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  • jhs5150

    TPR live tracks I recorded in 2014. At W’s requested I started working on “Dear Sister/Absolution” after I played her the Intro on acoustic. R, if you want to work out the bass when the band kicks on, feel free.

    https://soundcloud.com/jhs5150/sets/tpr-live

  • jhs5150

    TPR live tracks I recorded in 2014. At W’s requested I started working on “Dear Sister/Absolution” after I played her the Intro on acoustic. R, if you want to work out the bass when the band kicks on, feel free.

    https://soundcloud.com/jhs5150/sets/tpr-live

  • jhs5150

    Two new Cooper videos. “Billion Dollar Babies” and a “No More Mr. Nice Guy/”Under My Wheels” medley that I stitched together because they were fairly short and because I accidentally missed the opening to the latter. I think it came out OK. He sounds so damn good on “BDB.” Anyway check them out!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mKnt8DCrJzU

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x0EG8EMTQo4

  • CC

    Hey Whisper!I love your new site, but where are your party pages?Where do i post?

  • Reverend Draco

    I know, I know – I’m always going on about how crappy music has gotten. . . I wish I could say that there haa been a recent change. . . but there hasn’t.

    https://youtu.be/IP0wuwJBdMI

  • jhs5150

    DSL update – 2/29/16

    When installing the plastics I noticed bubbling around the Tolex. This meant the spray glue underneath it had not dried and the Tolex could move around. I wasn’t going to have bubbles in my Tolex so I gently slid a drywall knife under the Tolex on the top and back and re-glued it using Weldwood contact cement. I put 2x4s across the top and some 10lb weights to put uniform pressure on it so that the tolex and glue dried flat. Friday morning I checked it and the results were excellent. Friday night I installed the feet, corners and the vents and it really started to look good (see pics).

    Saturday I began work on the last piece of the puzzle – the front panel. The panel is covered in 800/900 grille cloth that is the same as on the 4×12 cabinets. I began by taking pictures of how the piping was stapled to the panel as well as the grille cloth (see pics.) I also suspected there was mold underneath the grill cloth, not a lot but I suspect this amp had spent some time in someone’s damp basement before being pawned (see pic of the hole in the cloth next to my thumb and the white dust under the logo) and the piping looked pretty crusty on top. I slowly removed the staples with an awl and a pair of pliers (note: try to avoid poking your fingers with the awl while trying to pull the staples up, it hurts!) Having pulled up the staples on both the piping and the grille cloth, I removed the cloth and sure enough there was this greenish stuff on the bottom of the panel – sure looked like mold to me. I went and bought some 91% rubbing alcohol, soaked a sponge with it and wiped down the entire panel, twice. It dried quickly and then I touched up the panel with some flat black spray paint. I cut a piece of grille cloth slightly oversized, flipped the board over and began stapling. I tried to follow what the factory had done, spacing out the staples about the same amount even though my staples were slightly larger. I had bought an electric staple gun from Harbor Freight just for this ($20 well spent.) I stapled the grill cloth on the back and sides, trimmed off the excess and proceeded to staple the piping over it. The plastic that houses the piping is very thick so the staples only went in about half way. I then tapped them down with a hammer. I made a few relief cuts in the plastic so I could follow the contour of the lower part of the panel – just as the factory had done. I then used tin snips to cut the edge of the piping straight and remove the 45 degree angle that was created from bending the piping to fit the contour of the panel. Working slowly to make sure the piping was being installed evenly, it took me about an hour and a half to finish the whole panel. I took the awl and pushed it through the back of the panel where the logo mounting holes were so I could see the holes from the front, then I pushed the awl through from the front to open up the hole in the grill cloth, then I mounted the logo in the holes and tapped them in with a tack hammer a little at a time for each hole so that they went down evenly and I didn’t break the plastic logo (note: I had washed the logo in soapy water a few nights before and except for the dirt was in excellent shape – reusing it saved me $20.)

    So, the front panel was done and looking quite amazing. All I had to do now was install the front panel, mount the reverb tank to the back of it, screw the chassis back in to the housing, connect the reverb tank and install the rear panel and I was FINISHED!

    How did it look? Well, go to the story on the main page (Give Me Your Tired, Your Worn, Your Modded Marshalls) and look.

    Watch for more updates as I still need to check the bias on the amp and perhaps install new tubes.

    Enjoy!

  • jhs5150

    DSL Update – I spent a good part of Saturday putting the new Tolex on. I used a spray adhesive and it appeared to be working well. I went out to dinner and when I came back some of the tolex had come loose from the glue and I thought “WTF?” So I tried using clamps to hold it down overnight but when I looked at it on Sunday morning I still wasn’t happy. I had bought a can of Weldwood contact cement prior to last week that some users on Youtube had been using so I gave the spray glue the boot and started using it. I did all of this outside (both days) because of warnings about flammable fumes so I was a little worried about that but when I started using the contact cement it seemed OK – the fumes weren’t horrible. I was still glad I did it outside. I hoped for better results and let me tell you, this new glue was TONS better. After I got through putting down the glue on both the cab and the tolex, I let it dry 15 minutes to get tacky then I pressed the tolex down and let me tell you, that tolex wasn’t going ANYWHERE. I did the corners, which took the most time and are never perfect but the corner guards will cover that up. I tried to emulate what the Marshall factory did as much as possible. I then glued down the shielding plate and used paint sticks and clamps to hold it down until later that night (see pics). I took of the clamps and “voila'” – looking GOOD!

    I have to order a staple gun to re-do the front panel that the logo goes on so I should be able to do that next week. I may put the corner protectors on this week and I’ll post pics of that when I’m done. It’s getting there…

    • Its looking great, I like the fact that you posted BIG pictures so I could zoom in.. those corners had to be a nightmare but the protectors once on will make this thing look awesome!! You are almost done here I think.

      • jhs5150

        Almost. I am recovering the logo panel on the front too. It uses the same grille cloth as the 800/900 cabs and it has a tear in it so I’m replacing that and putting gold piping on. I may not be able to use the same staples as the factory – still checking on that. It’s getting there. Thanks.

        I also put the vents back in the top after cutting the tolex that was covering the holes (not in the pics.) They look great!

        • Whispergirl

          It looks very nice!
          Great work too!

          • CC

            Hi WG,Really like your new site.It looks like your home page is the only place to post.No more Party pages?

        • Whispergirl

          It looks very nice!
          Great work too!

    • Reverend Draco

      Awesome.

      This is freakin’ cool.

      • jhs5150

        It’s done. The unveiling is Monday 😉

  • jhs5150

    DSL Update (2/15/16) – I took the DSL head cabinet down to (almost) bare wood yesterday. Removing the plastic corner guards was made a lot easier by taking a wallboard joint knife (a putty knife would work too) and getting under the plastic held down by the rivets, then wedging a flat-bladed screwdriver under the joint knife, creating a little more space under the rivets with each tool. Then I tapped on the back of the screwdriver to drive the rivets up, then pulled the rivet up and out with a pair of pliers. Once the rivets/corners were out I then used a heat gun to remove the tolex. Pulling gently with my hand and sometimes needle-nosed pliers, I worked my way around all for sides of the cabinet, careful not to tear the old covering so I could use it as a template for the new Tolex. It came out pretty well. The old glue is this black, tar-like substance that is still tacky so I’m going to leave it and spray glue over top of it and on the back of the tolex and so the new covering shouldn’t be going anywhere. The corner guards weren’t in the greatest shape so I ordered a new set for both front and back at a cost of about $16 plus $4 shipping. I should have them by the end of the week.

    Here’s some photos.

    • Reverend Draco

      This is so fucking cool. . .

  • jhs5150

    DSL 100 Amp Update – Well, I got the final part on my list – the new handle (original Marshall part) on Saturday so my parts aquisition is complete. I have the white tolex (under all the other parts), original 800-style grille cloth, footswitch, rivets (for the corner protectors) gold piping and y-connector for the footswitch outlets. So, I’ll start taking the old tolex off in the next step and update you then. I can’t wait to get started.

    • Reverend Draco

      Sweet!

      Can’t wait for the next update.

  • Reverend Draco

    Hey Hey we’re the Monkees. . .

    And we got a new album in June. . .

    http://ultimateclassicrock.com/monkees-new-album-2016/

    • jhs5150

      A little late, don’t you think? They squabbled for 40 years and Nesmith never toured with them until Davy Jones was dead, what’s up with that?

      Who do they think they are, Van Halen? 😉

      • Reverend Draco

        Guns ‘n’ Roses. . .

        =P

      • Reverend Draco

        Guns ‘n’ Roses. . .

  • jhs5150

    Marshall DSL Update –

    When I picked up this 100 Watt DSL Head last week at a pawn
    shop the owner listed the problems with the amp on his Craigslist ad – carry strap
    missing, no footswitches, reverb not working and some tears in the Tolex. The
    Tolex didn’t matter because 1. It wasn’t that bad, nothing that a little Elmer’s
    glue couldn’t glue down and 2. I was planning on recovering it in white Tolex
    if I kept it anyway. Since I got it for almost nothing I decided to keep it so I’ll post an update showing me recovering it a little bit later.

    On to the reverb; I tested the amp in the shop and sure enough, the reverb didn’t work. I figured the reverb tank was bad (it’s a rectangular box on the inside of the
    head box that the signal from the amp runs through and passes through two long
    springs – hence the term spring reverb.) Some amps use digital reverb – where the signal runs through circuitry on the board to simulate reverb. This amp has the real deal. Some debate whether something that is going to get banged around a lot if it was being taken back and forth between gigs should have a mechanical reverb and they have a point because with the carry handle missing and the reverb not working I’m thinking the amp was dropped when the handle broke and this damaged the reverb tank. So anyway, I took the back off of the amp head; I had to take the chassis out to get to the reverb tank (see bottom pic.) After removal of four screws and two RCA plugs, the tank was off. Never having worked on reverb before I flipped over the tank and the two long reverb springs are suspended in a metal bracket by four small springs – one in each corner, except for one corner where the spring appeared to be broken (see pictures, the unbroken springs on the right side of the tank (in the second pic) and the broken one in the lower left-hand corner in the third pic.) “Ha” I thought; if the only thing wrong is a broken spring I just saved myself the cost of a reverb tank (about $30 plus shipping.) So got out a pair of needle-nosed pliers and a scribe and stretched out the spring a little where the curled bottom part had broken off, looped it through the holes in the metal box and voila’, I was finished.

    So could a little broken spring been the only reason why the reverb didn’t work? I put the head back together, connected up the amp to my speaker cabinet, plugged in my guitar and it was reverb city on both channels. Funny how you don’t appreciate reverb until you get an amp that has it or a pedal. It adds a nice softness to the sound and for me, it tends to make me relax and play less frantically. I’m more of a techie than a guitar player but I know sounds and am pretty good at fixing things, plus I know what I like. Granted this was a simple job but since this was my first attempt at amp repair, it was a good start. I’m not sure what shape the tubes are in so I might replace them in the future but for now the amp is good to go. New tubes will require re-biasing the power tubes so I’ll show you that in another update.

    Next: new Tolex

    • jhs5150

      Technical difficulties – here are the pics, in the wrong order of course.
      Chassis – top
      Head – 2nd
      Tank – left w/ broken spring in the lower-left corner
      Tank – right showing springs as per normal in the upper and lower corners.

      • I would re-tube it for sure… Eurotubes.com is the place to go and you can get high gain tubes too (as I did mine). Nice job on the reverb stuff.. did you check the send and return stuff?.. that’s where I would use a lexicon reveb pedal and boss digital delay and possibly a noise gate for any pre-amp hiss. You can also add an attenuator through it too.

        • jhs5150

          I didn’t notice any microphonics but the power tubes might need replacing. I think I have a tube tester that was my grandfather’s. It’s old but it might still work. I was able to dial in a good sound though. I’m still learning the features of this amp. I haven’t checked the effects loop, I just got it upstairs to plug in to my cabinet last night but the loop is passive and except for contacts that might need cleaning it’s probably fine. l’ll check that next. There is no real hiss with these Marshalls and that’s what I like about them and transformer hum is minimal and I don’t hear it through the amp. Lexicon is pretty much the standard of reverb, the built in will hold me – at least for now.

          • ok here is a direct URL for you to look at..

            http://www.eurotubes.com/store/pc/viewCategories.asp?idCategory=196

          • Reverend Draco

            Darn Disqus API conked out yesterday – so my post didn’t.

            Just want to say, , , that’s a pretty sweet piece of equipment you got there.

          • Reverend Draco

            Darn Disqus API conked out yesterday – so my post didn’t.

            Just want to say, , , that’s a pretty sweet piece of equipment you got there.

            • jhs5150

              Thanks, man. It’ll never take the place of my 800 but I like it a lot.

              Wait till you see it when I’m finished with it. 🙂

              • Reverend Draco
                • jhs5150

                  Ants in the basement?

                  • Reverend Draco

                    Oh geez. . .

                    LOL

                    • jhs5150

                      My ex-MIL didn’t know the words so that’s what she used to sing. I rolled when I first heard it.

                    • Reverend Draco

                      That’s a mondegreen I’ve not yet heard. . .
                      I’ll add it to the list.

      • I would re-tube it for sure… Eurotubes.com is the place to go and you can get high gain tubes too (as I did mine). Nice job on the reverb stuff.. did you check the send and return stuff?.. that’s where I would use a lexicon reveb pedal and boss digital delay and possibly a noise gate for any pre-amp hiss. You can also add an attenuator through it too.

    • Reverend Draco

      Funny you should mention that a little reverb can make such a huge difference. . .
      I’ve noticed that it acts the same way RE: vocals. . . sort of softens the edges. . .

    • Reverend Draco

      Funny you should mention that a little reverb can make such a huge difference. . .
      I’ve noticed that it acts the same way RE: vocals. . . sort of softens the edges. . .

  • Reverend Draco

    Does anyone remember the Celebration of Mediocrity that I rail against so often?

    Science is on my side – and since music is science. . .

    http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/science-proves-pop-music-has-actually-gotten-worse-8173368/?no-ist

    http://wmbriggs.com/post/4405/

    Basically, the music itself has literally gotten more monotonous – that is, approaching monotone – since 1955 (the first year’s music studied). Fewer unique notes are being played – “dynamic range” has been replaced by LET’S MAKE IT LOUD!

    (fuck that – I can turn up the volume when I play the recording, if I so desire)

    Lyrically – fewer unique words are being sung – word count has increased by about 3x – gotta cram them words in, try to keep the goldfishes’ attention – while unique word counts have decreased from 70%+ to barely above 20%.

    Bohemian Rhapsody would never, could never, be made today. The musical and linguistic skills are simply lacking.

    There was another study. . . starting with music from the 80s and moving forward.

    http://bodyodd.nbcnews.com/_news/2011/04/07/6413263-pop-songs-reflect-our-me-me-me-attitudes-study-says?threadId=1167767&commentId=20638409

    Lyrically, the beginning years were more “We-centric,” and outward-facing – by the late Aughts, the lyrics had become more “Me-centric,” angry and narcissistic.

    So. . . yeah. . the Celebration of Mediocrity is real. . . and I will loathe it until my final breath.

    • jhs5150

      Blame the record companies and the radio stations who want cookie-cutter music that fits into specific genres for maximum sales and advertising dollars. The internet is leveling the playing field as far as getting new music out there but the creators haven’t developed the creative ability to break the mold of the current genres – they still swim in polluted water.

      Individual thinkers are what’s needed, not the latest subdivision of heavy metal and the like. As much as I hated the experimentation of some of the 70s music, at least they were taking chances and crossing musical boundaries.

      • Reverend Draco

        I blame the people who unthinkingly shell out cash for this crap. If there was no money in mediocrity. . . it wouldn’t be anywhere near as pervasive.

        I could make a case for failing schools being a big part of the problem. . . as you watch school performance fall off to the right. . . and almost identical curve comes up from the left, the rise of garbage “music.”
        The curves are virtual mirror images of each other.

      • Reverend Draco

        “Individual thinkers are what’s needed,” without a doubt.

        Only one problem.

        The schools in most industrialized nations are based on the Prussian Industrial Model – individual thinkers are punished to the fullest extent of bureaucratic incompetence.

        Procedure over Innovation.
        Conformity over Individuality.
        Control over Empowerment.

        Using fear, isolation, and monotony to really drive the lessons home.

        Individual thinkers are, unfortunately, in extremely short supply these days. . . many of those few there are, are denigrated as “looney tin-foil-hat-wearing so-and-soes.”

        (seriously. look up “Prussian Industrial Model.” that’s some scary shit)

      • Reverend Draco

        “Individual thinkers are what’s needed,” without a doubt.

        Only one problem.

        The schools in most industrialized nations are based on the Prussian Industrial Model – individual thinkers are punished to the fullest extent of bureaucratic incompetence.

        Procedure over Innovation.
        Conformity over Individuality.
        Control over Empowerment.

        Using fear, isolation, and monotony to really drive the lessons home.

        Individual thinkers are, unfortunately, in extremely short supply these days. . . many of those few there are, are denigrated as “looney tin-foil-hat-wearing so-and-soes.”

        (seriously. look up “Prussian Industrial Model.” that’s some scary shit)

  • jhs5150
  • Whispergirl

    We need a new music page!
    I see feed of j posting the new Def Leppard song. I like it, mostly. It gets slightly slow, but it’s good overall. Joe’s voice is hanging in with him. I like the phaser sound and the echo, and five minutes is too long.
    But isn’t Let’s Go close to Let it Go?

  • jhs5150

    New Def Leppard song – “Let’s Go.” Not sure if I like it or not. Sounds OK but reminiscent of other DL songs.

    https://soundcloud.com/defleppard/01a/s-JSOoc

    • jetblast190

      Riff is similar to Pour Some Sugar On Me. Not bad…has all the Def Lep elements.

    • Ncorijuble

      I hear a lot of Pour Some Sugar On Me in that riff.

      • jhs5150

        Yup, it’s PSSOM one key lower. The next song – “Dangerous” is better – IMO.

    • Ncorijuble

      I received this cd for Christmas. I like it! Great bass riff on song #3, Man Enough. If you’re a Lep fan you won’t be disappointed.

      • Whispergirl

        I too received the cd for Christmas. I really like that song Man Enough. I like the last song too (don’t know the name off hand). I’ll probably put up a review of the cd. I listened through twice; totally like it!

        • Ncorijuble

          Three of my favorites from this right now: track 9, Battle of my Own, I love the Zeppelin sound, #12, Last Dance, and I agree with you on the last song, Blind Faith.

      • jhs5150

        I bought it too but haven’t listened to it yet. It’s gotten good reviews. I’ll check it out soon. Thanks.

      • jhs5150

        I bought it too but haven’t listened to it yet. It’s gotten good reviews. I’ll check it out soon. Thanks.

  • Whispergirl

    I like these long weekends because the radio plays different things than they normally play. Driving home I heard this song. I haven’t heard it in a long time. It’s kinda cool because it has so much going on, electronica as they called it before it was EDM, a bit of rock and a rap-like groove. If you don’t know it, check it out.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tt82_DZogoE

    • jhs5150

      Needs a guitar solo 😉

  • Reverend Draco

    Ok. . . where did the video I posted earlier today go?

    (edit)Good gravy – took more than one refresh to get it. . . These 70+ hour weeks at work are making me goofy (er)

    • Whispergirl

      Yep, this page is officially slow. I don’t see your reply to me either. Humm, might be time for a new Music page.

      • Reverend Draco
        • Whispergirl

          Yep, love it!
          Pretty soon you’re going to put up My Sherona!

        • Whispergirl

          This reminds me of when I discovered dance clubs.
          *W remembering her days of dancing in front of mirrors for clubs*
          Wait? Did I really just admit that?
          haha!

  • Reverend Draco

    I feel like something a little bit odd this evening. . .

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CNAkbbKycCM

    • Whispergirl

      Goodness, I never would have guessed. Funny!

      • Reverend Draco

        Wanna go surfing?

        =P

        • Whispergirl

          Mr. Rev!

          • Reverend Draco

            Sometimes my sense of humor gets away from me.

  • jhs5150

    StealtealthCam 1 – test 2. I shot this last night. I gotta say, I’m liking this rig I came up with – it all fits in my pockets (cargo shorts.) Get a cup of coffee for this one, it’s long – 14 minutes but this is their “Free Bird.” Some guy got in my shot at about the 4 minute mark and I’m shooing him over with one hand while shooting with the right – the caveats of shooting live. He was big and could have beat my *ss if he got pissed. Guess I gotta work on my diplomacy, lol. Gettin’ ready for the boys…

    Whadya think?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=egY5wPlnSSQ

    • rci808

      Sounds great, j!

      Is this fresh from the rig or have you mixed down at all?

      • jhs5150

        As-is. I could have run it through my video editor and pumped up the bottom end bc I shoot with the low cut filter on but just prepping it for YT took 3-4 hours because the file was so big, plus it sounds different depending on whether it’s on the puter, the car or whatever.

        Edit postponed due to budget constraints, haha.

        • rci808

          Nice work never the less…

          Cool!

          • jhs5150

            Thanks. I’m going to see how it sounds in my truck – it plays on the bassy side anyway. How does the video look? The lights kept changing but I think the camera did pretty well.

            • rci808

              Video is sharp. Next test will be shooting in the dark I guess.

              Much better than the stock Q3 for sure! …and better sound.

              Trick is the size of the unit for smuggling. But it sounds like you have that wired.

              Navy SEAL approved stealth sub-machine cam!

              • jhs5150

                It’s hard to beat the Q3 for sound but this is pretty good. I made sure the mic has a low cut filter like the Q3 because it does a great job eliminating distortion.

                • rci808

                  indeed.

                  • jhs5150

                    OH MY GAWD, this sounds killer in the truck. This little Mic is awesome.

                    • rci808

                      Nice!

                      Yeah, some gear works great for other gear. The truck test is defo part of the process. Then it has to pass the boat gear. That’s where the loudness and anti-distortion qualities kick in.

                      The levels on your raw capture are dang good. That’s why I asked if you remodeled it.

                      Run it!

                      😀

                    • jhs5150

                      I recorded two songs before this one. The first one using the built in mic to set the level and two more with the Senal-45. I’ve been taping records since the 80s. I’m good at setting the level. I used to really push it to raise the level without distorting before putting it on tape.

                    • rci808

                      Makes for a nice morning project with lots of coffee and patience.

                      Fun stuff!

  • jhs5150

    First test of StealthCam 1 and the new mic. There’s no drums or bass but Paul’s amp was right in front of me facing inwards so it sounds a little warmer. The vocal mic was turned down at the request of the manager there so it’s a little hard to hear. Listen with earphones and play in HD if you can. This was all improvised.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QghiWOd8S-4

    • rci808

      Working nice, J.

      Killer.

      • jhs5150

        This little mic surprised me. Great separation. Maybe a little too much ambient pickup but when the music started you couldn’t tell. I think it’s gonna work. My next test will be with actual drums and bass. We’ll see how that goes. The video is already much better though these little cams have small light sensors so there will always be a little bit of grain in low light but it’s not bad. The image stabilization and the sound was really what I was after.

    • Whispergirl

      Nice cam and test!
      Yes, I finally got around to listening to this. Very nice, and I can’t wait to hear more. Concert time!
      These guys are good too.

      Reply to note to me: concert-sized guitars are nice. Nice observation!

      • jhs5150

        Ed Sheeran plays one too 😉

  • jhs5150

    Looks like The Pretty Reckless’ acoustic album may not happen. Too bad, it would have been cool.

    http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/the-pretty-reckless-singer-taylor-momsen-doesnt-know-if-proposed-acoustic-album-is-going-to-happen/

  • Reverend Draco

    I think this guy is fucking great.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9VbMrmzjU_k

    He does a lot of VH lessons. . . makes it look so damn easy, even to me who doesn’t play.

  • jhs5150

    Who says Eddie doesn’t know how to have a good time? Here he is photobombing DLR at the beginning of “Dance the Night Away” on the Ellen show.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0l235eMwtHY

    • Reverend Draco

      “This video has been removed by the user.”

      I did find a different one on YT – Ed hamming it up during Dave’s intro. . . Yeah – Dave and Ed just hate each other. . .

      • jhs5150

        Fixed it!

  • Reverend Draco

    RIP A. J. Pero. . . thanks in part to you. . . I WANNA ROCK!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SRwrg0db_zY

  • RickieLowe

    Hi WG! How’s it going over here? I am posting a little over at the VHNutDesk. I think I’m one of them. Sadly, I think the mighty have fallen. VH could be done. I’m not happy at all with the decision to release a live record. I wanted new music. I’m quite dejected right now. On a positive note, I am hopeful for a Wolf Van Halen solo record. I would hope that he writes his own material and doesn’t simply publish stuff from the vaults of his father. Time will tell I guess.

    What’s up here?

    • Whispergirl

      Hi RL!!!!! It’s so nice to see you here. Sometimes I read you over at the desk. Most of those people there I don’t really know.
      Van Halen has officially lost its mind, if you ask me. I don’t know what it means for David Lee Roth to be dark, but I think that’s the key to this entire mystery. I would say that means there will be no new music, and that that they will focus on re-releases. On the party page in here, we’re playing demos that some guy on Youtube is release that are remarkably good quality.
      Wolf Van Halen will probably be very influenced by Eddie, but time will tell indeed. I too am very interested in hearing it.
      What I like to talk about more is our own music. I miss your renditions. In fact, I’d love to hear you play something of your own or something non-Van Halen.
      If you have time, come say hi to the folks on party (go to the tab on the top of the page, then pull the latest party page down called “Party Like it’s…”
      Thanks for stopping by to say hi; the little hi’s make me happy!

  • HS_1_3415

    Santa Cruz album teaser: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ptEqVz7KUf0&t=151

    Track preview of “6(66) Feet Under”: http://www.metalsucks.net/2015/03/05/exclusive-track-premiere-santa-cruz-666-feet/

    CAN’T WAIT TILL TUESDAY!!!!

    • Whispergirl

      Look, they are playing in Los Angeles on June 3. Hummmm…..

      • HS_1_3415

        Another reason why I want to move to LA: good concerts.
        Nobody comes here, I usually have to drive 2+ hours to get to shows.

      • HS_1_3415

        Also, look who’s on the cover of this month’s Soundi (like the Finnish version of Rolling Stone but more reputable) http://www.soundi.fi/lehti/tutustu-lehtiin/soundi-22015

  • Whispergirl

    Couleen, welcome, and thanks for sharing your song with us. Most of us are rock fans, but your song is very catchy. Personally, I like dance music as well as rock. Good luck with your song. Keep us posted on how it does.

  • Reverend Draco

    As we have some Leps fans around here. . .

    http://ultimateclassicrock.com/joe-elliott-def-leppard-new-album-finished/

    We’ve been waiting almost seven years for new music from Def Lepppard, but apparently we won’t have to wait much longer. Lead singer Joe Elliott has revealed that they are done recording the follow-up to 2008′s Songs from the Sparkle Lounge.

    • jhs5150

      Nope but they’re not going to play any new tunes on tour this summer, unfortunately.

  • Reverend Draco

    Thanks – just made me waste 17 seconds watching this garbage – 17 seconds of my life, gone forever. . .

    You owe me.

    • Guest

      You owe the earth my friend, every time you take another breath. You are not an authority on music, your a keystroke cowboy. Stop spending all your time on line sharing your little opinions and do something worth talking about.

      • Reverend Draco

        How cute – you said that like you have a fucking clue.

        It’s ok, Sparkles – you’ll wake up someday. . . or not.

  • HS_1_3415

    ADKOT still getting airplay on Finland’s national rock station RadioRock today! Thought that was pretty cool, they really do play a little bit of everything.

    • Reverend Draco

      Sweet! 3 good songs in that list – I almost fell out of my chair when I realized there were that many. . . I expected only 1.

      • HS_1_3415

        I like it because it sort of forces me to listen to some different things—which either introduces me to something new that I wouldn’t have found on my own or solidifies my dislike for a band—while also keeping me entertained with deep cuts and classics from all my favorite bands.

    • Whispergirl

      I like the mix of those stations: old with new. I think that’s a better format than our separation. Rock is, or at least should be, rock. If it were, new songs would get more air play, and then there would be more rock out there.

      • HS_1_3415

        I love how they also do a good job supporting their local bands (they give both Reckless Love and Santa Cruz a lot of airplay, as well some other Finnish bands). I mean they even played the entirety of the new Santa Cruz album at midnight on March 6 to celebrate it’s release in Finland—rock stations here just don’t do that, they’re not as excited about rock.

        Also this http://www.radiorock.fi is the link for the station in case you’re interested. Just click the big play button in red at the top (it’ll make you wait through a 10s commercial but then you can listen uninterrupted as long as you like).

        • Whispergirl

          They used to play entire albums on rock stations when I was a kid. It’s just not rock-friendly any more. I don’t understand that at all. Why do people not like rock now? Other than us that is?
          Thanks for that link. I listened to it before, and then I lost the link. I’ll save it to favorites again.
          If I haven’t said it, it’s really good to have you back! I misssssed you!!!!

          • HS_1_3415

            I missed you too!!!! I consider you like an aunt to me (like one of those cool aunts that you go shopping with and talk about cute boys with).

            American radio has just gone down the drain. All these corporations think they know best and basically have set playlists for DJs to pick from. I think everything would be better if they started to let DJs really be DJs again and pick the music and surprise people with deep cuts or a new single. I mean that’s their job and they’re going to pick music a lot better than some suits in an office.

            I don’t think its necessarily that people don’t like rock anymore, but mores that it’s not the “in” thing, so a lot of people aren’t exposed to it. Classic artists like Mötley or Aerosmith or DL can still pack a venue and hold their ground, but a lot of that is the people that grew up with them and listened to them in high school. For most kids today, unless their parents get them into it, it’s just not mainstream enough for them to stumble across and a lot of them just listen to whatever they’re friends are listening to or whatever the “popular” crowd is listening to.

            • jhs5150

              The record companies use most of their advertising budget pushing the mainstream stuff and if you look at the Billboard Top 100 almost none of the acts are rock. Good rock has always been an underground movement, (even Led Zeppelin) so the fans will have to make up the difference, that and touring.

              Most of the radio stations in this country are owned by 2 or 3 companies, all tied to major communications conglomerates and they are only going to play what they think they can get their investment back on. Even the rock stations here have a playlist they don’t vary much from. Artists are solely at the mercy of the program director, and that sucks. I followed the playlist of the local station here for a couple of months and found that they played the same artists 5-6 times a day and the newer ones 1-3 times a day if they were lucky. There’s something wrong with the system when older bands that don’t need the exposure get most of the airplay and the ones that most people have never heard of get little or nothing. You’re right, DJ’s need to be able to take a chance on a song and see what kind of buzz it generates. Hell, they did that back in the 50s. That’s not progress, that’s mediocrity.

              Rock needs to get younger and better and it is starting to, but relying on the old bands is nearing the end, and so are they.

              This is the problem with deregulation – it has affected everything from oil companies and airlines to communications. Instead of valid competition, you have a few select corporations that control everything. OK, rant over.

              • HS_1_3415

                In a lot of ways, I feel like after the whole grunge movement in the 90s, rock just stopped evolving. Like nothing new happened. Up until then there were always huge rock bands paving a way for the genre— the Beatles, the Stones, Zeppelin, Aerosmith, VH, Mötley, Leppard, GN’R, then after Nirvana and all that passed, everything just sounded the same and with the exception of the occasional band or song, rock has just been doing the same thing over and over for the past 20 years.

            • Whispergirl

              Yes, we sure do know how to talk about cute boys! I agree on the radio; they play the very same songs within the day. Also, I agree that if kids were exposed to anything rock (and they aren’t) they would like it. Interestingly, many of them prefer the classic artists too. I think there was a time when rock got so hard that it lost a lot of folks. Santa Cruz is a good example of a classic sound but with that newer, harder twist, all with normal (not cookie-monster) vocals. If they got airplay, I think they would be a big hit because of that combination of sound.

              • HS_1_3415

                Something else I noticed, rock used to be the rebellious thing. I mean just take a look at Tipper Gore’s “Filthy Fifteen” and see how many of them are rock/metal artists: I’m counting 9 and that’s not including Prince. Part of it’s draw was that it was something illicit, something that pushed the envelope. Rock today doesn’t push the envelope like it used to—and I think that’s part of why rap is so big now, because it’s something that kids know their parents would hate, therefore it’s “cool.”

                We need some bands to push the envelope and get the world to notice, and I think then rock will be the “cool” thing again. I think one of the questions now is how to push the limits when it seems like just about everything has already been done with regards to that.

  • jhs5150
  • couleen

    This song makes you jam, and think… and jam. There is nothing like it on the Earth. Part blues, with electronic, acoustic alternative soul.. I just don’t know what to call it for the uninitiated. It’s going to radio and mix shows nationwide soon and I hope yall enjoy it.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1MN-CU52fOI

  • jhs5150

    I love a good acoustic version of a rock song. This is from their new album that was released this week. Hope I get to see them again this tour.

    Love the cover art of the new album too.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=xxPT85n-kuU

    And an acoustic version of “Jailbreak.”

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=mP7_fkaitK0

  • lookin_for_a_moonbeam

    I wonder how I missed this musician before now.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=shYdqbJgQdc

    • jetblast190

      She’s really good, that was cool!

    • Reverend Draco

      I gotta quit doing this – clicking on these fucked up shite videos. . . before I run out of brain cells and start liking them.

  • Reverend Draco

    ♫♪ “Where is David Lee Roth? You know that we need him, more than ever now. . .” ♪♫

    Which leads one to ponder. . . did Dave already have this sort of thing in mind when he put that song to the intro ofThe Roth Show?

    Or am I just over-analyzing it?

    • jetblast190

      While I think Dave does everything with a determined reason, I’m guessing his going black is unrelated and has to do with what is going on behind the scenes with Van Halen. So speculating is all we can do.

  • Reverend Draco

    I’ve heard this, and made a mental note of it more than twice. . . but never really thought about it until right now. . .

    The first line of Everybody Wants Some! has been dubbed/overdubbed/replaced – it sounds completely different from the entire rest of the song.
    For the first time ever. . . I wondered – what was the line that got replaced? Was it slightly different words? Did Dave laugh and fuck up the line? Was Dave drunk and forgot the words?

    FUCK! to have been a fly on the wall – other than the being dead for over 30 years part.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fAktV72_nnE

    • jetblast190

      That first line always bugged me too, not the lyrics, but the way it sounded…and now I know!

  • Reverend Draco

    The intro to this has always made me think of Mothra. . .

