classic rock – Mic Gillette http://micgillette.com/ Sun, 17 Apr 2022 19:41:26 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://micgillette.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/icon-2021-08-02T161817.082-150x150.png classic rock – Mic Gillette http://micgillette.com/ 32 32 Anthony Mazzella Plays Encore Concert at OTCA – Sedona.Biz https://micgillette.com/anthony-mazzella-plays-encore-concert-at-otca-sedona-biz/ Wed, 09 Feb 2022 20:10:24 +0000 https://micgillette.com/anthony-mazzella-plays-encore-concert-at-otca-sedona-biz/ Sedona News – World-renowned guitarist Anthony Mazzella performs at the Old Town Center for the Arts for a special “recall” performance on Saturday, February 19 at 7:00 p.m. After his previous sales at the ACTO, Anthony returns to dazzle audiences with his deft abilities in challenging acoustic and electric guitars. Anthony Mazzella combines passion and […]]]>

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Old Town Arts CenterSedona News – World-renowned guitarist Anthony Mazzella performs at the Old Town Center for the Arts for a special “recall” performance on Saturday, February 19 at 7:00 p.m. After his previous sales at the ACTO, Anthony returns to dazzle audiences with his deft abilities in challenging acoustic and electric guitars.

Anthony Mazzella combines passion and virtuoso playing technique to create a truly unique instrumental guitar performance. His relationship to the guitar reveals a deep connection to music and to the spirit. Beyond entertainment, Anthony’s performance of original songs and renditions of some of the world’s most beloved “guitar hero” songs creates a timeless performance, providing listeners and fans with an emotional and memorable experience.

His performing career began in New York at Manhattan’s Bitter End, Birdland, CBGB’s and the famed Blue Note. He then spent years touring the United States and on world stages as a soloist and as a concert guitarist for world music master Omar Faruk Tekbilek. Among notable appearances, Anthony performed at the Vatican in Rome, Italy, where he lived for several years.

Anthony’s original guitar music is comprised of a fusion of global influences comprised of acoustic and electric fingering, classical, flamenco, jazz, funk, R&B, Celtic, ambient, rock, medieval and Middle Eastern styles.

He opened for headlining artists James Brown, Tower of Power, The Commodores and Spyro Gyra. He has recorded six award-winning albums, four of them solo: Electric Fingerstyle Guitar, Unity, Heavenly Guitar and Ritual. His collaboration with Chris Spheeris, BRIO, won “Best Acoustic Instrumental Album of 2001” by NAV, and the self-titled CD “Electric Harp Guitar Group” with William Eaton and Fitzhugh Jenkins was selected as one of the top 25. 2007 albums by Echoes. syndicated radio show.

In this new era of stay-at-home, Anthony has spent a lot of time working on his musical skills and new material and will stage it for this gig. The concert will be a mix of his original material as well as some classic rock covers.

Mazzella only does a handful of gigs a year now and he brings so much energy to those shows.

Anthony is considered one of the best guitarists in the world today. Come and enjoy an evening of timeless classics and original music, from an artist who has innovated new ways of approaching and playing the guitar.

Tickets for Anthony Mazella are $25 in advance, $28 at the door and $30 priority. Tickets are available online at www.showtix4u.com or in Cottonwood at the Mysterium and in Sedona you can find tickets at the Mary D. Fisher Theater. For ticket prices and more information on these and other upcoming events, visit www.oldtowncenter.orgor call Elena Bullard at 928-634-0940.

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Drug overdose spike in Broome reported https://micgillette.com/drug-overdose-spike-in-broome-reported/ Tue, 01 Feb 2022 12:47:26 +0000 https://micgillette.com/drug-overdose-spike-in-broome-reported/ Broome County officials are issuing another advisory regarding a spike in suspected drug overdoses in recent days. The Broome Opioid Awareness Council encourages people with substance use disorder to practice harm reduction strategies, not to use alone, and to have a Narcan overdose reversal kit . Anyone at the site of an overdose should call […]]]>

Broome County officials are issuing another advisory regarding a spike in suspected drug overdoses in recent days.

