Tuesday, December 6, 2016

HISTORY OF SYRACUSE MUSIC "OFFICIAL SITE "- CHAPTER 175 - RONNIE JAMES DIO INDUCTED INTO HALL OF HEAVY MUSIC HISTORY HALL OF FAME- JANUARY 18, 2017

It was announced (December 6, 2016) that our great friend Ronnie James Dio  will be inducted into the Hall of Heavy Metal History -Hall of Fame on Wednesday eventing January 18, 2017. The ceremony was held at the NAMM Convention at Anaheim Expo Center, 1960 So. Anaheim Way,  Anaheim, California. MC for this great event will be Eddie Trunk. 

Other inductees will be Lemmy Kilmister (Motorhead), Rudy Sarzo, Vinnie Appece, by the way all three Dio friends, along with Randy Rhoads, Don Airey, Andy Zilfjian, Frankie Banali and Ross "The Boss" Friedman.

This event will be open to the public. Tickets aval now on there website - general admission ticket $25, VIP General Admission along with meet and   greet, plus Merch item $100. Time On January 18th - Induction 7-8:30 PM,  9 PM Live music to close. Congrats Ronnie ++++

Photo credit- Ron Wray Collection- Dio with Elf 1974 in Syracuse , NY

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

HISTORY OF SYRACUSE MUSIC "OFFICIAL SITE" - CHAPTER 174 - THE DAY ALL BROADCAST MEDIA JOINED TOGETHER TO AID THE MARCH OF DIMES- JANUARY 17, 1965

Just flashback a little over 50+ years ago back to January 17, 1965 the Syracuse Broadcast community came together in one cause. a variety show...to aid the "March of Dimes". That day radio and television personalities joined forces in a 90-minute telecast on WNYS - TV 9 (now WSYR TV-9), starting at 5:30 PM.

The following performers were all presented by media and guest celebrities- Sam and the Twisters (Al Wolf, Jan Fetterly, Sam Amato & Mickey Palumbo), The Madisons (Jimmy Foran, Terry Golden, Carl Irving & John Whipple), Jamboree Boys, Bob Popyk, Dick Kowell and his Orchestra, Soda Ash Six, "Sox" Tiffault combo, The Four Closures, The Crestwoods, Mac Clafflin and his Country Rhythm Boys, New Techniques, famed vocalist Charlotte Hale, Franciscan Sisters, Men of Onondaga Singers, Banjos players from the Hutch House and some Polish Dancers,

Television personalities included WNYS TV-9's Baron Daemon (Mike Price), Red Parton, Phil Market, Charlie Featherstone and Carl Eilenberg. Other station were represented by- Ed Murphy & Carol Johnson from WSYR, Deanne Parkhurst, Bill Fortune, Doug Webster and Brian Madden from WHEN. Dave Mann, Ted Downes, Lenn Allen, Jerry Sanders, Dave Barker , Sally Sample from WFBL Radio.

WOLF Radio AM 1490 represented by- Windy  Craig, Dale Dorman, Jim Sims and Don Lancer. WNDR Radio AM 1260 by Dandy Dan Leonard, Jim O'Brien, George Plavocas, and Count DeCreep (Fran McGrath). WQSR Radio by Stan Maziuk (the Polka King), Leo "Mr Jazz" Rayhill and Aubrey Williams, WSQR by Ray Boyce, Nick Sanches and  Ron Vener, 

Also on hand for this unique event was Ed Brown chairman of Syracuse's Local 1965 drive. Fans who contributed in advance could go to the station and meet the stars. As a bonus for those who contributed the equivalent of a ticket were given a ticket to the WNYS- TV-9's premiere next Thursday of "Mary Poppins". 

An amazing and historic time for a wonderful charity the "March of Dimes".

PS- Channel 9 did hold this event again on January 22, 1966 with media hosts Bud Ballou, Phil Market, Carl Eilenberg and other Syracuse media members from WOLF (Windy Craig), WNDR (Dan Leonard & Jim O'Brien) & WFBL along with great musical talents as Sandy Bigtree, Sam and The Twisters, All Night Workers w/ Otis Smith, Fallen Angels, Bobby Green, Si Simpson plus others.

Monday, October 17, 2016

HISTORY OF SYRACUSE MUSIC "OFFICIAL SITE' CHAPTER 173 - SATURDAY NIGHT - NOVEMBER 12, 2016, ONE AMAZING EVENT - "LADIES NIGHT AT THE PALACE THEATER" 18 VERY MUSICALLY TALENTED LADIES PERFORMED IN A VERY SPECTACULAR SHOW- "ONE NIGHT ONLY".

One of those very special spectacular historic events was  held on November 12, 2016 "Ladies Night at the Palace Theater" in Syracuse, NY. at 7 PM  This packed event was a coming together 18+ of Syracuse's very-very talented musically gifted ladies who took the Palace Theater stage performing 26 songs for "One Night Only". Here is a list of those who performed...first the vocalists-

Ashley Cox, Donna Colton, Carolyn Kelly, Jess Novak, Joanna Jewett, Letizia, Lisa Romano, Joanne Troy Perry, Kate Kolb, Maureen Henesey, Moe Harrington, Susan Royal, Liz Friedich,  Robyn Stockdale, Kat Dooley- Wandersee, Tamaralee Shutt, Terry Bender and Anna Marle-Lopez White.

These ladies were backed up musically by talented Kristopher Heels, Chris Notarthomas, Frank Neubert and the great Jimmy Cox. During these performance others assisted musically they are- Bob Kane (drums), Liz Friedel (violin), Peg Newell (guitar), Tamaralee Shutt (trumpet), Melissa Gardener (trombone), Sam Patterelli (bass), Langston Masingale, 

Audio- Mike Angiolillo & Steve Schad.

Event MC- Amy Robbins

Produced by Red Shoes Black Bag Productions (Julie Briggs, Joanna Jewett).

Here's just a few of the many folks that came up to say hi that night- Julie Briggs, Jordan Davies, Mark Nanni, Kate Kolb, Tom Rozzano, Kate Dooley-Wandersee, Greg Gannett, Royce McMannis, there are many others.

Another in a long line of great Syracuse Musical Historical events. You all made our CNY Music scene proud. Congrats++++




Wednesday, September 21, 2016

HISTORY OF SYRACUSE MUSIC "OFFICIAL SITE" - CHAPTER 172 - WILKESBURY BRIGADE BAND REUNITES CELEBRATING 40 YEARS REUNION- SUNDAY Sept 25, 2016

Wilkesbury Brigade Band was born in a small unheated garage in Liverpool, NY (just north of Syracuse_ in the spring of 1969, Always known for its steady beats and great hi-harmonies honed music during a great time in our Syracuse Music history those early 1970's.

