Errols Weekly Music Update.

November 30, 2012

Review of “Rebel Soul” by Kid Rock released on Nov. 19, 2012

Review of “Rebel” by Kid Rock released on November 19, 2012

Rebel Soul

Mention the words- “Kid Rock”- and the reaction is swift- in one corner there are those who love him and others will tell you to go sit in a corner – akin to giving a child a “time out.” There is no in-between, right? The Kid has released his ninth album (yes you read it correctly, his ninth) and if one scours the internet or I-Tunes (is there anyone else wondering why this in’t a big story- try and find it on the internet, there is nothing about it), the reviews are split right down the middle: love and hate. I often wonder if much of the criticism leveled is directed at him personally and not towards the music he makes because in my opinion, if given a chance, his musicianship and vocals are actually credible. Are there “chorus driven” songs? Yes but ask Springsteen fans to not sing along for three hours and see the reaction you’d get. “Rebel Soul” is all about the Kid and in my opinion is his “break-out” album especially after doing his “Rubin”-controlled “Born Free” which tried to change what Kid Rock is all about. You can’t contain what for him comes naturally- rockin’ & rappin’- and making music that moves him. Oh yes- he wants you to join the party but even if no one showed up, he’d have his Twisted Brown Trucker band-mates and jam to the music that embodies his rebel soul.

“Chickens in The Pen” starts off with a slow funky blues driven groove that makes you want to close your eyes and slowly dance around the room- the tune seeps into your bloodstream and before you know it you are belting out- “And do it again now…and do it again now.” (the only thing I could have done without is the autotune towards the end of the song-isn’t that dead yet?). “Let’s Ride” is the arena driven song dedicated to the troops and one has to admit the hook is undeniable and you will be singing along in no time with the thousands of fans at his next show. He adds the “Uh uh uh oh ooh wo” for additional emphasis- sort of like when Van Halen fans raise their fists and sing- “Hey-Hey-Hey” in the classic “Ain’t talking About Love” song.“3 CATT Boogie” is probably my favorite song on the album- it sounds like a party in the background and I can just picture the recording room when they cut this track, it had to be a blast. This song has the infamous “hand-claps” so you know it is just pure fun. “I bought a chevy in Idaho…Hey where I’m headed.. I don’t know.” Listen to the way he pronounces the word situation- “and Wall Street is stirring up the whole sit-chee-A-tion.” I love it!! If this song doesn’t move you, then you don’t have any rebel soul. “Detroit, Michigan”- I know is there any album that he records that doesn’t make a reference to his hometown? But again-“if it’s real, you’ll feel it” and one has to feel this tune. Come on, this has to get you out of your seat and clap your hands- who cares if you are dancing like an older relative that people make fun of when they are a wedding sitting in their seats waiting for the cold coffee and dessert. Did you see him perform this at the half-time at the Detroit Lions home game on Thanksgiving? When George Clinton came out and joined them in the dance fest I fell over and said to my boys- “who is cooler than Kid Rock??!”

The title track has that Bob Seger feel to it and at first it really didn’t hit me but after a few turns it has grown on me to the point where I can picture being in a muscle car with the top down headed to the beach singing- “Rebel Soul.” I like the bridge where the tune takes a turn sort of like a piece of paper being blown up in the air by a strong burst of wind- the kid can sing- listen to this track and you’ll see (hear) what I’m talking about. The beginning guitar riffs for “God Save Rock and Roll” reminds me of the Kiss song- “Let me go, rock and roll.” The Kid is giving Kiss and AC/DC a run for their money in using the words “rock and roll” in his song titles. The tune starts off a bit slow but turns into a foot stomping, hand clapping country laced rock and roll fun time song but watch out for the “out of the blue” F-bomb towards the end. (While you are dancing head over to the kids and hold their ears). The middle of the album takes a slight turn as the songs become less memorable than the first half of the disc. “Happy New Year” is a song that almost made me hit the next button but again after a few turns it will grow on you. “Celebrate” is a good song with a catchy groove but you’ll wonder if you have heard it already. “The Mirror” in my opinion, is the least desirable song on the album-I’m not sure why Kid used the “auto-tune” to mask his vocals- it’s like this should have been used on his first few albums when people didn’t think he could sing. He can and this track takes a step backwards. Track 9- “Mr. Rock and Roll” will get you out of your seat and you’ll be “air-guitaring” and “air-piano-ing” in no time.

The album ends on a strong note with the final four songs- “Cucci Galore” could be my second favorite song on the album- I know what you’re thinking- you like this song? No, I love it- the groove is so silky smooth and it has loud guitars- what’s not to like? I can’t get the chorus out of my head. The female singer on this track is “off the hook”- love it. But again- be aware of the big “F-bomb” and other curses- not for the faint of heart. The country rock comes flying right back with –“Redneck Paradise”- and I’ll just say one thing- I wish I could sing it like Mr. Rock- this is way too cool. You’ll feel like you are in a saloon ordering up a Jim Beam in no time. “Cocaine and Gin” could possibly be the best Kid Rock song he has recorded. I know what you are thinking- how could a song containing the words cocaine and gin be a good tune? If you give it a chance and let it sink in you’ll be amazed- this is a “wrap your arms around the ones you love” and sway back and forth and let the music take you away. Way to go Kid- this is a masterpiece in my opinion. The album ends on a high note with ‘Midnight Ferry’- I don’t want to get too crazy but this could be the second best song that Kid Rock has ever recorded. This is “old school” style with an addictive chorus that will have you clapping your hands with the beat and then clapping for applause when it ends- this song is awesome!!!

