Errols Weekly Music Update.

March 28, 2008

Weekly update – 03/28/08

Crosby, Stills & Nash at the Central Park Summer stage on Tues. July 29. Tickets on sale tomorrow at 10:00 am. $66.

Jimmy Buffet at MSG on Thurs. June 12. Also at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City on Sun. Aug. 24. Tickets on sale this Monday at 9:00 a.m. $51.50 – $201.50.

Steely Dan at the Beacon Theater on Fri., Sat., Tues. & Wed. June 13, 14 and 17 and 18th. Pre-sale on now for American Express Cardholders. General public on sale this Monday at 10:00 a.m. $54-$154. 

Erykah Badu and the Roots at Radio City Music Hall on Fri. May 9th. Tickets on sale this morning at 9:00 am. $55.50-$80.50.

Pearl Jam tickets on sale Friday April 11 for the Garden shows in June.

Sheryl Crow at the Central Park summer stage on Thurs. May 29. Tickets on sale today at noon. $65.

George Michael at MSG on Mon. & Wed. July 21 & 23. Pre-sale begins on Monday through I-Tunes if you purchase his new album “25” which includes 29 of his greatest hits and 33 videos now before it hits Tuesday and you’ll receive a password from I-Tunes. General public on sale is Mon. April 7.  

The Neville Brothers at the NY Fillmore on Wed. July 2. Tickets on sale tomorrow at 10:00 am. $35.

Kenny Chesney and LeAnn Rimes at PNC Arts Center on Thurs. July 24. Tickets on sale tomorrow at 10:00 am. $80.75 ($40 for lawn seats).

Counting Crows and Maroon 5 at Jones Beach & PNC on Thurs. July 31 and Thurs. Aug. 7.  Pre-sale through I-Tunes again if you pre-order Crows new CD. General public to be on Mon. Apr. 7. (I am no fan of the CC, I don’t get how they are considered a headliner. I thought they’d be playing Great Adventure by now)

Heart, Journey and Cheap Trick at Jones Beach and PNC on Thurs. Aug. 14 and Thurs. Aug. 21. No ticket info yet….I’m IN.

Type O Negative at the Starland Ballroom in NJ on Sat. May 10. Tickets on sale today at noon. $25.

Other items:

The Allman Brothers Beacon Theater dates in May have been canceled. They will be rescheduled for later in the year.

Young woman named Duffy from England will remind you of Amy Winehouse and she has a solid retro voice that you need to check out. Look for her new song on I-Tunes called “Rockferry.” I like it.  I also like her other popular song called “Mercy,” which was released as a single last month.

I’m loving the new song “Inside The Fire” by Disturbed which was just released as a single off of their upcoming album “Indestructible” which is set for a June 3rd release. \m/ \m/ They will start a tour this spring and Five Finger Death Punch has been tapped as opener. No NY dates, they’ll be at Webster Theater in Hartford CT on Sunday April 20.

Ok this is how far the music industry has fallen: Walmart has become the largest music retailer. I still refuse to purchase CD’s from them, just ain’t the cool thing to do but I may be tempted now. Why you ask? Well, Walmart is telling record labels to drop prices on its CD’s to as little as $5 and if they don’t start dropping prices, Walmart will stop selling CD’s. The chain has become such a music biz powerhouse that the Eagles sold 2.6 million copies of their 2007 disc at Walmart and Journey has recently agreed to release their three-disc set “Revelations” on June 3rd only through Walmart. Man, I remember as a teenager buying all my albums in Brooklyn on 86st street at a place called “The Little Record Store.” I’m sick.

The B-52’s have released their first album in sixteen years and “Funplex” is getting good reviews from the listeners at I-Tunes. I haven’t decided to take the plunge for the whole album yet but I have bought two songs from it- “Pump” and “Keep This Party Going.”  My uncle turned me on to these guys way back in 1979 and one of my all-time favorites from them is “Planet Claire.”

Madonna‘s new single “4 minutes” was released this past Tuesday from her upcoming album “Hard Candy” which is produced by Justin Timberlake. I like the single.

