Thursday, December 01, 2011

Pete Townshend - Won't Get Fooled Again

Pete Townshend played a short set at the Prince's Trust Benefit Concert at the Royal Albert Hall on November 23. More from the concert at my other blog Who Zeppelin.

Mike Francesa Explains the Phrase "Jump the Shark"

Now if only WFAN's Mike Francesa would explain where "goodnight the lights" came from.

The Who - Won't Get Fooled Again

Great video from October 2001 of The Who at Madison Square Garden for the Concert for New York City. This is the last time that John Entwistle (October 9, 1944-June 27, 2002) would be on stage with Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend in America.

The Who - Pure and Easy

"Pure and Easy" is one of my favorite songs by The Who, if for nothing else but its great lyrics.

The song is Track 10 of the Who's album - Who's Next and is the original version recorded at the Record Plant in New York on March 17, 1971. Pete Townshend said that his one regret about Who's Next was that "Pure and Easy" was not included when the album was first released. The song, which was included on the 1995 reissue of the album, is the basis for the Lifehouse project.

The Civil Wars

I was watching the Americana Awards last week - mostly to see Alison Krauss open the show and Robert Plant sing "Monkey" with Patty Griffin - but I was pleasantly surprised by some of the other musicians on the show including The Civil Wars. Here they sing "Barton Hollow."

Sunday, September 11, 2011



2,958 deaths (and counting)

6,291 injured

Thursday, August 11, 2011

The Who - Baba O'Riley

Who's Next is 40 years old this month. The album opens with "Baba O'Riley," whose name is derived from Pete Townshend's primary spiritual influence Meher Baba and minimalist composer Terry Riley. Townshend's college roommate Richard Barnes claimed on the DVD, Amazing Journey: The Story of the Who, that Pete put Baba's birth information into a synthesizer and it produced the loop for the song.

More on The Who at my other blog here.

Daryl Hall and Todd Rundgren - I Saw The Light

Daryl Hall and Todd Rundgren sing "I Saw the Light" during an episode of Live From Daryl's House, which in this case is actually from Todd's house in Hawaii. I really enjoy these two together and I've seen them both in concert; Todd Rundgren solo at the Tarrytown Music Hall and Hall and Oates in Bethel, N.Y. on the grounds of the original Woodstock concert. Incidentally, Hall and Rundgren played a show in May in Atlantic City. I'm sure most people that like these guys would love to see them do a full tour.

Alison Krauss and Union Station - Oh, Atlanta

In following up to my previous post here, Alison Krauss and Union Station sing "Oh, Atlanta" which along with "New Favorite" appear on the Live album that was released in November 2002.

Alison Krauss and Union Station - New Favorite

Alison Krauss and Union Station sing "New Favorite" at the Louisville Palace in April 2002. This song would become part of a live album which would be released in November of that year.

The Who - Won't Get Fooled Again (Top of the Pops 1971)

These words definitely apply to what is going on in the world today:

"There's nothing in the streets, Looks any different to me, And the slogans are replaced, by-the-bye."

Alison Krauss and Heart - Your Long Journey

One more from Alison Krauss and Heart following my previous post here.

Alison Krauss and Heart - These Dreams

I've seen many concerts over the last few months - all good to great. Heart I saw at Mohegan Sun (along with Def Leppard) and Alison Krauss I saw at Foxwoods. Nice to see them both together on this Heart classic.

The Who - Best Cry Ever (YouTube Silliness)

I laughed a little bit at this video, but it's also kind of weird. Just some of the silliness that you can find on YouTube.

The Who - Concert for NYC Who Are You

It has almost been 10 years since this concert took place at Madison Square Garden. A different angle from what I have seen before of The Who performing "Who Are You," which is one of the four songs the band would play that night.

Concert for New York City Rehearsals

This video contains commentary by some of the stars that performed and spoke at the Concert for New York City. It also shows The Who rehearsing for the Madison Square Garden benefit concert.

