I Wanna Rock!

This past weekend the latest inductees were welcomed into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Some of the Band Wives and guys took a road trip to Cleveland to hit up the RRHOF and margarita flights (at Nueva Modern Mexican and Tequila Bar)!

Inspired by my hours immersed in rock history, here are some great performances from my favorite inductees!

 

Stop Draggin My Heart Around by Stevie Nicks (inducted 2019) featuring Tom Petty (inducted with The Heartbreakers in 2002)

I’ll kick it off with a song from the class of 2019, the first woman to be inducted twice, the first time with her group Fleetwood Mac. As luck would have it it also includes one of my other faves, Tom Petty!

 

Brother Love’s Traveling Salvation Show by Neil Diamond (inducted 2011)

When I was growing up, Hot August Night was easily the most played album in my house. Every one of us had their own favorite song from the Hot August Night live double album recorded live from the Greek Theater. Mine was the mashup of Brother Love and Soolaimon. Hallelujah!

 

Can’t Stand Losing You by The Police (inducted 2003)

I have loved listening to The Police since my brother’s college days, and my favorite song comes from very early on in their career, from the Outlandos d’Amour album.

 

 

You Should Be Dancing by the Bee Gees (inducted 1997)

This song brings me right back to high school. This video is really cool because Andy Gibb is also singing in it. I may not have John Travolta’s dance moves, but I start to groove as soon as I hear the opening notes! For those who think the Bee Gees just disco, look them up and you realize they had quite a spectacular career.

 

God Only Knows by the Beach Boys (inducted 1998)

I searched through several different videos for this song before choosing this, bittersweet because although Carl looks blissful while performing it, Brian seems wooden. After watching Love and Mercy, I realize the pain and listlessness Brian felt and in this video it is visible and heartbreaking.

 

Somebody To Love by Queen (inducted 2001)

It may seem silly that my favorite memory of this is in the kids movie Happy Feet, but it’s true. The drama and angst and harmonies are all representative of this amazing band.

 

When Will I Be Loved by Linda Ronstadt (inducted 2013)

It’s become tradition for the Band Wives to perform at our annual festival, Bands On The Run. Joanne (and the other wives as backup) knocked this song out of the park last year (thanks to the guys for always backing us up!) Here’s Linda doing it:

 

Already Gone by the Eagles (inducted 1998)

And of course you need to follow up Linda with her former back up band, The Eagles. As many of you already know, my favorite Eagles song is Already Gone, which is in standard rotation whenever the band plays out. Although a bit grainy, I love how the guys are having so much fun!!

 

Can’t Help Falling In Love by Elvis Presley (inducted 1986)

I have been an Elvis fan from way back. There are so many more songs of his that were influential in rock and roll and gospel and blues, but the one of love the most is this one. Here’s the Elvis I will always remember, young and vibrant and charismatic:

 

Helplessly Hoping by Crosby, Stills & Nash (inducted 1997)

This song showcases their harmonies like no other, in my opinion. Day Ja Voo plays it with just one guitar and three gorgeous voices, This reaches deep into my soul whenever I hear it.

 

I Wanna Hold Your Hand by The Beatles (inducted 1988)

With hundreds of songs, it was really hard to narrow down what to select. For me, it came down to one that was early and easily recognizable. Look at those fresh faces and raw talent! Ladies and gentlemen: The Beatles!

 

 

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Everywhere You Look…Come Home To Fuller House

Tonight I was channel surfing and my remote landed on Nick at Nite and the 90’s sitcom, Full House. It was the two-part series finale, where Michelle gets amnesia. There are other storylines included, with Jesse doing too many things and not getting any of them right, DJ deciding to not go to her prom, and Stephanie trying get a guy from drama class to kiss her. In the end, Michelle gets her memory back, Jesse learns his lesson about focusing on what is important, Steph gets kissed, and DJ gets to go to the prom with her boyfriend Steve. Touching speeches are made, and there are Tanner family hugs for everyone!

I loved Full House.  A bit older than the intended audience, that did not stop me from watching Full House most Friday nights.  I worked as a group home night counselor for teenage girls.  We watched together and they loved the TGIF lineup, even though their lives were a far cry from the kids in their cushy surroundings on TV each week. The drama, angst, goofiness, and laughter of the original series still make people laugh today, and the powers that be tell us there will be more of the same in the new Netflix series Fuller House, available on February 26.

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Want To Be The Ultimate Show Biz Manager? You Need Jimmy Fallon

If you are looking to be the ultimate manager, you need Jimmy Fallon in your back pocket. Looking to reboot a TV  series?  Recreate a very special moment from the original show in a skit on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.  Promoting a new album?  Show off your mad skills with the Wheel of Musical Impressions.  Want to cement your place in pop culture history?  Dance your heart out (again) with a flash mob style performance of your iconic movie dance sequence.  Want to hook the cool kids?  Try out a new app with Jimmy on the show.  Jump start your career by getting a shot on Jimmy’s show. Here are some of my favorite spots (so far) from Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

Footloose entrance with Kevin Bacon

Here is Kevin Bacon’s Tonight Show entrance, dancing to two of the most popular songs from his 1984 movie FootlooseNever performed by Moving Pictures and Footloose performed by Kenny Loggins.  The movie was released long before anyone ever even thought of playing ‘Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon’.

