By DAN AQUILANTE, DTMP editor
Thursday, December 13, 2012
The Who's Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend rip it up at the 12/12/12
Sandy Relief fund concert.
12/12/12 adds up as a rock extrvaganza
After last night's six-hour Madison Square Garden Sandy Relief Concert
marathon, an all-star rock show that lasted almost as long as the actual disaster that inspired it, who was the night's biggest
That's right. Roger Daltrey
and Pete Townshend of the The Who.
At the risk of
it turning into an Abbott and Costello routine, The Who's six song set was the stellar performance of the night combining
a perfect blend of clenched fist defiance, hope for the future and rock 'n' roll energy.
Their mid-show felt fresh and powerful. Where the Who were smart was in song
choice such as the rebellious "Baba O'Riley" where they recast the "Teenage wasteland" chorus singing
"Sandy wasteland" and hitching poignant video images captured during the storm's aftermath to lyrics
such as "see me, feel me, touch me" from "Pinball Wizard" th featured song in the rock opera"
Tommy." The Who's set also had enough substance to it that the band found its rhythm.
At the other end of the performance spectrum lay skirt-wearing
Kanye West's half-hour rap fiasco that sucked so hard ears were popping at the Garden. On a bill that featured acknowledged
legends such as Billy Joel, Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi, Eric Clapton, and Pink Floyd's Roger Waters to name a few, West's
status just doesn't compare. His set never found its own rhythm despite its length, and in fact his harsh delivery in
a mostly classic rock line-up disrupted the momentum of the rest of the show.
Why West? Who knows, the Chicago rapper has no real historic connection to the east coast and
is hardly a beloved local figure. Much better choices for an act to represent the hip-hop nation would been Brooklyn's
rap god Jay-Z, Staten Island bad boys the Wu Tang Clan, or even the incredibly influential (and TV-safe) Run-D.M.C who
hail from hard-hit Hollis, Queens.
Stones one of the most touted acts on the bill -- on break from their Steel Wheelchairs tour -- cobbled together a laconic,
hello-we-must-be-going versions of their "You've Got Me Rockin" and "Jumping Jack Flash." By
only laying down a pair of songs the Stones teased with little musical satisfaction.
Mick Jagger, the leather-faced singer for the Stones did say what everyone was thinking when he quipped "This
has got to be the largest collection of old English musicians ever assembled," adding "If it rains in London,
you've got to come and help us."
between those high and low points were an after midnight mini-Nirvana reunion with Paul McCartney filling in for the late
Kurt Cobain, an impressive acoustic duet between Coldplay's Chris Martin and retired R.E.M. singer Michael Stipe
on his much-loved "Losing My Religion and Eddie Vedder lending his reedy, pained vocals to Roger Waters' classic
other duet that made the Jersey contingent in the house quake was when Springsteen invited Jon Bon Jovi to help him rip through
"Born to Run." Bruce later reciprocated by joining Bon Jovi on Jon's "Who Says You Can't Go Home."
Alicia Keys' "Empire State of Mind"
was the night's closing song and was played well after 1 a.m. It is arguably the best modern classic about Big Apple living
of the last decade. It served as a rousing concert finale.
Billy Joel who wrote another classic about Skyscraper Park called "New York State of Mind" was also a hometown
favorite. Joel's "Miami 2017" that you might know better as "Seen the Lights Go Out on Broadway" was retooled
with new Sandy-inspired lyrics that nicely dovetailed into the melody. Joel also gets high marks as the only artist on the
bill to forget the high tides of Sandy for a minute and deliver the yuletide classic "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas."
In between all the tunes were a few funnymen whose black-humor
lightened the serious nature of the show. Adam Sandler offered a SNL worthy parody of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah"
revising the lyrics to lampoon Donald Trump, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, The New York Knicks, Times Square
porn and Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez with the chorus of "Hallelujah, Sandy, screw ya, we'll get through
ya, because we're New Yorkers."
Show host and New Jersey native Jon Stewart called the concert the biggest Chanukah party ever, adding "When are you
going to learn, you can throw anything at us -- terrorists, hurricanes. You can take away our giant sodas. It doesn't matter.
We're coming back stronger every time."
sold-out show was televised live, streamed online, played on the radio and shown in theaters all over the world. Producers
said up to 2 billion people were able to view the show.
Monday, December 10, 2012
Dan the Man Press, headquartered on Broad Channel Island in the Rockaways, dries out after Super Storm
Sandy and returns this week with coverage of Madison Square Garden's 12/12/12 Concert.
Friday, September 28, 2012
Big air for
Chris Martin in Australia: scenes from the "Mylo Xyloto" tour (below).
Our favorite Martin gets Coldplay on film
For those who weren't among the 3 million people who've attended Coldplay's "Mylo Xyloto" over the past year, the band says it's releasing a concert film and CD from that sold
out run titled "Live 2012."
simultaneous release of Coldplay's debut film and first live record in nine years will be November 19.
Lead singer Chris Martin call the "Mylo Xyloto" tour
the most fun Coldplay has ever had as a band. He says " It's felt very uplifting right from the start; partly because
we are proud of the music, the LED wristbands, the pyrotechnics, the lasers and all of that stuff, but mainly because of the
amazing audiences that we've been playing for."Martin
adds he hopes the film will capture the vibe of a Coldplay show. He says "Over the years, our crowd has become more and more a part of the concert itself. They're loud, diverse, full of soul, and make the songs sound much better than we can on our own.
