs up. Black Keys are made up of Dan Auerbach (guitar and vocals) and Patrick Carney (drums). They have been compared to the White Stripes and I’d have to agree. The second song on the disc “IGot Mine” is a  slow blues head banging heavy guitar song that is the classic “garage song.” Track # 3 kicks it up a bit with “Strange Times” a head bopping guitar line with a psychedelic twist to it. Then it slows down a bit with “Psychotic Girl” and to me it sounds like something The Band would do if they were just starting out in 2008. Tracks 5 through 7 are real bluesy and Dan vocals in “Lies” are excellent, full of passion and pain. They also create this “wall of sound” for a band that only has two members and it comes blasting through with Lies. Track 8, “Same Old Thing” has some flute in the beginning and kind of reminds me of Tull or Traffic, I like it. As the CD starts to wind down it gets better and track # 9 – “So He Won’t Break” is the best track in my opinion. Its a finger snappin’ song with a groove that will remind you of the classic R&B you grew up with. (I tell you if they got Amy Whinehouse to sing a duet with them on this song- it would be awesome- not that it isn’t now, as I said this is the best track). The finger snapping continues on “Oceans and Streams” a crisp and tight song that sounds awesome with a set of old headphones that we use to use with our 8-track system. The CD ends with the slow mellow “Things Ain’t Like They Use to Be”- ain’t that the truth and dare I say that this song reminds me of the Beatles, sort of like “Don’t Let Me Down.” Overall a thumbs up and its a throw back in the amount of time an album use to be- a compact 39 minutes.

Classic album review: This week’s I-POD shuffle had me listening to a heavy dose of Queen and my all time favorite Queen album is The Game (circa 1980- ahh life as a teenager). Ok now I know all of you rockers out there are scratching your head on this one because of the disco song “Another One Bites the Dust.” Back then I played the part, stating publicly that I did not like the song and was pissed that Queen would sell out. Privately though I knew this was going to be (and still is) one of my all time favorite albums- period!! Find me a better song than “Dragon Attack”- the bass is grooving and Mercury’s vocals are spot on. About 1:35 seconds into the song you have that drum break and then the bass comes in with Freddie saying “nice and slow” and about 2:50 into the song the background vocals are friggin’ great. I can’t get enough of this song. And the blazing Brian May ends the song with a screeching guitar solo. And then there it is… “Steve walks merrily down the street” OK I admit I like this song. One of the few disco songs I can keep up with the claps. Then its on to the rocking “Need Your Loving Tonight”- this may well be the one song I have listened to more than any other song in my life. “Hit Me”.. then its on the crashing of the cymbals.

I know all you rockers out there are going to point to the Elvis sounding “Crazy Little Thing Called Love”  and say this is the second non-rock song on the album- but you know what I love Elvis and I love this song. Actually, did you know that this song was Queen’s first #1 song in the U.S.? John Deacon’s bass playing is fabulous through out but this song it really stands out. Come on you know you like this song. Then its on to my favorite song of the album, song # 1 on side 2- “Rock It”… “When I hear that rock and roll”.. but then John Taylor- the drummer- takes over the vocals and this song flat out rocks with May’s classic touch on guitar. Hand claps begin track # 2 of side 2 and Deacon’s bass again takes over on “Don’t Try Suicide”- a song that you can not get out of your head. My favorite part is when the piano kicks in and Freddie states “You need help, look at your self..” Track # 3 of side 2 is the beautiful song “Sail Away Sister” where Brian May takes over on vocals. This is a sing along song that the whole family can enjoy. It picks up again with the rocking “Coming Soon”- again just put the old headphones and listen to how the vocals and guitars go to the left ear and then to the right. I love May’s guitar solo on this one, I’m air guitaring now…The album ends with the powerful “Save Me” one of the many songs where you feel Mercury’s passion come pouring through the speakers. What can I say about this album? This is a desert island disc for me, always has been, always will be. If you don’t have this album, please run out and buy it now. If you don’t like it, I’ll refund your money.

A couple of weeks ago, I-Tunes had a cool free song and it was from the band Lady Antebellum and the song was “Love Don’t Live Here” and they have released their self titled album this past Tuesday. Again some real cool country music out there- growing on me daily.

Weezer will be releasing their 6th album on June 17 and it will be self titled. (or the “red” album as the cover is all red). The first single “Pork and Beans” will be released next Tuesday April 22.

