Errols Weekly Music Update.

June 3, 2010

Weekly Update – 06/04/2010

(My apologies for missing last week but my computer died on me the day before I usually post the page. I scrambled to get this week’s back on).

Aerosmith at Jones Beach on Thurs. Aug. 12. Ticket information to follow. Also appearing at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City NJ on Sat. Aug. 28. Tickets for this show on sale this morning at 10:00 a.m. $59.50 – $195. Sammy Hagar will open this show. Also appearing at the Mohegan Sun on Sat. Sept. 4. Ticket info to follow.

Kiss at Jones Beach on Sat. Aug. 14 and at PNC Bank Arts Center on Fri. Aug. 20. Pre-sale tickets available now for Citi card holders. (for non-Citi card holders the password is: Eventful2010) General tickets on sale tomorrow morning at 10:00 a.m. Jones: $38.60, $59.50, $93.05 – $153; PNC: $36.50, $59.35 – $91.40 – $153. The Academy Is and The Envy are the openers.They will also be appearing at the Mohegan Sun on Thurs. Aug. 19. Tickets for this show will go on sale next Fri. June 11 at 10:00 a.m. More information to follow.

Maroon 5 at Jones Beach on Wed. Aug. 11 and at PNC Bank Arts Center on Sun. Aug. 15. Tickets on sale tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. Jones: $35-$105.75; PNC: $34.25 – $105.95

John Mayer at Jones Beach on Thurs. July 22. Pre-sale tickets for Citi card holders on sale next Wed. June 9 at 10:00 a.m. until Fri. June 11 at 10:00 p.m. General public tickets on sale next Sat. June 12 at 10:00 a.m. $62.50 – $96.55

Rihanna at Jones Beach on Sun. Aug. 15. Tickets on sale this morning at 10:00 a.m. Mezz: $46; Stadium 2: $60.25 – $81.95; Orchestra: $125.50; Stadium 1: $81.95 – $125.50.

Queensryche at Nokia Theater on Fri. Aug. 20. Pre-sale tickets for American Express cardholders now until 10:00 a.m. this morning. General public tickets on sale today at noon. $45.

The National at the Wellmont Theater on Fri. Sept. 24. Tickets on sale today at noon. $33 ($35 day of show).

Perpetual Groove at the Bowery Ballroom on Fri. Sept. 24. Tickets on sale today at noon. $15 ($17 day of show).

Gotan Project at Terminal 5 on Thurs. Sept. 30. Tickets on sale today at noon. $39.50 ($40 day of show).

Engelbert Humperdinck at the Theater in Westbury NY on Fri. Rocktober 1. Tickets on sale this Sunday at 12:30 p.m. $51.50 – $61.50.

Barry Manilow with the New York Pops at the Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall on Sat. Aug. 14. Pre-sale begins this morning at 10:00 a.m. and ends 10:00 p.m. tonight and the password is: Manilow. General public on sale tomorrow morning at 10:00 a.m. $65 – $225.

The Smithereens at B.B. Kings on Sat. Jan. 15, 2011. Tickets on sale this morning at 10:00 a.m. $27.

Other items:

Thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Mr. Paul Gray who passed away at the very young age of 38 last week. He was one of the founding members of Slipknot and was eulogized by his wife, friends and bandmates which you can see here. This is a tough thing to watch but very poignant. Rest in peace Paul.

Two stunning concert cancellations this summer- U2 and Christina Aguilera. I completely understand U2 because Bono had back surgery and has to miss some shows, they will get back out on the road when he gets better. The more interesting one is Miss Aguilera, the reason given was that her schedule was too busy which leads one to believe that ticket sales were less than spectacular. And now there is speculation against Live Nation Entertainment and they are supposedly being looked at by the legal system for maybe some improprieties with ticket sales. (Ya think? You let Ticketmaster and Live Nation merge, what did you think would happen?)

Kiss is looking for some unsigned bands to open up for them on their summer tour. If you think your band is worthy you can register for free at to play at one of the 22 cities. Kiss will pick the five top bands from each city and then they will ultimately pick the winner. Has to be a dream come true, no?

According to legal documents, Joe Walsh has filed a restraining order against a neighbor who has threatened to kill him. Even though the man is 70 years old, Joe claims that he attacked his personal assistant with a block of wood. Joe fears for his life and he also put his wife, assistant, and gardener on that order of protection.

Robert Plant will release a new album in September with his new project-Band of Joy- (the band he was part of before joining the Mighty Led Zep- he is the only original member now) and supposedly everyone who was in the recording studio while it was recorded have raved about the new tunes. The 12 song disc will be released internationally on Sept. 13, no exact date set yet for U.S.

Rush has released two new singles-“Caravan”- and –“BU2B”- and I have to say that these songs are really good, especially if you are a fan of the boys from Canada. It sounds like a mixture of old Rush complimented with their contemporary sound. I really should start a campaign to have these guys voted into the U.S. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. It’s enough already and pretty much embarrassing that the Hall doesn’t recognize this band’s amazing talents over the last 30 years. (30 Years??!!!)

Ministry has covered the AC/DC classic-“Thunderstruck”- and I sort of like it but nothing compares to the original. Check it out for yourself, it’s available on I-Tunes.

Kid Rock will release a new album-“Born Free”- on Sept. 7. It is the long awaited follow-up to “Rock and Roll Jesus” and will feature Bob Seger, T.I., Martina McBride and Sheryl Crow. The Kid is a huge fan of Seger and called him to ask if he would help out on a song but Bob never called him back, instead he showed up at Kid’s doorstep. When asked why he didn’t call back, Mr. Seger responded that he was “practicing.” I for one can not wait and hope this album is the turning point in his career. Maybe this will be his “Superunknown”- the new album was produced by the “Zen-Master” Mr. Rick Rubin. This should be interesting.

Album Review: Stone Temple Pilots by the Stone Temple Pilots released on May 25, 2010

Stone Temple Pilots

Sometimes in life you are part of something that is just a “natural fit” and feels good; of course there are “bumpy roads” along the way filled with disagreements or arguments but for the most part you wouldn’t want to be anywhere else and want that experience to last forever. However, like many times in our lives things change and no matter how hard it is to not welcome that change, you move on. And every once in a while-after some period of time- you are back in that same situation and even though it doesn’t feel like it did the first time around, there is a certain intrigue that keeps you wondering if you can recapture that magic. The members of the Stone Temple Pilots are now in this mode of reunification and instead of just “getting fat” on what they have already done, they decided to make some new music again after nine years and instead of naming the new album, it is just their name. In my opinion, this was purposely done, indicating that this is their “debut” all over again. The first thing different about this debut was that Scott Weiland, lead singer, decided that he did not want to sing in front of the other band members, so he decided he would cut the vocals on his own while the band had to record without him singing. Now say what you will about seeing him live-we all know about his demons-and there is always that chance that he will be “out there” (to put it mildly) on one (or more) of those nights you are sitting in the audience. But when it comes to the “studio” albums, you understand why Slash wanted him as a singer in Velvet Revolver. If awards were handed out for sounding “healthy” on an album, then Scott wins this one hands down for the new album. Now hopefully this “healthy” attitude stays with him as they embark on a tour for this new recording but already the rumors are abound.

The second thing that is different about this “debut” album is they can’t be painted as Pearl Jam “wanna-bee’s.” (Someone however, will point out that PJ’s latest album has very “short” songs and that STP has followed suit). Folks I’m not sure if STP will draw in new fans from this release but I think it has a shot for someone who was between the ages of 8-10 when they made their last studio album in 2001. And for the “fan” of this band (like me) this is what I expected from them. Bands that break up and almost a decade later decide to record some new material will have to look at this album as the “gold standard.” This is what I have been missing for the past nine years and in my opinion even though it has that distinctive STP “sound,” this album is different from all the past recordings-again I think done purposely. The album contains influences from David Bowie, Aerosmith and the Beatles. And in my opinion, it sort of reminds me of an album that Collective Soul (a more “contemporary” band) would put out because of the slick melodic “hooks and guitar riffs” that at times can be heavy but at the same time can come off as “pop.” There are no songs that reach five minutes and there are no tunes that contain that familiar slow trudge as in “Creep.” This album is crisp and clean sort of “old school” style when albums would contain 5-6 songs on each side that totals between 16-18 minutes of music. This is straight forward rock and roll plush with outstanding “pop” moments (see “First Kiss on Mars”) as well as superb musicianship (great guitar solos throughout) and topped off by excellent vocals. This is a “must have” for the STP “die-hard” (please no complaints) as well as the younger fan of rock & roll who were too young at the time when they disbanded. Buy it and “Just Push Play.”

