Robin Trower – Bridge of Sighs

Robin Trower’s career has spanned more than four decades. He is one of the finest guitarists in Rock n’ Roll history.

I first picked up on his brilliance by listening to Procol Harum‘s Broken Barricades (1971), his farewell album with that band. I played it often as I loved the textures and the power chords exhibited on those tracks. It was a decidedly different direction from Procol Harum’s previous repertoire.

I next interacted with Trower’s guitar sonics finding and traveling the Bridge of Sighs he built in 1974.

After Procol Harum, Robin Trower shifted into “power trio” mode with what were categorized as “solo” efforts. Terming Bridge of Sighs a solo effort was incorrect because this was a full-fledged three-piece band with James Dewar (bass and vocals) and Reg Isidore (drums).

 

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The Beatles – Live at the BBC

When I saw the cover of this album the excitement I originally felt about The Beatles in 1963 came rushing back to the music of our heart. There will never be another group in music to create that level of enthusiasm for me in my lifetime.

The BBC broadcast has been remastered and repackaged for release on November 11, 2013.

Once Upon A Dream – The Rascals, Mohegan Sun Casino Arena, 8/30/13

My favorite American rock and roll band is The Rascals. They are the band of my youth. I bought every LP they recorded. When I look back The Rascals dominated my collection and hi-fi phonograph 🙂

Thanks to Steven Van Zandt and his wife Maureen, The Rascals are performing together once again in the BioConcert, Once Upon A Dream.

My wife and I were fortunate to see the inception of The Rascals BioConcert at the rock hall we’ve always loved, The Capitol Theatre in Portchester, NY on December 15, 2012. It was an incredible night to see our heroes performing together. Off to our left was Steven Van Zandt absorbed in watching the production. He is the ultimate fan and his influence with the four Rascals was instrumental in their reformation.

We are excited to have a second opportunity to see The Rascals in Once Upon A Dream for free by invitation at Mohegan Sun Casino Arena. It is a rewarding feeling to receive this honor especially when Mohegan Sun is our number one concert venue. We have seen more concerts at Mohegan Sun than anywhere else.  The Capitol Theatre is our second most attended venue  and where our love affair with rock music took root 😉

Abraham, Martin and John – Dion

We saw Dion Dimucci in concert yesterday evening at Mohegan Sun Casino Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. I expected a rock and roll concert from the Bronx music legend and he did not disappoint.

But I wasn’t ready for the moment in the concert that would move me so deeply. Dion took center stage with his guitar and spoke about recording a song in the late 60’s. I beamed inside knowing he was speaking about, “Abraham, Martin and John.”

The crowd grew hushed when the image of Abraham Lincoln filled the arena screens. Dion took us along the journey of famous American’s of civil rights fame. My eyes began to tear up when the image of John Kennedy and others appeared. No matter how many times I have heard this song since 1968 it has affected me. I did not realize until yesterday when I heard it live with the images of each man, surrounded by the voice of Dion I would become so deeply moved.

We clapped when John Kennedy, Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy’s images each appeared. The music of our heart melted in empathy when we reflected upon what each of these men meant to our sovereign nation.

I held back my tears as I recalled the men I grew up with as a young American. 1968 was a tumultuous year in our history, We learned how much more I loved and respected this song’s ultimate meaning.

Didn’t you love the things that they stood for?
Didn’t they try to find some good for you and me?
And we’ll be free
Some day soon, and it’s a-gonna be one day …

Songwriter: Richard Holler, Copyright Regent Music Corporation

I stood and applauded when the song ended touched within by the sentiment remembered and felt.

Thank you Dion for performing this timeless classic that captures our love for leaders we admire to this very day.

Concert Review: Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band, Mohegan Sun, May 4, 2013

Last night we ventured up the interstate to Mohegan Sun Casino to commune with our favorite rock and roller, Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band. Bob never disappoints us. This was our fourth Bob Seger concert in 17 years. I have been a Bob Seger fan since 1968 ;). Inside the music of our heart that translates to 45 years of wonderful music. Amazingly he showed no signs of stopping last night but it is imminent that he will retire in a few years.

My favorite moment of the night was when Bob said, “Okay, We go back to Live Bullet“, one of the best live rock albums of all time, bar none. He dug down deep transporting us back to Cobo Hall in Detroit Michigan, 1975. Bob and the Silver Bullet performed the connected songs, “Travelin Man” and “Beautiful Loser”. It was better than the original live recording. I became transfixed by the timeless passion he raised through these two songs.

