# CDXIII…Testament’s Vocalist’s Birthday…

As today, June 23rd, hadn’t previously been covered on the blog, I figured that I would relay my personal feelings as to why it again pains me that it hasn’t been…until now…

# xc…Fandom Fulfilled…

Today’s date, June 23rd, happens to be the birthday of one of my all-time favorites in the music industry; Testament vocalist Chuck Billy (1962), whose performance at the Roseland Ballroom in New York was one of four acts that closed the esteemed venue in 2013.  The reason that this man is on the list, however, is due to the fact that, when I was in my teens and 20’s, this man’s renowned vocal talents were among the very best that heavy metal had to offer.

The raspy nature of his voice was perfect for the genre and his vocal range is almost unmatched; he can hit you with high, fast-paced vocals and then kick your face with an almost-grunting haunt to it.  His work on the band’s 10 albums is a testament (sorry but pun actually intended) to the man’s dedication to his craft in spite of personal “demons”, like the sickness and subsequent regression of illnesses, tells you why his band is currently Number 6 on my personal Top Ten!

Many happy more to you, Sir…and it was a pleasure to have witnessed your glory live…

Also, celebrating this date with you are/were; late football owner Art Modell (1925-2012), late dancer/actor Bob Fosse (1927-1987), singer/actress June Carter Cash (1929-2003), late track star Wilma Rudolph (1940-1994), veteran actor Ted Shackleford (1946), judge/lawyer Clarence Thomas (1948) and rock legend Glenn Danzig was born in 1955.

On this list, as well, are/were; “American Idol” judge Randy Jackson (1956), actress Frances McDormand (1957), current uber-producer Josh Whedon (1964), actress Selma Blair (1972), soccer star Zinedine Zidane (1972), singer/songwriter KT Tunstall (1975) and former NFL star running back LaDainian Tomlinson was born in 1979.

Metal horns always up on June 23…see you next time…

/,,,/ ROCK ON DUDEZ \,,,\  ™

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# CDXII…Happy Father’s Day, 2016 Edition…

On this morning, June 19, the calendar states that today is Father’s Day, 2016, and, as with every year, you’ve probably been bombarded by now with advertisements of how to save on “everything for Dad” from the myriad of businesses that thrive off the fact of taking your money to appease their pockets.  I for one, however, do not subscribe to any of those “ads” because my thought (as I’ve mentioned a slew of times before) is, without my beautiful daughters, Mena (24) and Erin (16), the “holiday” would mean absolutely nothing!

Being that this society has now based almost everything on material possessions, I would like to state that I really haven’t been a “model father”…you know the type; Dad provides children with cars, money, etc., sends them off to college (all-expenses-paid) and continues to nurture the kids even after they’ve left the “nest”, etc.  The thing that I’ve just recently realized, however, is that the time and memories of raising my two girls so that they become good, law-abiding citizens (for the most part) is more than any father could ask for.

At this time, I may not be able to properly show my “materialistic” side to them, as this society has just become so screwed up by the fact the “money rules all” but, in the end, I have seen my children through the hells of growing up in the city (not easy) and into the wonderful age of the teenage years and beyond.  My only hope is that they continue their quests for greatness, for which (I hope) I will be there to offer my knowledge to place them in the proper direction.

To my children, thank you both for bestowing this wonderful honor, a fact that I would never change for anything.  Also, big shout-outs to my father (Fred) and my late brother (also Fred), as I know you’re both nodding in approval from Heaven; as well, to my elder brother and brother-in-law, Steve, I wish you guys nothing but the best today and hope that your children do the same!

To all of the men who celebrate today but cannot (or will not, for whatever stupid reason) be by their offspring, the only thing that comes to my mind is that you should really attempt to be with your children…the time that one spends with their “creations” is time that is always precious and time that is never wasted and will provide you, their father, with pride in knowing that your best work is caring for them, which is what we’re ultimately placed here for.

I know exactly what I need to make this Father’s Day (and, of course, all the ones preceding and to come) the best day for me…and it doesn’t involve discounted ties, watches or suits…”Happy Father’s Day” wishes from my children is the only “present” that I’ve ever been interested in, since 1992!

