REGENERIZED/ALTER BRIDGE CONCERT BLU-RAY WITH PARALLAX ORCHESTRA

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I fell asleep to “Dead Sara” the album “Pleasure to Meet you”

I exercised to “Big Wreck” the album “Grace Street”

I had breakfast to “Bruce Springsteen” the album “Born in the USA”

 

Great weekend & needed break at the cabin, then Monday came.  I did 5/6 exercises, I might scale it down to 4 but we’ll see?  Of course Tuesdays & Thursdays will be the other exercise(s).  One weekend of an actual break from exercise & scenery worked wonders for me!  I need to do that more often!

Yes, we watched the Saskatchewan Roughrider game on TV at the cabin.

I always listen to music, but especially when I bummed out.  Cut out all of the non-sense around me & dive into the music.  I guess “Lzzy Hale” of “Halestorm” does the same?

https://www.revolvermag.com/music/songs-black-days-halestorms-lzzy-hale#janis-joplin-piece-my-heart

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

When my grandmother died, I was 19.  I went to my room downstairs & listened to I Mother Earth after her funeral.  She died December 5th, 1999.  I would also drive my car to Moose Jaw & back blasting “Foo Fighters” “There is Nothing Left to Lose” constantly for 1 ½ hours in a round trip.

 

Foo Fighters are playing the Super Bowl this year???????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

http://loudwire.com/foo-fighters-have-been-approached-playing-super-bowl/

 

Some yes, some no, some overrated & some I’ve never heard.

http://loudwire.com/top-hard-rock-metal-debut-albums/

 

My favourite ‘Soundgarden’ album turned 25 on Monday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-features/soundgardens-badmotorfinger-at-25-kim-thayil-looks-back-126082/

 

‘Megadeth’s’ “Rust in Peace” was released 28 years ago Monday!!!

http://loudwire.com/megadeth-rust-in-peace-album-anniversary/

 

I can only accept 2 or 3 of these.

https://www.kerrang.com/features/13-cover-versions-that-are-better-than-the-originals/?utm_campaign=loudwire&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook&influencer=true

 

ALTER BRIDGE CONCERT BLU-RAY

Alter Bridge released their first studio album of now 5 in total back in 2004.  When I heard the singer’s voice, I knew it sounded REALLY good & very familiar.  Yes, the 3 other guys are the guitarist, drummer, & bassist from the band ‘Creed’.  I still listen to the first ‘Creed’ album, but not very often.  The singer’s name is Myles Kennedy.  I realized, after my time in the hospitals, that he was in a band called “The Mayfield Four”.  I saw them in 1999 or 2000 when they opened for “The Watchmen” & “Big Wreck”, I then figured out that he sang inaudible backing vocals on “Big Wreck’s” 2nd album on the song “Breakthrough”

I found the first Mayfield 4 album & the 2nd album is available on iTunes.  Myles Kennedy is now the singer for “Slash feat. Myles Kennedy & the Conspirators”.  I bought one Slash album on iTunes & I just never have the desire to listen to it, despite the FANTASTIC vocals from Myles.  Here’s a track from each of “The Mayfield Four” albums.  I’ll follow them up with a few tunes from the blu-ray of “Alter Bridge” but keep in mind the orchestra is much more prevalent in a surround mix.

NOW THE ALTER BRIDGE BLU-RAY

 

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WEEKLY EXERCISE TOTAL/CHROMEO

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I fell asleep to “The Struts” the album “Everybody Wants”

I exercised to “I Mother Earth” the album “The Quicksilver Meat Dream”

 

Monday we had an appointment to check out my wheelchair options.  I get $1000 for life on a wheelchair & likely going to cost $6500, were in debt already might as well go deeper.  4 day weekly exercise total; 400 pushups, 400 leg lifts, 200 crunches, 300 tricep pushups, 80 back flexes, 240 squats.  Remember I’m alternating days.  I do 3 exercises one day, then the other 3 the next day.

 

My back & arm exercises take much more time than my abs & leg exercises.  I like not having to exercise for 2 or 2.5 hours.  I hope this is beneficial in the end.

