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Saturday, April 22, 2017

Donald Trump May Make Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young Great Again

Musician Graham Nash has been very vocal in the last two years about his anger with bandmate David Crosby over a series of personal clashes, so much so that fans of 1960s supergroup Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young had all but given up hope of a reunion. However, Nash now says that an even greater disdain for President Donald Trump and the current administration could change that.
“Here’s how I feel about it: I believe that the issues that are keeping us apart pale in comparison to the good that we can do if we get out there and start talking about what’s happening,” Nash says of a possible CSNY reunion. “So I’d be totally up for it even though I’m not talking to David and neither is Neil. But I think that we’re smart people in the end and I think we realize the good that we can do.”
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Friday, April 21, 2017

45 Years Ago, Dr. John Returns to His New Orleans Roots

This was no accident for Dr. John

The former Mac Rebennack purposely discarded his initial Night Tripper persona for a rootsy homecoming on Dr. John’s Gumbo, drawing a newfound group of psychedelic rock fans deeper into the culture – rather than the often-outlandish voodoo-related gimmickry – of his hometown of New Orleans.

Released on April 20, 1972, Dr. John’s Gumbo included rambunctious covers of local fare like “Iko Iko,” “Stack-A-Lee” and “Junko Partner” – songs that had already defined the Crescent City sound. They finally broke a Mardi Gras-themed fever for Dr. John, providing a platform for a more funk-focused breakthrough the following year.
Part of it was a desire to connect the musical dots, and part of it was about the money.

Dr. John’s Gumbo, he said in the album’s liner notes, was “like a picture of the music New Orleans people listen to – a combination of Dixieland, rock ‘n’ roll and funk. … This album could very well be called More Gumbo, Less Gris Gris. There isn’t any what you might call voodoo rock or ‘gris-gris,’ because my producers and I thought that the people might enjoy hearing the root music from New Orleans, which was maybe the chief ingredient in what we know today as rock ‘n’ roll.”

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Top 10 Classic Rock Songs About Pot

Judging from the lyrics of these famous pot songs, marijuana has been part of the lifestyle and creative processes for some of rock’s most famous stars for a long time now. 

It seems pretty clear that artists like Tom PettyBob Dylan and Aerosmith didn’t wait for the recent wave of reefer-friendly legalization in states across America to take effect before drawing inspiration from lighting up. 

Come to think of it, legalization may ironically wind up diminishing some of the romantic appeal of writing songs about pot, so before that prospect turns into a real downer, why don’t you join us as we celebrate the Top 10 Pot Songs.

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Music has the uncanny ability to freeze a moment in time, to boil an era down to its essence. 

To celebrate the upcoming premiere of CNN’s Soundtracks: Songs That Defined History, we took a moment to look back on some of history’s defining events – both the triumphant and the tragic – and the mirroring songs that became anthems for a movement, or embodied a sentiment. 

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Warren Zevon Belongs in the Rock Hall of Fame, David Letterman Says

David Letterman’s speech for Pearl Jam when they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame earlier this month was one of the night’s funniest and most moving moments.

In addition to remarking on the band’s rotating lineup of drummers and recalling a note singer Eddie Vedder gave Letterman’s young son, the former late-night host made a simple, but not at all surprising, request: “One day I hope to come back here for the induction for my friend Warren Zevon,” he said.

We totally agree.

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Sunday, April 16, 2017

Song for Sunday: 'I Got a Line on You' by Spirit

I first heard the song in drummer Eddie Supernavage's living room in my South Jersey hometown of Bridgeton performed live by Eddie, Rob Champion and Tim Melnick in 1969.

It was love at first listen.

Since then, it has remained on my list of Top 10 favorite songs of all-time and was a staple on the setlist of classic rock bands I played in from Frog Ocean Road to Final Vinyl.

Hope you enjoy ...

Saturday, April 15, 2017

These 10 Songs Won't 'Tax" Your Ears

Let’s face it. Tax Day forces money even more than usual on our collective brains. 

Well, with that in mind, since music can be a great soother and mood elevator, today seems like a really good day to sift through the playlist of our lives for some money-based tracks to add a little lift to our step. 

Whether it is a serenade of the cold hard cash’s material perks or the commiserating misery that comes from hearing of someone else doing without, songs about the almighty dollar may be a dime a dozen but the following ten are golden.

