Sunday, February 4, 2018
Thursday, June 1, 2017
Sold out: Two words I wasn't interesting in hearing when it came to seeing Morbid Angel, Suffocation, Revocation and Withered jam at the Brighton Music Hall. Those are two words I will hear if I didn't purchase tickets ahead of the show. With a paper ticket that are no longer ripped in half at the door I can hold on to a tangible piece of my memory.
Returning to Allston after being away for some time because of relocating to affordable living gave me an odd but delightful piece of mind. I some what forgot how much I enjoy Boston or city life for that matter. This part of Boston is one of the most diverse parts of Boston with a mixture of Asian, white, African American, Caribbean and South American folk. It's an artsy community with music small stores owned by locals and a night life that's hard to match. Its been this way for as long I have know and will remain this way because it is part of the culture of the area and why people move to the area. There is a serious amount of people watching that goes on and not a part of the city if you like to hang inside.
A legendary show was about to happen at the #BRIGHTONmusicHALL with #DEATHmetal headliners coming to town.Morbid Angel and Suffocation have been at it for some thirty years and counting. Death Metal has been way ahead of its time and is coming to the lime light as far as main stream music is concerned.The whole thing reminds me of solar energy which has been around longer than thirty years and is just now coming to light. With Morbid Angel and Suffocation never given up on the music they love and it looks like the recognition they deserve. With Morbid Angel being considered by most as one of the founders to Death Metal. The whole thing started out as a high school band making some noise in a garage. Turned it into a new genre of music. The same as ,Led Zeppelin did with Heavy Metal. I came across the tour on ,Blabbermouth or it was Loudwire not sure which one. I was glad I did come across it. I don't watch cable and haven't sense about 2009 but I'm constantly researching or reading online about the same amount of time as most spend watching cable. I ruled it out of my life for good and we are currently witnessing the end of cable TV as we know it right now (I'm not the only one doing this). I don't like some one thinking they are programing me to think like them and if I don't like the way a news article is written I simple switch to a different site. News media are so into getting people to politically think like them that this will old way of doing things will be their demise. Flat out- people are tuning into this and tuning them out.
#Suffocation is the major backing band to #MORBIDangel and for good reason. Sense 1988 theses dogs have been tearing up the fret board lead by Terrance Hobbs (guitar) and Derek Boyer (bass). Terrance runs the lead guitar with some of the most complex leads I have ever heard and ranks right up there with the best in the business whom ever you feel is the best. I would pay cash to watch a transcriber work on one of Suffocation's songs never mind two songs. Half way through their set I took a deep breath and realized I needed to practice more on my leads. Pro Jazz guitarist's would be impressed. Engl-Amps use to endorse Terrance Hobbs but he was playing through Peavey that night. It's in #Engl best interest to pick him back up as an endorser to his mad guitar riffs. Nothing against Peavey but Engl are the big dogs of metal amps. The next day after the show I started working on my leads on the guitar...thanks Terrance!!! Derek Boyer heads up the bass part of the band and stands that bass up on the stage like one of those old stand up basses you see in an orchestra and nails it. The image I got while he was playing was that he was taking command of the troops and who out in the audience is gonna back him. Count on me Derek and after this tour you should have an army to lead to battle.
Morbid Angel coming to a 500 capacity club in Boston was about to be and is legendary. Some shows I know will be legendary and some I don't know that I have attended in the past. Death metal has in the past been shunned by live music outlets in the past but times are changing and changing fast. If your a club owner who past on Death Metal bands you might want to rethink your past decisions and come up to main steam and under stand that Rock and Roll is dead to many and metal is the new front.
Trey Azagthoth original guitarist for Morbid Angel, Scott Fuller on the burst drums, Steven Tucker on bass and lead vocals with Dan Vadin Von on the second guitar. Steve Tucker has been on and off with the band over the years and is in Trey's/ Morbid Angel's best interest to keep him at the helm. I arrived a couple hours early to the show to walk around and do some people watching. The band was hanging out front of the club on a bench and checking out the scene that Allston has to offer. With a couple of hot smoke'n groupies (I missed that photo op, I wasn't thinking). I didn't bother them with the big smile and start asking way too many questions that most do. Just treated them as part of the scene. about two hours before the show they went inside to do a sound check which I could easily hear out side and took over their position on the bench. My feet needed some cooling off I must have done 8 miles of walking prior to that point. A pizza delivery dude walked by with 1/2 dozen pie's and his girl friend. He had his metal vest on littered with band patches and was all smiles on this delivery. Explaining to security at the door that he was making a delivery to the band and needed to enter the club before hours. Showed the dude the pie's and was waved in. Later I seen him inside the club during the show, he must have received a ticket as a tip and ya he was all smiles. Best tip he's gotten in a long time I'm sure.
