Errols Weekly Music Update.

May 14, 2010

Weekly Update – 05/14/2010

Jay-Z and Eminem will tour together this summer and hit their favorite town’s baseball park. They will play at New York Yankees Stadium on Mon. Sept. 12. (Detroit’s Comerica park on Thurs. Sept. 2). Ticket information to follow.

Maroon 5 at Mohegan Sun on Sun. Aug. 1; at Jones Beach on Wed. Aug. 11; at Susquehanna Theater in Camden NJ on Sat. Aug. 14; at PNC Bank Arts Center on Sun. Aug. 15. Mohegan Sun: on sale this morning at 10:00 a.m. $45-$65. Susquehanna: Pre-sale for Citi card holders available until 10:00 p.m. tonight. General public on sale on sale tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. @25, $45 and $65. Jones and PNC: Pre-sale tickets for Citicard holders go on sale Wed. June 2 at 10:00 a.m. General public tickets on sale Sat. June 5 at 10:00 a.m. (Live Nation Event) Further ticket info to follow.

The Black Crowes at Nokia Theater on Sun. Rocktober 31, Tues. Nov. 2, Thurs. through Sat. Nov. 4-6. Tickets on sale today at noon. $49.50

Christina Aguilera at Jones Beach on Wed. July 28 and at PNC Bank Arts Center on Fri. July 30. Tickets on sale next Fri. May 21 at 10:00 a.m. (Live Nation Event) More information to follow.

Lady GaGa at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City on Sat. Feb. 19, 2011. Tickets on sale this morning at 10:00 a.m. $54.50, $93.50 – $192.50.

Alice In Chains with Mastodon and the Deftones at Mohegan Sun on Mon. Sept. 20 and at Madison Square Garden on Fri. Sept. 24. Tickets on sale next Sat. May 22 at 10:00 a.m. Mohegan: $45; Update: Pre-sale tickets for the Garden on sale Thurs. May 20 at 10:00 a.m. until Fri. May 21 at 10:00 p.m. and the password is HESKYE. General public tickets on sale Sat. May 22 at 10:00 a.m. $39.50 – $75 

American Idols Live at Jones Beach on Wed. July 7; at the Mark Etess Theater in Atlantic City on Sat. July 10; at the Mohegan Sun on Tues. July 13; at the Prudential Center on Tues. July 20 and the Harbor Yard in Bridgeport CT on Mon. Sept. 10. Pre-sale through American Idol .com starts today at 10:00 a.m. General public tickets on sale tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. Jones Beach: $50. 50 – $70.50; Mark Etess: (Live Nation); Mohegan: $71 – $91; Prudential: $40.50 – $76; Harbor Yard: $40.50 – $70.50.

Robert Randolph & His Family Band at the Bowery Ballroom on Tues. June 29. Tickets on sale today at noon. $25. (This should be awesome).

Lilith Fair at the PNC Bank Arts Center on Sat. July 31. Pre-sale tickets available now for Citi card holders. General public tickets on sale tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. Lawn: $37.75; Terrace: $47.75; Loge: $77.25 – $107.25; Orchestra: $133.25.

Keane with Ingrid Michaelson at the Brooklyn Waterfront in Williamsburg (North 8th street and Kent Avenue) on Fri. Aug. 6. Tickets on sale today at noon. $39.50

Limp Bizkit at PNC Bank Arts Center on Sat. July 3. Pre-sale tickets available now until 10:00 p.m. tonight for Citi card holders. General public tickets on sale tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. $26.25 – $55.75.

Natalie Merchant at the Wellmont Theater on Mon. July 12. Tickets on sale today at noon. $45 and $65.

Corrine Bailey Rae at the Beach at Governor’s Island on Fri. Aug. 6. Pre-sale tickets available now until 11:00 a.m. this morning for American Express cardholders only. General public tickets on sale today at noon. $40 (ticket price includes the roundtrip fare for the ferry)

The Cat Empire at the Webster Theater on Fri. July 30. Tickets on sale today at noon. $22 ($25 day of show).

For Parents: The Jonas Brothers at PNC Bank Arts Center on Mon. Aug. 16 and at Jones Beach on Sat. Aug. 21. Pre-sale for Citi card holders begins next Wed. May 19 at 10:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. on Fri. May 21. General public tickets on sale Sat. May 22 at 10:00 a.m. PNC: $37.50 – $250;Jones: $47.50 – $97.50.

Leela James at Gramercy Theater on Wed. Aug. 4. Tickets on sale today at noon. $25

Danzig at the Nokia Theater on Fri. June 18. Pre-sale tickets for American Express cardholders until 10:00 a.m. this morning. General public tickets on sale today at noon. $29.50

Other items:

Thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Ms. Lena Horne who passed away earlier this week. I didn’t know too much about her but the first word that come to mind is “class” and she definitely possessed that quality. A legend who impacted many people’s lives, rest in peace Lena.

Ace Frehley is supposedly writing a book on his experiences with Kiss. He recently turned 59 and wants to write it down now before he forgets. It should be an interesting read as he was their in the beginning and again for the first “reunion” and I’m assuming he will give his side of the story on why Gene and Paul let him out his contract. (or kicked him out).

The Dead Weather have already put out a second album-“Sea of Cowards”-this past Tuesday and the average rating on I-Tune readers is 4.5 starts out of 5, so yes it seems they have another “hit” album on their hands. I love the first track on the album-“Blue Blood Blues”- “psychedelic awesomeness.” There seems to be a bit of hip hop influence on many of the songs-just like on the first album. Check out “Hustle and Cuss” if you don’t believe me. Early signs point to this as being in the immortal words of Randy Jackson-“This is Hot!!”

Meatloaf’s new album-“Hang Cool Teddy Bear”- came out this past Tuesday and after listening to the 30 second samples on I-Tunes the first thing I noticed was a lot of guitar sound coming from every angle. Some of the fan reviews on I-Tunes are not so favorable and the one funny one I saw was “Meat-E-Ocre at best.” Oh well if you are a fan, check it out for yourself.

I kind of knew that Michael Lynche was going to be voted off this week from American Idol, as I mentioned the last few weeks I didn’t understand why he kept landing at the bottom so I can’t say that I am surprised. Did I expect him to win? Probably not so it is not so bad for where he finished-fourth- he should be real proud of himself. His solo performance on Tuesday night was not that great but neither was the performance of Lee DeWyze but I guess Lee received a “mulligan” this week. Crystal Bowersox’s powerful rendition of “I’m Alright” was electrifying and has catapulted her back to the top of the fray in my opinion. Casey James’s performance of “Mrs. Robinson” by my new obsession-Simon & Garfunkel- was good but again nothing spectacular. But I will say both “duo’s” were fantastic and the song that Michael & Casey performed-“Have You Really Ever Loved a Woman”- could be a hit on the radio right now-that’s how good it was. And Lee & Crytsal’s song-“Falling Slowly”- was very good but for that was held up by Crystal in my opinion, as Lee seemed to be a little “off” the entire night.It’s anyone’s game right now but in the end I still think Crystal will win out. It’s going to be interesting to see who goes next.

