WEEKLY EXERCISE TOTAL/ASCOT ROYALS

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I fell asleep to “Big Wreck” the album “The Pleasure & the Greed” released in 2001.

I exercised to “Probot” the only album, all instruments played by Dave Grohl then he sent copies to his favourite metal singers to do the vocals.  Album release was in 2004.

 

400 crunches, 400 pushups, 400 leg lifts, 160 back flexes, 20 minutes of planking.  Next week I’ll try to add some triceps exercise.

Finishing with 5 minutes of planking, then my 100 pushups at the end of my exercise is easily the hardest thing to do.  Once I finish my pushups, at the end of my routine, I roll over on my side to breathe deeply so there’s no pressure on my lungs.  I don’t like exercising before I do it, but afterwards I feel like I’ve achieved something.  I feel better!  All of those times I’d hear people say something like “Oh, I feel great!”  “Oh, this is the best feeling ever!”  I always thought they were a little “Crazy”.  Before I exercise, I try very hard to procrastinate, but the promise of breakfast works as a really good motivator!

When I moved from the Pasqua hospital to the Wascana Rehabilitation Center in 2009, I went through a deep depression.  I constantly cried & apologized to Kim.  I always felt as though I did something wrong to have cancer.  I know it wasn’t my fault.  When everybody was calling me a “hero”, I bought into the hype & lashed out at others.  No, that’s nowhere near who I really am.  I don’t like to be called a “hero” or “victim”.  I’m in the middle, as I see it.  I got VERY lucky & I’m alive.  I’m a normal guy that got really lucky, surrounded by many friends & family members.  I’m alive.

 

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

 

Little bit of my struggles with Apple.  Without exaggerating the number, I think I’ve made 8-10 calls to customer support since September began.  I have been polite throughout this time with them.  My problems baffle the customer service people though.  They help me fix 1 problem eventually & 2 days later another issue appears.  I’ve even “downloaded” stuff through the Apple Music streaming site that they use as a band aid when they have no other solution, even Apple Music is now screwed up!  To say that I’m frustrated doesn’t even touch the tip of the iceberg!  I’m going to leave it as is & ask if Kim will field a call for me at some point.

ASCOT ROYALS

“Ascot Royals” opened for “Big Wreck” in February.  I wasn’t really expecting anything.  I thought it would be a “Ho hum” moment, another ½ hour before “Big Wreck” hit the stage.  I’m SO glad I go to every show in time for the opening act!  They were surprisingly really good.  They live in Ontario, but I think the singer mentioned that they were all immigrants?  Don’t quote me on that.

 

They have 1 full album out & a 7 song EP on iTunes, I assume they’re on streaming sites as well.  The full album was released in 2012, the EP was released earlier this year.

 

I can confirm that “Muse” & “Halestorm” are both in studio working on their new albums.  I saw photos of both in the studio!  Separately of course.

 

Dave Grohl’s first show with Nirvana

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/flashback-dave-grohl-plays-first-gig-with-nirvana-in-1990-w508458

 

Walk off the Earth cover “Hey yah” by Andree 3000

 

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Stay safe out there,

Chris

“Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres

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Friday ended for us going to “Chop” for supper with Sherry.  James stayed behind with Brewster.  Very good, yet pricy!  I don’t know where Kim found the money, but her sister came with us & paid for all 3 of us.  Thanks Sherry!

Saturday not great.  A) I called a customer service line.  I spoke with 3 different people + time on hold between each caller.  ½ hour or more on the phone.  The final person can’t help me & says as a sign off “Good luck with that!”  REALLY!  Did you learn that from Trump helping the flood victims in Texas?  He’d help out others & say “Have a great day!”  B) Roughriders lost to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.  Fortunately the Toronto Blue Jays actually won, in a game that meant nothing.  Strong rum & Cokes were flowing here after the incredibly stupid call.

I’ve been on the customer service side of things, all you have to do is agree with the customer.  They’re always right, at least that’s what they want to hear.  They’re usually wrong though.  The customer typically has no clue as to what’s happening behind the curtain.  I never lose my cool on a bad customer service representative, if I’ve tried to work with them & still have a problem, I calmly ask to speak with a manager that can help me.  Ranting & raving gets you nowhere, so why bother getting upset?  It’s something that doesn’t make anyone happy.

It’s like road rage.  You’re going to rant & rave while driving me somewhere I didn’t do it, nor can I fix it for you.  Unless you’re going to talk to whoever is driving the other vehicle, I don’t need or want to hear it.

