Monthly Archives: June 2015

HAPPY BIRTHDAY STANLEY CLARKE, PHIL ANSELMO & More…

1943- Florence Ballard (vocals w/ The Supremes; “Baby Love”; died in 1976)

Florence Ballard

The Supremes w/ Florence Ballard “Where Did Our Love Go?” live video link here.

1944- Glenn Shorrock (member of Little River Band; “Reminiscing”)         71 yrs.

Glenn Shorrock of the Little

1951- Stanley Clarke (jazz bassist; has worked w/ Santana, Paul McCartney, Chick Corea + more)        64 yrs.

into Stanley Clarke's

Stanley Clarke “School Days” live video link here.

1956- Adrian Wright (member of The Human League; “Don’t You Want Me”)             59 yrs.

Philip Adrian Wright

1957- Doug Sampson (drummer w/ Iron Maiden)             58 yrs.

Doug Sampson

1967- Peter James Camell (guitarist w/ The La’s; “There She Goes”)                       48 yrs.         No Photo Available

1968- Philip Anselmo (vocalist w/ Pantera; “Walk”)          47 yrs.

Phil Anselmo picks five

Pantera w/ Phil Anselmo “Cowboys From Hell” live video link here.

These are your birthdays for today, along with video links for a couple of the artists. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO EVERYONE BORN ON THIS DAY!! Enjoy!!

HAPPY LISTENING!!!! 😉

“FARE THEE WELL” NIGHT #2, ENDS THE DEAD’S TIME IN SANTA CLARA!!

The second night of “Fare Thee Well in California, was set to start earlier than Saturday’s show, so like many, I was glued to the internet, via my T.V. The first night had been full of classic Grateful Dead, with several cuts off of the late 60’s releases ‘Anthem Of The Sun’ and the self-titled album. The playing had been impressive on all fronts, but the vocal cohesion was on and off. the transitions from one song to another were not as silky smooth, as most Deadheads are used to. One thing was for sure, Bob Weir was doing the elephants share of the vocal work and doing it in stunning fashion. I was ready to hear more of the Grateful Dead tunes that had shaped over half of my life, and to see how they could build their momentum as they head toward Chicago, next weekend.

The first set began under the sun with half of the guys wearing shades on-stage, as the band commenced the evening’s festivities with “Feel Like A Stranger”. Bob was singing as well as ever and Trey was giving a nod to Jerry with his playing. “Minglewood Blues” sounded fantastic, but the transition into “Brown-Eyed Women”, with Bruce on lead vocals, was really bumpy. The song itself was terrific, with Bruce seeming to have settled on an approach to singing the music of The Dead. “Loose Lucy” brought one of the best party lines to life, with “Thank you, for a real good time”. Bruce lead the group through “Loser” and he shined like ‘the queen of diamonds’ on vocals and piano. “Row Jimmy” is a classic Dead tune, but seemed a little flat on this night. Trey finally got to step-up on “Alabama Getaway” and he seemed fairly committed to the vocals at the beginning of the song, but that waned by the end of it. The dark mood of “Black Peter” didn’t dampen Bob’s need to push the envelope vocally. It gave way to “Hell In A Bucket”, which found Trey getting so into the jam, that he was oblivious when it appeared that Bob wanted to wrap up the tune. Phil just smiled at that point, probably remembering someone else, who
who sometimes ended up on a different plane.

After another extended set break, the boys came out and began the second set with “Mississippi Half Step” featuring Phil on lead, with a seemingly stronger voice than the night before. The group parts were even off to a good start. “Wharf Rat” was an exceptionally tight tune on this evening, with Bob delivering some more amazing vocals. Trey was truly having a solid beginning to the last set in Santa Clara, both vocally and on guitar. A sweet segue took the music toward “Eyes Of The World”, which sounded good musically, but was lacking in vocal cohesion. Whether it was mutually agreed upon or not, Bruce and Bob traded off some lyrics on “He’s Gone”, but when Bob attempted to hand the reigns to Trey, he looked apprehensive, so Bob took over. Mickey and Bill took control of the stage with the help of Sikiru Adepoju on talking drum for that entire portion of the show, which was a little shorter than the Saturday’s drums. An abbreviated space became a fairly obvious intro for “I Need A Miracle”, which was slower than most versions. Jeff Chimenti brought the organ to live, while Bob stirred the soul with “Death Don’t Have No Mercy”. The septet showed off their best harmonies on a rousing version of the Grateful Dead standard “Sugar Magnolia”, which included Bob Weir howling by the end. They left the stage and returned for the chill inspiring “Brokedown Palace”, with Bob again fulfilling his duties, with some powerful vocals.

