Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Recent and Up-Coming Shows

We ran our review of the Al Kooper concert on Sunday ... that's the last show WE went to (although we've got tickets in November to see both The Rascals and Gino Vannelli ... so watch for reviews of THOSE shows in future editions of Forgotten Hits!)  

Meanwhile, here are a few other shows that we're all excited about!   

Hey Kent ... 
Just wanted to send this reminder about the show coming up in New Jersey next Saturday night, for any Forgotten Hits members who live in the Philly, NJ, NY, Delaware area.  Hey members ... come on up and say hi after the show!  Poster attached. This is gonna be a hot one!
Mitch Schecter / The Rip Chords 

Happy to help spread the word, Mitch ... ALL Forgotten Hits participants performing as headliners on this show!  The Rip Chords, Ron Dante, Dennis Tufano, Mark Lindsay and Lou Christie ... man, what a killer line-up!  (In fact, we got an email from Ron Dante about this show right after yours!!!)  kk

Hello Kent -
So happy to see my Archies "Sugar, Sugar" on the Top Hits of The 60's List at Number 4.  Jeff Barry and Andy Kim wrote it for us and Don Kirshner put us all together.
Doing a show this coming Saturday with my pals Lou Christie, Mark Lindsay, Dennis Tufano and The Incredble Rip Chords. Hope to see all my East coast friends there.
Rock on bud!

More on The Rascals' return to Broadway here from Tom Cuddy ...  
Click here: Steven And Maureen Van Zandt Announce The Broadway Return Of Once Upon A Dream - Yahoo Finance  And, of course, The Rascals hit town this week for their "Once Upon A Dream" show at the Cadillac Theater.  It all kicks off tonight, Wednesday, November 5th, and runs through Sunday's matinee performance on the 10th.  (That's the one we're going to.  Watch these pages next week for our review!)  kk  

Tom also sent us the 2014 Happy Together Tour line-up ...
>>>TOMMY ROE's DEVIL'S SOUL PILE CD just received three stars in MOJO MAG in the UK ... the world's top music magazine ... another great achievement for Tommy!  (Rick Levy)  
DAMN!  I thought WE were the world's top music magazine ... well, maybe just the coolest!  (kk)  

Meanwhile, Tommy is also doing solo, acoustic shows ... here's the scoop!  
TOMMY ROE - Songs & Stories  
An intimate acoustic show ...
Tommy performs all his legacy classic hits, plus rarities, B-sides, and new material from his award winning new album Devil's Soul Pile.
[perfect for small theatres, clubs, PAC packages, private events.]
A UNIQUE opportunity to see a legendary artist / songwriter up close and personal
Rick Levy 904 - 806 - 0817 - show information 
John Regna  201 - 394 - 5944 or 407 - 993 - 4000 - for BOOKING    

Hi Kent -
Enjoyed your articles on The Eagles.
A friend of mine was close friends with Alan Blazek, who helped produce the Hotel California album and she
kept the award he won for Hotel California, that was the album of the year in the seventies. Alan traveled a lot so he wanted her to keep it for him. I got to see it whenever I visited it her.
Since then she has passed on so I hope Alan got the award back.  She said he wasn't there to accept the award because he didn't want to wear a tuxedo!!
Please dont forget to review the Brian Wilson / Jeff Beck concert on October 29th.  I can't go but I hope he tours during the summer with Al Jardine and David Lee Marks.
I have been reading a lot of books about the Beach Boys and what a life they went through. Brian made a great comeback and survived them all. Carl had problems but recovered before his death with cancer but Dennis, always the rebel, didn't make  it and drowned at 39.
Keep up the good work !!!!! 

Yeah, 40 years ago all bets would have been on Brian to be the first one to go (with all the drugs he was doing at the time) ... but he outlived them all!  Wish we were able to go to the show on the 29th but alas we were not ... would have loved to see him in that context.  Hopefully some of our readers were able to attend and report back to us.  If they do, you can count on reading it here!  (Then again a quick glance at the website shows the cheapest face value tickets are $300 each ... and a Grammy Award Winner sponsorship ticket is going for $30,000 ... each!!!  Jeez ... what's in YOUR wallet?!?!?  (kk)  
Hi Kent -   
Thank you for the info on the Brian Wilson / Jeff Beck Concert. Who can afford those prices?? Maybe because it's a charity event ...  
Guess I will have to be satisfied playing my Beach Boys tunes in my juke box!!!! Or watching their 50th Anniversary tour dvd. 
You have lots and lots of readers so maybe there may be ONE who will go???!!!  
When in doubt ask the MASTER ... he knows what's going on!  
Without question it's because it's a charity event that the prices are jacked up the way they are ... and I'm sure it all goes to a very good cause ... but that leaves me at the gate.  I don't know of ANYONE who would shell out $30,000 to see this show ... even if that does include 15 tickets, a buffet dinner and free valet parking!!!  (lol)  kk   

