# DV…(505)…”What’cha Gonna Do, Brother?”…

Today, August 11th, for those that are celebrating, is the birthday of one of the greatest “sports entertainers” (wrestlers) of my generation, “The Immortal” Hulk Hogan (1953). In his almost 40 year career in wrestling, he has won the World Championship (in the various organizations that he’s wrestled in) 12 times and was also the first wrestler to win back-to-back ‘Royal Rumbles’ (in 1990 and 1991).

In addition to his ‘wrestling’ career, he is also an accomplished musician (having played fretless bass guitar, forming a band called Ruckus in 1976), as well as (in case you’re living under a rock) an accomplished actor (although he ‘acts’ most of the time in the ring), having starred in such cult classics as “Rocky III”, “Mr. Nanny” and “No Holds Barred”, among others.

Also, celebrating today are/were; late talk show host Mike Douglas (1920-2006), late author Alex Haley (1921-1992), late televangelist Jerry Falwell (1933-2007), singer Eric Carmen {who’s hit “Hungry Eyes” was featured in “Dirty Dancing”} (1949) and Apple Computer co-founder Steve Wozniak was born in 1950.

Popular singer Joe Jackson {not the late Jackson family member} (1954), former Ramones drummer Richie Ramone (1957), comic book artist Jim Lee (1964), TV personality Joe Rogan (1967) and actor Chris Hemsworth was born in 1983.

So, whatcha gonna do? Tell ‘em you celebrate with ‘The Immortal One’ and…

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


# DIV…On His Third Anniversary (1964-2015)…

As a lot of you are aware, today, August 8th, is one of the two most depressing days in my life…the date that my eldest brother and mentor, Fred, was taken from us in 2015.  This date personally resonates with me (as, I’m sure, with all of his family, friends, and cohorts), as it is only the second time in recent memory that a member of my own personal family has been taken too soon!

I’m just going to make this short and sweet…the man was never spoken about in ill-temper, mainly due to the fact of his wonderful aura and persona.  He was a wonderful brother, which I have a myriad of memories with him to last forever, and devoted and honorable father and a friend of boatloads of people whom his light has enveloped.

There will never be another…we love you and miss you always, dear brother, and, as always, many fond memories abound today in your honor!

/,,,/ ROCK ON DERF \,,,\

# DIII…Certainly NOT the “Greatest of All Time”…

As much as you’d think that this post was about today’s birthday celebrant, the very-much-so-disputed Greatest Quarterback of All Time, Mr. Tom Brady (1977), it is actually to relate to you of my disdain for that statement with HIS name attached to it…sorry, but, cheating to win 5 Super Bowls does NOT make you anything more than the least greatest of them all.  To be honest, you don’t have as many 5000 yard seasons (2011 only) like the actual GOAT, aka # 9 Drew Brees (who has as many of those as Brady has rings) so, until you can pass that milestone, your “rings” mean diddly!

With my pitchfork-and-torch repellants handy, I present his twins; late author Leon Uris (1924-2003), NFL veteran coach Marv Levy (1925), entertainer Tony Bennett (1926), veteran superstar actor Martin Sheen (1940), TV personality Martha Stewart (1941), talented director John Landis (1950), former “Dennis the Menace” star Jay North (1951), Metallica frontman James Hetfield (whom I met once; details in the book), Salt-N-Pepa’s DJ Spinderella (1971), former San Jose Sharks’ journeyman defender Sandis Ozolinsh (1972),  and talented Shiny Toy Guns singer Sarah Faye Charnow {awesome music, trust me; she was on Lindsey Stirling’s latest album) was born in 1984.

Until next time, as I always say…

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


# DII…For the Late, Great Dom DeLuise…

As the following post is in the book, I have to post it almost verbatim…due to it’s “title”…

# cviii…”Captain Chaos!!!”…

The above line was shouted by August 1st’s birthday celebrator, the late great Dom DeLuise (1933-2009), in the movie “Cannonball Run”, which was just one of the numerous comedies and movies that Mr. DeLuise graced with his rotund presence. As a multi-platform star of stage and screen, his masterful presence was featured in a lot of movies with co-stars like Burt Reynolds (“Cannonball Run” films, “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas”, etc.) and Mel Brooks (“Blazing Saddles”, “History of the World, Part I”, “Spaceballs”).

As a comedian, it was his love of laughter that made this man’s presence that much more noticeable. His knack for the genre of comedy was and will always be unmatched, as his was an almost infectious side effect for his natural aura. With appearances in over sixty movies and countless television shows, this man’s legacy to the film industry is also apparent in his children, David (“Wizards of Waverly Place”, etc.), Michael and Peter (who, at one time, were both on the hit science fiction TV drama, “seaQuest DSV”), who have gone on to follow in their father’s enlarged shoes and seem to share his penchant for making people laugh.

