Posted on 4/12/2014
Billy Joel In Concert - Nashville, TN
It was a festive Friday night in Nashville, TN as Billy Joel returned to the Music City to perform another one of his arena-filled, hit-filled, concerts at the large Bridgestone Arena. Concert Blast was sent an email to cover this show on the morning of the concert. Billy Joel’s staff provided two excellent seats to the concert as well as a photo pass. Mike Arnold agreed to write the review while our photographer friend, Sam Shrader took the photos. Enjoy the coverage!
Posted On 3/26/2014
Mike Arnold with George Thorogood
George Thorogood and his Destroyers returned to Nashville, TN once again to thrill classic rock and rollers with another performance at the Wildhorse Saloon. Concert Blast was invited to cover the show, but before he took the stage, he spent some time with Mike Arnold discussing his career in the backstage Green Room. Listen to the audio podcast or view the video of Mike and George discussing George Thorogood and the Destoyers. Special Thanks to Allen Atkinson for the camera work.
2014 Musicians Hall of Fame Awards Show Grand Finale
Concert Blast covered the 2014 Musicians Hall of Fame Awards Show in Nashville, TN featuring Chris Isaak (a tribute to Roy Orbison), Will Lee (Late Night with David Letterman‘s CBS Orchestra) with Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top), Kenny Wayne Shepherd with Double Trouble (a tribute to Stevie Ray Vaughan), Randy Bachman (formerly of The Guess Who and Bachman-Turner Overdrive),and the legendary Peter Frampton . Tom Thompson and Mike Arnold covered this event with the help of Allen Atkinson (substituting for Brian Hasbrook ). Lots of live clips including Tom Thompson playing drums at the VIP After Party! Enjoy the Concert Blast 11th Video Webisode!
Posted on 2/23/2014
Tom Thompson, Billy Cox (Jimi Hendrix bassist), and Mike Arnold
Mike Arnold and Tom Thompson covered the 2014 Musicians Hall of Fame in Nashville, TN for another Concert Blast Webisode. In this Webisode Mike and Tom conduct short interviews with Jimi Hendix‘s bassist Billy Cox, Aerosmith‘s guitarist Brad Whitford, and David Letterman‘s CBS Orchestra bassist Will Lee. Lots of fun… Enjoy our 10th video webisode! Special Thanks to Allen Atkinson for the video work!
Posted on 2/2/2014
Mike Arnold and Tom Thompson with Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top
Concert Blast was invited to cover the 2014 Musicians Hall of Fame Ceremony and Show so Mike Arnold and Tom Thompson jumped at the chance to cover this annual event again. Unfortunately our main photographer, Brian Hasbrook, was out of town, so Mike Arnold and Concert Blast friend Allen Atkinson took over the duties. Those inducted were; Peter Frampton, Randy Bachman, Buddy Guy, Jimmy Capps, Barbara Mandrell, Ben Keith, Will Lee, Corki Casey O’Dell, Velma Smith, and Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble. The 2014 Iconic Riff Award went to Roy Orbison for the famous riff in his rock hit, “Pretty Woman”. The 2014 Industry Icon Award was awarded to Mike Curb who created his own record label at the age of 18 and gained national attention a year later. Others at the show to help with the ceremony were; ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons, Neil Young, Don Felder, Billy Cox, Steve Wariner, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, The Oak Ridge Boys, Duane Eddy, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Chris Isaak, and Brenda Lee. Enjoy the photos from the Concert Blast coverage of the 2014 Musicians Hall of Fame Ceremony and Show hosted by Charles “Chip” Esten.
Posted on 1/7/2014
As the guys from Concert Blast reflect back on the coverage performed in 2013, we thought it would be better to show you with hundreds of photographs taken throughout the year in a video segment. The year’s photo coverage began with an interview with singer/songwriter/actress Jewel from our guest blogger/photographer friend Samantha Shrader and ended with Mike Arnold‘s visit to the annual Christmas 4 Kids benefit touring of tour buses. This year also included the Memphis in May Beale Street Music Festival, the CMA Music Festival, and the K-Love Fan Awards, along with numerous concerts, interviews, and CD reviews throughout the year. Enjoy this video of the Concert Blast 2013 Flashback and Happy New Year from Mike Arnold, Brian Hasbrook, and Tom Thompson!
Posted on 1/1/2014
Concert Blast Ready For Day 3 of the Beale Street Music Festival
This Webisode continues with the Memphis In May Beale Street Music Festival coverage as we begin our final day of this fun festival. The day began with Mike Arnold and Tom Thompson attending a church service at Highpoint Church. Then the coverage picks up as we leave the hotel and arrive at Tom Lee Park to grab a bite to eat (thanks to our sponsor, The Best Around Concessions) before catching the media golf cart ride to the stage in the middle of the park, watching Brian head to the Photo Pit, and showing clips of the Vintage Trouble Concert before interviewing them. Enjoy our 8th Concert Blast Webisode!
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Posted on 12/23/2013
Mike Arnold - Brian Hasbrook - Tom Thompson
It’s that time of the year again where we celebrate getting together with friends and family, eat lots of great food, wind down the year, but most importantly celebrate the birth of Jesus as The Christ. This podcast is reflecting on Christmas songs by rock artists submitted by Concert Blast listeners and some of our own favorites. Actually this podcast is a spliced and diced podcast from several past Christmas specials from 2005-2007. Listen to this audio podcast while Mike Arnold, Brian Hasbrook, and Tom Thompson take you through several Christmas song clips… ENJOY!
Posted on 12/18/2013
The Back of The Roys' Tour Bus
You may see this post and ask yourself, “What in the world is this?” Actually Christmas 4 Kids Bus Tour is a way for fans to see the tour buses that musicians live on while on tour. Not only does the fan get to walk into the living quarters of the artists, but the artists are also on the buses ready to meet and greet the fans, sign autographs, and take photos with them. Every year this event takes place to raise money for under privileged children in the Nashville TN area. Each selected child will receive $150 to spend at the Hendersonville, TN Walmart (where the buses were parked). This is a great way to raise money so these children may enjoy Christmas and for fans to meet many music artists. Enjoy the photos taken by Mike Arnold.