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The Drive's Live at 5 for the week of September 12-16, 2011
Posted:Friday, 09/09/2011 at 06:09pm by Bobby Skafish
Monday, September 12: Rush
A couple from 2008's Snakes & Arrows Live on drummer/lyricist Neil Peart's birthday. When asked about the Rush documentary, Beyond the Lighted Stage, by Rolling Stone, singer/bassist Geddy Lee said, "It's hard for me to watch myself up on the screen, talking for two hours. It's kind of nice to see other people talking about us in a kind of objective sense. I was pretty amazed that certain people are Rush fans, like Billy Corgan, for example. He was really well-spoken in the film, and seems to really understand where we're coming from."



Tuesday, September 13: The Rolling Stones
It'll be cool to hear the Stones rock Brussels, Belgium in 1973, a year from which no live Stones album emerged. Thanks, Wolfgang's Vault! Meanwhile the 21st century Stones got tongues wagging about a 2012 tour when all 4 were photographed leaving a London hotel last week.

Wednesday, September 14: Talking Heads
Two from the soundtrack of their excellent 1984 concert film Stop Making Sense. As good as it, and director Jonathan Demme, is, the shooting over 3 nights in L.A. resulted in a few continuity errors, including Tina Weymouth's bass changing from a blue 5-string to a brown 4-string from shot to shot in the same song.

Thursday, September 15: Creedence Clearwater Revival
Earlier this summer CCR main man John Fogerty spoke to the Calgary Herald about the possibility of a band reunion: "Never say never is I guess what people tell you. In this life, all kind of strange things come to pass. Realizing it doesn't kick up a big firestorm of emotion, it kind of suggests that at least if someone started talking I'd sit still long enough to listen."

Friday, September 16: The Story Of Eric Clapton

In the sunshine of your love,

Bobby Skafish
3-8 PM
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The Drive's Live at 5 for the week of September 5-9, 2011
Posted:Saturday, 09/03/2011 at 10:09am by Bobby Skafish
Monday, September 5: Happy Labor Day!

Tuesday, September 6: Pink Floyd
Happy birthday to Roger Waters, certainly of Pink Floyd fame, but a solo artist now for longer than his Pink Floyd expereience. In May 31st The Roger Waters Collection was released as a 7 CD, 1 DVD set, with each album packaged in a mini-LP replica sleeve with original artwork and masters. Note: does NOT include The Wall Live In Berlin as it was on a different label.

Wednesday, September 7: George Harrison
The "quiet Beatle" is finally getting his due, and it's about time! The Grammy Museum in L.A. will host a retrospective of his life and career titled Living In The Material World, which eventually will travel (how 'bout here?!). HBO will run a Martin Scorcese-directed documentary on George in two parts, October 5th & 6th. Finally, Olivia, George's widow, will bring out what appears to be a fascinating book on him September 27th. I'm thinking Christmas gifts!

Thursday, September 8: Fleetwood Mac
Lindsay Buckingham will have a new solo album out next month, on which he does just about everything but order out for dinner. He's playing the Vic Theatre in Chicago on September 18th, and hints at major Fleetwood Mac activity for 2012.

Friday, September 9: Aerosmith
Tomorrow Aerosmith guitar slinger Joe Perry celebrates his birthday, but the presents can be yours, as per his website. The giveaway ends the 12th, so go to joeperry.com for details.

I don't want to miss a thing,

Bobby Skafish
3-8 PM
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The Drive's Live at 5 for the week of September 5-9, 2011
Posted:Saturday, 09/03/2011 at 10:09am by Bobby Skafish
Monday, September 5: Happy Labor Day!

Tuesday, September 6: Pink Floyd
Happy birthday to Roger Waters, certainly of Pink Floyd fame, but a solo artist now for longer than his Pink Floyd expereience. In May 31st The Roger Waters Collection was released as a 7 CD, 1 DVD set, with each album packaged in a mini-LP replica sleeve with original artwork and masters. Note: does NOT include The Wall Live In Berlin as it was on a different label.