The Broome Opioid Awareness Council encourages people with substance use disorder to practice harm reduction strategies, not to use alone, and to have a Narcan overdose reversal kit . Anyone at the site of an overdose should call 911 immediately. The Good Samaritan Law protects everyone involved when seeking help with a possible overdose.

Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News

Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News

Narcan trainings are offered throughout Broome County through the Broome County Addiction Center, Helio Health, Southern Tier AIDS Program, Truth Pharm and United Health Services.

Broome County Addiction Center: 30 State Street, Binghamton, NY, 13901. (607) 723-7308.

Helio Health: 249 Glenwood Road, Binghamton, NY, 13905. (607) 296-3072.

Southern Tier AIDS Program (STAP): 277 Main Street, Johnson City, NY, 13790. (607) 237-0497

Truth Pharm: 49 Pine Street, Suite 6, Binghamton, NY, 13901. (607) 296-3016.

United Health Services (UHS): (607) 762-2200. For UHS Addiction Medicine, call (607) 762-2901.

People who use substances can contact the Never Use Alone Helpline at 1-800-997-2280 to talk to someone, without judgement.

Broome County began discussing a public notification system for spike overdoses last spring. One of the first advisories was issued in early March ahead of the spike alert program launching in July. The Broome Opioid Awareness Council has since issued peak alerts in early November and again on December 28.

For more information on substance abuse and overdose prevention issues and to find phone numbers, go to www.gobroomecounty.com/boac.

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The moment Steve Vai thought he would never play again https://micgillette.com/the-moment-steve-vai-thought-he-would-never-play-again/ Sat, 29 Jan 2022 13:09:22 +0000 https://micgillette.com/the-moment-steve-vai-thought-he-would-never-play-again/ Steve Vai said he briefly believed he would never play guitar again while recovering from recent shoulder surgery. He had previously undergone back surgery, but then required a second operation which forced him to reschedule their 2022 tour plans at the fall. In a new interview with FaceCulture (video below), he revealed that there was […]]]>

Steve Vai said he briefly believed he would never play guitar again while recovering from recent shoulder surgery.

He had previously undergone back surgery, but then required a second operation which forced him to reschedule their 2022 tour plans at the fall. In a new interview with FaceCulture (video below), he revealed that there was a time when he thought things were much worse.

“The shoulder started years ago and it was something I was going through when I was training,” said Vai, who released the latest album Inviolate on Jan. 28. weren’t going to work and they had to go in and fix it. And they did, and they did a great job. And it healed. And I did Inviolate. Unfortunately, over the summer I tore another tendon, and that’s why we had to move the US leg of the tour to the fall, because I had to have another surgery.

He added that he hadn’t been worried about the development, but continued: “[T]There was a point after removing the sling where I started trying to play and there was nothing. I couldn’t choose, I couldn’t scratch. And I thought, ‘Okay, that’s the end of the day for a musician.’ And for about 10 seconds, that thought – ‘This is it; I’m done’ – it was in my head. And I can honestly tell you that with that thought, there was no fear. But there was a disappointment, of course.

Vai explained that he “wasn’t devastated” because he knew he could continue to express himself using other outlets if the guitar was no longer available to him. “I don’t define myself as just a guitarist,” he said. “Music is not my life – music is something I do for a living. Life is much bigger than what you do in it. So I never felt limited in expressing creative musical ideas, even though I didn’t have a guitar, and I always knew it was going to be there no matter what.

“But then another little voice came in, the voice of my higher self – it usually comes to the rescue – and it said, ‘Shut the fuck up and start playing. You know you have this. And I said, ‘Okay. Yes sir!’ And I just started, and it came back.

