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Eagles live at the United Center: Are the 2018 Eagles really the Eagles?

Eagles live at the United Center: Are the 2018 Eagles really the Eagles?
It’s the early 1970’s. Don Henley and Glenn Frey are playing in Linda Ronstadt’s band. They decide they want a band of their own. They get together with Bernie Leadon and Randy Meisner. The foursome becomes the legendary country rock band, the Eagles. A few years pass. They need another guitarist. Enter Don Felder. Another... Read more »

Roy Orbison is doing a US concert tour

Roy Orbison is doing a US concert tour
Monday night. October 1st. Fox Theater. Oakland, California. The music coming from the orchestra is “Only The Lonely.” The legendary singer Roy Orbison is in concert. He’s playing “live” for the first time in three decades. Nothing unusual about this except… ROY ORBISON HAS BEEN DEAD SINCE 1988!! You may be wondering how this is possible? It’s... Read more »

Songs for my daughter Amy on her birthday

Songs for my daughter Amy on her birthday
It was twenty-eight years ago today that my daughter Amy made her way into the world. I’ll never forget holding her for the first time, putting my finger in her tiny hand and she grabbed it tight. A bonding forever moment. For the last decade or so, on her birthday, I’ve been playing different songs with... 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 »

The Beach Boys at Ravinia: Uncle J bangs the drums

The Beach Boys at Ravinia: Uncle J bangs the drums
“Hey Dad, who are those guys playing with Uncle Jesse? It was the summer of 1994. We were living in Tustin, California (The OC). The city put on a balloon festival and the free entertainment was a concert by the bands “America” and “The Beach Boys.” Playing drums that night was “Full House” star John... Read more »

Songs to help Paul Manafort and Michael Cohen pass the time while in prison

Songs to help Paul Manafort and Michael Cohen pass the time while in prison
The number of the day is EIGHT! Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort was found guilty on eight counts. Former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen pleaded guilty to eight counts. Eight was enough! It was a bad day for these two and our President. It was a bad day for America….no one wants our leaders to be... Read more »
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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 »
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