Their original members included- Paul Bradbury (lead vocals), Tom Nelson (guitar), Joe Rao (organ), Gary Goal (bass) and Joe Maggio (drums).

Members changed frequently during those first two years. In 1972, Wilkesbury had the fine distinction of having of the finest vocalist in the land in the band together- Dan Elliot and Ronnie Leigh. Both are now member of the Syracuse Music Hall of Fame (SAMMYS). 

Beginning in 1972, this awesome band performed at the Poorhouse North on Old Liverpool Road for over 200 consecutive weeks. Including an all-time record of 756 fans on one warm summer night. Here's just a few more names that were band members during their great ride- Garry Jenkins, Bob Petta, Dave Sperra & Brian Meegan.

Wilkesbury Brigade celebrated its 40 year anniversary with a special one-night only live concert in front of a jam packed Pensabene's Casa Grande Rest on State Fair Blvd in Syracuse- September 25, 2016 (5-8 pm). As part of the Dinosaur Radio's History of Syracuse Rock n Roll 'Then and Now" Music series. Members taking the stage this special evening were together in Wilkesbury for the longest period, they are- Two time Sammys Hall of Famer- Tommy Forest (lead vocals), Mike Campbell (drums- formerly with The Alligators and currently tours with Tommy Roe), original member Joe Rao (keyboards), Tim Cleary (bass) and Warren Paschetto (guitar).

 Also taking the stage that evening was Sammy Hall of Famer- Dave Novak & The PartyNuts (John Dancks (another Sammy Hall of Famer) along with , Ed McBarron, J.T. Hall, Mike Kallet, Tom Link Dave Novak and special guest Dave Hanlon)

Roses were given to the first 100 ladies attending as well as digital download of the bands newest release.

The band finally separated in late 1975, with Tim Cleary joining "Loose' and later "Too Loose'. Mike Campbell left to become the new drummer for "The Alligators" later "Pretty Boy" before touring the country with Tommy Roe.

Through the years Wilkesbury Brigade was known for their incredible diverse song list. Thei set list included songs by the Beach Boys, Four Tops, Seals and Croft to a nearly 30-minute Beatle medley. More recently the band released its first Cd "Movin On" recorded a few years ago at the LeMoyne Manor. 

Can you imagine a band that had three of CNY's all-time greatest vocalist- Tommy Forest, Dan Elliott and Ronnie Leight. Well that was Wilkebury Brigade...

Friday, September 2, 2016

HISTORY OF SYRACUSE MUSIC "OFFICIAL SITE" - CHAPTER 171 - RIDGESTOCK MUSICAL EVENT AUGUST 27, 2016, A MUSICAL GEM AS 50+ OF CNY's TOP MUSICIANS GATHER TO CELEBRATE THE MUSIC OF THE 1969 WOODSTOCK FESTIVAL

On August 27, 2016-  50++ of Central New Yorks Top Musicians gather to once again join forces to celebrate performing the music of the original Woodstock Festival held back in 1969 in Bethal, NY. This is the second year Jordan Davies has transformed the Ridge Golf Course in Chittenango, NY into the festivals ground. Event tickets were $25. I'm going to try and list here the following musicians who tool the stage-

Skip Murphy & The Merry Pranksters, The Barndogs, Grupo Pagan, Skip Murphy, Edgar Pagan, Charley Orlando, Kim Monroe & Chris Eves, Donna Colton & Sam Patterelli,, Loren Barrigar, Kevin Dean, Liz Friedel, Todd Fitzsimmons, Maureen Henesey , Mark Hoffman, Tim Robinson, Ron Spencer, Bernie Clarke, Ashley Cox, Mark Nanni, Dave Hanlon, Brian Golden. Mark Westers, Lisa Romano, Miss E, Wendy Ramsey, Butternut Creek Revival Band, Pearly Bakers Best, Andy Comstock, Sarah Hiltbrand, Eric Brown, George Newton, Mark Gibson, Mike Ranger, Sharon Allen, "Big D" Dave Schneider, Dave Liddy, George Devaney, Jeffrey "Pepper" Rogers, Joanna Nix Jewett, Kris Heels, Ronnie Leigh, Rick Chisholm, Nick Finley, Frank Neubert, Bill DiCosino, Wayne Stevens, Jose Verona, Riley Mahon, David Donley, Jim O'Mahoney, Rhonda Paduaro, Paul Davie and I'm sure there are a few names I may have missed, and will add soon....

Congrats goes out to the committee and staff for an amazing event....

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

HISTORY OF SYRACUSE MUSIC "OFFICIAL SITE" - CHAPTER 170- NEW YORK STATE FAIR REALLY ROCKS WITH PERFORMANCES BY BRIAN WILSON & HERMAN'S HERMITS w/ PETER NOONE

Wow the Great New York State Fair brought back many great memories for me on Monday August 29, 2016 as both Hermans Hermits with Peter Noone and Hall of Fame legend Brian Wilson took the Chevy Court stage. Noone at 2 PM while Wilson along with Al Jarmine & Blondie Chaplin thrill the 8 PM nighttime crowds, together totaling close to 25,000 CNY music fans.

Hermans Hermits- first visited and performed in Syracuse with the Dick Clark Caravan of Stars back on May 25, 1965 at the Syracuse War Memorial Auditorium. Peter Noone fronted Great Britians third most popular band Hermans Hermits. That nights concert  included such stars as Bobby Vee,  The Hondells (Little Honda),  Little Anthony and the Imperials, Freddy Cannon, Brenda Holloway, Round Robin, Reparata & The Delrons, Billy Stewart , The Ikettes and other. The Mc of that show was George McCannon III and presented to you my WOLF Radio. Hermans Hermits were riding high the the US charts following Mrs Brown, Henry the VIII and others.

They have performed in CNY a number of time including at the Brookside Club (early 1970's) and NYS Fair stage August 24, 2014.

Now its August 29, 2016 and we all knew what to expect watching Hermans Hermits with the great frontman Peter Noone - Lots of Fun, High Energy and all there big hits. And that's exactly what we got for close to 90 minutes through 18 songs with audience participation throughout. 

Here's Hermans Hermits set list for you to enjoy.

 I'm Into Something Good, Wonderful World, Love Potion #9, A Must to Avoid, Ring of Fire, Dandy, I'm Telling You Know, Sea Cruise, Daydream Believer, Jumpin Jack Flash, Just A Little Bit Better, Silhouettes, Listen People, Can't You Hear My Heart Beat, For Your Love, Mrs. Brown, Henry The 8th, ending with A Kind of Hush. 

