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  1. The Who Pink Floyd Rush Uriah Heep Cheap Trick April Wine Ted Nugent AC/DC *i haven't seen 9. †
  2. U2 Launching The Joshua Tree Tour 2017

    An amazing album. There was a lull for me in getting exited about albums through out the early eighties. The early seventies when everything except radio was albums. And really no one typically dropped a phonograph stylus any where but at the beginning of an album. So you see kids, back then you had the good, the bad and the ugly all smooshed together, which pressed the competition to create GREAT ALBUMS. this seemed to wane, for me at least, in the eighties when the explosion of music made singles seem to dominate the airwaves. See instead of 50-60% of the albums content every getting air play, the eighties as a perpetual parade of one-hit-wonders. Joshua Tree was a huge breath of fresh air. Not only was it more rooted in tradition rock than increasingly popular "MTV type" pop diddy songs that kept dominating the airwaves, it flowed. It soared. It was groundbreaking and familiar all at the same time. This album is an outstanding piece of musical art unmatched. In a class all it's own... in my book at least.
  3. McRib app makes debut

    http://fortune.com/2016/11/15/mcdonalds-mcrib-finder/ If you’re a fan of the processed barbecue pork sandwich, now you can track it down fast than ever with a brand new iPhone app. Along with the sandwich, McDonald’s is now promoting the McRib Finder, which works as an SMS texting service to help you quickly find the nearest McDonald’s that serves the limited-edition item. If you’re thinking this sounds like a marketing gimmick, you might be right McDonald’s is now spending more on digital advertising to attract younger customers with features like mobile ordering and rewards programs. “A restaurant locator is table stakes, but customers don’t always rely on the resources we provide them,” Paul Matson, director of social engagement for McDonald’s told Digiday. “But here’s a piece of information only we would know: Who’s serving the McRib?” The McRib was first introduced nationally to the McDonald's menu in 1981 and has developed a cult-like following since the chain only brings it back for a few weeks each year. And not every U.S. location carries the sandwich. In 2014, McDonald’s has released a video in its line of myth-busting videos starring ex-MythBuster Grant Imahara to show how the sandwich is really made. The video shows slices of pork shoulder being ground up while water, salt, dextrose, and preservatives are added to the mixture. The pork is then formed into its well-known rib-like shape via machines.
  4. On December 2, at Theatre Within's annual John Lennon Tribute concert (co-produced by Music Without Borders), folk-rock singer and hippy icon Donovan will be honored with the Real Love award, which recognizes significant bodies of work as well as social impact. (Donovan is also performing at the tribute, which will be held at Manhattan's Symphony Space.) Playwright Eve Ensler and photographer Bob Gruen are former recipients of the award, but none of them ever helped out a Beatle with a song or watched as that same Beatle angrily chased after a sneaky photographer. In advance of the concert, we asked Donovan — whose Open Road is overdue for rediscovery, by the way — to tell us a story about Lennon, and here (lightly edited for clarity) in true mystical, optimistic, Beatles-y glory, is what he said: As you may know, in 1968 I traveled with the Beatles to an ashram in Rishikesh, India, to study transcendental meditation with the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. It was quite an experience, one John was very excited about, especially the idea that humans exist on three levels of consciousness: waking, dreaming, and sleeping. All the ancient books of course say that there is a fourth level of consciousness and the only way you can approach it is through meditation, which involves a mantra, which is merely a nonsense word that when repeated leads you away from being attached to thought forms and into the realm of pure consciousness, pure thought. Quite simple, really. And this is nothing to do with LSD, mind you. LSD started to become a problem after all the dealers got involved. The sacred plants, mushrooms and such, I found more productive. You probably know this, but Santa Claus comes from a Siberian tradition whereby the shamans would visit the tribal societies of northern Europe once a year, bringing drums and music and magical mushrooms to the tribes as well as the gift of understanding that the answers to all the great questions lie within. Anyway, when John learned about all this, meditation that is, he said, "Inside the mind is an extraordinary place? This is like a bloody science-fiction movie!" So we went to India to learn more. Once we got there, we plunged, very bravely I must say, into our own minds, to a place beyond thought, and answers to questions about life started arising in the form of songs — songs that could bring people together. At the Maharishi's ashram a very touching experience happened: John asked me to teach him some new chord structures and how to do finger-style guitar. You know, I knew in 1965 when we met that he and I were similar. John and Paul [McCartney] are Liverpool Irish and I'm Glasgow Irish, and that means we were both in the ancient Gaelic tradition of bards and shamans and troubadours, poets of the very highest order, those with the goal of delivering peace and wisdom. So we had a similar outlook — I found myself very easily able to contribute lines to "Yellow Submarine" for example. I suggested the lyrics "Sky of blue and sea of green" and they worked quite nicely. The point is that the Beatles and I were drawn together, and the time I spent in India teaching him as a student, away from fame and fortune, was wonderful. He was a good learner, he learned in two days what I'd learned in three. These flamenco, blues, and jazz chord forms that I taught him, and the finger-style technique, developed into some of the extraordinary songs on The White Album. As John was in this period of tuition with me, he told me he wanted to write a song about his mother. He said, "Donovan, you're the king of children's songs. Can you help me?" I asked him what exactly it was that he wanted to do. He said, "I want to write a song about the childhood that I never really had with my mother." He asked me to help him with the images that he could use in lyrics for a song about this subject. So I said, "Well, when you think of the song, where do you imagine yourself?" And John said, "I'm at a beach and I'm holding hands with my mother and we're walking together." And I helped him with a couple of lines, "Seashell eyes / windy smile" — for the Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland feel that John loved so much. And the song, which you may know, is the amazing "Julia." I haven't told many people that before. Here's something else from that same trip, something that shows a different side of John that I haven't spoken about much. No press managed to break into the ashram when we were all there. An amazing army of media were parked nearby for three days, until the Maharishi asked the local army to escort them out, but a few of them managed to stick around. So one morning, John was washing his hair in the jungle after breakfast — I was sitting on the patio of his little bungalow — and John turned around and saw a paparazzo trying to catch a photograph. Yes, a photograph of the famous John Lennon in the jungle. John, people forget this, but John had that Liverpool's sailor swagger side to him. He wasn't just the icon people think of now. So John saw this paparazzo and immediately started chasing him through the jungle, cursing and yelling at him. I'd never seen someone so scared in my life as that photographer. John caught him and threw him over the fence of the ashram. That John, we could use more people like him. He was one tough nut. I miss him still. http://www.vulture.com/2016/11/donvan-on-helping-the-beatles-write-a-classic.html
