WEEKEND UPDATE/CHEVELLE

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Music throughout the weekend.  “The Watchmen”, “Tool”, “Coheed and Cambria”, “The Struts”, & “Smashing Pumpkins”

 

 

I could sit here & tell you about my weekend activities & I will, but first something out of the ordinary.  Kim & I watched the movie “Stronger” on Thursday evening.  The movie about Jeff Bauman who lost his legs during the explosion at the Boston Marathon.

I’m not comparing his injury to mine EVER.  He lost his legs, I still have mine.  While watching it, I realized how much a-like our emotions are/were.  How much I could relate to that movie on an emotional level.  I didn’t get all teary eyed watching it, it was more of a “Hey, I’ve felt the same way.”

 

Friday we ordered supper from “Brown’s Social House” it’s been a while since I’ve had fish & chips.  We watched the first episode of season 3 of “13 Reasons Why” on Netflix.  Meanwhile I’ve been trying to finish the 2nd season of “Mindhunter” on Netflix, I’m almost there I finished episode 7 so 3 more to go.  Kim doesn’t watch it, just me, much like “Criminal Minds”.

I think I figured out what caused me not to sleep well over the week?  I usually have 1-6 alcoholic beverages over the course of a weekend.  I didn’t have any, in the attempted to save some money & I just didn’t feel like any.  I never drink anything other than water, black coffee, & “Bubbly”.  Bubbly is my new favourite drink.  Carbonated water with natural fruit flavouring, which is a very small dose of the fruit.

Went to the Saskatchewan Roughriders game Saturday evening.  WOW penalties!  Time for our head coach, Craig Dickenson, to start handing out fines for each penalty.  Riders won against the Ottawa Red Blacks but it was ugly, far too many penalties!  Final score was Saskatchewan 40 Ottawa 18.  Terrible amount of Rider penalties & really stupid ones on top of that.  I never “BOO” the Riders at home but I was very close on Saturday!

Today we went to our friends’ place for a BBQ to welcome their exchange student from Spain.  Nice weather & just as we left it looked as though there might be a storm brewin’.  The wind picked up & the clouds got really dark!

 

Ozzy Osbourne to release 24 vinyl box set.

https://loudwire.com/ozzy-osbourne-vinyl-box-set-see-you-on-the-other-side/?fbclid=IwAR3V4k6omml0r4SQj51iVsPohOji76du9QpNE6OzBGoa2vzp-9Icxe3SC0U

Jeff Buckley was absolutely FANTASTIC & still is!

https://consequenceofsound.net/2019/08/the-opus-jeff-buckley-episode-1/?fbclid=IwAR0BQxUUGeiXlG21pU0WOwt0S2ffJ1ZrhZBIS_QvIcCajThKA8moW1GayCE

Bands that made 1 good album.

https://www.kerrang.com/features/19-bands-who-only-released-one-good-album/?utm_campaign=loudwire&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter&influencer=true&fbclid=IwAR3JD_NjVY4C30NJPDIugwQ2P-OHHGkDNpYhxRUAgfpjcDcIHIrqNN3sJIE

So now the “Avengers” movies have to change the story line?  Really stupid after steering us in one direction only to pull us in a new one after “Spider-man Far From Home”

https://www.rollingstone.com/movies/movie-news/tom-holland-avengers-spider-man-split-marvel-cinematic-universe-876129/?fbclid=IwAR2XlgWwSFz2o7MYaQyaCNmZ2FWofooKz1QlHdrmqyqj1o2cIXeY56EHG3Q

Disney + streaming November 12th?  Looks good!

 

CHEVELLE

A metal/hard rock group from the USA.  Other than that I can tell you there are currently 4 members.  They sometimes get lumped in with acts like “Disturbed” & “5 Finger Death Punch”?  I can’t say I listen to either one.  I did listen to both in 2002 then stopped after each band released their 3rd album.  “Disturbed” is on me & “5 Finger Death Punch” is on my brother who saw them open for “Korn” likely a once in a lifetime chance for him to see them, even though neither one of us owns an album by “Korn”.

Anyways, “Chevelle” is the way to go if you ask me.  I’ve got 9 studio albums, one of B-Sides & rarities from late last year & another one coming soon this year or next.

