WEEKEND UPDATE/ROCK IS NOT DEAD!

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I fell asleep to “Stone Temple Pilots” the album “STP 2018” followed by “Tesseract” the album “Sonder” & finally “A Perfect Circle” the album “Eat the Elephant” this last album is a grower not a shower!

 

I’m so glad it’s the weekend.  I need a couple of days to rest my body.

Stayed up late to watch the Blue Jays.  They’re currently 13W-6L.  Last year they did not win their 11th game until May, HUGE improvement & younger players coming up from the minor leagues doing REALLY well in the major league.  I hope this is a sign of what we’ll see next year!?  So me on the couch with a gin & sprite & 1 beer.

We’re a bit behind on our DVR though.  Late night talk shows, a couple of Ellen Degeneres shows, & 2 or 3 other shows.  Saturday Kim was doing laundry while we were catching up on our DVR after the day time baseball game.  Very quiet Saturday.

Today is just a normal Sunday for us.  Kim got ahead of the day.  She went grocery shopping on Saturday & already did some of the laundry.  I have to make a juice for the week, & we cleaned off the DVR on Saturday.  One more Blue Jays game today in N.Y. then a day off for the Blue Jays on Monday.

It’s a 162 game season for each baseball team, & I watch as many as possible, which is usually around 120-150 I’m guessing.

ROCK IS NOT DEAD

It’s not a dead genres.  Gene Simmons, KISS, started saying this all over social media, & it’s the biggest pile of manure I have ever heard of.  Maybe KISS’ sales have dropped, guess what?  Everybody else’ sales have dropped because of A) Napster B) iTunes C) All of these hipster streaming sites?  I use iTunes, a few people I know in bands signed to a label tell me they get a significant portion of the money spent on iTunes.  I don’t believe in “free” music & I know I’m not alone.  iTunes isn’t available for just me

“I’ll never pay for an album!  Who would do such a thing?”  You didn’t want to pay for music, but that’s only part of the reason rock music is beaten up right now.  New generation of music fans aka different music for a different generation.  Most teenagers just simply aren’t fans of rock music.  One day some kid will pop out of a garage after hearing a rock album that inspires her/him.

Many people probably don’t want to hear this but “Nickelback” was the next “Nirvana”.  The difference is “Nirvana” inspired others to be creative, “Nickelback” inspired others to create similar music, since they knew “Nickelback” was making good money on that style of music.  I honestly don’t know a teen that likes “Nickelback”.  If “Nickelback” was the next “Nirvana”, I’m sure somebody else will take over as THE rock band of a new generation.  Rock’s not dead it’s just harder to find.  It’s buried under the clutter of Country, EDM, Pop, etc.  It will come back, we just need to be patient & ride out this phase.  Music has always gone through peeks & valleys.  If you like “Nickelback” that’s fine with me.  If you like “Nickelback” because you think it’s badass & you’re a heroin addict, then you have 2 problems!

If rock is dead why do we still have “Pearl Jam”, “Foo Fighters”, “Alter Bridge”, “Alice Cooper”, “Neil Young”, “Rob Zombie”, “Tool”, “A Perfect Circle”, “Chevelle”, “Alice in Chains”, “Big Wreck”, “Royal Blood”, “Queens of the Stone Age”, “Stone Temple Pilots”, “Clutch”, “Bryan Adams”, “Finger Eleven”, “Paul McCartney”, “Eagles of Death Metal”, “Muse”, “Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds”, “Smashing Pumpkins”, “Stone Sour”, “Them Crooked Vultures”, “Greta Van Fleet”, “The Trews”, “Weezer”, “Godsmack”, “Theory of a Deadman”, “Nickelback”, “3 Doors Down” etc.  Sure some of this is older music, but they’re still making rock music.  This list doesn’t even branch out into the metal music out there.

You can say rock is dead, just look a little harder until someone brings it closer to the forefront of music.  I’m not saying everyone will like these groups or even that I do, but there’s a sample of what’s out there.

www.loudwire.com agrees with me.  Long article.

http://loudwire.com/rock-not-dead-america-thriving-rock-festival-circuit/

 

I’ve never heard of this group but I thought this sounded pretty good.  2 full length albums & many singles including Nirvana’s “Heart Shaped Box” cover

I’ll wait, I just bought 2 albums from iTunes Thursday night.

