It has been over a year now since I have seen a live show and it could be another year before I get to see another one. I started thinking back on all the shows I have seen and the memories came flooding back. Now back some time last year, the LeBrain Train: 2000 Words or Less did a live stream on the Nigel Tufnel Top 10 Favorite Live Shows of all time. Each guests gave a list of their 11 favorite shows and I had a list for the show. I thought why not spell it out here for everyone to read in all its glory and add some pictures and extra information, if I have any. I hope you enjoy.
11. Motley Crue – Girls, Girls, Girls Tour (1987):
November 22, 1987 at the Omni in Atlanta, GA. The opening act was Guns N Roses. The lineup alone makes it a favorite but what happened at the show is why it is on the list. It was not a good show at all which is why it is down at 11. It is only on the list for what happened at the show. During GNR’s set, Axl jumps off stage at about the 2nd song to grab a security guard who pushed his friend. Axl is held backstage while the band plays a couple songs (“Communication Breakdown” and “Honky Tonk Women”) with one of their roadies and that was all got from them. Motley delayed coming on and then put in a half-ass show and left early in protest of Axl’s arrest (at least this is the rumor we heard). It pissed me off so much I stopped listening to both bands for awhile. Ticket prices at the time were only $17.50.
Each week comes faster and faster which I am thrilled only for the fact that each Friday is new release day for music. And we have another week of some great releases. There are a handful I wanted to grab hold of and listen and they are highlighted in Blue below. Let me know what you are wanting to hear and what I may have missed as there is always something good that usually gets by me and I want everyone to know what is out there. Thanks for stopping by and I do hope you have a great weekend. We will see you next Friday for the next batch of releases.
The Struts – Strange Days – (Interscope Records): The Struts are bringing us their 3rd studio album and this one has a few very special guests. Lead off single and title track, “Strange Days”, has Robbie Williams and then “I Hate How Much I Want You” has Joe Elliott and Phil Collen from Def Leppard. If that isn’t enough, “Wild Child” features Tom Morello and “Another Hit of Showmanship” has Albert Hammond, Jr. My only complaint is I haven’t seen where there is a vinyl available. Since I have the first two on vinyl, I would like this one as well.
Tommy Lee – Andro – (Better Noise Music): Motley Crue drummer, Tommy Lee, brings us a new solo album and this one seems to be hip hop…well…okay. I will give it a listen, but don’t expect much from this at all.
I keep looking for bands I haven’t done a collection of memes on and The Eagles popped up as one I have missed. I guess it is time to remedy that misstep. The Eagles are touring again, but without Glenn around anymore, I don’t really care. I saw them on their reunion tour back in the 90’s and it was spectacular. I don’t want to spoil that memory by seeing them now with not the same guys. I can’t deal with that. Enough chit chat, here is the meme collection of the Eagles…the band…not the Football Team…they suck!!
The Wild Feathers are back with their new album called ‘Greetings From the Neon Frontier’. It is the band’s third studio album and it is a band that has quickly become a favorite of mine. So my review might be slightly tainted as they can do no wrong in my book.
Who are the Wild Feathers you might ask. The Wild Feathers are a four-piece band consisting of the following players…
Taylor Burns – Guitar/Vocals
Ricky Young – Guitar/Vocals
Joel King – Bass/Vocals
Ben Dumas – Drums
On the previous album, ‘Lonely is a Lifetime’, I felt the band had a softer classic rock feel to it and it felt like you should be partaking of a little doobage while enjoying the album. This time around the Nashville-based group is leaning more to their country roots while still keeping a little classic rock sound. Partaking in doobage is something you have to decide if you want to do or not (“DayBreaker” might help you decide).
The Wild Feathers are back with a new single, “Big Sky”, and a new album coming on June 29th titled, ‘Greeting From the Neon Frontier’. If you are not familiar with them, they are a cross between southern rock, country, folk and what ever label you want to lay on them. For me, their songs are a country rock blend that harkens back to the 70’s and this one is exactly that and more.
The song kicks off with some harmonies that take you immediately to sound of The Eagles and it has guitar playing that would fit perfectly in that era with an Allman Brothers feel. What you get is the feeling of the great outdoors and that you are driving down some Montana road with the top down and the wind in your hair, the radio blasting and you are in paradise looking at the mountains, the forests and whatever other scenery is around.
It also feels like a campfire song, so pop up a tent, start a campfire, grab the s’mores, pull out that old guitar and sing along. The Wild Feathers never disappoint and I am hoping this is a good sign of things to come.