I-Tunes has released a Black Crowes CD where the band talks about how they made it in between some new songs recorded just for this CD as well as some of their greatest hits.

I-Tunes has also finally put “The Concert for George” on their system. For those of you who say the DVD concert is boring- what do you know. Still say this is the greatest music DVD ever and now the soundtrack is available tune by tune. Check it out.

Gregg Allman battling Hepatitis C and that is the reason for the postponment of the shows at the Beacon in May.

Back on this day in 1987, MTV premiered the weekly series devoted to heavy metal music and news, “Headbanger’s Ball.” \m/ \m/

April 11, 2008

Weekly Update – 04/11/08

Pre-sale tickets for Bon Jovi go on sale Monday morning at 10:00 am through Friday at 10:00 pm if you have an American Express Card. They will be at MSG on Mon. & Tues. July 14 and 15. General public on sale next Monday Apr. 21 at 10:00 am. $49.50 – $304.50.

Pearl Jam at the Garden on Tues. & Wed. June 24 & 25th. Tickets on sale this morning at 10:00. $77

Steve Miller and Joe Cocker at Radio City on Thurs. July 10 and Jones Beach on Fri. July 11 and PNC Arts Center on Sun. July 20. Pre-sale starts this morning at 9:00 am till 10:00 pm tonight for Radio City. Password is HEMILLER. General public on sale tomorrow at 10:00 am $25-$82 for Jones/PNC. Solid duo.

Rancid with Sick of It All and Bloodclot at NY Fillmore on Wed. thru Sun. Aug. 13-17. Tickets on sale tomorrow at 10:00am. $23.50.

Railroad Earth (some point out best band no one has heard of) at the NY Fillmore on Sat. Sept. 6. Tickets on sale this morning at 10:00 am. $25.

Chris Botti at House of Blues in Atlantic City on Friday Rocktober 17.  Tickets on sale tomorrow at 10:00 am. $37-$52.

Huey Lewis & The News at Capital One Theater in Westbury on Mon. Aug. 25. Tickets on sale this Sunday at 12:30 p.m. $61.50-$71.50.

Vince Gill & Friends at Capital One Theater in Westbury on Wed. Aug. 20. Tickets on sale this Sunday at 12:30 p.m. $41.50-$51.50.

HippiFest which includes The Turtles, Felix Cavaliere’s Rascals, The Zombies (worth it right there), Melanie, Country Joe, Mountain, Bad Finger and Mitch Ryder in some shape or form. Free show in Brooklyn’s Seaside Park on Sat. July 26. At the Chevorlet Theater in Wallingford CT on Sun. July 27. Ticket info to follow the CT show. Also at the Capital One Theater in Westbury on Thurs. July 31. Tickets on sale this Sun. at 12:30 p.m. 

Jaheim & Tamia at the Beacon Theater on Sat. May 17. Tickets on sale today at noon.  $49-$89.

The 10th annual Reggae Fest will take place at the Arthur Ashe Tennis Stadium on Sun. July 6th. Its a benefit for Aids awareness. Artsist such as Eek-A-Mouse and Groundation among others will perform. Tickets to general public go on sale next Tuesday.

Blondie at Nokia Theater on Sun. June 22. Tickets on sale today at noon. $47.50

Radiohead at the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden NJ on Tues. Aug. 12 at 10:00 am. $39.75 -$59.75. Looks like other places around the states are same time for on sale. Tickets go on sale tomorrow at 10:00 a.m.

Other items:

OK I was asleep at the wheel on this one and thanks to Monica I was enlightened that Black Tide had released their debut album “Light From Above” almost a month ago. I was so focused on their single “Shock Wave” (which is so great) that I missed it. However this is the “smelling salt” album that I needed!! What a wake up call. Old school head banging is back!! Wait…\m/ \m/… again…\m/ \m/… Forget what all the haters are saying on If something is good, all the “nay-sayers” come out of the wood work. If you like Metallica, GNR and/or Megadeth- you will like this CD. I believe the word Monica used was “shredding” and she’s right- this CD sheds from the opening lick to the final song. It’s “metal-melodic” and to me, back to the original start of the metal scene sound. If they were a rap band, just imagine the band paying homage to Run-DMC. They actually dare to cover a Metallica song- their first song off of “Kill ‘Em All” with “Hit The Lights” and you know what? They pulled it off and then some.  The energy coming off this album is electric. You’ll want to enter the air guitaring contest with this CD. Highlights for me are “Warriors of Time”, “Let Me”, (silly lyrics but I’m a sound guy) “Show Me the Way” (sound a lot like GNR on this one) and “Live Fast Die Young”. Best tracks are “Shockwave”, “Warriors of Time” and “Light from Above.” Is it the best debut album? No, but you know what? If they keep this up I will go on record to say that these guys will eventually grow as big as GNR or Metallica. You can feel the buzz and they will be headliners in no time.