The album kicks off with the very short-“Between the Lines”- which for you Kiss fans out there this possibly could remind you of “Baby Driver”-anyway this song moves and makes you sway your hips in circular gyrations. The chorus is addicting-“…even when we use to take… even when we use to take…” while Dean’s electrifying guitar solo is the highlight. This song continues to move largely in part of Eric Kretz drumming and you will feel like you are looking into one of those kaleidoscope toys you had when you were a kid when you listen to this track. Lyrics seem to indicate that Scott still considers his ex-wife his favorite even after her “tell-all” book. “Take a Load Off” is a head shaking rocking song with many stops & starts which has very cool background vocals, especially the “yeah” part while Scott sings the chorus. This is a tight song which has much going on and it’s hard to believe that the sound is made by just four guys, (feels like more) and there is no “rest” period at all-only at the end when it crisply stops on Scott’s vocals of “record store.” Whew I need to catch my breath and track # 3-“Huckleberry Crumble”- allows me some breathing room as this is pure rock and roll with a blues twist and will definitely conjure up images of Aerosmith’s “Same Old Song & Dance.” This is one of the better tracks on the album and in my opinion highlights the unheralded skills of Dean DeLeo on lead guitar-his solo is nothing short of spectacular. I can picture up and coming bar bands taking this song on because it has all the makings of a fan favorite- everyone will be “air-guitaring” and “air-drumming” while the others will be banging their heads up and down to this rocking song. Just like that out of the box, three-for-three. “Hickory Dichotomy” is another one of the better tracks on the album-this just flat out rocks and rolls and definitely pays homage to Mr. Weiland’s heroes- the one and only David Bowie. Put this track on and tell me you couldn’t picture Bowie doing this- it sounds like they borrowed the “Spiders from Mars” to assist in the recording. Scott’s vocal style really shines brightly here and again when he is “on” there really aren’t too many rock & roll singers out there that can match him. The background vocals will ignite images of the Beatles if they were just starting out in 2010-totally awesome. Track #5-“Dare if You Dare”- slows down the tempo a bit and again this sounds like it could have appeared on “Ziggy Stardust” and when the chorus kicks in you will swear that you have heard this before but I can’t really pinpoint from where. I don’t think this ever appears on their first album because this was written after much of life experiences and they have been through much adversity (and maybe still) but the point here is to make a difference-“…Dare to be something…” This is the new and improved Stone Temple Pilots equipped with real life messages. If I am correct in my thinking that the first side of the album would have six songs, then the last song on side one is-“Cinnamon.” Now I know for all the STP fans of the first album this song is a hard pill to swallow because this is more “pop-ish” than “Days of the Week.” But for me, this is one of my favorites on this album as I love the “simplicity” along with the chorus-“hear me, hear me…can you hear me…”-once this song gets in your head (obviously if you allow it-open your mind) you will not be able to stop singing it. Think of a those pop songs recorded by R.E.M. in the late 1980’s or early 1990’s.

If I can go back to the days when vinyl was “king” (it is making somewhat of a comeback), then my assumption is that “Hazy Daze” would start off side two and what a way to kick it off with those righteous guitar riffs that are slick in nature combined with an addictive chorus, this song has the capacity to be one of those tracks that will be played at every beach this summer. This tune will take you by surprise and should quickly become one of your favorites-the guitar solo is sweet and before you know it the beginning of “Bagman” begins and the first thing (if you are old enough) you will think of is the theme from the Batman show (yes the Adam West version)-it sounds similar-“…Batman… I mean Bagman…” I can picture Kiss doing this track with a twist of Bowie again. The bridge that leads into the guitar solo takes the tune into another stratosphere as you have to admit this is some good music right here that the Stone Temple Pilots are making. Track # 9- “Peacoat”- is one of the best tracks on this album. It sounds simple enough and has a slower groove than the previous tunes but when Scott starts to sing-“…I sleep all day…”- the song gets that much better. This is a foot stomping, make believe you can wail on the guitar song that should become one of the fan favorites at their live shows. Their harmonizing vocals really stand out in this track (who knows maybe Scott supplied all the vocals but it sounds great). “Fast as I Can” is a high speed track that I can picture riding a bike and pedaling as fast as you can as you either try to make it up a hill or actually come down a hill-either way this song will make you move your legs faster- a definite “speed” song for your next Spin class-tell the instructor to put this on his or her list. Dean again has a real nice guitar solo. Then it is on to the best song-and my personal favorite-on the album-“First Kiss on Mars”- this track should be on the radio everywhere right now. This is pure perfection and should be the “hit song” of the summer. I really can’t get enough of this track-again what stands out for me are the amazing vocals by Mr. Weiland-lead and harmonizing. If you don’t like this song, then I give up. You will think that you are listening to David Bowie especially the beginning of the song but as they get into the chorus, you will know that it is Scott, so in essence you get both Bowie and Weiland-sort of like a duet but not really. Listen and you will see what I mean. This has quickly moved up my list of my top ten all time Stone Temple Pilots songs (which I just did a few weeks back) and could possibly be number one or two-yes folks it is that good. This could be the song of the summer or year. (The music was created by Robert DeLeo- the bassist. Excellent job Robert!!). The last song on the album is “Maver” and it is the longest track, clocking in at 4:52 and is the perfect ending to a stellar comeback album. This is a peaceful song that evokes pictures of kids running through some corn fields in the summer time playing hide and seek. When the bridge kicks in with Scott singing “…how many nights did you make it without it…” it gets that much better. This is a wonderful track that highlights how far this band has come.

The new Stone Temple Pilots is worthy of your attention as they have produced one of the best “reunion” albums in a long while. Rolling Stone magazine has given this album a respectable 3.5 star rating (out of 5). My rating would have come in as a 4 star. Hopefully they can keep this groove going.


Image of John Mellencamp

This week’s I-Pod shuffle landed on “Rodeo Clown” by Mr. John Mellencamp and it put me on the track of trying to come up with my favorite songs from this talented guy from Bloomington Indiana. This man’s career has now entered its fifth decade and he has shown no sign that he will ever stop doing what he loves best-writing songs that matter deeply to him. I think John has come to a point in his career where he will do what he wants to record and if people buy it-fine, but if they don’t purchase it-that’s fine as well. Now if one were filming a movie about becoming a “rock” star, is there any better choice to follow the life and times of John Mellencamp? It’s a Cinderella story whereby the record companies/or “suits” played the mean step-mother, forcing John to use “Cougar” as a last name because that was the “cool” thing to do but in the end it is John drinking champagne from that glass slipper. But what happened in between that time was a massive explosion of force, swagger, revolt and good old home town cooking that catapulted him to stardom on his own merits where by just like a snake sheds its skin, he left the Cougar behind him and ultimately battered down the doors of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as John Mellencamp. And oh by the way, contrary to his outward appearances, I believe he had fun along the way.

