Errols Weekly Music Update.

October 16, 2009

Weekly Update – Rocktober 16, 2009

Phish at Madison Square Garden on Wed. thru Fri. Dec. 2-4. Tickets on sale next Fri. Rocktober 23 at 11:00 a.m. $50.

The Swell Season with Josh Ritter at Radio City Music Hall on Tues. Jan. 19, 2010. Tickets on sale today at noon. $37.50 – $47.50.

Ray Davies at The Town Hall (remember-acoustic only shows there) on Thurs. & Fri. Nov. 19 & 20. Tickets on sale today at noon. $54 – $74.

Less Than Jake at Nokia on Thurs. Nov. 19. Pre-sale tickets on sale now for American Express cardholders until noon today. General public tickets on sale today at noon.$20.

The Joe Perry Project at the New York Fillmore on Tues. Nov. 10. Tickets on sale today at noon. (Live Nation Event).

The Hooters at the Music Box at the Borgota in Atlantic City NJ on Fri. Nov. 27. Tickets on sale tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. (Live Nation Event).

Mew at Webster Hall on Fri. Dec. 4. Tickets on sale today at noon. $25 ($29 day of show). at Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City NJ on Sat. Nov. 21. Pre-sale tickets for Citi card holders only on now. General public tickets on sale tomorrow at noon. $55 – $75 and $99.

The Moody Blues at Wellmont Theater on Tues. Mar. 30, 2010. Tickets on sale today at noon. $45, $85 and $125.

Robert Randolph, The North Mississippi Allstars and John Medeski at Terminal 5 on Dec. 31. Tickets on sale tomorrow at noon. $35 thru Nov. 15, $40 beginning Nov. 16 and $50 day of show.

Marshall Tucker Band at BB Kings on Fri. Jan. 29, 2010. Tickets on sale tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. $27.50

Robert Cray Band at BB Kings on Fri. Mar. 19, 2010. Tickets on sale now. $46.50 

Other items:

OK I have to say something here about the negativity towards Kiss on both their new album and the show at The Garden. By now I think we all know who/what Kiss are, correct? First off I realize that there are many out there who still can’t get over the fact that Ace and Peter are out of the band “while some other dudes are wearing their makeup.” All I have to say to that is –Get over it. Obviously those guys, for whatever reason, couldn’t cut the mustard, I seriously doubt that Paul and Gene wanted them out but if they can’t be adults-you move on. Second- if you are a Kiss fan you realize who they are musically and lyrically but come on now it wasn’t like Ace was Hendrix- Thayer is a good guitarist for this band right now or that Simmons or Stanley are Neil Peart in the lyrics department. Yeah so what if their new album is the “same as” 25 – 30 years ago, isn’t that what the Kiss fan fell for in the first place? (Has “Maggie” or “Bart” from the “Simpsons” ever grown up? No but it’s the longest running show in the history of television-it works right, so why change the formula?). Will all the “Naysayers” pipe down now for a few minutes and let Kiss enjoy their moment which they haven’t had now for about five years. I’ll tell you what- you are going to have to deal with them again in the next 5 year intervals as they approach their 40th and 45th anniversary. Most artists (see Metallica) get lambasted for trying to change their sound or who they are and Kiss gets vilified for staying true to who and what they are? Again keep it in perspective the part about who and what they are and then, if you are a fan, go out and enjoy instead of complaining. By the way, the “Blabbermouth” site author gave Sonic Boom a 6.5 rating- all in all not so bad considering the “always tough” critics and fan base for that site. I know Ace received a higher rating for his solo album and I don’t know why but Ace has always been more received when he ventures out on his own-again his solo album is not “Metallica” like but he’s treated like a King-yet he was in Kiss and Stanley and Simmons take all the criticism.. honestly I don’t think it bothers Gene at all.

As previously mentioned on this page, Bob Dylan and Neil Diamond both recorded Christmas albums and they were both released this week. As for Dylan, his fans would be happy if he sang the dictionary but for the folks who cringe when he sings, your face may get stuck (remember how your mother would tell you that?) after you hear some of the most popular Christmas classics. I have to say that I do like some of the songs and on “Hark the Herald Angels Sing” he actually sounds like The Boss. Now for Diamond, well let me say that I wasn’t so thrilled after hearing it for the first time but maybe it will grow on me. The I-Tune fans love it but I’m not there yet. (And no it’s not too early- Christmas is 10 weeks from today).

