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4 day exercise total; 600 leg lifts, 600 crunches, 200 squats, 200 back flexes, 120 pushups, 600 curls (10 pounds on left arm & 7 pounds on right arm), 600 tricep extensions w/5 pound weight, 400 shoulder raises w/5 pound weight,  stretching, & yoga.

I fell asleep to “Lamb of God” the album “Ashes of the Wake”

I exercised to “Big Wreck” the album “…but the sun”, followed by some of “Queens of the Stone Age” the album “Villains”

 

I had to cut back the back flexes to 300 over a 5 day week, easily the toughest part of my exercise.  I’ve also brought the number of squats down, quality over quantity.  I’m expecting to be at a minimum of 300 in a 5 day week.  Everything else will stay as it is, another sweaty week but feeling good & confident.

So as I was finishing my exercise on Tuesday doing the downward dog yoga pose, I fell getting back to the ground I rammed my face into the ground, off of the mat & on the laminate floor.  Sure it hurt for a bit, I checked my nose & teeth.  My nose wasn’t bleeding & my teeth were all there & not chipped, I was fine, sweaty but fine.

Now that I’m stronger & more confident, I want to do more.  My mind races at night thinking of small things I can do to help around here & elsewhere.  Kim’s been taking are of the house me & Brewster for over 12 years.  I want to step up & do my part here so she doesn’t become overwhelmed.  She comes home from work 5 days a week & makes a REALLY FANTASTIC meal & I clean up after supper.             Other than that, I fold & put away my laundry, vacuum on occasion & sometimes wet Swiffer the floor.  I feel now as though I can do more since I’m here all week.

I can’t afford the moon or anything extravagant.  I can help in smaller ways now.  I’m starting with my grandparents.  They don’t drink water.  So I’ve filled 2X1liter bottle of water flavoured with Mio flavouring so that it tastes more like a juice than plain water.  Something little I can do to help out.  I get excited about stuff like this.  It’s nice to look forward to something other than exercise every day.

I’m getting stronger now, I can tell!  I’m still in a wheelchair, iPatch still, & no driving since Tuesday, February 5th, 2008.  Just physically stronger.  Not only am I able to help out around the house more, but now my mid-life crisis present to myself is back but, if it happens it will likely be a 2/3 life crisis at least.  It was a car & now it’s a PRS guitar.

https://www.prsguitars.com/index.php/electrics/model/ce_24_semi_hollow_2019

A bunch of cool stuff none of which I have & it’s pretty!  Mid-life crisis?  13/16 life crisis or pipe dream!

Well forget that!  Brewster went to the vet after Kim was done work Wednesday & the news wasn’t great!  His heart murmur is between a 5 & 6.  6 is the worst, which means a strong possibility of heart enlargement, heart attack &/or fluid in his lungs.  Now I’m EXTREMELY worried.  Tests & definitely medication, just a matter of how much medication?

Kim is home sick today, she’ll likely be spending the day in bed today.  I got up a bit after 6:00 am, got to my exercises while Kim showered & tried to go to work.  She showered and did her hair but never made it out of the bedroom.  I don’t like contract work much.  She’s not there, she doesn’t get paid.  Oh well, not my job & not really my business.

 

I didn’t even know about this movie on Netflix?  I’ll have to watch it sometime soon!  Here’s the trailer & a review.

https://www.rollingstone.com/tv/tv-reviews/spy-netflix-sacha-baron-cohen-review-875869/?fbclid=IwAR3MunXWxtwF5rgQksY3MOSjeCIcN8Xcv1_z7xkLXwZlWj2ydKn5i8CMnkU

New TOOL article/interview as of September 1st!  Long but GREAT album!  Worth the 13 year wait.

https://loudwire.com/maynard-james-keenan-new-tool-album-fantastic-eight-years-ago/?fbclid=IwAR12zIinHj9dji_QtPMmf1hfSkznv9qNv4Bo1HTifEEem9qRugqBLFw9-9Y

Every TOOL fan has seen this lately, I saw it late last week.  Very well done mashup of Taylor Swift & an older TOOL song!

BIG THANKS to Mitch & George Fraser for getting my VERY old electric guitar gear working!!!!!!!  Another thing to look forward to everyday!

I’ve often thought about listening to “Gojira” since I do like “Sepultura”, but something stops me from being a fan every time?

https://www.kerrang.com/features/11-bands-who-wouldnt-be-here-without-sepultura/?utm_campaign=loudwire&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook&influencer=true&fbclid=IwAR1ELqwBCkiV4pXmBJ4GF6hYbx4Ke_7pgCzU4hxy1kcGYDNHgBSjde-w_Tc

Nobody should like “System of a Down”.  Many of my friends & I think they’re GREAT!   Maybe because there’s nothing that sounds like their music, at least in North America or that I know of?  Here’s a story about their second album out of a total of 5 mass releases.  They’re quite popular.