I remember hearing “I Need a Lover” for the first time and wondering who this rocker that I need to know is. It was my junior year in high school, I was knee deep into Van Halen while trying to soak in all the cool rock & roll that I could find and in walked this guy named John Cougar. During the same time, Pat Benatar had the same song out but I was always partial to John’s version-mainly because of the very awesome rocking introduction to the song which lasts two minutes and thirty seconds. Then when I heard-“Hurts So Good”- I was hooked on to the bandwagon and followed his career through most of the 1980’s as he became a favorite of mine. I clearly remember watching a music award show with my parents back in the early 1980’s (not sure which one-Grammy’s or American Music Awards or “whatever”) with “visions of grandeur” because John Cougar was nominated and in my mind-there was no way he was going to lose, so I finally could show my parents that our generation had its “Elvis”-Ok that is a little carried away-but you get the picture, right? Well here it is a “black-tie” event and the person reads his name as the winner-here it is-what I was waiting for all day and night- a great acceptance speech from one of my “idols” and my parents are going to see that I follow real cool artists. As the camera shows John making his way up to the stage I’m wondering where is his tuxedo? (Ok maybe not the rock and roll way, I get it but…). He comes up basically in a white T-shirt, walks up to the microphone and says something to the effect of “I know you people think I’m stupid but thanks anyway” and walks off the stage. What?…What just happened?…. Did I just get punched in the face? I didn’t even look over to my dad as I knew there would be this scowl across his face that I was not about to live down. I arose from the couch and went straight to bed, full of the same “piss & vinegar” that John displayed to a national audience.

During the period from 1983- 1990, his albums became-“John Cougar Mellencamp”- and in my opinion he was at the height of his career during this time. I absolutely love “Uh-Huh” from top to bottom and what else can be said about “Scarecrow”-arguably the best album of the 1980’s decade. Then came my favorite-“Lonsome Jubilee”- released in August 1987 and at that time John had really let his hair down, no really I mean his hair was the longest it had ever been. Another thing I remember about Mr. Mellencamp was that during that year-1987-he had this huge tour and the only night he was playing Madison Square Garden was Thanksgiving night. Now I remember feeling uneasy about telling my parents that I was going to a concert on Thanksgiving but I had to go. As it turns out, I went with a whole bunch of people including many of the people I worked with in Dan’s supermarket including Mary, Audrey and my best man John. We had a blast and Mr. Mellencamp put on a fantastic show. As the 1990’s approached, I kind of followed the “hair bands” and then of course the “grunge” scene but always kept an eye out on his stuff. As he became older, his music, in my opinion, went in the right direction-like fine wine-it just gets better and he keeps evolving making him relevant still to this day. I recently saw John on an interview show with Michael Kay and to me his appearance is basically still the same-he seems to have just awakened from a sleep, his words can sometimes cut to the bone but again every once in a while there is a smile. His last album-“Life, Death, Love and Freedom”- was a dark gloomy work but after giving it some listen, it gets better. (T-Bone is the producer so you know there is no “Shiny Happy People” coming from him). Mr. Mellencamp has earned his way to the top of being mentioned as one of the all time American artists in the history of this country. (You see Mom & Dad, I was right..) He is a living legend and continues to raise awareness (with his lyrics) on bold topics, especially on race. He has been there (with Willie and friends) from the very beginning to “Aid” the American farmer and continues to do so. His library is so extensive and he has amassed many hits in the Top 40 (although recently he has said that he is through with being a “rock star” which is fine because is a “star” in his own right) and it is really hard to pinpoint ten songs but I will try. Here goes:

10.     Down and Out in ParadiseWhen John has something to say, he says it and does not hold back. This is off of “Jubilee” when Ronald Reagan was the President and this song is a clear message that there was a whole segment of the population that was down and out while everyone else lived in “paradise.” Politics aside, this song has such a funky groove and makes parts of your body move that you never could. The “stop & go” bends and breaks through out this song is incredible and I can picture someone doing the “robot” dance to this track. By this album, the fiddle and other different “country music” instruments became part of his repertoire and it fit perfectly. Great song.

9.     A Ride Back Home This duet with Karen Fairchild (Little Big Town) is what I mean about how John has grown as an artist as this song only comes through his life experiences, this doesn’t appear on any of his first seven albums. Now if this reminds you of Robert Plant & Allison Krauss well you can thank Mr. T-Bone Burnett as he was the producer on “Life, Death, Love and Freedom.” John’s vocals are phenomenal and Karen’s voice is the perfect offset to his lower pitch. This is a song to sing around the camp fire. The video is very cool, it was shot in his hometown of Bloomington.

8.     Love and HappinessWhen John wants to “rock and roll” like the Stones (one of his biggest influences along with Dylan and Guthrie) he can make some of the best songs. This has the heaviest guitar work since his “Uh-huh” days but the really cool thing is the blazing trumpet solo in the middle of the song. It’s hard to avoid the hard hitting lyrics as John always seemed to stick up for the “middle” American people and the struggles they had/have. “…If you are a young couple today, forget about buying a house…” I believe he steers to the “left” so during his formative years he a lot to write about the “right” and his views on their policies.

7.     Minutes to Memories How great are the lyrics to this song? I love the line that states-“…He said an honest man’s pillow is his peace of mind…”This is song about life and how it comes at you whether you are ready or not. It tells a story of how an older man told him things but at the time he was too young and thought that he knew better than the old man. As they years went on and when he had his own son he realized that the old man was right and he was trying to convey that message to his son. “…You are young and you are the future…so suck it up and tough it out…and be the best you can…” Words to live by. Awesome song.

6.     Rodeo ClownThis song used to pop up in my I-Pod shuffle a lot and it grew and grew on me and sure enough it became one of my all time favorite songs. I love the chorus and the music behind it sounds a lot like something that the Rolling Stones would perform-“…she changed direction with the gas fires burning…racing for protection, what could she possibly find…” This is a perfect song if you know people who can play the acoustic guitar, get a few of them, and sing this song around a camp fire as this is an addicting song complete with great musicianship. Think about a rodeo clown with red eyes? Seems to indicate that the clown should be happy and clear of any worries but the lyrics paint a very different story- it was written in 2007and again it seems he was tired of things going to the right.

5.     The AmericansBeing from the North East corner of the U.S. it’s hard for me (and I believe others) to relate to what the Mid-Westerner is going through when he or she is growing up but the one thing that is clear is that I can relate to the lyrics-“…I’m an American…I’m an American…I respect you and your point of view…” I love the part with about a minute and 25 seconds left when the drums are used as emphasis to the lyrics-“…they call me the land of opportunity…”-and when he says the word-“opportunity”- the drums give it that extra punch. This is another great song to sing around the campfire-love the way he sings-“and I wish-(but he pronounces it weee-sssh) you good luck with whatever you do…” It makes me want to play acoustic guitar right now.

4.     Crumblin’ DownWhen I first bought “Uh-huh”I remember being in my bedroom with the door closed and blasted this song as loud as I could. I wanted everyone to hear this very cool song. Talk about a rocking tune? In my opinion, this was the loud brash young Mellencamp that was there to tell you that he was coming to the party whether you like it or not. It has the “edge” that is needed to be a rocker-I know he doesn’t think of himself as a rocker now-but back then this was the “bomb.” (No not Cherry yet, that’s still to come). I use to mimic him in my bedroom and wanted that swagger that just surrounded him but I was always too nice, always doing the right thing and behaving-maybe that’s why I am drawn to rock and roll-because it takes me to places that I can dream about. You see what music does to me? This song is like getting a blood transfusion, it has to make you want to rock and roll. Love it.

3.     Paper in FireI can’t think of a better song to start off the amazing “Lonesome Jubilee.” I remember when I first heard this song, it knocked me out. There is no other way to listen to this song but LOUD!!! “…she had a dream and boy it was a good one…so she chased after her dreams with much desire…”-and when the drums come in to accentuate “well her dreams burned up… like Paper in Fire…” This song is just too much for me to take; I have to keep hitting the rewind button and try to dance around in circles. Folks this is great stuff right here, doesn’t get much better than this. It has that “country” flavor as you can hear the fiddle but it also has this blast of rock and roll that has to get you to move. I can still remember the way he performed this at The Garden back in 1987 on Thanksgiving night-the band was jamming all over the place where it seemed all the musicians were doing their own thing but were playing together so naturally-this is one of the “tightest” songs you will ever hear. The musicians are working on all cylinders.

2.     Pink HousesThis song will forever take me back to “The Record Store” on 86st street in Bay Ridge Brooklyn. Every time I hear the opening notes, I think back to the salesman on the floor who was dancing around the place like there was no one else in the store. He told everyone in the store that the album had just come out and at that moment I was blown away on how great this song sounded blasting throughout the entire place (and if you remember that store, it was pretty big with tons of albums-I wonder what they did with all those albums when they closed-I wish that store was still there). I immediately purchased the album right on the spot, and headed right home to do my own dancing around my room as I had it just as loud as that guy in the store. This is pure perfection folks.