John Mayer has released a single “Who Says” and I deferred to my oldest son-who loves Mayer- and he said that the song is “Ok.” The lyrics are just too weird for me, I’m not sure what he is trying to prove.

Carrie Underwood has released a new single-“Mama’s Song” and all I have to say is there any songs that she makes that are bad? This woman is amazing and we are watching her grow into an Icon-yes that is my prediction-she’s that good.

My favorite “Old school” song of the week is “Up on Cripple Creek” by The Band. How cool is this song? This is the way music is supposed to sound like, this is pure sweetness. Man to go back to those days, don’t you wish you could go back in time, even just a little bit?

Album Review: “MTV Unplugged in New York” by Nirvana released on November 1, 1994.

My oldest son has just discovered Nirvana and has been listening to their “Unplugged” album very much the last few weeks. Below is his review of Nirvana’s Unplugged. Every word under this heading from this point on is by him:

About two weeks ago I purchased this classic album “MTV Unplugged In New York” by Nirvana for two reasons:

1.     To listen to the “different side” of Nirvana that many reviewers have claimed this album showed.

2.     To hear the infamous last song on the album “Where Did You Sleep Last Night.”

Since I bought the album I have been listening to it non-stop and have received some criticism for doing so.My father is not a big fan of this album (which is fine it’s his opinion) and was surprised that I liked it so much, claiming that every song sounds like Cobain is moaning words the whole performance.Now I completely disagree and consider this one of the best live albums of all time. This is an album that in order to get the full affect of that night in New York, you have to listen to the album from start to finish.

This performance will blow you away!

Review of “MTV Unplugged In New York” by Nirvana

Nirvana, although they did not know it, was making history once again by performing on MTV Unplugged on November 18th of 1993.This now famous performance starts off with a song from their first record called “About A Girl.”This song is so great and was a perfect way to start a perfect concert.One interesting thing about this performance is that Nirvana chose to play many songs that most people didn’t know instead of their big hits.The second song, “Come As You Are”, they play is the only “hit” they played the whole performance. The acoustic version of the song is full of much more passion than the studio version.Next is “Jesus Don’t Want Me For A Sunbeam” (a Vaseline’s song) where Krist Novoselic plays accordion proving that Nirvana doesn’t always make the grunge music people associate them with. After that comes one of the most unforgettable live performances in rock history, a cover of David Bowie’s “The Man Who Sold The World.”While many people will disagree with me (including my dad) I can say without a doubt that this version is better than David Bowie’s.Now usually I will always say that the original version of any cover song is the best, but this is an exception to the rule. Kurt’s vocals are flawless on this amazing song.

Cobain plays the next song, “Pennyroyal Tea”, by himself using only his guitar and voice. Even when he plays alone it’s very good. This song is completely his. Then the band jumps back in with a fan favorite “Dumb.” This is one of Cobain’s more personal songs and is played with passion on this album. The next track is “Polly” one of my favorites from the classic album “Nevermind.” This is a song the Cobain performed at almost every Nirvana concert and there is a good reason for it: it’s a good song! “On A Plain” is the next song, and I love this version so much more than the studio version. There is something about the song that just makes it one of the better songs on the album. Keeping with “Nevermind” songs the band plays “Something In The Way” the closing track to “Nevermind.” You have to really listen to this song so you can appreciate, it is a hidden gem.