https://loudwire.com/system-of-a-down-toxicity-anniversary/?fbclid=IwAR1yPaxfTH97VoELvpGisijllxuYLz9hkJUcDTOiyvYCfCXwt5u9BKGqFew

https://loudwire.com/system-of-a-down-toxicity-facts/?fbclid=IwAR0nZfpbSbP-QKO6eBPkIdsiTARxAQCGvjlx6hM08CsCzWQ_mRsOKLTfyeQ

I don’t think any rock/metal/other band is about to change mainstream music.  It will be a force of many bands & artists to make a significant change.   I couldn’t care less about album sales, as long as I get to hear what I like!

https://loudwire.com/tool-fear-inoculum-likely-numer-1-taylor-swift/?fbclid=IwAR0TQxS-nQJnFY1nkffdS45MdkDLGGO-_pCh1VZblqSBHm5sr18w2ZtpN9s

Under rated albums of the 1990s.

https://www.kerrang.com/features/the-12-most-underrated-albums-of-the-90s/?utm_campaign=loudwire&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook&influencer=true&fbclid=IwAR2H2OdGO2_euSra9krb_GxWAchw1pYJHlKCPrqa0Jj0KB-p_M3u6Epr-wk

 

EARTHSIDE

More progressive rock/metal but they tend to go quiet & mellow to the heavier side of things throughout a song.  I haven’t done an “Opeth” music guide yet, but they would be “Opeth” lite followed by “Tool” who would be “Earthside” lite.  All 3 of these bands are progressive & they are all capable of doing light atmospheric music on their albums as well as rock & metal, much like “Dream Theater” as well.

When I say “progressive” in reference to these current metal/rock bands, I mean that the songs are often in rare time signatures.  Not always a song you can tap your foot to.  Most radio friendly songs are in a basic 4/4 time.  There’s nothing wrong with that, it’s simple & to the point.  That gets boring for me after a while & other bands will change time signatures 2-6 times in one song.  Then that can become boring & I’ll go back to the 4/4 stuff.  I always listen to the drums in a song.  It’s the rhythm that I listen to the most in a song.

I have one album by “Earthside” so here’s a sampling of it.

 

2015   A DREAM IN STATIC

 

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I fell asleep to “Trivium” the album “Silence in the Snow”

I exercised to “Lamb of God” the album “VII: Sturm Und Drang”

 

Crunches, leg lifts, & pushups.  I’ll do that for a few weeks, then maybe up those numbers.  No squats that could wreck my back.  Mostly it’s trying to exercise without ruining my back.

I used to hate it when people would say “I exercised today & I feel so good now”.  Now I’m one of those people, even working out at a minimal amount.

I’ve got some rough numbers where I’d like to end up for my exercises, but they’re way down the road.  As for squats, they can wait until I meet with the surgeon or after the surgery.

Get up early before its 25 Celcius in here.  I did that on Tuesday & today.  That’s the trick!  I’m just going to pretend I don’t have a nasty cough still.  When I exercise it makes me feel as though I’m doing something productive.  I need that.  Even when I ran a printing press!  At the end of a shift I could hold a piece of paper & think to myself “Hey, I helped make this”.

Nobody told me this until a few weeks ago?  My cancer was likely to come back in 2013.  Something I would have liked to know.  Nobody told me squat!  WHY????????  I wouldn’t have done anything differently to avoid it.  You’d think anyone with that kind of info might clue you in.  “His cancer will probably come back but don’t tell him”.  I don’t know, it just seems disrespectful, but 2013 is a long time ago & the cancer didn’t “come back”

If I don’t know what music I should workout to, I just look down at the shirt I’m wearing.  I had to do that today.

 

If you’re here strictly for the cancer news, that’s all I have for you today. 

 

Always looking for new bands.  I found a metal group called “Kobra & the Lotus”.  A female fronted group.  I’ve got all of the metal bands I’ll follow, but this song seems to be OK.  Their past 2 albums I’m pretty sure aren’t for me.  I can’t see myself listening to this much but I thought some of you would be interested.

They’re like “Gojira” or “Children of Bodom” for me.  Love most of the music, but can’t get behind the vocals?

 

I’ve become a super hero nut.  I was watching “Gotham” Monday night.  During a commercial brake they showed a trailer of the “Wonder Woman” movie.  I don’t know that I’ll see it on June 2nd, but I’ll definitely see it & likely buy it.

 

OK May 12th, hurry up!  I listen to this song about twice a day on either iTunes or www.youtube.com

 

I’ve never actually heard their music.  How many musicians have used their platform against anything?  EVERYBODY!  Now this video can’t be made because it’s anti-government?  Give me a break

http://loudwire.com/rise-against-video-shoot-shut-down-anti-government/

 

Just think of “The Sex Pistols”  “I am an anti-Christ” anti-Christian, I see no problem with that.  That’s fine or “Rage Against The Machine” pick almost any song in their catalogue.  It is likely anti-government & that’s fine with me also.  It’s kind of pointless that an artist has zero free speech.  I guess if your anti-anything you’d be better off to just “shut up & sing”, that’s just completely messed up to me.  It’s OK for Taylor Swift to bash an ex, but if she was singing about the government in the same way, that would be wrong?  I draw the line at Church burning by mostly black metal bands in Europe.  Not every black metal band does this though.