  5. According to the Daily Mail, pop songs are way more popular than hymns when it comes to picking songs for funerals in 2016. After Frank Sinatra’s “My Way,” “Time To Say Goodbye” by Andrea Boccelli and Sarah Brightman was number two on the list. Rounding out the Top 3 was Eva Cassidy’s, “Somewhere Over The Rainbow.” The results were drawn from a survey of 300 British Co-op funeral directors and 2,000 adults. And it isn’t just classics that are getting chosen as swansongs. Contemporary pop songs are also being played a lot at funerals as well. The list of sought after funeral songs also includes Robbie Williams, Westlife, Adele, and Rihanna songs. The survey also notes that song choices are also being influenced by the deaths of popular celebrities. “Wiz Khalifa’s track ‘See You Again,’ dedicated to the late Paul Walker, has made it into the contemporary pop charts whilst the late David Bowie’s ‘Ashes To Ashes’ has also been requested by clients in the last 12 months,” said David Collingwood, co-op funeral chief. Hymns are still among some of the go-to songs at funerals with “The Lord Is My Shepherd,” “Abide With Me” and “All Things Bright And Beautiful” still common picks. But the trend is skewing towards songs that meant something to the life of the person who died. “Funerals are very much about personal choice and reflecting the personality, hobbies and interests of a person,” Collingwood said. “More so than ever we’re seeing people pre-plan their funeral music and, in the last 12 months, 42 per cent of our funeral directors and arrangers have received ready-made pre-planned funeral playlists. http://www.inquisitr.com/3468813/frank-sinatra-my-way-news-songs-music-funeral-grieving-bereavement/
  6. The second-oldest confirmed shipwreck in the Great Lakes, an American-built, Canadian-owned sloop that sank in Lake Ontario more than 200 years ago, has been found, a team of underwater explorers said Wednesday. The three-member western New York-based team said it discovered the shipwreck this summer in deep water off Oswego, in central New York. Images captured by a remotely operated vehicle confirmed it is the Washington, which sank during a storm in 1803, team member Jim Kennard said. "This one is very special. We don't get too many like this," said Kennard, who along with Roger Pawlowski and Roland "Chip" Stevens has found numerous wrecks in Lake Ontario and other waterways. The sloop Washington was built on Lake Erie in Pennsylvania in 1798 and was used to transport people and goods between western New York, Pennsylvania and Ontario. It was placed on skids and hauled by oxen teams across the Niagara Isthmus to Lake Ontario in 1802 after being sold to Canadian merchants. The 53-foot-long ship was carrying at least five people and a cargo of merchandise, including goods from India, when it set sail from Kingston, Ontario, for its homeport of Niagara, Ontario, on Nov. 6, 1803. The vessel was caught in a fierce storm and sank. At least three crew members and two merchants were on the sloop. All aboard died. According to Kennard, contemporary records said portions of the cargo and pieces of the ship were found the following day on a shore near Oswego. The Washington is the oldest commercial sailing vessel found in the Great Lakes and the only sloop known to have sailed on lakes Erie and Ontario, Kennard said. Single-masted sloops were replaced in the early 19th century by two- and three-masted schooners, which were much easier to sail, according to Carrie Sowden, archaeological director at the National Museum of the Great Lakes in Toledo, Ohio, which sponsors the New York team's explorations. Since there are no known drawings of the Washington, the sloop's discovery will help maritime historians learn more about the design and construction of that type of sailing vessel used on the Great Lakes between the American Revolution and the War of 1812, she said. "Every shipwreck offers something different that adds to our knowledge base," Sowden said. The oldest vessel found in the Great Lakes is HMS Ontario, a British warship that sank in Lake Ontario in 1780. Kennard and another explorer found that wreck in 2008.
  7. http://ultimateclassicrock.com/eric-clapton-big-fish/ If this rock ‘n’ roll thing doesn’t work out, Eric Clapton still won’t have to worry about where his next meal is coming from. IceNews reports that the guitar legend made headlines while on a recent fly-fishing trip along Iceland’s Vatnsdalsá River. Working with his guide, Sturla Birginsson, Clapton got his hook in what the river’s website describes as “no ordinary salmon.” “To begin with, the salmon was quite in the pool but after it found out that something strange was happening the fish started to run down the river,” reads a post at the Vatnsdalsá site. “Both the angler and the guide had to run fast down the river, and it kept going for about 1 km after going through four pools. Two and a half hour later, they manage to land that fish and it was measured 108 cm, which is the biggest salmon this year.” You can learn more about the fishing at Vatnsdalsá’s website. Clapton, who can be seen posing with the 28-pound fish above, was one of two anglers to land a 100 cm-plus catch last weekend along the Vatnsdalsá. According to IceNews, fly fishing has been practiced on the river since 1936 — and since 1997, the local fishing association has enforced a strict catch-and-release policy. As the Vatnsdalsá website noted alongside its photos of the anglers and their fish, “Tight lines and safe releases.” Read More: Eric Clapton Caught a Really Big Fish | http://ultimateclassicrock.com/eric-clapton-big-fish/?trackback=tsmclip
  8. it's so funny that you mention the media of film to express a connection to July 4th. I was watching America the beautiful(a virtual fly-over scenic film) showing Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, redwood forrest, pacific coast. places yet discovered back when we began America. What a beautiful collection of amazing place to celebrate our birthday!
  9. Lonnie Mack 1941~2016

