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I fell asleep to “Opeth” the album “Ghost Reveries”

I exercised to “Alter Bridge” the latest studio album “The Last Hero”

 

500 pushups, 500 leg lifts, 245 triceps pushups.  I’ve upped the triceps pushups to 45 a day.  I have accidentally done 110- 115 regular pushups a few times, but I won’t add any until it becomes a regularity in my routine.  I might switch it up & throw in some back flexes on the odd day?  When I do my pushups, I don’t do a specific amount of sets, I go full on & do as many as I can (minimum 25) until I can’t do anymore.  I rest, then do the same thing, I repeat that until I hit 100 or more.  It ends up usually around 3 sets.  I’m pretty sure I could do more pushups, if I took more rest periods, maybe I’ll try 130 next week?  Once that’s done, I shower, eat breakfast, then I tend to other stuff that needs to be done here.

At the moment still, I cannot do any squats or more crunches due to my pending back surgery.  I had a disc slip out of place and I’ve had that off & on experience since grade 10.  I twisted the wrong way to borrow a pen, I went home for lunch, bent over to pick up a piece of paper off of my bedroom floor & BOOM I spent the rest of the day on my parents’ kitchen floor.  It has come & gone over the years.

Why was I doing 1,500 crunches a day?  Kevin Hart was on The Ellen Degeneres Show & said he does 1,000 crunches & 500 pushups a day.  I’ve got the time to exercise like crazy & there is/was nothing preventing me from achieving the same thing.  Well I proved that I could reach/exceed the number of crunches & I would like to achieve the number of pushups.  I’ll get to that total but it will take time & persistence.  I didn’t wake up one day and do 1,500 crunches, I built up to that number.  I don’t need anyone to tell me I can’t do something, I want to get better, I don’t want to sit here & feel sorry for myself.

Sure my life is different than most people, but what is “normal”?  Other than a B-Side by Foo Fighters, I couldn’t tell you?  Is your family or household the same as everyone else?  I doubt it, & it shouldn’t be.  Whatever you think is your “freak flag” let it fly.  Show it off & people that care about you will still be there for you.

WOW did that feel like a Yoda moment for anyone else?  Where did that come from?

Lastly, it’s the holiday season.  I’m tired & stressed a little more each day, & I have zero reason for it?  That’s weird & it affects my sleep.  If I can figure out what it is, I’ll be sure to let you know.

 

 

Jimmy Fallon talks to Patton Oswalt as Roy Moore

http://www.rollingstone.com/tv/news/watch-patton-oswalt-as-roy-moore-on-fallon-w513441

 

Rolling Stone Magazine’s 10 best albums of the year.  I’ll agree with 2 of them.

http://www.rollingstone.com/movies/lists/10-best-albums-of-2017-readers-poll-w513196/lorde-melodrama-w513205

 

Everything is politically charged.  I’ve had more than enough of it & I’m not on twitter nor do I own a cell phone.  Why?  Information overload!  Nobody will talk to someone.  “But I missed the emoji, ah my life is over” if you say so?

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/watch-nerds-politically-charged-new-1000-video-w513550

 

Is Trump good for the entertainment industry?  No, because he’s everywhere & everyone has heard the same thing about him at least 50 times a day already!  Movies, late night talk shows, sports, music, etc.  I’d love to put something else on here but he is the definition of a “media whore”.  If it’s not a picture of him beside the definition on www.wikipedia.com wait until they update the website.

 

Hahahaha!  James Corden & Kristen Wiig sing the song “Hallelujah”

http://www.rollingstone.com/tv/news/see-kristen-wiig-beautifully-butcher-hallelujah-on-corden-w513555

 

Were they all good albums that 1000s of people know & bought?  I can fart into a microphone so it records, if I sell 1 copy, I’d feel sad for that individual & return their $4.  Quality, not quantity!

 

The thing I want to know is.  Why is it that a guitarist playing a solo on the higher end of the guitar, have to make a weird face as though they’re pinching off a loaf?  Is every solo that difficult or are they making it look hard?

What I personally know is A) I sang & played rhythm guitar, I played a very easy solo when I was asked, I also changed one of my guitar parts when asked.  B) How on earth do you play or sing after consuming alcohol?  I never ever did any type of drug or smoked cigarettes.  Before I was done on stage, I avoided alcohol.  I wasn’t a great singer so there was no reason to make it more difficult.  After we played maybe a beer.  I’d go home, unload my gear, and then relax with a beverage or 3.  People actually paid to hear us play our songs, I’d better make the evening enjoyable, & have a good night.  Any type of entertainer should care about what they’re doing!

