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: 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.

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The Venue: The Orpheum is in the theatre district in Boston. It is an historic venue with ornate architecture, smaller than an arena. The setting lent itself well to Jason Bonham offering tribute to his father amidst the Led Zeppelin fans who've loved his music for decades. It also was a place ignite the fire of this magnificent legacy with the newly inspired generations.

I moved around the theatre all night, visiting with folks and getting pictures from different perspectives.

The Band: Present with the Ludwig kit from his father, Jason took the stage with Stephen LeBlanc on keyboards and steel guitar, Michael Devin on bass, Tony Catania on guitar, and James Dylan on vocals.

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?

October 12, 2010
From Uniondale, NY.

When I heard that he was going to do the Wall again I said to myself, not again. Not now, after this long. He could choose from so much, why the Wall?

The night of October 12, 2010 I was reminded why. Roger Waters is the Wall. It is about him. His life, his times, his experiences. His Wall.

The Wall came out back in 1980. It was finally released way overdue and over budget. The Fans were chomping at the bit for new Floyd and they delivered. Straight to number one, smash hits, incredibly memorable guitar riffs and songs that take you far far away. They only did a few shows. London, Uniondale NY, and Los Angeles. They actually built a wall onstage and you couldn't even see the band play. Not many were able to witness the event, only to be told through word of mouth, magazine articles and newspaper clippings.

Yes, everyone's good voice should be heard on BBR.
After a riveting show at the Orpheum, blown away by Jason Bonham, my friend and I wandered into the Tap on Union St. in Boston. We were treated to a very engaging two man performance worth noting. Stu and Joe are very talented, crowd friendly fellows with a good range of tunes on guitar and vocals.

They took requests from patrons which ranged from Cheap Trick to Michael Jackson to The Killers. When we told them from whence we'd come tonight, they played a cozy acoustic rendition of Led Zeppelin's "Hey Hey What Can I Do." This moved us so much that we had to give them a friendly neighbor shout out!

First listen live with Ha Ha Tonka at the Iron Horse this summer, July 19, 2010  

Meet Ha Ha Tonka:

Brett Anderson -keyboard, guitar, and vocals
Lennon Bone -drums & vocals
Lucas Long -bass & vocals
Brian Roberts -guitar & vocals

The band had great presence right from the start. The voice of front-man Brett Anderson was strong enough to wade through some of the genre changes as they happened before us. They seemed to start with a rock edge and as the set went on, moved into a comfortable folk/bluegrass set. Really great vocals with a tight guitar punch were the highlights from this comprehensive band. The bass player looked like a young Jim Morrison to me, it was eerie.

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