Speaking of The History of the Eagles Tour, Vintage Vinyl News is reporting that they've extended dates into the Spring of 2014 ... but before this tour even started, Don Henley was talking about the tour OFFICIALLY wrapping up sometime in 2015!!!  (Heck they could come back through Chicago a couple more times at this rate!!!)  Meanwhile, you'll find the latest dates here (including extended stays at The L.A. Forum and The MGM Grand in Las Vegas!)  kk  
Click here: Tour : Eagles   

In what seems to be a new trend, Stevie Wonder has just announced that he will perform his entire album "Songs In The Key Of Life" for a special holiday concert at The Nokia Theater in Los Angeles on December 21st.  (The coolest part of this story is that Stevie plans on having many of the original artists who appeared on the album perform it with him live on stage that night!) 
More details here:    
Click here: VVN Music: Stevie Wonder to Perform Complete "Songs in the Key of Life" For Holiday Benefit 

Mike Nesmith has added six dates to his upcoming solo tour ... including a second stop here in Chicago.
Here's the latest: 
Just coming off a very successful tour with the Monkees, Michael Nesmith has slated a new group of solo shows that will take him through the month of November.
Nesmith described the tour, saying "The songs I'll play are a touch chronological and a touch thematic. I picked my favorites to play, the ones I have come to love over the years, and the ones that are most requested by fans of my solo work."
At this time, the tour opens on October 27 in Phoenix and runs through November 18 in Franklin, TN although additional dates may be added.
10/27 - Phoenix, AZ - MIM Music Theater
10/29 - Austin, TX - One World Theatre
10/30 - Dallas, TX - The Kessler Theater
11/01 - Birmingham, AL - WorkPlay Theatre
11/02 - Atlanta, GA - Variety Playhouse
11/04 - Vienna (Washington), DC - The Barns at Wolf Trap
11/05 - Annapolis, MD - Rams Head On Stage
11/07 - Bay Shore, NY - YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts
11/08 - Phoenixville, PA - The Colonial Theatre
11/10 - Shirley, MA - The Bull Run Concert Series
11/11 - Fall River, MA - Narrow Center for the Arts
11/12 - Englewood, NJ - Bergen Performing Arts Center
11/14 - Elyria (Cleveland), OH - Stocker Arts Center
11/15 - Chicago, IL - City Winery
11/17 - Franklin, TN - The Franklin Theatre
11/18 - Franklin, TN - The Franklin Theatre
11/19 - St. Louis, MO - Old Rock House
11/21 - Ferndale, MI (Detroit metro) - The Magic Bag
11/22 - Bloomington, IN - Buskirk-Chumley Theater
11/23 - Chicago, IL - City Winery (encore performance)
11/24 - Milwaukee, WI - Turner Hall Ballroom 

Kent -
I hope there is someone who can tell us about the Sonny Geraci benefit concert being held on 11/15 and 11/16.  Wish I could make it to Ohio, but I will be lucky if I can see the Rascals next week (long story). You mentioned there is a possibility of some of the acts may be coming to Chicago for a benefit here for Sonny as well. Anything further? I hope someone would make a video of the benefit in Ohio and sell it on Sonny's behalf. Sounds like quite a show!!!
Mike De Martino
President of the Lovejoy Music Club
I went right to Dennis Tufano on this one ... one of the performers and organizers of this very special event.  I think the video idea would be a GREAT way to help raise additional funds for Sonny's medical bills (and it sounds like this IS, in fact, part of the plan ... which means even MORE fans will get the chance to see it.)
As for a Chicago-area performance, we talked with Ron Onesti about possibly putting together a second leg of this show at his Arcada Theatre in St. Charles ... plus it would have been a great way for some of these artists to defer some costs for a trip to the midwest.
Nothing concrete yet ... although there have been some discussions in that regard ... but with the concert dates so rapidly approaching I'd say it's pretty doubtful that we'll be able to take advantage of the proximity of all these artists being in the area.
Here's more from Dennis ...
Kent -  
Thanks for you help!
Below is a partial list and Benefit info. There are around 20 more artists waiting for schedules to open up. Due to area bookings that weekend there are five or six acts being billed as "Surprise Guests" so as not to conflict attendance-wise with their actual shows!!!!!
Again, if live participation is not possible an autographed piece from the artist for auction would be appreciated, too.
As it's been over a year for Sonny's recovery his family can use all the help financially they can get. We need to get this "Voice of the 60's & 70's" back on the boards!!!!
Thanks for all you do.
Be well.
I personally contacted about fifty artists in the hopes that they might participate in this very special event.  Several found a way to clear their schedules and made the final list ... but most had a conflict of some sort, preventing them from attending.
Per Dennis' request, if any artists would still like to donate some piece of memorabilia that could be auctioned off at the show to help raise money toward Sonny's massive medical bills, please get in touch with me right away and I'll pass the info along.
(On the plus side, there could be several "surprise guests" showing up for this event per Dennis' note.)
Meanwhile, we can confirm appearances by:
DENNIS TUFANO (original lead singer of The Buckinghams)
TERRY SYLVESTER (formerly of The Hollies)
RON DANTE  (The Archies / The Cuff Links)
JOHNNY FARINA  (Santo and Johnny)
JIM GOLD  (Gallery)
JIMY SOHNS  (The Shadows Of Knight)
PAT UPTON (Spiral Starecase)
Plus some very special "surprise guests"


