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Concert Blast Interviews with George Klein, Charlie Daniels, Tommy Tutone, Billy Cox, Nate Whitlock, and Charlotte Medley (Podcast 170)

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    This show consists of six different short interviews with George Klein (Radio/TV personality, songwriter, author, and Elvis Presley’s long-time friend), Nate Whitlock (Memphis musician, solo artist, and brother of Eric Clapton’s sideman, Bobby Whitlock), Billy Cox (Jimi Hendrix’s bass player and solo artist), Charlie Daniels (Country Rock solo artist), Charlotte Medley (singer/songwriter/performer), and Tommy Tutone (known for the song “Jenny 867-5309”).  These interviews were recorded from three different places over the past year.

    Mike Arnold with George Klein

    Mike Arnold (Concert Blast) with George Klein

    This show begins from the backstage area of the Beale Street Music Festival during the Memphis In May festivities.  George Klein invited Mike Arnold backstage to hang out after Jerry Lee Lewis’ set.  Mike interviewed George Klein discussing his career, his friendship with Elvis Presley, and his latest book, “Elvis, My Best Man.” Continue Reading…

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      The Bangles Concert Review – St Louis – The Pageant – 5/2/2010 (BLOG)

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        The Bangles

        May 2, 2010

        The Pageant

        St Louis, MO

        Written by James Downing

        While Mike, Brian, and Tom were paddling their way around Memphis during the Memphis In May festivities, I was high and dry in St Louis for The Bangles concert at The Pageant. The Bangles have always been one of my all time favorite bands but I had never had the chance to see them live. When I saw that they were playing a date in St Louis, I put in for my vacation days at work and got a ticket the first day they went on sale. I was very excited during the weeks leading up to the show. I was finally going to get to see The Bangles live!

        James Downing with Susanna Hoffs

        James Downing with Susanna Hoffs

        The Bangles were the off spring of another band called The Bangs. An LA band with it roots firmly in the Paisley Pop sound that is so popular in that city. Michael Steele, who was also a brief member of The Runaways, teamed up with sisters Vicki (guitar) and Debbie Peterson (drums) and Susanna Hoffs (guitar) to form one of the most memorable bands from the 80′s. Continue Reading…

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          WHO IS CONCERT BLAST? – Concert Blast – About Us

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            Concert Blast began with Mike Arnold, Brian Hasbrook, and Tom Thompson. Three guys who grew up together in the Nashville, TN area. These guys have attended hundreds (if not over a thousand) concerts.

            Every time the guys would get together with friends, they would all want to know about the shows they’ve seen and found themselves discussing these concerts for long periods of time.

            Concert Blast on the Bonnaroo Media Stage

            Concert Blast on the Bonnaroo Media Stage - (left to right) Mike Arnold, Brian Hasbrook, and Tom Thompson

            Mike thought a music talk show would make a great radio show. After failing to convince radio stations/companies that this format could be good for radio, he gave up. A couple of years later, Mike was introduced to podcasting. He approached Brian and Tom about the idea of discussing concerts on a podcast and they said let’s do it! Concert Blast formed a family friendly podcast and the first podcast was uploaded in May of 2005.

            Since our website began back in May of 2005 and have produced more than 200 audio shows with many blogs and posted photos.

            We have been invited to cover many concerts and music festivals such as the Bonnaroo Music Festival, Memphis in May Beale Street Music Festival, CMA Music Festival, as well as many of the top Music Concerts (Paul McCartney, Aerosmith, Ringo Starr, Bob Seger, Billy Joel, Sheryl Crow, Journey, REO Speedwagon, Styx, Joan Jett, Night Ranger, and many more).

            We usually feature Classic Rock acts, but we do not limit ourselves to it.

            We were featured as one of the Top 5 Classic Rock podcasts from Classic Rock About.com.
            http://classicrock.about.com/od/2005/tp/rock_myths.htm

            In 2008 we were nominated as one of the People’s Choice Podcast Awards.

            Concert Blast Book - Concert Blast Experiences Written by Mike Arnold

            In 2009 James Downing joined the team as a blogger while Mike Arnold took time off to write his book on our Concert Blast Experiences.  James departed Concert Blast in 2012 to concentrate on his own blog/podcast/photos website, Monsters From The Basement.

