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CHIGAGO CHICAGO — It’s hard to believe that the band Chicago has lasted 55 years. My God, I was listening to them in college, when as Chicago Transit Authority (1969) they delivered one of the best debut albums I’ve ever heard. Last week Chicago XXXVIII was released; and yes, that’s Chicago’s 38th – entitled Born For This Moment.

There’s been a lot of material in the Chicago canon for sure – from Terry Kath to Peter Cetera; David Foster and Jim Guercio; Caribou Ranch; Columbia Records; Jason Scheff and Bill Champlin; Earth, Wind & Fire ; Brian Wilson … a lot to digest for sure, but this latest album, featuring the single “If This Is Goodbye” there has been widespread attention and curiosity that this could be the end for the group.
The track is actually spot-on, combining a nod to almost everything they’ve done and maybe signing-off with a heart adios. With vocals by Robert Lamm and Neil Donnell, it’s almost a perfect song. Definitely from the Cetera-era style, it works terrifically.
The album opens with the title track which was written by keyboardist Lamm and Jim Peterik – who everyone likes to say is from Survivor; but I prefer to call him the heart and soul the the Ides Of March. Remember “Vehicle?” Great track. Was and still is.
The third track “Firecracker” sizzles with the brass syncopation that is a Chicago trademark for sure. Written by James Pankow, it pleasantly teases and works for sure. A standout track for sure.
Another Lamm track written again with Peterik, “Our New York Time” is a great track with the beginning almost sounding like the original “Beginnings.” Joe Thomas, the producer of the album, helped write it as well. Truth be told, this track is as strong any anything they’ve ever done. I also heard echoes of “Saturday In The Park” in there too.
Honestly, I didn’t even know the two knew each other, but having thought about it, it makes perfect sense. Lamm has always had a handle on what works and what doesn’t and this track is pretty good. Standard Chicago for sure; but the track evokes the feeling that Chicago has never left to prove. Their output is just exemplary.
One more Lamm track “She’s Right” is another standout for sure and with a great guitar solo from Tom Bukovac. The track sparkles with the magic that is Chicago – no question.
A real gem on the album is “For The Love” with Lamm delivering an exceptional vocal. I’ve been a fan since his solo effort eons ago, Skinny Boy, and this is now in my top 3 performances of his. And there’s violins – really quite a track. Quite magnificent.
Not that I didn’t expect a serviceable record, but this one delighted me right out of the box.
Will there be a Chicago XXXIX? I’d count on it.

Lou Reed

REED LIVES (from Rock Cellar) On Aug. 26, Words & Music, May 1965 — a collection of some never-before-heard material from Lou Reed — will be released.

The special set is timed to link up with the continued 80th birthday celebration of the musician/cultural icon, a milestone that was hit back in March of this year.
The new collection features the earliest-known recordings of “I’m Waiting for the Man” and “Pale Blue Eyes,” and was previewed on Monday with a 1965 demo recording of “Heroin.”
Words & Music, May 1965 offers an extraordinary, unvarnished, and plainly poignant insight into one of America’s true poet-songwriters. Capturing Reed in his formative years, this previously unreleased collection of songs—penned by a young Lou Reed, recorded to tape with the help of future bandmate John Cale, and mailed to himself as a “poor man’s copyright”—remained sealed in its original envelope and unopened for nearly 50 years. Its contents embody some of the most vital, groundbreaking contributions to American popular music committed to tape in the 20th century.
Here’s the track listing for the Deluxe Edition:
Audiophile 45 RPM 12” LP (Record #1):
A1. I’m Waiting for the Man – May 1965 Demo
A2. Men of Good Fortune – May 1965 Demo
B1. Heroin – May 1965 Demo
B2. Too Late – May 1965 Demo
B3. Buttercup Song – May 1965 Demo
Audiophile 45 RPM 12” LP (Record #2):
C1. Walk Alone – May 1965 Demo
C2. Buzz Buzz Buzz – May 1965 Demo
C3. Pale Blue Eyes – May 1965 Demo
D1. Stockpile – May 1965 Demo
D2. Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams – May 1965 Demo
D3. I’m Waiting for the Man – May 1965 Alternate Version
7″ 45 RPM EP
A1. Gee Whiz – 1958 Rehearsal
A2. Baby, Let Me Follow You Down – 1963/64 Home Recordings
B1. Michael, Row The Boat Ashore – 1963/64 Home Recordings
B2. Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right (Partial) – 1963/64 Home Recordings
B3. W & X, Y, Z Blues – 1963/64 Home Recordings
B4. Lou’s 12-Bar Instrumental – 1963/64 Home Recordings
SHORT TAKES — (From Patch) The original Papaya King, an Upper East Side institution, known for its snappy hot dogs and tropical drinks, may be facing demolishment. According to the local news publication, paperwork was filed this week by Extell — the developers behind what is known as Billionaire’s Row — to knock down the low-rise building located at 171-179 East 86th Street. Patch reports the building, located at the corner of East 86th Street and Third Avenue, was first purchased last fall for $21 million. Papaya King has been a neighborhood fixture since opening in 1932 by German American immigrants. Over the years, it spawned several outposts — in Hollywood, St. Mark’s Place, Downtown Brooklyn — but all have since shut down. Since the pandemic, things have been rocky at the flagship Papaya King. In June 2020, the Real Deal reported that the Upper East Side icon faced legal disputes over ownership with its former landlord. In the golden age of the record business, industry-folk would gather at the Papaya King located at the intersection of Broadway and 72nd street on the West Side, grab a dog and walk over to the newsstand at 72nd street and pick up the trades; which were originally available Saturday night. Believe me, it was an weekly industry-event … Law & Order on their WE channel, ran a dedication to the late Paul Sorvino who portrayed Detective Phil Cerrata; who was exemplary on the show.

