Phish - Halloween 2010
Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, NJ
By: FrontRowDave

Phishing Expedition:

I’ve heard OF them, but never actually HEARD them. Oh, maybe a song here or there, but I've never actually LISTENED to them. I hear they have diehard fans that travel high and low. It's rumored that Phish fans are unlike any other. It’s not about the trip- it’s about the music and…at the same time…it’s not about the music- it’s about the trip.

Take your music medicine. Dr. Mudd's prescription is no jagged little pill, but a magic carpet ride for your mind. Talented musicians in a hard working band. Big fun in reworking multiple genres, but the story doesn't end there.

Meet Dr. Mudd:

  • John Booth (lead vocals)
  • Rodney Santiago (guitars, keyboard, vocals)
  • Mark Lowe (lead guitar)
  • Mick Houser (bass, vocals)
  • Kenny Burkhardt (drums)

This past week I was able to hear an interview with one of music's most awesome piano players as well as a great song writer. The Howard Stern show on Sirius satellite radio had Billy Joel as a guest. For almost 2 hours, Billy sat at a piano and talked with Howard and told stories, as well as played some of his best songs.

Review: Ozzy Osbourne
Location: Izod Center, East Rutherford, NJ
Date: 12/3/10

Ozzy’s Birthday Show 2010

Ozzy is officially now 62. The man who helped bring to fame the heaviest and gloomiest rock and roll band of the seventies, Black Sabbath, the first anti-peace and love child to rise to immense stardom, Mr. Ozzy Osbourne is now legal retirement age in many countries. The great thing is: Ozzy won’t retire. In fact, he recently started an eighteen month round the world tour, longer than anyone else out there even near his age. Just goes to show, Ozzy is the ultimate godfather of heavy metal. The ultimate Prince of Darkness, the ultimate showman.

Review: Alberta Cross
Date: November 9, 2010
Venue: The Temptress Boat Cruise, NYC

Rock and Roll Rocks the Boat!!!

We've all been to rock and roll shows. Most of us have been to huge arenas, medium size stadiums, small intimate clubs, casino showrooms, many places to see a show. Tonight was different. Tonight was something new. Tonight was outstanding rock and roll on a ship! I didn't really research the venue before going, just knew that it was a boat cruise with my absolute favorite new band Alberta Cross being supported by another band called the London Souls. It just so happened that I was in town for Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin experience already but even if I wasn't I would not miss Alberta Cross. Wild horses... as they say.

Ryan Lauder came all the way from Scotland and landed in Burlington, VT. He bought a guitar and with his clean, crystal voice endeared the Iron Horse crowd with a seven song set that was a perfect segway for Langhorne Slim tonight. Lauder's voice bellowed what he called 'romantic' ballads that were sad, intense and whisper strong. Rose and Crown was as endearing as it was technical. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iBnXr8EYzxY

One of my favorites was "Hole in My Pocket" " ... and the blues, and the blues and the blues whisper away..."

He took to the banjo, and then Jeff Ratner and David  Moore joined him on to the stage, treating us to a song together. They really jammed http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=25DE4ngGIR8 The last song "I see my reflection in you" had some great guitar slides and showed he is quite a well rounded musician. Come again to our strange land, Mr. Lauder!

raymasonwebWe had the honor to meet Ray Mason tonight and hear him play from his extensive catalogue of original work. The first thing I noticed about the performance was his guitar. It was hand painted and had such a clear, unique sound. He told me later he bought it from Sears in Holyoke in 1965 and has played it in clubs throughout New England ever since.

He is quite a music historian, with his own themes, woven into the fabric of classic rock for decades. This man is open to all genres of music and integrates them into his performances, creating his own sound that never sells out.

His lyrics are real, empathic, wise and often funny, which give the listener immediate confidence in him. What will he have to say next?

"Buy a record, support the artists, preserve the future of music"

Remember to support your favorite artists through buying their products.
A good place to start is searching BestBuy.com and Amazon.com.