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!
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.
This is a funny list from the website McSweeny's.net: http://www.mcsweeneys.net/links/lists/24peck.html
I'll print it here for you, but there's other funny stuff on his site. Visit and see. Also tell me what your favorite line in here is. Mine is the Allman Brothers...
What Your Favorite Classic Rock Band Says About You.
BY JOHN PECK- - - -The Doors: You have been bitten by an animal while trying to get it stoned.
The Who: You own a Goldwing with a baby-changing station.
Ted Nugent: Your hair has at some point been caught in a ceiling fan, boat propeller, or lathe.
The Rolling Stones: You own three cars and no stereo.
Canned Heat: You own three stereos and no car.
The Beatles: You can do exactly 1.5 pull-ups.
Badfinger: You are a Beatle.
Deep Purple: Some part of a law named after a young girl applies to you.
Led Zeppelin: The first three things you smoked were banana peels, catnip, and poppies, in that order.
Jimi Hendrix: You are under 20 or over 65.
The Kinks: You have bad teeth and are good in bed.
The Guess Who: You have good teeth and are bad in bed.
Black Sabbath: Your greatest joy is painting unventilated rooms.
David Bowie: There is still, somewhere, a Dig Dug or Zaxxon machine with your high score on it.
Mott the Hoople: You are David Bowie.
The Moody Blues: You are a former volunteer at the Liberace museum, a serial killer, or both.
The Grateful Dead: Your stories about the seventies make your daughter's roommates at Tufts very uncomfortable.
T-Rex: No matter how much you clean, there will always be trace amounts of glitter on your stove and blender.
The Eagles: You can only reach orgasm while listening to talk radio.
Pink Floyd: Your garage is full of failed versions of your stereo/barbecue hybrid.
Thin Lizzy: You are often forced to change or cancel your plans due to "NO LOITERING" signs.
ZZ Top: Your favorite Hank Williams is Hank Williams, Jr.
Chicago: You are incapable of talking about Chicago without mentioning their horn section.
Quicksilver Messenger Service: You become sullen when people don't stick around while you fix their vacuum cleaners.
Crosby, Stills & Nash: You own an oversized hat.
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young: You own three or more oversized hats.
Jefferson Airplane: You make your living buying and selling oversized hats.
AC/DC: You only remove your socks to shower, and then only reluctantly.
Aerosmith: You know a store that still sells puffy Reeboks.
Van Halen: You have a Peeing Calvin bumper sticker on your Jeep.
Sammy Hagar: You have a Peeing Calvin bumper sticker on your Subaru Brat.
Bachman-Turner Overdrive: You have an actual urine stain on your Subaru Brat.
Uriah Heep: You are the cause of the urine stain.
Santana: You have had an hours-long conversation with someone before realizing it was just a pile of clothes.
Rainbow: You have worn sweatpants to a funeral.
Foreigner: You have a severely wrinkled Jane Fonda poster under your bed.
Styx: You have a severely wrinkled Foreigner poster under your bed.
Allman Brothers Band: You do not own a bong, but can quickly make one from a piece of fruit or an abandoned toilet.
Bad Company: You have sustained several alcohol-related injuries involving sheetrock.
Cream: You know a guy who knows a guy who worked on Star Wars.
Journey: You own those running shoes that are shaped like feet.
Lynyrd Skynyrd: You somehow have both long hair and a sunburned scalp.
Yes: Your ideal partner would be into both tantric sex and fat guys.
Creedence Clearwater Revival: You are frequently missing part of an eyebrow.
Rush: You carry a small flashlight everywhere, and use it at least three times a day.
Blue Cheer: You have a subset of friends whose sole purpose is to hold your hair while you vomit.
Boston: Your best friend really likes Blue Cheer.
Steely Dan: You have snorted cocaine off a copy of Remembrance of Things Past.
Fleetwood Mac: You have snorted cocaine off a copy of The Hobbit.
Blue Oyster Cult: You have snorted cocaine off a copy of Type 2 Diabetes for Dummies.
