Errols Weekly Music Update.

July 3, 2008

Weekly Update – 07/03/08

Eddie Vedder at the United Palace Theater on Mon. & Tues. Aug. 4th and 5th. Tickets on sale next Fri. July 11 at 10:00 a.m.$79.

The Goo Goo Dolls at the House of Blues in Atlantic City on Dec. 31. Pre-sale tickets begins tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. and goes to July 31 at 10:00 p.m. General public on sale is Fri. Aug. 1 at 10:00 a.m. $52 – $67.

Indigo Girls at the House of Blues in Atlantic City on Thurs. Sept. 25. Tickets on sale this Saturday at 10:00 a.m. $32 – $41.50.

Apocalyptica will be at Nokia Theater on Fri. Sept. 26. Tickets on sale now. $20.

Lindsey Buckingham at the Nokia on Sun. Rocktober 19. Tickets on sale next Sat. July 12 at noon.

Dion at the Mohegan Sun Cabaret on Thurs. thru Sun.Aug. 28 – Aug. 31. Tickets on sale this Mon. July 7 at 10:00 a.m. $40.

Wingstock 2008 at the First Energy Park in Lakewood NJ on Sat. Sept. 13, featuring Peter Wolf, Kansas and a “Huge Act” to be named later. Tickets on sale Mon. July 14 at noon. $35. Eight ticket limit.

Other items:

John Mayer has released “Where the Light Is- Live in Los Angeles.” This guy is growing on me. Great guitar player and nice vocals. He does a real cool version of Tom Petty’s “Free Falling.” Check it out. Supposedly Target is the place to buy it. You get both CD and DVD for $17.99.

My new favorite song of the week is from a Country Band called The Lost Trailers and the song is “Holler Back.” These guys have been around for a long time, they sound good- check them out.

My two favorite “old school” songs this week are “Mr. BoJangles” by the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band “On and On” by Stephen Bishop. The Nitty Gritty Band re-recorded this hit with Keith Urban and Dierks Bentley but I like the original better. Jerry Jeff Walker actually wrote the song but I like this version the best- it’s been covered by many artists, including John Denver and Bob Dylan.

LL Cool J has released a new single called “Baby” featuring The Game. Very disappointed in LL, this song is juvenile and a big step backwards at this point in his career. I don’t know if he’s trying to get “street cred” but the cursing and the lyrics are laughable.

Fans of Little Feat, myself included, will be glad to know that 14 of their greatest hits have been re-recorded by various artists which include Dave Matthews, Chris Robinson, Jimmy Buffet, Vince Gil, Brooks & Dunn and Bob Seger.

Caught some needling on why no review of Motley Crue’s new release “Saints of Los Angeles.” I’m almost there. I don’t want to piece-meal it from I-Tunes and then realize I want the whole CD. The first five songs sound awesome. I’m a huge Crue fan so I most likely will take the plunge. And I totally agree that the video for “Saints of Los Angeles” is real cool, this is the way a rock band is suppose to look and sound like. Excellent song and video.

I have now solidified my favorite track on “Evil Urges” by My Morning Jacket and the honor goes to the “Librarian.” This song is phenomenal. Again, I can’t say enough about this album but if there is one song to get- this is the one. On another note about this album- you had to see the faces of my boys when I played “Highly Suspicious” for them. Talk about priceless. They hated it.

And not for nothing I am real close to getting “Real Animal” by Alejandro Escovedo that was just released this past Tuesday. Last week I mentioned his new single “Always a Friend” and as I listen to the 30-second previews on I-Tunes- it sounds like a smash hit!!

This week’s I-Tunes shuffle landed on “You May Be Right” by Billy Joel, so of course I had to go back and listen to my one and only album by Mr. Joel- “Glass Houses.” This was his seventh studio effort, which was released back in 1980. I know this album alienated fans from his first six albums but you know what? – it dragged me in. Now for myself back in 1980, it was not cool to own a Billy Joel album, so the people who knew me back then- probably never knew that I bought this. (I had a metal image to uphold). Now I recognize Mr. Joel’s space in American music history and he can’t be denied, but I was never a real “big” fan. I like a lot of his stuff but again this is the only album that I have ever purchased from his extensive library. And yes I have seen him live and have to admit I liked the show. He has earned his place in music history.