We wanted to try to bottle that incredible feeling."
The film was directed by Paul Dugdale, who helmed Adele's Live at the
Royal Albert Hall and The Prodigy's Worlds On Fire concert films. Live 2012 includes footage from Coldplay's
shows at Paris's Stade de France, Montreal's Bell Centre and last year's triumphant Pyramid Stage headline performance at
Glastonbury Festival. "Live 2012" will
be released on DVD/CD, CD/DVD, Blu-ray & digitally. To win a copy of the DVD signed by the entire band, email
firstname.lastname@example.org before 9 October.
Coldplay's 2012 outing came in at No. 1 on Billboard's latest ranking of the year's
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Bebop saxophonist John Coltrane at work; Coltrane with pianist McCoy Tyner (below).
Coltrane fest set for Jazz at Lincoln Center
Jazz at Lincoln Center is showing a love supreme for seminal bebop saxophonist John Coltrane with a month-long
festival celebrating his craft, style, contributions to jazz.
festival is the the first of six tributes in J@LC's 2012-2013 season where the much respected venue pays tribute to the genre's
legends with performances by today's stars. The first of these special events kicks off in October with the Coltrane Fest
that aims at highlighting Coltrane's unparalleled artistic influence on jazz and jazz musicians throughout the last 50 years.
Coltrane died in 1967 at age 40.
The Festival includes several simultaneous
performances in Rose Theater, The Allen Room, and Dizzy's Club at Jazz at Lincoln Center's Frederick P. Rose Hall including:
- Coltrane Listening Party with Gary Bartz
18, 7pm, Frederick P. Rose Hall
Renown alto saxophonist Bartz will spin a number of Coltrane recordings including his
famous cover of "These are A Few of My Favorite Things." He will also speak about his new album "Coltrane Rules:
Tao of a Music Warrior."
Free and open to the public.
Lawrence Quintet: Celebrating John Coltrane & Elvin Jones with Jeff "Tain" Watts, Eddie Henderson, Benito Gonzalez,
and Essiet Okun Essiet October 23-28, 2012, sets at 7:30pm & 9:30pm,
This program looks
at the energetic and spiritual relationship of the players in the John Coltrane Quartet/Quintet with McCoy Tyner, Jimmy Garrison,
Elvin Jones, John Coltrane, and Eric Dolphy, especially the explosive symbiosis between the saxophone of John Coltrane and
the drums of Elvin Jones.
Dizzy's Club cover charge: $35-40
Genius of John Coltrane
The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, and special guest Joshua Redman
26-27, 2012, 8pm, Rose Theater
Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra will take on the challenge of
interpreting the different eras of John Coltrane's extraordinary catalog. Joined by special guest Joshua Redman on tenor saxophone,
the JLCO presents arrangements of Coltrane's iconic repertoire by various members- some oft-played, some brand-new. A free
pre-concert discussion will be held nightly at 7pm.
Ticket prices range from $10- $120.
- McCoy Tyner: The Gentle Side of John Coltrane
October 26-27, 2012, 7:30pm & 9:30pm, The Allen Room
Already a universally influential figure by the
end of his five years with the John Coltrane Quartet, whose sound he helped to stamp, pianist McCoy Tyner is uniquely positioned
to reflect upon the gentle side of the maestro's improvisational and compositional personalities.
Ticket prices for
The Allen Room are $65 for the 7:30pm set, and $55 for the 9:30pm set. Limited $10 seats are available on the Wednesday prior
to each performance. Subject to availability.
for Young People Family Concert - Who is John Coltrane?
Featuring the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis
November 3, 2012, 1pm, 3pm, Rose Theater
In the first of JALC's family-friendly concerts this season, the Jazz at Lincoln
Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis presents an introduction to the master saxophonist-composer..
Jazz for Young People
tickets in Rose Theater are $12- $28.
Jazz at Lincoln Center's
Frederick P. Rose Hall, Broadway is located at 60th Street, near Columbus Circle.Tickets can be purchased through jalc.org,
CenterCharge at 212-721-6500 or the Jazz at Lincoln Center Box Office, located on Broadway at 60th Street, ground floor from
10am to 6pm (or 30 minutes past curtain).
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Uncle RedFoo an SkyBlu party on: RedFoo with with Korean
No crack in Party Rock
The gossip that electro-funk duo LMFAO
is shuffling off into oblivion are widely exaggerated says SkyBlu who addressed the rumored split with his uncle and bandmate
SkyBlu today said "LMFAO has not broken
While the pair is on hiatus, taking time
to explore their individual musical interests, SkyBlu clarified saying "RedFoo and I are Party Rockers for life. We love
and respect one another and support each other in everything we do."
In an interview with Da The Man Press prior to the band's two June New York area concerts
SkyBlu and RedFoo both insisted all was well with the band. SkyBlu then said "The rumor is completely false. I mean we're family and that's a very strong bond. Blood is stronger than
RedFoo quickly followed up adding
"Yeah, exactly. When you're a success these rumors come with the territory. We grew up in a musical family um, and Papa
Berry [Gordy] taught us this thing he called the cycle of success. Part of [the cycle] is that the tabloids wanna say stuff
to, you know, cause controversy."
controversy was rekindled this past weekend when RedFoo was spotted in Las Vega performing with Korean MC Psy
who's been scoring big with his track "Gangnam Style."
To read the full DTMP Q&A with LMFAO click "Interviews"
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