American songwriters – Steveazarlive http://steveazarlive.com/ Tue, 20 Sep 2022 05:24:32 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://steveazarlive.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/icon-120x120.png American songwriters – Steveazarlive http://steveazarlive.com/ 32 32 Dua Lipa Dishes on New Album – “I Feel Even More Liberated” https://steveazarlive.com/dua-lipa-dishes-on-new-album-i-feel-even-more-liberated/ Mon, 19 Sep 2022 21:22:33 +0000 https://steveazarlive.com/dua-lipa-dishes-on-new-album-i-feel-even-more-liberated/ Popstar Dua Lipa has been slowly revealing plans for her highly anticipated third album. The latest project update has arrived via vogue Australia on September 15. “As I write my new album, I feel even more liberated in a completely different way,” she told the magazine, alluding to new music full of ambition and newfound […]]]>

Popstar Dua Lipa has been slowly revealing plans for her highly anticipated third album.

The latest project update has arrived via vogue Australia on September 15. “As I write my new album, I feel even more liberated in a completely different way,” she told the magazine, alluding to new music full of ambition and newfound freedom. “And even more in control than I thought.”

Earlier this year, the singer-songwriter confirmed he was hard at work on new music, teasing “He’s got a vision. He’s got a name, I think, for now. It was just fun. to experiment. I will always do pop music, but it has its own unique sound, which is exciting,” the “Levitating” artist explained. However, she then added that she was “not eager to release a new album”.

The singer gave fans another update in March, saying her upcoming album was “50% done” on Elton John’s episode of her. Dua Lipa: At your service podcast, explaining that the album is “starting to feel good”.

More project news came in May this year when Lipa sat down with vogue. “I’ve definitely grown up,” she shared, saying her music has matured both sonically and thematically. “It’s like I’m coming to my power and not being afraid to talk about things,” the singer said of the album. “It’s about understanding what I want.”

It’s unclear when the star’s new music will arrive, but when it does, it looks like fans can expect a Dua Lipa like never before.

On Sunday night (September 18), Lipa celebrated the 80th show of his Future Nostalgia Tour in Bogota, Colombia. The world tour, in support of her second album, kicked off in early February this year after seeing several postponements due to the pandemic. It will end in mid-November after its Australian leg.

Photo: Hugo Comte / Warner Music

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Neil Diamond Personally Curates New Christmas Compilation https://steveazarlive.com/neil-diamond-personally-curates-new-christmas-compilation/ Sat, 17 Sep 2022 14:02:00 +0000 https://steveazarlive.com/neil-diamond-personally-curates-new-christmas-compilation/ For over 30 years, Neil Diamond has been publishing his own interpretations of holiday classics. Now, the “Cracklin’ Rosie” singer is releasing a curated collection of his favorite holiday songs, with tracks taken from his four previous holiday albums for A Neil Diamond Christmasreleased on October 28. Personally selected by Diamond, all 24 tracks were […]]]>

For over 30 years, Neil Diamond has been publishing his own interpretations of holiday classics. Now, the “Cracklin’ Rosie” singer is releasing a curated collection of his favorite holiday songs, with tracks taken from his four previous holiday albums for A Neil Diamond Christmasreleased on October 28.

Personally selected by Diamond, all 24 tracks were taken from its 1992 release The Christmas Scrapbook, The Christmas album volume IIreleased in 1994, A Cherry Cherry Christmas(2009), and his most recent Acoustic Christmas from 2016.

Available in vinyl and CD formats, all tracks on A Neil Diamond Christmas They were remastered under Diamond’s with its longtime engineer Bernie Becker. Diamond and Becker also created a new mix of “O Holy Night”, which he originally released on The Christmas Scrapbook.

Over a career spanning 60 years, Neil Diamond has sold over 130 million records, had 16 Top 10 albums, 38 Top 40 singles, won 10 Grammy Awards, and been inducted into the Songwriters and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Earlier in 2022, Diamond sold his entire music catalog to Universal Music Group, a deal that encompasses all of his recordings – and dozens of hits like ‘Sweet Caroline’, ‘Song Sung Blue’ and ‘Cracklin’ Rosie’. – plus 110 previously unreleased tracks, an unreleased album, and long-form archival videos.

