# CXXII…The End…

It is truly a dark day in my life, today, as I now have to announce that, due to my overburdening, almost 25 year career in the import/export industry, I must cut this expedition into exploring the world of Internet writing.  It seems that, due to the fact that I’ve been making too many mistakes at my job (not my fault, just the high energy of the job itself), if I continue to make errors that can be avoided by concentrating, I will be put on the unemployment line (which, at this stage of the game, will NOT be good).

Before signing off forever, I just thought that I would divulge this final post to you, my “fans”; although I know that some who’ve read it will breathe a sigh of relief.

I would also like to thank the behind-the-scenes people that believed in me and tried to make this venture flourish.  Being that there are way too many to name personally, I will just say, “You know who you are!” and thank you again (even though this, like my entire life, is now a failure).

Enjoy your lives, all…I am not going to do something stupid (the only stupid thing, apparently, I’ve done is start this blog)…just maintaining radio silence from the Internet airwaves, as far as this blog is concerned.

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

# CXXI…Stuff Not Covered Last Year…

As I was reading today’s list, I noticed a lot of people on it that I should have covered last year.  I wrote a post on August 25th, which had to do with a report of a show that I went to the night before (“Just Some Random Thoughts”) and, due to the fact that it was a pretty long post to begin with, I only mentioned one birthday celebrant at the end.  Today, however, I feel it necessary to enlighten you with the (semi-quasi) entire list…

Starting with the 1916 birth of the talented actor that my eldest brother was named for, Mr. Van Johnson (1916-2008), and continuing with the birth of composing great Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990), original “Let’s Make a Deal” host Monty Hall was born in 1921 (92 years young), tennis pioneer Althea Gibson would have turned 86 today (1927-2003), the ever-talented and ubiquitous Sean Connery was born on this date in 1930 (83 years young), and talk show guru Regis Philbin was born in 1931.

Also on the laundry list for today is veteran actor Tom Skerritt (from “Picket Fences”) turns 80 today (1933), handlebar mustache pioneer Rollie Fingers was born in 1946, 1949 saw the birth of everyone’s favorite reality star/musician/multi-billionaire Gene Simmons (meant with the utmost respect!!), while 1951 gave us heavy metal guru Rob Halford (if you don’t know, you will be psychically smacked), and 1954 gave us the ever-talented Elvis Costello.

1958 saw the birth of one of the creepiest directors in film these days, the ever-popular Tim Burton, 1961 gave us everyone’s favorite southpaw (television father/real life father of teen star Miley), Billy Ray Cyrus, former Dio/Whitesnake/Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell was born in 1962, former Dream Theater keyboardist Derek Sherinian turns 47 today (1966), the brother of Rob Zombie (and leader of the band Powerman 5000), Spider One, was born in 1968, and country singer/songwriter Jo Dee Messina celebrates her 43rd today (1970).

I plan to be back in the next couple of days…nothing comes to mind right now, but Tuesday is a big music day…

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

# CXX {# 120}…August 22 (a day I’ll never forget)…

If you’ve been keeping track of my blog(s) from the beginning, you would understand and comprehend the reason behind this date’s significance…as it is one of the only days where I mention just one late birthday celebrator, the former frontman for the band Alice In Chains, Layne Staley.  A tragic story, really, and one that everyone who grew up in my “grunge-induced” generation could tell you about.  Like the pioneering group, Nirvana, Layne’s lead of Alice In Chains set them slightly ahead of them, musically (my opinion).  However, due to the depression and mega-heavy drug use (heroin, crack, coke, etc.), his life was tragically cut short in 2002.

As I previously mentioned on my sixth post (on “thelefthandedviewofmusicbydal.wordpress.com), however, it is his death anniversary that means the world to me…as it just happened to take place on my daughter Erin’s second birthday (just 14 days before the worst day of my life).

His music, however, is still a testament of standing the test of time…and will forever remain in my collection…

R.I.P. Layne Staley (August 22, 1967 – April 5, 2002)…your light still burns bright here…

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

# CXIX…A post for a great friend…

Today, August 19th, just happens to be the 41st (sorry, dude) birthday of a very good, close friend of mine who doesn’t live in my area…but one that will always be close to my heart, my friend Shawn Smith.  Growing up in “the hood”, Shawn and I were the best of friends…cajoling along through life, taking our bumps and bruises, laughing and crying…hell, through unforeseen circumstances, the man actually fulfilled my wish of having him as my best man…And, though miles and years now separate us, he will always be as close to my heart as ever.