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Friday, April 14, 2017

The 12 Best Songs by Carole King

Carole King’s contributions to pop music songwriting and rock ’n’ roll history can’t be overstated. 
Her work, both as a composer and performer, continues to be the gold standard of fine form matched to pop melody. In fact, other canonic musicians ranging from Aretha Franklin to The Animals and The Drifters to Dusty Springfield have performed her music, partially to honor the legend and partially to make her work their own hits.
With dozens of pop standards to her name, it’s a challenge to narrow down even King’s greatest hits much less her deep cuts, overlooked gems and standout tracks from less popular and later albums. But to name her 12 best songs, calls for an emphasis on her golden years of partnership with Gerry Goffin, their work at the Brill Building and her 1971 masterpiece album Tapestry.
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Thursday, April 13, 2017

Inside Unheard Outtakes from 'Sgt. Pepper's'

There's something magical about hearing Sgt. Pepper outtakes in Studio Two of Abbey Road — the same room where the Beatles made the album. The studio looks the same as it did in 1967 — even the same baffles hang on the wall. "Abbey Road is a bit like a salad bowl or a teapot," producer Giles Martin, son and heir to George Martin, tells Rolling Stone. "The walls absorb music."

There's no better place for Rolling Stone to experience an exclusive tour of the Pepper vaults, as Martin spends a hard day's afternoon giving us a one-on-one preview: the previously unheard and unreleased treasures on the new 50th anniversary edition of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

The box has alternate takes of each song — in some cases drastically different and all offering revelatory insights into the most legendary of rock masterpieces. It's the first time the Beatles have opened their vaults and released new recordings since Anthology.

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Guitarist J. Geils Dies

John Warren Geils Jr., better known as J. Geils, the guitarist of the the J. Geils Band, was found dead in his home in Groton, Massachusetts Tuesday. He was 71.

Rolling Stone has confirmed Geils' death. According to Groton Police, "a preliminary investigation indicates that Geils died of natural causes."

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Sunday, April 9, 2017

Back in the Day: A Look at the Rock Trios of 1967

It is only natural that as part of the overall experimentation going on in pop, attempts at using new combinations of instruments would be tried. The earlier pop groups of the new wave, starting with the Beatles, the Animals, the Stones, and the Beach Boys, were all four-instrument groups, and tended to influence others in that direction. But from the beginning some American groups have attempted to enlarge this concept.
Over two years ago Paul Butterfield was touring with six instrumentalists, and soon after that the Blues Project emerged with five.
The result has been a certain denseness in the music of these expanded ensembles, with the West Coast in particular developing an ornamental sound, emphasizing lots of embellishment, and lots of interaction among soloists.
Oddly, in England the trend has been in the other direction. The Who, the current Yardbirds, the Cream, and Jimi Hendrix are all three-instrument groups. They represent attempts to tighten the music, to eliminate the superfluous, and to get closer to the mythical nitty-gritty. In some cases they are going so far as to eliminate the distinction between background and foreground sounds.
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Saturday, April 8, 2017

The 10 Best Tunes Turning 50 This Year

When The Beatles first celebrated the founding of their fictional Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club band “20 years ago today,” little did they know that the world would still be celebrating that milestone half a century later.
It’s little surprise, though. The year of that album’s birth, 1967, still resonates as one of the most significant twelve months in music history. In fact, it’s a renaissance period that resonates even today, for the innovation, invention and exploration that rock music experienced that year has rarely been duplicated, before or since.
For many bands, including Cream, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Pink Floyd, Traffic, Buffalo Springfield and the Jefferson Airplane, it meant the first breakout from the underground to the mainstream, with significant songs that defined them and a new era changed rock from pop to progressive. Psychedelic sounds came to the fore, as new arrangements, instrumentation and attitudes inspired changes in underground radio, popular culture and political opinion.
Indeed, 1967 was a year that changed everything and made rock an art form all its own. Here are the 10 best songs turning 50 this year.
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Friday, April 7, 2017

Beatles' Prepping Massive Sgt. Pepper's 50th Anniversary Release

The Beatles will celebrate the 50th anniversary of their groundbreaking album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band with several reissue packages arriving May 26th.

A new stereo mix of the album will be available as a single CD and as part of every other package. An expanded deluxe edition will be released digitally, as a two-CD set or two-LP vinyl package. A super deluxe six-disc box set will also be available.