I remember our 2nd drummer, who had recorded & played with/for professional musicians saying that the vocalist typically gets 50% of the money.  I thought that was odd & immediately said “We split it evenly, 25% each since there’s 4 of us & I’m the hack”!

 

Surviving Nirvana members reunite at a Foo Fighters show.

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/see-surviving-nirvana-members-reunite-at-foo-fighters-show-w513601

 

I guess the Rogers Company still owns the Blue Jays but they are for sale.  A sale of this magnitude will take some time though if it happens.  Starting Pitcher Aaron Sanchez, who went on the disabled list 4 times last year due to a blister forming on his pitching hand, will resume throwing tomorrow.  Has the league changed the baseball?  There were many pitchers across the league that dealt with the same problem.  The players could tell the ball was wound tighter & the seams were lower.  All of this means that if a pitcher wanted to make the ball move, he would have to use more pressure on the ball with his fingers.  If the ball hasn’t changed, I doubt anything from a players stand point or injury will change.  More millionaires sitting around because they have a boo boo on their finger.

http://www.sportsnet.ca/baseball/mlb/toronto-blue-jays-sale-rogers-rumours-off-season-plans/

Next week all of the MLB general managers begin their Winter Meeting.  They go to Florida & talk about trades or free agent signings & see what they can possibly achieve or what can happen ASAP.  I’m sure there will be many rumours & moves made around Wednesday or so.

https://www.cnbc.com/2017/12/07/trump-to-undergo-routine-physical-and-release-health-report-white-house-says.html?__source=yahoo%7Cfinance%7Cheadline%7Cheadline%7Cstory&par=yahoo&doc=104885872&yptr=yahoo

….and the results show he is unfit to serve as President, I hope & nothing serious since he’ll eventually live in a jail cell.

 

 

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WEEKEND UPDATE/QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE

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I got up when Kim got in the shower to get ready for work on Friday.  7:00 am, checked Brewster’s bowls & got straight to exercising, came in here & posted my blog.  Had breakfast, showered, & messed around with an iTunes issue.  Early baseball game at 10:30 am.  I always record it just in case.  I was about an hour behind.  I record every game so that I can start late & fast forward through the commercials.  Blue Jays lost……………again.  The Saskatchewan Roughriders won by 1 point in Ottawa that night.  Kim’s parents drove into town late Friday afternoon.

Saturday, Kim, Sherry, & my mother-in-law were baking goodies for Kim’s bake sale.  I woke up late & watched the Blue Jays lose the 2nd last game of the season.  162 games in a season, one more on Sunday.  All of the broadcasters for Sportsnet say at the start of the season “It’s early…” & don’t know when to stop.  New rule!  After the first 2 games it’s not early anymore!  Half of all of the players in the MLB play winter ball in Mexico or some other warm location, then have spring training for a month & a ½, then the regular season starts, that’s a TON of baseball.  After 2 regular season games it’s NOT early!

 

I try so hard to avoid anything to do with Donnie J. Trump, but he’s EVERYWHERE & I’m in the middle of nowhere in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada!

Well Trump’s not happy, as usual.  He’s mad that NFL players are taking a knee during the national anthem.  He also says the game is ruined because people hit too hard.  He’s gonna feel worse if they change it to flag football, which is currently being discussed for the NFL & CFL.

Gosh, I wonder why they’re taking a knee?  I hear the crowd is doing that in some cities as well!  All of this being said I agree with the sports talk show I watch, mostly.  I know where the teams are from that I’m watching.  The anthem(s) could maybe just be played at the first home game for the teams & at the start & final game of the playoffs, I would think that should suffice?

I’ll admit that I’m racist.  Men with an orange complexion & a terrible looking blonde toupee are not to my liking.

If China wants anything Trump, he’s past due to move!

 

IF YOU’RE HERE FOR THE UPDATE, THAT’S ALL THAT I HAVE FOR YOU TODAY.

 

QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE

 

I’d never heard of them until their 3rd album “Songs for the Deaf”.  I got into them since Dave Grohl played drums on that album as well as their 6th album “…Like Clockwork”.  Dave Grohl even toured with them for a bit after the 3rd album.  This is the tune that made me a fan of QOTSA.