 

I’ve never been a fan of this song, Soundgarden is great but this song I just can’t get my head around.  Soundgarden shared it though……

 

Last week tonight with John Oliver.  He’s just funny!  LANGUAGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  I’m OK with marijuana.  Do what you like, just please don’t hurt yourself or anyone else.

 

 

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I fell asleep to “Nothing but Thieves” their debut s/t album.  Followed by “Ben Harper” the album “Call it what it is”

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

I’m just stretching still so this is what will be playing in the house today “Big Wreck” & “Foo Fighters” it just feels like one of those days to self-indulge!

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Kim & I didn’t sign up for cancer to be a big part of our life, but it is.  Kim helps me when needed & sometimes when I don’t need it, but she gets concerned that whatever may be too difficult for me.  I’ve had to adapt how I do things, like hand washing the dishes.  The first few times it was awkward and hurt slightly because of the wheelchair.  Different way of leaning over the sink.  Eventually I figured out how to do it “My Way”.  I may be slower at most things, but I can do them.  If something I’m doing around a large group affects others, either I get out of the way or people can just ask me to move, I don’t want to ruffle any feathers!

My parents & I have Saskatchewan Roughriders, football, tickets.  This will be the first season at a new stadium.  In the old stadium we’d get there about 45 minutes or more before game time & be among the last 100 or 200 people to leave.  I had to go up & down about 10 stairs to get to my seat, but dad & I tried to wait so we wouldn’t delay anyone entering or leaving the stadium.

I try not to bother others & I’m not bothered by others who ask me to get out of their way.  I know my wheelchair can be an obstacle for others, I have no problem moving.  I try not to rely on others either for help.  I almost always tell people “I’ve got this, don’t worry, I’ll ask for help if I need it.”  I don’t need help with everything, don’t worry.  If it’s my first time doing something I need some supervision the first few times until I can figure out how to do it my way, so I can at least minimize any help needed.

 

I can deal with a band not touring in 2017 if they have nothing booked & are recording a new album.  As long as they don’t take 10,000 days (like Tool) to do it.

http://loudwire.com/bottle-rock-organizer-foo-fighters-may-play-one-north-american-show-2017-plan-work-new-album/

From the album “10,000 Days” by Tool.  Latest release since 2006.  The longer they take, my expectations of the album become larger.  Yes, pun intended!  We’re only 10 years/ 3,650 days in.  We may have to wait another 20 years!  Hahahahahahaha!

 

Pearl Jam shared it…  ONE PIECE OF LANGUAGE IN THE LYRICS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

Opeth’s American headlining tour with “The Devin Townsend Project” & “Gojira”

May 4 – Nashville TN, War Memorial Auditorium

May 5 – Charlotte, NC, Carolina Rebellion Fest*

May 6 – Philadelphia PA, Electric Factory

May 7 – Sayreville, NJ, Starland Ballroom

May 9 – Chicago IL, The Vic Theatre

May 11 – Denver CO, Red Rocks Amphitheatre

May 12 – Kansas City, MO, Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midlands

May 13 – Indianapolis IN, Egyptian Roon at Old National Theatre

May 14 – Somerset, WI, Northern Invasion Fest

 

I would love it if more bands did a full North American tour.  If they did one show in every state & province.  The closest Canadian date is Toronto?  It would take 2 maybe 2.5 days of driving from Regina to Toronto, but this is what most “North American” tours look like.  This is an actual tour itinerary for a band that shall remain nameless.  They are situated in America.

Sat/Jan-21 – Mobile, AL

Sun/Jan-22 – Atlanta, GA

Tue/Jan-24 – Detroit, MI

Wed/Jan-25 – Chicago, IL

Fri/Jan-27 – Sioux City, IA

Sat/Jan-28 – Kansas City, MO

Tue/Jan-31 – Buffalo, NY

Wed/Feb-01- Toronto, ON

Fri/Feb-03 – Montreal, QUE

Sat/Feb-04 – Philadelphia, PA

Tue/Feb-07 – Boston, MA

Thu/Feb-09 – New York, NY

Fri/Feb-10 – Silver Springs, MD

Sun/Feb-12 – Raleigh, NC

Tue/Feb-14 – Houston, TX

Thu/Feb-16 -Las Vegas, NV

Sat/Feb-18 – Tempe, AZ

Sun/Feb-19 – Los Angeles, CA

Mon/Feb-20 -San Francisco, CA

Wed/Feb-22 – Seattle, WA

 

If we’re lucky someone will go through Vancouver, B.C. which is also quite the hike from Regina!  Even Canadian groups don’t even think about touring in Saskatchewan, yet In Flames, from Sweden, schedule a tour date 2 hours north in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.  It’s a boring drive, but 2 or 2.5 hours in a car is better than nothing!  At the moment we’re in no shape of considering to pay for airline tickets, a hotel, & concert tickets while grabbing a meals from any type of restaurant.