By the way, the performance by Fantasia on Wednesday night was a little off key as well and I could just picture Simon critiquing it as it ended. I don’t know but for me Daughtry seems to have fallen into the “pop” zone too much for my liking (again I love pop) and he has become “like everyone else” on the radio. I thought his career was going to be a bit different, he’s good but something has slipped-who knows maybe it’s me. And the same goes for Bon Jovi– I hate to say it cause I love these guys but they have become so bland recently. It’s like they are playing but that “energy” is gone. Many of the newer songs really sound very similar to each other. Again who am I to say but both Daughtry and Bon Jovi need some “smelling salts” in my opinion. Again I like both artists, I usually keep it positive on this page but I have to be honest. Maybe both had an off night, who knows.

On June 8th there will be a box set release of nearly 60 songs by the legendary Steve Winwood. The package-“Revolutions” contain tracks that were personally selected by Mr. Winwood from his days with the Spencer Davis group, Traffic and Blind Faith.

Former Warrant front man, Jani Lane, was reportedly arrested again on the suspicion of drunk driving in Woodlands CA. Ironic part is that is was the same police officer that cuffed him again last week and he supposedly crashing into a parked car and failing a sobriety test at the scene.

Dee Snider has joined the ranks of Ozzy and Gene Simmons and will be a reality star as “Growing Up Twisted” will spotlight life in the Snider household with his wife and four children. The show will be on the cable channel “A&E.” No word on when the show will air but they are currently filming now.

Korn’s new single-“Oildale (Leave Me Alone)” is out now and is the opening track off of their ninth studio album-“Korn III-Remember Who You Are” to be released via Roadrunner Records on July 13. The song has that distinctive Korn sound and it turns out they tapped Ross Robinson to produce as he was behind the controls on “Life is Peachy”-one of their best albums.

The heavy metal site “Blabbermouth.net” has given a rating of 8 (out of ten) for Ratt’s latest album-“Infestation”- and unbelievably the listeners gave it an 8.1. Usually this site slams the “glam” bands but here you have it folks this says it all in my book. “Infestation” must be real good. \m/ \m/

Album Review: “The Oracle” by Godsmack released on May 4, 2010

The Oracle

As I mentioned in last week’s blog I had picked up the fifth studio album by the boys from Boston that go by the name of Godsmack. “The Oracle” is complete with bone crunching riffs, bass lines that will make your chest pulsate and wailing drums which will keep you “head-banging” throughout. And of course there is that distinctive vocal style of Mr. Sully Erna and in my opinion he has one of the best “metal” voices out there. As mentioned, if you are a fan of these guys, I believe this album represents their continued rise into becoming a potential metal icon. (Now I know many of the “haters” out there will scoff at this notion but I can’t understand why these guys, in my opinion, don’t receive the respect they deserve-they have put in their dues and should now reap the benefits) Have they reached their pinnacle with “The Oracle?” No I still believe they are still growing but I have to say that this is their most complete album to date. This is better than “IV” and you all know that I absolutely loved that album. What stands out to me on this album is a feeling of these guys finally feeling comfortable with who they are and what they play. They seem very relaxed (even though obviously their music is not something you can relax to-just the opposite) and the musicianship is tighter as their talents shine through in many different songs. I will also state that I really like the way they set up this album with the order of the songs-admittedly you have to be prepared for an onslaught of “heavy” music throughout but the flow gives you a chance to breath before you get hit with that next blow. Godsmack seems to fly under the radar but for their legion of fans this album was well worth the wait and I am already looking forward to the tour to hear these powerful songs.

The album starts off with the intense (this has to be the perfect way to describe this band, no?)-“Cryin’ Like a Bitch!!”- which immediately gets you in the “head-banging” zone as there is no build up. This is like going down that first hill on the Cyclone rollercoaster in Coney Island-hold on to the ride and don’t cry because this ride will not stop. Obviously when you have metal there is usually anger and Sully is pissed off at some one as he explains to them why they are so not welcomed. He also exclaims that he is tough and will *itch slap you, if you get out of line. This is not your 100 mph songs but it’s up there, I would say this is going at a pace near 75 mph. Perfect way to kick start your heart. Track #2-“Saints and Sinners” starts off with just the bass sort of like when one bee flies out of a nest but you know there are many to follow as the drums and guitar explode the song into a frenzy. Just picture disturbing a hanging bees nest as they all fly out to protect the Queen Bee. I guarantee that this song will be among the fan favorites at the shows as the mosh pits will break out everywhere and then everyone will stop and sing the chorus while raising their arms above their heads and sing in unison-“…I shake my fists up to the sky… just keeping my dreams alive… I’m one part saint and two parts sinners..” The guitar solos are crisp and clean and demonstrate their improved skills. “War and Peace” is a three minute explosion of thrash metal that should conjure up thoughts of Metallica or Megadeth. And they use that “metal” thing where they have a crowd in the background cheering as some guy is speaking through a bull horn. This is a complete knockout of a tune and just like that it is three-for-three.

As you catch your breath a little, track # 4-“Love-Hate-Sex-Pain”- takes the pace down a bit but not by much. But the cool thing about this song is that it is the perfect sing along song. I found myself singing out loud in my car as I was blasting it-“Love-Hate-Sex-Pain its complicating me sometimes.” There are not too many Godsmack songs where you can sing along to but this one could be their best. No doubt this will be another fan favorite and has to rank up there as one of the best songs on this album. They sort of do this “Faith No More” thing where they have a piano ending the song like the classic “Epic” tune. And then it keeps getting better with “What If?” and admittedly I had to give this song a couple of turns before the light bulb went on and this could be the finest track on the disc. The song has this almost “bongo” like vibe as the constant drum beat-think Santana but heavier-keeps you hooked in for the entire six minutes or so. And when the guitar riff surrounds your ears-(you have to listen with a great set of headphones)- you will hear what I am talking about-their maturity, their “relaxed” style but with explosive results. This song is “epic-like” and should make you stand up and pay attention. My hats off to you boys!!! \m/ \m/

“Devils Swing” has a funky groove almost bluesy heavy metal-if there is such a thing. This definitely reminds me of Metallica’s-“Devil’s Dance” but a bit faster. It’s weird the titles are almost the same and to me it they sound similar and Godsmack even throws in the harmonica, a la Steven Tyler. This track is different from the first six and you see what I’m talking about the flow? Track #8-“Good Day to Die” has Megadeth’s influence written all over this one. The beginning guitar riff sounds exactly like Mustaine helped them out with this one. The guitar has this way of making you feel like you have a blender that keeps spinning around in a circle as the milk shake you are making is spilling over the top but you lick up the vanilla that is falling down the side of the glass because it’s that good and you don’t want to waste any of it. “Forever Shamed” just may be the only “filler” on this album as you might think that you already heard this before. (Yes but many bands have similar sound so why knock these guys?). It is a fast paced song that again will knock your socks off, maybe it’s that I’m old and need that “breather” to come in to take me down a bit. By the way, the guitar solo is awesome on this track. Track #9 starts off real low and builds to a heavy fast paced song (there was that little break that I needed) and this time I was ready for it. As you listen to this track you can identify each of the four guys in the band as their parts clearly stand out when they are in the “verse” section of the arrangement. The bass is thumping your chest out, while the guitar again puts you into a frenzy as well at the drumming and Sully vocals are something that surrounds you, lifts you and knocks you out. I can picture “Nascar” using this song as the cars race around the track at 200 mph.