“Rebel Soul” gets back to what Kid Rock is all about- you can’t contain him- you can’t box him in to one genre. I find it amazing that the critics want him to be what they want him to be. He likes all kind of music and pulls in these influences and turns into his own- what’s not to like? I like rock and roll, country, soul, rap and totally get where Kid Rock is coming from and believe me I am staying on this ride wherever it takes me. Put another quarter in the juke box and turn it up!!!

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September 12, 2008

Weekly Update – 09/12/2008

AC / DC at Madison Square Garden on Wed. & Thurs. Nov. 12 and 13 and at Izod Center on Thurs. Nov. 19. Are you kidding me? WHO IS IN? I’M IN!!!  Tickets on sale next Sat. Sept. 20. More information to follow.

Neil Young and Wilco at Madison Square Garden on Mon. Dec. 15. Pre-sale starts today at 10:00 a.m. through Q1043 and the password is Powderfinger. General public tickets on sale this coming Monday Sept. 15 at 9:00 a.m. $54.50 – $254.50.

Rascal Flatts with Taylor Swift at the Mohegan Sun on Sat. Nov. 1. Tickets on sale tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. $75 – $115

Trans Siberian Orchestra at Izod Center on Sat. Dec. 13. Tickets on sale this morning at 10:00 a.m. $44 – $59.

Tony Bennett at the Capital One Theater in Westbury NY on Thurs. Dec. 4. Tickets on sale today at 12:30 p.m. $72.50 – $87.50.

Debbie Harry, Moby & Others at the Highline Ballroom on Mon. Rocktober 6. Tickets on sale today at noon. $25.

Power 105.1 show with Jay-Z and Lil Wayne at the Izod Center on Tues. Rocktober 28. Pre-sale today until 10:00 p.m. for Citicard holders only. General public on sale tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. $47 – $197.

Nine Inch Nails at House of Blues in Atlantic City on Thurs. Nov. 6. Tickets on sale tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. $103.

Twisted Sister at Nokia Theater on Fri. Dec. 5. Use this link http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/00004129C0AA73AD today at noon and get tickets before the general public. Password is “twisted.” General public on sale Fri. Sept. 26. $40 – $140.

Brian Wilson at the Hammerstein Ballroom on Fri. Nov. 21. Tickets on sale today at 11:00 a.m. $57.50 – $98.

Other items:

Queen with Paul Rodgers has put out a new single “C-lebrity” for their upcoming CD “Cosmo Rocks” which is due out on Rocktober 28. Take a listen and you will like it. Rodgers still has the chords and Brian May can still rock out. This is their first studio album and it is dedicated to Freddie Mercury. Check it out, sounds like something the original Queen would do and who doesn’t like Paul Rodgers?

Yes has decided to go on with their 40th reunion tour without Jon Anderson- he had acute respitory failure in June and was ordered by doctors to rest for 6 months. So who is the new singer? Mr. Benoit David, who sings with a few Yes tribute bands in Montreal. He was uncovered the same way that the members of Journey found Arnel Pineda- a You Tube video showing him singing Yes songs. Signed him immediately and will now tour. Man this You Tube is making dreams come true.

Kayne West was arrested yesterday at LAX airport for smashing a paparazzo’s camera.

Beyonce’s third solo album will be released Nov. 18. No title as of yet- Justin Timberlake makes an appearance.

Heart was furious with the Republican Party for using their monster hit “Barracuda” every time Sarah Palin was introduced at the RNC. Palin’s nickname is the same name as their song. Heart has ordered an immediate ban of the song for Palin.

I have a few favorite classics songs of the week for you today and in no particular order:“Anyone Who Had a Heart” by Dusty Springfield -now I know most people know the Dionne Warwick version but for me it’s Dusty. She captivates my attention on every song she has ever done. She’s worked her way to my top 5 female performers of all time.  “Beautiful” comes to mind whenever I hear her name. How about “San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair) by Scott McKenzie. Man do I love the bridge- “All across the nation, such a strange vibration…” Great song. And how about the unforgettable “I’ve Got to Be Me” by Sammy Davis Jr.? I love the beginning“Whether I’m right or whether I’m wrong. Whether I find a place in this world or never belong…” Listen to the man’s passion on this song!! This song will live on for eternity!!! How about “That’s the Way I’ve Always Heard it Should Be” by Carly Simon? I betcha you forgot about that song. Go back and listen to how special a song it is. The last song that you need to own in your music library is “Release Me” by Engelbert Humperdinck. Listen to the arrangement on this song and tell me it doesn’t sound like it was recorded last week. You know that saying “they just don’t make songs like that anymore.”- This song falls into that category for me. I can’t say enough about this song- I’ve listened to it over and over the last few weeks. By the way you can’t go wrong with his greatest hits on 20th Century Masters, every song on that album I grew up listening to and know every one.

My favorite new song of the week is “Call Me” by Shinedown. Now I know you’re probably sick of me writing about this band but I can’t stop. I thought they were good on the Jay Leno show last Friday night- my wife was not so impressed- hey what can I say. I can’t get enough of this band. Without a doubt, they have the number one album of 2008!!!