The late comedian’s birthday twins are as follows: late esteemed director J. Lee Thompson (1914-2002), late fashion icon Yves Saint Laurent (1936-2008), former New York senator Al D’Amato (1937), late Grateful Dead frontman Jerry Garcia (1942-1995), Marvel Studios founder Avi Arad (1948), Bachman-Turner Overdrive co-founder Tim Bachman (1951) and late Deep Purple (1975-76) singer Tommy Bolin (1951-1976).

Also on the list are/were; multi-talented musician Robert Cray (1953), late veteran actor Taylor Negron (1957-2015), Def Leppard vocalist Joe Elliott (1959), rappers Chuck D (1960) and Coolio (1963), talented actress Tempestt Bledsoe (1973), Dhani Harrison {scion of The Beatles’ George} (1978) and actor Jason Momoa, who will be starring as the comic book icon “Aquaman” soon, was born in 1979.

Thanks for kicking off the month here…you shouldn’t be disappointed from here on out, as this is a weird and off-setting month {details definitely forthcoming}…

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

# DI…Return to Popei’s, Coram, NY, With The Wizard of Ozz (07-28-2018)…

Last night, one night after the astronomical energy of the lunar eclipse, everyone’s favorite Long Island tribute band, the ever-popular The Wizard of Ozz, continued to show why they have been the ultimate Ozzy tribute band for almost 30 years.  As they did last year, around the middle of August, Johnny and the boys returned to the outdoor venue known as Popei’s Clam Bar in nearby Coram, NY…and, in almost repeat fashion, completely awed the audience (which, for the first time in a few years, included my now-18 year old youngest daughter) with their spot-on rendition of all of the classics that we know and love.

As you may remember, the venue itself is not very big (the stage is part of the patio area set up for the bar’s “smoking area” in the rear of the place.  However, with that said, the amazing set-up crew (of Nicky Traylor, Steve-O and Steve Houmis) did their absolute best to make sure that the band sounded as amazing as they did last night.  True to form in repeating the output of last year’s show, everything ran especially well, considering the space didn’t impede the success of the show!!!

From the opening number (the omnipresent “I Don’t Know”) through the finale of their other main song “Paranoid” (complete with John’s daughter Brianna on drums, as happens a lot of the time), John and Petey (the prevalent drummer of the band), along with Tony and Dennis (“rotating” bassist and guitarist on this go-around), and Mark (keyboards) ROCKED THE HELL out of the small (yet always packed) venue, with such hits as “Flying High Again”, “Mr. Crowley”, “Shot in the Dark”, “I Don’t Wanna Change the World” and, of course, the always-sought anthem “Sweet Leaf”.

Also, among the set, were the great numbers “War Pigs” (yes, as usual, complete with audience participation), “Suicide Solution”, “Mama, I’m Coming Home”, “N.I.B.” (after a small bass solo from Tony), “Bark At the Moon” and “Crazy Train” before wrapping up with a newer edition to the repertoire, the awesome track known as “Children of the Grave”…after which, Petey surrendered his “drumming duties” for the finale of “Paranoid”, featuring Brianna’s stunning work on the skins!

With this particular show in the books, a huge thank you to the band, the road crew AND the venue for another wonderful night of Ozzymania…one that I know my family (including BOTH of my children, for once, and, hopefully, the forseeable future) absolutely enjoyed and will continue to experience in the years to come!

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

# D (500!!!)…Rock Spotlight, Vol. XIII…”For the Love of Metal”, Dee Snider (07/27/2018)…

{Author’s Note:  If you read this, please share the HELL out of this…for it is only through my view counter’s ascent that I would feel that I’m doing my “job” as a teacher, and not speaking into space!  Thank you in advance, JJ.}

It gives me immense pleasure, in this bubblegum-addled world, where EVERYTHING on the radios is unintelligible garbage, to have my 500th post have the subject of a TRUE rock-n-roll icon, Long Island’s own Dee Snider, whose latest release (yesterday) gives the seemingly invisible genre a much-needed shot in the arm.  His latest release, the aptly-titled “For the Love of Metal” is the epitome of what a “commercial” metal album should be…a headbanging experience from the first notes until the inevitable end.

