Errols Weekly Music Update.

March 12, 2010

Weekly Update – 03/12/2010

Black Eyed Peas at the Prudential Center on Wed. Aug. 4. Pre-sale starts this morning at 10:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. tonight and password is TBEP312. General public on sale tomorrow at noon. $49.50 – $94. There is a 4 ticket limit per purchaser.

Tom Petty & Heartbreakers at the Madison Square Garden on Wed. July 28 and also at the Izod Center on Tues. Aug. 24. Pre-sale tickets for Citicard holders only (542418-thanks Chris!) on sale now until Sunday at 10:00 p.m. General public on sale this Mon. Mar. 15 at 10:00 a.m. Garden: $54, $79.50, $103.50 and $134.50. Izod: $49.50, $75 and $125. (“My Morning Jacket” will be opener at Izod, now word on opener for the Garden yet)Also there are “presale” passwords- Garden: HEPETTY; Izod: ACCESS. In addition Tom will be playing at the Comcast Theater (Hartford CT) on Tues. Aug. 17. Tickets on sale this Mon. March 15 at 10:00 a.m. (Live Nation Event).

Maxwell and Jill Scott at Madison Square Garden on Fri. June 25. Pre-sale tickets for Citicard holders only on sale now until 10:00 p.m. tonight. General public tickets on sale tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. $41.50, $71.50, $91.50, $106.50, $156.50 and $256.50. (The $256.50 is out of control, c’mon are you kidding me?) Pre-sale password for MSG: HEMAX

Sting with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the Mohegan Sun on Tues. July 6 and also appearing at the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts on Fri. July. 30. Mohegan: Pre-sale for American Express cardholders on now until Tues. Mar. 16 at 10:00 p.m. General public tickets on sale Mon. Mar. 22 at 10:00 a.m. Mohegan: $86 and $116; Bethel: Tickets on sale this Mon. Mar. 15 at 10:00 a.m. $42.10 (lawn) $70.70 (rear orchestra) $91.15-$162.80 (middle orchestra) $162.80-$193.50 (front orchestra).

Carole King and James Taylor have added another date at Madison Square Garden on Wed. June 30. Pre-sale tickets for American Express cardholders on now until 9:00 p.m. on Sun. Mar. 14. General public tickets on sale Mon. Mar. 15 at 9:00 a.m. $39.50, $89.50 and $154.50. Also appearing at the Prudential Center (The “Rock”) on Fri. June 25. Everything is the same as far as on sale and price information as The Garden.

Franki Valli & The Four Seasons at the Paramount Theater in Asbury Park NJ on Sat. May 29. Tickets on sale now. $49-$249. (Benefit for The Boys & Girls Clubs)

Iron Maiden at PNC Bank Arts Center on Sun. July 11. Tickets on sale next Sat. Mar. 20 at 10:00 a.m.(Live Nation Event).

Slash at the Music Box at The Borgata on Sat. May 22. Tickets on sale tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. (Live Nation Event)

Faith No More (reunited) will perform at the Williamsburg waterfront (North 8 street and Kent Avenue in Brooklyn) on Mon. July 5. Tickets on sale at noon on Fri. Mar. 19.

Jacob Dylan at the Town Hall on Wed. Apr. 21. Tickets on sale today at noon $40 and $65.

Hole at Terminal 5 on Tues. Apr. 27. Tickets on sale today at noon. $35 ($40 day of show).

Hot Chip at the Central Park Summer Stage on Wed. Aug. 4. Tickets on sale today at noon. $35.

Echo & The Bunnymen at The Fillmore New York at Irving Plaza on Sun. May 2. Tickets on tomorrow morning at 10:00 a.m. (Live Nation Event)

Other items:

Is there anyone else who misses seeing Paula Abdul on American Idol? Call me crazy but the show is not the same without her. Yes she did some goofy things and yes she said things where you would scratch your head while saying “what??!!” But you know something- I would rather hear her opinion than Ellen’s. No offense, I like Ellen as a talk show host and a comedian but she adds nothing to the show. How many times has she used the word “great” so far in her comments back to the contestants? Can she say anything else? She actually appears like a “deer in headlights” many times and it’s so unusual to see her that way, she always appears to be comfortable in her own skin (outside of “Idol”) but when she is asked for her opinion first-watch for that “look.” And now there seems to be a “wall” up between the judges, where lately it has pitted Randy & Ellen vs. Simon & Kara. Now Paula during her tenure “seemed” to be on Randy’s side most of the time and we all know she had her battles with Simon but she also agreed with Simon many times as well. But maybe my attention has shifted to the judges since, in my opinion, there has yet to be one competitor that stands out this year. (Ok except for the amazing performance of Michael Lynche on Wednesday night on his stellar cover of Kate Bush’s “This Woman’s Work” that had every one thinking Maxwell was “in the house.” It brought tears to Kara). Maybe Paula knew something………what’s going to happen once Simon leaves?

I was channel surfing last weekend and came across the show-“Celebrity Rehab” with Dr. Drew on VH1 where the episode focused on Mike Starr, the former bassist for Alice-In-Chains, who still feels lots of guilt for not calling the police when his former band mate Layne Staley (former lead singer for AIC) was sick and eventually was found dead from a drug overdose. Mike was the last person to see Layne and told the gut retching story of how Layne did not want him to call “911” for help. Apparently they had been on a bender and Mike left without calling police and said that he crashed at his mother’s place for two weeks without even knowing what had happened to his best friend. Layne’s mother, Nancy McCallum, came on the show and it was the first time he had seen her in 8 years; he did not want to face her because of the guilt. She informed him that it was not his fault and pleaded with the entire group of people on the show that if they didn’t come clean they would end up like Layne. I could feel her pain of losing a child seep into my entire body and it was very hard to watch and to a certain degree I agree with Jerry Cantrell (lead guitarist for AIC) who has blasted VH1 for putting a show like this on TV. I couldn’t totally agree because I watched it. Stories like those of Layne (the man had so much talent) intrigue me to no end, it’s such a shame what happened to him as well as countless others around the world. I hope and pray those affected can get better. In the future I will not be watching the show, it was too disturbing.

Grateful Dead fans now have two places to visit (one in New York and one in California) as a new exhibition about the band has just opened at the New York Historical Society and a much larger scale of public viewing of artifacts collected over the years will be displayed at the University of California in Santa Cruz. The NY exhibit will run until July 4.

Meatloaf’s new album-“Hang Cool Teddy Bear”- is due out on May 11. He has grabbed Steve Vai and Brian May to help him out on a few songs. Kara DioGuardi of American Idol fame has co-wrote and sings on “If I Can’t Have You.” Jack Black does a duet with Meat and he has also enlisted Justin Hakes (“The Darkness”) to write a few songs. Sounds pretty interesting, I just may have to check it out.

A new Paul Rodgers collection of greatest hits from his time with Free, Bad Company and The Firm as well as some other songs will be released on March 29. I-Tunes will carry this 26 song disc.