1.     Cherry BombThis is the perfect sing along song that I think was ever created. It is impossible not to sing along with John as he belts out the story of “yesteryear” and how quickly life goes by and how we all now say “do you remember when?” Believe you me-all you youngsters out there with soon enough be in the same club-“The Cherry Bomb.” I can remember like it was yesterday how we all loved to hang out in Brooklyn on 3rd avenue in Bay Ridge as we all “hit the clubs” and our favorite “watering holes.” We should have a reunion. Those were the days. Now fast forward to today and I have teenage boys-whew where has the time gone? “…17 has turned 35…I’m still surprised we’re still living…got a few kids of my own…”And I agree with John-I hope my kids are not laughing too hard when they hear me talking like this to you.

Trivia Questions

Answers from last week:

1.     Paul Daniel Frehley

2.     The Beastie Boys

3.     Blue Oyster Cult (for two weeks only)

4.     Courtney Cox

This week’s trivia (Random)-

1.     Who sang background vocals on “You’ve Lost that Lovin’ Feelin’” by The Righteous Brothers?

2.     Who wrote the Temptations huge hit-“My Girl?”?

3.     What was the original name of the band-The Byrds?

4.     What band had the following members: Anni-Frid Lyngstag, Bjorn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson and Agnetha Faltskog.

Name That Tune

Answers from last week:

1.     “Fight For Your Right”- The Beastie Boys

2.     “New York Mining Disaster 1941”-Bee Gees

3.     “You May Be Right”-Billy Joel

4.     “Hit The Road Jack” –Ray Charles

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

1.     “…my my I tried to hold you back but you were stronger…oh yeah, and now it seems my only chance is giving up the fight…and how could I ever refuse…I feel like I win when I lose …”

2.     “…She was a fast machine…she kept her motor clean…she was the best damn woman that I ever seen…”

3.     “…stop at third and forty-three, exit to the night…it’s gonna be ecstasy…this place was meant for me…feels so good tonight, who cares about tomorrow…”

4.     “…half my life’s in books’ written pages…lived and learned from fools and from sages…you know it’s true…all things come back to you…”

Back on this Day

Sadly back on this day in 1997, Ronnie Lane bassist and songwriter for “Faces” passed away from pneumonia after a long illness with multiple sclerosis at the young age of 51.

Back on this day in 1984, Bruce Springsteen released his seventh album-“Born in the U.S.A.”- which went on to be his most successful commercial release selling 15 million copies in the U.S. alone.

Back on this day in 1992, Priscilla Presley announced that the ’57 Elvis would be the image for the Elvis Presley stamp.

Back on this day in 1993, Kurt Cobain was arrested after a dispute with his wife, Courtney Love, over his firearms collection.

If it is your birthday today you share the same birth date with the late Freddy Fender, the late Gordon Waller (Peter & Gordon), Michelle Phillips and Jimmy McCulloch. (member of Wings).


April 23, 2010

Weekly Update – 04/23/2010

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Roger Waters at Madison Square Garden on Tues. Rocktober 5, Nassau Coliseum on Tues. Rocktober 12 and the Izod Center on Wed. Nov. 3. (performing “The Wall”). Pre-sale tickets available for American Express cardholders beginning on Mon. May 3 at 10:00 a.m. until Sun. May 9 at 10:00 p.m. General public tickets on sale Mon. May 10 at 10:00 a.m. No ticket info on MSG yet; $55 – $250 for the other two venues.

Pearl Jam at the Prudential Center on Tues. May 18. Tickets on sale tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. (Live Nation Event).

Jackson Browne at The Beacon Theater on Tues. Sept. 14. Tickets on sale this morning at 10:00 a.m. $46 – $155. Also performing at Borgota Event Center in Atlantic City NJ on Sat. & Sun. Sept. 4 & 5. Tickets on sale tomorrow morning at 10:00 a.m. (Live Nation Event).

Phil Collins at the Roseland Ballroom on Tues. June 22 through Fri. June 25. (4 nights) Pre-sale tickets for Citi card holders available now. General public tickets on sale tomorrow morning at 10:00 a.m. $77

Carrie Underwood at the Nassau Coliseum on Fri. Nov. 5 and at the Prudential Center (the “Rock”) on Mon. Nov. 15. Pre-sale tickets available at 10:00 a.m. this morning until 10:00 p.m. tonight and the password is: Temporary. General public tickets on sale tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. Nassau: $32, $42 and $52; Rock: $35.50, $45.50 and $55.50

Melissa Etheridge at the United Palace Theater on Wed. July 14. Pre-sale tickets on sale now with the caveat that you have to purchase her new album in addition to the rip off charges that Ticketmaster will force on you (sorry I had to get that out) and that will last until Wed. Apr. 28 at 10:00 p.m. General public tickets on sale Mon. May 3 at noon. $39, $59, $79 and $104.

Faith No More (reunited) at the Brooklyn Waterfront in Williamsburg (North 8th street and Kent Avenue) on Fri. July 2. Tickets on sale today at noon. $44

Sting with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at PNC Bank Arts Center on Wed. July 7 and at Jones Beach on Tues. July 27. Pre-sale tickets available now until 10:00 p.m. tonight for American Express cardholders. General public on sale Mon. Apr. 26 at 10:00 a.m. PNC: $32.25, $76.25, $106.25 – $232.25;Jones: $43.50-$73.50, $107.50 and $233.50.

Erykah Badu at Roseland Ballroom on Tues. May 25. Tickets on sale this morning at 10:00 a.m. $51 – $76.

Santana and Steve Winwood at Jones Beach on Sun. July 18 and at PNC Bank Arts Center on Tues. July 20. Pre-sale tickets for Citi card holders will begin next Wed. Apr. 28 at 10:00 a.m until next Fri. Apr. 30 at 10:00 p.m. General public tickets on sale next Sat. May 1 at 10:00 a.m. $25 – $125 for both venues.

Rihanna at Jones Beach on Sun. Aug. 15. Pre-sale tickets for Citi card holders will begin next Wed. Apr. 28 at 10:00 a.m until next Fri. Apr. 30 at 10:00 p.m. General public tickets on sale next Sat. May 1 at 10:00 a.m. $32.25 – $107.50.

O.A.R. at PNC Bank Arts Center on Fri. Aug. 6. Tickets on sale this morning at 10:00 a.m. $23.75 and $33. 75; Also appearing at the Bethel Woods Center on Sat. Aug. 7. Tickets on sale this morning at 10:00 a.m. $27.80 and $46.15.

Creed at PNC Bank Arts Center on Sat. Aug. 21 and at Jones Beach on Tues. Aug. 24. Pre-sale tickets for Citi card holders on until 10:00 p.m. tonight. General public on sale tomorrow morning at 10:00 a.m. PNC: $16.25 and $26.25; Jones: $16 and $26.

Tears for Fears at the Hammerstein Ballroom on Thurs. Aug. 19. Tickets on sale this morning at 10:00 a.m. $41.50, $55, $65 and $75.

Cheap Trick and Squeeze at Radio City Music Hall on Tues. July 13. Tickets on sale this morning at 9:00 a.m. $39.50 – $99.50. Also appearing at the State Theater in New Brunswick NJ (15 Livingston Avenue) on Sun. July 18. Tickets on sale at 9:00 a.m. this morning. $35, $58, $68 and $75.

The Script at Terminal 5 on Fri. Nov. 5. Pre-sale tickets available now until 11:00 a.m. this morning for American Express cardholders. General public tickets available at noon today. $25

Air Supply at the Theater in Westbury NY on Thurs. July 22. Tickets on sale Sun. Apr. 25 at 12:30 p.m. $49-$59

Little Feat with New Riders of the Purple Sage at the Theater in Westbury NY on Fri. July 30. Tickets on sale Sun. Apr. 25 at 12:30 p.m. $44.50.

