I just got a card that was lost in the mail from last Christmas a year ago from my great grandmother who recently died and she gave me 5 dollars and I feel so fucking guilty, she was the sweetest and I barely talked to her.
True words. Take a minute to talk to your grandparents every now and again. It means the world to them just to hear your voice. You have no idea.
Martin Hardee’s review of the really great Bogota Colombia show March 2, 2011.
¡Cantar! (sing!). ¡Saltar! (jump!). ¡Bailar! (dance!). ¡Gritar! (scream!). As someone pointed out the other day in another review, there are just a few words you need to know to enjoy a Paramore concert on the…
Reblogging this again cause it’s so beautiful :’) I cried when I read this and I’m crying again.
This is like the best review I’ve ever witnessed. And I see every Gleecap Jim Cantiello does. But this one…
This is perfect.
Thanks so much. I really enjoyed putting it together. One of my favorite concerts anywhere ever!
Tony Bennett is super famous. You know Tony Bennett even if you don’t think you know any of his songs. For instance, you know this song:
So, here is my Tony Bennett story. When we lived in Boulder, this friend said “Oh, if you like jazz, Tony Bennett’s piano player sits in at this little restaurant at the mall.”
And I am: “Right. Tony Bennett’s piano player. In Boulder. At the mall. Right.”
But we went anyway, and this piano player — named Ralph Sharon — is pretty good! Actually, really good. So I walked over and tried my usual “stump the poor piano player” routine where I ask for classics from the Great American Songbook. It brings pianists to bepuzzlement and tears. Could he play Autumn in New York? A Foggy Day (in London Town)? The Way You Look Tonight? Fly Me To The Moon? The Shadow of Your Smile? It Don’t Mean a Thing? I’ve Got The World On A String? Over The Rainbow? Summertime? Body and Soul? I Don’t Stand a Ghost of a Chance With You? The Very Thought of You? Smile? Manhattan?
Ralph: Yes. Which one would you like to hear first?
Me: Did you really play with Tony Bennett?
Ralph: Of course. Just for 40 years or so though. Now I am retired.
Me: I guess you must know my favorite song about San Francisco.
Ralph: Of course. I always end with that. I found that song for Tony.
Me: ?? You found it?
Ralph: We were going to San Francisco one time, and Tony said “hey, could we find a song about California for the crowd there?” And I had a bunch of old songs tucked away in a shirt drawer that I pulled this one out and it happened to be about San Francisco, and a few days later I actually played it when we were traveling and Tony said “Yeah, they’ll probably like that one.”
Me: *skeptical* Wow. Somebody didn’t write that for him? I means it’s so much his song! We’ll, I’ll look forward to it.
And he played I Left My Heart in San Francisco as beautifully as I’ve ever heard it, and it was great.
Then, a year later, we went to see Tony Bennett perform in Denver. He was amazing. And at one point after a song he stopped dead and looked at the audience and told that whole story about San Francisco and said “and the man who found that song for me is Ralph Sharon, who played with me for 40 years all over the world. And he plays right here in Denver — you should go see him.”
And just now, I am listening to the MTV Unplugged sessions with Tony Bennett and I notice he totally gives Ralph Sharon a flourishing introduction him during the recording of All of You:
My son and I are seeing Tony Bennett Sunday here in the Bay Area, and you can bet I will shed a tear or two during the best songs, and sing along to all of them (quietly). And I will think of Ralph, who is still playing in Denver.
I have an online garage sale going on to sell some of my old band merch!! I need some money so I can go to some upcoming shows like The AP Tour, Big D And The Kids Table, Social Distortion and many more that I currently have no money for. A lot of the merch I have for sale are shirts that are no longer available to purchase brand new, but majority of these shirts were never worn. It’s basically brand new!
Right now, the garage sale is limited to US only for shipping reasons. I love international people, I really do, and I hate how much the USPS likes to charge for me to ship to your countries. It sucks. If you do want something and live outside the continental US, message me, and we will work out a shipping deal for you get it shipped to you for as little as possible!
US Shipping is $4.95; the flat rate for priority shipping. I know it is pricey, but you will get your items within the week you order!
Please pass the link to anyone you think would be interested! It would mean a lot to me :D
(if you came across this post through a band’s tag, that means I have merch from that band for sale. I didn’t just tag bands to get more views haha)
You have no doubt already played Mercenary about 1,000 times. Let’s play it again!
And, you know that spoken line in the song from villain Hugo Strange…
"How does it feel to stand on the very stones that ran with your parents’ blood? Are you sad? Full of rage? Or does that outfit help bury your feelings? Hiding your true self, you are truly extraordinary specimen - I look forward to breaking you."
