It was supposed to run with The Simpsons Movie last weekend but it wasn't with the viewings I saw. Here's the teaser to next summers Batman movie. Not too bad!
Back in business thanks to a government bailout.
Tuesday, July 31, 2007
In news that will interest probably only me and TFO, the 2 Americans that watch hockey on tv, it appears the NHL may be making up with ESPN:http://www.sportsbusinessjournal.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=article.main&articleId=55770
Rupert Murdoch, aka Monty Burns, aka Charles Foster Kane, aka Satan seals the deal to buy the Wall St Journal....god help us all:http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/19916213/
2 new celebrity deaths to report....baseball's Bill Robinson passed away yesterday and this morning comes news that the director of Blow Up, Michelangelo Antonioni has died at the age of 94:http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/movies/AP-Obit-Antonioni.html?_r=1&oref=slogin
Meet the real life Mr. Burns...ask for a raise and die!:http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/20048266/
If comedian Artie Lange doesn't change his lifestyle, he'll be a dead celebrity too:http://vegasblog.latimes.com/
Network news is an awful thing these days....this former NBC news producer decided to do something about it....like kill himself:http://www.nydailynews.com/news/2007/07/31/2007-07-31_producers_tragic_end-4.html
Proof there is a God...the Simple Life has been cancelled...now if only Paris and whatsherface go out Thelma and Louise style:http://www.cnn.com/2007/SHOWBIZ/TV/07/31/tv.simplelife.ap/index.html?eref=ew
Who knew the Germans were such big Frank Zappa fans?:http://www.antimusic.com/news/07/july/3107.shtml
Sirius is about to start up a Grateful Dead channel...why has God foresaken us in this one?
I have issues with the Big 10 Network....http://michiganzone.blogspot.com/2007/07/is-jim-delany-selling-out-big-ten.html
These are the dog days of freedom for Michael Vick:http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=2954244
Kevin Smith was right...Jughead was the King of Queen Archie's world:http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/chi-070731cartoon-htmlpage,0,5826156.htmlpage
More crap as it happens......
As I've mentioned before, I think Enuff Z'Nuff was one of the most underrated bands of the last 25 years. I wonder if things might have turned out differently for them had they not adopted a "glam" look or if they'd stayed off heroin (Donnie Vie I'm talking to YOU!). Worse than heroin would be what Chip Z'Nuff has been reduced to in order to pay the bills. From melodicrock.com today comes this:A Poison tribute band Talk Dirty is about to take to the road. More information can be found at: www.talkdirtypoison.com. From the band: "Talk Dirty is founder Baby Bret as he is known to the fans and Bret Michaels himself, Chip Z'nuff (Founding Member of Platinum Recording Artist Enuff Z'nuff), Jimmy "C.C." Maguire (Former Black n Blue/St.James) and Rockit beatin the skins Poison style. Baby Bret is a dead ringer for his mentor of sorts and sounds and moves just like Bret and with Chip, C.C. and Rockit this is a show not to be missed. Talk Dirty will Kick off their "Madness and Mayhem Tour" in which they will hit every major city in the US in August and hit the overseas market starting in Feb. '08' The show is full of surprises from the strike of the first chord to the settling of smoke and confetti 2 hours later." SIGH....how freaking sad...the only thing that could make it worse is if he were in a WARRANT cover band. It would be one thing if Chip joined Poison but a tribute band? Sheesh...wonder when Baby Bret's Rock of Love will start?
Monday, July 30, 2007
Let the next round of the celebrity deadpool commence....
The great late night talk show host Tom Snyder has died at the age of 71. Those old Tomorrow shows of his were fantastic. The guests always seemed to disappear in a haze of cigarette smoke. In honor of the man Dan Ackroyd imitated so well, here's Tom Snyder with the cast of Star Trek.
Further proof that Kiss needs to call it a career....the band played as a 3 piece the other night when Paul Stanley had a health scare before a show:http://www.cnn.com/2007/SHOWBIZ/Music/07/28/kiss.singer.reut/index.html
If your Kiss fantasy involved Gene singing every tune in the setlist, your wish came true that night. I thought they just might play Jazz Odyssey. Its bad enough they are playing under tents at Indian casinos...but to play a show without Paul? What next, put two imposters in Ace and Peter's makeup? Coming soon...PUPPET SHOW and kiss.
Paul Stanley isn't the only rock star who had health issues over the weekend. Meet Ozzy Osbourne...who had plenty of issues already:http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070730/en_nm/osbourne_dc
Pau and Ozzy are at least in better shape today than Ingmar Bergman:http://www.aintitcool.com/node/33501
Who knew boxing could be bad for your health? Alert Disney so they ban boxing movies like they did smoking!:http://www.nytimes.com/2007/07/30/sports/othersports/30boxing.html?_r=1&adxnnl=1&oref=slogin&adxnnlx=1185803030-u0qWgYu5eC4xZGiCmtACHA
The tabloids are praising Jebus for the plethora of drunken celebrity bimbos making news:http://www.nypost.com/seven/07302007/business/bimbos_in_limbo_business_.htm
Itchy and Hillary in 08 my ass! Is there anyone Hillary Clinton won't whore herself out to (I mean, other than Bubba)?:http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-buffalo30jul30,0,6816044.story?coll=la-home-center
Has 147 year old acting legend Clint Eastwood retired? Say it ain't so Dirty Harry!:http://popwatch.ew.com/popwatch/2007/07/is-clint-eastwo.html#more
Is there anything those kids at Rhino won't put in a box set? Here comes the Rhino History of Metal:http://prod1.cmj.com/articles/display_article.php?id=42547511
After 3 turns as Captain Jack Sparrow, Johnny Depp is giving Hunter S. Thompson a 2nd go...:
Did you wake up with a hangover from your Arena Bowl party yesterday? The Arena Football League season is over. San Jose is your Arena Bowl 21 champ. I'm sure its tv ratings were greater than every game of the Stanley Cup combined.
More crap as it happens.....
Friday, July 27, 2007
Since the Browns and the rest of the NFL clubs either have opened or will shortly open training camp, its a perfect time to introuduce a new feature to the blog. Welcome to Great Moments in Sports..What better way to start this feature out then by showing you Joe Theiemann's leg being crushed by LT. They say on a quiet night, when the wind is still, you can still hear the bone snap.
USA Today shows its love for the Simpsons movie too:http://www.usatoday.com/life/movies/reviews/2007-07-25-simpsons-review_N.htm
Its a great time to be a geek. Zachary Quinto was formally introduced as the new Spock in the upcoming JJ Abrams film. Leonary Nimoy jointed Quinto and Abrams at Comicon in San Diego yesterday. Nimoy will also appear in the film. The new teaser poster can be found at www.startrek.com. I've already told my family that I'm going to see it on the day its released, Christmas Day 2008.
