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Comments Off on It was 45 years ago.. | Posted by Stoneman on August 29, 2011

It was 45 years ago..

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It was 45 years ago tonight (August 29th, 1966), that the Beatles performed their last official concert in San Francisco at Candlestick Park. The tour, which had already hit Germany, Japan and the Philippines, was dogged by controversy — protests greeted the group in Tokyo prior to their performance at the Budokan Arena, which until then had been reserved strictly for the martial arts. And in the Philippines, the group fled the country after being accused of snubbing the infamous President and First Lady Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos, after they politely declined to attend an official state luncheon.
By the time the group landed in the U.S. to kick off the tour on August 12th, a furor was brewing over John Lennon’s remarks about religion made months before in a British interview, which had been reprinted out of context in a teen magazine, saying: “Christianity will go, it will vanish and shrink. . . Jesus was alright, but his disciples were thick and ordinary… We’re more popular than Jesus now.” Lennon’s statements, which were ignored in Britain, ignited protests, including record burnings all over the “bible belt” and southern U.S. states.

The Beatles held a press conference on August 11th in Chicago, the night before they were due to perform, with Lennon trying to explain exactly what he meant in the interview. In lieu of an actual apology this quelled the Beatle bonfires, but the controversy cast a shadow over the tour which proved to be lackluster, both in the Beatles’ performances and ticket sales.


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Comments Off on ROCKERS CONTRIBUTE TO ZZ TOP TRIBUTE ALBUM | Posted by Stoneman on August 24, 2011


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A new ZZ Top tribute album will feature fresh covers of classic tunes from the Texas blues-rock trio by artists like Nickelback, Daughtry and Duff McKagan. Titled A Tribute From Friends, the collection will arrive on October 11th and feature newly-recorded versions of 11 of the band’s greatest hits, including Nickelback’s performance of “Legs,” “Waitin’ for the Bus/Jesus Just Left Chicago” by Daughtry, Filter’s take on “Gimme All Your Lovin'” and Wyclef Jean’s run through “Rough Boy.”
The album kicks off with “Sharp Dressed Man,” from The M.O.B., a new side act composed of Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler on vocals, Jonny Lang on guitar, and Fleetwood Mac’s Mick Fleetwood and John McVie on bass and drums.
ZZ Top — guitarist Billy F Gibbons, bassist Dusty Hill and drummer Frank Beard — said in a statement, “We were told there was going to be a ZZ Top tribute album a while ago and logically asked, ‘Who are we paying tribute to?’ Then we found out that a bunch of great artists were paying tribute to us and we were in disbelief . . . we’re so delighted that our music resonates with these great musicians whom we so admire.”
The track listing for A Tribute From Friends is:
“Sharp Dressed Man” – The M.O.B.
“Gimme All Your Lovin'” – Filter
“Tush” – Grace Potter & The Nocturnals
“Legs” – Nickelback
“Cheap Sunglasses” – Wolfmother
“Got Me Under Pressure” – Duff McKagan’s Loaded
“Beer Drinkers and Hell Raisers” – Coheed & Cambria
“Just Got Paid” – Mastodon
“Rough Boy” – Wyclef Jean
“Waitin’ for the Bus / Jesus Just Left Chicago” – Daughtry
“La Grange” – Jamey Johnson

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Comments Off on ‘WOODSTOCK’ REMEMBERED | Posted by Stoneman on August 18, 2011


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It was 42 years ago today — August 18th, 1969 — that the Woodstock Music and Art Fair wrapped with Jimi Hendrix‘s incendiary set after more than three days of music in Bethel, New York. More than 450,000 people converged upon the small upstate town to hear rock’s biggest bands perform. Although Woodstock was neither the first nor last major festival concert, the fact that the youth of America were able to congregate in one place with no violence during one of the most turbulent years of the decade, gave birth to the notion of the “Woodstock Nation” and gave a voice — and a face — to the hippie ideal.