 

1999   POINT #1

 

2002   WONDER WHAT’S NEXT

 

2004   THIS TYPE OF THINKING COULD DO US IN

 

2007   VENA SERA

 

2009   SCI-FI CRIMES

 

2011   HATS OFF TO THE BULL

 

2014   LA GARGOLA

 

2016   THE NORTH CORRIDOR

 

2018   12 BLOODY SPIES

 

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

We’re all Global Citizens,

Chris

“Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres

WEEKLY EXERCISE TOTAL/THE SMASHING PUMPKINS

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5 days of exercise total; 400 pushups, 600 leg lifts, 300 crunches, 300 tricep lifts, 450 squats, 300 back flexes.

Our universal remote is doing sketchy stuff again on the charger.  I listen to 2 or 3 albums last night so I’ll use them here I guess.

I fell asleep to “Into Eternity” the album “The Sirens”, “Lenny Kravitz” the album “Mama Said”, & “Lenny Kravitz” his “Greatest Hits”

 

There were 2 things I was terrified of while I was in the WRC.  1 near the beginning of 2009 & the other near the end of thing in 2012.  A tilt table & then a wobble board, both a part of my occupational therapy

My 2 therapists would come to my room & have me lay on the tilt table.  A small step to “stand” on at one end for my feet & nothing else but Velcro straps for my ankles, legs, waist, & chest.  Once I was strapped in they’d tilt the table from 180 degrees to 90 degrees so I was in a standing position.  I remember the one time I was freaking out, my occupational therapist said “That’s only 70 degrees?”  I replied “That’s enough for me!”  I was SO glad that only lasted a few weeks.  She’d bring a bouncy ball to play catch with while I was upright.  I think I made it to 90 degrees eventually?

The other one was called a wobble board, to activate my abs.  Even after the 1,000s of crunches & leg lifts I still don’t think I could do that.  It’s a board you sit on but on the bottom it’s not flat, it’s half of a ball.  She’d raise the table so my feet weren’t touching the ground.  Then she would go behind me & randomly push or pull me in different directions.  All about working on my abs so they’d kick in & help me stay upright, no, my hands were not allowed to touch anything.  I hated that thing, I would go to the therapy room & immediately beg her to not do the wobble board that day.  I was still fairly weak at that point, but she never let me fall.

 

I REFUSE TO STREAM MUSIC!!!!  APPLE, PLEASE DON’T SCREW THIS UP!!!  I DOWNLOAD ONLY OR ELSE I’M LEFT WITH BUYING VERY FEW RECORDS!  NO PHYSICAL SPACE & I CAN’T AFFORD A TON OF THEM!!!!

 

So they’re just making a “better” mouse trap for streaming music?

https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-features/how-a-startup-accelerator-is-trying-to-find-the-next-spotify-790021/?fbclid=IwAR26pbIARUprTmp_ZVS2hEFReBbj30QsYqPVQKYO2jnRiBHBFvY1bIsmVt0

 

Is Motley Crue’s Tommy Lee angry or broke?

 

New track from the upcoming “In Flames” album “I, The Mask”

 

The music industry is the scientist & we’re the lab rats.  Stop trying to be like everyone else by buying the other companies & maybe try taking a different path, that way you might learn something?  I don’t think many people are happy with the status quo?

https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-features/universal-music-100-billion-is-at-stake-790966/?fbclid=IwAR2s5UAV0A2gmDHJIqtYht43tYxdLtC0ySU7mUvq622cEjRqmj1958NBPmY

 

THE SMASHING PUMPKINS

“The group that grunge forgot” says singer Billy Corgan.  Is that necessarily a bad thing?  If so, why?  He’s still a working musician, probably making more money than he needs, with less fan fair.  You’d think it would be nice in that situation?  If you’re a working musician making music that you like, great!  You shouldn’t need/want to be the center of attention all of the time.  If you like what you’re doing & millions of other people do, that’s more than enough right there.

I don’t think I have all of their albums but I have quite a few?

 

1991   GISH

 

1993   SIAMESE DREAM

 

1995   MELON COLLIE & THE INFINIT SADNESS (DOUBLE ALBUM)

 

1998   ADORE

 

2000   MACHINA/The Machines of God

From here on my CDs & iTunes are all fluffernutted.  There is a “GREATEST HITS” in here that I got from my brother years ago for Christmas.

