CANCELLED: Damien Escobar at The Egg

November 7th, 2017, 10:00 am by Greg

The concert by Queens hip-hop-meets-classical violinist Damien Escobar – originally slated for The Egg in Albany at 8pm on Wednesday, December 13 – has been cancelled. Refunds are available at the place of purchase.

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CANCELLED: “My Paradoxical Knives” @ EMPAC at RPI

November 6th, 2017, 10:00 am by Greg

Due to visa processing delays stemming from current federal immigration policy, Iranian artist Ali Moini will be unable to travel to EMPAC at RPI in Troy for his scheduled Thursday (November 9) performance of My Paradoxical Knives.

To honor Moini’s work in his absence, EMPAC will be hosting a free reception on Thursday, featuring the set of My Paradoxical Knives and a conversation with Moini (via Skype), collaborator Fred Rodriguez and curator Ashley Ferro-Murray.

Since spring of 2017, EMPAC has sought travel visas for Ali Moini and Mohammad Reza Mortazavi, both Iranian nationals (living in Paris and Berlin respectively) and highly respected artists within the international community. Both applications are currently tied up by processing delays at the US Department of State.

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CANCELLED: John Lodge @ The Egg

October 20th, 2017, 12:00 pm by Greg
John Lodge

John Lodge

Photograph by Andrzej Pilarczyk

John Lodge of the Moody Blues was slated to bring his 10,000 Light Years Tour to The Egg’s Hart Theatre on Saturday, October 28, but the concert has been cancelled due to “scheduling conflicts.” Refunds are available at the place of purchase…

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RIP: Tom Petty, 1950-2017

October 2nd, 2017, 4:51 pm by Greg
Tom Petty at SPAC, 8/27/2010 by Martin Benjamin

Tom Petty at SPAC, 8/27/2010. Photo by Martin Benjamin

Photographs by Martin Benjamin, Andrzej Pilarczyk

Tom Petty suffered a full cardiac arrest and was found unconscious and not breathing in his Malibu home on Sunday night (October 1). He was taken to UCLA Santa Monica Hospital and put on life support. He died on Monday night at age 66.

The singer-guitarist-songwriter and bandleader of Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers recorded such hits as “American Girl,” “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around,” “Breakdown,” “Listen to Her Heart,” “Don’t Come Around Here No More,” “I Won’t Back Down,” “Refugee” and more. The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002.

Petty was also a successful solo artist and a member of the supergroup the Traveling Wilburys.

Petty & the Heartbreakers played the first rock concert at the Knickerbocker Arena (now the Times Union Center) on February 3, 1990, and were a regular headliners at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center throughout the years. His last Greater Nippertown performance was as a headliner at Mountain Jam in June.

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RIP: Charles Bradley, 1948-2017

September 25th, 2017, 11:00 am by Greg
Charles Bradley

Charles Bradley

Photographs by Stan Johnson

Dubbed the Screaming Eagle of Soul, singer Charles Bradley died of liver cancer on Saturday (September 23) at the age of 68.

A late-in-life success story, Bradley released his debut album No Time for Dreaming in 2011 at the age of 62. He also recorded two more albums, Victim of Love (2013) and Changes (2016).

Bradley made a pair of Greater Nippertown concert appearances with his band the Extraordinaires this summer – at the Empire State Plaza in July and the Huichica East festival in August – before cutting short his tour earlier this month.

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CANCELLED: The American Music Festival for the Lake

August 21st, 2017, 10:00 am by Greg

The American Music Festival for the Lake was the inaugural event at Wood Park in Lake George when it opened in the fall of 2014. In the ensuing years, the annual fest hosted such bands as Robert Randolph & the Family Band, NRBQ, New Riders of the Purple Sage, Sawyer Fredericks, Blotto, Blue Oyster Cult and Quinn Sullivan.

Now organizers have announced the cancellation of the fourth annual fest, citing only “a number of contributing factors.” The fest was slated to take place on Saturday & Sunday, September 23 & 24. Refunds are now available to those who purchased early-bird tickets to the 2017 fest.

The post on the festival’s Facebook page reads in part:

“We remain hopeful that we will soon announce Wood Park as the site of our 2018 American Music Festival. In the meantime, we are concurrently looking at Warren County as a potential site for another (separate) possible addition to our music festival portfolio.”

QUOTE OF NOTE: Ted Nugent on the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

August 16th, 2017, 9:00 am by Greg

During an interview with Albany’s Q103 DJ Tigman last week, Ted Nugent was asked whether he thought he’d ever be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. That part of the interview starts at the 12:44 mark in the above video. Here’s a transcription of an excerpt:

“I’m on the Board of Directors of the NRA. Jan Wenner hates the second amendment. So that’s the only reason I’m not in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

“And until they get their heads out of their ass, I’m more than happy to do what I do, and do it with all the vim and vigor that I do every night.

“Hey, write this down: My name is Ted Nugent. I AM the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Eat me!”

Adrenaline Mob Bassist Dies in Florida Wreck

July 18th, 2017, 12:00 pm by Greg

Last Thursday, Adrenaline Mob announced that the second leg of their current We the People Tour would be making a stop at Chrome in Waterford on Wednesday, September 20. Support acts were to include labelmates Righteous Vendetta, as well as Dark Sky Choir, Virtue Falls, StarStruck and Inner Vision.

But then on Friday, as the band was on their way to a gig in St. Petersburg, Florida, their RV and a van carrying their equipment pulled off to the shoulder of I-75 to replace a flat tire. A tractor-trailer veered off the road and collided with the RV. Bassist David Zablidowsky was killed. Other members of the band and crew were injured, leaving some in critical condition.

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