Errols Weekly Music Update.

June 6, 2008

Weekly Update – 06/06/08

Bob Dylan at the Prospect Park Bandshell in Brooklyn NY on Tues. Aug. 12. Pre-sale on now through fan club. General public on sale next Fri. June 13 at noon. $55 – $100.Eight ticket limit per person.

Stone Temple Pilots at Jones Beach on Wed. Aug. 6. Pre-sale tickets start this morning at 10:00 a.m. for American Express cardholders. General public on sale next Sat. at 10:00 a.m. $29 – $69.

The Eagles at the Borgota Center in Atlantic City on Thurs. July 17. Also at the Mohegan Sun on Thurs. July 31. Tickets on sale tomorrow at 10:00 a.m.$165 – $265.

Jill Scott with Wyclef Jean at the Central Park Summerstage on Tues. Aug. 12. Pre-sale tickets on this morning at 10:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. tonight. (Nokia ticket rush) General public on sale tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. $66

Marc Anthony with Alejandro Fernandez and Aventura at Madison Square Garden on Thurs. Aug. 21. Tickets on sale this morning at 9:00 a.m. $49.50 – $256. 50.

Mars Volta at the Hammerstein Ballroom on Wed. Sept. 17. Tickets on sale tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. $23 – $27.

Billy Idol at the House of Blues in Atlantic City NJ on Sat. Aug. 23. Tickets on sale Sat. June 21 at 10:00 a.m. $55

Madonna at MSG on Sun. Rocktober 12. Pre-sale next week for fan club and Citi card members. General public on sale next Fri. at 9:00 a.m. $64.50 – $354.50

Other items:

This week’s cover of Rollingstone Magazine has guitar legends and is a collector’s edition. Also names the top 100 guitar songs. Number 1 is Johnny B. Goode by Chuck Berry. Grab the issue and see if your list would be different.

CD review: Weezer– self-titled sixth studio album (otherwise known as the “Red” album) released this past Tuesday June 3, 2008.

OK I guess I was not too sure about picking this CD up because I was not so crazy about the first single released “Pork and Beans.” Everyone seems to love this song and I didn’t get it. It’s OK but… anyway I jumped on the Weezer band wagon a few years ago- the song that pulled me in was “Hash Pipe”- and I did purchase the full album “Make Believe” but I don’t have the history of the “Blue”, “Green” album or “Pinkerton.” You get the picture? Now “Make Believe” took me a few turns to finally pull me in and once I was in- well I love that CD. Now with the “Red” album I can tell you after the first listen I am hooked. This album has more of a “kick” to it than Make Believe.

First thing I noticed about this album was that Rivers Cuomo does not sing all the songs and this is OK because Patrick Wilson (drums), Brian Bell (guitar) and Scott Shriner (bass) all do a good job on the songs that they sing lead. The organization of the songs are crisp and tight. My recommendation for this album is a “buy.” You will not end up selling this one and it may become one of your favorites.

The album starts off with “Troublemaker” with Cuomo’s distinctive voice; Wilson’s drums kick in and you start to sway your head back & forth, up & down. I’m dancing as I’m typing- this is a good exercise song!! “The Greatest Man that Ever Lived” is a “Queen” like song in the sense that it has different parts as in Bohemian Rhapsody. It starts off with piano and then boom its hip hop Weezer coming at you with a heavy bass for 1 minute or so, then it turns into sort of a hymnal which transcends into head banging. This song also reminds me of what Green Day did with “American Idiot” where they had long songs that switched gears. My guess is this is something totally different from what Weezer has ever done and it works. Track 3 is the aforementioned “Pork & Beans”- again it may grow on me but it seems like they wrote the song in frustration and it’s sort of sounds like the same old Weezer to me, oh well. “Heart Songs” is a ballad about the songs that Rivers grew up on and he pays homage to Mr. Springsteen, Eddie Rabbitt, Joan Baez, Gordon Lightfoot, Cat Stevens, Quiet Riot, Slayer and many others. Track # 5 is my favorite track on this album, “Everybody Get Dangerous” is a guitar driven, hard hitting song that I can listen to over and over again. The last 30 seconds of the song reminds me of something the Stones would do and you will find yourself dancing and wishing that they had continued to jam on this song. (My guess is they will in concert).

Track 6 – “Dreaming”- is along the lines of track # 2 with many different key changes and different hooks, it works. Track # 7 is a song sung by Brian Bell and is totally different from Weezer’s sound and I really like it. Scott Shriner then steps up to the mike and takes the lead vocals on “Cold Dark World”- sort of a hip-hop / rock song all in one.It has a heavy beat to it and the chorus will be stuck in your head. “Automatic” is another rocking tune with Pat Wilson on vocals. This song was remixed by LA Riots for the upcoming video game Gran Turismo 5 Prologue so you know it has to be cutting edge. (Very solid song). The last song of the album (before all the extra bonus songs) is my next favorite song. “The Angel and One” is the longest track and sort of has an epic sound to it and this could be the best song on the album. It’s a song of peace & love and again has a majestic feel to it. The last 1:40 of the song could have been cut off but I guess they were “in the moment.”

