END OF 2018 PART 2

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Do you have a question about stage 4 brain cancer?  Ask if you do!

When you think you’re going to have a quiet weekend & you get a late Saturday morning phone call from your mother saying your brother is in the hospital, about to have surgery for appendicitis.  All went well!

He’ll be fine but will stay there overnight and be released today.  I’d much prefer it to be me, then I wouldn’t worry as much.

HONORABLE MENTIONS (Really nothing bad about these albums)

Dead Sara – Temporary Things Taking up Space EP

If these songs were a part of a full album, it would easily be number 1 on my list

 

Dead Sara – Anybody “Acoustic” Single

Easily my favourite song of the year!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

Tesseract – Sonder

 

Alter Bridge – Live at The Royal Albert Hall

The stereo audio is not very good, you can barely hear the orchestra.  The surround mix on the blu-ray is MUCH better.

 

Pretty Vicious – Move single

 

Pentatonix – Top Pop, Vol. 1

 

Tremonti – A Dying Machine

 

Chromeo – Head over Heels

 

Live EP – Local 717 EP

 

Nothing but Thieves – What did you think when you made me this way? EP

 

Fall Out Boy – MANIA

 

Opeth – Live at Red Rocks Amphitheater

 

Smashing Pumpkins – SHINY & OH SO BRIGHT PT.1/NO PAST.  NO FUTURE.  NO SUN.

 

Our Lady Peace – Somethingness

 

DISAPPOINTMENTS

Greta Van Fleet – Anthem of the Peaceful Army

Corrosion of Conformity – No Cross No Crown

 

CONCERTS I SAW THIS YEAR

Big Wreck (Regina)

I Mother Earth & Finger 11 (Regina)

Queens of the Stone Age w/ Royal Blood opening (Calgary)

Comedian Jim Jeffries (Regina)

Foo Fighters (Calgary)

Comedian Craig Ferguson (Regina)

Boney M (Regina)

Usually I head up to Saskatoon to see Trivium on tour.  They skipped Saskatchewan completely this time.  Typical Canadian during a North American tour is, Montreal, Toronto, & maybe Vancouver now.  The fact that I got to see all of this stuff live is pretty cool.  Only had to go to Calgary to see Queens of the Stone Age with Royal Blood & Foo Fighters.

If I had to pick my favourite concerts of the year, Queens of the Stone Age & Boney M. would both take the win.  Could be that it was my first time seeing both bands live.  Boney M’s rhythm section was INCREDIBLE!!!!!!

 

Here’s what to expect in 2019.  Big Wreck, Alter Bridge, Anthrax, Devin Townsend, Dream Theater (already preordered for release Feb. 22), Megadeth, Tool, Lamb of God, Mark Morton (Lamb of God guitarist) preorder January 11, full release March 1st, Rob Zombie, Slipknot, Chevelle, & In Flames (preordered available January 11).  Likely more, that’s just off of the top of my head.

I’m really excited for the ‘In Flames’ album, full release March 1st.

This is a more thorough list of loud wire’s most anticipated rock & metal albums of 2019.

http://loudwire.com/corey-taylor-new-slipknot-mask-2019/?fbclid=IwAR1xPDKeSB4j4cqQw9kMpgEdDRB0pnoRiJw12CzlQSqfTO2tB8FgXSpyfyk

The last Tool album was released in 2006, the last System of a Down album was released in 2005.  There will be a new Tool album before a System of a Down album.

Megadeth might release a song for preorder this week?

http://loudwire.com/megadeth-hints-new-song-next-week/?fbclid=IwAR38eitwXYZOt4__oADBe5vs-qwOZGTWAaAUuYBn7ajv_JrK1n_PQcPXlMM

 

A baseball player is offered more than what he asked for from his previous team as a free agent, $300,000,000 over 10 years.  More than that was offered & he turned it down.  He must really not like where he was, I doubt any other team will offer him $10,000,000 a year to play a game for a living?  Once he hits the age of 30 or shortly thereafter you see almost all players start to decline athletically.  The back end (the last 3-5 years) of $300,000,000 will be terrible if he gets that deal.