Suffocation exited the stage with a roar of the crowd both thanks for the show and anticipation of the next band Morbid Angel. I was 3 rows back from the stage and to the left as far as I go. I know better than to be any where near center stage and if your interested in Death Metal and unfamiliar what goes on take my advise and stay left, right or out back things get wild center stage. A young lady apparently studying at Boston College or another institution (from the clothes she was wearing) wandered up center stage, with drinks in hand, looking around as to question why we left such a gap in front of the stage. Half way through the first song of Morbid Angel I looked to see if she was still around. Gone ...she was engulfed by the mosh pit!!!! I just chuckled to myself.
The setup of the band was complete and anticipation started to fill the air like humidity you could feel it. Morbid Angel took the stage and the packed crowd started to sway as people maned position for the start of the show."ARE YOU READY" and the band launched into it's set without any further hesitation. I immediately got splashed with a drink by an an inexperienced dude getting too close to the "pit." Down went 8 bucks cash. This was uncool mainly because I was driving home after the show and not a cop in the USA would believe me if I told them I wasn't drinking which I wasn't I just smelled like booze. Lesson learned...never bring your drinks close to a mosh pit. The echo used on Steve's voice was awesome sounding and I got this impression I was in a movie not sure why but I just did. The burst drum is a fa-nominal effect used by the drummer where the bass drums are constantly pounding at a fast rate. The shock waves explode the foundation of the club and surly cracks were left in the cement. That was a great kick off to my summer and I hope it is an indicator of some good times to come this summer...Dess
Monday, May 29, 2017
Friday, May 12, 2017
Tuesday, April 4, 2017
Who cares about peace and love and humanity. There is no money in it dude.
Continue watching as animals in the wild slowly disappear and some day it is going to be you……..
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
2. dancer= stripper,
3. model= prostitute
4. self evaluation= Human resource department tool used to not give you a raise
5. Hi= I don't have time to talk or even look at you
6. good morning= I mean it
7. Blue eye shadow= she's on the hunt: the darker the shade the more they're looking,br> 8. not looking or paying attention to you= they are interested (possibly, keep testing),br> 9. the stare with a hand shake (with no blinking)= some odd test people do at work (dude, absolutely disturbing)
10. the new way to interview= not given the resume from Human Resources of the person your interviewing to see if the interviewee can explain there back round to you. Complete waste of time on both sides. 9 out 10 times you don't qualifie its just H.R. cant find anyone who does.
11. Favorite sport= women's beach volleyball( my all time favorite sport). I always get a blank look when asked whats my favorite sport and with this reply.
12. EFF= polite way to say f#ck
13. classic, "I only had a couple,"= completely smashed and forgotten how many
14. a long "HHHIIII" with a smile= I'm being forced to meet you
15. red blotches on the neck= they are embarrassed
Thursday, September 1, 2016
Saturday, August 13, 2016
Saturday, May 28, 2016
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Friday, March 4, 2016
Saturday, December 26, 2015
On occasion and becoming more and more frequent I would take rides with my daughter Nicole out to Revere Beach and hang out sea side wile walking up and down the boulevard.Nicole needed more attention than the average child or in my case her twin sisters who are 1 year behind her so it was like having 3 at once. I would get calls from her mom, "come pick up your daughter."Entering the apartment the both of them would whimpering and Nicole would come running with her arms up for me to pick her up, which I would."Please get her out of hear." My big secrete with being able to handle her was taking her walks in a carriage and going for drives in a car. She was a car sleeper or motion sleeper, better put. As soon as you dropped her in a car seat or rocker she was out cold.Many times she would fight sleeping all together and become over tired and couldn't sleep in a crib and the only way she would sleep would be go for drives or walks. Today I still get texts at 3 am from her as she fights going to sleep, "hay Dad...what ya doing." Jaclyn will pick up a conversation at 2:30 am were she left off at 4 in the afternoon, texting.
After tormenting her mother she would be prime for a good nap. She was 2 and every thing you heard about terrible 2's is true. Its a brute period that requires a lot of patients, which her didn't have. Another big secrete I had is all 3 would nap at the same time. If 1 wanted to nap earlier than the others I would keep her up until all were ready. When they took a nap so didn't I. As simple as that sounds many people don't do it. If you have one kid your out of topic here. That's a 2 or more thing.( Being able to handle my kids bothered Lee on some sort of personal level). I would also wake them up in the middle of the night when Nicole wanted a bottle. The other two likely would sleep through most of the night but not with Nicole. When she got up I got all of them up and all got bottles at once. She would wake up every 2 hours. I didn't sleep right for over a year. There are 4 thing a child wants: 1.food 2. attention 3. their diaper changed or 4. remove gas from their bellies. If you try all 4 and if it doesn't work she's probably sick or has an ear ache and you will spend a better part of the day holding them.Those were some of my big secretes.
