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First of all, I want to say that ever since I was a child, I have loved your music. However, you have a cooking show. I am

Wrong Side of Memphis

confused and would like to see you live, not cooking mind you, but singing.

I would love to see you at the Rodeo or the Sam Houston Racepark with hundreds of others singing in unison, both drunk and sober, to She’s In Love With the Boy, and plenty more. Bottom line: you are a legend.

However, you need to tour more. More specifically – please come to Houston sometime soon.

 

 


Pat Benatar, live, 2007-09-07

So I have come to the conclusion that, in this life, my 1st few dream concert tours will never happen. What is it you ask? The Beatles with Jimi Hendrix or Big Brother and the Holding Company with Amy Winehouse and Axl Rose. Sadly about 1/3 of these people are dead (John Lennon, George Harrison, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, and Amy Winehouse) and one is a bit bipolar and LOVES to cause fights.

However, one could happen with lots of wishful thinking: a tour with Heart, Pat Benatarand Stevie Nicks – the queens of rock and

roll! They could call it the Wild Hearts, Lovemongers, and Heartbreakers tour.

Could you imagine what their setlists would be? Here’s what I think it would be:

Pat Benatar

  1. Invincible
  2. You Better Run
  3. In the Heat of the Night (with Stevie Nicks)
  4. Go
  5. Diamond Fields
  6. Treat Me Right
  7. We Live For Love
  8. We Belong (with Nancy Wilson on acoustic guitar)
  9. Anxiety (Get Nervous)
  10. Heartbreaker
  11. Hell is for Children
  12. No You Don’t

Stevie Nicks

  1. Stand Back
  2. Outside the Rain
  3. Gypsy
  4. Secret Love
  5. Ghosts are Gone
  6. Wild Heart (Heart joins her for a duet)
  7. Stop Draggin My Heart Around
  8.  Enchanted
  9. How Still My Love
  10. Talk To Me
  11. No Spoken Word
  12. Edge of Seventeen (Pat Benatar joins her for a duet)

Heart

  1. Wild Child
  2. WTF
  3. Never
  4. Will You Be There (In the Morning)
  5. These Dreams (acoustic version with Nancy on mandolin)
  6. Magic Man
  7. Cook with Fire
  8. Straight On (Pat Benatar joins them onstage for a duet)
  9. Dog and Butterfly (Stevie joins them for a duet)
  10. Immigrant Song (Led Zepplin cover)
  11. Crazy On You
  12.  Barracuda

I have come to the conclusion that the city of Houston and surrounding areas of Galveston and Lake Jackson Freeport needs a music festival. Yes I know we have the Free Press Summer Fest and all and that is great. I am in no way bashing them. However, I think we need something much bigger. When I say bigger, as far as festivals go, I mean something on the scale of the original Woodstock festival and Us Festivals.

One thing that often plauges Houston during the summer is the heat. Every year we have  100% humidity. This past year, we had a record-breaking triple digit summer that brought on a drought.

However, outdoor concerts and venues, despite the heat, are still very popular. Every year, Free Press Summerfest brings in hordes of crowds from all over the country. Also, there are many concerts at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavillion, as well as free concerts at places like Miller Outdoor Theater, Eleanor Tinsley Park and Discovery Green.

Also, the beach is quite nice to go to during the summer.

So what am I proposing? A festival on or near the beach. It would be called “Beachfest” and it would take place on or near the beaches of Galveston or Lake Jackson Freeport.

It would be like the Us Festival meets Woodstock at East Beach – the largest beach in Galveston. It would have specified days for each act – much like the Us Festival did. It would take place either at the very beginning of summer or near Labor day over the course of 3 days.

If this were to happen, each day would be as follows:

Coming up! (day 1)

This would be a day for up and comers. One day, they shall be big – least I think they will! It would also include indie bands and local talent too.

