Monday, June 13, 2011

Break out your bell-bottoms! July is high in the '70s at the Iron Horse with tributes to Elton John, Neil Diamond, and The Band

Early Elton: A Tribute to the Elton John trio tours of 1970 – 1972 on Friday, July 1st, 7PM at the Iron Horse

Early Elton is a tribute to the Elton John, Dee Murray and Nigel Olsson trio tours of 1970 - 1972 featuring Jeff Kazee (pictured above) (piano, vocals), John Conte (bass and vocals) who are currently on tour with Southside Johnny and Rich Pagano (drums and vocals) from The Fab Faux. As the story goes, Elton's label didn't have the funds to send him out to tour the US with a full band, yet Elton need to promote his imminent releases. Having decided on Dee and Nigel, Elton then rearranged the songs and vocals to fit within the limitations of his new lineup. Suddenly, a new sound emerged that was both raw and poignant. While Jeff, John and Rich have used rare video, bootleg recordings and even Elton's own home demos in shaping their collective vision of Elton's Trio Period, they blur the lines between replication and innovation--while still capturing and utilizing the spirit, mood and energy from those early tours. The Gospel/Funk of "Take Me To The Pilot", the soulful storytelling of "Levon" and "Amoreena", the epic "Burn Down The Mission", the countrified "Country Comfort" and the grand scale of "Madman Across The Water" are just a few of the fantastic chapters that make up the Early Elton songbook. Early Elton is dedicated to continuing the spirit of this period—arguably his finest in terms of material, production and performance.

The Diamond Collection: The Ultimate Neil Diamond Tribute Band on Saturday, July 2nd, 7PM at the Iron Horse

The Diamond Collection is a true Neil Diamond tribute show. Kenny LaBelle has long admired the intricacies and soul of the music that Neil Diamond has penned. He’s not an “impersonator” but a tribute artist that has the knack to bring out the passion and emotion that this music demands. Kenny has assembled an 8 piece band and spans Neil Diamond’s career from his early 60’s hits right up to his new album Dreams released in 2010. TDC plays well known hits like Sweet Caroline, Cracklin Rosie, and Longfellow Serenade but will also get into many of Neil’s more obscure songs. Formed in 2000, TDC is the Ultimate Neil Diamond tribute band. He is. He said.

On a related note, Diamond fans recently celebrated the release by Columbia/Legacy of Neil Diamond: The Bang Years, highlighting Neil Diamond's origins as a singer/songwriter in the legendary Brill Building in New York. Covering the earliest years of his career in New York, Neil Diamond's recordings for Bert Bern's Bang Records produced some of the most loved songs of his career including "Cherry, Cherry," "Solitary Man," "Kentucky Woman," "Shilo," and "Red, Red Wine." Over the years these songs have been covered by a diverse group of artists from The Monkees, whose version of "I'm A Believer" was the best selling record of 1967, reggae artist UB40 who took "Red Red Wine" to #1 in the US in 1984, to Deep Purple who rocked up “Kentucky Woman,” to alternative rock band Urge Overkill, who famously covered Diamond's "Girl, You'll Be A Woman Soon" for Quentin Tarantino's film Pulp Fiction in 1994, to Johnny Cash who recorded his version of "Solitary Man" for his third American Recordings album with Rick Rubin in 2000.

The THE BAND Band, Sunday, July 10th, 7PM at the Iron Horse

The THE BAND Band presents the music of legendary quintet The Band in a manner true to its original style and form, evoking the sound and the spirit of their live performances. The members of The THE BAND Band are veteran professional musicians who have played on the national stage for over 25 years. They share a love for the music of The Band, and formed this tribute band for the sheer enjoyment of playing their songs. By covering all the well-loved favorites, as well as a broad selection of lesser-known songs, they showcase the astounding breadth and depth of The Band’s distinctively original “roots rock” music.

Tickets are available at Northampton Box Office, 76 Main Street, 413-586-8686 and online at

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