# CDXVII…Final Excerpt Before Monday…

The title refers to the fact that this date, July 23rd, hasn’t been covered, which I have been covering this year with little snippets from my book (releasing on the Kindle and Kindle family of apps this Monday…spread the word, please?)  This date is no different, as I now present to you the last book-created post (unless I get too lazy in the near future)…

# cv…He Only Needs One Name…

Today, July 23rd, is the birthday of former Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash (1965), whose career in the industry pretty much put the band on the map from the awesome opening of the classic “Sweet Child O’ Mine”.  His performances on the band’s first five albums cemented their place in metal’s upper echelon of superstars.

He also has, currently, his “Slash’s Snakepit”, which is also a showcase for the man’s diverse and unique playing style and last worked with superstar musician Myles Kennedy as well as minor collaborations with other stars.  He is a well-respected but never duplicated icon in the business and we wish him many happy more!

Since he has a LOT of birthday twins, let’s get started; late baseball icon Pee Wee Reese (1918-1999), late actor/game show host Bert Convy (1933-1991), late Dodgers’ legend Don Drysdale (1936-1993), actor Ronny Cox {“Robocop”, among others} (1938), radio icon Don Imus (1940), actress Edie McClurg (1951), actor Woody Harrelson (1961) and actor Eriq LaSalle was born in 1962.

Also, celebrating are/were; late actor Phillip Seymour Hoffman (1967-2014), comedian Marlon Wayans (1972), former political “scandal” Monica Lewinsky (1973), former wrestler Sonny Siaki (1974), Destiny’s Child songstress Michelle Williams (1980), “The Vampire Diaries” co-star Paul Wesley {“Stefan”} (1987) and the everlasting and ubiquitous “Harry Potter”, Mr. Daniel Radcliffe was born in 1989.

Thank you again for coming…it means a lot, trust me, because I do this solely because of my love of writing…and teaching…

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

P.S.:  As I don’t have the type of capital that is required to advertise in more “convenient” ways, like on the TV, radio or in the papers, social media has become my way of “spreading the news”.  That having been said, I sinceriously (thank you, Stephen Amell) request, if you can, that you share, retweet, etc., as it would be greatly appreciated!

# CDXVI…Black Sabbath Icon for Uncovered Date…

Since I haven’t been here since last Friday (July 8) and I haven’t covered this date on the blog, I figured that I would just do what I have been doing since I finished the “project” (which will be released only on Amazon Kindle on August 8)…I hereby leave you with the following excerpt…

# cii…Legendary Bassist’s Celebration…

Today’s date, July 17th, is the birthdate of original (and current) bassist, Geezer Butler (1949), who, in case you didn’t know, has been with the band {with a couple of exceptions for solo and other collaborative works} since its inception in 1969.  Originally a rhythm guitarist, he actually made the iconic switch to a bass when lead guitarist (and fellow southpaw legend) Tony Iommi refused to play with a second guitarist.  I think I speak for all the rock-heads out there in saying that that was the best deal ever, as without it, you’d never have Geezer on bass for classics like “War Pigs”, “Sabbath Bloody Sabbath”, “Paranoid”, and the like.

As he has been an integral part of Black Sabbath and will continue to be until their Final Tour ends later this year, his style is loved by all in the rock industry; such iconic bassists like Jason Newsted (Newsted/Metallica), Les Claypool (Primus), the late Cliff Burton (Metallica) and one of my favorites, John Myung (Dream Theater) list him as their idol for his sheer brilliance.

His fourteen album releases with Black Sabbath, combined with the above-mentioned solo/collaborations, and the fact that he’s been playing bass since before most of you were thought of means that he’s more than certainly earned his place here…Many happy more to you, Sir!

Also celebrating on this fine day are/were; “Perry Mason” creator Erle Stanley Gardner (1889-1970), late super-actor James Cagney (1899-1986), late entertainer Art Linkletter (1912-2010), late comedienne/actress Phyllis Diller (1917-2012), actress Diahann Carroll (1935) and actor Donald Sutherland (1935) predate the Black Sabbath superstar.

Born after him are; veteran actor David Hasselhoff (1952), “A Nightmare on Elm Street” (1984) heroine Heather Langenkamp (1964), actor Alex Winter {“Bill & Ted’s…” movies/”The Lost Boys”} (1965), Symphony X drummer (and New Jersey native) Jason Rullo (1972), country superstar Luke Bryan (1976) and former TNA/WWE star Mike Knox was born in 1978.