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Thursday, April 6, 2017

Modern Artists Make Haunting Early 60s Covers Album

Danger Mouse and Brooklyn singer-producer Sam Cohen didn't set out to make a political album when Amazon asked them last November to create a pseudo-soundtrack for dystopian political drama The Man in the High Castle.
"It was just a couple of dudes that wanted to make some cool music and that's what we tried to do," Danger Mouse, whose real name is Brian Burton, tells Rolling Stone. "But everything turned into that. Every conversation that has to do with anything of the time or artistically winds up going in that direction."
It's been nearly five months – 148 days since November 8th, 2016, to be exact – since The Man in the High Castle went, for some, from niche alternative-history show to a prescient totalitarian reality series. Loosely based on Philip K. Dick's 1962 novel, it envisions a world in which the Allies lose WWII and the United States is divided into the Greater Nazi Reich and Japanese Pacific States, forcing its inhabitants into total government control with a massive curtailment of human rights.
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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

What Happened to Canned Heat?

In 1968, psychedelia was exploding and even blues-loving avatars of the era like Cream and Jimi Hendrix were increasingly eschewing their roots in favor of paisley pastures.

But one band was perfectly positioned to keep the blue on board for the turned-on generation.

And that band was Canned Heat.

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Sunday, March 26, 2017

15 Priceless Warren Zevon Stories

The first time I saw Warren Zevon on stage, I was a young rock critic and he was drunk.

It was May, 1978 and he was performing in Boston, riding high with the improbable hit, Werewolves of London. The concert was something of a shambles.

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Saturday, March 25, 2017

Hall of Fame Keyboardist Talks Santana, Journey

How many musicians can say they’ve co-founded not one—but two—classic rock bands with Rock and Roll Hall of Fame credentials? 

And of those musicians, how many can claim status as a longstanding member of a former Beatle’s backing band? 

With the December announcement of Journey’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame—which becomes official on April 7 at the induction ceremony being held in Brooklyn—Gregg Rolie now occupies that rarefied position.

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Altamont: The Chilling End of the 60s Spirit

On December 6th, 1969, The Rolling Stones hosted what proved to be one of the most tragic concerts ever at the Altamont Speedway, effectively silencing the rising counterculture movement and, in a sense, the 60’s themselves.
As the turbulent decade went on, what started as a utopian dream of free love and grinning madness born of sunshine and an infectious, enthusiastic hope sadly faded into screams in the dark at Altamont. The Stones front man Mick Jagger beseeched the crowd for a return to sanity, but the wave of heady change that had gone out years before had finally came crashing back in, drowning a dream.
The sixties ended in more ways than one, near the epicenter of the cultural revolution’s birthplace, San Francisco, CA. The spirit that had permeated the heart of any nation, it’s youth, was one of yearning. Yearning for change in social and racial views, an end to the decade long wars in southern Asia and an abandonment of the outdated roles gender inequality. People wanted America to live up to its slogan and truly be “The Land Of The Free.” It had been almost two hundred years since our founding, and after almost two centuries of living a lie, the drive for true freedom was gaining steam.
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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Some Final Words About the Life, Legacy, and Legend of Chuck Berry

The greatest artists offer a reflection for a nation to see itself and its time, and Chuck Berry, a beautician by trade, knew a thing or two about holding up a mirror for a customer. 

His most famous song, “Johnny B. Goode,” is a classic story of the American dream: A poor, uneducated boy from the sticks uses his ability to make a guitar ring like a bell to make good—or so the listener is left to assume, though Berry left the ending notably ambiguous.

But Berry, unlike his protagonist, didn’t grow up in log-cabin rural squalor—he was a middle-class African American from segregated urban St. Louis. It is another of his compositions, using nearly the same opening riff—and when you write a lick that good, why not reuse it?—that demonstrates Berry’s ability to depict post-war America so convincingly.

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Chuck Berry: The 20 Essential Songs

Elvis Presley will forever be known as the king of rock & roll in name, but few would dispute Chuck Berry's status as the genre's true godfather – the one most directly responsible for its endlessly adaptable blueprint. 

"Chuck had the swing," Keith Richards told RS. "There's rock, but it's the roll that counts." Here, in the wake of Berry's passing, we survey a selection of the songs that helped make him immortal.

