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Rick Springfield Concert Review – Nashville, TN – Wildhorse Saloon – Podcast 242

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    Rick Springfield In Concert - Nashville, TN - Wildhorse Saloon

    Rick Springfield In Concert - Nashville, TN - Wildhorse Saloon

    Posted on 2/25/2013

    It was that time of the year again when lovers exchange gifts and/or cards and Rick Springfield rolls into Nashville, TN for his annual Wildhorse Saloon Valentine’s Day performance.  Rick Springfield has made a habit to perform in Nashville this time every year, as he told us, “Because the chicks are hot!” Let me say that the 63 year young Rick Springfield is also on fire with his rock n’ roll (and at times hard rock) performance. Rick Springfield put on a 90 minute set consisting of his hits from the 80s, his favorite cover songs, as well as many tunes from his latest album, “Songs for the End of the World“. Rick said the world didn’t end in December 2012 like some predicted, but if it would have, his new album would have been a great soundtrack for it. Enjoy our blog concert review written by Mike Arnold and Mike’s podcast recorded from the Wildhorse Saloon in Nashville, TN.
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      RAIN – A Beatles Tribute Returns to Nashville’s TPAC

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        Posted on 4/2/2012

        Rain - A Tribute to the Beatles

        Rain - A Tribute to the Beatles

        RAIN – A Tribute to the Beatles return to Nashville, TN for six straight shows May 1st – May 6th at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center (Andrew Jackson Hall) on their US tour.  Below is the press release on this successful touring Broadway production.  Tickets are now on sale and are going fast.  Get your tickets now!

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          54th Grammy Awards Show Review – Los Angeles, CA – 2/12/2012

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            Posted on 2/24/12

            54th Grammys LogoWritten by Josh Jackson
            I have always said what an incredibly hard job it is to produce a show like the Grammys that tries to cover all the bases of what is out there in popular music today While the 54th Grammys was a very “classic” leaning show, there were lots of styles and variations included that gave it a well-rounded feel, almost to a fault – but more on that later. Really, it all comes down to this. When you open a show with “The Boss,” Bruce Springsteen, and end it with Paul McCartney, does anything else in the middle matter much?

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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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                  Paul McCartney Concert Review – Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena – 7/26/2010 (PODCAST 176)

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                    Paul McCartney - Up and Coming Tour

                    It was Monday, July 26th, 2010 when Nashville finally recieved the promise that Paul McCartney made about 38 years ago of putting Nashville, TN on his tour schedule.  Mike Arnold, Tom Thompson, and James Downing were part of 20,000 extremely excited fans that believe it was well worth the wait. Continue Reading…

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                      Paul McCartney / The Script Concert Photos – Atlanta – Piedmont Park – 08/15/2009 (PHOTOS)

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                        Piedmont Park hosted Atlanta’s concert of the year by having Paul McCartney and The Script (from Dublin, Ireland) entertain 50,000 plus classic rock music fans with a benefit dubbed as “The Green Concert”. Here is a link of the day’s event as Mike Arnold not only created a podcast from this historic event, but also took pictures of the crowd, the storm clouds, and both acts of the concert. 

                        Special Thanks to all whom made this trip possible for Concert Blast.  Piedmont Park, Live Nation, MPL Communications, and Paul McCartney’s Management. 

                        CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE GREEN CONCERT PHOTOS

                        http://www.flickr.com/photos/36099683@N00/sets/72157622044453569/show/with/3864908002/

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                          PAUL McCARTNEY CONCERT REVIEW – Atlanta, GA 08-15-2009 (PODCAST 161)

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                            Paul McCartney Concert Review – Atlanta, GA – 08/15/09

                            Written by Mike Arnold

                            Atlanta Georgia’s Piedmont Park hosted Paul McCartney and his rocking band to a night of rock and roll for over 50,000 fans on August 15, 2009.  This was a night where the old and young gathered together to enjoy hits from Paul McCartney, Wings, The Fireman, and The Beatles.  I took the trip from Nashville, TN to Atlanta, GA to enjoy the night and since Concert Blast was selected as media to cover this special event, I decided to create a podcast from the evening.  This concert was a benefit for Piedmont Park and was billed as “The Green Concert”.   It was encouraged for everyone to take the Marta to the downtown area.  They called this a “No Car” event.  Everyone seemed to agree because there were empty parking lots.

                            I haven’t seen Paul McCartney perform since the Wings Over America tour and I must say that Paul McCartney still has the strength, energy, and endurance to perform a concert which lasted over 2 and 1/2 hours.  I loved the setlist, although there would be a few changes if I were given the opportunity to create it.  Overall the night was wonderful and when the 30 minute rain storm came, the fans kept rocking as if it wasn’t raining at all.  The band members were excellent musicians with wonderful background vocals.  Rusty Anderson: Guitar/Bass, Brian Ray: Guitar/Bass, Abe Laboriel Jr: Drums, Paul Wickens: Keyboards.  Special Thanks to all who made it possible for Concert Blast to cover this concert; Aimedra Kelly of Piedmont Park, Holli Mattison of Live Nation, Paul McCartney’s PR Firm: MPL Communications, and of course Paul McCartney’s management.

                            CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO THE FULL SONG BY SONG CONCERT REVIEW AND MORE!

                            http://www.concertblast.com/Show-161-Paul-McCartney-Concert-Review.mp3

                            Written by Mike Arnold

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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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                                  Reflections on the Life and Death of Michael Jackson (BLOG)

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                                    Written by Mike Arnold

                                    There are times in our lives when we will always remember where we were and what we were doing as we heard major news. Maybe it was when we heard the news of O.J. Simpson being accused of murder or the jury’s verdict of “Not Guilty”. Maybe it was major news in your family, a riot in your town, America being involved in war, or the 911 tragedy as the twin towers in New York City came crumbling down. One day I’ve always remembered was hearing the news about the death of Elvis Presley. I remember being at work and hearing the news from the guys on the night shift coming in to relieve us and telling us about the tragedy. It was unbelievable that the King of Rock could die so young. I also remember watching Monday night football with my wife Sandra as Howard Cosell tells the American football audience that John Lennon had just been shot and killed in New York City outside his apartment. Now another day I’ll probably remember is today, Thursday June 25th 2009, the day I heard the news of the death of Michael Jackson.


                                    I first heard of Michael Jackson as a child listening to the Jackson Five. At that time it was The Jackson Five and The Osmond’s selling millions of records and constantly being played on the radio. Just as all child bands, the artists grow up and so do the fans. I didn’t think either band had a future in the mainstream music business as adults. Michael Jackson proved me to be  severely wrong. I remember being at a disco in the 70’s when I first heard “Rock With You” and “Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough”. I couldn’t believe the music Michael Jackson was creating. Even at that point in my life I believed that Michael’s solo career would be short lived. Then he proved me wrong again!

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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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