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  1. I remember the Sweet/EC tour came to Philly's Tower Theater. It was right after the first Arista album was released. Sadly, I was a little too young to go.
  2. Hi Marv. Here's the deal: The Sweet (US): Steve Priest and four other guys Andy Scott's Sweet (UK): Andy Scott and three other guys H
  3. From melodicrock.com: THE SWEET HIT THE ROAD AGAIN WITH FRIENDS IN TOW: The Sweet, originally formed by bassist Steve Priest, vocalist Brian Connolly and drummer Mick Tucker, rose to fame in the 70's with such hits as "Ballroom Blitz", "Fox on the Run", "Love is Like Oxygen", "Little Willy", "Hellraiser", "Teenage Rampage", "Blockbuster", "Action" and many others has reformed in the States led by bassist/vocalist Steve Priest. Steve is joined by guitarist Stuart Smith who was taught by Deep Purple's Ritchie Blackmore and went on to play in a version of "Sweet" with Steve Priest in the late 80's and then with Keith Emerson in a band called The Aliens of Extraordinary Ability before forming his own band Heaven & Earth in 1997. In 1998 Smith released a critically acclaimed album called "Heaven & Earth featuring Stuart Smith" with guest appearances by Richie Sambora (Bon Jovi), Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple), Joe Lynn Turner (Rainbow), Kelly Hansen (Hurricane/Foreigner), Carmine Appice (Rod Stewart/Jeff Beck/Vanilla Fudge), Bobby Kimball (Toto) and Steve Priest. This album won Stuart the "Best Guitarist" and "Album of the Year" award two years in a row at The Los Angeles All Access Music Awards". On drums is renowned drummer Richie Onori who, as well as playing with Stuart Smith in "The Aliens of Extraordinary Ability" and "Heaven & Earth" has also played with Louis Johnson, Bobby Kimball and Rick Derringer. Rounding out the line up is powerhouse vocalist Joe Retta from Queen Nation, and keyboard player Stevie Stewart from The World Classic Rockers. In Sweet you will hear all the hits and more played as they were meant to be heard and with an energetic stage show that is second to none. Please go to www.thesweetband.com for more details. Confirmed dates so far are: Thursday, June 12th The Whiskey, Hollywood, CA (Press Conference at 5.00pm then show open to public at 9.00pm) www.whiskyagogo.com Friday, June 13th The Canyon Club, Agoura, CA www.canyonclub.net Thursday, July 10th The Common Ground Festival, Lansing, Mi www.commongoundfest.com Friday, July 11th The Moondance Jam, Minneapolis, MN www.moondancejam.com Saturday, July 19th Rock n Resort Festival, North Lawrence, OH www.rock-n-resort.com Fri, July 25th Rock The Park, London, Ontario, Canada www.rockthepark.ca Sat, July 26th The Mattawa Voyageur Days, Mattawa, Ontario, Canada www.voyageurdays.com Saturday, August 30th Morongo Casino, Cabazon, CA www.morongocasinoresort.com That's the press release. Interestingly, this is one of two Sweet lineups now operating. The other one, Andy Scott's Sweet, is still performing in the U.K. Since Steve Preist has long been based in the U.S., he's running his version here now. Scott and Priest are the only surviving original members of Sweet. BTW, the band name was similar to that of Raspberries, in that there wasn't originally a "The" at the beginning ... that was added over the years. This band was always "Sweet", not "The Sweet." And now there are two "Sweets" ... similar to the current situation with the band Nazareth ... there's a version in Europe with original vocalist Dan McCafferty and bassist Pete Agnew, while founding guitarist Manny Charlton recently launched "Nazareth featuring Manny Charlton" for touring in the U.S. Anyway, for fans of "Sweet", there is a version of the band playing those great tunes ... they're as much Sweet as Joey Molland's band is Badfinger, but it's about as close as you're going to get. --Howard
  4. LOVE Sparks! Big fan since I picked up the "Propaganda" LP from a cutout bin in the late 1970s. They've made a lot of great music to these ears. Russell's falsetto is an acquired taste, sure. But they always had great songwriting. And you can't beat Ron's mustache -- paid tribute to by McCartney in the "Coming Up" video. I think Starz played each of their four LPs over consecutive nights a year or two ago ... and Cheap Trick did the same with their early albums a few years back. But I can't recall a band so prolific that played 20+ albums. Quite an undertaking! I'll bet Russell brings a hefty lyric book!
