Errols Weekly Music Update.

September 27, 2016

Kansas- An Old Flame Rekindled…Who Says You Can’t Go Back Home?

The Prelude Implicit (Special Edition)

Maybe Paul Stanley has it right by saying that the entity of KISS will “carry on wayward” with a new “son” taking their places when they are no longer able to front the “hottest band in the world.” He has said many times he wants what he and the other three original members created a long time ago with their love, blood, sweat & tears to live on in infamy with “replacements” who also must be engulfed in the passion of what has been constructed while breathing life into the next generation of the band so that the established fan base will continue to add to its members while treasuring the tradition of that KISS sound. Instead of being upset on who is not in the lineup maybe we should all focus our attention on how this band continues to move forward while maintaining the hunger of its craft. And KISS is not the only band that continues on with new members (but seem to catch the most grief) there are plenty of others who continue on the tradition of their sound- Allman Brothers and Metallica- to name a few. And then there is the band called Kansas.

 

Kansas to the general public has and most likely will always be recognized by their two greatest hits–“Carry On” and “Dust in the Wind’—and those songs will always remain as legendary and revered as they are now. But for the Kansas brethren, time changes with brilliant musicianship along with powerful vocals, classic melodies are part of the reason this band will always be considered as one of the leaders of what is often referred to as the progressive genre.  Personally I am not concerned with “labels,” it always has and will always be about the music for me. And oh my Kansas makes music which takes you on a joyous magical journey which is now in its fifth decade.

 

Recently the band added Mr. Ronnie Platt as vocalist after the legendary Steve Walsh retired from the band in 2014. Now there is no replacing Mr. Walsh or Kerry Livgren  or Robby Steinhardt or Dave Hope, the “original” recipe of the band which still also includes two original members, Phil Ehart and Rich Williams. No one expects Mr. Platt to live up to the bar that Mr. Walsh set as he has to be considered one of the all-time great vocalists ever. (And by the way Mr. Steinhardt was no slouch on vocals as well and in my opinion doesn’t get the full credit he deserves as a singer, we all know the accolades he receives as musician, specifically his violin play).

 

Over the past 18 months I have seen Kansas live four times in N.Y. and Connecticut and I will tell you the Mr. Platt puts the needed passion and respect that is expected from all Kansas fans into his performances. This guy has “it” which comes shining through as he looks like he is having the time of his life being on stage with the music of his life- which is Kansas- just like it is for us fans. And now he has created new Kansas music (the Sept. 23 2016 release of “The Prelude Implicit”) which in my opinion ranks up there as one of their best albums without the “original ingredients” and dare I say one of their best efforts ever. This Kansas dish also includes a new ingredient (new to the fan base but not to the current members of the band)- Mr. Zak Rizvi- who in my opinion has contributed greatly to the original flare of what we came to love but also has added a spice which has made this legendary band sound fresh with “current” structures which explode into your headphones and you’re sitting there saying- “this is the best album of 2016 period!!” This album has everything a Kansas fan is looking for—you want a majestic epic, it’s there- see “The Voyage of Eight Eighteen”- or how about a microcosm of everything Kansas -see “Summer.” There are 10 new songs which will leave you pleading for more as you won’t believe how stunningly good this album is.

 

Now it has to be mentioned that two gentlemen who also love the music of Kansas and have greatly contributed to its success and they are Mr. Billy Greer (joined in the mid 1980’s) and Mr. David Ragsdale (joined in 1991). They both keep the spirit of Kansas alive and keep the blood flowing with their stupendous musicianship- which again is what makes Kansas so great. Their work on ‘Prelude’ is also something to behold- Mr. Ragsdale violin playing will have you drifting off into another world, the same world which Robby took you. Another recent addition, Mr. David Manion will blow you away with his keyboard acumen. And then what I would refer to as the “power” section of the band- Mr. Williams guitar playing along with Mr. Rizvi will knock you off your feet. And what else can be said of Mr. Ehart? His drumming skills are unreal and he has always known when to make that exclamation point or when to sound like a note- how many drummers play a “note?”- Phil does!!

 

Normally I would go through each song one by one and describe what it means to me but in this review, I will say that every new song on this album is fantastic—I could go on and on about it. One thing to reflect on when you purchase this album- track #9- ‘Crowded Isolation’ could arguably be the “best” song on the album and it is ninth!! Are you kidding me?

 

I want to thank the current members of Kansas for taking me back home to the new future of this legendary band and rekindling the love I have for their music. I have the best times when I see them live and I for one would not be disappointed if when I see them the next time they performed this album in its entirety—there are no fillers here. I can’t stop listening to it.

 

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:http://www.atpfestival.com/events/atp-ny/buy_tickets.php

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.

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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 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.