After the show Peter Noone signed autographs for fans and if you wish you could purchase Cds, T-Shirts and 8x10 color photos to have signed. I brought with me my original 1965 Dick Clark Caravan Hermans Hermits tour program for Pete Noone to sign, that he kindly did..After a quick chat about the 1965 first tour he say to me ..Ron don't wait another 51 years to stop and say hi.....Thanks to Dinosaur Radio's Nick Caplan for his help and for taking some great photo of Peter Noone and myself. Our great Syracuse Music History Rock On ++

Next we'll talk about that evenings special Brian Wilson's 50 Years Anniversary of the Beach Boys amazing album "Pet Sounds'. Brain was joined by special guests Al Jardine and Blondie Chaplin. This album (Pet Sound)  is considered by many as the second greatest album of all-time after The Beatles" Sgt Pepper"


Through the Beach Boys first arrived in Syracuse on September 3, 1964 for an outdoor concert at old MacArthur Stadium. After Carmen Licitra & The Vikings performed it started to rain. The Beach Boys waited and took the stage, to this day a question...some say they played one song before the rains ended the day, other say the Beach Boys they never did perform. Well anyways the Beach Boys performed in and near Syracuse many times through the years, but without the great Brian Wilson. Now it Monday evening August 29, 2016 and the great Brian Wilson arrived to play at the great New York State Fair at Chevy Court at approx 8 PM.

Here's Brain Wilsons set list as I  remember it .

California Girls, (Medley of- I Get Around- Shutdown- Little Deuce Coupe), California Saga, Wild Honey, Sail on Sailor...Then they performed the full Pet Sounds album- (Wouldn't It Be Nice, You Still Believe in Me, Thats Not Me, Don't Talk, I'm Waiting For The Day, Let's Go Crazy For A While, Gold Only Knows, I Know There's A Answer, Here Today, Just Wasn't Made For This.) Sloop John B, Caroline O, Hang on To Your Ego.....(The Encore songs- Good Vibrations, Help Me Rhonda, Barbara Ann, Surfin USA and ended with Fun, Fun, Fun.  A historic night from one of musics all-time greats..right here in Syracuse. How luck for all of us.+++++

Monday, August 22, 2016

HISTORY OF SYRACUSE MUSIC "OFFICIAL SITE"- CHAPTER 169- MORE FAMOUS PEOPLE WHO PERFORMED OR SPOKE IN CNY- 1983


More Famous People Who Performed or Spoke in CNY- 1983

Jan 7, 1983     The Monterays                                                 Beginnings Club

Jan 8, 1983     Out of The Blue w/ Skip Murphy                    Beginnings Club

Jan 18, 1983   Kiss                                                                   War Memorial
                        Night Ranger

Jan 23, 1983   805                                                                    Lost Horizon

Jan 23, 1983   Kingston Trio                                                   Civic Center
                        Tom Paxton

Feb 3, 1983     New York Flyers                                              Lost Horizon

Feb 6, 1983    Johnny Cash                                                      Landmark Theater

Feb 11, 1983   Ozzy Osbourne                                                War Memorial

Feb 12, 1983   Phil Collins                                                      War Memorial

Feb 19, 2016   Grassroots                                                        Beginnings Club

Feb 24, 2016    Aerosmith                                                       Carrier Dome
                         Ted Nugent
                         Anvil

Mar 3-5            Bill Doggett Trio                                            Dinkler Moter

Mar 12, 1983   Chubby Checker                                             Beginnings Club

Apr 12, 1983    Rush                                                               Carrier Dome

Apr 17, 1983    SU Dance Marathon w/ 805                          Manley Fieldhouse

Apr 21, 1983    Impression w/ C. Mayfield & J. Butler         Landmark Theater

Apr 22, 1983    Rich Little                                                      Landmark Theater

May 11, 1983   Triumpf w/ Rik Emmett                                War Memorial
                          Foghot

June 4, 1983      Three Dog Night                                          NYS Fair-Miller Ct
                           Mark Doyle & Joe Whiting

June 19, 1983    Papa John Creach                                       Long Branch Park
                           Jonathan Edwards & David Bromberg

July 2, 1983      Texas Woodstock                                         Carrier Dome
                          Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings,
                          Linda Ronstead, Emmylou Harris
                          Merle Haggard, others

July 24, 1983    Roger McGuinn                                            Long Branch Park

Aug 1983         Quiet Riot                                                      Lost Horizon

Aug 23, 1983    Stray Cats w/ Brian Setzer                        

Aug 23, 1983    Def Leppard                                                 War Memorial
                          Uriah Heep

Aug 24, 1983    Iron Madden                                                 War Memorial

Aug 28, 1983    James Taylor                                                 NYS Fair

Aug 28, 1983    Richard Naders Rock Revival                      NYS Fair- Miller Ct
                          Del Shannon
                          Marvellettes
                          Bobby Comstock Band

Aug 29               Loverboy                                                      NYS Fair

Aug 30, 1983    Neil Young                                                     NYS Fair

Aug 31, 1983    Santana                                                           NYS Fair

Sept 1, 1983     Bobby Rydell                                                  NYS Fair

Sept 2, 1983     Beach Boys                                                     NYS Fair

Sept 6, 1983     David Bowie                                                   Carrier Dome

Oct 22, 1983    Grateful Dead                                                  War Memorial

Oct 26, 1983    Oak Ridge Boys                                              War Memorial

Nov 16, 1983   Huey Lewis & News                                    

Nov 18, 1983   Twisted Sister                                                  Uncle Sams

Nov 25, 1983   Righteous Brothers                                          Carrier Dome
                         Kenny Rogers
                         Helen Ready

Dec 12, 1983    Genesis- w/ Phil Collins                                 Carrier Dome

Dec 22, 1983    New York Flyers                                             Lost Horizon

Dec 24, 1983    Bill Doggett Trio                                            Dinkler Motor Inn

Dec 29, 1983    805                                                                  Hotel Syracuse

 

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

HISTORY OF SYRACUSE MUSIC "OFFICIAL SITE" CHAPTER 168 - PAUL MC CARTNEY'S "ONE ON ONE" TOUR ROCKS WASHINGTON's VERIZON CENTER- AUGUST 9TH, WITH SYRACUSE MUSIC CONTINGENT WATCHING.

May 9, 2016 - Setting here in Washington, DC with my wife Nancy awaiting tonight Paul McCartney live show at the Verizon Center when she reminded me that it was 40 years since the late time I had seen Paul in concert. That being on May 9, 1976 at Maple Leaf Garden in Toronto, Canada. That day will always sticks in my mind as our good friend Wings drummer Joe English arranged for six of us Syracuseans to attended the "Wings Over America" Toronto show. The six- David Rezak, Jack Belle, Bob Perry, Rick Barry, Sid Marshall and myself drove straight thought arriving at 4:00 PM. We had backstage VIP passes from Joe hoping to catch McCartney & Wings soundcheck at 5 PM. To our dismay no one was allowed in the building when the soundcheck happened. So dinner it was then back for one amazing show sitting with Paul's aunt & uncle from Detroit. A Wings Over America tour program was bought and we hoped to catch up with Joe English after the show but they were late  for there scheduled flight to Cleveland for the next days show. So Jack & I drove all night back to Syracuse to working the next morning.