Thank you for coming with me down “rock-n-roll memory lane”…it’s always my pleasure to bring it to you…and, as always…

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

# CDXV…85th in Heaven, 1st in my Heart…

Today, July 8th, for the uninitiated, is a date constantly covered on this blog, as it is the birthdate of my father, Frederick Johnson (1931-1999).  He was a man whose very nature I have been trying to emulate my whole forty-five years of existence.  As my father, he did his job by instilling in me the very values I hold most dear…my “family” is the most important thing to me and I try my best to be the good human that he wanted me to be.

On this, his 85th birthday, I just wanted to drop by and wish him (and any other soul out there willing to listen LOL) a very Happy Birthday from his youngest…as I know that he’s partying with his brothers and sisters on this special milestone!  He’s probably got a guitar in his hands, playing some 50’s and 60’s music and singing up a storm.

As for some of his “twins” born today, the inventor of Coca-Cola, John Pemberton, was born in 1831, fashion designer Hugo Boss (1885-1948), singer/actor Jerry Vale (1930-2014), comedian Marty Feldman (Igor from Young Frankenstein) (1934-1982), the very talented signer/actor Steve Lawrence (1935), actor Jeffrey Tambor (1944), and chef du jour Wolfgang Puck (1949).

The newest Morticia Addams, Anjelica Huston, was born in 1951, Footloose star Kevin Bacon (1958), country superstar Toby Keith (1961), “Uncanny X-Men” artist/writer Whilce Portacio (1963), folksy artist Beck (1970), and guitarist/singer Elias Viljanen of the group Sonata Arctica (who I will be seeing in September) was born in 1975.

Thank you for listening and…

/,,,/ ROCK ON DAD!!!! \,,,\

# CDXIV…Updated Reblog from 2015…from the book…

As there was new information since the original post you’re about to read, I figured that I would give you all one last excerpt from the book…being that it comes out on August 8 (Kindle)…and hope you all enjoy…

# CCCXXXV…For America’s “Twins”…

Since I have been posting, July 4th has been a birthday-less date in which I haven’t given you the list of people that are celebrating the birth of this once great nation.  That having been said, we already know that this country was “born” 239 years ago and that is a testament to the longevity of our country.

As I don’t want to take up too much time (which everyone is devoting to the celebrations that today brings), I will present to you the post-1900 (natch) list of “twins”; late real estate mogul Leona Helmsley (1920-2007), actress Eva Marie Saint (1924), Italian bombshell Gina Lollobrigida (1927), playwright Neil Simon (1927), late New York Yankees’ owner George Steinbrenner (1930-2010) and disgraced former journalist Geraldo Rivera was born in 1943.

Red-white-and-blue salutes also go to; Bad English guitarist John Waite (1952), former wrestler Barry Windham (1960), ESPNs Pam Shriver (1962), Stryper and Boston guitarist Michael Sweet (1963), former 80s hair band heartthrob Mark Slaughter (1964), former Saints’ defensemen (plural) La’Roi Glover (1974) and Will Smith (1981)* and southpaw Maple Leafs’ defenseman Jake Gardiner was born in 1990.

I hope that you all have a SAFE and enjoyable holiday…now, I have things to do and so I bid you all adieu and…

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

            *(Two sidenotes:  Will Smith was killed in a heinous “road rage” incident on April 9, 2016 in New Orleans and July 4th is also the birthday of BabyMetal singer/dancer Moa Kikuchi (1999)).

/,,,/ ROCK ON DUDEZ \,,,\  ™

# CDXIII…Testament’s Vocalist’s Birthday…

As today, June 23rd, hadn’t previously been covered on the blog, I figured that I would relay my personal feelings as to why it again pains me that it hasn’t been…until now…

# xc…Fandom Fulfilled…

Today’s date, June 23rd, happens to be the birthday of one of my all-time favorites in the music industry; Testament vocalist Chuck Billy (1962), whose performance at the Roseland Ballroom in New York was one of four acts that closed the esteemed venue in 2013.  The reason that this man is on the list, however, is due to the fact that, when I was in my teens and 20’s, this man’s renowned vocal talents were among the very best that heavy metal had to offer.

The raspy nature of his voice was perfect for the genre and his vocal range is almost unmatched; he can hit you with high, fast-paced vocals and then kick your face with an almost-grunting haunt to it.  His work on the band’s 10 albums is a testament (sorry but pun actually intended) to the man’s dedication to his craft in spite of personal “demons”, like the sickness and subsequent regression of illnesses, tells you why his band is currently Number 6 on my personal Top Ten!

Many happy more to you, Sir…and it was a pleasure to have witnessed your glory live…

Also, celebrating this date with you are/were; late football owner Art Modell (1925-2012), late dancer/actor Bob Fosse (1927-1987), singer/actress June Carter Cash (1929-2003), late track star Wilma Rudolph (1940-1994), veteran actor Ted Shackleford (1946), judge/lawyer Clarence Thomas (1948) and rock legend Glenn Danzig was born in 1955.

