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I fell asleep to “Black Sabbath” the album “Black Sabbath” followed by “Foo Fighters the album I recorded from the radio station when I was 20 “Live from Montreal 2000” followed by “Greta Van Fleet” their only album “From the Fires” X 2, “Devin Townsend Project” the album “Transcendence” & finally “In Flames” the album “Sounds of a Playground”

Yeah, I was wide awake until 3:15 am, despite going to bed a 10:15 pm.  My mind was racing.  Anything I could pretend to stress about, I did so.  Why?  I don’t know.

I exercised to “Stone Sour” the album “Hydrograd”

 

Weekly exercise total for a 5 day week.  750 pushups, 500 crunches, 540 leg lifts, 250 squats, 540 triceps pushups, & 200 back flexes.  I was playing with the numbers this week.

Yes, every morning starts with me doing exercise, even over the holidays I just did 3 of my exercise, & stopped for a few days.  I’ve been back to 6 & 2 mystery exercises I’ll tell you about near the end of the year.

When Kim came home on Wednesday she brought up the mail.  Behold another 3 months of a prescription (from my family doctor who also was one of my doctors during my entire cancer scare) for low level in my Thyroid.  One day I just want to be a “normal” or as close to a “normal” person.  Just one day, without having to take pills.  I’m OK with my wheelchair for now & I’m fine with having an iPatch.

I guess I’m getting older, I’ll be 38 next week.  I’ve been taking medication for EVERYTHING & I’m just tired of doing that but I know that’s something I NEED to do.  I’ll be done my anti-biotics, for an apparent bladder infection, on the weekend.  Likely tomorrow I’ll start 3 months of pills for my Thyroid.  Those pills better help me lose weight!!!!

On the upside I’ve added 6 or 10 T-Shirts that fit me now this week.  There’s my “Opeth” shirt that I could wear if I wanted to show my belly off.  I believe it has shrunk in length A LOT.

 

Now I have a 4th concert I don’t want to miss, my brother will see it too.  No date, but they mentioned coming to Regina.  Finger Eleven & I Mother Earth.  Hopefully it’s on a weekend but if it’s not, I’ll be there with my younger but bigger brother.  They mention other nooks & crannies across Canada as well.  Worst case scenario, we’ll have to go to Saskatoon (I’m sick of that boring drive, 2.5 hours but it feels like 8 hours) bigger venue there though.

I think this is the 20th anniversary of Finger Eleven’s debut album?  My brother is a huge fan of both bands.  I love I Mother Earth, & I like Finger Eleven.

With “Slayer” retiring I’d throw “Trivium” or “Lamb of God” into the big 4

http://loudwire.com/dave-mustaine-hopes-for-at-least-one-more-big-4-show-before-slayer-retires/

Yep, I bought the new “Fall Out Boy” album.  I’ll review it on the “Weekend Update” post.

Wow, some people are dumb!  It’s called a “Wall of Death”, sure that’s a great place for a baby?????????????????!!!!!!

http://loudwire.com/worst-parent-ever-toddler-wall-of-death/

Seth Myers interview with Saturday Night Live Weekend Update hosts Colin Jost & Michael Che.

https://www.rollingstone.com/tv/news/michael-che-colin-jost-on-rejected-snl-sketches-w515821

When “Slayer” retires, Kerry King should learn to solo in key!  There’s 1 added to the list, actually at the top of his list!

http://loudwire.com/6-things-kerry-king-slayer-retires/

Elton John has said he’s doing a farewell tour, but said he’ll possibly be recording?

Do yourself a favour if you like “Lynyrd Skynyrd” & “Led Zeppelin” by checking out.

“Greta Van Fleet” their debut album of 8 songs released in November!

I bought this on Thursday & I can’t stop listening to it.  The singer, at times, sounds just like Robert Plant of “Led Zeppelin” & depending on the song the band sounds as though “Led Zeppelin” & “Lynyrd Skynyrd” had a baby.  There’s your review for that album since it only has 8 songs on it

 

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I fell asleep to “Corrosion of Conformity” album “No Cross No Crown, followed by “Kelly Clarkson” the album “Meaning of Life”, followed by “Chevelle” the album “Sci-Fi Crimes” & finally “I Mother Earth” the album “Dig”.  Takes me a while to fall asleep, unlike Kim she falls asleep about 15 seconds after she hits the bed.

I exercised to “Fall Out Boy” the album “M A N I A “, followed by “Halestorm” the album “Live in Philadelphia”.