They now have recently released their 7th studio album, titled “Villains”.  An album that just makes you feel like dancing.  The album was produced by Mark Ronson, who gave you this tune….

So here are the first few songs from the album “Villains” by “Queens of the Stone Age…

Skip ahead to 1:40 & the song will begin after a long unnecessary intro.

Their previous album was very slow & full of piano/keyboard.  Also a really good album!  If you’re a fan of Foo Fighters or a fan of the stoner metal group “Kyuss” you’ve likely heard of them.

 

Metal is trendy?  LANGUAGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  BECAUSE IT IS FLAT OUT STUPID!

“Who do you listen to?”  “What’s your 2nd or 1st favourite album of theirs?”  In the end it’s not that big of a deal to me.  Are you comfortable?  If you are, great.  I don’t think a metal shirt will make many new friends?  Maybe try a country music shirt?

 

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I fell asleep to “Trivium” the album “Silence in the Snow” followed by “In Flames” the album “Sounds of a Playground Fading”

 

I exercised to “Slipknot” the album “5 The Gray Chapter”

 

500 crunches, 500 leg lifts, 375 pushups, 200 back flexes, & 25 minutes of planking.

That’s 100 crunches, 100 leg lifts, 75 pushups, 40 back flexes, & 5 minutes of planking each working day.

I think I figured out a portion, maybe all about a re-occurring dream I’ve been having since I was in the WRC.

I continually dream that I’m late for high school & I have an English paper that’s WAY overdue.  I get to school & have no clue as to what my locker combination is.

In University in 1999 my grandmother died of breast cancer.  I was a mess at the time.  I skipped out on an English final & drove to Moose Jaw & back instead.  With the 3rd Foo Fighters’ album that had just been released in November blasting the entire time.  My grandmother passed away on December 5th, 1999.

I guess that dream is more about me having some type of unfinished business to deal with?  Maybe it’s nothing & I’m reading too much into it?

No Trump talk!  You know what I think about him & you’re entitled to your own take on him!  I have never & will never condone violence to ANYONE.  If I thought it would change anything I’d give Trump a slap upside the head.

I’m typically not a political person.  Canadian politics bore me & I choose not to vote.  If I lived in the USA that would be different.  I watch too much CNN, since watching Trump lead the USA is much like his campaign x 100.

 

THAT’S ALL FOR THE CANCER TALK FOR NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

It’s August, there’s very little music being released & not much for music news but here’s what I could find.

 

Audio interview with Chris Adler, drummer for Lamb of God.

 

Audio interview with Corey Taylor, singer for Stone Sour & Slipknot.

 

Audio interview with Royal Blood.

 

 

Poor camera man!  Kim & I just laughed & laughed & laughed………..

 

When I was working, I’d listen to my iPod a double album of “Lynyrd Skynyrd” their Greatest Hits & “Systematic Chaos” by Dream Theater, or the odd podcast.  One ear bud in my right ear, other one down my shirt.  Noise cancelling headphones on.  Those 2 albums would pretty much last my 8 hour shift.

 

A 2nd song from Jack Johnson!!!!!

 

A PBS concert\documentary regarding Foo Fighters!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/foo-fighters-rock-the-acropolis-in-landmarks-live-trailer-w498301

 

Jimmy Kimmel reads mean tweets from Trump supporters.

http://www.rollingstone.com/tv/news/jimmy-kimmel-reads-mean-tweets-from-angry-trump-supporters-w498287

 

Jose Bautista is too old to be the face of the franchise, he’ll probably ask for too much next year whoever he signs with & he’s a whiner.  Have fun on the Free Agent market at the end of the year, if you’re still with the Blue Jays at the end of August.

If Jose Bautista can hit 30 home runs this year, I still don’t think I’d renew his contract of $18,000,000.  Troy Tulowitzki & Jose Bautista would be the first of many players I’d try to dump on whoever wants to pay for a name.  Right there is $38,000,000 off the books of players not living up to their contracts!

 

My album of the year for whatever year it was, was “Nothing but Thieves” self-titled debut album.  Their 2nd album is being released on September 8th this year & here are the 3 singles they have released thus far…

It’s not close to hard rock, rock, or metal.  Lots of people my age & younger will not like this group.  I’m OK with that, for any music I listen to, I never said you had to like it.

