By G.H. Harding
ONE HELL NIGHT — In one of the more creative names for a tour, Bad Company and Joe Walsh kicked off their One Hell of a Night tour in Dallas last week with career-spanning set lists highlighting successes from their storied pasts.
Walsh returned to a series of favorites from his solo career, the James Gang and the Eagles, while Bad Company played “Feel Like Makin’ Love,” “Shooting Star” and “Bad Company.” Paul Rodgers and company also brought out “Crazy Circles,” from 1979’s Desolation Angels, reportedly for the very first time.
This Dallas date marked the debut of former Black Crowes guitarist Rich Robinson, who is sitting in for Bad Company co-founder Mick Ralphs. The band’s original drummer, Simon Kirke, also took a turn on guitar for “Seagull.” A live album from Bad Company’s classic-era lineup was just released; Walsh’s most recent studio effort is 2012’s Analog Man. Next, Bad Company and Walsh head to Red Rocks in Colorado on May 15, with dates continuing through early July. Wow. The summer is here!!!
CHERCHEZ DOINGS — Though tonight’s their official opening, several bold-faced names appeared over the weekend at their preview shows; including Glenn O’Brien who hosted a ground-breaking New York City cable TV show in the 80’s called TV Party, which featured such personalities as David Byrne, Klaus Nomi, Darnell, Fab 5 Freddy, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Cookie Mueller, John Fekner, Amos Poe,
and bands like Blondie, The Clash, DNA and The Fleshtones)and original Kid Creole and the Coconuts band members, guitarist Peter Schott and guitarist Mark Mazur.
Expected tonight are Robert Funaro from HBO’S Vinyl and The Sopranos and Huffington Post’s Brad Balfour. Here’s a shot of CCLF-pr-man David Salidor and director Angie Kristic. Details Wednesday. Btw: Check out Vivien Goldman’s fantastic piece on the play – which she co-wrote with Mr. Darnell – in The Guardian from across the pond. Check it out here: http://www.theguardian.com/stage/2016/may/20/vivien-goldman-kid-creole-musical-cherchez-la-femme
DREAM ON W/O STEVEN — A lengthy period of estrangement has members of Aerosmith pondering a tour without singer Steven Tyler. “Absolutely, we have considered it — but whether it will happen, I don’t know,” guitarist Brad Whitford acknowledged. “I think it would be great.”
The two sides have been at odds since 2009, when Tyler began solo work in the wake of a canceled band tour. He also made another trip to rehab during that period. That’s left the others to their own devices, as Joe Perry began working with the Hollywood Vampires, and Tom Hamilton is set to hit the road with Thin Lizzy.
“There is still a lot of turmoil and it can be frustrating,” Whitford added. “It should be easy. The whole thing started because of the music. If the focus was right there, everything would be fine, but we don’t have the focus. Let the drivers drive and let the music happen, [and] everything will fall into place. We get caught up in a lot of silly stuff.”
Perry reportedly approached several singers about fronting Aerosmith over the past few years, including Paul Rodgers and Chris Cornell. Sammy Hagar later confirmed rumors that he was offered the job, while Tyler’s management team threatened legal action if the band moved forward without him.
Nevertheless, Whitford said Aerosmith could potentially benefit from the move, connecting their situation with AC/DC‘s recent decision to go forward without singer Brian Johnson. Aerosmith would be a good fit for “a lot of people, everybody from Myles Kennedy [who’s worked with Slash] to Axl [Rose], the Guns N’ Roses frontman currently working with AC/DC],” Whitford noted with a laugh. “We had a bunch of people a while ago, like Sammy Hagar. It would be a lot of fun.”
SHORT TAKES — Here’s the cover of Alexa Green’s debut album from Van Dean’s Broadway Records, titled So Good; due out on June 17th. Best known for her turn as Glinda in the Los Angeles and San Francisco companies of Wicked, and seen on PBS in Company starring Neil Patrick Harris and
Patti LuPone; Alexa has toured both nationally and
internationally as an actor and singer, known for
her wide vocal range and dramatic musical flexibility. We’ve heard the album, adore it and our fave track is her rendition of the Elton John/Bernie Taupin chestnut “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.” We’ll have a proper interview with Ms. Green shortly. One of the best debut albums we’ve heard in quite some time. Flawless! … Portlandia’s Fred Armisen hosted Saturday Night Live’s season finale over the weekend and was just tremendous. The Valley Stream, New York native opened the show with a scene from his solo show that never happened which was spot-on brilliant. Man, what a talent! … 4 shows into the Monkees 50th Anniversary tour and all is going very, very well according to our spy Everwood. They’re here in NYC on June 1 at Town Hall.
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