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.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Rockers on motorcycles

James Hetfield
-He sang the song "Wherever I Roam" on an old police bike
Paul Stanley
-For a guy being in the "Hottest band in the world", he's the last person you'd be expecting to ride a bike
Rob Halford
-Judas Priest
-It should come as no surprise to find the "Metal God" we all know and love astride a motorcycle. Considering he has made it a trademark of every Priest concert to ride out on a black Harley

Ozzy Osbourne
-Black Sabbath
-He's on a motorcycle? Heck, he nearly killed himself going at a slow speed over a small hill on a quad runner
Vince Neil
-Motley Crue
-What goes better with heavy metal? Heavy metal you can ride. Vince Neil seems the type to ride

Tommy Lee
-Motley Crue
-He's almost exactly the type to ride. A Badass heavy metal drummer? Come on, match made in heaven!
Gene Simmons
-He's definitely the last person you'd expect to see riding a motorcycle. Maybe Peter and Ace, but not Gene

Nick Mason
-Pink Floyd
-Strange combination. English prog-rock and motorcycles? Well, apparently he's an enthusiast of this

-Guns N' Roses, Velvet Revolver
-He's not on a motorcycle, but a scooter? Oh no, that is the strangest thing EVER!

Friday, September 19, 2014

September Birthdays

Since it's September, time to give some people a big Happy Birthday wish

Ian McShane
-DOB: 9/29/1942
-Where: Blackburn, Lancashire, England
-Going to be: 72
-Height: 5'9''
-His father was Harry McShane, a player on the Manchester United football team
Keanu Reeves
-Birth name: Keanu Charles Reeves
-DOB: 9/2/1964
-Where: Beirut, Lebanon
-Going to be: 51
-Height: 6'1''
-Loves ballroom dancing
Jeff Foxworthy
-Birth name: Jeffrey Marshall Foxworthy
-DOB: 9/6/1958
-Where: Atlanta, Georgia
-Going to be: 56
-Height: 5'10''
-Known for his "You might be a redneck if..." one liners
David McCallum
-Birth name: David Keith McCallum
-DOB: 9/19/1933
-Where: Glasgow, Scotland
-Going to be: 81
-Height: 5'7''
-His first job was at 14, working as a theatre electrician's assistant
Joe Perry
-Birth name: Anthony Joseph Pereira
-DOB: 9/19/1950
-Where: Lawrence, Massachusetts
-Going to be: 64
-Height: 5'9'' and oh so HOT!
-Met wife Billie Montgomery on the set of his video "Black Velvet Pants" with the Joe Perry Project
Harriet Walter
-Birth name: Harriet Mary Walter
-DOB: 9/24/1950
-Where: England
-Going to be: 64
-Height: 5'8''
-Best known for her role as DI Natalie Chandler on Law and Order UK
-Niece of legendary actor Christopher Lee
Colin Firth
He's cute in an English gentleman sort of way
-Birth name: Colin Andrew Firth
-DOB: 9/10/1960
-Where: Grayshott, Hampshire, England
-Going to be: 54
-Height: 6'2''
-Spencer Tracy and Peter O'Toole were named as some of his inspirations
Jeremy Irons
-Birth name: Jeremy John Irons
-DOB: 9/19/1948
-Where: Cowes, Isle of Wight, England
-Going to be: 66
-Height: 6'2''
-Claims to not be able to drink alcohol without becoming sick
Avril Lavigne
-Birth name: Avril Ramone Lavigne
-DOB: 9/27/1984
-Where: Belleville, Ontario, Canada
-Going to be: 30
-Height: 5'1''
-Known for her pink and black color scheme
Tom Felton
-Birth name: Thomas Andrew Felton
-DOB: 9/22/1987
-Where: Epsom, Surrey, England
-Going to be: 27
-Height: 5'9''
-Since his natural hair color is light brown, he bleached his hair blonde for the Harry Potter movies

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

8 things watching Mrs. Doubtfire can teach you

To honor the passing of a comedy great, here are 8 things that Mrs. Doubtfire can teach you.

