2003-09-19 / Community

New Shows Coming To Westbury Music Fair

Alice Cooper,
October 22
New Shows Coming To Westbury Music Fair Alice Cooper, October 22

Alice Cooper,
October 22

Alice Cooper will appear at Westbury Music Fair on Wednesday, October 22 at 8 p.m. in the half round. Tickets are $42.50 and are available at Westbury Music Fair’s box office, select Ticketmaster locations and online at CC.com and musicfair.com. To charge tickets by phone call Ticketmaster at (631) 888-9000 or (212) 307-7171.

Alice Cooper has been responsible for some of the greatest rock radio hits, like "School’s Out, "Elected," "I’m Eighteen," "No More Mr. Nice Guy," "Billion Dollar Babies," and "Poison," just to name a few. So, it should come as no surprise that "The Eyes of Alice Cooper," Cooper’s latest album is filled with instantly memorable, guitar-driven songs. An album Alice Cooper has been thinking about making for ten years, finally, the right place at the right time. And the right album. Make no mistake about it, this is an album recorded by a rock and roll band, not a bunch of session guys. Drummer Eric Singer has been with Alice since 1990, and has also worked with Kiss, and Queen’s Brian May & Roger Taylor. Ryan Roxie has been with Alice since 1996, and he has also worked with Tal Bachman and Slash’s Snakepit. Eric Dover, who joined up with Alice in 2001, came from Jellyfish and Imperial Drag. And new bassist Chuck Garric worked previously with Dio.

That band vibe is among the reasons that there’s such a "classic Alice" feel throughout the record, though the sound is thoroughly contemporary at the same time. Though "The Eyes of Alice Cooper" is not a concept album in the sense of a unifying theme or storyline, it is most definitely a concept album in the way it was conceived and created. Following on the heels of Alice’s previous two albums ("Brutal Planet" and "Dragontown"), this album is an abrupt and significant musical and lyrical departure. From the fierce opening chords of "What Do You Want From Me?" to the humor of "The Song That Didn’t Rhyme," "The Eyes of Alice Cooper" is not only the album Alice has wanted to make for a decade, but the album that Alice’s fans have been waiting for him to make. Using the tried-and-true two guitars, bass and drums line-up (adding keyboards and a few other musical textures later), Alice and his band blasted through 13 new songs at a rapid pace. All the songs had been co-written by Alice with Dover and Roxie, and "woodshedded" at Dover’s home studio and pal Gilby Clarke’s home studio in the months preceding the recording. The concept of this album: keep it simple and let it rock. And rock it does, loud and clear, as Alice and the band let the music do the talking.

Kenny Vance Joins

Jay Black, October 25

Known by his fans as "The Voice," Jay Black will celebrate his 65th birthday at Westbury Music Fair with Jay Black’s 65th Birthday Bash on Saturday, October 25 at 8 p.m. with special guest Kenny Vance & The Planetones. Tickets are $40 and are available at Westbury Music Fair’s box office, select Ticketmaster ticket locations, and online at cc.com and music fair.com.

Jay Black and The Americans are one of the New York area’s most popular rock ‘n’ roll attractions. His voice, as strong as it was when he recorded "This Magic Moment" and "Cara Mia" is only part of the reason that New Yorkers flock to his shows at the Music Fair. For nearly two hours, Jay Black does what he’s paid to do, he entertains. In addition to his singing, Jay also possesses a sense of humor that measures up to the best of today’s stand-up comedians and has become "Mr. Sell Out" at the Fair, where all the tickets are quickly bought out.

Over the years, Jay Black and the Americans have charted 21 singles with seven million-sellers. "Come A Little Bit Closer," "Some Enchanted Evening," and "Walkin’ In The Rain" are only a few of the songs they perform in concert. A rock ‘n’ roll icon, Jay’s golden voice and dynamic stage presence are the reasons for the longevity of his success. Jay and the Americans have now been a major part of the American pop music scene for more than three decades!

Jay Black joined Jay & the Americans in 1962 when Jay Traynor, the lead singer of their first hit, "She Cried," left the group. While in Leiber & Stoller’s office, Jay Black picked out the song, "Only In America," as a sure fire hit. The rest is history, and today Jay Black, whose authoritative vocals are still as ardent as they were in the mid-sixties, continues to perform to sell-out crowds.

