Life is what happens when you are making other plans~ John Lennon
An eye for an eye will make the whole world blind~Gandhi
The time is always right to do what is right~ Martin Luther King Jr.

Friday, May 6, 2016

On this day in rock music history

Let's see what the rock music history book holds for us today...

-In their Florida hotel room, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones work out the rhythm and opening guitar melody of "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction", taking advantage of the fact that Keith had bought a fuzz box earlier that day
-The Beatles worked at Abbey Road Studios putting some extra work on their track "I'm Only Sleeping"
-Former Spice Girls singer Geri Halliwell scored her fourth #1 UK hit with her cover of the song "It's Raining Men" by The Weather Girls
Born on this day
Bob Seger, born in 1945
-Best known for songs like "Night Moves", "Turn the Page", "Shakedown", "Fire Down Below"

Thursday, May 5, 2016

For those die hard Maiden fans...

Now you can build your very own Ed Force One!
That's right! You read it correctly. The Boeing 757 for Maiden is the envy of almost all bands. Mostly because one of the pilots is also the band's frontman, Bruce Dickinson. But for those die hard Up the Irons fans, you can now own a miniature model of the legendary jet.

Legendary model company Revell made an announcement that they would indeed be creating a 1:144 scale model of Ed Force One. It would be modeled after the plane's design that they used during their 2008 Somewhere Back in Time tour. For those unaware, each time the band goes out on a new tour, the plane gets redone with artwork from that specific album, i.e. Powerslave (Egyptian theme), The Book of Souls (Mayan theme), Somewhere in Time (sci-fi theme), etc.

"Our 1:144 scale model of Ed Force One will bring something new, as well as fun to Civil Aviation Model Kit genre,” said Revell’s Thomas Randrup. “We are looking forward to a successful cooperation with Global Merchandising and Iron Maiden on this 2016 new product release".

"As soon as we knew that Bruce would be piloting the plane for Iron Maiden’s world tour, we knew that we had to do something special to celebrate the occasion, and Revell are an obvious partner for this fantastic collaboration,” said GMS licensing manager Jens Drinkwater. “Their model kits have been a synonym for plastic modeling for over 60 years, and this detailed model of Ed Force One will appeal to both traditional builders and hobbyists as well as the dedicated Iron Maiden fan base".

Iron Maiden: Flight 666

Here is a concert movie for the band behind the phrase "Up the Irons"!
-Take a worldwide jaunt with the band behind the phrase "Up the Irons"! This band is embarking on their Somewhere Back in Time tour. See what the band is like before, during and after the show. Learn cool things about the guys, like when Maiden isn't busy, Dave Murray and Nicko McBrain can be found at the nearest golf course, hitting the greens. Or Janick Gers is known as the Wanderer because he's always wandering off to explore.

Did You Know?
-The Boeing 757 that takes the band on their tours is dubbed "Ed Force One" as a tribute to their iconic mascot, Eddie. It's piloted by Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson

If I ever saw this landing at CVG here in Cincinnati, OMG! Ticketmaster, here I come...

Sunday, May 1, 2016

May Birthdays

Since it's May, time to say Happy Birthday to the following people

Tim McGraw
-Birth name: Samuel Timothy Smith
-DOB: 5/1/1967
-Where: Delhi, Louisiana
-Produced albums for Jo Dee Messina
Bill Ward
-Birth name: William Thomas Ward
-DOB: 5/5/1948
-Where: Birmingham, England
-For years, the Black Sabbath song "N.I.B." was thought to have stood for "Nativity in Black", whatever this means. The name of the song came from a more humorous source: at the time it was written, Bill Ward had a goatee that looked like the nib of a pen, according to his bandmates. So thus, this song title was born!
Eric Singer
-Birth name: Eric Doyle Mensinger
-DOB: 5/12/1958
-Where: Cleveland, Ohio
-He likes and/or owns classic cars and motorcycles
He's definitely handsome. Never knew he was a brunette though. Always thought he was blonde, lol!!
-Birth name: Cheryl Sarkisian
-DOB: 5/20/1946
-Where: El Centro, California
-For several years, she lived with Gene Simmons, the current bass player for hard rock band KISS
Chow Yun-fat
-DOB: 5/18/1955
-Where: Lamma Island, Hong Kong, China
-He enjoys photography. His older sister works in photography
Very handsome
Mike Myers
-Birth name: Michael John Myers
-DOB: 5/23/1963
-Where: Scarborough, Ontario, Canada
-On Saturday Night Live, his skit "Coffee Talk with Linda Richman" was based on his ex-mother-in-law Linda Richman

