Big shows this week:
Tonight, American Idols 2008 tour comes to Arco Arena with David and David et al...me, I never caught the fever.
The big show for the old(er) folks is Lynyrd Skynyrd at Raley Field on Friday. I haven't seen this band since their debut tour opening for The Who at the Cow Palace in 1973 - that's 35 years ago, children - but damn, they were good then. They've been to hell and back since, losing several members in a plane crash, but the survivors have kept the band as the bearers of the flag of redneck Southern rock for years.
The FREE show is at Cesar Chavez, as always, and this one's exceptional: Headliner Richard Marsh is an authoritative old school country singer with a rippin' band, Kate Gaffney is a charming young singer songwriter who will appeal to Bonnie Raitt fans, indie pop duo Agent Ribbons, and the Juggs, an all female jug band with a wry sense of humor. Starts at 5:30 Friday afternoon at 9th and J downtown Sacramento. Pray for clear air and lower temperatures. (BTW, the Mumbo Gumbo gig that the band cancelled a couple of weeks back because of smoke has been rescheduled for Aug. 22.)
The big show for the youngsters is the Rockstar (the caffeine drink) Energy Mayhem Tour, hits Sleeptrain Amphitheatre on Friday. This younger sibling of Ozzfest features such head-banging favorites as Slipknot, Disturbed, Mastodon, and a half dozen other acts your mom and I have never heard of. Which is, of course, why you like them. Partly.
Here's Slipknot on Letterman - they make the pancaked KISS look positively quaint:
Tesla doing a DVD release party at the Hard Rock Cafe at 7th and K Street Mall...wondering how they're going to get all those people in there... DVD is called "Comin' Atcha Live," and will be released next Tuesday. But you can get a preview when the band screens the DVD at 7 p.m., followed by band members autographing copies.
Big bummer: The entire Yes 40th anniversary tour has been canceled, due to singer Jon Anderson's acute resperatory failure, requiring him to rest for six months. I saw these "dinosaurs" a couple of years ago at Concord, and they blew me away. Unfairly maligned for decades, they remain one of the originals in rock. Pity we won't be able to see them this time.
In the meantime, here's a jazzed-up version of the old chestnut "Roundabout" from TV during that tour...
Speaking of anniversaries, who'da thunk that original LA post-punks X would make three decades, and then some? But they have, and tickets go on sale this Saturday for X at Harlow's...the original lineup of Exene, John Doe, DJ Bonebreak, and Billy Zoom - for a Sept. 18 show. To get you revved...
If you can't get to the Sept. 26 Sleep Train show featuring Journey, Heart and Cheap Trick, the same bill will be at the Harvey's Amphitheatre at South Lake Tahoe. We saw Plant and Krauss there, and it's a decent little amphitheatre.
Finally, it is once again Second Saturday this week, and our pal Rick Kushman wrote a fine piece on the subject in today's Scene. He is apparently doing a column I suggested to the powers that Bee a couple of years ago, to no avail. But now THOSE powers have all been fired, demoted or humiliated (sniff), the column's a go! Go for it, Kush!
The Sound of Music is still running at Music Circus, and earned a great review from The Bee's Marcus Crowder, who knows what he's talking about.