Legacy: Drive Safely Home, Ric Ocasek

Ric Ocasek has passed away and another legend has left this realm to jam in Rock N Roll heaven. He was 75. I once had a brief conversation with Ocasek back in the early-1990s, about a decade or so after the video for “Drive” was an MTV ubiquity, and after the song itself had become … Continue reading Legacy: Drive Safely Home, Ric Ocasek

Music Box: The Smiths at Pier 84, NYC 8.6.86

St. Mope and The Smiths, Pier 84, August 6th, 1986 The immediate years after I graduated high school were mercurial times for me. My parents had separated toward the end of 1985 (a marriage that lasted years too long, though they imprudently got back together briefly months later, before finally imploding for good) and our … Continue reading Music Box: The Smiths at Pier 84, NYC 8.6.86

Music Box: Happy Birthday George Michael – 1991 ‘Cover to Cover’ Tour Performances

George Michael’s Cover to Cover tour came to Madison Square Garden for two sold out nights on October 25th and 26th, in 1991. It was only his second solo concert tour and his first trip back to the Garden in three years. This was not a tour to support his now-classic Listen Without Prejudice, Vol. … Continue reading Music Box: Happy Birthday George Michael – 1991 ‘Cover to Cover’ Tour Performances

Broadway Baby: The 2013 Tony Awards Opening Number -“Bigger” is Best

If we're lucky homo sapiens, every few years a splendid anomaly occurs in the usually vapid space-time continuum of television awards shows that negates the basic dreary tropes and widens eyes with something that is, if you’ll excuse the cliché, purely magical. The last time we were borne witnesses to such a thrilling spectacle was … Continue reading Broadway Baby: The 2013 Tony Awards Opening Number -“Bigger” is Best

Music Box: Fleetwood Mac The Chain, US Festival 1982

Fleetwood Mac with Steve Wozniak (l) and Bill Graham (r) at US Festival 1982 On Labor Day weekend in 1982, the very first US Festival was held at the Glen Helen Regional Park near Devore, San Bernadino California. The concert event was created by Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak and legendary music promoter, the late Bill … Continue reading Music Box: Fleetwood Mac The Chain, US Festival 1982

Music Box: Happy Birthday, Stevie Nicks & The Wild Heart

Once in a million years a lady like her...rises... Happy Birthday to the Rock Goddess, and the indisputable Queen of Rock N Roll, Stevie Nicks! To commemorate that, plus the upcoming 36th anniversary of the release of The Wild Heart, released on June 10, 1983, here is a rarely-seen "Liner Notes" interview Stevie did way … Continue reading Music Box: Happy Birthday, Stevie Nicks & The Wild Heart

Legacy: Donna Summer – Last Dance

Donna Summer art courtesy the great Alvaro Arts May 17 2012 - the death of one of the great voices of the past 5 decades was silenced by cancer and I was absolutely heartbroken. When she passed, it was a total shock because her illness wasn’t public knowledge. Donna Summer was one of my musical … Continue reading Legacy: Donna Summer – Last Dance