August 25th new Queens of the Stone Age, September 8th Nothing But Thieves, Alter Bridge anthology, & Jack Johnson, September 15th Foo Fighters.  After that, who knows?

 

 

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“Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres

WHY IS THERE STILL SO MUCH HATRED & RACISM?

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I fell asleep to “Foo Fighters” the album “There is Nothing Left to Lose”

I exercised to “Big Wreck” the album “In Loving Memory of…”

 

What is it going to take to have Trump impeached?  How many times will we toss him a softball & he swings?  He doesn’t want North Korea to start a war on USA soil.  Great, that would probably affect us Canadians too.  But if any group of white supremacists wants to have a war on US soil against any one that’s different, that’s OK?  Can we please just get rid of him already?  I had brain cancer & survived.  If I were black or any colour than white or a part of the #LGBTQ community, which I fully support, & lived in the USA, I would probably be on the kill list, if not dead already.

When your President avoids any question, he’s actually saying a LOT!  Has STRONGLY implied that domestic white on black terrorism is OK.  Any person or group of another race hurting white people is wrong.  This morning I saw a report that he has stopped the funding of an anti-white supremacist group.  A group that helps people leave a neo-Nazi or KKK type of group safely if a person wants out.

Thanks Donnie, look at how much you’ve divided your own country.  People took to the streets on a random Saturday in August!

LANGUAGE & DISTURBING IMAGERY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I don’t have anything polite to say about this current event.  Coincidence they support Donnie?

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2017/08/14/why-are-people-still-racist-what-science-says-about-americas-race-problem/?utm_term=.fba47bd25cfd

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.  It’s long but potent for today’s world.

LANGUAGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!    

The Young Turks.  LANGUAGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

You want a travel ban?  I wouldn’t worry about most people visiting your country for a while.  You’ve pushed most people away already.  I have nothing against reasonable Americans, but Donnie is certainly an unreasonable one I would avoid, along with the KKK, Neo-Nazis or any hate group.  Thanks for taking your country back to the 1940s.

People send gay children to camps to become straight?!?!  I think it’s time everyone send their kids to anti-hate camps!

 

Green Day

 

THAT’S ALL FOR WHAT’S ON MY MIND & CANCER TALK!  HERE COMES THE POPCULTURE STUFF! 

 

Interview with Vicky of “The Agonist”

 

New video from Bruno Mars!

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/watch-bruno-mars-versace-on-the-floor-video-with-zendaya-w497470

 

Willie Nelson is had to cut a concert short for health reasons

http://www.rollingstone.com/country/news/willie-nelson-cuts-concert-short-after-respiratory-issues-w497526

 

Diemonds released their last album in 2015.  If You like Guns n’ Roses, Diemonds might be just what you want to check out.  I’m not a GNR fan in the least, but Diemonds are AWESOME to me.  This is from their Facebook page.

“Never Wanna Die was released August 14, 2015, two years ago today. The album is dedicated to the memories of Alan Riches, Paul Mancuso and Vassil Mester, all one time members of Diemonds that passed away while we were writing it. We miss them. It was recorded with producer Eric Ratz in Toronto, Canada. We had our first experiences doing fun co-writes with Alan Frew from Glass Tiger (Never Wanna Die) and Ian D’Sa from Billy Talent (Ain’t That Kinda Girl) to name a few. We’re incredibly proud of its nomination of Heavy Metal Album of the Year in the 2016 Juno Awards. We’ve been lucky enough to tour this album in Canada, Japan, United States, and soon we’ll be able to add England, Scotland, France, Spain, Germany, and Austria to the list. Thank you for all of the continued support!! What’s your favourite track? Where do you want to see us live once we are finished recording our next record?”

 

Found a new show to watch on Netflix, Atypical.  All about a teenage boy with Autism or Asperger’s.  Sorry, I don’t really know what the difference is?

 

Anthony Scaramucci on Stephen Colbert

http://www.rollingstone.com/tv/news/scaramucci-on-bannon-if-it-was-up-to-me-hed-be-gone-w497791

 

Who the heck suggests a glass of milk after any sporting event?  Trust me it does get better than this!

 

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“Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres

 

P.S.  Sorry about all of the Trump news.  He’s so frustrating to me!

