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Top 10 Read Posts @Thunder Bay Arena Rock-2018

Happy New Year Friends of Arena Rock!

How about one more ‘Best of’ list that being what were the most read post’s at this site from January 1st 2018 to December 31st 2018!

Some surprises I’m sure….. Course I have to add my 2 Cents worth of comments!

1-Back Covers: KISS ALIVE (494 Hits)- Pretty psyched to see this at Number 1 for the year as it just keeps getting views(where and how I have no idea) than again it’s a phenomenal back cover shot.  

2- 10 Questions with… Fred Coury (458 Hits)- Fred was awesome. Lot’s of cool insight about his days in Cinderella and even a short stint in Guns N Roses! Plus Fred’s a Huge Hockey Fan! 

3-10 Questions with…Billy Sheehan (361 Hits)- This guy tuned me up quicker than his 4 String Fender Bass! Fair enough. Guess he didn’t like any kind of compliment thrown his way and I get it as he thought my questions weren’t worded correctly or that  I didn’t do my homework. I did my homework Pal and not everyone  who reads my Blog knows you played with Kim Mitchell(For a few weeks!)or that you were in UFO(for a few months!)or that you were in a band called Talas(who cares!) that sold 100 records during the Talas heyday. Not everyone knows that stuff!  I still respect  this guy’s talent especially on the Eat Em and Smile album… I will give this guy props for answering me back but…. ahh you win some lose some….

4-10 Questions with…Greg Fraser (271 Hits)- Greg was one of the first dudes to get back to me on the 10 Questions with.  Greg was real cool and it was a great read. Hell he seen Van Halen open for Sabbath! Nice fella and Great Guitar Player!

5-I Mother Earth/Finger11: Live at Crocks(April 21st 2018) (244 Hits)- In what has to be the most packed show in Thunder Bay Bar History IME delivered and Jag Tanna is a monster on the 6 string!

6-10 Questions with…Sean Kelly (234 Hits)-Sean was a ton of fun and his enthusiasm came through in spades in his answers. Sean loves Music period. No wonder all these bands want him involved in either writing or performing. Mr Kelly is passionate! All around great guy! Classical Music/Pop/Hard Rock Mr Kelly can adapt to any music situation! What a Cool Cat!

7-Killer Dwarfs: Live No Guff (170 Hits)- Pretty cool Live Album from this band of Dwarfs! Gerry Finn is a monster on Guitar! You already know that!

8-Suchs To Be You ( 146 Hits)- My ramble about Alec John Such getting the shaft in Jovi in which as far as I’m concerned Jovi the band has never been the same. If you were a fan from 1984 on do you  want to see them now? They are a Vegas act now Plain and Simple!  Was it Alec that commented on this post when I originally posted it?  I think so and so does Mikey Ladano… Hey Alec I hope you’re well!

9-Rock 94 Thunder Bay (143 Hits)- Another ramble on the state of Rock Radio in Thunder Bay. If you want a daily fixing of  Three Doors Down & Theory of Chad Kroger!Rock 94 is your go to rock station!

10-Rock The Fort-2006(Concert Review) (121 Hits)- Cool to see this one here. Some real nice pictures courtesy of Paul Jokelainen which in my opinion made the review that much better!

Summary…..

Kinda a mixed bag of Interviews/Reviews and Rambles! My 10 Questions with… segment was huge. Thanks to everyone who read them and commented. 10 Questions With was fun to do and I still have some out there but unfortunately no responses. Thats ok as I send out one email via messenger and if the person chooses to get back to me great if not oh well I tried….

Trust me I have tried and here are some of the ones I sent out in which some of these I know were read and the artist didn’t bother with while others are floating around in their messenger inbox still..hahaha

Name drop time as I tried contacting the following but to no avail…Corey Hart/Wolfgang Van Halen/Tom Keifer/Billy Squier/Ron Young/Tom Werman/Stephen Pearcy/ Richard Chycki/ Gil Moore/Darrell Dwarf/Gerry Finn/Mark Radice/Todd Kerns….

I had to even go back and see who I sent these out too! I even forgot!