The Meat Puppets join the stage with Nirvana for the next three songs with Cobain on vocals for cover versions of the Meat Puppet’s songs. “Plateau” is the first Meat Puppet song they perform and is done with excellence. This song and the next two are some of my favorites on the album; Nirvana really knows how to do a great cover song. Track 11 is called “Oh Me”, which is pure magic. The guitar along with Cobain and Cris Kirkwood (Meat Puppets) on vocals is fantastic.Then Kurt starts singing “Where do bad folks go when they die?” the opening line to the song “Lake of Fire” which is my second favorite on the album.I love this song!!Kurt Cobain sings this song with such spirit, it’s just awesome! After that the Meat Puppets leave the stage and Nirvana plays a song from their second record “All Apologies.” This song is fantastic, much better than the regular version. This song has a great contrast between soft vocals and loud vocals. Then as the song fades away Kurt gets ready to sing the last and greatest song on the album, a cover of Lead Belly’s “Where Did You Sleep Last Night.” This is without a doubt, my favorite Nirvana song of all time. Reviewers of this album would always rave about Cobain’s legendary cry of passion at the end of the song as chilling. I wanted to hear this song so badly and the first time I heard it I stood there amazed and transfixed on what I had just heard. Cobain pours all of his heart and soul into the last verse of this song making this one of the most memorable performances of all time.

Overall Rating: Even if you are not a Nirvana fan GET THIS ALBUM NOW!Everything about it is fantastic. Kurt Cobain, Krist Novolselic, and Dave Grohl have made this album stand the test of time.

Key Tracks: Where Did You Sleep Last Night, About A Girl, Lake of Fire, The Man Who Sold The World, On A Plain, and All Apologies.

“TOP TEN” :

On one of my I-Tunes shuffle this week, I came across a few Kid Rock songs and decided to do my favorite ten songs and in my opinion-his best 10 songs. Bristle if you will but the man has a lot of talent and has reinvented himself more than a few times. Now you know that I like the mature Rock as opposed to the juvenile Rock and I’m still waiting for the first complete album where he doesn’t have to try and get “street cred” by writing songs like “Sugar.” Mr. Rock-stick with “Roll On” for the rest of your career and you get an even greater fan base. Now don’t get me wrong, I love his early stuff which include the “parental advisory” lyrics and themes- and yes some of these songs are probably not suitable for your next party but you can always blast them in your car or when you have the house to yourself, so here goes-my favorite ten songs from Mr. Ritchie:

10.     Picture– Yes it’s a sappy duet with Sheryl Crow but I love it. I think it was this song that opened up many eyes (or ears) to the fact that Mr. Rock can actually sing and hold a tune. (I know you are screaming at your screen saying what about “Only God Knows Why”- slow down this song reached a whole new audience and even my friend Dianne said she was surprised to learn that the Kid could sing).

9.     Rock ‘N’ Roll Pain Train-I remember buying this album it’s first day out (the one where the Kid displays his huge tattoo on his back), slipping in the CD and was blown away by this track. I had heard that the Kid was going in a different musical direction and this song proved to me that he reinvented himself. (Parental Warning).

8.     Cold & Empty Don’t kid yourself Bob Ritchie has some real feelings that masks the bravado that surrounds him most of the time. Personally I like this type of song over “Sugar” type any day of the week. Mr. Rock has a soft side but don’t let him know that you know this fact.

7.     Blue Jeans and A Rosary – Another heartfelt tune that I can listen to all day. Sounds like this song tells a true story about his life and of a girl who stuck by his side despite everyone’s objections. Try not singing along to this song, it’s near impossible. This song should be done next year by the American Idol contestants. Sway back and forth while singing the chorus-it will make you feel good, the guitar solo is righteous.

6.     Roll On –This could be the best song that he has ever written and recorded. The arrangement is perfect. Talk about passion? This is what draws me to this track. The Kid nails this tune and the background vocals are spectacular. The video is great too!!! C’mon Kid- at least release the video to this song to I-Tunes, can you make one exception? It’s a video, not your catalog.

5.     New Orleans-Put a good set of headphones on and let this song take you away. The groove grows and grows and is soooo addictive. Mr. Rock is so diverse and this song-out of all the songs he has ever recorded-proves that fact. The man has the music in him and you can feel it-if you don’t-check your pulse at the door. I can picture him doing this song with the Neville Brothers.

4.     Cowboy-I remember the first time I heard this song, it was so different from anything that I had heard in a long, long time and I was immediately hooked. How friggin’ cool is the beginning of the song? Again this is “R” rated but I always have to listen to this loud (my wife and kids are not home right now so I don’t have to worry about the seedy language). Phenomenal song and Mr. Rock rips the cover off of the ball on this one, love the piano solo like we’re back in the “Wild, Wild West.” “Radio edit…”

3.     Wasting Time-I can’t get enough of this song, I love the way he raps in this track. Last year I was so obsessed with this song that I wrote down every lyric and memorized them. I then called my wife and kids into the living room, hit the play button on the stereo and performed the song for them, lip syncing every word (but quickly turned down the volume when I knew when the F bomb was coming). This is my favorite song from “Devil Without a Cause.”.

