Errols Weekly Music Update.

March 5, 2010

Weekly Update – 03/05/2010

Willie Nelson & Levon Helm at Radio City Music Hall on Wed. July 28. Pre-sale tickets for American Express cardholders go on sale today at noon until next Thurs. Mar. 11 at 10:00 p.m. General public on sale next Fri. Mar. 12 at noon. $49.50 – $129.50 (How ironic I wrote about Willie below and his show is announced last night-has to be a sign that I need to go to this show).

Tom Petty at Madison Square Garden on Wed. July 28 and also at the Izod Theater on Tues. Aug. 24. General public tickets on sale Mon. Mar. 15 at 10:00 a.m. Further details to follow.

Atoms for Peace at Roseland Ballroom on Mon. & Tues. Apr. 5 & 6. The information for this event has been all over the place, now the tickets will be sold through Live Nation tomorrow morning at 10:00 a.m. Now Live Nation for some odd reason doesn’t post prices but according to information on Ticketmaster’s site (oh yes I forgot these two are joined at the hip-good move Justice Department) last week the price per ticket is $48. Good luck on trying to get these tickets, if you do- you are good.

Sugarland at PNC Bank Arts Center on Sat. May 22. Pre-sale tickets for Citi cardholders on sale now until 10:00 p.m. tonight. General public on sale tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. $32 (lawn); $42.75 and $56.75.

Brooks & Dunn at the Comcast Theater on Fri. June 25. Pre-sale tickets for Citi card members on now. General public on sale tomorrow morning at 10:00 a.m.$28.25, $49 and $74.25.

Yes & Peter Frampton at the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts in Bethel NY on Fri. June 18. Tickets on sale this morning at 10:00 a.m. $39.45 – $90.65.

Pat Benatar & REO Speedwagon at the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts in Bethel NY on Sat. Aug. 28. Tickets on sale this morning at 10:00 a.m. $30.35 (lawn) $39.45 (rear) $49.70 – $70.15 (middle orchestra) $70.15 – $90.65 (front orchestra).

Moody Blues at the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts in Bethel NY on Sat. July 10. Tickets on sale now. $39.00 (rear) $59.45 – $75.80 (middle orchestra) $75.80 – $100.35 (front orchestra).

Alice In Chains at the MAC at Monmouth University (West Long Branch NJ) on Thurs. May 20. Tickets on sale this morning at 10:00 a.m.$45.

Third Eye Blind at the Wellmont Theater on Tues. April 13. Tickets on sale today at noon. $30 ($35 day of show)

Corrine Rae Bailey at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Tues. May 2. Tickets on sale today at noon. $32.50.

Massive Attack at Terminal 5 on Tues. & Wed. May 11 & 12. Pre-sale tickets for American Express cardholders on sale now until 11:00 a.m. General public tickets on sale at noon. $52

Les Claypool at the Wellmont Theater on Sat. June 5. Tickets on sale this morning at noon. $29.50

Thirty Seconds to Mars at the Roseland Ballroom on Wed. April 21. Pre-sale tickets for American Express cardholders on sale now until 10:00 p.m. tonight. General public on sale tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. $32.49.

The Fray at Borgota Event Center in Atantic City NJ on Sat. April 17. Tickets on sale tomorrow morning at 10:00 a.m. (Live Nation Event).

As Tall as Lions at The Fillmore New York at Irving Plaza on Thurs. May 6. Tickets on sale this morning at 10:00 a.m. (Live Nation Event)

Sublime at Roseland Ballroom on Sat. May 1. Tickets on sale tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. (Live Nation Event).

Other items:

The sound track for the new Johnny Depp movie –“Alice in Wonderland”- was released this week and I have to say that “Almost Alice” sounds pretty good (albeit from the 30 second samples on I-Tunes but some other tunes I went to “You Tube” to hear the entire versions). Of course one of my favorites-Shinedown- leads the charge with “Her Name is Alice.” (I saw a review by some dude in Toronto Canada and he said that Shinedown was a “3 Doors Down” clone and that tells me the man doesn’t know his music. I like “3” but these two bands are totally different). On another note, check out the cover of the great song-“White Rabbit”- (originally done by Jefferson Airplane) by Grace Potter & The Nocturnals. Their sound fits Tim Burton like a glove.

My oldest son is coming around slowly on agreeing with me that the radio station-“WCCC 106.9”- out of Hartford CT is the best radio station in America. I’m telling you folks, you will hear songs on this station that you’d never hear on a “regular” rock FM station. Reason my son is starting to come around is he heard “Wasting My Time” by Default and even though it was made almost ten years ago, he thought it sounded brand new and fresh. Now I know that is the artist that makes the sound but no one but WCCC plays this and a whole lot more solid stuff. You need to check this station out if you are ever driving up north to the Cape or whatever. Awesome station. \m/ \m/

Remember last year’s contestant on American Idol-“Danny Gokey?” Well he has put out a Country album and his debut “dropped” this past Tuesday. I did not know that he was going down this route (I was thinking more of an “R&B” thing) but again listening to both You-Tube videos as well as the 30 second I-Tune samples I have to admit that I like it. The most popular song right now is “I Still Believe.” Check it out.

I-Tunes put out their top ten list of the most downloaded songs which include a couple that belong to the Black Eyed Peas featuring the number one of all time- “I Gotta Feeling” as well as the number 3 song with “Boom Boom Pow.” Lady Gaga squeezed into the number 2 spot with “Poker Face.” The very cool song “I’m Yours” by Jason Mraz finished fourth while Coldplay’s “Viva la Vida” rounded out the top five. I have four out of the top ten which appear in the top five, the only one I don’t have is “Viva.” (I’m still not there with Coldplay).

My favorite “old school”song of the week has a hippie flavor to it-“I’d Like to Get to Know You”- by Spanky & Our Gang. Love when Elaine “Spanky” McFarlane breaks in with “Well I can’t promise that I’ll spend the day with you…” The music from the late ‘60’s was so freaking phenomenal you have to own this.

Slipknot’s drummer-Joey Jordison– will play for Rob Zombie’s band while they tour during the spring and summer this year. Zombie’s band called him up and asked if he knew of a drummer and he jokingly said “What about me?” They made it happen.

Pink Floyd’s songs, including “Wish You Were Here,” “Mother,” “Comfortably Numb” and “Hey You,” will be featured on the Mar. 21 episode of “Cold Case” on CBS TV. I love “Hey You”- (Yes I do like some Floyd songs).