Miley Cyrus and Bret Michaels? Yes it’s true, the Poison front man has recorded a duet with Miley and the song is called “Nothing to Lose.” Miley asked to join Bret in the studio as he was re-working “Every Rose Has its Thorns” and he wanted to know if Miley wanted to hear some of his new songs. She heard this song and fell in love with it and asked Bret if she could sing it with him and he said yes. Look for it on You-Tube.

I know I’m a little late on this one but I like the new Ratt single-“Best of Me”-I have to give it to them they stayed true to their sound and if you close your eyes while you listen to it you would think that it’s 1988 all over again.

My favorite old school song of the week is “Everybody Loves a Clown” by Gary Lewis and the Playboys. Have to give it to Jerry’s son, this is a quality song. “They” don’t make songs like these anymore.

Album Review: “Valleys of Neptune” by Jimi Hendrix released on Mar. 9, 2010

Valleys Of Neptune

Ok finally it is now the tenth week of the “new” year (2010 for those paying attention) and I actually bought a “new” CD, albeit from someone who passed away in 1970. Yes it is songs that you probably are familiar with but with a different “spin” on the songs. If you are a “die-hard” Jimi Hendrix fan you probably have all these tracks in some way shape or form but according to his estate there are songs that have never been released before (don’t ask me I’m not which ones those are). If you want to complain about the estate releasing “demos” of songs go right ahead but I for one am completely and utterly intrigued by the rawness of this album-“Valleys of Neptune”- and it takes me to a place that a “polished” song can’t do, a place where you can hear the unbelievable talent of this individual. I am not a guitar aficionado by any stretch of the imagination but this album makes me stand up and agree with the countless others who have stated that Jimi Hendrix is/was the greatest guitarist this world has ever seen. Take a listen to “Lover Man” and let it blow you away-this song alone is worth the price of admission for the entire album- its mind numbing stuff. If you love “guitar rock” you will absolutely love this album and if you don’t I’ll refund your money. He does a blistering cover of “Sunshine of Your Love”- (“Cream”) which will knock your socks off and you will like this song again (meaning this version will make you appreciate this song after hearing the original 5 zillion times on the radio for the past 25 years or so). And as I listen to the entire album all I have to say is “OMG this is Grr8!!!” So even though this is not a new artist or a new album for 2010 it is by far the best recording released this year to date and I doubt anything will come close for the rest of the century (unless his estate finds some more recordings that we haven’t heard).

This scorching album starts off with a totally different approach to “Stone Free” that I dare say that you will not recognize the song until the chorus. It’s almost “jazzed up” a little bit and seems a bit faster than the original. (It also doesn’t have the “cow-bell” effect you hear on the original). If this is a “demo” than I want to hear every one of his takes on all his songs. There is a “sophistication” feel to it as you will snap your fingers and try to decide if you like this version better than the original. Also you can hear his every note as well as the bass and every crack of the drums along the crash of the cymbals. The title track of the album has been all over the “classic rock “ radio formats across the country including here in NY at Q104.3 and I for one had not heard this song before and I was immediately struck on how “contemporary” it felt. It has that classic Jimi feel to it and you will swear that you know it as you sway your head back and forth to the gripping groove that evokes memories of the late 1960’s when it seemed like the greatest music of every genre was recorded. This is good stuff people. Track # 3-“Bleeding Heart”-starts off with Jimi singing with his guitar before he actually starts using his voice- the music exudes from every part of his being. The track has some “giddy-up” to it and you will be “air-guitaring” to this bad boy for the entire six minutes or so. Yes this has a “hippie” feel to it as you might think you are back in the country muddy fields in New York in August of 1969. Listen to his numerous solos and you can begin your “Wayne’s World” bows at any time and I’ll use a “Visa” commercial word- “Priceless.” The next song-“Hear My Train a Comin’”- is a psychedelic blues trip and I can say that Van Halen was listening to this track when they recorded “Fools” as the beginning of this track from “Women & Children First” sounds eerily similar to this song. (although since it was never released before.. but anyway you get my drift). OK I must say that I now know where Led Zeppelin received their claim to fame by having their infamous sound where Robert Plant sings alongside Jimmy Page’s guitar except Jimi Hendrix does it all by himself in one package. Listen to the unbelievable way his guitar follows his voice and vice-versa, truly a spectacular thing to listen to. His guitar sears with such a passion it’s almost like the guitar is alive- similar to all those entertainers who perform with as a ventriloquist. “Mr. Bad Luck” is almost Chuck Berry like and has a “Fire” feel to it as well. As Jimi takes off with his guitar solo you are thinking to yourself that this album is only a “quarter” over and if they only released these five songs it is worth the money.

But you know it’s only going to get better right? As mentioned above the cover of “Sunshine of Your Love” begins and right out of the gate it seems like Jimi is telling Eric-here…this is how you play it (no offense to Clapton as I totally recognize his mastery on guitar) as he immediately takes over the song with his guitar and before you know it two minutes have passed by and as the song trends into a “Steppenwolf” feel to it (think the long psychedelic version of “Magic Carpet Ride”) as the same verse is seemingly repeated over and over but you don’t seem to mind because you want more because you can’t wait to hear what is next. As a matter of fact the almost seven minute song will go by and you won’t even realize that he doesn’t even sing on the track-oh wait- his guitar does, I told you it was alive. The aforementioned “Lover Man” is the best song on the album in my opinion. There is no other way to listen to this song but VERY LOUDLY!!! This scorching number will make you forget all about the winter as again you will be taken back to that great summer of 1969. Music is meant to move you and if this song doesn’t move you, well then you need to check yourself at the door. This is FREAKIN’ PHENOMENAL!!! Like I said if this is the demo, then give me more. “Ships passing through the Night” makes you realize why artists such as the late Stevie Ray Vaughn and contemporary artist like John Mayer must have listened to songs like this from Jimi because some of their sound emulates the vibe in this track. I would go as far as saying this is the type of song that created the “jam band”-think of every current band that you know to be a jam band- and just like I realized with the Mighty Zep-it started with Hendrix, there’s no denying it. “Fire” sounds almost the same as the original-it doesn’t have the “big” sound that the version on “Are You Experienced” has and the one thing that clearly stands out for me are the background vocals (Noel Redding?) which seem to creep along side the big sound from Jimi’s guitar and voice. By the way, Mitch Mitchell is all over the place on the drums, if you want to take up drumming listen to him jam away on this tune and you will want to start taking lessons tomorrow. “Red House”- (also from “Experienced”) will put you in a “blues bar” in no time as you will pucker your upper lip as you air-guitar (remember he’s a “lefty” so turn it around) and feel that sweet sensation enter your body as you become as possessed as Jimi was when he recorded it. This is about five minutes longer than the original version but you won’t notice because you will be totally engulfed and mesmerized by Jimi- he could have made lots of money being a “hypnotist.”You get the feeling that this was all Jimi wanted to do was play guitar and jam with his buddies.

