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Reflections on the Life and Death of Michael Jackson (BLOG)

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    Written by Mike Arnold

    There are times in our lives when we will always remember where we were and what we were doing as we heard major news. Maybe it was when we heard the news of O.J. Simpson being accused of murder or the jury’s verdict of “Not Guilty”. Maybe it was major news in your family, a riot in your town, America being involved in war, or the 911 tragedy as the twin towers in New York City came crumbling down. One day I’ve always remembered was hearing the news about the death of Elvis Presley. I remember being at work and hearing the news from the guys on the night shift coming in to relieve us and telling us about the tragedy. It was unbelievable that the King of Rock could die so young. I also remember watching Monday night football with my wife Sandra as Howard Cosell tells the American football audience that John Lennon had just been shot and killed in New York City outside his apartment. Now another day I’ll probably remember is today, Thursday June 25th 2009, the day I heard the news of the death of Michael Jackson.

    I first heard of Michael Jackson as a child listening to the Jackson Five. At that time it was The Jackson Five and The Osmond’s selling millions of records and constantly being played on the radio. Just as all child bands, the artists grow up and so do the fans. I didn’t think either band had a future in the mainstream music business as adults. Michael Jackson proved me to be  severely wrong. I remember being at a disco in the 70’s when I first heard “Rock With You” and “Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough”. I couldn’t believe the music Michael Jackson was creating. Even at that point in my life I believed that Michael’s solo career would be short lived. Then he proved me wrong again!

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      Bonnaroo Music Festival 2009 Concert Reviews and More (PODCAST 159)

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        It was Saturday, June 13th 2009, Mike Arnold, Brian Hasbrook, and Steve Vallar head south from Nashville, TN to the big town of Manchester, TN.  Well, a big town for the weekend as approx. 100,000 visitors flood Coffee County for the yearly music festival, Bonnaroo.

        This is our 4th time to cover the event.  Unfortunately, this year we were scheduled to cover another favorite music festival, CMA Fest in Nashville.  This had us scrambling to get extra help.  Tom and his helpers covered the CMA Fest, while Mike, Brian, and helper Steve covered Bonnaroo.

        It was a wonderful time as Concert Blast returned to podcasting live at Bonnaroo during Saturday’s events.  The coverage Show Notes are as follows… Booker T and the DBTs (Drive By Truckers), Bon Iver, Media Press Conference, Cherry Holmes, Jenny Lewis, Elvis Costello, and Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band.

        The surprise performance of the year was Jenny Lewis.  Elvis Costello and Bruce Springsteen already had a long standing reputation of their great live performances.

        Listen and Enjoy the Podcast Recorded Live at Bonnaroo 2009

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          Ratt Concert Review – Nashville, TN – Wildhorse Saloon 5/28/09 (BLOG)

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            Here are two quick reviews of the Ratt Concert as the tour stopped in Nashville, TN to perform at the Wildhorse Saloon on May 28, 2009.



            Hard rock band Ratt crawled “Out Of The Cellar” and into Nashville’s Wildhorse Saloon last Thursday night to prove that glam rock is alive and well in Music City USA. A few minutes before 9pm the lights went out as hundreds of headbangers hit the Wildhorse floor to witness the return of Ratt. Stephen Percy, Robbie Crane, Warren Demartini, Bobby Boltzer and John Corabi hit the stage to run thru a blistering set of songs from their catalog of 25 years. John Carabi was filling in for guitar player Carlos Cavazo. This was the first time that I had seen Ratt so I can’t compare the two but I must say John’s guitar playing fits nicely.


            Stephen Percy is a great front man!  He was even wearing a Stephen Percy tee shirt. How is that for confidence?  I have to say his voice didn’t sound quite as good as it did back in the 80′s.  It was a little rough, but it still worked.  He strutted from one end of the stage to the other slapping hands and banging fist after fist along the way.  The man has an awesome stage presence. He seemed to have been in a great mood and talked several times between songs.  It looked like he was very pleased with the crowd and was glad to be playing in Nashville.  He said it had been a long time since they had played here and was glad to be back.


            The rest of the band was a tight outfit. Boltzer provided a solid beat for the others guys to follow.  Crane is a very impressive bass player and with these two guys providing the back beat you cant miss.  Throw in Corabi and Demartini and you have a hard rocking band.  I wish I had been on the other side of the stage where I could see Warren Demartini better. His guitar playing was blistering.


            The Ratt songs which stood out for me were; “Lack Of Communication”, “No Body Rides For Free”, “Dangerous But Worth The Risk” and “Way Cool Jr”.  Of course the final song was the one that started it all “Round And Round” from the debut LP Out Of The Cellar. This album had became a staple on classic rock radio stations around the world and has sold almost 4 million copies. They didnt play an encore but the crowd would have have stayed for several. All in all it an excellent 75 minute set.


            New band Motor Fly warmed up the crowd playing thirty minutes of straight ahead rock and roll.


            This is one of those shows that I went to just because I had never seen the band before. I was really glad I went. Ratt can still rock the house with the best of them. I would have liked to have seen a longer set, but I didn’t walk away disappointed.


            On the Concert Blast scale I give it an 8.5.  I deduct points for the length of the set and Stephens spitting on the stage.


            Written by James Downing






            On Thursday night, May 28th, 2009, The Wildhorse Saloon in Nashville, TN was ROCKIN AGAIN with another Classic Rock show featuring RATT.  It was great to see lead singer Stephen Pearcy back at lead vocals.  I will have to say that Stephen’s voice is as strong as it was in the 80′s. This show was a greatest hits show. Some of the classic hit songs were: “Body Talk”, “Lay It Down”, “Wanted Man”, “Way Cool Jr”, “Tell The World”, “Lack Of Communication”, “Lovin You Is A Dirty Job”, and “You’re In Love”. The last song of the night was of course their biggest hit “Round and Round”.


            Another great thing about the show was Warren DeMartini. WOW! The man can still ROCK his guitar. He played very impressive leads and had a great sound. Without him RATT would not be the same. The whole show was very exciting. The band sounded  great and with Stephen being the front man, he got the crowd singing along with their hits. If RATT is coming close to a town near you, I would highly recommend seeing them.  We want to say a BIG thank you to Ratt’s management and The Wildhorse Saloon for allowing us to bring this review to you.


            RATT N’ ROLL ON.  


            Written by Tom Thompson





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              Ratt Concert Photos – Nashville, TN – Wildhorse Saloon 5/28/09 (PHOTOS)

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                When Ratt arrived in Nashville around 10pm Wednesday evening (the night before the scheduled concert) , one would think they would head straight to hotel but these guys went and rehearsed for about four hours to reacquaint former member John Corabi (who was filling in for Carlos Carvazo) and up to last weekend Stephen Pearcy was touring solo.  So I’m guessing they probably got to sleep around 3:30am Thursday and had a radio show interview at noon Thursday.

                 If these guys were tired at all you sure could not tell by the energy level that hit the stage.  From start to finish the set was boom-boom-boom song after song with very little chatter (just the way I prefer).  Stephen Pearcy’s voice was exceptional as he screeched and stomped commanding the Wildhorse stage all night long.  Warren DeMartini ‘s playing was phenomenal mastering all leads without effort.  Bobby Blotzer, as always, anchored the bands’ sound while Robbie Crane on bass and John Corabi on guitar kept the rhythm churning all night long.

                The set was all-inclusive with no encore. 
                Written by Brian Hasbrook

                Photos By Brian Hasbrook


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