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Bree Concert Review – Nashville, TN – Mercy Lounge – 7/26/2013 – Podcast 253

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    Posted on 8/10/2013

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    Bree

    It was another music filled July night in Nashville, TN as new artist Bree performed in the historic Cannery at The Mercy LoungeBree recently did a media blitz to push her album debut, “All American Girl”.  This show wasn’t necessarily a show for the media, but a show for her friends as she celebrated her birthday, which is why Concert Blast wanted to be a part of it.  Mike Arnold covered this concert review by himself due to Brian Hasbrook being on vacation and Tom Thompson having a last minute family emergency.  Mike started the podcast with a short talk with Bree, then stepped through each song of her performance.  After the show Mike spoke with the drummer, David Castello and a post show discussion with Bree before his recap and rating.  Enjoy our 253rd podcast and/or read the written blog on the Bree Concert Review!

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      Between A Heart And A Rock Place by Pat Benatar – Book Review

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        Posted on 4/14/2012

        Bewteen a Heart and a Rock Place by Pat Benatar
        Written by Mike Arnold
        Pat Benatar, actually Patricia Mae Andrzejewski, wrote her “thus far” life story in her recent book, “Between a Heart and a Rock Place.”  Pat takes the reader not only on her life’s musical journey, but also through her childhood in New York, being as tough as the boys her age as well as being a very charming girl… then growing up to become a military wife that led to a broken marriage.  The book described Pat growing into a tough woman who knew what she always wanted in life, especially when she met the guitarist in her band, Neil Giraldo.

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          MTV Celebrates 30 Years – Remembering The Beginning (Blog)

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            Posted on 8/1/2011

            MTV LogoWritten by Mike Arnold
            My wife Sandra and I were married in 1979 and lived in Madison, TN, a suburb of Nashville.  In those days cable television weren’t available in our area, although if it were, we couldn’t afford it anyway.  Heck, we didn’t even have a telephone during most of the first year of our marriage and we definitely didn’t go out to eat.  There were times we would save up $15 or $20 to go to a concert (yes that was the price for two tickets in those days).  Our entertainment mainly consisted of walking to the little league baseball field behind our apartment to watch the kids play (and the parents scream!) or visit friends to play board games and play music.  TV really wasn’t our main source of entertainment and you could tell it by the 13 inch black and white television we owned.

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              Concert Blast Video – Look Back on 2010 Part 5 – July Through September (Podcast 195)

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                POSTED 2/10/2011

                Concert Blast Video - Look Back 0n 2010 Part 5Written by Mike Arnold

                 While the concert-touring season has slowed down for the winter, I thought it would be nice to show our listening audiences what we went through in 2010.  I created multiple videos of our experiences with a month by month journey of our adventures.

                 Here’s Part 5 of our 2010 Concert Blast Posts.  This video takes you through our experiences in Memphis, TN with REO Speedwagon and Pat Benatar, in Nashville, TN at the Bridgstone Arena with the Scorpions and Ratt, Paul McCartney, as well as Crosby, Stills, and Nash with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.  There was the Heart Concert at the Ryman, the Michael Bolton concert at the Wildhorse Saloon as well Hard Rockers Cinderella also at the Wildhorse Saloon.  We also covered the Americana Music Festival shows from the Cannery which was a lot of fun!

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                  Pat Benatar Concert Review – Memphis, TN – Memphis Botanic Garden – 7/9/2010 (BLOG)

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                    Posted 8/24/2010

                    Written by James Downing

                    Going to see a Pat Benatar concert is like putting a quarter in a classic rock juke box.  She performs hit after hit and her voice still sounds great!  By adding to that wonderful voice, Pat’s husband Neil Giraldo and his screaming guitar licks, you have one of the best shows on the classic rock circuit today.

                    Pat Benatar In Concert - Neil Giraldo

                    Pat Benatar In Concert - Neil Giraldo

                    Pat Benatar In Concert

                    Pat Benatar In Concert

                    Pat didn’t have a new album out to promote this summer but she does have a book out called “Between A Heart And A Hard Place.”  Each city  tour stop became an appearance at a local bookstore to sign copies of the book and to meet her fans.  She was going to be at the Davis Kidd Book Store in Memphis at 12:30pm on the day of the show, so I packed up my bags and took off early that morning so that I could meet up with my friend Julie, who lives in Memphis, and go meet Pat.

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                      REO Speedwagon Concert Review – Memphis, TN – Memphis Botanic Garden – 7/9/2010 (BLOG)

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                        REO Speedwagon

                        REO Speedwagon

                        Written by James Downing

                        Summer means one thing for fans of rock and roll music.  That is the time when your favorite rockers are likely to load up on the bus and hit the road.  They might have a new album to promote or they might not.  But one thing is for sure and that a lot of bands will be playing outside venues.  For the past 10 years The Memphis Botanic Garden has hosted a summer concert series called, “Live At The Garden.”  The series has hosted a wide range of bands from The Moody Blues to Diana Ross to Train just to name a few.  This year two of my favorites were co-headlining a tour that made a stop at The Garden.  That is Pat Benatar and REO Speedwagon.  Continue Reading…

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                          Concert Blast Book Announcement – CONCERT BLAST EXPERIENCES: Guest List – Backstage – VIP (BLOG)

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                            The one question that is asked to us more than anything is, “When is the Concert Blast book coming out?”.  Now we can say Very Soon and now a preview is available for the public’s viewing through our signup list.  Since the book is now in the finishing stages, it seems at this point it is set for a Spring of 2010 release.

                            Concert Blast Experiences
                            Guest List – Backstage – VIP

                            Written by Mike Arnold – Edited by Claire Watson

                            Mike will release his first book on how 3 average concert fans turned an idea into a popular website / podcast, became mainstream media, covered the steps we took, and what has happened so far on this wonderful journey!

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