Artist Profile: Willie Nelson

Image of Willie Nelson

Recently I have listened to more and more of Mr. Willie Nelson and have become “enlightened” to this man’s unbelievable contribution to American music. Now some of you may be thinking-“How does he go from Metallica to Willie Nelson?”- But if you have been a reader for a while, I hope that I have put it out there that I am open to most all types of music. For those of you who know me, you may be saying “boy is he getting old or what?” (No offense meant to Mr. Nelson, it’s me they are picking on Willie). No just the opposite- I am finally getting wise or have finally seen the light. I freely admit that it could be my age because I know that I was not listening to Willie when I was in my twenties or even thirties. But as I enter the second half of the “forties” I think I finally get it. (Hey just like fine wine, it takes time). But as I have been also hammering away at is the fact that sometimes youth clouds vision and in this case it clearly has. Another thing I make known is that it’s never too late to discover music-new or old. Now I have always acknowledged and respected his contribution to music. My mother was a fan and she had to be because he wrote the song “Crazy” made famous by Patsy Cline, who was her favorite female singer of all time. So obviously I am not going to sit here and tell you that I know his entire library-again just the opposite- I will tell you the songs that I think are great and look for the die-hard fan to post comments on what albums/songs that I should further explore. Another message is to all the “youngsters” out there (18-39) “don’t be like me” and take the time now to listen to one of America’s greatest treasures.

Now it’s not that I didn’t know his songs, I mean every one has to know “On the Road Again” or “Always on My Mind,” right? By the way, my oldest son and I go back and forth all the time on “Always” as I say that his version of the song is the best but he insists that the Elvis take on it, is better. (We have a similar disagreement on “You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me” where I feel that the only version to listen to is by Dusty Springfield but again he goes with Elvis-at least this should make his grandfather happy, right?). Getting back to “Always on My Mind,” when I hear the opening notes on the piano I become frozen in time-I don’t want to do anything but focus on the beauty of this song. Now some may say that they don’t like his voice (it did take Willie a while to get a recording contract because there was some doubt about his singing voice) but there is absolutely nothing wrong with his pitch, tone or anything else on this flawless version. (Hey I have stated more than a few times, I am not the biggest Dylan fan but even I admit there are songs that he really can sing and should only be sung by him). Take a listen to his first number one hit-“Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain”- (a cover which was written by Fred Rose) and tell me the man can’t sing? Wow this is a spectacular song which was a hit for him in 1975 and it’s 2010 and I am finally getting around to this, shame on me but like I always say-it’s never too late to discover music: that’s what it is all about folks-music is food for the soul and sometimes you need to look at different choices on the menu. (Hey I despised eating fish as a child and in my early twenties but then something clicked and I now love it).

If you don’t mind I will just keep naming songs that I have been listening to for the past few months that again have opened my eyes. Now to all his “die-hard” fans a song like “Uncloudy Day” would be the equivalent to “My Way” by Frank Sinatra- a staple of his repertoire, right? Now I love the guitar work by Willie in this song and not for nothing I can picture sitting around a campfire singing along to this tune. “Oh they tell me on an uncloudy day…” Now with country music there is usually a story and some times the songs are slow and sad but yet it still feels good and right. Willie has a knack for this, especially writing a most famous song by Patsy Cline- the aforementioned “Crazywhich fit Patsy like a glove and she had a way of singing that would rip your heart out but yet I can’t stop listening to those types of songs. Actually Willie’s version of “Crazy” is very good and is something I do not skip over. (Usually if I like another artist version of a song, I won’t even listen to anyone else’s rendition). Willie also performed another song made famous by Patsy-“Faded Love”- which he sings along with Ray Price and I have to tell you-this one is close to being as good as the version that Ms. Cline sings. Both versions make you stop in your tracks and pay attention. “I miss you darling more and more everyday…” –again there’s that pain and heartache that Willie is so good at singing about and I absolutely love the way he plays the guitar on this track-pure perfection. Keeping on the theme of songs that he wrote that were made famous by others- how about “Pretty Paper?” This spectacular song was made famous by the legendary Roy Orbison and is definitely in my top ten songs of all-time. Now as a listener we tend to forget the writer behind many of these great songs and in this case I automatically think of Orbison (rightly so) but all these years I have never thought about Nelson and that is a mistake. Believe me, from now on I will always remember that he wrote it when I hear it. Now, with no offense to Willie, I only listen to Orbison’s version (not even Raul Malo’s version does it for me).

Getting back to the songs I have delved into the last few months- how about the enchanting “Angel Flying Too Close To the Ground” from the movie soundtrack “Honeysuckle Rose.” Love the guitar work it really puts me in a trance and this quickly has risen to the top of my favorite songs by Willie. I must have listened to this song like a hundred times in the last month. How about the Hank Williams sound alike-“Hello Walls”- I don’t know why but that is who I am reminded of when I hear this song. This song puts you in a good place, so traditional such a nice sound that it brings you back to the days of “Andy Griffith,” well for me anyway. Love it. “Funny How Time Slips Away” is gentle trip down memory lane as again the pain bleeds through the speakers and this type of music pulls me in-hook, line & sinker. I become mesmerized. Actually I remember seeing him & Johnny Cash perform this song on VH1 Storytellers back in 1998. Or how about the “honky-tonk” like “The Party’s Over”-c’mon folks this is classic stuff- yes I know I just discovered it but I knew instantaneously that it was “classic.” And the lyrics hit home for many men across the country as too much partying usually ends a relationship. “Life for me was just one big party.. I broke her heart so many times.. had to have my party wine…” The slow rocking groove of “Shotgun Willie” has to move your body-you can even have a slow “head-banging” thing going and you will be “air-guitaring” to this “funk-a-fied” tune. Willie creates this fusion of country, blues, “rockabilly” and jazz like sounds that have been engaged by so many artists. “Forgiving You Was Easy” is another sad, heartfelt song and just like many country songs, this too has a story behind it. “Forgiving you was easy but forgetting seems to take the longest time..” The song “Night Life” again reminds me of Hank Williams and sounds like it was recorded in a room with the door closed. The beginning actually reminds me of the guitar work of George Harrison, Willie does a nice job performing his own “Zep” where he sings then plays the guitar throughout. Have you heard the knee slapping “Stay All Night (Stay A Little Longer)?” Boy this stuff is so good, like a sweet cool refreshing slice of watermelon on a hot summer’s day. You can eat up all these songs and not gain weight. How great is that? This one should be on your menu. “Time of the Preacher” is a phenomenal tune that kicks off one of his greatest albums (according to many)-“Red Headed Stranger.” I guess this is the album that kicked off his “outlaw” image. Folks this is good stuff right here.