I’m still not sure which wheelchair I’ll be getting?  I hope to have one ordered between 12:00 – 1:00 on Kim’s lunch break.  Kim was emailing with someone at the place they manufacture the lighter one & was told they could make it with the one change I’d like.  If the salesman in town can get a hold of someone there, I’ll get the 12 pound chair.  If not it will be the 22 pound chair.  So I’ll find out later today.  For me, it wouldn’t really make much of a difference.  The lighter wheelchair will be easier on other people’s back lifting it into a vehicle.  For me both chairs are MUCH easier to move around in, they seem to glide easier with little effort if that makes sense.  The issue is the foot rest.  I use my feet a lot in the house, but if were out shopping or something my legs get tired from lifting my feet off the ground.  I’d like to have that option in the lighter chair.  It normally comes with the foot rest as a structural need, but they do make a chair where the foot rest can be lifted to the side & out of my way.  I would like that option!

I talked with Kim & it looks like next week will be 5 days of cardio.  I find no joy in practicing walking with my walker, but it’s a necessary evil I guess.  BOOOOO!!!!

 

CHROMEO

2 guys out of Québec, Canada.  They have released 6 albums since their debut in 2004.  This pop music HIGH on the sugar side.  I bought their last 2 albums of the 6 available.  The earlier albums just didn’t sit well with me.  No I’m not all metal & rock.  I think it was Alice Cooper that said something to this effect “I can’t have someone yelling at me all of the time!”  I’m rather passionate about all of my music but even I need a break from someone yelling at me all of the time.  Chromeo is the complete opposite of heavy music….

 

2014      WHITE WOMEN

 

2018    HEAD OVER HEELS

 

The new “Halestorm” album “Vicious” is out today!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

Next Friday, “Into Eternity” album “The Sirens” will be out on www.bandcamp.com for $15 or email them intoeternityCD@gmail.com if you’d like an actual CD for $20 + shipping.  This is an independent release, all proceeds go directly to the band.

 

I don’t like bashing any band, however when I saw this band playing at half-time in Hamilton, initially the lead singer looked as though she had better things to do aka she seemed very distant from the situation.  I’ve watched it a few times & it debunks my initial reaction a bit, but not enough.  As for the music, I’m good with it, but it’s probably not something I’d listen to multiple times.

 

After listening to the new Metallica album & reading many reviews, I’ve come to the conclusion that it is a gateway album to the rest of their catalogue!  It’s really good!

 

 

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NO MOTHER’S DAY THIS WEEKEND FOR US/THE TRAGICALLY HIP

Show your mother some love & respect today!

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AFTER THIS POST, YOU’RE ON YOUR OWN UNTIL NEXT WEEKEND!  I DON’T KNOW HOW PEOPLE WITH CELL PHONES DON’T NEED A BREAK AFTER CHECKING THEIR PHONE ON AVERAGE 2,617 TIMES A DAY????  I NEED A BRAKE & MY DAD & I ARE GOING ON A ROAD TRIP LATER ON THIS WEEK.

http://www.businessinsider.com/dscout-research-people-touch-cell-phones-2617-times-a-day-2016-7

Don’t know if that’s true, but that’s what www.google.com told me!

My mother canceled a Mother’s Day supper.  Well she postponed it until the following Sunday when more family is in town & my parents wanted to get the backyard ready for summer.  I’ll at least call her.

I watched & recorded “The Ellen Degeneres Show” on a different channel on Friday, thinking that it would still record on the same channel it always does.  Nope, it didn’t record, Kim missed it, my bad.

Kim went to bed around 8:30 or so, her allergies, like most people, are affecting her.  Poor Kim, I don’t even like to see her with a cold & she had to watch me with cancer.

Saturday Kim went to take photos of our friends who just had their 2nd child.  She got home & we went to check out the Sobey’s liquor store in the South end of town.  She brought me home & went grocery shopping.  She put the groceries away while I zipped through the baseball game.  After that we had supper.  I watched “The Hitman’s Bodyguard” while Kim decided to bail & clean the kitchen.

Good movie but of course filled with LANGUAGE & RATED-R!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mostly laundry left to do today, make a juice, & some cleaning.  Kim started the laundry Saturday night.  Oh, how our life is SO entertaining!  I guess that’s what happens in your upper 30s!