Now for me, the opening breaking glass sound on “You May Be Right” symbolized that he was shattering his image of just being a piano man and was ready to rock and roll. Say what you will about this song but when it’s cranked up loud (as I have it now) this is a fun rock and roll song. “Sometimes A Fantasy” is a cool song and I love the hook. With a good set of headphones, the background vocals come through great. I love the drum parts to “only you can give me satisfaction.” Again play this loud. “Don’t Ask Me Why”- well don’t ask me why but I love this song- I know its soft but there is a soft side to me. “Don’t wait for answers, just take your chances.” Sort of reminds me of something Paul McCartney would sing. OK now I know you have heard “It’s Still Rock and Roll To Me” over a thousand times, especially in the summer of 1980 but you know what? It’s a great song.

Tell me you don’t like “All for Leyna?” Oh man I wore this album out and this is my second favorite track. I love the piano work and the bridge of the song that takes it into “I’m failing in school, losing my friends…” is something that I can listen to over and over. If you have the album- side 2: track # 1: “I Don’t Want To Be Alone” is not only my favorite song on this album, this could very well rank up there in my top 20 songs of all time. Can you say “desert island” song? I have always wanted to perform this song a la karaoke style. How cool is this song? “She said she meet me in a bar at the Plaza Hotel, wear a jacket and a tie-eee-eye..” It has a funky stop and go beat that flows real well and Billy’s vocals are spot on. Perfect bar song. Then for all sports fans, “Sleeping With the Television On” starts with the National Anthem and then back in the old days the TV would turn off and you’d hear just a steady noise. “Your Eyes are Saying Talk to Me… This isn’t for me to say Dianne… All Night Long..” I believe this is one of his all time classic songs, I know a lot of folks out there probably think I’m sleeping with the television on right now. And how cool and rocking is “Close to the Borderline” – I love it- crank it up. How many songs by Billy Joel can you say “Crank it Up?” I love the guitar throughout. “A buck three eighty won’t buy you much these days… I don’t change channels, so they must change me..” How many Billy Joel songs can you “air guitar” to? Come on, this is probably the only one. The album closes with “Through The Long Night,” a great slow song and Joel’s vocals are top notch. It’s a sing along song for the whole family- take it on your next trip together.

Glass Houses spawned two number 1 hits for Mr. Joel: “It’s Still Rock and Roll to Me” and “Don’t Ask Me Why.” “You May Be Right” peaked at # 7. Now there is not one bad tune on this album and it classifies as a “desert island” disc. It’s short and compact- like many albums were back in the late ‘70’s and early ‘80’s. At the time I bought it, I knew it was a classic but again wasn’t too vocal about it. But now I will tell all of you- run out and get this album now!!! And he also won a Grammy for this album “Best Male Rock Vocal Performance”- would I steer you wrong?

Remember the VH1 Honors show this year is on Thurs. July 17 at 9:00 p.m. and the only band being honored is The Who. Should be a great show.

Back on this day in 1971, Jim Morrison died of a heart attack in France at the young age of 27.

Today would have been Laura Branigan’s 51st birthday, she passed away in Aug. 2004. She was born in Brewster NY.

Back on this day in 1988, Cheap Trick had its only #1 song with “The Flame.”

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May 9, 2008

Weekly Update – 05/09/08

Madonna at the Izod Center on Fri. Rocktober 3rd. Also at Madison Square Garden on Mon. & Tues. Rocktober 6 and 7. Fan club pre-sale starts this Monday May 12 at 10:00a.m. and goes to Thurs. May 15 at noon. Pre-sale tickets for Citicard members starts this Tueday May 13 and goes to Sat. May 17 at noon. General public on sale is Monday May 19th at 9:00 am $55 – $350.

Toms River Fest 2008 featuring Carrie Underwood, Lifehouse, Push Play and more at the Toms River North Campus in NJ on Sat. Aug. 2 at 2:00 pm. Tickets on sale tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. $35 – $75

Toms River Fest 2008 featuring Daughtry, Collective Soul, Live, Avril Lavigne and more at theToms River North Campus in NJ on Sun. Aug. 3 at 2:00 pm. Tickets on sale tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. $35 – $75.

Sheryl Crow at the Mohegan Sun on Sat. July 26. Tickets on sale this morning at 10:00 a.m. $45 – $60.

Tina Turner at the Prudential Center in Newark NJ on Wed. Nov. 28 and the Nassau Coliseum on Wed. Dec. 3. Pre-sale tickets on sale through tonight at 9:00 p.m. via the Oprah Winfrey show which gave a password. General public tickets on sale Mon. May 19th at 10:00 a.m. $59.50 – $135.

Projekt Revolution featuring Linkin Park, Chris Cornell& The Bravery at Jones Beach & PNC Arts Center on Tues. & Wed. July 22 and 23. General public on sale is Sat. May 17 at 10:00 a.m. $30 – $80.