Now I could go on & on, so I will a little more and name some songs that he didn’t write but he put his stamp on with his style of singing and playing guitar. And the first song that comes to mind is the aforementioned “Always on My Mind” (see above) but the second one that I think of is “All of Me” from the “Stardust” album. Wow there is something about this song that totally knocks me out. I know I have heard others sing it but this version is the best. “My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys” was meant for Willie, who better to sing about cowboys than Mr. Nelson? I can honestly say that I won’t listen to anyone else’s version but Willie, it’s that good. Then what about the “duos” that he has done? How many artists has this man worked with? Probably more than any artist in the history of music-he crosses every genre even doing a “My Medicine” with Snoop Dogg. He even played with the legendary Wynton Marsalis. C’mon no one plays with him, he’s a whole entire segment of music history in jazz by himself and who cooly just played along with him like they were jamming in a garage-Willie. If you are an Aerosmith fan you have to hear the song he recorded with Steven, Joe & the rest of the boys-“One Time Too Many”- is a country rocking song that could be played at every “country” club in the country and I guarantee every one will be “line dancing” in no time. Willie’s vocals mixed in with Tyler is like those “sour tarts” that you eat but I bet you just can’t eat but one, right? You keep going for more. This song will knock your socks off. Now of course I would be remiss to not include his favorite partners in Waylon Jennings, (“Mama Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys”) Kris Kristofferson and Johnny Cash as well as countless others in the country circle. Or how can I leave out John Mellencamp or Neil Young who joined Willie to start the infamous “Farm Aid?” The accolades for this American treasure can go on forever. I am just glad that I finally jumped on the bandwagon and now I have to see him live, which I think I will purchase tickets today for his show in July. I can then say I saw another music legend. Thanks Willie for all that you have done for the world in your song and charity work, I salute you!!

“TOP TEN”:

Image of Heart

This week’s I-Pod shuffle landed on “Will You Be There (In the Morning)” by Heart and this is one of my favorite songs from this gifted band so I decided to make them this week’s “top ten” entrant. Now I know there have been various musicians backing this band over the years and they deserve much credit for the success of this outfit but without a doubt Heart is all about Ann and Nancy Wilson. These two sisters boldly entered the rock scene which during the mid-seventies were dominated by the male population and basically turned the rock world on its head as they not only proved that they belonged but as many of their beholders believe, Heart pumped new blood into the veins of this thing called rock & roll and forever changed its landscape. Ann Wilson is arguably the greatest female rock vocalist of all-time (I can’t really think of anyone else that comes to mind quickly) and like I have mentioned more than a few times on this page, her voice is not limited to “rock,” she can flat out sing most any song. Nancy Wilson is an accomplished guitarist who put her stamp on many of their songs. Nancy and Ann are still going strong today and in my opinion are “back to the basics” as most of us know that during the mid to late 1980’s, it seemed that they had more “power ballads” all over the radio as opposed to the “Barracuda” like songs that catapulted them into the spotlight. Now again, that’s not always a bad thing but just like in many other aspects in our lives, too much of anything is probably not the way to go. Heart is my wife’s favorite band and we try to see them every time they hit the Tri-State area. So I am on an island and have been informed that I can only have ten songs by Heart- “these are them:”

10.     Little Queen-Is this classic Heart or what? This is what rock and roll is all about. You can hear the “rawness” is Ann’s voice as she digs down deep with this groovin’ track. This is “Led Zeppelin-esq” as one could picture Robert Plant and Jimmy Page going back and forth on this track. Ann is just way too cool on this song, you need to have this in your music library-this is smokin’!!!

9.     Alone-Yes this is the “power ballad” Heart but sometimes you have to recognize greatness even if it comes in a “bubble-gum wrapper.” “Whew”- is all I have to say when you listen to the phenomenal vocals of Ann Wilson on this tune. I laugh when many of the American Idol contestants try to do this song and I agree with Randy when he tells them “Yo Dog.. that song is too big for you..” A word of advice to the future contestants- just walk away from this song. This is one of those songs that should have a sign on it-“Do Not Attempt” because no one will ever sing it like Ann. I’m sorry, this lands in the category of “American Pie” where there should be a law against “covering” it.

8.     If Looks Could Kill– This song reminds me of my wife as she would sing this song (as well as others) word for word in our long car rides to anywhere (hey we live in the “boondocks”, so most all trips is a minimum of 45 minutes). She sings it with such passion trying to match Ann’s fervor and like I always say- I love to see when people are totally into a song, for some reason it gets me so psyched up. Anyway I found myself putting this track on in my car when I would drive alone and I love the hard rocking sound, it has a real edge, before I knew it, this had become one of my favorites as well.

7.      Who Will You Run To– There is something about this song that keeps me coming back for more. Is it one of their best songs; probably not. Is it one of their more popular song, again, probably not but for me, it is the arrangement as well as Ann cool vocal style. In the beginning of the song, her octave is lower and then she turns up the heat and hits those trademark notes that make you stare in awe. She takes it up and down throughout-love the part where she exclaims-“You can tell the whole wooorrlllldd…” The guitar work that follows Ann’s vocals throughout is the icing on the cake, I can listen to this song over and over.

6.     Will You Be There (In the Morning)– Hey take a listen to Nancy’s vocals as she takes the lead for this beautiful song. Yes I’ll admit it- I sway my head back and forth (like the American Idol audience who sway their arms back and forth high above their heads) to this song and try to sing like both Nancy and Ann. Their voices together create one of the best harmonizing sounds heard in the world today. You can’t but help sing along to this song, it is very pleasing to the ear. This is an uplifting song and a smile breaks out on my face every time I hear it. Awesome tune.

5.     Even It Up– I don’t know why but when I hear this song I think of the Mighty Zep. Heart has been compared to the Might Zep (unfair to them as well any one else) and Ann has been said to be the female version of Robert Plant. Now there are probably other songs that come closer to a Zep song but for some odd reason when I hear this track, I go to Zep. Now this song is very addicting, the groove and the beat are so infectious that I can’t get enough of it. This used to be played on WNEW FM back in the day all the time, the guitar work is flawless and the solo “hits the spot.” Remember last week when I told you to follow each individual of The Cars when you listen to their songs?; well do the same for this song. If you follow Ann’s vocals throughout you will be amazed on how freaking awesome she is. (especially the part where she says “When you were hungry.. I brought you breakfast in be-eee-ah-ed”) Or focus on the guitar work? This is a flawless tune, rock and roll at its best!!! \m/ \m/

4.     Straight On-Love the bass in this song as it provides the funky cool groove that makes your body gyrate across the dance floor (or the living room floor, that’s my choice of “floors.”) This sort of has a slight tinge of the blues with a twist of R&B and the vocals are what brings the song home. “What the winner.. the gambler understands…” – I love that part and have to rewind it many times. Heart makes you want to sing along to their songs-“Coming straight on for you.. straight on, straight on for you..” Watch out because this tune will knock you out.

