The Best Music of 2020: Gotta Hear ’em All’s Picks

2020 was a difficult year in many ways. The arts world was hit particularly hard by the sudden cessation of live music early in the year. Several deaths, either COVID-caused or otherwise, also rocked the larger musical world. Despite these tragedies, 2020 was also a year of excellent music. Several publications have discussed the seeming … Continue reading The Best Music of 2020: Gotta Hear ’em All’s Picks

On This Day (December 17)…Beethoven’s Baptism

Ludwig van Beethoven was baptized on this day in 1770. Probably the most famous portrait of Beethoven by Joseph Karl Stieler dating to 1820. Retrieved from here. It is likely that Beethoven was born not long before this date, likely on December 16, as it was apparently customary to baptize children about a day after … Continue reading On This Day (December 17)…Beethoven’s Baptism

On This Day (December 16)…Deep Purple in Dania

Deep Purple performed on this day in 1972 at Pirates World in Dania, Florida. Ticket for the show. Retrieved from here. This date, late in the group's Machine Head World Tour, was the final concert the group performed in 1972. This year had been up to this point one of their most successful. It had … Continue reading On This Day (December 16)…Deep Purple in Dania

On This Day (December 14)…Pines Premieres

Ottorino Respighi's Pines of Rome premiered on this day in 1924 at the Augusteo Theater in Rome, Italy. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IvgyfqzLC0A The Work This piece, which as the title suggest is a vivid tone poem about four pine-ridden locations, serves as a loose sequel to Respighi's earlier tone poem Fountains of Rome. The work features four movements … Continue reading On This Day (December 14)…Pines Premieres

On This Day (December 13)…ELP’s Final First

Emerson, Lake & Palmer performed on this day in 1970 at the Kinetic Circus in Birmingham, England. Poster for the show. One of my personal favorites from the debut tour. Retrieved from here. This concert was ELP's last major activity in 1970. It brought an end to their Debut Tour, undertaken to introduce them to … Continue reading On This Day (December 13)…ELP’s Final First

On This Day (December 12)…ELP’s (Second) First at Leeds

Emerson, Lake & Palmer performed on this day in 1970 at Leeds University in Leeds, England. ELP were at this time on their debut tour, undertaken to support the album of the same name. The group were near the end of the tour, which had been going on since August of that year. During the … Continue reading On This Day (December 12)…ELP’s (Second) First at Leeds

On This Day (December 11)…Rainbow Reach Royal Oak

Rainbow performed on this day in 1979 at the Royal Oak Music Theater in Royal Oak, Michigan. Ad for the show. Note the misspelled name. Retrieved from here. Rainbow were at this time on their Down To Earth Tour, undertaken to support the album of the same name. Royal Oak was the final stop on … Continue reading On This Day (December 11)…Rainbow Reach Royal Oak

On This Day (December 9)…Rainbow Come Down to Albany

Rainbow performed on this day in 1979 at the Palace Theater in Albany, New York. Ticket for the show. Retrieved from here. Rainbow were at this time on their Down To Earth Tour, undertaken to support the album of the same name. The group were just days away from finishing with their North American leg … Continue reading On This Day (December 9)…Rainbow Come Down to Albany

On This Day (December 9)…ELP’s First Picture Show

Emerson, Lake & Palmer performed on this day in 1970 at the Lyceum Ballroom in London, England. Retrieved from here. ELP were at this time on their debut tour, introducing themselves to the rock 'n roll-loving public. On this first tour, the group had a program which specialized in classical quotations; only two pieces, "Rondo" … Continue reading On This Day (December 9)…ELP’s First Picture Show

On This Day (December 8)…Rainbow Come Down to Syracuse

Rainbow performed on this day in 1979 at the Landmark Theater in Syracuse, New York. Ticket for the show. Retrieved from here. Rainbow were at this time on their Down to Earth Tour, undertaken to support the album of the same name. They were supported at this concert by the band Gamma. There is no … Continue reading On This Day (December 8)…Rainbow Come Down to Syracuse