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RIP Jeff Hanneman

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I don’t know what more to say but thanks, Jeff.  Those Slayer records up to and including Seasons In The Abyss are all very special to me in many different ways, none more than Reign In Blood.

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May 2, 2013 at 4:35 pm

RIP George Jones

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george-jonesThis may be the first country and western post on this site, maybe the last.  It’s been reported that George “The Possum” “No Show” Jones has died.  One wouldn’t think that I’d have any C&W influence but that was the music that my dad primarily listened to growing up, and he was especially fond of George Jones.  I have fond memories of hanging out with dad in the garage while he worked on old cars.  GJ had a special voice and his deep pain and anguish that led to him to the bottle came out in much of his music.

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April 26, 2013 at 8:49 am

RIP Clive Burr

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My heart is saddened by the news that Clive Burr passed away last night.  He was a fantastic drummer and seemed to be an all around good guy.

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March 13, 2013 at 8:30 am

RIP Jon Lord

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Such a loss.  He was a fantastic musician and songwriter and I’m glad I got to see him live once.  Amazing what he could do while rocking that keyboard back and forth.

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July 16, 2012 at 7:14 pm

RIP Greg Ham

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I’m a huge Men at Work fan and have been since their first album.  Read about it here and of my encounter with Greg in 1999.

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April 21, 2012 at 3:51 pm

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Goodbye to The Boathouse – RIP

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These hallowed walls scream…and the walls of The Boathouse at Bessie’s Place in Norfolk, VA were certainly hallowed.  Like just about anyone from that area will tell you, The Boathouse was THE place to see shows.  I’ve lamented more than once on the website about how much I loved that place and some of the great shows I saw there.  The national/international 80s metal scene flourished there for us kids.  Megadeth, Overkill, Yngwie, Lita, Testament, Anthrax, Obsession, Sanctuary, Warlock, Metal Church, At War, Dianno’s Battlezone, Winger, Black Sabbath, King Diamond, Don Dokken, etc.  Even into the 90s and 2000s I saw some great shows there like Sepultura and Motorhead.  Pretty much any band that wasn’t big enough at the time to play the Hampton Coliseum or Norfolk Scope ended up at the Boathouse.
The Boathouse was finally torn down this week.  Hurricane Isabel ruined it in 2003 and it never reopened.  It was pretty obvious when Harbor Park was built next to it, nothing would happen there again. Pity.
Back in 2005 (or maybe 2006…whenever Gigantour played Portsmouth), I got the chance to meet Dave Mustaine at a charity softball

photo by L. Todd Spencer, Virginian Pilot

The Boathouse. It used to be red. Photo by L. Todd Spencer

game.  I saw Megadeth there twice: Peace Sells and So Far, So Good.  Great shows.  We were standing on the ball field at Harbor Park and I asked Dave if he remembered playing the Boathouse in the 80s.  “That fucking dump!  I hated that place!”  I told him to look over the left field wall and he’d see the roof.  “Good riddance!”  Funny.

And really one important thing about The Boathouse for me…I saw my very first metal show there in 1985.  Stryper.  I was 15, my first time there and it was great.  Definitely my favorite place to see shows back in those days.  I think the last show I saw there was Motorhead/Supersuckers/Nashville Pussy in 2000.

RIP…and thanks for the memories, all of them were awesome.

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November 22, 2011 at 5:50 pm

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RIP Steve Jobs

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What an effect that guy and his company had on our lives, directly and indirectly.  Thanks, Steve.  No more suffering.

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October 5, 2011 at 5:53 pm