  5. Craig MacGregor is the bassist in the current lineup ... not an original member, but he played bass in what was probably the most popular Foghat lineup ... the one that made "Foghat Live." Besides MacGregor and Earl, the current band consists of singer Charlie Huhn (ex-Ted Nugent and Humble Pie) and guitarist Bryan Bassett (ex-Molly Hatchet).
  6. According to a press release posted on classicrockrevisited.com (see the news section), Ringo split with Mark and moved the project to England to work with Dave Stewart of Eurhythmics. In a nod to George Martin's suggestion for the production credits on "Let It Be," the new CD's credits will read: Produced by Ringo Starr and Mark Hudson, Over-Produced by Dave Stewart and Ringo Starr
  7. "When U Find Someone" by Ken Stringfellow (of The Posies) "Chalkhills and Children" by XTC "Pale and Precious" by Dukes of Stratosphear (aka XTC) "Ride" by Wondermints (with guest vocal by Brian Wilson)
  8. The "Boats" and "Change of Heart" reissue is an outstanding double CD! How about another—pairing "Tonight You're Mine" and the Geffen album? I can dream... --Howard
  9. Marv, GG says he and Andrew Gold are getting back together soon to work on some new WAX UK material. I agree—WAX is great stuff! --Howard
  10. BTW, word is the Eagles CD sold 700,000+ in its first week, easily making it the most popular album in America. Trouble is, due to Billboard's rules, an album sold by a single retailer isn't eligible for its charts. So ... er ... apparently BRITNEY SPEARS will have the top album. Yikes! But we all know the truth. Welcome back Eagles!
  11. It's growing more on me with every listen. Overall, I'd say it's a very good effort. I agree that it could have been a very strong single disc minus a few tracks, but without a record label to tell them what songs to release, they're enjoying the freedom to put out exactly what they want. Who can blame 'em? I could live without some tracks--"I Love to Watch A Woman Dance" is a little creepy in a voyeuristic way and doesn't do much for me musically. I'm not much for the Don Henley falsetto on "Fast Company." On the thumbs-up side, I'm digging the title track. "No More Walks in the Woods" is a worthy sequel to "Seven Bridges Road." Dig the two Joe Walsh songs. "Busy Being Fabulous" has a nice groove. And "How Long" is a home run to me. A nice package, well worth the very reasonable $12 at Wal-Mart. Howard
  12. Marv, Same lineup as on the previous two albums: Eric Bazilian, Rob Hyman, Dave Ousikkenen, John Lilley, Fran Smith Jr. They have a new CD out, too: "Time Stand Still". Self-released, I believe. http://www.hootersmusic.com/ --Howard
  13. This is the first A's show in 20 years or so. A big deal here in Philly town. Yet another reunion... A's guitarist Rick DeFonzo is a busy session guy, and played with Roger Waters' band at the Wall concerts in Berlin. H
  14. Thanks Julia! --Howard
  15. Had a great time putting this together with Mike and Marvin. And it's great to hear we're almost sold out! Sounds like a success to me. As Marv says, lots of fine stuff from the board members here. Don't miss this soon-to-be-collector's item! Thanks all. H
  16. Oops! The show's on 11/26. Here's the Reuters story: LONDON (Reuters) - Rock legends Led Zeppelin announced a one-off comeback concert on Wednesday nearly three decades after disbanding. ADVERTISEMENT The group split in 1980 after the death of drummer John Bonham and have performed only a handful of reunion gigs, last taking the stage 12 years ago at their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The show will be held November 26 in London. Tickets will cost 125 pounds ($254.30), available by ballot only with winners' names chosen at random. Fans can register at for a chance to buy tickets. The official tickets Web site crashed shortly after the announcement as fans swarmed it for a chance to see the band, known to many of its fans simply as Zep. The concert organizer, Harvey Goldsmith, said he thought it would be a one-off show, not a full-fledged reunion tour, but said the band seemed to be bonding well together again. Bonham's son Jason will wield the drum sticks for Led Zeppelin, joining its founding members: singer Robert Plant, guitarist Jimmy Page and bassist John Paul Jones. The show will be a tribute to the late founder of Atlantic Records, Ahmet Ertegun, who signed Led Zeppelin in 1968. "This performance stands alone as our tribute to the work and the life of our long-standing friend," Plant said in a statement. Plant and Page have joined forces over the years, notably on an album in 1994, but Jones has been more distant. When Bonham passed away after a long battle with alcoholism, his bandmates said Led Zeppelin had died with him. BONDING WELL Goldsmith said the band was approaching the gig seriously. "They thought about it very carefully, and even decided to actually rehearse for a few days to see if they could play together again," he told Reuters Television in an interview. "I only asked them to do 30 minutes and they came back after a week's rehearsals and said they wanted to do a full show. "So they obviously started to bond back together again. As far as I'm concerned, this is a one-off show, if something materializes after that, I'll be thrilled," Goldmsith added. The band is scheduled to release a greatest hits collection, titled "Mothership," on November 13, and bookmaker Ladbrokes has made it odds-on favorite to top album charts. "Reunion gigs are all the rage at the moment and we reckon Led Zeppelin will make the most of their comeback," Ladbrokes spokesman Nick Weinberg said. "We fully expect to see their older fans, and a new generation of rock lovers, getting behind the group." The concert is slated for London's 02 Arena, which has a capacity of about 22,000. The Who's Pete Townshend, and Rolling Stone Bill Wyman and the Rhythm Kings and others will also play on the night.