Kim’s 2007 New Year’s Eve resolution was “to be a better wife”.  I found it written on a small piece of paper in our previous house.  I’ve always thought “How could she be any better?”  I’m not keeping score, that shouldn’t happen in a marriage, but if I was I’d easily be losing.  She’s AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!

 

Halestorm vs. The Pretty Reckless.  I like both groups, bad song choice for both though.

 

Foo Fighters to spend most of 2017 recording!!!

http://www.nme.com/news/music/foo-fighters-new-album-recording-2017-1934362?lazyload=0&utm_source=flipboard&utm_medium=app&utm_campaign=flipboard_rss_feed&utm_content=nme&utm_campaign=nme-5-jan-2017-05-01-2017&utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter

 

New Ed Sheeran tomorrow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

http://www.nme.com/news/music/ed-sheeran-teases-new-album-lyrics-title-ahead-dropping-new-music-tomorrow-1935390?lazyload=0&utm_source=flipboard&utm_medium=app&utm_campaign=flipboard_rss_feed&utm_content=nme&utm_campaign=nme-5-jan-2017-05-01-2017&utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter

 

30 year anniversary of one of my favourite albums

http://www.nme.com/news/music/u2-reveal-joshua-tree-30th-anniversary-shows-1934398?lazyload=0&utm_source=flipboard&utm_medium=app&utm_campaign=flipboard_rss_feed&utm_content=nme&utm_campaign=nme-5-jan-2017-05-01-2017&utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter

 

Obama’s final White House party

http://www.nme.com/news/music/beyonce-jay-z-springsteen-paul-mccartney-barack-obamas-final-white-house-party-1935365?lazyload=0&utm_source=flipboard&utm_medium=app&utm_campaign=flipboard_rss_feed&utm_content=nme&utm_campaign=nme-5-jan-2017-05-01-2017&utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter

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Walk off the Earth performance on New Year’s Eve

 

10 on stage lunatics

http://loudwire.com/10-infamous-onstage-lunatics/

 

James Corden & Jim Parson rendition of “Dust in the Wind”

http://www.rollingstone.com/tv/news/see-jim-parsons-cordens-silly-dust-in-the-wind-spoof-w459084

 

“The Last Word” with Iggy Pop

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/features/the-last-word-iggy-pop-talks-drugs-aging-keith-richards-w458837

 

What made Metallica’s James Hetfield get sober?

http://loudwire.com/metallica-james-hetfield-15-years-sobriety-fear-big-motivator-for-me/

 

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I fell asleep to first “Into Eternity” the album “The Incurable Tragedy” followed by “In Flames” the new album “Battles”

I’m just stretching still so this is what’s been playing in the house today “Lamb of God” the album “Strum Und Drang”, “Diemonds” the album “Never Wanna Die”, & “Big Wreck” the album “In Loving Memory of…”

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I proposed to Kim in the best way possible, a surefire way of making her say the magic word “Yes”.  I caught her in an after work nap.  When I arrived with flowers & a ring & dropped to one knee, she said “Yes”.  She called her sister & told her “I don’t know what he said?  He had flowers, said all of this romantic stuff, and then proposed.  He told me too change from my sweats & T-Shirt to go out for a fancy supper”.   That’s how I proposed to Brewster’s mother!  Catch your future spouse asleep, your odds will be greatly increased, I believe.

I really miss exercising.  I never thought I’d utter those words?  When I start again, hopefully soon, I’ll have to build up to my regular numbers & likely reduce my crunches to 1200 or 1300 a day.  1500 is a little redundant I think, we’ll see?  This pinched nerve non sense is driving me crazy!  Sitting around & doing nothing productive other than stretching doesn’t fill my desire to be productive.  Sorry if I sound like a whiny broken record.  I guess I could plunk around on my guitar, as frustrating as it is.  My brain knows what to do but my fingers disagree!  “In the end, I’m not satisfied” with the status quo.

 

Well done by The Pretty Reckless, Highly Suspect, & Chevelle!

http://www.alternativenation.net/top-10-rock-albums-of-2016/

I DON’T THINK HE CAN WRITE A SONG WITHOUT SWEARING IN IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

10 best metal songs of 2016.  I bought 4 of them the other 6 I purposely didn’t or have never heard since I’m not a fan of the group.

http://loudwire.com/10-best-metal-songs-of-2016-watch/

^^Good tune on a mediocre album.