“The relationship between you and those good songs stays with you and you remember the hard times, the happy times and the bad times working with the songs,” Diamond said in 2020 of his songwriting. “And most of those songs, I remember the very act of writing and how I felt at the time. And that’s not usual. A lot of songs that you write and then you go to something else and it may or may not be good. But they all leave their scars on you one way or another.

Photo: PRNewsfoto/Universal Music Enterprises

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Daily discovery: the Womack sisters speak out in “Daily” https://steveazarlive.com/daily-discovery-the-womack-sisters-speak-out-in-daily/ Thu, 15 Sep 2022 21:01:18 +0000 https://steveazarlive.com/daily-discovery-the-womack-sisters-speak-out-in-daily/ Los Angeles-based trio The Womack Sisters are classic. Already. It doesn’t matter that they are contemporary, that they make music and release it now. They have this timeless feel. One reason for this is the combination of their indelible voices and the powerful harmonies they create with them. Another part of that is their look, […]]]>

Los Angeles-based trio The Womack Sisters are classic. Already.

It doesn’t matter that they are contemporary, that they make music and release it now. They have this timeless feel. One reason for this is the combination of their indelible voices and the powerful harmonies they create with them. Another part of that is their look, which is reminiscent of beloved doo-wop girl groups from the 60s. Truly, the members – Zeimani, BG and Kucha – aren’t hard on the eyes.

But another part is the pedigree of the trio. They are the granddaughters of legendary songwriter and performer Sam Cooke, and the daughters of renowned songwriters and producers Cecil and Linda Womack. Well, the proverbial apples didn’t fall far from the family tree.

For example, the trio’s latest single, “Daily,” a vocal track as memorable as the music itself.

The song is written about another timeless aspect: love.

“‘Daily’,” says Zeimani, “is about extreme attraction, being so stimulated and aroused, moved in every way by someone that you want to give it all you’ve got – your mind, your heart, your body and your soul – to this person. .”

And the story behind the song?

It has to do with attraction, lust, adoration, and a deeply loving relationship.

“Meeting the sexiest man I’ve ever seen,” says Zeimani. “He was handsome, buff and strong, and his spirit pulled me in like a tornado. My heart, my body and my mind were with him making love. It’s never been so good. This is dedicated to Mikhail, the love of my life.

It’s perhaps unsurprising that Zeimani sums up his trio like this: “Sexy, soulful, empowering.”

What’s more important?

And Zeimani says she wants the song’s audience to feel energized by the new track.

“We want people to seek out your thrill,” she says. “Things and people that make you happy and excited. Fight for it.

Each of the three members of The Womack Sisters says they got into songwriting naturally, early on.

“The things I was going through made me want to write down my emotions,” says Zeimani. “And they turned into songs, I was able to fully express myself.”

“At a young age,” says BG, “I remember sitting on the bathroom floor with my dad while he was writing a song, he was asking my opinion and it made me feel important, It made me want to write.”

“I saw the effect my parents’ songs had on their listeners,” Kucha says, “and I knew when I became an artist, I had to control that impact.”

And Zeimani’s favorite line in the trio’s new offering?

“My favorite line on ‘Daily’,” she says, “is: it is now.”

Why?

“Because time is precious,” says Zeimani, “and why wait for a good thing?”

Photo courtesy of Shore Fire Media

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Australian Ocean Alley announce fourth album Low Altitude Living https://steveazarlive.com/australian-ocean-alley-announce-fourth-album-low-altitude-living/ Wed, 14 Sep 2022 00:52:14 +0000 https://steveazarlive.com/australian-ocean-alley-announce-fourth-album-low-altitude-living/ Australia’s beloved psychedelic surf rock band ocean walkway announced their forthcoming fourth album Life at low altitude, which will be released independently on October 14. The band are also set to embark on their US West Coast tour – earlier this year Ocean Alley sold out nearly every venue on their eight-show Midwest and East […]]]>

Australia’s beloved psychedelic surf rock band ocean walkway announced their forthcoming fourth album Life at low altitude, which will be released independently on October 14. The band are also set to embark on their US West Coast tour – earlier this year Ocean Alley sold out nearly every venue on their eight-show Midwest and East Coast tour, including including Music Hall in Williamsburg in Brooklyn, Lincoln Hall in Chicago, West Terminal in Atlanta and Sinclair in Boston. The album announcement is accompanied by their latest single “Home”, a profession of love for people and place.