There was definitely some more ease to the vibe on stage for the second night of “Fare The Well” in Santa Clara, California. Some of that comfort was warranted and some was a tad premature. Bruce Hornsby sounded like he was more comfortable with his role on the vocal end pulling off a couple of leads. Phil sounded good when he sang, but he sang a lot less background vocals than on Saturday. Everybody’s playing was stellar, minus some bumpy transitions in a few places. Bob Weir was the MVP for another night, with near perfect vocals. I had noticed that, although Bob was learning to keep his head up while he played guitar, he had it hung a lot and was watching his fingers on the strings, which begs the question how long he can continue playing with the pain. Trey’s playing was morphing into Garcia-inspired work as the show went on, but he is still not totally standing on his own and hinders the flow in places. Though these two shows are done, there are three more shows next weekend in Chicago, celebrating the music of the Grateful Dead. I am hopeful that the guys will figure out what can be better and how to fix those things by next weekend. I am sure these shows will be wonderful to hear, no matter where you are, so claim your spot and get ready for Chicago’s “Fare Thee Well” concerts at Soldier Field in Chicago, over July 3rd, 4th and 5th. That’s What I Know, So That’s What You Know!!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY LITTLE EVA, COLIN HAY & More…

1945- Little Eva (singer; recorded a song that Gerry Goffin and Carole King asked her to; “The Loco-Motion”; died in 2003)

Little Eva

Little Eva “Loco-Motion” video link here.

1948- Ian Paice (drummer w/ Deep Purple; “Smoke On The Water”)        67 yrs.

Drummerworld: Ian Paice

1953- Colin Hay (lead singer + musician w/ Men At Work;”Who Can It Be Now?”; solo artist)          62 yrs.

Colin Hay. Colin Hay

Colin Hay “Overkill” live video link here.

1979- Tim McCord (bassist w/ Evanescence since 2006)    36 yrs.

Tim McCord - Gibsons

These are your birthdays for today, along with video links for a couple of the artists. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO EVERYONE BORN ON THIS DAY!! Enjoy!!

HAPPY LISTENING!!!! 😉

“FARE THEE WELL” NIGHT #1, EASILY MOST WATCHED DEAD SHOW EVER!!!!

Last night was the first night of the five night “Fare Thee Well” concerts, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the music of the Grateful Dead. When you consider all the ways this show was being watched in real-time and the amount of people, who wanted to be there but couldn’t be, you know that it is the most watched Dead show ever, so far. I, like thousands around the world watched from the comfort of my own home, where there is never a line for the bathroom or beer!!

The first set started around 8 PT, to a highly charged crowd, with the classic “Truckin”. The group choruses weren’t as strong as Bobby’s solos, but the playing was pretty spot-on. Trey started to find his inner-Jerry a little on Uncle John’s Band, but the group vocal efforts had moments of “too many cooks”. The percussion and the amount of time the cameras spent on Mickey and Bill was a refreshing turn for the guys at the back of the stage. I was tickled, as soon as I heard the opening notes of “Alligator”. Not to be a pessimist, but when I first heard Phil singing on the song Pigpen used to, I couldn’t help but think that Warren Haynes could have pulled-off the blues vocals, similar to Pig. Just Sayin’. “Cumberland Blues” sounded good, with the four vocalists having moments of glory from a harmonic stand-point. “Born Cross-eyed” started a little choppy, but Bob, Phil, Bruce and Trey managed to maintain the psychedelic playfulness of the vocals. They went way back in the catalogue for “Cream Puff War”, with Trey doing a fantastic job committing to the vocals. “Viola Lee Blues” featured some incredible harmonies and jams, but had a slightly fizzled ending.