Johnny Depp is taking Dark Shadows to the big screen:http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117969246.html?categoryid=13&cs=1
I'm also geeked up over the return of Indiana Jones. Raiders of the Lost Ark was the first film I went to see over and over when I was a kid. Indy rides again next year:http://www.aintitcool.com/node/33461
Beowulf looks kick ass:http://www.apple.com/trailers/paramount/beowulf/med.html
Ain't it Cool News is also reporting that a movie version of the Justice League may turn out to be a reality. Would be cool but I'll believe it when I see it.
These are good days to be a geek my friends.
A guy who hasn't many good days lately is Don Imus. But things are lookin' up for Don..he's about to get paid:http://www.nypost.com/seven/07272007/business/talk_show_settlement_business_peter_lauria.htm
One of my favorite Simpsons episodes is the one where Homer goes into space ("You've never been?"). I'd rather have Homer in space than a bunch of drunk astronauts:http://www.nydailynews.com/news/wn_report/2007/07/27/2007-07-27_blasted_for_the_takeoff.html
Once upon a time, I thought Prince could do no wrong. And then for the longest time I thought Prince would never do anything worthwhile again. I hesitate to say Prince is "back", but it seems as if he is motivated again:http://leisureblogs.chicagotribune.com/turn_it_up/2007/07/princes-innovat.html
Does anyone really care about this Obama and Clinton spat?:http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/07/27/AR2007072700011.html?hpid=topnews
Led Zeppelin isn't reuniting...but they are reissuing:http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/news/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1003617745
The MLB trading deadline is Tuesday. God I hope the Indians find someone to take Cliff Lee's spot in the rotation. Lee got shelled (again) by the Red Sox last night. In the past 3 years the guy has won 14 games (twice) and 18. Now he looks as beaten up as one of Michael Vick's losing dogs. 230 year old Bob Feller has better stuff than Lee. Unless Lee or Jake Westbrook step it up for the Tribe soon, there will be no postseason play in Cleveland.
Speaking of no postseason play in Cleveland, the Browns open up Training Camp in Berea today. As the Browns get ready to start another 4-12 campaign, Tony Grossi of the Plain Dealer takes a look at the hot issues in camp:http://www.cleveland.com/browns/plaindealer/index.ssf?/base/sports/1185525626193810.xml&coll=2
2 of the Browns top 3 picks signed yesterday. Brady Quinn is the lone holdout. Quinn spent last weekend at a mall in Cleveland charging $75-$225 for an autograph. Brady your stock on draft day fell for a reason...put down the Sharpie and get into camp.
What are Barry Bonds balls worth to you?:http://blogs.wsj.com/law/2007/07/25/tax-law-final-exam-question-barry-bondss-ball/
More crap as it happens..........
Thursday, July 26, 2007
The most annoying of the Rock of Love chicks has entered the glamorous world of adult entertainment. Brandi C, the one with the high pitched little girl voice and crystal meth scars, made a porn flick after Rock of Love wrapped in March. TMZ.com broke the story and details on it can be found there. Brandi says its a one time only deal. Is anyone shocked that one of these skanks would enter the world of adult entertainment? It would be shocking if the settled the Israeli-Palestine issue or fixed global warming.
Disney has banned smoking from its movies. In the interest of full disclosure, I'm a smoker. I like to smoke. I'm good at it. I'd quit but my Dad told me no one likes a quitter. I'm sick of smoking being the easy target for the health nuts. Hey Disney...are you gonna ban fatty foods from your theme parks? Are you gonna stop doing tie ins with McDonalds and other fast food joints that are single-handedly clogging the arteries of billions and billions each day? Does Disney support the sin of gluttony? Call up the evangelicals! Onward Christian soldiers! Disney mocks you!
Did you know your friends are consipiring to make you fat? http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/19961197/site/newsweek/
The Simpsons movie comes out tomorrow. MSNBC rates the best moments of the Simpsons: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/19916798/
Entertainment Weekly says the Simpsons Movie is well worth the wait:http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,20035285_20037901_20047960,00.html
Parents are pissed over the grammar in Junie B. Jones books. I can see this being a problem if your kid only reads books from this series but c'mon....theres greater enemies our children face than fictional characters who don't talk good English (yes that was intentional):http://www.nytimes.com/2007/07/26/fashion/26junie.html?_r=1&8dpc&oref=slogin
Comicon...the biggest gathering of geeks in the USA is going on...DC Comics announced the director of Suburbia will be doing Y the Last Man plus Jonah Hex the movie:http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/comiccon/
Who watches the Watchmen? DC and coroporate overlord Warner Bros. hopes you will...casting news:http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/content_display/news/e3ie88dcf13294612e0d5010ddce2a351f1
If you're a fan of Lost...Michael is coming back next season.
I'm all for method acting...but aren't you supposed to learn about drug dealers before you play the part?:http://www.nydailynews.com/gossip/bwiddicombe/2007/07/26/2007-07-26_pulp_actors_drug_drama.html
Believe it or not Guns n' Roses Appetite for Destruction is 20 years old this year. Could a reunion/anniversary show be in the works?:http://www.rollingstone.com/rockdaily/index.php/2007/07/26/guns-n-roses-anniversary-show-update-izzy-stradlin-is-a-maybe/
There's a better chance Cheap Trick, Glenn Burtnick and the Smithereens will hold tribute concerts to G n' R then there is that Axl and the boys will ever do anything again.
More crap as it happens
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
Does rock music get better than AC/DC? The answer is no. No it doesn't.
The big San Diego Comic Con is going on. JJ Abrams planned to give some scoop on his upcoming Star Trek relaunch but someone let the cat out of the bag. Heroes star Zachary Quinto has agreed to take over Leonard Nimoy's ears as the young Spock. He definitely looks the part. Those are some big ears to fill tho. Nimoy himself is scheduled to appear in the movie. William Shatner however says he's not in the movie. Shatner's exclusion leads me to believe this is going to be a Spockcentric film which is good news. I'm anxious to see who fills out the rest of the cast. Go to www.trekmovie.com for all the details.
This comic con is big business too. Plus you can see the new uniform of the cheerleader on Heroes!:http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117969102.html?categoryid=18&cs=1
Speaking of comics and heroes...this forthcoming Iron Man movie looks killer. Great casting in Robert Downey Jr. The proposed Green Arrow in prison movie sounds lame. The Justice League movie, should it come to pass, would rival the Xmen. Personally, I'd love to see a Green Lantern movie.
