Who is the next Mick Jagger? I don’t know, but, “American Idol” will attempt to find out next week. The competition’s top 12 will take on the Rolling Stones challenge according to an announcement by “American Idol” host Ryan Seacrest. So, prepare for two to three memorable performances of songs like “Satisfaction” and “Wild Horses,” and a whole bunch of bad imitations. I like when “American Idol” attempts to spice the competition up with band tributes and it did work two years ago when “American Idol” contestants took on the Beatles’ immense track list. But, the Stones. I can only wish the contestants good luck. My only suggestion to contestants is to not attempt to imitate Mick Jagger’s carefree swagger. Make the songs your own or face the judges scorn. Trust me. I have only been watching the show for over a third of my life. Wow, that is incredibly sad.
Pearl Jam is coming to Madison Square Garden. My good friend is jumping for joy. The short spring tour concludes in New York with two shows on May 20 and 21. The tour will support the release of their recent album Backspacer. Die-hard Pearl Jam fans are quite loyal and unwavering in their belief that Pearl Jam is god’s gift. I am not among those who are crazed with this Seattle band. They are not my cup of tea. But, I have heard they put on some pretty awesome shows. They will sell out the Garden so that counts for something.
U.S. Tour Dates:
May 1: New Orleans (New Orleans Jazz Festival)
May 3: Kansas City, Mo. (Sprint Center)
May 4: St. Louis (Scottrade Center)
May 6: Columbus, Ohio (Nationwide Arena)
May 7: Noblesville, Ind. (Verizon Wireless Music Center)
May 9: Cleveland, Ohio (Quicken Loans Arena)
May 10: Buffalo, N.Y. (HSBC Arena)
May 13: Bristow, Virginia (Jiffy Lube Live)
May 15: Hartford, CT (XL Center)
May 17: Boston (TD Garden)
May 18: TBA
May 20: New York (Madison Square Garden)
May 21: New York (Madison Square Garden)