The title track of this album is an instrumental and I’d have to say that this is my favorite song. Now how can I say this after complimenting Sully on his vocals? This song in my opinion demonstrates how far this band has come and they have honed their skills to the point where people have to say that this is as good as a Metallica track-and I think these guys would tell you that Metallica was a band they idolized and I’m assuming that they would consider this a great compliment. This is worthy of your attention and will almost remind you of “Rush” as well because they are also one of the “masters” when it comes to instrumentals. Real impressive and worth the price of admission. “Whiskey Hangover” was released as a single late last year and appears near the end of the album. Now most people usually associate the songs at the end of the album as sort as not as good as the beginners but in this case it could have led off the album because of the intensity as well as the musicianship. This is “metal” in the old western movies where the swinging doors lead right to the bar where the whiskey waits for you. The last track (before the additional track)-“I Blame You”- is a three minute song that ends the album the same way it was started-with a blast full of metal mixture of deep bass lines, crashing cymbals, demonic vocals with a tantalizing guitar solo. Eat it up folks, it’s that good.

The “bonus” track is a “Sully”only song called-“The Departed” and features a female vocalist who fits in nicely with Mr. Erna as this psychedelic track will remind you a little of “Vodoo” off of their debut album. I picture myself on a magic carpet ride sort of like the movie- Aladdin. Again Sully vocals are real impressive and the woman is also very good. So there you have it folks, for those who don’t know Godsmack too well this just may be the album to get you started. For the fan, this is a “must have” as they really are starting to come into their own. Nice job gentlemen and we look forward to the tour. (By the way, this Godsmack album is their third to land at the number one spot on the top 200 albums on Billboard). \m/ \m/

“TOP TEN”:

Image of Stone Temple Pilots

Since the new Stone Temple Pilots album is due to come out on Tues. May 25 I figured that I might as well name their top ten best songs before the start of their second career. Not too many bands make a comeback after so many years but there are a few that quickly come to mind-obviously Aerosmith had a re-birth in the 1980’s after dismantling in the 1970’s. Tesla made a huge comeback (c’mon did you not think that I was not going to use the word-“huge?”) in the 21st Century after they too broke apart in the 20th Century. Now I know many people consider “STP” a cheap rip-off of Pearl Jam, especially when they first came on the scene in 1992 with their debut-“Core.” Yes I will admit that “Plush” sounded an awful lot like Mr. Vedder but I don’t see why that should matter because their entire library is a different sound than that of Pearl Jam. Yes I will admit again that their first album could easily be mistaken for Pearl Jam. But as their career progressed, their sound was very distinct and I always thought that these guys like to “rock and roll” a little more than the other grunge bands of that era.

Now my oldest son so easily dismisses them as a grunge band and won’t even listen to me when I put them in the same category as Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Alice In Chains and Nirvana. He says those bands come are far superior to STP and that they shouldn’t even be mentioned in the same breath. Now I know there are lots of people who probably feel that way but I also know that STP has its legion of fans who would say that they are right up there with the big four. I absolutely love STP and have every album they have made and look forward to the new sound on the 25th. Another thing that kind of separates me from the rest of the STP pack is that my favorite album from them is “Shangri-La Dee Da” and I know most will point the finger to their debut album. Most people lambasted “Shangri” but I honestly can say that I listen to every song when I put that album on. I can’t say that for the rest of their albums, dare I say that I don’t even have every song on my I-Pod from their debut-I know-“Sac-religious.” People’s lives change as they grow older and singers/band members are also considered people, so when their sound changes, it’s not always bad. We all know Mr. Weiland has had a whirlwind of a life but he has managed to still remain relevant while adding a family. That has to change you and his song for his first born son-“A Song for Sleeping” is one of my favorites and I’m not ashamed to admit it, is it “STP” like? No but it is still part of what was inside of them at that moment. As a parent I can so relate to that song and it makes me think of my boys when they were in a high-chair eating their Gerber veggies. The brothers-Robert and Dean DeLeo are, in my opinion, the most over-looked double tandem of guitarists in this era who have created some of the best rhythm riffs in the history of “grunge” music or any music period. These guys know how to play and can rock out with the best of them. And Eric Kretz on drums keeps the train called STP moving along at a crisp pace and hasn’t been late to any station stop since they started. So I am on an island and have been told that I can only have ten songs by the Stone Temple Pilots, “These are Them:”

10.     Plush (Acoustic Version)I thought I use to like the original version but when the acoustic version was released on “Thank You” –greatest hits collection-I was blown away. Now for me this version does not sound like Pearl Jam-so there-no seriously this song has to be considered one of their best songs ever. It’s just Scott’s vocals with an acoustic guitar and it was astonishing for me when I first heard it, it gripped me like none other and immediately became the version of choice for me. Despite all the troubles that Mr. Weiland experiences every day, the man can sing and this could be his best vocals ever.

9.     Vasoline In my opinion this has one of the coolest openings of any song in the history of music, it rises up to an awesome crescendo highlighted by that amazingly seemingly simple guitar riff which is so addictive- the DeLeo Brothers own it on this track. I know I can completely nail this song at the next karaoke party and oh by the way I received a 100% on the vocals on Rock Band 2, OK it was on “medium” but the next time I play with my boys (they don’t like my singing so they ask me once in a while) I will be on expert and will predict that I will get at least a 95%.

8.     Heavens & Hot RodsThis blazing track appears on “4” and most people point to “Down”-which I also love but I only can fit ten here-but for me this is the “bomb.”Eric Kretz’s drumming hits you right over the head (and chest) and he keeps the head banging groove at a fever pitch while Robert’s bass will be thumping on your chest and of course Dean’s lead guitar “makes it easy to move your feet” –his solo is short but packs a punch. STP can turn up the pace and volume on many tracks, including this one but then can also flip on the dime to a nice soft song which is something I love. This song rocks folks, check it out. \m/ \m/

7.     Piece of PieNow I know everyone out there is looking for “Sex Type Thing” on my list but for me the lesser known tracks on their debut has always grabbed my attention more than the “hits” and I’ll point right to this song. This track will knock you right off your feet, it is so freaking good. It has a little bit of everything-the bridge before the amazing guitar solo will have you floating in the air but let’s get back to Dean’s guitar solo. How amazing is it? I’m doing the Wayne’s World bow right now as I write the review for this song. I love all the “stops & starts” throughout and if Scott’s singing doesn’t want to make you become a rock star, then I don’t know what will. “I broke the bread line…nobody knows…I walked the frontline…still got far to go..” This song is too cool.