It is with great honor and pride that I present to you, my readers, with a celebrity post in his honor…Starting this round with the 1919 birth of Malcolm Forbes (1919-1990), followed by the birth of science fiction guru Gene Roddenberry (1921-1991), former Yankee great Bobby Richardson was born in 1935, “Star Trek: The Next Generation” medic Diana Muldaur (Dr. Pulaski, LOL) was born in 1938, Cream drummer Ginger Baker was born on this day in 1939, and Deep Purple singer Ian Gillian turns 68 today (1945).

Also on the list is (in case you haven’t heard) former President and southpaw Bill Clinton (1946), former “Simon & Simon” star Gerald McRaney and former Second Lady Tipper Gore were both born in 1948, former Queen bassist John Deacon (1951), “Commander Riker” aka Jonathan Frakes was born in 1952, former New Orleans Saints kicker Morten Andersen was born in 1960, and former Full House star John Stamos made his world debut in the year 1963 (along with Europe lead singer Joey Tempest…hello, “The Final Countdown”? Anyone?)

Finally, in chronological order of course, former Friends star Matthew Perry turns 44 (1969), rap star Fat Joe was born in 1970, former Smallville villain (Zod) Callum Blue turns a young 36 years old today (1977), Coheed and Cambria bassist Michael Todd was born in 1980, and rapper/actor/b-baller Romeo Miller was born in 1989.

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

# CXVIII…Major Anniversary Post…

As the title implicates, this is the post that I discussed a couple of days ago…as the sort-of “year-end review” to this blog.  For the next few minutes, I will be informing you of a couple of newer releases that have hit the airwaves since August 2012.  I also mentioned a few days ago that I really speak about what acts are truly in my collection so, if they’re not your speed, keep reading as you never know who you might like…

In no particular order…

1) Amon Amarth-“Deceiver of the Gods” — Release Date:  June 25, 2012

This album was added to my collection just after I saw them perform at Mayhem (Post # 107 {CVII}).  The band itself has been around since my daughter Mena was born in 1992 and has been kicking major ass with their unique blend of “Viking metal” since then.  This album truly is a masterpiece, filled with nothing but great, melodic tracks that will have you throwing up Viking horns all the time.  Key tracks are, of course, the title track, as well as “Shape Shifter”, “Coming of the Tide”, and “Hel” (featuring ex-Candlemass frontman Messiah Marcolin).  This is a definite must for all headbangers, as it will knock you senseless with its’ simplicity (by metal standards).

2) Black Sabbath-“13” — Release Date:  June 11, 2012

If this newest addition to the Black Sabbath discography is not in your collection, you should be ashamed.  Most of my family actually went to see their most recent performance (which included original members Ozzy Osbourne, southpaw legend Tony Iommi, and bassist Geezer Butler, along with former Rage Against the Machine/Audioslave drummer Brad Wilk) and had nothing but super rave reviews.  The band’s first release since 1995’s “Forbidden”, this album is filled with beautiful tracks, such as the ever-popular “God is Dead?”, “End of the Beginning”, and “Methademic” (which is on the deluxe release)…you will be glad when you add it to your collection!

3)  Newsted-“Heavy Metal Music” — Release Date:  August 6, 2013

Now, if you know rock and metal like I do, you’ll immediately know the frontman for this group…it is the debut album from former Metallica/Flotsam & Jetsam bassist Jason Newsted, who (contrary to popular belief) actually has released a beautiful piece of musical genius.  As many of you may already know, as well, he is not limited to his bass playing…he is actually the lead singer of his group (goes without saying but I said it) and does a phenomenal job on this album.  Key tracks include “Soldierhead” (awesome riffs in here), “Kindevillusion”, “Twisted Tail of the Comet” (which, I believe, is a tribute song although I cannot find out about the song just yet), the gloomy “Nocturnus” (killer track!!!!)…it should be on your radar, as far as great music is concerned.

