Sunday, November 28, 2010

Sarah Palin's Alaska

Best show! L-O-V-E Alaska..tonight in Homer Spit and kayaking in the bay..BEEN THERE, done that! Loved reliving those familiar waters and shorelines and coves around the bend and bald eagles in the trees above! WANT to go back, for sure!

Friday, November 26, 2010

Rolling Stones CONCERT!

LOVE my boys on the HD Channel Palladia! Shine The Light, the Scorcese directed ROCKumentary filmed at the Beacon Theatre NYC! Just me in the mancave with The STONES non-stop Thanksgiving Week presentation..

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Jimi Hendrix Experience Tribute concert 11/13

KENNY Wayne Shepherd stole the show at the Jimi Hendrix Experience Tribute concert Saturday night at Caesars! KWS, one of several big name axmen in the 2010 lineup, engaged the audience with a blistering 12-15 minute version of the Hendrix classic Voodoo Chile. Making it extra special is the guitar he was jamming on(ABOVE)..It was the original Stratocaster used by Hendrix himself on stage at Woodstock, 1969 to play the Star Spangled Banner! On this night, Kenny and his longtime lead vocalist, Noah Hunt provided the fireworks and chills! Corey Glover and Living Colour came out rockin' with Crosstown Traffic. Glover himself came into the audience with the cordless microphone to engage us AND it was spectacular! Original Jimi Hendrix bassist Billy Cox opened the show with a very cool version of STONE FREE, one of my all time favorites! He was cool on bass and was a powerful vocalist. Hendrix protege' from the early 60's, Ernie Isley opened with Cox. He would tell the story that as an 11 year old kid, Jimi came to live with his family. As young Ernie was studying social studies for his homework one night in his bedroom, he heard his first ever guitar riff coming from the dining room, only a few feet away. "Let's just say I learned some things," he would tell us. He provided some high-powered, over the shoulder, behind the back and down by his knees Hendrix theatrics. WOW!

The Concert Review:

The songs-the tribute: A
Song selection: A
Best Performer (guitar): Kenny Wayne Shepherd A++
Honorable mention: Jonny Lang A+
Best vocal: Noah Hunt (KWS Shepherd Band) A
Best Showmanship: Corey Glover A+
Best song version: All Along The Watchtower B+
Favorite moment: When Brad Whitford (Aerosmith) was introduced*
Favorite Whitford contribution: RED HOUSE! (My all-time favorite JH tune)**
Biggest disappointment: They did NOT include Purple Haze and Foxy Lady on the playlist: F
Nice touch: Hendrix bassist Billy Cox in the lobby talking it up with us before show: A

Atlantic City audience: Less than capacity but vocal, room to move and very appreciative: B

Overall Grade: B+

Next Event: HBO's Bill Maher 11/20* FREE tix on
-air this week!

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Roger Waters: THE WALL 11/8/10

..hold on..let me think..WOW! No wait, how can I describe the full magnitude of Roger Waters in concert Monday November 8th: WOW!

In my 30+ years in the radio business and 35 years of seeing "everyone" in concert, Roger Water's performance of THE WALL was technically AND artistically the most unbelievable performance in entertainment I've EVER witnessed. Having never been a Pink Floyd fan, dating back to my teenage years, I would never have considered going to this 30th Anniversary of THE WALL concert event. Then, I received an urgent call at home a week ago from the lead promoter. Message: Steve, call me ASAP-Roger Waters, call me on my cell. I called. His number was changed. Frantically, I called the next morning from my office Rolodex. "NO tickets for radio promotion BUT I want you to join us pre-SHOW for a private media cocktail party and ticket to see the show. THEN, I need you to go on-air the next day to hype GREAT tickets still on sale for Roger Waters 11/9-11/11 performances!" DONE deal. The Review:

Roger Waters Performance: B+ (quiet, laid back performance demeanor)
Roger Waters Stage presence: A++ (engaged the audience at all times)
Band of musicians: A+
THE WALL: Staging fantastic A+
Laser Lights/graphics: A+++
Props: Inflatable dolls; Diving Aeroplane, Remote control giant pig: A+++
Stage crew: "Brick layers" wall builders: A+
Show format: Intermission* with photograph dedication of FALLEN real life soldiers and 9-11 personnel: A

Sound: LOUD & Proud with every effect crisp: A+++
Favorite Effect: Whipping, pulsating helicopter: A+++
Favorite Prop: The flying PIG: A++
Favorite individual performance: Lead guitarist riffing through Comfortably Numb from on top of the high wall: A+++
Philadelphia Audience: REALLY the best and Roger Waters Acknowledged the city as one of the best musically in all his world travels. (insert ROAR here)* ALL ages from 16-65, well mannered, alot stoned out of their mind. Very slow getting back to the parking lot: A+++++++

Much Thanks:
to Live Nation Director of Marketing/Promotion PHILA. Michael Lessner for the party and tickets! Connie Berman, Marketing & Promotions, Live Nation, Great to hang with you dear, after all these years together on the phone!

Honorable mention: Longtime Roger Waters manager Mark Fennick for being polite during my unrelenting 25 minute sales pitch to get Roger booked in Atlantic City! He said they almost came BUT it didn't pan out in tour negotiations. A real Pro!

Rocker on your holiday list: BUY em', treat them! They won't bug you til next decade!