 

For me Gene Simmons is very close to the Donald Trump of music.  Not for his musical career & success, but for the slimy money hungry person he is.

http://loudwire.com/what-has-gene-simmons-actually-tried-to-trademark/

 

If people want marijuana then let them have for medication or recreational use.  Legal or not, they’ll use it no matter what their race is!  Not my problem if people want to use it.

https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/features/new-york-marijuana-law-what-you-need-to-know-w519332

Rex Brown, former Pantera bassist, speaks about his marijuana use.

http://loudwire.com/rex-brown-marijuana/

 

Inspirational metal songs for your darkest days

http://loudwire.com/10-inspirational-metal-songs/

 

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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

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WEEKEND UPDATE/GRETA VAN FLEET & LED ZEPPELIN

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I fell asleep to “Metallica” the album “Master of Puppets”

So far this year I’m 4/5 out of the albums purchased!  “Corrosion of Conformity” was very forgettable, very fast.  Somethings still a bit wonky with iTunes, so no more preorders from me.  See if that finally fixes things?

Thursday evening I watched the Toronto Blue Jays home/season opener with another Chris.  The other Chris & Trevor couldn’t make it.  Good thing after watching the Blue Jays pickup right where they left off last year with a 6-1 losing effort.

$20,000,000 short-stop will be on the 60 day disabled list, he hasn’t played since July 7th.  Also the $23,000,000 third baseman can’t throw to first base.  He can hit, I don’t see him playing 3B until sometime next week.  Time to see all of that depth they acquired in the offseason!

Slept in on Friday, Kim was up early to pick up Hannah & go shopping with her.  I was folding laundry when they came home the 3 of us had a picnic inside.  Yogurt, apple slices, Panini split 3 ways, a 1/6 of a cookie each, & a little candy that Hannah brought for us all.  Hannah says we can save the other half of the cookie later.

Saturday was a busy day for us.  Lunch with Corey, Jolene, Hannah, & extended family from out of town.  HUGE Easter meal, ham, potato salad, 2 broccoli salads, perogies, cabbage rolls, peas, bread, cookies, & 2 pies, apple & cherry.

We were home by 5:50 or so.  Mitch & Rachel came by for BBQ steak, broccoli salad, & garlic bread.  Sat around & visited for a while.  Kim went to bed & I stayed up to watch the Blue Jays win in grand fashion.

3 stolen bases by 1 player in the 8th inning to make it 5 – 3 for the Jays.  That hasn’t happened since 1947 or 1941, I can’t remember what they said.  Nobody has stolen home plate for the Blue Jays since 2007.

I watched it late Saturday night, Kim & Brewster were in bed.  I was so happy & couldn’t make a sound.  The Blue Jays won the game 5 – 3.  That made their record 1W – 2L.  New York has 5 very capable homerun hitters.  6’7” Aaron Judge hit 52 HR while winning rookie of the year, Stanton was in Miami & hit 59 HR.  Then there’s Sanchez, Gregorious, & currently injured 1B Jeff Bird who all 3 collectively likely made another 110 HR.  They’re just scary to watch.

This is how they won the 4th game.

After 4 games (12 hours) of baseball against the N.Y. Yankees, the Toronto Blue Jays are 2W – 2L.  That’s all I expected of them.  Better than last year but they won’t make it to the World Series.  All of that being said 4 games is a very small sample for a 162 game season.  Last year they got off to a 2W-12L start.

Kim & I watched “Star Wars: Episode 8 The Last Jedi” on blu-ray Sunday night.  I’m glad I saw it in the theater!  Our blu-ray was skipping, freezing & the audio dropped out a bit during the last 15 minutes of the movie.  We’ll exchange it pretty quick.  I just took it out of the package to watch it last night.  I’m the one that will watch a movie more than a few times.  I’m pretty sure I watched “Deadpool” at least 15 times or so?

 

GRETA VAN FLEET & LED ZEPPELIN

I slowly got into Led Zeppelin in 1998 & 1999.  I had a 3 disc box set only at the time.  When Corey started SIAST (Saskatchewan Institute of Arts & Science Technology) in December of 2001(?) he was really big on Led Zeppelin then.  I started buying their CDs.  I only have a few, but most of them came from Corey’s CDs.  I learned some simple songs on guitar, but there aren’t many easy songs to play.

What does “Greta Van Fleet” have to do with this?  Close your eyes & just listen, you’d swear it is Led Zeppelin.  They’re quite young actually ranging from 18-21 years of age.

Here some of my favourite Led Zeppelin songs followed by 2 or 3 Greta Van Fleet songs…

Here are 3 songs from Greta Van Fleet’s 2nd, 8 song album “From the Fires”.