Concert for New York City backstage

The above is a video montage of some photos taken backstage at Madison Square Garden during the Concert for New York City. All put together with the Wolfe Tones "Streets of New York" playing. Nice job done by the YouTuber on this touching video.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Art Bell - Area 51 Show (Parts 7-12)

By the way, if you are looking for parts 1-6 click this.

Art Bell - Area 51 Show (Parts 1-6)

It's one of the weirdest and yet probably the best episode of Coast to Coast Am and it took place ironically enough on September 11, 1997. Art Bell took calls from those that were associated with or had been associated with "Area 51." One caller claimed to be a former employee and during the call he was cut off and Bell's show went off the air. The caller would later call back on a different show and say he was playing a joke on Art Bell, but the reason the show went off the air was never explained. Bell says that he had nothing to do with it, but the chances seem pretty unlikely. Anyway, it's a great episode with parts 1-6 below and then 7-12 can be found here.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

The Who - Young Man Blues

The Who covered Mose Allison's "Young Man Blues" at the 1970 Isle of Wight Festival in front of 600,000 people. More from The Who on my other blog here.

Mike Francesa - The World It Is A Changin'

Mike Francesa hasn't accepted social media as of yet.

Mike Francesa Doesn't Like Cookies

A caller asks Mike Francesa if he prefers chocolate chip mint or moose tracks.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

The Who - Summertime Blues (Pontiac Silverdome 1975)

For more from The Who and Led Zeppelin visit my other blog at

Michael Savage - Coast to Coast AM with Mike Bell

Michael Savage has some fun and spoofs Art Bell and "Coast to Coast AM" during a segment on his show "The Savage Nation."

The Rock Responds to John Cena

The Rock posted a promo yesterday on Facebook where he really takes down John Cena. The Rock's promo is in response to Cena calling him out during a W.W.E. tour of Australia.

Mike Francesa - "You're an old fool"

Mike Francesa is off pretty much for the remainder of the summer, so here's another classic with Mike and one of his callers.

Ballpark Reviews

I came across a website yesterday which reviews all of the major and minor league baseball stadiums in the U.S. Click here to see it.

Superstar Billy Graham Promo

An interview with "Superstar" Billy Graham closes out an edition of World Championship Wrestling. The closing theme follows Graham's promo. I'm not sure of the exact year, but it is probably around 1985.

Young People's Day Camp (1988)

Hot days like we have been having lately remind me of some of the old commercials from the 1980s such as this one for Young People's Day Camp.

Mike Francesa - "John get a life"

Classic Mike Francesa!

This Is Wrestling: Brock Lesnar vs Kurt Angle 60 Minute Iron Man Match

Two incredible and rare talents square off on Smackdown in 2003.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Mike Francesa - Derek Jeter Tribute

WFAN's Mike Francesa narrates this montage of some of Derek Jeter's biggest hits, leading up to and including number 3,000.

Sunday, July 03, 2011

Jim Morrison - Bird of Prey

"Bird of Prey" appears on An American Prayer. I posted the spoken word in the first video while the second is "Bird of Prey" played by George Winston on the 2002 album Night Divides the Day – The Music of the Doors.

Here is a link to a YouTube video combining Jim Morrison's spoken version of the poem and Winston's piano playing, although unfortunately it does not always play straight through.

Remembering The Poet

Rest in Peace
James Douglas Morrison
December 8, 1943 – July 3, 1971

Ray Manzarek of The Doors has said many times in interviews over the years that Jim Morrison would want to be remembered first and foremost as a poet. So with today being the 40th anniversary of Jim Morrison's passing I post The American Night, which from what I have read appeared on the original version of An American Prayer in 1978 but was not part of the remastered version that came out in 1995.

Not only a great poet, Jim Morrison was a tremendous singer, a genius, a fantastic songwriter and sadly a tortured soul. He has not been duplicated and never will be.

