# CXXIX…Historic movie you’ve probably never seen…

Greetings, boils and ghouls…sorry, bad Hallowe’en pun intended…it is with great pleasure that I now bestow upon you the title of a made-for-TV movie that was released 37 years ago today.  That movie, which I was too young to witness the premiere of, is none other than the rock music cult classic, “KISS Meets the Phantom of the Park”.  Released on this date, Mischief Night (wow, haven’t heard that term since I left the city LOL) in 1978, and (for its’ time) at the height of popularity for the Rock Gods themselves, the movie did not become a Number 1 film…ever.

Having been released way before most of today’s special effects were even thought of, the movie is a real campy thriller which is based on a concert thrown by the owner of Magic Mountain.  The reason it’s so awesome, though, is BECAUSE of it’s cheesiness…which probably would be akin these days to Metallica’s “Through The Never”, as an original piece of fiction with their presence.

Of course, it stars all the main members of the band and, in this incarnation of them, the “special powers” that their face paint bestow upon them (don’t worry…it’s not real LOL), as well as the late Anthony Zerbe (veteran actor) as the evil villain of the film, Abner Devereaux.

If you haven’t seen this movie yet (shocking, as it’s been around for so long), you should definitely check it out.  This film, as well as the obvious “Rocky Horror Picture Show”, is among the entertaining musical movies out there!

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

# CXXVIII…Roseland Ballroom, 10-25-13…

For those that didn’t read my last post (on Thursday), I had the honor and the privilege of seeing one of the final big concerts at the legendary Roseland Ballroom.  I am honestly downhearted to say that, for the part of the show that I stayed for, it will truly be a huge mistake that it’s closing soon, as it is a perfect venue for a show of the caliber which I witnessed last night.

A very spacious location in the middle of the Theater District in midtown Manhattan, it truly lit up the area with the camaraderie of the people who filtered into the “smoking area” (out in front of the venue).  There were at least 3000 people in there who witnessed the whole show (myself not included…more on that in a moment) and, although a couple of people after the show looked like they were involved in some violent activities, there were no serious altercations and everyone was clamoring for more!

The first band that I saw (that led off the show) was a kick-ass metal group known as Huntress, whom I’d never had the pleasure of listening to beforehand (matter-of-fact, I didn’t even know they were supposed to be there until the last minute).  Needless to say, however, is the fact that I am now searching for their catalogue of music, as I was very impressed!!  Jill Janus, the smoking hot lead vocalist, along with the rest of her impressive bandmates, kept the crowd into it during their whole set, which almost blew the roof of the joint.

Performing their hits like “Zenith” (which she explained you might want to smoke your bong watching the newly-released video) and “I Want to F*** You to Death” (she mentioned it being co-written by rock god Lemmy Kilmister), they tore through the crowd like the ever-popular “aroma” that filled the area.  These rockers from California are definitely not to be missed (they are on tour for the foreseeable future promoting their second album, “Starbound Beast”), as they set me up for the heaven that I witnessed next.

Being that I mentioned in Thursday’s post that Testament, the second band to perform (and the last band I saw), is my Number 6 band of all time, I don’t think I need to elaborate on that.  I will tell you, however, that it was a truly magical experience that I’ve wanted to be a part of since I first started enjoying the band back in the mid-80’s.  They truly have been and always will be a member of the “Metal Militia” because, for a band that’s been around that long, they can still kick your teeth in (which I think may have happened to a couple of crowd-surfers, but I’m not sure).

For someone of Chuck Billy’s size and stature (he definitely gained a few pounds in recent times), he and the entire band had everyone fist-pumping and “above the crowd” for their entire set, which included such hits as “The New Order” (the title cut off their second album from 1989), “Into the Pit” (dedicated to the moshers in attendance), and “Rise Up” (from their current album, “Dark Roots of Earth”).  For me, however, the finale of their set was paramount, as they reached all the way back to their debut album, “The Legacy”, and finished with the awesome track “Over the Wall”, which was truly the ultimate treat for me!