Paul Sorvino

Did you know Sorvino cut an album way back when? With a cover photo by Mick Rock? Check it out here:

Sam Rockewell

Speaking of Dick Wolff’s hallowed show, I caught Sam Rockewell on an episode entitled Intolerance – from 1992 …

In my very first job in the record industry, twice a year all the big-wigs at the company would meet for several days at a hotel on 49th and 10th avenue called the Skyline. Why, I never knew, but it was an excuse to get out of our very-lower-Manhattan offices and essentially party away for the next three or four fays. As a very-low level employee in the creative services department no less, I was kept far away, but when I did get to visit, delivering a package of who-knows-what, it resembled what Rome must have looked like in it’s heyday. Scantily-clad women and men everywhere and other not-too-mention sundry items. For a kid from Long Island back then, it was an eye-opening look. Was this the true nature of the music industry back then? The hotel still exists and has now become a homeless shelter. I’n not surprised, but am surprised that the location has lasted all these years.63 years in fact, It was built in 1959. Boy, ff those walls could talk … RIP Nichelle Nichols and as we went to press, Mo Ostin, the esteemed leader of Warner Brothers Records in its best heyday ever, had passed at 95. Clive Davis may get the share of the media headlines, but back then, Warner Brotherswas the place you wanted to be: from Prince, to George Harrison, James Taylor, the Grateful Dead; R.E.M; Bonnie Rait; Rod Stewart,Neil Young, Jimi Hendrix, Frank Sinatra, Joni Mitchell, Madonna, Green Day and many, many more. A true giant in every sense of the word. More next time.
NAMES IN THE NEWS — Tom & Lisa Cuddy; Peter Abraham; Andrew Sandoval; Mark Lindsay; Steve Walter; Kent Kotal; Roy Trakin; David Adelson; Lenny Beer; Mitch Kanner; Don Wardell; Billy Smith; Richie Kaczor; Brad LeBeau; Curtis Urbina;

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WOODSTOCK COVER STARS — (Via Best Classic Bands) — Bobbi Ercoline’s name may not be familiar to most, but millions own her photograph: Bobbi, whose last name at the time was  Kelly, and her then-boyfriend, Nick Ercoline, were huddled together under a quilt at the 1969 Woodstock festival when photographer Burk Uzzle snapped their picture. The couple, both then 20, were unaware that their photo had even been taken until several months later, when the three-LP Woodstock soundtrack album was released. They were among friends when they first realized the couple on the album cover was them.

“We were passing the jacket around when someone pointed out the staff with the orange and yellow butterfly,” Nick told AARP in 2019 for the organization’s magazine. “That belonged to Herbie, a guy from Huntington Beach, Calif. He was lost and having a bad trip, and we hooked arms with him until he was clear-headed. Then we saw the blanket. Oh my lord, that’s us!”

Bobbi and Nick only lasted one night at Woodstock, and never even got near the stage. They had given it their all trying to get to the festival, ditching their car when traffic became snarled and walking the final two miles. They spent most of their single day there on the hillside where the famous photo was taken.

Two years later, in 1971, they married. They remained together until Bobbi Ercoline’s death Saturday (March 18, 2023).