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Monday, March 20, 2017

The Music World Reacts to Chuck Berry's Death

There is no living rocker who doesn’t stand in the shadow of Chuck Berry, and following his death on Saturday at age 90, musicians from all genres took to social media to honor the rock pioneer. 

Below, we round up the tributes.

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Sunday, March 19, 2017

Rock Pioneer Chuck Berry Dead at 90

Chuck Berry, the perpetual wild man of rock music who helped define its rebellious spirit in the 1950s and was the sly poet laureate of songs about girls, cars, school and even the “any old way you choose it” vitality of the music itself, died March 18 at at his home in St. Charles County, Mo. He was 90.
St. Charles County police announced the death in a Facebook post on its Website, saying officers responded to a medical emergency at Mr. Berry’s home and administered lifesaving techniques but could not revive him. No further information was available.
“While no individual can be said to have invented rock and roll, Chuck Berry comes the closest of any single figure to being the one who put all the essential pieces together,” reads Mr. Berry’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986
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Friday, March 17, 2017

The Who to Take Up Residency in Las Vegas

 The Who is taking up residency at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas this summer.
Caesars Entertainment announced Monday that the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers will become the first rock band to take up residence at the hotel-casino's Colosseum since the venue opened in 2003.
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Thursday, March 16, 2017

As Baby Boomers Become Collectors, Prices of Vintage Guitars Skyrocket

True love knows no fear, and legendary blues guitarist B.B. King once rushed into a burning building to save his beloved Lucille. But Lucille wasn’t his wife – it was actually his Gibson 335 electric guitar. The incident is emblematic of the respect that most musicians show their instruments.
That love has translated into a burgeoning guitar collector’s market over the last 30 years, with some instruments that originally sold for US$200 or less back in the 1950s selling for upwards of US$200,000 today. Although such guitars are rare, Kevin Drost, director of international strategy for online instrument sales site Reverb.com, estimates that one such high-rolling transaction is conducted at the site every month.
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Friday, March 10, 2017

David Bowie: How Can That Voice Not Be Here Anymore?

By Dave Price
1st published in Booming Encore

Shirley Giddens remembers with absolute certainty her surroundings when she first heard the news.

It was early morning and she was in her kitchen getting ready for the drive to the South Jersey high school where she has taught English for the past 20 years.
Her boyfriend Sam knocked on the door. She could tell by his face something was seriously wrong.
“He just came up to me, hugged me tightly, and whispered ‘Mr. Bowie died last night’”, Giddens says.
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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Bruce Springsteen Gets Angry on 'Wrecking Ball'

Around the time of the 2008 economic collapse, Bruce Springsteen was working on a gospel music album. When he found that particular style of music didn’t suit his anger and frustration regarding what he was hearing in the news, and seeing happen to friends and relatives, he scrapped the entire record and started over.

The Boss began to write what started as “folk songs” about the current state of America and what he perceived as inequality, corruption and a lack of care. As a songwriter, Springsteen was about as angry as he’d ever been.

“You can never go wrong pissed off in rock ’n’ roll. The first half of [the album], particularly, is very angry,” Springsteen told a group of reporters in 2012, the year’s of the record’s release. “The genesis of the record was after 2008, when we had the huge financial crisis in the States, and there was really no accountability for years and years. People lost their homes, and I had friends who were losing their homes, and nobody went to jail. Nobody was responsible.”

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Monday, March 6, 2017

The Legacy of Derek and the Dominoes

“That thing was like lightning in a bottle,” begins our Bobby Whitlock interview of his short-lived band with Eric Clapton, Derek and the Dominos. “We did one club tour, we did one photo session, then we did a tour of a bit larger venues. Then we did one studio album in Miami. We did one American tour. Then we did one failed attempt at a second album.” And all within about a year’s time in 1970.
So in this case, the oft-overused flash of lightning description is right on the money. 
And Whitlock was a key part of the kinetic energy behind what’s considered a genuine landmark in not just Clapton’s career but the entire classic rock genre: the 1970 album Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs, co-writing six of the double album’s 10 original songs (plus… read on), and bringing his soul-soaked Deep South keyboard skills to the musical mix, taking the vocal lead on two tracks and doubling/trading off with Clapton throughout the rest of the album.
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Sunday, March 5, 2017

Eric Burdon and the Animals in Concert

Eric Burdon and the Animals were recently the headliner on the 2nd-ever Flower Power Cruise. Here is a picture page capturing Burdon and the his band in concert from that cruise:

And here's shots of Eric being interviewed:

Sunday, February 19, 2017

The Story Behind Jethro Tull's 'Aqualung'

Jethro Tull had already hit the top spot on the U.K. charts with their 1969 release, Stand Up, but success in America was a harder nut to crack.

