# CCCXLIII…Saturday Spotlight, Vol. XXV…”Shockwave Supernova”, Joe Satriani…

As I present to you, my adoring public and fans, this milestone edition of the Saturday Spotlight, it has dawned on me that most of you don’t even know who Joe Satriani is in the grand musical scheme.  This latest release by the guitar maestro is nothing short of a phenomenon, as from the opening, titular track to the closing “Goodbye Supernova” (which is a 5:48 “ballad” that is a great finisher), he continues to affirm the reason that he is Number 4 on my Top Ten.

Being that I am a true fan of the legend, I can honestly say that, if you are a fan like me (remember, I’ve seen him live LOL), you will enjoy this, his 15th release since 1986.  This album has everything to expect from a Joe Satriani album; lots of flaming guitar riffs, bass lines that accommodate and move you as well, piano interludes and non-stop instrumental madness that only HE can produce.

The most enjoyable tracks on the album (list to follow) are; Track 2 – “Lost in a Memory”, a soft, keyboard-based tune that is very soothing; Track 3 – “Crazy Joey”, a jazzy-upbeat track that is reminiscent of his persona; Track 7 – “San Franscisco Blue”, a five-star, 60’s type song that has awesome finger-work; Track 9 – “All of My Life”, a ballad-type guitar romp that almost tells a story; Track 13 – “If There Is No Heaven”, an upward tempo set of chords that has a beautiful bass part in the middle; and Track 15 – “Goodbye Supernova”, a slow-moving track that really finishes a masterpiece.

His jaw-dropping serenades (guitar-work, not singing on this album) will keep you moved throughout the entire album.  If you don’t know about him, by all means, look him up…you will not be disappointed by any album or track you may find.  I should know…been a fan for many years.

Also, if you interested, his side project is with the Sammy Hagar-led Chickenfoot, who have put out two studio and one live album since 2008 (and THEY are awesome, as well!)

Until next Saturday…although I will be writing before then, guaranteed…when I present another Saturday Spotlight (I have lots of new material and more on the way, so why not make it a habit LOL)…

/,,,/ ROCK ON DUDEZ \,,,\

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Track List:  1) Shockwave Supernova; 2) Lost in a Memory; 3) Crazy Joey; 4) In My Pocket; 5) On Peregrine Wings; 6) Cataclysmic; 7) San Francisco Blue; 8) Keep On Movin'; 9) All of my Life; 10) A Phase I’m Going Through; 11) Scarborough Stomp; 12) Butterfly & Zebra; 13) If There Is No Heaven; 14) Stars Race Across the Sky; 15) Goodbye Supernova:  OVERALL RATING:  **** 1/2

# CCCXLII…Not a One-Hit Wonder…Featuring Afroman!

On this slow birthday list, one name pops out…July 28th is the birthday of rapper Afroman (born Joseph Foreman, 1974).  The title of my post refers, of course, to his hit track, “Because I Got High”.  While his music is not my genre to cover, I did find out that (naturally) he’s been active since 1992, when he started selling homemade songs to classmates.

It was the title track to his second album listed above that really propelled his career, which has led to 15 albums releases, touring with acts like Cypress Hill, Method Man, Insane Clown Posse and the like.  Also, as it turns out (and something I have to look for), he had released a remix of “Because I Got High” last year, as sort of a “pro-marijuana” song instead of the original’s “slacker” connotations.

Smoke ’em if you got ’em, Afroman…we will in your honor!!!

Also born on this slow day are/were; late author Beatrix Potter (1866-1943), late inventor Earl Tupper {“Tupperware” creator} (1907-1983), late First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis (1929-1994), voice actor (“Optimus Prime”) Peter Cullen (1941), “Garfield” creator Jim Davis (1945), actress Sally Struthers (1947) and late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez (1954-2013).

Finishing the list are; actress Lori Loughlin (1964), UFC president Dana White (1969), Arch Enemy guitarist Michael Amott (1970) and former New Jersey Devils’ left wing, Zach Parise was born in 1984.

Enjoy your day, everyone…I will be back at some point…

/,,,/ ROCK ON DUDEZ \,,,\

# CCCXLI…Known for a Historic Birth…

On this date in 1978, a woman name Louise Brown was born.  The reason that this is of importance is due to the fact that, when I was seven, her birth was of MAJOR significance, as she was the first baby to be born in a test-tube.  At the time, I didn’t really understand the concept of birth like I do now (being a father twice) and I can pretty much tell you from being alive back then that the religious zealots were up in arms over this.

Being that they still cannot contain their differences, her birth probably advanced modern science to discover ways to tell the religious nuts that “if we can do this, the Bible be damned!” (not a personal opinion…I do not follow any religion, although I do believe in a higher power…{awaits lightning bolt nervously}).

I apologize for this short post…I am currently working feverishly on a side project AND doing research for next week’s Spotlight return…

Also, celebrating birthdays (before I forget)…Late “Golden Girls” co-star Estelle Getty (1923-2008), Rita Marley (widow of the Jamaican legend) was born in 1946, late football legend Walter Payton (1954-1999), actress/model Iman (1955), former baseball star Doug Drabek (1962), former New York Rangers’ (and San Jose Sharks’) left-wing Tony Granato (1964), former “Friends” co-star Matt LeBlanc (1967) and actress Amy Adams was born in 1979.

