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"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 »

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 »

I'm going to Graceland

I'm going to Graceland
I’m going to Graceland,Graceland. Memphis,Tennessee. I’m going to Graceland. Poor boys and pilgrims with families. And we’re going to Graceland. Have you ever gone somewhere that you know is going to be cheesy, but you go anyways? I just did that last Friday. I went to Graceland. It was a weekend in Memphis. My niece... 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 »

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 »

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 »
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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 »

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 »
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The best and worst concerts of 2018

The best and worst concerts of 2018
Another year is winding down. It’s that time where we evaluate everything that occurred over the last 365. Why not start with music? Here’s a peek at the good and the bad in live music for 2018. Let’s start with the ones I like: Honorable Mention: a. Foo Fighters- Night two at Wrigley Field b.... Read more »
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