2017

Springsteen on Broadway

October 30, 2017 by

Bruce Springsteen’s four-month residency (later extended) on Broadway is an amazing combination of humility and arrogance. The tension between the humility that he brings to his life story and the arrogance required to believe that people want to hear that story proves to be a tremendous creative catalyst. After decades of performing in cavernous sports […]

Adam Ant Stands & Delivers

September 30, 2017 by

Adam Ant 15 September 2017 Sound Board @ Motor City Casino Detroit, Michigan Some guys just don’t have the quit in them — Mr. Ant (pictured) is one of those guys. Ever since the late 70s, when he got screwed by his first label (Do It! Records) and Malcolm McLaren (Sex Pistols manager) stole his […]

Joshua Tree Revisited

September 16, 2017 by

If I could, yes I would. If I could… I would have seen U2 in 1987 on The Joshua Tree tour. But I was finishing up my “option year” (read: fifth year) at Michigan State. They played in April at the Silverdome in Pontiac and I was getting ready to graduate. Tickets were expensive and […]

He’s the Man! — Joe Jackson Live in Ann Arbor

June 30, 2017 by

Joe Jackson 17 June 2017 Michigan Theater – Ann Arbor, MI The first time I saw Joe Jackson live was in the autumn of 1982. He was on tour supporting his record Night and Day. I was a freshman in my first semester at Michigan State University in East Lansing. The show was at Hill […]

The Zombies Odessey & Oracle One Last Time

April 23, 2017 by

Google “zombies” and you get all kinds of results pertaining to the undead that walk the earth. That is also a pretty good description for many reunion tours of tired old bands looking to cash in one more time on past hits and brand recognition. So it’s notable when a band actually called The Zombies […]

Jack White’s Got a Brand New Bag

March 20, 2017 by

Detroit’s favorite ex-patriate son, Jack White, has added a full-scale vinyl press facility to his Third Man Records operation on Canfield Street in the Cass Corridor district of Detroit. My good friend Leo and I were on hand to check out the grand opening of the presses on 25 February 2017. Just a couple of […]

Ten Strings and a Goat Skin

February 23, 2017 by

Ten Strings and a Goat Skin 9 February 2017 20 Front Street — Lake Orion, MI Aupres du Poele — around the stove. That was the feel when Acadian folk music trio Ten Strings and a Goat Skin performed recently at 20 Front Street, the newly-minted performance venue in Lake Orion, Michigan. Bright, talented and […]

Sugarcube by SweetVinyl

February 5, 2017 by

It appears that the vinyl “fad” is officially a trend. Everyone from cash-strapped millennials to well-to-do audiophiles is embracing or rediscovering the glories of the long-playing phonograph album (and 45s too). Of course, we know that vinyl never went away in hifi; it has always been a reference standard for audiophiles. As such, the hifi […]