Explore the Fab Four’s NYC Sites on Foot

October 10th, 2014, 10:00 am by Greg

Carnegie Hall…
The Plaza Hotel…
The Dakota Apartments…
The Ed Sullivan Theater…
Strawberry Fields in Central Park…

Experience first-hand some of the most significant New York City sites in the musical history of the Fab Four on Saturday, October 18 on Rick Bedrosian’s Beatles New York City Walking Tour. A chartered bus will depart from Yankee Trails in Rensselaer at 7am and return at approximately 7:30pm.

In NYC, Rick Bedrosian (guitarist with the Beatles tribute band Hey Jude… The Tribute) and his busload of Beatles fans will meet up with renowned Beatles authority and tour guide Susan Ratisher Ryan for a two-and-a-half-hour of Manhattan Beatlemania locations.

Then you’ll be driven to the Flatiron District where you’ll be free to explore and dine at Mario Batali’s Eataly, a 50,000-square-foot, indoor, Italian market and restaurant complex, as well as Union Square Park which is located just five blocks south.

The cost of the tour is $130 per person, which includes transportation, travel guides and the Beatles Walking Tour.

NOTE: And if you want to get into the musical mood, you can catch Hey Jude… The Tribute in concert at the Parting Glass in Saratoga Springs at 7pm on Saturday (October 11). Tickets are $13 in advance; $15 at the door.


Meet & Greet: Brian Wilson & Jeff Beck @ the Palace Theatre, 10/8/13

October 10th, 2013, 2:00 pm by Greg
Brian Wilson and Jeff Beck @ The Palace Theatre, Albany

Well, hello there: Al Jardine, Jeff Beck, Rick Bedrosian, Brian Wilson and David Marks.

Rick Bedrosian – of Hair of the Dog and Hey Jude – was at the meet & greet prior to Tuesday’s concert by Brian Wilson and Jeff Beck at Albany’s Palace Theatre. He described the pre-show event as “extremely creepy.”

LIVE: Jeff Beck @ the Palace Theatre, 10/8/13
LIVE: Brian Wilson @ the Palace Theatre, 10/8/13

LIVE: Paul McCartney @ Yankee Stadium, 7/15/11 [Travels With Rick]

July 25th, 2011, 4:00 pm by Greg
Paul McCartney @ Yankee Stadium (photo by Rick Bedrosian)

Paul McCartney @ Yankee Stadium (photo by Rick Bedrosian)

Pat and John picked me up just after noon on Friday, July 15th, 2011. I first saw Paul McCartney two years ago in Queens, NY at Citi Field, home of The New York Mets. Prior to that 2009 show, I made the mistake of calling ahead for rules and regulations. I was told that no cameras or picture taking of any kind would be allowed. Reluctantly, I purchased a Nikon Coolpix. When I arrived at Citi Field, my heart sank as I saw dozens of people entering with full-size SLR cameras and zoom lenses. Even though I was in the 4th row, I emerged with only one halfway decent photograph. Ironically, that picture ended up on the cover of Classic Drummer Magazine and I received a photo credit. Go figure. Damn the rules and regulations. This time I came prepared.

Click to read the rest of Rick Bedrosian’s review and photographs at Travels With Rick

Rick Bedrosian to Host SNL?

October 12th, 2010, 3:01 pm by Greg

Rick Bedrosian on the SNL set

It looks like there might be a change in the schedule brewing over at NBC-TV’s “Saturday Night Live.” The original broadcast schedule called for the 2010 season opener with host Amy Poehler and musical guest Katy Perry to be repeated this coming Saturday at 11:30pm.

But Nippertown.com’s dogged media hounds have uncovered this exclusive photograph of Albany’s own Rick Bedrosian going over his monologue during a secret rehearsal on the SNL set just last week.

Is Bedrosian slated to be the surprise host this week? And will Hair of the Dog be the musical guest? Stay tuned for updates as they develop…

Media Watch: Interviewing Paul McCartney

May 24th, 2010, 3:05 pm by Greg

Max Weinberg, Modern Drummer Associate Editor Billy Amendola, Dino Danelli and Bob Girouard

Bob Girouard (far right) pictured with (from left) Max Weinberg, Modern Drummer Associate Editor Billy Amendola and Dino Danelli

OK, it’s not everyday that you have an interview with Paul McCartney.

But Capital Region writer Bob Girouard had that rare opportunity recently when he was writing the cover story for the current issue of Classic Drummer magazine, which features Denny Seiwell, the drummer for Wings.

Girouard is a longtime drummer (Aged in the Hills, City Lights, more) on the local music scene, as well as an entrepreneur (he helped launch the Alive at Five concert series when he worked for the City of Albany’s Special Events Office). But lately, he’s been concentrating on writing for such magazines as Classic Drummer and Modern Drummer, delivering in-depth, detailed interviews with such influential percussionists as the Band’s Levon Helm, the Rascals’ Dino Danelli, Mountain’s Corky Laing and Little Feat’s Richie Hayward.

Here’s Girouard’s recollections of his interview with McCartney:

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LIVE: Brian Wilson @ The Egg, 11/10/09

November 11th, 2009, 4:07 pm by Greg

BrianWilson01“I’m glad you could all be here tonight for a concert by the Rolling Stones,” declared Brian Wilson at the start of his show at The Egg on Tuesday evening. Then he and his unbelievably excellent 10-piece band launched into “The Monster Mash.”

I guess when you’re Brian Wilson you can pretty much say (and play) anything that you want.

Some other notable quotes from Mr. Wilson during Tuesday’s show:

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FIVE FIRSTS: Rick Bedrosian of Hair of the Dog

October 28th, 2009, 3:02 pm by Greg

Rick Bedrosian at the Woodstock Music Festival site, July 2009

Rick Bedrosian at the Woodstock Music Festival site, July 2009

NAME: Rick Bedrosian
INSTRUMENT: Bass (also guitar, piano and drums)

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … “Time Out” by the Dave Brubeck Quartet (go figure).

2. THE FIRST CONCERT I EVER SAW WAS … Local: The Madras featuring Frank Micare on electric guitar and lead vocals. Frank’s high school band. They were incredible. They were the best “local/cover” band that I ever heard.
National: The Who at The Palace Theater in Albany, NY. I believe it was 1969. They played songs from their new album called “Tommy” as well as stuff that ended up on “Live at Leeds”. Opening act: The Flock. It was by leaps and bounds, the best concert that I ever saw to this day.

3. THE FIRST MUSICAL INSTRUMENT I EVER OWNED OR PLAYED WAS … I bought a cheap, no name electric guitar at Van Curler Music on State St. in Albany in 1967. It cost probably about $100. It was not easy to play. I ended up throwing it away because it was useless. I could have gotten a used Strat at Hilton’s for a little more money. It would now be worth something like $10,000.

4. THE FIRST SONG THAT I EVER PERFORMED IN PUBLIC WAS … Either “Gloria” or “Louie Louie”. I can’t remember.

5. THE FIRST BAND I WAS EVER IN WAS … Liquid Sunshine. My parents were so proud.

Rick Bedrosian and the rest of his Hair of the Dog bandmates will be performing at the Parting Glass in Saratoga Springs on the next two Fridays and Saturdays, October 30-31 and November 6-7.

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