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yipsW3gpdZo

    • jetblast190

      This song and Light Up The Sky are my two favorites from VHII.

  • jhs5150

    I like it. ‘Sgonna be a heck of a show with TPR in May.

    It seems the chicks have all the cajones in rock right now. What’s up with that?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1PXkCAiV0Ww

  • Whispergirl

    Moby Dick with Lyrics. Funny!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kh1I_G2Eask

  • Reverend Draco

    I think I’m gonna call this. . . scoop!

    Why Van Halen Rejected Their First Album Cover: “They Tried to Make Us Look Like the Clash”
    http://ultimateclassicrock.com/van-halen-alternate-cover/

    • Whispergirl

      Very good! I always wondered why there was the first album cover version. Logo aside, It was a really terrible photo. Good thing the record company listened to them!

      • Reverend Draco

        Oh. . . here’s a sort of bonus track to my 50th Bday tattoo story.

        As you may recall, we decided that it were best to wait until after the season was over, to get my new tat – more sanitary than to have done it on my bday, where I’d still have a month and a half of driving around in circles eating dirt. . .

        Mrs. Rev came up with a great idea. . .
        Make the tattoo larger than originally intended, and use it to cover my “zipper,” the scar left over from my open heart surgery. Splay that ink, loud and proud, emblazoned across my chest. . .

        • Whispergirl

          I think that sounds good. You could make a tattoo that rambles too, like a tree or something.

        • jhs5150

          Here’s a little inspiration (refresh.) A JP mural with the road making the most of your “zipper.”

          • Reverend Draco

            m/

  • jhs5150

    A short little interview with Taylor on writing/recording…

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Lse9F7xHA_w

  • Reverend Draco

    Holy Shit, Batman!
    I think I might have found “my” secret to learning to play guitar, perhaps. . .

    I bought Rocksmith as a digital download (the cable came in the mail), and realized it wasn’t the 2014 edition I was looking for. . . oh well. . .

    It’s not happyhappyjoyjoy. . . bit it is far from beat-head-on-wall frustrating. . .
    The service I got Rocksmith through, had a pre-Christmas blow-out, and put the 2014 edition for 66% off – $20 instead of $60.
    So, I ended up with both for the price of one.

    Got to “play” PSSOM today. . . about every 10th note, but it’s a start, que no?

    My fingers (especially my left index) hurt. . .

    • Whispergirl

      Que, yes! So? Where’dya get the Rocksmith? Very cool by the way!
      PSSOM is a great song!
      I might have to get going on that thing too (Rocksmith). I got a download last year and it has sat with me using my song books instead.
      Humm. We could be Viv Campbell and Phil Collin!
      Rock on, Rev!

      • Reverend Draco

        I bought the original RS through Amazon, for about $35 – $60 being the regular price. – the cable came in the mail, along with a Steam code. . . after I had played a a couple of days, I got a notice that they were having a pre-Christmas blow-out, and had RS2014 for $20-and-change – $60 regular price. Paid the money, downloaded and installed.

        I was still going through the original RS, figured I’d try to finish it before starting the next one. . . but then they threw me a song that was so bad, I couldn’t force myself to finish it.
        So I started RS2014 – played The Kinks’ version of YRGM, and then PSSOM.

        • Whispergirl

          That’s really cool, Rev. I’m going to get it going too. Those are cool songs, indeed!

          • Reverend Draco

            Yeah. . . for the first time since forever, practice is not chewing my lips to shreds annoying. Like I said, it’s not all fun and games yet. . . but I can see it getting there.
            Holy shit – I can see (finally) a time when practicing might be fun. . .

            *faints*

            • Whispergirl

              That’s soooo good, Rev! I like it too. I can do some of my Ellie songs. And I have a cool new toy I got for Christmas, the keyboard-controller, so I’ll be able to make backing tracks. I think I can even run a little mic through that and record on the computer too. I got that too, this little cheapie mic. I’m on my way… at the ripe old age of something-we-don’t-talk-about, but still, better late than never, for both of us!

              • Reverend Draco

                It’s only too late once you’ve finished breathing. . .

                • Whispergirl

                  Agreed!

      • CC

        This song popped up while i was watching old ABBA vids and wondering if you have heard it W?
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=725WlG1idPc

        • Whispergirl

          Absolutely! CC, this is Ellie Goulding. She’s my favorite single artist, probably my favorite artist, period. I play her songs on my guitar every day. I talk about her quite a bit.

          This is her new song. It has been out for a few days. I was even going to put it up, but I didn’t want to torture you guys (seeing as you like the harder music, mostly).

          I listened to a bunch of her songs yesterday because I needed to be calmed down, and this one was the start of that series of songs I listened to. Then I had to stop because people were calling me. So thanks for reminding me that I need to learn this one, and for letting me hear it. This was a nice present for today!

          I too think she has a very sweet voice. She’s a sweet person in her work too. I’ve put up tons of her stuff. If you want, I can tell you all about her. She can play guitar and drums too. A lot of what I’m doing musically is influenced by her because she has a softness that’s still interesting and rock-like, and I’m not so tough, so she’s a good influence for me.

          • CC

            I know,i was just messin wit ya

            • Whispergirl

              Good one, CC!

      • CC

        This girl has a SWEET voice!Just wondering if you ever heard of her?

  • jhs5150

    Joe Elliott’s side project, The Down “n” Outz released this video song – Sea Diver.

    I really like it and it just shows what a tremendous talent Joe Elliott is. I believe he started out as a guitar player, then switched to drums before auditioning for Def Leppard at which time he became lead singer and here he is playing piano. I’m so jealous. I wish I had the talent he has.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=FicaTt-zUZk

    • Whispergirl

      I wish I was that talented too. Unbelievable what he can do, and he only gets better with time. As for this project, why can’t we hear this stuff on the radio? I just looked up the project. The project is not new; he’s being doing this since 2010. This older song is catchy; why do we not hear this? I mean this is way better than the constant Tom Petty, constant …whatever old songs the rock stations play. And Joe plays guitar here. Darn him; he’s perfect!

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o-lrlcmNxLY

      • jhs5150

        Yeah, this project is a Mott The Hoople/Ian Hunter cover band whom Elliott grew up listening too. He does a great job with this. Again, we’ve talked about how the older songs leave a little bit of space in between the music. It gives it a spacial quality and makes it sound even better so that the harder parts have more emphasis. It’s rock and pop at the same time which is a Hunter trademark. Great song. I’d love to hear it on the radio too. Tom Petty puts me to sleep.

        Oh, and they covered MTS’s “One of the Boys” which is actually my favorite MTH song. Killer.

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Ml4sVVdx7ds

  • Whispergirl

    Not that this is something many of you would like, but I’m sure you’ll appreciate the effort even if you don’t like it. I played this song (one of my favorites and quite simple, which is totally cool) for more than an hour. I am getting it too! It’s soo fun to play a song I love!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1_9ak1AkuH4

  • Reverend Draco

    My new favorite xmas song. . . featuring Ace Molek on drums.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sfr2PJWLNzs

    • Whispergirl

      My bird’s favorite song! We are working on the words now. I HAVE Avery’s front girl! My bird is a girl!

      • Reverend Draco

        Hehehe. . .

    • jhs5150

      Is that Cookie Monster on vocals?

      • Whispergirl

        No Cookie Monster is more melodic.

      • Reverend Draco

        I don’t think so. . . I could actually understand the words. . .

        The joy in Avery’s aspect is what makes it my favorite anyway. . .

        • Whispergirl

          There is one of those arrangements to the song from Frozen. That’s funny too!

  • Reverend Draco

    Sweet and Lynch, The Wish.

    http://ultimateclassicrock.com/sweet-lynch-the-wish

    Discuss.

    • Whispergirl

      I like it! It’s very good to see something new on UCR too. It’s good to see the people from days-gone-by putting themselves out there. Nice find!
      So?
      What do you think?

      • Reverend Draco

        I think it’s better than anything released by a new band since the early 90s.

        • Whispergirl

          it is a good find. Thanks for sharing.

          • Reverend Draco

            I’m not saying that it’s great, mind you. . . just that, compared to “new” music, it’s a freakin symphony.

            • Whispergirl

              haha!
              There is a bunch of interesting combinations and influences I have heard. I’ll try to get something up this weekend.
              Indeed, I liked this song too. I like hearing the old-style guitar. I like that guitar sound.

              • Reverend Draco

                Odd that I just popped on for a look/see. . .

                Was gonna say. . . I’m not saying that it’s great. . . but not saying that it’s bad – I liked it for, as you said, the old-style guitar. . .

                Modern people kinda look down on the 80s’ style. . . what they aren’t seeing is. . . at least the 80s had style – and flair – and, dare I say it? Sparkle!

                Where’s the style today?
                There isn’t much, and what there is is dark and angry – just like the guitars. . . just like the music.

        • jhs5150

          I think BSRs stuff is better, much better.

    • jhs5150

      I love Lynch as a guitar player but he sounds like Satriani in this song and the song itself sounds like a Michael Schenker song. The vocals leave me thinking “enh –m– ” you know – wiggling my hand back and forth. It’s OK. Can Sweet do anything besides just stand there? It was fitting that he had an Oscar standing one each side of him because he was like a statue himself.

      I don’t know, Rev. I just don’t know…

      • Reverend Draco

        Like I said. . . I’m not saying that it’s great. . . decent, but not great.

        That being said, I haven’t yet heard anything released by a band to debut since 1990 with half the style, flair, and sheer talent on this one.

        I get what you’re saying, to the fullest extent possible, not having ever been a Dokken fan – and wasn’t Stryper a sorta Christian metal band?

        • jhs5150

          Stryper – yeah – Christian band. A friend of mine was into them and I liked some of the music but frankly, I didn’t like the singer back then. Maybe it’s just him that irks me on this song. Like I said, he shows no energy, he just stands there and sings. It’s hard to get enthusiastic about a song when the singer isn’t either.
          That being said, I agree with you – it’s better than most of the crap that gets put on the radio. The problem is, on the rock stations here, they still play the 30 year old stuff so even though this song has a 80s feel, it won’t get played because it’s new.

          I know, it doesn’t make sense (scratching head.)

          • Reverend Draco

            Yeah. . . the Classic stations won’t play it because it’s new. . . the new music stations won’t play it because it’s from a “Classic Rock” act. . .

            Dipshits.

            A couple of local Classic stations that I usually listen to, and have for years, I’m not really listening to any more – they play the same stuff over and over – they act like this stuff is still Top 40, instead of breaking out the B-sides and deep cuts.

            I don’t get it either. . .

            • jhs5150

              Corporate rock – that’s what these stations have all become about – ratings and selling commercial time. There’s almost no independent rock stations anymore – they’re all owned by two or three conglomerates. There’s new rock out there that’s good, you’ll just never hear it.

            • Whispergirl

              I was listening to amp demos for portable amps. This one particular one, I think for the Roland Cube, featured that amp’s samples. The demo guy said “classic rock” tone for some setting. The other settings were very gratingly-metal and considered more “now.” I think that rock doesn’t really get played either.
              There is so much out there that they don’t play.

  • rci808

  • jhs5150

    I read y’day that BSR has a new album coming out in February (funny how some bands can come out with a new album every year) and so somehow I started listening to their songs on YT and this song came up and I couldn’t remember it but I remembered liking it so I cued it up. This is just a great rock song and I figured out the rhythm parts in about 10 minutes and the solo should be pretty easy too, that’s next. Even though the rhythm part is done in harmony, you can play it using two-string chords. It’s really fun and the song has a great groove to it. Check it out. Trev, your band should learn this one; it’s a crowd pleaser. I hope they come around again next year, I’ll be there.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1avXmWKnjsE

    • ♫ Meanie Beanie ♫♫♫

      It sounds a touch like Nickelback? Good song though, easy to play I agree. The solo requires my harmonizer pedal, can be done in a one guitar band for sure.

      • jhs5150

        Nickelback? Hah. Shutter the thought. 😉

        • Reverend Draco

          Yes. . . let us shutter the thought while we hide behind the shutters, shuddering. . .

          • jhs5150

            Rev is here, I’m in udder amazement! (Moo)

    • Whispergirl

      I like this song. Very cool!

  • rci808

    Background joy.

    Guud Shtufff!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nWnMJfHjAq8

    • jhs5150

      Phil Collins’ side project?

      • rci808

        Yup.

  • Whispergirl

    What I want for Christmas:

    It’s only $99, on-line. Perhaps??

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L2w_Br4DYvU

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NJP_eP1nuqc

    Cool little drum machine thingy! With keyboard…

    • jetblast190

      That is a really cool thingy!

  • Whispergirl

    Needing a Van Halen fix?

    How about a song that includes a Van Halen sample? I have these videos by The Pretty Reckless on the main page, but this certain one has the Van Halen note that opens Runnin’ With the Devil as its opening. I think this is just in concert though. If you think it’s just a part of that note, no, it’s just very extended, and it samples all the way through to the down-note part at 1:27. So I give you “a while” of Van Halen with a narrator being all futuristic. And check it out: Eddie’s notes are still futuristic,… and still influencing young people, which I think is very cool! Yes, it was sooo fun to hear this in concert.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bOur2k5aSX0&list=UUtY61kH7aEv1vrU25YosQnw

    (Hopefully this is the one song “Why’d You Bring a Shotgun to the Party.” I kept getting the entire list; now I think it starts on the song I want, but it will then play the whole stream. I think.)

    • jhs5150

      Yes, I failed to mention this in my “Under The Influence: The Pretty Reckless In Concert” review. Good catch!

      Trivia question: who suggested VH put the car horns on record?

      • Whispergirl

        It’s a cool thing. Trivia question, I don’t know, but I would guess the car-horn note came from Ted. And that’s a total guess!

      • jetblast190

        Ted Templeman suggested that they use the car horn sound on VH1, I think. But the boys recorded that sound and were using it in their club days as well as on their Gene Simmons demo on House of Pain.

    • jetblast190

      That is totally awesome! I love it!

    • jetblast190

      It’s probably too late and I probably already missed them in the NY area, but I gotta take my niece to see this band.

  • jhs5150

    Ok, not quite letting go of the Halloween spirit for another moment: in my search for new rock bands I ran across this one. In This Moment is a new band to me but they’ve been around a while, evidently. Usually I sift through songs and come away with an “enh” but this one caught my ear. It has a blend of the extreme and the sweet, pseudo rap and heavy metal, sanity and insanity, intensity and softness. It’s very dynamic. I love the production and from the videos I’ve seen they look like they’d be a great band live – very visual. You will all probably hate this but I like it. Sometimes a little macabre is good.
    Check it out (preferably with headphones on.)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=leypqKyC4M0

    • Whispergirl

      I really like this song. It has a lot going on, and all of that works well together. It sounds modern too, without sounding like the bland guitars of modern music. Great find. I’m going to check out more.

    • Whispergirl

      This one is really cool. It has almost pop-like vocals. I really like it. I’m going to listen to the album. I feel like this is a girl having a tough guitar player boyfriend and them making both of their music blend. It’s sorta “hot” for that reason. haha!

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=03X0B6u-AxM

      • jhs5150

        Yes, I watched this one too. Very visual though I made it a point to listen to it and not watch it. It’s very dark and it makes you wonder about the thought processes of someone who seems to be young and beautiful but appears to be tormented at the same time, perhaps by that same beauty. It’s a little sad – definitely not the 50s “everything is perfect” mentality.

        It’s Alice Cooper taken to the the extreme. Still, musically I like it. This along with the other video has the same appeal to me – heavy guitars (though these are really heavy), Kraftwerk-like chimey sounds and hard, then soft passages. They take you to both extremes. That’s what a good song should do – IMO: surprise you but in a way that works. These do – they’re catchy.

  • Whispergirl

    My bird wants to join in with guitar practice. I’m working on my own version of Anything Could Happen (Ellie Goulding) and Absolution (The Pretty Reckless). My bird started in with variations of Jingle Bells, so I decided to teach her the whistle from the Hunger Games. I had to find it to learn it, then I whistled it for her a few times. She’s in there practicing! We’re going on tour, both of us. My favorite part is how hard she works at her notes, and when she gets something that she thinks is right, she laughs.

    Rue’s whistle, for any pets who like to cover whistles:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jHNbrIPFMY4

    And the flute version of those first notes. I love the flute; I have one. Perhaps I’ll get that out!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s4XcPghZgXI

    • Whispergirl

      The entirety of that song. Pretty, not rock, but pretty.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FpuM_YTVUik

      Now to go do music with the bird!

      OMG, found one that goes on for 10 minutes, with just the repeated whistle (the four notes). One of the comments says “Playing this every day so my bird will get it.” haha!

  • rci808

    Had to share this one again from last year.

    I personally almost like this version better than the real thing. (for obvious reasons)

    lol.

    Rock out!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rIaeIZaZt40

    • Whispergirl

      I think if you do a cover, you should make it into “you.” You do a great job with this cover. I’m working on this song too. Darnit R, I’m not going to get anything, like anything at all, done today because I keep getting out the music toys! When I get further along, I’ll post mine. I’m not sure what I’ll put into it, but I’m thinking some drum machine stuff like you gave me last time. Oh and I have to work on the guitar. I’m feeling pretty confident even though I messed up my finger and couldn’t practice for two weeks. I think somehow this stuff is now in my head. I hear things, like I think I can sorta figure out songs and what I like. It’s soooo fun!

      • rci808

        It is fun. Totally fun.

        I often compose in my head while sitting in traffic. Sadly, I usually forget by the time I get home! heheh..

        I’m messing around with multi-tracking a solo bass piece with different effects and the drum thingy in my free time lately. It’s kind of a dark techno-ish thing. very cinematic.

        Keep at it!

        • Whispergirl

          I love dark stuff. That’s my goal. I have this thought, but I don’t have the skills to get it down. Yet.
          I know about forgetting things. I have little phrases written all over the place. My work looks crazy from that.

          I want to hear your bass/drum thingy. I’ll like it. I must keep up the practice, because I’m going to get to it too!

          • rci808

            Atta Girl!

            Cant wait to share our new stuff when it’s ready!

            • Whispergirl

              Oh please do!

  • Whispergirl

    rci, you around?

    I’m working on my first actual song, or trying. It’s very easy, and it’s one I really love (Anything Could Happen, by Ellie Goulding). I looked at some other people’s guitar covers, and I’m trying to make one of my own because it’s basically strumming. I figure I can do pretty much anything I want within those chords, and I’m going to rock it up a bit. One of the covers, this girl doing her acoustic and very soft version, has a reference to “Garage Band”, some program that lets you vary voice, etc. I wanted to know what you know about that.

    Check it out:
    Garage band:
    http://myappsforpc.com/garageband-pc-window78xp-mac-free-download/

    • rci808

      Yo Birdie.

      I’ve never heard of “Garage Band” yet. I’ll take a peek tho.

      Sounds like a fun project!

      • Whispergirl

        I’m really into these things because I feel like I can do the percussion with it all. And it seems to be able to add vocal layers. Not that my voice is ready for prime time, but I’m working on that too. There was a time that I could sing.
        This is the clip of the girl who was using it (the soft version of the already soft Anything Could Happen):

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SQdtEb1WrKA

        I can’t seem to get off the Internetwebbything these last two days, what with the knitting inspirations (I’m making so many things, one by one) and with starting to learn songs. I’m so full of inspiration! And I really like finding covers of my girl-songs!

        I think this thing Garage Band looks like a fun toy. It seems like it’s a mixer, and I think the computer keyboard can act as a “keyboard” (like a piano type). I’m going to need a much bigger hard drive!

        • rci808

          Keep me posted!

          I’m curious!

          • Whispergirl

            I will. I totally know what I want, so that’s pretty cool!
            I’m quite a while away though because I’m a newbie. But there will come a time. I guess I could talk about my progress as it goes.
            And I’ll check out this program, and let you know.

  • jhs5150

    Winding down from Halloween; time to put the spirits to sleep for another year.

    This is a great song, and it’s “sing-y.”

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vZ4W6KeGdRM

    • Whispergirl

      Do they play it on the radio?

      • jhs5150

        Sadly, no.

  • rci808

    Started messing with the “Hydrogen” drum machine.

    It is a free community supported program that can be downloaded here:

    http://sourceforge.net/projects/hydrogen/

    It’s awesome! …You gotta download it and try!

    • jhs5150

      I will.

  • rci808

    Now I’m having fun!

    Here’s my “Everybody Wants Some” on the machine.

    Very cool toy!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=debo6T4sDIw

    • Whispergirl

      Rci, thanks for the cool new toy. And thanks for coming here too!

      • rci808

        Gonna be projects (musical) galore with me this winter. The guys and I are ready for some cooler weather.

        I’ll have more cool stuff to share!

        • Whispergirl

          I can’t wait! I too am going to start really learning. Right now, I’m making Shakie her 15-birthday birthday cake. It’s Tyson’s anniversary with me too, three years. We are going to have this food party, then off to sit with the guitar. Later I’ll put this program into the computer. I like it!

          As a hint, what’s your musical projects for this winter. And I am definitely ready for winter! Bring it! I have many projects, knitting, sewing, guitar, drums, even a new guitar on the way. And today I put a hole in the kitchen floor (took out water damage), so perhaps I’ll get something along those lines too! Winter is fun! I’m a nester!

          • rci808

            We want another high-powered original.

            I got some ideas.

            jazz-core style.

  • jhs5150

    This is a really good video discussing Yngwie Malmsteen’s picking technique. Not your ordinary guitar lesson, it’s very well done and quite theatrical. I felt kind of like I was watching an episode of “Nova” or something like that. It’s lengthy – 20 minutes or so but it was inspiring at the same time and confirms that you can really learn anything someone is doing if you break it down into enough pieces. I want to try it.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=iUcHE9ZxjHc

    • ♫ Meanie Beanie ♫♫♫

      Yikes!!!!.. but it makes sense!!!

    • Whispergirl

      Very interesting.

  • rci808

    My buddy band celebrating their 30th year in the Punk/Hardcore business.

    Special guest Jello Biafra (singer of The Dead Kennedys) in part 2.

    Enjoy.

    Part 1:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=opPi4rWaM8s

    Part 2:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sZt8wfx21K8

  • jhs5150

    Interesting look at the workings of recording in the studio. I love how Lzzy Hale talks about NOT using autotune. Maybe there’s a backlash building against it. I hope so.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=K0AwjQKrrz8

  • VH_Rob

    Hi, Whisper. 🙂

    • Whispergirl

      Hi there, my friend!
      I hope you’re doing well, and I really hope you’ll pop in more.
      Cookie!

  • jhs5150

    I sure love the look of that geetar, WG. Gorgeous!

    • Whispergirl

      Yes, indeed!
      I think you should get one! They are going away you know.

      • jhs5150

        I’d love to. If only money wasn’t an obstacle.

  • jetblast190

    Just had this thought pass through my mind. Who would your All-Star rock band be?

    Here’s my line-up:
    Lead guitar: EVH
    Rhythm guitar: Pete Townsend
    Bass: Geddy Lee
    Drums: Neal Peart
    Keyboards: Bruce Hornsby
    Frontman: David Lee Roth

    • rci808

      ….I’d buy THAT for a few hundred dollars!

    • rci808

      Some Victim’s Family.

      File Cabinet coupled with Sir Onslaught intro.

      jazz-core. Extreme.

      Hope you dig..

      🙂

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oaYejZzOO7g

      • jetblast190

        The intro, and even the entire musical composition, has a 70’s Rush vibe to it with it’s complexity and frequent time changes. It speeds up a bit when the vocals kick in and very much takes on Red Hot Chili Peppers vibe. I like it!!! Thanks R, you rock! *but you already knew that* 🙂

        • rci808

          It is truely amazing how even Green Day and dare I say it…. Primus passed these 3 over-talented guys up!!!!!!!!

          They just had their 30 year anny at home venue up here in Sonoma County last month.

          They were too big for the local pond.

          Google Victims Family for more. If you want more info? I can provide.

          These guys are worth it.

          Glad you dig it, Man!!!!!

      • jetblast190

        Really cool riff as well!!!

  • jhs5150

    Hmm… After declaring this week that “Rock Is Finally Dead”, Gene Simmons (and Kiss) seem intent on preventing it at the same time. Here they are performing “Rock And Roll All Nite” at the “Fashion Rocks” TV special this week. So which is it, Gene?

    Article here:
    http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/gene-simmons-rock-is-finally-dead/

    Video here:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=gYRvQ0E_Ppg

  • Reverend Draco

    Ok. . . this is actually pretty cool. . . the song & the video – I especially like the way they played tribute to Fast Times at Ridgemont High.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dZLfasMPOU4

    • Whispergirl

      Oh man! It’s Rev new wave week! Awesome!
      But somehow… I don’t think that video would be PC today!

  • Reverend Draco

    For some bizarre reason, I was just thinking about Gary Glitter’s Rock & Roll, Part 2.

    I never heard of there being a Rock & Roll, Part 1,. . . so I looked. . . sure as shit – there is. . .

    R&R#1

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NpAYBsWcLuM

    R&R#2

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nras3c8r45k

  • jhs5150

    Love Scotty Gorham (Thin Lizzy, Black Star Riders.) What other 63 year old is still touring an putting out a new album both last year and this year? He seems to defy his age and doesn’t seem to have slowed down a bit. He’s funny in this interview too.

    Can’t wait for the new album – sadly, Joe Elliott was to produce it but had to back out due to DL’s new record in the works.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=_VuP0AptkFM

  • jetblast190

    As a dad to a sole daughter, gotta say that I really love girl power!

    David Lee Roth and Jason Becker cover/tribute:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_1qnvroETPo

    Interview and live performance:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ltI5GXiHDrs

    http://www.nilibrosh.com

    • Whispergirl

      This is really good!!
      I like girl power too.
      I think this girl has a good rig too!

      She’s pretty fast. I saw that tribute to Jason Becker. I have mad respect for him. He was cute too. That disease really and truly sucks!

    • Reverend Draco

      The first vid. . . pretty badass. . . and compared to Tina, she was jumping out of her chair and leaping about the room.

      The second was just riffless wankery – doesn’t really do anything for me. I suppose she/they did a good job of it. . . but I felt nothing.

    • Whispergirl

      Completely off the topic of your post, but people are doing pics for this year’s football poll-game. Come play with us, Jet!

  • jhs5150

    Well, well, well… SleazeRoxx put out their top 20 releases of 2013 and two of HS’ favorites were #6 and #10, and two of mine were #15 and #19.

    Could Mach22’s “Sweet Talk Intervention” make it on their top 20 for this year?
    I’m thinking so…

    http://www.mach22music.com/shop/mach22-sweet-talk-intervention/

    HS, we may not be so bad at picking bands as others may think!

    http://www.sleazeroxx.com/bestof2013fan.shtml

    • Reverend Draco

      I got one on there too. . .

      #8.
      Didn’t realize that Motorhead had a new one out. . . or I might have had 2 on the list.

      Funny thing – back in high school there were a couple of guys who used to call me “Motorhead” as a derogative. . . long hair, jeans, steel-toe boots, cut-off Levi jacket, headband wearing biker-type that I was. . .

      I never even realized that Motorhead was the name of a band til I was in my late 20s. . .

      • Whispergirl

        I thought “motorhead” referred to someone who liked cars.
        And it’s so funny that “headband” means something so different for meeee!

        • Reverend Draco

          I always wore blue. . . but this is what I mean when I say “headband.”

          • Whispergirl

            I know. I used to wear those bandana things like that when I worked out. I wear them too, cloth things, just tied on top of my head. Gotta be careful with that red and blue thing now though, a ridiculous development if you ask me.

            • Reverend Draco

              Other than tie-dye, I wear blue, gray, or a combination thereof. . . white is a no-no for me – I’m too big a slob. . .

              If someone doesn’t like my blue stuff. . . I invite them to make an issue of it – if there’s fewer than 5 of them, I’m insulted.

              • Whispergirl

                I like grey. And blue looks good on men. So that’s all good. And that makes me really think your new tattoo should not be red. Fashion advice, you know I love that.

                • Reverend Draco

                  Yeah. . . but Frankenstripes rule!

                  • Whispergirl

                    … on guitars.

                    • Reverend Draco

                      Someone posted on the EVH facebook page (Mrs. Rev follows), pics of a Frankenstriped dune buggy. . . pretty badass. . .

                    • Whispergirl

                      No kidding?! I would think that would be very cool indeed! I like my frankenstriped “bone” too! hah!
                      I wanted a frankenstriped dog outfit. I keep meaning to make one.

                    • Reverend Draco

                      Some of my friends keep telling me to Frankenstripe my Fender. . . but it’s got the classic Sunburst finish and I hate to screw it up. . .

                    • Whispergirl

                      Agreed, you don’t mess up Sunburst. I like the wood finishes the absolute best, but then again, I suppose that makes sense. I think you should, with all visual things, take only influence, and then make them your own. I look forward to seeing what your mind creates for your tattoo. And you are correct about your guitar (leave it).

                    • jhs5150

                      3-color sunburst? Don’t mess with it. Too cool. Had one.

                    • Reverend Draco

                      This is the picture I took the day my late girlfriend Mouse bought it for me for Xmas – in 2007. . .
                      For that reason, even if I never learn to play it. . . I’ll keep it til I die, in memory of her. . .

                      I brought it with me the next year, when I went to sing at my nephew’s 17th bday party – his Gibson has no whammy bar, and ya can’t do proper Van Halen (He did one VH for me each year that I sang) without one.

                    • Whispergirl

                      Very nice, Rev.
                      Keep it. Mouse was a truly beautiful soul.

                      I’ll send you a chord chart if you want. I can do it (play all of the open chords), so I’m sure you can too.

                    • Reverend Draco

                      I have a poster on the wall here in the office. . .

                      How To Play Guitar
                      – or –
                      How to rock your socks off in one easy poster.
                      Has chord charts, different strumming techniques, how to do open chords, barre chords. . .
                      I have video lessons downloaded from YT. . .

                      I think that the smoke inhalation I suffered in the fire that killed Mouse damaged my fine motor control. . . I was never a great typist, but I’m worse now – my fingers are retarded/dyslexic/something. . . I used to be able to play a little bit of guitar – a few chords, and bits of 2 or 3 songs is all, but still. . .

                      I can still tune by ear, though – standard tuning only, and sort of get my fingers in the right spot to play 1 chord – if I watch very carefully where they go. . .
                      I spent many hours practicing while recovering from my burns. . . and at a few times since. . . just can’t get past the point where it’s so utterly frustrating that I want to pound holes in the walls & cry. . .

                      Maybe I need a practice buddy or something. . . someone who knows what they’re doing. . .

                    • Whispergirl

                      I see (on the motor control). I think you’ll be a chord player, and I think that’s fine. If you’re at one chord, that’s good. All you really need are three chords. Whatever though, you still have a pretty guitar, and those are kind of like art!

                    • Reverend Draco

                      You have no idea. . . for the first time in my life, I felt like I was in a truly healthy relationship. . . but it lasted 1 day short of 8 months. . .
                      I consider myself exceedingly fortunate to have found Mrs. Rev after Mouse died. . . 40-odd years of bad relationships. . . then 2 in a frakking row? Preposterous!

                    • Whispergirl

                      I swear to you Friday was the weirdest day of my life. There is this theme that has run through my 40-odd years of bad relationships, and by bad I don’t mean something really bad, just things that were not “there” enough, at least not for me. Perhaps you’ve inspired my article. But first, tell me … does it fade, does love fade; worse does it go away? Are those women who’ve been telling me that since I was 25, women who were taught this by the women who came before, right? They say it fades. Only thing is, if it does, then I don’t want it. Because I hate losing things.

                    • Reverend Draco

                      I’ve never known love to fade under normal use, only to increase. . . but, given a bad enough set of circumstances, it can go away.

                      I think it’s kind of funny to hear people say, “I love him/her as much as the day we were married.”
                      I say “Hogwash.”
                      5 years, 10 years, 30 years later, you should love them more than the day you were married. . . because you now have history, you know more about them, have gone through good times, bad times. . .

                      Remember – Hate is not the opposite of Love – Indifference is.

                      Everyone with a normal emotional balance hates losing things. . . especially other people – because it feels like losing a part of oneself. . .

                    • Whispergirl

                      Indifference, tolerance of a situation one has grown used to, both on that continuum. It is real. My concept is real as long as there are people like you on this planet. I’ll die trying, Rev; if that’s what it comes down to. Thank you for this response. Thank you!

                    • Reverend Draco

                      You’ll eventually die either way. . . best to die trying than die crying. . . at least you’ll have a fighting chance.

                    • Whispergirl

                      Humm…
                      For me, there is plenty of crying with the trying part. I think I would substitute “wishing” for crying in your sentence.
                      So? Are the generations of women right as far as chemistry is concerned? Does that go? Does that desire part go? I’m a young soul, so I like that part; for me, that’s part of love.

                    • Reverend Draco

                      Oh well – it rhymed =P

                      Generations of women are not right as far as chemistry goes. . . they’re merely repeating what they were told (which may set up for a self-fulfilling prophecy, though, given a strong enough belief).
                      That’s not to say that, as time goes on, the spirit might be more than willing, yet the flesh weakens. . .

                    • Whispergirl

                      haha! No, not talking about “age”, talking completely about “mind”.
                      Generations of women? I’ve ignored them for two generations now. I guess I’ll keep on doing that.
                      Rev? I love you!

                    • Reverend Draco

                      Speaking strictly of mind. . . if the chemistry “goes,” it was never really there. . . true chemistry is like salt – sure, it’s composed of chlorine and sodium. . . but does it ever spontaneously separate into it’s component compounds?
                      Not that I’m aware of.

                    • Whispergirl

                      🙂

      • jhs5150

        Back in the 80s, I had never heard of them, then they put out this album, “No Sleep Till Hammersmith” and it was being advertised heavily in the mags so I bought it. I put it on and thought it was the WORST album I had ever heard. I hated the singer and the music was primitive for hard rock, I thought. The guitar player’s name was “Fast” Eddie Clarke but there was nothing fast about him. It was pretty rudimentary. There were so many other bands out there that I thought were better. They kind of grew on me later and I could even mock-sing “Ace of Spades” which I actually like.

        Motorheads? Gearheads? Same thing. I consider myself one. To me it’s a compliment. I like working on cars, etc. Kids today (and even some I grew up with) can’t even change a flat tire.

        • Reverend Draco

          “Gearhead” as a term for car freaks is familiar to me. . . never heard one called a “Motorhead” before. . .

          I used to like working on cars. . . but as they’ve been loaded down with more smog crap and computers. . . I’ve gotten to where even changing the oil has become a chore. . .

