# CLXIX…Old Friends, New Venue…

On what I hope to be a short post (they never turn out that way, though), I would like to open your eyes to music that, although I’ve spoken about it before, you may not be enjoying because the radio has everybody brainwashed by bubblegum! It was for a show last night at Mr. Beery’s in Bethpage, NY, which featured three amazing bands, two of which I have experienced before.

Opening the show was a highly-talented original music trio named Little Old Ladies, which consisted of a bassist lead singer, guitarist and drummer. The reason that I’ve put that out there is because they had a unique bluesy-rock infusion that kept the crowd (most of which was from the 21st birthday party for the owners’ son) chuckling at their jokes and jamming to their unique songs (sorry, I wasn’t forward enough to obtain a set list). Very talented individuals that they are, however, they have the power to be something very big in the scene for years to come if they took themselves just a tad more seriously.

The second group of the night was a blog-returning favorite, WDFA (We Don’t F*** Around), which, in spite of the newer drummer (former drummer Danny had a fallout with the band), was as tight as they were when I saw them months ago to close out RockShop Magazine.

Lead vocalist Jabo was on point as usual and the guitar lines provided by Cesartheczar (guitar) and Johnny Horsepower (bass) were awesomely intermixed and very crisp sounding for the diminutive venue. On a personal note, the bass lines were sadly overlooked previously due to the reputation of the previous drummer and, with new drummer Mike providing percussion, they were a well-oiled metal machine that should be experienced live to appreciate.

The final band of the night, also a blog returner, was the ever-impressive Discipline Theory, who, like the previous time I saw them, sounded awesome considering the fact that their bass lines AND drum tracks were produced by a machine. Having said that, however, you cannot truly understand how that intermelds with rock music…until you see them play live!

Discipline Theory’s humbling outlook on the industry has been pushing them through the void and, hopefully soon, into mainstream media, as their unique set-up has them ready to push past the apex of greatness.

There was supposed to be a fourth band, Engine of the Sun (with Cesartheczar from WDFA pulling double duty and switching to vocals, I believe), whom I’d heard of because of my all-seeing eyes in the industry. I was looking forward to hearing their sound but, due to the illness of one of the members, I will have the chance to check them out on a rain check in the near future.

All in all, it was a beautiful night (considering the monsoon-like conditions that we had to go through to get there) to experience unheard talents in the rock industry…something that you, my viewer(s) should experience to cull the bubblegum!!!!

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

# CLXVIII…Youngsters First…

For today’s post, I will start by mentioning the birthday of current Sharks’ phenom, Logan Couture, who was born on this date in 1989. While he celebrates his 25th today, it is not the only notable name on the list but deserves mention because of how well he plays for my favorite hockey team. Hopefully, in this day and age for sports, let’s hope he continues with them.

Also on the list, in reverse order, are; pop diva Lady Gaga (1986), actress Julia Stiles (1981), former LA Laker (and Bill’s son) Luke Walton (1980), the guitarist for the band The Killers, Dave Keuning (1976), late great wrestler Umaga (1973-2009), and NHL journeyman Keith Tkachuk was born in 1972.

Finishing the list are veteran actor Vince Vaughn (1970), “Salt” of Salt N Pepa, Ms. Cheryl James (1966), late WWE superstar Curt Hennig (1958-2003), country superstar/comedienne Reba McEntire (1955), veteran actress Dianne Wiest (1948) and Berta from “Two and a Half Men”, Conchata Ferrell was born in 1943.

To all, happy birthday and many happy more…

/,,,/ rock on Dudez \,,,\

# CLXVII…Birthday Trifecta, Part III…

Today, in my wonderful life, is the sixteenth birthday of my niece Amanda (my brother-in-law’s daughter), who, in her short time here on this planet, has lit up my family’s life as if she was never an outsider. She has the potential to do great things with her life and, due to the fact that she just turned sixteen, has a brilliant road ahead of her and we all trust that she’ll be an asset to this world.

Her birthday party, which was held for her this past Saturday, was held at the all-new Junior’s Rock N Cafe (which used to be Kelly’s Winghouse or something LOL) in Selden, NY and, considering the massive turnout for the upgraded venue, was nothing but a happy occasion. The families, invited guests and all in the bar (more extensive post about new venue at a later time) had a wonderful time and the staff was excellent in tending to the shindig.

But, before you all go to sleep on me, I will tell you that today is also the birthday of a person that I know on Facebook (Ms. Ashley C., who will know who she is LOL) and of the daughter of a friend that I commute with…really making this a trifecta trilogy…

Starting this list, we have magician extraordinaire Harry Houdini (1874-1926), the male half of Bonnie and Clyde, Mr. Clyde Barrow (1909-1934), animator Joseph Barbera (Hanna-Barbera) was born in 1911 (1911-2006), late actor Steve McQueen (1930-1980), former Marine sergeant turned actor R. Lee Ermey (from “Full Metal Jacket”) celebrates his 70th today (1944), fashion designer Tommy Hilfiger (1951) and comedian Louie Anderson was born in 1953.

