Errols Weekly Music Update.

June 6, 2008

Weekly Update – 06/06/08

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Other items:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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April 11, 2008

Weekly Update – 04/11/08

Pre-sale tickets for Bon Jovi go on sale Monday morning at 10:00 am through Friday at 10:00 pm if you have an American Express Card. They will be at MSG on Mon. & Tues. July 14 and 15. General public on sale next Monday Apr. 21 at 10:00 am. $49.50 – $304.50.

Pearl Jam at the Garden on Tues. & Wed. June 24 & 25th. Tickets on sale this morning at 10:00. $77

Steve Miller and Joe Cocker at Radio City on Thurs. July 10 and Jones Beach on Fri. July 11 and PNC Arts Center on Sun. July 20. Pre-sale starts this morning at 9:00 am till 10:00 pm tonight for Radio City. Password is HEMILLER. General public on sale tomorrow at 10:00 am $25-$82 for Jones/PNC. Solid duo.

Rancid with Sick of It All and Bloodclot at NY Fillmore on Wed. thru Sun. Aug. 13-17. Tickets on sale tomorrow at 10:00am. $23.50.

Railroad Earth (some point out best band no one has heard of) at the NY Fillmore on Sat. Sept. 6. Tickets on sale this morning at 10:00 am. $25.

Chris Botti at House of Blues in Atlantic City on Friday Rocktober 17.  Tickets on sale tomorrow at 10:00 am. $37-$52.

Huey Lewis & The News at Capital One Theater in Westbury on Mon. Aug. 25. Tickets on sale this Sunday at 12:30 p.m. $61.50-$71.50.

Vince Gill & Friends at Capital One Theater in Westbury on Wed. Aug. 20. Tickets on sale this Sunday at 12:30 p.m. $41.50-$51.50.

HippiFest which includes The Turtles, Felix Cavaliere’s Rascals, The Zombies (worth it right there), Melanie, Country Joe, Mountain, Bad Finger and Mitch Ryder in some shape or form. Free show in Brooklyn’s Seaside Park on Sat. July 26. At the Chevorlet Theater in Wallingford CT on Sun. July 27. Ticket info to follow the CT show. Also at the Capital One Theater in Westbury on Thurs. July 31. Tickets on sale this Sun. at 12:30 p.m. 

Jaheim & Tamia at the Beacon Theater on Sat. May 17. Tickets on sale today at noon.  $49-$89.

The 10th annual Reggae Fest will take place at the Arthur Ashe Tennis Stadium on Sun. July 6th. Its a benefit for Aids awareness. Artsist such as Eek-A-Mouse and Groundation among others will perform. Tickets to general public go on sale next Tuesday.

Blondie at Nokia Theater on Sun. June 22. Tickets on sale today at noon. $47.50

Radiohead at the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden NJ on Tues. Aug. 12 at 10:00 am. $39.75 -$59.75. Looks like other places around the states are same time for on sale. Tickets go on sale tomorrow at 10:00 a.m.

Other items:

OK I was asleep at the wheel on this one and thanks to Monica I was enlightened that Black Tide had released their debut album “Light From Above” almost a month ago. I was so focused on their single “Shock Wave” (which is so great) that I missed it. However this is the “smelling salt” album that I needed!! What a wake up call. Old school head banging is back!! Wait…\m/ \m/… again…\m/ \m/… Forget what all the haters are saying on Blabbermouth.net. If something is good, all the “nay-sayers” come out of the wood work. If you like Metallica, GNR and/or Megadeth- you will like this CD. I believe the word Monica used was “shredding” and she’s right- this CD sheds from the opening lick to the final song. It’s “metal-melodic” and to me, back to the original start of the metal scene sound. If they were a rap band, just imagine the band paying homage to Run-DMC. They actually dare to cover a Metallica song- their first song off of “Kill ‘Em All” with “Hit The Lights” and you know what? They pulled it off and then some.  The energy coming off this album is electric. You’ll want to enter the air guitaring contest with this CD. Highlights for me are “Warriors of Time”, “Let Me”, (silly lyrics but I’m a sound guy) “Show Me the Way” (sound a lot like GNR on this one) and “Live Fast Die Young”. Best tracks are “Shockwave”, “Warriors of Time” and “Light from Above.” Is it the best debut album? No, but you know what? If they keep this up I will go on record to say that these guys will eventually grow as big as GNR or Metallica. You can feel the buzz and they will be headliners in no time.

My new favorite song of the week is the Fall Out Boy‘s remake of Michael Jackson’s “Beat It” with John Mayer on lead guitar. Check it out, totally rocks!!

My favorite old school song of the week is “O-o-h Child” by the Five Stairsteps, their biggest single ever released back in 1970.

Do you love the 1980’s? Well there will be a Regeneration Tour this summer and it will stop at Jones Beach on Fri. Aug. 22. Ticket info to follow. Acts to perform are Flock of Seagulls, Human League, Dead or Alive, ABC, Belinda Carlisle and Naked Eyes.

The Who are planning a collection of vintage R&B covers, similar to the Motown and James Brown performed early on in their career. They will also perform on July 12 in L.A. for VH1’s Rock Honors.