My new favorite song of the week is the Fall Out Boy‘s remake of Michael Jackson’s “Beat It” with John Mayer on lead guitar. Check it out, totally rocks!!

My favorite old school song of the week is “O-o-h Child” by the Five Stairsteps, their biggest single ever released back in 1970.

Do you love the 1980’s? Well there will be a Regeneration Tour this summer and it will stop at Jones Beach on Fri. Aug. 22. Ticket info to follow. Acts to perform are Flock of Seagulls, Human League, Dead or Alive, ABC, Belinda Carlisle and Naked Eyes.

The Who are planning a collection of vintage R&B covers, similar to the Motown and James Brown performed early on in their career. They will also perform on July 12 in L.A. for VH1’s Rock Honors.

This weeks I-Pod shuffle led me back to listening to Bread heavily this week. Bread consisted of David Gates and Jimmy Griffin and unfortuately tensions between these two guys led to the break up of the band after a short 5 year period. (Griffin passed away in 2005) But hey what a compilation of hits. Songs like “Make it With You”, “Dismal Day” “Lost Without Your Love” and “Aubrey” are just some of the quality songs. Talk about relaxing music, I love to listen to these guys. Some of my all time songs were written by them. Songs like “It Don’t Matter to Me”, “Everything I Own” and “If” (My aunt and uncle’s wedding song) are timeless classics that every generation can listen to. I can listen to those three songs over and over. “I would give anything I own”… And they could kick it up a bit with songs like “Why Do you keep me waiting” and “Blue Satin Pillows” off of the album “Bread on Waters.” And who could forget their classic “The Guitar Man?”.. “…He can make you love, He can make you cry..” I would say you couldn’t go wrong with any one of their albums. Buy their greatest hits and you’ll be surprised on how many songs you know (or should know!!!).

Crue will have their first album in 11 years coming out in June and Mr. Sixx has pledged that this new CD will have the sound of Dr. Feelgood, Shout at the Devil and Girls Girls Girls all rolled into one. I’ll be waiting.

Mellencamp will be putting out “Life, Death, Love and Freedom” on July 15. He listened to hundreds of hours of American folk songs and realized that “our country has written some sad songs” so he has done the same. “I don’t care if I just sell six records. All I can do is keep writing songs and singing.”

Did you watch Idol Gives Back? I loved it. Highlights for me were of course Heart with Fergie. Did you see Fergie? Wow talk about energy. She was flat out fantastic with the Wilson sisters. I loved Annie Lennox performance as well. It was fun to see Snoop with all the kids behind him. He is too cool. And come on you have to donate something.. gut wrenching stories…go to to make your pledge.

Keeping with the Idol theme, America again got it wrong last night by voting off Michael Johns. What was wrong with his song selection? “Dream On” is one of the best rock anthems ever and he did a great job. Scratching my head….

Today is Chris Dilford’s (Squeeze) 54th birthday. Back on this day in 1981 Eddie Van Halen married Valarie Bertinelli. Also back on this day in 1961 Bob Dylan made his first live performance in NY when he opened for John Lee Hooker.

April 4, 2008

Weekly update – 04/04/08

The Eagles at the Prudential Center (Rock) on Sat. & Sun. May 24 and 25 and at the Garden on Wed. & Fri. May 28 and 30th. Tickets on sale Mon. April 14 at 10:00 am.

The Raconteurs with the Black Lips at Terminal 5 on Friday May 30. Tickets on sale today at noon. $40.

The Stone Temple Pilots (see below in other items) back at PNC Arts Center on Sat. May 31. Tickets on sale this morning at 10:00am. $20.25-$59.50.

Death Cab for Cutie at McCarren Pool Park in Brooklyn on Tues. June 10.  Tickets on sale today at noon. $41.50. Lots of buzz on their upcoming album “Narrow Stairs” due out on May 13. Getting rave reviews.