Former Ratt frontman, Stephen Pearcy, has a new album out- his first in three years and it’s called Under My Skin. Sounds pretty good on the 30 second I-Tune sampling. Check it out!

On Sept. 29, VH1 Classic will show “Rush Hashanah.” Supposedly it is a 24-hour tribute and will have “Rush in Rio” and R30 concerts as well as videos.

Did you happen to catch the Fashion Rocks show on CBS this past Tuesday night? What an enjoyable show from start to finish. Now for people who know me- for me to stay awake from 9:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.- you know the show had to be good. What I loved about the show was the way they paid tribute to the great artists of the past. Isn’t this what I have been preaching here for sometime now? Take Beyonce’s tribute to the legendary Etta James with a spectacular-spot on- version of “At Last.” Are you kidding me? – blew me away. Or how about Chris Brown taking on Sam Cooke’s “Cupid?” Chris Brown who is all of 19 years old? I would have liked it if he did the whole song but hey you can’t always get what you want. You all know how I feel about Sam Cooke. Ranks up in the top 5 singers of all-time, period end of story!! What about Fergie? Is it me or is she everywhere? Her performance of “Call Me” by Blondie was so energetic; I wanted to get up on stage and dance around. Debby Harry still looks good and her voice sounded great. Fergie was also part of the best performance of the night when she came out with the Black Eyed Peas to do an awesome version of the Rolling Stone’s “Miss You.” Dare I say it was better than the original?

OK who is living larger than Kid Rock? This guy has the life!!! Did you see him out there with Mary J. Blige singing the classic “I’m Losing You” by the Temptations? And then he comes back out again to do his “All Summer Long” hit which then morphs into “Sweet Home Alabama” with the current members of Lynyrd Skynyrd. Talk about being out of place as far as “fashion.” Now I love Skynyrd but they stuck out like a sore thumb with their “stuck in 1976” look. But that’s what is so great about Kid Rock- he puts them back on the map again.

Really can’t say the same thing about the MTV music awards show (VMA or whatever). I remember when I use to so look forward to that show. I listened to five minutes of the host, Russell Brand, and I was out. He was terrible and the show is too boring. It’s not about the music anymore, it’s about who “is all that.” Stupid comes to mind. What has happened to MTV? They use to be so cool.

In honor of today being National “Metallica” Day-as their new album “Death Magnetic” is released- I thought it was apropos to review my favorite album by the boys from California. “…And Justice For All”-which was released back in 1988.And no it is not because “One” is on this album. Not saying I don’t love the song but it’s something that is sometimes over-played, especially at their shows. (Lars- there are other songs on this album that you can perform live). Now for those of you who know me a long time, you know that I became a Metallica fan after the “Black Album” was released in 1991. So if that destroys the “street cred” – then so be it. But like I’ve said all along on this site- discovery of music- whether new or old- is what it is all about. After loving the Black Album, I went back and now own their entire catalog of music. I was also a Met club member for about 8-years, I didn’t renew the subscription a few years back. So that being said, back to And Justice For All.The one thing I will always remember about this album was that when my wife was pregnant with our first son-she had gone out for a few hours- and I had to prepare the room for our new arrival- and I played this album two times in its entirety while painting the room. Talk about head banging with a rolling paintbrush!!!

The album starts off with the blistering “Blackened”- though it starts off low and you’re thinking, “This is Metallica?” Then 35 seconds in- the ride begins- instant head banging as the classic Hetfield and Ulrich combination sends you into a frenzy. This album is full of so many changes in tempo and this song is no different. I love the part where Hetfield sings out “Opposition.. Contradiction..Premonition..Comprise…” Kirk Hammett’s solos fit in perfect. Then it’s on to the title track- an epic piece that has a long intro into a heavy jam and an even longer intro. Just listen to how tight they are in this song? There are lightning rhythmic changes throughout as well as gripping “slow-downs.” Kirk’s solo half way through the song kicks butt. If you can handle this song- it’s a perfect work out song- find a heavy boxing bag and punch away. Track # 3 is “Eye of the Beholder” and a perfect song to see them live. Just picture 18,000 plus banging their heads in unison. “Doesn’t Matter What You See Or into it What You Read…” screams Hetfield as my ears are screaming for relief as the volume is out of control right now. This could be the best and my favorite song of the album. Side one ends with the aforementioned classic “One.” This song is their “Stairway to Heaven” and is a staple at their shows. If you have not heard it in a while and go back to listen to it- you’ll be reminded why it receives so many accolades from almost every heavy/hard rock musician on the planet. Of course when it speeds up, my head and face shake from side to side as fast as I can do it and I scream along with James- “Darkness…Imprisoning Me.. All that I See.. Absolute Horror…” Whew my head hurts and I haven’t even put on side 2 yet!!!