To be fair to Gil Moore he wanted to do a Phone interview in which I told him I have only ever done the email thing. Thats the last I heard from him haha..

Gerry Finn and Darrell Dwarf said they would do a segment of 10 Questions with… so we will see what happens. I do have a few others that I just sent out so we will see what happens….

Still though I tried so for the Hits there’s the Misses! Good news though is that Sean Kelly has agreed to do another interview for my blog so watch for that in 2019! Also if Brent Jensen releases Book #4 in 2019 I’ll be hitting him up as well!

So yeah a pretty decent year.. as always Thanks for reading and the Support!

 

 

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Peter Criss on the Drums!

So with Stanley and Simmons plugging there soon to be Farewell Tour with no dates announced and now adding that they will play at least 25 songs on a tour that hasn’t been announced is ridiculous at best! 

But that’s how those two guys have always rolled. Hype Hype Hype and people will Lick it Up …..no I meant lap it up as many of us in the past have bought into this Ponzi Scheme ….no I meant KISS Scheme!

Is it actually a Farewell? Well of course they said a 3 year Farewell Tour which covers the bases as you know if Mean Gene and Paulie said a one year tour you know they would be bullshitting…..

Hey they can bullshit all they want and I will read it all and giggle and join them along for the ride. Why not as they have been a huge part of my Musical  D.N.A for the last 40 years!

That’s saying something…

Still man there’s a part of me that wishes the band known as KISS could end as they started and that’s with Peter Criss and Ace Frehley. But we all know that ain’t happening as Criss is pushing 72 and Ace knows people would want to see him in makeup  and will play hard ball(Concert Promoters) but who knows as it all boils down to Money!

I will say that this past week with Frehley canning his solo band when one of the member of Ace’s band whose wife died at the same time as Ace fired him is one of the worst  moves anyone could ever make. It’s sad as I always thought that Space Ace always took the high road with stuff but Ace is almost 70 so you know by him hanging out lately with Gene money is probably part of the equation.

Ace fires his band and then hire’s Gene’s current backing band on Simmons recent solo shows. Do you think Ace thought of that?

Mikey Ladano told me that Ace did it as Gene’s guys are cheaper to pay and I agree. I think Ace saying that his own  band wasn’t as good as Gene’s guys is a joke.  Watch Youtube clips of Frehley from the last year man. Is it his band that is the problem?

Whatever. Ace has a new record that came out yesterday and I’ll file it under ‘Who Cares’ Some will no doubt love it but not me. If you buy it and think its the best record ever. Good on ya!

Ace of course is making the press rounds plugging his new record and talking about his side of things which if it makes him feel better about it. Than  more power to ya Ace!

Give me 1978 Ace when he was all pickled up on party treats  for years blazing out wicked riffs and songs.  Thats Space Ace to me!

Now…

The guy that has risen above all this garbage is Peter Criss who I have to say I have the most respect for currently. Criss shut it down last year playing live and what not. Has kept his head low. Has said nothing and has just chilled out!

Check out the video I posted of Criss jamming(at the top of the page) with some people who I have no idea who they are or what the deal is. I will   go on record and say I would rather pay admission at the bar door and check out that dude singing ‘Strutter’ jamming with the CATMAN than loading Gene and Pauls pockets yet again with more dough!

It’s Brilliant! Look at Peter play Strutter the way it was supposed to be played! A simple straight forward beat.  Frigg I miss this guy!

That Lead Singer is just having fun (flapping his arms around like a fish out of water) and pulls off a decent  lead vocal!

So  whenever this tour gets going maybe Peter will hop up on the kit one last time for some numbers but then again maybe he doesn’t want anything to do with those guys anymore.

Can ya blame him?  But Money does talk …..

The guy that has taken a ton of cheap shots from those KISS Guys has taken the high road and for that …

All Hail Peter Criss!

 

Today I like The Mailman!

Big Friggin Shout Out to the one and only MR BOOKS  who sent me this fantastic looking read written by  Geoff Pevere on one of the coolest Canadian Punk bands ever…

Gods of Hammer:The Teenage Head Story

Will be hitting this book this weekend! Review will be coming shortly…Thanks a million Mr Books!

