Today in rock history, the Godfather of Soul died in 2006 after being hospitalized in Atlanta. James Brown was 73 years old. I'm sure we've all heard about his heirs squabbling over his assets (and his remains). Let's hope all that's settled and that James can rest in peace. Meanwhile, let's celebrate his life and remember that "It's a Man's Man's World." Thanks to http://crawdaddy.wolfgangsvault.com/ for the info, keep on rockin', and Merry Christmas to you all!
PS: Personal to Mr. Whoamus: thanks for being my inspiration and for all the great posts you put up day after day!
Thursday, December 25, 2008
Sunday, December 21, 2008
This is aimed again at my handful of constant readers who may remember that I put up a post back in February noting the auspicious start of my "work" band's gig, dubbed the "Reunion World Tour," which was extremely tongue in check, as we've only played cafeterias in state office buildings. We once again coaxed Fast Eddie and John O out of retirement (they don't work for the State anymore) to join Llama Dave and myself to play a Christmas gig at work. So we've had two stops in our "world tour," and now we're essentially done for the year. Please join me in enjoying "route 66." Keep on rockin', and happy holidays!
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
You constant readers (of which I may have a couple) may remember back in August I put up a post about how I managed to get my hands on a free vintage Hammond organ. I didn't know nuttin' about playin' the thing back then (and I still know next to nothing now), but at least now I can (almost) play a tune, rather than just experimenting with the various sounds it can make. So bear with me as I pay tribute to one of Minnesota's own with a little "Like a Rolling Stone". Let's hope someday I can figure out what to do with the other hand! Happy Holidays, and keep on rockin'!
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Today in rock history, eleven people died at a 1979 Who concert at the Riverfront Coliseum in Cincinnati, Ohio. The fans were trampled when they were trying to reach unreserved seating. An episode of WKRP in Cincinnati later discussed the incident on American television. It was The Who’s first tour after Keith Moon’s death three months earlier. While I don’t remember this tragedy at the time, I do remember the sensitive treatment of the incident on the “WKRP” show “In Concert” that aired on 2-11-80. It may have helped; there’s since been a national ban on “festival” seating. “WKRP” was always one of my favorite shows (let’s hear it for Bailey Quarters, who in my mind, was way hotter than Jennifer Marlowe); I’d pay big bucks (well, maybe $29.95) for a DVD of the first season! Since I’m notoriously cheap, I’m still looking for it to show up at a thrift store. Well, I’m getting off track here – is this blog supposed to be about the Who or “WKRP”, or a little of both? Well, here is some vintage Who from that tour. And for you "WKRP" fans, here's the famous "Turkey Drop" video (thanks to crystalcheats for the video). Thanks to www.garylessard.com and www.wikipedia.org for the info. Keep on rockin’, and please, no running!