“Lullaby for Summer” picks up the pace again as Jimi appears to be very focused in nailing down the arrangement of this track. I betcha Joe Satriani or Steve Vai must have been listening to this sort of track while they were growing up because again-Jimi started it all and did it all- the “Babe Ruth” of guitar land. Welcome to the land of Jimi were admission is free (Ok.. ten bucks) but the ride will take you to a place where you’ve never been and no there will not be that guy there to turn the ride off, so lock yourself in and enjoy. Again before you know it, the song is over and it was only the guitar that sang. “Crying Blue Rain” is a slow trudging blues fest that again if you are not careful you will be totally hypnotized. With almost two minutes left in the track he really picks up the pace and is off to the races. Another song ends with out him singing a word (he hums in this song but no words). Now admittedly there are no words sung from “Lullaby for Summer” onwards and if you can not listen to just guitar for 4 straight songs, it might be monotonous for you. (Think of Harrison’s “All Things Must Pass” album where the second side has at least 40 minutes of just guitar riffs and solos-again if you can listen to songs with no words then you will have no issues, especially if you love to listen to the guitar-who better than Jimi?) The last two tracks-“Slow Version” and “Trash Man”- are just straight out knockout displays of his awesome talents, perfect for a summer night out on the deck listening with people who love heavy guitar work.

“Valleys of Neptune” has fourteen tracks and the first eleven flew by for me as the mixture of Jimi with his voice and guitar (along with the drums and bass-how can I leave those guys out?) coupled with the “new takes” on songs that I was pretty familiar with, left me with this feeling of wanting more. Now the last three songs kind of made me feel like I was at Woodstock-even though I wasn’t- and as with George Harrison’s “Pass” album I know I will really have to be in the mood to listen to almost 20 minutes of just straight guitar. (Do you know what I’m saying?). In no way am I saying it’s not good-just the opposite-his playing is unbelievable and when he gets in that zone forget it, you will be reeled in “hook, line and sinker!!!” It’s just hard for me to be in that zone unless I see the artist live as opposed to listening in my car or on the train. Anyways, the guitar aficionado will absolutely love this album and even the most die-hard Jimi fan (who has every Jimi song there is) will be glad they purchased this. This album is a “buy!!”


My I-Pod shuffle this week kept playing songs from two artists that I like very much, so I decided to take these two entities-The Guess Who and Eddie Money– and put down my favorite five songs each to create this week’s top ten. Now there is no rhyme or reason for putting these two together, it really was just that I kept hearing songs from both on the shuffle. Now if there is one similarity, these two bands, in my mind, represent the “underdog” in the sense that neither get the “full” recognition that they deserve. I am not going to sit here and say they were the greatest bands ever but each has put their stamp on the rock music world in their own way and made some pretty awesome songs along the way. As I have always maintained on this page, The Guess Who were (are) a very talented band that created some of the best tunes during the late 1960’s/early 1970’s but for some reason it seems to slip everyone’s mind when it comes to naming the best songs of that era. (I acknowledge that there were “zillions” of songs to choose from in that time period). I will say that two of my favorite artists-Lenny Kravitz and Telsa- did not forget and paid homage to them by performing “American Woman” (for all you youngsters out there- Lenny was not the first) and “Hand Me Down World” and both were done with respect along with brilliance, in my opinion. It’s a shame that the tandem of Burton Cummings and Randy Bachman could not stay together because their fusion was awesome but their differences led to Randy leaving to form Bachman Turner Overdrive, or “BTO.” Eddie Money to me is the “blue collar” rock and roll guy who just seemed (seems) to have a blast making his music and make no mistake his song “Baby Hold On” blasted him on to the scene in the late 1970’s and he held the attention of many fans well into the 1980’s. Actually he is still touring today and like I said, this stuff just comes natural to him-this is what he was born to do. So here goes again- this time I’m on the same island and am told that I can have ten songs but has to be split in half between Eddie and The Guess Who- “these are the five” from each”

Eddie Money

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5.     We Should Be Sleeping-Check out the beginning of this song and if you are a Van Halen fan you would think that the beginning riffs were part of Eddie’s repertoire- as a matter of fact I would say that it sounds very similar to “In N Out” from the Hagar years, now again- just the beginning. Not for nothing but this song rocks and is pretty heavy, almost “head-bang” like as it is pretty hard not to snap your head up and down to this tune. (And of course it has the obligatory “hand claps” throughout, no cowbell but the claps). The keyboards are also a mainstay of Eddie’s music and it follows the guitar beautifully in the background while the hammering drums have to get you off your feet. Mr. Money is on the money with this tune.

4.     Shakin’ –You know how with certain songs, you hear it and you are immediately reminded of where you were at a particular time and place. Well when I hear this song I am riding in a car with a friend Steve (back in the early 1980’s) as we were helping my uncle Gary move from the Bronx to Middletown NY. I remember thinking that this guy-Eddie Money- really has some good songs and I needed to pay attention to him because he had that “something.” He knows how to rock, he knows how to roll and just flat out have a good time. The funky groove in this song has to make your body gyrate, how can it not? “She was shakin’.. snapping her fingers.. that girl was shakin’..” I love the “stop and go” parts that lead up to the “shakin’.” Don’t kid yourself folks, there is some nice guitar work on this piece. “I love that little girl and I just can’t get enough.. shakin’.. snapping her fingers..” The only way to listen to this song is LOUD!!!

3.     Think I’m In Love– “Ooh something’s got a hold on me now..” Boy do I love this track. This song moves and is a perfect track for your next workout, especially a Spin class-this will get you out of your seat as you blaze up the hills or on a breakaway. The guitar solo is righteous and you need to have a great set of headphones to feel this one- you want to get closer to the tune, so if you squeeze it into your ears it will have a shorter trip to your heart as it will pump faster push into your blood stream. That’s what happens to me when I listen to it.

2.     Walk on Water-This came up on the I-Pod shuffle while we were all cleaning the house and I was like “wow this guy is good.” (Of course I had to rewind it to hear it again) and that is what set me off on the Eddie Money kick- that’s all it took, so you know I love the I-Pod shuffle. The drums really stand out in this song as well as the hand-claps to accentuate the driving beat and the guitar work is not too shabby if I say myself. Now one thing I have not mentioned is the vocals of Mr. Money- he has a perfect voice for these songs- it is very distinctive. It’s a passionate cry to make that someone special believe in his love for them, you can feel it pour out of him as he pleads for forgiveness. He really makes some fun songs and this one shines brightly as you can not help but sing and dance all over the place.

