Amy Lee has an incredible voice! You may know her work from Evanescence, and from her work with Disney and Muppets: The Green Album. IN 2016, she released an EP with 3 cover songs on it titled Recover, Vol 1. One of the songs covered is U2’s With Or Without You, and like A Perfect Circle’s cover of Imagine that we listened to in the last post, she has taken it to a much different place. It took me a while to like her version, but I appreciated it from the beginning. If you have not heard it, give it a listen.
Cover songs are nothing new…I mean, Joe Cocker did some great covers in his lifetime. And we all know Aerosmith famously covered Come Together, Manfred Mann covered Bruce Springsteen’s Blinded By The Light. Van Halen has done Oh, Pretty Woman! and You Really Got Me…but Weezer’s cover of Toto’s Africa got me to thinking. What about covers the aren’t so well known? The songs being covered are well known, classics even. But the cover version may not have made it to you ears. There are some that fascinate me because they are so different than the original that they are almost different songs. For your consideration: A Perfect Circle covers John Lennon’s Imagine. Weather or not yo like it, it is quite a unique take!
I am a huge Toto fan. I am not a huge Weezer fan. I do like a few of their songs, but I don’t own a single one of their albums. So when I heard Weezer covered Toto’s Africa, I listened to it, and liked it a lot. But I didn’t feel the need to broadcast my feelings. Then, I saw the video below. I felt it necessary to make sure you have heard, and now seen this cover. They performed it live on Jimmy Kimmel, and none other than Steve Porcaro comes out on statge long enough to play the solo. BRILLIANT!!!!!!!!! By the way, Weezer’s cover is their highest charting hit since 2009…number 89 on the Billboard Hot 100 cart. Oh, and Steve Lukather also approves!
Danny Kirwan passed away last Friday. If you’re a long time Fleetwood Mac fan, that name is familiar to you. He was in the band from 1968 to 1972. He also did work outside Fleetwood Mac. Danny came to the attention of Peter Green, and through certain circumstances, was invited to join Fleetwood Mac by Mick Fleetwood. The band became a 5 piece band, with THREE guitar players…..Peter, Danny, and Jeremy Spencer. And although the other band members were skeptical of Danny’s joining the band, Micks decision proved to be the correct one. Danny’s first major contribution was to Peter’s song, Albatross. Green later said “I would never have done Albatross If it wasn’t for Danny”. The guitar work from all three players on this tune is incredible. Danny did do work away form Fleetwood Mac, but Albatross is a wonderful was to remember such a talented musician. The video is below, best enjoyed through headphones or earbuds. PS: What song by The Beatles does this sound like?
My wife told be about the death of Anthony Bourdain this morning. Another suicide. I’m not going to get into suicide, other than to say that we have lost many talented people to it. And I won’t start a list….because that would be too long. But I did remember that yesterday, June 7th, was the 6th anniversary of the death of Bob Welsh. Great singer, songwriter, guitar player. We all remember Sentimental Lady, Ebony Eyes..there are more. Remember when he was in Fleetwood Mac? 1971 till 1974, and on the Bare Trees album is the Fleetwood Mac version of Sentimental Lady. Bob released his own version in 1977, with Lindsey Buckingham on guitar and backing vocals, Mic Fleetwood on drums, and Christine McVie on vocals and keyboard. There is video of a live performance of Sentimental lady, recorded at The Roxy in 1981, with Mick and Christine performing with him. More than worth a listen.
I was in a grocery store the other day. That in and of itself is amazing…..my wife usually doesn’t let me go into grocery stores. I have no self control, and going “Off List” always gets me in trouble. And now that most grocery stores offer either delivery or curb side pick up service, there really isn’t a reason for me to go in. But, in I was this day, and from one isle over i heard someone say, in an obliviously loud voice, “I DON’T CARE ANYMORE!!! YOU HEAR ME? I DON’T CARE ANYMORE!!!!” So in my brain i thought..”Hmmmm, gotta go see what THAT’S all about!” And then the Phil Collins song started going around and around and around in my head. Couldn’t get it out! Which is OK, it’s a good song and I am a Phil fan. So, now to share the ear worm with you. Oh, and when I peaked around into the isle where I heard the yelling….no one was there. I admit that was creepy. And yes, I was a little disappointed.