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Scooby Doo and Kiss: Rock and Roll Mystery

Hahahahahahahahaha. When I heard about this one, oh wow!! My sister says she wants to see it because she thinks it looks funny!! She thinks even the title is funny: Scooby Doo and Kiss: Rock and Roll Mystery! Hysterial!!! She also keeps asking me "Aren't you the least bit curious if it's good or not? You do like Kiss!" And not to mention, she now wants to get these little plush dolls of the guys in the band. She wants the Paul Stanley one because she says it has cute little chest hairs, the Peter Criss one because it's oh so cute, lol!! And her general excuse for this sudden love of all things Kiss is that "I'm trying to expand my horizons!"

-Mystery Inc. has been called to investigate a serious of suspicious happenings at Kiss World- an all Kiss-themed amusement park. The self-proclaimed "Kings of the Nighttime World" help out and discover that a being known as the Crimson Witch has summoned a creature called the Destroyer from the world known as Kissteria. Not shockingly, the plan of this monstrous duo is, surprise surprise, to destroy the world!

Not really shocked here. Women always seem to go for Paul Stanley, lol!!

Just like the Creatures of the Night album

This is an almost reference to the cover for the band's Rock and Roll Over album, where each person's true personality was captured

-Frank Welker: Fred Jones/Scooby Doo
-Mindy Cohn: Velma Dinkley
-Grey Griffin: Daphne Blake
-Matthew Lillard: Norville "Shaggy" Rogers
-Gene Simmons: The Demon
-Paul Stanley: The Starchild
-Eric Singer: The Catman
-Tommy Thayer: The Spaceman
-Penny Marshall: The Elder
-Pauley Perrette: Delilah Domino
-Rachel Ramras: Shandi Strutter
-Darius Rucker: The Destroyer
-Doc McGhee: Chip McGoo

Did You Know?
-As a side note, take a look at some of the character names. Most if not all them reference something related to Kiss. "Chip McGoo" is voiced by and based on Kiss manager Doc McGhee, "The Elder" references their only attempt at a concept album called Music from The Elder, "Delilah Domino" references the songs "Domino" from their Revenge album and "Modern Day Delilah" from Sonic Boom. "The Destroyer" references the album Destroyer, "Shandi Strutter" references the songs "Strutter" from their debut album and "Shandi" from Dynasty
-During one scene, a psychic opens the mystic book and symbols start appearing. They include an ankh, a fox, a cat, planets, the initials "BK" and the initials "MSJ". Each of these represent some member of Kiss. "BK" is Bruce Kulick, "MSJ" is Mark St. John, the fox is Eric Carr, the ankh is Vinnie Vincent, the cat is Peter Criss, the planets are Ace Frehley

Peter Criss

Ace Frehley

Bruce Kulick

Eric Carr

Mark St. John

Vinnie Vincent
-At the beginning of the movie, when Kiss is doing their outfit change, they pay respect to the sailor scouts of the popular anime cartoon Sailor Moon (1995)

-The character Chip McGoo is strongly based on Kiss' manager Doc McGhee, who also voices that character

Doc McGhee
-In the movie, The Starchild paints a picture of Daphne and an intentionally insulting picture of Fred. In real life, Paul Stanley paints as a hobby and is quite accomplished at it, so much so that he often donates his paintings to be auctioned off for charity
-This is the second time that Paul Stanley has lent his voice to a characterization of himself in a Scooby Doo cartoon
-As Kiss powers up into their superhero alter egos, the colors of each person reflect the four solo albums released simultaneously in 1978: green (Peter Criss/Eric Singer), red (Gene Simmons), Purple (Paul Stanley), Blue (Ace Frehley/Tommy Thayer)

-The opening titles reference the Kiss album covers of Creatures of the Night, Destroyer, Alive! Dynasty, Love Gun

Broken Music: A Memoir by Sting

I have read this book and have to say it was definitely interesting
I am learning all sorts of stuff I never knew about Sting. For example, he was named Gordon after a grandfather. His maternal grandfather, Ernest, is who Sting's father was named after while his grandmother, an Irish woman named Agnes White, instilled a love of reading.

