"Metropolitan Entertainment Consultants LLC is a New York City based multi-faceted entertainment company led by industry leader John Scher, one of the most respected independent concert promoters in the U.S. Its live entertainment division, run by Senior Producer Ian Noble, has presented a vast array of artists including Red Hot Chili Peppers, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Metallica, Foo Fighters, Diana Krall, George Thorogood, Bonnie Raitt and Diana Ross. In addition to being a preeminent presenter of world class rock and pop live entertainment, Metropolitan produced the Tony Award-winning Liza’s at The Palace, a limited engagement Broadway theatre run starring Liza Minnelli. An artist management division and independent record label are also under the Metropolitan umbrella."
(4) An amusing tidbit was that John Scher purchased The Capital Theater of Passaic, New Jersey in the early 1970's. He also purchased the adjacent building and refurbished the stage, dressing rooms, etc, adding an in-house video system. He had rock concerts at night, some of which were recorded. From April 6, 1973, during the day he ran XXX movies. The theater closed in 1986. Soon after the theater was put up for sale, a fire occurred. The building was eventually demolished in April 1991.
NOTE: The Marshall Tucker Band concert from February 18, 1977 was recorded and later released on December 4, 2007 as part of a CD/DVD package. This is the only known footage of a complete concert by the band's original members.
(5) Beginning in 1981, John Scher started promoting shows at Meadowlands Arena, later known as Giants Stadium. He was particularly close to Bruce Springsteen and The Grateful Dead working with them both for many years and promoting some of their largest concerts on the East Coast.
(6) Among others, John Scher managed The Allman Brothers Band for awhile. Warren Haynes was recruited for guitar and vocals in 1989 when the band was re-united. My old brother-in-law Lincoln is a professional musician who was the bassist for what was the original The Warren Haynes Band in the early 1990's. For awhile, they were the opening band for The Allman Brothers Band concerts (Warren did double duty). I and my kids got to be backstage at one of the Great Woods Center concerts. Lincoln played bass and fretless bass on Warren's first solo album in 1993, Tales of Ordinary Madness. Much later Lincoln was the bassist with Warren for the Jerry Garcia Symphonic Celebration tours over several years (live concert held at Red Rocks was broadcast on AXS TV - there are YouTube videos of some of the full concerts - Lincoln is the silver haired bassist). One of the backup singers was from the Pittsburgh opera and knew of Jackie. Amazing how small the music world is, especially at the upper levels.
Just got an email saying the concert has been cancelled due to a scheduling conflict. More likely due to poor ticket sales.
This is the third Jackie concert to which I have had tickets - all in the NYC area - that has been cancelled. Jackie seems to draw better in affluent suburbs than big cities. She seems to draw best in upscale retirement communities.
rickolsen: I gave my cats some gravy dinner a couple of hours ago. Brandie and Sampson are sleeping on the loveseat. Phoenix is sleeping in on my bed. I am watching football and munching raw broccoli. Broccoli has lots of vitamin C. It is good for winter.
Jan 25, 2020 1:25:58 GMT -5
rickolsen: It was 38 degrees today. 40 years ago it would have been 0 or lower. We have less than 6 inches of snow on the ground. 40 years ago we would have had at least 4 feet. Michigan winters are vastly different from what they were in the 60's.
Jan 25, 2020 1:28:31 GMT -5
rickolsen: I gave my cats some gravy dinner awhile ago. Phoenix is sleeping on the couch. Sampson is in on my bed. Brandie is on the loveseat. I'm watching football. I made spaghetti today and I'm having some for supper with parmesan cheese. I like it.
Jan 28, 2020 17:18:48 GMT -5
rickolsen: I ordered my aftershave on ebay like I always do. Bay Rum. I like the smell of it. I had to go to the post office to pick it up. One bottle was leaking. I get 2 at a time. About half the bottle was gone. This is the only problem I have ever had with ebay.
Jan 28, 2020 17:29:06 GMT -5
rickolsen: I take it back. Once I got a bucket of cat litter and it had no handle. That wasn't ebay's fault. That was the shipper. Really my aftershave wasn't ebay's fault either. Shipping accidents sometimes happen. I still love ebay and will continue to use them.
