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Sunday
Apr212019

Happy Easter 2019

Happy Easter! I hope you enjoy some great chocolate eggs today.


Duff McKagan is out with some new solo music. He has an album coming out called Tenderness. The new song he's sharing today is called "Don't Look Behind You." The entire album is out May 30. 


 


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Saturday
Apr202019

Oh Boy

This is something right here. Just wow. #Delusional


Friday
Apr192019

I'm Going To See Kings of Chaos!

The Kings of Chaos are coming to Fraze Pavilion which is a small outdoor venue near my house this summer. I stumbled upon this concert announcement by accident because I was on Sebastian Bach's Facebook page and I saw the show linked. Tickets go on sale tomorrow and I am pretty pumped! If you are in southern Ohio, you might be interested to know that up close seats are $75.


Thursday
Apr182019

100 Greatest 60s Rock Songs

Another day, another Amazon playlist.

I was in the mood for something a little older, so I went for “100 Greatest 60s Rock Songs.”

This is my old stomping grounds.

I cut my teeth on sixties rock. My mom loved her music growing up, so we had lots of 45s and cassettes of many of the most famous songs from the summer of love.

I have to say, the 100 Greatest ’60s Rock Songs playlist is excellent. It includes some of the best music ever recorded. Many of the folks on the playlist are in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame too.


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Some of my favorite songs on the playlist include “House of the Rising Sun” by the Animals, “My Generation” from The Who and “Good Times Bad Times” from Led Zeppelin. One of my favorite songs of all time, “California Dreamin’” by the Mamas and the Pappas is here as is the hit “Sunshine of You Love” by Cream. Another absolute favorite of mine is “Time of the Season” by the Zombies. The first time I heard that song, I was probably 12 or so. I went wild for it. I still do.

The best song the Rolling Stones ever recorded, “Paint It Black” is here. So is “Smoke on the Water” by Deep Purple and The Beach Boys masterpiece “God Only Knows,” which is perhaps the most significant pop song ever recorded, save for maybe “Imagine” by John Lennon.

But what about the Beatles you say? Don’t worry, there’s heaps of the Fab Four on this playlist, including tracks from A Hard Day’s Night (which was my first Beatles CD), “She Loves You, “Hey Jude” and more. Enjoy.


Wednesday
Apr172019

The Best of Van Halen

There I was at work, typing away and I thought I should listen to a little Van Halen. I couldn’t really pick which album so I just opened the Van Halen playlist on Amazon Music.

I clicked around, choosing the songs I wanted to hear.

When I got to “Right now” I stopped and chuckled to myself a little. You know in the video, where the guys are all looking at a map of the world on the ground and the words on the screen say something like “Right now Van Halen is planning a world tour”- well, when you watch that clip now, you know that isn’t happening.



Shoot there have been reunion rumors for months flying around the Internet. I don’t believe any of them.

Working my way down the playlist, I listened to “Humans Being” and I realized that it isn’t a very good song.

Some of my old favorites remain: “Top Of the World,” “Love Walks In,” “Poundcake” and of course “Runnin’ With the Devil.”

I feel sorry for people who say Van Halen is their favorite band. They’ve been such a mess for so long – periods of dead silence. Rumors. Infighting and outfighting. But all that great music in a back catalog does help. It’s just such a shame none of the members – any of the singers! – can get it together.

The last time the official Van Halen Twitter account sent a sweet was at Christmas for a “happy holidays” message. The year before was the same. Oh and the year before that? Same. So in 2016 there were two tweets. During 2017, one tweet. Last year, just the one tweet. I fully expect to get a “happy holidays” tweet from Van Halen in 2019 as well… and nothing else but a lump of coal.

You think the Van Halen brothers ever listen to “Right Now” these days and think, “Hey, we really should plan that world tour?”

Nah.


Tuesday
Apr162019

Well, This Is Odd

From Lita Ford's Twitter: she was given some personalized cheese at a recent stop in Wisconsin. She was at the show supporting Bret Michaels. Warrant also provided support. I still don't quite understand the name of this show: "Nothin’ But a Good Time”— For the Last Time." It's not like Bret is stopping touring anytime soon. Anyway, Wisconsin knows cheese and I guess this is the best, most thoughtful gift the organizers could provide for the acts.


Monday
Apr152019

'What A Fool Believes' - Live

One of my favorite live tracks is Kenny Loggins "What A Fool Believes" on the album Outside: From the Redwoods. Michael McDonald does the duet on this one. Yes, both men famously recorded the song.


Not so long ago, the Wall Street Journal did an article on why it took both Loggins and McDonald to write "What A Fool Believes." Truly a great piece of music journalism. "Fool" as I call it, is one of my favorite songs of all time.


I've often said if I could go back in time to see a concert, Outside: From the Redwoods would be one of them. The others, of course, are Def Leppard's In The Round, In Your Face Hysteria tour and Aerosmith's Texxas Jam '78.