Thursday, June 30, 2016

Live Review: The Stone Roses at Madison Square Garden

In the last week, Great Britain has left the EU, England crashed out the Euros against Poland and the British PM announced his resignation and butchered Smiths lyrics on top of it. Needless to say, it must have been a very strange and hard week to be British. Something needed to bring the people together and it just so happened that something would be one of their finest bands playing The World's Most Famous Arena for the first time in their career.

The Stone Roses have been on a small summer tour, mainly playing their hometown of Manchester and will eventually head to other parts of Europe but in between they returned to New York City for the first time in over 20 years and for the first time with their original line-up.

Since reforming in 2011, the band have toured all over Europe and their only stop in America was the 2013 Coachella festival. Now, they added The Big Apple to the mix.

Ian Brown, Mani, John Squire, Reni, the gang was all there and as the houselights dimmed at 9:15 p.m., they arrived on stage to a heroes welcome. "New York, nice to see you," Brown belted before Mani plucked his bass to open with the appropriate, "I Wanna Be Adorned."

At many points in the night it looked as if they were nervous, shy and a bit afraid, yet as the evening progressed they began to command the stage. Brown would dance around, play his sleigh bell tambourine, as his band projected a sound that the audience waited for -- something that no record could hold -- raw power. They sounded so perfect.

As most of the fans inside the arena seemed to be British, they became part of the program. Brown did not speak much to the crowd in between songs but the fans were out of their seats, jumping, dancing and screaming for more.

In 1989, the Roses released what could arguably be the greatest debut album in history. Each song on that timeless masterpiece is a classic and for fans it is 11 anthems of a generation, so to hear them in concert makes the spirit of the songs come alive. As songs from their 1994 sophomore release, Second Coming, were sprinkled into the 90-minute set, they also shined with their latest single, "All For One."

By the time of "This Is The One" and the showstopping "I Am The Resurrection," Madison Square Garden was a massive dance party. Even uber-fan David Beckham was in attendance to capture the action and attention the audience shed.

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 Fans hope for a new record and rumors are it will arrive, while that remains to be seen, moments like Thursday night show the power of what this band still has. It may have been over 20 years for them to return to New York, but it was worth the wait. Now, let's hope it is not 20 more.

Schoolboy Q on 'Colbert'

Watch Schoolboy Q perform "THat Part" on The Late Show.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Live Pix: Only In Queens Summer Fest

On Sunday, Corona Park in Queens featured hip-hop icons Kid N Play as well as DJ Camillo, DJ Wiz, Mack Wilds, and others for a free event. 

Our RICH D SMOOV was on hand to capture the action.

DJ Camillo

 DJ Wiz
 Mack Wild
 Kid N Play

Quick News


If there was ever a reason to prove that Oasis could not be getting back together in the near future, Noel Gallagher's latest interview with The Toronto Star, explains it. He claims he hasn't spoken to his brother, Liam, since the 2009 breakup of the band, saying: "We’ve not been on speaking terms since 1996. I tolerated him up until he stopped being able to sing. When singing becomes shouting - I switched off then. I was just amassing money.”

Ozzy Osbourne has no plans on retiring despite the fact that this year will mark the official end of Black Sabbath. The Prince of Darkness told Billboard: "It’s not me that wants to retire, it’s Black Sabbath. I’ll be continuing my own musical thing. My wife is good at telling me partial information, but I know I’m not hanging my boots up for a while.”

The Wedding Present will release their new album, Going Going... in September. 

Following the release of the 2014's disastrous, A Better Tomorrow, Ghostface Killah told HipHopDX that he will be leading the new Wu-Tang Clan record, not RZA. "RZA put the ball in my hand," he explained. "He said 'Yo, I want you to do it,' and I been wanting to do it, and that’s a big test for me right there...I’m going to do my part first and let them know what I did and then have them listen to that and follow my lead.It’s like how they do in sports with athletes. It’s like alright, just follow my lead." No word yet on when the project will begin.

Iggy Pop appeared on The Graham Norton Show in the UK last week and said that he will be stepping away from the music world. Pop told the British host: "I will step back at some point. Another album would be a big undertaking from an old git like me!" He then added: "There's a lot of things I can't do now that I could do when I was 25. But because I was basically kind of a loony, what's happened with me is that the less I can do, the better off I am! But I can do a music show, and I enjoy that. And I can do an advert, or a part in a film, or a radio show. And I really enjoy those things."

Monday, June 27, 2016

Jake Bugg at Glastonbury

Watch Jake Bugg perform "Gimme The Light" Sunday night at Worthy Farm.

Gary Clark Jr. at Glastonbury

Watch Gary Clark Jr. perform "Bright Lights" Sunday at Glastonbury!

Beck at Glastonbury

Watch Beck perform "Loser" Sunday at Glasto!

Guy Garvey at Glastonbury

Watch Elbow's Guy Garvey perform solo at Glastonbury on Sunday.

Coldplay at Glastonbury

Watch Coldplay perform "Hymn For The Weekend" and "Stayin' Alive" with Bee Gees' Barry Gibb during the closing set at Glastonbury.

LCD Sounsystem at Glastonbury

Watch LCD Soundsystem perform "All My Friends" at their first England gig since reuniting.