WEEKLY EXERCISE TOTAL

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Truth be told, I would have liked to avoid my computron this week entirely!  That could be my biggest reason for not having a cell phone.  Holy sensory overload Batman!

I fell asleep to “Dream Theater” the album “Black Clouds & Silver Linings”

 

I exercised to “Alice Cooper” the new album “Paranormal”

 

Some stuff to do around the house & it feels like an “I Mother Earth” day, the album “Blue, Green, Orange”

 

Exercise total this week, a 4 day week; 400 crunches, 400 leg lifts, 295 pushups, 160 back flexes, & 20 minutes of planking!  Every day starts with me exercising, no shower, dressed in workout attire, & no breakfast.

I was playing with the pushup number, 75 is probably an achievable number per day.

Well I’m alive, cancer didn’t win.  Let’s get things straight.  I did nothing to sway the outcome of this cancer garbage.  My body, nurses, doctors, & Kim were not giving up on me!  I was in a coma for a month, then slept 23 hours a day until early 2009.  Waking up only for pain killers & randomly awake for very light physio.

When I moved to the WRC, I wasn’t in the know as to what was ahead for me or why I couldn’t continue my therapy at the hospital?  I do remember, while sleeping at the hospital in 2008, asking Kim in a dream if she could take over, because I needed a break.

The day I passed out at work was Tuesday, February 5th 2008.  6 days after my 28th birthday & I’m pretty sure I gave myself the worst birthday present ever!  BAZINGA!

I blacked out completely after Kim came into the Ambulance in the parking lot at my work.  I do remember a doctor checking my reflexes by pushing a pen cap on my fingernails to see if I’d pull my hand back from the pain.  I did & had some nasty thoughts about smacking the doctor upside of their head it hurt so much!  Other than that, I was out for a year or a little bit more.  Great company for Kim, her sister was with her for a lot of it………………I think?

I have a job, to make myself better!  I hate spending too much time on the computer.  Doing this blog 3 times a week is much better for me & likely for you as well!  Don’t think that I do nothing all day.  I exercise for 1.5 – 2 hours first thing in the morning, have breakfast, shower, usually tend to the dishwasher or whatever needs to be done around here, lunch is in there somewhere, I write portions of the next blog post, finish up whatever chore I have to do & hit the couch by 2:00 pm or 3:00 pm.  Somethings take a bit longer for me to do, & somethings I can do just like I used to.  If it’s a new task or in a different environment, I’ll need some time to figure out if I can do it or if I’ll need help.

 

THAT’S ALL FOR THE CANCER TALK FOR NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

For most Americans, this was Barenaked Ladies 1st album, it’s actually their 5th album.  Their debut full length album was “Gordon”.  My first concert at the age of 12!

5th album, released in 1998

1st full length album released in July of 1992.  The artwork was different when I bought the CD!  A few weeks more than 25 years ago!

 

13 years ago Alter Bridge released their first album “One Day Remains” & Donnie wasn’t president.  A much simpler time!

I have this 3 CD bundle on the way from Alter Bridge in September B-Side, rarities, & a live album as well.  Not on iTunes, but the actual CDs.  There is a package with a documentary DVD but I have the 10th anniversary box set with numerous long interviews from each band member.

http://smarturl.it/LiveAtTheO2

 

China is making a replica of the Titanic.  I hope this one floats when it hits an ice berg!

http://www.cbc.ca/news/multimedia/the-titanic-rises-again-china-makes-history-by-remaking-it-1.4238912

 

Metal fans, Canada has something to bring to the party!

http://loudwire.com/best-canadian-metal-bands/

I’ll add 3 to that list!  “The Agonist” from Quebec, “Into Eternity” of Regina, & “Third Ion” from Regina.  All touring bands.  Into Eternity has played alongside big name metal acts such as “Megadeth” & “Dream Theater”

 

OK, I’m more than ready for the new Queens of the Stone Age album on August 25th!

2nd single

1st single

 

I’m surprised America still has allies?  Donnie has pretty much any discounted &/or shamed every country possible.

You had to know this type of thing would happen with Donnie as president.  WWIII was easily a possibility with him leading America.  Does he have an off switch?

 

I’m not ending this with news about Donnie.  How about Helium infused beer!

I’ve shared this & tagged many people on social media!  Many more could easily be added though.  I’ll find this beer one day!