Joining Jay for his celebration is Kenny Vance and the Planotones. Kenny Vance co-founded Jay and The Americans. The magic moment for Kenny with Jay and The Americans lasted for 12 years. It included Top Ten hits, 15 albums and high-profile tours as the opening act when the Beatles and the Rolling Stones first came to the States.

Olivia Newton-John,

November 6

Olivia Newton-John will be hopelessly devoted to you at Westbury Music Fair on Thursday, November 6 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $50 and are available at Westbury Music Fair’s box office, select Ticketmaster ticket centers and online at CC.com or musicfair.com.

Olivia’s public appeal has proved to be timeless. Her career has spanned more than three decades and she’s still a vibrant, creative individual that is adored by fans across the world. Her current cd, simply entitled, "2" was recorded in 2002 in Australia. In 2000/ 2001, she released her only live album, "One Woman’s Live Journey," followed by "Magic – The Very best of Olivia Newton-John." In the 90’s, Olivia successfully overcame her battle with breast cancer, which inspired her self-penned and produced album, "GAIA," her most personal album reflecting upon her experiences with the cancer.

Born in Cambridge, England her 1973 U.S. album debut "Let Me Be There" produced her first top ten single of the same name. This proved to be the beginning of a very exciting career. Olivia’s countless successes include four Grammys, numerous Country Music Awards, countless, American Music Awards and Peoples Choice Awards, five #1 hits including "Physical," which topped the charts for ten consecutive weeks, and 15 top 10 singles. In 1978, her co-starring role with John Travolta in "Grease" catapulted Olivia into super-stardom. The film led to the most successful movie soundtrack in history, featuring "You’re The One That I Want," "Summer Nights" and "Hopelessly Devoted To You." Her other film credits include "Xanadu," "Two of a Kind," "It’s my Party," "Sordid Lives" and "The Wilde Girls."

Rickles, Danza On

November 15, 16

Don Rickles and Tony Danza will appear at Westbury Music Fair on Saturday, November 15 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, November 16 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $45 and are available at Westbury Music Fair’s box office, select Ticketmaster locations and online at CC.com and musicfair.com. To charge tickets by phone call Ticketmaster at (631) 888-9000 or (212) 307-7171.

Don Rickles is one of the 20th Century’s most famous funnymen. For almost 40 years he has appeared in top showrooms in Atlantic City, Reno, Lake Tahoe and Las Vegas. Rickles is also highly visible on TV, as well as in motion pictures, including appearances in "Casino," "Toy Story," "Kelly’s Heroes," "Run Silent, Run Deep," "Rat Race" and "Toy Story 2." His big breakthrough came in 1967 where he was a success on "The Dean Martin Show." Thereafter he signed for a second appearance on the show where celebrities were invited to sit in the audience and become targets for Rickles "insults." He has since starred in prime time series for ABC, CBS, NBC and FOX. Rickles has also hosted or co-hosted seven television specials during the ‘70’s and the ‘80’s. He became the toast of British society in 1980 when he "zinged" Princess Margaret and theatrical, political, and social leaders at Grosvenor House in London at a fundraising gala. Another TV appearance of note came in 1984 when Rickles was invited by President Reagan to perform at the televised Inaugural Gala, where he "zinged" the President, Vice-President and other of the nation’s dignitaries gathered for the occasion.

Perhaps known for his loveable sitcom personas, Tony Danza is indisputably one of America’s most popular performers. Having starred on some of television’s most beloved and long-running series, "Taxi" and "Who’s The Boss?" Danza has also established himself as a veritable stage and screen star, as well as a respected producer. Currently, he is touring with his newest version of his song and dance show. He released his debut album "The House I Live In" last year. Recently, Tony was seen playing attorney, Joe Celano, on the CBS dramatic series, "Family Law." He received critical acclaim for his portrayal of "Rocky the bartender" in the Broadway revival of Eugene O’Neill’s "The Iceman Cometh." Prior to that, Danza made his Broadway debut in Arthur Miller’s Tony award winning play "A View From the Bridge." On the big screen, Danza has starred in "Angels in the Outfield," "She’s Outta Control," "A Brooklyn State of Mind," "Gangster Glam" and "Illtown." His small screen credits include a remake of "12 Angry Men" and Disney/ABC television movies "The Garbage Picking Field Goal Kicking Philadelphia Phenomenon" and "Noah." Danza also wrote, directed and starred in the short film inspired by personal events entitled "Mama Mia."

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