Errols Weekly Music Update.

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.

 

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March 7, 2008

Weekly Update – 03/07/08

Eric Clapton at PNC Arts Center on Thur. May 22 and at Jones beach on Thurs. June 5. Tickets on sale this Monday Mar. 10. PNC-$44.25-$199.25; Jones $49-$179.  

Eric Clapton and Robert Randolph & the Family Band at the Borgota Center in Atlantic City on Sun. May 25th. Tickets on sale tomorrow at 10:00 a.m.

A third show for Jay Z and Mary J Blige has been added at the Garden for Friday May 2. Tickets on sale this morning at 10:00 am. $99.75-$199.75.

Counting Crowes at the Blender Theater on Sun. & Mon. Mar. 16 & 17. Tickets on sale tomorrow at 10:00 am. $38.50.

Les Nubians at Blender Theater on Fri. May 9. Tickets on sale this morning at 10:00 $32.50

Brad Paisley will be at the PNC Arts Center on Sat. June 28. Ticket info to follow.

KT Tunstall at the Town Hall on Wed. & Thurs. May 28 and 29th. Tickets on sale next Friday at 10:00 a.m. $46.50 – $56.50. (Town Hall is acoustic only)

The B-52’s with Cyndi Lauper and the “True Colors” tour will visit Jones Beach on Sunday June 1 and Radio City on Tues. June 3. Ticket info to follow.

Other Items:

Album Review: “Warpaint” by the Black Crowes released this past Tuesday. Ok if you are a Crowes fan, you will love this CD. I will state that this is their best work since 1994’s “Amorica.” There’s probably not a band out there today that does the kind of music they make: blues, rock, country, gospel and soul. Even at the height of their commercial success in the 90’s, they never really fit into the radio format. This album will be no different. These guys are a “throw-back” type of band that make passionate music from all the influences that are instilled in them. You can feel Dylan, Richards, Page and Marley throughout the CD. For all you “older” fans who love Dylan and/or the Allman Brothers but missed these guys (because they came out in the early 1990’s), please take notice- this is the CD for you to get to know them. If you have followed them, (they’ve been on hiatus for a while as they broke up and regrouped in 2005) then this CD will put a smile on your face. This album grooves, you will find yourself bopping your head up and down throughout.

The album starts off with the single released a few weeks back, “Goodbye Daughters of the Revolution” a cool mixture of keyboards and guitar kick it off and Chris Robinson’s vocals flow easily and I love his sort of twang when one of the lines states “Take it easy to avoid any snags”- he carries out “snaaaags” like that. Then just like that- the second tune is “Walk Believer Walk” and its a heavy slow blues rift that most other bands would not put as their second song- but that’s what great about the Crowes- they make their music their own way, in their order. Then its on to what will be a popular song for them “Oh Josephine.” (the longest track on the CD at 6:41) Tracks 4 “Evergreen” is also heavy guitar driven and again the groove is infectious. The heavy guitar continues into track 5 with “Wee Who See the Deep” (one of my favorites on the album) and the background vocals in this song are reminiscent of the Beatles with a great guitar solo in the middle. By the way, one of the new guitarists is Luther Dickson- who also plays with the North Mississippi Allstars and has worked with Robert Randolph. His playing along with Rich Robinson gives this band a new “1-2 punch” they didn’t have before. Track 6 goes back to the more mellow sound with the beautiful “Locust Street”. Then I’d have to say track 7 is one of the two best songs on the CD and this track is “Movin’ On Down the Line”- for some, it may take a while to get going- but sometimes you can’t rush greatness. The groove I was talking about continues with “Wounded Bird” and by this time, you realize 8 songs have past and you say to yourself- man this album is good. But wait it gets better- track 9 is “God’s Got It” (only song not written by the Robinson brothers -song written by the Reverend Charles Jackson) and it has rockin’ bluesy twist that you won’t be able to get out of your head.

Then its on to track #10 which is my favorite song of the album and I will go on record as saying this is the best song that the Crowes have ever recorded- “There’s Gold in Them Hills”- a beautiful song spotlighting Robinson’s vocals. Their musical talent on this song really shines. Can’t say enough about this song- if there is one song you download from I-Tunes, let this one be it. The album ends with “Whoa Mule” and “Here Comes Daylight”- two slow songs but again with the good hooks. The Crowes are back and I know its early in the year but I will say that this CD will end up in my top 5 albums of 2008. They performed the whole CD this past Tuesday at the NY Fillmore and received a good review from the NY Times in Thursday’s edition.

