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RIP Robert, my dear sweet brother

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On January 20th one of my older brothers died in his sleep.  He was 47.  It was unexpected and quite a shock to the family.

Robert was 6 years older than me and really is the person responsible for my love of heavy music.  In the mid 70s I can remember him bringing home KISS’ Dressed to Kill and that is what started it off for me.  From there it was Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, Alice Cooper, RUSH, Uriah Heep, Wishbone Ash and a slew of other bands in those years.  It wasn’t all hard stuff though.  He got me into the Rolling Stones, early Neil Young and Elton John as well.  The Stones are my 2nd favorite band of all time behind Iron Maiden. 
As we got older and he had moved out, I was able to get him into bands like King Diamond, Metal Church and some others.

Music was always our bond and even in these last few weeks, there are certain songs that I’ll hear that just remind me of him.  I’m glad that I have that lifelong connection to him and his spirit. 

I’ll always miss and love you, Robert.  Even more than I have in recent years of not being able to see you.

I can’t thank you enough for helping me be who and what I am today.

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February 10, 2012 at 12:56 pm

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Death/Dark Angel – May 12, 1989

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This was a great show even though Death didn’t play.  Apparently their van broke down.  It was my first time seeing Gene Hoglan live.  Other than seeing OTT, a local band that I loved, seeing Dark Angel was pretty huge.  I wasn’t really a Death fan at the time, that didn’t really happen until Hoglan joined the band.  After that I decided to delve into their older material.  Good stuff.  After Darkness Descends, I lost interest in Dark Angel.  This was on the Leave Scars tour and I didn’t really care for that album at all…except for the drumming.  Gene rules.  This show also featured Brett Eriksen from Viking on guitar to replace Jim Durkin.  It was a great night made even more special by it being at the old Atlantic Beach Club.  I loved that place and saw some really cool shows there.  I also missed some really cool shows there!

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May 31, 2011 at 8:08 pm

RIP Dennis Hopper

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This one stings quite a bit for me as well.  River’s Edge is one of my all time favorite movies.  We knew this was coming soon, but it still sucks.  Goodbye Feck.

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May 29, 2010 at 4:04 pm

Thanks Señor Dio.

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Dio died yesterday.

Ronnie James Dio.

Dead.  It still pains me to even think about.

Sure it sounds cheesy that the death of someone I had never met has saddened me so much, but it is what it is.  Ronnie was legendary not only for his longevity in the business, the “devil horns salute,

an incredibly strong voice (even into his 60s) but also for being one of the nicest and classiest guys in the music business.  He’s one of the few big stars that I always wanted to meet and never got the chance to.  I’ve known several people through the years who did meet him and some who spent ample time with him on tour and they all said the exact same thing…’class act.’

Thanks to one of my older brothers, I got introduced to this voice in the late 1970s, probably ‘78 or ‘79 if I had to wager on it.  I’m pretty sure it was Rainbow Rising.  I just remember that I liked it a lot.  Subsequently I remember him bringing home Long Live Rock and Roll and the first Rainbow (my guess is that he stole them – funny but true).  I really liked that stuff but it was right around that time that Heaven and Hell came out and I was already a Black Sabbath fan thanks to my brother.  But this Sabbath was different.  A lot different.  Pleasingly so.  How could one not love this stuff?  And Mob Rules?  C’mon!  Dio was really making his mark in the music world and I fucking loved it.  I’m not never shy to say that I prefer the Dio era of Sabbath over Ozzy’s.  Don’t get me wrong, that Ozzy stuff, most of it, was great, but there is something about Dio’s voice that suits me better.  Even 15 years after Dehumanizer came out, I finally liked it.  Quality record for sure.

But this blog isn’t about the Dio discography.  After coming home from seeing some bands in the wee morning hours yesterday, I started seeing rumblings of “RIP RJD” posted on various social networking sites.  Then I saw that rumor get squelched.  Then yesterday afternoon around 2PM CST, I saw the official word from Dio’s page and the note from Wendy.  Crushed.  That’s how I felt yesterday; it’s how I still feel today.  I honestly feel like a friend of mine just died…in some ways a friend did.  Ronnie’s music, especially with Sabbath and the DIO (band) stuff was really important to me throughout my adolescent years.  I spent hours upon hours playing drums to these records in the 80s, especially Last In Line.  That is my favorite record of his over anything else he has ever done.

When I first saw the news about his death I just sat there for a few moments dumfounded.  Really?  He’s dead?  Dio?  Dio can’t die.  He’s Dio!  He’s going to live forever!  Then the pit in my stomach came.  I am not afraid to admit that I cried a little yesterday and am actually a little choked up writing this today.  Music can be a very emotional thing for me and Dio’s music certainly moved me for most of my life.

