Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Bill Kirchen, with no brown M&Ms, Xmas Disco

Merry, Merry, Merry 8 shopping days until Christmas!

The concert scene is slowing down for a couple weeks while musicians head home for the holidays. Their roadies will set up the Christmas tree, their personal chefs will make wassail, they'll kiss (and do other things) to groupies under the mistletoe and they'll hope Santa brings them a new guitar and a spot on an iPod ad.

We do have a holiday show coming to town on Thursday. King of Honky-tonk & Dieselbilly Bill Kirchen brings his Honky Tonk Holiday show to Ashland Coffee & Tea. Show starts at 8 and tix are $25. Bill is best known for his work in the band Commander Code & The Lost Planet Airmen ("Hot Rod Lincoln"). He's also played with Nick Lowe. You'll dig bill if you like those bands, Dave Alvin, Joe Ely, Rockpile, Dave Edmunds, or J0hn Hiatt.

In other news, the Smoking Gun has found the Holy Grail of all concert riders. Yes, its the Van Halen concert rider that stipulated that they get M&Ms backstage and that all the brown M&Ms had to be removed. For years a legendary tale of rock star excess, VH later claimed that they put that in the rider because they would be able to tell immediately if the other items in the rider would be taken care of. If the brown M&Ms were gone, it looked good. If they were in the bowl, they knew other things might not be up to snuff. Whichever story you care to believe, here it is:

Note that the Van Halen tour rider from the last tour contains demands such as a study room for Wolfgang, no liquor, and that David Lee Roth's dressing room be as far away from the other bandmember's dressing rooms as possible.

And just in case you weren't in the Christmas mood yet, here is some free Christmas disco courtesy of radio station WFMU: Nothing gets me in the Christmas mood like a funky version of Hark, The Herald Angels.

Have a great weekend.

Tony Jordan