-No matter what, always be there for the ones you love
-A cake can make a fabulous costume
-If you're sad, act as if you're happy and happiness will come along
-We shouldn't hold it against them
-Even parents make mistakes
-Fruit can be dangerous
-Imagination can help you a lot in difficult times
-A divorce does not mean the end of your family. Your parents will always be there for you

Friday, August 29, 2014

I Am Ozzy by Ozzy Osbourne

I never thought I'd ever read this book. Instead of checking it out from the local library, where I risk either seeing some page missing from the book, bringing home bedbugs, seeing some pornographic image scrawled into it or in some other form of disrepair, I simply bought it, knowing that since it was about a singer I like, it was going to be good. AND IT WAS! If you are a Black Sabbath fan, you might like this...
I learned so many cool things about Ozzy. Like his real name is John Michael Osbourne, and his nickname came from a shortened version of his last name. Or that one of the solo songs he did, S.A.T.O. refers to the two most important women in his life- Sharon Arden and Thelma Osbourne. When he was in school, he actually attended the same school as fellow Black Sabbath band mate Tony Iommi, who was one of the only people who didn't bully him
She cracks me up. She'll just say whatever is on her mind :D and also, I think she is a very beautiful person
He held a succession of jobs from working as a car horn tester in a car factory, but he quit that because he did not want to drive himself bonkers or lose his hearing from the horns. Then he got a job working in a slaughterhouse, working a bolt gun that killed cows. Also, his father said he'd probably be in jail before he turned 18. He was right. Ozzy was sentenced to prison for theft. Also, some of his tattoos are home made. Like his hand tattoo, the one that says O-Z-Z-Y on his knuckles, he did himself, or the smiley faces on his knees- yup, homemade tattoos.

Also, when he released the song "No More Tears" as a single, he wanted to make the cover a very mature one, show that he was not the blood spitting, bite the head off the bat clown he once was. He wanted to be seen in a more mature way. The cover showed him with angel wings. And this song is a very beautiful song, if not a little creepy, but still good. He also has a habit of mooning people. Like when Black Sabbath was being inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame, he mooned people. Tony says that he's seen Ozzy's backside more than his own, lol!!!

Despite all the drama that bands typically experience, both Tony and Ozzy are good friends to this day and he was especially supportive of his good friend when he heard Tony got lymphoma. When he found out that Sharon had cancer, he nearly had a heart attack. He said he couldn't sleep with her for 9 months, fearing that if he did sleep with her, he'd wake up in the morning to find she had died in the middle of the night. Or that when he'd come off tour, he'd be a little horny and because of that, nine months later, along comes another little Osbourne. One time, when Sharon was in the hospital for her cancer, Robin Williams came in, dressed as his doctor character Patch Adams, to cheer her up. She never mentioned it to him, fearing what would happen. She also said that Ozzy is a loving individual, that he's never cheated on her or anything. He may have screwed up with drugs and alcohol recently, but he's long since been forgiven. Ozzy talked about his kids, naturally, being the awesome dad he is. And he said that when they did the reality show, they were voted #1 Family in America or something like that. Bill Cosby said that with all his swearing, he was not setting a good example. So Sharon set things right and told him that while his opinion was appreciated, please keep them to his self or something along those lines

