Minute Impressions Peter Noone / Herman’s Hermits LIVE Nov 11, 2016, June 11, 2017

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Fred Gillen Jr.  2 songs reviewed by Ed Wrobleski

1)Prayer for America
2)Where are you tonight, Fallen Angel?

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Fred “Dylan” Gillen Jr.
by
Ed Wrobleski 

June 9, 2017″Prayer For America”, has such powerful lyrics about our ancestors who came to America and made it what it is today, with a hint of George Harrison “My Sweet Lord”,  sprinkled ever so lightly  throughout the song. In this highly charged political climate,  this should be our new National Anthem with the way our world is today.  Mark Schultz of Mark Skin Radio noting the political bent on his 6-7-2017 program when he played Gillen Jr.’s track.

“Where  are You Tonight Fallen Angel” , has a short but sweet story about looking for that special someone in every place you possibly can. This composition also has a few different musical elements that I hear of other legendary artists like Neil Young writing style and Jacob Dylan’s Wallflowers musical flavorings in the mix.  I think Fred Gillen Jr.’s vocals are superb – simply outstandingly – different from anyone’s vocals in today’s music, and both of these tracks should be in rotation on all sorts of radio stations.
Ed Wrobleski
Host/Producer of talking Hendrix on www.bostonfreeradio.com
Talkinghendrix{@}gmail.com

 

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Artist: Ken Selcer
Album: I Simplify
Review by Craig Fenton

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For those of us waiting forever and a day it seemed for new
product from Kenny Selcer the reward for the five or so year pause has ceased!

While Kenny’s touring schedule and musical commitments may have
kept him out of the recording studio there has never been a lessening of
his luminous stage performances.

Kenny’s follow-up to the superlative Don’t Forget About Me called
I Simplify continues his incredible talent to craft tunes that flourish in the
studio and
resonate on the concert stage.  We are gifted with fourteen
tracks that will take you on a musical roller-coaster from multifarious styles
and genres.

When you listen to I Simplify notice the length of time of each
track.  None clock in under four minutes.  This is stated to
solidify Kenny’s commitment to his art and the fans expectations.  It is
never about forcing a radio friendly tune that may win an isolated battle but
would lose the Rock & Roll War.

The opening track I Know It’s Not Too Late conjures up sounds of
early Dire Straits. Kenny not only grabs your attention from the initial notes
but holds it throughout the CD’s sixty-eight minute journey to the past,
present, and future.

It’s All Around You would make Tom Petty proud.  Kenny has
captured the sound and the feel but while paying homage make no mistake it is
still his own voice.
A tune getting a lot of attention is “Without You.” Think Traveling Wilburys  Volume 1 meets Kenny Selcer and it begins to make sense. His ability to  change style and vocal inflection from  song to song is rare in the industry and to achieve desired results without any  notes ever being forced is even more  obscure in today’s lack luster musical  landscape.

It Was You will have fans of Eddie Cochran, Carl Perkins, and Gene 
Vincent engrossed as to how in 2017  Kenny is delivering a knockout blow 
with a cross of Rockabilly and Swing.
Wisely woven in the web is an instrumental Kenny’s Song. Its 
purpose is multi-fold. First it shows his
ability as a guitar-player too long 
underrated in the field. 

Secondly placing it as Track 10 lets us 
digest the lyrical caravan we have been
riding during the previous nine.
Ending the sojourn Kenny is joined by 
a longtime friend Steve Gilligan 
(legendary New England Band The 
Stompers) contributing the bass-lines 
on Stay Awhile. In the realm of the 
recent works of John Mellencamp. A 
flawless finale to the CD or should we 
say beginning as I’m not alone hitting 
the replay button.

All the best,
Craig Fenton
Author: Jefferson Airplane- Take Me To
A Circus Tent 
Jefferson Starship- Have You Seen The 
Stars Tonite
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Sunday June 11, 2017

Herman’s Hermits Starring Peter Noone and Jay & The Americans   noone

Nov 11, 2016 Fri 8:00 PM EDT
Lynn Auditorium in Lynn, Massachusetts
     Six days after his birthday in November, 2016, Peter Noone and Jay & The Americans rocked the house at Lynn Auditorium – and the show brought down the packed arena in the middle of Lynn, Massachusetts
    
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Jay and the Americans with Jay Reincke,  Howie Kane, Sandy Deanne and Marty Sanders
https://www.facebook.com/jayamericans/ 
were a perfect match with Herman’s Hermits.  Sporting the American flag – straight out of their name – take that Grand Funk Railroad – behind them as a counterpoint to Noone’s British flag, the complementary USA rock and roll with one of the top British Invasion bands was all about entertainment.   Reincke’s voice is spot on, continuing the “Jay” tradition nicely, while tucked inside the set of their own hits, a Roy Orbison tribute hit the audience from out of left field.  It is hard to understate how splendid and reverent and enjoyable the tribute was.  This writer saw Orbison twice in the 1980s and it is hard to top the legend – but to have a major artist cover the icon and do it so
seamlessly was classic rock at its finest.
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Peter Noone, the master showman, is as vibrant and aware onstage as the band was on July 23, 1998  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ou7gwFZArUM   Eighteen years on “I’m Henery the Eighth, I Am” changes – the first time this writer heard the band play a Ramones’ -styled version was at the Mohegan Sun’s Wolf’s Den perhaps a decade ago – refreshing for a song from 1910. According to Wikipedia, Herman’s version of ‘Enery 55 years after its debut was the fastest selling single up to that point in time – hitting #1 and establishing https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I%27m_Henery_the_Eighth,_I_Am  
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Tonight June 11, 2017  Peter appears at Cary Hall in Lexington
Here’s an insightful article worth reading:
http://www.decades.com/lists/viii-things-you-never-knew-about-hermans-hermits
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Cary Hall is located at 1605 Massachusetts Ave, Lexington, MA 02420
http://caryhalllexington.com/wordpress1/?page_id=195

Cary Hall is located at 1605 Massachusetts Ave, Lexington, MA 02420From 95
Take Exit 31A for Routes 4/225 (Bedford Street). Drive 2 miles, continuing straight onto Mass Ave. Cary Hall will be on your left immediately after the Lexington Post Office.From Boston/Route 2 West
Take exit 56 from MA-2 W. Drive 4 miles, and turn right onto MA-225 W/MA-4 N/Watertown St (signs for Massachusetts 4 N/Massachusetts 225 W/Lexington/Bedford). Cary Hall is on the right.
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Author Joe Viglione
Peter-Noone
Write to demodeal @ Yahoo.com
http://joeviglione.com/

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