 

THE TRAGICALLY HIP

Canada’s most iconic rock band.  I was a very casual fan that owned 4 CDs out their many, many albums.  I’m not an expert on them, but I’m guess 50% of Canadians at least know who they are & likely have at least 7 or 8 albums if not all of them?  They did a final tour, that truly was a final tour.  The singer, Gord Downie, had terminal brain cancer.  CBC aired the final show all across Canada.  On the upside, they left their mark on Canadian culture.  Here’s a few songs I own on the 4 CDs I have in order of release….

 

UP TO HERE   1989

 

FULLY COMPLETELY    1992

 

DAY FOR NIGHT   1994

 

TROUBLE AT THE HENHOUSE       1996

5 albums & their upcoming release dates that I’m anticipating.

May 18th, Lamb of God/Burn the Priest – Legion XX

June 8th, Tremonti – A Dying Machine, and Dead Sara EP.

June 15th, Chromeo – Head over Heals

July 6th, Devin Townsend Project – Ocean Machine (Live album)

 

This is well done a funk cover of Metallica’s “Enter Sandman”

http://loudwire.com/this-funk-cover-of-metallicas-enter-sandman-is-amazing/

 

Sophomore slump albums?  Not here!

http://loudwire.com/top-10-albums-that-debunked-the-sophomore-slump/

 

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WEEKLY EXERCISE TOTAL/STONE TEMPLE PILOTS

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I fell asleep to “Trivium” the album “The Sin & the Sentence” followed by “Dead Sara” both full albums on iTunes that I bought yesterday

I exercised to “I Mother Earth” the album “Scenery & Fish”

Weekly exercise total; 720 pushups, 560 leg lifts, 300 crunches, 240 squats, 180 tricep pushups, & 120 back flexes.  I took shorter rest periods again today.  Every day I do my exercises I A) Make sure I’m doing them all properly & B) Try to take shorter rest periods between sets.

This week was pitiful in my opinion.  I expect more from myself.  I am often my worst critic though.  You might think differently, but that’s only 3/5 days.  I stayed up until the early morning on Saturday cleaning up the kitchen, then I was over tired on Monday & couldn’t sleep.  I need to remember I’m not in my early or mid-30s anymore, & I can’t burn the candle at both ends anymore.

Another appointment next week after having 2 this past week.  Another in the summer at some point.  I hope the one in the summer is my last one there?  The appointment next week will be a reoccurring checkup/refills on the pills I take.

Unless I get a call before then, everything should be fine.  I think, if my cancer was to come back it would have already.  The doctors thought it might “come back” in 2013.  That was 5 years ago, I think I’m “in the clear”.

Sometimes it takes a brush with death to finally wake up.

 

STONE TEMPLE PILOTS

They’re lumped in with the grunge movement.  They were based in San Diego & got together in 1989.  I have everything from the 1992 release “Core” all the way up to & including “Stone Temple Pilots (2018)”.  I have mostly CDs of this group & I think the recent 2 albums from iTunes.  I really didn’t get into them until a few years ago.  I had a bunch of their CDs, & didn’t realize I had all of their stuff on CD & amongst my iTunes library.  Yes, the singer, Scott Weiland, died of either alcohol or a drug overdose a few years ago.  The band carried on with an EP with Chester Bennington who felt it was too much for him with his role in “Linkin Park” also.  Unfortunately he died as well not to long ago.

CORE 1992

PURPLE 1994

TINY MUSIC…SONGS FROM THE VATICAN GIFT SHOP 1996

I’m pretty sure this was about the album that caught my attention.

  1. 4 1999

SHANGRI-LA DEE DA 2001

STONE TEMPLE PILOTS    2010

HIGH RISE w/ Chester Bennington        2013

STONE TEMPLE PILOTS 2018

This last album is with their new singer Jeff Gutt.  Runner up on the show “The X Factor”.  Well he didn’t win.  Who did?  This is exactly why I’m opposed to these talent contest shows.  He got the last laugh though.

 

Stephen Colbert’s musical guest Tuesday night was Paramore!

 

Well, they’re not gone just in serious debt.  I like “Gibson/Epiphone” guitars.  All of this hipity dipity music the young kids are listening to did this.  Is “Fender Guitars” next?  Will “PRS (Paul Reed Smith) Guitars” become the next BIG thing for guitar players?

