Errols Weekly Music Update.

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.

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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.

August 8, 2008

Weekly Update – 08/08/2008

Mary J. Blige at Radio City Music Hall on Thurs. Rocktober 2. Pre-sale tickets on now for Citi card members until this Friday Aug. 15 at 10:00 p.m.  Fan club and VIP pre-sale begins Wed. Aug. 13 at 10:00 a.m. until Friday at 10:00 p.m. General public on sale this Saturday Aug. 16 at noon.  $69.50 – $165.50.  

Weezer at Madison Square Garden on Wed. Sept. 24 and the Borgota in Atlantic City on Fri. Sept. 26 and the Susquehanna Center in Camden NJ on Sat. Sept. 27. Angels and Airwaves along with Tokyo Police Club will be the openers. Pre-sale tickets for American Express cardholders go on sale this Monday Aug. 11 at 10:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. Wed. Aug. 13. I-Tunes pre-sale on Thurs. Aug. 14 from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. General public on sale next Friday Aug. 15 at 10:00 a.m. $54.50

Jackson Browne at the United Palace Theater on Sat. Sept. 20. Tickets on sale this coming Monday Aug. 11 at 10:00 a.m.

Biohazard at Fillmore New York on Sun. Rocktober 5. Tickets on sale Sat. Aug. 16 at 10:00 a.m.

Alanis Morissette at Music Box at the Borgota in Atlantic City on Sat. Sept. 27. Tickets on sale tomorrow at 10:00 a.m.

Mars Volta at the Starland Ballroom on Thurs. Sept. 18. Tickets on sale this morning at 10:00 a.m. $34.50.

Beck with MGMT at United Palace Theater on Friday Rocktober 10. Tickets on sale now. $49.

Rockband Live featuring Panic at the Disco, Dashboard Confessional and Plain White T’s at Arena at Harbor Yard in Bridgeport CT on Fri. Rocktober 28 and also at the Prudential Center or the “Rock” in Newark, NJ. Tickets on sale at 10:00 a.m. $29.95 – $39.95

Kings of Leon at Webster Hall (125 East 11th street in NYC) on Tues. Sept. 23. Tickets on sale next Friday Aug. 15 at noon. $35. Their new album “Only by the Night” will be released on the same day.

Other items:

Metallica’s new disc, “Death Magnetic” will be released on Friday Sept. 12. Typically all new albums are released on a Tuesday but this is the second time that Metallica has gone against the norm- the other being “St. Anger.” Anger took a long time for me to like but I finally came around.

Tesla is one of rock’s enduring bands, and their history will be saluted on the digitally remastered “Gold” collection. The two-disc set features such longtime favorites as “Modern Day Cowboy,” “Luttle Suzi,” “Heaven’s Trail (No Way Out),” “Love Song,” “Signs,” “Song & Emotion,” and “What You Give.” Also included are such previously unreleased or non-album b-sides as “Love In Vain,” “I Ain’t Superstitious,” “Rock The Nation,” “Children’s Heritage,” and “Cotton Fields.” An August 26th release is expected.

AC/DC will embark on an 18-month world tour in October, the hard rock band’s first since 2000/2001, their agent said this week. A single is expected to hit radio this month. AC/DC released its last album, “Stiff Upper Lip,” in 2000, and launched a year long tour of 17 countries.

The second single to be released off the incredible “The Sound of Madness” by Shinedown is “Second Chance.” I haven’t stopped listening to this disc since it came out in late June. There will be multiple “single” releases from this outstanding third effort from the boys from Jacksonville, Fla. The video for “Devour” can be seen on Fuse and MTV2.

Alicia Keys and Jack White have recorded the theme song for the new James Bond movie. The ’No One’ singer and The White Stripes frontman have joined forces on ’Another Way to Die’, which will appear on the soundtrack of ’Quantum of Solace’.

Seether has released hits and rarities plus interview clips with the band exclusively through I-Tunes. The show was recorded this past May 19. They also perform a cover of the Beatles “Across the Universe.”

The Black Crowes have a complaint against Gretchen Wilson and her new single “Work Hard, Play Harder.” They say it bears an uncanny resemblance to their first single “Jealous Again.” I will take it a step further and say that it is a complete rip-off. If George Harrison can be found guilty of plagiarism for supposedly copying the Chiffon’s hit “He’s So Fine” for one of his most popular hits- “My Sweet Lord,” then Gretchen needs to IMMEDIATELY AND CONTINOUSLY hand over any profits she makes from this song to the Black Crowes. Check out her version at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ASq-UZnErB0and then check out the Crowes at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1mir_awnzhI

and tell me it’s not a rip-off?

