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  1. There's a DVD out now from Robert Plant's performance at the 2016 Festival of Disruption, a David Lynch joint held in LA (probably not the guy you want asking for your ear). There's only a snippet of it on this trailer, but if you get a chance, check out what he did to "Black Dog." He doesn't go after the high notes anymore, but the arrangement is incredible, with all kinds of instruments I can pronounce thrown into the mix, courtesy of his backing band the Sensational Space Shifters. Keep in mind, he's nearly 70.
  2. You probably heard about Elton John's farewell tour, but did you know that two weeks later, Paul Simon and Ozzy Osbourne announced their last tours? Ozzy's tour is a sequel to his first farewell, the No More Tours tour in 1992. After deciding that life off the road didn't suit him, he embarked on his Retirement Sucks tour in 1995 and has been on the road ever since. His tour comes with the caveat that it only applies to "global touring," so he can still play lots of shows. The No More Tours tour wraps up in 2020. Elton John is giving himself three years to wind things down. If by the end of it he wants to keep going, it won't be his first farewell tour fake-out - he announced his last show in 1977. Simon seems most sincere, with an understated announcement that signals he's put some thought into it: "It feels a little unsettling, a touch exhilarating and something of a relief." All there are certainly of retirement age: Ozzy is 69, Elton is 70, and Simon is 76.
  3. One Armed Bandit!

    Sweet. Good to know that movie made it to Japan.
  4. One Armed Bandit!

    Is that Chinese Back To The Future poster on his wall?
  5. Song for this situation

    Wow. Sounds like a love quadrangle. Check out "Love Stinks" by the J. Geils Band: You love her But she loves him And he loves somebody else You just can't win
  6. Dolores O'Riordan Has Died

    When I prepped to interview Dolores O'Riordan last year, I learned that she had been through some horrors, and often retreated from public view. This 2013 piece in the Ireland Independent is particularly troubling, as she reveals years of abuse from ages 8-12. In the magazine archives, a pattern emerged where the British press, once smitten with her, became harshly critical when The Cranberries took more of a political turn on their 1994 album No Need To Argue - the one with "Zombie." At the end of the decade, she suffered debilitating panic attacks, forcing her out of action. She spent much of the '00s raising her three children; after making a Cranberries album in 2001 (Wake Up And Smell The Coffee), they didn't make another until 2012 (Roses). It was great to see her emerge with another project last year - a Cranberries album called Something Else recorded with the Irish Chamber Orchestra. When I spoke with her in April, it seemed she was mired in melancholy. She was polite, but it was clear she did not want to talk - even about her songs. I asked one question after another, every time getting an answer that would last seconds, with no further explanation. She felt no need to fill the silences. In fact, that's when she seemed most comfortable. Knowing her history, I simply tried to remind her how much her songs mean to so many people. Nothing seemed to move her. That May, she set out on tour with The Cranberries, but it was cancelled after a few shows, with management citing her back problems. She made some appearances at the end of last year, including a corporate party for Billboard in December, which sadly appears to be her last performance.
  7. There is a movie out called Proud Mary, but it's not about a riverboat. It stars Taraji P. Henson as Mary the hitwoman. You can't copyright a title, so all John Fogerty could do is kvetch on Twitter. His statement reads: There is a movie in current release called "Proud Mary." I don't know much about it other than this. The main character is a black woman who is also an assassin. And apparently, her name is Mary. I wrote the song "Proud Mary" 50 years ago, and I was very excited to have written such a good song. In fact, it was my very first good song. My songs are special to me. Precious. So it irks me when people seek to capitalize on the popularity of my music and the good will it has earned with the public for their own financial gain. Over the years, I have often found myself directly opposed to these uses. This movie has nothing to do with me, or my song. They simply picked the title and wrote a completely fictitious story around it. Back in the day, I had decided that I needed to become more professional, more organized about my songwriting efforts. I bought a little notebook and after few days, I wrote down the words Proud Mary. It was the very first entry in this book. At first, I didn't even know what those words meant. No one ever asked me about using my song this way, or even about the meaning of Proud Mary. The movie poster has my lyrics changed to read, "killing for the Man every night and day" There are number of storylines here. First of all, this isn't the first time a movie has blatantly appropriated a famous song title. The 1999 movie American Pie and lesser-known 2012 flick Jack And Diane both did it, but they didn't use the songs in the movies. Tina Turner's version of "Proud Mary" appears in both the film and the trailer. Fogerty lost the rights to "Proud Mary" and his other CCR songs back in 1972 in a disastrous deal that kept him from recording for about a decade and made him very reluctant to play those songs for fear that one of his sworn enemies will profit. But even if an artist gives up rights to a song, very often they can still control its use in a movie, since synching it to pictures is another kettle of fish. But there is another version of "Proud Mary" that is equally famous, and more appropriate for the film - the one by Ike & Tina Turner. So Fogerty had no say in the matter. A trick of the trade it recording new versions of songs for movies to get better control of the royalties. That's what Tina Turner did back in 1993 when she did her own version of "Proud Mary" for her movie What's Love Got To Do With It? Had she just used the famous version she recorded with Ike, he could have profited from the film. The best we can tell, this is the version used in the Proud Mary movie, so Tina is likely earning some royalties along with the song's publisher. Not surprisingly, Proud Mary isn't getting very good reviews, with a 24 rating on Rotten Tomatoes last we checked.
  8. Music Box Dancer (Guitar+)

