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I fell asleep to “In Flames” the album “Battles”

I exercised to “Alter Bridge” the album “Fortress”


Kim took Monday off, she told me earlier on Sunday.  We got up & she went for a run, while I did my exercises.  Then we went out for lunch & I needed some shorts.  Brewster got to hide out alone at Sherry & James’ place.  He can’t stay here alone, he has bad anxiety & makes a lot of noise.  We had a noise complaint when we first moved here.

Oh a pint of Guiness beer was SSSOOOO tasty at lunch!!  That’s a REALLY good treat, since it’s roughly the same price for a 4 or 8 pack as it is for a 15 pack of generic beer in a liquor store.

I hope you’ve all discovered “The Fosters” which is on Netflix.  I think we’re on episode 7?  If you liked “Parenthood” there’s a very good chance you will like “The Fosters”

I miss “Parenthood”, I wish it was on Netflix.

I’m OK, I survived stage 4 brain cancer.  I saw this commercial on Tuesday & realized how lucky I was, again!

I could have been born with a disability, maybe I’d never know what it’s like to walk?  My family doctor tells me how lucky I am more often than not when I see him.  When I saw him in the spring Kim & I had just celebrated our “Lucky 13” wedding anniversary.  I was joking of course, he replied “VERY lucky 13th anniversary.  What did you two do?”  I told him “Kim had her head over a pot of boiling water with a towel over her head.  Trying to steam the cold out of her.  I watched TV”!

I watch too much CNN.  It’s hard to avoid watching a car crash in slomotion though, especially when everything hit the fan on Tuesday.

I hope this means it’s “The Beginning of the End” for the president who won’t be named.


See if you agree with this list?  For me, it’s more “no” than “yes”.



Took me a looooooooong time to finally hear this band.  I think I jumped on the bandwagon on their 4th album?  They’ve released 5, I was late to the party, & it’s a really fun party.  The first album was released in 2005.  I believe singer, Hayley Williams, was signed to a record label at the age of 14.  She agreed to it, on the condition her band ‘Paramore’ was included.  I think they worked on their music & waited a couple of years to release the debut album in 2005.  I believe she’s 30 now & the most recent release was in 2017, she was 29 at the time of recording?  The 5th album made me a HUGE fan!  Totally different than their previous releases, which are also really good.  So here is a sampling of their stuff…..




2007     RIOT!




They’ve done the pop/punk thing & have done it well, if you ask me, this album is a bit different & sort of foreshadows what will happen on the 5th album.





This “After Laughter” album REALLY impressed me.  I’m in & can’t wait for what’s next, but I still can’t stop listening to these albums.

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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.

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!


Soundgarden shared it, & I love this song, not Johnny Cash’s lame cover of it……. awards.  Vote for best video.  Slim pickins for me.


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


Another top 25 songs of 2016

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.

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


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


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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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.


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


Lightsaber vigil for Carrie Fisher.

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


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


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.


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


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.


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



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?


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


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

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”


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.

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




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

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I’ll tell you exactly what that was.  Ryan Reynolds please take the microphone.  Substitute the word “cancer” for “election”

I fell asleep to “Lamb of God” the album “Sturm Und Drang”

I exercised to “Genesis” their Greatest Hits.

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To say I’m disappointed with the outcome of the election is not even close to how I feel.  I can’t change it or fix it.  This was a slam dunk for Hillary.  WWIII, it’s coming.  I’m more scared now than I’ve ever been.  Trump has been accused of sexual assault.  So has Bill Cosby.  I’d take Bill Cosby over Trump.  At least Bill Cosby gave us something, stand-up comedy, The Cosby Show, Kids say the Darndessed Things, &, Jell-O Pudding commercials.  What has Trump given you?  The Apprentice & a book.  I was nervous before, & now I’m terrified!  America just elected a terrorist as President.  Enjoy your 4 years of a worse George Bush Jr.!  I’ll be in my bomb shelter, see you in 4 years!  Even Stephen Colbert is close being speechless.


“I can’t believe the news today….”

I went out last night for a beer tasting.  I come home, try to relax, turn on the TV to see what I’d hoped to see, & drop my jaw that Trump is leading?  I changed the channel to see if anyone else is reporting the same stuff or if this was a mistake?  It wasn’t.  Watched some Netflix, Kim went to bed, I watched more election coverage, felt myself getting angry & went to bed.


I was watching TV after I posted my blog.  I was in the kitchen & heard an ad for “Tropical Orange Juice”.  I thought the ad was for “Trumpical Orange Juice” oh, did I have a good chuckle!  No wonder his complexion is orange!