Around the time that they were on the stage, however, I was becoming increasingly skittish of my surroundings…which I can explain to you stem from my bad experience with a Godsmack concert a long time ago (I won’t bore you with the details…just know that mosh pits and me don’t mix) and I was experiencing what could be described as a mild “panic attack”.  So, I joined the crowd sojourning to the smoking area out front…which I remained at until the show’s finish at around 11:45 PM.

As much as you would like to ridicule me, I would also like to tell you that I don’t give a fuck, as Testament was truly the only band I wanted to see {but Huntress was a kick ass surprise).  As a metal enjoyer, Lamb of God and Killswitch Engage would have been a great performance to have witnessed (as made evident by the comments after the show), but I was all about self-preservation and I will not be bullied into being someone I’m not.

All in all, the night was very enjoyable for me as a rocker and I loved every second of hanging out with Cesartheczar (from the band WDFA {written about them previously}), my brother and my nephew and all the other crazy New York metal fans.  It was a night that I will definitely never forget…

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

# CXXVII…Stoked for Testament, Lamb of God, Killswitch Engage, 10/25/13…

Greetings and salutations from the left…

I just thought I’d post my thoughts on the upcoming event on my horizon.  As a big metal fan, I’ve always appreciated good rhythms and all different aspects of the genre.  Everything from Viking metal to symphonic I have pretty much enjoyed in my long time on this planet.  However, if it were not for the band that is opening up (much to my personal displeasure) the show tomorrow at Roseland Ballroom, I probably would have never been interested.

Ever since their first album, “The Legacy” (which is an awesome classic, BTW), I have been banging my head like the lunatic I’ve become.  Their impressive riffs and dark metal roots are what impressed me the most in the beginning…that and the fact that Chuck Billy’s vocals are truly eerie, in the sense that he can growl and serenade you in the same song!  I mean, they’re not Number 6 on my list for nothing!

It should also be noted, beforehand, that I do appreciate the other two bands on the lineup.  As a matter of fact, my friend Mike Reinke actually introduced me to the death metal geniuses Lamb of God and Killswitch Engage…which, in my eyes, is a rare “triple treat” for me.

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On a side note, I just wanted to let those of you keeping score to know that another “odd” country has entered the list…welcome to whoever you are in Saudi Arabia.

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

# CXXVI…Been a while…

Since it’s been two weeks or so since you all heard from me, I figured it was about time to pop my head in and say, “Hello!”  That having been said, I feel that it’s safe to warn you that the following post may be a scary ride…as it delves into my “personal sector” very heavily.  As a good friend once told me, “Writing is your way of opening your heart,” and this post is no different from the rest.  I have personal stories for both of today’s birthday celebrants…Mr. Paul Simon and Mr. Sammy Hagar.

Paul Simon, one of the founders of Simon & Garfunkel (with his sometime estranged friend Art Garfunkel), and creator of such hits as “Bridge Over Troubled Water”, “Mrs. Robinson”, and one of my all-time favorites, “Cecilia”, was born on this day in 1941 in Newark, NJ.  His legendary works were proven, though, to me in his later solo career, as his album “Graceland” will forever hold a special place in my heart.  I mean who could forget his video for the song “You Can Call Me Al,” as he provided second banana status to a lip-synching Chevy Chase…a classic in every sense of the word.  The entire album, if you should happen to pick it up, would not disappoint…as it features a duet with Linda Rondstadt in a song called “Under African Skies.”

The other member of the birthday list, Mr. Sammy Hagar, was born on this date in 1947 and has enjoyed a 46-year career already.  His special place in my blog is due to the fact that he is currently collaborating with my the Number 4 entrant on my Top Ten, Joe Satriani, in a project called Chickenfoot.  In case you are too young to remember, he also fronted the long-time Rock Gods, Van Halen, after David Lee Roth had a falling out with the band.

Anyway, it was nice checking in and sharing my feelings with you on this chilly October morning in New York…have a pleasant day and GEAUX SAINTS!!!!!!  (I hope we can fluster Tom Brady bad).

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