3.     Crazy On You-Do you have those songs where when you hear it, you feel at “home”-meaning it brings you to a good place-this is one of the songs that does it for me. I love the acoustic beginning (because you know what lies ahead) and as Nancy comes to the part where it sounds like she is going to stop playing at she hits that last note but then you hear the strumming of those acoustic strings as the electric guitar strolls in to give it that flavor of your favorite meal-do you know what I’m talking about? Sometimes music can be like food and in this case, the song is “comfort” food-think “chicken pot pies”-or whatever gives you comfort. Anyway this track has to be considered one of the best rock songs ever, a masterpiece.

2.     Barracuda– Ok to all of you out there that say I leave off the “best” songs on my lists, well what do you have to say now? There-“Barracuda”- made the list. Honestly how could it not? Now I know we all have heard this song zillions of times over the years but I’ll use Ed’s argument-this is “ground-breaking” stuff right here, there is no denying this fact. And oh by the way how friggin’ psyched does this song get everyone? They had everyone on the opening guitar licks (now again “props” go out to the other musicians on all these tunes as they were part of this historic song). If you have never seen this performed live, you are truly missing out-talk about a “head-banging” tune. Wow it’s like a “religious experience” to see so many people truly rocking out to the max as it is a prerequisite to “air-guitar”- if you are not, please leave and try not to let anyone see you exiting; if someone does, make believe you have to go to the bathroom by holding your pelvis area. (For a while members of Alice In Chains played with Heart and I saw them perform this song and it was unreal). There have been more than a few times on TV the last few years that this song has been “covered” and last year (or the year before) Ann & Nancy performed it on American Idol along with Fergie and they brought the house down, in my opinion. Again this is an American classic, a historic song.

1.     Magic Man-I remember being a teenager and thinking that this was the coolest rock song ever made. I thought I had found a buried treasure and still think that, although there are many other people along side me flicking up the gold coins in the air from the chest lodged up on the water front. This is their prime masterpiece. C’mon you all know that you love the guitar solo as well as the keyboard/synthesizer solos that define this song. I have “air-guitared” and “air-keyboarded” to this track so many times; it could be the most for any song I have ever listened to. The guitar work is flawless throughout and the groove makes me picture a snake coming out of a vase. (remember that Abbott & Costello movie?) I would have loved to been in the recording room when they had nailed this song down, can you imagine having a set of headphones, sitting at the control board, listening to this “magic”-al experience? At the end of the song I would have threw off the headphones and jumped as high as I could toward the sky (as if the Jets had just won a Superbowl for those of you who know me) and given everyone high fives and hugs. Then after that I would have thanked them for letting me be part of history-totally awesome tune. \m/ \m/.

Trivia Questions

Answers from last week:

1.     “Modern Day Cowboy”

2.     “Everything I Own”

3.     “Moving in Stereo”

4.     Todd Rundgren

This week’s trivia (Heart, Willie)-

1.     What is the supposed story behind “Barracuda?”-meaning why did Ann write it?

2.     True or False: Izzy Stradlin played with Heart?

3.     How many Grammy’s has Willie Nelson won?

4.     Willie was part of the “Highway Men”-name at least two other members?

Name That Tune

Answers from last week:

1.     “Born in the U.S.A.”- Bruce Springsteen

2.     “Born to be Wild”-Steppenwolf

3.      “Born to be My Baby”-Bon Jovi

4.     “Born in the ‘50’s”- The Police

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

1.     “.. like a band of gypsies we go down the highway.. we’re the best of friends.. insisting that the world keep turning our way…”

2.     “.. He take the thunder from the mountain… he take the lightning from the sky.. he bring the strong man to his bending knee…”

3.     “.. Ah keep your eyes on the road… your hands upon the wheel… keep your eyes on the road.. your hands upon the wheel…”

4.     “.. the wild and windy night that the rain washed away… has left a pool of tears.. crying for the day.. why leave me standing here…”

Back on this Day

Sadly back on this day in 1963, Patsy Cline died in a plance crash near Camden, Tennessee along with country stars Cowboy Copas and Hawkshaw Hawkins. She was only 30.

Sadly back on this day in 1982, John Belushi (Blues Brothers) died of a drug overdose. He was only 33.

Back on this day in 1955, Elvis made his first television appearance, on the “Louisiana Hayride” program.

Back on this day in 1960, Elvis was discharged from the U.S. Army.

Back on this day in 2002, The Osbournes premiered on MTV. The first season of that show was the most watched that MTV has ever had.

If it is your birthday today, you share the same birth date with the late Andy Gibb (he would have been 52) and John Frusciante (former? Guitarist for Red Hot Chili Peppers).

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February 26, 2010

Weekly Update – 02/26/2010

Tom Petty at Madison Square Garden on Wed. July 28. (No opener announced as of yet) Also appearing at the Izod Center on Tues. Aug. 24. (My Morning Jacket is opener) Tickets on sale Mon. Mar. 8. More info to follow. His new album-“Mojo” will be released this spring. The first single-“Good Enough”- is available to listen to on his website. The tour begins in May starting in Raleigh North Carolina. The first part of the tour will have Joe Cocker as the opener. The Drive By Truckers, Crosby, Stills & Nash, ZZ Top and My Morning Jacket will also be openers. Lots of dates everywhere, so look on his website for further information.

Thom Yorke with his new band (no he did not leave Radiohead)-Atoms for Peace- will be at the Roseland Ballroom on Mon. & Tues. April 5 & 6. Tickets on sale this coming Tues. Mar. 2. (this is what it says on Radiohead’s website but Ticketmaster has next Fri. Mar. 5) at 10:00 a.m.$48.

Dave Matthews Band at The Bethel Woods Center for the Arts in Bethel NY on Tues. July 13. Tickets on sale this morning at 10:00 a.m. $46.75 (lawn) $86.05 (everywhere else). Also appearing at Comcast Theater in Hartford CT on Fri. & Sat. May 28 & 29. Tickets on sale this morning at 10:00 a.m. $40.50 and $75.

Sheryl Crow at Hammerstein Ballroom (for Nature Conservancy) on Mon. Mar. 22. Tickets on sale this Mon. Mar. 1 at 10:00 a.m. $50 – $62.50 (Note: Tickets have to be purchased in multiples of 2).