 

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“Learn from your mistakes & don’t repeat them”-Chris

Stay safe out there,

Chris

“Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres

I’M TIRED OF DONALD TRUMP

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I fell asleep to “Paramore” again the album “After Laughter”, followed by a 1970s rock compilation called “Riff Rock High”

I exercised to “Corrosion of Conformity” the album “Deliverance”, followed by “Alice Cooper” the album “Paranormal”

 

Yes, I’m getting tired of talking about him & watching CNN like it’s going out of style.  He’s on a 17 day vacation.  I’m sure I have never taken 17 days off in a row since I had a summer break in elementary school!  How do you lead one of the most powerful countries in the world & just relax for 17 days?  Does this mean American’s get 17 days off too?  Crap, he still has Wi-Fi & his cell phone, be ready twitter followers.  I guess there are some renovations going on in “…that dump…” now as well (The White House according to Donnie).

Stephen Colbert nailed it saying “Change the locks while you’re at it”.  Hahaha! I feel sorry for the American public!  Nothing but bad news for our neighbors to the south.  Didn’t turn out the way most of us wanted.  But just like a random mass shooting, what ya gonna do?

With Donnie on vacation for so long, I hear there’s a term position available at the White House!  Hillary, Bernie you have plans this month?

 

THAT’S ALL FOR WHAT’S ON MY MIND & CANCER TALK!  HERE COMES THE POPCULTURE STUFF! 

 

My T-Shirts decided to turn to dust all at the same time?  I’ve never owned a Royal Blood shirt though?  I should have got one when I saw them in 2015.

https://www.yellowbirdproject.com/collections/new-designs

 

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

LANGUAGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/see-john-oliver-blast-stephen-miller-for-statue-of-liberty-comment-w496223

 

New song to be released by Queens of the Stone Age on Thursday, August 10th!

 

Lzzy Hale & New Year’s Day interview (Audio)

http://www.altpress.com/aptv/video/prs_backstage_lounge_new_years_day_lzzy_hale_2017_apmas_interview

 

Looks like I don’t have to plan on seeing A Perfect Circle live this year!  Alberta, Saskatchewan, or Manitoba I’ll drive to with Kim, any further is just too much moola & planning.

http://www.sltrib.com/artsliving/music/2017/08/04/what-was-your-first-concert-some-of-your-favorite-musicians-tell-their-stories-of-being-in-the-audience/

October 21 Sacramento, CA Aftershock Festival

October 23 Colorado Springs, CO Broadmoor World Arena

October 25 Albuquerque, NM Tingley Coliseum

October 26 El Paso, TX UTEP Don Haskins Center

October 28 Toluca, Mexico KNOTFEST MÉXICO

October 30 Knoxville, TN Thompson-Boling Arena

November 1 Fairfax, VA Eagle Bank Arena

November 2 Brooklyn, NY Barclays Center

November 4 Reading, PA Santander Arena

November 5 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena

November 7 Camden, NJ BB&T Pavilion

November 8 Boston, MA Agganis Arena

November 10 Portland, ME Cross Insurance Center

November 11 Albany, NY Times Union Center

November 12 Syracuse, NY The On center

November 14 Montreal, QC Place Bell

November 15 Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre

November 17 Pittsburgh, PA Petersen Events Center

November 18 Cleveland, OH Wolstein Center at Cleveland State University

November 19 Highland Heights, KY BB&T Arena at Northern Kentucky University

November 21 Detroit, MI Fox Theatre

November 22 Grand Rapids, MI The DeltaPlex Arena

November 24 Chicago, IL UIC Pavilion

November 25 St. Paul, MN Xcel Energy Center

November 28 Spokane, WA Spokane Arena

November 30 Vancouver, BC PNE Coliseum

December 1 Seattle, WA Key Arena at Seattle Center

December 2 Portland, OR Veteran’s Memorial Coliseum

December 4 Eugene, OR Matthew Knight Arena

 

Sounds like Liam Gallagher (formerly of the ‘90s group Oasis) hasn’t changed at all.

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/liam-gallagher-no-fking-chance-id-do-carpool-karaoke-w496446

 

Sing whatever song you want, you’re still getting arrested!

http://www.nme.com/news/music/pearl-jam-even-flow-arrested-live-pd-2122040?utm_content=manual&utm_campaign=socialflow&utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_term=nme

 

Pentatonix shared it……

 

Sinead O’Connor has had multiple bouts with suicide.  Here’s an article with the recent video in it.  She didn’t kill herself but there’s quite a bit of LANGUAGE in the video.