    • Whispergirl

      All pretty heavy stuff. No Pretty Reckless; I really liked that one.
      I haven’t heard a lot of these others. I’m going to check them out.

      • jhs5150

        I think that came out in 2014. I think it will be on there.

        • Whispergirl

          Read, W, read! I actually read it as “now” and was thinking why is this just half of the year. Oh, 2013, not 2014, now I get it. So yes, Pretty Reckless will be on it next year.

    • HS_1_3415

      #9 is also great as well!

  • jhs5150

    George Lynch (Dokken) demos the new ESP E-II ST-2 (oddly named). I always liked his playing and he sure doesn’t look 60. His playing near the end is stellar. Check it out.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=o9FfNItu3co

    • Reverend Draco

      Never been a big fan of Lynch. . . or Dokken. . . but this is some damn fine playing.

      I really like the tone of this instrument. . .

    • Whispergirl

      That was cool. Not sure how you saw this.
      He plays very well. No, he doesn’t look 60. These guys make is much less scary to get older.
      I just saw him on some re-run of “That Metal Show”, which I lasted about half-way through just because of him. He is good.

      • jhs5150

        Guitarworld.com I believe. It’s their competition to the Wolfgang – same cutout at the neck where it joins the body for the neck adjustment. The neck looks similar. The maple top is nice and the price is good ($1299 – list, I think.) Not bad. Lynch kills. I always liked his playing. He’s one of those guys that has his own sound on guitar – he slurs a lot of notes and kind of makes them his own. Very cool.

        • Whispergirl

          This guitar does seem to be a hybrid. It’s like they are trying for the Gibson crowd and the stat or EVH crowd. It’s actually pretty well done, I think. And a good price indeed.

  • jhs5150

    Its a way back. It’s amazing how many non HR/Metal acts like the genre’. They should stop playing it safe and put something out. Nothing else has the real rock attitude.

    http://www.wmmr.com/gmi/rocknews/2014/08/25/scott-ian-onlady-gaga-going-metal

    • Whispergirl

      Lady Gaga singing metal. Sure. She’s a good singer; she could do it. I’d like to see it. She started out with brown hair singing blues songs to piano. I’m sure she likes HR/metal. And guess what? They wouldn’t play it — anywhere. I hope she does it!

  • Whispergirl

    I want to learn this song…

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=54sEMKGXq5Q&list=RD54sEMKGXq5Q

    Please don’t tell me it’s impossible!

    • jetblast190

      Great choice! With practice nothing’s impossible.

      • Whispergirl

        I think I’ll get there. Right now I really am working on one Van Halen song, Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love. That one isn’t that difficult. And I’m working on getting an amp. It’s very fun, all of this stuff!

        • Reverend Draco

          I wish that the video of my nephew’s band performing ATBL at his 16th birthday party (with yours truly on lead vocals) wouldn’t have disappeared. . .
          For the first (and only) time in my life, I hit the “HEEEYYYYY!” before the solo. . .
          I liked it so much, I did the last of the Hey hey heys as one great big one, too.

          • Whispergirl

            Well then…
            When I see you, eventually, I’ll play it, and you can sing it! Now THAT would be a recording!!
            In the meantime, I hope you find the disappeared video. I’d love to see it.

            • Reverend Draco

              It’s gone for good. . . this was 6 years ago. . .
              My sister recorded it on video, along with all the other songs (I was a “guest” vocalist, sang 2 or 3 songs). . . as the resident computer geek, it was my job to convert them to a file format usable by all. . .
              I was having trouble finding software to convert from the file format her video camera used – so I quit, as it was nearing time to catch my ride home. . . and told her to send them to me later “as is,” so I could use my rig at home to continue the work. . .

              After I left to go home, and was switching from bus to train in Bakersfield. . . she called and started bitching me out for deleting the video – like I would delete the one video I most especially wanted to show off. . .
              I think that one of my nephew’s friends deleted the video (one was watching me as I worked to convert them) because I embarrassed their actual singer. . .

              • Whispergirl

                … and God invented flash drives.

                So sorry it is lost, and I think you’re right. It was your nephew’s friends; they did it! There are too many bad singers out there. Perhaps you missed your calling. Perhaps it is a late-life calling?? Hopefully you find a way to do that version again, in some way.

                • Reverend Draco

                  I wish I had found my “rock voice” much earlier than I did. . . I was in choir as a youngster, and the people in charge never told me that I might be able to sing in other than a falsetto – turns out that choirs love male falsettos. . .
                  It wasn’t until I was in my 30s, that I heard a radio interview with a famous rock vocalist (I forget who, off the top of my head), who said that the secret is singing in the same range as your normal speaking voice. . .
                  It was like finding a key to a door that I never knew was there. . .
                  I got into karaoke in a big way, after that – never singing the easy stuff, always going for the challenge (btw, I cannot for the life of me sing Hell’s Bells on-key – much of it is above my range – but I nail Dirty Deeds).
                  I can do some Van Halen fairly well – D.O.A. came out pretty good (Mrs. Rev really likes the way I pull off Big Bad Bill & Ice Cream Man) – a bit of Metallica. . . Steppenwolf. . . Aqualung and Just a Gigolo are 2 of my favorite karaoke songs. . .
                  I can even pull off some oldschool Black Sabbath when the mood strikes. . . to my nephew’s surprise.
                  My nephew had me learn the lyrics for Tornado of Souls (Megadeth). . . it came out pretty good, although I sound angry where Dave Mustaine sounds kind of whiny. . .

                  The actual singer for my nephew’s band at the time did that stuff that sounds like trying to sing while choking on a penis. . . *shudder*

                  • Whispergirl

                    I completely understand about finding one’s voice later in life.
                    I’d like to hear your version of Ice Cream Man and of Tornado of Souls.

                    “choking on a penis”… no kidding!

    • jhs5150

      Hmm. Surprise, surprise! I was actually working on it the last few days and figured it out a long time ago but forgot about it. It’s really not that hard.
      I’ll record the intro to it.

      It’s in drop-D tuning (low E string tuned down one step to D.)

      • Whispergirl

        I can’t wait to see the video. jhs-tutorials!
        I know what drop-D is; I thought all Van Halen songs (except Jump) were that???

        • jhs5150

          Well then, I guess I gotta do it. No going back now (laughs.)

          • Whispergirl

            Also, I would like to request ATBL as well.
            No going back! That could be a song… hummm.
            Haha!

            • jhs5150

              Ugh! Now you went and did it. That song “Ain’t No Stopping Us Now” just popped into my head. Good Grief, Charlie Brown!

    • RickieLowe

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q_OPJegzZjw

      Happy New Year WG! Miss you!

      Come to NY and I will teach you.

      • Whispergirl

        Happy New Year RL! I miss you too. You should come around here more.
        I know that is you! You are really good! I would come to NY for the lesson, but you’d be there for days! Bring food… and water… and a whole lotta patience. I really like the beginning. I’d be happy with that.

        Thanks for reading way, way down here to see this! Perhaps I’ll see if I can copy your left hand. I don’t know what is going on with the picking, but I’d have part of it. Thanks RL.

        And again, Happy New Year! Oh and don’t believe that other place… “they” will get new music out in 2015. It’s just that they need a record deal. Those are hard to get for even the best rock acts now, and necessary for large-scale distribution.

        Hey I like that edit at the end. A power A-chord. Does that mean all the A-chord strings held with the first finger? I can do that! I really am getting better and better. I have music stuff everywhere. I’m hoping by next Christmas (Chanukah for some of us) that I’ll have “me” as the video! I sing too, the full act, so we’ll see. I might through some Hear About It Later into the mix of my holiday song. Come back around RL. I miss you. And I’m feeling like paying more attention to this page, so you would be a welcome addition. XOXO!

  • jhs5150

    Phil Collen joins in the fun and plays “Deuce” with Kiss.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=1lmlP8IS08s

  • Reverend Draco

    Dennis Leary is a freakin maniac. . .

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UrgpZ0fUixs

    This is some good shit. . .

  • jetblast190

    This is very interesting about a professional singer who has a stuttering problem in normal speech. Apparently the way the brain functions, stuttering does not carry over to singing.

    http://www.ted.com/talks/megan_washington_why_i_live_in_mortal_dread_of_public_speaking

    Country singer Mel Tillis had the same problem.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5aweaoakyK8

  • jhs5150

    This one’s for RCI. Check out Rudy Schenker’s guitar in the vid!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=PljJww9Mqc8

    • rci808

      Hah! killer!

      I love the gated shifter slots.

      Rarri!

  • jhs5150
  • jhs5150

    A little retro-metal. I bought this album when it came out in ’83 after hearing Yngwie Malmsteen play on a guitarist compilation record called US Metal, which I bought.

    It’s amazing what a good producer can get out of a guitarist. Yngwie’s soloing is the most structured I ever heard him play on this album. After this he went solo and well, when left to his own excesses, he pretty much was all over every song in every nook and cranny available; taste kind of went out the window.

    You either love Graham Bonnet’s voice or you hate it. I like it. Ballsy but not too over-the-top.

    In case it doesn’t work, start the album at 3:56 (the song General Hospital – I guess someone in the band watched soap operas.) Check it out!

    http://youtu.be/C-2L0Z7rnmY?t=3m56s

  • lookin_for_a_moonbeam

    Flicking through the radio channels on a lazy Saturday evening, the
    listing on the station Planet Rock right now says “Joe Elliot: Joe will
    play the music that inspired him over the years, punctuated with stories
    from three decades as the singer in Def Leppard”.

    Just FYI, really…

    • jhs5150

      C’mon MB, we know you’re secretly a Joe Elliot fan 😉

      • lookin_for_a_moonbeam

        Such a good secret; I wasn`t even told about it! And I didn`t like the songs that influenced him, which is logical 🙂

  • jhs5150
    • Whispergirl

      Def Leppard, Vegas, 2015. I think we should go see this! Yeah end of 2015 is far enough away that, perhaps, I might be able to actually say I can go to that. You know? It might be good news for me, because I doubt there would be a way I could pull it off this year, and no way do I want to miss it!

      • jhs5150

        Absotively!

      • HS_1_3415

        What’s really going to happen is I’m going to go to UCLA for college and quickly find a rich boyfriend and then convince him to buy us tickets and fly us all to Vegas for my 19th birthday. Okay, maybe that’s a stretch. In that case I’ll just save up all my graduation money and pray it’s enough.

  • jhs5150

    For Moonbeam –

    A little Malmsteen, Schenker and Roth.

    This Malmsteen song pretty much sums up his playing. The problem is, he sounds pretty much the same on every song, lol.

    Schenker? Well, Schenker is one of the greats, starting with his days in UFO. Heavily classically influenced, he brought classical into the hard rock world. Fast, but equally melodic, he influenced a lot of European metal players, most notably Iron Maiden.

    Roth? I don’t actually know much of his music but he has a Hendrix protege’, not officially but definitely a disciple. Here he is with the white Strat when he was with The Scorpions. His dive bombs remind me of another guitar player we all know and love. And how lucky were to the Scorpions to have had two great guitar players (Schenker and Roth) pass through their lineup. Roth left to do his one Hendrix-stylized stuff. I added the second Roth track so you could hear the Hendrix influence.

    Enjoy!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SAsHFSrh0i8

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EGY0KEGVK6Q

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3nqEwJGL3pI

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tmuXK01ub5g

    • lookin_for_a_moonbeam

      You`re a good man J, thanks for this.

      Yngwie is as I thought; Wow, then OK, then what else have you got? I remember when I saw Satch, Paul Gilbert opened up the show. My wife said the difference was that Joe`s songs sound like a structured song without vocals, whereas Gilbert`s sounded like he needed a singer to keep the thing on the tracks. Yngwie might be manageable for a song or two, but a CD on repeat and I might need your Tom Petty gun.

      MS and Scorpions sound bassy, or at least they sound to me like they need a guitar with the treble up, something to bring a little…happiness is the wrong word, but a little sparkle of EVH or Joe magic, another layer of depth – perhaps it`s old age, and I`m getting soft. Very possible.

      I like Uli Jon Roth though; which is odd as I`ve never really gotten Hendrix and you`re calling that as a big vibe in it. That was my pick of this little selection. Thanks again for posting 🙂

      • jhs5150

        My Tom Petty gun is now a grenade launcher….

      • jhs5150

        Well, the Schenker clip was 30+ years old and I can tell the recording quality wasn’t that great, plus he used to use a wah pedal as a tone control so it had a lot of “scooped out” mids. Funny, kids are into that today but everyone else has gotten away from it. When I saw him 2 years ago he had stopped using it and really, he didn’t need it. He is one of the few guys (like EVH) where most of his tone is from his hands.

        He has been coming around every year or so and I was kind of broke earlier in the year or I would have gone to see him again. Next year…

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  • jetblast190

    Given recent world events, this musical message seems appropriate.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e-LprM2ICfI

    • Whispergirl

      Peace!
      Nuno!
      Great one, Jet!

      • jetblast190

        Stop the World, I want to get off…

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ray4SeegoKc

        • Whispergirl

          I love this. All this talk of Nuno and Extreme made me want to do a story. I remember this Vogue issue…
          Check out my little story (on the main page). It’s for you, sorta…

    • Reverend Draco

      Damn!
      Why didn’t Van Halen rock this hard when Gary was with them?
      Why didn’t Gary sing this good when he was with Van Halen?
      (he sounded so much like a Sammy wannabe that it was painful)

      • Whispergirl

        It is a matter of chemistry. I think Nuno is more mellow than Eddie, and I think Gary was trying too hard with Van Halen. They are so much better this way.

      • jetblast190

        Even Gary has complained that Eddie wrote the music in a key that was above his natural register, that it was better suited for Sammy. But he worked within the confines of the music that Eddie wrote. Gary was in a winless situation…he not only wasn’t going to be accepted by DLR era fans, he also wasn’t going to be accepted by Sammy era fans as well.

        And I agree with Whisper…it’s chemistry. Just because Gary grew up a big Van Halen fan, it didn’t mean that he was right for the job. I like Gary better than most, but not his solo stuff…he needs Nuno in the same way Dave needs Eddie.

    • RickieLowe

      That bass player sat right behind me in Boston for VH. It was March of 2012. Nice guy!

      • jetblast190

        Patrick Badger! He’s a damn fine bassist and vocalist as well…between you, me and the wind, he’s also better totally better than the other guy!

  • Whispergirl

    I missed this Roth Show, featuring DLR singing Ice Cream Man. He’s pretty good here, which I find to be promising.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UFjNvJv4iKA#t=173
    The other guy playing guitar seems to have been with him, as a teacher or perhaps collaborator since about ’07. I found a recording of them together from ’07.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tYCnT8d2r6I

    • jhs5150

      I really like the second song. I like Spanish guitar and that coupled with Dave’s singing, which is good on this song, makes for a nice record. It should be on the next VH record.

      • Whispergirl

        I liked it too. People want to know about DLR’s solo acoustic stuff he did in that time period (that isn’t being released because of Van Halen as people speculate). I think it is “that.” It’s good. As for being on the next Van Halen record, the talk was that DLR suggested Stay Frosty, and that was a pretty good song for Van Halen. Perhaps Eddie will listen to this type of thing as a suggestion, and of course, put some Eddie in it as he did with Stay Frosty. Either way, I liked the song too.

  • jhs5150

    Judas Priest’ “Redeemer Of Souls” debuts at #6 on the Billboard 200 album chart.

    Not bad for a Metal band of aging rockers.

    Show ’em how its done!

    http://www.billboard.com/charts/billboard-200

    http://bcove.me/1ztlkzaj

    • Reverend Draco

      Holy Shit, Batman!

      This is what real music sounds like – not that boring, banal bullshit that people have been bamboozled into calling music for the last 25 years. . .

      The Metal God sounds as amazing as ever. . .

  • jhs5150

    A VERY good (albeit lengthy) interview with Joe and Sav from Def Leppard with Tavis Smiley that was done a few days ago. They cover the early days, their musical road map on how they wanted to (and did) cross musical genre’s to appeal to the masses, the dark days and this Summer’s tour with Kiss.

    Check it out!

    video.pbs.org/video/2365287669

    • RickieLowe

      When did you get the stealth?

      • jhs5150

        8thstreet.com south Jersey

      • jetblast190

        You still planning on ZZ and Jeff Beck at Jones Beach Sept. 4?

        • RickieLowe

          No but I could be talked into it. You?

          Beck pissed me off when I saw him at Westbury with the guy from the Beach Boys. Beck played by himself for 45 minutes. Beach Boys played by themselves for 1 hour. Then Beck played with the Beach Boys for a 1/2 hour. Show over!!! Beck was the headline! Watching him strum along to “little surfer girl” was a new incarnation of purgatory for me!!!

          I’m not sure what the plan is but I don’t want to seem him playing ZZ top songs.

          What do you think?

          • jetblast190

            I’m considering it…still lots of seats available, so what does that tell you! I still have to wait to bid for and receive my September schedule which should be by august 8th or 9th. I just remember you mentioning it. I youtubed it a bit and it seemed like it was Beck playing with ZZ. That gives me a little hesitation. I mentioned it to my neighbor and he and his son may be interested, but there’s still a lot of let’s wait and see. Of course a 2015 VH tour is what I’m really hoping for!

            • RickieLowe

              I would love to go with you but if Beck is not playing at least 1.5 hours (give or take a few minutes) by himself then I would have to pass. I’m not a ZZ guy!

              Let me know:

              Rich

              rsnyder812@msn.com

              Let me know when you have my email because I will erase it from this board.

              • jetblast190

                I got it thanks…will drop you a line.

    • HS_1_3415

      I’m pretty sure nothing can stop that band. Rick’s arm, Steve’s death, Sav’s Bell’s palsy, Viv’s cancer, and yet they’re still tearin’ it up on stage every night after 35 years. If I were even half that optimistic and determined I could really get somewhere. Great interview J! (How did you even find that?)

      • jhs5150

        It is on DL’s website. Sometimes being bored at work has its advantages. 😉

        Yeah, Viv’s Hodgkins has returned which concerns me. He is supposed go undergo a stem cell transplant. Pray for him.

        • HS_1_3415

          Just read that interview. The good thing is, he always seems so optimistic about it, because it’s when you start getting all depressed that things really start to go south. He’s just like “Well, at least I have health insurance!” and then heads out on a 40+ date US tour. He also seemed excited that this new chemo he’s getting doesn’t cause hair loss, so he gets to start growing his hair back.

          Oh and did you see, Phil’s wife is the tour photographer? Do you think it’s because they couldn’t get Ross or because she wanted to make sure other women weren’t trying to go after her husband? Haha. Either way she does a great job.

          • jhs5150

            Yeah, he doesn’t seem to let anything stop him. So many musicians DON’T have health insurance. He’s lucky he’s in a band that is financially sound.

            I didn’t notice about Phil’s wife. That’s how Paul McCartney met his first wife 😉

            • HS_1_3415

              He was on, I think it was That Metal Show or something, talking about it and apparently when he met her, he knew within 15 minutes that she was the one.They’re cute together, they’ve been married since 2010. This is Phil’s third wife though, why do rockers all have so many wives? (Except for Ozzy and Alice Cooper who have each been married for over 30 years)

              • jhs5150

                Well, “the one” is a discussion for another time but basically “the one” is just a possibility. Nothing is predestined in this life. There can be more than one “the one.” And if “the one” doesn’t think you’re “the one”, well???

                • HS_1_3415

                  Whatever I mean as long as they’re happy for the moment, right? Then when you’re not happy anymore, move on to someone else who makes you happy. I think that’s how it works.

                  From Wikipedia:
                  “Cooper then reportedly left Welch, however, to marry, on March 20, 1976, ballerina instructor/choreographer Sheryl Goddard, who performed in the Alice Cooper show from 1975 to 1982. In November 1983, at the height of Cooper’s alcoholism, Sheryl filed for divorce, but by mid-1984, she and Cooper had reconciled. The couple has remained together since. In a 2002 television interview, Cooper claimed that he had “never cheated” on his wife in all the time they had been together. In the same interview, he also claimed that the secret to a lasting and successful relationship is to continue going out on dates with your partner.”

                  That’s cute. As far as I know, it’s the longest marriage in rock ‘n’ roll, 38 years? WOW. He also found Jesus, plays golf, and talked Dave Mustaine out of getting a tattoo. This guy is magic or something.

                  Oh and KISS/Leps looks like I may be going to the Aug. 8 show, not next Friday, but still no tix yet. Keeping my fingers crossed. (If not, Leps is planning to drop an album and go on a world tour next year, so I’ll have another chance. Don’t know what I’m gonna do after my Mötley shows though, can’t believe it’s the end.)

                  • jhs5150

                    Yup. My show is the 3d.

                    Alice is great. I love his interviews. He has never gotten enough credit for changing the rock world. He created shock-rock and all others followed in his footsteps.

                    As far as the happy thing goes, just make sure whoever you’re with is happy to begin with. You’ve got a much better shot of it working out. Brooding rock stars may look cool but won’t be much good as a partner 😉

                    • HS_1_3415

                      Whoever I marry will likely not be from the the financial sector or a politician because most of those guys are liars and will say anything to get what they want from you. Yeah, not happening. I should probably just marry a producer, then he wouldn’t be off on tour and I could also get free studio time.

        • Whispergirl

          Scary! Yes!

  • jhs5150

    Here’s a couple of vids from last night’s Molly Hatchet show not too far from here.

    Rock out!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D-bkU324tOM

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WGtOl5rVu-w

    For more from the Hatchet and other videos go to youtube.com/jhs5150

    • lookin_for_a_moonbeam

      As you know J, I like MH`s music, and even their album covers! They sound good still and I`m sure you had a good time? And is there a less image-conscious band on the planet? Next time anyone tells you someone they love is “all about the music”, show `em a Molly Hatchet video. I cannot imagine how on earth Mrs M. could be persuaded to go and see them if they came over here…

      • jhs5150

        Yeah, it was a lot of fun. I was testing out a new video camera and this was the perfect place to do it.

        They’re very patriotic, which a lot of the southern bands are – something sorely lacking these days, it seems to me.

        The Artimus Pyle (ex-original Skynyrd drummer) band opened up for them doing all Skynyrd tunes (of course.) The were excellent musicians and they did the songs note-for-note. I was surprised of the Jersey ties these southern bands have, including Blackfoot.

        It looks like they do a lot of touring in Europe, you might get your chance.

    • jhs5150

      Sorry, there was a little bit of frame creep on Jukin’/Dreams. The LCD screen is only 1 1/4 inches wide. I’m still getting used to it.

    • ♫ Meanie Beanie ♫♫♫

      Love that song!!.. I like these guys!

      • jhs5150

        Which one?

        • RickieLowe

          jhs – I’m trying to get JohnPM my email address. MeanBeanie has my email, I think. Do you have Meanie’s email?

          • jhs5150
            • RickieLowe

              I got his. I asked him to forward you my email. When you get it, please send it to John_P_M.

              Thanks

              Rich

              • jhs5150

                I don’t have JPM’s anymore. Like I said. If you go talk to him on an old thread I’m sure he’ll give it to you.

            • RickieLowe

              Thanks – you can delete that now if you think he would not want it up there?

              • jhs5150

                Done. Whats this all about?

                • RickieLowe

                  John_P_M is going to email me the electronic versions of ADKOT from the high quality vinyl he has. He says, and I believe him, that the quality is much better. I have plenty of engineering friends who agree that vinyl provides a better sonic experience it terms of space between instruments.

                  🙂

          • jhs5150

            Go to an old thread on the desk and ask him for it there.

            • RickieLowe

              Do you have John’s email?

              • jhs5150

                Not anymore.

            • RickieLowe

              Good idea.

      • RickieLowe

        Trev – do you still have my email? Do you have JHS5150’s email? Can you provide my email to him?

        • jetblast190

          Is it just me, or do you find it very odd that A.M. trolls all of the DLR fans except for the two biggest and most outspoken ones at that other website…Dr. V and E_C?

    • Whispergirl

      Your recorder is fabulous! You got fabulous footage!
      Great post!!!!!

      • jhs5150

        Thanks. It’s good to get a second opinion. I’m pretty particular. I want it both look AND sound good.

        Wait till JP! 😉

  • jhs5150

    Bring it on!

    Mick Jagger Rumored to Want Rolling Stones Museum

    http://ultimateclassicrock.com/rolling-stones-museum/

  • Reverend Draco

    Mrs. Rev showed me this, from Farcebook – so I hadda look it up on YT. . . because there’s a Van Halen reference.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0nVvRwrgsGU

    (Van Halen reference is at 1:18, if you want to skip the rest)

  • Reverend Draco

    I’ve got a woody now. . .

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I0EwfXA-apE

  • Reverend Draco

    Well. . . this is kinda cool. . .
    http://ultimateclassicrock.com/yelling-free-bird/?utm_source=sailthru&utm_medium=referral

    Although the exact origins of the ‘Free Bird’ scream are shrouded in mystery, Fry quotes veteran DJ Kevin Matthews
    as taking credit for the practice, which he says he started as a way of
    hassling less desirable singers. “It was never meant to be yelled at a
    cool concert — it was meant to be yelled at someone really lame,” he
    explained. “If you’re going to yell ‘Free Bird,’ yell ‘Free Bird’ at a
    Jim Nabors concert…The people who are conceited, the so-called artists
    who get really offended by it, they deserve it.”

  • Whispergirl

    I found myself a lesson to copy. I know these chords, and I’m going to try this!
    Nuno, at 4:37, very cool!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HfyPJUtsc_Y

    • Reverend Draco

      Even when he slowed down that first riff. . . I still couldn’t keep up. . .

      Hope it helps you, W – I can make neither heads nor tails of it.

      • Whispergirl

        That first stuff is very fast. I’m going to do the song at 4:37 because I know the chords, and he’s actually just picking the chords. I really like him.

    • jetblast190

      What impresses me is how these guys, Nuno and Eddie being perfect examples, can wrap their thumb around the top of the neck onto the upper strings. The length from the the tip of their thumb to the first knuckle is incredibly long. I have an acoustic that I used to tinker around on when I was younger and I could never reach my thumb around like that and still keep my other four fingers in a proper playing position to apply proper pressure to the lower strings.

      Nuno’s idea of “slow” kind of makes me chuckle. 🙂

      • Whispergirl

        It is my natural tendency to wrap my thumb like that. My fingers are quite long. If you notice, he does that only on some chords. If it’s a barre chord, he has his thumb on the back of the neck, which is where you have to have it for those (placing your ring and/or, like me, your ring and little finger on the middle-area strings and your pointer on the lower-root note). I think he’s doing some muting technique with his thumb wrapped on the neck. I actually do some things like him, so I like to watch him play. Next time he comes around in any form, even with Rhianna, I’m going to go see him and sit where I can see him. Yes, his version of “slow” is RIDICULOUS! I think Nuno’s the best! Plus, he has cute pants, no jeans for this guy! There is another video, I’ll find it later, where he talks about having the same guitar for 20 years. I like that one too because it makes him seen very human. I like learning from Nuno!

  • jhs5150

    Call for the ‘Priest! No Raw Deal here!

    Judas Priest announce tour dates supporting their new album – “Redeemer Of Souls.”

    Looks like I’ll be going to AC!

    More dates to come.

    Oct-01 Rochester, NY Main Street Armory
    Oct-03 Hammond, IN The Venue at Horseshoe Casino
    Oct-04 Louisville, KY Louder Than Life Fest at Champions
    Oct-09 Brooklyn, NY Barclays
    Oct-10 Atlantic City, NJ Harrah’s
    Oct-11 Mashantucket, CT MGM Grand Theater at Foxwood’s
    Oct-14 Lowell, MA Tsongas Center at UMass
    Oct-15 Allentown, PA PPL Center
    Oct-17 East Rutherford, NJ Izod Center
    Oct-19 Detroit, MI Fox Theatre
    Oct-24 Baltimore, MD Pier Six Pavilion
    Oct-28 Duluth, GA The Arena at Gwinnett Center
    Oct-30 Hollywood, FL Hard Rock Live Arena
    Nov-06 Allen, TX Allen Event Center
    Nov-07 Austin FunFunFun Fest
    Nov-10 Los Angeles, CA Nokia
    Nov-12 Phoenix, AZ Jobing Arena
    Nov-13 Highland, CA San Manuel Casino
    Nov-14 Las Vegas, NV The Pearl
    Nov-16 San Jose, CA City National Civic
    Nov-18 Salt Lake City, UT Maverik Center

    • Whispergirl

      They are playing Nokia here. That’s a nice venue, not so big. The strange one IMO are those Texas venues, Allen (a suburb, sort of North of Dallas) and something in Austin called FunFunFun Fest? Interesting.

  • rci808

    There was some talk of these guys reuniting last year.

    Ummm? Please?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=75PSDxSmfxM

    • Whispergirl

      I heard that talk too. Perhaps they are in the studio?? I would be cool!

  • jhs5150

    Wanna hear how a guitar amp SHOULD sound? This guy uses the exact same setup I’ve used for years with the big boy. Monster tone!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KlEbz-Z4SC0

  • jhs5150

    Guitar lesson for the day – taught by a 4th grader, gettin’ High And Dry!

    Pretty damn good!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dXSIBxeSIhM

    • Whispergirl

      Cute girl. The age I was when the guitar went up. I want to learn this now!

  • jhs5150

    I saw this band open up for BSR last night and this was the last song they did. They’ve definitely got a Guns/AC-DC vibe and the main riff is the same as the one in AC-DC’s “Honey, what to you do for money?” but it’s kick-ass and it’s crunchy and I think it’s a hit.

    Check it out!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lWKYFHy3XR4

    • Whispergirl

      That is good! I see the wine red Marshall is well-represented there too!
      I like the video too. It has a happy ending. Text break-ups are very uncool! Oh and these guys look good. I like the Black-guy singer. I like it when stereo-types are broken. He’s like wearing a headband to go pick up one’s Gibson at Guitar Center! Take that stereotypes!

      • jhs5150

        Hmm…yeah – this band could be a new fave of mine.

        There’s just too many coincidences lately – I’m going to end up with one of those wine-red LPs.

        As far as stereotypes go, I don’t care if they’re Martians as long as they play kick-ass music. And no coincidence they opened up for a band that used to have a black lead singer.

        Phil Lynott would be proud.

        • Whispergirl

          Indeed! Pretty cool band. Do you know where they are from? Are they local to you? I really think I need to check out new bands and things that are actually playing. I wish I could. Hopefully there will be more money in my life so that I can. For now, there is the Internet!

          I don’t know if you need the wine red guitar, and it wasn’t a hint, honest. I mentioned so much only because it was special for me to see my guitar so well-represented. I was feeling like people here would think of my new guitar as decided “un-Eddie”, so much so held off on talking about it. But I’m after a very different thing with my playing. I like their sound, and the sound of all these guys who play Gibsons. Now to translate that to the rest of my influences….
          Oh and if you do want a wine-red Gibson, you should get one. Apparently, they are trendy! And I think they smell good. Seriously, my guitar smells good when I open its case. Perhaps your Stealth wants a friend?

          • jhs5150

            I don’t know but I’m going to find out. Yeah, I was thinking the same thing last night – that I’d like to go to shows like this every week or two to see who’s out there and if I like it. The price of the ticket ($29) wasn’t cost-prohibitive and I half thought about going to see them and BSR again tonight (it’s 100 miles away but I could stay with my sister but I don’t know.)

            I know you weren’t hinting – that doesn’t mean I don’t want one. I owned a wine-red Custom JUST like that guy was playing and I love the color. I definitely want it. We’ll see.

            No one can deny the impact that Les Pauls have had on the rock world – virtually every major rock player has played one at one time or another. There’s nothing to be worried about. You got what you liked and no one can disparage you for doing that! Rock till your heart’s content!

            And yes, Stealthy needs a friend; especially one who’s into wine
            😉

            • Whispergirl

              I am getting on my feet. That’s gotta happen first. Then I need to … live. And living for me WILL be seeing shows, seeing what’s out there that I like. It’s not going to happen until I have a little security though. I’m in a different boat than you. I have a business to build. And while I’m doing that, in the silent hours, I’ll play and learn.

              Wine red Gibsons!!!

              • jhs5150

                I know…and you will, and yes – WR Gibsons!

          • jhs5150

            It appears at least one member of the band is from Philly and they were hand-picked by Slash as the winner of GC’s “Onstage with Slash” contest – no small feat. It seems they are up and coming.

            I’m going to buy their album.

            http://www.mach22music.com/

            • Whispergirl

              They are local, then. Interesting. And very interesting on the Slash thing. I didn’t know there was such a contest.

              • jhs5150

                Yup. They’re from Philly.

    • Reverend Draco

      Dafuq is a BSR?

      These guys aren’t too shabby. . . far from ready for the big time, but they have potential.

      Give them a couple of years, and they should be ready for touring.

      • Whispergirl

        BSR is Black Star Riders, the left-overs from Thin Lizzy, with a different name.

        • Reverend Draco

          Ahh. . . thank you. . . I was rather cornfoozed. . .

  • jhs5150

    Here’s a radio interview with Phil Collen discussing their summer tour with Kiss recorded three days ago on an Dallas radio station. The host has that typically cheesy “phony smile on the radio” sound and his questions are scripted but Phil is great and talks about everything from almost joining Iron Maiden to quitting alcohol cold turkey, and Leppard after Steve Clark. Check it out.

    http://jackontheweb.cbslocal.com/2014/06/16/def-leppards-phil-collen-we-are-the-best-live-band-in-the-world/

  • jhs5150

    Here’s a shot of Viv Campbell with Thin Lizzy 3 years ago – the same time I saw him with the band. Also, there’s quite a lengthy article on their (BSR’s) new album that’s produced by none other than Def Leppard’s Joe Elliott, who was responsible for remastering the TL reissues a few years ago.

    http://rockguitardaily.blogspot.com/2014/06/scott-gorham-still-proving-it-rock.html

    • Whispergirl

      Good article. I think that show will be really good. I wish I could go. And I see this is a Gibson photo! Hi Viv! Yeah, right he can hear me! I also checked out that guy’s blog. I wonder how he gets interviews…. hummmm……

      • jhs5150

        I was about as close too. Fun night. Can’t wait for Friday!

        • Whispergirl

          Have fun!

  • rci808

    Killer axe, Birdie.

    Lets jam!

    • Whispergirl

      I talked about it on Party too! Okay! I’ll jam. I know 7 chords now…
      My chords… A Am C D E Em and G! I can do the beginning to Stayed Awake All Night (Krokus), and I’m trying Ain’t Talking Bout Love! I’m up to three notes! I’m cruising!

      • rci808

        Awesome!

        Tear it up!

