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.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Book Review: The Auschwitz Escape by Joel C. Rosenberg

If you are into historical fiction and you are interested in the history of the Holocaust, this might interest you.
-The Holocaust is in full swing and Adolf Hitler and his regiment of Nazis begin putting the final touches on the "Final Solution". Anyone who is considered to be non-Aryans (blond hair and blue eyes, known as the Master Race) will be rounded up and sent to labor and death camps spread throughout Europe. And for Jacob Weisz, who is Jewish and living in Germany with his family, they are some of those "non-Aryans".

-Meanwhile, in France, Jean-Luc Leclerc is an assistant pastor at a small parish in the French countryside. One day, a Hasidic Jewish family shows up at the door of his house where he and his wife live. Suddenly, Jean-Luc finds himself in the unwitting position of hosting Jewish families fleeing from the Holocaust. Suddenly he and other pastors in the French countryside begin saving these families. Jacob manages to join an underground resistance movement that his uncle Avi runs. These rebels are trying to make their way to Budapest to spread the word of the evil that Hitler has in mind for the Jewish of the world. One night, when trying to intercept a train of Hungarian Jews heading to the most notorious of the Nazi camps, Auschwitz, Jacob frees them but gets trapped in the boxcar instead.

-While in the car, he meets an older man who tells him to shed his old identity if he plans to survive. Over time, he and this older man create a sort of father-son bond. As time goes on, Jacob begins to realize just what Auschwitz and the dozens of other camps were created for- the total extermination of the Jewish race. When in camp, Jacob starts to befriend the French pastor Jean-Luc, who goes by Luc and they hatch a plan to make one of the most bold, daring moves in history-escape from Auschwitz.

Kids getting detention for the strangest things

These kids get detention for things that can only make you laugh. If you're having a bad day, these detention notices will surely get those laughter-induced tears rolling! Plus, some of these kids are brilliant!! And besides, sometimes you just need a good laugh...

Reason: Disrupting class by standing, unbuttoning his shirt to reveal a Superman T-shirt and announcing he was Superman
Reason: Stapling students' clothing together
Reason: IM conversations w/other male students about 'Hide and Go Poop' game (a poop contest)

Reason: "I'm gonna twerk on you at Homecoming. You better tip me. I ain't shakin' this booty for free."

Reason: Caught Lucas searching "boobies" while other students were overlooking at the photos

Reason: Michael finished his group work early, so he took a laptop (without permission) and began looking at pictures of pugs

Reason: another student made the comment "you need to push it in further" and another added "That's what she said"
Reason: Physical disruption. Leaping with intent to fly
Reason: Threw a lamp at another student and told him to "Lighten the f--- up!"
Reason: Lucas entered the café in a rolling office chair. He was told by a monitor to return it to the journal office. He pushed it with his feet out the door very fast. A few minutes after he ran into the café with a mask on his face holding a sign saying "occupy the cafeteria"
Reason: Taking off shirt in the middle of class and yelling "Come at me, bro!" at another student
Reason: Broke into school and put car in hallway
Reason: Pooping on fellow students for money. (Can someone say hepatitis city?)
Reason: Drawing a chicken with male anatomical parts and displaying it in class. (This sounds like something my sister would do. And then brag about it)
Reason: Telling a student he can find his pencil up his a**
Reason: Dropped the f bomb on a girl that wasn't nice to her friend (Wow, if this is not the most pathetic thing ever. Such drama with high school girls)
Reason: Constant disruption. Corrected many times. Said "My grandmother has a UTI infection"
Reason: Horseplaying with a student named Tim. It appeared he was "twisting Timmy's nipples"
Reason: Jamming pencil into electric socket. (What is the fascination with high school and middle school age kids jamming crap into electric sockets? I hope they know what happens when you mix electric with metal! I had classmates in high school and middle school who would do this all the time for giggles. They'd steal forks and knives from the cafeteria and stick them into the nearest electrical socket, probably hoping to blow the power and go home early from school)
Reason: Noah asked the substitute teacher "Have you ever smoked pot?"
Reason: Student asked to watch the Olympic Ice Hockey game. I said "No", he said "You're a Communist, Communist, Communist". Inappropriate speech
Reason: Kevin defied a direct instruction from a teacher while on a City Journey excursion. He was told to go straight to the train station. But instead he chose to stop in a 7-11 to purchase a Slurpee. (This kid is pure GENIUS)