Echo & The Bunnymen at The Fillmore New York at Irving Plaza on Sat. May 1. Tickets on sale this morning at 10:00 a.m. $38 (standing room only)

Sharon Jones & The Dapkings at the Apollo Theater on Sat. May 1. Tickets on sale this morning at 10:00 a.m.$37.50

Vampire Weekend at Radio City Music Hall on Wed. Sept. 15. Tickets on sale today at noon. $39.50.

Gossip at Terminal 5 on Fri. Apr. 30. Tickets on sale today at noon. $27.50 ($30 day of show).

Hot Tuna and Steve Earle at The Performing Arts Center at Purchase College on Sat. July 24. Tickets on sale this morning at 10:00 a.m. $45 and $55 (includes a $2.50 parking fee).

Lupe Fiasco at The Fillmore New York at Irving Plaza on Sat. Apr. 10. Tickets on sale today at noon. (Live Nation Event)

Other items:

Last week I mentioned to you about the passing of Brandon Flower’s mother and I received an e-mail from a friend, Dave (even though we have never met, our connection is music, especially Cheap Trick-and a mutual friend-“99”) and he enlightened me to the fact on the Killers album-“Day & Age”- that Brandon had written a story about his mother’s battle with brain cancer. The song-“A Dustland Fairytale”- is a heart wrenching song (even though the pace of the song would not make you think it was a plea for his mother to hang on) about the way his parents met at a young age but his dad takes off and now years later his mom is suffering with her plight. And Dave is right “this is one of the most powerful, sad/touching songs” that I have heard. Thanks Dave, this has now become my favorite “Killers” song.

Finally, all the nonsensical talk of replacing Steven Tyler as the lead singer of Aerosmith will now end as Tyler has rejoined the band. “I just auditioned and got the gig” joked Steven as Aerosmith is planning a European tour this summer. Now the earth is back on a level axis, did you feel it shift back to the right place? Whew, thank goodness they didn’t replace him.

My favorite “Nu Metal (?)” song of the week belongs to Korn with their super cool “Twisted Transistor.” This song came up on my I-Pod shuffle while I was shoveling (for those of you not in the North-East it feels like it’s been snowing, sleeting & raining since last year’s holiday season, especially this past week, it seems like the most precipitation ever) the extremely heavy snow (I guess a good sign that spring is coming right? C’mon we need something to look forward to) and I had to keep repeating this song to keep me going. Who knows maybe my neighbors thought I was wacked out as I had to take breaks in between trying to dance and air-guitar. In my opinion, this is their best song!!

The first single from the last Scorpion’s studio album –“Sting in the Tail”-is “Raised on Rock” and is a salute to the bands in the 1960’s that the band grew up on. After my initial listen to the song, the first thing that came to mind is how “polished” it is and sounds closer to a-dare I say- “pop” song. This has a definitive “radio” feel to it, that said-I like it and the Scorpion fan will as well.

Kris Allen’s version of “Let It Be” on American Idol was actually fantastic. I was amazed on how well he performed it-every single artist takes a huge chance when they dare to cover a Beatles song. You can purchase it on I-Tunes and all proceeds with go to the Haitian Relief Fund.

The Stone Temple Pilots will release their first album (self titled) in nine years and it is due out on Tues. May 25. There was a listening party earlier this week in New York City and reports have it that Scott Weiland looked the best he has in years. Reports are that the music is “Beatle-esque harmonies with hard rocking melodies and astonishing singing by Weiland.” I, for one, can’t wait for this to come out. Weiland belongs in STP and STP only, forget Velvet-this is his home.

A new Pantera’s greatest hits will be released on Mar. 30. “1990-2000 a Decade of Domination” will actually be released through Wal-Mart. This marks the first time that Walmart is selling a Pantera album and the record is “un-cut,” so very surprising that Walmart is doing this now. Something’s fishy, I don’t get it. There has to be something wrong here…..

A Rush documentary is supposedly going to be released in May. I will keep you posted.

Congratulations to seventy-one year old Louie Sulcer of Georgia as he downloaded the 10 billionth song off of I-Tunes. For spending $0.99 on a Johnny Cash song- “Guess Things Happen That Way”- Louie receives $10,000 I-Tunes gift card. Sweet.

Taylor Hawkins, drummer for Foo Fighters, will release his second solo effort with his band-Taylor Hawkins & Coattail Riders– on April 19 and the album is called “Red Light Fever.” It will feature guest appearances from Elliot Easton (of The Cars!! Yes see below about this great guitarist) along with Brian May and Roger Taylor of Queen. Ok yes Mr. Grohl is helping out as well.

Alice Cooper & Rob Zombie have hooked up for a limited U.S. tour beginning in May. (sort of like “Frankenstein” vs. “Wolfman”, huh?) I will keep you posted if they hit the Tri-State area. I am in for this one. \m/ \m/

The White Stripes will release a live album-“Under Great White Northern Lights (Live)”-on Mar. 16. Should be most excellent.

Album Review: “Candy-O” by The Cars; released on June 13, 1979.

Candy-O

Last Sunday I was riding in my car when I heard the first few notes of “Let’s Go” by The Cars (“I-95” Rock Radio out of Danbury CT) and it really had “been such a long time” (“Since I Held You”) since I have heard this track; I immediately turned up the volume while seemingly driving “Back to The Future” as I recalled my youth when The Cars were my ultimate band. Ahh, the good ole days, not for nothing but 1979 was a great year in music for me and this album, without a doubt, was the highlight.(no not just for the cover, the music baby!!) Fast forward back to the present, I have been laboring for some time now to prove to both my sons’ that The Cars in their “heyday” had the “wow factor” but they still haven’t come around, especially my youngest. But for those of us who were in our early teenage years, The Cars represented a change from what was on the radio; some called it “new wave,” others referred to it a “Pop” and “All I Can Do” is sit here to tell you that no matter what you call it- these guys were real good. (“great”- in my opinion). This band was one of my early favorites which I know everyone can relate because all of us probably have a special place in their hearts for their “firsts” and now when I hear them, it’s not that I forgot about them but reminded again of their splendor as well as taking me back to a very special time in my life-being a teenager. I had “discovered” The Cars a year earlier in their phenomenal debut album and they followed up with this “most excellent” disc. If you have neither album, you again, are truly missing out. There is not one bad song on either disc, so without further adieu here is my take on the Cars second studio album-“Candy-O:” (All songs written by Ric Ocasek by the way on this one)