Johnny Mathis at the Theater in Westbury NY on Thurs. Aug. 26. Tickets on sale Sun. Apr. 25 at 12:30 p.m. $61.50 – $71.50

Clay Aiken & Ruben Studdard at the Hammerstein Ballroom on Wed. Aug. 11. Pre-sale tickets for American Express cardholders available now until next Thurs. Apr. 29 at 10:00 p.m. General public tickets on sale next Fri. Apr. 30 at 10:00 a.m. $42.50 – $72.50

Silversun Pickups at the Wellmont Theater on Thurs. June 24. Tickets on sale today at noon. $35 ($40 day of show). Also appearing at the Brooklyn Waterfront in Williamsburg on Fri. June 25. Tickets on sale tomorrow at noon. $35

Hole at the Wellmont Theater on Fri. June 25. Tickets on sale today at noon. $35 ($40 day of show).

Foreigner at the Wellmont Theater on Thurs. Aug. 26. Tickets on sale today at noon. $40, $55 and $70.

Ween at the Rumsey Playfield (Central Park) on Fri. Sept. 17. Tickets on sale today at noon. $39.50

Jason Derulo at The Fillmore New York at Irving Plaza on Wed. June 9. Tickets on sale today at noon. $26.50 (SRO- No seating)

Other items:

I am totally shocked and saddened by the recent news that Bret Michaels is in critical condition after suffering an apparent brain hemorrhage. I pray that Bret recovers and my thoughts and prayers are with his family & friends. I am at a loss for words. Stunned.

Ratt’s new album-“Infestation”- was released this past Tuesday and the fan’s opinion on I-Tunes are very favorable and the line so far is a 4.5 star out of 5 star rating. The album kicks off with the raucous “Eat Me Up Alive” which sounds like it could have been recorded back in the late 1980’s. Nice sound. “Last Call” has some “giddy-up” to it and of course the single-“Best of Me”- is exploding across the country. I feel like it’s 1987 all over again and that is a great thing!! \m/ \m/

“Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage” will be televised on VH1 and VH1 Classic on Sat. June 26. This documentary on the legendary band known as Rush (a sin that they are not in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame) will include interviews with Gene Simmons, Kirk Hammett, Billy Corgan and other musicians.

Rumor of the week: Alice In Chains will tour this fall with the Deftones and Mastodon. More info supposedly out on Mon. May 3.

Another Rumor of the week: After their tour-“Say Goodnight to the Bad Guys”- the Black Crowes will supposedly take a long break or hiatus according to Rolling Stone magazine. The tour ends up in December and Rich Robinson was quoted as saying-“It would be good to have a 30th anniversary but we should walk away from this while everyone is in a good mood.” My guess is that the hiatus will not last as long as their last one.

Metallica has been able to keep their European tour going despite the Volcanic Ash that has totally shut down airplane destinations to almost everywhere around the globe. The boys are taking Tour Buses despite the fact that they hadn’t done so since the tragic death of Cliff Burton back in 1986 which was the result of a bus crash while they toured Europe. The band reportedly traveled 28 hours by bus from Oslo to Latvian capital of Riga in what should have been a two hour plane ride. Kirk was quoted as saying that the show must go on but stated that he still fears traveling by bus since the horrible accident 24 years ago.

Bon Jovi fans take notice, the band will reissue the first ten studio albums with some live tracks (recorded during the time the albums were out) and probably some “never before released cuts” on Tues. May 10. I believe Bon Jovi has the same manager as Kiss- are you starting to see a pattern between the two bands as far as making more money from its fans? I know I am.

I can’t figure out why either Rolling Stone Magazine or Blabbermouth (on line) did not review Slash’s solo album. Both of them totally ignored this super solid debut and I can’t for the life of me understand the reason why? There was not one staff member available to review it? Both of them waited more than a decade for Axl to release his solo album –“Chinese Democracy”-(albeit under the guise of “Guns & Roses”) and painstakingly went through it and if I’m not mistaken Rolling Stone gave it at least 3 stars. I did not want to do this-(meaning the comparison-if you noticed I did not once compare it to Axl when I did my review) but this slight to Slash will not go unnoticed in my book and his solo debut is light years ahead of Axl’s-so much better it ain’t even close. (and they probably used the same amount of musicians to record it even though Slash does not sing). I’m totally confused.

I actually watched the show “Glee” for the first time this past week (not for youngsters at all even though it is targeted to them) and I have to tell you I really liked the episode because it focused on the work of Madonna. The entire show was dedicated to the “power” of Madonna and their “re-takes” on her songs were actually very good. Their version of “Express Yourself” is most excellent and I loved the way they performed “4 Minutes”- a total thumbs up and all the cover songs are now available on I-Tunes, check it out.

The “American Idol Gives Back” show was solid as always and every one of the cases profiled were heart- breaking to watch and if you can donate what you can afford, it has to help. Here is the link to donate-, I thought Alicia Keys was a bit off, she sounded like she had a cold or something but no disrespect intended because she is a phenomenal talent. The Black Eyed Peas are arguably the hottest act on the planet, they can’t seem to do no wrong. I loved the fact that a legend like Jeff Beck played along side a current star in Josh Stone-she has a spectacular voice. And what else can one say about Carrie Underwood? It is so unbelievable that just a few years ago she was a contestant on the show and now is the biggest star in Country music as she made history last Sunday night by becoming the first female to win “Entertainer of The Year” for the second year in a row. Second year in a row??!! Can you believe that? She is an unbelievable talent who basically freezes me every time she sings and she seems genuine in her respect for the American Idol show. And did I tell you last week that Mary J. Blige did a respectable cover of the Mighty Led Zeppelin song-“Stairway to Heaven”- you saw it for yourself on Wednesday night, she is just way too cool. Again I will stick to the thought that Crystal Bowersox will be this year’s winner. I was not surprised that Tim Urban was voted off this week, he definitely had performed better the last few weeks but he had to go based on who is left. Siobhan Magnus has to be next (to be voted off) but her fans are keeping her alive.


Ok so this week I wanted to do something different, I wanted to throw all of you out there for a loop and change up the format somewhat, at least for this week. So no I do not have an album to review or a perfect album side but I wanted to do a piece on songs that I love for which my assumption is that either (a) these songs are unknown to most of you or (b) even if you know these songs you’d probably think they are the worst songs for that particular artist. Now my sons wanted me to do the “bottom ten” songs from an artist and they wanted me to start with the Beatles-(don’t worry my immediate stare into their eyes backed them off a bit) because they feel that the Beatles have made some of the “weirdest” songs ever. So it had me thinking that I could just name some songs that I think that most of you out there probably do not like but I can’t get enough of it. I won’t “rank” them in any particular order but I came up with the term-“Bottom Feeders”- to mean that these are songs from various artists that may not be considered some of their best work and may just land at the bottom of your list of songs (or should I say just recordings because some may not be considered songs) by these artists. Now again- I love these songs but you may not. So here goes in no particular order:

No Anchovies Please”- J. Geils Band– OK so this is really not a song-it’s a narration- one of the strangest stories ever told but I hang on every word and can not turn it off. It is a story of a young couple in Portland Maine where the wife takes out a can of anchovies and as she opens it the weirdness begins. Love the part “…he betrays her to the hands of three scientists who are engaged in diabolical, avant-garde experiments previously performed only on insects and other small, meaningless creatures…Then it comes to the end where the husband Don screams “Oh my God.. that bowling ball, it’s my wife..” Classic stuff from the“Love Stinks” album.

Be My Girl- -Sally”- The Police– Ok folks you know I do not like to write about such things but there is something about this song that just gets me every time. This is not for the younger ears in your family and to be quite honest I am a little embarrassed to be writing about this track but again there is something very fascinating about it. It’s like the Marx Brothers being very coy as I could picture Groucho and Chico writing about such things, albeit with an “R” rating. I don’t know how this song was approved by the producers or owners of the record company as again it’s really a narration of a very naughty topic.

She Hates Me”- Puddle of Mudd– Again I can’t believe I’m writing about this song as the “F” bombs are present throughout the entire song, along with some other word that describes “crap.” But you know what?-the chorus is so addictive that once you start singing it, you will be singing it all day long. It almost sounds like a country and western song gone bad with the guitar riff that parallel Wes’s “twangy” vocals.This is definitely not for the kiddies, keep them away and please only listen to it in your car by yourself. Yes of course I know the entire song word for word, again embarrassed to say.