Thanks to technology, a number of Country stars will be able to sing Christmas songs with Elvis Presley. The new album “Elvis Presley Christmas Duets” will be out on Rocktober 14. Artists include Carrie Underwood, the aforementioned Gretchen Wilson, Martina McBride, LeAnn Rimes, Amy Grant and Anne Murray.

This week’s classic album review is my personal favorite Beatles album: The Beatles, otherwise known as the “White Album.” This was their ninth studio album and was their first after the death of its manager, Brian Epstein. Now it is very hard to pick the “best” Beatles album because there are so many. Revolver and Rubber Soul quickly come to mind, but if I’m stuck on a desert and had to pick only one Beatles composition, the White Album does it for me. What I love about this double disc is the obscure songs such as “Wild Honey Pie”, “The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill,” “Piggies,” “Don’t Pass Me By,” (my favorite Starkey song) and my personal favorite “Everybody’s Got Something to Hide Except for Me and My Monkey.” Believe it or not, the “Monkey” song was the tune that had my youngest son jump on the Beatles bandwagon and now he can’t get enough of them. This album ranked number 10 in the top 500 albums of all time that Rollingstone magazine did back in 2003. It is also the Beatles best selling album of all time and tenth best selling album ever in the United States. Even though this was the Beatles as a group, the whole album is made up of individual compositions and there is not one Lennon/McCartney composition. The last combined song from the powerful duo was “I’ve Got a Feeling” which appears on Let It Be. (another great album). We all know that Lennon’s tunes have an edge to them and Paul not so much. George was just gearing up for his massive solo explosion on “All Things Must Pass” and this album is where he begins to come out of shadow of John and Paul. Even Ringo had his own song-“Don’t Pass Me By” composed entirely by himself. However, Ringo at one point quit the band and the recording session in Aug. 1968 (the album was recorded between May and October of 1968).He felt his role in the band was minimized compared to that of the other members and he was also tired of waiting around during the sessions. He was coaxed into returning a few weeks later but during his absence Paul played drums and his skin skills ended up on the recording of “Back in the U.S.S.R” and “Dear Prudence.”

OK so we start with side 1- oh and by the way if you don’t own this album or are one of those who don’t like the Beatles- please don’t make me laugh- there is no bigger musical influence in the history of sound- yes even back to the days of Nikola. I’m back- yes side 1- album kicks off with a Beach Boy homage with “Back in the U.S.S.R.” a song by Paul. “Dear Prudence” a song from John written about Mia Farrow’s sister- Prudence- who had both accompanied the Beatles on their transcendental mediation trip taught by the Maharishi Yoga on their spring of 1968 trip to India.Prudence apparently stayed in her room during most of the trip meditating, so John was asking her to “come out and play.” “Glass Onion” is a sarcastic hit at the fans of the Beatles, whom John felt read too much into their lyrics. “Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da” is such a fun song and the hook is mesmerizing. This song was my mother’s favorite Beatle song- she loved the part of “Ha Ha Ha” before Paul sang “happy ever after..” “Wild Honey Pie” is 53 seconds of greatness and leads into the amusing “Bungalow Bill” … “all the children sing..” This is the first Beatle song with female singers as Yoko, Pattie Harrison and Maureen Starkey all took part in the background vocals. The first song from the quiet Beatle, George, is “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” and we all know that Eric Clapton played lead guitar for this track. George would reciprocate by contributing to the song “Badge” for Cream on their last album “Goodbye.” George expresses concern over being “bought and sold,” a theme in later songs about Harrison himself, such as “Handle with Care”, recorded with the Traveling Wilbury’s. Side 1 ends with the eerie “Happiness is a Warm Gun”- a song supposedly written about drug usage but we all know what happened on that awful night in December of 1980.

Side 2 is my personal favorite of the album and starts off with the excellent “Martha My Dear”- I can’t say enough about this song- it’s pure. And then what can I say about “I’m So Tired?”- this could be one of the best songs that Lennon ever wrote. I love the part“You’d say I’m putting you on…” You have to crank the volume way up on this one. “Blackbird” is another pure beautiful song. Then how cool is George’s take on society with “Piggies?” I can’t get enough of this song and always have to hear it twice. Love the harmonizing vocals that begin with “Everywhere there’s lots of piggies living piggy lives….” Now I know “Rocky Racoon” gets many wrinkled faces when they hear it and the response is how can you like this song? I can’t get enough of it. If I could sing, this would be my ultimate karaoke performance. Then it’s on to the aforementioned “Don’t Pass Me By” by Ringo. “I listen for your footsteps coming up the drive…” Love the violins, the Beatles doing Country. The last three songs on side two I must have listened to a million times in my lifetime. “Why don’t we do it in the road” (no explanation here) “I Will” – love song by Paul and the beautiful “Julia” by John about his mother. Whew talk about a classic album side (WNEW-FM based in New York, “back in the day,” use to have those all the time).