        • Whispergirl

          OMG, I’m in full “boy” mode. I just got out there and drove my other Mercedes. It has been sitting … because I was afraid of it. I thought it didn’t run and would roll and kill people! But after a few drives back and forth in the driveway, I braved the streets to go it better gas. It’s great now! I’m going to drive it more. My old Benz is back! I swear I’m fearless now! Buying a Gibson, taking on that car that I thought was dead! And all by myself!!!

          • rci808

            Us boys call it “shreddin'”

            Get a drum machine thingy now so you have a cool sounding tempo and create your own original material. Shred with it.

            Loop it and keep up the practice, birdie. we can send files and create a whole Whispergirl-dot-net orchestra.

            Fun!

            • Whispergirl

              I have two real drums. I play those too. I play along to songs. I would love to get a drum machine thingy! I will need a recorder too! I have my Ellie Goulding songbook on the way. I’m going to play the chords to my downloads and sing along too.
              I added a really bad F and an equally bad B to the mix tonight. I have the first notes of ATBL too, going with my Krokus three-chord portion of the song. I can type faster than anyone you’ve ever seen, so it’s just a matter of time before I can translate that skill to my guitar. I do get better each day of my practice, and I’m not skipping any days. We will have a whispergirl dot net band! I’ll even deem myself whisperboy for a day!

              • rci808

                lol!

                You are going to have soooooo much fun with this hobby!

                Shred it!

                • Whispergirl

                  I’m a ways away from shredding, but…
                  Okay!!!!

                  • rci808

                    I did a little 3 song album with a drum machine and a simple 4-track cassette recorder (30 bucks at the time) and called it “Basses Of Bob”.

                    lol

                    Multi-tracked in some solos on to the computer-generated back-bone and spent 3 months messing with pure solo joy.

                    • Whispergirl

                      I’d love to hear it! That’s what this place is for!!!
                      Please put it up.

                      As for my aspirations, I hope I can get what I want to play actually out. I have thoughts about what I want things to sound like, and I think it would be fun to play around with it. But I’ll be happy just to get better. My instrument is really supportive though. I feel like I have a chance with this stellar piece of equipment. And I am happy to have the support from all of you guys. I was really, really scared you all would laugh or think it was not for me or something much more exclusive. This support means a lot to me!!!!

  • jhs5150

    WG got a guitar! Woohoo!

    • Whispergirl

      eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!

      What I want to know is when I’ll wake up “not” excited about it. I’m on Day Two (three if one counts Saturday) still excited about it!

      • jhs5150

        It’s your baby, you’ll always get excited about it! Truth!

        Now flash ’em your rock card 😉

        EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE back!

        • Whispergirl

          I’m going to make music. I’m going to be “old” doing it, but I am going to do it. I hear stuff, different stuff, so it might as well be me who makes what I hear. It won’t be fully rock, but my favorite sounds are definitely rock guitars. We will see now… what I am made of! eeeeee?

    • Whispergirl

      And you know what?
      I feel like I belong.
      I often say how much I don’t belong, how much I’m not rock ‘n’ roll on the outside and so not legit in the eyes of the people who are.
      But? I was cruising Guitar Center and Sam Ash yesterday having those guys hand me picks. Okay, I have a long way to go, but I’m in the club now!

  • Reverend Draco
    • Whispergirl

      Avery is growing!
      Cool performance!

      • Reverend Draco

        He certainly is developing his own sense of style, for sure. . .

        • Whispergirl

          He shows the value of hard work! I think his stuff sounds like him too. Sure he’s playing others, but I hear his developing style. And the filming is going high tech (notice the lighting). Thanks for the scoops.

          • Reverend Draco

            “Sure he’s playing others, but I hear his developing style.”

            Nailed it.

            • Whispergirl

              I hear it too. That’s why I said what I said in my comment. He’ll be on his way very soon.

  • jhs5150

    Red Light! Yellow Light! Green Light! GO!!! #DefLeppard
    pic.twitter.com/ug4uDdSktb— Def Leppard (@def_leppard) June 10, 2014

    • Whispergirl

      Joe’s hair is longer! Yay!
      Cool.

  • rci808

    Some NoIsE KiTcHeN for your Thursday evening.

    Warning. This song may get the buzzards to start circling over the stereo.

    Maximum jazz rock. One of our originals.

    too much fun!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X_VWrF6b0ok

    • Whispergirl

      Killer tune!!!!!!
      I love the originals!

      • rci808

        Thanks so much, W!

        😀

        • Whispergirl

          I hear so much Rush in this this. It has a really good bass groove. You are your uncle’s nephew, that’s for sure!

          • rci808

            That is the best compliment I could ever have!

            Thanks!

            P.S. Sorry for responding to your old posts at the desk of craziness. I just like burning them over there.

            • Whispergirl

              It’s true!

              As for your P.S., I think it’s great, what you did! Thanks for keeping “me” alive. Sometimes I realize how little people know me now. Compared to what it was… well, that’s something. Those were fun times, the summer of 2012, before all the crazy started to happen. I truly loved it. Made friends from that place, that time, that have lasted, and that’s truly wonderful.

    • Reverend Draco

      How did you guess?

      I hadda break out the .410 to keep the buzzards at bay. . .

      A little “wanky” but not bad, overall.
      Good job.

  • jhs5150

    Love to hear The King play these numbers on acoustic guitar. They sound great this way too. Rock on!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uK5VvpIlV3Q

  • jetblast190

    This is for W…for our convo today. Follow your dreams!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q7zLCw5xy_w

    • Whispergirl

      I wonder what this is.

      I remember those times. i remember wanting to do things I didn’t do. I did what I had to, but so much now, needs to be what I want to. It seems like things repeat. I think there are people in my life who choose/chose conventional things, monetary things, comfort, over dreams, people who I have to forget to not affect my own desires and dreams. I suppose that never stops.

      He wants to be backed-up. Support is everything.

      I like this kid. He really went through things to follow his music. I’m going to read more about him. And he has a son? Crazy stuff.

      Thanks, Jet. This was powerful.

      • jetblast190

        You know who that is right?

        • Whispergirl

          Yes, the guitarist for Rush, as a 17-year-old, ignoring what he had to ignore. He’s cute too… in a Rush sort of way.

          • jetblast190

            I couldn’t tell from your response if you caught that or not…silly me, of course you did!

            • Whispergirl

              It’s amazing that there is such footage. That was what I was referring to in my response. I couldn’t imagine having footage of me talking with my parents about what I wanted at that age. These were very serious topics too. Alex did well for himself, but it was probably the most important part that he wasn’t motivated by having a great car. Amazing guy!

              And how about that album list in that other video you posted? Man, it went on FOREVER! That’s so impressive! These guys have true conviction. I’ve said that before, but THE most important quality to me in any person is to have the courage of his convictions. It’s a hard thing to have, but the one thing that is good and true! Great posts today, Jet.

              And soon, I’ll have my changes done…. working now!

              • jetblast190

                19 studio albums, 20 if you include the studio production of cover songs they did in 2004 to support their R30 (30 yr. reunion) tour that year.

                • Whispergirl

                  Crazy amount! I have some catching up to do to learn them.

                  I finished the Party upgrade. See if you like it!

      • jhs5150

        “Dream on, dream on, dream until your dreams come true.”

    • jhs5150

      I’ve seen this before, on VH1 I think. It was part of a Rush documentary. They showed each band member from the time the were in high school together and on from there. Pretty interesting.

      • jetblast190

        This apparently was from a documentary filmed in Canada in the early 70’s regarding teens in Canada. I’m not sure if they were trying to portray youth in Canada as aimless and losers, or if they looked at a wide variety of youth and their aspirations. But it’s interesting because this was made when Alex clearly had his own vision of what he wanted to do, but it is well before anyone could have known how successful his career in music would end up being.

        • jhs5150

          A LOT of kids in the 70s were portrayed as aimless and losers. If you had long hair, and I did, you were typecast. When I went down south, my relatives called me a hippie even though my cousin down there really WAS a hippie – long hair and all. Who would have thought this loser would go on to serve his country and defend peoples’ freedom of speech/opinion? Se la vie’.

          • jetblast190

            Exactly. It’s not the appearance, or even the dreams, it’s what we do with them and make out of them. That’s why I posted that…Alex the loser vs. Alex the successful career musician who followed his vision and didn’t accept no as an answer. I admire that, regardless of the “what.”

            • jhs5150

              Imagine being The Beatles and being disparaged for the length of their hair in 1964? They said it was too long back then. LOL!
              (refresh)

              • jetblast190

                It’s actually uncomfortable to see how figgity and nervous he was in that video…rocking back and forth. I guess I would have been as well.

                • Whispergirl

                  Very nervous. He had a long way to go.

  • Whispergirl

    Learning from the dudes on VHND….

    Van Halen audio from 1981, Greensboro, NC:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rdxi0R-c3ho

    • jhs5150

      Can’t wait to check it out!

    • RickieLowe

      🙂

  • jetblast190

    And this one just never gets old…ever!

    Here’s to the Spirit!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9RG5UV9vuxI

    • rci808

      Oh hell yes.

      Got me in the mood now, jet.

      Red Barchetta time.

      • jetblast190

        Absolutely! Pretty killer song too!!! 😉

    • Whispergirl

      I think Rush is the most consistent of the older bands. They sound so much the same.

      • rci808

        ZZtop too!

        🙂

        • Whispergirl

          Yes, that’s true! I think there is a magic about staying together. Or is it that there’s a magic about trios? Either way….

          • rci808

            I wish L-Zep had the same ideas.

            (i know, not trio. but big band)

            • Whispergirl

              Me too. They have such a kind of magic that doesn’t need to die. I wish too. I was just playing Zep. More on that later….

            • Reverend Draco

              Jimmy Page has recently joked that, perhaps he should tour alone as Led Zeppelin. . . because so many young people – fans and journalists – have been clamoring for Zepp to tour. . . and Robert Plant keeps putting the kybosh on it.

  • jetblast190
    • rci808

      Somebody accused me of only liking instrumentals at the VHmental desk.

      Finally! somebody read me correctly!

      • jetblast190

        Rush…power trio, as if that’s a bad thing! Indeed! Lol

        • rci808

          lol!

          totally, man.

      • RickieLowe

        I feel it’s pretty much a given that VH will release a power trio record with Wolf. WIth or without Wolf on vocals. I think it may be all instrumental. I am a DLR guy so I am not wishing for him to leave, but I do feel (for some reason – probably past history!) that it is inevitable. I love all of the instrumental stuff going on across all VH catalogs so I think that would be cool.

        • Whispergirl

          I think that could happen too, although I’d say it will be all instrumental.

        • jetblast190

          You just committed heresy of the highest order if you repeated that at that other website!

          • RickieLowe

            Sounds like fun!!!

        • rci808

          Hell yes, Man.

        • jhs5150

          You saw on YT them rehearsing “As-Is” without Roth, no?

          Killer stuff!

          • jetblast190

            YES! And Light Up The Sky! WOW!!!

            • jhs5150

              The videos are private now – I can’t watch them. }:-

  • jetblast190

    Seven Cities Of Gold (I absolutely love this song from Clockwork Angels, can’t get enough of it. I’m not sure why, I have no common frame of reference, but the lyrics are very meaningful to me…perhaps not the intent, but they seem to be fitting for a travelling man, or wanderer…I’m a little of both.)

    A man can lose his past, in a country like this
    Wandering aimless
    Parched and nameless
    A Man could lose his way, in a country like this
    Canyons and cactus
    Endless and trackless

    Searching through a grim eternity
    Sculptured by a prehistoric sea

    Seven Cities of Gold
    The stories that fired my imagination
    Seven Cities of Gold
    A splendid mirage in this desolation
    Seven Cities of Gold
    Glowing in my dreams, like hallucinations
    Glitter in the sun like a revelation
    Distant as a comet or a constellation

    A man can lose himself, in a country like this
    Rewrite the story
    Recapture the glory
    A man could lose his life, in a country like this
    Sunblind and friendless
    Frozen and endless

    And the nights grow longer, the farther I go
    Wake to aching cold, and a deep Sahara of snow

    Seven Cities of Gold
    The stories that fired my imagination
    Seven Cities of Gold
    A splendid mirage in this desolation
    Seven Cities of Gold
    Glowing in my dreams, like hallucinations
    Glitter in the sun like a revelation
    Distant as a comet or a constellation

    That gleam in the distance could be heaven’s gate
    A long-awaited treasure at the end of my cruel fate

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=juwbCxpfmaY

    • rci808

      Peart.

      OMG.

      imagine hanging around on a coast to coast flight in the cabin with that cat.

      • jetblast190

        I wouldn’t have to say a word…I’d just listen and be totally content! Have you seen video on YT from their 2013 induction into the R&R HOF? Funny shit man! God help me I love that band!

        • rci808

          saw bits of it.. Alex went crazy!

          Blah blah blah! hahhaa!

          Life is better with Rush. Indeed.

          • jetblast190

            I thought the two guys that introduced them did a great job…”the greatest mystery in rock & roll: when exactly did Rush become cool?” LMAO at that one!

            • rci808

              hah! Awesome!

              Rock on, dude.

              Fly safe!

              • jetblast190

                Will do! Be good R!

                • rci808

                  Roger.

          • RickieLowe

            Now there’s a post for VHND!!! Thanks for the idea!

            • Whispergirl

              Saw your post. Very funny!

            • rci808

              lol!

        • Whispergirl

          Man, that was truly funny! I liked the look on Geddy’s face! Very cool!

          • jetblast190

            …but there is one mystery that surely eclipses them all…when the fuck did Rush become cool?!?!

            That totally cracks me up because in sooooo many ways I resemble that remark! lol

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VTz2TDr79eI

            • Whispergirl

              Jet, I have to confess, I haven’t seen this yet. I was seriously moved to tears. And don’t even think you weren’t cool. You were that kid in my government class, a kid I can STILL remember, and my life is one of those that has been so forwardly moving that there are few people I remember. There were four kids sitting together: a popular, good-looking rich boy, a popular good-looking rich girl, myself and a sort of skinny boy with dark hair who proudly wore a t-shirt (almost daily mind you) that said Rush. I had this total pull to understand what made someone want to wear a shirt that said Rush every day. That kid was cool because he was passionate. And passion… love… those are all that really matter. I always like the Rush songs we hear on the radio. I recognize the music in them. I absolutely love music. But Rush? They are so unique in their ability to endure. They exude passion and love… the same things I saw in that kid. That kid? He was you. And that is so cool it turns out that kind of cool is what I’ve been chasing that my entire life without knowing it. Rush … is awesome! Thanks for being the conversation I should have had with that kid way back in 1979.

              • jetblast190

                Well, thank you, you’re too kind! And it’s never too late to have that conversation with that kid in 1979, because that was me as well.

                • Whispergirl

                  I know, Jet, I know that was you.
                  Rush is cool. It was cool then. It was just so technical and dude-like and so far away. I do like them. I like what they said about the drums… that Neil’s drums were like music. I have this thing for drums these days. The other day I was making little sounds on my one snare thinking it would match singing. And I was making a different beat with a song. So that was inspiring for me seeing as something in my own head moves me to these sounds now. If you have a pic of you in a Rush shirt from 1979, that’d be fun to see!

                  • jetblast190

                    I never went to concerts…so no t-shirts. But if I had one back then, I would have worn it! Alternating days with a Van Halen t-shirt.

                    • Whispergirl

                      I went to a few concerts, but I never had the shirts either. And I get that Rush, Van Halen, Rush, Van Halen! Can I throw in Def Leppard too?

                    • jetblast190

                      Absolutely!!! Wouldn’t have it any other way, and I’m sure J would agree!

                    • Whispergirl

                      Yep! And for me… Ellie. I actually have an Ellie t-shirt, and believe me, buying anything right now, is really hard, so you know that mattered to me.

                      Going to walk dogs now… one of my jobs. Be back to fix the site.

                    • jhs5150
                    • jhs5150

                      No? (refresh)

                    • jetblast190

                      Are you trying to make me jealous? Between you and RickieL with his FW t-shirt…grrrr

                      That is very rare, and awesome!

                    • jhs5150

                      Sorry, lol. Just me being a smartass. I still have a t-shirt from the Unlawful tour. I had it on in the hospital when my son was born – how pathetic is that? I have them from the last 3 tours too though I usually buy bootlegs outside – they’re better quality and only about 10 bucks. I did buy a real one in ’07 with the pinup girl on it but honestly, the quality was crap – very thin. I wear them to knock around the house in.

                    • Whispergirl

                      I want it!

            • Reverend Draco

              So. . . who the fuck are these two dipshits doing the induction?
              Someone needed to slap the shit out of them and tell them to go sit the fuck down and shut the fuck up.

              2112 was my introduction to Rush – and I was an instant fan.
              Granted, VH is still the pinnacle. . . but Rush is a close second.

    • RickieLowe

      Headlong Flight just kills me. I love it so much. That tune speaks to me on so many different levels. RUSH!!!

      • jetblast190

        That’s killer as well!!! How could a pilot not love that one? 🙂

    • Whispergirl

      Very good song and performance. So? Where are the Seven Cites of Gold?

      • jetblast190

        By the lyrics it seems that they exist somewhere in a desert.

        • Whispergirl

          I want to go there. It seems like the West combined with the Kasbah or something close.

  • Whispergirl

    Look! I have a guitar teacher! In case you all don’t know, I like his sound. I find it interesting that Viv has a Kramer made to be like a Gibson. He would give up on that later on and just use a Gibson. Oh and Viv? Nice outfit! Cool little car too!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3BO3Ec_4hRs

    • jhs5150

      He looks/sounds so much like Gary Moore – no wonder Moore was his hero. They are both Irish and both are/were really knowledgeable. Bob Bradshaw built EVH’s rig also. It’s funny how he’s gone completely the other way now, playing a guitar with no whammy bar and without all the fingering tricks, but you KNOW he still has the ability to do so. A very good guitarist. I agree with him on the pinky finger thing, – it DOES take a lot of practice to get it to work the way you want it to. Love that last Whitesnake riff he plays – so 80s and so DL-like.

      God, I HATE guys with big hands, they have such an advantage 😉

      I think I need to go play…

      • Whispergirl

        I woke up in SUCH a guitar mood! I’m just a flood of things I want to do, creatively! It’s almost overwhelming!!!! I have ideas for DAYS! Play, and your playing is fine, big hands or not. On the topic of this, yes, you can see Gary Moore in Viv. I like Viv. Yes, he can play the riffs and finger stuff, but it’s his sound that hits me. There is something accessible about it… something beautiful and simple without it being this revolutionary thing I can only “look” at. Viv is my guitar inspiration. Him and a little bit of Nuno.

        • jetblast190

          Nuno!

          excuse me 🙂

          • Whispergirl

            Yep! Jet’s boy! He’s a keeper that Nuno!

      • jetblast190

        You mean kinda like this guy’s hands?

        • jhs5150

          Ha! Is that your hand? Yes, EVH does have a longer reach, much more than I.

          • jetblast190

            No, not mine…but now that you’ve planted the thought, next time I’m in LA (and I have no idea when that’ll be), I’ve got to visit this! (I assume this is in Hollywood? W, do you know?)

            • Whispergirl

              They have a Van Halen hand print thing (with a bunch of other people’s prints too) in front of the Hollywood Guitar Center. I have pics I took (see below). That looks like a print on Hollywood Blvd. Those are sparkly like that with the gold trim; in fact, the entire street Hollywood Blvd has sparkles in it. I think that’s in front of the Chinese Mann Theater, but I could look up where it is exactly. I was there today, driving past that on Hollywood Blvd. They have these people who dress up in costume, costumes like Superman and Darth Vadar, Jack Sparrow too (there are at least two Jack Sparrows). They congregate by the Chinese Theater. Next time you’re in LA, I’ll take you to both places!

              (I took the attached photos. Don’t you think Eddie has a mad-strange looking thumb?)

  • Whispergirl

    Okay, my question….
    I am teaching myself things and I ran into this cover of a new Lorde song. I am teaching myself percussion, guitar too, but percussion mostly … for now. This girl has a drum machine-thingy, and I don’t know what this is. Anyone know what this little machine is? I want one!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f83qd0Ly7BE

  • Whispergirl

    Interesting “kid cover”. This popped into my Youtube spy-on-us-all feed.
    She is a 10-year-old girl covering Avenged Sevenfold. See? New music is making the rounds. Oh, and this is for jhs seeing as this is “his” band!

    Oops, I forgot the video. hahaha!!

    Here it is:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SWOX_IH377A

    • Whispergirl

      Oh and it turns out little Avery (aka Ace) likes Avenged Sevenfold too! Check him out at 0:34!

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8sK1ZYIpxec

      And on other news, I found this little drum machine thing in a video that I want, and I don’t know what the heck the thing is. *W frustrated because I can’t figure it out, and no, it’s not in this video*

      • jetblast190

        Ace does it again! I get tired just watching those legs go! 🙂

    • jhs5150

      I wish I could play like that at 10. I tried, and gave it up until I was 17. It’s a good thing I still had my old books – they started me off again. Imagine being 10 with a Hughes and Kettner amp (in the background) and that guitar, neither of which was cheap. I had to buy everything myself. I’m jealous, lol.

      • Whispergirl

        I like her smile at the beginning. Yeah, she has a lot of good equipment; at least she’s doing something with it! I like it that she’s a girl!!!
        Go Girlie!

        • jetblast190

          Absolutely! Girl power! (spoken like the proud papa that I am)

          • Whispergirl

            When are you getting Austyn a guitar? Girl power indeed!
            And that song this girl is singing “Rolling in the Deep”… I was just playing that on Sunday. How cool!!!

            • jetblast190

              I have a guitar, an acoustic. I used to play a lot, but I mostly just plunked around, not much talent. Austyn plays around with it sometimes, but our primary focus with her is education. In addition to ice skating, she’s involved in an extra-curricular educational program. And she’s been in intensive speech therapy since she was 4 because the muscles in the tongue and mouth that allow us to properly form sounds to speak correctly were never properly developed from birth. She has made a lot of progress, but she still has a long way to go. Going to speech therapy multiple times a week has restricted our ability to have time to explore other interests for her, particularly with me gone half of every week if not more. The burden is on my wife.

              • Whispergirl

                I think your focus is exactly where it should be. Outside of school, figure skating is the very best thing for a girl, but then again I’m a little biased on that! And Jet, you’re a fabulous father, credit to your wife of course, but you are really “there” even when your job doesn’t allow it. Your daughter knows that.

    • jetblast190
  • jhs5150

    I was going to put this on the Party page in respect for CC, I am putting it here.

    Axl Rose is listed as the world’s greatest singer (by vocal range) according to concerthotels.com, whom I’ve never even heard of.

    What do you think?

    http://www.concerthotels.com/worlds-greatest-vocal-ranges

    • Whispergirl

      I think Axl can sing well. I think the rock singers are overlooked for their vocal abilities, especially those from the ’80s. I think a lot of them had stellar voices. They contributed to the music for sure!

  • jhs5150

    Hear a guy on a Tele backing up this woman singer this morning on the news and the song reminded me a lot of this. Killer.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pAVhKjsImeI

    • Whispergirl

      A dude song, but I like it.
      Seeing as I see this is as such a dude song, I’m wondering how the female singer you saw on the tele reminded you of this??? And yes, I’ve been too tired to catch any obvious connection, so forgive me if it’s obvious. W feeling … dumb!

      • jhs5150

        The guy had an amp that has built in tremolo that gives it that “wavy” sound, same as the sound here. Sounds cool when it’s not overused.

    • jetblast190

      Great song! Love that one by CCR!

  • rci808
    • jhs5150

      Punk Lives!

    • Whispergirl

      Very cool!

  • jetblast190

    Found this on YT…Other than needing a humbucker, I like this guy’s take on performing Dirty Movies as a single guitar.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hwp4UCbJoRg

    • Whispergirl

      I liked this. He has pretty cool sound too. I wish I could do this.

      Jet talking humbuckers. *W nodding head on that*

    • camarocowboy

      I found this about 6 month’s ago.This is the reason you never heard Eddie play it live.

      • jetblast190

        You’re probably right, but I still think Eddie could have made it work. In fact, it was always the rhythm part that impressed me the most, not the lead played with a slide…although that’s pretty killer as well…both part marry up together very well. But the groove Eddie creates with the rhythm part is just stellar. So I like this guy’s take on it that he favors the rhythm part while adding in just enough of the lead parts without needing a slide.

  • Whispergirl

    Congratulations to rci for getting Post 1984 on this page! I forgot to count, real time, but I went back to count. The post about his Uncle Bill Decker having sponsorships is the post, and I think a great one for that post-number!

    Again, congrats rci. When I can, you’ll get a real prize, I promise! (Refresh for photo-prize.)

  • rci808

    Sharing the TNK DDL for DLRisVH..

    (hows that for acromania?!) lol

    ….just need a singer.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=037aq1tAL_Q

    • DLRisVH

      One of my favorite Van Halen tunes. Well done RCI!!!!!!!

      • rci808

        Thanks man! we have sooo much fun playing that song!

        killer drop man.

        • DLRisVH

          I can tell you guys really get into it. Again, excellent job man!!!!

          • rci808

            Cheers!

            I’ll ping ya when we record more….

            Here is some of our Rush. check it out.

            Our version of La Villa Strangiato.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t7sjIGDfidQ

          • rci808

            Here’s some of our original material.

            Progressive rock.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X_VWrF6b0ok

            • DLRisVH
              • rci808

                Thanks, Man!

                😀

                • DLRisVH

                  Listened to it a few times today really good stuff!!

                  • rci808

                    Been working on that number for 12 years. Fun to add and modify it as we go. We actually have a friend who is putting together some lyrics and vocals for it. But it is proving to be a hard task because we don’t want to change the structure too much.

                    Fun project indeed. We have some more stuff I can share as we go.

                    Glad you like it man. I always get real nervous when I post our stuff here. Thanks for the compliments!

      • rci808

        email me

        rci808@netzero.net

        Prepare yourself tho. It’s probably not the news you are going to want to read.

        Peace.

      • rci808

        Still not exactly sure you know what the scuddle-butt is all about so here I’ll post the “email” here. Pretty safe here.

        That dude deveored is tight with some of the crew who fabricate EVH parts.

        His connection has this information:

        ** ..alright man, confidentially speaking…guess what is happening with VH?

        One more time…Sam + Michael are coming back..So I have source that makes parts for EVH…here is what he said….It not the amp guy either, this guy makes parts for his guitars, very connected.

        Back in September, Sam + Michael hung out with Wolf/EVH/Al in Phoenix…Dave, during the tour, didn’t even interact with the band, he would have his own bus, only “approve/disapprove” of songs, etc…

        So what ended up happening is that he would cut out Wolfgangs favs..like at the Hollywood bowl, no chinatown, no simple rhyme, etc…That pissed off Wolf big time, he’s through with Dave..

        They did offer Dave to do a combo tour with Hagar, but he declined. He’s doing his solo thing now, Dave that is..

        Timeline is this..They are going to finish up Wolf’s album, perhaps later this year, then start working on the new VH, 2019 will be it for them, new album, swan song tour, etc..

        the writing is on the wall..the tweet yesterday, refurb of the steinberger guitar, etc..

        Anyway, take care man..**

        So there it is. Some will hate it. Some will like it.

        Sad part is, I’d rather they all went up on stage but wont.

        Second sad part is, it looks like VH is done entirely in the next 3 years no matter what.

        Party while we can.

        Peace.

        • DLRisVH

          Thanks man….It was pretty easy to figure out what was going on once all the ‘clues’ were put together and this secret email was being offered. Not sure why devored took my comments the wrong way and started with the name calling I never once asked him for the email, but oh well….

          Like I said ‘enjoy the show.’

          • rci808

            It’s like another episode of Star Wars.

            There’s always tension when there’s a disturbance in the force.

            Rock on.

      • Whispergirl

        I’m seeing rci’s posts to you to let you “in” on this stuff. I second the post. We’ve been talking about it, so if you want, come hang out with us and talk about it (on party), same story, the top of the pull-down.
        It would be really nice to have you around!!!!

        • DLRisVH

          I’ve been lurking thanks for the invite, I will.

          • Whispergirl

            No lurking! Come hang out! We miss you! There have been lots of posts saying that!

    • jhs5150

      Acromania – Didn’t DL do that album? 😉

    • Whispergirl

      More morning music! I like the drawings too.
      …. taking applications for r’s singer here!

      *W sitting at desk….*

      • rci808

        lol!

        (image)

  • rci808

    Pizza time…

    I’ll be back.

    • Whispergirl

      How did I miss pizza time? What toppings did you have?

      • rci808

        Everything… No fish.

        :O <: <—-slice of pizza.

        • Whispergirl

          Yummy everything-pizza! Good pic of it too! lol

  • rci808

    A special gift for y’all.

    I present the (Uncle)Bill Decker Band live at a local small pub.

    Full 42 minute set. I ran the camera.

    Enjoy.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JCYlWh9pSW4

    • Whispergirl

      Watching now. He’s serious! He’s great, R! Wow, just wow!

      • rci808

        He is amazing. I am spoiled rotten to be so close to this greatness.

        • Whispergirl

          Unbelievable! I would like to go to his show.
          He plays with such ease. It’s very pretty too. I’m going to call you Spoiled One, lol!

          • rci808

            lol!

          • rci808

            The really cool part was how stoked he was on the video..

            Up till this project he was only playing in front of a tri-pod setup. He absolutely loves the angles I am collecting.

            Small moments of brilliance!

            • Whispergirl

              I’m at the song at 15:52. It’s a cool song. I really like that one. And the camera work on his guitar is really stellar, B!

              • rci808

                Thanks much, W!!

                Glad you like this!

                😀

                • Whispergirl

                  They get better and better. Yeah, it’s good. I like his lower sound, then it goes into a high sound that almost sounds like “talking”. That’s very different, in a good way.

                  • rci808

                    Rev was saying the same thing. He hears vocal tones in the riffs.

                    I pass along all your compliments to the artist. Bill loves that I am sharing this with people who pay attention.

                    Hugz!

                    (edited: comments to compliments)

                    • Whispergirl

                      Unbelievable sound at 27:20. I don’t hear vocals on that one, but I’m a writer, so it totally inspires words. And even more, I’m a dancer. His music moves. It would be a gorgeous skating song right there.

                    • rci808

                      Awesome!

                    • rci808

                      I love the heshers that started gathering through the set.

                      There was hair! ….flying around!

                      The band gets sooooo stoked when that happens!

                    • Whispergirl

                      I don’t dance like that. I’m “me”, but I imagine.
                      Hair flying around…. that’s a cool visual. hahahahaha!

                    • rci808

                      lol!!

    • jhs5150

      Looks great on my TV!

      • rci808

        Sa-weet!

        Yea we beta tested it on 50″ plasma.

        Next plan is 5 mic’s. Stay tuned for next show.

    • Whispergirl

      I notice Bill has that expensive Engl amp. I want one.

      • rci808

        Yea, He is sponsored by them. He has several other big company sponsors too.

        • Whispergirl

          Pays to be that good, right? Deservedly so, R!

          • rci808

            I wanna talk him into a L.A. week tour.

            I’ll roadie.

  • rci808
    • Whispergirl

      Raising you one riot, or Run Riot, from this little band I like sooo much! They need to bring back Joe Elliott’s jeans! They are HOT!!!

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bptSnf6PBos

      • rci808

        Be sure to wish mommy a prayer and a hug tomorrow!

        …Now? Lets riot!

        • Whispergirl

          I miss my mommy!!! I guess I’ll never stop!!! Gone waaaay too soon! I will wish her a prayer and a hug, and I am not stirring any riots until after mommy’s day!

          But musical riots are always good!!!

          • rci808

            I saw my mom today because they are taking off for a camping run up the coast tomorrow.

            I plan on getting the Bill Decker video I shot tomorrow and then seeing mom-in-law.

            I cant wait to share the video here!

            • Whispergirl

              I look forward to it!!! Good that you’re seeing your mom. Give a hug from meeee!!!

          • jhs5150

            You never stop missing your mommy.

  • jhs5150

    The moral of this story – keep your mouth shut and don’t say anything about Muslims when you’re in a Muslim country.

    http://www.billboard.com/articles/news/6077662/scorpions-drummer-released-from-dubai-jail

  • Whispergirl

    Okay, so not music, but this is driving me crazy trying to find it. There were those ’60s beach movies. I found them on re-runs after school when I was about 14. There was this one girl who they would cut away to and she would dance. I remember her having on a fringe bikini. I found this person Candy Johnson, and that’s kind of it, but she’s wearing a dress, not a bikini. I don’t think I have the memory wrong about the bikini because I would always get up and try to do the dance. More than once my mom would glare … or laugh… or both, but I thought then that I got it down… mostly. I want a video of that….
    Anybody?

  • rci808

    Oh yuss! …Now here is a bass-line.

    Incredible band.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PBAl9cchQac&feature=kp

    • jhs5150

      That was always a great song. Gabriel was on top for a long time and really came out of nowhere because a lot of people didn’t know he was the voice of Genesis because prior to his leaving they were not a singles band – far from it; they were about as progressive as you can get. He’s pretty much faded away these days. Too bad.

      • rci808

        Hey check yer facebook message, dude.

  • Whispergirl

    On “Party”, we’ve had some discussion about the Scorpions. I found this greatest hits record. It’s pretty good, and keeping me company right now as I write and work.

    Check it out…lots of pretty songs on here.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pwskwBsJlQw

  • rci808

    Going to video Bill Decker this friday with roving hand-held and stationary audio…

    Cant wait to share here!

    Stay tuned.

    • Whispergirl

      Yay!

    • Whispergirl

      Yay!

  • jhs5150

    A new Judas Priest song from their new album coming out in July. Pretty cool – and heavy. Love the classical-style solo in the middle.

    I’d love to see them tour again. We’ll see…

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=mhkoNQ-7uRw

  • Whispergirl

    In case you all don’t have the actual dvd of the Def Leppard Hysteria show, there is a bonus disc of their “back-up” show as “Dead Flatbird” where they played a lot off High ‘n’ Dry, etc. This link is the entire show, so both dvds.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b0HcoJ8irqg

    • jhs5150

      Listening to it now…awesome! Happy Friday!

  • jetblast190

    Not trying to stir up trouble, but in response to the never-ending debate on Mike vs. Wolf, I’ve got this to share. Billy Sheehan’s bass playing and bass solos are probably familiar among all of us here, but frankly, this is what MA was lacking and what Wolf needs to demonstrate that he can do…IMO. Wolf has stated that he is against doing a bass solo. Because he can’t or because he won’t? I think he needs to demonstrate his chops in a solo piece of work. It may not get all of his critics off his back, but it may win some additional support for him, particularly among the diehard CVH crowd.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=30YT0cG2EkE

    • jetblast190

      And here’s the Captain!!!

