WEEKEND UPDATE/CLASSIC BANDS PART 1

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Music from this weekend!  “Greta Van Fleet”, “Nothing But Thieves”, “Live”, “A Perfect Circle”, “Coheed and Cambria”, & “Halestorm”

 

Really quiet here.  I realized on Friday I had some other TV shows recorded on our PVR.  I watched them & one episode of “Making a Murderer” before Kim got home.  She had many TV shows to watch on the PVR, of course we watched “The Elle Degeneres Show” first, as usual.

Saturday I moved from our bed to our couch & kitchen.  Cereal, yogurt & rum, TV (not all at the same time) later on.  Then 4 episodes of “Making a Murderer”.  Kim is sort of watching it too.

Today, Kim got up & went for coffee with Jolene.  The 4 of us met each other in SIAST.  Corey & Jolene were engaged a week or 2 before us & married roughly 4 months after us.  Really good people, great friends, & awesome parents to our “niece” & “nephew”.

Went over to our friends’ place this afternoon, Chris & Laurie’s for an afternoon visit, also really good people, friends, & they also have 2 cool kids.

Now it’s get ready for the week time.

 

Review of “Greta Van Fleet” & “The Struts”.  The Struts’ 2nd album is not actually out until October 26th.

https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-album-reviews/review-greta-van-fleet-and-the-struts-revel-in-the-reliable-power-of-classic-rock-744694/?fbclid=IwAR2d0fAsBkSXiD6DMsjBNZxp7WFJMQ82unrTIHr-srjMV0Gl3MTVWlCIt84

 

No Blink 182 reunion happening.

http://loudwire.com/travis-barker-cleared-return-blink-182-tom-delonge-no-reunion/?fbclid=IwAR1buhg05jStev7Ar4VxXFdCuGN6h7JGeqs3f37K8C8joqjMFdS_XYhK-B0

 

How 20 bands got their name.

https://www.kerrang.com/features/20-of-our-favorite-band-name-origins/?fbclid=IwAR0HrsF35sR1C9Q3VT_6KYd9nhvvPgsrU1NFb4fM3aPX2TpuOJooSgo-LH0

 

CLASSIC BANDS   PART 1

These are the masterpieces.  Great bands that I like from before my time!

“Queen”

 

“Led Zeppelin”

That’s why ‘Physical Graffiti’ is my favourite LZ album

 

“The Beatles”

I saw ‘Our Lady Peace’ cover this, & now ‘The White’ album is my favourite ‘Beatles’ album!

 

“Stevie Wonder”

Stevie Wonder’s ‘Songs in the Key of Life’ is easily my favourite Stevie Wonder album.  I should just add this song to it…

 

“The Police”

 

“Pink Floyd”

 

“The Jackson 5”

 

“Alice Cooper”

 

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Stay safe out there,

Chris

“Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres

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WEEKLY EXERCISE TOTAL/CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL

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4 day exercise total; 400 pushups, 300 tricep pushups, 200 back flexes, 240 squats, 400 leg lifts, 200 crunches.

I fell asleep to “Coheed & Cambria” the album “The Unheavenly Creatures”

I exercised to “Foo Fighters” the album “Wasting Light”

 

 

The thing I forget to do is stretch before my exercises.  I’ll start doing my exercise, then stop everything & stretch.  That’s a regular part of my routine, unfortunately walking isn’t.  If I had kept up with my walking, using a walker on my own wouldn’t be out of the question right now, I think?

Once I’m done my exercises on Fridays, my work week is over.  I work 1 ½ hour ASAP.  I’ll do some stuff around the house, I’ll make sure Brewster’s bowls are full, have my breakfast, shower, then hit the couch, sometimes with a coffee or usually with a full liter of water.

Fridays & Saturdays or special occasions are the only evenings I have alcohol.  2 or 3 on each evening.  The sugar in the alcohol usually makes me get up quite early.  The last time I had a hangover would have been before I got sick, 2007 or early in January of 2008.

 

What kind of world is this???  I don’t care if you’re a democrat, republican, white, black, brown, gay, transgender, straight, male, female, etc.  Are you a respectful human?  If so the USA could use your help in the White House.  Things are getting spooky south of us.