Would you like the members of “In Flames” to hold your hand while listening to the new album on Friday?  Here’s a track by track guide.


“Big Wreck” Facebook page

“More new music coming soon” YAAAAAY!!!!


I love “The Big Bang Theory” but I’m not sure if this spin-off would work, why mess with the chemistry?  Remember when “FRIENDS” ended & the very short spin-off called “Joey” that didn’t end well?


With all of the material available it, could have been worse than it was for Taylor Swift.




I should have waited longer yesterday for this.  “Church Lady”/Dana Carvey’s take on the election.


I really like the first “Highly Suspect” album “Mister Asylum”.  Looking forward to the 2nd album which I have on pre-order on iTunes for November 18thLANGUAGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Rolling Stone article about the 45th President


Rockers react to the election outcome.  LANGUAGE in an article though.  Mike Portnoy, former drummer of Dream Theater, nails it.  “9/11 & 11/9 two most important days”


You’ll notice that “Kid Rock” used Metallica’s music to the song “Sad but True”.  LANGUAGE!!!!


Exclusive web video from In Flames


I’m so glad I beat cancer so I could watch Donald Trump make a mockery of the USAs democracy!




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

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“Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres


I fell asleep to “Stitched Up Heart” the debut album/only album “Never Alone”, then “Stone Sour” about 1/3 of the album “Audio Secrecy” then the entire album “Come What(ever) May”

I exercised to “Bob Geldof” ½ of the album “Deep in the Heart of Nowhere”, then “U2” the entire album “Rattle & Hum”

8:07am & I’m done my workout that started at 6:30 am! I’m really tired, better than yesterday, but pretty tired!

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Weekly total; 7500 crunches, 700 leg lifts, 310 push ups, 260 squats. Squats were the exercise that I had to slowly increase throughout the week.

80 squats, 1500 crunches, 140 leg lifts & 60 push ups everyday, 5 days a week. Got there with the Thursday exercises. Took longer than usual but I got there Thursday & Friday.

I should be careful! I tend to smack the back of my head while doing my crunches, that yoga mat I’ve been using for the last 3 months is very thin compared to the puzzle pieces I was using before! I’ve had a brain injury before & I survived, I’ll be OK, & more cautious!

The further away from December 31st, 2008, when I was declared cancer free by the doctors, the entire thing seems very insignificant. Sure, I’m in a wheelchair & somethings are difficult or impossible to do, I either have to figure out how to do it. Or just not think about it since it’s not something any physically disabled person can do. Here’s an example- I really liked hiking in Banff in 2000 or 2001 with Rob. Until/if I can walk, I don’t need to think about that. I need to focus on my exercises so I can eventually think about going hiking. At this point, I can do more things, than I can’t or at least it’s pretty even.

KONGOS track tales

Are “Guns n’ Roses” really considered as a “Hard Rock” band? When did that happen? I missed the memo? LANGUAGE!!!!!!!

If an opening act had anything to do with Rage Against The Machine, I’d be very satisfied.

This summer the kids are alright!

“Prophets of Rage” play surprise show outside of a California prison

I should probably clarify “The Tragically Hip” news. They’re not playing in Regina. The restaurant/bar will be airing the final show on CBC. I believe the show itself will be broadcast throughout Canada on CBC. It will be their final show as the singer, Gord Downie, has terminal brain cancer. Sad way to end a career.

I guess if I’m going to call “Batman vs. Superman” one of the best comic book I should add 2 others to that list. “Deadpool” & “Captain America:The Civil War”. All 3 are very different movies. “Batman vs. Superman” is very dark, Batman drops a couple of F-Bombs in the Ultimate Edition, he’s that angry. “Deadpool” is quite raunchy. Imagine if Kevin Smith wrote an action movie, I think that describes it best. “Captain America:The Civil War” is probably the best Avengers movie thus far. Better off NOT FOR KIDS! LANGUAGE POSSIBLY OR OFFENSIVE LANGUAGE!!!!!

5 things learned from the “Rogue One”, Star Wars spinoff, trailer

Metallica released “The Black” album 25 years ago. We played 2 songs from this album at Beerfest in 2002. I called it old Metallica then some jerk tried to fight me because it wasn’t old Metallica? It was 11 years old at the time? now has a Podcast with former guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne, Zakk Wylde for the first Podcast.

New Black Sabbath book out this fall.

I don’t know much about “Mudvayne” but there will never be a true “Pantera” reunion since Dimebag Darrell was shot on stage in 2004

Sorry, I’m tired & I can hear the couch calling me. Catch you on Sunday!

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