Side 3 could also be a classic album side and has everyone’s favorite song on the day you were born – “Birthday”- come on this song kicks you into gear and was used in boot camp as well. “Yer Blues” is not really an uplifting song (song about dying) but it’s a song you can’t skip over. As a matter of fact my walls are shaking right now and my wife is telling me to turn it down. Then it quickly gets quiet with Paul’s “Mother Nature’s Son.” The walls are shaking again as my favorite song of the entire album comes on- “Everybody’s Got Something to Hide Except Me and My Monkey.” I love the bass work by Paul and the wailing background vocals- “woo”- this is John at his best. “Sexy Sadie” is a song written by John and expresses his anger over supposedly being personally betrayed by Maharishi whom had made sexual advances toward Mia Farrow. “Helter Skelter” could arguably be the first song of “metal” and this one song totally rips those “nay-sayers” out there who call the Beatles a pop band. This song is friggin’ phenomenal and is my second favorite song on the album. Talk about having the volume up. “I got blisters on my fingers!!!” Side 3 ends with the soft “Long, Long Long” by Harrison, another beautiful song.

Side 4 begins with “Revolution 1”- did you know that this version was the original recording? John wanted it released as a single but the others objected because they thought it was too slow. So Revolution 1 was re-recorded (faster) and was the B-side to “Hey Jude.” Hey Jude was recorded during the White album sessions but was released as a stand alone single (with Revolution again being the flip side to the .45). “Honey Pie” this version is different from Wild Honey Pie and if you are following along- Wild Honey Pie is the 5th song from the beginning of the album and Honey Pie is the 5th song from the end. This version reminds me of something that Tony Orlando would do at his shows. Harrison’s “Savory Truffle” is something that sounds like something John or Paul would write and sounds like a “Beatle” song- if you know what I mean. “Cry Baby Cry” is classic John. Now “Revolution 9” has been debated for many years as something that is classic or a mess. Personally I say it’s a mess and it is one song that I skip over. Sorry my fellow “Beatle-ites.” I can’t do it. This classic album ends with “Good Night” a mesmerizing song that takes you far away and a perfect ending song.

Now I know that there are many people who are tired about hearing about the Beatles (hear me out Beatle fans) and I do admit that they are in many, many conversations amongst many different people. But what does that tell you? Nearly a half a century later, we are all still talking about the Beatles as if they just recorded something. This generation has taken a turn and now gets most of its music from I-Tunes. (myself included). Guess who is not on I-Tunes? The Beatles. If I-Tunes can somehow manage to get them aboard- what band do you think will have the most songs sold on I-Tunes? ‘Nuff said.

Back on this day in 1969, the cover photo for the Beatles “Abbey Road” was taken.

Back on this day in 1992, Axl Rose set off a riot in Canada by walking off the stage because he had a sore throat. Problem was that James Hetfield from Metallica, the opening act that night, was severely burned from pyrotechnics and Metallica had to cut their set short (pretty obvious why). So Axl and Guns had a chance to be kings for one night and they blew it. The Canadian fans went berserk when he walked off stage.

May 9, 2008

Weekly Update – 05/09/08

Madonna at the Izod Center on Fri. Rocktober 3rd. Also at Madison Square Garden on Mon. & Tues. Rocktober 6 and 7. Fan club pre-sale starts this Monday May 12 at 10:00a.m. and goes to Thurs. May 15 at noon. Pre-sale tickets for Citicard members starts this Tueday May 13 and goes to Sat. May 17 at noon. General public on sale is Monday May 19th at 9:00 am $55 – $350.

Toms River Fest 2008 featuring Carrie Underwood, Lifehouse, Push Play and more at the Toms River North Campus in NJ on Sat. Aug. 2 at 2:00 pm. Tickets on sale tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. $35 – $75

Toms River Fest 2008 featuring Daughtry, Collective Soul, Live, Avril Lavigne and more at theToms River North Campus in NJ on Sun. Aug. 3 at 2:00 pm. Tickets on sale tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. $35 – $75.

Sheryl Crow at the Mohegan Sun on Sat. July 26. Tickets on sale this morning at 10:00 a.m. $45 – $60.

Tina Turner at the Prudential Center in Newark NJ on Wed. Nov. 28 and the Nassau Coliseum on Wed. Dec. 3. Pre-sale tickets on sale through tonight at 9:00 p.m. via the Oprah Winfrey show which gave a password. General public tickets on sale Mon. May 19th at 10:00 a.m. $59.50 – $135.

