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A Lucky Little Lady in the City of Brotherly Love

 

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I don’t know how I missed the news about Robby Krieger playing Ardmore Music Hall on April 23rd but when I heard that he was doing a show for the Doors’ 50th anniversary, I knew that I had to try and get tickets.  I went online, and naturally, it was sold out.  Disappointed, I thought I’d try my luck at the door the night of the show.  Arriving before doors opened, I bypassed the line to ask security if they released any last minute tickets.  They hadn’t but the guard kindly pointed us in the direction of someone who was selling two tickets.  Jackpot!  Gregg and I were able to take the tickets off his hands.

The tickets were general admission so we proceeded to the floor area, parking ourselves about 10 feet from the stage.  Robby and his band, which included his son Waylon on vocals, opened the show with “Break On Through” and proceeded to play a great number of songs off of The Doors’ first album plus not often heard titles like “Spanish Caravan.” They concluded, not surprisingly, with “The End.”

Robby seemed to be in good spirits; he told stories about some of the songs that he wrote including “Light My Fire” and “Twentieth Century Fox”, which he wrote for his wife (they’re married for 45 years now), he talked about Jim and Ray’s favorite songs, and even joked with the crowd after being booed for wearing a Joe Namath jersey, saying, “At least it’s the right color.”  The over two hour show was the last one of the tour so I was thrilled that I was able to see him play live. Absorbing the essence of The Doors, I felt wonderfully connected to the songs and the original band members.

My amazing night got even better after the show when Robby autographed my newly acquired Doors’ Record Store Day album.  I now have a beautiful new treasure in my rock and roll collection!

Paul McCartney Brings It Every Time

McCartneyLast night’s Paul McCartney show at the Wells Fargo Center in Philly was a real treat for first-timers and fans like me who catch him every time he’s in town.  He played close to 40 songs over an almost three hour set that included Beatles’ songs, some Wings’ numbers, and a few tracks off his new album, New.  As someone who regularly goes to see him, I was pleasantly surprised to see him perform a few songs that I’ve never seen him play – “All Together Now,” which was fun for young and old alike, and “Temporary Secretary,” which he had never before performed live.  I particularly enjoyed “Being For The Benefit of Mr. Kite” and “Lovely Rita,” both off of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, too.  Some other highlights of the night included the fire explosions during “Live and Let Die,” his tributes to John Lennon and George Harrison, and of course, the crowd sing-a-long of “Hey Jude.”

Paul’s voice was in fine form.  My daughter commented that he sounded like an angel and I’d have to agree.  My friend noticed that he didn’t even take a drink all night which I found hard to believe. I, on the other hand, was constantly popping Tic Tacs in my mouth to moisten it from all my singing and cheering. McCartney is such a huge talent you might think that musicians playing with him might not be able to perform up to par but that’s not the case with his band.  Paul Wickens (keyboard), Brian Ray (bass/guitar), Rusty Anderson (guitar), and Abe Laboriel Jr. (drums) did a fabulous job keeping up with the always energetic, playful and entertaining McCartney.

Some people ask how I could go see Paul time after time, and for me the answer is simple.  Even though I obviously don’t know him, I feel like he’s an old friend.  For 35 years, his music has touched my heart and soul and given me such joy.  I think he feels the same way about me, about us, his fans.  Sir James Paul McCartney always puts on one hell of a show and I always want to be there to thank him for that. May God bless him and may he keep on rockin!

 

Queen Rule Again

Queen and Adam Lambert rocked the Wells Fargo Center in Philly on July 16, 2004.

Queen and Adam Lambert rocked the Wells Fargo Center in Philly on July 16, 2004.

I have seen many, many bands play live over the years but there was always one band that I wished I had seen but hadn’t… until the other night.  The band I’m talking about is Queen.  Queen’s last American tour was in 1982 and I remember when they played the Spectrum.  A friend of mine saw them and loved them.  I always said I’d catch them the next time but unfortunately there wasn’t a next time.