Watch Steve Vai talk to FaceCulture

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Old Town Center Announces February 2022 Concert Season https://micgillette.com/old-town-center-announces-february-2022-concert-season/ Fri, 28 Jan 2022 21:26:37 +0000 https://micgillette.com/old-town-center-announces-february-2022-concert-season/ Sedona News – Old Town Center for the Arts has lined up renowned artists from across the United States and right here in Arizona for our February concert schedule. Just in time for Valentine’s Day, we start the month with a laugh when Zenprov Comedy takes the stage. One of the most virtuoso and talented […]]]>

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Old Town Arts CenterSedona News – Old Town Center for the Arts has lined up renowned artists from across the United States and right here in Arizona for our February concert schedule. Just in time for Valentine’s Day, we start the month with a laugh when Zenprov Comedy takes the stage. One of the most virtuoso and talented guitarists, Anthony Mazzella follows in an incredible solo concert. We end the month with Dave Stamey, a nationally acclaimed cowboy singer/songwriter. Here is a brief description of some of our upcoming concerts and events at the Old Town Center for the Arts in February.

Comedy Zenprov
Addicted to love and laughter
Saturday, February 12, 7:00 p.m.

Is laughter the ultimate aphrodisiac? Find out at Zenprov Comedy’s “Addicted to Love & Laughs” improv show on Saturday, February 12, 2022. With help from audience members, the cast will explore relationships, dating, and dysfunction through the lens of truth and comedy. They will make their own version of The Dating Game from the 1970s, an improvised Soap Opera and many original games, including an audience favorite where the actors re-enact a couple’s first date by playing their friends, family and friends. jealous ex. Romance is in the air! And it smells funny. Zenprov will also be joined on stage by a Second City alumnus and a belly dancer.

If you’ve never seen one of their live performances before, Zenprov Comedy is similar to the popular impromptu TV show “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” The troupe performs a mix of fast-paced improvisational scenes created on the spot based on audience suggestions as well as “long” Chicago-style improvisation, where scenes and characters interconnect. Unlike sketch or stand-up comedy, nothing is scripted or set up in advance, so it’s never the same show twice.

Anthony Mazella
Anthony Mazella

Anthony Mazzella in concert
Saturday, February 19, 7:00 p.m.

Anthony Mazzella combines passion and virtuoso playing technique to create a truly unique instrumental guitar performance. His relationship to the guitar reveals a deep connection to music and to the spirit. Beyond entertainment, Anthony’s performance of original songs and renditions of some of the world’s most beloved “guitar hero” songs creates a timeless performance, providing listeners and fans with an emotional and memorable experience.

His performing career began in New York at Manhattan’s Bitter End, Birdland, CBGB’s and the famed Blue Note. He then spent years touring the United States and on world stages as a soloist and as a concert guitarist for world music master Omar Faruk Tekbilek. Among notable appearances, Anthony performed at the Vatican in Rome, Italy, where he lived for several years.

Anthony’s original guitar music is comprised of a fusion of global influences comprised of acoustic and electric fingering, classical, flamenco, jazz, funk, R&B, Celtic, ambient, rock, medieval and Middle Eastern styles.

In this new era of stay-at-home, Anthony has spent a lot of time working on his musical skills and new material and will stage it for this gig. The concert will be a mix of his original material as well as some classic rock covers.

Mazzella only does a handful of gigs a year now and he brings so much energy to those shows.

Dave Stamey in concert
Renowned cowboy artist
Saturday, February 26, 7:00 p.m.

Artist of the Year 2015 (Western Music Association) and Best Solo Western Musician 2015 (true west Magazine), DAVE STAMEY will perform at the Old Town Center for the Arts on Saturday, February 26 at 7:00 p.m.

Stamey has been a cowboy, a mule packer, a dude wrangler and is now one of the most popular Western entertainers working today. He finds he would rather delight audiences across the country than be trampled by angry horses. Drawing on his own experiences, Dave Stamey will perform songs and stories about living and working in the West.

Through the Western Music Association, he has also won Songwriter of the Year 5 times and Male Performer of the Year 6 times. cowboys and Indian Review calls Dave the “Charlie Russell of Western music”. Dave’s music is fresh, haunting and fun for the whole family. Some say its genre is “contemporary western music”. But certainly not “country” because this fun and moving music sparks joy in the hearts of audiences who live and/or love to experience “the West”.

Mark your calendars for these special events and stay tuned for more events at the Old Town Center for the Arts coming up in February.