1.     Baby Hold On– In my opinion, this is one of the greatest rock and roll songs ever written. It doesn’t matter how many times I have heard throughout the years, any time I hear the opening notes I know I am going to enjoy the next three minutes and thirty two seconds. C’mon you know you have “air-drummed” to this song, don’t deny it. “..Baby what’s these things you’ve been saying about me behind my back?” You can’t help but sing along to this song it’s so addictive. The groove is infectious while the arrangement is of top quality. When the part of the song comes when it’s just Eddie and the drums well, is there anything cooler? “I said Ugh.. hold on.. Ugh hold to me tighter.. whatever will be will be..” This is so sweet and deserves to be mentioned as one of the best songs of the 1970’s. \m/ \m/

The Guess Who

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5.     Undun This reminds me of a smoky jazz bar for some reason, the music sounds very sophisticated and the vocals by Mr. Cummings are phenomenal. This definitely has that “’’60’s” feel to it especially when the flute breaks in, takes me back to Woodstock-Ok I wasn’t at Woodstock- but you know what I mean. This also has a “Blood Sweat and Tears” feel to it so again I can picture the beatniks in the back of a dark smoky bar room just groovin’ to this powerful arrangement. Fantastic song.

4.     American Woman-Now I refuse to listen to the “radio” version where they cut out the first minute and fifteen seconds of the song which sounds totally different from what you are all use to listening to. The bluesy beginning where Burton spells out “ I say A.. I say M..”- I love that part. Now for a Canadian band to write this song it really was a slap in the face to the American woman but yet we all sing it with the same fervor as he does; why? Because the song rocks!!! This is probably their most popular song and with no offense to Lenny (who I also love to listen to) –the original version of this song is still the best.

3.     Hand Me Down World– After Randy Bachman left the group, Burton brought in two guitarists-Greg Leskiw and Kurt Winter – and Mr. Winter assisted Mr. Cummings in the writing of this fantastic song. Talk about a sing-along song? I can sing the chorus over and over- “Don’t give no hand me down shoes.. don’t give me no hand me down love..”- Burton has some voice and the “sliding” guitar sound is the signature in this song. If you listen closely you can hear almost every drum beat by Garry Peterson, the recording is excellent. As I mentioned Tesla covered this on their “Real to Reel” album and does an awesome rendition but again I have to stay with the original. Great tune.

2.     No Time– This song first appeared on their “Canned Wheat” album which was released in 1969 but was redone for its placement on their classic “American Woman” album in 1970 and had much more success. Either way, this track was very progressive and ahead of its time in my opinion. Again Mr. Peterson’s drumming skills stands out as he keeps the pace of the tune in check and how about the vocals and background vocals on this track? This may be their best song ever recorded. I love the guitar work by Bachman and again Burton does a phenomenal job with his voice as you can hear his passion shine brightly. This song has both a “rock” appeal as well as a “pop” sound that landed its way onto popular radio and has never looked back. You can hear this song on an “oldies” station as well as a “classic” rock station. This has to be in your music library.

1.     No Sugar Tonight / New Mother Nature– Bachman actually wrote the “No Sugar Tonight” part while Burton had chalked up the “New Mother Nature”-they did it separately and then mixed in the two songs because their record company thought the “No Sugar” was too short, so since they had both written in the key of F#-they merged the songs. Now the story behind “No Sugar” was Bachman was walking down a street in California and was soon confronted by three “tough guys” but out of the blue a car pulled up to the men as a woman screamed out the window at one of the men. Two of them scampered away as the third guy slinked into the woman’s car, Randy said the last thing he heard her say was “And there will be no sugar for you tonight!!!” The record company forced him to change the lyrics to “in my coffee” and “in my tea” so as to make the sexual innuendos less noticeable. Anyways the “bridge” from “No Sugar” to “New” is nothing short of spectacular and in my opinion turned into their ultimate masterpiece. Not for nothing but Burton has to be considered way up there in terms of being one of the best rock and roll singers of the 1960’s and 1970’s, his vocals along with the immensely talented musicianship makes this their best song ever. (I said “American Woman” may be their most popular song but this is their best song). I can listen to this all day long.

Trivia Questions

Answers from last week:

1.     To blast the press which took a false story about Ann and Nancy and ran with it.

2.     False it was another “Guns” guitarist-Gilbey Clarke

3.     Ten

4.     Johhny Cash, Waylon Jennings and Kris Kristofferson

This week’s trivia (Eddie Money, Guess Who)-

1.     Name two televison sitcoms that Eddie Money appeared as himself.

2.     True or False: Eddie Money plays the saxophone.

3.     What popular movie has both versions of American Woman in it? (Guess Who and Lenny Kravitz versions).

4.     What DJ did The Guess Who pay homage to by writing a song about him? (Hint: He also appeared on an episode of “The Odd Couple” TV show).

Name That Tune

Answers from last week:

1.     “On the Road Again”- Willie Nelson

2.     “The Old Man Down the Road”-John Fogerty

3.      “Roadhouse Blues”-The Doors

4.     “The Long and Winding Road”- The Beatles

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

1.“ can dance.. you can jive.. having the time of your life.. see that girl… watch that scene…”

2.“..automatic.. systematic.. full of color self contained.. tuned and gentle to your vibes.. captivating.. stimulating…”

3.“..everybody here is out of sight.. they don’t bark and they don’t bite.. they keep things loose.. they keep it tight…”

4.“..crazy ways are evident.. in the way that you’re wearing your clothes.. sippin’ booze is precedent.. as the evening starts to glow…”

Back on this Day

Back on this day in 1974, John Lennon and Harry Nilsson were both ejected from the popular Troubadour club in Los Angeles for being drunk and causing a disturbance during a performance by Tom Smothers.

Back on this day in 1969, Paul McCartney married Linda Eastman at the Marylebone Registry Office in London. John, George and Ringo did not attend. Has to be a tough day for Paul.

Back on this day in 1975, Alex Lifeson married his longtime girlfriend Charlene and they are celebrating their 35 anniversary. Congrats to both.

Back on this day in 2003, the Chinese government ordered the Rolling Stones not to play such classics as “Brown Sugar,” “Beast of Burden,” “Let’s Spend the Night Together” and “Honky Tonk Woman” for their upcoming concerts. These shows were cancelled anyway due to the breakout of SARS.

If it is your birthday today, you share the same birth date with James Taylor, Paul Katner (Jefferson Airplane), Mike Gibbins (Badfinger) and Steve Harris (Iron Maiden).


February 26, 2010

Weekly Update – 02/26/2010

Tom Petty at Madison Square Garden on Wed. July 28. (No opener announced as of yet) Also appearing at the Izod Center on Tues. Aug. 24. (My Morning Jacket is opener) Tickets on sale Mon. Mar. 8. More info to follow. His new album-“Mojo” will be released this spring. The first single-“Good Enough”- is available to listen to on his website. The tour begins in May starting in Raleigh North Carolina. The first part of the tour will have Joe Cocker as the opener. The Drive By Truckers, Crosby, Stills & Nash, ZZ Top and My Morning Jacket will also be openers. Lots of dates everywhere, so look on his website for further information.