I can’t blame the singer for sounding like a carbon copy of Robert Plant.  The bassist & drummer aren’t anywhere near the talent of John Paul Jones & John Bonham.  The guitarist I’d say is trying to sound like the 2nd coming of Jimmy Page.  They’re good at what they do, but Led Zeppelin did this first.

 

I don’t blame him at all.  Jonny Depp states that actors should not become musicians.  Then you see all of this news that he’s now playing guitar in “Hollywood Vampires” with Joe Perry of Aerosmith.  I was all like “WHAAAAA…..?”

http://loudwire.com/robert-deleo-bows-out-hollywood-vampires-touring-failure-light-the-torch-more/

 

10 must see movies of April 2018

https://www.rollingstone.com/movies/news/10-best-movies-to-see-in-april-avengers-infinity-war-w518464

 

20 things you might not know about Nirvana’s album “Nevermind”

http://loudwire.com/20-things-you-didnt-know-about-nirvana-nevermind/

 

10 best “Alice in Chains” riffs according to www.loudwire.com

http://loudwire.com/top-jerry-cantrell-alice-in-chains-riffs/

My favourite Alice in Chains SONG not RIFF.

 

Pretty sure I won’t be seeing this sequel.

https://consequenceofsound.net/2018/03/bill-ted-sequel-is-closer-than-ever/

 

2nd song on the Tremonti album out in June

 

“I don’t like real instruments in my music”, WHAT!?!?  Are you listening to a trash compactor?

 

11 best stoner rock & metal albums according to www.loudwire.com

http://loudwire.com/best-stoner-albums/

I do like this Kyuss album in the list!

 

Myles Kennedy plays wikipedia fact or fiction.

http://loudwire.com/myles-kennedy-plays-wikipedia-fact-or-fiction/

 

10 inspirational metal songs for your darkest days.  There was a study that showed metal music as a calming agent when in a rough patch looking clarification or dealing with a stressful time?  I’m guessing everyone gets comfort from different places?

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

http://loudwire.com/10-inspirational-metal-songs/

 

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

Stay safe out there,

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“Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres

WEEKLY EXERCISE TOTAL/GRUNGE

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

GRUNGE

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

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

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

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

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

Will Axl Rose continue with AC/DC?

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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“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/RADIOHEAD

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I fell asleep to “Stone Temple Pilots” the album “Stone Temple Pilots (2018)”, followed by “Myles Kennedy” his solo album “Year of the Tiger”

Friday is release day, so I get my albums at midnight eastern time, one bonus to daylight savings time!

I exercised to “Pink” the album “Beautiful Trauma”

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

Exercise weekly total; 1000 pushups, 700 leg lifts, 500 crunches, 300 tricep pushups, 300 squats, 200 back flexes.

I don’t think of myself as disabled.  Waking up in the middle of the night to pee has become a normal thing since I drink so much water every day. I wake up, I immediately get moving, I get in my wheelchair, roll to our en suite bathroom, get out of my wheelchair & sit down to pee.  No big deal.

I like to get up by 8:00 am at the latest & get my exercises done first thing in the morning.  For me I prefer quality over quantity.  Everything is pretty good for me right now.  I’ll be doing this total next week.  The week after, who knows?

Out of all of the exercises I do, back flexes & leg lifts are by far the most difficult.  Leg lift amount I don’t see moving anytime soon.  Things don’t increase to an astronomical amount ever.  If I think I should raise anything I usually add 5 to each set I do of that exercise.  If it’s still difficult, the number won’t move.  I can see both types of pushups going up slightly.  Hopefully the squats eventually also.

If I don’t do some type of exercise during a week day, it feels like a wasted day to me.  If I hit my goal for the total at the end of the week, I’m happy with that.  I know that eventually, I can do more!

 

I had 2 shares of the Wednesday post, HUGE difference!  Any help is greatly appreciated!  Spread the word please?

Yes, this is pre-written & now I have some stuff to do around the house.  I’ll be back but it might be a while?