After an hour set break, which is a long time, the band came back on around 10 p.m. They opened with “Cryptical Envelopment” and Phil Lesh singing with a seemingly strained voice. However, Phil was commanding attention with his bass work. “Dark Star” was close behind with tight harmonies and a nice groove. It felt like Trey was not as comfortable with some of the lyrics, so he didn’t seem as committed to those. They jammed into “St. Stephen”, which featured excellent playing , although Bruce seemed to be trying to hit some higher notes, that didn’t quite fit into the mix. There was a little lyrical mix-up at the beginning of the song, and Bob waved-off the verse, so they did it again for good measure. Throughout the show, it became abundantly clear that Bob Weir had the strongest voice in the group and “The Eleven” was no exception, even as Trey had a hard time keeping up vocally and Phil just stopped trying. “Turn On Your Lovelight” sounded tight and moved into a twenty minute drums, which was fascinating to watch from different close-up angles. The space that came after was short and gave way to the strangely psychedelic “What’s Become Of The Baby”. The band slid back into “The Other One” with fat bass lines dropping all over the place. It was amazing that as they finished out the second set with “Morning Dew”, Bob Weir was still howling at the top of his lungs, with exceptional control. As the clock approached midnight, the guys didn’t leave the stage before Bruce took the lead on “Casey Jones” for the encore.

I can’t lie, I was more impressed, than I was disappointed. That doesn’t mean that it wouldn’t have been nice to see and hear a guitarist/vocalist, who is a little more comfortable and commanding in the role, but Trey held his own, especially on “Cream Puff War”.  Bob must have been preparing for these shows for awhile, because the notes he was hitting and holding vocally, were phenomenal. Both drummers were playful and perfectly precise with every note. The band as a whole, had a great first show. I am anxious to hear what they open with tonight. That’s What I Know, So That’s What You Know!! Enjoy!!                    Have A Great Show!!

HAPPY LISTENING!!!! 😉

HAPPY BIRTHDAY STEVEN MORSE, JOHN KADLECIK & More…

1943- Bobby Harrison (drummer w/ Procol Harum; “Whiter Shade Of Pale”)         72 yrs.

Bobby Harrison: underrated?

1945- David Knights (member of Procol Harum; “Whiter Shade Of Pale”)            70 yrs.

David Knights Change Photo

1954- Steven Morse (guitarist w/ Dixie Dregs; member of Deep Purple since ’94; also fronts Steve Morse Band)          61 yrs.

Steve Morse guitar

Steve Morse Band “Ice Cakes” live video link here.

1959- Clint Boon (keyboards w/ Inspiral Carpets; “This Is How It Feels”)          56 yrs.

clint boon – inspirals clint

Inspiral Carpets w/ Clint Boon “Two Worlds Collide” video link here.

1963- Charles Clouser (keyboards, drums + engineer; member of Nine Inch Nails in mid-late 90’s; worked with White Zombie, Marilyn Manson, Deftones + more…)          52 yrs.

Charlie Clouser in his

1965- Saul Davis (guitar + violin w/ James; “Sit Down”)          50 yrs.

Saul Davies

James w/ Saul Davis “Sit Down” video link here.

1969- John Kadlecik (guitar, vocals + violin; former member of Hairball Willie, Uncle John’s Band, Dark Star Orchestra + Furthur w/ Bob Weir + Phil Lesh; also fronts the John Kadlecik Band; currently playing with Golden Gate Wingmen known for playing and singing like the late- grate Jerry Garcia)              46 yrs.

John Kadlecik Band to Play

Hairball Willie (reunion) w/ John Kadlecik “I Know You Rider” live video link here.

1977- Mark Stoermer (bassist w/ The Killers)        38 yrs.

Mark Stoermer Mark

These are your birthdays for today, along with video links for some of the artists. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO EVERYONE BORN ON THIS DAY!! Enjoy!!

HAPPY LISTENING!!!! 😉

HAPPY BIRTHDAY LISA GERMANO, LEIGH NASH & More…

1935- Doc Pomus (songwriter; wrote hits with Mort Shuman; “Teenager In Love” + “Save The Last Dance For Me”; died in 1991)

AKA Doc Pomus, directed by

1944- Bruce Johnson (vocals + guitar w/ The Beach Boys; “Good Vibrations)        71 yrs.

of Beach Boy Bruce Johnson

The Beach Boys w/ Bruce Johnson “I Can Hear Music” video link here.