This weeks I-Pod shuffle led me back to listening to Bread heavily this week. Bread consisted of David Gates and Jimmy Griffin and unfortuately tensions between these two guys led to the break up of the band after a short 5 year period. (Griffin passed away in 2005) But hey what a compilation of hits. Songs like “Make it With You”, “Dismal Day” “Lost Without Your Love” and “Aubrey” are just some of the quality songs. Talk about relaxing music, I love to listen to these guys. Some of my all time songs were written by them. Songs like “It Don’t Matter to Me”, “Everything I Own” and “If” (My aunt and uncle’s wedding song) are timeless classics that every generation can listen to. I can listen to those three songs over and over. “I would give anything I own”… And they could kick it up a bit with songs like “Why Do you keep me waiting” and “Blue Satin Pillows” off of the album “Bread on Waters.” And who could forget their classic “The Guitar Man?”.. “…He can make you love, He can make you cry..” I would say you couldn’t go wrong with any one of their albums. Buy their greatest hits and you’ll be surprised on how many songs you know (or should know!!!).

Motley
Crue will have their first album in 11 years coming out in June and Mr. Sixx has pledged that this new CD will have the sound of Dr. Feelgood, Shout at the Devil and Girls Girls Girls all rolled into one. I’ll be waiting.

Mellencamp will be putting out “Life, Death, Love and Freedom” on July 15. He listened to hundreds of hours of American folk songs and realized that “our country has written some sad songs” so he has done the same. “I don’t care if I just sell six records. All I can do is keep writing songs and singing.”

Did you watch Idol Gives Back? I loved it. Highlights for me were of course Heart with Fergie. Did you see Fergie? Wow talk about energy. She was flat out fantastic with the Wilson sisters. I loved Annie Lennox performance as well. It was fun to see Snoop with all the kids behind him. He is too cool. And come on you have to donate something.. gut wrenching stories…go to www.americanidol.com to make your pledge.

Keeping with the Idol theme, America again got it wrong last night by voting off Michael Johns. What was wrong with his song selection? “Dream On” is one of the best rock anthems ever and he did a great job. Scratching my head….

Today is Chris Dilford’s (Squeeze) 54th birthday. Back on this day in 1981 Eddie Van Halen married Valarie Bertinelli. Also back on this day in 1961 Bob Dylan made his first live performance in NY when he opened for John Lee Hooker.

February 15, 2008

Weekly Update – 02/15/08

The Police with Elvis Costello & The Imposters at PNC and Jones Beach on Sun. & Mon. Aug. 3 and 4th. Pre-sale tickets for Citi Private Pass Program members go on sale this Monday Feb. 18th at 10:00 a.m. Public on sale Sat. Feb. 23 at 10:00 a.m. $50-$225. 4 ticket limit per person. 

Kayne West “Glow in the Dark Tour” with Rihanna, N.E.R.D. and Lupe Fiasco will be The Garden on Tues. May 13. No ticket info as of yet. Keep you posted.

The Zombies at New York Fillmore on Friday July 11. Tickets on sale this morning at 10:00 a.m. $31.50.

Jerry Lee Lewis at the Town Hall on Thurs. Mar. 27. Tickets on sale this morning at 10:00 a.m. $66.50 – $101

Hall & Oates at the Borgota Event Center in Atlantic City on Fri. & Sat. Apr. 18 and 19. Tickets on sale Sat. at 10:00 a.m.

Collective Soul at the Music Box at the Borgata on Sat. Apr. 19. Tickets on sale Sat. at $10:00 a.m. Tickets apx. $62.

Jackson Browne at Music Box at the Borgata on Fri. Mar. 28. Tickets on sale Sat. at $10:00 a.m.

Bob Weir & Rat Dog at the Beacon on Thurs., Fri. & Sat. Apr. 3, 4 & 5th. Tickets on sale Saturday at 10:00 a.m. $39.50-$49.50

Other items:

Radiohead has confirmed their first leg of the U.S. Tour in May. However they tour Europe in the summer and will hit the East Coast after the summer for the 2nd leg of the U.S. Tour.

For the ladies out there, there is a new Tom Jones DVD that was just released that features early footage. In addition, it shows Jones from his show on ABC from 1969 to 1971 with major entertainers, many featured in this 180-minute montage of footage. Catch dated performances by Tony Bennett, Sammy Davis Jr., Bobby Darin, Jerry Lee Lewis and more, as well as Jones’ signature shop-closing concerts.

Scott Weiland has announced a return to playing with Stone Temple Pilots. Yes!!! Finally!! STP much better than Velvet. But it doesn’t mean that Velvet is breaking up.. I hope so, no offense but STP is the ticket.