            In April 2010 Mike Arnold released his book:

            “CONCERT BLAST EXPERIENCES Guest List-Backstage-VIP” and is back podcasting with Concert Blast.

            CONCERT BLAST EXPERIENCES
            Guest List-Backstage-VIP
            http://www.concertblast.com/book.html

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              Billy Joel and Elton John Concert Review – Nashville, TN 5/16/09 (BLOG)

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                Written by James Downing

                The Elton John and Billy Joel Face 2 Face Tour rolled into Nashville’s Sommet Center Saturday night, May 16th, 2009, and what a show it was. A few minutes after 7:30 PM, two large floor panels in the huge stage started to open and up rose two grand pianos.  The sold out crowd rose to it’s feet as The Piano Man himself, Billy Joel, strolled out from the right side of the stage. Shortly followed came Capt. Fantastic, Sir Elton John, from the left side. They met in the middle of the stage and greeted each other and then took their seats behind their keyboards.

                Neither one of the legends wasted anytime giving the fans what they wanted. Elton started the show with “Your Song“, which is one of the all time favorites.  His voice sounded just as good as it did when he first recorded this song 30 years ago. It then became dueling Piano Men as Billy Joel broke into “Just The Way You Are“.  Each superstar took turns doing a song. This set consisted of two other songs, Elton’s “Dont Let The Sun Go Down On Me” and Billy’s “My Life“.   At this time Billy left the stage and left it all to Elton.

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                  Memphis In May’s Beale Street Music Festival 2009 (BLOG)

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                    Written by Tom Thompson

                    Spring is in the air and it’s the month of May! For the last 4 years, Concert Blast has taken the road trip to Memphis, TN to report on the Beale Street Music Festival as part of the city’s Memphis In May festivities. Below is a report from Tom Thompson on the Friday night excitement as he and a couple of his friends enjoyed the festivities.  Although the Music Festival continues during the rain, unfortunately the guys were rained out for the Saturday and Sunday shows.

                    Starting off we would like to thank our friends with Memphis in May for their hospitality. As it turned out, Friday was forecasted for rains all evening. Arriving at the festival we encountered just some overcast skies but otherwise a beautiful Memphis evening.

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                      NICKELBACK CONCERT REVIEW – 1st Show on Dark Horses Tour (BLOG)

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                        Written by Tom Thompson

                        Canadian rockers Nickelback with Seether and Saving Abel, started their Dark Horses Tour in Nashville, Tennessee on February 25, 2009. Nickelback tickets were extremely hard to find since it was a sold out show.

                        The stage was extremely large with three video screens, a very impressive light show, a state of the art speaker system and very powerful protechnics. The stage also had a catwalk that extended out to the crowd about 200 feet. Nickelback started off the show with the first song from their new album, Something In Your Mouth (a song about a guy watching a girl suck her thumb). It did not take them long before they brought out their acoustic guitars and played one of their biggest hits from All The Right Reasons, Photograph.  Lead singer and guitarist Chad Kroeger got the crowd going crazy saying ” I feel like I live in Nashville, we have been here for two weeks, we might as well make Nashville our new home”. Chad’s voice was very strong and sounded great the entire night.

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                          Music Discussions – Favorite Concerts (Podcast 2)

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                            This our second podcast.  A music discussion on our favorite concerts from all time.  We also included favorites from those who emailed us or called us. Recorded Live at Fazolis Restaurant in Hermitage, TN.

                            SHOW NOTES

                            Paul McCartney – Chicago – Beach Boys – Styx – Barry Manilow – What makes a Good Concert – Yes – The Who – Damn Yankees – Jack Blades – Tommy Shaw – Ted Nugent – Alice Cooper – Queen – KISS – Bob Seger – Elton John – Journey – The Babys – Sammy Hagar – Angel – Mothers Finest – AC/DC – Rush – Bryan Adams – Black Oak Arkansas – Judas Priest – REX – Bruce Springsteen – Aerosmith – Grand Funk Railroad – ZZ Top – Lynyrd Skynyrd – Newsboys – Audio Adrenaline – Outro

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