# CDLI…Returning Soon…

This is your official notice…I just returned from the most recent rehearsal for your favorite (and mine) Ozzy Osbourne tribute band, the one and only Wizard of Ozz.  Although I’ve seen this band countless times in the past, however, I will tell you that this incarnation (after an almost two-year hiatus) is going to be like nothing you’ve ever experienced before.  They sound better than I’ve ever heard them and are picking up better than where they left off.

I could write volumes about it but this is just to whet your appetites…as they will be coming soon to a venue near you…

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


# CDL (450)…Return to the Scene…featuring Ragdoll (89 North, Patchogue)…

(Author’s Note:  Immediately following this post, I will feature the link for my book about celebrity birthdays, currently on sale for Amazon Kindle…)

Yesterday, for those that don’t know, was March 17th, aka St. Patrick’s Day, which has always been a source for celebration (being that my family is part-Irish) and, last night’s escapade to 89 North in Patchogue to see the wonderful Aerosmith tribute band known as “Ragdoll” was no exception.  After the day’s events which preceded going to the venue (on the same night where the band Puddle of Mudd apparently rocked the nearby Emporium in Patchogue), I was in dire need of some good alcohol, great tunes and wonderful friends.

We had arrived there (after a hellacious time trying to find parking in the village, due to the above mentioned other show) just after the Nirvana band, Lithium, had finished.  After ordering some food (I hadn’t eaten since lunch LOL), we (my daughter Mena, sister and brother-in-law) were greeted by a lot of people that we haven’t seen due to our hiatus from the Long Island music scene.  We ran into a lot of old friends at the place and caught up somewhat with people that haven’t seen us.

The next band to grace the stage was the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ tribute band known as Soul to Squeeze (after the song of the same name, natch…) and, for all intents and purposes, they actually were one of the biggest draws of the night.  Their fans in attendance, after however much alcohol was consumed, had taken up most of the floor in front and were singing and dancing to such hits as “Give It Away”, “Dani California”, “Californication”, “Around the World” and “Blood Sugar Sex Magic”.  They were a very nice touch (as I hadn’t seen them before) to the Long Island music scene that I was happy to have witnessed.

Of course, the real reason that I even went to 89 North yesterday was to see the ever-popular (and subject of a couple of posts here!) Aerosmith-like group known as Ragdoll, who was impressive due to the fact that they covered around twenty (20) of the band’s greatest hits; starting with the oddly titled “Toys in the Attic”, Terry and the boys of the band covered such wonderful classics as “Mama Kin”, “Same Old Song and Dance”, “Dude Looks Like a Lady” and “Big Ten Inch”.  The set also included the songs everyone knows like “Dream On”, “Sweet Emotion” and their rendition of the classic cover tune “Come Together”.  My family and I are no strangers to this band…seeing them countless times in the past, they are always an entertaining part of the tribute scene here on The Island!

All in all, it was an enjoyable night (after a day where aggravation almost took hold and prevented me from experiencing) and, with the combination of family, friends and great music, it was something that I was glad to be a part of.  If you ever have an opportunity to catch these bands in the future, you should…you will not be disappointed at all!!

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

{P.S.:  As promised, below is the link to my first book, titled “ROCK ON DUDEZ”, which, in case you didn’t know, is basically about celebrities that share your birthday…}


# CDXLIX…Another “Arrow” Excerpt…

As today’s date, March 5th, hasn’t been covered here on my blog, I just thought I’d leave this short, poignant post about another co-star of the five-year-old CW drama…also from the book…

# xxxiv…Mr. Paul Blackthorne, aka Quentin Lance of “Arrow”…

Today, March 5th, is the birthdate of the very talented English actor Paul Blackthorne, who indelibly has become the owner of the role on the hit TV show, “Arrow”, of police Captain Quentin Lance (1969).  Born in Wellington, England, his big break came in a Bollywood film called “Lagaan” in 2001.

His versatility in the acting industry has prepared him for his most grueling role of the captain chasing the vigilante (by the way, as of this writing, show is entering fourth season…talk about longevity!)…and he plays the role so well that I can’t see anyone else playing him…ever!

Other celebrity twins include; former “Hill Street Blues” lieutenant James Sikking (1934), former “Quantum Leap” co-star Dean Stockwell (1936), “Electric Avenue” singer Eddy Grant (1948), comedienne Marsha Warfield (1954), comic magician Penn Jillette (1955), late 80’s star Teena Marie (1956-2010), late trio member Andy Gibb (1958-1988), televangelist Joel Osteen (1963) and former Minnesota Timberwolves’ rookie phenom Wally Szczerbiak was born in 1977.

With my inner nerd now squelched, I leave you to regularly scheduled lives…but I’ll be back…believe in the left!!!!

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