Nick posted the news on Facebook: “It’s with beyond great sadness that I tell my FB family and friends, that after 54 years of life together, of the death of my beautiful wife, Bobbi, last night surrounded by her family. She lived her life well, and left this world in a much better place. If you knew her, you loved her. She lived by her saying, ‘Be kind.’ As a School Nurse she always championed the kids … ALWAYS! As a person, she always gave. ‘How much do you really need if you have all you need or want?’ So she gave and gave and gave. She didn’t deserve this past year’s nightmare, but she isn’t suffering from the physical pain anymore and that brings some comfort to us.”

We’ve spoken much over the years about how that Woodstock event was so cataclysmic – culturally; musically; and certainly philosophically. Elliot Tiber wrote beautifully about it in his first book Taking Woodstock – a classic if you’ve never read it.

They tried to re-create it in 1994 and though it was good, it just didn’t have that magical flavor of the first one. I wasn’t at either, but as you can imagine, music from that 1969 concert still lives passionately today. I was, however, at Live Aid and that was my Woodstock for sure.

Not to get too poetic, but I came across a great quote yesterday: It’s worth being older now, to have been young then.

Derek And The Dominoes

SHORT TAKES — Derek & The Dominoes Bobby Whitlock on Jim Gordon: “Carl Radle and Jim Gordon … Didn’t get any better than that. The only other alternative [for Derek and the Dominoes] was Jim Keltner. And that’s who should have been the guy and who was supposed to be the guy. But it didn’t turn out that way. He was busy. The rhythm section of Carl and Jim propelled the songs we put together. Jim Gordon is the most musical drummer I ever heard. All of the drums were in tune. literally tuned to a key on the piano. Big kit. But Jim had this wonderful ability to interpret the nuances you could feel but not hear. Carl was solid as a rock. A downbeat player and right on it. So, we have Carl who is solid and down and Jim who is up and on it. So, it was perpetual motion” …

The Ides of March

Do you remember “Vehicle” by The Idea of March back in 1970? It became the fastest-selling single in Warner Brothers history. A little-known fact is that 14 seconds of the completed master of “Vehicle” was accidentally erased in the recording studio, (primarily the guitar solo), and the missing section was spliced in from a previously discarded take. The song reached #2 in Billboard, and #1 in Cashbox. The album “Vehicle” reached #55 nationally … Dolly Parton sings with Elton John on “Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me” on her forthcoming rock ‘n roll album. I bet it’ll sound great, but how many covers of that song has there been? Maybe they should have picked a John/Taupin deep-cut like “Come Down In Time” or “Amoreena.” Just saying … Does the phrase DLYZECOMKIN mean anything to you?

Micky Dolenz

Believe it or not, in one of those crazy-jumble games online, the phrase translates into Micky Dolenz. Crazy, right? See for yourself:

… Speaking of Dolenz, he departs Thursday on a Flower Power Cruise; then starts his Headquarters-tour on April 1 in Orlando …

Charles F. Rosenay does the Zach Martin Big Fat American Podcast next week, for his new release,  The Book of Top 10 Beatles Lists (KIWI Publishing) … HAPPY BDAY Gia Ramsey!

NAMES IN THE NEWS — Carol Geiser; Bob Meyerowitz; eYada; Andy Rosen; Tom & Lisa Cuddy; Paul Haig; Terry Jastrow; Anthony Pomes; Mark Bego; Charles F. Rosenay; Bill Graham; Kip Cohen; Heather Moore; Charley Crespo; [Robert Miller; John Luongo; LIME;  Carl Strube; Jen Ramos; and CHIP!

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SIXX APPICE –— (Via Ultimate Clsssic Rock) Nikki Sixx  spoke out against  Carmine Appice’s claim that guitarist Mick Mars had been in dispute with his bandmates in the run-up to his retirement from Motley Crue. Mars’ departure was announced on the completion of their 2022 Stadium Tour, with John 5 named as his replacement soon afterwards. The official reason given was that Mars’ longterm illness had finally caught up with him – but in a recent interview, former Ozzy Osbourne and Vanilla Fudge drummer Appice suggested otherwise.

Motley Crue 1985 by Mark Weiss

“[Mars] told me, ‘When I was on the Stadium Tour, I was not happy,’” Appice told Ultimate Guitar. “Basically, everything was on tape; it was all planned out and ultimately a lot of crap. … The truth is that everything has been weird for a while with Motley Crue… Mick told me that people that came to see it could tell that it was all pre-recorded and that everything was on tape.”