    Glad I’m not the only one who has to cleanse the aural palate after hearing a terrible song.
  9. Song/Video of the day

    Here's Earth, Wind & Fire playing from Los Angeles Forum float at the Rose Parade. They look like figurines on a cake.
  10. Random Music Thoughts V

    Courtesy of our friends at Forgotten Hits, a list of those we lost in 2017: Gregg Allman Tommy Allsup Richard Anderson Chuck Barris Jimmy Beaumont Walter Becker Shelley Berman Chuck Berry Billy Bland Powers Booth Glen Campbell Valerie Carter Bernie Casey David Cassidy Wayne Cochran Mike Connors Chris Cornell Bill Dana Gary DeCarlo Jonathan Demme Fats Domino Bobby Freeman Stephen Furst J. Geils Sonny Geraci Cuba Gooding, Sr. Dick Gregory Robert Guillaume Barbara Hale Monty Hall Rosie Hamlin Skip Haynes Glenne Headly Hugh Hefner John Hurt Clifton James Al Jarreau Michael Johnson Robert Knight Jake LaMotta Martin Landau Jerry Lewis Mitch Margo Mary Tyler Moore Roger Moore Erin Moran Dick Orkin Michael Parks Bill Paxton Tom Petty Joey Powers Della Reese Don Rickles George Romero Sam Shepard Bunny Sigler Barbara Sinatra Joni Sledge Keely Smith Roger Smith Harry Dean Stanton Bobby Taylor Jay Thomas Judge Wapner Adam West John Wetton Don WIlliams
  11. "Tantalus"

    Approved. Love these guitarists who can multiply their sounds.
  12. "Anna (Go To Him)" by The Beatles. This is courtesy of Tom Petty, who left behind many of his "buried treasure" shows on satellite radio. He played a lot of Beatles, but not the obvious stuff.
  13. In this short-but-meaty interview with Rolling Stone, Eric Clapton talks about the most uncomfortable part of watching his documentary, Life in 12 Bars. There was one scene that I was really uncertain about, which was the semi-racial thing that went down during my worst period. I made remarks onstage about foreigners [at a show in Birmingham, England in 1976]. Being the drunk that I was, I just went on a rant. He goes on to explain how drugs made him unbearable, with only one person in his life that would stand up to him. Haven't seen the film, but I have heard some audio from that famous rant, where he said awful things about the "foreigners" in Britain. http://www.rollingstone.com/music/features/eric-clapton-on-addiction-cream-the-future-of-the-guitar-w512759
  14. This is how they sell inflatable sleds these days. Look at this poor kid, wearing a helmet while his mom leers over him. They can't even force a smile out of him for the shoot. In these cold climates, snow days are the best of times. Back in the day, we would instinctively show up at the hill and stay there all day. We would have been horrified by adult supervision.
  15. Sony PS-F9 Vertical LP Player

    Completely impractical, but kind of cool.
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