  1.  Ellie Goulding
  2. Foster the People
  3. Jay-z
  4. Beyonce
  5. Lecrae
  6. Florence + the Machine
  7. No Doubt
  8. Janet Jackson
  9. P!ink
  10. Them Crooked Vultures

blast from the past and future (day 2)

On this day, we would have obscure rock bands that were once hits but aren’t anymore. Kinda like a mini “80’s Rewind” Festival – or 90’s. Also we would feature up and comers too.

  1. Breakfast with the Phish (as in the band Phish)
  2. Missing Persons
  3. Animotion
  4. A Flock of Seagulls
  5. Jars of Clay
  6. Toad the Wet Sprocket
  7. Vertical Horizon
  8. The Offspring
  9. Everclear
  10. Fatboy Slim
  11. The B-52’s

Legends of rock (day 3)

This would have to be sponsored by 93.7 the Arrow.

  1. Heart
  2. Peter Frampton
  3. Pat Benatar
  4. Lenny Kravitz
  5. Aerosmith
  6. Van Halen
  7. Fleetwood Mac
  8. Stevie Nicks
  9. Def Leppard
  10. Bon Jovi

Let’s make Houston one hard-rockin’ place again!

 


Madonna rocked the house!

However we wonder, who is going to be at the next Superbowl halftime show? Tell us who you want!

Česky: Madonna English: Madonna

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English: Sheryl Crow at Houston Livestock show...

Sheryl Crow at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo in 2007

If you have lived in Houston, TX for any length of time, you will know that every year in the spring the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo comes every single year. Also, every year they have the top acts within country, pop, r&b, and tejano. It also includes such things as a trail ride, where people ride in from various outskirts of Houston and camp out in memorial park, a calf scramble, a carnival, honkey tonk with live music and of course, the main stage where all the headliners go.

Some of these past perfomers have included Trace Adkins, Reba McEntire, Beyonce, Bon Jovi, Cheap Trick, Ray Charles, Dixie Chicks, Vince Gill, Amy Grant, Jackson 5, Janet Jackson, Los Kumbia Kings, KISS (yes you just heard me say KISS was at the rodeo!), Petra, REO Speedwagon, Willie Nelson, Darius Rucker (former lead vocalist for Hootie and the Blowfish), the late tejano legend Selena, Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Randy Travis, Trisha Yearwood, Taylor Swift, Gretchen Wilson, and the Zach Brown Band.

Quite a lineup has come over time don’t you think?

This year’s lineup includes the following:

  • Alabama
  • Kid Rock (don’t miss)
  • Lady Antebellum
  • John Legend
  • Luke Bryan
  • Big Time Rush with China Ann Maclean
  • Eli Young Band
  • Enrique Iglesias
  • Blake Shelton
  • ZZ Top (don’t miss)
  • Reba McEntire (don’t miss)
  • Chris Young
  • Duelo
  • Zach Brown Band
  • Miranda Lambert (don’t miss)
  • The Band Perry
  • Jason Aldean
  • Train
  • Brad Paisley
  • Alan Jackson

However, if I were in charge of the lineup I would add a few more people:

  • Trisha Yearwood
  • Gretchen Wilson
  • Casting Crowns (for a special KSBJ day or go Christian day)
  • Jeff Foxworthy, Bill Engvall, and Jerry Seinfeld for a special entitled “North meets south and all in between” comedy special)

In the mid-80’s rocker Stevie Nicks was at the top of her game with her multiplatinum-selling albums (1981’s Bella Donna &  1983’s The Wild Heart). However, by 1986, her “game” was being threatened by a deadly cocaine habit which greatly affected her then-latest album, Rock A Little, and its subsequent tour. Her 1986 concert, Stevie Nicks: Live At Red Rocks chronicles her concert at the beautiful Red Rocks Ampitheater tucked away inside the Colorado Rocky Mountains in Denver.

While this dvd is far from Nicks’ worst performance, it’s not up to par with her post-drugs performances such as her 2009 dvd: Live in Chicago. Nevertheless, there are some redeemable parts of this concert. For example, she opens the show with the Bella Donna-era classic, Outside the Rain with a nice fade-into her Fleetwood Mac classic Dreams. 