As I mentioned last week- Rolling Stone gave it 3.5 stars and the average rating from I-Tune reviewers is 4.5 stars. By the way, The Crowes have rejected the apology issued from Maxim- the magazine gave a review of the CD without listening to it.

Van Halen has been postponing certain shows across the states for an undisclosed medical reason concerning Eddie. So many rumors flying that the tour was cancelled. Apparently some of the last shows done, Eddie was looped and not playing very well. So far the NJ and NY dates, Mar. 13 and 17th are still on. Every show before the 13th has been rescheduled. Keep you posted on this one as I know a few of us are slated for the Garden, yes I am going again.

Jackson Browne has released his “Solo Acoustic Volume 2” this past Tuesday. Volume 1 was released in 2005. Both are getting rave reviews from fans across I-Tunes and Amazon.

Thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Jeff Healy, who passed away this week at the young age of 41. He had a rare form of retinal cancer known as retinoblastoma which claimed his eyesight, beginning at the age of 1. This cancer took his life. He learned to play guitar across his lap. His most popular hit single was “Angel Eyes”. His unique playing style, combined with his bluesy vocals, earned him a reputation as a teenage musical prodigy. He shared stages with George Harrison, BB King and Stevie Ray Vaughan. He loved jazz and his last 3 albums consisted of this genre. His love of jazz led him to host radio shows in Canada where he spun long-forgotten numbers from his personal collection of more than 30,000 vinyl records. His death came weeks before the release of his first rock album in eight years. “Mess of Blues” is slated for release on April 22.

Rolling Stone is reporting that Joan Jett has been added to the list of performers at Monday’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony. She’ll pay tribute to inductees The Dave Clark Five, whose singer, Mike Smith, passed away last Friday. What a shame, waited all those years to get inducted but at least he found out he made it. Look for the show on VH1 sometime next week.

Today is Peter Wolf‘s birthday he turns 62. Wolf is lead singer for J. Geils Band.

Even though it is not today’s date, I thought I would mention that on March 5, 1963 the world lost one of the greatest singers of all time, Patsy Cline– she died in a plane crash near Camden Tennessee at the age of 31. She was my mom’s favorite all time singer and has become one of mine as well. Her greatest hit CD has sold over 8 million copies.

February 29, 2008

Weekly Update – 02/29/08

Ray Davies at the Beacon on Tuesday April 8. Pre-sale tickets today at 10:00 am. till next Friday at 5:00 pm. Password is HEDAVIES.  General public on sale Sat. Mar. 2 at 10:00 am. $59-$99.

Alicia Keys with Jordin Sparks at the Rock and the Garden on Tues. & Wed. June 17 and 18. Tickets on sale tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. $39.50-$129.50.

My Chemical Romance with Taking Back Sunday and Drive By at the Garden on Friday May 9. Pre-sale until tonight at 9:00 p.m. and pass word is HEMCR. General public on sale tomorrow at noon. $26.50 -$37.50.

The Verve at the WAMU Theater inside the Garden on Mon. & Tues. Apr. 28 and 29th. Tickets on sale tomorrow at 11:00.

James Taylor at PNC and Jones Beach on Fri. June 20 and 21st. Pre-sale starts this morning at 10:00 for Citi card holders only until next Sunday at 10:00 p.m. General public on sale is Mon. March 3 at 10:00 a.m. $20-$70.75.

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Concert Review: Steve Winwood and Eric Clapton at the Garden in Thursday Feb. 28, 2008. A warm feeling on a cold winter’s night. It truly was blind faith that brought 18,000 fans to the Garden last night to witness one of the most historic nights in music. If you were in attendance to any one of the three shows this week at the Garden, you will be able to tell your grandchildren “I was there the night that blind faith blew me away.” Being the sentimental guy that I am, I have to tell you the best part of the night for me was to see Clapton and Winwood embrace each other at the end of the show. Two musical giants, showing a genuine respect for each other. Again I am at a loss for words but I will attempt to tell you how great the show was. I will say that I have seen Clapton more than a few times but last night was the best he ever was. Blistering guitar solos one after the other. His bluesy, rhythmic and lead work was something that will have people talking for years about this past week shows. His vocals were spot on as well. My theory on why he was so good last night- Mr. Steve Winwood.