Stream “Home” HERE and watch the music video HERE
Pre-order Low Altitude Living HERE

Opening the record with a feeling of warmth and familiarity, “Home” is steeped in bright tones and subtly adorned with shimmering touches. The song is a product of the band’s opportunity to slow down in 2020, with space to reconnect with themselves and the environment around them. Guitarist Mitch Galbraith explains, “We felt more connected than ever to the people and places around us at home. Normally we would spend most of our year on tour, but we felt very lucky to spend the past two years with the people we love.

While the six-piece could have rinsed and repeated the styles and sounds of their previous albums – the ARIA Award-nominated Lonely Diamond (2020), their ARIA Gold-certified breakthrough Chiaroscuro (2018) and their assured debut Lost Tropics (2016) – Low Altitude Living, produced by longtime collaborator Callum Howell, sees the band building their widest sonic framework to date. As the diverse feel of previous singles “Touch Back Down” and “Deepest Darkness” suggest, Ocean Alley consistently honors the traditional hallmarks of their distinct sound while also giving it a refreshing and exciting new edge. Mitch shares, “It’s no secret that we don’t want to repeat ourselves…there’s a constant sense of improvement, growth and exploration.

Where in the past Ocean Alley cited the influence of 70s mainstays such as Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin, this new album sees the band exploring their musicality by pure instinct. They experiment with muddy ’90s alt-rock on reverb-laden “Changes,” they bring a Commodores-like bluesy slide guitar side to the cruise ballad “Snake Eyes,” while the sultry, haunting “Parking Fines” would pass right in an Interpol file. Lach Galbraith (keyboards/vocals) shares, “Pushing each other to try new things, inside and outside of music, is really important to us to keep things fresh. Musically, our songwriting has become more complex as we explore new styles and recording techniques.

2022 saw Ocean Alley perform 62 shows around the world with a string of international dates and a fall US tour coming up. Earlier in the year their Australian tour sold over 37,000 tickets, followed by extended tours across the UK, New Zealand, Europe and North America where they sold a total of 40,000 tickets.

Despite billing major festivals like Reading & Leeds (UK), Splendor In The Grass (AUS) and Sziget (HU), ARIA Double Platinum certification for their single “Confidence”, which also topped the triple j’s Hottest 100 of 2018 – ARIA Gold certification on five singles and two ARIA Award nominations, it looks like Ocean Alley is just getting started. With 550 million catalog streams under their belt and US accolades from Billboard and American Songwriter, they know who they are and stay true to what serves them.

As leader Baden Donegal explains: “At lower altitudes, being close to the beach is where we all have the most peace. So naming the album Low Altitude Living made a lot of sense. The album title does not necessarily represent any particular song, nor does it tie them all together. But it binds our band to the music. I feel like it’s more of a title that describes why we are like Ocean Alley.

Low Altitude Life Song List:
1. Home
2. Double vision
3. Press Back Down
4. Perfume
5. Drinks and cigars
6. Simple Pleasures
7. Parking fines
8. Changes
9. Deepest Darkness
10. West Coast
11. Snake Eyes
12. Lapwing

Upcoming Tour Dates

10/1: Seattle, WA – Tractor Tavern
10/2: Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge
10/3: Arcata, CA – Arcata Theater Show
10/6: Berkeley, CA – Cornerstone
10/7: Ventura, CA – Ventura Music Hall
9/10: San Luis Obispo, CA – SLO Brew Rock
10/10: San Diego, CA – Music Box
10/11: Anaheim, CA – The Parish of House of Blues Anaheim
10/13: Los Angeles, CA – The Regent Theater
10/14: Santa Cruz, CA – The Catalyst Atrium
10/15: San Francisco, CA – The Independent
10/17: Salt Lake City, Utah – Soundwell
10/18: Englewood, CO – Gothic Theater
10/20: Dallas, TX – Cambridge Hall at House of Blues Dallas
10/21: Houston, TX – Bronze Peacock at House of Blues Houston
10/22: San Antonio, TX – Paper Tiger (small room)
10/23: Austin, Texas – Parish