 

100 best debut albums.  No, Nirvana’s “Nevermind” was their 2nd big release after the album “Bleach”

https://www.rollingstone.com/music/lists/the-100-greatest-debut-albums-of-all-time-20130322/the-stone-roses-19691231

 

Cool!

http://loudwire.com/foo-fighters-become-couples-wedding-band-steven-adler-nothing-more-more/

 

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LAST NIGHT

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I fell asleep to “A Perfect Circle” the new album “Eat the Elephant”

I exercised to “Tesseract” the album “Sonder”

While I was in the Wascana Rehabilitation Center from early 2009 – July 26th, 2012.  Kim & I met someone we consider a longtime friend, a nurse by the name of Shelda!  She’s really nice & very funny.  She really doesn’t look her age either.  She looks younger than me, but is actually older than both Kim & I.  She called us “You 2 are some of the nicest people I have met!”  I’ll say she’s right on point with Kim, me on the other hand, well she might want to try again.  I can always do better at anything.  She’ll come by on occasion, but she lives outside of Regina.  She’s HILARIOUS also!  I believe she started working in the “Home Care” portion of the Health Region as of sometime in February.

I may not be one of the nicest people kickin’ around, but Shelda is.  Don’t ever mention the Saskatchewan Roughriders around her though because you will be met with “You know what I think of the Riders?  They’re POOP!”  That’s pretty direct quote from her.  I know she has said it to me more than once!

This whole cancer thing worked out pretty good for me, I survived, I’m a little bit different, I’m physically handicapped.  I did meet a lot of cool people to go along with my other friends from my life prior to cancer, B.C. & A.C.  Before cancer & after cancer.  Now that I’m alive & well without a chip on my shoulder, I can laugh about it when I look back at that time of my life.

Truth be told we met a lot of great people while I was sick, doctors, nurses, & special care aids!  I heard one of the many nurses say something to the tune of ‘We don’t do this for the money!’

 

FINGER ELEVEN & I MOTHER EARTH

These are both my brother’s favourite bands.  When “I Mother Earth” released their 2nd album “Scenery & Fish” we both listened to that CD constantly.  We each had a purchased copy of it.  “Finger Eleven” changed drummer & their name from “Rainbow Butt Monkeys” & were all over Much Music with their 1st single “Above”.  The first time we saw them, they were opening for “I Mother Earth” in 1999.  I Mother Earth had their 2nd singer who recorded the last 2 of 4 albums with them “Blue Green Orange” & “The Quicksilver Meat Dream”.  We saw IME touring for their album “Blue Green Orange” in 1999 with Finger Eleven as their opener.

Tuesday evening they were both in Regina at the Casino!  There was no way I was going to miss this show, with 2 Canadian legends of rock.

“Rainbow Butt Monkeys” tune.  More funky than Finger Eleven.  I should listen to this more often.  Mitch & I really liked this album.  Finger Eleven & “I Mother Earth” are Mitch’s favourite bands, they inspired him to take bass lessons & eventually become an AWESOME guitar player!  I was always a singer first, I grabbed a guitar mostly because it was my security blanket, then it was about filling out the sound.

First single from Finger Eleven was “Above” I believe.

This I Mother Earth song was on Much Music & the local rock radio station in 1999 around the time we saw them in Regina.

 

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE SHOW FOR ME!

First thing were the 2 “interpretive dancers” in the audience.  They started on opposite sides of the open floor.  I’m sure they locked eyes across the, now dance floor, & really liked the others moves & lack of rhythm.  Rachel & I weren’t sure if we should watch the bands or the 2 “dancers”?  We both couldn’t stop laughing!

I’m sure if you look up “white men dancing” on google you’ll get a picture or video of the 2 guys.  They were completely sober which made it even funnier!  There’s no way that a drunk person could even consider attempting their moves.

Very poor turn out.  Our balcony seats immediately became floor level seats at a table.  Very pleasant surprise!

Finger Eleven opened the show with “Above” & some of these songs in their set.

I Mother Earth came out after & started their set with “Not Quite Sonic”

I’ll likely never hear this song (below) again live

When I Mother Earth play a popular song, you never hear the radio edited version.  You are almost guaranteed an extra minute live.

