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RATT Concert Review – Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena – 7/10/2010 (BLOG)

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    Written By Mike Arnold

    On Saturday July 10th, 2010, Concert Blast was invited to cover The Scorpions farewell concert from their current “Get Your Sting and Blackout Tour,” as the tour stopped in Nashville, TN.

    With Tom Thompson on vacation and James Downing attending another show in Memphis, Concert Blast photographer Brian Hasbrook and I attended the show. Here’s the Concert Review for opening act, RATT.

    Ratt - Stephen Pearcy

    Ratt - Stephen Pearcy

    80s hard rock favorites RATT opened the show to an estimated crowd of 6,000 in attendance.  When RATT took the stage to flashing lights and noises blasting through the PA system, the crowd became immediately on their feet and remained there for most of the night. Continue Reading…

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      CMA Music Fest 2010 (PHOTOS)

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        Concert Blast photographers Brian Hasbrook and James Downing captured the concert scene and many of the CMA Fest fans through the eye of the camera.   Enjoy the various photo links  from Brian and James. Continue Reading…

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          CMA Festival 2010 – Nashville, TN – Part 3 (PODCAST 173)

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            PODCAST AUDIO LINK AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST

            Mike Arnold, Brian Hasbrook, and James Downing close out the series from the CMA Fest 2010 coverage with interviews with Bo Bice, Burns and Poe, Chelsea Field, Susan Hickman, and a preview from the CMT Secret Concert.

            This show begins with the Saturday CMA coverage as Mike, Brian, and James start the day at the Nashville club, Limelight, where Bo Bice held his fan club party.  Bo provided a breakfast, a short concert from some of his new material from his new CD 3, and a meet and greet with his fans. Continue Reading…

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              CMA Festival 2010 – Nashville, TN – 6/11/2010 – Part 2 (PODCAST 172)

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                PODCAST AUDIO LINK AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST

                Concert Blast brings you Part 2 of the CMA Music Festival 2010 coverage with Julianne Hough, Josh Turner, Miranda Lambert, Keith Urban, and Reba McIntyre.

                CMA FEST 2010

                CMA FEST 2010

                Mike Arnold talked with several fans in attendance on their thoughts of the CMA Music Festival and visiting Nashville, while Brian Hasbrook took the live concert photos.  Tom Thompson and James Downing were covering other events on this particular night. Continue Reading…

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                  CMA Festival 2010 – Nashville, TN – 6/10/2010 – Part 1 (PODCAST 171)

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                    PODCAST AUDIO LINK AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST
                    CMA MUSIC FEST 2010
                    CMA MUSIC FEST 2010

                    Once again it was time for another CMA Music Festival.  As Mike Arnold mentioned in his book, the CMA Fest is the best music festival Concert Blast has ever covered.

                    The Sign Says It All

                    The Sign Says It All

                    From the staff that run the festival, to the locations where the events take place, to the artists, their management, their publicists, and especially the fans! Continue Reading…

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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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                        PODCAST AUDIO LINK  & OTHER LINKS AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST

                        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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                          Memphis In May Beale Street Music Fest 2010 – Part 2 (PHOTOS)

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                            Posted 5/17/2010

                            It was day two of the Memphis in May Beale Street Music Festival 2010 and Concert Blast photographer, Brian Hasbrook was once again on hand to deliver the excitement through the camera’s eye.

                             

                            Memphis In May 2010 Crowd

                            Memphis In May 2010 Crowd

                             

                            We arrived too late to get Brian in the photo pit for Colbie Caillat’s set, but he was on hand to capture the on stage performances of Jerry Lee Lewis, Seether, Michael McDonald, and Hall and Oates… until he and the other photographers were escorted out of the pit in a hurry. 

                            Jerry Lee Lewis Memphis In May

                            Jerry Lee Lewis - Memphis In May 2010

                             

                            Actually, right before they pulled the plug on every headling act of the night, the tornado warning sirens screamed and the voice over the PA belted over the entire festival grounds to exit the area immediately! Continue Reading…

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                              Memphis In May Beale Street Music Festival 2010 – Part 2 (PODCAST 169)

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                                The second night of the Memphis in May Beale Street Music Festival coverage for our podcast begins with recordings from the establishment who sponsored day two of the festival, Rendezvous in downtown Memphis (our favorite place to eat Bar-B-Que Ribs).

                                Rendezvous Restaurant - Memphis, TN

                                Rendezvous - Memphis, TN

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                                The guys start the day by interviewing fans of the music festival and having a fun conversation with Percy, an employee of Rendezvous for 40 years.  Percy takes us down memory lane as he discussed the former Presidents and many stars who have attended the restaurant.

                                They ate a wonderful meal before heading to the Beale Street Music Festival while to enjoy the various genres of music from Colbie Caillat, Jerry Lee Lewis, Seether, Michael McDonald, along with Hall and Oates. Continue Reading…

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                                  Memphis In May Beale Street Music Fest 2010 – Part 1 (PHOTOS)

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                                    It’s Memphis in May and it always begins with the Beale Street Music Festival.  This is one of our favorite festivals to attend due to the friendly atmosphere, the food, and of course the various styles of music.

                                    Concert Blast photographer Brian Hasbrook took pics throughout the weekend and here are the pics from Friday night.

                                    Brian captured performance photos from Blues Traveler, Jeff Beck, B52s, Goo Goo Dolls, and Limp Bizkit.

                                    Blues Travelers - Beale Street Music Fest 2010

                                    Blues Traveler - Beale Street Music Fest 2010

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                                      Memphis In May Beale Street Music Festival 2010 – Part 1 (PODCAST 168)

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                                        PODCAST AUDIO LINK AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST

                                        It was the first weekend in May and on Friday night April 30th 2010 Mike, Brian, Tom, with special helper Steve traveled to Memphis, TN to cover the Beale Street Music Festival during the Memphis In May festivities.

                                        Photographer Brian Hasbrook with  Atlanta Concert Blast Fans

                                        Brian Hasbrook with Concert Blast Fans From Atlanta

                                        The guys were pleased to be back together covering one of their favorite concert festivals.  It seems to rain at least one day every year of the festival, but the skies were clear during most of the festival times, although there were many storms before and after.  One exception was when tornado warnings came  through Memphis on Saturday night and the headliners could not perform (more on this during Saturday’s coverage – Part 2).  On this podcast we cover only the Friday night events.

                                        B52s - Beale Street Music Festival

                                        B52s - Beale Street Music Festival

                                        The B52s performed their fun-time dance party-rock that kicked off  the fun times at their stage.  Afterwards the stage headliner, Goo Goo Dolls, performed a full set with all their hits, several new tunes, and an encore of Supertramp’s “Give A Little Bit.”

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