1951- Gilson Lavis (drummer w/ Chuck Berry, Squeeze + Jools Holland)       64 yrs.

Gilson Lavis

1958- Lisa Germano (singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist; solo artists; worked with John Mellencamp, Simple Minds, David Bowie, Iggy Pop + more)         57 yrs.

Lisa Germano

Lisa Germano “Red Thread” live video link here.

1970- Laurence Colbert (drummer w/ Ride; “Leave Them All Behind”)     45 yrs.

Laurence Colbert – Free

Ride w/ Laurence Colbert “Leave Them All Behind” video link here.

1976- Leigh Nash (singer w/ Sixpence None The Richer; “Kiss Me”)      39 yrs.

Leigh Nash

These are today’s birthdays, accompanied by video links for a couple of the artists. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO EVERYONE BORN ON THIS DAY!! Enjoy!!

HAPPY LISTENING!!!! 😉

Editorial: “FARE THEE WELL” TAKES THE DEAD TO THE END OF THE ROAD!!

A few months ago, on a Friday afternoon, I like many found out about the three “Fare Thee Well” shows that the surviving members of the Grateful Dead would be performing in Chicago over the 4th of July weekend, to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Grateful Dead’s music. We learned that along with Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann, the shows would feature Bruce Hornsby, Trey Anastasio and Jeff Cimenti. Bruce Hornsby has been quite successful writing, sing and playing piano and accordion, and was even a member of the Grateful Dead, filling in after Brent Mydland died and helping to get Vince Welnick up to speed. Trey Anastasio plays guitar, sings and writes songs for Phish, as well as for the band that bares his name. Jeff Chimenti has played keys for Ratdog with Bob Weir, Furthur, which included Bob and Phil, and The Dead with all four of the surviving members of the Grateful Dead. These three are all incredible musicians and are heavily versatile, so they can probably play just about anything put in front of them.

This announcement was so exciting, that my wife was on-line trying to find hotel rooms, as soon as I was sure that she wanted to spend the kind of money we were looking at throwing down. We found something for four nights, for $1500, which was still going to be around a mile away from Soldier Field, where the last two Grateful Dead shows were in 1995, exactly a month before Jerry Garcia died. That night, I began to think about the difference between these last three shows that Bob, Phil, Mickey and Bill would play together and the last two that I had seen twenty years ago in Chicago with Jerry. I also had to think about the differences in myself over the twenty years, especially since the parking lot isn’t really my scene anymore. The cost was also a major consideration, since going to “Fare Thee Well” was going to mean forgetting about any other plans for the summer and possibly working more.  Within that first 24 hours, it seemed that the news was everywhere, even on some media outlets that I never expected, nor needed, to give the Grateful Dead attention.  I considered that Bob Weir wouldn’t have really performed for almost two years, by the time of the shows, and it is unknown how his shoulder will hold-up for three nights in a row. After more thinking, I began to consider how I felt about Trey as the virtual replacement for Jerry, and it didn’t sit well. While Trey may do a phenomenal job in the role, I couldn’t help but consider that there were other guitarists more qualified and who had paid more dues to the Dead’s music, to receive the spot. Don’t get me wrong, I love Phish and have traveled pretty good distances to see them, in the past. They are an amazing quartet and they have a huge following, but their music really is more Talking Heads and Frank Zappa, than Grateful Dead. It is too bad that the Phish’s scene isn’t the same as the Grateful Dead’s, but it tends to be a little younger and has more financial resources. Trey is big in the jam scene, but that really doesn’t translate the same in the Dead scene. There are plenty of Deadheads, who have little interest in Phish, but unfortunately they were forced to take notice when Trey got the nod for this incarnation of The Dead. It felt like shows that should have been catered toward true Deadheads, now had to be shared with Phish-heads, which increased the size of the potential audience by at least 100%. I have to think that giving Trey the spot, had at least a little bit to do with wanting to do something they hadn’t before, to assure that they would sell-out each night, which ultimately underestimated the loyalty Deadheads have for their band and its music. These things, along with increased responsibilities, not to mention the financial strain, were all the reasons why we cancelled our hotel and never even sent in a mail order.