6.     Dead & BloatedThis also could be one of the best beginnings to a song ever, when I hear Scott sounding like he is 100 miles away singing-“I am smelling like a rose that somebody gave me…” I just lose it. The volume has to be cranked up to a “1,000” and the walls need to shake. The groove is slow and trudging but there is something about it that keeps me coming back for more. For those who think this is a Pearl Jam rip-off, I just don’t see it (or hear it)-to me this does not sound like PJ. It has that “heavy” guitar that has to make you pound your head up and down but not at a “break-neck” speed, which is good on the “wear & tear” of your neck and head, right? Before you know it, the five minutes and ten seconds are over just like that and to me this is a sign of a great song.

5.     Days of the WeekGo ahead and laugh me out of the room or never read my blog again but I absolutely love this song. Call it “pop” or “bubble gum” music but like I have always said- you need bubble gum in your life every once in a while because life can’t be all vegetables and potatoes. I have to be honest with myself and I could not push this song off my top ten list, not only that but it has landed at number 5. As you know- “Shangri”- is my favorite STP album so I have to have songs from the album right? C’mon you know you love it but won’t admit it because it’s not “heavy” or “STP” like. I can listen to this song all day long. “…where can she be?Cause days of the week…”

4.     Sour GirlOk this is the “soft” side of the Stone Temple Pilots and these are also the songs that dragged me in and made me love this group. The one thing that I notice is that I have more than a few songs on my list that appears on “Thank You” which is a compilation of their greatest hits but I guess it is a testament that they (or the record company) know which songs are the best. I will state that this song has the best harmonizing vocals on any STP song and I get completely mesmerized by their great vocals together. This appears on “4”-which is a super solid album. This song makes me want to take singing lessons.

3.     A Song for SleepingAgain go ahead and make fun of me-bang your head on your computer in disgust but again for me I have to pick the ten songs that I would want and I have to be honest with myself and not be subject to peer pressure to pick “Sex Type Thing” or songs like that. (I love those songs, don’t get me wrong). But this song gives me the chills as well as puts a huge smile on my face. I think back to when my boys were babies as they sat in their “high-chairs” eating their baby food. Do you remember when your child “first smiled” at you? It has to be one of the greatest feelings ever in the world. This brings tears to my eyes as I now see my sons all grown up and now being teenagers, this song takes me back to the days when they were little and the lyrics in this song I believe is what every father wanted to write.

2.     CrackermanThis used to be my all time favorite by STP but it has slipped down one notch to number two. This is one of the best “mash-pit” songs and I remember the first time I saw STP live and Scott took out the megaphone while singing the words-“…Get away.. gotta get away…”- well I thought that was the coolest thing that I had ever seen at a show. (I know it’s not the first time it’s been used). This song rocks and Dean’s blistering solo is “head-banging” rock at its best. This is their best “heavy” song ever recorded.

1.     WonderfulI remember hearing this song for the first time and I instantly knew that this would forever be my favorite Stone Temple Pilots song. Call it sappy, call it melancholy but you have to admit to its greatness. The opening lyrics hit me like a ton of bricks-“…If I were to die this morning… would you tell me things that you wouldn’t have… would you be my navigator…would you take me to a place we could hide…”- it makes you think, no? I often wonder if we would tell our loved ones certain things… if we knew… well you know. It’s a somber topic but getting back to the music, the arrangement is the best they have ever had on a song and it is so “wonderful” to sing to. You can feel the passion in Mr. Weiland’s vocals and hands down this is by far the best song they have ever recorded. And there is no way I can just listen to it once, I immediately hit the replay button and wander off. I saw them perform this at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York and I will never forget it. They were close to breaking up and I had so desperately wanted to hear them perform this live and my wish was granted. I can’t wait for the new stuff.

Trivia Questions

Answers from last week:

1.     Hey Jude

2.     Miles Davis

3.     Little Richard

4.     Sadly it was Linda McCartney’s memorial

This week’s trivia (Random)-

1.     In which city did the Beatles play their last live performance?

2.     From 1977 to 1979, the Bee Gees had how many consecutive number 1 hits?

3.     Bill and Hillary Clinto named their daughter Chelsea after what song?

4.     What were the Beach Boys originally called? What was their first band name?

Name That Tune

Answers from last week: (Nice job again Tricia)

1.     “It’s So Nice to Be With You”- Gallery

2.     “Alone Again Naturally”-Gilbert O’Sullivan

3.     “Dragging The Line”-Tommy James

4.     “Hot Rod Lincoln” –Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen

Can you guess the title from the following lyrics from part of the song?

1.     “…when I feel cold, you warm me…And when I feel like I can’t go on, you come and hold me…It’s you…and me forever…”

2.     “…Just say you will, say you will…(say you will)…Say you will (say you will)…Hey, Hey (Say you will)…my heart is fine, fine…”

3.     “…so many days you passed me by…see the tears standing in my eyes…you wouldn’t stop to make me feel better…by giving me a card or a letter …”

4.      “…I’ve been really trying, baby…trying to hold back this feelin’ for so long…and if you feel like I feel baby…then come on, oh come on…”

Back on this Day

Sadly back on this day in 1998, Frank Sinatra passed away from a heart attack at the age of 82. This man was an American legend and his music and films will never be forgotten.

Sadly back on this day in 1976, Keith Relf, former lead singer of The Yardbirds, was killed at the young age of 33 while tuning his guitar in a bathtub and was electrocuted.

Back on this day in 1956, Buddy Holly decided to forgo contact lenses (he was fitted for them on this day) and stay with his trade-mark glasses look.

Back on this day in 1968, John Lennon and Paul McCartney appeared on the Tonight Show and announced the formation of Apple Records. This was just after they returned from India while meditating. They would start working on the White album shortly after. 

Back on this day in 1969, Neil Young released his second solo album-“Everybody Knows This is Nowhere”- and his first with his backing band-Crazy Horse.

Back on this day in 1970, Crosby, Stills Nash & Young released “Ohio,” ten days after the shooting of four students at Kent State which inspired the song.

Back on this day in 1988, the surviving members of the Mighty Led Zeppelin plus utilizing Jason Bonham (son of John) on drums, performed together at Madison Square Garden for the celebration of Atlantic Records making it to 40 years of existence.

If it is your birthday today you share the same birth date with the late great Bobby Darin, Jack Bruce (Cream, did I need to tell you that?), David Byrne (Talking Heads), Tom Cochrane, Mike Inez (bassist for Alice in Chains and Heart), C.C. DeVille (Poison) and Ian Astbury (The Cult).

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April 16, 2010

Weekly Update – 04/16/2010

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Hot 97 Summer Jam at New Meadowlands Stadium on Sun. June 6. The is an “internet” pre-sale until midnight tonight. General public tickets on sale tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. $40, $65, $99.50, $125 and $250. This year’s full lineup will be announced on Hot 97 on the Angie Martinez show at 4:00 p.m. on Monday May 3.