OK this week’s classic album review is the greatest hits collection from Sam Cooke, now I know you say that a greatest hits collection can’t be a classic album but back in the 1950’s and 1960’s there were not too many albums released by recording artists, mainly singles, so that is why I am considering it a classic. For those of you who don’t know who Sam Cooke is—well I won’t hold it against you but….. First off, please find a greatest hit collection that includes “A Change is Gonna Come.” This song is one of the most important songs that has ever been written and recorded. Every time I hear the song, I just stop what I’m doing and listen with awe. But that is not even my favorite song by him, that honor belongs to “Nothing Can Change This Love” and if I had to pick my all time favorite song ever- this would be it. Every time I hear this song, I ask my wife for her hand to dance- find me a better love song!! Another song that I could listen to over and over is “Bring It On Home to Me”- come on now this is pure greatness. I could go on and on about this man’s contribution to music history but I’d be here for a long time. Other classics are “That’s It, I Quit, I’m Moving On”, “Chain Gang”, “Cupid”, “Twistin’ The Night Away”, “Having a Party” (Yes he wrote that song-not Southside Johnny), “Love You Most of All” and of course “You Send Me” -arguably his most popular song (my dad would be upset if I didn’t put this song down). You really can’t go wrong with any of his greatest hit collection. Come on, find me a better voice? Everyone should own something by Sam Cooke. Again pass it on to anyone who will listen and if they don’t- force them to listen to it. I do it- I sit on my kids so they know what the classics are…..

92.3 K-Rock‘s bracket brawl is down to the Elite 8 and today the Final Four will be decided. Left standing are: Zep, Hendrix, Metallica, Nirvana, Foo Fighters, GNR, Pearl Jam and Tool.  I have 5 out of the 8 in my bracket picks. Final Four will be determined today and matches are: ’70’s bracket: Zep vs. Hendrix, 10:00am; ’90’s bracket Pearl Jam vs. Nirvana 1:00 p.m.; ’80’s bracket GNR vs. Metallica 4:00 p.m. and Now bracket Tool vs. Foo Fighters at 7:00 p.m. Then continues on Monday for last two battles ’70’s vs. ’80’s at 10:00 a.m. and ’90’s vs. Now at 1:00 p.m. and then ultimate battle at 4:00 p.m.

This year’s 3rd annual VH1 Honors will only honor The Who– it will be a two hour special with spoken tributes, today’s biggest band performing their songs and The Who themselves. Most likely to air in May.

Thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Neil Aspinall who passed away at the young age of 66 from lung cancer. Aspinall is fondly referred to as the fifth member of the Fab Four because of his close ties to bandmembers Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr. He served as the former road manager and business advisor for the Fab Four for over 40 years, and even sang backing vocals for the group’s hit “Yellow Submarine.”

Richie Sambora was arrested for DUI this week and had his 10 year old daughter in the car with him. Pretty careless I’d say.

Heart‘s music is often performed on American Idol, but on April 9th, Ann and Nancy Wilson — the band’s frontwomen — will appear on the charity fundraising special Idol Gives Back. They’re slated to perform their ’70s smash “Barracuda” with current chart sensation Fergie. Finally, they hope to begin recording their first album since 2004 later this year.

Speaking of American Idol I’m still mad that Chikeze was voted off on Wednesday night. Come on America, you nailed the wrong “dog.” Chikeze can sing, that song he did Tuesday was flawless, no matter what Randy or Simon thought.

Dr. Pepper is offering everyone in the country a free Dr. Pepper soda if Axl releases “Chinese Democracy” before the end of this year…. He won’t do it… he’ll keep everyone waiting as usual… except for me…

Back on this day in 1979, Eric Clapton married Pattie Boyd, George Harrison’s ex-wife. George, Ringo and Paul were all in attendance. Weird….

On this day in 1968 the No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit was“(Sittin’ on) The Dock of the Bay,” by Otis Redding. The song reaches No. 1 three months after Redding is killed in a plane crash near Madison, Wis.

February 1, 2008

Weekly Update – 02/01/08

Tom Petty and special guest Steve Winwood (now that’s a double bill!!) at the Garden and The Rock on Tues. & Wed. June 17 and June 18. Tickets on sale this Monday Feb. 4. $55- $99.50.

Allman Brothers “March Madness” has turned into “May Madness” this year. Their annual trek to the Beacon this year will be the following days: May 5th, 6th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 12th, 13th, 15th, 16th, 17th, 19th, 20th, 22nd, 23rd, & 24th. Pre-sale tickets begin tomorrow for American Express Card holders at 10:00 am. General public on sale next Saturday the 9th at 10:00 am. 4 ticket limit and 3 show limit. $59.99, $99.99 and $149.99. I say it every year- if you have not experienced this show you need to do it once.