There is old school way of thinking that women are the only parents that can care for children. This is an old way of thinking and today's society doesn't want any more. If you think in these terms you need to understand why younger people look at you with a blank stare when you talk to them. Your not wanted any more old man and your old ways are not valued. My first wife had some sort of resentment towards me because I was able to handle the stress of having kids. She felt she was a women and it was her divine right to care for kids, the problem was she couldn't handle it. I know many of young dudes today who are completely involved and able to handle taking care of kids more so than the women they are with. Many old school women will at first get pissed reading this but it just a fact.
The recent attacks in France is a extreme example of what I'm talking about. These religious fanatics don't like change and advancement of society. It is also why they don't like education because when you educate people they start to question and have open discuss on topics which is an advancement because the wrong whys of thinking are weeded out. Heavy metal and coffee shops represents the new generation, they represent change in their world, this is why they chose these places as targets. Heavy metal because it is new music to them. Coffee shops are were people talk openly about things and meet. I hope you follow me on that. I gonna cut the talk short on this subject because it starts to get a bit deep but I believe you can follow what I'm saying with those points and it is important for you to think about it and evolve your own thoughts. It tends to stick better rather than just reading someone else views, gut it?
Back to Revere Beach. While traveling with Nicole I had my eye on place call "The Cove."They had one of those cheap hardware store signs out front that said "room for rent." The good part was they were located 1/2 a block from the beach.Location, location, location. The beach is filled with night clubs, pizza joints and fast food take out. Is very active with both young and old, age is no issue. If you can afford to live in Massachusetts and looking for a town with action head for Revere Beach. I say afford because Massachusetts has become what New York is. New York has priced the working class out of the city. New York New York rentals are grossly over priced and Massachusetts is not far behind. If your working class person and looking for an affordable place to live not far from your family try New Hampshire. You work an average job and afford to live at the same time. An $800 apartment in NH is about $1300 in MA. Today NH is expanding at a rapid rate if your in the trades. A trend I have noticed is: during the 50 and 60's Boston was expanding, during the 70's 80's inside the route 128 belt was expanding, the 90's it was inside the 495 belt and today it is in New Hampshire. The commercial market is just starting. There is still plenty of room which keeps sale prices lower. In the town I went to High school, Lexington MA, they are tearing down ranch houses to build bigger houses with much bigger prices( there's no land to expand on).
I walked into the Cove to inquire about the room for rent. The Cove was a dimly lite night club that your shoes would stick to the floor as you walked from old spilled beer. A DJ station that was several feet up from the ground floor over looking people that was boxed in from view from people below. Rocking Rick manned the DJ station most nights. Carmella, the bar tender said "ya there are 2 open." The rooms were located above the night club which made things convenient. I chose a room that was near the fire escape because it was set apart from the other rooms which I thought would be quieter. It wasn't, the music from the DJ would bounce off the rear of the building which I was above and made a rumble that kept me up most nights until midnight when they would start to cool the place off for the night. On a couple of occasions I chatted with Rocking Rick on why he had the music so loud on Monday nights, pointing out that there is no one in the joint."Dess, the owner/manager wants me to maintain a certain atmosphere in the club each an every night whether or not there are people in attendants." The cost of the room was $110 per week which at the time was about $10 more than the going rate but the location you couldn't beat. I didn't have to drive to head out for the night and a walk down the beach was all that was needed. Generally I would prime up at the Cove and then head out. The Cove was filled with a mixture of characters. Rock and Rollers, bikers, motorcycle club members, construction workers, locals and lots and lots of party girls. One of the first person I would hook up with was a dude who went by the name of Mike Mass. He was in tune with the Metal scene and was in the business of having women pay his rent. He showed me around the beach and showed me who was who. Our regular spot became a place called "The Tank" and the Metal scene that was starting to take root. The Tank was a half decent club with a capacity of about 500. Fairly large for local music. Today the club is called H2O. Managed by Chris who was always tolerant and inviting mainly because Mike did most of the promoting for the club. It was 1997 and promoting meant cold calling people to get them to show there was no internet and social networking as we know it today, the internet was around but not every day use. Mike was capable of filling the club by making phone calls to people to get them to show. He had an address book loaded with names and would spend a better part of his time making contacts. Me and many other people would buy Mike a beer to keep him fueled during the night. He didn't maintain employment. This oddly occurred to me one night when he sat next to me at a table put his fore arms on his thighs inter laced his fingers together, looked at the floor and asked me what it was like holding a full time job. The funny part he wasn't joking he was dead serious. It turned out he had never maintain full time employment. I explained the negatives of waking up every day but in the long run it payed off because I normally had money in my pocket."Ya, I see,"in deep thought. A couple of years later the manager of the club Chris offered him an opportunity for a career in the family business of a marine mechanic which Mike jumped on board. If your a local band from those times or today you should shakes Mike's hand he played a large part in helping to establish the Metal scene of Revere Beach that is still going on today at Sammy's Patio. I lost contact with Mike and can't find him on the internet. I seen his sister but am afraid to ask. The last I heard he was on his 3rd heart attach trying to keep up with everyone, that was years ago.
