Heart will be joined by Cheap Trick and Joan Jett for a concert tour they all calling the “Rock Hall Three For All” and you know its going to be a night loaded with hits.
Now tell me that this doesn’t sound really damn cool as an event……
Yep. Tossing their hat into the mix of regional festival events comes those fine folks at LivingSocial who will be offering up their Backyard Festival for 2013 which will bring a headlining Aerosmith to the stage along with Joan Jett and The Blackhearts and a band that is new to my musical mind the Yeahsayers. The event will take place on July 13th at Randall’s Island (this is the same place that will host the Governor’s Ball in early June in case you didn’t know). The event will take place on July 13th and also feature craft beers, wine and a BBQ for the ticket price along with the great music. This is something that really appeals to me on all counts since its rather different from the usual stuff where you just buy a ticket for the show. Add to this the kick ass music of Aerosmith and Joan Jett and this sounds like a winning combination.
I’ll be trying to get the proper credentials to not only attend the event but also come back with some photos for you to enjoy after its all said and done. If I secure any of that you will be the first to know and if we do not, well, at least Stryper is playing B.B. King Blues Club that same night.
Film: The Runaways
Starring: Dakota Fanning & Kristen Stewart
Studio: Apparition Studios
Genre: Rock Documentary
Even though I have long enjoyed the music of Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, I was never really up on the band that she originally hailed from – The Runaways. With this in mind I was very interested in seeing what the film about the band would be like when it came out in the cinemas in 2010. “The Runaways” is based on the memoir by singer Cheri Currie entitled “Neon Angel: A Memoir of a Runaway” and as we find in all books of this kind is taken from one person’s perspective on the full history. The film stars Dakota Fanning as Currie and Kristen Stewart as Joan Jett and each of them are standout performers as these two musicians. In some sense I feel that Stewart even kicked it up a notch just a little more.
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Artist: Joan Jett & The Blackhearts
Title: “Greatest Hits”
Label: Blackheart Records
Release Date: 3/9/2010
Arriving just in time for the premiere of the biographical motion picture “The Runaways” comes a greatest hits package by one of the groups founding members Joan Jett and her band The Blackhearts. In The Runaways, Jett played rhythm guitar and was one of the core songwriters during the bands short tenure and while this compilation features a couple of the tunes she penned for the group it is focused on her solo work with The Blackhearts. As a collection I felt this was stronger than it was weak but even despite my enjoying a large portion of what they offered up, I had to say that a couple of the tunes had left me wondering why they had been included. The release wisely gives us the expected standards from her debut album with “Cherry Bomb” and “Bad Reputation” and it’s great to blast these two tracks nice and loud and see just how strong they have remained for the Punkish Rock side of things. From “I Love Rock ‘N Roll” we get the expected juggernaut title track and the Tommy James cover of “Crimson & Clover” but I had a little surprise when I realized that they left of “Little Drummer Boy”. Yeah I understand that this is not a holiday album, but Jett did such an interesting version of the tune and it was from a time when artists were not dishing out holiday numbers with reckless abandon. “The French Song” was always a favorite as was their cover of Sly Stone’s “Everyday People”. As I listened to the recordings being delivered here I had to smile when I think of just how many songs Jett did covers of and this was likely due to her association with producer Kenny Laguna. Both Laguna and Jett founded Blackheart Records, the label that released this retrospective.
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Artist: Trans-Siberian Orchestra
Venue: Madison Square Garden (New York, NY)
According to my ticket stubs this will be the sixth year that I have gone to see the Trans-Siberian Orchestra in concert and as a result I officially declare it a Holiday tradition in my life. By now the music of this amazing group is no longer a mystery to most people and songs such as the signature track of “Christmas Eve Sarajevo” can be considered a staple on mainstream radio during the holiday season. As a matter of fact, the recent years have found both “Christmas Canon Rock” and newer numbers like “Wizards In Winter” also being showcased. This is a good thing since the TSO has so much to offer such a wide audience and the more that hear them then the better it is all around. As I looked back on my year of musical coverage I could not think of a better way to close it out than to see a group that I enjoy so much and in New York City’s famous Madison Square Garden as well. The Trans-Siberian Orchestra is the brainchild of Jon Oliva, Bob Kinkel and Paul O’Neill; together the three of them formed something magical that is not easily forgotten once you are caught in its spell. The scope and impact of this group on the Holiday Season led it to have two separate entities formed so proper touring could be facilitated and reach the most people as they possibly can. Given my New York location, we get the talents of the East Coast Company and since this group has my personal favored performers that suits me fine. The part that has become tricky in coverage of this performance is in deciding if one year was better than the last or if I enjoyed it more. I honestly always have a great time as do my friends and the light show seems to get more impressive as each year passes. Musically it remains the same with the beginning portion being the full presentation of “Christmas Eve & Other Stories” which has narration of the story from the CD. All the while the group of performers playing their hearts out. With so many fantastic numbers on this first record I am glad they have kept the format of performing it in full. I feel it is far more effective this way.
Continue reading Trans-Siberian Orchestra @ Madison Square Garden (12/19/2005)