Jacob Zinn :: journalist + photographer

Tour Alert: Aerosmith & Cheap Trick Global Warming Tour

Posted in Classic Rock, Music by Jacob Zinn on March 28, 2012

Minneapolis, MN
Target Center
Cleveland, OH
Quicken Loans Arena
Chicago, IL
United Center
Toronto, ON
Air Canada Centre
Uniondale, NY
Nassau Coliseum
Bristow, VA
Jiffy Lube Live
Detroit, MI
The Palace of Auburn Hills
Milwaukee, WI
Marcus Amphitheater, Summerfest
Boston, MA
TD Garden
Philadelphia, PA
Wells Fargo Center
East Rutherford, NJ
IZOD Center
Atlanta, GA
Philips Arena
Dallas, TX
American Airlines Center
Houston, TX
Toyota Center
Denver, CO
Pepsi Center
Oakland, CA
Oracle Arena
Los Angeles, CA
Hollywood Bowl
Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Dome

Get out the sunscreen – this’ll be one scorcher of a summer tour.

Aerosmith will heat up U.S. audiences this June, July and August on their aptly named Global Warming tour.

“The old Aerosmith is back with a new vengeance,” said frontman Steven Tyler.

Following a string of sold-out shows in South America, the Bad Boys from Boston announced their first return to North America since 2010. They’ve scheduled 17 dates in the U.S. and one in Canada.

The hard-rocking five-piece will be supported by Illinois rockers Cheap Trick, a band that was to accompany Aerosmith on the third leg of the Rockin’ the Joint Tour in 2005 until Tyler required throat surgery.

The first leg of the tour starts in Minneapolis and wraps up in Tacoma. Tickets for most shows go on sale this weekend through Ticketmaster and Live Nation.


Top 5 Cock Rock Frontmen

Posted in Classic Rock, Music, Top 5 by Jacob Zinn on September 27, 2011

It was the early ’70s. The hippie counter-culture was on its way out and all that was left to do was popularize cock rock for the next several decades.

The name of the genre refers to the bulge in the tight pants of rockstars–a bulge responsible for the bedding of plethoras of groupies. A prominent resurgence three decades ago saw peace, love and music make way for sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll; women walked this way for Steven Tyler and teachers were hot for David Lee Roth.

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While cock rock climaxed in the ’80s, this list looks at the forefathers of the genre, the ground-breaking lyricists who made in-your-face, pelvis-thrusting crotch shots not only mainstream, but the norm.

5. Paul Stanley of KISS

Stanley can be credited with bringing cock rock moves to the oversexed genres of glam rock and hair metal. KISS had always worn tight leather pants, but as the frontman, Stanley was the only member to use it to his advantage. Gene Simmons might’ve had the tongue, but Stanley had the balls… to flash his cod-pieced Love Gun to the crowd.

4. Roger Daltry of The Who

There perhaps is no better a display of cock rock than The Who’s 4:00 a.m. performance from Woodstock ’69. Daltry shakes his wild locks during parts of “My Generation” and “Pinball Wizard”, with low angles complementing his protrusion. Whether it’s real or not, groupies of the time might or might not say they won’t get fooled again.

3. Mick Jagger of The Rolling Stones

Arguably the first to introduce the moves, Jagger is a prominent sex symbol of the time, known for shuffling his hips during songs like “Honky Tonk Woman”. With allegedly countless love-children, Jagger proved that these moves work, creating a legion of followers who want the same pants as those on the cover of Sticky Fingers.

2. Jim Morrison of The Doors

The Doors’ music may not have been as sexual as their peers, but Morrison’s onstage performances left little to the imagination of fire-lighting gypsies. While Morrison wasn’t as controversial as Oliver Stone made him out to be in the 1991 biopic, The Doors, he was certainly one of the earliest rockers to use the moves, which surely got him more than a few L.A. women.

1. Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin

Anyone who’s seen the 1976 concert film The Song Remains the Same has witnessed one of the originators in all his long-haired, bare-chested, blue-denim bell-bottom jeaned glory. Plant made every woman in Madison Square Garden sweat and groove with the sway of his hips, putting them in a hypnotic trance. His two-sizes-too-small britches that emphasized his trouser snake made him an icon for cock rock, one that both men and women looked up to (figuratively and literally).

Honourable Mentions

  • Steven Tyler of Aerosmith
  • David Lee Roth of Van Halen
  • Vince Neil of Mötley Crüe
  • Bret Michaels of Poison
  • Sebastian Bach of Skid Row

Top 5 Musicians I would see in Concert, Again

Posted in Concert Reviews, Music, Top 5 by Jacob Zinn on May 5, 2010

Over the last five years, I’ve seen dozens of musicians in concert–some of them twice. Some entertainers just put on a show that you can’t see just once.

I’ve already seen Alice Cooper, Bruce Springsteen, Linkin Park, Mötley Crüe, Rob Zombie and Sum 41 two times each, but here are five bands I would like to see, again.

Top 5 Musicians I would see in Concert, Again

5. blink-182

It took eight years for the Southern California pop-punk trio to come back to Vancouver, but I was sure to get floor tickets when they returned. Mark, Tom and Travis’ long-awaited reunion made for much anticipation among the youthful crowd at the third show of the summer tour. It was one of the more energetic shows I had been to and the fans knew all the words, making it even better. And with all the energy exerted on the floor, the band exerted it back with their performance. To have another chance to catch Travis Barker’s drumsticks would be entirely worth paying the ticket price again.

4. Aerosmith

I was all set to see Aerosmith for the second time last August, but the Canadian tour dates were cancelled after Steven Tyler fell off the stage at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally and later checked into rehab for a painkiller addiction. While I got my $200 back, I still would’ve rather seen “The Bad Boys from Boston” from the floor of BC Place than when I saw them in 2006 from the nosebleeds of GM Place. It may be a while as Tyler may be recording a rap album with Timbaland before rejoining his bandmates, but if Aerosmith tours with Tyler as lead singer, I’d spend that $200 again.

3. The White Stripes

The White Stripes’ 2007 Canadian tour (as seen in the 2010 documentary Under Great White Northern Lights) was a tremendous string of dates that honoured some of Jack White III’s ancestry as the band played across the provinces and territories. Furthermore, watching only two band members make such great music outside of the conventional drums, bass, guitar and vocals set up is something to see live. Both of the White’s are talented, between Meg’s smooth drumming and Jack’s ability to sing while alternating between guitar and keyboard. You have to see it for yourself, and do a double-take by buying another ticket.

2. The Rolling Stones

There really isn’t much to be said here. Keith Richards should have died in 1996, and while I saw the Stones on the last North American date of the Bigger Bang Tour, there’s no doubt that I would see Mick, Keith, Charlie and Ronnie again. After all, the question most asked by Stones isn’t “have you seen them before?” It’s “how many times?”

1. AC/DC

Now, I’ve already seen AC/DC twice, but I don’t think twice could ever be enough. Like the Stones, we’re not sure how much longer AC/DC will be around. Lead singer Brian Johnson has talked about retiring next year, and while Angus Young is the youngest member of the group, he’s still 53 and he can’t possibly be a schoolboy that much longer. That said, if Australia’s greatest export were to extend its Black Ice Tour and take the highway to Hell Vancouver again, I would grab the plastic devil horns from their last show and get on the floor once more. I waited five years to see them the first time, so I wouldn’t miss them if the opportunity came up.

Honourable Mentions
Iron Maiden
Kid Rock
Ozzy Osbourne
Rise Against

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