Some of my personal favorite bands were(in no particular order): Bad Mother Seed, Barrel of Monkeys, Uncle Freak and a rock and roll band called Boston Brats( they were grandfathered into the Metal scene). Another metal band called Godsmack played several times at the Tank before taking flight. I had a brief relationship with a groupie of Godsmack named Susan who would play their CD in 1998 before they took flight. Susan would travel around to the Red Rooster, Wally's Pub and the Tank snapping photos of the band in action, she most likely has a large collection of early days of the band. I was an equal fan of the local bands including Godsmack at about the same level.We were hanging around Fleetwood Studios one night when talk of who was going to back the band up in their up coming tour when I mentioned that most likely the band has no say in it and that the record company will be telling them. You don't get that sort of control until your 3rd CD at least that was true back then. A second brief relationship I had in those days was with a stripper named Brittney. She was the number one at King Arthur's Lounge( Latino dudes of Chelsea would would debate me on that, some of the Caribbean women were smoking hot). My failure was trying to maintain an off and on again relationship with my daughters mother. Man did I blow it.
Boston Brats were a highly entertaining band that almost too flight. I believe one of the main reasons for not taking flight was their studio album. It did not capture the energy of the band. A groupie of the band gave me their compact disc and a hand full of trinkets baring the bands name and logo(coasters, drink mixers and assorted odd items, one of those things you throw out and latter wish you didn't). I first became aware of "capturing" a sound and understanding how important it is by Kiss. In my opinion the CD was over produced. I remember playing it and popping the CD back out several times to see if the CD was theirs and not some other band. Some one put a large amount of money into the album but the album failed to capture what the band was actually like. If they liked what they seen and heard with the band then why did they change that with the CD. If what attracted you to the sound the band makes try to capture that and not change it. I get the impression the producer was paid hourly and maximized the amount of billable hours. Bad Mother Seed is or was, not sure which another great band with pure old school Metal groove. Last I heard the sing was talking of moving to Waltham MA and that was the last I heard of them other than they released a CD in 2008 "puff." That CD captures what the band is like, 100% perfection. If any body knows what if anything is going on with that band leave in the comments section and I will gladly link.Tommy Lanzillo's "Uncle Freak" was capable of packing a 600 person club which is pretty remarkable for a local band. The jack ass whistling at this show was me, sorry Tommy I was under the influence. There was trouble with the sound early on that night so I interrupted the set and positioned the mics the way they are suppose to be, at an angle and not pointing directly at speakers which I constantly see bands do. I'm not an expert but do know some things. Capture the sound as it goes by the mic. I learned that at some formal training I had in sound engineering. Pro mic set ups you will notice today have that angle built into the mounts for drums mics. It makes sense if you sit back and think about it. The sound waves are hitting a brick wall if you point the mic directly at the speakers because of peaks and high amount of compression added to combat them which will dull the sound(forget it way too much info). Anyways, felt I needed to inject that. The trouble Tommy had was he wanted to do it all himself. Many people do this an eventually burn out. If people are willing and looking to help the band out ya know what? Let them, it will relieve some of the stress upon you as a band leader. And don't expect perfection and criticize every small mistake, most people in the crowd don't know the mistake was made only musicians notice and they know better than to point it out. If you don't like the mistakes being played live then blame yourself for not holding more frequent rehearsals. Apparently they are needed and that's how you lead. Pointing the finger at others is not how it's done. Remember some of your biggest critics are your biggest fans. As far as Barrel of Monkeys, as of this writing, there is no internet presence and the band that comes up while searching is not the one I mentioned( I was hoping to link to some reference, none).
Monday, November 16, 2015
Tuesday, October 27, 2015
We cleaned steam generators and did inspection work of the steam generators. Inspection of the internals of the generators mainly because the whole industry is still learning about nuclear power and study it intensely. I prefer Navy work because the radiation levels in commercial plants are higher than the Navy. The main reason is commercial plants are run for profit and the Navy runs for efficiency/ reliability. There have been mistakes because of this that can not be reversed but learned from. The Japanize clean their steam generator regularly to increase reliability which in turn translates into higher efficiency. The Canadians now know but took some time and damage in the process. What happens is there is cross contamination from the primary side to the secondary side of the steam generators and this is where the contamination comes from. Because of lack of preventive maintenance, that's the short version and no more detail because I start to drift into a territory that the government would rather not like to see publish or chatting online about (the Navy knows more about me than I do about myself, I held and maintained a secret clearance for the Department of Defense for 13 years). Most radiation workers are healthy individual because they are required to visit doctors periodically for check ups and most people don't. So fixable problems are found in the early stages such as prostate cancer(I need to go soon myself to be checked besides I enjoy fat finger Doctors!). Which is curable if found early. Today I'm no longer involved in this type of industrial work. I can say that I made a very good living while doing it.