Wednesday, September 7: George Harrison
The "quiet Beatle" is finally getting his due, and it's about time! The Grammy Museum in L.A. will host a retrospective of his life and career titled Living In The Material World, which eventually will travel (how 'bout here?!). HBO will run a Martin Scorcese-directed documentary on George in two parts, October 5th & 6th. Finally, Olivia, George's widow, will bring out what appears to be a fascinating book on him September 27th. I'm thinking Christmas gifts!

Thursday, September 8: Fleetwood Mac
Lindsay Buckingham will have a new solo album out next month, on which he does just about everything but order out for dinner. He's playing the Vic Theatre in Chicago on September 18th, and hints at major Fleetwood Mac activity for 2012.

Friday, September 9: Aerosmith
Tomorrow Aerosmith guitar slinger Joe Perry celebrates his birthday, but the presents can be yours, as per his website. The giveaway ends the 12th, so go to joeperry.com for details.

I don't want to miss a thing,

Bobby Skafish
3-8 PM
The Drive




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The Drive's Live at 5 for the week of August 29-September 2, 2011
Posted:Saturday, 08/27/2011 at 05:08pm by Bobby Skafish
Monday: Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
Ain't Nothing wrong with live Free Fallin' but the real gem here is the I Fought The Law/Route 66 medley recorded in 1978 at The Paradise Club in Boston for the old syndicated radio show of live recordings called The King Biscuit Flower Hour. It ended up on a 12" with Listen To Her Heart (studio version) on the A side.

Tuesday, August 30: Genesis
Enjoy orchestral music AND Genesis? Are you hip to The Genesis Suite? A Brit named Tolga Kashif released The Queen Suite nine years ago and returned last year with a 73 minute classical music treatment of Genesis songs both well known (Follow You Follow Me,Tonight Tonight Tonight)& not so well known (Entangled, Undertow). Besides a cellist, pianist and violinist, Mr. Kashif employs the London Voices choir and the London Symphony Orchestra. We'll enjoy the band themselves from 3 Sides Live & The Way We Walk.

Wednesday, August 31: Van Morrison
Happy birthday, Van the Man! Aw gee, Van, why the scowl?
Courtesy of Wolfgang's Vault, we have Van at New York City's Bottomline venue from 1978 and a killer version of Moondance originally broadcast live on a California FM in 1986, and can be found on the disc Van Morrrison At The Movies, a sampler of Van tracks that were used on the big screen. Incidentally, Moondance was used in the flick An American Werewolf In London.

Thursday, September 1: Supertramp
With Yes & Supertramp sharing the Drive's Thursday Artist Portrait, progressive rock is the order of the day.

Friday, September 2: Lynyryd Skynyrd
File this item under "Ooh, that smell:" This fall Skynyrd will open their own joint on the Las Vegas strip: Lynyrd Skynyrd BBQ And Beer. The decor as customers walk in will be based on the backwoods shack where the band created their sound (which they brought to Ravinia last night) in Jacksonville. The staff will be encouraged to jump on the bar and the stage to lead sing-alongs of Skynyrd classics.






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The Drive's Live at 5 for the week of August 22-26, 2011
Posted:Saturday, 08/20/2011 at 04:08pm by Bobby Skafish
Monday, August 22: George Thorogood
George's latest album is a tribute to Chess Records, as he covers their artists, such as Muddy Waters, Bo Diddley & Chuck Berry; the title is the address, 2120 S. Michigan Avenue. Thorogood is no Georgie-come-lately on the subject: "I remember as a teenager reading about Mick Jagger meeting Keith Richards on a train. Jagger had a Chuck Berry record, and he said he write to Chess Records and got a catalog sent to him. Just out of curiosity I took out one of my Chess records, got the address and wrote them. They sent me a catalog of the complete Chess library, and I bought every single one of them I could possibly get."