Why do I say this? Well, I’ll go back to sports again, my feeling my whole life is that you play up to your competition (as well as down), meaning if you are playing with or against somebody good- you will play better. It’s an instinct. Steve Winwood is an amazing musician and does not get all the accolades that Mr. Clapton does, but you know what, he can more than hold his own. I’m talking guitar playing here, as many just think of Winwood as a keyboardist. Clapton had to be beyond his game in my mind because he knew what Winwood was bringing to the table. I am not saying that there was a competition between them because you could see they enjoyed being on the stage with each other. Again just my theory.

Winwood’s vocals are just like they are on any of his Traffic albums or solo efforts. Unbelievable is what comes to mind. He did a wonderful job with a cover of Ray Charles’ “Georgia on my Mind.” A favorite part of the show for me was when they would both sing together, their harmony was sensational.

The night started off for Chris, Tricia and I thinking we were going to have bad seats because we were all the way up in the nose bleed seats in section 403. But we had the first row and the seats turned out to be very good. The stage setup was very basic, couple of amps and small drum set. There was a “hippie” type circular rug that Clapton was standing on most of the night. There was a “TV like” screen that was huge with HD quality shots of all the band members, high above the band to the left. Over their heads were rectangular lights that changed colors throughout the night, almost like the space ship from Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Show started off with “Had To Cry Today” off of the only Blind Faith album and it was spot on in every aspect. The next song was “Low Down,” a song that I was not familiar with but rocked. The fourth song in was a song dedicated to Buddy Miles, drummer for the Jimi Hendrix band who just passed away this past Tuesday at the age of 60, “Them Changes.” Then the song that I had been waiting for and never thought I would get to hear live- “Presence of the Lord” a song that Chris turned me onto more than a few years ago at his Spin class. At that point, if the show had ended right there, I would have been satisfied. Then they went into Traffic’s “Glad” with Clapton showcasing his talents and then went right into “Well All right.” The highlights of the show for me were “Pearly Queen,” “Tell the Truth” “Cocaine” and of course- the ever popular “Dear Mr. Fantasy”-which was the encore. During Cocaine, Winwood had a terrific guitar solo. There were bluesy songs throughout the night that had me just bopping and weaving my head up and down like I was on a cloud, at one point when they were performing Hendrix’s “Voodoo Chile” I found myself not wanting the show to end. The quality of the music was so great that I wish all of you could have been there. If I had my way, I would force everyone to see these guys. It was great to see all the white and gray haired guys air guitaring through out the Garden.  For those of you who didn’t see it, I’m saddened, but take notice- there is a new DVD featuring Clapton and Winwood at a music festival last year in Chicago. Or maybe there will be a DVD out on the Garden shows down the line. (there was camera men filming the whole show). Again, simply a phenomenal show and definitely cracks my top 5 shows of all time.                  

Think about this for a second, Clapton and Winwood haven’t played in nearly 40 years, have not put out any new material (although Clapton is on one of Winwood’s new song- but you know what I’m talking about) in the same time period and yet SOLD OUT the Garden for three nights this week. Now that is blind faith.

Steve Winwood’s “Nine Lives” CD slated for release through Columbia on April 29 featuring the single with Clapton (mentioned above) “Dirty City” which hit the airwaves this past Monday.

The new Black Crowes “Warpaint” album received 3.5 stars this week from Rolling Stone magazine. The magazine “Maxim” issued an apology to the Crowes after giving a mediocre review but the author never listened to the album. The Crowes are still furious.

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame has announced who will be delivering the induction speeches at this year’s ceremony. Justin Timberlake will be doing the honors for Madonna. Lou Reed will be inducting Leonard Cohen, Billy Joel will do the honors for John Mellencamp, John Fogerty will sing the praises of The Ventures, and Ben Harper will give the speech for Little Walter. Actor Tom Hanks has been tapped to induct The Dave Clark Five. Ceremony takes place on March 10.

Back on this date in 1968, Aretha Franklin won her first Grammy with the hit “Respect”

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