When Queen got together with Paul Rodgers around 2006, I just couldn’t bring myself to go.  It’s difficult to see a band you really like play without all of the original members, but I think it’s even more difficult when the original front man isn’t there.

When I heard Adam Lambert would be touring with Queen, I actually gave some serious thought to going.  I was a big Lambert fan from his days on “American Idol” and thought he certainly had the singing chops to do Queen’s songs justice.  Although, once again, it just didn’t seem right to me that they’d have another lead singer, but when I got a last minute invite from a friend who had an extra ticket, I decided to go.

I am so glad I did!  Although NO ONE could ever take Freddie Mercury‘s place, Adam’s voice was amazing and he really put on one hell of a show.  With costume changes, an audience sing-off, effortless interaction with the band members, and his own unique styling, I think Freddie would’ve been pleased with his performance.  It sure seemed like the audience was pleased and happy to hear all of Queen’s wonderful music live again. Queen’s remaining original members were pretty terrific too! Brian May’s guitar playing was sick! I especially loved his trippy guitar solo and his tribute to Freddie. Then there was Roger Taylor who was totally rockin’ out on the drums.  He gave the younger drummer playing with them a run for his money! Overall, the entire band sounded great and they looked like they were really having a fun time on stage.  They gave the audience a great show over two hours long with just the right mix of hits and lesser known numbers.   I would definitely see them again.

If you went to the show, what did you think and would you see them again?

 

 

Record Store Day Schedule of Events

Vinyl Revival is proud to be participating in Record Store Day, an international day to celebrate the culture of the independently owned record store, on April 19, 2014.  Vinyl Revival will stock a selection of titles that are Record Store Day exclusive, limited edition and first releases.  As part of the Record Store Day celebration, there will be free entertainment by indie/alternative musicians, a book signing, light refreshments and drinks during store hours from 10 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Record Store Day Schedule of Events

10 a.m. – Store opens

11 a.m. – Book signing with James Rosin, author of “Philly Pop, Rock, Rhythm & Blues”

11 a.m. –  Performance by Aaron Hug

12 p.m. – Performance by Nina Marie

12:45 p.m. – Performance by Traffic Nightmare

1:30 p.m. – performance by Ghost Gum

2:15 p.m. – Performance by Family Vacation

3:00 p.m. – Performance by Tom Curtis Jr.

3:45 p.m. – Performance by The One2s

4:30 p.m. – Performance by Big Tusk

5:15 p.m. –  Performance by Wild Rompit

6:00 p.m. Performance by DRGN King.

For a complete list of titles being released for 2014 Record Store Day, visit http://recordstoreday.com/.

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Super cool lasers from Kings of Leon's concert at the Wells Fargo Center February 19th.

Rock & Roll: Alive and Well

I am very optimistic about the future of rock and roll! For a while, there was a lot of dance/pop music dominating the airways, but there currently seems to be a really strong crop of rock and roll bands out there to that I am really excited about.

Attending the Made in America concert the past two years has introduced me to a number of bands that I am listening to and going to see in concert.  I saw Gary Clark Jr. there for the fist time and just caught him opening for Kings of Leon the other night.  Love him and them!  This year at Made in America, I saw Imagine Dragons and The Gaslight Anthem, two more bands I look forward to seeing in concert again.  Dr. Dog is another favorite of mine and I finally got to see them live again after missing every one of their local shows the past two years.  A couple of bands that I haven’t seen yet but hope to see soon are Arcade Fire and Arctic Monkeys. There’s so much good stuff out there, it’s hard to name just a few of my faves.

Who’s your  favorite “new” band?

 

 

 

Lightning Bolt by Peal Jam is now available.

Pearl Jam Tuesday in Philly

Pearl Jam played their second Philly show on Tuesday and boy was it a fabulous!  I always catch them when they’re in town and I was lucky to get a seat last night. Even though I sat behind the stage, Eddie would turn to us every now and then and even sang a song directly to the bunch of us in the back.  The guys brought their usual high energy and their mighty musical talent playing a great mix of stuff off their new album, Lightening Bolt (which we have in-store), a lot of deep tracks and a variety of their bigger hits.

