Early Elton: Burn Down The Mission

Early Elton – Burn Down The Mission – Rockwood Music Hall – New York City, NY – 14.01.2011

This is just another reason why I hate my life. Kazee, Pagano & Conte are going to play the Rockwood Music Hall in NYC again, TONIGHT! And me will be sitting at home in front of the lousy TV watching a lousy football match. If I’d be having the budget, I’d fly those guys in and have them play my local bar on every other weekend… But well… I’m gonna pump me up for the two nights with them JUKES in Amsterdam & Osnabrück instead…

You can’t always get what you want… but you get what you need!

And YOU can expect a couple of JUKES updates right at this and every OTHER place!


Nils Lofgren: Too Many Miles

To quote the great Southside Johnny: “Playing on a cruise, that’s like prison, with the chance of drowning…” Here’s Nils Lofgren, cruising the rivers in New York City. Not a place you want to face hurricane Irene’s arrival today… she’s gonna take center stage for a little while. But watching Nils play and listening to his fabulous guitar work, that’s something which might get you through the winds and waters… as long as your Internet connection keeps it going…

I’ve said that about many guitar players… this guy is just way too good for the band he’s playing with… No offense Bruce… but ain’t that nothing but the truth?

Jesse Malin: Disco Ghetto

Oh boy, how do I do this? I mean, you all know I am a HUGE Jesse Malin fan. I absolutely LOVE him as an artist and I’m crazy about his live shows… His songs, though, are ranging from pure genius to above-average-radio. And I’m not a big fan of the average, as you know. “Disco Ghetto” – which just came out as a single of his latest album “Love It To Life” is maybe one of the few more to average songs Jesse recently did. I’d compare it to Bruce’s “Girls In Their Summer Clothes”. Naw, it’s better than that, and Bruce got a Grammy for his take! It’s a great little tune when Jesse does it solo, raw, only accompanied by his guitar – great story – upbeat – for me, it just doesn’t spark on the record and I blame the production for cutting a few to many edges on it.

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George Harrison: Something

40 years ago today, Ravi Shankar and George Harrison called their friends to play two “Concerts For Bangladesh” at the Madison Square Garden in New York City. I only found the record of the shows in my brother’s closet a few – and saw the movie many years later – fascinated by them ever since. A history making event. The model for No-Nukes (1980), Live-Aid (1985) and probably any other (political or not) benefit show in Rock&Roll to come. Sales of the album and DVD continue to pour money into the “George Harrison Fund for UNICEF”.

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