# XLVII…Saturday Blahs B-P

Being that I’ve had such a busy day already, I don’t really feel like doing a Spotlight today.  Granted, I’ve had an adventurous half-day and I really can’t think of anyone’s birthday or anniversary that warrants my thoughts at this moment.

So I just figured I’d give you the run-down on my page’s new banner…as you can clearly see, it is the upper section of a Metallica poster.  But, not just any Metallica poster…this picture is of THE poster that I’ve mentioned on my other blog (thelefthandedviewofmusicbydal.wordpress.com).  This is the poster that I had autographed by the band…coming up on twenty years ago.  The very same poster that I had purchased after standing in line, after work in Manhattan, in 1993 when they were closing a Sam Goody store near Rockefeller Center.

Turns out that, as I believe I had mentioned before, that I was picked to be the last person to get in and had them sign it.

Shortly and more to the point, it will be the masthead for this blog…at least for the foreseeable future.

Seven (7) days until the show at Napper Tandy’s…

From the left…for a few days anyway…/,,,/ ROCK on DUDEZ /,,,/

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# XLVI…Christmas 2012

As we unwrap the festivities on this most joyous of holidays, Christmas, it is usually the perfect time to reflect on one’s blessings throughout the year.  In year’s past, though, I would normally spend this time contemplating how much more misery would come my way.

That, as I said, was in year’s past.  This year is just finishing up on the most positive upswing that I’ve ever experienced…and I intend to keep it that way!  It is a truly uplifting situation that I’m continuing here because, as many readers of my first blog have seen, it was almost trashed twice.

I am truly appreciative of this Christmas…my best holiday wishes to new friends (Gina Andriani, Panzie, Big Hair Daze, Wizard of Ozz and all the people behind the scenes whose names I haven’t mentioned)…old friends (my family {Happy Birthday, Steve Houmis} and everyone I can’t contact on Facebook)…and those friends yet to come!

/,,,/ ROCK ON DUDEZ AND HAVE A BLESSED CHRISTMAS /,,,/

# XLV…Last Night’s show @ Lulu’s

When I woke up yesterday morning and made the decision to venture out into the live music scene (which I very rarely do, due to my appearance), I wondered if the universe was going to cooperate.  I mean, after posting on this page that I was going out, I cut my head shaving and thought that I was going to have to stay home again.  After composing myself and finishing the job, though, I decided to stray from my self-conscience and stepped out to see the show at Lulu’s last night…and it turned out to be the best decision that I ever made.

The night started off with the group Panzie (who, I believe, was not a cover band and performed all original tracks) and they really impressed me with their performance, from the way the sounded (like a cross between The Cult and Danzig) to the way they carried themselves as performers and really got the crowd involved.  They were an excellent start to the night and I cannot wait to see them again (which, I believe, will be on January 5th {they will actually not be at the show, but Big Hair Daze will} at Napper Tandy’s in Miller Place, NY).

The final band, of course, was the cover band Big Hair Daze, who I had seen before and, like the first time I saw them, didn’t fail to impress with their performance.

Covering hits like “Smooth Up” (Bulletboys), “Monkey Business” (Skid Row), “Wait” (White Lion) and “Lay It Down” (Ratt), their set was spot-on and really rocked the house with their entertaining nuances.  Greg Polcari’s guitar work, as well as the drumming by founder J Jay Drumz, was awesome and it was my pleasure (and an honor) to be a part of it.

For those of you who missed it, I feel a little sorry for your loss, as Lulu’s has become a hotspot on Long Island for great rock-n-roll shows.  I have never had a bad experience when I go there and last night was no exception.  The staff (who I’ve almost become like family with and receive nothing but positive influence from) has always been very well-mannered and are very passionate about how they run the place (which is very key in this business).

Also, on a personal note, when I go out with my family (we’re up-to-speed on most of these bands on a family-based level), I find myself at ease because we are on an even keel with everyone in the bands and behind-the-scenes that it doesn’t feel like a typical show where no one appreciates the passion that is involved in music these days.

Unfortunately, as a writer, I do have a small criticism that cannot be blamed on the bands themselves…the only down side of the show was the fact that, for both sets, the mikes for the singer’s was set well below all the other instruments…I was barely able to hear the vocals for the songs that either band was playing.

On the whole, it started out as a day that looked gloomy on a personal level…but a decision that I would make the same way in a heartbeat!!  I had a wonderful time and cannot wait to do it again.

From the left (and chomping at the bit, as I now have confirmation from the universe that this is what I was born to do)…

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

# XLIV (44)…The world just MIGHT end…LOL

On my normal blog, thelefthandedviewofmusicbydal.wordpress.com, most Saturday’s are reserved for my Saturday Spotlight.  However, today is a different situation as I have actually chosen to enjoy a night out with “my peeps” and take in some live music, for a change.

The venue is a place that I’ve known about (and enjoy going to) called “Lulu’s” in Port Jefferson, NY.  Tonight’s show is with the cover bands Big Hair Daze and Panzie.  One of the main reasons that I’m going to (hopefully) start networking and really take this writing career off the ground.

One of the other reasons is that, as much as I hate to admit it, I need to spend quality time with friends this holiday season.  With so much despair around, it will be nice to be happy…if only for a while.

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

P.S.:  I will be posting whatever details I remember LOL tomorrow or Monday!

# 43…Just a quick change LOL

This is to advise all that, due to the fact that the original’s name was too long, I’ve decided to change my blog’s address to something shorter…and a little weirder, as it’s a play on words.

Also, a quick birthday shout-out to original KISS drummer, Peter Criss, who turns 67 years young today.

This is just the beginning…

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