Their third album, 1970's Benefit, came close to the U.S. Top 10, but stopped one mark short, landing at No. 11.

It wasn't until the band issued their landmark album Aqualung in 1971 that the doors to mainstream acceptance flung open in a big way, with the record going all the way to No. 7.

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Friday, February 17, 2017

How Gloria Became the 1st Lady of Garage Rock

"Gloria" is a classic rock tune built on just three chords that any garage band can play and that almost every garage band has.

Yet the list of artists who have covered this tune, originally written by Van Morrison (Them) and made wildly popular in America by the Shadows of the Night, has been covered by such revered artists as:
  • Jimi Hendrix
  • The Doors
  • Patty Smith
  • Tom Petty
  • David Bowie
  • Bruce Springsteen
So how did such a minimal song have such a huge impact? And why does it still reverberate today in arenas, festivals, and bars?

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

The Story Behind the Album Chicago II

Right at the start, Robert Lamm make one thing clear about Chicago II: "Nobody in the band - Chicago, that is - refers to their second record as Chicago II. 

"We actually just say 'the second album or the third album, and so on," Lamm says. When we started out out, we were called Chicago Transit Authority, which was the title of the first album - we call that one CTA. After the second album, we got into the numerals."

Released on January 26, Chicago II built on the success of the band's audacious debut a year earlier and put the genre-spanning group into the Top 5.

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

What Happened to Mitch Ryder?

For two years in the middle of the 60's, Mitch Ryder couldn't have been any hotter: the frenetic, soul-inspired frat-rock that he and the Detroit Wheels manufactured was one of the most exciting sounds on radio, a blast of purely American noise that drew on James Brown, Little Richard, and Motown.

There was, it seemed, no stopping Ryder and his band from becoming one of the decade's biggest acts.

You will not find many things that Bruce Springsteen and Ted Nugent agree on, but you will find each of them testifying on behalf of this raucous band from Michigan.

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Saturday, February 4, 2017

10 Cool (But Weird) Backward Messages on Records

Lots of songs have cryptic meanings (I'm looking at you, Bob Dylan), but sometimes, the hidden message is, literally, backwards. 

In a recording technique known as "backmasking", a vocal snippet is dubbed backwards onto an otherwise forward-sounding track, concealing the meaning of the original vocal. The secret message is revealed only when an enterprising listener plays the track backwards. 

In the golden age of vinyl, ferreting out the secret backwards message was usually a three-person operation. One person carefully spun the LP backwards with his index finger. A second person lit something to smoke. And a third person stood by in case he had to rush out to buy a new record needle or other supplies.

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Thursday, January 26, 2017

A Year-Plus Review of Atlanta Music Concerts

The historic Fox Theatre in Midtown Atlanta
The Tabernacle: A great concert venue in Atlanta

The Last Waltz concert in 1976 was the legendary last performance of the Band. The re-creation of that concert I saw 2 nights ago marked the last live show I will see in Atlanta before my wife and move back to Washington, DC in 2 weeks.

In the 14 months we lived in Atlanta to spend time with our grandchildren, I got to see 15 shows. Here is the list:
  1. Widespread Panic @The Fox Theatre
  2. A Night with Janis Joplin @The Fox
  3. Chris Stapleton @Braves Field
  4. Tom Petty w/Mudcrutch @The Tabernacle
  5. Windborne Music Presents the Music of David Bowie w/The Atlanta Symphony @Symphony Hall
  6. Dolly Parton @Infinity Energy Center
  7. Cyndi Lauper @Symphony Hall
  8. Alice Cooper @Symphony Hall
  9. Phish @Chastain Park
  10. Blackberry Smoke (Laid Back Festival) @Lakewood Amphitheater
  11. ZZ Top (Laid Back Festival) @Lakewood Amphitheater
  12. The Greg Allman Band (Laid Back Festival) @Lakewood Amphitheater 
  13. Eric Burdon and the Animals @City Winery
  14. Don Henley @The Fox
  15. The 40th Aniversary of the Last Waltz Concert @Symphony Hall
My wife Judy attended some of the shows with me. I went to the rest by myself. All the shows were good to fabulous, but obviously both Judy and me had our favorites.

