# DXXXVII…Famous “Fiery” Cousin…

April 21st, as I just found out, is the birthday of “The Flash” recurring guest star Robbie Amell (1988), who is the cousin of “Arrow” star Stephen Amell, as if you couldn’t tell!  Being the cousin of the CW star must not be all roses and clover but Robbie is here on this list because of what he’s accomplished, so far in his relatively short career…and what is yet to come.

As you already know, his guest spots on the second CW hit, as the “anti-hero” FIRESTORM (on the show, it is actually F.I.R.E.S.T.O.R.M., but I can’t recall what the acronym stands for) and his leading role in the short-lived series “The Tomorrow People” really accentuate this young man’s burgeoning career.  He also starred in the movie, “The Duff”, which (regrettably at this time) I haven’t seen and is releasing another movie in 2016.

Not too shabby for a guy that had dreams of playing hockey until he was bitten by the acting bug…Many happy more to you, Mr. Robbie Amell…

Among his birthday twins are; late veteran actor Anthony Quinn (1915-2001), Her Royal Majesty Queen Elizabeth II (1926), actor Charles Grodin and former New Jersey governor (1982-1990, when I was growing up) Thomas Kean (1935), singer/actor Iggy Pop (1947), actress/singer Patti LuPone (1949) and veteran actor (“Who’s The Boss”, “Taxi”, etc.) Tony Danza was born in 1951.

Celebrating with them are; former wrestling star {and 2019 Hall of Famer} (WWF) Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake (1957), veteran actress Andie MacDowell (1958), The Cure’s frontman Robert Smith (1959), former NHL goalie phenom Ed Belfour (1965), late ECW superstar Axl Rotten (1971-2016), the drummer for the band Nightwish (awesome band…check ‘em out), Jukka Nevalainen (1978), current “X-Men” headmaster James McAvoy (1979) and former Dallas Cowboys’ “field general” Tony Romo was born in 1980.

As always, thanks for “listening”…it means a lot to me…Sinceriously!

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

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# DXXXVI…For His 55th…

Just a quick Happy Birthday in Heaven to my eldest brother, Fred (pictured above LOL), who is up there having a blast with my Mom and Dad…and people that he honored like Jim Morrison, Bon Scott, Randy Rhoades and the like.  This would have been his 55th birthday…and there’s not a day that goes by that I don’t miss his wisdom (especially with music) and his unique personality.

/,,,/ ROCK ON DERF \,,,\

# DXXXV…For a Fallen Star…From My Youth…

It was on this date, April 13th, in the bicentennial year of 1976 that late child actor Jonathan Brandis was born (1976-2003).  For those that don’t know who he is, he starred in such classic 80s and 90s movies such as “Ladybugs”, “Sidekicks” with Chuck Norris, “Stephen King’s It” and “The NeverEnding Story II: The Next Chapter”.

However, it was his 57 episode (only character to be on all episodes) run on the hit NBC show, “SeaQuest DSV” that will hold a special place in my heart…due to an anachronism.  You see, in one of the episodes, he is seen wearing a Florida (now Miami) Marlins jersey.  Being that the show had debuted around the same time the team did, I thought it was a nice touch to include that; this is coming from the same guy that got chills when I saw the original Sharks’ jersey in the pilot episode of “Sliders”; getting to the point, however, is that fact THIS particular jersey incorporated the words “World Champions”…no more than a year after their creation!

His portrayal of his character on the show, on the other hand, was also what made his place here relevant; as a super-smart tech guy on a deep-sea vessel, he sort of reminded one of “Commander Data” on the “Star Trek” spinoffs…the underdog who is always finding a way out of a jam scientifically.  And that, my friends, is what endeared me to him.

Also celebrating on this date are; former American outlaw Butch Cassidy (1866-1908), late “Get Smart” and “Inspector Gadget” star Don Adams (1923-2005), former “Wonder Woman” co-star, veteran actor Lyle Waggoner (1935), actor Paul Sorvino (1939), former “Leave It to Beaver” sidekick Tony Dow (1945) and The Reverend Al Green was born in 1946.