We certainly don’t need more guns in the world, but if you own a 3D printer & look on the dark web, I hear you can create one.  At this point the USA needs to ban semi-automatic guns & now 3D printers.  Thanks technology for creating printable guns, drones & robots or sex robots that I hear you can set to kill you, etc.  Anybody else think technology has gone too far now?

 

Well, Making a Murderer, wasn’t on Netflix last Friday.  I hear it’s coming on Friday, October 19th, according to Netflix.

https://www.rollingstone.com/tv/tv-news/making-a-murderer-steven-avery-netflix-season-two-trailer-735074/

 

So Tony Iommi from Black Sabbath is amazed that Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones is still alive.  Goes to show that just because you listen/play metal music doesn’t mean you’re an addict.  Hahahahaha!  Metallica & Dave Mustaine of Megadeth & Lamb of God are all sober too.

http://loudwire.com/black-sabbath-tony-iommi-amazed-kieth-richards-still-alive/

Guess who’s playing drums & singing?  I’ll give you a hint, it rhymes with rave roll!  Good luck finding this album.  I bought it on CD the day it came out, it’s now out of print & not on any digital music service.

 

Ah, crap!  Just when you think “Lethal Weapon” is in the clear this happens!

 

New video from “Halestorm”

 

Reminder for November 2nd!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

This is beyond weird.  How does a rap group take home “Best pop/rock duo”?

What does Corey Taylor (vocalist for Slipknot & Stone Sour) think about the music industry, regarding rock & metal music?

 

800,000,000 iTunes users vs. 50,000,000 Apple Music users.  That calms me down a bit.

https://www.google.ca/search?ei=8Hy_W4LSA6u-0PEPjt6JsAk&q=number+of+iTunes+music+users&oq=number+of+iTunes+music+users&gs_l=psy-ab.3..33i22i29i30k1l3.58051.89711.0.91963.28.27.0.1.1.0.215.3462.0j26j1.27.0….0…1c.1.64.psy-ab..0.28.3463…0j0i67k1j0i131k1j0i131i67k1j0i22i30k1.0.JhbT0xuOMQQ

 

“Live” has a 5 song EP out today called “Local 717”.  All of the original members back together, & it sounds much better, more like the album “Secret Samadhi”

 

CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL

I only own one greatest hits album of theirs on CD, which are now packed up in boxes.  If it’s an older band I’m good with only a greatest hits album.  I do own all of the “Led Zeppelin”, “The Beatles”, “Pink Floyd”, “Rush”, “The Beastie Boys”, and more.  Anyways here are a few songs….

 

 

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THE PRETTY RECKLESS

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I fell asleep to “Tool” the album “10,000 Days”

No exercise music today.  I forgot to put the remote on the charger last night.  I exercised in “The Sound of Silence”

 

Sunday was the last day of the regular season for baseball & many teams including the Blue Jays.  On Monday we woke up to a skiff of snow.  Seemed to be fitting, I guess.  This also marks the day I get to see Kim, for the first time since March 28th or so.  Game ended, I turned to Kim & said “Hi, it’s been a while.  I’m Chris.  Wanna hangout until the end of March 2019?”  Then I cried a little.  It felt a bit like Christmas & New Year’s Eve were over.  Hahahahahahahahaha!

I had to stay home yesterday (like I had plans anyway) to let some people in to change our pins in the door hinges.  Our front door now closes on its own.  I think it was changed for fire regulations, but I’m not sure?

Snowed here yesterday.  HUGE snowflakes.  Everything was white for about 2 hours, then it melted.  Still have to test the wheelchair in the snow.

Snow is back today.  Outside looks like we may have a blizzard on our hands?  The snow is coming down hard & it’s sideways!

Tool’s album AEnima turned 30 on October 1st.

http://loudwire.com/tool-albums-ranked-from-worst-to-best/

 

I find it funny that I’ll say “Alter Bridge” or “Halestorm” only to be met with the reaction “Who?”  I’d much rather hear “No” than “Who?”  Alter Bridge released their first album, One Day Remains, in 2004.  Halestorm released their first self-titled album in 2006.  Alter Bridge was all over the radio at the time.  I’ll admit that Halestorm is female fronted rock band that I only recently, 2013 or 2014, discovered.