Crosby, Stills & Nash at the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts in Bethel NY on Tues. Aug. 31. Tickets on sale tomorrow morning at 10:00 a.m. $40.50 – $81.45.

Phil Collins at the Roseland Ballroom on Tues. June 22 and Fri. June 25. Pre-sale tickets for Citi card holders go on sale this Mon. Apr. 19 at 10:00 a.m. General public tickets on sale next Sat. Apr. 24 at 10:00 a.m. (Live Nation Event but further ticket info to follow).

The Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem featuring Korn, Rob Zombie, Five Finger Death Punch and others at the PNC Bank Arts Center on Wed. July 28. Tickets on sale this morning at 10:00 a.m. $20, $39.50 and $49.50.

The Lilith Fair Tour returns this summer and will stop at the PNC Bank Arts Center in NJ on Saturday July 31 and the Comcast Theater in CT on Sun. Aug. 1. Tickets on sale tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. (Live Nation Event). Each tour date will feature 11 artists and the only mainstay at each show will be Sarah McLachlan (co-founder). Other artists include Mary J. Blige, Heart, Erykah Badu, Ingrid Michaelson, Loretta Lynn, Colbie Caillat and many others.

Sting with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at The Metroplitan Opera on Tues. July 13. Tickets on sale this morning at 10:00 a.m. $20 – $350.

John Mayer at Jones Beach on Wed. July 21 and at PNC Bank Arts Center on Tues. Aug. 3. Pre-sale tickets for Citi card holders on until 10:00 p.m. tonight. General public on sale tomorrow morning at 11:00 a.m. Jones: $49.50 and $79.50; PNC: $36 and $79.50.

Rush at Jones Beach on Sat. July 24 and at PNC Bank Arts Center on Fri. Sept. 3. Tickets on sale tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. Jones: $36.50, $61.50, $91.50 and $151.50; PNC: $35.75, $56.25, $96.25 and $156.25.

Pat Benatar at the Nokia Theater on Wed. Aug. 25. Pre-sale tickets for American Express cardholders on until 10:00 a.m. this morning. General public tickets on sale today at noon. $45.

Cheap Trick and Squeeze at Radio City Music Hall on Tues. July 13. Further ticket information to follow.

Kings of Leon at the Borgota Event Center in Atlantic City, NJ on Sat. June 5. Tickets on sale this morning at 10:00 a.m. (Live Nation Event)

Modest Mouse at Brooklyn Waterfront in Willaimsburg on Fri. July 23. Tickets on sale today at noon. $37. Also appearing at the Wellmont Theater on Thurs. July 22. Tickets on sale today at noon. $37

Lyle Lovett at the Wellmont Theater on Sun. Aug. 15. Tickets on sale today at noon. $40, $60 and $75.

Toby Keith with Trace Adkins and James Otto at the PNC Bank Arts Center on Sat. June 19. Tickets on sale tomorrow morning at 10:00 a.m. $39 and $74.

Lady Antebellum at Nokia Theater on Mon. May 10. Pre-sale tickets for American Express cardholders on until 10:00 a.m. this morning. General public tickets on sale today at noon. $44.50.

The Black Crowes at the Theater in Westbury NY on Wed. June 2. Tickets on sale tomorrow afternoon at noon. $49.50

Billy Idol at the Hammerstein Ballroom on Wed. Sept. 15. Pre-sale tickets for Citi card holders on until 10:00 p.m. tonight. General public tickets on sale tomorrow at noon. $45 and $65.

The Michael Schenker Group at The Fillmore New York at Irving Plaza on Sat, July 31. Tickets on sale tomorrow morning at 10:00 a.m. $29.50

Dave Mason at BB Kings on Thurs. Sept. 30. Tickets on sale next Fri. Apr. 23 at 10:00 a.m. $33.50 ($36 day of show).

Cyndi Lauper at the Ridgefield Playhouse on Wed. July 28. Tickets on sale now. $85 and $95.

Other items:

Thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Peter Steele (front man for Type O Negative) who passed away on Wednesday at the young age of 48 and apparently it was from heart failure. This is a total shock and numbing, rest in peace Peter.   \m/ \m/     He was born in Brooklyn NY.

Bret Michaels had emergency appendectomy surgery this past week and is apparently doing fine now recovering in a hospital. He had severe abdominal pain and was rushed to a hospital in San Antonio TX and some of his shows for April have been rescheduled. Take it slow Bret and we’ll see you this summer.

Ok I have listened and digested Mary J. Blige’s version of the Mighty Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven” and “Whole Lotta Love.” I’ll start with “Stairway”- now I have read the many negative comments and some people have reacted with a feeling that it is “sac-religious” to even touch a Zep song. Now you all know that I have put down my feelings on some songs that should never be re-worked (“American Pie” by Mr. McLean quickly comes to mind) and of course you all know how I feel about the Mighty Led Zeppelin. My oldest son is all over me for actually being OK with someone covering the “Mighty Led Zeppelin” (as I put it) and he doesn’t understand why I have accepted it and said the only reason I’m OK with it because it is Mary J. Blige- he says if it were any one else, I wouldn’t even acknowledge it. He may be right but you all know I have a soft spot for Mary. But I have to tell you, Mary treats this song with the respect that it deserves and it is very close to the original rendition, so she didn’t try to change the meaning and the tradition of this landmark song. To me that is always the first rule when trying to cover an epic tune, Ok the second rule-my first rule is that it should never be re-recorded-so yes I can understand those people who feel that the remaining members of the Mighty Led Zeppelin should have never given Mary permission to record her spin on the song. Now is it as good as the original? No, but no one could ever do it like Plant, Page, Bonham or Jones. The ending of her song is a bit theatrical but overall I would say she does a very good interpretation. By the way, the Steve Vai guitar solo in the middle of the song is “off the hook” and electrifying.

Now with “Whole Lotta Love”-I would say for all of you “rockers” out there-don’t even attempt to listen to this-you might become very angry. Now for all of you out there who do not know this song (can’t imagine who but I have to assume there are) you may like her take on it as she definitely changes the entire mood of the song and brings you to a club with dancing beats. So what is my take you ask? Well admittedly the first go around I was making squinting faces like I just swallowed some rotten milk but after a few more turns, it not as bad as I thought. Love the way she does the “Way down inside.. you need it….Loooovvveee” Again if you love the original don’t even go near this but if you can keep an open mind, it’s not so bad.

If you are a fan of Soulja Boy, you can ask him questions either now or live today at 2:00 p.m. through Twitter by tweeting to @billboarddotcom using the hashtag #bblivechat. He is a fixture on Twitter as he has over 2 million followers as well as at @souljaboytellem. So start tweeting away your questions now or at 2:00 p.m. today.

