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Todd Rundgren goes 'Global' to mixed reviews at Stage AE

Written by Scott Mervis on .

toddWhile the Mavericks were rocking the Carnegie Music Hall of Homestead, Todd Rundgren was getting mixed results at the sold-out Stage AE on his "Gobal" tour:

Here are two different takes on the show:

Ben Alper: "Having never heard or seen Todd Rundgren before, I went to the show with a somewhat open mind, albeit expecting to recognize some songs from a lifetime of listening to WDVE. What I got instead was an aged rocker who seemed more interested in leading an aerobics class. His backing 'band' consisted of a synth player and two female singer/dancers wearing Afro wigs. When he chose to play guitar, it had a nice full tone and he certainly evinced a level of proficiency, but unfortunately for the majority of songs I witnessed, he was all too happy to leave the guitar on its stand while he jumped around trying to excite a bewildered crowd. After 5, 6 songs, we had had enough faux-jock jams and decided to call it a night."

 

Dave Hartz: "It's tempting to think that Todd Rundgren just likes to mess with the folks who show up waiting to hear his greatest hits. You knew something was up from the DJ setup center stage. The crowd got treated to TR's new electronica-infused 'Global' album in its entirety with Todd flanked by two female singers/dancers and backed up by DJ DamFunK. There were no guitars other than on the 4 or 5 songs on which TR strapped on a lucite Strat for some killer guitar solos. A finale medley of reworked hits 'Can We Still Be Friends,' 'Hello It's Me' and 'I Saw the Light' probably wasn't enough to satisfy the bring-me-the-hits crowd. You have to keep an open mind. My companions kept checking their phones and being relieved that their tickets were comps while I dug the show. His voice was in great shape and his guitar chops intact, even if I would have preferred seeing him front a four-piece rock band. Makes me think back to Neil Young's 'Greendale' show at Star Lake when everyone complained they hadn't been 'warned' that it wouldn't be a greatest hits show."

 

 

 

 

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The Mavericks take Homestead crowd to roots-rock heaven

Written by Scott Mervis on .

RaulIt's funny how Nashville keeps lavishing bro-country types with awards when one of the best bands in the land resides right in their midst.

The Mavericks -- that name should be country enough to get attention -- returned to the Carnegie Music Hall of Homestead Saturday night to throw the sold-out crowd back into a state of roots-rock ecstasy.

Touring on "Mono," a second fine outing since returning from a decade-long long hiatus, the 8-piece band came out blending rockabilly, ska, Latino, surf, alt-country, etc., on songs like "All Night Long," "Summertime," "What You Do to Me." The merry music-making ricocheted around the stage from the horns to accordion to pianist Jerry Dale McFadden to the scorching guitar work of Eddie Perez. Kudos to drummer Paul Deakin for keeping it tight and driving it hard.

Of course, the centerpiece is masterful Raul Malo, decked out in black cowboy gear and sounding like the second coming of Elvis and Roy Orbison. The purity of his voice when he stepped out solo-acoustic for ballads "Oh, What a Thrill" and "Mona Lisa" (Nat King Cole) was jaw-dropping. The man can play a mean electric lead as well, and squared off with Perez a couple times. 

We hit it lucky because this felt like a true Saturday night party set from a band that revved the engine and then kept going and going, with 13 songs in the encore, one more fun than the next. "Every Little Thing About You" was drenched with drama, "Dance the Night Away" shipped us to an island and another gem was a mad-fun cover of the Sir Douglas Quintet classic "She's About a Mover."

MavsFor the grand finale, few bands have a better one-two punch than "Come Unto Me" and "All You Ever Do is Bring Me Down," a wild romp made all the crazy with the dancing of pianist Jerry Dale McFadden in his powder blue suit. 

They used to call Los Lobos "the greatest wedding band in the world." I think we can safely slide that title over to the Mavericks, who sent the crowd out the doors beaming and probably need a bigger room next time they come around.

 

SET LIST 

All Night Long

Summertime (When I'm With You)

Stories We Could Tell

What You Do to Me

Fall Apart

Pardon Me

Sinners & Saints (?)

Crying Shame

Should've Been True

Foolish Heart

Out the Door

The Only Question Is

As Long As There's Loving Tonight

Encore

Oh What a Thrill

Mona Lisa

Let it Rain on Me

Everything Little Thing About You

Dance in the Moonlight

All Over Again

There Goes My Heart

Dance the Night Away

Nitty Gritty

She's About a Mover

I Said I Love You

Come Unto Me

All You Ever Do is Bring Me Down

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Empty Netter Assists - Johnston, Rutherford stay - 04-26-15

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Playoff Stuff
Penguins - Rangers

-The Penguins will keep Mike Johnston (right) and Jim Rutherford.

-Where do the Penguins go now?

Calder Cup

-Matt Murray made 27 saves for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in a 4-0 shutout against the Syracuse Crunch in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton leads the best-of-five series, 2-0.

-Highlights:

-“That’s going to be talked about now and into tomorrow. I just don’t know the details yet, if and when." - Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins coach John Hynes on the NHL Penguins potentially assigning defensemen Taylor Chorney, Brian Dumoulin, Derrick Pouliot and Scott Wilson to the AHL Penguins.

 

Kelly Cup

-Eric Hartzell made 19 saves for the Wheeling Nailers in a 2-1 loss to the Toledo Walleye in Game 5 of their North Division semifinal series. Toledo leads the best-of-seven series, 3-2.

 

-After the Jump: The Blackhawks and Flames advance.

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Join Doug on a trip of a lifetime to see the gardens of Paris

Written by Doug Oster on .

blog eiffel towerI shot this from the top of Notre Dame the last time I was in Paris. Photo by Doug Oster

I've been taking gardeners all over the world for the last two years.

London, Italy and the Netherlands were amazing places to see and experience with other gardeners.

In August I'm headed to Paris and would love for you to come along.

This is the first trip I've helped build using what I've learned from the last three.

First off, we're taking Delta's direct flight, that makes life easy. The last time I used it I got from my doorstep to my apartment in Paris in just 12 hours and that's after sitting in traffic once I got there.

We'll see Monet's Garden, the Palace and Gardens of Versailles, Luxembourg Gardens, Notre Dame and even have dinner in the Eiffel Tower. We're also going on a road trip to the Champagne Region. One of the things I've built into the trip is a day to get lost in Paris with me. It's the best way to learn a city and its culture. We're going to have fun!

It will be a small group, I never take more than 32 travelers.

Here are all the details.

 

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Drone Killings

Written by Rob Rogers on .

President Obama apologized for the two innocent hostages that were accidentally killed in a drone strike in Pakistan. Who is going to apologize for the hundreds of accidental deaths from guns every year? 

042615 Drone Killings

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