I thought it sounded like that guy Paul Frees in Disney’s Haunted Mansion ride… but Paul Frees has been dead for years. It turns out that it’s Corey Burton. He indeed has done much work for Disney theme parks, but is probably best known as Count Dooku:
"Burton is perhaps best known to Disney fans for his imitation of the late voiceover actor Paul Frees as the Ghost Host in Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion Holiday attraction, as well as providing the same voice for Walt Disney World’s HalloWishes fireworks show during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party event. Burton also recited the classic line "Welcome, foolish mortals" in the opening of the film version of The Haunted Mansion.
Burton provides many others Paul Frees-like voices for Disneyland park, including several newer pirates in the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction (like the “Pooped Pirate” and the pirate voice that guides you on and off the boat) and almost every voice in Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride.”
For those who don’t know, I had the wonderful opportunity last month to talk to Hayley Williams in person where we ended up discussing an article I wrote about my friend Nikki Simmons being compared to her and getting abuse over it. Hayley was so amazingly kind about…
From Zack last night, that is in fact the truth. :’) We are extremely happy. Thank you to all of those who are stoked and saying positive things, it’s greatly appreciated! It’s an awesome and exciting time in our lives. :)
(Oh, BTW, this is about Brendon Urie of Panic! and this Disco and his fiancee Sarah, in case you couldn’t guess.)
About my very first Paramore concert of course! I think I may be able to put all of my thoughts/feelings into words. Or at least try to. But be warned: I’m probably going to fill up a LOT of blank space with this post.
I didn’t become a die hard fan of Paramore until around 2 years ago,…
I hate to admit I would’ve written a review just this long and excited if I’d’ve been to that epic concert in New York.
As a Muslim, I’m sick of people asking me how I feel about 9/11. What do you want me to say, seriously? Do you want me to say, “It was a great plan, mwahahaha!” before I fly off on a magic carpet?
I was born and raised in this country and was just as shocked as everyone else to learn there were people on this earth so vile as to commit such a horrific attack - or to even think about doing it. But I didn’t do it. Neither did 99.999999999 percent of the roughly 1.5 billion people in the world who also call themselves Muslims. So why should I or any other Muslim apologize for what happened?
Nickleback is planning on releasing another album. Should I ask white people to apologize for that?
A unexpectedly surreal concert experience last night at the Heart concert in the Bay Area. Yes, Heart.
First of all, you should know that it pretty much never rains during the summer here in Silicon Valley. Also, we never get lightning. And thunder is practically unheard of.
My friend and I on a whim decided to go see Def Leppard last night. As a bonus, Heart was opening.
Frankly, I wasn’t sure what to expect from Heart, but I do like how Nancy Wilson plays that song Barracuda so i was looking forward to the performance. They played all of their songs and I was kind of surprised I knew most of the words to them all. Fun time.
And then they came back on for an encore. And at the very last song, that thing happened that never happens during the summer in Silicon Valley: It started to rain. And just then, as if on cue, the keyboardist started their last song and slammed into three unmistakable chords from one of the greatest albums of all time: The Who’s Quadrophenia. Wha? At a Heart concert?
And the song:”Reign O’er Me.” With the words: “Only love, can make it rain / the way the beach is kissed by the sea / Only love can make it rain / like the sweat of lovers / laying in the fields.”
And it started raining harder. And they played the song as well as I’ve ever heard The Who do it… and just at the very end at the huge crescendo, something else happened that never happens in Silicon valley: Lightning. And Thunder. As they were singing the final lines “Love, reign o’er me, reign o’er me, reign o’er me. Loooove.” OMG it was surreal and they got and incredible ovation from the crowd.
And just as the applause died down, the rain stopped as quickly as it had started.
I know you won’t believe it happened like this, so here is the video:
A friend of mine who lives nearby said she was watching the storm from her balcony and it appeared to literally hover over the Shoreline Amphitheatre where we were.
One of the fans wrote on the YouTube comments “It was an Epic moment in concert history. There was lighting during the song. Then it started to sprinkle during the song (crowd yells at :56) then on Ann’s last note “Love” it started raining hard (but can’t see it here) & then you see at 6:45 ish on the bands finishing note it came down full pour. My daughters and I stood there arms up in amazement. Then about two minutes after the band left the stage the rain stopped for the rest of the night. Def Leppard then rocked the house!”
The “main” act Def Leppard came on after that, but TBH even with their incredible one-armed drummer Rick Allen there was no way they could top Ann and Nancy Wilson and their rain storm.
Love Reign O’er Me
Only love Can make it rain The way the beach is kissed by the sea. Only love Can make it rain Like the sweat of lovers Laying in the fields.
On the dry and dusty road The nights we spend apart alone I need to get back home to cool cool rain. I can’t sleep and I lay and I think The nights is hot and black as ink Oh God, I need a drink of cool cool rain.
It’s been a little over 5 months since we launched Wunderlist for Android, and today we have some big news for all you droid heads. Lock and load your HTC Desires and Galaxy Tabs, Wunderlist has been rebuilt… from the ground up. No longer will you have to wait a second too long to enter a…