 

RADIOHEAD

Radiohead made 1 OK album followed by 2 masterpiece albums, then noise from then on beginning with the album “Kid A” & have since continued to make very bleak albums with 0 sense of a time signature or melody.  The singer (Thom Yorke) has a fantastic voice but prefers to warble into the microphone now.  Each album is pretty much a guitar player strumming one string & playing with his effect pedals.  During the first 3 albums, they were on my bucket list to see live, but not anymore.  Foo Fighters were on tour with Radiohead & got to watch Radiohead create their masterpiece “OK Computer” the album Rolling Stone Magazine claimed to be the best album ever recorded.  It’s a great album, but that seems like an overstatement to me?  I’ve heard that Radiohead were never fans of their song “Creep”, the distorted guitar that comes in just before the chorus was the guitar player striking his guitar in rage, not sure if that’s true though?  Anyways here are 2 songs from the first 3 albums & one from a future album…………………….

Myself & my friend continued to load up my “Radiohead” CD collection, why I don’t know?

 

Really good & interesting interview with Alice Cooper regarding Religion & Marilyn Manson

http://loudwire.com/alice-cooper-evil-bands-religious-talks-marilyn-manson/

 

I haven’t watched the “Justice League” yet, I got it on blu-ray to watch it this weekend.  What I find odd is that this ruined the movie for them?  I guess people just really enjoy complaining.

 

Top 10 Black Sabbath songs, according to loudwire

http://loudwire.com/best-black-sabbath-songs/

 

Opeth albums ranked by loudwire

http://loudwire.com/opeth-albums-ranked/

 

Spring training for baseball is drawing to a close.  Regular season games start Thursday, March 29.  What would really impress me is if the Toronto Blue Jays could move Troy Tulowitzki & his remaining $60,000,000 contract ($20,000,000 a year)!!!  He’s great defensively but his offense is nowhere close to what it used to be.  There seems to be a back load of AAA players ready to take over his spot (short stop).  They’re cheaper, younger, good infielders, faster, & they can hit.  Tulowitzki won’t even play until the end of April.  Big contracts are hard to move, I get that.  What might be more realistic is give him $30,000,000 – $35,000,000 next year, buy out his contract & cut him loose.  He hasn’t touched a baseball field in a game since May or June of last year.  So the Jays are paying him $20,000,000 to be a “cheerleader”?

 

St. Patty’s day tomorrow.  Get your dark Guiness beer or other beer to colour green & say “Thank you” to the Irish!

 

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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

WEEKLY EXERCISE TOTAL/FOO FIGHTERS

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I fell asleep to “Our Lady Peace” the album “Somethingness”, followed by “Metallica” the album “Load”

I forgot to charge the remote for the stereo last night.  I exercised in silence.

 

Weekly total, 4 day total; 800 pushups, 560 leg lifts, 400 crunches, 240 squats, 240 tricep pushups, & 160 back flexes.

I was sick Sunday night until 4:00 am or so.  Kim braved the storm for me to get some medicine.  I was fine on Monday, just really tired.  Waste of a day!

Tuesday, I was fine & got my exercises done ASAP as usual, had my typical breakfast of a hardboiled egg, veggie juice, rice cake, black coffee, & about a liter of water.  That’s breakfast for me 5 days a week.  Then I continue to drink at least 2.8 liters of water every day.  Yesterday I had just over 4 liters of water.  No wonder I pee so often?

Nobody just wakes up & decides “I think today I’ll do 200 pushups!”  It’s a slow building process.  I started off doing 30 pushups on my knees.  One day I said to myself “Let’s see if I can figure out how to do them on my feet, with my toes so curled that I can’t bend them?”  I can’t even curl my toes with my hands, so when I do pushups, it’s also a matter of balancing on my feet.  At first it was near impossible.  Now it has just become routine.

All of this exercise I’m doing is so that I can one day walk.  Remember, I’ve got the time to do this.  You likely have other priorities, kids, work, etc.  Exercising is my job, which I don’t get paid for!  Other than disability pay & insurance.

When I find something that I’m doing is up to my standards, I increase the number slowly.  Like adding 5 whatever to a set.  EVERYTHING started at a low level & slowly increased.  Nothing ever started at 8 repetitions of 25, I had to build up to that number.

I went into the hospital at 265, ate crap, gained 8” on my waist, now as of Tuesday I’m 220lbs.  Anything lower than 210 or 215 would make me look like a bag of bones!

I’m not the sharpest knife in the drawer, but I have to adapt to regular life.  Baseball is more of a mental sport where you have to think about what is going to happen & what does each player need to do.  I played third base commonly called “The Hot Corner” so I would think & then react quickly if the ball was hit in my direction.  So in that way baseball taught me how to think & adapt when needed.  I had a roughly 90’ between myself & the batter.  I didn’t know if it would be hit to me or how hard the batter would hit it?  Just react & adapt.