As Mr Books himself always sez….”Community”

Linden Hudson: Co-Writer of the ZZ Top ELIMINATOR album!

 

 

Yup you read that title right! I did some research on Linden Hudson as I thought what a great ’10 Questions With… Linden Hudson’ it would have been!

But I tried through FaceCrack/Websites/and other social avenues to track Linden down but to no avail which is a shame. But if you ever come across this Blog Sir please feel free to contact me. Would love to hear your story about your involvement with ZZ TOP.

Please watch the  clip the video posted above that features some demo’s of the mega selling Eliminator album from the Top’s!

You will hear  snippets of four songs from Eliminator along with a story to go along with the songs on how they were recorded plus on one of the tracks you hear some blazing harmonica playing!

From my take on it. Sounds like Billy Gibbons and Linden Hudson wrote and recorded in demo form pretty much the whole album together or most of it.

The video is a fascinating as you can read along on  what was going on for the four tracks here that are posted . All  I will say is that it looks like Frank Beard and Dusty Hill got a lot of time off during the actual recording of the final result of Eliminator!

I have no idea why Linden was not acknowledged but after my recent interview with Jonathan Valen this stuff makes sense.

I still hold this album in High Regard as its easily one of all my time Fav’s! But credit should be given where credit is due.

Here are a couple of quotes I found online from Reddit.com. Interesting stuff!

FROM THE BOOK: ZZ TOP – BAD AND WORLDWIDE (ROLLING STONE PRESS, WRITTEN BY DEBORAH FROST): “Linden was always doing computer studies. It was something that fascinated him, like studio technology. He thought he might understand the components of popular songs better if he fed certain data into his computer. It might help him understand what hits (song releases) of any given period share. He first found out about speed; all the songs he studied deviated no more than one beat from 120 beats per minute. Billy immediately started to write some songs with 120 beats per minute. Linden helped out with a couple, like UNDER PRESSURE and SHARP DRESSED MAN. Someone had to help Billy out. Dusty and Frank didn’t even like to rehearse much. Their studio absence wasn’t really a problem though. The bass and drum parts were easily played with a synthesizer or Linn drum machine.” 

FROM THE BOOK: “ZZ TOP – BAD AND WORLDWIDE” (ROLLING STONE PRESS, BY DEBORAH FROST): “With the release of their ninth album, ELIMINATOR, in 1983, these hairy, unlikely rock heroes had become a pop phenomenon. This had something to do with the discoveries of a young preproduction engineer (Linden Hudson) whose contributions, like those of many associated with the band over the years, were never acknowledged.”

FROM THE BOOK: ​SHARP DRESSED MEN – ZZ TOP (By DAVID BLAYNEY) : “The integral position Linden occupied in the process of building El​iminator was demonstrated eloquently in the case of song Under Pressure. Billy and Linden, the studio wizards, did the whole song all in one afternoon without either the bass player or drummer even knowing it had been written and recorded on a demo tape. Linden synthesized the bass and drums and helped write the lyrics; Billy did the guitars and vocals.

Also here’s a pic below of the credits on the back cover of Eliminator. It does not say anywhere where it Eliminator was recorded.

Oh thats right  it was recorded over at Linden’s place.

Something to think about Folk’s!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alice Cooper: Poison(Live 2018)

 

The week of August 27th -31st is shaping up quite nicely Thank You and that’s in thanks to Alice Cooper who is not only rolling into Thunder Bay and playing a show here on August 29th(My Brother Todd scored us Tickets!) but as well on the 31st Coop  is releasing a Double Live album titled A Paranormal Evening At The Olympia Paris”.

BAM! 

Once again  my Character Flaw took hold of me as iTunes has the album on preorder with two tracks dropping straight onto my iPod right away!

Those two tracks are “Ballad of Dwight Fry” and “Poison”

Upon first listen these two tracks sound LIVE! The audio sounds like it was left alone and the  the mix doesn’t sound polished. The Backing Vocals/Music as well sound Live…

I’m thinking  not too  much  studio trickery  went on with the album.

Check it out as I posted the  Poison track (audio) at the top of the page!

