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ROCK ON! This Week's Sound Bites...7/24/14

By Danny Coleman

originally published: 07/24/2014
"What was it like?" said Don Felder at a recent back stage meet and greet with several fans when questioned about being on the cover of Rolling Stone Magazine while a member of the Eagles. "It was, well, let's say I was happy and a little ticked off at the same time," he answered with a minor chuckle. "The editor put us on the cover but panned our album in his review so...." The album which Felder is referring to was none other than "Hotel California."

Felder had just finished a smokin' hot set that kicked off a sweltering evening at the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden, NJ as he did his part opening for Styx and Foreigner on the "Sounds of Summer Tour."

Starting right on time at 7 p.m., Felder took the stage dressed in white with a black vest, briefly addressed the crowd and broke into "Already Gone," this being the first of nine popular Eagles songs in this eleven song set. Others were, "One of These Nights," Victim of Love" and an incredible display of vocal harmonies on "Seven Bridges Road." A smiling Felder (who is also an avid golfer), prefaced "Witchy Woman" by saying that "Tiger Woods seems to have known a few of these women in the past."

Stepping away from his former band and stating something to the effect that some in the audience may or may not remember this next song and continuing with, "...if you do remember it; you weren't high enough in the movie theater," Felder broke into his mega hit "Heavy Metal." "Heartache Tonight" and "Life In The Fast Lane" sped along nicely, much to the approval of the large crowd, which only earlier in the set Felder had implored to move down into the covered section of the amphitheater as a blustery summer thunder storm blew threw; soaking those who chose to stay in their lawn seats.

The set ended with this seemingly ageless rocker calling tour mates Tommy Shaw and Todd Sucherman of Styx out on stage as Don and his all star band broke into "Hotel California," which was greeted with, appropriately enough, thunderous applause.

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Running on a tight schedule, the road crew worked a fifteen minute change over to the set up for Styx and at 8:05 p.m. EST the opening notes of "The Grand Illusion," split the night air. "Too Much Tim on My Hands" and "Fooling Yourself (The Angry Young Man)" followed and the band was in full party mode as once again the now near capacity crowd, most of which were 40 and 50 somethings, were reliving their days gone by with a vengeance.

The frenzied crowd was calmed for a moment when transported back to the leisure suit/powder blue tuxedo junior prom theme classic "Lady" which was followed by "Suite Madame Blue," "Light Up" and "Superstars," truly to this point, something for Styx fans from every era. During this run, Tommy Shaw took a run of his own as he jumped down from the stage, guitar in hand and wandered the aisles and around the perimeter of a surprised Susquehanna Bank Center.

The lights went low once Shaw returned to the stage, Tommy returned the favor and called upon Don Felder to join the band for a rollicking version of "Blue Collar Man (Long Nights)." The main spotlight was then trained on keyboardist Lawrence Gowan, who began to play the Rolling Stones "You Can't Always Get What You Want," inciting a brief sing along until he stopped pre second verse and said, "Ok, let's just talk about the elephant in the room shall we?" Referring to social media and the fact that word had spread literally like wild fire; he poked fun at the recent misfortunes of the band's tour bus catching fire. Being unable to resist, Gowan broke into a refrain of the Doors "Light My Fire" and thanked the Philadelphia, PA fire fighters who responded so quickly to their plight. After several more chuckles and thanks, the opening notes of the arena rock classic "Come Sail Away" sent the crowd into a frenzied sing along, which by the smile on Gowan's face, ignited another fire within his already enthusiastic stage performance.

An encore of "Rockin' The Paradise" and "Renegade" put a wrap on this highly energetic set which seemingly left no one disappointed. Dan Sclocchini who made the trip with other friends from the Philadelphia area said, "We were all kind of sitting around the picnic table and we saw a commercial for this show and we thought, sounds like a good idea; I'm glad we came, it's a great so far." Dan's friend Ron Mestichelli added, "Yeah, any band that you can see when you're age 14 and still see when you're 52; you have got to go!"