 

THE PRETTY RECKLESS

3 albums so far in their career.  The singer was initially actress her name is Taylor Momsen.  She is probably known best for her role, as a child, as Cindy Lou Who in Jim Carrey’s adaptation of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”.  She continued acting, writing & I think modelling until 2012 when she went into music instead.  As I said they have 3 albums out & at the moment they’re either writing or taking some time off.

 

2011    LIGHT ME UP

 

2014     GOING TO HELL

 

2016   WHO YOU SELLING FOR?

 

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Stay safe out there,

Chris

“Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres

WEEKLY EXERCISE TOTAL/ ELVIS COSTELLO & THE ATTRACTIONS

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As a brain cancer survivor, I find that I have less energy than others who haven’t had brain cancer.  I can’t speak for others who have had different types of cancer & yes, I know more people who have had cancer than most people think, & I don’t know who was in the Wascana Rehabilitation Center for cancer related issues.  Either way that really isn’t my story to tell.

I know that not everyone wants to blab about their personal brush with cancer whether they’ve had it or know someone who has.  This blog wasn’t my idea, it’s meant to keep people up to date on my recovery & I agreed to it, I hope someone will benefit or is benefitting from this?

This is supposed to help with my hands, I find that I tend to use my index finger & thumb on each hand.  My left hand is useless & really isn’t steady at all to this day.

I had absolutely no energy or get up & go in me this week.  I was tired & sore, it was time to listen to my body.  So the exercise total is pitiful at best, for me.  I expect a TON more out of myself.

5 day weekly total; 200 pushups, 0 tricep pushups, 50 back flexes, 200 leg lifts, 100  crunches, 120 squats.

Music from the week; “Finger Eleven”, “Dead Sara”, “Halestorm”, “Megadeth”, “Metallica”, & “Coldplay”.

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

LANGUAGE!!!!

Release on Friday, October 26th.  New album from “The Struts” (2nd album) & “Into Eternity” (6th album)

I’m going to hold off on the “Into Eternity” album & hopefully get it at a show in town.  You can find it on www.bandcamp.com for $15 as well.

My opinion on this subject tends to be met with fierce aggression.  You have right to your opinion as much as I do.  You can call me any name you like & I will gladly feed the rope!

You’d think a band like “Lamb of God” would be rich, you’re totally wrong!  They play multiple sold out venues every year all over the world, no not every show is sold out.  They record, they tour & what is there biggest source of income?  Merchandise that they’ve paid for to sell at their shows.  Not album sales, not streaming sites, not tour tickets, MERCHANDISE.  Think of how many people they have to pay for a concert or recording an album.

They go home to Virginia & do normal stuff, I’ve got it on video.  Fix/build a deck, cook, race cheap almost dead cars, go to a chili cook-off, etc.  What a lavish lifestyle for musicians of this century!  Just because it’s legal doesn’t mean it’s right.  Go ahead, drink more of the punch!  If you think that’s rude, you deemed it that way.  My opinion is that streaming music is terrible at best.  Wait until I tell you how I really feel!  Might as well chain smoke tobacco & become an alcoholic.  They’re both legal too, & they’ll kill you………..literally!  Ah crap, you have to pay for them, well that’s out of the question then?  Yes I drink, not in excess.  3 drinks tops on a Friday, & 3 on a Saturday.  If it’s a special occasion, only until I’m just a wee tipsy.

I only bring this up because iTunes are phasing out music downloads to compete with streaming site Spotify.  Both streaming services pay a very low amount to any musician.  CDs & downloads are said to be gone by the end of March.  I use iTunes for music mostly, & renting movies on occasion.  With music downloads going away, I’m not sure if I’ll use the original iPhone we have in a drawer without activating a number to it or if I’ll start a vinyl collection?  I know what I’d like to do, but that’s not financially realistic in my/our situation.

Do you have a laptop, iPad, or iPhone?  If so, did you have a desktop computer before?  If yes, thanks from Apple, you’ve given them a TON of money because they have convinced you that an outrageously overpriced phone is needed.  The only difference between all of these gadgets is that a phone makes phone calls & texts.

Before I get any fiery backlash regarding this.  This is not aimed at any individual.  If I wanted this to be private I’d email that person!