There's a new poll up at the bottom of the page....choose from one of four (just 4?) candidates that you'd like to see be sent to hell. Good family fun.
That Oprah sure makes a lot of money....and so does Judy...here's a list of the richest tv stars:http://www.reuters.com/article/lifestyleMolt/idUSN2422348120070724
Remember the Taliban? That little group of religious radicals that attacked us on 9/11...you know the group of lunatics led by a 6 foot 5 inch Arab on dialysis...the group the US government said we defeated in Afghanistan? Well they are back and they killing Koreans:http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/19913035/
The government wants you to be afraid to fly again:http://breakingnews.nypost.com/dynamic/stories/A/AIRPORT_TERROR_WARNING?SITE=NYNYP&SECTION=HOME
A man in NYC who was too shy to pee in a cup is out of work:http://www.nydailynews.com/news/2007/07/25/2007-07-25_bladdershy_guy_loses_job.html
The NHL, the leagues with TV ratings worse than Meerkat Manor, wants to expand to Kansas City and Hamilton Ontario...note to Commish Gary Bettman...as much as I love your sport ya need to quit with the expansion. Too many teams in too many lousy markets. Try working on getting off of Versus and on to a real network.
With the Simpsons movie opening in a few days, 7/11 is gonna hate getting rid of its Kwik E Mart motif:http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/movies/la-et-kwikemart25jul25,0,3662370.story?coll=la-home-entertainment
Think you know how well the Simpsons movie will do at the box office? Play along at:http://www.ew.com/ew/flash/voxpop/boxoffice
More crap as it happens....
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
While Flight of the Conchords has been my fave show of the summer....just nudging out Hells Kitchen....I'm anxiously awaiting the return of Lost in 2008. If you haven't recovered from the WtF cliffhanger, rumors of next season are starting to swirl...maybe that'll help ease your grief over poor dead Charlie: http://lostrumours.blogspot.com/2007/07/intersting-casting-rumours-for-season-4.html
What the heck is Drew Carey thinking? Sure the Price of Right is work...but its still a game show...and replacing Bob Barker is like replacing Bear Bryant at Alabama...no matter how good of a job you do, you still ain't Bear:http://www.tvweek.com/blogs/james-hibberd/
The neverending war rages on....now come reports that we may be stuck in Iraq until 2009:http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/19929445/
Was Barry Bonds Ho juicin' too? Pick up Playboy to find out:http://www.nydailynews.com/gossip/2007/07/24/2007-07-24_barrys_ex_to_show__tell_playboy.html
Lindsay Lohan got busted again. Should we start a pool on the date she dies? Whatever it takes to make her go away, I'm all in favor of. Maybe a new reality series..Drinkin' and Drivin with LiLo.
When comedians attack:http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/celebrity/la-et-joketheft24jul24,1,5761820.story?coll=la-headlines-entnews&ctrack=1&cset=true
He killed her on a Monday and her heart stopped still....he doo doo did it he doo did it...the latest on the Spector trial:http://www.rollingstone.com/rockdaily/index.php/2007/07/24/the-phil-spector-trial-we-watch-court-tv-so-you-dont-have-to-25/
Deadspin says his ban from training camp is the beginning of the end for Ron Mexico...er Michael Vick:http://deadspin.com/sports/ron-mexico/will-we-ever-see-vick-play-again-281691.php
Does anyone really care enough about the NBA to be shocked its refs are crooked?
Cheap Trick...one of the great rock bands of all time....will be playing a tribute to Sgt Pepper at the Hollywood Bowl....I love Cheap Trick....but again, enough with everyone not named John, Paul, George and Ringo trying to capitalize on the 40th anniversary. I hope Cheap Trick makes a lot of money for their night as a tribute band, but I wish it was coming off sales of their music and not off someone else.
I've been singing its praises for weeks...Flight of the Conchords is 30 minutes of pure fun. Here's a clip from the pilot episode. What woman wouldn't want to be compared to a part time model...or an air hostess in the 60's....or a high class prostitute?
Monday, July 23, 2007
Just a strange, strange minor league baseball story. Former Columbus Clipper Mike Coolbaugh gets killed by a line drive last night:http://dispatch.com/dispatch/content/sports/stories/2007/07/23/bbdeath.html
I told you on Friday the Tammy Faye deathwatch was on. Well, she did in fact die on Friday. Revlon stocks are expected to fall drastically when the market opens today.
The masses think that the Harry Potter series wraps up well:http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/19887957/
The crooked NBA ref fears for his life.....DUH...:http://www.nypost.com/seven/07232007/news/regionalnews/refs_hit_with_some_bad_calls_regionalnews_james_fanelli_in__bradenton__fla___and_jana_winter_in_cape_may__n_j_.htm
Of course, despite the gambling scandal, the National Betting Association refuses to rule out relocating a team to Las Vegas:http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/basketball/2007/07/23/2007-07-23_source_no_impact_on_vegas_nba_future.html
If you want to know why Americans are hated across the globe, its because millions of us turned out in droves to watch a movie in which Adam Sandler and Kevin James pretend to be gay:http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,20047658,00.html
Rumors are circulating that Jimmy Page and Jeff Beck are reforming the Yardbirds. Thats not the big news....the big news is that anyone gives a rats ass.
Think the idea of Will Ferrell imitating Neil Diamond is funny? Go www.funnyordie.com to check it out.
If you still haven't watched an episode of HBO's Flight of the Conchords this week is a good time to start. When Bret begins to doubt his "look" he starts receving visits in his sleep from David Bowie (Bowie not played by Bowie by the way). Very funny stuff. Great show. Sure to be canned by HBO, the people who brought you Lucky Louie.
Organizers of Rocklahoma have announced that the hair band show did so well, that Rocklahoma 2008 is a go for next year. 300 bucks gets you VIP seating for all 3 days of the anti-Live Earth (after all, all that aqua net destroyed the ozone).
Which record did more to kill off the hair bands....Guns and Roses Appetite for Destruction or Niravana's Nevermind? Discuss.
More crap as it happens....new vids posted below...
Saturday, July 21, 2007
Friday, July 20, 2007
Like pro sports hasn't suffered enough of a black eye this week. Now comes word that an NBA ref has himself a Mob problem:http://www.nypost.com/seven/07202007/news/columnists/nba_in_a_fix_columnists_murray_weiss.htm
And speaking of sports black eyes...Barry Bonds now stands just 2 homeruns from Hank Aaron. God help us and let the chase end soon....:http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/chronicle/archive/2007/07/20/SPGN9R3VLO1.DTL
What did $140 million buy for Paul McCartney? A few lousy years of marriage to a one legged woman:http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,290088,00.html
Was Warrant the worst hair band ever? Discuss.