He has a younger brother named Phil and their father, named Ernest, worked in Swan Hunter's shipyard, working on the giant ships that needed to be repaired or built. He talks about growing up in Newcastle, about trying to figure out why those from Newcastle are called "Geordies". After his father left the shipyard, he went to work as the manager of a dairy. He enlisted his son, then still known as Gordon (it would be years before he would be known by his stage name) to work with him on the delivery routes for the milk. He would have to remember the numbers of the house, how many bottles each house received, if there were any changes and if so, report them back. He describes his mother, Aubrey, as a beautiful but flirtatious woman and also a member of the Church of England parish while his father Ernest is strictly Catholic. He describes an eerie time when he caught his mother having an affair with a new employee at his father's dairy. He described the world changing for him after that.

Not to mention, he seems to have a pretty skeptical view on religion. For example, the first time he went to confession, he said he didn't have anything to confess about. So he made up a lie and confessed for that. Not to mention, he talks about the first time he masturbated. I could have read the whole book without having to know that detail, lol!! That's the last thing I want in my head, of a preteen Sting getting off into his hand, lol! He also describes being embarrassed at the thought of his mom discovering what those suspicious-looking stains on his bedsheets, lol!

He talks about going to his grandmother's house and playing the piano, which instilled a deep love of music, along with going to a music store in Newcastle and getting a guitar along with a book on how to play it along with guitar strings. He thought of playing the guitar as a way of coping with the now high tension household he lived in. As time went on, his parents would fight. On Thursday nights, his mother would say she is going to visit one of the dairy employees, Nancy, at her house, when in reality, she was probably going off to see her new boyfriend.

He got a guitar and started playing music with these two brothers named Pete and Ken Brigham. They both play music as well, Pete playing a bass guitar. One night, Pete is unable to play bass and Gordon (again, he won't be known by his stage name for some time) picks up the bass and finds it is definitely different from a regular guitar in the sense that it has only four strings and is slightly heavier. When he was younger, he had a friend named Tommy Thompson. They were both close until they entered grammar school. There was a very prestigious grammar school in Newcastle called St. Cuthbert's. Sting and his friend Tommy vied for scholarships, with Sting winning one and Tommy not. Tommy was then sent to a secondary modern school, which from the impression I get from reading, is not a very good one. He sadly says that when he was away at college, his father told him that his friend Tommy died from being burned to death. He had set a fire in his fireplace, fell asleep and the house burned down with Tommy in it.

Sting talks about getting caned 42 times for nothing except being in the wrong place at the wrong time, having the wrong look on his face or hanging with the wrong crowd. He describes getting caned as getting cut by a rapier and also describes it as cruel and unusual punishment. Not to mention, he laughingly says that no matter how tough you think you are, you will be shedding tears. He laughs as he says that he and other kids who got the cane tried to work their way around it, such as stuffing books down your pants, wearing extra sets of underwear, etc. but the teacher administering it would check you. He talks about a teacher there helping him understand math and another teacher further instilling in him the love of reading.

He describes going to see Jimi Hendrix for the first time. He talks about going to the Central Station bathroom to change clothes, doing it slowly so as not to drop his clothes on the probably venereal disease-infested floor. After waiting in line to see him at a nightclub, which he would normally have been too young to get in but passes for eighteen due to his height, he says it blew his mind not only because of his guitar playing, but Jimi being the first black man he's ever seen.

His first real girlfriend was a woman named Deborah Anderson. She worked as a secretary for a legal firm in Newcastle. After working short stints as a bus conductor and construction worker after dropping out of a college for a teaching course, he takes a job as a tax officer. This is where he meets said girl named Deborah. He talks about his absolute embarrassment during his job at the construction site. One day, his mother made him small cucumber finger sandwiches that he said "would not look out of place at a vicar's garden party". He was extremely embarrassed by this as those around him were working class and had regular sandwiches and such. He laughingly said "Note to self: I'm packing my own lunch next time". One night, he meets a musician named Gerry and joins his band, called Earthrise, whose singer Megan is Gerry's girlfriend. She and him hit it off, but things fall apart. He says that almost every woman he has dated has ended in heartbreak.