Ever go to YouTube looking for a specific video, only to get sucked in to one you never thought you’d watch? I know, you most likely have. And no, this isn’t the first time it’s ever happened to me. But I was looking for a specific video. One I’d seen before, but wanted to watch again for reasons I may make clear in my next post. But when I went to YouTube, before I even clicked on the Search bar, I saw the words Sweet Child O’ Mine Bluegrass cover. I didn’t even have time to think before I clicked. Turns out there’s a bluegrass band called Thunder & Rain, and they have covered the Guns N’ Roses song. I know, I know, what am I thinking? Bluegrass cover? YOU’RE NUTS!!!!! Yeah, well, maybe. But I am impressed! And the lead singer? She’s wearing a Guns N’ Roses t-shirt! If you don’t make it through the whole think I understand, but a least give it a shot! And if you like what you hear, they will actually be in Boise June 13th at Highlands Hollow!
This is the second time I’ve posted a video of Weird Al doing a cover song. The first was his version of Cinnamon Girl by Neil Young. Now, a cover of This Is A Call from the first Foo Fighters album. Again, it’s a cover, not a parody. And yes, it’s fan video shot on a cell phone. Watch and listen anyway!
Hard to believe, but it was 30 years ago May 21, that Cinderella releases Long Cold W Inter, their second album. It’s the only Cinderella album I own, and quite frankly still holds up incredibly well! Songs like The Last Mile, Take Me Back, Don’t Know What You’ve Got Till It’s Gone still sound as good today as they did the first hundred times I played the record. The album went to number 10, and was certified double Platinum. It is so worth listening to again, and if you need a reminder, well, enjoy Gypsy Road again!
Have a safe Memorial Day, and if you have served, or are serving now, Thank You,
I’ve told the story before….there was a classmate of mine in high school that sat in front of me in some class or other. I don’t remember what class, only that it was in a portable, and it was a morning class. Every day before class started…..EVERY day before class started, he would turn around and say to me NEIL PEART IS GOD! Not that I would necessarily disagree; as far as drummers go he’s top of most lists. But it did make me appreciate Rush more than I actually did at the time. Neil, Geddy and Alex all are extremely talented, as their music proves. So when I came across the words “Peanuts Gang Sings 2112”, well, I had to investigate. What I saw was amazing. An incredible amount of work went into this video by Garren Lazar, so give it all the attention it deserves. Go Full Screen, and if you have headphones, use them!
Bohemian Rhapsody, the Queen/Freddie Mercury biopic is set to be released on November 2. While the official trailer for the movie was screened last month at CinemaCon in Las Vegas, it has been released now to the rest of us. And if there was any doubt that I wanted to see the movie….well it all went away when I watched the trailer. Over and over again!!!
Metallica are on tour! And will be in Boise November 28th. When in Stockholm, Rob Trujillo and Kirk Hammet took a moment to pay tribute to a Swedish band. ABBA. Yep, they did a version of Dancing Queen that, well, I’m not sure how to describe it, so watch for yourself!
With May 1 being the beginning of the prolific songwriting partnership between Elton John and Bernie Taupin, I thought about some of the songs we might NOT hear when the Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour comes to Boise on January 11th. It would not be possible for Elton to do everyone’s favorite, I mean really, he’s got to stick to the hits, right? And since there are quite a few of those, some of the deep cuts will have to be left out for us to enjoy when we put on the albums and headphones. Or am I the only one who still does that? i was looking back at some of my old albums, and one of my favorites is Rock Of The Westies, one of the albums I bought simply because I liked Elton John, and thought the title of the album was cool. Turns out it’s a great album! I cannot pick just one favorite, but in my top 3 has to be Street Kids. Remember? No? Well, relive this 6 minute 22 second excellent song…………
Elton John is on his last tour, and if anyone deserves the right to retire from the road, it’s Sir Reg. On May 1, 1970, Elton and Bernie Taupin began their collaboration, and we are all the better for it. Some of the best music ever came from their partnership. And it all started with a little tune called Your Song. Elton, a piano, and a great tune.
The new incarnation of Fleetwood Mac sat down with CBS, and after watching the video, I am now more excited than ever to see and or hear this version of the band. If you missed it, watch and see if you agree with me. it’s OK if you don’t……watch it below.