Side Two starts off with “The Shortest Straw” and this is also one of my favorites of the album. Hetfield’s guitar work on this bad boy just keeps it rolling and Lars is flat out on fire!!! I love the chorus “Shortest Straw..Challenge Liberty.. Downed by Law.. Live in Infamy..” There is a lot of double bass drumming on this song and it makes it sound that much heavier.“Harvester of Sorrow”- Oh I just changed my mind- this is my favorite song on the album. (You see how hard it is picking a favorite). My walls are shaking right now and I’m back painting the walls of my son’s room back in Ringwood. This is the first album recorded with Jason Newsted on bass, after the untimely death of Cliff Burton back on Sept. 27, 1986 and his bass work stands out on this track. This song rocks with a slower pace of head banging and it is the ultimate air-guitar song!!! Then it’s on to the Wizard of Oz as the beginning of “The Frayed Ends of Sanity” uses the “Oh wee Oh” verse to kick off a speed metal song that will have you trying to catch your breath. The solo from Kirk just may be his best on this song. “To Live is to Die” is their majestic masterpiece. ‘Nuff said. Just listen and learn why they are so revered. Nine and a half minutes of pure genius. The album ends with the shortest song – “Dyers Eve”- but don’t kid yourself- sometimes it’s the shortest ones that packs the biggest punch and in this case the song is “controlled chaos.” This song is all over the place and yet it sounds the tightest on the album. Again Kirk’s solo is lights out. As the album comes to a crashing end, it enforces my theory that this is their best work.There are long periods of instrumental genius throughout this album and their passion bleeds through the speakers on every song. I will equate it to AC/DC when they did “Back in Black”- they were doing it as a tribute to their “brother”-Bon Scott- who had passed away unexpectedly. Same here- this album is a tribute to Burton- so you know they put all of their heart and soul into it.

Now I know the earlier Metallica is not for everyone and especially this album because this is thrash metal at its best. It’s an acquired taste but give it a chance, don’t just write it off- open your mind to “heavy.” I think we all need it (“heavy”) at certain times-not all the time- but you know what I’m talking about. So in honor of “Death Magnetic” which has been compared to “And Justice for All” I salute Metallica and you all should do your part today by blasting a tune from the boys-whether it be in your car, your house or your headphones!!! Rock on my friend’s…\m/ \m/

Back on this day in 2003, the world lost a music icon- Mr. Johnny Cash died at the age of 71.

Back on this day in 1966, The Monkees TV show premiered on NBC.

Today is the birthdate of Mr. Barry White, had he still be with us, he would have been 64.

August 15, 2008

Weekly Update – 08/15/2008

Metallica will be at Nassau Coliseum and Prudential Center on Thurs. & Sat. Jan. 29 & 31 2009. Machine Head and The Sword will be the openers. Ticket info to follow.

Mary J. Blige at Radio City Music Hall on Thurs. Rocktober 2. Pre-sale tickets on now until 10:00 p.m. tonight for fan club and Citicard members. General public on sale tomorrow at noon. $69.50 – $165.50.

Death Cab for Cutie at Chevrolet Theater in Wallingford CT on Sat. Rocktober 4 and Radio City Music Hall on Mon. Rocktober 6. Tickets on sale today at 10:00 a.m.  $30.50 for Chevrolet and  $39.50 – $44.50 for Radio City.

Reba & Kelly Clarkson at the Harbor Yard Arena in Bridgeport CT on Sat. Nov. 1. Pre-sale fan club tickets on sale Wed. Aug. 20 at 10:00 a.m. to Fri. Aug. 22 at 10:00 p.m. General public on sale Sat. Aug. 23 at 10:00 a.m. $64.50.

Five Finger Death Punch with In This Moment, Bury Your Dead and Another Black Day at the Fillmore New York on Thurs. Rocktober 23. Tickets on sale tomorrow Sat. Aug. 16 at 10:00 a.m. FFDP’s new video “Never Enough” is disturbing and should have an “R” rating on it.

Susan Tedeschi and James Hunter at the Fillmore New York on Wed. Nov. 12. Tickets on sale today at 10:00 a.m.  $31.50

The Black Crowes with the Patti Smith Band at the Hammerstein Ballroom on Thurs. & Fri. Rocktober 30 and 31. Pre-sale begins today at noon. General public on sale next Sat. Aug. 23.

War at BB Kings on Wed. Nov. 5. Tickets on sale this Sunday Aug. 17 at noon. $30 ($35 day of show).

Zebra at BB Kings on Sat. Nov. 29. Tickets on sale next Mon. Aug. 18 at 11:00 a.m.$28 ($30 day of show).

The Roots with Gym Class Heroes at Roseland Ballroom on Tues. Rocktober 28. Tickets on sale this morning at 10:00 a.m. $43.50.

The Cult at Roseland Ballroom on Sun. Sept. 14. Tickets on sale now.$39.50

Motorhead at Roseland Ballroom on Sat. Sept. 20. Tickets on sale this morning at 10:00.$37.

Yngwie Malmsteen at the Blender Theater on Sun. Rocktober 26. Tickets on sale this morning at 10:00.$26.50

Other items:

Extreme has released it’s first studio album in 13 years called “Saudades De Rock.” I have always like these guys and the average I-Tunes review is 4 stars. “Run” sounds good (at least the 30 seconds offered by I-Tunes) and so does “King of the Ladies.” “Comfortably Dumb” is no doubt a dig at our President.

Rumor has it that Bruce Springsteen & The E-Street Band will be playing halftime at the 43rd Superbowl next Feb. 1.

Also in the rumor mill, Jimmy Page and Leona Lewis set to perform together at the closing ceremony of the Olympics on Aug. 24.