Thom Yorke with his new band (no he did not leave Radiohead)-Atoms for Peace- will be at the Roseland Ballroom on Mon. & Tues. April 5 & 6. Tickets on sale this coming Tues. Mar. 2. (this is what it says on Radiohead’s website but Ticketmaster has next Fri. Mar. 5) at 10:00 a.m.$48.

Dave Matthews Band at The Bethel Woods Center for the Arts in Bethel NY on Tues. July 13. Tickets on sale this morning at 10:00 a.m. $46.75 (lawn) $86.05 (everywhere else). Also appearing at Comcast Theater in Hartford CT on Fri. & Sat. May 28 & 29. Tickets on sale this morning at 10:00 a.m. $40.50 and $75.

Sheryl Crow at Hammerstein Ballroom (for Nature Conservancy) on Mon. Mar. 22. Tickets on sale this Mon. Mar. 1 at 10:00 a.m. $50 – $62.50 (Note: Tickets have to be purchased in multiples of 2).

Echo & The Bunnymen at The Fillmore New York at Irving Plaza on Sat. May 1. Tickets on sale this morning at 10:00 a.m. $38 (standing room only)

Sharon Jones & The Dapkings at the Apollo Theater on Sat. May 1. Tickets on sale this morning at 10:00 a.m.$37.50

Vampire Weekend at Radio City Music Hall on Wed. Sept. 15. Tickets on sale today at noon. $39.50.

Gossip at Terminal 5 on Fri. Apr. 30. Tickets on sale today at noon. $27.50 ($30 day of show).

Hot Tuna and Steve Earle at The Performing Arts Center at Purchase College on Sat. July 24. Tickets on sale this morning at 10:00 a.m. $45 and $55 (includes a $2.50 parking fee).

Lupe Fiasco at The Fillmore New York at Irving Plaza on Sat. Apr. 10. Tickets on sale today at noon. (Live Nation Event)

Other items:

Last week I mentioned to you about the passing of Brandon Flower’s mother and I received an e-mail from a friend, Dave (even though we have never met, our connection is music, especially Cheap Trick-and a mutual friend-“99”) and he enlightened me to the fact on the Killers album-“Day & Age”- that Brandon had written a story about his mother’s battle with brain cancer. The song-“A Dustland Fairytale”- is a heart wrenching song (even though the pace of the song would not make you think it was a plea for his mother to hang on) about the way his parents met at a young age but his dad takes off and now years later his mom is suffering with her plight. And Dave is right “this is one of the most powerful, sad/touching songs” that I have heard. Thanks Dave, this has now become my favorite “Killers” song.

Finally, all the nonsensical talk of replacing Steven Tyler as the lead singer of Aerosmith will now end as Tyler has rejoined the band. “I just auditioned and got the gig” joked Steven as Aerosmith is planning a European tour this summer. Now the earth is back on a level axis, did you feel it shift back to the right place? Whew, thank goodness they didn’t replace him.

My favorite “Nu Metal (?)” song of the week belongs to Korn with their super cool “Twisted Transistor.” This song came up on my I-Pod shuffle while I was shoveling (for those of you not in the North-East it feels like it’s been snowing, sleeting & raining since last year’s holiday season, especially this past week, it seems like the most precipitation ever) the extremely heavy snow (I guess a good sign that spring is coming right? C’mon we need something to look forward to) and I had to keep repeating this song to keep me going. Who knows maybe my neighbors thought I was wacked out as I had to take breaks in between trying to dance and air-guitar. In my opinion, this is their best song!!

The first single from the last Scorpion’s studio album –“Sting in the Tail”-is “Raised on Rock” and is a salute to the bands in the 1960’s that the band grew up on. After my initial listen to the song, the first thing that came to mind is how “polished” it is and sounds closer to a-dare I say- “pop” song. This has a definitive “radio” feel to it, that said-I like it and the Scorpion fan will as well.

Kris Allen’s version of “Let It Be” on American Idol was actually fantastic. I was amazed on how well he performed it-every single artist takes a huge chance when they dare to cover a Beatles song. You can purchase it on I-Tunes and all proceeds with go to the Haitian Relief Fund.

The Stone Temple Pilots will release their first album (self titled) in nine years and it is due out on Tues. May 25. There was a listening party earlier this week in New York City and reports have it that Scott Weiland looked the best he has in years. Reports are that the music is “Beatle-esque harmonies with hard rocking melodies and astonishing singing by Weiland.” I, for one, can’t wait for this to come out. Weiland belongs in STP and STP only, forget Velvet-this is his home.

A new Pantera’s greatest hits will be released on Mar. 30. “1990-2000 a Decade of Domination” will actually be released through Wal-Mart. This marks the first time that Walmart is selling a Pantera album and the record is “un-cut,” so very surprising that Walmart is doing this now. Something’s fishy, I don’t get it. There has to be something wrong here…..

A Rush documentary is supposedly going to be released in May. I will keep you posted.

Congratulations to seventy-one year old Louie Sulcer of Georgia as he downloaded the 10 billionth song off of I-Tunes. For spending $0.99 on a Johnny Cash song- “Guess Things Happen That Way”- Louie receives $10,000 I-Tunes gift card. Sweet.

Taylor Hawkins, drummer for Foo Fighters, will release his second solo effort with his band-Taylor Hawkins & Coattail Riders– on April 19 and the album is called “Red Light Fever.” It will feature guest appearances from Elliot Easton (of The Cars!! Yes see below about this great guitarist) along with Brian May and Roger Taylor of Queen. Ok yes Mr. Grohl is helping out as well.

Alice Cooper & Rob Zombie have hooked up for a limited U.S. tour beginning in May. (sort of like “Frankenstein” vs. “Wolfman”, huh?) I will keep you posted if they hit the Tri-State area. I am in for this one. \m/ \m/

The White Stripes will release a live album-“Under Great White Northern Lights (Live)”-on Mar. 16. Should be most excellent.

Album Review: “Candy-O” by The Cars; released on June 13, 1979.