Tuesday, August 23: Fleetwood Mac
Two Stevie Nicks Mac tunes as she serenades at the Rosemont
Theatre on this night. On her August 9th gig at Red Rocks/ Denver, Colorado, she performed, along with tunes from her latest solo album, In Your Dreams, these classics: Stand Back, Dreams, Gold Dust Woman, Rhiannon, Leather & Lace and Edge of 17.

Wednesday, August 24: The Who
While Roger Daltrey is touring Tommy (10/7, the Venue @ Horseshoe Casino), Pete Townshend has been readying Quadrophenia, the band's other rock opera, for a November 15th box set release, chock full o' extras. The Who will tour Quadrophenia in 2012 and, perhaps the best news of all is this from tinnitus ravaged Pete Townshend, "My hearing is actually getting better." And, oh yeah, happy birthday Keith Moon (R.I.P.).

Thursday, August 25: Elton John
Dig Vegas? Dig Elton? Road Trip! Air travel works, too. Elton John's "Million Dollar Piano" show (with full band) sets up for 16 shows at The Colloseum at Caesar's Palace from 9/28 through 10/23. Then it's off to less hedonistic locations such as Lithuania, Russia & the Ukraine.

Friday, August 26: Chicago
It's Chicago at Ravinia both Sunday & Saturday In The (Highland) Park, too! Available now to pre-order (10/4 release) is Chicago XXXIII - O Christmas Tree. Their website describes it thusly: "14 bona-fide smash hit holiday favorites all Chicagoized in classic form."

Make me smile,

Bobby Skafish
3-8 PM
The Drive

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The Drive's Live at 5 for the week of August 15-19, 2011
Posted:Saturday, 08/13/2011 at 05:08pm by Bobby Skafish
Monday, August 15: The Doobie Brothers
Happy birthday to co-founding Doob and singer of so many of their classics, Tom Johnston. After leaving a band with the disgusting name "Pud" Tom got the Doobies, um, rollin' in 1970, left in '77 then rejoined in 1987 and remains with the band today.

Tuesday, August 16: Foreigner
Two from Wolfgang's Vault featuring the excellent pipes of Lou Gramm, who is appearing, as per his website, tomorrow night at "Navy Pier - Independent Garden Center Show." His latest solo release, from 2009, is a self-titled Christian rock album. Live, the Lou Gramm Band plays a combination of Foreigner, solo Lou & Christian rock.

Wednesday, August 17: INXS
I'll forever get choked up when I remember that the late, great Michael Hutchence turned down the cover of the Rolling Stone because the mag wanted him, but not his bandmates on it. INXS '11: bassist Garry Beers is a new dad, twins no less, with the names Isla Katherine & August James.

Thursday, August 18: Led Zeppelin
U2's the Edge appeared with Jimmy Page & Jack White in the 2008 guitar-centric film It Might Get Loud. The Edge on Pagey: "Before I met Jimmy I listened back to some Led Zeppelin stuff and realize it has stood the test of time. It has the hallmark of timeless music. It hasn't dated while so much from that era really did date and in fact has completely vanished."

Friday, August 19: The Story of The Rolling Stones begins!

Go ahead, bite the big apple,

Bobby Skafish
3-8 PM
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The Drive's Live at 5 for the week of August 8-12, 2011
Posted:Saturday, 08/06/2011 at 04:08pm by Bobby Skafish
Monday, August 8: U2
Happy birthday to U2 guitarist Dave Evans, more commonly known as the Edge, a handle his mates gave him because of the shape of his chin. In Rolling Stone's 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time special issue, Edge was ranked #24 and got the compliment "Rarely has a guitarist acheived so much by playing so little."

Tuesday, August 9: Van Halen
Two from the Sammy era (Candyman &...jest kiddin'). Remember how people sometimes called the band Van Hagar? In Sammy's autobiography, Red, he recalls that various record label/management types seriously pushed for that name, but Sammy, Ed, Alex & Michael stood firm. He also spins a yarn in Red that guitarist Ronnie Montrose (Sammy sang for Montrose on their first 2 albums) reacted to Sammy getting singled out for praise in a review during their European tour by stopping talking to him!