Well back to today 2016. After checking into our hotel Nancy & I met up with longtime Syracuse friends Mike & Nancy Ferrante along with Ted & Shane Storto (who were all seeing Paul for the very first time) for dinner at the DC Chop House and then drown the street to the Paul McCartney "One On One" concert at the Verizon Center scheduled to start at 8 PM. After a half hour of Paul tunes and visuals he took the stage with his great band. Listed below the entire set list from the August 9, 2016 McCartney show for your enjoyment...

Hard Days Night, Save Us, Can't Buy Me Love, Letting Go, Temporary Secretary, Let Me Roll It, I Got A Feeling, My Valentine, 1985, Here There and Everywhere, Maybe I'm Amazed, We Can Work It Out, In Spite of All The Danger, You Won't See Me, Love Me Do, And I Love Her, Blackbird, Here Today, Queenie Eye, New, The Fool On The Hill, Lady MaDonna, 45 Seconds, Eleanor Rigby, Brought to You For Benefit of Mr. Kite, Something (George Harrison tribute), Ob-La-Di, Ob-La- Da, Band on the Run, Back in the USSR, Let It Be, Live and Let Die, Hey Jude....

6 Song Encore- Yesterday, Hi Hi Hi, Birthday, Golden Slumbers, Carry That Weight and The End.

Paul really blended with the packed Verizon Center crowd telling some history of how songs were named and ideas behind them. The show lasted well over 2+ hours with the crowd singing along with many of the 38 songs performed. PS- With over 22+ being Beatle tunes.

No matter if you've seen Paul perform once or many times those the years you'll always remember that day as we have. I've been very luck to have seen all four Beatles during my 50+ year music career, but sadly not together. If you get that lucky chance to see Paul in your area or have to travel to catch his show do your self a favor and do so. 

PS- Ringo Starr and his All-Star Band also made a stop here in Syracuse to play the new Lakeshore Amphitheater.... TWO BEATLES IN ONE YEAR HOW GREAT.

Also on Paul McCartney's 2016 New 4 Cd release "Pure McCartney" our friend Joe English is included on eight of the tracks..they being- Warm and Beautiful, Listen to What The Man Said, Silly Love Songs, Let Em In, Girlfriend, With A Little Luck, Don't Let It Bring You Down and Venus and Mars/ Rock Show.

Friday, July 22, 2016

HISTORY OF SYRACUSE MUSIC "OFFICIAL SITE" CHAPTER 167 - TWO GREAT NEW RONNIE JAMES DIO BOX SETS ISSUED ON CD AND VINYL

Rhino  Entertainment  Company, a Warner Brothers Music Company and marketed by Rhino has releasing two great new "DIO" Box set products. The first product was released on July 22, 2016 a Box Set named "A Decade of Dio: 1983-1993" contain the first six Dio albums remastered & packaged in mini LP replica jackets- Holy Diver, The Last in Line, Sacred Heart, Dream Evil, Lock Uo The Wolves and Strange Highways.

The second Rhino Dio product will be a six album vinyl box 180 gm remastered set that contains a special bonus 45 rpm single. The release date is October 6, 2016. And I received mine yesterday.

To great addition for your collection of music by our great friend Ronnie James Dio. Both available to order through Amazon and other music outlets..

Friday, June 3, 2016

HISTORY OF SYRACUSE MUSIC "OFFICIAL SITE"- CHAPTER 166- ANOTHER BEATLES VISITS & PERFORMS IN CENTRAL NEW YORK- JUNE 3, 2016- RINGO STARR & HIS ALL-STAR BAND PLAY NEW LAKEVIEW AMPHITHEATER

We once again welcome the great "Beatle" Ringo Starr back to Central New York on Friday evening June 3, 2016 as he brought his All-Star Band to the "New" Lakeside Amphitheater at 8 PM. Ringo first visited the Syracuse Area back on Saturday October 9, 1971 for John Lennon's 31st birthday celebration at the Hotel Syracuse and viewed Yoko Ono's Art Exhibition at the Everson Museum.

That memorable day Ringo arrived in Syracuse at Hancock Field in the morning on American Airlines from New York City on a flight that included his former wife Maureen, Phil Spector, Klaus Voormann and others. And partied into the evening as VIP guests sang and present John with a special 31st Birthday Cake. People are still talking about this event some 45 years later.

Ringo also visited Syracuse and performed at the Landmark Theater on June 10, 2000 with his All-Stars that included Jack Bruce, Eric Carmen, Dave Edmunds, Mark Rivera & Simon Kirke.  Many years later Ringo also brought his All-Star Band to the Turning Stone Casino back on June 24, 2014.

But this years band (his 12th addition) consisted of the great Todd Rundgren, along with Gregg Rolie (Santana), Steve Lukather (Toto), Richard Page ( Mr. Mister), drummer Gregg Bissonette and famed sax man Warren Ham. This lineup starts its fifth year together. This is only the second concert ever held at the "New" Lakeview Amphitheater and the first in 2016.

On a beautiful sunny day the famed Beatle drummer filled a packed grandstand of loving fans. They opened their set with "Matchbox" followed by "It Don't Come Easy" and finishing the night with "With A Little Help From My Friends" and "Give Peace A Chance".  Fans could purchase many varieties of Ringo T-Shirts along with a special 2016 Ringo Starr & All-Star Band Tour Photo Book.

Fans of all ages and some for the very first time got to see there first "Beatle". For myself the first time seeing Ringo since the memorable Saturday October 9, 1971 at John's 31st Birthday.

Friday, April 29, 2016

HISTORY OF SYRACUSE MUSIC "OFFICIAL SITE"- CHAPTER 165 - JOHN LENNON'S SISTER- JULIA BAIRD & THE MERSEY BEATLES VISIT SYRACUSE- MAY 5, 2016

More great Beatles News for the Syracuse Area this week. John Lennon's sister Julia Baird visited Syracuse on Thursday May 5th at the Palace Theater along with the band The Mersey Beatles-  A tribute band all Liverpool, UK born members the "Four Lads from Liverpool" who were the house band for over a decade at the world-famous Cavern Club in London, England. They have played sell-out shows in more than 20 countries, recreating the Beatles most popular hits. The show spanned the Beatles entire music catalog. A meet and greet was also held prior to the live shop.

John's sister Julia Baird was present May 5th at The Palace selling & signing copies of her great book "Imagine This" Growing up with my brother John Lennon and Cd with Paul McCartney & Julia talking about John's early years. Nick Caplan, Lee Goodman & I had the pleasure of speaking to Julia who bought many of her memories of John to us reaching back to his youth and the years of rehearsing in there family home. We hope you didn't miss this rare chance to meet this amazing lady.

