# CCXXVIII…Alice Cooper/Motley Crue @ PNC, August 30…

Once in a lifetime, an opportunity comes along to witness your own little “slice of Heaven”…whatever it may be, and The Powers-That-Be actually reward you for sticking it out and witnessing said event.  Last night’s concert at PNC Bank, which is actually smaller (capacity-wise) than the Susquehanna Bank Center, where we saw Mayhem, featured two acts that would have melted our faces off back in the day; the originator of “shock rock”, Mr. Alice Cooper and the “Bad Boys of Rock-n-Roll”, Motley Crue.

Please don’t misunderstand; the fact that, after 30 plus years of entertaining the rock masses worldwide, I have NO complaints upon bearing witness to the supreme combination of the two bands.  As far as the “entertainment” aspect of the show, both bands were on the ball with everything you could expect…and then some.

On the whole, we did arrive at the tail end of the set for Alice Cooper (sorry, pregame party ran a little late)…but, being that it was for the “Nightmare” inducer, what I saw from this 66 year old icon was a fifteen on a scale of 1 to 10.  In a set that featured such classics as “Welcome to My Nightmare” and “Feed My Frankenstein”, Alice Cooper (the man) had given the crowd a real treat, disappearing in a puff of smoke behind an “electrocution”-type theatrical event, where he came back on stage in a full Frankenstein outfit to finish that tune.  He also finished the set with a combo of “School’s Out” combined with Pink Floyd’s “Another Brick in the Wall, Part 2″, which was just a fantastic finish to a brilliant set.

For a show that is being billed as their “Farewell” concert, Motley Crue performed brilliantly for a band that has been on the scene for thirty-three years.  Starting the night with a more recent tune, “The Saints of Los Angeles”, they proceeded to kick teeth all night, with a huge amount of visual “eye candy” for the masses.  Throughout their set, which included such classics as “Wild Side”, “Primal Scream”, the token ballad, “Without You” (which, Vince Neil stated might have been responsible for creating half of the younger audience), and “Girls, Girls, Girls”, they were on-point with keeping the crowd enthralled with their performance.

Also, as a side note, there were other things that took place which stood out, as far as theatrics; the “flamethrower” bass of Nikki Sixx during “Shout At The Devil”, which shot flames forty feet out on command, the audience participation during the classic “Smokin’ In The Boys’ Room” was really great, they performed a cover of the old punk song “Anarchy in the UK” (brilliantly done BTW), and the “story time” that Nikki Sixx pulled off in the middle of the show, where he actually told Motley Crue’s origins, all the while instructing the crowd to “sit and listen”, literally, to his tale.

It was Mick Mars’ mastery of his guitar, however, which REALLY stood out, during a four-minute solo which, if you were looking at the screens to view (and tripping on acid), was just an awesome visual masterpiece as well.

Finishing the show with more classics like “Live Wire” (which directly followed the previously mentioned solo), “Too Young to Fall in Love”, and “Kickstart My Heart”, they finished with their ubiquitous hit, “Home Sweet Home”, to send the thralls home in the greatest of states.

Overall, this was a show that, had it been seen twenty years ago, might have had no impact on my life, as both bands did not have the experience which, last night, showed why they have been in this industry as long as they have.  Last night’s show, however, will go down in my history book as a wonderful addition to my memories.

RATINGS:  Alice Cooper *****    /   Motley Crue *****

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

# CCXXVII…Social Media Experiment, Part II…

To continue from my previous post, I am sending this note to all within earshot…I like writing (I’ve had some pretty awesome statements from outsiders) and the fact that I’ve been here on WordPress for 2 years plus says something (I don’t know what) about persistence.  But still, I am feeling that this could be better.

I mean, when it comes to writing on here, it’s not too difficult for me to run through my memories and experiences from 40+ years on the planet…but a lot of my readers may be way younger or way older.  I don’t know because, although the view counter keeps going up, I have no idea WHO has been reading my post.

I posted my e-mail in Part 1…Part 2 says, “Drop me a line; on Twitter (@dalsharq2445), on my e-mail (dalsharq2445@gmail.com) or POST A COMMENT ON HERE!!!”  Also, my real name is how you find me on Facebook or Google…may be a BIG mistake but I’m hoping that internet users will open their minds and let me know if something needs to be covered or just to expand my own horizons (as my interview a while ago did)…

NOTE:  If you decide to get a hold of me, please reference “Dal’s Music Note$” in your subject…so I’ll know…

Thank you for your kind attention…now go back to your lives…

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

# CCXXVI…Social Media Experiment…

This post is just a test…to see who’s really listening to me out there…Also, it will serve as a stat finding mission that I have decided to undertake.  This is a shout-out to all hands listening…my e-mail address (for those that haven’t been given a business card) is dalsharq2445@gmail.com; the reason I am giving this out is because I need to know what people’s opinions are…so that I can better serve YOU…instead of myself!