  17. Reportedly a one-off show on Nov. 13 at London's 02 Arena, which seats 20,000 ... and that's it. Unless they "do a Cream" and play a show in NYC? Or perhaps the one show will go SO GREAT that they'll do a tour. --Howard
  18. Hadn't seen this thread, and watched this episode on DVD last night ... the context of the use of the song is very interesting ... she is falling in love, and the song is evoking all the joy and excitement of this sensation for her ... even if the guy is NOT what he seems. Cool show for those with a taste for the macabre... VERY dark dark dark dark dark comedy. BTW, the girl dancing in her underwear is Jennifer Carpenter, the possessed girl in "The Exorcisim of Emily Rose" and a regular on Dexter, playing Deb, the title character's foster sister. --Howard
  19. Van Halen seems to always have an enemy. When Sammy joined, Dave became the enemy. When Gary Cherone joined, Sammy was the enemy. Now it's Michael's turn. And Dave is their best buddy. We'll see how long this last. The VH soap opera continues...
  20. Apparently relations with ousted bassist Michael Anthony are REALLY BAD. On the band's official site, Van-Halen.com, there was an altered image of the band's debut album, with a photo of new bassist, Eddie's 16-year-old son Wolfgang, in place of Michael A. It's since been replaced by the original cover, apparently due to fan protest over this slight. --Howard
  21. Mickey's alive, but he wasn't the inspiration for the band name. Rooney is named after the principal in "Ferris Bueller's Day Off." --Howard
  22. Rooney's second album, "Calling the World," was released last week on Geffen. I was teetering on whether or not to buy it, but I opted to do so. Glad I did. It's a delightful slice of power-pop, some very nice songs on here with touches of Queen, Hall & Oates, The Cars, Beach Boys, etc. Singer/songwriter Robert Schwartzman (billed as Robert Carmine on the first CD, he's the son of Talia Shire, nephew of Francis Ford Coppolla, cousin of Nicholas Cage) really comes into his own on this one. Reportedly the band recorded its sophomore effort twice and dumped the results. Third time was the charm. Recommended. Anyone else have this one? --Howard
  23. The Cowsills are part of the "Original Idols" package apparently, but the Foxwoods shows are Leif Garrett and Ian Mitchell's Bay City Rollers only. Sometimes this show includes The Cowsills, Barry "Greg Brady" Williams, and even that bass player extraordinaire, Danny Bonaduce. Not sure, but I think Ian Mitchell is the only member of this act who ever was in the BCR. Very doubtful it includes Woody, Eric Faulkner or any other former members. --Howard
  24. Looks like the Ian Mitchell version ... apparently he tours as "Ian Mitchell's BCR" in a package called Original Idols that also includes Leif Garrett and is playing at the Foxwoods Casino in CT July 16 to 18. For more info, check out: http://www.myspace.com/originalidols --Howard
  25. Larry King obliterated the interview opportunity of a lifetime last night. Right out of the gate, he recounts the deaths of John and George, date and all, to their widows! Such poor taste. Then he asks Paul and Ringo where they were when they heard about John's murder, dredging up that unpleasantness yet again. Then he asks Paul about his "recent troubles," trying to get some divorce dirt. Paul handled it with class and discretion, nipping Larry's meddling with "I don't talk about that." Good going, Paul. But hey, at least we got 10 minutes or so with the "genius" behind the Circ de Soleil show. We all wanted to hear from that guy! After all, it wasn't like there were more interesting guests waiting to come on... Back to Paris and Anna Nicole shows for you, Larry. That's just where you belong. --Howard
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