Being that this album was produced by one of the most prolific names in metal, Hatebreed’s vocalist Jamey Jasta, this album is just one GREAT rock song from beginning to end.  With the politically-charged opener, “Lies Are a Business”, this album takes you from reminiscing (“Tomorrow’s No Concern”), to the second release off the album (if you search “I am the Hurricane”, you’ll see it…), followed by the anthemic “American Made”, and also features guest vocals from the likes of metal icons Alissa White-Gluz (Arch Enemy) and Killswitch Engage’s Howard Jones!

This newest addition to the rock scene includes the atypical ballad, in that the usually-raspy Alissa White-Gluz performing clean vocals on the awesome track “Dead Hearts (Love Thy Enemy)” and, of course, I would be remiss not to mention the first track released on social media, the magnificent anthem “Become the Storm”, and the track that personally resonates with me…the song written due to a personal tragedy, called “I’m Ready”; this man is still an icon after a 40-plus year career (so far) and I personally LOVE this album!

All due props to this latest creation from one of rock’s greatest collaborations since…EVER!!!!  If more of this type of music, explicit lyrics and all, were to hit the airwaves, the world may be a better place…and THAT’S why I am here; to teach you all of stuff that you are not aware of!

Until next time…remember to always…

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

# CDXCIX…(499)…Rock Star’s Milestone 75th…

Today, July 26th, for those that are unaware, is the birthdate of one of the most prolific names to come to America from England; Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger (1943). As he is the co-founder of one rock-n-roll’s premier English bands, his voice is pretty much unmistakable and sometimes hypnotic. His babyface (when he was younger) easily enamored the younger members of the “Flower Generation”; the band had multiple Top Ten hits in the mid- to late 60’s and dominated for quite a while among rock’s upper echelon.

He is known to me, in addition to his storied career as a musician, by his acting prowess, as well; specifically, for his 1992 co-starring role (alongside Emilio Estevez) in the science fiction cult classic, “Freejack”. He’s had roles in other film, naturally, but his anti-hero Vincent Vancedak in the film is an eerie look at how well a villain/antihero should be played. His countless hits and longevity in the industry more than cement his place here on this blog…Many happy more, Sir Jagger!

Among his birthday twins are/were; late “I Love Lucy” co-star Vivian Vance (1909-1979), late producer/director Blake Edwards (1922-2010), late actor Jason Robards (1922-2000), late “The Berenstein Bears” co-creator Jan Berenstain (1923-2012), late veteran actor and “The Dukes of Hazzard” co-star James Best {“Roscoe”} (1926-2015), late directing icon Stanley Kubrick (1928-1999) and late patriarch Joe Jackson (1929-2018).

Also celebrating are; singer Darlene Love (1941), esteemed actress Helen Mirren (1945), Queen drummer Roger Taylor (1949), figure skating icon Dorothy Hamill (1956), “Star Trek” alum Nana Visitor (1957), superstar actor Kevin Spacey (1959), veteran actress Sandra Bullock (1964), action film star Jason Statham (1967) and veteran “Underworld” actress Kate Beckinsale was born in 1973.

Now you know how truly “useless” my knowledge base is…and why I’m more entertaining than watching paint dry…or playing stupid online games…

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

# CDXCVIII…Reboots Be Damned!!!!!

With the latest “reboot” buzz-news floating around, I would like for you to peruse my views (from the book, of course) on the “original” star’s birthday…from “The Last Starfighter”, a film that came out when I was thirteen years young…

Today’s date, July 21st, in addition to being a famous late comedian’s (in the list to follow) birthday, is the creation date of a little-known actor (only because of his career in regards to present-day generation), Lance Guest (1960). With parts in such classics as “Knots Landing”, “St. Elsewhere”, “Lou Grant” and “Halloween II {1981}”, it wasn’t until his performance in 1984’s science fiction pioneer “The Last Starfighter” that he became a member of this date’s elite list.

That movie, which I first saw when I was about 15 or so (loved VHS, when it was king), is one of my all-time favorite movies, science fiction or otherwise. Although certainly campy by today’s computer-generated standards, “The Last Starfighter” will forever be remembered as the first movie to incorporate computer images into a live action film. Having said that, Mr. Guest’s performance as the trailer-park video game legend-turned-intergalactic hero Alex Rogan will stand the test of time; played to hilt with an almost “naïve” feel to it, he will always be among the honored for this date.

Also celebrating are/were his twins; late author Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961), actress/singer Kay Starr (1922), late actor/comedian Don Knotts (1924-2006), late wrestling patriarch Bob Orton, Sr. (1929-2006), former U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno (1938), singer-songwriter Cat Stevens (1948), “Doonesbury” creator Gary Trudeau (1948) and the late great Robin Williams (1951-2014).

