My Sunday Song – “Modern Day Cowboy” by Tesla

For My Sunday Song #85, it is time to go with a western feel with “Modern Day Cowboy” by Tesla.  The song was the band’s second single on their debut album ‘Mechanical Resonance’ released in December of 1986. The single was released in 1987 and peaked at only #35 on the US Mainstream Rock chart which surprises me that this song and these guys didn’t blow up more than they did.

The song became an instant favorite of mine the second I heard it with that monster opening guitar riffs with Frank Hannon and Tommy Skeoch.  Then the song changed up the guitars to acoustic and then back and forth with the electric guitars.  The two were simply scary good.  The whole cowboy theme song was probably take due to the success of Bon Jovi’s “Wanted Dead or Alive”.

“Modern Day Cowboy” takes you through some of the bad boy cowboys through time starting with Billy the Kidd; then going to the Original Gangsters Al Capone and Bad Boy Jones; and finally moving to present day with our leaders of U.S.A. & the U.S.S.R. and their six guns or in this case nuclear weapons.

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Def Leppard, Poison & Tesla – Tour Dates

I am so excited to see that Def Leppard announced their latest tour dates for their North American Tour.  They will be going on the road with Poison and Tesla, an 80’s throwback show it appears.  The only disappointing thing for me as that the three will not be coming to Charlotte because Def Leppard will be headlining the Carolina Rebellion Festival in May.  I hope I get to go to the Rebellion to see them, but first I need to find someone willing to go with this old man.

Here are the dates below.  See if they are coming to your town and if so, you have to go see them. Def Leppard still puts on one helluva show.  For more info go to Def Leppard.com

TOUR DATES

April 8 – Manchester, NH – SNHU Arena
April 10 – Montreal, QC – Bell Centre*
April 12 – Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun Arena
April 14 – Baltimore, MD – Royal Farms Arena
April 15 – Uniondale, NY – Nassau Coliseum
April 17- Grand Rapids, MI – Van Andel Arena
April 19 – Green Bay, WI – Resch Center**
April 21 – St Paul, MN – Xcel Energy Center*
April 22 – Sioux Falls, SD – Sanford Premier Center
April 24 – Des Moines, IA – Wells Fargo Arena*
April 26 – Louisville, KY – KFC Yum! Center***
April 27 – Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena
April 29 – Fort Myers, FL – Jetblue Park*
April 30 – Jacksonville, FL – Metropolitan Park*
May 2 – Tuscaloosa, AL – Tuscaloosa Amphitheatre
May 3 – Atlanta, GA – Lakewood Amphitheatre*
May 5 – Charlottesville, VA – John Paul Jones Arena
May 6 – Concord, NC – Charlotte Motor Speedway**
May 24 – Lincoln, NE – Pinnacle Bank Arena
May 26 – Pryor Oklahoma – Rocklahoma*
May 27 – San Antonio, TX – AT&T Center*
May 29 – Colorado Springs, CO – Broadmoor World Arena
May 31 – Bozeman, MT – Brick Breeden Fieldhouse
June 2 – Edmonton, AB – Rexall Place/Rogers Place *
June 3 – Calgary, AB – Scotiabank Saddledome*
June 6 – Vancouver, BC – Rogers Arena*
June 7 – Spokane, WA – Spokane Arena*
June 9 – Seattle, WA – White River Amph
June 10 – Portland, OR – Moda Center
June 12 – Fresno, CA – Save Mart Center
June 14- Ontario, CA – Citizens Bank Arena
June 16 – San Diego, CA – Sleep Train Amphitheatre
June 17 – Las Vegas, NV – MGM Grand Garden Arena
June 19 – Salt Lake City, UT – USANA Amphitheatre
June 21 – Kansas City, MO – Sprint Center***
June 22 – St Louis, MO – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre*
June 24 – Chicago, IL  – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre**
June 25 – Indianapolis, IN – Klipsch Music Center

 

* NO POISON OR TESLA

** NO POISON

*** NO TESLA*

Concerts, Concerts, Concerts – The 80’s

I have been going through this rock & roll trip down memory lane with this blog.  It started with the vinyl records I found in a box and than last week with the posters.  I actually found one more box from my younger days and this one had a ton of concert ticket stubs from over the years.  I also found a couple concert T’s and a couple programs as well.  I still can’t believe I kept all this stuff, but I am glad I did.

Going to a concert nowadays, they don’t give you a physical ticket anymore.  If they do, they charge you for it.  Nope, tickets are on your phone and get scanned in or you print it out on your printer.  Not the same as those dot matrix printers from the old days.

You also used to stand in line for tickets.  You had to arrive an hour or two before the tickets went on sale whether it was hot, cold, raining or snowing.  We did it each and every time we wanted to go see a show.  And we loved it!  Now you go online from the comfort of you home…not the same.

Whether you want to or not, I am going to take you on a journey of my musical concert experiences…at least most of them because I think I am missing quite a few ticket stubs.

The 80’s

Our journey begins back around 1983.  I was only 14 years old.  My parents finally agreed to let me go to a concert, but I had to go with my sister…REALLY!!!  Actually, it was okay.  My sister and I have been to many concerts together and even went to one 2 years ago some 3o+ years later.

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Posters, Posters, Posters

I was in the garage getting down the Christmas decorations and I came across a box that strangely said…”Posters”.  It dawned on me rather quickly that these were posters that I had when I was younger and posters from when I worked at the Sam Goody Music Stores.

I couldn’t get the box down fast enough to see what was in there.  I was surprised at how many I still had after 25-30 years and what great shape they were still in.  There were a few slight rips or tears and maybe a little discoloration, but all-in-all I thought they were in great condition.

We will start with those from my personal collection that actually hung on my walls when I lived at home in my parents house around 25+ years ago.  First, you will notice the crystal looking candlesticks holding down the posters.  They have been rolled up for quite some time and wouldn’t stay open, so I had to have some help.

If you know me, then you know I had to have either Def Leppard or Kiss on my wall. Actually, I had both.  The Def Leppard posters were from High & Dry and Pyromania era live shows.

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Friday New Releases – August 26th

IT IS FRIDAY!!!!  There are a bunch of new releases today and should be something for everyone.  There has been so much going on lately, that this new release Friday I am actually excited about.  There is some Rock, Dance/Pop, Country and so much more.  Let me know what peaks your interest.  My interest are peaked on the ones highlighted in Blue.

On a different note, there are 3 releases out today from Frontiers Music Sri.  My question to them is why in the hell would you release albums from 3 of your artists that are pretty much the same genre on the exact same day????  That perplexes me as people have limited funds to spend on music so by putting them out on the same day, you can’t really expect someone to buy all three or am I wrong.  Plus, supporting all 3 albums with promotions at the same time seems ridiculous.  Can you even give each artist the attention they deserve?  I don’t think so.  Alright, off my soap box.

  • 51YSV4oD7sL._AC_US160_  Michael Sweet – One Sided War – (Rat Pak Records):  Michael Sweet is back with a new solo album and this is the one release this week that will get played first.  Michael has put out so much music over the last couple years and it has all been great whether it was the last couple Stryper Albums (which were heavy) or his release with George Lynch.  His solo stuff has been both on the lighter side and the heavy side.  I think I am hoping for an album more on the rock side this go ’round and if this song is any indication, I might just get what I want.

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