of the Dinosaurs
begin with the numbers: The six bands playing SPAC over
the next two nights have combined worldwide album sales
of more than 150 million. It is highly likely that
you own at least one record (probably more) by at least
one of these bands (probably more). And despite the fact
that not one of them has had significant chart success in
15 or more years, they remain consistent concert draws year
why: “Rock of Ages,” “Talk Dirty to Me,” “Roll With the
Changes,” “Come Sail Away,” “Pour Some Sugar on Me,” “I
Want You to Want Me,” “Lady,” “Every Rose Has Its Thorn,”
“Hold on Loosely,” “Surrender,” “Can’t Fight This Feeling,”
“Caught Up in You,” “Nothin’ but a Good Time,” “Photograph”—need
we go on? You could program an entire classic-rock station
around just these acts’ hits.
with the runaway Broadway success of the comedy-musical
Rock of Ages—which is soundtracked almost entirely
by this music—an entire new generation is getting in the
mood for rock & roll. Can you blame ’em? These are the
bands that make us throw the devil horns and raise our Bic
don’t feel the least bit ashamed when you roll up to Saratoga
tomorrow (Friday) or Saturday (or both) because we’re all
in this together. Let’s rock!
Leppard (pictured), Poison, and Cheap Trick play the Saratoga
Performing Arts Center (Saratoga Spa State Park, Saratoga
Springs) on Friday (July 3) at PM. Tickets range from $39
to $125 inside, $29.50 on the lawn; and a number of VIP
packages and other ticket bundles are available.
Saturday (July 4), celebrate Independence Day at SPAC with
REO Speedwagon, Styx and .38 Special. Tickets are $40 and
$60 inside and $25 on the lawn, and LiveNation is again
offering a lawn-seat four-pack at a discounted price.
the SPAC box office at 587-3330 or visit spac.org for tickets
or more information on either show. (Or both.)
skeptical; Radiohead are one of those bands you might call
“influential,” but, for the most part, their influence has
yet to stray from the realm of rock. And Shakespeare—well,
Bill’s work doth been runneth into the mire by many a day-brained,
base-court snudge, forsooth.
the idea of a ballet based on Romeo and Juliet, set
to a soundtrack by Radiohead, performed by a Slovenian ballet,
is risky to say the least. But the folks at Jacob’s Pillow
don’t dither in knotty-pated knavery (God bless Elizabethan
curse generators). Nay, after watching the preview of Radio
and Juliet on their site (jacobs pillow.org), it’s safe
to say they’ve put “Everything in Its Right Place.”
Maribar will perform Radio and Juliet at the Ted
Shawn Theatre at Jacob’s Pillow (358 George Carter Road,
Becket, Mass.) tonight (Thursday, July 2) through July 5.
Performances are at 8 PM Thursday through Saturday, with
2 PM matinees on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $59.50.
For more info, call (413) 243-0745.
George Opera at Saratoga
Spa Little Theater comes alive with opera classics this
week, as the Lake George Opera will open productions of
two favorites, Madama Butterfly and Don Pasquale.
tragedy of Puccini’s Japanese “butterfly” Cio Cio San, who
has a lot more faith in the honor of her American husband
than is merited, and the comedy of Donizetti’s old fool,
Don Pasquale, are the yin and yang of LGO’s summer season.
Yunah Lee will sing the role of Cio Cio San in Butterfly;
Kyle Pfortmiller, who pleased LGO audiences in the 2006
production of The Barber of Seville, will sing the
role of the wily Malatesta in Pasquale.
will be free pre-performance talks for ticket holders one
hour before each performance in the Spa Little Theater.
George Opera at Saratoga will perform Madama Butterfly
today (Thursday, July 2) at 7:30 PM, Sunday (July 5) and
Wednesday (July 8) at 2 PM; and will perform Don Pasquale
tomorrow (Friday, July 3) at 7:30 PM and Tuesday (July 7)
at 2 PM at the Spa Little Theater (Saratoga Spa State Park,
Saratoga Springs). Tickets are $25 to $80. For more info,
call the box office at 584-6018.