The bonus tracks from I-Tunes- “Miss Sweeney”, “Pig”, “The Spider”, “King” and “It’s Easy” are all very good songs and are at a slower pace. The standout for me amongst the extras is “King.” If we lived in the U.K. we could have their cover of “The Weight” by the Band.Somehow I have to hear that version.

CD Review- “Indestructible” by Disturbed released this past Tuesday June 3, 2008.

OK there was a buzz about this CD and it seemed like June 3 would take forever to get here. “Inside the Fire” was released as a single a while back and how friggin’ great is that song? So I knew this was going to be good.The opening sound of this album is an alarm and its perfect because it’s a warning to brace you for something that is on the horizon. “Headbangers” unite: look no further than this CD. I give this a thumbs up, way up!! Wait…\m/ \m/….. “Indestructible” kicks it off with powerful chords, tight drumming and David Draiman’s dinstinctive vocals. What a way to kick off a CD then it heads into the aforementioned “Inside the Fire.” Whew I’m out of breath already with the constant pounding. But you know what? It continues with “Deceiver”- wow what a song!!! You know what?I’m going to end the write-up right here because it makes no sense to go on about how great this CD is. You need to listen yourself. This is the best head banging CD out this year. This is fresh metal at its best. You will find yourself shredding and banging your head from start to finish. I can’t say enough…. \m/ \m/\m/ \m/

I love the radio station 106.9 WCCC out of Hartford CT. On their site, they have the following news about Shinedown: “The countdown is on for Shinedown. Not only do they have a new record coming out, but the time has come for them to return to the road. The band says in a new update sent to fans that they are currently in Nashville working on a killer show, complete with “lights, stage, and some bad ass rock and roll.” Singer Brent Smith says that the refurbished lineup is connecting on a whole new level. He tells us, “We’re beyond stronger than we’ve ever been and that’s just the fact of the matter. It’s the strongest band that it’s ever been.”

Radiohead released its greatest hits this past Tuesday. For some reason I-Tune listeners are giving it a thumbs down- not sure why.

Yes cancelled its summer tour. Frontman Jon Anderson suffered a severe asthma attack last month and has been diagnosed with acute respiratory failure. So it’s a no go until he gets better.

Thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Bo Diddley who past away this week at the age of 79. Slash was quoted as saying that Bo was a pioneer and that he was a big influence in his music.

Rumor mill has Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley hosting a reality show to see who will win to take over their spots when they leave Kiss. They’ll even make money on the way out, did you expect anything different?

Van Halen’s tour has grossed more than $93 million.

Back on this day two years ago the rock and roll world lost one of its greats, Billy Preston passed away at the young age of 59. Man was a legend, period!

Back on this day in 1971 on the final Ed Sullivan show, the musical guest was Gladys Knight and the Pips.

February 22, 2008

Weekly Update – 02/22/08

Kayne West and friends at the Garden on Tues. May 13. Pre-sale on now until 10:00 p.m. tonight. Password is HEGLOW. General public on sale tomorrow at noon. $49.50 -$129.50.

Robert Plant & Allison Krauss at the WAMU Theater inside MSG on Tues. June 10. Pre-sale begins this Monday at 10:00 am until Sun. Mar. 2 with American Express cardholders. No price info.

Santana & Derek Trucks at MSG on Tues. April 8. Pre-sale begins this Monday at 10:00 am to Sunday Mar. 2. General public on sale Mon. Mar. 3 at 10:00 am $39.50 – $89.50.

Sara Bareilles at New York Fillmore on Wed. Apr. 23. Tickets on sale tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. $20.

Katt Williams at Radio City on Thurs. April 10. Tickets on sale this morning at 10:00 a.m. $54- $84.

Alicia Keys and Jordin Sparks at the Rock & the Garden on Tues. & Wed. June 17 & 18. Ticket info to follow.

Other items:

Concert review: Foo Fighters at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday Feb. 19, 2008: Growing up, we are all required to go to school for 12 years and then maybe on to college. You put in your dues to get to that “higher” place. The Foo Fighters have been putting in their dues for the past 12 or so years. I started out seeing these guys in a college gymnasium in N.J. a long time ago. They worked their way up to the local clubs and then onto smaller theaters. This past Tuesday, they “graduated” and had their first ever visit to the “Mecca” of which all bands strive for- Madison Square Garden. So how did they do you ask? They passed their audition and the buzz as we left the show was that it was a “kick butt” performance. My opinion is that they were solid and there were great moments during the show. The Foos will now be able to continue to have their shows at “Garden” type arenas. In one way this stinks because it will be that much harder to get tickets to their smaller venue appearances and you lose the intimacy. But when you graduate, this comes with the territory.

First off, the second opener, Serj Tankian, was absolutely horrible, enough said. And the music piped in before the Foo’s came out was also horrible. So I knew before the Foos took the stage that they were going to be solid. (good planning on the part of their management team)? The Garden was completely sold out and the Foos started off with the first two songs from their latest CD but in reverse order- “Let it Die” and “The Pretender”- (my all-time favorite Foo song). Good way to start off the evening as Mr. Grohl was trying to get the kinks out of his voice (it has to be grinding on his vocal cords as he tends to scream a lot). Playing the part like they had been there before, the stage was set up with a long ramp to another small stage set up in the middle of the Garden. Just picture a really long walk way that fashion models utilize. (or a from a birds eye view I’m thinking a huge Gene Simmons bass guitar). So they had the setup for crowd interaction.