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Foreigner would be the last to take the stage at 9:43 p.m. with a crisp version of "Double Vision" and then immediately into "Head Games." Kelly Hansen had many in the crowd saying, "Lou who?," as his vocals pierced the night air. The man who replaced Lou Gramm seemed to be very comfortable breezing through the band's catalog of hits. "Not to belabor the point but Styx hasn't told us WHY that tour bus caught fire," Hansen laughed as the band broke into "Cold As Ice." "Waiting For a Girl Like You" was followed by 'Dirty White Boy" and Hansen, dripping with sweat referenced the fact that anyone over the age of forty should "Not be sitting down."

Hansen next spoke briefly about the band's history and lamented the ailing health of original member Mick Jones who makes only select appearances on the tour. Fortunately for the Camden crowd, this was one of those nights and Hansen introduced Jones to huge appreciative applause as the opening riffs of "Feels Like The First Time" flowed like a river from the sound system followed by "Urgent."

Wearing a strained smile, an obviously pleased Jones thanked his well wishers and drew yet another massive round of applause when he spoke of the now gone Spectrum in Philadelphia and what a special a place the old building was to the band and entertainers in general; he then dedicated "Starrider" to his mother.

A nifty call and answer between drums and keyboard ensued before the entire band joined in for a fantastic version of "Juke Box Hero." The band was steamrolling ahead at this point, building to a crescendo at song's completion upon which they said their temporary good byes and exited the stage.

Moments later they retook the stage along with the Cherokee High School Choir. As the large contingent filtered into their positions Hansen commanded the crowd to join arms and/or hands and love the person next to them as they performed "I Want To Know What Love Is." The band members encouraged their teenaged guests to sing loudly and bassist Jeff Pilson even allowed a choir member to strum his bass as the audience swayed and sang along.

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"Hot Blooded" brought the evening to a close at approximately 11 p.m. and the house lights immediately sent the signal, that for at least this night, the "Soundtrack of Summer" tour had run its playlist to the end. Fan Tracy Solomon was overheard saying, "I loved it and I didn't even really want to come tonight!" Solomon then stated that Don Felder was her favorite as her husband Brad proclaimed that he, "Enjoyed both Styx and Foreigner" as well. A woman known only as "Scrumptious" expressed that she "Loved the sax guy in Foreigner," whose amazing solos throughout the set added much to the band's already great sound.

Overall, a fabulous night of music and for those over 40 years of age; definitely a soundtrack from summers long ago passed. To see where the soundtrack is playing next, please go to

A couple of local events are taking place via Randy Now's Man Cave in Bordentown City located at 134 Farnsworth Ave.

First is the return of "Tod the Mod" Ellis in a rare acoustic performance along with fellow Smart Remarks band mate Chris Gordon. Old 45 rpm records of Smart Remarks material have fetched up to $300 per record on line and this pair will be bringing it live on Saturday July 26 at 8 p.m. Tickets are a mere $5 and it is a BYOB affair. There are only 30 tickets sold for this intimate venue and they are going fast.

Monday July 28 at 6:30 p.m. the New Hope Film Festival will be having a screening of "Riot On The Dance Floor" a documentary about the infamous Trenton, NJ club City Gardens. Randy Now was instrumental in bringing acts like Green Day, The Ramones, Henry Rollins and numerous others into this now legendary venue. The New Hope Arts Council Building located at 2 Stockton Street will be hosting this event.

That's it for this week! Please continue to support live and original music and until next week....ROCK ON!


