Live Through This: rock nyc Concert Picks week Of September 19th, 2017

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I haven’t checked out Diana Krall since 2013, also at the Beacon Theatre, four days after the Boston Marathon bombing, an iffy gig with Diana trying to sell us on her wedding album, the misjudged Glad Rag Doll  (here) and at least initially I wasn’t planning on going Wednesday night either. I’d had front row tickets and gave em up months ago (not entirely because I didn’t want to see her -never go front row to piano players, you could spend your night staring at the face of a Steinway) and at the last moment invested a c note because, at the least, she is pushing her best album in years and years. That doesn’t mean I will ever love Diana as much as when I saw her at Carnegie Hall in June 1999, it does mean she is performing “A Case Of You” again.

Monday – Ed Palermo Big Band – Iridium – Reworking classic rock and out there rock for 30 years.

Tuesday – Sebastian Bach – BB Kings – So what happens to hair bands thirty years later? They stay off skid row by going solo.

Tuesday – Happy Together Tour 2017 – The Turtles! Sure,why not? Though it is strange they didn’t play the city, te Turtles should be big enough to fill seats at the Beacon.

Thursday – Richard Barone (The Bongos) / Ricky Byrd (Joan Jett) – The Stone Pony – Barone is a pretty good live act and pop archivist, if you’re local check it out.

Thursday, Friday – Jason Isbell And The 400 Units – Beacon Theatre – I skipped out on the Something More Than Free tour, I’d caught him five times (if you include him as part of wife Amanda Shires’ band) in two years. But it has been awhile and I seem to like The Nashville Sound more than most in much the same way as I disliked SMTF more than most. I am back to Isbell on Friday, and the Mountain Goats are opening… a band I actively dislike but am excited to be proven wrong.

Thursday – Three Dog Night – BB Kings – Proof that a dozen hit singles will give you a career forever -deservedly so.

Thursday – Vince Neil Of Mötley Crüe Performing All The Hits – Bergen Performing Arts Center – Ah yes, the new way of retirement.

Friday – Dierks Bentley What The Hell World Tour 2017 – Jones Beach – The poster boy for first rate country singers. Every time I’ve seen him, always opening for someone else, he has been the best thing about the evening.

Friday, Saturday – Third Eye Blind: Summer Gods Tour w/ Special Guests Silversun Pickups – Jones Beach – The acceptable face of mainstream rock.

Friday – Jerry Lee Lewis – BB Kings – All you’ll get for your $150 is 30 minutes of music… so what are you waiting for?

Saturday – Dead And Company – Citi Field – Bob Weir (guitar), Mickey Hart (drums), and Bill Kreutzmann (drums), along with John Mayer (guitar), Oteil Burbridge (bass/drums), and Jeff Chimenti (keyboards). In other words, the Dead without Phil Lesh.


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