 

I don’t know if Foo Fighters are touring or recording the new album, or both?

https://www.foofighterspassport.com/

 

George Strombo’s tribute to The Tragically Hip after a 30 year career

http://www.cbcmusic.ca/posts/17763/strombo-show-tragically-hip-30

 

I guess Ed Sheeran has a release on Friday!!  January 6th, 2017!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! No preorder, just a video on Facebook saying “new music on Friday”

 

Pentatonix close out 2016 with a bang!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/on-the-charts-pentatonix-close-out-2016-at-number-one-w458630

 

Led Zeppelin albums ranked

http://loudwire.com/led-zeppelin-albums-ranked/

I’d have to say my favourite is the double album “Physical Graffiti”

 

The 50 best metal song writers of all time

http://loudwire.com/best-metal-songwriters/

From this list, I’d have to go with the members of Tool, with Iron Maiden in 2nd.

 

“The Philosopher Kings” show Kim & I wanted to go to has been canceled, they’re in the studio recording a new album.  Why would you schedule a tour & then cancel it for studio time?  Seems odd to me?

 

Banger TV on www.youtube.com best metal albums of 2016.  LANGUAGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  I’ve heard a lot about Gojira, I’ve listened to the album on apple music, just seems too much miss & hit for me.  I think for 2016, Anthrax & Third Ion released my favourite metal albums of the year, oh & Opeth wasn’t really a metal album it’s quite soft & calming, while being really good!

 

Randy Blythe, from Lamb of God, year in review.

http://rollingstoneindia.com/2016-year-in-review-lamb-of-god-randy-blythe/

 

Coachella line up

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/coachella-2017-radiohead-beyonce-kendrick-lamar-to-headline-w458762

It’s full of a lot of “WHO?”  For me unless Radiohead plays stuff like this from the 1990s

 

 

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HAPPY NEW YEAR…….8 YEARS CANCER FREE FOR ME!

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My sciatic nerve is driving me nuts.  I get up at 8:00 or 9:00am sit around in pain, watch TV, movies, Blu-rays, DVDs, listen to music, & read a bit.  When Kim comes home I’m bored.  I want to exercise & do something productive or just be a regular person for one day with a 9:00-5:00 job or 8:00-4:00 as it was.  Great I survived cancer aka I’m alive that’s the upside, I got really lucky & I don’t take that for granted.  A month & a half wasted because of a pinched nerve????????????????  Ridiculous!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The year sort of ended the same way it started in that more celebrities passed away?  Didn’t we start the year off with a steady week & a half with a celebrity passing away every day & a smattering of more throughout the year?  Prince, Lemmy, David Bowie, Leonard Cohen, George Michael, Carrie Fisher, her mother Debbie Reynolds, etc.?

How rockers reacted to Carrie Fisher’s death, on twitter.

http://loudwire.com/rockers-react-carrie-fisher-dead-at-60/

Other than being in almost constant pain for roughly a month & a half, my break over the holidays was nothing to complain about!  I got to see lots of family from out of town, Tim Wong, a lifetime friend Edmonton as well, Oh & Elka came from Edmonton too.  4 Christmas’s rolled into 9 days.  My family, Kim’s family, a visit with Tim, & a visit with Elka.

 

 

Oh I’m a big fan of his album “Chasing Yesterday” by Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds.  This should be great too!

http://www.nme.com/blogs/nme-blogs/noel-gallagher-new-album-everything-you-need-to-know-1921270?lazyload=0&utm_source=flipboard&utm_medium=app&utm_campaign=flipboard_rss_feed&utm_content=nme&utm_campaign=nme-22-december-2016-22-12-2016&utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter

 

Soundgarden shared it, & I love this song, not Johnny Cash’s lame cover of it…….

 

www.loudwire.com awards.  Vote for best video.  Slim pickins for me.

http://loudwire.com/vote-best-metal-video-6th-annual-loudwire-music-awards/

 

I feel old, Hayley Williams, of Paramore turned 28 on December 27, 2016.

 

Another top 25 songs of 2016

https://www.ultimate-guitar.com/news/features/top_25_songs_of_2016.html?no_takeover

I don’t know what it is about “Animals as Leaders” or “Gojira” but something just isn’t right for me?  Both groups are right on the edge for me?

 

Alter Bridge behind the song “You Will Be Remembered”.  With Mark Tremonti doing his solo project, & Myles Kennedy singing on Slash’s solo albums & now that Myles Kennedy has finished his solo album.  They make plans 3 years in advance once a recording or tour is done.

 

Best trash metal albums of the 1990s.  I wasn’t even into “grunge” at the time, so metal had no chance.  This should be news for me too.

http://loudwire.com/best-thrash-metal-albums-1990s/

Took me a while but now I have & listen to Anthrax, Slayer, & Megadeth.

 

10 unforgettable Lemmy Kilmister moments.  LANGUAGE!!!!!!!!

http://loudwire.com/10-unforgettable-lemmy-kilmister-moments/

 

What albums can we expect to see in 2017 based on hard evidence?

 

Big Wreck already has a pre-order for February 3rd

Paramore has completed the recording process for their 5th studio album

I hear that Ed Sheeran has an album recorded & ready to go.

Royal Blood is still in the studio.  LANGUAGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

There’s a ton of rumours going around that we’ll hear a new Foo Fighters album

Soundgarden has plans to release a new album

System of a Down is getting together to write & possibly record if all goes well.