Projekt Revolution featuring Linkin Park, Chris Cornell& The Bravery at Jones Beach & PNC Arts Center on Tues. & Wed. July 22 and 23. General public on sale is Sat. May 17 at 10:00 a.m. $30 – $80.

Third Day, Switchfoot, Robert Randolph & The Family Band and Jars of Clay at PNC Arts Center on Thurs. Sept. 13. This is a tour to benefit for the Hollywood for Habitat for Humanity. Tickets on sale next Fri. May 16 at 10:00 a.m. $24 – $119.

My Bloody Valentine at Roseland Ballroom on Mon. Sept. 22. Tickets on sale this morning at 10:00 a.m.$52

Smoking Popes at the Blender Theater on Sat. July 5. Tickets on sale today at noon. $16

Kittie & Dope at the Blender Theater on Tues. July 8. Tickets on sale today at noon. $20

Jakob Dylan at the Blender Theater on Tues. June 10. Tickets on sale Sat. May 10 at 10:00 a.m. $26

The Fratellis at Webster Hall on Fri. June 13. Tickets on sale today at noon. $25

Mindless Self Indulgence at Terminal 5 on Fr. June 27. Tickets on sale today at noon. $25

Hot Water Music at Terminal 5 on Sat. July 12. Tickets on sale tomorrow at noon. $22

Chaka Kahn and Musiq Soulchild at Nokia Theater on Tues. Aug. 12. Tickets on sale today at noon. $55 – $70.

Daryl Hall at the Highline Ballroom on Tues. July 10. Tickets on sale today at noon.

Other items:

Bon Jovi will apparently play a free show at Central Park on Wed. July 9. The show will be sponsored by Major League Baseball. (3 days before the All-Star game which will be hosted by the Yankees)

Donna Summer is back and her new album Crayons will be in stores on Tues. May 20. Back in March she released a single called “I’m a Fire” and it is currently #1 on billboard’s hot club dance chart. She also released another single on April 22 called “Stamp Your Feet”. Both songs are worthy of a purchase and I give both a thumbs up. She’s touring this summer all over the Tri-state area, including Atlantic City now. She will be performing at Bryant Park in NYC for the concert series for the “Today” show on Friday May 30.

Speaking of the concert series for the Today show, Mary J. Blige performs this morning at Bryant Park. The B-52’s will perform Mon. May 26.

Elvis Costello & The Imposters have released a new album called “Momofuku” and I-Tune listener’s are giving it an average rating of 4.5 stars. Listening to the 30 second samples, I have to say it didn’t sound too bad. If you like him, you’ll like the sound.

The Offspring will release their first CD in 5 years with “Rise & Fall, Rage & Grace” will hit on June 17. The first single “Hammerhead” was released this past week. Sounds pretty good. You’d be surprised by how many songs these guys have. Check out their greatest hits album. Solid effort.

Pearl Jam is starting work on their 9th studio album and it will be produced by Brendan O’Brien- first time since 1998’s “Yield” CD. That CD is really good- a must have for PJ fans.

Candlebox (remember them?- “Far Behind”) will release their first album in 10 years. “Into The Sun” will be the name and the first single is “Stand” and can be heard on their “My space” page.

Rihanna has hooked up with Maroon 5 and have re-recorded 5’s hit from their second album “If I Never See Your Face Again.” Available on I-Tunes now, I picked it up. Rihanna is already “big” and is poised to become a superstar. Maroon 5 are super solid.

My younger son told me to get with it and download “Wall to Wall” by Chris Brown and I have to admit I like it. He also turned me on to Natasha Bedingfield’s “ Pocket Full of Sunshine.” I like both of these tunes. I returned the favor by playing “God’s Got It” from the Black Crowes, off of their Warpaint CD, and he loved it and put it on his I-POD. That made my day- A 10 year old liking the Black Crowes, how psyched am I?

I’m “luke-warm” on the new single from Weezer– “Pork & Beans.” Turns out they were pissed off that their record company wanted a “hit” and they recorded this. Sounds OK.

New favorite song of the week is “Give It To Me” from Madonna off of her new CD “Hard Candy.” A definite hit-mark my words.

This past week I was listening to a heavy dose of Kiss on my I-Pod and as many of you know I am a huge Kiss fan. Now I know for many people, they really don’t take them seriously. Now for all you Kiss fans please don’t freak out from what I’m about to say: My favorite album from them is “MTV Unplugged.” Now don’t get me wrong I’m ‘rightthere’ with their debut album, ‘Hotter Than Hell’ and ‘Dressed to kill.’ I love all of those albums from top to bottom. Also love ‘Rock N Roll Over’ and ‘Love Gun.’ But hear me out. MTV Unplugged showcases their musical talents (which most don’t give them credit for) and it will also pull in the people who say they are not fans of Kiss.