Thanks and I’ll be back…

/,,,/ ROCK ON DUDEZ \,,,\

# CCCXL…Milestone for The Boss…

No, today’s post doesn’t refer to George Steinbrenner…it refers to the 50th birthday of my current employer, Debbie Cross, who, as the owner of the company I’ve worked for these past five years, has been more than tolerant with me, insofar as my hobby is concerned; I’ve tried not to have it interfere with my career and have been okay with that so far.

She is a very no-nonsense person with very little patience for the people who try to get over, business-wise, and I am happy to post this on her honor, as I have nothing but respect and jealousy for her demeanor.

Wishing Debbie nothing more than best wishes today and many happy more!

As far as her “twins” go, she celebrates with; late actress Natalie Wood (1938-1981), former Minnesota Twins’ veteran Tony Oliva (1938), “Bette Davis Eyes” singer Kim Carnes (1945), guitar virtuoso Carlos Santana (1947), former Twisted Sister guitarist Jay Jay French (1954) and late pitchman Billy Mays (1958-2009) also celebrate today.

Also on the list are; former Soundgarden and Audioslave vocalist Chris Cornell (1964), actress/singer Vitamin C (1969), actor Omar Epps and former NHLer Peter Forsberg (1973) and “Mrs. Tom Brady”, model Giselle Bundchen was born in 1980.

/,,,/ ROCK ON DUDEZ \,,,\

# CCCXXXIX…A Very Somber RIP…

Yesterday, while the family and I were on our yearly excursion to RockStar Mayhem (which, due to unforeseen circumstances, I was not able to witness so no review this year) and were notified over social media that my great friend Michael Reinke’s Mother had passed away.  Although this may seem to many of you as a situation that should not affect me, you don’t know the reasons why it does and should!

You see, the night that my ex-wife gave me the boot, I had asked her (due to my close relationship with Mike) if she could accommodate me, as I attempted to rebuild my life.  She had shockingly agreed that night and, over the course of the next couple of months, she was the person that provided me with the necessary mental stability to move on and continue my existence.

All in all, it was seeing through her eyes on how hard life can be under the world’s surprises can push someone to keep moving forward and doing the absolute best that one can do in your environment.  My perception of the universe that night changed because of her continued perseverance in the face of adversity.  Her infectiously cynical views on life, though, are just some of the beautiful memories that this writer will always cherish.

My extremely heartfelt condolences go out to Michael and Kathleen (sorry if I haven’t mentioned anyone else there; my memory is shot and don’t recall any others), for your Mom’s light will truly be missed.  She is in a better place now and God has taken her pain…

Rest in Peace, Flo…01/14/41 – 07/17/15…

# CCCXXXVIII…”Riverdancing” Through the Day…

For those who don’t know, if July 16th is your birthday, you also celebrate with American dancing icon Michael Flatley (1958), who is the creator of the great Irish stepdancing shows like “Riverdance”, “Lord of the Dance” and “Feet of Flames”.  As I was with my ex-wife at the time that his second show (“Lord of the Dance”) came out, I had the honor of watching his wonderful productions with earnest.

A multitalented star (dancer, writer, choreographer AND flautist), his dancing combined with the intricate stage numbers and all of the Irish and American talents in the shows is the reason that he is on this blog today.  His latest show, entitled “Celtic Tiger” has been running since 2005; further cementing his longevity in the entertainment industry.

Wishing Mr. Flatley many happy more…

Also celebrating on this date (first time showcasing this date, by the way) are; late popcorn maker Orville Redenbacher (1907-1995), late actress Barbara Stanwyck (1909-1990), late dancer/actress Ginger Rogers (1911-1995), former football coach (and no relation) Jimmy Johnson (1943) and actor Rueben Blades was born in 1948.

Former drummer for The Police, Stuart Copeland (1952), 80s movie star Phoebe Cates (1963), ubiquitous comedian Will Ferrell (1967), former football star Barry Sanders (1968), Wikipedia co-founder Larry Sanger (1968), actor Corey Feldman (1971) and current TNA and former MMA star Bobby Lashley was born in 1976.

Here’s hoping that you all have a “dancing” good day…be back Saturday with RockStar Mayhem post (concert tomorrow in Camden)…

/,,,/ ROCK ON DUDEZ \,,,\

# CCXII…Number Two for Number 4…

James A. Johnson:

Focused on Friday’s Mayhem concert…needed to post this week…

Originally posted on Dal's Music Note$:

Today’s birthday spotlight falls on the shoulders of a multi-talented musician named Joe Satriani.  The title, in case you haven’t figured it out, is because he is my Number 4 favorite of all time (See Top 10 for that) and this is the second time (other than the Top 10) where he is involved.  Today is his 58th birthday and he is currently banging around with Sammy Hagar’s side project, Chickenfoot…as well as being a multi-platinum recording artist in his own right, with his mostly guitar instrumental releases.

A little side story to this is the fact that I saw him play live (with Dream Theater and King’s X at Jones Beach many moons ago) and, although I was familiar with his music before that show, seeing him perform live was another experience altogether.  He is still a brilliant musician who, hopefully, has a lot more in his tank to…

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