OK I know many of you will roll your eyes when you read what I’m about to say but I’ll say it anyway- I am a fan of Extreme. Came across the song “Rest In Peace” from their 1992 album ” III Sides to Every Story.” I forgot how much I love this CD, yes I know there are probably 10 other people who love it to but if you have not heard it, give it a shot. By no means am I saying that it is a classic but everyone has their own favorite albums that were ripped apart by the critics or not down “main street”. Just like the CD says- there are three sides and the CD starts off hard for the first 6 songs with “Cupid’s Dead” and “Peacemaker Die” as my favorites. Then tracks 7- 11 start to slow down, with “Tragic Comic” the highlight out of this section. Then the last 4 songs are almost “opera like” with “Am I ever Gonna Change” being the standout on this “The Truth.” Now they took a lot of criticism for this CD and essentially they never recovered. They broke up and Gary Cherone, lead singer, went on to Van Halen for one CD and tour and we all know how that went. Then a couple of years ago, VH1 tried to get them back for a reunion show but Nuno Bettencourt, the lead guitarist, declined. But then last November Extreme announced a new CD for 2008 followed by a tour. Paul Geary, the original drummer, will not take part- he’s too busy managing acts now including Godsmack. But search I-Tunes these guys were not half bad.

Back on this day in 1965, Nat King Cole passed away from lung cancer. Although she would place 21 songs on the Billboard Top 40, but back on this day in 1975 Linda Ronstadt had her only number one hit with “You’re No Good.”

Back on this day in 1999 in Minnesota it was declared “Rolling Stones Day” by then mayor Jesse Ventura. Ventura use to be a bodyguard for the Stones.

January 11, 2008

Weekly Update – 01/11/08

Joe Jackson at the Apollo Theater and The Town Hall on Tues. & Wed. April 15 and 16. Pre-sale on now and password is: Davidian (there is an 8 ticket limit). General public on sale next Friday at 10:00 am. $50-$75. Joe has a new CD coming out on the 29th- Rain. His original band members- Graham Maby on bass and vocals and Dave Houghton on drums and vocals- will be on tour with him. Joe Jackson was my first concert ever. Saw him in Central Park many moons ago.

Black Crowes at the Fillmore New York on Tues. March 4. Ticket information to follow.

Def Leppard, Styx and REO Speedwagon at Music Box at Borgota in NJ on Friday, April 4 and at Mohegan Sun on Tues. April 8. Tickets on sale tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. $45-$70.

Santana at the Mohegan Sun on Saturday, April 5, The Garden on Tues. April 8 and the Borgota in Atlantic City on Fri. and Sat. April 11 and 12. Tickets for Mohegan go on sale next Sat. at 10:00 a.m. $48-$68. (most likely for the Garden and Borgota as well but nothing public yet).

Other items:

John Paul Jones has just fueled the speculation of the BIGGEST REUNION TOUR EVER with acknowledgment that he, Plant and Page are getting together later this month for a “band meeting.” 2007 was for Van Halen and I can feel it-Zeppelin will be back in 2008!!! “Holy crap”- how hard is it going to be to get tickets for this one?

OK remember when I said I was going to purchase Blake Lewis‘ Audio Day Dream as a stocking stuffer for my youngest son for Christmas after listening to the 30 second previews for each song on I-Tunes sounded pretty good. Well, I was wrong- I did purchase the CD for my son and am looking for the highest bid for whomever wants to buy it from us. You know I like most everything but I give this CD a big thumbs down. I know the “be-bop skeet scatchin” is what ignited him on American Idol but does it have to be on every song? The pop (and I mean bubble gum pop) world will eat this CD up but I listened to it once and I’m done. Though I will say that it appears that the song “How Many Words” has a chance to be a hit. My review is totally opposite of what is seen on I-Tunes-most everyone gave it 5 stars. Oh well maybe I don’t get it.

Radiohead has announced a tour later this year. The band will hit 22 North American destinations in two tour segments, one prior to the group’s scheduled summer tour of the UK and Europe, and one following that trek. I will provide more info as it comes in.

Marilyn Manson and estranged bassist Twiggy Ramirez have buried the hatchet and will travel together on the shock rocker’s upcoming “Rape of the World Tour.” Bassist/ multi-instrumentalist Tim Skold has amicably split with Manson but future collaborations aren’t being ruled out. Manson’s touring band will be rounded out by keyboardist Chris Vrenna, guitarist Rob Holliday and drummer Ginger Fish.

Panic at The Disco has been chosen to headline the 8th Honda Civic Tour which will run March thru June. There next album will be released on March 25 which will be titled “Pretty Odd.” The album’s first single, “Nine in the Afternoon,” is due on radio airwaves later this month.

Wow I was asleep at the wheel on this one–back in November I-Tunes released a 7 song EP from Tesla, one of my favorites, called “Peace of Time.” (They are also kicking off another tour in Feb.- No NY dates as of yet). They must have recorded a whole bunch of covers because this has 3 (these are not on Real to Reel) and then its 3 stripped down songs of theirs and the last is an acoustic version of Silent Night (no vocals). The 3 covers are “I Love You”- by the Climax Blues Band, “Everything I Own” by Bread and “I’d Love to Change the World” by Ten Years After. Again I know these are covers but they again knock the cover off of the ball. Awesome. The acoustic version of their song “The Way It Is” is…well all I can say is just please listen. Give these guys a chance. Buy the songs for $6.98 you won’t be disappointed.

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