 

150 pushups a day should count as cardio.  My heart beat goes through the roof & I’m out of breath.  I roll onto my side just to catch my breath!

I always ask myself this question.  When I was diagnosed with brain cancer was God testing me or was the Devil trying to kill me?  Much like the extreme black metal bands in Norway.  Why burn down a church because Christianity is forced upon them?  You can’t kill religion, as far as I know?  I’m religious but I don’t go to church.  Does that make me a bad person?  I don’t think so.

Does listening to hard rock & metal make me a bad person?  I don’t think so.  Why do I listen to mostly rock/metal?  Mainly because of the music.  When I go to a rock/metal concert I know I won’t be judged.  It’s a small niche market where outsiders tend to go.

All through high school I didn’t fit in with any group.  I hung out with 3 other guys & the 4 of us didn’t really fit in with any other group.  We were the self-named nothings.  That was OK with me.  Timothy Wong & I also hung out with Fay & Jan.  Those 2 groups made me feel accepted.  They’re all great people.  Timothy & I have been really good friends since grade 9.  Fay and I have known each other since kindergarten.  Fay introduced Tim & I to Jan early on in high school (probably grade 8 or 9).  I hung out with people who didn’t judge me. Tim, John, Guy, Jan, & Fay.

 

 

 

 

Members of “Tool” say they don’t put their music on digital platforms because it would be too easy for the consumer to manipulate the files to only the songs they want to hear.  That’s weird, I can do that with all of the “Tool” albums I have on CD.  Everybody is streaming or downloading music now.  Does this mean “Tool” will make the jump to releasing their next album on digital platforms, streaming sites & iTunes?  Will it be a CD/vinyl because of the artwork & import it to iTunes?

Looks like “Slayer” is done also.

http://loudwire.com/slayer-lamb-of-god-anthrax-behemoth-testament-final-tour/

Unfortunately I’m not a big Slayer fan.  I’d be there for Lamb of God & Anthrax

Neil Diamond is retiring too.  Seems like out with the old & in with the new.  “Rush”, “Slayer”, & “Neil Diamond”.

https://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/neil-diamond-retires-from-touring-due-to-parkinsons-disease-w515759

Toronto Blue Jays short stop is 33 years old now.  He’ll make $20,000,000 this year & next year.  2020 & 2021 he’ll make $14,000,000 & $15,000,000.  The young (19 years old) short stop in AAA ball will be ready in the middle of 2019.  If they can’t move Tulowitzki’s contract, platoon them at short stop.

Josh Donaldson (32 years old) the third baseman has 1 year at $23,000,000.  I’d sign him for the 2019 season, maybe the 2020 & 2021 season if he agrees to play first base or another position in 2020.  They have another Top 10 prospect in the AAA system who should be ready in the middle of 2019, might as well platoon them as well or move Donaldson to first base.  It’s not my money, so it could be a pipe dream?

 

 

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Friday night I went out to The Exchange, The Club side with my dad to see ‘Room 333’ play.  Good show, small venue for a full on hard rock act but it sounded good.  They have a 3 or 4 song EP coming out.  They do have an album on iTunes!  Seeing them live you also get to see drummer Chris Dimas playing drums like nobody else!

https://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/red-dragon/id1264904399

 

I love going to The Exchange to see bands, & people I haven’t seen in a looooong time.  That’s one of very few if not the only venue in town for original artists to play.  The last band I was in played there a lot & only 2 other venues that are now gone.  I do not miss hauling my guitar, amplifier, & speaker cabinet home at 2:30 am after playing for an hour though.  I’m old, I’d need a roadie now “I’m done, now get all of my gear home for me please, $20 OK?”  One of the last shows we played before I got sick was a benefit show for Telemiracle.  They raise money to help those in need of medical equipment.  They gave us $11,000 towards a wheelchair van for me that was $18,000.  It’s a full weekend of entertainment in Saskatoon or Regina for people to call in & donate to the cause.  I think we played 2 benefit shows, with all of the money going to Telemiracle.  I think the last concert I played was for Telemiracle, we hit the stage at 1:00 am.  Ugh, I liked playing to an audience but there were 16 people left at that time, including the bar staff & a sound guy.  The next day I go on to a post board to thank people for coming & I get a response of “Thanks, I was the guy on the left!”  I’ve played to 16 people & 500 people.  With the lights in my eyes it’s hard to tell who’s out there, might as well entertain whoever’s there.  Leave it all on the stage, then pack up your gear in the wee hours of the morning.