 

The more you share this, the more readers I get.  No, I’m not profiting from this in any way.  I can’t tell who’s reading this but thank you!

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

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END OF 2018 PART 2

No such thing as a stupid question!  Feel free to ask me on Facebook or the website!

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Do you have a question about stage 4 brain cancer?  Ask if you do!

When you think you’re going to have a quiet weekend & you get a late Saturday morning phone call from your mother saying your brother is in the hospital, about to have surgery for appendicitis.  All went well!  Great way to start the new year bro!

He’ll be fine but will stay there overnight and be released today.  I’d much prefer it to be me, then I wouldn’t worry as much.

HONORABLE MENTIONS (Really nothing bad about these albums)

Dead Sara – Temporary Things Taking up Space EP

If these songs were a part of a full album, it would easily be number 1 on my list

 

Dead Sara – Anybody “Acoustic” Single

Easily my favourite song of the year!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

Tesseract – Sonder

 

Alter Bridge – Live at The Royal Albert Hall

The stereo audio is not very good, you can barely hear the orchestra.  The surround mix on the blu-ray is MUCH better.

 

Pretty Vicious – Move single

 

Pentatonix – Top Pop, Vol. 1

 

Tremonti – A Dying Machine

 

Chromeo – Head over Heels

 

Live EP – Local 717 EP

 

Nothing but Thieves – What did you think when you made me this way? EP

 

Fall Out Boy – MANIA

 

Opeth – Live at Red Rocks Amphitheater

 

Smashing Pumpkins – SHINY & OH SO BRIGHT PT.1/NO PAST.  NO FUTURE.  NO SUN.

 

Our Lady Peace – Somethingness

 

DISAPPOINTMENTS

Greta Van Fleet – Anthem of the Peaceful Army

Corrosion of Conformity – No Cross No Crown

 

CONCERTS I SAW THIS YEAR

Big Wreck (Regina)

I Mother Earth & Finger 11 (Regina)

Queens of the Stone Age w/ Royal Blood opening (Calgary)

Comedian Jim Jeffries (Regina)

Foo Fighters (Calgary)

Comedian Craig Ferguson (Regina)

Boney M (Regina)

Usually I head up to Saskatoon to see Trivium on tour.  They skipped Saskatchewan completely this time.  Typical Canadian during a North American tour is, Montreal, Toronto, & maybe Vancouver now.  The fact that I got to see all of this stuff live is pretty cool.  Only had to go to Calgary to see Queens of the Stone Age with Royal Blood & Foo Fighters.

If I had to pick my favourite concerts of the year, Queens of the Stone Age & Boney M. would both take the win.  Could be that it was my first time seeing both bands live.  Boney M’s rhythm section was INCREDIBLE!!!!!!

 

Here’s what to expect in 2019.  Big Wreck, Alter Bridge, Anthrax, Devin Townsend, Dream Theater (already preordered for release Feb. 22), Megadeth, Tool, Lamb of God, Mark Morton (Lamb of God guitarist) preorder January 11, full release March 1st, Rob Zombie, Slipknot, Chevelle, & In Flames (preordered available January 11).  Likely more, that’s just off of the top of my head.

I’m really excited for the ‘In Flames’ album, full release March 1st.

This is a more thorough list of loud wire’s most anticipated rock & metal albums of 2019.

http://loudwire.com/corey-taylor-new-slipknot-mask-2019/?fbclid=IwAR1xPDKeSB4j4cqQw9kMpgEdDRB0pnoRiJw12CzlQSqfTO2tB8FgXSpyfyk

The last Tool album was released in 2006, the last System of a Down album was released in 2005.  There will be a new Tool album before a System of a Down album.