Until next time…

/,,,/ ROCK ON DADZ \,,,\

# CDXI…Another Uncovered Date…Shockingly!…

Today, June 16th, is a date that amazes me because I’ve never covered it.  If you’ll follow me on this strange trip through musical madness, I have another surprise in store; in the form of a new entry, you’ll see why this date SHOULD have been talked about…

# lxxxv…My Number One’s Original…

Today, June 16th, as it turns out, is the birthdate of the original vocalist for Dream Theater, Charlie Dominici (1951), and the reason that his name just happens to go here is due largely to his association to the group and nothing else.

He only appeared on their first release, “When Dream and Day Unite”, in 1989…which was before the release of their smash hit album “Images and Words” (with James LaBrie at the helm).  He was described by ex-drummer Mike Portnoy as “a good singer in the wrong band”.  He has, however, released his own, self-titled works after that so he obviously persevered in the business after them.

Also celebrating today as their birthday are/were; late “March of the Wooden Soldiers” co-star Stan Laurel (1890-1965), late actor Jack Albertson (1907-1981), late puppeteer Jane Henson (1934-2013), singer Billy “Crash” Craddock (1939), actress Joan Van Ark (1943) and former Minnesota Timberwolves’ coach Rick Adelman was born in 1946.

Born after Mr. Dominici are/were; pugilist Roberto Duran (1951), actress Laurie Metcalf (1955), late wrestling legend The Ultimate Warrior (1959-2014), former hardcore wrestling legend The Sandman (1963), southpaw-stanced golfer Phil Mickelson (1970), late rap pioneer Tupac Shakur (1971-1996), baseball pitching star Kerry Wood (1977), basketball’s Rick Nash (1984) and “American Idol” runner-up Diana DeGarmo was born in 1987.

Until next time…heaven only knows when that will be…

/,,,/ ROCK ON DUDEZ \,,,\  ™

# CDX…”The Best Laid Plans”…

The odd title for this morning’s post is due to the fact that, although last night was supposed to provide me with some material for a post about long-time icons Stryper (as well as supporting acts Lost Legacy and Headstone 118 at Stage 48 in NYC), the Powers-that-be had other plans…due to a soundboard malfunction, the show was rescheduled (thankfully so) for July 24, 2016.

I don’t really mind that, considering that I paid for the tickets (for what I thought was a meet-and-greet with the band {error on MY part}), because my sister, my ex-wife and I were there on time but sat around for two hours until they made the announcement of the rescheduling…at least I will get to see a show; now, I just have to wait until next month to see them.

From my personal point of view, everything except the soundboard issue was perfect; the weather was a little breezy yet the sun shone like a beautiful June day should have it.  My ex-wife (who may not make the second trip) had joined me and my sister in the city, according to plan, and we made it there on time (something the universe could have prevented LOL).  After the cancellation, we proceeded homeward, stopping for “refreshments” along the way, and saw each other on our merry little ways.

I don’t have anything further to say about the cancelled show; I love the band and WILL be there on July 24th to see them…I just hope that the Powers-that-be will allow it next month.  I would have loved to spin tales of the brilliant musicians involved in the show but now it will be in a post next month after it happens.

On another “best laid plans” note, however, congratulations are in order to the Pittsburgh Penguins hockey team, as, last night in Game 6, they defeated the San Jose Sharks to win the Stanley Cup.  Normally, stuff like that wouldn’t be announced here but, due to the fact that my favorite team (Sharks, naturally) was in their first-ever bid for the ultimate hockey prize but fell short, I wanted to etch the note that I am not unhappy with the loss.  It just means that my team, after 25 long years without a championship, will have to make changes and persevere to make it there next year (we hope)!

As far as birthdays go, today is the birthday of; late TV/radio host Ralph Edwards (1913-2005), late actor/comedian Paul Lynde (1926-1982), actor extraordinaire Malcolm McDowell (1943), Bad Company/Heart guitarist Howard Leese (1951), comedian/actor Tim Allen (1953), actress Ally Sheedy and journalist Hannah Storm (1962) and comedian/stuntman Steve-O was born in 1974.