Side one starts off with the aforementioned “Let’s Go”; David Robinson crashes his drums and cymbals as Greg Hawkes and Elliot Easton each enter the fray with their keyboards and guitar to make one of the more distinctive beginnings to a song-you immediately know it’s The Cars before Benjamin Orr begins to sing-“She’s driving away, with her dim lights on..” Is it simple-maybe yes Ok but sometimes simple is the best way to approach things. One thing about the Cars is that all five members can be heard on most of their songs-on this track you can hear the very addicting keyboards of Mr. Hawkes, while Ocasek and Easton set the rhythm with their masterful guitar work and Orr does a great job on bass with Robinson keeping the pace up with his very fun drumming. You have to admit this is a fun song and isn’t what that one of the main functions of music? Connecting with other people to bring joy to their tough everyday job we call life, music is an escape and why not make it fun sometimes? (or all the time). This song was a mainstay on the radio back in 1979 into 1980 and deservedly so, this is classic. “Since I Held You” is one of The Cars best songs and probably lesser known to the non-fan base, so if you are unfamiliar with it-you need to jump all over it. The arrangement highlights Easton’s unheralded talents on guitar and Ocasek’s vocals just may be the best there has ever been on a Cars record. “I really love the way you talk, I don’t mind saying so..” The song has a few twists and turns that flow so perfectly that you will soon be singing this song all day long. “It’s been a long time, since I held you” as Easton’s guitar lick follows flawlessly in the background. Excellent tune. Track #3-“It’s All I Can Do”- again showcases Easton’s ability on guitar-especially the solo, it’s so “money.” How can anyone not like this song? I find it impossible as the melody is so relaxing, so refreshing as this could be one of Benjamin Orr’s best job on vocals. “You wait in the wing like a Saturday flirt” –Ocasek had some writing style, didn’t he? Love his lyrics on most every song he wrote. Before you know it this song is over and that to me signals how good a tune is-it’s over in a flash. This song has such a special meaning for me, especially the part “I cancelled my flight from going nowhere..” The next track-“Double Life” could be my favorite on the album, it sounds so psychedelic as Ocasek’s voice sounds so far away as the song begins but then he surrounds your ears as it appears that he has run up to the microphone to exemplify the “space-like” sound coming from the rest of the band. (Think –“Talking Heads”). As the song progresses, you really have to wonder why Mr. Easton wasn’t considered one of the best guitarists at the time as again his solo is breathtaking, they may be short but they are not simple. Almost feels like they recorded this song in a tunnel. Another thing that totally stands out is the background vocals that compliment Ocasek’s lead vocals which is sung in an almost robotic style. Now speaking of robotic, the next song-“Shoo Be Doo”- feels like it was created in “outta space” as Greg Hawkes makes these psychedelic noises with his keyboards that is something totally different from anything you have ever heard. This track is so great, I love what they do to Ocasek’s voice-“ Don’t you tell me what to do… Dooo..” they have that “echo” effect nailed down perfectly. The only bad part about this tune is that it’s only a little more than a minute and a half long as the first side comes to an electrifying end with the explosive title track- “Candy-O.” This is “head-banging” music in my mind because of the driving beat of the song. Again Easton is all over this album he lays down an awesome solo during the middle, all the while Hawkes is making these “asteroid” type noises (remember that video game?) with his keyboards. Next time you listen to this song just focus on Greg’s part- (do you ever do that to a song? It’s like when you go to a football game and on the kick-off you focus your eyes on one player the whole time until the play is over-you get an appreciation of the talent level)- he is all over the place, like a mad scientist. Admittedly, this band does exhibit that sort of “nerdy” type of image (I could see these guys, especially Ocasek, on a guest role on the CBS hit “Big Bang Theory”) but they can rock with the best of them and this song would be “Exhibit A.”

Side two starts off with probably the best song on the entire album-“Night Spots.” If I had to pick a song to best describe The Cars (for those who don’t know them too well) I would have to point to this track. It has everything-that “new wave” (at least that’s what it was called back in the late 1970’s and early ‘80’s) feel to it-especially Hawkes work on the keyboards (again focus on just him and you’ll be amazed on his talent) as well as that classic Ocasek sound-again nearly robotic but he has a human touch as you can feel his passion. Now then please focus on the electric guitar work by Elliot, listen how he trails seemingly in the background but his talent puts him at the forefront. If you really keen in on just his part you will hear exactly what I’m talking about and when he blasts off with that “out of this world” guitar solo well there you have it folks-the rock and roll part of the Cars. When the song gets to the end I can sing the part “It’s just an automatic line” all day long- how addictive is that part? Track # 2 on side 2 is the funky “You Can’t Hold on Too Long.” Benjamin Orr is flat out phenomenal on this track with his vocals. The song starts off with that “Asteroid” effect as Easton takes over with a short guitar intro but quickly hands it off to Orr- “you’re looking for kicks there’s nothing around..” This is such a fantastic tune to listen to with your head phones, I hate to keep saying it but follow Greg throughout every song. Now the bad part about these ground breaking songs is that they are too short, my only complaint- you blink and their over. Now admittedly years ago I would tend to skip over the next song-“Lust for Kicks”- because I couldn’t wait to get to “Got a Lot on My Head” and felt like this song was too slow. But years later as I went back to this album I found myself repeatedly playing this song over and over. In the middle they sort of have that Beatles moment in Sgt. Peppers when you hear an audience laughing and clapping. The song is simple yes but has quite an appeal factor. Ocasek’s vocals pull me in as well as Hawkes “effortless” sounding work. Now throughout every song I have to give “props” to Mr. David Robinson on the skins as his work does not go unnoticed, in fact it stands out in most all the songs. He starts off the blazing- “Got a Lot”- along with Easton on guitar, this duo were far too under-rated in my opinion. Now I believe (before my computer went bonkers) that this song was the most played in my I-Tunes library. Ask my boys, one day my youngest came over to the computer room and asked me how many times I was going to play that “stupid” song. (Yes I took care of that misguided statement). There were so many times (back in the 1980’s)I imagined myself being Elliot Easton up on stage while jumping on top of my bed air-guitaring to this song as the volume of the record player reached exorbortant heights-of course my dad wasn’t home, my mom was though. The last track-“Dangerous Type” is one of their best and well known songs. It has been played on the classic rock radio format for so many years and continues to be a fan favorite. Again all these guys shine as their individual parts creates one of the best “team” sounds that the music world has ever seen. Yes that’s what I’m saying- it’s enough already, the lack of respect these guys get. In my mind, this band was one of the best-if not the best- during the period that ran from 1978-1983 for their “genre” of music. “Dangerous Type” exemplifies this fact, as this is one of their masterpieces. I love this band!!!

