Archive for July, 2008

Bruce Springsteen live at Giants Stadium 7/27

Posted in Bruce Springsteen, Shows with tags on July 30, 2008 by gearsofrock

My 99th concert happened last Sunday at Giants Stadium, featuring New Jersey rock legends, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. This was actually only the first time I caught the boss live; I came close in 2003 but had a conflict with work.

The parking lot before the show was intense. People of all ages were partying from early morning until the show began. Apparently the New Jersey police don’t mind alcohol being consumed by everybody (all ages) in the parking lot when Springsteen is in town. As oppose to Jones Beach, where everything must be hidden in a cup, and if one looks questionably underage, are harassed by park police, followed by a beer ticket.

Bruce played for over 3 hours which is one of the longest performances I have witnessed. The longest I have seen was Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young at Madison Square Garden; They played for close to 4 hours, I wanted to hang myself. Bruce was different though. I didn’t want the concert to end. I wanted to see what he would have played next.

The highlights of the show were “Atlantic City,” “Growin Up,” “The Promised Land,” “The Rising,” and the opener, “10 Avenue Freeze Out.”

I am happy to have finally checked this rock legend off my list.

Celebrating Rock Concert #100 Tomorrow!

Posted in Shows with tags on July 30, 2008 by gearsofrock

I just realized that I am meeting a personal milestone tomorrow evening with my 100th rock concert. The rock band is Poison and the venue is Jones Beach on Long Island.

This is the 100th real rock show for me according to the best of my knowledge. My list does not include local rock bands or shows that I have played through the years.

I figure since this is show #100, that I would do a series of posts over the next few weeks that reflect on some of the highlights that I have experienced since 1986.

Who is the official rock ‘n roll comedian?

Posted in Babble with tags on July 25, 2008 by gearsofrock

I’m currently on a stand-up kick so I was just pondering. I narrowed it down to the following 6:

I’m not sure what to consider. Do you go for the funniest or the most rockin’? Or do you do a mixture? Any thoughts?

Kerrang! Iron Maiden tribute rules!

Posted in Iron Maiden with tags , , on July 23, 2008 by gearsofrock

I have been listening to the Kerrang! Iron Maiden Tribute, Maiden Heaven, and it is GREAT! I know, I know, Iron Maiden can’t be covered, blah blah blah…but there are some great versions on this CD.

My favorites from the tribute are “Remember Tomorrow” (Metallica), “The Trooper” (Coheed & Cambria), “To Tame A Land” (Dream Theater), and “Hallowed Be Thy Name” (Machine Head). The other covers are great too, like the ones by DevilDriver, Black Tide, Avenged, and Trivium.

The only problem with this CD is that it is not easy to get, legally. It is a free CD with the July 16 issue of Kerrang! magazine, but that can be tough to find. The Kerrang! website doesn’t have an easy way of purchasing the issue and it is hard to find a Barnes & Noble or Borders book store with a copy in stock. Not to mention, the US to pound exchange rate is currently not in our favor if purchased online. However, if you have a way of getting the album, I would grab it in a sec.

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Steven Adler arrested for narcotics

Posted in Babble with tags on July 22, 2008 by gearsofrock

Ultimate Guitar reports:

Adler [ex-Guns N’ Roses] was booked for investigation of possessing narcotics, being under the influence and for an outstanding warrant. He was jailed on $45,000 bail.

Well, I guess they haven’t yet began the filming of Sober Living with Dr. Drew Pinsky on VH1.

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Listen To New Alice Cooper Album Now, For Free

Posted in Alice Cooper, Free Music with tags , on July 21, 2008 by gearsofrock

Many thanks to reid of for bringing this to my attention:

The new Alice Cooper album, Along Came a Spider, is available for free streaming on his myspace page now, before the release. Sweet! Click the link below.

Remember, these free streams are usually temporary and disappear quickly.

James Hetfield still prefers Robert Trujillo over Newstead

Posted in Metallica with tags on July 17, 2008 by gearsofrock

In an interview, by VG TV [via], yesterday James Hetfield of Metallica continued to put down Jason Newstead:

James Hetfield: “I don’t really have to say it, but I will — he’s an amazing bass player; very competent. He can play pretty much anything we throw at him. Not only that, but obviously [Robert] playing with his fingers brings a fuller sound. He — and no disrespect to Jason [Newsted, Rob‘s predecessor in METALLICA] — but Rob has already written more on this album than Jason had in his whole 14 years. A lot of that had to do with us not being willing, and I totally understand that, but just his material seemed to gel better. It feels as though we’ve known him forever, basically, is what it feels like. And there’s still times when I see him in pictures with us, and I go, ‘Oh, yeah! He’s in our band. Dude, we kick ass even more now.’ It’s a good feeling.”

I agree that Trujillo is a sick bass player, but come on, it was Jason singing “Seek & Destroy” and running around the stage like a lunatic that made their shows so awesome. Of course Trujillo has the talent, that is why Ozzy hired him, and kept him for so long, but he just lacks the presence of Newstead. It’s time to face that, James.

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