However, one of the best parts of the concert is when she performs Talk To Me from 1985’s Rock A Little. Her vocals sound amazing just as they do on the album.

One of the cutest moments of the film is after Has Anyone Ever Written Anything For You. Someone in the audience releases a white-winged dove. The dove is then handed to Nicks (who tries to get the bird to speak into the mic) and she tries to release it, but the bird doesn’t leave.

Unfortunately Nicks’s performance of No Spoken Word is an absolute disaster in both sound and film. The closeups of her face are obviously retouched due to her drug issues. She looks tired. Additionally, her vocals sound tired. It gets even worse with Beauty and the Beast. On the ever-popular Edge of Seventeen, she performs a completely unnecessary vocal solo. At times, she even looks like she’s, as the great George Costanza once said on Seinfeld, in “a full-fledged body heave set to music.”

Overall, it’s an okay dvd due to the fact that it contains rarer songs that Nicks nowadays doesn’t perform live. However, it shows her in the worst part of her drug-fueled days. Fortunately after this tour she checked into rehab and has been off cocaine ever since.

B-.


 

Change of Heart (Tom Petty and the Heartbreake...

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Announce 2012 Tour | Music News | Rolling Stone.

Yes yes yes yes yes! It looks like 2012-2013 are going to have some pretty amazing concerts because Tom Petty has announced that he and the Heartbreakers will indeed be touring in 2012.

The Wild Heart wonders who he will be bringing along with him. Perhaps old pal Stevie Nicks? Sheryl Crow? Maybe he will bring an up and-comer like Foster the People?


The air was cool and crisp. The crowd was enthusiastic and receptive at the Concert Pub & Grill last Saturday night on Richmond Ave in Houston, TX as bands Nightbird – Stevie Nicks Tribute took the stage for a benefit for the MD Anderson Children’s Cancer Hospital.

Nightbird opened the evening with the Rumours-era classic The Chain. However, the magic started when lead singer Brooke Alyson launched into an enchanting version of Dreams followed by the equally enchanting Silver Springs. Silver Springs was originally slated for thehe Rumours album. However, due to the time allotted on the LP, the song didn’t make the cut. Over time though, it has had a second life in the form of the track’s presence on the Fleetwood Mac reunion album, 1997’s The Danceas well as the 2001 and 2001 remastered re-releases.

One of the highlights of the evening was lead guitarist’s Adam Walton’s interpretation of I’m So Afraid. It sounds hauntingly great as the version heard on The Dance. Walton’s vocals well capture the fear of the song, which makes it a classic.

Alyson mysteriously disappeared offstage for a bit as the band played on but then reappeared in true Stevie-style for the megahit Stand Back. Alyson shines brightly in her portrayal of the Fleetwood Mac frontwoman.

Nightbird’s faithfulness to the music of Fleetwood Mac shines on their rendition of Tusk, where drummer Jason Phillips gave a searing drum solo. Though they did not have a marching band at their disposal, keyboardist Kelli Thompson showed off her technical expertise of her instrument very nicely on the resounding chorus “don’t say that you love me/just tell me that you want me/ TUSK!”

The band also shows their expert knowledge of Ms. Nicks’ vast musical catalogue when they pulled out a deep track from 1979’s Tusk album called Sisters of the Moon, where bassist Wolff DeLong and drummer Jason Phillips bring out the mystic of the song.

Nightbird’s set came to a beautiful end with their rendition of Rhiannon. Keyboardist Kelli Thompson opened the song with a beautiful piano intro, coupled with the ever-familiar “Rhiannon rings like a bell through the night and wouldn’t you love to love her.” If, like Ms. Nicks, Nightbird wanted to “leave the audience with a kiss” (as Nicks herself said during the encore of her last show in Houston), they left the audience with one enchanting kiss.