When things got crazy with filling all the ticket requests and the addition of general admission on the field at Soldier Field, I really wasn’t sad I wasn’t going to be in the middle of that mess. I heard stories about many people not getting any tickets, but also knew people who had gotten confirmation for all three days. There was so much that went wrong with the ticketing and it appeared that not only did Deadheads have to split the tickets with Phish-heads, but it looked as though the scalpers were getting their not-so-fair share of them, as well. I am not saying that co-promoters, Peter Shapiro and Madison House were greedy, but at the very least they got in over their heads with how much they promoted the event versus the amount of tickets available. With people selling tickets on-line for $400 and up, it really didn’t feel like anything to do with the Grateful Dead. During this time I read various interviews with the surviving four members and was lead to believe that they may not be the last shows they play together and that Trey Anastasio really is “the guy” for this role. I didn’t believe that it was only because he didn’t sing, that a highly qualified guitarist wasn’t picked for the gig, but rather that it had to do with 15 year old personal issues. Needless to say I was still skeptical about the energy and intention behind the “Fare Thee Well” shows at this point.

I can’t say that I made any effort to get tickets when they added two shows in Santa Clara the weekend prior to the Chicago event, especially when I heard that Trey was going to be there too. I can say, however, that I felt like those shows were really done for the Deadheads and had more to do with Bob, Phil, Mickey and Bill wanting to do right by their fans than any outside entity trying to make money or a name. They even used a different ticketing system than was used for Chicago, just to ensure that Heads and not scalpers were going to get the tickets.

About a month and a half ago, a good friend called and said that he had a pair of tickets for each night in Santa Clara an even had hotel rooms too. That meant my wife and I could go without having to deal with trying to find or order tickets or a room, but of course there was still the question of money. Since I had seen the Grateful Dead’s last two shows, I wasn’t as worried about seeing any of these supposed last shows, as my wife, who had seen them in the spring of ’95. Since she was okay with passing, I was too. We figured we could save a ton of money if we just watched them on the internet. There are bars in Denver and Boulder that will be broadcasting the event, plus movie theatres in the area that will be showing the July 3rd, 4th and 5th shows.

The Santa Clara Shows are tomorrow and Sunday, while the Chicago shows are July 3-5. I like thousands more, will be watching these shows from somewhere other than Levi Stadium and Soldier Field. We will all have to decide for ourselves, if all the hype surrounding these shows was truly warranted or if it had more to do with unrealistic expectations. Having said that I am more hopeful than skeptical and am sure that the shows will be something to behold. No matter where you are going to be experiencing  them, as long as you love the music, you should have a good time. Break-out your dancin’ shoes, because everybody’s dancin’ a ring around the sun. That’s What I Know, So That’s What You Know!! Enjoy!!

HAPPY LISTENING!!!! 😉                       HAVE A GOOD SHOW!!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MICK JONES, TERRI NUNN, GRETCHEN WILSON & More…

1910- Colonel Tom Parker (managed Elvis Presley; died in 1997)

Colonel Tom Parker

1940- Billy Davis Jr. (singer; “You Don’t Have To Be A Star”; member of the 5th Dimension; “Stoned Soul Picnic”)           75 yrs.

Beach Music Pictures 3

1942- Larry Taylor (bassist w/ Canned Heat)       73 yrs.

Canned Heat: Larry Taylor's

1955- Mick Jones (guitar + vocals w/ The Clash; “Guns Of Brixton”, “Train In Vain”, “Rock The Casbah”; frontman w/ Big Audio Dynamite; “Rush”)      60 yrs.

Here's Mick Jones' lock-up,

Mick Jones w/ The Clash “London Calling” video link here.

1956- Chris Isaak (singer/songwriter/actor; “Wicked Game”)      59 yrs.

Chris Isaak Website

1961- Terri Nunn (vocals w/ Berlin; “The Metro” + “Take My Breath Away”)
54 yrs.

Berlin w/ Terri Nunn “The Metro” video link here.

