Boy, after six weeks off recovering from surgery, when I came back to work I hit the ground running. I'm feeling SO much better now that it's hard to believe I actually lived a year and worked feeling the way I did. Bless you my Doctors, my surgeons, for putting Humpty Dumpty back together again.
It's the end of summer and we still have so much going on that I get to be involved with! Cool. Def Leppard and Heart are playing at the Sleep Country Amphitheater on Wednesday and we'll be there broadcasting before the show. Amy's all amped about going backstage. Me too. If you want to join us, maybe you should enter the KGON contest to do just that.
I'm a huge football fan, college football especially, and so far it's kicked my ass this season. I know, just the first week of games and all that, and I will root for BOTH Oregon teams until the Civil War and then I have to serve my Ducks, because I was one and raised one. But Beaver Believers, I'm with you until then! GO OREGON TEAMS! Also I'm an NFL fan and am so glad they worked out the squabble before we were left without a season.
Back to work, and then HELLO WEEKEND!
I'm so glad I'm back though. Thank you for all your wonderful calls and notes on Facebook saying that you're glad I'm feeling better! Let's rock the rest of the decade!
Love you ALL,
The first time I saw Eric Burdon in concert was at the Hollywood Bowl. He was rolling our "Eric Burdon Declares War" as the title of the act. Headlining was Canned Heat, and also on the bill were the following bands: John Lee Hooker, Sugarloaf, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, and the MC was none other than Wolfman Jack. It was an all day event in 1971 and it was after Alan "Blind Owl" Wilson had died of a drug overdose at the age of 27. Yes, another one who "went to heaven at 27." Anyway, my boyfriend at the time, Ross, and I went to the show. We didn't have a ticket, but bought one for $1 and someone else gave us a ticket, so we both got in for ONE DOLLAR! Crazy. Those were the days my friend, when miracles happened and concert tickets cost less than the handling fees do now. So, with the sweet memories of that wonderful concert swimming through my brain, when the weather was warm, wine and smokes were shared with complete strangers, and anything seemed possible...even world peace...I thought I'd share this video of Eric Burdon and War from around that time. Oh, and I need to mention that War will be appearing with The Doobie Brothers at the Sleep Country Amphitheater on Sunday July 10th. I will be there. Hope you are as well.
I just got the most interesting email from The Who Fan Club. Yes, I love them that much! Here’s the skinny:ROGER DALTREY TO PERFORM THE WHO’S LEGENDARY “TOMMY” ALBUM FROM START TO FINISHPLUS A VARIETY OF THE WHO’S CLASSICS - AND MOREOn the heels of his recent sell out performance at The Royal Albert Hall in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust, ROGER DALTREY is now taking The Who’s legendary rock opera TOMMY on the road.
The last time The Who toured Tommy live was in 1989. In the upcoming tour, Roger is pulling out all the stops with his stunning young band - Frank Simes (guitar), Scott Deavours (drums), Jon Button(Bass), Loren Gold (Keyboards) and SIMON TOWNSHEND, younger brother of PETE, (guitar) – and employing an exciting new array of visuals.
TOMMY is not only one of the most acclaimed and defining works of the rock era, it is an enduring album that resonates on radio to this day where it has found multi-generational appeal. Inducted into The Grammy Hall of Fame in 1998, the 20 million-selling double album also spawned a successful 1975 film of the same name--with DALTREY playing the title role--which re-underlined its place in the cultural firmament.
Commenting on the tour, Pete Townshend says ''Great to see Roger performing TOMMY with his band in 2011. I will be there in spirit and Roger has my complete and most loving support. Roger is touring his unique concert version of TOMMY using his faithful presentation of the original work as the backbone for a set of wider material. It is wonderful to hear the way Roger and his new band re-interpret the old Who songs.''
Throughout this tour, songs such as “Pinball Wizard,” “The Acid Queen,” “I’m Free,” “See Me, Feel Me” and “We’re Not Gonna Take It” promise to transport attendees into the world of this classic album with shuddering intensity and poetic power.
When DALTREY and his band performed TOMMY at the Royal Albert Hall, The Independent called the show “a faithful reading... The stand-outs, ‘I'm Free,’ ‘See Me, Feel Me’ and the anthemic climax of ‘We're Not Gonna Take It’ are rousing.” Afterwards the Who blogosphere was alight with comments from long standing fans lucky enough to see the show. These included comments like ''Roger nailed Tommy'' and ''Last night’s concert was the best I've ever seen - what a great band!”
Roger describes the show and visuals as ''A Tommy Show for today's audience from a different perspective.''
“TOMMY, an album that tells a story about a “deaf, dumb, and blind boy” who becomes the leader of a messianic movement, will always be seen as a turning point for the band,” adds DALTREY. “Within it, I found the new voice of The Who and the band found its stride in making that music, adjusting it, using all that knowledge that we had from jazz and the blues into making it work in a rock way.”