Sunday we got up, found a legal loop hole for my problem & didn’t have to call the customer service line.  All is well!  I’m getting tired of fixing their problems though.  I’d stop using this product but it’s pretty much a monopoly.

“They’ve got us by the short & curlies…”

Made a juice for the week, some laundry to fold & put away.  Once that’s done, couch, baseball or Netflix!

 

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Most anticipated rock/metal albums of 2017

http://loudwire.com/foo-fighters-justin-timberlake-guest-new-album/#photogallery-1=1

 

Tool, A Perfect Circle, & System of a Down, I’m not holding my breath for this year!

 

New U2 song from their upcoming album.

 

Nothing but Thieves are FANTASTIC!  Their 1st self – titled album & this sophomore album “Broken Machine”

 

I knew another album would pop up!  Barenaked Ladies – Fake Nudes.  Out November 17th

 

Rolling Stone’s 500 greatest albums of all time.

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/lists/500-greatest-albums-of-all-time-20120531/john-lennon-imagine-20120524

All of them are on the list but not number 1.

 

Got up & put on some Nat “King” Cole

 

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Stay safe out there,

Chris

“Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres

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

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I fell asleep to “Green Day” the album “Dookie”, followed by “Wide Mouth Mason” their S/T album

I stretched to “The Watchmen” their 3rd album “Brand New Day”

 

I was ready Monday to do my exercise but after 300 crunches I knew to lay off.  My legs were getting sore.  I figure this should be a week of stretching only.  This leg/hip problem is really annoying & preventing me from doing what I’d like to do.  I was told by one of my doctors not to lay on my right side, so I didn’t.  After a while of sleeping on my left side, I woke up, stood up to get in my wheelchair & it felt as though I had a bruise on my left hip.  Now I can sleep on my back & somewhat on my right side.  This week will be stretching & guitar along with Blue Jay baseball!

I was going to do some pushups from my knees on Monday, then I realized I gave myself a large gash on my knee from crawling around.  It looks like I had knee surgery, far worse than it really is.  Didn’t really hurt ever, it just looks horrible.

I think I’ll continue the music/movie news.  I like it, stuff I’d like to know.  If all you want is surviving cancer news I’ll keep it at the top here.  If you want the pop culture stuff, I’ll put it below.  Like I said, the www.youtube.com links are just for reference if you don’t know who or what I’m talking about, you don’t need to play the entire clip.

As for this week, I’ll be practicing the song by “Clutch” & the song by “Foo Fighters”

 

This Barenaked Ladies medley of cover songs was too good not to share.

 

Corey Taylor of Stone Sour discusses new album coming in June!  LANGUAGE!!!!

http://loudwire.com/corey-taylor-stone-sour-hydrograd-album/

Same thing every artist says about a new album.  Have you ever heard a musician say, “Yeah, the new album’s OK I guess”.

 

Monday’s Tonight Show.  Lip Sync battle Shaq vs. Jimmy

 

Metallica originator Lars Ulrich discusses his longtime friendship with singer James Hetfield

http://loudwire.com/metallica-lars-ulrich-relationship-james-hetfield-best-its-been-its-called-growing-up/

 

Dave Grohl’s mom, Virginia Grohl, about mothers who have “Rock Star” children

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/dave-grohls-mother-talks-new-book-on-fellow-rock-moms-w474773

 

Yep, Bryan Adams, Johnny Reid, & Our Lady Peace set to play the new Mosaic Stadium on May 27th.

http://leaderpost.com/news/local-news/bryan-adams-to-play-new-mosaic-stadium-on-may-27

 

Facebook is quite slow for news I’d like to share.  There won’t be a ton of links on here anyways.

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Stay safe out there,

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“Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres

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Don’t feel as though you have to open every link.  In fact, I’m going to change this up a bit.  A buddy of mine woke me up.  I was getting stuck in a rut somewhat.  Too many links on here first of all & extremely consistent with me posting stuff 6 days/week.  After this post I’ll cut it down.  The 2 of us are going to cook something up come April, to help me work on some stuff I need to do.  I’ll still be around for questions & critiques.  I’ll do a blog on Wednesday, Friday, & Sunday.  Without more than 4 www.youtube.com  links, which are always optional.  I’ll catch you on Wednesday after this blog post.

Thursday I spent the day at my parents’ place.  It was my only brother’s, only sibling’s, 30th birthday.  Birthday supper with the family BBQd burgers, Caesar salad, & Grandma’s chocolate cake!  I feel older now.  My younger brother is 30 now!