Let’s all bow down to millennials with an attention span of 1 second.  You don’t like a 3 hour baseball game or a 3 hour CFL game?  Great enjoy a 4 hour NFL game!  Remember the 6 second videos?  They were too long for a typical millennial’s attention span, so they shortened it to a 1 second video.  Well that was dumb!

I feel like the last one at the bar, searching for something that’s already gone.  Wait, I figured it out in a stroke of absolute GENIUS!  If I stream music for as long as said streaming site is operational, when they get shut down & they likely will, since only vinyl has stood the test of time, the streaming site has to let me keep what I’ve chosen to stream.  When a magazine goes out of business, they don’t take away previous publications.  My sister-in-law & brother-in-law have MOUNTAINS of older magazine publications.

Please clue me in on this?  Am I up the creek without a paddle or am I correct in thinking this?

Despite all of this why do previous musicians get to make more cash than current musicians?  Everybody is making more money due to inflation except musicians who are making less.  WHY?

 

ELVIS COSTELLO & THE ATTRACTIONS

All I have is a greatest hits album of theirs.  This is the other Elvis that nobody talks about.  He’s a very good singer/songwriter who is also probably a really good front man.  He’s English I believe & is married to Canadian jazz artist Diana Krall from the west coast of Canada in British Columbia.

 

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Stay safe out there,

Chris

“Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres

WEEKEND UPDATE/PENTATONIX

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Music throughout the weekend. “Alice in Chains”, “The Pretty Reckless”, “Halestorm”, & “Dead Sara”

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

 

I got a new water bottle a few weeks ago that hold 1 liter of water.  I have dry mouth.  If I don’t have something to drink or sugarless gum to chew on.  I drink a minimum of 3 liters of water a day if not 6 liters a day.  If I’m going somewhere that evening, I keep it at 3 liters.  Most days it’s 4 or 5 liters then I’ll go to the washroom once or twice in the middle of the night.  I usually chew sugarless gum at the Saskatchewan Roughriders games!

We stayed in again Friday night.  Watched the Toronto Blue Jays lose……..again to the New York Yankees 11-0 or 12-0, I can’t remember?  Then we binge watched 3 episodes of “The Fosters” on Netflix.

Saturday we binge watched more of “The Fosters” during the day.  I went to a Saskatchewan Roughriders game vs. the visiting Ottawa Redblacks.

Dear Saskatchewan Roughriders,

The game clock started 56 minutes ago.  I’d like to see you demonstrate an offensive touchdown instead of relying on special teams & your field goal kicker?

Sincerely,

Me.

 

 

How disrespectful is that?????????????????????????????????????

 

Or you could just get a decent amplifier.  Guitar players are always searching for the perfect tone.  Guess what, it’s very hard to find, unless you’re lucky!  Find an amp that you’re 80% happy with.  Then there’s no need for any type of distortion pedal.  The guitar & amp are far more important than effect pedals, especially distortion & reverb pedals!

 

I have different bands, but that’s basically my shirt collection along with a few golf shirts & long sleeve shirts!

https://www.kerrang.com/features/the-13-best-heavy-metal-t-shirts-of-all-time-ranked/?utm_campaign=loudwire&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook&influencer=true

 

Certainly not my list “Rush”, “Tool”, “Led Zeppelin” & “Lamb of God” so far down the list?  I’ve never seen “Rush” or “Led Zeppelin” live.  From the many acts, rock & metal acts, I have seen live.  “Tool” & “Queen” would be at the top of my list.  I did see “U2” in ’99 or 2000, they were AMAZING!  They couldn’t be on a metal & hard rock list though.

http://loudwire.com/top-hard-rock-metal-live-acts/

 

“Beck” preforms with “Gary Glitter” playing Garry Glitter’s 1979 hit “Cars”

 

Went to see “The Meg” with my brother.  Have you seen “Jaws” from the 1970s?  Either way, watch that for a shark movie.  Rachel wasn’t feeling great & stayed home.  Kim didn’t want to see the movie.  We went to my parents’ place for supper & met up with Kim there.