2.     Rock and Roll Jesus-Again bought this album the first day it came out and was immediately struck on how great this tune was (is) and consider it one of the best songs he has done. This is Rock and Roll the way it was meant to be. I’ll put this song up against any song out there- toe to toe, face to face-this is freaking great!!!

1.     Son of Detroit – This song will always have a special place in my heart as this was THE SONG for the boot camp classes that took place every Tuesday and Thursday morning at 6:00 a.m. from 2003-2005 at the gym at MBIA Insurance Corp. in Armonk N.Y. It brings back so many great memories of the fun that Dave, Tricia, CIC, Doreen, Nick and I had during those years, we had a blast and probably were in the best shape of our lives during that time and this song was the igniter. Freaking phenomenal!!!“Hey Dave- How do you like your whiskey?”

ROCKTOBER JUKE BOX

Since ROCKTOBER is my favorite month of the year I decided to try and come up with something different especially for this month only. I’m thinking a “Rock and Roll Juke Box” with some of the best rock songs for your next party or I-Pod playlist. This week’s list is what I would call the “Hair-Band Era”; a list of tracks from some of rock’s “poofed out do’s.” So here goes in no particular order: (Of course you know I refuse to put “Tesla” in this category, so you will not see any Tesla songs):

1.     “Something to Believe In”- Poison-Where would the “Hair Band Era” be without Poison? I would say that this is the band that everyone thinks of first when asked to define this era. Cheesy? Yes!! Bubble-gummish?? Yes!!! BUT WHO CARES??!! These guys made some fun tunes and isn’t that what life is all about? Having fun? Now the aforementioned song isn’t about fun but yes it’s the “power ballad” that also defined these hair bands-everyone had at least a few- and to me this was their best power ballad. I can listen to this song over and over. When it first came out it, the video was played on MTV at least 10 times a day.

2.      “Down Boys” – Warrant – this is the second band that comes to my mind when I think of the Hair-band era. I know “Cherry Pie” put Jani Lane in a bad place but these guys did have some good tunes. I totally get psyched when I hear this track. This is a good tune to use your “pic” to push your hair way up high, then use that pick to “air-guitar.”

3.     “Can’t Get Enough”- Winger-If Poison was the “poster band” for the Hair Band Era, then Kip Winger is the “poster boy” for that era. Was there ever a day where you didn’t see this guy on MTV in the 1980’s? He was flying high for years and then came Nirvana… Anyways I love this song, call it what you want-bubblegum, metal wannabe-whatever I don’t care. I will always have a spot for the Hair Band Era and these guys are included.

4.     “Shelter Me” – Cinderella- I friggin’ love this song, always have and always will!!! “We all need a little shelter.. <hand clap> …<hand clap>…” This was one of the hair bands that I totally dove right into and had many of their albums. Went to see them every chance I could back in the day. They even throw in a saxophone solo (not a “Hair Band” accessory but who is watching?) before the usual long haired guitar solo.

5.     “Down on Me”- Jackyl- C’mon you know you love this song??!! There is no other way to listen to this song but LOUD!!! I know the lead singer makes it sound like AC/DC (same with Cinderella) and maybe that’s the reason I love this track. This song is cool. (I know the lyrics are juvenile but that was a criterion for the Hair Bands to make the club).

6.     “Still of the Night” – Whitesnake– I anointed this track as the song that defined the “Hair-Band” era a few months ago and I’m sticking to my guns. Poison is the “poster band,” Kip Winger the “poster boy,” and this is the “poster song.” This song has it all- poofed out blond hair to the max, gratuitous guitar solo, heavy guitar lick and of course the beautiful girl in the video.. oh and yes on a soon to be named “pimp my ride” car.