To be far, Lindsey Buckingham being out of Fleetwood Mac on the tour that they says is upcoming is big news, and the fact that he was FIRED is even bigger. But remember, Fleetwood Mac existed BEFORE he and Stevie Nicks joined. And with Mike Campbell and Neil Finn in to replace him, it feels like another new era for a band that has managed to reinvent itself when needed. After much thought, I would love to see this new version of the Mac, and will reserve criticism until I do. Until then, why not look back. To the beginning. This is Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac….a true classic…..Oh Well.
Jon Anderson (Yes), Geddy Lee (Rush), Robert Plant (Led Zeppelin), Joseph Williams (Toto). All great singers that have that high range, and I know there are some I’ve forgotten. But there is one I recently remembered: Roy Orbison! Yep, Roy could really hit the high notes, and the last album he recorded before passing away in December of 1988, Mystery Girl, holds some incredible examples of his vocal talent, including She’s A Mystery To Me. Written by Bono and The Edge, Roy gives it his own take. At 3:37, he really lets go on the high note…..give me shivers! Give it a listen….Roy had one of those voices that can be haunting and pure at the same time, and this song is a perfect example. Oh, and what does the U2 version sound like? It’s phenomenal as well!
It was March 23rd when Weird Al took the stage at The Apollo Theater. We all know he can parody the heck out of someone else’s music, and we all know he kills it on the accordion. But can he do something seriously? Well, sort of. The 23rd, he covered Neil Young’s Cinnamon Girl. As much as I dislike cell phone footage of concerts, I had to watch to see how it came out. Would he goof the lyrics? Would he play accordion? Would I click the link and get Rick Rolled? He and his band did a great job with the song, and AL even did the guitar solo, which is interesting….because he doesn’t play the guitar. That’s where the “maybe” comes in. Watch for yourself. Again, it’s a good cover, and really worth the view!
Dokken reunited in 2016 for a short run of live dates. If you didn’t get to see a show, you can at least get a recording of a show April 20th when Return To The East Live 2016 is released. Part of the package includes a new track: “It’s Just Another Day”. If you’re interested in how the song came to be, read about it here. If you just want to hear how good it sounds…..well, it’s below!
Collaborations are great. Artists you’d never think would go together do, and in this case, very well. I won’t bore you with the set up, because in this case it doesn’t matter. If you want to know, then go here. Otherwise, just enjoy Roger Waters and Lucius signing Good Night Irene below.
I’m not talking about Steve Miller and Peter Frampton this time. Nope. ZZ Top and John Fogerty have announced they are touring together this year. Billy Gibbons and John shot a video to help promote the shows, and if this is any indication of how these performances will go, well, it’s a shame they aren’t coming to our neck of the woods. If you’re willing to travel though…..more info and dates here, and watch the two jam below!!!!!!
Johnny Cash would have been 86 years old Monday. In a quick internet search, a very cool video of Johnny and two guitar greats pops up…..Carl Perkins and Eric Clapton! The song is Matchbox…..2:25 of pure genius!
I know you’ve heard the news, but this is pretty cool! Peter Frampton and Steve Miller coming to town, August 20, to play Outlaw Field! I had Frampton Comes Alive and Book Of Dreams both on 8 Track, and wore them both out! A quick internet search of Peter Frampton popped this video up, and just shows how good Peter still is. Spoiler—he will most likely to this song when he comes to town!
I wanted to know what was going on inside the radio. Or TV. not electronically, otherwise I’d be an engineer. No, I wanted to know what was happening in the studio. What did all those buttons and knobs and switches do anyway? and how can I get in to push some?! So when I came upon this video of what it looks like in the control booth of Jeopardy, I had to watch. And I did. About 10 times now. And I thought putting together a radio show was intense! Watch below…..
As I was thinking about Elton John’s Farewell tour, lasting 3 years or so, I pulled out some albums to give them a listen. Naturally, when Honky Chateau came up, Rocket Man played. That brought to mind William Shatner, and his Spoken Word version of the song. Yes, I looked it up! The video below is from the 5th Saturn Awards, held January 14th of 1978! 40 years ago! Does his spoken word rendition stand the test of time? Is William Shatner the best Captain of The Enterprise? Well, even if you disagree with me on that (My answer is YES by the way), you can still relive in all it’s glory!
Today, February 8th marks the 40th anniversary of the original Planet Of The Apes. For it’s time, it’s a brilliant movie, and again for it’s time the special effects are really pretty good! Charlton Heston’s performance gave us classic lines, and of course The Simpsons put their spin on it as well! So it’s appropriate on this day to give you a look at The Role Troy McClure was born to play! And, the only musical I would enjoy sitting through.