Piggies”- The Beatles (well really George Harrison)- I remember the first time my boys (and my wife) heard this song, they all just “squished their eyes” like a bolt of sun had just been “laser-ed” upon them and all of them at the same time said “What is this?” Now admittedly it is obviously a weird topic to write about but the arrangement of this song is actually very good. It actually gets a little “rock and roll” with the part where George sings “…in the lives there is something lacking… what they need is a damn good whacking…” I love the ending when the other join in to help George sing the song and of course the pig noises at the end.

Rocky Racoon”- The Beatles– Staying with the same album and the very next song this is one of my favorite Beatle songs (Ok it did not make my top ten but it is up there). My wife and kids again made faces like they swallowed sour milk and asked about the lyric-“…her name was Magil and she called herself Lil but everyone knew her as Nancy…”- which they said made absolutely no sense. Maybe but that’s what it is. I will never forget I was out with a bunch of fellow “MBIA-er’s” at a local pub in Armonk NY more than a few years back and there was a guy with an acoustic guitar that was taking requests and I asked him to do this song and he obliged. Melissa and her husband Corey both looked at me like I was from a different planet as they had never heard of this song before (what??!!!) while complaining that I had killed the vibe of the night. I couldn’t stop laughing as I sang along word for word.

Hooked on a Feeling”-Blue Swede-I like this version better than the original by B.J. Thomas- don’t ask me why but I even love the “Ouga Chaka Ouga” part which everybody else seems to hate. This song was featured in Quentin Tarantino’s film- “Reservoir Dogs.”Such a great sing along song.

Billy Don’t Be a Hero”- Bo Donaldson & the Heywoods– I am not ashamed to admit that I use to love this song while I was growing up, this was played endlessly on WABC AM radio-yes so the first thing to note is that it was played on AM radio and could I have placed a bigger “L” on my head but you know what- even today I know every word to this song and feel sad at the end of the song when Billy died. Bubble gum music at its best!!!

I Was Made for Loving You”- Kiss-Ok now you all know what a huge KISS fan I was and am so when this song came out of course I had to go along with every body else and say “yeah I hate the fact that KISS went disco” but inwardly I actually liked the song but had to keep it quiet. I knew it was a “phase” just like Queen had with “Another One Bites the Dust” or The Stones with “Miss You.” Anywaythis song made my I-Pod library when I could have easily “unchecked” the box to have it downloaded. Check out this funny video at someone’s wedding choreographed to this song:

Until It Sleeps”- Metallica– I know, I know all the original fans of Metallica just passed out and may have crashed their head through their computer right now, so if you know of any you may want to see if they are conscious. Believe me, I know this is not their best work but I did not have such a huge problem with the direction that they took in the late 1990’s. To most of the die-hards this is “pop” and is not even recognized by many of the Tallica brethren. Admittedly I don’t go back to listen to “Load” or “Reload” as often as I do with their earlier albums but every once in a while I pop this open and it still sounds good to me.

Highly Suspicious”- My Morning Jacket– This song polarizes people into two separate groups- the folks that “hate” it and the folks that “love” it-there is no in-between. (talk about that fine line of love/hate, huh?). It sounds like Prince had been stepped on the foot by an elephant because the vocals coming out of the throat of Jim James are really high pitched. Again I will never forget this song on our road trip up to Cape Cod and I threw this CD in and immediately went to this track- at first my boys along with our good friend Angelina did not like the song but it slowly grew on them and became the “song” of the summer that year for us.



Image of Pearl Jam

My younger son was upset with me that he didn’t get in on the “top ten” list for Shinedown songs, he said there were “a couple” (nice, huh?) of songs on my list that would have made his list. And I know he is a huge fan and knows the words to almost every one of their songs better than I do but the one thing that gets in the way is school. I want them to concentrate on school work as opposed to doing this kind of stuff (he said I should have waited until the summer so he could have done it with me-maybe a future segment of this page will be their top ten songs from artists that I might have already covered). Anyway, both of them are on spring break this week and since there is no school, my oldest son wanted us to pick a band or artists that we all could agree upon, so we went through my I-Tunes library and even though I have many different artists/genres, it was slim pickings. For example, we could have picked Billy Joel but my youngest son just rolled his eyes. Then we could have picked AC/DC (could have done pre and post Bon) but my oldest looked like he swallowed some spoiled milk. They finally both like the Beatles but I had done that already (you might see on this page in the future their favorite 10 Beatle songs). Black Sabbath-my oldest was out. Bryan Adams-my youngest was out. (you see a trend here??) Then I came across Green Day and since we all went to see them last year I figured it would be a slam dunk-nope, my oldest son was not in a “Green Day” mood this week (I know exactly what he’s talking about, sometimes you don’t want to listen to your most favorite bands or artists-happens to me). I have it- Maroon 5- thought this was perfect until I turned and saw this look of puzzlement on my youngest sons’ face. “I don’t like these guys Dad??!!” I said you used to but he made believe that he never did (he did folks). As we rummaged around the listings of bands in alphabetical order, all of a sudden when we arrived upon the letter “P”- we all said “Pearl Jam!!!”

Now admittedly I am not the biggest Pearl Jam fan there is- that honor belongs to Lisa and her husband, Carmine, as they are the experts on this band and have been part of the fan club for years. My other friend Scott is also a huge PJ fan and he has seen them live many times as well. In addition, it took me some time to get on their band wagon as at first I was resistant to the “Seattle grunge” era that was about to take over the world back in 1991, I was still holding out hope that Poison, Warrant and all those other “hair” bands were going to come out with something that was going to knock everyone’s socks off. Well I couldn’t stop the tidal wave, so I decided to grab a surf board and ride the wave of euphoria known as Pearl Jam.(but I never turned my back on the “hair” bands). For those who know me a long time, you know that I usually resist change, so I was one of the last ones to jump aboard on this whole idea of a CD player and listening to music from a little “flying saucer.” I loved the whole vinyl thing, especially with the big album folders/covers but I had to move along with the rest of the pack, so I finally purchased a CD player and the first CD that I ever bought was “Ten” by Pearl Jam. Another disclosure is that it did take me some time to get use to “Ten”-I know, I know- that is “sac-religious” to say but I have to be honest. Of course I knew “Jeremy” because MTV was playing the video about 25 times a day and slowly but surely I started to get all the hype. And just like when you were a kid at the beach trying to ride the waves in, I finally caught that one wave that took me all the way into the dry sand as the water washed upon the shore. It was easy to get the “hits” like “Evenflow” and “Alive” but I wanted the mysterious sounding songs like “Garden” and “Deep” to sink in so that I could listen to the whole album and it finally clicked. Then I couldn’t wait for “Vs.” to come out and when it hit, I was in “hook, line and sinker.” Eddie and the boys were at one point the band for me, I was absorbed into this band and again couldn’t wait for the next album. And then something happened… I know “Vitalolgy” is loved by many of their die hard fans (and my oldest son absolutely loves this album) but for me, it just didn’t cut it like the first two albums (except for a couple of cuts) and to be quite honest I may have had an overload of Pearl Jam and actually rolled over to Soundgarden. I did not purchase “No Code” and then like 5 years later I was back on board with “Yield” and have followed them since, although again, not the biggest fan out there.

Now as for seeing Pearl Jam live, they are right up there as one the “premier” bands in all the land and is an experience every rock fan needs to enjoy at least one time in their life. I have seen them a few times and each time was a mind altering occurrence. The first time I seen them it was at Madison Square Garden and I was a guest in the MBIA Corporate box (when they use to have it) along with about 25 other people, it was the most crowded concert I have ever attended for that “box” (and I have been to many a show in that corporate living room). Everyone was blown away at the show and it was something I’ll never forget. Pearl Jam is still going strong and Mr. Vedder has really become one of the best “front men” in all of rock history, it’s weird saying that now but honestly it’s true. I like some of Eddie’s solo stuff as well as “covers” and this list will include his solo stuff (yes covers are allowed) as well as his work with Pearl Jam, so here goes our list of the best ten Pearl Jam (Vedder) songs:


Younger-     OnceThis song is one of the most played Pearl Jam songs by any grunge fans. It’s a great song and the drumming in this song is so amazing “I could lose myself”.