Celebrating as well are; comedian Jon Lovitz (1957), Skillet frontman Korey Cooper (1972), actress/model Ali Landry (1973), actor Josh Hartnett (1978), young Jamaican scion Damian Marley (1978) and Yankees’ hurler CC Sabathia was born in 1980.

Be sure to check out the science fiction classic, “The Last Starfighter”…it might be one of the best and oddest smashes you’ll ever witness…

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

# CDXCVII…Black Sabbath Icon…from The Book…

Today’s date, July 17th, is the birthdate of original (and current) bassist, Geezer Butler (1949), who, in case you didn’t know, has been with the band {with a couple of exceptions for solo and other collaborative works} since its inception in 1969. Originally a rhythm guitarist, he actually made the iconic switch to a bass when lead guitarist (and fellow southpaw legend) Tony Iommi refused to play with a second guitarist. I think I speak for all the rock-heads out there in saying that that was the best deal ever, as without it, you’d never have Geezer on bass for classics like “War Pigs”, “Sabbath Bloody Sabbath”, “Paranoid”, and the like.
As he has been an integral part of Black Sabbath and will continue to be until their Final Tour ends later this year, his style is loved by all in the rock industry; such iconic bassists like Jason Newsted (Newsted/Metallica), Les Claypool (Primus), the late Cliff Burton (Metallica) and one of my favorites, John Myung (Dream Theater) list him as their idol for his sheer brilliance.
His fourteen album releases with Black Sabbath, combined with the above-mentioned solo/collaborations, and the fact that he’s been playing bass since before most of you were thought of means that he’s more than certainly earned his place here…Many happy more to you, Sir!
Also celebrating on this fine day are/were; “Perry Mason” creator Erle Stanley Gardner (1889-1970), late super-actor James Cagney (1899-1986), late entertainer Art Linkletter (1912-2010), late comedienne/actress Phyllis Diller (1917-2012), actress Diahann Carroll (1935) and actor Donald Sutherland (1935) predate the Black Sabbath superstar.
Born after him are; veteran actor David Hasselhoff (1952), “A Nightmare on Elm Street” (1984) heroine Heather Langenkamp (1964), actor Alex Winter {“Bill & Ted’s…” movies/”The Lost Boys”} (1965), Symphony X drummer (and New Jersey native) Jason Rullo (1972), country superstar Luke Bryan (1976) and former TNA/WWE star Mike Knox was born in 1978.
Thank you for coming with me down “rock-n-roll memory lane”…it’s always my pleasure to bring it to you…and, as always…
/,,,/ ROCK ON DUDEZ \,,,\

# CDXCVI…Two Notable Music Birthdays…

On this date, July 7th, it has come to my attention that two musical legends celebrate their birthday today; former drummer for The Beatles, Sir Richard Starkey (aka Ringo Starr), who was born in 1940 {knighted 2018}, and former FireHouse and current Stryper bassist Perry Richardson (born 1963).  As a music connoisseur, I just found it weird that these two specifically share this date as their birthday.

For the man that needs no introduction, Ringo was the drummer for the great rock band from 1962 (when he replaced then-drummer Pete Best) and continued with them until their breakup in 1972.  Since then, he has been inducted twice into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (both as a Beatle AND a solo artist, only one of 21 musicians to do so), has enjoyed a wonderfully productive solo career, releasing 19 solo albums and is also an accomplished actor, appearing in The Beatles’ films as well as a few minor roles (he also played Mr. Conductor for one season of Shining Time Station in the States).

As far as Perry Richardson, he started with FireHouse (the band with hit singles like “Love of a Lifetime” and “When I Look Into Your Eyes”, among others) in 1989 and played with the band until a personal conflict caused his departure in the year 2000.  After his release from the band, he played notably with such country artists as Craig Morgan and the ubiquitous Trace Adkins…which pretty much kept him busy until replacing the long-time Stryper bassist Tim Gaines in 2017.  He is currently touring with band for their latest release “God Damn Evil” {awesome album, as I posted review on here in April, when the album was released!}

The list of their birthday twins is as follows:  late baseball hurler Satchel Paige (1906-1982), former “Tonight Show” bandleader Doc Severinsen (1927), late movie critic Joel Siegel (1943-2007), “NCIS” co-star Joe Spano (1946), actress Shelly Duvall (1949) and singer/actress Vonda Shepard was born in 1963.

Also celebrating are; comedian Jim Gaffigan (1966), former NHLer Joe Sakic (1969), voice acting legend Cree Summer (1969), legendary figure skater Michelle Kwan (1980) and Avenged Sevenfold’s right-handed guitarist, Synyster Gates was born in 1981.

Like Ringo stated, “It Don’t Come Easy”, but remember to always…

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