I just saw U2 play three songs in a small theater, without all the big amps, special effects, and big production, and they were still simply amazing!! When a band can totally captivate an audience in this kind of no frills environment—that’s the true test, that’s when you know how good they really are. U2 … Continue reading U2 – Amazing Intimate Live Performance!
Jerry Garcia – “Music should be holy. When it becomes a business and the music is designed to make money, then the music doesn’t do what it’s supposed to do.” That is a mouthful, and a statement that a philosophy major, like myself could write a term paper on. But don’t worry I won’t be … Continue reading Explaining The Grateful Dead — Incredible Documentary!
I was invited by a promoter friend of mine, Danny Zelisko to attend the Roger Waters dress rehearsal of his new show Us + Them held for family and friends. It took place at the Meadowlands arena, and although some press and radio folks were invited, mostly the audience was, indeed, family and friends of … Continue reading Roger Waters Dress Rehearsal Us + Them Tour — Spectacular!
I have noticed over years that some artists lose their edge. Some record new albums with less of a work ethic that they had in the past. Perhaps they see creating a new album as just a calling card to shed some new light on their band and help set up a tour. Perhaps they … Continue reading Roger Waters — Still Relevant!
Much has been written over the years about Paul McCartney and John Lennon and their songwriting abilities, both separate and as a team. At first, they seemed to be the ones that most people talked about when it came to the discussion of who were the most important Beatles. But as George Harrison’s wonderful solo … Continue reading George Harrison — The Beatles’ Secret Sauce And So Much More!
Chuck Berry invented rock guitar as far as I know. The lead solo on “Maybellene” predates Scotty Moore’s stuff with Elvis by a good year or so. The classic Chuck riff that so many rock songs are based on is the one that makes your leg move to the beat uncontrollably. It is the one … Continue reading Hail, Hail To Chuck Berry — The King Of Rock And Roll!!
DO YOU WANT TO ROCK!!! DO YOU WANT TO ROCK LIKE ROCK WAS MEANT TO BE!!! DO YOU WANT TO ROCK LIKE AC/DC, VAN HALEN, DEEP PURPLE, THE WHO, JUDAS PRIEST, AEROSMITH, ETC., ETC., ETC.!! DO YOU WANT TO HEAR BIG ASS DRUM SOUNDS LIKE FROM THE 80’S!! DO YOU WANT TO HEAR BASS LINES … Continue reading Chickenfoot! Hot!!! Rock Like It Ought-a Be!
Lady Gaga – Forgetful Super Bowl Performance First, I want to say that I am a big fan of Lady Gaga. I’m sure many agree she has real talent. She’s a good songwriter, has a great voice, knows how to speak to an audience, and beyond all that, is a very authentic good person with … Continue reading Rap’s Rant: Lady Gaga Super Bowl – Eric Clapton Tour – Two Missed Opportunities
I recently attended a “celebration of life” memorial in Los Angeles for legendary rock disc jockey Bob Coburn. Some of you may know him from his days at WMET in Chicago, many of you know him from his larger than life on-air personality at KMET and later on KLOS in Los Angeles, and many more … Continue reading The Passing Of Rockline’s Bob Coburn—The End Of An Era
The Mariah Carey flap is important to note. Not because it will do Mariah any great harm, but because it speaks to the level we have allowed ourselves to sink in regards to the enjoyment of live music entertainment, and especially on big television shows like, Dick Clark’s New Years Rockin’ Eve, The Grammy Awards … Continue reading Mariah Carey Flap—The Power of Live vs. Fake/Live Performance