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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 Blabbermouth.net. 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!!!).

Motley
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 www.americanidol.com 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 www.wccc.com 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?”

March 14, 2008

Weekly Update – 03/14/08

Foo Fighters at the IZOD Center on Tues. July 29. Pre-sale on now until 10:00 p.m. tonight and password is Summer. General public on sale tomorrow at 9:00 a.m.$38.50 – $45. 

The following shows are at the Nokia Theater:

Soulja Boy on Mon. Apr. 14. Tickets on sale today at noon. $27.50.

Kids In the Hall on Fri. thru Sun. Apr. 18-20. Tickets on sale today at 10:00 a.m.$39.50 -$49.50.

T-Pain and Family Playlist Tour on Wed. Apr. 23. Tickets on sale today at noon. $38.50-$40.

Third Eye Blind on Tues. & Wed. Apr. 29 and 30. Tickets on sale today at noon. $29.50.

Rod Stewart at Jones Beach & PNC Arts Center on Tues. & Wed. Aug. 19 & 20. Tickets on sale tomorrow. $35.25- $500. (Yes that says $500- Stay home and play his records, no one is worth $500, except maybe for Zep Reunion).

Mark Knopfler at Central Park Summerstage on Wed. July 23 at 5:30 p.m. and Arts Center on Fri. July 25. Pre-sale tickets starts this morning at 10:00 a.m. thru Q1043 and the password is Madame. General public on sale tomorrow at noon. $70

Boyz to Men at BB Kings on Wed. July 16. Tickets on sale now. $37.50 – $40.

Killing Joke at the NY Fillmore on Sat. & Sun. Rocktober 11 and 12th. Tickets on sale tomorrow at 10:00 a.m.

The Last Goodnight at the Blender Theater on Sun. Apr. 6. Tickets on sale this morning at 10:00 a.m.

Lou Reed at the Paramount Theater in Asbury Park on Thurs. Apr. 24. Tickets on sale tomorrow at 11:00 a.m.

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Van Halen shows have been “re-scheduled” for the IZOD Center and MSG which was suppose to happen on Mar. 13 and Mar. 17. Hey at least it has not been cancelled. Hopefully Eddie’s back on track soon and we get to see them rock out the Tri-State area.

Joe Perry will undergo knee surgery next week. He can’t take the pain any longer as its been bothering him for the past two years.

On March 23rd, VH1 and VH1 Classic will premiere AFTERMATH: The Station Fire Five Years Later. The one-hour special mixes interviews with survivors of the the Station Nightclub fire with footage of the recent Phoenix Rising concert to benefit victims of the blaze. Among the bands who performed at the concert were Twisted Sister, Tesla, Winger and Aaron Lewis. Sister frontman Dee Snider also hosted the concert.The February 2003 fire at the Station Nightclub in Providence, Rhode Island killed 100 people and seriously injured 200 others, only 15 of whom currently qualify for Social Security benefits. The folks at VH1 hope the special will raise awareness about the plight of the survivors. I’ll be watching and contributing!!!

Hatebreed and Type O Negative have been tapped to co-headline the spring Jagermeister Music Tour. The six-week jaunt kicks off May 16th in Providence, Rhode Island and ends June 28th in New York City.

OK discovered a new voice and again its Country music. The voice is that of a young woman named Rissi Palmer and her CD came out last October. The album is excellent and a perfect CD for a house and/or dinner party. The first two songs on the CD are pure hits with “Hold On to Me” and “Country Girl”. She pays homage to one of Country music greatest legends, Patsy Cline, with a cover of “Leavin’ On Your Mind.” Now of course its not as good as the original but you’ll be amazed on her vocals and I’m predicting she is going to be the next big star. Other highlights include “Sweet Contradictions”, “Hurt Don’t Know when to Quit” “Love You Like A Woman” and “All this Woman Needs.” Basically every song is good. Check out her website and see what I mean http://www.rissipalmer.com/frame.php.

K-Rock www.923krock.com is running a cool battle of the bands competition a la the March Madness Basketball Tournament. I entered and have Zep taking everything. First round was the other day and I have to tell you I was shocked to see Aerosmith beat out Black Sabbath. (I had Sabbath going to the Final Four but losing out to Zep- a very tough call). And on another note- Sublime beat out Alice In Chains. Are you kidding me? Can someone tell me how this band became so great? They had one good song. I’m so sick of Sublime (no offense to their fans) and oh by the way-how many “greatest” hit collections can a one song band have? I feel bad about the singer passing away but this is ridiculous. If Sublime make it pass the second round I won’t even check the results from that point onward.

Back on this day in 1972, Carole King won album of the year for “Tapestry” at the 14th Grammy Awards. That was the best selling album of 1971. Great disc- buy it if you don’t already own it.

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