The Cars, in my opinion, are often over-looked as a “super power” and maybe that had something to do towards the end of their career when I believe there was extreme pressure on them from the record companies to create those massive “hits” which left some believing that they were sort of this “pop” band, which is unfair. Yes they had the radio friendly songs like “Tonight She Comes” and “Drive” but you can’t forget about “Bye Bye Love” and “Candy-O.” When they veered off and made the music they wanted on the album-“Panorama”- the sales didn’t follow (but yet to me that album is fantastic) so they had to go back “on course” with the popular stuff. It’s a weird phenomena, when a band puts out their debut album it’s typically music that is really embedded from within and it’s songs that the artist wants to put out there. They don’t know if the album will take off and once it does, then all the pressure from the “money grabbers” comes down and they start to dictate to the artist what to play. Meanwhile, it’s their music that put them there in the first palce and as they try to create more, they are directed back to the same formula which we all know, the public will get full of at some point. Or in the case of many, artists can never top their debut (see “Guns & Roses’). And that is a long winded explanation of what I think happened to the Cars (I could be wrong) but “Candy-O” is no sophomore slump, this album is the “real deal” and doesn’t have one filler. (even “Shoo Be Doo” so don’t say it). You need to have this in your library. And in my opinion, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame should clear one shelf-in some way shape or form- for this band from Boston because they deserve to be in just based on this album alone-as well as their debut.

“TOP TEN”:

Image of Tesla

This week’s I-Pod shuffle landed on “Look @ Me” by Telsa and just like a few weeks ago when I finally sat down to write down my top ten songs by the Mighty Zep-this has been the other “elephant in the room” with its trunk hanging over my shoulder as a constant reminder that I need to “step up to the plate” and let the readers of this page know my favorite Tesla songs which has to be limited to ten. I really don’t want to do this because when I listen to Tesla, it’s basically every song on every album-so have your pick because in my opinion they have not ever made a bad album. Now for those of you out there who don’t know Tesla you’re probably going to skip right over this and for those who put them into the “hair-band” era, (I don’t even acknowledge that ridiculous implication) you too might skip over this. But for those “in the know”-you will acknowledge how hard this task is. For some reason, there are many of you out there that don’t get the greatness of this band or even worse don’t acknowledge their existence. But you know what, maybe the songs I write here (which many of you will not know) will get you to explore this “so underrated” band and not think of them as a one hit wonder group with the classic-“Signs”-(which is a cover of the “Five Man Electrical Band”).

I was introduced to this California group way back in 1986 when they opened for David Lee Roth (he had just split with VH) at the Nassau Coliseum and sometimes I don’t watch the openers but when they played their first song I thought to myself-“wow these guys sound good.” As the show progressed I was blown away and immediately became of fan, ran out to purchase “Mechanical Resonance” and the rest my friends as they say “is history”-I was hooked. Now these guys did run into some issues and did not make an album for ten years but that break did wonders for them because they are back now (“Into the Now” is freaking phenomenal) stronger than ever and just doing what they do best-make music. Even their “covers” (see “Real to Reel”) are done with the respect that the original artist would appreciate and if you have those two discs you’ll see the wide range of the musical taste that shaped and influenced their career. There are many singers that I wanted to be when I was growing up (and still to this day wish I could be them) and Jeff Keith has always been someone who I wish I could step into his role for a tour or so. His passion is something that I have always felt when I listen to their songs and yes his voice can hit that “high” note that sometimes dogs can only hear but that only shows me how much he puts his entire body and soul into in what he loves to do. Songs like “Only You” should make you stand up and take notice that the man can sing. Now the musicianship that backs Mr. Keith up is in my opinion one of the most talented bands to ever come out of CA and the U.S. for that matter. This band gives you their all on every note and every verse and has been for a very long time. So with that Tesla I salute you and like I said I could pick whole albums, never mind just ten songs but I will stick to the ship that I have constructed. Here they are “coming atcha live” my top ten songs by Tesla:

10.     Getting Better Everyday-As I eliminated song after song to get my top ten, this tune narrowly beat out “In a Hole Again” from their latest “Forever More” and my oldest son kept pushing me to stick to my guns with my picks while imploring me to stay true to what I really love. He is right and I remember the first time I heard “Getting Better” I was thinking OK this is going to be a fine, nice, slow acoustic song but then BOOM- “Ahh it’s getting better now everyday” as the blazing, blaring guitar duo of Frankie Hannon and Tommy Skeoch really push this song into overdrive as the pace kicks into gear like no other song you have heard. It’s like riding the “Cyclone” (in Coney Island) as you approach the first hill, there is that second of silence and then it’s on. If you have seen their live shows you know this is one of the many crowd favorites as everyone sings while dancing around in a circle waving their fists-“Getter Better!!!”- This band has always pointed out the positive in life and this is one for the ages. “Soon the sun will shine through my window..” I’m hoping for all of us that day is coming soon!!!

9.     Flight to Nowhere.-So many great songs to choose from “The Great Radio Controversy” and believe me again as I narrowed the list down to ten there were more than a few that I knocked off from this classic. The reason why this song remains is I think this song depicts what Tesla is all about. The arrangement is spectacular as it portrays this band as one that can take it down but when it comes back up-watch out-these boys can rock with the best of them and the labor of love contributed by the guitarists accompanied by their incredible talent results in one of their most scorching tunes ever recorded. ‘Nuff said.

8.      Changes– This song takes me back to my early days for the Standard & Poor’s men’s softball team as you can probably tell from the passion that I have for this band that I latched on to “Mechanical Resonance” and could not stop listening to it. To get me pumped up for the games I would put my CD player on, squeeze the headphones to my ears as I rode the #1 train up to Columbus circle and even though this track is slow it does pick up the pace and it became my “go to” song before games. Tesla unleashes a passion from within me that I can not explain and Jeff Keith does a phenomenal job on vocals on this track as the backing musicians perform tremendously as I would state that this could be one of their best songs ever.

7.     Heaven Nine Eleven-Talk about passion? Listen to the lyrics in this track and tell me this isn’t filled with much affliction but also with a path of turning things around. (“..and change the way.. change the way of the world..”). I remember seeing these guys at the New York Fillmore in May 2004 when they performed this song and hearing it live for the first time, it almost brought tears to my eyes. This is such a sensitive topic for many and any time we are taken back to that most tragic event it’s hard to deal with but with this track I feel like the bond that they are asking for can be achieved, at least I can pray that it happens. What stands out to me most musically is the most addicting drum beats by Mr. Troy Lucketta, when he hits those skins eight times in a row before the chorus breaks in; I drift off playing air guitar as the heavy riffs of the guitar take control of the song.