Just in case you couldn't make the event and still wanted to purchase Julia's book or Cd. Here's her website address to do so juliabaird.eu. I highly suggest you do so and Julia speak of the early life and career of her brother John Lennon. And if you ask she many sign it for you.

Dinosaur Radio- Syracuse  also aired a great interview on Wednesday morning May 4th at 8:12 AM EST as Nick Caplan & Ron Wray spoke to both Julia Baird and bassist Steve Howard who plays Paul McCartney in the Mersey Beatles. As our music history rolls on...

Thursday, March 31, 2016

HISTORY OF SYRACUSE MUSIC "OFFICIAL SITE" CHAPTER 164 - THE SUDDEN LOSS OF SINGER, ACTOR, ENTERTAINER - FRANKIE MICHAELS ON MARCH 30, 2016

We are sad to report the sudden passing of  Central New York singer, actor, dancer and musician- Frankie Michael at age 60 March 30, 2016 at his home in Chittenango, NY. Born Francis Michael Chermesky in Bridgeport, Conn on May 5, 1955.

The son of  Michael & Mary Chermesky. We knew Frankie best as being co-owner and musician of the Jolly Roger Restaurant in Syracuse . But he was so much more...here's a brief bio.

Appeared on the television series " As The World Turns" (1964-65) as Tom Hughes for 22 episodes. Followed by "Our Private World" (1965). At age 10 recorded the Glady's Shelley theme song for the "Little Miss America Pageant" held at Palisades Park in New Jersey. This theme song would be recorded and released on Spiral Records #9744 in September 1965.

Michaels landed some off-Broadway work in "Happily Ever After" & "A For Adult". It was in 1965 that Broadway came calling as Frankie landed a roll in the Broadway production of "Mame" starring Angela Lansbury & Bea Arthur.  He auditions performing shows in Philadelphia,  Boston (Shubert Theater) and others in April 1966. Then on to the Broadway stage at New York's Winter Garden Theater for 1,508 performances starting on May 24, 1966. During 1966, Columbia Records release a soundtrack of "Mame" #KOS-3000.
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Frankie became the youngest actor to win a 'Tony Award' as "Best Supporting or Feature Actor" in a Musical. He received the award at the 20th Annual Tony Award Show. This led to national television appearances with Joey Bishop, Mike Douglas and the "King of Sunday TV"- Ed Sullivan.

He graduated from the Fannie A. Smith School in 1973.

Through the many years Frankie continued to work clubs, casinos, resorts and even in Las Vegas (Sands Hotel & others). He was also the vp/co-owner at the Jolly Roger Restaurant in Syracuse. He performed  many nights with Mike Carletta, Anthony Perra and many others

Frankie Michaels performed at the 2010 Angela Lansbury Tribute held at Drama League Gala in NYC. In 2013 you could find Frankie worked at United Radio Service in Syracuse, NY.  And finally I found Frankie performing at the Georgian Lakeside Resort Dinner Theater April 13, 1915 . His show was titled "Celebrate Frank Sinatra's 100th Birthday". He still preformed this his passing. Frankie Michaels though the years resided in Liverpool, Canastola, Chittenango & others.

Friday, March 18, 2016

HISTORY OF SYRACUSE MUSIC "OFFICIAL SITE" - CHAPTER 163 - "ROCKIN THE REDHOUSE" 2016 BENEFIT EVENT AS 8 BANDS HITS THE LANDMARK THEATER STAGE , MARCH 11- RESULTS

Friday evening  March 11, 2016,  We spent at the Landmark Theater enjoying this years version of "Rockin The Redhouse IV" (Benefit concert for the Redhouse Arts Center). It's hosts this year were Dinosaur Radio's Nick Caplin & Melissa Midgley. The eight band performance lineup included in-order Petty Cash (BNY Mellon), Six Pack (Anheuser Bush), Old School (Manlius Pebble Hill), Defense Mechanism (Lockheed Martin), Cx Tec Dinosaurs (CxTec), The Actuators (Young & Franklin/ Tactair), The Verdicts (Bouguet Holstein), The Chillerz (Carrier Corporation). The concert started shortly at 7 PM and  Tickets were $14 in advance and $20 at the door.

The judges included Sammy Hall of Famer- Joe Whiting along with the great drummer Kevin Dean and media member Katrina Tulloch.

2016  Best Band Award went to- Defense Mechanism ( Greg Gannett, Matt Gray, Kate Kolb, Dan Morrison, Jim Murphy & Bob Volk (lead vocals).

Second place Runner Up Band- there was a tie between CxTec Dinosaurs and The Chillerz (both former winners). CxTec lineup- Mike Featherstone, Ashley Cox (lead vocals), Shawn Sullivan, Josh Taylor Keith Capano, Lori Mertel and a host of other dancers and shakers. The Chillerz musical lineup included- Amy Herbert (lead vocals), Dave Dufresne, Rich Walikis, Dave Marr & Ralph Vito.

Other Awards that evening were presented to
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Best Guitarist- Gio Pettigrass of Six Pack, Best Audience Participation Award- The Chillerz & The Actuators.  Best Instrumentalist-  Jim Murphy of Defense MechanismBest Showmanship- Ted Curtis of Old School,  Best Vocalist Award- Tim Burns of The Actuators.

Congrats to all the great bands +++The "Big Winner" of the night was "The Redhouse Art Center" and the Syracuse Music Scene

Event sponsors- Beat Street Music, SubCat Studio, Nojaim Bros Supermarkers, lofo,
and Dinosaur Radio.

Saturday, March 5, 2016

HISTORY OF SYRACUSE MUSIC "OFFICIAL SITE" CHAPTER 162 - 2016 SYRACUSE AREA MUSIC AWARDS RESULTS FROM PALACE THEATER- MARCH 4, 2016

2016 Syracuse Area Music Award Show @ Palace Theater, Syracuse, NY 
March 4, 2016......This event was SOLD OUT........ Show Time 7 to approx. 10 PM

MC - Skip Murphy

Presented By -  World of Beer

Dave Frisina introduces 2016 Hall of Fame Class on stage- Bells of Harmony, George Rossi, Savoy Brown w/ Kim Simmonds, Jam Factory.  Also named Music Educator-Mark Copani and Lifetime Achievement Award selection- jazz great Mark Murphy


SAMMY AWARD PRESENTED IN THE FOLLOWING CATAGORIES.