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

20 Awesome Facts About Genesis

Think you know all about the band Genesis? Find out if you do here
-The creepy laugh during "Mama" was inspired by "The Message", a song by Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five
-The band got its name from original manager Jonathan King
-"I Can't Dance" started off as a joke in 1991
-"Invisible Touch" is the only song to reach #1 in the US
-When Genesis transitioned over to more pop sounding music, fans weren't thrilled
-Tony Banks convinced Phil Collins to use the word "mama" in songs
-In 1974, when the band played the song "Lamb Lies Down on Broadway", Gabriel, not surprisingly, had problems singing in his strange Slipperman costume
-Against All Odds went to #1 in the US and featured 3 tracks from original members of Genesis
-In the beginning, Collins' lyrics came from gibberish. The best example is 1983's "Mama", which is about a young man obsessed with a prostitute
-One of Gabriel's best known stage costumes was a red dress with a fox head, to key in with the album cover of the band's album Foxtrot
-Phil Collins was the first artist to cover a Genesis song in 1981, for his solo album Face Value
-"Follow You, Follow Me" became the first Top 10 UK Hit in 1978
-Phil Collins can credit Peter Gabriel for getting the job as the original Genesis drummer
-When Collins started singing for the band, the band started getting Grammys, especially for tracks like "Land of Confusion"
-Phil Collins never wanted to be the singer. He was suggested after it was said the audition process was going badly
-In "The Musical Box", there was an aggressive section that came about from a suggestion by Gabriel to Mike Rutherford
-Tony Banks is the most frequent songwriter for Genesis
-Gabriel, to this day, remains annoyed that some think Genesis was comprised of "snotty rich kids". When in reality they came from middle-class and working class backgrounds
-The acronym ABACAB was used to remember the compositional sequence for the 1981 album of the same name. A is for Verse, B is for Chorus and C is for Bridge.  The final song didn't end up that way
-Phil Collins didn't take over on vocals until after Peter Gabriel left

Saturday, August 9, 2014

20 things you didn't know about Ozzy Osbourne

Think you know everything about Ozzy Osbourne? Here are twenty things you didn't know about the Prince of Darkness

-There was a record for gaps between albums. Bob Dylan had 39 years between one album and the next. Black Sabbath broke it. In 1970, Paranoid was released, topping the UK charts and then 2013's 13 topped the charts, making it 43 years between the two

-Nearly 40 years after Yes keyboard player Rick Wakeman played on 1973's Sabbath Bloody Sabbath, Rick's son Adam worked with Ozzy on 'Scream' in 2010
-Ozzy's guitarist Gus G. was born in Greece as Kostas Karamitroudis
-Metallica bass player Robert Trujillo worked with Ozzy in 1991 on The Infectious Grooves' song 'Therapy' and in 2001 on 'Down to Earth'
-A year after Steve Vai worked with Ozzy, he recruited Joe Holmes, formerly of David Lee Roth's band and Lizzy Borden when Zakk Wylde took too long considering his option to join Guns N' Roses
-In 1994, Ozzy hired Steve Vai. Their work resulted in 'Ozzmosis' 'My Little Man' and 'Dyin' Day'. from Vai's solo 1996 album Fire Garden
-Ozzy lent vocals to the song 'Led Clones' from Northern Irish rocker Gary Moore
-There's a mysterious message on "Bloodbath in Paradise", where Ozzy says "Your mother sells whelks in Hull", a line from The Exorcist
-Ozzy and Madonna lent vocals to the same song: "Shake Your Head (Let's Go to Bed) by Was (Not Was)
-On the song "Speak of the Devil", Ozzy makes a dedication to the late guitarist Randy Rhoads
-On the album Diary of a Madman, the strange runes read "The Ozzy Osbourne Band"
-On Diary of a Madman, the song S.A.T.O. was said to be strange. In reality, it's the initials of two of the most important women in his life, manager Sharon Arden and then wife Thelma Osbourne
Sharon Arden-Osbourne
Thelma Osbourne
-Motorhead supported the Ozzy Osbourne Band for the majority of it's first US tour but flipped it around when they returned to England, making Motorhead the headliners
-Don Airey, keyboard player for Rainbow, Deep Purple, etc played the signature introduction to 'Mr. Crowley'
-When Randy joined Ozzy, he wasn't a big Black Sabbath fan. He took his inspiration from the glam rock scene, like Mick Ronson, the guitarist for David Bowie's "Ziggy Stardust"era band The Spiders
-Randy Rhoads got the job of guitar with Ozzy with help from future Slaughter bass player Dana Strum
-It surprises all that when Ozzy left Black Sabbath to pursue a solo career that it was Sharon Arden who recommended using Ronnie James Dio
-1978 marks where Ozzy's solo career really started

-In 1972, Black Sabbath recorded Vol. 4. One of the tracks, 'Changes' started off with Tony Iommi doing lines of cocaine and messing around on a piano. When this song came out, a lot of Sabbath fans were let down, hearing their heroes releasing a ballad. But 30 years later, it found fame when it was re-recorded as a duet between Ozzy and his daughter Kelly, sending it to #1 on the UK charts
-He was the fourth of six kids born to John and Lillian Osbourne. Early on, he showed an interest in performing by taking part in school plays. Who would have thought that an early interest in performing plays would lead to singing heavy metal? Wow :)

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Coolest rock concert ever!