Tickets are available online at www.showtix4u.com or in Cottonwood at the Mysterium and in Sedona you can find tickets at the Mary D. Fisher Theater. For ticket prices and more information on these and other upcoming events, visit www.oldtowncenter.orgor call Elena Bullard at 928-634-0940.

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Nashville singer-songwriter remembers Marin’s childhood in new single https://micgillette.com/nashville-singer-songwriter-remembers-marins-childhood-in-new-single/ Fri, 21 Jan 2022 13:39:55 +0000 https://micgillette.com/nashville-singer-songwriter-remembers-marins-childhood-in-new-single/ As a teenager, singer-songwriter David Austin was inspired by the poetry of Bruce Springsteen’s early hymns about coming of age in New Jersey’s working-class urban grit. In his new single, ‘Cut Hunting’, the 25-year-old musician explores the same themes as Springsteen – young people seeking freedom and independence in an adult world – only Austin’s […]]]>

As a teenager, singer-songwriter David Austin was inspired by the poetry of Bruce Springsteen’s early hymns about coming of age in New Jersey’s working-class urban grit. In his new single, ‘Cut Hunting’, the 25-year-old musician explores the same themes as Springsteen – young people seeking freedom and independence in an adult world – only Austin’s ode to adolescence springs from his memories of growing up in the idyllic natural landscapes and safe suburban streets of wealthy Marin County.

“We’ve had bands like Journey and Train and the Grateful Dead and a lot of other bands that came out of Marin, but I don’t know if I can say a lot of them wrote strictly about Marin in a kind of poetic narrative style,” he says over the phone from his home in Nashville. “I kind of wanted to do that about how I grew up in Marin. It’s an absurdly beautiful place. I said, ‘I need to write about this. It’s my childhood.

As a child, Austin lived in Ross and began playing guitar and singing in student bands at Marin Country Day School.

“It was a great starting point,” he says. “It was a very open and free contemporary music program with rock and world music. In middle school I started playing classic rock and guitar, and being able to be in the school band and play AC/DC and Boston at school gigs was super cool. It got me going.

When he was 14, he went to boarding school on the East Coast and started writing original songs. During vacations and through the summer, he would come back to Marin, reunite with his old running buddies, and experience a kind of teenage culture shock.

“Living Two Lives”

An image from David Austin’s “Cut Hunting” music video.

“I felt like I was living two lives, going to a super strict boarding school with all these rules,” he says. “You had to check in by 11 p.m. on Saturday night. There wasn’t a lot of partying. And then I would come back to Marin and it would be, ‘Oh my God, you’re out until 2 a.m. every Friday and Saturday night.’ It was crazy.”

Where Austin and his pals went and what they did at those crazy weekend parties is what ‘Cut Hunting’ is, a mix of truth and fiction. The title comes from a slang phrase he overheard a friend use to describe driving and finding secluded places and hidden corners of the county to do what young people do when their parents and teachers aren’t around. not here. The name of the lyrics verifies Phoenix Lake as a particularly nice place to “get down”.

Thinking back to his teenage years, Austin fondly recalls that he and his young pals were fans of Bay Area rappers E-40, Too Short and Mac Dre, who rhymed about an urban subculture that was outside of the experience. of the average sailor. child. In a memorable line from “Cut Hunting,” Austin sings, “Well, I know I’m just a white Marin boy. I had redwood dirt smeared on my skin.

Chance encounter

After high school, Austin earned a music degree from the University of Southern California and lived in Los Angeles for a few years before a chance meeting in Marin led him to move to Nashville. He was playing on a bench near the College of Marin when Novato restaurateur and songwriter Robin Lindsey overheard him and put him in touch with his brother, the Nashville country music producer, Chris Lindsey.

“He’s definitely the real deal,” says Robin Lindsey.

A singer-songwriter who plays acoustic guitar, Austin has spent the past year recording a dozen new songs in Lindsey’s studio for a second album, “Carolina Blue,” which will be released in early summer. This follows an eight-song debut track, “Southwood Waltz”, named after the street in Ross where he and his family lived when he was growing up.