The Eagles will break in Alpharetta, GA’s brand new amphitheater this spring when they kick off the US leg of their “Long Road Out of Eden World Tour.” The Rock and Roll Hall of Famers are scheduled to play the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park on Wed. May 14. So far, that launch date is the only US gig to be announced. Tickets go on sale today and VIP packages are available through the I Love All Access website. Will keep you posted on any dates around the Tri-State area

If you are a fan of Paul Simon he will basically living at the Brooklyn Academy of Music this coming April with a lot of help from his friends. Tickets go on sale Mon. Feb. 11 for the following events: (pre-sale this Monday for friends of BAM and Visa Signature Cardholders)

SONGS FROM THE CAPEMAN Apr 1—6 at 8pm featuring Oscar Hernández and The Spanish Harlem Orchestra Claudette Sierra, Obie Bermudez, Ray De La Paz and special guest performance by Little Anthony and The Imperials. More artists to be announced BAM Harvey Theater $30, 50, 65

UNDER AFRICAN SKIES Apr 9* at 7pm and Apr 10—13 at 8pm Featuring performances by Hugh Masekela, Milton Nascimento, Kaïssa, David Byrne, Luciana Souza, More artists to be announced BAM Howard Gilman Opera House $45, 60, 75, 95 *

BAM 2008 Spring Gala AMERICAN TUNES Apr 23—27 at 8pm Featuring performances by Olu Dara, Grizzly Bear, The Roches More artists to be announced BAM Howard Gilman Opera House $45, 60, 75, 95.

The Pogues at the Roseland Ballroom on Monday March 17. Tickets on sale this morning at 10:00 a.m. $55.

The Honda Civic Tour featuring Panic at the Disco with Motion City Soundtrack and the Hush Sound at Roseland on Wed. May 7. Tickets on sale tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. $40.

The Yellowcard acoustic tour with The Spill Canvas at the Fillmore New York on Sat. Mar. 15. Tickets on sale tomorrow at 10:00 am. $18.49 -4 ticket limit.

Simple Plan at New York Fillmore on Mon. Feb. 25. Tickets on sale now. $18.50 – 4 ticket limit

Rick Springfield at the Music Box at Borgota in Atlantic City on Sat. Mar. 29. Tickets on sale tomorrow at 10:00 a.m.

Other items:

I was driving home the other night and the greatest rock station I mentioned to year a couple of weeks ago, WCCC 106.9 out of Hartford and every week night they play “the ’80’s at 8:00” and “the ’90’s at 9:00” and I caught the ’80’s. Well they took me back to bands I had forgotten about but still made an impact for me two decades ago. Of course they started off with Tesla but you already know how I feel about them. But the next few tunes were from Zebra “Whose Behind the Door” from their 1982 debut album. Randy Jackson, lead singer has always been compared to Robert Plant and actually is touring across the states with various orchestras doing Zeppelin music. Check out the web site.

Keeping with finding old music I had to purchase Rod Stewart‘s “Foot Loose and Fancy Free” CD (I-Tunes does not carry it) and again I had forgotten how friggin’ great this album is. Carmine Appice is the drummer for this album and check out his work on “Born Loose”- hard to find a better rock and roll song. And my two favorite songs on the album is Stewart’s cover of The Supreme’s “You Keep Me Hanging On”- absolutely love the intro to that song and “I Was Only Joking” – Just thinking about it now- “I was only joking” is in my top 5 songs of all time- there I said it. Of course the great “Hot Legs” is on this album- one of my mother’s all time favorites and I will never forget her dancing at my wedding to that song.

Lenny Kravitz will be all over television in the coming week to promote his new album, “It Is Time For A Love Revolution.” The vocalist will film a piece for CBS Sunday Morning February 3rd. (my new favorite show) The following day, he’ll walk on the set of MTV’s TRL to promote the album. Kravitz will tape an appearance for The Late Show With David Letterman on February 5th (it will air Feb. 8), then visit ABC’s Good Morning America the following day. His week concludes with a February 7th stop at TV’s Regis & Kelly. Lenny fans can also catch his new clip, “I’ll Be Waiting,” which recently made its way to video outlets. Kravitz’s “It Is Time For A Love Revolution” arrives February 5th. And of course Cindy and I are going to see him tonight at the Hammerstein!!! By the way Rolling Stone gave his new CD three stars. My review will come next week after I get it Tuesday.

Back on this day in 1964, seventy-three million people tuned into the Ed Sullivan show to catch a glimpse of a new band called the Beatles.Back on this day in 1968 Fleetwood Mac released its debut album and then same day in 1977 “Rumours” begins its trek to the top of the charts.

On this day back in 1992, Elton John and George Michael teamed up to score a US number one with a song recorded live at Wembley Stadium the previous March, “Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me”. Elton had originally released the song on his “Caribou” album in 1974.

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