Third Day, Switchfoot, Robert Randolph & The Family Band and Jars of Clay at PNC Arts Center on Thurs. Sept. 13. This is a tour to benefit for the Hollywood for Habitat for Humanity. Tickets on sale next Fri. May 16 at 10:00 a.m. $24 – $119.

My Bloody Valentine at Roseland Ballroom on Mon. Sept. 22. Tickets on sale this morning at 10:00 a.m.$52

Smoking Popes at the Blender Theater on Sat. July 5. Tickets on sale today at noon. $16

Kittie & Dope at the Blender Theater on Tues. July 8. Tickets on sale today at noon. $20

Jakob Dylan at the Blender Theater on Tues. June 10. Tickets on sale Sat. May 10 at 10:00 a.m. $26

The Fratellis at Webster Hall on Fri. June 13. Tickets on sale today at noon. $25

Mindless Self Indulgence at Terminal 5 on Fr. June 27. Tickets on sale today at noon. $25

Hot Water Music at Terminal 5 on Sat. July 12. Tickets on sale tomorrow at noon. $22

Chaka Kahn and Musiq Soulchild at Nokia Theater on Tues. Aug. 12. Tickets on sale today at noon. $55 – $70.

Daryl Hall at the Highline Ballroom on Tues. July 10. Tickets on sale today at noon.

Other items:

Bon Jovi will apparently play a free show at Central Park on Wed. July 9. The show will be sponsored by Major League Baseball. (3 days before the All-Star game which will be hosted by the Yankees)

Donna Summer is back and her new album Crayons will be in stores on Tues. May 20. Back in March she released a single called “I’m a Fire” and it is currently #1 on billboard’s hot club dance chart. She also released another single on April 22 called “Stamp Your Feet”. Both songs are worthy of a purchase and I give both a thumbs up. She’s touring this summer all over the Tri-state area, including Atlantic City now. She will be performing at Bryant Park in NYC for the concert series for the “Today” show on Friday May 30.

Speaking of the concert series for the Today show, Mary J. Blige performs this morning at Bryant Park. The B-52’s will perform Mon. May 26.

Elvis Costello & The Imposters have released a new album called “Momofuku” and I-Tune listener’s are giving it an average rating of 4.5 stars. Listening to the 30 second samples, I have to say it didn’t sound too bad. If you like him, you’ll like the sound.

The Offspring will release their first CD in 5 years with “Rise & Fall, Rage & Grace” will hit on June 17. The first single “Hammerhead” was released this past week. Sounds pretty good. You’d be surprised by how many songs these guys have. Check out their greatest hits album. Solid effort.

Pearl Jam is starting work on their 9th studio album and it will be produced by Brendan O’Brien- first time since 1998’s “Yield” CD. That CD is really good- a must have for PJ fans.

Candlebox (remember them?- “Far Behind”) will release their first album in 10 years. “Into The Sun” will be the name and the first single is “Stand” and can be heard on their “My space” page.

Rihanna has hooked up with Maroon 5 and have re-recorded 5’s hit from their second album “If I Never See Your Face Again.” Available on I-Tunes now, I picked it up. Rihanna is already “big” and is poised to become a superstar. Maroon 5 are super solid.

My younger son told me to get with it and download “Wall to Wall” by Chris Brown and I have to admit I like it. He also turned me on to Natasha Bedingfield’s “ Pocket Full of Sunshine.” I like both of these tunes. I returned the favor by playing “God’s Got It” from the Black Crowes, off of their Warpaint CD, and he loved it and put it on his I-POD. That made my day- A 10 year old liking the Black Crowes, how psyched am I?

I’m “luke-warm” on the new single from Weezer– “Pork & Beans.” Turns out they were pissed off that their record company wanted a “hit” and they recorded this. Sounds OK.

New favorite song of the week is “Give It To Me” from Madonna off of her new CD “Hard Candy.” A definite hit-mark my words.

This past week I was listening to a heavy dose of Kiss on my I-Pod and as many of you know I am a huge Kiss fan. Now I know for many people, they really don’t take them seriously. Now for all you Kiss fans please don’t freak out from what I’m about to say: My favorite album from them is “MTV Unplugged.” Now don’t get me wrong I’m ‘rightthere’ with their debut album, ‘Hotter Than Hell’ and ‘Dressed to kill.’ I love all of those albums from top to bottom. Also love ‘Rock N Roll Over’ and ‘Love Gun.’ But hear me out. MTV Unplugged showcases their musical talents (which most don’t give them credit for) and it will also pull in the people who say they are not fans of Kiss.