 

2014   MONUMENTS TO AN ELEGY

 

2018   SHINY OH SO BRIGHT VOL. 1/ LP: NO PAST.  NO FUTURE.  NO SUN.

8 song album & I’m not much of a fan of the first song.

 

https://ca.yahoo.com/sports/news/bryce-harpers-fit-blue-jays-isnt-fan-fever-dream-181020806.html

I think this is FAKE NEWS.  I don’t rely on www.yahoo.com for news, it seems more like tabloid news.  Outfielder & free agent Bryce Harper is 26 years old, he’s asking for a 10 year deal for $500,000,000.  My issues with that are, nobody in their right mind will sign any player for 10 years.  It’s usually 5 or 6 years.  My 2nd issue is the Toronto Blue Jays have 4 or 5 young guys coming to spring training competing for the 1 outfield position left & they won’t break the bank.  My 3rd issue is $50 million a year nobody will sign him for that much money a year, is he delusional?  Last year the San Francisco Giants had the largest pay roll in baseball at $221,430,000 so he thinks he’ll take roughly a 2/5 of that each year?  Good luck with that one!  He’ll hit 35-45 homeruns, but I’d be out for sure.  Not my money though.  He’s such a catch, I wonder why nobody has signed him yet?  Pitchers & catchers report to Spring Training on Valentine’s Day!

 

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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         

CANADIAN RED CROSS/METAL’S BIG 4

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I fell asleep to “Smashing Pumpkins” the album “SHINY & OH SO BRIGHT VOL. 1 / LP: NO PAST.  NO FUTURE. NO SUN”

I exercised to “Muse” the album “Simulation Theory”

 

Please donate to the Canadian Red Cross for my birthday on January 30th?  Still 7 weeks left to donate.  I don’t even know whose blood is in me, however, it did save my life.  The goal is $1000, just started & were at $60.  I used to donate blood, but now I can’t.  Donate money, blood, refreshments after a blood donation, or any way you can, please?

https://www.facebook.com/donate/355724371686873/10155740293661087/

 

 

Kim told me on the weekend not to make any plans, so I didn’t.  She comes home from work yesterday & tells me “We’re going here on this day & here after that, then these people are coming here & later on these people are coming here.”  She’s hilarious, but it’s all marked down & I’m up for it.  This is why I let her make the plans or include her in an email or Facebook message.

She’s working from home today.  She’s been feeling like there’s a cold coming on since Sunday.

Every day I think to myself “I’ll take it easy on myself”.  Then I go all out to achieve the amount I have set out for myself.  I do the full amount & realize that “OH SNAP, I’ll be sore tomorrow”!  I didn’t pace myself in to this year, I just went all out beginning January 2nd, that was dumb on my part.  Not too painful to stop, just enough to tell my body “HEY, IDIOT, PACE YOURSELF!”

No hot water Monday.  1 of the 2 water heaters died aka I festered in my filthy sweat all day.  Tuesday it was replaced aka then I smelled & felt better!  On Tuesday, I did crash my head on the inside top of the fridge.  I need to stand up for something on the top shelf of the fridge, 2nd shelf of the upper cupboards, or the 2nd shelf of the pantry.

 

I guess I’d better get my sorry butt to the movies.  I missed “Bohemian Rhapsody” in the theaters & “Aquaman” could be missed in theaters also!

 

We did watch “Bird Box” on Netflix.  I highly recommend it.  It’s a thriller, not a horror movie.

 

Hear the late Chester Bennington on Lamb of God guitarist, Mark Morton’s, solo album.

 

Here’s part of the reason I have issues with country music.  The main reason is, it’s pop music with a thick Southern accent.  I really have issues with any Southern accent.  Kim was listening to the audiobook for “The Help” & then the movie, I couldn’t handle the southern accent, but I made it through the movie.

Also, someone please explain to me how does Carrie Underwood, Lady Antebellum & many more fit into the country music genres?  How different is their music to Taylor Swift’s pop now or Taylor Swift’s country & now pop?

I know I’ll get some backlash on this since I listen to metal & rock.  I’ll take some older style country music.  Like the Walmart yodeling kid.  At least he’s doing actual country music instead of generic pop music with a twang.

Here’s a country music fan on the state of country music.