The Tammy Faye deathwatch is so on:http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/bestoftv/2007/07/19/lkl.tammy.faye.god.cnn
So is the Britney (career) deathwatch:http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/showbiz/showbiznews.html?in_article_id=469418&in_page_id=1773&ct=5
Here we go again....if you question the war, you're UnAmerican....its way past time to remove Bush from office:http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2007/07/19/the-pentagon-issues-warning-to-clinton/
Bill Maher knows what it means to be censored. The great stand up comedian and host of Real Time has a new special on HBO Saturday night:http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,20040769_20040772_20047406,00.html
Its the day before the final Harry Potter book comes out. I haven't seen a kid so excited about something since the OMOM took the day off school to see Kiss without makeup for the first time:http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/culture/2007/07/20/2007-07-20_its_been_a_scary_saga__especially_for_ro-1.html
Oh to be rich, famous and a victim of crime:http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-burglaries20jul20,0,1564944.story?coll=la-home-center
What kind of personality are you? Take the MSNBC quiz:http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/19836445/
Video to come...more crap as it happens and make sure to check out the NHL 08 pic below...
Thursday, July 19, 2007
Can't get into Big Brother 8 either. I watch it...but find myself reading and checking the clock to see how much more of my life will be wasted before the show is over.
Speaking of TV, the Emmy noms came out today. No surprise the Sopranos leads the way:http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/19845343/
LeBron James will host the first episode of SNL in the fall. I didn't watch it, cuz well its the ESPY's, but I guess James was in a skit the other night where he dunked a "baby." Cuz you know child abuse is funny.
TBS screwed up my weekly routine moving reruns of Family Guy from Monday night to Wednesday where its up against Rescue Me and Top Chef. Stupid Sex and the City reruns.
I'm guessing no NFL stadiums will be allowed to play the Baha Men this year...:http://www.latimes.com/sports/la-sp-vick19jul19,0,3410004.story?coll=la-home-center
If I hear one more word about David Beckham coming to America I'm gonna puke. Soccer, the metric system and the United States do not mix.
The cult of Potter should be happy with the final book:http://www.nytimes.com/2007/07/19/books/19potter.html
Giuliani wants the corn belt to go nuclear....Idiot:http://www.nydailynews.com/news/wn_report/2007/07/19/2007-07-19_rudy_pushes_nukes_in_cornland.html
A real mess in NYC:http://breakingnews.nypost.com/dynamic/stories/M/MANHATTAN_EXPLOSION?SITE=NYNYP&SECTION=HOME
Oh those wacky CEO's:http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/sns-ap-broadcom-scandal,0,6408994.story?coll=chi-bizfront-hed
More crap later
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
If you've seen the news you know by now Atlanta Falcons QB Mike Vick has been indicted by the Feds for running a dog fighting operation. While ESPN.com runs stories suggesting the commish can't touch Vick until he's found guilty of something, the reality is that Mr. Goodell can suspend Vick NOW. Vick met with Goodell at the NFL draft in April and told the Commish he had nothing to do with dog fighting. Now the league faces bad publicity and hordes of animal rights activists protesting outside stadiums if the Commish doesn't take action. Considering the evidence indicates Vick gambled on the outcome of these fights, Goodell can suspend Vick for that infraction alone. Its been done before....Bowie Kuhn once kept Mickey Mantle and Willie Mays out of MLB when they were associated with gamblers after their playing days. What would have happened had Vick taken a financial beating on this sick endeavor? Would a gambler have leaned on Vick and asked him to throw a game to settle a debt? If you associate with gamblers, you should not be allowed to participate in professional sports.
But Vick did more than gamble...he also killed dogs because they didn't meet his fighting standards. He didn't give these dogs a shot and put them to sleep. He killed them with his own sick hands. Ban Michael Vick now Mr. Goodell.
Speaking of sick...the loss of life in Mr. Bush's war continues to become more obscene daily. When will this insanity end? Democrats and Republicans alike all have blood on their hands. We don't need political grandstanding. We need leaders and we have none. Further proof the war is lost:http://www.nytimes.com/2007/07/18/washington/18intel.html
Not only are we losing the war but the evidence shows beyond the shadow of a doubt that we were lied to (like we didn't know that already):http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/07/17/AR2007071702007.html?nav=hcmodule
Of course, how can we discuss the validity of the war when we have to determine whether its a good thing for a girl to be called a princess:http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/chi-mxa0718tempoprincessjul18,1,491345.story?coll=chi-homepagenews-utl
What is the right dollar amount to compensate someone for being raped by their priest?:http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-money18jul18,0,7357299.story?coll=la-home-center
The Simpsons hit Harper's:http://www.dlisted.com/node/12632
Phil Spector is crazy enough to be President. Find out what Transformers director Michael Bay had to do with the record producer's murder trial:http://www.rollingstone.com/rockdaily/index.php/2007/07/17/the-phil-spector-trial-we-watch-court-tv-so-you-dont-have-to-22/
Man accused of stabbing another wife. Read that again ANOTHER wife:http://dispatch.com/dispatch/content/local_news/stories/2007/07/18/stab2.ART_ART_07-18-07_B1_V97AFIH.html
More crap as it happens....
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
Crowded House reunited and on the road to support their new record Time on Earth. Sadly, no Ohio appearances so I may have to make a trip up to Ann Arbor to see them. Just as sad, I've yet to hear one tune off the new record on satellite radio. Here's the first single....believe thats Johnny Marr on guitar.
With rumors of a new record on October 2nd and a final E Street Band tour to follow, Johnny America remembers the day that Bruce Springsteen finally ran out of childhood stories:http://www.johnnyamerica.net/archives/2007/05/22/21.19.47/
Sicko is the best film I've seen this summer. Michael Moore clashed with Wolf Blitzer and Dr. Whatshisface Gupta on CNN last week. Now Mike is extending the olive branch to CNN...why Mike why? CNN Sucks....Its the home of Glenn Beck, 100 year old man Larry King and that revolting alien shill Nancy Grace...stick to your guns Mike!:http://www.michaelmoore.com/words/message/index.php?id=217
Jon Lovitz kicked Andy Dick's ass (like that must have been hard):http://www.nypost.com/seven/07172007/gossip/pagesix/pagesix.htm
The Nintendo Wii is kicking the PS3 and Xbox 360 to the curb:http://www.nytimes.com/2007/07/17/technology/17game.html?_r=1&oref=slogin
Blah blah blah...al Qaeda plans to attack us....blah blah blah....danger Will Robinson...blah blah blah....fighting terrorists there so we don't have to fight them here.....:http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-ex-terror17jul18,0,1299639.story?coll=la-home-center
Meet Jesus of Siberia....where walkin' on water ain't so hard:http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/07/16/AR2007071601938.html?hpid=topnews
Its always a good baseball season when the Yankees suck.....they are old, injured, overpaid and underperforming. The manager is on the hot seat and noted steroid abuser and loudmouth Gary Sheffield and former Indian (twice and Indian actually....rumored to be a thrice Indian) say Joe Torre is a racist. Don't fear evil empire fans...the New York Daily News is taking you back to the good ol' days when Reggie was the straw that stirred the drink, the power was out and the Son of Sam was killing kids in lust:http://www.nydailynews.com/features/bronxisburning/index.html
Anyone seen that ESPN docudrama The Bronx is Burning? I hear Rescue Me's Franco is a great Reggie but that the show blows.