For the people who say they don’t like Kiss, please- just listen to this CD once (put it out of your head that it is Kiss- and listen) and I’ll bet you’ll play it for your friends. That’s what happened with me, I played it for my brother but did not tell him who it was and I believe it is now one of his favorites as well. This CD hits all the “Kiss-story” from their beginning to another one of my favorites- “Revenge” (which came out in 1992). Back on Aug. 9, 1995 Kiss performed at the MTV studios for this un-plugged session and the buzz back then was that the original band was getting back together for a reunion tour (which is still going on). This was the only time that Peter Criss and Ace Frehley-original drummer and lead guitarist- shared the same stage with Bruce Kulick (lead guitarist in 1995) and Eric Singer (drummer in 1995-who is now back with the band after Criss & Frehley were kicked out). The show starts off with “Coming Home” from Hotter than Hell (their 2nd album) a song written by Paul Stanley & Ace. From the “opening bell” you can tell that they were on their game. Singer’s drumming is tight and Kulick’s guitar strumming is on target and you’ll be bopping and weaving your head to this one. Tune #2 is from Love Gun and “Plaster Caster” rocks the house with an upbeat tempo that will have you turning up the volume.It slows down a bit with another one from Hotter than Hell with “Going Blind” and I have to say Gene’s vocals are spot on; it’s a sing-a-long song. Then it kicks up with Stanley’s “Do You Love Me?” from ‘Destroyer.’ I know the lyrics are kind of silly but the song rocks and the volume will be up again on this one. Track # 5 “Domino” is a cool cut from ‘Revenge’ and Gene’s lyrics deal with his favorite topic- women. (Again I like the music). Kulick’s guitar solo is phenomenal.“Sure Know Something” from “Dynasty” will surprise you and you will not believe this is a song that Kiss would do. This is one of the songs that will pull you in. Track # 7 –“A World without Heroes” is an obscure song from one of their most unknown albums “The Elder” but again Gene’s vocals are spot on for the softer side of Kiss. The beginning of “Rock Bottom” stays soft in the beginning and then as Paul states “now it gets rough” and it kicks in and the volume has to be at full force as they blast their way through this “Dressed to Kill” classic.Track # 9 is another sing-a-long song with “See You Tonight” which is the “new” song performed that night.

Track # 10 “I Still Love You” from Creatures of the Night is the gem from this CD and Stanley’s passion pours through this song, the guitar and his voice on this song will mesmerize you.Then it’s on to my favorite track of the disc and that is “Every Time I look at you”- I know a sappy commercial love song but I love it. This is another song that you probably would not believe it is Kiss, if you didn’t know it. The last 4 songs is where they bring out Peter Criss and Ace Frehley and they jam to the cover of the Rolling Stone’s “2000 Man” off of “Dynasty”. A side note on this one is that when Ace came out, supposedly they had to do this song over and over and Stanley was pissed because Ace couldn’t get it right. And if you listen closely you can hear a little screw-up in the song- but you have to listen closely!!“Beth” – the classic from Peter Criss sounds like the original from “Destroyer.” Another side note- I saw Kiss for their 1996 reunion tour and Criss was suppose to do this song for the encore but the music started too early for him so he refused to sing the song. Weird just the music with no vocals- but they’re all here on this one.“Nothing to Lose” from their first one has everyone chipping in on vocals and with both drummers and two guitarists- this is the best version of this song period!! You have to like this song. The disc ends with the incomparable “Rock and Roll All Nite” and no matter how many times you hear this song- it never grows old- especially this version. This song is a “blast out- back yard” party song for this summer and any other summer. There’s no denying their space in music history. It may be a small part for many… but a huge part for the Kiss Army- a dedicated army to say the least. \m/ \m/

Coldplay will tour this summer into the fall and will stop at the I-ZOD center on Sun. Rocktober 29. Ticket info to follow.

Happy Birthday to Billy Joel, who turns 59 today. Other having a birthday today are Richie Furay of Buffalo Springfield / Poco (64) and Tommy Roe turns 66 (“Dizzy”).

Back on this day in 1998, Puff Daddy performed with Jimmy Page on Saturday Night Live to do his song “Come to Me” which borrows heavily from “Kashmir.” Collaborations are cool and this one is a great song.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

February 8, 2008

Weekly Update – 02/08/08

Billy Joel at Shea Stadium on Wed. July 16. Tickets for this show will go on sale next Saturday Feb. 16 at 9:00 a.m. at http://www.507tixx.comNo price info yet.

Jethro Tull and Peter Frampton at Jones Beach on Sat. Aug. 9th. Tickets on sale this morning at 10:00 am. $25-$79.50

Beastie Boys at Terminal 5 on Tues. Mar. 4 for a benefit for the Institute for Music and Neurologic Function. Tickets on sale today at noon. No price info.