Artists who performed at the legendary festival included Joan BaezCountry Joe McDonald & the Fish,Arlo GuthrieRichie HavensMountainJanis Joplin, the Who, the BandCanned HeatCreedence Clearwater Revival, the Grateful DeadSly & the Family StoneJefferson AirplaneSantanaBlood, Sweat & TearsSha Na NaJohn SebastianCrosby, Stills, Nash, and YoungJoe Cocker, and many, many more.

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Comments Off on | Posted by Stoneman on August 9, 2011

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It was 16 years ago today (August 9th, 1995), that Grateful Dead singer-guitarist Jerry Garciadied of a heart attack at age 53. At the time, Garcia was at the Serenity Knolls drug-treatment center in Forest Knolls, California, where he was trying once again to get on top of his chemical dependencies. Perhaps more than any other member of the Dead, Garcia was the focal point, although he never sought that role, nor did he wear the title easily. To him, it was a band and a family, and he was a member, which is what he always wanted.

Garcia’s death had a profound impact on many people. His fans, collectively known as “Dead Heads,” mourned his loss, while also realizing that so long as the music existed, he was never really that far away. His bandmates took a while to sort through things before announcing that they could not go on without Garcia. On December 6th, 1995, they released this statement, which said it all: “After four months of heartfelt consideration, the remaining members of the band met yesterday and came to the conclusion that the ‘long strange trip’ of the uniquely wonderful beast known as the Grateful Dead is over.”

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Comments Off on AC/DC MONOPOLY AVAILABLE NOW | Posted by Stoneman on August 2, 2011


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AC/DC Monopoly, the official team-up between the world’s biggest and best rock and roll band and the most popular board game of all time, is here! The AC/DC Collector’s Edition of MONOPOLY® celebrates The Rock N Roll Dream with some of the greatest rock music of the 20th century and beyond. This completely customized game features the band’s most popular albums and locations including Black Ice, Stiff Upper Lip, AC/DC Lane and more, allowing fans to build their own AC/DC empire. Order your copy right here now!

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Comments Off on Ozzy Wants You To… | Posted by Stoneman on August 1, 2011

Ozzy Wants You To…

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God Bless Ozzy Osbourne, the new documentary chronicling the life and career of the legendary heavy metal singer, will be broadcast to theatres nationwide on Wednesday, August 24th and Monday, August 29th at 7:30 p.m. local time. The film, produced by Ozzy’s son Jack, features never-before-seen footage of Ozzy touring with Black Sabbath and on his own, along with candid interviews with members of the Osbourne family and many of Ozzy’s musical contemporaries.

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Comments Off on I think we found where the cuts should be made ! | Posted by Stoneman on July 28, 2011

I think we found where the cuts should be made !

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Salary of the US President ……………….$400,000
Salary of retired US Presidents ………….$180,000
Salary of House/Senate ……………………$174,0​00
Salary of Speaker of the House …………..$223,500
Salary of Majority/Minority Leaders …….. .$193,400
Average Salary of Soldier DEPLOYED AROUND THE WORLD..$38,000

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Comments Off on The 27 Club | Posted by Stoneman on July 25, 2011

The 27 Club

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With the death of singer Amy Winehouse on Saturday (July 23rd), many people are quickly adding her name to the sad and doomed “27 Club” list of popular musicians who all met their early demise at the ripe old age of 27. Although there have been literally thousands of musicians over years that have died young — be it Buddy Holly (aged 22); Hank Williams (aged 29); and John Lennon (aged 40) — the end of the 1960’s brought forth the legendary “27 Club” — starting with the British Invasion’s first real casualty, Rolling Stones co-founder and guitarist, Brian Jones.
Among the high profile members of the “27 Club” are:

Brian Jones: The Stones guitarist died on July 3rd, 1969, at the age of 27. He was found dead at the bottom of the swimming pool at his Cotchford Farm home, in Hartford, England. For years there have been conspiracy theories about what went on the night Jones died, including several suggesting foul play.