Here are the 3 shows Judy enjoyed most:
  1. A Night with Janis
  2. Don Henley
  3. Cyndi Lauper
Here are my top 3:
  1. The 40th Anniversary of the Last Waltz Concert
  2. Eric Burdon and the Animals
  3. Alice Cooper
So that's it for now for live music in Atlanta. But the shows will resume in DC. Here are the concerts I'm planning to attend during of first months there:
  • Voodoo Dead
  • Tedeschi Trucks Band
  • The Flower Power Cruise (15 bands from the late 60s and early 70s at sea)
  • Dan Baird and Homemade Sin
  • Ann Wilson of Heart
  • Dana Fuchs
  • Willie Nile
If any of you are in the DC area when these shows are scheduled, come on and join me.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

The Last Waltz Concert Redo Rocks @Atlanta Symphony Hall

Can a redo outdo an original?

Especially if the redo involves The Last Waltz, the legendary final concert of The Band in 1976.

Well, music fans in Atlanta got a chance to decide that last night when an all-star band featuring Warren Haynes on guitar and Michael McDonald on piano performed 24 songs that were originally played at the historic concert at the Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco.

Now I have been attending live rock concerts since 1965 (Herman's Hermits at Steel Pier in Atlantic City, New Jersey) and I have seen some great shows. I would place this concert, the last I will see in Atlanta before moving back to Washington DC next month,  in the top 10 of shows I have witnessed.

So what made this event so special?

Well, of course there was the historic nature of the original production, which was captured in a film that many critics believe is the best rock documentary ever made.

But most of all it was the musicianship and vocal work. Haynes and McDonald were joined by Hammond organ virtuoso Jon Medeski, country guitarist and vocalist Jamey Johnson, bass player and producer Don Was, and New Orleans drummer Terrence Higgins. The 6-man nucleus was augmented on many numbers by a 4-piece New Orleans-style horn section. The group was joined on some numbers by Dave Malone, the guitarist for The Radiators. Bob Margolin, a member of blues great Muddy Waters' band, also sat in for few songs.

Obviously, the sold-out crowd of Band fans spent most of the night on their feet. In Atlanta, judging from the reaction, 2 of the most well-received songs were Alabama native Johnson's stirring rendition of "Georgia on My Mind" and the Band's southern story classic "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down," with Haynes, McDonald, and Johnson sharing the singing.

But almost all the songs were gems.

For me, the highlights were:
  • a mesmerizing extended version of Bo Diddley's classic "Who Do You Love?"
  • a back-to-back wallop of "Down South in New Orleans" followed by "This Wheel's on Fire"
  • Jon Medeski incredible organ intro to "Chest Fever"
  • a 3-pack of Van Morrison's "Caravan," Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young's "Helpless," and Little Junior's Blue Flames version of "Mystery Train"
  • The trio of 2nd set closers before the 2-song encore: "Forever Young" and "I Shall Be Released", both written by Bob Dylan, and the Band's best known song - "The Weight"
  • Every time Haynes, who is currently my favorite guitarist to hear live, touched the strings on his guitar.
Originally, the Last Waltz 40 Concert was to be a one-and-done special performance at last year's Jazz Festival in New Orleans. But the concert was so well received - with some critics going so far to claim it was the best thing at the famous festival - that a short tour was scheduled. 

Last night's show was the 3rd in the 11-show tour. The special outing concludes on Feb. 4 with a final show at the just opened MGM Theater at the new casino at National Harbor just outside DC.

Encore - The Set List
  1. Set 1:
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  8. (The Band cover) (with Dave Malone)
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  10. (Bo Diddley cover)
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  11. (The Band cover)
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  13. Set 2:
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  16. (Van Morrison cover)
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  19. (The Band cover)
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  20. (Muddy Waters cover) (with Bob Margolin) (without Michael McDonald,… more )
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  21. (Louis Jordan and His Tympany Five cover) (with Bob Margolin) (without Michael McDonald,… more )
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  22. (Bob Dylan cover)
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  23. (The Band cover)
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  24. (Bob Dylan cover)
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  25. Encore:
  26. (Dr. John cover)
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