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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 »

Elton John and his outrageous costumes

Nice glasses. The feathers at the shoulders are a nice touch.
Elton John is on the final tour of his career. It’s going to last three years, so don’t worry, you’ll have plenty of chances to see him one last time. This weekend were supposedly his final shows in the Chicago area. His outfits were low key compared to what he used to wear on the... Read more »

Elton John at Rosemont: The farewell tour that never ends

Elton John at Rosemont: The farewell tour that never ends
This is the tour that never ends. It just goes on and on my friends. Do you remember that old children’s song from Shari Lewis and her puppet Lamb Chop? The words just keep repeating over and over and over…and over! That’s the final tour for music legend Elton John. E. J. is calling an end... Read more »
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The Grammys 2019: Three hours of a generation gap

The Grammys 2019: Three hours of a generation gap
Camila Cabello, Janelle Monae, Maren Morris, Post Malone, Cardi B, Dan + Shay and H.E.R The 2019 Grammy Awards was last night. The names above were among the artists that CBS advertised as being performers or presenters. I couldn’t tell you a single song from any of them. The only one I’d heard of was Cardi... Read more »

Linda Ronstadt: Not quite ready to say goodbye

Linda Ronstadt: Not quite ready to say goodbye
“I’m afraid of suffering, but I’m not afraid of dying.” Linda Ronstadt first noticed changes to her voice in 2000. By the time of her last performance in 2009, she said she was yelling, not singing. Four years later, Ronstadt revealed she had Parkinson’s Disease. It’s affected her vocal chords which makes it impossible for... Read more »

Fifty years of The Beatles rooftop concert

Fifty years of The Beatles rooftop concert
It was fifty years ago today. The Beatles got on a rooftop to play. Dateline London. January 30, 1969. The Beatles were closer to the end of their legendary run than the beginning. They had stopped playing live concerts three years earlier. The band was sick of the traveling. They were sick of trying to... Read more »
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Songs for a polar vortex

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"Cold, Cold Cold" is a simple way to describe today. I miss Lowell George.
It’s cold outside today…..really cold…record cold. The temperature is MINUS TWENTY ONE!!! The wind chill temp is MINUS FIFTY!! What do you do when it’s like this? You stay inside, hunker down, bundle up and listen to some music. Are there tunes for weather like this? OH YEAH!! Here’s some cold weather music to warm... 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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Daryl Dragon, Essential Tremors and Parkinson's Disease

Daryl Dragon, Essential Tremors and Parkinson's Disease
Daryl Dragon died yesterday. If the name doesn’t ring a bell, I’m sure the above photo does. He was the Captain in pop duo, The Captain and Tenille.  Among their famous songs were “Muskrat Love”, “Do That To Me One More Time” and the number one hit/ Grammy Award winning “Love Will Keep Us Together.” The... Read more »
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