Jimi Hendrix: Hendrix died on September 18th, 1970 at the age of 27, about two months shy of his 28th birthday. 40 years later, the events surrounding his death remain sketchy at best, with the only clear fact being that the coroner report stated that Hendrix had asphyxiated in his own vomit, which mainly consisted of red wine. Monika Dannemann, his girlfriend at the time, has long contended that he was alive when placed in the ambulance.

Jim Morrison: The “Lizard King” and Doors frontman was found dead on July 3rd, 1971 in the bathtub of his apartment in Paris, France by his longtime companion, Pamela Courson. The local coroner ruled the official cause of death as “heart attack induced by respiratory problems,” although many insiders believe was that Morrison simply OD’d on heroin. He was buried in Paris’s Pere Lachaise Cemetery six days later on July 9th, 1971.

Janis Joplin: On October 4th, 1970, after a long night of partying, Joplin’s body was discovered in her room at the Landmark Hotel in Hollywood with fresh needle marks in her arm, and her death was ruled an accidental overdose. Joplin was 27-years-old, and at the time of her death was working on what became her final album, Pearl.

Ron “Pigpen” McKernan: The co-founding Grateful Dead keyboardist died on March 8th, 1973 due to a gastrointestinal hemorrhage associated with alcoholism.

Pete Ham: Due to intricate and crippling business problems, the Badfinger leader and guitarist hung himself on April 24th, 1975.

Kurt Cobain: On April 5th, 1994 the Nirvana leader took his own life by shooting himself in the head with a shotgun.

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Comments Off on Now THAT”s a prayer! | Posted by Stoneman on

Now THAT”s a prayer!

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Pastor Joe Nelms once again giving a rousing prayer at the NASCAR Nationwide race in Nashville, July 23, 2011. Boogity boogity boodity, let’s go racing boys! I’d like to attend a service at Big Joe’s church.


He did it back in April too!


I think we need MORE of Pastor Joe!

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Comments Off on | Posted by Stoneman on July 19, 2011

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Set for release is the latest edition of the Grateful Dead’s Road Trips vault series, which will spotlight the band’s April 5th and 6th, 1982 shows at the legendary Philadelphia Spectrum. The three-disc set, Road Trips Vol. 4 No. 4, will feature the entire April 6th Philly show — along with a handful of numbers from the previous night’s Spectrum gig. Dead.net posted that “the sound is pristine, and mastered to HDCD specs. A colorful booklet with an essay and photos is part of the deal, too.” Road Trips Vol. 4 No. 4: April 6, 1982 is available for pre-order and begins shipping on August 1st.

Guitarist Bob Weir told us that although he enjoys listening back to the old Dead tapes, it’s not something he’s able to do all that often: Bob_Weir_On_Listening_To_Old_Grateful_Dead_Tapes


Time: 7pm
Gates open: 5:30pm


$39.50 – LAWN All seats are General Admission – No seating available – Bring blanket


• No video or motion picture recording devices allowed.
• Audio recording permitted in designated areas only.
• No professional cameras with flash allowed.
Small cameras are OK.
• NO laser pointers!
•NO vending in Charter Amphitheatre or the parking areas of Heritage Park

Grateful Dead members Phil Lesh & Bob Weir’s Furthur return for one show only on July 29 at 7pm. Fans can expect Lesh & Weir to push the musical envelope with jaw-dropping improvisations and loving renditions of Grateful Dead classics, with a band that includes keyboardist Jeff Chimenti, drummer Joe Russo (Benevento – Russo Duo, Trey Anastasio), guitarist John Kadlecik (Dark Star Orchestra) along with backing vocalists Sunshine Becker & Jeff Pehrson. New and old fans of the Grateful Dead alike will be entranced as Phil & Bob take the musical journey “furthur”, exploring some of the Grateful Dead’s most beloved songs in a tour that promises to keep the feet stomping and the bodies shaking.

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