Thursday, June 30, 2011

The Who - Amazing Journey/Sparks (Cap Center 1976)

This version of "Amazing Journey/Sparks" gets double billing. It's going up on my other blog, Who Zeppelin here. The "Sparks" portion starts around the 4:42 mark. The Who begin to go into the Tommy section of their concert and so Keith Moon does the introductions. The audio comes from a concert that took place at the Cap Center on August 3, 1976 in Landover, Maryland.

Mike Francesa Erupts Over Joba

Back in June 2009, a caller really gets under Mike Francesa's skin over the role of Joba Chamberlain.

The Best of Prison Yogi

The man known as "Prison Yogi" has made some really memorable calls to Mike Francesa's radio show on WFAN. Let's start with the call - that earned him his nickname - where he tells Mike that listening to his show got him through some tough days in prison:

Next "Prison Yogi" tells Mike he is disappointed that he can no longer listen to him while taking a shower:

He then quit his job so he could listen to Mike Francesa all day:

Next, "Prison Yogi" pranks Mike consecutively over Pee-wee Herman's return:

Finally, Mike thinks a "Baba Booey" call from "Prison Yogi" has been dumped:

Mike Francesa Quiet Remix

In following up my previous post here about the "quiet" call to Mike Francesa, I had to post the remix. Great work out of the YouTuber that put this together.

Quiet Quiet Quiet Call

A caller discussing the Wilpons, Madoff and the Mets leads to Mike Francesa repeatedly telling him to be quiet around the 3:31 mark of the video.

Manny's Restaurant

Mike Francesa and Bill Parcells doing a commercial for Manny's Restaurant. Not much more to say than that.

Anorld Prank Calls

Some of the best prank calls done by a YouTuber using an Arnold Schwarzenegger soundboard:

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

The CM Punk Promo

While wearing a "Stone Cold" Steve Austin t-shirt, CM Punk at the end of last night's Monday Night Raw cut one of the best promos I have ever seen! Punk's rant targeted many people including Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Hulk Hogan and the McMahon family and said after he wins the W.W.E. Championship at the Money in the Bank pay-per-view on July 17 he will defend it in either the New Japan Pro Wrestling or Ring of Honor wrestling promotion. Classic stuff.

Shortly after the show went of the air announced that Punk has been "suspended" indefinitely. I read a couple of comments from some on Facebook that believed this was an outright "shoot," which is another way of saying it wasn't scripted. C'mon folks, nothing gets on W.W.E. t.v. without Vince McMahon's approval. Punk's last day is supposedly July 17 and if he leaves it will be a big loss. But I would imagine that he probably will return sooner rather than later.

Pro Wrestling USA Theme

In 1984, several promoters, including those from the National Wrestling Alliance and the American Wrestling Association teamed up to form Pro Wrestling USA, which aired weekly on WPIX channel 11 here in the New York metro area. The idea was to fight off Vince McMahon and the expanding W.W.E. Not surprisingly the promoters couldn't get along and thus Pro Wrestling USA was short-lived. But it still lives on in the glorious annals of Wikipedia here.

E.C.W. First TV Theme

The very first theme for E.C.W. when the company opened in 1992. At that time the promotion was known as Eastern Championship Wrestling. It's kind of cool to see the old SportsChannel logo.

A.W.A. All Star Wrestling Theme

This is actually the closer to the American Wrestling Association's All-Star Wrestling t.v. program. I vaguely remember this show. Andre the Giant appears in the video so it must have been around 1980 or 1981.

A.W.A. Theme

The American Wrestling Association (A.W.A.) had its heyday in the early 1980s until it was raided by the W.W.E. and the N.W.A. The company didn't close down until 1991 even though the product during its last few years of existence was really, really bad. You can still watch the show on ESPN Classics late at night. For more on the promotion click this.

The Best E.C.W. Theme?

Of the different theme songs E.C.W. used for its t.v. show, I would say I am partial to this one, which was used probably around 1995.