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X6gMHLb_W8Q

      • Reverend Draco

        Imagine that – he has stage presence, too.

    • Whispergirl

      Wow! I think you might be right on the idea of doing a solo. If Wolfe did THAT, people would stop debating, that’s for sure.

    • jhs5150

      I’ve seen his chops playing live with VH. He kills it.

    • Reverend Draco

      Just out of curiosity – are there any bass players who have a whammy bar on their bass?

      I think that would be pretty badass, and add an element to the bass that has been missing.
      Might get that bass player a girl, too (thinking about the infographic posted recently)

      • jetblast190

        Les Claypool of Primus uses a whammy bar on some of his bass guitars. YouTube Les Claypool Whammy Bass.

  • jhs5150

    Steve Clark’s birthday today (RIP). My son’s is tomorrow. How weird is that?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=VVFkwM9QB-E

    • jetblast190

      Happy Birthday to your son!!!!

      And Happy Birthday Steve Clark. You are missed by your fans. Godspeed!

      Steve and Trev remind me of each other a bit.

      • jhs5150

        So does that guy in Reckless Love that HS likes.

        • Whispergirl

          Santa Cruz, isn’t it?

          • jhs5150

            One or the other 😉

            • Whispergirl

              … one of those European blonde guys! It’s not Olli; he’s Reckless Love, so it is Santa Cruz, but I can’t remember his name. Oops!

    • Whispergirl

      Happy birthday little J.

      And how cool are those shots of Steve? He makes it look easy!

      • jhs5150

        Very cool!

  • HS_1_3415

    Alrighty, so I’m going on a school trip to New Orleans on Wednesday and will be spending Friday and Saturday at Jazz Fest. Other than Robert Plant and Santana, I know none of the other artists playing those two days. If anyone could take a look at the lineup here and let me know if there’s anyone good I should check out either of those two days like PLEASE I know nothing about jazz and feel like a total moron.

    Here are the lineups: Friday, Saturday

    • jetblast190

      Well, first of all, enjoy New Orleans, you’ll have a great time. Second, I must be a moron as well because I don’t recognize any of those bands or performers either. But it shouldn’t really matter. Lastly, experiencing something for the first time that you don’t know much about doesn’t make you a moron, it makes you an adventurer! Have a great adventure! Then educate the rest of us after… 🙂

    • Whispergirl

      Ditto what Jet said. I don’t know any of those bands, but I will tell you there is no place like an adventure like New Orleans. There are creative people lining the streets, it’s beautiful, and the food is so amazing I can’t even tell you. Eat a beignet at Cafe Dumode, look at the Mississippi, eat bbq shrimp at K-Pauls, eat everything you can see, talk to the people on the street, look at the street painters’ art, buy something if you can, listen to the music that pours out of every little place, and have so much fun. But remember to have enough money for the taxi back to the airport, and then you’ll be more mature than I was at age 22. Have fun!

    • jhs5150

      That’s awesome, HS. I saw Santana once and it was a little boring but you might like him. I hope you can get in to see Plant – that would be cool. The best thing about ‘Nawlins is the food and the music. Get some gumbo, have a non-alcoholic Hurricane and walk by the clubs – many will have their doors open so you can hear the music while you’re out in the street walking around, then you can be the judge of what jazz you like or don’t like. Once you get in the groove I think you will like ALL of it.

      The best steak I ever had was in N.O.

      You will love it.

    • Whispergirl

      and
      … HS went to New Orleans and never came back? Trying to outdo me not holding onto enough cash (in the days before ATM machines) to get to the airport? lol!
      Come and tell us how it was. Plus I want to know about outfits and hair too!

  • Reverend Draco

    Fuckin’ love the solo in this one. . . not that the rest of the song doesn’t kick major ass. . . because it most assuredly does.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d01smJlHhQA

    • jhs5150

      Saw them 2x back in the day. Kick-ass live!

  • jetblast190

    I always loved the album 90125 by Yes. It’s got that 80’s pop-rock sound and style to it, that perhaps makes it a bit dated, but for me it’s still one of those “just push play” albums. Despite it’s poppy sound, the complex musical compositions give a nod to the band’s progressive rock grass roots…and the vocals and lyrics are stellar. I’ve always particularly favored the 1-2 punch that Cinema and Leave It provide as the opening to Side B (for vinyl lovers). I can hardly think of one without the other. It’s like Eruption and You Really Got Me (I could never figure out as a kid why the radio stations always cut out the incredible intro to YRGM on the radio =P ), Tora, Tora and Loss of Control, or Little Guitars and Little Guitars. They just go together like peanut butter and jelly! Although they are good on their own merits, what you really long for is one with the other. And without the other, something is missing, and a little less satisfying.

    So for everyone’s listening enjoyment, here’s one of my favorite PB & J sandwiches! 🙂

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q7KrHu28F4Q

    P.S. The drumming in Cinema is absolutely stellar! These guys are good musicians.

    • Reverend Draco

      Speaking of Eruption and You Really Got Me, the local Classic Rock stations here have been playing them together in recent years. The into to Eruption always reminds me that I need to turn up the volume, a lot and now!

      • jetblast190

        11 on a 10 scale!!! Just like Eddie.

    • Whispergirl

      The drums are indeed good! Not that this has anything to do with anything, but that number seems like an LA-area zip-code. Do you know what the number signifies?

      • jetblast190

        If memory serves, 90125 was the serial number assigned to the album by the record company before it was mass produced. The band decided to use it for the album’s name.

  • Whispergirl

    I ask: when practicing guitar (my A, E and D chords specifically), does it help to have your hair all half wet and hanging in your face? I think SO! That’s why guitar players do it (keep their hair in their face)! I now KNOW!

    And (stealing from a friend, is that really stealing?), will someone please, pretty please, teach me the guitar chords to THIS! I had this one while cooking dinner and just HAD TO jump around the kitchen!!!

    Let it GO!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hZFVCv-X6FA

    • jetblast190

      Incredible! Let It GO! Indeed!

      • Whispergirl

        That concert (I saw the final night, also a Saturday), was the best show I’ve ever seen. These guys are TIMELESS! Listening to this makes me want to be in a band! I’ve had the guitar out two nights in a row. It’s making my fingers hurt, but I’m gonna learn! Apparently, I’m going to learn everything right now. Great song, this one!

    • jhs5150

      This is the reason I became a DL fan way back when. Well, this and Wasted!
      Rock and Roll with attitude has always appealed to me.

    • rci808

      Good driving car music.

      Makes me want to road-trip. Takes me way back.

      • Whispergirl

        I love the old Def Leppard, before Pyromania and Hysteria. I like those two a lot, don’t get me wrong. It’s just that early Def Leppard was insanely good rock!

        I want to road-trip too! I have all good tires now!!! Can anyone say… Northern California? Hummmmmmmmm……

        • Reverend Draco

          Mrs. Rev & I are renewing our vows in less than a month, in Northern California, no less – roadtrip?

          • Whispergirl

            When is it Rev? I actually might consider that. I’m doing pretty good right now with my odd jobs. I’m getting by and then a little sum, a tiny little sum, but it’s good…enough! I would truly like to do a road trip!

            • Reverend Draco

              May 9, Sea Ranch Chapel.

            • Reverend Draco

              Change of plans. . .

              Logistics aren’t working out for the venue we had planned – so we’re going to have our renewal at our home – BBQ, and a party.

          • Whispergirl

            I haven’t replied to this hoping I could really “roadtrip” and say “I’m coming.” I’m behind on all things, but hopefully in the not-to-distant future.

            I soooo wish I could come to see you renew your vows. The fact that you would suggest I road trip to coincide with this very special occasion makes me tear up! Rev, you are the best!

            I will get up there. When I do, I want to see that Hobbit house even without your beautiful ceremony.

            I know you will have the very best second wedding. The place is perfect for you. It looks like dragons should be hiding in the surrounding trees. If they are, please say hi to them from me. And hold a place next to one so that when I get there, I’ll get to meet my very first dragon. Oh wait, he’ll be the second dragon, because you’ll be the first! XOXO, Rev!

            • Reverend Draco

              Still have a week to work out the logistics, Birdie. . . I know you can do it!

              That would be the 3rd best thing about the entire day, behind the actual renewal of vows with the woman I love, and my favorite niece flying out from Indiana to be here (because she missed the first time).

              In related news – I just got the email saying that the new rings, which were scheduled to be shipped on May 6 (making it very possible that they might not show til the 10th), were shipped on May 1 – so we’ll for sure have them before our Anniversary – barring any difficulties

              • Whispergirl

                Rev? Is it possible you are going to have a third time? I can’t see any way I can make it. I have so many things out there for payment, but so far, no payment enough that I can get up there. It’s too new in what I’m doing to have anything extra. But I will get there, not for this, but for something.

                I hope your rings make it. I love rings.

                I’m so happy to hear my rank of best things of the day, but if only things were a bit easier for me. And this week has been especially difficult. I’m in that hide-my-head turtle mood even. Perhaps I’ll have everything get better, then next year take you out to an anniversary weekend. Pretty cool that you’re going to have two anniversaries. And Rev, I seriously did try. I promise you that.

                • Reverend Draco

                  The rings made it. . . got here on the 4th.

                  I believe that you really did try, and I do appreciate the effort. Sorry to hear that things are so tough right now – I fear that it’ll only get worse before it gets better – for all of us.

                  Anyway. . . gotta get to work. . .

                  • Whispergirl

                    Things do that… get better, then get instantly harder. That’s what my life is doing too.

                    I’m glad you got your rings. I’d like to see them. I promise I’ll get there for a dinner with you both in the Hobbit house sometime (thinking picnic dinner)!

                    Rev, you’re an amazing person. I wish you the very best wedding day/renewal of vows day possible. I truly wish I was going to be there! And here… a toast to you on rehearsal night…To the very best dragon around! Nothing more need be said. Well… except that I wish everyone could be as cool. My you be as happy as you are cool!

                    • Reverend Draco

                      Awww. . . you’re gonna make me tear up. . . that was so sweet.

                      You’re pretty damn cool your own self.

                    • Whispergirl

                      A present for you… Beanie (Trev) helped make it too (from the Party page). Have a wonderful day, and dare I say night, Rev!

  • Whispergirl

    And on a serious note, not that matching lingerie isn’t deadly serious (see below), this is some dude’s version of the Top 30 guitar riffs. No Van Halen, no Rush, no Kinks, but interesting.
    I think that would make a good survey:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=invnCfdq-fk

    • Whispergirl

      Cool riff-song, coming up in the margin. Let’s think of some more. Okay, now I’m dancing!

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1l0xpkk0yaQ

      • jhs5150

        One of my favorite songs of all time. It just has this imagery about it. The reverb on the singer’s voice makes it even more so. I just shows you don’t have to have heavy guitars to rock hard. Great song.

        • Whispergirl

          It is! I have always turned that one up when I hear it.

          • jhs5150

            Me too!

  • Whispergirl

    Here you go boys….
    Never say I didn’t get you a present….
    (One scene I go do without; the rest is pretty funny.)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-9-R9S1m4dA

    • jhs5150

      It’s too bad BTO preceded MTV by about 10 years although they were quite portly back then, pretty much an MTV no-no in the early days. As a matter of fact, Thin Lizzy frontman Phil Lynott remarked back in the day that when they first toured with them they were “the fattest band he’d ever seen” and used to call them “Big Turn Over.” Nice job by whomever did this video after the fact though. I’m sure the girls would have been easier on the eyes than the band members.

      • Whispergirl

        Those girls look like they’re wearing the uniforms of the sales women at Agent Provocateur, but … I digress. That video kept popping up. I figured I’d do something with it. BTO had a cool sound. Who cares that they were a bit heavy they rocked!

  • jhs5150

    Joan Jett seems to be making a comeback of sorts.

    I saw her performing at the Macy’s New Years Day Parade last January and here she is playing Nirvana’s “Nevermind” at last night’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony in New York, playing with the surviving members. It’s not bad!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=n-CDPyIrhdU

    • Reverend Draco

      She was at the local County Fair last year – and I think she’ll be there again this year.

      I have a friend or sorts, a chick I used to drive truck with (she still works at the company I no longer work at). She’s a stocky chick, Puerto Rican I think – kinda butch looking. . . Joan Jett is/was her favorite – she told me stories of going to concerts back in the 80s, with big hair, leg warmers, the whole shebang (hard to imagine her with big hair & leg warmers without laughing).

      I Love Rock & Roll is one of the first (perhaps even the first) vinyl I ever bought.

  • jhs5150
  • jhs5150

    HS, did you see this (OK, I stole it off of The Desk. It’s better than springsteen’s version anyway)?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uTLfhTiNxW8&feature=player_embedded

    • Whispergirl

      Love me some Olli!!!! And it looks like Reckless Love has made it to the desk; how cool! He, with Reckless Love, has done Jump before. We’ve talked about that. What does this mean though? Is he still with Reckless Love? And about people saying he’s glam… so was Dave in the silver grab the ‘you know’ outfit. Ollie’s just combining looks. He has a pretty face, that boy! And really nice skin! You know he’s about 30 now? Seriously, what is he putting on that skin of his?

      • HS_1_3415

        Oh yeah he’s still in Reckless. This is a show for MTV3 over in Fin called Tähdet Tähdet where they take a bunch of popular Finnish musicians from different genres and it’s a music competition with a different genre being the focus every week and then people get voted off.

        And yeah I agree he is looking freakishly rad for 30. His wife is lucky.

        • Whispergirl

          His wife is indeed lucky. I notice he wears a wedding ring too. Good that he’s still in Reckless, and seriously, how strange is it to see a talent competition with people who are actual popular artists?

          I’m not sure if you noticed the comments on the Youtube clip. The people weren’t that favorable to him on Jump (although there were only two comments). They want only Dave doing Dave, I suppose, and I see that, but it was for the song Jump. I think Olli doing Olli is really good though.

          • HS_1_3415

            I think a huge part of what makes it good is that you can tell that he’s really into it and that he’s passionate about it and having fun with it. Of course he’s not Dave and of course Dave does it better because it’s his song duh (like imagine Dave singing Reckless’ “Hot” it wouldn’t sound like Olli) but the point of rock ‘n’ roll is to have fun with it and to be passionate about it and Olli totally gets that. It’s also about having great hair and Olli gets that too.

            • Whispergirl

              Dave created it all! I think there are many singers who wanted to be Dave. I might have had this conversation once or twice. And yes, the point of rock ‘n’ roll is to have fun and to be passionate.

              • HS_1_3415

                There are almost as many singers who want to be Dave as there are guitar players who want to be Eddie.

                • Reverend Draco

                  I don’t wanna be Dave – I just want to be able to figure out how to scream like Dave. . . I can squeak one out on occasion, but mostly not.

      • jhs5150

        Preparation H? LOL!

        I saw the ass-less chaps and I had to laugh. I guess you can get away with anything in Europe. He did a great job though. As for the “other” end – well, I’m not going there.

        I can’t imagine Springsteen doing riser jumps and Ollie’s singing and the band in general were much better than The Boss’ version.

        • Whispergirl

          His jumps were really good. I did a jump off that little speaker which wasn’t that high. Jumping from a drum riser gives you extra time to hit the position in the air. That little speaker was practically like doing it from a standing position. He’s very good.

          The outfit was … yeah, not something they could do here. Too bad, really.

        • HS_1_3415

          Finland is crazy yeah they’ll play uncensored versions of GN’R’s “One In A Million” and ‘Tallica’s “So What?” on the radio. In terms of media censorship we’re like North Korea compared to them.

    • HS_1_3415

      He also did a pretty good job with the James Brown cover too (just don’t watch the rap week that was horrendous just no).

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VIXXpiDpuko

      • jhs5150

        He really pays homage on these covers. He’s obviously a fan of American music and if he’s got the soul part in him then the rock comes easy. I’m becoming a fan of his. I hope he’s not going to bail on his bandmates and go solo like Roth did.

        • HS_1_3415

          Dave is like his idol I swear, I mean look at this http://instagram.com/p/mfAQ5lKgze/

          I don’t think he can go solo because it’s Finland and the chances of finding people to play that kind of music are slim. I just hope he’s aware of that, but I think he is because he just tweeted a pic of him and the guitar player Pepe a few days ago referring to Pepe as his “bro.” (Plus in the live shots Pepe looks a little like Eddie so it’s perfect.)

          • Whispergirl

            It’s very good. HS, he’s wearing the furry boots. I think he should do what is Olli though. Nice pic!

            • HS_1_3415

              That was one of his rehearsals for heavy metal week, so I think he was trying to harness his inner Dave. The jump is pretty impressive though I must say!

      • Whispergirl

        Now I HAVE to see the rap week. This is great that you know about this. I think he did a really good job with the dancing. And he does a good look with that suit too. He’s good, all around!

        • HS_1_3415

          You asked for it! yep

          You’re gonna fall in the floor laughing I swear this is almost as funny as “My World” that Axl sang on UYI2.

          • jhs5150

            Too damn funny. He’s good but his homeys are really bad, lol.

            • HS_1_3415

              Homeboy ain’t no gangsta that’s fo’ sho’!

          • Whispergirl

            The critic called him “glam gangster”. She said “glam rock star” too! My goodness, his accent! This is probably my favorite thing ever! Those dancers? They are total Eurotrash! I feel like I’m in a New York club in the late ’80s! Or forget that, an LA dance club in the early ’90s! This was great!

            • HS_1_3415

              Finnish accents are just drop dead adorable. Well, Scandinavian accents in general (Joey Tempest had a cute accent in the’80s too). It always fascinates me when musicians can speak another language like whoah that’s rad. (Kinda like Eddie and Alex speaking Dutch its both adorable and rad as heck.)

      • jhs5150

        Some more Olli for you. This is HILARIOUS!

        And he’s actually GOOD!

        http://youtu.be/8WZkvCGEZqA?t=2m40s

        • Whispergirl

          Bravo, Olli!
          It’s funny at first, but then… you see/hear that he can actually do this. That critic with the bowl haircut (not a good look for a woman) keeps saying “glam rock”.
          This is so strange to see an established rock singer do things that are so far afield. I doubt our rock singers would be caught dead doing any other genre. And really? A rock singer accompanying ballet? I think I love him!

        • HS_1_3415

          I was watching this last night. Thank heavens he decided to be a rocker instead because if he were doing this in an actual opera I would have fallen out of my chair laughing and gotten kicked out of the theatre.

  • Whispergirl

    Yes, I have some influences that aren’t what you all actually like , but I truly LOVE this woman! Today I got a new credit card, my second, yay, and that is going to let me get a ticket to see Ellie Goulding. She is playing some smallish venue in Pomona, all general admission, on April 15th. I just got a $45 ticket (it’s completely sold out) for $70 on Stubhub. I’m going myself… because who will go with me? Not anybody that I know would actually pay , and I don’t have money to buy tickets for a friend right now. Here’s a little thing I found of recent performance. She stops her show to keep someone from being kicked out. She’s cool too! I’m soooo excited!!!!! I feel like saying “eeeeeee”, and seriously how long has that been (since I’ve wanted to say eeeeeee for anything)? It’s a present! Truly!

    Okay, make fun of me now, but I don’t care!
    *Whisper dancing around* …. look out Shakespeare (yes she’s always with me)!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=plvSIsPwJu8

    • rci808

      Any musical influence is ok with me. If it pleases the ear and inspires? It will be played.

      Sounds like fun, Birdie! …….You have seats!

      Live local music kicks ass!

      • Whispergirl

        I swear I’m soooo influenced by this! I even have a little drum (she plays drums). I don’t have a “seat”. I have floor-general admission, just like the old days. Those kids had better understand I’m going to the front! I sooo want to see this before her songs change. I’ve played this show soooo much on Youtube, I’m pretty sure I’m half the views of the two shows I watch. It should be really fun!!!!!!!!!

        It’s such good music to my document-editing I’m doing. I get to sing along. Shakespeare and my parakeet like it!!!!!!

        Oh, and no way did I mean you, R. I KNEW you would understand!!!

        • rci808

          ….General floor is way better than seats!

          • Whispergirl

            Yes!!! I think that’s going to make it fun.

            …. and I’ll have to plan an outfit.

            In the absolute rush of creativity that is coming over me, over the weekend, I got my sewing machine fixed. As much as I talk about making things, it has been so long, I forgot how to use that thing. It’s an expensive machine, the best actually, so soon, I’m going to actually make what I see in my mind.

            And I have a drum that I need to play! A few other things too, but that thing I love so much it’s in the bedroom!

            • rci808

              Pretty soon you will be like me. You’ll have a drum in the bedroom, office room, and garage like I have basses strewn about the house.

              lol!

              • Whispergirl

                Yes!! The next one will be a floor tom, but I can’t afford it. I play the one drum I have along with everything now. I have other things, of course, a guitar (three actually) and a piano. But the drum is my new friend! And my sewing machine is on the kitchen counter. I played around with it, learning how to do things. I have a ways to go.

                I’m going to learn all of my instruments. It’s crazy to take it up now, but I am. I think it’s okay too. I listened to this amazing show that Ellie did, an interview segment with acoustic versions of her songs interspersed. In that, she answered a question about how she got started. She said she got started because she liked to write, and her writing led to writing songs and other things. She said she was just writing, just doing, and never expected what came to her. I don’t expect anything at all, like nothing, but I sure do like working with that part of my mind and my body. It’s amazing fun, and even if it’s just for me, I’m going to do it. I completely agree with her; it’s a logical extension for someone who likes to write.

                • rci808

                  Exactly. You said it right there. Our musical instruments are “extension”.

                  Play your little birdie heart out, W..

                  I do!

                  • Whispergirl

                    It’s like “permission”, or a key to a special club! Thanks R!
                    Okay!!!

    • jhs5150

      Like I told R, if you like it, it’s cool; no matter what it is.

      Have a blast!

      Air drums, be an air drummer!

      • Whispergirl

        I LOVE it! I love my drum too!

        I’m a bit scared to go alone, but it’s not like it’s not going to be full of girls. It’s not like going to a rock concert, and I did do that once. Yep, I went alone to see David Lee Roth in 1988 because nobody would go, even if I bought them a ticket. First year law school finals keep people holed up, but I still went. I was brave then. Let’s hope I still am! Okay, I have to be because I want to get to the front so I can see!

        • jhs5150

          It is a little weird at first but you get used to it. I went to see VH at The Garden by myself in ’08. After a while you don’t care anymore and I was 5 feet from Roth at certain points of the show.
          Just go and enjoy it!

          • Whispergirl

            Well there, if you can go to MSG like that, this little venue in Pomona should be fine. I’ve seen skating shows like that, so I think I’ll be okay. And the one time I went to a general admission show with friends, I went to the front to hang with the 14-year old boys who also wanted to see Slash front row. I am going! I will enjoy it! I’ll be playing drum (I only have one) for days!!!!

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  • rci808
    • jhs5150

      Damn R, that sounds great – crunchy as f**k. A little Iron Maiden thing going on and I love the Bach-ish stuff too. Thanks for putting this up. He shreds!

      • rci808

        I’ll be sure to pass along the compliments, j!

        Thanks!

    • jhs5150
    • Whispergirl

      There are two songs, both good, but I prefer Lost Planet. Actually, I’ve been listening to a few instrumental bands, found from doing a search. I’m kinda learning this stuff. It’s good. Your Uncle Bill rocks it, R!

      • rci808

        Lost Planet is the new one.

        Stonekrow is older. Bill has a new bass player and is really really stoked with him. they have been working hard on new heavier less technical stuff.

        I’m really diggin it!

        • Whispergirl

          I loved that song! It was a true song too, a nice melody, all sorts of song-like structure. I like your uncle! The bass is really nice too.

          • rci808

            * Passing along compliments to Bill *

            Thanks, Birdie!

            • Whispergirl

              Birdie bowing!

    • Reverend Draco

      Sorry that it took so long to get to this. . . work and life have been conspiring against me. . .

      Lost Planet sounds pretty good. . . and suddenly, I heard words in my head (I quickly wrote them down in notepad, as near as I could get). . . I think I’m gonna listen to that some more – tomorrow, it’s close to bed time – and see if I can’t hear more words, and maybe clean up some of the static.
      It was very weird, hearing words to a song that doesn’t have any. . .

      • rci808

        Bill plays a very “vocal” style with his guitar. I think it’s because he can play so fast and cram so many notes that it takes on kind of a “speech”.

        Enjoy, Rev! …Glad you like it!

  • Whispergirl

    Where are the Avery fans? This one came up in my Youtube suggestions…
    a little Tom Sawyer in more ways than one!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MR_x_vrSZBM

    • jetblast190

      Rush! Excellent choice. The young man can do it all! Incredible as always!

      • Whispergirl

        It didn’t take him long to get to Rush! He is really good and fun to watch.

        Hope you’re doing well, Jet!

  • Reverend Draco

    Holy Hannah!
    Mikey playing tribute to Entwhistle. . . Gods I wish I could see this!

    http://ultimateclassicrock.com/entwistle-moon-tribute-concert/

    • Whispergirl

      I’m not sure if it’s better to get sleep… or better to not get sleep because, I swear, I thought you said “MILEY” (as in Cyrus). Perhaps it was the Hannah reference (as in Hannah Montana)! LOL!!!!!
      Yes, this looks good. I’d like in on that one too. Read the line-up… really good!

      • Reverend Draco

        I was a Superman reference, actually. . .

        At least you’re close enough to perhaps see it – it’s a 6-7 hour drive for me. . .

        • Whispergirl

          It’s right around the corner from me. And it’s two days before my birthday. If you feel like making a road trip, I’ll get the tix.

          And I don’t know Superman at all. I think that’s a dude thing — Superman. I’m more of a Batman girl myself.

          • Reverend Draco

            Doesn’t that make you. . . a Batgirl?

            =P

            • Whispergirl

              Hummm, I like! YES!

        • Whispergirl

          Of course, I’ll need to win the lottery to even afford my ticket, let alone three!

    • jhs5150

      The site is up now, Rev.

  • Reverend Draco

    Scoop!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ILYOZIzsKts

    Ace does it again!

    Listen to him at the beginning. . . “whoooooo!”

    • Whispergirl

      Good job Ace! Both of you 😉
      Avery is singing along. I was waiting for him to sing the words “look at all these little kids”, but he sang “music biz”. He’s going to be a singing drummer, it appears!

      • Reverend Draco

        A collision between Diamond Dave, Alex Van Halen, and Phil Collins. . .

        I can’t wait to hear how it turns out!

        • Whispergirl

          I’m really into singing along with drums right now; seriously, you have no idea! I think Ace will turn out really good! And I’m with you, he’s fun to watch!

    • camarocowboy

      I just watched that while ago from vhnd.That young man is TIGHT and NAILING it everytime.I think Avery will be among the best drummers in history if he keeps his nose clean and works as hard as he can.
      Good Luck young Avery!We’ll see you in a band in the near future.

  • jetblast190

    Ha! Now playing over the public address audio system at a Great Wolf Lodge near you, Jump!!! Love it!!!

    The MIGHTY Van Halen

    • Whispergirl

      I love it too! I have such a personal connection to Van Halen, from my memories, from my strong attachment, that I cheer for them like they are my friends. Jump was so important to their legacy. It made EVERYBODY take notice. And it still plays, to ALL audiences.

  • rci808
    • Whispergirl

      My parrot has mastered Jingle Bells, including the song title, knowing the particular notes are “Jingle Bells”. Last night I moved on to whistling the Kinks song All Day and All of the Night. If I could figure out how to get these songs up (done by the parrot not by me), I would. I mean if a cricket has a song…..
      🙂

      • rci808

        My Auntie’s blue front amazon would sing bits of Barbra Streisand hits and answer the telephone.

        I want a bird. (but not when I’m trying to sleep)

        lol.

        • Whispergirl

          Giving new meaning to the term “song-bird”!
          My bird says tons of things, and of course answers the phone. She can BE the phone too.
          She is very chatty.
          I wanted a bird like her forever, and I have to say, they are soooo great!
          Get one.
          As for sleeping, they usually will sleep when you do. Mine are quiet when I’m sleeping (even my little parakeet). My parrot will stay up with me too. She takes good care of me!

          • rci808

            That’s cool, W.. Your birdies are on your schedule. “Joe” (Auntie’s bird) was more of a control-freak. (but he loved Barbra) He would go off on tirades in the middle of the night and yell and swing his bell like mad.

            Y’ know.. rooster style.

            Your hens are way laid back!

            • Whispergirl

              My birdies are very delicate. They are awesome babies!

    • jhs5150

      Jimini!

    • jhs5150

      The site is up now, R.

      • rci808

        10-4..

        Thanks for the heads up, j.

  • Reverend Draco
  • jetblast190
  • jetblast190

    And no road trip is complete without a little VH…

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w-NshzYK9y0

  • jetblast190
  • jetblast190

    And here’s a little Jerry Reed road trip music!!!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xnRwQjTYfGI

    • Reverend Draco

      I think Jackie Gleason’s finest performance was in this movie. . .

    • Whispergirl

      My favorite part is the sign that says diesel $.47… that’s 47 CENTS!

  • jetblast190

    Prepping for our road trip tomorrow. Nothing like a little Foghat to make the time pass a little more smoothly! ROAD TRIP!!!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GcCNcgoyG_0

    (Of course I realize the song is of a slightly different subject matter…still makes me think of a road trip though…)

  • Reverend Draco

    I was feelin’ a bit smooth this evening. . .

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2CvFAqyClTk

    • jhs5150

      I don’t even have to listen to it. I loved this song back in the 70s. Considering that to me, the 70s had almost no redeeming value there were some really good R&B songs that came out back then, this being one of them. Nice pick, Rev.

  • HS_1_3415

    Alright, so while I was out I found some modern Finnish music that is actually really good, to be honest. Here are 3 of the artists that really struck me:

    JVG Their latest single “Huominen on Huomenna” is probably the first rap song I’ve heard that I actually liked. Definitely a lot of Latin American/reggae type of influence, which is not something you’d expect coming from Finland. Way brighter than American rap, and it has that “fun” vibe which reminds me of the 80s. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HafrVic4g1w

    Sini Sabotage Not as good as JVG but it’s just really unusual to see girls rap, and I think she did a pretty good job. Her stuff has more of a dance-y vibe. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ntSmJxtAeZw

    Sanni I guess she’d fall into more of the pop category, but her songs (as well as JVG’s) sound very diverse in terms of influence. That and some of her lyrics are pretty deep.
    “Me ei olla enää me” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SYTqLbfoGfE
    Lyrics translation: http:// lyricstranslate. com/en/me-ei-olla-enää-me-we-arent-us-anymore. html#songtranslation (remove spaces)
    “Hakuna matata” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lhMS-VQYVfA
    “Prinsessoja ja astronautteja” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QC-ugh6n6Bg

    • Whispergirl

      Check it out, HS listening to hip hop and pop?!
      I like that last video of the girl pop singer. The second artist is the one I liked the most. I even think I’ve heard that song before. It has an EDM (electronic dance music) backing, and I generally like that sort of thing. The first song sounds like 80s hip hop. I think the artists over there really like American background stuff, apparently even in these genres. Cool finds HS!

      • HS_1_3415

        A good musician must spread their roots across multiple genres, if you’re only rooted in rock’n’roll then you’ll just blow over in the first storm. But yeah there’s a ton of cool stuff coming from over there. I believe that first vid was filmed in Southern California, actually several of the rap vids I’ve seen were filmed there. And definitely a TON of American influence—even the beginning of one of the songs I posted (Hakuna Matata) starts with part of an old Chuck Berry recording!

        • Whispergirl

          I agree, multiple genres make for better musicianship, better listening too. That first video is filmed in SoCal. I get the feeling the Fins like it here. And yes, I noticed the Chuck Berry sample — very cool! I like that last song; I even hear an Ellie Goulding type vibe in that one.

  • Whispergirl

    Oh somebody PLEASE teach me the tom pattern at 10:00 and the guitar at 14:41!!!
    I love this so much, and I know many of you won’t, but I identify with her sooo much. I always wanted to combine my love of rock and my love of dance, and I baby-talk sing and dance by jumping up and down. I was born too early or I would be that, I swear!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XN8BC4fn9L4

    And someone, somewhere, give me work so I can get pawn-broker tickets to see her on April 15 in Pomona, CA (that’s outside LA at a fairgrounds, raceway). PRETTY, PLEASE!

    • jhs5150

      It sounds good. Among the sequencers and synthesizers are hard-rock roots and she belts it out at times. Not bad.

      • Whispergirl

        I know, hard rock roots on the songs that aren’t hits. Those are my favs. Her vocals are mostly amplified sweet sounds, but yes, she can sing torqued too. I actually prefer the simplier sounds out of her. I think the percussion is good, rock based too. And black drums rule! hehehe (I have one. My drum needs that floor tom as its friend though. hummmm….. Yep, stay AWAY from Guitar Center. I like her guitar too, the black Gibson. It looks manageable too.

  • Whispergirl

    Rev??!!

    OMG, they played this on the pop station on-line version, and all I could think of is YOU making fun of rap music. What the … what ….? These guys are reading your lyrics!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MobfYnRRpys

    • jhs5150
      • Whispergirl

        That line about “Becky” is referenced in the song by Drake called Motto. It’s not a comedic song like these, but it’s interesting that the “lines” of those songs get in other songs. Bubble Butt is catchy, right?

        Oh, Motto; the line “Oh my God Becky, look at her butt” is at mark 2:00 —
        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0izu9BXT50g

        • jhs5150

          Incidentally, I don’t like big butts and I cannot lie…

    • Reverend Draco

      I made the mistake of listening to this shortly after eating dinner. . . by 45 seconds I was about to vomit.

  • Reverend Draco

    Here’s some Back to the Future I could live with. . .

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uT3SBzmDxGk

    • Whispergirl

      Rev, officially the coolest music post ever! That was awesome!!!
      I especially like the crowd reaction. Amazing playing. They totally nailed it. And those guys have very good bone structure in their faces too! 🙂
      Thanks for finding this!

      • Reverend Draco

        Mrs. Rev showed it to me. . . someone posted it on farcebook. . .

        I’ll send your thanks her way.

    • jhs5150

      This song gets played a lot by our local AA baseball team (named the Thunder) but never like this. Of course, when I’m in a mood I substitute the word “clusterf*ck* for “thunderstruck.” Did anyone ever notice the melody for the first two lines of lyrics are right out of “Jumpin Jack Flash?” You could easily substitute “I was born in a crossfire hurricane” for “I was caught in the middle of a railroad track.”