We were never rich or famous.  We just played what we wanted to hear.  No sense in having a hobby you don’t like!

 

My dad, uncle, & I made a trip to the north end of town to the Sobey’s liquor store today in the late afternoon, went back to my parents’ house to slap on some sun lotion & went to the Saskatchewan Roughrider game.  Our season tickets are on the East side of the field.  We were sweating/dying for the first 3 quarters since the east side gets a lot of sun, especially when the game starts at 4:30 pm & it’s +31 Celcius which is 87.8 Fahrenheit.  By the fourth quarter the sun had gone down enough that we were in the shade & we won!  It was a very entertaining football game!

 

I checked out the price of 18 cans of beer they sell at the stadium for $9 a can, but if you buy it at a liquor store it work out to $25 for 18 cans which is roughly &1.39 a can.  It’s a HUGE increase for profit in the new stadium but I’ve only had 2 beer for $5 each at the old stadium since the washrooms weren’t very convenient.  Now they’re easily accessible but the beer is grossly overpriced.  No beer for this guy!  Today my uncle bought us each a needed cold beer though.  We got to our wheelchair section & I immediately grabbed a bottled water out of our bag I was incredibly hot.

 

My uncle & cousins flew home today, & Kim gets home today as well.  Kim & her sister drove home by Prince Albert to help their aunt get settled into her new house.  She moved from Prince George in B.C. to be closer to family.  Her husband passed away from 2 heart attacks & I think cancer, while I was in the hospital.  I liked him very cool guy!

 

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Nothing was mentioned about this earlier.  “Slayer” playing ‘Raining Blood’ on Jimmy Fallon!  WOW, I didn’t see that coming!  This was on the evening of Thursday, July 27.

 

I have issues with 99% of what Gene Simmons says.  The music industry isn’t dead.  Maybe KISS is just not as popular as they were in 70s & 80s?

http://loudwire.com/gene-simmons-music-business-dead-because-fans-wont-pay-music/   Money’s great!  But it’s not everything Gene!

 

Alter Bridge live!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

And the “Making a Murderer” plot thickens!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

http://www.rollingstone.com/culture/news/averys-lawyer-offers-10000-in-proof-of-guilt-challenge-w494834

 

Blue Jays are playing 3 games this weekend against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.  After the 4 game winning streak against the Oakland Athletics I hope nobody got a false sense of them making the playoffs.  They still have 7 teams ahead of them for the second wild card spot.  Oakland came into Toronto with the exact same win-loss record as Toronto.  It’s nice to see a winning streak, but the 4 game winning streak didn’t really do anything for them.

By Tuesday I hope this team looks different!  Monday at noon Eastern Time is the trade deadline.  If possible I hope they get a pile of young prospects & a few younger current players.  If they’re able to dump 3 or 4 players that means they could take $60M or $80M off the payroll of old under preforming veterans.  There 6 players they have now that I wouldn’t even consider trading, 3 of them are in the minor league system.  From what I hear they’re keeping the old players with HUGE contracts & loading up the minor league teams with really good prospects if possible.  This won’t be like the trade deadline of 2015.  They won’t be a playoff contender until the 2019 season at the earliest.

 

Stephen Colbert’s political monologue!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

Massive fire at EDM festival

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/massive-fire-forces-evacuation-at-barcelona-edm-festival-w494919

 

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I fell asleep to “Lamb of God” the 4th album “Ashes of the Wake”

 

Went to my doctor appointment regarding my nerve on Monday morning.  No cortisone shot yet.  An MRI yet to schedule, to take a better look at things.  I’m EXTREMELY claustrophobic & MRI machines are very small = not a great experience.  I no longer see the light at the end of this tunnel, but it could always be worse.

I try to keep these posts short.  Sitting in my wheelchair for long periods of time isn’t going to help my back & such.  This nerve pain is making me frustrated.  I just want it to go away so that I can continue with my workout routine.

Not much stuff to share with you from Facebook either.  I don’t know of any releases in April even?  I know of a few albums that are recorded, just haven’t found out some release dates yet.

We tried watching the Oscars didn’t make it through it all, & watched the end yesterday.  Our DVR cut off the end of it & we missed the stuff at the end.  That’s OK with me, nothing got me excited really & I’ve seen “Trolls”, that was a great cartoon movie & why didn’t “Finding Dory” win their category?

