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Concert Blast at Rendezvous - Memphis, TN
Concert Blast hosts Mike Arnold, Brian Hasbrook, and Tom Thompson take you on a journey of their day before they attend Day 2 of the 2013 Memphis In May Beale Street Music Festival. This webisode begins with one of our sponsors, Rendezvous, then we walk over to the historic Peabody Hotel, and before we head to the festival we stop at Gibson’s Donuts! Having a great time before the music starts! Special thanks to Steve Shattuck for his video camera work. Enjoy our 6th Concert Blast Webisode.
Posted on 9/30/2013
Concert Blast in the Media Trailer at Memphis in May 2013
On this fourth Concert Blast Webisode we explain that during the opening night of the Memphis in May Beale Street Music Festival, Sheryl Crow was the first of three acts for the entire weekend to refuse the photographers from taking concert photos of her show. The photographers in the media trailer were very upset on this decision and you will see and hear their rants about her. Brian Hasbrook explains the photo pit access while Tom Thompson and Mike Arnold pick on Brian for not taking photos of Sheryl from the middle of the crowd. Enjoy Concert Blast Webisode 4 – The Sheryl Crow Photo Dilemma – Memphis in May 2013 Part 3.
Posted on 9/25/2013
Concert Blast Arrives at Memphis in May 2013 - Brian Hasbrook, Tom Thompson, and Mike Arnold
The co-hosts of Concert Blast (Mike Arnold, Brian Hasbrook, and Tom Thompson) arrives at the Memphis in May Beale Street Music Festival. They introduce the show then head to a stage before getting kicked off of the back path (which they nicknamed The Media Path) and now they must walk through the crowd and the mud throughout the cold, wet weekend. The webisode finishes up at a wine tasting booth which Mike Arnold (who doesn’t drink) partakes in the various flavors. Enjoy this Concert Blast webisode!
Posted on 9/20/2013
Tom, Brian, and Mike discuss the Beale Street Music Festival before leaving the hotel.
Concert Blast continue with the video webisodes. In “Webisode 2 – Memphis Bound“, Mike Arnold, Brian Hasbrook, and Tom Thompson take you on their travel from Nashville to Memphis as they prepare for the 2013 Memphis in May Beale Street Music Festival. This is the first of many webisodes from the famous music festival. This webisode begins with Mike, Brian, and Tom discussing what it’s like for media covering the music festival. Then they stop for lunch in Jackson, TN at the Casey Jones Village to enjoy the food at the Old Country Store and Restaurant (Tom’s favorite place to eat). The guys finally arrive in the cold, wet town of Memphis, TN to prepare for the festival. Enjoy the video!
Concert Blast Co-Hosts at Bonnaroo
We’ve been discussing going video for a while and now it’s happening! Concert Blast will now attempt to begin adding short video clips to our You Tube Channel http://www.youtube.com/user/concertblast . On this first Concert Blast webisode, Mike Arnold, Brian Hasbrook, and Tom Thompson discuss how and when they met. Upcoming video webisodes will include covering the Memphis in May Beale Street Music Festival, the CMA Music Festival, and various other events. Enjoy our first video webisode clip.
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Posted on 8/22/2013
Vintage Trouble with Concert Blast
During the Beale Street Music Festival in Memphis, TN, Concert Blast had the opportunity to interview one of their favorite new bands, Vintage Trouble. Mike received a text and a phone call from the VP over the Memphis in May media to tell us we were approved for an interview with the guys after their performance. Which was a good thing since we were up against the stage barrier ready to enjoy their show. We accepted the invitation and met three of the four guys from Vintage Trouble in their back stage trailer to discuss several topics. During the festival our audio recorder went out so we had to rely on our video. We videoed the interview and used the audio for the podcast, but also have the video here through our Concert Blast You Tube Channel. Here’s the interview with Mike and Tom leading the discussion with Ty Taylor (lead singer), Richard Danielson (drums), and Nalle Colt (guitar) joins the conversation later. Bassist Rick Barrio Dill had to leave to catch a flight at the airport as soon as they left the stage. ENJOY!
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Posted on 8/19/2013
Laura Wilde with Mike Arnold and Tom Thompson of Concert Blast
It was time for Concert Blast to visit the Ryman Auditorium again in Nashville, TN. This time it was a pre-sound check interview with the twenty-three year old blonde beauty guitar slinger from Australia, Laura Wilde. Laura was in Nashville as the opening act on the Ted Nugent tour. Although Laura is only twenty-three, her rock and roll musical tastes and knowledge goes way back. Laura can carry on a conversation as if she grew up in the 1970s like the hosts of Concert Blast did. Tom Thompson and Mike Arnold arrived early to the concert to head backstage to Laura’s band dressing room to conduct this fun interview. Enjoy this conversation along with a few song clips from Laura Wilde’s current CD, “Sold My Soul”.
Posted on 8/15/2013
Ted Nugent In Concert - Nashville, TN Ryman Auditorium 7/28/2013
The Motor City Madman, Ted Nugent, returned to one of his favorite cities to rock, Nashville, TN, to perform his show at the mother church of country music, The Ryman Auditorium. It’s ironic to say the word “Church” and Ted Nugent in the same sentence! Ted Nugent didn’t calm down his profanity filled concert while performing in one of Nashville’s first churches. If he did calm it down, then I wouldn’t want to see the normal performance! Concert Blast was invited to this performance to cover the Motor City Madmouth… uh… I mean Madman and we were excited. The main things we were excited about was seeing one of our favorite rock singers, Derek St. Holmes, perform the songs he helped made famous in front of a large excited crowd, and to interview the opening act, the young rock beauty from Australia, Laura Wilde. Enjoy the concert review from Mike Arnold.
Posted on 8/14/2013
The Monkees In Concert - Nashville, TN
Concert Blast was invited to cover The Monkees in concert as they returned to Nashville, TN to perform at the historic Ryman Auditorium. With The Monkees touring without Davy Jones, many fans were wondering how good could it be. Other devoted fans of Davy Jones can’t imagine seeing them in concert without the main front man. Mike Arnold was available to capture this event and he’s glad he went. Not only did the artists make this event a fun show, the enthusiasm of those in attendance added to the atmosphere to bring this party to life! Enjoy Mike Arnold’s concert review as he steps through every song on the set list!
Posted on 8/5/2013
One of Concert Blast’s favorite bands from the 80s is the Hard Rockers Cinderella. When we got the word that their lead singer/front man, Tom Keifer, was going to put out a solo album, we were kind of excited and sort of nervous at the same time. Excited that there was going to be more music from the voice of Cinderella, but nervous due to not knowing what style of music it was going to be. Before it was released Tom went on a solo tour with a full band of his excellent musician friends. After seeing the live show in Nashville, we were ready for the solo project. Here’s Mike Arnold’s track by track CD review of Tom Keifer’s “The Way Life Goes”.