It’s 9:20 am on Friday.  I’ve exercised, showered, had breakfast, & done my dishwasher duty.  All I have left is to make a pitcher of juice for my breakfast since I finished it this morning, then baseball to be watched at 11:00 am.

As I was getting ready to go to my parents’ Thursday, I found peanut M & Ms, “my weakness is their sweetness” I resisted though, I had 7.  Kim went to all of the trouble of hiding them in an empty yogurt container but left the container in the middle of the island.  Had it been in the pantry, I never would have seen them!  However she did get me some Ben & Jerry’s Half Baked.  “Hello couch & Blue Jays, meet Ben & Jerry, they’ll be joining us today!”

Blue Jays won in a game that means nothing.  Jose Bautista & Troy Tulowitzki looked ready to start the regular season.  So did injury recovering Josh Donaldson & Devon Travis.  Regular season begins Monday, April 3rd.  I don’t like their “solutions” for LF & 1B, but I’m nothing more than a fan, & it’ll change if the head honchos can figure out a solution.

Found out Friday that the Jays play Saturday & Sunday as well.  I have very little ice cream left I guess water, black coffee, rice thins, & hummus will have to do?

 

 

Bad albums by legendary bands

http://loudwire.com/worst-albums-legendary-bands/

Anyone that’s heard this knew it would easily make the list!

 

Ariel in the cartoon was HAWT.  This mermaid will do, but she’s no Ariel.  Yep, I’ve got the cartoon on DVD!

 

38 years ago Friday, Motorhead released the album “Overkill”

http://loudwire.com/motorhead-overkill-album-anniversary/

 

I’m sure they’ll get Pearl Jam’s 10 best songs right for everyone……………………NOT

I’d have to go with “Daughter” or “Given to Fly”

 

Econoline Crush’ Facebook status on Saturday!

“New beginnings w old friends. Econoline Crush is heading into the studio with the radiant being, and Guru Sylvia Massy. New music and more news very soon”

 

I’ve seen multiple trailers for this movie & I’m all in for The Justice League!!!!

http://www.rollingstone.com/movies/news/see-dc-superheroes-come-together-in-justice-league-trailer-w473672

 

Music played while I was doing stuff around the house or that I fell asleep to.

I played at 3 actual wedding ceremonies for friends.  The weddings were the places I got extremely nervous for.  1 shot at this & it had better be perfect.  I don’t want to be the big OOPS at the wedding.  I would always put pressure on myself to have a good show when I or the entire band hit the stage.  I always preferred having all of us on stage (safety in numbers).  Our first band in University had a rule if one of us isn’t bleeding after 35-42 songs, which was everything we knew) the show wasn’t good enough.  We played each show like we were “Nirvana” light.  We didn’t harm our instruments, our bodies were a different story though.  I remember Rydell, our guitarist, head banging so hard he fell down, but he soldiered on & never stopped playing the song, even on the ground!  Too funny!

 

Songs I’d play for fun on my own, or covered with a band.

 

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Chris    “Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres

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I fell asleep to “Soundgarden” the album “Badmotorfinger”

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I have what’s called an ‘acquired brain injury’.  I don’t know of anyone else that has had my specific type of brain cancer.  It’s more common in children than young adults, that’s not cool.  I was in a program with other people who’ve had brain injuries.  We’d all get together to play games.  I didn’t get to go very often, Brewster is high maintenance & has anxiety attacks when left alone.  I’m sure there were people in the Wascana Rehabilitation Center that have experienced or future patients that will.  Sure it changes a lot of things, you just have to make adjustments yourself!  Do you have a child?  If you do, I can almost guarantee your life is different now than it was before having a child?  Life changed instantly & now it makes things slightly challenging or just different.  Nobody necessarily likes change & I totally get that.  I have a lot of help if I need it, there’s even a program at the WRC called the ABI program to help me anytime down the road if needed.  In the end, this being alive stuff sure beats the alternative!

My sciatic nerve is better, but there is still a tiny bit of pain there.  It’s still the best it’s felt since November.  I saw my massage therapist last week.  She said it was much better even before my massage.  After my massage she told me to see my chiropractor, she said I had a few ribs out of place.  I can’t feel anything out of whack in my ribs, just my lower back & a bit down my right leg.

 

Barenaked Ladies shared it.  Maybe they should take some time off instead of releasing an album of previous material with another group?

 

So I could go to Moose Jaw to see the “Offspring” a 40-45 minute drive to see a band that I’m a very, very casual fan of.  This was the first song my first band learned to play (I was but a singer at the time).

