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Fleetwood Mac at the United Center: Even without Lindsey Buckingham, they're still Fleetwood Mac

Fleetwood Mac at the United Center: Even without Lindsey Buckingham, they're still Fleetwood Mac
It was about a year ago. The classic rock band Fleetwood Mac announced they were getting together to tour. They also announced that their long time singer-guitarist Lindsey Buckingham would not be joining them. He was fired. A couple of different stories went around the rumor mill. 1) Buckingham was more interested in doing a... Read more »

Music news for the start of 2019

We open with the fourth annual residency of the Tedeschi-Trucks Band at the Chicago Theater. Four nights of jamming starts this Friday night.
The holidays are over. Life activities are back to normal. That includes the music world. Here’s a look at concerts and recorded music news that will be happening in the early part of 2019. Type your email address in the box and click the “create subscription” button. My list is completely spam free, and you... Read more »

Ten influential musicians who died in 2018

Aretha Frankllin died after a long battle with Pancreatic Cancer. The Queen of Soul was 76.
Each January, I like to honor the musicians who left us the previous year. Some all time greats passed on. Here they are with some of their best music: Among the other artists we lost last year were Tony Joe White, Charles Aznavour, Yvonne Staples, Dennis Edwards, Hugh Masekela, Ray Thomas, Danny Kirwin and Charles... Read more »
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Jethro Tull and Yes at Ravinia: A week of fifty year old progressive rock

Jethro Tull and Yes at Ravinia: A week of fifty year old progressive rock
The summer concert season is coming to an end. We’re down to the last two weeks of the Ravinia Festival in suburban Highland Park. This was the week of fifty’s at Ravinia. It started with Jethro Tull bringing their fiftieth anniversary tour to the north burbs. It ended with Yes bringing their fiftieth anniversary tour... Read more »

Amplified Chicago Blues: The story of how the blues migrated to the north

Ray Flerlage was a local photographer who took thousand of pictures of the Chicago Blues scene. His photos are like a history book of that era.
This weekend is one of the best musical events in Chicago each year. The Millennium Park area will host the 35th annual Chicago Blues Fest. Among the past performers have been Bonnie Raitt, Ray Charles, Buddy Guy, B.B. King and last years headliner, Gary Clark Jr. There will be more than one hundred acts over... Read more »

Homeward Bound: Paul Simon's final tour

Homeward Bound: Paul Simon's final tour
Do you have a musical bucket list? Yanno…musicians you want/need to see before they or you die? I know it’s more than a little morbid but if you’re in my age range (mid-60’s) and you grew up listening to the musicians of the 1960’s-70’s, you aren’t going to get many more chances to catch some... Read more »
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Live music preview for 2018

Live music preview for 2018
2017 was a pretty good year for live music, especially if you’re a fan of classic rock. 2018 looks to be just as good. Here’s a peek at some of the shows that will highlight the year. Keep in mind we haven’t heard the schedule for Wrigley Field, Ravinia, Blues Fest, Lolla and Pitchfork.  ... Read more »

The Avett Brothers at the Chicago Theater: A night of real Americana music

The Avett Brothers at the Chicago Theater: A night of real Americana music
It’s 1995. Radio programmers and music journalists are looking for a term to pigeonhole what is considered a new form of American music. They came up with the term “Americana” to describe the melding of many different genres of music. In reality, the music goes back decades before the mid 90’s. If you heard the... Read more »

Do you have musicians you want to see in concert before they or you die?

The Fab Faux is considered one of the best Beatles tribute bands. They're led by Will Lee, who played for more than 30 years with the David Letterman band, and Jimmy Vivino, the bandleader for Conan O'Brien. They'll be playing in Chicago in early October and for $40, I'll probably be able to take this one off the list.
In the last few years, musicians have been dying off in what seems to be record numbers. David Bowie. Glenn Frey. Prince. Lou Reed, Keith Richards….oh wait Keith is still here. But you get the point. The musicians of my generation are now in their seventies or close to it so their shelf life is... Read more »
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Stevie Nicks and the circle of life

Stevie Nicks and the circle of life
Good music makes you nod your head and tap your feet. It can be as simple as a guitar, piano, violin or a drum beat. Great music is deeper. It makes you relate to it. It brings back memories of your past. It reaches you. It makes you feel….good or bad. It gets down into your soul.... Read more »
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