    Lonnie McIntosh (July 18, 1941 – April 21, 2016), better known by his stage name Lonnie Mack, was an American rock, blues, andcountry singer-guitarist. As a featured artist, his recording career spanned the period from 1963 to 1990. He remained active as a performer into the early 2000s. Mack played a major role in transforming the electric guitar into a lead voice in rock music. Best known for his 1963 instrumentals, "Memphis" and "Wham!", he has been called a rock-guitar "pioneer" and a "ground-breaker" in lead guitar soloing. In these, and several other early guitar instrumentals, "he attacked the strings with fast, aggressive single-string phrasing and a seamless rhythm style". These tunes are said to have formed the leading edge of the virtuoso "blues rock" lead guitar genre. According to Guitar World magazine, Mack's early solos influenced every major rock-guitar soloist from the 1960s through the 1980s, from "Clapton to Allman to Vaughan" and "from Nugent to Bloomfield". Prominent rock guitarists who have named Mack as a major influence include Stevie Ray Vaughan,Jeff Beck, Dickie Betts and Ted Nugent. Mack is also considered one of the finer "blue-eyed soul" singers of his era.
  10. Prince Passes Away

    on this somewhat ordinary day in the spring of 1983, I just started a new job at an auto parts store, this song came on the radio, again, they'd been playing it all week, but suddenly I looked over at a female coworker and i started in ....."little red corvette. then she sang it with me ..""baby you're much too fast. ...little red corvette ...you need a love that's gonna last" it was infection, soon a customer joined in, there was like 5 of us by songs end. that day now has a much more profound place in my musical memories of life
  11. In My Room-The Beachboys

    My favorite Beach Boys song, or at least tied with my favorite Warmth of the Sun. I've loved this song so very much since I first heard it, when feeling down, needing some song to sooth and succor this is it! In 1990, Brian wrote, If you ever get a chance, you should watch The Beach Boys: An American Family
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