Wednesday, August 10: Cheap Trick
Cheap Trick have called off their September 1st Vancouver, British Columbia gig because they're skittish about using a stage similiar to the one that collapsed on them at the Ottawa Bluesfest on July 17th. The stage for the Vancouver show is provided by Mega-Stage by Berger, who also provided the one in Ottawa. Cheap Trick say in a statement that unless current investigations prove otherwise, they will not appear on a Berger stage "as a matter of principle."

Thursday, August 11: Bruce Springsteen
3 by the Boss as part of the Drive's Triple Play Thursday!
One will be Dancing In The Dark. Footage from the original concept of the video surfaced on YouTube. The outtakes show Bruce literally dancing in the dark three times to the song. Springsteen had said back in the day he didn't like the original video and dumped it in favor of the one where he pulls a young Courtney Cox onto the stage with him.

Friday, August 12: Steely Dan
It's the Dan of Steel making their Ravinia debut with 2 heap big Drive shows this night and the next! I checked out their 8/2 Columbia, Maryland setlist: Aja, Hey 19, Black Friday, Time Out Of Mind, Dirty Work, Josie, Peg, My Old School, Reelin' In The Years &, Kid Charlemagne were all on it, as was Papa Don't Take No Mess, a James Brown cover.

It's the smile on my face,

Bobby Skafish
3-8 PM
The Drive

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The Drive's Live at 5 for the week of August 1-5, 2011
Posted:Saturday, 07/30/2011 at 10:07am by Bobby Skafish
Monday, August 1: Paul McCartney
Second & final show at Wrigley. We'll play a tune from the 4-song, 13:32 EP called Amoeba's Secret. Recorded in 2007 during a secret performance at Amoeba Music in Hollywood, this was Paul's first-ever in-store performance. Originally available only on vinyl, you can get it now on CD & download.

Tuesday, August 2: The Allman Brothers band
We have Wolfgang's Vault performances from both coasts: NYC's Fillmore East in '71 & San Francisco's Winterland in '73. The Winterland selection is Ramblin' Man, a smash hit single the Allmans rarely performed. Why? As per Dickie Betts, the song's author, because it was a smash hit single!

Wednesday, August 3: The Rolling Stones
No word yet on a 50th (!) anniversary Stones tour for next year. While you wait for the Drive to bring any pertinent news on that to ya, enjoy Stones' stagework from 1969 and some 20 years later Live @ 5.

Thursday, August 4: Steve Miller
Steve Miller Band in concert tonight at the Chicago Theatre. Great feature on Steve in the August Mojo, with his friend Paul Mc Cartney on the cover. Inside, Miller tells the tale of watching John & Paul doing vocals for Get Back and Don't Let Me Down in the same London Olympic Studio complex he was working in back in '69. The next night a Beatles session failed to materialize so Paul wandered down the hall to where Miller was recording and played bass, drums & sang on the song My Dark Hour, from Miller's third album, Brave New world. Paul's pseudonymn in the credits was "Paul Ramon."

Friday, August 5: Yes
It's the voice of countless Yes classics, Jon Anderson, performing solo tonight at The Arcada Theatre in St. Charles. Jon will sing Yes & solo material. Wonder if he'll do Our National Anthem, which is now Jon's, too? Jon became a U.S. citizen in 2009 and lives in central California (San Arroyo).

And You And I,
Bobby Skafish
3-8 pm
The Drive



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The Drive's Live at 5 for the week of July 25-29, 2011
Posted:Saturday, 07/23/2011 at 10:07am by Bobby Skafish
It's a Wrigley Field-themed Live at 5 week; listen to great Drive artists who have played Wrigley over the years (and one who is about to), and immediately afterward, listen for us to ask you to call in for a chance to WIN MC CARTNEY TICKETS for the August 1st show, including FRONT ROW!