Tour dates, cities and venues:
3-Jul ALCESTER RAGLEY HALL
4-Jul GATESHEAD SAGE
6-Jul GLASGOW CLYDE AUDITORIUM
7-Jul MANCHESTER BRIDGEWATER HALL
9-Jul NOTTINGHAM ROYAL CENTRE
10-Jul NEWPORT CENTRE
12-Jul BRISTOL COLSTON HALL
13-Jul SOUTHEND CLIFFS PAVILLION
15-Jul GUILDFORD GUILFEST
16-Jul HAMPSHIRE BROADLANDS
17-Jul HARROGATE RIPLEY HOUSE
19-Jul HULL CITY HALL
21-Jul LONDON INDIGO 02
22-Jul NORWICH BLICKLING HALL
24-Jul EXETER POWDERHAM CASTLE
Okay, now to get to the UK...there's always something.
I like the acoustic version of the song and all, but there's nothing like the electric version. SO, I'm thinking that next time Clapton tours, it needs to be with the Allman Brothers. Check out this video!
At this point, we don't see any West Coast dates from Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band in the Spring. Then he's taking the summer off. The possible good news is that he might add dates in the Fall, so that could be a time when he will be heading to the West Coast . I just want to see him again. Here's the set list from last night:
Bob Seger's opening night set list:
1) Roll Me Away
2) Tryin' To Live My Life Without You
3) Her Strut
4) Main Street
5) Old Time Rock and Roll
6) Downtown Train
7) Ramblin Gamblin' Man
8) C'est La Vie
9) Good For Me
10 & 11) Travelin' Man/Beautiful Loser
12) Nutbush City Limits
13) Come to Poppa
14) It's Your Thing -- sung by Silver Bullet backup singers -- Shaun Murphy (from Little Feat), Laura Creamer and Barbara Payton
15) Gets Ya Pumpin'
16) Betty Lou's Gettin' Out Tonight
17) We've Got Tonight
18) Turn the Page
19) Sunspot Baby
20) Horizontal Bop
22) Against the Wind
23) Hollywood Nights
24) Night Moves
25) Rock and Roll Never Forgets
For a while, I thought it was me. I thought I attracted the weirdness that happens in a venue while trying to enjoy a concert by one of my favorite artists. I've blogged about this before because it seems to keep happening to me, but after the Eric Clapton show at the Rose Garden Arena, I think it's something on many people’s minds. We all enjoy a rock concert in different ways, and there's a certain kind of concert etiquette that has mostly made for a fun night of rock and roll. Last night something went very wrong, and it all had to do with the issue of sitting or standing during the show.
My son (who had never seen EC) and I sat in section 101, row H, and had a wonderful view of the stage and the huge screen. We were near the aisle so during Los Lobos there was a constant parade of people trying to navigate those awkward stairs at the Rose Garden in the dark...with beer. We watched one guy with approximately $32 worth of beer desperately trying to balance the beverages down to the floor. He made it. Remember the Memorial Coliseum? They had places to buy beverages if you were on the floor, and you didn't have to climb stairs. What a concept! Not only are the stairs uneven at the Rose Garden Arena(I saw several people who were quite sober almost do a head first fall down the stairs when they missed one of those places where the stair length and depth was against the normal gait) but the rows are not clearly marked on the cement with big letters, which would help people find their place without having to either equip themselves with a flashlight, or stop and take a guess at what row they are in.
If you’re in a theater and they are getting close to show time, there’s a little hint with a light flicker, or an audio cue (ding) to tell you that the show is ready to start. This rarely happens at a rock show. I guess the powers-that-be figure you’ll hear the music start because it’s so loud, but by that time the lights are down and there’s stumbling and bumbling as people rush to get into the seat that they have paid dearly for, carrying beer, nachos, and all the cold weather gear that they wore into the arena.
The opening act has become the soundtrack for finding your seat in the dark. That’s pretty much it. Here’s an idea…come to the entry where the nice person with the vest and flashlight is waiting to show you where your seat is, take a little listen, and at that point decide if you REALLY want to go into the show and sit down for the opening act. If so, let someone help you to your seat unless you have memorized the seating chart for the Rose Garden Arena and have a flashlight yourself. Oh, and wear a vest and help someone else too while you’re at it. If the music or artist is not your cup of tea, or you just feel like another beer or nachos means more than the opening act, then stay in the concourse. I swear I saw several people stumble their way to their seats, make people stand up, and get all settled in during the last song of the opening act. Isn’t it nice that it was all about them during the last song? Hope you REALLY didn’t want to see Los Lobos as much as I did. It was much better standing up for you and having that full beer splash on my purse.
Part of the problem is the fact that the rows of seats are squished so close together that even if you stand up, and weigh no more than 130 pounds (male or female) you will touch the person trying to move by you in ways that you would not want to be touched by a stranger yourself (unless it’s in a letter to Penthouse). It’s unavoidable. Those rows are ridiculous. I’m only 5’4” and my knees hit the back of the seat in front of me when I’m sitting down, unless I’m on the floor, or in the section way up in the 3rd level where the steep angles have the chair backs down by your feet. I’ve been up there once and had a vision of falling that left me shaken and stirred for days.