Best Alternative                        Professional Victims

Best Americana                        Early Bird Trio

Best Country                            Lonnie Park

Best Folk                                  Austin MacRae

Best Hard Rock                        After Earth

Best Hip-Hop/Rap                   Mafioia

Best Jam Band                         Jam Factor

Best Jazz                                  Andrew Carroll

Best Other Style                       Josh Dekaney

Best Pop                                   Elizabeth Canino

Best Rock                                 Joe Whiting

Brian Bourke Award for Best New Artist         Lightkeepers

People Choice- Favorite Band                           Horn Dogs

People Choice- Favorite Festival or Music Series     NYS Fair

People Choice- Favorite Music Venue              Dinosaur Bar B Que


LIVE MUSICAL PERFORMANCES BY- In order

Carolyn Kelly Blues Band
Ohne-ka and the Burning River
Savoy Brown
Joe Driscoll
Jam Factory  (reunion)

Guest Celebrity Sammy Award Presenters (A-Z)


Joe Altier, Buke Babikan, Bill Baldwin, Mark Boialczak, Julie Briggs, Kaye Burke, Charles Cannon, Kokoa Chanel, Ricky Chisholm,  Skip Clark, Eric Cohen,  Ashley Cox, Jordan Davies, Senator John DeFrancisco, Dino,  Scott Dixon,  Dan Elliott, Chris Eves, Tim Fox, Dave Frisina, Adam Gold, Joanna Jewettm Bob Kane, Ron Keck, Sam Levy, Ted Longo, Langston Masingale, Eric McElven, Jeff Molesky, Kim Monroe, Charley Orlando, Edgar Pagan, Neil Patel (WOB), Amy Robins, George Rossi, Steve Schad, Fritz Scherz, Jeff Schoenfeld, Taylor Smith, Greg Spencer, Scott Sterling, Robin Stockdale, Mrs New York- Alison Trenk   MC- Skip Murphy

SAMMY COMMITTEE MEMBERS-

Liz Nowak, Deborah Foley, Carol Thoryk-O'Leary, Ron Wray, Dave Frisina, Mike Donohue, Julia Briggs, Melissa Boileau, MaryJo Spilane.

Friends of the Sammys (A-Z)

William Baldwin, Melissa Boileau, Julie Briggs, Mike Donohue, Debbie Foley, Indigo Productions, Joshua Johnson, Liz Nowak, Jack O Bocchino, MaryJo Spillane, Stevefay Inc, Carol Thoryk-O'Leary, Ron Wray,
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2016 SYRACUSE AREA MUSIC AWARDS HALL OF FAME CLASS

Held Thursday Evening- March 3, 2016  Upstairs at Dinosaur Bar B Que

Event MC-      Dave Frisina

Hall of Fame

Bells of Harmony
George Rossi
Jam Factory
Savoy Brown

Music Educator Award     Mark Copani

Lifetime Achievement Award-    Mark Murphy


Wednesday, March 2, 2016

HISTORY OF SYRACUSE MUSIC "OFFICIAL SITE"- CHAPTER 161 - MORE FAMOUS PEOPLE WHO PERFORMED OR SPOKE IN CNY - 1982

More famous people who performed or spoke in CNY- 1982

Jan  8, 1982      The Kinks                                           War Memorial

Jan 25, 1982     Country Tavern Bar  (Iona Corners) in Warners, NY - Burns

Jan 27, 1982      Bryan Adams                                     Lost Horizon
                            Whizz Kidds

Feb 6, 1982      Rodney Dangerfield                            Landmark Theater

Feb 13, 1982    Hall & Oates   (SOLD OUT)              War Memorial

Feb 13, 1982    Waylon Jennings                                 Carrier Dome

Feb 25, 1982    King Crimson                                      Landmark Theater

Feb 26, 1982    J. Geils Band                                       War Memorial

Feb 27, 1982    95X Benefit for Kenny Ruschia of Country Tavern      Lost Hor

Mar 27, 1982   Kingston Trio                                       Landmark Theater

Mar 28- Apr 4    Ice Folies                                           War Memorial
                             Tai Babilonia & Randy Gardner

Apr 3, 1982      Foreigner                                             Carrier Dome

Apr 8, 1982      Jerry Garcia- Grateful Dead                War Memorial

Apr 16, 1982    The Police w/ String                           Carrier Dome
                          "The Ghost Tour"

Apr 30, 1982    Rick Springfield                                  War Memorial

May 9, 1982     Ozzy Osbourne                                    War Memorial

May 22, 1982   Black Sabbath w/ Ronnie James Dio   War Memorial

June 17, 1982   Lionel Hampton                                   Hotel Syracuse

July 13, 1982    Frankie Valli & 4 Seasons                  Landmark Theater

Aug 19, 1982    Elvis Costello                                     Landmark Theater

Aug 28, 1982    Charlie Daniels                                   NYS Fair

Aug 29, 1982    Cheap Trick                                        NYS Fair

NYS Fair          Beach Boys, Willie Nelson, Barbara Mandrell,
                         Marshall Tucker Band, The Lettemen, Johnny Rivers,
                         Nancy Kelly

Sept 3, 1982     Association                                           NYS Fair
                          Bobby Comstock Band

Sept 4, 1982     Richard Nader's Rock Revival              NYS Fair
                         Little Anthony, The Diamonds
                         Bobby Comstock Band

Sept 5, 1982     Richard Nader's Rock Revival              NYS Fair
                         Bobby Vee
                         Jr. Walker
                         Bobby Comstock Band

Sept 24, 1982   Grateful Dead                                        Carrier Dome

Sept 25, 1982    Rockin The Ballpark                           MacArthur Stadium          
                          805, The Works, Screentest,
                          Tearjerkers, My Sin, The Velcros,
                          Mink Milk, Machine & Hummer,
                          Fear of Stranger

Oct 7, 1982       Chuck Mangione                                  Landmark Theater

Oct 9, 1982      Van Halen w/ David Lee Roth              Carrier Dome 30,000+

Oct 14, 1982    Heart                                                      War Memorial
                         John Cougar

Oct 16, 1982     Judas Priest                                           War Memorial

Oct 27, 1982     Aerosmith                                             War Memorial

Nov 1982          Huey Lewis & The News                      USA Sam's

Nov 10, 1982     Statler Brothers                                     War Memorial
                           Ricky Scaggs

Nov 16, 1982     Iron Maiden                                          War Memorial

Nov 24, 1982     The Belmonts w/ Dan Elliott                Beginnngs

Dec 10, 1982      The Who                                               Carrier Dome- 47,319

Dec 11, 1982      The Drifters                                          Beginnings

Dec 31, 1982      New York Flyers                                  Lost Horizon




Tuesday, March 1, 2016

HISTORY OF SYRACUSE MUSIC "OFFICIAL SITE" CHAPTER 160- THE RODS HIT THE ROAD TOURING THE NETHERLANDS & GERMANY DURING APRIL 2016

The Rods "Touring the World" again starting in April 2016.