Also, in case you’re interested, I can now be found on Tumblr…at dalinar419…

Thank you and spread the word…can only go UP from here…

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

# CCXXV…Yaz’s 75th…

For those of you that don’t know, I have been a Red Sox fan since 2003 (when the Yankees’ broadcasters egos made me feel that I didn’t belong following them anymore).  With that having been said, it gives me great pleasure to announce the milestone 75th birthday of one of “our” greatest players, Mr. Carl Yastrzemski, who was born on this date in 1939.  As any Red Sox fan will tell you, he is one of the most prolific players to ever grace a Sox uniform, as his Hall of Fame stats prove.  Not only that but he was one of the rare players to have spent his 23 year career with our team and, unfortunately, did not taste a World Series victory.  Also, he was the last to hit for baseball’s Triple Crown before Miguel Cabrera in 2012.

Happy birthday, Yaz…and many happy more…

Also on today’s list are legendary guitarist John Lee Hooker (1917-2001), late science fiction guru Ray Bradbury (1920-2012), former Giants’ coach Bill Parcells (1941), “Shirley” of Laverne and Shirley, Cindy Williams was born in 1947, along with Beach Boys’ guitarist David Marks (1948) and guitarist Vernon Reid of the band Living Color was born in 1958.

Finishing the list are former Bangles drummer Debbi Peterson (1961), singer Tori Amos (1963), late Alice in Chains vocalist Layne Staley (1967-2002) {subject of last year’s August 22 post}, Jamaican rap star Beenie Man (1973), and current New Orleans Saints guard Jahri Evans was born in 1983.

/,,,/ ROCK ON YAZ!!!! \,,,\

# CCXXIII…”Trekking” for My Friend…

Today, August 19th, is the 42nd birthday of a person that was one of my earliest friends and, although we don’t talk as much as we used to, Mr. Shawn Smith and I have been best friends since the days of grammar school (so very very long ago LOL).  He is a kind-hearted, no nonsense individual that has seen me through my best (and subsequently worst) times.

Honored last year with a post, I wanted to start this post by explaining the title; it comes from the fact that he celebrates his birthday with THREE people associated with “Star Trek”.  Creator Gene Roddenberry (1921-1991), actress Diana Muldaur, who portrayed Dr. Pulaski on “Star Trek: The Next Generation” (as well as Dr. Mulhall in an original “Star Trek” episode) was born in 1938 and actor Jonathan Frakes, who played Commander Riker on “The Next Generation” was born in 1952…talk about a small universe…

Also born on this date are former Cream/Blind Faith drummer Ginger Baker (1939), former Deep Purple singer Ian Gillan (1945), former President (and southpaw) Bill Clinton (1946), actor Gerald McRaney (1948), former Queen bassist John Deacon (1951), former New Orleans Saints kicker Morten Andersen (1960), actor/comedian John Stamos and former Europe vocalist Joey Tempest were both born in 1963, WWE ring announcer and singer Lillian Garcia (1966), rapper Nate Dogg (1969), rapper/actor Fat Joe (1970), and iconic Smallville villain Zod, Callum Blue, was born in 1977.

To Shawn, wishing you the very happiest of birthdays…and many happy more, old friend…

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

# CCXXII…My Memories of Elvis (Reblog from “thelefthandedviewofmusicbydal”, 08/16/12)…

As many of you may know by now, today, August 16th, marks the thirty-seventh anniversary of the death of Elvis Presley.  For those of you out there who don’t know who he was (as most of you are probably too young to remember…oh, wait…Facebook is watching…), he was just one of the many great singers of my generation.  He was also in quite a number of movies, too, making him that much more of a legend.

At the time of his death, I was a six-year old kid…so I really can’t remember much, as that was a dark time in my life (I won’t get into why just yet).  But I do recall vividly how much my mother (as I sure most of ALL moms did at that juncture) idolized this wonderful entertainer.  I haven’t really watched anything he’s done in a very, very long time; his music, though, is in my collection (which I will get into, at some point).

From 1956’s “Elvis Presley” (with such hits as “Blue Suede Shoes”, “Tutti Frutti”, “Blue Moon”, and “Money Honey”) to 1976’s “From Elvis Presley Boulevard, Memphis, Tennessee” (sporting classics such as “Hurt” and “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain”), his unmistakable voice is what drove millions of screaming teenage girls to a frenzy; well, that AND his hip-swivelling!  He also had a knack, though, for being in front of the camera as a well-known (and adored) movie star.  And, I’m sure (although I can’t say for certain due to the time lapse), I have experienced everything this brilliant star had created.

I do remember, though, witnessing his funeral procession on television (hey, it was THE MAJOR event of that time!), and remembering how my mother was truly and totally heartbroken (as was millions of others, including his family).  I recall that it was truly a dark time in music, as his style of music would very rarely be duplicated (I know, a lot of time has passed; hence the words “very rarely”).

RIP, Elvis Aaron Presley, January 8, 1935-August 16, 1977…a bright star that will never be extinguished.