 

Or I could make the mind-numbing 2 & ½ hour drive to Saskatoon to see Ed Sheeran, who I really like.

I like Ed Sheeran, but I loathe the drive to Saskatoon & I’ve seen Ed Sheeran in Regina once.  Do I go to Saskatoon or hold out for ‘In Flames’ to come from Sweden to Saskatoon.

I can definitely say I don’t need to see The Offspring.  I’ve seen In Flames once or twice & wasn’t disappointed.  The sound for Ed Sheeran in Regina was dreadful & everybody watched 75% of the show through a cell phone.  Kim would prefer Ed Sheeran, so we’ll see how much tickets are?  In Flames have yet to announce any North American dates.

This show could be WAY over our budget?

 

Why does U2 need to reissue one of their biggest albums for $24.99 on iTunes with a bunch of older songs added to it?  ‘The Joshua Tree’ was roughly $25 in the ‘80s when it came out on CD.  Thanks, I bought it decades ago & it sounds fine.  32 extra songs from different albums that older U2 fans already own?  I don’t know how many people are newer U2 fans that would purchase this?  I’m a big U2 fan, but this just screams “CASH GRAB” to me.

 

I guess U2 was my absolute favourite band until I Mother Earth released “Scenery & Fish” in 1996.  Then Canada began their post-grunge movement.  Our Lady Peace, Matthew Good Band, The Tea Party, The Age of Electric, Limblifter, Moist, The Inbreds, Finger Eleven, Treble Charger, Econoline Crush, etc.  I guess you could put Big Wreck in here as well. Their 1st release was in 1997.

 

Let me set the scene for you, this happened quite often.  It’s 1996, my brother & I are doing dishes after supper.  Our parents have retired to the living room.  My brother & I are addicted to I Mother Earth’s “Scenery & Fish” album.  After a few minutes of the album playing in the kitchen our mother yells at us “TURN THAT CRAP DOWN!”  We turn it down, but not enough?  She yells again “TURN IT DOWN NOW!”  We turn it down more, now we can’t hear it.  So we turn it up.  This struggle goes on until the dishes are done about an hour later.

 

OK, does anyone gain anything in this scenario?  Do the verbal abusers gain anything?  This is just one example, in the end it’s just people hurting other people for being different.  WHY?

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/dear-lesbians-and-gays-im-bisexual-and-you-treated-me-like-crap_us_58c1a38be4b054a0ea68e31c?section=us_queer-voices&

 

I guess “The Black Keys” are taking a break.

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/features/patrick-carney-talks-black-keys-break-post-touring-ptsd-w471520

This group just drives me nuts for some reason, but so does Guns n’ Roses, couldn’t tell you why?

 

Whether you like them or not you had to know they’d get an award for sales at some point.  I just assume many people own everything Nickelback & lie to others saying “No not Nickelback, I hate them!”  Wait 4 minutes & the radio will change.  I don’t like them, but they’ve done nothing to harm me in any way.

http://loudwire.com/nickelback-all-the-right-reasons-diamond-certification-u-s/

 

Article/audio interview with singer Myles Kennedy of Alter Bridge.

http://puregrainaudio.com/interviews/alter-bridge-interview-myles-kennedy-on-rock-royalty-shark-diving-and-unzipped-flies-w-audio

 

2 Dave Chappelle comedy specials coming to Netflix!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

http://www.rollingstone.com/culture/news/see-dave-chappelle-tackle-isis-oj-simpson-in-stand-up-trailer-w472048

 

Songs I’ve performed with the handful, 3, groups.

 

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Stay safe out there,

Chris

“Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres

I MISS EXERCISING/ROCK BANDS/LOTS OF STUFF TO DO TODAY, WROTE MOST OF THIS YESTERDAY

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I fell asleep to “Foo Fighters” the album “There is Nothing Left to Lose”, followed by “Foo Fighters” the album “Sonic Highways”, & finally “Judah & the Lion” the album “Folk, Hop n’ Roll”

Don’t feel as though you need to open every link.

Sorry but I desperately want to kick my sciatic nerve and get “Physical”.  I wake up, get ready for the day, have breakfast, & then it’s usually around 8:30 am & my day is done for the most part other than trying surprise Kim with something.