E.C.W. Theme

One of several different openers the company used for its weekly E.C.W. (Extreme Championship Wrestling) television show.

N.W.A. World Championship Wrestling Theme

The National Wrestling Alliance (N.W.A.) theme to its show World Championship Wrestling, which aired every Saturday night at 6:05 during the 1980s. The N.W.A. is still around although it is much different and doesn't have the same visibility it enjoyed up until about 1988 or 1989. It's a bit convoluted to get into the whole history in this blog post, so check out the Wikipedia page here for more.

World Class Championship Wrestling Theme

World Class Championship Wrestling (W.C.C.W.) was one of the great territories back in the 1980s. The promotion is notable for some tremendous wrestling matches, which included Ric Flair against Kerry Von Erich and the legendary feud between the Von Erichs and The Fabulous Freebirds. Cool opening theme to their t.v. show.

Midnight Express Theme

There was nothing like the old theme music wrestlers used in the 1980s. The top video is the music that played when Jim Cornette's Midnight Express (Bobby Eaton, pictured on the right in the video, and Stan Lane pictured on the left in the video) came out to the ring during their heyday in the National Wrestling Alliance. It's a variation of Giorgio Moroder's "Chase" from the 1978 Midnight Express film. That song is also used as the opening for the Coast to Coast AM radio show.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Al Pacino Calls a Furniture Store

A classic job by a YouTuber who uses an Al Pacino soundboard to call a furniture store. Definitely not suitable for work.

Michael Savage Classics

A couple of ways not to call in to Michael Savage's radio show The Savage Nation.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Batista and Fan Incident Backstage

Dave Batista was getting ready for a match when a fan runs by during a Monday Night Raw in August of 2008. Pretty funny, but definitely staged.

Rey Mysterio Confronts Taz

Another great moment in Extreme Championship Wrestling history. Rey Mysterio Jr. confronts Taz!

The Dudleys Are Born

One of the best moments in the history of Extreme Championship Wrestling. I was a huge fan of the Dudleys and the many members of that "family."

Dudleys Promo Almost Causes Riot

The Dudleys cut a promo that really gets the fans upset. Stuff like this makes me so glad YouTube is around to watch the old E.C.W.

Pro Wrestling Torch

If you ever get a chance check out the Pro Wrestling Torch website and also their show on Blog TalkRadio which you can find by clicking this.

I particularly enjoy every Tuesday's show when Jason Powell of joins Wade Keller ( to discuss what's going on in the world of wrestling.

Al Pacino Calls Best Western

Al Pacino strikes again! This time it's a phone call to a Best Western Hotel.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Nathan LaFayette Hits The Post

The New York Rangers encountered some tense moments on June 14, 1994 in their game 7 against the Vancouver Canucks. One of them was when Nathan LaFayette took a shot and hit the goaltender's best friend: the post! Funny enough, LaFayette would have a cup of coffee with the Blueshirts during the 1995-1996 season.

Friday, June 03, 2011

Ray Manzarek - The Crystal Ship

The Doors' Ray Manzarek and Roy Rogers have been touring together after making an album, Translucent Blues. The two made a stop last week in Ridgefield, Connecticut at the Ridgefield Playhouse where Ray did a moving solo version of "The Crystal Ship" in tribute to Jim Morrison who passed away in Paris on July 3, 1971. Manzarek has some dates scheduled in Europe this summer with his former Doors' bandmate Robby Krieger and have a show schedule in Paris on July 3.

Good Reading

I've read some very good books recently, but I particularly enjoyed New Dawn: The Battles for Fallujah by Richard S. Lowry. He takes the reader inside everything that led up to and occurred during the two battles inside what was Iraq's most dangerous area at the time. Lowry gives the reader a very vivid description of the fighting and the strategy of the military. This was a book I could not put down! The soldiers that took part in these battles are people I would like to meet and THANK! The ones that were killed deserve our prayers.