The Meg, we expected it to be a little loopy, my brother prefers “Deep Blue Sea” to “The Meg”.  I’ll leave it at that.  I did notice the odd nod to “Jaws” though.  Fun action movie though, not much more to it.

 

PENTATONIX

They have 9 albums out including the 3 Christmas albums.  They’re a 5 part vocal harmony group.  The majority of their stuff is all vocals with no instruments.  I think I’ve heard instruments in 2 or 3 songs, but it’s hard to tell.  They only have one full album of original material.  I’d like more of that but I can also see how that would be difficult in A Capella.  I don’t count the Christmas albums in any type of review but here’s a sampling of the other 6 albums….

 

2012    PTX. VOL.I EP

 

2014   PTX. VOL.II EP

 

2014   PTX. VOL.III EP

 

2015   PENTATONIX

 

2017   PTX. IV: CLASSICS EP

 

2018   PTX Presents: TOP POP VOL. I

 

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Chris

“Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres

WEEKLY EXERCISE TOTAL/STONE SOUR

 

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5 day weekly total; 400 pushups, 280 tricep pushups, 100 back flexes, 600 leg lifts, 300  crunches, 360 squats.

I fell asleep to “Lamb of God” the album “Sacrament”

I exercised to “Foo Fighters” 60 b – sides on shuffle.

 

First a correction from the previous post.  My friends also have a strong bond with me as I do with them.  Priorities have changed.  I don’t look at myself as an adult, but they are.  They’ve got kids & full time jobs.  I’m here exercising 5 days a week for a disability check.  My priorities & there priorities have changed.

It’s also much more difficult for me to go out on my own with a small group of friends.  I know they’re willing to help me when needed, I tend to feel like more of a burden to them.  Nobody complains about helping me, I just don’t like asking people for help all of the time.

 

I’ve decided I’ll do my abs & legs 3 times a week.  Upper body stuff twice a week.  I did my upper body workout of pushups, tricep lifts, & back flexes, while doing the pushups with my arms tucked in to my sides & …………..WOW!

So Tuesday & Thursday are the “days of the week” I do my arms & back, Monday, Wednesday, & Friday I do my legs & core.

400 pushups a week the proper way is so not easy.  My shoulders have been a little sore since Tuesday.  Then yesterday I started with my tricep exercise & decided I’d do 160 in sets of 40.  I did it but didn’t have much left in the tank.  I did 25 back flexes, 100 pushups, 25 more back flexes.  I only had 100 more pushups to do, I hit 50 & for a brief moment I thought I might just stop there.  I didn’t, however, those final 50 pushups felt like they were killing me more than helping me.  Next week I’ll lower the tricep exercise to 140 or 150 on Tuesdays & Thursdays.  More than I was doing before, but less than I did yesterday.

I’m still on meds for cancer issues, more than I’d like to be on.  Here’s an example, I’m on heartburn pills because of acid reflux.  I’ll probably be on them forever.  I had minor issues with acid reflux before.  If I miss one of those in the morning or at night, I have major issues.  It’s like throwing up a tiny amount.  Luckily I haven’t missed a heart burn pill since we moved here in December of 2013.

 

Yes I bought the Alter Bridge concert on blu-ray with an orchestra.  I got the album on iTunes.  The album & stereo mix of the concert really just sound like a greatest hits album.  The orchestra is buried in the stereo mix.  If you switch to surround audio when watching the blu-ray, the sound is mixed much better, the orchestra is much more audible!  I haven’t watched the entire concert yet, I’m waiting on others who would like to see it.  That will likely change though I’m anxious to see it!

 

Some covers of what I thought was a catchy tune to begin with.  The original followed by a few covers.

 

STONE SOUR (Sorry, the In Flames review went over like a led balloon.  This was already written, if you don’t enjoy the metal reviews let me know please.)

They formed in 1992 in Iowa.  They disbanded in 1997 but regrouped with the current lineup in 2006, after some shuffling of members from 2000-2006.  The singer, Corey Taylor, is the vocalist for not only the rock/hard rock/metal group ‘Stone Sour’ but also the vocalist in metal group ‘Slipknot’ known for performing with a latex mask on each members face, 9 of them I think?  Once ‘Stone Sour’ had a taste of fame ‘Slipknot’ was then created.  I’ve got most of if not all of ‘Slipknot’ but I haven’t listened to it all.  ‘Stone Sour’ on the other hand I have all 6 albums beginning with their 2002 self-titled release….

