"When You Hear the Thunder . . "

June 27, 2006


Today marks the fourth anniversary of the death of The Who bassist John Entwistle. “The Ox,” as Entwistle was known, pioneered electric rock bass, and with Keith Moon formed the most devastating rhythm section in rock history. He died only one day before The Who were to launch their North American tour. If you’ve seen their performance in The Concert for New York City, you can tell it was going to be a major comeback. This man is in my personal Mount Rushmore.

Here is a nice eulogy delivered at his memorial service. What a cool guy he was.

The Official John Entwistle Homepage.

Now sit down, boys and girls. It’s time for your bass lesson . . .

“When you hear the thunder, think of John Entwistle . . . “

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Baby, It’s the Guitar Men

February 20, 2006

Here’s something for you to chuckle over. This is Jimmy (left) and Davis. I believe Ronald Reagan was president then. If I tried to fit into those clothes now, it would look like Lou Ferrigno trying to fit into Bill Bixby’s.


Rock’s Best Year Ever?

January 6, 2006

A BBC radio poll has voted 1967 as the best year in rock. It’s hard to argue. It was the year of Sgt. Pepper’s, Are You Experienced?, The Beatles performing “All You Need is Love” to a worldwide TV audience, Hendrix and The Who at Monterey, the Summer of Love, Jefferson Airplane, The Dead, The Doors, The Byrds . . . ah, I was born too late, I tell ya.


Gather ‘Round All You Clowns

December 8, 2005

Share your favorite Lennon lyrics (solo or w/Beatles).


Stevie Ray Vaughan

August 27, 2005
It was 15 years ago today. Still hard to believe.

Alpine valley in the middle of the night
Six strings down on the heaven-bound flight
Got a pick, a strap, guitar on his back
Ain’t gonna cut the angels no slack
Heaven done called another blues stringer back home.


Paul McCartney, Russia and Charles Manson

July 26, 2005


If you haven’t seen Paul McCartney’s “Live in Red Square” yet, you should. It’s an impressive show. Along with concert footage, there is commentary by American and Russian authors that is very enlightening.
Beatles music was banned in the former Soviet Union. Beatles albums could only be purchased on the black market, costing half an average month’s wage and bringing with it risk of arrest, loss of job and educational opportunities. Just imagine what it must have meant to those who braved such a risk to be able to gather in Red Square and rock out.
Vladimir Putin is in the audience, and he sits ramrod-straight and stone-faced most of the time, although I think I spotted him clapping during “Hey Jude.”
Speaking of Sir Paul, I read an article in the wake of the Live 8 concerts criticizing McCartney for performing “Helter Skelter.” The author called the song a “weird choice” due to Charles Manson’s twisted interpretation of it. Since when does Charles Manson decide who gets to claim moral ownership of anyone’s songs but his own? I think it’s way past time for McCartney to reclaim what is a pretty hard rockin’ tune. Manson would be disappointed, I’m sure, to learn that “Helter Skelter” is not about a race war but an amusement park ride.