Alchemist & Barrister

28 Witherspoon Street Princeton
(609) 924-5555

Thurs. 10 p.m. Paul Plumeri Blues Band

Sun. 9 p.m. Kenny Cunningham

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Wed. 10 p.m. Open mic. night Hosted by Eric Puliti

All shows 21+

Amarones Windsor Inn

29 Church St. Windsor

(609) 448-7144

Thurs. 6:30 p.m. Scott Gager & Debbie

Fri. 8 p.m. Larry D

Sat. 8 p.m. Living The Dream

Tues. 7:30 p.m. Texas Hold'em

Wed. 7 p.m. FREE Salsa Lessons

Big Shots Bar and Grill/Hebe Music Lounge

835 E Rte. 130 South, Burlington

(609) 267-1200

Fri. 8 p.m. Knuckle Puck Time, Primitives, The Devision

Sat. 8 p.m. Smash Palace, Heroes in Error, Tony DeSimone Band

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Wed. 7 p.m. Open Mic.

Candlelight Lounge
24 Passaic St. Trenton
(609) 695-9612

Sat. 3 p.m. Landom Bros. Quartet (No cover-$10 minimum)

Chambers Walk Cafe
2667 Main St. Lawrenceville
(609) 896-5995

Fri./Sat. 6 p.m. Dick Gratton

The Backstage at Championship Bar
931 Chambers St. Trenton

(609) 394-743

Fri. 6 p.m. Backyard Superheroes, Could've Been Kings, Automatic 253, B1nary Cur10us, Counter-earth, Cut The Act. All ages, $8/$10

Sat. 5 p.m. Two Blue, Nick Bertuccio, Cycle, Signs, Allora Mis, Sakara, Shade By Giants All ages, $8/$10.

Chickie's & Pete's

183 US Highway 130 North Bordentown

(609) 298-9182

Tues. 8 p.m. Acoustic Music Night feat. The Dawgs

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Dubh Linn Square
167 Rte. 130 North Bordentown
(609) 298-7100

Sun. 4 p.m.Billy O'neal

Tues. 9 p.m. Open Mic. Night hosted by Shaun Ruymen

Fran's Pub

116 S. Main St. New Hope, Pa.


Fri. 9 p.m. DJ Night

Sat. 8 p.m. Under A Ton

Sun. 3 p.m. Billy Walton Band

Mon. 8 p.m. Open Mic Blues Jam

All shows 21+

Halo Pub

4617 Nottingham Way Hamilton

(609) 586-1811

Sat. 7 p.m. (TBA)

Halo Pub

9 Hullfish St. Princeton

(609) 921-1710

Sat. 6 p.m. (TBA)

Havana New Hope
105 S. Main St. New Hope, Pa.
(215) 862-9897

Thurs. 10 p.m. Beat The Clock DJ Dance Party

Fri. 8:30 p.m. Slamm Band

Sat. 8:30 p.m. The Naturals

Sun. 6 p.m. Bob Lanza Blues

Mon. 10 p.m. Karaoke w/ DJ Ron Sherr and Bridge

Wed. 8 p.m. An Evening w/ Sonny Landreth / Jazz Academy All Stars. Doors at 6 p.m., $30