“Revenge of the Nerds” star Robert Carradine celebrates his 60th today (1954), German singer/actress Nena (anyone else remember her hit, “99 Luftballons (Red Balloons)” from the late 80’s?) was born in 1960, as was wrestling veteran/perpetual loser Barry Horowitz and actress Kelly LeBrock, talk show hostess Star Jones (1962), and everyone’s favorite “Deadman”, The Undertaker (real name Mark Calaway) came up from his crypt in 1965.

In conclusion, the last couple of names that I want to put here are: actress Lara Flynn Boyle and TNA Wrestling superstar Christopher Daniels were born in 1970, “American Pie” actress Alyson Hannigan was born in 1974, and former Saints quarterback Aaron Brooks and the other Manning, Peyton, were both born in 1976.

Hope all of our birthday celebrators have a very happy birthday and many happy more…

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

# CLXVI…Birthday Trifecta, Part II…

As was mentioned yesterday, today is the thirty-sixth birthday of another family member, my southpaw cousin (who lives in Pennsylvania) and he is also one of two people who, upon me hitting the “Publish” key, has NEVER missed a post on this blog.  From the beginning, my cousin Ray Baker has encouraged me to keep this going, indirectly, because he is one of the  VERY FEW that believe in what I’m still doing here.  I only wish that I had a photographic memory for all the dumb but fun things that we all use to do when we were in closer contact with one another, although one of my fondest memories was hanging out at his (well, my uncle’s) house watching the world-premier of Metallica’s “Enter Sandman” video (which I knew further cemented my musical choice to get away from pop music at that time).

As was the case last year, we will start this post with the first person to break the “Four-Minute” mile, Roger Bannister (1929),  the vocalist for the great rock band The Cars, Ric Ocasek (1949), former Philadelphia Eagles great (now broadcaster) Ron Jaworski (1951),  R&B great Chaka Khan was born in 1953, designer Kenneth Cole (1954), and ex-NBA star Moses Malone in 1955.

One of the new names on the list this year is “Catching Fire” star Amanda Plummer, who was born in 1957, followed by the creator of the “band” Gorillaz, Damon Alborn in 1968, Brooklyn Nets coach (and former NBA great) Jason Kidd was born in 1973, and versatile veteran actress Keri Russell was born in this country’s bicentennial (1976).

The final names on today’s list are also new in the form of veteran MLB journeyman Tony Pena, Jr. (who, among others played for the Atlanta Braves) and was born in 1981,  NASCAR racer Erin Crocker was also born in 1981, and Jacksonville Jaguars mainstay Maurice Jones-Drew was born in 1985.

Before I let you go, I would like to let you all know that tomorrow’s trilogy finisher will be for a special birthday celebrator (details to follow) and the AWESOME party that was held in her honor last night…you will HAVE to tune in tomorrow evening…it may just bring you to tears…

Until then:  Ray, have a wonderful birthday and many happy more…

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

# CLXV…Birthday Trifecta, Part I…

Since this is my hobby and I just like informing the masses of useless stuff that I think they need to know, it has come to my attention that this weekend is chock-full of reasons to celebrate. Case in point is the title of this post, as it is the first of three consecutive days that mean something on my hobby calendar.

As this will be a semi-long post, I will start by listing the birthday mates of my good friend (and fellow Sharks fan) Sandee Molenda, whose birthday list last year was combined with tomorrow’s celebrant (my cousin, who will be featured tomorrow). Sandee and I have had a continuous relationship since she found out I was a Sharks fan back on MySpace (wow, archaic, huh?) and she is a person who is a valued member of my circle (and one of many reasons that I still write) and a classy businesswoman to boot (author/bird breeder).

Starting with the birthday of late superstar actor Karl Malden (most notable role was on the ’70s hit show “The Streets of San Francisco”) [1902-2009], comedian Werner Klemperer from “Hogan’s Heroes” (1920-2008), French mime Marcel Marceau (1923-2007), MAD magazine artist Mort Drucker (1929), evangelist Pat Robertson and musical composer Stephen Sondheim (1930), world-renown actor William Shatner (1931), Senator Orrin Hatch from Utah was born in 1934 and veteran actor M. Emmit Walsh was born in 1935.

Also on today’s list is; jazz great George Benson (1943), multi-talented author James Patterson (1947), journalist/news TV personality Wolf Blitzer and composer Andrew Lloyd Webber (1948), ubiquitous sportscaster Bob Costas (1952), actor Matthew Modine (1959) and former NHL star (and former San Jose Shark) Todd Ewen was born in 1966.

