Tuesday, February 7, 2017


Last Wednesday we went to Schenectady Civic Players,  to see WAIT UNTIL DARK. 

I love a Wednesday evening 7:30 p.m. show!  Especially when it is a mere 5 minute drive from home.  And it is especially nice when the weather cooperates (we are having another VERY mild Winter.)  And, although I prefer it be in a warmer season, it helps break up the Winter doldrums a bit.
SCP presented the original 1966 version as it was written by Frederick Knott.  Set in 1944, Susy is blind, is tormented by 3 con men in her Greenwich apartment, who are in search of a doll and it's stash of heroin.  Susy's husband unwittingly brought the doll home. 
The stage set was (as always) very professionally crafted and the costumes perfectly in the period.  The performances were, for community theater, great as always.  Although, I have to admit, Gloria (the brat from upstairs) was my favorite.  Gloria was played by a Sophomore from Schenectady High!

Sunday, January 15, 2017


On Friday the 13th we headed to the Albany Institute of History and Art   for the Patrick Harbron Rock and Roll Icons Photograph Exhibit.

The exhibit also includes several pieces on loan from The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio.   The Madison Theater    is offering a month of Rock Documentaries to coincide with the exhibit.  The films are each Thursday at 7:00 p.m. throughout the month of January.
Including THIS IS SPINAL TAP (of course!)
Patrick Harbron is a Canadian photographer who spent his career photographing musicians for print publications and also for album covers.  Patrick now lives in the Hudson Valley of NYS.  Throughout the exhibit are Patrick's own words of his encounters with these music icons.  He also included some of his own memorabilia and equipment.
The museum is also offering several Sunday afternoon lectures connected to the exhibit.
Patrick during his lecture in the exhibit space.
Guitar Icons
Posters and other memorabilia included with these amazing photos.
An amazing photo of my girl Chrissie Hynde in this collection.
Some of Patrick's equipment
THE WHO and a great one of Keith.
And of course like with any great rock concert you have to bring home a program and a concert shirt.

Monday, December 19, 2016


Happy Holiday and enjoy!
10 True Scary Christmas Ghost Stories
Christmas Horror Stories
Scary True Christmas Stories
And the holidays wouldn't be complete with out some carols.  This is my preference.

Monday, December 5, 2016


Got out this past Saturday night to the Madison Theater in Albany,     to see the amazingly talented Mike Campese.

Mike has performed at the Madison several times and Saturday night he and his trio performed 2 1/2 hours to benefit Toys for Tots.  He played a mix of rock, classical, blues, jazz and a few holiday tunes on both electric and acoustic.  His range is astounding!  He is quite shy and very sweet but when those fingers start moving he gets lost in the music (and takes the audience with him.)  Hearing him in this small venue was a gift.  The acoustics are great and the audience is close enough to see those fingers fly across the strings.
Mike, a Capital Region native, who lives in Albany is a guitar player and composer known for being a member of Trans-Siberia Orchestra.  He is on the TSO album, THE LOST CHRISTMAS EVE that went gold.  In 2008 he released his own rock Christmas record, THE MEANING OF CHRISTMAS.
He has released 9 records of his own and appears on THE WARMTH OF THE WILDERNESS a Jason Becker tribute album.  Mike is a true guitar virtuoso and composes and plays (acoustic and electric) rock fusion.  He composes both vocal and instrumental arrangements.  His ability to improvise is amazing.
He is a contributor to several major guitar print and digital publications.  And he is in heavy rotation on NPR (National Public Radio.)  He has toured and performed with many national acts and at many icon music venues.
Check this out!
Here is a clip from a previous appearance at the historic Madison Theater.  He is playing VIBE from the record of the same name.
A few photos of the well attended show.
As I said, he played 2 1/2 hours with out a break and never missed a beat.  He is an amazing artist and I had a wonderful time!

Sunday, November 27, 2016


Battle Jacket, battle vest, Cut-Off or Kutte (German *slang*) what ever you call it, to me it is art.  Starting off as standard for biker gangs, they slowly became part of the Punk and Heavy Metal cultures.  Denim or leather covered with patches and pins they can not, not be seen as art. 

They come in all styles and are a reflection of their owners.  Some are neat and tidy with their patch placement and others prefer it to look like embroidered chaos.  Some like their stitches hidden others like it to look like the work of Dr. Frankenstein. 

They became very popular in the metal world nearly from the birth of Heavy Metal in the 1970's.  And although you don't see as many of them as you did in the 80's and 90's; they are still out there.  Most of the originals belonged to those of us who are now in our 40s, 50s and 60s; many young'uns still carry the torch. 

My own (new) jacket is a diverse mix of metal sub-genres (classic metal, metalcore, doom, thrash, nu, alternative and shock) but it is all metal and all good.  Of course I did have to put a small homage to my boy Darth Vader and his empire.

Slayer and Pantera join a Hostile pin on the front.  And there is still plenty of room for a few more.

Sleeves have Mercyful Fate, King Diamond, Alice, Ghost,Gojira and Avenged Sevenfold.
The back patch WILL always be the owners favorite band.  Mine, of course is Judas Priest.  And of all the album cover back patches available I had to pick BRITISH STEEL.
I love my jacket.  Here is a look at a few others.
James Hetfield with his cut-offs.  And he wears them all the time.
A young'un in his.
Crossing generations.
A few more....
(I love this photo!)
Grab yourself a jacket, buy some patches and stitch away!

Tuesday, November 22, 2016


Got out Friday night to see one of my favorite bands.  "Supergroup" HellYeah   was formed in 2006 by some of my favorite musicians from some of my favorite bands.  Chad Gray of Mudvayne, Tom Maxwell of Nothingface and the legendary Vinnie Paul (Abbott) Pantera.  The current line up, which is my favorite, also includes the AMAZING (and beautiful) Kyle Sanders and Christian Brady.  Oh I will say it, five beautiful men!  Chadness and Tom started it as an experiment; they wanted Vinnie but he had taken a hiatus from music after the murder of his brother by an obsessed fan.  They were relentless and Vinnie finally agreed.  Again, just an experiment, BUT, the band quickly became a great success, and for that I am truly grateful.

Tom, Christian, Chadness, Kyle, Vinnie Paul
They performed at the Upstate Concert Hall in Clifton Park.  This intimate venue only holds up to 1000 people, which to me is a perfect size.  UCH started out many many years ago as Northern Lights, and it is still going strong, bringing great music to our area.  We have several other performance venues, but for heavy music UCH is the place.
There is an elevated seating area under the mural off to the left and offers a great view of the stage.  But I prefer to be right up to the rail.  The coolest thing about the venue is the stage is only 3 feet off the ground.  What a view!
One of two bars, one in the center of the space; the other off to the right side with seating behind, tables and booths.
Such a cool bare bones venue.  Stage off in the back and to the left.
Ticket prices are always very reasonable and it is general admission, so you can be up as close as you want to the stage, or hang out in a seating area behind the bar or just wander around.
HellYeah came with Swedish group InFlames, and two young groups.  Source from Denver, CO and From Ashes to New from Lancaster, PA.  All four bands were amazing but I was there for HellYeah.
The set list.
They really were incredible.  Chad's voice was better than ever.  Vinnie was solid on the drums.  Tom, Christian and Kyle were wild men.  They played a nice mix of songs from all of their studio albums and played my favorites.  Such a memorable night.
Family photo from Clifton Park.  I'm right behind Chad!
The boys doing what they do live!!!!
A little acoustic (sorry not the greatest video.)