Last Sunday I was riding in my car when I heard the first few notes of “Let’s Go” by The Cars (“I-95” Rock Radio out of Danbury CT) and it really had “been such a long time” (“Since I Held You”) since I have heard this track; I immediately turned up the volume while seemingly driving “Back to The Future” as I recalled my youth when The Cars were my ultimate band. Ahh, the good ole days, not for nothing but 1979 was a great year in music for me and this album, without a doubt, was the highlight.(no not just for the cover, the music baby!!) Fast forward back to the present, I have been laboring for some time now to prove to both my sons’ that The Cars in their “heyday” had the “wow factor” but they still haven’t come around, especially my youngest. But for those of us who were in our early teenage years, The Cars represented a change from what was on the radio; some called it “new wave,” others referred to it a “Pop” and “All I Can Do” is sit here to tell you that no matter what you call it- these guys were real good. (“great”- in my opinion). This band was one of my early favorites which I know everyone can relate because all of us probably have a special place in their hearts for their “firsts” and now when I hear them, it’s not that I forgot about them but reminded again of their splendor as well as taking me back to a very special time in my life-being a teenager. I had “discovered” The Cars a year earlier in their phenomenal debut album and they followed up with this “most excellent” disc. If you have neither album, you again, are truly missing out. There is not one bad song on either disc, so without further adieu here is my take on the Cars second studio album-“Candy-O:” (All songs written by Ric Ocasek by the way on this one)

Side one starts off with the aforementioned “Let’s Go”; David Robinson crashes his drums and cymbals as Greg Hawkes and Elliot Easton each enter the fray with their keyboards and guitar to make one of the more distinctive beginnings to a song-you immediately know it’s The Cars before Benjamin Orr begins to sing-“She’s driving away, with her dim lights on..” Is it simple-maybe yes Ok but sometimes simple is the best way to approach things. One thing about the Cars is that all five members can be heard on most of their songs-on this track you can hear the very addicting keyboards of Mr. Hawkes, while Ocasek and Easton set the rhythm with their masterful guitar work and Orr does a great job on bass with Robinson keeping the pace up with his very fun drumming. You have to admit this is a fun song and isn’t what that one of the main functions of music? Connecting with other people to bring joy to their tough everyday job we call life, music is an escape and why not make it fun sometimes? (or all the time). This song was a mainstay on the radio back in 1979 into 1980 and deservedly so, this is classic. “Since I Held You” is one of The Cars best songs and probably lesser known to the non-fan base, so if you are unfamiliar with it-you need to jump all over it. The arrangement highlights Easton’s unheralded talents on guitar and Ocasek’s vocals just may be the best there has ever been on a Cars record. “I really love the way you talk, I don’t mind saying so..” The song has a few twists and turns that flow so perfectly that you will soon be singing this song all day long. “It’s been a long time, since I held you” as Easton’s guitar lick follows flawlessly in the background. Excellent tune. Track #3-“It’s All I Can Do”- again showcases Easton’s ability on guitar-especially the solo, it’s so “money.” How can anyone not like this song? I find it impossible as the melody is so relaxing, so refreshing as this could be one of Benjamin Orr’s best job on vocals. “You wait in the wing like a Saturday flirt” –Ocasek had some writing style, didn’t he? Love his lyrics on most every song he wrote. Before you know it this song is over and that to me signals how good a tune is-it’s over in a flash. This song has such a special meaning for me, especially the part “I cancelled my flight from going nowhere..” The next track-“Double Life” could be my favorite on the album, it sounds so psychedelic as Ocasek’s voice sounds so far away as the song begins but then he surrounds your ears as it appears that he has run up to the microphone to exemplify the “space-like” sound coming from the rest of the band. (Think –“Talking Heads”). As the song progresses, you really have to wonder why Mr. Easton wasn’t considered one of the best guitarists at the time as again his solo is breathtaking, they may be short but they are not simple. Almost feels like they recorded this song in a tunnel. Another thing that totally stands out is the background vocals that compliment Ocasek’s lead vocals which is sung in an almost robotic style. Now speaking of robotic, the next song-“Shoo Be Doo”- feels like it was created in “outta space” as Greg Hawkes makes these psychedelic noises with his keyboards that is something totally different from anything you have ever heard. This track is so great, I love what they do to Ocasek’s voice-“ Don’t you tell me what to do… Dooo..” they have that “echo” effect nailed down perfectly. The only bad part about this tune is that it’s only a little more than a minute and a half long as the first side comes to an electrifying end with the explosive title track- “Candy-O.” This is “head-banging” music in my mind because of the driving beat of the song. Again Easton is all over this album he lays down an awesome solo during the middle, all the while Hawkes is making these “asteroid” type noises (remember that video game?) with his keyboards. Next time you listen to this song just focus on Greg’s part- (do you ever do that to a song? It’s like when you go to a football game and on the kick-off you focus your eyes on one player the whole time until the play is over-you get an appreciation of the talent level)- he is all over the place, like a mad scientist. Admittedly, this band does exhibit that sort of “nerdy” type of image (I could see these guys, especially Ocasek, on a guest role on the CBS hit “Big Bang Theory”) but they can rock with the best of them and this song would be “Exhibit A.”

Side two starts off with probably the best song on the entire album-“Night Spots.” If I had to pick a song to best describe The Cars (for those who don’t know them too well) I would have to point to this track. It has everything-that “new wave” (at least that’s what it was called back in the late 1970’s and early ‘80’s) feel to it-especially Hawkes work on the keyboards (again focus on just him and you’ll be amazed on his talent) as well as that classic Ocasek sound-again nearly robotic but he has a human touch as you can feel his passion. Now then please focus on the electric guitar work by Elliot, listen how he trails seemingly in the background but his talent puts him at the forefront. If you really keen in on just his part you will hear exactly what I’m talking about and when he blasts off with that “out of this world” guitar solo well there you have it folks-the rock and roll part of the Cars. When the song gets to the end I can sing the part “It’s just an automatic line” all day long- how addictive is that part? Track # 2 on side 2 is the funky “You Can’t Hold on Too Long.” Benjamin Orr is flat out phenomenal on this track with his vocals. The song starts off with that “Asteroid” effect as Easton takes over with a short guitar intro but quickly hands it off to Orr- “you’re looking for kicks there’s nothing around..” This is such a fantastic tune to listen to with your head phones, I hate to keep saying it but follow Greg throughout every song. Now the bad part about these ground breaking songs is that they are too short, my only complaint- you blink and their over. Now admittedly years ago I would tend to skip over the next song-“Lust for Kicks”- because I couldn’t wait to get to “Got a Lot on My Head” and felt like this song was too slow. But years later as I went back to this album I found myself repeatedly playing this song over and over. In the middle they sort of have that Beatles moment in Sgt. Peppers when you hear an audience laughing and clapping. The song is simple yes but has quite an appeal factor. Ocasek’s vocals pull me in as well as Hawkes “effortless” sounding work. Now throughout every song I have to give “props” to Mr. David Robinson on the skins as his work does not go unnoticed, in fact it stands out in most all the songs. He starts off the blazing- “Got a Lot”- along with Easton on guitar, this duo were far too under-rated in my opinion. Now I believe (before my computer went bonkers) that this song was the most played in my I-Tunes library. Ask my boys, one day my youngest came over to the computer room and asked me how many times I was going to play that “stupid” song. (Yes I took care of that misguided statement). There were so many times (back in the 1980’s)I imagined myself being Elliot Easton up on stage while jumping on top of my bed air-guitaring to this song as the volume of the record player reached exorbortant heights-of course my dad wasn’t home, my mom was though. The last track-“Dangerous Type” is one of their best and well known songs. It has been played on the classic rock radio format for so many years and continues to be a fan favorite. Again all these guys shine as their individual parts creates one of the best “team” sounds that the music world has ever seen. Yes that’s what I’m saying- it’s enough already, the lack of respect these guys get. In my mind, this band was one of the best-if not the best- during the period that ran from 1978-1983 for their “genre” of music. “Dangerous Type” exemplifies this fact, as this is one of their masterpieces. I love this band!!!