Van Morrison at the United Palace Theater on Sat. Mar. 15. Tickets on sale this coming Monday at 10:00 am. $79-$304.

Jay-Z and Mary J Blige at Nassau Coliseum and Izod Center on Thurs. Mar. 27 and Fri. Mar. 28 for their “Heart of the City Tour.” Pre-sale is next Thursday Feb. 14 at 10:00 am for CITI card holders only. General public is next Saturday Feb. 16 at noon. $76.75- $347.

Ace Frehley at Nokia Theater on Friday Apr. 4. Tickets on sale today at noon. $30-$34.

Widepread Panic at the United Palace Theater on Fr. & Sat. Apr. 4 and 5th. Tickets on sale next Sat. Feb. 16 at 10:00 am. $33.

Lotus at the Fillmore New York on Sat. Apr. 5. Tickets on sale tomorrow at 1:00 p.m. $18.50.

Feist at Hammerstein on Tues. April 29. Tickets on sale this morning at 10:00 am. $31.

Vince Gill & Friends at Northfork Theater on Thurs. May. 29. Tickets on sale on Sat. Mar. 1 at 12:30 p.m.

Other items:

Album review: “It’s Time for a Love Revolution” – Lenny Kravitz released Feb. 5, 2008:  Fantastic; Instant Classic; His Best Work Ever; I wish the World would follow his Words; Lenny for President!! Do you think I like this CD? You need to run out and purchase this album immediately!!

It has everything- groove, heart, soul, electric guitars, sitars and piano. And he even plays the drums. It’s hard and soft. It’s fast and slow. The best thing about this CD is his positive message of peace and love. “If You Want It” states that you (we together) can change the world. Such a great song and I love the “gospel” type background vocals towards the end of the song- a nice touch. 

The album starts off with a kick with “Love Revolution” and then goes into the Zep like “Bring It On” (put this one on in your car and crank it up). The third track definitely has a Beatle influence with “Good Morning” (perfect wake up song for those who need an alarm clock)  a bluesy rock song. “Love, Love, Love” has a Chili Pepper feel to it and with the lyrics “There ain’t nothing you can give me I’m already there, I got love”- how can you beat that?

Like many of his other CD’s, he writes beautiful slow songs. Right about the time his last CD, “Baptism” came out- my mother had passed away and he wrote a song for his mother (whom also passed away) called “Calling All Angels” and although its a tough song for me to listen to- I feel the connection. On this album, he writes a song for his dad-whom just passed away- “A Long and Sad Goodbye.” For the majority of Lenny’s life he did not speak to his father but they mended fences right around the time he was sick and before he died. Just listen to the lyrics.

I think my favorite song is “Will You Marry Me” (tough to pick because there are so many to choose from). Again his lyrics are solid- “You are my life and passion and that never goes out of fashion”- that’s the way I feel about my wife!!!

Throughout, there are songs for wanting the war to end. “I Want to Go Home” is just phenomenal. Heartfelt pain for the men & women over in Iraq. “When I take a Life, does that make peace?”- Powerful words. “I’ll Be Waiting” is also another cool song.

This man has passion-so much of it- that it pours off his heart. If you don’t like this album- I’ll reimburse you the money for it……

This week on my I-POD shuffle I came across Dusty Springfield. Wow-this woman had such a great voice and her songs will last forever. Such a shame the world lost her in 1999 to breast cancer. Pick up her greatest hits or “Dusty in Memphis.”  “You Don’t Have to say you love Me” is right up there for me as an all-time favorite. Remember keep the classics going- play them around your kids so they know!! Pound it into them.

By the way, how cool was Tom Petty at half-time of the Superbowl?

Twisted Sister and Stryper will be participating in a benefit concert to mark the upcoming fifth anniversary of The Station nightclub fire in Rhode Island that killed 100 people.Twisted Singer frontman Dee Snider will serve as host of the event, which will raise money for The Station Family Fund, a nonprofit group that assists survivors with the costs of rehabilitation and treatment. More than 200 people were injured in the blaze and many continue to require medical care. The concert will feature an eclectic lineup, including several country artists. Snider says the members of Great White continue to be devastated by the tragedy, and that the band would perform at the concert in a heartbeat, but emotions are still too raw — “I just can’t let them near it,” Snider said. The benefit concert is set for February 25th at the Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence, five days after the 5th anniversary of the fire.

Back on this day in 1969 Blind Faith formed after Traffic and Cream parted ways. Clapton, Winwood along with Rick Grech and Ginger Baker made one album and parted before 1969 ended. Clapton and Winwood are reunited at the end of this month at the Garden. “Well Alright”!!!

Grammy’s this Sunday!!

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