No offense to Andrew Garcia but finally… whew if he wasn’t gone after Wednesday I probably would have stopped watching American Idol… I’m completely baffled on why Katie Stevens was voted off (and even more confused on why Michael Lynche was standing next to her in the bottom three) because out of the remaining women, Siobhan Magnus deserved to be booted after her lackluster performance on Tuesday. My prediction now is that Crystal Bowersox will be the winner in 2010. I know this years’ competition has fallen short when compared to prior years but I have to say that now that we are in the final few, the performances have really been better and for all of you out there who haven’t been following-now’s the time to turn it on as we head for a winner in a month or so. Most everyone’s performance on Tuesday night was really good, except for Andrew and Siobhan (in my opinion)-although Casey James has to take it up a notch again, he can’t rest on the solid performance of “Jealous Guy” from last week.

My favorite “80’s song” of the week belongs to Men at Work with one of their most popular songs-“Who Can it Be Now?” When is the last time you have heard this tune? Boy it has been a while for me and I forgot how catchy this song is and I love the saxophone solo. (That should have been me, oh well) Great tune check it out!!!

Sheryl Crow’s new album-“100 Miles from Memphis”-is due out on July 20 and it is “a bit of an experiment” as it is filled with R&B influences. She says she grew up with heavy influence of Carla Thomas and Curtis Mayfield so she decided to pay homage to these vintages artists with her take on R&B. I am very intrigued and can’t wait to hear it.

Ozzy will release his 10th studio solo album-“Scream”- on June 15th and if you are a fan of CSI you may have heard his new single-“Let Me Hear You Scream”-which debuted this past Wednesday night on CBS. You can listen to the entire version of the song right here: http://www.noisecreep.com/2010/04/15/ozzy-osbourne-let-me-hear-you-scream-new-song/It is blistering and loud. Metal fans rejoice-Ozzy still has it. A tour will follow, I’ll keep you posted on Ozzfest.

My other favorite “80’s song” of the week is “One Thing Leads to Another” by The Fixx. Remember that song? Man this was the “bomb” back in 1983 and was part of that “new wave” revolution that made their stamp on the music world. The early ‘80’s music was special in my opinion because it was a period of time where an individual or a band could have really made a splash as it was a time where the road was wide open as genres like disco was being left behind (still not in Brooklyn though), classic rock was there but nothing new, so bands like The Fixx (B-52’s etc.) had a chance to make some cool songs and this is definitely one of them.

Have I mentioned how great the solo Slash album is? I can’t stop listening to this phenomenal album and now am obsessed with “Back to Cali” with Myles Kennedy. What’s up with Blabbermouth? They can’t review this phenomenal album? Check out this performance on the George Lopez “Tonight” show: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IrNsgfAPhQM

By the way, just a second on the song with Iggy Pop-“We’re all Gonna Die” (from the same album) and please take what I’m about to say as not a knock on Iggy, just want to make a point on something. We all know Iggy has made his impact on Punk rock and the world of rock with his time with The Stooges but definitely is an acquired taste and probably is not something you’ll have at your next tea party (no not the maniac Republican “get-togthers”), I’m talking regular tea that you drink. I just have to point out that one of my favorite bands-Kiss- has been ridiculed for their last album-Sonic Boom- as far as the juvenile lyrics and how can it be that Simmons & Stanley at their age write about such things. OK let’s compare- here are some lyrics to “Yes I Know (Nobody’s Perfect):” “…flip a coin.. is it heads or tails tonight.. you can’t bring this boy to his knees..” –admittedly kind of “teenage-like” lyrics. Now let’s take a look at “Gonna Die:””…I’m in the mood…so let’s intrude…pee on the ground.. and jump around..” Ok did you see those last two lines-pee on the ground and jump around- do I need say any more? I believe Iggy and Gene are about the same age, why is it OK for Iggy but not Gene?

My favorite “new song” of the week (thanks to my youngest son as he is now “schooling” me on all the latest “pop/rap” stuff out there-he’s 12, so who better, right?) is “Nothing On You” by B.o.B. I had not heard this song until yesterday and I have to say that it is very impressive. “Nice beat, nice vocals… Mr. Clark I would give that a 9 as my score.”

Fred Durst (Limp Bizkit) has released a two minute version of one of his new songs-“Shark Attack”- through his twitter account and of course it is laced with all the nice words that you’d expect from him. I don’t know but this sounds awfully similar to what he released back in 1999 on his most popular album-“Significant Other”- so if you like that sound it is right up your alley. Sounds a little stale to me

“And 5, now this is most important, Rat…comes down to making out… whenever possible.. put on side 1 of Led Zeppelin IV

Side One of “Tapestry” by Carole King

Tapestry

Ok I know what you are thinking- how can I ignore side two of this landmark album? I’m not, I will state that every song on this album could be considered as “perfect.” But for my taste, there are some songs on side two that are good but just not perfect which I will not disclose due to fear of retribution out there on the part of some of you. Please do not be upset with me, catch your breath and just know that I acknowledge the entire album as an American classic. I especially love “Smackwater Jack” from side two and that is probably my favorite song on the disc. I acknowledge that this album is akin to a “greatest hits” collection even though it is an actual studio album. Carole put her signature on the world of music with this album and it deserves to be in everyone’s music library, if you don’t have it… well.. you still have time. This album is like water- you need it to survive.

Anyway about side one… it starts off with the electrifying “I Feel the Earth Move” and this has to rank way up there as one of the greatest songs ever recorded in the 20th Century and any other Century you’d like to throw in there. The opening piano notes are legendary and you immediately recognize it. Now this was recorded in 1971 but to hear today it still sounds as fresh as it was back then. This brings me back to my early days when I was growing up on 46th street in the Sunset Park area of Brooklyn, this song was everywhere during my childhood and for some reason I immediately picture me standing in front of the apartment building that we lived in with my mother, with her “beehive” hairdo on a nice spring day taking a walk down to 5th avenue to shop because that’s what my mother loved to do. I love the way the song ends with “tum bum bling down…” Track # 2-“So Far Away” could possibly be another “greatest song ever written” in the history of music. This song brings me to a standstill and I can’t even move when I hear it, it gives me chills down the back of my neck. Think about how many people know this song? Think about how it has affected the lives of millions? Can you imagine if you wrote this? I can’t even envision what it is like to be Carole King after writing this song, I wonder if she knew what kind of world renowned acceptance she would receive from people from every corner of the globe. There’s no way that anyone can not like this song, I have declared it-“unallowed.” Now talk about a “1-2-3” lineup- the third song is “It’s Too Late.” What makes her songs so great is the easiness to start singing along to the lyrics, there is a certain comfortable “homey” feeling to it-the same feeling you get around the holidays-do you know what I’m saying? The arrangement of this song is so spectacular it just has the coolest grooves ever created. “…And it’s too late baby.. though we really tried to make it..” If you get a chance-buy tickets to her tour with James Taylor just to hear this song. Incredible.