The Cars, in my opinion, are often over-looked as a “super power” and maybe that had something to do towards the end of their career when I believe there was extreme pressure on them from the record companies to create those massive “hits” which left some believing that they were sort of this “pop” band, which is unfair. Yes they had the radio friendly songs like “Tonight She Comes” and “Drive” but you can’t forget about “Bye Bye Love” and “Candy-O.” When they veered off and made the music they wanted on the album-“Panorama”- the sales didn’t follow (but yet to me that album is fantastic) so they had to go back “on course” with the popular stuff. It’s a weird phenomena, when a band puts out their debut album it’s typically music that is really embedded from within and it’s songs that the artist wants to put out there. They don’t know if the album will take off and once it does, then all the pressure from the “money grabbers” comes down and they start to dictate to the artist what to play. Meanwhile, it’s their music that put them there in the first palce and as they try to create more, they are directed back to the same formula which we all know, the public will get full of at some point. Or in the case of many, artists can never top their debut (see “Guns & Roses’). And that is a long winded explanation of what I think happened to the Cars (I could be wrong) but “Candy-O” is no sophomore slump, this album is the “real deal” and doesn’t have one filler. (even “Shoo Be Doo” so don’t say it). You need to have this in your library. And in my opinion, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame should clear one shelf-in some way shape or form- for this band from Boston because they deserve to be in just based on this album alone-as well as their debut.


Image of Tesla

This week’s I-Pod shuffle landed on “Look @ Me” by Telsa and just like a few weeks ago when I finally sat down to write down my top ten songs by the Mighty Zep-this has been the other “elephant in the room” with its trunk hanging over my shoulder as a constant reminder that I need to “step up to the plate” and let the readers of this page know my favorite Tesla songs which has to be limited to ten. I really don’t want to do this because when I listen to Tesla, it’s basically every song on every album-so have your pick because in my opinion they have not ever made a bad album. Now for those of you out there who don’t know Tesla you’re probably going to skip right over this and for those who put them into the “hair-band” era, (I don’t even acknowledge that ridiculous implication) you too might skip over this. But for those “in the know”-you will acknowledge how hard this task is. For some reason, there are many of you out there that don’t get the greatness of this band or even worse don’t acknowledge their existence. But you know what, maybe the songs I write here (which many of you will not know) will get you to explore this “so underrated” band and not think of them as a one hit wonder group with the classic-“Signs”-(which is a cover of the “Five Man Electrical Band”).

I was introduced to this California group way back in 1986 when they opened for David Lee Roth (he had just split with VH) at the Nassau Coliseum and sometimes I don’t watch the openers but when they played their first song I thought to myself-“wow these guys sound good.” As the show progressed I was blown away and immediately became of fan, ran out to purchase “Mechanical Resonance” and the rest my friends as they say “is history”-I was hooked. Now these guys did run into some issues and did not make an album for ten years but that break did wonders for them because they are back now (“Into the Now” is freaking phenomenal) stronger than ever and just doing what they do best-make music. Even their “covers” (see “Real to Reel”) are done with the respect that the original artist would appreciate and if you have those two discs you’ll see the wide range of the musical taste that shaped and influenced their career. There are many singers that I wanted to be when I was growing up (and still to this day wish I could be them) and Jeff Keith has always been someone who I wish I could step into his role for a tour or so. His passion is something that I have always felt when I listen to their songs and yes his voice can hit that “high” note that sometimes dogs can only hear but that only shows me how much he puts his entire body and soul into in what he loves to do. Songs like “Only You” should make you stand up and take notice that the man can sing. Now the musicianship that backs Mr. Keith up is in my opinion one of the most talented bands to ever come out of CA and the U.S. for that matter. This band gives you their all on every note and every verse and has been for a very long time. So with that Tesla I salute you and like I said I could pick whole albums, never mind just ten songs but I will stick to the ship that I have constructed. Here they are “coming atcha live” my top ten songs by Tesla:

10.     Getting Better Everyday-As I eliminated song after song to get my top ten, this tune narrowly beat out “In a Hole Again” from their latest “Forever More” and my oldest son kept pushing me to stick to my guns with my picks while imploring me to stay true to what I really love. He is right and I remember the first time I heard “Getting Better” I was thinking OK this is going to be a fine, nice, slow acoustic song but then BOOM- “Ahh it’s getting better now everyday” as the blazing, blaring guitar duo of Frankie Hannon and Tommy Skeoch really push this song into overdrive as the pace kicks into gear like no other song you have heard. It’s like riding the “Cyclone” (in Coney Island) as you approach the first hill, there is that second of silence and then it’s on. If you have seen their live shows you know this is one of the many crowd favorites as everyone sings while dancing around in a circle waving their fists-“Getter Better!!!”- This band has always pointed out the positive in life and this is one for the ages. “Soon the sun will shine through my window..” I’m hoping for all of us that day is coming soon!!!

9.     Flight to Nowhere.-So many great songs to choose from “The Great Radio Controversy” and believe me again as I narrowed the list down to ten there were more than a few that I knocked off from this classic. The reason why this song remains is I think this song depicts what Tesla is all about. The arrangement is spectacular as it portrays this band as one that can take it down but when it comes back up-watch out-these boys can rock with the best of them and the labor of love contributed by the guitarists accompanied by their incredible talent results in one of their most scorching tunes ever recorded. ‘Nuff said.

8.      Changes– This song takes me back to my early days for the Standard & Poor’s men’s softball team as you can probably tell from the passion that I have for this band that I latched on to “Mechanical Resonance” and could not stop listening to it. To get me pumped up for the games I would put my CD player on, squeeze the headphones to my ears as I rode the #1 train up to Columbus circle and even though this track is slow it does pick up the pace and it became my “go to” song before games. Tesla unleashes a passion from within me that I can not explain and Jeff Keith does a phenomenal job on vocals on this track as the backing musicians perform tremendously as I would state that this could be one of their best songs ever.

7.     Heaven Nine Eleven-Talk about passion? Listen to the lyrics in this track and tell me this isn’t filled with much affliction but also with a path of turning things around. (“..and change the way.. change the way of the world..”). I remember seeing these guys at the New York Fillmore in May 2004 when they performed this song and hearing it live for the first time, it almost brought tears to my eyes. This is such a sensitive topic for many and any time we are taken back to that most tragic event it’s hard to deal with but with this track I feel like the bond that they are asking for can be achieved, at least I can pray that it happens. What stands out to me most musically is the most addicting drum beats by Mr. Troy Lucketta, when he hits those skins eight times in a row before the chorus breaks in; I drift off playing air guitar as the heavy riffs of the guitar take control of the song.