Vinyl, Vinyl, Vinyl…I keep getting more and more and I get more addicted to wanting more and more. My wife shakes her head and just sighs at this point. I guess I could be drinking, smoking or doing drugs, but thankfully that is not the case. If I did those things, I would consume everything and I would just be throwing money away. With the vinyl purchases, I at least could sell them if I ran out of money, so it is an investment…yeah, let’s go with that!!
There is a friend at work that her husband has 2 big crates of vinyl in their closet and she wants them out of the house. So before they took them somewhere to sell them, she gave me first crack at going through them and letting me pick out the ones I want first. I gave her a fair price (more than any record store would give her, even more than they would in store credit).
The crates were very heavy and full of vinyl. My wife said I should take them upstairs in the Loft and sit with the family while I went through them. I declined as they were too dang heavy and I didn’t want to tackle the stairs with them. Instead, I stayed downstairs for a couple hours and slowly went through the collection.
The collection consisted of albums from the late 50’s all the way up to the late 80’s. Each crate was sort of themed. The one crate was from the 50’s-70’s and it was all her husband’s parents vinyl. It had stuff I had never heard of and a lot I had. There was Elvis, Liberace (I passed on those), Oak Ridge Boys, Alabama, the Kingston Trio and I could go on and on.
My theory is simple…Every 4 years you have one of the greatest years in music. I agree with the three I have already done. Will I agree with it for the next year 1979? We will have to first examine the evidence. What were the top albums of the year?, What were the debut albums from some of the great rock bands? and What was going on in the world of music that year?
The Sony Walkman:
On July 1, 1979, The Sony Walkman goes on Sale in Japan and the way you listen to music is changed forever!! (at least until the CD and then the MP3). Who didn’t have one of these if you were a kid in 1979 or the 80’s. I definitely did. It helped spur my love for music as it now was more portable It was better than just the radio, I could listen to what I wanted to wherever and whenever I wanted. I used mine while I mowed the lawn (and every now and again I would snag to cord and pull my headphones off). I had a boombox, but that wasn’t the same as the Walkman. Nothing better (until my iPod).
For My Sunday Song #59, I have to go with Joe Walsh’s classic song “Life’s Been Good”. The song is off his 1978 album ‘But Seriously, Folks…” and was released as a single in May of that year. The song has two versions, the album cut which is an epic 8:56 and the radio edit which is only 4:35. The radio edit is great, but the full version is where all the magic happens.
“Life’s Been Good” is song that speaks to the excess of the rock gods of the 70’s. Lyrically, it paints a beautiful picture of how everyone thinks the huge Rock Stars live and probably resonated because everyone wants to be that Rock Star. The song hits all the high points, the mansion, the exotic sports car, the hit records, the fans and the money. What’s not to like.
The song is a mid-tempo beat with almost a reggae feel to it. It has a great guitar riff throughout and includes a bizarre little inside joke about 10 seconds after the song ends. Walsh very humorously goes “uh-oh, here comes a flock of wah wahs” followed by a chorus of duck or geese noises. I have no idea what the inside joke was, but it is quite funny regardless. I wonder what they were smoking?????
My Sunday #50 is “Hotel California” by The Eagles. When you add on 2 special edition weekends, this is the 52nd week of My Sunday Song. One full year!! Each 10 weeks I have been switching up the theme, but I am enjoying going through my favorite songs so much that I will continue with this theme for a lot longer.
I had to choose a very special song to celebrate a year’s worth of My Sunday Song so I chose what just might be one of the songs ever written or ever played. “Hotel California” is pure magic in songwriting. Musically it can’t be beat and lyrically it conveys a mastery of storytelling.
“Hotel California” is the title track to the album of the same name. The single was released in February 1977 and went all the way to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song also won the band a Grammy (which they did not attend because Henley didn’t believe in contests or something like that). The song was written by Don Felder (who wrote the music), Don Henley (who wrote the lyrics) and Glenn Frey (who contributed some lyrics, but mostly helped with the outlining of the story).
I am going to continue rehashing all the concerts I have been to that I still have the tickets stubs for those shows and even mention shows I remember that I can’t find a ticket stub. I started off talking about The 80’s (click to read about it), now we will pick up in the 90’s and see what wonderful shows I attended.
The first show for me of this new decade was none other than…KISS!! It was July 20, 1990 and this time it was at the Coca-Cola Lakewood Amphitheater. This was a great show. The opening acts were Danger Danger for sure and the other act was possibly Slaughter. Not positive on that one. This show got me hooked on Danger Danger so that is why I remember it. The tour was for the album Hot in the Shade and had a huge Sphinx for the state setup. Ticket prices were now over $20 at $24 after fees.