He talks excitedly about appearing on a Miles Davis album, called You're Under Arrest. Miles asked him if he knew French. After replying that he did, he had a near full blown panic attack. Miles said he had five minutes to translate the famous Miranda Rights in French. Panicking, he ran out to the receptionist of the music studio and asked to borrow the phone. After phoning his home in London in an attempt to get ahold of his wife Trudie, who he knew spoke French fluently, his housekeeper told him she was at a restaurant. After asking for the phone number, he called and got a hold of her and asked her to translate the Miranda Rights in French. He ran back and was told to shout them as loud as possible into a microphone. Afterwards, Miles said "You're now on a Miles Davis record!" Seems like an awful lot of trouble for just a few lines in a foreign language.

Also, the band he was in before joining The Police was a band called Last Exit, which was the Ronnie Pearson Trio, which was the Phoenix Jazzmen originally. It was in 1976 during a Last Exit gig where Sting first met Stuart Copeland, who was the drummer for art rock band Curved Air. Sting came to get his iconic moniker after wearing a black and yellow striped sweater during an early gig with the Phoenix Jazzmen. Also, his first wife was a stage actress named Frances Tomelty and with her they had their first child, a son they named Joe in honor of her father. Later on, Frances and Sting would have another child, a daughter they would name Kate. What is ironic is that Sting was 24 when he first became a dad, the exact same age that his father was when Sting was born. After accepting an offer from Stuart to form a new band, they called this new band The Police. Their early stuff was punk, thrash metal-type stuff, certainly not the new wave-pop rock stuff they would be known for later. Later on, Sting would marry actress Trudie Styler and would have two kids, a daughter named Mickey and a son named Jake. He and soon to be wife Trudie would marry later on and three years later would bear the the terrible burden of losing both his parents to cancer and not going to the funerals. He said that he didn't want the funerals of his parents to become a media circus if some paparazzi caught the famous Police front man attending a funeral

Appearing in the magazine Harper's Bazaar. Man, he's still pretty ripped for his age, lol!!

He and current wife Trudie Styler

The band he became famous with: The Police

Friday, April 22, 2016

April Birthdays

Since it's April, time to say Happy Birthday to the following people

Eddie Murphy
-Birth name: Edward Regan Murphy
-DOB: 4/3/1961
-Where: Brooklyn, New York
-His mother Lilian was a telephone operator and father Charles Edward Murphy, was a transit police officer
Robert Downey Jr
-DOB: 4/4/1965
-Where: New York City, New York
-Known for speaking sarcastic but humorous lines with no emotion on his face
John Cena
-Birth name: John Felix Anthony Cena
-DOB: 4/23/1977
-Where: West Newbury, Massachusetts
-Is of French-Canadian, English and Italian descent
Jet Li
-Birth name: Li Lian Jie
-DOB: 4/26/1963
-Where: Beijing, China
-Provided motion capture work for the video game Rise to Honor
Jamie Bamber
-Birth name: Jamie St. John Bamber Griffith
-DOB: 4/3/1972
-Where: Hammersmith, London, England
-Bamber is his mother's maiden name
Whatever England is doing to make hot guys, for the love of God please keep it up!
Jeremy Clarkson
-Birth name: Jeremy Charles Robert Clarkson
-DOB: 4/11/1960
-Where: Doncaster, South Yorkshire, England
-Known for his frequently opinionated outbursts
Paul Nicholls
-Birth name: Paul Gerald Greenhalgh
-DOB: 4/12/1979
-Where: Bolton, Lancashire, England
-His parents were a roofer and a psychiatric nurse
Wow! English guys are gorgeous!!!!
Peter Davison
-Birth name: Peter Malcolm Gordon Moffett
-DOB: 4/13/1951
-Where: Streatham, London, England
-Has three sisters named Barbara, Shirley, Pamela