All shows 21+

Ivy Tavern
3108 S. Broad Street, Hamilton
(609) 888-1435

Fri. 10 p.m. Kindred Spirit

Sat. 10 p.m. Infinite Bandwidth
All shows 21+

John & Peter's
96 S. Main St. New Hope, Pa.
(215) 862-5981

Thurs. 9 p.m. Jerry Feiss

Fri. 9 p.m. Weird Hot

Sat. 9:30 p.m. The Hyde w/ The Burgeoning

Sun. (3 p.m.) Drag Show (9:30 p.m.) Red Light Special

Mon. Open Mic. w/ Tim

Tues. 9 p.m. DJ Aggreschen

Wed. The Invitational (Featuring John & Peter's House Band)
All shows 21+

JoJo's Tavern

2677 Nottingham Way Hamilton

(609) 586-2678

Wed. 10 p.m. Karaoke

Paint the Roses Tea and Café Restaurante

37 W. Broad St. Hopewell

(609) 466-8200

Sat. 11 a.m. Bryan Hill

Palermo's Of Hamilton
310 Klockner Rd. Hamilton
(609) 838-7979

Thurs. 9 p.m. Karaoke

All shows 21+

Patriot's Crossing

1339 River Rd. Titusville

(609) 737-2780

Fri. 7:30 p.m. Just Us

Sat. 7:30 p.m. Gary & Deana

Pete's Steak House
523 Whitehorse Ave. Hamilton
(609) 585-8008

Fri. 9:30 p.m. Ernie White & Tom Reock

Sat. 9:30 p.m. Blind Lemmon Pie

RHO Waterfront

50 Riverview Plaza Trenton

(609) 393-7300

Thurs. 9 p.m. College Night w/ DJ Jeff Scott

Fri. (5 p.m.) Jerry Watkins. $10 Buffet (9 p.m.) The Soul Cruisers (10:30 p.m.) DJ Jimmie Palumbo

Sat. 9 p.m. Tropical Festival w/ The Edward Lebron Orquestra/Magic Mike's Birthday Bash/DJs On The Deck $20 (advance) $30 (door)

All Shows 21+

Spigola Ristorante

3817 Crosswicks Hamilton Square Rd. Hamilton

(609) 585-5255

Sat. 8:30 p.m. After Dark Band

Sunsets at Cream Ridge

181 Rte. 539 Cream Ridge

(609) 208-2500

Fri. 9:30 p.m. Drew's Farm

Sat. 9:30 p.m. El Ka Bong

Tavern On The Lake

101 Main St. Hightstown
(609) 426-9345

Fri. 9 p.m. FarCry

Sat. 9 p.m. Anything Goes

Wed. 8 p.m. Karaoke Night

The Cool Cricket

216 4th St. Fieldsboro

(609) 291-9110

Fri. 9 p.m. Karaoke

Sat. 9 p.m. (TBA)

Sun. 1 p.m. Bikes, Burgers, Beer feat. Out Of Ashes / Never Enough

The Man Cave

134 Farnsworth Ave. Bordentown

(609) 424-3766

Sat. 8 p.m. "Tod The Mod" Ellis / Chris Gordon. Doors at 7:30 p.m., $5

The Ivy Inn

248 Nassau St. Princeton

(609) 921-8555

Thurs. 10 p.m. Karaoke w/ Ron Sherr

Fri. 10 p.m. DJ Darius

Sat. 10 p.m. Gravity Hill

Tues. 8 p.m. Quizzo w/ Bob E Luv

Wed. 10 p.m. Karaoke w/ Ron Sherr

The Sticky Wicket
2465 South Broad St. Hamilton
(609) 439-0007

Fri. 9 p.m. Never Enough

Sat. 9:30 p.m. Deep release

All shows 21+

The Sun National Bank Center
81 Hamilton Ave. Trenton
(609) 656-3200

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Tir Na Nog
1324 Hamilton Ave. Trenton
(609) 392-2554

Fri. 9 p.m. Mike Barniskis

Sat. 9 p.m. Black Brant

Tues. 9 p.m. Open Mic. w/ Bob Daley

All shows 21+

Trenton Social

449 South Broad Street Trenton

(609) 989-7777

Thurs. 8 p.m. Cinema Thursdays Presents: OK, good

Fri. 10 p.m. Friday night w/ Jay Kountree & Jaxx

Mon. 10 p.m. Service Industry Night w/ DJ-Jay Kountree

Tues. 9 p.m. LiveMusic/Open Mic.

Triumph Brewing Company (New Hope, Pa. Location)
400 Union Square New Hope, Pa.
(215) 862-8300

Fri. 10 p.m. Tigerman. $5 (cover charge)

Sat. 10 p.m. Pure Jerry / Space Rooster. $5 (cover charge)

Sun. 7 p.m. Open Jam Night

All shows 21+

Wildflowers Inn

2572 Pennington Rd. Pennington

Sat. 9 p.m. Live Acoustic Rock
Mon. 9 p.m. Karaoke

All shows 21+

Danny Coleman is a veteran musician and writer from central New Jersey. He hosts a weekly radio program entitled “Rock On Radio” airing Sunday evenings at 7:000pm EST on multiple internet radio outlets where he features indie/original bands and solo artists.



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