The Blue Oyster Cult album Spectres came out in 1977, giving the world Godzilla. The song of course; the monster itself had been around for years. Naturally, I bought the album….because we all did….and I found a song I liked so much better! The 4th song on Side two of the album….I Love The Night. Written by Donald Roeser, or as he is better known, Buck Dharma, this song is far and away my favorite. Why? Well, take a listen! Take some time to read the comments as well, if you’re a BOC fan!
What, you may ask, is a Floppotron? It’s 64 floppy disc drives, 8 hard discs, and 2 optical scanners, with the motors running at different speeds. It’s the creation of one Pawel Zadrozniak. You can go to his website to learn more about it, and youcan watch below as The Floppotron plays Toto’s Africa. It’s oddly hypnotic…..
Robert Plant put out a new album October of last year called Carry Fire, with his band called the sensational Space Shifters. On the album is a song called Season’s Song, and now has released a video of a live performance filmed in Manchester in November. If there was doubt in you mind that he can still sing live, doubt no more! Oh, and the Sensational Space Shifters aren’t slouches either…video below, enjoy!
John Belushi would have been 69 years old today (January 24, 2018). If he had not died, what would he have become? We’ll never know, and when someone asked me that question, I said “you know, doesn’t really matter.” He was brilliant while we had him, and it’ fun to go back and enjoy the work he did. Thanks to the miracle that is Youtube, we can watch just about anything we want, when we want, and that’s just what I did to celebrate John’s birthday. Below, one of the best scenes featuring John form Animal House.
I know, Spinal Tap is a fake band, but the music is real. The album from Derek Smalls, or Harry Shearer, is real. Called Smalls Change (Meditations on Ageing), it will be released April 13th. And there is no shortage of great guests on the album: Peter Frampton, David Crosby, Jeff “Skunk” Baxter, Paul Shaffer, Donald Fagen, and more. Intrigued? Me, too. The title track video is below for your viewing pleasure!
Not long ago I found myself at the corner of Overland and 5 Mile. I’m actually there a lot, but during this particular trip, The Who’s Pinball Wizard just happened to come on the car radio, and in turn out of the speakers! Yes, I was listening to The Eagle! It triggered a memory from either late 1980 or early ’81 (those years are a little fuzzy), driving in from Caldwell to The Mann 4Plex Theaters, tucked in the corner of the 5 Mile Plaza, to see the midnight showing of The Who’s Tommy. To say the area has changed is an understatement. It also reminds me that I heard the Elton John version of Pinball Wizard long before The Who’s version. So, I went home and pulled up the video of Pinball Wizard from the movie to complete the circle, and you can enjoy below. It really makes me want to see the whole movie again!
Queen will be honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award from The Recording Academy. And of course the Queen/Freddie Mercury movie is keeping the band top of mind for many people. So that poses the question: What’s you favorite Queen song? Not one of the what could be called “Radio Standards” for me, although Fat Bottom Girls is in my Top 5. By far, my favorite is Save Me, and the video is below for your enjoyment. May I recommend listening with headphones?
It’s soooooo good! I haven’t watched it in a while, but when I saw that Slash, Nikki Sixx and Joe Perry were taking about there Spinal Tap moments on Deeper With Slash, well, I had to see. The video is about an hour, but if you skip ahead to 50:46 or so, they start talking about their moments! Enjoy!
Here is wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! If I haven’t said it before, I really appreciate all of you for listening all these years. it’s hard for me to fathom sometimes that I’ve been doing this for 28 years, and I think it’s been 20 of them on The Eagle! I know everyone says it, but really, thanks for listening, and I hope it goes well for you in the New Year! Enjoy this Blast From The Past….Billy Squire leading the cast and crew of MTV in his Christmas Classic!
Styx has been touring with REO Speedwagon and Don Felder of Eagles fame, and it looks like that will continue into next year. Styx will also do a number of shows in Las Vegas in January and February, with a show close to home….Salt Lake City on January 23rd. They released an album last year called The Mission, and as you can imagine, if you go to a show, you will hear songs form that album. If you cannot make it to a show, then here is a taste…….Radio Silence, from The Mission, Live, with an instruction by Tommy Shaw!