No, I don’t surprise her very often?  She deserves it though.  I was so close to being paralyzed at first.  I was the corps in a bag (Hoyer lift) with Kim.  I had a bigger wheelchair initially since I was around 275lbs.  I’m a large person.  I’m 6’1” and around 235 pounds.  Still some weight to go, 215 pounds should be pretty close to what I should be at.  I have no intent in stopping my exercise until I’m able to do most things!  You heard it here first!  My goal from the day I was conscious was to be able to walk or I’m gonna die trying!

 

How on earth do you put together a greatest hits album of Bryan Adams without “Cuts like a Knife”?  I think iTunes made me go shopping when I bought it.

 

Alter Bridge’s tour dates in Europe

June 3rd – GER, Bavaria Rock im Park

June 4th – GER, Nurburgring Rock am Ring

June 6th – HOL, Tilburg 013

June 8th – SWE, Solvesborg Sweden Rock

June 10th – FRA, Paris Download

June 11th – ENG, Download Donington

June 14th – CZE, Prague Forum Karlin

June 15th – AUT, Nickelsdorf Novarock

June 17th – BEL, Dessel Graspop

June 18th – FRA, Clisson Hellfest

June 20th – IRE, Dublin Olympia

June 21st – Northern Ireland, Belfast Ulster Hall

June 23rd – DEN, Copenhagen Copenhell

June 24th – GER, Leipzig Haus Auensee

June 26th – LUX, Luxembourg City LuxExpo

June 29th – SPA, Auditorio M. Rios Madrid

June 30th – SPA, Bilbao Miribilla

July 2nd – SPA, Barcelona Rock Fest

July 5th – ITA, Rome Rock In Rome

July 6th – ITA, Milan Market Sound

 

Chevelle tour dates

http://getmorechevelle.com/

 

New Barenaked Ladies release April 14th.  Presale begins this Friday, March 10th

 

A misunderstanding of most people who know metal fans!  This goes for fans & bands.

 

Does this mean Jay Z is to be considered a member of “Shark Tank” or “Dragons Den”?

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/jay-z-announces-new-startup-company-arrive-w470586

 

News regarding the reunion of the band LIVE, they’re not playing anything from their most popular album, Throwing Copper?  I hope I read that wrong?

http://consequenceofsound.net/2017/03/lightning-crashes-live-on-reuniting-burying-the-hatchet-and-throwing-copper/

 

Soundgarden is done their album preorder begins this Friday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

Tom Hanks & Meryl Streep team up for a movie directed by Stephen Spielberg.

http://www.rollingstone.com/movies/news/tom-hanks-meryl-streep-to-star-in-pentagon-papers-film-w470712

 

Those will leave a mark!

http://loudwire.com/10-painful-onstage-blows-to-the-head-watch/

That’s why you keep an eye out just in case.  This is why spinning your guitar isn’t always the best idea.

 

I sit here brain cancer free & whine about my nerve while this kid is fighting leukemia.  Who do you think has it worse?  Can everyone chip in & help this kid out?

http://globalnews.ca/news/3290397/could-you-save-his-life-edmonton-boy-needs-to-find-stem-cell-match/

 

Punk fans listen up!  Rancid & The Dropkick Murphy’s are heading out on tour together!

http://loudwire.com/rancid-dropkick-murphys-2017-north-american-co-headlining-tour/

Old song, sorry.

 

I may have sang in multiple rock bands, but I wasn’t anything to write home about.  I was more of “the best of what’s around”.  I was good enough.  I had spent 3 years in the high school choir, but I had to change my register from singing low bass to a tenor voice or else I was headed in the direction of sounding like Scott Stapp of “Creed”.  I got my first guitar for my 21 birthday that was a tremendous boost of confidence for me, something to hide behind.  I heard 2 good things said about my voice.

Yes, we played Creed in my first band.  Remember this was in 2001.  The first thing I heard was that a friend of our drummer thought I had been replaced as the singer.  A few months before I got sick, I was singing in my brother’s group.  Our bass player went to the piano to figure out what note I had hit in a new song we were working on.  High C#.  I knew it was near the top of my range, but that was way up there.  I remember seeing a contestant on ‘American Idol’ hit the same note full voice.  Other than that, I’d never survive on ‘American Idol’.

 

Music is what keeps me going!  I started singing in a cover band in University back in 1999 or probably 2000?  I was far more nervous than before I learned guitar after my birthday in 2001.  In total we learned around 35 cover songs, & 7 original songs.  I wrote 3 & our guitar player wrote 4.  I managed to memorize all of the lyrics to the songs we were preforming.  I’ll leave you with 3 or 4 at the end here every day.

We played this at punk speed, just the first verse.  Very quick version!

 

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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