Wow. What an a-maz-ing show! I just got out now and WOW! This is the 14th show I've seen and it just gets better and better. The last time I saw this show was exactly one year ago to the day in Manchester, England. Since, Roger has added many different things to the visuals but there are subtle little differences with the music. This was also the smallest venue I've seen it in which made for a great night. If you saw this show last time in Boston in 2010, and plan on seeing it again at Fenway, you won't be disappointed.
That's all... Just a quick snap of what's in store. I don't want to give anything away...
The Red Hot Chili Peppers are International Arena Filling Rock Stars now but back in 1983 they were a struggling young band with a new sound that no one could get a handle on. Except for one guy: Brendan Mullen. He had given many other bands with the same problem a chance to get on stage and show their version of Rock-N-Roll at the legendary Los Angeles club Masque. Bands like Black Flag, Minutemen, The Germs, and X. After The Masque closed he took over booking for Club Lingerie doing some of the first Hip-Hop bookings in the LA area. It was here that a very young Anthony Kiedis and Flea brought in a boombox to play their demo for Mullen. As the tape played Kiedis and Flea danced like maniacs and impressed Mullen enough to start booking them at the club. Their first gig was opening for Bad Brains.
Mullen passed away in 2009 shortly after a stroke and the Chili Peppers included their musical tribute "Brendan's Death Song" on their latest album "I'm With You". The video for the song has a New Orleans Style Funeral theme and shows a collection of circus type freaks and outsiders paying tribute. Much like Brendan Mullen did back in the day, giving them a place of their own to play and hang.
Green Day have released the trailer for the third album in their trilogy they are releasing later this year. ¡Uno! is due on September 25, with ¡Dos! to follow on November 13 and ¡Tré! coming January 15. They also recently released the track listing for ¡Uno! as well as a release date for the first single, "Oh Love", out on July 16th.
The track list is as follows:
1. "Nuclear Family"
2. "Stay The Night"
3. "Carpe Diem"
4. "Let Yourself Go"
5. "Kill The DJ"
6. "Fell For You"
7. "Loss Of Control"
9. "Angel Blue"
10. "Sweet 16"
11. "Rusty James"
12. "Oh Love"
Hey Matt Leonard here… totally looking forward to seeing The Wall for the first time in exactly a year. Last time I saw The Wall was in Manchester England and today it’s in Albany, N.Y. After Albany, Roger hits up Hartford, CT tomorrow and then on to Boston’s Fenway Park this Sunday, July 1st, 2012.
While I’m in Albany, I’ll be doing some recon for the Boston show and I’ll report back here with a few videos and a quick review of the show (I’d don’t want to spoil too much) for Friday.
Every time I’ve seen The Wall, it’s been slightly different. This show at the Times Union Center should be interesting because it’s one of the smallest venues The Wall has been performed in. I also plan to record the entire show if I can sneak my recording gear in.
When was the last time you saw The Wall… or have you yet?
The last time Roger was in Boston back in 2010, I managed to get hold of a rare recording from one of the sound checks at the Garden. It's VERY COOL! Check it out!
Since Brigham Young University is a Mormon school I'm guessing there's very little extra-curricular activities that involve funnels and Water Filtration Devices. This guy seeks a diversion to his academics in the form of LeBron James. Not that King James needs to be inflated any more these days since winning an NBA Championship. He's got his entourage and the NBA Officials to do that. Maybe we can get some hot college chicks to blow Rob Gronkowski...I mean blow up a Rob Gronkowski?
Boston, MA – Today WAAF announced that longtime morning show host Greg Hill has signed a long-term extension that will keep him on-air and in mornings with WAAF through 2017. Hill has been with WAAF for 26 years, 23 years as host of the “Hill-Man Morning Show”, making him one of the longest standing morning show hosts in the entire radio industry.
"Nothing excites me more than getting the opportunity to wake up at 4am every morning for the next five years! There are few true organic radio stations left in America, and Entercom is one of the few companies who values live local talent and still builds great radio brands like WAAF,” said Greg Hill. “I grew up listening to WAAF and I’ve been honored to host an amazing morning show for over twenty years. I'm really glad that through some random accounting error, I’ll be here for five more.”
“You can count on one hand the air talent in Boston who truly qualify as personal brands, and The Hill-Man is among that elite group,” said WAAF Program Director Ron Valeri. “I’ve been collaborating with Greg Hill in one capacity or another for 25 years now, and it’s a privilege for me to be able to carry on that partnership with him to build on the success of his show at WAAF.”
“Every day Greg delivers one of the best morning shows in all of radio. Greg connects with Boston in a way few people do and we couldn’t be more excited that Greg will remain with WAAF for many years to come,” said Jeff Brown, Vice President and General Manager/Entercom Boston.
Last December Comedian(and Newton's own) Louis CK decided to do a D.I.Y. sale of his stand up DVD "Live At The Beacon Theater" through his website for only $5. By doing this he by-passed Major Distributors, Giant Chain Stores, and Big Networks all taking their cut. In the first 12 hours of the on-line sale he sold 50,000 copies and broke even. After a couple of weeks he made over One Million Dollars, gave $250K in bonuses to the people who worked on it, $280K to charity, and kept $220K for himself. Now fellow comedians Jim Gaffigan and Aziz Anzari are doing the same.
Now Louis is taking the D.I.Y. system on the road by selling tickets to his latest U.S. tour, again through his website only, and for a flat fee of $45. Louis says this is approximately half of what people have been paying to see him live the last couple of tours. By doing this, he is also taking on Scalpers and Ticket Brokers by making harder to resell the tickets for more than face value. He explains this on his website:
"[Y]ou’ll see that if you try to sell the ticket anywhere for anything above the original price, we have the right to cancel your ticket (and refund your money). This is something I intend to enforce. There are some other rules you may find annoying, but they are meant to prevent someone who has no intention of seeing the show from buying the ticket and just flipping it for twice the price from a thousand miles away."
This may not stop individuals from reselling their tickets but it makes it harder for the big Agencies that ream you with the mark up after buying up half the house. Pearl Jam tried something similar with their crusade against Ticketmaster in the 90's and failed. But the ability to "Do It Yourself" has become much easier with the advancement in technology. Radiohead has been doing it for the past couple of albums. They asked to "Pay what you like" for their self released "In Rainbows". Trent Reznor also decided to shuck the Record Label System by deciding to release "The Slip" on-line as soon as they finished it. With no big promotional machine except for the Internet and Word Of Mouth.
So I say Kudos' to Louis C.K. for taking control of his career and trusting his fans to help out and not try to circumvent his system. They seemed to have done so with the DVD sales, hopefully this will work too. It also makes it easier and less expensive for the consumer. Now we have to work on a BYOB system for concerts so we don't have to spend 8 Bucks for a beer.
Louis C.K. is coming to Boston in January. You can get your tickets here.