“Hellboy” star Ron Perlman (1950), singer Peabo Bryson (1951), E Street Band drummer Max Weinberg (1951), former chess master Garry Kasparov (1963), actress/comedian Caroline Rhea (1964), former child star Ricky Schroder (1970), Staind guitarist/singer Aaron Lewis (1972) and one-hit wonder star (for “Mambo No. 5”) Lou Bega (1975) also share this date.

More tomorrow…calendar says so…must listen to calendar…

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

# DXXXIV…Predicting a Smash…

This date, April 6th, is the birthdate of director Barry Levinson (1942), who directed a movie that everyone has had to have seen at least once; the 1988 classic “Rain Man”, which in case you didn’t know, starred Tom Cruise and Dustin Hoffman and, although I could tell you what it was about, you should experience it the way that I did…I had won a call-in radio contest for an advanced screening of the movie.

Upon arriving at the Puck Building in New York, which is where it was being shown, I really hadn’t the technology that we have today.  I had no idea what the movie was about but I went, just to experience a movie BEFORE everyone else.  Needless to say, after watching the movie with about 100 other lucky people, I walked out of the theater and said to myself, “This movie is going to win a lot of awards”…the day before it was released to the public!

My ESP doesn’t really work anymore so I will finish that story and move on…

Also celebrating on this date are; late country legend Merle Haggard (1937-2016*), late legendary wrestler (and Dwayne Johnson’s grandfather) Peter Maivia (1937-1982), veteran actor Billy Dee Williams (1937), “Cheers” co-star John Ratzenberger (1947), former MLB star Bert Blyleven (1951) and former “Taxi” co-star Marilu Henner (1952).

Former NFL star-turned-broadcaster Sterling Sharpe (1965), MLB journeyman Bret Boone (1969), veteran actor Paul Rudd {Marvel’s “Ant-Man”, among others} (1969), former NHL star goalie Olaf Kolzig (1970), former “Wonder Years” co-star Jason Hervey (1972) and actor Zach Braff was born in 1975.

/,,,/ ROCK ON “RAYMOND” \,,,\

(* Mr. Haggard’s 2016 death occurred, ironically, on his 79th birthday, April 6, 2016.)

# DXXXIII…My Late Brother’s Favorite Guitarist…

Today, the 31st of March, is the birthday of legendary rock god Angus Young (1955), the Hall-of-Fame guitarist from the band AC/DC (in case you’ve been living under a rock), who co-created the band in 1975 and is best known for his gimmick, which is playing shows dressed as an English schoolboy, complete with uniform and knickers.

His mastery of the guitar is unmatched by very few and his awesome riffs and grinds are known throughout heavy metal history. His career’s longevity is just a testament as to how great the guy plays his guitar…and the band is a Number One favorite of my late eldest brother, Fred. The band has released over 15 albums and are, unfortunately, in the twilight of their touring days.

To you, Mr. Young, I hope many happy more birthdays are to come…

Celebrating with the guitarist are; actor William Daniels {“Knight Rider” as K.I.T.T. and “St. Elsewhere”} (1927), late singer Lefty Frizzell (1928-1975), hockey legend Gordie Howe (1928), fashion designer Liz Claiborne (1929-2007), actor Richard Chamberlain and “Partridge Family” matriarch Shirley Jones (1934), trumpeter Herb Alpert (1935) and actor Christopher Walken was born in 1943.

Former Vice President Al Gore (1948), actress Rhea Perlman (1948), “Superman” veteran Marc McClure {former Jimmy Olsen} (1957), sportscaster Steve Smith (1969), hockey star Pavel Bure (1971) and actor Ewan McGregor was also born on this date in 1971.

As I leave you all to see you next month (my busiest), I would like to thank you all for reading…the view counter is what truly makes me happiest!!!

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

# DXXXII…Rock Spotlight, Vol. XVI…”No More Hollywood Endings”, Battle Beast (03/22/19)…

Since I saw this band back in April of 2018 (and even shook the lead singer’s hand, in passing), I have anticipated this album, which is their fifth release, “No More Hollywood Endings” and, as a fan that had not heard of them until I attended the Delain/Kamelot meet-and-greet which I’ve written about, I can truly say that Noora and the boys didn’t disappoint with this release!

