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By Andy Argyrakis
Bon Jovi Weekend Report: Green dusts off the grooves, Double dose of Bon Jovi
Friday, July 30, 2010


Very few acts can boast a career spanning three decades, let alone escalating popularity with each year that passes. But Bon Jovi is one of the extremely small handful that continues to rack up chart topping hits to this very day, possessing a multi-generational reach in the process. With the recent release of studio CD number 11 The Circle (Island/Def Jam), Jon Bon Jovi and the boys are loading up their tour buses once again for an astounding 135 shows spanning 30 countries, adding to a gig list that's already topped the 2,600 mark. (Worth a shot - Friday and Saturday at Soldier Field- Chicago, IL: www.ticketmaster.com).

When it comes to the showtunes circuit, Stephen Sondheim boasts a practically flawless track record thanks to classic credits like "West Side Story," "Gypsy" and "Sweeney Todd" (to name but a few). In celebration of his 80th birthday, Al Greenthis tribute concert features acclaimed vocalists Patti LuPone, Michael Cerveris, Audra McDonald and George Hearn, performing alongside the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. (Bet your life - Saturday at Ravinia- Highland Park, IL: www.ravinia.org).

As both a soul purveyor and a preacher, Al Green is one of the most sensual and soulful voices to ever grace the stage or the pulpit. Even at 64, the rose-bearing legend remains the consummate performer, serenading the ladies one second and passionately sharing the good news the next, all of which are sure to enrapture this weekend's concert congregation. (Bet your life - Saturday at The Venue at Horseshoe Casino- Hammond, IL: www.thevenuechicago.com).
Ringo Starr Street Week: Ringo's last All Star Band, ELP's box of bootlegs
Monday, July 26, 2010


Even though Ringo Starr's on tour at this very moment with a brand new All Starr Band, he's flashing back to the last edition of the tour for the CD and DVD release Live at the Greek Theatre 2008 (Hip-O). Outside of Beatles and solo smashes like "Yellow Submarine," "With a Little Help From My Friends" and "What Goes On," expect to hear hits from Edgar Winter and Billy Squier, plus members of the Average White Band and Men at Work.

The self-titled CD from Bird Show Band is flat out bizarre at face value, but for those willing to embrace its unconventional mixture of jazz, progressive rock and synths, it's one of the more alluring projects to come from the Amish Records catalogue. Though the group is avant-garde at its most excessive, the European undertones provide a sense of warmth that make it less heady than most experimental projects of this nature.

The trio comprised of keyboardist Keith Emerson, guitarist/bassist/vocalist Greg Lake and drummer Carl Palmer (better known as Emerson, Lake & Palmer) ruled the 1970s thanks toELP their intricate merger of progressive and symphonic rock. Though members took the following decade to pursue other projects, a reunion throughout the 1990s proved additional proficiency, making the legendary group a major concert draw all across the world. It's only fitting that the players' latest box set A Time and a Place (Shout! Factory) would comprise four discs of concert recordings straight from the soundboard spanning both of those eras, along with an unusual disc consisting of fan submissions die-hards are sure to devour.

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