On Friday, the Chicago Cubs, Cubs fans, baseball fans, fans of good people, the city of Chicago, and the world, lost a person who exemplified greatness in all things both on and off the field, Ernie Banks. He's the only shortstop to hit 40+ home runs 4 consecutive years. Everyone who met him felt like their time was just as important to Mr. Cub as anything else happening.
A stuffed green owl. It was the first toy I spied when I entered The Rivieria for the XRT Holiday Concert for The Kids. Marty Lennartz and I would be hosting the show from the side of the stage.
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U2 will be performing at the United Center on June 24 and the following night June 25 as part of the iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE Tour. It will mark the first time they've performed in Chicago since a stop at Soldier Field in 2011 for the 360 tour. Playing indoor arenas throughout North America for the first time in decades, tickets will go on sale beginning next Monday, December 8 at 10AM via Live Nation.
When my son was a toddler, he wanted to be a drummer. Now I've got nothing against drummers, but my years in the music business taught me something. This morning the Regular Guy reviewed "Whiplash" which is about a drum student with an overly demanding teacher.
"Hold still," she scolded. Had a chance to play the obvious (Don't Fear The Reaper), the referential (Candy Everybody Wants), and the subtle (The Grateful Dead). The rest of us on the block show up because there's a keg and chili and places to sit and a fire.
It's finally Friday, let's take a look back at some of the things that we touched upon on the WXRT Morning Show with Lin Brehmer and Mary Dixon:. Lin also announced that the Foo Fighters would be returning the Wrigleyville neighborhood in the summertime, this time to the namesake ballpark across the street from the Cubby Bear.
"The weirdest moment of my life," said Dave Grohl a couple times. The harmonic convergence of a new album recorded in the town where a show by Naked Raygun at The Cubby Bear re-wired his future. As the band tore into "This is the Call," I had to answer a call of my own.
The British Invasion had started. The Beatles ruled the world and America was trying to keep up. For me one of the highlights of this show was the presence of the "House Band" Paul Revere and The Raiders. Paul Revere and The Raiders recorded a version way back in 1969. Often cited as the first rock and roll anti-drug hit song, Kicks was written by the legendary songwriting team of Barry Mann and Cynthia Weill,. who also penned "Hungry."
It's none other than Chicago's own Jeff Tweedy! Be sure to visit the Taste of Chicago Facebook page, @TasteofChi2014 on Twitter and TasteofChicago.us at 10am for the full lineup.
Record Store Day is this Saturday and since I have kept about 6,000 vinyl records, I thought I might share some of my favorite vinyl oddities. The original double album with some of the interviews featured in the movie. This is the doc that included an interview with Pete Townshend who tells the story about how Jim and Pete argued over the set schedule.