Rock n roll photos by Bob Gruen

Here are 14 photos of rockstars by famous rock photographer Bob Gruen

Friday, July 3, 2015

New and discovered cover songs

As everyone knows, there are always cover songs. I managed to find some new ones. Ones that are very good. Here are some of them

Dream On
-Original: Aerosmith
-Cover: Ronnie James Dio
Too Young to Fall in Love
-Original: Motley Crue
-Cover: Gilby Clarke

Under My Wheels
-Original: Alice Cooper
-Cover: Joe Elliott, Phil Collen (Def Leppard)
Only Women Bleed
-Original: Alice Cooper
-Cover: Glenn Hughes
Crazy Train
-Original: Ozzy Osbourne
-Cover: Dee Snider
Sweet Child O'Mine
-Original: Guns N' Roses
-Cover: Gilby Clarke
Sweet Emotion
-Original: Aerosmith
-Cover: Tommy Shaw (Styx)
Eminence Front
-Cover: John Wetton (Asia), KK Downing (Judas Priest)
Young Lust
-Original: Pink Floyd
-Cover: Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple), Elliott Easton (The Cars)
All Day and All of the Night
-Original: The Kinks
-Cover: Brad Gillis (Night Ranger), Joe Lynn Turner (Rainbow)

General Covers
-This refers to songs that have been covered by musicians I don't necessarily listen to; just being considerate by adding them :D

Running with the Devil
-Original: Van Halen
-Cover: Jake E. Lee, Stephen Pearcy (Ratt)
Free for All
-Original: Ted Nugent
-Cover: Jake E. Lee, Jani Lane (Warrant)
Sad But True
-Original: Metallica
-Cover: Joey Belladonna (Anthrax)
Here Comes the Sun
-Cover: Steve Morse (Dixie Dregs), Richard Page (Mr. Mister)
Breaking the Law
-Original: Judas Priest
-Cover: Motorhead
School's Out
-Original: Alice Cooper
-Cover: Megadeth
-Original: Thin Lizzy
-Cover: Mick Taylor (Rolling Stones)
Pour Some Sugar on Me
-Original: Def Leppard
-Cover: L.A. Guns
Rock of Ages
-Original: Def Leppard
-Cover: Tracii Guns (L.A. Guns)

Rag Doll
-Original: Aerosmith
-Cover: Ted Nugent
Back in Black
-Original: AC/DC
-Cover: Phil Collen (Def Leppard) on guitar, Joe Lynn Turner (Rainbow) on vocals
Rock and Roll All Nite
-Original: Kiss
-Cover: L.A. Guns
-Original: Black Sabbath
-Cover: Vince Neil (Motley Crue)
Hell Bent for Leather
-Original: Judas Priest
-Cover: Warrant
Welcome to the Jungle
-Original: Guns N' Roses
-Cover: Kevin DuBrow (Quiet Riot)
-Original: Alice Cooper
-Cover: Duff McKagan (Guns N'Roses, Loaded), Matt Sorum (Guns N'Roses)

Richie Faulkner

Check this guy out on Facebook. Might be more truthful since he doesn't have an official site. Man is this guy cute!!!!! I love his accent. And seeing him in all that leather makes him even cuter!!!
Birth name: Richard Ian Faulkner
DOB: 1/1/1980
Where: London, England

-April 20, 2011: hired as the successor to previous Judas Priest guitarist KK Downing
-May 25, 2011: first appearance with Judas Priest. They played on American Idol, playing "Living After Midnight" and "Breaking the Law" with a contestant
-Was a member of a band called Metalworks prior to joining Priest. In addition, he was a guitarist in the band Voodoo Six, which was formed by Lauren Harris, daughter of Iron Maiden bassist Steve Harris. In addition to playing guitar for the band, he also provided background vocals

