# CDXXII…Excerpt for Dimebag (1966-2004)…

While I am working on more “projects”, I figured I would drop in to honor one of the greatest guitarists of all time on his birthday, Dimebag Darrell from Pantera…as explained in my book (on sale for Kindle apps LOL)…

# cxxi…Late Influential Guitarist, Missed Greatly…

Today’s date, August 20th, is the birthday of late Pantera/Damageplan guitarist “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott (1966-2004), whose legacy in the rock-n-roll industry is unmatched and untouchable.  After growing to prominence with the iconic metal band Pantera, however, it was during one of his performances with a side project, named Damageplan, that a crazed fan, who was apparently taking his “frustrations” with the guitarist’s supposed “influence” on his life, assassinated him during a live show…the fan was killed on the spot…thereby ending the guitarist’s then-25 year career.

A well-respected guitarist due to his unique sound and playing style, his marks are all over every metal station in the country; on a side note, as well, he teamed with former country legend David Allen Coe to fund a one-album (unfortunately due to his demise) project called Rebel Meets Rebel…an album that I possess and can tell you that, if Dimebag hadn’t died, would have had a huge following and follow-up!

A light of the universe that will be missed until the end of time…RIP Dimebag…

Also celebrating with the late guitarist (and you, of course) are/were; late Gateway Arch designer Eero Saarinen (1910-1961), boxing promoter legend Don King (1931), late R & B crooner/actor Isaac Hayes (1942-2008), former Yankees’ third baseman Graig Nettles (1944), journalistic icon Connie Chung (1946), Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant (1954) and weatherman extraordinaire Al Roker was born in 1954.

Former “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” (TV) and “Smallville” villain James Marsters (1962), Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst (1970), actress Amy Adams (1974), “Supernatural” co-star Misha Collins (1974), WWE commentator Byron Saxton (1981) and singer Demi Lovato (1992) finish this date’s list.

With another post out of the way, I bid you adieu until next time…and, as always…

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

# CDXXI…{#shouldbeanationalholiday}…

As noted on this blog in the past, today’s date happens to have been designated (since 1976) as International Lefthanders Day…which is great news for me and whomever happens to be in the minority with me.  With such names on the list of other southpaws; actors/actresses (Bruce Willis, Seth Rogen, Hugh Jackman, etc.), sports stars (Steve Young, LeBron James, Joey Logano {NASCAR}, Randy Johnson, etc.) and other prominent members of society, like musicians (Sir Paul McCartney, Dick Dale, Lady Gaga, Eminem, Billy Corgan, Zacky Vengeance, Faith Hill, Crystal Gayle, Billy Ray Cyrus, etc.), writers (me [LOL], Stan Lee, Douglas Adams, Matt Groening, and R.L. Stein, among others) and directors (James Cameron, Spike Lee, Joss Whedon and Chris Nolan), you’d have thought that we’d have SOMETHING that was designed on this planet just for us.

Maybe people like Barack Obama, George Bush Sr., Bill Clinton, Prince William, Rand Paul and the like can get on that for sometime in my lifetime…as if that would ever happen (it really should though LOL)…

Anyhow, also to note to you is the fact that if you find my “Blogroll” (depending on the device you’re using), I have a direct link to my book…please visit, as there will be more to come (I promise!)…and, with southpaw pride (Hi Cousin Ray!!), I bid you farewell…until next time…

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

# CDXX…One Year in Heaven…Fredrick V. Johnson (1964-2015)…

It’s hard to believe that it’s already been a year since my musical mentor and brother, Fred, passed away after his valiant effort against the dreaded cancer that took his life but not his infectious spirit.  This date, August 8th, will forever be remembered on this blog for the insidious memory that it now holds.  However, I would also like to take this time to reflect on the wonderful memories he left on my life.

From our earliest sojourns to various iconic clubs as L’Amour (in Brooklyn) and the famed Studio 1 (Newark, NJ) to stadiums like for RockStar Mayhem (PA) and Metallica (Giants Stadium), I have plenty of vivid memories of shows and interacting with local legends.  Also fondest of my memories were plenty of baseball games at the old Yankee Stadium and Shea Stadium…never a dull day when my brother was involved!  His infectious smile and outgoing demeanor were enough to make anyone optimistic and enjoy his presence.

On this first anniversary without him, I am reminded that all time on this planet is short…we should be thankful that the Powers-That-Be put us here and to love our fellow human beings, something my brother deeply believed in…although there were times when he questioned the intelligence of our species!