 

 

THE BIG 4 OF METAL

Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, & Anthrax.  I like all 4 bands, Slayer in small doses though.  They’re all great & I think out of the 4 Metallica might be the most remembered when they retire.  Slayer are on their final tour.

My question is, are Metallica a metal band, a rock band or am I jaded?  In Regina our rock station only plays the odd Metallica song, but nothing from the other bands in the big 4.  Is it because they’re generic enough to play on the radio or because they’re a house hold name?  I can guarantee you’ll never hear the other 3 bands on the radio in Regina, maybe Anthrax but not likely.  Another question, why wasn’t it the big 5?  Pantera was a power house, they should have been included!

I’ve heard many songs from Metallica on the radio though, I like Metallica I’m not trying to dump on them.

Now, with Slayer retiring, who will take their place in the big 4?  I’ve heard other people mention Lamb of God, which would be great for me, but not for other fans of metal.

Don’t worry, these are the radio friendly rock songs by Metallica.

 

So, would you classify these songs as metal or rock?  These are some of the Metallica songs that are played on the radio.  I’d put their first 5 albums & the recent album as metal, pretend St. Anger was never made & call the other albums rock albums.  How would you break them down?

 

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“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

END OF 2018 PART 2

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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

END OF 2018 PART 2

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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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WHEELCHAIR/SMASHING PUMPKINS

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I fell asleep to “Foo Fighters” the album “Concrete & Gold”

I exercised to “Muse” the live album in Wembley Stadium “H.a.a.r.p.”

 

This is what happens here when you get up on time, before 7:00 am.

Thursday, July 26th, 2012 I was discharged from the Wascana Rehabilitation Center.  I had 1 or 2 therapy sessions in the morning & was discharged after a meeting at noon.

I didn’t exercise on Monday.  Kim had the day off from work & we had an appointment.  I was being measured for a lighter wheelchair.  We haven’t decided which of the 2 different chairs I’ll get.  I get one to try for a few days, then the other to try.  I’m measured for either one to be ordered.  It is going to be a 22 pound chair or a 12 pound chair.  My current wheelchair is 40 pounds.  I just have to choose which one is more comfortable, so it won’t ruin Kim’s back lifting it into the vehicle.

There was a mass shooting in Toronto on Sunday or Monday, I can’t remember.  Everyone is on social media sending out their thoughts & prayers.  That’s great, keep sending out thoughts & prayers, really, keep doing that.  Unfortunately that’s a reaction to a bad situation.  Why not be proactive instead of being reactive?  Semi-automatic, automatic, & pistols should all be banned from every store.  Do you need more than a hunting rifle that gives you one bullet at a time?  I wouldn’t think so?  “A gun in the hands of a good person is better than a gun in the hands of a bad person”.  Think about that argument for a bit.

Now, if a bad person can’t get a gun legally, why does a good person need a gun?  Guns in North America should be banned, with the exception of hunting rifles & any guns for police officers or a branch of the military.

All of these mass shootings have happened & they all effect multiple people.  What happened to resolve future problems after each shooting?  NOTHING!  I’ll give credit where it’s due.  When the shooting in Parkland, Florida occurred the President said something I agree with ‘Let’s take the guns & deal with the backlash afterwards’ roughly, I’m paraphrasing.  Donald Trump is, surprisingly, the only politician I can think of that said that publically.  The USA has a big problem with gun violence & Canada also has a problem.  Politicians need to stop sending out thoughts & prayers, & do their job to keep the public safe.

We shouldn’t have to live in a society like this.  Nobody should have to decide if they should wear full on S.W.A.T. gear or just a bullet proof vest when they leave the house.

 

SMASHING PUMPKINS

I have 8 of their albums not including their “Deluxe” reissues or greatest hits.  I have 2 on CD, the rest are either borrowed or purchased from iTunes.  I wasn’t really a big fan of them when they first came out when I was in high school in the ‘90s.  They were on the radio & on Much Music.  I figured “Hey that’s not bad to hear on the radio!”  I certainly didn’t dislike them, I just didn’t feel compelled to rush out & buy a CD.  My brother bought me their greatest hits album for Christmas one year, which made me pay more attention to them but not enough to purchase more than 1 other album.  It wasn’t until after I finished my time in the Wascana Rehabilitation Center that I was really hooked & wanted more.  Here are the highlights for me….