I’m glad I did get to see him live a few times, even if the first time was c. 1998.  In 2007 I went to Radio City Music Hall in NYC to attend the Heaven and Hell show, the same show that’s on the DVD.  That was quite a special experience because I also got to see Iommi and Butler on stage together with Ronnie.  I got a little verklempt when they hit the stage that night as well.

I remember my Dad saying to me years ago before he died (1997) that the older we get, those that we know and love in our lifetimes are going to die off.  So true.  Everyone dies sometime, eh?  Coincidentally, my Dad and Dio were only 2 weeks difference in age, Dio just lasted longer.

Not to drag this on any further, but thank you Mr. Dio for making my world a little bit of a better place because of the quality music you have been creating for as long as I can remember.  Much of the Dio catalog stays in steady rotation in my playlists, but I’ll surely be spinning a little more of it this week.  There’s no such thing as too much, Dio, right?  Whether you ended up in Heaven, Hell, Purgatory, a crematory or just a box in the ground, you touched the lives of many.  Thanks again.

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May 17, 2010 at 2:58 pm

Metalhead Turns 40

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When I was 10 I had some sort of vision, dream, sighting, whatever, that I would be dead by 40.  It stuck in my head all these years.  Since that year, I was never one to want to celebrate my birthday.  One reason is because of the silly fanfare that comes with such things.  I mean really, it is just another day.  While I don’t celebrate, I always call my mom and thank her for having me.

I don’t mind celebrating other people’s birthdays.  If they feel the need to make an event for it, I’m in.  We humans are social creatures after all.  This year I decided to throw myself a 40th birthday party.  To be truthful I’m uncomfortable about the whole thing.  I think it’s a bit narcissistic.  I probably am to some degree anyway.

But to be honest, I really never did think I’d make it to 40.  Well, it’s still 3 days away so there’s still time to not make it.  If for some oddball reason I didn’t make it to forty, at least I’d die with no regrets.  I’ve lived a pretty good life.  Accomplished almost everything I ever wanted to.  Lived and loved.  It’s been a good run.

If I make it to Saturday (2/27), then I’ll have to come up with a new game plan.  Especially with my 30s being a pretty incredible decade, the best one so far.  I’ve always lived as if this day or week is my last.  No matter what some silly vision I had 30 years says, today just could be the one. We have little control over that.

In the end, happy birthday to me.  It’s been nice knowing you.

UP THE IRONS.

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February 24, 2010 at 12:36 pm

Voodoocult – Jesus Killing Machine (1994)

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So here’s an odd one from my collection.  To be honest I never liked this album that much.  The only reason I bought it was because of who played on it…Dave Lombardo and Chuck Schuldiner (RIP).  The music is pretty pedestrian thrash/death metal and even the drums are pretty boring.  Some of Chuck’s solos are pretty good, but in general the album was boring.

That being said I kept this CD because I had both Dave and Chuck sign it on separate occasions.  Both guys gave the exact same reaction…”This actually came out?”  Chuck asked me to burn a copy for him and send it, which I of course did.

I was pretty sad when Chuck died.  When we met him at Jaxx (Springfield, VA) on the Death/Hammerfall Tour, he came outside to meet everyone, soaking wet in a robe and flippy floppies and it was freezing outside.  He was very cool.  I met Dave at the same place when he was drumming for Testament on The Gathering Tour.  Talk about a cool dude.  I got to talk to him for a bit with his son.  I handed him a stack of CD covers including the River’s Edge soundtrack.  “We were on this?”  I said, “Dude, it’s half the reason I wanted to see the movie in the first place!”  Good times.

Tracks:

  1. Killer Patrol – 3:57
  2. Metallized Kids – 4:26
  3. Jesus Killing Machine – 4:32
  4. Born Bad and Sliced! – 3:58
  5. Albert is a Headbanger – 3:50
  6. Hellatio – 3:15
  7. Death Don’t Dance With Me – 4:08
  8. Art Groupie – 4:53
  9. Blood Surfer City – 5:03
  10. Voodoocult – 4:09
  11. Bitchery Bay – 5:32

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Download it here.

Arsis – Forced To Rock (new track from Starve For The Devil)

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Arsis posted another song from their upcoming album Starve For the Devil called Forced To Rock.

Says frontman Jim Malone:  “How can I better the world? This is the question that I asked myself when writing ‘Forced To Rock’. I eventually came to the conclusion that the death metal world needed an anthem. Sure, it may not be the cure for cancer, but it is fun and fun is something that I feel is lacking in a lot of the music out there today. It’s music, it’s not saving lives; there is no reason to be serious 100% of the time. Tongue in cheek or foot in mouth; I am probably not the proper authority to comment on the matter.”

Cool song and definitely on the lighter side lyrically.  Can’t wait to hear the whole thing.

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December 31, 2009 at 4:08 pm