KK Downing

Here is the rhythm guitarist for Judas Priest. Apparently he has a site too. So you can trust all the info he puts on here.
Birth name: Kenneth Kevin Downing
DOB: 10/27/1951
Where: West Bromwich, England

-Along with bass player Ian Hill, both men came to create one of the most iconic heavy metal bands in metal history-Judas Priest.
-Jimi Hendrix, John Mayall and his Bluesbreakers, Eric Clapton inspired him to learn guitar
-After getting his first guitar, an acoustic one for 10 pounds, he also bought a Marshall amp and was ready to rock. A couple years later, he accomplished his dream of getting an electric guitar. He bought a Gibson SG. "I always wanted a Flying V, but I had to wait a while before I could get one,” he recalls." Because of his intense love of music, he was kicked out of his house at 15. He also dropped out of school around the same time.
-He formed a band with Ian Hill, a friend of his from high school. This band's first lineup included Al Atkins on vocals, Ken on guitar, Ian on bass and Joe Ellis on drums. Their music influences included Hendrix. "We were adventurous and tried to steer away from basic twelve-bar stuff, because we were more into progressive rock. Most of the other bands around were sticking to the same basic stuff. If anything, we were more like Cream or Black Sabbath."
-When Al Atkins left in 1973, he took Chris "Congo" Campbell with him, the band's second drummer. Now needing a singer, Ian's girlfriend, Sue Halford, suggested her younger brother Rob. Ken visited Rob one day to hear him singing along to a Doris Day record. Other than Deep Purple's Ian Gillan, no one in music had sung with such high falsetto voices. When he met the rest of the band, they were surprised at his appearance. Rob had shoulder length blonde hair and paisley hippie type clothes. But when he sang, he convinced them that he was the one. Rob also brought John Hinch from his band Hiroshima to play drums. This lineup christened themselves Judas Priest.
-While touring all over the place during 1973 and 1974, Ken started going by the initials KK because during a European tour, a girl in Denmark couldn't pronounce his name and simply called him KK
-The band was able to start recording through a small studio called Gull Records and they insisted the band needed another guitar player. While in the studio one day, another small band called The Flying Hat Band was recording nearby. This band had a guitarist who is still with Priest to this day-Glenn Tipton. After joining Priest, the lineup was complete. It was considered unusual to have two lead guitars in bands during the mid 1970s, but Priest was adamant that it would work
-During the song "Victim of Changes", KK started doing the whammy bar style guitar break that would be his famous trademark
-During the 1970s, John Hinch had left and former Trapeze drummer Dave Holland was in.
-"I knew I wouldn’t be happy until Priest had made it. From the very beginning, my goal was to find success with the band no matter how hard it might be. I think we all felt the same way because it wasn’t something that we could suddenly give up". KK said
-By the release of Judas Priest's Unleashed in the East, Glenn Tipton and KK Downing had settled into the guitar playing groove that worked best for them and at this point in time, the band had adopted their leather and studs look
-As the 1980s emerged, the New Wave of British Heavy Metal (shortened to NWOBHM) movement occurred. Punk was on the rise and it threatened some bands in terms of popularity. Priest led the heavy metal charge with 1980's British Steel. This album shot up to #4 on UK charts and gave them their first hit single "Living After Midnight"
-After the band's tour for 2007's Angel of Retribution and an anniversary tour celebrating British Steel, KK announced his intention of leaving the band. For 40 years, KK was Glenn's guitar partner in crime. "I feel that Priest has played its part in music history and feel very proud to have achieved what we have. So there is a good positive feeling inside me and of course I feel very indebted to the fans all over the world. I have been lucky enough to have had a great life and to have fulfilled many goals, one of the most significant being the friendships that I have made with my fans." He said
-In terms of his future goals, he has this to say "Before i go six feet under I’d like to see the band where it deserves to be. I firmly believe that people take their music with them throughout life. I mean, if you were a Judas Priest fan in your teen years and you can remember your first sexual encounter, your first cigarette, your first pint of beer, your first car and your first everything; if Priest was part of that, then chances are when you’re 100 years old and in a rocking chair, you’ll still be listening to Judas Priest. I’ll definitely be listening to heavy metal when I’m an old codger. I’ll be rocking that chair a lot faster and harder than the other guys!"