1963- Harriet Wheeler (singer w/ The Sundays; “Here’s Where The Story Ends”)         52 yrs.

beehive-harriet-wheeler-300x ...

The Sundays w/ Harriet Wheeler “Wild Horses” video link here.

1969- Colin Greenwood (bassist w/ Radiohead; “Creep”)      46 yrs.

Colin Greenwood

1969- Mark Decloedt (member of EMF; “Unbelievable”)      46 yrs.

Mark Decloedt

1973- Gretchen Wilson (country singer)      42 yrs.

Gretchen Wilson

Gretchen Wilson “All Jacked Up” live video link here.

1979- Nathan Followill (drummer w/ Kings Of Leon; “California Waiting”, “Use Somebody” + “Magoo”)       36 yrs.

Nathan Followill Loverss

Kings Of Leon w/ Nathan Followill “Wait For Me” live video link here.

These are your birthdays for today, along with links for some of the artists. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO EVERYONE BORN ON THIS DAY!! Enjoy!!

HAPPY LISTENING!!!! 😉

New Releases 6/30: SLIGHTLY STOOPID, TWIN BANDIT, MOCKY & More…

This Tuesday’s list of new releases is not heavy at all, and is truly light on big name acts. The most noticeable bands in the mix are Slightly Stoopid with new material and 311 with their archive album that seems to be a compilation of 81 b-sides, bonus tracks, demos + more… from their 25 year career.

  • Ancient Ocean- “Blood Moon”
  • Apathy- “Weekend At The Cape”
  • Cory Allen- “The Source”
  • Ecstatic Vision- “Sonic Praise”
  • Fannie Lou Hamer- “The Songs My Mother Taught Me”
  • Goblin Rebirth- “Goblin Rebirth”
  • Jamie XX- “In Colour”
  • Jungle Rot- “Order Shall Prevail”
  • Locksmith- “Lofty Goals”
  • Mocky- “Key Change”
  • Slightly Stoopid- “Meanwhile….Back In The Lab”
  • The Legends- “It’s Love”
  • Tony Wilson 6tet- “A Day’s Life”
  • Twin Bandit- “For You”
  • 311- “Archive”

This is a short, somewhat uneventful list of new releases for the last day of June, but I will pick one of these to review. Check-back on Wednesday to read the review. That’s What I Know, So That’s What You Know!!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY CARLY SIMON, TIM FINN & GEORGE MICHAEL & More…

1935- Eddie Floyd (soul singer; “Knock On Wood”)    80 yrs.

Eddie Floyd - People Get it

Eddie Floyd “Knock On Wood” live video link here.

1939- Harold Melvin (soul singer + pianist; fronted The Bluenotes; “If You Don’t Know Me By Now”; died in 1997)

Harold Melvin

Harold Melvin & The Bluenotes “The Love I Lost” live video link here.

1940- Clint Warwick (bassist w/ The Moody Blues; died in 2004)

Clint Warwick

1945- Carly Simon (singer/songwriter; “You’re So Vain”)    70 yrs.

Carly Simon To Perform Online\

Carly Simon “Coming Around Again” live video link here.

1946- Allen Lanier (guitar + keyboards w/ Blue Oyster Cult; “Don’t Fear The Reaper”)
69 yrs.

Allen Lanier

1946- Ian McDonald (saxophone w/ King Crimson + Foreigner)         69 yrs.

Ian MacDonald

1952- Tim Finn (singer + songwriter w/ Split Enz, Crowded House + Finn Brothers; solo artist)         63 yrs.

re The Life Of Brian Finn

Tim Finn “Couldn’t Be Done” video link here.

1954- David Paich (vocals + keyboards w/ Toto; “Africa”)      61 yrs.

Toto's David Paich remembers

1963- Georgios Panayiotou a.k.a. George Michael (singer + songwriter w/ Wham!; solo artist; “Faith”)            52 yrs.

The day I told George Michael

George Michael “Freedom! ’90” video link here.

1972- Mike Kroeger (bassist w/ Nickelback)              43 yrs.

Mike Kroeger

These are today’s birthdays, accompanied by video links for some of the artists. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO EVERYONE BORN ON THIS DAY!! Enjoy!!

HAPPY LISTENING!!!! 😉