The band treated concert-goers with a few of their ballads but it’s their heavy, loud style and sound that I love best. There were some songs I didn’t know but that’s one of the things I love about Pearl Jam.  They’ll play songs that their hardcore fans will know and the rest of us will want to check out again. I found myself looking at the set list this morning and going though my Pearl Jam to see which albums had the songs I didn’t know. Another thing I love about the band is they never play the same set twice.  If they’re in Philly two nights, you’ll see a different show each time.

Time after time, and year after year, I never tire of seeing this band live.  They completely energize me and I continue to look forward to each new release they put out.

Did you go to the show?  What’d you think of it?

Stones Saturday

Bridges of Babylon and a Goat's Head

Bridges of Babylon and a Goat’s Head

Where are my fellow Stones fans?  You might want to stop by this weekend since I just got a number of collectible Stones items in stock.  I have autographed copies of the out-of-print Stones book, Love You Live, by Marilou Regan plus several framed collectible Stones concert posters.

We’re planning a HUGE Stones event for the first Friday of December so stop back or visit our Facebook page for more information as it becomes available.

Stones lithographs

 

Tie-Dye Music Festival is Fun for the Entire Family

Come here Beaufort play improvisational folk rock at Community Arts Center’s inaugural Tie-Dye Music Festival on Saturday, July 13th at 414 Plush Mill Road, Wallingford, PA.

Come here Beaufort play improvisational folk rock at Community Arts Center’s inaugural Tie-Dye Music Festival on Saturday, July 13th at 414 Plush Mill Road, Wallingford, PA.

What’s better than a music festival?  A tie-dye music festival!

If you’re looking for some family fun this Saturday, look no further than the Tie-Dye Music Festival at Community Arts Center, 414 Plush Mill Road, Wallingford, PA. The Tie-Dye Music Festival is an all ages, free admission, family event sponsored by Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union.

A celebration of the care-free days of summer and the creative and colorful process of tie-dying, attendees may purchase event t-shirts for $10 and tie-dye them themselves for no additional charge or people may bring up to 2 items of their own to tie-dye for a $5 charge.  CAC staff and expert tie-dye artist Bob Deane will be on hand to help participants with the tie-dye process and with achieving the desired design and color of their finished products.

Throughout the day, six local bands, each with their own unique sound, will entertain festival-goers.   Music includes the bluegrass sounds of  the Whirled Peas, improvisational folk rock from Beaufort, well crafted original music by New Jersey singer-songwriter Gordon Vincent, your favorite classic rock by Friday Revival, carefully selected acoustic covers by Herb Mondros and original music from Wilmington’s JB Cole, who is quickly gaining popularity as an emerging talent.

The Tie-Dye Music Festival, July 13th from 2 – 7 p.m., is a rain or shine event.  Guests are encouraged to bring chairs/blankets if outside. If inside, chairs will be provided. Additional  parking provided by  Pendle Hill, next door to the CAC, at 338 Plush Mill Rd.

Pack a picnic, grab your hula hoop and have some festival fun!

Frank-ly Lovin’ Folk/Punk

I love discovering new music and WXPN is a great place to do that.  As a member, I try to get to a Free at Noon concert at the World Café Live at least once a month.  Last Friday I checked out a great act, Frank Turner and his band The Sleeping Souls.  Turner’s described by Wikipedia as an English folk/punk singer-songwriter, and as strange as that may sound, his sound is strangely fantastic.

I love any kind of music with an edge and Tuner and his band definitely delivered with some hard rock riffs that you just had to move to but he also had a couple softer, more folky songs with lyrics that evoked feelings and that listeners could relate. I especially liked his songs “Losing Days” and “The Way I Tend to Be.” I’m including a link to a live performance of “Losing Days” here so you can check him out too.

Despite having just released his fifth studio album, Tape Deck Heart in April,  I shamefully had never heard of Frank Turner until last week. He is now an artist I will keep on my radar.