Def Leppard – Mirror Ball: Live & More (2011)

If I remember correctly, there was an interview with Joe Elliott a long, long time ago asking him about Cover albums and Live albums and why Def Leppard hadn’t done any of these albums. His response was something to the effect that bands that have nothing else to give do those kind of albums (not a direct quote).  I tried finding the article, but was unsuccessful.  Well, 1 Cover album and now 3 Live albums later, I guess Def Leppard has nothing to give…Okay, we know that is wrong as Def Leppard has still put out great albums in between all these Live albums and the Cover album.  His opinion of them has apparently changed.

This post will be the first in a 3 part series discussing Def Leppard’s 3 Live Albums including ‘Mirror Ball’,‘Viva! Hysteria’, and ‘And There Will Be A Next Time…’.  We will start the series in chronological order starting with the 2011 release ‘Mirror Ball: Live & More’.

‘Mirror Ball’ is the first official release on CD for any Def Leppard recording.  I have bootlegs of live albums, but glad to see an official release of live material.  It was long overdue.  The album was a 2 CD set and included a Bonus DVD as well which I will discuss later in the post.  The CD packaging is one of those old thick plastic cases that doesn’t hold up well. I cracked the back of the case on the day I bought it.  I don’t remember what I did, but it is nicely cracked now.

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My Sunday Song – “Stronger Than We Think” by Danny Gokey

Welcome to My Sunday Song #31.  I am back in the driver’s seat after my wife picked the last 10 weeks.  For the next 10 weeks we are back to the Christian Artists and songs that have a positive message and have connected with me in some way.

First up we have “Stronger Than We Think” by Danny Gokey off his latest album ‘Rise’. If you want to read the review of that album click on “RISE”.  The first song on the album is “Stronger Than We Think” and I loved how timely it felt for everything crazy going on in this country right now.  Everything does seem much darker, but there seems to be a fire igniting in all of us and we realize we are all so much stronger than we think we are.

That fire for me is my faith and my family.  Without both of those, I would probably be a mess right now.  I want everyone to realize they are definitely stronger than they think and there is nothing you can’t do if you set your mind to it.

Take a listen and take the words to heart.  Play this song in the morning while you are looking in the mirror and sing the words real loud.  I hope they motivate you.  I personally haven’t done that as it would wake my whole family as I get up earlier than they do for work. I usually sing it loudly in the car…I don’t want anyone’s ears to start bleeding so that seemed like a safe place.  Enjoy!

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Halestorm – ReAniMate 3.0 – The CoVeRs eP – Album Review

As I have said repeatedly, cover albums are not my favorite albums as usually they lack the imagination and creativity to make them feel like it is the band’s songs.  They stick too much to the original and who wants that.  If I want to hear something that sounds like the original song, I will listen to the original song.

I will keep an open mind with this review and do my best to do it justice.  Halestorm is now on their 3rd edition of their Reanimate the Covers E.P.’s.  I give the band credit for giving their fans something to tide them over until their next album.  As a music fan, it is nice to always get something new from your favorite bands even if it is a cover song.  However, Halestorm does a lot of covers.

After listening to the album repeatedly for the last few days, I feel I have a great grasp of the songs and can say that I am not overly impressed with the E.P. as a whole.  The band sticks pretty close to the original versions which is where my disappointment lies on most of the songs, but overall it is not a bad effort.  I would rather have a full album of new material though.

The opening track is “Still of the Night”, a Whitensake cover.  I have to admit I do like this song.  Yes, they stick close to the original version, but the vocal range is actually perfect for Lzzy and the band sounds really great.  What I like about Halestorm is that when they really rock it out, that is where they shine.  This song really gives them the opportunity to rock out.

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Concerts, Concerts, Concerts – The 2000’s

Now were on to the final post in the Concerts, Concerts, Concerts series.  We have revisited The 80’s and The 90’s.  It is time to see what shows I have been to in this century. So, no more waiting, here are the shows.

The 2000’s

The 2000’s started out slow.  I don’t have my first ticket stub until February 13, 2003.  My wife was pregnant with our first child so my oldest daughter’s first concert technically.  The concert was for Bon Jovi.  The opening act was the Goo Goo Dolls, but we didn’t get to see them because Philips Arena (formerly the Omni but completely new building) implemented metal detectors.  The line was so long to go through those that we missed the opening act even though we arrived in plenty of time.  I was pissed.  Ticket price was $57 plus $6.50 in fees (robbery).  Bon Jovi was awesome and played a really long time. They were touring for the album Bounce.

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My Sunday Song – “Bill Murray” by Matt Nathanson

My Sunday Song #16 is completely different than any other song I have posted on this series.  It is one of the strangest and at the same time one of the coolest and best songs I have heard lately.  The song is “Bill Murray” by one of my favorite artists, Matt Nathanson.  It is off his latest album ‘Show Me Your Fangs’ and worth buying if you don’t already have it.

The official video came out this week and is strange and glorious just like the song.  I am going to let Matt explain the song from what he wrote for the posting of the song on Youtube.

Celebrity is such a huge part of our culture. So much so that whenever I’m interviewed I’m asked, without fail, “if you could hang out with one celebrity who would it be?” well, the list is short. it’s really a list of one: Bill Murray. In a Kardashian world, Bill Murray is the anti-Kardashian. he lives his public life in this amazingly unselfconscious, passionate way. makes creative decisions – from what i can tell – based purely on what he WANTS to do and he refuses to play the game of celebrity the way it’s played by everyone else and that is super inspiring. so i wrote this song about Bill and me hanging out for 100 days, Thelma and Louise-ing our way across the world. In the song, Bill rains down sage advice on me about the world and relationships and love, like I imagine he does with his actual, real-life friends.

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My Sunday Song – “My Champion” by Alter Bridge

“My Champion” by Alter Bridge is this week’s choice for My Sunday Song #12.   The song is off their brand new album “The Last Hero” and if you haven’t listened to it…you should.  There is a great review over at Stick It In Your Ear by DeKE if you want to read up on how awesome the album is.

It is a very uplifting and inspiring song.  If you know someone who is struggling, let them know that they are your champion.  They might need a little encouragement or just a word from you that could help them with whatever they are going through.

I hope the song and the lyrics help you out in some way.

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Maroon 5 – “Don’t Wanna Know” – New Song & New Video

Maroon 5 dropped a new song and video today.  The song is “Don’t Wanna Know” and features Kendrick Lamar for just around 18 seconds.  Sadly, he isn’t in the video.  No announcement of a new album, but hopefully soon.

The song is pretty good and is growing on me.  The video is massively disturbing.  The band is dressed up as Pokemon characters and they are being chased all around by idiots with cellphones trying to capture them.  Obviously poking fun at Pokemon Go.  The video features Sarah Silverman and Vince Vaughn (probably because it was directed by the director the “Wedding Crashers” , David Dobkin.

With the video, I think they are also poking fun at how they probably feel with the media and crazed fans.  They are always dodging the paparazzi and getting bothered by fans wanting a picture or an autograph.  Maybe I am putting too much thought into it.

Alright, here is the video.  Give it a view just to see the strangeness that is going on.  Enjoy!