      Pretty cool, Rev (and Mrs. Rev.)

    • jetblast190

      THAT ROCKED!!! Now I wanna hear 2 Cellos Eruption!!!

      • Reverend Draco

        Me TOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

  • rci808

    Bob2 died today. I’m gutted. He was only 61.

    R.I.P. Bob Casale. Your music will NEVER be forgotten.

    DEVO RULES!

    • jhs5150

      Sorry R. 61 is way too early, especially since it seems like people live to be 90 without much fanfare.

  • Reverend Draco

    In honor of today being Mrs. Rev’s birthday (she’s my Cougar!), here are a couple of songs.

    The first, is Our Song – as in, “Listen! They’re playing our song!”
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uAF57_91Gb0

    This next one is Our Second Song – we decided over this last weekend that, we’re adults, we can have 2 songs if we want to, dammit!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c2JSUXaY-tw

    • jetblast190

      That’s two great songs! Having more than one song speaks to the strength of your relationship. My wife isn’t a rock fan, but our song is Fly Away by Lenny Kravitz. We used it for the opening photo montage of our wedding video. The lyrics are appropriate for us in many ways…more than just the theme of flying away with someone.

      • Reverend Draco

        We ended up with Crazy Train as “Our Song,” because of how bizarrely our relationship came to be. . . Me, posting on craigslist as to how I didn’t know if I was still alive inside. . . her, almost never looking in the personals on CL, answering only 1 ad – mine.
        Her, being a “white-collar” sort, working in a laboratory – me, a truck driver.
        It shouldn’t have worked. . . but yet, it does. Crazy, man – Crazy.

        The second, because we ended up best friends. . . which is cool – I’ve never had a female best friend before. . .

    • Whispergirl

      Happy Birthday, Mrs. Rev!

    • jhs5150

      You know why they call them cougars, right? ‘Cause they’re “on the prowl.” 😉

  • Whispergirl

    I got a memory of the album Some Girls by the Stones. Literally every song except one on that 10-song record was a hit. And it still rocked. Remember that convo we were having about Van Halen’s new record? I so want it to have a hit, and if one, why not 9 out of 10. That prompted me to this song. It’s a sort of modern version of the song Some Girls. In this Mick is playing guitar. The video shows rockers doing their rock thing, very well! You know that by the nod by Ron Wood at the end!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=92sEgZSmPbY&feature=kp

    • jhs5150

      It doesn’t get much better than Some Girls. I loved this album when it came out and it’s still my favorite Stones record. 1984 had 4 hits I believe. I’d take that from a new VH album.

      • Whispergirl

        I’d take one hit from a new Van Halen record. Yes, on 1984. And yes, nothing gets much more rock-hit-worthy than Some Girls!

        And I’ve been watching more Stones videos. Mick is 70 now, turning 71. The videos I was watching are from 2010ish, which put Mick in his later 60s. He dances the same. See it can be done. We can stay the same!

        • jhs5150

          I remember watching this live in ’78 (the vid says 77 but I think it’s wrong.)
          http://www.dalealplay.com/videos/Rolling-Stones-Shattered-77-SNL_96910

          • Whispergirl

            I didn’t know they were on SNL. Thanks! That was great! I love the Stones, and nobody is Mick. He looks the same now. I keep waiting for someone to say Mick is some kind of immortal, like a vampire or an alien. It’s great to watch these clips. Rock done really well.

  • jhs5150
    • Whispergirl

      Gives new meaning to the thought of … dolls!

    • jetblast190

      I love Legos! I took my daughter to see The Lego Movie last weekend, very good movie!

  • jhs5150

    HS????

    Present for ya!

    http://youtu.be/dv9UxxWMPBQ

  • Reverend Draco

    Here are a couple of my favorite songs from the 70s. . .

    The first is from 1972. . .

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BCV6paTXyCU

    The second from 1974. . . the video is kinda funny, a fan-made video. . .

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kou0MnmlRhM

    • Whispergirl

      I remember that first one. I liked that too. I don’t know the second one, but I have to say, it’s a sorta rap-like. Rev, you holding out on me? lol
      At any rate, this is you showing your groove side. I like!
      W dancing with her morning eggs!

      • Reverend Draco

        Nothin’ wrong with a little old-school funk. . . That’s one of the things that drew me to Van Halen – Dave’s funky side. . .
        When he left, he took all of the funk with him. . . and when he returned, he brought it back in a big way.

        • Whispergirl

          True, true, true. I think that was the part that surprised me the most about David Lee Roth — that he loved to dance, that he loved dance music. That’s fun!

    • jhs5150

      LOVED Troglodyte – I had the 45!

      • camarocowboy

        I remember that song man!It was a top forty hit that played on our local station.I loved it too.Thanks for bringing back old memories.

  • DLRisVH

    http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x1z6zh_the-police-synchronicity-ii_music

    Heard this tune on the radio yesterday on the way to measure for some replacement windows.Haven’t heard it in ages and I had forgotten they even made a video for it but here it is, not the best quality but the only one I can find.

    • rci808

      Hell yea! …Loves me the Police!

      Right on, Man!

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jUwd737mioM

      *quick trivia* :

      Can you see what the image on the “Ghost In The Machine” album is in digital calculator font?

    • Whispergirl

      Definitely, the Police!

  • Reverend Draco

    If anyone can find (or record) the Guitar Hero version of Pour Some Sugar on Me, minus the lead vocals, I would be much appreciative.
    I’ve looked and looked. . . and all I can find is either a karaoke version, or guitar and backing vocals only – sans drums. . .

  • jhs5150

    SG2? Where are you???

    Here’s a little Slash candy for you..

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eIOQYMpAl1I

  • Whispergirl

    Okay, it’s not every day I hear an accordion in a rock(like) song and like it, the song that is, well actually the accordion too. This song playing on new rotation on the alt-rock station here. The band is the “Kongos”, apparently out of South Africa. This is another one of those songs I heard and liked on the first listen. I’m not sure what that means for staying power as sometimes I get to where I don’t like such songs anymore. The video is a play on this lovely never-ending recession, or at least that’s my take. And the girl, the image that is, at 3:24 is so beautiful-creepy I can’t even tell you. She looks amazing! I think she’s supposed to be dead, but…. whatever, still beautiful-creepy! Check it out, everyone except Rev that is because I think he won’t like it. What I’m taken by as well is how many older songs (this is 2012) get to the radio. Perhaps we’ll turn on the radio next week and a song from some other 2012 release (uhhhh ADKOT) will be the “discovery of the week” song.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gz2GVlQkn4Q

    • Reverend Draco

      That’s actually not bad. . . I’ve heard much worse, from much more well-known and popular bands. . .

      Nothing fancy, nor overproduced. . . not trying to be more than they are. . . just a straight-up song with a definite classic rock vibe. . .

      Surprise!

      • Whispergirl

        *W standing up after having been blown over from surprise!*

        Humm, that is exactly my take, Rev! I really like hearing these “rock” songs on the radio! I’m sooo happy you liked it! What did you think of the creepy-pretty drowning girl? I liked that shot!

        • Reverend Draco

          She certainly was creepyhot. . . I was very confused – didn’t know whether to run away screaming or “motorboat” her. . .

          Now I’ve heard it all – metal with bagpipes, metal with banjos. . . and now rock with accordions. . .

          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BAIzTobLZAk

          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KlBL7u-aEpI

          • Whispergirl

            OMG, really good point!
            Strange instruments in rock, and great examples!

            I wanna do creepyhot makeup now. And I don’t know what “motorboating” someone is, but for the life of me, I’m not going to ask!

            • Reverend Draco

              Don’t ask. . . and ye shall receive anyway =P
              Because I’m just that. Damned. Cool. . .

              Motorboating:
              The placement of one’s face, specifically the mouth, into the area between a well-endowed woman’s breasts, followed by a rapid shaking of the face in a side-to-side motion accompanied by yelling. The resulting sound that is created sounds similar to an outboard boat motor.

              http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eBtN1i3O4fY

              • Whispergirl

                Yet more proof of either (1) I haven’t lived (true), or (2) I’m not endowed enough. Thanks Rev!

                • Reverend Draco

                  I can’t say about (1). . . but I’d be willing to give you my opinion of (2)

                  =P

                  (darn you, gonna git me in truble)

                  • Whispergirl

                    Rev I already know you don’t care if a woman is not endowed. I’m not. I am just a B, sort of. But I wear a mean cami and traditional slip! And this is where the trouble ends!

                    • Reverend Draco

                      *in his best Homer SImpson voice*

                      MMMmmmmmm. . . camisoles. . .

                    • Whispergirl

                      I remember that’s something on your list of likes. It’s the best I can do, relatively thin ballet girl you know. And… thank you!

                    • Reverend Draco

                      No charge =P

                    • Whispergirl

                      Good ’cause I’m broke!

    • jhs5150

      That’s the cool thing about rock bands from other continents, they are influenced by such diverse types of music they can just throw something up and see if it sticks. I hear Zydeco as well as a big U2 influence in the bridge. I don’t think it’s catchy enough for me to want to hear it again but they’re taking chances, I give them credit for that.

  • Reverend Draco

    From the Resident Scooper. . .

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U8qis4e55E0

  • Reverend Draco

    Holy Shit, Batman!

    Ace outdoes himself – by orders of magnitude. . .

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KqSx8kfwtpM

    Faster than a bullet
    Terrifying scream
    Enraged and full of anger
    He’s half man and half machine

    Rides the Metal Monster
    Breathing smoke and fire
    Closing in with vengeance soaring high

    He is the Painkiller
    This is the Painkiller

    Planets devastated
    Mankind’s on its knees
    A saviour comes from out the skies
    In answer to their pleas

    Through boiling clouds of thunder
    Blasting bolts of steel
    Evils going under deadly wheels

    He is the Painkiller
    This is the Painkiller

    Faster than a laser bullet
    Louder than an atom bomb
    Chromium plated boiling metal
    Brighter than a thousand suns

    Flying high on rapture
    Stronger free and brave
    Nevermore encaptured
    They’ve been brought back from the grave

    With mankind resurrected
    Forever to survive
    Returns from Armageddon to the skies

    He is the Painkiller
    This is the Painkiller
    Wings of steel Painkiller
    Deadly wheels Painkiller

    • Whispergirl

      Look at his face! Awesome, as always!

  • jhs5150

    Now this is the kind of story I love. A few years ago, Gibson Guitars was raided by The US Government for allegedly having violated import laws concerning rosewood – used primarily in guitar fingerboards on electric guitars and the backs of acoustic guitars. The problem was, this was not a US law regarding the importation of rosewood, it was an Indian law and Gibson had documented proof that the wood was not harvested illegally and did not violate any law, Indian or otherwise. It was thought that this outrage was done at the whim of The Obama Administration because Gibson does not employ union workers at its’ two manufacturing plants (and incidentally, Martin Guitars – an Obama campaign contributor who buys the same wood from the same source was not raided.) After years of accusations and Gibson’s suing of Uncle Sam, The Government relented and gave Gibson back it’s confiscated wood.

    So how do you stick it to the man after they did you wrong? You make a special “government edition” guitar using the same confiscated rosewood Uncle Sam took from you in the first place.

    Rock On Gibson, and Hell Yeah!

    http://www.guitarworld.com/gibson-guitars-announces-government-series-ii-les-paul

    • rci808

      Those assault guitars kill people! ….Ban them!

      • jhs5150

        I’ll have the rosewood chicken…lol.

    • jetblast190

      I have a good idea where Gibson could stick one of those rosewood necks as well, but I’ll be nice…

  • Whispergirl

    In case anyone is confused, I renamed “Party” “Football” for the big game day! Just me being silly, but that’s nothing new.

  • B__H

    I went to the dark side and checked out the VH links site, and someone brought up that Balance is now 19 (!!) years old now. Which began a long thread about it…I put in Balance a couple days ago and yeah, it rocks. Even tho I think Sammy has gone full-douchebag mode these days, I can still listen to FUCK and balance. 5150 and ou812 are not really that good imo.
    Balance is a kick ass record. The sound quality of it is really fantastic. It was before the compression-loudness-brickwall bs that we know of today. Al’s drums are great. And you can even hear Mikey.
    Eddie said at the time that they mastered Balance “more ballsy” than normal. His tone on that record is bad-ass. Aftershock is in the top 3 VH tunes ever for me. The ending of Aftershock is f’in KILLER. The groove on Balichiterium is STOMPING.
    It’s the last Hagar record, but it goes out with a BANG.
    There must have been something to Ed and Sam being at each others throats back then cuz, it’s clear that Sam and Ed were already pissed at each other during Balance, and then they made Humans being, which is another KILLER tune.

    Balance holds up today, imo. If you want to hear what a good record can sound like on cd, listen to it. I even thought Al’s bass drum sounded good, which I usually don’t hear either. They nailed the sound on that record.

    • Whispergirl

      I was wondering where you were last weekend (I think it was) because we talked a long conversation about Balance. I am not that familiar with that record, so it’s fun to find something in the Van Halen world that is a new (or newish) to me. And yes, that record’s sound is really good, and far superior to ADKOT, even though I think that was the sound they envisioned for ADKOT (my guess). I’m too new to the record to say my favorite. Still deciding.

      • B__H

        theres a song that was released seperately that was from the Balance sessions called “Crossing over”. Ed’s sound goes back and forth between the left n right speaker. L-R-L-R-L-R back and forth. It’s a song about Ed Leffler who died prior to the record coming out. Ed Leffler was their manager, and the guy who kept the VH boat sailing smoothly. The anti-Ray Danniels, in other words. Sammy back then (in 95) said that they didn’t put Crossing over on because it would have dragged the whole album down. It’s probably on youtube somewhere; its an unreleased track from Balance.

    • jhs5150

      I loved Balance when it came out and I still listen to it once in a while. Agreed – Aftershock kicks ass, it’s blues-based but that’s what gives it it’s groove. I saw them on this tour playing a smaller venue outdoors and it was great. The critics panned the album but critics don’t buy records. I think it’s awesome.

  • HS_1_3415

    Here’s the first single off of Adrian Vandenberg’s new album! It’s pretty good—very blues rock—I really like it, however I’m not too sold on the singer yet. It sounds a little like he wants a David Coverdale sound-alike.

    http://www.moonkingsband.com/good-thing-on-soundcloud/

    • jetblast190

      I like it! I think the singer sounds fine.

      • jhs5150

        Singers, like music itself is very personal. There are some singers I like that people here don’t and there are some I don’t like that people do. I think this guy is OK – nothing special, but that’s just me.

    • Whispergirl

      I like it. The singer sounds pretty good. I was trying to find out more about him, who, age, etc., but I just ran into another site with another song called Lust and Lies. (I think I hear a female back-up singer on the final choruses too. Interesting, and it reminds of me of modern country choruses too.) I like this one too. See what you think. I think the singer is more prominent on this song.

      http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/vandenbergs-moonkings-two-full-songs-available-for-streaming/

  • jhs5150

    Today is the 45th anniversary of the Beatles’ rooftop concert above Abbey Road Studios – their last.

    That’s Lennon on lead guitar on “Get Back” – I never knew that. I always assumed it was Harrison. Cool stuff!

    Get Back, Loretta…

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4LHeCudcR8Q#t=235

  • Reverend Draco

    That was very painful. . .

  • DLRisVH

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EKpn0esJ73w

    A great video to watch especially with all of this snow still on the ground!

    • jetblast190

      Sweet!!! (the song, not the winter) I love these guys too!!!

    • rci808

      Now we’re talkin’, D…

      Rush.

      Here’s me and my bud’s messing with La Villa.

      Rock on, Man.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t7sjIGDfidQ

      • Whispergirl

        My favorite thing — you guys posting your own music!
        This was fabulous, as usual, and I like the art. That’s a good interpretation of you! And you play that bass well, rclee!

        • rci808

          Thanks so much for the compliment, WBirdie!

          Makes it all worth it!

          • Whispergirl

            It’s true! And really, I like it most when I hear the music you guys play! Thanks! It has been way too long since someone posted their own stuff. Really, really thanks!

            • rci808

              We have been messing with some of the ‘euro metal’ stuff lately.. y’know, that drop-Q sound.. Gunka-Gunka-Gunka…

              Fun to “feel” the music with that tuning.

              • Whispergirl

                I can’t wait to hear that. I’m really into that sound. Post it when you’re ready! Pretty please.

                • rci808

                  Will do.

      • DLRisVH

        Well done sir!!!!!!!!!!! It sounds like you guys are having alot of fun!!

        • rci808

          Tonnes of fun, Man! We try to get together at least once per week.

          We are more hobbyist than musicians. Very fun to attack a project like this and even more fun to put some original material together.

          Thanks for the support, Man!

          • DLRisVH

            Keep em comin!!!!!!

  • jhs5150

    Here’s an update from the man himself, Viv Campbell regarding his battle with Hodgkins Lymphoma, which is in remission now. He talks about losing his hair too, which is actually funny. Incidentally, Viv lives in LA as does Phil Collen I believe. That’s a long way to Joe’s house in Dublin if they are doing new DL recording sessions. Viv is a cool guy and seems very down to earth, much like the rest of the Leps. I saw him with Thin Lizzy in Philly a few years ago (I have pics somewhere.) Keep rockin’ Viv. Hope to see you all later this year.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DqFc3J-5aIs

    • jhs5150

      And here’s those Thin Lizzy pics I mentioned. They’re a little fuzzy but WTH? It wasn’t a good camera night. One is him by himself, the other with long-time Thin Lizzy guitarist Scott Gorham. It was a great night.

      • Whispergirl

        Very cool!

    • Whispergirl

      I really like this guy!!!!!!!!

      He is so cute about his hair. I wish he could read us and know he can still have his hair, 51 or not.

      He mentions his side project with the remaining members of Dio. I wonder if that’s playing anywhere (thinking it would be a small place). I would love to check that out!!!

      Great vid, jhs. Man I love this band’s attitude! Los Angeles, huh?

    • jhs5150

      Here’s Viv ripping it up, well on the road to recovery. He is touring, doing some of the songs he co-wrote while in Dio. These tunes are more headbanging and aggressive than what he does with DL. It’s good to hear another side of his playing.
      Rock on, Viv.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=564Mujn09DQ

      • Whispergirl

        I like it!!!
        Viv in a four-piece. He has a way different sound, but it’s good. He seems happy like that. Thanks for posting this. I might want to see this band. Now if only I could find one of my preppy friends brave enough to go with me.

        • camarocowboy

          Come on girl,we’re ALL waiting for you to be that 10,000th.Get over there and post 2 comments!

  • Whispergirl

    My girlie, Eliie!!! She’s doing so well! Here she is performing on GMA! And she will headline a major tour opening at MSG. Get ’em Ellie!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zt6d6vxSz2k

  • jhs5150

    Here’s a clip form this year’s NAMM show in LA with Ross Hogarth, who was the engineer for VH’s ADKOT album. He talks about VH starting at about 3:58. He says he tried to make ADKOT hold up sound-wise with other CVH records. A lot of people debated that when the album came out – saying they didn’t like the sound. You decide.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z8MztYZvuoE

    • Reverend Draco

      He failed.

      • RichVanLowe

        He blew it… BIG TIME.

    • Meanie Beanie ¥.¥

      Well he admits to using compression and liking it.. that’s what I didn’t like about ADKOT, too much compression. There was NO compression on CVH albums previously.

      • Whispergirl

        Yep!

      • RichVanLowe

        He doesn’t even realize that he blew it and the interviewer doesn’t either! In fact, they are both pretty arrogant about their own ignorance.

    • B__H

      The sound on ADKoT is awful. The better quipment you have to listen to it, the worse it sounds. At times it sounds like a badly calibrated cassette tape from the 90’s. I can’t believe they thought it sounded good when they mixed it and mastered it.

  • Reverend Draco

    OK. . . here’s something to hold y’all over until I get my Leps cover done. . .

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gqM8POFyET8

    • Whispergirl

      Hurry! Def Lep baby songs! Pretty cool!

  • Reverend Draco

    By the hairy hemorrhoids of the Gods. . . Ace Molek does it again!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c9DQtkjsWFQ

    • jetblast190

      I think I’m in love with this kid’s right foot!

  • Whispergirl

    Sat-ur-day night!

    Put that one up!

    Joe has a cute hat!

    • jhs5150

      Ask and ye shall receive…

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kD9C_h3gTOM

      • Whispergirl

        Awesome! I love it!

        And it has the good moves too! Sav, at minute 0:06, Joe at 0:53, which are Sav with his feet out, guitar slung way down, and Joe with his arms stretched out. Now you did it. Now I’m going to have to stop and … rock star dance! Or is it strut? Whichever! Great song!!!!!

        • jhs5150

          Just good, kick-ass rock and roll…

          • Whispergirl

            It is! And I know WHAT it is! (See new story, and you’ll see what I mean. There are so many types of rock, my head is spinning from making that list!!!!)

            But one thing’s for sure, I LOVE THIS song!

  • jhs5150

    DL – On Through The Night. Sorry for taking up so much space. I’m having a blast though. Enjoy!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wXdy7bRMQmA

    • Whispergirl

      I love these! How can there be too many Lep videos?

      • jhs5150

        Good point!

  • jhs5150
    • jetblast190

      I like Joe’s little speech!

      • Whispergirl

        Feel free to expose any bodily parts that you chose? JET!

        • jetblast190

          Yikes!!!!

          • Whispergirl

            lol! It’s Joe’s fault!!!! I’m just repeating what HE said!

            My new excuse…. for everything: I blame Joe!

  • jhs5150

    Let’s get WASTED! (I just uploaded it to YT)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uvCoHxTZi-0

    • Whispergirl

      Seriously, how good is THAT?!!!

    • Whispergirl

      I found an old Def Lep clip. It’s so different than the polished DL here. I honestly prefer them more mature, but this is interesting. The second song is Wasted. This says it’s from 1980. Check it out!

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i1TSI8VVxV8

      • jhs5150

        What a great old clip. You can hear the Thin Lizzy influence with the twin guitars at the beginning of “Lady Strange.” Pure Marshall power on display there – THUNDEROUS. They had awesome talent, even back then. By the time I first saw them in ’83 (Pyromania) they were already more polished and less metal – still good though. The 2nd band was The Pat Travers Band – I recognize the song. Great post, WG!

        • Whispergirl

          I heard he Pat Travers Band at the end too. The DL sound was different, and good. It was a ’70s vibe, for sure. Glad you liked it!

          • jhs5150

            Here’s a real old clip (audio only) called Medicine Man – which if it sounds familiar, it is because it became the genesis for “Rock, Rock, Till You Drop” (Pyromania.) And lets have no talk of old demos being used on later albums 😉

            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gdl2fyWOUW0

  • jetblast190

    Game time! Top 5 favorite songs…they don’t have to be a reflection of your favorite bands and you don’t have to keep the list to 5 if that’s too big or too small.

    1. Take Your Whiskey Home – The MIGHTY Van Halen (my favorite song from my favorite album from my favorite band)
    2. Gimme Three Steps – Lynyrd Skynyrd (love the humor from another great front man who departed us way too young)
    3. The Immigrant Song – Led Zeppelin (who can’t dig that funky groove Jimmy Page tears into)
    4. Back In Black – AC/DC (one of the great rock and roll comebacks)
    5. Red Barchetta – Rush (an amazingly constructed song with beautiful imagery of racing along in a fast car)

    • Whispergirl

      Good list. Good game.

      I’ll get back to you. Mine will have to be longer because I like more than just rock, and more than just classic rock.
      *W thinking*

      • Whispergirl

        Not wanting to cover anyone up with my silliness, here goes the best that I can do.

        First love, country, and first love there, Johnny Cash. And I like this newer cover he did shortly before he died. It’s a cover of the Nine Inch Nails song Hurt, and if you’re not fighting tears by the chorus… you’re dead!

        Modern country song that I thought was moving: Need You Now, by Lady Antebellum.

        Old rock songs in no particular order and as they hit me:
        Rolling Stones, Gimme Shelter, Angie (I really love, love, love Angie) and all the fast ones like Dancing with Mr. D and Bitch

        Aerosmith: Dream On

        Zep: I love almost all Zep, even Stairway, but I especially love the slow ones, Goin’ to California, and the song that makes me believe love is possible All My Love; that’s my good luck charm.

        Late 70’s-80s rock, okay narrower, Def Leppard, Gods of War, Don’t Shoot Shotgun, Van Halen, DOA, Light of the Sky, all the songs by all the bands that make you turn your radio up, up, up, Motley Crue, GnR, all of them! And Van Halen, I’ll Wait because I believe I know what it means

        Modern rock: Sex On Fire by Kings of Leon, probably the song I love to drive fast too most of any song and the song that made me know I like modern rock too, plus who doesn’t like a lyric that goes “head while I’m driving”?

        Song that I heard recently that I loved so much I played it a thousand times in a row like I was a teenager: Extreme, Ghost.

        Dj-dance: Armin Van Buuren (artist), Shivers (song). I love it’s line “how could it end this way”, and I like Armin in general.

        rap/hip hop: a song called Love It or Hate It by The Game and 50 Cent.

        Concert I’ve watched a thousand times, and a new artist, Ellie Goulding’s performance at the Troubadour, October 2012, and really only that performance. It’s magical, and I’m certain I wouldn’t have made it through all the heartache of last year without that Youtube track. It went over a million hits recently, and some significant number have to be mine. There was a time I watched or listened to it at least once a day.

        And every song that I hear for about a month, then let go of. Every once in a while it’s fun to pull those out to “remember when”… even if that “remember when” isn’t so easy.

        • Lookin_for_a_moonbeam

          *The video to Hurt by Johnny Cash – now that`s the real heartbreaker!

          • Whispergirl

            It’s a fabulous song.

            • Lookin_for_a_moonbeam

              I was talking about it to my boss a few weeks ago. I`m sure I read somewhere that Trent Reznor was really annoyed at first that someone had took his song…then realised the song was perfect for Johnny; it`s really hard to believe it wasn`t penned by the man himself, such a good fit it is. I don`t know much country (unless Steve Earle counts), but Cash transcends the normal categories.

              • jhs5150

                When I first heard it I never knew Trent Reznor wrote it. Great song and Johnny made it his own.

              • Whispergirl

                I think Johnny Cash’s version is better than NIN’s version of Hurt. I heard it on the radio about a month ago, on the way to ballet incidentally as I was driving in Burbank. The dj said something about “covers”, then said “Cash NAILS this one”. He does. It’s not so much a cover as a song done by Mr. Cash. And yes, Johnny transcends normal categories; I think that’s why I like him.

                • Whispergirl

                  And because this song, from a discussion I had yesterday, won’t get out of my head, I leave you with this video (enough to make the best good-girl of us all want to … recreate)! I wanna hot boyfriend! lol

                  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bPiw66TCDv4

        • jetblast190

          Excellent list and excellent analysis!!! You put a lot of thought into that! Thanks!

          I don’t listen to country as much as I used to, but I’m still a Bocephus, Waylon and Willie, Jerry Reed, Charlie Daniels, and Roy Clark fan.

          • Whispergirl

            It was a fun game! As for country, I don’t listen that much either, but all of those guys you mention are influences for everyone! Love them too! And I told you my list would be long. hehe

    • jhs5150

      Off the top of my head…

      1. Eruption – Van Halen
      2. Born To Be Wild – Steppenwolf. One of the most kickass songs of all time.
      3. Shoot to Thrill – AC/DC
      4. Flying In A Blue Dream – Joe Satriani
      5. School’s Out – Alice Cooper

      And throw in a little Zeppelin – The Song Remains The Same

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5UWRypqz5-o

    • Lookin_for_a_moonbeam

      Without thinking too deeply about it,

      Foreign Exchange – Steve Morse
      The Power Cosmic 2000 Pt 2, Wormhole Wizards & Circles – Joe Satriani
      Slainte Mhath – Marillion
      Birthday Boy – Drive By Truckers
      Isis – Bob Dylan
      Why Don`t You Find Out for Yourself – Morrissey
      It`s A Dream – Neil Young
      Over The Hills and Far Away – Led Zep

      and
      Hang `Em High, Drop Dead Legs, Spanish Fly, Chinatown.

      • Whispergirl

        Moonbeam! So good to see you!

        • Lookin_for_a_moonbeam

          Hello 🙂

          • Whispergirl

            Hello!

      • rci808

        Affirmative on “Hang Em High”…..

        Hell yes.

    • rci808

      My list will be different tomorrow!!

      😐

      lol!

      I can honestly say that “Big Money” by Rush is safely in top 3 at all times.

      • jetblast190

        Yup…it’s a difficult list for sure! Big Money is HUGE!!! I didn’t even include anything from the Topsters, but if I did, it’d be Brown Sugar.

    • RichVanLowe

      Hear About it Later
      Unchained
      So May It Secretly Begin (Pat Metheny)
      Bullet In Your Head (Rage Against The Machine)
      Headlong Flight (Rush)

  • jhs5150

    The Stones are going to release the live concert from 1965 that was used to the film “Charlie Is My Darling.” Anything Stones is cool with me.

    http://ultimateclassicrock.com/stones-charlie-is-my-darling-live-album/

    • Whispergirl

      That footage is really good, so I’ll bet the concert will be too! I’m sure it will be short though; they seemed to have really short sets.

  • Reverend Draco

    I’m still going to do that Leps cover. . . just that my mouth is taking longer to heal from the last teeth that were pulled, and we’re also dealing with the after-effects of my mother-in-law having a stroke in early December.

    Stay tuned!

    • jhs5150

      Godspeed, Rev. I can’t imagine going through that (teeth.)

    • Whispergirl

      Sorry about the teeth Rev!!!!
      I look VERY forward to your Def Lep cover!

  • Whispergirl

    I want to know why everyone talks Zep when I’m … dying (from sickness)!

    I think I’ll play some Zep!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yZgblTKscX0

    (Seriously, that song is 11 minutes long???)

    • Reverend Draco

      I know! I always thought that Kashmir was longer – but it isn’t, by about 2 minutes. . .

      One of my very favorite Zep tunes.

      • Whispergirl

        Which one, Rev, Dying or Kashmir (is your in that one of your fav category)? Physical Graffiti is a strange on for me. It has entire song-sides, and I prefer a song that’s a bit shorter. But I had that album and would play one side or the other from time to time. The length on that one surprised me.

        • Reverend Draco

          Yes.

          • Whispergirl

            So the vote between Dying and Kashmir is … yes! I like it! I’m not sure I could chose between those two either!

            • Reverend Draco

              I tried. . . ended up an exercise in futility.

            • jhs5150

              You have to be in a bluesy mood to listen to “Dying.” I prefer Kashmir but to be honest, my favorite Zep tunes are the deep cuts – ones you usually don’t hear on the radio. At one point I had to turn off “Stairway” whenever it came on the radio.

    • HS_1_3415

      Dang and I thought Achilles Last Stand was their longest at 10:25. But that’s just studio, I have a live bootleg of Dazed and Confused clocking in at 34:43. (That’s like a whole TV show are you kidding me? Crazy!)

      Anyway, here are some feel better songs:

      Bon Jovi—”Bad Medicine” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eOUtsybozjg

      Mötley Crüe- “Dr. Feelgood” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1XHcPYorSJw

      Van Halen- “Somebody Get Me A Doctor” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NkJOZOOXJWk

      • Whispergirl

        And a nice assortment you made for me there HS! I finally went to the doctor on Monday, so I am much better. And I’ll take those other two … for visual effect!

  • Reverend Draco

    *in his best Professor Farnsworth voice*

    Good News, everyone!

    Brian May doesn’t have cancer!

    He’s getting ready to release some old Queen stuff that’s been sitting around for 30 years or so – including a never-before-released Freddie Mercury/Michael Jackson duet.

    • jhs5150

      Yeah, I saw that yesterday. Very good news.

    • Whispergirl

      Yay, and … yay!

    • jetblast190

      That’s great news, on all accounts!!! You missed your calling Rev, you should have been a music industry analyst and columnist…you may have actually brought some hope to a publication like Rolling Stone.

      • Reverend Draco

        I should have been a lot of things – world-class theoretical physicist, rock drummer, rock vocalist, fighter pilot, sci-fi author, inventor, Jedi. . .

        Opportunity kept n****r-knocking on my door. . . every time I’d answer, nobody was there.

  • rci808

    Sometimes simple is better. It doesnt always take a Geddy Lee, Jaco Pastorius, or Les Claypool to pull off a bass-line that works.

    * rci gettin’ down in the office room *

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uY3vgBzgYn4

    • Whispergirl

      *W making her way back to the land of the living, slowly*

      Nice bass dance groove,R!

      • B__H

        I’ll take you there is a great song. The bass groove is great. Everything about the song is great. Simple is always better.

    • jhs5150

      Hooks, hooks, hooks!

  • jetblast190
    • Whispergirl

      This dude is fond of camera edits??!!
      Good rendition!

      • jetblast190

        Yup…there’s definitely some cash flow going on there with his rig, camera, and editing equipment. But he’s good!

    • Reverend Draco

      Not bad – better than some I’ve seen. . .

  • HS_1_3415
    • jhs5150

      As he should 😉

    • Whispergirl

      I listened all the way. Nikki talks about the first record being the best across the board for most bands.

      They mention Ratt too.

      Good clip! And true.

      • HS_1_3415

        I don’t think they mentioned Guns though? Appetite is one of my favorites. I’ve tended to notice though, that it’s either the 1st album or the 3rd/4th that’s the best. Either they come out blazing from the get-go or it’ll take until the 3rd or 4th album for them to really develop their “sound” and songwriting skills. For example I wouldn’t say that Zeppelin’s or Bon Jovi’s first albums were their best.

        • jhs5150

          I liked LZ 1 and Houses Of The Holy.

          • HS_1_3415

            Houses of the Holy is my personal fave, mostly because of how much I absolutely adore D’yer Mak’er. It just feels very sunny.

          • Reverend Draco

            LZ4, for Misty Mountain Hop, When the Levee Breaks, and The Battle of Evermore.

            Physical Graffiti for In My Time of Dying, and Kashmir.

        • Reverend Draco

          Appetite for Destruction was a great album – a level G’n’R has never been able to match since.

          • HS_1_3415

            The UYI’s were good albums, but some of the songs were a little hit and miss and the overall sound was much colder than Appetite, not to mention some of the guitars was just too much going on sonically with the amount of crunch and distortion. Appetite had a very warm sound to it, and it was minimalistic, but full. You could clearly hear and appreciate every layer of the song without feeling like it was lacking something. Not only that, but the songs were solid as well, not one bit of filler. Definitely one of my top 10 favorite albums, no doubt about it.