Appice added that Mars “would travel alone on a bus while the other guys flew everywhere,” and continued: “He said, ‘Man, these guys are pissing their money away, flying to every gig.’ They were all busy still trying to be rock stars, and Mick just wanted to play the music. … [T]here were a lot of disagreements. I think he was just done.” When Mars was told about Crue’s World Tour with Def Leppard, Appice claimed, the guitarist told his colleagues: “You can do it. I’m not going out with you for this.”

Earlier this week Sixx appeared to refer indirectly to Appice’s comments, tweeting: “Love how people talk FOR us without talking TO us. This is why the media has lost credibility. Obviously by printing BS they make money off of advertising and we’re not into that clickbait game. When the truth comes out it will be FROM us.”

But he was more direct during a Twitter Q&A session last night. “A washed up drummer trying to speak for us? And bottom feeder media running with it to make money off of lies? Welcome to the sad new world of LOOK AT ME LOOK AT ME,” the bassist wrote.

He more or less repeated the same answer when asked: “Is what Carmine Appice said true?” Sixx replied: “A washed up drummer speaking for our band without any of the facts is as ridiculous as bottom feeder media running with stories without fact checking. When you hear the truth it will be from us.” He later commented: “It’s a funny money game.”

Crue will continue on the road through much of the year. Asked if 5’s status in the group was secure, Sixx stated: “Of course. He’s our guitar player. We have big plans.

Seems like there’s really a rumble in the metal-jungle. First off, I love these names … but, the name ‘Carmine Appice’ actually sounds pretty normal.

The metal world is a rough one for sure with fanzines named Blabbermouth; Louder Sound; Metal Edge; Metal Anarchy; Chaoszine; and Metal Injection. Remember, look before you leap!

The Longhorn

SHORT TAKES — Growing up, every Sunday night was family-dinner night at the steak-eatery The Longhorn in Rockville Center, Long Island. Sure it was a long-time ago, but the memory survives (as does the memory of our favorite waiter Tomas). Did you know that Micky Dolenz’s father George, owner and operated a restaurant in the heart of the Sunset Strip called The Marquis? The always regal-Alison Martino did a terrific piece on it, check it out here:

Do you know the HLN Network? I really didn’t either, but it turns out its owned by CNN and Warner Brothers. This past weekend they ran a Fringe-fest, consisting of all the season of that show (2008-2013) which was one of my all time favorites. I watched most of it and it’s uncanny how well the show holds up. It features the wondrous John Noble; Joshua Jackson; Anna Torv and the late-Lance Reddick. The writing was just off the charts and more than being a sci-fi shows, it was about relationships. Just uncannily brilliant. Right up there with the X-Files and Lost
Is it me or has the movie 80 For Brady dropped like a lead-balloon? There was a top-heavy PR-campaign before it came out and then nada. I’d still like to see it …  HAPPY BDAY Andrew Freeman and Larry Yasgur.NAMES IN THE NEWS — Charles F. Rosenay; Jodi Ritzen; Jim Burgess; Richie Kaczor; Wayne Avers; Andrew Sandoval; Tom & Lisa Cuddy; Jodi Ritzen; Donna Quinter-Dolenz; Cindy Ronzoni; Kim Garner; Alan Rothstein; Crimshaw; Julian Lennon; Roger Friedman; Felipe Rose; Shep Pettibone; Mark Simone; Harvey Levin; Randy Jones; Bruce Haring; Andy Greene; and BELLA!
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JIM GORDON RIP — If you’re a music fan, you know the name Jim Gordon well. Brilliant musician, part of the Wrecking Crew; Mad Dogs & Englishmen; Delaney & Bonnie; Derek & The Dominoes; Eric Clapton; George Harrison … dead at 77. I’m not going to go into the trouble he had, you can read it below in Variety’s terrific story, but suffice to say, he was an amazing musicianDid he do things that he shouldn’t have? Of course … as we all have. He had a most troubled road and hopefully is now at peace. His music will however, live on. Sad, sad story for sure.

Celebrity-scribe Mark Bego, who is working on a bio of Joe Cocker (for Yorkshire Publishing) had this to say: “Gordon brought a very professional edge to Joe Cocker and his still-gestating Mad Dogs & Englishmen tour. Gordon was one of three drummers on stage for that outrageous tour. Having been a member of The Wrecking Crew, Gordon, despite some head-scratching antics, helped give the rough-and-tumble troupe a much-needed degree of professionalism. However, Gordon began displaying a violent nature on that tour when he hauled off and punched Rita Coolidge in the face, one night after the show.”

Bego’s Cocker bio is provisionally set for release during the holidays.