He showcased two new songs from his forthcoming studio album that he projects will release August-September 2013, “All the Roads” and “California Stars”. Bob performed them seated at center stage with an acoustic guitar. When can I place my pre-order Capitol Records? C’mon. c’mon, c’mon 😉

I especially liked the song, “California Stars”,  with lyrics by Woody Guthrie. I urge the reader of this blog post to have a listen on Spotify to and then read up on the Nora Guthrie project, Mermaid Avenue Bob Seger has been majorly  influenced by Billy Bragg, Wilco and the memory of Woody Guthrie. I find Bob Seger’s country songs are perhaps his most heartfelt musical moments, as he shares his deep love for country music.

Bob Seger commented to the fans holding up “Happy Birthday Bob” birthday signs that his birthday was on Monday May 6th. He thanked them for recognizing the event ahead of time. He then stated, “I’m going to be 68 and I feel good.” Intuitively he followed those remarks with “Rock and Roll Never Forgets”, the last song of the night.

We left the arena feeling great about the legend, the person, Bob Seger. There were couples dancing in the hallway as we walked out with the night moves.

Set List:

  1. Long Twin Silver Line
  2. Tryin’ to Live My Life Without You
    (Written by Eugene Williams and Originally performed by soul singer, Otis Clay )
  3. The Fire Down Below
  4. Mainstreet
  5. Old Time Rock & Roll
  6. Her Strut
  7. Like a Rock
  8. Travelin’ Man/Beautiful Loser
  9. Roll Me Away
  10. Come To Poppa
  11. California Stars
    (Lyrics by Woody Guthrie, Song: Billy Bragg/Wilco)
  12. We’ve Got Tonight
  13. Turn the Page
  14. Sunspot Baby
  15. Katmandu

Encore #1

  1. Against the Wind
  2. Night Moves

Encore #2

  1. Hollywood Nights
  2. Rock and Roll Never Forgets

 

Rock and Roll (And Evie) Never Forgets

I just have to share this wonderful human interest story with my readers. It is sure to bring a tear to your eye. It did mine 🙂 Maybe you read or heard about this beautiful miracle of life, rock and roll and being a devout fan. We happen to be major Bob Seger fans ourselves and believe in miracles too.

Bob Seger wrote the song, “Rock and Roll Never Forgets”. I found out today that Evie Branan never forgot Bob Seger and he never will forget Evie Branan.

Evie Branan was is a coma for five years. Her first words when she woke up from that coma were, “I want to  go to a Bob Seger concert.” Talk about your dream come true.

Well I am happy to share that Evie Branan got to go to that concert. They picked her up in a limousine and drove her there in style. She sat in the special fan luxury box with friends and helpers. She had a beer, got up and danced to some good old rock and roll.

Then she was taken backstage to meet Bob Seger, Alto Reed and Bob’s family (among others) how cool is that!!!!

Evie Branan attends Bob Seger concert

God Bless her, Evie’s assistants and the Bob Seger Bullet Band Organization for taking great care of their new #1 Fan, Evie Branan.

Follow these links for more great pictures and video of a very special evening for Evie, Bob Seger and fans everywhere!

Picture Slideshow: http://photos.mlive.com/4466/gallery/evie_branan_attends_bob_seger_concert/index.html

Video: http://abclocal.go.com/wls/video?id=9062610&pid=9062612

Evie Branan, 79, smiles as Bob Seger wraps his arm around her for a photograph Thursday, April 11, 2013 backstage before his concert at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

Evie Branan meets Bob Seger

 

Movie: Not Fade Away

The David Chase flim (Creator of the Sopranos), Not Fade Away speaks to the teen spirit inside us that rock and roll sets free. I love the soundtrack and what the trailer says to the rebel spirit ever-present in the music of our heart. It doesn’t hurt either that  the Executive Producer is Steven Van Zandt.;)

Hope to see this movie soon…

The Rolling Stones Steamrolling Ahead

The Rolling Stones continue to steam roll ahead with their 50th Anniversary concerts. Last night they played the first of four NY area concerts (this includes the recently announced appearance at the 12.12.12 Superstorm Sandy Benefit) at The Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.

Rolling STones

The Stones marketing machine is operating at fever pitch. Mick Jagger and Keith Richards will make their first appearance on the David Letterman Show to announce the Top 10 List.

Tickets have been next to impossible to get so we have decided to watch the Pay Per View show on Saturday December 15th.

I especially like this concert footage from the 2003 tour in Twickenham, England.

The Rolling Stones Go Digital

The Rolling Stones introduced two new digital content solutions, fresh on the heels of GRRR! the most definitive Rolling Stones Greatest Hits collection ever 😉

1) Rolling Stones Official App 

 

iPhone Screenshot 1

The first ever official Rolling Stones app is now available on iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. It’s free to download and there’s get exclusive content, first access to breaking news about the band, as well as the chance to win tickets to the upcoming gigs.

You can also unlock access to never-before seen interviews, gig performances and much more – only available in the app