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Grand Funk Railroad – The Guess Who Concert Photos – Elizabethtown, KY – Freeman Lake Park – 6/26/2010 (PHOTOS)

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    Grand Funk Railroad

    On Saturday, June 26, 2010, Concert Blast hosts Mike Arnold, Brian Hasbrook, and James Downing traveled to Elizabethtown KY as they were invited by two of the best classic rock acts still on the road today, The Guess Who and Grand Funk Railroad. Continue Reading…

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      Grand Funk Railroad – The Guess Who Concert Review – Elizabethtown, KY – Freeman Lake Park – 6/26/2010 (Podcast 175)

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        Elizabethtown, KY Concert Crowd Waiting for the Show to Start - Approx 5,000 in Attendance

        Elizabethtown, KY Concert Crowd Waiting for the Show to Start - Approx 5,000 in Attendance

        On Saturday, June 26, 2010, Concert Blast hosts Mike Arnold, Brian Hasbrook, and James Downing traveled to Elizabethtown KY as they were invited by two of the best classic rock acts still on the road today, The Guess Who and Grand Funk Railroad, to review their concert at Freeman Lake Park (Tom Thompson was out of town for this show). Continue Reading…

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          INTERVIEWS with Bruce Kulick, Garry Peterson, and Kenny Lewis (Podcast 174)

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            Bruce Kulick - Backstage with Concert Blast

            Bruce Kulick - Backstage with Concert Blast

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            On Saturday, June 26th, Concert Blast hosts, Mike Arnold, Brian Hasbrook, and James Downing traveled to Elizabethtown, KY for the Grand Funk Railroad / The Guess Who concert and took time to interview Bruce Kulick (Grand Funk Railroad-KISS-ESP-solo), Garry Peterson (The Guess Who), and Kenny Lewis (auctioneer-councilman-concert promoter). 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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                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 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

                    http://www.hogsfly.com

                    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 Festival 2010 – Part 1 (PODCAST 168)

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                        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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                          WHO IS CONCERT BLAST? – Concert Blast – About Us

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                            Concert Blast began with Mike Arnold, Brian Hasbrook, and Tom Thompson. Three guys who grew up together in the Nashville, TN area. These guys have attended hundreds (if not over a thousand) concerts.

                            Every time the guys would get together with friends, they would all want to know about the shows they’ve seen and found themselves discussing these concerts for long periods of time.

                            Concert Blast on the Bonnaroo Media Stage

                            Concert Blast on the Bonnaroo Media Stage - (left to right) Mike Arnold, Brian Hasbrook, and Tom Thompson

                            Mike thought a music talk show would make a great radio show. After failing to convince radio stations/companies that this format could be good for radio, he gave up. A couple of years later, Mike was introduced to podcasting. He approached Brian and Tom about the idea of discussing concerts on a podcast and they said let’s do it! Concert Blast formed a family friendly podcast and the first podcast was uploaded in May of 2005.

                            Since our website began back in May of 2005 and have produced more than 200 audio shows with many blogs and posted photos.

                            We have been invited to cover many concerts and music festivals such as the Bonnaroo Music Festival, Memphis in May Beale Street Music Festival, CMA Music Festival, as well as many of the top Music Concerts (Paul McCartney, Aerosmith, Ringo Starr, Bob Seger, Billy Joel, Sheryl Crow, Journey, REO Speedwagon, Styx, Joan Jett, Night Ranger, and many more).

                            We usually feature Classic Rock acts, but we do not limit ourselves to it.

                            We were featured as one of the Top 5 Classic Rock podcasts from Classic Rock About.com.
                            http://classicrock.about.com/od/2005/tp/rock_myths.htm

                            In 2008 we were nominated as one of the People’s Choice Podcast Awards.

                            Concert Blast Book - Concert Blast Experiences Written by Mike Arnold

                            In 2009 James Downing joined the team as a blogger while Mike Arnold took time off to write his book on our Concert Blast Experiences.  James departed Concert Blast in 2012 to concentrate on his own blog/podcast/photos website, Monsters From The Basement.

                            In April 2010 Mike Arnold released his book:

                            “CONCERT BLAST EXPERIENCES Guest List-Backstage-VIP” and is back podcasting with Concert Blast.

                            CONCERT BLAST EXPERIENCES
                            Guest List-Backstage-VIP
                            http://www.concertblast.com/book.html

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                              Journey – Cheap Trick Concert Review – Nashville, TN – Sommet Center – 8/7/2008 (Podcast 144)

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                                Posted 9/13/2008

                                Journey in concert - Nashville, TN

                                Journey in concert - Nashville, TN

                                It was Thursday August 7th 2008 when Mike, Brian, and Tom enjoyed the invitation from Journey to review the Journey / Cheap Trick concert as the tour makes their stop in Nashville, TN.

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                                  DOVE AWARDS 2008 Press Room – Nashville, TN – (Podcast 131)

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                                    Dove Awards 2008 - Casting Crowns

                                    Dove Awards 2008 - Casting Crowns

                                    Concert Blast! was invited to be part of the press to cover the 39th Annual Dove Awards at the Grand Old Opry House in Nashville, TN. The problem… only 2 invitations came and there are usually 4 of us (3 hosts and a helper).

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                                      Eddie Money Interviews – Nashville, TN – Wildhorse Saloon – 3/29/2009 (Podcast 126)

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                                        Eddie Money Interview

                                        Eddie Money Interview

                                        On Saturday, March 29th 2008, Eddie Money, Jesse Money (Eddie’s daughter and backup singer), and Rich Franko (Big 7 Records) were gracious enough to talk to Concert Blast after the Eddie Money sound check and before his packed house concert at the Wildhorse Saloon in Nashville, TN.

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