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Stadium tour proved rock’n’roll isn’t dead, says Rikki Rockett https://steveazarlive.com/stadium-tour-proved-rocknroll-isnt-dead-says-rikki-rockett/ Mon, 12 Sep 2022 12:43:48 +0000 https://steveazarlive.com/stadium-tour-proved-rocknroll-isnt-dead-says-rikki-rockett/ Poison drummer Rikki Rockett argued that the success of the Stadium Tour with Motley Crue, Def Leppard and Joan Jett proved that rock music was not dead. The road trip ended on September 9, with plans for similar performances to take place in other parts of the world next year. The North American race reportedly […]]]>

Poison drummer Rikki Rockett argued that the success of the Stadium Tour with Motley Crue, Def Leppard and Joan Jett proved that rock music was not dead.

The road trip ended on September 9, with plans for similar performances to take place in other parts of the world next year. The North American race reportedly made around $5 million each night.

“Such a crazy summer!” Rockett wrote in a social media post, along with a photo of Poison bowing with a full stadium behind them. “I think we’ve proven that rock ‘n’ roll isn’t dead. Neither does our rock ‘n’ roll brand!

He admitted his band still received criticism for a perceived lack of musical ability, but said the situation was actually “part of our success”. “At the time, jazz people were criticizing rock’n’roll for having players who weren’t competent, while having no idea what makes good rock’n’roll,” a- he noted. “Poison is not a jazz-rock fusion/progressive metal band. Hell, most of the time we’re not even really metal – we’re rock ‘n’ roll.”

His message to those who preferred more complex music was to “enjoy inserting 32nd notes into a song at 150 bpm or whatever floats your boat. Rock ‘n’ roll moves the soul, and if you all hate for it, so that’s cool! We moved souls this summer. I know that. I saw it in the eyes of the fans. Not the reviews. I don’t give a fuck about your reviews. Water it down. of your hate sour cream sauce.

Referring to one of his band’s signature tracks, Rockett signed off, “Nuthin’ but a good time? Absolutely right! Love you all! Until next time, remember: seeing is believing, but to feel is the truth!”

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The 14 Best Fictional Bands You Should Be Listening To Right Now https://steveazarlive.com/the-14-best-fictional-bands-you-should-be-listening-to-right-now/ Fri, 09 Sep 2022 20:45:03 +0000 https://steveazarlive.com/the-14-best-fictional-bands-you-should-be-listening-to-right-now/ We all have our favorite bands. Whether it’s bands you grew up with, bands your parents showed you, or bands you discovered later, we often identify with bands that have meant something important to us in the past. over the years. From posters hanging on our bedroom walls to bands at the top of our […]]]>

We all have our favorite bands. Whether it’s bands you grew up with, bands your parents showed you, or bands you discovered later, we often identify with bands that have meant something important to us in the past. over the years.

From posters hanging on our bedroom walls to bands at the top of our digital playlists, there are myriad acts around the world that have meant so much to so many.

But some of these groups do not exist. Or rather, they are fictional. These are not bands that you can buy tickets for and see them at your local venues. These are bands that were formed in TV shows or movies, but their songs are compelling nonetheless.

Here are the 14 best fictional bands you should be listening to right now.

1. Rhythms

Whether it be Hit a trash can! Drummin’ on a street lamp! Where Oooo-eeeee-oooo! Killer tofu! Where I need more allowance! Why? Because I do! the Beats (aka the fictional group from the Nickelodeon television series, Doug) is one of the biggest bands that ever existed. Who can forget when they arrived at the Honker Burger after Doug and Skeeter couldn’t do the show? All-time classic stuff.