 

Possibly Canadian rockers “Econoline Crush” who have just signed a new contract with a new label who want a new album ASAP?

I’m positive there will be more coming down the pipe in 2017!

 

Lamb of God shared it…….

 

Metallica offer some footage from a few live shows.  POSSIBLE LANGUAGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

http://loudwire.com/metallica-official-video-footage-concert-downloads-los-angeles-oakland-shows-2017/

 

Remember JonBenet Ramsey?  Who was found dead & her brother didn’t seem to care at the time?  He seems to care about $750,000,000 now that the CBS documentary pointed that out.

http://www.rollingstone.com/culture/news/jonbenet-ramseys-brother-sues-cbs-for-750-million-over-doc-w458220

 

Randy Blythe of Lamb of God plays Wikipedia fact or fiction.  LANGUAGE!!!!!!!

http://loudwire.com/lamb-of-gods-randy-blythe-wikipedia-fact-or-fiction/

 

Lightsaber vigil for Carrie Fisher.

http://www.rollingstone.com/movies/news/see-star-wars-fans-hold-lightsaber-vigil-for-carrie-fisher-w458246

http://content.jwplatform.com/previews/uO42z6dn-necgKPaX

Yes, I like the Star Wars franchise.  Forget “Episode I: The Phantom Menace” & “carry on…..”  I have yet to see “Rogue One” though

Play along to the rhythm part to this song & be royally annoying to my brother!!!

 

Loud Wire’s top 5 rock/metal albums of 2016

http://loudwire.com/graham-top-5-rock-metal-albums-2016/

 

What the heck?  We almost lost Eddie Vedder & I missed it?

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/pearl-jam-donate-70000-to-man-who-saved-eddie-vedder-w458287

 

10 legendary bands without a platinum album.  I know why!  They’re all punk & metal groups aka all in very small niche markets, a TON of people don’t like this type of music.  I get it, I was exactly the same until the age of 18 or so.

http://loudwire.com/10-most-legendary-bands-without-platinum-album-in-u-s/

 

Here’s a more complete list of musicians we lost in 2016

http://loudwire.com/rockers-we-lost-in-2016-watch/

 

Misplays of the year Jose Bautista vs. Roughned Odor.  This was in May, 2nd Month of the season.

This was in October, in the playoffs.  BEST   SIGN   EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

I did it.  I watched my first full game of NHL hockey on December 29th.  Since the most recent strike or lockout, I’ve not watched an entire period of one NHL game.  Probably portions of 7 periods of 7 games in 3 or 4 years.  I watched L.A. Kings vs. my second favourite team the Edmonton Oilers who won 3-1.  Hockey’s not the same as it used to be.  It’s still tough for me to sit through an entire NHL game.  I find the larger ice surface over sea in the Olympics or World Juniors to be a faster, wide open game.

 

I’m still not sold on this group.

http://loudwire.com/skillet-tops-hot-christian-songs-chart-first-time-feel-invincible/

 

Myles Kennedy & Mark Tremonti talk new album & the move to 7 string guitars.

NME’shttp://www.musicradar.com/news/guitars/alter-bridge-talk-fresh-solos-and-the-move-to-seven-strings-for-the-last-hero-645929

 

No idea who these bands are, but it’s an interesting podcast to listen too on occasion.  It’s on every 2nd Thursday I believe?

http://loudwire.com/rumblings-from-the-underground-bethlehem-interview-maniacal-violator-blood-tyrant/

 

….and the hits just keep on coming??????????????????????

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/allan-williams-beatles-first-manager-dead-at-86-w458560

 

NME’s top 50 of the year.  I listened to 3 of them & they’re not bad, number 1 is a very good album!

http://www.nme.com/list/nme-best-albums-2016-1869261?lazyload=0&utm_source=flipboard&utm_medium=app&utm_campaign=flipboard_rss_feed&utm_content=nme&utm_campaign=nme-21-dec-2016-21-12-2016&utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter

They did have this on the list which is good also!

 

David Draiman didn’t completely ruin this but there will never be another legendary rock act like “Queen”

http://loudwire.com/disturbed-david-draiman-breaking-benjamin-queen-david-bowie-under-pressure/

 

I was never a diehard fan of Canada’s rock legends “The Tragically Hip”.  For me they were there, very good at what they do, I have 4 of their monstrous catalogue of albums & I listen to them on occasion.  The way they’ve had to end their career is terrible.  The lead singer, Gord Downie, has been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer.  Raw deal, bad news.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/arts/music/george-stroumboulopouloss-love-letter-to-the-tragically-hip/article33447413/

^^This was written long before hurricane Katrina it was also banned from radio with respect to hurricane Katrina.

 

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IT GOT WORSE????????????  MAYBE A SHORT ONE &/OR MY ALBUMS OF 2016

 

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My sciatic nerve really wants to stick around, it’s actually worse until after my Friday afternoon appointment.  I saw a massage therapist Thursday night for the 2nd time ever & my chiropractor on Friday afternoon.  I’ll continue to see them.  It’s been almost 4 weeks since I’ve exercised.  Disappointing end to a rather productive year.  All of that being said, I guess it is time to cool it for a bit & relax?  I just started relaxing earlier than I had planned.

