Posts Tagged ‘rock’

Geddy Lee’s Big Beautiful Book of Bass

Mon ,13/05/2019

yet another very interesting looking book i’ll have to check out from the library sooner or later – great interview in the meantime….he’s also such a nice guy, just to listen to.

Geddy Lee’s Big Beautiful Book of Bass
https://www.powells.com/book/-9780062747839

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Now boarding…The Flight to Mars….!

Sun ,12/05/2019

One of the greatest annual rock shows happened again last night, Mike McCready’s semi-annual Flight To Mars benefit show for the Crohn’s Foundation (he serves as a regular fundraiser and advocate, as he has the illness). I’ve blogged about this before:

2016: http://www.theglasschicken.com/?p=2814
2017: http://www.theglasschicken.com/?p=3144

Last year we missed it because they simply didn’t have one – only an abbreviated performance at some other benefit later in the summer.

But as always, THIS. SHOW. ROCKS. If you haven’t gone before, it’s basically McCready and a number of other amazing music locals playing UFO covers, essentially a near-identical set list to the Strangers in the Night live album of yore.

And last night did not disappoint – the opener was a Cheap Trick cover band – ‘Dream Police’ with the Friel brothers (of Rockfords and Goodness fame, among others)- you can hear a different, earlier set they did at a previous benefit a couple months before here.

As to the set, awesome as per usual, and Tim DiJulio just keeps getting crazier with the guitar solos every year I see these guys. here’s a couple phonecam clips i found this am from the show:

Rock Bottom – poster has the date wrong on the clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lt-9tDSaI0U
Love to Love: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_xh-TSXxTeY (not the entire song)

The encore was several Thin Lizzy numbers, then closing with

Let There Be Rock: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Za20SzPJ8yI

and then Thank You:

Apparently Friday night’s show had a cameo from Chad Smith, Duff McKagan and others doing Jeepster from T-Rex… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vcl6MiWR0NM

the majesty of ROCK, lives on….!

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RIP, wild man….

Thu ,23/08/2018

While in the car today, they said it was Keith Moon’s bday, and that he would have been 72 years old (he only made it to 32, sadly, he passed in 1978).

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While I don’t think he was the absolute greatest in rock (nor is Ginger Baker, although HE certainly thinks so) – he’s definitely one of the all time greats – not for many of the same reasons as most, though – he’s fairly unpredictable, and manic, and undisciplined to boot. But in the crazy world of The Who – he was a perfect fit.

RIP, Keith – somewhere I hope you are looking down from the biggest set of drums any cloud ever tried to hold aloft, and still driving everyone crazy along the way….

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old school…

Fri ,13/07/2018

Man, Neil Finn is young in this:

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hard to believe…

Sat ,14/04/2018

but must have been even harder for STING to believe….

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The Darkness – Rocks!

Wed ,04/04/2018

Went to see The Darkness at Showbox Seattle last night. While they aren’t on the level of Flight to Mars or Fishbone musician-wise, they still definitely put on a good show.

We skipped the opener, Diarrhea Planet – both of us watched a KEXP clip of theirs on YT earlier in the day and concluded they weren’t for us (if the band name wasn’t enough deterrent to begin with?).

So I’ve liked The Darkness for some time, but mostly the first two albums, hadn’t heard the latter 3 until just recently (right after I got tix) so wasn’t as familiar with that material, but either way, they delivered it well.

Among other silliness seen were a constant rotation of hats thrown up from the audience; the audience banter with Justin Hawkins (singer and band leader), a bit of actual crowd surfing by same, and (sadly) some actual mosh pit action by the end….

Justin Hawkins may be many things, but it’s clear he’s definitely influenced by glam rockers such as Bowie, Marc Bolan and likely Mick Jagger, possibly even The Sweet (which may be closest to the pop rock of The Darkness, sound-wise) – witness the full-body ‘leopard skin’ slinky outfit he had on (the rest of the band looked fairly normal, barring the bassist resembling a rougher fro-headed Borat).

But that crazy falsetto he has is still in good shape, even at 43 years old (he opened the show last night by insisting they were all 28, but later Jeff Carter (math wizard) correctly noted there’s no way they were that young, and it turns out that’s how old they were when they started.

Speaking of when they started, their biggest hit was the last song of the night, which some Seattle nerd captured on their phone and posted on YT (of course) – enjoy! Their albums have also largely made it onto YT also, and the second video below is a full 2015 concert from Chicago, many of the same songs….enjoy! candybowl

Five simple words…

Sat ,18/11/2017

“the world needs Iron Maiden” – and yes, we DO.

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The Beast is Priest….!

Sun ,20/08/2017

Borrowed the Screaming for Vengeance 30th anniversary CD from the library, and there was a surprise in there – a second disc, a DVD with JP’s set from the 1983 US Festival in California.

For those of you not older than dirt, the US Festival was put on by Steve Wozinak as a ‘feel good’ massive music festival for two years in a row. It lost tons of money both years, the second year had a ‘metal day’ – added because may have been the only moneymaker, IMHO (and from reading articles about it back then) – and JP was one of the main acts, so watching this DVD was definitely a trip down memory lane (I was a sophmore in high school at the time).

So they start their set and the two guitarists come out – JP’s constantly changing drummer and bassist had to have been the source of the Spinal Tap joke about the exploding drummer – Glenn Tipton is shown chugging a Heineken just before he comes out, and KK Downing is wearing what look like female biker go-go boots – of course.

Then, as the strains of ‘The Hellion’ finish and they launch into Electric Eye, Rob Halford is heard, but not seen, quite yet. Then he marches onstage to massive cheers, and he’s wearing his ‘Goth King of the Village People’ outfit – mirrored aviators, leather and spikes ‘everything’, bullwhip, massive skull belt buckle and boots of his own. Next to these two, Glenn Tipton looks pretty tame, with only red stretch pants, open shirt and classic 80s “feathered rocker hair”.

And away they rock. Pretty good set, if what seems to be largely a set of hits only, but still pretty good, they play tight, and try to rile up the crowd, although it’s obvious that crowd is WAY too big to communicate with very much, and the stage is set back considerably from the crowd with massive security and camerapeople anyway.

Then of course near the end of the set, Rob Halford bursts through the center Marshall stack and ‘rides’ their Harley slowly onstage, revving the crap out of it. I never saw JP back in the day, only just a few years ago at White River locally, and I don’t remember them bothering with the Harley – at our show Rob Halford was too busy with costume changes anyway. 🙂 So then RH lays out on the front chopper wheel, and away they go with Hell Bent for Leather 🙂

It’s probably the perspective of time (or just getting old) but despite obvious musical talent, this is still pretty cheesy. Although the actual music video (embedded below) for ‘Breaking the Law’ is the epitome of cheese, especially when Beavis and Butthead were making fun of it (couldn’t find that sadly). But in fairness to the band, something i just read seemed to indicate they made the video somewhat tongue in cheek anyway 🙂

…to the Metal Gods!

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great music!

Thu ,01/06/2017

if Casualties of Jazz started playing Meters songs, this is what it would sound like…click through to hear on SoundCloud..

Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio

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this would have been cool…

Wed ,22/03/2017

even though in my usual way, I found out about it 4 years AFTER(!) it happened…but still cool…

On the scene: ‘School of Rock’ cast reunites for 10th anniversary screening

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