A funny thing happened on the way to the merch tent ... This week I'm going to take you through some of my more bizarre, err, engagements over the years.
Three nights of Widespread Panic
Just click here and begin bidding on a three-night True Spreadhead package for all three Widespread Panic shows at the Riverside Theater in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on October 24, 25 and 26.
Vanity Fair's Bissinger profiles Milwaukee's "Stradivarius Affair"
Buzz Bissinger profiles the Milwaukee "heist of the Lipinski Stradivarius, which galvanized the music world last winter" online and in the November print edition of Vanity Fair.
Adams delivers an energetic and honest performance
Ryan Adams performed an extraordinarily solid and heartfelt show tonight. Known as eccentric and erratic - in both good and not so good ways - the prolific North Carolinian continues to serve up a hearty slice of the very best in roots, folk, rock and Americana. But the beauty and the curse of Adams is you never know what you're going to get.
Milwaukee skyline immortalized in wax
For a mere $40, you can get a silhouette of the Milwaukee skyline immortalized in wax. In PVC that is.
Foreigner to play after Admirals game
Milwaukee Admirals President Jon Greenberg announced that Foreigner will perform in a post-game concert on Saturday, March 21 after the Admirals take on the Texas Stars at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.
Fleetwood Mac adds BMO Harris BC gig
This morning, classic rockers Fleetwood Mac announced additional dates for their current On With The Show Tour - the first one with Christine McVie since her departure from the band 16 years ago - including a stop at Milwaukee's BMO Harris Bradley Center on Thursday, Feb. 12.
Cage The Elephant highlights day one of 102/1's Big Snow Show 9
This morning, FM 102/1 announced the day one performers for its upcoming Big Snow Show 9 - hosted by The Rave - and even with just one day announced, it's an impressive bunch.
The making of a "one-hit wonder"
Remember Spacehog's song, "In The Meantime?" Well, there's only one thing worse than being a "one-hit wonder," and that's being a "no-hit wonder." Over the years people keep coming back to the one thing that has so far defined Spacehog - that universal love song to the alien.
Neil Diamond adds BMO Harris Bradley Center concert in April
This morning, the legendary "Sweet Caroline" singer and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Neil Diamond announced the dates for his upcoming world tour, including a stop at the BMO Harris Bradley Center for a show on April 9, 2015.
Dandy Warhols, fans share secrets of good music, great city
I've been lucky enough to see the Dandy Warhols live several times over the last few years. But each time, I've had to travel to Chicago or Madison to hear them, which is a small sacrifice for one of my favorite bands over the last 15-plus years. So the opportunity to see the Dandys at Turner Hall was a welcome one, and as usual, provided for a great venue to see the Portland-based band Saturday night.
The Sidewalk Skipper Band's brush with fame was brief
Milwaukee's The Sidewalk Skipper Band -- which included long-time concert promoter Joe Balistreri -- recorded two 45s for Capitol Records. But, the band likely arrived on the national scene too late to ride the psychedelic wave.
A custom playlist, just for you
So I guess now that U2 is giving away their record on iTunes, we have an officially sanctioned "why buy it when you can get it for free?" attitude, and not just from an impossibly wealthy rock band or some young Internet savvy Torrentheads.
More reasons to attend the Concert 4 MACC
The inaugural Concert 4 MACC, a benefit event for Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer (The MACC Fund), is next week. And, there are many new reasons to support the cause.
Drummin' in the moonlight
From time to time there's sufficient pause in my schedule recording and touring to contemplate some related fields and how they might put food on the table. And then there's a bit of good old-fashioned moonlighting.
Ariana Grande adds Milwaukee gig next year
Breakout pop star Ariana Grande announced details for her first North American headlining tour this morning, including a stop in Milwaukee on Saturday, Feb. 28, at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.
Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra kicks off season at six Colectivo cafes on Saturday
The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra kicks off its 2014-15 season with six ensembles performing at six Colectivo Coffee locations around the Milwaukee area on Saturday, Sept. 6, at 2 p.m.
The duality of fame
Personally, I'm not so enamored with all this celebrity BS. I've never understood why one would be so willing to put people in the public eye on a pedestal, just because they play a guitar or act in a movie. There are notable exceptions, of course: I think I was more than a little timid when Stephen Dorf introduced me to Madonna. And it was a trip telling Bono about a church we were recording in, only for him to respond dryly: "Take the pews out, Jonny, but leave God in."
Journey brings a new face to vintage rock
Journey opened its hour-and-a-half set at the BMO Harris Pavilion with "Be Good to Yourself" and served a steady stream of its classics: "Separate Ways," "Any Way You Want It" and "Only the Young." No one can ever truly replace "The Voice" Steve Perry, but sound-alike Arnel Pineda comes damn close -- and, at age 46, he brings his own youthful vibrancy to the band's current line-up.
The most melancholy songs ever
It never fails to amaze me what goes bonkers on my Facebook page.
Greatest Alpine Valley shows of all time
Here are the best shows at Alpine Valley, according to Facebookers. The venue went up for sale earlier this week for a mere $8.4 million.
30 minutes that shook Milwaukee
As the 50th anniversary of the Fab Four's only Milwaukee appearance nears, Milwaukee Public Television launches a 30-minute documentary about the Beatles' half-hour performance at the Milwaukee Arena.
A day in the life on tour with Spacehog
For some reason most people think that artists read from a completely different rule book: You're not a "real' artist" unless you are in a constant state of purgatory. The only way to really enhance your credentials as a musical trailblazer is to jump off the nearest cliff! But I reject that completely. I am nobody's martyr!
Hunter Hayes coming to the BMO Harris Bradley Center
Young country star Hunter Hayes will bring his Tattoo Your Name Tour to the BMO Harris Bradley Center on Thursday, Nov. 13.
In the meantime, as it is
Thinking about this blog got me revisiting some of the times I came to Milwaukee with my band, Spacehog -- the countless times we played Summerfest, our appearance at Shank Hall, and random visits to the state to play places like Oshkosh and Sturtevant. The warmth of your average Midwesterner is noteworthy; I knew because I had tended bar with a couple back in New York, none other than Spoon's Rob Pope and The Hold Steady's Bobby Drake.