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By Andy Argyrakis
Eagles Weekend Report: Eagles fly again, Korn guitarist goes solo
Friday, September 19, 2008

Riders on the Storm may sound like a Doors cover band, but original players Ray Manzarek and Robby Krieger would prefer to think of it as continuing Jim Morrison's lauded legacy. Originally called The Doors of the 21st Century but changed for legal reasons, the revived troupe was first fronted by the fairly impressive Ian Astbury, though he soon stepped out to jumpstart his full time band The Cult. These days, Fuel's former singer Brett Scallions is steering the ship, which at this point seems like a desperate attempt to recreate yesteryear with someone far inferior to The Doors' former front man. (Skip or be sorry - Saturday at House of Blues- Chicago, IL:

While every tour since Hell Freezes Over has relied on pure nostalgia, Eagles members more than make up for the lengthy absence outside the studio with the double disc collection Long Road Out of Eden, Boasting nothing but new material, the project balances the group's rock n' roll traditions and country conventions with generally provocative songwriting (outside of the occasional party tune). This outing's line-up featuresBrian Welch the core four of Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Joe Walsh and Timothy B. Schmit. (Worth a shot - Sunday at Bradley Center- Milwaukee, WI:

After selling out stadiums and moving millions of units as a member of Korn, guitarist Brian "Head" Welch makes a rare in-store appearance. Though he left the group three years ago, there's been plenty of activity brewing in the players camp, including a tell all tale of living the rock n' roll lifestyle throughout Save Me From Myself and a solo CD of the same name. Fans can score his signature on either of those titles, though it's unclear at this time if Korn items will be accepted for autographs. (Worth a shot - Monday at Borders Books & Music- Oak Brook, IL
James Street Week: Classic Cocker on DVD, James reunited
Monday, September 15, 2008

Even though James claimed U.K. mega-stardom in the 1980s and '90s, the alternative rock troupe never landed more than a handful of singles (like 1993's "Laid") in America. Nonetheless, that devoted fan base gets a long overdue new studio CD (seven years to be exact), which is a miracle considering the seeds of the band's break-up were planted in 1995 and finally materialized in 2001. Even with the gap, James is back on Hey Ma (Decca/Mercury) with its most celebrated early-'90s line-up, yet translates its provocative Brit-pop pedigree toward today.

Powerhouse vocalist Joe Cocker is one of the few classic rockers who've endured with age, though his latest DVD is actually a mid-career throwback to 1980. Cry Me a River (Eagle Vision), resurrects his acclaimed "Rockpalast" television appearance in Germany, featuring soulful renditions of Marvin Gaye's Joe Cocker"I Head It Through the Grapevine," Procol Harum's "A Whiter Shade of Pale," The Beatles' "With a Little Help From My Friends" and Billy Preston's "You Are So Beautiful." As has always been his tradition, Cocker makes over each cover with individual distinction, often times eclipsing the original rendition.

Other titles include a re-release of the jazz giant George Benson's DVD Absolutely Live (Eagle), featuring stellar renditions of "This Masquerade," "Turn Your Love Around," "Give Me the Night" and "On Broadway." Fleetwood Mac co-front man Lindsey Buckingham keeps up a relatively prolific recording streak with Gift of Screws (Reprise), his second CD of all original material in a mere two years. Crescent City troubadour Marc Broussard also steps up his smoky blue-eyed soul and New Orleans-inspired R&B on Keep Coming Back (Atlantic).

The Dish Archives - 2008

Sept. 9 - 12
Sept. 2 - 5
Aug. 25 - 29
Aug. 18 - 22
Aug. 11 - 15
Aug. 4 - 8
July 28 - Aug. 1
July 20 - 25
July 14 - 18
July 7 - 11
June 30 - July 4
June 23 - 27
June 16 - 20
June 9 - 13
June 2 - 6
May 26 - 30
May 19 - 23
May 12 - 16
May 5 - 9
Apr. 28 & May 2
Apr. 21 & 25
Apr. 14 & 18
Apr. 7 & 11
Mar. 30 & Apr. 4
Mar. 24 & 28
Mar. 17 & 21
Mar. 10 & 14
Mar. 3 & 7
Feb. 25 & 29
Feb. 18 & 22
Feb. 11 & 15
Feb. 4 & 8
Jan. 28 - Feb. 1
Jan. 21 - 25
Jan. 14 - 18
Jan. 7 - 11
Jan. 1 - 4
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