 

1991    GISH

 

1993   SIAMESE DREAM

 

1995   MELLON COLLIE & THE INFINITE SADNESS (A double album)

 

1998      ADORE

 

2000    MACHINA – THE MACHINES OF GOD

 

2007     ZEITGIEST

 

2014    MONUMENTS TO AN ELEGY

 

2018   SOLARA (single)

The greatest hits was released in 2001.  I don’t listen to them often, good music to listen to while doing stuff around the house when the wife isn’t home.

 

Hahahaha!  Oh, Jimmy Kimmel!

https://www.rollingstone.com/tv/tv-news/watch-jimmy-kimmel-prank-stoners-with-incredible-edible-placebo-candy-702867/

 

Joe Walsh (Eagles) with Foo Fighters live playing “Rocky Mountain Way”

http://loudwire.com/foo-fighters-joe-walsh-rocky-mountain-way-fenway-park/

 

September 7th can’t come fast enough!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

Oh, you won’t like them “They sound too much like Led Zeppelin”

 

35 years ago today, Metallica released their debut album “Kill ’em All”

 

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WEEKEND UPDATE/TREMONTI

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Music throughout the weekend.

 

Quiet & uneventful weekend.  Kim was cleaning like crazy.  “Will you eat this?  It expires today” she asks me as she’s cleaning the fridge.  Of course I say “Yeah, sure!”  Mmmm, chocolate milk & vegetables, they don’t really go well together.

Friday night I watched the baseball game, then ‘Friends’ on Netflix until midnight.  Got up shortly after 9:00 am & watched more baseball.

Kim & I went out for a drive in the evening, she needed photos for her photography class.  Drove around the city & couldn’t find a place to photograph what she needed.  Came home, had supper & watched “The Secret Life of Pets”, even funnier with rum & coke in you!

Thought I would have more exciting news, but plans changed.  I hope you all are enjoying your summer!

 

TREMONTI

Yes, Mark Tremonti former guitarist of “Creed” & current lead guitarist of “Alter Bridge”.  “Tremonti” is his side/solo project.  He classifies his solo project as metal, I find it to be a different form of hard rock, much like Alter Bridge.  Both would be in the same genres, but I really don’t see a genres either group would easily fit into.  Usually what happens with Alter Bridge is that singer, Myles Kennedy, will take off to sing live/record for Slash, Mark Tremonti will do an album & tour with his solo group, where he is the lead singer also.  So far Alter Bridge has released 5 studio albums & a few live albums.  Tremonti has released 4 studio albums to date.

2012    ALL I WAS

 

2015    CAUTERIZE

 

 

2016    DUST

 

 

2018   A DYING MACHINE

 

 

Alter Bridge with Symphony Orchestra in England!!!!

I’m so excited about this DVD/Blu-ray.  Available on September 7th!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

Smashing Pumpkins cover Led Zeppelin & David Bowie on tour

http://loudwire.com/smashing-pumpkins-tour-opener-greatest-hits-led-zeppelin-david-bowie-covers/

 

More System of a Down news.

http://loudwire.com/system-of-a-down-john-dolmayan-all-of-us-to-blame-new-album/

 

What the Heck was that??????  Unfortunately Metallica didn’t improve the Macarena.

http://loudwire.com/metallica-master-of-puppets-macarena-mash-up/

 

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APPOINTMENTS/A PERFECT CIRCLE 

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

Had breakfast while listening to “Barenaked Ladies” the album “Grinning Streak”

 

Need a day to rest my body & wake up, so I can do my exercises tomorrow!  I feel like I have to catch up to everyone.  A day without exercise is a wasted day to me & I started out 4.5 years behind everyone.

Sunday I was fall over sitting down tired, Monday was more of the same, so no exercising Monday.  Since “Sunday morning” I’ve felt over tired, I exercised Tuesday but not “today.”

The week started off with multiple phone calls with doctors & labs setting appointments.  YAY…………….BOOOO.  I’ve got better things to do than go to all of these routine cancer survivor checkups.  I know I’m fine.  I’ll go to multiple doctors & they’ll tell me the exact same thing.  “Everything looks good on the scan.  See you in a year.”  Who doesn’t work & has to be somewhere at 7:30 am?

I’d much prefer blood work & a scan in one appointment & send it all to one doctor.  Nope multiple appointments since Monday until next week & another routine doctor appointment in the summer.