            • Reverend Draco

              Hrmm. . . what I’ve heard of the UYIs is the worst of the worst they’ve done. And they should be banned from doing another cover song, for life.

              • HS_1_3415

                I really liked “Don’t Cry,” “Bad Obsession,” “Civil War,” “Get In the Ring” (that’s my favorite UYI track), “Pretty Tied Up,” and “You Could Be Mine.” And to be honest I really liked “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door” especially the jangly intro and the reggae-esque breakdown. But considering there’s 30 songs total, that’s a pretty short list. And pretty disappointing following the stereo-assault that was Appetite.

                • Reverend Draco

                  Civil War, You Could Be Mine, Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door – 3 of the worst songs ever put to vinyl.

                  I would call those songs jokes. . . but jokes are usually humorous.

                  • HS_1_3415

                    Well I have them on CD and I think they’re at least good enough for cheap plastic. (:
                    I think “My World” was supposed to be the joke song, or at least I hope…

                    At least their live performances were good, Axl’s a great frontman.

                    • Reverend Draco

                      Well. . . ok. . . I’ll give you that – good enough for cheap plastic.

                      Funny thing – Those 3 songs in particular rank highly on the list of songs I trot out when I’m trying to explain the Celebration of Mediocrity to the uninitiated. . . as an example of a good band that gave up and started phoning it in.

                    • HS_1_3415

                      I can see where you’re coming from, but that’s nothing compared to some of the crap that artists put out now. Not only is the music pretty bland, but they blatantly copy other artists for lack of their own creativity. For example, this song that was super popular last year: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LkIWmsP3c_s

                      The “I’m on fire” line was clearly stolen from VH, and the “whoah” part is strikingly similar to the crowd chant in Metallica’s performances of “The Memory Remains” as can be seen here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zo1fL_hqme4 (the last 2 minutes are the chant). And that’s not even mentioning the grocery list of artists One Direction rips off. Compared to that mess the UYI’s look like an artistic gold mine.

                    • Reverend Draco

                      Absolutely. . . it doesn’t compare to the crap that “artists” put out now. . . but then, it was early in the Celebration – things hadn’t raced to the sewer yet at that time. . .

                      (gods, 25 seconds was all my brain cells could take before they started committing suicide)

                    • HS_1_3415

                      Hence, why most of the new music I listen to is by older artists. Few new bands put their heart into it.

                      This is one of my favorite new songs, it just came out last year. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XhAbtZXu2RU

                      (Ironically he was a guest saxophonist on UYI I)

                    • B__H

                      I agree with you HS. If UYI was trimmed down to 15 songs instead of what it was, it would be one of the greatest albums of all time. I don’t know WTF Disco is talking about. Estranged. Dead horse. Those albums ROCK.

                    • HS_1_3415

                      I always thought Coma was kinda trippy and cool. And I was pretty impressed to find out that that’s not a string section on November Rain, Axl spent hours and hours dialing it all in to a keyboard. The thing about the UYI’s is that they weren’t really playing it safe, there was a LOT of experimentation, and some of it worked well, and some of it not so much—hence why there appears to be so much filler. I also liked getting to hear Izzy and Duff doing vocals because they both have great voices—Izzy especially surprised me because he’s always so quiet, I’d have never guessed he could sing.

                  • B__H

                    Civil war, You could be mine and knockin are mediocre?? WTH? Appetite is a classic, one of the best records ever, but to say UYI I and II are bad/mediocre? Wow, imo, those songs rock. Trashing Civil War? really?

                    • Reverend Draco

                      Mediocre at best.

                    • B__H

                      No accounting for taste.

                    • Whispergirl

                      Rev, lol! At least mediocre isn’t “time” sensitive, meaning old music was that too.

  • jetblast190

    YT whiz kid…excellent cover of Drop Dead Legs!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XORTglJwDsA

  • jhs5150

    Happy Birthday, Michael

    Happy Birthday Michael Schenker! The guitarist turns 59 today! Here's our vid intrvw w/ him: http://t.co/kPqBonZmkC pic.twitter.com/bszeFnZsBP— Guitar World (@GuitarWorld) January 10, 2014

  • jhs5150

    A sad anniversary for Lep fans –

    Today marks the 23rd year since Steve's passing on 8 January, 1991. Play some classic D.L. loud today in his memory! #SteveClark— Def Leppard (@def_leppard) January 8, 2014

    • jetblast190

      Very sad and tragic loss. I certainly have missed Steve’s presence in Def Leppard! They have carried on very well, but I still miss him.

  • jetblast190

    Aidan Fisher, 11 year old EVH prodigy!!! Rock and Roll is alive and well!!!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AczIYDZqOCw#t=391

    • Whispergirl

      Very cool!

  • Whispergirl

    We are trying to figure out why the comments don’t show up for a while
    (on Party). I notice this problem isn’t happening on the this music page, so
    if you want, you can talk here for the time being. Thank you for your
    understanding and your patience.

    • Reverend Draco

      I still think the problem is, there are so many posts on the Party page. It still takes much, much longer to load than any other page, too.

  • Whispergirl

    XOXO

  • Whispergirl

    Hell yeah!

  • Whispergirl

    Rock on!

  • Reverend Draco

    *sigh*

    Bad news, everyone!

    Brian May has been undergoing scans recently, over fears he may (no pun intended) have cancer.

    He suffered agonizing back and hip pain earlier in December which left him barely able to stand. . .MRI revealed “some abnormalities in the bones.”

    • Whispergirl

      *sigh*
      Get well Brian May!

    • jhs5150

      I just read that yesterday. Get well, Brian.

  • Reverend Draco

    *in his best Professor Farnsworth voice*
    Good news, everyone!

    I contacted Rich through youtube yesterday. Heard from him this morning (well, he posted yesterday, but I was afk most of the afternoon/evening):

    Thanks for reaching out to me Rev. A belated Merry Christmas!

    I’m a little sad honestly. I’ve started my share of fights on that site
    but I never threatened anybody. That guy committed a crime against me
    and the landlord could care less. He knows how much money I spend in
    that store and he could still care less. I’m done with that place and
    it is very very sad to me.

    Hope to see you around.

    Rich

    To which I replied:
    There’s still Whisper’s place. A lot of us (former) VHND regulars have
    been hanging out there for a few months. Having some great music convos,
    posting all manner of obscure videos. . . and of course lots of =VH=.

    Belated Merry Xmas to you too. Nice to see that you’re still vertical.

    • jhs5150

      Rickie, if you’re reading this, you’re not alone. I became disillusioned with that place long ago – too many people whose idea of fun became denigrating others and anyone else who had a different opinion than theirs. This place is much more fun and WG makes everyone welcome. Don’t be a stranger. Happy Holidays.

      • Whispergirl

        Ditto Rickie! Please join us here. It’s fun, and we even make it relevant sometimes. As for VHND, I know that sadness. But what most of that sadness was for me was not leaving that website, and wasn’t even thinking I’d miss out on Van Halen. Instead it was thinking I’d never see my friends again. Sure we are virtual, with sort of silly names, but we’ve all shared a lot. That fun need not end. Please come join us here. I’m still waiting for my song, you know? Happy New Year, the secular one. W

        • Reverend Draco

          You both realize these messages were sent through youtube, not disqus, right?

          • Whispergirl

            I think we’re talking to Rickie on the off-chance he is looking here. He has visited here before. I hope he sees it.

            • Reverend Draco

              Gotcha. Didn’t think of that.

          • jhs5150

            Yeah, but I’m betting he’ll come here.

      • RichVanLowe

        🙂

        I’d like to think that I only started fights with people who deserved it. I hated those bastards that put down the band.

        • camarocowboy

          Hi Rickie.How you doin young man?

  • HS_1_3415

    I know we talk a lot on here about guitar players these days not being innovative and Eddie being one of the last greats and what’s going to happen to guitar and yadda yadda. A dude I go to school with showed me this tonight and I thought it was pretty freakin’ sick—in a good way! Imagine this technique used with hard rock or metal—now that’d be sweet! So there is some innovation and some cool things being done, it’s just not mainstream, nor is it all hard rock. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=elOxW3wbz7A

    • Reverend Draco

      Verrrrry interestink. . .

      • jhs5150

        You forgot something…(refresh)

    • jhs5150

      The guy is playing an 8-string, which is cool and I like the sounds he gets playing with his right hand. He’s really good. The internet is full of guys no one’s ever heard of who are great players. I saw a guy open up for Joe Satriani back in the 90s who absolutely blew me away, playing acoustic but making all these other sounds with his hands on the body of the guitar while he played the strings. He was obviously influenced by Michael Hedges (RIP) but he was amazing on his own. All it takes for these guys is exposure and YT is they way it will happen.

      Nice post, HS.

    • Whispergirl

      I like that HS! I took one flamenco lesson one time from this really cool guy, and then I couldn’t keep going because that was the start of when my life got very difficult. I love that classical/flamenco stuff. In one lesson, I realized how involved that playing was and wanted to see what would happen if you put in mainstream stuff. I don’t know if I’ll ever have the talent to pull off what I hear in my head. That’s totally part of it. The rest is this distorted almost dance sound. Thanks for this. It makes me know I’m not completely crazy. Great, great find, and thank you friend too. I’m going to study this player a bit more.

      • HS_1_3415

        Well the greatest rock bands tend to draw influences from all over the place, so maybe if I take some of these techniques and mix ’em with a little of this and a little of that I could eventually come up with a great rock n’ roll band. (On a side note, I’ve been working on my vocals and I’m pretty much a full tenor now. I’ve found that while I can sing really high, my best tones are in my lower range and that’s where I’ve been tending to gravitate. Maybe if I work at it I can eventually do bass as well and then I’ll be able to sing all 4 vocal parts which would be a pretty bitchen accomplishment.)

      • HS_1_3415

        And this is the band that my friend is in, just in case you wanted to check ’em out. Indie’s not exactly my cup of tea, but they’re not bad.

        • jhs5150

          They’re good!

    • jetblast190

      This guitarist has some seriously long fingers, even his thumbs! And you are correct that there is a lot of innovation, just not mainstream.

    • RichVanLowe

      Stanley Jordan on steroids. Pretty impressive technique. Did I count 8 strings?

      • HS_1_3415

        Yep 8 strings. Lord if Ed took this and ran with it, could you imagine what crazy sh** he’d probably come up with!!

        • Whispergirl

          No. But I’d like to hear!

      • jetblast190

        I love listening to Stanley Jordan!

  • Reverend Draco

    Here is one of my favorite songs. . .

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ahtC-VjHYP8

    (recorded by me)

    • jhs5150

      Great job, Rev. Goosebumps. ‘Nuff said.

      • Reverend Draco

        Here is the only other actual vid of =VH= I got that night.

        (I did get Tattoo also, but didn’t realize it so the video is of everything but the band).

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fwo5dx-iZVI

        • jhs5150

          Love Ed’s sound live – just like the old days. He is so killer when he’s sober. Goosebumps again! Kudos.

          “Ya can’t get romantic on a subway ride…”

          • Reverend Draco

            I always though it said “subway line,” which is a closer rhyme to “Conductor don’t like it, says you’re wastin’ your time.”

            Oh well. . .

            • jhs5150

              I think you’re right, at least that’s what lyricsfreak says. “Ride” is what I heard him sing since I was a kid. Doh!

              • Reverend Draco

                There’s a bathroom on the right. . .

                • jhs5150

                  “Scuse me, while I kiss this guy…” LOL!

                  • Reverend Draco

                    “Hold me closer, Tony Danza.”

                    =P

                    • jhs5150

                      “Dirty Dean and The Thunderchief”

                    • Reverend Draco

                      Also known as. . .

                      Dirty Deeds and der Dunder Chief.

                    • jhs5150

                      Ya!

                    • Reverend Draco

                      The weird shit people hear in song lyrics. . .

                      I had some VH lyrics wrong for years, too. . . part of the fix was Guitar Hero: Van Halen. Now, I have trouble remembering what the wrong lyrics I had were. . .

                    • jhs5150

                      There was a DL song, “Women” that until the other day I didn’t realize I had the chorus wrong. Then there was a commercial a few years ago where there was a couple in a car and “Pour Some Sugar On Me” comes over the radio and the guy totally Fs it up.

                      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FWalP8U-GZc

                    • Whispergirl

                      The best one of all: wrapped up like a douche. (I still hear it that way!)

                    • jhs5150

                      LMAO! I still don’t know what he’s saying, and I refuse to look it up!

                    • Whispergirl

                      He’s saying douche! I KNOW it!

                    • Reverend Draco

                      Blinded by the light,

                      revved up like a deuce,

                      another runner in the night

    • Whispergirl

      You got very good quality sound on these Rev! Very nice. And a good performance in San Jose. Your seats seem really good too.

      • Reverend Draco

        We were up in the nosebleeds – section 200-something. . . second level above grandstands. Cam has a really good zoom – as you can tell by how bad the close-ups shake.

        Just a Samsung video camera that we bought on sale a few years ago.

        • Whispergirl

          The camera shots were good. Your video camera recorded well.

  • Whispergirl

    Rocking out! For HS, and everyone (I put this on the hair page too). My bird can whistle this song, so it’s fitting! Isn’t Christmas Eve fun??!! Love it, no matter what!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HX7rq98ddzM

    • jhs5150

      HS, the rockin’ schoolgirl
      had a thing for hair and style
      and when she talked about it
      you could always hear her smile

      All of the other school girls
      never understood her delight
      80s cassettes and vinyl
      never were their first respite.

      Then one rockin’ Christmas Eve
      her girlies we’re heard to say –
      HS, in your car so white,
      won’t you crank your tunes tonight?

      Then she turned them on to Ollie,
      Reckless Love and Santa Cruz
      HS, the rockin’ schoolgirl,
      now she’s the one the boys all choose!

      • HS_1_3415

        LOVE IT LOVE IT LOVE IT!!!!!!

        • Whispergirl

          Merry Christmas, HS! I hope you got lots of good presents.

  • jhs5150

    OK, here’s my favorite Christmas song – Elvis’ Blue Christmas from the 68 Comeback Special (without the cheesy background vocals of the studio version – which I like anyway.)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EQu_4gxHmsI

    • Whispergirl

      A very female audience, so no need for back-up singers. Lots of woooo! Another great song!

  • jetblast190

    Merry Christmas everyone!!! I hope everyone has a happy one! Here’s my small token that I hope brings a smile to everyone’s face! For now, I’ll let Frank and Bing take over…

    (that’s Santa Claus…use your imagination…a lot of it!)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ViW-F1BUvY

    • Whispergirl

      That’s a perfect Santa!

      That’s a perfect song too! Love those gentlemen. I love the classics! (That was a line in the movie Arthur about that song.)

      Merry Christmas to you too Jet!!!!
      I’m going to make Christmas posts (in case you or anyone is around). Stay tuned….

      • jetblast190

        IMO, nobody has ever sung Christmas songs as well as Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, the Andrews Sisters, and various other artists from that era. Nat King Cole is another favorite!

    • Reverend Draco

      Looks like Robot Santa from Futurama.

      HO, HO, HO! Stand still so I can give you your “present!”

  • DLRisVH
    • Whispergirl

      That was wonderful! I didn’t know it, so thanks for it!

      I like the pic at 0:46-48!

      • DLRisVH

        There’s another version with with Sinatra and Dean, but this one is the best.

        • Whispergirl

          I love the way those guys sing.

          • Reverend Draco

            I have to say – although the Rat Pack was more of a thing from a previous generation – I really liked them. Sinatra, Martin, Davis. . . all damn fine singing voices. . .

            • Whispergirl

              Hummmm, makes me think???
              Yes, all fine voices.

              • Reverend Draco

                Uh oh. . . Whisper is thinking again!

                =P

                • Whispergirl

                  Don’t you get worried when that happens?

                  • Reverend Draco

                    I start casting about for the anti-anxiety meds =P

                    • Whispergirl

                      Meanie! Oh wait that’s someone else!

                    • Reverend Draco

                      lol

                      Should I change my handle to Reverend Meanie? =P

                    • Whispergirl

                      NEVER!

                      Okay, now I’m off to get dressed for downtown. Have a good one Rev and everyone else who’s reading.

      • Reverend Draco

        Bunnies!

        • Whispergirl

          Bunny love!!!!
          I’m wearing a shirt now that says that very saying “Bunny Love”.

          • Reverend Draco

            And they call it. . . Bunny Love. . .

            =P

            • Whispergirl

              They are SUPER affectionate, bunnies are!

              And they call it … Bunny Love. That has a ring to it!

              • Reverend Draco

                That they are. . .

                Rabbits are also one of the few prey animals humans keep as pets – most human pets are predators – just like humans.

                • Whispergirl

                  I have a bunny who roams free in the house. He knows his name. At the end of every day, I get a bath, and my little bunny always comes in the bathroom. At that time everyone else is settling in to sleep.

                  As for pet-prey animals, I think prey animals make better pets because they have to love a prey animal to be our pet. That’s such a serious amount of trust, so that could be why they are so affectionate. And it makes me really, really want to take care of them, to protect them, even more than say a dog or a cat (who often guard us). The prey part elicits a really sweet part of us. The other prey pet that is the same way is a bird. And I have those too. Prey animals rock. Indeed, when I am not so stressed, I’m a mostly-vegetarian just like them. Perhaps they influenced ME!

                  • Reverend Draco

                    Be careful – bunnies like to chew on electrical cords. . .

                    • Whispergirl

                      I know, but he doesn’t. He takes out phone charger cords though. I have everything up, just in case.

                    • Reverend Draco

                      Just making sure – not everyone knows that about bunnies. . .

                    • Whispergirl

                      Thanks for protecting the bunnies! I love them!

                    • Reverend Draco

                      I might be evil. . . but I’m not mean. . .

                      =P

              • Reverend Draco
                • camarocowboy

                  I like the Donny Osmond version better!
                  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n-O5BCV11OM
                  I think i just threw up in my mouth a little.

                  • Reverend Draco

                    I think I just threw up in your mouth a little. . .

  • Reverend Draco

    I hadn’t heard this one in so long, I almost forgot about it.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jlf—13Q0g

  • Reverend Draco
  • HS_1_3415

    You guys are gonna kill me but….this is my favorite Christmas song.

    • Reverend Draco

      You’re right – we are gonna kill you?

      Where do you live again?

      =P

      • HS_1_3415

        Uhm…in Finland.
        Jk I wish!!
        At least I wouldn’t feel out of place for being pale and liking heavy metal.

        • Reverend Draco

          Move to Cali and get a tan. . . you’ll fit right in! =P

          • Whispergirl

            No tan on this moved-to-Cali-girl!

            • Reverend Draco

              That’s cause you spend all your time hiding in office buildings =P

              • Whispergirl

                True, true. And because I wear 100 sunscreen when I’m outside. And my sport is in an ice rink. Oh well. I look good in my Snow White mode. lol

                • Reverend Draco

                  I bet you look amazing in your Snow Bunny outfit =P

                  • Whispergirl

                    Awwww, thanks Rev

                    • Reverend Draco

                      Having nothing but your personality to work with. . . I have a picture in my head that probably looks nothing like you =P

                      Damn. . . getting old in my forgetful age. . . what famous person are you said to look like? I remember we were gonna cruise Sunset, see if anyone would mistake us for Celebs =P

                    • Whispergirl

                      I don’t really look like anyone, but when I was driving through Arizona that Hotel reservation agent likened me to Liv Tyler (about the best compli I ever got). I am 5’6 1/2″, slender-ish (meaning I’m not buxom and have long, look-like a skater legs), fair skin (but second to the fairest, so not snow white), almost black hair and amber eyes. My eyes are a bit close set and I have a longish oval face (probably the Liv correlation). My hair is about to my shoulder blades and mostly straight. I look younger than I am, and fight for that.

                    • Reverend Draco

                      That’s right – Liv Tyler!

                      Wanna come over and recreate the Crazy video? =P

                    • Whispergirl

                      Sure, where are you again? lol

                    • Reverend Draco

                      Hilmar.

                      =P

                      Only about a 6 hour drive. . .

                    • Whispergirl

                      Only…

                    • Reverend Draco

                      What can I say?

                      I’m a truck driver – a 6 hour drive is “only” to me. . .

                    • Whispergirl

                      It’s only for me too, when I have money. I can drive all night!

                • Reverend Draco

                  Anyone not wearing 2,000,000 sunblock is gonna have a real bad day. . . get it?

                  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qwLCwJPHiN4

                  • Whispergirl

                    One of my fav movie scenes of all time. Sarah Conner, rocks!

                    • Reverend Draco

                      She was a cutie back in the day, for sure – and carried the role of Sarah Connor like no one else I could think of.

          • HS_1_3415

            I wish! My skin only has two shades: Clorox-pale and red-as-Frankenstrat-burnt. My skin burns faster than VH records were selling in the ’80s.

    • Reverend Draco

      This is my favorite Christmas song. . .

      • HS_1_3415

        m/

        • Reverend Draco

          m/ (-_-) m/

          • Whispergirl

            🙂

            • Reverend Draco

              =P

              • Whispergirl

                🙂 🙂

                • Reverend Draco

                  }:>{)>

                  • Whispergirl

                    Okay, you win. But I don’t know if that’s a bird or a devil????

                    • Reverend Draco

                      The latter.

                    • Whispergirl

                      Thought so. Kind of like a V is for Vendetta type.

                      Like!

                  • jetblast190

                    ZZ Top!!!!!!

    • Whispergirl

      I like that one too. And the one about forgetting cranberries. They are romantic.

  • jhs5150

    Some jammin’ and jokin’ with The Reverend Billy G and Kid Rock. Check out KR playing slide guitar at the end with a beer bottle. Billy had a little too much wine, methinks. LOL.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UkzofCTa5SE&feature=player_embedded

  • DLRisVH

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8_3FjYaI6lU

    Here’s a nice Christmas song

  • jhs5150

    Ladies and Gentlemen, Elvis HAS been reincarnated – not as a bird, dog or even a fly but as a 16-year old singing one of my favorite Christmas tunes of all time and an Elvis one at that. Check it out.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FwfaFSbydp4

    • Whispergirl

      Wow, that low voice is coming out of that boy?

  • jetblast190
    • rci808

      Now THAT’S how to jam!!

      jet, I think this is one of my favorite “jet post” ever..

      Thanks for sharing!

      Merry Christmas.

  • HS_1_3415

    Stumbled across this. Any band that can pull off their stuff in a live acoustic set like that, is a good band.

    • Whispergirl

      “If it pleases you, it pleases me”.

      That’s a great one!!!!

      Listen to Joe! Listen to the guitars! Beautiful.

      Speaking of Sebastian Bach, below, this popped up in my Youtube suggestions today. It must be acoustic day. See what you think. And yes, that man is truly beautiful.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W4qf4LEkZfI

      • HS_1_3415

        Awww and he threw in a little bit of Tesla’s “Love Song” for the outro!! I love Sebastian. I love that whole band. To have seen them opening for GN’R…why do I have to miss all the good stuff?? I need to bring this back, the would could use some good rock bands again.

        • Whispergirl

          I’ve had this on today, on and off. It’s this entire concert, and it’s good. Yes, you need to bring this back!

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZnqAFtMtteg

          Enjoy!

        • Reverend Draco

          You got that shit right – the world could certainly use some good rock bands again. . .

          Thanks to people like you and Ace Molek, I’m starting to regain confidence that good rock bands will return someday in the not-too-distant future. . .

          • Whispergirl

            Agreed. And they don’t think these guys are old either.

            • HS_1_3415

              I have a screwed up timeline. Anything past ’92 is current, anything from ’80 until then is recent, anything 70s is “a few years ago,” ’50s and ’60s stuff is “old school.”
              No one born after 1940 is “old,”anyone born in the 60s is “young,” everyone born after 1970 I consider “really young,” and after 1980 I consider “babies.” So that’s how my brain works.

              • Whispergirl

                That’s exactly how my brain works too! That’s why I call you Little One! And you didn’t have to tell me this; I already know it about you! It’s your very best trait!!!!!

                If you’re like everyone else, this is your last week before break, or perhaps your last day. So enjoy! And come on here more during break. We miss your every-day posts!

                • HS_1_3415

                  I have to write two essays on The Scarlet Letter tonight—my last piece of torture before break. I haven’t started either yet, so that’s not very good…but they are only a page each, double spaced, and I can write them about whatever I want, I just have to be VERY specific with my examples. Blegh. I don’t mind writing that much if the teacher is pretty lenient on the grading; to be honest I can actually turn out some pretty good stuff. But this teacher is very tough, and I am in no way looking forward to her grading my essays. She expects them to be perfect, which, alas, is something I cannot do.

                  • Whispergirl

                    Oh please, you write very well. You’re going to do fine. Get to those essays. I’m doing work right now too, so I’ll be here if you want to pop in and talk hot rock star dudes!

          • HS_1_3415

            I long for the days when there are once again big rock bands selling out not only arenas, but football stadiums. And if I have any say in it, those days will be in the not-so-distant future.

            If there are 7 billion people in the world and I have a one-in-a-million chance at making it, that means I have 7,000 chances to make it. That’s a lot of chances, and I have a long life ahead of me. I’m gonna do something about it.

        • Whispergirl

          Just play this stuff for all to hear. The people before you thought it was silly musically, but those people were sadly wrong. If people hear it, they will love it!

          • HS_1_3415

            Good news. In English last Friday when we were all supposed to be working on our essays, me and the guy sitting next to me (he’s one of my best guy friends and he dates a good friend of mine) talked about VH the whole time. It got to the point where he was singing the guitar part to Little Guitars and I was singing the lyrics all while were trying to be discreet and look like we were working. We also went on about how much we love Beautiful Girls and Mean Street and Atomic Punk. Earlier this year we were singing Mean Street in class, that was fun. I also gave him a bunch of my boots via jump drive because he hadn’t heard the Warner demos yet. As much as I hate English, that class is actually kind of fun. And another friend and I have started listening to 80s metal bands that sing in Spanish during study hall since she and I both wanna become fluent.

            • Whispergirl

              Stories of spreading the word!
              English does sound a whole lot more fun with that guy singing the guitar parts for you. Cool on the girl in study hall too. I keep trying to picture you all keeping this quiet. Must be fun to watch!

              • HS_1_3415

                Yep just casually singing Van Halen in the corner of the room nbd. haha!

      • Reverend Draco

        Interesting. . . guitar player pulls an Eddie at 5:41. . .

        • HS_1_3415

          What 80s metal guitar player didn’t pull an Eddie at some point!

          • Reverend Draco

            Ok. . . you got me.

            Durrrrr. . .

    • Reverend Draco

      Damn long-hair hippie freaks and their rock and roll music. . .

      =P

      • Whispergirl

        Damn good on both accounts!

  • jhs5150

    Another great song from Avenged Sevenfold’s “Hail To The King” album. This song has pretty much all of what I like in a good hard rock/metal song. Crunch, a headbanging beat, guitar and vocal harmonies, melody, a lot of melody – essential to even get me to listen and a great solo. I love these guys. This is the best hard rock/metal album I’ve heard in years.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZmPXNGUCE6I

    • Reverend Draco

      Where have all the good vocalists gone?

      A decent singer might have been able to save this.

      • jhs5150

        I think his vocals are fine, especially compared to the singers of the early 90s and 2000s.

        • Reverend Draco

          Sounds just like the generic vocalist in so many other bands that I can’t tell them apart.

      • Whispergirl

        I completely agree on the conclusion of your question “where have all the good vocalists gone” that the good vocalists are gone. For me that is what is missing in this, the vocals. I understand wanting good guitars, but when I hear that I long for that “band” sound where everyone is good. I think modern guitarists are so concerned about not looking “showy” that they take away from their music. They NEED a strong singer AND a strong performance (meaning the “cool” from the 70s and 80s, the swagger if you will), add to that I want the song to “say” something too. I like elements of music, but what I love is the “band” sound. Guitar players listen almost exclusively (or only) to the guitar; the rest is secondary. It’s okay if it’s just there. So from that standpoint, the standpoint of melodic guitar, this band is good. But I’m with you Rev, I can’t stand this singer.

        And someone please answer the question, where have all the good vocalists gone?

        • Reverend Draco

          The problem I have is. . . they sound so much alike.

          The singer here could be from one of 8 different bands, none of which are very good.

          Take, for example, Steven Tyler.
          Fucker doesn’t sound like anyone else, much less like the singer from 8 different bands. . .
          DLR – same.
          Ronnie James Dio – same.
          Ozzy – same.
          Freddy Mercury – same.

          Interestingly enough – all of the above listed also put on damn fine shows. . . strong singers and strong performers.

          • Whispergirl

            “they sound so much alike”… yes. They sound like they are from the 90s, when they didn’t open their mouths and sang only vowels. They sound like they are there to support the guitar player, not to make a band, certainly not to put on a show. I can hear the show in the singers you list just from hearing them. And don’t forget Mr. Plant.

            • Reverend Draco
              • HS_1_3415

                ^^^True dat.

            • HS_1_3415

              Oh yeahhh Robert Plant—the only guy that can literally sing “ah” and “oh” every other word and make it sound like a melodic and necessary outburst of emotion. That dude’s the only one who could ever pull off this, not to mention before I even knew who Zeppelin was I was flipping channels and came across The Song Remains the Same on VH1 Classic and had to stop and watch because I was just so mesmerized by the way he was moving his hips.

              • Whispergirl

                Robert Plant, the only guy who can sing oh and ah every word and make you believe he’s singing it only for you, so that you “don’t go”. He is the original, for a reason! He literally made me believe in love! Awesome voice, awesome delivery, and don’t EVEN get me started on The Song Remains the Same (the movie). I was just about your age when I discovered it, and I couldn’t get enough of it. Midnight showing, again, anyone?!

                • HS_1_3415

                  I didn’t realize Jimmy Page was a good guitar player until I saw that movie. Something about being able to watch him while he played…it’s like I was under a spell.

          • jhs5150

            OK, but would you consider Ozzy a great singer? No. I personally get tired of hearing Dio’s voice after a while. It’s just too much.

            • Reverend Draco

              Not great, no – unique and strong? Absolutely.

              This guy? Neither strong nor unique – which makes him a bust in my book.

              I get tired of hearing everyone’s voice after a while. . . some just take longer than others. . . Dio? a couple of hours maybe. . . This guy? Mere seconds is enough.

          • HS_1_3415

            Can I throw in Axl Rose (great range and no one else sounds like that, excellent performer to boot) and Michael Monroe of Hanoi Rocks (not much in the way of range, but unique voice and top notch stage presence)??

            • Reverend Draco

              Yeah, ok, Axl too. . . I was gonna mention him, but figured my list was already long enough.

              Never heard of the other guy (or his band), so I can’t say.

              • HS_1_3415

                Here’s some live Hanoi Rocks and Dead, Jail, or Rock ‘n’ Roll from Mike’s solo album—you can see Axl onstage with him in the last 1:30 of the vid. And I’m throwing in a vid of him with Duff McKagan’s Loaded from a few years back just because I think he’s such a great performer and you can really see it here.

                • Reverend Draco

                  Sounds very old-school Punk (his voice, not the music).

                  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TYh1lRR1m6Y

                  • HS_1_3415

                    I agree, he does have a very punk voice. For some reason though, whenever Hanoi would cover that song, he would play drums and their drummer Razzle would sing. Cool thing is though, he can do the punk thing really well, but he also be quite melodic at times like here?? Like he sounds a lot like punk but he’s not quite punk. The way he forms some of his words reminds me a lot of Jagger at times tbh. That band in general is just hard to place. To me, they don’t really fit anywhere—they kind of sound like they threw The Ramones, The New York Dolls, and The Rolling Stones into a blender and this is what happened.

                    • Reverend Draco

                      LOL

        • jhs5150

          There are plenty of singers in good bands who didn’t have much in the way of dynamics and range in the 70s and 80s. Case in point – Geddy Lee. Not really a great singer and started out imitating Robert Plant but his vocals fit the songs – as is the case here. I happen to think this guy does have dynamics and range and his vocals fit the songs quite well. I’ve heard worse.

          • Whispergirl

            I don’t think it’s about range, it’s about style. We don’t like this style of singing. I get that you like the singer. Perhaps he will grow on me, but I do believe the singing, the words, are secondary to the guitar, to the music part of these songs.

            • jhs5150

              I don’t expect anyone’s style to grow an anyone. And he’s not the greatest singer but his singing fits they type of songs they are doing as does the singing style of the singers we’ve mentioned. This vocalist comes out of the “Linkin Park” style of singing where they seem to shout and scream more than anything and I don’t hear it from this guy but I do hear the influence if that makes any sense. It’s nice to hear harmony and melody in this guy’s singing – not screaming and it fits the songs. I hear a cohesive sound, with the music and the vocals. If was great guitars and a shitty voice I still wouldn’t listen and vice versa. I’d hate to hear another guy trying to be Robert Plant.

              • Whispergirl

                I get that. This singer is a screamer who just learned to sing. And things do grow on me, music wise. We’ll see on this band and my view of them. I’ve said before this singer doesn’t do it for me, so we’ll see. I do think the harmonies are good, so perhaps he’ll leave a little of that groaning sound out next time around. I don’t want to hear anyone being Robert Plant, but there is a reason I prefer the bands with the female singers (the modern ones that is) because except for Kings of Leon, most of the boys groan whereas the girls sing. It’s just taste though, and for sure these guitars are great.

    • Whispergirl

      By the way, I think that’s the best song on that record.

    • HS_1_3415

      I love the song, but I agree with WG and Rev, not a fan of the singer. I could see Sebastian knocking this song out of the park, or maybe it’s just that I love his voice so much I just want him to sing everything.

  • jhs5150

    Gary! LOL.

    He was known mainly for blues and rock but listen to him play jazz on a Les Paul at about 3:30. He could really play any style.

    RIP Gary.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mCvgE6yzoAM

    • Whispergirl

      I really like these videos. These guys seems so sweet. I totally didn’t know they were there. I wonder what I was watching that made the Youtube Genie think I needed “pro” tutorials though? I have the genie FOOLED, I say, FOOLED!

      • jhs5150

        Yup, a guitar player’s demeanor is usually the exact opposite of lead singers, lol.

        • Whispergirl

          Is it? I’m not sure about that. I think all good artists have a demeanor consisting of qualities that aren’t always something we would consider free of ego. I am not afraid of ego. I think, used right, it is the primary motivating factor of all things monumental. You have to believe you are making something “good”, or you won’t.

          • Reverend Draco

            Believing that it can be done is half the battle.
            Ego plays a big part in that belief.