From the opening track, “Unbroken” and continuing through the two launching songs, the title track and the ever-hauntingly beautiful “Eden” (which I’ve taken a liking to because its’ subject matter resonates personally), the anti-technology (?) “Unfairy Tales” and the campy, 80’s-ish “Endless Summer”, there isn’t a single bad track on here, which is a beautiful thing, musically, in the bubblegum-addled generation (who wouldn’t know good music if it jumped up and bit them in their saggy pants asses!!!) that we live in!

Also, of note, it is an album that easily be played on the radios of the world; well, for mature audiences, anyway (sensitive freaks LOL)…every single track is Dal’s Music Note$-approved for your satisfaction.  The album features Noora’s powerful voice, which is an awesome break from the lack of talent these days in music and very unique.  Her highs and lows are just perfect for the metal/rock genre and I’m proud that I was introduced to this band’s legacy…nothing more than onward and upward!!

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

# DXXXI…Rock Spotlight, Vol. XV…”Crowned in Frost”, Frozen Crown (03/22/19)…

In this half-milestone post, I am here to tell you about a band that I found COMPLETELY by accident; I was watching the latest Sabaton History YouTube episode and, during an ad interlude in which our next artist’s newest video was played, it allowed me to further indulge my non-bubblegum music collection!  As their video played, I fell in love purely for the awesome way the melodies resonated together…and also with one band member in particular (you’ll know why momentarily…); the fact remains, however, that this up-and-coming metal band should be on everyone’s radar!

The Italian female-fronted quintet, known as Frozen Crown, consists of: vocalist Giada “Jade” Etro, vocalist/guitar/keyboard maestro Federico Mondelli, southpaw guitarist Talia Bellazecca, bassist Filippo Zavattari and drummer Alberto Mezzanotte have gotten together to produce some of the most beautiful heavy/death metal (yes, there is growling but it’s just awesome in and of itself…) notes that I’ve ever heard.  Their sophomore release, “Crowned in Frost”, is a truly wonderful addition to my personal collection.

Starting from the opening track, the instrumental “Arctic Gates” (see the theme yet?), it blasts into the track for which the video was, the unforgettable “Neverending”, which features wonderful melodies from both guitarists as well as Giada’s powerful voice!  Other awesome songs include the fourth track, “Battles in the Night”, which is followed by the seven-minute long “Winterfall” (which reminded me a little of Dream Theater, time-change wise LOL), “Unspoken”, the ninth track, “Forever”, just in sheer speed-metal power alone and, of course, the title track, “Crowned in Frost”.

This band, which I’ve said, I stumbled upon by accident, is a nice addition to the ever-evolving and NEVER DEAD genre known as rock/metal and I personally look forward to many more releases from this group as they are true to the corps!!!

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

# DXXX…(530)…”Bueller? Bueller?”…

It was fellow comedian Ben Stein utterance of that name that will forever be synonymous with our birthday celebrator on this March 21st…Mr. Matthew Broderick, born in Manhattan, New York, on this date in 1960.  He is a brilliant comedian, whose hits include “WarGames”, “Project X” (the movie about the monkeys, not the rave!), “Torch Song Trilogy”, “The Cable Guy” with Jim Carrey and even as, of course, adult Simba in the smash hit, “The Lion King”.

His portrayal of teen slacker Ferris Bueller, however, was his best (albeit his third) performance, as the high school hooky player who runs amok in Chicago with his friends.  A definite cult classic, the movie was released in 1983 and hasn’t had its’ momentum stopped.  It is just another in a long list of movies that should NOT ever be remade or rebooted, as it’s a classic comedy that you just cannot recreate…EVER!!!

Now, on to his birthday twins…late wine maker Julio Gallo (1910-1993), former “James Bond” Timothy Dalton (1944), singer Eddie Money (1949), Supertramp (70’s group…look them up) vocalist Roger Hodgson (1950), veteran actor Gary Oldman (1958), Stryper drummer Robert Sweet (1960) and actress Rosie O’Donnell was born in 1962.