I could name all of the soldiers that are mentioned in the book - because they are all incredibly brave- but one that stands out is a former U.S. Marine and that is Gunnery Sergeant Nick Popaditch. He was wounded in the first battle of Fallujah in April 2004 and lost his right eye and hearing in his right ear as a result of getting struck in the head by a rocket propelled grenade (RPG). Some may remember the picture of Popaditch on a tank smoking a cigar as his unit pulled down the statue of Saddam Hussein in April 2003.

As I was reading New Dawn and Popaditch's story was described, I stopped and thought and appreciated how great he and his fellow soldiers are. Inspiring is an understatement. This was something that happened for me several times while reading New Dawn; I would read a few pages and then just let the feeling set in that this was not a motion picture and was real life with real people.

Popadtich wrote a book entitled Once a Marine: An Iraq War Tank Commander’s Inspirational Memoir of Combat, Courage, and Recovery. I think I'll put that on my summer reading list.

I also finished reading the following:

Strange Days: My Life With And Without Jim Morrison by Patricia Kennealy-Morrison; a good book even though it took a while to get going. There is virtually no mention of the other band members which is a bit odd.

The Essential Rumi, new expanded edition, poems written by Sufi poet Rumi, translated by Sufi scholar Coleman Barks; I couldn't put this one down either.

Currently, I am reading Don Rumsfeld's memoir, Known and Unknown. Having read about 100 pages, it's too early for me to give an assessment of the book.

W.W.E. Signs Averno

The W.W.E. has signed Averno who currently works in Mexico with the CMLL promotion. Sin Cara was asked what wrestler in Mexico he would most like to work with and he suggested Averno. Averno's final match with CMLL will be on June 17 in a mask vs. mask match (which Averno presumably will lose) against La Mascara. Averno eventually will be put on Smackdown to work with Cara, but I would imagine he will first stop off in developmental and F.C.W. I wonder if he will face Peter Orlov, who formerly wrestled as Alex Koslov. The videos below show a tremendous match between Averno-Koslov.

Alberto Del Rio Entrance

I'm a big fan of Alberto Del Rio, mostly because of his entrance. First off, the guy has his own ring announcer and second he pulls up in a Bentley or some other very expensive car. Finally and most importantly, the guy can go in the ring. He also does a great job getting under the fans' skin.

Old School Wrestling Theme

It doesn't get much better than this. The video is of the theme used as the intro to all Coliseum Home Videos that the W.W.E. (W.W.F. at that time) put out during the 1980s. Highlights include The Cobra vs. the Black Tiger at Madison Square Garden for the vacant W.W.F. Junior Heavyweight Championship; Andre the Giant bodyslamming Kamala inside a steel cage; Ken Patera putting a swinging neckbreaker on Tito Santana (although on second look that may be Jim Powers) and Mike Rotundo giving an airplane spin to the Iron Sheik. Classic stuff!

Bryan Danielson vs. Kaval

This match is wrestling to me. T.N.A., which foolishly paid for "Wrestling Matters" billboards in the Stamford, Conn. area should take note and for that matter the W.W.E. should realize just how great wrestling can be. Before Bryan Danielson joined the main W.W.E. roster he spent some time in its developmental association, Florida Championship Wrestling (F.C.W.). Danielson and Kaval put on a classic match in the above videos which are from July 2010. Kaval was completely misused by W.W.E. during his stint last year where he won season two of NXT. Danielson has also not been utilized the way he should. In my opinion, Danielson, now known as Daniel Bryan, is one of the five best wrestlers in the world.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Randy Savage

As most wrestling fans know by now Randy "Macho Man" Savage died on May 20 at the age of 58. There are plenty of tributes on YouTube; the W.W.E. tribute which aired on Raw was particularly good. Also, has some archived audio of Savage when he appeared on the BTR radio show. No question that Savage was one of a kind. His match with Ricky Steamboat at Wrestlemania III is still one of the most memorable matches in 'Mania history, but Savage's bout with the Ultimate Warrior at Wrestlemania VII should not be forgotten either. Warrior definitely had his best brought out of him that night.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Sin Cara vs. Daniel Bryan

Sin Cara and Daniel Bryan had a solid match on the May 13th edition of Smackdown, although it was a bit short. In an ideal situation th match would have taken place on pay-per-view and would have been at least 15 or 20 minutes.