6.     The Way It Is-Another fantastic song to witness live as the entire crowd takes over singing the song for Jeff (and I think he loves to hear and feel that). When I took my bride to see them while they were in the midst of their “Five Man Acoustical Jam” tour (again way back when) I remember her being amazed that so many people were singing this song and she had never heard it (yes I forced her to see the greatness of this band). Now the original version is on “Great Radio” and once you hear it, the next time it comes on you have to sing along, this song was made especially for that. “Do you believe? Can you believe?..” Then the great guitar solo comes in and at this point you have to ask yourself, “how did I ever not know this awesome band?” Go see them live and see what I am talking about.. “Yes it do…”

5.     Look @ Me– As I mentioned Tesla went on a hiatus for a while and it took ten years between “Bust a Nut” and “Into The Now.” “For everything in life, there is a reason…” think about those words for a second, you know you have. Mr. Keith went through some hard times and my guess is that he needed to get back to what he loved the most: being the lead singer for the band called Tesla. He references one of his occupations during that time when the band was not together with the words “spun around like I just got played” which depicted his time as a DJ at a gentlemen’s club. But as he says “that was then.. take a look at me now” and without a doubt he has come back (as well as the band) stronger than ever. They have made up for lost time as they have done extensive touring along with making lots of material in the last five years and in my opinion are more relevant now than they ever have been-totally erasing that “hair-band” label (again something I never accepted). Again Troy’s drumming hooks me right in as well as Jeff with his great vocals- look at them now-still rocking after all these years. \m/ \m/

4.     Song and Emotion-When I think of Tesla, I think of “song” and of course you get the “emotion.” What better way to put these two words together and dedicate it to one of their good friends, Mr. Steve Clarke-the guitarist for Def Leppard who unfortunately battled alcoholism and passed away at the very young age of 30 in 1991. The lyrics cut right to the bone-“ I see him there most every day a lonely man and his guitar..In his eyes I see the pain..” In more than a few songs that Tesla has recorded over the years, they seem to indicate that being a rock star isn’t always what it seems to be. We automatically think that it’s filled with glory, fame and money but as they say-“life at the top ain’t always what it seems.” And for one Steve Clark “somewhere, somehow, something was lost.” You can feel the entire bands pain as they play this song every time because they probably feel that this could have been anyone of them, not just Mr. Clarke. They show him so much respect on guitar because it eerily sounds like the way Steve played, they honed in on his style and just completely nailed it. Now if you listen to the entire track on “Psychotic Supper” the ending of the song sounds an awful lot like the beginning of “Mama’s Fool” which appears on “Bust a Nut.” This is an emotional draining song and every time I hear it-I immediately think of Steve-which is what Tesla wants us to think of when they recorded it. This is brilliance.

3.     What You Give-“It’s not what you got..but what you give..”I wish I could have written these seemingly simple words but yet think about the great meaning behind them. Think about how great this universe would be if every person in the entire world followed these simple words. Now I know this is a love song written for that someone special but yet it is deeper than that, I really believe they meant it for everyone to make this world a better place. You want to talk about a great concert song? Go to one of their shows and tell me you don’t get “goose bumps’ while they play this awe inspiring song. Ask my friend Sal what he thought when he saw them perform this live, I guarantee if there was one song that he remembers from all their shows we have attended-this would be near the top of his list-not just mine. This song resonates deep within me, I can feel it start from my soul as it works it way up towards my heart and practically brings tears to my eyes. As I tell you all the time, there are some songs that make such an impact in my life-so good that it brings tears to my eyes. This has been-and always will be-that kind of song. Raw emotion that you can feel.

2.     Only You– The first time I heard this song I froze.. I couldn’t move. This song is so tender, so sensitive, so “gut wretching” that I have to listen to it over and over again. If you have lost a loved one, please be aware that it may be too tough to listen to and of course you know I think of my mother always when I hear it. This time I shed tears because I miss her and this song tugs at my heart. “I only want you, not some picture on a shelf..” that gets me every time because that’s how I feel. “If only desperation could resurrect”-I know I thought about that as she was close to leaving us. Thank you Tesla for making such a powerful song. Beautiful and touching.

1.     Lady Luck-They had me on the opening guitar licks, when I hear them it brings me back to 1989 when I was just 24 and this became another song that I would use to pump me up before the many softball games that I had on my schedule as I played for nearly 7 teams that year. Every once in a while when I see Tesla perform live they break out this classic from “The Great Radio…” and I get so psyched I feel like I am going to jump right out of my skin. This is hard rock at its best-“there she stood in living color… and she said I don’t!!!”- Tesla is and always has been one of the hardest working “blue collar” bands this country will ever see. These guys know how to rock, what are you waiting for-jump in and turn Tesla on and they will return the favor. \m/ \m/.

Trivia Questions

Answers from last week:

1.     True, Jimmy Page played with Joe Cocker

2.     Schenker left Scorpions to play with UFO

3.     “I Can’t Explain”

4.     “Creep”

This week’s trivia (The Cars, Tesla)-

1.     What was the first song that put Tesla on the map?

2.     What “Bread” song does Tesla masterfully cover?

3.     What “Cars” song is featured in the classic “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” movie?

4.     Who sings lead vocals for the “New Cars” after Ocasek stated he would “never” be part of a Cars reunion?

Name That Tune

Answers from last week:

1.     “Only You”- The Platters

2.     “Only the Lonely”-Roy Orbison

3.      “Only the Good Die Young”-Billy Joel

4.     “Only God Knows Why”- Kid Rock

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

1.     “Got in a little hometown they put a rifle in my hand.. sent me off to a foreign land.. to go and kill the yellow man..”

2.     “I like smoke and lightning..heavy metal in the wind.. and the feeling that I’m under… ”

3.     “My heart beats like a drum (all night)..flesh to flesh, one to one (and its alright) and I’ll never let go.. there’s something I know deep inside …”

4.     “My mother cried.. when President Kennedy died..she said it was the communists.. but I knew better.. would they drop a bomb on us while we made love on the beach….”

Back on this Day

Back on this day in 1965, Jimmy Page released his first single-“She Justs Satisfies.” It failed to hit the charts and shortly after he joined the Yardbirds… then of course on to the Mighty Zep.

Back on this day in 1980 U2 received a contract with Island Records after talent scout Bill Stewart witnesses them play at the National Stadium in Dublin Ireland.

Back on this day in 1985, Chuck Berry received the “Lifetime Achievement Award” at the 27th Grammy Awards.

Back on this day in 1997, Rush received the “Order of Canada” which is the highest civilian award from the Canadian government for significant achievement in important fields of human endeavor.

If it is your birthday today, you share the same birth date with “heavy weights” in the music world including the legendary Fats Domino, the late great Johnny Cash, Mitch Ryder and Jonathan Cain (Journey).

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