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/sinead-oconnor-safe-after-alluding-to-suicide-in-video-w496595

 

Carpool karaoke with Will Smith

http://www.rollingstone.com/tv/news/see-will-smith-james-corden-in-carpool-karaoke-preview-w496731                           

 

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Why did this become a music blog?  “Because music is a BIG @#!$%^*&( DEAL”-Dave Grohl

“I feel good about the good things, & bad about the bad things”-Dave Grohl

“Learn from your mistakes & don’t repeat them”-Chris

Stay safe out there,

Chris

“Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres

WEEKEND UPDATE

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No summer vacation for us.  Kim’s work is rather shorthanded this month.

Friday ended with me having a beer & a covfefe while watching “Prime Time Sports with Bob McCown” followed by a trip to “The Queen City Ex” aka the carnival aka “Buffalo Days” to see “I Mother Earth” & “The Watchmen” in concert for a WHOPPING $12!  AWESOME!

We can look at this a few different ways.  A) I saw two of my BIG name bands from the ‘90s last year in 2 separate concerts at the casino.  B) I just saw them together Friday night at the travelling carnival.  C) Since 1999 I’ve been able to see them live while drinking a beer & paying less to see them.

The Watchmen are a fairly successful Canadian rock band, & incredible live.  The albums are great & then you see them live & they blow your mind they’re so good!

I Mother Earth is well taken among hard rock fans, but not for everyone.  I know Kim didn’t want to be there, but she stuck around, she could have left, I could have gotten a ride home with Mitch.

I guess Edwin’s back & Bryan’s out doing his solo country thing or is a concert promoter now.  Unfortunately Edwin & Bryan sound nothing alike.  We likely will never hear anything from the last 2 albums live (Edwin recorded just the first 2 albums).

The Watchmen played first from 7:00 pm – 8:20 pm or so finishing with their big hit………………

I Mother Earth played just as long & radio edit versions were not involved at all.  I think when they made the set list they may have been thinking something like this “They want this 7 minute song to be 5 minutes?  Too bad we’re making it 7:30 minutes long!”

I typically don’t like bands that improvise/”jam” on stage, if I’d have to choose one band that does it, I’d pick I Mother Earth in a heartbeat.

All we heard from I Mother Earth was about 5 songs from the first album and I’m guessing 7 songs from the second album.  Yes, we saw some slap guitar!  Not slap bass, but slap guitar in a solo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Who else does that?

This solo below has slap guitar in it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

Drummer, bassist, guitar, vocals, & 2 additional percussionists FANTASTIC!

I had somewhat of a high school crush Friday night watching these bands.  I discovered The Watchmen at home from sick one day on Much Music, Canada’s MTV.  1994 I saw this video on MM……………

1996 rolled around & this video and song was everywhere……………..

 

If it costs me $6 per ‘90s Canadian rock band now, there are a few more I’d love to see doing a reunion tour, that will likely never happen or they’re still together!

  1. A) Finger Eleven still together. They haven’t stopped since they changed their name from “Rainbow Butt Monkeys” & recorded the album “Tip” in 1998
  1. B) Matthew Good Band almost a guarantee to NOT get back together
  1. C) Wide Mouth Mason, maybe?
  1. D) Our Lady Peace together & opening for Guns n’ Roses, I don’t know if Our Lady Peace ever really stopped, much like Econoline Crush? Both just seemed to fade away from the spotlight? I’m not a Guns n’ Roses fan, I won’t be there.  I did just see Our Lady Peace open for Bryan Adams though.  They’re together & they’re good, as long as they keep the bulk of their shows on songs from their first 4 albums, which they did when I saw them!  Our Lady Peace last released an album in 2012 & Econoline Crush is recording with a new contract & label.  Currently there are 5 of their albums on iTunes, the most recent from 2010, a greatest hits album.

There could be many more added to that list of ‘90s rock bands, but that list would make me EXTREMELY happy!  Big Wreck has been back since 2011 & have released 3 albums & a 7 song EP of live songs & a cover.

The coolest thing about Friday night was that I was wearing a metal band T-Shirt, Lamb of God, & was complimented on it twice!  Once waiting for the show to start & some guy flashed me the metal horns on our way to our vehicle after the show.