Tesla will release it’s seventh studio album on Rocktober 7th called “Forever More.” The first single “I Want to Live” will hit the airwaves next week.

Paul Stanley and his wife, Erin, are expecting their second child due this November. The couple was married in 2005 and has a son named Colin. Stanley also has a 14-year-old son from another marriage.

My favorite “old school” song of the week comes from the very underrated band- Sweet– with their song “Fox On the Run.” You have to listen to this song LOUD, like I’m doing right now!!! C’mon it’s a fun song, you know it.

Jackson Browne is suing John McCain for using his song “Running on Empty” in a recent TV commercial. Browne, a lifelong Democrat, is seeking unspecified damages as well as a permanent injunction prohibiting the use of “Running on Empty” in any form by the McCain campaign.

American Idol runner up- David Archuleta has released his first single, Crush, and it is already the number one song on I-Tunes. Sounds decent and fits his style that he presented on the show this year.

Rollingstone Magazine will switch to a smaller size format on Rocktober 17.

Also from this week’s Rollingstone magazine’s “The Smoking Section” states that the new AC/DC album “Black Ice” is “earthshaking.” The boys from down under will be touring the States later this year. The first single is called “Rock ‘N Roll Train.” The song RS cites that will “tear you to pieces” is “War Machine.” I am soooooo psyched for the new album and tour. Can’t wait.

Thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Isaac Hayes who passed away this week at the age of 65. Best known for his composition for the theme song for the movie Shaft, Hayes was remembered by many for his contribution to soul music.

Lenny Kravitz has stated that he is not the next lead singer for Velvet Revolver. Thank the heavens. Lenny needs to stay his own band. Don’t ruin it by joining another band, especially this one.

Fleetwood Mac is going to tour again in 2009. Rehearsals for the tour will begin in January. This will be their first tour since 2004.

Kid Rock is having such good success without using I-Tunes that some acts are thinking of leaving I-Tunes for their next album. His smash hit “All Summer Long” (which I told you about last year!!!) has charted on rock, country, top 40 and adult contemporary radio and has sold over 1.3 million copies. Weird thing is that the Kid owns stock in Apple but states “that it’s just not American to me when Apple tells you how they want to sell your product and tell you what it is worth.”

This week’s I-POD shuffle landed on “I’m Living in Shame,” from one of the greatest female vocal bands of all-time- The Supremes. Do you know this song? If you don’t- you need to. The groove is infectious and the lyrics deal with a woman who was ashamed of her mother and then realized how much she loved her after she passed away. Take a look at this clip back in 1969 from the song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EagtrDBlzKgThis is almost my favorite song from the Supremes. (There are so many to choose from.) Since I don’t have a particular album to review- consider this a “greatest” hits review. The album I would recommend to purchase is: The Ultimate Collection Diana Ross & The Supremes. Now I know Diana Ross is a living legend and she is responsible for some of the most memorable songs in music history but this is a review of the Supremes- a group for which she was a part of.

The Supremes started off as a quartet from Detroit Michigan in 1959, originally called The Primettes. The four originals were Florence Ballard, Betty McGlown, Diana Ross and Mary Wilson. They were the sister act to the Primes, made up of Paul Williams and Eddie Kendricks, who would go on to form the Temptations. In 1960, Barbara Martin replaced McGlown and the group signed with Motown in 1961 but then Martin left in early 1962, so the band continued as a trio. And talk about a trio, the Supremes were the second most successful vocal groups of the 1960’s (the Beatles were first). They had twelve number one hits in their career. In 1967, Cynthia Birdsong replaced Florence Ballard. Sadly, Ballard died at the young age of 32 (in 1976) as she basically lived in poverty the last five years of her life. She suffered from depression and alcoholism (basically after Diana Ross was placed in front of the band), which led to her being replaced. For the first two years with Motown they did not have a hit and it wasn’t until “Where Did Our Love Go” that would start one of the best four to five year periods in American music history. Come on think about it for a second; think about their impact on music. It brought joy in a time of turbulent happenings. Songs like “Stop! In the Name of Love” has to bring a smile to your face- no matter how many times you have heard it. The production of the song is top notch and still sounds fresh today. How about “Baby Love?”- talk about a classic song? “Instead of breaking up, let’s do some kissing and making up…” Ross’ vocals are spectacular and the background vocals of Ballard & Wilson can’t be topped. “Come See About Me” was one of their twelve hits that reached number one in 1964. Infectious is the word that keeps coming to mind- their songs had a way of gripping you tight and not letting go.

How about “My World is Empty Without You”- even though it wasn’t a number one hit, it is still a great song. Most times, die-hard fans of artists love the lesser-known hits than the big ones. “I Hear a Symphony” is another sing-along song that you can’t get out of your head- again listen to the production- like it was made this year. One of my other favorites is “You Keep Me Hanging On” (a perfect “Spin” song for you spinners out there). The Funk Brothers, who were a flat out solid band, performed most of their music. “Love is Here and Now You’re Gone” has a finger snapping groove and makes you wish you could sing like Miss Ross. The team of Holland-Dozier-Holland, who were Motown’s main song writing and production team, wrote most of the Supreme songs. The production on “The Happening” is superb and just a fun song. “Reflections” was released in 1968 after Berry Gordy decided to rename the band and call them Diana Ross & The Supremes.