I know these are important but good grief “will it ever stop?”  I had cancer in 2008 & I’m still being poked & tested?

Wait in a waiting room for roughly an hour Monday evening to give 2 vials of blood for your doctor appointment next week.

SO NOT COOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

How about we spend one day going for a scan & giving blood?  Then another day for the doctor appointments regarding the scan & blood work? One doctor will tell me his thoughts on the blood work & the other one will do the same, call me fat & send me on my way.  Am I in a good mood?  Not really!

I guess it’s only 3 weeks of the year.  I just don’t want to do this anymore.  I survived cancer, leave me alone for a bit please.  I’ve been tired since Sunday.  My exercises on Tuesday was pretty much a zombie going very slowly through the motions.

Kim has to take time off of work & if she’s not there she doesn’t get paid.  Sure no problem, let’s make this a month long extravaganza!

I’m grateful to be alive, just frustrated at the moment!  Also deathly tired, no exercise today.  TV & the couch are calling me.  I likely won’t be online much at all today.  Probably have a nap today, my body feels like a rag doll.

 

A PERFECT CIRCLE

 

Since they’ve recently released their 4th studio album, this seems like a good time to review this band.  This is the singer’s, Maynard James Keenan, 2nd of 3 groups.  He’s also the singer for “Tool” & “Puscifer”.  “Tool” is his first successful group.  The story goes that “A Perfect Circle’s” guitarist & music writer.  Was a guitar tech for “Tool” aka a roadie.  Maynard overheard some of the music on Billy Howerdel’s computer.  Maynard liked it & asked if he could sing on it.  As soon as they released their first album most people instantly compared them to “Tool”.  Fair enough, the first album was fairly comparable to a “Tool” album, but “Tool” seems to be able to fit in many mainstream genres in their own way.  “A Perfect Circle’s” first album was their hard rock album with breaks of light ambient music to ease off the gas pedal & let fans breathe for a second, much like “Tool”.  The 2nd album had a few heavy songs amongst more accessible songs.  The 3rd album was full of mostly unrecognizable covers.  The music & melody were all completely different but the lyrics were the same.

After the cover album they released a ‘Greatest Hits’ album with one new song on it.

I wasn’t much of a fan of the cover album or this new song.  I have the album of covers on CD, but not the ‘Greatest Hits’ album in any form.

That brings us to their new album “Eat the Elephant”.  Some longtime fans of the group that I’ve spoken with are somewhat disappointed with this album.  I was also, at first it’s not nearly as heavy as most of their previous songs or albums.  After it’s release on April 20th & multiple listens to the album, I can’t stop listening to it.  Much like their 2nd album & the first single from it, I was somewhat disappointed at first.  If you’ve ever been a fan of “A Perfect Circle” don’t give up on this album.  I don’t know what it was but something made me go back to it multiple times.

Here’s a song from each release.

MER DE NOMS      2000

LANGUAGE, SERIOSLY OFFENSIVE LANGUAGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

THIRTEENTH STEP   2003

eMOTIVE      (covers)    2004

EAT THE ELEPHANT        2018

This is easily the most mainstream song I have ever heard from them.

 

Interview with guitarist/music writer, Billy Howerdel.  Long audio interview!

http://www.thevinylguide.com/episodes/ep122-billy-howerdel-of-a-perfect-circle

 

Movies to watch for in 2018 from “Avengers: Infinity War” on….

https://www.rollingstone.com/movies/lists/summer-movie-preview-2018-from-infinity-war-to-blackkklansman-w518967/action-point-jun-1-w518971

 

I’m sorry but even for a comic book movie this is hard to swallow.  I’m supposed to believe that Benedict Cumberbatch, Chris Pratt, a tree, & a raccoon are needed to save the world.  “Avengers: Infinity War” had better be the best movie ever made!

“Ant Man & The Wasp” trailer & short article.

https://www.rollingstone.com/movies/news/see-paul-rudd-in-new-ant-man-and-the-wasp-trailer-w519724

 

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PHOBIAS/PEARL JAM

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I fell asleep to “Smashing Pumpkins” the album “Siamese Dream” followed by “Soundgarden” the album “Superunknown”

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

During breakfast I listened to “Headstones” the album “Teeth & Tissue”

Had my breakfast & immediately threw it up.  Still feeling fine.