Edwin didn’t record the following song & has never tried it live until this tour, some of it was really good & other parts were questionable.

To finish the show, members of both bands hit the stage.  They all did one original song from both bands & a cover song I can’t place.  The chorus sounded familiar though.

The show took me back to 1999 Edgefest & seeing them in Regina together also in 1999.

When I Mother Earth were together & recording albums I saw them twice doing their own show once in 1996 in Saskatoon with Edwin singing.  A second time in Regina in 1999 with Finger Eleven opening for them & IME’s second singer Brian.  I’ve seen them more now that they’ve “broken up” than I ever did when they were recording new music in the ‘90s.  I went to the show with Mitch, Rachel, & Chet!

Great show!  I missed a baseball game for it, but I wasn’t going to miss this show!

 

10 rock & metal albums that debunk the sophomore slump!  LANGUAGE!!!!!

http://loudwire.com/top-10-albums-that-debunked-the-sophomore-slump/

 

What you need to know about “The Avengers Infinity War”.  I plan to see it eventually.  Guardians of the Galaxy & Dr. Strange really messed up the Marvel Comic movies for me though.

https://www.rollingstone.com/movies/news/avengers-infinity-war-everything-you-need-to-know-w519398

 

I’ve never considered “Tool” or “System of a Down” as metal?

http://loudwire.com/top-metal-albums-of-all-time/

Keep marching kids, the politicians haven’t figured it out yet?

https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/waffle-house-shooting-w519440

 

I always record “The Ellen Degeneres Show” on CTV, a Canadian feed.  ABC would typically have breaking news of something terrible happening in America.  When Kim & I were in our first house years ago, before I got cancer I switched to CTV to avoid missing the show.  Well on Monday it didn’t work.  A van drove into a crowd killed 9 people & injured 16 others last I heard.  The breaking news recorded instead, about 15 minutes into the show.  Police have captured a suspect.  I believe they may be looking for another.  Either way, it’s a tragedy that can’t be undone.  Is it just me or is the world just turning into a terrible place?

 

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WEEKLY EXERCISE TOTAL/GRUNGE

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I fell asleep to “Metallica” the album “Kill ‘em All”

I exercised to “Stone Temple Pilots” the album “Stone Temple Pilots (2018)”

I had to clean up after Brewster, just missed his pad.  Washed my hands & had breakfast while listening to “Queens of the Stone Age” the album “Songs for the Deaf”

Exercise weekly total; 700 pushups, 490 leg lifts, 350 crunches, 210 tricep pushups, 210 squats, & 140 back flexes.  Odd week 1 day of no exercise & 1 day of half the amount of repetitions.

 

My father’s cousin died on Tuesday.  Kim & I would see him sleeping in his wheelchair when I was on the 2nd floor of the WRC.  He was born with Down syndrome.  Sad to see anybody die but his quality of life wasn’t that great.

We met a guy named Nick while I was in the Wascana Rehabilitation Center, super nice guy.  I’m pretty sure he wasn’t mentally handicapped but he was born physically handicapped.  He was in music therapy as well.  He recorded an album with help from the same music therapist I saw for a bit.  He played the drums on his album they made, she sang on it.  As far as the bass & guitar, I assume it was the music therapist.  I was impressed he could play the drums!  My kick drum leg wasn’t all that strong, I could get it to the kick drum, I just couldn’t keep my foot down.  It would hit the drum twice & my left hand is all but useless.  He probably doesn’t get out of his wheelchair much since he is severely physically handicapped.

He would see Kim & I in the cafeteria for lunch & always come to chat with us.  If he & I were having a conversation, Kim was our interpreter I was/am hard to understand & so was he.

He’s a really joyful guy to be around.  The rest of the people I saw & heard were very bitter about being there or whatever it was that put them there.  I was more on the bitter side of things.  I tried to keep it in.  I really leaned on Kim.

When I do my exercise “every morning”, lately, at least this year, I think to myself “Hurry up, do more, this is affecting a PILE of other people, not just Kim & I!  Hurry up & get better!”  That’s just the pressure I put on myself.  Nobody has ever said to me that I’m not trying hard enough, just me.

