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I miss the days of Disco Demolition

I miss the days of Disco Demolition
It’s a typical summer night in July. 1979. I’m going to a typical baseball game on the south side of Chicago. Comiskey Park. White Sox vs the Detroit Tigers. The night ended with nothing typical about it. I’ve always loved baseball. It never took much to get me to go to a ballgame. Anytime. Anyplace.... Read more »

"Florence and the Machine" in Chicago: A night of music and dancing

"Florence and the Machine" in Chicago: A night of music and dancing
A chance meeting led to more than a decade of music. Florence Welch came to a recording studio with then musician-boyfriend. Working there that night was Isabella Summers. The two women became friends and eventually band mates. When they started performing together, they were billed under “Florence Robot/Isa Machine”, which was a private joke for the... Read more »

After heart surgery, Mick still "Moves Like Jagger"

After heart surgery, Mick still "Moves Like Jagger"
It was almost two months ago that the Rolling Stones announced they were forced to postpone their upcoming summer tour. Mick Jagger was undergoing surgery to replace a heart valve. Fans of the band were “Shattered.” Millions had purchased pricey tickets, myself included, looking forward to a night of great music with the legends. We’re disappointed the... Read more »
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Six stories for six years at ChicagoNow

May 13, 2013. “Let me introduce you to one and only” was the title. Those were the first words I wrote at ChicagoNow. Today is the sixth anniversary of this blog. We’ve come a long way from day one. It’s gone from writing about one topic to so many different ones that I can’t keep... Read more »

Dress like Roy Orbison for Melanoma Monday

Dress like Roy Orbison for Melanoma Monday
It’s just another Melanoma Monday. On the first Monday of May, dress like Roy Orbison. Dress in black. Do this to honor the ones lost to Melanoma. Do this to celebrate the survivors of this hideous disease. You may be asking, why black? Actually, I was the one wondering, so I did a little Google... Read more »

I visited Elvis Presley and Graceland so you didn't have to go

Welcome to Graceland. This is the sign you see when you first arrive in their parking lot. Sorry for cutting off the W.
I admit I’m not the biggest Elvis Presley fan. Of course, I acknowledge his greatness and what he meant to the world of rock and roll music, but if you asked me where I’d rank Elvis on my list of favorite musicians, he’d be far down my list. Last weekend I found myself in Memphis,... Read more »
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Finding out that Mick Jagger is not immortal is shocking

Finding out that Mick Jagger is not immortal is shocking
I’m so sorry to all our fans in America & Canada with tickets. I really hate letting you down like this. I’m devastated for having to postpone the tour but I will be working very hard to be back on stage as soon as I can. Once again, huge apologies to everyone. The Rolling Stones... Read more »

The music of legendary drummer, Hal Blaine

Hal Blaine behind the drums in 1970. He was at his peak as a studio musician.
There’s a name for the studio musicians who play behind the scene. These mostly unknown group of session players are called sideman. They’re the ones who have the musical skills to put onto a record the dreams of writers and producers. The most famous of these musicians was called “The Wrecking Crew.” In the 1960’s-early... Read more »

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 »
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I bought fake tickets to the Elton John concert

I bought fake tickets to the Elton John concert
It’s the final Elton John tour. At least, that’s what he says. I tend to be a little skeptical about these things. Cynic, yeah, that’s me. But, what if it really is his last round-up? Wouldn’t you want to be there, if it was possible? Of course you would. His final two local shows were... Read more »
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