I could go on and on about their songs but I will point out some of their other great songs: “In and Out of Love,” “Love Child” (freaking phenomenal song) and “When the Lovelight Starts Shining through His Eyes.” My absolute favorite song by Diana Ross & The Supremes is “Someday We’ll Be Together.” Reason I wrote it that way is because the song was released in 1969 (change in the band’s name) and neither Birdsong & Wilson sang background vocals. Maxine Waters, Julia Waters and Johnny Bristol did the background vocals. Johnny Bristol, Jackey Beavers and Harvey Fuqua originally wrote the song back in 1961. The song took on a whole new meaning for me after the death of my mother in 2004 and I know in my heart that someday we’ll be together again.

As I have been hammering away on these updates for the past few years, we need to keep the music of our forefathers (or mothers in this case) going on to the next generation and to our grand children’s generation. If you don’t own any songs by the Supremes, shame on you. But the great thing about music is that you can jump aboard anytime you want, so what are you waiting for? The music of the Supremes will live on forever and each of us has a favorite song by them. The memories associated with their songs will never leave us- we just have to make sure we pass it on down for generations to come.

Back on this day in 1968, the Rascals had the number one hit with “People Got to Be Free.” Band member Felix Cavaliere wrote the song following the assassinations of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

Back on this day in 1969, the historic Woodstock concert opened in Bethel New York.

May 30, 2008

Weekly Update – 05/30/08

Elton John at Mohegan Sun on Fri. Nov. 14. Tickets on sale tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. $100 – $167.

The Fab Faux at Radio City on Sat. Sept. 20. Tickets on sale next Sat. June 7 at noon. $45 – $125.

Paramore at the Convention Hall in Asbury Park on Sat. Aug. 16. Tickets on sale this morning at 10:00 a.m. $31.

David Crosby and Graham Nash at Capital One Theater in Westbury NY on Tues. Rocktober 14. Tickets on sale Sun. July 13 at 12:30 p.m. $51.50.

New Kids on the Block at Madison Square Garden on Mon. Rocktober 27. Pre-sale tickets on sale Mon. June 2 at 11:00 a.m. to Sun. June 8 at 10:00 p.m. for American Express cardholders. General public on sale Mon. June 9 at 11:00 a.m. $41 – $79.

Blue Oyster Cult, Foghat and Vanilla Fudge at the Capital One Theater in Westbury NY on Fri. Sept. 26. Tickets on sale this Sunday at 12:30 p.m. $41.50 – $51.50. \m/ \m/

Black 47 at Jenkinsons Pavilion in Point Pleasant NJ on Mon. July 7. Tickets on sale Wed. June 4 at noon.

Kid Rock and Lynyrd Skynyrd with Rev. Run at PNC Arts Center on Sat. Aug. 30. Tickets on sale next Sat. June 7 at 9:00 a.m.

I know its early for Christmas but Raul Malo will be playing at the Highline Ballroom on Fri. Dec. 12 and tickets are on sale now. $35. His Christmas album released last year was by far the best one in a long time.

Other items:

If you are a fan of Al Green (and who isn’t?) take a listen to his new CD released this past Tuesday “Lay It Down.” He still sounds the same after all these years. This CD sounds like the “classic” Al Green we all know and love. “Take Your Time” is the most popular song (according to I-Tunes) and it is a duet with Corrine Bailey. He also does a duet with John Legend with “Stay with Me.” This sounds like an instant classic already.

Check this one out, the Red Rocker- Sammy Hagar– has formed an All-star band called Chickenfoot and he has grabbed Michael Anthony (formerly of Van Halen) for bass, Joe Satriani on lead guitar (and what a lead, huh?) and Chad Smith (Chili Peppers) on drums. Talk about talent? I’ll give it a listen if the album comes out.

Usher has released his 5th studio album- Here I Stand- and the average rating from I-Tunes is 4 stars. Seems like every one of his CD’s has at least 15-20 songs, so if you are a fan-you get your moneys worth.

Cyndi Lauper has released a new CD “Bring Ya to the Brink” and it received an average rating of 4.5 stars. CD is a techno / dance type and should have a couple of songs that will hit the radio, a la Z-100 type.

New favorite song of the week is “Surrendering” by Candlebox. This is the second single released this month- “Stand” was the first- and if these two songs represent what the whole album is going to sound like-then watch out- these guys will be back in a big way.

My other favorite song of the week- a country tune – is “Off the Hillbilly Hook” by the Trailer Choir. Just a fun song, period.

My new favorite video of the week is a tie between Maroon 5 with Rihanna with “If I Never See Your Face Again” and “Last Name” by Carrie Underwood. Both of them are very cool and the songs as well.

Totally missed this one, back on May 6 Shinedown released a single called “Devour.” Sounds heavy man. I totally love this band and you should too. (“Us and Them” is a friggin’ phenomenal album).They have lost half their original band members but this new single sounds like it has a little “Disturbed” in it. The new album “The Sound of Madness” hits on June 24. Can’t wait.

Headbangers listen up.. you want a totally rocking song for your collection? Download “Hell Yeah” by Rev Theory. Enough said.