Megadeth might release a song for preorder this week?

http://loudwire.com/megadeth-hints-new-song-next-week/?fbclid=IwAR38eitwXYZOt4__oADBe5vs-qwOZGTWAaAUuYBn7ajv_JrK1n_PQcPXlMM

 

A baseball player is offered more than what he asked for from his previous team as a free agent, $300,000,000 over 10 years.  More than that was offered & he turned it down.  He must really not like where he was, I doubt any other team will offer him $10,000,000 a year to play a game for a living?  Once he hits the age of 30 or shortly thereafter you see almost all players start to decline athletically.  The back end (the last 3-5 years) of $300,000,000 will be terrible if he gets that deal.

 

The more you share this, the more readers I get.  No, I’m not profiting from this in any way.  I can’t tell who’s reading this but thank you!

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

I THOUGHT I NEEDED HELP YESTERDAY/DIEMONDS

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I fell asleep to “The Struts” the recent release “Young & Dangerous”

I exercised to “The Beaches” the album “Late Show”

 

There was nothing wrong other than Brewster had an anxiety attack.  I Woke up at 8:30 & went out to have a small breakfast & exercise.  I did my pushups & tricep lifts.  Everything was going fine.  I had 2 sets of tricep lifts to do, then Brewster anxiety flared up.  He’s going to be 13 in January.  I finished my exercise around noon.  I was occupied trying to calm him down the rest of the time.

Usually he’s sleeping all day or we’ll play for a bit if he feels like it.  We have small breed doses of Valium for him, but I don’t like watching him trip & stumble every time he gets up.

After looking online he’ll about 66 dog years old or 13 human years old in January.  I spent the majority of the morning yesterday trying to calm him down & make him feel safe.  He was shaking uncontrollably.

He’s our child, yes, he has 4 paws & turns me into putty with his big brown eyes when he looks at me!

 

I wonder if there’s a “Hole” reunion with Melissa Auf Der Maur around the corner.  Possibly a “Smashing Pumpkins” reunion with her taking the place of D’arcy Wretzky as she did before.

https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/courtney-love-melissa-auf-der-maur-reunite-hole-748283/?fbclid=IwAR0mP2uJfNCfo7OaJJTWY4_0l7Z2VoP4HDd7uIz2OKoz306ufON7VYUNwjs

 

Cool!  Chester Bennington (deceased singer for Linkin Park) recorded music with Lamb of God guitarist, Mark Morton, & we’ll get to hear it in 2019, along with a new Alter Bridge album, Lamb of God, Megadeth, & more!

As with every passing year we must include Tool.  Tool should just wait “10,000 Days” from 2006 to release new material at this point.  Roughly 27 years in total from 2006.  It’s only been 12 years at this point, we might have to wait some more?

http://loudwire.com/chester-bennington-lamb-of-god-guitarist-mark-morten-project/?fbclid=IwAR14pH4IpxFs08zSNX93PHAnJC4nkc4ym8zabChUBgBumumkl_plaeb_wLw

 

He can’t figure out politics, so he takes a stab at baseball &………………still gets it wrong.  Is he qualified for any job?

https://ca.sports.yahoo.com/president-trump-criticizes-dodgers-pitching-moves-world-series-game-4-040525846.html

 

I REALLY like “Pentatonix” but I don’t need a 4th Christmas album from them.

 

DIEMONDS

There is no reason for me to like this band, but I do.  Think of 1980s hair metal or Guns n’ Roses.  They’d fit right in.  The majority of the hair metal bands & Guns n’ Roses aren’t in my wheel house.  This is a current band out of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.  I missed them playing in town last year or the year before.  I didn’t think to look them up before the show, only after the show.  I’ve got 2 of 3 albums & there’s also a 7 song EP I don’t have.  So here is what I do have…..

 

2012      THE BAD PACK

 

2015     NEVER WANNA DIE

 

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

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

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

Stay safe out there,

Chris

“Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN

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

Wear a shirt, listen to the band!