The Rods- David "Rock" Feinstein, Carl Canedy & Garry Bordonaro once again travel aboard starting April 22-23 hitting the stage at the Very 'Eavy Festival in Stadskanaal in The Netherlands

Then shifting to "The Ballroom' on the evening of April 27, 2016 in Hamburg, Germany

And conclude their German trip by performing at "Keep It True XIX" in Lauda Komgshofer, Germany


Wednesday, February 17, 2016

HISTORY OF SYRACUSE MUSIC "OFFICIAL SITE: - CHAPTER 159- SYRACUSE MUSICIANS WIN INDUSTRY AWARDS - DAVE HANLON, MARK NANNI & IRV LYONS JR.

It was announced today (Tuesday February 16, 2016) the winner of the 2015 Studio Jams TV- International Most Inspirational Awards by founded Tom Emmi. These awards help recognized some of the "Most Inspirational Musicians" who have appeared on the Studio Jam TV segments through the years.

Winner as "Most Inspirational Drummer"- Dave Hanlon
Hanlon drummer, band leader, educator first appeared on Studio Jam TV some eight times dating back in 2012.  We all know Dave from his years with Dove, C.R.A.C , Dave Hanlon's Funky Jazz Band and 34+ year with Dave Hanlon's Cookbook.

Winner as "Most Inspirational Keyboardist"- Mark Nanni
This Clarkson University grad is a very gifted multi keyboards great & accordionist can be caught with Mark Nanni & The Intension,  many years with Los Blancos, Novak, Golden & Nanni Trio & Novak- Nanni Duo

Note other winner included Joe Bonamassa & Bela Fleck,

We send our congrats to both Dave & Mark....

In other Awards presented this week- 
Irv Lyons Jr was announced the winner of the 2016 AKADEMIA Music Award as his album "Wonderland" was selected the Akademia Awards "Best Rock / R&B" entry. Congrats Irv +++

Thursday, January 28, 2016

HISTORY OF SYRACUSE MUSIC "OFFICIAL SITE' - CHAPTER 158 - SYRACUSE AREA MUSIC AWARDS THIS WEEK AT DINOSAUR BAR B QUE & PALACE THEATER- March 3-4

Syracuse Area Music Awards held there annual Press Conference at the Palace Theater..Tuesday Morning.. Feb 2, 2016 at 10 AM to announce their 2016 Hall of Fame Class, Music Educator Award & Lifetime Achievement Award winners plus the finalist in the 11 musical categories.

2016 SAMMYS HALL OF FAME CLASS

Bells of Harmony
Jam Factory (Band)
George Rossi
Savoy Brown (Band)


2016 SAMMYS - MUSIC EDUCATOR AWARD

Mark Copani


2016 SAMMY- LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Mark Murphy  (Worldwide Jazz Great)


Syracuse Area Music Awards (SAMMYS) Hall of Fame Inductions will be held on Thursday evening March 3 upstairs at the Dinosaur Bar B Que starting at 7 PM where all the above will be honored.

The Syracuse Area Music Awards 2016 with be held at the Palace Theater Friday  evening March 4 starting at 7 PM.

Tickets can be ordered at the Sammys Website  syracuseareamusic.com or locally at the Sound Garden in downtown Syracuse.

For 2016 Sammy Award winners see Chapter 162.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

HISTORY OF SYRACUSE MUSIC "OFFICIAL SITE" - CHAPTER 157 - MORE FAMOUS PEOPLE WHO PERFORMED OR SPOKE IN CNY - 1981

More Famous People Who Performer or Spoke IN CNY - 1981

Jan 25, 1981      Cindy Bullens w/ Mark Doyle                       Club 37

Feb 6, 1981       Black Sabbath                                                War Memorial
                           Outlaws
                           Alvin Lee

Feb 10, 1981    Henry Paul Band                                           Landmark Theater
                          Goods Rats

Feb 27, 1981    James Taylor                                                 SU- Manley

Mar 6, 1981     Cindy Bullens, Doyle & Friends                  Uncle Sams

Mar 16, 1981   Screen Test   & The Natives                         Sparky's

Mar 17, 1981   Bon Jovi                                                        Lost Horizon

Mar 20, 1981   Dreggs                                                           Drublins
                         Steve Morse

Mar 22, 1981   REO                                                              War Memorial

Mar 28, 1981   Boxing- Sugar Ray Leonard vs Larry Bonds     Carrier Dome

Mar 31, 1981   Ted Nugent                                                   War Memorial
                         Donnie Iris

Apr 10-12        SU Dance Marathon
                         Alec Star, Harvest, Pictures, Whizz Kids, others

Apr 12, 1981    Todd Rundgren & Utopia                             Landmark Theater

Apr 25, 1981    Santana                                                         Carrier Dome

Apr 26, 1981    Chuck Mangione                                         Landmark Theater

Apr 30, 1981    Ozzy Osbourne- Blizzard Tour                   Landmark Theater
                          with Randy Rhodes
                          The Rods

May 7, 1981    Grateful Dead                                               War Memorial

May 21, 1981  Harry Chapin                                                Landmark Theater

May 30, 1981   Jamesville Grove Music Festival
                         Kentucky Moon, Full Tilt, Free Wheelin, Dakota, Locoweed

May 31, 1981   Big Wheelie & Hubcaps                             Lost Horizon

July 6, 1981      Styx                                                           Carrier Dome

June 13, 1981   Rodney Dangerfield                                   Landmark Theater

July 11, 1981   Wayne Newton                                           War Memorial

July 11, 1981   Joe Whiting-Bandit Band w/ Mark Doyle   Poorhouse North

July 18, 1981   Judus Priest                                                  War Memorial
                         Iron Madden

Aug 23, 1981   Foghat                                                          War Memorial

Aug 29-30       Richard Nader's Rock & Roll Revival         NYS Fair
                        Bobby Comstock, Chubby Checker,
                        Freddy Cannon, Drifters, Belmonts

Aug 30, 1981   3 Dog Night                                                NYS Fair

Aug 31, 1981   George Benson                                           NYS Fair

Sept 1, 1981    Marshall Tucker Band                                NYS Fair

Sept 2, 1981    Beach Boys                                                 NYS Fair

Sept 3, 1981    Charlie Daniels                                           NYS Faie
                         Juice Newton

Sept 6, 1981    Stevie Nicks                                                Weedsport Fair Gr
                         Peter Frampton

Sept 8, 1981    Pat Benatar                                                  War Memorial

Sept  23, 1981  Blue Oyster Cult                                        War Memorial
                          Foghat

Sept 28, 1981    Long Branch Park Fall Festival
                          Free Wheelin, Full Tilt, Dave Hanlon's Cookbook,
                          Kentucky Moon, others

Oct 9, 1981      Journey                                                        Carrier Dome
                          Loverboy, Billy Squire

Oct 31, 1981   Eddie Fisher                                                 SU Bookstore

Nov 3, 1981   Frank Zappa                                                  SU- Manley