Bruce Nuclear Generating Station is located as I stated on the shores of Lake Huron and in the middle of corn fields. You either work at the plant or the local farm equipment store. Most women move out after college because they are not interested in working in the power generating station. The environment of station is something that should be learned by the Nuclear industry and other businesses as well. It strictly functional with block walls. Zero atmosphere. There is a constant loud hum from the turbines and the employees suffer from a high rate of alcoholism and in my opinion it is directly related to the atmosphere of the plant. Remember we are human and not machines. The atmosphere in which we live in can and will have a dramatic affect upon your life. If things aren't going well in your life try to remember that one it is possible its just the way or with whom your living with. We like to look at pleasant things, it makes us happier and in turn more productive. Harley Davidson was one of the first to study this and implement it. With air conditioning (ac). They installed ac units and found that the workers were more productive that far exceeded the cost of running ac. In other words not only did I not like the high dose of radiation but the atmosphere sucked also, bad. The good news was I was working 7 days a week 13 hours a day and my bank account was flush with cash. Many company employees were stating that they didn't want to travel to Canada to do the work mainly because the atmosphere was horrible. The problem was that meant I was traveling more often than most. Not that I minded that much but my argument was that is what we do for a living and if you didn't like that well the front door is over there. Call it harsh if you like but it was reality. I constantly run into people who don't like certain aspects of there job. I have the same thing but I don't complain, why because its my job and you take the bad with the good. Its not all roses. People think that a company is going to change things just for them the fact is there not going to and if you complain enough they will replace you with some one who is will to take the bad with the good. Enough on that.
Shortly after the terrorist attack know as 911 on New York and this country when the government allowed air traffic again we embarked to Hydro for more of the same. This time period was probably one of the safest times to fly in the history of aviation. There was nobody at the airport and security was carrying m-16.I had 6 paper clips confiscated upon entry at the terminal. There were 10 people on board 8 were from my company Foster-Miller which has since been bought out by QinetiQ North America. I started with Foster Miller as a temporary employment worker, I asked at the time how much work do they have and they told me they had a couple of days work, I was with them for 15 years. The generally was uneventful because nothing breaks or malfunctions. One trip I went on a manager asked me to inventory spare parts after we had already inventoried them and I wasn't sure if he was just keeping me busy or busting my cookies. If you were a manager you would come out a hero because the job was always successful and most experienced managers did their best to stay away from the job, it sucked with boredom. We worked along side of boiler makers from Canada who travel from outage to outage. These are regularized scheduled shut downs of the plant to preform maintenance(much needed). Canada as of this writing supplies 12% of the needed electricity from nuclear power as compared to the United States has 19%. Many of the workers have RV's they use to live in while traveling. They are paid for meals and hotel rooms(per diem) so they save the money by sleeping in RV's. On the weekends I would go out with some of the boys to a local watering hole to relieve some pressure via consumption of alcohol. Local bar owners loved the shut downs because of the money spent in their pub. Most places would handle 75-100 person capacity and on weekends would be packed with 150 boiler makers spending some overtime money on food and beverage. One night I remember well we had and over capacity crowd and the owner called in his mother sisters and fiends to help with the tending of the bar. Nothing worse than waiting more than 15 minutes for a beer. Before he called them in me and many others were ordering 2 at a time so we didn't have to wait. The owner being a experienced businessman know that if he didn't correct that condition he could potential loose business by people leaving. He was correct. The place would get double loud but never any trouble just occasional scuffles and yelling.
As far as brain numbing atmosphere one dude I worked with Russ hated the job with a passion so much so that physiologically tormented his mind because he was always thinking how much he hated the job and drove himself nuts. He worked mainly the second shift because I worked the second shift through out the 90's and was vocal about working that shift, I never could get use to it like other people can. On one particular night he had drove himself so mad about not wanting to be there that he started throwing aluminum pallets around after he was asked to move them by a manager from Bruce. Of cause this didn't go over well. I also walked in one morning to him carrying on a wild conversation with nobody around with his hand down his pants, flat out odd behavior. After this trip he was recommended never to travel to Canada again. The cement block walls, constant hum of motors and telling himself how much he hated the job drove him crazy. In the end of traveling to Canada the folks bought the system and we no longer traveled to Canada. For some reason for over ten years the company I worked for did the work and had some of the employees of Bruce help with operating the system and then all of a sudden bought it after ten years of leasing, I guess what I'm getting at is it would have been much cheaper to buy it eight years earlier.
I got the idea of storing my motorcycle in my kitchen from a dude I worked with in Canada(they had the same people each time) named Chief. I forget his personal name but he is an American Indian standing about 6'7" and we called him Chief. He like the name and was far from offended by it. He was the only one on the first shift I trusted in operating the system by himself he had an interest and it showed. Chief lived in a high rise building if I remember right it was 12 stories. Every year he had to store his Harley for the winter. So being frugal he and some friends would lift the Harley vertical in the elevator to get it to fit and bring it up to his apartment(all gas was drained and left out side to evaporate any residual fumes). When he told that it solved the storage problem with my 1958 chopper-in the kitchen she went.