/,,,/ ROCK ON FUZZY \,,,\

# CDXIX…(419)…For My ‘Mate…

For those just joining me here on this blog, August 7th is the date on the calendar that my ex-wife (and soulmate) JoAnn joined the human race back in 1973.  As she has been in my life for the last twenty-something years, it seems only fitting that this first post of August 2016 would be for her honor (I’ve actually been slacking on here only due to the fact that I am trying to work on more “projects”).

Although recent events in her history have not gone her way, I would just like to make it known that, no matter what happens, she will always hold a place in my heart and forever be linked to this date, regardless of the evil stigma that she thinks is in place (post tomorrow should explain that…) in the universe.  She is a brilliant individual with a gigantic heart and a kind soul that is still in my life (thankfully) and a beautiful mother to my two daughters (although the eldest isn’t technically hers), who deserves nothing but the best on her most special day.

As the universe tends to do, sometimes, it also happens to be the birthday of another close personal friend…Sandra…whose presence in my life is also noted here, due to the prevalence in my life during the worst period of my life (my last six years in Jersey City).  She and her family were kind ears to my “issues” being faced before I left and, without her and her family, I don’t know if things would have turned out this way.

As for their “twins”; former Yankee hurler (only no-hitter in World Series’ history) Don Larsen (1929), country legend B.J. Thomas (1942), southpaw acting phenom John Glover {“Smallville”s Lionel Luthor} (1944), former “Sledge Hammer!” star David Rasche (1944), veteran actor Wayne Knight (1955) and iconic Iron Maiden vocalist Bruce Dickinson was born in 1958.

Also celebrating this beautiful Summer day are; former “X-Files” and “Californication” star David Duchovny (1960), former baseball star Edgar Renteria (1975), actress Charlize Theron (1975), Hatebreed (metal giants) frontman Jamey Jasta (1978), actor Cirroc Lofton {“Star Trek: Deep Space Nine”} (1978), “Smallville” alum Eric Johnson (1979) and my least favorite hockey player, only because of his teams’ win against my Sharks, Mr. Sidney Crosby, celebrates his 29th today (1987).

On a side note, I would just like to add that, if you look on my page for my “Blogroll” section (as it varies depending on which device you’re perusing), you should find the direct link in which to purchase my book, “/,,,/ ROCK ON DUDEZ \,,,\” {Kindle/Kindle apps only} directly from Amazon.  I only bring this up due to the fact that, even after all of the promoting that I’ve <as well as my family and friends> have done, very few have paid attention and sales are not good (at this time)!

Until tomorrow…

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

# CDXVIII…For My Hometown, An Uncovered Excerpt…

The following post, which appears in my book, “/,,,/ ROCK ON DUDEZ \,,,\” (Amazon Kindle only, sorry), is dedicated to the people in my “hometown” of Jersey City, NJ, as an historical event had happened on this date…so without further ado, I present the birthday twins of the infamous “Black Tom Incident”…

# cvii…Hometown History Lesson…

Although there are a multitude of names on the list for today’s date, July 30th, I figured that I would let you know about a piece of history from my “hometown” of Jersey City, NJ; the 1916 terrorist attack (German) at Black Toms Island, which was responsible for seven deaths and damages (including some to the nearby Statue of Liberty) in the millions of dollars.

You see, Black Toms Island served as a munitions storage location for the American Allied Forces in World War I and, as such, was targeted by German spies and sabotaged, to create one of the largest terrorist attacks on American soil.  About two million pounds of small arms and military ammunition were destroyed, along with about 100,000 pounds of TNT, igniting explosions felt in Philadelphia and Manhattan.

Just thought I’d let you know about my adopted hometown, as it is rich in history as well as my memories…

If it’s your birthday today, you also celebrate with; puppeteer Sid Krofft (1929), actor Edd “Kookie” Byrnes (1933), baseball executive Bud Selig (1934), singer/entertainer Paul Anka (1941), veteran Austrian actor Arnold Schwarzenegger (1947), actor Frank Stallone (1950) and veteran actress Delta Burke was born in 1956.

“The Matrix” co-star Laurence Fishburne (1961), actress Vivica A. Fox (1964), actor/comedian Terry Crews (1968), director/producer extraordinaire Christopher Nolan (1970), singer Elvis Crespo (1971), comedian/actor Tom Green (1971) and award-winning actress Hilary Swank (1974) finish this list of celebrity twins.

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

# 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