(Warrant rolls into Columbus on Friday night for a gig at Screamin Willie’s (1921 Channingway Center Dr.))
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – the 17-year-old me can’t believe that I’m trading e-mails with Warrant guitarist Joey Allen. Warrant was an integral part of my rock n’ roll journalism career hobby as one of the first articles I wrote for my high school paper was a concert review of a pre-record-release Warrant in which I predicted big things for the L.A. band.
Five years ago I had an opportunity to speak with Joey for the first time as anything other than a fan and he couldn’t have been nicer or more down to earth. He even gave me his cell phone number and said I could call whenever I wanted to chat. Continue reading →
What year did Ben Becker hop in a time machine and set the dial for 2010? I’m guessing somewhere between 1968 and 1974. Hopefully we’ll get an answer to that question tomorrow when Gamble House records their Donewaiting “Live at Electraplay” session a few hours before hitting The Basement stage as the opening act for Rogue Wave.
Gamble House’s self-titled CD was released in May and there hasn’t been a single review of the CD that doesn’t reference Grizzly Bear as a comparison. I’m admittedly not that familiar with Grizzly Bear so I don’t hear the similarities but if it’s a fair comparison, I’m going to have to spend more time investigating the Grizzly Bear catalog as the Gamble House CD has been on heavy iPod rotation this week. Check it out for yourself and familiarize yourself with the music before heading to The Basement.
This summer, Weezer has taken the festival/state fair route rather than a full-blown arena tour as one might expect they would have undertaken. Perhaps it’s the state of the touring economy, where tour after tour is either being scaled back or flat out canceled. No doubt, there will be a healthy-sized crowd tonight – present company included – at the Celeste Center on the Ohio State Fairgrounds, all of whom will have paid in the neighborhood of $36 per ticket. Motion City Soundtrack opens the show which is scheduled to start around 7pm.
Perhaps the biggest Weezer fan in attendance tonight will be my 5-year-old Piper who, if given the opportunity, would probably hop on stage to lend her vocals to “(If You’re Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To”.
Borrowing from an old Beatles song (one that was remade by Pearl Jam), “I’ve got a feeling” about Alberta Cross, one that tells me that they’ve only scratched the surface on the rock behemoth they’ll someday be. To date, they’ve done everything the right way – putting out a great debut full of solid songcrafting and then touring and touring and touring so that people take notice. As you’ll discover in the latest Live at Electraplay session, Alberta Cross has not only performed coast-to-coast as a headlining act, but have also opened for some pretty big names (and a wide musical spectrum at that) in their short time together.
In late August and early September, you can catch Alberta Cross out west with the Dave Matthews Band and Ben Harper. In the meantime, check them out here as they give us a very special and intimate performance.
Here’s the full Vimeo feature with all the performances and interview segments together, and the rest of the chopped-and-condensed, single-song YouTube versions. (Interview by yours truly, filming and editing by Electraplay, animation by Nick Cavalier.) More bands coming very soon.
After those great New Pornographers photos in the last post, these are going to seem strictly amateur. The Scorpions canceled their Columbus show this past Wednesday due to an illness (and some speculation that this was the smallest venue on the tour and therefore not worthwhile for The Scorpions to play) but opening act Cinderella stuck around and went from opening act to headliner. Not sure whose idea was it to make a free show, but by doing so, it insured that the LC was packed full of ’80s hair metal fans, bikers, college kids, and everything in between. The free show meant that people had more money to spend on beer, which they did, and I can’t remember the last time I saw so many fights and drunk people get dragged out by their friends and/or security. Despite this, Cinderella put on a great show, performing all the hits that fans expected (see set list below) and sounding rather good. Continue reading →
Lawrence Arabia just wrapped up an extremely successful run through the U.S. with Fanfarlo and Robert Francis. The band, London-by-way-of-New-Zealand, is lead by George Harrison-loving frontman James Milne and live they comes across much louder than they do on their U.S. debut, Chant Darling, (featuring the fantastic pop ditty “Apple Pie Bed”). Milne says that after a run overseas, Lawrence Arabia will be back on these shores, so do your studying now.
I grabbed James for a quick interview before Lawrence Arabia’s set in Columbus on April 1 (no fooling here!).