In a strong finish, though, it is also the birthday of skating phenom Elvis Stojko (wrote about him last year, too) was born in 1972, “veteran” actress Reese Witherspoon was born in 1976, Limp Bizkit drummer John Otto and former NHL star Tom Poti were both born in 1977, and Houston Texans phenom J.J. Watt turns a very young 25 today (born in 1989).

To Sandee, happy 39th (again? LOL) birthday and many happy more…

As for me, I have to get ready to attend a party for the third member of the trifecta (whom you will find out about on Monday) and I will be back tomorrow for Part II…

/,,,/ rock on dudez \,,,\

# CLXIV…(164)…Bubblegum’s Death Knell…

As you know, I started this blog over a year ago with the intention of incorporating newer music into your lives. I think that I’ve been doing a spectacular job so far (I’m still here and still posting, right?) but there has been a nemesis rearing their head to counteract my writing…and that is the medium known as “mainstream radio”.

Now, don’t get me wrong…I grew up in the era B.C. (before computers) and, prior to about twenty years ago, that was my only source of newer music in the market. Chances were that, if I heard a song or two from a band that I enjoyed, I would run out and buy the entire album after listening to the tracks played “on the radio”. Nowadays, however, it has become increasingly evident that, in today’s infantine (or infantile…same thing) society, we are being force-fed trash that wouldn’t have had a chance back when I was a teenager.

Without getting too weird, I would like to say that, in this world that has survived (miraculously) for so many millennia, it still amazes me that we’re being told that, without too much effort, you could take a trip to Hollywood, audition for a chance to be a star. This, my friends, is where the problem lies, in my opinion…I have first-hand experience to tell you that it shouldn’t (and doesn’t) work so glamorously.

Continuing that thought for a moment, today’s listeners are being told that these bubblegum idols are best for business…which cannot be true, due to the fact that rock music (and any other genre) is still around, on the charts, and in the arenas.

I am telling you all of this because, since I obtained my first computer some years ago, I have not (and will not) subscribe to that antiquated brainwashing of listening to the radio any more…I am, even though I was born in the previous generation, a “child of computers” and, as such, I get my newer music through listening to websites like Pandora.com and such.

If you’re still with me, let me just say that groups like Within Temptation, Delain, Viking metal gods Amon Amarth, and even old favorites like Megadeth and Metallica are still around and have a more promising shelf-life, in part, because they have a fan base that will downplay the incessant nonsense that comes out of, say, Katy Perry…you won’t catch my iPod playing “Firework” at all…and us fans know GREAT music when we hear it.

In closing, I would just like to make a suggestion to you, my fan-base (however small)…the next time you see an announcement for a band in your neighborhood that is playing at a small venue, like a nightclub, and you think that the $10 cover charge is too expensive, it might be in your best interest to suck it up and check it out. After all, with mainstream media breathing down your neck, it makes no sense that you would pay over $100 to see a band that has, maybe, one good song when you could expand your horizons and actually LOVE your music again.

/,,,/ RoCk On DuDeZ \,,,\

# CLXIII…The Ides of March…

As this day on the calendar is usually marred by the fact that “Et tu, Brute?” became the final question from Julius Caesar’s mouth, I just wanted to bring to your attention the fact that it is also the birthday of former Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider (1955) and of Poison frontman Bret Michaels (1963).  Of course, I bring these two names to the forefront of today’s post just because I grew up listening to both bands’ ruling of the airwaves…back before music became undeniably boring and bubblegum.  I have hoped that this blog will change that…it seems to be okay so far.

Anyway, other birthday celebrators include:  Beach Boys singer/songwriter Mike Love (1941), wrestling icon The Iron Sheik (1943), Sly Stone (of Sly and the Family Stone) was born in 1943, baseball journeyman Bobby Bonds (yes, Barry’s Dad) [1946-2003], former Cleveland Browns’ linebacker Clay Matthews, Jr. (1956), former Yankee third baseman Mike Pagliarulo (who I admired as a fan, back then) was born in 1960, ’80’s superstar Terence Trent D’Arby (who had a couple of smashes) in 1962, and one-hit wonder Rockwell [remember “Somebody’s Watchin’ Me” with Michael Jackson guest-starring?] was born in 1964.

While I’m trying to plan the numbers of these posts, I also must tell you that research is almost complete for bringing you brand-new music that you will all enjoy.  Without giving you too much, I will just say that this blog is worldwide…now viewed in 25 countries…and have been conversing with someone from a place other than the U.S.  It should just push this to where I need it to be…the beginnings of a new career…but we’ll see.

Until then, /,,,/ ROCK ON DUDEZ \,,,\