 

FOO FIGHTERS

I was slowly getting into “grunge” music, Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Alice in Chains, etc.  I went out & bought Foo Fighters’ 2nd album “The Colour & The Shape”.  I was hooked.  This was in 1998, the album actually came out in May of 1997.  They released their 3rd album in November of 1999, my Grandmother died of breast cancer on December 5th of that year.  Instead of writing a final exam in University, I would drive to Moose Jaw (45 minutes away) & back, blasting the album “There is Nothing Left to Lose”.  That’s when they became one of my 2 favourite bands.  I listened to that album twice a day (if not more) front to back.  From then on I’ve purchased all of their albums on release day.  Of course I went back after buying the 2nd album & bought the first album ASAP.  From that point on it was “What else is out there that I need to hear?”  So here’s one song from each album of Foo Fighters, in order of release….


A HILARIOUS voice of a generation!

https://www.rollingstone.com/culture/news/beavis-and-butt-head-the-voice-of-a-generation-rolling-stones-1993-cover-story-20110202

http://ultimateclassicrock.com/beavis-and-butt-head-one-liners/

Well here’s a bunch of “Tool” news if you choose to believe it?

http://loudwire.com/tool-producer-joe-barresi-new-album/

Stone Temple Pilots news regarding a new song & the link to Chester Bennington of “Linkin Park”

https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/new-stone-temple-pilots-singer-jeff-gutt-reveals-chester-bennington-connection-premieres-new-song-145707075.html

I don’t know who still follows “Our Lady Peace” but they have a new album out right now.  Ben Harper will also be releasing a new album on March 30th.

Yes, I got the “Our Lady Peace” album last night.

New “A Perfect Circle” video!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

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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

P.S.  No, we don’t have any plans.

WEEKLY EXERCISE TOTAL/MUSIC NEWS IS PICKING UP

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I fell asleep to “Nothing but Thieves” the album “Broken Machine”

I exercised to “Paramore” all 5 albums on shuffle

These are posted after I exercise, & I’m doing more exercise until I get to a spot I’m happy with.  Nothing will be increased next week.

Exercise total for the week is 1000 pushups, 700 leg lifts, 500 crunches, 300 tricep pushups, 300 squats, & 200 back flexes.

5 days a week for me start with my exercise.  60 squats, 60 tricep pushups, 40 back flexes, 100 pushups, 100 leg lifts, 100 pushups, & 100 crunches.  Cardio in the evening 3 times a week or 1 of those times on the weekend, with Kim’s assistance.

Once I’m done my exercises, I check my Facebook & email.  Have breakfast & hit the shower.  Lately it’s been lunch time by the time or later once I finish everything.  I don’t sleep in since I like to get up & get stuff over with so I can do stuff around here if it needs to be done.  My days are pretty busy here.  That’s why Sundays are busy with us getting ready for the week.  Getting meals ready & such.

 

WOW!!!!  Look at Stone Temple Pilots go!

 

6 of these I’m anticipating, 3 of them have release dates & I’ve preordered on iTunes.  If Tool actually releases an album I’ll believe it when I have it.  Tremonti is very close to being done the recording process for his 4th solo album “A Dying Machine”

http://loudwire.com/2018-anticipated-hard-rock-metal-albums/

Muse has said they would like to release an album this year.  So far they’ve released 2 standalone singles.


This is really cool!

 

Look at that!  No Canadian dates at all!

https://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/pop/8221222/pentatonix-ptx-presents-top-pop-vol-1-album-tour?utm_source=twitter&utm_source=t.co&utm_medium=referral&utm_source=t.co&utm_medium=referral

 

If it’s a true story about a serial killer, I’ll likely see it.

https://www.rollingstone.com/movies/news/brad-pitt-joins-leonardo-dicaprio-in-tarantino-manson-film-w517269

 

I don’t listen to Marilyn Manson.  I also don’t protest against him or his shows.  He doesn’t affect me, so why would I bad mouth him?  Same idea about other things.  GMOs, gay marriage, thrill seekers, marijuana, religion, etc.  None of this bothers me at the moment.  If food starts to taste different then I’ll complain about the lack of GMOs.  Until then, I really have nothing to complain about.  I’m Canadian, so I don’t necessarily have to deal with Trump, nor am I on Twitter.

http://loudwire.com/10-times-marilyn-manson-was-protested-against/

 

This Blue Jays season is not looking good.  I hope they have a lot of players to back up injured players?  It’s only spring training & 2 regular players are injured.  The $20,000,000 Short-Stop is recovering from a bone spur that came about after he demolished his ankle midway through last season, & hasn’t played a game since then.  Now the, arguably, best pitcher on the team has an inflamed shoulder.  Good grief!

