Thursday, September 30, 2010

Pictures from Anthrax, Megadeth and Slayer

Okay, after too much time I finally get to sit down at the computer and do something. This is the easy way of doing it, just some pictures of the concert in Dallas that I went to on September 24th featuring Anthrax, Megadeth and Slayer.

Megadeth






Anthrax









Slayer



Video of Anthrax and Megadeth in Dallas

UPDATED: 10/4/10 I had to restart the computer and even then it took about an hour and a half for the video to upload to YouTube. At least it's on here now.

Okay, the sound is pretty crappy and the image is jerky but that's what happens when you zoom in with my camera. The littlest movement makes it look like an earthquake is shaking everything up. But at least I got it. I'm having difficulty getting the Anthrax video on here but I'll keep trying so I can update this.

Anthrax


Megadeth

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Megadeth and Slayer Playing In Dallas 9/24/10

Okay, so the other two bands on the Jagermeister Music Tour are Megadeth and Slayer. I saw Megadeth about a year or so ago and like them so they are an added bonus. Slayer on the other hand I never really have been into. They just never reached me so I'm not anticipating much from their set. Don't get me wrong, they are part of the Big Four for a reason it's just that they're not my thing. Perhaps I'll be surprised by them, perhaps not. All I can do is to keep an open mind. I've been pleasantly surprised by bands before.



Anthrax

If all goes to plan then tomorrow I'll be in Dallas watching the Jagermeister Music Tour featuring Anthrax, Megadeth and Slayer. This will be the first date of the tour and gives everyone a shot at seeing three of the "Big Four" thrash bands all at once. The big draw for me is Anthrax and afterwards I can mark them off of my concert wish list. Joey Belladonna has returned to the fold on vocals which is cool as he was the vocalist on most of my favorite songs by Anthrax. I do like some of the other singers and songs as well but he does my favorites overall. I do wonder how or if they will do some of the songs that came after his time as the other singers were quite a bit different than him. We shall see.







Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Missing Rush, Flat Tires and Life Not Always Going The Way You Want

Rush played in Tulsa last night but unfortunately I wasn't there. I never got a ticket in the months leading up to the show but as the date got closer my family had a bit of bad luck and I just couldn't justify buying the ticket with the money crunch that we've found ourselves in. My wife isn't working at the moment due to an injury that she has suffered. Of course it doesn't make it any easier that her job doesn't provide very much vacation/sick time but also she saw a Physicians Assistant at the doctors office who misdiagnosed her and wasted the last 2 weeks that she could have spent getting healthier. Now we have to wait for an appointment for a MRI. The American Healthcare system does one thing well. Making you wait.

So I was helping a friend of my wife's take a few things to a sale and my left rear tire blew out at 80 miles an hour on Highway 169 (very busy) while I was in the left hand lane. It took almost 2 hours for the tow truck driver to arrive and then take me to a tire shop. Once there I determined that it would be better to replace all 4 tires as the front ones were starting to get bad as well. That was over $400 dollars that we didn't have but you have to do it. I know that eventually everything will work out for the best but man I hope that day comes soon. I did meet a guy at the tire shop who was going to see the show and saw my Rush t-shirt and we had a nice conversation about music. Yes, unlike me he was going to the show.

As for Rush, well I have seen them 6 times so it's not like I've never seen them before and they are supposed to tour again next summer so hopefully I'll see them soon. It wouldn't have been the same anyway since my best friend Tommy wasn't able to go either. He had his colon removed about 2 weeks ago and wasn't able to go. We've gone together to see them 5 of those 6 times. The only times we didn't see them together was in Oklahoma City for him around 1986 and then later there again in the 90s and for me in Stuttgart, Germany. Next year if all goes well we'll be healthy and ready financially, until then as I wait patiently here's a video:

The LeRoi Brothers - Chain Of Love

I remembered this video from back in 1987 and loved it back then. The band is trying to find a club and it turns out that this kid has booked them to appear in his garage. Jimmie Vaughan and Lou Ann Barton make cameos as the mailman and the kid's mother respectively. After playing the song all the kids run away because the ice cream truck comes by. As we get older our minds can play tricks on us and for some reason I always recalled that Van Halen had a cameo at the end but somehow I have been wrong all these years because they aren't in it. Maybe I confused it with another video, who knows? Still, it's a fun video and a great song.



Band at this time:
Steve Doerr guitar and vocal
Mike Buck drums
Rick "Casper" Rawls guitar
Jackie Newhouse bass

Sunday, September 19, 2010

101 T-Shirts To Help You Relive The 1980’s

http://www.cotygonzales.com/2010/09/14/101-t-shirts-to-help-you-relive-the-1980s/

I came across this website article about 80s t-shirts so I thought I'd post the link to it here. I mean, why not? I'm obviously lazy, and eternally stuck in the 80s so what's the harm in getting an easy post in? Plus if it helps at least one person find their way to buying one of these shirts then it's been time well spent. My favorites are in numerical order: 9, 16, 26, 33, 43, 51, 59, 62, 97, 98. Now if only my mother would get serious and win the lottery so that she could give me some cash, then I'd actually be able to buy them. We can dream, can't we?

Monday, September 13, 2010

Alejandro Escovedo performs Sister Lost Soul at the Cain's Ballroom plus Amy Cook

The first video is the only one I shot of Al's performance basically due to me not bringing extra batteries with me. I've learned my lesson. Since the batteries were so low I only got part of the song. The 2nd is from the lady that was in front of me and she also shot the videos that I posted earlier. Either way it was a great performance.

video



For an extra benefit I've put up another Amy Cook song from the same night, "I Wanna Be Your Marianne" which of course was shot by the same lady. Eventually I'll be able to sneak my camera in (with extra batteries) and put up some of my own. By the way, her bass player was awesome, I wish I could find out who he is.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Finally Pictures From Alejandro Escovedo's Show

The good news is that the cord that connects my camera to my computer finally decided to cooperate and actually let me pull the pictures and sole video from it. So here are a few of the better pictures that I was able to take of that incredibly wonderful performance. These shots say it a lot better than I ever could so I'll let them speak for themselves.
















Saturday, September 4, 2010

Amy Cook At The Cain's Ballroom

Amy Cook opened for Alejandro Escovedo on his stop at the Cain's Ballroom on August 30th. I had heard some of her songs but didn't really think they were anything that I was interested in and so I felt like I would have to endure her set in order to get to Al who was the performer I was there to see. After watching her performance though I was completely won over. Her songs seemed to take on a new dimension when played live that I didn't initially hear. She was a perfect appetizer for the main musical course of the evening and I definitely would go to see her again, even if Alejandro isn't there.

Moon Rise

Video From Alejandro Escovedo's Show At The Cain's Ballroom

I found these videos on Youtube the other day and I believe the person who took them was standing in front of me at the Cain's Ballroom for Alejandro's show. So why not gather them together in one place? What else have I got to do?

Beast OF Burden


I Wish I Was Your Mother


Sex Beat