Thunder Bay BluesFest 2018! (The AfterMath)

Ah yes the yearly held in July  Thunder Bay Bluesfest has come and gone.  Other than hearing some things from my friends at work about it ( I heard it was quite good actually) as well I’m sure the two local “SUITS” that put it on are still patting themselves on the back and counting the dough and whatnot!

Good on you’s….

Speaking of work. Two pals of mine Matty and Deaner (no that’s not the name of a law firm!) got me copies of the “Letters To The Editor” in which there seems to be two different views on what you can and can’t do at these annual BluesFest.

(You need to click open the Pics to read parts of the letter…but you already knew that right?)

Once I read both of these fella’s remarks and comments I said to Deaner ” I think I got something to blog about!” Two different views of the festival but both are in agreement on one thing..

Keep reading..

In this Corner:

Letter Numero Uno…

Some fella drove up from Southern Ontario and well he was a little bummed out about the crowd …

Basically the letter goes on about trying to move about and standing and having a good time at a rock show but people who choose to sit in there chairs get annoyed when people stand! There was also another letter posted about the same thing. Typical Thunder Bay crowd. Some like to Rock. Others like to Mope! I get it as your pumped up to see your act but ol Johnny Numbnuts who is perhaps all boozed up sitting behind you cannot get up and perhaps just wants to watch the show from the comfy confines of his recently purchased  $9.99 Lawnchair that he just picked up  at Walmart on the way to The Bluesfest! In other words your blocking Numbnuts view to the stage!

I will go on record and say that the comment of Crocheting  during Big Wrecks set was Brilliant! Bahaha….That is the best line in both these letters. Now would be a good time to cue up Weezer’s ‘Sweater Song”

Who Knows. Course with this comes the rebuttal letter a day or two letter….

In This Corner:

Letter Numero Deuce….

Now Letter #2 basically goes on about you paid for the ticket and you can choose to do what you wanna do. Fair enough. What both these letters agree upon is that BigWreck was not very good considering they were second on the bill just underneath headliner Melissa Etheridge. 

Too be fair BigWreck were one of the bands that I would have chosen to go and see but man sounds like they were not into it whatsoever considering they had a crowd of about 8,000 looking on.

This kind of behaviour by a band just Sucks. Yeah I get it Ian Thornley. Maybe you are burnt out playing The Oaf maybe That Song is not That Song to you anymore, Who knows. You are a professional ‘SUCK IT UP BUTTERCUP’.

Good Show/Bad Show either way you’re getting PAID!

Anyhoo…

I see points in both letters. Both are music fans. When I first read Letter #2 I thought perhaps this chap was in the back pocket of the ‘SUITS’ from BluesFest but after a rereading it I don’t think this is the case. If it is! Well Played!

See the problem is where BluesFest is held every year which is down at our Harbourfront which is on Flat Land.

Yup,Flatter than a Pancake. So if you stand anywhere you are blocking the view to the stage. That’s the culprit. Too bad there wasn’t a hill where the stage was placed at the bottom of the hill. The Organizers I’m sure do not care as this Festival has been in the same spot since its inception which is I think over 15 years now. Also from what I heard the VIP is still kinda well……

Here’s one comment..

My only complaint is too many VIP tickets being sold. The price has gone way up and you cannot move in there. We lined up an hour and half before the gates opened to get a seat to see the bands. there were people sitting in the back by the bathrooms because it was so full. It’s not good to have that many people in such a small space. I miss the old days when you could actually walk around and get a drink or food. Many of my die hard bluesfest friends have stopped going for this reason. Please please set the limit of tickets lower. I’m sure you will still make a profit… my two cents

Is it me or did I just read that you had to lineup to get a good spot in the VIP section??  If so that’s goofy…That’s the purpose of the VIP I thought to avoid standing in line for an hour and a half.

Good to know the ‘SUITS” are still outta touch with reality!

But the Birch Trees aren’t blocking the stage view anymore or so I’m lead to believe! So there’s a Plus!

People are allowed there Freedom of Speech so if anything these Two Letters gave me some value once again to spout off at the “SUITS”!

