Alice In Chains performing at Palms; Air Supply heads to The Orleans

Aug 29, 2018 3:00 AM

“Lost in Love,” “All Out of Love,” “Every Woman in the World” – those songs have been floating through my head since I heard Air Supply will be at The Orleans this Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

It takes me back to the mid-70s when members Graham Russell and Russell Hitchcock burst into the music scene. What unique vocals. What harmonic ballads. What a beautiful soft rock sound.

Of course their big break came when they opened for Rod Stewart.

These are two very talented people and you don’t want to miss this show.

The following weekend, Sept. 8 and 9, Texas-native clay Walker, who has been rocking the country scene since 1993, will take the stage. You’ll get to hear some of those great No. 1 hits, including “If I Could Make a Living,” “This Woman and This Man” and “Rumor Has It” – plus lots more.

Alice in Pearls

If you are looking for a heavier rock sound head over to the Pearl Concert Theater at the Palms this Saturday and take in the Alice In Chains show.

Jerry Cantrell, William DuVall, Sean Kinney and Mike Inez will definitely offer an electrifying mix of classic songs and new tracks from upcoming album Rainier Fog, which comes out the day before the gig.

This is their first album in five years plus it’s their first album for BMG and their first time recording in their hometown of Seattle in more than 20 years. That’s a lot of firsts.

Hangover at HRH

It’s not too early to get tickets to see comedian Mike Epps at The Joint at the Hard Rock. The show is Friday, Oct. 19, but it’s sure to be a sell out as this man is funny.

He has been making people laugh since the mid-90s but you probably know him best for his starring roles in hit films and TV shows like “The Hangover” franchise, the “Resident Evil” franchise, “Survivor’s Remorse,” “Open Season 2,” “Hancock,” “Lottery Ticket,” “Dr. Dolittle 2,” “Death Wish” and many more.

Currently, he has teamed up with fellow comedian Katt Williams to create “The House Next Door;” a sequel to his 2016 horror comedy film “Meet the Blacks.”

The Queen always

The news the past week was rife with sad tones and melodies. Aretha Franklin, Ree-ree, passed away from pancreatic cancer at the age of 76. She blasted through color lines, became a gospel turned blues turned pop singer who was a phenomenal piano player as well.

Aretha and I went way back. We had the same innovative agent, the late Ruth Bowen, for many years. I still have fond memories of Aretha – singing the anthem, singing in The Blues Brothers, all those amazing hits.

She started from a humble beginning and attained heights never imagined. She was also the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Her twinkling eyes, her unsurpassable vocals, her mere presence – and uplifting moment in America’s musical history. Godspeed and rest in peace, my darling Aretha.

At the cinema

“Crazy Rich Asians” has my vote for a light film. It could have been any ethnic group, but the fun of it all is the stereotypes, and how to win over your future mother-in-law.

A surprise great entry was “Eighth Grade.” I only caught it because I was late for another screening. How surprised I was. The combo of selfie videos, the true lean-on-me atmosphere of the plot, coming of age, and even the perfect casting made this a wonder of an indie. But don’t let the title fool, it’s rated R.

New discovery

On Spring Mountain, near Jones, there is a bistro called GABI that is eclectic in design and ambiance and makes me feel like I am back in NYC’s Greenwich Village years ago! It has hints of SFO, Seattle, and Montreal, too.

They have great coffee, sweets, and sandwiches. I love it! I went back four times in two days – that say it all.

This past Sunday, Branden Powers of the Golden Tiki and Evel Pie took his wedding vows with his new beautiful bride. Congratulations to the happy couple.

We can still keep the heat at bay as City National Arena has daily public ice skating lessons while it is triple digits outside. At the Venetian and Mandalay is Minus5. It’s entirely ice laden – even the seats – and ou feel like it is winter. Great cool off spot!

Until next week…