It's official: I'm going to see Def Leppard or Kiss anytime they're in town!

As you probably know, on the 15th of July, I was planning on seeing Def Leppard and Kiss at the Riverbend Music Center here in Cincinnati, OH. I do apologize if I didn't do an immediate post. Didn't get a chance, I suppose. Well, that concert was awesome! I got plenty of killer pics. My seat was better than the Ticketmaster site suggested. I was less than 30 feet from the stage. And the sound nearly blew my mind; thankfully I brought ear plugs. That opening act was monstrously loud. Yeah, they had an opening act- some Canadian thrash metal band called Kobra and the Lotus, whose lead singer looked and sounded like Lita Ford

Any way, when Def Leppard took the stage, I was speechless. Especially when I got to see the guys really good from my seat. They played all their good stuff, ranging from "Photograph" "Animal" "Love Bites" "Hysteria" "Rock of Ages" "Bringin' on the Heartbreak" "Let's Get Rocked" "Rocket"

And then...KISS took the stage, but not before hearing their all mighty mantra "You wanted the best, you got the best! The hottest band in the world...KISS! And then the curtain bearing their name fell, revealing the costumed warriors of rock in all their mighty regalia! The noise level in that place when they took the stage, only one word- deafening! They played mostly old stuff, like "Firehouse" "Deuce" "Black Diamond", "War Machine" but they did play other stuff, like "Rock and Roll All Nite" "Lick It Up" "Hide Your Heart" "I Love It Loud" "Love Gun", which had Paul Stanley riding a zipline over the audience to a small stage to sing it. He was on his rotating stage less than 20 feet from me! I just about died! The stage rotated! So I could get a good pic of Paul from any angle. The concert ended with "God Gave Rock and Roll to You", at least it was Kiss' version, and not the original by Argent, a band Kiss toured with frequently in their early, hard working days. And man oh man, was this concert a blast! I'm going every time Def Leppard or Kiss is in town. But, when my parents picked me up, my mom just had to turn the mood sour. She said angrily "This is why I don't go to concerts here. The traffic is always a madhouse." And that kind of ruined the mood for me. I apologized and told her, yet again, "Now you know why I wanted to get a car." And then she comes back saying "We wanted to make sure you had a job first before we even remotely think about getting you a car." But, I did buy some cool souvenirs. I bought two keychains, one for Def Lep and the other for Kiss, a Kiss poster since I never really got to own one, and a Kiss tour shirt! And a whole bunch of confetti

Here are some of the pix I took
Here are some of the opening act- Kobra and the Lotus


She looks and sounds like Lita Ford!
The disco ball for Kiss

Def Leppard
None other than Vivian Campbell!

Phil Collen in all his sexy English beauty :D

The screen during "Love Bites"

During the song "Rocket". The stage looks just like their video for the song, with all the TVs

The Thunder God himself!
Rick Savage

Joe singing "Animal"

Joe Elliott belting out "Photograph"


See the little red light at the right? They started flashing that and playing fire sirens as they launched into "Firehouse"

Eric Singer

The so-called "Kiss Swerve"

Man, I took some killer pics!

Witness the glory of one of rock music's most famous fire breathers!

Gene's torch

The New Spaceman- Tommy Thayer

The new Catman- Eric Singer

"The Demon" spitting blood during "God of Thunder"

Meant to take a pic of him from the front, but he turned around. I'll settle for that ;)

During "Rock and Roll All Nite"

This is the zipline that took Paul to a stage near me!
Singing "Love Gun" on his rotating stage

Paul getting ready to smash his guitar in mid swing

The final fireworks during "Rock and Roll All Nite"

Random guy sitting 5 seats away from me dressed as Paul, right down to the platform boots