David Austin’s next song, “Cut Hunting”, is a mix of truth and fiction.

Sidelined for much of the past two years due to the pandemic (he’s recovered from two bouts of COVID-19), Austin and his four-piece band kick off a Northeast tour in February . He will be in the Bay Area on February 19 for a concert at The Brick & Mortar in San Francisco.

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‘Battery Godmother’ Dorothea Taylor covers blink-182 https://micgillette.com/battery-godmother-dorothea-taylor-covers-blink-182/ Sun, 16 Jan 2022 18:49:02 +0000 https://micgillette.com/battery-godmother-dorothea-taylor-covers-blink-182/ The “drum godmother”, also known as Dorothea Taylor, is back with another cover on TikTok. This time, Taylor covers “What’s My Age Again?” of blink-182. You can check out the video below. Taylor is a private drum and drumline instructor, according to her Instagram bio. She has been drumming for 56 years and is the […]]]>

The “drum godmother”, also known as Dorothea Taylor, is back with another cover on TikTok. This time, Taylor covers “What’s My Age Again?” of blink-182. You can check out the video below.

Taylor is a private drum and drumline instructor, according to her Instagram bio. She has been drumming for 56 years and is the organist at her church. She also has her own classic rock/new country band called Badlander, she plays drums for the All City Choir and joins a few bands when needed, according to her. Battery charger profile.

“Drummers come in all ages, sizes, shapes, ethnicities. And no matter how good you are, no matter how old you are, we’re all still part of the drumming family,” Taylor previously said in a clip. “So remember, don’t judge a drummer – or anyone – by their looks. And always, always, always keep sharing your passion for drumming with the world.”

blink-182, “How old am I again?” Dorothée Taylor cover

Comments below the video show an outpouring of support for Taylor. One user comments, “She makes it look easy!” Others call her a “tough guy” and some have tagged Dave Grohl, Travis Barker and Josh Dun in an effort to get more attention or get her on stage with the musicians.

Taylor has previously covered tracks like Slipknot, Disturbed, and Paramore, as well as uploading instructional drum technique videos.

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Listen to Edgar’s winter cover ‘Johnny B. Goode’ with Joe Walsh https://micgillette.com/listen-to-edgars-winter-cover-johnny-b-goode-with-joe-walsh/ Fri, 07 Jan 2022 15:49:42 +0000 https://micgillette.com/listen-to-edgars-winter-cover-johnny-b-goode-with-joe-walsh/ Edgar Winter has released the first song on an upcoming tribute album to his late brother, Johnny Winter: a cover of “Johnny B. Goode” by Chuck Berry. The new track, which you can hear below, stars Joe Walsh, as well as guitarist David Grissom, who has performed with John Mellencamp, the Chicks and Joe Ely. […]]]>


Edgar Winter has released the first song on an upcoming tribute album to his late brother, Johnny Winter: a cover of “Johnny B. Goode” by Chuck Berry.

The new track, which you can hear below, stars Joe Walsh, as well as guitarist David Grissom, who has performed with John Mellencamp, the Chicks and Joe Ely.

“To this day, when I think of rock ‘n’ roll, I think of Chuck Berry and ‘Johnny B. Goode’,” Winter explained in a press release announcing Brother johnny. “It’s not just Johnny’s story, but also the story of every kid who ever bought a guitar, coming from humble beginnings with the idea of ​​someday growing it. So, of course, this must be on this album. “

According to Winter, he dreamed of being able to do the song with Walsh. “Joe and I go back to the ’70s, playing concerts together when he was in the James Gang,” he noted. The duo recorded their vocals at Walsh’s home studio. “I made her sing the second verse and do the harmonies on the chorus ‘Go, Johnny, Go’, and just like that my dream came true. Thank you, Joe, for taking time off your schedule. loaded up with the Eagles and your radio show to make this special duet. It reminded me of when Johnny and I used to sing it together, and I felt like the good old days. “

The Winter brothers grew up in Beaumont, Texas and started playing music at a young age, but Edgar remembers a local talent show that gave them their chance. “It was called the Johnny Melody contest, and the top prize was the chance to make your own record,” he said. “I guess I was 11 or 12, and Johnny about 14 or 15. We had our very first band called Johnny and the Jammers, and the best song we knew was ‘Johnny B. Goode.’ So we went in, we went on, we played it, we won and made our first record – a song that Johnny wrote called “School Day Blues.” And like they say, the rest is part of it. ‘story.”