And check out the line-up on this one ...
It's the 2015 Rock Legends Cruise, this time featuring The Doobie Brothers, .38 Special, The Marshall Tucker Band, Dickey Betts and Great Southern, Blue Oyster Cult, Uriah Heep, Kim Simmonds and Savoy Brown, Edgar Winter, Pat Travers Band and The Blue Lords along with other artists that have yet to be announced.  (Man, all they need to do now is hire Joe Dirt as Master of Ceremonies and this thing will become the "go to event" of the year!!!  lol)
More details below:  

Dig this ...   
You and a few thousand of your fellow rock fanatics get on board one of the biggest, fastest and most luxurious cruise ships in existence to spend three full days and four nights listening to your favorite classic rock bands performing their greatest hits for hours on end.   
Yes, it's back and better than ever!  
Welcome to ROCK LEGENDS CRUISE III, the spectacular classic rock music festival at sea that will set sail from Fort Lauderdale, Florida to Nassau, Bahamas on February 19, 2015.    
Eat. Sleep. Rock!   
If you've done this before, you know what to expect.  
If not, you have no idea ... other than the fact that it promises to be one of the best times of your life.   
"It's everything you could imagine along with some things you could probably never imagine," quips Pam Myers of the Native American Heritage Association (NAHA), the charitable organization that hosts, and benefits from, the Cruise. "An experience like no other, it's simply the classic rock cruise of a lifetime."   
The forthcoming ROCK LEGENDS CRUISE III will feature The Doobie Brothers, .38 Special, The Marshall Tucker Band, Dickey Betts and Great Southern, Blue Oyster Cult, Uriah Heep, Kim Simmonds and Savoy Brown, Edgar Winter, Pat Travers Band and The Blue Lords along with other artists that have yet to be announced.   
Call it the initial "Top Ten."   
It's a unique opportunity to see your favorite band not once, but twice ... maybe even three times!   
You can expect the typical day to be as follows ... get up by the crack of noon, get some food, find a reclining lounge chair on the pool deck and listen to such rock classics as "Black Water," "Hold On Loosely," "Can't You See," "Ramblin' Man" and "Easy Livin'."   
Think about it ... where else can you possibly hear "Godzilla" and "Frankenstein" on the same day?   
And that's just the beginning as additional artists will be announced in the upcoming months.   
Listen to the music with The Doobies and go rockin' into the night with the Wild-Eyed Southern Boys!   
More than 50 concert performances expected in all!   
This is the cruise you want to be on!   
ROCK LEGENDS CRUISE III will depart Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Florida early Thursday evening (February 19, 2015), then dock in Nassau, Bahamas the following Saturday (2/21/15) before returning to Fort Lauderdale on Monday morning, February 23, 2015.   
Only three "vacation" or "sick" days are necessary!   
In between the concerts, meet & greets, Q&A forums, and everything else "Rock Legends," passengers will be able to enjoy such on board activities as surfing (thanks to the ship's FlowRider surf simulator), basketball (full-sized court), boxing (full-sized ring), golf (mini course), rock-climbing (wall), cantilevered whirlpools and a variety of gourmet restaurants and casual dining.   
Have you ever seen Dickey Betts surf? Me, neither.   
But you will get to see him play guitar and that, alone, is worth the price of admission.   
This is truly something to look forward to and a vacation you will definitely remember.   
Cabins are moving quickly with a significant number already sold to those that have sailed the Rock Legends "journey" before ... this was prior to announcing any artists ... they know just how great an experience it really is!   
So book your cabins soon before they're gone!  
Think "Christmas!"   
Most levels are still available including Interior, Ocean View, Deluxe and Superior Ocean View with Balcony and a variety of suites, with pricing beginning at $1099.00 per person (double occupancy).   
Notice the money back guarantee if you're not happy with the line-up by January 20, 2014!   
For further information including specific details, ticket / cabin purchase, what's included and answers to FAQ's, please go to www.rocklegendscruise.com or call 888-666-1499.   
For information on Royal Caribbean's Liberty of the Seas, please see http://www.royalcaribbean.com/liberty
Doobie Brothers
.38 Special
The Marshall Tucker Band
Dickey Betts and Great Southern
Blue Oyster Cult
Uriah Heep
Kim Simmonds and Savoy Brown
Edgar Winter
Pat Travers Band
The Blue Lords
*More artists to be announced! Stay tuned.
The Native American Heritage Association is celebrating its 20th year working on reservations in South Dakota and has been a 4-star charity with www.charitynavigator.org for a total of nine years. Native American Heritage Association tractor trailers are on the road daily with supplies to the various far flung communities and 94% of the organization's total revenue goes towards program services which provide basic life necessities, including fuel assistance and medical transportation to 90,000 people. Many of these residents face an 80% rate of unemployment; 70% don't have transportation and many of those who do, don't have the means to purchase gas. These Lakota Sioux live in abandoned school buses, shacks or government housing with no insulation, some live without indoor plumbing, in homes with dirt floors, no beds or furniture. More information can be found at: www.naha-inc.org.