Rob Halford

For all the Judas Priest fans out there, or "Metal Maniacs" according to guitarist Richie Faulkner, this is their lead singer, dubbed "The Metal God"
Birth name: Robert John Arthur Halford
DOB: 8/25/1951
Where: Walsall, Staffordshire, England
Height: 6'

-Tattoos on his head
-Leather clothing
-His high multi octave singing voice
-His shaved head
-His beard
-His sunglasses
-Riding a Harley Davidson motorcycle on to the stage, especially to sing "Hell Bent for Leather", while also holding a whip or riding crop

-His sister Susan Halford was married to Judas Priest bass player Ian Hill from 1976-1984, making Halford and Hill ex-brothers in law
-Halford was brought in as a possible singer for Priest when original singer Al Atkins left. Susan Halford, who was married to Ian Hill, mentioned her brother Rob was a singer and he was brought in to audition
-Sang for Black Sabbath in 1992 when Ronnie James Dio refused to take the stage in support of former singer Ozzy Osbourne's solo act
-During the early 1990s, Judas Priest's look changed dramatically. Getting annoyed with his receding hairline, Halford simply shaved his head bald and showed some new tattoos on it
-Despite owning several types of cars, he didn't pass his driving test until he was 38
-Lives in Phoenix, Arizona, but owns houses in San Diego, Amsterdam, Walsall, his hometown
-He shares a birthday with Kiss bass player Gene Simmons and Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell
-Left Judas Priest in 1991 to pursue a solo career in the form of solo bands such as Fight, Two, Halford before returning in 2003.
-He's the current lead singer of Judas Priest

Personal Quotes
-My iPod is with me wherever I go. My iPod is all over the place - it's got Beethoven, Bach, Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Vivaldi, Wagner, and then it goes into Slayer, Emperor, everything by Sabbath, everything by Queen, Tool, Pantera. I could just go on and on. I'm just a chameleon when it comes to music - all kind of music touch my senses.
-There are two kinds of music - heavy metal and all the crap they play on radio and show on MTV.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Paul DiAnno

Here is the former singer for Iron Maiden
Birth name: Paul Andrews
DOB: 5/17/1958
Where: London, England

-His bad boy persona on stage
-Wild singing style

-Was replaced by Bruce Dickinson as singer for Iron Maiden
-Despite history of Iron Maiden, Paul DiAnno was not the original singer. There were two prior singers for Maiden before DiAnno came along
-Was with Iron Maiden from 1978-1981
-Was fired from the band for his unruly behavior, causing the band to miss concerts
-He was known for his operatic vocals and having a more gutsy, raw "punk" type of edge to his voice as well

Ian Hill

Here is the bass player and co-founder of Judas Priest
Birth name: Ian Frank Hill
DOB: 1/20/1951
Where: West Bromwich, Birmingham, England

-Learned to play the double bass from his father, who play bass in local Birmingham jazz acts
-In 1970, along with fellow classmate Kenneth Kevin "KK" Downing, they formed the legendary heavy metal band Judas Priest
-He is the one who found their singer, Rob Halford. Hill was dating Halford's sister Sue and mentioned he needed a singer. She recommended her younger brother Rob, who was said to have sung in their church choir
-Ian Hill married Rob Halford's sister Sue in 1976 and divorced in 1984. Together they have a son named Alex, born in 1980

Dave Murray

Here is another of the guitarists for Iron Maiden
Birth name: David Michael Murray
DOB: 12/23/1956
Where: Edmundton, London, England
Height: 5'9''

-Frequently uses Fender Stratocasters

-Has been Iron Maiden's lead guitarist since 1976
-Owns a home in Hawaii
-Other than Steve Harris, Dave Murray is one of the only two consistent Iron Maiden members to appear on every album