Brother johnny is slated for April 15 and includes appearances by Joe Bonamassa, Billy Gibbons, Taylor Hawkins, Warren Haynes, Steve Lukather, Michael McDonald, Ringo Starr, Derek Trucks, Waddy Wachtel and more.

“My deepest and deepest thanks to all the great, fantastic and amazing artists for their incredible heartfelt performances,” said Winter. “You touched our hearts on behalf of Johnny and the Winter family.”

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The Deep Purple lockdown was a ‘dress rehearsal for retirement’ https://micgillette.com/the-deep-purple-lockdown-was-a-dress-rehearsal-for-retirement/ Thu, 30 Dec 2021 13:18:09 +0000 https://micgillette.com/the-deep-purple-lockdown-was-a-dress-rehearsal-for-retirement/ Roger Glover describes Deep Purple’s coronavirus lockdown experience as a retired trial, but says they’re not ready to end things just yet. They recently released the cover album Turning to crime, which was a way of doing business when Deep Purple couldn’t tour or record together in the same studio. Glover says he felt “privileged” […]]]>


Roger Glover describes Deep Purple’s coronavirus lockdown experience as a retired trial, but says they’re not ready to end things just yet.

They recently released the cover album Turning to crime, which was a way of doing business when Deep Purple couldn’t tour or record together in the same studio. Glover says he felt “privileged” to be part of a group that still had momentum.

“I think we still have another ‘clean’ Purple album inside of us, but it was a big nostalgic dive for us,” he said. Classic rock. “In some ways, the COVID lockdown was like a dress rehearsal for our retirement. And while we all loved the opportunity to have all that extra time with our families, it’s clear that none of us are yet ready for a life without music and artistic expression. We have so much fun making this group.

They are well aware, Glover added, that Deep Purple “can’t last forever, but the idea of ​​quitting isn’t a good idea – and at the moment, it’s not a consideration.” It’s hard to explain exactly why we’re still here 50 years later, but with this new record being a wonderful reminder of why we do what we do, it’s a question we can keep answered another day. .

Drummer Ian Paice said Classic rock that the process of choosing tracks for Turning to crime, then recording them separately with producer Bob Ezrin, reminded him of his early days.

“This album is supposed to be fun,” he argued. “It’s a tribute… not always to the songs themselves, but to the spirit of the songs, which, when we were children, made us want to play rock’n’roll, to do it too. When I was a kid I remember buying a few Yardbirds singles, and boy, they were exciting. As if they were on stage, not in the studio. No one was careful or safe; it was as if someone had placed a few microphones in front of them and captured it. This rawness really manifested itself.

He noted: “And I tell you what, we also made a great record. When you put it on hard, it doesn’t half kick your ass! “

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Don McLean says his success is due to asthma and the death of his father https://micgillette.com/don-mclean-says-his-success-is-due-to-asthma-and-the-death-of-his-father/ Fri, 24 Dec 2021 00:11:28 +0000 https://micgillette.com/don-mclean-says-his-success-is-due-to-asthma-and-the-death-of-his-father/ Don McLean looked back on the moments that shaped his career, saying that suffering from asthma as a child, along with the death of his father, contributed to his success. “Kids are all naturally creative – until school takes them out,” McLean told Inews in a recent interview. “They sing, they paint, they invent stuff. […]]]>


Don McLean looked back on the moments that shaped his career, saying that suffering from asthma as a child, along with the death of his father, contributed to his success.