 

13 Kurt Cobain moments.

http://loudwire.com/13-unforgettable-kurt-cobain-moments/

To this day this is one of my favourite songs to play & listen to.

 

Stone Sour release the 10th anniversary Deluxe Edition of the album “Come What(ever) May” on Friday, December 16th

 

Despicable Me 3 trailer!!!!!

 

23 best rock guitarists in the world right now.  I did not make this list & I don’t agree with all of it.

http://www.musicradar.com/news/guitars/the-23-best-rock-guitarists-in-the-world-right-now-645518

 

So I’m listening to Boston the other day on Apple Music & at the end it recommends Styx Greatest Hits.  Jimmy Fallon mentioned his love for this tune by Styx earlier in the week.

 

Bruno Mars carpool karaoke with James Corden!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

Supergroup “The Damned Things” are recording new songs for an EP.

http://loudwire.com/supergroup-the-damned-things-record-new-songs-ep/

 

Metallica on Jimmy Kimmel

http://www.rollingstone.com/tv/news/watch-metallica-deliver-punishing-atlas-rise-on-kimmel-w456071

 

New Pentatonix video

 

Christmas edition of Carpool karaoke with multiple artists.

 

I know that Randy Blythe, Lamb of God, considers himself a “travelling T-Shirt salesman”.  Unless you’ve started in the ‘90s or earlier, 90% of musicians can easily call themselves broke.  The lifestyle of the hair metal during the ‘80s, isn’t realistic anymore.  I’m assuming record contracts are being negotiated differently now, but I could be wrong?  Consider the reason behind your favourite musician has a fragrance, alcohol, clothing brand, etc.  It’s because they likely can’t sustain their lifestyle by making music alone.  I have a few Lamb of God DVDs.  What did they do while recording in a home town studio, after 9 hours of writing/recording?  One of them was at home building his own deck in the backyard of a modest bungalow.

 

3 songs released from the album “Grace Street” by Big Wreck.  Release date February 3rd, 2017

 

Article/interview with Taylor Momsen of The Pretty Reckless

http://crypticrock.com/interview-taylor-momsen-of-the-pretty-reckless/

Interview      

 

From the new Pentatonix Christmas album

 

Eric Clapton to release a live DVD

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/eric-clapton-preps-live-in-san-diego-with-jj-cale-dvd-w456434

 

Interview/article with Soundgarden guitarist Kim Thayil

http://loudwire.com/soundgarden-kim-thayil-badmotorfinger-reissue-2017-plans-grunge-explosion/

 

Nine Inch Nails to release new music next week

http://loudwire.com/nine-inch-nails-not-the-actual-events-ep/?fb2

 

I agree.  I don’t want to hear backing track at a live concert either. They have their place with certain groups.  I’d prefer to not need them.

http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/alter-bridge-mark-tremonti-doesnt-want-to-hear-backing-tracks-when-seeing-other-rock-bands-play-live/#EQ0JPfmKD5Gfb1V0.99

 

Vote for your favourite drummer of the year from this list.  I’m not sure about “Gojira” yet.

http://loudwire.com/vote-best-drummer-6th-annual-loudwire-music-awards/

 

Mark Tremonti of Alter Bridge interview.  Yes, I found out about Gojira through Alter Bridge.

 

www.loudwire.com 20 best metal albums of the year

http://loudwire.com/best-metal-albums-2016/

 

More www.loudwire.com award voting.  Preferred singer of the year.  It’s always one of these 3 for me.

http://loudwire.com/vote-best-vocalist-6th-annual-loudwire-music-awards/

Myles Kennedy

Ian Thornley

Chris Cornell

 

www.loudwire.com      Best live act of 2016

http://loudwire.com/vote-best-live-act-6th-annual-loudwire-music-awards/

I didn’t get out to any of these shows this.  I don’t even remember hearing about any of them touring in close proximity of Saskatchewan this year & I don’t have a passport!  The best live show I saw this year was the 20th anniversary of the album “Scenery & Fish” by Canadian rockers “I Mother Earth”.

 

How much do you like Soundgarden’s “Badmotorfinger”?  Here’s their ad for the anniversary edition.  My favourite Soundgarden album, but I don’t need this special edition of it.

 

 

 

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CLAUSTOPHOBIA

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I am EXTREMELY claustrophobic.  In 2008 MRIs & radiation treatments freaked me out.  MRIs are loud, they give you ear plugs before you’re in it.  Then they would slide me in the machine as far as I could go, my shoulders are too broad to go into the MRI machine.  My nurses at the Pasqua Hospital would give me a Benadryl to sleep through it.  The final time in the MRI, I woke up before I was put in the machine, I freaked out.  They gave me a bean bag to toss if something was wrong.  There was always something wrong, me wearing a plastic mask shoved in a tiny hole that I didn’t fit into that well.