 

Full House reunion on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

Bob Saget, Dave Coulier, and John Stamos all came to wish Jimmy luck on his move to the Tonight Show in this skit recreating a scene from a very special episode of Full House back in the 80’s. Love the hair and catch phrases…and the Teddy Bear Song!!  And there always was a lesson, wasn’t there?   I am looking forward to 2016’s Fuller House.

 

Jesse and the Rippers

Six months earlier, on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, was the reunion of one of the best fictional bands I have ever seen, Jesse and the Rippers with frontman Jesse Katsopolis (John Stamos).  The band performed the biggest hits of their career:  Forever (cover from The Beach Boys), Little Sister (cover from Elvis Presley, jesse’s idol), Hippy Hippy Shake (the Beatles perfomed this is 1963), and Everywhere You Look (the theme song from Full House).  Thoroughly enjoyable.

 

Jimmy Went To High School At Bayside with the Saved By The Bell cast (Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Dennis Haskins, Tiffani-Amber Thiessen, Elizabeth Berkley, and Mario Lopez)

This was a clever skit transporting everyone back to Saturday morning TV and the lives of the kids at Bayside High.  When Zack called a time out, it brought me right back!  It really was amazing that all these years later, they looked very much like the characters they played 25 years ago.  The inside jokes are super fun, too (I especially liked the one about Elizabeth Berkley being a stripper).

 

Lip Sync with Emma Stone

IMHO the best performance of any of the lip syncs I have seen on the Tonight Show.  Jimmy starts out strong with Fancy by Iggy Azelea, but then Emma kills it, with Blues Traveler’s Hook. It was amazing!!  Mr. Roboto by Styx was Jimmy’s second selection and it was well done, but then Emma closed with DJ Khaled’s All I Do Is Win and boy, did she ever!!  Epic.

 

Daniel Radcliffe performs Blackakicious’ Alphabet Aerobics

I had never heard Alphabet Aerobics.  I doubt that anyone can do it as well as Harry Potter did here.  Flawless.

 

Wheel of Musical Impressions with Christina Aguilera

I have seen some fun Wheel of Musical Impressions, but I do love Christina, so that’s the clip I am sharing.  Her impressions of Cher and Britney were dead on.  Jimmy did just as impressive a job as David Bowie and then Michael McDonald.  Also fun to check out is Ariana Grande’s ;ip sync clip (find it on youtube) where she impersonates Britney and then Christina!

 

Dubsmash with Selena Gomez

I had never heard of Dubsmash before I searched it for this post, and does it look fun!!  I will have to try it out and post it.  Here is Jimmy and Selena with scenes from movies and commercials, then one of Selena’s own songs, Same Old Love.

 

Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Neil Young sing Fancy

And finally, I do love Jimmy Fallon musical impressions.  Neil Young, James Taylor, Bruce Springsteen, and a cast of thousands (so it seems).  e has a knack for pairing songs with unlikely performers.  My favorite is Jimmy doing Neil Young singing Iggy Azelea’s Fancy, where he is joined by Crosby, Stills, and Nash.  So many years later and those guys are still in harmony!!

 

 

Who’s Singing, Isn’t That (fill in the blank) ?

While researching a fun post about one hit wonders of the 70’s, I noticed songs from several actors on the list.  It made me curious.  Which came first, the acting fame or the singing??  I set out to find some intel on these people.

Easy Come, Easy Go by Bobby Sherman

I’m starting with one of my teen crushes, Bobby Sherman.  Bobby was a singer long before he was an actor.  It wasn’t unti his role as shy, stammering Jeremy on Here Come The Brides that he was rocketed to superstardom.   Eventually, after guest-starring on an episode of Emergency, he left the acting spotlight and became an EMT.  Here he is, with that killer smile, singing Easy Come, Easy Go.

 

The Night the Lights Went Out In Georgia by Vicki Lawrence

My friends and I were just talking about this song a couple of weeks ago.  We decided it was the ultimate in cheesy 70’s music.  Vicki was an established comedienne and actress long before she made musical history with her one and only hit song.  Fun fact: the musicians playing in the song are the popular studio musicians knows as The Wrecking Crew.   I found a great video of Vicki and Reba McIntyre singing the hit, which Reba covered in the 90’s.

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Love and Mercy

My very first rock concert was The Beach Boys at SPAC (Saratoga Performing Arts Center) when I was in my early teens (this was around 1972, for those of you who are trying to do the math.)  I attended a program for inner city kids at Vincent House (one of the local community centers), where I met Maureen, a college student from LeMoyne who volunteered there.  She invited a friend and I to travel home with her to Albany for the night.  It was exciting to travel overnight with someone not in my family but the thing I remember most about the trip was the slightly nauseous feeling I had that night after leaving the concert.  Now I know it was from all the pot smoking.

The next time I paid any attention to the Beach Boys, other than singing to their songs on top 40 radio,  was when they guest starred on Full House in the 80’s.  Who didn’t love the TGIF lineup?  I really doesn’t matter how implausible the plot was, it was just good fun to see the guys joke with the Tanner clan (and watching them ‘act’ was pretty funny.)  Here are the Tanners singing with the Beach Boys at a concert:

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