Older-           JeremyYes, I know this is probably the most overplayed Pearl Jam song of all time but for some reason I am always in the mood to hear it.The lyrics are very powerful and they get to me every time I hear the song.Most people don’t know the story behind this song, it’s about a boy named Jeremy who ended his life in front of a class (hence the line “Jeremy spoke in class today”) and if you read the whole story behind this boy its extremely sad.Eddie wrote this song for him and I read somewhere that Mr. Vedder said every time he sings this song he thinks about the child Jeremy, and when I read that I was really touched

Me-              Unemployable– Reminds me of something that the Beatles would do in the 2000 decade. The one constant with Vedder’s lyrics is that they cut to the bone and if you squint from things like that then it’s probably best that you don’t listen to his songs. There are parts of this song that hits home, I’ve been in and out of a job for the past few years and it’s not that I don’t feel unemployable but there are many people out there in this economy that have to relate to this song. “Well his wife and kids asleep but he’s still awake”- I know that has happened to me a few times. Anyway back to the music, this is the “grown up” sound by Pearl Jam that would have never appeared on their earlier albums, whenever this pops up on my I-Pod shuffle I forget how cool this song is and have to rewind it at least once.


Younger-     Rearviewmirror-the upbeat guitar and Eddie’s vocals make this song on my top ten because it’s not such a “crazy” song. You can listen to this song with ease.

Older-           Why Go Another track from the classic album “Ten” this is probably one of the most aggressive songs on the album.You can just feel Eddie’s pain and anger in his voice that is sometimes more powerful than any instruments playing.I love when Eddie is on the verge of screaming, his voice is so powerful and it’s so thrilling to listen to.My favorite parts are when he yells “Mother! Mother!” throughout the song.It’s awesome!

Me-                 Brain of J.– Now I know that when I did my review of “Yield” (my personal favorite album) I stated that my favorite song on the album was “No Way” but as I went through the 60+ songs in my library, this one kept pushing its way to the top ten. So what gives you ask? Well sometimes my mood changes and the only explanation that I can think of is when I wrote the review for Yield (a year ago today) I was addicted to “No Way.” I still love “No Way” but a year later, “Brain of J.” has jumped a few notches and lands here at number nine for me. These guys had a way of kicking off their albums with explosive songs that get the heart pumping and this one is no different. This is “head-banging” grunge (usually metal, right?) at its best and of course PJ is great at bringing it down and slamming it up again. This is a perfect song for your next Spin class.


Younger-     Rats- the opening bass and drums make this song great. What’s even better is its awesome guitar solo. You have to give these guys credit for making such good music.

Older-           My City of Ruins (Eddie Vedder) This solo cover of a Bruce Springsteen song is done so flawlessly by Mr. Vedder.This song just came out this year and the profits went to Haiti.Sometimes Pearl Jam’s finest moments are when the band lets Eddie take the stage alone with a guitar and his magnificent voice.Vedder sings this song with so much passion when you listen to it you will understand what I’m talking about.This is probably one of Eddie’s best solo performances ever.

Me-                Yellow Ledbetter– Remember when this song first hit the radio airwaves? It was like the biggest secret because most of the general population couldn’t get their hands on this as it did not make its way onto “Ten.” Now I know folks like Lisa and her husband and also Scott probably had this song because they were “in” with the band-they must have known someone in the band. Supposedly this song is one of the first written by the band members all together and the result is nothing short of spectacular. The bluesy rift is something to behold and you can feel Eddie’s passion bleed through your speakers. The guitar solo is righteous, you can’t go wrong with this track.


Younger-     Glorified G-Like “Rearviewmirror,” Glorified G is an “easy-listening” rock song. Both of these songs are on the same album- “Vs.”-which is a great album even though the cover scared me when I was younger, but not as scary as the Collective Soul album-“Dosage.”

Older-           Immortality This is off the experimental album “Vitalogy” and is one of its most powerful tracks.Many people will tell you this song is about the late Kurt Cobain and although Vedder has never said it is or isn’t about him some of the lines are obviously about him and his tragic death.This has one of the only guitar solos on the whole album and I’m glad it was used for this song.It gets me every time I hear Eddie whisper “Immortality…” and when he sings the last line, which is obviously about Cobain, “some die just to live.”

Me-               Parachutes– There is something about the “slower” Pearl Jam songs that really tug at the heart and the first time I heard this song, I knew it was going to be one of my favorites. The next time you and that someone special in your life are having a nice quiet candle light dinner (just do it) take the time out to ask for their hand and share a nice dance-so it would be a dinner and dancing night out. Hold that person tight and learn the words to this special song so that you can sing in their ear- especially the part-“…and love…what a different life… had I not found this love with you…”


Younger-     Evenflow-Ah one of the greatest grunge songs ever played-“Even Flow.” Next to Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit, Even Flow is the next best thing. This song has traveled with me my whole life. What I mean by that is that I’ve listened to this song since I can remember and it never gets old, so all those people who think it’s over played, it’s not.

Older-          Spin the Black Circle If you ever want to put on a mindlessly crazy song that makes you jump around just put on this song.This song is just crazy whenever I hear it, it gets me pumped up!“Spin, spin, spin, the black circle!!” Put this in the stereo, blast it, and then just go crazy!

Me-               Alive-When I saw this performed live at Madison Square Garden in front of like 17,000 fans it was very special and something that I will never forget. Everyone in the whole place was singing it word for word and when I experience things like that I feel very lucky because that feeling doesn’t come along too often. People from all walks of life were smiling, singing and air-guitaring and when Eddie gets to the part where he says “Is something wrong she says.. of course there is… do I deserve to be.. and if so.. who Answered???!!!” well I thought the roof was coming off at the Garden. Of course the guitar solo that takes the song to its end was blazing and everyone at that point was making believe they were playing guitar, a sight to behold. Again if you have never seen them live, you have to see them just to hear this song-unbelievable experience you will feel like you could do anything- yes even fly.


Younger-     Animal-This song is…is…well it can’t be described how awesome the guitar riff is in this song sometimes I can just listen to the opening guitar lick and that’s it.

Older-           04/20/02This is probably one of the most personal songs Eddie Vedder wrote.It’s about Layne Staley’s death and 4/20 is the day Eddie found out he was dead (Layne had died on April 5th, about two weeks before this day but no one knew).Once again Eddie’s voice is fantastic in this aggressive ballad.Eddie’s voice is sad but the guitar is aggressive and it’s an odd combination but very effective.Every time I hear the opening chords I just stop and listen to this powerful song.The lyrics are phenomenal and the last verse always gets me.Anyone who is lucky enough to find this hidden gem on the “Lost Dogs” album knows what I am talking about.

Me-              Why Go– Love the way the drums start off this song and no matter what you want to call it-grunge, whatever-this is straight up rock and roll (in my book). The guitar work is flawless (next time you listen to it just follow the guitar and nothing else) and the funky groove is too much for me to take as I have to turn up the volume and repeat this song as many times as I can take it. The musicianship really shines brightly in this track as these guys are super talented and songs like this put them immediately on the map when they first came up through the minors. And what else can you say about Vedder? If I had to pick one song to display his “rock and roll” voice to someone who was unfamiliar with them (can there be someone out there?) then this is the song I would choose. Freaking phenomenal.


Younger-     Spin the Black Circle-this song is just crazy and out of control. I just wanna take a broom and air guitar to this song and jump all around my room. One word-EPIC.

Older-            Yellow Ledbetter I love the intro and outro to this song, I could listen to it all day long.The guitar work in this song is great especially the solo. This is one of their most ambitious songs and it sounds nothing like your average Pearl Jam song which makes it a winner!I love when Eddie says “make me cry” and the guitar solo kicks in.This song shows a much blues influenced side of the band that frankly I like even more than the grunge stuff.