For the people who say they don’t like Kiss, please- just listen to this CD once (put it out of your head that it is Kiss- and listen) and I’ll bet you’ll play it for your friends. That’s what happened with me, I played it for my brother but did not tell him who it was and I believe it is now one of his favorites as well. This CD hits all the “Kiss-story” from their beginning to another one of my favorites- “Revenge” (which came out in 1992). Back on Aug. 9, 1995 Kiss performed at the MTV studios for this un-plugged session and the buzz back then was that the original band was getting back together for a reunion tour (which is still going on). This was the only time that Peter Criss and Ace Frehley-original drummer and lead guitarist- shared the same stage with Bruce Kulick (lead guitarist in 1995) and Eric Singer (drummer in 1995-who is now back with the band after Criss & Frehley were kicked out). The show starts off with “Coming Home” from Hotter than Hell (their 2nd album) a song written by Paul Stanley & Ace. From the “opening bell” you can tell that they were on their game. Singer’s drumming is tight and Kulick’s guitar strumming is on target and you’ll be bopping and weaving your head to this one. Tune #2 is from Love Gun and “Plaster Caster” rocks the house with an upbeat tempo that will have you turning up the volume.It slows down a bit with another one from Hotter than Hell with “Going Blind” and I have to say Gene’s vocals are spot on; it’s a sing-a-long song. Then it kicks up with Stanley’s “Do You Love Me?” from ‘Destroyer.’ I know the lyrics are kind of silly but the song rocks and the volume will be up again on this one. Track # 5 “Domino” is a cool cut from ‘Revenge’ and Gene’s lyrics deal with his favorite topic- women. (Again I like the music). Kulick’s guitar solo is phenomenal.“Sure Know Something” from “Dynasty” will surprise you and you will not believe this is a song that Kiss would do. This is one of the songs that will pull you in. Track # 7 –“A World without Heroes” is an obscure song from one of their most unknown albums “The Elder” but again Gene’s vocals are spot on for the softer side of Kiss. The beginning of “Rock Bottom” stays soft in the beginning and then as Paul states “now it gets rough” and it kicks in and the volume has to be at full force as they blast their way through this “Dressed to Kill” classic.Track # 9 is another sing-a-long song with “See You Tonight” which is the “new” song performed that night.

Track # 10 “I Still Love You” from Creatures of the Night is the gem from this CD and Stanley’s passion pours through this song, the guitar and his voice on this song will mesmerize you.Then it’s on to my favorite track of the disc and that is “Every Time I look at you”- I know a sappy commercial love song but I love it. This is another song that you probably would not believe it is Kiss, if you didn’t know it. The last 4 songs is where they bring out Peter Criss and Ace Frehley and they jam to the cover of the Rolling Stone’s “2000 Man” off of “Dynasty”. A side note on this one is that when Ace came out, supposedly they had to do this song over and over and Stanley was pissed because Ace couldn’t get it right. And if you listen closely you can hear a little screw-up in the song- but you have to listen closely!!“Beth” – the classic from Peter Criss sounds like the original from “Destroyer.” Another side note- I saw Kiss for their 1996 reunion tour and Criss was suppose to do this song for the encore but the music started too early for him so he refused to sing the song. Weird just the music with no vocals- but they’re all here on this one.“Nothing to Lose” from their first one has everyone chipping in on vocals and with both drummers and two guitarists- this is the best version of this song period!! You have to like this song. The disc ends with the incomparable “Rock and Roll All Nite” and no matter how many times you hear this song- it never grows old- especially this version. This song is a “blast out- back yard” party song for this summer and any other summer. There’s no denying their space in music history. It may be a small part for many… but a huge part for the Kiss Army- a dedicated army to say the least. \m/ \m/

Coldplay will tour this summer into the fall and will stop at the I-ZOD center on Sun. Rocktober 29. Ticket info to follow.

Happy Birthday to Billy Joel, who turns 59 today. Other having a birthday today are Richie Furay of Buffalo Springfield / Poco (64) and Tommy Roe turns 66 (“Dizzy”).

Back on this day in 1998, Puff Daddy performed with Jimmy Page on Saturday Night Live to do his song “Come to Me” which borrows heavily from “Kashmir.” Collaborations are cool and this one is a great song.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

March 7, 2008

Weekly Update – 03/07/08

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Other Items:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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