6.     The Way It Is-Another fantastic song to witness live as the entire crowd takes over singing the song for Jeff (and I think he loves to hear and feel that). When I took my bride to see them while they were in the midst of their “Five Man Acoustical Jam” tour (again way back when) I remember her being amazed that so many people were singing this song and she had never heard it (yes I forced her to see the greatness of this band). Now the original version is on “Great Radio” and once you hear it, the next time it comes on you have to sing along, this song was made especially for that. “Do you believe? Can you believe?..” Then the great guitar solo comes in and at this point you have to ask yourself, “how did I ever not know this awesome band?” Go see them live and see what I am talking about.. “Yes it do…”

5.     Look @ Me– As I mentioned Tesla went on a hiatus for a while and it took ten years between “Bust a Nut” and “Into The Now.” “For everything in life, there is a reason…” think about those words for a second, you know you have. Mr. Keith went through some hard times and my guess is that he needed to get back to what he loved the most: being the lead singer for the band called Tesla. He references one of his occupations during that time when the band was not together with the words “spun around like I just got played” which depicted his time as a DJ at a gentlemen’s club. But as he says “that was then.. take a look at me now” and without a doubt he has come back (as well as the band) stronger than ever. They have made up for lost time as they have done extensive touring along with making lots of material in the last five years and in my opinion are more relevant now than they ever have been-totally erasing that “hair-band” label (again something I never accepted). Again Troy’s drumming hooks me right in as well as Jeff with his great vocals- look at them now-still rocking after all these years. \m/ \m/

4.     Song and Emotion-When I think of Tesla, I think of “song” and of course you get the “emotion.” What better way to put these two words together and dedicate it to one of their good friends, Mr. Steve Clarke-the guitarist for Def Leppard who unfortunately battled alcoholism and passed away at the very young age of 30 in 1991. The lyrics cut right to the bone-“ I see him there most every day a lonely man and his guitar..In his eyes I see the pain..” In more than a few songs that Tesla has recorded over the years, they seem to indicate that being a rock star isn’t always what it seems to be. We automatically think that it’s filled with glory, fame and money but as they say-“life at the top ain’t always what it seems.” And for one Steve Clark “somewhere, somehow, something was lost.” You can feel the entire bands pain as they play this song every time because they probably feel that this could have been anyone of them, not just Mr. Clarke. They show him so much respect on guitar because it eerily sounds like the way Steve played, they honed in on his style and just completely nailed it. Now if you listen to the entire track on “Psychotic Supper” the ending of the song sounds an awful lot like the beginning of “Mama’s Fool” which appears on “Bust a Nut.” This is an emotional draining song and every time I hear it-I immediately think of Steve-which is what Tesla wants us to think of when they recorded it. This is brilliance.

3.     What You Give-“It’s not what you got..but what you give..”I wish I could have written these seemingly simple words but yet think about the great meaning behind them. Think about how great this universe would be if every person in the entire world followed these simple words. Now I know this is a love song written for that someone special but yet it is deeper than that, I really believe they meant it for everyone to make this world a better place. You want to talk about a great concert song? Go to one of their shows and tell me you don’t get “goose bumps’ while they play this awe inspiring song. Ask my friend Sal what he thought when he saw them perform this live, I guarantee if there was one song that he remembers from all their shows we have attended-this would be near the top of his list-not just mine. This song resonates deep within me, I can feel it start from my soul as it works it way up towards my heart and practically brings tears to my eyes. As I tell you all the time, there are some songs that make such an impact in my life-so good that it brings tears to my eyes. This has been-and always will be-that kind of song. Raw emotion that you can feel.

2.     Only You– The first time I heard this song I froze.. I couldn’t move. This song is so tender, so sensitive, so “gut wretching” that I have to listen to it over and over again. If you have lost a loved one, please be aware that it may be too tough to listen to and of course you know I think of my mother always when I hear it. This time I shed tears because I miss her and this song tugs at my heart. “I only want you, not some picture on a shelf..” that gets me every time because that’s how I feel. “If only desperation could resurrect”-I know I thought about that as she was close to leaving us. Thank you Tesla for making such a powerful song. Beautiful and touching.

1.     Lady Luck-They had me on the opening guitar licks, when I hear them it brings me back to 1989 when I was just 24 and this became another song that I would use to pump me up before the many softball games that I had on my schedule as I played for nearly 7 teams that year. Every once in a while when I see Tesla perform live they break out this classic from “The Great Radio…” and I get so psyched I feel like I am going to jump right out of my skin. This is hard rock at its best-“there she stood in living color… and she said I don’t!!!”- Tesla is and always has been one of the hardest working “blue collar” bands this country will ever see. These guys know how to rock, what are you waiting for-jump in and turn Tesla on and they will return the favor. \m/ \m/.

Trivia Questions

Answers from last week:

1.     True, Jimmy Page played with Joe Cocker

2.     Schenker left Scorpions to play with UFO

3.     “I Can’t Explain”

4.     “Creep”

This week’s trivia (The Cars, Tesla)-

1.     What was the first song that put Tesla on the map?

2.     What “Bread” song does Tesla masterfully cover?

3.     What “Cars” song is featured in the classic “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” movie?

4.     Who sings lead vocals for the “New Cars” after Ocasek stated he would “never” be part of a Cars reunion?

Name That Tune

Answers from last week:

1.     “Only You”- The Platters

2.     “Only the Lonely”-Roy Orbison

3.      “Only the Good Die Young”-Billy Joel

4.     “Only God Knows Why”- Kid Rock

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

1.     “Got in a little hometown jam..so they put a rifle in my hand.. sent me off to a foreign land.. to go and kill the yellow man..”

2.     “I like smoke and lightning..heavy metal thunder..racing in the wind.. and the feeling that I’m under… ”

3.     “My heart beats like a drum (all night)..flesh to flesh, one to one (and its alright) and I’ll never let go.. there’s something I know deep inside …”

4.     “My mother cried.. when President Kennedy died..she said it was the communists.. but I knew better.. would they drop a bomb on us while we made love on the beach….”

Back on this Day

Back on this day in 1965, Jimmy Page released his first single-“She Justs Satisfies.” It failed to hit the charts and shortly after he joined the Yardbirds… then of course on to the Mighty Zep.

Back on this day in 1980 U2 received a contract with Island Records after talent scout Bill Stewart witnesses them play at the National Stadium in Dublin Ireland.

Back on this day in 1985, Chuck Berry received the “Lifetime Achievement Award” at the 27th Grammy Awards.

Back on this day in 1997, Rush received the “Order of Canada” which is the highest civilian award from the Canadian government for significant achievement in important fields of human endeavor.

If it is your birthday today, you share the same birth date with “heavy weights” in the music world including the legendary Fats Domino, the late great Johnny Cash, Mitch Ryder and Jonathan Cain (Journey).

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