I’ve had this experience before wearing one of my Into Eternity shirts in Boston & Edmonton.  Into Eternity is a local metal band that has done quite well as far as underground metal goes, check iTunes or your local music store, you’ll see 4 albums & 2 singles.  The first album is difficult to find.

Saturday evening we were babysitting for our friends.  Kim took Hannah to the “Emoji Movie”.  I stayed home with Brewster & the Roughriders game & the Blue Jays game.

 

Sunday Kim & Hannah had breakfast before I was even awake from sleeping on the couch.  I’m not sure where Brewster ended up sleeping?  He tends to roam when Hannah’s here.  He’s not sure how he’ supposed to act around young kids, he tends to get scared & find a quiet spot or curl up on my lap.  He does this also if there’s more than 3 or 4 people around as well.  Poor guy’s getting old, he’ll be 12 years old on January 31st, 2018.  We got him from a breeder down the street from us in April of 2006.

We finished Sunday with an early birthday BBQ for Corey at their place & a pile of Corey & Jolene’s friends.  I’d call it an annual event (well, the last 4 years as far as I know).  Corey smokes a brisket, we all eat & drink!

While at Corey & Jolene’s place I had a VERY odd sense of anxiety.  I don’t know what caused it, it certainly wasn’t anyone’s fault.  It was all in my head!  I didn’t freak out or anything, I just clamed up & felt out of place?  I couldn’t tell you why, I just felt awkward among people that I have no reason to?  Weird feeling, never happened to me before?  Again, nobody’s fault, it was all in my head.

Monday will be a lazy day for us, get ready for the week, watch whatever is half decent on TV or Netflix, lay low & prepare for Tuesday.  Yes, Saskatchewan, Canada has the most days off than any other province I think it is?

 

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I’m a big fan of Lamb of God, In Flames, Trivium, & many more metal bands!  Trivium has made 2 albums that are terrible to me though.  I have issues with “The Crusade” & “Shogun”.  I do like the song ‘The Crusade’, as for “Shogun” they seem to get stuck on a riff & repeat it many times.  Quite a few fans call “Shogun” their favourite album.  I don’t get it, but to each their own!  I got into them on the 2nd album “Ascendancy” released in 2005.  I own most of the CDs, until the last 2 which I bought on iTunes.  Anyways, here’s a review/reaction to the new single & the instrumental ‘The Crusade’.

LANGUAGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

LANGUAGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

I just figured we’d all be using emojis in the not so distant future?

http://www.rollingstone.com/glixel/features/rick-and-morty-creator-interview-w493420

 

Pearl Jam shared it, & it’s the first song on my favourite Pearl Jam album!  Listened to this album every day on the way to my summer job in 1998!

 

FYI – The Paranormal album from Alice Cooper is REALLY good!

 

So many conspiracy theories flying around the death of Chris Cornell & Chester Bennington.  Leave it alone & let them R.I.P.

 

Yep, it’s a marathon, not a sprint at a Foo Fighters show!  They tell you as they begin a show.

https://consequenceofsound.net/2017/08/foo-fighters-32-song-three-and-a-half-hour-lollapalooza-aftershow-was-something-to-behold-video-setlist/

 

How do the Blue Jays lose 16-7 on Friday in Houston, then play the same team the next day & win 4-3 in an extra inning.  Then go into the 9th inning ahead 6-3 and lose the game in the 9th inning 7-6?  Best team in baseball (Houston Astros) vs. the 2nd worst team (Toronto Blue Jays).  If you’re a casual Blue Jay fan, you may not want to watch a game for a year or two, this could get horrific!?

 

The fact that Pauly Shore is still around is incredible.  I love the Movie “Son-in-Law”

http://www.rollingstone.com/culture/news/pauly-shore-mocks-stephen-millers-statue-of-liberty-presser-w496193

 

A Rolling Stones member had lung cancer & survived, without the public knowing?

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/ronnie-wood-on-cancer-battle-it-could-have-been-curtains-w496199

 

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

LANGUAGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

 

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Why did this become a music blog?  “Because music is a BIG @#!$%^*&( DEAL”-Dave Grohl

“I feel good about the good things, & bad about the bad things”-Dave Grohl

“Learn from your mistakes & don’t repeat them”-Chris

Stay safe out there,

Chris

“Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres