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Norah Jones to perform at U of A's E.J. Thomas Hall in March 2010

By malcolm Published: November 30, 2009

Livenation's growing love affair with Akron's concert venues continues with the announcement that singer/songwriter Norah Jones will perform at the hall on Thursday, March 11, 2010.

Jones has been receiving reams of positive press for her fourth album The Fall which finds her loosening and shaking up the comfy, sleepy, roots flavored music of her past work.
It's not a death-metal record, but it is a bit louder and musically diverse and it's good to hear Jones shake it up a little bit, though overall the sound still fairly mellow.

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By malcolm Published: November 26, 2009

Steely Dan Plays "The Royal Scam" at E.J. Thomas Hall

By malcolm Published: November 18, 2009

Steely Dan returned to the stage of the University of Akron's E.J. Thomas Hall Tuesday, for the second show of their two-night stand at the venue to perform their 1976 album The Royal Scam in its entirety.

Shortly after backup singer Carolyn Leonhart-Escoffery placed the needle on the record on the turntable at the front of the stage, signifying the beginning of what singer/keyboardist Donald Fagen later referred to as the "epic portion" of the night, the band tore into crowd favorite (and Royal Scam opener) King Charlemagne.
Unfortunately, a few bars into the song a malfunction backstage triggered an alarm adding some unneeded and unwanted flashing lights and a high pitched tone presumably designed to let concert goers know to run screaming from the building waving their arms wildly.

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Steely Dan plays "Aja" at Uof A's E.J. ThomasHall

By malcolm Published: November 17, 2009

Though Steely Dan is known for following their own complex, syncopated jazz-pop beat, the band has jumped on the "in its entirety" trend spending two nights at The University of Akron's E.J Thomas hall performing Aja on Monday night.

Steely Dan principals Walter Becker and Donald Fagen have assembled a superior 11 piece band including three backup singes and a horn section that can play anything out of the band's catalog with near mechanical precision but they didn't let the fancy chords and time changes get in the way of the good grooves found on Aja.
As singer/songwriter Donald Fagen said, going to see a band perform a familiar album in its entirety creates a different artist/audience relationship for that portion of the evening.

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Nevermind: Steven Tyler says he's not leaving Aerosmith

By malcolm Published: November 11, 2009

Well, nevermind.

Rolling Stone reports that all the hubbub the last few days over Steven Tyler's quitting Aerosmith and going solo were put to rest Tuesday night when Tyler jumped onstage with the Joe Perry Project during a show at the Fillmore.

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Aeromsith looking for new singer as Steven Tyler contemplates solo career

By malcolm Published: November 10, 2009

Gee, I guess this is a bummer.

Since falling off the stage during a show in August, (possibly former) Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler is apparently not interested in being a part of the band he's fronted for more than four decades.
According to guitarist Joe Perry, Tyler has not communicated with any of his fellow bandmembers since Aerosmith had to cancel the remainder of their summer tour while the 61 year-old singer was on the mend.

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