My Chemical Romance in Nashville!

Oh my, what a show… I really am old school because I love the theater aspect of their show. Explosions, fire, sparks from the top of the stage and 4 confetti canons that totally covered the whole place. The Black Parade CD was probably my top CD last year and I’m still listening to it. The sound in this venue wasn’t even close to what it was 10 years ago when I saw Rage Against The Machine, but it was still good. They did a set as The Black Parade and totally brought it, then came back as “My Chemical Romance”… still good stuff. There were tons of teens there… young teens… wow. I saw a whole family of rockers, makeup, goth clothing – from ages 10-50. I probably should have sat in the seats, but it’s cool I had fun. He said Rob Cavallo was in the crowd, that’s one dude I’d love to meet!!! Big time producer, too bad nobody there knew who he was! Muse opened up for them and when they first started I thought.. cool, they are covering the Pixies!!!! My favorite band of all time…..BUT, nope.. they just totally ripped off the Pixies. They have a song called ‘Knights of Cydonia’ that is a pretty dang close rip of the Pixies ‘Cecilia Ann’ off the Bossanova CD… I mean so close I’m surprised they haven’t been sued!!!! Most of their stuff was like that, very artsy rock, some was a bit more aggressive too. But I could definitely tell they listened to the Pixies growing up. No problem here, I love the Pixies…...

Spinal Tap To Reunite

How appropriate for these guys to reunite for an Al Gore event. If you saw his “documentary/remember me” movie (which I didn’t make it through myself.. I tried!) then you’ll know why I think Spinal Tap’s classic mockumentary makes this even funnier!!! (Please don’t bash me if you like Al Gore, I’m sure the Earth is changing as it has been for millions of years… I just don’t think he’s the “answer” nor the spokesman to get anything done, especially with a lame-behind documentary.) NEW YORK (AP)- Jake Coyle: Spinal Tap is back, and this time the band wants to help save the world from global warming. The mock heavy metal group immortalized in the 1984 mockumentary, “This is Spinal Tap,” will reunite for a performance at Wembley Stadium in London as part of the Live Earth concerts scheduled worldwide for July 7. The original members of Spinal Tap will be there: guitarist Nigel Tufnel (played by Christopher Guest), singer David St. Hubbins (Michael McKean) and bassist Derek Smalls (Harry Shearer). Rob Reiner, who both directed “This is Spinal Tap” and played the fake documentarian Marty DeBergi in the film, will also be in attendance. A new 15-minute film directed by Reiner on the band’s reunion will also play at the opening night of the Tribeca Film Festival in New York on Wednesday. The slate for the opening gala, to be hosted by Al Gore, was previously announced, excepting the Reiner short. The festival is to open with a showing of several global warming-themed short films produced by the SOS (Save Our Selves) campaign. SOS is also putting on...

Jon Foreman, Wow.

So I spent the day doing the GMA thing… in case you don’t know what this is, it’s where you meet a whole lot of people… if you work for a label they love you, talk to you, tell you about their family-dog-high school-wrecks-previous life of sin-travel-God’s call-why they are good-why everyone tells them to sing- YES, I heard all that and most of it with in the first hour and a half of walking around. I got there about 10:30 and was ready to come back home by 1. I didn’t… I stayed. I hooked up with some friends, the guys of Our Hearts Hero, we had dinner and then decided to check out the EMI-CMG showcase. The EMI-CMG showcase had a few bands: The first was a band named something about forests?? Don’t remember… they were ok, nothing out of the ordinary, but ok. The next band was called The Beautiful Republic ( I think ).. they too were ok.. maybe a little better than ok, I’d say they were pretty good. Third was the band NeedToBreathe from Possum Kingdom, SC. No, I have no clue where that is… even growing up in SC, I still don’t know where that is. They were good, the cool thing was the music, the soulful singer and the ability to find a melody in the songs. Don’t get me wrong, I love the new rock stuff, but sometimes the pain of yelling gets seriously annoying… the whining, seriously annoying… the screamo… seriously annoying… you catch what I’m saying. This band was a mix of Gavin Degraw, Matchbox 20 (early good...

The Sweet Sound of Hustling Christian Music People…

Gospel Music Week has begun in Music City. I went to my first little seminar this morning, it was going to be about Leadership and how I, an independent person/label, can compete in todays market. I get there right on time, and sit down in my cozy little chair. I notice I’m the only one not dressed up… and I mean ‘DRESSED UP’. Everyone had on slacks and nice shirts, even some ties… not me, black t-shirt with ripped jeans and sandals. The speaker gets up to talk and says “Welcome to Fundraising University”, my mind says “WHAT??????”, but those who know me, I sit quietly and think this may have something to do with leadership and maybe it’s just the first session. I don’t question things, especially in large group settings… so Leadership is coming… NOPE. At the break I was informed they switched rooms on me and I had just sat through 45 mins of how to raise money for non profit radio stations… ummmm…. ok. Needless to say the first day was off to a weird start and I left. The music and hanging out with people I know happens on Monday… will keep you posted if I see or hear anything good. One of the bands on Tone Box Records, Kennebec, will be playing the indie impact showcase @ 12th and Porter on Monday at 4:30 pm. Come and check it out! Anyone else floating around this weekend? Hit me up, we’ll drink coffee and eat! Isn’t that what these things are...