If you love to give to during the holiday season and you love artists like Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, Stevie Nicks, and Fleetwood Mac your perfect chance has arrived! Jame’s Rivera’s Sabbath Judas Sabbath – The Ultimate Black Sabbath & Judas Priest Tribute along with Nightbird – a Fleetwood Mac and Stevie Nicks Tribute, will be performing tonite from 8 pm – 2 am at the Concert Pub & Grill located at 5636 Richmond Ave. (at Chimney Rock), Houston, TX 77057 to benefit for the Children’s Cancer Hospital at MD Anderson Cancer Center. Admission is a Christmas toy or $10 which will go towards the charity.

There will also be a raffle featuring many items including things donated by the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund, former NFL Quarterback Dan Pastorini and many others.

In fact, the Wild Heart will be there and I have 5 reasons why you need to come if you live in either Houston, Atascocita, Kingwood, Katy, Sugarland, Spring, Cypress, and all those other suburbs:

  1. Cancer sucks! Not only does cancer affect the individual both physically and emotionally, but it affects their loved ones. I had a friend in college whose mother went through a few fights with cancer. It did take a toll on my friend. Thankfully her mother is alive and well today.
  2. Children with cancer is already a hard thing to digest mentally, emotionally and for the parent – physically. Why not help eradicate cancer by giving to one of the best cancer facilities in the world so they can get rid of this horrible disease?
  3. Nightbird always puts on a great show. They are not to be missed!
  4. Sabbath Judas Sabbath – dream lineup for a tour for any metal head! Metal heads, you cannot go wrong with this one!
  5. In the words of the famous philosopher Forrest Gump, raffles are “like a box of chocolate. You never know what you’re gonna get.”

Magic Kingdom

Disney is a pretty cool place. Why can't they totally rock out?

It’s no secret that the Wild Heart loves is all things related to Disney. Disney ROCKS when it comes to good art, animation, and just making people feel like kids again. My childhood would not be complete without such films like The Little Mermaid, Oliver and Co., Beauty and the Beast, Toy Story and even Aladdin. The songs only made the films better.

As I wrote about earlier, Disney has a pretty interesting relationship with rock & roll and Broadway. However, one way I was thinking about earlier is how they have a Contemporary Christian music festival every year called “Night of Joy.” Night of Joy is one big festival that requires a separate ticket that takes place in the Magic Kingdom.

So as I was thinking today while watching a YouTube video about Epcot Center was this: what about a rock festival or concert series that incorporates both rockers past and present? Like Night of Joy, it would be a separate ticket event. However, it would dwarf Night of Joy in the form of 3 stages sometime over Memorial Day Weekend in May. There would be 3 stages that are active on 3 nights. The 3 stages would be set for different types of artists:

  • The disney stars stage would happen at the Magic Kingdom. Picture this: your young daughter is a big fan of Selena Gomez from Wizards of Waverly Place. What wouldn’t be more magical for your young daughter than to see her at night at the Magic Kingdom along with some of her other favorite Disney stars?
  • The Legends stage would be held at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. It would feature such legends of rock as Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo, Paul Simon, Heart, Aerosmith, Jackson Browne, Sheryl Crow, Journey, Stevie Nicks, Sammy Hagar, etc. Better yet, to make it a bit more kid-friendly, these legends would be introduced by a current Disney Channel star so that it may be an easier thing for the younger kids to digest. In essence “this is what mom and dad listen to.”
  • The Disney Rocks! stage would consist of current rock artists who would be rockin’ either the Animal Kingdom or Epcot. The artist roster would be a who’s who of current rock artists such as the Kings Of Leon, Green Day, Florence and the Machine, Ellie Goulding, Foster the People, etc.

Better yet, they could even sell some special edition trade pins with the artists on them either featuring a classic album cover of the artist but, in place of the artist have either Mickey or Minnie. Or you could have a picture of the artist in a pose (Paul Simon with his guitar singing to an animated Mickey Mouse, Donald getting serenaded by Ellie Goulding, Mickey making faces at the Kings of Leon, etc) or Mickey, Minnie, Donald, and Goofy paying tribute to a well-known album. These would all be limited edition pins.

What do you think of this idea?