Monday, July 25: Jimmy Buffett
Buffett changed Wrigleyville into Margaritaville during Labor Day weekend, 2005 - including the concessions as both Jimmy-endorsed beer and margs were being sold! I went to one of the shows and absolutely loved it, including the covers of Southern Cross (CSN) & Scarlet Begonias (Grateful Dead). Great scene, too.

Tuesday, July 26: Elton John
We'll hear two Elton did in July of 2009 when he played what the late Steve Goodman called "that ivy covered burial ground" with Billy Joel. Elton certainly got the better of the Trib's Greg Kot's review: "John was mostly business, focusing intently on music that has held up well. Joel cracked wise in a lousy Chicago accent..."

Wednesday, July27: The Police
Heard this concert loud & clear from my neighborhood homestead, and man they sounded great. They pulled it off as a 3-piece, as one of their reunion rules was no extra musicians. The opening act was Fiction Plane, featuring Sting's son, Joe.

Thirsday, July 28: Billy Joel
We'll fire up 2 that Billy performed at Wrigley Field when he played it with Elton for 2 nights in 2009. As you may recall, the Elton/Billy show nearly played there again last summer, but Joel pulled the plug, deciding, instead, to take a year off. "I'm bitterly disappointed," said EJ, "but Billy has had a tough year and I have to respect his decision." Here's to hoping Mr. Joel has used the year wisely and is feeling better.

Friday, July 29: Paul Mc Cartney
Now we listen to what the man said (and sang & played from the stage), and lead into the multi-day celebration we call "Mc Cartney Mania" on the Drive. Oh, btw, as soon as Friday's winner is chosen, we'll pick a grand prize winner from the 5 winners of the week. That person will get the regular tickets they won, AND FRONT ROW SEATS!

Maybe I'm amazed,
Bobby Skafish
3-8 pm
The Drive





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The Drive's Live at 5 for the week of July 18-22, 2011
Posted:Saturday, 07/16/2011 at 11:07am by Bobby Skafish
Monday, July 18: Rod Stewart
One we'll hear is Tonight's The Night, from Rod's Unplugged & Seated set. The studio version was his second #1 in America, Maggie May being the first. The cooing in French as the song fades was done by Rod's then girlfriend, Swedish actress Bitt Ekland. Here's Stewart, to Mojo magazine, back in'95: "I got her drunk to sing that old French bollocks at the end, because she didn't want to do it." Her fee? "I bought her a nice frock."

Tuesday, July 19: Queen
Happy birthday to Queen's brilliant guitarist, Brian May. So many film biographies on musicians bite the dust because producers can't secure the rights to the music; the Jerry Garcia estate, for example, put the kibosh last year on a film about Jer'. The living members of Queen, however, created Queen Films and joined a producer's company to get the band's tale told. As you've probably heard, Sacha Baren-Cohen (Borat) will play Freddie Mercury. Yes!

Wednesday, July 20: Santana
Speaking of biopics of musicians, Carlos Santana (happy birthday!) is said to be collaborating with actor Benjamin Bratt and his brother Peter Bratt for a film based on his colorful life. In typical Carlos cosmic-speak, he says he wants to "present my story clearly, so people know where I come from, who I am...so that people know that my mother is conviction and my father is charisma." He calls his life "a triumph from the day I was born."

Thursday, July 21: John Mellencamp
Farm Aid 2011 will be held in Kansas City on Saturday, August 13th. Board members John Mellencamp, Willie Nelson Neil Young & Dave Matthews will all perform, as usual. Other artists include Jakob Dylan, whose dad played the first Farm Aid, In 1985, in Champaign.

Friday, July 22: Bad Company
Released June 28th, Bad Company At Wembley is available on CD, DVD & Blu-Ray. The concert is from April of 2010 and features Bad Co. founders Paul Rodgers, Mick Ralphs & Simon Kirke. Original bassist Boz Burrell passed away in 2006, and besides his replacement the band is augmented by guitarist Howard Leese, who spent many years with Heart.

Rock Steady,

Bobby Skafish
3-8 PM
The Drive










Thursday, July 21: John Mellencamp

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