Steven Tyler is in rehab because of his pain in his foot. According to Tyler, the move was necessary after a series of surgeries to correct long-standing foot injuries aggravated by years of physically taxing live performances. “The doctors told me the pain in my feet could be corrected but it would require a few surgeries over time,” Tyler says. “The ’foot repair’ pain was intense, greater than I’d anticipated. The months of rehabilitative care and the painful strain of physical therapy were traumatic. I really needed a safe environment to recuperate where I could shut off my phone and get back on my feet.”

I-Tunes always has some cool songs for their commercial- the most recent is “Viva La Vida” by Coldplay but I finally tracked down the other cool song they had going for a while and it is “Shut Up and Let Me Go” by the Ting Tings. Love it.

OK came across Boston this week on my I-Tunes shuffle and at last week’s Van Halen concert we talked about what a classic their debut album is. Unfortunately Brad Delp passed away last year but his legacy remains with us all. And that legacy is their first album. I know I say this all the time but can you find a better album? This is without a doubt a desert island disc. Shame on you- if you don’t have this album in your library.“More Than A Feeling” kicks it off and I love the beginning, middle and end. No matter how many times you hear it, just a great song. By the way every song on this album is a classic and also a hit on the radio. “Peace of Mind” – how many times have you heard this one? I’m listening now and it is cranked up. Friggin’ love it. “Now you’re climbing to the top of the company ladder…Take a look ahead.. Wooh.” This one has to be a song in the air guitar contest coming to BB Kings next month. How cool is the beginning of “Foreplay Long Time”- love the bass and drums as it makes its grand entrance to the part where everyone recognizes the song and says “Oh yeah I love this song.” Delp’s vocals are so solid in this song, I always wished I could sing this song up on stage the way he does.

“Rock and Roll Band”- c’mon now how great is this song? My walls are shaking right now as I am typing (my wife is telling me to turn it down). How can you not listen to this song loud? This was a boot camp classic back in the day. I get pumped up every time I hear it. Then it’s on to my all time favorite Boston song “Smokin’” Oh man I’m grooving right now, its in over-drive. Talk about a classic head banging song? This was another boot camp classic- how can you not move to this song- this is a great exercise song, period! Then it cools down with “Hitch a Ride.” Love the background vocals throughout. This song brings me back; way back to my teenage years- I love going back, don’t you? “Something About You” starts off real quietly and then the classic Scholz/Goudreau guitar riff, which is so distinctive, kicks in and you’re off singing along again. “When I get angry I say things I don’t want to say… well there was something about you.” The last song “Let Me Take You Home Tonight” is my second all time favorite Boston song. Love the drums in this one (I can see Sib Hashian’s afro flying in the air as he’s pounding away) and again Delp’s vocals just bring me home. Then with about a minute left in the song it really speeds up and as you bounce your head faster, you have to ask yourself- why couldn’t I write this song?

The more I think about this album, the more I am convinced that this has to crack the top 10 “first” albums of all time. I can’t say enough about this album. For those of you who are not familiar with this album, please I beg of you- Buy it now!!! You will not be disappointed. If you have it, go back and listen again and again. LISTEN TO IT LOUD!!!! By the way this album is the best selling debut album of all time with over 17 million copies sold.

Back on this day in 1963 Lesley Gore had a #1 hit with “It’s My Party” and back on this day in 1973, Paul McCartney had his first non-Beatles #1 hit with “My Love” (with Wings- great song).

March 21, 2008

Weekly Update – 03/21/08

Kid Rock with Lynyrd Skynyrd at Madison Square Garden on Thursday, May 15. It’s the Rock N Roll Revival Tour and special guests will include Reverend Run from Run-DMC and Peter Wolf. Sounds like its going to be a party at the Garden on that night! Pre-sale is on now at https://tixx1.artistarena.com/kidrock. Enter username: kidrock and password: tickets. Or go to ticketmaster and the password is HEKRLS. General public on sale tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. $41-$101.

Iron Maiden at PNC Arts Center and the Garden on Sat. & Sun. June 14 and 15. Pre-sale for Garden today from 10:00 am until 10:00 tonight and password is: HEIRON. General public on sale tomorrow at 10:00 am. $26-$69 at PNC $55 – $74.50 at Garden.

Duran Duran at the Central Park Summerstage on Sat. May 31. Pre-sale through Citi card members on now. General public on sale tomorrow at noon. $65.

George Thorogood & The Destoyers with Buddy Guy at the Hammerstein on Friday night Aug. 15. Tickets on sale next Wed. Mar. 26 at noon. $35-$50
Summer Slaughter Tour at the Fillmore NY on Thurs. June 26 beginning at 4:30 p.m. featuring
Black Dahlia Murder, Kataklysm, Vader, Cryptopsy, The Faceless, Despised Icon, Aborted, Born of Osiris Psycroptic and White Chapel. Tickets on sale today at noon.

Elton John at Radio City Hall for one night on Wed. April 9 to support Hillary Clinton. Tickets on sale now. $125, $250 and $500. You can buy as many tickets as long as you don’t surpass $2,300 which is the max someone can contribute to campaign.

Pearl Jam at MSG on Tues. & Wed. June 24 and 25. Tickets on sale Sat. April 12. You know fan club members will get first shot and my assumption is their will also be a pre-sale. Will keep you posted.

Gretchen Wilson at North Fork Theater in Westbury NY on Thurs. Aug. 7. Tickets on sale Sunday April 6 at 12:30 p.m. $61

Other items:

Came across a cool alternative song this week, “Sober Driver” on the internet from a group called Dengue Fever. Go to to check out the song.