GOTHAM — Gotham: The Fall and Rise of New York is an exciting exploration of New York City’s history and the legacy of its six mayors from 1966-2013. At the turn of a new century, learn how New York went from a failing city with over 2,200 murders, 93,000 violent robberies and over 500,000 annual felonies only to rise-up as America’s Greatest City.

Featuring twenty-six interviews, archival footage and re-enactments, Gotham puts viewers in the middle of the action exploring how a city turn-around happens.

New York City became what it is today through the blood, sweat, hard work, innovation, and creativity of a handful of heroes who were willing to challenge the status quo. Learn what they did and why it matters.

“We want the audience to get a historical sense of what was going on in New York during this tumultuous time,” said writer, director, and producer Matthew Taylor. “Through the courageous leadership and determination of many, the city was able to turn-around a common perception regarding crime in the area, which can serve as a blueprint on how to revitalize our great cities today.”

Featuring candid interviews with former NYC mayor, Rudolph Giuliani, and former NYPD commissioners Ray Kelly and William “Bill” Bratton, the film also features interviews with more than one dozen important figures who helped resurrect the city. Here’s the trailer:

REVIVAL69 — (Via Deadline) Shout! Studios has acquired North American rights to the music documentary Revival69: The Concert That Rocked The World, about a historic happening that’s been called “the second most important event in rock & roll history.”

Ron Chapman directed the film, which held its U.S. premiere this week at SXSW in Austin, Texas, playing in the festival’s 24 Beats Per Second section. The documentary tells “the remarkable, behind-the-scenes story of how a little known, but life-altering music festival came together — against all odds,” according to a description of the film. “Young, scrappy concert promoter John Brower puts his life on the line (literally) to turn his failing Toronto Rock n Roll Revival into a one-day event… The festival united rock legends like Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis, Bo Diddley, and Gene Vincent, with The Doors, who were the biggest band in the world. But it was the 11th hour arrival of John Lennon and the Plastic Ono Band that ignited a truly seminal moment for the 20,000 fans at Toronto’s Varsity Stadium.”

The film draws on rare behind-the-scenes material, as well as unreleased concert footage shot by D.A. Pennebaker, the vérité/direct cinema legend who directed the landmark Monterey Pop documentary.

“With its improbable backstory, incredible line-up and indelible D.A. Pennebaker footage, Ron’s wonderful film joins an elite group of unforgettable music documentaries that tell a great story while preserving a seminal moment in pop culture history, Shout has deep roots in the music business, so this was a very happy deal to do.” read a statement from the company.

The film draws on rare behind-the-scenes material, as well as unreleased concert footage shot by D.A. Pennebaker, the vérité/direct cinema legend who directed the landmark Monterey Pop documentary.

The second most important event in  rock and roll history? Dunno about that, Bangladesh and Live AID sort of stand out a bit more. That said, interestingly enough, the packaging of the film in its box, looks a lot like Harrison’s show, so maybe its more of an intended subliminal message. In any event, it solidified Lennon’s full departure from The Beatles and his performance was extraordinary as usual. Definitely an integral part of rock history.

Here’s the trailer:

Little Richard

SHORT TAKES — Here’s the trailer for the forthcoming doc on Little Richard entitled I Am Everything. Looks fantastic.

Friar’s Club

Roger Friedman’s Showbiz 411 reported that the Friar’s Club on 55th street in NYC is officially closed for now.  Sad. I spent many marvelous nights there as well as having numerous meals there – I always said they had the best chopped salad in town. 21’s gone; Tortilla Flats; Lucky Strike; China Grill … 3 of the 4 Palms, all gone now. New York’s a changed place now for certain … Great post by producer/manager John Luongo on the resurgence of vinyl. Check it out and BTW, he’s absolutely right:

David Johansen

And, the long-awaited David Johansen movie, Personality Crisis is here (executive produced by Martin Scorsese). Check out the trailer:

… RIP Lance Reddick from Fringe and Bosch … HAPPY BDAY Steve Garrin and Donna Dolenz!

NAMES IN THE NEWS — Scarlett Rae; Tom & Lisa Cuddy; Kent Kotal; Cynthia Ronzoni; Kim Garner; Steve Ross; Ahmet Ertegun; Andrew Sandoval; Terry Jastrow; Harrison Jordan; Bob Small; Kent and Laura Denmark; Jim Kerr; Liz Rosenberg; Ken Dashow; Joe Banadonna; Eppy; Wayne Avers; Jay Fagen; and CHIP.

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