On this list, as well, are/were; “American Idol” judge Randy Jackson (1956), actress Frances McDormand (1957), current uber-producer Josh Whedon (1964), actress Selma Blair (1972), soccer star Zinedine Zidane (1972), singer/songwriter KT Tunstall (1975) and former NFL star running back LaDainian Tomlinson was born in 1979.

Metal horns always up on June 23…see you next time…

/,,,/ ROCK ON DUDEZ \,,,\  ™

# CDXII…Happy Father’s Day, 2016 Edition…

On this morning, June 19, the calendar states that today is Father’s Day, 2016, and, as with every year, you’ve probably been bombarded by now with advertisements of how to save on “everything for Dad” from the myriad of businesses that thrive off the fact of taking your money to appease their pockets.  I for one, however, do not subscribe to any of those “ads” because my thought (as I’ve mentioned a slew of times before) is, without my beautiful daughters, Mena (24) and Erin (16), the “holiday” would mean absolutely nothing!

Being that this society has now based almost everything on material possessions, I would like to state that I really haven’t been a “model father”…you know the type; Dad provides children with cars, money, etc., sends them off to college (all-expenses-paid) and continues to nurture the kids even after they’ve left the “nest”, etc.  The thing that I’ve just recently realized, however, is that the time and memories of raising my two girls so that they become good, law-abiding citizens (for the most part) is more than any father could ask for.

At this time, I may not be able to properly show my “materialistic” side to them, as this society has just become so screwed up by the fact the “money rules all” but, in the end, I have seen my children through the hells of growing up in the city (not easy) and into the wonderful age of the teenage years and beyond.  My only hope is that they continue their quests for greatness, for which (I hope) I will be there to offer my knowledge to place them in the proper direction.

To my children, thank you both for bestowing this wonderful honor, a fact that I would never change for anything.  Also, big shout-outs to my father (Fred) and my late brother (also Fred), as I know you’re both nodding in approval from Heaven; as well, to my elder brother and brother-in-law, Steve, I wish you guys nothing but the best today and hope that your children do the same!

To all of the men who celebrate today but cannot (or will not, for whatever stupid reason) be by their offspring, the only thing that comes to my mind is that you should really attempt to be with your children…the time that one spends with their “creations” is time that is always precious and time that is never wasted and will provide you, their father, with pride in knowing that your best work is caring for them, which is what we’re ultimately placed here for.

I know exactly what I need to make this Father’s Day (and, of course, all the ones preceding and to come) the best day for me…and it doesn’t involve discounted ties, watches or suits…”Happy Father’s Day” wishes from my children is the only “present” that I’ve ever been interested in, since 1992!

Until next time…

/,,,/ ROCK ON DADZ \,,,\

# CDXI…Another Uncovered Date…Shockingly!…

Today, June 16th, is a date that amazes me because I’ve never covered it.  If you’ll follow me on this strange trip through musical madness, I have another surprise in store; in the form of a new entry, you’ll see why this date SHOULD have been talked about…

# lxxxv…My Number One’s Original…

Today, June 16th, as it turns out, is the birthdate of the original vocalist for Dream Theater, Charlie Dominici (1951), and the reason that his name just happens to go here is due largely to his association to the group and nothing else.

He only appeared on their first release, “When Dream and Day Unite”, in 1989…which was before the release of their smash hit album “Images and Words” (with James LaBrie at the helm).  He was described by ex-drummer Mike Portnoy as “a good singer in the wrong band”.  He has, however, released his own, self-titled works after that so he obviously persevered in the business after them.

Also celebrating today as their birthday are/were; late “March of the Wooden Soldiers” co-star Stan Laurel (1890-1965), late actor Jack Albertson (1907-1981), late puppeteer Jane Henson (1934-2013), singer Billy “Crash” Craddock (1939), actress Joan Van Ark (1943) and former Minnesota Timberwolves’ coach Rick Adelman was born in 1946.

Born after Mr. Dominici are/were; pugilist Roberto Duran (1951), actress Laurie Metcalf (1955), late wrestling legend The Ultimate Warrior (1959-2014), former hardcore wrestling legend The Sandman (1963), southpaw-stanced golfer Phil Mickelson (1970), late rap pioneer Tupac Shakur (1971-1996), baseball pitching star Kerry Wood (1977), basketball’s Rick Nash (1984) and “American Idol” runner-up Diana DeGarmo was born in 1987.

Until next time…heaven only knows when that will be…

/,,,/ ROCK ON DUDEZ \,,,\  ™