Thursday, April 07, 2011

Bands that have Opened for The Who

Back in March over on The Shout message board a poster started the topic of what bands or singers have opened for The Who. I've cleaned up the thread and added a few of my own and this is the result. Feel free to let me know if I have omitted anyone or if there should be changes made. By the way, this is one of those posts that gets dual listing. I posted this first on my other blog, Who Zeppelin.

Bands that have opened for The Who:


The B-52s

Babe Ruth

Back Door Slam (2007)

Blackfoot (1980)

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

The Black Velvets (2004)

Bob Marley and The Wailers

Casbah Club

The Charlatans (2007, Wembley Arena)


The Clash

The Coral

Counting Crows

The Cult

David Johansen

The Dicers (1964, All I could find was a link to concert poster auction.)

The Doodlebugs (1967, guitarist Mike Dickinson sat in on a couple of songs for Pete who missed the show due to an accident that tied up the highway.)

Drivin' N Cryin' (1997)

Eddie Money

Electric Soft Parade

Elton John (1970)

The Faces

The Flaming Lips

The Fratellis (2006, The Roundhouse in London)

Golden Earring (1972, Amsterdam)

Grateful Dead

The Herd (1967)

Humble Pie

The Hunters (see The Dicers)

Inward Eye (2008)

James Gang

Jethro Tull (1970, Tanglewood)

Jimmy Page and The Black Crowes (2000)

Joan Jett

Joe Jackson (1982)

Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros

Kasabian (2006)

Kilburn & the High Road (I linked to Ian Drury since this was his band).

Kinkane (Pete Townshend's nephew Ben is the drummer.)

The Kinks (1969)

Led Zeppelin (1969)

Little Feat

Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul (Steven Van Zandt's solo band.)

Lou Reed

Lynyrd Skynyrd

Marmalade (1967)

John Mellencamp (1982)

Midnight Oil

Nils Lofgren

Nine Below Zero

Ocean Colour Scene

Ordinary Boys (2007, Hull, U.K.)


Peeping Tom

The Pretenders

Q Tips

Quicksilver Messenger Service (1968)

Robert Plant

Rose Hill Drive

Ruts D.C.

The Sensational Alex Harvey Band

Santana (1982)

The Seekers

Shack (2007, Birmingham, U.K.)

Simon Townshend (He opened the February 25, 2007 show in Fresno, California when Rose Hill Drive got held up in Reno, Nevada due to a snowstorm.)

Small Faces


The Steve Gibbons Band

Stevie Ray Vaughn

Stevie Wonder (1973)

The Stranglers


Sweety Glitter and the Sweethearts

T-Bone Burnett

Toots and the Maytals

Traffic (1967)

The Tremeloes (1967)

UnAmerican (2000)

The Wallflowers (2000)

Willie Nile (1980)


The Zutons

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Some More Blueprint Who

As a followup to my last post here.

By the way, I suppose I should warn there are some explicit lyrics.

The Who and Rap

Rapper Blueprint mixed up some Who for his album Who.

It goes without saying - since this is rap - that there are some explicit lyrics. Still very good and creative.

Who is Patty Griffin?

I posted a couple of videos today featuring Patty Griffin and her band here and here. If you want to know more about her, click this. The website Performing Songwriter did a nice writeup about Griffin on her birthday, March 16.

Patty Griffin - Death's Got a Warrant/Move Up

Even better then my last post where Patty Griffin and her band perform "Move Up" on the Craig Ferguson Show. I came across this video of Griffin and company singing "Death's Got a Warrant" and "Move Up." I'm not sure where this video was shot, sorry.