Monday, October 5, 2015
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Friday, July 31, 2015
Sunday, July 19, 2015
Sunday, July 5, 2015
I have a nasty habit of eating while typing on the my laptop. Nachos, some sour cream lodged into the keyboard and now rendered the "P" key barley functional. I have to pound on it to get it to type the letter P. This happened on my last laptop yet at that time I had not associate it with the sour cream being smeared into the keyboard as being the problem. I blamed "HP" for building cheap keyboards and trying to save money and failed. I now know it's the sour cream and not HP. I have to google weather or not I can safely lift the keys to see if it is cleanable.
Bernie the owner/ manager fooled me in a good way. The show was advertising to start at 5pm which is unusual to start a show that early. Soil and Three Years Hollow was the band to back them up as advertised. I figured this must be so people can get out early because it was the 4th of July. I have never been to a club that early ever and I have seen hundreds of shows. Not the case, Bernie had many talented local Metal heads come in and back the band to a festival level. 6 back up bands. That’s worth the price of admission of $25. My personal favorite and this is strictly an opinion was 4x4 Barracuda who play the style of metal that I love. 4x4 Barracuda play mostly in Lawrence Mass area and I have been waiting to see them. Great local band and highly recommended for Metal Heads like myself even thou I play Grunge and I will talk about this at a later date. Have no fear as reported earlier the failure of the a/c system at Jewel nightclub has been fixed and the club was comfortable to be in all night, thanks Bernie. By the way Bernie this helped me and others spend a little more money at the bar. As a side not to the club, it must be noted. The voluptuous bar tender who's name I don't know but will let you know as soon as I find out, is worth the price of admission as visual candy. She stand approximately 5'3 with a set of Double D's that makes it difficult to look her in the eye. The tee shirt she wears is much too small and at a choking level. She cuts the tee at a precise location in the shape of a football that oozes her beautification. She is a "must see." Jet black hair in which I have decided that my 3 wife must have jet black hair. My second wife had blonde and things didn't work out. Stay tuned.......
Thursday, July 2, 2015
The speakers should be 100w each in a 2x12, in a 4x12 they should be 50w speakers in a 1x12 you need 200w speaker. The confusion on the internet is that some people are afraid to say they don't have the cash to buy new equipment but would like to use the amp they have to power a cabinet they came across for short cash. The quick answer is, yes you can, just don't turn it up and most people don't anyways. How many times do you run an amp at max volume. I can across this web site that clears it all up. It's a little techy but if you read it 2 or 4 times in comes clear what you can run:(website)the short version is this: 100w head; 1x12 cabinet 200w speaker; 100w head 2x12 cabinet= 100w (each) speakers; 100w head 4x12= 50w(each) speakers. If you have a 50 watt head do the math: 50w head 1x12=100w speaker;50w head 2x12 cabinet= 50w (each)speakers; 50w head 4x12 cabinet= 25w (each) speakers, yet Warehouse is a good source for speakers and another good source with wiring diagrams and info with speakers is Orange County Speaker. I have never seen such confusion on one subject in my entire life. People mix options with facts which is or can be two different worlds.
Next up is you need to know if the cabinet speakers are wired in series(one after another) or parallel (side by side)For people trying to understand parallel imagine a ladder the vertical rungs of the ladder is the power and the rungs that you step on are the speakers, series is easy because it is wired one after the other in a row. Opening up the back panel will clear this mystery up for you. Don't measure the resistance of the line into the cabinet and make an educated guess because it could be incorrect, there are 16ohm speakers out there and if you guess that it's 8ohm speakers in series then you could be wrong, it could be 16ohm speakers in parallel. Measuring the 1/4" connector on the back will tell you what the cabinet is, lets say you measure 10 ohms this would be a 8ohm cabinet the other 2ohms are because you can't have a "perfect connection" when measuring the ohms and it will be slightly higher than expected but not always. Speakers wired in series you add the ohms together, like 4ohm speakers in a 4x12 cabinet = 16ohms at your amp output selector. Most amp heads have 4, 8 and 16ohms positions to chose from and if yours doesn't sell it and buy one that does it just keeps the available option at a maximum. You can measure the connection and determine what ohm setting to put the amp on but not to determine what speakers you have. Hope I don't add to the confusion and this clears it up or brings it down to earth for ya. Here is another good explanation of the confusion: Cleveland Institute of Electronics
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Recent headlines with Scott Weiland made me concerned about what was going to happen this night. He has been referring to reporters and journalists as “A-hole” media. I have been following Scott, online, in anticipation of last night’s show with his new band “the Wildabouts.” The A-hole media has been after a Scott because of one show, out of hundreds, were there was a problem with Scott's in-ear monitor. These ear pieces are used today by professional musicians in place of stage monitors. They are ten times better for a variety of reasons. On one particular night the malfunction of his ear piece placed him in a bad situation in which his band mates would not be aware of. His ear piece failed. He had no monitors to hear what he was singing. And put him in an award positions not knowing were the band was in the song. Let me explain. He had been relying on the ear monitors all night then they failed, like many electronic and mechanical things do…they fail on occasion. This placed him and you in an odd feeling from switching from an ear monitor to on stage sound in an instant with ear plugs in your ear to muffle the sound. I bet Scott has spare set today but he didn't that night. The A-hole media went after him.