          • jhs5150

            I am not afraid of ego either. I’m just saying that most guitar players are less egotistical than lead singers. There’s exceptions to everything – case in point – Ynwgie Malmsteen who is talented as hell but at times has been an arrogant a-hole. Ego unchecked is a train wreck waiting to happen and usually does. We’ve all seen it happen.

            • Whispergirl

              The biggest egomaniac I ever knew did everything he did to be loved. I (have and) am reading a lot of things about people who did great works, from writers to scientists. He is a role model to me, probably not something I should admit. I like lead singer ego. I don’t want a shy lead singer. I’m sure I’m wrong, but I don’t.

  • Whispergirl
    • Whispergirl
      • jhs5150

        He’s another guy like Angus Young in that his damn guitar is bigger than he is! And that CAN’T be his apartment, lol. Love the wide neck too, almost classical. EVH used to play wide necks like that. I can relate to this guy in that his hands aren’t that big either.

    • rci808

      I love it when the Pro’s do “walk-thrus”..

      There’s a couple with Billy Gibbons too.. He’s sooo laid-back!

      Killer!

      • Whispergirl

        It came up as a suggested vid in Youtube. That Youtube genie was giving me a goooood present today! I was on the phone with my nephew (love him) and he asked “what is that”? I told him; he seemed interested.

        I had no idea the pros did these little lessons. I don’t see your Billy Gibbons vids though, so attach again! Certainly those would be worth seeing too. Nuno mocks his speed here; that’s very cute!

        • rci808
          • Whispergirl

            OMG, hilarious! I couldn’t get past the first minute. He’s not kidding! He swaggers around in his chair just like “normal”. This is so cool. There are others too from other people. I didn’t know these existed. It’s like finding … the tooth fairy, or the Easter Bunny. I was going to say Santa, but nothing would be like finding Santa!

            • rci808

              lol!

              Free Guitar lessons! …….EeeEEEeeeeeeeEeee!

              • Whispergirl

                EEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!

              • jhs5150

                Yes! In the key of EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!

          • jhs5150

            THE REVEREND BILLY G!

            I’ve seen this before. Spreadin’ the gospel of tone!

            Love him throwing in a little “Dust My Broom” in there too.

            • rci808

              check this one out… Billy’s tech spills some beans.

              Cool beans…

              http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u6DrxfrbbF8

              • jhs5150

                Gawd. He plays an .007 first string? Talk about rubber bands…
                I had 8s on mine and had to go heavier (009s).

                • rci808

                  Yeah, tech says he has a really light touch…

                  Has alot to do with how easy he makes it look too!

  • jetblast190

    I know we have some Rush fans among us. I just received the remixed Vapor Trails CD…excellent! The original mix and production was so poor that I could never listen to the album, it was like listening to music through a can and string. It’s not a great album, but it’s got some cool songs on it and the remixed version makes a big, big difference.

    I also got the Clockwork Angels Tour live performance on Blueray…Outstanding!!!

    • rci808

      “Earthshine” and “Ghost Rider” are epic.

      “Out Of The Cradle” pretty much describes the “come-back” in that album.

      Endlessly Rocking!

    • jhs5150

      I see it, I see it! 😉

      • jetblast190

        LOL

  • jetblast190

    Avery strikes again! This kid’s gotta right foot to die for!!! 🙂

    Outta Love…This is a signature AVH song. Great job Avery!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y8iUa_JcsXg

  • Reverend Draco

    Once again. . . The Rev scoops the VHND.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y8iUa_JcsXg

    Our young friend Ace is at it again. . .

    • Whispergirl

      I think Ace got a new drum set?? It looks bigger?? Great song, and a great job!

      • Reverend Draco

        He has Sponsors now. . . including ddrum.

        • Whispergirl

          No doubt! That’s what this is all about, I’m sure. That’s the part I don’t really like. I like hearing him, but no doubt his parents are getting something out of it. I hope they are saving the money for him. Even so, sponsors? I don’t know what I think of that. I like things to be for the craft, not for the buck, at least at that age.

          • rci808

            Yes.

            Passion hopefully comes before Profit for our Hero, here.

            • Reverend Draco

              Look at his face and tell me he ain’t in it for Passion over Profit.

              • rci808

                I’ll answer that in 16 years after he got his first paycheck, smoked his first joint, got his first car, and got laid for the first time.

                If he still has that ambition to play, I’ll tell you.

                Some of my favorite artists never made it past the getting laid part. they died on heroin because they could afford it.

    • jetblast190

      Whoops! This didn’t appear in my browser the first time, otherwise I wouldn’t have posted it again.

      • Reverend Draco

        Neener.

  • Meanie Beanie ¥.¥

    Another test post

  • jhs5150

    A good interview with Michael Schenker on his view of the past, present and future of rock.

    http://getreadytorock.me.uk/blog/2013/11/interview-with-michael-schenker-15-november-2013/

    • jhs5150

      In January he’s playing the same theater I saw Dick Dale at last August.
      I think I’m going…

  • jhs5150

    If anyone is interested, my Flying V is on Ebay. Here is the link –

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/231101553309?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649

    • Meanie Beanie ¥.¥

      This is just a test post.

  • Lookin_for_a_moonbeam

    The five favourite guitarist thing got me looking at – in fact, listening to! -some CDs I`d not given a fair chance to. One of them is Seeds We Sow, by Lindsey Buckingham. It`s a beautiful record, which I now fully appreciate – it wasn`t Lindsey`s fault I bought it towards the end of 2011, when we were all incapacitated by pre-ADKOT fever. It`s mainly acoustic, but there`s some fun electric breaks too.

    Lindsey should let the electric part of his character break out more often – inside all acoustic singer-songwriters, there`s an EVH wanting to break out, proven by this song, which I`m sure you all know. If you don`t want to listen to the beginning, Lindsey`s solo starts about five minutes in. Amusingly, he said it`s the hardest thing to play live as his solo is so long. Tsssk! Some guitarists don`t know they`re born! Good to watch his no-pick policy in action though. It`s like a slower, mini-Freebird!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TDwg28bSjoI

    But what I was actually meaning to post, before I distracted myself, was this. I like his recent solo record, and particularly this song, a lot. I wouldn`t say there`s anything strikingly original about it, but that`s never been a prerequisite for a fine song..

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V19nw5UXKc0

  • rci808

    We mustn’t forget Tom and Phil Emmanuel.

    Good guitar players, Man…

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zi1LoKfrctU

    • jetblast190

      That’s cool! Is it me, or does Phil look a little bit like Eddie, particularly his smile and expressions?

      • rci808

        Yea, He does look alot like EVH..

        Bit of the same style in playing too.

    • Meanie Beanie ¥.¥

      Shit!.. I just watched this.. AWESOME !!

      • rci808

        You should check out some of Tom’s 12-string stuff..

        The guy is incredible.

    • Whispergirl

      R, that avatar is hilarious!

      • rci808

        .,,,

      • rci808

        I was bored the other day and decided to mess with the stock avatar so it looks more like myself.

        hehehhee..

        • Whispergirl

          R? So you look like Mr. Bill (from SNL)?

          • rci808

            ooooooohhhhhh noooooooooo Mr. Bill!!!!!

            those were the good ol’ days!

            • Whispergirl

              Yep, funny stuff!

    • Whispergirl

      Wow, amazing stuff!

  • jetblast190

    I can’t do just one list, I have to do two. There’s influence and skill level, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that those our your favorite. But even if they aren’t your favorite, it doesn’t diminish their importance or value.

    Top 5 in influence (in chronological order because its not really fair to rank one against another, particularly across genres and eras…we are always influenced by someone else)
    1. Robert Johnson (without him, maybe blues-rock never happens)
    2. Les Paul / Muddy Waters
    3. Chuck Berry
    4. Jimmy Hendrix
    5. Eddie Van Halen

    Top 5 that I like to listen to:
    1. Eddie Van Halen (always has been, always will be #1…The King)
    2. Alex Lifeson (underrated)
    3. David Gilmour
    4. Nuno Bettencourt
    5. Randy Rhodes (with us too damn short)
    I’m on a roll and can’t stop…
    6. Angus and Malcolm Young (they come as a pair)

    • rci808

      11. Dick Dale

    • Whispergirl

      I agree with your first list entirely. I said something like that below, that the blues guys deserve the first credit. As for favorites, and that’s how I look at this too, Eddie is number one for me. There are others, people who when I was young I knew their names, people like Jimmy Page, I loved Zeppelin, people like Keith Richards, I loved the Stones, and I suppose people I didn’t know the names of until later, some of which have been said, AC/DC, Fleetwood Mac, all the silly songs that made me want to drive fast. There are friends of mine, like rci says; I would put those people on my “best list because I love nothing more than hearing the music of my friends. Then there is Nuno, who shows me that the list can change over time. I feel like if I do a list, then I am freezing time, and for me, I always dream of what’s just beyond, what comes next. So, while I will always be touched by Eddie Van Halen, I’ll listen to my friends, I’ll listen to the music of this summer (it’s still summer where I am), I’ll learn Nuno thanks to you (I could watch him for hours), and know I can’t “list”, at least not guitar players.

      • jetblast190

        I’m happy I was able to introduce you to someone new (Nuno). I really enjoy his playing.

        • Whispergirl

          I know he doesn’t really get on these lists, perhaps because he’s not an innovator, but he really touches me. I think that’s what matters. And I’m happy you were able to introduce me to his work too.

          • jetblast190

            I think he was somewhat a victim of the times…hair metal/hard rock was on the way out and grunge was on the way in, so I think this caused him and the band to go somewhat unnoticed. Had he hit the scene in the late 70’s, maybe it would have turned out differently. Then again, EVH was a huge influence for him, so maybe he wouldn’t have become a musician without that influence. He didn’t start playing at an early age, he got a late start…and since we are the same age, his early experience listening to music had to be similar to mine (age 11-12 when VH1 was released).

            I don’t think his playing style demonstrates a direct influence from Eddie, and if it did I would probably write him off as just another cheap imitator. However, although he doesn’t make heavy use of a whammy bar or dive bombs (he did more so when he was younger), there are elements to his playing that are pure EVH…like tapping with his index finger while clasping the pick between his middle finger and the palm of his hand, sliding the back side of the palm of his picking hand down the strings while hammering on/off with his left hand (very cool EVH technique), and a very percussive staccato picking style. But I think the lesson he really learned from EVH was in song writing, that the key to a good song lies in the riff and the rhythm. Nuno’s music doesn’t swing quite like Eddie’s groove does, but he developed his own groove that has a lot of funk to it.

            • Whispergirl

              Definitely Nuno was a victim of the times. I agree completely.
              I often wonder what rock would have been had there not been such a stark contrast — a before/after thing — between “hair metal” and grunge. If everything hadn’t gone to such extremes (no pun intended) what would the progression have been? I find it fascinating that grunge is almost revered (by the younger set) as the music that made music, but it’s not really that complex or that good. I don’t think Nuno was like hair metal, not looks-wise. He’s not the poppy sound of it either. So without grunge, perhaps rock would have embraced a sound like Nuno’s, which to me is complex but without the fluff of hair metal. It’s not a bluesy sound either (like the earlier stuff). It actually is a unique sound. And actually it would have been better if he had a better singer. I think I want more showmanship (out of Gary), but then again, people would have said that was “hair” metal. Interesting thought though isn’t it — the “timing”? It took out a lot of guys who probably should not have been taken out.

              • jetblast190

                I think Nuno and the band referred to their style as “funk metal.” But they are generally regarded as being a progressive hard rock band. Their music style was/is complex with socially conscious lyrics, and outside of a couple of acoustic songs from their Pornografitti album, their music wasn’t particularly radio or Top 40 friendly…sounds awesome live though! A lot like Rush in that regard, even though they sound nothing like Rush.

                Their third studio album, III Sides To Every Story: Yours, Mine, and the Truth is a concept album that has three distinct sections or sides of music and each side has it’s own musical style from hard rock to softer piano/keyboard driven music that paints a picture of a story, yours, mine, and the truth. That 2009 Boston concert featured three songs from this album: Rest In Peace from the Yours side, Cupid’s Dead from the Mine side, and Am I Ever Gonna Change from the Truth side.

                Interestingly, Clockwork Angels released in 2012 by Rush was their 20th studio album (maybe 19th, I’m not sure) was their first concept album despite being classified as a progressive hard rock band their entire career.

                As far as Extreme goes, I’m not really sure how to rank them compared to other bands, particularly those that were popular during their time. They weren’t as popular as bands like Warrant or Poison and a number of other hair metal/hard rock bands, and I think that’s because their music was mostly deep cuts. That’s why I like them. I’ve always said and I still maintain that it’s the deep cuts that offer a true window to an artist’s or band’s soul.

                At the same time, I don’t believe they match up to the true legends of rock either. And maybe that’s because of Gary? I don’t know, but as a musician I think Nuno stands up very well on his own. But I would never confuse them with the likes of the Beetles, the Rolling Stones, Led Zep, The Who, Pink Floyd, Rush, Aerosmith, AC-DC, Van Halen, ZZ Top, Def Leppard and host of other rock and roll giants.

                So the best way that I think I can qualify Extreme and Nuno is to say that they’re underrated.

  • rci808

    My favorite 5 guitar players (six string);

    #1 – Bill Decker
    #2 – Eddie Van Halen
    #3 – Jorge Strunz
    #4 – Ardeshir Farah
    #5 – My best friend in my band

  • camarocowboy

    I grew up in a gr8 time for music from the Beatles to all the 1 hit wonders and then in high school before Van Halen into Boston ZZTop and other groups like Kansas and Doobies and yes Journey.I remember at 15 years old smoking my first joint out in the woods with my buddies from High School in my VW bug listening cranked up loud Boston’s first album on 8 track with a power booster thinking this is gr8, then falling out of my car.Good Times.

  • Lookin_for_a_moonbeam

    Billy Gibbons used to say Ed would be all of the Top 5…but that would make a pretty dull list. So, my very esoteric list would be –
    EVH
    Steve Morse
    Joe Satriani
    Neil Young
    Lindsey Buckingham
    Those guys can do more or less anything I`ll ever need, whatever mood I`m in.

    • Meanie Beanie (◕‿◕)

      Oh my… two you have, cannot be overlooked, I would vote Neil Young on the song “Sugar Mountain” alone.. Lindsey.. was phenomenal!!

      • Lookin_for_a_moonbeam

        Five is tough, but I`ve tried to give a range of styles – Lindsey`s picking style is something else, and well, Neil Young…what else can you say 🙂

        • Whispergirl

          haha, I just said this — your list has variety!

    • Whispergirl

      I think it could be done by genre. Certainly, there are very different styles here. Good list (for variety).

    • camarocowboy

      GR8 choice on Morse, he is definitely in my top 10!
      SeeTed the Mechanic and Tumeni Notes!

      • Lookin_for_a_moonbeam

        You should have asked for a Top 100, then we could really start a conversation 🙂 I guess it`s one of those very fluid lists, different tomorrow…

        • Whispergirl

          I think CC’s point is good, there are “fan” lists, influence lists, genre lists, style lists. Isn’t it amazing how much sound, how many different sounds a guitar can make? I think that’s what produces these variations (all of those different sounds that are possible). Not many instruments are this versatile!

          • Lookin_for_a_moonbeam

            I`ll never forget the first time I heard Edward. I`ll never forget the first time I heard Joe. Or Neil Young, or Steve Morse…all using basically the same equipment with the same number of fingers but sound absolutely nothing alike. Which is pretty amazing. Like Picasso or Dali or Seurat and so on…just paint and canvas but you`d never confuse them!

            • Whispergirl

              I know. And it’s visual too. I always got something out of watching Eddie, something like if I watched I could connect to this crazy sound better. He tried to get me a guitar pick that one time, I think because of the level of my watching. Even that is a really strong influence on my memories.

              • Meanie Beanie (◕‿◕)

                And don’t forget Eddie’s facial expressions too!!

                • Whispergirl

                  And not even just the smiles everyone loves (referencing that thing on the desk). He was … so much, so in there, so packed with emotion and personality.

              • Lookin_for_a_moonbeam

                Definitely, seeing Eddie back in the day was a astonishing mixture of colour, smiling and virtuosity, a great mix 🙂

                • Whispergirl

                  I don’t know how to describe it. It was a motion in his hands. I learn dance that way (by watching). I could see what he was doing as a motion more than music. And his personality is in there. I think you can feel people’s thoughts by watching their motions. He seemed so intense, and nothing does it for me like intense.

            • Meanie Beanie (◕‿◕)

              Sugar Mountain I played at 15 years old. Love that song and still play it today! As for Eddie.. 1978.. Eruption did it for me.

              • Lookin_for_a_moonbeam

                I first heard Neil at 15 too, except for me that was Weld, and the fifteen minutes of Like A Hurricane which blew my teenage socks off! Pretty different to Sugar Mountain, which proves our point. Eruption was one thing, but I think Spanish Fly was even more amazing for me as I had an old nylon string guitar at that age and could not believe he could have made it sound like that!

                • Meanie Beanie (◕‿◕)

                  I love Spanish fly on electric guitar too.. that’s my girlfirend’s favorite!! and she ain’t a VH fan like us 🙂

                  • Lookin_for_a_moonbeam

                    My wife understands my love for Edward, but doesn`t really share it. Which is a shame…as you can imagine, I`ve tried…

                    • Meanie Beanie (◕‿◕)

                      ha.. I tried and succeeded 😉

                    • Lookin_for_a_moonbeam

                      If you`re a woman and you don`t think the young Edward was sculpted by the gods themselves, there`s no hope for you!

                    • Whispergirl

                      I think it is something you get or you don’t. It’s the guitars, some of it’s too heavy for some women. Not me. I’m all about it!

                    • Lookin_for_a_moonbeam

                      She listens to much louder, angrier guitar music most of the time…or Nicky Minaj. I don`t really get that at all.

                    • Whispergirl

                      Oh, I get that totally. There is this girl side that we need to satisfy. I do that too — listen to stuff that satisfies that. She probably would like Van Halen then, not sure why she doesn’t????!!!!

                    • Lookin_for_a_moonbeam

                      I don`t know how anyone doesn`t LOVE Van Halen, and she doesn`t love them. She likes them/ or at leasts understands my love. And knows she could not air any other view without hitting a very sensitive nerve!

                    • Whispergirl

                      What does she not like about them. And I do have a confession, probably not shared by everyone. I think they can be better live because it’s more raw. And the radio songs that have too much backup vocals, think Jamie’s Cryin (on the oooo, oooo, ooo, ooo,), I think that takes away. I prefer the hard songs and the songs that are more DLR, than that backup stuff.

                    • Lookin_for_a_moonbeam

                      I think the problem is she was born the same year as WACF was released. And as you know, VH are not huge in the UK (or South Africa where she lived for a while) and became less relevant during the late 80s and through the 90s and then vanished forever for most people thereafter. I think she should love how they look and love their music, but that probably sounds creepy and controlling and I don`t mean it like that 🙂 She loves piano and acoustic guitar more than electric and, of course, Edward can do both brilliantly, but I don`t have so much of that on CD to prove it!

                    • Whispergirl

                      Aw, yeah, she is young. That explains most of this. Does she like grunge?

                    • Lookin_for_a_moonbeam

                      No, she missed that too! She likes Linkin Park, Papa Roach, Paramore, Pretty Reckless. So it could be a lot, lot worse.

                    • Whispergirl

                      I did the same thing. I never liked grunge, but I like all of those new things. I see she likes the girl singers, Paramore and Pretty Reckless. I love those too!

                    • Lookin_for_a_moonbeam

                      Everyone here loved grunge, ironic as it becomes a lot less iconoclastic if everyone loves it! I was the perfect age for that angstiness at the time – mid-teens in the early 90s The only thing I like now from that era now is Nirvana`s Unplugged. Especially Where Did You Sleep Last Night, and Jesus Don`t Want Me For A Sunbeam, which are of course both covers anyway!

                    • Whispergirl

                      Even then, I only liked the unplugged Nirvana. I agree with you on those two songs too. I liked heavier music than grunge. It was too sleepy. You can be sad or anst-ridden without being sleepy, just my thought though. And I suppose it was a taste thing. Plus it had no hooks, nothing catchy. I like catchiness, probably because my first rock influence was the Stones. Newer music is certainly heavier, and it’s much more fun to listen to.

                    • Lookin_for_a_moonbeam

                      It was still the guitars that I liked most, the end of Alive by Pearl Jam for example, because I`m always a sucker for a Freebird-style end, rather than any lyrical appreciation. And I can proudly say that Van Halen were my first rock influence. (But whisper the fact it was “When It`s Love” in 1988 lol)

                    • camarocowboy

                      Mine likes Mary J. Blige and Alicia Keyes, but as far as Rock she likes the old Classic Rock, like Doobies Another Park Another Sunday that took her back to a time when her teen years was all about what you were doing and what music was playing.She hates anything heavy or hard.
                      But what do you expect from a 56 year old woman?

                    • camarocowboy

                      Most girls like love songs and some are not even musically inclined.My wife(ex now) only liked Van Halen for a short time in the 70’s just because she was infatuated with DLR.

                    • Whispergirl

                      Girls listen to music with their friends. So unless you had dude friends at a young age, it was hard to get into.

                    • Lookin_for_a_moonbeam

                      My wife is not a mellow music loving woman – VH and my other rock stuff is not aggressive enough for her! Although we made out to VH for months when we met before she said anything lol

              • camarocowboy

                Love Neil Young’s acoustic work.Our family has a friend that mostly plays all Neil Young stuff at parties,brings his guitar with a harmonica bracket and does a wonderful job around the campfire.

                • Meanie Beanie (◕‿◕)

                  That’s how I started at 15 years old.. 1972.. and ‘Sugar Mountain’ was one of the songs I played with harmonica on acoustic.. Neil Young recorded that in his bedroom in Michigan on a 4 track.. that’s the original that was released ‘as is’!

            • camarocowboy

              We could start a top 25 or top 50 but then you’de probably need to strip them out into genre’s and say this particular guitarist was the best at this style or what if you never heard much from a guitarist and don’t know how good he is, that’s why the dumbass polls that come out on the various rock magazines are silly.I guess that’s why I narrowed it down 5 to what guitarist made you feel like,Damn, this sumbitch is good!

          • Meanie Beanie (◕‿◕)

            You’re right WG.. for me it’s innovation though, and for Piano my number 1 is Bruce Hornsby!

            • Whispergirl

              I think the piano has the same sound (leaving out the fact that the keyboards have voices). But piano has many moods. When I was a girl, I sat down at pianos in my parents’ friends’ houses. I would sit and just play. I overheard them tell my parents to get me lessons. I can’t actually play that well (never had lessons), but for me, what I love on the piano is the dark sound, the melancholy sound. Almost everything I play, even then, is like that. Bruce Horsby is good, but I love me some sad piano.

              • Meanie Beanie (◕‿◕)

                well then WG.. here ya go…

                http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ljBEsX71e6U

                • Whispergirl

                  Thanks! Beanie playing! It is good sad, that one! I liked it, thanks so much!

                  • Meanie Beanie (◕‿◕)

                    Thx for listening WG, those recordings are from like 6 or 7 years ago now.. but very Hornsby influenced.

                    • Whispergirl

                      I liked it. You know how much I like it when people share their songs, so thanks for that. And presents are even better!

          • rci808

            Perfectly put, birdie.

      • Lookin_for_a_moonbeam

        All of Purpendicular is a great effort from Morse; taking the place of Richie Blackmore and actually moving DP forward was no mean feat. And anything from High Tension Wires, not just Tumeni Notes which is of course amazing, but songs like Highland Wedding or Ghostwinds are so different to that, you`d never believe it was the same guy.

  • camarocowboy

    I know fellas this might be a cornball question or poll, but I would like to know who everyones top 5 guitarists of all time are.I’ll start it off with mine, with no explanation:
    1)Edward Van Halen
    2)Stevie Ray Vaughan
    3)Jimi Hendrix
    4)Uli Jon Roth
    5)Zakk Wylde

    • Meanie Beanie (◕‿◕)

      ok.. I choose these below.. because they are all innovators… unlike Zakk, SRV and Uli, (Good as they are) .. I wanted somehow to get Yngwie Malmsteen in my list. But he would be my 6th choice.

      Edward Van Halen
      Jimi Hendrix
      Chuck Berry
      Buddy Holly
      Les Paul

      • camarocowboy

        I tried to mix a little old an new, but if you want to cross genres like that what about Chet Atkins and his modern day version Tommy Emanuel.There aren’t a whole lot of people who can do that what Tommy can do.(B/c my memory is SO BAD,i tried looking through my youtube history just to remember Emanuel’s name) finally remembered a song he did)!
        It may not seem like genre crossing, but Buddy and the gr8 Les Paul were playing vastly different music than the Harder rock that i’m talking about.Stevie Ray would have been my only one who kinda crossed to a more bluesy rock but he still rocked hard.

        • Meanie Beanie (◕‿◕)

          Yup.. Chet Atkins would be in there.. so too would Glenn Campbell, Hank Snow and then, the guy that was in the movies with Burt Reynolds.. Gerry something..

          • Whispergirl

            Country has kept guitars, perhaps even put in more now. I agree on your country influences here.

            • Meanie Beanie (◕‿◕)

              Then you could name all the Blues (Memphis not Chicago Blues), guitarists too!!! HUGE influence right there!!

              And yes, I studied Blues.. but the ‘real’ Memphis Blues.. not the ‘false’ Chicago Blues. And.. I still love ‘Red House’ blues.. by Jimi Hendrix!!

              • Whispergirl

                They were SO important to music, to rock AND to country. It all started there. I’ve always believed THEY were the greats. I think they belong on the top of the list, but that’s just me.

              • camarocowboy

                The way I based my top 5 guitarists,which would be from a fans point of view,was how each guitarist captivated me and how much that I “air guitared them!”

          • camarocowboy

            The late great Jerry Reed!

            • Meanie Beanie (◕‿◕)

              I knew you would know him… yeah.. that’s him!!

              • camarocowboy

                I know every word to Amos Moses!Got it on a little 45 and played it over and over on my little 45 player!

                • Meanie Beanie (◕‿◕)

                  good ole days.. pre VH too.

          • camarocowboy

            Roy Clark with his fat fingers defied all logic.

    • Whispergirl

      I remember seeing SRV in the clubs in Austin before he broke. Now THAT was something to see!

  • jhs5150

    A tip for the guitar-player types. If you have 2 guitars (1 with heavier gauge strings than the other or an acoustic and an electric), play the one with the heavier strings every couple of days. It will build up your finger strength so when you go back to the one with the lighter strings, it seems easier to play.

    • Meanie Beanie (◕‿◕)

      Actually I have one tuned to concert pitch since we always play a half step down and my other guitars are tuned that way except the one, so that’s what helps me.

      • jhs5150

        I played the flying-v the other day (which has one-gauge heavier strings)and then picked up the WG yesterday. Everything felt so much better.
        The V has a chunkier neck and that made it tougher also.
        I’m going to switch to something heavier ever other day or so.

    • rci808

      The bass in my avatar is my personal home built job. (no help from the bro-inlaw or any of the guys at Alembic)

      Needless to say, the action is rather high. lol….

      Makes for a good workout with the super-high action. Then, when I play my neck-thru’s it’s like butter.

  • Whispergirl

    I was trying to find a tribute to the people lost or impacted by the mega hurricane. I can think of nothing other than the current song, Hurricane, a rather dark song, but perhaps a dark song for dark and deadly times. My thoughts go out to them.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=brJozYDT0Ts

  • jetblast190

    The story of YYZ. An instrumental about homecomings with an aviation motif.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ht8_3WYWzo

  • jetblast190

    Some 2012 VH pics (from DLR’s FB page…hope he doesn’t mind)…

    • Whispergirl

      But Dave forgot this one (compare to last one) — my present from last year.

      Nice pics Jet!

      • jetblast190

        I knew Dave must have been a duck man. 🙂

        • Whispergirl

          lol

      • rci808

        That was too fun!

        hugz!

        • Whispergirl

          It was THE best!

          Hugz to you too!

    • jhs5150

      “Now, who’s that guy with the fabulous guitar?”

  • Whispergirl

    I was checking “old Van Halen”, just for good measure. I found this “Zeppelin” song, from 1976, apparently being played live since David talks to the crowd about the dance floor. It’s a different kind of Eddie, but still Eddie, and kind of funky. And Zeppelin is in quotes because this song is not one I know off the top of my head. And that Youtube guy has more things. The sound levels are pretty good on this one. Check it out.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XF7KBtOp9zE&list=PL4D9EEC3BA5E340B6

    • jhs5150

      “Hots On For Nowhere” – off of Presence. Funky for sure.

      • Whispergirl

        My collection was missing Presence and III. Every time I hear a song I don’t know, the song is from one of those two records.

        I liked this song!

        • jhs5150

          I got a copy for $1 at the thrift store earlier this year. It pays to shop around, lol.

    • rci808

      Totally funk…

      Got James Brown style embedded into it.

      Hell yea!

      • Whispergirl

        I think so too. I listened to this guy’s channel; he has a series of cool old clips.

        I think Eddie’s playing sounds so different in this time frame.

        I’m sooo sleepy, catch ya tomorrow, k?

        XOXO, R!

  • jetblast190

    Whoa…just found this on the web. An EVH Music Man Yin and Yang guitar, from 1993. Never saw that one before.

    • Meanie Beanie (◕‿◕)

      Not seen this before?.. good find!!

    • jhs5150

      Saw this the other day. Interesting. Michael Schenker has a similar design on his signature flying-v available (refresh.)

      • Whispergirl

        If Eddie did a meet and great, 10,000 people would show up!

        • jhs5150

          Including me!

          • Meanie Beanie (◕‿◕)

            Me too!

    • Meanie Beanie (◕‿◕)

      I keep looking at this pic.. (I saved it for myself) ..Eddie looks awesome in this.. he’s really jammin’ on this one!

    • Whispergirl

      I think that is a good picture of Eddie too.

  • Whispergirl

    I think we will commemorate 1984 here. Just a thought…..
    (For those slighted by the first-ever t shirt prize….)

    • rci808

      I want 2112!

      • rci808

        (refresh for image)

      • Whispergirl

        What is 2112?

        • rci808

          Please see below (refresh)

          • Whispergirl

            I see it. Rush?

            • rci808

              Yep..

              🙂

              wild album.

              • Whispergirl

                I’ll check it out.

            • rci808

              Sry,

              I thought we were talking about comment numbers.

              My bad.

              • Whispergirl

                We were.

                I think you all liked the game! lol

                • rci808

                  lol!

      • jhs5150

        I’m gonna win (again) 😉

        • rci808

          lol..

          Probably!

  • camarocowboy

    I hope I didn’t mess you up Whisper, I just posted something on PB?Do I need to delete it?

    • Whispergirl

      No, you’re fine.

  • Whispergirl

    I’m actually waiting for my board to catch up. When it does, I’m going to count the posts backwards. They are in order. I’m also going to cross-check it against the email notifications. The board hasn’t caught up yet.

    This has been a report from Election Central!

    • Meanie Beanie (◕‿◕)

      I am MB and I approve your message

      • Whispergirl

        Not to be confused with MB (Moonbeam).

        Okay, back on the other page, I go. The counting has been done!!!!

        • Meanie Beanie (◕‿◕)

          Wooohoo .,.. I am off to other page!!

  • jetblast190

    Why does it feel like we all got sent to the principal’s office?

    • Meanie Beanie (◕‿◕)

      Hahahahaha!!

  • Meanie Beanie (◕‿◕)

    But …Really??.. so who won?.. Jet?? … And is there a second prize winner?? (No pressure of course).. lol!!

    • Meanie Beanie (◕‿◕)

      …Here is how I HONESTLY saw it.. I think I posted at 5148 and jhs posted
      at 5149, 5150, 5151 and 5152 all in a row.. ..however.. Jet was in
      the mix also??????

      • jetblast190

        I’m hearing the theme song to Jeopardy in my head right now.

        • Meanie Beanie (◕‿◕)

          I hear a constant drum roll!!

    • Whispergirl

      You actually were the second prize winner. That “2” was actually 5149 (meaning you posted at 5148, with that being 5149). Next time, we’ll have a second prize!

  • Whispergirl

    Guys, stay here for a second.

    I need the party page to not get new posts so that I can count them backwards. Okay????

    Check out that Frankie (refresh) as the post topic!

    Thanks, Jet, for the pic!

  • Meanie Beanie (◕‿◕)

    YES -YES – YES.. thanks WG for the change of guitar pic!!!!!!

    WOOOOHOOOOO!!!

    • Whispergirl

      Credit goes to Jet. Jet posted that pic about three weeks ago, and I finally got around to putting it up there.

      • Meanie Beanie (◕‿◕)

        I am sooooooooooooooooooooooo glad!!!! finally!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and thank you all!!.. only 4,992 comments left in here till 5150!! LOL!!

        • jetblast190

          You had better start typing then! Quickly! 😉

          • Meanie Beanie (◕‿◕)

            hahahaha (thats what jhs did) haha

            • jetblast190

              Yes he did!

      • jetblast190

        It looks Mah-ve-lous, Ab-so-lute-ly Mah-ve-lous!!!

        • Meanie Beanie (◕‿◕)

          I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

          • jetblast190

            What’s not to love!

            • Whispergirl

              I LOVE IT TOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
              (Pretty soon, I’ll have to start wearing too much black!!!!!!!!!!!)

        • Whispergirl

          I’m getting much less intimidated from running this website. I like the pic, thanks again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • RickieLowe

    I fucking give up. I can’t play the intro to Mean Street. It is not possible for me. I can’t get the speed or the timing and I am ruining my 12th fret because I am getting so damn angry about it. I’m done with this tune. Don’t try to talk me into again. This is a RickieLowe rant. I’m moving on to another “doable” VH song.

    Oh and bye the way, I still can’t play One Foot Out The Door either. I know you were thinking that too! Yeah, I suck at this. That’s why I’m an accountant now. No I don’t suck at that too!

    • Whispergirl

      Atomic Punk. You were going to post that to me, what, about six or seven months ago? And the Rickie Lowe rants are funny.

      Notice, I posted Frankie as the “guitar” on this page. Perhaps that will inspire you. Don’t give up, and in the mean time, play us Atomic Punk!

      • RickieLowe

        That’s not going to make me feel better. AP is easy. I might just slam this frankie into the ground.

        • Whispergirl

          It’s a warm up, like doing three-turns over and over before a jump, or a waltz jump before an axel. Warm up! And you WILL get this!

          • RickieLowe

            OK, I’m calm now but I still can’t do it.