I exercised to “Finger Eleven” the album “Tip”

 

I watched “This is Life” on CNN with Lisa Ling last Sunday.  It was about people becoming addicted to technology.  They even mentioned that kids are committing suicide or throwing tantrums when their phone, tablet, computer, etc. is taken away, kids who have graduated high school or have dropped out of school.  I guess there is a rehab place for it in Silicon Valley.  One guy who was suicidal, because he played games on his cell phone so much he wouldn’t sleep, he just kept playing the game, he stopped speaking to other people completely.  He spoke to the group, including his sister & parents about just getting a flip phone.

What am I trying to explain here is that the Facebook message, email, tweet, etc. will be there, even if you don’t reply instantly.  Nobody talks to anyone any more.  I’ll text you, email you, Facebook you, etc. that’s all I hear.  You can call me, Facebook me, or email me to get together later on.  Then we can talk face to face.

I’m not perfect by any stretch of the imagination.  I refuse to get a smart phone.  I don’t want to hear an alert from my phone all of the time.  My wife has a cell phone & it drives me nuts when she sets it on the couch & I feel it vibrate or hear it make a sound.  If I really need a phone, I’ll get a flip phone & people can call me.

Companies like google, yahoo, email sites, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. are trying to push out as much crap as possible to keep you engaged with your phone as long as possible so they can make more money.

You know what’s coming next?  Robots, that are stronger than us.  Jim Jefferies even had a segment about them.  They’re real, & I want no part of it!

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

Kids on average get a cell phone between the ages of 6-13.  Why do kids need/want a cell phone at that age?  I’m 38 with nothing more than a desktop computer aka I don’t freak out without a cell phone in my pocket.  It is so nice to not worry about that.  What is on my computer desk?  Pens & paper, to write down new phone numbers & new passwords.

https://www.cnn.com/2017/12/11/health/cell-phones-for-kids-parenting-without-borders-explainer-intl/index.html

Kids are said to be more depressed these days because of less human interaction & they’re not the C.E.O. a successful business after being there for 8 months.  Chill out, the Earth doesn’t orbit around anyone, just the sun.

I do the same with this blog & assume everyone knows how I’m doing?  Well not everyone is reading this.  If they’re in a different province or country, I’ll email them or Facebook them, however they prefer to be reached.  I don’t send enough messages as I should though.

 

This is one of the reasons Dave Grohl is so cool!

 

Are Pentatonix going to release a Christmas album every year?  They’re on pace for it.

 

This is why I’m against streaming music & digital downloads.  Apple needs to get rid of their streaming music site, let the artists set the price between $9.99 to 14.99 per download.  The option?  Streaming sites need to pay the artist more!  I’ve got 600 CDs behind me in boxes.  The average cost of a CD was around $20- $25.  Artists could put the price at $18.99 & it would still be cheap for people like me.  I’m not an Avenged Sevenfold fan but this was the article that I saw.  99.9% of their income comes from touring.  I haven’t seen every band I like live, so they’re missing out on money from me in a way, I guess?

http://loudwire.com/avenged-sevenfold-synyster-gates-touring-99-9-percent-bands-income/

Would you want to spend $1000s of dollars on recording the music, paying a producer, a sound engineer, etc.?  Only to give it away on a fraction of a penny?  I’d make music for myself & tour every 5 years while working at another job 5 days a week.

 

Why would ‘System of a Down’ even consider getting a therapist like ‘Metallica’?  Remember after ‘Metallica’ got a therapist they gave us the album ‘St. Anger’.  An album that sounds terrible with 0 solos.  The solo thing I can get past, the production & song writing on that album leaves a LOT to be desired.

 

I wonder who put gasoline on the fire of the lies, deception, & hatred?

 

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN

I only own the album “Born in the USA”.  This is an album I heard as a kid, my dad was really into it.  He has the regular vinyl edition & bought a special edition that’s still sealed in the purchased packaging.  I bought this album on iTunes & added a few extra songs from his greatest hits album.

I saw this video ^^ while I was watching “FRIENDS” as a teenager & asked “Is that Monica from friends?”  Reply from my parents “Yes, it is” I was surprised.

These are all on the album.  The following is one of the songs I added.