Track # 4-“Home Again” could be used as a tranquilizer because it has this immediate effect of soothing one’s entire body-think of it as a full body massage. This is an absolute stunner and you have to search long and hard to find someone who sings with the passion as Ms. King. If this doesn’t move you, you may be from another planet. “Beautiful” is all about inspiration. It says that you need to love yourself and “show the world” how beautiful you really are. These are powerful words and have such a special meaning-“maybe love can end the madness”-that I wish the entire world would adhere to these words so that we could all live in harmony. This songjust brings a smile to my face and I wish I could have been in the studio when she recorded it, I’m assuming everyone had “goosebumps.” Another absolute stunner. The last song on side one is “Way Over Yonder” is a blues laden track filled with one of the best vocals performances you will ever find. For me this conjures up images of Aretha because I could picture her taking on this track and when the saxophone solo comes into play well I’m floating off into “La La” land and don’t want to come down. This brings tears to my eyes; that’s how good it is. Well folks just like that there you have it, side one is done and again side two is also fantastic but for me side one is perfect.

Carole King’s “Tapestry” remains one of the most important albums of all time and represents the longest charting album by a solo female in the history of music. (Think “Dark Side of the Moon” on the men’s side). It has sold over 25 million copies worldwide with over 10 million sold alone in the U.S. and was ranked the 36th greatest album of all time by Rolling Stone magazine in 2003 when they named their top 500 ever. I have the vinyl and I love listening to this gem with all the “scratchiness”, timeless classic.

“TOP TEN”:

Image of Shinedown

This week’s I-Pod shuffle landed on “Burning Bright” by Shinedown from their debut album-“Leave a Whisper” and it had me thinking that I needed to put down their top ten songs. Now I know I wrote so much about them last year that many of you were probably thinking this was the “Shinedown Weekly” instead of “Errols Weekly.” But more recently I have not “sung their praises” (I know I did a review of their sophomore effort-“Us and Them” a few months back but that was “months”) so I figured it was time to try and get more of you on their bandwagon. This band was formed in 2001 in Jacksonville FL with four guys who had dreams of grandeur as rock stars and more recently they have reached that upper echelon of stardom as more and more of their songs are reaching the masses with some pretty good success. “Second Chance” went on to be a powerful hit and now that I am older I love the fact that it reached the “general” audience. Why? Because it will draw more fans in to what the die-hard Shinedown loyal already knows-this band has some serious talent. Now I was drawn into this band back in 2004 while vacationing down in the Smokey Mountains of Tennessee and back then their cover of the Skynyrd classic-“Simple Man”- was all over the air waves. I tried to get my brother-in-law to go see them at a local club in Tennessee but he had never heard of them and wasn’t as intrigued as I was, so I did not end up going because I did not know my way around the area. Then in 2005, when they released “Us and Them” it was almost like a potion as I became engulfed with that entire album and I “got” what the original fan was talking about. When that little girl starts off by reciting “Whisper in the yard, turn the trees all into toys, lay there on the ground and turn the dirt into your joy…” I know I will be off into a dream state for at least an hour while taking a fantastic musical journey as their music is pumped into my bloodstream and I know this is good for my heart because it makes me feel great. There is something different about the passion that resides within Brent Smith (and the rest of the band but its Brent I hear singing) that gets me going like no other band out there.

After “Us and Them” they started their work on “The Sound of Madness” and somewhere along the line, the original foursome had something go wrong and sadly the original guitarist (Jasin Todd) and bassist (Brad Stewart) left the group. To this day I still don’t know what really happened as all parties have taken a page out of the Bill Belichick playbook by not saying a word about it. The band Shinedown still shines on and again they appear to be primed for bigger things in the years to come. I am here to convince you to listen to their music as last year they released “deluxe” versions of both “Leave a Whisper” and “Us and Them” which include more unreleased material plus a cover of the infamous U2 song-“One.” I absolutely love their version and I won’t say it is better than U2’s version because my oldest son has threatened to never read my blog again if I state that on this page and I wouldn’t want to lose him as a reader (or disappoint him). So here it is, I am on an island and have been told that I can only have 10 songs-“These are Them:” (Of course if I was able to take eleven that would be “Some Day”or “Yer Majesty”)

10.     Fly From the Inside– What a way to start off their career with this powerful knockout that begins their very impressive debut-“Leave a Whisper”-(2003) “It’s the weight of the world on my shoulders…on my shoulders..” wails Brent as you can immediately feel a twitch in your own shoulders as his voice surrounds you just like when you sit in front of a fan that blows your face and hair. You can hear the heavy influence of Soundgarden in this song-think the “Badmotorfinger” Soundgarden. Yes this is the “post grunge” sound with a twinge of “heavy metal rap” (think Linkin’ Park-a little bit). There is a heavy guitar riff that dominates the song but they take it down at points with some acoustic vibes that gives it that extra kick when they storm back up. “I don’t wear a mask and I have no regrets!!!” and as Kara (American Idol judge) would say-“Brent makes you believe that this song is “relate-able” to the experiences in his life.” Shinedown is “real.”

9.     Devour– They had me on the opening “high school marching band drums” sound that slowly gets louder as the slick guitar work creeps in and all along the piano is working its way in there as you prepare for a tornado as the pace intensifies with crashing of the pounding drums and before you know it you are in a mash pit with yourself spinning in circles looking for something to crash into. Talk about intensity? I’m assuming this song has to be on many a football player’s I-pod playlist before the big game to get them totally psyched. Every time I hear this song I am immediately taken back to the High Line Ballroom where I saw them perform this song in the summer of 2008 and I can just picture Brent’s face highlighted by a light while the rest of him remained in a shadow as I was blown away by his intensity, it’s a moment I will never forget. This pumps me up like no other song and after the week I have had, this works perfectly, as it was my “release.”

8.     Burning Bright– Whew…I coming down from the ride of “Devour” to the calming influence of this great tune from their debut album. Folks listen to this song and tell me you don’t feel the passion in Brent’s vocals??!! Especially the “bridge” part where he exudes the furor of “There’s nothing ever wrong but nothing’s ever right.. such a cruel contradiction..” How anyone can not like this song is beyond me. This is always a fan favorite at their live shows, some quality stuff right here.

7.     Atmosphere– The guitar melody is outstanding and how much more can I praise the massive skills as Brent Smith as a singer? He is freaking phenomenal. I wish I could get up on stage when they come back to NY again and sing this song with him (there is no way I could match his zeal) because he is the only singer out there today with the “younger” bands that has moved me (keep in mind I’m 45) and I would just once want to experience what he does up there on stage in front of the faithful followers, it has to be magical. It’s hard to put into words what this song does to me, it’s like I’m possessed-this is some powerful stuff folks-please join in on the fun.