“Kids are all naturally creative – until school takes them out,” McLean told Inews in a recent interview. “They sing, they paint, they invent stuff. One of the benefits of asthma is that it kept me from going to school for long periods of time for many years. I was able to develop another Don McLean who was not programmed by the school system. If his respiratory illness hadn’t kept him from going to school, McLean believes he would have taken a different path. “If I had been perfectly healthy and a good student or athlete, I would probably be dead by now because I would have been a really boring person in a bank somewhere who got drunk to death.”

The musician’s father died when he was 15, which McLean says gave him the opportunity to pursue his artistic ambitions instead of pursuing his career in business administration. “For some reason my father was adamantly opposed to show business,” the singer recalls. “He thought it was for some sort of inferior man. I was very sad when my dad passed away, but I also realized that I could do whatever I wanted without worrying that my dad would turn on me, which he certainly would have done.

The 76-year-old prepares for a world tour as his flagship track “American Pie” continues to live a life of its own 50 years after its original release.

Discussing the song that made its name and the fact that a Broadway show, documentary film and children’s book are all in production, he said, “‘American Pie’ has its own identity and its own. personality – it’s almost like he’s alive. I look and wonder what’s going to happen next. It’s like I’m sitting in a spaceship watching as stuff goes through my window… he there is so much energy behind ‘American Pie.’ At this point.

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Chuck Berry, “Live From Blueberry Hill”: album review https://micgillette.com/chuck-berry-live-from-blueberry-hill-album-review/ Wed, 15 Dec 2021 13:30:48 +0000 https://micgillette.com/chuck-berry-live-from-blueberry-hill-album-review/ Even in his prime, Chuck Berry in concert was somewhat of a cautious proposition to buyers. Pick-up bands, inconsistent performances, a sometimes brooding layout didn’t always guarantee that “rock and roll music” would be as good as it could and should be. Blueberry Hill was different, however. The St. Louis club was firm ground for […]]]>


Even in his prime, Chuck Berry in concert was somewhat of a cautious proposition to buyers. Pick-up bands, inconsistent performances, a sometimes brooding layout didn’t always guarantee that “rock and roll music” would be as good as it could and should be.

Blueberry Hill was different, however. The St. Louis club was firm ground for Berry, a hometown oasis much like Stone Pony was for Bruce Springsteen. It was a comfort zone where Berry had a good, trusted friend in Joe Edwards. It was Edwards who came up with the idea in 1996, the year Berry turned 70, to transform the basement of the bar and restaurant into the Duck Room, named after the famous rock pioneer duck walk. ‘n’roll and adorned with pictures of Berry.

Berry will perform over 200 shows in the Duck Hall – including his last show on October 15, 2014, two and a half years before his death at the age of 90. By all accounts (including Daniel Durchholz’s insightful liner notes) this was the best place to see Berry perform – especially with a regular group of local musicians, a quintet that included his son Charles Berry Jr. on guitar. and her daughter Ingrid Berry on vocals and harmonica.

The 11 songs on Live from Blueberry Hill, recorded between July 2004 and January 2006, ignited in a fierce 30 minutes, proof that Berry Sr. could still muster an age-defying fire under the right circumstances. Know how to enter Live from Blueberry Hill that this is not a showcase for Berry’s vocals, which had little range or tonality at this point – something that actually works to its advantage during the “Bio” oral memoir. But there’s still a lot of spice to their guitar playing, and the ensemble has the kind of immediacy and musculature you’d expect from a bar band in the best sense of the word, with pianist Robert Lohr contributing so much. hot solos than Berry himself.

The band merges “Carol” and “Little Queenie” into a playful medley, while “Let It Rock” and “Around and Around” are locomotives with that sound ready to jump the track anytime but never do. The slower blues of “Mean Old World” gives Ingrid Berry a welcome spotlight, while the classics – “Roll Over Beethoven”, “Sweet Little Sixteen”, “Johnny B. Goode” – are ragged celebrations but fair. “It’s my show. I have to get it out of the gutter,” Berry told the crowd at one point, but the truth is he doesn’t have to pull too hard. Live from Blueberry Hill shows that even in the late ’70s, and with his heyday well in the rearview mirror, Berry was still able to ring the bell when the spirit moved him.

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