Patty Griffin - Move Up

Patty Griffin's Downtown Church is the best album I have downloaded in a long time. Here is "Move Up" which she performed on the Craig Ferguson Show last February.

Noel Gallagher - There is a Light That Never Goes Out

Sometimes and it's usually pretty rare, the cover of a song is better than the original. This is one of those instances. Noel Gallagher covers The Smiths' "There is a Light That Never Goes Out."

Noel Gallagher - Don't Look Back in Anger (Best Version)

I have always heard how great the fans are in Argentina. Well, here's proof of that. The above video is of Noel Gallagher playing an unbelievable version of "Don't Look Back in Anger" at a 2009 concert in Argentina. The fans are really into it. I don't think I hear anyone yelling "play Freebird," which is done so frequently at concerts in this country.

Noel Gallagher - Don't Look Back in Anger

Noel Gallagher is just so great on his own, of course with Oasis he was pretty darn good also. This video goes back to 2007 at the Royal Albert Hall as part of the Teenage Cancert Trust charity concert. There is a DVD of this show which I have and is worth checking out.

Noel Gallagher and Paul Weller - Butterfuly Collector

The video is a bit shaky but the music is great. Noel Gallagher and Paul Weller play "Butterfly Collector" which was a big hit in 1979 by Weller's old band, The Jam.

The Doors - Riders on the Storm

Finally, rounding out my Doors hat trick for today is "Riders on the Storm," which is from the band's final studio album, L.A. Woman (1971)

The Doors - Touch Me

Up next "Touch Me" by The Doors, which is from their 1968 album, The Soft Parade.

The Doors - The Crystal Ship

I heard a block of good songs today by The Doors. Here's the first one: "The Crystal Ship," which is off of the band's 1967 debut album, The Doors.

Awful Announcing

The video speaks for itself!

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Jeff Beck - A Day in the Life

Jeff Beck covers "A Day in the Life" which is off of The Beatles' 1967 album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. Simon Townshend, Pino Palladino, Zak Starkey (Ringo Starr's son, in case you didn't know), John 'Rabbit' Bundrick, Billy Nicholls, and Jason Rebello back Mr. Beck.

By the way, Jeff Beck is going on tour and will be coming to the New York area later this month.

For more videos from the concert click this or visit my other blog, Who Zeppelin.

Inside The Squared Circle

I haven't done this in a while, but I've got plenty to say about everything going on in the world of wrestling so let's have at it.

The build for The Undertaker versus Triple H at Wrestlemania is perfect right now. These are two veterans of the business and I'm sure they will bring the house down. I fully expect Hunter to be staring up at the lights when it's over, but I also think he and 'Taker will put on a match that will really give HHH his "Wrestlemania moment."

Last night, I finished reading Chris Jericho's book, Undisputed. It was a fantastic read and one that was hard to put down. Was it better than his first book, A Lions Tale? Hard to say as they are both excellent. I will tune in to at least the first episode of Dancing with the Stars to see how Jericho does. He's definitely an all-time favorite of mine.

When I read that the W.W.E. had signed Mexican superstar Mistico I was cautiously optimistic. I had heard before that he was coming and those reports turned out to be false. But, now that this is true - the W.W.E. is already running promos - there is plenty to be excited about. Mistico, now named Sin Cara, is one of the most exciting wrestlers in the business and if the W.W.E. can find some suitable opponents for him the fans will be in for quite a treat.

Is T.N.A. still in business?

Bad job out of the W.W.E. for not having a "Money in the Bank" ladder match at 'Mania.

It's a good Hall of Fame class this year. I get what the strategy is in terms of having one big star - this year it's Shawn Michaels - and then have guys (or gals) that are known but not in the upper echelon so the spotlight is on one individual and not spread around.

For the love of God, can we stop already with talk of Chris Benoit going into the Hall of Fame. Let's think about this for a second, who is going to induct him? Case closed.