The latest on the big Chicago mob trial here:http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chi-familysecrets17jul17,1,4177352.story?coll=chi-news-hed
Say goodbye to the Cincinnati Post:http://dispatch.com/dispatch/content/local_news/stories/2007/07/17/cincinnati_post.html
I still hate reality tv but damn that Hell's Kitchen is good stuff. Gordon Ramsay is just a hoot. Here's a recap of last nights ep:http://community.tvguide.com/blog/TV-Show-Blog/Hells-Kitchen/800051368
Rolling Stone, which never had any use for hair bands, has pics of Rocklahoma up:http://www.rollingstone.com/photos/gallery/15506033/rocklahoma_2007
Vince Neil looks like he could use another make over. Maybe Kevin DuBrow can lend him a wig.
Alyssa Milano is way hot. She also likes baseball...so much so she blogs about it....and looks hot doing it:http://deadspin.com/sports/alyssa-milano/
First the prez of Eastern Michigan University quit because he covered up a rape and murder. Now the president of Roger Williams U says he's used the "N" word:http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2007/07/17/national/main3065018.shtml.....will the overpaid, overhyped Gordon Geezus at the Ohio State football factory admit that he once bent the page of a book?
Is the military so hard up for troops its now taking HIV positive soliders? If so, turn 'em loose with open wounds on al Qaeda!:http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,289596,00.html
Take a bite outta Rugby:http://www.ohio.com/mld/ohio/17505280.htm
Video and other crap later if I feel like it.....
Monday, July 16, 2007
The Tulsa World has a full report:http://www.tulsaworld.com/entertainment/article.aspx?articleID=070716_8_D3_TTWor73843
The Pryor Times has some photos up:http://pryordailytimes.com/
I made the mistake of watching Bret Michaels Rock of Love on VH1 last night. Some real freaky, trampy chicks on that show. I don't know whats worse, the fact I watched the show or Bret Michaels lame attempt at covering baldness.
Speaking of bald, Homer Simpson will be a guest on the Tonight Show on July 24. I always pictured Homer as being more of a Letterman guy.
Sure Vermont wins the contest to host the Simpsons movie premiere and now it wants to ban nudity. Fascists:http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/19783221/
What kind of world do we live in when the WNBA has a better TV deal than the NHL?:http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/basketball/2007/07/16/2007-07-16_wnba_reaches_new_deal_with_abc.html
Flunk my kid...please:http://www.nypost.com/seven/07162007/news/regionalnews/flunk_my_kid_regionalnews_chuck_bennett.htm
Chicago had a hair band free music festival of its own this past weekend:http://leisureblogs.chicagotribune.com/turn_it_up/
Hollywoods writers gear up for a showdown:http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/la-fi-writers16jul16,0,5359337.story?coll=la-home-entertainment
Internet radio didn't end over the weekend:http://www.rollingstone.com/rockdaily/index.php/2007/07/13/public-outcry-staves-off-destruction-of-internet-radio/
The war in Iraq didn't end over the weekend either:http://www.nytimes.com/2007/07/16/world/middleeast/16cnd-Iraq.html?_r=1&hp&oref=slogin
Akron wants to be a gaycation destination:http://www.ohio.com/mld/ohio/17500867.htm
If anyone still cares the X Files movie will be out next year:http://community.tvguide.com/blog-entry/TVGuide-News-Blog/Todays-News/Xfiles-2-Script/800018607
No one loses like the Phillies:http://deadspin.com/sports/wilt-chamberlain-would-be-proud/phillies-fans-finally-find-their-happy-place-278725.php
More video and other stuff later today.
Sunday, July 15, 2007
The other vid you'll see here is from American Dog. What can you say about these guys? These guys represent all that is holy and sacred in rock music. This is how rock is supposed to sound, feel and look. American Dog are the keepers of rock out with your Elmo out, good time rock n' roll. In the interest of full disclosure, I should note the vid I selected is directed by regular poster and long time friend of mine, OMOM. No one loves rock like the OMOM and it comes thru in this great video for Shitkicker.
While waiting for his go ahead to post their latest vid, Blast Furniss is proud to include the directorial debut from my long time partner in crime, the legendary OMOM, American Dog and Shitkicker. I've known OMOM since he was the Young Man of Metal. Great performance vid by the keepers of all that is holy in rock...American Dog.
Friday, July 13, 2007
To Rory's relief I have little in the way of Rocklahoma today. A couple of the sites I've monitored promised Day One updates but none delievered. I do know it rained like crazy yesterday and more is in the forecast for Pryor, OK today. I'm guessing updates will be few and far between as I would imagine no one in Pryor has heard of WiFi. The Tulsa World is covering Rocklahoma like its Woodstock. Here's a story on Dee Snider of Twisted Sister:http://www.tulsaworld.com/entertainment/article.aspx?articleID=070713_8_ES14_NoArt57342&breadcrumb=music
And another on Poison:http://www.tulsaworld.com/entertainment/article.aspx?articleID=070713_8_ES15_spanc25263&breadcrumb=musi
For weekend updates on Rocklahoma go here: http://www.bringbackglam.com/
Today's Tulsa World also is running the first in a 3 part series on growing old. How timely when the state has been invaded by dinosaur bands.