 

Vocalist, Phil Anselmo’s, take on the 25th anniversary of Pantera’s (Vulgar Display of Power)           LANGUAGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

http://loudwire.com/philip-anselmo-pantera-vulgar-display-of-power-25th-anniversary/

 

Another video by “Walk off the Earth” to be released on Wednesday, March 1st.  Ed Sheeran album out on Friday!

 

Soundgarden has announced a North American tour!  Just call it an American tour.  No Canadian dates on the tour.

 

Slayer, Behemoth & Lamb of God are touring together.  I can’t handle Behemoth, Slayer is good in small doses, & Lamb of God are fantastic.  More miss than hit for me on this tour.

 

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IT SURE FEELS LIKE FRIDAY, YET IT’S NOT……………..OH DE PLUF!

 

I fell asleep to “Dream Theater” the self-titled album from 2013.  They have released 2 since then & a pile more before that.

 

I exercised to “Counting Crows” the album “Recovering the Satellites”

This is the album with “Mr. Jones”.  I bought these two & 3 other ones that did nothing for me, except the live album I own

I was feeling nostalgic the other day & played these 2 albums on my iPod

 

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Pearl Jam’s “Backspacer” was released 7 years ago.  Most casual fans had mixed emotions, I’m a casual fan of Pearl Jam it was VERY radio friendly & VERY calm.  I like this album, they’ve released other albums that are very calm & don’t work for me.  I have all of their albums on CD, the most recent one from iTunes & I really like their music, I just forget there’s more than the album “V.S.” & “Yield”

 

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I missed a bit of this, interesting though.  Seems like documentary makers are trying to cash in on the Netflix series “Making a Murderer” might as well strike while it’s hot!

 

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.  I like superhero movies, but I can see that there are fewer options for those that don’t like them.

 

Kerry King of “Slayer” weighs in on ”Anthrax” collaboration with “Public Enemy”.  Personally I would like Kerry King to learn how to do a guitar solo in key?  I’ve never been able to play a lightning fast guitar solo & I’m not well versed on the key of a song, but I know when something is out of tune.

http://loudwire.com/slayer-kerry-king-no-fan-anthrax-bring-the-noise-collaboration-public-enemy/

 

You knew something would occur after the documentary of “The Case of: JonBenet Ramsey”

http://www.rollingstone.com/culture/news/jonbenet-ramseys-brother-threatens-lawsuit-against-cbs-w441365

 

“The Pretty Reckless” vs. “Highly Suspect” I’m good either way, both come out later this year & yes I have them preordered on iTunes

http://loudwire.com/the-pretty-reckless-vs-highly-suspect-cage-match/?trackback=twitter_mobile_top

 

100 greatest TV shows of all time?  REALLY?  Everyone will have a different list?

http://www.rollingstone.com/tv/lists/100-greatest-tv-shows-of-all-time-w439520/roots-w439576

 

Just watched a live Q & A with In Flames on Facebook!  New album out November, 11th 2016.  No preorder yet.

 

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BLUNT!

I fell asleep to “Slayer” the album “God Hates Us All” LANGUAGE!!!

 

I exercised to “Foo Fighters” the album “The Colour & The Shape”

 

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People don’t like to hear anything blunt.  So what do I do?  Sugar coat everything in rainbows, sunshine, & flowers, or get right to the root of the issue at hand & not waste anyone’s time?

At some point someone has to address the Elephant in the room & it’s usually me.  If that makes people feel uncomfortable, great!  It also starts a conversation!

“I will be Albatross for…” as long as needed.  I’m not an idiot, nobody has called me that other than me.  If you want anyone to take the roll of an idiot, give it to me or better yet I’ll just take it.

“Call It What It Is” – Ben Harper

“Albatross” – Big Wreck

How was my weekend?  Forgettable!  I did however get to spend time with Kim, go to a football game with my father have supper with Kim & my parents!  That was the positive part of the weekend.  The rest of it we can forget.  I guess I crossed that fine line of being blunt or rude?

I took all of my anger & frustration out in my exercise.  It’s Monday, a new day!  Time to wipe the slate clean & carry on.

 

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Good grief!  Now it’s guns & machetes

http://globalnews.ca/news/2947650/calgary-police-officer-remains-in-hospital-after-machete-attack-at-marlborough-mall/

 

OK, I want to see “In Flames” & I can sit through “HELLYEAH” if needed.

http://loudwire.com/in-flames-hellyeah-co-headline-forged-in-fire-fall-2016-north-american-tour/

Not very close to Saskatchewan, I’m out!

