Errols Weekly Music Update.

February 22, 2008

Weekly Update – 02/22/08

Kayne West and friends at the Garden on Tues. May 13. Pre-sale on now until 10:00 p.m. tonight. Password is HEGLOW. General public on sale tomorrow at noon. $49.50 -$129.50.

Robert Plant & Allison Krauss at the WAMU Theater inside MSG on Tues. June 10. Pre-sale begins this Monday at 10:00 am until Sun. Mar. 2 with American Express cardholders. No price info.

Santana & Derek Trucks at MSG on Tues. April 8. Pre-sale begins this Monday at 10:00 am to Sunday Mar. 2. General public on sale Mon. Mar. 3 at 10:00 am $39.50 – $89.50.

Sara Bareilles at New York Fillmore on Wed. Apr. 23. Tickets on sale tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. $20.

Katt Williams at Radio City on Thurs. April 10. Tickets on sale this morning at 10:00 a.m. $54- $84.

Alicia Keys and Jordin Sparks at the Rock & the Garden on Tues. & Wed. June 17 & 18. Ticket info to follow.

Other items:

Concert review: Foo Fighters at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday Feb. 19, 2008: Growing up, we are all required to go to school for 12 years and then maybe on to college. You put in your dues to get to that “higher” place. The Foo Fighters have been putting in their dues for the past 12 or so years. I started out seeing these guys in a college gymnasium in N.J. a long time ago. They worked their way up to the local clubs and then onto smaller theaters. This past Tuesday, they “graduated” and had their first ever visit to the “Mecca” of which all bands strive for- Madison Square Garden. So how did they do you ask? They passed their audition and the buzz as we left the show was that it was a “kick butt” performance. My opinion is that they were solid and there were great moments during the show. The Foos will now be able to continue to have their shows at “Garden” type arenas. In one way this stinks because it will be that much harder to get tickets to their smaller venue appearances and you lose the intimacy. But when you graduate, this comes with the territory.

First off, the second opener, Serj Tankian, was absolutely horrible, enough said. And the music piped in before the Foo’s came out was also horrible. So I knew before the Foos took the stage that they were going to be solid. (good planning on the part of their management team)? The Garden was completely sold out and the Foos started off with the first two songs from their latest CD but in reverse order- “Let it Die” and “The Pretender”- (my all-time favorite Foo song). Good way to start off the evening as Mr. Grohl was trying to get the kinks out of his voice (it has to be grinding on his vocal cords as he tends to scream a lot). Playing the part like they had been there before, the stage was set up with a long ramp to another small stage set up in the middle of the Garden. Just picture a really long walk way that fashion models utilize. (or a from a birds eye view I’m thinking a huge Gene Simmons bass guitar). So they had the setup for crowd interaction.

They blasted their way through their hits (and these are legitimate hits) such as “Times Like These” and “Learn to Fly.” At times it was hard to see the band on stage-as there were headlights facing the stage-that blared light similar to the ones you squint to when someone has their high beams on when you’re driving. The highlights for the first part of the show for me were “The One” and “Stacked Actors,” (song he wrote about Courtney Love). Then the band members walked down this ramp to a “new” stage that fell from the sky and all of a sudden we had great seats. The band was in the middle of the Garden on a stage setting similar to the old Flip Wilson shows where he and his guests would perform their skits. (for those of you who are younger and do not know who Flip Wilson is- tune into TV Land). They went into an acoustic set and the “intimacy factor” was actually felt by the whole place.

This is where they shined bright. You could actually hear very clearly Dave’s voice (he can sing) as they jammed to “Marigold” and “My Hero”- which was a crowd sing along song. Then Taylor Hawkins took the vocal spotlight with the song he wrote from In Your Honor- “Cold Day in the Sun.” The acoustic set ended with “Everlong”-which arguably could be their best know song (actually made famous by their Howard Stern appearance a number of years ago). Then the show ended with the “great” moments previously mentioned with “Monkey Wrench” (a boot camp classic) and “All My Life”- which was the best song performed by far. As I was watching the crowd and when Mr. Grohl announced to the audience “Everybody Dance!!”- just then the spot light hit the crowd and what a sight-thousands of fans jumping and head banging at the same time. I decided then and there that is one of the best sights for me to see (and not just at their show, anyone’s show) and that sight is for so many people to be enjoying themselves at the same time. You don’t get that too often and at that moment I just felt a rush of the “wow factor.” I felt good for Dave and the boys.

They came back for 3 encores which included my new favorite song of the week “Long Road to Ruin” and ended with a fantastic version of “Best of You.” Overall a very good show and I love the fact that they are getting more popular-another sign that I’m getting old. When I was younger as soon as a band that I followed from the beginning became popular I dropped them like a hot potato. The Foos are at the top of their game right now and deservedly so.

Again I came across a song on my I-POD shuffle which made me go back and listen to the entire album and this time it was from The Cars. For those of you who know me a long time, you know quite well that one of my all time favorite bands is The Cars. They were one of the first bands that sucked me into this whole music thing going on here. For me, Ric, Ben, Elliot, Greg and David were synonymous with John, Paul… well you get the picture. Now I know you’ll be scratching your head on this one but I have to tell you I love their 3rd album “Panorama” released in 1980. Now I know their debut album and Candy-O are more popular and I’ll admit those two are better than Panorama but again this album is no slouch. (now keep in mind The Cars can do no wrong in my eyes). This disc gets panned by critics all the time but hey even Zep had their “III”- which we all know is not as bad as all the critics state. The Cars had two main singers, Ric Ocasek and Benjamin Orr. Mr. Orr passed away many years ago unfortunately. (now if you don’t know their voices,their classic pop hit “Who’s going to drive you home” is Ben Orr and “My Best Friend’s Girl” is Ocasek). Check out Mr. Orr’s vocals on the “Down Boys”- side 2, track 2 of Panorama. Awesome song. The one and only hit from this album is “Touch and Go” but after listening to this again I absolutely love “Getting Through,” “Gimme Some Slack” and “Don’t Tell Me Know.” My favorite track is “Misfit Kid”- just a totally cool song. One of the great things about the Cars were their harmonizing background vocals and you hear them throughout. The album ends with “Running to You” and “Up and Down” which are two solid solid tracks. I wanted to be in the Cars when I was a kid, I use to pretend I could air guitar lefty, as Elliot Easton is a lefty guitarist. These guys don’t get the respect they rightfully deserve. Buy any one of their first three albums- you won’t be disappointed. With Panorama you’ll have to buy the CD as I-Tunes only carries “Touch and Go” from this album. Sometimes I-Tunes screws up and in this case they have, its just not right.

AC DC back in the studio after an 8 year absence. New CD to follow and most likely a tour. \m/ \m/

Gene Simmons is in hot water with his live in girlfriend Shannon Tweed, apparently Gene has been caught on tape with another woman and its now on the internet.

Back on this day Florence Ballard of The Supremes died in 1976 of heart attack, at the age of 32. She had left The Supremes nine years earlier after her constant fights with Diana Ross. Ballard was replaced by Cindy Birdsong, and by the time of her death, Ballard had separated from her husband and was on welfare, having lost a multi-million dollar lawsuit against Motown Records. Ross attended the funeral, surrounded by several bodyguards.

Back on this day in 1989, the 31st Grammy awards for the first time featured a heavy metal category and remember when Jethro Tull beat out the boys from Metallica for best metal group? Still pissed about that. This fact was actually one of the million dollar question on Who Wants to a Millionaire back when Regis was the host.

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January 11, 2008

Weekly Update – 01/11/08

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

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

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

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

Other items:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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