‘Sucker In A Three Piece’

 

 

BUMF**K Town

So since Former Black Crowes Guitarist Rich Robinson is playing Tbay this weekend as part of the Blues Festival Lineup with his new act  The MagPie Salute. Let’s take a moment and read what good ol Rich had to say about Thunder Bay back in  1993…

Vox Interview

  July 1993
  Vox Interview
  England

    Submitted by:
	Chris Henne


 "You take a bumfuck town in America or Canada versus a small town in
Europe, and there will always be a lot more going on in Europe,"
declares Rich Robinson, The Black Crowes' guitarist. "I mean, take a
look at this place. It's insane!" The Black Crowes have just spent
two days in Thunder Bay, a small, culturally-bereft town in Canada's
Mid- West, where the winter ice has yet to melt into spring, and
local action is restricted to one decent bar, a bowling alley, a few
coffee shops and a very occasional visit from a rock band. The
emphasis is definitely on 'occasional', as singer Chris Robinson, his
actress girlfriend, Lala, and bassist Johnny Colt discover when they
decide to spend an evening at the cinema. The promised 'Movie
Theatre' turns out to be a tiny room with a screen not much bigger
than a TV. set and, not  surprisingly, the gathered crowd find Chris
(garbed in his usual brand of '60s and '70s rock chic), Lala (tall,
blonde and definitely NOT from the Mid- West) and Johnny (dark
and foreboding beneath his trademark Stetson) much more interesting
than the advertised feature. Unable to ignore the burning stares, the
trio exchange horrified glances, then turn and flee. The following
night, in front of 3,000 kids in the town's Fort William Gardens,
Chris Robinson serves up the kind of remedy he's prescribed to the
citizens of Bumfuckvilles the world over. "We've got this thing we
wanna give you," he roars. "We like to call it a musical lubricant--
y'know, so you can ease yourself on into the evening. That's what
this is man, a piece of music that represents a lubricant. I hope you
dig it!"

Back to you deKe's.....

HAHAHA...I'm thinking that Richie Rich won't remember that quote or that interview for that matter but man when I stumbled upon Rich's comments  a few years ago online I laughed hysterically at him calling this place a BumF**K Town.
 To be fair we are located in the middle of nowhere and I will give the Crowes props as when they did show up here back in April of 93 they were selling a boatload of albums as the only time  artists play here is long after there heyday had passed! As well as our local Money Grubbing Auditorium (where the acts play) charge ridiculous amounts of dough..

Case in point John Mellencamp is playing the Auditorium this upcoming October and here's the ticket prices...
Here comes Johnny
$139.00
$349.00
$299.00
Bam that is some serious dough! Basically the front row is $349.
This upcoming August me and my brother are going to Alice Cooper and they charging $135 for a ticket and that’s for the front row!  Way better deal to see the Coop!
Never been front row ever before! Closest was 10th row for Poison back in 1991 and 7th Row for Van Halen also in 91! That changes when Coop hits Tbay!
By the looks of how the tickets are moving  people have paid this kind of coin to go and  see Mellencamp! Good on ya’s if you got a ticket!
Anyways I went off topic but back to good ol Rich! I wonder what his feelings will be when he gets off the stage this upcoming Saturday Night. I betcha he calls his accountant to make sure his ‘Fee” is deposited into his bank account!
Don’t fret Rich I’m sure you will be paid in U.S Currency and you’re welcome by the way from all the Music Fans that live in BumF**K Town but I won’t be one of em!
Me and the Boss have decided to pass on Bluesfest this year and I’m quite fine(price spike in tickets and some of the acts that I have zero interest in have resulted in us not going) with it as it gets real nauseous when we went last year all the ‘SUITS’ (Festival Organizers)did was pat themselves on the back for all these attendance records that were broken every time they went to introduce the next act!
P.S-  Mr Robinson-you will not be getting my dough this year but I will say that those first two Crowes albums are mighty good…
So I forgive ya Rich!
HA!
By the way the Writer(Chris Henne) of this article kinda dropped the ball with the One Bowling Alley comment( We had 3 Bowling Alleys back in 1993! Do your homework  Pal. HAHA!)