Thankfully, my father always taught me the lesson started in today’s title…which is why I am going to be patient enough to wait until July 24!  But, until then, as always…

/,,,/ ROCK ON DUDEZ \,,,\  ™

# CDIX…(409)…More Stories from the Project…

I’m writing this very late post because I just noticed that it hadn’t been covered before.  That having been said, I figured that I would just leave this here…

# lxxxii…Hometown Girl…

June 8th, as it turns out, is the birthdate of one of the most prominent names to come from my adopted hometown of Jersey City, New Jersey…Miss Nancy Sinatra (1940): as you can tell by the name, she is the daughter of Frank Sinatra, natch, and, as such, is a shining example (as I’m hoping that I am) of what the place is capable of producing.  And, as a member of the entertainment community since 1961…again, before most of you (and me) were even thought of…she certainly has earned her place here.

Remembered as always for her hit, “These Boots Are Made For Walkin’”, naturally, she was also an accomplished singer and actress…appearing with, among others, Elvis Presley…so that speaks volumes about the woman’s tenacity…which she obviously received in her hometown!

Also born on this 8th day of June are/were:  late architect Frank Lloyd Wright (1867-1959), former First Lady Barbara Bush (1925), actor Jerry Stiller (1927), late comedienne/actor Joan Rivers (1933-2014), actor Bernie Casey (1939), Three Dog Night guitarist Chuck Negron (1942), former Steve Miller Band guitarist/solo star Boz Scaggs (1944) and veteran actress Kathy Baker was born in 1950.

Continuing the list are; actress Sonia Braga (1950), singer Bonnie Tyler (1951), actor Griffin Dunne (1955), actor Cyril O’Reilly (1958), actor Keenan Ivory Wayans (1958), former wrestling star Tatanka (1961), Duran Duran’s Nick Rhodes (1962), late Milli Vanilli singer Rob Pilatus (1965-1998), actress Julianna Marguiles (1966), former Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick (1970), actress Lexa Doig, whose husband portrayed “Hawkman” on “Smallville” was born in 1973, rapper/possible future despot Kanye West (1977) and tennis phenom Kim Clijsters was born in 1983.

Thanks for listening about my “hometown”…I really love it, much to other’s unwanted dismay…

/,,,/ ROCK ON DUDEZ \,,,\  ™

# CDVIII…Fifth Excerpt…

On this fifth day of June, 2016, which has not been covered in any previous years on this blog, I figured that I would grace the “reading” community with the fifth uncovered excerpt from the unpublished “project”…which is aptly about a member of my sports-rooting community…

# lxxx…Milestone “Post” for a Milestone Player…

On June 5th, 1983, this world welcomed in current New Orleans Saints’ wide receiver Marques Colston…and the world of football has never been the same.  Born in nearby Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, this one-time champion (Super Bowl XLIV, where the Saints defeated Archie’s son Peyton as severe underdogs!) and record-holder (most receptions in first two seasons at 168, Saints’ all-time receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns) was a key driving force in the championship win over the dreaded and current Denver Broncos’ quarterback.

He is a man that, in his short time on this planet so far, has had an impact on almost everything he touches…he is a current minority owner of Arena Football’s Philadelphia Soul (as is New Jersey native Jon Bon Jovi) and is the recipient of the 2013 Ed Block Courage Award, which is given to the person chosen by their teammates as best examples of inspiration, sportsmanship and courage…which speaks volumes about the man’s character.

Hopefully, speaking as a Saints’ fan since 1989, he will continue his career and finish with them…which, in this day and age, could go either way…Many happy more to you, Marques, as you more than deserve your place here…GEAUX Number 12…

Also celebrating on this short list of celebs are/were; late lawman Pat Garrett (1850-1908), late Mexican general Pancho Villa (1878-1923), late veteran actor Robert Lansing (1928-1994), former journalist Bill Moyers (1934), late actor/screenwriter Spalding Gray (1941-2004), New England Patriots’/Revolution owner Robert Kraft (1941), author/television host Suze Orman (1951) and Iron Maiden drummer Nicko McBrain {1983-present} was born in 1952.

Actress Nancy Stafford (1954), saxophone maestro Kenny G (1956), “Law & Order” mainstay Leslie Hendrix {medical examiner Elizabeth Rodgers} (1960), actor Ron Livingston (1967), crooner Brian McKnight (1969) and fellow southpaw Mark Wahlberg was born in my birth year, 1971.

This concludes this June 5th post…now back to your lives and thank you for reading!

/,,,/ ROCK ON DUDEZ \,,,\  ™