Judas Priest fans rejoice! The new album Redeemer of Souls will hit stores in March of 2018! Rob Halford told Vintage Rock “It’s great. This is what Priest lives for…” What’s it like? Well, all we have is 15 seconds of the title track, but it;s enough to get excited about! Check it out……
On February 9th, Toto will release 40 Trips Around The Sun, a compilation of music including hits and deep cuts, that will be remastered. There are also 3 NEW tracks on the album: Struck By Lightning, Spanish Sea, and Alone. If you’d like ot read more about the album, go here, and enjoy the new song Alone below!
On the 70’s At 7 Friday I got to play Train In Vain by The Clash. I have always been intrigued by songs that have a title that is not anywhere In the song…like Train In Vain, or Baba O’Reily, or 2112, or Celebration Day, or The Ballad Of John And Yoko. So I went out on the internet today to see if I could find a live….not shot by a fan in the crowd on a cell phone…video of the song. And I did. What’s not to love about it? So now I’ll share it with you…save you all that clicking around to find it!
The year was 1985. The new wave and/or synth-pop band A-ha released their debut album Hunting High And Low, and the first single was Take On Me. In the winter of 1985, as I was heading up to Bogus to ski, a friend said “Here, take this cassette up and listen to it while you’re skiing!” I said something to the effect of “UHG, why would I listed to this?”. I took it anyway. And lo, it was a great album to listen to while skiing! I also found I sort of liked Take On Me, one of the singles from the album. I have to tell you this to explain why the video below is…well…below. The video from A-ha’s MTV Unplugged hit the internet a while back, but I just saw it and, well, can’t get enough. So, like I was taught, I thought I’d share something I like!
David Gilmour used to live in this house. He was NOT the last person to live there, but he did live there. The history of the house is sort of laid out in this article, It’s really creepy how the last owners just up and left…..what they left behind really doesn’t make sense. it’s kind of appropriate this close to Halloween!
Over the past week, there have been many Tom Petty tributes, and I am sure there are more to come. And rightly so! Most I have seen and heard are from people and or bands that are fairly well known. This one, however….my wife came across this, and I fell the need to share with you.
You know, I don’t usually spend a lot of time on Youtube watching anything other than rock videos, but the past week has been a bit of a drag. So, since I needed a break, I thought I’d provide one for anyone else who just needs to chill for about 10 minutes. Puppies playing. Perfect.
Jeff Beck has a ne album coming out October 6th, Live At The Hollywood Bowl, recorded last year. One of the songs is “Train Kept A Rollin” originally done by Tiny Bradshaw in 1961. Jeff recorded a version in “65 with The Yardbirds. And we all know Aerosmith has been performing the song pretty much they’re entire career. So what better venue for Steven to join Jeff on stage and preform the song than The Hollywood Bowl? The video below also serves to remind us all what a great guitar player Jeff is…in case you need reminding!
Friday night the 15th of September, Paul McCartney played Madison Square Garden. Nothing REALLT special about that….he’s a rock star doing a live show. Well, it gets special when a guest joins him onstage for I Saw Her Standing There….none other that Bruce Springsteen and Steven Van Zant. As it is shot with a cell phone, I almost didn’t watch…but Paul and Brice? Well, after a short debate in my brain, I watched. Worth it? For me, yes! Choose for yourself….by the way…not the first time they have done the song together……
Rami Malek is se to play Freddie Mercury in the movie Bohemian Rhapsody…a Queen/Freddie Biopic that has been a long time coming. Just saw this video of Rami as Freddie as they film the bit where Queen plays Live Aid. Although it’s a fan video……well, see for yourself. I think Rami will be a great Freddie. He really has his movements down.
Coworker David Allen cam to me this afternoon and said “You wanna feel old?”. Since he is all of 4 months older than me, I was intrigued. He told me to go to SI.com….not a place I go. At All. So I was even more intrigued. Scrolled down….scrolled down….scrolled down…..while scrolling, he asked me, most likely knowing the answer, “You remember Steve Winwood?” Duh. Turns out Steve has a daughter Lilly, an artist, and she sat down with her dad with guitar and piano, and covered one of his hits form 1986. Far from the original, it is wonderful. hope you have a moment to enjoy Higher Love, Father Daughter style!
YouTube is great for so many things. My favorite are the ones where the vocal tracks are isolated. There are lots of them out there. The one I just found that is really cool……The Beach Boys isolated vocals for Wouldn’t It Be Nice. Their harmonies are increasable WITH the music. Without….just wow. If you can put on headphones, do so and turn it up!