Jan 28, 2020 17:32:07 GMT -5
rickolsen: I'm munching corn chips and watching football. I like corn chips better than potato chips. Phoenix and Sampson are sleeping in on my bed. Brandie is preening herself on the love seat. She will be sleeping soon. I have a good life. I love my cats.
Jan 31, 2020 22:40:10 GMT -5
rickolsen: Brandie is sleeping, so all 3 of my cats are sleeping now. I gave them gravy dinner about an hour ago. I'm watching a good football game. Peyton Manning is creaming Arizona. I'm going to eat a couple of cucumbers now. They are so good.
Jan 31, 2020 23:02:20 GMT -5
rickolsen: I got some Greek pasta salad, cole slaw, and deviled egg potato salad today. The Greek pasta salad has lots of feta cheese. I love feta cheese. I gave my cats some gravy dinner a while ago. They will be sleeping soon. I'm eating Greek pasta salad.
Feb 1, 2020 13:33:56 GMT -5
rickolsen: My cole slaw is gone. I've got half the Greek pasta salad and potato salad left. I'm not supposed to eat pasta or potatoes, but my doctor said I can eat them in moderation. When you are diabetic you can't eat anything good or cheap. I eat what I want.
Feb 1, 2020 19:21:08 GMT -5
rickolsen: My cats are all sleeping. Phoenix and Sampson are in on my bed. Brandie is on the loveseat here in the livingroom with me. I'm watching football and munching corn chips. If you like corn chips get Great Value corn chips at Walmart. They are really good.
Feb 3, 2020 0:29:55 GMT -5
rickolsen: It is 10:00 am. My cats are all sleeping. Phoenix and Sampson are in on my bed. Brandie is on the love seat. I didn't give them gravy dinner because they didn't ask for it. When they do I will give it to them. I'm watching football.
Feb 3, 2020 10:02:55 GMT -5
rickolsen: I just gave my cats some gravy dinner. Prime filet chicken. They like that kind. They are gobbling it down. They will be sleeping soon. I'm watching football.
Feb 5, 2020 3:02:25 GMT -5
rickolsen: Brandie is sleeping on the love seat. Phoenix and Sampson are sleeping in on my bed. I'm watching football. Almost all of our snow is melted away.
Feb 7, 2020 10:18:07 GMT -5
rickolsen: My brother died yesterday. We weren't close. Now I'm the only son of 4 left. All 3 of my cats are on my desk. They came to see me.
Feb 10, 2020 16:54:26 GMT -5
Willyiam: May your Brother RIP!!
Feb 14, 2020 8:31:08 GMT -5
rickolsen: Thanks. I haven't seen, or spoken to my brother since my biological mother's funeral in 2009. I was adopted and didn't meet my biological family until 20 years ago when I was 44. We were never close. I see my biological father once in awhile.
Feb 18, 2020 18:32:02 GMT -5
rickolsen: One of my sisters found me. I didn't go looking for them. My cats are all sleeping. I'm watching football, and I'm hungry, so I'm making a big pot of stew. Of course it has mushrooms and lots of garlic.
Feb 18, 2020 18:37:03 GMT -5
rickolsen: My stew is so good I wish I could share it with you. I'm glad Agog suggested I cook my own food. I'm a good cook, it's cheaper, tastes better, and it's better for you. I love to cook so it works out perfectly.
Feb 18, 2020 18:55:35 GMT -5
rickolsen: I would cook for my cats, but they need cat food from the store. It has all the minerals and nutrients they need including taurin for good health. You should resist the temptation to feed your cat or dog people food. Give them the pet food they need.
Feb 18, 2020 19:05:10 GMT -5
rickolsen: All 3 of my cats are in the livingroom with me. Brandie is on the loveseat. Phoenix is on the arm of the arm chair and Sampson is on the couch. Today is trash day. I have to run a few errands and then I'm going to put out my trash.
Feb 19, 2020 7:45:25 GMT -5