On to empty the dishwasher to “Led Zeppelin” the album “Physical Graffiti”

All is fine, now I’ll hit the shower!

Yesterday was a wasted day, all of my bones & joints were really sore?  I was fine Monday.  Tuesday it was just unbearable though.  Today was better, but still a little tender.  I did half the amount of all of my exercises (just to be safe).  I don’t want to have too many days where I’m not doing something, just makes it more difficult to ramp it up again.

When I went to bed Saturday night for some reason my legs just had a terrible ache.  For a bit there I thought “How does a 38 year old have growing pains?”  I don’t know what it was but I felt fine when I woke up.  I guess it was a glimpse into the near future

I really don’t remember much/anything of 2008.  Apparently I was in a world of pain when I was awake for an hour every day.  My mother & Kim tell me it’s best that I don’t remember.  The little I do remember is that radiation & MRIs suck if you’re extremely claustrophobic like I am.  I can’t remember how long a session of radiation or the length of an MRI was but wow, so not for me.  At least I came out of it well!  Each time I went for an MRI they’d give me a bean bag to throw if something was wrong.  I must have been the worst person to have an MRI done.  Each time I would throw the bean bag because I was terrified, so the bean bag, idea worked once then they must have thought I was the boy that called wolf?  It came to a point that I asked one of my nurses if she could just knock me out before I went into the MRI.  The Benadryl didn’t work the last few times though.  Heights & small spaces are 2 of my big phobias.

Ellen Degeneres is coming to Calgary for a Q & A.  Kim & I would love to go, but somebody, me, is going to far too many concerts this year & we are attending a wedding in Manitoba.  Also, if Kim’s not at work, she doesn’t get paid.  She’s working under contract, no benefits, vacation pay, or sick leave.  I was considering selling my tickets to one of them, but I don’t know if upgrading two tickets in the wheelchair section is possible?  I also bought those tickets for the reason that I WANT to go to the concerts.  I pulled all of the leaves off of our money tree with large portions of the branches too.  I’m terrible with money, but I’m Scottish I should be cheap?  Not with music though.

http://calgarysun.com/news/local-news/ellen-degeneres-coming-to-calgary-for-qa-session/wcm/c4dfe795-6112-4993-b484-fa70d5f1c183?utm_term=Autofeed&utm_campaign=Echobox&utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Facebook#link_time=1521463310

 

PEARL JAM

Summer of 1998 I became a fan of Pearl Jam.  I bought the album “Yield” that was released in February of 1998.  I had a summer job, installing air conditioning in a senior’s home with a Tinsmith & his son who was also going into engineering in September at the U of R.  We’d start early at 5 am because the attic would get incredibly hot in the afternoon.  Every morning & afternoon while driving to & from work I was listening to that Pearl Jam album, then I’d play it at home as I fell asleep for a nap.  I went to a music store & bought the previous albums by Pearl Jam.  I couldn’t get enough of them.  “Yield” is one of my top 4 Pearl Jam albums, one of my go to Pearl Jam albums.  I wouldn’t say that I’m a hardcore fan of PJ, but I do like Pearl Jam.  I’ve seen them twice in Saskatoon in 2005 & 2011 while going through my rehab, even saw my physiotherapist at the 2011 show.  The albums “Ten”, “VS”, “Vitalogy”, & “Yield” are my favourites of their HUGE catalogue………..

“Ten”

“VS”

“Yield” SOME LANGUAGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

“Vitalogy”

 

10 good guy Dave Grohl moments.  LANGUAGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  In the video, there is an article also.

http://loudwire.com/10-awesome-good-guy-grohl-moments/

While we’re talking about Dave Grohl, let’s listen to this guy explaining how “Everlong” was written & recorded.

This makes it sound far more difficult than needed or how you can cut out a PILE of stuff & play it’s bare bones live, still works!

 

New “Queens of the Stone Age” video

 

I hope “Lamb of God” never let “Burn the Priest” see the light of day.  That album is terrible.  I had it, listened to it once & haven’t heard it since.  They used to be called “Burn the Priest” & released one album under that name.  You know it’s a bad “Lamb of God” album if I can’t tolerate it.

http://loudwire.com/lamb-of-god-tease-burn-the-priest-announcement-high-on-fire-philip-h-anselmo-the-illegals-and-more/

 

 

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