james gang – rides again

Looking for a rock album to satisfy that sweet tooth give a listen to, james gang – rides again

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The Concert Slut Scores Twice in One Morning!

The concert portfolio for 2013 begins to materialize as ticket sales for artist tours gets seriously underway. There are two hot May Rock concerts happening the same week in Connecticut. Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band on Saturday May 4th at Mohegan Sun Casino Arena and ZZ Top at Oakdale Theatre in Wallingford on Wednesday May 8th.

My close friends know how much of a concert slut I am 😉 I have attended on average the past 11 years 20+ concerts a year. I am getting close to the 400 concerts milestone with 44 years of live performances attended. I added these two concerts to that illustrious list of live shows.

1) ZZ Top – La Futura Tour

Its hard to believe that after 40 years we have never seen ZZ Top Live in concert. I knew I had to fix that. That Lil Ol Band From Texas that I first heard and played on college FM radio has a special place in the music of our heart. In 1973 even though we were a college radio station we had a playlist we had to choose and play music from every time we were on the air. I never argued about playing ZZ Top’s Tres Hombres from that list.

Be it “Beer Drinkers & Hell Raisers” or “La Grange” or “Jesus Just Left Chicago” those songs just snap, crackled and popped. I love a power trio group. First there was the super group Cream, followed by the American band Grand Funk Railroad, then ZZ Top. Three musicians creating a crescendo of sound.

They have released 15 studio albums, 8 compilation albums, and 42 singles.  ZZ Top has sold over 25 million albums in the US with additional sales internationally. I thought they had sold more product than that but 25 million is very respectable.

I will have to buy some earplugs because we are dead center in the eight row, psyche!

2) Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band

I am a stone cold Seger fan. I have loved the Bob Seger sound ever since Ramblin Gamblin in 1968.

We have seen Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band several times in concert in 17 years. He is tops in our books. The last Connecticut concert date was our first Bob Seger concert, the Hartford Civic Center in 1996. We next saw Bob Seger in 2007 at Madison Square Garden. The last time we caught Bob Seger and company was in Atlantic City, NJ in April of 2011. The Mohegan Sun Show in May will be our 4th Seger concert, that’s how much we love him and his music.

What can you say about one of the best singer/songwriters of our generation. He is Motor City Rock and Roll and so much more.

Now about that new studio album Bob? I’m sure we’ll love it when its time for you to release it.

Joe Walsh – Analog Man

Tuesday, June 5, 2012 is a major record release day. There are four recordings all coming out at the same time that  I want to purchase.

1) Neil Young & CrazyHorse – Americana

Americana

2) Patti SmithBanga

BANGA

3) The Beach BoysThat’s Why God Made The Radio (Ordered)

That's Why God Made the Radio

4) Joe Walsh – Analog Man

Analog Man [CD / DVD Combo Deluxe Edition]

This will be Joe’s first solo studio recording in 20 years. The 10-track album was produced by Jeff Lynne and Joe Walsh with Tommy Lee James co-writing some of the tracks. “Lucky That Way,” one of Walsh’s favorites off the album, speaks to the extraordinary life he’s lived, even through the hurdles, and features Ringo Starr, his real life brother-in-law, on drums. The song ironically serves as a mature sequel to Walsh’s famed “Life’s Been Good” and for Walsh, life is just that.

Watch this video of Joe Walsh where he explains in inimitable rambling style, “Life’s Been Good” before he performs at The Troubadour in West Hollywood, California.

Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney Together, Y Not

Y Not is the title of Ringo Starr’s new recording which will be released on January 12th, 2010. Ringo has chosen to self-produce Y Not. I am excited that Ringo has taken direct control of his artistic freedom and direction.

How on earth did Starr finally locate the absolutely perfect producer to work with him? “Well, I looked in the mirror,” Ringo says with a smile. “And I was looking real groovy that day.”

The first single “Walk With You” features Paul McCartney singing with Ringo. It will bring a wonderful chill to your senses when you hear them together. Paul McCartney also plays bass on “Peace Dream”.

How cool is this!!!!!!

“Walk With You” is available as a digital download from CD Universe as an MP3 file and can also be purchased on iTunes 😉

According to Ringo Starr,  Starr said McCartney is “gen-i-us” for the way he laid down his vocal track on “Walk With You,” which is described as a “moving, even spiritual meditation about the lasting power of friendship.”

“Paul was doing the Grammys, so he came over to the house and was playing bass on ‘Peace Dream’. So I played him this other track and Paul … went to the mike and he just invented that part where he follows on my vocal. That was all Paul McCartney, and there could be nothing better…. He just makes it bigger and he makes it fuller,” Starr said.

The album,Y Not also features special guest performances by Joe Walsh, Dave Stewart, Benmont Tench, Don Was, Joss Stone, Ben Harper, Glen Ballard and many others.

Peace and Love, Ringo