Dubya is at it again....trying to distort who was responsible for 9/11:http://www.nytimes.com/2007/07/13/world/middleeast/13qaeda.html?_r=1&hp&oref=slogin
BET is underfire...and now it hasn't been attacked by Telemundo:http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/tv/la-et-bet13jul13,1,5784678.story?coll=la-headlines-entnews&ctrack=5&cset=true
Don't look for those Deadwood movies anytime soon....as Swearingen would say "c*cks*ckers"!:http://www.cctextra.com/blogs/tvfreak/2007/07/deadwood_movies_dead.html
While Fox refuses to hold screenings until days before its release, 7/11 enjoys promoting the Simpsons movie. Sure wish I had one of these Kwik-E-Marts near me:http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/movies/2007/07/13/2007-07-13_as_a_simpsons_store_7eleven_hits_a_homer-2.html
Worst....Blackmail...beauty queen pics...EVER:http://www.nypost.com/seven/07122007/news/regionalnews/miss_n_j__releases_blackmail_pics_regionalnews_wayne_parry__ap.htm
Mark Cuban wants the Cubs....does Chicago want him?:http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/cs-070712morrissey,1,1860312.column?coll=chi-news-hed
Do we really need band branded ipods?:http://www.rollingstone.com/rockdaily/index.php/2007/07/12/kiss-bowie-special-edition-ipods-so-hot-they-might-actually-hurt-you/
My blog may suck but its better than Pam Anderson's. EW rates the celebrity blogs:http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,20041669_20041686_20045660,00.html
Say it ain't so Julio! Looks like it could be the end of the road for MLB's oldest player and the only active player who was in the bigs when I was in the 4th grade:http://deadspin.com/sports/don.t-go/is-this-the-end-for-our-hero-278112.php
More crap later if I feel like it....
Thursday, July 12, 2007
Ken Burns is back...lets hope this flick is more entertaining than Jazz was:http://www.usatoday.com/life/television/news/2007-summer-press-tour.htm
Sweet fancy Moses....Borders has banned Tintin:http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20070711/ennew_afp/entertainmentbritain_070711181204;_ylt=AqxM3MUmxc0jvYN1Lw1Fpk_KOrgF
So long Court Tv....the network that OJ made famous will become TruTv. TNN meet Spike....OLN...meet Versus....just pick a name and stick with it. I'm too old to remember what channels I have and switching the names just confuses me more. Soon VH1 Classic will become Crapula or something like that. Enough already.
Stephen Colbert may be the funniest man in America:http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,20043289_20043293_20045778,00.html
Isn't following Bob Barker on the Price is Right a little like following Bear Bryant at Alabama? Why would you want that job? You'll always hear "He's no Bob Barker." Ian Ziering of 90210 fame wants to come on down and give it a shot:http://community.tvguide.com/blog-entry/TVGuide-News-Blog/Todays-News/Ian-Ziering-Really/800018431
This weeks additions to our rocknroll genocide list include:Loverboy, Night Ranger, Winger, Kansas, and ZZ Top. Congratulations kids and enjoy the afterlife.
The NHL released the schedule for the 2007-08 season yesterday. The Columbus Blue Jackets kick off their 60 loss season at home against the Stanley Cup champion Anaheim Ducks. At least the league was kind enough to make sure fans hopes of a turnaround season end quickly:http://bluejackets.nhl.com/team/app/?service=page&page=NewsPage&articleid=332524
And finally with MLB set to resume today after the All Star Break the Indians have announced that Pronk ain't going nowhere:http://clevelandtribeblog.blogspot.com/2007/07/core-corps.html
No word on when the Reds plan to start their mid-Summer fire sale but feel free to kick Adam Dunn's tires if ya want.
Todays lineup was added at the last minute and doesn't feature anyone of note. Mainly tribute bands....sigh.....Tomorrow is Poison, Ratt, White Lion (or Mike Tramp's White Lion...don't wanna get sued by Vito Bratta), Y&T and (GROAN) Slaughter. Complete weekend lineup here:http://www.rockfeverfest.com/artists.php
I wish the people of Pryor the best of luck. Now Oklahoma is home to more than steers and queers (thanks Officer and a Gentleman)...its now home to washed up hair bands and their aging, balding fanbase. One of the organizers predicts crowds of 40-50,000 a day...that sounds like a more realistic number for the whole weekend. I can't help but think a place like Michigan where Poison regularly sells out sheds would have been a more ideal location for an event like this.
She's young, she's hot...she likes girls? Oh Lindsay Lohan won't you just fall off the face of the earth...or make a video I can see on the net:http://www.nydailynews.com/gossip/bwiddicombe/2007/07/11/2007-07-11_lilos_myspace_gets_invaded.html
Oh Kramer.....so full of wacky stunts. Try not to slur the natives while you find yourself:http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/celebrity/la-et-richards13jul13,1,6192959.story?coll=la-headlines-entnews&ctrack=4&cset=true
The Firefighers union is going after cross dressin' Rudy...burn baby burn!:http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2007/07/11/firefighters-take-on-giuliani/
The only reunited act not at Rocklahoma is al Qaeda now back on the road and stronger than ever...Heckuva job there Dubya, heckuva job:http://breakingnews.nypost.com/dynamic/stories/U/US_TERROR_THREAT?SITE=NYNYP&SECTION=HOME
Yes we're losing the war on terror and the war in Iraq....Bush wages war like that team that plays the Globetrotters:http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/19723307/
Jim Morrison is still dead.....yet the circumstances surrounding his death from heroin and bad poetry are being reexamined:http://www.rollingstone.com/rockdaily/index.php/2007/07/10/jim-morrisons-death-may-be-reinvestigated/
Hardly known rocker Glen Burtnick has put a band together that'll play all of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band in honor of the 40th anniversary of the Beatles masterpiece. Dear Lord make them stop....1st it was the Fab Faux which features David Letterman show bassist Will Lee..then it was the Smithereens releasing a record where they play all of Meet the Beatles...Bands with record contracts or tv gigs should not be allowed to become cover bands.
More crap as it happens.....
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
Its Rocklahoma Eve! Is Pryor, OK ready to rock? I said Pryor are you ready to rock? What's that? A goat conference? Well maybe they'll be ready to rock after the goat conference:http://www.pryordailytimes.com/agriculture/cnhinsagriculture_story_163104149.html?keyword=topstory
By the way, I haven't found one mention of Rocklahoma in the Pryor Daily Times this week. How will the residents of Pryor learn that Donnie Vie won't be appearing with Enuff Z'Nuff if the Pryor Daily Times doesn't tell them?
Yesterday I made mention how someone on the Melodicrock.com noticeboard made reference to the blog over there. Turns out someone saw the Def Leppard review in the Dispatch and gave me credit for writing it which led to some bashing of me by Def Lep fans. I would just like to thank Scott from London for taking the time to slam me for something I didn't write. Its nice knowing that even without doing anything I can piss off someone in another country.