Mountain: You have snorted cocaine off a Blue Oyster Cult record.
Nazareth: You have snorted cocaine off a member of Mountain.
Hawkwind: You sell cocaine to Nazareth fans.
Molly Hatchet: You sell baking soda to Hawkwind fans and tell them it's cocaine.
Jethro Tull: You have a favorite rune.
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.
Okay, I'll admit to my guilty pleasure this season.Â I'm watching the good the bad and the ugly on American Idol.Â Oh, I've watched the show before, but never this part...the early part whereÂ people like William Hung and "Pants on the Ground"Â get their elongated 15 minutes of fame and more money than they deserve.Â I actually think the "Pants on the Ground" guy from last year said something about getting hosed because he didn't copywrite it.Â That'll teach ya.Â
You're probably wondering how I even know about these people if I didn't watch the show.Â Viral videos.Â In this ADD world (myself included), pop culture is like popcorn.Â A big buttery blast of fun, and then it's over.Â But for the time when things are hot, you can't escape it.Â
I used to watch the show with a group of friends and it was a great reason to get together on a weeknight and just chat.Â We'd disagree aboutÂ most of the acts, and pretty much just visit.Â Â Then the weekly event got sort of bigger, and noisier, and more people showed up, and I lost interest.Â Until this season.
Following along with the train wreck that is part of Aerosmith's legacy, I wondered how it would all play out.Â Think about what Tyler went through since last year.Â Falling off the stage, falling off the wagon, band not returning phone calls, Joe Perry talking about auditioning other lead singers...all of it.Â You can't write their story any more outrageous than how they do indeed live it.Â So, Tyler gets well, gets sober again, and we hear he's going to be a judge on American Idol.Â How many of you actually believed it when you first heard about it?Â I thought it was a silly off- hand remark for days, and then they just kept coming with the reports that he would join J-Lo and Randy "Dawg" Jackson at the judges table.Â I was instantly interested.Â Here's why...theseÂ peopleÂ are actuallyÂ musicians.Â Simon was an irritating promoter.Â Not the same thing.Â True, it does take some kind of talent to understand and sign talent, but Simon's brand of nasty had run it's course for me.
The show's total viewing audience is declining, but I don't think you can put all that on the fact that it's 2 new judges or that Simon isn't there.Â I think after 10 years, it's not a big surprise anymore.Â They are still winning the time slot, and with a thousand other entertainment choices, it's still a lot of people.Â
Today I learned that Aerosmith's catalog was getting a bump in downloads because of the show.Â The band's only #1 song, 1998's "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing," jumped up to #19 the iTunes song chart, and 1973's "Dream On" moved to #61.Â Their 1994 Big Ones album, a collection of their hits while on Geffen records, went to #25 on the iTunes' album chart.Â By the way, there's edited (shortened) songs on that one.Â Bugs me.Â Got burned by playing some cuts on the air when it was released.
So, it looks like they are getting a little boost in sales due to Steven being an American Idol judge.Â Joe Perry may not be happy that Tyler is stepping out and doing the show, but he's crying all the way to the bank as a new audience finds Aerosmith.
One of the things that I had to really let sink in were the 15 year old kids (the show lowered the age requirement this year) who said they had been watching their whole lives...and if you think about it....they were 5 when this phenomenon all began.Â Â That's crazy!Â Â Argue all you want about whether it's ruined "the process" of scratching and clawing your way to the top of the charts, but then again....has it always been fair?Â I mean if Aerosmith'sÂ ONLY #1 hit was "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing,"Â howÂ great wasÂ the old way....really?Â That was a so-so song from a Bruce Willis movie about an astroid and yes, Tyler's lovely daughter Liv is in it, but THAT was their ONLY #1 hit?Â Sheesh.Â
Meanwhile, Aerosmith, the band minus Steven Tyler is in L.A.Â writing and recording until Steven has time onceÂ American Idol gets to Hollywood.Â I have a feeling it will be aÂ very interestingÂ album.Â TheÂ "Toxic Twins" are bestÂ when they are in turmoil.