just got back from a downtown party ... neighborhood festival where the music was in the alley the headliner was the Gin Blossoms - remember buying their album back in the early '90s - and was pleasantly surprised to see they are still going strong
unexpected bonus - the warm up band was fronted by a familiar face - Ricky Wise and the Dirty Unit (Ricky is Parthenon Huxley's drummer when he's playing his own music, he's got a great voice and features on Telephone Line when singing with Hux). Tonight he did a great rendition of Blind Faith's "Can't Find my way Home".
getting ready for next weekend's show - Leonid & Friends so I listened to this YouTube documentary style clip
I found something in common with Jeff - Leonid strives to make his concerts accurate recreations of Chicago's studio arrangements - hours practicing to achieve note for note, beat for beat renditions. Only then does he indulge in a bit of artistic license.
Ken Stringfellow (wouldn't that be a great name for an ELO cello player?) will be playing at the Victoria in Birmingham Saturday night. If I wasn't on the wrong side of the pond, I'd be buying a ticket. He's a founding member of The Posies - great power pop band in the Beatles, ELO, XTC tradition. Downside - it's not the full band. Upside - there is an opening act. Worth checking out if you're local.
This popular concert has been touring the world with sold-out performances for three decades, and now returns to Sarasota Orchestra in a newly-revised 30th Anniversary Edition. This critically-acclaimed production projects the world's most iconic Looney Tunes on the big screen, while the orchestra plays the classically-infused original scores live! From "What's Opera, Doc?" and "The Rabbit of Seville," to "Baton Bunny," "Corny Concerto," "Rhapsody Rabbit," and "Long-Haired Hare," don't miss the brilliant cartoons that first introduced classical music to much of the American public. Plus five brand new animated shorts, newly-created by the Warner Bros. animators in celebration of Bugs Bunny's 80th Birthday in 2020.
I have booked to see Peter Frampton at the Royal Albert Hall in May. It is part of his farewell tour as he has been diagnosed with a degenerative muscle wasting illness. "Frampton comes Alive" is one of my all time favourite albums, and I couldn't miss a chance to see him one last time.
Not sure how i missed this back in October but loved the Gin Blossoms in the 90's. Sad back story around the writer of their hits (hey jealousy and found out about you if I recall correctly) killed himself
How long has he been diagnosed with, would it be MS?
He has Inclusion-Body Myositis, and first noticed it around eight years ago, when he had a couple of falls on stage. Eventually it will affect his hands, but thankfully he is still able to play guitar.
I went to see Parthenon Huxley play in the DC burbs of Virginia last night. His band was much tighter than the first time I saw them. Set 1 kicked off with Buddha, Buddha and the keyboardist (Daniel Clarke) went all out trying to duplicate the funky synth sounds - sometimes successfully, sometimes less so. Clarke has played with a long list of musicians like Ryan Adams and KD Lang. Talented guy.
Besides Clarke, Dave Phenicie (bass), Ricky Wise (drums) and Ben Hoyt (violin) fill out the rest of Parthenon's loose knit band. Ricky has a terrific voice. His strongest song of the night was a cover of Wings "Baby, I'm Amazed" and he also gets featured on "Telephone Line". The band played quite a few ELO hits. In fact Set 2 opened with "Standin' in the Rain" and immediately went into "Mr Blue Sky", so the audience got to hear half of Concerto for a Rainy Day. I wouldn't have thought a 5 piece band could do justice to an orchestral pop number like "Standin'" but Hux knows how to pull off mini miracles with a lot fewer pieces than the full on JL'sELO production.
the band played more than half of the songs from P Hux's last album, "This is the One" I sang along on all of those songs until the guy in front of me gave me a look. (no one notices when you're in a 16,000 seat arena listening to Jeff, but different story in a cozy 200 seat venue)
during intermission, Huxley's 11 year old daughter came on stage and sang an Adele song "Someone Like You" and the audience gave her a huge round of applause she's got a better voice than her Dad no idea if she's also learning to play guitar and write songs if so, then look out future world
another highlight of the evening was Hux singing himself a birthday song "When I'm 64" by the Beatles yes, that's exactly how old Parthenon is now
it was a fun evening and I hope Hux keeps going for many years to come
on Friday, after Parthenon's daughter sang, he followed it with a song I had never heard - Beautiful Daughter by The Move then on Saturday, I was listening to the ELO radio show and he kindly played the original for me Carl Wayne was the singer and it was from Shazam.
listening to the strings it's like a snapshot of what Roy was trying to do with ELO and perhaps why he felt like he needed another "writer" Jeff joined soon after this song was released.
I just bought $20 general admission lawn tickets for me and my hubby to see Hall and Oates in Charlotte in August! First the cheap tickets for the Doobie Brothers in June and now H & O. Happy (cheap) rockin' summer for us!
In spite of the difficulties and frustrations of the moment, I still have a dream. --MLK, Jr.
Horacewimp: I did, it sounds interesting
Aug 30, 2020 7:27:36 GMT
Horacewimp: Hi elophile good to see you, hope you are keeping well.
Aug 31, 2020 20:25:03 GMT
elophile: Hey-hey! Horacewimp Livin' the dream here in crazytown, er, I mean America! How goes it with you? ::c0112::
Sept 2, 2020 18:11:21 GMT
Horacewimp: We are all good thanks, just wishing I could go on a foreign holiday, it’s just not worth the risk with Covid and the possibility of a 14 day quarantine, we may do some short breaks in the U.K.
Sept 2, 2020 20:30:46 GMT
BSJ: *sniff* no meet up in Detroit's airport. *sniff*
Sept 2, 2020 21:56:17 GMT