 

GRUNGE

I was born in 1980.  My parents weren’t into the GLAM metal scene going on in L.A.  It was basically a free pass, I got to choose what I wanted to hear.  Mom was into pop music & dad was into “Dire Straits”, “Jimmy Buffet” & whatever else popped up.  I do remember really liking “Fine Young Cannibals”.  I bought that CD just before I was diagnosed with brain cancer.  I was in high school when the entire “grunge” deal went down.  I was 8 or 9 years late to that party.  Now that’s my go to music.  I also played flute in the high school band & was recruited to join the choir, they needed more male voices for the 4 part harmonies.  When “grunge” was all the rage in the early 1990s, I couldn’t stand it.  I was really into Canadian bands who played the same type of music.  “I Mother Earth”, “The Inbreds”, “Our Lady Peace”, “Matthew Good Band”, “The Tea Party”, etc.  I ended up singing for what was basically a cover band.

I was at a bar with Chris Messer from the call center I worked at.  He was also a singer in a band.  He heard “Alice in Chains” playing over the P.A.  Yes, “Man in the Box” he turned to me & said “You guys should do this song.”  I replied “That vocal is very high.  I don’t know if I can hit those notes?”  After numerous rehearsals I did it!

Originally I was a 2nd bass singer, the really low notes in the 4 part harmonies in choir.  I think that song changed my vocal range.  After that song, my voice was going through a 2nd puberty.  I’d be speaking & my voice would crack.  Then I became a grunge fan.  Grunge & rock with some Metallica was what we played.

Our goal was to play “Beerfest” put on by the Engineering Society.  500 people, I found it nerve racking to play in front of that many people….for a bit.  Once we had played a few songs & we were in a groove all of the anxiety went away.  I was really into the Canadian response of grunge though at the time.  I had a lot of the grunge albums, didn’t listen to them much though, until needed.  Somehow I bought a metal, Into Eternity, album before I was into American grunge…..

We didn’t play all of the songs mentioned, that’s more of just what I was into at the time.  Our motto was “If somebody isn’t bleeding by the end of the night, we’re not trying hard enough”.  That was a weird way of gauging how the shows went.

Will Axl Rose continue with AC/DC?

http://loudwire.com/angus-young-new-ac-dc-album-axl-rose-rose-tattoo/

 

Yes, I watched “Justice League” again this week over 2 days this week.  Critics hated it, SURPRISE!  That’s really just a fancy title for someone who gets paid to watch movies if you ask me.  I guess I would be a terrible movie critic, since I enjoy the DC movies.  Yes I like the Marvel movies too.

 

I’m all about “Laid to Rest” with “Lamb of God”

http://loudwire.com/best-lamb-of-god-songs/

 

Highlights of rock & metal news of the week from Loud Wire

http://loudwire.com/cristina-scabbia-joins-the-voice-of-italy-tool-10-years-more/

 

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

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

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

Stay safe out there,

Chris

“Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres

MY FIRST “HEAVY” BAND/TECHNOLOGY

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I fell asleep to “Trivium” the album “Ascendancy”

I exercised to “Better Than Ezra” the album “Deluxe”

What the heck is this?  “Alexa, I’m too lazy to pull my cell phone out of my pocket to do anything, so here’s 6 things I need you to do for me.”  A few weeks back I saw a news report regarding Alexa/Echo “Turn on my TV, order me a pizza, etc.”

So were all just going to get fat & rely on robots to do everything for us?  I saw a story on one of the late night talk shows I watch about a sex robot.  It has different settings to put it to, & one is “kill”.  $15,000 to have a robot kill you?  If I worked as a police officer & went to that call, I’d laugh hysterically!  “This person paid $15,000 to have a robot kill them”!  Hahahahahahaha!

I don’t have a cell phone or any other type of mobile device as a personal choice.  There was a mother complaining about the ban on cell phones at live concerts.  “What if my babysitter is having a rough time with my kid?”  I replied “What did people do before cell phones if they went out?”  Did everybody stay home to watch the kids?