Any A-hole media personal that feels they perform at 100% every night with 100% accuracy even with electronic failure should take note that you’re in the wrong business. You would not be sitting at home staring at you A-hole telephone that still has copper wire attached for communication to the outside world, hoping a editor will run your BullSh#t story on an electronic failure that had occurred and try to translate that into drug use. Your A-hole failure in life is coming to light when you are not capable of reporting what has happened without sensationalizing the story in hopes to selling your story. You also would have a confused look on your face if you couldn't hear what was being played and being in front of a thousand fans. The professional musician always makes mistakes while playing yet they don’t stop the show because of it they continue on, most people don't notice these mistakes. Unless your part of the A-hole media who pages through YouTube trying to find fault with someone to point it out to others because your own pathetic life sucks. As far as the dazed look that Scott does give on occasion I will explain it to the A-hole media on why he has this on occasion. Play on stage with a thousand fans who hold you to a higher degree at a Sound Pressure Level of 129 plus decibels for an hour and half. Today’s sound systems are powerful and body numbing to musicians and crowds alike. then do this night after night for months on end and you also, A-hole media, would have a dazed look your self after the show…it happens. So as the A-hole media picks over people’s lives to try to find some minor fault with someone because their writing ability sucks remember to have a second job waiting because your career as a part of the A-hole media is coming to an end. If all you can write about are faults with others you are out of material and stagnant. Take a shower you A-hole media because, simply put, you suck.
Or here is my theory which I realized a couple of days after writing this. Its more than a theory but the word theory sounds good. I propose this; Is Scott Weiland that smart? What do I mean? Did Scott purposely pull that blank look on stage to cause controversy? The answer is yes to both. A Scott is that smart and causing controversy does bring attention to the band which helps sells albums. Especially when your about to release an album which Scott just did. First cause a little controversy and then release your album. The controversy brings you head lines which is free advertising. How do I know Scott is that smart? Here check out this quote by Scott after he was tossed from STP:Scott Theory Evidence
Ok, now that I vented on media personal back to the review.
I don’t know the band members but they are are powerful and an inspiration to other musicians and you will see that if you see them live. The drummer is mind blowing powerful with no need to mic his set. The dude stands at 230 pounds of solid mass and capable of delivering a sound pressure level of 132 DB. I was unaware that today they make titanium skins for drums. I have never witness such pounding on the drums before this night. Not sure how the drum set stayed in position receiving such a pounding complete with broken stick being tossed aside and a fresh supply of sticks (dozen plus) next to him. The drums surly must have been bolted to the stage. This was an absolute surprise for me to see and hear such a fantastic drummer. Being a fan of drummers, I tend to hold drummers to a higher level with regard to performance than most people or most musicians will. I had not expected a drummer of this caliber to playing with Scott, not sure why I just didn't expect it. If you’re a drummer looking for inspiration to play better and louder without the need for mics see Scott Weiland and the Wildabouts he will help bring you to the next level. Scott hasn't announced, as of this writing, on their website who the band members are so I don’t know the dudes name. All I can tell you is this dude is an inspiration to drummers at least on the rock and roll side of town.
Next up: “Nick” the guitarist. That’s all I have as far as a name goes but that’s what I pickup on the internet that his name is…Nick. Talk about picking up a guitar at full steam ahead with a band that you just joined a month ago and making it sound like you have known the band members your entire life because of the blending that he did with the band. He read the members next moves and ran with it at every song. The tones that Nick was delivering during the night reminded me of a dinner I had in Portsmouth VA while working at the Norfolk Naval Station for the Navy. The meal was expensive and attendance at the restaurant was mad with reservation only. Several engineers I worked with insisted I go with them to this restaurant and “experience” a meal. They were right, I ordered lamb chops. The interesting thing was the chops had a different flavor to them around the plate as you ate, read that twice. Meaning the plate of chops tasted different in different parts of the chops. Nick had this same thing going on with tones. He was delivering different tones with each song and his guitar playing became an experience rather than just note picking. The set was complete with purposely placed feedback to complement a show that was being delivered RAW, which again I had not expected this from a Scott Weiland band. I guess I was expecting a more orchestrated band like when he was in Velvet Revolver. In this band every note had a place which is cool in respect of the show sounding like an album. This show I “experienced” was RAW rock and roll or off the cuff jamming which is double cool and takes talent to read the other musicians in the band during these jam sessions that can change night to night. Nick didn't break a sweat until ¾ of the way through the set which was not him but the house he was playing in and I will talk about this shortly. The black hair dude with the bass (name unknown). I going to admit something that I would rather not but I think it is OK to admit. I have for years placed bass players in the wrong category I think it is because of Bill Wyman’s lack of enthusiasm while playing in a band. The category I wrongly placed bass players in was “no need.” The dude with black hair and a Rickenbacker bass just changed my view on bass players. He blasted sound waves through the set shaking the dust off the rafters of the old mill building the Jewel night club is housed in. Up until this point I thought bass players only played simple notes to songs and help keep the beat. Not hear, the dude with black hair showed me and most likely others that bass playing is an instrument played by few for good reason, it’s a complex instrument and not readily understood, that’s what I came away with while watching him play (and feel him play).