Me-               Glorified G-First let’s go to the music-how great is the bass line in this song by Mr. Ament? (again just follow his part) The drumming in this song is so “on the mark” and makes me picture kids ripping open their presents on Christmas morning as the paper wrap is flying every where. I think this is one of their best songs where the background vocals really stands out-“…Life comes…I can feel your heart…”Second I love the fact that Eddie takes on the “gun enthusiasts” with his sarcastic lyrics such as “…don’t think… dumb is strength..” or “…feels so manly, when armed…” But of course with me, it is the music and I can listen to the groove in this song all day long, the lyrics are just the icing on the cake.


Younger-     Go-Just listening to the bass gives you the chills. After I’m done mastering the guitar- I’m going straight to the bass because of this song. Not just the bass, every instrument in this song is perfect and the best way to start an album.

Older-            Black This is probably one of the first Pearl Jam songs I really liked.When I first started playing guitar I played the simple chords to this song all the time pretending I was Eddie Vedder.Since I have played this song so many times I know every lyric by heart.I love the bluesy guitar in the background and once again Vedder’s voice towers over everything else.The lyrics are great and when Vedder yells “Why can’t it be me?” I get chills.This is just classic Pearl Jam.

Me-                 Wishlist-For some reason when I hear this song I feel like I am on a boat with an acoustic guitar. Now for those of you who know me you know I have been fishing just once in my life (yes I know I’m “Nordic” and it should be in my blood but it’s not) and that was because I felt guilty that I was the only son that did not spend a day fishing with my dad, so I went and on the calmest day ever-I was immediately sick and spent the whole day in the “bunker” with no hope of seeing land until at least 8 hours. Anyway this song strikes me right at the heart because sometimes I “wish” that I could make an impact on the lives of so many- “I wish I was the evidence, I wish I was the grounds… for 50 million hands upraised and open toward the sky..” The melody is very pleasing to the ear and Eddie’s soft voice can light up a room. The only complaint I have is that the song is over before you know it.


Younger-     Why Go-probably one of the best Pearl Jam songs ever made. I have most of the Ten album on Rock Band 2. Singing this song is the best felling you’ve ever had, except when you turn around and you see your brother just standing there jumping of the walls. It’s still one of the best and it will be remembered as one of their greatest songs.

Older-           Better Man Yes this is a pop song.So what!Although Pearl Jam is famous for their grunge/hard rock sound it is songs like this that I love best.I have played this song a million times and never get tired of it.I also learned the chords to this song and sing it all the time.I love when Eddie screams “She loves him!”I also love the solo performance of this song that’s available on iTunes.This is one of the best songs by Pearl Jam as it shows off their softer side and was so close to being my number one.

Me-               You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away-(Vedder solo cover of the Beatles classic)-Ok I know this is a cover and yes I know it’s a cover of the legendary Beatles but his version brings me to a standstill. This song is from one of my all time favorite movies-“I Am Sam”- (with Sean Penn and Michele Pfeiffer) and I remember the first time I heard it while watching the movie-of course I knew it was immediately the voice of Mr. Vedder and dare I say that I like his version better? Can it be true? I’m trying so hard not to say that but his version is pure excellence and again my only complaint is that the song is over before you know it. If this doesn’t move you, then I give up.


Younger-     Black-This song is the best. There is nothing else that can beat it. This song speaks to me so much. After listening to this song it helped me live and let go. This song has influenced me so much it literally helped me start a new life of mine where I could love myself and do the best that I could do. I know that there is a meaning in life where all of us can share love with everyone we meet- That’s what this song says to me.

Older-           Nothingman The first time I heard this song was on a car ride somewhere.I had my iPod on shuffle and was starting to fall asleep but then I this song came up and it was one of those songs that was on my iPod but was never listened to.I sat up and listened very carefully to Eddie Vedder’s flawless vocals.His voice is so perfect for this song you won’t even want to sing along because you want to hear him so badly.As Eddie sings “now into the sun, and into the sun!” while I was looking out the car window I got a special feeling that I’ll always remember.This really is a special song that affected me a lot.

Me-                 Elderly Woman Behind the Counter in a Small Town– Sometimes it is hard to put into words on how you feel about something and with this song I don’t know if I can do it justice (meaning expressing how I feel). When the opening note is sung by Eddie I am immediately put into a trance as I follow along the story line of a couple that once may have dated years ago and the “woman” stayed behind in this little town as he moved on and then revisited one day. Now for me, this brings me back to Brooklyn-so “Brooklyn” is the prior love in this story for me and I moved away back in 1990 and every time I re-visit, the ache in my heart sometimes is overwhelming as I go back in time when I was a child and every thing was seemingly so perfect. Long summer days where we would play stick ball on the streets (“three sewers” was an automatic homerun) totally ignoring the maniacal drivers speeding down the side streets just to get to the next avenue. (are you kidding me? I am so “soft” now due to living in the burbs that when I visit and see kids in the street I have to turn away and go into whomever friends house I am visiting because I can’t take it). Or how about playing “tackle” football on a main avenue (usually “7th Avenue” with traffic going in opposite directions) whenever the first big snowfall would cover the city streets? We “killed” each other and everyone wanted to be on Jay’s side (or Eddie’s side) because we didn’t want to have to tackle him. Or I think back to the days when I worked in “Dan’s Supermarket” and loved every minute of it as I think back to those special friends I had, that I don’t see too often these days. I remember all the girls would run back to their cash register when the local firefighters would come in to shop with each hoping that their line was empty so they could ring them up. Or I am taken back to playing baseball with the Flynn Celtics and I am telling you I played along side some of the best players in the borough-Frankie, Sean, Steve, Ron, Mike, Henry- the list goes on. Or how about the Outlaws football games- “c’mon Cheesy can you throw to someone that has our jersey on??!!!” Running back the kickoff’s with Eddie who was about the same size as me but has the heart of a lion and was totally fearless- he inspired me everyday I played with him. You see what this song does to me? In just a little over three minutes it takes me back to a lifetime of memories- this goes right to the heart. Flawless tune.

Trivia Questions

Answers from last week:

1.     Bruce Springsteen

2.     Mick Jagger (still to this day Carly has never said who the song was about).

3.     “Dreams”

4.     Toni Tenille

This week’s trivia (Pearl Jam)-

1.     What was Pearl Jam’s original name, who was also the inspiration for their first album “Ten.” (Hint- that was his number)

2.     True or False: Matt Cameron the current drummer use to drum for Soundgarden

3.     Has Nirvana sold more records than Pearl Jam?

4.     What Who song does Pearl Jam cover masterfully? (Hint: It was my number one “scream” song)

Name That Tune

Answers from last week:

1.     “Eye of the Tiger”- Survivor

2.     “I Drink Alone”- George Thorogood

3.     “I Got You (I Feel Good)”-James Brown

4.     “I Got You Babe” –Sonny & Cher

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

1.     “…make no sound…tip toe across the floor…if he hears, he will knock all day…I’ll be trapped and here I’ll have to stay…”

2.     “…too many teardrops for one heart to be crying…too many teardrops for one heart to carry on… you’re way on top now since you left me…you’re always laughing way down at me…”

3.     “…what’s the use in crying…in a little while you’ll see Rose Marie you must keep on trying…I guess you’re lonely now, loves coming to an end…”

4.     “…stop calling… stop calling… I don’t wanna think anymore…I got my head and heart on the dance floor… stop callin’… stop callin’…”

Back on this Day

Sadly back on this day in 1975, Peter Ham of Badfinger committed suicide at the young age of 27. He co-wrote the song –“Without You”- which has been covered by many including Mariah Carey.

Sadly back on this day in 1991, Johnny Thunders-guitarist for the New York Dolls- passed away at the young age of 38 in New Orleans, foul play was rumored.

Back on this day in 1988, while performing in Los Angeles Bruce Springsteen had the entire audience sing Happy Birthday to someone attending his show that night, it was the legendary Roy Orbison.

Back on this day in 2003, Pearl Jam purchased a 1,400 square mile of rain forest in Madagascar to offset all the green house gas emissions that came along with their tour that year. Now that is going green before going green set in.

If it is your birthday today you share the same birth date with the late great Roy Orbison, and the late Steve Clark (Def Leppard)

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