LANGUAGE IN MOST SONGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

 

2002    STONE SOUR

 

2006   COME WHAT (EVER) MAY

 

2010    AUDIO SECRECY

 

2012   HOUSE OF GOLD & BONES PT. 1

 

2013   HOUSE OF GOLD & BONES PT.2

 

2017   HYDROGRAD

 

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Stay safe out there,

Chris

“Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres

MY FRIENDS/COLLECTIVE SOUL

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I fell asleep to “Halestorm” the new album “Vicious”

I exercised to “Big Wreck” the album “The Pleasure & the Greed”

 

Let me explain this before you judge me.  When I make a friend, it’s always a strong bond.  I have many friends, some in the city, some in other provinces of Canada, & some in other countries.  My friends are nothing short of AWESOME!

I was in the hospital for almost exactly 4 ½ years.  Many people came to visit me & that was great!  I went into the hospital having just turned 28 at the end of January 2008.

I missed out on a TON of stuff, as I expected.  The world doesn’t come to a grinding halt for anyone & it shouldn’t.  It will only slow down briefly, to mourn.

My friends did exactly what I would have wanted them to do!  Slow down for a bit, & carry on with their lives.

I was at a BBQ hosted by some friends, since a mutual friend, his wife & toddler were in town.  I realized that I didn’t know many people there & the people I did know have completely different lives now, with marriage & kids now.  I don’t blame any of them for doing what they wanted to do with their lives.  I’m actually very impressed by all of them being great parents, something I’m not likely to do.  I like kids, they’re fun!

I realized that I’m not 28 anymore.  My friends have kids & other circles of friends, & that’s a very good thing!  Priorities shifted once they had their own families to care for, & that’s where their priorities should be.

I guess what I’m trying to say is I was in a group of great people, & I clammed up!  I’ve also developed anxiety.  I was worrying last Friday about being in a large group.  How did this happen, I don’t know?  If I’m in a group of more than 10 people, I feel like the outcast.  It’s all in my head, I know that.  It’s tough for me to meet new people, since I just assume they see an iPatch & a wheelchair, other than what’s inside the wheelchair & under the iPatch.

This is stuff I need to get over, nobody else needs to change anything!

 

Nick Hennink & J.D. Lemire on CTV.

https://regina.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=1484928

 

Apple Music vs. Spotify.  For me, same thing, different pile.

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

 

Tool say they’re releasing an album next year.  I’ve heard this story for the last 3 years.  I’ll believe it when I have it.  This will be there follow up to “10,000 Days” released in 2006.  Roughly 12 years later, I’m expecting an INCREDIBLE album.

I’m a HUGE fan of Tool.  Tool is NOT a band that fits into a specific box.  Rock, metal, pop, tribal, rhythmic, etc.  They kind of cover it all, I prefer to call them a progressive band.  Not a specific type of music, just music

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

 

COLLECTIVE SOUL

I rarely listen to this group anymore.  For me, they come off as far too polished to be a rock band.  Everything on their albums are perfect & in sync.  When I listen to them I always wonder how much work does the producer & sound engineer have to do, or is that just how they are?  I saw them live a few years ago.  It was very much the same as listening to one of their recordings.  They’re either really good musicians or really good at faking it live.  I have 6 albums purchased on CD, nothing from iTunes.  I own 6 of 10 studio albums, the 10 albums do not include their Greatest Hits or the 2 live albums on iTunes.  This is the rock band my mother didn’t approve of when I was a young teen, but bought tickets for the family to see them at The Casino, because she wanted to see them.  I did listen to them recently, I really have nothing against their music, & they’re a band I’ve kind of grown out of.

 

1993    HINTS, ALLEGATIONS, & THINGS LEFT UNSAID

 

1995     COLLECTIVE SOUL   (Yes I played 3 songs from this album with my first band.)  This album does give me a nostalgic feeling, hearing these songs.

 

1997    DISCIPLINED BREAKDOWN

 

 

1999   DOSAGE

 

2000   BLENDER

 

2004    YOUTH

 

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Stay safe out there,

Chris

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