4)  Butcher Babies-“Goliath” — Release Date:  July 9, 2013

This stellar, up-and-coming addition to the screamo collection takes its’ name from women’s metal pioneer Wendy O. Williams song “Butcher Baby”…and for good reason.  Fronted by raspy comic book author Carla Harvey and the equally talented Heidi Shepherd, this latest entry into the expansion will knock you for a loop…and then, beat you with your own arms, smack you and say, “This is where it’s going and it’s AWESOME!”.  Having witnessed them live (@ Mayhem-again, Post # 107), I can say that they are a very unique band with a no-nonsense style that’s just wonderful for the business.  Fav. Tracks:  “Jesus Needs More Babies for His Little War Machine” (you’ll have to understand the lyrics to grasp it), “I Smell A Massacre”, “Axe Wound”, and the title track.

5)  Rob Zombie-“Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor” — Release Date:  April 23, 2013

[Author’s Note:  You all saw this one coming.]

Again, after finally witnessing this legend’s music live, I can honestly tell you that, if you’re not into this music (shame on you), well, you really can’t appreciate the awesomeness that music brings to our lives.  The diversity that is generated by this man, specifically, is nothing short of twisted, demented, and guaranteed to shock you…and therein lies the beauty, because it’s not, as he put it in a previous track, “Sick Bubblegum”, that same-old evilly hypnotic “pop” music (ex.: One Direction, Brittany Spears, Justin Boob…I mean, Bieber, etc.)  Popular cuts from this include the song that led off the concert, “Teenage Nosferatu Pussy”, “Dead City Radio and the New Gods of Supertown”, and a cover of the Grand Funk Railroad classic, “We’re an American Band” (stellar cover live LOL).

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To reiterate a point from an earlier post, I’m going to try and start making this more about the music…as I seem to be bursting with information that I feel I should share.  I will not apologize for anything, as I’ve been doing this for over a year now…and cannot say that I haven’t enjoyed EVERY second of it.

I would also like to thank you, my readers, for none of this would ever have been possible without your continued support for my pasttime!

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

# CXVII…Minor anniversary post…

It was a year ago today that I started posting on here and, I must say that it has been a complete blast! Meeting all of the rockers that I’ve met, seeing the shows and commenting on celebrity birthdays has become almost second nature to me!

Although I’ve been doing this for a year, I am looking forward to the following years to come. God willing, my bipolarity will be able to be staved off for a long enough time to enjoy this (especially if I can start making some extra cash LOL).

More on the anniversary change-over starting Saturday, with an extensive Spotlight, though, so please stay tuned!

/,,,/ Rock On Dudez \,,,\

# CXVI…For me and my “kind”…

Today’s bright-and-early post is brought to you by one thing only…the fact that today, August 13th, is a day that no one (save the countless number of us) really knows about. This is the day that I’ve been trying to (although, not very hard LOL) make a case to have a Federal holiday made out of…for it is International Left-Hander’s Day (seriously, folks).

Now, I know that a majority of my readers are probably right-handed…if you are, keep reading…but because I am not a righty, I would like to clue you in on a few details.

1) Every product known to mankind (yes, I know there are shops like the one that Ned Flanders had in “The Simpsons”) is made by right-handers for right-handers…case in point, if you hold a regular pen in your right hand, you can clearly read any branding because it’s right-side up; however, if you hold that same pen in your left hand, the branding is upside-down!!!

2) When “Smallville” was in its’ last few seasons, there were three southpaws on the show at one time…the characters of Lois Lane (played by stunning southpaw Erica Durance), Lex Luthor (Michael Rosenbaum) and Lionel Luthor (John Glover) filled the screen for weeks as a brilliant show of support; ironically, it’s spinoff, “Arrow”, just finished their first season, and killed off what I believe was the only lefty on the show, Tommy Merlin (played by Colin Donnell).

3) I am the only one in my immediate family who is a lefty; my two children were both born right-handed but I do have a few nieces/nephews that are left-handed (no blatant discrimination, just blind, random luck).

And, the major point of the above column, is that ever-glaring fact that, obviously, we southpaws are a minority in the overall human scale…one thing that’s not likely to change but I will deal with this…

Just remember one thing, my readers…You should never forget August 13th…even though YOU may not be a southpaw, the person next to you might be…and this is OUR DAY!!!!

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