Cell phones, desktop computers, mobile devices, big TVs, email, & social media.  I’m good with that!  We have 2 TVs, I have a computer, Kim has a cell phone, computer, & an iPad.  That’s fine with me.  All of this is fine with me as long as it doesn’t affect me.  Alexa?  I’m not getting that for as long as possible, just like a cell phone or a mobile device.  Didn’t grow up with any of these gadgets & there’s a lot of them I don’t need.  “How do you live without a cell phone?”  Easily I have a landline cordless phone & it makes phone CALLS.  “How do you remember what you have to do on a certain day?”  I have paper & a pen to write stuff down!  I don’t need a ton of this stuff, & I just don’t want it.  If you do, that’s OK with me.

I don’t need a phone with me, why?  I’m always with someone if I’m out, they have a cell phone.  Me having one would be redundant.  All I ask is this.  If you’re at a concert, using your cell phone, please consider that we all paid a similar price to be there, & not all of us want to watch it through your 6” cell phone screen.

I saw “Big Wreck” in February.  Before anyone came on stage there was an announcement over the P.A.  “Please turn off any recording device or cell phone during the show”.  It was enforced by security as well!  All I could think was “YES!”

How could America stop Russia from meddling with the mid-term election?  Paper ballots.

 

I MOTHER EARTH

I really wasn’t into “grunge” right away, Nirvana’s “Nevermind” came out in ’91, I was 11 at the time & I wasn’t raised on any type of rock other than “Dire Straits” from dad.  I remember way back when in ’96 that members of U2 & Tool were spotted at their shows in Ontario.  I saw them twice in the ‘90s.  Once in ’96 in Saskatoon & once in Regina.  1996 was the release of their 2nd album “Scenery & Fish”.  My family & Jan Wagner from high school all piled into our car & stayed in a hotel overnight.  Mitch really wanted to go to the show but wasn’t allowed to for some reason?  Jan & I went to the show at the hockey arena in Saskatoon.  Mitch & I both loved/love that album.  He was ticked that he couldn’t come to the show.

They released 4 albums in total.  The first 2 with a singer named “Edwin” & 2 more with a singer named “Bryan Byrne”.  Bryan’s voice seems to work well with the first 2 albums as well as the 2 other ones.  I’ve never heard Edwin even attempt the 2 newer albums.  They broke up shortly after the 4th album “The Quicksilver Meat Dream”, 1 video/single from that album & no tour as far as I know.  Edwin is back & they tour across Canada fairly often & they’ve released 3 singles since getting together.  I still LOVE this band!  I’m guessing it’s because of the weird stuff like a percussionist with a drummer & slap guitar I’ve never heard before, in some of their songs.  Here’s 2 songs from each album of theirs….

New singer “Bryan Byrne” from here on.

Really this is slap guitar!!!  LITTLE LANGUAGE!!!!!!

 

Yes, I’ve preordered Myles Kennedy’s solo album release on Friday (Alter Bridge singer).  I’ve heard it’s all acoustic.  He had an album of hard rock stuff that he scrapped in 2016 & made this acoustic album instead.

http://loudwire.com/myles-kennedy-year-of-the-tiger-exclusive-acoustic-performance/

“Year of the Tiger” was 1974, the year his father passed away.

 

“Halestorm’s” Facebook page says March 8th, 2018.  That must be the preorder date for what I hope is a new album?

 

Inside a Foo Fighters’ rehearsal!!  Van Halen’s “Jump” meets John Lennon’s “Imagine”!

A photo of Tool in the studio proves they’re in the studio?  When was the photo taken?  I don’t believe a single word or photo coming from anyone associated with Tool.

http://loudwire.com/tool-in-studio/

 

The Toronto Blue Jays did it finally.  I don’t know him personally & I have nothing against him personally.  They’ve finally sent outfielder Ezekiel Carrera to the minor leagues.  He knew how to bunt, hit for contact, & was fast.  Unfortunately he never learned which base to throw to from the outfield.  I hope he learns what to do properly & that he has a bright future.  Now there are only 5 players fighting to play Left Field for the Jays, it will be mentor, Curtis Granderson age 37,  platooned with one of the remaining 5 players.

https://www.sportsnet.ca/baseball/mlb/carreras-future-blue-jays-unclear-surprise-designation/

 

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

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

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

Stay safe out there,

Chris

“Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres