Quick Takes 9/10/19

  • Coming on November 15th is Ron Wood‘s latest solo set, titled, Mad Lad: A Live Tribute To Chuck Berry. The set, which opens with a new original tune saluting the “Father of Rock N’ Roll” was caught live in 2018 with Wood’s backing band, His Wild Five, at Wimborne, England’s Tivoli Theatre. The album is the first of a trilogy in which the Rolling Stones guitarist salutes one of his primary influences. (Press release)
    • The tracklisting to Mad Lad: A Live Tribute To Chuck Berry is: “Tribute to Chuck Berry,” “Talking About You,” “Mad Lad,” “Wee Wee Hours” (featuring Imelda May),” “Almost Grown” (featuring Imelda May), “Back In The U.S.A.” “Blue Feeling,” “Worried Life Blues,” “Little Queenie,” “Rock And Roll Music” (featuring Imelda May), and “Johnny B. Goode.”
  • The 2019 “Allman Family Revival” tribute concert saluting the late-Gregg Allman will be spread out over three nights this December, playing shows in San Francisco, Denver, and New York City. In addition to the Allman Betts Band — featuring Devon AllmanDuane Betts, and Berry Oakley, Jr. — the concerts will feature assorted combinations of Cheap Trick’s Robin ZanderRobert Randolph, Todd Park Mohr of Big Head Todd & The MonstersJimmy HallSamantha Fish, and Jimmy Vivino, with others still-to-be announced.
    • The shows will play on December 7th at San Francisco’s The Fillmore; December 8th at Denver’s The Mission Ballroom; and on December 28th at Manhattan’s Beacon Theatre. A portion from the proceeds will benefit the School of Rock. (JamBase)
  • The Beach Boys Mike Love looked back on his friendship with George Harrison, with whom he shared a passion for Transcendental Meditation. Love covered Harrison’s Abbey Road classic “Here Come The Sun” on his latest solo set, titled 12 Sides Of Summer. Love recalled that despite his fame The “Quiet Beatle” was a pretty humble guy: “He was such a cool person. People would say, ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band was the best album,’ and George would say, ‘No, it’s just another album.’ He was so down to Earth and yet so into spirituality. When he passed away, I felt very melancholy about that. But he was a great guy, a great soul, who left us some great music.”
  • Love went on to say, “He was always looking at things in the positive. It’s winter, it’s cold, there’s still ice and snow around, but here comes the sun. That’s the way I approach a negative and try to find a silver lining in the cumulonimbus cloud. . . There was something very special about singing ‘Here Comes The Sun’ — a song that was so meaningful to me and millions of other people — on the album. Doing it with the traditional harmonies that we’re known for was a beautiful and mystical experience.” (The San Francisco Examiner)
  • A new musical, celebrating the music of Billy Joel will run tonight (September 10th) and Thursday (September 12th) in Manhattan. Just The Way You Are, which was written and directed by Kevin Riddagh, plays for the two-night run at The West End Lounge. Riddagh told Broadway World: “I wanted to write a show using Billy Joel songs. Movin’ Out, on Broadway, was fantastic, but I always felt that Billy Joel’s music could be used to tell a more universal, yet intimate story. His songs tell wondrous stories, and deserve to be told in a fantastic, vulnerable, story driven musical.”
    • Among the classic Billy Joel songs featured in the show are “River Of Dreams,” “And So It Goes,” “Only The Good Die Young,” “Captain Jack,” and “Vienna.” For more information, log on to: http://bit.ly/2kBBpWE (Broadway World)
  • Ozzy Osbourne‘s collaboration with rapper Post Malone is now available online. Titled “Take What You Want,” the track is from Post Malone’s new album, Hollywood’s Bleeding, which arrived on Friday (September 6th). Travis Scott also appears on the tune. Post Malone’s younger fans are apparently impressed with the 70-year-old Ozzy’s performance, with one writing on YouTube, “I seriously wasn’t expecting this to sound so LIT, Ozzy still got it.” (Consequence Of Sound)