 

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“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

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

Stay safe out there,

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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“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

WEEKLY EXERCISE TOTAL/IN FLAMES

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

I fell asleep to “Alter Bridge” the new album “Live at the Royal Albert Hall featuring the Parallax Orchestra”.  Yes, I got it last night.

I exercised to “The Beaches” the album “Late Show”

 

I really could have used a break this week.  My body is just tired, I hurt in places I didn’t even know I had?  Yes, I’m keeping it cool on the crunches until I hear about back surgery.  Once it’s done & I get the green light to exercise, I don’t think 500-1000 every other day is out of the question?  I’ll figure it out when the time comes.  I needed a break this week so I’ve been doing 2 of my 6 exercises each day.  Sitting around & doing nothing all day gets boring really fast?

We got my new/much lighter wheelchair (12 pounds instead of 40 pounds) on Tuesday, then went liquor shopping & grocery shopping.  New liquor store, we mostly went to check it out.  I bought one 40 oz. bottle of Sambuca.  I should be good in that department for a while, or a month of weekends I’ll forget for the rest of my life!  Hahahahahaha!

 

Trump is part of the problem.  These are more issues NOT helping today’s society!

 

I bought this album on iTunes.  2 songs I didn’t care for & deleted.  I don’t purchase singles much, I prefer to listen to an entire album.  Unlike a stereotypical millennial.

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Tenacious D announce album & animated series.

http://loudwire.com/tenacious-d-new-album-dave-grohl-animated-series/

 

Marching band at USA college football game does a tribute to Queen!!!

 

Freddie Mercury of Queen was born on September 5th, 1946!

 

I also still can’t believe that people don’t want to own music???????????  Majority rules while iTunes users get the cold shoulder.  A $200-$400 vinyl player with a USB port it will be if that’s what happens!  Crushes the option to get an iPhone to stream music for me.  2 things I don’t want or need!  Where will the vinyl go?  I’ll figure it out if this happens.

I can’t figure out the cost difference for Apple between streaming music & purchased downloaded music.  This has been a relatively slow year for me purchasing music.  Streaming music for a monthly fee wouldn’t make any difference in my downloading habit, so why take that option away?  I know I’m not the only one that prefers the iTunes download store.  Apple wants to compete with Spotify for streaming subscribers.  Nothing like trying to be the same as somebody else!??!

 

‘Greta Van Fleet’ has their first full length album for preorder.  The 8 song album that was already out is actually 2 EPs put together & released as one.  This will be a brand new 10 song album, with the single “When the Curtain Falls” will be released in full October 19th.  Yeah, the 22 year olds that sound like ‘Led Zeppelin’.

 

New lyric video from “The Struts”

 

Correction “Nothing but Thieves” 4 song EP will be released on October 19th

 

IN FLAMES   (I wasn’t sure about covering metal groups, then I realized it’s MY blog about me)

Swedish melodic death metal.  People like to complain about this group & I’ll tell you why.  They have 13 full albums out, a 4 song EP, & are currently recording another album.  Don’t let the death metal bother you.  Their 2nd last & now their previous full length album has had many metal fans going “Ugh, this is SO not metal anymore!!!!”  Fair enough, move on then.  For me, that’s fine.  When did it become necessary to be boxed in with a certain style?  I like all of their albums & all for different reasons.

I’ve seen them live twice.  First time was in Saskatoon in 2006.  They were part of a touring metal festival.  James & I had never even heard of them, but they were really good live!  They stole the show, we were there to see Trivium from Florida, who had technical issues that day/evening.

I’ll give you 2 songs from their first album released in 1994, long before I was into metal music, and the 2 recent full albums released by In Flames….

 

1994     LUNAR STRAIN

 

2014    SIREN CHARMS

 

2016   BATTLES

 

Hate them or like them, a musician should love what they’re doing, if not it’s pointless.  No need to please anyone else.  Over 20 + years they will evolve, the sound will change with each album.  That should be expected.  They’re not going to make “Lunar Strain” 18 times.

 

Here’s a few cover songs they have done.

 

 

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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