2. The Blues Brothers

The group that made wearing sunglasses famous on stage, The Blues Brothers, a creation of Saturday Night Live, have lived in movies, television and in our hearts. Whether it’s singing lyrics or playing the harmonica, they’re classic.

3. Clash at Demonhead and Sex Bob-omb

Scott Pilgrim vs the World is one of the best films of this century. Not only does it have a great premise (a future boyfriend fighting exes for the love of his life), but it also features incredible music from several fictional bands, two of which are The Clash at Demonhead and Sex Bob-omb. . Rumor has it that Beck wrote many songs for the film. BEC!

4. Crucial Taunt

Possibly the sexiest fictional band of all time, Crucial Taunt was fronted by the great Tia Carrere (aka Cassandra Wong). Who can forget Wayne (of Wayne’s World) fantasize about the band and its lead singer with “Dream Weaver” playing? If Crucial Taunt were a real band, they would be certified platinum.

5. Dewey Cox

Perhaps the most versatile fictional artist, Dewey Cox, has gone through phase after phase in film, walk hard. He went from his folksinger Bob Dylan phase and his cowboy phase to his greaser rock phase. How many Grammy Awards would he have today? Seven? Eleven?

6. Dr. Teeth and Electric Mayhem

The group made famous by The Muppets, Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem is an amalgamation of Dr. John and Janis Joplin with a hint of Jimi Hendrix. If the band were real, they’d probably be in New Orleans right now, playing from noon to midnight, earning tips from locals and awards from around the world.

seven. Hedwig and the Angry Thumb

Over the years, this band has blurred the line between real and fictional given all the stage performances of this standout piece. Hedwig & the Angry Inch features some truly classic songs that have landed on mixtape after mixtape. Rock meets poetry meets heartbreak meets marginalized identity in this standout band.

8. Josie and the Pussycats

This fictional group hit the big screen in the early 2000s. Based on the Archie Comics series and the Hanna-Barbara cartoon, the film features Tara Reid and Rosario Dawson, as well as Parker Posey and more. Although the film was not a huge success, it has since become cult due, in large part, to the music.

9. school of rock

The film that made Jack Black a global star also produced an excellent fictional band. school of rock was a huge hit and propelled its frontman, from the real-life band Tenacious D, to even greater popularity. Black can rock and roll with the best of them.

ten. The Soggy Bottom Boys

The band that made “The Man of Constant Sorrow” a household name, The Soggy Bottom Boys, were so good they helped the film earn multiple Oscar nominations. With classic harmonies and self-deprecating stunts, The Soggy Bottom Boys are a hit then, now, and forever.

11. spinal valve

Perhaps the top of the mountain when it comes to fictional bands, this band, who performed in their own “Mock-u-mentary” or “Rock-u-mentary”, created and broke the mold when it comes to popular groups. which do not actually exist. And there are rumors of a comeback. With a new movie scheduled for 2024.

12. Still water

Feeeever dogggg, scratch my back doooooor! These are the words of the famous fictional group of almost known. Led by Jason Lee (in real life), the group experienced domestic turmoil, acrimony and success for days. The film put rock and roll journalism front and center and Stillwater was in the eye of the tornado.

13. Wonders

Formerly The One-ders, The Wonders was a fictional band led by Tom Hanks as the fictional manager. A Beatle-esque band from the 60s, the group had harmonies, songs that reached the top of the fictional charts, and enough swagger to make teenagers scream. Why? Because of “That Thing You Do”.

14. Riverbottom Nightmare Group

The fictional foil villain group of Emmet Otter Christmas Jugband won first prize in the talent contest, eclipsing Emmet and his mom. But in our hearts, they are the sworn enemy of the only true victor. Even so, the Riverbottom Nightmare Band had hits in this Jim Henson-led holiday classic. (Although we still love Emmet’s song “Barbecue” to his gang.)

Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

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Live At The Linda: “Time Travel” https://steveazarlive.com/live-at-the-linda-time-travel/ Wed, 07 Sep 2022 23:00:00 +0000 https://steveazarlive.com/live-at-the-linda-time-travel/ Jerry Gretzinger is best known in the Capital District as a beloved and highly respected news anchor who spent behind the desk at both WRGB-6 and WNYT-13 in Albany. But what you might not know is that Jerry is also an accomplished crooner. Whether with his Sinatra tribute solo show or with fellow anchors Jessica […]]]>

Jerry Gretzinger is best known in the Capital District as a beloved and highly respected news anchor who spent behind the desk at both WRGB-6 and WNYT-13 in Albany. But what you might not know is that Jerry is also an accomplished crooner. Whether with his Sinatra tribute solo show or with fellow anchors Jessica Layton and Benita Zahn as part of “The Singing Anchors”, it was always a real treat to hear Mr. Gretizinger stepping out from behind the desk and into a live band. This recording is from The Linda’s vault circa 2011, but the sound sounds like it’s straight out of 1961. And fun fact, next time you’re in The Linda, look behind you and a nice picture of Jerry from that gig adorns our back wall. From 2011, here is Jerry Gretzinger, live at the Linda

Next are the Waterboys. The Waterboys are a folk-rock band formed in Edinburgh in 1983 by Scottish musician Mike Scott. The band’s members, past and present, consist mainly of musicians from Scotland, Ireland, Wales and England, with Mike Scott being the constant member throughout the band’s career. They have explored a number of different styles, but their music is mostly a mix of folk music and rock and roll. They disbanded in 1993 when Scott left to pursue a solo career. The band reformed in 2000 and continue to release albums and tour around the world. Scott emphasizes a continuity between The Waterboys and his solo work, saying that “To me, there is no difference between Mike Scott and The Waterboys; they both mean the same thing. They mean me myself and those who are my current musical traveling companions. This group of companions was The Waterboys around 2013, here they are live at the Linda.

Next on our time travel edition of “Live At The Linda” is Jimmy Webb. Jimmy Webb is an American songwriter, composer, and singer known worldwide as a master of his craft. His timeless hits continue to be played and recorded by the biggest names in the industry, and his new compositions span the musical spectrum from classical to pop. Last year, his “Wichita Lineman” was on the set list of three major artist tours – Guns N’ Roses, Little Big Town and Toby Keith – and featured prominently in an episode of the Netflix series Ozark. . Few artists can say they created a classic nocturne and had a rap hit with Kanye West (“Do What You Gotta Do” a middle hook in “Famous”) in the same year, but Jimmy’s career is full of surprises. Since his first platinum disc “The Worst That Could Happen”, Webb has had many hits, including “Up, Up and Away”, “By the Time I Get to Phoenix”, “Wichita Lineman”, “Galveston”, ” Highwayman”, “All I Know” and “MacArthur Park”, and also became a leader and mentor in the industry as a champion songwriter.

Thank you for staying with us this week. Join us next week for a preview of upcoming shows here at The Linda. For more information about The Linda or any upcoming events, follow us on TwitterFacebook and Instagram, or visit thelinda.org.

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Jackson Browne delivers a stellar Hall of Fame performance at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles https://steveazarlive.com/jackson-browne-delivers-a-stellar-hall-of-fame-performance-at-the-greek-theater-in-los-angeles/ Mon, 05 Sep 2022 20:11:41 +0000 https://steveazarlive.com/jackson-browne-delivers-a-stellar-hall-of-fame-performance-at-the-greek-theater-in-los-angeles/ NEW YORK, NEW YORK – MARCH 10: Jackson Browne performs live at the Sixth Annual LOVE ROCKS … [+] NYC Benefit Concert For God’s Love We Deliver at the Beacon Theater on March 10, 2022 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for LOVE ROCKS NYC/God’s Love We Deliver) Getty Images for LOVE […]]]>

What do Jackson Browne’s masterful nearly three-hour play at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles and St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols’ pursuit of 700 career homers have in common? Much more than you think.

Browne and Pujols, early in their Hall of Fame careers (Pujols is not yet inducted, but is a surefire first ballot member, and Browne is in both the Rock And Roll and Songwriter’s Hall of Fame) , were perennial MVP candidates at the absolute peak of their craft.

