Music

One Degree (and Eleven Days) of Separation

A Tale of Two Kevins at Norfolk's Infinity; Staind, Godsmack create Mass Chaos.


Thursday, April 05, 2012
Photo Courtesy of Julien's Auctions
Les Paul's passport is one of many items from the legendary musician/engineer/inventor's estate going up for auction.

Two Kevins from Tinseltown make their way to the area in the span of less than two weeks. And neither appearance involves anything that would enhance their already vast IMDB catalogs.

Rather, Kevin Costner and Kevin Bacon trade in their movie scripts for six-strings when they come to our neck of the woods this month. The former brings his band, Modern West, to the Infinity Music Hall and Bistro (infinityhall.com) on April 11; the latter and his Bacon Brothers hold court on the same stage April 12.

Neatly nestled in the picturesque town of Norfolk, Infinity Hall is fast establishing itself as the Nutmeg State's premiere venue for such high-profile fare, thanks in great part to the stunning renovation of the historic building, and acoustics that would make Dolby drool.

Look for the Crawler's review next week.

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In other news, while the presence of costumed Liberty Tax dancing fools reminds us oh-so-subtly that we are still in April, some of the bigger "boys of summer" have started announcing their 2012 tour plans—and, apparently, pairing up.

One tour pairs hometown heroes Staind with fellow Bay State rockers Godsmack for a co-headlining package they like to call the Mass Chaos Tour.

"We're very excited to get back out with our Massachusetts brothers again," proclaims Godsmack's Sully Erna of the high-profile pairing. "It's been a pinch too long and all hell is about to break loose."

The tour kicks off in Augusta, Ga. and, ironically, never really touches down on the Massachusetts soil it sonically celebrates.

The tradeoff? A beefed-up version of Mass Chaos featuring not only Staind and Godsmack but also Hellyeah, Dead Sara, Black Stone Cherry and more will come to Connecticut's Comcast Theater on Saturday, May 19 in the form WCCC's "Big Gig." Tickets range from $19.50 to $65, depending on your distance from the decibels, and are available at livenation.com.

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Also rocking both the Mansfield (Sept. 16) and Hartford (Sept. 23) Comcast Center/Theatres respectively are glam-rock pioneers Kiss and Motley Crue.

They may wear more makeup than your mother and higher heels than your sister, but don't let these pretty little faces fool you.

During a March 21 press conference to unveil their plans, the '70s/'80s icons took aim at the current state of audio affairs.

"We're sick and tired of girls getting up there with dancers and karaoke tapes in back of them," Gene Simmons reportedly said, scowling. "No face bullshit. Leave that to Rihanna-Schmianna and anyone else who ends their name with an a."

"We're in a slump for some shit that has some personality and appeal beyond a bunch of pop stuff that's floating around out there," echoed Crue percussion Tommy Lee. "I don't think I can bear watching another award show that is just a little bit better than American Idol."

For all these two bands have in bravado and hairspray, they certainly seem to lack innovation when it came to naming the 40-date trek. Their summer 2012 North American tour is called.... "The Tour."

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Last but not least, the folks at Julien's Auctions in Beverly Hills are hoping Les brings more. Les Paul, that is.

On June 8 and 9, the renowned celebrity estate auction house will be doling out to the highest bidder items once owned by one of the most important figures in the history of American music.

Among the items expected to bring in the biggest bucks are a 1968 prototype Gibson Les Paul Custom Recording Model (estimated selling price $60,000-$80,000), a 1951 Fender Nocaster ($40,000-$60,000) and a late 1960s API recording mixing console (also $40,000-$60,000).

A little pricey, the Crawler knows, but at least you can save on airfare and hotel—Julien's also accepts bids online and by telephone.

For more information, kindly point your browser to JuliensLive.com or call (310) 836-1818. All potential bidders must pre-register prior to auction.

Send correspondence to Nightcrawler, P.O. Box 427, Somers, CT 06071; fax to (860) 394-4262 or email garycarra@aol.com.

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