Yesterday I had some fun with Gene Simmons. Today lets take a crack at Paul Stanley. The former Star Child, the man who put the X in sex, has followed in the footsteps of David Bowie, John Mellencamp and Adolf Hitler and exhibited his artwork. My question is this: When did Paul become Liza? Awful plastic surgery:http://paulstanley.com/
Somehow I don't see the Simpsons as being New Englanders. But Vermont wins the USA Today Springfield contest and gets to host the premiere of the Simpsons movie:http://www.usatoday.com/life/movies/news/2007-07-10-simpsons-vermont-inside_N.htm
Did ya catch the Simpsons bit at the opening of the All Star game? Homer made reference to the athletic bodies of David Ortiz, Prince Fielder and CC Sabathia all drawn in splendid Simpsons form. They were fatter than Homer.
AICN is reporting that the people who dropped High School Musical are remaking Footloose. Please someone detain Kenny Loggins as an enemy combatant now!
Please detain Ryan Seacrest as well...what man cries at a wedding (unless its his and he's realized he's just screwed up his life)?:http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20045213,00.html
Fantasty football, fantasy baseball...Fantasy Congress?:http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-fantasy11jul11,0,3522856.story?coll=la-home-center
Why does George W. Bush hate science?:http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-fantasy11jul11,0,3522856.story?coll=la-home-center
Another Republican sex scandal:http://www.nypost.com/seven/07112007/news/regionalnews/queens_pol_probed_in_sex_rap_regionalnews_murray_weiss_and_maggie_haberman__additional_reporting_frankie_edozien__tatiana_deligiannakis_and_jennifer_fermino.htm
Here we go again....the Bush Administration trying to overcome its 20 percent approval rating by using terror threats:http://www.nydailynews.com/news/wn_report/2007/07/11/2007-07-11_chertoffs_gut_senses_terror_risk.html
The government oughta keep an eye on Paul Stanley..that girl is looking scary!
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
Even Gene Simmons has to know our current direction in Iraq isn't working. Yet Dubya continues to advocate staying the course (of course Dubya thought it was a bad idea to put Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer in Peter and Ace's makeup):http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2007/7/10/93137/4020
Gene Simmons doesn't believe in marriage or in getting stoned. Here's a story about a cheating spouse in Iran who got stoned:http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,288793,00.html
Gene Simmons wasn't in Robocop, but some of these devices look like stuff the character he played in Tom Selleck's Runaway would have invested:http://abcnews.go.com/TheLaw/story?id=3361583&page=1
By the way, Runaway is the best thing on Gene's acting resume.
We all know the God of Thunder (or is he Dr. Love?) hates drugs. Does he condone what the Chinese did to the head of their FDA?:http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/wire/ats-ap_top14jul10,0,1296108.story?coll=la-ap-topnews-headlines
Make sure to catch Gene Simmons Family Jewels on A&E.....I don't know when its on or what time...If you're interested you'll have to look it up yourself.
For the first time, to my knowledge anyway, the blog got some play on another website. Someone enjoyed my comments on Joe Elliot enough to post them on the Melodicrock.com Noticeboard. The whole purpose of this blog was just to find something to do and share some crap with my friends (all 5 of you). I do intend to add some video and other enhancements in the coming weeks (just as soon as I figure out how to do it). I'm hoping one of the first vids to appear will the just completed OMOM directed American Dog video.
The sad, slow death of internet radio is upon us. Sunday is the end of the line for most web radio stations:http://www.dispatch.com/dispatch/content/life/stories/2007/07/10/1_WEB_TUNES.ART_ART_07-10-07_D1_0F779HH.html
The weather for Rocklahoma this weekend looks cool but wet. Lots o'rain in the forecast. Wonder if Vegas is taking bets on the first band to get mud slung at them. That Vince Neil looks ripe for some sod! ***Updated**** The Pryor, OK newspaper has nothing in todays online edition about the big show, not even in the "community" calendar section. Here's a link to some aerial shots of the campground. Considering all the rain that area has had, there's no doubt that sod is gonna be flying:http://www.rockfeverfest.com/grounds.php
Queensryche has announced plans to release a "best of" cd. Does this mean its blank?
Went to see Michael Moore's Sicko over the weekend. For the first time in my life, I wished I lived in France. Free healthcare, Free college, no Dubya. The film is horrifying, yet entertaining as all get out. I've enjoyed all Moore's films but Sicko is by far his best work.
Say this for Pope Benedict....the man is old school....like middle ages. Nothing says warm and fuzzy like a German pope:http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/19692094/
An NBA player is a victim of crime....I hope Pacman Jones has an allibi:http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2007/basketball/nba/07/10/bc.bkn.heat.walkerrobbe.ap/index.html?cnn=yes
If you're not watching Flight of the Conchords (shame on you) or too cheap for HBO, Yahoo is streaming the most recent episode:http://tv.yahoo.com/flight-of-the-conchords/show/38719
If you're into New Zealand pop music, and I am, VH1 is streaming the new Crowded House cd. You know the one I couldn't find at Best Buy: http://www.vh1.com/artists/az/crowded_house/1545627/album.jhtml
Vanity Fair is running an oral history of the Simpsons (gotta love that movie hype)...here's an excerpt:http://www.vanityfair.com/culture/features/2007/08/simpsons200708?printable=true¤tPage=all
Speaking of movie hype...Harry Potter hits screens tomorrow and the reviews are in:http://movies2.nytimes.com/2007/07/10/movies/10harr.html?8dpc
For $165 million you can be Charles Foster Kane:http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-hearst10jul10,0,5352104.story?coll=la-home-center
Another black eye for TV news:http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/chi-070709jacobsonjul09,1,6178857.story?coll=chi-news-hed
Another horny member of the GOP goes down (heh, heh):http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2007/07/09/national/main3037338.shtml
More crap as it happens......
Monday, July 9, 2007
Lighten up Joe. Your hair was just a touch better than Billy Ray Cyrus. Quit being so sensitive. I'm sorry you didn't get the respect you think you deserve. I hope your piles of money give you some satisfaction at night you untalented ass clown.
Things could be worse for Joe. He could be Clay Aiken:http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/07/08/people.aiken.ap/index.html
Had a lousy Best Buy experience. Wanted CD-R's that were in their Sunday ad...none in stock. Wanted new Crowded House cd..not in stock. Wanted Nintendo Wii...not in stock. At least Sony is trying to compete with the Wii now......they are lowering the price:http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/19674547/
they need to lower it another 100 bucks.
The British are coming, the British are coming! To save TV news:http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/tv/la-et-bbc9jul09,0,999381.story?coll=la-home-entertainment
Why do we need debates on pulling out of Iraq? Just get out already:http://www.nytimes.com/2007/07/09/washington/09prexy.html?_r=1&hp=&adxnnl=1&oref=slogin&adxnnlx=1183990038-897mUL5z0Lf8c3UphJiJkg
I watched a little bit of Live Earth over the weekend. Crowded House lost lights but not sound during their set, the Japanese really seemd to like Linkin Park and Richie Sambora looks like a fat drunk. USA Today recaps what you missed (not much...Live Earth sucked):http://blogs.usatoday.com/listenup/
In fact, Live Earth sucked so badly I started a tire fire in protest.