R.E.M. with Modest Mouse and The National at Jones Beach and MSG on Sat. June 14 and Thurs. June 19. Tickets on sale tomorrow at 9:00 am. $25-$79.50.

Steve Winwood at the Blender Theater on Sun. May 4. Tickets on sale tomorrow at 10:00 am.

Ringo Starr and his Allstar Band at Radio City on Tues. June 24, at PNC on Fri. June 27th and Capital One Theater in Westbury (formerly North Fork) on Sun. June 29. Pre-sale is today from 10am to 9pm and password is HELIVERPOOL. General public on sale tomorrow at 10am. $44.50-$84.50.

Stevie Nicks at Borgota in AC on Fri. & Sat. June 20 and 21. Tickets on sale tomorrow at 10:00 am.

Yes at the Borgota on Fri. July 25. Pre-sale on now and general public on sale tomorrow at 10:00am.

Gnarls Barkely performing their new album “The Odd Couple” at the Highline Ballroom on Thurs. April 10. Tickets on sale today at noon. Very limited seats.

Camila at Nokia Theater on Fri June 13. Tickets on sale today at noon. $40-$75.

King Crimson at Nokia on Thurs., Fr. & Sat. Aug. 14-16. Tickets on sale today at noon. $60-$85.

Chris Issack at Nokia on Wed. Aug. 20. Tickets on sale today at noon. $40-$55.

Poison, Dokken & Sebastian Bach at Mohegan Sun on Sun. July 27. Tickets on sale now. $35-$45.

Linkin Park with its annual Projekt Revolution Tour with Chris Cornell & The Bravery at Jones Beach & PNC Arts Center on Tues. & Wed. July 22 & 23. Ticket info to follow.

John Mayer with Colbie Caillat and Brett Dennen at PNC Arts Center on Tues. July 15. Pre-sale begins Mon. April 14 at 9:00 am and ends Fri. April 18 at 10 pm. General public on sale Sat. April 19.

Snoop Dogg & 311
at Keyspan Park in Brooklyn (home of the Cyclones) on Wed. July 16 and at PNC Arts Center on Sat. July 19. Ticket info to follow.

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Finally, the world is tilting back to its correct axis- Velvet Revolver has kicked Mr. Weiland out of the band and now we can go back to the future and have the Stone Temple Pilots again. I love it. For me VR never really worked, sort of like Cornell with Audioslave. Now all we need is for Cornell “to recognize”- and regroup with the boys from Soundgarden-(though they will need another drummer as he is with Pearl Jam). It’s too bad Axl will never get GNR back to its original form-that would take a miracle. Even Sorum should head back to the Cult and start drumming up quality tunes like “Wild Flower.”

The Stones have released their live album to go with their new movie- “Shine A Light” and it has many of their classics on it. I have downloaded two songs where they had special guests and they are “Loving Cup” from Exile on Mainstreet with Mr. Jack White-song suits him just fine. The other is a classic  “Live with Me” from Let It Bleed with help from Christina Aguilera. I can’t say enough about this woman- she kicks butt- she is by far the best female vocalist today. Listen to this duet between her and Jagger-pure fun!

Big buzz on the latest release from The Black Keys– “Attack and Release”- this CD has received an average rating of 4.5 stars from listeners on I-Tunes. Give it a try.

Another new release that sounds pretty good and its from the band Theory of a Deadman called “Scars and Souvenirs.” The single “So Happy” is getting big air time on WCCC 106.9 out of Hartford CT.

Chris Daughtry really making some noise, his album keeps producing hits and he’s been opening for Bon Jovi across the country and now he has contributed to a song with Sevendust and the song is called “The Past.” Its off of Sevendust’s new CD- Chapter VII: Hope and Sorrow- don’t kid yourself with this slow song- totally different direction for Sevendust- except for one other song the album headbangs/screeches throughout.

Joe (Satch) Satriani has released “Professor Satchafunklius and the Musterion of Rock” and his cult follwers are giving it a thumbs up.