The two enjoyed immediate success – Pujols won Rookie of the Year in 2001, while Browne hit the top ten with the hit single “Doctor My Eyes” – and followed that up with more than a decade of subsequent dominance.

But that kind of spike in popularity is largely unsustainable, and the two have settled into becoming silent superstars. For Browne, the turning point came during the time of 1986’s highly underrated Live in balance album. After four consecutive top ten albums and seven consecutive platinum certifications, Browne’s voice has become much more political. Live in balance and the album failed to reach the top ten and went gold.

There were some wonderful moments, including the poignant “Heart-Shaped” story, one of the highlights of the Greek show. And that brings us to the present day. Just as Pujols captivated and reminded fans of his status as one of the all-time greats with his recent resurgence that earned him nearly 700 career home runs, Browne and his stellar group have done the same to the Greek, reminding everyone that there’s a hell of a reason Bruce Springsteen inducted him into Rock Hall in 2004.

Opening with the 1982 top ten “Somebody’s Baby”, from Fast times at Ridgemont HighBrowne has traveled a long tapestry of hits and timeless album cuts.

The songs he can draw on have shown anyone who might have forgotten that Browne is among the elite of great American songwriters of the past 50 years. Just the three songs he performed from the classic late for the sky album – the hauntingly cut title, one of the greatest breakup songs ever composed; the superb “Fountain Of Sorrow” and the elegiac “For A Dancer”, my vote for the greatest song about death of all time – would be enough to show why he is in the Songwriters Hall Of Fame.

There were countless other highlights though. The show was split into two sets with a brief intermission. In the first set, some of the standout moments included “Rock Me On The Water,” the charming “The Barricades Of Heaven,” last year’s rocking title track. Descent from everywhere album and the set is getting closer, a superb cover of “I Am A Patriot” by Steven Van Zandt, where Browne had fun with the lyrics. In the song where Van Zandt wrote, “I’m not a Republican,” Browne added, “Obviously,” in this version, prompting laughs. And he added: “I am not homophobic” among other things. However, for me, the highlight of the first set was the rarely played “That Girl Could Sing”, an underrated chestnut from the 1980s Resistant album.

Watching Browne perform “That Girl Could Sing” and “Fountain Of Sorrow” in the first set reminded me of the current Eagles Hotel California round. Just as Eagles fans come for the title track and “Life In The Fast Lane” and then see “Wasted Time” and “The Last Resort” and remember the incredible depth and depth of the band’s catalog, fans come see “Doctor My Eyes” and “Running On Empty” were shown. Browne’s catalog is more than just hits.

That doesn’t mean, however, that the hits haven’t been a big part of the night. The main set ended with an absolutely raucous and joyous “Running On Empty”, delivered as a triumphant celebration of the song’s 45-year history as a centerpiece of Browne’s live show.

Leading up to this was a festival of hits, including “The Pretender”, “Doctor My Eyes”, “Late For The Sky”, and “Redneck Friend”, among others. Each of these songs was performed with the combination of the fervor of an ever-hungry new band and the experience and wisdom of an artist who has lived more than 40 years from these songs. This was especially true of the amazing ” These Days,” the song Browne pointed to was the earliest he had played.

Equally impressive was a sweet rendition he played of the recent “The Dreamer,” a song celebrating immigrants. It was another Pujolsque moment, as he showed that even if recent albums haven’t received the same attention as previous works, he can still knock them out of the park.

It was one of the best messages of that evening. Sure, Browne is a legend, but he doesn’t live in the past. He is still a vibrant force in music in 2022.

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Olivia Rodrigo says it was ‘such an honor’ to perform with ‘one of the best living songwriters’ Billy Joel [WATCH] https://steveazarlive.com/olivia-rodrigo-says-it-was-such-an-honor-to-perform-with-one-of-the-best-living-songwriters-billy-joel-watch/ Sat, 03 Sep 2022 16:07:22 +0000 https://steveazarlive.com/olivia-rodrigo-says-it-was-such-an-honor-to-perform-with-one-of-the-best-living-songwriters-billy-joel-watch/ Billy Joel surprised fans at a recent concert (August 24) by performing with a special guest. Guest Joel Olivia Rodrigue to sing her hit “Uptown Girl”. The pair also mixed their vocals on Rodrigo’s song, “deja vu.” “I’m going to raise another young musician,” Joel said as he introduced Rodrigo from his place at his […]]]>

Billy Joel surprised fans at a recent concert (August 24) by performing with a special guest. Guest Joel Olivia Rodrigue to sing her hit “Uptown Girl”. The pair also mixed their vocals on Rodrigo’s song, “deja vu.”