I am a golden god! Oh wait...I'm dead...man tries to be Jim Morrison, man dies. :http://www.nydailynews.com/news/2007/07/09/2007-07-09_jim_morrison_wannabe_killed_in_sixstory_.html
People dig the Transformers movie...a lot:http://breakingnews.nypost.com/dynamic/stories/B/BOX_OFFICE?SITE=NYNYP&SECTION=ENTERTAINMENT
The Transformers should enjoy the top while they can....Harry the boy wizard is coming to kick their morphing ass:http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,20044270_20044274_20033259,00.html
Rocklahoma is just days away! What kind of town is Pryor, Oklahoma anyway? Is it the lost city of mulletts? Is there a larger hole in the ozone there due to heavy Aquanet consumption? Is it a town where its always 1987? Pryor's population of 12,000 should grow by at least a few hundred this weekend:http://www.pryorok.com/
More crap as it happens.....
Chalk one up for the proletariat.
Before 20,000 fans in a jam-packed Germain Amphitheater last night, English hard rock band Def Leppard took average to new heights.
Lead singer Joe Elliott is affable enough in a bloke’s sort of way, but his voice is the very definition of mediocre and the years have not been kind to it. He sang off key for much of the band’s hour and a half set and strained to reach high notes on hit singles that most assuredly were reached in the past thanks to the magic of the recording studio.
He’s functional at best.
And certainly there are better guitarists in rock 'n' roll than Phil Collen and Vivian Campbell. Not that there’s anything at all wrong with Collen and Campbell. They’re both fine players. They are simply unexceptional.
And yet, two of Def Leppard’s discs have sold more than 10 million copies in the U.S. and the quintet continues, long after grunge, alternative and rap supplanted straight ahead rock ‘n’ roll as the mainstream music that mattered, to play to appreciative sellout audiences all over the world. (The band’s greatest hits collection has sold 7 million copies worldwide.)
Their secret live is no secret at all: play all (or at least most) of the hits the people want to hear, including Photograph; Hysteria; Mirror, Mirror; Rocket and, of course, Pour Some Sugar on Me.
(Is there anything more disheartening than a pair of 55-year-old suburban women who've been once too many times to the well attempting a little "dirty" dancing under the stars? We think not. Moves that were oh-so sexy back in '81 just wilted in the heat.)
Def Leppard definitely took long enough to get going: Rocket was oddly flat as the opening cut and Animal wasn’t much better. Elliott’s vocals were washed out in the mix and both tracks sounded monolithic.
It wasn’t until the band covered David Essex's Rock On that things began to pick up, and that thanks to founding member Rick Savage’s excellent bass solo introduction. They took that momentum and almost squandered it, moving to the front of the stage for a pair of acoustic songs, Two Steps Behind and Bringin’ On the Heartbreak.
Though both guitarists were consistently nondescript, they were awfully proud of all the hours they have logged in the gym. By the third (or was it the second?) song both Campbell and Collen were stalking the stage shirtless, tights abs glistening.
It was as if they were mocking the bellies of most of their middle-aged male fans, bellies that strained mightily to escape from the confines of whatever shirt (often a Hawaiian print) had been draped over and tucked under them.
Def Leppard’s sum is larger than its parts. But just barely.
Its success is a byproduct of meticulous production (thanks Mutt) and a yeoman-like approach to the rigors of rock ‘n’ roll. In an outdoor season at Germain of only a handful of concerts, that’ll have to be enough.
Illinois bands Styx and REO Speedwagon opened for Def Leppard. A pox on REO lead singer Kevin Cronin for reminding us that the band’s first single, Ridin’ the Storm Out, was released in 1973. As if most of us in attendance didn’t already feel as if we were at our high-school reunion.
Styx sang Come Sail Away or, rather, allowed the audience to sing Come Sail Away. It must be something, even (or especially) for a has-been rock band to have penned a song that 20 times 20,000 fans know by heart 30 years after it first came out.
Likewise, REO let the audience take over the vocals on several of their hits including Keep On Loving You and Take It On the Run.
These bands mattered in their day, maybe more than a little. They don’t matter now, not even a little, unless nostalgia counts for something.
Friday, July 6, 2007
Big Brother 8 made its debut last night. Here's what ya missed: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/13720999/
I haven't been able to find a Nintendo Wii, the PS3 is too expensive and the Xbox 360 sucks. It sucks to the tune of $1 billion in repairs:http://www.nytimes.com/2007/07/06/business/06soft.html?_r=1&adxnnl=1&oref=slogin&adxnnlx=1183730462-r/dxqyPN8PIHOpi6F7SjkA
Avril also sucks. And she's a (alleged) thief:http://dispatch.com/dispatch/content/life/stories/2007/07/06/girlfriend.html
rocknrolluniverse.com loves the new American Dog record:http://rocknrolluniverse.com/rocknrolluniverse_472.htm
Meet the new pot:http://www.cnn.com/2007/HEALTH/07/05/drug.use/index.html
Its no Rocklahoma...what if you threw a big rock concert for tree huggers and no one gave a rats ass? Meet Live Earth:http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/music/la-et-liveearth6jul06,1,2924232.story?coll=la-headlines-entnews&ctrack=3&cset=true
If you're interested Bravo is showing 18 hours of the concert. Sirius and XM are running the whole thing.
Who wouldn't want to spend $100 on a pair of Homer Simpson Vans?:http://www.usatoday.com/life/movies/news/2007-07-05-movies-clothes_N.htm
First it was Beverly Sills, now its jazz violinist Johnny Frigo (and father of the also deceased Derek Frigo the great guitar player of the vastly unappreciated Enuff Z'Nuff) who has passed away:http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/07/05/AR2007070501899.html
Why does this story amuse me so? Morgan Stanley sex scandal!:http://www.nydailynews.com/gossip/2007/07/06/2007-07-06_boss_stole_my_undies_exmorgan_aide_says-1.html
Here's another beauty queen scandal:http://www.nypost.com/seven/07062007/news/regionalnews/n_j__miss_in_a_fix_over_her_pics_regionalnews_austin_fenner__with_post_wire_services.htm
Whatever you do this weekend...don't trust a punter!:http://deadspin.com/sports/stabby!/the-nationwide-punter-menace-tredges-on-275172.php
More crap as it happens.....