Radiation treatments bothered me too.  I had to wear a very tight mask over my face, so tight it would touch my nose & squish it a bit, not fun!

I’m really glad I don’t have to do any of that anymore.  Now I go for a CT scan every year & a half.  Not nearly as cramped as an MRI, much better!

It’s Wednesday, December 7, 2016.  My sciatic nerve is still bugging me, at this point it’s annoying.  Not nearly as painful as it was initially.  Just annoying & preventing me from exercising.  I haven’t exercised in 2 ½ weeks, that really bothers me.  I’m not pretty enough to be a trophy husband!

I thought this would slow down more.  Most groups/musicians seemed to save everything for the last three months of 2016.

 

…and I need to know what Kim & Kanye are up to why?

http://www.nme.com/news/music/kanye-west-kim-kardashian-reportedly-set-divorce-1899029?lazyload=0&utm_source=flipboard&utm_medium=app&utm_campaign=flipboard_rss_feed&utm_content=nme&utm_campaign=nme-7th-dec-07-12-2016&utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter

 

Foo Fighters on their future.  LANGUAGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

Trainwreck was good, I was expecting it to be funnier though

http://www.nme.com/news/film/amy-schumer-trolls-fat-shaming-barbie-film-1898769?lazyload=0&utm_source=flipboard&utm_medium=app&utm_campaign=flipboard_rss_feed&utm_content=nme&utm_campaign=nme-7th-dec-07-12-2016&utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter

 

I’ve never heard of this festival in Montreal?

http://loudwire.com/heavy-montreal-hiatus-2017-to-return-2018/

 

Pentatonix Christmas special on NBC December 14th 7:00 pm in Saskatchewan!  Set your Betamax, VHS, TIVO, PVR, DVR, Microwave, Oven………………wait those last 2 are for food, AH well, you might want some warm “cheesy poofs”

 

In Flames tune at number 10 on the metal charts!

 

I checked out “Gojira” who seem to be getting a lot of buzz in the metal genres.  I have Lamb of God, Pantera & Slayer.  I’m not sure that I need “Gojira”?  This is from their 5th/most recent release.

 

Kill some time voting for your favourite hard rock/metal band of 2016.  I had 2 options & went with Anthrax.

http://loudwire.com/vote-best-metal-band-6th-annual-loudwire-music-awards/

 

Carpool Karaoke with Madonna

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/watch-madonna-twerk-flirt-dance-on-carpool-karaoke-w454545

 

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.  I don’t think he liked 2016?  LOTS OF LANGUAGE IF YOU CAN’T TELL BY THE TITLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Only thing missing was a mic drop!

 

Pretty funny/intense cover of Foo Fighters’ ‘Everlong’ by Rick Astley.  Cover & original inside the link.

http://www.nme.com/news/music/rick-astley-shares-cover-foo-fighters-everlong-1900939?lazyload=0&utm_source=flipboard&utm_medium=app&utm_campaign=flipboard_rss_feed&utm_content=nme&utm_campaign=nme-7-dec-2016-07-12-2016&utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter

 

I’ve never heard anything like this.  The Baltimore Orioles won’t sign Jose Bautista because “The fans don’t like him”.  Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

http://www.sportsnet.ca/baseball/mlb/orioles-gm-bautista-unpopular-baltimore-sign/

 

Metallica book a small intimate show in Hollywood.  I like their new album, I intend to purchase it on iTunes

http://loudwire.com/metallica-intimate-2016-hollywood-show/

 

I’m not a fan of Disturbed, I was when I was in my early 20s.  If you like them that’s great.  They release a cover of “The Sound of Silence” & it’s this HUGE mega hit.  What did it do for me?  It reminded me of the 3 disc boxset I have of Simon & Garfunkel that I bought when I was 17.  With the original version by Simon & Garfunkel & how much I like the original.

 

Yes, I own 4 box sets, Led Zeppelin, Simon & Garfunkel, Nirvana, & Alter Bridge

Alter Bridge released their boxset after their 4th album.  The boxset contains multiple DVDs of interviews with individual band members, a book, all 4 CDs, & all 4 albums on vinyl.  Along with an autographed poster, & my name engraved on the outside of the box.

 

Will Metallica continue into their 60s & 70s?

http://loudwire.com/lars-ulrich-remains-to-be-seen-metallica-can-perform-into-our-60s-70s/

 

A new Spiderman movie!

 

Vote for your favourite rock song of 2016!

http://loudwire.com/vote-best-rock-song-6th-annual-loudwire-music-awards/

 

The last release from Lacuna Coil was heavier than what I thought I was getting.  Here’s a holiday tune from them.

http://loudwire.com/lacuna-coil-naughty-christmas-lyric-video/

 

New Nintendo gadgets

http://www.rollingstone.com/culture/news/5-things-we-learned-about-mario-creator-shigeru-miyamoto-w454968

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