“I’m going to raise another young musician,” Joel said as he introduced Rodrigo from his place at his piano. “She’s a very talented singer-songwriter. She’s a Grammy winner. She’s won a Billboard award. She’s got the American Music Award. She’s got all kinds of awards. She’s very talented, and um, I love his music and so do my kids. Please say hi to Olivia Rodrigo,” he continued.

Rodrigo came onstage to the roars of the crowd before looking at Joel and saying, “Thank you so much for having me, Billy. I am a big fan.

The pair then teamed up with Rodrigo’s “déjà vu,” which checks out Joel’s name and his song “Uptown Girl” in the second verse.

When Rodrigo got to the lyrics that referenced Joel, she pointed to the singer, who started laughing while still seated behind the piano.

After the song’s conclusion, Joel stood up from his piano bench and said they were going to sing “the song that was referenced in the last song”. Joel kicked off “Uptown Girl”, with Rodrigo joining in the lyrics, “she lives in her white bread world”.

The couple continued the song by sharing a brief hug when they finished.

Rodrigo reacted to the experience, writing on his Instagram story, “I SINGED WITH BILLY JOEL AT MADISON SQUARE GARDEN TODAY, YOU KIDDING.” She also shared a photo of her and Joel backstage, calling the event “the greatest honor ever,” according to Audacity. “I’m still crying, thank you Billy!!!!!!!,” she added.

In a subsequent post to his Instagram feed, Rodrigo shared a carousel post of memorable snaps from the night, including a sign taped to his dressing room that read “Olivia, you were epic!!!”

Joel will return to Madison Square Garden on September 9 and again in October, November and December for his monthly residency. Meanwhile, Rodrigo enveloped her DEAF TOUR back in July.

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Barbie doll pays tribute to Cuban-American singer Gloria Estefan https://steveazarlive.com/barbie-doll-pays-tribute-to-cuban-american-singer-gloria-estefan/ Fri, 02 Sep 2022 17:50:25 +0000 https://steveazarlive.com/barbie-doll-pays-tribute-to-cuban-american-singer-gloria-estefan/ Renowned Cuban-American singer, songwriter, producer and actress Gloria Estefan was honored with her very own Barbie doll. The Latina artist shared the social media news thursday morning as she celebrated her 65th birthday. The doll wears animal print thigh-high boots and a black jacket with gold jewel accents – all inspired by her 1989 hit […]]]>

Renowned Cuban-American singer, songwriter, producer and actress Gloria Estefan was honored with her very own Barbie doll.

The Latina artist shared the social media news thursday morning as she celebrated her 65th birthday. The doll wears animal print thigh-high boots and a black jacket with gold jewel accents – all inspired by her 1989 hit music video “Get on Your Feet,” according to a statement from Mattel. Currently, the doll is sold out on the company’s website.

Gloria Estefan Barbie doll.Mattel Creations

Estefan told People magazine that she was thrilled to have a doll that reflected her culture and identity. The artist also said the doll is a testament to her successful career.

“Ravi is pretty much the word,” Estefan told People on Thursday. “I got every award you could imagine. But somehow it was so special to me, maybe because I’ve been playing with Barbie since I was a kid, a little girl, and she’s an American icon.

Affectionately known as the “Queen of Latin Music,” Estefan has won seven Grammy Awards and is a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

“To see them celebrate my image, my career and my culture on my birthday…it’s really special,” she added.

Estefan, who was born in Cuba and later moved to Miami with her family, rose to fame in the United States in the 1980s after several popular songs, including “Don’t want to lose you”, “Rhythm is Gonna Get you ” and ” 1-2-3.

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