Now they’re thinking of Biagini as a starter?  They didn’t learn anything from his 3W-11L record as a starter last year?

https://www.sportsnet.ca/baseball/mlb/blue-jays-determined-not-rush-stroman-back-mound/

 

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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

CHANGE ISN’T ALWAYS A BAD THING!

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I fell asleep to “Foo Fighters” the album “Concrete & Gold”, followed by the band “James” their “Greatest Hits” or the album “Laid” if you recognize it, it’s from the soundtrack of one of the “American Pie” movies.  Search for “James the band” if you like this

I exercised to “Matthew Good Band” the album “Underdogs”

When I went into the Wascana Rehabilitation Center I was on the 2nd floor initially.  Sometime in 2010 I was asked by a social worker if I’d switch rooms & go to the main floor.  The room I was in on the 2nd floor had oxygen for people that needed it.  I didn’t so I said “Yeah, no problem.”  The social worker was so relieved.  She was turned down by multiple people that refused to switch rooms.  I thought that was EXTREMELY odd?  People said “no” to changing rooms?  Same care on the first floor, really not a big deal at all.

I was genuinely shocked that anyone wouldn’t give up their room for someone else that needs it?  That’s still a vivid memory to me.

If you’re not using the oxygen that someone else needs, why not make things easier for another patient?  I think it may have more to do with people fearing change?  Most people avoid change & tend to think something different won’t be as good.

Even to this day I have to adapt to regular things.  The biggest question for me is if I can get into a place & if I can get to the washroom on my own.  Maybe I can, maybe I’ll need help until I figure it out, or maybe I can’t do it alone?

My parents’ washroom in the basement was tricky, I could do it, but it was tricky to do it.  They put in some grab bars for me & now it’s super easy for me!

 

http://loudwire.com/muse-thought-contagion-trump-supporters/

Chevelle is in the studio from what I saw on Facebook.

New song from Myles Kennedy’s solo album

Florida shootings.  I hope this will wake gun owners up!

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

https://www.rollingstone.com/tv/news/john-oliver-praises-florida-students-for-gun-control-efforts-w516894

http://loudwire.com/lamb-of-god-randy-blythe-florida-school-shooting-no-more-thoughts-prayers-they-aint-working/

http://loudwire.com/all-that-remains-phil-labonte-frustrating-gun-debate-passing-law-to-pass-law-isnt-good-idea/

I agree “thoughts & prayers” are doing anything.  Why is it that so many people are OK with reacting to a shooting & not being proactive to avoid the shooting?  Are we going to wait for the kids to grow up, or the current adults with guns to grow up?

I hate the fact that I see all of these mass shootings on TV & I feel numb “Oh, it will happen again next week” & unfortunately that’s what usually happens.  I think when anyone says “Ah, it’s a mental health problem.  Don’t blame the guns.”  WHY?   What if it involved a member of your family?  “My family is fine, we all have a gun for protection”.  Yeah, so far that’s working great for others, especially when a gun owner snaps & goes on a killing spree.

 

All of the music news you need to see.

http://loudwire.com/maynard-james-keenan-working-with-puscifer-too-queens-of-the-stone-age-behemoth-more/

Maynard’s going to be very busy, singing for 3 bands.

You can’t really blame the singer for his voice sounding so much like Robert Plant.  The bassist & drummer aren’t at the Led Zeppelin plateau & the guitarist is guilty for the tone of his guitar & Zeppelin sound alike riffs.  I wouldn’t complain about a band having a similar sound as Led Zeppelin?

I’d rather see a human on stage showing their craft, but maybe that’s just me.  This stuff seems more like a gimmick to me.

http://loudwire.com/bands-that-feature-non-human-musicians/

Another song from the upcoming “Stone Temple Pilots” album

I’m not sure how to feel about this?  “The Birds of Prey” album by “Live” was very questionable at best.  I guess we’ll see if there’s any gas in the tank?

http://scenestr.com.au/music/live-are-back-on-track-at-the-adelaide-500

Baseball season hasn’t even started & the Blue Jays $20,000,000 33 year old short stop is already coming to spring training with a bone spur.

http://www.sportsnet.ca/baseball/mlb/blue-jays-tulowitzki-progressing-hurdles-await/

 

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