So, here we are at break time. The lights are up and it’s easier to find your seat. Finally people are finding their way into the show. They’ve bought the beer, they visited the bathroom, and are ready to see Eric Clapton. Here’s where the real fun begins.
Clapton is such a rock legend, that I’m surprised that his last name isn’t also a synonym for “guitar.” I’ve seen the man in concert six times now, and I’d heard from others who saw the show in Seattle that it was going to be a great night of music from this icon…this master of the blues and rock. It truly was. He came on stage wearing a plaid shirt, jeans, comfy shoes and a three day growth of beard. I loved it. He smiled, he opened with “Key to the Highway” and I knew we were off to a great evening of music.
During any show, with the exception of metal and grunge on the hard end and chamber music or soft jazz on the mellow end, there’s going to be a varied pace of fast and slow songs. The typical concert etiquette is that when the music is moving along, it’s fine to stand up and do that “in place concert dance” thing that people do. Then when it’s a slow song, everyone sits down and takes a load off. It used to be that the only offenders to this unwritten rule were usually so drunk they didn’t know what the song tempo is because they are moving to the beat of their own drummer which has nothing to do with the actual concert on the stage. This old chestnut of the past is obviously no longer followed because there were people standing up, doing the head bob, butt shake, and fist wave during the whole show. Yes, even the slow songs. This is usually fine and accepted behavior if you are either surrounded by other like-minded beings, or in a “pit” area such as the one Bruce Springsteen always has in front of the stage with no chairs. Last night there were seats everywhere, and everyone had a different plan.
The concert tickets cost a lot of good money, and this isn’t exactly an economy that allows for a crapload of expendable income to be thrown at shows, and I think that everyone should have the most wonderful concert experience that is possible. So here’s my plan. Designated sections for standing or sitting. It’s kind of like the old days when there was smoking and non-smoking sections, only applied to the way you like to enjoy your concert...standing and dancing, or sitting and politely clapping. Your choice. Speaking of smoking, I also vaguely remember the whole concert experience being much more pleasant all around me when there was a sticky sweet smell and an ever present cloud overhead once the lights went down. Just sayin’.
The drama of the sitting people yelling at the dancers to “sit down,” and the dancers yelling back at the people who’s view they were blocking and some interesting finger gestures did add to the visual effects of the show, but I could have done without it. Then if the “sitters” didn’t get the results that they wanted, they went to get the nice person with the vest to point to the “dancers” with a flashlight. If the “dancers” still wouldn’t sit down, then the “man in the suit” was brought in to do….well, I don’t know what because the “dancers” pretty much kept on dancing. This whole arena ballet was distracting during a song that I wanted to watch, but it did give me a theme for this blog.
Sitting or standing? “Aye, there’s the rub” as Shakespeare said. “When we have shuffled off this mortal coil” just how many people have we pissed off? Let’s just make it better for everyone. Sitting section, standing section. Your choice.
See you at the next show.
I'm hoping that they consider a Portland date, but I'm not holding my breath over this. Rod and Stevie will be in Seattle's Key Arena on April 23rd. Tickets go on sale, Monday, February 28th. I would love to see this show just to hear the songs that they croon together. I've seen them both individually, and Stevie with Fleetwood Mac as well as with Tom Petty. Cool that they are touring together. At least the show is on a Saturday night, so if you want a little Seattle fun, it's possible.
Meanwhile, we're about to bust with excitement because there's shows that are about to be announced AND WE CAN'T SAY ANYTHING. So I won't. But just know that it's a great Northwest line up for live music this year.
I was reminiscing about the "good old days" with a friend who used to be a concert promoter in the Northwest when I first got to Portland and was working at KVAN. It was a different world, with a different price tag, that's for sure. We laughed at the fact that people were outraged when Van Halen had the gall to charge $8.50 a ticket. "Just who do these L.A. dudes think they are?" was what we heard on the phone when the show was announced. Hahaha. She reminded me of all the Catch a Rising Star 92 cent concerts we did. People like Pat Benatar. I'm not kidding.
So, even if Rod and Stevie don't make it to P-Town...a lot of others will. Stay tuned!
I'm not a fan of ships, boats, and other things that go into the ocean for long periods of time. I'm not necessarily frightened, it's just the idea of being held captive on a small surface where you can't get away from that annoying person without going to your ultra small room and hiding. It's like being at a party without a car or a way to leave. Not me.
But this news just made me almost reconsider my rule about cruising. ZZ Top and George Thorogood will be taking to the high seas on December 1st, setting sail from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida on the Rock Legends Cruise in support of the Native American Heritage Association's mission to provide emergency assistance and self-help programs to the Sioux Native Americans living on reservations in South Dakota.
The five-day cruise will also include John Kay & Steppenwolf, The Marshall Tucker Band, Dickey Betts & Great Southern, Foghat, Johnny Winter, Molly Hatchet, The Outlaws, Blackfoot and Pat Travers.
Okay, that could be a lot of fun, if they are truly going to be on the ship as well. Almost enough to get me on a ship for five days.