Also celebrating on this first day of Aries are; Vixen bassist Share Pedersen (1963), late wrestling superstar Chris Candido (1972-2005), heavy metal group Dope’s vocalist Edsel Dope (1974), rapper/actor Kevin Federline (1978) and actor/director Scott Eastwood {Clint’s son, natch} was born in 1986.

Thank you for listening again…it means a lot to me…

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

# DXXIX…For “Mr. Nobody”…

Today, March 16th, marks the birthdate of a very talented actor named Alan Tudyk (1971), whose presence in movies like “A Knight’s Tale” and “I, Robot” have propelled him into a stellar voice-acting career.  In fact, he is an actor that has voiced a character in every Walt Disney animated picture since “Wreck-It Ralph” (he was King Candy).

However, as the title of this post acknowledges, he is now on the radar for his outrageous portrayal of the “villain” in the DC Universe smash hit “Doom Patrol”, which just premiered this season.  An original comic-based story based on a bunch of misfit heroes who must band together to save their “creator” (aka “The Chief”, Niles Caulder {played by superstar Timothy Dalton}) from the actions of Alan Tudyk’s Eric Morden, who (through an experiment gone “wrong”) becomes the omniscient and ubiquitous Mr. Noboby, a fourth-wall breaking character that shows off the actor’s brilliant range!!!

With that show just taking off, and the fact that he will also be voicing The Joker for the upcoming DC Universe show, “Harley Quinn” (releasing sometime soon…), means that he will be on your radars for the foreseeable future and he deserves his place here.

Happy birthday, “Mr. Nobody”…and many happy more!!!!

Others on this date include; late comedian Henny Youngman (1906-1998), late First Lady Pat Nixon (1912-1993), late actor/comedian/telethon organizer Jerry Lewis (1926-2017), former game show host Chuck Woolery (1941), Alice Cooper guitarist Michael Owen Bruce (1948), actor Erik Estrada (1949) and southpaw actor Victor Garber was born in 1949.

Rock gods Heart’s Nancy Wilson was born in 1954, rapper/actor Flavor Flav (1959), comic book god Todd McFarlane (1961), baseball star Curtis Granderson (1981), wrestler Kenny Dykstra (1986), Los Angeles Clippers’ star Blake Griffin (1989) and Van Halen bassist Wolfgang Van Halen was born in 1991.

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

# DXXVIII…# 88’s Redux…

Back in 2014, I had posted a short list associated with today’s celebrator, San Jose Sharks’ star defenseman Brent Burns (1985), who started his career (as I mentioned in that post) with our dreaded division rivals, the Minnesota Wild.  However, since that post, Mr. Burns has been voted (once) as the winner of the James Norris Trophy for the league’s best defensive player (2016).

After playing over 1000 games in his career, he has amassed (as of last year) more penalty minutes (you would expect for a defenseman) than goals but, in his career, he’s also been nominated for the league’s Ted Lindsey (best player) Award and is also a Gold Medal-winner for the 2015 IIHF World Championship team!  Not too shabby for the youngster and hopefully many more accolades will come to him!

Also celebrating today are/were; late “Mike Hammer” creator Mickey Spillane (1918-2006), late talk show host Joe Franklin (1926-2015), Puerto Rican astrologer/actor Walter Mercado (1932), late Russian cosmonaut (first human in space, too) Yuri Gagarin (1934-1968), country crooner Mickey Gilley (1936), late actor/comedian Marty Ingels (1936-2015) and late superstar actor Raul Julia (1940-1994).

Finishing this elongated list are: late chess maestro Bobby Fischer (1943-2008), singer Jeffrey Osborne (1948), race car professional Danny Sullivan (1950), vivacious Italian actress Ornella Muti (1955), sports entertainer aka wrestler Rick Steiner (1961), MLB journeyman Terry Mulholland (1963), TV personality Steve Wilkos (1964), former NFL player/actor Brian Bosworth (1965), former catcher Benito Santiago (1965), “Webster” star Emmanuel Lewis (1971), actor Oscar Isaac (who played as Apocalypse, the villain in “X-Men: Apocalypse”) {1979}, former NFL #88, Antonio Bryant (1981), actress Brittany Snow (1986) and rapper/actor Bow Wow (1987) finishes the list!

As always, because I can’t stay away for too long, it seems…

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