# CDXXXV…An “Arrow” Shoutout…

As I usually do, after a brief “hiatus” (just me taking a break)…I have to provide you with this following tidbit from my book, as it is another in a line of posts related to one of my favorite TV shows…call me weird but it makes me happy and that’s all I have cared about here in the last four years!

# clxxviii…”Spartan” Birthday Greetings…

November 17th, if you’re lucky enough to celebrate it, is also the birthday of current “Arrow” and “Blue Bloods” co-star David Ramsey (1971), who is playing the newly-designated role of ‘Spartan’, the hooded vigilante aide to Stephen Amell’s ‘Green Arrow’.  As he also plays ‘Mayor Poole’ in the hit CBS drama “Blue Bloods”, this more than merits his place on my blog.

I will make a truthful statement, however; I have not witnessed his acting on the show “Blue Bloods”…this post is due to the fact that, as ‘John Diggle/Spartan’ since Season One of the hit CW show, his acting ability and love of his craft is what makes him worthy of the title of ‘celebrity twin’.

Also celebrating with all are/were; late actor Rock Hudson (1925-1985), folk/country star Gordon Lightfoot (1938), movie mogul Martin Scorsese (1942), actress Lauren Hutton (1943), diminutive actor Danny DeVito (1944) and Saturday Night Live producer Lorne Michaels was born in 1944.

Former major league hurler Tom Seaver {whose 300th win I actually saw in person} (1944), actress Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio (1958), entertaining personality RuPaul (1960), New Edition superstar Ronnie DeVoe (1967) and Hanson vocalist Isaac Hanson was born in 1980.

Thank you for coming, as always…it truly does mean a lot…

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

# CDXXXIV…Rock Spotlight, Vol. VII…”Brotherhood of the Snake”, Testament (2016)…

As you may or may not be aware, my Number Six band of my Top 50, Testament, a group that’s been tearing up the metal world since 1983, has just released their latest album, “Brotherhood of the Snake” and, as a true fan of the band (which had been highlighted by the 2013 concert at Roseland Ballroom), I can tell you that this album is a must-have for those like me who have followed the band since the beginning.  It truly does harken back to the early days of Chuck Billy’s wonderfully snarly, often majestic, voice.

Consisting of only ten tracks, this 2016 romp through the metal wastelands that only this band can produce; tantalizing time-signature changes and the lead vocalist’s ability to both scream and growl interchangeably is a true, pardon the pun, testament as to why I decided to pick up this album.  Also, considering the fact that most of the subject matter deals with highly controversial political views (one of their signatures, by the way…), I really enjoyed this latest release with the fervor that only a true fan of this music would understand.

From the high octane title track, which kicks off the album (in more ways than one), through the mostly four-minute tracks (only two are over five), this album is a great addition to an already Hall of Fame worthy collection.  Personal favorites of mine from this album are; “Born in a Rut” (very poignant and close to home), “Black Jack” (also personal, given my gambling abstinence {a year and a half, so far…Yay me!}) and the ninth track; a timely song called “Canna-business”…you can figure what that’s about!

A worthy addition to any metalhead’s collection, as far as I’m concerned and, considering that my Number Two group (Metallica) is due to release a new album this month, really makes me reminiscent of my teenage years…which both bands severely ROCKED!!!!

***** (Would give it six)…

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