Ok, another I-Pod shuffle song where I had to go back and listen to the entire album. My favorite classic album this week goes to Billy Squier‘s “Don’t Say No.”  I can’t even begin to tell you how many times I listened to this album as a 16 year old in 1981. (ask my brother). Totally wore out the album sleeves and had to be careful that the record wouldn’t fall out and hit the ground. I knew (know) every word to every song on this album. Classic 5 star album which kicks off with “In the Dark”… “Life Isn’t easy from the singular side.” Oh I love it!! Billy’s vocals are clean and crisp throughout and a solid tune to start off the ride. Then it steps into probably one of his most known hits with “Stroke Me.” (starts off with the same drum sound as “Love Stinks” from the J. Geils Band). Do you remember this video? Probably one of the first on MTV. And then its the simple guitar chord that comes piercing through the speakers with the unforgettable hook on track # 3 -“My Kind of Lover.” Check out the drumming from Bobby Chouinard on this song and then how he blasts into the fourth song on the first side-the rockin’ “You Know What I like”- the best part of that song comes with a little more than a minute left and the bridge before he starts the last verse. Then crank it up for the final song on side 1 with “Too Daze Gone”- great bluesy rock song that you just can’t stop singing. “Gone through the games that you want me to play.”

Then its on to side 2 and in my opinion the best song he has ever made “Lonely is the Night”- 4 minutes and 42 seconds of pure joy. This one usually shakes the walls in my house and air guitaring is a must- I just need the long hair.. How can you not love the crashing cymbal through out this song? Chouinard then drums his way into the rockin’ “Whadda you want from Me?”…. “I can’t see no maybe” …friggin’ awesome.. then its on to my favorite track that Squier has ever written and that is the beautiful “Nobody Knows”- a song dedicated to the life of John Lennon. (This album came out less than a year from when Lennon was killed on Dec. 8, 1980). Listen to that soft guitar in the beginning and tell me you’re not hooked? Hear the words, deep. Best part of song for me is when his voice changes in the words “timeless friends.” There are some songs that you can listen to over and over again and this is one for me. Then Mark Clarke starts off with a big bass guitar riff for “I Need You”- another song that I crank all the way up. This classic album ends up with the title track- cool acoustic/electric tune.

This is by far Squier’s best studio album, not even close. He doesn’t really get the accolades he should. Everywhere you turned in the early 1980’s- Billy was there- either on MTV or classic rock radio. He has re-emerged and will join Ringo again this summer on his annual trek with his “Allstar” band. One of the best shows (I know I always say that) I have seen was with Squier opening up for Queen at MSG back in 1982 or 1983, if I’m not mistaken. It was me, Slats and the McGregor brothers in a van driven by Mr. McGregor for a night we will never forget. Totally rocked. Give Mr. Squier a listen, especially this album- you won’t be disappointed.

Listening again to com the other night with the 80’s at 8 (did I mention this is the best rock radio station ever)? and what did I hear? Kingdome Come– yes that’s right you forgot about those guys right? I know how you’ll remember them- (but its not fair)- they were the Zeppelin “sound alikes.” I could never understand why they took so much grief for that? (if that’s the case, why not STP when they first emerged- everyone thought it was Pearl Jam- remember?) Go back and listen to “Get it On” and tell me that is not good. Other solids are “Pushing Hard” and “Living Out of Touch.” Saw them at Giants Stadium way back in 1986 when they opened “The Monsters of Rock Tour” with Dokken, Metallica, Scorpions and Van Haggar. \m/ \m/

Speaking of Metallica, they were crowned the champion of 92.3 K-Rock’s bracket brawl contest. I had 3 out of the final 4- which included Zep and Pearl Jam vs. Tool. Metallica crushed Zep- very surprising and PJ beat Tool (finally- come on no offense I know Tool is good- but to be the best of “today?”). I had Zep taking the whole thing. Metallica barely edged out Pearl Jam for the crown.

Interesting to see how Live Nation is going to make a profit after reportedly signing Jay-Z to a new $125M contract, this after signing Madonna to a $120M contract back in October. They are really trying to make a splash in the music industry, when it appears album sales are dying by the year. I guess concerts and other “products” is what they are thinking how they will make their money back and more.

Have you seen or purchased the DVD for the movie August Rush? What are you waiting for? Great movie and soundtrack. If music moves you, you will like this movie.

Back on this day in 1964, The Beatles accomplished something that will never be equalled. They held the top 5 positions on the Billboard singles chart. “Can’t Buy Me Love” was number 1 for its first of 5 weeks, “Twist and Shout” was at number 2, “She Loves You” dropped to number 3, “I Want to Hold Your Hand” held at number 4 and “Please Please Me” stayed at number 5.

Today is Gary Moore‘s birthday (Thin Lizzy) and he turns 56. Did you know he had the lead guitar part in the Traveling Wilbury’s hit “She’s My Baby?”

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