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Jeff Lynne's ELO live in Rosemont: A night of hits

Jeff Lynne's ELO live in Rosemont: A night of hits
When you think of bands who have been influenced by The Beatles, who comes to mind? If the Electric Light Orchestra isn’t at the top of your list, think a little more. ELO was formed in 1970 by Jeff Lynne, Roy Wood and Bev Bevan. Their idea was to blend rock and classical music. Lots... Read more »

Aretha Franklin and her most memorable moments

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The first is from the movie "The Blues Brothers." Jake and Elwood are getting the band back together. They need Matt "Guitar" Murphy to come along. Aretha has this small role as his wife who doesn't want him to go. This song, "Think" is one of the highlights of the film. Spoiler alert: Matt went with the boys. Sadly, Matt Murphy also died this year.
Hey Nineteen That’s ‘Retha Franklin She don’t remember The Queen of Soul The above lyrics are from Steely Dan’s classic song “Hey 19.” The guy is involved with a younger woman and wondering what they have on common. She doesn’t even know Aretha. That’s something my generation and the next and the next didn’t think... Read more »

Pearl Jam comes home to Seattle to help solve homelessness

Pearl Jam comes home to Seattle to help solve homelessness
When you think about Seattle, what first comes to mind? Coffee, rain, the Space Needle? When you think about homelessness, what cities first come to mind? Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, San Francisco? But the rock band Pearl Jam posted this on their website: “The region’s homelessness population is now the third largest in the... Read more »
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My ten favorite items at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

First a few honorable mention items:
I love this pic of Darlene Love with Bruce Springsteen. They're probably singing Christmas songs.
It’s August. Just a few weeks left until the end of summer. Time for one more mini-vaca before school starts. So where should a couple go? CLEVELAND!!!!! Yeah…I know, I know BUT…. CLEVELAND ROCKS…so the song says (shrugging shoulders). BUT…it’s only six hours away by car and it has the one place that I’ve wanted... Read more »

Foo Fighters at Wrigley Field: "NIGHT TWO"

Foo Fighters at Wrigley Field: "NIGHT TWO"
I’m looking to the sky to save me Looking for a sign of life Looking for something help me burn out bright The year is 1994. Nirvana is one of the biggest bands in the world. On April 5th, it all came to an end when the face of the band, Kurt Cobain, committed suicide. Their drummer,... Read more »

Twenty musicians who suffer from hearing loss

Three of the four members of The Who have had hearing issues and the only reason the fourth, Keith Moon, didn't is because he died forty years ago. Pete Townshend is almost deaf. John Entwistle became a lip reader to overcome his hearing loss. Roger Daltrey is now the musical voice of safety when playing/listening to music
Yesterday, I wrote about hearing problems due to listening to loud music. Today’s followup is a look at musicians who have these same problems. While these musicians are mostly loud rockers, there are some surprises. Here’s a gallery of musicians with ear issues:   Related Post: Do you use ear protection at concerts? Type your... Read more »
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Do you use ear protection at concerts?

Do you use ear protection at concerts?
On June 25th, I was at the Roger Daltrey rock concert at the Ravinia Festival in the north burbs of Chicago. Near the halfway point of the concert, I leaned over and asked the person I was with “Is it really loud in here?” When the show was over, my ears ached and I had... Read more »

Roger Daltrey at Ravinia: If the music is too loud, you're too old

It was the summer of 1971. The Who’s anthem “Won’t Be Fooled Again” started getting play on FM radio. I’ve loved this song from the first hearing til now. It would be in my top ten all-time favorite songs. I wanted and needed to hear the album it was on. At the time, I was... 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 »
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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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