Zepparella - When The Levee Breaks

I posted this on my Facebook page recently. Zepparella covers "When the Levee Breaks" by Led Zeppelin and they do a great job with it! Unfortunately, the lead singer Anna Kristina and bassist Nila Minnerokshe both left the band. Kristina has a blog here and a Facebook page here. If you want to visit Zepparella's website go here.

Hall & Oates - Say it isn't So

Friend and WGCH colleague Rob Adams posted a video on his blog here of some new footage taken by a police helicopter on September 11, 2001. It's hard to watch, but I think it is important that any existing video of the events from that day are released.

In fact, it's difficult to see anything with the World Trade Center. A little while back I watched the video for Hall & Oates' hit song, "Say It Isn't So," which concludes with a shot of the World Trade Center.

Just to set things straight, the song was recorded in 1983.

Ultimate Warrior vs. Phil Collins

There has been talk lately of Phil Collins retiring. I always liked Collins, especially his work with Genesis. His "match" against the Ultimate Warrior? Not so much.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Whale Bowl

Whalers Hockey Fest kicks off tonight at Rentschler Field in East Hartford. They are having plenty of different events for the next week before everything wraps up next Saturday night at 7 with the Connecticut Whale (formerly the Hartford Wolfpack) going up against the Providence Bruins. There is also an alumni game next Saturday between the Hartford Whalers and the Boston Bruins. I've seen some photos on Facebook (like the one above) and in my opinion they've got the place looking really good. For more click this.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

The Doors - Yes, The River Knows (only piano)

Nice job by a YouTuber putting up only the piano part of "Yes, The River Knows" by The Doors. Of course, keyboardist Ray Manzarek is the one playing piano. I previously posted about the song here. It's interesting to read what people think a song is about. is a pretty informative website for such things as, well, song facts and the site also contains many opinions which as usual range from the really thought proving to the really bizarre to the just comical. Click this to read what people have to say about "Yes, The River Knows." I don't think the song is about a murder as some have suggested. But I also believe that songs quite often are about more than one thing and that it really is left up to the listener as to what it means to them. Each person is different.

The Doors - Yes, The River Knows

What an amazing song this is by The Doors. "Yes, The River Knows" comes off of the 1968 album, Waiting for the Sun. You would think after reading the lyrics that Jim Morrison wrote the song, but it was guitarist Robby Krieger that did the honors. By the way, he also wrote "Light My Fire" and "Love Her Madly." I have no idea what this song is about except it does contain the line, "I promised I would drown myself in mystic heated wine," which is a bit of a portent in regards to Morrison's life and how it would end.

Please believe me
The river told me
Very softly
Want you to hold me, ooo

Free fall flow, river flow
On and on it goes
Breath under water 'till the end
Free fall flow, river flow
On and on it goes
Breath under water 'till the end
Yes, the river knows

Please believe me
If you don't need me
I'm going, but I need a little time
I promised I would drown myself in mystic heated wine

Please believe me
The river told me
Very softly
Want you to hold me, ooo

I'm going, but I need a little time
I promised I would drown myself in mystic heated wine

Free fall flow, river flow
On and on it goes
Breath under water 'till the end
Free fall flow, river flow
On and on it goes
Breath under water 'till the end

Monday, January 03, 2011

Roger Daltrey On Jools Holland

Roger Daltrey appeared on Jools Holland's "Hootenanny," which is the New Year's Eve celebration of Jools regular U.K. show. Roger sang Muddy Waters' "Mannish Boy" with Jools and his R&B orchestra. By the way, I like this so much it's going up on both of my blogs.

According to Wikipedia, "it is a arrangement of (and an "answer song" to) Bo Diddley's "I'm a Man" (which in turn was inspired by Waters' and Willie Dixon's "Hoochie Coochie Man."

The Who sang "I'm a Man" which appeared on their 1965 album, My Generation. However, that album when released in the U.S. with a different album cover and was called The Who Sings My Generation. Strangely, it did not include "I'm a Man."