7.     “Loving You Is A Dirty Job” – Ratt –I checked with the guru on Ratt-Monica- and she gave me some of the more “popular” songs but they weren’t her favorites, so I took a chance and went with this song. The lyrics are juvenile (a pre-requisite for Hair Metal right?) and the big guitar hooks with the Motley Crue sounding voice.

8.     “I Wanna Rock” – Twisted Sister-I remember being at a Godsmack show and they started to break out a Twisted Sister song –“We’re Not Gonna Take It” and Sully disgustedly waved his hand pushing them aside and immediately told the band to cease and desist, so that is why I put these guys in this category. I was on the fence but that day solidified it for me (Plus Dee Snider is the host of a syndicated radio-“The House of Hair”). Again, this song is fun and it gets me pumped. (yes I know they used it in the “SpongeBob” movie but at the time it was “metal”).

9.     “18 and Life” – Skid Row –Ok in my opinion, the Skidsters left this club with their sophomore effort- “Slave to the Grind” but their first album was dripping with mousse and this song was played on MTV a zillion times. This song alone gets them into the Hair Band Hall of Fame but as mentioned they pinned their hair back and blasted out of the club with “Slave to the Grind.”

10.     “Pushin’ Hard” – Kingdome Come- These guys could have been “Poison” in the sense had they not been vilified for sounding like Led Zeppelin, they would have developed into the top band of the Hair Band Era. These guys had it all, the long locks, blazing guitar riffs and a front man that conjured up images of Plant. So what was wrong with that? This song flat out rocks!

11.     “Guilty” – Tora Tora –Man did I wear out the album sleeves on this album and then subsequently the same with the cassette. This band had all the qualities of the era but surprisingly were done after one album, very surprising because I thought the album –“Surprise Attack”- had some quality tunes. Check this album out and of course this track!!

12.     “It’s Over Now” – L.A. Guns-Were they suppose to be the real Guns before Roses? We’ll never know but these guys landed dead smack in the middle of the Hair Band Era. Yes this is a power ballad and yes it may be cheesy but it is good cheese. Aaahhh the memories….

13.     “High Enough” – Damn Yankees– It kills me to put down Tommy Shaw and Ted Nugent down as “Hair Band” contributors but their stint with the Damn Yankees cements their qualifications. And you know what- “High Enough”- is one of my all time favorite songs, yes the ultimate power ballad but I’m not ashamed to admit I love it.

14.     “Runaway” – Bon Jovi –Again I was on the fence about labeling Jovi a “Hair Band” but they were right there in the thick of it and John’s hair back then easily passed one of the qualifications. This is a kick ass song, period end of story!!

15.     “When the Children Cry” – White Lion- Another song that was endlessly played on MTV during that era. Talk about your power ballad? Yes but again ahhh the memories. Good power ballad and we all need that once in a while.

Trivia Questions

Answers from last week:

1.     King of the Hill – “Lucky”

2.     Chaim Witz

3.     Nickelback- “Rockstar”

4.     Wicked Lester

This week’s trivia (Nirvana and Kid Rock)

1.     What drummer for Nirvana went on and became a guitarist for a highly successful band?

2.     What song does Kid Rock sample for his “American Badass” track?

3.     During the 1992 MTV awards, what song was Nirvana prohibited to play but squeezed in the first few bars of the song anyway?”

4.     In 2005, this rocker was put in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Kid Rock was the one to give a speech to introduce this entrant, who is it?

Name That Tune

Answers from last week:

1.     “Thank God I’m a Countryboy”- John Denver

2.     “I Love Rock and Roll”-Joan Jett

3.     “Jealous Guy”-John Lennon

4.     “What’s Going On”- Marvin Gaye

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

1.     “But the years went by and the rock just died..Suzie up and left us for some foreign guy… ”

2.     “I’m a lucky fella and I’ve just got to tell her that I love her endlessly…”

3.     “My thoughts are with you.. Holding hands with your heart to see you…”

4.     “So if you are looking for love that you can share.. all you gotta do is hold him.”

Back on this day in 1966, Joan Baez was arrested at a draft protest.

On this day back in 1972, Creedence Clearwater Revival broke up.

If it is your birthday today, you share the same birth date with Fred Turner (of Bachman Turner Overdrive) and Wendy Wilson (member of “Wilson Phillips” and daughter of Brian Wilson).

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