6.     Stranger Inside– You know how when you hear the opening notes of a song that you really love and you get that incredible urge to turn the sound up as loud as you can and just savor the moment? I can just picture myself in an abandoned parking lot surrounded by a chain link fence about 10 feet high in the night time with a street light shining a circle on the ground while the rain is pouring and I have a microphone trying to emulate the dedication that Brent applies to each and everyone of his songs. Love the beginning of the song where he accentuates the word “breath” as he says “I just won’t relax I can’t catch my bray-eee-ethhh” His intensity is unmatched and the heavy riffs from the guitar is too much for me to take, this is too good to be true. This is some of the best stuff that was released in the decade of 2000, hands down-so don’t even try to argue the point.

5.     Breaking Inside– If this song doesn’t hook you into this band then nothing will. This song has it all-softness, heaviness, inspiration and a passionate display to make one self better. Don’t say nothing about that it is a pop ballad or any other nonsense like that because this is straight from the heart and anything from the heart which displays the devotion as this song does-then you need to pay attention. I want to say that this is Brent’s best ever vocal effort but I’d be lying because he gives the same effort on each song he sings, some may mean more to him but the effort is always there. Folks, he is the best singer/front man out there today, I’m sorry you can’t make songs like these and not be considered one of the best in the business. Beautiful song.

4.     Fake– Oh my Lord when I hear the beginning of this song I just lose it. Please I beg of you- next time you are in one of those music stores (FYE or whatever-we went through this already) go to the Shinedown section (pray that they have “Us and Them”) and go to track # 12 press play and squeeze those headphones (Ok you should bring one of those Lysol swipes to clean the headphones, I understand) as tight against your ears and slowly bring up the volume and I don’t care what 30 second section of the song it will play because you will be blown away. Then you can put down the headphones, buy the disc from the teenager behind the counter who looks confused, then run to your car, try to rip open the package (use your car keys that usually works for me) slip it into your CD player and quickly fast forward to track #12 and listen to this masterpiece in its entirety. “Because I’m bleeding and my hands are bruised… from the grip that I once had on you…And I’m open for a new way because there’s not much more I can fake…” This is so good, it brings tears to my eyes. Music is supposed to move you, this moves me.

3.     If You Only Knew– For those who have been following me for the last few years you know when I did a review for “The Sound of Madness” I told you that this was going to be the biggest song on the album (OK it didn’t go as far as “Second Chance” but there is still time) and I told the casual fan that if you didn’t like the heaviness of the other songs you’d have to love this track. This song evokes so many memories-the first being at their live show at The Highline in 2008 when Brent introduced the song as one of his favorites because he wrote it for his wife- the second being I hooked my cousin Michele (and Jenny too) into Shinedown and last year she sent me a birthday card and at the bottom of the card she wrote “.. it’s 4:03 and I can’t sleep without you next to me I toss and turn like the sea..” The smile that came across my face when I read the words to the song was from ear to ear. So this past Wednesday I woke up and didn’t have a job to go to again, so I couldn’t stay in the house so I went to the mall and was just walking around aimlessly and guess what song was playing over the speakers around the entire mall- yes- you have it-“If You Only Knew”- I said this has to be a sign of some sort-their music will help me get through this bump in the road. Thank you boys!!!

2.     Save Me– Wow this is colossal… majestic…grandiose…folks these have to be some of the best songs written during the 21st Century… if you don’t feel the passion in this song then I just don’t know what to say… this song is a “Cry for Help” (which is on my youngest son’s top ten list) for the many who struggle with their demons. “.. my hardest question to answer is WHY…WHY!!!!” I can’t decide which version of this song I like better- the original or the acoustic- they both are so incredibly stupendous. Tears are rolling down my face as I listen to this song and think of my mother’s brother who struggled so long to get off those demons but couldn’t, you always ask “what might have been?” I think to Layne Staley the lead singer of Alice In Chains and of his mother speaking to those living addicts on the “Celebrity Rehab” show. “What could have been?” Man the passion rips your heart right out of your chest-how many singers can do this like Brent? “How did I get here and what went wrong?”

1.     I Dare You– After “Save Me” comes “I Dare You” and I swear I feel like I could fly. I want to run right outside my house now and run and dive into the air with the feeling that I can fly high above the trees. I really feel that I could “walk through fire” when I hear this song. I feel like I can do anything when I hear this song. Folks this is some kind of special and if you don’t know these songs you are truly missing out. Again both versions-original and acoustic- are out of this world. If you remember (I do) Daughtry covered this song on his run with American Idol a few years back and did an admiral job but this song should never be officially “covered” by anyone-no one will ever do it justice the way Brent Smith does. This is absolutely stunning.

Trivia Questions

Answers from last week:

1.     Elton John

2.     David Bowie

3.     Waylon Jennings gave his seat up to the Big Bopper

4.     “Ain’t Wasting Time No More”

This week’s trivia (Random)-

1.     Who wrote the Manfred Mann popular song-“Blinded by the Light?”

2.     Who sings backup on Carly Simon’s single-“You’re So Vain?”

3.     What is Fleetwood Mac’s only number one single in the U.S.?

4.     Who is the only female credited with backing vocals on Pink Floyd’s “The Wall?” (Hint: she played along side a piano player-no not Richard Carpenter)

Name That Tune

Answers from last week:

1.     “Fly Like An Eagle”- Steve Miller Band

2.     “Fly Me to the Moon”- Frank Sinatra

3.     “Gonna Fly Now”-Bill Conti (theme from “Rocky”)

4.     “Fly By Night” –Rush

Can you guess the title from the following lyrics from part of the song?

1.     “…So many times, it happens so fast…you change your passion for glory…don’t lose your grip on the dreams of the past…you must fight just to keep them alive…”

2.     “…Now every morning just before breakfast…I don’t want no coffee or tea…Just me and my good buddy Weiser…That’s all I’ll ever need…”

3.     “…when I hold you in my arms… I know that I can’t do no wrong…and when I hold you in my arms…my love won’t do you no harm…”

4.     “…I got flowers in the spring…I got you to wear my ring…And when I’m sad… you’re a clown…and if I get scared you’re always around…”

Back on this Day

Back on this day in 1965, The Hollies had their first concert in the U.S. at the New York Paramount.

Back on this day in 1969, Elektra Records dropped MC5 from their label after MC5 took out an ad in a local Detroit paper blasting a record store that did not carry their album.

Back on this day in 1972, the Electric Light Orchestra made their live debut at the Fox and Greyhound Pub in Croydon U.K.

Back on this day in 1974, Queen made their first live appearance in the U.S. when they opened for Mott the Hoople in Denver CO. (What a cool show that must have been).

Back on this day in 1993, David Lee Roth was arrested at Washington Square Park in NYC for buying a $10 bag of marijuana from an undercover police officer.

Back on this day in 1996, Kiss made an announcement from the Intrepid that they were getting back together for a reunion tour with Peter Criss and Ace Frehley, leaving Bruce Kulick and Eric Singer in the cold. (Singer is now the drummer for Kiss). That tour went on to make $144 million.Can you imagine how much Gene and Paul are worth if that one tour made $144 million?

If it is your birthday today you share the same birth date with the late great Dusty Springfield, Bobby Vinton, Gerry Rafferty and John Bentley (Squeeze)

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