Nov 7, 1981   Paul Anka                                                      War Memorial;

Nov 7, 1981  David Brenner                                                Landmark Theater

Nov 27-28     Rolling Stones                                                Carrier Dome

Dec 12, 1981   Genesis w/ Phil Collins                               Carrier Dome

Dec 19, 1981   Joe Engish                                                   Lost Horizon




Monday, January 25, 2016

HISTORY OF SYRACUSE MUSIC "OFFICIAL SITE" - CHAPTER 156 - MORE FAMOUS PEOPLE WHO PERFORMED OR SPOKE IN CNY- 1980

More Famous People Who Performed or Spoke in  CNY during - 1980

Jan 3-5, 1980      Alec Star                                            Stage East
                           Out a Kontrol (Chris Goss)

Jan 11, 1980      The Works                                         Country Tavern

Jan 11, 1980      Cab Calloway                                    Landmark Theater
                           Morey Amsterdam

Jan 22, 1980      Aerosmith                                         War Memorial

Feb 12, 1980      New York Flyers                              Poorhouse North

Feb 19, 1980     Jerry Garcia                                       Landmark Theater

Feb 23, 1980     The Rods                                           Grape & Grog

Feb 27, 1980     Glen Miller Orchestra                       Landmark Theater

Mar 4, 1980      The Kinks                                          Landmark Theater

Mar 5, 1980      Steve Forbert                                     Drumblins

Mat 19, 1980    Ramones                                            Drumblins

Mar 22, 1980   Jay & The Americans                          Stage East
                         Monterays

Apr 5, 1980      Z Z Topp                                              War Memorial
                         38 Special

Apr 15, 1980    Chuck Mangione Quartet                    Landmark Theater

Apr 20, 1980    Harry Chapin                                      Landmark Theater

Apr 22, 1980    Frank Zappa                                       SU- Manley

May 2, 1980     Johnny Cash                                      War Memorial

May4-5, 1980   Bob Dylan                                         Landmark Theater

May 9, 1980     Cheap Trick                                       War Memorial

May 31, 1980   Rick Derringer                                  Jamesville Grove

June 17, 1980   Henry Paul Band                              Landmark Theater

June 28, 1980   Humble Pie  w/ Stevie M.                Uncle Sam's

July 4, 1980     Bobby Comstock                             1000 Islands Fest

Aug 24, 1980   Benny Mardones                              Club 37

Aug 26, 1980   Frankie Valli & 4 Seasons                NYS Fair

Aug 27, 1980    Charlie Daniels                                NYS Fair

Aug 28, 1980    Al Hurt                                             NYS Fair

Sept 12-13         Henry Mancini & Syr Symphony

Sept 12-13        Fred Paris & 5 Satins                        Marriott

Sept 13, 1980    1st Lady- Roselyn Carter                  Syr University

Sept 24, 1980    Queen                                                War Memorial

Oct 4, 1980       John Cougar                                      Uncle Sam's

Oct 8, 1980        Pat Benetar                                        Landmark Theater

Oct 31- Nov1    Terry Johnson's Flamingo's               Marriott

Nov 2, 1980      Orlean's                                              War Memorial
                           Foghat

Nov 17, 1980     George Thorgood                             Club 37

Nov 18, 1980     Cars                                                   War Memorial

Nov 20, 1980     Stray Cats                                         Landmark Theater

Dec 12, 1980      Duke Jupiter                                    City Limits

Dec 21, 1980      Alligators                                         Lost Horizon

Dec 30, 1980     New York Flyers                              Poorhouse North
                                                           

Monday, January 18, 2016

HISTORY OF SYRACUSE MUSIC "OFFICIAL SITE"- CHAPTER 155 , PASSING OF FIVE MORE ROCK FIGURES IN JANUARY 2016, GLENN FREY, DAVID BOWIE, GARY LOIZZO, DALE GRIFFIN & TROY SHONDELL

Sad to report the passing of three more rock figures in the pass week.- First Glenn Frey of the "Eagles"at age 67.  Then David Bowie who was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1996 on January 10, 2016 in New York at the age of 69 of cancer. Also the  passing was Troy Shondell who had the #1 hit "This Time" on Liberty Records October 30, 1961 and then performed at Sports-O-Rama on Mattydale, NY with Bobby Vee a few weeks later. Then American Breed singer- Gary Loizzo (Jan 16) at age 70 and Dale Griffin drummer of Mott the Hoople age 67

Grey Frey first performed in Syracuse at the War Memorial with the "Eagles' on September 10, 1972 sharing the stage with the Doobie Brother, Fabulous Rhinestones & Randy Meisner present by WOLF Radio & Buffalo Festival. Next a stop at SUNY- Cortland May 2, 1974 w/ Spanky Brown Band, then July 20, 1975 back in Syracuse w/ Poco presented by Tony Ruffino & Larry Vaughn and others though the years

David Bowie  performed at the Carrier Dome back on September 6, 1983 before 28,000+ fans who each shelled out $13.50 for his two hour performance. Bowie performed 19 songs that evening then finished with a four song encore finishing with "Modern Love". Note- this concert was originally scheduled for July 23, 1983 but was changed due to scaffolding for speakers and lighting fixtures that did not arrive in time. The concert was recorded unofficially and released on Bootleg CRD.

Here is the set list from David Bowie's Carrier Dome appearance of September 6, 1983.

1. Look Back In Anger 
2. Heroes  
3. What in the World 
4 Golden Years 
5 Fashion 
6 Lets Dance
7. Life on Mars
8. Sorrow 
9. Cat People
10. China Girl  
11. Scary Monsters 
12. Rebel Rebel
13. White Light/ White Heat 
14. Station to Station 
15. Cracked Actor 
16. Ashes to Ashes
17. Space Oddity 
18. Young Americans 
19. Fame
Encores-  20. Star   21. Stay  22. The Jean Genie  23. Modern Love

Bowie who's worldwide record sales topped $140 million with 5 Platinum and 7 Gold Records (USA) to his credit. He started performing at age 15, and turned professional in 1963. Reached Top 5 in the United Kingdom (1969) with "Space Oddity".  His first US #1 song "Fame" came in 1975. David Bowie - singer, songwriter, musician, actor and glam rocker. His music will live forever.

Troy Shondell (Gary Schelton) released albums and 45's for both Liberty & London Records starting in 1961. His million seller 'First Time" was first released in April 1961 and later purchased by Liberty Records. It was on the Top 10 for five weeks and charted for four months (13 weeks). He was added to the Bobby Vee & The Shadows tour that stopped in Syracuse at Sports-O-Rama (11/22) and at the Utica Memorial Auditorium (11/23). It was a Top 10 hit on the WOLF Radio- Syracuse, NY charts starting November 16, 1961 for three weeks reaching #1 on November 30.