The Wildabouts album has just been released and from last night’s set this album is worth checking out and not just some commercial release by Scott Weiland to help pay the bills. Scott has put together a band. A band to record with, a band to tour with and a band to see live. Most song of course I didn't recognize mainly because they were mostly new material. The same licks were recognized in which Scott has been associated with, continues today as evident with the songs played last night. Some old Stone Temple Pilots tunes were thrown in to satisfy the fans of STP. I’m not sure they were needed but it worked. One particular song was played and as of this writing I have not looked for it on iTunes but will, was an acoustic song played as an encore. It was the only acoustic number played so you hard core rockers need not worry if you plan to see them live. I tell ya that I will admit that hearing this song made me glad to be alive. That’s the feeling I had while listening to it. As corny and stupid as it might sound to the hard core dudes out hear that’s what it was and I feel compelled to tell it as I felt and that’s how I felt. Real simple tune note wise but full of love and feeling this one came from deep within Scott’s inner self you can hear it. Scott writes from personal experience or personal feelings and he was on to something with this song, dynamite work Scott keep delivering that message dude, it’s working.
Do I have any complaints about the show the answer is yes. Listen up Bernie (owner/manager of the Jewel). Dude, you need to make an investment in air conditioning and at minimum an investment in air circulation. The club was stagnant with no spare oxygen. Never mind comfortable air conditioning. I can help; I just happen to be in the HVAC business and for a nominal fee and fix the problem that might put you out of business if not corrected. The sweat poured from my pours of the Coors Light I consumed the night before and apparently Scoot Weiland also. The only one who seemed to handle the heat was Nick. You could see the beads of perspiration come off the bodies of the performers with the back lighting. It was that visible. I looked around to see if there was just a problem with the AC that night and the answer is no. On the walls of the club there are grills not capable of handling the stagnant air. I will put it in perspective so most people can understand. Take a ten by twelve room put a ½ inch hole in the wall (this is the ventilation). Now put 2 dozen people in the room on a 95 degree high humidity day. Same affect Bernie, you cannot remove the air volume with the system you have in place. Bernie’s younger version (apparently his son or close relative) knew better than to hang around inside the club. During the night he would poke his head in the club to check things out and then quickly exit back outside, he’s no fool. Ladies who were up close to the stage at the beginning of the night left ½ way through the set with sweet pouring from their scalps from the extremely high humidity and heat inside the club. Wait until August for a full blown experience of overheating from the crowds. Possible Bernie you could attach a fee to the bands that play there to offset the costs of installing a system that can handle the crowds but expect some “rolling of the eyes” from band managers who feel your making plenty from the booze being consumed and might have some “choice words” for ya. We use ventilation as a minimum today Bernie this is not the 80’s anymore. Please install some air conditioning ASAP. Thanks Dess
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Back when Alice started out painting his face with black eyeliner you were considered a freak by older people of the day and also today, so, Alice is the original freak and he has influenced countless freaks and he is still rocking today. If your going to paint your face with eye liner or mascara or what ever its called be prepared to be referred to and looked at as a freak. Lets have a look at some of the world renowned freaks. By the way some of these musicians I am a big fan of such as Rob Zombie, Rob is bit of a death hair freak. Second freak on the list is Marilyn Manson a suit and tie freak, personally never heard his music but he sells out shows so hats off. I need to also mention Slip Knot who are a whole band of freaks, I seen these freaks playing on the Boston Common by accident one day in 2002 and later found out that the band was paying back taxes by having the free show on the common and other cities. Willie Nelson I seen also doing the same thing: paying back taxes. This was part of the President Bush administration that if entertainers couldn't pay back taxes they had to play for free and this would pay the owed taxes, cool. There's not much cool about the old man Bush but that was cool they could have put them in prison.
I hold Alice Cooper personally responsible for being the original freak. Alice Cooper's radio show is as cool as cool goes,check it out soon. At times Alice rambles on about incoherent topics but he makes a lot of sense to me and an absolute f#@k'ing riot and on one occasion I had to pull over while listening in my car so not to cause an accident. What he was talking about made no sense but was complete?! Check out his show: Nights with Alice. Alice Cooper the original Freak and original hard rockers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!