They blasted their way through their hits (and these are legitimate hits) such as “Times Like These” and “Learn to Fly.” At times it was hard to see the band on stage-as there were headlights facing the stage-that blared light similar to the ones you squint to when someone has their high beams on when you’re driving. The highlights for the first part of the show for me were “The One” and “Stacked Actors,” (song he wrote about Courtney Love). Then the band members walked down this ramp to a “new” stage that fell from the sky and all of a sudden we had great seats. The band was in the middle of the Garden on a stage setting similar to the old Flip Wilson shows where he and his guests would perform their skits. (for those of you who are younger and do not know who Flip Wilson is- tune into TV Land). They went into an acoustic set and the “intimacy factor” was actually felt by the whole place.

This is where they shined bright. You could actually hear very clearly Dave’s voice (he can sing) as they jammed to “Marigold” and “My Hero”- which was a crowd sing along song. Then Taylor Hawkins took the vocal spotlight with the song he wrote from In Your Honor- “Cold Day in the Sun.” The acoustic set ended with “Everlong”-which arguably could be their best know song (actually made famous by their Howard Stern appearance a number of years ago). Then the show ended with the “great” moments previously mentioned with “Monkey Wrench” (a boot camp classic) and “All My Life”- which was the best song performed by far. As I was watching the crowd and when Mr. Grohl announced to the audience “Everybody Dance!!”- just then the spot light hit the crowd and what a sight-thousands of fans jumping and head banging at the same time. I decided then and there that is one of the best sights for me to see (and not just at their show, anyone’s show) and that sight is for so many people to be enjoying themselves at the same time. You don’t get that too often and at that moment I just felt a rush of the “wow factor.” I felt good for Dave and the boys.

They came back for 3 encores which included my new favorite song of the week “Long Road to Ruin” and ended with a fantastic version of “Best of You.” Overall a very good show and I love the fact that they are getting more popular-another sign that I’m getting old. When I was younger as soon as a band that I followed from the beginning became popular I dropped them like a hot potato. The Foos are at the top of their game right now and deservedly so.

Again I came across a song on my I-POD shuffle which made me go back and listen to the entire album and this time it was from The Cars. For those of you who know me a long time, you know quite well that one of my all time favorite bands is The Cars. They were one of the first bands that sucked me into this whole music thing going on here. For me, Ric, Ben, Elliot, Greg and David were synonymous with John, Paul… well you get the picture. Now I know you’ll be scratching your head on this one but I have to tell you I love their 3rd album “Panorama” released in 1980. Now I know their debut album and Candy-O are more popular and I’ll admit those two are better than Panorama but again this album is no slouch. (now keep in mind The Cars can do no wrong in my eyes). This disc gets panned by critics all the time but hey even Zep had their “III”- which we all know is not as bad as all the critics state. The Cars had two main singers, Ric Ocasek and Benjamin Orr. Mr. Orr passed away many years ago unfortunately. (now if you don’t know their voices,their classic pop hit “Who’s going to drive you home” is Ben Orr and “My Best Friend’s Girl” is Ocasek). Check out Mr. Orr’s vocals on the “Down Boys”- side 2, track 2 of Panorama. Awesome song. The one and only hit from this album is “Touch and Go” but after listening to this again I absolutely love “Getting Through,” “Gimme Some Slack” and “Don’t Tell Me Know.” My favorite track is “Misfit Kid”- just a totally cool song. One of the great things about the Cars were their harmonizing background vocals and you hear them throughout. The album ends with “Running to You” and “Up and Down” which are two solid solid tracks. I wanted to be in the Cars when I was a kid, I use to pretend I could air guitar lefty, as Elliot Easton is a lefty guitarist. These guys don’t get the respect they rightfully deserve. Buy any one of their first three albums- you won’t be disappointed. With Panorama you’ll have to buy the CD as I-Tunes only carries “Touch and Go” from this album. Sometimes I-Tunes screws up and in this case they have, its just not right.

AC DC back in the studio after an 8 year absence. New CD to follow and most likely a tour. \m/ \m/

Gene Simmons is in hot water with his live in girlfriend Shannon Tweed, apparently Gene has been caught on tape with another woman and its now on the internet.

Back on this day Florence Ballard of The Supremes died in 1976 of heart attack, at the age of 32. She had left The Supremes nine years earlier after her constant fights with Diana Ross. Ballard was replaced by Cindy Birdsong, and by the time of her death, Ballard had separated from her husband and was on welfare, having lost a multi-million dollar lawsuit against Motown Records. Ross attended the funeral, surrounded by several bodyguards.

Back on this day in 1989, the 31st Grammy awards for the first time featured a heavy metal category and remember when Jethro Tull beat out the boys from Metallica for best metal group? Still pissed about that. This fact was actually one of the million dollar question on Who Wants to a Millionaire back when Regis was the host.

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