New rumor about Led Zep reunion tour has Velvet Revolver opening up for them. Come on now, I can think of 100 other bands that I would rather see open.
By the way, contrary to what Matt Sorum predicted, there is a buzz about
STP getting back together. I know I’m psyched and that’s all that counts. They are BACK and will be touring this summer. Will keep you posted.

Motley Crue apparently have a big tour coming up with Buckcherry, Papa Roach and Drowning Pool. No official word but they have a press conference scheduled for April 15. If you’d like to have the chance to be at the press conference, put your name in the hat at http://therockvine.com.

The Raconteurs will release their 2nd album next Tuesday and its called “Consolers of the Lonely.” The album was completed and mastered in the first week of March and then taken to vinyl and CD pressing plant immediately so that no one has an advantage of hearing the music before anyone else. A video of the first single “Salute Your Salution” will also be posted on their web site on Tuesday.

Van Halen has rescheduled their NJ and NY dates and they are now Tuesday May 13 at the IZOD Center and Friday May 23 at the Garden. If you have tickets and can’t make it-you have until April 14 to send back your tickets. If you need further info on that, e-mail me.
OK I have another classic album that you should run out and purchase now.

It is Bill Withers third album “Still Bill”. This man just exudes coolness, c’mon you have to admit it. Talk about great R&B, he ranks right up there as one of the all time best, in my opinion. The quality of the song writing is superb and starts right off with “Lonely Town, Lonely Street”- just a finger snapping groove tune. Then onto the beautiful “Let Me In Your Life.” Tracks 3-5 are again totally groovin’ tunes with 4 and 5 being two of his biggest hits ever with “Use Me” and “Lean On Me.” The second half highlights are “I Don’t Know,” “Another Day to Run” and my favorite of the whole album “I Don’t Want You on My Mind.” C’mon you can’t tell me that you don’t like this album, I defy you. Please buy it and pass it on. Play it for your kids and their friends, play it for anyone who will listen. You’ll find yourself listening to this album over and over.

OK switching gears to rock or grunge or whatever you want to call it, came across Soundgarden in my I-POD shuffle and stopped in my tracks and immediately had to listen to “Superunknown” from beginning to end. If I had to pick the best album of the 1990s- this is it. Now granted it did take me a long time to like this album. It came out in 1994 and I did not start liking it until 1995 or 1996. I was thisclose to bringing the CD back to the store but I kept hearing the buzz at that time and figured I needed to hold off and give a try. It’s dark and gloomy at points but it really was their breakout album and in my mind one of the reasons they broke up because they could not top this CD. The album starts off with “Let Me Drown” and the drumming by Matt Cameron (who now is in Pearl Jam) is friggin’ great throughout but starts with this rockin’ song. Then onto another rocking song “My Wave” and Kim Thayil’s lead work on this song and throughout is solid. He doesn’t get the props he deserves, a solid axeman. Then it slows down quite a bit with “Fell On Black Days” and then my personal favorite of the album “Mailman”- again dark but I love it. Then it charges back up again with “SuperUnknown” and Cornell’s vocals are just flat out scorching on this one!! Track 6 “Head Down” could very well be the best song they ever recorded- so different from anything they did- again the guitar and drum playing are incredible. Then onto a “radio favorite” back in the day “Black Hole Sun”- dark lyrics but you can’t get the song out of your head. Then onto the song which Cornell wrote about this man who played music with spoons, the rocking “SpoonMan”- (I saw this guy at their show back in the ’90’s at the NY Armory and he was just crazy man, never thought I see a spoon solo- but you know what?- it worked). The second half of the album becomes real dark and again I can’t tell you why-but- I love it. Even the titles are scary but standouts are “Limo Wreck”, “The Day I Tried To Live” and “Like Suicide. “The “Fourth of July” is another great song. Give it a try. Overall I’d have to say that this is a colossal masterpiece. (how’s that for dramatic?).

Metallica‘s new album to come out in September and the word is its back to their “early days” sound.

Poison’s summer tour dates leaking out, no tri-state dates as of yet. Dokken and Sebastian Bach will be joining them for this years summer tour.

The official video for “Shockwave” is complete and now showing on MTV2. The video from the Miami Fla based band Black Tide includes the motocross bad boys of the Metal Mulisha also make an appearance making this video a throwback to the glory days of ’80s metal! Check it out here Got to love this song!!! Stay with the same site and it will bring you to another cool video/song with We The Kings “Check Yes Juliet”.

Snoop Doggs new album “Ego Trippin'” is getting rave reviews, some calling it his best work. The single “Life of Da Party” is growing on me, I like it.

Breathing a sigh of relief on the fact that Sublime did not make it past round 2 in 92.3 Krock’s March Bracket Brawl. Soundgarden knocked ’em off. Closer than I expected though, 52% to 48%. Now I can follow the rest of the battles. Zep beat out the Who; Metallica squashed Def Leppard and Incubus (the surprise Cinderella team) beat out S.O.A.D. Love this bracket game more than the NCAA’s. Fun to follow.

The Type O Negative and Hatebreed Jagermeister Tour have announced the venue for NY and it is Terminal 5, still no ticket info yet. Keep checking terminal 5 web site for further info at www.terminal5nyc.com.

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