 

I thought there would be an album announcement from “In Flames” today.  Nope just the video above.  My bad?

 

I’ve got it on preorder!

 

Look at what Todd lil’ Deuce did!

 

Can’t decide, won’t decide!  When did any type of art become a competition?

http://loudwire.com/battle-royale-sum-41-make-run-alter-bridge-top-video-countdown/

Both are totally different to me……………….yes, I have both albums on preorder!

 

I didn’t even know there was a new “Jimmy Eat World” album coming out October 21st?  I like “Jimmy Eat World”

 

New rock band here’s the 5 song EP I just bought on iTunes!

https://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/seven-days-on-a-train-ep/id1110404272

 

20 years ago today “Pearl Jam” released the album “No Code”

 

Yes, I got a good dose of “Foo Fighters” & “Queens of the Stone Age” this weekend!

I threw in “Queens of the Stone Age” the DVD of their live performances of Greatest Hits from different venues that came with a purchase of the CD!

 

Article/interview with singer of “The Agonist”

http://www.metal-discovery.com/Interviews/theagonist_interview_2016_pt1.htm

I’m looking forward to this release!!!!

 

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Quiet weekend here, Kim’s back from her trip to B.C. this weekend.  I really missed her.  Brewster & I got to hang out.  Kim made food to keep in the fridge for me a lasagna & some fish.  I ended up hanging out at my parents place for 2 of the 4 days.  I ended up not eating here much, more so at my parents place.  I missed Kim so much!  Brewster was thrilled to see her too.

 

13 years ago Friday “Iron Maiden” released the album “Dance of Death”

http://loudwire.com/iron-maiden-dance-of-death-anniversary/

 

In 1992 on September 9th “Pearl Jam” played “Jeremy” at the MTV awards.

 

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

 

Yay, but it’s on HBO.

http://www.rollingstone.com/tv/news/breaking-bad-creator-teams-with-hbo-for-jonestown-series-w438953

 

Article/review of the new Devin Townsend Project album

http://loudwire.com/devin-townsend-project-transcendence-album-review/

 

Sixx AM release teaser for their new album.  Video inside the link.

http://loudwire.com/sixx-a-m-teaser-prayers-for-the-blessed-vol-2/

 

Article/review of the upcoming Alter Bridge album “The Last Hero”

http://rockrevoltmagazine.com/album-review-alter-bridge-the-last-hero/

 

I’d be purchasing vinyl as well, if I had room for a collection?  According to my father, sales for CD players are declining steadily & record player sales are climbing upwards!  He works in the business designing home theaters & much more.

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/pictures/new-turntables-to-fit-any-budget-w437642

 

There’s a group from New York called “Highly Suspect” who are releasing their 2nd album which is on iTunes for preorder as of Friday…………….but only in the USA.  I checked immediately on iTunes!  Not there.  On American iTunes, yes it’s there.  It asked me to make an American iTunes account, that ain’t happening……………………ever.  I got their first album on iTunes (Canadian).  Take my money?  I don’t agree with streaming sites, just like I no longer have a subscription to “Guitar World” magazine.  I download my music on iTunes.  I’m very leery about signing up for an American iTunes account, it’s likely illegal & will likely screw up our Canadian iTunes.

 

I had a completely different issue that they helped me with immediately by calling me 2 seconds after they got my request for a phone call!  The customer support is fantastic, the point of sale service could improve vastly………………could also be that I’m all thumbs when it comes to technology.

 

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Punk band NOFX release

http://loudwire.com/nofx-pharmaceuticals-oxy-moronic-music-video-north-american-tour/

 

Significant timing by Slayer!

http://loudwire.com/slayer-god-hates-us-all-album-anniversary/

 

Former vocalist, Zach De La Rocha, of Rage Against The Machine gives timeline for 2017 solo release!

http://loudwire.com/zack-de-la-rocha-solo-album-2017/

 

Billy Corgan aka Mr. Smashing Pumpkins news

http://loudwire.com/billy-corgan-solo-album-hints-classic-smashing-pumpkins-reunion-video-update/

 

I don’t listen to country music much, other than The Dixie Chicks & a few other songs.  My knowledge of rap/hip-hop is almost nothing.  If I was going to listen to rap I’d listen to “Run-DMC”

 

 

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

Bye,

Chris    “Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres